Monday Message


Lunch Concert

Our resident concert pianist, 9th grader Malvyn L., enchanted his lunchtime audience last week, flowing effortlessly from one classical piano piece to another. His renditions conveyed the emotional tension of a mature artist, with dynamics ranging from soft and pensive to dramatic and triumphant.

Thank you for sharing your music with us, Malvyn!

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Alebrijes Art

Ms. Pachon's art students were treated to a couple of lessons from guest teacher Isabel Halpern of ArtReach San Diego. Isabel was the leader of the team that painted our new mural last year!

The paintings are alebrijes, which are a traditional art form from Oaxaca Mexico. The students used acrylic paint pens on paper and paint on canvas to create their drawings.

This magical style of art must be seen up close to fully appreciate the fanciful details and patterns!

Link to artwork slide show


Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

Week of October 14

Elementary teachers have scheduled one-on-one meetings with parents the week of October 14. During this week there will be no K-5 study groups or elementary extracurricular activities (except music classes with Mr. Johnson).

These are the elementary activities cancelled for Oct. 15-17:

  • PALS Tutoring
  • Library Time
  • Story & Craft Time
  • Elementary Spanish Enrichment
  • Beginning Guitar
  • Elementary Art

Remember that the music classes with Mr. Johnson will still be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15!

Work Due for Month 2

Friday, October 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.

  • Physics and Advanced Physics: please turn your work in to Room 17B or the front office.
  • 8th graders: please take all of your work to your new supervising teacher, Mrs. Vivian Sink, in Room 1.

Please turn down volume during turn-in week

Students, please be mindful of your noise level outside classrooms during turn-in week.

Your fellow students are taking tests, writing essays, and need a quiet work environment!

Thank you.

Garden Work Party

Friday, October 18 / 8:00-11:00

Join us for another garden work party this Friday, 8:00-11:00. We will continue mulch spreading, refresh the old garden, add trellises, and prepare a harvest salad!

Please sign up here.

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Make Up Picture Day

Tuesday, October 22 / 8:30-12:30 / Cafeteria


It's important that all students have their picture taken!

The picture will be used for the student's school ID card and the school yearbook.

Portrait Package Orders

Families also have the option to purchase a picture package.

  • BEFORE portraits are taken, families have the option to purchase a picture package online: Go to: The Mt. Everest MAKE-UP picture day I.D. is CK139106Y1

  • DAY OF picture taking, payment can be made with an order form. Forms are available in the front office and the Family Room. On Picture Day, bring the order form and payment with either a check made payable to “Lifetouch” or cash (EXACT CHANGE).

  • AFTER portraits are taken, proofs will be delivered to MEA within a few weeks and a portrait package can be ordered online.


If you're planning to be on campus for more than student drop off and pick up, you must wear a Parent Educator ID card and lanyard, as per the Campus Code of Conduct policy.

Please note that Lifetouch will not be taking PARENT pictures on Make-Up Picture Day.

To get an ID card, please send an email to Linda Ele at with your:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Headshot
  • Child's name and grade level

Linda will send you an email when your card is ready for pickup. Thank you for your participation in keeping our campus safe!


Please email Linda Ele at

Coin Fundraiser

From October 22 - November 22

Students, start saving your coins! From October 22nd - November 22nd the ASB will be holding a Coin Fundraiser to support our school. Students are encouraged to bring the coins in to their English class, and whichever grade collects the most coins will win a prize!

Fall Dances

Thursday, October 24 / Auditorium


For grades K-5. Admission is free, and there will be food for sale. No permission form is needed, as parents must attend the dance with their child.


For grades 6-8. Free food!

This permission form is required for each middle school student to attend the dance. This form is also available in the front office. A completed form needs to be turned in to the office before tickets can be purchased.

Middle School Tickets:

  • Through Friday, Oct 18: $3 for ASB members, $4 for everyone else
  • After Friday, Oct. 18: $4 for ASB members, $5 for everyone else
  • Buy your tickets in the front office, payable with a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy" or with CASH (EXACT CHANGE).

