Monday Message




For the Silent Auction, gift baskets will be put together from the donations that come in, so anything you can donate is wonderful!

  • Themed gift baskets will be made from whatever items you donate
  • Gift certificates
  • Overnight stays
  • Services offered from a friend or family business (i.e. hairstylist could offer one shampoo/cut/style)

Here's a donation form that can be used for tax purposes. Please share it with any businesses that contribute to this fundraiser.

You can bring your donations to the front office or to any teacher. We want this to be the best Silent Auction ever!

This is an ASB sponsored event and all donations go directly back to our student body. Thank you in advance for supporting our school!


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Sign up for AP Exams Today!

Sign Up Deadline: Wednesday, March 20

This year, all AP students will sign up and pay for exams online. The deadline to sign up is March 20th. For more info and to register for the exams, please see the website below.

"Alice in Wonderland"

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Thank You

Erin Petersen

With deepest and heartfelt gratitude, we thank Erin Petersen for being an absolute gift to our MEA community. Merely being in her creative presence made our days brighter and better. Erin's love for directing, acting, FUN, and joy with children on stage is inspiring and contagious. She nurtured a blossoming family of confident theatre artists across grade levels who are truly sad to see their show with her end. Her positive energy caused our children to want to be early for rehearsals, stay late, and wish for more. With sincerest appreciation, thank you to Erin for being a treasure, for seeing and loving our children, and for planting a lifelong love for live theatre securely in their souls.

Adira Rosen

The MEA Theatre Company would not exist today if not for MEA alumni Adira Rosen! Adira is the founder and original director of the MEA Theatre Company. We are so grateful that when she was an MEA 10th grader, Adira approached Principal Browne with her vision and business plan for this company. Although Adira is currently pursuing her BFA in Directing at Carnegie Mellon University, we are honored that she managed to come to San Diego to see "Alice in Wonderland." Thank you Adira, for making such a difference in the lives of our children and our school!

Pictures by Dana Dirks

Thank you to Dana Dirks for taking and sharing these photos!


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Stars...They're just like us

Several of the stars from our show "Alice in Wonderland" were spotted at another theatre production in town, "Madagascar." Just like us, they like to go out and see a good show too!
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SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, March 20 / 2:00-3:00 / Room 17B

All parents are invited to attend the School Site Committee (SSC) meeting. The SSC is a shared decision-making body composed of parents, staff, and students. Our Council identifies needs for academic programs and sets budgets to support these programs. More information, agendas, and minutes can be found on our SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

Work Due for Month 7

Friday, March 22 by 3:00 pm

Grades 6 thru 12: Please take all of your work to your supervising teacher first. After your supervising teacher reviews it, then take your subject work to each of your subject teachers.

  • Students in Physics and Advanced Physics: please turn your work in to Room 17B (Mr. Huy's room)
  • Students in Spanish with Ms. Mullen: please turn your work in to Room 9

Please turn down volume during turn-in week

Students, please be mindful of your noise level outside classrooms during turn-in week.

Your fellow students are taking tests, writing essays, and need a quiet work environment!

Thank you.

Spring Break

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29

School will be closed for one week starting next Monday, and will re-open on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Speaker Holly Hidinger, "Sansei"

Tuesday, April 2 / 10:00-11:30 / MEA Auditorium

Plan to be in your seat by 9:55 so we can begin on time.

Come join us in welcoming Holly Hidinger, a third generation Japanese American "Sansei". She will be speaking about World War II and the experiences and injustices suffered by many Japanese Americans, including her parents, grandparents, and friends during that war.

Holly's father, Hideo Ochi, was the oldest of three brothers. He enlisted in the US Army in July, 1941, six months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Although he started his military training with a regular Army unit, after December 7, 1941 the Army wasn’t quite sure what to do with him. Eventually he worked in Army training sessions, showing what a Japanese soldier would look and sound like. Hideo was taught how to use captured Japanese weapons. He even had roles in Army training films, and was making a film in Hollywood when the war ended.

Padres Field Trip Day

Wednesday, April 3 / Petco Park

Reservation deadline: Wednesday, March 20

The Padres Field Trip is a fun day at the ballpark combined with an educational program prior to the game!

