Monday Message

December 14, 2020

Work due for Month 4

Deadline: Friday, December 18 by 3:00 pm

Mt. Everest Academy must follow strict Ed Code policy regarding independent study. We realize turn-in and work samples can be a hassle, however, they MUST be done correctly in order for our program to stay in existence. So, please carefully follow instructions for turn-in and audit. If you are not sure you are doing something correctly, ask your supervising teacher. (And DO NOT write "audit" anywhere on a work sample or subject title.)

We strongly suggest completing audit samples on Tuesday or Wed. this week so it is not a rush to get it done on Friday!

  • Work must be submitted online to all of your content area teachers by 3:00 pm
  • Work (Audit) samples must be submitted online to your supervising teacher by 3:00 pm
  • Campus remains closed. Everything is done online!

Coffee with the Principal

Date: Thursday, Dec. 17

Time: 9:30am


Bring your own coffee or tea and join Principal Browne to discuss school happenings. This is an informal opportunity to hear about school planning, ask questions, and provide suggestions to improve our program. Hope to see you there!

Your Input Needed

With Covid19 numbers rising in our county, there are many unknowns for campus re-opening. We need your input for if and when (and how) we may open campus for our students. Please complete this survey for each of your MEA students as soon as possible.

Our unique program currently meets the needs of many different families for many different reasons. This data, along with District guidelines, will help inform our decisions moving forward. We thank you for your input.

MEA Foundation General Meeting - Save the Date

MEA Foundation General Meeting

Date: Tuesday, January 12

Time: 6:30 pm

Link TBA

All MEA parents and guardians are invited to attend this MEA Foundation General Meeting. We will discuss goals and future projects to benefit our school community. We look forward to seeing you there!

Chipotle Fundraiser

Burritoful news! Thank you to all who ate out for the MEA Foundation. Our fundraiser brought in $226! Please look for another Family Dinner Night coming soon.

Holiday Hoopla

Our younger students had a great time following along with Mrs. Sink to create their four crafts: a pine cone owl, bird feeder, egg carton penguin, and snow globe.
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Thank you to MEA parents for sending in these adorable Holiday Hoopla photos!
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PALS interest form for Parents

Day: Thursdays

Times: 12:30-1:50 and 1:50-3:05

PALS is almost in session! Parents, if you have a child in grades K-5 that needs help with homework, consider bringing them to PALS. During PALS, older students in either Middle or High school can help them with any homework needed. This program will start the first week back from winter break/week one of month 5. PALS will be hosted through zoom on Thursdays during two time slots: 12:30-1:50 and 1:50-3:05. If this sounds interesting, please fill out this PALS Parent/Guardian Form to show you and your child’s demonstrated interest in the tutoring program.

Desert Sun Coffee Delivery

Coffee will arrive approximately Dec. 15-16, so we will email families to pick up their coffee as soon as possible and not later than December 18th for enjoyment before the winter break.

Reminder: Edgenuity Chromebook pickups

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-1:00

Please come get your Chromebook before the end of the year for all Edgenuity classes and Mr. Cate’s AP Euro class! (if you haven’t already done so!)


The 20-21 school year will be unlike any other. We will be talking about it for the rest of our lives. This year’s yearbook is going to be different too...because it will be crowdsourced and made by YOU!

Purchase yearbooks and contribute photos

PALS peer tutoring is back!

PALS, our student tutor program is starting soon! Elementary schoolers who are looking to be tutored, please fill out the form below. Middle and high schoolers who are looking to tutor, also fill out the form below. Thank you!

PALS Interest Form

Material Checkouts

Please come to the table by the auditorium on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 and 1:00. For material pickups, returns, and exchanges (including Chromebooks for Edgenuity exams)

Please contact Suzie Wilson at if you have any questions, or reach her at 858-627-7381 on Tuesdays through Thursdays. There is no need to email in advance. However, when there are special distributions ready for check-out, they will be noted here in the Monday Message.

ASB Instagram

MEA's ASB Instagram account is running again this year! Follow us to get updates on school events, spirit weeks, and more! Account Handle: @mea.asb


Please send in your Good Stuff!

We're bringing back the Good Stuff! We know MEA students and families are involved in so many things outside of school. Do you have something fun or interesting to share? Please send your stories and images to share for "The Good Stuff" in upcoming Monday messages to We want to hear from you!

** Extracurricular Activities **


A message from your ASB officers:

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Ally Action

MEA is continuing our anti-bullying campaign this year! Due to concerns surrounding many of the ideals that ADL stood for, we are no longer associating ourselves with them, and we are officially Ally Action. We are starting the campaign by encouraging all students to sign this pledge to make our school a more welcoming place. Throughout the year, we will host events for all ages to build our school's community. If you're interested in joining our team, you can also tell us that on the pledge. Anyone in 6th-12th grade is more than welcome!!

Pledge Link

ASB Events

ASB wants to know what times work best for you for school events! Please fill out this preferred times form to help us make our events work great for everyone.

Club Interest Surveys

Are you interested in being in a club, or starting one? MEA has a wide variety of clubs that will be continuing online! Fill out the first two links to start or join a club, and send the third to a teacher that you'd like to have run the club!


Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. Please reach out to him him with any counseling questions at Look for online office hours and grade level meetings in the future!

