5 Ways:

Show School Spirit in the New Year

We are looking forward to the start of the new year and hope that all of our students will come back refreshed after the break.

Next year, we want all of our parents to continue showing that strong dragon pride that makes Summit Academy a leader in individualized education. Here are 5 ways you can show your school spirit in the New Year.

Support the Athletics

Our athletes and coaching staff put a lot of time and effort into training so that they can represent our schools well on the field. Attending games and cheering on our teams shows your pride in our school and gratitude for the opportunities our athletic program provides for our students.

Get Involved with Clubs

The clubs and organizations offered at Summit Academy provide as much enrichment to the schools as it does to the students. When students and parents get involved with clubs, you are showing appreciation for the staff members who lead them and your willingness to help make our school a great place for everyone.

Show Support on Social Media

Are you following Summit Academy on Instagram and Facebook? Sharing your pictures from school activities and posting about your experience on social media is a great way to let our staff and your friends and family members know what makes Summit Academy special. Make it a resolution to interact with us online in the new year.

Dress like a Dragon

No, you don’t need to get a dragon costume to show school pride. However, we offer a wide array of gear and clothing for parents and students that give you the opportunity to show school pride wherever you go.

Be the Best Dragon You Can Be

One of the best ways a student can represent Summit Academy is to display good character both during and after school hours. Nothing gives a better representation of our school than students who strive to do their best and be kind to others at all times.

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Parent Involvement

The success of a school depends on multiple factors, but few are as important as the amount of parent involvement received.

You play a large role in the growth a student shows and how much effort they put into their school work. We are truly grateful for the genuine care and support you show for the success of our school.

Why It’s Necessary

Teachers and staff members are only able to see a small part of the entire picture of a student’s life. As a parent you know your child inside and out and you can more readily identify their strengths and potential weaknesses. We rely on you to clue us in when you notice issues or if you have concerns about their education. Involving yourself in their school life simply means communicating with us and being available for your child’s academic needs. When you do that, it helps us grow as a school and contributes the success of your children.

Keep It Up

You already took the first step in showing your dedication to your child’s education by simply enrolling them at Summit Academy, a school where you know they are receiving one of the best college preparatory schools in the state. Choosing Summit Academy shows that you care about the support and personal attention that your child receives. Thank you for taking that step. As the school year continues, we know that we can count on your continued involvement and support as we continue to provide your student with the best learning experience possible.

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Make Summit Part of Your 2018 Resolution

The 2017 is almost in the books and, as expected, our students have made this a memorable school year thus far.

Every year, we evaluate ourselves to see how we can move forward in the future, what improvements we can make to the school, and how we can continue giving our students the best education experience possible. In 2018, we hope that our parents and students will become more involved in that process by giving us feedback, suggestions, and by interacting with us on social media or through volunteer opportunities at the school. Only by making the best use of what is available can we continue to be successful, and we consider your insights to be one of the best resources we can tap into. Our growth and success depends on the contributions we receive from parents, staff, and students.

With advancements in technology increasing the demand for well-trained employees, making sure students leave Summit Academy prepared for a challenging college curriculum is more crucial than ever. We will continue to keep our students’ success as our top priority and the driving force behind our choices and new initiatives. As always, we are committed to the success of our students and helping them achieve their goals for college and beyond.

We know that you will continue to help us grow in 2018 and we look forward to engaging more with all of you in the future.

Happy New Year!

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The Top 5 Books for Reading this Winter

Winter is here and snow on the ground likely is likely to make inside activities look more appealing.

Take advantage of this snuggle weather to enjoy a good book with your child.

Not sure what to read? Here are 5 of our favorite winter books.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Your child is sure to get lost in the adventure 4 kids go on after discovering another world inside a wardrobe. The endless winter in the magical world of Narnia will provide a cozy read for the whole family.

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

We may have long winters in Michigan, but it is nothing like the harsh winter experienced by Laura Ingalls and her family in 1880. This novel provides a great lesson in making the best out of a bad situation and doing what it takes to survive.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

If your child is looking for a light hearted winter read, this penguin filled story is the perfect winter read. Discover what happens when a poor house painter’s world is turned upside down when he and his wife unexpectedly acquires 12 penguins.

Winter Poems by Barbara Rogasky

Help your child develop a love for poetry with this compilation of some of the most famous winter poems in the world. Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and Emily Dickinson are just a few of the classic poets that help make up this lyrical book.

Blizzard by Jim Murphy

After a year marked by natural disasters, this chilling novel will allow students to see what it is like for those in nature’s path as it recounts the true story of the 1888 blizzard that left New York City with 21 inches of snow.

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Help Your Child Find the Joy In Giving

During this month and into the new year, we want to encourage all of our students to put an emphasis on giving. In line with this, we hope that you will share some of these talking points with your child to help them find the joy in giving to others.

The Other Side of Receiving

When it comes gift giving, children usually focus on the receiving part. Th=-0ere is nothing wrong with wanting gifts and being grateful for ones you receive. Still, it is important to remind kids that there is another side to gift giving; the giving part. When your child receives a gift, help them to consider the giver and the effort and thought that came as part of the gift.

“Why is Giving Important?”

In helping your child appreciate the concept of giving, you must help them understand its value. The first step in talking about giving with them is to simply ask them why they think it is important. Their response can give you insight into how they view gift giving and can help you take any needed action to adjust their attitude.

Be sure to share your reasons for giving with them. When your child sees that something is important to you, and they understand why you give to them and others, it will motivate them to imitate your actions.

Beneficial to All

Being short sighted usually comes with the territory of being a child. Thinking about the long term benefits of giving may not be something your child has done, but it is a wonderful way to help them find joy in giving to others. Help them to see that giving is a cycle. The more a person is able to give, the more they enable others to give. Ultimately, though, teach them that receiving is not the point of giving.

Giving brings its own happiness, and that is a gift that can be enjoyed by everyone.

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