Everest News   •   October 15, 2017

Everest News • October 15, 2017

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Newsletter At A Glance:

Message From Our Directors
Messages From Our EPO
– Helping our Students to become
engaged citizens
– Chili Faculty Lunch greatly appreciated!
– Open House Help Needed!
Faculty Corner – Birthday Wishes
Athletic Update – Boys Cross Country
School Photos – Fr, Soph, Juniors
Does your kid drink energy or sports drinks? Why Help Implement Water Fountains at Everest?
Sequoia Parent Education Seminars

School Calendar

10/18 – Expeditions College Fair  9-9:45
Practice SBAC Testing 11th graders (RESCHEDULED)
10/23 – EPO General Parent Meeting – all parents welcome 7:00-8:00pm

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Athletics Calendar:

10/16 –  Girls VB vs Oakwood,  6:30pm – 8:00pm
Oakwood School, 105 John Wilson Way, Morgan Hill,
10/19 – Girls VB vs EPAA 7:00pm – 8:30pmCarlmont High School
10/19 – Girls VB vs Ranier 7:00pm – 8:30pmCarlmont High School
10/24 – Girls VB vs Summit 7:00pm – 8:30pmCarlmont High School

Prospective Student Key Dates – Spread the Word:

Thurs and Fri Shadow Visit Days
10/24 High School Information Night 7pm at Central Middle School South Atrium
11/2 –  Open House – 7-8pm, Everest

College Visits:

10/16- UC Merced 1:05-1:35
10/16- University of the Pacific 3:25-3:55pm
10/18 – 9:00am – 9:45am Expeditions College Fair: Everest
10/18 – Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising College Visit, 1:05pm – 1:35pm
10/18 – Pomona College 3:25-3:55pm

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

Letter from Our Directors

Dear Everest Family,

Whether summertime feels like just yesterday or a distant memory, we are now officially two months into the 2017-2018 school year here at Everest!

As you know, we are always working to learn, improve, and grow at Everest, just like we ask our students to do. Two months into the school year is a good opportunity for us to update you on the state of our school including new initiatives, progress from previous years, and the ways that we are hearing and responding to parent and student feedback. In this vein, we would like to invite all parents to a General EPO Meeting on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00pm at Everest to hear an update on the state of our school directly from our us. (Note: This meeting has been rescheduled, as it was originally on the calendar for earlier this week.)

The topics that we review will include:

  • Capital improvements to our building and outdoor areas
  • Reactive school culture, including discipline and the role of our new Dean, Nick Sidlin
  • Proactive school culture, including student government, athletics, clubs, and events
  • Mentoring and the “HCC” or Habits, Culture, and Community class
  • PLT (Personalized Learning Time) as it is spread out over the weekly schedule
  • New structures to support our students when they are needy and challenge them when they are accelerated, including tutorials and challenge classes
  • Mental health supports, including our new contract with an on-site therapist
  • Teacher retention in the short term and long term
  • Parent involvement, including fundraising and our parent-funded Electronic Display

After Chris’s presentation from 7:00 to 7:30, there will be an optional question-and-answer period to ask for more clarification or to continue discussing any of these or other topics. We hope that you will attend in order to stay informed about our growth as a school, and to continue sharing your thoughts as we work to provide a world-class education for all of our students.

Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates


Message From Our EPO

The Mission of Everest High School is to “Prepare a diverse student population for success in college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society”. Recently the EPO Leadership Team has been discussing how we can strengthen the “contributing member of society” aspect of our mission. We decided that one way to do achieve this goal is to support our students to get more involved in local community service activities.
Thanksgiving is around the corner and we hope to give our students a way to connect to their community in a meaningful way. We are working to develop of plan of action that will be rolled out over the next month or so. The students will all be given the opportunity to organize around a local cause/organization/activity. The students will present their cause/organization/activity to the larger Everest Community (Parents and Students) at the All School Fall Event Thursday November 16 th, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm.

As you all know, starting something new is not easy (tidy or even successful) so please reach out to me directly if you have experience in setting up youth service projects, have ideas you would like to share or if you’d like to help in other ways to make this a success.

Stacey Signorello stacey@im-electric.com


EPO Chili Luncheon Went Down Smooth!

Thanks go out to Nimisha Patel for coordinating this fall kick… feast, and to all the volunteers who cooked, baked, shopped and who helped set up a feast and clean up the still smoldering scraps!

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Open House Help Needed

Do you remember going to Open House when your student was an 8th grader? You had so many questions, you weren’t sure where your student should go to school? Wasn’t it great to talk with current parents?

We can use your help with the second Open House of the year at Everest:

Thursday, November 2nd 7-8pm

We need greeters, food and drink donations. Please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4aafae1-open5 to help! Questions? Contact Linda Burt lindamburt@gmail.com

Faculty Corner – Birthday Wishes

OK – Here’s a super quick heads up to note that Leanne Kilmartin, our ASL specialist is celebrating her birthday on Monday!

