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Summit Parkway Middle School “Where Eagles SOAR”

200 Summit Parkway, Columbia, SC 29229 Phone: 803-699-3580 | Fax: 803-699-3682 richland2.org/spm


Principal’s Welcome

3 Mission/Vision 3

Eagle Pride


SIDI Magnet Program

6  Get Fit Magnet Program 8  AVID 8

Personal Finance


Clubs, Activities,

 Athletics 9

The 7 Mindsets


Capturing Kids’ Hearts


Summit Fun Facts

10 Dates to Know 11 Connect with the Nest


Summit Parkway Middle School

Greetings On behalf of the entire Summit Parkway family, I would like to welcome you to the Nest. It is my honor and privilege to serve as principal of this extraordinary middle school in Richland School District Two. Summit Parkway is one of seven middle schools in the district. We proudly offer some of the best programs, activities and experiences that are designed with your child in mind. There is something for everyone here at Summit Parkway Middle School. Summit offers two magnet programs: The Academy of Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine, also known as Get Fit, and the STEM Institute of Design and Innovation (SIDI). I encourage all parents and students to get to know the faculty and staff, and to become active members in our school. There are many organizations for parents to join and activities for students to engage in regularly. Please connect with Summit Parkway on social media, the website, the Richland Two App or visit the school. Working together with you, we are here to provide the best educational experience possible for all students. —April N. Shell, Principal

Mission Summit Parkway Middle School, with the support of parents, families, and community, will provide each student the opportunity for a quality education by offering challenging and diverse learning experiences in a safe and nurturing environment.

EAGLE PRIDE CORE BELIEFS Prepare Respect Integrity Driven Engaged

At Summit Parkway, students soar with

P. R. I. D. E., rising above their challenges and helping others do the same. They glide through 6th, fly through 7th and soar through 8th believing that there are no boundaries, daring to be different and destined to be great.

Vision We believe that student success is achieved through academic rigor and engagement, behavior interventions and social emotional learning. ~ One View, One Voice, One Vision WHERE EAGLE’S SOAR


The STEM Institute of Design and Innovation (SIDI) is an interest-based middle school magnet program

that focuses on integrating science, technology, engineering and math learning and challenges students to become young researchers, designers, and innovators, creating solutions through problem-based learning. Students are exposed to varied experiences both on and off the school campus, and have opportunities to interact with experts in the fields of science, technology, and engineering on a regular basis. SIDI is one of the few magnet programs in the region that teaches the design-thinking process. Students are given the opportunity to visit major corporations and institutions within the state such as Boeing, BMW, Michelin, Beneteau Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Innovators! Boat Manufacturing, Florence/Darlington Technical College’s Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology, and the University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. They also interact with experts in various fields of science, engineering, and technology on a regular basis. SIDI provides opportunities for students who love science, technology, engineering, and/or math to interact on a consistent basis with like-minded peers in an environment infused with innovative thinking.

Mission The mission of the STEM Institute of Design and Innovation Magnet Program is to prepare students to pursue careers in any science, technology, mathematics, or engineering field, to help students gain an innovative outlook and the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective collaborators in their field of choice, and to help students see their role as leaders of future generations.

Why Choose SIDI? This type of magnet is not for every student. We are searching for students who will grow in the type of environment this setting will provide. The most important component your family needs to consider is whether your child is truly interested and engaged by work involving science, technology, engineering, and math.


Summit Parkway Middle School

Key Components

Students accepted into the STEM Institute of Design and Innovation (SIDI) succeed in a curriculum focusing on creating solutions through strong STEM content knowledge and intentional project-based learning experiences. SIDI students have opportunities to interact with modern and effective technology in the creation and analysis of STEM content. SIDI students form strategic partnerships with other students inside and outside of the school, professionals in careers that support STEM work, and with state and national organizations. These human resources act as advisors and collaborators in the innovation and design process. SIDI students serve as “innovators” to help ensure that our student body has a voice and a choice! SIDI students experience real environments found in industry, the armed forces, government, and non-profit organizations. SIDI students conduct real world studies using the design process beginning in the 6th grade and continuing through the 8th grade. SIDI students in 7th and 8th grade may act as advisors and collaborators for 6th grade students in their projects. SIDI students gain a variety of skills to help in their growth as designers, engineers, innovators and researchers.


