Newsletter At A Glance:
– Message From Our Directors
– 1/23 EPO General Parent Meeting 6:30pm at Everest
Athletics Calendar 2018
– 1/23 Boys Soccer vs. LCPA at Sequoia HS
– 1/27 Boys Basketball vs. Cambridge Int’ll Prep School 2:30-3:30pm Sequoia HS
All events are at Everest unless otherwise noted. See Everest PHS Calendar for a complete list of events.
Prospective Student Key Dates – Spread the Word:
– Friday, January 26th –9th Grade Application Deadline at 3:00pm at Summit Prep and Everest.
All events are at Everest unless otherwise noted. See Everest PHS Calendar for a complete list of events.
Everest PHS Calendar
Letter from Our Directors
Dear Everest Family,
Thank you to every student and parent who came to our Paying For College and Testing event on Wednesday night last week! We had an excellent turnout and our presenter Mary Morrison kept us laughing and engaged the whole time. If you were unable to attend, you can find all the information you missed, and so much more, at college.summitps.org.
As we continue to move through second semester, we begin to prioritize our preparation for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and The Collegeboard Advanced Placement Exams (AP Exams). In May, our Juniors will be taking their formal CAASPP test, and our Juniors and Seniors will be taking their formal AP Exams.
There are several reasons why we prioritize these external exams:
The CAASPP and AP Exams assess our students’ level of college readiness. As a college readiness school which prides itself in preparing a diverse student population for success in college and career, we highly value the work it takes to create students who have the skills required to achieve excellence in their college level courses. The data we gather from these exams inform the instructional professional development we facilitate for teachers and the continued growth of our curriculum.
The CAASPP and AP Exams have the potential to save you and your student a great deal of time and money. When a student passes the CAASPP, they are exempt from taking additional transition courses between their senior year in high school and their freshman year of college because they have proven that they have the skills required to manage a college level course. When a student passes an AP exam, they are given actual college credit. This allows them to bypass certain intro level college courses which means paying for fewer college credits and having a more flexible college schedule.
The CAASPP and AP Exams are important metrics for our external partners to look at to measure the overall success of our school. We are able to recruit the highest quality teachers and a diverse student population because of our reputation. Our success on the CAASPP and AP Exams reinforces our reputation in the community and provides our school with countless opportunities that benefit all members of our school.
Preparation for these exams starts all the way back in the 9th grade because these tests assess skills that are expected to be built over the course of a student’s high school experience. We will support our Snow Leopards in achieving success on the CAASPP & AP Exams by providing an opportunity for our Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors to take a practice CAASPP test, and our Seniors to take a practice AP test during the last week ofJanuary. We believe this practice opportunity best sets our students’ up for success because it is an opportunity to develop their test taking stamina, strategy, and mindset. This opportunity also gives students a first hand look into what kinds of questions are asked on these exams so that they can best prepare before the formal testing date.
More grade specific information about our practice testing day will be shared in the coming weeks, but for now you can support your student in preparing for our practice tests by talking to them about the long term importance of these exams.
Go, Snow Leopards,
Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates
January 23rd (6:30-7:30 @ Everest) – All School EPO Meeting… And You’re Invited
It’s a triple header of a night – deliberately structured to make sure that you’re fully informed, and to prepare the process for you to offer your thoughts on Everest’s goals and priorities.
First, get an update from our Student Government Team about their goals and current activities.
Second, Chris presents an overview of the strategies and actions implemented by Everestaround three top priorities: College Readiness, Parent Partnership, and creating a school where everyone feels safe. This includes the chance to hear in more detail about howEverest’s budget drives our investment in each of the school’s priorities. To recap, you get to better understand what’s in place, hear what’s in store – and to get ready to share your voice with the Staff and Faculty as we continue to maintain and improve Everest’s goals and priorities. This evening serves as the first of two forums in which Everest works with parents to create our updated LCAP, or Local Control and Accountability Plan. LCAPs are required of every school and district, and are explained in greater detail in the following article.
Third, get the scoop on our upcoming College Study Trips. Parents are welcome to engage to identify ways to maximize the experience – through unique tours or activities on campuses and communities students will visit.
And like the Ginsu knives – the bargain just gets better. Parents of 9th, 10th and 11th graders can get a read on, and take up the opportunity to pitch in to make the class of 2018 graduation the celebration that our graduating families deserve. Trust me, it’s so useful to have that experience when it’s time to plan and execute your child’s 2019, 2020 or 2021 graduation!
What is “LCAP” and Why Is It Important to You?
LCAP stands for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and every school (and school district) in CA must create one. The following defines it at the school district level – the gist is that Everest wants and needs to have parent input to complete our plan. The meeting on the 23rd, from 6:30-7:30 at Everest is your chance to provide input.
The LCAP process offers important ways for parents to engage in decision making. Each school must engage parents, educators, employees and the community to establish these plans. The plans will describe the school’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the school will take to achieve the vision and goals. The LCAP must focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. The plans will also demonstrate how the school’s budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.
There are eight areas for which Everest, with parent and community input, must establish goals and actions. This must be done for each school. The areas are:
– Providing all students access to fully credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe facilities.
– Implementation of California’s academic standards, including the Common Core State Standards.
– Parent involvement and participation, so the local community is engaged in the decision-making process.
– Improving student achievement and outcomes along multiple measures, including test scores, English proficiency and college and career preparedness.
– Supporting student engagement.
– Highlighting school climate and connectedness.
– Ensuring all students have access to classes that prepare them for college and careers.
– Measuring other important student outcomes related to required areas of study, including physical education and the arts.
