Newsletter At A Glance:
Message From Our Directors
12/5 – 1-2pm Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Everest PHS Calendar
Prospective Student Key Dates – Spread the Word:
Thursdays and Fridays – Shadow opportunities
Tuesday, December 5th – Open House at Summit Prep at 7pm. Address: 890 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063
Saturday, January 20th – Open House at Everest Public High School at 10am. Address: 455 Fifth Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063
Friday, January 26th –9th Grade Application Deadline at 3:00pm at Summit Prep and Everest.
Friday, February 2nd–9th Grade Lottery at9:00am at Summit Prep and Everest.
College Key Dates:
12/21 Mid Year Report Deadline
All events are at Everest unless otherwise noted. See Everest PHS Calendar for a complete list of events.
Letter from Our Directors
Dear Everest Family,
What an amazing week for Everest!
Tuesday marked the national “Giving Tuesday,” a day after Thanksgiving sales when people are encouraged to put their money to use supporting nonprofits that make the world a better place. Thanks to the leadership of Everest parents Stacey Signorello and Nicola Weiskopf, the hard work of many parent volunteers, and the generosity of dozens of families, we surpassed our goal for the day by raising $47,465! This effort launched us forward towards our goal to raise $75,000 by the end of the school year. The money will help us run our athletics program, support student clubs and events, provide scholarships for field trips and college tests, and more. We are so grateful to everyone who participated!
(It’s not too late! If you missed #givingtuesday but still want to donate, please do so now ateverest.summitps.org/donate.)
Thursday was the deadline for applications for the University of California and the California State University systems. Our seniors have been incredibly hard at work, supported by their peers, their families, their mentor, and the whole college readiness team at Everest. We are so proud of the fact that 94% of our senior class has successfully submitted applications to college! While the application season is far from over, we want to congratulate them on their progress so far. Some have already started receiving the first acceptances of the year! These amazing students are living Everest’s mission and we are so proud of them for it.
This week we continue to hold “Super Office Hours” on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:00, during which all teachers are staying after school to help get students caught up in their classes before winter break. These Office Hours are mandatory for students who are far behind, and optional for all other students who want to work productively. Please join us in creating urgency for your child and helping them stay on track with a plan to be proud of where their grades are by the end of the calendar year!
Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates
Staff Needed for Newsletter
Our team is enjoying our involvement with the newsletter, but we’re a little short staffed, and going to be down one of our two Spanish language reviewers for much of the spring. Our team has 2 English preparers including myself, and as noted, 2 Spanish language reviewers. A full staff would actually be a total of 8 persons so that each person (preparer and Spanish translation reviewer) handles the newsletter once a month. We have a critical need for a volunteer to support Spanish translations so that we don’t burn out our single reviewer this spring. The weekly effort is minimal – for each volunteer, about 1-2 hours to review/prepare the newsletter or review the Spanish translation. If you are interested in helping out or would like to know more, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-678-9397. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Linnaea Knisely, Editor
Does Your Student Want To Go Into a STEM Based Career?
At the fall Open House, Ms. Docherty (AP Calc and AP Stats teacher), and a colleague – I can’t remember whether it was Mr. Tsai or Mr. DeVera) chose to educate parents about what it would take to be successful competing for college entry in a STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering or Mathematics) field.
Ms. Docherty had taken a class at a college this last summer, and shared that many of her fellow students were high school students working to get that competitive advantage. And that she was surprised and a little taken aback by how many resources they were investing into securing that future they wanted.
Ms. Docherty’s illuminating presentation addressed what steps Everest students could take to make themselves more successful with respect to standardized testing, on-line extensions and out of school/summer extensions. It was so valuable that I’ve felt guilty for not sharing it for months, now. They advocated that Sophomores and Juniors prep for the SAT and ACT at home in addition to the support they receive at School, consider becoming familiar with computer coding languages. They noted that they have practice tests available, and closed with this offer:
“In addition, feel free to reach out to either of us if you have questions about ACT testing, SAT testing, PSAT testing, or where to get resources/help for your student. We are both very knowledgeable about all tests (including subject tests) and would be happy to give support in many ways.”
Everest’s New Website
Thanks to Summit Staff member Mei Mei, and to Drew Moriates for taking a hard look at our website, and bringing it up to date! It’s still accessible via the same address, http://everest.summitps.org/ but the news, photos, student, parent and prospective family information are recast or up to date. And that renews the value of this resource for current families – as well as the external community wanting to learn more about us.
Free Holiday Lights Celebration
Hoping that you are taking time during what can be an incredibly busy season to enjoy yourselves. If you love holiday lights, then you may be planning to walk or drive through Christmas Lane in Palo Alto (starts 12/11 – runs through the 25th). It’s on Fulton street between Embarcadero Ave and Seale Road. Another great place for lights: Eucalyptus Avenue in San Carlos. Planning to visit SF? Check out the illuminate light festival illuminatesf.com to see what’s near your planned visit sites.
And don’t forget time to just sit and enjoy time with family!
Newsletter Submission Information
We publish the Newsletter every week on Sunday while school is in session. Email submissions to email@example.com by Tuesday evening. Any submissions received after the deadline will be included in the following week’s newsletter. Please include the organization name, event, date, time, location and contact info, including website URL. All submissions are subject to editing by the EPO.Everest Public High School and The EPO do not take responsibility for the content of any third party events, submissions, or websites. Your newsletter team: Linnaea Knisely, Barbara Ristow, Raquel Izumi and Veronica Larios.