Monday Message: January 29



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MONDAY MESSAGE: January 29, 2018

 

SCHOOL NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


 

THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION: ALL

 

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.

 

Sincerely,

Cheli Nye

Principal

 

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!

 

CONGRATULATIONS CLAUDIA LANE FOR BEING NAMED THE GATORADE CALIFORNIA GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR: ALL

CHICAGO (January 29, 2018) — In its 33rd year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Claudia Lane of Malibu High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade California Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Lane was the first Gatorade California Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Malibu High School when she won the honor her sophomore year (2016-17).

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse, distinguishes Lane as California's best high school girls cross country runner. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award to be announced in January, Lane joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Lukas Verzbicas (2010-11, 2009- 10 Carl Sandburg, Orland Park, Ill.), Megan Goethals (2009-10, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Mich.), Jordan Hasay (2008-09, Mission College Prep., San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and Chris Derrick (2007-08, Neuqua Valley, Naperville, Ill.).

The 5-foot-2 junior raced to her second consecutive national title at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships this past season, breaking the tape in 17:03.4. The state's returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Lane won the Division 4 individual state championship with a course-record time of 16:30.3. She also finished first at the Foot Locker West Regional championship in a course-record time of 16:59.6 and earned victories at the prestigious Mt. SAC Invitational, the Ventura County championships and the Southern Section championships.

Founder of the Every Elephant Matters club at her school, Lane has volunteered locally on behalf of the National Charity League, Upward Bound House and the Fauna Foundation. "Claudia's natural gifts could have her relaxing on her laurels, but that's not who she
is," said Malibu coach Mark Larsen. "No one works harder and longer than Claudia at practice. She is constantly trying to improve herself, not only by getting stronger, but getting smarter as to how she races."  Way to go Claudia! We are so proud of you.

 

PTSA: ALL

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 karen.farrer28@gmail.com 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.

 

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!

The 2018 Grad Night and Graduation Committee: HIGH SCHOOL

 

The 2018 Grad Night and Graduation Committee is holding its first meeting on Wednesday, January 31, at 9:00 a.m. in the library. If you would like to be a part of the process, please join us then or you can contact Maria Moss at maria@mossfoundation.net.

 

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

 

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

 

SENIORS CAP and GOWN ORDER:  For those that have already placed their order and those that still need to - IF you wish to change your gown color from either black to teal or teal to black , you must see Mr Sferra by FRIDAY, 2/2.  After that date you may not change your color option.

DIPLOMAS FOR THE CLASS OF 2018: SENIORS

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

Order you MS Yearbook on www.yearbookforever.com 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 www.yearbookforever.com 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!

 

THIS WEEK AT MHS

 

College Guidance - Juniors - Jan 29-30.

 

College Art Adm. Night - Jan 31. at 6pm

 

8th Grade Promotion Committee Meeting: Middle School

Thursday, Feb 1st @ 10AM - 8th Grade Promotion Committee Meeting and Recap of 1.26 Meeting in room C19.

ACT Bootcamp - Feb 3. Contact Linh Nguyen for more details: lnguyen@smmusd.org

 

PLAN AHEAD

Parent Education: ALL

 

  • February 1, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Juan Cabrillo Elementary Room 19: Parent IEP Training presented by Pamela Kazee, Director of Special Education.  Purpose - To raise awareness of the Individual Education Program (IEP) process that will empower parents to have meaningful participation as members of their child's IEP team.

  • 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

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

 

Parents of Juniors: This went out to your student this week:

 

If your are taking the ACT or SAT this spring and would like help prepping for the exam the week before, sign up for this Boot camp! An expert on the ACT/SAT will provide you with tools to help you with the exam. This four hour Boot camp comes with materials you will be able to take home. Space is limited. Sign up ASAP.

 

Date: Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 for ACT and Saturday March 3 for SAT

Time: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Cost: $20. (A $50 value!) Please bring cash or check to Ms. Nguyen by the Friday before the boot camp!

