Monday Message

APRIL 12, 2021

Covid-19 Safety Expectations for On-Campus Learning Opportunities

If your student is attending one of our on-site learning opportunities, please be sure:


1) You have discussed Covid-19 safety procedures with them.


2) Your student arrives with a signed copy of the Parent acknowledgement of student on-site learning form. (This only needs to be brought on the first day.)


3) Your student brings the Daily Student Symptoms Checklist that is filled out at home before coming to school, or you can complete the daily symptom checklist online at the ClearPass web portal using your child’s district ID and pw. Then a screenshot on your phone can be shown at check-in that this has been completed. (Grades 6-12 can do this on their own phones.)


Some of the expectations for on campus attendance:


✔ Parents must take their child's temperature before coming to school. (Thermometers will be provided for any families needing one for home.)

✔ Students must arrive at the appropriate gate entrance on time at the beginning of the session. Students may not enter gates after this time. Pick up on time afterward is also strictly enforced.

✔ At the entrance, parents must arrive with a completed form (which can be done on paper or online) verifying their child does not have a temperature or any signs of illness.

✔ Parents/other adults are not allowed on campus past the gates.

✔ Masks must be worn at all times.

✔ Everyone will remain socially distanced at all times

✔ Playground/outdoor play will be allowed during each grade's allotted time.

✔ Eating will not be allowed on campus (no snacks).

✔ Extra air filtration devices will be in each classroom.

✔ Windows and doors will remain open. We will also schedule some of the activities to be outdoors.

✔ If you or your child have any signs of illness, please stay home. Any students showing signs of illness at school will be isolated in another location until parents can pick them up.

On-Campus Opportunities - Beginning the week of April 12

K-5 "Unplugged"

If your student is signed up to attend our "Unplugged" sessions, you should have received a detailed message with procedures and expectations. Part of the elementary parking lot will be coned off for students/families to line up by grade level. Please park and line up with your child in their grade level line.


  • Students must be checked in between 12:15 and 12:30
  • Students must be picked up at 2pm. (Please wait in your grade level line until your student is released to you.)


6-12 "Study Zone"

One of the things families and students have said they miss the most about being on campus are the impromptu conversations they have with others in the MEA community. We will try to re-create this in the Study Zone, where students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 will have opportunities to study with their peers and meet with available teachers. The auditorium and lunch court will be open during specific times for middle school and high school, following protocols outlined above. We may offer additional opportunities based on student input. ASB members, clubs, gardening, and the Coop Group may possibly also have meetings within the Study Zone timeframe. Students must sign up ahead of time to attend and sign ups will occur weekly. Please sign up here. (More dates will be added soon.) Each student can sign up for up to two sessions per week, although three are offered. Please see schedule below. Students may be in Study Zone while attending a studygroup online.


Students attending Study Zone must check-in at the front entrance of school by the office.

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* * UPCOMING ACTIVITIES * *

Discussion with Dr. Jenkins

Thursday, April 15 / 3:00-4:00pm

Dr. Jerry "Rafiki" Jenkins will be discussing Race, Class, Sexuality, and Religion in African American horror on 4/15 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This will be a discussion rather than a lecture, so please be prepared to listen, think, and participate if you so wish. Due to the format of this, we would like people to RSVP in advance, as we'll only have about 30 spots to keep the dialogue engaging, but not overwhelming.


Only those who RSVP will be admitted into the Zoom, so please make sure the name you enter here is the name you will join the Zoom with! . RSVP form


Zoom link: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/s/81119765315


This event is sponsored by the MEA Horror Club

"Love Our Library" activities

Due to the opening this week, Library events are being reorganized and we will post information as it comes available.

MEA Talent Showcase and ASB Fundraiser!

Come celebrate the talents of our incredible students at the annual MEA Talent Showcase, hosted by the ASB. This year’s online format gives everyone a front row seat to the action.


When: Friday, April 16 at 5:00p.m.

Where: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/82648171761


Donations for the ASB will be accepted during the show. 100% of all funds raised will directly benefit student learning and school activities. If you can’t make it to the “live” event this Friday, you can still support our ASB through a Venmo donation made to MEA-Foundation (@MEA-Foundation) any time through April 19.

MEA Foundation General Meeting

Tuesday, April 20 / 4:00pm


MEA Foundation website

We invite all parents and faculty to join our last general meeting of the year! The foundation helps support ASB and their/other school events, senior graduations, mini grants for staff, and many enrichment workshops and activities for our students and families. Please join us to learn more, provide feedback, or get involved!

Meeting link will be provided in the next Monday Message.

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Art show

The virtual art show is still available for your viewing pleasure.


Artwork below by Renee Dunlap, grade 12.

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Students vs. Parents Academic League

MEA students and parents matched wits during an academic league fundraiser last Wednesday evening. Two matches were played, one involving middle school students and parents, one with high school students and parents. As they say, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Interacting with the parents made it easy to see why we have such brilliant students at MEA!


Middle school score: Students 60 / Parents 240

High school score: Students 170 / Parents 110


Money raised from the event will help fund our Varsity team’s Small School National Championship entry fee this year as well as overall team costs in the future. You can still donate by:


  • CHECK: using this form, please mail to Mt. Everest Academy, 4350 Mt. Everest Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117, ATTN: Maria Ramos. Please note “Academic League” on your check memo line.
  • VENMO: All donations made to the @MEA-Foundation Venmo will go to the MEA Foundation, who will be donating 100% of the contributions to ASB. If a 4-digit confirmation is required on Venmo, it is 1057.
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Bathing Beauty on Campus

Happy raven in front of the library.
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Gift Bags for Staff

As staff members returned to campus last week, each person had a bag of new cleaning supplies, masks, and hand sanitizers in their room. Our thoughtful Principal Browne presented the cleaning products in a gift bag with a few treats and a welcome back message!

