Monday Message

October 11, 2021

Make-Up Pictures

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Tuesday, Oct. 12 / 8:30-10:00am


Gerardy Photography is offering this Make-Up Picture time for students that weren’t able to come in September. The portrait will be used for the student's school ID card and the school yearbook.

Families will also have the option to purchase a portrait package.

  • No money is needed on Picture Day
  • After Picture Day, will receive proofs and ordering information
  • Choose from multiple expressions
  • Online ordering available

QUESTIONS?... Please email Linda Ele at

Special Picture Day

For students that can’t make the Make-Up Picture time, Gerardy Photography offers a Special Picture Day at their studio on 2414 Auto Park Way in Escondido.

Thursday, 11/11/21 (Veteran’s Day)

  • There is no sitting fee
  • Call 760-747-2263 to make an appointment
  • Request an ID card, and it will be mailed to MEA
  • Instructions will be given on how to send your portrait to the MEA yearbook.

Collegeboard Exams

PSAT Sign Ups

PSAT will take place at MEA on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 9:00-12:00 in the Auditorium.

  • Please see this information sheet about the PSAT/NMSQT.
  • PSAT is free this year for MEA 11th graders. Other grade levels are $18.
  • Link to sign up for the test. (Everyone planning to take it must sign up, even 11th graders.)

Ordering AP Exams - due Oct. 15

Students currently enrolled in an AP class and/or who want to take the AP exam must make their decision and order their AP exam forms by October 15. Policies and information are available at

Upcoming Events

SDSU Virtual Tour

Wednesday, Oct. 27 / 2:15-3:00

SDSU will be presenting a Virtual Tour to Mrs. Sink’s high school AVID Class in the Cafeteria.

All high school students (especially Seniors!) are invited to attend this tour, either in the Cafeteria or via Zoom:

Passcode: 320612

Daily Mindfulness and Meditation

These daily sessions will include about 10 minutes of mindfulness and meditation as well as other activities to foster health and wellness and connectedness in our community. All MEA Community members are welcome!

  • When: Monday through Friday (holidays and scheduled school concerts/events excluded!)
  • Where: . . Passcode: MEA!
  • Why: Optimum Health, Wellness, and Well-Being!
  • Who: The whole MEA Community
  • Time: 12-12:30 (You must login by 12:00)

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Get to Know Humans of MEA

The four still standing, non-graduated, OG members of Humans of MEA ask each other questions and delve into the world of boba orders, Universal Studios versus Disneyland, the MET Gala, zodiac signs, superpowers, outrageous school experiences, and how we feel about Hakuna Matata versus YOLO... Watch video

Elementary Extracurriculars

Covid-19 Protocols for Elementary Students

Our goal is to offer as many elementary extracurriculars as possible even though parents cannot be on campus to supervise children like usual. If dropping off for an extracurricular, please sign your child in at the front office. If students are staying past their studygroup time to attend supervised lunch and afternoon extracurricular, you will note that on the sign in sheet.

PALS Tutoring

Wednesdays & Thursdays / 12:30-1:45 / Room 6

Trained tutors are ready to help you get your classwork done. All students grades K-12 who would like some extra help can come to room 6 every Wednesday and Thursday during 4th period (12:30-1:45pm). All grades are welcome, as we have tutors for all grade levels. PALS is a great way to build community and academic skills!

Parents, K-5 students attending PALS must arrive with a check-in form so tutors know what to work on with your child and you receive a report on how things went. (Extra forms will be available when you drop off in case you forget or can't print one at home.)

  • K-5 students attending studygroup and PALS on the same day should be signed in when parents drop off at 9am. Parents must indicate if their student is staying for supervised lunch and PALS
  • K-5 students attending ONLY PALS on any given day should be signed in outside the front office.
  • 6-12 students can report directly to Room 6.

Music classes with Mr. Johnson

These classes are held every Tuesday. Please sign your child in at the front office and note which class(es) they will be attending.

  • 8:05- 8:55 - Beginning Band
  • 9:05- 9:55 - Choir
  • 10:05- 10:55 - Advanced Band
  • 11:05 - 11:55 - Music theory (for upper grades)
  • 12:30- 1:20 - Advanced Strings (open to secondary)
  • 1:35- 2:25 - Beginning Strings

6-12 Extracurriculars

Club Fair

So many interests! So many activities! YAY student leaders!

