Everest Newsletter: January 28, 2018

Everest Newsletter: January 28, 2018

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Newsletter At A Glance:

– Message From Our Directors
– Messages from the EPO
— Graduation Help Needed!
— Senior Baby Photos needed by 2/26
— Valentine Appreciation Lunch – sign up!
– 1/23 All School Meeting – Cliff notes
– Study Trips Coming Up!
– Directory Burst – so useful!
– Boys Soccer SCORES!
– Girls Coding Summer Opportunity
– Sequoia Parents Education Opportunities


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


Athletics Calendar 2018

– 2/1 Boys Soccer vs. Summit Denali at Sequoia HS 6:30-7:30pm

Prospective Student Key Dates – Spread the Word:

– Friday, February 2nd–9th Grade Lottery at 9:00am at Summit Prep and Everest.
– Friday February 2, Class of 2022 Meet and Greet 3:30-4:30 at Everest Public High School

– Thursday March 22-Everest Community Night 7-8:30pm

School Calendar:

– 1/31 CAASPP Practice Test for 9th and 10th graders
– 2/1-2 CAASPP Practice Test for 11th graders
– 2/2 Class of 2022 Meet and Greet 3:30-4:30pm
– 2/13 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon 1-2pm
– 2/19 No School -Presidents Day
– 2/20-23 No School- Faculty Professional
– 3/1-2 Study Trips for 9th, 11th grades
– 3/5-15 Expeditions
– 3/22 Everest Community Night 7-8:30 NOTE: The date has Changed


Letter from Our Directors

Dear Everest Family,

Everest’s mission is to prepare our diverse student population for success in college and to be thoughtful contributing members of society. A key part of our commitment to college readiness is our tradition of Study Trips. Every spring, teachers lead a trip with the entire grade to visit colleges, build community, and connect their curriculum to the world outside the classroom. Many students report that their favorite Everest memories come from Study Trips.

This year, we will be going to:

  • 9th Grade, Monterey and San Jose, March 1st and 2nd (day trips)

  • 10th Grade, Merced and San Luis Obispo, February 26th and 27th (overnight)

  • 11th Grade, Sacramento and Davis, March 1st and 2nd (overnight)

  • 12th Grade, Ashland, Oregon, May 30th to June 1st (overnight)

Study Trips do not happen without parent support around costs and transportation. Everest has historically relied on generous donations from parents, who typically contribute a suggested donation to cover the costs of lodging, food, and activities. In addition, we have relied on parent volunteers to provide transportation and serve as chaperones. This provides a great opportunity for parents to experience the school and connect with students and other parents. That said, we understand that the time commitment and cost of volunteering (including gas, lodging, and lost wages) makes it prohibitive for some willing parents to volunteer.

Therefore, in 2018, Everest is trying out a new approach to transportation by using both parent drivers and professional buses. We will still need many parent drivers since they double as chaperones, help us create the community-feel of these trips, and cut down on the need for expensive buses! However we hope that this plan provides an alternate way for some parents who cannot accompany us to pay for transportation.

Your child will be bringing home a permission slip and a letter describing the particular costs of the trip towards the end of this week. Please review this document with them, indicate the way that you can contribute to make these trips a possibility, and return the forms as soon as possible.

Chris Lewine & Drew Moriates

Graduation Help Needed

2018 Graduation is a little more than four months away and we could use your help.

First, here are the general graduation dates/times:
Graduation Rehearsal: Friday, June 8th 7-9pm Sequoia High School – Carrington Hall
Graduation Ceremony: Sunday, June 10th 4-6pm Sequoia High School – Carrington Hall

Here is the help that is needed. Please contact Linda Burt: lindamburt@gmail.com if you can help us:

Non-senior parent(s) to work the A/V system at Carrington Hall for the rehearsal on Friday, June 8th and the ceremony on Sunday, June 10th. There will be recorded music to play, a couple slideshows to manage during the ceremony. Nothing too complicated, but we don’t want to have senior parents managing this, we want them to enjoy their child’s graduation. PLEASE consider helping us!

Non-senior parents to help with graduation setup and manage student ushers – We could use at least three parents to help us with the setup of graduation on Sunday, June 10th, and help manage the students who will be working as ushers.

These jobs give you the opportunity to see what graduation is all about before your child graduates! And it is a huge help to the senior parents who are planning the graduation.

Senior Parents – We need your help with the Graduation BBQ on Friday, June 8th from 4-6:30pm. Be on the lookout for a signup genius to provide food, drinks, decorations and help.

Many thanks in advance for volunteering to help make the 2018 graduation a huge success.

Linda Burt


Seniors – We Need a Baby Photo

We need a baby photo of all seniors for the graduation slideshow. As each senior crosses the stage at graduation, we will have a slide up with their baby photo, freshman photo, and senior photo along with their name.

Please either email a baby photo to Linda Burt at lindamburt@gmail.com or drop off an envelope at the front desk with my name on the front “Linda Burt” with a baby photo in it clearly labeled with your child’s full name on the back of the photo. I will scan the photo and return it to you.

