"Tuesday" Message


Field Day

HUGE shout out to ASB students (and their advisors Ms. Rice and Mr. Nielsen) who organized a wonderful Field Day last week. Thank you!! And thank you to all who came out and joined in on the fun!

Link to Field Day photo gallery

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Spirit Days

Career Day & Chocolate Day

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Old Town Meet-up

At the MEA Old Town Meet-Up, some of our elementary students and parents took the historical and cultural tour, learning about the clothing and activities that took place in the 1800s. Thanks to Dana Dirks for the wonderful pictures!

Link to Old Town photo gallery


Secondary Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 19 / 3:15 pm / Auditorium

All Mt. Everest Academy families are invited to attend the 2nd Semester Awards Ceremony and take part in honoring students in grades 6-12 who have demonstrated excellence in either academics or citizenship. Parents of students receiving an award will be notified individually. Come celebrate this occasion! Light refreshments will be served.

Lunch Concert

Thursday, February 20 / 12:00 / Auditorium

Dylan R. 11th grader, is the featured musician at this Lunch Concert, and he will be PLAYING POP/ROCK ON HIS CELLO! Everyone is invited to this event; you can eat your lunch or just relax while listening to live music.

Any students who would like to perform in a future Lunch Concert, please contact Mr. Nielsen: enielsen@sandi.net / 858-627-7382 / room 6.

Yogurtland Fundraiser

Thursday, February 20 / 12:00-4:00pm

Yogurtland / 5650 Balboa Ave. #104

Celebrate turn-in Thursday with a frozen treat at Yogurtland on February 20 from 12:00-4:00pm! And support our school foundation at the same time. Customize your dessert with frozen yogurt, ice cream, non-dairy sorbet, or your very own combo as your base, and add toppings of your choice at Yogurtland.

To participate, either bring this flyer or just mention our MEA Foundation fundraiser, and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the Mount Everest Academy Foundation.

Thank you for supporting our wonderful school!

Academic League at CCPAA

Thursday, February 20 / 7:00 pm / CCPAA

The MEA Academic League with Coach Cate will meet at CCPAA to compete with their 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!

Work Due for Month 6

Friday, February 21 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.

  • Physics and Advanced Physics: please turn your work in to Room 17B or the front office.
  • 8th graders: please take all of your work to your supervising teacher, Mrs. Vivian Sink, in Room 1.

Please turn down volume during turn-in week

Students, please be mindful of your noise level outside classrooms during turn-in week.

Your fellow students are taking tests, writing essays, and need a quiet work environment!

Thank you.

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

Week of February 24

Study groups for grades K-4 will be cancelled the week of February 24, as elementary teachers will be meeting one-on-one with parents during that time.

Most extracurricular activities will continue as usual during the conference week, although the following will be cancelled:

  • Sphero & Coding
  • Story and Craft Time
  • Elementary Art

Fitnessgram Testing for grades 5, 7, 9

Fitnessgram testing is scheduled for the following grades and times. 9th graders can choose either Tuesday or Friday.

  • GRADES 7 & 9: Tuesday, Feb. 25 / 10:10-11:10 / Auditorium
  • GRADE 5: Wednesday, Feb. 26 / 9:20-10:20 / Auditorium
  • GRADE 9: Friday, Feb. 28 / 9:30-10:30 / Auditorium

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Please note the date change from Mon. 2/24 to Fri. 2/28

The Fitnessgram is a state mandated exam, which public school students in grades five, seven, and nine are required to take. There are six parts to the exam, and students must pass five of the six parts to pass the overall fitness test. Students are encouraged to practice these exercises ahead of time.

For 9th graders, passing the Fitnessgram cannot be stressed enough. Students are required to take 2 years of PE to graduate high school. However, if you do not pass the Fitnessgram test, you are REQUIRED to take PE additional years.

Please remember to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes!

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, February 26 / 2:00-3:00 / Cafeteria

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. More information, agendas, and minutes can be found on our SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net

Kahoot! Games

Thursday, February 27 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

Yearenders are putting on this school-wide Kahoot! game.

Entry to the game is free and Yearenders will be selling popcorn and candy. The winner will receive a prize!

Classics 4 Kids: "Ferdinand the Bull" Meet-Up

Friday, March 6 / 11:30 / Historic Balboa Theatre

Celebrate the literary classic “Ferdinand the Bull” in this musical adaptation of Munro Leaf’s iconic tale and Spanish music.

Tickets are $7; payment is due to the front office by FRIDAY, FEB. 21.

For questions please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at nmullen@sandi.net

"Matilda the Musical" Meet-Up

Friday, March 13 / 11:30 / JCC

"Matilda the Musical" is inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl. This Tony Award-winning musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. This school performance is presented by the JCompany Youth Theatre.

