Newsletter from the Summit Denali Parent Org for 01/26/2019
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In the 01/26/2019 edition:

Denali High School Robotics Update

Summit Denali’s High School FTC Robotics team finished it’s season last weekend at the Wilcox Qualifier. The team only just fell short of its goal to qualify for the Northern California Regional competition. They finished 4th place among 27 teams with some great matches played. Please congratulate our team members on a great season!

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Come to the Sunnyvale City Council Meeting for Denali’s 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 ATTEND THIS MEETING.  We NEED lots of Summit Denali supporters in the crowd.  Your presence can make a difference. 

  • Please come regardless of where you live, you don’t need to be a Sunnyvale resident to attend. 
  • Please attend regardless of your student’s grade level.
  • Please bring your student(s).
  • Please wear your Denali gear!

The meeting will be held at the Sunnyvale City Hall @ 456 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA.

Together, we can advocate for our Summit Denali community!

Questions?  Please contact Mr. Bock @

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8th Grade Movie Night, Wednesday January 30

There will be an 8th grade Movie Night on Wednesday 1/30/19 from 5-7pm.

We will be showing the film, Black Panther PG-13. Please sign up to help, donate and/or send an item to share here.

Students can stay after school until the event starts. Parents and siblings are welcome! This is another chance for all of us to connect with one another! We would like to serve food for the students to have while enjoying their movie together.

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Summit Denali Adulting Expedition on ABC-KGO 7 News

On Friday, ABC7 News covered our amazing Adulting 101 course offered at Summit School Denali (Sunnyvale, CA) that is open to all high school students!



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Practice SAT, SAT2, AP, and ACT Test Opportunity on February 2

Hi Denali parents! As you are definitely aware, the SAT is a rigorous test that will take place in March, or earlier if your child is taking it in December. In order to get a good score on the test, practice is necessary. Therefore, the Denali Review, a club to help you with all your SAT, SAT2, AP, and ACT needs, is hosting an SAT practice exam on Saturday, February 2nd! This will be 100% free and safe for your child. In addition, their scores will not be distributed or used in any way. Only you and your child will be able to see this score. We strongly encourage your child to come to better prepare for one of the hardest standardized tests and get that sweet 1600. Sign up at

We are modeling this test after the actual SAT, so doors will open around 7:45 AM and close around 8:00 AM. The test’s end time varies: while the standard English and Math sections will end at around 11:30, students may optionally take the essay portion, which end at around 12:20. Students may decide if they will take the essay section on the day of the test.

-Andrew Lee and Allen Yao

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High School Athletics Games, Week of 1/28/19-2/2/19

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 Tahoma Monday, January 28, 2019 4:00 PM Twin Creeks Soccer Club
Home Men’s Soccer Denali vs Tahoma Monday, January 28, 2019 4:00 PM Twin Creeks Soccer Club
Home Men’s Basketball Denali vs Tahoma Wednesday, January 30, 2019   Denali
Home Women’s Basketball Denali vs Tahoma Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:00 PM Denali
Away Women’s Basketball LVLA vs Denali Friday, February 1, 2019 6:30 PM Washington United Youth Center
Away Men’s Basketball LVLA vs Denali Friday, February 1, 2019 8:00 PM Washington United Youth Center
Away Women’s Soccer LVLA vs Denali Saturday, February 2, 2019 10:30 AM RCLA Field
Away Men’s Soccer LVLA vs Denali Saturday, February 2, 2019 12:00 PM RCLA Field

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AP Test Dates for 2019

Here are some of the dates for the 2019 AP tests that Denali students commonly take. Note that these dates are published by the the college board.

AP sign ups will happen at Denali in the February timeframe. Sign-ups are done by students via a google form — Denali orders the tests and administers the tests @ school.

  • AP Physics – Tues, May 7, 12-4pm
  • AP European History – Wed, May 8, 12-4pm
  • AP US History – Fri, May 10, 8am-12pm
  • AP Calculus – Tues, May 14, 8am-12pm
  • AP English Language – Wed, May 15, 8am-12pm

For more AP tests/dates, please visit the college board website. Again, note that all AP tests are taken @ Denali.


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The Sunnyvale Youth Public Policy Institute (YPPI) Applications Open

The Sunnyvale Youth Public Policy Institute (YPPI) is now opening applications for the 2018-2019 school year! YPPI is a youth group that works with organizations and individuals in the Bay Area to achieve policy goals and increase citizen involvement in government. We work closely with City Councilmember Nancy Smith and meet weekly at Sunnyvale City Hall. Applicants need not live in Sunnyvale — our members come from all over the Bay Area! While the majority of our members are high school students, we invite middle school students to apply as well. The deadline to apply to be a part of YPPI for the mid-year 2018-2019 school recruitment. Please submit your applications by noon on February 3.

