Monday Message


Secondary Award Ceremony

Thank you to Miss Aurora B. for taking these photos!

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Modern Masters Art Exhibition

The trip to the Modern Masters of Latin America art exhibition in the San Diego Museum of Art was enriching and inspirational! Thank you to Mrs. Mullen and Mr. Cate for leading this outing!

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Fitnessgram Stars!

Turns out that MEA has some Fitnessgram overachievers! We caught a few of them here, running way beyond the pacer test requirement of 27 laps. Fayyad, grade 7, ran the farthest at 66 laps.

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Spirit Week

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Environmental Presentation

Wednesday, March 7 / 10:40 am / Room 17A

The MEA Environmental Club has invited I Love a Clean San Diego to come share information with us about the Creek to Bay Clean Up that will be happening in April. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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.

Japanese Internment Camp Survivors

Thursday, March 15 / 10:30-12:00 / Auditorium

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!

Movie Night: "Monsters, Inc."

Friday, March 16 / 6:30 pm / Blacktop

Come join us on the blacktop to watch "Monsters, Inc." Family and friends are welcome. Food and refreshments will be for sale.

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!

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

Senior Portraits with Lifetouch: March 22

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 **************

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.


We have just submitted 1008 box tops for a total of $100.80 for our school! Thanks to all who submitted Box Tops, please keep them coming! There are collection boxes in the office and the Parent Room.

No nuts in rooms 10, 11, 12

Due to students with severe allergies, we are asking everyone (students, staff, and parents) that goes into rooms 10, 11, and 12 to not take in any foods with nuts or nut products. We thank you for complying with this!

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

David Rubenstein Scholarshp

The David Rubenstein scholarship is looking for students of Jewish descent who demonstrate a financial need and plan on attending an approved college, university or vocational school in the Fall of 2018.

5-11th graders: Choose your classes for next year!

From February 26 - March 9, students in grades 5-11 will have the opportunity to plan their classes for the next school year.

Link to articulation sheets

Grades 5, 6, 7

Students will receive articulation sheets listing course options for next year during study groups the week of Feb. 26. Parents should review course options with their student at home. Students must return the articulation sheet with a parent's signature to their supervising teacher. If there are any changes needed, please mark the change before returning. For questions, please contact the student's supervising teacher.

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

If you would like a head start on the process, articulation sheets are also 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.

Garden Explorations

Every Tuesday 12:30 - 1:30pm

This week we'll be visiting the orchard! Help us spread mulch and check out the fruits that are starting to bud!

Pokemon Location Change

Wednesday, March 8 / 1:30-2:30 / Room 7

Pokemon/Games Club is ON this week! Due to play rehearsals, Pokemon will meet in the Makerspace (room 7) this week.

History Co-op Location Change

Thursday, March 8 / 12:45-1:30 / Room 6

Due to play rehearsals, 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 *******************

Japanese Internment Camp Books

To enhance the experience of meeting Mas and Grace Tsuida here at MEA next week, several great books on Japanese Internment Camps have been put on display in the library!

March Library Challenge

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. Have fun!

March: Did You Know...?

Did you know that your brain uses 25% of all the oxygen you breathe?

Come to the library to learn more!

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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


Weekend for Homeschool Students at Pali Institute

April 27-29

Join Pali Institute for a special weekend for Homeschool students.

Homeschool students (ages 9 and up) and their parents are invited to experience the Pali Institute curriculum. 4th through 10th grade students will be assigned to pre-determined age appropriate classes in Science, Leadership and Outdoor Education, along with games and evening activities through the weekend.

Introduce your student to outdoor education and experiential learning, meet other homeschool families, and enjoy a weekend in the mountains! Call (909) 867-5743 with any questions.


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