Everest Newsletter: May 14, 2018

Everest Newsletter: May 14, 2018

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Newsletter At A Glance:

– Message From Our Directors
– Fundraiser – WE DID IT!!
– A few slots left for Class of 2022!
– Need help with graduation set up/clean up
– Senior Update
– Teacher Appreciation Luncheon successful!
– Celebrate Everest – you’re invited!
– Everest Calendar for 2018-2019
– Upcoming May Staff Birthdays
– Sequoia Parent Education Series

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:

– 5/7-18 AP testing
– 5/14-25 Expeditions
– 5/24 Celebrate Everest! Awards and Expeditions
Celebration of Learning 6-8:30pm
– 5/28 No School – Memorial Day
– 5/29 12th Grade Science Exam
– 5/30-6/1 Senior Trip
– 6/8 Senior BBQ: 4-6:30pm at Red Morton Park, Redwood City
– 6/8 Graduation Rehearsal (Mandatory for all Seniors) Sequoia HS Carrington Hall 7-9pm
– 6/10 Graduation!

All events are at Everest unless otherwise noted. See  Everest PHS Calendar  for a complete list of events.

Message from our Directors

Dear Snow Leopard Families,

We’re back! The last round of Expeditions is here and we couldn’t be more excited to be back at Everest and gearing up for the very important end of year Celebration of Learning + Celebrate Everest event coming up this Thursday, May 24, from 6-8 pm!

As we close out the year, there are lots of exciting opportunities to reflect on what we learned this year and look ahead to what’s next. As you talk to your child about their experience in their Expeditions courses, I hope you’ll make time for a conversation about what they did or didn’t like and what courses they’ll sign up for next year, or how their Expeditions courses may inform their course of study in college. Course selection will happen this summer, starting on registration day and running through the first week of school, but enrollment for internship and independent study is already open! Contact is@summitps.org for more details…

We’re also focused on finishing the year strong. With only four weeks to go, the Expeditions team is committing to offer extra support to students as they prepare for our project deadlines, which you can read about below. We’ll also expect that Internship/Independent Study students are on campus from 2:15-5:00 if they’re off track in any core courses, so they can get the workshops and office hours they need to end the year on track. Students are still responsible for fulfilling their 30 hours of internship/independent study time.

Project Deadlines

As you know, Expeditions is the way students complete their elective requirements at Summit. All classes are included on students’ transcripts and show up as either a pass/fail or a letter grade impacting their GPA based on whether the course is UC approved. The final round of Expeditions will take place from May 14 to May 25. Following this round, students will have one week to submit all projects and project revisions from Rounds 1-4. Any projects not fully completed and submitted will earn an F/fail in the course. This is aligned to our grading policy for incomplete projects in other courses. The due date for all Expeditions projects and project revisions for rounds 1-4 at Everest is June 1. Students will have until the end of the year to complete all focus areas for the course.

Please support your student in meeting this deadline by encouraging them to complete any overdue Expeditions coursework as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at lwitte@summitps.org.

Expeditions Love,
Lucretia Witte
Director of Expeditions



Well Done Snow Leopard Families!!

WE DID IT… together !!

Thanks to the tremendous support and generosity of our Everest Community we raised $10,000 in a mere two days! Thank you to everyone who donated and shared with their friends and family in support of our school!


Kind Regards,

Stacey Signorello

Thank you again for your support – SNOW LEOPARDS ROCK!! – we couldn’t have done this without you.



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 alara@summitps.org with any questions.


Graduation Set-up/Clean-up 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: lindamburt@gmail.com.


Senior Update

Graduation is less than a month away! The countdown is going fast. Here is what you need to know:

1) Extra Graduation Tickets:

Mr. Lewine sent all seniors an email on May 4th asking if they needed any extra graduation tickets beyond the ones you already requested. We have a few extras, so if you would like extras, please make sure your student responds to that email. There are no guarantees that you will get all of the tickets you need, but we will do our best.

2) Graduation BBQ: Friday, June 8th 4-6:30pm at Red Morton Park, Redwood City.

All Seniors were given an invitation to the Graduation BBQ last week by their mentors. Parents are welcome to come and encouraged to sign up to bring something (whether you can come or not!). Sign up to bring something here. There is a mandatory graduation rehearsal for all seniors directly following the BBQ at Carrington Hall, Sequoia High School 7-9pm.

3) 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.




Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

The teachers and staff enjoyed another wonderful lunch last Tuesday . This was the last Teacher Appreciation Lunch for the year. Special thanks to everyone who helped make this and all past lunches a delicious success. Also a BIG thank you to Nimisha Patel for heading these events!


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.

Key dates:

  • – 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.



Sequioa 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, cmargot@csmconsulting.net. For Spanish, contact Lilly Quiñonez, Parent Center Coordinator, at 650-322-5311, Ext. 50255.


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