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Spirit Day Pictures

Click here for pictures from Hawaiian Day, Sports Day, and Decades Day. YAY school spirit!


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Club Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 1 & Wednesday, Oct. 2

11:45-12:45 / Cafeteria

Calling all students! Do you want to get involved at school, make a difference, and have fun? Come to the Club Fair to learn about all the activities available to you!

Meeting for all Juniors

Thursday, October 3 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria

Mr. Zappala will discuss what is important to focus on for 11th graders, and what to think about as they become seniors next year. Free pizza will be served!

Chipotle Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 8 / 4:00-8:00pm

Chipotle at 5650 Balboa Ave.

This is the first fundraiser of the Mount Everest Academy Foundation! Let’s start off the year right by meeting new MEA families and reconnecting with others (over burritos)!

Fundraiser flyer

Chipotle website

Lunch Concert

Wednesday, October 9 / 12:00 / Auditorium

Malvyn L, 9th grader, is kicking off our first Lunch Concert of the year! Learn more about his past and upcoming concerts under "Student Spotlight." Your ASB will have a snack to share and you can eat your lunch or just relax while listening to live music!

Any students who would like to perform in a future Lunch Concert, please contact Mr. Nielsen: / 858-627-7382 / room 6.

Which movie would you like to see?

Thursday, October 10 / 3:15 pm / Auditorium

The ASB is taking a poll to find out which movie will be shown for "Movie Night." The options are:

  • Monsters University
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Ratatouille

Vote here!

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 15, 16, 17

Elementary teachers will schedule one-on-one meetings with parents from Tuesday, October 15 through Thursday, October 17. During this week there will be no K-5 study groups or extracurricular activities (except music classes with Mr. Johnson).

"My Son Pinocchio Jr."

Friday, November 1 / 11:30 / JCC

I cannot tell a lie- we have 20 tickets for My Son Pinocchio Jr. at the La Jolla JCC on Friday, November 1 at 11:30 AM. One of our very own Mount Everest students will be in the show! Please come and support her.

Buy your tickets for the special price of $8 each. Please make a check out to Mt. Everest Academy or bring cash to secure your spots. Tickets will be sold in the front office by Maria until Friday, October 18.

Always let your conscience be your guide!

Classics 4 Kids: "Tubby the Tuba"

Friday, November 8 / 11:30 / Historic Balboa Theatre

Hello music and dance enthusiasts! We have an opportunity to attend a Classics 4 Kids concert in beautiful Balboa Park! We have 15 tickets to "Tubby the Tuba" on Friday November 8 at 11:30. Parents will be provided with a lesson plan before the show!

  • 50+ Minute Interactive Orchestra Concert designed for Children & Teachers
  • FREE Pre & Post Concert Activity Packet with curriculum, discussion and assessment materials
  • FREE Classroom Docents from the Advocates For Classical Music
  • Content aligned with CA State Standards for Pre-K thru 6th Grades

If interested in attending please bring $7 per person to secure each spot. Payment will be due to Maria in the front office by Friday, October 25.

For questions please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at

Annual Legoland Visit

What: Tickets include admission to both LEGOLAND and the SEA LIFE aquarium

When: Friday, Nov. 22

Cost: Tickets for both children and adults are $15!

Parking: Free parking pass for every adult!

To take advantage of this fun and awesome deal, you must pay by cash or check at the front office by OCTOBER 18!

*Please note that this is not a school chaperoned fieldtrip. Students must have their own transportation and supervision.


SDUSD adds Student Board Member Position

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, the San Diego Unified Board of Education accepted a student petition and authorized installment of a student board representative, in line with California Education Code 35012. The Board item can be found here.

The filing window has opened and students can now file documents of candidacy to be elected to serve a one-year term alongside the five Board Trustees for the 2019-20 school year following the process located at The filing deadline for interested students is Thursday, October 10, 2019 and the districtwide high school student election will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Additional details regarding the election will be shared as soon as they become available.

The Student Board Member elected in October 2019 will serve until 6-30-2020. A separate election will be held in Spring 2020 for a Student Rep whose term will be 7-1-2020 through 6-30-2021.

AP Exam registration and payment

New Collegeboard Procedures

Registration and payment due Nov. 1 for Spring Exams

Step 1: Activate Exam

Students log into their AP® Exam Class on the MyAP Site at to join the online AP® Exam group and activate the exam by clicking on “Register for the Exam”. Deadline to activate is November 1, 2019.

Step 2: Fee Submission

Go to and complete the online payment form to submit fees. All students registering for an exam must complete the online payment form, regardless of method of payment. Deadline is November 1, 2019.

ASB Instagram

Our MEA ASB has set up an Instagram account to share updates about upcoming ASB and school events: @mea.asb

Help take care of our chickens

To MEA Students and Parents,

If you'd like to get involved in taking care of the MEA chickens, come to the chicken coop area on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 9am to learn about what you can do.

