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Dear Summit Families,

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and Board of Directors, it is my honor to welcome you to
Summit for the 2023-24 school year. Our school mission of rigorous academics sets high
expectations for effort and achievement and calls us to be a caring community, which fosters
self-esteem and instills a lifelong love of learning. As such, our talented teachers and
administrators have been seeking new knowledge and preparing exciting new learning
opportunities over the summer. We are so excited to see all our students again and to have
them reunite with friends and classmates.

Even after graduation, our 8th graders continued their academic excellence in Washington D.C.
at the National History Day competition. Congratulations to our Silver Medalists Jiyu Kim and
Claire Gold whose documentary "Crossing Frontiers in Radio Broadcasting: Radio Londres's
Counter-Propaganda Campaign in World War II'' placed second in competition with over 100
other documentaries from across the country (and world)! Super Summit Kudos to Ms. Royal
for leading our NHD team and all the Summit teachers who contributed to their success.
I am so pleased to announce that we now have yet another fantastic Assistant Principal! We
have moved Mr. Joseph Gutierrez from Dean of Students to Assistant Principal of Student Life
and Athletics. While he already serves as an integral part of our Administrative team, this
position change recognizes his many years of excellent service to Summit and better matches
the duties he already performs within BVSD. Congratulations, Joe! But, don’t worry, Ms.
Changeux is still our Assistant Principal of Academics and “Top Scholar.''
Looking ahead to an exciting new school year, we will welcome a number of talented new
teachers all of whom are featured in this newsletter including two we hired over the summer. It
is my pleasure to welcome Peter English as our new part-time STEM Teacher. Peter lives in
South Boulder and has two young children at Creekside. He has over ten years of successful
STEM and math teaching experience, most recently at Skinner Middle School in DPS. He is
coming at just the right time since we recently completed the renovation of our STEM
classroom, which has now doubled in size!
It is my pleasure to welcome Lisa Chase as our new part time TAG Coordinator. You likely
know Lisa already as a Summit Mom and former Summit Board Chair. She also brings five
years of successful TAG & Enrichment Coordination from her time at Bear Creek.
Speaking of the Summit Board of Directors, I want to thank them for supporting my
professional development this summer in a unique way. I participated in an immersive
summer leadership adventure with school leaders from high performing schools around the
country as we traversed down the Main Salmon River in Idaho. The program was led by Ross
Wehner of World Leadership School in Boulder. This same program facilitates our Southwest
Travel Elective experience on the Cochiti Reservation in New Mexico. Finding meaningful and
engaging professional development opportunities for myself is challenging given my nearly 20
years of school leadership experience and 10 years of teaching experience. Needless to say, this
experience fit the bill. The leadership cohort will meet virtually throughout the school year to
keep the learning and professional relationships thriving.
This year like all others past, our inspiring faculty, wise administration, and dedicated staff will
bring our mission of academic rigor and our values of a caring community to life with our
amazing students. I cannot wait to be there for many magical moments of learning and growth
as I enter my thirteenth year as a school leader at this incredible school.
As always, my highest priority is to lead the school in a way that promotes trust, strengthens
community, and puts student learning and well-being ahead of all else. Summit Middle School
provides the resources for each child to succeed in all aspects of school life: social, emotional,
and intellectual. Please join in our efforts to sustain a high quality school and academic
program where children grow and achieve to the best of their ability and potential.
Adam Galvin, Principal