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July 17, 2016 | Summit Olympus Newsletter

posted Jul 17, 2016, 8:24 PM by Greg Ponikvar   [ updated Aug 14, 2016, 11:51 AM ]

Summit Public Schools
SUNDAY    •     JULY 17      •     2016
Olympus Parent Website


Dear Olympus Families,

It is with great pleasure that I say hello and welcome to our 2016-17 Summit Olympus school community! It's hard to believe, but there is less than a month before school starts back up again. I am so delighted that you and your student have made the choice to join us for the upcoming school year. I have greatly enjoyed getting to know many of you over the course of the year and application process, and I look forward to getting to know more of you as we support our kids in reaching their goals this coming year at Olympus. 

It’s going to be a great year! We are enrolling a wonderful, diverse group of students who will bring their dreams, spirit, ideas, creativity, and initiative to Summit Olympus each day. We will continue to work so that every single student feels known, valued, challenged, and inspired by the teachers and classes as well as by each other. We have hired a wonderful faculty including many Tacoma natives as well as experienced and passionate teachers from around the country who are thrilled to join our school’s mission and dedicate themselves to our students.

2016-17 is the second year of our school, which gives us the chance to build on our successes and grow closer and stronger as a community. I invite all of you to join me in making this happen. One great thing about a growing school is that anyone can play a role in creating and shaping it – and we value your thoughts, wisdom, and experience if you’d like to help us! From our annual camping trip to our family pot lucks, from our mentor group and community time activities to our Expeditions and Career Day exhibitions, from supporting your student with homework on a daily basis to volunteering to work with staff and students here at Olympus, there are so many ways you can be involved with your student and our school. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have interest in getting involved and/or have questions, concerns, or ideas for how we can make Summit Olympus a better place for all students and families.

One important thing I encourage you to do for the remainder of the summer: Support your students in keeping up their skills. “Summer slide” can make it harder for students to be on track with academics in the fall. Encourage your kids to read books this summer. Go to the library together. Encourage them to read the newspaper and talk with them about what’s going on in Tacoma and the world. Visit great web sites like,, and If you’d like more ideas of ways to keep your students’ brains engaged this summer, please feel free to contact me anytime. 

I cannot wait to see you all in the fall and begin our year together. Our first day of school for New Students is Monday, August 15th; the first day of school for returning students in Tuesday, August 16th. Until then, have a wonderful summer!


Come join us at VALERO PLAYFIELD  - located at 4321 McKinley Ave in Tacoma - to reunite with old friends and meet new families! Many of your new teachers will be in attendance. We'll provide the hotdogs, hamburgers, and BBQ! Feel free to bring a BBQ-like dish, chips, or drinks to share if you'd like. We are eager to meet and mingle with our new students, families, and community members. We'll have teachers leading Basketball, Soccer, Frisbee, and other community building games.

Spread the word -- we hope to see as many of you there as possible!


We have updated the Olympus Parent Website to hopefully be more informational, useful, and up-to-date. Please check it out HERE and bookmark the link. It will also contain a historical record of all these Olympus Updates! While it is a work in progress, we definitely encourage you to check it out for new information, including:

  • New Faculty Biographies and Contact Information
  • 2016-17 Academic Year Calendar and Bell Schedules
  • 2016-17 Community Events Calendar
  • ... and more!


On Friday, we dropped the annual Summer Mailer at the post office and it is on the way to each of your homes! Please keep an eye out for it, as it has important information for the upcoming school year. If you don't receive it in the next week, please email our Operations Manger, Jessica Miranda, and update your address with us.


Sat. July 23rd | Noon - 2:30 | Student and Family Field Fun Day

Sat. August 13th | 9am-noon | School Beautification Day!
If you are feeling like contributing, come help us clean and beautify our school space before students arrive.

Mon. August 15th | 8:15-3:30 | First Day of School FOR NEW STUDENTS

Tues. August 16th | 8:15-3:30 | First Day of School for RETURNING STUDENTS

Thur. August 18th | 6-8pm | Back to School Night
Come learn about your students' teachers, classes, mentor groups, and the goals of the school for the year. It is incredibly important that all families make this event that can. Snacks will be served.

Of course, should you have any questions for us over the summer, please never hesitate to reach out.

All the best,
Greg Ponikvar, Alex Horowitz, and Jessica Miranda


Summit Public Schools
OUR MISSION: To prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college, and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society