February 16, 2021
ASB is sponsoring the following spirit days during the week of Valentines Day (2/14/2021). Express your creativity and show your school spirit!
- Post Valentines Day - Feb 16: Dress up in red, pink, and/or white!
- Royalty Day - Feb 17: Dress up like royalty with your finest crown, or wear purple and gold
- Fictional Character Day - Feb 18: Dress up like the fictional character you love the most.
It is encouraged that in the spirit of love and self-love, students write a positive love letter to themselves. This can say anything, and there is no need to share it with anyone.
Remember that students who submit photos of themselves to the Spirit Folder of TreeRing will earn Spirit Points for their class! Please include the student's name, grade, and caption with all submissions!
Virtual Art Show
Day: Friday, February 19
Please join us Friday February 19th from 12 to 1 pm to celebrate our awesome MEA Artists!
Students will be showing off their artwork, videos and projects on a Thinglink live!
We hope to see everyone there!
Art Club Fundraiser for Black History Month
The MEA Art Club is doing a fundraising project for Black History Month, and all proceeds will be donated to the organization Detour Empowers. The Art Club leaders will be talking about this project at the upcoming VIRTUAL ART SHOW.
ALL students are invited to participate in this project! The more students that participate, the more that can be donated to Detour Empowers.
Here are some guidelines to get started on creating a piece of Black History Month artwork, with a completion deadline of February 25th. If your art piece is done before the Virtual Art Show on February 19th, please send a picture of it along with the requested information (including your price of $20 or more) to Linda Ele (firstname.lastname@example.org) so it can be included in the show!
Pictured below are some of the MEA Art Club members, as they’re zooming and planning this fundraiser. Artwork by Ava G.
“Sneetches” reading and review
Day: Friday, Feb. 19
Time: 2:45 pm
FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
The MEA Ally Action club is hosting a reading and review of the children’s book “Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss. This book teaches an important message about diversity and friendship, which Ally Action students would like to share with MEA’s younger students.
Celebrating Black History Presentation
Day: Wednesday, February 24
Dr. Jerry “Rafiki” Jenkins will be putting on a presentation for MEA students about Black History Month. He will speak on the importance of celebrating black history. All students and parents are welcome to attend! It will happen on February 24th from 12 to 12:45. The plan is a 30 minute presentation and then 15 minutes for questions.
Professor Jenkins is Professor of English and Multicultural Studies at Palomar College. He teaches courses in critical thinking, literature, African American Studies, and Multicultural Studies. His research focuses on African American speculative fiction and film. His articles have been published in Screening Noir and African American Review, and he is the co-editor of Authentic Blackness/Real Blackness: Essays on the Meaning of Blackness in Literature and Culture.
This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to further educate ourselves, so please consider attending if you can!
Wednesday, February 24 / 2:00-3:00
This meeting date has been moved up in order to meet the district budget timeline.
All parents are invited to attend the School Site Committee (SSC) meeting. The SSC is a shared decision-making body composed of parents, staff, and students. Our Council identifies needs for academic programs and sets budgets to support these programs. More information, agendas, and minutes can be found on our SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at email@example.com
Community Kindness Event
Wednesday, March 3 / 12:00-12:30
Calling all MEA students! The MEA Mental Health club is hosting a lunchtime event on Wednesday, March 3rd from 12:00-12:30. This event will include ice breakers and self-kindness activities! Earn spirit cup points for your grade by attending. Zoom link coming in next week’s Monday message.
Friday, March 5 at 1:00pm:
Zoom link to follow
Secondary Students (Grades 6-12)
Sponsored by MEA Foundation
Calling secondary students! UCR Entomology (ranked No. 2 in the world by Center for World University Rankings in 2017) is hosting exciting presentations exclusively for our MEA students. We just had the elementary presentation today and it was really fun and we learned so much!
If you missed the primary presentation, feel free to join that secondary one, keeping mindful of the presentation differences gearing towards the designated grade groups. Hope to see you there!
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The MEA Podcast
Enjoy this podcast hosted by MEA seniors, Toki and Toler!
In the second episode of the second season, we have Mr. Eric Nielsen come on and talk about reading, philosophy, and religion.
Students vs. Teachers Trivia Game
Good times were had by all during the students vs teachers trivia match this past Tuesday on a zoom call. The students flexed their immense brain power on their way to a lopsided 250-10 victory over the teachers. While the students outnumbered, out cooperated, and generally overwhelmed the teachers, they were quick to recognize the empowerment that has been nurtured in them over the years by the amazing MEA Staff. Everyone walked away a winner!!
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Our MEA Yearbook needs YOUR help…and your PICTURES!
While the classes and events we participate in this year may be a little different, this one-of-a-kind year still deserves to be celebrated and documented. Our students’ stories and memories still deserve to be shared and remembered forever.
