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Planning for excessive heat

The weather forecast calls for excessive heat for the upcoming days. Studygroups may be relocated to air-conditioned rooms as needed. Following district policy, afternoon extracurriculars are cancelled for Tuesday, 10/24 and Wednesday, 10/25. Please be sure your child brings a water bottle to school and stays hydrated. MEA can beat the heat!


Make-Up Picture Day

Tuesday, October 24 / 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:

  • Order Online
    • Go to:
    • The Mt. Everest picture day I.D. is CK927510Y0.
    • The Mt. Everest MAKE-UP picture day I.D. is CK927510Y1
    • Pay online, with a credit card, before or after portraits are taken
  • Order Form
    Order forms are available in the office or the computer lab. On Picture Day, bring the order form and payment - either a check made payable to “Lifetouch” or cash (EXACT CHANGE, PLEASE).


Parents, 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 drop off and pick up, you must wear a Parent Educator ID card and lanyard, as per the Campus Code of Conduct policy. It's easy and inexpensive to get yours - just come to Picture Day!

The cost for a parent ID card is $3 and must be paid on Picture Day, with cash (EXACT CHANGE PLEASE) or a check made payable to "Lifetouch."

Your Parent Educator ID card will also qualify you for educator discounts.

Spirit Week!

Get creative and have fun showing your school spirit!

Elementary Costume Parade

12 pm Thursday on the grass in front of Room 11

The elementary students would like to invite you to join in, or watch, their costume parade around the school Thursday!

We will meet at noon and begin marching by 12:05 pm. It’s a great chance to show off those fun (and appropriate) costumes!

All grades, TK-12th, and staff members are most welcome!

Vision Screening

Wednesday, October 25 / 8:30-11:00 am / Front Office

Nursing staff will conduct vision screening at Mt. Everest Academy on 10/25/17. Students brand new to SDUSD, 5th graders and 8th graders are the primary focus, but screening is available for all MEA students.

French Club!

Wednesday, October 25 / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

One of our Mt. Everest Academy parents, Mr. Tassin, has offered to teach French to our students! He'll be available this Wednesday during lunchtime to talk about the new French Club, and to answer any questions.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, October 25 / 2:00-3:00 / Room 17B

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

Middle School & High School Costume Dances

Thursday, October 26 / Auditorium

Grades 6-12: Mark your calendars for your upcoming Costume Dance! Free admission!

  • 3:00-5:00pm Middle School
  • 6:00-8:00pm High School

All students must bring this signed permission form. Permission forms are also available in the front office.

Wonder Walk in Nature

Friday, October 27 / 10:00-11:30am

Tecolote Nature Center, 5180 Tecolote Road, San Diego

Feeling a desire to connect with your senses and local nature? Unplug and observe exciting biodiversity in our urban treasure Tecolote Canyon with MEA parent and naturalist Niki Ahrens. Niki will lead an interpretive walk starting at Tecolote Nature Center this Friday, Oct 27 at 10:00 am. The journey will begin on the main trail, then follow the less beaten path of Battle Trail to loop back to the main trail back.

Niki will connect Kumeyaay uses for native plants while also focusing on child-led wonder. Think of the academics integrated for your turn-in folders: Science, Social Studies, PE, Art, and more.

Restrooms are available at Tecolote Nature Center before and after the walk. Walk through the nature center to see live snakes and enjoy neat nature displays too.

Lunch/play option: Join friends for free play and lunch time after the walk at the park next door, which is easily walkable.

Helpful things to bring: water, closed-toe shoes, journal and pencil, sun hat, picnic lunch if heading to park afterward.

1.5 mile trail is mostly flat with a gentle ascend.

Contact Niki with any questions at Look forward to seeing you on the trail!

Taylor Guitars Factory Tour!

Friday, October 27 / 12:45-2:15

Taylor Guitar factory / 1980 Gillespie Way, El Cajon

This Friday, October 27th is our Taylor Guitar Factory Tour!

Please RSVP to Ms, Barb at if you plan to attend. Learn how a guitar is made starting with a piece of lumber to finished product. Pick up and try out one of these guitars and enjoy the tour. We'll meet at 12:45.

