Monday Message


Learning about the Industrial Revolution

9th grade history students got to experience what the manufacturing process was like back in the early 1800's as they "manufactured" fans! Each student took a part in enacting the assembly line environment, which was developed during the Industrial Revolution.

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List of characters:

  • Floor Managers (12th grade volunteers)
  • Assembly Line Workers
  • Finishers
  • Quality Control Inspectors
  • Entrepreneur (12th grade volunteer)
  • Cottage Workers

Click to see pictures of the production flow

Click for video

Students: come use the Maker Space for your projects!

Hello Mt Everest Academy Families,

We here in the Maker Space have been thrilled to have students coming in to work on projects in our space! That is what we are here for!!! Have a project to do for a class? Come see us! We have supplies (extreme amounts of cardboard lately!) and accessories (tape, tissue paper, glue, pipe cleaners, etc…who doesn’t love pipe cleaners!!!?) to help you in making your project just as you envision it. Have a project coming up and need a certain supply? Just ask us!

We are open:

  • Tuesdays 10:00-11:30, 12:30-2:30
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays 10:30- 2:30

We are here to support you in creation! Any questions, just come by and ask!

~ Barb Mulvany and Nikki Bradford

In the picture below, 9th graders Mikaela and Faith are making a diorama for their book project on "Fahrenheit 45." Adira, 12th grader, is creating a poster for theatre education.

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Food Drive

The holidays are over and we return to our regular schedules. So many of us have given in so many ways over the holidays. Unfortunately, for those in San Diego who are food insecure - not knowing how or when they will get their next meal - hunger doesn't end. This is the time of year Food Banks have the lowest inventory after receiving many donations in December. According to the latest estimates, more than 467,000 San Diegans live in poverty. Could you please help them out? Nonperishable food would be so helpful to a family in need.

The Food Bank needs a variety of nonperishable goods, including canned tuna, canned chicken, canned fruit, peanut butter, beans and cereal. Most Needed Items include canned meats, peanut butter, canned fruit (in water or light syrup), canned vegetables, canned soup, cereal and oatmeal. All donations must be unopened. No home-made items or glass containers please.

We will be collecting food for the month of January. Please bring donations to the library - there will be a collection box there. Thank you so much!

Monday Message to Students

Parents, would your student like to receive the Monday Message directly to their personal email address? This can be helpful for students, especially the older ones, so they can stay informed of what's happening here at Mt. Everest Academy. Please go to this link to submit a student's email:


Lunch Concert

Tuesday, January 10 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

Come One, Come All! Please join us for this MEA lunch concert; our amazing musicians will not disappoint! Your ASB will have a snack to share and you can eat your lunch or just relax while listening to some incredible music! You don't want to miss it!

Mountain Mike's MEA Fundraiser

Thursday, January 12 / 11:00am - 9:00pm / Mountain Mike's

Come support your school by having dinner out on Thursday, January 12th! Join us at Mountain Mike's Pizza -for pizza, sandwiches, pasta, salad and vegan options. Mountain Mike's also has gluten free crusts for pizzas!

Our school receives 30% of the profits of the day! Orders are accepted from 11am to 9pm.

The more we eat, the more money we raise so please stop by!

Fundraising flyers will be sent out later this week.

Thank you!

Mountain Mike's is located at 3089 Clairemont Dr.

Flyer for fundraiser (this will be available around campus)

Link to Mountain Mike's menu

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 16

School will be closed next Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Academic League Staff vs. Student Match!!

Thursday, January 19 / 12:00-12:30 pm / Auditorium

Come see the friendly competition as our staff dares to match their wits with students in our Academic League! Everyone is invited to come enjoy the intellectual scrimmage! FREE PIZZA!

“Spiritual Diversity in Education”

Friday, January 20 / 9:00 - 12:00 / Cafeteria

Ms. Deb Mech is facilitating Spiritual Diversity in Education which is open to all parents, students, staff, and community members. This workshop is a fully inclusive whole-child / holistic approach to tolerance and understanding and fully aligns with our mission of equity and integrated health and wellness. Light refreshments will be served.

Click here for an informational flyer

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Ms. Mech at

(Grades 3-6) Cabrillo Intertidal Explorations (Tidepools)

Friday, January 27 / 2:00-3:00 / Cabrillo National Monument

The program starts at 2:00 pm, please plan to arrive by 1:40pm. This is a 3rd-6th grade program about the variety of life in the rocky intertidal zones. A park ranger will be guiding us through this exploration.

Please see Mrs. Becerra in room 12 to sign up and reserve your spot.

San Diego Whale Watching Trip

Friday, February 10 / 10:00-1:00 pm / H & M Landing

Adults: $19.00 (cash only)

Students: $15.00 (cash only)

Please plan to pay and reserve your spot by Friday, January 20th with Norma in the front office.

Questions contact Erin Becerra

More information:


Please find the most up-to-date extracurricular activity schedule here. If you would like to lead an extracurricular class, please contact


Thursdays / 12:45-1:30 / MakerSpace

This Thursday marks the official start of 2017's Grade 6 to 12 weekly sewing class in the MakerSpace. Between 12:45 and 1:30 room 7 will be booked for students in Grades 6 to 12 that are interested in honing their sewing skills. No experience necessary but a positive attitude is a must!


Last Thursday from 12:45-1:45 was the first meeting of Chess Champs. Thank you to Mr. Spiegelberg for leading this activity!
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9th grade families: Meet with Mr. Zappala

In February, Mr. Zappala is offering conference times to 9th grade students and parents that would like to discuss their 4-year plan. Appointment times are available from 8:00 am-3:00 pm, Feb. 6-16 and Feb. 21-24.

Here's the link to schedule your 60-minute appointment:

***** LIBRARY NEWS *****

California Young Reader Medal Nominees

Come to LIBRARY TIME beginning January 10th to hear the K-5 California Young Reader Medal nominees for 2017! Voting will happen during Library Time the week of February 14th, so be sure to come each week to hear all the stories. Chapter books for middle schoolers who would like to participate are available for checkout in the library on display in the fiction section.

Library Word Search Contest

Our Library’s January contest is available in the library (also attached here). All correct entries submitted to one of our librarians by 2:00 Wednesday, January 18th will receive a prize! Winners will be announced in the Monday Message on January 23rd.


As Mt. Everest Academy offers students the “flexibility to pursue your passion,” our school has many students that are doing just that! To share your child's special activities in the Monday Message, please send an email to Linda Ele at Thank you!

PJ E. and his team dominate in Phoenix hockey tournament

PJ, a fourth grader at MEA, plays defense on the Squirt BB SCAHA travel hockey team at SDIA (San Diego Ice Arena). He recently participated in the 2016 Arizona Coyote Cup Hockey Tournament over the winter break with his teammates. They were undefeated through all five games (4-0, 9-1, 12-0, 4-1, 7-3) and brought home the championship banner. This is PJ’s third year of playing hockey, first season on a travel team, and his fourth tournament championship banner.

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California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

Just a friendly reminder of the January 31st deadline!

California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the Coastal Commission’s annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2017. For rules and entry form, the contest flyer, and helpful links for teachers and students, visit or email