Monday Message

November 15, 2021

See’s Candy Fundraiser


Our annual ASB See's Candy Fundraiser is underway! Please help support Mt. Everest Academy and the ASB by participating in this MEA tradition.

Order forms have been sent home with students. Additional forms can be picked up in the office and from this link. Thanks for helping us raise money to support school events like dances, festivals, clubs and field day!

All orders and money must be returned to MEA by Nov. 29th so that we can fill them in time for Winter Break. Checks should be made out to MEA ASB. Prizes will be awarded to the top three sellers!

Upcoming Events

Work Due for Month 3

Friday, Nov. 19 completed by 3:00pm

(must arrive by 2pm for enough time to meet with your supervising teacher)

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.)

  1. Turn in all of your work to your content area teachers

  2. Use this checklist to prepare your work samples (audits)

  3. Go see your supervising teacher for your monthly "check-in". You will review completed work in all of your classes with them and turn in your work samples.

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

Elementary Chicken Coop Time

Elementary students and parents had a great time today at the chicken coop!

Miss Shannon would like to open the chicken coop area again this week for all K-5 students and their parent guardian (or parents) on:

Friday, November 19 from 9:00-10:00 AM

Parents, please sign in at the table outside the front gate, and then make your way to the coop area with your child or children. You may stay for as long or as little as you’d like during these open times.

It’s a great opportunity to learn about the 3 resident MEA chickens, their overall care requirements, and just enjoy being outside!

(More pictures from today are below in the "MEA Gardens & Chickens" section.)

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School will be closed for Thanksgiving break from November 22-26. School will re-open on Monday, November 29.

Lunch Concert by Malvyn Lai

Tuesday, Nov. 30 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

11th grader Malvyn Lai will be performing for our first Lunch Concert of the year. He is a concert pianist who has performed with symphonies and in competitions around the world. Learn more about the musical accomplishments (scroll down to “Lai”) of this talented young man.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 1

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Room 1 or


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. The meeting agenda will be posted on the SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at


  • Holiday Hoopla / Dance - Dec. 7
  • Family Dinner at Chipotle’s - Dec. 15

Daily Mindfulness and Meditation

These daily sessions will include about 10 minutes of mindfulness and meditation as well as other activities to foster health and wellness and connectedness in our community. All MEA Community members are welcome!

  • When: Monday through Friday (holidays and scheduled school concerts/events excluded!)
  • Where: . . Passcode: MEA!
  • Why: Optimum Health, Wellness, and Well-Being!
  • Who: The whole MEA Community
  • Time: 12-12:30 (You must login by 12:00)


School Spirit Store

Parents are now able to use SchoolCash Online to buy and pay for items using Visa/Visa Debit and Mastercard/Mastercard Debit. We are currently selling school spirit wear and other fundraising items like lanyards, water bottles and DVDs. Simply order online and then come pick up your purchase in the MEA front office.

Please create an account to access our online catalog.

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Portraits Proofs and ID Cards are here

We’ve now received student portrait proofs and ID cards, as well as Parent ID cards, from Gerardy Photography.

Student proofs and ID cards have been given to teachers to distribute as follows:

  • Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - supervising teacher

  • Grade 8 - Mr. Tran

  • Grade 9 - Mr. Nielsen

  • Grade 10 - Mr. Spiegelberg

  • Grade 11, 12 - Dr. Rodenberg / Mr. Spiegelberg

Ordering Deadline
There is no actual deadline for ordering portraits, but there is a deadline for ordering without paying a $5.00 handling charge. Nov. 18 is the deadline written on the proof sheets. But since our students are not on campus every day, Gerardy has extended our deadline to Wednesday, Nov. 24. After that day a $5.00 handling charge will be added to the cost.

Parent ID cards have been placed into their child’s photo packet. If a student didn’t have their portrait taken, the supervising teacher has the Parent ID card.

Questions? Please contact Linda Ele at

The “Heights”

MEA’s Literary Magazine

Are you a writer or an artist? Do you want to get your work published in a magazine? MEA's Literary Magazine “Heights” is the perfect place for you to submit your work! We are looking for your:

  • short stories
  • artwork
  • poems
  • monologues
  • and more!

