Newsletter from the Summit Denali Parent Org for 02/02/2019
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In the 02/02/2019 edition:

Director Coffee & High School (Insider) Info Session for 8th Grade Families – Tues, Feb 5th @ 8:30 am

This particular director coffee (on Feb 5) is mainly for 8th-grade parents to find out more about the Summit Denali High School program, but anyone is welcome to attend.

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!

  • When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 8:30am – 9:40am
  • Where: The high school campus – 195 Leota Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
  • 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!

Director coffees offer Denali families a chance to meet informally with Mr. Bock. They start with an update of recent and upcoming events of note and then open up to questions from the community. No RSVP needed.


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Juniors, It’s Time to Sign Up for the SAT(deadline Feb 8)/ACT(deadline Mar 8)

Hello Denali 11th grade parents,

As we get farther into the second semester of Junior year for your student, we’re fast approaching some milestones in the college-going process. It is our mission to ensure that all of our students are accepted and successful in a four-year college. To that end, all Juniors should register for the SAT or ACT. Many of you have already signed up, but if you haven’t, please do so.
  • The next (and recommended) SAT testing date is Saturday, March 9th (registration deadline Friday, February 8th)
  • The next (and recommended) ACT testing date is Saturday, April 13th (registration deadline Friday, March 8th)

Testing location spots are filling up fast. If you are planning to take the tests on these dates, please register as soon as possible!

Your student will be able to decide on the testing location based on availability and distance from your home. In order to register, your student will need some form of payment (typically a credit card or PayPal). If your family qualifies for a fee waiver, we will help your student use the fee waiver to reduce or eliminate the cost.

Here are some more resources which might help you with the sign-up process:

If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming testing, please check out Summit’s College Readiness page. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. We’re excited to support your student on his/her/their road to college!
 
Best,
Laura Zado

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High School Athletics Games, Week of 2/4/19-2/8/19

The high school basketball and soccer seasons are winding down. 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 EPAA Monday, February 4, 2019 4:00 PM Twin Creeks Soccer Club
Home Men’s Soccer Denali vs EPAA Monday, February 4, 2019 4:00 PM Twin Creeks Soccer Club
Home Women’s Basketball Denali vs EPAA Wednesday, February 6, 2019 4:00 PM Denali
Away Women’s Soccer Rainier vs Denali Wednesday, February 6, 2019 5:45 PM Mt. Pleasant HS
Away Men’s Soccer Rainier vs Denali Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:30 PM Mt. Pleasant HS
Home Men’s Basketball Denali vs EPAA Thursday, February 7, 2019   Denali

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6th Grade Movie Night – Feb 12

There will be an 6th grade Movie Night on Tuesday 2/12/19 from 5-7pm. We will be showing the film, Coco, PG (http://bit.ly/2yFNZt5)
Please sign up to help, donate and/or send an item to share here: http://bit.ly/2WCI6FV

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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Middle School Robotics for Beginners – Feb 13th

Are you interested in Learning Robotics? A new 6 week session of EV3 Robotics club will start on Wednesday February 13th 3:45-5:00pm. You will use Lego instructions to build your own robotic vehicle and than learn to program it using the EV3 drop and drag programing system. We ask participants to commit to attending all 6 sessions, Feb 13, Feb 27, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th. The last day we will have a pizza party. The club is free but we suggest a voluntary $50 donation paid directly at the front desk. We have space for 16 students.

If you would like to sign up please email Michellecudz@yahoo.com with parents contact information and student’s name and grade.

Already know the basics? In April we will be holding a session specifically for advanced students.


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Order Your 2018-2019 Middle School Yearbook Today

You can now order your Summit Denali Yearbook. Soft Cover $24 Hard Cover $34. Unfortunately prices go up in February so order quickly.
Here is the procedure to order yearbooks:

Please follow the instruction below to log in.

1. go to www.betteryearbook.com and click on PLACE ORDER menu at the top
2. select Sunnyvale and Summit Denali in the dropdown list
3. enter “grizzlies” as your password
4. follow the instructions on the page to place your order

Sorry for the late notice.


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Pictures Needed for Middle School Yearbook

The Middle School Yearbook Club needs more photos of past events. Please if you have any photos of the Camping Trip, sports, clubs, daily life and school activities please take a few minutes to upload the pictures to our Google Drive (http://bit.ly/2MFG2s8)

Thank you for taking some time out of your busy day to help the kids make a fantastic yearbook for everyone!


