Sequoia Sentinel
September 28, 2020
Sequoia PTSA's weekly eNewsletter in partnership with the Sequoia High School Education Foundation
Quick access at your fingertips: View the Sequoia High School Calendar and the Fall 2020 Distance Learning Schedule
Principal's Message
We're mixing it up with a video this week! Please click here for Sean's message.
From the Editors
Our readers enjoy hearing about activities, events, and accomplishments of our Sequoia students, staff, and community. If you have articles to submit to the Sentinel (including photos and links), please use this *new* Google Form by the Thursday before publication. See Guidelines for news submissions. 
Sequoia Highlights
"That's So Raven"
This week on episode 5 of "That's So Raven," we talk about Reflections Projects and Senior Portraits. We have our first ever food review, find out how blue the skies will be, ask a Sequoia Alum a never-ending question, and hear a documentary review from the Raven Rave!

We are the ASB class of Sequoia High School located in Redwood City, California. We upload videos of what is happening at Sequoia High School! Subscribe and turn on post notifications to keep updated!
Deadline for adding or dropping classes: 9/30
The last day to add a class is 9/30, and the last day to drop a class without penalty on your transcript ('withdraw' grade) is 9/30. Please contact your assigned counselor if you have questions or a request to add or drop a class. 

Add/drop dates can be found in the Announcements page of the Sequoia High School Counseling webpage.

Sequoia sports are coming back!
Many of our sports teams are starting socially distant workouts. Please keep an eye on for info.

Feel free to reach out to Athletic Director, Melissa Schmidt ( with questions.
IB exam registration process
Students can sign up for an IB Exam Registration Virtual Meeting (offered five different times) via a Google Doc form. IB teachers will provide students with the link to the Google Doc form. Or students can use THIS LINK to access the form.

  • Only students with a Sequoia email address can access the form.
  • Signing up on the Google Doc form will be an assignment for students in IB class(es), and is DUE by Tuesday, Sept 29.

The IB Exam Registration Virtual Meeting will be offered five different times. Students only attend once.
  • Date & Time options for IB Exam Registration Virtual Meeting: 
  • Wed Sept 30: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wed Oct 7: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., or 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Attending an IB Exam Registration Meeting will be an assignment for students in IB class(es) during a testing year.

Students will receive an email from the IB Office with Zoom links, along with links to the IB Exam Registration Form & IB Upload Form, to be used during the meeting.

IB French & IB Visual Arts students should work with their teachers NOW to select the level at which they will test.

SL Math Juniors: You will NOT test this year, but will continue to HL, and test next year. Only SL seniors will test this year. 

During the virtual meeting, students will complete:
  • IB Exam Registration Form
  • IB Upload Consent Form

Students who indicate they have concerns and/or questions about the IB Exam Registration Form during the virtual meeting will be contacted by the IB Office to schedule an individual meeting.

Registrations will be final by November 1.
Get your CANDYLAND homecoming shirt today!

It's a Homecoming Week unlike any other! We can't wait for you to join in on the fun from home! This year's theme is CANDYLAND, and it's going to be SWEET! The SEQ HOMECOMING SHIRT is perfect for students, staff, and anyone else wanting to show their Sequoia spirit!

Make sure to grab your official SEQ HOMECOMING SHIRT today. For the first time ever, you can get a shirt specifically for your grade (or you can select the standard shirt as well).

On the Friday of Spirit Week (October 16th), wear your shirt and take a picture to be included in our biggest social media collage ever! Help your grade sell the most shirts!


Don't wait! In order to get these shirts on time, the store is only open through Monday, September 28!
Be a part of the virtual shadow program
The Shadow Program, run by Student Activities Director Corey Uhalde, is a great opportunity for incoming 8th graders to get a feel for Sequoia, even if just virtually. Corey also hosts a parent information session and needs a few current Sequoia parents to lend their knowledge during a one-hour Zoom call.

We need parent volunteers for one-hour shifts on various morning and/or evening sessions beginning October 13. Shifts are from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. or 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. During Corey's presentation, he may ask you to chime in with your personal experience. No special knowledge of Sequoia required.

Please consider participating; it's a fun opportunity to make someone's first impression of Sequoia overwhelmingly positive. Please sign up here if you would like to volunteer. Feel free to email Sara Mancini if you have any questions. Thanks for your help!