The chores are listed on this coop care checklist.

The Coop Group has also set up a Remind account to communicate updates, time changes, and chicken needs.

Save 15% on your yearbook

The 2019-20 MEA Yearbook is on sale now! Order your copy by September 30 to get a 15% discount (regular price: $29 + tax). Learn more by clicking here: 2019-20 MEA Yearbook

This year's book gives each student 2 free pages to fill with their own photos and memories. The sooner you buy the yearbook, the sooner you can start creating your pages!

Follow the links in the sale flyer to purchase your copy, or click here: Purchase Your 2019-20 MEA Yearbook (School Passcode: 1013183679162246)

MEA Foundation Logo Contest

Calling all artists and designers! The newly formed MEA Foundation whose purpose is to support teaching and learning at our awesome little school needs some branding! They have announced a logo contest with cash prizes!

  • 1st place - $50
  • 2nd place - $30
  • 3rd place - $20

The logo can incorporate the current MEA school logo or be a whole new design. There are also free logo design creators online if you do not want to draw something freehand. For more info on designing a logo, check out this article. This contest is open to all students in grades K-12. Get creative! Designs are due Wed., Oct. 16 and can be submitted to the front office or emailed to

**** Extracurricular activities ****

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

If you have a talent to share and are interested in leading an extracurricular class or workshop series, please contact Principal Browne at

Library Challenge - October

This month's challenge is a Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt!

Find a call number and book, write the title & author, and repeat for 10 books! Turn your completed form into the library by Thursday, October 24, 12:30 pm to receive a prize!

Programming Club

When are you available for this club? Let us know here!

From car manufacturing lines to smart fridges, code runs the entire world. Corporations manage their databases with code, moviemakers use programs to combine their footage based on code, and teachers put in your grades on a website, also written in code. Come learn the most demanded skill of our time through robotics, automation, and much more!

Programming Club flyer

Environmental Club

Thursdays / 12:00-12:30 / Room 14

Below is a short inspirational video that was compiled and edited by Sara W., MEA senior, in the Multi Media class taught by Mr. Nielsen.

survey for Dungeons and Dragons

When are you available for this club? Let us know here!

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. DD Flyer

Survey for Model UN

When are you available for this club? Let us know here!

MUN is an 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. MUN Flyer


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!

Meeting for all Juniors

Thursday, October 3 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria

Mr. Zappala will discuss what is important to focus on for 11th graders, and what to think about as they become seniors next year. Free pizza will be served!

Speaker from UCSD

Thursday, October 10 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria

We will be having a UCSD admissions representative come speak to students and any interested parents, on Thursday, October 10 at 11:55. He will speak about the admissions process for UCSD and the UC system, and answer any questions you have.

Meeting for Seniors

Last week Mr. Zappala met with all MEA seniors and spoke with them about Naviance, financial aid for college, the importance of "brag" sheets, scholarship resources, and more!

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Senior appointments with Mr. Zappala

Seniors! It's important that you meet one-on-one with Mr. Zappala during the month of October.

See his available times and sign up here for your appointment.

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World Language Assessment Testing

Thursday, November 14 / 12:00-2:00 / Room 1


Dear parents of 7-12th graders,

The language acquisition office will be conducting world language assessments at MEA on November 14th at noon. These are the languages offered. Passing this assessment will grant students credit for 2 years of world language proficiency equal to the SDUSD world language graduation requirement. If you feel as though your student can pass this assessment, please e-mail Mr. Zappala at and he will arrange to have an exam ordered for your student. In determining your student’s eligibility, at a minimum, students should be able to read in the language tested.


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,

Malvyn L., concert pianist

Malvyn L, MEA 9th grader, will be performing with the Culver City Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the young artist competition in Los Angeles on Oct 19, 2019. Link to flyer

Over the summer Malvyn traveled to Poland for a music festival that featured pianists playing concertos with a symphony orchestra. The concert was held in a medieval city, Toruń, the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus.

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Malvyn performed the entire set of Saint-Saëns No 2 in G minor, Op22 concerto with Toruń Symphony Orchestra.

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Professor Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń gave Malvyn a congratulatory kiss after the concert!

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Malvyn to play at MEA Lunch Concert

Wednesday, October 9 / 12:00 / Auditorium

Mark your calendar!


Scholastic Chess Tournament

Sunday, October 6 / San Diego Chess Club

Please see this flyer for information on participating and registering for the San Diego Chess Club Fall Scholastic tournament.

Contact for event:

Romeo and Juliet

This production of Romeo and Juliet includes many of our current and former Mt. Everest Academy students!

  • Elizabeth B.
  • Katherine B.
  • Leena I.
  • Rhys R,.
  • Zane S.
  • Mikaela S.
  • Josephine

Performances are at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, on October 4, 6, 12, and 13.


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