Raven Report: March 31, 2021
Leah M. (7th) with Mr. Rob Powers, Upper School Science Faculty. Mr. Powers was also awarded the Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair Teacher Award for the Junior Division.
Remember Leah M.'s incredible, first place winning science project highlighted in last week's Raven Report?

Well, guess what, Summit community...

The judges of the Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair were so impressed with Leah's project that they have nominated her to compete at the NATIONAL Broadcom MASTERS Competition (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), the nation's premiere middle school STEM competition.

To even be nominated means that Leah is ranked among the top 10% of middle school STEM competitors in the NATION.

We could not be more proud and impressed with Leah and this phenomenal honor and accomplishment.

In addition to taking first place, Leah was also awarded the following honors for her project at the Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair:

Association for Women Geoscientists Certificate

Women in Science Junior Division Certificate and
$25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

Fly high, Leah! The Summit is rooting for you!
To Do List
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Reporting COVID-19 Exposure Procedure
If you or someone in your household is notified, or if you suspect, that you have been exposed to COVID-19, please email administration at frontdesk@thesummitprep.org. 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 provider or the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for more information on COVID-19 and for recommendations on testing and quarantine.

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Friends of the Garden Work Day TOMORROW, April 1st - It's Not a Joke!
Calling all Friends of the Garden! The next garden work day is TOMORROW, April 1st from 9am-12pm.

The plan is to move mulch, even out the garden edges, and get a head start on spring weeds. If you have them, please bring rakes, shovels, and weeding tools. You might also consider bringing clippers, gloves, kneepads, and drinking water.

Please check in at the front desk for a temperature check before meeting in the pollinator garden. 
Early Release THIS Friday, April 2nd
Next Friday, April 2nd, is an Early Release Day at 1:00 p.m.!

There will be NO AFTERNOON FUN ZONE on Friday 4/2.

All students should be picked up at 1:00 p.m.
The Summit at Seuss Science Day on Saturday, April 10th
The Summit has been invited to participate in KSMU’s Seuss Science Day on Saturday, April 10th from 10am-2pm at the Pat Jones YMCA.

Mr. Powers will be there performing stage demonstrations at the event, and we will have a booth set up with hands-on activities throughout the day.

This is sure to be an exciting and educational event for students (targeted for ages 4-10), and we invite all of our families to come out and enjoy some Professor Powers antics and Seuss-y science-y fun!
Upcoming Events
April 2021
2: Early Release, 1:00pm (No Afternoon Fun Zone)
7: Free Buyout Day, Senior Celebration (Drury Colors - Red/Black)
15: $2 Uniform Buyout Day, Peru Themed
16: NO SCHOOL - Home Stretch Holiday
19: Board of Trustees meeting, 5:30pm
21: Late Start at 9:30am
22: All-School Service Day in Big Backyard
23: Spring Picture Day
29: SPO meeting, 9am

May 2021
4: Grandfriends’ Day (virtual) & EARLY RELEASE at 11:30am
 5: Late Start at 9:30am
11: Graduation (Details TBA)
12: Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser, 4-8pm
13: SPO meeting, 9am
17: Board of Trustees meeting, 5:30pm
18: $2 Uniform Buyout Day
19: Field Day/Last Day of School & EARLY RELEASE at 11:30am
FREE Uniform Buyout Day on Wednesday,
April 7th
We are excited to announce that Summit Senior Alexis W. is signing with Drury University's athletics department to run cross country and track & field starting this fall! To celebrate this incredible achievement, we will be hosting a FREE Uniform Buyout Day next Wednesday, April 7th to honor Alexis.

Students are invited to dress out of uniform at no cost this day, and the theme will be Red & Black in honor of Drury's school colors.

Congratulations, Alexis! Your Summit family is so proud of you! Read more about Alexis and her accomplishments in a special Senior Spotlight coming this April!
ISACS Virtual Parent Education Series:
Watch All Webinars Now!
We hope you have enjoyed the ISACS parent education series!

For full instructions on how to access each webinar, please click here.

We would love to hear from you! If you view the webinar series, please email us your feedback at info@thesummitprep.org or let us know what suggestions you have for other topics in parent education you would like to see in the future.

"I benefited so much from the recent ISACS webinar! Learning about executive function skills in children was incredibly eye-opening. I am definitely better equipped to parent and support my kids now. Thank you for making these webinars available to parents. I'm already looking forward to the next one!" - Dana Thomas, Summit Parent
Annual Campaign
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Wow! We are blown away by everyone's participation on Give Ozarks Day! Thanks to your incredible outpouring of support, we were able to raise $30,924 in operating funds for our school. On behalf of every member of The Summit team, we extend our heartfelt gratitude and thanks! 

This brings our totals for the Annual Campaign, to date, to:

  • 76% Family Participation
  • $50,522.33 Raised

The Annual Campaign is our most important fundraising effort of the year. These funds are vital to underwriting all of The Summit’s operational and programming costs that benefit our students and teachers each day. This year, more than ever, operating funds have become essential to The Summit as we worked to mitigate educational disruptions and financial challenges due to COVID-19. Your personal investment in The Summit is truly appreciated by each member of our student body, faculty, and staff.

Participation counts! Our goal every year is to have 100% participation from our school community. Your pledge in any amount helps us reach that goal!
Thank you, again, for your overwhelming support and generosity. It’s because of supporters like you that The Summit is proud to be a small school with a big heart.
Camp Raven Corner
Register for Camp Raven!
Spend your summer at The Summit with Camp Raven! These weekly camps provide a fun, safe, and stimulating way to continue learning over the summer break. Each camp, led by talented and enthusiastic instructors, focuses on a central theme from explorations in STEM and art to music and movement. Campers will have fun while learning and making new friends! 

