Newsletter At A Glance:
– Message From Our Directors
– Everest PHS Calendar
– 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.
Message from our Directors
Dear Everest Families,
Please join us for an EPO meeting tomorrow, Tuesday April 24th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Everest. All parents are welcome, and there will be professional translation.
The purpose of this meeting is for parents to understand and give feedback to Everest’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is an official, public document that states our school’s goals, plans and investments for next school year. Based on last year’s LCAP we added a Dean of Students, started our Course Intervention program, and made other improvements.
We value your voice as we make plans for next year. Please join us to give direct input to our plans!
This meeting is a follow-up to the meeting we held on January 23rd to discuss the LCAP process. If you didn’t attend that meeting, you can review the content we covered by clicking here. All parents are encouraged to come tomorrow, even if you did not attend in January!
Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 650.222-0202.
College Case Study Night: College Prep Event
College Prep night was not at all what my husband and I expected. We thought there were going to be college reps there to sell us on their school – but that was definitely not the case. Instead, there were two admissions reps who were very informative and entertaining. They reviewed the admissions process with us and gave us a very comprehensive overview of what it looked like from their perspective as well as our perspective as a family. Illuminating!
For the second half we were split into 3 groups for a role playing exercise. We were given information on three different applicants/students that were applying “our” college. We were to use what we learned in the first half of the evening to decide which applicant would be offered admission to “our” school and which were not.
It was very informative to learn/discover what the admissions officers look for when reviewing the applications. For example it’s not all about GPA and test scores. Admissions officers also rely on what extra activities the students are involved in, how their circumstances shaped their lives and how they progressed through High School. Did they start clubs, volunteer after school, help raise siblings, hold down a job??? There are many different factors that make a student a good candidate for a particular college. I will definitely attend this prep night again next year to soak up some more info, and appreciate the insight for my freshman when it comes to their options as they evolve through the high school process.
Barbara Ristow, Freshman (and Alumnae) parent
Only 6 weeks 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.
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
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: A cost comparison
More from the article: https://www.trade-schools.net/articles/trade-school-vs-college.asp
In the last newsletter edition, the article outlined the value (close to $1 Million over your child’s life time employment), of going to college vs stopping ongoing education after high school. It also noted the relative difference (about 15K/year) of pay for people who have finished a 4 year degree vs. getting an Associates’ Degree (the degree associated with vocational or trade school programs).
But at what cost? Although it seems like graduates of traditional colleges and universities are further ahead, these students also typically pay a lot more in tuition, and they often have large student loans with interest. In 2013, it was found that a bachelor’s degree costs approximately $127,000, on average, which includes tuition, living expenses, and student loan interest.4 In comparison, an average vocational school degree comes in under $29,000.5 Now, keep in mind that this amount is not accounting for living expenses or student loan interest, but both of these expenses are often quite a bit less for vocational school students than for college students.
In 2014, 70 percent of college graduates who completed bachelor’s degree programs had an average student loan debt of $28,950.6 If those students pay off their loans within 10 years, they will repay approximately $36,000 in total because of interest. The debt load of traditional college grads is difficult to compare to the debt load of vocational school graduates since that information is not readily available. However, it is reported to be lower than that of college graduates. This is partially due to the length of time spent in school, lower living expenses (since most vocational school students do not live in dorms), and the fact that vocational school students tend to find other means of paying for their education (such as working part- or full-time) in order to avoid having to take out student loans.
The differences in the cost of a four-year college education compared to a vocational school education are not cut and dry. But there are definitely instances in which trade schools can save you money, get you back into the workforce quickly, and prepare you for good-paying jobs.
Are There Other Differences Between Trade Schools and Colleges?
Colleges and trade schools both provide the opportunity to gain pertinent knowledge and abilities, but they typically have different approaches and formats. Some of the key differences are discussed below:
Program content—Four-year bachelor’s degree programs include general education classes that are not related to your chosen career field. For example, if you are earning an engineering degree at a traditional college, you will still end up taking classes in areas like communication, language, and humanities. Vocational schools typically cut out the general education classes that are not directly related to your chosen career field, which results in completing your training in approximately half the time.
