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SSC Meeting

Wednesday, February 14 / 2:00-3:00 / Room 17B

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. More information, agendas, and minutes can be found on our SSC/SGT webpage.

For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

Visit to Canyon Villas

Friday, February 16 / 2:00-3:00

Canyon Villas, 4282 Balboa Ave.

Just a reminder! We are going to have our first visit with the residents of Canyon Villas this Friday! Please feel free to RSVP if you are available to come with us so we know to look for you! We’d love to have your company! Please rsvp to

Thank you to all the Valentine card makers; together you have made over 80 cards! They will all be delivered to Canyon Villas on Valentine's Eve (Tuesday), to brighten up the residents' Valentines Day. :-)

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President Holidays

On Friday, February 16 school will be closed in observance of Lincoln Day. Learn more about Abraham Lincoln.

On Monday, February 19 school will be closed in observance of Washington Day. Learn more about George Washington.

California Scholarship Federation, Inc. Workshop

Thursday, February 22 / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

The California Scholarship Federation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to recognize and encourage academic achievement and community service among middle and high school students in California. There are approximately 1500 chapters in middle school and high schools throughout the state, and each chapter is comprised of student members who meet eligibility requirements. Each chapter is led by a staff adviser.

Eligible students become members by submitting applications based on their report card grades. Membership is for one semester, and membership drives are held each semester within established periods dictated by the State bylaws.

Conferences are held annually, and student awards recognizing scholastic achievement and community service are presented. Students with a certain number of semesters of membership in CSF will also be able to graduate with a sash and/or cord, and put it on their college resumes/ applications!

I am happy to announce that I will be bringing CSF to MEA! As last week marked the closing of our first semester, and grades will be finalized soon, please contact Mr. Zappala to check your eligibility with your transcript. Once you are confirmed to be eligible, Mr. Zappala and I both have sheets to be filled out for membership.

We are hosting a brief workshop next Thursday (2/22) at lunch time (12-12:30 pm) explaining more about CSF, membership requirements, and any other questions you might have! Pizza and some light refreshments will be provided, so don’t miss out!!

Looking forward to what this semester has in store!


San Diego Whale Watching Trip

Friday, February 23 / 10:00-1:00 pm / H & M Landing

Reservation deadline is Wednesday, February 14.

Adults: $19.00 (cash only, exact change please!)

Students: $15.00 (cash only, exact change please!)

Sign up and pay in the front office

Plan to arrive by 9:15 at H&M Landing.

For questions, please contact Erin Becerra,

More information:

Fitnessgram Testing

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

  • Tuesday, February 27 / 10:20-11:20 / Grades 7, 9, designated 10-12
  • Wednesday, February 28 / 9:10-10:10 / Grade 5
  • Wednesday, February 28 / 12:30-1:30 / Grades 7, 9, designated 10-12
  • Monday, March 5 / 9:30-10:30 / Make up testing for students that couldn't make the previous times

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 these exercises ahead of time.

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!

Secondary Awards Ceremony

Thursday, March 1 / 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.

Beauty and the Beast

Friday, March 2 / 10:00am

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

4126 Executive Drive , La Jolla

Reservation deadline is Tuesday, February 20

Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the beloved musical "Beauty and the Beast" performed by the JCompany Youth Theatre! The cost is $8 for both students and adults. Please bring cash (EXACT CHANGE) or check to Norma in the front office to reserve your spot.

Link to details on the MEA calendar

Modern Masters of Latin America Art Exhibit

Friday, March 2 / 10:00-1:00 / SD Museum of Art

All MEA students (K-12) are welcome to accompany Mrs. Mullen and Mr. Cate on a field trip to the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park to tour the Modern Masters of Latin American art exhibition.

Link to details on the MEA calendar

Questions? Please contact Mr. Cate at

(K-6) Classics 4 Kids Concert

Friday, March 9 / 11:30 am / Balboa Theatre

Reservation deadline is Friday, February 23.

