King 5 Coverage of Black Excellence Gala + SLP Meetings Wednesday + VOICES Live Launch - March 10th, 2019

King 5 Coverage of Black Excellence Gala + SLP Meetings Wednesday + VOICES Live Launch - March 10th, 2019

Dear Sierra Families,

Huge congratulations to Ndalo Mwamba who imagined and then planned and orchestrated over the course of more than six months an event celebrating the contributions of black community leaders. D. Gore supported her and the Black Culture Club to make it happen. The Black Excellence Gala honored Dr. Thaddeus Spratlen (founding faculty director of the Consulting and Business Development Center at the University of Washington Foster School of Business), Dr. Maxine Mimms (founder of Evergreen State College’s Tacoma Campus), Melba Ayco (director of the Northwest Tap Connection) and Jerrell Davis (youth advocate and activist). Seniors Queen and Noah were crowned King and Queen of the Gala.

Thank you so much to all those who attended, and thank you to Ndalo for starting an event that will continue to enrich our community long after you graduate from Summit Sierra. This is what leaving a legacy looks like!

Here is a link to the King 5 News coverage of the event, including live video. Read more about the event here.

Please take the Summit family survey. We use your responses to set priorities both for our school and as a network. Online Links to the Surveys: English OR Español OR

We will be hosting a parent panel at Sierra on Wednesday, April 17th from 3:30pm-4:00pm. This 30 min panel discussion will be a part of a professional development experience for our teachers on communicating with families in culturally responsive ways hosted by Regina Elmi, a wonderful educator, mother, and parent advocate in our community. We would love to welcome as many of our parents as possible to be on this 30 min panel as well as be present for the overall session, which will go from 3-5pm on that day. If you are interested, please reach out to Dan Effland,, to let us know how you would like to be involved.

Take care,
Malia, Ayanna, Dan, and Stefan



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