Link to Club Fair photo gallery

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MEA Red Cross Club

The MEA Branch of the Red Cross will be an extension of the local Red Cross unit. This club will provide opportunities for training and leadership development. As a club member, you will have the ability to choose mission-related activities that address your community’s needs while delivering the life-saving services of the Red Cross.

Before the club can officially start and meet, there needs to be three to 6 members. If you are interested in joining the MEA Branch of the Red Cross, please fill out this MEA Red Cross Interest Form.

If you have any questions, please email me at

Young Investors Society

First meeting Oct. 13

Wednesdays except turn-in / 12:00-12:25 / Rm. 8

MEA Young Investors Society Flyer

We are a chapter of the Young Investors Society, an international non-profit organization that helps high schoolers learn personal finance and investment. Sign up right now or come join us for our first meeting on October 13!

Academic League

First meeting Oct. 14

Thursdays except turn-in / 11:30-12:30 / Rm. 9

Academic League is a buzzer competition where teams compete to answer "toss-up" questions and then collaborate on "bonus" questions. With questions from literature, science, history, art, music, sports, pop culture and more, there is something for everyone!...Academic League website

Chess Club

First meeting Oct. 12

Tuesdays except turn-in / 11:55-12:30 / Rm. 8

  • Includes both peer-to-peer chess as well as team chess.

  • Includes live, friendly 2-player blitz games, as well as post-game analysis of games

  • Also includes Bughouse, a very fun form of chess, involving a team of two people facing another group of two people.

  • Live coaching by a chess master, which helps people improve their basic chess skills and advance to the next level of chess understanding.

Coop Group

Thursdays / 8:15-9:00 / at the coop

The MEA Coop Group has fun hanging out with the chickens as well as cleaning their coop... MEA Chickens webpage

GSA Club

GSA Club meets this week! We are the Gender and Sexuality Alliance! Everyone is welcome! Come hang out with us in an open, accepting, and loving environment - the more the merrier! 12 - 12:30 on every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the work month in the garden outside of Room 1. Learn more about the LGBT+ community, plan and participate in actions, and build an inclusive community for all. Allies are encouraged to join. Ms. Mullen and Mr. Nielsen are the facilitators, and the student leaders are Jade Myers and Jody Huege.

German Club

First meeting Oct. 14

Thursdays except turn-in / 12:00-12:30 / Room 8

You don't have to be taking German!

Possible weekly activities:

  • German movies

  • Games

  • Kahoots and other activities to learn German

Literary Magazine

First meeting Oct. 14

1st & 3rd Thursdays of work month / 12:00-12:30 / Rm. 2

Are you one of many pencil-wielding humans who is sitting at a beckoning desk, apprehensively waiting to craft and shape delightful words in hopes of one day becoming the next Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chaucer, or Jacqueline Woodson? If the answer is a curious and amazingly, awe-inspiring, relief-sighing yes; then consider joining Mount Everest Academy’s new literary magazine, Heights. I sincerely hope your eyes are widening as you come to absorb these words and imagine the civilization of creators that we could cultivate with the genius collections of our minds. I believe that together we can create a club that unites all voices. Together, with this magazine, I believe that we can form a place where all people of MEA can share their stories.

For those of you who are new to the school, welcome, and those who do not know me, my name is Jody Huege. I’m a ninth grader, and I, like so many others at MEA, am an avid reader, writer, and artist. This past year, it occurred to me that our school prides itself on creative thinking and wondering minds, and I made it my mission to find a place for students to share their works in a format where the whole school could see them. Heights is the literary magazine that will connect people in MEA’s community through works of writing and art. The club will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at noon! During these meetings, we will work on building our website, editing works for the magazine, and organizing our virtual issue. During the year, we hope to produce 3 issues, featuring the incredible works of our talented student body.

I hope you will join us on our journey to new Heights, starting this Thursday, October 14th in Room 2.

Spanish Conversation Club

2nd & 4th Tuesday of work month / 12:00-12:30 / Outside Rm. 1

¡Vengan a conversar! ¡Participen en la tertulia de español!

