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Testing/Class Calendar for May 2018


Here is the testing/class calendar for the month of May, which will affect all students' schedules. Please review it carefully!

This week, April 30 - May 4

  • Elementary students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 are testing Monday through Thursday.
  • There are no study groups for grades TK, K, 1, and 2.
  • No PALS
  • There are no extracurricular activities this week EXCEPT on Monday p.m., April 30.
  • Secondary study groups continue as usual


High School Prom

Friday, May 11 / 6:00-10:00pm / Mission Bay Yacht Club

Hey High Schoolers! Get ready for your High School Prom, which will be held at the beautiful Mission Bay Yacht Club. This year's theme is "Moonlight Garden." All high school students are invited and encouraged to prom date needed!

You may make your reservation in advance for a discount:

  • $30 (purchase from 4/2 - 5/4)
  • $35 (purchase from 5/7 - 5/10)

To make your reservation, please bring this permission form with a parent's signature and payment to the front office. This form is also available in the front office. Please pay with either cash (EXACT CHANGE ONLY) or a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy." Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The yacht club is located at 1215 El Carmel Pl, San Diego, CA 92109.

Talent Showcase & Silent Auction

Thursday, May 24 / Auditorium

Preparations are in-process for our annual Talent Showcase & Silent Auction, with more details to follow. As this is a school fundraiser, tickets will be $5 a person. Performers and stagehands get in free.

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Link to calendar on school website

AP Exams Pre-Administration Session: April 25

CAASPP / SBAC Testing, grades 3, 4, 5, 6: April 30-May 4

AP Exams: May 7-18

High School Prom: May 11

CAASPP / SBAC Testing, grades 7, 8, 11: May 21-24

RRR Lifeskills/Sexual Education Classes, grades 8, 9, 10: May 21-24

Talent Showcase / Silent Auction: May 24

Art Show: May 31

MEA Family Picnic: June 1

Kindergarten Promotion: June 5

5th & 8th grade Promotion: June 6

Senior Graduation: June 8

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

Engineer of the Month

Congratulations to our April Engineer of the Month, Lucia! Her rocket achieved the longest flight duration...5.38 seconds from blast-off until landing! And a big "thanks!" to our rocket launcher engineers: Mark, Mae, and Peyton. In May, visit the Makerspace to find out the final engineering challenge of the year!

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Makerspace Donations

Thank you for all your donations this year! We are currently making use of the many recyclables we've received and cannot receive more until next year! ;)

deadline to order yearbooks online: May 1

Link to place your order

2017-18 school yearbooks are now available to purchase online. The cost is $30, and the purchase deadline is May 1, 2018. For any questions, please contact Ms. Rice, yearbook teacher, at

Talent Show Application

Students, this will be a great opportunity to share your talents for a grand evening of entertainment and we want to see YOUR fabulous talent on stage!

Important Dates

Sunday, May 6 - Deadline to submit application and video

Monday, May 21, 12:30-3:00 - Rehearsal for Act 1

Tuesday, May 22, 12:30-3:00 - Rehearsal for Act 2

Wednesday, May 23, 12:30-? - Run through for all acts

Thursday, May 24, evening - Showtime!

Click here for the talent show application, where you can upload a video of your act. This application is also linked from our home page. Due to time constraints, the show will have a limited number of slots available for performances. Applications will be taken into consideration on a first-come, first-served basis. For any questions, please contact Mr. Eric Nielsen at

Stagehands and MC's are also needed! If you'd like to help out in this way, please contact Mr. Eric Nielsen at

Silent Auction Contributions

As well as being entertained by our talented students, part of the fun of this annual event is bidding on exciting gift baskets and certificates. Each grade level teacher is collecting items for a silent auction theme basket. Any items you can contribute to your supervising teacher’s (or any other teacher’s) silent auction basket would be greatly appreciated! Please see the themes listed below, or if a teacher's theme isn't listed, please ask him/her. Also, if you own a business and would like to donate a service or basket item, please let us know!

Teacher Basket Themes

Becerra, Erin - Dining Out!

Finney, Rachel - Toys for Girls (more specifics to follow), Pokemon, Superheroes

Greenwood, Jim - Games Galore

Mech, Deborah - Wellness

Nielsen, Eric - Music

Pachon, Trudy - I Love Coffee

Patterson, Linda - Cultural Food Basket

Rice, Laurel - Foodie Delight

Rodenberg, Kris - Italian Dinner Night

Spiegelberg, Daniel - Outdoor Activities

Tran, Huy - Video Games

Yssel, Flo - Arts & Crafts

Ideas for Requesting Donations

  • Gift certificate for one month of classes where your child takes a class (i.e. - karate, dance, etc)
  • Donation of service from a friend or family business (i.e. hairstylist could offer one shampoo/cut/style)
  • Donation of an electronic device from someone who has 'perks' through their office (i.e. IPOD, tablet, digital camera, etc)
  • Donation of an overnight stay or your timeshare you never use (do you have points or a timeshare you never use that could become a donation/staycation?)
  • Donation of tickets (Do you have tickets to a game or show you are not able to attend after 4/22?)
  • Photography (Are you a photographer looking to donate a session and get some advertising by putting your name out in our event?)

