Monday Message


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Come to Library Week!

Join in the festivities for MEA Library Week! Light refreshments will be served each day.

Tuesday, September 27 / 12:30pm / Auditorium

Author Scott Sussman will be here presenting his great books, and then meeting with students to personally sign purchased copies of his books.

Mr. Sussman's books align with Common Core and he has created lessons plans that are available online at the link below:

The books are geared to grades K-5, but all are welcome to attend!

Book order forms and previews of Mr. Sussman's books are available in the library.

For questions, please contact Vivian Sink at

Wednesday, September 28 / 12:30 pm / Library

Come in for a short tour, meet the librarians, and learn about the parent area.

Thursday, September 29 / 12:30 pm / Library

Our principal, Courtney Browne, will do Storytime in our reading corner.

Sending Monday Message to Students

Students, thanks for sending in your email addresses and letting us know that you'd like the Monday Messages sent to you directly. If there's any problem with receiving them, please alert Linda Ele at

National Honor Society

High school students who are interested in applying for our Mt. Everest Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society -- you're not too late for the fall semester. Please complete your application and turn it in to Dr. Rodenberg by this Thursday, September 29. Click here for the application, which is on Dr. Rodenberg's "teacher webpage." Make sure that you have hours of community service and leadership!

"The Mt. Everest Peak"

Click here for the first edition of our 2016-17 school newspaper, "The Mt. Everest Peak." Jackson S., grade 12, is the editor and he invites students, parents, and staff to contribute any articles, photos, art, poetry, or other information to the newspaper. Please email submissions to Jackson at Let your voice be heard!

* * * Extracurricular Activities * * *

Please find the most up-to-date extracurricular activity schedule here. We will continue to add classes and will publish an official list with class descriptions as soon as possible. If you would like to lead an extracurricular class, please contact

GO Games


Wednesdays / 10:00 - 11:00 / Cafeteria

For grades K-12

Go, the oldest (4,000 years old) board game in the world still played, will be introduced. The game is easy to learn, but difficult to master.

The San Diego Go Club president, Ted Terpstra, will teach students the rules of the game and provide instruction and sets for the students to play.

Go (wei chi in Chinese and baduk in Korean) is played by millions in Asia and is considered in Japan to be the national game.

Two opponents, black and white, contend for territory on a 19x19 grid board by placing pieces called "stones" on intersections of the grid.

Environmental Club


Wednesdays / 12:00 - 12:30 / 17A

The MEA Environmental Club will have its first meeting this Wednesday during lunch in Mrs. Pachon's room (17A). Join us for snacks, games, and fun!

Girl Up Club


Thursdays / 12:00-12:30 / Room 17A

Hello all!

The Girl Up Club is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for women and their rights around the world. We host discussions, movie screenings, and summits across SoCal. A global campaign of the United Nations Foundation, Girl Up Clubs operate everywhere from New Zealand to Nigeria to MEA! Plus, we raise money for UN Foundation efforts in six focus countries! (Read more here:

Please join us at the MEA Girl Up Club on September 29th from 12-12.30 for our introduction meeting. Cookies will be provided as refreshments and you will learn more about the best advocacy club at MEA! And yes, boys are welcome as well.


Lunch Concert

Wednesday, September 28 / 12:00 - 12:30

“EAT, MEET, and listen to the BEAT!”

Bring your lunch and enjoy music by your fellow students! Any students who would like to perform in a future Lunch Concert, please contact Mr. Steve Antti: / 858-627-7486 / room 6.

CYT presents: "James and the Giant Peach"

Friday, November 4 / 9:30 am / Pacific Beach Middle School

Based on one of Roald Dahl's most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on the "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. There is a high demand for this show as it is a brand new CYT production and teachers are excited about the author Roald Dahl. The performance we will be attending is on Friday, November 4th at 9:30am at Pacific Beach Middle School.

Link to schedule:

Two of our younger Mt. Everest Academy students will be performing in the show: Neeku, grade 3, and Neelu, grade 5.

Ticket prices for the school day performances are $7.00 each for students and parents. Tickets are available through Mrs. Erin Becerra, and must be purchased before Friday, September 30th, and paid with cash only. (General admission prices are $17 or $19 at the door).

Make-Up Picture Day

Tuesday, October 25 / 8:45 - 11:00 / Auditorium

Lifetouch is offering this make-up picture day for students and parents that are not able to come to Picture Day on September 22.


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.

So parents, please share your child’s accomplishments and special activities with us for inclusion in a Monday Message: sports, theatre, music, art, community service activities, etc. Emails can be sent to Linda Ele at

Jose Bravo signed to professional soccer team!

Soccer player and former MEA student, Jose Bravo, recently got signed to a professional team, the Acatlan Juarez Futbol Team, in Guadalajara. Link to "the rest of the story"


MEA Parent & MEA Students in Contemporary Jazz Concert

Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Fall 2016 Concert Series presents:

Yuko Maruyama Jazz Trio

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Yuko Maruyama, piano

Grant Clarkson, bass

Matt Taylor, drums


Special Guests: Mind the Details (MEA students Risa Schapiro & Skylar Larsen, and MEA alumni, Miles Clowminzer)

Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre

900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92019

General Admission $8 Students/Seniors $5

Free parking in "Student" lots at the time of concert

Event Info:


Voter Encouragement for (some) High School Seniors

Students that will be at least 18 years old by November 8, 2016 are eligible to vote in the upcoming Presidential Primary Election this November. The last day to register for voting is October 24.

Flyer: "Register to vote"

2017 Calendar Contest

The County of San Diego Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is looking for artists from local schools to submit drawings with clean air themes for their calendar contest. Grades K-12 are eligible to participate. The 13 most creative design submissions will make up the 2017 calendar, and all entries will be posted on the APCD website. For more information and the contest entry form go to