Everest Newsletter: June 11, 2018

Everest Newsletter: June 11, 2018

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Newsletter At A Glance:

– Message From Our Directors
– Feedback from the Town Hall Meetings
– EPO Board – job opportunities!
– EPO News: Pilot Mentor Program!
– Everest Sports Year End Dinner
– Last Class of 2018 Senior Update
– Getting your Legal House in Order before your 18 year old leaves for College
– Newsletter team – looking for new members!
– A few slots left for new Snow Leopards!
– Thank you Linnaea
– Everest Calendar for 2018-2019

Quick Links:

– Everest PHS Calendar
– Everest 2017-2018 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



School Calendar:

And it starts again in August…..

– 8/10 Mandatory Registration Day
– 8/14 Orientation day new students – 2018-2019 School year
– 8/15 All students – First Day 2018-2019 School year!
– 8/30-31 10th Annual All School Camping Trip

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

Message from our Directors

Dear Everest Family,

This will be the final newsletter of the 2018 school year.

Last night, we ended the year with a beautifully memorable graduation at Carrington Hall. If you have not had a chance to participate in an Everest graduation yet, you are in for a real experience when your time comes. Sincerely, I have not participated in any graduation ceremony that even comes close to an Everest graduation. The amount of love and appreciation in the room last night was palpable. I am so proud to be a Snow Leopard. My cheeks still hurt from smiling for three solid hours.

Thank you Class of 2018!

You did it!

Have a great summer, Snow Leopards.

Much Love,
Drew Moriates



Feedback From Town hall Meetings

Drew Moriates and Chris Lewine reported a small but enthusiastic turn out for the three Town Hall Meetings. Parents had many questions and great feedback dealing with issues such as: classroom productivity, how to better challenge our students, school safety, what the ideal classroom looks like and the high percentage for teachers staying at Everest this year. They also had the opportunity to meet and speak with our new Executive Director Mr. Jimmy Zuniga. Having been a teacher himself, Mr. Zuniga has many great ideas and good insight as to what parents and students are looking for in the future. In discussing the Town Hall Meetings during the last EPO lead meeting, we also learned from Mr. Lewine that Mr. Zuniga had been spending his last few summers on a deliberate and thoughtful trajectory towards assuming his new role – including interning at the other Summit Schools to learn how they managed Finance, HR, and other aspects of a School Director’s job. As a parent, aren’t you happy to hear that Mr. Zuniga has worked hard to be as prepared as possible for his new position? Go Mr. Z!



EPO Job Opportunities Still Available

The Everest Parent Organization still has roles available for next year.

Ask yourself: Did you work on your high school or College newsletter? (Comment from Current Newsletter Editor – “I didn’t, so don’t let that stop you!”). Do you speak Spanish and are able to help new families coming into Everest? Do you love planing travel and camping trips? It only takes a few hours a week or less to put your hidden talents to work for your school.

Following is the list of EPO Leadership Roles for next year.

EPO Lead – Natasha Skok
Camping/Study Trip Coordinator – Jay Patel (I would like to help behind the scene and mentor a new parent lead)
Teacher Appreciation Coordinator – Barbra Ristow (Nimisha Patel will mentor)
Graduation Coordinator – Stacey Signorello
Newsletter Editor – Needed – Linnaea promises to mentor, and you have a team of 3 ready to go
Konstella Everest Administrator – Natasha Skok initially, would like to transition to a new parent lead after launch
Fundraising Team Leader – Stacey Signorello
Everest Donation Tracking – Natasha Skok
Donation Thank you Letters –
– New Family Liaison – Susannah Sallin
– New Family Liaison (Spanish) – Needed
– Website – Needed
– Spiritware Coordination – Mimi Ezray?

Please contact Barbra Ristow at bjtdristow@comcast.net for more information or to answer any questions you may have.

