Monday Message


Fall Dances

Thanks so much to the student volunteers from ASB for their support. They spent time shopping, cooking, decorating, DJ'ing, setting up and cleaning up. Their spirit and dedication are what make MEA so special.

Click here for Elementary & Middle School Fall Dance pictures!
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What do they make in the MakerSpace?

Some imaginative students in the MakerSpace (Erin K, Matthew S, Athena F) created this sign to represent some of the fun and educational activities that happen there. Can you tell what they are?

Scroll down to the bottom for the answers.

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Coffee with the Principal

Tuesday, October 29 / 9:15 / Cafeteria

Parents and community members are invited to join Principal Browne over a cup of coffee (or tea) to discuss school happenings. Coffee with the Principal is a time to hear about the instructional program, gain strategies to assist students at home, ask questions and/or share ideas that will positively impact students and our school community. It’s also a perfect time to meet other parents and share in celebrating our successes. All parents and community members are welcome!

Spirit Week

The ASB is sponsoring the Spirit Days listed below.

Express your creativity and show your school spirit!

  • Mis-Match (or costume) Day - Tuesday, 10/29
  • Meme (or costume) Day - Wednesday, 10/30
  • Costume Day - Thursday, 10/31

Students are encouraged to wear their costumes any day of this week, especially if they aren't going to be on campus Oct. 31.

Elementary Costume Parade

Thursday, October 31 / 12:00 / Elementary area

Grades K-5 will participate in a trick or treat parade all around campus, dressed in their finest disguises and colorful costumes. Don’t worry, parents, most of the treats are not candy. (Trick or treat bags will be provided.) The parade will start in the elementary area and be led by elementary teachers.

The parade will culminate back at the elementary playground for photos, snacks, games, and a fun craft led by Mrs. Sink! (Elementary Art will also be held at 1:15.)

Thank you, ASB, parents, and staff for making this happen!

We look forward to seeing all!

Secondary Costume Contest

Thursday, October 31 / 12:00 / Auditorium

Secondary students, come display your spirited attire to each other and take part in a Costume Contest! Prizes will be given to winners in each grade group (middle school, high school) for the following costume categories:

  • Most creative
  • Most unique
  • Best group costume

Fall Festival

Wednesday, November 6 / 12:45-2:45

Please come join us for an afternoon of community play and fun! ASB students have been working to create a great time for all! Some of your favorite activities and games are back like soccer, flag football, ping pong rally, pumpkin decorating, pie throw, and cakewalk.


  • Get a wristband for unlimited play! Get one wristband for $10, and then it’s just $5 per additional wristband for family members.
  • Or buy tickets: $1 each or $5 for a 6-pack

We look forward to seeing everyone there!


See's Candy / Desert Sun Coffee Fundraiser

Hi All, I hope your fundraising with See’s Candy and Desert Sun Coffee is going well!

Students who want to earn a Fall Festival wristband need to turn in correct forms and money to the front office by Tuesday, November 5th. Remember candy and coffee orders need to be separate and checks are to be made out to Mt Everest Academy.

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me at Thank you! Ms Barb

MEA Alumnus offers to meet with highschoolers

Matthew Lee graduated from Mt. Everest Academy in 2016, and was our class salutatorian. His experience at US Naval Academy has been so positive he'd like to share it with all interested MEA high school students.

Letter from Matthew to MEA highschoolers

Matthew will be back in San Diego for Thanksgiving break from November 22-December 1. If you'd like to meet with him then, or have any questions, please contact him at 858-945-2720 or

Coin Fundraiser

From October 22 - November 22

Students, bring in your coins! Our ASB is holding a Coin Fundraiser through November 22 to support our school. Students are encouraged to bring the coins in to their English class, and whichever grade collects the most coins will win a prize!

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AP Exam registration and payment

New Collegeboard Procedures

Registration and payment due Nov. 1 for Spring Exams

Step 1: Activate Exam

Students log into their AP® Exam Class on the MyAP Site at to join the online AP® Exam group and activate the exam by clicking on “Register for the Exam”. Deadline to activate is NOVEMBER 1, 2019.

Step 2: Fee Submission

Go to and complete the online payment form to submit fees. All students registering for an exam must complete the online payment form, regardless of method of payment. Deadline is NOVEMBER 1, 2019.

**** Extracurricular activities ****

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

To New Club Leaders...

When the meeting time and place of your activity is decided on, please email your info to Linda Ele at so that it can be included in the Extracurricular Activities schedule.


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 or 858-496-8791. Or feel free to stop by the counseling office!

Senior appointments with Mr. Zappala

Seniors! It's important that you meet one-on-one with Mr. Zappala during the month of October.

See his available times and sign up here for your appointment.

World Language Assessment Testing

Thursday, November 14 / 12:00-2:00 / Room 1


Dear parents of 7-12th graders,

The language acquisition office will be conducting world language assessments at MEA on November 14th at noon. These are the languages offered. Passing this assessment will grant students credit for 2 years of world language proficiency equal to the SDUSD world language graduation requirement. If you feel as though your student can pass this assessment, please e-mail Mr. Zappala at and he will arrange to have an exam ordered for your student. In determining your student’s eligibility, at a minimum, students should be able to read in the language tested.


Draft EIR for 5525 Mt. Etna Drive

As some of you may know, there is a large development project in the works right near our school. Some parents have raised concerns about congestion, parking, and overall safety. The County is inviting public comment at this time on the Draft EIR and the MEA community is strongly encouraged to give input. If you have any questions, please email Principal Browne at

The County of San Diego invites the public and interested parties to review the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Community Plan Amendment (CPA) that would enable the development of affordable homes at 5255 Mt. Etna Drive. As lead agency, the County of San Diego released the Draft EIR on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, for a 45-day public comment period. The public comment period will be open through Monday, November 25, 2019.

Draft EIR

Fact Sheet

Notice of Availability

Glasses Donations

Please donate your old eyeglasses, sunglasses, and children's glasses to help the Lion's Club cause! Each pair of glasses will be recycled for those in need around the world.

A 7th grader here at MEA is working with the Lions Club to promote this project here on campus. You can bring your glasses to the front office and put them in the orange bucket from October 10 through November 28, 2019.


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And the activities are...

M = sewing

A = art
K = marble run
E = board games
R = rock club (geology)
S = origami

S = studying & PALS
P = guitar lessons
A = coding
C = inventing
E = gaming club

YAY to Mr. Richard for making everything in the MakerSpace happen!

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