Everest Newsletter: February 19, 2018

Everest Newsletter: February 19, 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-

– Boys Basketball Update

– 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:


– 2/19 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

– 3/8   New Parent PotLuck 5-6pm
– 3/21   Senior Panorama and Mentor Group Pictures 10-11am
– 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 hope you are enjoying this mid-winter break!

While students are home from school recharging and building up energy for the rest of the semester, our faculty is hard at work. Just like we ask our students to do, we use this week to set goals, make plans, and engage in learning to make sure that we are constantly growing and bettering ourselves. This week’s professional development is all about what it means to be a personalized educator and how we can continue to improve our practices to make every moment of classroom instruction valuable and worthwhile for our students.

Just as we teachers find it useful to step away from our daily routine to do some deep learning, we are excited that 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will soon have a chance to step away from their daily routine to participate in the unique experience of the Everest study trips!

As you know, study trips are an integral part of the one-of-a-kind student experience that we offer at our school. These 2-day trips are planned around three themes. Students get to visit and learn about COLLEGE first-hand with tours and information sessions that are tailored to where they are in the college application process. Many of our students end up applying to the schools that we visit because the in-person experience makes such a positive impression! Teachers have also planned activities aligned with their classes’ CURRICULUM so that students can apply their learning in the real world outside the walls of the school building. Finally, study trips are instrumental in building a strong COMMUNITY as students (and parents!) have the opportunity to bond and get to know each other in new and different ways.

Like everything else at Everest, these trips are impossible without the deep and generous support of our parents. Each trip still needs drivers in order to transport every student. Please sign up to drive by visiting everest.summitps.org/studytrips. If you have already signed up, please help us by encouraging other families to do the same!

Chris Lewine & 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


Everest Staff Fells the L.O.V.E

A huge thank you to Nimisha Patel for once again organizing an amazing Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, February 13th. The theme was Valentine’s Day and the Everest staff definitely felt the love from our families with a beautiful spread of quiche, sandwiches, salads, fruit, desserts, and drinks.

Thank you to the following parents who helped out with the luncheon: Lisa Sweeney, Susan Ermer, Sharon Kovarick, Danielle Beres, Maria Larios, Barbara Ristow, Patty Copyer, Linnaea Knisely, Jessie McCandless, Lisa Crudo, Ann Kerr, Itzel Perez, Cindy Lee, Lydia McCool, Jena Bloomquist, Natasha Skok, Lorna Oshiro, Valerie Bioc, Rosaura Garcia, Kristin Armbruster and Linda Burt.


We are looking for somebody to take over the Staff Appreciation Luncheons next year, so if you would like to organize these wonderful luncheons, please let Nimisha Patel nimi325@gmail.com know, and she can fill you in on the details of the job. If you like to host parties, this is the job for you. And don’t worry, you just come up with the theme and menu and the wonderful Everest parents sign up to bring the items! Please consider helping out next year.

Challenge Day – February 28th

If you or someone you know would like to be involved in this amazing day – here are the details. We have some volunteers but not enough as the organizers are requesting.

What: Volunteer your time to participate in “Challenge Day” and meet some amazing kids!
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 28th from 8:00am to 3:00pm
Location: Mervin G Morris Clubhouse, 1109 Hilton St, Redwood City, CA 94063

We love our sophomore class at Everest, the Class of 2020. For them as for other sophomores, 10th grade is a time of transition when students are no longer the newest and youngest students at the school but are not yet upperclassmen. This particular group of sophomores has gone through some extra transition since a number of the teachers and mentors they knew are no longer at Everest. These transitions can be difficult for individual students, who miss the adults they grew so close to, and also for the grade as a whole, that lacks the comfort of consistent expectations. At this point, we are lucky to have an amazing team of teachers and mentors working with them, including Ms. Wilson, Ms. Coon, Mr. Tsai, Ms. Novak, Mr. Arias, and Ms K. Together, they have helped our students make great strides since the beginning of the year.

In order to further support the class culture of the 10th grade, a team of Everest teachers led by Tayla Wilson has made arrangements to host a “Challenge Day” on February 28th.

What Is Challenge Day?

Challenge Day is a non-profit organization that has worked with over 2500 schools, including other Summit Schools. Their goal is to “transform through compassion.” They offer whole-day programs led by trained facilitators to help students feel more connected to their peers, teachers, and school community. From the Challenge Day website:

Our signature day-long Challenge Day is an experiential social and emotional learning program for grades 7-12 and offers schools and youth organizations an opportunity to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity. Programs are typically held in gyms or large assembly rooms, feature music and interactive exercises, and are led by two energetic, relatable and highly trained facilitators.

To learn more about the program, you can visit their website here

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities:

  • We need volunteers present all day on Wednesday, February 28, from 8am-3pm.
  • In order for the event to take place, we need at least 25 adults. To supplement the available ~7 Everest faculty, we are looking for a combination of school and Summit employees, parents and community members.
  • Two Challenge Day leaders will be present and leading the day’s activities. Active participation then, is our largest ask of volunteers, and volunteers will largely be modeling activities with groups of about four students. Volunteers will have to open up emotionally to students, and help students open up and engage in the activities. While we know it can be difficult being vulnerable, this will make all the difference in this being an impactful day for our students.

How to Register to Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering your time on February 28th, please complete this form!

Who to Contact

If you have questions about the programming or your specific role, please reach out to Tayla Wilson at twilson@summitps.org. If you have questions about logistics or other items, please reach out to Drew Moriates at dmoriates@summitps.org.



Senior Corner:


Seniors should have brought home a ‘senior packet’ on Friday, February 9th. The senior packet includes a section to make sure the name of your senior is correct for their diploma, graduation ticket order, senior trip information, senior trip driver request, donation requests for the senior trip and for the senior gift and a reminder to turn in a baby photo either to the front desk or email a copy of the baby photo to lindamburt@gmail.com.

If you haven’t already done so, please fill out and turn in the senior packet and the baby photo ASAP! Thank you.


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.


Basketball Season Closing Update

What an amazing rebuilding season the Everest Boy’s Basketball Team had this year. Under the direction of the new Coach, Dave Cairo, and with only two boys returning from the previous year, the 10 payers poured their heart and soul out over the past six weeks with daily practices and Twenty-Four (24) Games. They finished 11-13 and their final game on Feb 13 was a win with a score of 44-29. Take this opportunity to congratulate these dedicated and hard working players: Elliot Bloomquist (10th), Jack Coyer (9th), Jesus Castillo (9th), Jonas Abild-Pedersen (9th), Marvin Ortiz (9th), Nate Erbes (11th), Nicholas Quon (9th), Nicolas Landeros (9th), Rohan Patel (9th), and William Kramer (9th).

If you are interested in playing on the Everest Boy’s Basketball team, please contact Dave Cairo (Coach) at davec@aaasolutions.com or Jay Patel (Team Parent/Manager) at jaypatel67@gmail.com as we are looking into a June-July Summer league and recruiting for the Fall.

We hope to see more students and the Everest Community at the games next year! Go Snow Leopards!


Jay Patel


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!


Parent Education Series


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.