Please turn the baby photo in by February 26th at the latest.

Send a Little Love to Our Teachers on 2/13

We need help with food, set up and clean up. If you are able to donate food or time it would be very much appreciated as Namisha Patel (Teacher Appreciation Lead) spends a tremendous amount of her personal time each month to make the teachers and staff feel special and could really use help.

Please sign up via the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4aafae1-valentines

Questions: Please contact Namisha at 415-254-4581.

Stacey Signorello
EPO Lead



January 23rd All School EPO Meeting – Cliff Notes!

Our Student Government Team kicked off the meeting with an update:

This year Everest is having our prom together with Summit Prep, Summit Tahoma and Summit Rainier. The prom will be held at the Glass House in San Jose on Saturday, May 19th. Students are excited that this will be a more formal prom. The sports committee is currently working on scheduling a senior night for our soccer and basketball teams. Valentine grams are currently on sale for $1, and for an additional $1 you can add a rose to the Valentine gram.

Next, information and appeals for help from our Senior Graduation (see article above) and for Study Trip preparation (see article below)

Last, Chris presented an overview of our school budget, followed by the strategies and actions implemented by Everest around three top priorities: College Readiness, Parent Partnership, and creating a school where everyone feels safe. Here’s some budget/finance highlights:

  • Our core funds come from CA State (about $4 Million of regular funding plus Special Ed, Nutrition and Lottery funds), and Federal $ (about 22K for Special Ed, Nutrition, Title I and II). No funds come from the Summit system.
  • Over half of that budget goes to pay Faculty and Administrative Staff (about $2.2 M)
  • Other outlays: Expeditions teachers, Technology, Student Food, Program Expenses, and Rent and Repair.
  • The benefit (and cost) of our Summit connection – access to World Class Support and Collaboration; professional development of our faculty, curriculum created by Summit System, Specialized expertise, the dashboard and more.
  • Retention bonuses at the 3rd and 5th year are now part of faculty compensation.

For College Readiness: Everest chose and implemented the following strategies:

  • Improved interventions for students who are behind by adding “extra help’ tutorials during the school day.
  • Improving interventions for students who are ahead by adding ‘challenge” tutorials during the school day
  • Improving math curriculum
  • Teacher professional development for them to be able to help students develop Habits of Success
  • Added Spring PLP day in March

For Parent Partnership:

  • Dean of Students (which also factored into initiatives for Community Safety)
  • Texting pilot from the Platform (getting texts to parents about their student’s educational process – about half of the parents are in on this pilot, so if you haven’t been getting texts, don’t worry – it will roll out school wide next year)
  • The parent-funded sign
  • And EPO nights like the 1/23 meeting, plus future opportunities to participate in creating future strategic plans for Everest.

For Community Safety – creating an environment where everyone feels safe to learn (emotionally, physically):

  • Added Nick Sidlin, full time Dean of Students
  • Added Mental Health Counselor 1 day/week
  • Improved Athletic Offerings, including new Central Athletic Director, and new sports teams
  • Working with Challenge Day in February for Sophomore Class
  • Developing Mentors with “Circles” for mentor time
  • Continuing to develop restorative justice practices
  • Continuing to iterate attendance and tardy policies.
  • Note: Restorative justice is a philosophy that underlies our school’s discipline policy. Rather than just apply a penalty, the student(s) are challenged to better understand 1) What harm did you cause, 2) Who did you cause harm to and 3) What are you going to do to make that right.

There was more – and a great set of discussions that accompanied the presentations. While this drew the largest number of parents on record, if you’re curious and want to know more – then come to the next Wednesday EPO meeting or after school all school EPO meeting!




Study Trips Coming Up!

The Study Trips (students visit colleges over two days) are approaching fast:

March 1 and 2 (day trips) for 9th graders,
Feb 26-26 (overnight) for 10th graders and
March 1-2(overnight) for 11th graders.

Our parent community has been instrumental in helping make this event a success. The teachers are working hard on planning out the details and with the help of the parents, the events will be successful and very educational for our students and parents. We will need parents to help drive/chaperone and/or donate funds to help rent buses. Parent chaperones will help not only to drive but to ensure student safety during campus tours and other associated activities. Details of the trip, including permission slips, signing up to drive/chaperone, donation links, etc will come out shortly.

In the meantime, if you plan to be a driver/chaperone, please start preparing driver forms (including updating driver’s license, car registration, and car insurance), chaperone form, Livescan forms at http://everest.summitps.org/parents/forms/. If you completed these documents during the camping trip and they have not expired, you are all set. If you have any questions or want to sign up or submit your information, please feel free to reach out to:

General Study Trip Questions: Jay Patel, jaypatel67@gmail.com

9th Grade

Parent Lead: Eiri Inenaga, inenaga@concentric.net
Sign up to drive/chaperone at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4aafae1-9thgrade7

10th Grade

Parent Lead: Marva Monje, monje.22m@gmail.com
Sign up to drive/chaperone at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4aafae1-10th8

11th Grade

Parent Lead: Mimi Ezray, mimiandnat@gmail.com
Sign up to drive/chaperone at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4aafae1-11th7



Directory Burst: Our online school directory is now available

You should have received an email from “support@directoryburst.com” with the subject, “Directory Burst – Invitation to Join Everest 2017/2018 Directory”. Please check your spam folders if you haven’t received it. If Everest has your email address, you should have received an email.

