Everest Newsletter: February 12, 2018

Everest Newsletter: February 12, 2018

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Newsletter At A Glance:

– Message From Our Directors
– Messages from the EPO
— Study Trips – Why Chaperone
— Study Trips – Where’s the information?
— Study Trips – A second perspective…
-Senior Corner:
— Graduation Help Needed!
— Senior Baby Photos needed by 2/26-
– Stanford Institutes of Medical Research (SIMR) Internship Opportunity!
– Girls Coding Summer Opportunity
– Sequoia Parents Education Opportunities


Quick Links:

– Everest PHS Calendar
– Everest 2016-2017 Academic Calendar
– http://everest.summitps.org/
– Naviance
– EPO Website
– EPO Volunteer Opportunities
– Everest Newsletter Archives
– Everest Parents Yahoo Group
– Everest Speech and Debate
– Everest Newsletter Subscribe

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


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

– 2/26-27 Study Trip for 10th graders
– 2/28    Challenge Day, 10th graders

– 3/1-2 Study Trips for 9th, 11th grades
– 3/5-15 Expeditions
– 3/22 Everest Community Night 7-8:30


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 are in our final week of school before February Break!

While students are spending a bit of time away from school next week, our faculty is hard at work engaging in four days of professional development with our peers from all of our fellow Summit schools. This time is a very important opportunity for us, as educators, to not only plan for the rest of this academic year but to dive deeply into ensuring we are creating the academic and social culture we value at Everest: one of high expectations, collaboration, empathy, and respect. During this time, our teachers practice the same growth mindset we preach to our students – we know that with hard work we can always get better. This kind of constant innovation is what leads to us being recognized as a “school of the future.”

In addition to February Break, students have an exciting few weeks coming up with 9th-11th grade Study Trips happening the week right after break and then being able to dive right into Expeditions to start the month of March. This time of year is so exciting because these special events are the moments students remember for years. They help us build community and an overall sense of joy that we thrive in here at Everest.

With that said, we would be remiss to not mention the fact that many classes have important project deadlines coming up in the next week or two as the quarter ends. Please check in with your student to ensure they are on track to complete their project/s on time and reach out to your mentor if you need support creating an action plan for how you can support at home.

Enjoy your beak next week.

Everest love,
Chris Lewine and Drew Moriates


Study Trips – Why Chaperone?

First – I think that we can agree that besides their first serious romantic relationship, college has the potential to be the most transformative experience in your child’s life. It will have a huge impact on your lives as their parents as well.

  • Emotionally, you start moving towards that empty nest stage of your lives.

  • Financially, you are also getting ready to hand over a large sum of money, or getting ready to work for hours documenting the need for the college, or federal government, or some other entity to loan you and your child the funds, award them a scholarship, etc.

  • Legally, you entrust the the day to day stewardship of your child to a new entity without having had the chance to know them for a few years.   Yes, it’s a big decision – for you, and for them!

So what do you need to know in order to be sure that you, and they are ready? To even know what kinds of questions might help them make the right choices about which colleges to apply to? To understand what kind of a life they’d be expected to lead as a college student? Or that they’re doing what they can as a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior to be a successful candidate?

  1. Chaperone.  Yep.  Chaperone.  It’s been at least 20 years since you went to college, if you had that privilege. Things have changed.  You’ve got a deep understanding of one model of education – but there are many out there. And it’s a fantastic opportunity to see how your child reacts to these different models of college life – and what you think might be a better fit.

  2. Trust Everest, which has put a lot of thought together as to how to awaken, enlighten and support students (and their families) on the road to a 4 year education.   And when they say come chaperone, there’s a win in it for you – and your child.

  3. If you can – do some road trips of your own – to check out different college options.

I’ve chaperoned – for the Freshman and Sophomore study trips – and am so glad that I did!

If this has persuaded you to give it a try…

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:

Thanks for reading!
Linnaea Knisely, Sophomore parent and parent of Alum, Class 2016


Study Trips: Where’s the Information?

Your student came home on 2/6 with printed copies of their permission slips, which also provided copies of the itinerary. The permission slips were due Friday, 2/9. So what if it got lost in your child’s backpack? How can you get another? Where can you sign up to chaperone?

The School Website has a new page just on Study Trips! Go to http://everest.summitps.org/studytrips/ to get the information on the proposed itinerary, student permission forms, volunteer sign ups, your contact for questions by grade and more.


Study Trips: A Second Parent Perspective

Why Chaperone?

1) Meet other Everest parents, make new friends. Being on the study trip really helps you feel more connected to Everest.
2) See Everest in action. Our teachers and students are amazing, and they would love to have you join them on the study trips.

I’ve chaperoned the Freshman, Sophomore and Junior study trips and I am glad that I did. It was wonderful seeing all of the different colleges, which was really helpful as my son applied to colleges this past fall. Meeting the students, teachers, and parents of Everest really did make me feel more connected to the school. If you have the time and ability to take part in the study trips, I encourage you to do so. You will be happy that you did.

Linda Burt, Senior parent


Senior Corner:

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.


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.