To serve the best interests of our children, parents and educators need one another: We need each other's questions, insights, wisdom and support because our children deserve nothing less than the best we have to give. This work that we do together as educators and parents changes our children's lives and equips them to deal with-and reshape the world they are inheriting. This is work that matters.
As educators we can't support a child alone: we don't know all that there is to know in that child's universe. As parents you can't support your child alone: part of your child's universe--a crucial part--is here at Summit. As partners and allies we are able to act in the best interests of your child.
At Summit, we give the parent-school relationship attention and fill it with intention, and we acknowledge and leverage one another's areas of focus and expertise. Our Parent Learning opportunities are offered as a compliment to your experience in this community. Join us as often as you are able.
Parent Learning Events for 2016-2017
March 16, 2017: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Talking with Your Kids Through the Ages and Stages of Development
Dr. Dudley Bell and Erin Bonsall, LPC
Dining Hall Meeting Room
March 23, 2017: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Healthy Choices: Preventing Addiction
Ginny Mills, LPC-S/Clinical Director and Chase Salmons, LPC Candidate
Full-Life Counseling Center
Spring Inspiring Learning Series
Tuesday, April 25, 7 pm
Loma Hopkins Theatre
Join us for a screening of the award-winning film, Beyond Measure.
From the producers:
Every day we hear stories about America’s troubled education system. And we’re told that in order to fix what’s broken, we need to narrow our curricula, standardize our classrooms, and find new ways to measure students and teachers. But what if these “fixes” are making our schools worse.
In Beyond Measure, we set out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story.
Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the higher aim of school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven from the ground up? By students, parents, and educators? By all of us?
In Beyond Measure, we find a revolution brewing in public schools across the country. From rural Kentucky to New York City, schools that are breaking away from an outmoded, test-driven education are shaping a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. And they are dramatically improving outcomes for children of all backgrounds. They are schools where practically every student graduates and goes on to finish college.
Beyond Measure offers a positive picture of what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change. Are you?
The Parents’ Association (PA) is a group of parents who volunteer their time to coordinate enrichment and fund-raising activities which benefit Summit children. These activities provide help to the classroom teachers and staff and financial support through “fun raisers.”
Our fund raisers include Book Fair, May Frolics, Ea$y Money, school pictures and the biennial Gala Auction. The proceeds from these activities are used for special projects including library equipment, computers and software. To contact our PA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents' Advisory Mission Statement
The Parents' Advisory is comprised of parent representatives from each grade level (JrK through 9th grade) who come together three times a year for two interrelated purposes:
1. To examine and discuss non-academic and social-emotional issues and opportunities of Summit children, within and across grade level, toward the end of best supporting the healthy development of our children and,
2. To support and encourage effective parent-to-parent networking (i.e., communicating the values parents hope to instill in their children) within and across grade levels - again, in the interest of best supporting the healthy development of our children.
Given the non-academic and social-emotional focus of the conversations along with the goal of fostering parent-to parent networking, counselors Bekah Sidden and Elizabeth Turner will be on hand. In the spirit of the Parent-School Partnership and in support of parents' crucial role in providing nurture, structure and latitude, Head of School, Michael Ebeling will participate in the session as the need arises.
Please feel free to share with your grade level representative the strengths and struggles as you see them for your child at Summit in non-academic and social-emotional areas. Our goal in the Parents' Advisory is to have grade representatives and school counselors share insights and offer action steps in support of the healthy development of out Summit children.