PS from Linnaea Knisely – past Newsletter Editor Lead. This is a GREAT group of parents! They’re fun, committed to supporting our school, definitely work to help each other out, and are welcoming to new ideas and energy. In some 18+ years of volunteering while my children have grown, I have never felt as appreciated and supported as by this group (and by my awesome Newsletter team members). So step right up – you’ll really enjoy it! ​



EPO News: Mentor Class Parent Pilot Program

Hello incoming freshman and rising sophomore parents – want a better connection with your child’s mentor? Looking for community within the Everest school experience? Want our teachers to feel supported? Want to be better able to understand, and better impact your learner’s experience at Everest?

We think we have a solution: Designate one parent from each mentor class as the class parent to help coordinate school communication and events, as well as outside of school activities for mentor class students and parents. And we’re starting small – just with the 9th and 10th grades.

But how much time would that take, you ask?

• Time Commitment: About 10 hours a year. Communication can be performed any time. And we’re totally open to a buddy system – where if you have great Spanish language skills but not so great English, or vice versa – we’ll play matchmaker and pair you up with a great partner!

When are we looking to identify these Mentor Group leads? The answer is now…

• Timing: Identify 5 parents for each grade by end of 2017-18 school year

What exactly would you be gearing up to do – and when? Here are the tasks we envision:

1. First 2 weeks of school:

◦ Work with (all) parents to join Konstella (the new school communication app we’re moving to next year)

◦ Recruit participation in volunteer activities and camping trip

2. First 2 months of school: Coordinate community building activity for parents/and or students of mentor group

(any activity the group wants)

3. Each quarter

◦ Promote school events

◦ Promote volunteer opportunities

◦ One community building activity for mentor class

If you’re interested, please contact Eiri Inenaga inenaga@concentric.net



Everest Sports Year-end Dinner​

It was delicious, not particularly nutritious – and fun! Coaches saluted the progress and achievements of each of the athletes, and everyone who attended looks pretty healthy and happy! ​ ​


LAST Class of 2018 Senior Update

Congratulations to the class of 2018 ! Leaving a sparkling clean school and positive messages for the classes who follow in their footsteps, our senior class are keeping the forward trajectory going with an impressive list of colleges they’ve been accepted to: American University, Amherst College, Arizona State University, Art Center College, Buckinghamshire New University, Cañada College, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California State University East Bay, California State University Sacramento, College of San Mateo, College of the Desert, Columbia University, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, Foothill College, Gavilan College, Humboldt State University, Las Positas College, LIM College (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising), Mission College, Notre Dame de Namur University, Saint Mary’s College of California, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, Sonoma State University, St. John’s College, Swarthmore College, The Evergreen State College, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Redlands, University of the Pacific, and the University of Washington! Congratulations and Well Done Class of 2018, Families, Senior Mentors, Everest Teaching Staff and the College Counseling Team led by Alma Rosas.



Getting Your Legal House in Order Before Your Adult Child Leaves for College

This article was super useful for me a few years ago when it was shared on the Everest Yahoo group chat. I think it should be shared annually…LK

Written By: Erin M. Nadeau, Esq.

Imagine the following scenario: Your 18-year old son is away at college in a neighboring state. He is hit by a car and sustains injury to his neck and is unconscious as a result of the accident. His roommate notifies you and you quickly call the hospital to get more information about your son. The hospital is not cooperative and gives you very little information as to your son’s condition. In addition, since he is still unconscious it is not clear as to who will make decisions as to his treatment.

Once your child turns 18, as a parent you lose the legal authority to make decisions for them since they are now considered an adult in the eyes of the law. This includes the ability to access their medical information and the ability to represent them in certain situations or manage their financial affairs. If no delegation of a decision maker is made then you, as a parent, will have no authority to act on their behalf in the event they become incapacitated. If the proper documents had been in place granting you the authority to act on his behalf, this situation would have been very different and a lot less frustrating for you as a parent since you would have been able to access their records and give instructions as to their treatment.

