Week 1 Reminders & Information!

Week 1 Reminders & Information!

Welcome to School Year 18-19!

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Dear K2 Friends and Families,

I am happy to introduce our new faculty for the 2018-19 school year! This year’s faculty is our most experienced yet, and our administrative and operations team is the largest K2 has ever seen. Additionally, three of our teaching residents are now full time faculty members, and we have seven new teaching residents in our HS and MS! All of this means more frequent support for your child in helping them realize their goals! An overview of our faculty is below, with more detailed profiles coming soon.

Administrative Team

Shilpa Duvoor, Executive Director
Elysse Versher, Dean of Culture & Instruction (HS)
Christian Cabrera, Dean of Culture & Instruction (MS)
Miranda Thorman, Dean of Culture & Instruction (MS)
Nayeli Hernandez, Operations Manager


Delvy Escobar, Operations Assistant (HS)
Sharday Boone, Operations Assistant (MS)

MS Faculty

7th Grade: Wessie Mekuria (History), Chelsea Dosher (English), Eric Doan (Sci), Davida Lopez (Math)
8th Grade: Haley Ralph (History), Alyssa Montantes (English), Josiah DeBoer (Math)
Electives: Elizabeth Zepeda (Health/Wellness) and Jamarious Hinderman (Music)

HS Faculty

9th Grade: Miguel Gravelle (History), Cassandra Tesch (English), Karen Bush (Biology), Diana Lock (Math)
10th Grade: Fuschia Spring (History), Brendan Boland (English), Naomi Audet (Physics), Eric Jones (Math)
11th Grade: Carrie McKee (History), Hannah Ayers (AP English), Anthony Parker (Chemistry), Joanna Wizniewski (Math)
Spanish: Ali Campot (Spanish 1 & 3) and Jen O’Daniel (Spanish 2 & AP Spanish)

Student Support

Special Education: Alycia Mulgrew (7, 8, 9) and Clare Sitzer (9, 10, 11)
Athletic Director & PE Teacher: Keith Seales
Counselors: Jamila Voltaire and Mercedes Hudson

We are looking forward to an amazing school year, and preparing every Dragon for college!



Thank you for your patience as we launch our after school programming this school year. We are proud to offer many options for your child to take advantage of, including sports, enrichment opportunities, and academic office hours. Below is the schedule of our after school options in the next few weeks:

This week, August 20 – 24:

NO after school options. Please ensure that you make arrangements to pick up your child at 3:15 (MS) or 3:30 (HS).

Next week, August 27 – 31:

  • Enrichment Opportunities:
    • Boys & Girls Club (Poetry, etc.)
    • Girls Group
    • Boys Group
    • Monday & Wednesday, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Personalized Learning Time (PLT):
    • Monday – Thursday3:30 – 5:00 pm
    • This is a study hall like atmosphere where students can complete work, but we will not have subject specific tutoring.

Week after Labor Day, September 4 – 7:

  • Same enrichment and PLT opportunities as listed above
  • Office Hours:
    • Monday & Wednesday until 4 pm (MS) and 4:20 pm (HS)
    • NEW THIS YEAR! Our office hours now start during the last block of the school day and go until the times noted above. This will allow us to ensure your child attends the office hours they really need.
    • Students who attend Office Hours can also choose to attend any of the enrichment or PLT opportunities until 5 pm.



August 27th & 31st: FALL MAP TESTING

  • Summit K2 administers the MAP test three times a year (Fall, Winter, Spring) to track student growth on fundamental Math and English skills.
  • Please ensure your child gets enough rest the night before, has eaten breakfast, and comes to school with a FULLY CHARGED CHROMEBOOK!

August 30th at 6 pm: BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

  • Back to School Night is next week! Come prepared to meet your child’s mentor and schedule your Fall PLP Meeting, find out how you can get involved, get your PLP login, and learn more about the classes your child is taking this year.



Upcoming Opportunities to Get Involved!

K2 is up for our 5-year Charter Renewal, and we need your support at our Board hearing in late Sept/early Oct!

We will also be undergoing the process to achieve our official 6-year accreditation from WASC. We need parents to be involved in the process! This is an important opportunity to make your voice heard!

Please reach out to Shilpa Duvoor at sduvoor@summitps.org if you would like to be involved.


Do NOT stop ANYWHERE on Elm Street or Manor Circle to drop off your student.

Do NOT block other cars from entering or leaving the upper or lower parking lot.

Students are NOT allowed to park on campus — we do not have enough spaces to accommodate students. Students MUST park elsewhere.

DO drop off your child in the lower lot OR the upper circle near the HS.

DO carpool or drop off your child at Safeway or the BART Station.

Do encourage your child to take public transportation.

Please ensure that you are following these rules so that we can keep using this beautiful campus for our school! Failure to comply with these regulations can prompt the city of El Cerrito to revoke our use permit!
Thank you for your cooperation.