Summit School Newsletter


April 29, 2022

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From the Head of School...

Dear Summit School Community,

As we approach the end of the school year, it is important for us to celebrate the events and successes we have had. From our Celebrate Fall Wagon Parade, to our spring concert, our STEAM Night, and our preschool Week of the Young Child we have come back together as a Summit School Community.

We will continue to celebrate all of the small and large milestones along the way and those yet to come. This year we recognize our students success whether academic, athletic, or robotic. Our students demonstrated their academic strengths in many ways including STAR achievement that averaged two years ahead in reading and three years ahead in math. In athletics we had many successes including the middle school boys' cross country first place at the Lake Pleasant Invitational. And, our Cybercat Robotics teams have also enjoyed some amazing successes. One of our teams won the Elementary State Championship and we have teams who are heading to Worlds this month.

In addition to all of these things and those not mentioned, we have received the honor of being awarded 2021 Best Private School from Ahwatukee Foothills News. This would not have been possible without the support of our families. Together as we look ahead, we will continue to honor our great school, great staff, great students, and great community. The coming school year will bring with it more to celebrate.

On May 11, we will have another opportunity to gather as we welcome the newest staff members to Summit School for our New Teacher Welcome Reception. Please, join us if you are able.


Dr. Stephanie Nardi

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Why Support -

Think of the many experiences your children engage in each day at Summit School. They learn from extraordinary teachers how to think critically. They create. They collaborate to solve real-world problems. They engage in learning activities that peak their interest, foster academic excellence, and inspire a lifelong passion for education. They learn to respect differences and resolve conflicts while being kind and caring toward others. And, our Summit School students experience all of these things in a community of caring and supportive teachers, staff, and parents.

During our spring auction event, Summit's Casino Royale Gala & Auction, you can help Summit continue to grow and achieve success by sharing your financial support as generously as possible. Our goal is to raise $200,000 to support our school. Giving to Summit School is an opportunity for alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents, friends, faculty and staff to demonstrate to our students and to the community that our school is their charity of choice.

As with all independent schools, tuition only covers a portion of the cost of education.

Summit School must rely on the voluntary gifts of its own community to fulfill its mission. As a result, this philanthropic support covers the gap between tuition and the true cost of providing our children with small class sizes, low student-to-teacher ratios and Summit's extraordinary curriculum and programs. Through such generosity, Summit is able to provide the best faculty and a diverse curriculum that differentiates Summit from other schools.

We hope you can join us Summit's Casino Royale Gala & Auction on April 30 from 5:30-10:00 pm to celebrate our students, teachers and raising your paddle for the maximum amount you are comfortable.

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"Giving is not about making a donation. It is about making a difference."

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Please Welcome, Tresor Banani

Mr. Banani has been teaching high school physics, calculus, and advanced algebra for over ten years. He began his career in education in Georgia and is a graduate from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics with a concentration on mathematical physics. He has continued his education presenting and participating in numerous professional development seminars and conferences. Mr. Banani believes all students have a tremendous amount of untapped potential and as educators it is our responsibility to put students in the best possible position of academic success in their future by utilizing innovative and creative techniques to maximize instruction.
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Join Us for ROPES

We are looking forward to May 3 and May 4, as the 8th grade students share their ROPES experiences with the Summit community. Each day, presentations will begin at 9:15 AM in the MPR. Presenters 1-3 will begin at 9:15 on their designated ROPES day. Presenters 4-6 will begin at 1:30 PM on their designated ROPES day. Each presentation will be approximately 15-20 minutes with a short transition between presenters. We would love to have you join us. The students have worked extremely hard throughout the entire process. The schedule of 8th grade presenters and topics are listed below for your consideration. Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, May 3

1. Bastian V- Mixed Martial Arts

2. Mason C- Sports Broadcasting

3. Hudson P- Blacksmithing

4. Avery T- Platform Diving

5. Madison P- Snow Skiing

6. Case V- Magic

Wednesday, May 4

1. Kairi S- Videography

2. Teagan M- Scuba Diving

3. Sophia F- Brazilian Ju-Jitsu

4. Blake S- Japanese

5. Maryam N- Trail Running

6. Devin F- Cooking

AVOID fees! Please return all library books by May 13!

The week of May 2 will be final check-outs from the IDEA Lab. All books need to be returned by May 13. Any books that are not returned by May 13, the Business Office will invoice the book replacement fee to your family FACTS account.

Preschool Art

Last week students learned about sewing and fiber arts so we glued our own wall hanging. This week we learned about the famous street artist Keith Haring and we made our own graffiti!

More Great Learning Opportunities Coming to Summit!

We are excited to announce four great new middle school learning opportunities coming to Summit School in 22-23!

  1. Drone Flight School is coming to in 22-23 as an elective! This new elective will work on building, flying, and programming drones. Students will learn the basics of flight, FAA regulations, and more. Students will have the opportunity to fly drones indoors and outside in windless conditions. We will have obstacles and more to perfect their flying skills. Students will also earn their FAA TRUST license, required for flying drones.
  2. We have a Japanese Exploratory Language elective that will be offered all four quarters to begin in the fall. Our new teacher, Miss Chanpraphap, will be the instructor.
  3. We will also offer a class on American Sign Language as an elective. This will be taught by Mrs. Mauermann.
  4. Mr. Preston and Dr. Nardi will be team-coaching a middle school team of students as they work on HUNCH Prototype and Design 2022. HUNCH (High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware) is a high school level opportunity, but Summit students have been invited to participate and we are already set up with our NASA mentor. Mr. Preston is a perfect choice to coach as he attended a NASA Space Camp for educators in 2013. This opportunity will take place in enrichment time during the school day. A cap on team size may be determined at a later date.

Spread the word! Summit's offerings are growing and we are eager to meet the needs and interests of our students.

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