Family Newsletter 9/8/17

Family Newsletter 9/8/17

WELCOME!

Hi families! We hope you had a great week. Please check below for an update from the week and information about upcoming events!

PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Two of our Juniors – Sami and Nadia – working hard on AP English and Math III homework after school.

(Please check in with your students this week on their homework and how they’re doing starting the year off! If you have any questions about what they should be working on, never hesitate to check their Summit Learning Platform at summitlearning.org or reach out to your child’s teachers).

CAMPING TRIP NEXT WEEK!

We are so excited to embark on our 3rd annual camping trip next week! We rolled out information and logistics to your students today in mentor time. Below is the PPT we went over with students so you have all the same information. This is a required and important trip for our students! Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

You are also more than welcome to join! Let us know if you’d like to come support as a family member.

 

EXPEDITIONS INFORMATION AND PLACEMENTS

On Friday students learned information about Expeditions for the 2017-18 school year. Expeditions will start on September 29, 2017, and continue every Friday for the remainder of the year. Students saw all of the course offerings, descriptions, and submitted their preferences for their courses. Here is the information we went over – and a list of all our Expeditions and course descriptions – for the 2017-18 school year!

 

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT REMINDER

Back to school night will feature an overview of the school year and time for you to meet and hear from each of your students teachers. You’ll get a description of the courses they are taking and what your students will be studying. Teachers will share how you can best support your student with their classes. This is a great opportunity to make a personal connection with the teachers who spend their days with your students. We strongly encourage every single family to make it to this event!

 

LUNCH BALANCES & FRL FORMS

Your first lunch balances went home this week. Please make sure to pay your lunch balances on time. We strongly recommend that you pay in advance to support the operations of the school and to avoid any balance surprises. If you did not receive a letter and believe you should have, please reach out to Jessica Miranda – jmiranda@summitps.org – who can direct you to the right place to learn your balance.

Additionally, we need to collect a Free and Reduced Lunch Form for every single family who attends our school (even if you don’t qualify). This is a state reporting requirement. If you haven’t completed a FRL Form yet, you can download one here: Summit Olympus FRL Form. Feel free to print it out and turn it into the front desk! Or, you can complete this form at the front office next week. Thank you!

 

BIOLOGY EOC UPDATE

You may have seen in the news that the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released the Washington State Report Card that includes the test results for schools from spring 2017. Unfortunately, the posted results for Summit Olympus’s Biology End of Course assessment are inaccurate.

The data for Summit Olympus does not count students who previously passed the test in 9th grade, while each school was classified as a home school before the charter public school law was passed. Since these students passed the test they did not need to take it as 10th graders.  Instead of being counted as students who have passed the test, these students are currently counted as not tested/did not take test on the OSPI website.

We are working with OSPI to correct the data so that it accurately reflects our students’ results. We expect the correct data to be on the OSPI website next month.

 

NEW PARENT COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FROM TEACHERS – REMIND!

Olympus is working hard to better communicate directly between teachers and families. This year, your student’s teachers will be using a communication app called Remind to help keep you involved with your child’s learning. Remind is free to use, and you’ll be able to get and send messages on any device—even right from your phone.

As part of this rollout, official accounts will be created for all of the educators, parents, and students at Summit Olympus. On Tuesday, September 12th, you’ll receive a text message or email from Remind. All you need to do is follow the steps in the text (OR email) to finish setting up your account. You may watch this video demo to get a better sense of the onboarding experience to Remind.

We’re excited for a better way to stay connected with you!

 

IN CLOSING

Hope you all have a great weekend.

 

Onward,

The Olympus School Leadership Team

Greg Ponikvar, Alex Horowitz, and Jessica Miranda