Monday Message

March 7, 2022

Hero Move-a-Thon

Tuesday, March 8 / 1:30-3:30

Last two days for you to register and request donations for this event. Everyone is invited to join in the fun! Please sign in at the front gate, and parents must accompany students in grades K-5. Come dressed like a HERO and get ready to MOVE!

Link to the MEA Foundation Move-A-Thon website

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Winter Semi-Formal Dance

Last week's Winter Dance for high schoolers was indeed quite wintery as it was held outside on a chilly, breezy evening with imminent rain in the forecast. But our valiant high schoolers didn't let the weather stop them from showing up in their semi-formal attire (and some winter jackets) to mingle, dance, and play trivia games. Scattered heat lamps were appreciated and provided popular gathering spots. Many thanks to the ASB for organizing the first dance we've had in two years!

Link to Winter Dance photo gallery

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Spirit Week

ASB is sponsoring the following spirit days; express your creativity and show your school spirit!

  • Tuesday, March 8th: Super Hero Day (this is for the Move-A-Thon)
  • Wednesday, March 9th: Anime/TV Show/Movie Day
  • Thursday. March 10th: Professional Day

Relax with Crafts & Games

The MEA Mental Health Club is creating a COMMUNITY SPACE for grades 6-12. Students can relax, do different types of crafts, and play games together. So secondary students, stop by the garden and enjoy some leisurely activities!

In the garden:
  • Tuesday, Mar. 8 / 11:30-12:30
  • Thursday, Mar. 10 / 11:30-12:30

Student Planning Meeting

Tuesday, Mar. 8 / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

Seniors and any interested high schoolers are invited to this Yearenders meeting to give their input on prom and end-of-year events. Planning for the prom will start soon, so this is a meeting where student concerns and ideas will contribute greatly to making decisions. High schoolers - and especially seniors - are greatly encouraged to come!

SSC/SGT Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 9

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm


All parents are invited to attend the School Site Committee (SSC) 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. The meeting agenda will be posted on the SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

Students vs. Parents Academic League Game

Wednesday, March 9 / 6:30-7:30pm

Parents and students of all ages, join us this week for a fun academic league match! Virtually, this Wednesday (3/9) from 6:30-7:30pm, ASB will hold a quiz competition for the Mt. Everest community where students will compete against their parents! This will be a fundraiser for MEA's academic league. Join us through the zoom link below!

Passcode is 917155

LEGO Animal Workshops

Thursday, Mar. 10 / 12:30-1:15 / MakerSpace

Miss Ellie is looking forward to creating LEGO block animals with the elementary students that have signed up for this Thursday! There will be lunch supervision for elementary students that are already on campus.

Although this workshop is now full, Miss Ellie will continue to hold a variety of fun workshops for elementary students through the rest of this school year.

Any students who would like to help, please let Miss Ellie know (

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The Abysmal Monstrous Normal

This theatre production is written and directed by our very own students! Come out and enjoy this play in the MEA Auditorium on:

  • Wednesday, March 16 / 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 17 / 6:00 pm
  • Friday, March 18 / 6:00 pm

Tickets may be PURCHASED ONLINE HERE or at the door. To purchase tickets at the door, please pay with cash or check.

  • MEA students $5
  • Visitors $10

Masks are required indoors at all times for all teachers, support staff and volunteers, spectators and observers. All individuals must adhere to health and safety guidelines while at the event and will be actively monitored by staff and prompted or reminded to keep face masks on at all times, covering nose and mouth. Prior to the event/activity, participants will review the daily symptom checklist at home (or use ClearPass) before arrival to the event. If they answer “yes” to any symptoms, the participant needs to stay home. Link to ClearPass:

MEA Foundation Fundraiser

Wednesday, March 23

10:30 am - 10:00 pm

The Habit Burger Grill

4175 Genesee Ave.

The MEA Foundation has partnered with The Habit Burger Grill for a school fundraiser with 20% of sales donated to MEAF. It’s a win-win; help MEAF and enjoy delicious charburgers, signature sandwiches, fresh salads and more! More details to follow.

Daily Mindfulness and Meditation

These daily sessions will include about 10 minutes of mindfulness and meditation as well as other activities to foster health and wellness and connectedness in our community. All MEA Community members are welcome!

Zoom: Passcode: MEA!

Zoom (alternative link): Passcode: MEA!

  • When: Monday through Friday (holidays and scheduled school concerts/events excluded!)
  • Why: Optimum Health, Wellness, and Well-Being!
  • Who: The whole MEA Community
  • Time: 12-12:30 (You must login by 12:00)


CA School Parent Survey

The CalSCHLS system was created by the California Department of Education (CDE) in 1997 to efficiently and cost-effectively provide school districts and their partner communities with quality local data which can be used to improve student academic performance and social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health of all youth. It assesses key indicators linked to success in school, career, and life. The majority of districts in California now use CalSCHLS data as Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) indicators.

