Everest News: November 26, 2017

Everest News: November 26, 2017

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Newsletter At A Glance:

Message From Our Directors
Messages From Our EPO
– Please support Everest on Giving Tuesday!
– Staff needed for Newsletter!
– Does your kid want to go into Science, Tech, Math or Engineering?
– Check out our new website!


School Calendar:

11/29 – Weekly EPO Meeting 8:30 am
12/5 – 1-2pm Teacher Appreciation Lunch
12/6 – Weekly EPO Meeting 8:30 am
12/5&7 – MAP testing for 9 & 10 Grades
12/11 – 21; Expeditions
12/22 – Jan 5; Winter Break!


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:

Thursdays and Fridays – Shadow opportunities

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

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

Friday, February 2nd–9th Grade Lottery at9:00am at Summit Prep and Everest.

College Key Dates:

11/30 UC/CSU Application Deadline

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 hope you had a restful and rejuvenating Thanksgiving Break. Time away from work always allows us the space to relax our minds and bodies so that we can reflect on where we are as a school community and where we must go moving forward. We are always assessing our progress so that we can continuously make strides towards achieving our mission of preparing a diverse student population for success in a four-year college or university, and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. In our most recent reflections, we felt a strong passion for ensuring our students feel academically successful heading into Winter Break.

We believe this is a priority for our students because the Second Quarter is ending onDecember 21st, and we have seen consistent data throughout the years that students who finish the Second Quarter with passing grades in each class finish the year with much higher academic success and confidence. We have noticed that students who are significantly behind in classes after the halfway point on the school year struggle to make up the ground they have lost and feel too far behind to tackle the amount of work they have struggled to complete resulting in Incompletes carrying into the following school year and even the need to repeat a grade.

For this reason, we are holding “Super Office Hours” each Monday and Wednesday from3:30-5:00pm starting on November 27th and ending on December 21st. Traditionally, teachers hold one day of Office Hours a week; however, the reason these Office Hours are “Super” is because all grade level teachers will be present on both Monday and Wednesday over the next four weeks to support your student’s work. Super Office Hours are for every student to take advantage of; however, they have been deemed MANDATORY for a select group of students. If you are curious about whether or not Super Office Hours is mandatory for your student, please refer to the progress reports we sent home over the Thanksgiving Break. If you have any questions about Super Office Hours, or if you did not receive a progress report mailing for your student over the Thanksgiving Break, please contact us via email:  Drew Moriates – dmoriates@summitps.org.

Thank you for your support during this crucial point in the school year, and we look forward to seeing your student at Super Office Hours each week.

Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates

Giving Thanks by Giving Back

Mark your Calendars – Giving Tuesday is November 28!

This year Everest has secured a matching grant for donations made on November 28th. Help us reach our goal of raising a total of $75K to fully fund all the needs of the school on this sixth annual global day of giving!

Please donate here (scroll down and choose Everest Public HS in the pull-down menu).

Or drop your donation off at Everest: Fill out a form in English or Spanish.

What does your donation fund at Everest?

  • – Camping Trip
  • – Study Trips
  • – Athletics
  • – College Testing Fees
  • – Scholarships
  • – Clubs


Staff Needed for Newsletter

Our team is enjoying our involvement with the newsletter, but we’re a little short staffed, and going to be down one of our two Spanish language reviewers for much of the spring.  Our team has 2 English preparers including myself, and as noted, 2 Spanish language reviewers.  A full staff would actually be a total of 8 persons so that each person (preparer and Spanish translation reviewer) handles the newsletter once a month.   We have a critical need for a volunteer to support Spanish translations so that we don’t burn out our single reviewer this spring.  The weekly effort is minimal – for each volunteer, about 1-2 hours to review/prepare the newsletter or review the Spanish translation.  If you are interested in helping out or would like to know more, please contact me at linnaeak@gmail.com or 650-678-9397.  Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Linnaea Knisely, Editor

Does Your Student Want To Go Into a STEM Based Career?

At the fall Open House, Ms. Docherty (AP Calc and AP Stats teacher), and a colleague – I can’t remember whether it was Mr. Tsai  or Mr. DeVera) chose to educate parents about what it would take to be successful competing for college entry in a STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering or Mathematics) field.

Ms. Docherty had taken a class at a college this last summer, and shared that many of her fellow students were high school students working to get that competitive advantage.  And that she was surprised and a little taken aback by how many resources they were investing into securing that future they wanted.

Ms. Docherty’s  illuminating presentation addressed what steps Everest students could take to make themselves more successful with respect to standardized testing, on-line extensions and out of school/summer extensions.  It was so valuable that I’ve felt guilty for not sharing it for months, now.  They advocated that Sophomores and Juniors prep for the SAT and ACT at home in addition to the support they receive at School, consider becoming familiar with computer coding languages.  They noted that they have practice tests available, and closed with this offer:

“In addition, feel free to reach out to either of us if you have questions about ACT testing, SAT testing, PSAT testing, or where to get resources/help for your student. We are both very knowledgeable about all tests (including subject tests) and would be happy to give support in many ways.”

Check it out over the Thanksgiving holiday – the presentation was well done!

Everest’s New Website

Thanks to Summit Staff member Mei Mei, and to Drew Moriates for taking a hard look at our website, and bringing it up to date! It’s still accessible via the same address, http://everest.summitps.org/ but the news, photos, student, parent and prospective family information are recast or up to date. And that renews the value of this resource for current families – as well as the external community wanting to learn more about us.


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.