This is an ASB sponsored event and all donations go directly back to our student body. Thank you in advance for supporting our school!

Parents Help Needed for Silent Auction


We currently have donations from businesses coming in and will be collecting more. We will need parent volunteers to organize donations into baskets so they can be auctioned off during the Talent Show. Will you be able to help? Please contact Principal Browne at

Returning to Mt. Everest Academy next year?

If you are planning on returning to Mt. Everest Academy next year, please come to the office to pick up your 2018-19 enrollment packet. These forms must be completed every year. Return completed forms and a current proof of address (i.e. SDG&E, water, cable, or phone bill) to the office ASAP but not later than Friday, May 11.

If you are moving or are planning on attending a different school, please stop by the office and let Norma know, or call her at 858-496-8778. Thank you.

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California School Parent Survey

Dear Mt. Everest Academy Parents,

Please take a moment to read this letter regarding the California School Parent Survey. This is an opportunity to share your opinions about the climate of our school. The data is used in a variety of ways including as an indicator on the CA School Dashboard and as evidence for our accreditation process.

It is imperative that we have a high participation rate so please take a moment to complete the survey online at this link:

If you would prefer, paper copies can be found at the front office.

Please note that parents only need to complete and return one survey - for your oldest child attending Mt. Everest Academy. Thank you!

More info at

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

Summer School

For parents that received a summer school email

If you received an email from Mr. Zappala regarding your student attending summer school, please either contact Mr. Zappala or return this summer school application to him as soon as you can. Thank you.

Still need to choose classes for next year?

For grades 8-11

If you have not yet met with Mr. Zappala to plan your classes for 2018-19, please go see him!

Articulation sheets are available on our school website.

Summer Camp Aide at the Nat

Love children?

Need community service hours?

The San Diego Natural History Museum is looking for volunteers for their summer camps. Student volunteers can earn valuable work experience.

There are 5 requirements for becoming a camp aide:

  • Minimum 16 years old
  • Must love children
  • Available June 18-August 17 for at least two full weeks; 8AM - 4:30PM
  • A personal interview
  • Attendance at an orientation (TBD)

Learn more and apply here


For questions contact Romina Cardenas, 619-255-0162,

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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.

Speech & Debate Club

For the month of May, Speech & Debate Club will not be meeting.

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May Library Challenge

Bookmark Design Contest

The library is having a bookmark design contest! Students, enter your best idea for a bookmark. The theme is “So much to see. So much to do. @ your library®”

There will be one winner per grade level group: K-3, 4-8, and 9-12.


  • Submit idea by 12:30pm on Thursday, May 10
  • Students vote for their favorites from May 14-18
  • Winners announced on May 22

Click for Bookmark Design flyer that has the dimensions of the bookmark.

************ STUDENT SPOTLIGHT ************

As Mt. Everest Academy offers students the “flexibility to pursue your passion,” our school has a wealth of students that are pursuing their passions while meeting their educational goals. The "Student Spotlight" is a way to share some of the exciting endeavors our students are involved in with the rest of our school, and a way for students to learn about other students with similar interests.

If you've got a student accomplishment or special activity that can be included in a Monday Message, please email it to Linda Ele,

MEA students in "Frozen Jr."

Congratulations to 4th grader Neeku and 5th grader Neelu! They were selected to perform in Disney's production of "Frozen Jr." produced by JCompany youth theatre. "Frozen Jr." is a 60-minute musical adapted and developed exclusively for middle-school students. The show will run from July 13-July 29.

MEA Students in CMEA-SBS All-County Honor Band

Two of our MEA students auditioned and were selected to be part of the CMEA-SBS (California Music Educators Association - Southern Border Section) All-County Honor Band (

Petunia Rizo, grade 7, flute/piccolo

Ria Rizo, grade 6, clarinet

Link to the roster

Concert Information

May 6, 2018: 7:00pm - University of San Diego, Shiley Theater

Tickets will be available for sale at the door.

Everyone is welcome!


A 6th grader offered to create a sign-in sheet for a teacher.

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Seeking Student Contributions to local newspaper

A new newspaper has started in our area, "Clairemont Connections." One of their goals is to include information about local schools in their publication. We anticipate sharing happenings at Mt. Everest Academy in their paper.

March 2018 issue

April 2018 issue

STUDENTS: If you'd like to contribute an article about our school to "Clairemont Connections," please contact Linda Ele at to get specifications on what the newspaper is looking for: type of article, length, and photos.


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