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Culinary Cross-Category Capers

Have you heard about Mt. Everest Academy's new reality show? Two Thursdays each month, students present a dramatic cooking event. Last month the cooking crew made delicious apple bites while Mr. Nielsen's multimedia class filmed the event. His students will now edit the video clips to produce an entertaining presentation we all can enjoy!

Link to more pictures

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Types of rocks on campus

As part of their Pebbles, Sand, and Silt unit, the second grade class went on a scavenger hunt for rocks in use on our school grounds. They found cement walkways, asphalt black top areas, clay pots, and even gravel used as a landscaping tool. They then recorded their data on a graph. The final analysis: Mt. Everest Rocks!

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Elementary Art with Mrs. Flo

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Les Miserables

Friday, January 12 / 10:00am

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

4126 Executive Drive , La Jolla, CA 92037

"Les Miserables" is performed by the JCompany Youth Theatre. MEA 9th grader, Brendan D., plays the role of Enjolras, the leader of the revolution.

  • You must provide transportation to and from the event.
  • Students are invited to be dropped off and left under Mrs. Finney’s supervision.
  • Parents are asked to pick their child up promptly after the performance.
  • Due to the mature nature of this play, young children are not recommended.

"A Midsummers Night's Dream"


Grades 2-12: Sign up for an audition slot and/or apply to work backstage for A Midsummer Night’s Dream!


Tuesday, January 9 / 12:00-2:00 / Auditorium
Wednesday, January 10 / 1:30-3:30 / Auditorium


Thursday, January 11 / 8:00pm


Thursday, January 11 / 12:00-2:00 / Auditorium

Link to Call Back & Production info


Email MEA Alumna and MEA Theatre Co. Founding Director, Adira Rosen at

Braille Institute Tour

Friday, January 12 / 1:00 pm

4555 Executive Drive, San Diego

Just a reminder to families that signed up for the Braille Institute field trip this Friday at 1pm. Please try to be early so we can start on time. This field trip is now closed to RSVPs due to a request by the Braille Institute.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 15

School will be closed next Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, January 17 / 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

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MEA Suggestion Box

Hello MEA Families! As per a student’s suggestion, :) a suggestion box has been placed in the library. We all know Principal Browne is always open to us sharing ideas with her, but a student suggested we have a formal box for the times we aren’t able to connect with her while we are on campus. This box is for ideas regarding anything to do with our school,-something you may want to see happen or an idea for improvement- and also to let us know if something is working really well! We ask that you treat this box with care and are respectful of the sincere desire of our student body to hear your wishes and interests!

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Vision Boards / Magazine Request

Magazines Wanted!

MEA Families! Have old magazines laying around? Please feel free to bring them to the Maker Space! We’ll give them new life! Thank you!

Vision Boards

Interested in clarifying your goals for the new year? Join us in the Maker Space to make a vision board. Vision boards are to help us clarify intentions. For example I may say- I want to be happier in 2018. Well, this doesn’t say much, does it? Yet, if I sit down and think about what that means to me (more time to hike, more going to shows, more playing soccer) and I create a board with these photos/words on it, -I can remember what I want and help myself to reach whatever it is I want to make happen. The board reminds us of what we want, and is a visual to help us keep moving toward those goals. With the distractions of life, it is easy to forget what we really want !!!

This workshop is open to everyone: parents, students and staff. If you're interested, please email Ms. Barb at The workshop can be set up for a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon. Please clarify your availability when you email. Thank you and happy 2018!

Your Ideas for Makerspace Projects & Challenges?

As YOUR Maker Space we’re always trying to provide new and interesting projects and engineering challenges just for you. We’d love for you to brainstorm with your family to come up with ideas for us you may want us to try. Send your list to Who knows, you may come to visit us and see your project waiting to be created!! Thank you for any input you can give us!

Here's a sample of previous challenges:

  • The Ultimate Flyer
  • Tower of Power
  • Bridge of Sticks

To see these challenges and more, click here

MEA Ducks!


(3 have been adopted!)

If you are interested in adopting a duckling or two, please contact Vivian Sink, by Thursday, January 11 so we can order the eggs.

As part of our whole school science program, we would like to hatch 6 Pekin duck eggs in the library during the months of January and February. However, we will need some families committed to adopting the ducklings and keeping them after they are hatched. They will need to stay here with us for one week after hatching, so they will be ready for families probably mid to late February.

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.

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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.

Pokemon Schedule Change

1st & 3rd Wednesdays / 1:30-2:30

The Pokemon/Games Club is changing its meeting day and time to the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1:30 to 2:30pm in the cafeteria. Don't know how to play Pokemon? No problem. We'll teach ya how. Don't have cards? No worries. We'll help you build a deck. (Note: the next meeting day is Jan. 17).

Snowflake making in the makerspace!

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California Young Reader Medal Nominees

The California Young Reader Medal Nominees are now available in our library! The picture books will be read during Library Time for the K-5 graders (these books cannot be checked out until all LT classes have voted). If you are interested in participating and having a voice in the winner of your grade level, be sure to come in to the Library and look at all the great CYRM Nominees for K-8th grade! The chapter book nominees for third through eighth grade that are on display can be checked out from our library! Cast your vote to Ms. Vivian by March 29th to be included in the ballot.

January Library Challenge

The first Library Challenge of 2018 is a crossword puzzle! Click here for the puzzle, or pick one up in the library. Turn your completed form into the library by 12:30 Thursday, January 18 to receive a prize!


Bring your December reading logs to the library to get a free pizza certificate and pick up January forms.

Library BookIt! webpage


Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon

January 5-21 / Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park

Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS is an adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne's adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series. This time around, Jack and Annie’s tree house takes them to an exotic island with pirates.

Annie is played by Julia V, MEA 7th grader!

STEM Opportunities for Young Women

High school age girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can attend one of two conferences happening Feb. 10. Age requirements vary for each event.

Dare to Dream STEM Career Conference

The Association of Women in Science (AWIS) welcomes junior and senior high school girls and community college undergraduates to Dare to Dream about exciting careers at the AWIS STEM Career Conference on Feb. 10. Students will interact with experienced STEM leaders, engage in hands-on workshops, take part in small group discussions, and hear stories and advice from women who work in these exciting career paths. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Storm Hall at SDSU.

Click here for more information or contact the planning committee at Registration fee is $10. Fee waivers for hardship are available.

Envision 2018 Conference

The UCSD Society of Women Engineers (SWE) welcomes high school girls ages 14 to 18 to learn about the exciting career possibilities in STEM at the UCSD SWE Envision 2018 Conference on Feb. 10. Students will participate in hands-on computer programming activities, robot building, and a STEM project fair. They will hear speakers from industry and academia, and have a chance to be mentored by engineering undergraduates. There will be a parallel parent-educator session that includes discussion about financial aid and a student-parent panel. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Jacobs Hall at UCSD.

Click here for more information and here to register. Contact the planning committee at Registration is free.


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