Monday Message

January 3, 2022

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Message from the Principal

Dear MEA Families,

I hope everyone had joyful moments with loved ones over winter break and I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy start to the new year. The global pandemic has had far reaching effects on all of us- emotionally, mentally, and physically. We are so proud of the resilience and flexibility our school community has shown since March 2020. Despite the challenges, our staff is committed to providing your students with an experience that nourishes them both academically and socially.

For the safety of our students and staff, please be sure to follow guidelines in regards to Covid-19. SDUSD is following County guidelines which can be found here along with an e-version of the decision tree. (CDC has updated guidelines, however we are still following state and county guidelines.) Basically, if your student has symptoms or has had a known exposure, they cannot return to school until a negative PCR test is received and there are no symptoms present.

If you have questions regarding the protocols, please do not hesitate to call the front office.

We realize things are not easy right now and Mt. Everest staff are here to support you. We can do this!

As always, please reach out to me directly with any questions or suggestions.

Courtney Browne


Virtual Tour of USC

Wednesday, Jan. 5


Room 3 or on Zoom


All high school students are invited to join Mrs Sink and her High School AVID class on a virtual tour of USC.

Ice Skating at Liberty Station

Join us in an MEA community tradition! This is a family style meet-up and not a school sponsored event. All students must be supervised by accompanying adults.

Friday, Jan. 7


$5/per skater (bring to the window and say you are with the Mt. Everest group)

Ice rink:

Liberty Station: 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, 92106


If any attendees take ice-skating photos that could be shared in the Monday Message, would you please send them to Linda Ele at Thank you!

Parent Workshop

MEA foundation in partnership with UCSD Extension is offering the first parent workshop for the school year 2021-2022 on the topic of social media and gaming addiction effect on the brain.


Date: Monday, January 10, 2022

Time: 12:00-1:30 pm

Who should attend: parents and caregivers for children and young adults of all ages.

Online via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 963 7199 9043

Workshop description: Brave New Worlds explores emerging knowledge on the dynamic impacts of social media and gaming on diverse learners in the age of the pandemic, including mental and physical well-being; cognitive and metacognitive progression; creativity and critical thinking; resilience and stress reduction; technology addiction, among others.

A variety of strategies and resources designed to support children and young adults will be provided, embedded within a practical understanding of fundamental neuroscience and socioemotional development.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 12

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Room 1 or


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

Winter Concert


Wednesday, Jan. 12


Outside of the MakerSpace

All MEA families are invited to come enjoy this outdoor concert. Please note that wearing a mask is required. Just sign in at the front gate and come to the area outside of Room 7.

Mr. Johnson’s students will showcase some of the musical pieces they have learned this year. Everyone is invited to come enjoy our Choir, Advanced Orchestra, and Advanced Band as they perform for your listening pleasure!

Winter Semi-Formal Dances

MEA's Winter Semi- Formal dances will be Thursday, January 27th! There will be a middle school dance followed by a high school dance. Check future Monday Messages for details on ticket prices and times. Tickets will go on sale soon!

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)


Message From Mr. Rubin About Course Selection for the 2022-2023 School Year

Greeting Students and Families:

I hope you all had a restful break. As we near the end of Semester 1, it’s time to look at scheduling your classes for next year, 2022-2023. This process mainly applies to current 5th-11th grade students, who will be in 6th-12th grade next year. In the next Monday Message (1/10), we will have articulation sheets for the 22-23 school year. These are the lists of classes typical for your grade. There will be a space to enter any non-standard courses. Your job will be to fill these out electronically and turn them in to me (email is fine). There will also be a link for current 8th-11th graders (next year’s 9th-12th) to schedule an articulation meeting with me (Zoom or in-person) to discuss your high school classes and your plan for graduation. There will be more details next Monday, but I wanted to give you a preview of what’s to come so that you can start thinking about your schedule next year.

MEA Quest Club

Looking for students to share in an epic adventure at MEA Quest Club! Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy table top roleplaying game, where a group of people come together to create an epic story. D&D is a game of imagination and chance, where you use your creativity and dice to solve ancient puzzles, slay monsters and survive perilous adventures.

MEA Quest Club Flyer

If you are in grades 6-12 and are interested in learning more about D&D, please fill out the MEA Quest Club interest form.

Upcoming Theatre Production

The MEA Theatre Company (MEATCo) will be putting on a production this spring! It is currently being written by two MEA students and Becca Myers. Auditions will be held at the end of January/early February. An audition workshop will take place the same week. Stay tuned for more detailed information!

Senior Portraits

Dear Class of 2022,

Senior portraits for MEA will be taken at Chula Vista Photo and they have set up two blocks of time for our seniors to have their portraits taken.


  • Friday, January 28, 9:00-10:30am
  • Friday, February 4, 9:00-10:30am
  • If unable to make these times, please call the studio to arrange a different time.


Chula Vista Photo Studio / 371 Third Avenue, Chula Vista / 619-422-9281

Handmade Bowls & Soup Kits

There are just a few bowl & soup kits remaining!

The Art Department and Garden Program are coordinating a MEA Foundation fundraiser. The Ceramics classes created some beautiful bowls and the garden/nutrition program has put together the ingredient kits for a delicious bean soup. This is the same soup kit all of the elementary students built and brought home in October. Bowls will be selling for $15 each, and soup kits with recipe will be selling for $10 each. Both a bowl and soup kit combo will be selling for $20. Please pay by Venmo through the MEA Foundation. Bowls and kits will be in the office until they sell out. Thank you for supporting our creative and culinary endeavors!

