March 16, 2018
In This Issue Principal's Message Presidents' Message Calendar at a Glance Fundraising EFO Parents' Club College and Career Boosters Junior Prom MHS Sports AP Exams Community News Quick Links eNewsDear Miramonte Community,This has been a challenging and emotional week for our students, our staff, and our families. On March 14th, our students, like many throughout the country, took part in a walk out to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting and voice their thoughts on school safety. There have been diverse perspectives from our community on this topic and your thoughtful feedback has been helpful in my reflective process as your Principal. After considerable thought, I want to share some of my beliefs:1. The First Amendment applies to all of us. And all means all. Some of our students chose to walk out of class. Others did not. At our school, our staff and administration believe strongly that the choice must belong to the student. During the planning of the walk out, our goal was to support our student leaders to thoughtfully plan for student expression. However, we felt it was important to ensure that we did not compel students to participate. While our impartiality may be frustrating some community members and students, I stand by this approach. All means all.2. Civil disobedience is most meaningful when it leads to civil discourse. The student walk out was politically charged. In the weeks and days leading up to this event, there was discussion in the media and in online forums regarding the student walk out and a counter movement, the student walk up, an event advocating for students to walk up to others and develop new relationships. While some of our students chose to walk out as a representation of their ideals, it is my belief that both approaches have merit. In the wake of the walk out, it is time to engage in meaningful dialogue around how to bring our community together. Today, on the final day of Community Week, our student leaders did just that as they facilitated schoolwide breakout sessions on the topic of micro-aggressions. This was a topic that students chose and it is one they found meaningful, but the greatest learning that emerged from this breakout was how to have productive, thoughtful dialogue around tough topics. This is a skill that will transfer to many arenas.3. Making change is never comfortable. Walking out of class was hard to do, especially knowing that there could be a consequence. Similarly, having an honest conversation in breakouts about how words, intended or not, can have impact was also challenging. The things that matter most are rarely easy. Our kids took some risks this week and believed those risks were worth the reward. I hope that they are. Because being uncomfortable is worth it if the outcome is making the community a little better.Sincerely,Presidents' MessageDear MHS Families,We hope you will join us next Wednesday, March 21, to hear Superintendent Dr. John Nickerson speak at our March Parents' Club meeting. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. in Room 221 at MHS. It should be a very informative session!We hope your students enjoyed Rotary Career Night this past Wednesday evening. Thanks to the Rotary and our wonderful College & Career counselor, Samantha Stuber, for offering such engaging panels for our students. Another thank you to Jeanette Chang and her hospitality team for providing drinks and snacks.Don't forget about the next parent education session called "Checked Out or Just Chill? Understanding Teen Stress and Coping Strategies" on March 20, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the library.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!
Calendar at a Glance
MARCH 16 Musical; 7:00-9:00 p.m.; MHS Theater 17 Musical; 4:00-6:00 p.m.; MHS Theater 20 Parent Ed: Understanding Teen Stress, 7:00-8:30 p.m.; Library 21 Parents' Club meeting, 9:30-11:00 a.m.; Room 221 21 Last day to register for AP Exams 23 & 24 Performers for Progress; 7:00 p.m.; MHS Theater 27 Parent Workshop: Naviance, 3:30-4:30 p.m. 28 Parent Workshop: Naviance, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 28 District Band Concert, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 29 Parent Workshop: Naviance, 3:30-4:30 p.m. 30 End of Third Quarter APRIL 2-6 Spring Break; No School 9 Boosters Meeting; 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Library 9 Mindfulness Meetup; 7:00-8:30 p.m.; Room 221 14 Junior Prom; 7:00-11:00 p.m.FundraisingDON'T WAIT ANY LONGER!Have you made your donation to the Parents' Club or to EFO? It is not too late! Please remember... it takes all of us. It takes both the Parents' Club and EFO to provide the excellent educational experience that benefits ALL Miramonte students today.Thank you for your support!EFOApproximately 49% of Miramonte families have already donated to EFO, but in order to support every student, we need everyone's help.
No doubt every one of your children has been enriched, enlightened, and entertained by at least one EFO-funded program this year. Your EFO dollars fund academic support, class sections, and student enrichment programs for all Miramonte students.Thank you to all who have already donated! It takes all of us!And...EFO proudly supports the arts at Miramonte!Miramonte Performing Arts presents "Heathers The Musical". This weekend is your last chance to see this very special production. Shows are at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Purchase tickets here.Parents' ClubChecked Out or Just Chill? Understanding Teen Stress and Coping StrategiesMarch 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m., MHS libraryJoin Miramonte Parent Education for a panel discussion with local psychologists and school counselors. We'll discuss warning signs of teens' unhealthy responses to stress and ways in which parents can promote and model healthy coping strategies.____________________________________Miramonte Community Discussion Groups: Coping with StressJoin us to share ideas on building resilience and healthy coping strategies. Please register here.Choose one date/location that works best for you:Saturday, March 24, 9:30-11 a.m., Patton home, 330 Tahos RoadMonday, March 26, 1-2:30 p.m., Crinks home, 75 Donald DriveTuesday, March 27, 9:30-11 a.m., Nelson home, 5 Tarry LaneTuesday, March 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Sherpick/Stewart home, 4 La Plaza DriveCollege and CareerThe College & Career 101 Website is your source for everything you need to navigate the college and career planning process. It includes to-do checklists for each grade level, tools to research college/career options, financial aid information, and much, much more. We update it frequently so check it out regularly. We recently added new information on summer programs, internships, and scholarships.____________________________________Local EventsMarch 17 - The Shape of Science conference focusing on STEM and how young women can get more engaged. For more information and to register, click here.
