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Silent Auction

Here's a sneak preview of a few of the Silent Auction baskets that you'll be able to bid on this Thursday evening:

#1 Heroes vs. Villains

#2 Sea World (family 4 packs)

#3 Time for a Carwash

#4 Puzzle Mania

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The ASB works with 4th graders


ASB students helped the 4th grade class make LED bracelets in the Makerspace. The students had to sew snaps to LED lights to batteries to create a bracelet that lights up when the snaps are snapped together. This was a project that encouraged patience and trial and error as the parts had to work a certain way for the LED to light up. Students enjoyed decorating the bracelets once the sewing was complete!!

Elementary Art

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************* ANNOUNCEMENTS *************

School Year 2018-19 Start Date ??

San Diego Unified School District is planning the 2018-19 school year calendar and they are asking for our school's input regarding the start date. If you'd like your preference to be included in our response, please vote here.

The two choices are:

  • OPTION 1: Pre-Labor Day, with a start date of Monday, August 27, 2018 and ending on Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • OPTION 2: Post Labor Day, with a start date of Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and ending on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

The last day input can be accepted is Thursday, April 20. Thank you for your feedback!

Advice for New Families

Attention MEA Families!

Do you have any advice you would share with new families to help them get acclimated and even succeed at MEA? Is there something that you wish someone would have told you that would have really helped? The SSC committee is creating an online resource for families who are new to MEA or whose students are moving up to middle or high school. We are looking for your advice on organization, time management, turn-in packets, resources, trouble-shooting, and more. Please use this link to send us your input by the end of April. Thank you!

Yearbook Orders

Order deadline: Sunday, April 16

It's time to order your school yearbook!

  • Order online at The yearbook code for our school is 13011917
  • You can buy a soft cover yearbook for $20 or a hard cover for $25.
  • Lifetouch also gives you a variety of different packages to order that you will see online.
  • Please place your order soon, before the April 16 deadline.
For any questions, please contact Mr. Steve Antti at

MEA Gear for sale!

Get your gear in the front office! Payable with cash or check.

  • MEA Water Bottle: 24 ounce, stainless steel, blue or silver, $12 each.
  • MEA T-shirt: In either grey or blue. "Do School Differently" is written on the back. $15 each.

Jon (grade 1) and Ian (grade 3) like to wear the same t-shirt as their mom!


EAP from SDSU for Juniors

Tuesday, April 11 / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

Juniors! San Diego State University will be coming out to speak with you about the Early Assessment Program (EAP). This is the "college ready" aspect of getting into college and being successful. Please plan to attend, and there will be FREE PIZZA!

Improv Show!

Tuesday, April 11 / 5:30 pm / Auditorium

The Mount Everest Academy Improv Team is having it's first home show of the year! Come support your favorite free, amateur, mediocre high school improv group (in San Diego, at least) as they make everything up on the spot for absolutely no purpose other than to entertain you guys, the audience.

Where: Mount Everest Academy

When: Tuesday, April 11th at 5:30

Why: We have nothing to do on Tuesdays.

Parent PALS

Wednesday, April 12 / 10:00 / Family Study Room

Join Mrs. Browne in the Family Study. She will be sharing technology resources available to MEA Families.

What is Parent PALS? Join other MEA parents for a monthly meet and greet. The meeting will feature a speaker, group discussion, or parent panel and also allow time for socializing. Coffee available. Feel free to bring a brunch dish to share and any curriculum or teaching tools you have found useful (optional). Babies and students are welcome; PALS and extracurricular options coincide with this meeting as well.

Talent Showcase & Silent Auction

Thursday, April 13 / Auditorium

4:30: Dinner & Silent Auction bidding

5:30: Show starts

Calling all students, parents, staff, families, and friends to come enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment at Mt. Everest Academy’s annual Talent Show & Silent Auction! Students from grades K-12 will showcase their talents, food will be available for purchase, and the Silent Auction will have exciting gift baskets and gift certificates to bid on. This is Mt. Everest’s biggest fundraiser event of the year, and one hundred percent of all funds raised will directly benefit student learning and school activities.


Friday, April 21

Ages 5-8 / 9:00-10:00am / $15.00 per student

Ages 9-10 / 10:15-11:45am / $20.00 per student


Sheila Dawson is bringing her mobile woodworking program "I Can Build It Myself" to Mt. Everest Academy. This is a practical and productive hands-on-hand-tools class. All wood, tools and safety glasses are provided. Children must wear closed toe shoes (no exceptions) to participate.

If you’d like your child to participate, please sign up and pay (CASH ONLY) in the office with Norma by Friday, April 14.

