Everest Newsletter: May 28, 2018

Everest Newsletter: May 28, 2018

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Newsletter At A Glance:

– Message From Our Directors
– A few slots left for Class of 2022!
– MAP Test Result use – who knew?
– Need help w graduation set up/clean up!
– Senior Update
– Senior Gift – it’s awesome! It’s useful!
– Senior Trip – A Look Ahead
– Newsletter team – looking for new members!
– Summer youth opportunity – Loomable
– Everest Calendar for 2018-2019

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:

– 5/28 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 Everest Family,

Ready? Take a deep breathe. It’s here. The final two weeks of the 2018 school year.

We are looking for all hands on deck to ensure Everest finishes the year strong. Here are some ways you can support your student and our school in the last minutes of our work together this year:

Review your student’s Platform (PLP) with them and make an action plan for them to complete all of the content work, Expeditions classes included, they may need to complete before June 6th @ 5:00, which is Everest’s deadline for content assessment completion this year.

– As part of your action plan based on your student’s academic progress, create a space at home for your student to study and do their homework every night for at least 2 hours

– Ensure your student is at school every day from, at least, 8:15-3:20pm each day. Please do not take your student out of school unless it is an unexpected family emergency.

– Encourage your student to take advantage of extra teacher support by having them attend teacher specific Office Hours on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:00pm and Extra PLT time on Tuesday from 3:30 – 5:00pm.

Every year, we see amazing effort put into completing all projects and content assessments before we say goodbye for the summer, and we know our teachers, students, and families have it in them once again. Thank you for your partnership, and we are excited to cap the year off with pride.

Go, Snow Leopards,
Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates



Looking for Freshman for Everest’s Class of 2022

We talked about this at the last EPO meeting. Frankly, we grilled Drew Moriates about how we were doing, how many spots we had open, was there a problem… And we found out some information that made us feel pretty good. Apparently, like an airline, there’s a delicate balance between “enough” and “overbooking”. We definitely have more than enough incoming freshmen students – there’s no impact to our program, or budget, etc. based on the number who have confirmed that they’ll be joining us this fall. But what we don’t have is so many incoming students that if there are a large number of students who choose to not attend over the summer (and some always do), we’re still full to the brim. So the message isn’t the harbinger of a crisis, but just an indication of careful advance planning by our leadership – at what we’ll just humbly note is a gold medal ranked, #2 high school in our district (US News and World Report 2018 assessment) achieving notable results! If you’re talking about the opportunity to join the school – be proud.

Here is a reminder as to what we have to offer:

SMALLER CLASSES. BIGGER RESULTS. At Summit Everest, we take personalized learning one step further – every student is assigned a faculty mentor who is the student’s coach, college counselor, and advocate. Students learn and grow in a small, safe, and inclusive community.

COLLEGE-PREP CURRICULUM. Students engage in real-world learning projects. These projects teach students to become critical thinkers and develop the habits to be successful.

WORLD-CLASS FACULTY. Our committed educators come from the nation’s top teacher-preparation programs and care deeply about our students. Our teachers focus on building relationships with students and families and coaching students to become truly empowered learners.

AN ENRICHED EXPERIENCE. Beyond the classroom, Summit Everest students can receive academic support, play sports, or lead a club. We are open after hours so students can continue to work on their goals, meet with teachers, or participate in one of our athletic teams or student clubs from soccer to yearbook and music and basketball.

ALL SUMMIT STUDENTS ARE COLLEGE-READY. Every student at Summit Everest takes at least six Advanced Placement (AP) courses and one AP exam before graduation. All graduates meet or exceed four-year college entrance requirements. 99% of Summit graduates are accepted at four-year colleges. Summit graduates are completing college within six years at double the national average.

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 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.


Insight Into What Everest Does with MAP Test Results

Again, it was a great EPO meeting this week – you missed out. I sat around the table with 3-5 other “veteran” parents and all of us had a “who knew” expression on their face at one point as we talked about standardized tests, the Summit System’s parent survey, results and the uses of these results. You all may remember that this last 2 weeks featured AP exams, the MAP test for 9th and 10th grades, a PE fitness test for our 9th graders, and a recent school wide community survey by the Summit organization. The AAH… moment came when we discussed Everest’s use of the MAP tests, and the frequency of their administration. Drew clearly felt that he’s been communicating – and shared this excerpt with me from a letter he had sent to all school parents which I didn’t remember getting or reading. My bad, I guess. But if you missed it, here it is.

“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.”

