APRIL 5, 2021
Staff are actively preparing campus for students to return! Please see below for more details and reach out to the front office at 858-496-8778 or email Principal Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Covid-19 Safety Expectations for On-Campus Learning Opportunities
Some of the expectations for on campus attendance are as follows:
✔ Students' temperature must be taken before coming to school. (Thermometers will be provided this week for any families needing one for home.)
✔ Students will arrive at the assigned gate entrance on time at the beginning of the session. Students may not enter gates after this time. Pick up on time afterward is also strictly enforced (if students do not drive themselves.)
✔ Students must arrive with a completed form (which can be done on paper or online) verifying they do not have an abnormal temperature or any signs of illness.
✔ Parents/other adults are not allowed on campus past the gates.
✔ Masks must be worn at all times by everyone on campus.
✔ Everyone will remain socially distanced at all times
✔ Playground play will be allowed during K-5 allotted time.
✔ Eating will not be allowed on campus (no snacks).
✔ Extra air filtration devices will be in each classroom.
✔ Windows and doors will remain open. We will also schedule some of the activities to be outdoors.
✔ If you or your child have any signs of illness, please stay home. Any students showing signs of illness at school will be isolated in another location until they can be picked up.
On-Campus Opportunities - Beginning the week of April 12
All elementary students will have the opportunity to come to campus for in-person learning. Classes may include outdoor play, art, science, and other hands-on activities that DO NOT include the use of computers. Our elementary teachers along with Mrs. Sink will be leading these classes. Elementary teachers are working to finalize the schedule based on parent feedback from the survey they sent out last week. Please check your emails for updates!
6-12 "Study Zone"
One of the things families and students have said they miss the most about being on campus are the impromptu conversations they have with others in the MEA community. We will try to re-create this in the Study Zone, where students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 will have opportunities to study with their peers and meet with available teachers. The auditorium and lunch court will be open during specific times for middle school and high school, following protocols outlined above. We may offer additional opportunities based on student input. ASB members, clubs, gardening, and the Coop Group may possibly also have meetings within the Study Zone timeframe. Students must sign up ahead of time to attend and sign ups will occur weekly. Please sign up here for the week of April 12. Each student can sign up for up to two sessions per week, although three are offered. Please see schedule below.
* * UPCOMING ACTIVITIES * *
Date: Wednesday, April 7
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. More information, agendas, and minutes can be found on our SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at email@example.com
Students vs. Parents Academic League Fundraiser
Day: Wednesday, April 7
Time: 6:00 pm
MEA's Academic League team has made the National Finals, and they’re hosting a “Students vs Parents” fundraiser to help offset their entrance fees.
PARENTS - your participation is needed! Please sign up here to be in the match.
- What: Two “Students vs Parents” matches will be held; one JV level match for middle schoolers and new players, and one varsity level match for high schoolers and experienced players.
- Why: To have fun while raising money to send our amazing Academic League team to the finals!
- How: Donations for the Academic League will be accepted during the event. All donations made to the @MEA-Foundation Venmo will go to the MEA Foundation, who will be donating 100% of the contributions to ASB.
"Love Our Library" activities
Check out the "Love Our Library" website with upcoming activities for all ages!
One Book, One MEA (reading "The Search for WandLa" by Tony DiTerlizzi)
- Thursday, April 8 / 2:30 pm
View our library Series Collections (and take the series challenge!)
- Friday, April 9 / 2:30 pm
- Friday, April 9 / 1:30 pm
Reading...it's more than inevitable!
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Spirit Cup Leaderboard
Congratulations to the senior class, which is at the top of the leaderboard for this month's Spirit Point tally! The points are close, and the year isn’t over yet! Get dressed for Spirit Weeks and attend events so your class can win the Cup, and the associated prizes! And remember that whichever student has the most points at the end of the year wins an Amazon Gift Card! That card could have your name on it!
Summer Community College Classes
Sophomores and Juniors wanting to take a community college class in the Summer should be aware that the Summer class schedule will be available on April 12th. Students need to apply to the community college district at this link if they have not done so. In addition to this, students will also need to complete and submit this online Supplemental Application. Once submitted, students will be scheduled by the community college. Summer classes begin June 7th.
Ally Action Website
Ally Action Officially has a website! Here you can get information on our club, see our events, and even watch recordings of some of them. We have also linked resources to external events, petitions, and ways to reach out. The entire site was built by students. You can find the link to it here.
AP Virtual Study Hall
The ASB is planning on setting up virtual study hall sessions for students who are taking AP classes, in preparation for the upcoming AP exams online. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form to help the ASB choose times that will work best for all students.
We continue to follow the district procedures for COVID19 and all staff is working remotely, therefore report cards are not being mailed home. You may access students’ grades and unofficial transcripts on your PowerSchool parent portal. If you need help accessing the parent portal, please contact Maria Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org”
UCSD STEAM/TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Brought to you by MEA Foundation
Please fill out this short new form to indicate your availability for parent training workshops.