SIDI is designed for students who display a strong interest in the application and analysis of science, technology, engineering, and math. SIDI serves students with a common set of personal qualities including persistence, thirst for knowledge, an eagerness to explore new areas of scientific information and a willingness to engage in activities related to these new areas. Student selection for the program is based on individual interviews, including a real–time collaborative design experience, a writing sample, grades, teacher recommendations, and scores of at least “met” on standardized tests. SIDI is not an “honors only” program. However, the subject area classes are taught at the honors level by SIDI teachers who differentiate in the classroom for those students who may need extra support. WHERE EAGLE’S SOAR


The goal of The Academy of Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine (Get Fit) is to prepare students to pursue careers related to the support of healthy lifestyles and to guide students in becoming role models for exemplary health and wellness.

Our Mission The mission of The Academy of Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine is to provide a curriculum that offers collaborative instruction between the specialized Get Fit class, English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, and Social Studies core classes. Through course work, field studies, and family nights, our students will develop qualities that promote leadership, responsibility, and good decision-making while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Get Fit is the only Health and Fitness magnet. Students study human anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of movement. They learn about health issues related to personal safety, good nutrition, and the proper treatment of athletic injuries. They receive training and certification in CPR and First Aid. Monthly Family Nights are a highlight of the program where students and parents come together and explore topics focusing on maintaining healthy lifestyles. This magnet program is for students who are passionate about the care and conservation of living things and the environment. These students enjoy being outdoors regardless of weather and experiencing nature whether through hiking, observations, etc. Students must be self-motivated to excel in this program as independent research and project based learning are prevalent. The Academy of Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine is a three year program open to 80 students at each grade level. The program is designed for enthusiastic students and parents who recognize and appreciate the importance of establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The program also prepares those students who might choose to pursue a medical, health, or wellness related career.

Get Fit Classes • Students study human anatomy, physiology, mechanics of movement, physics of motion, and the historical implications of health and fitness. • Students learn about health issues related to personal safety, good nutrition, and the proper treatment of athletic injuries. • Students are expected to be good role models for exemplary health and wellness. • Students utilize the state of the art fitness equipment to include the Polar Heart Rate Monitors. • Students develop qualities that promote leadership, responsibility, and good decision-making. • Students receive training and certification in CPR and first aid.

Field Studies • Sixth grade students spend three days and two nights at Camp Greenville where they practice teambuilding. • Seventh grade students spend four days and three nights at the Nantahala Outdoor Center where they participate in Whitewater Rafting, Alpine Tower, Lake Kayaking, Mountain Biking and Wilderness First Aid. • Eighth grade students spend four days and three nights at Disney World where they will discover the roles of physics in rides as they examine speed, velocity, acceleration and centripetal force.

Family Nights • Mandatory participation every 3rd Tuesday of each month. • Students and parents come together and explore topics focusing on maintaining healthy lifestyles • Family members learn the importance of good nutrition, smart food choices, and healthy alternatives for junk foods. • Guest speakers address issues related to health and fitness. • Team-building or content-related activity each month. • Students assess their parents’ fitness levels and together design a family-fitness program.

CURRICULUM AT A GLANCE 6th Grade Curriculum •

Exercise Physiology

Lifestyle Diseases

Design Exercise Prescription Plans

Physical Fitness Testing

Measurement of Exercise

Exercise Equipment

Sports Medicine

7th Grade Curriculum •

Circulatory System

Skeletal System

Muscular System

Athletic training

First Aide Certification

Re-Certification of CPR

8th Grade Curriculum This curriculum is designed around seven questions: 1. What are motor skills? 2. How do people get better at motor skills? 3. What is good performance? 4. What stages do individuals pass through to become proficient? 5. What kind of practice facilitates learning? 6. How do individuals differ in learning? 7. How do you get better? WHERE EAGLE’S SOAR


WHERE EAGLES SOAR TOWARD COLLEGE! AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a year-long elective class offered to students who would like to prepare for four-year colleges and universities. Students must have satisfactory citizenship, good attendance, and a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. AVID students are motivated to work toward college eligibility. The AVID elective is a class that meets within the regular school day. The class is composed of different elements, making students successful in all their classes. The week is divided into curriculum days, tutorial days, and motivational activity days. The two days devoted to curriculum focus on the WICOR methodologies of AVID: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. Aside from WICOR, the curricular days also develop students’ note-taking and study skills, while also teaching time management and goal setting. Mini-lessons provide additional support for English, math, science, and social studies classes. Students participate in tutorials twice weekly with tutors and college students to provide support in math, English, social studies, and science classes. Motivational activity days include college and career activities, guest speakers from area colleges and local professionals, and field trips to local colleges and universities. Contact one of the school’s counselors, teachers or principal to learn more about how to enroll in AVID! AVID is also being offering schoolwide to all students. The power of AVID Secondary is the ability to impact students in the AVID Elective class and all students throughout the campus. AVID Secondary can have an effect on the entire school by providing classroom activities, teaching practices, and academic behaviors that can be incorporated into any classroom to improve engagement and success for all students. Teachers can take what they’ve learned at AVID training back to any classroom to help all students, not just those in AVID, to become more college- and career-ready. 8

