Monday Message

JUNE 7, 2021

Promotion Ceremonies

Kindergarten: Tuesday, June 8, 10:00 am


5th grade: Wednesday, June 9, 10:30 am


8th grade: Wednesday, June 9, 1:30 pm


ON CAMPUS PROCEDURE

Please use the ELEMENTARY GATE (enter through the Wiggin Annex parking lot) for all promotion ceremonies. The following SDUSD Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place.


To attend, each person must either:

  • have a symptoms checklist form completed, or
  • fill out a ClearPass using the student's district ID and password, and then show a screenshot for campus check-in


Other requirements:

  • Everyone in attendance must wear a proper face mask
  • No food or drinks will be served
  • Bringing a water bottle is suggested. Drinking water is permitted as long as 6 feet apart from others.

SENIOR GRADUATION REHEARSAL

Thursday, June 10

12:30-1:30

Mt. Helix Park Outdoor Amphitheater


Parking is VERY limited. Please carpool if you can.

Senior Graduation

Friday, June 11

5:00-6:30

Mt. Helix Park Outdoor Amphitheater


Graduation Day information and instructions

Senior Celebration

Last Friday seniors gathered on campus for one last time, many with memories of their younger years at MEA. Graduation apparel was distributed, caps were decorated, yearbooks were signed, and the senior legacy mural was painted. Good times!!


SEE PHOTO GALLERY

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"Senior Shelf" Legacy Project

Message to seniors from Mrs. Mullen


It was so nice to connect with many of you at the Senior Celebration on Friday. I have purchased 8 books based on your requests and email requests. If you have not already submitted your choice, it's not too late! We will take books up to Graduation Day! You can bring them to rehearsal or graduation! The book drop off box will be in front of the school or front office all week. I will leave bookplates for you to handwrite your message, or you can still email them to me to print out at nmullen@sandi.net.


Your personal book selection will be placed in the MEA library for the whole community to enjoy. Please tell future readers about your choice by personalizing a bookplate. Your bookplate could include:

  • why you like the book
  • who should read the book (recommended grade level, especially if it has mature themes)
  • A short sentence describing its plot or theme
  • A personal message to the school or library
  • Your first and last name

Please make sure your book choice and words are school appropriate.


If you need help acquiring or purchasing your book choice, please contact Mrs. Mullen ASAP by email. Limited funds have been generously provided by the MEA Foundation, and we still have money to spend!

We are excited to help you leave a “literal” piece of yourself on the Senior Shelf at your future alma mater!

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MAKE-UP TIMES

For families that still need to return books and re-enroll for next year, there are two make-up times available. Please come to the ELEMENTARY GATE (enter through the Wiggin Annex parking lot).


  • Thursday, June 10 / 12:30-3:30
  • Tuesday, June 15 / 9:00-12:30


Book Returns

Know what you owe! To view your library account, go to our MEA Destiny Home page

  • Follow the login instructions (student ID and password).
  • After logging in you can find “Know What You Owe” under “How to…” in the top left column.


Re-Enrollment

2021-22 enrollment forms will be available for you to sign. If your address has changed, please bring a new proof of residence. Master agreements will still be signed in August when textbooks are picked up.

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FALL Community COllege Classes

Students entering 11th grade as of this Summer and wanting to take a college class this Fall can complete a Supplemental Application.


The Fall schedule is expected to be out on 6/7/21, but keep checking the sdmesa.edu website for the posting if it is not on the site as of that date.


Students need to apply to the community college district if they have not done so.

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK

This is your opportunity to get a one-of-a kind, during a pandemic shutdown, uniquely memorable yearbook. So get zooming (not the video meeting kind) and order it now!


Click to Purchase Your 2020-21 MEA Yearbook

  • School Passcode: 1013183679162246


This year's book gives each student 2 free pages to fill with their own photos and memories.


Previews of the Mt. Everest Academy 2020-21 yearbook below.

Level Up SD - Summer Program

Registration is now open!!


https://levelupsandiego.org/

Student Covid-19 Testing

San Diego Unified has partnered with UC San Diego to provide FREE COVID-19 testing at every school campus for all of our students. Testing is an important part of our district’s plan to protect our community from the spread of coronavirus.

COVID-19 testing information

AmazonSmile

MEA Foundation is fully registered with AmazonSmile as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit! When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon.com will donate to MEA Foundation at no cost to you!


First, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-2089378 and set your charity to "Mount Everest Academy Foundation".


Then, always start your shopping at https://smile.amazon.com and shop as usual while supporting our school!

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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 Linda Ele at lele@sandi.net. We want to hear from you!

I have a little story to tell...

At the art show last Thursday, a parent-teacher conference (really a spontaneous conversation) revealed a crazy connection. Jacinda, Mariam’s mom, and I discovered that she had attended the same high school during the years in which I had worked as a beginning teacher! Later that day I went back to the yearbooks and found our photos in the same two editions! Wild stuff to know that my student’s mother was a student at the same high school where I had begun my career! We had a great time talking and realizing that we knew some of the same people. Jacinda was not my student, but she was in a colleague’s class-we both remember him fondly as an eccentric and as a living reminder that most Spanish teachers are a little bit crazy! The neatest thing about all this is the new friendship blossoming between my daughter Sam and Jacinda’s daughter-and my student-Mariam.

It really is a small world after all.