Fitnessgram, grades 10-12

Monday, October 30 / 1:00 pm / Auditorium

Students in grades 10-12 that have not yet passed the Fitnessgram should report to Mt. Everest on Monday 10/30 at 1pm to take it.

Here are the specific exercises involved in the exam. Students are required to take 2 years of PE to graduate high school. However, if the Fitnessgram is not passed, students are REQUIRED to take PE additional years. Students should wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.

Fitnessgram, SDUSD

Fitnessgram, The Cooper Institute

Art Gallery

Wednesday, November 1 / 12:30-3:00 / B16

Thursday, November 2 / 8:00-12:15 / B16

Everyone is invited to MEA's first Art Gallery! Come and enjoy the hard work that was put into these pieces of art. Enjoy free food, drinks, music, and you can talk to the artist about what inspired them to take their pictures and get tips on how to be a good photographer.

Featuring photographers:

  • Aurora B.
  • Arenui F.

And AP art studio students:

  • Michelle E.
  • Katherine G.
  • Anthony Q.
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“Spiritual Diversity in Education”

Friday, November 3 / 9:00-12:00 / Cafeteria

Ms. Deb Mech is facilitating Spiritual Diversity in Education which is open to all parents, students, staff, and community members. This workshop is a fully inclusive whole-child / holistic approach to tolerance and understanding and fully aligns with our mission of equity and integrated health and wellness. Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Ms. Mech at

Click here for an informational flyer

************* ANNOUNCEMENTS *************

Impact Survey Forms

Just a FEW more families need to turn in their Impact Aid Program Survey Forms. We need to have one for every student enrolled as of October 4, 2017. Remember, San Diego Unified School District receives funding from the federal government for survey cards that we turn in. Please take just a few moments to help SDUSD, Mt. Everest, and your child by filling out your card and returning it to the office ASAP.

As a special incentive to help meet this important deadline, the students of the first supervising teacher that gets 100% of their cards turned in will get an ICE CREAM PARTY!

Engineering Challenge

This is the last week of the makerspace October challenge. All creators can come by the makerspace anytime this week to build and test your tool! There will also be a run-off this week for any engineers that have successfully picked up all the objects so far in the challenge. Winner will be announced in next week's Monday message and receive a place of honor on the "Engineer Wall" in the makerspace".


Just a reminder! Our "Communi-Tree" is growing brighter every day! It is for everyone-so if you haven't added a leaf, please come by the Maker Space and do so! Staff, teachers, principal, parents, students and siblings-we need all of you-as we all make up our awesome MEA community!

Elementary Students on Campus

To parents of elementary students,

Students in grades K-5 are supervised when they are in study groups and PALS. Any other time elementary students are on campus, they need to be supervised by a parent or family member. They should not be left on their own to go from one extracurricular activity to another. Please plan for your child's supervision, so they can enjoy all the wonderful activities and friendships that are available here on campus.

************* COUNSELING CORNER *************

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 anytime!

Cal-SOAP College Fair

Wednesday, October 25 / 6:00-8:00pm

Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego

  • For High School Students and Parents
  • Over 100 Colleges Represented and Various College Readiness Workshops:
  • Free parking & admissions
  • No pre-registration for students and parents needed.

Click for college fair webpage

********** extracurricular activities ***********

Please find the most up-to-date schedule here. This schedule is a work in-progress; we will continue to add to and fine-tune the schedule as needed.

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

Jam Session with Mr. Nielsen

Wednesdays / 2:00-3:00 / Room B15
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The new website has information about the below and MUCH MORE!

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The Lion King

October 20 - November 5, 2017

Tickets $15

JCompany Youth Theatre is putting on "Disney's The Lion King," and MEA 9th grader, Brendan D., plays the role of Simba! The African savannah comes to life at JCompany, as Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again. JCompany is the leading youth theatre program in San Diego.

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Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

  • Let the coast and ocean inspire you!
  • Win great prizes!
  • Have your work featured online and exhibited throughout California!

For questions, please email

Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2018 to be eligible.