Family Newsletter 6/6/17

Family Newsletter 6/6/17

Dear Olympus Families,
Check out important updates in our last newsletter of the year!
So that we can adaquately plan and prepare for next year, please complete your Summit Olympus Re-Enrollment Form – – online. It only takes five minutes! If you need any support with this, please call Jessica Miranda at the front desk at 253-444-9781. If you have other plans for your student next year, please also reach out to let us know that as well so we can support with a smooth transition. We are excited for the 2017-18 school year and to continue our progress with your student and our school!
With each year, we are blessed to welcome new faculty into our community and at the same time we are sad to see current team members move on. This morning, in mentor groups, mentors shared with their groups whether or not they are returning next year. Teachers who will be moving on from Olympus include:

  • Jim Ohlinger, who will be moving back to Uganda with his family,
  • Andrew Gutzmer, who is excited to continue his work in education with a focus on college readiness closer to his home in Seattle,
  • Emily Aeschliman, who will be taking a great role with her old charter network supporting the recruitment of teachers,
  • Sarah Dorsch, who will be teaching Spanish at another school in the area,
  • Gio Santimauro, who will be working with Green Dot as a supervisor of Special Education teachers,

We are certainly sad to see these wonderful teachers go. Please join us  in thanking and extending a warm send-off to these teachers. We are so grateful for their hard work and dedication to the students of Olympus this year. Although there is no replacing them, we are excited that we have attracted an amazing faculty for next year who will bring a wealth of talent, passion, and care to our community.
Stay tuned for bios, which will be coming soon! For now, here is our 2017-18 teaching line-up!

Teacher Class Grade Level
Anndrea Fernandez English 9 & 10 9/10
Jacob Leon AP English  11 11
Alison Hansen Math 9 & 10 9/10
Tiffany Utoft Math 11 and AP Calc 11
Matt Ryan History 9 & 10 9/10
Carrie Crain AP United States History 11 11
Jordan Prohuska Biology 9 & 10 9/10
Thomas Evans Chemistry 11 11
Madelyn Lopez Spanish 9/10

Please, of course, feel free to reach out to these teachers and say goodbye. They will always be a part of Olympus, and we wish them all the best in their futures!
There is no change in leadership next year, and Greg Ponikvar, Alex Horowitz, and Jessica Miranda could not be more excited to continue working together at Olympus. We love Olympus. We love you, the students and families who commit to us year after year and work alongside us to prepare all of our students for success in college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We are absolutely committed to providing a world-class education at Olympus and building the safe, fun, and caring community that makes our school so special. We go into the 2017-2018 school year with optimism and resolve, and promise that we will work for and alongside you to make the next year of Olympus the best one yet.
If you would like more information or to discuss any of these changes in person, we invite you to please reach out so we can set up a time to meet and discuss.
A number of students (and teachers!) have been discussing the NBA Finals at school! Are you a Warriors or Cavs fan? Regardless of which team you support, come join us to watch Game 3 of the NBA Finals tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5:30pm at Summit Olympus! We’ll be streaming the game, ordering some pizzas, and cheering for our favorite teams. All students, family, and friends are welcome.
10th grade parents! All  of your students took the English Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exam last Tuesday/Wednesday. If students pass this exam, their path to graduation is a bit easier and they automatically pass out of remedial classes in college. Most students take this test in 11th grade, so this exam was an opportunitity for them to show proficiency early. We should receive score reports in about six weeks, and you will get an official report in September from the state.  If a student didn’t pass, they will have an opportunity to take the SBAC again in 11th grade.
As a reminder, our last day of school is Friday, June 9th. This day will be spent with some final mentor group reflections and schoolwide celebrations. School will be a half-day and will go from 8:15am-11:30am. All students will need to clear campus by noon to give faculty space to finalize grades and clean out rooms.
All teachers have a deadline to submit grades on Wednesday, June 14th. Your students grade will be 100% accurate and final on this date by 5pm. Mark your calendar to log-in and see your students final grades in the PLP. We’ll also send home official grade reports toward the end of June.
As a reminder, all students who still have some additional work to complete (in all courses but Spanish) will be required to attend summer school.  Summer school will run between Tuesday, 6/13 and Friday 6/30. All of our same school rules will apply during summer school and it is essential that all students enrolled in summer school are here 100% of the time. Students who have not fully completed and passed a class by 6/30 will need to repeat the course during the 2017-18 school year.
In order to kick off a strong start to Biology – a course all current 9th graders will be taking next year – Mr. Prohuska and other current 9th grade teachers took students to the zoo! They completed a scavenger hunt and began to think about biology concepts they’ll be studying next year!
One of our Expedition Art Teachers – Lindsey Start – is going to be leading some students in completing a few murals around school. If you or a student would be interested in helping, please email Lindsey Start,
We have made one update to our academic calendar for next year. Below, you can see the updated calendar. The one change you will notice is that we moved Winter Break to align with the Tacoma Public Schools calendar.