Summit students are participating in the annual George Washington Carver 4th Grade Art & Essay Contest. The contest celebrates Black History Month while encouraging students’ creativity through essay writing and creating original artwork. Based on the 2018 theme, Honoring the past, building out future: George Washington Carver National Monument celebrating 75 years, student work is recognized with an art show and display of essays, plus an awards ceremony. All Summit fourth graders worked individually or in a group on an art entry. The optional essay contest has entries from three students. Both art and essay entries will be displayed from March 5-23 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Monument. On Saturday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. all participating students and families are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony at the Monument.

Here’s a list of more upcoming contests that students may choose to participate:


2018 Law Day Poster Contest sponsored by Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. This year’s theme is Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom. Jeff Bauer, Summit parent, will be speaking to fourth graders this week on the theme. Posters for the contest are due Friday, March 2.  The awards ceremony will be Saturday April 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm., at  the Library Station, a branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. All poster entries will be on display at the library from April 7-30.


MoCTM (Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Math & Art Contest The deadline is Monday, March 5. Each student may enter one piece of art in only one of the following categories:

  • Geometric Designs made with Glued-on Shapes: Students must cut the shapes, arrange the shapes, and glue the shapes in place to make an original design.
  • Geometric Designs made with Markers, Colored Pencils, and Crayons:   Students make original designs using only markers, colored pencils, and crayons.
  • Tessellation Designs: Students must make original tessellations using markers, crayons, colored pencils, or glued-on shapes. (TesselMania software cannot be used.)
  • Computer-Generated Geometric Designs: The posters must be completely student-generated, not randomly generated by the computer.  In this contest, the computer should be utilized as a graphics tool.  Posters created by graphic optical character readers (OCR Scanners) will not be allowed.  The work on the poster must be done solely by the student under the supervision of the teacher.  Computer generated posters must also include the name of the software or graphics package used.


LAD Fair Student work must be submitted by March 16. Since the date falls during our school’s Spring Break, entries will need to be completed by Friday, March 9.


LAD Fair Spelling Bee Saturday, April 28. Only one student can represent the Summit fourth grade, but several students expressed an interest and have been given a list of the words to study. Our class representative will be chosen through in class spelling bees prior to April 1.

In addition to the above contests, we have 5 fourth grade students that have qualified for the MCTM Regional  math competition on Saturday, March 10.



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Students had a wonderful time celebrating Valentine’s Day that began with the amazing Valentine boxes brought to school. Lovely cards were made for the nursing home residents of the Manor at Elfindale followed by some valentine coding projects with different levels of difficulty. In the beginning level, Candy Heart Search, students could code a game to find the hidden candy heart, in the intermediate level, Spread the Love project, coders animated a candy dispenser to share valentine treats, and in the advanced level Valentine’s Day e-card, students customized a valentine with stickers, jokes, and art.  We ended our day with valentine treats (thank you parent co-ordinators Alice and Sarah) and a card exchange. It was such a fun day!

Check the SNOW DAY! tab above for activities to do today, Monday, February 12.


Somehow, a couple of pictures were left out of yesterday’s post. These four students were present and working hard on the first grade Native American project!

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Fourth grade partnered with first grade this afternoon to help the younger students conduct research on Native American tribes.  Mrs. Heet and I were both impressed with the focus and hard work of all the students.

February Book Club has been changed to Tuesday, February 27. Please join us in the first

floor Community Room for lunch and a discussion of the book,

Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne.


These fourth graders competed in the MCTM math contest held at Price Elementary in Republic las Saturday. They all did a great job! Leah, Tristan, Sydney, Grayson, and Cadence will continue on to the regional/district level at SBU on March 10.

Our stops in the Midwest have included the St. Louis Arch, a farm in Iowa, and Dodge City, Kansas. Students learned the St. Louis Arch, at 630 feet tall, is the tallest arch in the world, Iowa is the number one producer of corn in the United States, and Dodge City, Kansas, was the destination of cattle drives in the 1860s. We will have an assessment over the location, spelling, and capital cities of the Midwest states on Wednesday.

We are wrapping up a science unit on Force and Motion with a vocabulary bingo game and a scavenger hunt. Students should be working on science fair projects at home. Each student’s science fair google doc should be up-to-date with the following information entered: problem, hypothesis, materials, procedure, and the data from the first experiment.

The past few weeks we have been learning how to identify and use correctly many different kinds of pronouns including personal, possessive,  subject, object, relative, and reflexive. We learned that if restating a clause with him, then correct pronoun is whom and if restating with he, then the correct pronoun is who.


Hopefully everyone has this month’s book club selection. Sydney and Isabella will lead our discussion on February 20th. They have chosen a specially adapted version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.


Tristan and Cadence chose this month’s book, Wonder, a story of a boy born with a facial deformity. Unfortunately, Cadence was ill and unable to attend today’s discussion. Tristan did an excellent job leading the discussion with both his questions and Cadence’s. Tristan’s dad, Dr. Sami, a pediatric neurosurgeon, joined us for lunch and explained why it is important to correct craniofacial abnormalities in children. 

Tristan asked everyone for their favorite precept. Some were from the book and at least one is an original!

Levi: He who has traveled and brought back no good memories, has not traveled at all.

Atia: Don’t just go with the flow, take some dares through the rapids.

Sydney: Do something right the first time unless you want to do it over again.

Adeline: Even the toughest dogs are scared of the vacuum.

Evelyn: Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.

Isabella: Let your smile change the world but don’t let the world change your smile.

Will: If you have the choice between right or being kind, choose kind.

Emily: Kindness is the language the deaf can hear, the blind can see.

Leah: Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit, when there are footprints on the moon.

Grayson: If you do something wrong in the world the world will punish you. If the world does something wrong to you,

Tristan: The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

Madison: America is the land of the bold because of the brave.

Hudson: Even if you don’t like something it doesn’t mean you have to throw it overboard.

Mrs. Anderson: What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right.

Sydney and Isabella will lead our February 20th book club. They have chosen a specially adapted version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. The book has been adapted by Marion Leighton and is part of the Great Illustrated Classics series. The Springfield-Greene County Library does not have any copies of this book, but it is available on Amazon starting at $5.86 or the Kindle version for $0.99.

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We had three wonderful Mystery Readers this week. Emily’s mother, Ellen, shared the picture book, We’re All Wonders, by R. J. Palacio. It was a great choice the week before our book club to discuss Wonder. The picture book is told from Auggie’s perspective and how he wants others to look at him for who he is, a wonder. Our next special guest was Glendale High School junior, Walker Montgomery. Walker is a former Summit student and cousin to fourth grader, Grayson. Walker read The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, and shared some memories of his time at the Summit. Not a single student guessed that our last Mystery Reader was their former Summit second grade teacher, Dr. Tarrasch-Scholz! The students were so glad to see her and she shared a book, Farewell to Fear, written by her grandmother, Ena Tarrasch, that tells of Ena’s youth in Belgium, her life in Germany, and her escape.

If you would like to be a Mystery Reader, send me a couple of dates you are available. I’ll let you know if either works with our schedule.