“Heights” is edited and organized by your fellow students, and we meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 12:00 in Room 2. We would love for you to join us and participate in the editing, organization, and tech work behind our magazine. You do not need to submit work for the magazine to join the club, and you do not need to be in the club to submit work!

Our first issue is going to be out soon, and we need YOUR creative projects to be featured! Here is the link to the Heights website. You'll find the link to the work submission form under Submission Form and Information. Happy writing!

For any questions please email the Editor-in-Chief, Jody Huege, at

Book-Bundles for Elementary Students

Book-Bundles from the library are ready to be passed out to elementary parents during student pick up and drop off this week. Look for the bundles on the table by the elementary gate, and on Tuesdays outside the front office ONLY for those first and third graders taking extra-curricular activities.


MEA Foundation

MEA Foundation website

What do we do? The simple answer is, we raise funds to support MEA where funds are not available from the district and we organize volunteer efforts to bring workshops, our talent show, teacher appreciation and so much more. We fund music, art supplies, campus improvements, garden, school events, curriculum support and teacher supplements and grants. Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year for MEA.

Please consider making a donation to MEA Foundation. Check if your employer offers corporate matches to double your donation.

Volunteers are needed for the Foundation. We need help with updating the website, organizing a directory for parents, writing grants and fundraising efforts. Please email for more information.

Front End Web Development program

The MEA Foundation has partnered with UCSD Extension Futures Program to offer 3 courses for free for up to 20 MEA high school students. This course series is normally $840 and counts for 9 units of college credit (but not dual credit for high school high school.) Specifically, the MEA Foundation has secured seats in the “Front End Web Development” series of courses. Students would need to take all 3 courses beginning in Jan. 2022 and ending in September 2022. (Specific course names and dates are listed in the table below.) For more information, please see the Futures website here. If you are a MEA high school student and are interested in signing up for this course series for FREE sponsored by the MEA Foundation, please fill out the form here.

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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 Linda Ele at We want to hear from you!

Musical Twins

We have some very talented sibling piano players in our 4th grade class! Please take a moment to enjoy the music.


* * * Click box above for Elementary Extracurricular Schedule * * *

Daily Mindfulness & Meditation

Elementary Art

Music with Mr. Johnson


Covid-19 Protocols for Elementary Students

Our goal is to offer as many elementary extracurriculars as possible even though parents cannot be on campus to supervise children like usual. If dropping off for an extracurricular, please sign your child in at the front office. If students are staying past their studygroup time to attend supervised lunch and afternoon extracurricular, you will note that on the sign in sheet.

Elementary Extracurriculars

We hear that some parents are wanting more extracurriculars on a regular basis for elementary students. Well, we need your help! Are you a parent that would like to run an extracurricular? This would involve filing paperwork to become an essential volunteer, including showing proof of vaccination for Covid-19. If you have an idea for an extracurricular and are willing to lead it, please write to Principal Browne at with your idea(s) and availability to lead the class. It surely takes a village!

PALS Tutoring

Wednesdays & Thursdays / 12:30-1:45 / Room 6

Trained tutors are ready to help you get your classwork done. All students grades K-12 who would like some extra help can come to room 6 every Wednesday and Thursday during 4th period (12:30-1:45pm). All grades are welcome, as we have tutors for all grade levels. PALS is a great way to build community and academic skills!

Parents, K-5 students attending PALS must arrive with a check-in form so tutors know what to work on with your child and you receive a report on how things went. (Extra forms will be available when you drop off in case you forget or can't print one at home.)

  • K-5 students attending studygroup and PALS on the same day should be signed in when parents drop off at 9am. Parents must indicate if their student is staying for supervised lunch and PALS
  • K-5 students attending ONLY PALS on any given day should be signed in outside the front office.
  • 6-12 students can report directly to Room 6.

Music classes with Mr. Johnson

These classes are held every Tuesday. Please sign your child in at the front office and note which class(es) they will be attending.

