"Tuesday" Message

January 18, 2022

"Anything but a backpack" day!

Students show their carrying options for this MEA Spirit Day.
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New Student Ambassador Training

Thursday, Jan. 20 & Friday, Jan. 21


Interested in welcoming new secondary students to MEA? Become a New Student Ambassador! This is a great way to show your school pride, meet new people, and share your experiences with new members of our community. Open to students in grades 6-11.

Two trainings will be held this week, Thursday and Friday at 11am on Zoom:


The training will be 30-45 minutes.

Elementary Coop Times Postponed

These elementary coop times previously scheduled for January 24 and January 28 have been postponed until further notice.

Winter Semi-Formal Dances Postponed

These secondary dances were previously scheduled for January 27, but due to Covid-19 have been postponed until further notice.

Daily Mindfulness and Meditation

These daily sessions will include about 10 minutes of mindfulness and meditation as well as other activities to foster health and wellness and connectedness in our community. All MEA Community members are welcome!

Zoom: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/7588584792 Passcode: MEA!

Zoom (alternative link): https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/88599896023 Passcode: MEA!

  • When: Monday through Friday (holidays and scheduled school concerts/events excluded!)
  • Why: Optimum Health, Wellness, and Well-Being!
  • Who: The whole MEA Community
  • Time: 12-12:30 (You must login by 12:00)


Covid-19 Health & Safety

Please remember to do a symptom check for your student prior to sending them to school and do not send students to school if they are exhibiting any symptoms.

We have had many Covid related absences and will do everything we can to not cancel classes. Please be on the lookout for communications from your teachers through email and google classroom in case of emergencies.

Surgical-grade masks are now required for all employees. Students are still required to wear a mask and are now strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers with a nose wire.

We encourage you to sign your student up to get tested on the MEA campus, every Tuesday from 12:00-2:30. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Complete the opt-in process to allow the testers to conduct weekly testing.

  2. Register and consent in the Primary.Health Portal in order to be tested.

For the most up-to-date Covid guidelines, please see the San Diego County’s decision tree. If in doubt, please reach out to the office to answer any questions you may have.​​

Articulation Meetings for 2022-2023

From February 9 - March 25, students in grades 5-11 will have the opportunity to plan their classes for next school year.

Grades 5, 6, 7

  • Students will review articulation sheets/course options with Ms. Patterson during English class this month and parents should go over course options with their student(s) at home.

  • Students must submit the articulation sheet with parent approval to Ms. Patterson through Google Classroom.

  • Please contact your child’s supervising teacher with questions.

Articulation Sheets:

Incoming 6th graders

Incoming 7th graders

Incoming 8th graders

Grades 8, 9, 10, 11

  • All 8th -11th graders must make an appointment to meet with Mr. Rubin between February 9 through March 25. Please reserve a conference time at this link to discuss courses for next year, graduation and college entrance requirements, and community college courses.

  • Incoming 9th graders and their parents can meet with Mr. Rubin for a 4-year planning conference during the time of their articulation meeting.

  • Parents are encouraged to attend along with their student. If parents cannot attend, they should review the course options with their student at home.

  • Students do not need to return an articulation sheet, but should be prepared to share their course requests with Mr. Rubin during their appointment with him.

  • For questions, please contact Mr. Rubin.

Articulation Sheets:

Incoming 9th graders

Incoming 10th graders

Incoming 11th graders

Incoming 12th graders

Find all courses being offered next year here: Master Course List 2022-2023

Sign up for articulation meeting with Mr. Rubin.


Auditions for MEA's Spring Play are coming up! MEA students are finishing up writing the show - title in progress.

"When a natural disaster leads to the disappearance of everyone over the age of 15, a group of kids must band together and attempt to form their own government."

We ask that those auditioning send us a video. We will do in-person callbacks if COVID restrictions allow (date TBD). Fill out this audition application. Email your video audition to enigmareb@gmail.com, theo@themartiens.com, and/or cmoyaspc@gmail.com by January 28th.

You're welcome to use one of the sides in this folder to audition. Alternatively, you're welcome to use your own monologue. If using a scene with two or more characters, please have a friend, parent, or sibling read the other character for you.

Email theo@themartiens.com or cmoyaspc@gmail.com if you have any questions!!

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.

Contest details and guidelines

Your Input Needed

It’s that time of year where we begin to plan our budget for next school year and we need your input! Parents, please complete the survey here by Feb. 2 so that we can incorporate your ideas and recommendations to best support our MEA students. Thank you in advance!


