Monday Message

October 19, 2020

Work due for Month 2

Friday, October 23 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!

Updates from the MEA Foundation

The MEA Foundation is continuing successfully for the second year thanks to some new members who are taking on leading roles. Please welcome our Board members!

President - Hanyi Chrisman

Secretary - Karen Krampe

Treasurer - Karen Iwamoto

They are asking that you complete a short survey to share your thoughts and ideas for the best use of the the funds raised. Please take two minutes to answer their survey found here. All ideas welcome!

The MEA Foundation will be organizing an online auction soon using the goods and services collected last Spring. We hope everyone will participate and send the link to friends and family.

Hello from the happy MEA Chickens!

For those of you wondering how the school chickens are doing, we wanted to give you a little update. The MEA chickens continue to bring joy to our neighbors young and old alike as families stop to say hello to them on daily walks. People just seem to enjoy watching them! They are being fed daily from garden cuttings, healthy food scraps, and chicken feed. Water is checked daily and their coop is being cleaned about weekly with fresh wood chops replacing the old. They just received a new bail of hay that they will soon spread and dig through looking for insects and worms to eat. Whenever we come by their gate, they squawk loudly and come bumbling towards us. It seems that they've learned that we bring food, but we like to think that they like us and want to say hello. And we thought they'd want to say hello to you too!

MEA students on the SDUSD Student Advisory Board

Two of our Mt. Everest Academy students have been accepted into the San Diego Unified School District’s Student Advisory Board! To be accepted, each student sent in their resume, photo, and a statement about their vision and qualifications. See their submissions below, and CONGRATULATIONS TO ELIZABETH AND JODY!!

ELIZABETH BRADY is a 12th grader at Mount Everest Academy. Elizabeth is serving her first term on the Student Advisory Board. She has always felt compelled to make her peers' lives easier by making school less of a hassle and more enjoyable, and hopes to continue this at other schools. She would like to focus on students during this difficult time, as some students may feel that school is not worth attending. She would like students to find a purpose in their school that they feel passion for. Elizabeth has a history of involvement in her school; in her junior year, she was Vice President of the entire ASB, creating outreach programs for students through Instagram and suggestion boxes, ensuring that her school worked for the students. She has involved herself in many of her school’s clubs, including Environmental Club and Yearender’s Club, toward the goal of creating events for students that would give back to the local community. Elizabeth is a dancer; she has danced in a preprofessional program since middle school, dancing in many productions over the years. This year she is looking forward to making a difference in the Student Advisory Board.
JODY H. is a 7th grader at Mount Everest Academy. Jody is serving his first term on the Student Advisory Board. Because being a leader and bringing about change is what Jody strives to do, he wanted to be a part of the SAB this year. Compelled to correct the injustices in the school community, Jody seeks to enhance the educational experience of SDUSD students by advocating for increased funding for more programs that will close the achievement gap. At MEA, Jody is a member of ASB and enjoys playing guitar. He also performs in the annual play. Outside of campus, you will find him drawing and reading. He loves model cars and often builds them out of kits. This year, he is looking forward to helping to make all schools in SDUSD safer and more accepting places.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, October 28 / 2:00-3:00

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

** Extracurricular Activities **

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!

Club Fair

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

Mt Everest’s annual club fair is coming up soon! Next week, Wednesday October 28 from 12:00-12:30, ASB will be hosting the club fair over Zoom. Please come join us! Zoom link to follow.

For any students wishing to create a club and are interested in signing up for the club fair, use this link to fill out a form before Sunday the 25th for a guaranteed spot. Can’t wait to see you all there!


Meet Wednesdays, 12:00-12:30

This year, seniors, Alexis A., Ava G., and Renee D., are starting the first MEA Art Club. The club will focus on bringing people together through art, and we have plans to work on group projects, crafts, and donating to charities. Everyone is welcome, so don’t feel like you need to be good at art to join. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 12:00, and they will end around 12:30.

Please fill out this google form so we can learn more about you. You will receive emails for zoom meetings and hear about club updates. You need to give us your email in order for you to access the website, which we will share with you on Google Sites.

Our first meeting will be on October 28th. The first Wednesday of the third school month. We hope to see you then!

P.S. Our first project involves making handmade holiday cards to donate to the Monarch School, a school for homeless children!


Meet the first Monday of school month / 11:00

Students in grades 7-12 are welcome to come join the Gender Sexuality Alliance for our second year! GSA is co-hosted by Ms. Mullen and Mr. Nielsen. We will meet the first Monday after every turn-in week at 11:00.

Our first meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 26 at 11:00am.

Zoom Link:

Ally Action & ADL

Meet the first Thursday of school month / 12:00

Ally Action and the Anti-Defamation League will meet the first Thursday of the first week of every school month (M1 - M10) at 12 pm.

Our first meeting for M3 will be on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 12:00pm

Zoom link to follow.


Grades 10-12, are you interested in a Horror Club?