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Personal finance Budgeting, saving and investing money are just some of the topics students are learning in their finance classes. Summit Parkway is the only middle school in Richland Two that offers Foundations in Personal Finance: Middle School Edition. Structured upon the National Standards for Personal Financial Literacy provided by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, this curriculum meets South Carolina state standards and benchmarks. Subjects Spending and Saving: Apply strategies to monitor income and expenses, plan for spending, and save for future goals. Credit and Debt: Develop strategies to control and manage credit and debt. Employment and Income: Use a career plan to develop personal income potential. Investing: Implement a diversified investment strategy that is compatible with personal financial goals. Risk Management and Insurance: Apply appropriate and cost-effective risk management strategies. Financial Decision-Making: Apply reliable information and systematic decision-making to personal financial decisions.

Clubs, activities, athletics Academic Quiz Bowl Advisory AVID Band Beta Club Boys Basketball Boys Soccer Cheerleading Chorus Football Future Business Leaders of   America (FBLA) Girls Basketball Girls Empowered Girls Soccer

Girls That Code International Club Mock Trial Orchestra Pears of Power Rachel’s Challenge Recess String Explosion Student Council Student Interest Clubs Step Team Volleyball Yearbook Club Young Gentlemen of  Power

The 7 Mindsets of Summit Parkway We Are Connected Passion First Attitude of Gratitude Live to Give Time is Now Everything is Possible 100% Accountable

CAPTURING KIDS’ HEARTS At Summit Parkway, we use the Capturing Kids’ Hearts philosophy to connect and build rapport with students. This is a schoolwide program that works on relationships, social contracts for every class, common language among staff and set of behaviors that are focused on improving school climate and culture. ”If you have a child’s heart, you have a child’s mind.” —Flip Flippen

SUMMIT FUN FACTS! • 2019 State Palmetto Silver Award winner • 2019 SC Report Card grade - GOOD • 2019 Lion’s Club Peace Poster Contest won by an 8th grader • Three-time SC Algebra Nation contest winner (2017-2019) • 2018-2019 eCybermission State Winners • Richland Two Quiz Whiz Middle School Academic Tournament champions in 2013, 2015 • Summit Parkway is the only middle school in Richland Two that offers a personal finance program that teaches students strategies on handling money.

• Thanks to the 2018 Bond Referendum, Summit Parkway is undergoing $10.6 million in renovations to improve six science labs, create flex classrooms next to the cafeteria, build a multipurpose room, make improvements in safety/security, the arts and athletics and more. • Summit Parkway opened almost 30 years ago in 1990 and three years later was named Palmetto’s Finest! • Summit Parkway was designated a School of Promise in 2001.





December 3 Choice Fair - featuring Magnet Programs Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia SC 5:45-7:00 p.m. (Elementary Schools)

6:15-7:30 p.m. (Middle Schools) 6:30-8:00 p.m. (High Schools)

December 16 Choice Application Process Begins online

January 31, 2020 Choice Application Process Ends online



January 7, 2020 SUMMIT PARKWAY MAGNET INFORMATION NIGHT The Academy of Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine (Get Fit) The STEM Institute of Design and Innovation (SIDI) 6:30 P.M. Summit Parkway Middle School Gymnasium 200 Summit Parkway, Columbia, SC

March 16, 2020 - March 20, 2020 Applications reopen for applicants to accept or decline Choice/Magnet offers richland2.org/choice CHECK THE RICHLAND TWO WEBSITE FOR UPDATES 10

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The Choice Fair and school information night meetings are highly recommended for students changing schools, school levels, applying to magnet programs and students new to Richland School District Two.

All applications for SIDI and Get Fit must be submitted online by 5 p.m. January 31, 2020. richland2.org/choice

CONNECT WITH THE NEST Summit Parkway Website richland2.org/spm

SPMS Blog NEWS FROM THE NEST newsfromthenest.blogspot.com (This newsletter is distributed weekly via phone, email and text.)

Twitter SPMS on Twitter: @spmeagles Principal Shell: @anshelltweets Get Fit Magnet: @getfiteagles SIDI: @MagnetSidi

Facebook www.facebook.com/speagles

Richland Two Website richland2.org

Richland Two Mobile App

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Welcome to the Nest, Summit Parkway Middle in Richland School District Two. We proudly offer some of the best programs, activities and exper...

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