Monday Message

January 11, 2021

MEA Foundation General Meeting

Date: Tuesday, January 12

Time: 6:30 pm

Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/bkz-jpyv-gbf


All MEA parents and guardians are invited to attend this MEA Foundation General Meeting. We will discuss goals and future projects to benefit our school community. We look forward to seeing you there!

SPIRIT WEEK

The ASB is sponsoring the following spirit days this week. Express your creativity and show your school spirit!


  • Historical Figure Day - 1/12/21
  • Sports Day - 1/13/21
  • Decades day - 1/14/21


It is encouraged that students turn on their cameras during zoom meetings, so that they can show their spirit from home!


Submit Photos

Students can also submit photos of themselves dressed up in their spirit week apparel to TreeRing. Please include the students name, grade, and caption, and upload to the Spirit folder. Upload instructions

You can also send your spirit day photos to Linda Ele at lele@sandi.net
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Introducing: “12 at 12!”

Starting on January 12th, at 12 for 12 minutes! Join us for meditation and receive your mindful nourishment!


When: Jan. 12th, 2021 / 12:00pm


Zoom: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/7588584792

Meeting ID: 758 858 4792

Password: MEA!


Why: Optimum Health, Wellness, and Well-Being!


Who: Everyone!


Particulars:

  • Please log in by 11:59 am if possible.
  • Please remain MUTED unless called upon to share.
  • Meditation will take place from 12noon until 12:12 with 3 minutes for debrief thus ending our session at 12:15 for you to take your physical nourishment as well!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 18

Each year on the third Monday of January, America honors the birth, life, and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a time to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples through nonviolence.


School will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr.Day on Monday, January 18.

Elementary Art

Day: Thursday, Jan. 21

Time: 1:00pm

Zoom: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/7796265282


COLOR AND COLOR MIXING

This month students will learn about color and color mixing. They will also make marbled paper that will be used during next month's class.


Participants will need to provide their own supplies which are listed on the Elementary Art webpage.

Feel free to contact Mrs. Sink with any questions: vsink@sandi.net

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What I Wish My Teachers Knew

Created by the MEA Mental Health Club, this initiative will try and improve the mental health of students by giving us problems to solve. As a completely anonymous form, we ask students to answer questions relating to the topic of “what I wish my teachers knew”. As we get feedback on the emotional health of students, we will try and create programs alongside staff that help lift stressors relating to school. Please fill out the form below, no matter your grade level. You feedback will help our club immensely!


Form: What I wish my teachers knew


Email leenayumi1@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Meet some of our PALS tutors

Day: Thursdays

Times: 12:30 - 3:00

Zoom: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/85258186771


GRADES K-5:

Come spend some quality time with a MEA secondary student who is ready to listen to you, learn about your homework projects, and offer their guidance. Some of our tutors have experience from tutoring on campus in previous years, and a few brave tutors are new to MEA this year.


This is a great way to take advantage of the wonderful synergy that exists between our older and younger students. And if you'd just like to learn more, feel free to stop by on Thursday afternoons and check them out!


PALS is hosted by staff member Linda Ele

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Art Supply pickups for Ms. Battins's (Kielty) students

Middle school students taking Ms. Battin's (Kielty's) art class may come to campus to pick up a bag of art materials and a sketch book on the following days:


Pick up times for all days are from 10:00am - 1:00pm

  • Thursday, Jan. 14
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19
  • Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27
  • Thursday, Jan. 28

Yearbook Request: "Me and my pet"

This unusual year calls for unusual yearbook pictures!


If you’re a lucky pet owner, would you please send in a photo of YOU AND YOUR PET for the yearbook? Please include your first name, last name, grade, and the name of your pet.


Pictures can be submitted by either:


This picture shows an MEA 3rd grader with his dog "Eeva"

Your Input Needed

With Covid19 numbers rising in our county, there are many unknowns for campus re-opening. We need your input for if and when (and how) we may open campus for our students. Please complete this survey for each of your MEA students as soon as possible.


Our unique program currently meets the needs of many different families for many different reasons. This data, along with District guidelines, will help inform our decisions moving forward. We thank you for your input.

Senior Portraits

Seniors may have their senior portraits taken at Chula Vista Photo this year, as we are not able to have Lifetouch come on campus. Here is more information about what to expect.


To schedule an appointment, contact the studio at mail@chulavistaphoto.com or 619-422-9281.


Book your appointment soon! Your portrait needs to be taken in either January or February to ensure that it will make it into the 2020-21 MEA Yearbook.


For any questions, please contact Linda Ele at lele@sandi.net

Material Checkouts

For material pickups, returns, and exchanges please come to the North facing door of the auditorium on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 and 1:00. (including Chromebooks for Edgenuity exams)


Please contact Suzie Wilson at swilson3@sandi.net 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.