We'd focus on different types of horror per week and gather from time to time to watch movies together, play games, read books, or anything else that concerns horror. Ideally, we would be able to analyze and discuss horror media, what makes it truly frightening, and how it reflects the fears and anxieties of that period. In general, I just want it to be a place where horror enthusiasts can relax (and also where people can learn more about the subject and that it's not all boiled down to gore and jumpscares).

This form is an interest check to see how many people would want to come. If you have any questions, please email



Weekly Pickups (except turn-in weeks)

Thursdays, 10:00-1:00 only

For material checkouts / exchanges / returns. There is no need to email the library in advance. However, when there are special distributions ready for check-out, they will be noted here in the Monday Message.


For Ms. Patterson's 5th grade class

  • RETURN "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and PICK UP "Bridge to Terabithia"
  • You must return previous novels to receive any new ones
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1:00-3:00 -OR- Thursday, Oct. 22, 10:00-12:00

For Ms. Patterson's Food & Nutrition class

  • Pick up your petri dish (agar plates) for class experiment prior to month 4
  • Thursdays during standard pickup times (10:00-1:00) on Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12

Contact the MEA library:

San Diego Libraries...Library services are changing often around San Diego, so please check these sites regularly for the latest information: San Diego County Library... The City of San Diego Library ..For excessive heat

AP Exam registration and payment

Registration and payment due October 23 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 October 23, 2020.

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. Deadline is October 23, 2020.

If you qualify for the free/reduced lunch rate for exams, please email for information needed to complete the payment online.

Technology Resources and Supports

Please see information related to technology resources and support here.

Music Classes with Mr. Johnson

To be held every Tuesday

  • 8:00-8:40 Beg. Strings
  • 8:50-9:30 Beg. Band
  • 9:40-10:20 Choir
  • 10:30-11:10 Adv. Band.
  • 11:20-12:00 Adv. Strings
  • 12:10-12:50 Music Theory (for older students)


Questions? Please contact Mr. Johnson at


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!

HBCU Virtual College Fairs

Explore opportunities at some of the nation’s Best-In-Class HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). HBUC will be hosting two Virtual College Fairs for the San Diego Unified School District.

  • Tuesday, November 3 / 12:00-2:00….Flyer
  • Tuesday, November 10 / 4:00-6:00….Flyer

To register for either session, scroll to the bottom of their Events page and find SDUSD.

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.

UCSD Speaker - Juniors & Seniors

Monday, November 2 / 12:30-1:30

A UCSD admissions representative will speak to students and any interested parents. She will speak about the admissions process for UCSD and the UC system, and answer any questions you may have.

Open to 11th and 12th graders. Check your supervising teachers’ Google Classroom for Zoom link.

SDSU Speaker - Juniors & Seniors

Friday, November 6 / 11:00-12:00

An SDSU admissions representative will speak to students and any interested parents. She will speak about the admissions process for SDSU and the CSU system, and answer any questions you may have.

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.


All future SAT tests have been cancelled at San Diego Unified School District sites due to COVID closures. Testing will resume as soon as possible. Refunds will be issued by the College Board.

Community College Summer Transcripts Needed

Students who took a community college Summer course for dual enrollment credit need to give Mr. Zappala an official, sealed transcript in order for the class or classes to be entered on your transcript. Please mail your transcript to Mt. Everest Academy or bring it to Mr. Zappala. If he is not on campus, you can put the envelope through the mail slot in Principal Browne’s door.

You can request official transcripts through your mySDCCD student portal or you can order them here.

Fall 2020 Mesa Deadlines

For students taking dual enrollment classes at Mesa College, the DROP deadline is this Thursday, 9/24/2020 and the WITHDRAWAL deadline is Monday, 11/16/2020. Students who drop before the drop deadline will not be penalized for dropping their course(s). Students who drop after the drop deadline, but before the withdrawal deadline will receive a W on their transcript and will no longer be eligible for Mesa College courses until they graduate high school. Students who remain in their course(s) after the withdrawal deadline will receive a letter grade and must maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester in all college work in order to remain eligible.

Students are welcome to self drop in the mySDCCD student portal.

National College Fairs

Hello Juniors and Seniors. With college descending upon us it is time for seniors to think about where to apply to college for Fall 2021 and for juniors to begin exploring colleges for Fall 2022. College Fairs will be virtual this year, so get information on which fair is right for you. Here is information that should prove helpful to both Juniors and Seniors:

Monday College Knowledge Webinar Series

Hello Seniors. The Monday College Knowledge Webinar Series is an opportunity to get valuable information to help you in the college application process. Please sign up for these webinars ASAP since participation is limited. Reach out to Mr. Zappala ( with any questions you have.

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 Magnetic Compass Project

Miss Parween of the Balboa Library will instruct students on how to create their own magnetic compass using household materials.

Supplies Needed:
Cork, steel sewing needle, plastic lid from a jar or a small plastic bowl, knife or good pair of scissors, permanent marker (any color) pliers, water and a magnet.

(Geared toward 3rd – 5th grade but all are welcome to participate)

The virtual presentation will be posted on Wednesday, October 21 at 3:30pm.

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