Feb 22

MST Admissions Timeline Updated

The effects of this winter’s many inclement weather days continue to reverberate as we move down the final stretch of the MST admissions and recruitment process. See below for the updates to our timeline. For the purpose of forecasting (if it happens prior to admissions decisions on 3/17/17), students should forecast for their “normal” coursework. Schedules will be adjusted and updated later this spring by Mrs. Anderson.

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Feb 13

CHS Science Oly Triumphant at Cal Berkeley!

Students from CHS (and many from the MST Magnet) traveled this past weekend down to Cal Berkeley to participate in the Golden Gate Science Olympiad Invitational, which is led by previous S.O. national medalists and students from Stanford and Cal Berkeley, including our very own Jon Bartlett (CHS/MST ’15), currently studying bio-engineering at Stanford (’19). The Golden Gate Invitational is, indeed, an impressive collaboration between Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, showcasing some of the top science high schools in the United States; it’s an honor for our team to be invited to this.

The short version of the story is that CHS Science Oly. took an impressive 6th place out of 45 total teams from across the United States! Perhaps most impressive, though, is that they did this in a compressed span of only three hours (teams usually do their events over the course of 6+ hours). They were forced into doing this when the CHS team’s arrival by train at Berkeley was delayed significantly by track closures in/around Sacramento due to flooding. Undaunted, CHS quickly figured out en route to Cal a schedule that would allow them to do their events in that short time if they could get to the tournament and if they could get approval from the tournament organizers to do so, all of which they did.  Great team work … Congrats, CHS Science Oly!

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Feb 08

MST Magnet Garments for Sale

Magnet t-shirts, sweatshirts, crewnecks, and hoodies are now available for purchase. This year’s design is courtesy of MST senior Yoping Fang. You can add your name to the back and/or sleeve as an option for $5. The order deadline is Friday, 2/17/17, so get your orders in ASAP!!  See below for pricing. Visit the store here to order: https://goo.gl/o00V5K

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Feb 02

College Admissions and the “GPA Game”

Sophomore Magnet English students had a wonderful visit today from our esteemed Magnet counselor Mrs. Liebe. She walked us through an activity called “The GPA Game”, where students assume an identity and move up and down the ladder of admissions based on their fictional profile’s characteristics: GPA, extracurricular involvement, family connections, work history, etc. It came through loud and clear for the students that getting into college is no longer as simple as getting a great GPA. Here’s how she describes this activity:

“It is easy to assume that grades alone are the factor that determine college admission. While grades are very important they are not the sole determiner. For a moment think of college admissions as an entire pie that is divided into multiple “slices.” These “slices” include grades, SAT/ACT scores, teacher and counselor recommendations, extra-curricular activities, rigor of courses taken, geography, and more. Students playing the GPA game experience firsthand how the holistic and subjective admission process works while gaining an understanding of the impacts character, integrity, social media and work ethic have when accessing post high school options.”

We finished the visit with a short video clip that gives an inside look at the admissions process. The video is well worth the time … check it out: Inside the College Admissions Process 20170202_104521

Jan 31

MST Junior Alaya Mays wins CHS POL!

Performing in front of a packed house in room 116, Magnet junior Alaya Mays wowed the judges with her soulful interpretation of More Lies, by Karin Gottshall, winning the 2017 CHS Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition. In order to advance to the school competition, she and the other students first had to qualify in their respective English class competitions. By virtue of winning the school competition, Ms. Mays advances to the regional competition, being held this year at 5:00 PM on February 2nd at the ESD 112 in Vancouver, WA. Congratulations, Alaya, as well as all the other contestants and the eight school competition finalists! FYI: This year’s runner up was Sam DePonceau. Congrats, Sam, on your awesome interpretation of Billy Collins’ Fishing on the Susquehanna in July.  

On a historical note, this marks the 10th anniversary of CHS involvement in this national recitation/interpretation contest. We estimate that approximately 400 CHS students have participated in the school competition, not to mention close to 2000+ students in the various classroom competitions held over the last ten years. Long live the spoken word!  

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