Weekly Head of School Note - 9/27/21

September 27, 2021


Dear Summit Family,


Our community of learning continues to be a unique and especially important quality of our students’ place-based education at Summit. Week to week, our teachers foster learning experiences with community as a centerpiece, contributing to greater relevance and deeper academic engagement for our students. This past week, seeking to develop an important mentorship opportunity between our lower and upper school students, our Seniors supported Kindergarten students in their study of flowers--reading books about flowers with them in class, and then joining them them on a field trip to High Hampton to see and learn first-hand about dahlias. Senior Noah Becker commented on the experience, “I enjoyed teaching our younger students and helping them to see older students as role models and leaders on campus.” Cross-agel experiences are among the many opportunities at Summit that foster a sense of connection among students, and reinforce our Seven Virtues.


With a similar purpose of supporting deeper connection in our students’ learning, our 4th grade class will be setting up their annual “marketplace” in the classroom to market, buy, and sell their own goods and services. The 4th grade marketplace is a culminating project in their study of entrepreneurship and the fundamentals of a market economy. Among their customers will be Summit 3rd grade students, who will have the opportunity to shop at the market this week!


Thank you for your continued support.


Climb on!


Kurt


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