Senior Appointments with Mr. Zappala

Seniors, please sign up for a time slot to talk with Mr. Zappala about your progress in completing the college application process as well as your FAFSA application.

City Ready Session

Tuesday, December 15 / 2:00-3:00

Seniors, here is an informational session for you to learn about the programs available at City College.

Class of 2021

Seniors, this Counseling & Guidance Resources webpage was designed with you in mind. From the page you will find helpful resources to support your senior year: understand the college application process, cope with the stressors of transitioning to college and navigate the challenges of senior year.

Challenge to Class Requirements

Students must meet all class requirements prior to being enrolled in community college campus courses. Students can clear prerequisites by challenge exam, transcripts, or petition to challenge.

Challenge Exam offered through testing office:

If you’ve taken classes similar to the prerequisites in question but not exact equivalents, or if you have applicable work experience, you can petition through the particular Department. For this, download and submit this Petition to Challenge. The submit link is just below the forms.

CSU applications deadline extended to Dec. 15

Hello Seniors,

The deadline for Fall 2021applications has been extended for all CSU campuses until December 15th. If you still want to apply, you can do so now. Remember however, to not wait until December 15th to submit your applications. Doing this will most likely result in your not being able to submit your application due to the system being overloaded.

There is also a Virtual Front Desk available Monday-Friday from 11am-2pm to offer assistance.

If you have any questions about completing your CSU applications, please e-mail Ms. Thrasher directly at

Spring Community College Dual Enrollment

11th and 12th grade students may take a community college course while enrolled at Mt. Everest Academy. There are many courses offered for dual credit, where students can meet high school graduation requirements while earning college credit. Now is the time to sign up for a Spring semester course!

All students, new and returning, need to submit a community college Supplemental Application each semester. Students can submit their Supplemental Application as of Oct. 26th and open enrollment will begin on December 14th.

Students new to the dual enrollment process will need to complete the CCApply and Registration Applications in addition to the Supplemental Application.

For any questions, please contact Mr. Zappala at

Community College Excused Withdrawals

As approved by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, community colleges will

still be accepting Excused Withdrawal (EW) petitions with a COVID reason. This

will be effective until 12/31/2020 unless the state Chancellor’s Office extends the


However, this will not be an automatic process.

Students who are eligible should file a petition with this following form:

Petition for Excused Withdrawal due to COVID-10.

SAT 2020-21

For those of you thinking about taking the SAT this school year, here is everything you need to know. Although many colleges are not considering the SAT or ACT for admission for the Fall of 2021, some are test optional where the results can be considered for course placement. Reach out to Mr. Zappala with any questions you have about the SAT and ACT.

Women in Computer Science has created an extensive guide geared towards women in computer science. This guide discusses the gap amongst women in the computer science field, the benefits of a career in computer science, and how universities are working to gain the momentum of females in the field of CS. Most importantly, this guide offers resources that will help women begin their journey to a rewarding and successful STEM career by listing free online courses, summer camps, scholarship information, and top female-dominated computer science programs.


Make a Cardboard Pinball Machine

Wednesday, December 16 / 3:30pm

Follow along with Ms. Parween on Wednesday, December 16th @ 3:30 p.m. as you learn how to create an ingenious work of art - a Cardboard Pinball Machine! Geared toward 3rd-5th grader participation.

Presented by Balboa Library. Facebook post remains available for later viewing.

Virtual Field Trip: The Nutcracker with Southern California Ballet

Watch Southern California Ballet perform narrated show excerpts of “The Nutcracker” with extension activities in movement, pantomime, and costume design in Poway OnStage's Virtual Field Trip.

Thank you to Mrs. Finney for signing up our school up to have access to this immersive, virtual event!


Password: Nut2020

A Holiday Gift for YOU from the students of Grossmont College

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Invitation to Enspire by TESC @ UCSD

Enspire is a full-day event on January 23rd, 2021 designed to encourage students to pursue college-level education. This year, they will be inviting around 130 high school students to participate in several STEM activities virtually on Zoom that seek to be engaging as well as give a glimpse of the concepts taught in UC San Diego’s introductory engineering courses.

MEA Alumna seeks participants for research project

Sierra Ottilie-Kovelman (MEA alumna) is graduating this year from UCSD with a double major in Global Health and Psychology and is a research assistant in a child development lab at UC San Diego. When Sierra attended Mt. Everest Academy she enjoyed her classes on dissection, which led her in the direction of pursuing a health career. She was also inspired by her older brother, Danny Kovelman-Ottilie, who was an MEA valedictorian.

The UCSD child development lab is trying to learn more about child development and is looking for kids to interview in game-like tasks over Zoom. If your child is between the ages of 5 to 12 years and could participate in the study, here is the link for more information and to sign up.

Also, Sierra would be happy for families to contact her directly with additional questions at

Interfaith Art

Barbara Ruys has been hosting experimental art devotionals since the summer of 2017. These devotionals are Baha’i inspired and are free and open to all, where everyone of any spiritual background or no spiritual background can feel comfortable. To learn more about these workshops, or to be added to Barbara’s email list, contact her at


Friday, Dec. 18 / 10:00-noon

Zoom Meeting ID: 862 3210 1882

Passcode: 925177


  • Print this template on regular paper.
  • Regular pencil or pen, or colored pencils or pens.
  • (3 colors maximum makes a more satisfying mandala)

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