Monday Message


Experimental Projectiles Pummeling Pumpkins

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This Physics lab exercise done toward the end of October is to have students work in one of 6 teams of 3 or 4 students to practice launching a small piece of PVC connector toward the pumpkin mystery location on the second table. They collect data on the launch angle and thrust of launch from rubber bands attached to the two uprights clamped to the launch table ends. The pumpkins are removed during the practice launches that include plotting the launch angle in degrees (protractor work) and thrust measurements of how far back the projectile is launched from by the rubber band stretch distance in centimeters. Plus, measurements were taken of the PVC distance length for each launch of good looking projectile paths that resulted.

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The payoff is toward the end of the period when pumpkins were brought back and placed in a new spot for competition launches to determine the ones closest to the center of the pumpkin skin facing them. One student pumpkin team came very close in that goal and took home two of the pumpkins as prizes (shown in the picture). Four other pumpkins were given to other teams to decide who wants to take one home. Careful practice work bonus.
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Elementary Art

By Marco K.
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SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, November 20 / 2:00-3:00 / Cafeteria

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

Thanksgiving Break

November 25-29

School will be closed for Thanksgiving break from November 25-29. School will re-open on Monday, December 2.

Holiday Hoopla

Thursday, December 5 / 1:00-2:00 / Auditorium

Come create holiday art with crafty facilitators Mrs. Vivian and Ms. Suzie! We promise a fun time for all!

NOTE: Elementary Art will be cancelled on this day, as Mrs. Vivian will be crafting at the Holiday Hoopla instead.

Ice Skating

Monday, December 9 / 10:00-1:00 /

NTC at Liberty Station / 2875 Dewey Road

* * Sign up in the front office by Tuesday, December 3 * *

Don't miss the annual MEA Ice Skating Event! The cost is $5 per skater. (People can show up without signing up, but the cost will then be $10). For questions, please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen,

MEA Theatre Company

The MEA Theatre Company is alive and well! Specific info is forthcoming but save these dates for the following events:

  • December 11 at 12:00: Meet & greet the MEA Director
  • December 18 at12:00: Audition workshop
  • Week of January 6: Auditions
  • March 11, 12, 13: Performances

The show title will be announced after Thanksgiving break!


"Note" worthy Leaves

Inside the library there are some blank "leaves." Please come write a note on one, and it will be added to the library's Fall Wreath!
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All logo contest participants:

If you submitted an entry for the logo contest, there is a note of appreciation from the MEA Parent Foundation and a small treat waiting for you in the office. Please come see Miss Maria to pick it up. Thank you for your participation!

Succulent plant arrangements for sale!

Looking for a gift for someone for the holidays? Purchase a succulent plant arrangement made here at MEA. Students will be creating them until winter break. They come in all sizes varying in price from $5 - $20 and can be purchased in the front office starting today. All proceeds will go towards the chicken coop and garden upkeep.

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Small Flower Pots Lying around?

Clean out your garage and donate them for the succulent plant fundraiser.

The Coop Group thanks you!

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Vote for your Prom Theme

High Schoolers!

The MEA Yearenders Club has created a google form in order to have the population of MEA high schoolers dictate their opinion on the theme for this year's High School Prom.

And the choices are...

  • Roaring 20's / Great Gatsby (for 2020)
  • A Galaxy Far, Far Away
  • Shakespearean / Romeo and Juliet

Please cast your vote here!

Legoland Tickets

For families that ordered Legoland tickets, they have arrived! You can stop by the office to pick them up.

See's Candy / Desert Sun Coffee Fundraiser



  • Please leave orders with Maria in the front office! Thank you so much for supporting your school!
  • Prizes etc. to be given out after Thanksgiving break!
  • If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me at Thank you! Ms Barb

Attention elementary artists!

Mrs. Sink is participating in Artsonia, the world's largest collection of student art, published by teachers and students from around the world. Parents and family can view the art online, leave comments and order keepsakes featuring the artwork. When you order from Artsonia, they donate a portion to our elementary art program to purchase more supplies. If you are interested in participating, please email Mrs Sink, You will need to provide your child’s name, grade level, and your email address. Mrs Sink will then create an account for your child on Artsonia and upload artwork created during the Story and Craft Time as well as the Elementary Art classes. You can even upload work your child has done at home! You can then purchase items with your child’s artwork on them. Mrs Sink still has many coffee mugs, tshirts and magnets with her children’s elementary artwork on it. They are a family treasure!

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Hygiene Kits for the Homeless

Mt. Everest Academy is offering support to the Monarch School, a K-12 public school for homeless children in downtown San Diego. We are mostly looking for small travel toiletries that we can make into hygiene packages to distribute to the children. (Hotel samples work great!)

Drop off boxes are located in the front office and in Room 1. Please bring your donations in by Wednesday, December 18. For any questions, contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at Thank you for having a big heart for children in need!

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MEA Alumnus offers to meet with highschoolers

Matthew Lee graduated from Mt. Everest Academy in 2016, and was our class salutatorian. His experience at US Naval Academy has been so positive he'd like to share it with all interested MEA high school students.