The yearbook unites us as a school community, even when we are apart. This is our chance, collectively, to create a yearbook our students will remember forever.
Please visit this link for information about all things yearbook, including how you can be a part of making it a book we will never forget.
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Mental Health Workshops Interest
UCSD School of Medicine students and residents are partnering with schools to increase mental health literacy among youth. They will be offering a few 45- minute workshops to address mental health stigma and increase knowledge and awareness of specific mental health wellness topics. It will allow medical trainees to interact with their communities, specifically students, and better understand their perspective and learn from their experiences. This workshop will be run through the MEA Mental Health Club.
Please fill out this form to show your interest in participating in this mental health workshop. (Note, topics covered may be sensitive, age range directed towards highschoolers). Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Grades K-5, come hang out with each other!
From now on, PALs will be a place where elementary students can come to hang out and do work together! If they need help, they'll be able to go to a breakout room to get help from a tutor.
Same day: Thursdays
Same time: stop by sometime between 12:30 – 3:00
THE MEA SPIRIT CUP IS STARTING!
Starting today, ASB is hosting an ongoing school-wide competition, henceforth titled the Spirit Cup! Each grade level/group will compete with each other for a prize (for the sake of fairness, K - 2 and 3 - 4 are combined into groups). Students can earn Spirit Points towards their class's total in the following ways:
SPIRIT DAYS - Through TreeRing, students can submit pictures of themselves in their spirit day costume. They will receive one Spirit Point per spirit day for which they send in a picture demonstrating participation. Here are instructions for submitting photos through TreeRing (use the spirit day folder).
EVENTS - Students can earn three Spirit Points for participation in an event, as well as additional Spirit Points that might be awarded from the event (e.g. Extra Spirit Points might be earned from placing in the top three in a schoolwide kahoot). To earn these points, students must fill out a short form sent out during the event.
Other ways to earn Spirit Points may be revealed through the year.
The points earned by each class will be tallied up and displayed in the Monday Message at the beginning of each month. Members of whichever class has the most points at the end of month 9 will win the Spirit Cup and associated bragging rights. They will also be rewarded with certificates for 5 oz of free yogurt from YogurtLand, and the student with the most Spirit Points earned will earn a $10 Amazon gift card, which will be distributed at the beginning of month 10.
The Boyce Astro DoubleSTARS Spring 2021 seminar is beginning soon, and if any MEA students are interested in participating, now is the time to sign up for IntroSTARS! IntroSTARS is a self-paced online course consisting of 5-10 minute videos and a final open book quiz to qualify for DoubleSTARS. The estimated time of the course is 3 hours.
- IntroSTARS sign-up link: http://boyce-astro.org/introstars-your-step-1/
- Orientation for DoubleSTARS is on the 17th.
The DoubleSTARS course is an opportunity for students to learn about astronomy research techniques, remotely use robotic telescopes to gather data, learn how to write a scientific paper, and publish your findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. DoubleSTARS will take place starting in February, with student teams presenting their work in mid-May. This spring semester's course will emphasize the research and analysis part of the learning for a more low-pressure experience.
MEA has had multiple students participate with great success in the past. This is a great opportunity! Check out their website for more info.
Do you want your student to be included in the yearbook?
We may not have been able to take school pictures on campus this fall, but that’s no reason for your student to be left out of the yearbook! Please provide us with a head-and-shoulders shot of your student by March 5th. . . PORTRAIT INFO
Choosing classes for 2021-22
Articulation Meetings for 2021-2022
From February 2 - March 19, students in grades 5-11 will have the opportunity to plan their classes for next school year.
Grades 5, 6, 7
Students will review articulation sheets/course options with Ms. Patterson during English class this month and parents should go over course options with their student(s) at home.
Students must submit the articulation sheet with parent approval to their Supervising/PE teacher through Google Classroom during Month 6.
Please contact your child’s supervising teacher with questions.
Grades 8, 9, 10, 11
All 8th -11th graders must make an appointment to meet with Mr. Zappala between February 2 through March 19. Please reserve a conference time at this link to discuss courses for next year, graduation and college entrance requirements, and community college courses.
Incoming 9th graders and their parents can meet with Mr. Zappala for a 4-year planning conference during the time of their articulation meeting.
Parents are encouraged to attend along with their student. If parents cannot attend, they should review the course options with their student at home.
Students do not need to return an articulation sheet, but should be prepared to share their course requests with Mr. Zappala during their appointment with him.
For questions, please contact Mr. Zappala.
Find all courses being offered next year here: Master Course List 2021-2022
National Honor Society
Students who are in grades 10-12 are welcome to apply for the Mt. Everest Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society. Applicants must have been enrolled for a full semester at MEA prior to the application deadline and have a current GPA of 3.5 or higher. There is no cost to apply, but students who are inducted may gain access to scholarship opportunities through the NHS.
