Newsletter from the Summit Denali Parent Org for 01/19/2019
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In the 01/19/2019 edition:

REMINDER: No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Mon, Jan 21

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Video Conference Parent Org Meeting – Tues, Jan 22 @ 7pm

Please attend the next parent org meeting at 7pm on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 via Zoom video conferencing. The conferencing link will be shared via Konstella/email prior to the event. We know that evening meeting attendance can be difficult for families, so we’re offering this video meeting with the hope that offering it will allow more parents/caregivers to attend the meeting.

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Denali High School (Insider) Info Session for 8th Grade Families – Wed, Jan 23 @ 5:00PM (High School Campus)

As part of our parent education program for Summit Denali, we are offering an insider conversation for 8th-grade parents who are making thoughtful decisions about whether to continue on with Summit for high school. We will be discussing topics such as our rigorous high school academic program, the college preparation and application support provided by our high school mentors, the extracurricular (clubs and sports) program, and any other topics related to Denali High School that are on your mind. Please join us at either of these times:

Session 1:

  • When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 5:00pm – 5:50pm
  • Where: The high school campus (195 Leota Ave).
  • This precedes the College Planning Night and please include your 8th grader at this session.

Session 2:

  • When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 8:30am – 9:40am
  • Where: The high school campus.
  • This will be the conversation topic at the existing Director’s Coffee meeting.

Please note: All enrolled Denali 8th graders are automatically guaranteed a spot as Denali 9th graders. You do not need to re-apply to maintain your place as a Denali student!

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Parent Ed Night – COLLEGE INFO NIGHT – Wed, Jan 23 @ 6:00 PM (High School Campus)


Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 6:00 – 7:30pm
Location: Denali’s High School Campus: 195 Leota Avenue, Sunnyvale
Abdul Duso, Summit’s Director of College Readiness, will join us as well as others from Denali’s college team to give an overview of the college process and explain how Summit and parents work together to support students’ future college goals. We will also talk about saving for college because it’s never too early to start! The night will feature an overview of the college process followed by breakout sessions to allow you to learn more about specific areas of interest relevant to your family!

All middle and high school families are welcome and encouraged to attend. Translation to Spanish is provided at all Denali events!

The night will begin with a 30-minute general overview for all families. In order to provide the most relevant information for your student’s age, we will have one overview for 6th to 8th-grade families, another for 9th and 10th-grade families and one just for 11th-grade families.

After the overview, we will offer two rounds of 20-minute breakout sessions. The breakout sessions planned are (subject to change):

  • Preparing for College Tests: SAT, ACT and the alphabet soup of college admissions!
  • Paying for College: How much does it cost, and where’s that money going to come from?
  • Being a well-rounded Applicants: It’s not just about grades and test scores!
  • Admissions at Highly Selective Colleges: Tips and tricks for students interested in the most selective universities.
  • Managing Stress During the College Process: Helping families understand what productive vs. unproductive stress looks like during the high stakes college application process.
We hope you can join us next Wednesday, January 23rd!

Can’t make it? Check out Denali’s college resources one-pager for a good place to start, and keep your eyes open for future College Info Nights.

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Your Presence Requested @ City Council Meeting for Denali HS Campus – Tues, Jan 29 @ 7pm

The Sunnyvale City Council will hear our formal appeal of the Planning Commission’s rejection of Summit Denali’s use permit for our new permanent high school campus facility on San Aleso on Tuesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. Please plan on attending. We NEED lots of Summit Denali supporters in the crowd. The meeting will be held at the Sunnyvale City Hall @ 456 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA.

In the meantime, if you have not yet done so, we urge you to write a letter of support for Summit Denali’s permanent high school. Topics to highlight include the following:

  • Mentioning that you’re a Sunnyvale resident (and if you’ve been one for a period of years or decades, include that as well!).
  • Underscoring the fact that families like yours deserve access to a high-quality public school option in north Sunnyvale and that you want Summit.
  • Detailing alternate transportation methods your family uses (if applicable). We know that many of you carpool to school every day or have children who use alternate forms of transportation (e.g. biking, walking, etc.) – feel free to mention that as well. One of the city’s biggest concerns about the future Summit Denali campus is lack of parking at the school site; mentioning our campus’ commitment to shared rides and alternate forms of transportation is helpful!

We ask that you please draft a one-page letter no later than January 25 and drop it off at either Denali campus front desk OR email a final version to Kate Gottfredson, Summit’s Director of Government Affairs, via Please include your first/last name and your child(ren)’s first name(s) and current Summit Denali grade(s). In addition, if helpful, click here to view a letter template that you can personalize in the first and second paragraphs. (Note: If you already submitted a letter to the Planning Commission in 2018 (thank you!) there is no need to draft another one at this time.)

Finally, if you’re a Sunnyvale resident with ties to community members who support us, we ask that you invite your neighbors to also write a letter of support.

