Monday Message


Itsy Bitsy Writers Workshop

Itsy Bitsy Writers would like to thank all those who attended our creative writing workshop at Mt. Everest Academy on October 12! It was a pleasure to connect with families and express our creativity together through story writing! If you missed this workshop, the same workshop will be offered at the Ray and Joan Kroc center in November. For more information, please contact or call 619-335-5122.

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Pure Water Facility Tour

AP Environmental Science students toured the Pure Water Facility on October 5th. This facility recycles treated wastewater into drinking water! At the end of the tour, students were able to try the water, which tastes better than bottled water!

The Pure Water program will recycle millions of gallons of water when it is finished in 2022, helping San Diego reduce the need to import expensive water from other parts of the country and helping to reduce our water footprint.

To learn more about the city of San Diego's Pure Water program click here:

Thank you to Emma R. for sending in these photos!

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Watershed Presentation

Thursday, October 19 / 10:40-12:00 / Room 17A

"I Love a Clean San Diego" is coming to Mt. Everest Academy to share a fun, interactive presentation on watersheds and how water travels to our beaches and oceans. Everyone is invited to attend!

Work Due for Month 2

Friday, October 20 by 3:00 pm

Grades 6 thru 12: Please take all of your work to your supervising teacher first. After your supervising teacher reviews it, then take your subject work to each of your subject teachers.

  • Students in Physics and Advanced Physics: please turn your work in to Room 17A (Ms. Pachon's room)
  • Students in Spanish with Ms. Mullen: please turn your work in to Room 9
  • Ms. Rice's study groups and supervising students: please turn your work in to Room 6

Fitnessgram Testing

Monday, October 23 / 9:30-11:00

Students in grades 10 thru 12 who have not yet passed 5 out of the 6 fitness tests must take the Fitnessgram here in the auditorium. Students are encouraged to practice the exercises that will be tested. Please see this PDF for more details on exercises that are measured. Students should plan to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.

The Fitnessgram is a state-mandated assessment. High school students must pass the Fitnessgram or retake this exam twice a year until they pass. Additionally, those students need to be enrolled in a PE class until they do pass the Fitnessgram.

Make-Up Picture Day

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


It's important that all students have their picture taken! The picture will be used for the student's school ID card and the school yearbook.

Families also have the option to purchase a picture package:

  • Order Online
    • Go to:
    • The Mt. Everest picture day I.D. is CK927510Y0.
    • The Mt. Everest MAKE-UP picture day I.D. is CK927510Y1
    • Pay online, with a credit card, before or after portraits are taken
  • Order Form
    Order forms are available in the office or the computer lab. On Picture Day, bring the order form and payment - either a check made payable to “Lifetouch” or cash (EXACT CHANGE, PLEASE).


Parents, please have your picture taken on this day also, for your Parent Educator ID card!

If you're planning to be on campus for more than drop off and pick up, you must wear a Parent Educator ID card and lanyard, as per the Campus Code of Conduct policy. It's easy and inexpensive to get yours - just come to Picture Day!

The cost for a parent ID card is $3 and must be paid on Picture Day, with cash (EXACT CHANGE PLEASE) or a check made payable to "Lifetouch."

Your Parent Educator ID card will also qualify you for educator discounts.

Spirit Week!

The ASB is sponsoring Spirit Week the week of October 23, so start planning your outfits!

Get creative and have fun showing your school spirit!

Vision Screening

Wednesday, October 25 / 8:30-11:00 am / Front Office

Nursing staff will conduct vision screening at Mt. Everest Academy on 10/25/17. Students brand new to SDUSD, 5th graders and 8th graders are the primary focus, but screening is available for all MEA students.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, October 25 / 2:00-3:00

All parents are invited to attend the School Site Committee (SSC) meeting. The SSC is a shared decision-making body composed of parents, staff, and students. Our Council identifies needs for academic programs and sets budgets to support these programs. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

Middle School & High School Costume Dances

Thursday, October 26

Grades 6-12: Mark your calendars for your upcoming Costume Dance! Free admission!