Location: Malibu High School, Room 603

 

The link to register:

http://malibuhigh.org/collegeandcareercenter

 

We will be hosting an ARTS College Admission workshop Wednesday January 31 at 6:00 PM in room C-19 for any students and parents interested in learning about the college admission process for Art schools and programs. Our guest speaker is the department chair at UCLA and she will cover the admission process for the different types of art, auditions, portfolios, and more. We hope to see you there!

 

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: https://www.efexploreamerica.com/tour-website/2051809YT

 

Contact: Ms. Nguyen, College and Career Center, Room 101B or Email lnguyen@smmusd.org

 

SERVICE LEARNING

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 bsoloway@smmusd.org.  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:

  • Go to: MHS STUDENT LIFE > COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING > CSL CALENDAR

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: HIGH SCHOOL

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, malibucity.org/volunteer.

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, malibucity.org/volunteer.

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 yocheved57@aol.com or call 310-435-6543.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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.

 

Parent IEP Training: ALL

 

February 1, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Juan Cabrillo Elementary Room 19: Parent IEP Training presented by Pamela Kazee, Director of Special Education.  Purpose - To raise awareness of the Individual Education Program (IEP) process that will empower parents to have meaningful participation as members of their child's IEP team.

 

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 msefbu@gmail.com

 

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 devonmeyersproject@gmail.com

 

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.

 

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: www.ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest

 

CORO YOUTH FELLOW PROGRAM: SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS

 

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 jenny@corola.org with any questions.

 

 

ATHLETICS INFORMATION

UPCOMING GAMES

Date

Sport

Level

Opponent

Location

Jan. 29, 2018

Boys Basketball

V/JV/FS

Bishop Diego

Bishop Diego

Jan. 29, 2018

Girls Basketball

V

Nordhoff

Home

Jan. 30, 2018

Boys Soccer

V

Bishop Diego

Bishop Diego

Jan. 30, 2018

Girls Basketball

V

Nordhoff

Nordhoff

Jan. 31, 2018

Boys Basketball

V/JV/FS

Nordhoff

Nordhoff

Jan. 31, 2018

Girls Soccer

V

Grace Brethren

Home

Jan. 31, 2018

Girls Water Polo

V/JV

Foothill

Ventura Aquatic Center

Feb. 1, 2018

Boys Soccer

V/JV

St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure

Feb. 1, 2018

Girls Basketball

V

Villanova

Home

Feb. 2, 2018

Girls Water Polo

V

Nordhoff

Nordhoff

Feb. 2, 2018

Girls Soccer

V

St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure

Feb. 3, 2018

Boys Soccer

V/JV

Foothill

Ventura College

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

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

 

SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

 

Date

Event

January 29-30

College Guidance - Juniors

January 31

College Art Adm. Night

February 1

8th Grade Promotion Meeting

February 3

ACT Bootcamp

February 5 - 9

College Guidance - Freshman and Sophomores

February 7

College Night

February 8 - 11

MS Musical

February 8

PTSA Meeting

February 9

MS Dance

 

MONDAY MESSAGE: ALL

The Monday Message is a weekly email created for parents and includes school news, announcements, a calendar and details about upcoming events.  The Monday Message is sent via email to all parents on Monday mornings and posted online at http://malibuhigh.org/news_monday_message.  If you are not receiving this message via email, please contact Laurie Morgan at lmorgan@smmusd.org to be added to our mailing list.  We are always looking for ways to improve school-to-home communication.  If you have any suggestions and/or would like something included in the Monday Message, please email Nauman Zaidi at Nzaidi@smmusd.org.  We welcome items from staff, students, parents and the wider Malibu community.

 

MHS ONLINE DIRECTORY: ALL

SECURE, Automated Directory for MHS Families, Faculty and Staff.  This online directory is available from your home computer and your smartphone via the app My School Anywhere.  Stay connected to other MHS families and faculty via online and your phone.  Access to the directory will be granted ONLY to MHS Parents, Faculty and Staff.  Click on the link below to add your information.  You choose what information you want to input and display.  If any contact info changes throughout the school year, just log on and update your information as needed.  Once your information has been accepted and confirmed you will be sent a separate link and temporary password to access the directory.  Any questions please contact Ali Thonson at athonson@mac.com.  JOIN TODAY!!!  Online Student/Staff Directory

 

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