Everest Newsletter: March 26, 2018

Everest Newsletter: March 26, 2018

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Newsletter At A Glance:

– Message From Our Directors
– Parent Ed Night: College Case Studies
– Senior Corner: PACKETS & BABY PHOTOS!!!
– Upcoming April Birthday
– Sequoia Parents Education Opportunities

Quick Links:

– Everest PHS Calendar
– Everest 2017-2018 Academic Calendar
– http://everest.summitps.org/
– Naviance
– EPO Website
– EPO Volunteer Opportunities
– Everest Newsletter Archives
– Everest Parents Yahoo Group
– Everest Speech and Debate
– Everest Newsletter Subscribe



School Calendar:

– 3/29 Student Shadow Day: Everest 7:45-1:05
– 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!
– 4/24 EPO General Parent Mtg. 6:30-7:30 at Everest
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,

The Parent Survey has launched! In the first week, we have seen some great momentum and are excited to continue to work toward our goal of having all parents share their feedback with us. Parent feedback is important because we use it in a number of ways:

How we balance our budget:

Each year we look to every one of you to help us know where we need to continue to grow, and where we need to focus our resources. We have a tight budget, and we spend each dollar with care. We have used parent feedback in the past to help us confidently make decisions for how to spend our money. This feedback guided us towards creating new faculty roles at Everest, updating our classrooms with new furniture, and renovating our back lot so that it is more welcoming for our students and families.

How we structure our daily schedule:

Based on parents’ feedback, we shifted our weekly schedule so that students do not have PLT all day on Fridays. We heard that the extended amount of time on Fridays was too much for students, and they were struggling to stay engaged in their coursework. As a result, we spread the PLT sections throughout the week this year so that students can stay more focused and balance their workload over the course of the week.

How we structure our courses:

We heard from families that students either needed more support in specific classes during regular school hours or that their student needed to be more challenged with extension coursework that was aligned to their interests. As a result, we created “Tutorial” courses during Blocks 3 & 4 on Wednesdays. During Tutorial, students can take courses aligned to these needs, and we have seen students more actively engaged and successful in their courses throughout the day.

We take your feedback to heart, and the examples above are just some of the many ways we have implemented your feedback. We always want to get better in the work we do for your students each day, so please help us continue to grow by taking 10-15 minutes to complete our Parent Survey TODAY!

Thank you,
Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates


Parent Ed Night: College Case Studies
Thursday, April 5th, 6:30-8:00pm at Summit Prep

College Case Studies night is a unique opportunity for all families to engage in the college admissions review process by acting as an admissions committee and examining mock applications. Admissions officers from out-of-state public and private universities will facilitate the experience to help families better understand the college admissions process. The exercise will point out the intricacies of the process and the importance of assembling a strong application. Families will gain insight and understanding as to what is valued in the application. We are excited for an authentic college learning experience!

This is an excellent opportunity for our 9th-11th grade families to get a preview and an inside look at the admissions process. Please join us!



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


 Sequoia Parent Education Series

Just Say Yes: Encouraging Healthy Conversations about Substance Use and Prevention
Kiersten Hewitt, Executive Director, FCD Prevention Works

Wednesday, April 4, 10:00am – 11:30am
Sequoia Union HS District Office, Birch Room

Parents, faculty, and adults play an essential role in keeping kids healthy and away from alcohol and other drugs. Young people with strong connections to family, school, and community are less likely to use or abuse substances than are students with weak or dysfunctional connections.

Register: https://fcd2018suhsd.eventbrite.com



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.