Monday Message: March 13


SCHOOL NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS   



THE SHARK FUND: ALL
THE SHARK FUND for MHS – “March into the Future” –keeps marching, and we now have 70% of our Shark Fund Budget covered, still 30% to go and 40% of families have contributed. We invite each and every family to contribute something to the Shark Fund.  And remember - all of your support stays right here at MHS.  One-time and monthly, recurring contributions are all welcome.  Please read the weekly updates on email.    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:   www.thesharkfund.org   

NEW MHS ONLINE DIRECTORY:ALL
MHS PTSA is launching a SECURE, Automated Directory for MHS Families, Faculty and Staff.  This online directory will be available from your home computer and your smart phone via the app My School Anywhere.  Stay connected to other MHS families and faculty via online and your phone,purchase PTSA membership online and from your phone, and be informed of volunteer opportunities at MHS. 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.  Once your information has been accepted and confirmed you will be sent a separate link and temporary password to access the directory.  ALL INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT PRIVATE. https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=MalibuHighSchool114852  Any questions please contact Ali Thonson:  athonson@mac.com

PRESENTATION ON  MIDDLE SCHOOL REPLACEMENT: ALL
Attention parents and staff of our Malibu schools and community members. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District staff will present plans to replace the middle school building (E) on the Malibu High School campus, at the regular board of education meeting scheduled for March 16, 2017 at Malibu City Hall, 23815 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu. This agenda item is expected to be presented at approximately 6:30 pm. Staff is recommending replacement of the middle school building instead of the previously approved plan to modernize the existing building. Parents, students and community members are invited to attend the presentation that will include the plans, simulated views, lighting and other details. This study session agenda item includes the recommendation by SMMUSD staff to replace the middle school building with a GrowthPoint structure, however, a vote will not be taken at this time. The meeting will include time for public comment. »Read more

LIBRARY NEWS: ALL
The Malibu High library has two new ways for the community to share and communicate interesting ideas and information.  The library's Instagram account is Malibu_High_Library and our Twitter handle is @MalibuHSLibrary.  We look forward to hearing from you!  And dont forget to follow Malibu High School on Facebook.

ATTENDANCE OFFICE REMINDER: ALL
Many parents have expressed confusion regarding excessive absence and truancy letters sent home.  More information can be found at: http://www.smmusd.org/StudentServices/attendance.html.  California has compulsory attendance laws requiring students to attend school daily.  There are only a very small number of allowable reasons for school absence per state law.  Therefore, most absences including those verified with a note through the attendance office are consider unexcused.  After 3 unexcused absences a student is considered truant and the SARB process is initiated.  Please help to ensure your student attends school daily. Good attendance is the number one indicator of student success,

8TH GRADE PROMOTION: GRADE 8
8th Grade Parents—our promotion is in just a few weeks! We NEED your help to make this celebration special. Please sponsor or make a donation of any amount. To find out what we need, follow this  link.  You can also leave a check made out to “Shark Fund” with 8th Grade Promotion in the MEMO in the folder at the office labeled “8th Grade Promotion” Any questions, contact Karin Mihkels at karmihkels@gmail.com or Kathryn Alice at Kathryn@kathrynalice.com  Thank you SO much! 

HEALTH OFFICE UPDATES: ALL
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 which 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, lmorn@smmusd.org, or your health care provider.  

12TH GRADE GRADUATION: GRADE 12
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. The Shark Fund's P.O. box is 608. Any questions, contact Lynne Daniels /310.720.8222, MommyLynneLynne@aol.com or  Marie Wexler/310.425.9551, MarieWexler27@gmail.com. Thank you soooo much!

BUY A YEARBOOK: ALL    
High School (Grades 9-12) yearbooks can be purchased by going to yearbooksforever.com. The last day to buy a high school yearbook is May 1. 2016-2017 Middle School Yearbooks are also on sale.  Order your MS Yearbook on yearbooksforever.com or pick up an order form in the Main Office.


THIS WEEK AT MHS


CJSF/CSF RECOGNITION BREAKFAST: ALL
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!

NO BLOCK SCHEDULE: ALL
Due to CJSF/CSF events and Stairway events, there will be no block schedule this week on March 15 and 16.