  • 8:05- 8:55 - Beginning Band
  • 9:05- 9:55 - Choir
  • 10:05- 10:55 - Advanced Band
  • 11:05 - 11:55 - Music theory (for upper grades)
  • 12:30- 1:20 - Advanced Strings (open to secondary)
  • 1:35- 2:25 - Beginning Strings

* * * Click box above for Secondary Extracurricular Schedule * * *

Academic League • Ally Action • Anime • Chess • Coop Group • Daily Mindfulness & Meditation • Gaming • German • GSA • Literary Magazine • MathCounts • Mental Health • Music with Mr. Johnson • PALS • Rubik's Cube • Sherpa’s Jam Band • Spanish Conversation • Sports Club • Young Investors Club

Spanish Conversation Club

2nd & 4th Tuesday of work month / 12:00-12:30 / Room 1

¡Vengan a conversar! ¡Participen en la tertulia de español!

MEA students studying all levels of Spanish who want to practice speaking are invited to join a <<tertulia>>, or small gathering, on Tuesdays at lunch. We will meet twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the work month! Month 3's second meeting is tomorrow, November 16th, and month 4's meeting will be on December 7th in the garden outside room 1. ¡Vamos a divertirnos! Let's have fun!

MEA Sports Club

Wednesdays and Thursdays / 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm / Basketball court arena

If you are a middle schooler or a high schooler who wants to play sports and have PE minutes to log at the same time, then the MEA Sports Club is the perfect fit for you. If you are interested in playing sports, come join us!

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Anime Club

The first meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 2, 12:00-12:30, room 6.

Anime Club website

The Anime Club will meet from 12:00-12:30 on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the work month, in Room 6. We will discuss, learn about, and watch anime. This club is open to both beginners and gods of anime. No sign up is required, just come and enjoy the show!

Pandora’s Box of Secrets

MEA’s Ally Action is organizing a community event for all students. They will be anonymously collecting students' secrets to create a poster for the school, similar to the Museum of Us's PostSecret exhibit.

STUDENTS: You can submit your secret here (everything is anonymous).


7th Grade Science

We would like to congratulate all of our 7th graders who learned about dominant and recessive genes to produce their adorable offspring in Ms. Patterson’s genetics class.

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MEA Gardens & Chickens

Elementary Chicken Time

Elementary students get to explore the chicken coop environment with Miss Shannon.
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Progress Report Grades

For students in grades 6-12, Progress report grades will be available on the Powerschool Portal soon. These grades will be utilized for eligibility purposes for students in grades 9-12 playing sports at their neighborhood school. Please note, SDUSD has adopted a new format for reporting citizenship grades. Please review the new Mt. Everest Citizenship Rubric with your student(s), which can be found on the school website.

Meet with School Counselor

For students and parents that would like to meet with Mr. Rubin, our school counselor, please sign up for an appointment.

SDUSD Covid Testing Acknowledgement Form

This is a reminder that all families are required to make a choice on Covid testing at the start of the new school year. Every family must complete the form (access link below) and submit their response online at this time for each student. Free Covid testing in school not only helps prevent the spread of the virus, but it also helps more students stay in school and continue their education.

Covid-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form

(Note: A PowerSchool Username and Password will be required to complete the form. If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact Ms. Ramos in the front office.)

Student Handbook

Students in grades 6-12 should review the Mt. Everest student handbook with their parents and refer to their supervising teacher with any questions. Please find the handbook here.

Technology Support and Resources

Please see information related to technology resources and support here.


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MEA Foundation is fully registered with AmazonSmile as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. When you shop at AmazonSmile, will donate to MEA Foundation at no cost to you!


High School Study Abroad Scholarships

Expand your horizons – study abroad! The U.S. Department of State offers merit-based fully funded study opportunities for American high school students to study abroad from three weeks to an academic year. Students live with host families, engage with local schools, and gain skills to be competitive in the global workforce. Previous language study is not required for most programs.

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Learn more at

Volunteer Opportunity at C2K

Do you want to start high school volunteering as soon as possible? Computers 2 Kids, C2K, is a nonprofit San Diego organization looking for volunteers. You can learn more about this organization and what it does at this link: About C2SDK | C2SDK. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at C2K, please click on this link and fill out the short form:

If you have questions, please contact

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