There are three surveys that are used in SDUSD:

  • California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) for grades 5, 7, 9, and 11

  • California School Staff Survey (CSSS)

  • California School Parent Survey (CSPS)

MEA is asking that ALL parents complete the California School Parent Survey (CSPS) by March 25, 2022. Parents can access the California School Parent Survey at the link below:

Parent survey

Students in grades 5, 7, 9, and 11 will have an opportunity to complete the survey at school. If you have any questions regarding the survey or need any additional assistance, please reach out to Principal Browne at

Middle School Soccer Tryouts for SDUSD

Tryouts start on March 14

The SDUSD Athletics Department is officially launching middle school sports districtwide. The first spring sport will be soccer. Tryouts start on March 14, with games beginning in April 2022.

Link to flyer

Link to website

Sync MEA calendar to your phone

To help keep track of important school events it’s suggested that parents sync our school website calendar to their phone. Just click on the Share Icon (top right) and choose “iCal/RSS feed”

Academic League match at Canyon Hills

The MEA Academic League competed with Canyon Hills High at their school. Our Novice Team won their scrimmage game 170-90. Our Junior Varsity team won their scrimmage game 240-55. Our Varsity Team won their match 295-10. We only had two players (Ajay and Scott) on our Varsity Team this week as the other VT members were at the MEA Winter Dance!

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Elementary Art Month 8 Sign Up

If your elementary student would like to participate in the month 8 art classes on April 5 and 12, please SIGN UP HERE.

Fill out a new form for each child you would like to enroll. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOUR CHILD CANNOT COMMIT TO THE ENTIRE MONTH.

There are limited spaces available. If the class is full, please email Mrs. Sink ( to get on the waitlist.

Senior Quotes & Baby Pictures

Hello Seniors,

This is YOUR year to submit quotes and baby pictures for the yearbook! Readers will ponder your memorable sayings and try to guess who's who in the pictures.

Please send these in by March 25; here's the submission link.

Senior Letter

Dear MEA Class of 2022 Students and Guardians:

This SENIOR LETTER contains important reminders about graduation and end-of-year information. Please read it carefully and mark your calendar with the important dates and deadlines.

SDUSD Student Art Exhibit

On Wednesday, March 16, the SDUSD will be holding their annual art exhibit to celebrate student art from grades K-12. Artwork by a few of our secondary MEA students will be on display at the event. Come enjoy the art and say hello to our secondary art teacher, Ms. Pachon, as she will be at the show!

Art Exhibit Flyer

Yearbook Cover Contest

All students are invited to enter their art in our yearbook cover contest! The winner will receive a yearbook and their artwork will be displayed on the front cover! Even if your entry is not used on the cover, it may still be used in other places throughout the book.

Contest details and guidelines

Looking for semester service hours?

Look no further than our multiple garden spaces. We have tons of weeds… And tons of mulch.

The hour sessions go by quickly when you’re having fun in the gardens!

Please reach out to Miss Shannon to schedule a time.

Articulation Meetings for 2022-2023

From February 9 - March 25, students in grades 5-11 will have the opportunity to plan their classes for next school year.

Grades 5, 6, 7

  • Students will review articulation sheets/course options with Ms. Patterson during English class this month and parents should go over course options with their student(s) at home.

  • Students must submit the articulation sheet with parent approval to Ms. Patterson through Google Classroom.

  • Please contact your child’s supervising teacher with questions.

Articulation Sheets:

Incoming 6th graders

Incoming 7th graders

Incoming 8th graders

Grades 8, 9, 10, 11

  • All 8th -11th graders must make an appointment to meet with Mr. Rubin between February 9 through March 25. Please reserve a conference time at this link to discuss courses for next year, graduation and college entrance requirements, and community college courses.

  • Incoming 9th graders and their parents can meet with Mr. Rubin for a 4-year planning conference during the time of their articulation meeting.

  • Parents are encouraged to attend along with their student. If parents cannot attend, they should review the course options with their student at home.

  • Students do not need to return an articulation sheet, but should be prepared to share their course requests with Mr. Rubin during their appointment with him.

  • For questions, please contact Mr. Rubin.

Articulation Sheets:

Incoming 9th graders

Incoming 10th graders

Incoming 11th graders

Incoming 12th graders

Find all courses being offered next year here: Master Course List 2022-2023

Sign up for articulation meeting with Mr. Rubin.

Covid-19 Health & Safety

Please remember to do a symptom check for your student prior to sending them to school and do not send students to school if they are exhibiting any symptoms.

