Preparing for Viaduct Closure, AP Test Info + Evan Hanson Forms Due - January 13, 2019

Preparing for Viaduct Closure, AP Test Info + Evan Hanson Forms Due - January 13, 2019

Dear Sierra Families,

We had a great start to semester 2! 70% of students are going into the new year caught up in their projects, and 55% of our seniors have been accepted into at least one four year college or university. The list includes Washington State University, University of Colorado at Bolder, Loyola University Chicago, Pacific Lutheran University, Lewis + Clark, University of Oregon, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of San Francisco, Wellesley, and Gonzaga to name a few. Students are still waiting to hear from many colleges as the regular decision deadlines are January 15th.

We need your help to ensure all students are at school on time daily. We are seeing a decrease in attendance, which is very strongly correlated with student success. To encourage students to come earlier, we will start hosting morning Content Assessment Office Hours so that students can get school work done before school. These will take place daily from 7:30-8:10 in classroom 2 by Mr. Bouchey.

Viaduct Closure: 
The City of Seattle estimates that the closing of the viaduct will have a significant impact on commute times, especially for those who live in West Seattle or Downtown. Students should plan to leave at least 30 minutes earlier than normal in order to get to school on time. If students are tardy as they adjust to the new commute required to get to school due to the viaduct closure, a parent or guardian can excuse a student’s tardy the first week of the closure at

Important Field Trip Reminder: 
Dear Evan Hansen reminder! All 9th, 10th, and 11th graders are attending our field trip to the Broadway show, DEAR EVAN HANSEN on Thursday, January 24 at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle. We will be using Orca cards to take the Lightrail. The show will be over by 3:50 and we will return to school for dismissal. Please send the payment of $10 with your child to give to the front desk! Financial aid is available for those who indicated on the slip. If you have not done so already, please turn in the forms to your child’s mentor.
Permission Slip & Consent Form

Finally, I wanted to share the Washington State Senate and House or Representatives Page programs. These programs provide an amazing opportunity to participate in state government. These programs take place for a short period during the school year. This is a great opportunity for all students interested in law, politics, or leadership.

Take care,
Malia, Ayanna, Dan, and Stefan


Upcoming Events & Announcements

AP MOCK EXAMS February and March:
All of our 11th and 12th graders will be taking AP exams this May. Our Juniors will all be taking both AP US History and AP LanguageExams, and our 12th graders will be required to choose at least three of their AP classes to take the exams. In order for students to be prepared to show their best on these exams, we will be hosting mock exams for each AP class on Saturdays in February and March. These practice exams are important opportunities to practice the exam in real life conditions to prepare for success and for 12th graders to help choose which three to focus on if they choose to not take exams for all of their AP classes. It is highly recommended that all students attend all of their mock exams and any student who misses an exam will be required to do a makeup exam in class to complete that checkpoint while students who participated in the Saturday mock exam are able to debrief the test and go over there right and wrong answers.

Schedule (ALL Mock Exams on Saturdays from 8:30am-12:30pm)
AP English Literature – 2/2/19
AP Environmental Science – 2/9/19
AP Biology – 2/9/19
AP Government – 3/2/19
AP US History – 3/9/19
AP Computer Science 3/9/19
AP Calculus AB – 3/16/19
AP  English Language – 3/23/19
AP Spanish – 3/23/19

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


Sports Section

Ultimate Frisbee Start of Season Meeting:

Ultimate Frisbee tryouts are right around the corner! Ultimate Frisbee is a co-ed team that practices twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) and has games on Saturdays, starting March 9th.

Student Info meeting will be held this coming Thursday, January 17th at 3:30pm in Room 6. Reach out to Coach Temes or seniors, Oscar Cortes, Edgiemeh De La Cruz, Jerald Flowers, and Mark Hey, with any questions!


**Girls Basketball Senior Night RESCHEDULED**
Our Senior night, originally scheduled for January 15th, will be rescheduled due to our opponent cancelling the game. Coach Baba and Coach Hampton are working to reschedule for a future game.



(Parent Leadership Group)

Next voices meeting is January 23, 2019. We will be discussing the PARENT PASSION PROJECT. We are working n a College Prep Night for grades 9-11. Please take this survey to assist with the planning. Here is the survey link:

Some students from our Student Ambassador team will also be there to discuss some things with our parents. Hope to see you there!


Summer Opportunities for Middle School and High School Students

Also, the opportunities are not all strictly in the summer. Here are 2 great paid internships that take place when the Washington State Legislature is in session from January to April.

Washington State House of Representatives Page Program

Since 1891, young people from across the state have come to Olympia to serve as pages for the Washington State House of Representatives. Paging presents students with a unique educational opportunity to participate in the legislative process. Selection as a page is a great honor. Page duties are varied. They range from ceremonial tasks such as presenting the flags to operational chores like distributing amendments during legislative sessions. Each job is vital to the efficient operation of the Legislature. As the week-long experience draws to a close and pages return to their schools and communities, it is hoped that pages will share their experiences and observations with others in an effort to contribute to a more universal understanding of the legislative process. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age and have not reached their 17th birthday.

Washington State Senate Page Program

The Washington State Legislature has one of the finest page programs in the country. Hundreds of students throughout Washington State have an opportunity each year to take part in the legislative process and observe the Legislature and other branches of state government in action. The page is a helping hand during legislative sessions, which run from January through March or April. Pages perform many tasks that allow senators and staff to focus on legislative duties. Pages spend two hours each day in page school learning about the legislative process. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age and have not reached their 17th birthday.


The INSIGHT High School Summer Program is an intensive four-week program designed to introduce students to public health and biomedical research and medicine. Students will take a deep dive into injury prevention research through various activities.

The program is open to high school students in grades 10-12


Dear Families,

This year Summit Sierra is partnering with Seneca Family of Agencies to have a mental health counselor onsite full-time. Wanda Davis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist. She has multiple years of experience working with children, teens, families and young adults. During the school year, she will be offering check-in, crisis support, and individual counseling addressing problems and concerns impacting students. In addition, while on campus Wanda will provide support to teachers and families, whether it’s through consultation or providing resources.

Ms Davis has appointments available before, during, and after school. Students who are interested in counseling or other support services may request a recommendation form to be completed by a school administrator or mentor.

Summit Sierra is fortunate to have an opportunity to collaborate with Seneca Family of Agencies and hope students will take advantage of this resource. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Wanda Davis directly at 206.327.0879 or

Thank you,
Seneca Family of Agencies Washington
Summit Public Schools: Sierra

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