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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Is Your Child Writing Thank You Cards?

During this time of year, giving and receiving presents is on everyone’s mind.

While it is easy for kids of all ages to put together their holiday gift list, expressing gratitude for the things they have and the things they receive may not be as second nature to them. This is why reminding your child to write thank you notes is necessary.

Taking the Time

Text messaging and email have made it easy to send a quick “Thanks” to friends and family members. Still, sending someone a thank you note or card shows that you appreciate the time, effort, though, and resources that went into your gift. Additionally, younger children can be taught to write thank you notes as soon as they can write, which will help them learn to express gratitude at an early age.

Make it Personal

A thank you card does not have to be store bought. It can come in the form of simple letter on lined paper, or you can let your child get creative and make a picture with their thank you note. The most important part of any thank you note is that it is personal to the receiver and is sincere.

A Year Round Habit

Thank you notes should not just be given during the holiday season. It is important to help your child understand that gratitude can be expressed at any time and for anything. To instill this in them, regularly ask them what they are grateful for and encourage them to follow up by sending someone a thank you card. As they get older, they are sure to see that there is always something to be grateful for.

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Fun to Celebrate New Year’s with Young Ones

New Year’s is often viewed as a celebration enjoyed mostly by adults, but it is possible to get kid in on the fun too.

Take a look at a few ways you can make New Year’s a great time for the younger members of your family.

Make New Year’s Hats

If you are having a New Year’s party or celebration, letting your child help with the decoration is a great way to get them involved in the festivities. No New Year’s party is complete without a party hats. With a few supplies, your child can make these awesome countdown clock hats for everyone to wear at the party.


Kiddie Cocktails

Planning a toast at the stroke of midnight? Make a special beverage for your kids so they can enjoy a “fancy” drink with the grown ups. Simply pour 9 oz of your a soda of your choice into glass. Then add 2 oz of grenadine. Mix together and serve. You can also add cherries to make it a little sweeter if you like. This is a delicious drink for kids, but is a great choice for adults as well.

DIY Ball Drop

Watching the ball drop at midnight on New Year’s is a great tradition, but you can experience some fun in right in your living room with a balloon drop. All you need is two pieces of netting totalling the length of your living room or celebration area. Lay the netting on a table and tape them together to create a seam where the ends meat. Be sure to leave a long tail at the seam and then double back to the fabric so your kids can pull the seam to release the balloons. Use tap to attach the four corners of your net to the ceiling, leaving your net loose so you can add the balloons. Add your balloons (you can also add confetti if you don’t mind the clean up). Let your children release the balloons at your timer.

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