No school on Friday 4/24 - Teacher Professional Development Day
Raven Report: April 22, 2020
No School on Friday 4/24 - Teacher Professional Development and Work Day

The Summit has rescheduled the March 23rd Wellness Professional Development Session and Teacher Work Day to this Friday, April 24th. There will be no distance learning classes or lessons that day. Instead, Summit faculty and staff will participate in a Wellness and Self-Care session for professionals working with children, presented by Burrell Behavioral Health's School Based Services staff.
Grandfriends Day 

Now, more than ever, it is
important to maintain connection and community even while we are social distancing. We will still be celebrating Grandfriends Day, scheduled for Tuesday, April 28th, virtually to share our learning with our grandfriends.

Please look for additional information from your classroom teacher or grade level mentor for specifics on how your child's grade will be celebrating.
Yearbook Deadline Extended: Orders due Friday, April 24th

With the extension of our distance learning plan, the yearbook committee has decided to extend the ordering deadline for the 2019-2020 yearbook through Friday, April 24th. This new timeline will still ensure that yearbooks arrive at The Summit prior to the last week of school, May 11th. Questions? Please contact Amy Maas or Emma Smith.
Senior Spotlight: Faith Guyer
Q&A with Faith

What grade were you in when you joined The Summit?
I joined The Summit during the second semester of my sophomore year. 

What are you looking forward to most after graduating?
I am looking forward to having an amazing summer full of kayaking and mountain biking before I go to college.

Where will you be attending college/university? 
Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska   

What major or course of study do you plan to pursue? 
I am going in undecided, but I am mostly looking into pre-law, pre-med, or business.

Why did you choose that? 
I have always had a lot of interests in life and pinning down just one for me is hard.

What is your favorite color of uniform polo and why? 
Red, it's the only one I have!

What is your favorite Summit memory or defining moment? 
My favorite memory is when we did the food drive and my friends and I went out around town during lunch each day trying to win the food drive.

How have you grown in the past four years? 
Throughout my time at The Summit and GOCAPS, I have become more outgoing and have become more confident in my presentation and paper writing skills.

What advice do you have for younger Summit students?
Join a sport! It's a great way to make more friends.
Teacher Memories from  Mrs. Smith

Faith & Alexis during a Culinary Arts class this school year.
When I think of Faith, my brain brings a few things to the forefront. First, the term "excellence." A few winters ago, Faith created and shared a spoken word poem that will probably always stick with me. Her focus was on excellence. She is a person who strives, who pushes the envelope, whose whole self exudes a growth mindset. She understands that practice makes improvement, and she is diligent in practicing those things about which she is passionate. 

The second thing that comes to mind is friendship. Faith is inclusive and welcoming, always ready to bring someone new into the fold and offer her friendship. She is funny and clever, and her quick wit helps others to feel welcome to be honest with her. 

Finally, I really appreciate how creative Faith is. She thinks outside of the box in her discussion in class and in the ways that she approaches projects. A research project can turn into a puzzle explaining an advanced concept on a level younger students can understand and interact with.

I'm so grateful to have known and worked with Faith over the past two and a half years. She is a joy to all those around her, and I'm anxiously anticipating the wonderful future she has ahead!

Teacher Memories from  Ms. Brown

One of my favorite memories of Faith comes from Public Speaking class when she gave a demonstration speech on how to use a Chinese yo-yo. Faith gave her full effort to every speech she did, but for this one, she really went above and beyond, even purchasing a better yo-yo for the occasion and recruiting classmates to learn from her during rehearsal week. On speech day, she really drew in her audience with the promise of becoming "three times cooler in the next five minutes." If that's not an effective speech hook, I don't know what is.  
Celebrating the Class of 2020

We need your help to celebrate the Class of 2020! We would love to gather some words of encouragement from The Summit community to share with our seniors in the Raven Report in May.

If you would like to contribute an inspirational message or quote, please fill out the following form through the button below:

Annual Campaign for the Raven Fund
The Annual Campaign for The Raven Fund is vitally important to our entire school community. Your contributions fund all of our critical functions and we are so grateful for the support we have received this year. 

We'd really like to move the number on our participation goal and we need your help today.

Please consider a donation today of $50, $25 or even $10 to help keep our numbers looking good!

Please click the link below or contact Vince Currao  to support The Summit.

Goal: $30,000
Total Raised:  $24,684

Family participation goal: 100%
Current Status:  15%
Counselor's Corner
Image from Common Sense Media
How can I protect my kid's mental health during this pandemic?

Our kids have had to be troopers as we find our way through the pandemic. But as they spend more days in isolation, take in more bad news, and adjust to distance learning, it's clear that life in quarantine is taking its toll. Depression, anxiety, fear-they're not always easy to detect in tweens. And that's what's agonizing: How do parents protect kids' mental health during this uncertain and scary time? Our latest poll uncovers clues to the answer. But first it reveals some hard truths.

