Monday Message: December 11

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MONDAY MESSAGE: December 11, 2017


Dear Shark Families and Friends,


Last week was very hectic at best.  Thank you for your help and cooperation while we ended school early on Tuesday and closed school last week.  While I have lived in Southern California for over 17 years, this was my first time experiencing  the effect of Santa Ana winds on Malibu and how real the threat of fire is to this community.


If you haven’t heard, one of our own has been affected by these current fires.  Linh Nguyen, our College/Career Counselor lost everything due to the fire early Tuesday morning.  Her family was able to get out safely, but only could grab diapers and a bottle for her 6 month old baby.  I know that PTSA and the Malibu Methodist Church are looking to help.  We will get information out when we have it.  Also, Tiffany Martin, one of Malibu High’s students, set up a GoFundMe page at and wanted us to share with our Shark family.


I also wanted to give you an update on the construction/traffic detail worker, Jae, who was injured two weeks ago in a car accident in front of school.  Jae suffered multiple fractures in his leg and is recovering now.  If anyone would like to send well wishes, the main office can coordinate getting these to him.


On a different note, Congratulations to Claudia Lane who is now the two-time Foot Locker National Cross Country Champion.  On Saturday at Balboa Park she ran a 17:03 5k, winning by 19 seconds.  She is the first to win back to back Championships since 1997.    Because of this win Claudia has been asked to represent the USA in the Great Edinburgh Scotland Cross Country Championships on Jan 7th.  Way to go Claudia!!  Go Sharks!!


Take care and Go Sharks,


Cheli Nye, Ed.D.

Principal, MHS






This year finals are on Wednesday, Dec. 20th, Thursday, Dec. 21st and Friday, Dec. 22nd.  All three days are early outs.  Wednesday will be for 1st and 4th period.  Thursday will be for 2nd and 5th period.  Friday will be for 3rd and 6th period.



Construction updates from the district can be found here: Construction update as of 10/23/17.  The url is On the MHS website, click About Us>Campus Modernization/Construction. There is an orange graphic link on the home page too.




A big thank you to all of the generous donors who have helped kick off our funding drive this year.  We’re over halfway to our goal of $450,000 for the full 2017-2018 school year!

If you have not participated yet, please consider making a donation in December and benefit from a TAX DEDUCTION for this year.  


You can do a one-time or recurring contribution.  $2,000 per student per school year is suggested;  all amounts large and small are most needed and appreciated!  And all the contributions to The Shark Fund are used directly at Malibu Middle & High School, for the special programs in  Arts/Theater/Athletics/Student & Teacher Development and more.


To contribute, please visit our secure donation site:  Or mail a check to The Shark Fund, P.O. Box 608, Malibu, CA  90265.  For more information, please visit:


Special Benefits in Donating Stock to the Shark Fund


FYI, it is an amazing chance right now to donate stock – with the stock market at all time highs, many people own stock that has appreciated a lot in value.  If you contribute stock that has gone up 50-100%, for example, you don’t have to pay ANY Capital Gains Tax on that gain, and you also get the full value of the deduction on the day you donate the stock to the Shark Fund, at the current market value on that day.  


So, The Shark  Fund, being a registered non-profit, has a double tax advantage.  This adds up to a lot of savings for you.  We invite you to help in this way, and wanted to make sure you knew about this special opportunity.  If you would like to donate stock, please contact:  


David Mankoff



There is still time to do it to benefit for the 2017 tax deduction!


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): ALL


NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12 session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness.  The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well being. NAMI will this educational program beginning Jan. 9th, to March 27, every Tuesday,  6pm to 8:30 pm at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Malibu.  For more information please click HERE.


Girls Basketball League: ALL


The City of Malibu will be offering a girls basketball league and basketball clinic January-March 2018 for Grades 2-8.  The programs will be offered on Saturdays, January 13-February 17.  Registration for both programs is available at  The deadline to register is Friday, January 5.

The MHS Choirs have exciting news: ALL

The Matsiko World Orphan Choir be performing as our featured guest choir during our Winter Concert on Thursday, December 14th at 7pm.

The children in this choir are from Liberia, India, Nepal and Peru.  They are either orphaned or “at risk” and are in the United States for one year. The choir has performed in many schools, cultural events, festivals and churches across the United States. Their purpose for performing and touring across America is to spread awareness of the many orphan children in the world as well as raise money for these children to go to college and be successful.


