Fun Times at the Exploratorium

The ESG students had an amazing time at the Exploratorium on a lovely Saturday in San Francisco!  But don’t take my word for it, let’s see what the students have to say…

 “I experienced that I can drink out of the toilet.  Also, I loved the ghost booth.” – Angel aka Toilet Man

“We launched balls in the air!” – Billy

“I like when we did the drawing with the machine and we got to keep it.”  -Julian

“The chair that spins you. When you start you have to put your face down and when it beeps you have to put your face up and you feel dizzy.”  – Jaretzi




Saturday morning, EPATT middle and high students and some parents kicked off this year’s “EPATT Gives Back!” month of service by volunteering to plant trees with the non-profit organization, Canopy.  Canopy, along with the help of EPA residents and other community members, was able to plant over 60 trees in the University Village neighborhood in East Palo Alto. After the enormous planting effort was complete, participants enjoyed a BBQ courtesy of our friends and volunteers at Canopy. Many ended the day with blister and some not able to move the next day, but lot of fun was had by all.

Palo Alto Moonlight Run

On Friday, Sept. 16th, EPATT families participated in the Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run… Lots of fun (and pain) was had by all!


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“SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”

We highly encourage families to attend one of the many screenings of this documentary, and start a conversation about the advantages and disadvantages of owning a smartphone.

Please visit the website for more information and locations of future screenings.

Check out some of the cool things EPATT did this summer!

Quotes from parents about EPATT summer:

“What a great experience for the kids. Thank you and the wonderful staff for taking such great care of our children. Your sacrifices and time don’t go unnoticed. – EPATT Parent

“Thank you and the EPATT team for another GREAT summer program.  My son  always dreads the fact that we fill up his summer, but then appreciates everything that he is able to get from attending the program.” – EPATT Parent

  • ESG Summer Learnin’ featured informative workshops, tennis, and field trips in East
    Palo Alto
  • MSG Summer program featured challenging academics and amazing field trips
  • HSG juniors and seniors did SAT prep and graduates started summers at college! 
  • HSG students got visit St. Mary’s College and UC Berkeley.
  • Daily TENNIS practice in East Palo Alto at Cesar Chavez academy
  • EPATT STAFF worked on some development projects and possible expansion opportunities
  • Incoming 9th graders attended an HSG prep class.
  • Check out the MSG Summer Slide Show
  •  This summer during the Bank of the West Tournament at Stanford students were interviewed by the Mercury News. Read all about it here.

Before EPATT starts…

This year EPATT is working harder than ever to see all students achieve! To that end, we need the following information from every family:

attachment copy1. Final grades from the 2015-2016 school year

2. CAASPP or SBAC test scores 

Both of these items need to be submitted in order of your child to be enrolled in the program for the 2016-2017 school year.   We will be sending a reminder to all families to submit both forms before starting the program this year.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 650-725-4450.

See you all in the fall!

My “30 Minutes a Day”


The transformations have begun!  Here are some testimonial from our parent meeting:

“I read some of the literature my husband brought back from the meeting last night….specifically the one on reading out loud to your students, even high schoolers. So, before my son went to bed we sat and I read the 3 history chapters out loud to him and gave him things to listen for. He got 9/10 today!! I will be doing this from now on.  Thanks!”

“I send our selfie of my kids and me about 30 minutes time. My kids enjoy to read books, and the best moment to us is in the night. We are enjoying this time because my husband and I discovered that my kids want more time with us, and now we starting to change some things in our daily routine as a parents. Really we smiling, talking, and my son Joshue corrects me when I cannot to pronounce correctly some words in English.”

“Hi Kesha it’s Arlyne and I want to thank you for making up the 30 min homework because it brought me and my mom closer and more bonding. It gives a moment to share with my mom all theses memories This 30 min helps me and my family. Thank You”

“30 Minutes a Day” is already transforming lives!

30 minutes A Day Challenge

A Middle School Student’s Point of View 

Kesha asked the Middle Schoolers how the “30 Minute Challenge” has been going and here is what they wrote:

   What my mom and I have been doing is talking about our day and she helps me with some of my homework that I don’t understand.

   My parents have talked about it and we are trying to get a day so we can do it

   I want to thank you for making up the 30 min challenge because it brought me and my mom closer and bonding more. It gives me a moment to share with my mom all these memories This 30 min helps me and my family. Thank You.

   My parents have discussed it but my 30 minutes turned into almost two hours watching sports with my dad. I’d rather play sports with my dad than watch them.

   Kesha, My parents and I haven’t done the 30 minute challenge yet. They have been busy with work and we haven’t really had much time. But my mom did mention it to me today. So I will try to do it tonight with my dad.

   My Mom and Dad helped me do the winter break packet.

   My mom helped me with a book report for my language arts class. She helped me a lot and she did a lot to help me get through it. She also talked with me for a while and talked about helping me in school, raising my grades, and studying

EPATT Parents are ACTIVE!

EPATT parents are very ACTIVE! This quarter, EPATT parents attended school field trips, visited classrooms, volunteered at school wide events, attended college tours with their children, communicated with teachers via email, and much more!  

 For the New Year, EPATT is challenging parents to become even MORE involved in their children’s education.  Research has shown that parent involvement that focuses on student learning has a greater effect on achievement than more general (passive) forms of involvement*.  

So in 2016 we are encouraging parents to be more focused on doing activities like:

  • Finding out from teachers how to work with your children at home on school material
  • Checking student homework for accuracy, thoroughness, and legibility
  • Talking with your child about college and future
  • Discussing your expectations for student behavior, effort, and learning
  • Communicating with your children and giving them opportunities to have conversations with you
  • Doing activities at home that reinforce what students are learning in school

The EPATT Winter break packets are one way to get involved in helping your children develop or review important skills.  So please don’t just tell your children to do their homework, but do it with them or talk to them about what they are learning or having difficulty with.  

This type of parent involvement will go a long way toward students and families achieving their goal of student success now and in the future! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

-EPATT Staff

 *(Ann T Henderson, Karyn L. Mapp, “A New Wave of Evidence The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement,” SEDL Advancing Research, Improving Education, Annual Synthesis (2002).

EPATT Gives Back

In the EPATT Middle & High School Groups students are encouraged to be thankful for what they have and appreciate their blessings by giving to others less fortunate.  This November every MSG and HSG student participated in at least one of the following community service projects:

  • Project Gratitude: Wrote thank you cards and sent leftover Halloween candy to our troops. EPATT’s care packages were sent to Okinawa, Japan to grateful service men and women!
  • Project Rally: Tutored Kindergarten and 1st graders from FairmeaBrandondow and Hoover schools.
  • **Acterra Tree Planting: Planted trees to beautify the campus of East Palo Alto Charter School and helped improve the habitat for native insects, birds, fish and other animals by planting native plants in the Bay Lands of East Palo Alto.
  • Ecumenical Hunger Program: Assisted in sorting, preparing and distributing food to local East Palo Alto residents in need during Thanksgiving.
  • Quarry Turkey 10k/Marathon: Ran 6 miles (10K race) and their registration proceeds were donated to the Alameda Food Bank.