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Volume 1, Issue 1

Upcoming Events 

Book Fair, December 1-8

Uniform Buy-Out Day, December 20

First Day Back from Winter Break, January 4

Late Start @9:30, January 11

No School on Martin Luther King Day, January 16

Daddy/Daughter Dance, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on January 27

Mom/Son Bowling, 1:00 to 3:00 on February 3

Credits: 

Student Editors, Abigail Riggs & Claire Workman

Layout Editor, McKenzie Blakey

Photography, Ava Crespo & Alexis Workman

Curators: McKenzie Blakey, Ava Crespo, Abigail Riggs, Alexis Workman, Claire Workman

Editor-in-Chief, Brandie Maddox

Design, Marissa Renfroe

November 22, 2016

Inaugural Issue of The Raven’s Quill By Claire Workman Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Raven’s Quill! Every day, the students at the Summit are imagining, creating, and writing. These students put conscientious and deliberate effort into their work and each piece represents their growth in skill and understanding. Most often, the only people who get to see the students’ work and development are their teachers and parents. This is what inspired the Raven’s Quill, a publication aimed at sharing what our students accomplish in the classroom with the broader community.

This Raven’s

initial Quill publication marks the start of the high school’s journalism program. In starting a journalism program, the logical assumption would be to create a newspaper, but a newspaper implies covering solely the news, and we wanted to do more than that. We decided to create an opportunity not just for high schoolers to write but for any student to write, draw, build, or create and be able to share that work. We plan on continuing to publish what the Summit students create periodically throughout the school year. Thus, without further ado, we proudly present the first issue of the Raven’s Quill.



Early Learners

The Beginners have been learning about their letters. During their morning time outside, they showed us “X,” “I,” and “H.”

Eli L., Pre-K

Vivian B., Pre-K

Liam M., Pre-K

Mason S., Pre-K

The pre-k students share their work and bright smiles. The students have been learning about the alphabet and letter sounds.

Writing With Illustration By Amaya G., Kindergartener

Story With Illustrations By Jasper K., Kindergartener Once upon a time I went to Alex’s house. We went to Alex’s room. It was fun. We went to Alex’s basement. We watched Ninja Turtles and then we had fun. The End!




1st and 2nd Grade In the first grade class, Mrs. Heet taught her students about renewable and nonrenewable resources. As the students learned about different resources, they created representations of the materials. Each student drew a renewable and nonrenewable source, ranging from diamonds, coal, and silver to sunlight, wind and water.

Cotton and Iron Ore By Brooklyn L., 1st Grader

Groundwater and Corn By Tenley S., First Grader



By Anna S., 2nd Grader By Mason M., 2nd Grader First off, I would like to tell you that one year on Pluto is 248 years on Earth. That’s a lot! I bet you’re wanting to know where Pluto got it’s name. Well, in fact, the girl who named Pluto was not much older than us! Her name was Venetia Phair, she was only eleven. Pluto is the only planet that was named by a kid. Despite many theories Pluto is not actually a planet because it is not the dominant rock in its orbit, and that’s why in August 2006 Pluto was declared a dwarf planet.

Mars is sometimes called the red planet because the dirt is red. The dirt is red because of the iron oxide. Did you know that Mars means the Roman god of war? It has two moons ( Phobos and Deimos). Did you know that one of Mars's moons (Phobos), is twice as big as Mount Everest? Water used to flow on its surface. One day in the future we may live on Mars.




4th Grade

3rd Grade

5th Grade

Quatrains Charlotte’s Web Book Report

By Cameron C., 4th Grader

By Cadence G., 3rd Grader “I love the book Charlotte’s Web because of the trust in friendship there is between Charlotte and Wilbur. My favorite part is where Charlotte and Wilbur first meet each other, and Wilbur thinks that it is crazy that Charlotte drinks blood.” “My favorite supporting character is Fern. My favorite supporting character is Fern because Fern saved Wilbur’s life and Fern raised Wilbur.”

Halloween is coming Get dressed and go outside You listen to people humming Run around and hide

Leaves fall from trees You love to play It is fall

Bubblegum By Chloe S., 5th Grader I learned how to blow a bubble a few months ago, and I love blowing bubbles now! Though I have had a bad experience with gum before, once in third grade I was chewing gum and it got in my hair! It was terrible and it seemed like a total coincidence because it was Crazy Hair Day!

And Halloween day


My Place

Marilyn Monroe

By Emily C., 3rd Grader

By Isabel W., 4th Grader

“I have a very special place where I go sometimes. It’s nothing big, but it’s special to me. It is the top floor of my swing set. It smells like flowers, trees, and fresh wood. The birds are chirping all around you and it’s almost like the wind is talking to you. It reminds me of all the things that have past and the ones that are right now. It is my favorite place.”

I bet you know Marilyn Monroe and her movies, but, do you know the girl behind the camera? Marilyn’s real name is Norma Jeane Mortenson but, when baptized her name changed to Norma Jeane Baker. Most of Marilyn’s childhood was spent in foster homes and orphanages. Marilyn had 11 sets of foster parents. Marilyn Monroe went to college at University of California, Los Angeles. Mrs. Monroe hated her movie Dumb Blondes because everyone thought she was dumb, but in fact she was very smart.


