Everest News   •   October 29, 2017

Everest News • October 29, 2017

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Newsletter At A Glance:

Message From Our Directors
Message From Our EPO
–  Directors’ update – what you missed!
– Day of Giving
– Open House Help Needed!
– Thanksgiving Potluck!
– Why choose Everest or Summit Prep?
Sequoia Parent Education Seminars


School Calendar:

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 Potluck6:30-8:30pm
11/20 – Thanksgiving Break!
11/ 28 – Everest Day of Giving


Quick Links:

Everest PHS Calendar
Everest 2016-2017 Academic Calendar
EPO Website
EPO Volunteer Opportunities
Everest Newsletter Archives
Everest Parents Yahoo Group
Everest Speech and Debate
Everest Newsletter Subscribe


Prospective Student Key Dates – Spread the Word:

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

College Visits & Key Dates:

11/3, 1:05pm – 1:35pm Cañada College
11/3, 3:25pm – 3:55pm USF
11/15  AP Commitments Due
11/15 UC/ CSU Night @ Everest (3:30pm)

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,

We have been especially proud of our Student Government recently. The 39 students from all four grade levels who participate in Student Government meet during school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and work on one of five committees: Athletics, Clubs, Publicity, Spirit, and Student Voice. Special thanks go to their faculty advisors: Ms. Austin and Ms. Ragey. The group has made great progress so far this year, including:

On Friday, October 27th, the Athletics Committee organized a student-vs-faculty volleyball game to celebrate the end of the Girls’ Volleyball season. They also showed up in force for senior night, in which our girls defeated the Summit Prep team for the second of two games this season!

Tomorrow, on Halloween, the Student Government will be delivering the “Boo-Grams” they have been selling as a fundraiser over the previous weeks. They have also advocated for and helped organize a celebration that will take place in mentor groups during fourth block. Groups will choose a fun activity and decorate a pumpkin with supplies purchased by Student Government.

On Wednesday, for Day of the Dead, Student Government has worked with “Girls Club: to organize multiple celebrations. They will sell hot chocolate and pan dulce before school. They will also host an altar behind the front desk, where students can honor their deceased friends or relatives with a photo, a decorated skull, or a flower with a note.

Student Government has multiple other exciting projects in the works. These include work with the Everest Parent Organization to organize a Thanksgiving Mentor Potluck onThursday, 11/16 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at Everest as well as our Winter Formal coming onDecember 9th.

Finally, in order to help make Halloween fun, celebratory, and safe, please note the following costume guidelines. Most importantly, follow our core characteristics: be responsible by staying safe and avoiding distractions to learning, be respectful of other people’s culture and traditions. More specifically:

  • Stay safe: students should not have real or imitation weapons of any kind.

  • Stay seen: students should not have masks or costumes that obscure their face

  • Avoid cultural appropriation: students should not dress up as someone else’s culture or religion

  • Any student with an inappropriate costume will be asked to change.

Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates

Message From Our EPO – Directors’ State of the School (ICYMI)

This week’s issue will specifically cover Chris Lewine’s update on Building Improvements and Reactive Culture (Discipline).

Building Improvements: If you’ve gone into the school recently, you’ll see that there’s new furniture in all the classrooms.  That was nice to hear (and see), but what really was insightful was to hear why Everest chose what they got, and what teaching principles buttress that selection.  For example, the tables are on wheels, which allows easy reconfiguration to accommodate different teacher/learner interactions and classroom dynamics.  Instead of Smart Boards, which institute a dynamic of Teacher = smart, learners = audience, Everest has opted to put two smart “walls” in each classrooms.  Think of these walls as massive dry erase boards, which allows for a much more interactive system of engaged learning.  It’s kind of cool – there’s a paint that turns a wall into a writeable surface. Way more bang for the $, and enables Everest to set up a more productive environment for learning.

