Dear Sierra Families,
I hope you enjoy the weekend and take time to reflect on the legacy our county’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I’ve included two opportunities to come together with our neighbors to celebrate his life and consider how we can work toward his goals. These include the 37th annual rally and march hosted by the MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition.
Reflecting on his values, I wanted to share a personal reflection from the week inspired by one of my favorite quotations from Dr. King:
“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” — Beyond Vietnam, 1967
As I listen to our seniors in their AP Government course analyse critical political, social, and economic issues including homelessness, drug addition, and healthcare, I am so impressed with the nuance and complexity with which they discuss and analyse these challenges. I am equally heartened by the way they listen to each other, learning from the vastly different perspectives and life experiences they each bring. I am optimistic that they will be able to create a more just world, dismantling and rebuilding the structures that perpetuate racism, poverty, and war.
MLK Day March + Opportunity Fair
Monday, January 21st: Garfield High School
Workshops & speakers will focus on the theme – and the goals of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Link to more info is here.
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Rally in Gymnasium
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
March to Downtown
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Rally at March Destination (4th & Pine )
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
2019 King Day at NAAM
If you’ve always wanted to visit the Northwest African American Museum, take advantage of free admission (donations accepted) on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be special activities like speakers, film screenings, performances of freedom songs, a pop-up soul food cafe, and art activities for kids.
Northwest African American Museum, Atlantic (from the Stranger)
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 this 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.
Ultimate Frisbee Try-Outs:
Ultimate Frisbee season is 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.
Try-puts will be Monday, January 28th and Thursday January 31st at Beacon Hill Play Field from 4:00-5:30pm bpth days.
Soccer and Track and Field Spring Seasons
Sierra will have boy s and girls club soccer (non-WIAA) and a Track and Field team this Spring. More information will be coming next week.
(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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CollegePrepNight
Some students from our Student Ambassador team will also be there to discuss some things with our parents. Hope to see you there!
EXTRA CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
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
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) firstname.lastname@example.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.