Minidoka Jr. High Parent Newsletter

November, 2022

Benefits of Alternative Education Programs

Every student can learn! And every student should have the opportunity to learn and to achieve a quality of life they desire based on their educational efforts and achievements. Alternative schooling opportunities are to accommodate the educational needs of its youth.

Students at MJH have a mentor teacher who visits with them 1:1 at least once every 2 weeks. Together, they review student progress and establish plans for success and support.

Dates to Remember

November 17: Parent/Patron Advisory Team Meeting with lunch provided 12:30-1:30 at our building (310 10th St. Rupert)

November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break

December: IF you have an 8th grade student who wants to start school at Minico in 9th grade, please schedule a meeting with your child's mentor teacher (before December 15) in order to establish a transition plan to return to their traditional middle school second semester (determined by the team of parents/student/teachers/administrator).

December 8: Century Cinemas-"Strange World" movie from 9:00-11:00 am Students will need a signed permission slip to attend, and $4.50 for entrance fee. Concessions will be open if students desire to purchase snacks.

December 8: 6:00-7:30 Parent Night: Ryan Thomas is donating a family portrait session free of charge for all of our families from 6:00-7:00. We will have a hot chocolate bar, student showcase of their work, student awards, student video and Summit support for parents to access their student's work online.

December 19-January 2: Christmas Break

January 3: School Resumes-2nd Semester


We are working as a staff to come up with strategies to help students come up with solutions to their problems. We have had some very positive conversations with students and have been collaboratively working through tough situations.

Students in Mr. Bell's Social Studies class have been learning about the values of medieval honor codes, and researching businesses and products that share their own personal values. Currently, they are putting the finishing touches on their final product for the project: A professional-looking poster PSA that highlights the values of a company that's important to them. They're looking great, and will be on display on Parent Night on December 8th.

Mrs. Bruns would like to CELEBRATE the hard work of Ryan Casey! Ryan has been independently responsible to come to English class during self-directed time to get all of his late work completed from the first project. It is great to see students develop personal responsibility. THANKS, RYAN!

In English classes we are currently wrapping up our second projects. Please check Summit if you want to see the progress your learner is making toward completion of English projects. Students are also working to master power focus areas as well as starting to read personal choice books with a small group.

In Personal Finance class, students most recently learned how to balance a checkbook. It was great to hear so many thoughtful questions and see serious efforts to understand the differences between checks, debit cards, ATM transfers and deposits.

In career/technical education class, students designed and 3D printed their own custom nameplate using Tinkercad.

Parent Login to Summit Platform Instructions

How do I log into the Summit Learning Platform?

To log into the Summit Learning Platform as a parent/guardian:

  1. Go to
  2. Click Parents Login in the upper right
  3. Sign in with your username or email address, as well as your password

If you’ve forgotten your password:

  1. Click Forgot Password? on the login screen, under Password
  2. Enter your username or email address, then click Reset Password. You’ll receive an email with further instructions to reset your password

If you don’t receive the email, or if you’ve forgotten your username or email address, your child’s teacher should be able to provide you with that information.

If you don't have a parent account, please reach out to your student's teacher or principal and provide them with your name and email address for them to create an account for you. They will provide you with a username and password, which you can later update.

If you have additional questions or need more help, just contact our help desk.

Instructions to See Your Child's Work on Summit

Where can I see my child’s work?

As a parent/guardian, you may want to see what your child is working on at school. From the menu on the left, you can explore this through 3 different avenues:


In the Week section, your child can plan and set goals for focus areas and checkpoints they are working on. Clicking on a goal will take you to the corresponding focus area or Project it is associated with.


The Year section shows your child’s progress across all subjects. Scroll down to see each of your child’s courses, as well as the Projects and focus areas for each course.

The vertical blue line is the pacing line, and it indicates where your child should be today in order to be on track, or on-pace, to complete a given course by the end of the school year. Projects and focus areas to the left of the line are either completed or behind schedule, while all Projects and focus areas to the right of the line are upcoming in the school year. Students are free to work on focus areas ahead of time or return to previous focus areas for review at any time. You can toggle to past or future school years by clicking on the left or right arrows at the top right of the page.

Note: Projects that have been assigned are sized proportionally, depending on the start and end dates of the Projects. For example, a longer Project will take up more space than a shorter Project. Projects that are unassigned, as well as all focus areas, are spaced equally and are presented at the same width.

How do I see my child's specific assignments?

You can view your child's specific assignments by clicking into a project. Once you are viewing a project, you can click into the individual assignments to see your student's progress as well as the teachers' written feedback.

  1. Go to your child's Year Page
  2. Click into a project
  3. Click into a checkpoint or final product

4. See your child's progress and the teacher's comments


In the Progress section, you can view everything your child recently worked on, a summary of his/her goals for each week, and a space to view notes from teachers and mentors.

You can also view your child’s grades in each of their classes based on their current pace. Keep in mind that these grades are not final until the school year ends and may change whenever students complete Projects or pass Content Assessments. By clicking into each course, you will receive a detailed grade summary.

Purchasing Uniforms or School Gear: Uniforms can be purchased at the office at MJH or online through the link below.