Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year

Dear Mount Shasta High School Community,

I hope you are having a wonderful summer full of adventure, friends and family. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year at Mount Shasta High School! I’m looking forward to a year strengthening of our community together.

Mount Shasta High School is a place for all of our students and families to learn and grow. The foundation for this is fostering strong relationships among out students, staff, parents and community members. In this pursuit, the theme at Mount Shasta High School this year is community. Throughout the year, we will be exploring ways to better understand the strengths and needs of all our students and work together to provide a world class education to all those who attend MSHS while honoring the diverse backgrounds of our families and supporting the unique social and emotional needs of each of our students.

As we start the school year there are a few important dates and exciting opportunities that I would like to make you aware of:

Monday August 20th: SUHSD Emotional Intelligence Workshop with Roni Habib Roni Habib is the founder of EQ Schools, an organization dedicated to providing Emotional Intelligence training to teachers, students, and parents nationally and abroad. He teaches Positive Psychology at Gunn High School in Palo Alto and is the director of the MERIT Institute at Foothill College. Roni speaks and consults for schools and business organizations on the topics of Mindfulness, Creative Confidence, Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology, Design Thinking, and the importance of Play.

We are very fortunate and excited to have Roni leading a 1 day workshop for all district staff on August 20th from 9am to 3pm at Mount Shasta High School. I would like to invite any interested parents to attend this workshop as well. Space is limited. Please RSVP to sshah@sisuhsd.net if you would like to attend.

This will be an important and inspirational event to kick off the school year.

Wednesday August 22nd: First Day of School! School starts at 8:00am. We will have a special schedule for the first day. Please see the MSHS website for more information.

Wednesday August 29th, 6:30-8:00pm: First annual MSHS Welcome and Community BBQ Please join us to kick off the 2018-19 school year together. The MSHS Parent Group is planning a Community BBQ on the front lawn at Mount Shasta High School. This is the perfect opportunity to reconnect after the summer and meet new people in your school community. There will be food for all on the BBQ, music, a raffle and lots of good cheer. This is a casual event for all parents, students and staff to come together.

Monday September 10th, 5:30-6:30pm: First MSHS Parent Group Meeting The MSHS Parent Group will meet monthly this year. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. This meeting is a great opportunity to participate in the MSHS community. The meetings are an informal forum to ask questions and receive support from other parents. Mr. Shah will also attend these meeting to offer input and discuss current school issues and needs. We are also planning opportunities for MSHS teachers and staff to attend as guest speakers to discuss their subject areas and how you might best support your student at home.

Tuesday September 11th, 5:45-8:00pm: Back to School Night Back to School Night is a great opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and learn about what is happening at MSHS for the 2018-19 school year. The evening will start with a welcome presentation from Mr. Shah at 5:45pm and then follow your student’s schedule through their classes during the school day.

Mount Shasta High School - Simpton University Upward Bound: Spaces Still Available The Upward Bound project through a partnership between Simpson University and Mount Shasta High School is designed to help students with college and career readiness. Students are provided with support and tutoring with school work, SAT/ACT prep, college applications, financial aid and financial literacy as well as opportunities to visiting college campuses and participate in a summer program to earn college credit while in high school. The program is free of charge for all students that qualify. Spaces are still available for our first cohort. Please contact Jeanine Masciola, Upward Bound Advisor (jmasciola@sisuhsd.net) for more information and for an application packet or stop by the MSHS office.

At MSHS our primary ways of communicating with parents and community members are by email, our school website (www.mountshastahighschool.com) and through Aeries Communications (voice calls and text messages). Please make sure that your contact information is up to date in your Aeries account and that you have chosen your communication preferences so that you are sure to receive our school communications throughout the year. If you need assistance setting up your Aeries account or adjusting your communication preferences, please stop by the MSHS office.

We are also looking for a couple of parents to serve on the MSHS School Site Council this year. The Site Council is made up of teachers and school staff, parents and community members, students and administrators. We meet about 4 times each year. As a group, we discuss our school goals and the district's LCAP goals, analyze data and make suggestions for ways that we can make progress as a school. The Site Council is a great way to get involved with the school and to help develop a shared vision for our future. If you are interested in joining the Site Council this year please contact Mr. Shah at sshah@sisuhsd.net.

I am looking forward to a fantastic school year! When we work together as a community we can best support our students’ growth and development and help them to become the people they want to be.

Happy New Year! Sati Shah Principal, Mount Shasta High School