Together, we can advocate for our Summit Denali community!

Kevin & Anica
Summit Denali Public School

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High School Study Trips: April 3-5, Drivers needed! Please sign up!

An exciting tradition at Summit is the annual spring study trips! Students are joined by their mentors, as each trip has a component of community bonding as well as a focus on college and future planning. These trips are a huge piece of helping students connect their daily academic experience with their future. Trip details and permissions slips will come out after Winter Break!  We’re getting a head-start on driver sign-ups here below.  Most of these trips involve overnight stays in a hotel.  We’ll be offering more details as the plans solidify.  In the meantime, please sign up to drive!  These trips can only happen with your driving support! Thank you!

Note that the middle school trips are happening on May 17th (single day).  We do need drivers for those trips, but the signups will be coming out in the new year.

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High School Athletics Games, Week of 1/21/19-1/26/19

There are many High School basketball and soccer games this week. Catch a basketball game in the Denali gym, or head over to Twin Creeks for a soccer game. Go Grizzlies!

Home/Away Sport Home Team vs Away Team Date Time Location
Home Women’s Soccer Denali vs Ace Friday, January 25, 2019 4:00 PM Twin Creeks Soccer Club
Home Men’s Soccer Denali vs Ace Friday, January 25, 2019 4:00 PM Twin Creeks Soccer Club
Home Men’s Basketball Denali vs Ace Thursday, January 24, 2019   Denali
Away Women’s Soccer RCLA vs Denali Thursday, January 24, 2019 3:30 PM RCLA Field
Home Women’s Basketball Denali vs Ace Friday, January 25, 2019 4:00 PM Denali
Away Men’s Soccer RCLA vs Denali Saturday, January 26, 2019 11:00 AM RCLA Field

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Recent Posts on Konstella Groups – Learning Opportunities

There are several Konstella “social groups” where parents can share information which each other based on common interest. A few popular groups include:

  • Learning Opportunities
  • Teen Volunteering
  • Weekend Activities

A recent post from Learning Opportunities is the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program:

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs are FREE 7 week programs for current 10th and 11th grade girls (rising juniors and seniors) to learn how to use computer science to make a positive impact in your community while preparing for a career in tech. The Summer Immersion Program will be hosted at various leading tech companies such as AT&T, Amazon, and Twitter. In addition to providing a free program, Girls Who Code provides summer stipends to cover transportation and living costs for Summer Immersion Program students who qualify! The application to the 2019 Summer Immersion Program will be available in mid-January.

Feel free to join these social groups to find out about more opportunities like these.


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Photos Needed for the Middle School Yearbook

The Middle School NEEDS your pictures for the yearbook! We haven’t received any pictures of activities from the first half of the year. We need pictures from camping, dances, spirit days, potlucks, sports, clubs, day in the life, celebration of learning and any other activities that you may have taken photos. If you have any please upload them to our drive file.

Thank you,
Sharon Ranch

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Denali HS Wrestling Debut!

Ketan Nawbatt represented Summit Denali at the Los Gatos Wildcats Invitational on January 12th. He wrestled in the 132 lbs category in a 32-man bracket. He won the championship for Summit Denali! There was a lot of cheering with “go Grizzlies”.

A lot of hard work went into getting this Summit team started this year and it’s not too late to join! Practice is after school and the season goes until late February. Interested students should contact Mr. Bock.

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Middle School Speech and Debate Club Starting Feb 19. Sign up now!

Summit Speech will be returning for middle school students on Tuesdays, starting February 19!, held at the Weddell Campus in Room 7,
Our fantastic high school coaches will return from The Harker School, Evergreen High School and Saratoga High School. Also, members from our own Summit Denali High School will participate as junior coaches.
The structure this year will be slightly more intense and serious. We have three competition opportunities and may need to meet twice a week nearing those dates. Students will be expected to meet speech delivery and memorization timelines, but will have support from the coaches to help make this happen. In short, we want committed, passionate participants who want to improve their writing and public speaking skills, and apply their progress in a competitive setting.
Competition dates are as follows (if possible, please note the ones your student can participate in)
Please confirm student participation as soon as possible by contacting Claire Umeda directly on Konstella.
Please provide Student name, grade level, student email address, parent email address, parent phone number.
Please note, there will be fees associated with the registrations for the competitions. We won’t know the exact amounts until later, but it is usually approx. $25 per student per competition.
Thank you.

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Recent Items:
No School December 22 – January 8
Thank you for all the desserts!
High School Study Trips: April 3-5, Drivers needed!
WE NEED YOU! Help recruit next year’s Grizzlies!
High School Office Hours Supports
Weddell Dropoff and Pickup Reminders
REMINDER: School Calendar Updates
Denali Middle School Community Service Day – Friday, March 8
Winter Sports Update – Coaches needed!
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