Mrs. Erin Becerra has 15 tickets available for grades K-6 and parents to the following Classics 4 Kids concert: From Bach to Rock. Tickets are $7.00 per person. Sign up and pay in the front office. CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE PLEASE! For questions, please contact Mrs. Becerra at

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

Fitnessgram: February 27, 28, March 5

Senior Portraits with Lifetouch: March 22

CAASPP / SBAC Testing, elementary: April 30-May 4

AP Exams: May 7-18

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

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MEA community!

This week please look for some smiling ASBers who may greet you as you enter campus. They would love to share some treats with you! Wishing you a wonderful week!

Come join our family tree at the Maker Space!!

Come to the Maker Space and paint a picture frame!!

Bring a photo of your family to go in the frame and we can add it to our tree!!!
We appreciate our families at MEA so much we would love to have yours included on our tree!!!

Senior Quotes for the Yearbook

Submission deadline: Thursday, Feb. 22

SENIORS: If you'd like to have one of your favorite quotes, or an original saying of yours included on the senior quotes page of the yearbook, please email it to The deadline for submission is February 22.

TACO donations appreciated

Thank you to everyone here at MEA for their generous donations to Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO). We so appreciate your participating in our Great Kindness Challenge service project. The clients at TACO are always so very grateful for any donations they receive from others.

San Diego County Coupon Books Fundraiser

See a sample book in the front office

The ASB fundraiser continues! ASB students are selling San Diego county coupon books for $25. Half of the money raised goes directly to our school!

If you are interested in purchasing one, please see an ASB student or Mr. Nielsen. Payment can be made to Mr. Nielsen in room B16 with cash (EXACT CHANGE) or a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy." Thank you for your support!

Link to see what coupons are in the book

You may also order the book online here.

This coupon book is only available for the month of February.

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Tower O'Power

Make sure to stop by the Makerspace for this month's challenge: Tower O' Power (Take 2)!

Materials that can be used: 1 cup, straws, masking tape, string

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"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.

Monday Message to Students

STUDENTS, would you like to receive the Monday Message directly to your personal email address? This can be helpful, especially for older students, so you can stay informed of what's happening here at Mt. Everest Academy. Please go to this link to submit your own email.

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

Community College Classes

Wednesday, February 21 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria

Dual Enrollment

Hey, 10th & 11th graders! Did you know that you can take a community college class each semester in 11th and 12th grade? Current 10th and 11th graders are invited to attend an informational session on community college courses available to them beginning next school year. Free pizza will be served!

Jumpstart Your Success / Cash in on community college

Saturday, March 10 / 8:30am-1:00pm / Mesa College


Mesa College presents Jump Start to your success and Cash in on Community College. This FREE event is an opportunity to get a comprehensive view of Mesa college life and the opportunities available to incoming freshmen. There will be food, fun, presentations, and plenty of information. Join them by clicking the Prospective Student Registration Form

Choosing classes for 2018-19

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

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.


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.

Sign up here to reserve your meeting time.

If you would like a head start on the process, articulation sheets with course options for grades 6-12 will be available later this week on the school website.

On Wed., Feb. 21 at noon, current 10th and 11th graders are invited to attend an informational session on community college courses available to them beginning next year. Pizza will be served.

********** 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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Library Time for 2nd & 4th graders

This Thursday, February 15, there will be no Library Time for 2nd and 4th graders as Ms. Vivian will be off campus.

Library Time for 2nd graders

The schedule for 2nd grade Library Time will change starting next week, on Thursday, February 22. Instead of starting at 9:00 am, 2nd graders will be meeting from 8:40-9:00 am on Thursdays.


Bring your January reading logs to the library to get a free pizza certificate and pick up February forms.

Library BookIt! webpage

CYRMN: "I Planted a Seed"

"I Planted a Seed" is the last California Young Reader Medal Nominee book for grades K-3 to be read during Library Time. If you are interested in participating and having a voice in the winner of your grade level, be sure to come in to the Library and look at all the great CYRM Nominees for K-8th grade! Cast your vote to Ms. Vivian by March 29th to be included in the ballot.

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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.

The list of sites is still being finalized, and registration opens April 1st at

****** Random acts of campus kindness ******

Making Happy Counselor Week cards for Mr. Zappala.

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