Apply online.

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Thank you for donating to Ms. Steele!

Thanks to everyone who donated to and shared Ms. Steele’s donor’s choose project, it has been fully funded!

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Slides from Jan 23, 2019 College Info Night

Here are the slides from the January 23, 2019 College Info Night.

Grade Level-Specific Discussions:

Breakout Sessions:

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Denali Student Eagle Project Needs Donations

My name is Ryan Wang, a 10th grade Denali student. I am a Boy Scout in Troop 408 and is in need of your help! I am working towards my Eagle Scout rank, which is the highest rank a Scout can attain. One of the requirements to attain this rank is for me to do a service project that benefits a community. I chose to do a project at Denali.

My project will be to design and build a whiteboard, a chalkboard, a bulletin board, and a lost and found cabinet/shelves for Denali’s middle school campus this summer. I am doing a fundraiser to help me with the cost of all the materials and was wondering if you would be interested in supporting my project. My goal is to raise $800. Any amount donated would be greatly appreciated.

Here’s how you can donate:

  • Put a check in an envelope with my name on it (Ryan Wang, EagleProject Donation) and leave it at the front desk at either campus. Please email me to let me know that you’ve left the envelope there so that I can collect it.
  • You can donate to my GoFundMe link:

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Save the Date for Junior Prom – May 4th

Summit Denali Juniors will be joining with the Redwood City Summit schools (Prep and Everest) for Prom on May 4th. So far, this is only a save the date notice, we will share more details as they become available.

Note: If the expense of a prom dress for yourself or someone you know is a hardship, consider getting a dress from the Princess Project. The Princess Project is a volunteer-run effort that provides free prom dresses and accessories to teens that could not otherwise afford them. The giveaways are in early March, so sign up today!

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Sign up for Yosemite Trip November 2019!

Dear Current 6th and 7th Grade Families:

Are you interested in sending your student on a outdoor field-education trip to Yosemite in the fall of 2019?

This past November, a group of Summit Denali families organized the second independent trip for 7th and 8th grade students to Yosemite for a week-long field-study program with NatureBridge. This trip is typical for many local area public schools. We all agreed that this was an amazing experience for our children and would like to offer the opportunity again next school year. Based on our past participation, we will be able to claim another spot with NatureBridge in their program for mid-November 2019 for 28-42 students and 5-7 parent chaperones.

While we had the full support of Summit Denali to excuse the absences for the four days of school missed this year and provide independent study contracts, this trip was completely organized and managed by Summit parent volunteers separate from the school. The school worked with us with the expectation that students traveling would be in good academic and behavioral standing and also had to be able to manage the workload for missing a week of school and stay on track with all of their courses.

Please plan on attending one of the following informational meetings:



Here are some initial details required to pull it off:

  • Need a parent to assist the Group Coordinator for 2018 by helping collect forms.
  • Need 1-2 parents to coordinate carpooling students to and from Yosemite.
  • Parents of traveling students need to be committed to driving a carpool of students to or from Yosemite.
  • Need 5-7 adult chaperones who can participate fully in the week-long program.

The cost of the 6-day, 5-night trip last year was approximately $700 (not including costs of any gear needed). Scholarship funds are available if needed. We continue to be committed to designing this trip to be inclusive of all interested in participating regardless of financial need, gender identification, physical ability or other special circumstances. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are interested in having your student attend if you have questions or needs.

If you are interested in having your student attend but cannot attend either meeting please email Michelle Cudzinovic at with your contact information and your students name.

Michelle Cudzinovic
Yosemite Group Coordinator

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Summit Denali High School Newspaper: The Grizzly – Vol. 3, Issue 2, January 18, 2019

Check out the latest issue of Denali’s high school newspaper, The Grizzly: You can read the articles online, or download the pdf.


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Recent Items:
REMINDER: No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Mon, Jan 21
Video Conference Parent Org Meeting – Tues, Jan 22 @ 7pm
Denali High School (Insider) Info Session for 8th Grade Families – Wed, Jan 23 @ 5:00PM (High School Campus)
Parent Ed Night – COLLEGE INFO NIGHT – Wed, Jan 23 @ 6:00 PM (High School Campus)
Your Presence Requested @ City Council Meeting for Denali HS Campus – Tues, Jan 29 @ 7pm
High School Study Trips: April 3-5, Drivers needed! Please sign up!
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