Newsletter At A Glance:
– Message From Our Directors
– Everest PHS Calendar
– 5/7-18 AP testing
All events are at Everest unless otherwise noted. See Everest PHS Calendar for a complete list of events.
Message from our Directors
Dear Everest Family,
This week marks the start of an exciting month of testing for our Snow Leopards. As a school with a strong college going culture, we take pride in preparing our students to perform well on external assessments that measure their readiness to enter into college ready to succeed. This week, our students will be taking the following exams:
Grades 11-12: AP Exams – May 7th-May 18th
Grade 10: MAP Test – May 8th & 10th
Grade 9: MAP Test – May 9th
Grade 9: Physical Fitness Test – May 11th
While we know much more goes into measuring our students’ readiness to meet our mission of being successful in college and career while being positive contributors to society, we do value the upcoming tests this month for a number of reasons:
AP Exams: AP classes at Everest serve the purpose of exposing our high school students to courses and curriculum that meet college level rigor. The culminating assessment for AP classes around the world is the completion of the course’s formal exam. When students earn a score of 3 or better on an AP Exam, most colleges will reward them college credit for that course. This means students will be expected to take fewer general ed courses during their first few years of college. Fewer general education courses equal more flexibility in the student’s college schedule while they adjust to their new environment, and even better, lower overall tuition.
MAP Tests (English & Math): The MAP test is a test created by the ACT. Yes, that ACT, which means the nature of the questions closely relates to the types of questions students will be facing when they take their formal ACT their Junior and/or Senior year. As many of you know, the ACT is one of the two major external assessments colleges take into consideration during your student’s admission process. The scores your student earns on their MAP tests also inform the numeracy and literacy interventions they are placed into next year at Everest.
Physical Fitness Test: We value our students’ well-being, and we know more than academic success goes into a student’s overall health. For this reason, we complete California’s Physical Fitness Test to ensure our students are both healthy in mind and body. If you have a Freshman student, please be sure they bring athletic shoes and a water bottle to school Friday, May 11th.
Our students and teachers work hard everyday to develop cognitive skills, learn content, develop habits, and build mental and physical health, and we are excited for our students to have an opportunity this week to show the world what they are made of.
Go, Snow Leopards!
Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates
Help Us Reach Our Fundraising Goal by May 8th, 2018
Everest has always prided itself on being a small, safe community for all students. We continue to invest in the health of our community: this year, based on the feedback and support of our parents, we added the position of “Dean of Students” and provided drop-in mental health services on campus for the first time in Everest’s history.
We need your help to continue to build a healthy culture that is safe, close, and connected. We know that a healthy culture comes in part from healthy students, and know that every Snow Leopard can be a thoughtful, contributing member of our community with the right supports.
Donate today to help us raise $10,000 by May 8th, National Teachers’ Day. This money will build on the way teachers already support our students by allowing Everest to:
- – Promote mental health: Increase our counseling services to two days per week
- – Promote social health: Proactively plan a “Challenge Day” for at least one grade level
- – Promote physical health: Offer a physical education option for students who opt in
DONATE TODAY! GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/building-everest-healthy-culture
Looking for Freshman for Everest’s Class of 2022
Do you have a neighbor who missed Everest’s application deadline? A friend who wants to go to the school you go to? A cousin who’s having second thoughts about attending a big, traditional high school? Or their parents, who’re having second thoughts about paying expensive private school tuition?
Everest has a few spots open in each grade level, including next year’s ninth grade class. We want to fill every spot to give as many students as possible access to our small, safe community and our college-preparatory academics. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors to apply to one of the top 25 schools in the entire state by applying online at summit.schoolmint.net.
