Big news in this week's Raven Report!
Raven Report: Jan. 29, 2020
Summit Upper School students work on the project plan for the pollinator garden in the southwest corner of The Summit's backyard.

Native Garden Project Awarded $10,500 Grant

The Summit's Native Garden Project, an initiative of the school's STEM Task Force, has received a $10,500 grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation's Community Conservation Grant , which "promotes urban wildlife habitat improvement, encourages organizational partnerships for land stewardship, and supports the training of partner staff to manage natural landscapes." The grant, submitted by Summit parent/Board member and botanist, Dana Thomas, provides funding for the habitat improvements being made by the project: the cost of plants, seeds, and mulch.

"We plan to start planting in April," said Dana Thomas. "We hope to hold at least one Summit Community Workday on a weekend in [the spring] for students to bring their families to pitch in on the project."

The project, led by Dana and Summit teachers Michelle Brown and Rob Powers, worked with Summit Upper School students to design the layout of the pollinator garden, in the southwest corner of The Summit backyard. Eighth grader, Ainsley L.'s design for the pollinator garden was chosen by her peers as the finalized project plan.

"It hit me that [the pollinator garden] will be here years after I'm gone. Which is kinda crazy! It's really cool to be a student and have a bigger impact, like this [project]," said Ainsley. "I think it's nice that we're not only making something beautiful for the school but also helping the environment. There are multiple impacts in one project. I'm glad I got the chance to do this."

"Planting natives benefits students by fostering the critical but declining connection of children with nature thereby increasing their 'sense of place' as they learn to recognize and appreciate the plants that are indigenous to Southwestern Missouri," said Dana. "The native landscaping will benefit students by providing educational opportunities which can be incorporated into curriculum related to life science, ecology, organismal biology, history, and many additional topics of study."

The Native Garden project includes several phases. Spring 2020 will focus on flower beds along Walnut Lawn Street and the pollinator garden. Future projects include a sensory garden with native Missouri fruits and other interesting plants along the south fence line, replacement of landscaping adjacent to the building with native Missouri plants, and possibly a rain garden in the backyard.
Global School Day of Play on 2/5

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 is the Global School Day of Play! The Summit will join thousands of schools all over the globe by participating in a day dedicated to unstructured, screen-free play for all students. At The Summit, we celebrate learning on a daily basis, but we are excited to help spread the word that play is more than just fun.

Students may wear their Summit uniform or dress out in Spirit Wear and jeans at no charge. Our catered lunch that day will be a sack lunch (see February lunch menu for details). 

Want to learn more about the importance of play? Check out these great resources: 

Super Bowl Free Dress Day 1/31

In celebration of the Kansas City  Chiefs playing in the Super Bowl this year.... The Summit will hold a FREE uniform buy out day in honor of the KC  Chiefs on Friday, January 31st (the Friday before the Super Bowl).

Everyone is encouraged to wear their red/gold, school appropriate C hiefs attire, or other Super Bowl attire on this day.  Again, there is no charge to dress out on this day.

Questions? Contact Amy Maas or Whitney Wiese.
To Do List
Purchase Tickets to the STEM "Reaching for the Stratosphere" Keynote Presentation & Dinner
Questions? Contact Anne Mason or Brad Beall, STEM Summit Coordinators.

This adults-only event features a keynote presentation from Professor Patricia Reiff, Director of the Rice Space Institute at Rice University. All proceeds benefit STEM initiatives at The Summit Prep. Tickets start at $100 and sponsorships are available. This event is open to the entire Ozarks community, so please invite your friends to attend.
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.
Lunch: Pre Order Hot Lunches
Questions? Contact Whitney Wiese, Administrative Assistant.

Lunch orders need to be placed the Thursday of the week before to receive the $4 pre-order price. 

All lunch menus and pre-order forms are available at

Yearbooks 2019-2020
Questions: Contact Amy Maas or Mrs. Smith.

It's time to order 2019-2020 Yearbooks! This year the yearbooks will be organized by Summit High Schoolers in the Photojournalism Elective. Yearbooks will be on campus for our Yearbook Signing Raven Rally on Friday, May 8th. 