Nancy Mullen


Below, teaching high school in 1992 (year 2!).

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Ally Action Worksheet

MEA Ally Action has created this worksheet to help people learn more about pronouns. It explains the use of different pronouns and provides practice for using them in ways you may not be used to. Knowing how to use a person's pronouns correctly is one of the best ways to be an ally to trans people, so we strongly encourage you to take the time to learn this! Feel free to share this worksheet with others as well.

Disclaimer: We are providing this worksheet in accordance with the Fair Education Act (SB48).

** 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.

Opportunity Scholarships for the Class of 2022

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships offer nearly $5 million each year to reward your efforts to plan and pay for college. There are 6 college planning steps to complete for 6 separate chances at $500. When you finish all 6, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $40,000 scholarship, but you can still earn money even if you don’t complete them all.


Learn how Juliana Balanzar of La Jolla High won $40,000.

How to read a transcript

Here’s a short video on how to read a transcript, created by SDUSD.


It’s important that high school students understand transcripts for:

  • Graduation status
  • Four year planning
  • Post secondary planning

Free Community Assessment Team (CAT) Services

CAT Services flyer

The CAT program is a resource program under SAY San Diego. Say, San Diego is a long standing, local Non-profit program that has worked with San Diego Unified families for years, specifically offering free counseling, case management and basic needs assistance for school aged youth from 6-18 years of age. This is basically a one stop help with academic, behavioral or general issues that can arise especially during this time of distance Learning. Their services do not require health insurance, if that is a families preference or situation.


Community College information

Students taking community college classes during the Summer will need to buy their books and materials through the Mesa Bookstore or online (amazon, chegg, etc). You will not be billed through your portal for books.


High school students enrolled in 11 units or less will have their enrollment fees waived, but will be billed for the health fee (roughly $22). Enrollment fees may take 10-12 business days to clear of their balance.


High school students can now begin submitting supplemental applications to the campus where your course is offered as soon as you select your class(es) off of the summer class schedule. You will be enrolled by Admissions around open enrollment May 17, 2021. Please note: all High school students have a hold on their record and are not able to self enroll. Students must meet class requirements prior to being enrolled by Admissions. If you feel like you meet pre-requisite requirements for a class you can take a subject assessment to determine your eligibility. Please submit your supplemental applications for Fall as soon as the Fall class schedule becomes available on June 7th. Keep in mind to schedule classes at the community college that do not conflict with our MEA study group schedule.


Summer 2021 College Dates

Summer Class schedule- April 19, 2021

Open Enrollment - May 17, 2021

First day of Summer - June 7, 2021


Fall 2021 College Dates

Fall class schedule - June 7, 2021

Open Enrollment- July 19, 2021

1st day of Fall - Aug 23, 2021

Endless Possibilities

SDCCD Endless Possibilities

Your guide to majors and programs of interest at the San Diego Community College District. They offer endless possibilities for your career journey with a wealth of opportunities for pursuing your education. The SDCCD strives to make their students successful by dedicating their resources to quality instruction and stellar support services.

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.

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Everest Chess Camp

June 21-June 25 / 1:00-4:00pm


Everest Chess Camp webpage


  • Amazing Free Opportunity to Learn from a Chess Master - June 21 - 25 (1-4 PM)
  • Chess is a fun game that can raise your IQ and creativity!
  • As we learn openings, middle game and endgame strategies, your memory and critical thinking skills will be improved.
  • Prepare for local chess tournaments, State Championships and National Championships (tournaments are not required but encouraged)
  • Chess is also a great way to meet new friends.


MEA rising Senior Ajay Krishnan is a nationally-ranked chess player and a Candidate Master. He has represented the US Chess Team in International Chess Tournaments in Brazil and is a US Scholastic National Champion-runner up.


The Camp offers:

  • Live lessons via Zoom with engaging and fun coaches who are Masters!
  • Sessions meet daily at 1 pm PT (we will use Zoom Breakout Sessions for pairwise chess games)
  • All Camp Round Up daily at 4 pm PT
  • Comparable chess camps charge $500+
  • Donations to a non-profit organization welcome (but not required)


Grades: Camp open to students entering 1st – 12th grade in the fall


Click here if you would like to register for this amazing camp!

Camp BookIt! Summer Reading

Parents can enroll in Pizza Hut's Camp BOOK IT! to reward kids for reading during June, July and August. When kids meet their monthly reading goal, they'll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut will also share fun activities and book recommendations each week throughout the summer.

Y4C Summer Camp

Youth 4 Climate is a program under San Diego 350 with the goal of empowering youth to find their voice for an equitable and resilient future. We are putting on our second virtual Y4C Summer Camp for high school students in San Diego to help youth learn about and take action for climate justice.


The theme of our first session is “Discover Your Passion, Make It Your Power!” and it will run for three weeks, from June 21st-July 9th. Youth will spend 3.5-5.5 hours per week:

  • learning about climate change,

  • connecting with like minded peers,

  • hearing from climate experts, and

  • developing projects to tackle climate change!


Participants are also eligible to receive a certificate of completion and community service hours.


Session I of the summer camp costs $60, but nobody will be turned away from lack of funds. If you’re interested, please fill out this interest form to receive a registration link. People who register before June 14th and attend the camp will be entered into a raffle!


Please email Megan Phelps (she/her), the Y4C Intern, with any questions or comments: megan@youth4climate350.org.

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