Family Newsletter 5/11/2017

Family Newsletter 5/11/2017

Hello families,
We hope this message finds you all doing well!  Please find some recent updates from Summit Olympus!

Student Council Forming

Our student leadership club is excited to announce the formation of a Summit Olympus Student Council to start in the 2017-18 school year. This structure and process for elections will be shared with students on Monday, and then campaign season will begin for our first Student Council!
You can read more about it here:

If you would like to support the development of the student council, please reach out to Greg Ponikvar at

Re-Enrollment Information

Starting the week of May 15th, Summit Olympus will invite families to submit electronic re-enrollment forms for the next school year.
Please be on the lookout for instructions to submit re-enrollment forms through our online enrollment partner, SchoolMint. Instructions will be sent by email and mailed home.

Parent Survey

We are excited to launch our 2016-2017 Spring Parent Survey! We believe that there’s always room for improvement. That’s why each fall and spring we’ll survey you to learn how we are doing and get your suggestions for improvement. We are constantly trying to improve, and your feedback is critical to our success.
We will share the survey results with you after the survey is completed. We truly appreciate your time!
Click here to take our quick, 5 minutes short survey. Of course, you can always reach out to the school leaders with other feedback you may have, or to discuss more in depth.
Please complete the survey today. Thank you!

Sports in the 2017-18 School Year

Summit Olympus is actively looking for an Athletic Director and Head Coaches for Summit Olympus sports next year. Specifically, Olympus is currently planning to offer:

  • Girls Volleyball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Soccer

We will also be flexible if there is high demand for a different sport. A stipend will be paid to the Athletic Director and each coach. If you are interested, or know anybody who would be a good fit, please email Greg at

Summit Olympus Facebook Page

Summit Olympus officially has it’s own Facebook Page now. We’ll be posting things happening around the school, celebrations, and re-posting announcements on it. Check it out here at:

Order Your Yearbook!

Our Yearbook Club – led by Ms. Hansen – has been working hard on a really awesome Yearbook, created by and for students. Pre-orders cost $20 dollars and are due by Sunday, May 14. You can bring the money to Ms. Hansen or order online by clicking this link. After that the price will go up to $25 after tomorrow. Note: it will be way cooler than last years!

Youth Ambassadors Winning Award

Last week, students from our Student Ambassador Class earned the privilege to attend WeDay in Seattle, a gathering that attracts more than 15,000 students from across the state who have a dedication to volunteering and community service. Our students absolutely meet that criteria! Our Student Ambassador class has been working hard over the last year to create a functioning urban garden, donating harvests to homeless shelters. They have also run food and donation drives during the holidays, and are constantly considering what they can do to make their school and community a better place.  Our students also won $250 to continue their work!
My experience at We Day Seattle was one I will never forget. We Day allowed me to step out of my comfort zone in a way I never had before. In front of 15,000 people, I went on stage and represented the Summit Olympus Youth Ambassadors group. At first my nerves were high and I was scared, but after being on stage for about 5-10 seconds I easily got comfortable. What seemed to be a scary thing turned into one of the most fun and enjoyable experiences of my life. We Day Seattle 2017 was like one great big party, one that celebrated the good things and not the bad. I am so fortunate to have been provided with the opportunity to be apart of a We Day segment. As well as being given the chance to help inspire other students to make changes in their community by sharing the ones I, and my Youth Ambassadors group has made ourselves.
-Halee Harrison
We Day was an awesome trip. It was cool seeing students out of their element. I got to see some students dance and have fun in a really positive environment. We learned a lot about the work that other schools are doing around Washington and the world. It was really touching seeing so many students work towards making a positive impact in their community. One of the highlights was getting to see our own Halee Harrison speak on stage and represent Summit Olympus. She did an excellent job and our school got a grant to continue our work on the urban garden. The students were even motivated to work harder for next year. It was an inspiration to see students be recognized for their hard work. I look forward to attending We Day next year!!!
-Mr. Leon

Meal Balance

By end of week, meal balances will be send home. Very important to pay all balances off. All balances must be paid by the last day of school. Thank you!

Upcoming Testing Dates

All 10th grade students will take the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exam for English on May 30 and May 31st. Students must pass the SBAC for both Math and English as a graduation requirement in Washington. If a student does not pass the English SBAC this year, they can try again next year. Additionally, all students will take the SBAC Math exam as 11th graders.
The SBAC English exam is a rigorous, Common Core standards aligned test. Students are assessed on reading, writing, and critical thinking, and our cognitive skills rubric and grades are meant to prepare students for this assessment. For more information about SBAC and Washington, please check out this page from OSPI.
In addition to SBAC, all students will take the end of year Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test this month. We assess reading and writing using MAP three times a year, and this will be the final time students take this test for the current year. MAP gives us very actionable data on student growth over time, strengths, and areas for improvement. While MAP is incredibly important, this test does not impact graduation.
Upcoming test dates are as follows:

  • May 19 + May 26: MAP testing for all students
  • May 30 + May 31: SBAC English testing for 10th graders

School Calendar for 2017-18 Year
We are excited to share our 2017-18 School Year Calendar with you all! While most of it should look pretty similar, there is one major change that may standout: we are shifting student Expeditions to happen every Friday for the upcoming year. We are really hopeful that this decision will help support your students by:

  • Allowing students to explore their passions/electives every week!
  • Provide a more consistent schedule for our Expedition teaching partners, which in turn allows us to find and retain really high quality teachers,
  • Support a consistent flow and routine to all weeks of the school year, and allow faculty to plan and support interventions even quicker,
  • Builds Habits, Community, and Culture time back into the week, that all students will have every week (either on Friday or Monday, depending on the mentor group).

We are very excited about this change, and really believe it will be a support to our school and that students will really appreciate Expeditions to look forward to each week. Students will continue to also have mentor check-ins each Friday as well before Expeditions starts.
Additionally, to support students arriving to be ready for classes on time and to support sports and other after school activities, school operating hours will change slightly.
Here are some key times for next year:

    • Brunch will be served before school from 8:15-8:30.
    • Classes will start at 8:30.
    • Lunch will be served from 11:35-12:05
    • School will dismiss at 3:15.


  • Note: We will still run after school supports between 3:30-5pm Monday-Thursday.