March 19 - Pull up contest at lunch on the Quad hosted by the Marines.March 27 - MHS Library; 6:00-7:00 p.m. Help your students make the right college decision. The experts from Decide LLC will walk through a final-college-decision case study to show their method for making difficult decisions that can help students move forward with clarity and confidence.March 28 - In the CCC during lunch. The experts from Decide LLC will walk through a final-college-decision case study to show their method for making difficult college decisions for students.____________________________________Volunteers NeededWildlife/Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 22 at the Wagner Ranch Nature Area- Students will help with educating the community at this fun-filled day from10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to help set up the canopies and tables. For training days and more information, please contact Kathy Barrett or by phone at 925-254-2224.___________________________________Summer OpportunitiesJob - Open positions for Camp Counselor and Camp Director with Orinda Parks and Recreation. Position would be from June - August with flexible hours and pay of $13/hr. Students must be 16 or older. You can click here to find more information and the application for the open positions.Job - Moraga Valley Pool (MVP) Camp Marlin Counselors - Must be 16+ with ability to lead, plan, and implement program activities for children ages 5-12. Camp will run June 11- August 3, with the week of July 4th off. Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. $12.50-$15 per hour based on experience. If interested, please email your name and contact information to Camp Marlin Director Sean Brennan.Job - Summer Camp Counselor/Recreation Leader for Walnut Creek Recreation. Age: 15 years or older. Pay: $11.25-13.25. To apply, click here to download and fill out a job application and mail it to the address shown.Internship - Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is offering several paid internships for high school students or graduating seniors. Application due date is March 25. To see more information, please click here.Job - National Park Service seeking applicants for the 2018 Youth Conservation Corps summer program. For more information, click here.____________________________________
Poul Anderson Creative Writing Contest - Entry Categories are Science Fiction/Fantasy, Essay/Memoir/Biography, Poetry, and Short Story. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 20 at noon. To apply and see more details, please click here.
20th Annual Art & Writing Challenge - Categories are for art (any medium), creative writing and a High School Essay. Application deadline is Monday, March 26 by 5:00 p.m. To apply and see more details, please click here.
SeniorsOrinda Rotary Scholarship - Scholarship awarded to one MHS student with strong academics extracurricular activities and community service who can demonstrate proof of financial need. Application is due by April 30. Click here for more details and to apply.Orinda Rotary Science & Technology Scholarship - Graduating senior interested in STEM field. Application is due by April 30. Click here for more details and to apply.
Clay Scholarship - Open to Miramonte High School seniors who will be attending a 2- or 4-year college in the fall who have demonstrated financial need. Application is due by April 30. Click here for more details and to apply.For more scholarships, please visit Naviance or click here.Students need your help! If you know someone or a company interested in creating a scholarship, please refer them to Scholars.Shop where any individual or organization can create their own unique scholarship to help students reach new opportunities. Everyone's support to help our students is greatly appreciated.BoostersBoth boys' and girls' Water Polo goals have run their course and need to be replaced. Water Polo families, there is no better time to step up and support the Boosters Fund-A-Need program to raise $8,000 to purchase four new goals. Click here to make your contribution today!Your gift is 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Miramonte Boosters Club is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization registered with the IRS. Tax ID #94-2768877.Miramonte Hall of Fame Dinner is Saturday, March 24, at Moraga Country Club. Click here for tickets and additional details. This event will sell out so do not wait to purchase your tickets.Junior PromMHS SportsSupport our MHS LAX Team and show your school spirit by purchasing a yard sign! $20 each. MHS LAX is raising money to fund new safety gear for the team. Please contact Denice Gant for information or to purchase a sign.AP ExamsAP TEST REGISTRATION closes next Wednesday, March 21. To register, click here. The cost for each exam is $110. Questions? Please mail Ms. Erickson.2018 AP Exam scheduleWeek 1Morning 8 a.m. (arrive 7:30am)Afternoon 12 noon (arrive 11:30am)Monday,
Spanish Literature and CulturePsychologyTuesday,
May 8SeminarSpanish Language and CultureArt HistoryPhysics 1: Algebra-BasedWednesday,
May 9English Literature and CompositionJapanese Language and CulturePhysics 2: Algebra Based
May 10United States Gov't & PoliticsChinese Language and CultureEnvironmental ScienceFriday,
May 11German Language and Culture
United States HistoryComputer Science PrinciplesStudio Art-last day for Coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 p.m. EDT) and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for physical portfolio assembly.Week 2Morning 8 a.m.Afternoon 12 noonAfternoon 2 p.m.Monday,
Music TheoryPhysics C: MechanicsPhysics C:
Electricity and MagnetismTuesday,
May 15Calculus ABCalculus BCFrench Language and Culture
Computer Science AWednesday,
May 16English Language and CompositionItalian Language & CultureMacroeconomicsThursday,
May 17Comparative Government and Politics
May 18Human Geography
MicroeconomicsEuropean HistoryLatinCommunity NewsThriving or Barely Surviving? Acalanes Parent Education is hosting a panel discussion about new and not-so-new stresses facing our adolescents and how the district and school communities are addressing their impact on Wednesday, March 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center. Hear from medical professionals about what new challenges have arisen for this generation. Learn about the thoughtful changes being made to help develop healthier, happier teens and what parents can do to support these efforts. Please register here.Quick LinkseNews at MiramonteMiramonte High School Parents' Club publishes Matador News as a communications service to the Miramonte community each Friday. We welcome your ideas for articles of interest to parents, teachers, and staff. If you have an article to contribute to the Matador News, please email it to both:
The firm deadline for submissions is Wednesday at noon for Friday publication. Please follow submission guidelines for Matador News.
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