May Newsletter

Posted by Chevonne Dumke on May 06, 2019  /   Posted in Development, Featured


Louisville Ballet at Summit Academy

Throughout the 2018-19 school year, our K-5 students have had the unique opportunity to engage in arts experiences with The Louisville Ballet. Through funding from Fund for the Arts, these on-site classes are specifically tailored to our students interests and abilities. Through movement and dance, our students benefit both physically in regards to motor skills as well as socially and emotionally.

Each week, a representative from The Louisville Ballet held a class with different age groups on a rotating schedule. The younger students students explored characters and themes while learning dance vocabulary and experiencing how movement tells stories. Intermediate students participated in activities aimed at learning and practicing various styles of movement incorporating creative, social and folk dances.

In addition to the in-school experiences, we held an after school dance class that culminated in a group performance for the Fund for the Arts showcase, hosted by Summit Academy in April 2019.


Teacher Spotlight: Emily Lape

Emily Lape joined the Summit Academy community more than 8 years ago. She started as a substitute teacher and quickly shifted into a full-time role teaching 3rd grade homeroom, math and assisting with Kindergarten literacy. It was in this role that Emily discovered her true passion for working with our youngest students. She became the lead Kindergarten teacher at the start of the 2011/2012 school year and hasn’t looked back since!

Emily says she loves that every day at Summit is different. She values and appreciates our students, teachers and staff. Emily thrives on watching our students succeed and celebrating even their smallest improvements. She feels especially rewarded knowing that we not only help our students, but their entire families. Emily shares, “Summit allows me the freedom to teach the way I feel my kids need to be taught. I get to have fun every day while teaching my kids. I get to let kindergarteners be the little kids they are. I get to love them like my own.”

Teaching was always Emily’s dream. When she was in the 7th grade, she started babysitting a boy with autism spectrum disorder. She realized then that her life passion would be to work with kids that truly needed her support – not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well. Since entering the world of teaching, Emily has grown to realize that she needs her students just as much as they need her. She is deeply committed to teaching and to Summit Academy. Emily and her husband always say that if they win the lottery, a portion will go to Summit because so many kids and families need us, but don’t have the means to get here.

Emily is a lifelong Louisvillian. She attended WKU where she earned a BA in Learning and Behavior Disorders (K-12). She and her husband, Erick, have been married since 2005 and have three children – Lilly (11), Reese (9) and Brice (almost 2).

2019 Bluegrass, Bourbon, & BBQ

Summit Academy’s 6th Bluegrass, Bourbon & BBQ event was held March 8 at the Muhammad Ali Center. The event raised over $60,000 for Summit’s educational programs and scholarship fund. Guests were treated to a fun-filled evening featuring barbecue and bourbon tastings, live bluegrass music from the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, live and silent auctions, the infamous Wall of Bourbon and more.

This event has evolved over the years into a truly unique way to gather friends of Summit and members of our community together to hear the mission of Summit Academy while enjoying some of Kentucky’s finest!

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