Applications are on Dr. Rodenberg's website and are due to her by Friday, February 26..
For pickups/returns/exchanges please come to the North facing door of the auditorium on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 and 1:00 p.m.
The next pick up day this week is Thursday, Feb. 18, between 10:00-1:00.
NOTE: The construction calendar has changed, so material can now be picked up next week on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Thursday, Feb. 25.
Please contact Suzie Wilson at email@example.com if you have any questions, or reach her at 858-627-7381 on Tuesdays through Thursdays. There is no need to email in advance. However, when there are special distributions ready for check-out, they will be noted here in the Monday Message.
Want to return MEA books that you no longer need? There will be a drop-off box underneath the Marquee sign (sunny days only!) on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:00-3:00.
Yearbook Cover Contest
All students are invited to enter their art in our yearbook cover contest! The winner will receive a free yearbook and their artwork will be displayed on the front cover! Even if your entry is not used on the cover, it may still be used in other places throughout the book.
2021 Yearbook Theme:
This year’s book doesn’t have a specific “tag line,” but the cover art should reflect the uniqueness of this year, which is unlike any other.
All Entries Due By: March 26, 2021
Your Input Needed
Our unique program currently meets the needs of many different families for many different reasons. This data, along with District guidelines, will help inform our decisions moving forward. We thank you for your input.
Chula Vista Photo
Seniors may have their senior portraits taken at Chula Vista Photo this year, as we are not able to have Lifetouch come on campus. Here is more information about what to expect. To schedule an appointment, contact the studio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-422-9281. Your portrait needs to be taken in either January or February to ensure that it will make it into the 2020-21 MEA Yearbook.
Take Your Own Portrait
Another option would be to take your own Senior Portrait. If you’d like to do this, here are some basic guidelines as a starting point: show head and shoulders, vertical orientation, simple background. Then send the jpeg file to email@example.com
For any questions, please contact Linda Ele at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 20-21 school year will be unlike any other. We will be talking about it for the rest of our lives. This year’s yearbook is going to be different too...because it will be crowdsourced and made by YOU!
MEA's ASB Instagram account is running again this year! Follow us to get updates on school events, spirit weeks, and more! Account Handle: @mea.asb
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Please send in your Good Stuff!
We're bringing back the Good Stuff! We know MEA students and families are involved in so many things outside of school. Do you have something fun or interesting to share? Please send your stories and images to share for "The Good Stuff" in upcoming Monday messages to Linda Ele at email@example.com. We want to hear from you!
MEA 10th grader, Nicole Lee, volunteers to prepare meals for people that are currently homeless. Pictured below she's making 100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; these get packed into 25 bags along with fruit and healthy bars, and will feed 25 people. Attached to each bag is a special valentine message!
** Extracurricular Activities **
- Academic League - led by Kate Papen
- Ally Action - use this Google Classroom code to join: 4pkxv2a
- Art Club - led by Ava G, Renee D, Alexis A.
- Cooking Club - led by Katherine B.
- Drama Club - led by Gabriella Martien
- Engineering Club - led by Matthew S ... Zoom link .
> Mondays, 1:30-2:30 (not turn in)
- Film Club - led by Petunia Rizo
German Club – led by Meredith A., Sam M.
- GSA - use this Google Classroom code to join - wtg4opf
- Hack Club - led by Yusuf A.
Humans of MEA
MEA Ally Action will be starting their first project for high school students! Based on "Humans of New York", they will be interviewing teachers and students to learn their story. The interviews will be shared on the Monday Message. The goal of this project is to help show that we all have our own stories!
If you are interested in participating, please fill out this Humans of MEA form.
What I Wish My Teachers Knew
Created by the MEA Mental Health Club, this initiative will try and improve the mental health of students by giving us problems to solve. As a completely anonymous form, we ask students to answer questions relating to the topic of “what I wish my teachers knew”. As we get feedback on the emotional health of students, we will try and create programs alongside staff that help lift stressors relating to school. Please fill out the form below, no matter your grade level. You feedback will help our club immensely!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Times: 12:30 - 3:00
From now on, PALs will be a place where elementary students can come to hang out and do work together! If they need help, they'll be able to go to a breakout room to get help from a tutor.
PALS interest form
Elementary schoolers who are looking to be tutored, please fill out the form below. Middle and high schoolers who are looking to tutor, also fill out the form below. Thank you!
MEA is continuing our anti-bullying campaign this year! Due to concerns surrounding many of the ideals that ADL stood for, we are no longer associating ourselves with them, and we are officially Ally Action. We are starting the campaign by encouraging all students to sign this pledge to make our school a more welcoming place. Throughout the year, we will host events for all ages to build our school's community. If you're interested in joining our team, you can also tell us that on the pledge. Anyone in 6th-12th grade is more than welcome!!
