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Thursday, April 11 / MEA 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 pizza, 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: Silent Auction bidding and free refreshments

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.

Silent Auction Sneak Preview

The MEA Silent Auction and Talent Showcase is fast approaching! We would like to thank everyone who has so generously contributed to our silent auction donations. We have some amazing baskets this year! Here is a list of many, but not all, of the baskets that will be up for auction. Please take a look and start picking out your favorites!

Just a friendly reminder that only cash or check will be accepted for payment at Thursday night’s event.

Bring along your family and friends! We look forward to seeing you!

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Let the Light Shine Through

These Physics students are using Diffraction Grating Glasses. The glasses are made of plastic with thin scratches in the clear film to break up daylight into the visible spectrum of the color range we can see: namely red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Ah, nature! Good viewing.

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Art Show

Link to a photo gallery from the art show that "popped up" on campus last week.
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Dr. Seuss Month

April 8-12: Crazy Hair Week!

Dr. Seuss has written and illustrated many children's books that we all have enjoyed.

In April we are going to read some of his fun books and discuss the characters and the themes. We will complete our author study on April 19th with a Dr. Seuss Carnival.

Students will be able to fill a passport with stickers as they read and attend Library time and as they participate in the Carnival activities and stations.

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German Cookie Festival

Tuesday, April 9 / 12:00 / Tables near playground

Come try a German cookie at the first ever German Cookie Festival put on by the MEA German Club. Tuesday at Noon. Tables will be set up near the playground. All are invited!

Talent Show Rehearsals

Tuesday, April 9 - Mandatory Walk-Through

12:45...MC and Stage Crew

12:45...Act 1

1:30.....Act 2

Wednesday, April 10 - Mandatory Dress Rehearsal

12:45...MC and Stage Crew

12:45...Act 1

1:30.....Act 2

Garden Work Party at MEA

Thursday, April 11 / 10:40-12:00 / Garden

Come join the Mt. Everest Academy Eco-Warriors for a garden work party! Projects will include removing the fallen trellis, checking the composter, weeding around the garden beds, and general clean up. Garden clean up will be followed by the Chicken Coop Group at 12:00.

Community College Informational Meeting

Friday, April 12 / 12:00 noon / Room 6

Juniors and Seniors: If you are planning on attending Mesa or another San Diego community college after high school, please come to the meeting on April 12th at noon in room 6. A Mesa admissions representative will be here to talk about enrollment, the benefits that the community college option has to offer, the transfer process, financial aid and answer any questions you have.

Holocaust Survivor, Fanny Krasner Lebovits

Tuesday, April 16 / 10:30-11:30ish / Auditorium

Please join us in welcoming Holocaust Survivor, Fanny Krasner Lebovits, to Mt. Everest Academy. Appropriate for grades 5 and up. Please come early to get a seat.

Growing up in a loving family in Liepāja (Libau), Latvia, Fanny Krasner Lebovits was thrust into the trauma of a Jewish ghetto and five Nazi concentration camps. Fanny was 19 years old when the Nazis invaded Liepāja. The Nazis quickly killed her father, along with most of the town's Jewish men. The family was eventually sent to Kaiserwald concentration camp, where she and her teenaged sister were separated from their mother and 8-year-old sister. Lebovits never saw either of them again.

Lebovits and her sister were transferred to several other concentration camps before they were put on a German military barge bound for the Swedish island of Gotland. Upon liberation, Fanny weighed only fifty-nine pounds, was desperately ill with typhus, and had not a single worldly possession.

But, Fanny managed to survive and thrive. Her faith, courage, and resilience led to a full, productive, and happy life on three continents. As Fanny often says, “hate is never good and love is never bad.” In these turbulent times, this message has never been more relevant.

In her remarkable memoir Memories, Miracles & Meaning written one year ago, at age ninety-five, Fanny recounts her inspirational and emotional story of survival during the Holocaust. She recalls her heartbreaking and triumphant memories, her belief in miracles, and outlines the insights and meaning she has drawn from those experiences. She will be glad to sign any copy of her book you may have at the end of her talk. You can order her book on Amazon.

ASB Candidate Speeches

Tuesday, April 16 / 12:00 / Auditorium

Please come support our ASB officer candidates as they give their election speeches!

Dr. Seuss Carnival

Friday, April 19 / 12:00-2:00

After completing the Dr. Seuss author study, let's celebrate with a Dr. Seuss Carnival!

The passport that students have been filling out with stickers will be used to participate in the Carnival activities and stations.

High School Prom

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

All high school students are invited and encouraged to prom date needed! Make your reservations now for a discounted price! More prom info here.

Ticket prices

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

No tickets sold at the door.