SMMUSD BOARD MEETING: ALL
Please be advised that the Board of Education meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 5:30pm at in the Malibu City Council Chambers: 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA.  A copy of the agenda is available on the district web site and will include a presentation about the Middle School Replacement Building proposal as well as recognition of Malibu High students.

EWASTE COLLECTION: ALL 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 s.ryan@smmusd.org if you have any questions.


PLAN AHEAD


COFFEE WITH THE COUNSELORS: HS
Join us on on Tuesday, March 21 at 9:00am for Coffee with the counselors.  Please park in our lot, check in at the main office, and we will direct you to room C-19. We look forward to see you soon.

MALIBU/SANTA MONICA SPECIAL  EDUCATION FOUNDATION PRESENTATION: ALL
Hosted at Malibu Public Library Tuesday 3/21 at 5:30, the guest speaker is from F.A.C.T & Gap (Www.factfamily.org).  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. »More information 

AP TESTING INFORMATION: HS
2017 AP EXAMS ARE FAST APPROACHING! Payment for exams is due by WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29. The cost is $120 per exam, with a $10 late fee beyond the March 29 due date. Pay online via the ASB Student Store. Click on that icon on our website, select College Board Exams under "Departments" on the left, then choose the exams you're taking. It's easy! Checks payable to MHS or cash can also be brought to Mary Slawter in the student store. Your prompt attention to this is much appreciated!

POMS MEETING: GRADE 8 AND MS
This month's POMS meeting, scheduled for Friday, March 31 at 8:30am in C19 will include information for grade 8 parents about the transition to high school.  This presentation will include the high school counselors and athletic director and replaces the originally scheduled meeting for 8th grade families as part of Open House.  We invite all 8th grade families to attend this month's POMS meeting to get important information as your student prepares for the next stage of their schooling career. 
 
CAASPP STATE TESTING: GRADES 6-8, 10, 11
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.

SAVE THE DATES: GRADES 8 AND 12
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. 


COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

COFFEE WITH THE COUNSELORS: Join us on on Tuesday, March 21 at 9:00am for Coffee with the counselors.  Please park in our lot, check in at the main office, and we will direct you to room C-19. We look forward to see you soon.

Juniors: Are you taking the ACT in April? Do you need a quick review before the exam? We are offering a boot camp at Malibu high school Saturday, March 25th from 9:00-noon in the College and Career center. Spaces are limited. To sign up, please go here: https://www.applerouth.com/schools/104746/

ALL STUDENTS: March is College Madness Month. 

Every Monday, show your college spirit by wearing a t-shirt or sweat shirt. 

Every Wednesday: College Workshopsin the College and Career center during support. 

March 15th: College Panel. Current college students here to answer your questions! (All students are welcome, especially seniors!)

March 22nd: The importance of Touring Colleges & what questions to ask. (ALL students)

March 29th: Senior Checklist & Open forum with College Counselor (Seniors)


 SERVICE LEARNING


Attention all students: We are having a "Lions Eyes Across California" Drive, sponsored by the Lion's Club of Santa Monica. We will be collecting used eyeglasses for people who can not afford to buy them. The Lion's Club reconditions them and distributes them to people who can not afford them. Please find the Lion's Club used eyeglass box in the main office and donate your recyclable eye wear.

High School Students: Do you need a lot of Service Learning Hours?  How about 60 hours?! Well then fill out an application to be a counselor for WOLF Camp at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu. If you would like to be a student chaperone for Juan Cabrillo's 5th grade class May 16 -19, please see Ms. Soloway for an application. Students need to be in good academic standing and will be responsible for all missed schoolwork. The camp is free to the counselors and food will be provided. All applications are due by March 30th! For more information see Ms. Soloway or contact Dr. Pam Herkner, Principal of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School at 310-457-0360.

Attention all High School students: The Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills is coming up and volunteers are needed for March 30, 31, and April 1. This is a great way to get out there and earn some service learning hours! If you are interested, please go to their website to sign up:  volunteer.greatrace.run. Volunteer spots fill up quickly, so sign up now!

