Monday Message: February 19

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MONDAY MESSAGE: February 19, 2018


Principal’s Message:


Dear Shark Parents and Friends,


The tragedy in Parkland, Florida weighs heavy on our hearts and minds.  There are just no words to express the sorrow.


In the past few years, the recommendation for response to active shooters has gone from “Hide, then fight” to  “Run, Hide, Fight”. We have trainings each year for our teachers on these procedures and do our best to prepare.  School safety is of the utmost importance on the Malibu High School campus. According to news reports, there have been 18 school shootings across our country in the last six weeks.  While we have comprehensive safety plans in place, all plans will be revisited, reviewed and reinforced with all Malibu High School staff, personnel and local law enforcement.  This review will also incorporate the construction of a new Emergency Response Team (ERT) which will encompass Malibu High School staff, students, and parents. If you are interested in working with the ERT committee please email Dr. Weissman  for more information.


Our hearts go out to those killed and injured in the most recent attack in Florida.  As added support our counselors are available for students to reach out, additionally the administration office has a “open door” policy for students.


I know that you may have gotten these from Dr. Drati, but I just wanted to share them here in case you haven’t.  These are some resources for talking to students.


Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

National PTA School Safety Resources

Five tips to help children cope with a national tragedy


Cheli Nye, Ed.D.




Congratulation to Charlotte Drummond, Junior at MHS, was awarded her third Gold Key in a row for the Scholastic Western Region Writing Contest. Her win this year was for her Personal Essay/Memoir titled “Love Letters” in tribute to her ‘California Granny’, artist, Penelope MacNaughton. Charlotte also writes regularly for The MHS Current.


Charlotte will be entered into the Scholastic National Competition automatically. She was the only Gold Key winner for all Santa Monica Schools. There were over 330,000 entries submitted nationally.


 Congratulations Charlotte! We are proud of you.



Save the Date:
Saturday, April 28,  6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Great food, cocktails, music, dancing, silent auction and more!
All parents and community members invited. Proceeds to directly benefit Malibu Middle and High School.
Ticket info and all details to follow, check your email!



The PTSA Nominating Committee is beginning to assemble the slate of officers for next year’s PTSA Executive Board. Please contact PTSA Parliamentarian Karen Farrer at if you would like to volunteer next school year. PTSA works to support students, parents, teachers and the administration in advocacy, in health and safety, in helping students achieve their full potential and in building a stronger bridge between home and school. The committee will present the slate of officers at the February 22 PTSA meeting. Thank you.

Operation Smile: ALL

Malibu High School is doing a fundraising drive for the month of February for Operation Smile.  Every 2nd period class that raises at least $240 (the cost of a surgery) will receive a donut party. If you want to learn more about Operation Smile, please go to  For more information please contact our librarian Sarah Ryan at

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


High School Yearbooks on sale now!  Order now for the best price! Price increases on April 26th.

ATTENTION  all 8th Grade Parents You have until the end of this week to submit your dedication page for your student.  The deadline is March 1, 2018 and I know that you don’t want to miss this opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of your amazing student.  Please remember that if you need any help in designing your dedication I am available.  You can call, email or come in person with any questions or problems you have.  I look forward to seeing all the interesting dedications that you come up with.  The prices are ¼ page - $60.00, ½ page $120.00 and a full page - $200.00.

ATTENTION MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS Does your student participate in any SPORT.  We are looking for pictures of our middle school students doing sport activities for the Middle School Yearbook, which includes baseball, football, basketball, softball, swimming, tennis, dance or ballet.  I am sure there are more so please send me some pictures to put in the Middle School Yearbook.  I will accept any pictures up until March 2, 2018.  Please make the photos at least 300 pixels so that I can re-size them to fit in the space I have available.  If they don’t have enough pixels they will only appear as a very small picture on the page.  Email me at and I look forward to hearing from you.


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

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!

Deputy Jake Visited the 8th  graders last week: Middle School

Here is a summary of the lessons with the 8th  grade students: MMS 8th – Overtaken



February 20 - 23: HS Registration through the History Classes.


February 21 and 22: 5th Grade Elective Presentations.


This Wednesday,  Pepperdine Chamber Choir Visiting our Choir Students 12 pm to 1:15 pm.

Stairway Choir Rehearsal at SAMOHI this Wednesday.


PTSA Meeting this Thursday at 9am in room C19.


POMS Meeting this Friday at 9am in room C19.