  • 9:30 - gates open
  • 10:30 - program begins
  • 12:40 - game begins

Tickets are $15 per person, adult or child. Please sign up and pay with either cash (exact change) or a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy." Turn in your money to Ms. Ramos in the front office no later than March 20. Transportation is on your own. Please direct any questions to Nancy Mullen at

Pop-Up Art Show

Wednesday, April 3 / 12:00-1:00 / Room 17-A

An Art Show is popping up at MEA for 60 very special minutes on April 3! The theme of the show is "Serendipity." Mrs. Flo's students have been working hard on their projects and everyone is invited to come see the finished results. The artists will also be in attendance to talk to viewers about their creation process and what inspired them.

Featured artists:

  • Aurora B.
  • Renee D
  • Risa S.
  • Mikaela S.

Parent Group Meeting

Wednesday, April 3 / 2:00 / Room 11

All parents welcome.

Agenda to include PE Co-op and more! We hope you come and chat about happenings at our school!

California Scholarship Federation Eligibility Meeting

Thursday, April 4 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria


If you're interested in becoming a member of the California Scholarship Federation, please see Mr. Zappala between now and April 3 for a copy of your transcript and CSF application. If you attended last year's meeting and qualified for membership, Mr. Zappala has your application. You will still need to complete another application to qualify for membership this year.

Senior Trip to Disneyland ?

Thursday, May 2

Hello Seniors! As there is no official senior trip for our class of 2019, one of our MEA parents has volunteered to coordinate an unofficial trip to Disneyland on Thursday, May 2. Students would need to provide their own transportation, and everyone would meet at the front gate. If you're interested in participating, please let Mrs. Barbara Romero know by Friday, March 22. or 619-218-2142

High School Prom

Friday, May 10 / 6:00-10:00pm / Mission Bay Yacht Club

All high school students are invited and encouraged to prom date needed! Make your reservations now for a discounted price! More prom info here.

Ticket prices

  • $30 (until 3/22) / $35 (until 5/3) / $40 (until 5/9)

No tickets sold at the door.


Thursday, April 11 / 5:00 pm / MEA Auditorium

Mark your calendar for our annual upcoming Talent Showcase & Silent Auction. As well as being entertained by our talented students, part of the fun of this annual event is bidding on exciting gift baskets and certificates. A grand evening of entertainment is guaranteed!

Talent Show Applications

Application deadline extended to FRIDAY, MARCH 29

Students, if you'd like to showcase one of your talents, start turning in those applications! The Talent Show & Silent Auction will be on Thursday, April 11, and we want to see YOUR fabulous talent on stage! We're also looking for stagehands and MC's to apply!

Link to Talent Show application

There will not be any physical auditions as all input will be given through the online form. Rehearsals will take place during the week of April 8.

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ASB Officer Positions 2019-20

Applications due Thursday, April 4

The election process is now open for the 2019-20 ASB officer positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Being a leader of the school leadership organization is an important job that requires much time, effort, dedication and responsibility. It is also rewarding, provides great memories and opportunities to have fun, and gives you direct involvement in the school community. ASB is responsible for most school activities on campus. If you are elected to become an ASB officer, you will need to represent the school in a positive way.

Candidate information

Candidate application

School Parent Survey

Parents, We need your help! Please take the parent survey portion of the CA Healthy Kids Survey. This is used as part of our school climate data on the new CA Schools Dashboard. It is very important that we have a high participation rate! Thank you so much in advance for your support with this! Please take the survey at the link below or paper copies are available in the front office:


For more info please click here

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Wanted: Empty Egg Cartons

We're stocking up on empty egg cartons so that we'll be able to share (for a small donation) eggs from our MEA chickens. If you've got a few cartons, would you please bring them to the front office? Fresh eggs will be available soon! Thank you!

Learning about our feathered friends

Chickens take beauty baths in the dust!

Dust bathing is an important part of keeping chickens healthy and clean. A chicken scratches and digs out a bowl-shaped depression in dirt. Then she settles into this hollow, fluffs up her feathers, and scratches up loose dirt through fluffed feathers.

In the MEA chicken coop, you can see several dust bath hollows in the dirt along the fence next to the sidewalk. Our girls are bathing beauties!

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Please find the most up-to-date schedule on our website, This schedule is a work in-progress; we will continue to add to and fine-tune the schedule as needed.