How to Blow a Bubble By Blakely T., 5th Grader The first thing I do is chew the gum until it’s soft, it will take a long time and a lot of chewing. After that I press it on the roof of my mouth. I then flatten it just so it’s a square with my tongue. Then put your tongue through the gum about 45%, and pin the gum on the middle of your tongue with your teeth. Now blow softly, you can make a buzzing noise too.


Middle School European Starling By Essie H., 6th Grader Invasive species such as the European starling are taking over the U.S, driving native birds out like the American robin and the finch. Robins are native and compete against the starling for food and territory. Like starlings, robins are scavengers, but they are not aggressive. Finches are small songbirds and make their homes in small places, which are good places to hatch chicks. The sly starling can fit in their homes and drive them out. The starling is a bad species, and we, along with some other scientists, should work together to drive them out. They have driven out so many native birds, so let’s help the ones that remain. Let’s help our native birds.

Letter To Michael Phelps By Annabel S., 7th Grader

Annabel S at a Gymnastics Meet

Dear Michael Phelps, If I could meet you, if I could ask you anything at all, I would ask you this: How does it feel to be on the top of that podium with a gold medal around your neck? How does it feel to see the ever so familiar red, white, and blue flag rise above every other one, all because of you? What’s the rush in hearing the sweetest anthem, the StarSpangled Banner, buzz through the stadium? After so much history, all the wars, segregation, the risings and falls, how does it feel to make your country great again? How does your heart soar when you know everyone in America is cheering for you? And one last thing, how does it feel to know you didn’t let them down? An Olympic hopeful

Picture Credits: ESPN

Enactus By Jacob W., 8th Grader What is Enactus? Enactus stands for “ENtrepreneurial ACTion to make the world a better place for US all.” The organization’s goal is to empower students to take action and create projects to make the world a better place in which everyone can live. Student projects can range from recycling mattresses to giving homeless people jobs, preventing tons of waste or creating an indoor farming solution for people in the most desolate places in Canada. Enactus organizes an annual event called the Enactus World Cup. This event can take place in any country that the company has a foothold in; it was most recently held in Toronto, Canada. The Enactus World Cup is a competition in which the aforementioned student teams show projects that they have created throughout the year to a panel of judges. The winners take home the Enactus World Cup, and receive some funds to continue their project to fruition. However, this does not mean that the losing teams stop their projects. The point of the competition is to create sustainable projects that make the world a better place. Through student projects and the Enactus World Cup, the organization strives to make the world a better place.


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Thirty-Nine Years and Still Going Strong My Head, My Head vital part of the Summit community. When speaking to new faculty, many remarked on her helpfulness and kindness. Parents of her students give rave reviews. They remark on how much she taught their children and how much fun they had in her class. Students will talk about how even after they leave her class, she continues to check up on them and make sure they’re doing okay. Once you’ve been Mrs. Anderson’s student, you stay Mrs. Anderson’s student. A highlight of Mrs. Anderson’s time at the Summit is when she By McKenzie Blakey, Freshman organized and hosted math club. Math club was held before school Long has Mrs. Anderson been a and was used to prepare for SBU’s beloved member of the Summit math competition. Mrs. Anderson community. Ask any of her former devoted her own time, money, and students, and they’ll tell you how energy to this club, and many a amazing she is and how much she student will tell you that math club helped and influenced them. was one of their favorite activities They’ll tell you how she would they did in her class. From come early and stay late to help working through problems with students with various projects and the students to providing extra learning. chocolate milk and donuts, Mrs. Anderson worked hard to make “Mrs. Anderson influenced my work ethic, and set sure math club was a fun, enjoyable experience that allowed a good example of how to be students to learn at the same time. respectful and how to act in the classroom,” Evan Mason shared. When visiting with math club Mrs. Anderson has been a caring, students from previous years, the common thread between them all supporting presence in many was the fun and hard work. One students lives and academic careers. What most of the Summit doesn’t often think of those two things together, but Mrs. community may not know is the Anderson’s leadership made them extent of Mrs. Anderson’s compatible. dedication. Mrs. Anderson has been teaching and influencing In conclusion, Mrs. Anderson is a students at the Summit for eleven very important part of the Summit years; prior to joining the Summit community. She truly cares about faculty, she taught for 28 years in her students and makes learning Ozark schools. enjoyable. Considering all that When Mrs. Anderson first came to the Summit, she only planned on staying one year. What started as a part-time job soon became much more. When asked, Mrs. Anderson said that she loves the community feel of the Summit. The closeness of the teachers and the involvement of the Summit parents keep Mrs. Anderson returning year after year. While Mrs. Anderson says she loves the community, she herself is a


By Evan Mason, Freshman My head, my head Contains a space So broad and wide That even I Get lost in it My head, my head Filled with frustration, And mixed emotions, Like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, A never ending struggle My head, my head Faced with two paths to walk down, Contemplating which to choose, Which to choose, The answer unclear

Mrs. Anderson does for her students and colleagues, she is a vital part of the Summit community, and we wouldn’t be the same without her. Next time you happen to see Mrs. Anderson, feel free to thank her for all that she’s done for the Summit!


My head, my head Feels safe, In the presence of family, A bond stronger than chains, That can never break My head, my head Contains a space So broad and wide That even I Get lost in it

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The Ravens Quill - Vol 1 Issue 1  

The Summit Preparatory School's student led school newsletter. Created, designed, and written by Summit students.

The Ravens Quill - Vol 1 Issue 1  

The Summit Preparatory School's student led school newsletter. Created, designed, and written by Summit students.