This coming Wednesday, March 14, is National School Walkout day. The goal of the walkout is a call to Congress to pass legislation to keep youth safe from gun violence at school and in their communities. The national walkout is planned to take place from 10:00am- 10:17am in honor of the 17 victims of the shooting incident that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.
Summit Public Schools and Summit Shasta support our students and their right to have their voices heard. Our school plans to support students who wish to participate in the walkout in the following ways:
- An administrator is advising two 10th grade student leaders as they plan and execute not only the walk out, but also student discussion groups throughout the week to process their emotions and a letter writing campaign for students who are interested in pushing the impact of their activism beyond Shasta’s walls
- Two administrators and several teachers will supervise the students who choose to participate on March 14th as they walk to the upper parking lot (the same space we use for fire drills). All teachers who teach during Block 2 will be in their classrooms teaching to any students who choose not to participate.
While we respect the right of students to participate in this movement, we want to make sure that our families also recognize that it is a school day and that we have a commitment to the physical and emotional safety of all. Our expectation is that all students arrive at school on time and return to school after the walkout. If your family has alternative plans for your student, please make sure that you follow normal school procedures and have a plan for signing them out and signing them back in, if needed. Students who choose to leave campus without permission will be considered to have skipped school. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Dean of Students, Adelaide Giornelli, at email@example.com. In light of the events in the past weeks, some of you have asked questions about how to talk about what happened, as well as safety practices at our school. We have a set of emergency procedures in place and regularly review them to ensure we’re following best practices. Our school’s safety protocols include:
- Evacuation and emergency drills conducted throughout the year
- Yearly staff training on emergency procedures, including a comprehensive site safety plan
- A campus visitor policy requiring photo I.D. and visitor pass
- Background checks for staff and volunteers
- Every classroom equipped with emergency supply kits
We understand that national tragedies like the one in Florida can take an emotional toll on our students. If you notice a sudden change in your child’s behavior or health, please contact the school to seek assistance. Students at Shasta meet regularly with their mentor group and those groups are talking about what happened in Florida. We know similar conversations are happening in your homes and share some helpful resources for talking about a tragedy with children.
We appreciate the support of our community during this time.
UPCOMING EVENTS- PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS
3/13: SPOT Meeting – LCAP goal review
3/13: Recruitment Open House #8
3/14: Deadline for 9th Grade Applications for 2018-2019
3/16: NO SCHOOL – Spring PLP Meetings
3/16: 2018-2019 9th Grade Lottery
3/19 – 3/29: Expeditions Round 3
3/30: NO SCHOOL – Cesar Chavez Day
**For a full list of upcoming events, please review our events events calendar.**
SPOT Meeting – Tuesday, March 13th
Our SPOT meeting this month will focus on reviewing our LCAP goals for the coming school year. LCAP provides parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to provide feedback on school priorities and action plans. If you are interested in providing feedback on Shasta’s goals for next year or learning more about the LCAP process, please join us for the SPOT meeting at 6 PM on Tuesday, March 13th.
Study Trips – We Need Drivers!
Every year, our students look forward to the Study Trips that give them an opportunity explore colleges around California, build community with their classmates, and have fun! These trips are made possible by parent drivers who donate their time to drive students. We are still looking for drivers for our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade trips. If you are able to drive, please reach out to your grade level teacher and parent leads, listed below. If we cannot secure enough drivers, we may have to cancel or adjust the trips.
- 9th Grade: Gene Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Karen Clark (email@example.com)
- 10th Grade: Hillary Odom (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Caroline Hum (BiggHoggee@comcast.net)
- 11th Grade: Michelle Gross (email@example.com) and Christine Talivaa-Aguerre (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Collecting Donations for Pat’s Closet
The coat drive for Pat’s Closet that we conducted in December was such a success that we would like to do a spring drive! However, instead of coats, this time the urgent need is toiletries. Here is what they are looking for:
- Shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, moist towelettes, lotions, travel kleenex, etc.
- Hotel sizes appreciated as well.
This donation will go to the homeless and those in need of emergency housing.
There will be a box available for the donations in the Shasta office from Monday March 12th through Thursday March 15th.
Please contact Lucricia Delgado at email@example.com with any questions. Thank you for helping Summit Shasta reach out to our local community!
Senior Trip Eligibility Deadline Reminder
We want to remind senior families and students that this Friday marks the first of our Senior Trip eligibility benchmarks. In order to be eligible for Senior Trip, all students must have ZERO OVERDUE PROJECTS by 3:30pm on Friday, March 16th. Seniors with overdue projects should attend office hours every day this week to make a plan with their teachers to submit past work.
Order Your Yearbook Now
Yearbooks are now ready to pre-order. Click here to pre-order your own 2017-2018 yearbook!
Class of 2018: College Application and Acceptances Updates
As of Friday, March 9th, 100% of the senior class has applied to at least one four year college or university! In addition, we are very excited to share that fifteen seniors have already been accepted into the following colleges and universities:
- Arizona State University
- Butler University
- CSU Stanislaus
- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
- Dominican University of California
- Evergreen State University
- Freed Hardeman University
- Iowa State University
- Hampshire College
- Humboldt State
- Mills College
- New Mexico Highlands University
- Newbury College
- Notre Dame de Namur
- Pace University
- Portland State University
- Princeton University
- San Diego State University
- San Francisco State University
- Sonoma State University
- St. Mary’s College of California
- University of California – Irvine
- University of California – Merced,
- University of Minnesota
- University of Montana
- University of Puget Sound
- Willamette University
Baseball and softball have started! 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 any questions, please contact our Athletic Director, Michael Lofberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org.