Everest Newsletter: March 12, 2018

Everest Newsletter: March 12, 2018

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Newsletter At A Glance:

– Message From Our Directors
– Messages from the EPO

– School Safety Walkout morning of 3/14
– Celebrate our diverse community
– 9th Grade Study Trip – A Parent’s Review!
– Senior Corner: PACKETS & BABY PHOTOS!!!
– Everest Junior receives Junior Achievement Scholarship!
– Freshman and Sophomore Summer Strategy
– Sequoia Parents Education Opportunities

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– http://everest.summitps.org/
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– EPO Website
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– Everest Speech and Debate
– Everest Newsletter Subscribe



School Calendar:

– 3/5-15 Expeditions
– 3/16 No school, PLP day
– 3/21 Senior Panorama and Mentor Group Pictures 10-11am
– 3/22 Everest Community Night 7-8:30
– 3/30 No School – Cesar Chavez Day
– 4/5 Best Fit – Personalizing the College Selection Process, Summit Prep 6:30 – 8:00pm
– 4/9-15 Spring Break!


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,

Happy Daylight Savings time! Spring is officially here and we are feeling excited for the chance to spend more time outside.

During the second week of Expeditions, teachers are building towards the Celebration of Learning/Celebrate Everest, which is on the horizon! Save the date for Thursday, May 24. At this trademark event, students will display their work from Expeditions classes this year, perform songs and plays, and view the important themes of classes they may be interested in taking next year. Expeditions teachers will also present their yearly awards. For the second year in a row we’ll be partnering with your Everest teachers to hold the Celebrate Everest awards on the same evening. Head into your Memorial Day Weekend with a bang!

This week, we have a few special events.

  • This Wednesday, March 14 from 10:00-10:17 AM there will be a national school walkout to protest gun violence and remember the 17 lives that were lost in the Parkland, FL shooting. We believe students should have the opportunity to participate in this political event without loss of learning time. We have adjusted the school day on Wednesday so that students may participate without missing instruction. If your student plans to participate in a longer walkout, please remember to call the front desk and excuse them from school.
  • This Friday is Spring PLP Day. Please plan to have a conversation with your student about their academic standing and ask them to show you their PLP. Don’t forget to also ask about Expeditions courses!
  • This week marks the opening of school year 18-19 Internship and Independent Study enrollment. Please start conversations with your student about whether they’d be interested in pursuing an internship or independent study next year, and if so, where.

Here’s to a great Week 6 of Expeditions!

Expeditions Love,
Lucretia Witte
Director of Expeditions


School Safety Walkout, March 14th

As you may have heard from Everest administration, some students and teachers at Everest are planning to join the Nationwide school walkout to be held for 17 minutes starting at 10:00 am on March 14th.

Everest plans to create a safe space on school grounds for students and faculty participating in the walkout to gather. Students are not required to join the protest or to demonstrate, but are welcome to. Alternatively, they’re welcome to commemorate the event by reaching out to get to know 17 students better that they don’t already know well.


Celebration of Our Diverse Community, March 22, 7:00-8:30

Not sure how it is for all of you but the year is moving forward at an incredibly fast rate. I blinked and it’s already March! Each year the EPO and Administration plan events for our entire Everest community. Earlier this year we had the Thanksgiving Potluck (which was great) and on March 22nd from 7:00-8:30pm we will be hosting our annual “Celebration of our Diverse Community” night. This is an evening where students (and parents) are invited to attend, and if interested, showcase something that represents themselves. In the past we have had students host booths where they shared foods and memorabilia from their culture of origin, religious experience, special interests and talents.

We welcome all of our Everest families to attend to support our students in a celebration of self-expression! Pizza will be served to all attendees.

Hope to see you Thursday March 22, 2017 at 7:00pm.

Kind Regards,
Stacey Signorello


9th Grade Study Trips – A parent’s review

Thursday’s tour of San Jose State

Some fun facts about SJSU: Founded in 1857, 3rd largest in the state, 10th largest in the country, 300 sunny days per year, 134+ Bachelors and Masters Degrees, average 30 students per class.

A little bit of rain (ok…so sometimes it was a lot of rain) didn’t stop us from having a great time. It barely drizzled while we were on the tour until we got in line for the DC (dining commons) and the clouds opened up and it rained hard. What great timing we had! We all enjoyed a free lunch with tons of food options. Everything from Starbucks Jamba juice, tacos and burritos, veggie and vegan and of course Pizza! Then a short trip to the Silver Creek Sports complex where the kids competed in soccer, dodgeball, relay races and bounce houses. Needless to say, the kids were exhausted and the drive home was very quiet.

Friday CSU Monterey

Our visit to the Monterey Bay aquarium was very intriguing. Many of us (including teachers) saw creatures we’d never seen before. We enjoyed about and hour of a self guided tour before the kids all checked in with Ms. Buller and headed out to lunch. The weather was partly cloudy but not to cold until we got to CSU Monterey. It was raining way to hard to do the walking tour so we all huddled in the student union and had a Q & A session with the tour guides. The students had a lot of good questions and very appreciative of the tour guides’ time.

The many wonderful hands of the Everest staff and Everest community and families worked tirelessly to put this wonderful study trip together. Our SPECIAL thanks to the 9th grade team coordinators Ms. Buller and Ms. Horovitz and to Eiri Ineaga, and Jay Patell, our the parent coordinators. As well a very BIG thank you to all the drivers/chaperones and people behind the scenes! This trip wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s help.