Thank you so much to everyone that visited Chipotle on December 15th. We received $150. Thank you Chipotle and everyone who participated!

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Seeking donations of cameras & music gear

The technology and music departments are sending out a call for any working gear that you may consider donating to MEA. The technology department is especially looking for digital and video cameras! The music department is looking to build our instrument library as well. If you have any instruments that you would consider donating we will do our best to place them in the hands of students and use them to expand our offerings. We also have a working rock band on campus if you have microphones, stands, amps, pedals, cables, etc. please consider MEA.

If you have things to donate, please drop them off in the office.

Humans of MEA

Have you ever wondered why you get notifications from Mr. Huy's google classroom at 3am? Do you know Mr. Huy's least favorite state? Or what about Mr. Huy's favorite dance move?

Discover it all here!

Starring Mr. Huy Tran

Interviewed by Nicole Lee

Crew: Theo Martien & Chloe Moya

Humans of MEA shares stories in order to get to know fellow MEA community members. Their videos serve as a reminder that we are all humans!

Would you like to create a mandala?

Miss Shannon has been working with several students on a wood slice seed mandala art creation over the past few months. The slices will be mounted onto the freshly student-painted pallets outside the chickens.

If you are interested in creating a wood slice seed mandala in the maker space with Miss Shannon, please email her to set up a time over the next few weeks. It takes about two hours to create just one of these beautiful pieces (can be done in two, one hour sessions). You must be comfortable using a hot glue gun with glue sticks.


Succulent Arrangements Fundraiser

We still have plenty of succulent arrangements offered at the front of school. This is a fundraiser for our gardens/chickens, as we are always in need of inputs for both areas—food for chickens, worm castings for the gardens, and more!

Valentine’s Day and Easter are coming up—these are great, affordable gifts for your loved ones.

Suggested minimum donation is $5.

There is a box just inside the office, near Ms. Ramos. Please feel free to drop donations there.

The Coop Group students thank you in advance!

Elementary Art Postponement

Unfortunately, we will have to postpone this month's art classes completely until next month due to the COVID absences. For students that are signed up for Month 5 art, he/she will automatically be signed up for month 6 instead. The dates for this are: February 1, 8 and 15.

Please see Mrs. Sink’s elementary art website for more info.

Senior Portraits

Dear Class of 2022,

Senior portraits for MEA will be taken at Chula Vista Photo and they have set up two blocks of time for our seniors to have their portraits taken.


  • Friday, January 28, 9:00-10:30am
  • Friday, February 4, 9:00-10:30am
  • If unable to make these times, please call the studio to arrange a different time.


Chula Vista Photo Studio / 371 Third Avenue, Chula Vista / 619-422-9281

"Dark Night Value in Charcoal"

Artwork by Abigail, grade 5
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Recording of Brave New World

Last week the MEA Foundation in partnership with UCSD Extension offered the workshop “The Brain, Social Media and Gaming Addiction.” For parents that weren’t able to attend, a video of that workshop is now available.

Link to recording

Passcode: MtEverest1!

MEA Foundation

MEA Foundation website

What do we do? The simple answer is, we raise funds to support MEA where funds are not available from the district and we organize volunteer efforts to bring workshops, our talent show, teacher appreciation and so much more. We fund music, art supplies, campus improvements, garden, school events, curriculum support and teacher supplements and grants. Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year for MEA.

Please consider making a donation to MEA Foundation. Check if your employer offers corporate matches to double your donation.

Volunteers are needed for the Foundation. We need help with updating the website, organizing a directory for parents, writing grants and fundraising efforts. Please email info@meafoundation.org for more information.


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!


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!


Enjoy this dynamic music from Transformers played by Marcus, 4th grade.


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Daily Mindfulness & Meditation

Elementary Art

Music with Mr. Johnson


Covid-19 Protocols for Elementary Students

Our goal is to offer as many elementary extracurriculars as possible even though parents cannot be on campus to supervise children like usual. If dropping off for an extracurricular, please sign your child in at the front office. If students are staying past their studygroup time to attend supervised lunch and afternoon extracurricular, you will note that on the sign in sheet.

MEA Quest Club

Looking for students to share in an epic adventure at MEA Quest Club! Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy table top roleplaying game, where a group of people come together to create an epic story. D&D is a game of imagination and chance, where you use your creativity and dice to solve ancient puzzles, slay monsters and survive perilous adventures.

MEA Quest Club Flyer

If you are in grades 6-12 and are interested in learning more about D&D, please fill out the MEA Quest Club interest form.