Secondary students of all levels who are currently taking Spanish at MEA and would like to practice speaking Spanish are invited to join a <<tertulia>>, or small gathering, on Tuesdays at lunch. We will meet twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the work month! Month 2's meetings will be on October 5th and 19th in the garden outside room 1. ¡Vamos a divertirnos! Let's have fun!

MEA Sports Club

Location: Basketball court arena

My name is Hasan Abdurrahman, and I am currently a senior at MEA. I have decided to launch a sports club which middle scholars can join, whether they want to have fun or get PE time to log. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in joining the MEA Sports Club.

If you are a parent who is interested in sponsoring our sports club, please fill out the form as well.

Form link:

Your Response Requested

Our school needs information to help ensure it receives all the state funding (Title 1) to which it is entitled. It will not affect your child receiving free meals at this school as all children will have free access to meals this school year, however, it may affect our funding and student access to fee waivers for College Board exams, including AP and SAT.

Please complete the following:

  1. Login to your Parent Portal Powerschool Account. (This will not be visible in your child's account.)

  2. Click on LCFF icon in the left-hand menu (see large red arrow)

  3. On the pull-down menu enter the number of people in your home

  4. Click on the income bracket for your household

  5. Click on the signature box and submit (see two small red arrows)

  6. Click submit

If needed, here are instructions on how to set up and access your Parent Portal.

Helpful Information

Yearbook Discount

Treering is now offering a 5% discount for yearbooks purchased in October.

Sync MEA calendar to your phone

To help keep track of important school events it’s suggested that parents sync our school website calendar to their phone. Just click on the Share Icon (top right) and choose “iCal/RSS feed”.

Meet with Mr. Rubin

For students and parents that would like to meet with Mr. Rubin, you may sign up for an appointment.

SDUSD Covid Testing Acknowledgement Form

This is a reminder that all families are required to make a choice on Covid testing at the start of the new school year. Every family must complete the form (access link below) and submit their response online at this time for each student. Free Covid testing in school not only helps prevent the spread of the virus, but it also helps more students stay in school and continue their education.

Covid-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form

(Note: A PowerSchool Username and Password will be required to complete the form. If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact Ms. Ramos in the front office.)

Student Handbook

Students in grades 6-12 should review the Mt. Everest student handbook with their parents and refer to their supervising teacher with any questions. Please find the handbook here.

Technology Support and Resources

Please see information related to technology resources and support here.


MEA Foundation Update

MEA Foundation has reached our first $1000 for the school year, thank you to all donations! Our biggest support is future fundraising at MEA, starting with a Farmers Market. Help us fund new garden beds to be installed in November. And watch the garden grow.

All parents, students, and staff are members of MEA Foundation! If you want your voice to be heard and to have a say in the foundation programs, priorities, and finances, please contact Principal Browne at or the Foundation at

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, MEA Foundation is able to accept your donations, which are 100% tax-deductible, in order to enhance the overall experience of Mt. Everest Academy students. There are several ways you can easily give.


  • We need a few volunteers for updating our in-kind contact spreadsheet. Can you search the internet or make a phone call to help update 25 to 50 of our contacts?

  • Are you interested in leading/teaching a workshop or extracurricular (art, STEM, engineering, content area, etc.)? This could be a weekly class, one time workshop or series.

  • Are you familiar with accounting softwares? If so, we need some help researching a system to use for the Foundation. Or you can help research a pledge or donation system.

Please send an email to and let us know how you would like to help.

Elementary Fall Printables

Here are a couple of Fall handouts for elementary students. Thanks to the MEA Foundation for supplying these!


AmazonSmile flyer

MEA Foundation is fully registered with AmazonSmile as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. When you shop at AmazonSmile, will donate to MEA Foundation at no cost to you!

Community Announcements

Learn Chinese, Persian, or Russian

The Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) at San Diego State University is announcing its tuition-free, year-round Startalk programs in Chinese, Persian, and Russian for students in Grades 9-11 with no prior knowledge of these languages. The program comprises 170 hours of instruction over three sessions: Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022. Information sessions will be held starting October 12.


LARC Startalk website with details and registration

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