Don't Forget to Pre-Order Your Summit Mask!
Raven Report: August 26, 2020
The Summit first grade class ready for school on the day of classes!
To Do List
Lunch: Pre-Order Hot Lunches
Questions? Contact Casey Haskins, Lower School Hybrid Learning Coordinator & Receptionist.  

Lunch orders need to be placed the Thursday of the week before to receive the $4.50 pre-order price. 

REMINDER: All lunch orders, including additions or cancellations, must be received by the front desk no later than 9:00 a.m. 

All lunch menus and pre-order forms are available at

Fun Zone: Register for Morning and/or Afternoon 
Questions: Contact Casey Haskins, Lower School Hybrid Learning Coordinator & Receptionist. 

To maintain appropriate physical distancing in the Fun Zone space, all families must pre-register for Fun Zone. 

There will be no drop-in availability for Fun Zone. Students may not wait in the lobby unless they are registered for Fun Zone. 

SPO: Pre-Order Your Summit Face Mask 
Questions: Contact Shelley Beall, SPO VP of Upper School.

The Summit Parent Organization (SPO) is taking pre-orders for new Summit face masks. The masks are currently on backorder, but should arrive at The Summit soon!

The cost of each mask is $15. All proceeds benefit SPO community projects and events for the 2020-2021 school year. Payment will be processed through Summit family accounts.
Cub Scouts Popcorn Order Form
Questions: Contact Melissa Gelner, Den Leader

Support Pack 239 by ordering popcorn from Cub Scouts today! To learn more about Cub Scouts, please see the information below about the upcoming meeting on Thursday, August 27th. 
Pre-Order Your 2020-2021 Yearbook
Questions: Contact Jordan Alexander, Upper School Language Arts Teacher. 

The school year has just begun, but we're already collecting memories! Our Upper School Photojournalism class will be designing our yearbook again for the 2020/2021 school year. 

Pre-order your copy today to save 30% between now and September 30! Also, don't forget to mark your calendars... Official School Picture Day is Monday, September 28th!

Reporting COVID-19 Exposure Procedure
Questions? Contact Front Desk for an administrator. 

If you or someone in your household is notified, or if you suspect, that you have been exposed to COVID-19, please email Summit Administration at An administrator will contact you during school hours to discuss necessary precautions to follow before returning to the classroom and/or transitioning to Hybrid Learning. Please stay home. 

Administration will maintain communication with your family and notify the appropriate personnel and families if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19. This information is considered confidential, and your privacy will be maintained in all such communications. 

Please contact your primary care physician or the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for more information on COVID-19 and for recommendations on testing and quarantine.
Upcoming Events
Summit School Calendar 

August 2020
27: SPO meeting

September 2020
7: NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
16: Late Start at 9:30am
21: Board of Trustees meeting
24: $2 Uniform Buyout Day
24: SPO meeting
25: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
28: Official School Picture Day

To view the 2020-2021 Summit School Calendar use this link, or check out the website.
SPO Meeting Thursday 8/27

All Summit parents/guardians are invited to the first Summit Parent Organization (SPO) meeting of the 2020-2021 school year!

The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 27th at 9:00 a.m. in The Summit's Big Backyard (virtual option available). 

SPO is excited to kick off the school year with plans for community events, fundraising opportunities, and classroom projects!

If you plan on attending, please contact SPO Exec at to RSVP and/or to receive the Zoom link. All attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chair and enter through the east gate (by the church) where you will receive a temperature check.
Cub Scout Informational Meeting Thursday 8/27

Pack 239 is inviting all K-5 students at The Summit who are interested in learning more about Cub Scouts to an informational meeting on Thursday, August 27th. 

Outdoor Meeting Location Details
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 
Prayer Garden - Just south of the baseball diamond; shaded location 
2200 W. Republic Road, Springfield, MO 

Dens are established for each age group; parent leadership opportunities exist for some ages. Time commitment is typically 2 meetings per month (larger pack meeting and smaller den meeting). Occasional regional scouting activities are also available. 
New scout registration is $120 for the entire school year. The Summit has affiliated with established Pack 239 to offer Cub Scouts to our students. Although the group meets at SEAS church, Pack 239 includes scouts from many different schools and currently has two 5th grade Summit students in the Arrow of Light rank. Girls and boys welcome! Non-denominational organization - all faiths welcome.

Bring a camp chair and your own drink. Snack provided for scouts/visitors. Consider sticking around from 6:30-7:30 to observe the Cub Scout Pack 239 meeting immediately following in the same location. 

For more information, please contact:
Cub Scout Pack Leader
Nick Meinhardt

Den Leaders & Summit Parents
Brian and Melissa Gelner

The Summit also offers a wonderful Girl Scouts program! For more information, please contact Shelley Beall, Troop Leader.
Mrs. Smith in the 2019-2020 school year with then 8th grades during History Class.

Dual Credit World History

The Summit received exciting news that Missouri State University has approved our World History course for dual credit for all Summit High School juniors and seniors. If you would like to register with MSU to receive college credit, please CLICK HERE for the steps to complete before September 10, 2020. 

A few points to be aware of:  
  • MSU has waived the ACT test requirement for this semester
  • The cost is $70 per credit hour, or $210 total (this is a 3 hour college course)
  • The course code in MSU's system to register is HIS 104
  • Freshmen and sophomores who are interested in dual credit may review MSU requirements here
  • Please review the information below for benefits students enrolled in dual credit will receive from MSU
Please let Mrs. Breckner or Mrs. Smith know if you have any questions about dual credit or registration. 