PALS Tutoring

Wednesdays & Thursdays / 12:30-1:45 / Room 6

Trained tutors are ready to help you get your classwork done. All students grades K-12 who would like some extra help can come to room 6 every Wednesday and Thursday during 4th period (12:30-1:45pm). All grades are welcome, as we have tutors for all grade levels. PALS is a great way to build community and academic skills!

Parents, K-5 students attending PALS must arrive with a check-in form so tutors know what to work on with your child and you receive a report on how things went. (Extra forms will be available when you drop off in case you forget or can't print one at home.)

  • K-5 students attending studygroup and PALS on the same day should be signed in when parents drop off at 9am. Parents must indicate if their student is staying for supervised lunch and PALS
  • K-5 students attending ONLY PALS on any given day should be signed in outside the front office.
  • 6-12 students can report directly to Room 6.

Music classes with Mr. Johnson

These classes are held every Tuesday. Please sign your child in at the front office and note which class(es) they will be attending.

  • 8:05- 8:55 - Beginning Band
  • 9:05- 9:55 - Choir
  • 10:05- 10:55 - Advanced Band
  • 11:05 - 11:55 - Music theory (for upper grades)
  • 12:30- 1:20 - Advanced Strings (open to secondary)
  • 1:35- 2:25 - Beginning Strings

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Academic League • Ally Action • Anime • Chess • Coop Group • Daily Mindfulness & Meditation • Gaming • German • GSA • Literary Magazine • MathCounts • Mental Health • Music with Mr. Johnson • PALS • Rubik's Cube • Sherpa’s Jam Band • Spanish Conversation • Sports Club • Young Investors Club

The “Heights”

MEA’s Literary Magazine

Are you a writer or an artist? Do you want to get your work published in a magazine? MEA's Literary Magazine “Heights” is the perfect place for you to submit your work! We are looking for your:

  • short stories
  • artwork
  • poems
  • monologues
  • and more!

“Heights” is edited and organized by your fellow students, and we meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 12:00 in Room 2. We would love for you to join us and participate in the editing, organization, and tech work behind our magazine. You do not need to submit work for the magazine to join the club, and you do not need to be in the club to submit work!

Our first issue is going to be out soon, and we need YOUR creative projects to be featured! Here is the link to the Heights website. You'll find the link to the work submission form under Submission Form and Information. Happy writing!

For any questions please email the Editor-in-Chief, Jody Huege, at jodyrh0215@gmail.com.


Correspondence with Students in Germany

MEA's German students received a package from students in Germany! It contained pictures, a yearbook, and letters. They come from the school that our very own Kyra is attending as an exchange student this year. They plan on communicating with each other through letters this year!

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Library Time

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4th graders in the gardens!

The third Sage Garden session with Miss Shannon included a discussion on seasonality (cool vs warm & plant requirements) and diversity (annuals vs perennials) in the gardens, learning how to read a seed packet, planting lettuce seeds in starter pots, harvesting a carrot and slicing it up to eat in the garden, and harvesting more mammoth melting snow peas to eat right away!

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Parent Workshops

Thursdays 5:30pm to 7:30pm

from January 6 to February 24, 2022

Parent Workshops flyer

The San Diego Unified School District and Carlsbad Unified School District invite parents to participate in a series of workshops where they will receive up to date information about what happens in our community, helping to raise young people who are successful in school and life in general.

School Spirit Store

Parents are now able to use SchoolCash Online to buy and pay for items using Visa/Visa Debit and Mastercard/Mastercard Debit. We are currently selling school spirit wear and other fundraising items like lanyards, water bottles and DVDs. Simply order online and then come pick up your purchase in the MEA front office.

Please create an account to access our online catalog.

Meet with School Counselor

For students and parents that would like to meet with Mr. Rubin, our school counselor, please sign up for an appointment.

SDUSD Covid Testing Acknowledgement Form

This is a reminder that all families are required to make a choice on Covid testing at the start of the new school year. Every family must complete the form (access link below) and submit their response online at this time for each student. Free Covid testing in school not only helps prevent the spread of the virus, but it also helps more students stay in school and continue their education.

Covid-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form

(Note: A PowerSchool Username and Password will be required to complete the form. If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact Ms. Ramos in the front office.)

Community Announcements

Apply to be a Pack Artist

Each year, Hudson Valley Seed Company commissions contemporary artists from around the United States to tell the story of a particular seed variety, creating an Art Seed Pack.

Their general Call for Art for the 2023 collection is open until February 11, 2022.

Call for Artists guidelines

Submission form

Current art packs

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