Summit School Newsletter


March 18, 2022

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From the Head of School...

Dear Summit School Community,

Don't forget to mark your calendars for these Summit Community events!

  • Summit Spring Concert March 23 (6:30),
  • Scholastic Book Fair March 28-April 1,
  • STEAM Night on March 31 (5:30-7:30),
  • and Summit's Casino Royale Gala & Auction on April 30.

They are great opportunities for us to come together and reunite as a community.


Dr. Stephanie Nardi

Thank You Summit Community!

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Summit Spring Concert

Dear Summit Families,

Hello from the Music Room! We are excited to share that students in grades K-5 and the Sabrecat Bands have selected songs and are rehearsing for our upcoming Summit Spring Concert, which will be held in the large, indoor auditorium at Mountain Park Church, 16461 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85048 on Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 p.m.

The concert will be mask-optional, but we strongly encourage everyone to wear one. We will continue to closely monitor COVID metrics in the community.

As we prepare for seating arrangements for the concert we request that you RSVP with the number of people from your family attending the concert.

Thank you,

Chris Dorsey

Jennifer Horne

STEAM Night: Join us March 31 from 5:30-7:30

STEAM Night: Activities, Experts, Displays, and Food!

Plan to attend our 2022 Summit School STEAM Night on Thursday, March 31 from 5:30 to 7:30, but come hungry. Not only will you and your family have the chance to participate in STEAM activities, but the Pizza Arno food truck will be onsite for your dinner needs.

See the event map below for activities and locations on campus. Student exhibits in the MPR include art, STEAM TEAM competition entries, and the middle school Future Cities project. We are welcoming professionals including an architect, an orthodontist, a pilot, an off-road champion, and representatives from Boeing to share their expertise. For all of our readers, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open.

This is also a great time to reunite with our Summit Community! Bring a new family who is interested in Summit to be entered into a raffle drawing for a free week of Camp Invention at Summit School June 27-July 1.

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Find All-New Adventures at Camp Invention in 2022

Camp Summit Returns in 2022!

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Speed Bumps Added to Campus

Please use added caution beginning today as you enter campus with your vehicles. For safety, we have added speed bumps to the pick-up/drop-off drive through lane in front of the school. Patience and safety are important as we ensure our students begin and end their days with a positive Summit experience. Thank you.

Summit School Visual Arts Survey

Please take a moment to provide feedback on our current visual arts program at Summit School. A short, five question survey can be found here. All responses must be provided by March 23 at 3pm.
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Content Leaders Support Our Amazing Teaching Staff

We have two amazing content leaders whose roles are to support the teaching of our amazing faculty and to work with students who need support and enrichment. They not only work closely with teachers and students, but also with administration to make decisions about needs, resources, and professional development. While they don't have a specific class assignment, their positions are an integral part of the success of our students PS-8.

Molly Danforth, our Math Coach and Interventionist, supports our students by providing math enrichment and intervention. She also assists with teacher coaching, professional development opportunities, resource selection, and student support decisions. She is the "right hand" of the Head of School with regard to mathematics.

Christine Odenkirk, the new Reading Specialist beginning in 22-23, is moving from her first grade classroom to this leadership role. Her new position will provide Summit School with a resource for teacher coaching and collaboration, professional development needs, and student support decisions. In her role as Reading Specialist, Mrs. Odenkirk will not only be working with our faculty, but will also support students with intervention and enrichment in reading.

Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee

On March 1, Summit School had its first Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee meeting. We had eight parents in attendance. Our discussion was focused on educational and celebratory experiences for our students as well as looking at the policies and practices at Summit.

We agreed that we want to ensure that Summit School grows in its recognition, education, and celebration of the diverse community we have at school and in our local community.

If you are interested in joining us, the next meeting is March 22 at 2pm at Summit School.

Tax Credits

Summit Parents,

The Institute for Better Education, IBE has released their 2022-23 Application. In order for IBE to send processed tax credits to Summit during the 2022-23 school year, please complete and return directly to IBE at or you may complete the application online at prior to June 1st. IBE cannot send processed tax credits to Summit for July’s tuition until the application is submitted.

In addition, please see the attached flyer for the upcoming IBE Tax Credit webinars. Below is the link to IBE’s registration for their webinars on February 10th.

IBE 2.10.2022 Tax Credit Webinars The link is for all three webinars, although anyone can join in at any time once registered if they do not need all three.

They will present the following webinars at the times below:

  • Planning for Private School (5:30 pm): This webinar is for families who are not already in private school but would like to solicit Recommended Funds prior to attending. Great for potential families!
  • Tax Credit 101 (6:30 pm): This is the life of a tax credit, from donation through scholarship. Great for everyone!
  • Soliciting Funds (7:30 pm): This takes a deeper dive into how to solicit for Recommended Fund Scholarships. Great for anyone who wants to focus on Recommended Funds!

We Make Summit Amazing!

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Marsha Casey, Library Supervisor

I enthusiastically moved to Arizona the day after I graduated from the University of Toledo in 1982. Since that time, I got married, worked in restaurant management, sales, and a library at a catholic school. I began my Summit career about 11 years ago. While working in kindergarten, I earned my elementary teaching certification from Rio Salado. I am thrilled to be here, now in the IDEA Lab!

I have been married for 36 years with two lovely daughters. One is a teacher in Maryland with her husband and my three grandchildren. The other is a teacher at a local catholic school with a two year old puppy. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, snuggling with the pups, and my newfound love of pickleball!

Molly Danforth, Math Coach and Interventionist

I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona with my two sisters and five brothers.Yes, a native of Arizona! I attended Gonzaga University (Go Zags!) in Spokane, Washington. After spending some time in the Northwest, I moved back to Arizona to be closer to my family and for the warmer weather. I have been teaching over 25 years and have taught first through third grades. I love to teach all subjects but have a passion for Geography and Math! My biggest accomplishment was becoming a National Board Certified Teacher in 2004 and renewed in 2014.

When I am not at school, I enjoy working out, playing tennis, running, spending time with my family, going to San Diego & playing on the beach, reading, hiking, and traveling around the world. I have been to Ireland, England, France, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Mexico. My dream would be to own a cottage or castle in Ireland!!

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Gayle Green, Preschool Teacher

Ms. Green has been an early childhood educator in Arizona and Texas since 2002. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Arizona State University. She has continued her education with classes in Child Development and Early Literacy Acquisition. She completed a math training course through INTEL to further her math knowledge and familiarize herself with the Common Core learning trajectories in preschool and the early elementary grades and has trained extensively with the Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative in Chicago. She has been teaching in one of our 5 days classes at Summit since 2007 and serves as the preschool’s Early Childhood Math Specialist.

COVID-related Absences

Please communicate all COVID-related absences to both and your child's homeroom teacher. The teacher will then reach out to you within 24 hours to set up a plan for your child's academic success during the absence.

Summit Apparel Store

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