Monday Message: February 5

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MONDAY MESSAGE: February 5, 2018
Principal’s Message:
Happy February!  This month we begin our scheduling process for the 2018-2019 school year.  Counselors will be visiting students in class to do give them information on choices for courses for next year.  This is also a great time for parents to talk with their students about the class choices for next year.
The Middle School musical is here!  Mrs. Leonard has been working very hard with our students for their presentation of Oklahoma. I know that I cannot wait to see our talented middle school students perform.  Tickets are available through the link on our website.
This is the last week for the regular season games of winter sports.  We have home games for girls soccer, girls water polo, boys soccer and  boys basketball.  Game dates and times are listed below.  Come support our student athletes!
I hope that everyone has a great week.
Cheli Nye, Ed.D.
Principal, MHS

Dear MHS Parents,
Great news! The Education Foundation has secured a $50,000 match to benefit our students! All you need to do for our students to benefit from this full match is make a donation now. Your donation to support great programs like the STAR Program with Deputy Jake, teacher training and Wellness Center counseling will be doubled!
As Principal, I know that your child’s school day would look vastly different without Ed Foundation-funded staff and programs.  Please make your donation to the Ed Foundation today so these programs continue next year.
Cheli Nye
P.S. In February, the SMMUSD Board of Education will determine funding for instructional assistants, arts, and other enrichment programs for next year, based on the amount donated by January 31. Our students need your donation now. Thank you in advance!
Senior Night for Girls Soccer: ALL
Question: "Why is the MHS soccer field the coolest place to be? "  Answer: "Because it's full of fans!"   We invite you, our Girls' Soccer fans to Senior Night on February 7 to help honor our amazing seniors.  Ceremony starts at 5:40pm before the players take on Foothill Tech at 6pm. Please come to enjoy Farm and Flame food truck (always delicious) and cheer on the Sharks!
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
Student Parking: ALL
All students will continue to park in the same student parking lot near the pool area.  The new parking lot is now open for staff parking only.  There will be no student parking allowed in the new parking lot.  Also, please do not park in the green curb area in front of the school.   The Lost Hills Sheriff Department will be ticketing cars that are parked there as this is a drop off area only.
Safety: ALL
It is the time of year that the sun is rising in direct alignment with Morning View Drive, causing glare for drivers using this route for drop off.  Please be aware that this route is also shared by students on bicycles and pedestrians.  Please drive at a safe speed, keep windshields clean to minimize glare, and always be aware of others on this 2 lane road.
Student Illness: ALL

Students who feel ill while at school are required to go to the nurse FIRST before contacting their parent. The nurse will assess the student’s health and then the parent will be notified. Parents, if your child calls you from school and asks to be picked up due to illness, please tell your child to go see the nurse so that we can follow proper school procedure.
Enter the MHS Clean Campus Campaign Poster Contest:  ALL
Show your school pride and enter the contest with the theme: Help keep our campus clean!  For the contest details please click HERE.  
Submissions are due Friday, February 9, 2018.  Win prizes and have your poster featured on campus and at other Malibu schools!
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.
Diplomas for the Class of 2018 will be printed in the near future.  To ensure the correct spelling of your legal name, please check with your Government or Economics teacher or see the list on the attendance office window.   Any corrections should to be given to Mr. Sferra by WEDNESDAY, 2/14/18 at the latest.
Corrections after this date will not be reflected on your diploma.  There is a $25 change fee after 2/15/18.  See Mr. Sferra with any questions.  
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!
Senior Night for Girls Soccer: ALL
Question: "Why is the MHS soccer field the coolest place to be? "  Answer: "Because it's full of fans!"   We invite you, our Girls' Soccer fans to Senior Night on February 7 to help honor our amazing seniors.  Ceremony starts at 5:40pm before the players take on Foothill Tech at 6pm. Please come to enjoy Farm and Flame food truck (always delicious) and cheer on the Sharks!
Senior Night for Boys Soccer -  this Friday: ALL
The Middle School production of Oklahoma has finally arrived: ALL
This year marks the 75th anniversary of this musical- so Ms. Leonard figured it was the perfect time to pick this show. It is good for all ages- so bring your kids, neighbors, random strangers, etc. The performances are:  Feb 8th, 9th, and 10th at 7:00pm and Feb. 11th at 2:00pm.
Mrs. Leonard and her talented group of student performers have been practicing diligently to prepare for this musical! They are ready and excited about putting on a show for the MHS community. Thank you for supporting the fabulous cast and crew in this production.
Friday Feb 9: Middle School Dance - CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED
Parent Education: ALL
FEBRUARY 12, MHS Auditorium 6:30pm. We are thrilled to have our school Principal Dr. Cheli Nye along with Roots and Wings’ Allison Balser and Webster’s Caitlin Harrington present “What Parents Need to Know About Bullying.”  Dr. Nye did her dissertation on cyber bullying, Allison Balser is one of our favorite parent coaches at Roots and Wings and Caitlin Harrington has studied the OLWEUS curriculum which our schools use. What an incredible team! We hope to see many parents there!

