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Economics Champ

Emily N. is belted as Month 1 Economics champion for her success in the stock market simulation game. Emily made over 800 (simulated) dollars this month. Her biggest earning stock UVXY (a futures trading organization) made her over 700 of those dollars.

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Salk Institute Tour

Five Mt. Everest students had the opportunity to participate this year in the March of Dimes High School Science Day at the Salk Institute. Gray L., Ben S., Katriela C., Selina L. and Yusuf A. enjoyed the exciting program the researchers at Salk prepared for us. The students experienced hands-on-activities and learned about the work of Salk research teams in two of several laboratories. A few of the labs visited included the plant pathology lab, stem cell lab, breast cancer lab, and several more!

The day ended with the keynote talk by Dr. Eiman Azim. Dr. Azim uses a multidisciplinary approach to identify how neural circuits solve the challenges of motor control, taking advantage of genetic and viral tools, anatomical analysis, electrophysiological recording, imaging and detailed motor behavioral tests.

The opportunity to tour Salk comes every spring and we hope next year Mt. Everest will be participating again. It was a great experience for our students!

See more pictures from the Salk Institute Visit

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Student Video Message

Check out ASB ambassadors Ally and Jazmyn's new video message for information about upcoming events! Don't miss watching the bloopers at the end :-)

Please note that the possibility of Movie Night being rescheduled due to rain has happened. The new date of April 13 is listed below.

Thank you to Miss Aurora B. for taping and editing this video!

Click for March 2018 Video

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Midsummer Night's Dream

The Mt. Everest Academy Theatre Company proudly presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream," directed by Erin Petersen. Show times:

  • Tuesday, March 13 / 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 14 / 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 15 / 6:00 pm

Tickets will be available at the door: $5 for students / $10 for adults.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, March 21 / 2:00-3:00 / Room 17B

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

Senior Portraits

Thursday, March 22 / 11:30-1:30 / Auditorium

Lifetouch Photography will be coming to Mt. Everest Academy to take Senior Portraits. You may choose what you'd like to wear; Lifetouch will supply Caps/Gowns and Tuxedos/Drapes, or you may wear your own clothes. Portrait packages will range from $24-$62. The portraits will be used in the yearbook. Please plan to be there!

Movie Night Rescheduled

Friday evening, April 13

Due to this week's rain forecast, the movie night previously scheduled for this Friday has been rescheduled to Friday, April 13. We hope everyone can come see "Monsters, Inc." then!

Japanese Internment Camp Survivors


Come join us in welcoming Mas and Grace Tsuida to Mt. Everest Academy. This event is open to MEA students, parents, and family members. The content is more appropriate for middle school and high school.

Mas and Grace will be speaking about their life in San Diego before World War II, and what it was like after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, to suddenly be declared "Enemy Aliens," and forced to leave their homes, friends, and family businesses behind to relocate to Internment camps in the western wasteland areas of the country.

Link to more details

East County Magazine article

SD Union Tribune article

Please come a little early to get seated, as we will begin at 10:30. Plan for time to drive and park. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Patterson at

Several great books on Japanese Internment Camps are currently on display in the library!

**************** SAVE THE DATE ****************

CAASPP / SBAC Testing, elementary: April 30-May 4

AP Exams: May 7-18

High School Prom: May 11

CAASPP / SBAC Testing, secondary: May 21-25

MEA Family Picnic: June 1

Kindergarten Promotion: June 5

5th & 8th grade Promotion: June 6

Senior Graduation: June 8

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

WASC on campus this week!

This week a visiting committee made up of volunteer school administrators and teachers representing the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) will be on campus. They will be visiting classrooms and speaking with staff, students, parents, and volunteers as part of our accreditation process. WASC accreditation is an ongoing six-year cycle of quality whereby schools demonstrate the capacity, commitment, and competence to support high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement. Let’s go MEA!

I.D. Cards

The I.D. cards from Make-Up Picture Day are finally here! We apologize for the delay in getting them to you, but there were several issues in getting them printed correctly. Cards for students (and parents) in grades K-4 have been given to the elementary supervising teachers. For other grade levels (and parents), please pick up your I.D. card in the computer lab.

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

CSF Application due this Friday

Here is the application for membership in the California Scholarship Federation. Please turn it in to Mr. Zappala by this Friday, March 16. Mr. Zappala is also the person to see about the $5.00 donation to cover the cost of the cord, stull, pin and seal.