The interior hall walls have been transformed by color as well.  In the back lot, they extended the fence to expand the area, added more chairs and bench seating, increased the play area, added a basketball hoop, and a covered bike rack. They are still working through how sports equipment (balls) will be managed going forward.   Chris noted that lunch feels better this year.  “There are more students playing sports, the hallways are less crowded, which eases social conflicts, and students are sitting at actual tables as opposed to the floor.” The funds to do this renovation came from two sources: 1) An increase in state funding to address forecasted increased expenses, including personnel costs, and 2) a match from the Summit Public Schools System so that branding and campus looks are comparable across all Summit Schools. There’s a temporary offset between the initial funding influx vs. the rate of growth of staff expenses, which was used for a one time facility renovation, and matched by our parent entity. (Note: There have been increased teacher compensation changes – I’ll share that in a week or two)

Reactive Culture (Discipline)
Last year, the message came through loud and clear – students, teachers and parents all felt that classrooms were less productive than the school’s expectation because of distracted student behavior.  Everest’s response has been thoughtful, multi faceted, and consistently implemented since day one of this school year. Chris believes that they’ve made progress, although there’s still a way to go. At the core of the strategy: instituting the position of Dean of Students, filled by Nick Sidlin.  Mr. Sidlin (I’ll call him Nick from here on) comes with 9+ years of teaching experience, including experience at the Summit Denali school, and is described by Chris (and my son) as someone who is really good at connecting with youth.  Not only does Nick check in with youth who have a history of behavior or transition challenges first thing in the morning as they come into the school, but he’s also on call at all times to address student behavior issues in the classroom, so that learning continues with minimal interruptions.  During the first quarter, staff was encouraged to call on Nick, who would meet immediately, and privately with the youth after getting the text with the request and outline of the issue from the teacher.  Chris and Drew also were available to intervene as needed, which also helped.  To quote Chris, “Classrooms are more focused, productive, and safe than last year.”

Chris also wanted to avoid any misperceptions about the 2nd element of Everest’s strategy: restorative justice, which means that Everest staff view all participants as people and seek to repair any harm done.  However, employing a strategy of restorative justice practice does not mean that traditional disciplinary measures, or consequences don’t come into play.  They’re just committed to digging down to the root cause of any behavior issue, and disciplinary consequences serve as a complementary resource for managing behavior.

3rd strategic focus: Control of student passage throughout the school during classroom periods.  Everest has instituted a hall pass system.  There was not any such system before.  Students have to sign out and back in, receiving the hall pass directly from their teacher.  So there’s a greater degree of control of hallway presence, as well as student movement in the school.

Results (of the Reactive Culture initiatives), and how this is evolving over time:

Anecdotally, Chris is hearing “you guys are a lot stricter this year – what happened?” Nick has been building strong relationships with kids, both those who are misbehaving a lot and those who are in need of a friendly face as they move through the school and outside spaces.  This quarter, the teaching class has been asked to ask Nick or one of the members of the administrative team to come into the classroom.  There are now fewer kids needing to be sent out of the class. Behavior is being redirected at the moment, while the classroom teacher gets to see and learn from the model of direct interaction between Chris, Drew, Nick and the youth being addressed.  Plus, the rest of the learners also see the consequences of disruptive behavior.

In closing, with just 2 of the 7 topics covered, we still have to cover 5 more topics. I think that these all celebrate some of the great stuff that is happening at Everest, so sorry to make you wait! Actually – not really, you should have come to the EPO meeting featuring Chris’s state of the union presentation. You’ll have to wait for information on Everest administration’s efforts re:

– Pro-Active Culture (Student Life)
– Mentoring and HCC
– PLT over the week
– Tutorials and Challenge Classes
– Mental Health Supports.

