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Tuesdays-Thursdays / 8:30-10:30 / Room 7

Calling all students in grades K-5! The P.A.L.S. Lab wants you! We have a stellar group of trained tutors who are eager to work with their younger peers.

Parents, please sign your child in to Room 7 (the MakerSpace). There is a form to fill out so the tutors know what to work on, and at the end of the session the tutor fills out the bottom portion to let you know what was completed and how it went. If you’d like to fill the form out prior to dropping your student off and signing them in, the form can be found here.

Take advantage of the synergy created from this cross-age tutoring!

Club Fair

So many interests! So many activities! YAY club leaders!

Link to Club Fair pictures

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Meeting for Juniors

Last week Mr. Zappala met with all MEA juniors and spoke with them about preparing for the SAT, SAT content, the importance of doing career surveys, what colleges are looking for in a candidate, and resources available on the College Board website

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Chipotle Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 8 / 4:00-8:00pm

Chipotle at 5650 Balboa Ave.

Let's guac and roll! The first fundraiser of the Mount Everest Academy Foundation is tomorrow! Before you order, let the cashier at Chipotle know that you're there for our school. Then show your fundraiser flyer (available in the front office and the Parent Room), or you can show them the fundraiser flyer on your phone.

We need $300 in purchases to qualify for the donation from Chipotle. It's a win-win; help Mt. Everest Academy AND enjoy Mexican food fresh from the grill!

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Lunch Concert

Wednesday, October 9 / 12:00 / Auditorium

Malvyn L, 9th grader, is kicking off our first Lunch Concert of the year! Your ASB will have a snack to share and 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.

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MEA Garden Work

Thursday, October 10 / 8:00-10:00am

MEA needs your help with our new beautiful garden by the chicken coop! We will be spreading mulch and other fun tasks! Elementary students must be with a parent.

Please sign up here so we know who to expect.

Speaker from UCSD

Thursday, October 10 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria

We will be having a UCSD admissions representative come speak to students and any interested parents, on Thursday, October 10 at 11:55. He will speak about the admissions process for UCSD and the UC system, and answer any questions you have.

Movie Night: "Ratatouille"

Thursday, October 10 / 3:15-5:30 / Auditorium

The Movie Night Results are in! "Ratatouille" has won with a staggering 43%, with "Alvin and the Chipmunks" very close behind! No permission slips necessary! Free Popcorn and Beverages will be served and Candy and Nachos will be sold! Mark your calendars!

Elementary students need to have a parent in attendance with them.

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 15, 16, 17

Elementary teachers will schedule one-on-one meetings with parents from Tuesday, October 15 through Thursday, October 17. During this week there will be no K-5 study groups or extracurricular activities (except music classes with Mr. Johnson).

Make Up Picture Day

Tuesday, October 22 / 8:30-12:30 / Cafeteria


Lifetouch Photography is offering this make-up picture day for students and staff that were not able to come to Picture Day on September 19.

It's important that all students have their picture taken! The picture will be used for the student's school ID card and the school yearbook.


If you're planning to be on campus for more than student drop off and pick up, you must wear a Parent Educator ID card and lanyard, as per the Campus Code of Conduct policy.

Please note that Lifetouch will not be taking PARENT pictures on Make-Up Picture Day.

To get an ID card, please send an email to Linda Ele at with your:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Headshot
  • Child's name and grade level

Linda will send you an email when your card is ready for pickup. Thank you for your participation in keeping our campus safe!


Please email Linda Ele at

"My Son Pinocchio Jr."

Friday, November 1 / 11:30 / JCC

I cannot tell a lie- we have 20 tickets for My Son Pinocchio Jr. at the La Jolla JCC on Friday, November 1 at 11:30 AM. One of our very own Mount Everest students will be in the show! Please come and support her.

Buy your tickets for the special price of $8 each. Please make a check out to Mt. Everest Academy or bring cash to secure your spots. Tickets will be sold in the front office by Maria until FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18.

Always let your conscience be your guide!

