•   June 8, 2018
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    In This Issue
    Principal's Message
    Presidents' Message
    Calendar at a Glance
    Parents' Club
    College and Career
    MHS Athletics
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    Principal's Message TopOfPage 
    Dear Miramonte Community, 
    For this message, as we close the year, I would like to share with you the words of Caroline Ricksen, one of our Principal Award recipients, who could not attend graduation, but left behind her speech for you to enjoy:
    As many of you probably know, I have spent a lot of my time at Miramonte trying to improve students' transitions into high school. I have worked closely with much of the staff and many Link Crew members to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for all new students. As much as I think about the transition into high school, I find it quite fitting to shift my focus to our transition out of high school. More important, however, is the transition into the next chapter of our lives. Yes, it is utterly horrifying. At least, I know that I am incredibly scared to see what happens next. Even though I am scared, Miramonte has prepared us for the next portion of lives, and as a result, I am confident as we approach our future battles. I am confident in myself, but more importantly in all of us. As I reflect on Miramonte on Mats Day our Freshman year until now, our Graduation Day, I have no question when I say that Miramonte has changed in a positive light. Miramonte has become more inclusive, accepting, progressive, and positive because of the Class of 2018. We have brought a wide range of perspectives and forces of change to the community, which have led to the improvements we see today. The fact that we have accomplished this much in such a short span of time is what allows me to say that we will all be incredibly successful in this next transition in our lives. We will all head off on our own paths but will carry the same dynamism and optimism that have led us up to this moment. If the Class of 2018 holds the same mindset and positive outlook on life that we hold today, I have no doubt that we will accomplish more than we can imagine as we make this next transition in our lives. Unfortunately, there is no Link Crew or planned icebreaker as we head into the real world, but at this point, we no longer need it. Congratulations and Good Luck to the Class of 2018. I cannot wait to hear about all of our future endeavors.
    Have a wonderful summer,
    Julie Parks, Principal 
    925-280-3980 Ext. 3201 
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    Presidents' Message
    Dear Miramonte Families,
    We hope everyone has a safe, happy, and rejuvenating summer. We look forward to seeing you all in the fall!
    Here are some key dates to keep handy and the link to next year's calendar.
    August 17: 2:30-6:00 p.m. Mats Day; Food Trucks; Kick Off Football Game
    August 20: First Day of School
    August 30: Back to School Night
    Nicole Radlow & Tricia Young, MHSPC Co-Presidents

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    Calendar at a Glance
    26 Boosters Health Screening; 1:00-4:00 p.m.; MHS Music Room 
    17 Mats Day; 2:30-6:00 p.m.
    17 Boosters Health Screening; 2:30-6:00 p.m.; MHS Music Room
    20 First Day of School
     30  Back to School Night 
    Parents' Club 
    MHS Circle LogoParent Education
    Summer reading for parents! Check out the handouts and resources from this year's parent ed events and community discussion groups. Topics include navigating difficult conversations, teens and marijuana, understanding teen stress, and more.   
    EFO and Miramonte Parents' Club wish to thank all the families who generously donated to fund essential programs at Miramonte this year:      
    If your family name is not on both lists - it is not too late.  Please donate today!
    Congratulations to the Class of 2018!  We wish all Miramonte families, teachers and staff a wonderful summer. 
    EFO congratulates the 2018 Arts Distinction Recipients:
    Mason Bell Isaac Fayman  Luke Phillips
    Kevin Bao Ryan Ford Kai Rochette 
    Gabe Bostick  Helena Hallahan  Jeremy Shen
    Henry Chow Aisling Holton Tiffany Shinn
    Olivia Bohuslav Charlotte Jacques  Aliyah Stamps
    Sarina Chang Jayne Latimer Rachel Venable 
    Drew Davidson  Ella Nelson Olivia Zalevsky
    These students have taken at least six Visual and Performing Arts classes throughout their years at Miramonte. This distinction demonstrates that the honorees value, and have made a commitment to, the arts as part of their well rounded education.
    Meet Carson Broad:

