"Tuesday" Message


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Oh, What a Show!

The Mt. Everest Academy Talent Showcase & Silent Auction was an evening of amazing entertainment! Thank you to all the performers, stage hands, silent auction donators, organizers, and audience for helping to create such a special evening!

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History Trivia

Mr. Cate's students battle it out in US Government trivia!

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MEA Cooking Show

Mrs. Essenburg and Ms. Varner’s Student Cooking Show group collaborated with Mr. Spiegelberg’s German Club for a bilingual episode filmed by students from Mr. Nielsen’s media class. Stay tuned for YouTube links to our season!

German: English

Zutaten: Ingredients

  • Reis: Rice (short-grain white rice) (3 cups)
  • Wasser: Water (3 cups)
  • Milch: Milk (5 cups)
  • Zucker: Sugar
  • Zimt: Cinnamon
  • Beeren: Berries (frozen or fresh)
  • Vanille: Vanilla extract (2 teaspoons)

Link to the directions for Reispudding: Rice Pudding

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MEA Students serve the homeless

Recently some of our MEA students visited TACO (Third Avenue Charitable Organization) to help feed and clothe the homeless. Our students were able to serve food and hand out socks and clothing. They were also able to greet and visit with the individuals who came downtown to be served. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed being of service.

Here's a beautiful video of their experience at TACO

Created by Christina S.

Halozyme opens its doors to students for the first time!

Last Friday, Mt. Everest students had the opportunity to visit Halozyme Therapeutics to tour the facility and meet the CEO and many of the staff scientists! This is the first time Halozyme has had students tour their labs and space! Students went in groups to visit several labs involved in Halozyme’s innovative biotechnology which is helping to treat cancer as well as deliver medication to chemotherapy patients. Halozyme’s enzyme has reduced chemo treatment times from 6-8 hours or more to less than 1 hour for several medications! It was a really cool experience to see how the enzyme is produced and tested. We saw cell culture, enzyme growth, and testing labs. We also were able to learn how the drug works directly from a talk from the CEO of Halozyme, Helen Torley. Other executive management officers that spoke to us were Michael LaBarre, VP, Chief Scientific Officer and Jim Mazzola, VP, Corporate Communication and Investor Relations.

This was a very informative and exciting opportunity, and Mt. Everest hopes to continue to engage with Halozyme for events like this in the future!

Thanks Halozyme!

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"Sunny Day"

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO that was taken at last year's MEA Family Picnic. We're all dancing to a song that Mr. Steve Antti (our retired music teacher) wrote. It's got a great feel-good vibe going on...check it out!


Art Show

Thursday, May 31 / 12:00-3:00 / Auditorium & Cafeteria

  • Everyone is invited to this special event, showcasing student artwork from grades K-12.
  • Attendees will also get to experience art being created, as 12th grader Chloe Larosh will put on a "Live Art Show."
  • Musical entertainment and light refreshments will be provided to give everyone the complete artistic experience!
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Vision Screening for 2nd graders

Thursday, May 31 / 12:00-3:00 / Front office

Hello 2nd grade parents,

Nursing staff will conduct mandated vision screening for 2nd graders on May 31. The MEA Art Show is being held at the same time, so your child can get vision screening done before or after enjoying the show!

MEA Family Picnic

Friday, June 1 / 11:00-1:30

Mission Bay Crown Point Shores North

This year's picnic promises to be bigger and more incredible than ever- if you can imagine that!!!

  • Mr. Zappala will be at work on the barbecue turning out hot dogs and burgers
  • Parents, please bring a dish to share (salad, dessert, chips, fruit, etc)
  • Paper plates, cups, napkins and utensils will be provided, but please bring your own re-useable plates & cups if you want to be more "green."
  • There will be fun and entertainment for all!
  • Join in the activities, or sit on the grass, enjoy the food and chat with friends
  • Bring chairs and blankets to sit on

This is a wonderful chance to celebrate the completion of a terrific school year and welcome summer vacation!

Link to Crown Point Park info

Address: 3740 Corona Oriente Rd., San Diego, 92109

Enter the above address into Google maps for directions to the parking lot, which is the far north lot.

Promotions and Graduation Schedules

Kindergarten Promotion

Tuesday, June 5 / 10:00-11:00 am / Auditorium

5th and 8th grade Promotion Luncheon

Wednesday, June 6 / 12:00-1:00 pm / Cafeteria

PLEASE RSVP HERE by June 1so we have an accurate count for seating and food.

Senior Graduation Rehearsal

Thursday, June 7 / 12:30 pm / MEA Auditorium

  • Practice is mandatory for all seniors who plan to participate in the graduation ceremony. Caps and gowns will be distributed at the end of practice.

Senior Graduation

Friday, June 8 / 6:00 pm

Creative Performing and Media Arts School (CPMA) Auditorium

  • The auditorium is located at the front of the school, and there is plenty of parking.
  • Please note that balloons will need to be kept outside, as an errant helium balloon would set off a fire alarm.

“Spiritual Diversity in Education”

Thursday, June 14 / 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 dmech@sandi.net.

Click here for an informational flyer

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

Musicians: would you like to play at the art show?

Hi Musicians!

If you'd like to play during the upcoming Art Show on May 31, please let Mr. Nielsen know. Catch him on campus in Room B16, or send him an email at enielsen@sandi.net. There are some open mic time slots available and waiting for you!

Makerspace Hours Week of 5/29

After the Memorial Day weekend, the Makerspace will be open for one final week with this modified schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 29: 8am - 1pm
  • Wednesday, May 30: 9am - 12pm
  • Thursday, May 31: 12pm - 3pm

After May 31, the Makerspace will be closed for the school year.