Classics 4 Kids: "Tubby the Tuba"

Friday, November 8 / 11:30 / Historic Balboa Theatre

Hello music and dance enthusiasts! We have an opportunity to attend a Classics 4 Kids concert in beautiful Balboa Park! We have 15 tickets to "Tubby the Tuba" on Friday November 8 at 11:30. Parents will be provided with a lesson plan before the show!

If interested in attending please bring $7 per person to secure each spot. Payment will be due to Maria in the front office by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25.

For questions please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at

Annual Legoland Visit

What: Tickets include admission to both LEGOLAND and the SEA LIFE aquarium

When: Friday, Nov. 22

Cost: Tickets for both children and adults are $15!

Parking: Free parking pass for every adult!

To take advantage of this fun and awesome deal, you must pay by cash or check at the front office by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18!

*Please note that this is not a school chaperoned fieldtrip. Students must have their own transportation and supervision.


Welcome, Ms. Iwamoto

Please welcome Karen Iwamoto to the MEA staff! Ms. Iwamoto will be supporting us in the library as well as assisting with other administrative needs for the school. She comes to us with many varied skills from her experience living and working in Japan, working in a law office, overseeing financials for a family business as well as creating costumes for local dance companies. Please stop by the library to say hello and give her a warm MEA welcome!

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Where at MEA is Mrs. Sink?

Mrs. Vivian Sink has moved out of the library and her "home base" is now in Room 1. These are the different places you can find her:

  • Work turn in for 8th graders - Room 1
  • "Library Time" - in the Library
  • "Story & Craft Time" and "Elementary Art" - in the MakerSpace

Wanted: Pool Noodle

Have you got an old pool noodle that you no longer need? If so, please bring it to Mrs. Vivian Sink in Room 1 to be put to use in an art project. Thank you!

National Honor Society Members

Please join us in congratulating our newest members of the Mt. Everest Academy chapter of the National Honor Society. These students have demonstrated leadership, community service, and GPAs above 3.75 -- way to go! New inductees include:

  • Elizabeth B,.
  • Katriela C.
  • Nora D.
  • David G.
  • Hsiang-Kuang Z.

Become a PALS tutor

Older students at Mt. Everest Academy have the opportunity to tutor our younger students! This is a great way to share knowledge and also earn community service hours. If interested, please contact Principal Browne at

Box tops please, by Friday, October 18

If you've got clipped Box Tops to contribute, please bring them in by Friday, October 18! You can turn them in to the box in the front office or in the Parent Room. Note that physical Box Top clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products. Thank you!!

Box Tops App

If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for Mt. Everest Academy. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to our school's earnings online.

Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to this new Box Top label.

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Lifetouch Portrait Proofs are Here

Lifetouch portrait proofs and packages have arrived and they can be picked up from the teachers listed below. Instructions for placing package orders online are included with the proofs.

  • Grades K-6 - with supervising teachers
  • Grade 7 - Mr. Cate (7th gr. History)
  • Grade 8 - Mr. Huy (8th gr. Science)
  • Grade 9 - Dr. Rodenberg (English 1)
  • Grade 10 - Mr. Spiegelberg (English 3)
  • Grade 11 - Dr. Rodenberg (AP English Language)
  • Grade 12 - Mr. Cate (Government)

For students in grades 10, 11, and 12 that are not in the study groups listed above, your can pick up your proofs from Ms. Linda Ele in Room B-15.

AP Exam registration and payment

New Collegeboard Procedures

Registration and payment due Nov. 1 for Spring Exams

Step 1: Activate Exam

Students log into their AP® Exam Class on the MyAP Site at to join the online AP® Exam group and activate the exam by clicking on “Register for the Exam”. Deadline to activate is NOVEMBER 1, 2019.

Step 2: Fee Submission

Go to and complete the online payment form to submit fees. All students registering for an exam must complete the online payment form, regardless of method of payment. Deadline is NOVEMBER 1, 2019.

MEA Foundation Logo Contest

Calling all artists and designers! The newly formed MEA Foundation whose purpose is to support teaching and learning at our awesome little school needs some branding! They have announced a logo contest with cash prizes!