During our meeting on the 23rd, we will discuss the programs and services currently being offered at Everest and their effectiveness in achieving student outcomes. We will also discuss the strategies, programs, and services planned to improve student outcomes for our students. We are looking forward to sharing our plan as well as receiving your input for how that plan can be improved!
10th Grade Study Trip Date Change
In order to participate in a program known as Challenge Day, the 10th grade study trip will be moved “early” to 2/26-27. The study trip will head south, to allow students to tour UC Merced, and Cal Poly. Students will spend the night in San Louis Obispo, then head north to tour Santa Clara University.
Challenge Day is an experiential learning program for high school youth. Tested and recommended enthusiastically by other Summit schools, Challenge Day offers schools and youth organizations the opportunity to ignite a shift towards greater school connectedness, empathy and inclusivity. Our 10th graders will be engaged in the Challenge Day program on Thursday, February 28th, with follow up activities scheduled for the 29th – the originally scheduled Study Trip kickoff date.
Directory Burst: Our online school directory is now available
You should have received an email from “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the subject, “Directory Burst – Invitation to Join Everest 2017/2018 Directory”. Please check your spam folders if you haven’t received it. If Everest has your email address, you should have received an email.
DirectoryBurst is Everest‘s online directory. You will be able to view the directory either on your computer, or you can download the DirectoryBurst app from the GooglePlay or Apple App Store. Students can be viewed by grade, mentor group or as the entire school. There is also a search function available.
If you have used DirectoryBurst in prior years, you should be able to login using your account. If you haven’t used DirectoryBurst before, please create a new account.
If you are having trouble with your DirectoryBurst account, please contact Mark Tsugawa at email@example.com.
Many thanks to Mark for putting the directory together.
Multi Cultural Event: New date
The Celebration of our Diverse Community has been moved to March 22nd 2018.
This is a night where we celebrate our diverse community by coming together and learning, playing and eating together. We’ll be inviting students and families to share important pieces of our collective identities, whether it’s passion about video games, or where your family came from, art that you adore or more. This is a night where different families represent their nationalities and culture. Clubs have booths which represent their passions. If we’re lucky, we’ll have a talent portion at the end of the evening. This is our 2nd year of holding this event, and we’re looking ahead to have families engage and enjoy time together!
There will be more information posted in upcoming newsletters.
Baseball and Softball Sign up Info
Hey Snow Leopards!
Are you interested in playing a spring sport at Everest? If yes, you MUST use this link to register: goo.gl/f1D1k7.
Spring sports start on Monday, January 29. All athletes MUST have a physical from a doctor prior to the start of the spring season. Registration will close on Monday 1/29 at 9 AM. Our Fall and Winter Programs were and continue to be awesome; let’s keep it up!!!
Dean of Students
Summer Coding Opportunity: 10th & 11th Grade Girls
Dear Friend of Girls Who Code,
Encourage 10th and 11th grade girls (rising juniors and seniors) in your community to prepare for their future with the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program! Our Summer Immersion Programs are FREE 7-week summer programs for 10th–11th grade girls (rising juniors and seniors) to learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community and be competitive in the job market of the future.
In the Summer Immersion Program, students will learn about:
Careers—They’ll meet female engineers and role models and get an inside look at technical roles in the world’s top companies, like Twitter, Amazon, and AT&T.
Skills and Impact—They’ll learn to code through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps, and more—plus, they’ll create a final project that solves a real-world problem they care about!
Sisterhood—They’ll learn in a supportive, girls-only environment and make lifelong friendships!
Programs will be hosted 16 cities including the San Francisco Bay area! Girls can apply at www.girlswhocode.com/sipapply.
Parent Education Series
Menlo Atherton Parent Education Series presents Devorah Heiltner, PhD, Founder of Raising Digital Natives on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 7:00 – 8:30 pm
M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
Presenter: Dr. Devorah Heitner, Raising Digital Natives, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World
Join us for an inspiring presentation that addresses empathy, boundaries, and etiquette that can set kids up for a lifetime of success as digital communicators.
In the digital world, no skill is more crucial than empathy. Learn what it’s like for teens to grow up in a world where school experiences, family life, and friendships are all shaped by digital connection—and how you can share your own wisdom to help your kids become the best people they can be.
WOODSIDE PARENT EDUCATION SERIES
Eran Magen, PhD, Center for Supportive Relationships
Managing Emotionally-Intense Conversations with Your Teen
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Woodside High School, MUR (Multi-Use Room)
199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside
Back by popular demand! Trying to offer support when your tween or teen seems upset or stressed can feel like tiptoeing through a minefield.
Learn how to be more comfortable offering emotional support when your child is stressed, frustrated, angry, or anxious. Dr. Eran Magen shares strategies that will help your child feel better and think more clearly, while improving your parent-child relationship.
SEQUOIA PARENT EDUCATION SERIES
Michael Donnolly, FCD Prevention Works
Prevention Works: Keeping Healthy Kids Healthy
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall
1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City
What keeps healthy kids and teens healthy? Join Michael Connolly, Prevention Specialist, for an open discussion about the prevention of substance use/abuse in teens.
FCD works worldwide to provide students and families with the knowledge, understanding, and skills they need to make intelligent, healthy choices about alcohol, tobacco (vaping), marijuana and other drug use.
Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome!
Spanish interpretation will be available. Free admission & light refreshments.
M-A Parent Education Series events are sponsored by M-A PTA, Sequoia Healthcare District, and Sequoia Union High School District.
Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, M.A., Director, The Parent Education Series, firstname.lastname@example.org. For Spanish, contact Lilly Quiñonez, Parent Center Coordinator, at 650-322-5311, Ext. 50255.
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