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at We are looking for folks wanting to share talents in science, technology, robotics, and the arts! All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

Making a Tree & Birds Nests

It's Spring and a new tree has sprouted up in the MakerSpace (helped out by Mr. Richard and several students). Also, thanks to many little helping hands, the tree is decorated with a variety of bird nests.

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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 anytime!

California Scholarship Federation Eligibility Meeting

Thursday, April 4 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria


If you're interested in becoming a member of the California Scholarship Federation, please see Mr. Zappala between now and April 3 for a copy of your transcript and CSF application. If you attended last year's meeting and qualified for membership, Mr. Zappala has your application. You will still need to complete another application to qualify for membership this year.

Community College Informational Meeting

Friday, April 12 / 12:00 noon / Room 6

Juniors and Seniors: If you are planning on attending Mesa or another San Diego community college after high school, please come to the meeting on April 12th at noon in room 6. A Mesa admissions representative will be here to talk about enrollment, the benefits that the community college option has to offer, the transfer process, financial aid and answer any questions you have.

Choosing Classes for 2019-20

If you (or your student) are currently in grades 8-11 you should have already had an appointment with Mr. Zappala where you discussed courses for next year and graduation and college entrance requirements. If you have not done that, please email him at to set up a time to meet. If you do not meet with Mr. Zappala your schedule for next year will be created for you without your input based on graduation requirements.

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March Library Challenge

Click here for the challenge

Match characters of books with the authors of books.

Turn into the library by 12:30 on March 22 to receive a prize!


February reading logs are due, come and turn them in to Miss Vivian or Miss Suzy. You will receive your coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut, plus a March reading log.

March is the last official month for BookIt!

Students will have until Friday, April 5 to bring their March reading logs to the library for a free pizza certificate.

Link to Pizza Hut's BookIt!


SDUSD Debut Honor Concert

Thursday, March 21 / 7:00 PM

Pt. Loma Nazarene University, Brown Chapel - 3900 Lomaland Drive


Several of our elementary students will be representing MEA at the upcoming SDUSD Debut Honor Concert (orchestra and band). The concert is free of charge and open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

Orchestra participants:

  • Yosif S. (3rd appearance in Honor), violin, 5th grade
  • Adam S. (2nd appearance), violin, 3rd grade
  • Hiro Y. (2nd appearance), violin, 5th grade
  • Jon N. (2nd appearance), violin, 3rd grade
  • Andrew S. (1st appearance), violin, 3rd grade
  • Devan Y. (2nd appearance), viola, 6th grade

Band participants:

  • Ian N. (3rd appearance), Principal flute, 5th grade
  • Enzo M. (2nd appearance), French horn, 4th grade

Congratulations to our young musicians for being selected to play in this honor concert!

Splash Event at UCSD

Saturday, April 20 / UCSD


During the day, a variety of classes and workshops designed for high school students are taught by UC San Diego faculty, graduate students, and undergrads. There are dozens of different course offerings, spanning engineering (e.g., nanoengineering, materials science, robot localization and many others), math and computer science (e.g., game theory, data analysis, etc.), biology and medicine (e.g., ant navigation, global health, appendicitis) and arts and humanities and social sciences (e.g., Greek philosophy, modular origami, contemporary dance, etc.) along with some practical classes particularly relevant to high school students (time management, surviving freshman year).

Student registration and general information can be found on the Splash website:

Registration closes April 16th. Classes fill on a first-come-first-served basis, so we suggest you register as soon as possible. Additionally, since we have to order shirts in advance, we can not guarantee you a shirt if you register after Wednesday April 3rd.

Speech Competition at the SD County Fair

Students can win cash awards and ribbons for their public speaking skills in the Speech Contest at the San Diego County Fair. The theme is "San Diego County Fair, Oz-some!"

Open to elementary, middle/junior high and high school students. Participants must register online in advance. The competition can accommodate a maximum of 25 entries per class, processed on a first-received, first-accepted basis, so enter early.

Summer Internship at Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium offers a 9-week summer internship, InterpreTEENS, for teens who are 16 and above. They are seeking enthusiastic teens who are interested in science, have excellent communication skills and who are reliable, flexible and eager to learn. Birch Aquarium is committed to exposing the next generation of ocean conservationists to diverse careers within the field of marine science. The deadline to apply is April 7.


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