Monday Message: February 27


Dear Parents and Friends,

I know it seems early, but it is time to start thinking about 2017-2018 school year.  This week and over the next few weeks our counselors will be meeting with 6th - 11th grade students to discuss their courses for next year.  I encourage you to take a moment to talk with your students about the courses they are planning on taking next year.  Scheduling is a balance of taking rigorous courses but not over loading students.  Remember to think about their classes and all the extracurricular activities that pull at students’ time.  With that I would also encourage our upper classman to challenge themselves.  This might be through taking a fourth year of math or science, continuing in world languages, or taking an AP or honors class. But whatever students are choosing, these are individual decisions and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the counselors.

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned three Malibu students who will be recognized at the Dolphin Awards ceremony next month.  Cooper deNicola will also be recognized as he is the Junior Board Member of the Malibu Task Force on Homelessness. Congratulations Cooper!

Go Sharks!

Cheli Nye, Ed.D. 


We appreciate all your efforts at home and in the community to minimize the spread of Norovirus throughout our schools including washing hands with soap and warm or cold water is critical to preventing the future spread of the virus. This is especially important after bathroom use and prior to eating. If you have had symptoms associated with this virus (nausea or vomiting or diarrhea.) YOU MUST STAY HOME FOR 48 ADDITIONAL HOURS AFTER SYMPTOMS GO AWAY. Those affected are still contagious even when they feel healthy again. We understand this can put a lot of stress on a family when kids are home from school, however, it is important to not come back early and expose others to the virus while still contagious.  If you have medical questions, please contact District Nurse, Lora Morn,, or your health care provider.

THE SHARK FUND for MHS – “March into the Future” – during this month of March – we invite each and every family to contribute something to the Shark Fund – to help reach our yearly goal.   One-time and monthly, recurring contributions are all welcome.  Look for an email soon with more details and info.  And thank you SO much for supporting our school – so needed for all the programs in Arts, Athletics, “STEM” support, technology in classrooms, teacher and student services, and a lot more !  To contribute:       

The Shark Fund is the only fundraising mechanism for Malibu High School and SMMEF is the fundraising entity for Malibu High and SMMUSD.  We are hearing reports that other groups may be attempting to fraudulently use Malibu High School's name to raise money. Please be mindful and cautious of this.  If you ever have any questions about whether or not a fundraiser is benefiting the school, please call. 

At this time (and up until Spring Break), all Malibu Middle and Malibu High students should be picked up and dropped off near the middle school stairs in the staff lot at the curve of Morning View Drive, or in front of the main stairs in the small lot near the offices.  Drop off early, pick up late, and Carpool!  At this time, student drivers with a parking permit should park in the student lot at the top of our school.  Students should not be parking at the Methodist Church or JCES.  Pick up/Drop off should not  be happening near the front of JCES.  Again, reducing cars as we move forward will be important and we encourage those who can carpool to do so.

Due to the large modernization project currently underway at MHS, we are anticipating changes to parking and pick up and drop off near spring break.  Specific dates and guidance will be sent home once procedures are finalized.  However, begin to prepare for no access to the front lot.  Therefore pick up and drop off will occur directly on Morning View Drive with students entering and exiting from the right side of the vehicle.  No vehicles will be able to be parked on the right side of Morning View.  We are anticipating enforcement (tickets and towing) of the green curbs starting in April. Cars will then have to drive down Morning View to Guernsey to return to PCH.  Drop off early, pick up late, and CARPOOLING is going to be a necessity.  We need to reduce the number of cars during this time as much as possible.  More info to come!

SUPPORT FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: ALL   If a parent of a student with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) wishes to speak with another parent of a student with disabilities, SMMUSD parents of students with disabilities have volunteered to provide support and guidance.  This support may especially be helpful to parents of students whose children are newly identified.  If interested in speaking with another parent, please write or call:  Ms. Stacy Sullivan, Administrative Assistant, Special Education Director at 310-450-8388 or email  She will match you with a parent to contact who has had similar experiences.

Hello Senior Parents--Before we blink our eyes, graduation will be approaching us. That said...we NEED your help to make this celebration a memory of a lifetime for our upcoming graduates. Please, please get on board and make a donation of any amount to The Shark Fund and specify that it is for the senior graduation or use Pay Pal. Our P.O. box is 608. Any questions, contact Lynne Daniels /310.720.8222 or Marie Wexler/310.425.9551. Thank you soooo much! 

Our 8th grade promotion is at 9 a.m. Fri, June 9 at the MHS Amphitheater, reception after. Buses will depart directly from commencement for a celebration beach party at La Costa Beach Club for students. If you can help, sponsor anything or donate to our party raffle prizes, please contact Karin at . Thank you!

High School (Grades 9-12) yearbooks can be purchased by going to 2016-2017 Middle School Yearbooks are also on sale.  Order your MS Yearbook on or pick up an order form in the Main Office.


Counselors will begin meeting with classes and students to discuss class selection for the 2017-2018 school year between February 27-March 10.  Information will be sent home with your students.

MALIBU SPECIAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION MEETING: ALL   Please Join the Malibu Special Education Foundation for our monthly meeting:  an evening of Support and Advocacy.  Held in a relaxing home environment, we offer support for parents of children with special needs who struggle with figuring out the special education system, finding developmentally appropriate support for their child, and how best to function at home and at school.  Bring your questions and answers.  The next meeting will be on Thursday, March 2nd from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.  Please RSVP to

SMMUSD BOARD MEETING: ALL  Please be advised that the Board of Education meeting will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 5:30pm at the district office: 1651 16th St., Santa Monica, CA.  A copy of the agenda is available on the district web site.