8th Grade Promotion Meeting this Friday at 10 am in room C19.



Parent Education: ALL


  • 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​ with Kamakshi Hart, Child Psychotherapist




Parents of Juniors: Ms. Nguyen will be meeting with juniors for a one-on-one college advising throughout the month of February and March. If you would like to join our meeting, she has reserved the first week of February to meet with parents and students. Please email Ms. Nguyen to set up an appointment time.


Please SAVE THE DATE for our COLLEGE NIGHT: Wednesday, February 28th at 6:00 PM. More information on workshops next week.


There are still space available for the SAT boot camp on March 3. Sign up here:


Contact: Ms. Nguyen, College and Career Center, Room 101B or Email



All High School Students need to update and log in their Service learning hours into Naviance. Remember, 80 hours are required to walk with your graduating class. If a student completes double their required amount, the student will graduate with Service Learning honors. Juniors must log in a minimum of 50 hours by early May in order to be able to attend Prom. Seniors must have all their hours completed and logged in by early May as well.

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).

Students, 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 board 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:



Purim Carnival is happening on Sunday, February 25 at the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, 24855 Pacific Coast Highway from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Come and get your Service Learning hours by helping out at this fun family event. You will be in charge of a game booth, interacting with children, handing out prizes, etc. Lunch will be provided!

Wolf Camp applications now being accepted. High School students are invited to apply for Wolf Camp which will take place May 15 - 18 at Camp Hess Kramer. If interested, students will need to pick up an application form from Ms. Soloway. The application needs to be completed and returned to Juan Cabrillo Elementary School no later than Thursday, March 22. Students must be succeeding in school and will be responsible for making up any missed work. Approximately 8 boys and 8 girls will be selected to act as counselors for the Juan Cabrillo fifth grade class and are required to stay the entire time. The camp is free to selected counselors. Food and board will be provided. Upon completion, each counselor will receive 60 hours of community service. For more information contact Ms. Soloway at

Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills  is looking for volunteers! Sign ups begin now and can be found on the MHS CSL calendar. Volunteers are needed for March 22, 23, and 24. Spots fill up quickly so sign up now and earn those service learning hours while helping out our local schools.

Cars and Coffee is an ongoing event and happens every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at Malibu Bluffs Park from 7:00 am - 9:00 am. Help with directing cars in the parking lot, set-up, clean-up, and taking photos. Please register with the City of Malibu,

Every first Friday of each month 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.

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.


BEGINNING THIS MONTH  - “Malibu Youth Group & Malibu Music Nights”: ALL


Devon Meyers, a local Malibu High parent, musician, song writer and photographer is starting a Music and Art based Youth Group.   This group will be open to all Malibu Middle and High School Students free of charge, who are in the visual and performing arts.  The group will meet every Monday from 3pm - 5:30pm in the Mayhugh Community Room located in the Malibu Methodist parking lot.  Students are welcome to bring their instruments and come play, write, sing and jam with fellow students.  Photography and art students are welcome too!


Each month the group will be showcasing “Malibu Music Nights”and feature performances from group members as well as local adult artists.  This event will take place at Malibu Methodist on the third Saturday of the month from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.  A fun, safe supervised space for your students to come and showcase their talents.  All instruments, acoustic and amplified, and music genres welcome!


Malibu Music Night at Malibu Methodist

6:30 to 8:30pm

Saturday, February 17th

Saturday, March 17th

Saturday, April 21st


For more information please contact group coordinator Devon Meyers at 310-422-9380 or email


Wellness Center at the Boys and Girls Club: ALL


It’s a New Year at the Wellness Center! We have new group and class offerings, a larger staff of clinicians and a great new facility. We opened our doors this past Fall, hoping to help students at all four campuses of the Malibu public schools. Increasing feelings of anxiety, depression, hopelessness, and family conflict is experienced by many of our students. Please click HERE (or see attachment titled: Wellness Center at the Club) to see a list of some of the free programs we have at the Wellness Center to help right here on campus, during or after the school day.


Wellness Wednesday at the Club: Mindfulness Yoga - ALL


Did you know you cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time? Come find out more about this at Mindfulness Yoga, which starts next week at the Boys & Girls Club on Wednesday’s from 4-4:45pm. You must be a Boys & Girls Club Member to take the class, but once you are the class is free. Sign up now at front desk of the Boys & Girls Club before all the spaces fill up!