The following documents will allow you to continue to aid your adult child with regard to medical and financial information and decisions:

1. Advance Care Directive for Health Care: This document is an important tool to have in the event of some type of injury or health crisis. This document will allow you to act on your adult child’s behalf with regard to medical decisions in the event that they are incapacitated and cannot make such decisions for themselves. There are also provisions within this document that allow your adult child to express their wishes with regard to end of life decisions and organ donation. This document will also include a HIPAA waiver to allow you, as their health care representative, to have access to their medical records and health information so that you can access all of the information necessary to make an informed decision on their behalf. In addition, it is also recommended that you consider an Advance Directive for Mental Health Care in the event that your adult child is under a mental disability and needs a representative for mental health care decisions. Since these directives are governed by different statute sections and contain very specific directives, it is best to have separate documents in place instead of combining them into one document. Both of these documents can be revoked at any time, for any reason, so long as the adult child is not under a disability at which point the document(s) would become irrevocable until they are no longer under such disability.

2. Durable Power of Attorney: This document allows you to act on your adult child’s behalf regarding financial or legal matters. This document can be drafted to become effective immediately upon signing. This document would allow you to act on behalf of the adult child without them losing any ability to act on their own. It is useful if your adult child is traveling or overwhelmed by their workload at school or in the event they are incapacitated in some way. You would have the ability to pay their bills or access or transfer funds in their behalf, apply for loans, etc. You would act as their Attorney-In-Fact in the aforementioned situations. This document can be revoked at any time, for any reason, so long as the adult child is not under a disability at which point the document would become irrevocable until they are no longer under such disability.

3. HIPAA Authorization Form: This form allows the named representative to access your adult child’s health records and speak to doctors about your adult child’s health. The Advance Directives for Health and Mental Health Care both contain HIPAA provisions which allow the adult child’s representative to speak with doctors and access health records when the adult child is under a disability but will not allow you to access such records if they are still capable of making their own decisions. You should speak with your adult child to decide is they would like to execute this authorization so that you will have access to their health records even if they are not under a disability. You can place a time limit on this authorization.

4. FERPA Release: This form allows the representative to speak with the school about your adult child’s grades and other information related to their school performance. You can ask the college directly for this form since each usually have their own form that they use for this purpose.

It is important to discuss the aforementioned issues with your adult child prior to their leaving for college or upon turning 18 so that you can both be comforted by the fact that you have the proper documents in place to support and protect them during their college or early adult years and in the event of an emergency.



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. Thanks to Ms. Marva Monje, we’ve found 2-3 more to help, but need a fearless leader – and another “English” editor or two to share the load.

So we’re advertising! 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!

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



Looking for a Few New Snow Leopards:

If you’re talking about the opportunity to join the school – be proud. Here is a reminder as to what we have to offer:

SMALLER CLASSES. BIGGER RESULTS. At Summit Everest, we take personalized learning one step further – every student is assigned a faculty mentor who is the student’s coach, college counselor, and advocate. Students learn and grow in a small, safe, and inclusive community.

COLLEGE-PREP CURRICULUM. Students engage in real-world learning projects. These projects teach students to become critical thinkers and develop the habits to be successful.

WORLD-CLASS FACULTY. Our committed educators come from the nation’s top teacher-preparation programs and care deeply about our students. Our teachers focus on building relationships with students and families and coaching students to become truly empowered learners.

AN ENRICHED EXPERIENCE. Beyond the classroom, Summit Everest students can receive academic support, play sports, or lead a club. We are open after hours so students can continue to work on their goals, meet with teachers, or participate in one of our athletic teams or student clubs from soccer to yearbook and music and basketball.

ALL SUMMIT STUDENTS ARE COLLEGE-READY. Every student at Summit Everest takes at least six Advanced Placement (AP) courses and one AP exam before graduation. All graduates meet or exceed four-year college entrance requirements. 99% of Summit graduates are accepted at four-year colleges. Summit graduates are completing college within six years at double the national average.

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 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.


Thank You, Linnaea!

A very special Thank you to Linnaea Knisely for being our Newspaper Editor this last year. Your insightful articles and unwavering leadership has inspired me help out again this year as co-editor. We wish you and your family a wonderful fun summer and a successful upcoming year.

Barbra Ristow


2018 Everest Calendar Set

If you didn’t see it in recent newsletters, we’re still 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.