So what a student does in the MAP test impacts their specific focus and interventions in Summit Reads and Summit Solves. Students are provided (in a timely manner before the MAP test) with information about areas that need to be strengthened, and the test results direct their educational focus for the coming year. Drew also noted that students are assessed quarterly for their progress vs. challenge areas in English and Math. As the mom of an Alumnus and a sophomore, I’m ashamed that I had no clue – and am spreading the good word.

Linnaea Knisely, Editor



US News & World Report: 2018 High School Rankings

Overall the Summit System did very well again in this national review. Summit Prep stayed in the top 20 CA schools, with Everest ranked 31st out of the 2,185 CA schools profiled in the review. Both schools received Gold standing, as did Summit Tahoma. The detailed results for Summit Prep are available here, and for Everest here. Within our school district, Summit Prep was ranked #1, and Everest #2.



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

Senior trip is this week, May 30-June 1. It will be a great trip to Ashland, Oregon. Please be sure your student is at Everest NO LATER than 6:45 am on Wednesday morning. We will have a long drive ahead of us and we want to get an early start.

We still need help with the Graduation BBQ on Friday, June 8th from 4-6:30pm at Red Morton Park. Please check out the signup sheet and bring something!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4aafae1-senior Senior parents are welcome to join their students and faculty at the BBQ.

Graduation is just a little over a week away. Thanks to everybody who has turned in their student’s baby photos. We are still missing a few baby and 9th-grade photos. If you have been contacted about missing photos, please please please turn them into the front desk (make sure your student’s name is on the back) or email them to lindamburt@gmail.com.

Graduation Gowns and Caps will be handed out at the beginning of the last week of school by your student’s mentor. The caps are yours to keep and your student can decorate the top of the cap if they would like. The gowns belong to Everest. After graduation, before you leave Sequoia’s campus, you must turn in the gown. There will be collection bins outside of Carrington Hall. After graduation, once you have taken photos, please return the gowns!

The Senior Gift

Senior Parents, we made an ask and you delivered! Thank You for your support and generosity! You may remember that in Feb 2018, we asked each senior family to donate $5.00 toward the funding of our senior gift to Everest. And, that each year, the parents of the graduating class raise funds to provide a gift to Everest for its years of service, education and to remember the graduating class. We are fortunate that from the senior parent community’s generosity and by working with Chris Lewine on a wish list, the senior class 2018 was able to present on May 24, at the Celebrate Everest event, a mobile magnetic glass whiteboard easel which the school will be using at the entrance to Everest to support more detailed daily announcements to students and families.


Senior Trip – A Look Ahead for Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior families

The senior trip always gets rave reviews from both the students and the parents who attend. It ties in learning from their AP Environmental Science class (visiting Shasta Dam and Willow Witt Ranch), AP Literature (seeing a play at one of the famed Ashland OR theaters), and getting ready for college by going onto one more college campus and doing a fairly purposeful scavenger hunt. The mentor group dinners bring those groups together one last time in a social setting. Many thanks to the teachers and parent volunteers who make this trip happen. No other school puts on a senior trip like this. Here’s this year’s final itinerary:

Wed May 30, 2018

  • – Drive to Shasta Dam, have lunch and take a tour of the Dam
  • – Drive to Ashland, OR
  • – Community Building Event in downtown Ashland
  • – Dinner in downtown Ashland

Thursday, May 31, 2018

  • – Take a tour of Willow Witt Ranch – A sustainable farm on a historic ranch
  • – College scavenger hunt at Southern Oregon University
  • – Mentor Group dinner in downtown Ashland
  • – See the play Manhattan at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Fri June 1, 2018

  • Drive Home


Newsletter Team Looking for New Members!

Hi all – we’ve been a mighty team of 4 members (compared to last year’s group of 8), but 2 of our group are moving on. So we’re advertising early! Being on the Newsletter Team represents a 2-3 hour commitment per week that you’re “on”. With a team of 4 members, you’re on every other week – and with 8, it’s just once/month. Articles come in to a central gmail address, and it’s your job, in tandem with your spanish translator partner – to cut out the outdated information, add the new, and prepare this week’s draft for Everest Admin to be able to add their piece and send it out. The framework, resources, and systems are all in place to keep this important communication service going – now all we need is you! We’re losing one spanish translator and one english editor, and are looking for more to keep the load light, and the ideas coming!

If you’re interested, please contact us at everestnewsletter@gmail.com


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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.



Newsletter Submission Information

We publish the Newsletter every week on Sunday while school is in session.  Email submissions to everestnewsletter@gmail.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.