Monday Message


School Parent Survey

Parents, We really need your help! Every year the state of CA surveys parents, student and staff at schools. This data is used to rate school climate and is published on the new CA Schools Dashboard. Many families report looking into our school because of the data they read online about us first. That data comes from student academic performance as well as this annual state survey. If you appreciate our school and the learning environment we create for your student(s), now is the time for your opinion to count. It is extremely important that we have a high participation rate! Thank you so much in advance for your support with this. Please take the survey at the link below or paper copies are available in the front office. The survey should only take you about 10 minutes to complete, but it’s importance can’t be stressed enough! Mt. Everest parents rock!


For more info please click here

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Tuesdays-Thursdays / 8:30-10:30 / Room 7

Calling all students in grades K-5! The P.A.L.S. Lab wants you! We have a stellar group of trained tutors who are eager to work with their younger peers. Take advantage of the synergy created from this cross-age tutoring!

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The Atlantic World Skits

Mr. Spiegelberg's Modern World History students made skits in groups and each group presented a different explorer - Christopher Columbus, Vasco de Gama, Hernan Cortés, and more!

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Yearenders hosted exciting rounds of Kahoot!, which included trivia questions about MEA. Congratulations to this 10th grader who got the highest score for correct answers and won 1st place!

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Heritage Festival

Thursday, March 5 / 10:30-12:30 / Auditorium

Everyone is invited to this Heritage Festival!

Mrs. Battin's 3rd and 4th graders have made displays of their ethnic backgrounds and they are ready to present them to you!

Academic League at MEA

Thursday, March 5 / 7:00 pm / MEA Auditorium

The MEA Academic League with Coach Cate will compete here at Mt. Everest Academy with the Madison High School Academic League. Answering a series of questions for all core subjects, the contestants try to outwit and out-maneuver their opponents in a set of matches to reach the finals. Come out and support our team!

FUN-RAISING at Blaze Pizza

Tuesday, March 10 / 3:00-6:00pm

Blaze Pizza / 5604 Balboa Ave.

Bring your family and friends to Blaze Pizza on Tuesday, March 10 between 3:00-6:00pm and help raise money for our school while you enjoy customized pizzas! Please note: You must show the MEA Foundation fundraiser flyer (digital or paper) at checkout. Valid for dine-in or take out only. Not valid for online orders, phone orders, or delivery.

Browse the menu here: but please order in person to participate in the fundraiser. Thank you for your support of our incredible MEA!

"A Wrinkle in Time"

The Mt. Everest Academy Theatre Company proudly presents "A Wrinkle in Time," directed by Becca Myers.

Show times:

  • Wednesday, March 11 / 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 12 / 4:00 pm
  • Friday, March 13 / 6:00 pm

Avoid the ticket lines before the show! Tickets are available for purchase in the front office: $5 for students / $10 for adults. Payment can be made with cash (exact change only) or a check made payable to "Mt. Everest Academy."

As you can see below, rehearsals and stage design are in the works!

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Spirit Day

Tuesday, March 17

Your school spirit can be shown by wearing GREEN for St. Patrick's Day!

Coffee with the Principal

Tuesday, March 17 / 9:15am / Cafeteria

Parents and community members are invited to join Principal Browne over a cup of coffee (or tea) to discuss school happenings.

Spring Dances

Tuesday, March 24 / Auditorium
The first day of Spring is March 19; let's celebrate with a bright neon-themed dance!


Buy your tickets in the front office, payable with either cash or a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy." For both dances, tickets include the price of food and glow sticks.


For grades K-5. Tickets cost $3, and include admission of parents. Ticket prices go up to $5 on March 18. For elementary school, permission slips are not needed since parents must attend the dance with their child.


For grades 6-8. Tickets cost $7, and will go up to $10 on March 18.

This permission form is required for each middle school student to attend the dance. This form is also available in the front office. A completed form needs to be turned in to the office before tickets can be purchased.

Save the Date!

April 24 - Silent Auction and Talent Show


National Honor Society Members

Congratulations to our newest members of the Mt. Everest Academy chapter of the National Honor Society. These students have distinguished themselves by earning a GPA of over 3.5, conducting 30+ hours of community service, and holding leadership positions. Well done!

Grade 10 Inductees:

  • Hasan A.
  • Michelle I.
  • Katrina N.

Grade 11 Inductees:

  • Yusuf A.
  • Rhys R.
  • Meredith W.
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Join the Mt. Everest Academy Foundation in the first annual MEA Fun Run on March 23!


Sponsors / T-shirt design contest / Registration / Prizes

Please register now to help our school raise as much as we can for science curriculum, art classes and workshops, robotics, garden education, professional development opportunities for staff, assemblies and guest speakers, physical education opportunities, and community building events:

  • Go to
  • Click “Not Registered For This Year’s Event”
  • Enter your name and email address, then click “Submit”
  • Follow the instructions on-screen to register students

When you finish, the system emails pledge requests to your family and friends, and allows them to make secure credit card donations online. You get notified each time a pledge is made, and you can track your pledge progress online. MEA can still accept cash or checks! Simply select Check on the pledge page and once the money is received it will be added to the account.

