Sequoia Sentinel
February 28, 2021
Sequoia PTSA's weekly eNewsletter in partnership with the Sequoia High School Education Foundation
PTSA President's Message
Last week was a busy week. There were so many community meetings, dialogues, office hours and conversations on various topics. It started with the Parent Advisory Council meeting, where the PTSA presidents of the SUHSD spoke with Interim Superintendent Leach. She shared her thoughts and the District's plans on school opening. A lot of the topics we spoke about were also covered in the District board meeting (more on it later in my message). 
Monday night, we had the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Community Engagement Night. There was great participation from Sequoia High School and we discussed ideas and strategies that we can take back to help students during distance learning, but also what can we continue and double down on once schools open.

We had the SUHSD School Board meeting on Wednesday evening. I hope you had a chance to listen in on the dialogue there. It was a healthy discussion and was well represented by teachers, parents and students. The Board announced that after negotiations with the teachers union leadership, the decision was made to begin bringing those students who wish to return back to the classroom with a concurrent instructional model on April 5. If you did not have a chance to attend the meeting, here are links to the recording and the District Communications channel. 

Interim Superintendent Leach held office hours on Thursday evening and answered several questions and comments from the community. As soon as I get the recording for that, I will share it. 

Thank you to all those folks who took our survey in the last Sentinel. Your responses were much appreciated. As promised, we have passed on the responses to the Superintendent and the District officials. 

Lastly, I wanted to share the mission of the PTSA: "Our mission is to positively impact the lives of all children and families."

We as the Sequoia High School PTSA, strive to advocate for the students, parents and staff. Giving equal opportunity and hearing the voices of all is very important to us. 

Thank you, 

Isha Bhatt
Sequoia High School PTSA President

PTSA General Membership Meeting -- March 2 @ 6:30 p.m. 
Join us for the PTSA General Membership Meeting on March 2nd. We will start with a fun game and then will discuss important topics like the IB exams, Athletics and Grad Activities. 

Topic: PTSA General Membership Meeting
Time: Mar 2, 2021 6:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Mar. 3: Connecting to mental health webinar

Join the Sequoia Teen Wellness Center Youth Advisory Board on Mar. 3, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in a fun and calming webinar, where we discuss mental health and learn ways to incorporate breaks into our everyday lives! Learn more.
Drama - Breakout Rooms
Mar. 5: Sequoia Drama's online production - "Breakout Rooms”

Sequoia High School Drama presents "Breakout Rooms" a new play written, directed and performed by members of the Sequoia Drama Club! This series of original monologues will premiere on March 5 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Visit our website for the link.
Celebrate your senior with a yard/window sign

Celebrate your senior with a yard/window graduation sign, on sale now through March 3. Follow the link to the PTSA store. Details for picking up the signs will be available at the end of the month. Contact us with questions.
That's So Raven Episode 22
Welcome back from break! This week on That's So Raven:

0:15 Announcements
0:42 Weather
0:56​ Baking Montage
1:50 Tech Tip: Herff Jones eShare app
3:25 Investment Club
11:35 Study Tips

That’s So Raven is a Sequoia ASB Production.
Congratulations to Sequoia’s National Merit Finalists

Sequoia is proud to announce that Andrew Mancini, Anne Marlow, and Arth Shukla have been selected as finalists from a pool of 16,000 semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit an application which includes the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in activities, demonstration of leadership, employment, and honors received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay. This spring, finalists have an opportunity to compete for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million.
Meet me in the Media Center

Check out the Media Center’s latest newsletter and follow us on Instagram to keep up with upcoming events, author talks, and more.
Education Foundation
You Make a Difference

The support of parents, businesses, alumni, and friends strengthens every aspect of the Sequoia experience. Invest in Sequoia to help ensure our students have what they need to succeed and make the most of this challenging school year. Thanks to our generous community we have raised over $300k to date. A gift of any size can make a difference at Sequoia. Donate today. Many employers will match your gift to SHSEF. To learn more, contact us.
The Parent Education Series
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Join Bill Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson, bestselling authors of The Self-Driven Child as they discuss how effective communication can be cultivated, learned, and taught. Register here.

El propósito de esta charla es educar a los padres sobre la marihuana aclarando qué es y qué no es. Aclararemos conceptos erróneos para ayudar a los padres a sentirse capacitados para comprender los riesgos del consumo de marihuana y analizar cómo abordar el tema de la marihuana con sus hijos. Durante este conversatorio, Eduardo Torres, Especialista Principal en Prevención, FCD Prevention Works, se enfocara en contestar las preguntas mas comunes que recibimos sobre la marihuana. Registrarse.  

Now, more than ever, understanding the experiences of those different than us is a critical life skill. Join Donald Grant, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Community & Social Impact, Pacific Oaks College, for a conversation about what it means to be an ‘anti-racist’ parent. How can you disrupt anti-BIPOC racism and discrimination in your home, for your kids, in your community? Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided. Register now.

Each person has a set of shared human needs – for support, expression, recognition, meaning, and connection. By closing the gap between who we are on the inside and who we show up as at home, work, or school, we create more meaningful connections, healthier communication, deeper engagement – and ultimately more powerful results. Ashanti Branch, M.Ed., is the founder and Executive Director of The Ever Forward Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support for African American and Latino young men and women. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided.
Community Resources and Events
SUHSD Middle College applications due March 19

Click here for more information: SUHSD Middle College program.
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