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Pokemon Tournament

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Pokemon battle champions had a great time at our first tournament! Thank you to Justin H. for guiding and celebrating our participants through their competition!

Shakespearean Sonnets

9th graders in Mrs. Finney's English class took on the challenge of writing Shakespearean sonnets. Mrs. Finney decided they were so good they had to be shared! So here are the beginnings of 3 special poems:


Why the heck am I always last minute?

Chasing and racing and running out of time

I see the finish line and can't wait to end it,

Not until I cross it will I feel fine.....


Let me ask you something that puzzles me

Just how does one get to know another?

To most the answer may seem quite easy

But when I see friends I start to wonder....

The Sorcerer

The sun was shining in the sky, so bright,

And clouds were white without a hint of grey

He was a prince, a sorcerer, a knight,

He knew the future greatness held, someday....


Note - Shakespearean sonnets follow this structure:

- They have 14 lines

- They follow the rhyme pattern ABAB CDCD EFEF GG

- Each line has 10 syllables


By Mrs. Flo's elementary art students

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Wish List for Sewing Crafts

If you can contribute any of the following, it would be helpful for sewing projects in the Makerspace!

  • CD's
  • Old wool sweaters (washed and dried on a high heat to be shrunk)
  • High school students to help sew a project for younger students to decorate. Stop by the Makerspace on Thursdays, 12:00-1:45, to check it out. Earn community service hours!

Got Advice for New Families?

Attention MEA Families!

Do you have any advice you would share with new families to help them get acclimated and even succeed at MEA? Is there something that you wish someone would have told you that would have really helped? The SSC committee is creating an online resource for families who are new to MEA or whose students are moving up to middle or high school. We are looking for your advice on organization, time management, turn-in packets, resources, trouble-shooting, and more. Please use this link to send us your input by the end of April. Thank you!

Senior Quotes for the Yearbook

SENIORS: If you'd like to have one of your favorite quotes, or an original saying of yours included in the senior quotes page of the yearbook, please email it to

Parent "Apprentice" & Volunteers for Talent Show Needed!

The MEA Annual Talent Show and Silent Auction is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2017. We are in need of parent volunteers to ensure this event is a success! Adira Rosen, current MEA senior and MEA theatre Director has graciously offered to organize the show. However, we need a parent who is willing to help run the show in future years to be her “apprentice” this year since she is graduating (sniff, sniff). We also need parents to help with set up and breakdown. If you are interested in helping in any capacity or have further questions, please email Principal Browne at (Remember, the show can’t go on without the help of volunteers!)


Fitnessgram Testing

Fitnessgram testing is scheduled in the Auditorium for the following grades and times:

  • Tuesday, February 28 / 10:30-11:30 / Grades 7, 9, designated 10-12
  • Wednesday, March 1 / 9:10-10:10 / Grade 5
  • Wednesday, March 1 / 12:30-1:30 / Grades 7, 9, designated 10-12

The Fitnessgram is a state mandated exam. There are six parts to the exam, and students must pass five of the six parts to pass the overall fitness test. Students are encouraged to practice the exercises ahead of time; please see this flyer.

For 9th graders, passing the Fitnessgram cannot be stressed enough. Students are required to take 2 years of PE to graduate high school. However, if you do not pass the Fitnessgram test, you are REQUIRED to take PE additional years.

Please remember to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes!

Lunch Concert

Tuesday, February 28 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

Come enjoy our amazing MEA musicians as they perform for your lunchtime enjoyment. ASB students will provide a treat!

Parent PALS

Wednesday, March 1 / 10:00 / Cafeteria

Looking for ideas, support, motivation or connection? Join other MEA parents for a monthly meet and greet. The meeting will feature a speaker, group discussion, or parent panel and also allow time for socializing. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring a brunch dish to share and any curriculum or teaching tools you have found useful (optional). Babies and students are welcome; PALS and extracurricular options coincide with this meeting as well. Mark your calendar for upcoming meetings: April 5th in the Cafeteria.

Secondary Awards Ceremony

Thursday, March 2 / 3:15 pm / Auditorium

All Mt. Everest Academy families are invited to attend the 1st Semester Awards Ceremony and take part in honoring students in grades 6-12 who have demonstrated excellence in either academics or citizenship. Come celebrate this occasion! Light refreshments will be served.

Academic League Competition

Thursday, March 2 / 7:00 pm / Horizon

The MEA Academic League with Coach Jacobs will meet at Horizon this Thursday to compete with their Academic League. Answering a series of questions for all core subjects, the contestants try to outwit and out-maneuver their opponents in a set of matches to reach the finals. Come out and support our team!

Click for the competition schedule.

The Magic Flute

The MEA Theatre Company presents The Magic Flute directed by MEA Senior, Adira Rosen. Come see almost twenty of MEA's star students shine on stage in The Magic Flute.