Massive Pinecone Fundraiser

Miss Shannon has Sugar pine and Coulter pine pinecones available in the front office. The suggested donation is $5 per pinecone, with all proceeds benefiting the gardens and chickens. These are massive pinecones, and make for great statement pieces!


By Tomas Aguilar
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SAT Prep Program

Sign up for a free SAT Prep program for MEA high school students that starts on January 23, 2022. Spots are limited, and first come first serve basis.

MEA Foundation, in partnership with UCSD, is providing an amazing opportunity for a free SAT Prep course (typically $450) for 30 high school students. This includes a pre-test (Sunday, January 23), 16 hours of instruction (weekly 4 hours of zoom training Sundays from 9 am-1 pm from January 30 to February 27), and a post-test (complete by March 6th).

Front End Web Development program

Friday, January 17th is the deadline to sign up for this program.

The MEA Foundation has partnered with UCSD Extension Futures Program to offer 3 courses for free for up to 20 MEA high school students. This course series is normally $840 and counts for 9 units of college credit (but not dual credit for high school high school.) Specifically, the MEA Foundation has secured seats in the “Front End Web Development” series of courses. Students would need to take all 3 courses beginning in Jan. 2022 and ending in September 2022. (Specific course names and dates are listed in the table below.) For more information, please see the Futures website here. If you are a MEA high school student and are interested in signing up for this course series for FREE sponsored by the MEA Foundation, please fill out the form here.

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MEA Foundation is fully registered with AmazonSmile as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. When you shop at AmazonSmile, will donate to MEA Foundation at no cost to you!

MEA Foundation

MEA Foundation website

What do we do? The simple answer is, we raise funds to support MEA where funds are not available from the district and we organize volunteer efforts to bring workshops, our talent show, teacher appreciation and so much more. We fund music, art supplies, campus improvements, garden, school events, curriculum support and teacher supplements and grants. Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year for MEA.

Please consider making a donation to MEA Foundation. Check if your employer offers corporate matches to double your donation.

Volunteers are needed for the Foundation. We need help with updating the website, organizing a directory for parents, writing grants and fundraising efforts. Please email for more information.


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!

Benefit Concert for Rady Children’s Hospital

Here’s a message from Malvyn Lai, 11th grader, regarding the 12/18/21 charity concert that he organized which included several MEA students:

"Thank you everyone for all your contributions and support for our charity concert. We raised over $900 for Rady Children's Hospital! Look forward to the next opportunity for collaboration in the future. Happy New Year!"

A DONATION PAGE is still available for anyone who would like to support this worthy cause.

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* * * Click box above for Elementary Extracurricular Schedule * * *

Daily Mindfulness & Meditation

Elementary Art

Music with Mr. Johnson


chess for elementary students

Calling all budding chess players! We are fortunate to have a MEA parent and MEA student who have graciously offered their knowledge and expertise to help guide our little ones in chess! Mr. Martin Nilsson has worked at various schools within San Diego Unified School District bringing his love for the game to young students and is willing to do the same for our students! We are trying to gauge interest level for once a week extracurricular, approximately one hour each session. Exact day to be determined. This extracurricular is geared towards K-5 students, but no one will be turned away (open to all grade levels)!

If you are interested, please fill out this Elementary Chess Interest Form.

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.

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

GSA Club

Wednesday, Jan. 5 / 12:00-12:30 / Outside of Room 1

GSA Club meets this week! - We are the Gender and Sexuality Alliance! Everyone is welcome! Come hang out with us in an open, accepting, and loving environment - the more the merrier! (We will NOT be meeting during week three this month as it is finals week and the end of the semester.) Bring your lunch and learn more about the LGBT+ community, plan and participate in actions, and build an inclusive community for all. Allies are encouraged to join. Ms. Mullen and Mr. Nielsen are the facilitators, and the student leaders are Jade Myers and Jody Huege. Hope to see you there!

The “Heights”

MEA’s Literary Magazine

Are you a writer or an artist? Do you want to get your work published in a magazine? MEA's Literary Magazine “Heights” is the perfect place for you to submit your work! We are looking for your:

  • short stories
  • artwork
  • poems
  • monologues
  • and more!

“Heights” is edited and organized by your fellow students, and we meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 12:00 in Room 2. We would love for you to join us and participate in the editing, organization, and tech work behind our magazine. You do not need to submit work for the magazine to join the club, and you do not need to be in the club to submit work!

Our first issue is going to be out soon, and we need YOUR creative projects to be featured! Here is the link to the Heights website. You'll find the link to the work submission form under Submission Form and Information. Happy writing!

For any questions please email the Editor-in-Chief, Jody Huege, at



In learning to work with clay, Ceramics students' first projects were pinch pots with carvings and attachments. The students used only their hands and simple tools to create their pieces!
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Extra Special Ornaments

Mrs. Battin's students each made a surprise gift for their parents of these keepsake ornaments!

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Leaves, Please!

If you happen to have any tree leaves around your area/home, both fresh and dried, we are in need of bags and bags of leaves for this future Hügelkultur bed. If you would like to bring them to the school and drop them off, you may place them outside of the chicken coop gate and Miss Shannon will bring them into the school as she sees them.

Please refrain from bagging up pine needles or liquid amber tree pods (spiky balls!)


Parent Workshops

Thursdays 5:30pm to 7:30pm

from January 6 to February 24, 2022

Parent Workshops flyer

The San Diego Unified School District and Carlsbad Unified School District invite parents to participate in a series of workshops where they will receive up to date information about what happens in our community, helping to raise young people who are successful in school and life in general.

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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