Getting College and Career Ready

In 2017 EPATT families are focused on making sure our students are College and Career READY (CCR).  As a part of the EPATT Parent Support Network parents are:

•Reading pertinent articles and watching videos

•Practicing good habits that foster reading development at home

•Engaging with other parents about what they have learned

“The information is new to me and very helpful, I am very grateful for all the support you provide to my daughters and my whole family.” – EPATT parent

“Thank you for the help you give us to understand and prepare for the future of our children and to prepare ourselves so that our children have more opportunities to continue to prepare for their future career, like you said it is not the same to have a job and a career. So we need to be ready to help if they have a dream to pursue it and be we support them.” We have to do, thank you.”               – EPATT parent

Overall, EPATT students will have the reading, math, and study skills to make sure that they are ready for life after high school.

A letter from coach Lupe

On behalf of the tennis coaching staff, we thank you for your continued support and cooperation with us.  The Willow Glen tournament was a huge success for our team.  We would like to make a shout out to Mikey, Melenaite, and Grace on completing their first tournament ever.  About 70% of our tournament team students won their first round match. Despite our losses, we were very impressed with the team’s performance.

Below I have provided some highlights from the tournament:

Leila  (left) received 3rd place in Girl’s 12 Singles

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Arlyne (left) and Brianna (right) took 2nd place in Girl’s 16 Doubles

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Beto (left) and Aurelio  (right) won 1st place in Boy’s 16 Doubles

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EPATT Tournament Team Photo (missing Mikey)

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In conclusion, this tournament is only one of many and we coaches are excited to build off of this.  Again, we thank you for the opportunity of letting us work with these bright individuals!

Senior UPDATE!

Unknown.jpegOnly 767 high school seniors in the entire United States are awarded full four-year scholarships and admission to top colleges through the QuestBridge program and EPATT’s own Jason Asenso is now one of them. How did he do it? Jason earned above a 4.0 GPA and took many challenging courses at Woodside High School. nu-horizontalHe will be attending Northwestern University in Illinois in the fall. Congratulations Jason!
Screen Shot 2017-01-07 at 6.25.07 AM.pngJason is actually EPATT’s 2nd recipient of the Questbridge scholarship. Last year’s winner, Adilene Valencia, is enjoying her first year at Williams College in Massachusetts where she is studying French, Japanese, and Korean. She shared that it has been a fun but challenging experience.

This year’s EPATT seniors have already been accepted to:

Stay tuned to the EPATT blog for more college acceptances in March.

Important Articles (Earn 2 Parent Involvement Hours for reading AND responding)

Watch or read the following articles/video and send your thoughts (to Christina, Kesha or Maribel) about how the topic impacts your child.

ESG article: Why do Rich students keep climbing while poor ones are falling farther behind?

MSG article: Is your school hurting or helping your child? 

HSG article: Why is College and Career Readiness so important? 

High School Group Arts & Culture Experience

Members of the HSG group attended Luzia “A Waking Dream of Mexico,” Cirque du Soleil’s newest show. The trip started with a train ride to San Francisco, and a short walk to AT&T Park to where the show was located. All the students were amazed by the show and some even described it as “magical.” EPATT will continue to sponsor future arts and culture outings to provide enriching experiences to our students.

Community Service – EPATT Gives Back 2016!

Here are some highlights from the final five community service events:

– Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP)

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– Save the Bay

– St. Anthony’s Padua Dinning Room

– SF Zoo

– Turkey Runimg_2088-3

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

 

EPATT GIVES BACK: CANOPY

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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

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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. http://www.screenagersmovie.com

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:

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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!