Classics 4 Kids

Friday, May 17 / 11:45 am

Balboa Theatre - 868 4th Avenue


We have 20 tickets available for grades K-6 and parents to Classics for Kids- Sing Me A Story.

Tickets are $7.00 per person.

Sign up and pay in the front office. CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE PLEASE!

For questions, please contact Nancy Mullen at



* * Off-Campus Student Activity Pictures Wanted! * *

Since a lot of our MEA students are very involved in activites off-campus, it would be great to include those in the yearbook! Would you please send pictures and a sentence or two about the activity to Laurel Rice at Your input is needed by April 17.

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!

The yearbook is still missing some smiling MEA faces. If you missed fall picture day or joined the Mt. Everest family after picture day had passed, we need your photo! If you have a digital copy of a photo that we can include in the yearbook, please email it to Laurel Rice at as soon as possible. If you do not have a digital photo, please bring in a photo that we can scan. It does not have to be an official portrait, but it should be a head and shoulders shot, if possible. Seniors who wish to use a photo other than the ones taken by Lifetouch should submit those, as well. Please submit your photos by April 16th.

It’s also time to vote for High School Student Standouts. All MEA students can vote for the standouts in each grade level (9-12), but you can only vote one time. All votes must be in by Wednesday, April 10.

Finally, if you’re a senior and would like to contribute a short senior quote for the yearbook, please complete this form by April 12.


Graduation Checklist: Community Service Form


Reminder: the next item on your senior graduation checklist is to turn in your Community Service Form to your supervising teacher by April 19.

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Cooped up in the chicken coop

Our chickens were safely harbored in their chicken coop during a rainfall. When the cloudburst cleared, they wanted to fly the coop and get back to pecking and scratching outside! Below, Chris the Leghorn is on an inside perch, clucking and waiting hopefully at the "window." Two helpful students came to their rescue and out strutted our happy chickens!

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Thank you for your egg cartons

Thank you, MEA families, for contributing your egg cartons. We now have a good supply, and your cartons are helping to share our chickens' precious eggs!


Please find the most up-to-date schedule on our website, 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 We are looking for folks wanting to share talents in science, technology, robotics, and the arts! All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.


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 Informational Meeting

Friday, April 12 / 12:00 noon / Room 6

Juniors and Seniors: If you are planning on attending Mesa or another San Diego community college after high school, please come to the meeting on April 12th at noon in room 6. A Mesa admissions representative will be here to talk about enrollment, the benefits that the community college option has to offer, the transfer process, financial aid and answer any questions you have.

Exploring Educational Excellence

Tuesday, April 30 / 7:00 pm

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Mission Valley

To parents of 10th and 11th graders:

Representatives from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice, and the University of Chicago will be in San Diego on Tuesday, April 30th to talk about their academic programs, the admissions process, financial aid and much more. You must register to attend!

To reserve your place go to

Click on Student Events and find San Diego on the April calendar.

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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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April Library Challenge

Click here for the challenge

Draw an Instagram type page for your favorite book character! Turn in to the library by 12:30 on April 25 to receive a prize.


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.


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Future Boss Entrepreneurship Training & Competition

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FutureBoss online application

The 8th annual FutureBoss entrepreneurship training platform & competition for is open to current rising seniors throughout San Diego County!

This year it will be held during June 17-20 at the University of San Diego where participants will get trained for free by college faculty and industry leaders on how to prepare a business presentation that can be given to potential investors. This will then culminate in a competition for at least $2,000 in scholarship awards.

Last year, participants from over 23 schools throughout San Diego County participated and were awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship awards.

FREE - New Books for Kids

Saturday, April 27 / 8:30-10:30am

Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park

Parents and kids from grades K-12 are invited to the 35th annual Children's Book Party. This fun and popular event is FREE, featuring entertainment, refreshments and, best of all, each child will receive two free, brand new books to call their own!

Splash Event at UCSD

Saturday, April 20 / UCSD


During the day, a variety of classes and workshops designed for high school students are taught by UC San Diego faculty, graduate students, and undergrads. There are dozens of different course offerings, spanning engineering (e.g., nanoengineering, materials science, robot localization and many others), math and computer science (e.g., game theory, data analysis, etc.), biology and medicine (e.g., ant navigation, global health, appendicitis) and arts and humanities and social sciences (e.g., Greek philosophy, modular origami, contemporary dance, etc.) along with some practical classes particularly relevant to high school students (time management, surviving freshman year).

Student registration and general information can be found on the Splash website:

Registration closes April 16th. Classes fill on a first-come-first-served basis, so we suggest you register as soon as possible. Additionally, since we have to order shirts in advance, we can not guarantee you a shirt if you register after Wednesday April 3rd.


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