Adapted by Steven Fogell from the Mozart opera, by the same name, The Magic Flute tells the story of Prince Tamino on his journey to defeat the evil Sarastro and save the fair Princess Pamina.

Join us in the MEA Auditorium March 7th at 6pm, March 8th at 4pm, and March 9th at 6pm for this wonderful production. Tickets are available at the door, $5 for students $10 for adults. Tell your friends, bring the family, let everyone know about this great show!

Are you an MEA Student or MEA Faculty Member? If so, then join us for ONE DOLLAR WEDNESDAY (March 8th at 4pm) when all MEA Students and Faculty can get a ticket for just ONE DOLLAR! You're not going to find a better deal in all of San Diego!

Don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook at to keep up with all the MEATCo news!

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Unlocking The Genius (grade 8)

Friday, March 10 / 8:00 - 3:00

On Friday, March 10, 2017 all Mt. Everest 8th graders have the opportunity to visit the Art Institute of California as part of their Unlocking the Genius (8th Grade) experience. This is a FREE field trip by school bus as part of UTG-8, a San Diego Unified School District initiative to help students identify their personal strengths and interests to unlock their personal genius and help create a high school plan which empowers them to reach their post-secondary and career goals.

The full day experience will provide engaging, hands-on activities and an opportunity to learn about pathways and options in high school. The goal is for every 8th grader to be self-confident in speaking about their high school and post-secondary plans to their counselor and have the ability to advocate for their support needs to achieve those goals.

Please return this permission slip to the school as soon as possible.

SDUSD Restorative Justice comes to MEA

Friday, March 10 / 9:00-2:00 / Cafeteria "Restorative Practices and Circles"

Friday, March 17 / 9:00-2:00 / Cafeteria "Restorative Conferencing and RJ 101"

The SDUSD Restorative Justice team and the NCRC (National Conflict Resolution Center, San Diego) are coming out to train Mt. Everest Academy in the most recent trending social justice and equity skills that are transforming education and schools across the country. Learn practices for compassion, enhanced family communication skills, and working through problems at home and in your community from a new paradigm. The training is FREE and open to students in grades 6-12, parents, other family members, and staff.

Learn more about Restorative Justice here.

If you'd like to attend, please emai Deborah Mech at


Friday, March 17 / 11:30 am / Balboa Theatre

868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego 92101

If you’d like tickets, please sign up and pay with Norma in the front office (CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE) by Friday, March 3.

Mrs. Erin Becerra has 20 tickets available for grades K-6 and parents to the following Classics 4 Kids concert: St. Patrick's Day. Tickets are $7.00 per person. For questions, please contact Mrs. Becerra at

Join the Classics Philharmonic Orchestra and special guest dancers, instrumentalists and pipers for our first-ever Irish celebration! With rich musical traditions like the jig and fiddle tunes, Irish songs, and culture, this thrilling concert is the perfect way for your school to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Grades 3 & 4 - Old Town Historical and Cultural Field Trip

Friday, March 24 / 10:00 - 1:00

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

This program is free, please sign up with Mrs. Becerra in room 12 on or before Friday, March 10. For questions, please contact Mrs. Becerra at

For more information:

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Link to Makerspace calendar of activities.

From Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-2:30, the Makerspace is open for students ready to tinker and create, unless an activity is listed as "participants only" (marked with an asterisk on the calendar). Questions? Contact supervisors: Nikki Bradford ( or Barb Mulvany (

Tools and More!

Wednesdays / 12:15-1:30 / Makerspace

This week the class will be disassembling this engine and learning about the parts! It might be a little messy, but it will be fun and educational!

February Competition: Float Your Boat

Come on in for the last day of the boat building and floating competition! See how many pennies can now be in a boat and still float for a full minute! See the expert engineering of other students and maybe build your own boat that can hold more!

Come add your handprint!

The Makerspace has declared winter over! With that, we took down the snowflakes and are bringing spring to our space! Come help us decorate for spring by adding your handprint!!! These ASB students started us off, now we need your help!


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

Beach Cleanup with the MEA Environmental Club

The MEA Environmental Club led this clean up at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography beach, enjoying the great outdoors together while helping our oceans and beaches!

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"Pink Yink Ink Drink"

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd, the library will have “Pink Yink Ink Drink” right outside the door this week (from the book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish). Come by and have a sample, but please keep it outside. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Voting for California Young Reader Medalists

During Library Time with Miss Vivian, students are voting for this year's California Young Reader Medalists. Miss Vivian will send our school's results into the CYRM Committee, and the winning books will be announced in May. Grades K-5, be sure to come to your Library Time!

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MTS & Coca-Cola Laptop Scholarship

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to Friday, April 14, 2017

Would a new laptop help set-you up for success at school? MTS, Coca-Cola and the San Diego County Office of Education will be giving away 40 laptops this spring! Students enrolled in a San Diego County High School (in grades 9-12) are eligible to apply for the 2017 Laptop Scholarship Contest.