Monday Message


"A Midsummer Night's Dream"

A Midsummer Night's Dream, presented by the MEA Theater Company and directed by Ms. Erin Petersen was a huge success! BRAVO to all the students involved in this production!!

See pictures from the performance.

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

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National Student Walk Out at MEA

On Wednesday, March 14, at 10:00am, several of our Mt. Everest Academy students chose to participate in the 17-minute school walk out that was happening around the nation. Students gathered together peacefully and respectfully, some of them carrying signs. Two students gave passionate speeches about why more gun control is needed and what we can each do to spread love, not hate. Next, Christina S. played guitar and sang an inspirational peace song. The event ended in silence, during which a student rang a golden bell 17 times, in remembrance of each of the 17 shooting victims.

See more pictures from the event.

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Mystery Item

WHAT is this?

WHO made it?

Scroll down to the bottom to find out.

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This is Pajama Week!

March 20, 21, 22

Show your school spirit and have fun this week!!

...Fuzzy slippers, teddy bears,

...Pajama fun for all to wear!!

Learn About Becoming an MLT

Tuesday, March 20 / 2:30 pm / Room 17A


Get Information about the Medical Laboratory Technician Training Program at Southwest and Miramar College.

Everyone is invited to come hear about a great program offered at Southwest and Miramar College for medical laboratory technicians (MLTs). The program trains students to become med laboratory techs in less than two years and is very inexpensive. It’s an opportunity for students looking into biomedical fields at the community college to get experience in the hospital setting. The program also guarantees internship at a local hospital.

Come with your questions for Kirsten and she’ll stay to answer any additional questions you might have about this exciting program.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, March 21 / 2:00-3:00 / Room 17B

All parents are invited to attend the School Site Committee (SSC) meeting. We will be discussing school safety at this 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

Senior Portraits

Thursday, March 22 / 11:30-1:30 / Auditorium

Lifetouch Photography will be coming to Mt. Everest Academy to take Senior Portraits. Seniors, 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 will range from $24-$62. The portraits will be used in the yearbook. Please plan to be there!

Work Due for Month 7

Friday, March 23 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.

  • Mr. Nielsen's supervising students: Mr. Nielsen will be here starting this Wednesday. If you turn in your work before that, please bring it to the office
  • Students in Physics and Advanced Physics: please turn your work in to Room 17A (Ms. Pachon's room)
  • Students in Spanish with Ms. Mullen: please turn your work in to Room 9
  • Ms. Rice's study groups and supervising students: please turn your work in to Room 6

Spring Break

Monday, March 26 - Friday, March 30

School will be closed for one week starting next Monday, and will re-open on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Movie Night: "Monsters, Inc."

Friday evening, April 13

Come join us in the elementary area to watch "Monsters, Inc." Family and friends are welcome. Bring chairs and blankets. Food and refreshments will be for sale.

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

Visit to Canyon Villas

Friday, April 27 / 2:oo-3:00 / Canyon Villas

Hello MEA Families! Friday, April 27th will be our next visit to the Canyon Villas Retirement Home. We will be there from about 2-3pm. Please let me know if you are interested in bringing instruments to play, or have something to share, present, explain. We’d love to have you come even if you don’t have something to do in particular-visiting is so very valuable within itself. Please send me an email at and let me know if you’d like to attend. Thank you so much! Miss Barb

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

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

MEA Family Picnic: June 1

Kindergarten Promotion: June 5

5th & 8th grade Promotion: June 6

Senior Graduation: June 8

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

MEA Awards from the SD Science Fair

600 students from San Diego and Imperial Counties participated in the Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair that concluded Sunday, March 18, 2018.

These MEA students were awarded places and Professional Recognition for their quality work.

Congratulations to all of them!

Mr. Nielsen Returns!

Mr. Nielsen's planned return day to MEA is this Wednesday; he'll be ready to do testing and take in month-end work. We'll be very glad to have him back at school!!!

For Mr. Nielsen's supervising students: If you turn in your monthly work before this Wednesday, please take it to the office.

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

Choose classes for next year

For 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.

Articulation Sheets

Articulation sheets are available on our school website for students who will be in grades 6-12 next year.

********** 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.


Come check out the game Go on Wednesdays at 12:30pm in the Maker Space.

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Pokemon Reminder

Wednesday, March 21 / 1:30-2:30 / Cafeteria

Pokemon/Games Club is ON this week!

Remember, we are now meeting on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Don't know how to play Pokemon? No problem. We'll teach ya how. Don't have cards? No worries. We'll help you build a deck. Come have fun!

History Co-op Location Change

Thursday, March 22 / 12:45-1:30 / Room 6

Hello History Co-op students! Please meet in the computer lab again this week.

Craft Circle

Every Thursday / 12:30-1:30pm / Makerspace

For the month of March we'll be creating Monster Dolls! This is a great project for learning hand and machine sewing skills. All skill levels and ages welcome (K-4 with parent).

******************* LIBRARY *******************

What's On Display in the Library?

Check out the new webpage on the MEA library website!

See all that is on display in our library. It's a happening place!

  • Current events
  • Duck eggs
  • Did you know...?
  • California Young Reader Medal nominees
  • Newbery and Caldecott medal winners

  • If you liked the movie, try reading the book!


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

Library BookIt! webpage

************* 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,

Ajay K. wins regional chemistry challenge

The You Be The Chemist Challenge® is a national interactive Chemistry contest that encourages students to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications and challenges them with questions that involves deep knowledge of Chemistry, computations, and critical thinking on their feet. In the Local Challenge held in LA on March 14th (Pi Day), Ajay came out to be one of the winners along with another LA student, who will now advance to the State Challenge on April 29th. Ajay is very thankful to MEA and his teachers who have been incredibly supportive and provided an environment to learn Chemistry.

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MEA STUDENTS IN SDUSD Debut Honor Band/Orchestra

Congratulations to our students that were selected to be in the SDUSD Debut Honor Band/Orchestra! Each of our students that auditioned was accepted!

Adam Shaheen - violin

Yosif Shaheen - violin

Devan Yasuhara - viola

Hiro Yasuhara - violin

Jon Neynaber - violin

Ian Neynaber - flute (principal)

Enzo Moscola - french horn

They will all be performing in the SDUSD Debut Honor Concert on May 10, 7:00pm, at Point Loma Nazarene University. Many thanks to our music teacher, Mr. Johnson, for all of his support and lessons!


A high school student gives guidance to an elementary student on a Library Challenge.
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Mystery Item

It's an Under Door Draft Stopper, sewn by this MEA parent. As you can see, ALL ages are welcome to come create in the Makerspace!

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