Spirit Week

The ASB is sponsoring the Spirit Days listed below.

Express your creativity and show your school spirit!

  • Mix-Match (or costume) Day - Tuesday, 10/29
  • Meme (or costume) Day - Wednesday, 10/30
  • Costume Day - Thursday, 10/31

Students are encouraged to wear their costumes any day of this week, especially if they aren't going to be on campus Oct. 31.

"My Son Pinocchio Jr."

Friday, November 1 / 11:30 / JCC

I cannot tell a lie- we have 20 tickets for My Son Pinocchio Jr. at the La Jolla JCC on Friday, November 1 at 11:30 AM. One of our very own Mount Everest students will be in the show! Please come and support her.

Buy your tickets for the special price of $8 each. Please make a check out to Mt. Everest Academy or bring cash to secure your spots. Tickets will be sold in the front office by Maria until FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18.

Always let your conscience be your guide!

Classics 4 Kids: "Tubby the Tuba"

Friday, November 8 / 11:30 / Historic Balboa Theatre

Hello music and dance enthusiasts! We have an opportunity to attend a Classics 4 Kids concert in beautiful Balboa Park! We have 15 tickets to "Tubby the Tuba" on Friday November 8 at 11:30. Parents will be provided with a lesson plan before the show!

If interested in attending please bring $7 per person to secure each spot. Payment will be due to Maria in the front office by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25.

For questions please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at

Annual Legoland Visit

What: Tickets include admission to both LEGOLAND and the SEA LIFE aquarium

When: Friday, Nov. 22

Cost: Tickets for both children and adults are $15!

Parking: Free parking pass for every adult!

To take advantage of this fun and awesome deal, you must pay by cash or check at the front office by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18!

*Please note that this is not a school chaperoned fieldtrip. Students must have their own transportation and supervision.


ASB Instagram

Our ASB students have set up an Instagram account so they can share updates with you directly about all the activities they're making happen at MEA! Check it out! @mea.asb

See's Candy / Desert Sun Coffee Fundraiser

Our See’s Candy/Desert Sun Organic Coffee Fundraiser is starting next week! During classes of the week of October 21, all students will be receiving fundraising materials. The money we make from this fundraiser helps support our ASB and makes possible events like: lunch concerts, movie nights, dances, spirit weeks, Club fair promotions and more. This money also supports our chickens, Academic League, our teacher’s special events and other parent and student events. Please join us in helping to make fun and meaningful times at MEA !! Prizes for selling will be announced when materials are distributed. Anything you can do to help us is appreciated. This money is made to come back to you! Thank you and please feel free to contact Ms. Barb with any questions at

Chipotle Fundraiser

Burritoful news! Our fundraiser brought in $239.73 for the Mt. Everest Academy Foundation. Thank you for your support!

Box tops please, by Friday, October 18

If you've got clipped Box Tops to contribute, please bring them in by Friday, October 18! You can turn them in to the box in the front office or in the Parent Room. Note that physical Box Top clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products. Thank you!!

Lifetouch Portrait Proofs

If there are any students who haven't yet picked up their portrait proofs from the Sept. 19th Picture Day, please get them from the teachers listed below. Instructions for placing orders online are included with the proofs.

  • Grades K-6 - with supervising teachers
  • Grade 7 - Mr. Cate (7th gr. History)
  • Grade 8 - Mr. Huy (8th gr. Science)
  • Grade 9 - Dr. Rodenberg (English 1)
  • Grade 10 - Mr. Spiegelberg (English 3)
  • Grade 11 - Dr. Rodenberg (AP English Language)
  • Grade 12 - Mr. Cate (Government)

For students in grades 10, 11, and 12 that are not in the study groups listed above, your can pick up your proofs from Ms. Linda Ele in Room B-15.

AP Exam registration and payment

New Collegeboard Procedures

Registration and payment due Nov. 1 for Spring Exams

Step 1: Activate Exam

Students log into their AP® Exam Class on the MyAP Site at to join the online AP® Exam group and activate the exam by clicking on “Register for the Exam”. Deadline to activate is NOVEMBER 1, 2019.