And by the way, if you know of any families who have 8th graders interested in shadowing at Sequoia, share this link to register for Sequoia's modified 2020-2021 shadow program.
Senior portraits
Seniors, please schedule a senior portrait appointment as soon as possible. Try to get your picture taken by Halloween; Thanksgiving at the latest. Questions? Contact Sequoia Yearbook Adviser Eileen Bray.
School Resources
ASB student help directory
Sequoia's ASB members are available to help all Sequoia students with questions about specific classes, curricular and extracurricular activities, and more! Check out the ASB Help Directory on the Sequoia High School website.

Each ASB member has a personalized profile with areas of strength and contact information. ASB is working hard to help Sequoia students feel that sense of individual connection that is so much a part of our school!
Download the SEQ Life app today!
Available in the IOS and Android Stores.

  • Get updates about upcoming Sequoia events
  • Connect to Sequoia's social media accounts
  • Browse the video library of past projects
  • Quick link to the "That's So Raven" weekly news broadcast
  • Access all of Sequoia's online virtual help resources
  • Quick Connect to the Sequoia HS website
  • Order Apparel

Be sure to TURN ON Notifications in order to get the most up-to-date information.
Voting 101: An intro for first-time voters!
Do you want to vote, but don't know how? Read our introduction for first-time voters! Learn how to register to vote online, with simple, understandable instructions, written by youth for youth! The slideshow is available in English and Spanish. Please contact Sabrina Solon if you have questions.
Passionate about STEM? 

The newly-founded Sequoia Science Olympiad club invites all students that are passionate about science and STEM to join a fun community. Science Olympiad is a premier science competition that provides challenges in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, coding, engineering, and more.

Competitions (optional, but encouraged) provide opportunities to compete with a team in tournaments on regional, state, and national levels, along with opportunities to strengthen communication, collaboration, and leadership skills. Stanford Science Olympiad has generously provided coach(es) to encourage and assist students in pursuing their topic of interest.

New members welcome! For more information and the Zoom link, contact the club or visit us on Instagram @seqscienceolympiad. Meetings every Monday from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Education Foundation Updates
Supporting family programs

SHSEF’s mission is to help our Sequoia students reach their highest potential. A strong family and supportive environment directly contributes to student success. SHSEF funds provide family support, PTSA program support, and help bring renowned doctors, professors, and leaders to the Sequoia community through the parent education series.

Upcoming speaker topics include 'The Future of College Admissions,' 'Family Nutrition,' and 'Communication with Your Teen' (see full details in the Parent Education section below).

To make a SHSEF contribution, Donate Here.
It's time to start working on your Reflections project
Don't ignore your inner artist! It's time to start working on your Reflections project for this year's Reflections theme: I Matter Because...Tema 2020-21: Yo Importo Porque…

Enter your artwork and reflect about its meaning to you in one of six categories:
  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

All entries will be recognized for their artistic achievement, and participation itself is a meaningful contribution to the Sequoia community! First-place finishers in each category enter the district competition. District winners move on to the state, and winners there ultimately compete at the national level. Be sure to review the rules and category information on the Reflections page of the PTSA website.

Due date: Friday, November 13, 2020. A link for online submission through a Google Form will be available on the PTSA website at the link above. Questions: contact Meredith Park or Margaret Brockman @ or (650) 743-1695.
Several weeks into online learning, and...
How are you doing?

Hopefully you have been able to “meet” your student’s teachers, check out Canvas, and maybe you attended one or more of the PTSA-sponsored “Ask Sean” Zoom info sessions.

If you’re reading this, you are learning about many activities that are taking place “around” school as reported in the PTSA volunteer-produced Sequoia Sentinel newsletter.

Many of you have reached out to help with volunteer needs as school has gotten off the ground and for that we say, THANK YOU! There will be many more opportunities to come.

With all the back-to school activities on your to-do list, you may have forgotten one important part of school involvement - joining the PTSA!

Each year your Sequoia PTSA forges a strong supportive environment for parents, teachers and students alike and this year is no different.

PTSA membership fees are yearly, so now’s the time to join or renew your commitment to this valuable organization!

Check out our website for more information about PTSA initiatives, class activities, upcoming meetings, and more! We can’t wait to meet you!