** COUNSELING CORNER **
Community College Pre-Enrollment Zoom workshop
Friday, April 16 / 12:30-2:00
Here is an opportunity for all seniors interested in attending Mesa, Miramar, or City colleges in the Fall. Attendance at the Pre-Enrollment workshop is required in order to pre-register for the Fall. Once pre-registered, seniors will automatically be scheduled to receive assistance from a college counselor on academic advising, and educational planning for their first year at community college.
If you plan on attending the workshop, please e-mail Mr. Zappala as soon as possible and no later than April 2nd. Mr. Zappala will need to let Mesa College know who will be attending in order to resolve any problems before April 16th. A Zoom link for the meeting will be sent out to you soon. Please also have your social security number available for the April 16th meeting. Mr. Zappala will also be sending out to each senior a digital copy of their transcript for the meeting. And lastly, please complete the Promise application.
California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship
This Foundation’s objective is to recognize and reward outstanding academic achievement and leadership. Awards are made to graduating seniors from High Schools in San Diego Unified School District who intend to pursue an education at an accredited four-year college or university.
Big Future Days College Fair
CollegeBoard is hosting the BigFuture Days College Fair to help students connect directly with colleges. They'll have a chance to meet with college admissions representatives and current college students, ask questions, and learn more about planning for college. Students can sign up to meet with colleges in each region.
- BigFuture Days Southeast: Tuesday, February 23
- BigFuture Days Northeast: Sunday, March 7
- BigFuture Days Midwest: Thursday, March 11
SD County Citizens’ Scholarship
San Diego County Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation (SDCCSF) has scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000. Seniors must have a demonstrated financial need and plan to attend college in San Diego County. Complete the application that is found at www.sdccsf.org, by March 2.
SD Chinese Women’s Association Scholarships
The San Diego Chinese Women’s Association would like to invite graduating high school seniors of Chinese descent to apply for merit or need based scholarships of $1500 if attending a 4-year college program or $1000 if attending a 2-year community college.
Eligibility information and application forms can be found at http://sdcwa.net/scholarships/
Future Seniors Information
Getting ready for your senior year and preparing for college applications starts now. Here is some valuable future seniors information for you and your parents.
San Diego Foundation
The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship program provides scholarship opportunities for local students to help pursue their educational goals and achieve their higher education dreams. Here are:
All of the San Diego Foundation Scholarships, in addition to their Common Application Scholarship.
Tips for completing applications for scholarships offered through the San Diego Foundation.
Your guide to majors and programs of interest at the San Diego Community College District. They offer endless possibilities for your career journey with a wealth of opportunities for pursuing your education. The SDCCD strives to make their students successful by dedicating their resources to quality instruction and stellar support services.
Class of 2021
Seniors, this Counseling & Guidance Resources webpage was designed with you in mind. From the page you will find helpful resources to support your senior year: understand the college application process, cope with the stressors of transitioning to college and navigate the challenges of senior year.
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Black History Month Library Card
The San Diego Public Library will release a Black History Month library card. The special edition card was designed by 15-year-old Scripps Ranch High School student. You can pick up the library card at the 25 San Diego Public Library locations offering limited in-person or contactless pickup services.
The SDPL also has a full schedule of events this February to celebrate the rich and diverse history of Black Americans through storytimes for children, book discussions, author talks and take-home craft kits.
Black History Read-In
The Black History Read-In is a celebration of books, authors, and reading by gathering people together in community to read together and celebrate stories. The San Diego Unified School District is featuring special events including 28 days of Read Alouds with community leaders, interviews and readings with local Black authors, and book give aways for teachers.
Salk Institute Science Week
February 22 - 26
In past years students have gone to this as a field trip with Ms. Pachon.
This 2021 event will transition from a weekend High School Science Day to instead a Virtual High School Science Week. The interactive webinars will give students a glimpse of a day in the life of scientists and provide students with an opportunity to interact with Salk researchers. Rather than strictly teaching content, the interactive webinar will embrace students’ curiosity by letting their questions dictate the discussion. The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 17.
California Parent and Youth Helpline
Emotional support for families challenged by the pressures of COVID-19
Having someone to talk to or communicate with when you or your student is struggling is more important now than ever. Here is a helpline set up by the State of California to support you and your family.
2021 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest
High school students in the Ninth Circuit (made up of nine western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions) are invited to participate in the 2021 essay and video contests. Students are asked to explore the critical rights conferred on us by the U.S. Constitution and the responsibilities we have to our communities to create a “more perfect Union.”
Library NExT (Network of Education x Training)
This is a series of workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students on topics including robotics, circuits, and other STEAM subjects. This San Diego Public Library program is a collaboration with UC San Diego Extension and Sally Ride Science.
See 2021 schedule of Virtual Library NExT Programs