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Chemical Reactions

Ms. Patterson's 6th graders started with citric acid, baking soda, and calcium chloride. Through specific combinations, they experienced the evidence of chemical reactions in temperature changes, formation of gases, formation of a precipitate, and color changes.

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What is the story behind this mask?

Here's another creation from the Makerspace!

Scroll down to the bottom to find out the rest of the story.

"Desert" Photo Shoot

Here's a slide show from the Desert Photo Shoot!

The MEA Fashion Club sponsored, posed for, and took these captivating photos out in the field below the Wiggin Center. Awesome photography by: Aurora B, Katherine G, and Chloe L.

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Spring Fling Dances

Thursday, April 12 / Auditorium

ALL students are invited to a Spring Fling Dance! Come join in the fun and have a great time hanging out, eating, and dancing. Here's the schedule:

3:30-4:30 - Elementary dance

4:30-5:30 - Entertainment by MEA students

5:30-7:30 - Middle & High School dance

Admission to the dance is free! There will be food for sale; it will be helpful to bring $1 and $5 dollar bills for purchasing it.


This permission form is required for each student to attend the dance. This form is also available in the front office. It can be turned in to the office ahead of time, or turned in at the door. For elementary students, parents are welcome to attend also, in which case a permission form is not required.

Japanese Internment Camp Survivors

Thursday, April 19 / 10:30-12:00 / Auditorium

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

Movie Night: "Monsters, Inc."

Friday, April 20 / Elementary Lawn

6:30pm - refreshments for sale

7:15pm - movie starts

On April 20, come join us on the elementary lawn to watch an MEA favorite "Monsters, Inc." The event is free and family and friends are welcome, so spread the word! ASB will be selling pizza and nachos for $2 each and popcorn, baked goods, and soda for $1 each. You’re also welcome to bring your own snacks and don’t forget your beach chairs and blankets! “Gates” will open at 6:30 and the movie will start shortly after sundown (about 7:15pm).

AP Exams Pre-Administration Session

Wednesday, April 25 / 11:55am / Cafeteria

For students that have signed up to take AP exams, please plan to attend this mandatory AP Pre-Administration Session. If you are unable to attend, please contact Principal Browne or Mr. Zappala. Link to AP exam information on CollegeBoard

MEA Family Fundraiser at Souplantation

Thursday, April 26 / 11:00-9:00 / Souplantion

Help support activities at Mt. Everest Academy by going out to eat at the Souplantation in Kearny Mesa! They are well know for their delicious salad bar, soups, pasta, bakery items, fresh fruit, and desserts. Souplantation will give our school 20% of what we spend there on April 26. The location is at 7095 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 92111. All participants must purchase a beverage with their meal in order to receive credit for MEA.

Bring in this attached flyer, or show it on your phone.

Thank you, as always, for your support!

Talent Showcase & Silent Auction

Thursday, May 24 / Auditorium

Preparations are beginning for our annual upcoming Talent Showcase & Silent Auction! Students, start thinking about acts you'd like to perform. Sign ups for auditions will be opening in a couple of weeks. And if you'd like to participate in another way, we'll also be looking for student stagehands and MC's. This will be a great opportunity to share your talents for a grand evening of entertainment!

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Link to calendar on school website

AP Exams Pre-Administration Session: April 25

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

Talent Showcase / Silent Auction: May 24

MEA Family Picnic: June 1

Kindergarten Promotion: June 5

5th & 8th grade Promotion: June 6

Senior Graduation: June 8

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

California School Parent Survey

Dear Mt. Everest Academy Parents,

Please take a moment to read this letter regarding the California School Parent Survey. This is an opportunity to share your opinions about the climate of our school. The data is used in a variety of ways including as an indicator on the CA School Dashboard and as evidence for our accreditation process.

It is imperative that we have a high participation rate so please take a moment to complete the survey online at this link:

If you would prefer, paper copies can be found at the front office.

Please note that parents only need to complete and return one survey - for your oldest child attending Mt. Everest Academy. Thank you!

More info at



We are putting the finishing touches on the yearbook, but we are missing some smiling MEA faces. If you missed fall picture day or joined the Mt. Everest family after picture day had passed, we need your photo! If you have a digital copy of a photo that we can include in the yearbook, please email it to Laurel Rice at as soon as possible. If you do not have a digital photo, please bring in a photo to the computer lab that we can scan. It does not have to be an official portrait, but it should be a head and shoulders shot, if possible. Seniors who wish to use a photo other than the ones taken by Lifetouch should submit those, as well. Please submit your photo by April 16th.


To all students:

Please take a few minutes to vote for the staff member you think is the best fit for each standout category. Winners will be featured in the yearbook.

Here’s the link to Staff Survey:

This link to vote is also available on the MEA home page.

Yearbooks will be going on sale this month. Be on the lookout for more information.

