New MEA families on campus
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New MEA Garden Building Sessions
Wed, 9/4 and Thurs, 9/5 and Fri, 9/6
MEA needs your help in creating our new beautiful garden by the chicken coop! Please fill out the form linked here to select the dates and times that your student would like to participate in building & planting with the Good Neighbor Gardens Farmhands this week. Elementary students should have a parent with them. Dates go through Friday this week. We hope you can make it!
Wednesday, September 4 / 2:00-3:00 / Cafeteria
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. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org
MEA Picture Day
Thursday, September 19 / 8:30-12:30 / Auditorium
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. Families also have the option to purchase a picture package (more details next week).
Please have your picture taken on this day also, for your Parent Educator ID card!
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.
The cost for a parent ID card is $3 and must be paid on Picture Day, with cash (EXACT CHANGE) or a check made payable to "Lifetouch."
Parents, if you're not able to make this Sept. 19 Picture Day, you may instead email a headshot of yourself to Linda Ele at email@example.com. You will also need to mail $3 to Lifetouch for the ID card; Linda will send you the address after you send her your headshot.
Please email Linda Ele at firstname.lastname@example.org
**** ANNOUNCEMENTS ****
**** 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.
Music with Mr. Johnson
Start Date: Tuesday, September 10
This year, elementary music classes with Mr. Johnson will be on Tuesdays. The Tuesday music schedule is still in-progress; as soon as the schedule is determined a message will be sent out.
To be part of these music groups, it's mandatory that students attend their introductory class on Sept. 10 and all Tuesday classes throughout the school year.
Music Theory / Jazz Improv / Composition
Exciting new class!
Mr. Johnson is offering this class to high school students, to be held on Tuesdays. The subject matter covered will be along the lines of an AP Music Theory class.
The Tuesday music schedule is still in-progress; as soon as the schedule is determined a message will be sent out. For questions, please contact Mr. Johnson at email@example.com
Preview of upcoming extracurriculars
A new MEA 11th grader, Karl S., is planning to start the two clubs listed below.
If you're interested in these clubs, be sure to fill out the Google Interest Forms that Karl has set up to find out your availability!
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS
Have you ever watched Lord of the Rings and thought, “Man…I would love to be an elf and shoot arrows at orcs”? Well, in Dungeons and Dragons you can! D&D is an immersive tabletop role-playing game that you play in as a character you've created and explore the vast fantasy world that the narrator creates. You may have seen it in Stranger Things, but it's way more fun than in the show. You can play as a great and powerful wizard who launches fireballs, you can play as a dashing rouge who uses trickery and charm to get his way, or even play as a monster such as an orc, and much more.
MUN is extra-curricular activity where the members take on the role of ambassadors of the United Nations and simulate UN committees at club organized conferences. In MUN you will learn a great amount of foreign policy, develop leadership and public speaking skills, and learn to think through new lenses. If all goes well. there is a possibility of traveling to other hosted conferences, and even having guest speakers from real life politics.
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Service Academy Nominations
Each year California Congressman Scott Peters has the privilege of nominating students to attend military service academies: US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy, and US Coast Guard Academy. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.
Students that are interested in a nomination can apply for one here. The application deadline is Friday, October 25.
Explore Career Paths and Majors
Monday, September 23 / 11:00-2:30 / Mesa College
Juniors and Seniors! Mesa College is having an “Explore Career Paths and Majors” fair on September 23rd from 11:00-2:30. If you are interested, please sign up in the MEA front office. The sign up deadline is Monday, September 9th.
**** STUDENT SPOTLIGHT ****
As Mt. Everest Academy offers students the “flexibility to pursue your passion,” our school has a wealth of students that are pursuing their passions while meeting their educational goals. The "Student Spotlight" is a way to share some of the exciting endeavors our students are involved in with the rest of our school, and a way for students to learn about other students with similar interests.
If you've got a student accomplishment or special activity that can be included in a Monday Message, please email it to Linda Ele, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shawn Z. Organizes Cube Competition at MEA
Through the World Cube Association, MEA 10th grader Hsiang-Kuang (Shawn) organized a "twisty puzzles," i.e. Rubik's Cube, competition that took place in our school auditorium last Saturday. Registration for the competition was not limited to San Diego, anyone could compete of any citizenship and 9 countries were represented in the competition.
Shawn worked with the delegates to assign staff, create the website, create the schedule, manage the live results website, and contact SpeedCubeShop to sponsor the event. He also worked with CubingUSA deputies online regarding finances.
One significant competitor last Saturday was 2017 World Champion and Former World Record holder Max Park who narrowly missed the 3x3 World Record average by 0.15 seconds in the final (average of 5.84) and 0.17 for 3x3 One handed (9.64) World Record Average. Check out Max's inspirational story on Guinness World Records!
As well as organizing the competition, Shawn was awarded Third Place at the 3x3 event, and his brother Timothy also received a Third Place award at the Skewb event!
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Americanism Essay Contest
"What Does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me?"
For Grades 5-8
This very important Americanism Essay Contest gives school children in grades 5-8 the opportunity to express views on their pride in America. Students may win a variety of awards, including cash and bronze plaques. The contest starts with the local Elks Lodges, progresses through District and State levels, and ends with the naming of the National Winners. The submission deadline is December 15, 2019.
For any questions, please contact Gary Marinelli at email@example.com