August 29, 2015

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Summit Public Schools
DENALI NEWS   •  August 29, 2015

Dear Families,


It’s been a wonderful first two weeks at Denali!  Thank you all for your support kicking off the school year.  Whether you volunteered at the camping trip, helped with a facilities day, brought in coffee or joined us for Back to School Night, we appreciate your partnership in starting the school year strong!  Students have begun their project classes and their first projects are well-underway.  Students have also begun working on PLT - personalized learning time - setting goals, making plans, learning content, and showing what they know on assessments.  On Monday and Tuesday students will have their first official Mentor check-in.  These weekly 10-min one-on-one check-ins with their mentors allow students to reflect and mentors to coach students on their habits of success.  Ask your child how their first check-in went on Monday or Tuesday!


Below are a few important updates for the upcoming weeks.  As always please feel free to reach out to us with any questions!  


Coffee with the Directors

Our first Coffee with the Directors will be this Friday, Sep 4, from 8-9am at Denali.  These coffees are opportunities for families to get face-to-face updates and to ask the questions important to them or other families they might be representing.  At this Friday’s event we will share results from last spring’s parent survey, as well as more deeply explain our priorities for the year.  For those who can’t make it, please email your questions to Juliet or Joe by Thursday. We will share highlights from the Friday event in our email next week.



As we embark on the 2015-2016 School year at Denali it is with great excitement that we share some timely Expedition updates with you!  We begin this year with Kelly Shannon as the Executive Director, a role that she is embracing and 100% of our full time teaching team continuing at Denali from last year plus two additional faculty members: Audry Welch and Zev Vernon-Lapow joining!  


In true Expedition traveling fashion, OUR Expedition team attended all Back to School Nights enjoyed engaging with Denali families! As mentioned, please view all of the Expedition Course offerings, faculty biographies and photos in the Denali Expeditions Course Catalog.  We have two asks of families:

  1. Please review the Denali Expeditions Course Catalog your children and help prepare them to choose from the below options by 9/1 when Denali grizzlies will complete the Expedition survey at school.

ONE of the below 6th, 7th & 8th Grade 4 week Courses:


AND choose ONE of the 6th, 7th & 8th Grade 8 week Courses:

  1. If you are interested, please attend our Parent Education Night on 9/16 from 6:30-8pm which will focus on the Health Connect Curriculum for our Human Growth and Relationship Education course.   

For more information about Expeditions, click here.


Pick-up and Drop-off

Thanks for your patience as we have tried several iterations in our traffic flow pattern, and thank you for following the norms and directions of our faculty and parent volunteers.  Please click here to view the updated traffic flow map.  To speed things along, we encourage families to keep a paper in their car with the name of the child(ren) in large print and make this visible when rolling through the A-L or M-Z lanes.  Remember, M-Z is on the inside, and does drop-off/pick-up at the front of the building.  A-L last names use the outside lane and drop-off/pick-up on the north side of the building.



We’re excited to kick off several great extracurricular activities this year.  We’ll officially start some fun new clubs and activities on September 14, with more info and sign-up info coming soon.  A huge thanks to Cathy Giblin and our Denali Parent Org for putting a big effort into after school activities. If you are interested in leading an afterschool club or activity, please complete this form by Friday 9/4.  
Aside from clubs and activities, remember the following:

-Monday and Wednesday are teacher Office Hours.  Teachers are available to work with kids on workshops, and students can take content assessments.

-Tuesday and Thursday afternoons all teachers have meetings.  Students who stay are expected to work quietly or read.  There are no content assessments.  


Parent PLP Night - September 10

Remember to mark your calendars for the parent PLP night, Thursday, September 10, from 6-7:30pm.  Mentors will be leading workshops about the PLP, and families will learn about the Family PLP meetings that you’ll be having with your child and your child’s mentor in September.


-Juliet and Joe


Fri, Sep 48:00-9:00amCoffee with the Directors  
Thurs, Sep 10th, 6:00 - 7:30pmPLP Info Session  
Wed, Sep 16, 6:30 - 8:00pmParent info - Health Connect Curriculum