High School Students
For those interested in the UCSD Extension Futures courses in business and engineering/programming, please email email@example.com to proceed with the next steps! These will provide pre-college credits upon completion and can be taken at your own pace and are subsidized for interested MEA high school students.
Exploring the Science of Harry Potter
Friday, April 30 3:00-4:30pm
Since there is a 20 student limit per workshop, please complete your registration for the workshop. Zoom links will be provided upon registration. Another workshop can be scheduled if more students are interested.
PIB Engineering Workshop
We are currently preparing for parent volunteers to be trained. The actual workshop will most likely be held on a Saturday from 12-3pm. Final date and more details coming soon.
Mental Health Resource Survey
Have you utilized mental health resources that Mr. Zappala has made available either through teacher websites or in Monday Messages?
Please answer ONE or TWO questions in this anonymous Mental Health Resource Survey. Thank you.
For pickups/returns/exchanges please come to the North facing door of the auditorium on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 and 1:00 p.m.
Please contact Suzie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, or reach her at 858-627-7381 on Tuesdays through Thursdays. There is no need to email in advance. However, when there are special distributions ready for check-out, they will be noted here in the Monday Message.
Want to return MEA books that you no longer need? There will be a drop-off box underneath the Marquee sign (sunny days only!) on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:00-3:00.
This senior letter and graduation checklist was sent to seniors and their parents on 2/19/21.
- Community Service Hours form - 4/23
- Two Surveys - 4/30
Yearbook: Senior Portraits submitted to email@example.com – Friday, 3/26
Yearbook: Senior Quotes & Baby Photos – Friday, 4/9
* * YEARBOOK * *
Calling all seniors! Please fill out this form to submit your senior quote as soon as possible. We are also asking for a baby picture for a “guess who’s who” spread in the yearbook. Due April 9.
Student Standouts Ballot
It’s time to vote for this year’s High School Student Standouts! Winners will be featured in the 2020-2021 MEA yearbook. All students in grades 9-12 are allowed to vote, and all votes must be cast by April 9.
General Year in Review Survey
Please take a few moments to answer these questions for inclusion in the 2020-21 MEA Yearbook. Answer the ones you want to and feel free to skip any questions that you don't have an answer for.
Last Day to submit photos: April 5
Exceptions to April 5th deadline
All senior portraits will still be needed, as they will be used for other purposes as well as the yearbook.
TALENT SHOW PERFORMERS
If you're in the Talent Show, we’d love pictures of you performing your acts!
* * THE GOOD STUFF * *
Please send in your Good Stuff!
We're bringing back the Good Stuff! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear from you!
** Extracurricular Activities **
- Academic League - led by Kate Papen
- Ally Action - use this Google Classroom code to join: 4pkxv2a
- Art Club - led by Ava G, Renee D, Alexis A.
- Cooking Club - led by Katherine B.
- Drama Club - led by Gabriella Martien
- Engineering Club - led by Matthew S ... Zoom link .
> Mondays, 1:30-2:30 (not turn in)
- Film Club - led by Petunia Rizo
German Club – led by Meredith A., Sam M.
GSA – Google Classroom link…GC code to join: wtg4opf
Hack Club - led by Yusuf A.
Ally Action presentation to staff
Ally Action has started a media list full of books, movies, articles, and TedTalks that focus on issues relating to social discrimination with the goal of decreasing prejudice and increasing education. Recently they presented this list and a reflection assignment at a staff meeting. The presentation went great, and students can expect this media list and reflection assignment to be an extra credit opportunity in many of their classes next month!
What I Wish My Parents Knew
The MEA Mental Health Club is asking all students to fill out this form titled “What I Wish My Parents Knew”. This form is for students of all ages to voice their feelings, both positive and negative, to help instigate conversation between students and parents. Later this year, the club will host a panel for parents to ask questions and discuss the topic of “what I wish my parents knew". The responses from this form will be used and read aloud during the panel. Dates for the panel will be released in the coming weeks.
THE MEA SPIRIT CUP
ASB is hosting an ongoing school-wide competition, henceforth titled the Spirit Cup! Each grade level/group will compete with each other for a prize (for the sake of fairness, K - 2 and 3 - 4 are combined into groups). Students can earn Spirit Points towards their class's total in the following ways:
SPIRIT DAYS - Through TreeRing, students can submit pictures of themselves in their spirit day costume. They will receive one Spirit Point per spirit day for which they send in a picture demonstrating participation. Here are instructions for submitting photos through TreeRing (use the spirit day folder).