We are looking for host families who can accommodate two children and an adult chaperone during the Matsiko Choir's stay here in Malibu. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Krysta Sorensen at . We hope you can come join us for a festive night of singing and community!


MHS Blood Drive: High School


There will be a blood drive on Tuesday December 12th from 9am to 2 pm in the Old Gym.  For an appointment sign up  in the main office or contact an ASB representative.   If you are 16 or 17 years old, you need to have parental consent. One hour of community service for donors.   Remember to eat well and increase your fluid intake the day of your donation.


Malibu Rotary Sponsorship of 2 High School students to attend RYLA: High School


Malibu Rotary Club will be sponsoring 2 High School students to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) again this year in April. Last year Morgan Perlmuter of Malibu High was one of our winners and attended the 2 1/2 day event.  For more information on how to apply please click HERE.


2017-2018 High School Yearbooks on sale NOW: High School


High School Yearbooks on sale now!  Order now for the best price!


MHS Graduation Announcement: Seniors

Jostens will be taking orders for cap & gowns, senior accessories, senior rings, class tags and class jewelry.  Order day will be Tuesday December 12th, 2017 - 1st - 6th periods through english classes. For more information, please click here: FLYER.

2017-2018 Middle School Yearbooks on sale NOW: Middle School


Order you MS Yearbook on or pick up an order form in the Main Office.  Order before February 1, 2018, for $35.00 ea. After that date the price goes up to $50.00 ea.  Order early and save!  If you want your student’s name stamped on the cover of the yearbook, place you order online or pick up an order form in the Main Office.  Orders must be received before January 20, 2018.


Parents of 8th graders, don’t miss this chance to place a dedication page for your student in their final year book for middle school.  Ads are $60.00 for ¼ page, $120.00 for ½ page and $200.00 for a full page.  You can create your own page using the website, download a page that you created or request that we make your page for you.  The deadline for a dedication page is March 1, 2018.  We must be strict about this deadline so that the book can be completed and submitted to the printers on time!


TALENT SHOW: Middle School


Middle School Talent show signs up will be in the cafeteria for the next 2 weeks during lunch time. The Talent Show will be Jan 18 from 6pm to close. Please come sign up to be in the big show!




Coffee w/Counselors on this Tuesday has been CANCELLED.


Seniors Order Day - Cap and Gowns on this Tuesday.


Goals for Graduation this Wednesday at 11:30 am.


ELAC Holiday Party this Thursday at 5pm.


Winter  Concert on this Thursday at 7pm.


PTSA Luncheon this  Friday. at 3 pm.




Parent Education: ALL


  • DECEMBER 13,  PDMMS MPR 6:30pm Five Psychological Shifts You Can Make to Raise Exceptional Children with Dr. Jennifer Johnston-Jones, Family Psychologist

  • JANUARY 10, MHS Auditorium 6:30pm: Transformational Divorce & Co-Parenting: Raising Kids Together while Apart with Dr. Ayesha Madni, UCLA Research Scientist & Educational Psychologist

  • FEBRUARY 14, MHS Auditorium 6:30pm What Adults Need to Know About Bullying with Allison Balser, Parenting Coach

  • MARCH 14, MHS Auditorium 6:30pm Daily Rituals that Will Transform Your Life with Dr. Jennifer Johnston-Jones, Family Psychologist

  • APRIL 11, MHS Auditorium 6:30pm The Science of Finding Joy with Dr. Jennifer Johnston-Jones, Family Psychologist

  • MAY 9, Cabrillo MPR, 6:30pm Beyond Meditation: Evidence-Based Models to Help You Remain Calm and Peaceful‚Äč with Kamakshi Hart, Child Psychotherapist





As seniors start their final year in high school, there are a few things they will want to plan ahead for.  Many will be applying to colleges this Fall and that process can be overwhelming and stressful.  Students are encouraged to stop by the College and Career office to make an appointment for some assistance/support.


Please see Ms. Soloway if you have any Service Learning questions or need help navigating Naviance; additionally, Ms. Soloway can be reached at  Her office hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 2:30pm in room 101B. (same office as the College and Career Counselor).

Please check out the MHS Service Learning Calendar to find Service Learning opportunities.  There you will find events for each month that you can click on to find out all the details.  This calendar is regularly updated, so please use this handy tool and check it out!  Additionally, there is a Community Service Learning bulletin located outside in the Cafeteria area, where you will find posters, flyers, and other pertinent Service Learning information.  You can access the calendar by going to the MHS Website Homepage:



Come get service learning hours by volunteering at the Point Dume Village Tuesday, December 12 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm for the Grand Menorah Lighting! Help children with holiday crafting and other fun activities. For more info contact Chabad of Malibu 310-456-6588.