With UNALIYI spirit,
Your 2020-2021 Sequoia PTSA membership team

Sequoia PTSA executive board wants to hear from you
Do you have questions for our 2020-2021 PTSA Board? Please reach out at

Karen Ha, EVP
DeeDee Clarke, 1st VP, Special Projects
Cynthia Wiggin, 2nd VP, Comms & Outreach
Kate Corpus, Treasurer
Lisa Hane, Auditor
Natalie Henderson, Recording Secretary
Martha McDaniel, Historian
PTSA Freshman and Junior class reps wanted
We are looking for class reps for the Freshman class and the Junior class. No experience necessary!

For the Freshman class, we are looking for someone to spearhead a community building event for all of our new freshman families. Zoom escape room? Trivia night? The call is yours, and a budget is provided!

For the Junior Class, we are looking for someone to organize Basketball Concessions and/or create a new fundraiser. All proceeds go to the Junior Class Graduation Activities fund for their Senior year.

If you are interested, please reach out to
Need funding to jumpstart your inspiration? PTSA Mini-Grants may be the way to go
Students and staff: Mini-Grants are coming in October! Through the support of the Sequoia High School Education Foundation (SHSEF), the PTSA is able to offer financial grants to enhance education at Sequoia. The grants of up to $750 are designed to inspire creative initiatives to learning and/or to address a compelling need that might otherwise go unmet. Applications will be accepted from October 1-15.

Students involved in clubs or other activities who have an idea for a project that will benefit the school, but need funding, are encouraged to apply. Additional information and the application can be found on the PTSA page of the Sequoia High School website.

Contact Mini-Grants committee chairs Shannon Chi or Adrienne Heist at to join the selection committee.
The Parent Education Series
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We offer free virtual events to support "Safe and Healthy Teens." Click here to register for The Parent Education Newsletter.  
Educators Weigh In: What Matters Most During COVID-19?
Panelists: Parul Chandra, Lexy Eaton, Lisa Otsuka, Georgia Walton 

Wednesday, September 30, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Online Event (Webinar)

What matters most during COVID-19? What should parents be concerned about during distance learning? Teachers are working hard to ensure that kids are learning – but what is most important in this uncertain time? 
Come hear from a distinguished panel of educators – preschool to high school -- from Encinal Elementary School (MPCSD,) Hillview Middle School (MPCSD), Menlo-Atherton High School (SUHSD), and Stanford’s Bing Nursery School. 
Family Nutrition: Optimizing Our Children’s Relationship with Food
Maya Adam, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine

Wednesday, October 14, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.,
Online Event (Webinar)
How can you optimize your family's relationship with food? Join Maya Adam, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of Health Media Innovation, Stanford School of Medicine.
Finding the Right School at the Right Price During COVID-19
Lynn O’Shaughnessy, College Expert, The College Solution

Friday, October 16, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Online Event (Webinar)

Lynn O’Shaughnessy is a nationally recognized college expert, higher-education journalist, speaker, and educator. She is the founder of The College Solution, a resource to help families with teenagers become smart college shoppers as they search for schools, especially during COVID-19.
The Future of College Admission: More Questions,
A Range of Answers?
Dr. Angel B. Pérez, CEO, NACAC & Alice Kleeman, retired M-A College Advisor

Thursday, October 29, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Online Event (Webinar)

Dr. Angel B. Pérez, new CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), joins Alice Kleeman, retired M-A College Advisor, for a wide-ranging interview on a variety of college admission issues and trends, in light of the uncertainty introduced by COVID-19.
Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome! Free admission. 
The Parent Education Webinar Series is sponsored by Sequoia Healthcare District and Sequoia Union High School District.
For videos of popular events, visit our YouTube and Vimeo channels, and connect with us on Facebook for the latest parenting news.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, M.A., Founder and Director, The Parent Education Series. 
Community Resources and Events
Improve your Spanish while supporting adult immigrants
Learn or improve your Spanish and support adult immigrants too!

While we’re still sheltering in place, please consider this great opportunity for you or your kids:

Habla Más is a Spanish coaching program from local nonprofit Upward Scholars in which native Spanish speakers, all trained as Spanish coaches, provide online Spanish lessons for kids of all ages, as well as adults. All levels are welcome and the first half hour lesson is free.

Habla Más presents a unique opportunity for you or your kids to learn or improve your Spanish AND help college students, who came to the US as adults, support themselves while continuing their education.

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