Everest Newsletter: March 19, 2018

Everest Newsletter: March 19, 2018

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Newsletter At A Glance:

– Message From Our Directors
– Messages from the EPO
– Celebrate our diverse community
– 11th Grade Study Trip – A Parent’s Review!
– Senior Corner: PACKETS & BABY PHOTOS!!!
– Freshman and Sophomore Summer Strategy
– Sequoia Parents Education Opportunities

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School Calendar:

– 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

On Thursday, March 22nd from 7:00-8:30pm at Everest, we will be celebrating our school’s diversity by holding a family and community event called “Everest Celebrates Diversity.” This event is one where our students and teachers create a space in our halls to share the unique cultures, hobbies, and experiences they hold, which make them special and unique in their own way. Diversity comes in many forms here at Everest: race, ethnicity, geography, gender, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, life experience, age, religion, disability, and education to name a few. We are proud of each unique human who walks through our doors. For this reason, we are so excited to celebrate and embrace this diversity on Thursday night. In anticipation of this event, we did some research on how the heterogeneous population here at Everest, which is diverse by design, is set up to best serve our students.

In our research, we came across an article titled How Racially Diverse Schools and Classrooms Can Benefit All Students as well as a great blog post on the Official Blog of US Department of Ed discussing the positive impacts of a diverse classroom. While reading, three common themes arose:

Diverse classrooms make our students smarter

According to the article How Racially Diverse Schools and Classrooms Can Benefit All Students, “students’ exposure to other students who are different from themselves and the novel ideas and challenges that such exposure brings leads to improved cognitive skills, including critical thinking and problem solving.” In addition, the Official Blog of US Department of Ed claims that “classroom diversity promotes student growth and reflection.” We see students at Everest during classroom discussions consistently challenging one another’s assumptions and opinions so that they can view a problem or scenario differently. This practice builds flexibility and elasticity in how to solve problems and communicate with one another in new and effective ways.

Future employers want students from schools of diversity

The Department of Education stands firm in their opinion that “diverse classrooms play an essential role in career preparation,” and Amy Stuart Wells in How Racially Diverse Schools and Classrooms Can Benefit All Students, argues that “Students can learn better how to navigate adulthood in an increasingly diverse society—a skill that employers value—if they attend diverse schools.” Part of Everest’s mission is to prepare our students “for college and career,” and our students’ future colleges and careers will require them to work collaboratively with people who are different than they are. We do this at Everest by intentionally shaping mentor groups in a way that values diversity and by not “tracking” students through their courses.

Our society is becoming more and more diverse each day

The blog post shared above reports that “diversity prepares students for citizenship” and the shared journal article agrees by saying “A growing number of parents, university officials, and employers want our elementary and secondary schools to better prepare students for our increasingly racially and ethnically diverse society and the global economy.” Part of Everest’s mission is to prepare our students to be “contributing members of society,” and we must always remind ourselves that our students will be joining a more and more diverse society after they leave Everest’s halls.

Our differences are what make us stronger together, and we appreciate each and every one of our students, teachers, and families. You are welcome here at Everest, and we especially welcome you to join us for our Everest Celebrates Diversity Night on Thursday.

See you soon,
Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates


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


11th Grade Study Trips – A parent’s review

Thursday at Sac State

After a harrowing drive to Sacramento through pouring rain that at times made driving a little scary, we all met up at Sacramento State safe and sound. It was still raining hard as we prepared to take our tour, and Mr. Zuniga made the thoughtful decision to have the presentation inside rather than trudge through the rain.

As we learned about Sac State, we heard about top ranked programs in nursing, criminal justice and the variety of different learning opportunities there. Our guides highlighted the ethnic diversity and variety of different clubs and extra-curricular opportunities, as well as the assistance that students can receive in order to succeed. Despite the rain, it was a nice visit.

We then made our way to the state capital where we divided into groups for tours of the building. It was exciting to see where the State Senate and Assembly met. Our guide emphasized the role and power of each citizen in government. After checking into the hotel, the students enjoyed the chance to unwind, as well as have fun and eat pizza at the bowling alley.

UC Davis is a really impressive and beautiful school. The day began with a presentation where the guide presented how highly regarded UC Davis is in many disciplines. He emphasized the opportunity to get involved in many different types of activities in addition to the rigorous academics. The students had lots of good questions about the Davis experience. Many students were surprised by the high proportion of students accepted at Davis following studies at a community college.

After the presentation, the teachers lead mentor groups on a self-guided tour. Everyone was impressed with the beauty and feel of the campus. Our group was joined by an Everest graduate who shared how amazing attending Davis is for her.

Everyone ate at the dining commons – all you can eat buffet with many options! Then we piled into cars and the bus to return to Everest.

It was wonderful seeing how thoughtful and respectful the Everest students were during the trip. It was also gratifying to witness the commitment and caring of the Everest faculty.

Special thanks to our drivers/chaperones: Stephanie Woodworth, Stacey Signorello, Mike Erbes, Nat Ezray, Linda Hayer, Siamak Roshan, Milagro Suchite, Jose Arteaga, Rosie Quintero and Keith Mitchel. And to our wonderful teachers: Mr Zuniga, Ms. Austin, Mr. de Vera, Mr. Wagner, Ms. Boyle and our fearless leader Mr. Lewine.

Submitted by Nat and Mimi Ezray
Editor note: Thank you Mimi for being the coordinator for the 11th grade driver group!



Senior Corner:


We need the information from your senior packet to know how many graduation tickets you need, how you want your senior’s name spelled on their diploma, information about the senior trip, etc. Please turn your senior packet into the front desk ASAP!

And, we are still in need of over 50 baby photos of our seniors. You can turn in a hard copy baby photo to the front desk (please have your senior’s first and last name on the back) or you can email a digital copy to Linda Burt at lindamburt@gmail.com.

These baby photos are used in the slideshow at graduation – as your senior crosses the stage, there will be a slide with their name, baby photo, freshman year photo and senior year photo. If you don’t turn in a baby photo, there will be a photo of a baby snow leopard in its place. And as cute as the baby snow leopard is, your senior’s baby photo is so much cuter! Please turn in a baby photo ASAP!

Thank you.
Linda Burt


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


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

Automobile collisions are the leading cause of death for our nation’s teens. The overwhelming majority of these crashes are caused by inexperience or distractions—not thrill-seeking or deliberate risk-taking.

In this workshop, you will learn about:
– Strategies to keep your teen safe on the road
– Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) laws
– The Rules of the Road for teen drivers
– How YOU can stop the #1 killer of teens in America–distracted driving

Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome! Spanish interpretation will be offered. Free admission and light refreshments.



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.