Masque, the high school talent show and fundraiser to help with Prom, will be held Thursday, March 2, Friday March 3, and Saturday March 4 at 7:00pm in the MHS theater.  Doors will open at 6:30/6:45 each night.  Each night will have a different line-up of performers/acts.  Come see our awesome student performers!  Pre-sale ticketing begin Today, Feburary 27 and will conclude Wednesday, March 1. Tickets can be purchased at high school lunch or online prior to the show at reduced prices: $15 for a single-night ticket or $40 for a 3-day pass. Tickets can also be purchased at the door: $20 for a single-night ticket or $50 for a 3-day pass.


Students will be dismissed at 12:35pm for Open House on Thursday March 9.  Open House will begin with a presentation in the theater at 6:30pm and then classroom visits at 7:00pm.  Students and parents should both attend.  Open House is less structured than Back to School Night with not set schedule and is your students chance to show off what they have accomplished.

Class pictures for the graduating class of 2017 and the promoting class of 2021 will be taken on Friday, March 10.  Please do not be absent and please dress appropriately for the class pictures.  Information on how to purchase your pictures will be available soon.

CSF/CJSF Annual Awards Breakfast is Thursday, March 16 from 8:00-9:15.  If your child received a green invitation in class, please return your RSVP to Mrs. Dahm's door and join us for a yummy breakfast and awards ceremony honoring academic excellence in the auditorium. Family and friends are welcome!

MHS's Environmental Club is holding an E-Waste Sunday, March 19th, 10-2 in front of the school.  If you have old/broken tvs, dvd players, microwaves, batteries, etc. please bring them by!  (We are letting you know now so you can start making a pile in the coming weeks.) If you need to drop your items off on the Friday or Saturday before, we will have an area for you to do so.   Please contact Sarah Ryan at if you have any questions.

Students in grades 6-8 and 11 will take CAASPP state testing for English April 17-21, immediately upon returning from spring break. Students in grades 6-8, and 11 will take CAASPP state testing for Math April 24-28.  Students in grade 8 and 10 will also take a pilot Science test between April 24-28.  We are publicizing these dates early because of their proximity to spring break.  Daily attendance is important every day including these state testing days.  Students are encouraged to bring their own headphones during testing dates.

High School Graduation is scheduled for Thursday, June 8 at 2:00pm.  Carpooling is going to be a necessity with the large construction project.  Middle School Promotion will take place Friday, June 9 at 9:00am.  The 8th grade class party will be from 12:00-3:00 at La Costa Beach Club, with buses leaving from Malibu High School after the promotion ceremony and reception. 



Attention all High School Students - Be sure to update your Service Learning hours in Naviance. Remember, you need 80 hours to graduate. You will graduate with Service Learning Honors if you have 160 hours or more! If you need any assistance, please see Ms. Soloway during your lunch or Support periods, or contact her at


SEASIDE PRESCHOOL OPENING FALL 2017 AT JUAN CABRILLO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Now registering children born between December 3, 2012 and September 2, 2014. PARENT INFORMATION SESSION will be held Wednesday, March 1st , 9:00 - 10:00am. Come visit our beautiful Reggio inspired classroom. Meet our staff and learn about Malibu's newest preschool.  For information and to RSVP for March 1st Please contact Juan Cabrillo at 310.457.0360.

MALIBU/SANTA MONICA SPECIAL  EDUCATION FOUNDATION PRESENTATION: Hosted at Malibu Public Library Tuesday 3/21 at 5:30, the guest speaker is from F.A.C.T & Gap (  They are funded by the Westside Region Center to provide 1:1 aides or assistance to kids graduating from high school with special needs going to local colleges or just needing life skill services in the community.

GREG COOTE CONCERT FOR THE ARTS: Great music for a great cause! Support the arts in public schools as Michael McDonald (of the Doobie Brothers) with special guest Amy Holland, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Richard Page (Mr. Mister) join VENICE and nationally-recognized student musicians for an incredible evening of music!  This is the twelfth year of the For The Arts concert. This year, the concert has been renamed the Greg Coote Concert For The Arts, in memory of Greg Coote who started the For The Arts endowment to ensure the continuity of arts programming for students in the Santa Monica-Malibu public schools. Cynthia Fox of 100.3 The Sound returns as our charming emcee. A handful of Malibu High Students will help perform the music.  This evening will be unforgettable and includes an exciting live auction! 



FEB 27  Boys Tennis vs. Carpinteria
Varsity 3:30pm
FEB 28 Baseball vs Burroughs
JV 3:00pm
FEB 28 Softball vs. St. Genevieve
Var 3:30pm
MAR 1 Boys Tennis vs. Milken
Var 3:00pm
MAR 2 Boys Volleyball vs. Santa Clara
Var 5:00pm 
MAR 2 Softball vs. Beverly Hills
Var 3:30pm
MAR 3 Swimming vs. Calabasas
All 3:00pm 
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   Course Advisement
   Thursday, March 2-
        Saturday, March 4
  Thursday, March 9    ELAC Meeting
  Thursday, March 9    Open House
  Saturday, March 11    SAT Test Date (at MHS)
   Tuesday, March 14
   Arts Angels Meeting
   Wednesday, March  15 -
   No Block Schedule
        Thursday, March 16
   Wednesday, March 15
   Stairway of the Stars - Orchestra
   Thursday, March 16
   CSF/CJSF Awards Breakfast and Fieldtrip
   Friday, March 17
   Stairway of the Stars - Choir
   Friday, March 17
   Athletic Booster Club Meeting
   Tuesday, March 21
   Coffee with the Counselors
   Tuesday, March 21
   Stairway of the Stars- Band
   Thursday, March 23
   PTSA Association Meeting
   Thursday, March 30
   POMS Meeting
   Monday, April 3 -
   Spring Break
        Friday, April 14

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