Tickets are $8 per person; payment is due to the front office by FRIDAY, FEB. 28

For questions please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at nmullen@sandi.net

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"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

Save the Dates!

  • March 24 - Spring Dances for elementary (2:30pm) & middle school (4:00pm)
  • April 24 - Silent Auction and Talent Show


MEA Fun Run

Monday, March 23rd

* DJ * Obstacles * Bubbles * Running * Fun! *


Get your business logo on the Fun Run t-shirts, the Fun Run Website and the school Website by donating just $250.00! Deadline to submit donations and logos is March 2nd.

Fun Run Website Coming Soon!

For more information, please contact Kathleen O'Barski, MEA Foundation Fundraising Coordinator, at kmobarski@gmail.com

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

MEA Students in grades 6-12 are invited to perform a short act in the San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival that will be held in Balboa Park on Saturday, April 18. Students in San Diego County can participate. MEA students will need their own transportation on the day of the Festival.

Performance categories to choose from:

  • Monologue or sonnet (2-3 minutes)
  • Duo or trio scene (3-5 minutes)
  • Ensemble scene (6-8 minutes)
  • Music or dance inspired by Shakespeare (2-5 minutes)
  • Collage (performance piece unified by a theme- 6-8 minutes)
  • Bilingual performance of any of the above

Mrs. Ruth (MEA parent) has been involved with the Student Shakespeare Festival for many years. She is our coordinator and will offer a few workshops here to help MEA students prepare their acts. For questions or to sign up, please contact Mrs. Ruth by Friday, 2/21 - you can either fill out this interest survey or send her an email at mgoldruth@yahoo.com.

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!

National Honor Society

Students who are in grades 10-12 are welcome to apply for the Mt. Everest Academy National Honor Society Chapter.

Applicants must:

  • be in grades 10+
  • have been enrolled at MEA for a full semester
  • have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • have 30+ hours of documented volunteer hours, and leadership experience (either on campus or in the community).

There is no cost to apply, but students who are inducted may gain access to scholarship opportunities through the NHS.

Applications are on Dr. Rodenberg's website and are due to her by Friday, February 21, 3:00pm.

Subscribe to the Harvest

Subscribe to a bi-weekly share of the Good Neighbor Garden & MEA harvest, and GNG will donate 10% of the proceeds every month to the Mount Everest Academy Foundation to benefit our garden. Subscribe to support

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Yearbook Cover Contest

All students are invited to enter their art in our yearbook cover contest! The winner will receive a yearbook and their artwork will be displayed on the front cover! Even if your entry is not used on the cover, it may still be used in other places throughout the book.

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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 cbrowne@sandi.net

Sculpting with Masa

Ms. Mullen's Elementary Spanish class read this bilingual book about a young chupacabra who won’t eat anything but goats. The goat’s abuela (grandma) decides to make cabras (goats) out of plantains to get him to eat. After the reading students tasted a variety of plantain chips. Then they sculpted animals out of masa, which is cornmeal from which tortillas are made. Stay tuned for a future activity, when they will make and eat corn tortillas!

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Library Challenge - February

Click for February library challenge

This month's challenge has 2 word puzzles that are related to Black History Month: a word scramble and a word search. Please turn in your challenge to the Library by Wednesday, 2/26 to win a reward!

Library website


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

Read books and earn FREE PIZZA!

All students need to do is come in to the library, sign up and receive a reading log. At the end of each month, turn in the completed reading log. You will then receive a coupon for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut! Pick up your new reading log and begin again for the next month.


Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. You can reach him with any counseling questions at rzappala@sandi.net or 858-496-8791. Or feel free to stop by the counseling office!

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.

San Diego Promise Program

Seniors wanting to attend community college can attend for free. It all starts with completing the San Diego Promise application.

The San Diego Promise is a two-year completion program for recent high school graduates enrolled full-time (12 units per semester). The program provides up to two years of free tuition to eligible students. Participation in the Promise program comes with a variety of benefits: an assigned peer mentor/success coach, specialized counseling and guidance support, and additional campus engagement opportunities.

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.


Interfaith Mandalas and Music at the North Clairemont Library

Thursday, February 20 / 10:00-11:30am

North Clairemont Library - 4616 Clairemont Dr.

The MEA Interfaith Group, headed up by Ms. Deb Mech, is sharing information about this interfaith community event. There will be music and a simple mandala art project (materials will be provided). They will share quotes and prayers about LOVE from many spiritual traditions. The intention is to create a space where people from all faith backgrounds can come together to understand and support each other. Free and open to the public! Link to Golden Rule flyer

For questions please contact Ms. Deb Mech at dmech@sandi.net.


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