Library Due Dates

ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS (books, DVDs, Phonics Readers, Time Readers) are due now. Return them to the drop box in the library ASAP.

TEXTBOOKS are due as soon as you are finished with them, or by June 13 at the latest. Please bring them to the book room, Room 4.

For SENIORS: All textbook and library materials are due by Tuesday, June 5 (see Graduation Checklist)

To see what you've got checked out, CLICK HERE and follow the steps below:

Click on LOGIN on the upper right corner

Enter your school username and password

Click on MY INFO

Food Allergy Awareness

In honor of May 13-19, 2018 being Food Allergy Awareness Week, Ms. Flo's kindergarten students recently participated in activities related to food allergies. A few students wore teal, as teal is the signature color of food allergies. (The Empire State Building was actually lit up in teal on the night of May 13!) Awareness activities included:

  • Cutting and pasting pictures of food into a safe or not safe category
  • Observing a demonstration on the effectiveness of hand wipes
  • Receiving a gift bag with allergy free food treats
  • Ms. Flo read aloud the book "The Allergic Princess"

One in 13 children has food allergies so it's important that doctors, families, school staff, and fellow students learn how they can help keep children with food allergies safe.

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Please Return your enrollment packets

Thank you to everyone who picked up their re-enrollment packets for next year. We're halfway done.

NOW we're asking you to please return them!

(Filled out and with proof of residence, of course.)

Norma is waiting for them so she can process your paperwork.

If you are moving or are planning on attending a different school, please stop by the office and let Norma know, or call her at 858-496-8778. Thank you.

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Lost & Found

If you've lost something, please remember to check the Lost & Found in the office! All items that have not been picked up by the end of the school year will be donated to charity.

California School Parent Survey

Dear Mt. Everest Academy Parents,

Please take a moment to read this letter regarding the California School Parent Survey. This is an opportunity to share your opinions about the climate of our school. The data is used in a variety of ways including as an indicator on the CA School Dashboard and as evidence for our accreditation process.

It is imperative that we have a high participation rate so please take a moment to complete the survey online at this link: https://surveys.wested.org/csps/QP337DH

If you would prefer, paper copies can be found at the front office.

Please note that parents only need to complete and return one survey - for your oldest child attending Mt. Everest Academy. Thank you!

More info at http://cal-schls.wested.org/


Are you enjoying all that MEA has to offer? Do you have something nice to say about your school? Please share your thoughts on greatschools.com. Let’s get the word out about all the wonderful things about MEA!

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

Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. You can reach him with any counseling questions at rzappala@sandi.net or 858-496-8791. Or feel free to stop by the counseling office anytime!

Summer School

For parents that received a summer school email

If you received an email from Mr. Zappala regarding your student attending summer school, please either contact Mr. Zappala or return this summer school application to him as soon as you can. Thank you.

Still need to choose classes for next year?

For grades 8-11

If you have not yet met with Mr. Zappala to plan your classes for 2018-19, please go see him!

Articulation sheets are available on our school website.

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Flowers for Ms. Vivian

Elementary students each gave Ms. Vivian a flower to show their appreciation for Library Time.

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************ STUDENT SPOTLIGHT *************

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, lele@sandi.net.

Four MEA Students Receive Math Kangaroo 2018 National Awards!

Math Kangaroo is an international math problem solving contest open to students in grades 1-12. Students with the top 20 scores in the USA receive national awards, and students with the top 3 scores in their states also receive state awards.

The following MEA students achieved some of the highest scores in their grade levels:

  • Petunia Rizo, grade 7: 3rd place national award and 3rd place California state award
  • Enzo Moscola, grade 3: 8th place national award
  • Ria Rizo, grade 6: 8th place national award
  • Lucia Moscola, grade 7: 20th place national award


Demonstrating that everyone should have at least 4 hugs a day. (Just 1 hug won't do!)
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Summer Dance Camp


Join "The Facility" for a fun, engaging summer Hip Hop Dance Camp. Campers will have the opportunity to dance with other friendly, like-minded youth in a high energy and creative environment.


Tecolote Family Day

Saturday, June 2 / 10:00-2:00 / Tecolote Nature Center

FREE Family fun for all ages! Hands on discovery tables: Our Earth Rocks, Owl Pellet Dissection, Animal Skulls, Snake Encounters and Insect Investigations. Create with clay & enjoy nature crafts, Presentations throughout the day by Ms. SmartyPlants, Zovargo, Critter Encounters and Music by Biomimicry. This is a great no-cost opportunity to learn more about habitats, Kumeyaay, and native plants and animals.

Tecolote Family Day flyer

Chess Summer Camp 2018

Chess Minds in Motion is offering 3 summer camp chess sessions:

  • June 18-22
  • July 16-20
  • July 23-27

Tailored instruction is open to all levels. The chess camp is taught by Martin Nillson, a USCF Life Master, USCF Professional Coach, and Swedish Cadet National Champion.

Contact: martin@chessmindsinmotion.com

SDCC Summer Camp 2018 flyer


Seeking Student Contributions to local newspaper

A new newspaper has started in our area, "Clairemont Connections." One of their goals is to include information about local schools in their publication. We anticipate sharing happenings at Mt. Everest Academy in their paper.

March 2018 issue

April 2018 issue

May 2018 issue (includes MEA Science Fair article on page 13)

STUDENTS: If you'd like to contribute an article about our school to "Clairemont Connections," please contact Linda Ele at lele@sandi.net to get specifications on what the newspaper is looking for: type of article, length, and photos.


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