Monday Message



See more pictures from the Club Fair last week.

Thank you to Emily N. for sending in the photos!

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The Maker Place Tour

See more pictures from the Maker Place tour last week.

Thank you to Mrs. Barb Mulvany for sending in these photos!

A group of MEA families went to see the Maker Place, which is located on Morena Boulevard, this past Friday. What a fun trip it was for all of us!! We learned about the many classes available at the MP and the machines people can come use to work with wood, acrylic, metal and sewing to name just a few. It was a busy place with many people using multiple machines. We learned you can not only take classes at the MP, but you can rent space for your own machines, use the machines there to run your own business, and even find work there as requests are made for specific jobs from outside the MP. It was very interesting to see the crafting that has been done and was taking place while we were there. For anyone interested in “making,” this is a must see. We all enjoyed the tour and learned the many possibilities available at the workshop for anyone interested. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

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Pokemon Tournament

Thursday, October 4 / 12:30-1:30 / Auditorium

Hello Mt. Everest Pokemon players! Due to the success of last year's tournament, another will be held on October 4th at 12:30 to 1:30 in the auditorium. If you would like to participate, please fill out this form and read these rules. Please note that the rules are using a different format than usual, so read them carefully!

Also, we are in NEED OF A PARENT TO SUPERVISE the event. If you can stay from 12:30 to 1:30 in the auditorium on October 4th, please send an email to


Wednesday, October 11 / 8:15 - 12:00 / Auditorium

All students that will be taking the PSAT on October 11 need to sign up in the front office. All 10th graders can take the test for free, but you MUST sign up. For all other students, the cost is $16, payable by check or cash (EXACT CHANGE PLEASE ).

PSAT practice booklets are available in Mr. Zappala's office and the front office.

Link to the PSAT website.

Itsy Bitsy Writers Workshop

Thursday, October 12 / 10:00am / Cafeteria

Itsy Bitsy Writers will be offering a FREE 45 minute parent participation creative writing workshop for 4-7 year olds in the Mount Everest Academy community on Thursday October 12 at 10:00am in the cafeteria. Our mission is to nurture and promote literacy, creativity and confidence in young children through the process of writing and illustrating original stories.

From our workshop, your child will:

  • Gain confidence in their ability to express themselves
  • Connect with other kids
  • Delight in creative expression

From our workshop, YOU will:

  • Have fun and connect with your child
  • Get a great tool to support your child’s creativity at home

Please rsvp to or call 619-335-5122. See you there!

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Make-Up Picture Day

Tuesday, October 24 / 8:30-12:30 / Auditorium

Lifetouch is offering this make-up picture day for students and parents that were not able to come to Picture Day on September 21.

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

New SSC/SGT Parent Reps

Thank you to all the parents that came out and voted for SSC/SGT parent representatives. We're happy to announce that your new parent reps are Andrea Ausland and Angie Serrano.

Remember that all Mt. Everest Academy parents and secondary students are invited to attend the SSC/SGT meetings on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00:

  • October 25, 2017
  • November 29, 2017
  • January 17, 2018
  • February 14, 2018
  • March 21, 2018
  • April 25, 2018
  • May 23, 2018

Student Study Group Schedules

This is the last week of the Fall semester that students may make changes to their study group schedules. Starting next Monday, October 9, students will need to make changes through initiating an Add/Drop form, which can be obtained from their subject teacher or the counselor.

Impact Aid Program Survey Forms

Impact Aid Program Survey Forms will be mailed out to you on Wednesday, October 4. Please fill yours out and bring it to your supervising teacher right away and no later than Thursday, October 12. If you didn't receive a form, there are blank forms available in the front office, library, computer lab or from your supervising teacher.

As a special incentive to help meet this important deadline, the students of the first supervising teacher that gets 100% of their forms turned in will get an Ice Cream PARTY!

Sometimes we get questions on why the impact aid program survey form needs to be filled out every year. Each year our district receives over $10 million in Impact Aid funding. This is not automatic – we must apply for it each year and we need the information from you. Thank you for getting this done and helping funds come to our school!

Monday Message to Students

STUDENTS, would you like to receive the Monday Message directly to your personal email address? This can be helpful, especially for older students, so you can stay informed of what's happening here at Mt. Everest Academy. Please go to this link to submit your own email.

"Communi-Tree" Project

Come make a leaf to add to our tree!

As members of MEA, we are all different: teachers, students, parents, siblings. We are makers and dreamers, writers and scientists (some all rolled into one!). We come together as part of one beautiful COMMUNITY! Let's celebrate Fall by creating a "COMMUNI-TREE"!!

So stop by the Makerspace this week and make a leaf to add to our tree: decorate one, make one of your own, make a statement - whatever you'd like to contribute is great!

MakerSpace Closed Thursday p.m.

The Makerspace will close early this Thursday, October 5. Join us for tinkering until 12pm on Thursday, when the Makerspace will close for the day."

Makerspace: September Engineers of the Month!