Step 2: Fee Submission

Go to and complete the online payment form to submit fees. All students registering for an exam must complete the online payment form, regardless of method of payment. Deadline is NOVEMBER 1, 2019.

MEA Foundation Logo Contest

Calling all artists and designers! The newly formed MEA Foundation whose purpose is to support teaching and learning at our awesome little school needs some branding! They have announced a logo contest with cash prizes!

  • 1st place - $50
  • 2nd place - $30
  • 3rd place - $20

The logo can incorporate the current MEA school logo or be a whole new design. There are also free logo design creators online if you do not want to draw something freehand. For more info on designing a logo, check out this article. This contest is open to all students in grades K-12. Get creative! Designs are due by THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 and can be submitted to the front office or emailed to

**** Extracurricular activities ****

Please find the most up-to-date extracurricular activities schedule on our website. This is a work in progress; we will continue to add to and fine-tune the schedule as needed.

If you have a talent to share and are interested in leading an extracurricular class or workshop series, please contact Principal Browne at

To New Club Leaders...

When the meeting time and place of your activity is decided on, please email your info to Linda Ele at so that it can be included in the Extracurricular Activities schedule.

Yearenders Club needs high school students

Every other Tuesday / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

The Yearenders Club is looking for more high school students to become involved in planning events such as Prom, Grad Night, etc. Either show up during a meeting time or talk to Mr. Nielson ( or ASB President Joseph K!

Please let us know if you're interested, even if you're not available during Tuesday lunchtime. Link to short survey

Quilt Club

Tuesdays / 1:50-3:00

The Quilt Club will not be meeting this week due to it being turn-in week.

Musicing Club

Wednesdays / 12:00-12:30

Due to the PSAT being held in the Auditorium on Oct. 16, the Musicing Club will meet in B-15 this Wednesday. They will discuss what types of music and groups they will be playing in.

Rubik's Cube Club

Starting Thursday, October 24 from 11:55 - 12:25

  • Weekly meetings at the Cafeteria
  • No experience necessary
  • Plenty of speedcubes to borrow
  • All ages welcome - simple to learn!

What will we do at the club?

  • Learn how to solve a Rubik's Cube!
  • Know how to solve already? Learn new tricks to increase your speed!
  • Go beyond the 3x3 and expand into other twisty puzzles (2x2, 4x4, 5x5, pyraminx, etc.)
  • Feel free to come and watch!

Get started by filling out this form to join the mailing list to receive important updates and more!

Rugby Club

Thursdays / 12:00-12:30 / Blacktop

11th grader, Colton S., is the coach for this club. Colton currently plays rugby with the UC High Honey Badgers (affiliated with the Aztecs Rugby Club), and the Kahu Rugby Club. He has traveled for competitions with these teams to New Zealand and Las Vegas. Next year he plans to compete in Ireland!

Colton is looking forward to teaching any student who would like to learn how to play rugby! Any questions? You can email him at

Intercultural Club

Wednesday, October 23 / 12:00-12:30 / Room 1

The Intercultural Club (not to be confused with the Interfaith Club) is open to all students in grades 6-12 who have an interest in learning about other cultures and sharing about their own cultures. Come to the first meeting this week on Wednesday at lunch in room 1. (In general we will meet monthly on the first Wednesday of each school month.) We will decide on our mission, determine the celebrations we want to hold, and delight in some delicious food!

Library Challenge - October

This month's challenge is a Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt!

Find a call number and book, write the title & author, and repeat for 10 books! Turn your completed form into the library by Thursday, October 24, 12:30 pm to receive a prize!


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!

Senior appointments with Mr. Zappala

Seniors! It's important that you meet one-on-one with Mr. Zappala during the month of October.

See his available times and sign up here for your appointment.

Speaker from UCSD

Ms. Taylor Pondy, an admission representative from UCSD, came here to speak to interested students and parents last week. She presented information about the admissions process for UCSD and the UC system. There were a lot of great questions from our students!

