Summit Prep Listed as Top Private School in Montana
Summit Prep was recently chosen the Best Private School in Montana according to Niche, an independent research company, which recently presented their 2016 selections.The list was recently featured in Business Insider magazine.The selection criteria are based on test scores, college selections and student comments. To view the entire list click here.
Academics has Gone to the Dogs and Horses and Cats
There is a new course offering for the students at SPS entitled Animal Science with Lab.
According to science teacher and Licensed Veterinary Tech Erica Gerber, this is an introductory course on animal anatomy and physiology as well as basic medical care of common companion animals—dogs, cats, horses, ruminants, and some reptiles. Students are studying basic organ systems, the requirements needed to maintain homeostasis and are learning how provide first aid and CPR.Medical terminology and species specific nomenclature is also a key area of study for this course.
New Laptop Program Up and Running
This spring our computer/technology access took on a whole new look at Summit Prep. Each student was issued their own personal laptop.At first glance, especially in a therapeutic setting, this may sound like a high risk scenario, but the computer software called NetSupport, is purposefully designed to offer schools a safe platform for expanded computer and internet use. The computers are housed in a secure cabinet and students have access only during class time with teacher supervision and also during study halls.The teachers use a facilitator’s monitor which gives a small visual of each of the computers so that the teacher is able to view the specific screen that the student is working on. The system is filtered so that certain sites are blocked, such as social media and inappropriate sites. In addition to access for classroom assignments, students now have additional time to work on their college applications and essays. Students will also have the opportunity to take their computer with them once they graduate.If you would like to learn more about the software, here is a short video that describes NetSupport in schools.
Hoops Season Underway
Summit hosted Stillwater Christian School's JV and Freshman teams last week. The boys played well in the first game. They worked on playing together and acting like a team. The soaring Eagles finished the game with 61-36 finish, capturing another win for the season. They beat Montana Academy on December 12th under the guidance of Coach and Boys Ocean RC Jeremy Mckeen and his "higher than eagle offensive philosophy."
For the second game, Summit's Head Greenhorn Coach/Lead Tape Archivist and Drill Manager, Ryan Ebersberger led a neck and neck game versus Stillwater's Freshman Unit. The Greenhorns and the Froshys played a fast paced and competitive game, each taking turns at leading the game. It was a tight 4th quarter, but eventually the Greenhorns trailed behind with not enough time left, and the game ended with Summit losing by 6. All in all... a solid night of bball on the Summit campus.
Summit hosted the Flathead Valley Homeschoolers on December 16th and put in an impressive performance but fell shy by just four points . Hunter turned in an impressive performance leading the Eagles with 19 points.
Knit One Purl Two
The knitting and crocheting bug has hit the Summit campus. A few of our newer students came to campus with very proficient craft skills. As other students watched some knit scarves and leggings and crocheting hats, interest in the community grew. Within the last month several students along with staff have taken the step to learn how to knit and crochet. A call went out for yarn dontions and many skeins were gifted to the cause.
It is fun to see the pride in the students as they complete their projects. In addition to making things, many have found that knitting and crocheting is therapeutic. The calm "busyness" that these activities provides helps them stay focused and engaged in such things as individual and group therapy.
Each season brings their own special beauty and fun activities for the Summit Community. Many students are enjoying the slopes of Big Mountain, where students can ski and snowboard up to 3 times per week. There is no better feeling than heading down a ski run on a clear day when the powder is fresh.
Renewable Resources- We need to learn more
This year a new course, Renewable Resources, has been added to Summit Prep's curriculum. The class, which filled up quickly with students eager to learn about renewable and sustainable energy solutions, has brought student engagement to a new level. The Paris Talks Initiative aligned perfectly with the curriculum and students have become very passionate about the need to reduce fossil fuel usage and cleaning up the environment. They are also focusing on how they can become more active in their own communities to affect change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.. Alternative energy resources such as wind, geothermal, hydro, and solar will also be explored. The culminating project will be the construction of a solar panel, wherein the students will develop an understanding of how to solder solar cells
Last May a group of Summit Prep students and staff had a wonderful time as they traveled to London for a spectacular tour. This year Summit Prep's International trek will be to "The Sacred Valley" in Peru. While there, the group will be very busy exploring Inca archaeological sites and ruins, sightseeing in Cusco, and taking a trip to Machu Picchu.
In addition to sightseeing, students will have the opportunity to take part in a community service project making Adobe bricks for local homes. They will also learn about the local culture and sample the cuisine of the area. These yearly cultural immersion progra
ms are a valuable experience designed to enrich the