Dear Spartan Families,
Happy summer! We hope you are enjoying the sunshine. We are busy planning for a great start to next school year, including preparing for construction of new classrooms over the summer and onboarding our new faculty.
Final report cards will be mailed home this week along with honor roll certificates and yearbooks (if they did not pick them up on the last day of school). If you have a meal balance or your student did not turn in a Chromebook, you will not receive your report card until those items are resolved.
This summer, students should prepare for their upcoming courses by doing the summer learning linked here by course. Although not required for their course grades, this summer work will give students the best possible advantage to be successful in their courses and on AP test(s) where applicable. Additionally, students are welcome to come in over the summer to get started on their coursework for next year by taking content assessments. These “Get Ahead Days” are listed below in the events section.
Finally, we look forward to seeing you all at our Mandatory Registration Day on Saturday, August 11th (more info listed below in the events section).
We wish all of our students a purposeful, fun, and relaxing summer vacation!
Supply List + Beginning of the School Year Dates: Please have students bring in the attached items on their first day of school!
School Calendar: Please note, we are still confirming the date and location of graduation. When it is finalized, we will update the calendar.
Summer Learning: repeated link from above.
Camping Trip Parent Volunteer Meeting: Tuesday, July 10th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
We are very excited for our 4th annual Summit Sierra Camping Tip on September 6th and 7th. This trip requires complex coordination and many hands. We need your help to pull it off. Please consider attending our volunteer meeting! Roles include driving supplies, organizing meals, chaperoning (primarily to prepare meals), and helping with tent and sleeping bag coordination. For more information, please contact Lisa Harris at email@example.com.
Get Ahead Days: Thursday, July 12th 9:00am-3:00pm + Monday, August 6th 9:00am-12:00pm
One of our goals is for incoming and returning students is to learn how be proactive in their school work so that they are able to balance their classwork and not get behind. To this end, we will offer students the opportunity to come to school and practice our PLP-Personalized Learning Platform and to attempt their first content assessments (project tests). The dates of these workshops are on July 19th and August 8th from 10:00am-3:00pm at Summit Sierra. All students who plan to attend should plan to bring their lunch or should bring money to buy lunch off campus.
Re-enrollment + Mandatory Registration Day: August 11, 2018
August 11th from 10am-2pm will be Mandatory Registration Day! It will be your opportunity to make sure all forms are turned in before the first day of school. You will also be able to purchase new Summit Swag, meet new teachers, and receive your ORCA card. There will be opportunities to learn about sports and volunteering as well. Snacks will be provided. Returning students will also learn which elective course they will be taking. All families must attend this date or reach out to Stefan Sobiek, our Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time that works for your family. If you have any questions, please contact the front desk.
On July 9th you will receive a link to complete your summer re-enrollment forms. If you would like support completing these forms, you can come to Sierra from 8-11am Monday-Friday during the month of July. Questions? Email Stefan Sobiek at email@example.com
Action Needed – Please contact your district council member or Mayor Durkan today!
Mayor Proposes Free, Year-round ORCA Cards for Seattle High School Students, but doesn’t include Charter Students. Contact your Council Representative and the Mayor Now.
In February, Mayor Durkan proposed using Proposition 1 dollars ($60 car tabs and the .1% sales tax voters approved to increase Metro service and transit programs for Seattle residents) to provide free, year-round ORCA cards to Seattle High School students with the goals like increasing safe mobility for teens, creating more year-round transit users, and helping to reduce city traffic.
As written, the plan only provides passes to Seattle Public School students, leaving out charter Schools like Sierra, private schools, home-school, and or those pursuing a GED and/or vocational training — this plan ignores nearly 25 percent of high-school-age youth in Seattle
The bill has passed through the City Council Transportation Committee and the full council is expected to approve it Monday June 25th. However, there’s still time to show the council that the people want their tax dollars used to cover all high-school aged youth, and not just those who attend Seattle Public Schools.
Please contact your district council member (http://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council) TODAY and tell them you think a city-funded program for high-school aged-students should cover all city students, regardless of where they study! If you have time, also contact Mayor Durkan ( firstname.lastname@example.org; 206-684-4000), and the full council (email@example.com).
- Mayor Durkan’s plan: http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/06/mayor-durkan-applauds-committee-passage-of-her-legislation-to-provide-free-orca-cards-to-seattle-public-high-school-students/
- Council Bill 119256: http://seattle.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3503665&GUID=5F36C498-EE06-4997-AC23-3031B87A154AProp 1/
- Seattle Transportation Benefit District: http://www.seattle.gov/transit/about-stbd
School Leader Spotlight: Welcome Ayanna Gore, Assistant Principal
We are so excited to welcome Ayanna Gore to our leadership team! She will be stepping into the Assistant Principal role alongside Dan Effland who will also be an Assistant Principal. Please see her bio below.
Ayanna L. Gore was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. Coming from a long line of baptist ministers, Sunday school teachers, and teacher aides, education has always been a primary focus in her family. Despite this, Ayanna was the first of her siblings and parents to earn a college degree. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology of Crime and Justice from Loyola University—Chicago. Ayanna began her career in education as a science teacher more than 10 years ago with the Teach for America program. She is passionate about coaching teachers, creating positive school culture, and curriculum development. She has also worked to lead efforts to ensure schools have a thoughtful approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is finishing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at DePaul University where she is studying the impacts of novice Black teachers within urban schools. She focuses on providing support to educators with a cultural competency lens. Her motto is, “Where teachers learn, students learn!” She was a school leader in Chicago where she led a successful school turnaround effort in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys swimming with her 1 year old, teaching bootcamp fitness classes and coaching weight loss challenges.
Summit Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The Compliance Coordinator and Title IX Officer for Summit – Sierra is: Executive Director, 1025 S. King Street, Seattle, WA, 98104, (phone) 206-453-2520, (email) firstname.lastname@example.org. The Section 504 Coordinator is Assistant Principal, (phone) 206-453-2520, (email) email@example.com.