Lower School Dance, Beginners - 5th Grade
Thursday, February 13th
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Discovery Center |  438 E St Louis St.
**Note: There is no school on Friday 2/14.
Questions? Contact  Amy Maas

NEW this year, ALL lower school students (Beginners through 5th grade) are invited to attend The Summit's Lower School Dance! Each student (boys and girls) is invited to attend with an adult (ie: father/daughter(s), mother/son(s), etc). This is a "formal" occasion, and attendees are encouraged to "dress up" for the dance (whether in their Sunday best or a fun party outfit). A DJ, photo booth, light snacks, and party favors provided.
Upper School Mixer, Middle & High School
Thursday, February 13th
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Discovery Center |  438 E St Louis St.
**Note: There is no school on Friday 2/14.
Questions? Contact Amy Maas
The Upper School Mixer will follow the Lower School Dance. It is for students in 6th-12th grade.  Students are encouraged to invite their non-Summit friends to this event. They will need to have a guest form filled out and turned in to Dr. Heet by Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Click here to download  the dance guest form.
Sign Up to Volunteer!
Questions? Contact Jamie Altrup, SPO VP of Communications.

The Summit is an amazing community, and we have an abundance of opportunities for you to become involved. We have numerous events throughout the year, and in order to make these events happen, we need your help! 
STEM Connection
You are invited to the First Annual STEM Summit 2020

"Reaching for the Stratosphere" Keynote Presentation & Dinner

Friday, March 27, 2020
Highland Springfield Country Club

6:00 PM | VIP Reception 
6:30 PM | All Guest Cocktail Reception 
7:00 PM | Dinner 
7:30 PM | Keynote Presentation by Dr. Patricia Rieff

Dr. Reiff is a Professor at Rice University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and was the founding Director of the Rice Space Institute at the University. Prof. Reiff has been involved in space plasma physics research for over 48 years and works with NASA to help train their astronauts.

Additional Special Guest: Commander Trish Beckman, a Navy Officer, Flight Navigator, Aircraft Dispatcher, and Aeronautical Engineer. She was the first woman ever to qualify as a crewmember in the F-15E and the first American woman to qualify as a crewmember in the F/A-18D. She is now a Boeing test pilot.

The VIP reception will provide an opportunity to mingle with guests of honor, Dr. Patricia Reiff and Commander Trish Beckman, and includes complimentary beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. There are also a limited number of premiere tickets for seating at either Dr. Reiff or Cdr. Beckman's table during dinner.

General Admission Tickets: $100 per person
VIP Reception: Additional $50 per person
Premiere Tickets (only 16 available): $200 per person (includes VIP Reception)

Table sponsorships (10 seats) are also available for $1,400. This includes admittance to the VIP Reception for everyone at the table as well as special recognition.

Proceeds raised from the event will benefit STEM initiatives and Innovation Lab space at The Summit

Middle School math and science classes have been investigating scientific questions of motion, first with the use of modern day tools and technology, then from the perspective of the early scientist/mathematician, Galileo, without the use of modern day tools and technology. The outcomes include mastering standards in physical science, engineering practices, and statistics and data analysis in math. 

The integration continues in Upper School Language Arts classes where students are dissecting readings from and about Galileo.

Upcoming Events
2020-2021 School Calendars are Here!

If you missed the Sate of the School meeting last week, you missed the first release of the 2020-2021 Summit School Calendar. Use this link, or check out the website, to view the important dates for the upcoming school year.

Questions? Contact Whitney Wiese or Amy Maas.
Upper School Ice Skating Social - Friday 1/31

Summit Upper School Student Council is hosting a student social on Friday, January 31st from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Upper School students are invited to attend Open Skate at the ice park with their fellow classmates. 
Cost is $6 to skate + $3 to rent skates. 

Questions? Contact StuCo President Evan Mason or Mrs. Smith, StuCo Advisor.
Summit School Calendar 

January 2020
31 : Free Dress Day, Super Bowl Theme
31: Upper School Social - Ice Skating at Jordan Valley Park, 7-8:30 pm (led by Student Council)

February 2020
5: Day of Play
12: Late Start @ 9:30 a.m.
13: Lower School Dance, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
13: Upper School Mixer, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
13: $2 Uniform Buy Out Day
14: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day/Conferences
14: Summit Kindergarten Screenings 2020-2021
17: NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day
18: Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
20: SPO Meeting, 9 a.m.
28: LS: End of 2nd Trimester
Around Campus
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. 
Support The Summit

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As always feel free to reach out to Phil Isley, Summit Dad and Scrip Coordinator, with any questions.
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Questions? Contact  Kristin Walker, Finance & Operations Officer.
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:
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. 
Purchase Mabel's Labels Sale 
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