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College Fair 2019

Wednesday, October 23 / 6:00-8:00pm / Scottish Rite Center

Cal-SOAP College Fair

Meet representatives from 100+ colleges, universities and non-profit organizations at this free event. No registration needed!

For Seniors applying to a Cal State college

Here is some important information you will need to know as you complete your application. If you have any questions please let Mr. Zappala know ASAP or email Maria Thrasher at SDSU at

Students can only list one major when applying to San Diego State. All majors at San Diego State are impacted, meaning that each major (including undeclared) receives more eligible applicants than they have spaces to accommodate. When applying to other CSU's, check to see what majors are impacted at those.

All seniors applying this year should take the November SAT test to hopefully improve their eligibility index. Any student applying from the local SDSU admissions area receives additional consideration when they apply.

The three things that SDSU considers for first time freshmen admission includes:

  1. The intended major - the student will be ranked against anyone applying into their intended major
  2. Completion of the A-G courses with a C- or higher by the time that they graduate from high school
  3. The eligibility index - which is the combination of the CSU GPA and the standardized test scores

World Language Assessment Testing

Thursday, November 14 / 12:00-2:00 / Room 1


Dear parents of 7-12th graders,

The language acquisition office will be conducting world language assessments at MEA on November 14th at noon. These are the languages offered. Passing this assessment will grant students credit for 2 years of world language proficiency equal to the SDUSD world language graduation requirement. If you feel as though your student can pass this assessment, please e-mail Mr. Zappala at and he will arrange to have an exam ordered for your student. In determining your student’s eligibility, at a minimum, students should be able to read in the language tested.


Aerial Carnival Show

Saturday, October 19 / 7:00-9:00pm

SD UNITED Training Center at 4863 Shawline St.

An eerie, possibly haunted, and definitely spooky carnival has rolled into San Diego just in time for Halloween...Come join the performers of Aerial UNITED for a night of carnival-themed fun acts exploring hypnotism, psychic phenomena, and so much more! Audience members are encouraged (but certainly not required) to wear costume! Please keep costumes family friendly.

Our very own MEA 7th grader, Erin K., will be in the show. And yes, that's her - way up high - in the amazing picture below!

Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

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Glasses Donations

Please donate your old eyeglasses, sunglasses, and children's glasses to help the Lion's Club cause! Each pair of glasses will be recycled for those in need around the world.

A 7th grader here at MEA is working with the Lions Club to promote this project here on campus. You can bring your glasses to the front office and put them in the orange bucket from October 10 through November 28, 2019.

WOW Festival Weekend

At the WOW Festival Weekend there will be a vibrant array of fun, free performances, music and family-friendly activities from Thursday, Oct 17 through Sunday, Oct 20.

Interfaith Devotional at the North Clairemont Library

3rd Thursdays / 10:00-11:30am

North Clairemont Library - 4616 Clairemont Dr.

The MEA Interfaith Group, headed up by Ms. Deb Mech, is sharing information about this Interfaith community event. There will be music and a simple mandala art project (materials will be provided). They will share quotes and prayers about HOPE from many spiritual traditions. The intention is to create a space where people from all faith backgrounds can come together to understand and support each other. Free and open to the public!

For questions please contact Ms. Deb Mech at

San Diego Symphony - Free Concert

Saturday, November 9 / 3:00pm

New Music Director Rafael Payare and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra celebrate the start of a new era of music in San Diego with a FREE concert in the Park at the Park. The symphony will perform some of the world’s greatest music including works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Berlioz!

Draft EIR for 5525 Mt. Etna Drive

The County of San Diego invites the public and interested parties to review the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Community Plan Amendment (CPA) that would enable the development of affordable homes at 5255 Mt. Etna Drive. As lead agency, the County of San Diego released the Draft EIR on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, for a 45-day public comment period. The public comment period will be open through Monday, November 25, 2019.

Draft EIR

Fact Sheet

Notice of Availability


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