Monday Message


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Message from the principal

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful summer with friends and family. We are looking forward to another extraordinary year here at MEA! Teachers and staff have been working hard in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year and are as excited as ever to work in partnership with you. Thank you for entrusting us with your child's education and for embracing "Doing School Differently."

If you are a returning family, please welcome our new students and families by saying hello. We hope you will become involved in our school community through volunteer opportunities, SSC, the newly created MEA Foundation, extracurriculars, and other school events.

My door is always open, so please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions. Here's to a great year!

Courtney Browne

MEA Principal

Study Group Schedule

The 2019-2020 secondary study group schedule can be found here on the school website.

Classes not on the schedule

If students are in a class that does not have a studygroup meeting, they must arrange to meet with the teacher of that class during lunch or another time the first week of school to review course expectations.

Scheduling Conflicts

If your student has two classes that meet at the same time, unfortunately a change to the studygroup schedule is highly unlikely at this time. The best thing to do is contact Mr. Zappala for a course schedule change for your student.

Student & Parent Orientation Sessions

  • 5th grade orientation is Wed. 8/28 from 9-10am in Room 10

  • 6th and 7th grade parents are required to shadow their student the first week to gather all needed information for specific content areas.

  • New 8th grade parents are required to attend math class with their child the first week. Shadowing all day is optional for 8th grade parents.

Welcome new students!

New Mt. Everest Academy students in grades 8-12 attended an orientation today to learn about our independent study process. ASB students helped by leading the new students on a photo scavenger hunt and sharing their experiences at MEA!

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Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 2

School will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Classes will reconvene on Tuesday, September 3.

Back to School Night

Wednesday, September 11 / 5:00-7:00pm

Mark your calendars for the Mt. Everest Academy's Back to School Night! There will be various activities and workshops you don't want to miss! The first meeting of the MEA Foundation will also occur at this time. More details to follow.

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Welcome Back Ms. Pachon

"Where in the world is Ms. Pachon?"

Ms. Pachon has returned from her year of international travels and is back to being our wonderful life science teacher! As well as teaching science (APES, Biology, Adv. Biology, and Biotechnology) Ms. Pachon has also become the teacher for Art 1, 2 and Color & Design. We're so glad to have you back, Ms. Pachon!

Thank you chicken caretakers

Cluckety-cluck-cluck! Our MEA chickens (Cleopatra, Ophelia, Aquafina, Chris, and Zira) want to give a special shoutout to their summer caretakers! Below are pictures from a few of our MEA families who volunteered over the summer to feed, water, and clean the coop.

Extracurricular Activities

The extracurricular calendar should be available by the third week of school. If you have a talent to share and are interested in leading an extracurricular class or workshop series, please contact Principal Browne. For an idea of what we have offered in the past, the link to last year's extracurricular schedule can be found here.

This year, elementary music classes with Mr. Johnson will be on Tuesdays.

Advice for New Families

Written for parents, by parents

"Advice for New Families" has been created by a few of our veteran parents for new Mt. Everest Academy families, to help in the adjustment process to independent study. These parents have combined their experiences to offer advice on the following topics:

  • Organization/Study Tips
  • Time Management
  • Working with Teachers
  • Turn-In Packets
  • School Resources
  • Supplemental Curriculum
  • Extracurricular Activities

Many, many thanks to our veteran team of parents for sharing their expertise!

Student Account Login Info (Active Directory accounts)

If you are a new student or a returning student that forgot your login info, it can be obtained from any of your teachers. This login with allow you to access all district computers and related apps, software, and research databases. (More info about these tech tools will be available during Back to School Night.)

"Grab-N-Go" Lunches

Mt. Everest Academy has lunches available in the office three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday. If your child would like a lunch, please sign up in the morning. Lunches are available beginning at 11:00 am and cost $2.75 or are free to students who qualify on the free/reduced lunch application. Application forms are available in the office or you may apply online here.

Free binders!

Organizing your school work for the year? We have lots of gently used binders of all sizes that are free for the taking. Come by the book room and take your pick!


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!

Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) 2019 Youth Awards educational grants program is now accepting applications! Their 21st Annual Youth Awards will award students who are in the graduating Class of 2020 with up to $3,500 in educational grants to fund their higher education or to fund a community-based project. Recipients will be selected for their accomplishments in the classroom, community and for their excellence in various educational categories. Apply online by Tuesday, October 15.


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