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Testing/Class Calendar for May 2018


Here is the testing/class calendar for the month of May, which will affect all students' schedules. Please review it carefully.

This week, May 21-25

  • No study groups for grades 7-12 (except Economics)
  • Grades 7, 8, 11 will be testing
  • Grades 8, 9, 10 may take RRR Lifeskills & Sexual Education Classes
  • Elementary study groups continue as usual
  • Extracurricular activities continue as usual


Solar Car Races

Student in AP Environmental Science (APES) built their own solar cars and raced them in class. All of the races were pretty close, but Caterina B's car outran the other cars in all three runs. Great work APES students!

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Performance at Canyon Villas

On Monday, May 14th, our MEA cast of Midsummer Nights Dream took the show on the road to the Canyon Villas Retirement Facility. This endeavor meant that students had to show up, in costume, not knowing what their “stage” would look like and having to project their voices quite loudly for their audience. The cast was happy to come back together and the individuals at the nursing home thoroughly enjoyed the performance! Thank you to Ms. Erin Petersen for going with the flow to put on this performance!

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The science of dissection

Grade 7 science students had fun exploring tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, and joints while dissecting chicken wings. We also discovered who may be future doctors, chefs, physical therapists and vegetarians.

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High School Art

by Anthony Q., grade 12
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RRR for 10th graders

May 22, 23, 24 / 9:00-12:00 / Room 17A

For 10th grade parents:

Here is a letter from Principal Browne regarding the Rights, Respect, and Responsibility class that will be taught at Mt. Everest Academy by Ms. Pachon. More info on the SDUSD website:

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, May 23 / 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

Talent Showcase & Silent Auction

Thursday, May 24 / Auditorium

5:00: Refreshments and Silent Auction bidding

6:00: Show starts

Can't wait to see everyone for this special evening!

Silent Auction items can be purchased with CASH or CHECK (no credit cards).

Calling all students, parents, staff, families, and friends to come enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment at Mt. Everest Academy’s annual Talent Show & Silent Auction! Students from grades K-12 will showcase their talents, there will be free light refreshments and drinks, and the Silent Auction will have exciting gift baskets and gift certificates to bid on. This is Mt. Everest’s biggest fundraiser event of the year, and one hundred percent of all funds raised will directly benefit student learning and school activities.

Tickets: $5

  • Tickets may be purchased ahead of time in the office (by check or cash-exact change please)
  • Performers and stagehands get in free.

Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 28

School will be closed on Monday, May 28, in honor of those who have died and those who have put their lives on the line to defend the United States of America.

"Welcome Summer" Concert

Tuesday, May 29/ 4:00-5:00pm / MEA Auditorium

Mr. Johnson’s students will showcase some of the musical pieces they have learned this year. Everyone is invited to come enjoy our Beginning Orchestra, Beginning Band, Choir, Advanced Orchestra, and Advanced Band as they perform for your listening pleasure!

PERFORMERS: Please arrive at 3:00 pm for rehearsal

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."
  • And musical entertainment will be provided to give everyone the complete artistic experience!

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, desert, 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.

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Link to calendar on school website

CAASPP / SBAC Testing, grades 7, 8, 11: May 21-24

RRR Lifeskills/Sexual Education Classes, grades 8, 9, 10: May 21-24

Talent Showcase / Silent Auction: May 24

"Welcome Summer" concert: May 29

Art Show: May 31

MEA Family Picnic: June 1

Kindergarten Promotion: June 5

5th & 8th grade Promotion: June 6

Senior Graduation: June 8

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

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.

MEA in the Clairemont Connection

Check out page 13 of the May issue of the "Clairemont Connection." There's an article about our participation and awards in the science fair!

It's great to have the opportunity through "Clairemont Connection" to spread information about our wonderful school to the local community. Do you have an idea for an article about MEA that you'd like to write? Please let Linda Ele know at

Seeking Student Artwork

Mt. Everest will be having a Student Art Show on May 31, showcasing art from all MEA students.

Artwork from ALL students is welcome!

(not just from Ms. Flo's art students)

Students, to prepare your work for display, please click this link for the art submission form. Then you can bring the form and your artwork to Ms. Flo in room 10. Submissions need to be turned in by Wednesday, May 23. For any questions, contact Ms. Flo at

Library Due Dates

LIBRARY MATERIALS (books, DVDs, Phonics Readers, Time Readers) are due by Thursday, May 24.

TEXTBOOKS are due as soon as you are finished with them, or by June 13 at the latest.

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

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.

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:

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


Are you enjoying all that MEA has to offer? Do you have something nice to say about your school? Please share your thoughts on 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 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.

********** 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.

Extracurricular Activities Ending 5/24

Thursday, May 24, is the last official day for extracurricular activities this year.

Activity Leaders - if you would like to meet after May 24, please let your participants know. If it would be helpful to send your information out in a Monday Message, you can let Linda Ele know at


Wednesday, May 23 / 1:30 - 2:30 / Makerspace
Hello Pokemon players! Come enjoy one last get-together before the end of the school year! Please note, we'll be meeting in the Makerspace this Wednesday. See you there!

Sewing Crafts

This 8th grader made a zipper pouch out of some old material from a patchwork quilt. She then used jean material for the lining, making it a very sturdy pouch!

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Led by Toler P., 9th grader
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Winning Bookmark Designs

Below are the bookmark designs that you voted for! Congratulations to the following students for their winning designs:

  • Grades K-3 - Malik C.
  • Grades 4-8 - Esmee S.
  • Grades 9-12 - Lillian S.

These bookmarks are now available in the library, the parent room, and the front office.

There were many really great submissions, and the voting results were very close. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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Last week of Library Time

This Thursday, May 24, will be the last Library Time for this school year.
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Helping cut out box tops for Ms. Vivian.

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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.


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 to get specifications on what the newspaper is looking for: type of article, length, and photos.


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