  • 3:00-5:00pm Middle School
  • 6:00-8:00pm High School

All students must bring this signed permission form. Permission forms are also available in the front office. More details to follow!

Taylor Guitars Factory Tour

Friday, October 27 / 12:45-2:15

Taylor Guitar factory / 1980 Gillespie Way, El Cajon

Come join us for a tour of the Taylor Guitar Factory!!!

We’ll meet at 12:45 to check in and get headphones. The tour lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Any questions or to RSVP, please email Ms. Barb at

Art Galleria

Wednesday, November 1 / 12:30-3:00 / B16

Thursday, November 2 / 8:00-12:15 / B16

Everyone is invited to MEA's first Art Galleria! Come and enjoy the hard work that was put into these pieces of art. Enjoy free food, drinks, music, and you can talk to the artist about what inspired them to take their pictures and get tips on how to be a good photographer.

Featuring photographers:

  • Aurora B.
  • Arenui F.

And AP art studio students:

  • Michelle E.
  • Katherine G.
  • Anthony Q.
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“Spiritual Diversity in Education”

Friday, November 3 / 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.

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

Click here for an informational flyer

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

We need your input!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We're asking for your help in taking the MEA Parent Survey! We've received some responses to the survey, but input from more parents is still needed, so the deadline has been moved to this Friday, October 20. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

This survey will help us as we assess various aspects regarding the quality of education for students at Mt. Everest Academy. The information we are collecting is very important for our accrediting process through WASC.

"Communi-Tree" Project

You may still make a leaf to add to the tree at the MakerSpace! It is growing!

Leaf Purse

This creative student used the leaf theme and made a leaf purse!

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Impact Forms: “Just Do It!”

Parents, please take a few moments to fill out the Impact Aid Program Survey Form that was mailed to you and turn it in to the supervising teacher this week.

That way you won’t have to think about it again

__or misplace the card

___or try to remember to bring it back to school

____or ask Johnny why he didn’t give the card to Ms. Norma

_____or get phone calls from us, or…(you get it!)

Anyway, please spend a few minutes today to save many precious minutes later on.

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

************* 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!

Adelphi University

Friday, October 20 / 1:30pm / Cafeteria

Adelphi University is coming to Mt. Everest Academy to meet with Juniors and Seniors. The university has generous financial aid, a gorgeous campus next door to New York City and a unique, personalized approach to learning. This is your opportunity to meet with an Adelphi University representative in person.

YouTube video: Adelphi University: New York's best-kept secret

Brown University

Tuesday, October 24 / 6:30pm / La Jolla Country Day School

This informational event will take place in the Community Hall at La Jolla Country Day school, which is located at 9490 Genesee Ave, San Diego, 92037.

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:
  • Free parking & admissions
  • No pre-registration for students and parents needed.

Click for college fair webpage

********** 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.

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.

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


The Lion King

October 20 - November 5, 2017

Tickets $15

JCompany Youth Theatre is putting on "Disney's The Lion King," and MEA 9th grader, Brendan D., plays the role of Simba! The African savannah comes to life at JCompany, as Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again. JCompany is the leading youth theatre program in San Diego.

Student Opportunities

NCWIT Award for AiC

The NCWIT Award for AiC is for all 9th-12th grade young women interested in computing & technology. Deadline 11/6/17

Essay Contest on Character Matters

For grades 6-8 and 9-12 in San Diego County

The Character Education Resource Center at the University of San Diego, and the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation (FLHF) sponsors this Character Matters essay contest. Deadline 11/17/17

The Princeton Prize In Race Relations

For high school students

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes and rewards high school students who have had a significant positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities through their volunteer efforts. Deadline: 1/31/18

Lexus Eco Challenge Scholarship Opportunity

For grades 6-12 and teachers

In the Lexus Eco Challenge, student teams tackle environmental issues related to land, water, air, and climate, and create practical solutions while competing for amazing prizes for eligible teachers, students, and schools