Brent’s Club - Drug Prevention and Intervention Group: ALL


Brent’s Club Topics Include Coping with Stress, Social & Emotional Wellness,  Drug & Alcohol Prevention and Education, Life Skills,  College & Career Goals. For more information, please click HERE or see attachment titled: Brent


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.


What is RYLA?  It is an all-expense paid intensive training/experiential program for 200 high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors from the Los Angeles area, who are chosen for their proven and potential leadership abilities by Rotary Clubs in District 5280.  During the course of two and one-half days, they participate in a variety of activities, including active leadership workshops, team building activities, an Olympics and talent show.   For more information about RYLA please click HERE.


How to participate?  High School students in the Malibu area who are freshman, sophomores, or juniors and are interested in developing leadership skills and making a host of new friends should contact David Baird, 24315 Baxter Drive, Malibu, CA (; 310-749-0774 cell; 424-644-0354 home) before March 1, 2017.  In a letter of application by the latter date, each interested student should write no more than three, single spaced paragraphs introducing themselves, describing some of their service activities, explaining why they are interested in RYLA and what they would hope to gain from participating in a leadership development program like RYLA.  The two students chosen to represent the Malibu Rotary Club at the RYLA camp will be notified by March 15th of their selection and supplied with appropriate registration forms.  For more information on how to apply please click HERE.


2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest: High School


The prompt for the 2018 Ninth Circuit Civics contest  is “What does equal protection mean to students?” Students should consider how the Equal Protection Clause applies in high schools, colleges and graduate schools, whether in admissions, classrooms or on athletic  fields. Individual students can express their thoughts and ideas in an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words. Individuals and teams of up to three students can produce a 3-5 minute video on the theme. A student may submit both an essay and video. A student may submit only one essay and be involved in the production of only one video.


The essay or video should: 1) Demonstrate an understanding of the historical background of the Equal Protection Clause; 2) Explain the constitutional powers and rights relevant to the court cases and laws mentioned above; and 3) Discuss the important role of the Judicial Branch in preserving the rights of Americans to equal education.


The 2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest is open to high school students in nine western states and two Pacific island jurisdictions. Students from public, private, parochial and charter schools and home-schooled students of equivalent grade status may enter.


Cash prizes for winners of the essay and video competitions:

1st place: $2000;  2nd place: $1000;  3rd place: $500  


For more information, please click HERE.  Or visit:




Applications for the Coro Youth Fellows Program, a full-time, six-week leadership development and civic engagement program for Los Angeles area high school students are now open! Coro Southern California has been cultivating and training civic leaders since 1957 and we are excited to be recruiting for our 2nd class of Coro Youth Fellows. Applications are due April 1, 2018 for the summer(June 25- Aug 3 session). Competitive applicants will be invited to participate in a Youth Fellows Selection Day.


During their fellowship, Youth Fellows:

  • Interview local leaders

  • Attend site visits to learn how systems work and how things get done in SoCal

  • Intern for 2 weeks in a nonprofit, government, or private sector placement

  • Participate in group projects that challenge them to engage with local stakeholders

  • Practice and refine leadership skills

  • Develop mentors and networks to support their academic and professional growth

Please contact Dr. Jenny Vazquez-Newsum, VP of Leadership Programs & Training at with any questions.









February 20 - Mar. 2

HS Registration (History Classes)

February 21

Stairway Orchestra Rehearsal - Samohi

February 21

Pepperdine Chamber Choir Visiting our Choir Students

February 21 and 22

5th grade elective presentations

February 22

PTSA Meeting

February 23


February 23

8th Grade Promotion Meeting

February 26

6th Grade Elective Presentations

February 27

7h Grade Elective Presentations

February 27 - 28

Masque Sound Check

February 28

College Night

March 1 - 3


March 1

Stairway Orchestra Rehearsal

March 1

College Workshop

March 2

Choir Rehearsal in Santa Monica

March 3

SAT Bootcamp



Tuesday, Feb 20th: Boys Basketball plays La Puente HS at 7pm at Malibu HS in the QuarterFinals of CIFSS Playoffs. Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for Students with ID and children 6-13 years old. The Student ASB card will not let you in free as this is a CIFSS event. (if Malibu wins this game we will host the semi-final game this Friday at 7pm)

Wednesday, Feb 21st: Boys Soccer plays University Prep at 5pm at Malibu HS in the 2nd round of CIFSS playoffs. Admission is FREE.


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