March 24, 2020
Dear Families,

As has always been the mission of Summit Academy, we strive to provide a transformative educational experience. The coronavirus pandemic has us implementing new methods by which to provide instruction. These methods are unconventional for our teachers and students. So much of our interventions are built around teacher directed instruction of students in their areas of greatest need. Perfectly recreating “the Summit experience” without the interaction of students and teachers is impossible. However, the administration and faculty have been working diligently to provide you and your student with the best possible scenario in order to continue their Summit education throughout this period of distance learning. 

As of April 6, we will transition to an online, synchronized learning format. This approach will utilize our extensive access to the Google for Education suite, including Google Classroom and Google Meet. Our goal in this effort is to provide our teachers the opportunity to more actively facilitate the learning of their students and to provide direct instruction, albeit in an unconventional way.

The first step of the plan is to communicate to you the schedule for synchronized learning. While highly modified, the schedule for each day will closely mirror a typical school day for students at Summit Academy - math and literacy instruction in the morning and science, social studies, and special areas in the afternoon. We will be utilizing Google Meet as a way of having face-to face instruction with teachers. Please look for direct communication from your student’s teachers regarding how to access Google Meet. 

PreK and Kindergarten families: Mrs. Lape and Mrs. Towson will be contacting you directly regarding your student’s synchronized learning schedule.
Grades 1 - 8 Synchronized Schedule
In addition, special area teachers will be sending out weekly activities for students. These activities will be optional; however, they will contribute to the mission of Summit Academy to develop the whole child.
High School Synchronized Schedule
During each block of time, your student’s teacher will be conducting class via Google Meet. For those families who have limited access to technology or the internet, please communicate directly with your child’s teacher. They will be able to provide you with alternative, off-line instructional materials.

On Fridays, we will be providing families with a suggested enrichment activity that can be done. We hope that you will use this time to explore particular interests of your student and to build upon their knowledge of the world around them.
Materials Pick-up
The next step of the plan is to make available to you your student’s textbooks, workbooks, and readers . Teachers have been instructed to contact you directly if there are materials that your child will need at home during this next phase of distance learning. We will have a drop off/pick up day on Thursday, March 26 from 10:00-2:00. During this time, you may drop off completed work and pick up anything needed for assignments beginning April 6. This will be drive-thru style.  Please do not get out of your car. Just pull up to the doors of the main entrance and someone will come out to you.
During this remote learning time, the expectation is that students are engaging with their teacher daily. This might be participating in the set-up Google Meet, submitting work via Google Classroom, or checking-in with the teacher through parent email. It is important that all students continue to be active participants in their education. Assignments made during this time will be graded and included in your student’s final grade for the term. During this time, communication between school and home is even more important to the success of your student’s education.

We thank you for the trust you have put into our guidance during this time. Your student’s education and personal growth are important to us. Teachers and administration will continue to be available during normal school hours. It is our wish to partner fully with you during this new adventure into remote learning. As always, reach out if you have any questions.

Respectfully,
Doug Strothman
Head of School
Rebecca Hoffmann
Principal
Stephanie Cain
Director of Admissions & Academics