Thank you for being an Everest ambassador! Please contact Ana Lara at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Staff Appreciation Luncheon
It’s hard to believe that the school year is almost over! This is your last chance to show the staff how much we appreciate all they do throughout the year. The last Staff Appreciation Luncheon is Tuesday May 8th. Please go to the link below and say “Thank you” by signing up to help! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4AAFAE1-staff1
Volunteers Needed for Everest’s New Family Welcome – Saturday, May 12th, 1:00-3:00
Remember how excited you were to come to Everest and hear about the school your student was attending in the fall? Remember all the questions you had?
Now is the time to share a smile and your wisdom with incoming families at the New Family Welcome on May 12th 1-3pm.
We need the following:
3-4 volunteers each – English and Spanish Greeters
1-2 volunteers – Spirit wear sales
1-2 volunteers – Camping Trip/Carpool/Volunteer Sign up table
If you can attend for even part of the time it would be greatly appreciated. Please email me directly to let me know if you are able to volunteer email@example.com
Celebrate Everest: You are invited!
Please mark your calendars for the final Everest celebration of the year: Celebrate Everest! on May 24th 6-8pm at Everest. We will be celebrating our students accomplishments and we want you to be part of the celebration. For those who have never gone, the hallway downstairs is lined with students who did independent expeditions, ready to showcase what they chose to do, and what they learned. Classrooms are filled with students who have taken expeditions courses who also share individual or group projects which provide insight as to what they’ve learned. It’s a chance to check in on possible options for your student’s future expeditions choices, and to see how students evolve over the years as many of the independent expeditions are done by seniors. A favorite is the film course, as popcorn accompanies the screenings of the films created over the year. There will be a lot to see, and it’s a fun event!
2018 Everest Calendar Set
We’re excited to be able to share this incredibly useful tool for planning your summer, fall….and beyond!!!
An unprecedented level of planning has resulted in not only our standards: Faculty development days, Expeditions, School start and end dates, but also the Camping Trip Dates! Please start marking your calendars to save the dates to support Everest as a Chaperone or as a driver to or from this incredible experience.
- – School kicks off for New Students (Freshmen, Transfers) on Tuesday, August 14th.
- – The full student body starts school on Wednesday, August 15.
- – The Camping Trip will take place on August 30th and 31st.
There is one month to go until graduation! We still need your help
Class of 2018 and their parents are invited to the Graduation BBQ on Friday, June 8th from 4-6:30pm at Red Morton Park. Please help us by signing up to bring something here. Invitations will be passed out to the students this week.
Photos for Graduation Slideshow
Last call for baby photos and 9th grade photos. I am still missing a few, I would love to have the slideshow full of all of the Class of 2018’s photos. Please turn them into the front desk or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduation Setup/Cleanup Help Needed – Non-Senior Parents
We could use help setting up for graduation on Sunday, June 10th at 2:30pm. This would involve setting up chairs, decorations, etc. We could also use help taking everything down after graduation around 6pm. Please email me if you are available to help: email@example.com.
Senior Trip – Ashland, OR May 30 – June 1
Please make sure you have turned in the senior trip permission slip. If you have signed up to drive, please turn in all of the forms to Jay Patel ASAP! Thank you.
Trade School vs. College: Apprencticeships
Hi all – we’ve almost exhausted the content of the article: https://www.trade-schools.net/articles/trade-school-vs-college.asp
I figured that it was time to move to an apprenticeship example. I talked to a female electrician friend last week who bubbled over with information about local apprenticeship programs. Who knew? The College of San Mateo has one program that they run, affiliated with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 617. The apprentice has to be 18, have C or better grades, completed high school or gotten their GED, taken a course in Algebra / Geometry, and be nimble. Yep, nimble. Able to squeeze into attics, basements, crawl spaces, etc. And not color blind.
The apprenticeship is a 5 year program. “During the term of your apprenticeship you will work 8,000 hours on the job with various San Mateo County electrical contractors. In addition, you will attend school two nights per week for five years, totaling 900 hours. The starting wage is 35% of journeyman’s pay, together with dental and medical benefits.“
Here’s the link. http://smjatc617.org/apprenticeship/
Sequioa 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.
Community Conversations: You are invited
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