Parents Help Needed for Silent Auction


Every year we have a Talent Show & Silent Auction that raises money for our school. This year it's scheduled for Thursday, May 24. We currently have donations from businesses coming in and will be collecting more. We will need parent volunteers to organize donations into baskets so they can be auctioned off during the Talent Show.

Will you be able to help? Please contact Principal Browne at

Senior Portraits are here


  • If you had your senior portrait taken by Lifetouch in March, they are ready for pickup in the Computer Lab (room 6). There is an access code included so parents will be able to order the portrait package online.
  • If instead of your senior portrait, you prefer that your portrait taken in the Fall be used in the yearbook, please let Linda Ele know at by April 16.
  • If you have a senior portrait that was NOT taken by Lifetouch that you would like to use as your yearbook photo, please send a digital copy to Ms. Rice at by April 16.

Community Service Form Due April 20


This is just a friendly reminder to turn in your Community Service Form by Friday, April 20 in order to wear a special cord at graduation and be noted in the graduation program. This information was in the Senior Letter that was sent to you in March. The letter, community service form, and other documents are linked from our home page. Community service forms are also in the front office.

Canyon Villas Visit

Hello MEA Families, I am sorry but we will need to reschedule our visit to Canyon Villas Retirement Home. If you are interested in one more trip before the end of the year, please let me know! Thank you! Miss Barb

Clothing Drive for TACO

For the month of April, Mt. Everest Academy is conducting a Clothing Drive for the Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO). If you have some gently used donations to give, please bring them to the Makerspace. Thanks!

No Skateboarding or Bike Riding on Campus

As a reminder, it is the policy of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education that unauthorized uses of district property include the riding of any skateboard, roller blade, or roller skate type device on any property of the school district at any time.

SDUSD is not responsible for and assumes no responsibility for theft, damage, or loss of use, to any equipment or article left on school property. All such risks are assumed by the student.

Box Tops Bonus App

Box Tops for Education now has a phone app to turn your everyday receipts into cash for Mt. Everest Academy. With this app you can FIND offers, SCAN the receipt, and EARN money for our school. This app also enables you to track MEA's earnings progress. Link to app download information

"Grab-N-Go" Lunches

Mt. Everest Academy has lunches available in the office three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday. If your child would like a lunch, please sign up in the morning. Lunches are available beginning at 11:00 am and cost $2.25 or are free to students who qualify on the free/reduced lunch application. Apply online for free/reduced lunches.

MEA Dress Code

Students are expected to use good judgment, safety, good taste, and modesty regarding their dress and grooming. Any clothing that is potentially disruptive to the educational process is inappropriate for school. No bare midriffs (no skin may show between the shirt and pants, shorts or skirt).

Link to detailed MEA dress code.

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

Still need to choose classes for next year?

For grades 8-11

If you have not yet met with Mr. Zappala to plan your classes for 2018-19, please go see him!

Articulation sheets are available on our school website.

********** 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.

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April Library Challenge

In honor of Poetry Month, we are challenging you to create a poem about our library. Be creative! All poems will be displayed around the school, put on our website, and students will earn a prize from the library. Two new prizes have been added to the prize options: coupons for Souplantation and for Pieology.

The student to the right wrote a limerick and chose a prize for a free kids meal at Souplantation.

There are 4 types of poems from which to choose: Concrete, Acrostic, Haiku, and Limerick.

Here is the challenge form with definitions of the different poem types, or pick up a hardcopy in the library. Poems are due in the library by 12:30 on April 12th.


March was the last official month for BookIt. Thank you to all of our young readers for participating!

Students have until Friday, April 13 to bring their March reading logs to the library for a free pizza certificate.


Pushing a cart around campus to share leftover cake and punch.
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The Facility Hip Hop Dance Studio Opening

Parents of a MEA 3rd Grader have opened a hip hop dance studio in Pacific Beach called The Facility. The dance studio offers classes to all ages and levels such as Hip Hop, Breakdance, Jazz Funk, Contemporary and Urban Dance. Come join the Homeschool Hip Hop class offered on Monday's from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Facility is offering free classes April 9 - 22, 2018 to celebrate their opening. To try out a free class, sign on up online at

Creek to Bay Cleanup

Saturday, April 21 / 9am - 12pm

Join Creek to Bay Cleanup for another successful year! In 2017, they had over 6,500 volunteers at 112 locations beautify and remove over 170,000 lbs of litter and debris! Instead of turning a blind eye to the abundance of litter found across San Diego County, our volunteers channeled their appreciation for San Diego’s environment into action to protect it.

Seeking Student Contributions to local newspaper

A new newspaper has started in our area, "Clairemont Connections." Link to the March 2018 issue. One of their goals is to include information about local schools in their publication. We anticipate sharing happenings at Mt. Everest Academy in their paper.

STUDENTS: If you'd like to contribute an article about our school to "Clairemont Connections," please contact Linda Ele at to get specifications on what the newspaper is looking for: type of article, length, and photos.


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Mettaton Mask

Created by Luke, grade 7.

His one word assessment of Mettaton: "FABULOUS!"

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