Monday Message


MEA Science Fair 1/30/20

MEA students did VERY well on their Science Projects for our 6th Annual Science Fair last week. There were 66 different and interesting topics in a collection of 16 possible categories that students could look into. Each one was unique and worth exploring. We admire the hard work they put in to getting the details right about what nature was doing in their experimental investigations. Solid work!

It was a pleasure to see the big turnout for our 6th Annual event.

We want to thank the MEA English Department for helping with the research writing requirement portion for many of the projects shown this year. Well done!

Click for Science Fair slide show

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Many thanks to S.F. judges

A thank you note goes out to the MEA parents and community members below who helped judge our Science Fair on January 28, 2020. We respect the judgments you made in evaluating many of our projects in several categories.

  • Michael Steel
  • Andy and Jackson Wilke
  • Hilde van den Bergh

From the staff at Mt. Everest Academy: THANK YOU!

Donation Station Farmstand

Last week Good Neighbor Gardens offered surplus harvest grown from their Gracious Neighbor gardens to MEA families. 100% of the donations for their fresh produce goes to the Mount Everest Academy Foundation to benefit our gardens. Look for a Donation Station Farmstand here once a month!

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Top Seller Prize

The 6th grader to the right was one of the top sellers in our See's Candy/Desert Sun Coffee fundraiser. This worked out great for her fellow students, as Ms. Barb served breakfast treats to all the 6th graders in her honor!

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Lunch Concert

Tuesday, February 4 / 12:00 / Auditorium

Aaron C., 11th grader, is the featured pianist at this Lunch Concert! Everyone is invited to this event; 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.

ASB Book Sale

Tuesday, Feb. 4 - Thursday, Feb. 6

11:45 - 1:00 / Cafeteria

Thank you to MEA families for contributing your gently used books to our ASB sponsored Book Sale! Now you can come on over to the cafeteria and find some new books to love!

Suggested donations: $1 for paperbacks, $2 for hard cover (cash only please)

All profits from books sold will be used to support student activities at MEA.

Lost & Found

If there's something you've lost, this is a good week to look for it! All of our lost & found items will be on display in the cafeteria during the Book Sale.

Luna Grill Fundraiser

Thursday, February 6 / 11:00-9:00

4175 Genesee Ave, Suite 100

Enjoy a fresh Mediterranean family lunch or dinner at Luna Grill this Thursday 2/6 anytime from 11-9 and support our school. You can customize your meal with dietary restrictions here: When checking out, be sure to mention that you are supporting the MEA Foundation fundraiser and 20% of your meal proceeds go directly to the MEA Foundation. The fundraiser is valid for in-person, take-out, or even online ordering. Please note: If you order online, you'll need to specify in person, when picking up your meal, that you are supporting the MEA Foundation fundraiser. Thank you again for supporting our wonderful school!

Families can bring in this flyer, show a digital version, or just mention the fundraiser.

Senior Portraits

Thursday, February 6 / 11:30-1:30 / Auditorium

Lifetouch Photography will be coming to Mt. Everest Academy to take Senior Portraits. Seniors, you may choose what you'd like to wear; Lifetouch will supply Caps/Gowns and Tuxedos/Drapes, or you may wear your own clothes. Portrait packages will range from $24-$62. The portraits will be used in the yearbook. Please plan to be there!

Contact Linda Ele,, with any questions.

Academic League

Thursday, February 6 / 7:00 pm / Point Loma High

The MEA Academic League with Coach Cate will meet at Point Loma High School to compete with their Academic League. Answering a series of questions for all core subjects, the contestants try to outwit and out-maneuver their opponents in a set of matches to reach the finals. Come out and support our team!

Tree Care Workshop Fundraiser

Saturday, February 8 / 9:00-11:00 / MEA orchard

Come learn how to care for your fruit trees while supporting school garden education!

Peaches, plums, apricots, apples, and pears! They all need to be pruned and organically sprayed while they are dormant between Halloween and Valentine's Day. Good Neighbor Gardens will tend to the school's trees while hosting a class at Mt. Everest Academy so everyone can learn. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Mount Everest Academy Foundation for the school orchard sustainability.

Reserve your spot for details

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Spirit Week

The ASB is sponsoring the Spirit Days listed below. Express your creativity and show your school spirit!

CAREER DAY - Tuesday, 2/11

Dress up like your dream job!

CHOCOLATE DAY - Wednesday, 2/12

Wear pink, white, or red and earn a piece of chocolate from ASB for each color you're wearing!

SAFARI DAY - Thursday, 2/13

Join us on a wild adventure and dress up like you're going on safari!

Old Town Meet-Up

Wednesday, February 12 / 9:45-11:30

Please sign up in the front office by Thursday, Feb. 6

Meet at Seeley Stable, 2648 Calhoun St.
For grades 2-5

Historical and cultural learning experience

The cost is $8, payment is made at Old Town.
For questions, please contact Mrs. Brenna Battin at

Field Day

Wednesday, February 12 / 12:30-2:30 / MEA Blacktop

Come join in our FREE fun community event! All MEA students and families are welcome! ASB will be hosting Field Day with lots of games that students can play like hula-hoop and jump rope as well as some organized team matches of field hockey, soccer, and flag football, and many more activities!