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

Thank you those who came to our ARTS College Admission night! It was a great success and our guest speaker was amazing.
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.
Any Juniors wishing to take the SAT at Malibu High School on March 10th will need to register online through CollegeBoard by February 9th. Link:
Save the Date for our next Coffee with the Counselors: Tuesday, February 13th.
Last Call- College Tour for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders: Malibu High School is excited to share with you an opportunity for our students this summer to tour about 7 different colleges and universities in Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina area. The tour is set for Monday, June 11 until Friday June 15, 2018. This is the week following the last day of school.
Students will have the chance to tour campus, meet with admission and financial aid counselors, and see first hand the campus culture at these colleges and universities, especially if they are interested in applying to college in this region.
Attached, you will find the flyer with the information. The deadline to enroll is February 16th. Website:
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:

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
Student Art Exhibit is happening at the Malibu Village (Cross Creek) by Chipotle. Come volunteer to help set up on Prep Days, Thursday, February 8 and Friday, February 9 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. The actual event day will be Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Come enjoy some art while accruing service learning hours!
The Youth Basketball League is an ongoing event happening every Friday from 5:00 pm -9:00 pm and Saturday from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm at MHS through February. Help keep score on Fridays and help teach/referee on Saturdays. Please register with the City of Malibu, Call 310-456-2489 for more information.
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.
Juan Cabrillo School - Roundup: ALL
Preschool, TK and Kinder round-up will be February 8, 2018 from 8:30 am - 10:00 am.  Please RSVP at 310-457-0360.
City of Malibu to Conduct Full-Scale Test of Disaster Notification System on Feb 7:ALL
The City will conduct a full-scale test of Everbridge, Malibu’s Disaster Mass Notification System, on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 PM as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to improve disaster preparedness and response capabilities.  The recent massive wildfires fires and ensuing mudslides that devastated communities in California highlighted weaknesses in the phone-based emergency alert systems that most government agencies rely on.  Following the test, the City will analyze the effectiveness and reach of the system and will conduct additional outreach to register more residents.
According to some estimates, fewer than half of all homes currently have a landline. People are increasingly “cutting the cord” and using only cell phones. During the deadly and destructive Santa Rosa and Thomas Fires, many people never received an evacuation notification. In some cases, telephone lines and poles were physically destroyed.  There are currently only 1,617 cell phones registered for Malibu’s 13,000 residents. The recent disasters underscore how important it is for every person and household to sign up and register their cell phone numbers. All information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with third parties.
When activated, the Everbridge system will send a recorded voice and/or text message, and cycle through every device that is registered, until a person clicks a “message received” confirmation. If no confirmation is received, the system will start over and cycle back through all of the devices/contacts until a confirmation is given.  The system also allows users to register disabilities, special medications, or specialized medical equipment that emergency responders may need to know about during an evacuation.
Users can download a free, optional Everbridge mobile app for use on Android or Apple devices. The system will work without the app. To find the app, search for “ContactBridge” in the app store or iTunes.  To sign up for the City’s disaster and evacuation alerts through Everbridge, For more information, call Public Safety Manager Susan Dueñas at 310-456-2489 ext. 313 or email
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!
Please Join the Malibu Special Education Foundation for our monthly meeting: ALL  
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 Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.  Please RSVP to
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 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.
Brent’s Club - Drug Prevention and Intervention groups beginning next week at the Wellness Center: 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.
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.
Date    Sport    Level    Opponent    Location
Feb. 5, 2018    Girls Soccer    V/JV    Santa Paula    Santa Paula
Feb. 5, 2018    Boys Basketball    V/JV/FS    Santa Paula    Home
Feb. 5, 2018    Boys Soccer    V/JV    Thacher    Home
Feb. 7, 2018    Boys Basketball    V/JV/FS    St. Bonaventure    Ventura HS
Feb. 7, 2018    Girls Soccer    V/JV    Foothill (senior night)    Home
Feb 7, 2018    Girls Water Polo    V    Carpinteria    Home
Feb. 8, 2018    Girls Basketball    V    Cate    Home
Feb. 9, 2018    Boys Basketball    V/JV/FS    Bishop Diego    Home
Date    Event
February and March    College Guidance - Juniors One-on-One
February 5    National School Counselor Week
February 7    Senior Night - Girls Soccer
February 8 - 11    MS Musical
February 8    PTSA Meeting
February 9    MS Dance - Cancelled - Will be rescheduled
February 9    Senior Night - Boys Soccer
February 12    Parent Ed. Meeting
February 13    Coffee with the Counselors
February 14    Goals for Graduation
February 15    ELAC
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