You’ve got more notice for the opportunity to recognize and appreciate two more of our teachers: Senior Math Maven teacher Victoria Docherty on the 21st, and Modern World II teacher Tayla Wilson on the 22nd. Hoping that you all have plans for a great celebration/day because you deserve it!

Everest Boys Cross Country Team Competes for the First Time

The brand new Everest Cross Country Team, coached by Ms. Kelsey Boyle, competed in its first race on Saturday, October 7th – The Artichoke Invitational – in Half Moon Bay. Everest was represented by Reed Smith, Christopher Burt, Martin Larios and Elliot Bloomquist, Ask them about Cougar hill…it was a tough one. The boys did great in their first meet. We are looking forward to a few more races before the season is over.

School Photos Available for Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Families

Your student’s Everest Public High School Portraits are available for viewing and ordering online. Check your child’s backpack/cubbie or pocket for their proofs/access code info OR just request the code by contacting info@mugsyclicks.com.

(They’ll get back to you within 24 hours, M-F)

Help Implement Water Fountains at Everest!

Web MD just quoted an article from the industry journal General Dentistry – which says that beyond the problems with the sweeteners used in sports drinks, energy drinks, and lemonades, researchers found that these drinks erode tooth enamel. Damage caused to tooth enamel is irreversible, and without the protection of enamel, teeth become overly sensitive, prone to cavities and more likely to decay. The result is thin, translucent, discolored teeth, and a big increase in teens showing up in dentist’s offices with problems.  To prevent tooth erosion:

  • Don’t sit and sip these drinks for a long time.

  • Rinse your mouth with water when you finish drinking.

Why? Rinsing your mouth with water following consumption of the drink increases saliva flow, which naturally helps to return the acidity levels in the mouth to normal.

Also, “patients should wait at least an hour to brush their teeth after consuming sports and energy drinks.” Otherwise, per the Academy of General Dentistry, they will be spreading acid onto the tooth surfaces, increasing the erosive action.

So what can you do to fix this issue, beyond telling your child never to drink an energy drink or sports drink? (like that will work…)    Support the worthy cause of Everest’s  Environmental Leadership Team! Their mission: To raise awareness about environmental issues, and motivate students to take action to protect and restore our community.  They didn’t even know about your interest in avoiding huge dental bills!

Their project: Raise money to fund an Elkay bottle filling and drinking fountain station. Click on the go fund me link below to read more and donate.

They have raised $1,515 out of $3,000
They need $1,485 more!

Every donation counts: gofundme.com/EELT2017fountain

PS –  My son has had braces for 6 years.  And, amazingly, no cavities, despite a really appalling, willful, sneaky and pretty continuous ingestion of candy and soda over time, compounded by not great brushing or flossing habits.  This last year, he started drinking energy drinks.  Next week, he’s getting a cavity on his lower canine filled – the first in 16 years.  Coincidence or related to energy drinks and higher oral acidity?  What’s your guess?  

Linnaea Knisely

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Sequoia Parents Education Series: (Free admission, Spanish interpretation available at all events)

Dr. Cynthia Colón.,Tips, Tales & Truths for Teens:
Advice from a College Admissions Expert

Wed, October 25, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Sequoia High School
Carrington Hall
1201 Brewster Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94062

Register: https://cynthiacolon2017sequoia.eventbrite.com

Whether your student is the first in your family to attend college, has siblings in college, or parents who graduated from an Ivy League institution, applying to college is new to YOU.  Tips, Tales & Truths for Teens offers a practical road map to follow throughout high school.



Cynthia Colón, Ed.D.
Tips, Tales & Truths for Teens: Advice from a College Admissions Expert
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Woodside High School – Multi-Use Room (MUR)
199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside

Register: https://cynthiacolon2017woodside.eventbrite.com

Whether your student is the first in your family to attend college, has siblings in college, or parents who graduated from an Ivy League institution, applying to college is new to YOU.Tips, Tales & Truths for Teens offers a practical road map to follow throughout high school.


ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety – Documentary Film + Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00pm
Carlmont High School – Performing Arts Center (CPAC)
1400 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
Register: https://angst2017carlmont.eventbrite.com

Join us for a special screening of the new IndieFlix documentary, ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, followed by a panel discussion with ANGST co-producer Karin Gornik. This powerful film includes discussions with mental health professionals about the causes of anxiety, as well as help, resources, and tools for students and parents.


Eduardo Briceño, Co-Founder & CEO, Mindset Works
Growth Mindset Parenting: The Myths, the Meanings, the Approaches

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Menlo-Atherton High School – M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
Register: https://mindsetworks2017ma.eventbrite.com

What is Growth Mindset Parenting? Parents often wonder what they can do to change their child’s mindset from fixed to growth. Join us to learn about the latest research in growth mindset – the myths, the meanings, the approaches.

Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome!
Spanish interpretation will be available. Free admission.
M-A Parent Education Series events are sponsored by the M-A PTA, the Sequoia Healthcare District, and the Sequoia Union H.S.  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



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.