Welcome Back Spartans - Week 1 Announcements!

Welcome Back Spartans - Week 1 Announcements!

Dear Spartan Families,

We are so excited to welcome our new students this Monday, August 20th and our returning students on Tuesday, August 21st for their orientation day(s). Our normal school schedule will begin on Wednesday. This year, Wednesdays will be our mentor facilitated self-directed learning and 1:1 check-in day with an early-release time of 1:00pm. Students will get a preview of their courses on Tuesday, and full project-block classes will begin on Thursday. Students will receive their schedules and will be issued their Chromebooks on Wednesday (see Chromebook requirements below).

Open Campus Lunch: 
Freshmen: Occasional, scheduled open campus lunches as an incentive for strong academic, core characteristic, or attendance habits.
Sophomores: Starting August 27th for students who demonstrate strong habits (tardy on ave less than once per week to school or classes, absent less than twice per month, and passing all classes)
Juniors: Starting August 21st for students who demonstrate strong habits (tardy on ave less than once per week to school or classes, absent less than twice per month)
Seniors: Starting August 21st for all seniors other than those who skip tardy consequences, community service, or study hall on Wednesdays.

Note: To be eligible for Open Campus lunch, all students must have a signed permission slip on file (this was part of the re-enrollment paperwork). 

See you next week!

Take care,
Ayanna, Dan, Malia, and Stefan
Your School Leadership Team

Here is your Sierra faculty on our annual camping trip to Vashon Island. We enjoyed break-out sessions, had a rich talent show, and enjoyed lots of laughter and fun competition at our Summit Olympics. 


Students will start receiving their personal Chromebooks on Wednesday, August 22nd. In order to be issued a Chromebook, students will have to complete the following:
– All annual registration forms are completed (lunch form, etc)
– Meal or Chromebook loss balances are paid (from last school year)
– Supplies are received (see below)

Students will be able to use loaner Chromebooks at school only if they have not completed the above required items.

Students should bring the following items to school on 8/20 (new students) or 8/21 (returning students):
– 1 5-subject notebook (PLT)
– 1 COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK (recommended: graph paper)
– 1 package of pencils
– 1 package of pens
– 2 highlighters (different colors)
– 1 package of dry-erase markers
– 1 box of facial tissue/Kleenex
– Suggested: Ti-84 Calculator


Back to School Night: Thursday, August 30th 6:00-8:00pm

We look forward to welcoming families to learn about our school wide priorities, meet our teachers, and learn about specific courses in grade-specific break-out sessions. Snacks will be provided.

Summit Sierra School Google Calendar (website link here)
Summit Sierra School PDF Calendar (PDF link here)



This year, Summit Sierra is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Missing days of school, even once a month can contribute to students feeling insecure about school and themselves. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work. See below for several facts related to school attendance.


  • -Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.

  • -Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

  • -Being late to school may can lead to poor attendance.

  • -By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.

  • -Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, facing some other potentially serious difficulty.

  • -By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

Please read more about the importance of strong attendance at Summit Sierra here.

Student Recommendations

Do you know any students who would be interested in attending Summit Sierra? Invite them to apply! We still have a few spaces available in our 9th-grade class. Any student who refers a new Summit Sierra student will receive a free water bottle. Please see Mr. Sobiek for details.

Nondiscrimination Statement
Summit Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

The Compliance Coordinator, Title IX Officer, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator for Summit – Sierra is: Executive Director, 1025 S. King Street, Seattle, WA, 98104, (phone) 206-999-9196, (email) mburns@summitps.org.

If you believe that you or your child has experienced unlawful discrimination or discriminatory harassment at school based on any protected class, you have the right to file a formal complaint. Before filing a formal complaint, you may wish to discuss your concerns with the Compliance Coordinator of your site. This is often the fastest way to resolve your concerns.