Letter from The Director • September 17, 2017

Letter from The Director • September 17, 2017

Dear Shasta Families,

We are very excited to welcome many of you on campus this week for our annual PLP Family Meetings. These meetings offer a chance for you to collaborate with your student and your student’s mentor to reflect on last year, set goals for this year, and think more about your student’s plans for life after Shasta! Thank you in advance for your partnership in supporting your student’s education.

We also want to extend a thank you to all families who have supported us in having a strong start to this year with attendance. It is essential that students come to school on-time each day to ensure they are maximizing their time in the classroom with teachers. We know the traffic at 699 Serramonte Blvd can be heavy right at the start of school so it may make sense to drop students in the upper parking lot or at a nearby location to ensure they are able to make it on-time to class. Classes start promptly at 8:20 AM each day.

Finally, we want to take a moment to welcome our youngest member of the Shasta familly. Penelope Daines was born last week to 9th grade World Studies teacher and 11th grade mentor Shanel Daines. Congratulations to Shanel and her family!!

Wren and Ava



9/18: College Visit at Lunch: University of Rochester
9/19: Cross Country PSAL Meet #1 (3:30 PM)
9/20: Young Dreamer Meeting: (5:45 PM- 6:30 PM)
9/21: Senior Portraits Day 1 (3:30-8:00 PM)
9/22: No School- PLP Weekend
9/25: Volleyball Home Match (3:30 PM)
9/26: Recruitment Event for Prospective Families #3 (7-8 PM)
9/27: College Visit at Lunch: Evergreen State College
9/27: Cross Country PSAL Meet #2 (3:30 PM)
9/28: Volleyball Home Match (3:30 PM)
9/29: Senior Portraits Day 2 (3:30-8:00 PM)
10/2: First Day of Expeditions #1
10/6: Shasta School Picture Retakes

**For a full list of upcoming events, please review our events calendar.**

Statement of Diane Tavenner, CEO, Summit Public Schools

I am deeply saddened by the decision made by the Trump Administration earlier this week to end the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. I am sure that this creates immense anxiety for Summit “Dreamer” families and all of us who are committed to serving every student, no matter their citizenship status. The decision stands in complete contrast to our organization’s commitment to welcoming and serving a diverse student population.
Summit Dreamers embody the mission of our organization. They work incredibly hard to overcome obstacles, distinguish themselves academically, and contribute positively to their communities. Summit Dreamers — and all Dreamers throughout our country — deserve protection against deportation, a pathway to citizenship, and the opportunity to pursue college, career, and a fulfilling life.

Summit Public Schools — through its leaders, teachers and values — is firmly committed to serving all of our students. In the months ahead, Congress will have an opportunity to pass legislation that would protect beneficiaries of the DACA program. I urge them to do so, and strengthen our community for the benefit of all.




Summit Shasta Visitor Policy
Summit Public Schools welcomes visitors to our schools. We are also committed to the safety of our sites. To help ensure the well-being of our students and staff, visitors must comply with certain requirements and procedures. Visitors include any persons who is not a Summit student, Summit employee, or registered volunteer.* They include families, non-registered volunteers, community members, vendors and service providers, and other partners. For more information on our visitor policy, please visit this link.

Support Shasta’s Charter Renewal Petition
This fall we will submit our petition to Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD) for the renewal of Summit Shasta’s charter.  We are required to go through the charter renewal process every 5 years in order to continue operating Summit Shasta as a free public charter school.  We need strong family support in order to ensure a successful charter renewal.  Read more information on the charter renewal process HERE. Sign up to attend a JUHSD Board Meeting HERE. Thanks in advance for your support!

Young Dreamer Meeting: Wednesday, September 20th at 5:45
Young Dreamers is a student-led, teacher-advised campus club that involves youth in leadership development, local community service, and international volunteer trips. Your Young Dreamers chapter will be connected to other chapters around the world to form the Young Dreamer Network (YDN). Please come to our parent info session Wednesday, September 20th at 5:45 to 6:30 to learn more!

Senior Portraits: Inform for the Class of 2018
On Thursday, September 21st and Friday, September 29th, formal senior portraits will be taken after school from 3:30-8:00 PM in the theater of the Jefferson Union High School District building. Members of the Class of 2018 will receive information about these portraits in the mail with a specific date and time assigned for the portrait. Please let Delvy Escobar (descobar@summitps.org) know if you have other questions!




Congratulations to our girls volleyball team who won their first home match this week against Summit Prep! It was wonderful to see so many families, students, and faculty members out to support the team!

Please come out to to support the Cross Country team at their first meet this week!
  • September 19th @ 3:30 – Cross Country Meet (at the Crystal Springs cross country course)

Want more information about Shasta athletics? Our volleyball schedule is up on MaxPreps with confirmed times.  You can check the schedule out here!

In addition, all of our schedules, rosters & info will be hosted on MaxPreps. Our school page is:
http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/summit-shasta-black-bears-(daly-city,ca)/home.htm or just click here!

If you have additional questions about Shasta athletics, please reach out to Athletic Director Mike Lofberg at mlofberg@summitps.org.

Last week Ms. Dayon’s Research to Performance Class hosted guest speaker Dumichel Harley. Dumichel is a doctorate student at Palo Alto University in psychology. Dumichel spoke with students about his experiences vlogging and coached students on how they can use the resources at their fingertips to purse their passions. Check out the photos and video below!
Club Fair at Summit Shasta
This past Friday, we were excited to hold our annual Shasta Club Fair! The clubs will be updated on our website by early next week. If you have questions about student clubs, please reach out to Ava Petrash at apetrash@summitps.org.