Everest Newsletter  •   October 22, 2017

Everest Newsletter • October 22, 2017

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Newsletter At A Glance:

Message From Our Directors
Messages From Our EPO
– Open House Help Needed!
– Day of Giving
Faculty Birthdays!
We Did it – Thanks to You!
Sequoia Parent Education Seminars

School Calendar

10/23 – EPO General Parent Meeting – all parents welcome 7:00-8:00pm
11/2 – Open House, Everest 7pm – 8pm
11/3 – First Friday Parent Coffee – all parents welcome 8:15–9:45am
11/10 – School Closed – Veterans Day
11/16 – All school Thanksgiving Potluck 6:30-8:30pm
11/ 28 – Everest Day of Giving

Quick Links

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EPO Website
EPO Volunteer Opportunities
Everest Newsletter Archives
Everest Parents Yahoo Group
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Athletics Calendar:

10/24 – Girls VB vs Summit 7:00pm – 8:30pmCarlmont High School
10/26 – Girls VB vs Summit,  7:00pm – 8:30pm – Carlmont High School


Prospective Student Key Dates – Spread the Word:

Thurs and Fri 7:45am Shadow Visits
10/24 – High School  School Info Night 7pm, Central Middle School
10/25 – Middle School Info Night 7pm, Hillview
11/2 –  Open House – 7-8pm, Everest (Volunteers welcome!)
11/3 – Middle  School Info Night 7pm. Charles Armstrong School


College Visits:

11/3, 1:05pm – 1:35pm Cañada College

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,

Each week at Everest, teachers sit together in a circle and share what they call a “Mission Moment” to celebrate our collective work.  A Mission Moment is a highlight from our daily/weekly experience of when we see examples of students, parents, and teachers taking actions that help us meet our mission: to prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college or university, and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We wanted to take this opportunity to share a few mission moments of our own, which could not be possible without the dedication and support of each one of you:

  1. This week our Sophomore students passed a total of 189 Power Focus Areas. This is well above the weekly average they need to pass in order to complete each class before the end of the year.

  2. 92% of our Juniors have turned in every project up to this point.

  3. Our weekly Everest Parent Organization meeting on Wednesday mornings has up to 10-12 consistent parent participants.

  4. Our 11th grade students held a successful College Fair on Wednesday morning where each Everest student, grades 9-12, had the opportunity to learn important details about a variety of colleges from across the country.

October can be a stressful time for our students since it has been a long stretch without a day off and the beginning of school honeymoon period has worn off, but we are so proud of the continued efforts of all of our students and families. We are looking forward to another wonderful week at Everest: one full of inspiring moments and student growth. Thank you for your consistent support.

Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates


Message From Our EPO

Do you remember attending an Open House at Everest or Summit Prep when your student was in middle school? Remember all the questions you had, being unsure about where your student should go to school? Wasn’t it great to talk with current parents?

We can use your help at any of the remaining three Open Houses this year.

Everest High School – Thursday, November 2nd 7:00-8:00pm

Summit Prep – Tuesday December 5th 7:00-8:00pm

Everest High School – Saturday January 20ths 10:00am-12:00pm

We need greeters (English and Spanish speaking), food and drink donations and some help setting up/cleaning up. Please sign up at : http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4aafae1-open5

Questions? Contact Stacey Signorello stacey@im-electric.com or en Español Marva Monje monje.22m@gmail.com


Everest’s Day of Giving – #givingtuesday

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

GivingTuesday is our largest fundraiser of the year, we are looking forward to reaching our goal for the year of $70,000.  If you haven’t already, please consider donating today.   Please donate here (choose Everest Public HS in the pull down menu).

What does your donation fund at Everest?

Camping Trip
Study Trips
College Testing Fees


Faculty Corner – Birthday Wishes

November kicks off with a birthday for one of the team – she has the month to herself, as far as we know.  Allison Mears’ birthday is on Wednesday, November 1st.   Alli teaches 12th grade AP Government, is a 1st year teacher at Everest, mentors a great group of Freshmen, and is probably farther away from the beach than she’s been in a while – as she’s a UC Santa Cruz 2x attendee.  Maybe a sand castle cake?

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We Did It! – Thanks to You!

Everest Environmental Leadership Team (EELT)’s mission is to raise awareness about environmental issues and motivate students to take action to protect and restore our community.   This year’s major project is to replace the water fountain and promote using reusable water bottle by its students and faculty!   Since the start of the school year, EELT has been raising the necessary funds to purchase an Elkay bottle filling and drinking fountain station for Everest. Although they could use more funds (Donate atgofundme.com/EELT2017fountain), we are EXCITED and HAPPY to announce that we raised enough funds so far to start the purchasing process of the new water fountain.   THANK YOU to the following donors (parents, students, faculty, friends of Everest, etc) for raising the initial amount of $1,815 to get the process started:

Alyssa Herrera-Set
Ana Torres
Bharat Patel
Bruce Harger
David Kramer
David Sanchez
Eiri and Andrew Inenaga
Ezray Family
Heather Hatfield
Heidi Sweeney
Huynh Family
Jay & Nimisha
Jessie McCandless
Kerr Family
Kristin Armbruster
Kristin Harger
Linda Burt
Linda Harger
Linnaea Knisely
Lisa Harger Sweeney
Lisa Stanger
Maria Rangel
Marjorie Sweeney
Natasha Skok
Pam Willis
Patricia Coyer
Robert McCool
Ron Albertson
Santa Barbara Sweeneys
Sean De Bruine
Stacey Signorello
Steve Menashe
Susan Ermer
Torri Horovitz
Tsugawa Family
Wendy Zimmer

The next steps will be working with the school, district and city to install the new Elkay fountain on the second floor.  Stay tuned for updates and our unveiling.

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.