Everest Newsletter: May 21, 2018

Everest Newsletter: May 21, 2018

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Newsletter At A Glance:

– Message From Our Directors
– Celebrate Everest – you’re invited!
– A few slots left for Class of 2022!
– Need help with graduation set up/clean up
Senior Update
– Senior Trip – A Look Ahead
– Newsletter team – looking for new members!
– Summer youth opportunity – Loomable
– Everest Calendar for 2018-2019
– Upcoming May Staff Birthday

Quick Links:

– Everest PHS Calendar
– Everest 2017-2018 Academic Calendar
– http://everest.summitps.org/
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– EPO Website
– EPO Volunteer Opportunities
– Everest Newsletter Archives
– Everest Parents Yahoo Group
– Everest Speech and Debate
– Everest Newsletter Subscribe



School Calendar:

– 5/14-25 Expeditions
– 5/24 Celebrate Everest! Awards and Expeditions
Celebration of Learning 6-8:30pm
– 5/28 No School – Memorial Day
– 5/29 12th Grade Science Exam
– 5/30-6/1 Senior Trip
– 6/8 Senior BBQ: 4-6:30pm at Red Morton Park, Redwood City
– 6/8 Graduation Rehearsal (Mandatory for all Seniors) Sequoia HS Carrington Hall 7-9pm
– 6/10 Graduation!

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

Message from our Directors

Dear Snow Leopard Families,

Last week, we saw a ton of positive energy on the Everest campus. Students worked with their Expeditions and Core teachers during office hours to clear a number of overdue projects, invested time and thought into their final products for the upcoming Celebration of Learning, and made connections with the local community, such as the Girls on the Run course who went to Stanford to meet with the women’s group there.

After a fabulous weekend at the prom, we’re excited to kick off the final week of Expeditions! On everyone’s mind is the Celebration of Learning & Celebrate Everest joint event coming up this Thursday. The event will start with an assembly at 6:00 pm, at which Expeditions and Everest teachers will present their annual awards and the Rock Band Expeditions course will perform. From 7-8 pm there will be showcases from each Expeditions class, to put the work and skills students have gained from this year’s classes on display. We hope you can make it! (If your child has a conflict, please do call the front desk or send a note to excuse them from the event, as it is required.)

With only three weeks in the school year to go, we’d like to remind you that if your student is off track in an Expeditions class, there will be additional mandatory office hours from 3:30-5:00. For students in Independent Study or Internship who are off track in core courses, we expect to see you on campus from 2:15-5:00, after you’ve completed your required hours for the day. While all Expeditions projects are due on May 25, the absolute drop dead deadline for submission is June 1.

We’re excited to see you all in person this Thursday to celebrate your students’ work, reflect on what to choose for Expeditions next year, and come together to recognize how wonderful our students are. We hope that this time of year has you reflecting on the past and feeling invigorated for the future, as we are.

If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at lwitte@summitps.org.

Expeditions Love,
Lucretia Witte
Director of Expeditions


Celebrate Everest: You are invited!

Please mark your calendars for the final Everest celebration of the year: Celebrate Everest! on May 24th 6-8pm at Everest. We will be celebrating our students accomplishments and we want you to be part of the celebration. For those who have never gone, the hallway downstairs is lined with students who did independent expeditions, ready to showcase what they chose to do, and what they learned. Classrooms are filled with students who have taken expeditions courses who also share individual or group projects which provide insight as to what they’ve learned. It’s a chance to check in on possible options for your student’s future expeditions choices, and to see how students evolve over the years as many of the independent expeditions are done by seniors. A favorite is the film course, as popcorn accompanies the screenings of the films created over the year. There will be a lot to see, and it’s a fun event!


Looking for Freshman for Everest’s Class of 2022

Do you have a neighbor who missed Everest’s application deadline? A friend who wants to go to the school you go to? A cousin who’s having second thoughts about attending a big, traditional high school? Or their parents, who’re having second thoughts about paying expensive private school tuition?

Everest has a few spots open in each grade level, including next year’s ninth grade class. We want to fill every spot to give as many students as possible access to our small, safe community and our college-preparatory academics. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors to apply to one of the top 25 schools in the entire state by applying online at summit.schoolmint.net.

Thank you for being an Everest ambassador! Please contact Ana Lara at alara@summitps.org with any questions.