After talking to some of the students, quite a few mentioned that this was their first trip to a College. They were surprised to see how many options there were and the choices they are going to have to be making going forward (and how big the campuses were and Free Food!!) This was quite the “eye opener” for some.

My Personal thanks to everyone involved for making this a very memorable experience for all !!

Barbra Ristow – mom to Freshman Dillan



Senior Corner:


If you haven’t already done so, please fill out and turn in the senior packet and the baby photo ASAP to lindamburt@gmail.com. Thank you.


Everest Junior Receives Junior Achievement Scholarship


Earlier this spring, Jay Patel and Natasha Skok, two parents at Everest, offered a multi-session Junior Achievement Class as part of the Wednesday enrichment series. 29 Everest students signed up for the seminars, and many were disappointed that the series ended. While all benefited from the information, Oliver Prado, a junior will have the chance to continue on! Here’s how:

Junior Achievement of Northern California, in partnership with Delta Airlines and the National Flight Academy, offered scholarship opportunities for six JA students to attend the National Flight Academy during the summer of 2018. Located on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, the National Flight Academy is an interactive, immersive learning adventure in the world’s largest simulated aircraft carrier that inspires interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Oliver Prado submitted his application for this summer program with a reference provided by Jay Patel. Oliver was selected as one of the recipients for this scholarship in Northern California and will join five other high school students at the National Flight Academy on June 17-22, 2018.

Congratulations Oliver, and thank you Jay and Natasha for leading this enrichment series!

Freshmen & Sophomore Summer Strategy

Hi all – I don’t know if you’ve checked out the school website, but it does have some “should do’s” for both students and parents for school year vs. summer choices as part of optimizing your selection among possible colleges when that time comes. The “list” for 9th/10th graders and for you as their parents can be found here: No surprise, it recommends that students study hard, get good grades – and spend time during the school year and particularly in the summer volunteering or working in the career field that they find most exciting. And to not wait till they’re juniors to talk to visiting College representatives.

Why is summer so important? “Colleges are looking for well-rounded applicants who have demonstrated passions, interests, and leadership in their lives outside of the classroom. Summer break is a great time to engage in the sorts of experiences that will make you a more impressive applicant and build the skills and habits that will make you successful in college.” And there are scholarships available – so don’t think that amazing internships and programs are out of reach.

By 9th grade, Everest is asking parents to get their 9th grader to go tour a college – or two. By 10th grade, in addition to college visits, Everest is asking students to go deep into whatever hobby or extra curricular interests they have – depth is more important than breadth, apparently. And for you as their parent to support your student to participate in meaningful summer experiences, such as volunteering, academic enrichment, or leadership roles. Note: serving as a camp counselor counts as a leadership role.

I also found – by talking to Alma Rosas, our Summit system wide lead for College Readiness – a master list that someone had compiled of outstanding local summer internship and summer program activities. Unfortunately, many have February and early March deadlines – so read the whole list to get ready for next year! Here are the ones that are still doable for the summer of 2018… The master list starts with a reference for Wishbone – a scholarship entity for such programs, so don’t just read the following information – do pull up the whole list.

Last but not least, if you want to get on Stanford’s list of STEM based opportunities for high school students, here’s the link to their newsletter: https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/k12-stemprograms

Happy reading!

Linnaea Knisely, Editor, and Tiger Mom of Nico Levy, Sophomore…

Parent Education Series


Tech Sex & Teen Dating Relationships
Vanessa Kellam, Parent Engagement Coordinator, Health Connected

Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall
1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City

Info & Tickets: https://techsex2018sequoia.eventbrite.com/

Join Vanessa Kellam of Health Connected for a thought-provoking discussion around the sexuality and dating culture of teenage digital natives. Talking points will include the impact of social media and online pornography on relationships, and how parents and trusted adults can engage their children in open and honest conversations.

Parents will receive helpful hints and learn what they can do to encourage a safe and positive dating landscape for their teens. Contrary to popular belief, teens want parental input and advice about sexual health and relationships. Come and be inspired to engage your teen in a new way!
Thursday March 22nd 7:00pm
Woodside High School (MUR)

Leeana Clegg, Education Outreach Coordinator, Impact Teen Drivers
What Do You Consider Lethal? Parent-Teen Safe Driving Workshop



Fostering Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence in Teens
Roni Habib, Founder, EQ Schools

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Menlo-Atherton High School, M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton

Info & Tickets: https://ronihabib2018ma.eventbrite.com

Emotional Intelligence skills are more predictive of a person’s long-term success than academic achievement. Teens who are emotionally intelligent are more resilient and optimistic about their lives. The best way for kids to learn these skills is through watching their role models practice it.

Yet, what does it mean to be mindful? And what does it mean to “emotion coach” as a parent? In this workshop, Roni Habib, founder of EQ Schools, will explore what our kids need to thrive and offer concrete tools to help us in our parenting journey.

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, cmargot@csmconsulting.net. For Spanish, contact Lilly Quiñonez, Parent Center Coordinator, at 650-322-5311, Ext. 50255.

Newsletter Submission Information

We publish the Newsletter every week on Sunday while school is in session.  Email submissions to everestnewsletter@gmail.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.