Monday Message



Mahalo MEA parents!

We feel very spoiled by your special gifts of sweet treats last week, topped off with that delicious staff luncheon for us on Thursday! Thank you for your thoughtfulness; we are so lucky to get to work with such wonderful parents (and students)!

With great appreciation,

Your MEA staff

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Bath Bombs

A few of our elementary study groups made bath bombs for Mother's Day presents! Bath bombs add fizz and fragrance to the bathing experience.

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What do owls eat?

Sixth grade students studying ecosystems investigate owl pellets to determine the types of rodents in an area. Using diagrams of human and rodent skeletons, they each reconstructed one complete skeleton.

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High School Art

by Katherine Gillcrist, grade 12
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High School Prom 2018

What a special and FUN evening our high schoolers had at the prom! Thank you and congratulations to our hard working ASB students - your planning and setting up the decorations, food, and music made a memorable evening for all!

CLICK HERE to enjoy these beautiful pictures!

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Testing/Class Calendar for May 2018


Here is the testing/class calendar for the month of May, which will affect all students' schedules. Please review it carefully.

This week, May 14 - May 18

  • AP Exams will be taking place all week, Monday through Friday
  • There will be no AP study groups
  • All other elementary and secondary study groups and extracurricular activities will be held as usual.
  • In consideration of students taking their AP exams, please be quiet on campus and avoid playing on the upper elementary playground.

Work Due for Month 9

Friday, May 18 by 3:00 pm

Grades 6 thru 12: Please take all of your work to your supervising teacher first. After your supervising teacher reviews it, then take your subject work to each of your subject teachers.

RRR for 10th graders

May 22, 23, 24 / 9:00-12:00 / Room 17A

For 10th grade parents:

Here is a letter from Principal Browne regarding the Rights, Respect, and Responsibility class that will be taught at Mt. Everest Academy by Ms. Pachon.

Parent Preview Available:

Tuesday, May 15 / 9:00-12:00 / Room 17A

SHEP RRR on SDUSD website:

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, May 23 / 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

Talent Showcase & Silent Auction

Thursday, May 24 / 5:00 / Auditorium

Calling all students, parents, staff, families, and friends to come enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment at Mt. Everest Academy’s annual Talent Show & Silent Auction! Students from grades K-12 will showcase their talents, there will be free light refreshments and drinks, and the Silent Auction will have exciting gift baskets and gift certificates to bid on. This is Mt. Everest’s biggest fundraiser event of the year, and one hundred percent of all funds raised will directly benefit student learning and school activities.

5:00: Refreshments and Silent Auction bidding

6:00: Show starts

Tickets: $5

  • Tickets may be purchased ahead of time in the office (by check or cash-exact change please)
  • Performers and stagehands get in free.

MEA Family Picnic

Friday, June 1 / 11:00-2:00

Mission Bay Crown Point Shores North

Everyone, mark your calendars for our annual Mt. Everest Academy Family BBQ/Picnic! More details to come…!

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Link to calendar on school website

AP Exams: May 7-18

CAASPP / SBAC Testing, grades 7, 8, 11: May 21-24

RRR Lifeskills/Sexual Education Classes, grades 8, 9, 10: May 21-24

Talent Showcase / Silent Auction: May 24

Art Show: May 31

MEA Family Picnic: June 1

Kindergarten Promotion: June 5

5th & 8th grade Promotion: June 6

Senior Graduation: June 8

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

Mt. Everest Academy Receives Silver Medal

Mt. Everest Academy has been recognized as one of the 2018 Best High Schools in the U.S. News High School Rankings! Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.

Mt. Everest received a silver medal and ranked:

  • #511 in National Rankings
  • #88 in California

U.S News High School Rankings evaluated more than 20,500 public schools across the country, using data on graduation rates and state test scores. For the 2018 Best High Schools, it recognized 5,948 top-performing schools with numeric rankings, and awards of gold, silver or bronze, depending on their level of college readiness.

Seeking Student Artwork

Mt. Everest will be having a Student Art Show on May 31, showcasing art from all MEA students.

Artwork from ALL students is welcome!

(not just from Ms. Flo's art students)

Students, to prepare your work for display, please click this link for the art submission form. Then you can bring the form and your artwork to Ms. Flo in room 10. Submissions need to be turned in by Friday, May 18, and just one art submission per student, please. For any questions, contact Ms. Flo at

Library Due Dates

LIBRARY MATERIALS (books, DVDs, Phonics Readers, Time Readers) are due by Thursday, May 24.

TEXTBOOKS are due as soon as you are finished with them, or by June 13 at the latest.

For SENIORS: All textbook and library materials are due by Tuesday, June 5 (see Graduation Checklist)

To see what you've got checked out, CLICK HERE and follow the steps below:

Click on LOGIN on the upper right corner

Enter your school username and password

Click on MY INFO

Silent Auction Donations

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Please help! We need more silent auction donations to make this year's fundraiser a success! The money raised will pay for almost all the student activities on campus. We appreciate anything that you can contribute.