YEARBOOK

The 20-21 school year will be unlike any other. We will be talking about it for the rest of our lives. This year’s yearbook is going to be different too...because it will be crowdsourced and made by YOU!

Purchase yearbooks and contribute photos

ASB Instagram

MEA's ASB Instagram account is running again this year! Follow us to get updates on school events, spirit weeks, and more! Account Handle: @mea.asb

* * 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 mteverest@sandi.net. We want to hear from you!

Artwork by Renee Dunlap

Created by this MEA senior over Winter break!
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** Extracurricular Activities **

CLUBS

PALS interest form

PALS, our student tutor program is starting soon! Elementary schoolers who are looking to be tutored, please fill out the form below. Middle and high schoolers who are looking to tutor, also fill out the form below. Thank you!

PALS Interest Form

Ally Action

MEA is continuing our anti-bullying campaign this year! Due to concerns surrounding many of the ideals that ADL stood for, we are no longer associating ourselves with them, and we are officially Ally Action. We are starting the campaign by encouraging all students to sign this pledge to make our school a more welcoming place. Throughout the year, we will host events for all ages to build our school's community. If you're interested in joining our team, you can also tell us that on the pledge. Anyone in 6th-12th grade is more than welcome!!

Pledge Link

** COUNSELING CORNER **

Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. Please reach out to him him with any counseling questions at rzappala@sandi.net. Look for online office hours and grade level meetings in the future!

Language Other Than English testing

Most students will satisfy the LOTE (Language Other Than English) requirement by taking two or more years of world languages classes; however, 8th grade students who are already proficient in another language may choose to demonstrate proficiency equivalent to two years of secondary instruction by passing a LOTE Alternative Assessment in their primary language. We will be testing on February 3rd online. At minimum, students need to be able to read in his/her language.


The language acquisition office has sent Mr. Zappala the names of students who might be successful taking the Alternative assessment, and he will be in touch with those students this week. In addition, if you feel like your 8th grader can demonstrate this proficiency, in any of the languages below, please contact Mr. Zappala (rzappala@sandi.net) no later than Monday, February 1st and he will forward you the login information.

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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.

Spring Community College Dual Enrollment

11th and 12th grade students may take a community college course while enrolled at Mt. Everest Academy. There are many courses offered for dual credit, where students can meet high school graduation requirements while earning college credit. Now is the time to sign up for a Spring semester course!


All students, new and returning, need to submit a community college Supplemental Application each semester. Students can submit their Supplemental Application as of Oct. 26th and open enrollment will begin on December 14th.


Students new to the dual enrollment process will need to complete the CCApply and Registration Applications in addition to the Supplemental Application.


For any questions, please contact Mr. Zappala at rzappala@sandi.net

Challenge to Class Requirements

Students must meet all class requirements prior to being enrolled in community college campus courses. Students can clear prerequisites by challenge exam, transcripts, or petition to challenge.


Challenge Exam offered through testing office: testing@sdccd.edu


If you’ve taken classes similar to the prerequisites in question but not exact equivalents, or if you have applicable work experience, you can petition through the particular Department. For this, download and submit this Petition to Challenge. The submit link is just below the forms.

SAT 2020-21

For those of you thinking about taking the SAT this school year, here is everything you need to know. Although many colleges are not considering the SAT or ACT for admission for the Fall of 2021, some are test optional where the results can be considered for course placement. Reach out to Mr. Zappala with any questions you have about the SAT and ACT.

Women in Computer Science

ComputerScience.org has created an extensive guide geared towards women in computer science. This guide discusses the gap amongst women in the computer science field, the benefits of a career in computer science, and how universities are working to gain the momentum of females in the field of CS. Most importantly, this guide offers resources that will help women begin their journey to a rewarding and successful STEM career by listing free online courses, summer camps, scholarship information, and top female-dominated computer science programs.

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS, ART TEACHERS, AND BLACK HISTORY AFICIONADOS!

The SDUSD and the SD Public Libary are inviting artist/art teacher volunteers to lead a group of young scholars (click for flyer) in completing a Black History Month art project through live, virtual instruction (45 minutes-1 hour) the week of 2/22. It can be a subject/topic of your choosing (related to Black History), but must be ability-level appropriate for the group(s) you select (PK-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-12th). Materials provided to students in advance.


Fill out this proposal form to volunteer! (Open to all staff, families, students, community members).


Email Ebonee Weathers (she/her) at eweathers@sandi.net for more information.

MANDALA MEDITATION

Friday, Jan. 15 / 10:00am-noon

Zoom Meeting ID: 862 3210 1882

Passcode: 925177


Supplies:

Print this template on regular paper.

Regular pencil or pen, or colored pencils or pens.

(3 colors maximum makes a more satisfying mandala)


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 plumtreeb@gmail.com

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