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Urgent Needs for MS Theatre Program

There is a mystery to be solved and it’s not just the who dunnit soon to hit the stage at Summit Denali Middle School, but the stage itself! The middle school theatre program is seeking volunteers for a build day on Saturday, Feb 9th, from 2-6pm, at the Weddell campus. If you have tools and skills, please come and help. If you simply have a growing interest in theatre, or just want to help out our Denali community, there are opportunities for you too. All are welcome.

Additionally, both the HS and MS Theatre Programs are actively seeking low cost, or no cost, storage for staging and set pieces. We’re growing and improving every year and that means making set pieces, props and costumes that last.

If you have storage space, know of storage space or wish to volunteer your time to bring performing arts to Summit Denali, please contact Amber Steele (asteele@summitps.org) or Rob Rothrock (via Konstella)


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City Council Continues Summit Denali High School Facility Vote to April 23, 2019

Dear Summit Denali Families,

We wanted to send a quick update about the status of Summit Denali’s permanent high school site immediately following tonight’s Sunnyvale CityCouncil meeting. The City Council decided to continue the conversation on the future of Summit Denali’s San Aleso Avenue site until April 23, 2019.

We believe this continuance will enable city officials to review all the information available prior to a vote. We will continue working with city officials to find a workable solution that best meets the needs of Denali students and families; an ongoing dialogue with elected leaders is the right step in that direction.

We will keep you informed every step of the way as information comes to light. For those of you who wrote letters and attended tonight’s meeting, thank you for your ongoing advocacy. We hope you will continue to join us as we fight for the future of Summit Denali together as one campus community.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Summit Denali.

In gratitude,
Kevin and Anica
Summit Denali Public School
kbock@summitps.org


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A Backpack of Life Skills: Helping Students Transition Successfully to College – Thurs, Feb 7 at Leigh HS

A parent from our Denali community let us know that there is space available at this talk: A Backpack of Life Skills: Helping Students Transition Successfully to College at Leigh High School on the topic of helping neurodiverse kids make a successful transition to college and how parents can prepare them to advocate for their needs and accommodations. The talk will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST.
 
Here’s the registration link:

This talk can benefit all parents, and will be especially beneficial for those with children with 504 plans and IEPs.

How can parents prepare teens to leave home and make a successful transition to college? Research shows that it is soft skills that make the difference in excelling in higher education — like how to study, manage their time and self-advocate? How well does your student understand his or her needs, does he/she know how to meet these needs, who to ask or how to get support?

Jan Johnston-Tyler, founder and CEO of Evolibri, will offer parents information about what life skills children need to succeed in college, and tools for supporting their children in navigating accommodations and other areas of concern indirectly. Parents will walk away with an action plan for their child. And, remember that backwards planning is a great advantage, so the sooner a parent puts a life skills plan in place the more practice time the teen will have to master skills.

Helpful related read: https://hechingerreport.org/vast-majority-students-disabilities-dont-get-college-degree/


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The 11th Grade Study Trip April 3rd-5th Needs You! Please sign up to drive!

The 11th Grade Study Trip April 3rd-5th Needs You (to Drive)!

Right now we only have 4 drivers signed up. These trips can only happen with your driving support! Please sign up here:https://goo.gl/forms/egpRfoaS7KQzurxp1. Thank You!

This year the 11th grade is going on college tours in Los Angeles. We’re also visiting colleges along the route on the way up and the way back. We’ll be spending the night in a hotel in the LA area. We will depart on Wednesday 4/3 in the morning and return on Friday 4/5 at the end of the regular school day or possibly later.

We plan on taking all (approx 100) kids with us. Staff, as always, will transport themselves. If we need to we can put a few kids in staff cars, but it would be great to limit that as much as possible.

For this trip, we need drivers throughout the day on all days, so it would be great if you can drive the whole trip.

Accommodations for parents:

Parents are requested to pay for their own accommodations, but if that is a hardship, please contact Mr. Bock for reimbursement. Please arrange that in advance. If you plan to stay at the same hotel as the students, you will need to be volunteer screened (you need a background check and TB test). If you stay at a different hotel nearby, then you do not need the background check and TB test. Note that the hotel for the students is still being arranged, so please stay tuned.

Volunteer Driver Forms:

Summit Denali requires that ALL volunteer drivers fill out the driver forms every school year. Updated copies of your Drivers License, Insurance, and Registration need to be provided to the school. The volunteer driver forms can be found on the parent org website:https://summitdenaliparents.wordpress.com/tool-kit/forms/. If you were already approved to drive for the camping trip, then please just send us any updated insurance, registration or drivers license info that might have expired since the camping trip.

