Newsletter At A Glance:
– Message From Our Directors
– Everest PHS Calendar
– 4/20 Fundraiser at Panda Express!
All events are at Everest unless otherwise noted. See Everest PHS Calendar for a complete list of events.
Save the Date
Tuesday April 24th at 6:30pm is our third (and last) General EPO Meeting of the year. As a follow up to our meeting in January – Chris Lewine will share the preliminary Goals and Action steps the teachers, administration and EPO Leadership Team have identified as important for next school year. This is a great opportunity for parents to actively participate in planning for next year and have your voices heard.
Please plan to attend the General EPO Meeting on Tuesday April 24th at 6:30pm. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at email@example.com or via phone at 650.222-0202.
Only two months until graduation! Time is flying and we have a lot to do.
Senior Packets/Baby Photos: Thank you to everybody who turned in their senior packets and baby photos! We are almost there…only 14 more to go. If you haven’t turned these in yet, please do so now.
Sorting Graduation Gowns on Thursday, April 19th at 7pm: We will be organizing all of the graduation gowns/caps/etc on Thursday, April 19th at 7pm at Everest. We need to create a bag for each graduate that will include their gown/cap/tassel. If you can help, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. The more help we get, the quicker it will get done, so please help us out.
Calling all volunteers for the GRADUATION BBQ! We will be celebrating the seniors with a BBQ on Friday, June 8th from 4-6:30pm at Red Morton Park, right before the graduation rehearsal.
We need your help! Food, volunteers, supplies…please sign up here to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4aafae1-senior
Senior Corner: Choosing among college acceptances
Hi to our soon to be departing Snow Leopards! If you have more than one college acceptance in hand, how do you make that choice? The Washington Post recently published a really effective article on the topic – Can’t recommend it highly enough: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2018/03/17/how-to-find-a-college-youll-love/?utm_term=.fa7f1f3c534c&wpisrc=nl_highered&wpmm=1
Here’s just one of the tips: There are three important things for students and their parents to consider in the weeks ahead as they make their final choice. First, even if students are sure of their major, the school they choose should offer a balanced menu of academic programs. A little more than half of college freshman say there is “very little” to “no chance” that they will change their major, according to an annual nationwide survey of first-year students conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles. But among those students, 47 percent actually end up pursuing a different major by the end of their first year of college.
The requirements for many majors are so extensive that students often don’t get a chance to explore other options once on campus. Look for campuses that give students an opportunity to take classes outside their major the first year. Most students pick career fields in high school that are familiar to them, and don’t realize the variety of options until they get to college.
That’s why many small liberal arts colleges don’t require students to declare a major until their sophomore year. Even large universities, such as Georgia State University and Arizona State University among others, are now trying to introduce more exploration in the first year. They are experimenting with an idea gaining traction across higher education: “meta-majors,” which group majors under a larger academic umbrella. So instead of majoring in marketing, for instance, students pick the meta-major of business and are exposed to a variety of individual majors in their first year, such as accounting, economics and human resources, before settling on a specific one.
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
Leah Weiss, PhD, MSW, Stanford University, author of How We Work
Mindful Parenting: How to Raise Kids While Reclaiming Your Sanity
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Sequoia Union High School District Office, Birch Room
480 James Avenue, Redwood City
Info & Tickets: https://leahweiss2018suhsd.eventbrite.com
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.
Newsletter Submission Information
We publish the Newsletter every week on Sunday while school is in session. Email submissions to email@example.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.