US News & World Report: 2018 High School Rankings

Overall the Summit System did very well again in this national review. Summit Prep stayed in the top 20 CA schools, with Everest ranked 31st out of the 2,185 CA schools profiled in the review. Both schools received Gold standing, as did Summit Tahoma. The detailed results for Summit Prep are available here, and for Everest here. Within our school district, Summit Prep was ranked #1, and Everest #2.



Graduation Set-up/Clean-up Help Needed – Non-senior Parents

We could use help setting up for graduation on Sunday, June 10th at 2:30pm. This would involve setting up chairs, decorations, etc. We could also use help taking everything down after graduation around 6pm. Please email me if you are available to help: lindamburt@gmail.com.


Senior Update

Graduation is just a few weeks away! The countdown is going fast. Here is what you need to know:

1) Extra Graduation Tickets:

Mr. Lewine sent all seniors an email on May 4th asking if they needed any extra graduation tickets beyond the ones you already requested. We have a few extras, so if you would like extras, please make sure your student responds to that email. There are no guarantees that you will get all of the tickets you need, but we will do our best.

2) Graduation BBQ: Friday, June 8th 4-6:30pm at Red Morton Park, Redwood City.

All Seniors were given an invitation to the Graduation BBQ last week by their mentors. Parents are welcome to come and encouraged to sign up to bring something (whether you can come or not!). Sign up to bring something here. There is a mandatory graduation rehearsal for all seniors directly following the BBQ at Carrington Hall, Sequoia High School 7-9pm.

3) Senior Trip – Ashland, OR May 30 – June 1

Please make sure you have turned in the senior trip permission slip. If you have signed up to drive, please turn in all of the forms to Jay Patel ASAP! Thank you.



2018 Everest C Senior Trip – A Look Ahead for Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior families

The senior trip always gets rave reviews from both the students and the parents who attend. It ties in learning from their AP Environmental Science class (visiting Shasta Dam and Willow Witt Ranch), AP Literature (seeing a play at one of the famed Ashland OR theaters), and getting ready for college by going onto one more college campus and doing a fairly purposeful scavenger hunt. The mentor group dinners bring those groups together one last time in a social setting. Many thanks to the teachers and parent volunteers who make this trip happen. No other school puts on a senior trip like this. Here’s this year’s final itinerary:

Wed May 30, 2018

  • – Drive to Shasta Dam, have lunch and take a tour of the Dam
  • – Drive to Ashland, OR
  • – Community Building Event in downtown Ashland
  • – Dinner in downtown Ashland

Thursday, May 31, 2018

  • – Take a tour of Willow Witt Ranch – A sustainable farm on a historic ranch
  • – College scavenger hunt at Southern Oregon University
  • – Mentor Group dinner in downtown Ashland
  • – See the play Manhattan at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Fri June 1, 2018

  • Drive Home


Newsletter Team Looking for New Members!

Hi all – we’ve been a mighty team of 4 members (compared to last year’s group of 8), but 2 of our group are moving on. So we’re advertising early! Being on the Newsletter Team represents a 2-3 hour commitment per week that you’re “on”. With a team of 4 members, you’re on every other week – and with 8, it’s just once/month. Articles come in to a central gmail address, and it’s your job, in tandem with your spanish translator partner – to cut out the outdated information, add the new, and prepare this week’s draft for Everest Admin to be able to add their piece and send it out. The framework, resources, and systems are all in place to keep this important communication service going – now all we need is you! We’re losing one spanish translator and one english editor, and are looking for more to keep the load light, and the ideas coming!

If you’re interested, please contact us at everestnewsletter@gmail.com


Stanford Students Mentorship Projects

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2018 Everest Calendar Set

We’re excited to be able to share this incredibly useful tool for planning your summer, fall….and beyond!!!

An unprecedented level of planning has resulted in not only our standards: Faculty development days, Expeditions, School start and end dates, but also the Camping Trip Dates! Please start marking your calendars to save the dates to support Everest as a Chaperone or as a driver to or from this incredible experience.

Key dates:

  • – School kicks off for New Students (Freshmen, Transfers) on Tuesday, August 14th.
  • – The full student body starts school on Wednesday, August 15.
  • – The Camping Trip will take place on August 30th and 31st.



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.