Monday Message

March 15, 2021

Staying at MEA in 2021-22?

To let us know if you will be returning to MEA next year, please fill out this Enrollment Plans 2021-22 form

Please submit this form by TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2021 in order to guarantee your spot for next year.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Ramos in our office at

Report Cards

We continue to follow the district procedures for COVID19 and all staff is working remotely, therefore report cards are not being mailed home. You may access students’ grades and unofficial transcripts on your PowerSchool parent portal. If you need help accessing the parent portal, please contact Maria Ramos at



ASB is sponsoring the following spirit days during the week of St. Patrick's Day (3/17/2021). Express your creativity and show your school spirit!

  • TOURIST DAY - March 16: Dress like a tourist
  • ST. PATRICK'S DAY - March 17: Wear green; bonus points if you have a pot of gold or a four leaf clover (they do exist—trust us)
  • FOOD DAY - March 18: Wear something related to your favorite food

It is encouraged that students turn on their cameras during zoom meetings, so that they can show their spirit from home!

Remember that students who submit photos of themselves to the Spirit Weeks folder of TreeRing will earn * SPIRIT POINTS * for their class! Please include the student's name, grade, and caption with all submissions.

Previous Spirit Day outfits

  • Royalty Day – inspired by Russian traditional clothing (Maryam F, grade 9)
  • Fictional Character Day – Luke Skywalker (Colin Gazaui, grade 12)

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Elementary Art WORKSHOP

Day: Thursday, March 18

Time: 1:00pm


This month students will make a 3D lizard out of the paper that they decorated last month. We will also make a fire breathing dragon.

Supplies you will need are listed on the Elementary Art webpage.

"Love Our Library" activities

Check out the brand new "Love Our Library" website with upcoming activities for all ages!

One Book, One MEA (reading "The Search for WandLa" by Tony DiTerlizzi)

  • Thursday, March 18 / 2:30 pm

Comic Books in the Library (we have some classics!)

  • Friday, March 19 / 1:00 pm

View our library Series Collections (and take the series challenge!)

  • Friday, March 26 / 10:30 am's more than inevitable!

Library Activities Interest Form

Please fill out this Library Activities Interest Form to let us know which events you’d like to participate in and good times for scheduling.

Talent Show

Friday, April 16

Mark your calendar for our upcoming virtual Talent Show.

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Community Kindness Event

The Community Kindness Event was open to all grades and included ice breakers and self-kindness activities. KUDOS to the MEA MENTAL HEALTH CLUB for hosting this event!

Participants were asked to type in positive words to describe themselves and they generated this Word Cloud.

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Here are a few of the questions for secondary students to journal:

  • What does happiness look like to you?
  • What’s your favorite song? Elaborate on why.
  • If you could travel back in time, what would you say to your younger self?
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One of the activities for elementary students: Write something nice about yourself.

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Documentation Project

Students in Mrs. Battin’s art class presented their Documentation Project during their first Mini-Gallery. They showcased their best work while discussing the various techniques used in their artwork. We have some very talented artists here at MEA!

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Book Fair Starts Today

Book Fair Dates: March 15-26th

ONLINE BOOK FAIR highlights:

  • Shop from the comfort and safety of home! And you can shop using any major debit or credit card – no cash needed!
  • Direct-to-home delivery! Every purchase from our online book fair will be delivered straight to your door. You can also shop teacher wish lists and those books will be shipped directly to our school.
  • Books starting at $5! Most books in our online fair will be hardcover and first edition with library-quality binding. Well below market price, books start as low as $5—and shipping is FREE for all orders over $30.

Our library receives a percentage of every book fair purchase, and we can use these funds raised as JLG credit to add more quality books to our collection or receive funds in cash for other needs. Your support is so appreciated!

Watch for teacher wish lists to be posted and keep an eye out for any updates. We hope you will enjoy finding new books for your families and thanks very much for supporting MEA’s library!

What I Wish My Parents Knew

The MEA Mental Health Club is asking all students to fill out this form titled “What I Wish My Parents Knew”. This form is for students of all ages to voice their feelings, both positive and negative, to help instigate conversation between students and parents. Later this year, the club will host a panel for parents to ask questions and discuss the topic of “what I wish my parents knew". The responses from this form will be used and read aloud during the panel. Dates for the panel will be released in the coming weeks.

General Year in Review Survey

Please take a few moments to answer these questions for inclusion in the 2020-21 MEA Yearbook. Answer the ones you want to and feel free to skip any questions that you don't have an answer for.

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Brought to you by MEA Foundation

Parent Workshops

Please fill out this short new form to indicate your availability for parent training workshops.

High School Students

For those interested in the UCSD Extension Futures courses in business and engineering/programming, please email to proceed with the next steps! These will provide pre-college credits upon completion and can be taken at your own pace and are subsidized for interested MEA high school students.

Exploring the Science of Harry Potter

Friday, April 30 3:00-4:30pm

Since there is a 20 student limit per workshop, please complete your registration for the workshop. Zoom links will be provided upon registration. Another workshop can be scheduled if more students are interested.

PIB Engineering Workshop

We are currently preparing for parent volunteers to be trained. The actual workshop will most likely be held on a Saturday from 12-3pm. Final date and more details coming soon.

The MEA Podcast

Hosted by MEA seniors, Toki and Toler

Here's the podcast episode for this week! We interviewed Karen Iwamoto, and she had really insightful words to say. We hope you'll listen to it!

Humans of MEA

In this fourth episode, Mr. Cate is interviewed by Nicole Lee (grade 10).

Watch on our youtube channel, or read the transcript. If you're interested in being interviewed, fill out the Humans of MEA form too!