We have had many Covid related absences and will do everything we can to not cancel classes. Please be on the lookout for communications from your teachers through email and google classroom in case of emergencies.

Surgical-grade masks are now required for all employees. Students are still required to wear a mask and are now strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers with a nose wire.

We encourage you to sign your student up to get tested on the MEA campus, every Tuesday from 12:00-2:30. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Complete the opt-in process to allow the testers to conduct weekly testing.

  2. Register and consent in the Primary.Health Portal in order to be tested.

For the most up-to-date Covid guidelines, please see the San Diego County’s decision tree. If in doubt, please reach out to the office to answer any questions you may have.​​


We know MEA students and families are involved in so many things outside of school. Do you have something fun or interesting to share? Please send your stories and images to share for "The Good Stuff" in upcoming Monday messages to Linda Ele at We want to hear from you!


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Daily Mindfulness & Meditation

Elementary Art

Music with Mr. Johnson


Covid-19 Protocols for Elementary Students

Our goal is to offer as many elementary extracurriculars as possible even though parents cannot be on campus to supervise children like usual. If dropping off for an extracurricular, please sign your child in at the front office. If students are staying past their studygroup time to attend supervised lunch and afternoon extracurricular, you will note that on the sign in sheet.

“C3” for grades K-5

Wednesday, March 16 / 12:30-1:30

Miss Shannon is offering the Chicken Coop Cooperative (C3) on the first and third Wednesday of every month, from 12:30 until 1:30.

This hour is designed for the K through 5 students to spend some time getting to know the chickens, and hanging out with other students. We will occasionally harvest greens growing from the gardens to offer them as well. We will be mindful of washing hands after interacting with the chickens: food for kids first (if eating on campus), then food for chickens.

Please sign in at the front office and the students can be sent directly to the chicken coop. Students will be walked back to the front office at 1:30.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Wednesdays!

March 16, April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18


In Elementary Art with Mrs. Sink, students learned a little about Henri Rousseau and then created their version of his “Suprised” jungle tiger piece with tempera paint and tissue paper.

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PALS Tutoring

Wednesdays & Thursdays / 12:30-1:45 / Room 6

Trained tutors are ready to help you get your classwork done. All students grades K-12 who would like some extra help can come to room 6 every Wednesday and Thursday during 4th period (12:30-1:45pm). All grades are welcome, as we have tutors for all grade levels. PALS is a great way to build community and academic skills!

Parents, K-5 students attending PALS must arrive with a check-in form so tutors know what to work on with your child and you receive a report on how things went. (Extra forms will be available when you drop off in case you forget or can't print one at home.)

  • K-5 students attending studygroup and PALS on the same day should be signed in when parents drop off at 9am. Parents must indicate if their student is staying for supervised lunch and PALS
  • K-5 students attending ONLY PALS on any given day should be signed in outside the front office.
  • 6-12 students can report directly to Room 6.

Music classes with Mr. Johnson

These classes are held every Tuesday. Please sign your child in at the front office and note which class(es) they will be attending.

  • 8:05- 8:55 - Beginning Band
  • 9:05- 9:55 - Choir
  • 10:05- 10:55 - Advanced Band
  • 11:05 - 11:55 - Music theory (for upper grades)
  • 12:30- 1:20 - Advanced Strings (open to secondary)
  • 1:35- 2:25 - Beginning Strings

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Academic League • Ally Action • Anime • Chess • Coop Group • Daily Mindfulness & Meditation • Gaming • German • GSA • Literary Magazine • MathCounts • Mental Health • Music with Mr. Johnson • PALS • Rubik's Cube • Sherpa’s Jam Band • Spanish Conversation • Sports Club • Young Investors Club


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Ms. Patterson's 7th grade science students
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School Spirit Store

Parents are now able to use SchoolCash Online to buy and pay for items using Visa/Visa Debit and Mastercard/Mastercard Debit. We are currently selling school spirit wear and other fundraising items like lanyards, water bottles and DVDs. Simply order online and then come pick up your purchase in the MEA front office.

Please create an account to access our online catalog.

Meet with School Counselor

For students and parents that would like to meet with Mr. Rubin, our school counselor, please sign up for an appointment.

SDUSD Covid Testing Acknowledgement Form

This is a reminder that all families are required to make a choice on Covid testing at the start of the new school year. Every family must complete the form (access link below) and submit their response online at this time for each student. Free Covid testing in school not only helps prevent the spread of the virus, but it also helps more students stay in school and continue their education.

Covid-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form

(Note: A PowerSchool Username and Password will be required to complete the form. If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact Ms. Ramos in the front office.)

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