Summit School Newsletter


April 8, 2022

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From the Head of School...

Dear Summit School Community,

Please join our staff in welcoming our new teachers to Summit School on May 11 from 4-6pm. This is a casual reception that will give you an opportunity to meet our new staff members face to face before the end of the school year. Your children may attend with you, but should remain in the MPR under your supervision.

Thank you for all you do.


Dr. Stephanie Nardi

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Camp Summit Returns in 2022!

Find All-New Adventures at Camp Invention in 2022

Camp Parent Needed for Camp Invention- Week 4

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Contact Dr. Nardi for more information.

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Please Welcome, Aisawan Chanpraphap

Hello there! My name is Aisawan Chanpraphap. I was born in Thailand and moved here when I was eight years old. I enjoy traveling with my family and still life oil painting during my free time. This will be my first year teaching after graduating from Northern Arizona University. My major is in Art Education, and I also hold a minor in Japanese. I am incredibly excited to be teaching Preschool - 2nd grade Art and Middle School Japanese Exploratory Language Elective. I cannot wait to get to know the students and the rest of the community!
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More Great Summit Art!

Great Learning Opportunities Coming to Summit!

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

  1. 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.
  2. We will also offer a class on American Sign Language as an elective. This will be taught by Mrs. Mauermann.
  3. 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.

Summit Apparel Store- New Items Added!

Gear up with back to school apparel! Check out the Summit apparel store for customizable shirts, pants, and accessories with your favorite Summit logos!


You can also support our Cybrecat Robotics by purchasing gear at

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Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee

The D & I Committee met on April 5. We read through student and staff definitions of both diversity and inclusiveness to develop what will be our working "definition" at Summit School. See below. This definition will be used to drive decision-making moving forward with regard to offering educational opportunities and revising policies. If you would like to share your thoughts, please do so here. Thank you.

Summit School acknowledges and celebrates the unique differences within our community. Summit is committed to education and policies that support an inclusive environment.

Good Job, Cybercat Robotics!

The tournament in Iowa has come to a close. After waiting for two years, Wade and Sydney finally got to attend the Create U.S. Open. Our fourth grade team got to attend for the first time. These were against some of the best teams in the US, including incredible teams from California, Texas, and many other states.

Elementary, the team of Camille Lucy and Doris had a very successful tournament, placing sixth overall and fifth in individual skills. This was out of 40 teams that participated.

Our middle school team of Wade and Sydney came in 12th overall and 21st in individual skills. Middle school had about 43 teams that participated.

This was an incredible learning experience for all of them. Having to navigate working with teams from all over the country, using those communication and collaboration skills. Seen all the multitude of designs by others around the country.

We saw some pictures from Mrs. Casey showing a couple of different classes watching in the idea lab. The students in Iowa thought that was great when I showed them, and they felt the support from Arizona. Occasionally, we remembered to wave back at the camera.

Congrats to these amazing students.

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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.

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