Everest Newsletter: February 5, 2018

Everest Newsletter: February 5, 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!
– Study Trips Coming Up!
– Stanford Institutes of Medical Research (SIMR) Internship Opportunity!
– Girls Coding Summer Opportunity
– Sequoia Parents Education Opportunities


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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

– 2/6 Basketball: Everest vs. Waldorf School (Mtn View) at Whisman Center, 5:45-6:45
– 2/8 Basketball: Everest vs. Kehillah Jewish HS, at the Jewish Community Center (3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto) 3:30-4:30


School Calendar:

– 2/13 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon 1-2pm

– 2/13  Study Trip Driver Meeting at Everest 7-8pm

– 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

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,

On Friday, we conducted the tenth ever ninth grade lottery in Everest’s history and extended offers of admission to the lucky 8th graders who will become our Class of 2022! This moment of excitement and celebration served as an opportunity for us to reflect on the work we do as a school and the potential we have to change the course of a young student’s life.

We have high expectations for college and career readiness

Whether a student has the college and career of their dreams selected before they even step foot into our school or whether they have never walked onto a college campus before, our teachers, mentors, and college readiness counselors have the experience and content knowledge necessary to help a student set a long term goal and then take daily steps to ensure they are on track to meet that goal.

A few examples of this was last week when ninth through eleventh grade students engaged in a practice CAASPP exam and when our eleventh graders participated in a planning session led by college counselors from San Francisco State. Another amazing opportunity we provide for students so that they can envision themselves in a best fit college is through Study Trip, which we have mentioned previously and are so excited to have at the end of February for Sophomores & the start of March for our Sophomores and Juniors.

We develop the whole student

We work hard everyday to ensure that students are not only learning the content, concepts, and cognitive skills they need to be successful once they leave Everest; we also help students develop habits, empathy, and communication strategies required to get ahead.

This work can be done during the Habits, Community, and Culture course where we have what we call “Circle.” Circle is where each student sits in a circle with their mentor group and goes through a series of structured routines in order to share their voice and perspective so that they are known within the group and so that their mentees can see them from all points of view, which we believe helps students develop empathy for one another. This work can also be done through 1:1 mentor check-ins. 1:1 mentor check-ins serve as a structure for the student and the mentor to reflect on the student’s academic and/or social progress, identify the habits and actions that have led to their current status, and then make an action plan with one another to support growth.

We are a family

Like all families, we have moments of triumph: 100% of our class of 2017 was accepted to a four year college or university, our sports program continues to grow bigger and better than ever before, our campus went through a beautiful renovation that left our classrooms feeling more colorful, modern, and enabled for the structures of learning we value, and our Student Government and extension courses are taking real shape and form this year.

Like all families, we have moments of struggle: Our fire alarm was pulled last week when there was not a fire, which resulted in a loss of learning time and frustration, our Boys Soccer Team continues to win games, but we have received ejections as a result of poor sportsmanship, our front lot is sometimes covered in students’ and neighbors’ trash, and we have all scrubbed enough Sharpie off of our walls to last us a lifetime.

The truth is, that with all of these ups and downs, one thing remains constant: we are here everyday growing with one another, and we would have it no other way.

As we welcome the tenth cohort of Everest students into our unique family, let us all take a moment to appreciate the love, commitment, and hard work that brought us to where we are today.

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



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 26-27 (overnight) for 10th graders
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.

The Driver Meeting is scheduled for February 13th from 7-8 pm

If you have any questions or want to sign up or submit your information, please feel free to reach out to:


Stanford Institutes of Medical Research (SIMR) Internship Opportunity

OK parents – I checked directly with the leader of this program to see whether our current HS juniors and seniors would be competitive applicants, given Carlmont High School’s 4 year biotech option which would have given their juniors and seniors at least 3 years of biotech lab experience already. His answer “ We prefer students with lots of interest and no training. The program is largely targeted to disadvantaged and underrepresented students.” Sounding good already, right?

SIMR is an 8-week summer research internship program open to current high school juniors and seniors who are at least 16 years of age. The program consists of hands-on research under the direct guidance of a one-on-one mentor at a research laboratory within the Institutes of Medicine at Stanford University. The SIMR program involves 8 areas of research including all 5 Institutes at the Stanford School of Medicine: Immunology (ITI- Immunity, Transplantation and Infection), Cancer Biology, Stem Cell, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Institute and 3 other areas/disciplines of research: Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Bioengineering. There is also a program within SIMR called the SIMR Bioengineering Internship where students will work in teams to design and build biomedical prototypes. The same application can be used for both programs. The application is due February 24th, will cost $40, and can be found here.

During the majority of the summer, students will participate in lab work in their assigned lab. In addition, all students will participate in the following:

– Safety training sessions
– Institute specific lectures and special joint core SIMR lectures with all students
– Seminars on careers in science and medicine; graduate/medical school life
– Oral presentation by Institute
– Poster session at the end of the program where students will present their research poster to their families and the Stanford community (Thursday, August 2nd, 2018; 6-8pm)

Thanks to Maria Milan, parent of freshman William for bringing this opportunity to our collective attention!


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


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.