Thank you, Mrs. Smith, for providing such an amazing course that allows this opportunity for our students!

MSU dual credit students will continue to have the following benefits this fall:
  • Students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program can receive 6 hours of dual credit free
  • Access to the university library through dual credit subject guides
  • Use of the BearClaw Center for learning and writing support
  • Affordable college credit that is recorded on a university transcript
Teacher Feature: Mr. Madar
Mr. Madar in the 2019-2020 school year with the then 6th graders reviewing algebraic skills during Math class.  Learn more about The Summit faculty 
in the weekly Raven Report!

What is your name?
Paul Sandor Madar...Hungarian/Turkish name meaning Little Great Bird.

What do you teach at The Summit?
Integrated Math (Pre-Algebra), Geometry, Data Science I, and Independent Calculus. But also how to clean up after yourself, how to lower your voice, how to focus through your senses, how to respect your classmates, etc. 

How long have you been teaching at The Summit?
Since last August! 

How long have you been working in education?
I've been teaching in various capacities since 1996. Yow! That's 24 years.

Where did you go to college?
Cornell University, Jordan College of Fine Arts, Butler University, and
School of Metaphysics 

What was your major?
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Cornell), Applied Music (Jordan), Master of Business Administration (Butler), and Master of Divinity (SOM)

Mr. Madar with his daughter
When you were in school, what was your favorite subject?
I really loved acting. I took acting courses and got in performances because it freed me from a lot of inhibitions and shyness. I was both horrified and hooked.

Now that you're a teacher, what is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lessons are still          anything to do with attention, awareness, mindfulness, and concentration. At The Summit, I would say any lesson that pulls together two or three concepts into a beautiful AHA! moment for a student. 

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
The Egyptian pyramids. First to check the ratios the 6th graders came up with last year, and second to explore in person some of the greatest mysteries of civilization. 

What is your favorite thing about teaching at The Summit?
There is a tangible idealism permeating all levels of the school that I believe the students can sense and that supports their progress and exploration. 

What is one of your favorite books?
One is the The Bhagavad Gita, a very deep, esoteric hero's journey allegory. Another is There Is a River: The Story of Edgar Cayce by Thomas Sugrue, a profound glimpse into the realms and systems beyond their physical world. 

If you had to pick, would you rather be a bird, a fish, or a lizard? 
Easy -- I would be a Little Great Bird. 
Around Campus
4th grade students playing Mono Loco outside in daily Spanish class.

Mono Loco in the Big Backyard

At The Summit, students receive Spanish every single day...TODOS LOS DÍAS! Some of the highlights from the first week of school have been students choosing their very own Spanish name to use throughout the school year and playing one of the all-time favorite Spanish games, Mono Loco or Crazy Monkey! 

Mono Loco is a game that gets students up and moving around while they practice their Spanish-speaking skills with peers. Adding physical movement to the classroom is a powerful tool when learning a second language. While the weather cooperates, it also allows students to get outside, but still stay physically distanced. 
6th grade students enjoying sunshine and Social Studies outside in the Big Backyard.

Outdoor Learning with Extended WiFi

Thank you to all of our donors for your generous support at last year's Gala. Your contributions have helped us fund the extension of our WiFi into our Big Backyard. Students have already been enjoying this update with many classes held outside in the first week of school!

A special shout out to Summit parent Dr. Xiang Guo and his students from the Missouri State University Information Technology and Cybersecurity department for all your assistance in setting up our extended WiFi over the summer in time for the first day of school!
Now Accepting Applications!

The Summit is still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year! We have virtual admissions options and screenings flexible for a variety of family schedules. If you know someone who would love to learn at The Summit, please contact Amy Maas, Summit Admissions Officer.

Don't forget Family Referral Bonuses! Current Summit families who refer a new student to The Summit could receive up to $500 in Growth Fund credit! Email Amy for more details.
Family Business Directory

The Summit will be updating the Family Business Directory for the 2020-2021 school year. The Summit uses the Family Business Directory to build relationships within The Summit community by offering families with businesses the opportunity to list their business information. This directory allows our families to support one another through referrals and patronage. 

Participation is completely optional and free of charge. Teachers also use the directory as a reference for potential guest speakers in their classrooms and/or field trip opportunities. If you are interested in being listed in the Family Business Directory, please use this link to submit your information.

Questions? Contact Vince Currao, Development Officer.

Lands' End Sale 8/29-8/31

Lands' End is offering 30% off for three days only! Don't miss out on the sale between August 29th and August 31st! 

PIN: 1234 

Support The Summit

Earn Rebates Towards Summit Growth Fund

Check out Scrip's new App, RaiseRight, in your app store.  Just sign in with your scrip account and all your E card purchases will be right there in your wallet!  "I've used it multiple times this summer and it is so much easier to earn money for your students growth fund," said Phil Isley, Summit parent and Script Coordinator. "If you have any questions please reach out to me!"

As always, feel free to reach out to Phil Isley, Summit parent and Scrip Coordinator, with any questions.
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.
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!
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:
The Summit Preparatory School | 417.869.8077 | Fax: 417.986.3777