PARENT COMMUNICATION

Summit Academy is proud to place inclusion, consistency and collaboration among our core values.  We make every effort to regularly and cohesively communicate our student’s needs, progress and overall well being with parents and guardians.

 

Here are some aspects of Summit Academy that you can expect:

Daily Communication

Log

The daily communication log is used school wide, and is intended to give parents a daily "snapshot" of your child's school day. 

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Scores

NWEA MAP testing is a nationally normed, standardized test that our students take on the computer three times per year - in the fall, winter and spring. 

E-Newsletter

Every month, an informative e-newsletter will be posted on our website with current news about programs and events happening at the school and in our local community.

Annual Team

Meeting

Your annual TEAM meeting is an opportunity to meet with a larger group of service providers - along with your sending school district, to discuss the strengths, challenges and progress of your child.  

Quarterly

Reports

On a quarterly basis, you can expect to receive more in depth information regarding your child's IEP goal progress and academic performance.

DAILY:  Communication Log

Teachers are careful to note exceptionally challenging or exceptionally positive things on the sheet when needed. Please rely on the communication log as your primary point of contact with the school. Pertinent information should be relayed to the classroom teachers via the log, as these are checked daily and are closely monitored by the staff. This is also the best way to request a phone call from teachers, or to request follow up from ancillary service providers.

 

For time sensitive communication:

If your child is going to be absent, please call the school office at 508-751-8500, and speak to or leave a message for Karen Alberta, our Administrative Assistant. Similarly, if you must relay time sensitive information that you were unable to include in the log, a phone call to Karen is the best way to get information efficiently and quickly to the appropriate staff person. Karen can also be reached via email: kalberta@summitacademiesma.com


(We also post photos and updates frequently on the Summit Facebook page & our Instagram page)
 
E-NEWSLETTER:

 

Every month, an informative e-newsletter will be posted on our website with current news about programs and events happening at the school and in our local community.  Take a look at some of our past newsletters here.

Consistent with our core values, Summit prioritizes ongoing communication with parents, and recognizes that many topics can be complex and sensitive.  Emails to teachers are a convenient way to relay a message. 

 

Please be aware that direct service staff check their emails during non-instructional hours (after 4 pm), and will make every attempt to respond within 24-48 hours. Any information that is time sensitive (such as attendance, medication, or morning behavior information pertinent to the current school day) should be relayed by phone 508-751-8500. Depending on the nature of the message, a response may come via phone call or email.

QUARTERLY:  Progress Reports, Report Cards, Conferences
 

In addition to quarterly written reports - including both progress reports and report cards, you will have an opportunity to meet with your child's teachers, ask them questions and speak directly to address any ongoing concerns. This is the format and timeline for the majority of behavioral feedback.

 

The majority of students at Summit follow a generalized classroom behavior plan, which includes positive reinforcement for following expectations laid out by the classroom teachers. In some cases, targeted behavior goals are associated with additional data collection or analysis, per signed behavior plans and/or IEP goals. You will hear these updates quarterly, unless something notable comes up. 


Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Scores
Students are tested in math, language and reading.  Scores are longitudinally graphed, and give an additional measure to compare with other grade level assessments - such as MCAS. Students will be taking their first round of NWEA tests in fall (October), in the winter and again in the spring.  
 
ANNUALLY:  TEAM Meeting
Your annual TEAM meeting is an opportunity to meet with a larger group of service providers - along with your sending school district, to discuss the strengths, challenges and progress of your child.