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Choosing Classes for 2020-21

From March 2 - March 27, students in grades 5-11 will have the opportunity to plan their classes for the next school year.

GRADES 5, 6, 7

Students will receive articulation sheets listing course options for next year during study groups the week of February 24. Parents should review course options with their student at home. Students must return the articulation sheet with a parent's signature to their English teacher. If there are any changes needed, please mark the change before returning. For questions, please contact Ms. Patterson (

GRADES 8, 9, 10, 11

All 8th-11th graders must make an appointment here to meet with Mr. Zappala during the month of March. Topics discussed will include their courses for next year and the rest of high school, community college courses, and graduation and college entrance requirements. Parents are encouraged to attend along with their student. If parents cannot attend, they should review the course options with their student at home. Students need to return the articulation sheet with a parent's signature to Mr. Zappala. If there are any changes needed, please mark the change before returning. For questions, please contact Mr. Zappala (

Articulation Sheets:

Master Course List 2020-21


9th graders and their parents can meet with Mr. Zappala for a 4-year planning conference during the time of their articulation meeting.

Senior Graduation Checklist


Attention Seniors! Karen Iwamoto ( needs your height and weight to order caps and gowns.

Rentals are free. If you would like to keep your set, she will also need your home address so Josten’s can bill you $21.55.

Link to 2020 Senior Letter & Checklist

Students on Campus (gr. K-6)

It is school policy that K-6 students be accompanied by a parent at all times unless the student is in class with their grade level teacher or in PALS. For all extracurriculars and other events, parents are expected to supervise their children.

"Grab-N-Go" Lunches

Mt. Everest Academy has lunches available in the office three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday. If your child would like a lunch, please sign up in the morning. Lunches are available beginning at 11:00 am and cost $2.75 or are free to students who qualify on the free/reduced lunch application. Application forms are available in the office or you may apply online here.

Silent Auction

MEA Foundation is looking for donations for the Silent Auction!

  • Do you have a business you frequent?
  • Does your student take lessons?

Please ask these businesses if they would donate to the MEA Silent Auction. Donation letters and forms are available from MEA Office if requested. Your assistance is appreciated!


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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


The Musicing Club has been making beautiful music together! Here are the pieces they have been working on:

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Grades K-6: Sign up for Book It! in the library.

Read books and earn FREE PIZZA!

March is the last month for the BOOK IT! program.

Students who signed up, please bring your reading logs for February to the library, and we will give you a reading log for March.

Happy reading! Enjoy the pizza!


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!

Exploring Educational Excellence

Thursday, April 30 / 7:00 pm

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Mission Valley

Parents! Here is your opportunity to attend an informational session with some of the most prestigious Universities in the nation. Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice and the University of Chicago will be in San Diego April 30.

Please go to to register. There is limited space, so register ASAP.

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Mesa College Pre-Enrollment Workshop

Monday, March 16 / 12:00 / Room 6

Mesa College is coming here to hold a Pre-Enrollment workshop for seniors that plan to attend there in the Fall. Prospective Mesa students must participate in this workshop if they want to also participate in the Pre-Registration workshop where they are automatically signed up to meet with a Mesa counselor to map out their academic plan for the Fall of 2020.

Jumpstart Your Success

Saturday, March 21 / 8:30-12:30 / Mesa College

Mesa College's annual “Jumpstart Your Success: Cash In On Community College” event, is a FREE event for prospective students, their families, and their friends. This will be an opportunity for students to learn about Mesa programs and services as well as get information on Financial Aid options and FAFSA completion assistance. The campus will be open and they will be hosting a variety of workshops and presentations, a comprehensive resource fair, and lunch while supplies last! They will also be doing opportunity drawings!


2020 San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering

March 7 - 15, 2020


Saturday, March 7 / 10:00-5:00 / PETCO Park

Expo Day kicks off the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. It's a FREE day of family-fun and learning, with over 150 interactive exhibits and STEAM professionals from San Diego's local science, technology, engineering, arts, and math industries.


March 7 - 15

Festival week catalyzes excitement and curiosity in young minds about the possibilities of STEAM and STEAM careers. Attendees engage in FREE, fun and educational STEAM experiences throughout San Diego County.


Student Art Exhibit 2020

Wednesday, March 18 / 4:30-6:45pm / Ed Center

The San Diego Unified School District cordially invites you to the Student Art Exhibit, celebrating student artwork from Pre-School through Grade 12. . Art Exhibit flyer

Youth Climate Action Summit

Saturday, April 4 / 9:00am-4:00pm

The Youth Climate Action Summit is a one-day event taking place in Mission Valley that will better equip high school students to become climate leaders at their school and in their community.

Youth will gain leadership and teamwork skills, knowledge, and support to effectively influence policy and inspire their peers to take meaningful action on climate change and climate justice.

Get empowered. Get inspired. Get ready to lead!


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