ASB will provide oranges, goldfish, water, and lemonade for free and will be selling ice cream and popsicles for $1.

Secondary Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 19 / 3:15 pm / Auditorium

All Mt. Everest Academy families are invited to attend the 2nd Semester Awards Ceremony and take part in honoring students in grades 6-12 who have demonstrated excellence in either academics or citizenship. Parents of students receiving an award will be notified individually. Come celebrate this occasion! Light refreshments will be served.

Classics 4 Kids: "Ferdinand the Bull" Meet-Up

Friday, March 6 / 11:30 / Historic Balboa Theatre

Celebrate the literary classic “Ferdinand the Bull” in this musical adaptation of Munro Leaf’s iconic tale and Spanish music.

Tickets are $7; payment is due to the front office by FRIDAY, FEB. 21.

For questions please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at

Save the Date!

MEA 2020 Silent Auction and Talent Show: Friday, April 24, 2020.


Wanted: Newspapers & Cereal Boxes

Mrs. Sink is asking for donations of newspapers and cereal boxes this week. She will use them for projects next week in her Story & Craft Time and Art activities. Items can be dropped off in Room 1 or given to Mrs. Sink in any of her classes. Thank you!

National Honor Society

Students who are in grades 10-12 are welcome to apply for the Mt. Everest Academy National Honor Society Chapter.

Applicants must:

  • be in grades 10+
  • have been enrolled at MEA for a full semester
  • have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • have 30+ hours of documented volunteer hours, and leadership experience (either on campus or in the community).

There is no cost to apply, but students who are inducted may gain access to scholarship opportunities through the NHS.

Applications are on Dr. Rodenberg's website and are due to her by Friday, February 21, 3:00pm.

Subscribe to the Harvest

Subscribe to a bi-weekly share of the Good Neighbor Garden & MEA harvest, and GNG will donate 10% of the proceeds every month to the Mount Everest Academy Foundation to benefit our garden.

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MEA Foundation Update

The MEA Foundation is looking for assistance with our silent auction. We are also looking for parents to help organize a jogathon or color run.

If you are interested in helping with any of these events, please email Ms. Ramos in the front office at or let her know in person.

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Yearbook Cover Contest

All students are invited to enter their art in our yearbook cover contest! The winner will receive a yearbook and their artwork will be displayed on the front cover! Even if your entry is not used on the cover, it may still be used in other places throughout the book.

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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

Sphero & Coding

Tuesdays / 12:30-1:20 / Cafeteria

Mrs. Sink gave elementary students the goal of programming their Sphero robot to travel to a teddy bear, go around it, and return back to the starting point. Many attempts were made, getting closer each time. After much perseverance, the goal was finally achieved!

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CLICK EACH VIDEO BELOW to see the progress made!

Library Challenge - February

Click for February library challenge

This month's challenge has 2 word puzzles that are related to Black History Month: a word scramble and a word search. Please turn in your challenge to the Library by Wednesday, 2/26 to win a reward!

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Grades K-6: Sign up for BookIt! in the library.

Read books and earn FREE PIZZA!

All students need to do is come in to the library, sign up and receive a reading log. At the end of each month, turn in the completed reading log. You will then receive a coupon for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut! Pick up your new reading log and begin again for the next month.


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!

SD Foundation Common Application

Deadline to complete: February 5

Please complete the San Diego Foundation Common Application. Also, consider other scholarships offered through the San Diego Foundation. The San Diego Foundation Common Scholarship Application gives San Diego students access to more than 100 scholarships that comprise our Community Scholarship Program by filling out just one application.


UCSD Extension - Research Scholars Program 2020

Applications for Summer 2020 now open

Research Scholars program provides high school students with educational opportunities in top notch research. A variety of programs in Bioengineering, Life Sciences, Medicine, and Design Thinking will be available for students to select from based on their interests.

Research Scholars flyer

Interfaith Mandalas and Music at the North Clairemont Library

Thursday, February 20 / 10:00-11:30am

North Clairemont Library - 4616 Clairemont Dr.

The MEA Interfaith Group, headed up by Ms. Deb Mech, is sharing information about this interfaith community event. There will be music and a simple mandala art project (materials will be provided). They will share quotes and prayers about LOVE from many spiritual traditions. The intention is to create a space where people from all faith backgrounds can come together to understand and support each other. Free and open to the public! Link to Golden Rule flyer

For questions please contact Ms. Deb Mech at

California King Tides Project

King Tides will arrive in California on February 8 and 9

The California King Tides Project helps people visualize future sea level by observing the highest high tides of today. You can help by taking and sharing photos of the shoreline during King Tides to create a record of the changes to our coast from sea level rise.

Go to to learn what time and how high the King Tides will be near you, and how to participate by uploading your photos via a web browser or with a free app.

During King Tides you can head out on your own, with friends and family, or join an organized event. As always, please be cautious and respect the power of the ocean.


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