    Carson has taken art classes throughout her years at OIS and Miramonte. She says,  "Before I could walk my Mom would let me paint our floor with acrylic paints. I've grown up with artists and constant opportunities to make art. I was inspired by my sister to take art classes at OIS and continue for four years at Miramonte."
    For Carson's AP Art portfolio, the artwork explores the various ways that water has been important in her life, both in and out of the pool. While it was challenging to portray water as a theme for her portfolio, Carson said her study of art helped her look at the world through a different lens and successfully illustrate the idea of a substance she sees everyday. 
    Carson will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall. She is undecided on her major but plans to explore art and graphic design classes. When asked how being a part of the art program at Miramonte helped her achieve her goals, Carson says, "Art has taught me how to start a project from an idea and follow through to the end. There are always unexpected issues that come up when you are working on a project, but with some effort there is always a solution." Sounds like good advice on many levels!   
    EFO proudly supports many programs at Miramonte, including the arts.  We wish Carson and the entire class of 2018 the very best in their future endeavors!
    Boosters Club sends a huge "THANK YOU" to all our Miramonte families and friends for the financial support of our athletes this past school year. We hope everyone has a fun-filled summer! 
    Boosters Club will be holding TWO health screening/athletic clearance days this summer at Miramonte! Save a trip to the doctor's office and help support our athletes! Several physicians, who generously volunteer their time, will be on-site with our amazing athletic trainer, John Grigsby, to provide the medical clearance that is required before athletes begin their sport. The cost is $40 per athlete and includes a stretching and movement evaluation by Lafayette Physical Therapy
    NEW THIS YEAR Boosters Club is thrilled to announce that we have contracted with Sparta Science to offer ALL our student athletes state-of-the-art scientific assessments proven to reduce injuries and optimize performance. The screenings will be provided as part of the athletic clearance days with additional screenings during the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons.  
    Visit the Boosters website for additional details and mark your calendars.
    Thursday, July 26, 2018 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the MHS music room
    Friday, August 17, 2018 2:30-6:00 p.m. (MATS Day) in the MHS music room
    Interested in joining the Boosters Board? We have a few open positions that need to be filled for the 2018-19 school year. We have one meeting each month during the school year (first Monday of each month), with some additional time commitments as needed. Contact Jeanne Barker or Eric Scaff to become part of the "team behind the teams"!
    There is still time to make a contribution before the end of our fiscal year on June 30th by clicking here! We appreciate any amount as we strive for 100% participation.  
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    For our last Counseling Corner of the year we are wrapping up with a recap of the important information you need to know!
    Seniors: Make sure you have let our registrar, Drue Kendell, know where you are attending next year so she can send off a final transcript free of charge. If you are playing a sport and need a transcript sent to NCAA, you will need to pay $5.00 for that on the Web Store.
    Juniors: Make sure you have let your counselor know if you'll be needing a letter of recommendation for next year. Over the summer you and your parents need to fill out your brag sheet on Naviance. This is crucial for counselors who will be writing letters for you, especially if you will have Ms. Feinberg or Ms. Watson as a counselor next year. Please update your college list on Naviance over the summer as well so it is as accurate as possible this fall when you return!
    Sophomores: This is the summer of volunteering! Colleges want to see community service hours in an area you are passionate about. If you don't already have something lined up this summer, check out the college and career website for leads. If you still can't find something, try creating your own service idea! Also, you could consider getting a part-time job! We've read some pretty wonderful college essays about summers spent cleaning public pool bathrooms or slinging smoothies at the local Jamba Juice. (Bonus: wouldn't it be nice to earn a little money?)
    Freshmen: Congratulations! You made it through the first year of high school! This summer is a great time to keep your skills fresh, especially in math and reading. It's never too early to start volunteering, so if you happen across an opportunity to log some hours, do it! You have time to figure out what kind of community service you'd like to focus in on, so don't fret!
    With Ms. Fore and Ms. Halls retiring, we will be welcoming two new counselors into our office next year, Ms. Feinberg and Ms. Watson! The alphabet is shifting to accommodate incoming caseload numbers for next year. The only students who will be allowed to stay on their current counselor's caseload are rising seniors.
    A-Fly                     Ms. Watson
    Fol-Lop                 Ms. Conners
    Lou-Sch                Ms. Vasquez
    Sco-Z                    Ms. Feinberg
    Counselors will be returning in mid-August. Have a wonderful summer, and Go Mats!
    College and Career
    The 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.  