Come help wrap gifts at the Trancas Market this Saturday, December 16 from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm for Service Learning hours! Meet at the new candy shop, Sweet Bu. All proceeds will go to One Voice. For more information contact Melissa Smith at

Sunday, December 17 come to the Malibu Lumber Yard at 3:30 pm to help children build a giant donut Menorah and many other fun activities, for service learning hours. For more info contact Chabad of Malibu 310-456-6588.

Elves wanted! The UCAAN Holiday Gift Wrapping event will run through December 24 at the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks. Please go to the CSL Calendar (under Student Life) on our MHS website to sign up for time slots and more information.

The MHS Tree Lot event runs through the month and is located on the corner of Heathercliff Rd. and PCH. Please go to the link on our MHS website to sign up for various shifts. You can receive up to 10 hours of Service Learning credits by volunteering!

Every first Friday of each month (except for December, it will be the first Sunday), come volunteer at the Topanga Community Center to help serve dinner to The Sage Senior citizens.  Come help set up, prep food, serve food and beverages, socialize with Seniors, and help and clean up. Topanga Community Center, 1440 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga 90290. For more information please contact: Karen Dannenbaum: 310-738-0100 or see Ms. Soloway.

Cars and Coffee is an ongoing event that happens every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at the Malibu Bluffs Park from 7:00 am - 9:00 am. Come volunteer to assist with directing cars in the parking lot, set-up, clean-up, and taking photos.  Please register with the City of Malibu at, or contact Katie Gallo at 310-317-1364.

Hand in Hand is an ongoing event that happens every Thursday during the School Year. You may come any Thursday from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue, 24855 Pacific Coast Highway. Hand in Hand is an after school inclusion program. Be a peer buddy for teens and young adults with special needs. Join them for cooking, crafts, music, games, yoga, etc. It's something different each week.  For more info contact: Janet Ettenger at or call 310-435-6543.

Another ongoing opportunity is on Fridays from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Malibu Senior Center, Malibu City Hall, 23815 Stuart Ranch Road.  Volunteers will assist Seniors at the Computer Workshop. You may help participants with their laptop, tablet, phone, etc. Show Seniors how to download apps, create an email, send photos, etc.  Please register with the City of Malibu at, or for more information please call  Katie Gallo at 310-317-1364.

Students, be sure to update your Naviance account with your Service Learning hours. Ms. Soloway will be posting the Junior and Senior hours next week by the cafeteria!



City of Malibu 2017 Holiday Open House - Thurs, December 14th -  4pm - 6pm: ALL


Join the Malibu City Council, Commissioners, fellow community members, business and civic leaders for a joyous celebration of the holidays at Malibu City Hall. Enjoy an art show hosted by Malibu Arts Angels with works by talented student artists, and live performances by student musicians from Malibu Middle and High School. Nibble on tasty treats and sip hot cocoa and cider, and add your artistic hand print to the Community Art Tree, which will be on display as part of the City's Student Art Show. Bring a donation for the Spark of Love Toy Drive benefiting at-risk youth and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win terrific prizes donated by local businesses. The event is free, and no RSVPs are necessary.









Dec. 11 - Dec. 14, 2017

Girls Basketball


Battle by the Beach Tournament


Dec. 12, 2017

Girls Soccer


Oak Park


Dec. 12, 2017

Boys Soccer




Dec. 14, 2017

Girls Water Polo




Dec. 15, 2017

Girls Soccer


Oaks Christian


Dec. 15,2017

Boys Soccer


Oak Park


Dec. 18, 2017

Boys Soccer


Santa Clara

Santa Clara

Dec. 18, 2017

Girls Soccer




Dec. 19, 2017

Girls Water Polo


Newbury Park

Newbury Park







December 12, 2017

Blood Drive

December 12, 2017

Coffee w/Counselors -Cancelled

December 12, 2017

Seniors Order Day: Cap and Gowns

December 13, 2017

Parent Education

December 13, 2017

Goals for Graduation

December 13, 2017

Choir Rehearsal

December 14, 2017

Winter Choir Concert

December 14, 2017

ELAC Holiday Party

December 15, 2017

PTSA Luncheon

December 20, 2017

Band Concert

December 20-22


December 20-22

All Minimum Days



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