Questions? Please email Abigail van Roode: abigailvr@gmail.com


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The 10th Grade Study Trip April 3rd-5th Needs You! Please sign up to drive!

The 10th Grade Study Trip April 3rd-5th Needs You (to Drive)!

Right now we only have 3 drivers signed up. These trips can only happen with your driving support! Please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/d2pRrPCuYkP83UA02. Thank You!

This year the 10th grade is going on college tours of UC Davis and of Sacramento State. We’re also visiting colleges along the route on the way up and the way back. We’re spending the night in a hotel in Sacramento. We will depart on Wednesday 4/3 in the morning and return on Friday 4/5 at the end of the regular school day.
We plan on taking all (approx 100) kids with us. Staff, as always, will transport themselves. If we need to we can put a few kids in staff cars, but it would be great to limit that as much as possible.

For this trip, we need drivers throughout the day on all days, so it would be great if you can drive the whole trip.

Accommodations for parents:
Parents are requested to pay for their own accommodations, but if that is a hardship, please contact Mr. Bock for reimbursement. Please arrange that in advance. If you plan to stay at the same hotel as the students, you will need to be volunteer screened (you need a background check and TB test). If you stay at a different hotel nearby, then you do not need the background check and TB test.

Volunteer Driver Forms:
Summit Denali requires that ALL volunteer drivers fill out the driver forms every school year. Updated copies of your Drivers License, Insurance, and Registration need to be provided to the school. The volunteer driver forms can be found on the parent org website: https://summitdenaliparents.wordpress.com/tool-kit/forms/. If you were already approved to drive for the camping trip, then please just send us any updated insurance, registration or drivers license info that might have expired since the camping trip.

Questions? Please email Flora Keilch: fkeilch@aol.com


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The 9th Grade Study Trip April 4th-5th Needs You! Please sign up to drive!

The 9th Grade Study Trip April 4th-5th Needs You (to Drive)!

Right now we only have 2 drivers signed up. These trips can only happen with your driving support! Please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/JpKCcFHa8GA8NNMu2. Thank you!

More Info:

This year the 9th grade is going on college tours of CSU Monterey Bay and UCSC. We’re spending the night at the boys and girls club on Santa Cruz. We will depart on Thursday 4/4 around 8:45am and return on Friday 4/5 at the end of the regular school day.

We plan on taking all (approx 100) kids with us. Staff, as always, will transport themselves. If we need to we can put a few kids in staff cars, but it would be great to limit that as much as possible.

Here is the tentative plan: On Thursday, we need drivers from ~8:30am (in Sunnyvale @ Denali) until ~9:00pm (in Santa Cruz) to drive students between Denali, CSU Monterey Bay, Point Lobos (hiking) and the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Cruz, and possibly the beach.

On Friday, drivers are needed by ~8:30am at the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Cruz, then around 2:30pm to drive back to Denali.

Parents are welcome to spend the night at the boys and girls club, but that is not required. The teachers will provide the overnight supervision. Some parents drive home for the night and return by 8:30am to drive the 2nd day and some find alternative accommodations.

Accommodations for parents:

If you plan to stay with the students at the Boys and Girls Club, it is free for parents. You just need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. Note that if you stay the night at the Boys and Girls club, you will need to be volunteer screened (you need a background check and TB test).

There are many nearby motels. Carousel Beach Inn (http://www.yelp.com/biz/carousel-beach-inn-santa-cruz) in Santa Cruz which is directly across from the Boardwalk and only 5 minute drive away from where the kids are staying. Rio Vista Inn is a nicer motel and other options include Ocean Pacific Lodge. They are all 5 minutes away from the Boys and Girls Club where the students and teachers are staying.

Volunteer Driver Forms:

Summit Denali requires that ALL volunteer drivers fill out the driver forms every school year. Updated copies of your Drivers License, Insurance, and Registration need to be provided to the school. The volunteer driver forms can be found on the parent org website: https://summitdenaliparents.wordpress.com/tool-kit/forms/


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Recent Items:
Denali High School Robotics Update
Come to the Sunnyvale City Council Meeting for Denali’s HS Campus – Tues, Jan 29 @ 7pm
8th Grade Movie Night, Wednesday January 30
Summit Denali Adulting Expedition on ABC-KGO 7 News
Practice SAT, SAT2, AP, and ACT Test Opportunity on February 2
High School Athletics Games, Week of 1/28/19-2/2/19
AP Test Dates for 2019
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