Everest News: December 10, 2017

Everest News: December 10, 2017

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Newsletter At A Glance:

Message From Our Directors
Messages From Our EPO
– Holiday Teacher Appreciation luncheon was a success!
– The EPO, and our meetings
– Staff needed for Newsletter!
– Winter Formal Information
– Community night in the works
– Free holiday lights – where to go?


School Calendar:

12/11 – 21;  EXPEDITIONS
12/11 – Girls BB vs. John O’Connell Technical HS, from 5-6:30 pm.  2355 Folsom St, SF CA
12/12 Girls Soccer vs. Summit  6:30pm at Sequoia
12/12 Boys Soccer vs. Summit 8pm at Sequoia
12/13 Girls Soccer vs. EPAA 3:30pm at Rich May Field
12/16   – Winter Formal 7-10:30pm
12/22- Jan 5;  Winter Break!
1/15 School Closed MLK Holiday
1/17 Paying for College 6:30-8:00pm  at Everest
1/23 EPO General Parent Meeting 6:30pmat Everest


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

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.

Friday February 2, Class of 2022 Meet and Greet 3:30-4:30 at Everest Public High School

College Key Dates:

12/21 Mid Year Report 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,

Expeditions is so excited to be closing out 2017 with Everest students!

Over the past few months Expeditions has moved closer to Summit’s Habits, Community and Culture work as we focus in on Purpose being the “WHY” of our program.  We think the reason we do these Expeditions courses is to help students generate ideas for what type of work fulfills them, not just from a financial or enjoyment perspective, but also where they can showcase their unique talents and make a difference the world needs. Remember this diagram from the beginning of the year?

Now that your student has had two weeks in their Expeditions class, has their sense of purpose evolved? What do they want to do this summer? Or for an after-school job next year? These types of conversations are great during the weeks of downtime coming up at the holiday break. And Expeditions teachers are always happy to help brainstorm!

Related to this search for purpose, we have three new classes coming to Everest for the rest of the year, two of which very much relate to students’ self awareness and sense of purpose. The first is Social and Emotional Intelligence, taught by Redwood City native Martin Blank.  This class is all about recognizing one’s own multiple forms of intelligences, and in it students actually participate in a research study conducted by Stanford University.  The second is Identities, taught by Jewell Bachelor, in which students consider the multiplicity of identities in modern American society and have a chance to uplift the identities that matter most to them.  The third class is Screenwriting 101, somewhat less in line with the theme of purpose but taught by beloved Expeditions veteran Vince Nelson. We are excited to welcome these folks and also sad to say goodbye to our Wilderness Teacher Melissa Bernstein, who has been tapped to offer her course at another Summit school.  We hope to renew the Wilderness program at Everest next year.

Please feel free to come visit Expeditions! We’d love to see you.

Lucretia Witte
Executive Director of Expeditions

Holiday Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – Much Appreciated

A huge thank you goes out to Nimisha Patel (and her mom!) for hosting the Holiday Teacher Appreciation Luncheon once again. The teachers and staff had big smiles on their faces as they walked into the staff lounge that had been transformed into a winter wonderland with white tablecloth covered tables with lovely winter themed centerpieces. The food and drinks were enjoyed by all. Teacher appreciation luncheons are always a favorite day of the staff.

Many thanks go out to the following people who brought food and helped out with the luncheon: Jessie McCandless, Barbra Ristow, Raquel Izumi, Sharon Kovarick, Linnaea Knisely, Linda Burt, Patty Coyer, Lorna Oshiro, Marta Sanchez, Lisa Sweeney, Kristen Turner, Cindy Lee, Ann Kerr, Rosaura Garcia, Kristin Armbruster, Roxana Zavala and Teodora Ramirez. We truly appreciate your generosity.

We always can use more help with the Teacher Appreciation Luncheons. We will be having two more in the new year – February 13th and May 8th. Please contact Nimish Patel at nimi325@gmail.com if you would like to help.



Everest EPO (Everest Parent Organization) Meeting

One of the benefits of being a part of a small school is having a close and involved parent community. Parents are
key members of our community, and we encourage their participation in supporting the school and strengthening the community. There are a variety of opportunities for parents to volunteer at the school or from home. We appreciate any contributions of time parents can make to their school. Volunteering is not a requirement, and in no way will the lack of volunteering have any negative impact on a student or family and their standing in the school.

The Everest Parent Organization (EPO) is a volunteer group of Everest parents who, in partnership with Everest leadership and staff, provide and organize critical volunteer services for school events and daily operations, promote and develop feedback and communication channels between Everest families and school administration, and promote outreach to the broader community.   The EPO also leads annual fundraising that support enriching and value add resources and opportunities for the Everest student community.  Meeting are held every Wednesday morning from 8:15 to 9 am at Everest High School. Also check the calendar and newsletter for the scheduled monthly parent meetings, where your input and feedback is highly valued.

For parents interested in volunteering with the school or if you have any questions about the EPO, please reach out to our Operations Manager by calling 650.366.1050 or our Everest Parent Organization Lead: Stacey Signorello – Stacey@im-electric.com.

Everest’s New Website 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

Winter Formal Information

Yes, it’s coming up soon – and inquiring parents like me want to know what’s up – and if the School and Student Club organizing this needs our help in any way!  Thanks to Ms. Austin, we can share the following:

Location: Community Center at 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City, CA 94061
Date: December 16th
Time: 7-10pm
Theme: Enchanted Forest
Tickets are on sale for: 20$ single, 30$ couple, 25$ at the door.

If parents wanted to donate food, it would be great to have dessert items.  They just have to be Kosher.   For information about what that means, and recipe ideas, check the following link!  http://allrecipes.com/recipes/15961/everyday-cooking/kosher/desserts/

If you’re planning to bring/offer food, please note it on the following sign up genius: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0F48A4A62FA1FE3-winter

Community Night – Coming February 1st!

Hoping that you are taking time during what can be an incredibly busy season to enjoy yourselves.  If you love holiday lights, then you may be planning to walk or drive through Christmas Lane in Palo Alto (starts 12/11 – runs through the 25th).  It’s on Fulton street between Embarcadero Ave and Seale Road.  Another great place for lights: Eucalyptus Avenue in San Carlos.  Planning to visit SF?   Check out the illuminate light festival  illuminatesf.com to see what’s near your planned visit sites.

And don’t forget time to just sit and enjoy time with family!

Free Holiday Lights Celebration

Hoping that you are taking time during what can be an incredibly busy season to enjoy yourselves.  If you love holiday lights, then you may be planning to walk or drive through Christmas Lane in Palo Alto (starts 12/11 – runs through the 25th).  It’s on Fulton street between Embarcadero Ave and Seale Road.  Another great place for lights: Eucalyptus Avenue in San Carlos.  Planning to visit SF?   Check out the illuminate light festival  illuminatesf.com to see what’s near your planned visit sites.

And don’t forget time to just sit and enjoy time with family!


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.