The California Scholarship Federation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to recognize and encourage academic achievement and community service among middle and high school students in California. Conferences are held annually, and student awards recognizing scholastic achievement and community service are presented. Students with a certain number of semesters of membership in CSF will also be able to graduate with a sash and/or cord, and put it on their college resumes/ applications.

Choose classes for next year!

For grades 8, 9, 10, 11

Mr. Zappala will meet with each student individually to assist in choosing course options for next year, including community college courses for students entering 11th and 12th grade. Parents should review course options with their student at home. Students must return the articulation sheet with a parent's signature to Mr. Zappala. If there are any changes needed, please mark the change before returning. For questions, please contact Mr. Zappala.

Meet with Mr. Zappala


If parents would like to schedule a conference with Mr. Zappala regarding next year's course options and to review their student’s four year plan, appointments will be available from March 12 - March 23, in half-hour increments between 8:30-2:30.

Articulation Sheets

Articulation sheets are available on our school website for students who will be in grades 6-12 next year.

********** extracurricular activities ***********

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.

Introduction to Coding

TUESDAYS / 12:30-1:30 / Room 7

The meeting time has been changed to Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30. The location is still in Room 7 (Makerspace).

History Co-op Location Change

Thursday, March 15 / 12:45-1:30 / Room 6

History Co-op will meet in the computer lab (room 6) this week.

Craft Circle

Every Thursday / 12:30-1:30pm / Makerspace

For the month of March we'll be creating Monster Dolls! This is a great project for learning hand and machine sewing skills. All skill levels and ages welcome (K-4 with parent).

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******************* LIBRARY *******************

March Library Challenge

For his prize, this student chose a "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book and a coupon for a free churro.

For this month’s library challenge, you will need to know a little about how libraries work. Miss Vivian read “The Great Dewey Hunt” last week during library time to help students learn about call numbers and the Dewey Decimal system. Check out our library’s website: to find out how to log in to our school’s catalog database that will help find the answers to many of these.

Get the challenge here, or pick one up in the library. Turn it in to the library by 12:30pm on Thursday, March 15. Have fun!

Japanese Internment Camp Books

To enhance the experience of meeting Mas and Grace Tsuida here at MEA this week, several great books on Japanese Internment Camps are on display in the library.

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Bring your February reading logs to the library to get a free pizza certificate and pick up March forms.

Library BookIt! webpage

************* 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,

Selina Lin, Top American Trap Shooter!

Selina (Hanfei) Lin, grade 11, is one of the best Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) female shooters. In the past two years, Selina has won over 10 world-class (American & Canada) tournaments trophies, including 8 champions and over 50 state and western zone level tournaments trophies. In 2017 she bested the former ATA Autumn Grand Tournament highest record for the Lady I category by 11 targets. In January 2018, she was one of the cover figures in Trap&Field, official ATA magazine. She was selected for the Academics Integrity Marksmanship (AIM) 2018 All-Star-Team, the highest level of recognition for national youth trap shooting; she was 3rd ranked out of 15 and the only girl in the junior category. She ranked No. 1 at California Golden State Trapshooters Association (CGSTA) 2017 High Averages Female shooters list. She was a California State Team member in both 2017 and 2018. Currently, she is focusing on international trap shooting and aiming to attend the Olympic Games in the near future.

Selina transferred from Christian High School at El Cajon to Mt. Everest Academy in her junior year. This innovative school gives Selina the flexibility she needs to practice and compete at shooting ranges around the country. At the same time, it ensures her a rigorous set of courses and sets a high standard for academic performance. Thanks to Mt. Everest, she can chase her Olympic dream while preparing for college!


Giving a friendly push to a fellow student.

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Poway Interfaith Youth Experience

The Poway Interfaith Team is planning a Youth Experience for and with interested teens

(ages 13-18) and parents who are interested in learning more about another faith’s religious practices by attending prayer services, rituals and/or other cultural ceremonies at our local member churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and centers. Our theme is: “Sharing the LIGHT: Interfaith Youth Experience."

Youth Experience flyer

Willy Wonka Jr.

March 16-18

Center Stage Children's Theater presents "Willy Wonka Jr." Performances are held at the Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw Street, San Diego. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, and $9 for children under age 16 and seniors.

This Thursday at 10:00am, students can get in for free. Just show up!

Candy manufacturer Willy Wonka stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a lifetime supply of candy. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.

Theater website

Willy Wonka flyer


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