Donations needed by FRIDAY, MAY 18, so they can be organized and wrapped.

All students should donate something for their grade level themed basket as well as any other items you can offer including:

Other Donation Ideas

  • 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?)

Teacher Basket Themes

  • Becerra, Erin - Dining Out!
  • Finney, Rachel - Toys for Girls, Pokemon, Superheroes, Theatre
  • Greenwood, Jim - Games Galore
  • Mech, Deborah - Wellness
  • Nielsen, Eric - Music
  • Pachon, Trudy - I Love Coffee
  • Patterson, Linda - Cultural Food Basket
  • Rice, Laurel - Foodie Delight
  • Rodenberg, Kris - Italian Dinner Night
  • Spiegelberg, Daniel - Outdoor Activities
  • Tran, Huy - Video Games
  • Yssel, Flo - Arts & Crafts

Parents Help Needed for Silent Auction


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

Lost & Found

If you've lost something, please remember to check the Lost & Found in the office! All items that have not been picked up by the end of the school year will be donated to charity.

Returning to Mt. Everest Academy next year?

If you are planning on returning to Mt. Everest Academy next year, please come to the office to pick up your 2018-19 enrollment packet. These forms must be completed every year. Return completed forms and a current proof of address (i.e. SDG&E, water, cable, or phone bill) to the office as soon as possible.

If you are moving or are planning on attending a different school, please stop by the office and let Norma know, or call her at 858-496-8778. Thank you.

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


Are you enjoying all that MEA has to offer? Do you have something nice to say about your school? Please share your thoughts on Let’s get the word out about all the wonderful things about MEA!

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

Summer School

For parents that received a summer school email

If you received an email from Mr. Zappala regarding your student attending summer school, please either contact Mr. Zappala or return this summer school application to him as soon as you can. Thank you.

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.

Extracurricular Activities Ending 5/24

Thursday, May 24, is the last official day for extracurricular activities this year.

Activity Leaders - if you would like to meet after May 24, please let your participants know. If it would be helpful to send your information out in a Monday Message, you can let Linda Ele know at

Pokemon Schedule

Hello Pokemon players! Instead of meeting on the 3rd Wednesday this month, we'll be meeting on the 4th Wednesday. So we'll see you for our last game of the year on May 23!

  • Wed, 5/16 - no meeting
  • Wed, 5/23 - meeting in the Makerspace, 1:30-2:30

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Vote for your favorite bookmarks

May 14-18

ALL STUDENTS: Come to the library to vote for your favorite bookmark design in your grade level group!

There are many great student submissions of designs using the theme “So much to see. So much to do. @ your library®." There will be one winner for each grade level group: K-3, 4-8, and 9-12.


  • Students vote for their favorites from May 14-18
  • Winners announced on May 22
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************ STUDENT SPOTLIGHT ************

As Mt. Everest Academy offers students the “flexibility to pursue your passion,” our school has a wealth of students that are pursuing their passions while meeting their educational goals. The "Student Spotlight" is a way to share some of the exciting endeavors our students are involved in with the rest of our school, and a way for students to learn about other students with similar interests.

If you've got a student accomplishment or special activity that can be included in a Monday Message, please email it to Linda Ele,

Yosif brings home the Gold

Yosif Shaheen, grade 4, performed at the CMEA (California Music Educators Association) Solo and Ensemble Festival on May 12th in San Bernadino. He was awarded the highest ranking, a Gold Medal, for his violin solo!

SDUSD Honor Concert Musicians

These talented young Mt. Everest Academy musicians performed last week at the SDUSD Debut Instrumental and Choral Honor Concert at Point Loma Nazarene University!

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A high school student helps out a younger student with a science question.

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Mesa College Hackathon Event

Friday, June 1

San Diego Mesa College is hosting SDCCD's first hackathon, MesaHacks, on Friday, June 1st at the Mesa Commons from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

The hackathon theme is sustainable living.

A hackathon is an event in which programmers, designers, and more come together to collaborate on the development of a product. Over the duration of the event, students will learn about new technologies and build connections with others along the way.

Free event / Free food / Prizes

Registration is now open at

Chess Summer Camp 2018

Chess Minds in Motion is offering 3 summer camp chess sessions:

  • June 18-22
  • July 16-20
  • July 23-27

Tailored instruction is open to all levels. The chess camp is taught by Martin Nillson, a USCF Life Master, USCF Professional Coach, and Swedish Cadet National Champion.


SDCC Summer Camp 2018 flyer

Seeking Student Contributions to local newspaper

A new newspaper has started in our area, "Clairemont Connections." 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.

March 2018 issue

April 2018 issue

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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