Letter from Matthew to MEA highschoolers

Matthew will be back in San Diego for Thanksgiving break from November 22-December 1. If you'd like to meet with him then, or have any questions, please contact him at 858-945-2720 or

Coin Fundraiser

From October 22 - November 22

Our ASB is holding a Coin Fundraiser through November 22 to support our school. Students and parents are encouraged to bring in NICKELS, DIMES, QUARTER, and PENNIES to one of the coin fundraiser boxes on campus:

  • the front office
  • the parent room
  • Room 2 (Dr. Rodenberg's room)

Thank you for your support!

**** Extracurricular activities ****

Please find the most up-to-date extracurricular activities schedule on our website. This is a work in progress; we will continue to add to and fine-tune the schedule as needed.

If you have a talent to share and are interested in leading an extracurricular class or workshop series, please contact Principal Browne at

Environmental Club - new time

TUESDAYS / 12:00-12:30 / Room 14

The Environmental Club will now meet on TUESDAYS instead of Thursdays. Same time (12:00-12:30) and same place (Room 14). The Environmental Club offers a good way to take part in your community, participate in social activities, spend time with friends, get volunteer hours & learn about how to live sustainably.

Intercultural Club

Wednesday, November 20 / 12:00-12:30 / Room 1

The Intercultural Club is open to all students in grades 6-12 who have an interest in learning about other cultures and sharing about their own cultures. (In general we meet monthly on the first Wednesday of each school month.) We will decide on our mission, determine the celebrations we want to hold, and delight in some delicious food!

Debate Club - new time

Thursdays / 11:30-12:00 / Room 6

Debate Club has changed their meeting time; it is now 11:30-12:00 on Thursdays. All 6th-12th graders are welcome.

Moving the Mulch

YAY helpers! The small mountain of mulch by the chickens has been steadily getting moved over to the East garden. Mulch conserves moisture, improves the soil as it breaks down, protects against temperature changes, and helps prevent weeds. It's a valuable component of our garden!

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Library Challenge

This month's challenge is "Can You Find It?" Look for books in different categories and then write down the title and call number. Turn your completed form into the library by November 20, 12:30 pm to receive a prize!

Library Time with Ms. Suzie

Last week when Ms. Vivian was not able be at Library Time, Ms. Suzie stepped in and delighted the elementary students by reading "Thank You, Omu" to them. The show must go on!
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Grades K-6: Sign up for BookIt! in the library.

Read books and earn FREE PIZZA!

All students need to do is come in to the library, sign up and receive a reading log. At the end of each month, turn in the completed reading log. You will then receive a coupon for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut! Pick up your new reading log and begin again for the next month.


Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. You can reach him with any counseling questions at or 858-496-8791. Or feel free to stop by the counseling office!

Financial Aid Follow Up for Seniors

Thursday, December 12 / 11:55-12:30 / Room 6

Mr. Zappala will check in with students on the progress of their FAFSA, Cal Grants and scholarship applications. Free pizza will be served!


"The Nutcracker"

The San Diego Academy of Ballet in partnership with California Professional Ballet Program presents "The Nutcracker." Performances are at the Joan Kroc Theatre on November 29 & 30. You can buy tickets here. MEA 8th grader, Josephine C., plays the role of Clara in the two evening shows!

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Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy

November 29, 30 & December 1

The Oasis Camel Dairy shares their family farm's naturally grown, tasty pomegranates with their camels and guests.

A "Pomegranate Day" at the Oasis Camel Dairy is full of entertainment:

  • Learn about & hand-pick pomegranates
  • Camel rides
  • Turkey Stampede
  • Magic Show
  • Bird Show
  • Visit with sheep & donkeys
  • Meet the author of "Camel Crazy" (a mother's journey to help her son's autism symptoms)


MEA's building site supervisor, Mr. Goldwater, shares part of a newsletter from the Oasis Camel Dairy that has more details about their Pomegranate Days.

It will be simply the most fun you will ever have on a Thanksgiving Weekend!

Thanksgiving Break Critter Camp

November 25-27 / Helen Woodward Animal Center

Kids in San Diego can spend part of Thanksgiving break with animals at Critter Camp! Your child's compassion and appreciation for animals will grow as they interact with a variety of species. Each day also includes a craft, awesome activities, fun games, and the chance to create new memories and form new friendships. For grades K-6.

Interfaith Music and Mandalas at the North Clairemont Library

Thursday, November 21 / 10:00-11:30am

North Clairemont Library - 4616 Clairemont Dr.

The MEA Interfaith Group, headed up by Ms. Deb Mech, is sharing information about this Interfaith community event. There will be music and a simple mandala art project (materials will be provided). They will share quotes and prayers about GENTLENESS from many spiritual traditions. The intention is to create a space where people from all faith backgrounds can come together to understand and support each other.

Free and open to the public!

For questions please contact Ms. Deb Mech at

Draft EIR for 5525 Mt. Etna Drive

As some of you may know, there is a large development project in the works right near our school. Some parents have raised concerns about congestion, parking, and overall safety. The County is inviting public comment at this time on the Draft EIR and the MEA community is strongly encouraged to give input. If you have any questions, please email Principal Browne at

The County of San Diego invites the public and interested parties to review the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Community Plan Amendment (CPA) that would enable the development of affordable homes at 5255 Mt. Etna Drive. As lead agency, the County of San Diego released the Draft EIR on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, for a 45-day public comment period. The public comment period will be open through Monday, November 25, 2019.

Draft EIR

Fact Sheet

Notice of Availability


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