Monday Message

9/12/16

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MEA School Photo

Our area superintendent, Mr. Bruce Bivins, is creating an Area 1 poster, which includes Mt. Everest Academy and has requested a group photo of our students. Any students that would like to represent MEA in this poster, please come to the lunch court area this Tuesday at 12:00 noon for a group photo. Students will be grouped together to form the letters M, E, and A. If possible, please wear either a Mt. Everest Academy shirt or our school colors (blue & yellow). The only requirement is parent approval and your smiling face!

Meeting for all Seniors

Thursday, September 15

12:00 - 12:30

Cafeteria


All 12th graders are required to attend this meeting with Mr. Zappala, who will be sharing important information and reviewing expectations for the year. Free pizza will be served!

Parents and students needed for SSC and SGT!

The Mt. Everest Academy School Site Council (SSC) and Site Governance Team (SGT) each have one (1) open parent position and two student positions for a two-year (2016 – 2018) term. If you and/or your high school student are interested in running for School Site Council and/or Site Governance Team, please submit your name and a short (3-4 sentence) biography to Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net or bring it in to MEA’s Front Office. The deadline for submitting your name for candidacy is Tuesday, September 20, 2016.


You may be wondering, “What exactly are SSC and SGT?” The School Site Council consists of elected members representing parents, teachers, students, the school principal, and other school employees, each of whom serve a two-year term. This group is responsible for reviewing the school's improvement plan and allocating fiscal resources to support Mt. Everest Academy's goals in the areas of curriculum development and instruction. The State Legislature, as well as the Mt. Everest Academy teaching staff and administration, believes that the best decisions are made by those individuals who are most affected by them.


The Site Governance Team is a shared decision making body required at each school by the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education. The team discusses issues, gathers input and makes recommendations about topics affecting our school and our children with an emphasis on the instructional program.


The SSC and SGT will meet a minimum of six times during the year, and meetings will usually be scheduled on Wednesdays from 2-3.


We greatly appreciate your willingness to support Mt. Everest with your time!

Extracurricular Activities

This is the week most of our extracurricular activities start! Please find the most up-to-date schedule here. We will continue to add classes and will publish an official list with class descriptions as soon as possible. If you would like to lead an extracurricular class, please contact cbrowne@sandi.net.

Come Join Academic League!

Thursdays / 11:30 - 12:30 / Room 8

Academic League is like Jeopardy for students in grades 7-12! You get to show what you know and exercise your brain-power, all while having fun with your fellow students. You’ll also meet Academic League students from other schools during the competition season in the Spring. The Academic League practices together weekly in room 8 with their coach, Mr. Jeff Jacobs. For questions: jjacobs@sandi.net

GOT MATH??

To: MEA Students in grades 6-8 and their Parents


Come help represent MEA in our county-wide competition coming up in mid-February, at UCSD, called MathCounts 2016-17.

Last year we came in 3rd in the New Schools Category.


This will be the second year of our MathCounts Club to get ready for this competition. We plan to meet Mondays from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm in the Cafeteria (or Room 13) to conduct math practice sessions to strengthen math understanding and methods of problem solving. The main Coach is Randy Shimabukuro, the assistant coach is Mr. Norm Negus.


We need at least 4 MEA students to participate in the competition. The students do not have to come every week, but it should help their math skill building if they do so.

Parents are welcome at any time. Please email us for further information and/or confirmation of interest if you wish: rshimabukuro@gmail.com, or nnegus@cox.net.


Thank you,

Norm Negus and Randy Shimabukuro

MEA Service Learning Calendar - Adopt-a-Beach

Saturday, Sep. 17th, 9am

600 Tourmaline Street

San Diego, CA

We would like to invite you to save the date for the 32nd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day cleanup event on September 17th from 9am-12noon.


Mt. Everest Academy has adopted Tourmaline Beach in Pacific Beach. Meet next to the bathrooms at the end of the parking lot. After the clean up, join other MEA families for a fun day at the beach! (So, don't forget your beach gear!)

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MEA Picture Day


Thursday, September 22

8:45 - 9:00 / 10:00 - 12:00

Auditorium


9:00-10:00 am: This time slot is reserved for taking pictures of the 2nd, 4th, & 6th grade classes that are in session at that time.


STUDENT PICTURES

It's important that all students have their picture taken! The picture will be used for the student's school ID card and the school yearbook.


Families also have the option to purchase a picture package:

  • Pick up an order form in the front office or library, or
  • Go to: mylifetouch.com The Mt. Everest picture day I.D. is CK926510Y0
  • Payment options:
    • Online, with a credit card, before portraits are taken
    • Bring the order form and payment (either a check made payable to “Lifetouch” or EXACT CHANGE) on Picture Day.

PARENT PICTURES

Parents, please have your picture taken as well for your Parent Educator ID card. Your ID card will give you convenient access to our campus and will qualify you for educator discounts. The cost for parent ID cards is $3 and may be paid with cash or check.


Parent Education ID card: Campus safety is our priority. All visitors, including parents and volunteers are required to wear either a Parent Educator ID card or an MEA lanyard or a visitor sticker badge.




  • To receive your Parent Educator I.D. card to go on the lanyard, come to Picture Day on September 22 between 8:45-9:00 or 10:00-12:00. Another way to get an ID card (after September 22) is by emailing your picture to Linda Ele at lele@sandi.net. Your $3 payment will need to be made at the same time, which you can bring to either the front office or Linda Ele in room 6. Please pay with cash or a check made payable to "Lifetouch." Your I.D. card will be delivered here to the school and we'll notify you when it arrives.



Educator Discounts: Parent Educator ID cards may also be used for educator discounts at office supply stores and bookstores. Other items that may qualify for discounts are movie theater tickets, computers, software, craft supplies, and online purchases. When not sure if a business will offer the educator’s discount, the policy is JUST ASK!

Make-Up Picture Day

Tuesday, October 25

8:45 - 11:00

Auditorium

Lifetouch is offering this make-up picture day for students and parents that are not able to come to Picture Day on September 22.

“Spiritual Diversity in Education”

Monday, September 26 / 12:00 - 3:00 / 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. The workshop will take place at Mt. Everest Academy on Monday, September 26 from 12-3 in the auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Ms. Mech at dmech@sandi.net. An informational flyer can be found here.

PSAT Sign Ups

PSAT Test on Wednesday, October 19 / 8:15 - 12:00

Students, if you're planning to take the PSAT on Oct. 19, please sign up in the front office. All 10th graders can take the test for free, but you MUST sign up. For all other students, the cost is $15 (payable by check or cash). Fee waivers are available for students on the free/reduced lunch program. Pick up a free PSAT practice booklet in the front office.

Link to the PSAT website

enVision Math: Math Resources for grades K-5

We are happy to introduce a brand new math curriculum for grades K-5! Though parents do not yet have access to a teacher's edition/answer key, we are pleased to introduce you to many resources available online for you and your child to utilize from home. These resources include interactive instructional videos, math games, challenge questions, and more!

Instructions to access resources

Link to powerschool

Student Poll Worker Opportunity

Students that are 16 years or older, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, may apply to be a Student Poll Worker in the upcoming Presidential General Election on Tuesday, November 8. Students will receive up to 21 hours of community service credit and a stipend of $100-$145 that will go towards the Mt. Everest Academy ASB fund.

Information and application packet.

Please turn completed application into Mr. Bruce Sharp or Linda Ele.

Join Cub Scouts!

Thursday, September 15 / 6:30 pm / Holmes Elementary

Pack 299 invites all boys in grades 1-5 and their families to attend a September Pack Meeting and Sign-Up Night. Flyer