Monday, July 13, 2015

San Mateo Daily Journal Features Summit Public Schools

We're so excited that the San Mateo Daily Journal recently featured two of our Summit schools in Redwood City, Summit Prep and Everest, in an article about our high college attendance records. The article features some of our students and faculty, and we wanted to share with you some of their inspiring thoughts.

  • “The teachers drove me to understand that college truly is for everyone.” Summit student
  • “These people are not just mentors, but they become family and friends as well.” Summit student
  • “Just seeing what other people are doing has inspired me to go beyond what I wanted to do.” Summit student
  • “They inspire us, and keep us going to inspire them and reach their goal of college,” Summit faculty
  • “Every adult comes with high expectation for every student, that they can grow and be college ready." Summit faculty
  • "All the teachers and students are completely invested in the mission of the school...It is so exciting and rewarding and truly a collaborative effort for all our students.” Summit faculty

What does the Rubik’s Cube Teach Us?

Ernő Rubik, the inventor of the Rubik’s cube, posits that “questions are more important than the answers.” Because when the right person finds the right question, we nurture scientists, engineers, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and everyone else who is pushing our world to be a better place.

Be inspired by watching the video below.

Summer of Summit Kicks Off!

We're halfway through our four weeks of Summer of Summit where both new and returning students joined us for skill-building challenges, community-building activities, and fun adventures exploring new interests! We are so excited to spend this summer with 1,500 students!

Here’s a glimpse of what students have been up to:

“My day starting Summer of Summit was pretty great, I didn't realize how many people were interested in Summer of Summit, and we were all working together on a series of questions just to know each other and that makes me think that we're all a community.” Jordan, 11th grade student

“I've never experienced summer school like this, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Today was very productive for me because I got to help create a plan for the freshmen socratic seminar and I participated in some film takes.” Marcy, 11th grade student

“I’m excited to be in a diverse community that accepts one another and that support each other.” Luai, 9th grade student

The Stories that Change Our Lives

We all have those moments in our lives that fundamentally shape us to be the person who we are today. Usually, these moments are the ones that push us beyond what we thought was possible or challenged our thinking about the world and ourselves. In 9th grade English this year, students wrote an essay about a crucial moment of conflict and change in their lives in their Personal Narrative project.

In Ms. Lee’s class at Summit Everest, students created short and compelling videos about their essay so that they could share their stories with each other, their friends, and their family.

Listen to one student’s story about his “Bike Ride of a Lifetime.”