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The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute, presented by The MEA Theatre Company and directed by MEA Senior, Adira Rosen, was a huge success! Through Adira's excellent tutelage, students blossomed into their roles, personifying their characters with confidence. One scene flowed effortlessly into the next, giving the show a very professional feel, which was supported by students working behind-the-scenes. Bravo to all the students involved in this production of The Magic Flute!

Click here to see photos from the performance.

Many thanks to parent Dana Dirks for taking and sharing these wonderful pictures!

MEA Students tour a water facility

Some of the students from the AP Environmental Science class toured the SD Pure Water Facility. They learned about how San Diego is turning wastewater into pure clean drinking water at the facility and they even got to sample some of the water!

To follow along with what they experienced, click here.

8th graders unlock their genius!

Last Friday, twenty-four students accompanied by Mr. Zappala and Mr. Nielsen attended a workshop at the California Art Institute entitle "Unlocking the Genius". In the previous month, the students had taken two different surveys to identify possible career paths and strengths. This information then drove four breakout sessions entitled, My Strengths, My Personality Traits, My High School Road Map and Applying My Genius. We were also given a tour of the magnificent Art Institute's facilities. Students bonded over solving real world problems (i.e. the water crisis in Flint, Michigan), playing games, planning their futures and designing tools.

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Silent Auction Contributions Requested

The Talent Show/Silent Auction is right around the corner on! As well as being entertained by our talented students, part of the fun of this annual event is bidding on exciting gift baskets and certificates. Each grade level teacher will be collecting items for a theme basket. Find out what your theme is by asking your supervising teacher. If you own a business and would like to donate a service or basket item, please let us know! This is an ASB sponsored event and all donations go directly back to our student body. Thank you in advance for supporting our school!

Ideas for requesting donations:

  • Gift certificate for one month of classes where your child takes a class (i.e. - karate, dance, etc)
  • Donation of service from a friend or family business (i.e. hairstylist could offer one shampoo/cut/style)
  • Donation of an electronic device from someone who has 'perks' through their office (i.e. IPOD, tablet, digital camera, etc)
  • Donation of an overnight stay or your timeshare you never use (do you have points or a timeshare you never use that could become a donation/staycation?)
  • Donation of tickets (Do you have tickets to a game or show you are not able to attend after 4/22?)
  • Photography (Are you a photographer looking to donate a session and get some advertising by putting your name out in our event?)

Below are a few gift baskets from last year:

Talent Show Applications

Due by Thursday, March 16

Students, if you'd like to showcase one of your talents, start turning in those applications! The Talent Show/Silent Auction will be on Thursday, April 13, and we want to see YOUR fabulous talent on stage!

Click here for the talent show application, where you can upload a video of your act. The application has the scheduled rehearsal dates. Due to time constraints, the show will have a limited number of slots available for performances. Applications will be taken into consideration on a first-come, first-served basis.

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!)

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!

Come get your awards!

If you received an invitation to the awards ceremony but were not able to attend, your award certificate is waiting for you in the front office. And for straight A students, you will also receive a medal. Please come pick your awards up, and Congratulations!

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For any questions about yearbooks, please contact Mr. Steve Antti @

Senior Portrait Day

Tuesday, March 21 / 12:00-2:00 / Auditorium

Senior Portraits are one way to celebrate completing high school and moving on to the next stage in life. Lifetouch Photography is coming to our school to document this milestone for graduating students.

  • 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 range from $24-$62.
  • After you receive proofs, purchases will be made online through
  • The portraits will be used in the yearbook.

For questions, please contact Linda Ele at

Vote for High School Standouts

Deadline to vote: Friday, March 24

Hello Students. It's that time of year to vote for your favorite High school Standout. The deadline to submit your voting form is March 24. All grade levels can vote. You are allowed to click as many standouts as apply when submitting your form. Thank you for your cooperation and have fun!!! CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Senior Dedication Pages in the Yearbook

Deadline to submit and order: Friday, March 24

For parents of seniors: Plant a memory in this year’s yearbook for your graduating senior. Dedications can be as simple as a half-page with 2 or 3 photos, and some congratulatory words.

When you create the layout, use the resolution specs below, save as .jpeg format, and submit to Mr. Steve Antti at

  • Full page, $100: 8” x 10.5” / 2400 pixels x 3150 pixels / 300 dpi
  • Half page, $50: 8” x 5.25” / 2400 pixels x 1575 pixels / 300 dpi
  • Quarter page, $25: 4” x 5.25” / 1200 pixels x 1575 pixels / 300 dpi

Deadline to submit your artwork and order is March 24. Payment needs to be made in the front office. Please pay with cash (EXACT CHANGE) or a check made payable to “Mt. Everest Academy.”

Senior Quotes for the Yearbook

Submission deadline: Friday, March 24.

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

Yearbook Orders

Order deadline: Sunday, April 16

It's time to order your school yearbook!

  • Order online at The yearbook code for our school is 13011917
  • You can buy a soft cover yearbook for $20 or a hard cover for $25.
  • Lifetouch also gives you a variety of different packages to order that you will see online.
  • Please place your order soon, before the April 16 deadline.


