Everest Newsletter: March 5, 2018

Everest Newsletter: March 5, 2018

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Newsletter At A Glance:

– Message From Our Directors
– Messages from the EPO

– 10th Grade Study Trip – in the bag!
– Challenge Day
– Senior Corner:
– Are your packets and photos in?
— Graduation Help Needed!
– Sequoia Parents Education Opportunities

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School Calendar:

– 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,

The third round of Expeditions is here! The Expeditions Team is so excited to be back at Everest for the next two weeks.

While students enjoyed a February break, the Expeditions team took the time to step back and plan some exciting off campus learning experiences for Round 3 at Everest. As we think about helping students find their purpose we recognize that classroom experiences only go so far. We’ve made an explicit effort to get students working on projects that have an impact on others so they can see how their work can change the lives of others, and to get students exploring the resources of their community, so that topics and places beyond the typical scope of school can start their imaginations turning about the careers that may be available to them four, six, eight years from today.

Some specific highlights of off campus learning opportunities and real world impact include:

– Cooking class field trip to San Francisco Ferry Building Farmer’s Market and Boudin Bakery
– Identities class field trip to the Exploratorium
– Screenwriting/Multimedia Journalism joint Film Festival
– Human Rights Film Festival
– Adulting Charity Drive and Guest Speaker from San Mateo Credit Union
– Girls Leadership Conflict Resolution Workshop + Guest Speaker
– Social Emotional Intelligence Field Trip to Stanford
– Journalism Article Showcase
– Human Sexuality Public Service Announcements

If you have a junior at Everest, your student will be approaching you this round with a conversation about how they should think about paying for college, so please be on the lookout for that. We know that these can sometimes be tough conversations to have, but whatever the answer is, we want students to enter the application cycle with a clear idea of what they can afford so they know how to allocate their effort to reach, safeties, and financial safety schools.

If you would like to learn more about any of the trips and projects we have planned for this round, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or myself at lwitte@summitps.org. We’re always looking for more chaperones!

More info coming next week about the Celebration of Learning plans for Round 4 of Expeditions in May. Stay tuned!

Expeditions Love,
Lucretia Witte
Director of Expeditions


10th Grade Study Trip Is In The Bag!

Just a note to say that 84 students in the 10th grade class had a great experience touring Cal Poly, UC Merced and Santa Clara University, despite rain and the long drives. They seem to have come back with more focus on what they are looking for in a college, and what might make one vs. another a better fit for them. What’s more, Everest is welcome back next year at the hotel where they stayed, loved the pool and hot tub and ate an enormous breakfast – which is another huge plus! A thousand thanks go to Marva Monje, for coordinating the drivers and chaperones, to Lisa Crudo for doing the shopping for snacks, and to her husband for halving 72 blueberry muffins! Big props go to Ms. Enrique Coon for coordinating the trip together with her able staff partners Tayla Wilson, Abel Arias, Norman Tsai, Kennan Damon, Michael Meier, Nicholas Sidlin and Leianne Kilmartin.

And lastly, many thanks to the 10th grade driver chaperones: Sharon Kovarik, Tomas Bello, Nohemi Amaya, Morgan Lobo, Lori Mills, Veronica Reyes, Ruth Demma, Maria Segundo and Lisa Muniz. You made the trip possible!


10th Grade Accepted the Challenge of Challenge Day

On Wednesday, 2/28, the 10th grade class entered the Boys and Girls Club gymnasium to find a high fiving tunnel of cheering adults welcoming them into the room, and to the start of Challenge Day. Music, dance and game-tivities opened conversations about experiences and life goals, with facilitators highlighting opportunities to break through stereotypes and to take up the challenge to change your world into a better place – to notice and to act in ways that support each other. It was powerful, intense, and impactful for youth and adults alike. Thank you Everest for making this opportunity to build a better community available to our 10th graders. Thanks especially to Ms. Wilson for coordinating the event, and to Mr. Moriates for gathering the cadre of staff and parents who supported the day’s activities.


9th Grade Study Trips – A few photos from the first day

Looks like the rain didn’t stop our freshman from exploring Spartan territory (San Jose State), or having a lot of fun together at the Sports Complex. Looking forward to hearing more about the trip!



Senior Corner:


If you haven’t already done so, please fill out and turn in the senior packet and the baby photo ASAP to lindamburt@gmail.com. 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


Parent Education Series


Tech Sex & Teen Dating Relationships
Vanessa Kellam, Parent Engagement Coordinator, Health Connected

Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall
1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City

Info & Tickets: https://techsex2018sequoia.eventbrite.com/

Join Vanessa Kellam of Health Connected for a thought-provoking discussion around the sexuality and dating culture of teenage digital natives. Talking points will include the impact of social media and online pornography on relationships, and how parents and trusted adults can engage their children in open and honest conversations.

Parents will receive helpful hints and learn what they can do to encourage a safe and positive dating landscape for their teens. Contrary to popular belief, teens want parental input and advice about sexual health and relationships. Come and be inspired to engage your teen in a new way!
Thursday March 22nd 7:00pm
Woodside High School (MUR)

Leeana Clegg, Education Outreach Coordinator, Impact Teen Drivers
What Do You Consider Lethal? Parent-Teen Safe Driving Workshop



Fostering Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence in Teens
Roni Habib, Founder, EQ Schools

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Menlo-Atherton High School, M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton

Info & Tickets: https://ronihabib2018ma.eventbrite.com

Emotional Intelligence skills are more predictive of a person’s long-term success than academic achievement. Teens who are emotionally intelligent are more resilient and optimistic about their lives. The best way for kids to learn these skills is through watching their role models practice it.

Yet, what does it mean to be mindful? And what does it mean to “emotion coach” as a parent? In this workshop, Roni Habib, founder of EQ Schools, will explore what our kids need to thrive and offer concrete tools to help us in our parenting journey.

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.

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