Outcomes—Vocational schools mostly offer certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs that typically take anywhere from a few months to two years to complete. Some vocational schools do offer bachelor’s degree programs, but they can usually be completed in less than four years. Traditional colleges and universities focus on offering bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, and other post-graduate programs. Once you spend four years achieving your bachelor’s degree, you can expect to spend approximately two more years for each additional post-graduate degree.
Class sizes—It is likely that you have seen the movies with the massive lecture halls that hold hundreds of students. Those lecture halls are a reality at many traditional colleges and universities, and it is unlikely that your instructor is going to know you by name. Vocational schools, on the other hand, often pride themselves on their small class sizes. A classroom with more than 30 students would be uncommon. This is great if you would like to get to know your instructor and receive personal attention.
Hands-on training—Another point of pride for many vocational schools is the focus on hands-on training. A lot of career colleges are equipped with impressive labs and clinics where you get to practice skills in settings that reflect the scenarios that you might face in your job. And depending on your field of study, your vocational school may have clinics that are open to the public. For example, hairdressing, dental assisting, cooking, and massage schools often operate on-site facilities where students get to offer services to the public. Having this experience could better prepare you to enter your occupational field from the entry level. And while you might find some hands-on training opportunities with traditional colleges, the focus of those institutions is often more academic.
Externships—Many vocational schools build externships into their programs, which is one more way to receive relevant industry-focused training. An externship is essentially a placement with a company or organization where you may job shadow and perform the duties of a person in the position for which you are training. Some traditional colleges may offer externship opportunities, but they are usually in addition to your regular schooling, not built into your program like they are at a lot of vocational schools.
Employer connections—It is common for trade schools to have relationships with many local employers. By maintaining an extensive employer network, your school can make it easier for you to enter the job market and help you find a position after graduation. In fact, many employers recruit new hires directly from career colleges because it makes the hiring process more seamless.
Job security—The types of jobs that vocational schools can help prepare you for are often in high demand and also have less chance of being relocated overseas. Since many trade schools focus on offering programs for in-demand careers and helping students quickly enter the workforce, it is imperative that those schools stay attuned to the job market in order to ensure that they are offering the most relevant training. They also tend to train people for more hands-on occupations—like electrician, chef, and nurse—that can’t be done from overseas. So they can help you attain greater job security.
Where Do Community Colleges Fit Into This Mix?
Community colleges, also called junior colleges, are commonly used as a gateway to traditional degree-granting colleges and universities. Students who want to pursue four-year college degrees may choose to complete their first two years at community college. This option often saves students money, and their community college may be closer to home. Community college can also be a good option if you don’t feel that trade school is a good fit and, at the same time, don’t feel prepared to attend a traditional four-year college or university.
Again – 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
Sources cited by this section of the article:
4 Idaho Department of Labor, idaho@work, “Investing in Education and Training Is Still a Great Deal,” website last visited on September 19, 2017.
5 U.S. Department of Education, College Affordability and Transparency Center, website last visited on January 27, 2017.
6 The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), Student Debt and the Class of 2014, website last visited on August 22, 2017.
7 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, website last visited on January 18, 2018.
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
Join us for a lively discussion about what parents can do to remain mindful – and not go insane! – while navigating the ups and downs of raising kids. Using self-compassion methods and tips and tricks to stay mindful on any given day (yes, even the hectic ones!), Leah will lead attendees towards a calmer and more purposeful parenting path.
Leah Weiss, PhD, MSW, is a teacher, researcher, and meditation expert at Stanford University. Her first book, How We Work, launched in March 2018
M-A PARENT EDUCATION SERIES
Jess Shatkin, MD, MPH, Author, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist (NYU)
Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
Info & Tickets: https://borntobewild2018menloatherton.eventbrite.com
Acclaimed adolescent psychiatrist and educator Dr. Jess Shatkin brings more than two decades’ worth of research and clinical experience to the subject, along with cutting-edge findings from brain science, evolutionary psychology, and other disciplines — plus a widely curious mind and the perspective of a concerned dad himself.
Jess Shatkin, MD, MPH, is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. His new book, Born to Be Wild, is a winner of the 2017 National Parenting Product Award.
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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