Common Sense and Survey Monkey polled over  800 U.S. teens to find out how they're coping with having their lives upended by the coronavirus, and what they do for connection. Not surprisingly, they're stressed out. They also:
  • Worry about school. Ninety-five percent of 13- to 17-year-olds have had their classes canceled, 41% have had no school at all, and more than a quarter say it's hard to find a place to study at home.
  • Fret about their families. They not only fear that a loved one will become infected, they fret about finances, especially Black and Latinx kids.
  • Feel lonely and disconnected. About four in 10 teens feel "more lonely than usual" right now, nearly the same number as those who say they feel "about as lonely as usual." And, even with texting and social media-which they turn to even more now-they miss close association with friends.
  • Follow the news. Compared to pre-pandemic times, more kids are going directly to news organizations for information instead of learning about it from friends and family.
If your family's been healthy, and lucky enough to avoid some of the collateral damage the virus has inflicted, then you're in a unique position to help relieve some of that pressure kids are feeling. You can set the emotional tone, talk to them about their media, and dig into their feelings. Here are ideas that can help:
  • Create new routines that provide a sense of stability.
  • Foster a connection to learning.
  • Acknowledge loss of important milestones.
  • Tell kids how you feel, and ask how they're doing.
  • Look for positives.
  • Encourage discussion.
  • Set an example by taking news breaks.
  • Revel in warm-and-fuzzy stuff.
  • Just ... be.
Honestly, all your kids really need from you right now is to be their parent. You don't have to be superhuman. Emotional support goes a really long way toward helping kids feel safe, secure, and loved. School, friends, good news-it'll all come back in time.

A "Special" Challenge
Physical Education 
Attention all 4th - 7th Graders: Check out this writing competition about the importance of SPORTS! This gives each contestant a chance for a cash prize, and they get to write about something they love! Click here for more information about Scholastic's Persuasive Writing Contest: Why Do Sports Matter?

Follow along on the Mrs. Teed's PE blog!
By Zahra in 1st Grade
Mrs. Murphy is enjoying seeing all the beautiful and creative Art projects Summit students are working on at home! Here are just a few of the emailed images she's received.

Follow along on Mrs. Murphy's Art blog!

By Izzie in 7th Grade

By Molly in 5th Grade

Our Summit Community
Earth Day 2020: Native Plants at The Summit Prep

On Earth Day 50, we celebrate our planet! At The Summit, we are upgrading our backyard to include Native Gardens and a Pollinator Garden. The first plants have arrived and we are so thankful to our donor community for making this possible! A special shout out to botanist and Summit parent/Board member Dana Thomas for her leadership on this project!

The yellow flowers are Golden Alexander ( Zizea aurea). The pink flowers are Rose Verbena ( Glandularia canadensis). Other nonblooming species pictured include Pale Purple Coneflower ( Echinacea pallida), the gorgeous yellow blooms of Missouri Evening Primrose which will be planted under the school sign at the parking lot entrance ( Oenothera macrocarpa), Switchgrass ( Panicum virgatum), Missouri Coneflower ( Rudbeckia missouriensis), Spicebush ( Lindera benzoin) and Swamp Milkweed ( Asclepias incarnata), and over 20 other Missouri natives. 

All species were selected because they are host plants or nectar plants for our dwindling native bird and insect populations.

To Do List
Spend Your Summer at The Summit

Camp Raven is the summer program at The Summit for incoming Beginner through 5th grade students. These camps provide a fun and stimulating way for your child to continue learning over the summer break. Each camp is themed to a different topic and encompasses several subject areas, from science and art to music and history. Campers will have fun while learning and making new friends!
Donate to The Raven Fund
Questions? Contact Vince Currao, Development Officer.

As you know, the 2020 Annual Campaign for the Raven Fund is off and running! If you have questions, feel free to contact Vince Currao at The Summit, or consult with your financial advisor.
STEM Connection
NASA's Citizen Scientist
(Information from NASA's website:

Want to work on some real NASA science? Become a Citizen Scientist and contribute to on-going missions by making discoveries of your own with #NASAAtHome. No experience necessary!

NASA's citizen science projects are collaborations between scientists and interested members of the public. Through these collaborations, volunteers (known as citizen scientists) have helped make thousands of important scientific discoveries.  Click on one of the projects on the website to get started. Projects with the icon can be done by anyone, anywhere, with just a cellphone or laptop.
Support The Summit

AmazonSmile: Shop & Support The Summit

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice, The Summit Prep. You must go through (not to log into your Amazon account for the benefits to work.

Questions? Contact  Kristin Walker, Finance & Operations Officer.

Online Options for Growth Fund Credits with Scrip!

Shopping online? Be sure to check out for your shopping needs!

As always feel free to reach out to Phil Isley, Summit Dad and Scrip Coordinator, with any questions.
Mabel's Labels
Mabel's Labels are great, adhesive labels for everything: uniform shirts, water bottles, lunch boxes, pencil cases, laptops, etc. They stick and won't come off in the wash! 

Questions? Contact   Ellen Chindlund, SPO Treasurer.
New: Box Tops App! No more clipping!    
Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products, and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. Click here to learn more about the app.

Don't forget to keep collecting all your Box Tops, labels, and Tyson product codes! We have a clear bucket in the lobby to collect these labels all year long. Please be sure to ask your family and friends to collect theirs as well. The Summit gets credit for every label turned in! 

Click on the links below for more information on each program:
Summit Family Business Directory: Available to View Family Businesses

Use the link at the right, or visit

If you are interested in being listed in the Business Directory, please use this link to submit your information .

Questions? Contact Vince Currao, Development Officer. 
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