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We're ready to social distance with you!

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* * ANNOUNCEMENTS * *

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UCSD STEAM/TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Brought to you by MEA Foundation


High School Students

Sign up for a free SAT Prep program (starting April 18) or UCSD Extension FUTURES courses in business and engineering/programming by filling out this form. These spots are limited, and are first come first serve. There may be other opportunities in the future as well.


PIB Engineering Workshop

The top vote for the workshop was Fargot, the robot that identifies and displays the color of whatever Lego you "feed" it. The workshop will likely be held on a Saturday around mid-May from 12-3pm.


Exploring the Science of Harry Potter

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

There is a 20 student limit, and we're over half full! Please complete your registration. The Zoom link will be emailed prior to the event. Another workshop can be scheduled if more students are interested.


Parent Workshops

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

Art Club BHM Fundraiser

The Art Club is finalizing the funds that will be donated to Detour Empowers from the Black History Month fundraiser. There are still a couple of pieces of artwork available to buy.

See artwork here.


If you'd like to purchase one or more of the pieces, please email Linda Ele at lele@sandi.net with the Number and Name of the piece.

Adjusted Material Checkout Times

With the reopening of campus, pick up times are changed for the rest of the year to:


  • Tuesdays: 10:00-12:00
  • Thursdays: 10:00-12:30


Please continue to come to the North facing door of the auditorium.


6th grade: Owl Pellets

If your grade 6 student is interested in dissecting an owl pellet- please pick one up - along with paperwork this week during the times listed above.


Contact

Please contact Suzie Wilson at swilson3@sandi.net 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.


Book Returns

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.

Summer Community College Classes

For Sophomores and Juniors wanting to take a community college class in the Summer, please note that the Summer 2021 college class schedule release has been postponed to April 19, 2021. You can view the Summer online class schedule after April 19.


Students need to apply to the community college district if they have not done so. In addition to this, students will also need to complete and submit this online Supplemental Application. Once submitted, students will be scheduled by the community college. Summer classes begin June 7th.


Here is general Mesa College Summer information.

Ally Action Website

Ally Action Officially has a website! Here you can get information on our club, see our events, and even watch recordings of some of them. We have also linked resources to external events, petitions, and ways to reach out. The entire site was built by students. You can find the link to it here.

AP Virtual Study Hall

The ASB is planning on setting up virtual study hall sessions for students who are taking AP classes, in preparation for the upcoming AP exams online. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form to help the ASB choose times that will work best for all students.

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 mramos3@sandi.net

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK

Click to Purchase Your 2020-21 MEA Yearbook

  • School Passcode: 1013183679162246

This year's book gives each student 2 free pages to fill with their own photos and memories.

Photos still requested

SENIOR PORTRAITS

All senior portraits will still be needed, as they will be used for other purposes as well as the yearbook.


TALENT SHOW PERFORMERS

If you're in the Talent Show, we’d love pictures of you performing your acts! You can email those to Linda Ele at lele@sandi.net

Senior Reminders

This senior letter and graduation checklist was sent to seniors and their parents on 2/19/21.


Upcoming deadlines:

  • Community Service Hours form - 4/23
  • Two Surveys - 4/30


Yearbook: Senior Portraits submitted to lele@sandi.net – Friday, 3/26

* * THE GOOD STUFF * *

Please send in your 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 lele@sandi.net. We want to hear from you!

"The Bug Whisperer"

Kaleb C., grade 3, is a budding entomologist and yes - that's a live swallowtail butterfly on his shoulder!

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** Extracurricular Activities **

CLUBS

German Club

The German Club had an appetizing zoom meeting, cooking Aubergine (Eggplant) Schnitzel together.

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ASB Students sharing their work

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.

THE MEA SPIRIT CUP

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

Based on "Humans of New York", Ally Action will interview teachers and high school 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.

** COUNSELING CORNER **

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

Community College Pre-Enrollment Zoom workshop

Day: Friday, April 16

Time: 12:30-2:00

Zoom: will be sent to seniors who sign up


SENIORS:

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.


To attend the workshop, you must e-mail Mr. Zappala by Tuesday, April 13. 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.

Choosing classes for 2021-22

Articulation Meetings for 2021-2022

Students in grades 5-11 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. 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

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.

JUNIORS: Poli. Sci. CCAP options for next year

Mesa has offered another CCAP option for our students. In addition to math 150 and 151, Seniors next year can take Poli. Sci. 102 and 121 to meet the Government and Economics graduation requirements. However, I have met with many of this year’s juniors for articulation before knowing this was an option, so I would like for the juniors who have already met with me to know that they can email me to change to the Poli. Sci options for next year and for those who have not met with me to be aware of this option.

- Mr. Zappala, rzappala@sandi.net

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.

* * COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS * *

Mandala Meditation

Friday, April 16 / 10:00am-noon

Zoom: 862 3210 1882

Passcode: 925177


Supplies:

Print this template on regular paper.

Regular pencil or pen, or colored pencils or pens.

(3 colors maximum makes a more satisfying mandala)


Barbara Ruys has been hosting experimental art devotionals since the summer of 2017. These devotionals are Baha’i inspired and are free and open to all, where everyone of any spiritual background or no spiritual background can feel comfortable.


To learn more about these workshops, or to be added to Barbara’s email list, contact her at plumtreeb@gmail.com

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