Will Kindergarten be half day or full day?
Thank you for your question! Summit will be offering a full day Kindergarten program. So when we open next August, we will have 68 full day openings for Kinders :-)
Will Summit have a preschool program? I don't see anything so I assumed it would not, but I thought I would ask!
When will you know who the kindergarten teachers are? Who will be going over IEP's with families if there are no designated teachers when IEP's need to be discussed. Will there be one specific person that will be a case manager overseeing IEP's or is that up to the individual classroom teachers? Just wanting to know how the process works for a child entering into the school district with an IEP. Thanks
Thank you for your question about a preschool at Summit. In partnership with the NCSD, the Child Development Center (CDC) will be operating an independent preschool program connected to Summit Elementary. It will serve children between the ages of 3-5. For more information on enrollment and program opportunities, please contact John Starnes, Executive Director, at 235-5097, or find more information at our Community Partnerships tab.
Staffing for all K-5 grade levels at Summit will not be determined until Summit's enrollment numbers are finalized in late January. Then staffing will be designated first, through the Summit teacher leadership team, and then through the district interviewing and hiring process that takes place in late Spring. All IEP's and the monitoring process will follow the district's tier system protocol. Summit will have both a case manager and a committee overseeing all IEP's to ensure smooth transitions and accountability with all of the parties involved.
What are Summits goals in regard to the math, reading and writing profeciency ratings as listed for other schools in the Guide to Natrona County Schools booklet? Would you anticipate a smooth transition for a student meeting or exceeding at their current school to the learning environment and curriculum at Summit? Thank you.
Thank you for your questions. Our goal is that 100% of our students will be at or above grade level in all three academic areas. Our instructional plan for next year is designed to meet the needs of all learners and should allow for a smooth transition as they enroll at Summit from other schools.
What process will be used to determine which Flex group a child will be? How far into the school year before this process takes place? How often will individuals be assessed to re-determine their proper placement for Flex Grouping? For children who are beyond 5th grade level work, will their be Flex grouping to challenge them? Will a child who works at a lower level than his grade level, know that he is in a lower Flex Group? thanks!Liz
Assigned flex groups will be determined through the assessments of phonics skills, comprehension levels, and fluency proficiency. This assessment process will take place within the first few weeks of the school year. These types of assessments will happen monthly on the materials taught in each group. Depending on each child's skill level, during flex grouping, they will be working on phonics skills or deepening their comprehension when they are found to be above a 5th grade reading level. Students will also be working at their reading level to help them progress as quickly as possible. The reading program is designed to help all students be successful and confident with their learning abilities. Their flex group learning environment will then be carefully considered while keeping the best learning interests in mind for each child.
With the reading/writing/math programs that Summit has chosen to use, what will be the school's homework policy? Will homework be assigned nightly, weekly, just to finish incomplete work...?
Thank you for your question about Summit's homework policy.We believe that the purpose of homework is to support classroom learning through processing, practice, and checking for understanding. Therefore we have adoptive a homework policy that will support this belief along with following the 10-minute rule, which is endorsed by both the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the National Education Association (NEA). So future students at Summit may be assigned homework per the following: K...5 mins. and no more than 2 times a week.1st...10 mins. and no more than 2 times a week. 2nd...20 mins. and no more than 2 times a week. 3rd...30 mins. and no more than 2 times a week4th...40 mins. and no more than 3 times a week.5th...50 mins. and no more than 3 times a week.There will be no homework assigned on weekends and or holidays with all grades.
I was wondering when the first day of school at Summit will be?
Thank you for your question. Summit Elementary's construction progress is on schedule and the school will be open for students, like the rest of the Natrona County schools, on Wednesday, August 18, 2010.
Hello! I have a VERY important question from a perspective student... Will there be a zip line on the playground? Thanks!
hi there!we were thrilled to find out our two girls will be attending Summit in the Fall!we live close enough to see the construction from our home so it's been fun seeing it take shape. and i must say... it sure looks great!i do have a quick question.i am unable to find.are the hours set yet for the school day?we look forward to meeting the team at Summit.
Thank you for your comments about Summit. The construction continues to be on schedule and the design/layout is amazing. We were so thrilled to get our enrollment names/numbers last week and then finally be able to send out our welcome letters to our new family members! We also simply cannot wait for our June 3rd-Subways with Summit gathering. In response to Summit's hours for next year, we are planning to have our hours of instruction from 8:40-3:30, Monday-Friday.
YES! Summit's playground will have a zip line so the students at recess can grab-a-hold and ziiiiiiiiiiiip to their hearts content! We were able to visit and observe many of the new playgrounds at the other schools and also ask the kids what they liked best about their playground. So we feel that we have designed the ULTIMATE kid playground from the best of kid feedback, all within the budget that we received.As soon as I get an e-picture of the playground design I will post it on the website.Thanks again for your question!
BTW, we are so excited about coming to Summit. It looks like it's going to be an awesome educational experience.Will there be an opportunity for the parents and children to meet the teachers before school begins?
Greetings and thank you for your Blog question about meeting Summit's staff. Yes, so far we have established two opportunities for parents and children to be able to meet the Summit teachers. One opportunity will take place on June 3rd, from 5:30-6:30 at Centennial Junior High School (please see Family tab on website for Family Welcome Letter). Then the week before school starts, we are planning to have another open house at Summit Elementary so students and parents can visit their teachers/classrooms, and then families can take a tour of the building. The exact date for this open house has not been finalized, but when it has been set we will announce this on Summit's website along with sending out a mailing. Thanks again for your Blog question! John Foy Summit Teacher
HiI heard awhile back that some parents were going to be selected to be part of a parent/staff team to help develop and finalize things before school begins. Then I never heard any more about it. Has that process been completed and what parents are a part of this group?Thanks!
Thank you for your Blog question about parent involvement at Summit Elementary. We have been collecting the responses from our Family Survey and look forward to sharing the results during our June 3rd, Subs with Summit family gathering. So currently there has not been anything organized, and there will be an opportunity to sign up for parent involvement based on your interests on June 3rd. Those unable to attend Subs with Summit will get to review the survey results via the Summit website after June 3rd.Thanks again or your question.
What are the school hours for k-5? Have you determined any before or after school activities at this point yet? Just wondering I am trying to plan. Thank you.
Thank you for you Blog question about Summit's school hours. Summit’s daily schedule for the 2010-2011 school year will be...7:30 a.m. Supervision in the Village Center Begins (pending staffing allocation)8:00 a.m. Playground Supervision Begins 8:10 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Served 8:40 a.m. First Bell 8:45 a.m. Tardy Bell 8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Opening Activities10:15 – 10:30 a.m. K-2 Recess10:30 – 10:45 a.m. 3-5 Recess12:00 – 12:20 p.m. 2-5 Lunch12:00 – 12:15 p.m. K-1 Recess12:15 – 12:35 p.m. K-1 Lunch12:20 – 12:35 p.m. 2-5 Recess1:45 – 2:00 p.m. K-1 Recess2:00 – 2:15 p.m. 2-5 Recess3:30 p.m. School Dismissed 4:00 p.m. Playground Supervision Ends (pending staffing allocation)
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