Updated Media Statement from Summit Charter School on Safety Matter: October 2, 2019
We have concluded our discipline proceedings in response to the allegations of a student communicating threats to school safety on our campus. As a result of the proceedings, the student of concern has been expelled from Summit Charter School. 
 
We will continue to collaborate with the family of the student and Jackson County as they put in place services and support for the student. This case remains an open investigation with Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Juvenile Justice. 
 
As a school, we will draw on this situation as an opportunity to assess our safety procedures and protocols, and to identify active steps we as a school community can take to ensure our campus remains a safe, supportive, and nurturing learning environment.
 
We will continue to be available for our families for any questions or concerns. 
 
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Sincerely,
 
Kurt Pusch, Head of School, 720-266-7695
 
Andrea Chalker, K-8 Principal, 828-421-7121
 
Lauren Bennett, High School Principal, 828-200-2663
 

Media Statement from Summit Charter School on Safety Matter
On Friday, September 20th, students reported to Summit Charter School staff that a student on our campus had allegedly communicated verbal statements to other students threatening the safety of our school. The threat was communicated verbally to other students. There was no incident of weapons on campus, nor an incident of a threat being carried out.

 

In response to the report, school administration immediately communicated the information to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and restricted the student from being on campus at any time. Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to the report, and authorities confirmed that the school was under no imminent threat and that the campus was safe. Authorities conducted an investigation of the report on Monday, September 23 and Tuesday, September 24. On Wednesday, September 25, with information verified from the investigation, the school notified parents. School administration held question and answer sessions with parents on September 25 and 26 and continues to be available for our families.

The situation is being handled thoroughly in collaboration with Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and multiple agencies and services in Jackson County. We take these matters seriously and will continue to ensure that student safety is not compromised.

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Please continue to contact us with questions at any time.

Sincerely,

Kurt Pusch, Head of School, 720-266-7695

Andrea Chalker, K-8 Principal, 828-421-7121

Lauren Bennett, High School Principal, 828-200-2663

 


Summit Charter School Chorus Sweeps Competition at Carowinds

Chorus Earns First Place Overall and Multiple Accolades in its Second Year

May 28, 2019 -- Summit Charter School, a tuition-free K-10 public charter school in the Cashiers-Highlands plateau, traveled to Charlotte on May 18th to compete against 15 schools in the nationwide “Music in the Parks” competition. Summit’s middle school chorus received a Superior rating, took first place in middle school choral, and earned highest choral group overall. Music in the Parks is a nationwide festival featuring performance opportunities for band, orchestra, and choral performers. Each competition features exceptional adjudicator panels sharing their expertise with participants. 

“I am ecstatic for our kids to reach this monumental achievement,” says Jesse Loyd, choral director. “This is only our second year of having a chorus at Summit and our students have blown both the community and their competition away. Music in the Parks provides a phenomenal opportunity for our chorus to experience a world-class stage with renowned judges. And as an added bonus, we rewarded our students with a fun day at Carowinds following their performance.”

Summit’s middle school chorus performed two songs: “The Water is Wide” by Ruth Elaine Schram and “The Drunken Sailor” by Emily Crocker. The award-winning performance at the Charlotte competition concludes an unprecedented season for Summit’s middle school chorus. Prior to sweeping Music in the Parks, the chorus participated in two performances in 2019, including a state competition and a concert at The Bascom in Highlands, North Carolina. Each performance received high accolades and was made possible by a grant from The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley.

Jesse Loyd concludes, “This is a very proud moment for Summit and myself. It is rewarding to see my students get recognized for their perseverance and dedication to music. I am so proud of what they’ve accomplished this year and hope their success continues to inspire them to pursue a love of music.”

SCS Middle School Chorus

Middle School Chorus, Choral Director Jesse Loyd, Piano Accompanist Tracie Jernigan 

About Summit Charter School

Summit Charter School is a tuition-free K-10 public charter school in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina that engages students in learning experiences that stimulate discovery, inspire excellence and nurture a positive influence in an ever-changing world. A picturesque mountain campus and state-of-the-art facilities in the Cashiers-Highlands plateau provide an ideal setting for students and teachers to embrace high expectations, build meaningful relationships and practice the seven virtues of the school’s daily Summit Pledge: “Each day in my words and my deeds, I will do my best to live these seven virtues: Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Self-Discipline, Perseverance and Giving.”

During the 2018-19 school year, Summit welcomed its first ninth grade class and will add a high school grade every year until the inaugural high school class graduates in 2022. Following this spring’s opening of the Summit Center, which houses athletic facilities, a performance area and music and art classrooms, the school will open its new high school building. Learn more about Summit’s transformative place-based education and whole-child approach to learning at summitschool.org.