DirectoryBurst is Everest‘s online directory. You will be able to view the directory either on your computer, or you can download the DirectoryBurst app from the GooglePlay or Apple App Store. Students can be viewed by grade, mentor group or as the entire school. There is also a search function available.

If you have used DirectoryBurst in prior years, you should be able to login using your account. If you haven’t used DirectoryBurst before, please create a new account.

If you are having trouble with your DirectoryBurst account, please contact Mark Tsugawa at mtsugawa@yahoo.com.

Many thanks to Mark for putting the directory together.



Boys Soccer – Two Shut Out in One Week!

It was a good week for the Everest Boys Soccer team. They won Tuesday’s game against LCPA 4-0 and Thursday’s game against Summit Tahoma 2-0.

Please come out on Thursday, February 1st at 6:30 pm to cheer the team on as they play Summit Denali at Sequoia High School.


Baseball and Softball Sign up Info

Hey Snow Leopards!

Are you interested in playing a spring sport at Everest? If yes, you MUST use this link to register: goo.gl/f1D1k7.

Spring sports start on Monday, January 29. All athletes MUST have a physical from a doctor prior to the start of the spring season. Registration will close on Monday 1/29 at 9 AM. Our Fall and Winter Programs were and continue to be awesome; let’s keep it up!!!

Nicholas Sidlin
Dean of Students



Summer Coding Opportunity: 10th & 11th Grade Girls

Dear Friend of Girls Who Code,

Encourage 10th and 11th grade girls (rising juniors and seniors) in your community to prepare for their future with the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program! Our Summer Immersion Programs are FREE 7-week summer programs for 10th–11th grade girls (rising juniors and seniors) to learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community and be competitive in the job market of the future.

In the Summer Immersion Program, students will learn about:

  • Careers—They’ll meet female engineers and role models and get an inside look at technical roles in the world’s top companies, like Twitter, Amazon, and AT&T.

  • Skills and Impact—They’ll learn to code through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps, and more—plus, they’ll create a final project that solves a real-world problem they care about!

  • Sisterhood—They’ll learn in a supportive, girls-only environment and make lifelong friendships!

Programs will be hosted 16 cities including the San Francisco Bay area!   Girls can apply at www.girlswhocode.com/sipapply.


Parent Education Series


Eran Magen, PhD, Center for Supportive Relationships
Managing Emotionally-Intense Conversations with Your Teen

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Woodside High School, MUR (Multi-Use Room)
199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside

Register: https://eranmagen2018woodside.eventbrite.com

Back by popular demand! Trying to offer support when your tween or teen seems upset or stressed can feel like tiptoeing through a minefield.

Learn how to be more comfortable offering emotional support when your child is stressed, frustrated, angry, or anxious. Dr. Eran Magen shares strategies that will help your child feel better and think more clearly, while improving your parent-child relationship.



Michael Donnolly, FCD Prevention Works
Prevention Works: Keeping Healthy Kids Healthy

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall
1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City

Register: https://fcdpreventionworks2018sequoia.eventbrite.com/

What keeps healthy kids and teens healthy? Join Michael Connolly, Prevention Specialist, for an open discussion about the prevention of substance use/abuse in teens.

FCD works worldwide to provide students and families with the knowledge, understanding, and skills they need to make intelligent, healthy choices about alcohol, tobacco (vaping), marijuana and other drug use.

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



Melina Uncapher, PhD, Institute of Applied Neuroscience (IAN)
The Neuroscience of Learning

Thursday, February 15, 7:00 – 8:30pm
M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton

Register: https://neuroscience2018ma.eventbrite.com

How does today’s neuroscience affect learning? Dr. Melina Uncapher, a leading educational neuroscientist, will “unpack” the emerging field of educational neuroscience and describe how a neuroscientific understanding of learning can shape the future of education.    The Institute of Applied Neuroscience (IAN) is an independent, nonprofit research and training organization.http://www.appliedneuro.org/


Dr. Don Williams and Panel of HR Experts
Rethinking the College Arms Race: What Do Companies REALLY Want?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Carlmont High School, Performing Arts Center (CPAC)
1400 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont

Register: https://donwilliams2018carlmont.eventbrite.com

We hear a lot about “21st Century skills,” but what does that really mean? What kinds of skills or qualities are companies REALLY looking for in their new hires?

Come hear from a panel of Silicon Valley HR professionals – Kleiner Perkins, Google, and Tesla – responsible for sourcing talent for their companies. Discussion moderated by Dr. Don Williams, Palo Alto child and adolescent psychologist.

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