Congratulations to our first Engineer of the Month winners - a 3 way tie! Matthew and Mae built the sturdiest legless furniture and Benjamin took home the win in the legged category. All three designs held the highest weight possible, 87.5 lbs. Congratulations engineers! October brings a new challenge so make sure to stop by the makerspace and test your engineering skills!

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Got Box Tops?

Remember to turn in your box tops to the office or the parent room. Our first submission is coming up at the end of this week. Thank you!!

Elementary Students on Campus

To parents of elementary students,

Students in grades K-5 are supervised when they are in study groups and PALS. Any other time elementary students are on campus, they need to be supervised by a parent or family member. They should not be left on their own to go from one extracurricular activity to another. Please plan for your child's supervision, so they can enjoy all the wonderful activities and friendships that are available here on campus.

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

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 anytime!

Meeting for all Juniors

Tuesday, October 3 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria

Mr. Zappala will discuss what is important to focus on for 11th graders, and what to think about as they become seniors next year. Free pizza will be served!

Cal-SOAP College Fair

Wednesday, October 25 / 6:00-8:00pm

Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego

For High School Students and Parents

Over 100 Colleges Represented and Various College Readiness Workshops:

  • Secrets of Selective Colleges
  • CA Public Colleges
  • CA Community Colleges and Transfer Process
  • Private / Independent Colleges
  • Financing Your College Dream
  • Top 10 Future Careers in America
  • The College Athlete
  • and many others!

Free parking & admissions

No pre-registration for students and parents needed.

Click for college fair webpage

Adelphi University

Friday, October 20 / 1:30pm / Cafeteria

A speaker from Adelphi University will be presenting to Juniors and Seniors.

********** extracurricular activities ***********

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


  • GirlUp! added on Tuesdays, 12:00-12:30
  • Introduction to Coding added on Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30
  • MathCounts on Tuesdays, moved to the Auditorium
  • Environmental Club added on Wednesdays, 10:40-11:10
  • Blues Guitar on the Green added on Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30
  • Soccer on Wednesdays, time changed to 1:30-2:30
  • Soccer on Thursdays, time changed to 11:30-12:30
  • Improv added on Thursdays, 12:00-12:30

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

Grades 6 to 12 Sewing Class

Tuesdays / 1:50-2:50 / MakerSpace

This class is for older students (grades 6-12) looking to start learning or re-master sewing techniques in a project-based lab setting. Tuesdays from 1:50 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

For students in grades four and five interested in sewing, stay tuned to sign up for some upcoming specially-scheduled classes. Parental attendance is required.

Fragrance Club

  • Smell and create scents
  • Learn perfume chemistry
  • Use 50+ aroma chemicals
  • Make professional products
  • Study aromatherapy
  • Get a customized fragrance
  • Make weird scents!

The meeting time for this is TBD. If you'd like to participate in this activity, please email so your schedule can be taken into consideration for determining the meeting time.

Introduction to Coding

Tuesdays / 12:30-1:30 / Computer Lab

Ever thought of learning how to code and create the apps and websites you use every day? Starting Tuesday, October 10, all students grades 4 thru 12 are welcome to come over to the Computer Lab for fun activities with computer programming, game development, cybersecurity, animation, and more. Hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Lucas H. at for more info.

Blues Guitar on the Green

Wednesdays / 12:30 - 1:30 pm / Grass area in the elementary area

All ages welcome

Mr. Joey Carano (Toler's father) teaches students guitar tuning, chords, simple blues scales, and improvising; all with an emphasis on having fun with the guitar! Everyone is welcome! No experience necessary!

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Pokemon/Games Club

Thursdays / 2:30 / Cafeteria

Pokemon/Games Club starts THIS Thursday! For the first meeting we will be getting acquainted with each other and with the club rules.

Note: The Pokemon/Games Club is a separate activity from the Pokemon Tournament being held this Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Model United Nations Club

Time and Location TBA

Greetings, future delegates!

Model UN is an activity where students represent different nations around the world, and try to solve real world issues based on their country's policies.

You will become a world leader! Acting as ambassadors of nations from Egypt to France, Japan to Canada, you step into the shoes of diplomats from Presidents Trump or Obama, to Kim Jong-un or Putin, to try and make the world the place that you, or your people, would want to be in.

Topics discussed will range from globalization and the refugee crises, to preventing World War II, and even dealing with first alien encounter and artificial intelligence rights. Remember: don't nuke the world!

Time and location will be decided soon.

Check back on the Monday Message or contact to learn more!

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The new website has information about the below and MUCH MORE!

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SDSCPA Call for 2018-19 Auditions

All SDUSD families interested in attending the San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts (SDSCPA) must choose SDSCPA in their School Choice Application before signing up for an audition. The SDUSD Choice Application is open October 2 through November 13, 2017. All new incoming students must audition to be accepted into the SDSCPA, grades 6-12. Audition requirements are posted on their website.

Interested families should plan to attend a Magnet Monday Tour beginning at 10 a.m. and/or attend one of the Prospective Families Meetings.

2018-19 Audition Flyer