Mental Health Resource Survey

Have you utilized mental health resources that Mr. Zappala has made available either through teacher websites or in Monday Messages?

Please answer ONE or TWO questions in this anonymous Mental Health Resource Survey. Thank you.

Choosing classes for 2021-22

Articulation Meetings for 2021-2022

From February 2 - March 19, 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 their Supervising/PE teacher through Google Classroom during Month 6.

  • 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. Zappala between February 2 through March 19. 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. Zappala 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. Zappala during their appointment with him.

  • For questions, please contact Mr. Zappala.

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 2021-2022

Link to sign up for articulation meeting with Mr. Zappala

Material Checkouts

For pickups/returns/exchanges please come to the North facing door of the auditorium on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 and 1:00 p.m.

Please contact Suzie Wilson at if you have any questions, or reach her at 858-627-7381 on Tuesdays through Thursdays. There is no need to email in advance. However, when there are special distributions ready for check-out, they will be noted here in the Monday Message.


Want to return MEA books that you no longer need? There will be a drop-off box underneath the Marquee sign (sunny days only!) on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:00-3:00.


Only you can save us all from a yearbook full of blurry zoom screenshots!


Below: The Renk brothers (grades 12 and 10) have fun playing one viola at the same time! (Note that they are both excellent musicians!)

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Yearbook Cover Contest

Contest Guidelines

All students are invited to enter their art in our yearbook cover contest! The winner will receive a free 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.

2021 Yearbook Theme:

This year’s book doesn’t have a specific “tag line,” but the cover art should reflect the uniqueness of this year, which is unlike any other.

All Entries Due By: March 26, 2021

Senior Reminders

This senior letter and graduation checklist has been sent to seniors and their parents.

Upcoming deadlines:

Cap and Gown Order - 3/5

Community Service Hours form - 4/23

Two Surveys - 4/30


Please send in your Good Stuff!

We're bringing back the Good Stuff! 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 We want to hear from you!

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Sugar Cookies

The Cooking Club made sugar cookies today. This 4th grader's cookies look yummy and festive!
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Rubik's Cube Club

Shawn Z., grade 11, is wonderfully supportive as he teaches students of all levels to solve different types of cubes. Learn more at his Rubik's Cube Club website.
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ASB Students sharing their work


ASB is hosting an ongoing school-wide competition, henceforth titled the Spirit Cup! Each grade level/group will compete with each other for a prize (for the sake of fairness, K - 2 and 3 - 4 are combined into groups). Students can earn Spirit Points towards their class's total in the following ways:

SPIRIT DAYS - Through TreeRing, students can submit pictures of themselves in their spirit day costume. They will receive one Spirit Point per spirit day for which they send in a picture demonstrating participation. Here are instructions for submitting photos through TreeRing (use the spirit day folder).

EVENTS - Students can earn three Spirit Points for participation in an event, as well as additional Spirit Points that might be awarded from the event (e.g. Extra Spirit Points might be earned from placing in the top three in a schoolwide kahoot). To earn these points, students must fill out a short form sent out during the event.

Other ways to earn Spirit Points may be revealed through the year.

The points earned by each class will be tallied up and displayed in the Monday Message at the beginning of each month. Members of whichever class has the most points at the end of month 9 will win the Spirit Cup and associated bragging rights. They will also be rewarded with certificates for 5 oz of free yogurt from YogurtLand, and the student with the most Spirit Points earned will earn a $10 Amazon gift card, which will be distributed at the beginning of month 10.

Humans of MEA

MEA Ally Action will be starting their first project for high school students! Based on "Humans of New York", they will be interviewing teachers and students to learn their story. The interviews will be shared on the Monday Message. The goal of this project is to help show that we all have our own stories!

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this Humans of MEA form.


Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. Please reach out to him him with any counseling questions at Look for online office hours and grade level meetings in the future!

Community College Pre-Enrollment Zoom workshop

Friday, April 16 / 12:30-2:00


Here is an opportunity for all seniors interested in attending Mesa, Miramar, or City colleges in the Fall. Attendance at the Pre-Enrollment workshop is required in order to pre-register for the Fall. Once pre-registered, seniors will automatically be scheduled to receive assistance from a college counselor on academic advising, and educational planning for their first year at community college.

If you plan on attending the workshop, please e-mail Mr. Zappala as soon as possible and no later than April 2nd. Mr. Zappala will need to let Mesa College know who will be attending in order to resolve any problems before April 16th. A Zoom link for the meeting will be sent out to you soon. Please also have your social security number available for the April 16th meeting. Mr. Zappala will also be sending out to each senior a digital copy of their transcript for the meeting. And lastly, please complete the Promise application.

Jumpstart your success at Mesa College

Saturday, April 17 / 9:00am-12:00pm

Mesa College is thrilled to present Jumpstart Your Success 2021. This is a virtual event for prospective students, their families and friends. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about Mesa College and the San Diego Promise FREE Tuition Program.

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.


Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

The signature Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program will be running virtually in 2021. The 2-week opportunity is available to rising sophomore, junior, and senior girls—trans and cis—and non-binary students. No prior computer science experience is required. Application deadline is March 19.

  • Participation is 100% free & GWC provides need-based tech access support!
  • Participants learn HTML, CSS, and Javascript coding skills and don’t need any prior experience!
  • Qualifying applicants can apply for need-based stipends of up to $300!

2021 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest

The United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit is sponsoring an essay and video contest for high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands. With reference to the Constitution, students are encouraged to discuss this theme: “What Does Our American Community Ask of Us?”

Emotional Well-Being Activities

Find resources for balance and well-being. Build inner strength, navigate difficult feelings, and get support with this collection of videos, games, books, and more. For families with students K-12.

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