June 4, 2018

Sequoia PTSA's weekly eNewsletter in partnership with the Sequoia High School Education Foundation
PTSA President's Message
null The past 7 years as a parent at Sequoia have inspired me.  I have had the privilege of watching and working with an amazing group of dedicated teachers, staff members and administrators, and supported by a mighty group of volunteers who strive to make a difference in the lives of the students and families in our Sequoia community.  The time, energy and talent shared by all who care about the outcomes for SHS students is amazing and it is hard not to walk away feeling inspired!  I feel blessed to have met and worked with so many wonderful people on th is team!  

Congratulations to all our Sequoia graduates, students and parents alike.  Whether you are moving on from Sequoia or returning next year, I hope you all have a wonderful and restful summer. 
With gratitude,
Lauren Pachkowski
(2017-18 PTSA President) 
Safe and Sober Grad Night Participants - It is Almost Here!
Please arrive at school on June 8 at 10 PM, Gym 1 for check-in. Bring your school ID for verification.  You will be searched before being led to the buses for transportation to the city.  Police will be on hand to make sure this is a safe and sober event.  Buses will leave promptly at 11 PM to transport you to the Hornblower so be on time.  Return will be by bus back to school, arriving between 4 and 4:30 AM.
Last minute tickets will be available that night as room allows for the cost of $100.   (Cash or check made out to Sequoia PTSA) .  Any questions, please contact Jayne Sungail at

Estudiantes que vienen al paseo del "Safe and Sober Grad Night" - ¡Ya casi llega el día!
Por favor lleguen a la escuela el 8 de junio a las 10 PM y vengan al Gym 1 para registrarse. Traigan su ID escolar. Van a ser cateados antes de abordar al autobús. La policía estará presente para asegurarnos de que no tengan substancias prohibidas y tengamos un fiesta segura y divertida. Los autobuses partirán a las 11 PM en punto para llevarlos al Yate Hornblower en San Francisco.  Regresarán en autobús a la escuela entre 4 AM y 4:30 AM.
Boletos de última hora estarán disponibles esa noche si nos queda lugar. Cuestan $100.  (Pago en efectivo o con cheque a nombre de Sequoia PTSA) .  Si tienen preguntas contacten a Jayne Sungail en
THANK YOU to IB & AP Exam Proctors!
You are an amazing bunch!  This year we filled 140 slots to proctor exams, up from just 80 spots last year.  The sharp upward trend of more students participating in IB classes is a really good thing, and Sequoia parents rose to the occasion to make it all happen this year.  To tell the truth, when we found out how many volunteer hours would be needed this year, we warned the administration that we might not be able to meet the need, but you proved us wrong!  It's an honor to be a part of the SHS community.  Many thanks on behalf of the Sequoia PTSA.  Have a great summer! 
Erika Pretell and Wendy Mandujano
Now's the Time to Thank Our Teachers and Staff - Can you Lend a Hand?   
Thank you to all who responded to our call for donations - we have filled all donation spots but we still need help with the MUCH appreciated teacher luncheon on Wednesday, June 6thCan you spend an hour or two at the event? 
Sign-Up to help the PTSA treat our dedicated staff to a well-deserved lunch as we close out the 2018 school year!  
Contact Jennifer DiGrande with any questions at or 650-291-0884.  
Help the AVP Office with Senior Locker Clean-Out Days on June 5 and 6
The AVP (Asst. Vice Principal) Office is looking for volunteers to help with Senior Locker Clean-Out Days on Tue, June 5 & Wed, June 6, 9 AM - 12 PM.  We are looking for at least three volunteers for each hour and a half shift.  
Volunteers will help with making sure seniors turn in their lock and their locker has been cleaned out.  Volunteers will be seated at a table outside of the AVP Office with a list of student names & corresponding locker/lock information.  We have created a sign-up to coordinate this volunteer event, so please sign-up to help.  If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact Griselda Horton aka "Grace" at extension 60031.  Looking forward to a more organized and less hectic event this school year.
Thanks in advance.