  • 1st place - $50
  • 2nd place - $30
  • 3rd place - $20

The logo can incorporate the current MEA school logo or be a whole new design. There are also free logo design creators online if you do not want to draw something freehand. For more info on designing a logo, check out this article. This contest is open to all students in grades K-12. Get creative! Designs are due WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 and can be submitted to the front office or emailed to

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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

To New Club Leaders...

When the meeting time and place of your activity is decided on, please email your info to Linda Ele at so that it can be included in the Extracurricular Activities schedule.

Advanced Strings

Advanced Strings with Mr. Johnson on Tuesdays will now be held from 8:00-8:50 am.

Faith Group

Tuesdays / 12:00-12:25 / Room 17B

The Faith Group is having its first weekly meeting this Tuesday, October 8 in room 17B (Mr. Huy’s classroom) from 12:00-12:25. All students grades 6-12 are invited. Come for fun, fellowship, encouragement, and inspiration! Free pizza will be provided for participants!

Yearenders Club

Every other Tuesday / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

Yearenders Club is starting up again! Join to help plan events such as Prom, Grad Night, etc. High School students only. Meetings are every other Tuesday during Lunch in the Cafeteria. Either show up during a meeting time or talk to Mr. Nielson ( or ASB President Joseph K!

P.E. Sports Club

Are you confused on what to do for PE? If you are, come join the PE Club, where you can participate in different sports in order to have fun, socialize with others, and most importantly get PE time for your PE log.

When are you available?

Rubik's Cube Club

  • No experience necessary
  • Plenty of speedcubes to borrow
  • All ages welcome!

What will we do at the club?

  • Learn how to solve a Rubik's Cube!
  • Know how to solve already? Learn new tricks to increase your speed!
  • Go beyond the 3x3 and expand into other twisty puzzles (2x2, 4x4, 5x5, pyraminx, etc.)

Get started by filling out this form to join the mailing list and more!

Recycle Team

  • Help the environment
  • Help our school
  • Earn community service hours!

Learn more here! / When are you available?

Library Challenge - October

This month's challenge is a Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt!

Find a call number and book, write the title & author, and repeat for 10 books! Turn your completed form into the library by Thursday, October 24, 12:30 pm to receive a prize!


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!

Speaker from UCSD

Thursday, October 10 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria

We will be having a UCSD admissions representative come speak to students and any interested parents, on Thursday, October 10 at 11:55. He will speak about the admissions process for UCSD and the UC system, and answer any questions you have.

Senior appointments with Mr. Zappala

Seniors! It's important that you meet one-on-one with Mr. Zappala during the month of October.

See his available times and sign up here for your appointment.

World Language Assessment Testing

Thursday, November 14 / 12:00-2:00 / Room 1


Dear parents of 7-12th graders,

The language acquisition office will be conducting world language assessments at MEA on November 14th at noon. These are the languages offered. Passing this assessment will grant students credit for 2 years of world language proficiency equal to the SDUSD world language graduation requirement. If you feel as though your student can pass this assessment, please e-mail Mr. Zappala at and he will arrange to have an exam ordered for your student. In determining your student’s eligibility, at a minimum, students should be able to read in the language tested.

Jumpstart Your Success

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - SAVE THE DATE!

Mesa College's annual “Jumpstart Your Success: Cash In On Community Collegeevent, is a FREE event for prospective students, their families, and their friends. The event will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 8:30am. This will be an opportunity for students to learn about Mesa programs and services as well as get information on Financial Aid options and FAFSA completion assistance. The campus will be open and they will be hosting a variety of workshops and presentations, a comprehensive resource fair, and lunch while supplies last! They will also be doing opportunity drawings!


Interfaith Devotional at the North Clairemont Library

3rd Thursdays / 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. Materials to create mandalas are provided. Free and open to the public!

For questions please contact Ms. Deb Mech at

Americanism Essay Contest

"What Does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me?"

For Grades 5-8

This Americanism Essay Contest gives school children in grades 5-8 the opportunity to express views on their pride in America. Students may win a variety of awards, including cash and bronze plaques. The contest starts with the local Elks Lodges, progresses through District and State levels, and ends with the naming of the National Winners. The submission deadline is December 15, 2019.

For any questions, please contact Gary Marinelli at


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