    Summer Opportunities
    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. 
    JobTony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek is hiring Camp Counselors and Lead Counselors for our upcoming Camp ARF summer sessions. Students must be ages 14 and up and must love animals and working with kids. To apply, click here.

    Job - Orchard Nursery is looking for weekend cashiers and help with carryouts. If interested, apply online or call for a walk-in interview!
    Job - Yard Work, $16/hour to help Virginia Fitzpatrick in Orinda; call 925-254-1998. 
    Camps - DVC is hosting a variety of summer camps and classes for students ranging in subjects from engineering, business, and health careers. For more information, click here.
    Summer Program - One- to two- week backpacking programs in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks to offer an ideal mix of backpacking, science, and adventure. Click here for summer dates and information and to apply.
    Job - Part-time general yard work at an Orinda home for $15 per hour. If interested, contact Sam at 925-376-8576 or email here.
    Job - Yard Work, 1 or 2 students, 4 hours per week, hours flexible, $13/hr. Home is off of Glorietta Blvd., ask for Harlan 925-254-1682.
    Job - Hiring lifeguards for the Summer Highlands Country Club in the Oakland Hills. Hours are 1:00-7:00 p.m., June - September 3. Pay is $15-20 per hour. If interested, email Kevin Dillon or call 510-849-0743.
    Volunteer - The Orinda Library is looking for teen Summer Reading Volunteers. See here for more information and here for the online interest form. 
    For more summer programs or internship opportunities, please visit Naviance or see the district's Summer Programs or Internships websites. 
    Scholarships - For scholarship information, please visit Naviance or click here.  
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    MHS Athletics  
    Mats Cross Country
    To join team website/roster, please email Lisa Haskell.
    Summer Optional Training and Events
    Mondays-Fridays at 5:30 p.m. starting June 11
    Tuesday-Valle Vista Staging Area (Moraga) 
    Wednesday-Briones (1st parking lot on left off Bear Creek Road)
    Friday-Lafayette Community Park
    Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. (locations rotate-see website for specifics)
    June 14 Kick off Barbecue for Athletes, 5:00 p.m. at Moraga Commons Park
    KnightMats XC Camp August 6-10 at Clair Tappan Lodge near Sugar Bowl. More information and forms available on the website. Incoming,current, and alumni athletes welcome.
    Communications/Social Media
    Instagram: @matscrosscountry
    Facebook page: Miramonte XC 2018
    Twitter: @MatsXC
    RemindMe texts (alerts for runners and parents for events, meets, announcements, etc.) OR to get reminder texts, text the message @matsxc to 81010 
    Track and Field Season Highlights
    NEW School Records
    Girls 4x100: Masina Mayo, Ava Moran, Irionnia Allen, Kaylyn Goode - 49.03 
    Girls Shot Put: Jordyn Bryant 43'7.75" 5th in the state 
    Girls Discus: Jordyn Bryant 151'1" 8th in the state

    Diablo Athletic League Champ Meet
    Varsity Girls were the overall Diablo Athletic League (DAL) Champions 
    James Bull was the high point boy and Jordyn Bryant was the high point girl
    Girls 4x400 and 4x100 won the DAL Champs
    Audrey Allen won the 3200m at DAL Champs
    North Coast Section Meet of Champs
    Cassy Haskell took 3rd in the 1600m - 4:56.81
    4x400 placed 6th in NCS: Ava Moran, Masina Mayo, Kaylyn Goode, Irionnia Allen

    CIF State Championship Meet
    Jordyn Bryant: 5th in Girls Shot Put
    Jordyn Bryant: 8th in Girls Discus
    Cassy Haskell: 22nd in the 1600m   
    Other Track & Field Highlights
    First Team All-League: Jordyn Bryant, Masina Mayo, Kaylyn Goode, Ava Moran, Irionnia Allen, Audrey Allen
    Second Team All-League: James Bull, Cassy Haskell, Madelyn Robinson, Beatrice Whitaker
    Honorable Mention: Austin Mac
    Amazing Coaches: Tristan, Joy, Dan, Doug, Nathan, Carey, Linsy, Rebecca
    Team Captains: Sarah, James, JJ, Cassy, Jack, Austin, Masina, Allison
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Last Modified on June 13, 2018