Bison Update

Weekly Updates 

Don’t miss out on school communication! Be prepared to start seeing our Bison Update emails each Tuesday of the week to help you stay up to date on the school’s current events happening. We ask that you please add @summitcademyschools.org, @usoe-dcs.org and @blackboard.com to your email safe senders list so you don’t miss out on our weekly updates, teacher communication, attendance, and emergency notifications. Missed or can’t find our email? Our weekly updates are always available on our website. If you have any questions, please contact the front office at 801-254-9488.

July 2024

Principal Message

Dear Summit Academy Parents,

I want to offer a warm welcome to all the new families joining our Summit Academy Bluffdale community!  We are so excited to get to know you and your children.  I am confident you will find that Summit Academy offers an excellent education for all students as well as a close-knit community.  We have many opportunities for parents to volunteer both in the classroom and during school-wide events.  I look forward to meeting all of you this upcoming fall.  

Now that you are a part of the Summit family, you can expect to receive this Bison Update each Tuesday beginning in August.  It will contain all our volunteer opportunities as well as general information that parents will need. Our first community-wide activity will be our Annual Fall Fiesta, which will be held on September 20th from 5:30-7:30.  We are currently looking for several people to help with the planning.  It is helpful to start the preparations during the summer months so consider signing up now using this link: Fall Fiesta Committee Sign-up

Please save Monday, August 19 for our Back-to-School Night.  You will be able to meet with teachers and drop off supplies that evening.  The suggested supply list for the upcoming school year can currently be found on our website.  You can find who your child’s teacher will be that morning by logging onto your parent account in Aspire.

Please remember to include some fun family reading time in your plans so that your student returns ready for a positive start to the year.  I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer break and is able to spend time with family and friends!  

Happy Summering everyone!

Diana Brantley

A Message from our Assistant Principal

I want to give a warm welcome to new families and our returning families as well. I wanted to let you know about some employment opportunities we have this coming school year. We have several positions for paraprofessionals in different grade levels. These are typically part-time positions (16-24 hours) and are often a great fit for our parents. These positions really help support our teachers by giving the students the individual attention that is so important to what we do. Duties would include lunch/recess help, teaching small groups, and help assisting the teachers. The starting pay is $15.45/hr. If you are interested, please email rebecca.howland@summitacademyschools.org 

We ask that you please add @summitcademyschools.org, @usoe-dcs.org and @blackboard.com to your email safe senders list so you don’t miss out on our weekly updates, teacher communication, attendance, and emergency notifications. If you missed or can’t find our email, our weekly updates are always available on our website!

We are excited to see you all in a couple of months!

Rebecca Howland

2023-2024 Student Information

  • Absence Request Form 3 or more days- Click here 
  • Student Fee Waivers - Click Here to view under School Fees
  • Bus Shuttle Rider Rules & Expectations- Click here
  • Free & Reduced Lunch Information & Application - Click Here to view under Free and Reduced Lunch
  • Student Lunch Payment Link- Click Here to Pay Online 
  • Breakfast & Lunch Calendars- Click Here 
  • Summit Academy Schools Calendar- Click Here 
  • Student Dress Code Policy - Click Here
  • Bell Schedule- Click Here to view the bell schedule. 
  • Student Safety/Loading Procedures- Click Here 
  • Create a Parent Account - If you don’t have a parent account, we encourage you to create one to view your students’ grades, assignments, lunch account detail and email teachers. Click Here for instructions on how to create a parent account. Contact the front office if you need assistance finding your student’s SIS number.

Summer Office Hours

Our Offices are CLOSED June 24th - July 26th for Maintenance & Summer Break. 

For questions or inquiries, email bluffdaleoffice@2summit.org. Please note that we will do our best to respond throughout the July summer month. 


Thursday, August 1st - Open for regular school hours 

  • Monday- Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm. 
  • Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Bluffdale Calendar Schedule

August 1                                  Office Open for Regular Hours 

August 19                                Support Services Open House – See message above for details.

                                                   New Parent Orientation – 5:00-5:30

                                                   Back to School Night & Supply Drop Off -5:30-6:30pm

August 21                                First Day of School – All Grades

August 29                               School Picture Day- All Grades – Students may wear free dress; dress code standards still apply.

Summer Meal Sites

How to find sites offering Summer Meals near you. 

Summer meal sites are open to all children 18 and younger at no cost. The Utah State Board of Education offers a Summer Food Program. Information about this great program can be found at www.fuelyoursummerutah.comor by texting "Food" to 304-304 or calling 800-453-FOOD(3663) Site information will be updated weekly. Individual summer meal sites will have the most up to date information on meal service.




Message from our SPO (Summit Parent Organization) 

2024-2025 Fall Fiesta Planning Committee

We’re seeking assistance to help coordinate various activities of our Fall Fiesta (previously known as Fall Fest), which will take place this upcoming fall on September 20th from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  This is a carnival-like event for students and families to attend and help raise money for our school.  If you are interested in helping to plan and coordinate our largest fundraising event, please sign up using this link. Thank you in advance! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090844A4A628A0FE3-49890685-fall



Join our SPO!

