Monday Message


Yearbook Order Deadline: May 1

Talent Show Photo Gallery

Link to photo gallery

These pictures capture the skill and talent of some of our performers. MANY THANKS to Dana Dirks for taking and sharing these incredible photos!


The ASB decorated the auditorium and served food for the middle school attendees. Toler P. DJ'd the music, including group dances for the Macarena and the Limbo.
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MEA Podcast

Enjoy this most recent MEA podcast by hosts Stephanie Lee and Toler Pfaff-Carano!

Episode #6: Music Identity

In this episode, hosts Stephanie and Toler talk about music, identity, and confidence.

If you'd like to be involved in an upcoming podcast, send an email for advice and questions to

Spirit Days

"Dress Like a Teacher" and "Disney" days
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Finish painting our mural

Tuesday, April 30

Wednesday, May 1

If you would are still interested in "leaving your mark" on the walls of MEA it's not too late. Please come see Izzy, the lead muralist, any time during the school day on Tuesday or Wednesday as she and the other artists from ArtReach will be here adding the finishing touches to the mural and you are more than welcome to join them!

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Mandatory AP Exams Pre-Administration Session

Tuesday, April 30 / 11:55-12:30 / Auditorium

This pre-administration meeting is required for all students taking AP exams.

For questions, contact Mr. Zappala at

"Larger Than Life" Art Show

Wednesday, May 1 / 12:00-3:00 / Auditorium

Everyone is invited to this special event, showcasing student artwork from grades K-12. The theme of this art show is "Larger Than Life." Attendees will also get to enjoy musical performances by MEA students. Bring your friends and family!

High School Prom

Friday, May 10 / 6:00-10:00pm / Mission Bay Yacht Club

Hey High Schoolers! Get ready for your High School Prom, which will be held at the beautiful Mission Bay Yacht Club. This year's theme is "Masquerade Ball." All high school students are invited and encouraged to prom date needed!

Ticket prices

$30 (until 3/22) / $35 (until 5/3) / $40 (until 5/9)

No tickets sold at the door.

  • The permission form and payment is due by Thursday, May 9, 3:00 pm to the front office.
  • Permission form is also available in the front office.
  • Pay with either cash (EXACT CHANGE ONLY) or a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy."
  • The yacht club is located at 1215 El Carmel Pl, San Diego, CA 92109.

Senior Prom at Serra High School

Saturday, June 1 / 7:00-10:00pm / Manchester Grand Hyatt

MEA seniors are invited to attend the Senior Prom with Serra High School. The theme is "Las Vegas" and the dance will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. If you are interested in going, here are the details.


May schedule for testing

State and AP testing starts May 6. Please be sure to carefully review the special testing calendar for May that can be found here. Different grade levels test at different times and some grade levels have more tests than others. Please note that regular study group classes are cancelled when students are testing. Life skills and sexual education classes are also taking place for 8th, 9th, and 10th graders in May and we highly encourage you to have your students attend. Please see your child’s supervising teacher with questions regarding the May schedule.

Grades 3, 4, & 5 will be the first to take the SBAC tests!

From Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9

Please note there will be:

  • No K-5 study groups
  • No K-5 extracurricular activities
  • No PALS
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Yearbook Orders

Deadline: May 1

The 2019 Mt. Everest yearbook is on sale now! Please purchase your copy here for $30. The deadline to buy is May 1, so don’t delay!

ASB Officers, 2019-2020

Congratulations to the ASB Officers who were elected to lead the ASB in the next school year, 2019-2020!

  • ASB President - Joe K.
  • ASB Vice-President - Elizabeth B.
  • ASB Secretary - Aaron C.
  • ASB Treasurer - Toler P.

Graduation Checklist: Online Surveys


Reminder: the next item on your senior graduation checklist is to complete your two online surveys by May 4.

MEA Senior Survey

Naviance Graduation Survey

For any questions, please contact Mr. Zappala ( or Ms. Ele (

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.

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Learning about Ophelia

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Cube Club


The Cube Club on Wednesdays is now meeting at the tables outside the cafeteria, 12:00-12:30.

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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!

Choosing Classes for 2019-20

If you (or your student) are currently in grades 8-11 you should have already had an appointment with Mr. Zappala where you discussed courses for next year and graduation and college entrance requirements. If you have not done that, please email him at to set up a time to meet. If you do not meet with Mr. Zappala your schedule for next year will be created for you without your input based on graduation requirements.

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May Library Challenge

May Library Challenge

Click here for the May Challenge

Return completed form to the library by 12:30 on May 30 to receive a prize.

June Library Challenge

Click here for the June Challenge

The Library challenge for June will be to show your public library card to the librarians for a prize. Though you cannot get a prize for this until June 1, the challenge is available on our library’s website now with the public library’s application for a library card so you have it ready to go for our visit from the public librarian May 21st and the June challenge!

Summer Programs at the Library

Tuesday, May 21 / 12:00 / Auditorium

Balboa Library Calendar of Events-May 2019

The Youth Services Librarian, Helene Idels, at the Balboa Branch Library will be visiting Mt. Everest Academy on May 21st at 12:00 to share a brief presentation for the staff, parents, and students about the various programs and services offered for all ages at the library. This would specifically include details about the upcoming annual Summer Reading Program with this year’s theme of “It’s Showtime @ Your Library”. The SRP is a vital service to the children, teens, and adults of the City of San Diego. The intention of the program is to get everyone of all ages excited about reading and learning which helps them maintain or increase their reading level during the summer time. The availability of summer library programs for all ages enhances lifelong learning and provides meaningful, enjoyable experiences available to everyone in the community. The San Diego Public Library branches offer “Opportunity, Discovery, and Inspiration” for all. This school visit will provide more details and answer questions. Thank you for welcoming Balboa Library staff to your campus, we hope to see you there!

Library Due Dates

The last day to check out library materials for the school year is May 16th. All library materials (books, DVDs, Time Readers, Phonics Readers) are due by May 23rd.

The last week for Library Time is May 21st through May 23rd.

Textbooks are due to the textbook room (room 4) AS SOON AS YOU ARE FINISHED WITH THEM, or by June 11th at the latest.

Did you know that you can look online to see what you've got checked out?


  • Click on LOGIN on the upper right corner and use your school username and password


  • Go to or
  • Click the plus (+) sign next to Atypical Site, then click on Mt. Everest Academy
  • This will take you to the home page.
  • Click on LOGIN on the upper right corner and use your school username and password

Once you are logged in, you can click the my info tab to find out what you have checked out.


Petunia Rizo receives Honorable Mention for her Flute Performance

Petunia Rizo (grade 8) competed in the Youth Artist Junior Division (up to grade 9) at the 2019 San Diego Flute Guild Spring Flute Festival on April 14, 2019 and received Honorable Mention. Here are the links to her performance videos:


Career Pathways Expo

Thursday, May 16 / 9:30 am / San Diego Continuing Education

The San Diego Promise Zone presents the Career Pathways Expo to learn about career tracks that will lead to promising technical careers. Technical training is more important that ever and can lead to good paying jobs that require a high school diploma, but not a four-year college degree. Learn about opportunities with employers and job training programs in the areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Building and Construction, and Information and Communications Technology. Meet one-on-one with representatives from these fields to answer any questions. The event is free, but attendees must pre-register.

Chess Summer Camp 2019

Chess Minds in Motion is offering 2 summer camp chess sessions: 1) June 17-21, and 2) June 24-28. 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 2019 flyer


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