Monday Message: March 27


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE 
 



Dear Parents and Friends,

One week left before spring break and then the end of school will be here before you know it.  Randy Pausch wrote, “Never, ever underestimate the power of having fun.”  Take these two weeks that the students have off and spend some time having fun.  I encourage the students to recharge since when we come back we will be in state testing, then AP testing, and then the last stretch before the end of the year, promotion and graduation.  It will come quick.

Some good news for anyone who has been at parent meetings the past two months: we have been released from being monitored for Norovirus.  This means that all our activities will resume without restriction or extra screening.  We were requiring students to stay home for 48 hours after symptoms subsided when they had episodes of vomiting or diarrhea. This is not mandated unless you suspect your student has Norovirus.  Norovirus is a common virus and can still occur.  If you suspect that your student does have the Norovirus, please do keep him/her home for 48 hours as they may still be contagious.

With that said, I wish you all a healthy, happy and fun spring break.  Go Sharks!

Cheli Nye, Ed.D.


SCHOOL NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS   



PTSA HONORARY SERVICE AWARDS: ALL  
The annual PTSA Honorary Service Awards ceremony will take place on May 25th, and deserving individuals will be honored for the service and commitment to our students and school community.  We are now accepting nominations for deserving recipients.  Nomination forms can be found in the main office and can be returned to the President’s box when completed.  Is there someone you feel has gone the extra mile, or someone you feel deserves recognition for doing an outstanding job at MHS?  Please consider nominating that special person.  Nominated individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the well being of children, youth or families in Malibu High School or Malibu can be considered for this award. Current members, officers and teachers may also be considered for this award.Please contact PTSA President Melanie Goudzwaard if you have any questions.  melanieg@financialseminars.com

MALIBU UNIFICATION NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT: ALL 
Santa Monica Meeting: March 21st and Malibu Meeting: March 27th:  Members of the Malibu Unification Negotiations Committee (MUNC) will present their report on financial aspects associated with a proposed reorganization of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District into two separate school districts at two community meetings, one in Malibu and one in Santa Monica.The Santa Monica meeting will be held in the District Office Boardroom at 1651 16th Street on Tuesday, March 21, and the Malibu meeting will be held at Malibu City Hall at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road on Monday, March 27. Both meetings are planned for 7 pm.  The Board gave a number of charges to the MUNC when it was formed more than a year ago.  The key objective of concern to the Board of Education is to eliminate any significant adverse financial effects of a potential separation on the Santa Monica Unified School District. The MUNC has addressed the approach it has negotiated in their report and presentation. The public will have the opportunity to make comments following the presentation. Both presentations will be the same, so members of the public may attend either presentation regardless of community of residence.  It is very important for parents and community members of Santa Monica and Malibu to understand the financial implications of the proposed separation, or unification, to which it is legally referred. The School Board will be discussing the MUNC’s report in April.   Details regarding the Committee’s purpose and the Board’s objectives can be found online, along with the presentation:  http://www.smmusd.org/superintendent/MalibuUnification/index.html   

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

LOST AND FOUND: ALL All items will be donated at the end of the week, before spring break.  Check the Lost and Found for any missing items before the end of the week.

THE SHARK FUND for MHS “March into the Future” Final Week !: ALL
We now have 74% of our Shark Fund Budget covered, with 43% of families having contributed.  If you haven't yet donated to the Shark Fund this year, please do so this week. Remember -- all of your tax-deductible donations stay right here at MHS.  Thank you SO much for supporting our school and all the valuable programs in Arts, Athletics, “STEM” support, classroom technology, teacher and student services, and a lot more!  To contribute one time or monthly: www.thesharkfund.org

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!  

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


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!

ASSEMBLY: HS
In honor of celebrating diversity and continual inclusion and awareness for all students, Malibu High School and the GSA Club would like the opportunity to bring attention the triumphs of the Transgendered community by inviting guest speaker Gigi Lazzarato- Sundance Film Festival star from This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, Youtube Sensation, and Activist - to share her personal journey.  Gigi will speak to the Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) and the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community. This opportunity will include a student lead Q & A coupled with online safety and strategies for dealing with bullying.  We encourage all students to take part in March 30th presentation during high school Support; however, students who need to work on tests/homework are encouraged to inform their Support period teacher for alternative accommodations.  The Meet & Greet portion of the assembly will be filmed. A parent-signed release form MUST be completed and brought to the assembly for those that wish to partake in the Meet & Greet portion. These will be available in the Main Office.

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. 