Check out some of these exciting camp offerings, and register today!
Jr. Camp Raven: Commotion in the Ocean
Morning Camp: June 7-11 (Early Learners/PreK-Kindergarten)
Camp Instructor: Señora Raven, Summit Teacher

Dive into an underwater adventure learning all about sea life! Campers will be engaged in activities that help them understand why Earth is referred to as the “water planet.” We will learn about the Earth’s oceans and sea creatures, and how they are an essential part of our global ecosystem.
Camp Raven: Puzzle Solvers
Morning Camp: June 7-11 (1st-5th Grade)
Camp Instructor: Mrs. Yarnell, Summit Teacher

Do you love a good challenge? Give your critical thinking and problem-solving skills a workout. Practice thinking outside the box as you decipher puzzles, riddles and brainteasers. We will also assemble and make puzzles of all sizes. You’ll work by yourself and in teams to play thinking games and meet creative challenges.
Camp Raven: Games Galore
Afternoon Camp: June 7-11 (1st-5th Grade)
Camp Instructor: Mrs. Yarnell, Summit Teacher

There is no better way to enjoy summer than by connecting with friends while playing a variety of games together. Join us as we play some old favorites and discover new games, too. There will be card games, board games, paper/pencil games, playground games, and online games. Campers will create their own board games to play at home. 
Sr. Camp Raven: Paint Your Selfie
Morning Camp: June 7-11 (6th-12th Grade)
Camp Instructor: Ms. Renfroe, Summit Teacher

Let’s take selfies and explore the world of self-portraiture! While diving into multiple mediums (drawing, painting, & more), campers will learn the basics of creating a portrait. We will engage in the creative process of making our artistic selfies.
Summit Parent Organization
Around Campus
Summit Students Place Across Divisions at 2021 LAD Fair!
Congratulations to all of our Summit students for their hard work on this year's LAD Fair projects! LAD Fair is a writing and art competition for students in Kindergarten through high school, organized by the Language Arts Department of Southwest Missouri. Students from schools all across Southwest Missouri compete each year, with more than 60 different schools entering this year's competition.

Mr. Jordan Alexander, Upper School Language Arts Teacher, could not be more proud of his students. This is Mr. Alexander's first year at The Summit, and after reviewing the results, he said, "I really got to see a new side to many of my students and was blown away by their incredible talent! It takes a lot of strength and courage to put you and your work out into the world. I continue to be amazed by their talent, dedication, and spirit."

Head of School, Dr. Katie Heet, commended everyone's efforts this year. She says, "These results show our clear commitment to education in the midst of challenging circumstances. Our students have continued to grow, to learn, and to overcome. I commend our teachers for their ability to adapt and to continue to engage students in the joy of learning, and I am so proud of our students' creative and academic efforts celebrated at this year's LAD Fair."

For the full list of The Summit's LAD Fair Results, CLICK HERE.
Summit Boy Scouts Whit G. (5th), Lucas R. (5th), & Nick M. (5th) installing their bluebird nesting box in the pollinator garden.
Boy Scouts Install Blue Bird Box in Big Backyard
Thank you, Boy Scouts, for the beautiful new bluebird nesting box in the pollinator garden! Using the North American Bluebird Society guides, the boys researched the placement recommendations and predator protection options.

After conducting their research, the scouts dug and filled a 2 foot concrete basin for the installation of a metal pole. They also attached a squirrel baffle on the pole and snake/cat/racoon guard to the front of the box. The boys are monitoring the box and have educated themselves on nest identification and maintenance. Next step is earning their bird study merit badges!

Based on the schedule below, we could see some late first nesters and will likely see additional activity for the May nesting cycle.

  • January-February: Wintering flocks begin to break up.
  • February: Pairs arrive on the breeding territories, begin territorial singing.
  • March: First nests constructed. First eggs laid.
  • April-May: First brood fledges.
  • May: Second nesting initiated.
  • June: Second brood fledges.
  • July: Rarely, third nesting initiated.
  • August: Third brood fledges.
  • September-October: Bluebirds in northern Missouri begin migration.
  • September-December: Family groupings gradually join larger wandering flocks from mid-September through December.

Thank you to the Chindlund family for the nest box donation!

Join us on Thursday, April 22nd for our All-School Service Learning Day to learn more about all the fun, educational projects happening in The Summit's Big Backyard!

To learn more about how to attract Missouri bluebirds in your backyard, CLICK HERE.
1st Grade Native American Research Projects
For their second trimester project, 1st Grade students have been working with a partner to research a Native American tribe. Students have gathered information about where their tribe lived, what they ate, and what their homes, clothes, and art looked like. After completing their research, students designed and created informational posters and an artifact with their partner to present to their classmates.

They have also created an interactive video to share their learning with you! Click the link below to access the interactive map. Once on the map, you can click the photos to learn more about various Native American tribes across the United States.

Students celebrated their hard work with an in-class watch party of their presentations, accompanied by a treat and lots of applause from their classmates! Well done, 1st Grade!
Now Accepting Applications for Next Year!
The Summit is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 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, Admissions & Communications 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's Family Business Directory is a resource 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. 

For additional questions or to be listed in the Family Business Directory, please contact Vince Currao, Development Officer.
Support The Summit
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CLICK HERE to check out what is happening and the current bonuses for SCRIP this week!

As always, feel free to reach out to Phil Isley, Summit Parent and Scrip Coordinator, with any questions.
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Mabel's Labels
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