Help clean up JCES: Looking for Student and Family Volunteers to come beautify Juan Cabrillo on April 22nd from 10-3. Receive service hours and have fun! Contact Cerin at cerinsmail@gmail.com. or just show up !

COMMUNITY NEWS

SUMMER ADVENTURE:  The Summer Adventure Registration opens Monday, March 20th!  Our amazing summer program for elementary aged students will run from June 19 through July 21, 2017. Early Bird Registration: Only $525 for five weeks.  Come for all five weeks, or pay by the week.  Childcare is available before and after for an additional fee. A new theme each week!  Movers, Shakers, Gizmo Makers; Nature Gone Wild; Pop Culture Explosion; Lights, Camera, Action; Global Food Frenzy.  Visit us at summer-adventure.org

ALADDIN:  Once Upon A Time Theater presents:  ALADDIN at the Malibu Playhouse!  Join us for a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.  For TICKETS and dates visit:  www.BuyTickets.at/OnceUponaTimeTheater

SCAG SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: SCAG will provide a $4,000 scholarship award for seven high school along with a two-week internship with a local planning agency, council of governments or SCAG. Recipients will also have an opportunity to meet with their local government representatives and practicing planners to discuss the importance of urban planning and a future career in public service.  To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be a resident within the SCAG region (i.e. Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino or Ventura County), enrolled as a high school junior or senior, or community college student, have at least a 3.0 grade point average and be eligible to work in the United States. In addition, graduating students must be enrolled in higher education. Applicants must complete an application form and essay, provide two letters of recommendation and a current transcript.  For more information, to apply online or download an application, please visit our website: www.scag.ca.gov/scholarship.

ECO HERO KIDS SPRING CREATIVE CAMP 2017 AT THE MALIBU PLAYHOUSE: Eco Hero Kids invites youths ages 8 to 11 years old and teens ages 12 to 15 years old. Session 1: April 3rd - 7th Session 2: April 10th - 14th Mondays through Fridays 9am to 3pm. Culmination Performance at the Malibu Playhouse Friday, April 14th at 7pm. SINGING! SONGWRITING! DANCING! STORYTELLING! Musical Director: Julia Holland Choreographer: Steven W. Nielson For more information contact: Julia at 310-429-2665 or email info@ecoherokids.com or visit www.EcoHeroKids.com. Please be advised that this event or promotion is not sponsored by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and is not part of any school program or curriculum. No District personnel will be present to supervise students who attend this event or promotional activity. The District does not endorse this event or promotion and has not approved or qualified the vendor(s) involved in the advertised activity.

ECO HERO KIDS CAMPS: SUMMER CAMP HAWAII ALOHA AINA 2017 (Love Of The Land) at Camp Erdman, North Shore , Oahu, Hawaii from July 30th - August 5th. Our week long adventure is designed to bring kids into closer relationship with each other and the Earth, building confidence through music, theatre, nature adventures, and the ancient stories of the island. The camp includes singing, dancing, songwriting, storytelling, music recording, creating a music video, water adventures, Hawaiian luau, island culture, surfing, paddleboarding, etc.  Go to www.EHKHAWAII.com.  For additional info contact INFO@ECOHEROKIDS.COM, JULIA HOLLAND 310 429 2665, or visit http://www.ecoherokids.com/.  Eco Hero Kids Foundation is a 501(c)3 non profit corporation Please be advised that this event is not sponsored by the SMMUSD and is not part of any school program or curriculum.


ATHLETICS INFORMATION

UPCOMING HOME GAMES: ALL

MAR 14
Boys Tennis vs. Simi Valley
Var 3:00pm
MAR 14
Softball vs. Villanova
Var 3:30pm
MAR 14
Swimming vs. Agoura
All 3:00pm
MAR 14
Lacrosse vs. Simi Valley
Var 4:00pm
MAR 16
Boys Volleyball vs. Foothill
JV 5:00pm, Var 6:00pm 
MAR 17
Softball vs. Grace Brethren
Var 3:30pm
 news more games


SCHOOL CALENDAR

   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
   Friday, March 31
   POMS Meeting
   Monday, April 3 -
   Spring Break
        Friday, April 14
   
       

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