Linnaea Knisely, Editor and 10th grade parent

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


Open House Help Needed

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

All School Thanksgiving Potluck – Save the date

Thursday November 16th 6:30-8:30pm – You’re invited to join everyone for the All school (parents and students) Thanksgiving Get Together and Potluck. This is our first All School event of the year!  We would love to spend a couple of hours together before the Thanksgiving break and craziness of the holiday season officially kicks off.

And we’re making this as easy an event to attend as we can: no sign up genius, no bring something based on your initial.  The school is providing drinks – so if you can bring a dish to share, great! And if you can’t, you’re still welcome!

This is an opportunity to connect with your Everest community!   I know it can be intimidating to come to the school for an event where you may not know any/many other parents but I can tell you first hand that if you push through the hesitation, you will have a good time and will leave with a deeper feeling of connectedness to the school and the larger Everest Community.

Kind Regards,
Stacey Signorello
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Newsletter Submission Information

Just in case you have people who are curious about Everest, we wanted to share the message that introduces and celebrates our School!  Here it is:

Check out Everest and Summit Prep High Schools

Summit Prep High School and Everest High School, both public schools located in Redwood City, CA have consistently achieved Gold Status on the US News and World Reports “America’s Best High Schools”, ranking among the top 25 high schools in California and top 10% of all high schools nationwide.  These schools are listed on the Washington Post’s list of Most Challenging Schools in America for 2016 and 2017 for promoting rigor and college and career readiness for all of their students. Summit Prep and Everest High School are college preparatory high schools that strive to prepare a diverse student population for success in four-year undergraduate programs as thoughtful, contributing members of society.  Admission is by lottery.


– College preparatory curriculum, with graduates achieving a 99-100% acceptance rate to 4 year colleges, including all the UC and CSU programs, and 23 out of the 50 top US ranked colleges
– Tuition-Free
– Public education in a small school setting (approximately 100 students/grade)
– Personalized learning platforms where students fulfill coursework requirements at their own pace, learning how best they learn
– Real world learning projects where students develop the life skills and habits they need to be successful in college and the workplace
– World-class teaching faculty from the nation’s top teaching programs
– Small, safe and diverse community where every student has a mentor, and is truly cared for and known
– All students take Advanced Placement courses
– After school clubs and sports programs (cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball and baseball)

To arrange a student shadow, please contact alara@summitps.org

– Thursday, November 2nd – Open House at Everest Public High School at 7pm. Address:455 Fifth Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063
– Tuesday, December 5th – Open House at Summit Prep at 7pm. Address:  890 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063
– Saturday, January 20th – Open House at Everest Public High School at 10am. Address:455 Fifth Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063

Application Deadlines and Lottery Dates are as follows:

Friday, January 26th –9th Grade Application Deadline at 3:00pm at Summit Prep and Everest.
Friday, February 2nd–9th Grade Lottery at 9:00am at Summit Prep and Everest.

Our Results:

As a research based educational innovator, we are continually assessing the impact of our educational strategies, from a real time daily mission moment perspective, to assessments of college readiness as proven by college admissions, retention and graduation rates of our graduates.   Please read on for more information on our results.

Regardless of the life path Summit students ultimately choose, we offer access to high- performing public schools that pave the way for them to succeed in college, career and life.

Class of 2017 Results:

– 100% of Everest seniors were accepted to 4 year colleges.
– 99% of our 415 seniors across 5 Summit campuses were accepted to 4 year colleges.

Together they received over 1200 acceptances to 194 unique colleges/ universities across the country, including

– all 9 University of California undergraduate campuses,
– all California State University campuses, and
– 23 of the top 50 colleges (according to US News and World Report).

These top schools are Boston University, Brandeis, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western, Duke, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, Lehigh, NYU, Northeastern, Northwestern, Rice, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, University of Illinois, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, and Washington University in St. Louis.

·      35% of our graduating seniors will be first in their family to attend college

·      75% of seniors plan to attend 4 year colleges next year.

·      15% plan to attend 2-year colleges

·      10% plan to join the military, work, or take a gap year.

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


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.