What an amazing start to school! We were thrilled to welcome our new students last Monday. Our camping trip was a wonderful time for community building. And we began our first full week of instruction with a solar eclipse!
We want each student to make a strong start, so this week our goal is that each student passes at least one “power focus area” (PFA). Each course includes projects – which helps students develop cognitive skills – and PFAs, which help students expand their content knowledge for a particular subject. Students learn from a “playlist” of resources on a topic, take notes and ask questions about what they’ve learned, and then take a content assessment to demonstrate their mastery of the topic. Students take content assessments throughout the year for each course. Students, teachers, mentors, and parents can monitor progress by looking at the Summit Learning Platform. Parents, please sit down with your student this week and review their early progress in their courses. On Thursday, September 7 we’re having our Back-to-School night which will include parent training on the Platform. On Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, we’ll hold “PLP Meetings” (personalized learning plan) with each student, their parent(s), and their mentor.
Thank you to all the parents who supported our camping trip! Dozens of you drove, cooked, and donated. It’s such a special way to start the school year, and we hope it was enjoyable for the parents who were involved. We’ll call on your support again next March for our college study trips (9th-11th grades) and next May for our senior trip. The calendar links below provide specific dates.
For the Thunderbirds!
Mr. Stewart & Ms. Toyama