SPRING BREAK: ALL
Malibu High School will be closed April 3, 2017-April 14, 2017.  School resumes on Monday, April 17, 2017.


PLAN AHEAD


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.

ARTS ANGELS MEETING: ALL 
The next Arts Angels meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 8:30am and not the 18th as originally scheduled.

ISPE APPLICATIONS DUE: GRADES 6-11 
Independent PE forms for high school and middle school are now available in the main office! High school applications are blue and middle school applications are lilac. Applications are due by April 21! Please turn in applications to Mr. Neier's mailbox in the main office. Applications will not be accepted after the April 21 deadline. 

12 ANGRY AMERICANS: ALL
The High School Theater Department will present, "12 Angry Americans" on April 27, 28, 29 at 7:00pm and April 30 at 2:00pm.  "On a hot summer day after a long trial, a jury must decide whether a 16-year-old boy is guilty of murdering his father. The jury votes 11-1 that the boy is guilty of the crime, but laws in the United States require a unanimous vote by all 12 jurors in order to pass judgment. Tempers flare as the eleven jurors try their best to convince the 1 dissenter to come around to their side. As the evidence is re-examined, however, new uncertainties come to light, forcing everyone to truly question if there is in fact some measure of "reasonable doubt". Twelve Angry Americans, written by Reginal Rose adapted from his 1954 teleplay of the same title, is a heightened courtroom thriller that puts you on the edge of your site while powerfully exploring what it means to live in a democracy."

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.  


COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS
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 29th: Senior Checklist & Open forum with College Counselor (Seniors)


 SERVICE LEARNING


The Zanmi Club t-shirt Drive continues through next week! Please be sure to do some Spring Cleaning and bring your unwanted but usable t-shirts to school next week. (Colorful and/or patterned fabric is also welcomed.) The second period class who brings in the most t-shirts will get a Lily's Breakfast Burrito party! 

ALL H.S. Students: Your WOLF Camp applications are due next Thursday, March 30. Please drop completed applications off at the Main Office of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School.

Sign up to volunteer for the Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills which takes place at various Agoura locations. The dates of the events are March 30, 31, and April 1. To register go to: volunteer.greatrace.run.

COMMUNITY NEWS

SUMMER ADVENTURE:  The Summer Adventure Registration is open!  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

CLIMATE CALLING MEDIA FESTIVAL: Students in all levels of education are welcome to participate in  Pepperdine University's upcoming Climate Calling Media Festival . This festival accepts all forms of media, film, digital art, photos, etc, that share a story about any aspect of climate change, challenges, solutions, effects, and many more topics.  More information is available at: https://ccmediafest.wordpress.com/

A SPECIAL SCREENING: NO LETTING GO:  The city of Thousand Oaks Libray on Monday, April 24, 2017 6:00-8:00pm in the Grant R. Brimhall Library will host a screening of “No Letting Go.”  It is a dramatic, independent feature film adapted from the award-winning short film, ILLNESS, and based on the real-life story of producer and co-writer Randi Silverman and her family. The film is a heartfelt look at one family’s journey to understand and to cope with the erratic behavior and emotional instability of their middle son. The producers of No Letting Go have partnered with The Youth Mental Health Project, a nonprofit organization seeking to promote awareness and understanding of the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults.


ATHLETICS INFORMATION

UPCOMING HOME GAMES: ALL

MAR 28
Lacrosse vs. Cate
Var 4:00pm
MAR 29
Boys Tennis vs. Nordhoff
Var 3:00pm
MAR 29
Baseball vs. Santa Paula
Var 3:30pm
MAR 29
Swimming, Girls vs. La Reina
3:00pm @ Home
MAR 30
Boys Volleyball vs. Nordhoff
JV 4:00pm, Var 5:00pm 
MAR 30
Boys Tennis vs. Cate
Var 3:00pm
MAR 30
Track vs. Foothill
All 3:00pm
MAR 31
Baseball vs. Santa Paula
JV 3:30pm

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

   Friday, March 31
   POMS Meeting
   Monday, April 3 -
   Spring Break
        Friday, April 14
   
  Saturday, April 8    ACT Test Date (not at MHS)
  Monday, April 17    Roads to Respect Workshop...
  All Week
   State Testing
  Tuesday, April 18
   Coffee with the Counselors
  Tuesday, April 18    Arts Angels Meeting
  Friday, April 21    Athletic Booster Club Meeting
  Friday, April 21 -
   Orchestra Competition
      Saturday, April 22
   

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