How to reduce your impact on the planet

Tuesday, March 14 / 12-12:30 / Room 17A

Did you know that the average American throws away 4.5 pounds of trash per DAY? Learn how to be lower than that average in a presentation about zero waste that will be hosted by the MEA Environmental Club on Tuesday, March 14th from 12-12:30. This presentation is perfect for anyone looking to reduce their impact on the planet in a tangible and rewarding way. Snacks will be served. Parents and students are welcome and childcare will be available.

MEA Club Fair

Wednesday, March 15 / 11:30-1:30 / Blacktop

Do you want to help people? Make people laugh? Reflect on yourself? Then come to the MEA Club Fair on March 15 from 11:30-1:30. Almost every club on campus will be represented, so you can come over, talk to your peers, and learn about all the many extracurriculars offered here! We hope to see you there!

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, March 15 / 2:00 / Room 11

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. For questions, please contact Mrs. Courtney Browne at

Academic League Competition

Wednesday, March 15 / 7:00 pm / Auditorium

The MEA Academic League with Coach Jacobs will meet at here this Wednesday to compete with the Clairemont High School 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!

Competition schedule link

Watershed Presentation

Thursday, March 16 / 10:40-12:00 / Room 17A

Everyone is invited to attend!

I Love a Clean San Diego will be presenting a fun, interactive presentation on watersheds and how water travels to our beaches and oceans.

Lunch Concert

Thursday, March 16 / 12:00-12:30

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

Academic League Competition

Thursday, March 16 / 7:00 pm / OLP

The MEA Academic League with Coach Jacobs will meet at Our Lady of Peace Academy 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!

Competition schedule link

SDUSD Middle School Honor Band and Orchestra Concert

Saturday, March 18 / 7:00 pm / Point Loma Nazarene University, Brown Chapel

Congratulations to our Mt. Everest Academy students that have been selected for the SDUSD Honor Band and Orchestra: Cheyenne P. (playing violin) and Petunia R. (playing flute and piccolo). Please come and support our wonderful music students at their upcoming concerts! Admission is FREE.

Talent Showcase & Silent Auction

Thursday, April 13 / 4:30 pm / Auditorium

Everyone, mark your calendars for our annual Talent Showcase! More details to come…!

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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 (

Please note that this Tuesday, March 14, the Makerspace will be closed from 11:30-12:30.

Celebrate PI and St. Patrick's Day

Come to the Makerspace this Tuesday, 3/14 as we celebrate a day of PI!!!!! Thursday the wee folk will be hosting some shenanigans as we celebrate an early St Patrick's Day! What a fun week coming our way!

Tools and More!

Wednesday, March 15 / 12:15-1:30 / Makerspace


Students will get to see the inside of an engine while it's running, including seeing a spark plug ignite (where the yellow arrow is)! All students welcome!

March Challenge: "Bridge of Sticks"

The March Challenge to build a bridge continues! Students, use your engineering skills to design the strongest bridge possible using only string, toothpicks, and hot glue. All bridges will be tested on Thursday, March 30. Sturdiest bridge-maker will be our Engineer of the Month!

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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!

  • 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!

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Young Adult Job & Resource Fair

Wednesday, March 15 / 4:00-6:00pm / Central Library

Here is an opportunity to see what jobs are out there as well as gaining some skills and knowledge in order to make your job interview a successful one.

Job Fair Flyer


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Scavenger Hunt Library Contest

Our March Contest will be from March 6-15. Students will need to turn in the form for checking, then winners will be announced in the March 20 Monday Message. Prizes will be a free kid’s meal from Island’s restaurant (they can choose one of the other prizes if they prefer). The prizes can be picked up in the library.

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Galileo Visits Salk Institute

Biotechnology and AP Biology senior student, Galileo R., attended the March of Dimes High School Science Day at the Salk Institute. He experienced hands-on-activities and learned about the work of Salk research teams in two of several laboratories, the immunobiology and microbial pathogenesis laboratory and the molecular and cell biology laboratory.

The day started with Salk scientist Dr. Alan Saghatelian's welcome talk about his research on bioactive metabolites and peptides and their potential in medical therapies and ended with Dr. Edward Callaway's presentation on the brain neurons' connections in response to visual stimuli.

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


Fast Times 5K & Clairemont Day at the Bay

Saturday, April 8 / De Anza Cove

* * Students * * Families * * Friends * * Staff * *

Come be part of the Mt. Everest Academy team at this annual community event! You can run or walk the 5K to help raise funds for Clairemont schools, or just enjoy all the fun activities. To learn more and to register:

Screen Your Teen

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in youth under 25 and the #1 killer of student athletes, but heart screenings are not part of regular youth exams. The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation has provided nearly 23,000 free heart screenings for youth age 12 to 25, finding about 1 in 100 at risk from an undetected abnormality or risk factor. Screen Your Teen on Sunday, April 9 at University of San Diego's Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. Click for more info and registration.

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