For questions, please contact Mrs. Becerra at

For more info about the woodbus, click here

Holocaust Survivor Speaker

Thursday April 27 / 10:30 - 12:00 / Auditorium

Rose Schindler will be speaking to our Mt. Everest Community (students, parents, staff, friends, and neighbors) about her experiences in Auschwitz, an infamous concentration camp, during World War II. From 1940 to 1945, an estimated 1.1 million people perished at Auschwitz. This is a historic opportunity that you will not want to miss.

Rose spent four months there, as a 14-year-old and was likely destined for the gas chamber because she was considered too skinny to work. But Schindler was able to get away by sneaking aboard a transport filled with those selected for factory work. She made uniforms and gas masks there until the war ended.

Schindler’s parents and five of her seven siblings were killed in the Holocaust.

Rose and her husband, Max, came to speak at our school last year. Since then, Max has passed away, but Rose will return to our school to speak in more depth and detail about her time in the camp. So few of these survivors from World War II are still alive and even fewer are able to go out to speak. This is an incredible opportunity to hear and be able to ask questions about a part of history that most only read about in a book.

Some of what Rose will share may be difficult to hear, so be sure your student is ready for this information. There is quite a bit of information online and on YouTube that would be a great way to get ready to hear from people that lived through this time.

Bring your family and friends.

For questions:

Linda Patterson -

Bruce Sharp -

“Spiritual Diversity in Education”

Friday, April 28 / 9:00-12:00pm / Cafeteria

Ms. Deb Mech is facilitating Spiritual Diversity in Education which is open to all parents, students, staff, and community members. This workshop is a fully inclusive whole-child / holistic approach to tolerance and understanding and fully aligns with our mission of equity and integrated health and wellness. Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Ms. Mech at

Click here for an informational flyer

Quizbowl for Middle Schoolers

Sunday, April 30 / Madison High School

Here is an opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to participate in an Academic League type competition with only students in the same age category. It starts at 9am, but check-in will be at 8:30, and the matches will last until about 4pm. It should be lots of fun!

Please email Mr. Jacobs at to let him know if you are interested.

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Link to Makerspace calendar of activities.

From Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-2:30, the Makerspace is open for students ready to tinker and create, unless an activity is listed as "participants only" (marked with an asterisk on the calendar). Questions? Contact supervisors: Nikki Bradford ( or Barb Mulvany (

April Challenge: Egg Drop Challenge!

The Famous, Infamous, EGG DROP CHALLENGE!!!

Create a contraption that will protect an egg (an egg to be inserted into your contraption on the day of the challenge) from cracking or breaking when dropped from the ROOF of our school! Materials allowed for creating will be on the Challenge Table. Please use materials conservatively; what is out is for everyone to use.

************* COUNSELING CORNER *************

Set up your Web-grant account

SENIORS! Make sure you set up a Web-grant account for additional financial aid if you're planning on attending a California university or college!

Volunteer at the Natural History Museum!

Mt. Everest sophomores and juniors, check this out! Are you interested in gaining some very valuable volunteer hours? Do you like working with children in an educational setting? If so, this is your opportunity at the Natural History Museum.

Volunteer Website link


Required AP Test Pre-Administration Session

Tuesday, April 25 / 11:50am / Cafeteria

For students that have signed up to take AP tests, please plan to attend this mandatory AP Pre-Administration Session. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mrs. Browne or Mr. Zappala. Link to AP exam information on CollegeBoard

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BookIt Forms Due Now

Final BookIt forms for March are now due! Turn in your forms to get the last pizza coupon of the year. All certificates expire May 1st, so come in soon for yours. Great reading!

April Challenge: Create a poem!

In honor of Poetry Month, we are challenging you to create a poem about our library. Be creative! All poems will be displayed around the school, put on our website, and students will earn a prize from the library. There are 4 types of poems from which to choose: Concrete, Acrostic, Haiku, and Limerick. Learn more about these formats here, or pick up a hardcopy in the library. Poems are due in the library by 12:00 April 12th.

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Jackson S. becomes an Eagle Scout!

Jackson S., grade 12, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on February 23, 2017. The highest rank achievable in Boy Scouts, only 5% of Boy Scouts make it to this rank. To become an Eagle Scout, Jackson completed requirements for all of the seven ranks during his time as a Boy Scout, including building an Eagle Service Project. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate leadership while benefiting his community. Jackson built a bench and a welcome sign for Sequoia Elementary school right here in Clairemont. The Eagle Scout rank is a very respected achievement that can be used on college and job applications. Congratulations, Jackson!

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MEA students in SDUSD Elementary Honor Concert

Elementary Honor Orchestra

Yosif S. (grade 3): violin

Elementary Honor Band

Ian N. (grade 3): flute

Ria R. (grade 5): clarinet (principal)

Lucia M. (grade 6): bassoon

Elementary Honor Choir

Yosif S. (grade 3)

Ria R. (grade 5)

Concert: Free and open to the public

Point Loma Nazarene University Brown Chapel

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm