Monday Message


Your Suggestions

In this video, Principal Browne responds to suggestions we've received.

Do you have any suggestions to make Mt. Everest Academy an even more amazing school? If so, please put them in the suggestion box in the library - your idea may be addressed in the next video!

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Senior Portraits

Our seniors just had their portraits taken by Lifetouch! They got to choose between wearing a traditional cap and gown, a tux or drape, or their own clothes. Look for these classy portraits in the yearbook!
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Chicken Coop Completed

Ninth grader Colton Sink has been working on our chicken coop as his Boy Scout Eagle Project since June of 2017. Thanks to the assistance of schoolmates, friends and fellow scouts, it is now finished! In addition to clearing out a lot of greenery and trees, Colton participated in several fundraisers to make the money needed to build and complete our coop. He only has 4 merit badges to finish to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Way to go, Colton!

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Who's inside this box mask?

Scroll down to the bottom for the answer


Spring Fling Dances

Thursday, April 12 / Auditorium

ALL students are invited to a Spring Fling Dance! Come join in the fun and have a great time hanging out, eating, and dancing. Here's the schedule:

3:30-4:30 - Elementary dance

4:30-5:30 - Entertainment by MEA students

5:30-7:30 - Middle & High School dance

Admission to the dance is free! There will be food for sale; it will be helpful to bring $1 and $5 dollar bills for purchasing it.

This permission form is required for each student to attend the dance. This form is also available in the front office. It can be turned in to the office ahead of time, or turned in at the door. For elementary students, parents are welcome to attend also, in which case a permission form is not required.

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

Movie Night: "Monsters, Inc."

Friday, April 20

6:30pm - refreshments for sale

7:15pm - movie starts

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.

MEA Family Fundraiser at Souplantation

Thursday, April 26 / 11:00-9:00 / Souplantion

Help support activities at Mt. Everest Academy by going out to eat at the Souplantation in Kearny Mesa! They are well know for their delicious salad bar, soups, pasta, bakery items, fresh fruit, and desserts. Souplantation will give our school 20% of what we spend there on April 26. The location is at 7095 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 92111. All participants must purchase a beverage with their meal in order to receive credit for MEA.

Bring in this attached flyer, or show it on your phone.

Thank you, as always, for your support!

Visit to Canyon Villas

Friday, April 27 / 2:00-3:00 / 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

Talent Showcase / Silent Auction: May 24

MEA Family Picnic: June 1

Kindergarten Promotion: June 5

5th & 8th grade Promotion: June 6

Senior Graduation: June 8

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

Vote for your MEA High School Student Standouts!

Hello MEA Students!

Please take a few minutes to vote for the student you think is the best fit for each standout category. All MEA students can vote for the standouts in each grade level (9-12), but you can only vote one time. Winners will be featured in the yearbook. All votes must be in by Friday, April 6. Thanks!

Link to vote ...This link is also available on the MEA home page.

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.

Lost & Found

If you've lost something, please remember to check the Lost & Found in the office!

Elementary Students on Campus

To parents of elementary students,

Students in grades K-5 are supervised when they are in study groups and PALS. Any other time elementary students are on campus, they need to be supervised by a parent or family member. They should not be left on their own to go from one extracurricular activity to another. Please plan for your child's supervision, so they can enjoy all the wonderful activities and friendships that are available here on campus.

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

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.

Engineer of the Month

Congrats to Peyton G., our March makerspace Engineer of the Month! You can find each winning engineer's photo displayed in the makerspace. Come visit and check out this month's engineering challenge!

Garden Explorations

Every Tuesday / 12:30 - 1:30pm

We are finishing up our spring plantings this week. It'll be a fun season in the garden with new plants, art, and the return of the monarchs!

No French Club this week

The French Club will not be meeting this Wednesday, April 4. So we'll see you the following Wednesday, April 11, 12:00-1:00.

Pokemon Reminder

Wednesday, April 4 / 1:30-2:30 / Cafeteria

Pokemon/Games Club is ON this week!

We meet 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!

Chess Club Rescheduled

Wednesdays / 2:00-2:50 / Room 8

The Chess Club has changed from meeting on Thursdays to now meeting on Wednesdays, from 2:00-2:50, still in Mr. Spiegelberg's room.

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Craft Circle

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

For April, we will be creating art for the school garden! All ages welcome (K-4 with parent). This is also a great activity for ASBers seeking volunteer hours!

Monster Dolls

Here are a few of the very cute monster dolls that were made during Craft Circles in March.

History Co-op Location Change

Thursday, April 5 / 12:45-1:30 / Room 6

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

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April Library Challenge

In honor of Poetry Month, we are challenging you to create a poem about our library. Be creative! All poems will be displayed around the school, put on our website, and students will earn a prize from the library. Two new prizes have been added to the prize options: coupons for Souplantation and for Pieology.

There are 4 types of poems from which to choose: Concrete, Acrostic, Haiku, and Limerick.

Here is the challenge form with definitions of the different poem types, or pick up a hardcopy in the library. Poems are due in the library by 12:30 on April 12th.

April: Did You Know...?

Did you know that the Pony Express was founded April 3, 1860?

Come to the library to learn more!

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March was the last official month for BookIt. Thank you to all of our young readers for participating!

Students have until Friday, April 13 to bring their March reading logs to the library for a free pizza certificate.

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

2018 Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Solo Competition

On Saturday, March 18th, 2018 two of our students participated in the MMYO Solo Competition and achieved honorable results.

Adam Shaheen, grade 2

Third Place, violin - Beginning Strings division

Yosif Shaheen, grade 4

Third Place, violin - Intermediate Strings division

Three MEA students receive "Superior" and "Excellent" ratings at the CMEA-SBS Solo & Ensemble Festival!

The (CMEA-SBS) California Music Educators Association Southern Border Section is the inclusive organization that supports and promotes all music education in the San Diego and Imperial Counties.

The CMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival provides students with the opportunity to perform either a solo or in a small ensemble and receive clinic-style feedback and written evaluation from an experienced adjudicator. Those individuals or ensembles who receive a "Superior" rating are eligible to participate in the State Solo & Ensemble Festival to be held in San Bernardino County during the month of May. The CMEA-SBS Solo & Ensemble Festival is open to students in grades 4-12 Instrumental, Voice, and Guitar.

Three MEA students participated in the Solo competition on Saturday March 18th, 2018 at Point Loma High School and received superior results.

Yosif Shaheen, grade 4:

Superior - violin solo

Ria Rizo, grade 6

Superior - violin solo

Excellent - clarinet solo

Excellent - woodwind duet

Petunia Rizo, grade 7

Superior - viola solo

Excellent – flute solo

Excellent – woodwind duet

All of the above students due to their "Superior" ratings are eligible to participate in the next level in the California State festival.


Cleaning up spilled food (without being asked to!)

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Seeking Student Contributions to local newspaper

A new newspaper has started in our area, "Clairemont Connections." Link to the March 2018 issue. 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.

STUDENTS: If you'd like to contribute an article about our school to "Clairemont Connections," please email it to Linda Ele at And if you've got a picture to go with it, that would be nice also!

Message from an MEA student

I want to make a difference in protecting our schools and students and am asking for your help. I am helping to organize a Town Hall Meeting around the issue of gun violence. We are planning to request that our Rep. from the 52nd district, Scott Peters, hold a town hall to discuss gun violence.

The young activists of March for Our Lives are requesting that all districts hold a town hall meeting for gun laws. To make this happen we need as many people as possible to contact their district representative or candidate using this script.

"Hello my name is _____. I’m _____ years old and I live in the ____ District of San Diego. I support the youth movement against gun violence and am requesting that Representative _____ hold a Town Hall Meeting on April seventh discussing reform of gun laws. My phone number is _____. Please tell Rep. _____ to respond as soon as possible."

If your representative refuses or cannot make it, please call all candidates running for Congress in your District and use this same script.

Please stand up for the children and take action immediately! Thank you.


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Virginia, grade 3, is the creator and wearer of the mask!