"Tuesday" Message


The gingerbread man can!

Mrs. Flo's kindergarteners each made a gingerbread man who helped them learn about colors, counting, and verbs. The gingerbread man can jump! He can smile! He can dance!

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Mr. Gingerbread was also part of a game the kindergarteners played outside.

Click here to see it!


Who is the mysterious student behind the snowflake he/she cut out? See answer below.

Please welcome MEA’s newest staff member!

We are excited to announce that teacher Eric Nielsen is the newest edition to the MEA staff. He has been teaching for many years in San Diego at many grade levels ranging from elementary to college with an emphasis in technology integration. He is an extremely accomplished and versatile teacher, with experience in many content areas, including English Language Arts, multimedia, music production, and engineering. In addition, he is co-owner of a website design and marketing firm and plays guitar in a touring band. We are confident that his many talents will find a home here at Mt. Everest! To ensure that Mr. Nielsen’s transition here is as smooth as possible he will be learning our system and co-teaching classes until the end of the semester. Beginning second semester in early February, he will be teaching 7th grade math, 8th grade history, 8th grade English Language Arts, and assisting with ASB, among other duties. So be sure to warmly welcome Mr. Nielsen!

Save the Date!

The MEA Annual Talent Show and Silent Auction is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2017. We are in need of parent volunteers to ensure this event is a success! Adira Rosen, current MEA senior and MEA theatre Director has graciously offered to organize the show. However, we need a parent who is willing to help run the show in future years to be her “apprentice” this year since she is graduating (sniff, sniff). We also need parents to help with set up and breakdown. If you are interested in helping in any capacity or have further questions, please email Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net. (Remember, the show can’t go on without the help of volunteers!)

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.

The Geometry of Snowflakes

Mrs. Browne's mother, our guest instructor, taught students how to make snowflakes. Students also learned about the science and math behind snowflakes.

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What makes an orange float?

In Mr. Huy’s 8th grade science class, students tested density and buoyancy: what happens when an orange is put into water with its peel still on (it will float), and what happens when the peel is taken off and put in the water (it will sink). Students had to figure out how to make the water more dense (add salt to the water), to make the sunken orange without the peel float again.

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Which Song Do You Find the Most Relaxing?

If you have not yet given feedback for this 10th grader's science project, input can still be accepted until Sunday, January 8. Simply click on and listen to each of the three pieces of music that are linked below.

Song 1

Song 2

Song 3

Which song did you find most relaxing?

To give your feedback, please click on: Google Form

You will need to sign into your Google Account (each subject should have their own account, as the system only allows one vote per account; your school stu.sandi.net account will work for this).

Please send any questions in an email to mounteverestmusicproject@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Get your M.E.A. gear!

  • 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.
  • Purchase in the front office, payable with cash or check.

Grandparents like MEA t-shirts too!

Their beautiful grandchildren are Adam (grade 1), Yosif (grade 3), Risa (grade 5), and Petunia (grade 6).

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“Spiritual Diversity in Education”

Friday, January 20 / 9:00 - 12:00 / 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.

Click here for an informational flyer

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Ms. Mech at dmech@sandi.net.

(Grades 3-6) Cabrillo Intertidal Explorations (Tidepools)

Friday, January 27 / 2:00-3:00 / Cabrillo National Monument

The program starts at 2:00 pm, please plan to arrive by 1:40pm. This is a 3rd-6th grade program about the variety of life in the rocky intertidal zones. A park ranger will be guiding us through this exploration.

Please see Mrs. Becerra in room 12 to sign up and reserve your spot.


Please find the most up-to-date extracurricular activity schedule here. If you would like to lead an extracurricular class, please contact cbrowne@sandi.net.

Integrated Health and Wellness Club

Wednesday, January 4 / 12:30-1:00 / Cafeteria

Grades 6-12 are invited to come participate in the Integrated Health and Wellness Club. Some of the subjects this group will be covering are: Restorative Justice, Trauma Informed Care, Blue Ribbon, NV Communication, and Holistic Health Practices. For questions, please contact Ms. Deb Mech at dmech@sandi.net

*NEW* Pokemon/Games Club

Wednesdays / 2:00-3:00 / MakerSpace (room 7)

Starts Wednesday, January 4

Back by popular demand, the Pokemon/Games club with Mrs. Gail Shingler will be starting up again this Wednesday! Get ready to play!


Thursdays / 12:45-1:45 / Cafeteria

Starts Thursday, January 5

Are you a chess player or would you like to be one? Mr. Speigelberg is heading up this activity for grades 6-12. There are chess games available, but you're welcome to bring your own. Make your move and come play chess!

GO Games

GO Games meets on Wednesdays at 10:00. The location has changed to the MakerSpace. The San Diego Go Club president, Ted Terpstra, leads the group and teaches students how to play the game. GO is the oldest board game in the world (4,000 years old); it's easy to learn, but difficult to master!

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***** LIBRARY NEWS *****

California Young Reader Medal Nominees

Come to LIBRARY TIME beginning January 10th to hear the K-5 California Young Reader Medal nominees for 2017! Voting will happen during Library Time the week of February 14th, so be sure to come each week to hear all the stories. Chapter books for middle schoolers who would like to participate are available for checkout in the library on display in the fiction section.

Library Word Search Contest

Our Library’s January contest is available in the library (also attached here). All correct entries submitted to one of our librarians by 2:00 Wednesday, January 18th will receive a prize! Winners will be announced in the Monday Message on January 23rd.

Book It! (for free pizza coupon!)

Students, you still have time to submit October, November, and December reading logs. Please bring them to the library for your free Pizza Hut coupons. Then pick up a reading log for January!



"The Wiz"

The Wiz is a glorious musical retelling of Frank Baum's Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With an infectious funky soul score and energetic lyrics, The Wiz brings renewed relevance to a timeless classic.

Two of our MEA students are in this show:

  • Brendan D., grade 8, plays the Scarecrow
  • Adira R., grade 12, plays Queen of the Poppies

Performances run from January 13-29, 2017 at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre.

Link to info & tickets: http://www.sdcjc.org/jc/

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Nikku, grade 3!