Newsletter At A Glance:
– Message From Our Directors
– Everest PHS Calendar
– 4/5 Best Fit – Personalizing the College Selection Process, Summit Prep 6:30 – 8:00pm
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,
Spring Break is nearly here! We hope you and your family are gearing up to spend some time resting and having fun like we are so that you are ready to make the last full speed sprint towards the end of the year. Before we go on vacation, we have a few important announcements to share:
1. We have launched our annual parent survey to get input and feedback about Everest from all of our parents. This is very important information for us as we plan for next year! We have used this feedback in the past to help us make important school decisions like sending quarterly progress reports, adding “Tutorials” on Wednesdays, hiring a Dean of Students, and more.
IF WE GET MORE THAN 200 RESPONSES BY THURSDAY, 4/5, WE WILL BUY A FRIDAY TREAT FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL. Plus, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!
2. We will have our College Case Study Night event at Summit Prep on Thursday, April 5th from 6:30pm to 8pm! This event is highly recommended for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to get an insight into the college process. It is hosted by an outside organization and consistently gets among the most positive feedback of all of our college education events!
3. As a way to create urgency and provide a space for all of our students to complete their coursework on time, we will be proctoring extra PLT (XPLT) time every Tuesday for the rest of the school year from 3:30-5:00pm. Encourage your student to attend each week so that they can end the school year with passing grades in each one of their classes. We will not be having Summer School this year, so the time is now!
Enjoy your time off, Snow Leopards! We will see you after break!
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!
SENIORS – PLEASE TURN IN YOUR SENIOR PACKETS AND BABY PHOTOS!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Prom Fundraiser on 4/20 – Everyone Wins at Panda Express
Annual NACAC SF/Bay Area College Fair Coming to the Cow Palace: Saturday, 4/28 – Check it out!
NACAC is a membership organization consisting primarily of college admission offices and high school/independent college counselors, all of whom work with families to ensure their children learn about their college choices in order to make informed choices about where to apply. So this is like a car road show – but for colleges. The road show goes to 25 different sites around the country, with between 125 and 400 colleges participating depending on the site. 227 colleges and universities will be represented at the Cow Palace event – including all the UC’s and CSU sites, Oregon State University and University of Oregon, Fashion, Maritime Coast Guard and Aerospace programs, Purdue, Syracuse, Tulane, some international options in Canada and London, Scotland and more. To learn more about it, and register to attend, go to https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/san-francisco/
So what can you get out of attending? Well, it’s a place to kick off your college search. Check out the list of attending schools and pick which ones you plan to meet with. Ask questions: They can be easy introduction questions like What’s college life like? What majors are popular on campus? Or – you can use the opportunity to dig in, for example to better understand how their engineering program compares with that of another college that you’re considering. Get to know what “impacted” means and how it might affect your college plans. Chatting with representatives from a variety of colleges can help you cement your own preferences.
Trade School vs. College: Another option to consider?
Driving home recently, I heard an NPR overview of the challenge of women entering the trades – and the rewards that some trade skills represent that are making some women push through. For example, welders earn an average of $125,000/year. And while some studies indicate that on average, women are earning 79 cents for every dollar men make, in the trades, it’s a lot more even – women earn 97 cents for every dollar a man makes.
Why the article about trade schools? While Everest is committed to having all students graduate and be college ready, the school does not insist that every graduating student go to a 4-year higher education program. The emphasis is clearly on college as the next, best option for our learners and Everest has been transformational for many over the course of the school’s existence.
When my older son chose to put off his acceptance to a 4-year college in order to take a GAP year, there wasn’t a lot of information then at Everest on GAP year options and considerations. And at a recent EPO meeting, we heard some feedback that students aren’t getting good information about Trade Schools as a possible career choice. So this is the first of a few articles to share a little more information. A good source? https://www.trade-schools.net/articles/trade-school-vs-college.asp from which the following is excerpted.
The first topic: What is a trade school? It is important to know that career colleges, technical schools, trade schools, and vocational schools are all essentially the same thing; these terms can be used interchangeably. These schools teach skills and abilities that are directly related to specific jobs, whereas traditional colleges tend to offer broader, more general education programs, some of which can be targeted toward specific jobs or occupational categories.
Here’s an example. If you attend a vocational school to become a welder, then your education is going to focus strictly on learning the welding trade. In contrast, if you are attending a traditional college or university to earn a biology degree, then you will be receiving a broad education that could help prepare you for countless biology-related career fields. And you will take a number of classes outside the field of biology. Although both schools are providing you with a quality education, the trade school is preparing you for a specific career in a short amount of time. And the cost is considerably less although scholarships exist for both opportunities. A source for trade school scholarships: https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/vocational-scholarships/
Hope this topic opens a new conversation door for some. If we have resident experts in trade related fields who would be willing to share information about summer internships or advice on programs for interested students, please contact the newsletter team at email@example.com
Linnaea Knisely, Editor
Sequoia Parent Education Series
CARLMONT PARENT EDUCATION SERIES
George Anders, Author
You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Carlmont High School, Performing Arts Center (CPAC)
1400 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
Info & Tickets: https://georgeanders2018carlmont.eventbrite.com
Is your student taking the right classes? Will your child’s college major help get the right job offers? For more than a decade, the national spotlight has focused on science and engineering as the only reliable choices for finding a successful post-graduate career. Come learn why resume-writing is fading in importance and why “telling your story” is taking its place. Author George Anders was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
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.
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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