Griselda Horton, aka "Grace"
Secretary to Gary Gooch, Administrative Vice Principal
Sequoia High School
Phone: 650.367.9780  Ext. 60031
A New Media Center is on the Horizon and We STILL Need Help Moving Everything Out! 
The end of the year means the library is busy collecting and organizing books.  This year is different because we will be storing books in anticipation of our new Media Center.  Morning and afternoon volunteer shifts to help our wonderful Media Center
Duo (Ms. Snow and Ms. Schadler) are available for
sign up through the end of the school year, even if it's just for part of a shift. 
Please contact Betsy Snow for more information:  
Call for Hosts - New Dates for Our German Exchange Students' Visit 
"Education and cultural exchanges create prospects and open new horizons."
German Exchange 2018
Eager 2018 German exchange students 
We have had a change to the dates this year's German exchange students will be visiting.  Instead of later in October, we will need hosts/housing from Sunday, October 14th to Sunday, October 21st for our group of motivated German students and their two teachers from Kopernikus School.   
While their first week will deal more with seeing the famous sights in and around the Bay Area, the second week is focused on attending pre-arranged visits with a variety of companies and organizations on the SF Peninsula while living with Sequoia's host families.  The German students range in age between 15 and 16 years and are carefully screened by the German school staff.  They are interviewed, and must submit a teacher recommendation to be awarded a spot on the program.

The main objective of the partnership is the integration of students into the everyday life of host families to provide them with a coherent intercultural experience.  That's why we are now looking for Sequoia High School students and their families who will give European high school students the true cultural experience that only a homestay can provide.  Hosting and being hosted is an enriching opportunity for both the student and the family!

If you are interested in becoming a host family , email Thorsten Weitzel (
12th Annual Alumni Association "PICNIC" - Aug 18th, 2018 
Be sure to save the date for the 12th Annual Sequoia High School Alumni Association's "Celebrate Sequoia" picnic, catered by Emergency BBQ.  The picnic will be held on Saturday, August 18, from 10:30 AM to 3 PM on the beautiful Sequoia campus.  Activities include campus tours, performances by Sequoia's choir and cheerleaders, and vintage car displays.
All Sequoians are welcome (alumni, students, parents, staff, PTSA, Boosters, Education Foundation, and community members).  Tickets are $35 per person.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $40 per person.  Reservations are due by August 14 and may be made online, calling (650) 592- 5822 or e-mailing
In This Issue

Tuesday, June 5
Spring Finals Bell Schedule in Effect

Wednesday, June 6
12 PM - Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon, MPR

Wednesday, June 6
Lunchtime - Grad BBQ, Front of School

Wednesday, June 6
6:30 PM - Senior Awards, Carrington Hall

Wednesday, June 6
Spring Finals Bell Schedule in Effect

Thursday, June 7
Spring Finals Bell Schedule in Effect - Last Day of School!

Friday, June 8
10 AM  - Graduation,
Terremere Field

Friday, June 8
10 PM  - Safe and Sober Grad Night Check-In, Gym 1

Wednesday, August 15
1st Day of School

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Community News
Redwood City Pop-Up Park is Looking for Volunteers
Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation  is helping our Park, Recreation and Community Services Department create a downtown park for a day -  Pop Up Park ! This cool event is not only going to be fun but we will also be collecting your ideas for a permanent downtown Redwood City park.
The foundation is in charge of parking lot A (Library lot across from Milagros) where we will be creating a "Wheel Adventureland" for the younger kids to bring their non-motorized vehicles, and go for an adventure on the two tracks we are creating that include a "Bike Wash", Snack Shack and a booth for the kids to decorate their vehicles and helmets.

Pop Up Park - Saturday, June 9th, 11 AM - 3 PM
The City of Redwood City is building a downtown park for a day on Saturday, June 9 from 11am to 3pm! Park activities will be set up in the Downtown Main Library and City Hall Parking Lots. The Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation is hosting the activities in the Main Library Lot, and we need your help!
Please sign up to be a part of this innovate park idea! 
How to Start Your College Essays  
In this "excellent" and "encouraging" workshop for rising seniors, learn what goes into essays, explore the UC and Common App essay prompts, practice writing, and get writing and planning tips.  
Essay advisor Heather Woods creates a comfortable environment for students to reflect, write and ask questions. Each session costs $35. Register for June 13, July 25, or Aug. 22 at