EVENTS - Students can earn three Spirit Points for participation in an event, as well as additional Spirit Points that might be awarded from the event (e.g. Extra Spirit Points might be earned from placing in the top three in a schoolwide kahoot). To earn these points, students must fill out a short form sent out during the event.
Other ways to earn Spirit Points may be revealed through the year.
The points earned by each class will be tallied up and displayed in the Monday Message at the beginning of each month. Members of whichever class has the most points at the end of month 9 will win the Spirit Cup and associated bragging rights. They will also be rewarded with certificates for 5 oz of free yogurt from YogurtLand, and the student with the most Spirit Points earned will earn a $10 Amazon gift card, which will be distributed at the beginning of month 10.
Humans of MEA
Based on "Humans of New York", Ally Action will interview teachers and high school students to learn their story. The interviews will be shared on the Monday Message. The goal of this project is to help show that we all have our own stories!
If you are interested in participating, please fill out this Humans of MEA form.
** COUNSELING CORNER **
Choosing classes for 2021-22
Articulation Meetings for 2021-2022
Students in grades 5-11 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 their Supervising/PE teacher through Google Classroom during Month 6.
Please contact your child’s supervising teacher with questions.
Grades 8, 9, 10, 11
All 8th -11th graders must make an appointment to meet with Mr. Zappala. 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. Zappala 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. Zappala during their appointment with him.
For questions, please contact Mr. Zappala.
Find all courses being offered next year here: Master Course List 2021-2022
Community College Pre-Enrollment Zoom workshop
Friday, April 16 / 12:30-2:00
Here is an opportunity for all seniors interested in attending Mesa, Miramar, or City colleges in the Fall. Attendance at the Pre-Enrollment workshop is required in order to pre-register for the Fall. Once pre-registered, seniors will automatically be scheduled to receive assistance from a college counselor on academic advising, and educational planning for their first year at community college.
If you plan on attending the workshop, please e-mail Mr. Zappala as soon as possible and no later than April 2nd. Mr. Zappala will need to let Mesa College know who will be attending in order to resolve any problems before April 16th. A Zoom link for the meeting will be sent out to you soon. Please also have your social security number available for the April 16th meeting. Mr. Zappala will also be sending out to each senior a digital copy of their transcript for the meeting. And lastly, please complete the Promise application.
JUNIORS: Poli. Sci. CCAP options for next year
Mesa has offered another CCAP option for our students. In addition to math 150 and 151, Seniors next year can take Poli. Sci. 102 and 121 to meet the Government and Economics graduation requirements. However, I have met with many of this year’s juniors for articulation before knowing this was an option, so I would like for the juniors who have already met with me to know that they can email me to change to the Poli. Sci options for next year and for those who have not met with me to be aware of this option.
- Mr. Zappala, email@example.com
Jumpstart your success at Mesa College
Saturday, April 17 / 9:00am-12:00pm
Mesa College is thrilled to present Jumpstart Your Success 2021. This is a virtual event for prospective students, their families and friends. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about Mesa College and the San Diego Promise FREE Tuition Program.
Your guide to majors and programs of interest at the San Diego Community College District. They offer endless possibilities for your career journey with a wealth of opportunities for pursuing your education. The SDCCD strives to make their students successful by dedicating their resources to quality instruction and stellar support services.
Class of 2021
Seniors, this Counseling & Guidance Resources webpage was designed with you in mind. From the page you will find helpful resources to support your senior year: understand the college application process, cope with the stressors of transitioning to college and navigate the challenges of senior year.
* * COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS * *
Friday, April 16 / 10:00am-noon
Zoom: 862 3210 1882
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Barbara Ruys has been hosting experimental art devotionals since the summer of 2017. These devotionals are Baha’i inspired and are free and open to all, where everyone of any spiritual background or no spiritual background can feel comfortable.
To learn more about these workshops, or to be added to Barbara’s email list, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Shakespeare Festival
All grades are invited to participate in the San Diego student Shakespeare Virtual Festival. Participants are invited to prepare Monologues, Sonnets, Two-Person Scenes, or Puppet Scenes and to record their performances in a short video. Videos will be submitted, then edited together into a Full Festival Video, to be live-streamed at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 24, 2021.
Artificial Intelligence Camp
AI Camp is offering full and partial scholarships for their AI Conceptual Series. This lecture series is the same series that was offered at Stanford University last summer and will introduce AI and careers in tech to you. No coding experience is needed. You can register for scholarships here. AI Camp is founded by Stanford Ph.Ds and advised by a Stanford Professor and CTOs in Silicon Valley. "
Public Library Virtual Hub
The San Diego Public Library Virtual Hub is a Facebook group where Library Staff and partnering organizations offer daily virtual programs for all ages including: read alouds, crafts & DIY, booktalks, and more! Access to our library buildings is very limited, but the fun never stops in our virtual club. Join and get access to our growing collection of videos and resources.