Our Summit Parent Organization (SPO) is a formal organization composed of parents and school staff that is intended to facilitate parental participation in our school. SPO meetings are held monthly. The day are time are confirmed in advance every Tuesday in our Weekly Bison Update email.  All Summit Families and Staff are welcome to attend! 

Children Benefit!
 Research shows that children perform better when parents are engaged in education both at home and at school. Parent involvement also boosts student achievement.


School Benefit!
 SPO provides support for administrators and teachers. SPO strives to create a positive and caring atmosphere in the school. 


Make Connections!
 SPO involvement helps you stay connected with the School and SPO ran programs. Working
 together helps build a stronger foundation and community for students to grow and thrive.




Back to School Night & Supply Drop off

  • All Grades - Monday, August 19th from 5:30-6:30pm.

We’ll kick off Back-to-School Night with a New to Summit Parent Orientation from 5:00-5:30 in the gym.  This will be followed by three -15-minute classroom sessions.  Students are welcome to bring their school supplies this night as it makes the first day of school a bit less stressful.  You can find the school supply wish list on our website or by clicking the supply list link in the Student Information section above.





Students with Special Education services or 504’s

Save the Date! Students with Special Education services or 504’s and their parents are invited to a Support Services Meet and Greet on Monday, August 19th from 3:00-4:00 pm. We will meet in the library. There will be a brief joint meeting and introductions. Students will then divide up by grade for a brief tour of the school and say “hello” to teachers. If you have questions, please contact Bonnie Blomquist at bonnie.blomquist@summitacademyschools.org 


  • If your child is a new student at Summit Academy and you have not provided us with a copy of your child’s most recent IEP, please contact Bonnie Blomquist at bonnie.blomquist@summitacademyschools.org 
  • If your child is a new student at Summit Academy and has a 504, please contact Mandy Checketts at mandy.checketts@summitacademyschools.org 

*Please note this will be a quick visit with teachers as they are working to prepare for the upcoming school year. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact the individual teacher(s) to set up an appointment. 


We are excited for a GREAT 2024-2025 school year!


Homeroom Class Rosters

How do I find out which class I am in? 

Class lists will be available the morning of Thursday, August 11th. Parents may be able to view their students assigned homeroom teacher by logging into your parent account on Aspire. Click Here for instructions on how to create a parent account if you do not already have one. Contact the front office if you need assistance finding your students SIS (student ID) number.


2024-2025 Students Immunization

All students must have the following immunizations complete and updated prior to entering the new school year on August 21,2024: 

  • 5 DTaP/DT 
  • 4 Polio 
  • 2 Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) 
  • 3 Hepatitis B 
  • 2 Hepatitis A 
  • 2 Varicella (chickenpox) 

Please check to see if your child is up to date on their immunizations prior to the new school year beginning. Immunization deficiency letters will be mailed in late June for those students missing any immunizations. Updated immunization records can be emailed to bluffdaleoffice@2summit.org 


Students with Immunization Exemptions 

Students claiming an exemption from the required vaccinations must have their legally responsible individual complete the online education module for a certificate at https://immunize.utah.gov/immunization-education-module/ . You will need to provide a copy of a completed certificate to the front office prior to the first day of school. For more information on exemptions visit Utah State Legislature Website




2024-2025 Corporate Sponsors Opportunity 

Summit Academy Bluffdale is currently looking for corporate sponsors who want to support our school. In exchange for your donation, Summit Academy can offer your business advertising during sporting events including rentals from outside entities as well as on our website and in our 

Weekly school newsletter. If you are interested; please email bluffdaleoffice@2summit.org 




Employment Opportunities

Summit Academy Bluffdale is hiring for the following positions for the 2024-2025 school year.

  • Part Time Kindergarten Teaching Assistant - 3 positions available
    • M-F – (26 hours per week) schedule varies dependent on assignment.
  • 2nd – 4th Grade Teaching Assistant – 3 positions available
    • M-F – (16-25 hours per week) Work hours vary dependent on assignment
  • 4th Grade Spanish Bilingual Dual Immersion Teaching Assistant
    • M-F- 10:30 am - 3:30 pm (16-25 hours per week)

Interested applicants can email resumes to rebecca.howland@summitacademyschools.org 

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) Full Time Office Secretary- 
    • M-F – 7:50 am -4pm

Interested applicants can email resumes to diana.brantley@summitacademyschools.org  

Please see our LEA website for additional employment positions within Summit Academy Schools: https://www.summitacademyschools.org/main/careers 

Community Connection

  • Did you know, Smith's Food & Drug donates .5% of every eligible purchase made by our Summit Academy Bluffdale families to our school by linking your rewards card to us? The more you shop with Smith’s Food & Drug, the more money our school will earn! Please consider linking your rewards card to us by signing into your Smith’s rewards account today. https://www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/account/create/ 
  • Earn money for Box Tops by scanning your receipts! Download the app and link it to our school to start earning money for our school! 

Stay Connected

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Be sure to regularly check our website and/or social media platforms for current events and school updates. 

Thank you to our Sponsors

We are thankful to our business partners who continue to support Summit Academy Bluffdale.