September 4, 2019
Dear Summit School Families,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. We are all excited to begin another Summit Adventure. We have a bit of a new look this year. We have added a set of two portable classrooms north of our building. This will house two middle school classrooms. This extra space will be very helpful as things have been very cramped the past few years. We are also excited to be piloting new math curriculum in three classrooms this year.
We would like to welcome several new staff members to the Summit family. Emily Fletcher will be our new Library/Technology teacher. She has been a classroom teacher at Summit in the past. The last four years she has been a district technology teacher who worked with classroom teachers on integrating technology into their instruction. Sue Lovins is new to our 4th grade team. She comes to us from Bowdish Middle School. We added Kelsey Gretch to our kindergarten team. She comes to us from Adams Elementary. Cindy Mertins is our new head custodian. She has worked at this building in the past and has been trying to get back here for a while.
During planning and collaboration time, teachers in all grades will be working on further implementation of our English/Language Arts EL modules that we have adopted as our curriculum. We are taking the first steps to rebuild our expeditions. We will also be working on improving our math instruction. We are excited about three of our teachers piloting a new math curriculum along with several other teachers in the district. Collaboration time also allows our staff to share ideas for instructional improvement, giving students access to the strengths of all teachers. By working together instead of in isolation, a sense of shared responsibility and accountability is created as we focus on the success of each student.
The staff members at Summit know how important our families are to the success of the school. Your support throughout the year is integral in the success of our students. Without the great parent support, we could not have the expeditions and adventure activities that we enjoy. We thank you for the past support and in advance of the support you will give this year. Last year we added a Fun Run to our Auction as a second fundraiser. Both events were very successful. We look forward to continuing these great activities as we raise funds to do all of our “Summit Extras.”
Our entire staff is dedicated to improving student learning for all our students. Our teachers collaborate together to design engaging expeditions and lessons to meet the needs of all students. We will have intervention and extension plans in place for students. Our task is to find each student’s skill level and take them forward from there. To be successful we need to partner with you, the families of our students. We must keep the communication flowing between school and home. We need your support as we ask students to practice skills at home. At Summit, we have high expectations for all students. We have even higher expectations for ourselves. We are honored that you trust us with your children’s education.