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October 2017 Video

Check out ASB ambassadors Ally and Jazmyn's new video message for information about upcoming events. More videos to come!

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Illumina Tour

Ms. Pachon's students in Biotechnology and AP Biology toured Illumina Headquarters last Friday. They got a behind the scenes look at the manufacturing facility for one of the top ten biotechnology companies in the US. They also talked with Illumina employees about what it's like to work there. Illumina is a local company that is the key player in genetic sequencing hardware and services. They can now map a human genome in an hour! Students also ate delicious snacks and got some cool swag!

Link to article: "New machines can sequence human genome in one hour, Illumina announces"

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Wednesday, October 11 / 8:15 - 12:00 / Auditorium

All students that will be taking the PSAT on October 11 need to sign up in the front office. All 10th graders can take the test for free, but you MUST sign up. For all other students, the cost is $16, payable by check or cash (EXACT CHANGE PLEASE ).

PSAT practice booklets are available in Mr. Zappala's office and the front office.

Link to the PSAT website.

Itsy Bitsy Writers Workshop

Thursday, October 12 / 10:00am / Cafeteria

Itsy Bitsy Writers will be offering a FREE 45 minute parent participation creative writing workshop for 4-7 year olds in the Mount Everest Academy community on Thursday October 12 at 10:00am in the cafeteria. Our mission is to nurture and promote literacy, creativity and confidence in young children through the process of writing and illustrating original stories.

From our workshop, your child will:

  • Gain confidence in their ability to express themselves
  • Connect with other kids
  • Delight in creative expression

From our workshop, YOU will:

  • Have fun and connect with your child
  • Get a great tool to support your child’s creativity at home

Please rsvp to or call 619-335-5122. See you there!

Make-Up Picture Day

Tuesday, October 24 / 8:30-12:30 / Auditorium

Lifetouch is offering this make-up picture day for students and parents that were not able to come to Picture Day on September 21.

Spirit Week!

The ASB is sponsoring Spirit Week the week of October 23, so start planning your outfits!

Get creative and have fun showing your school spirit!

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, October 25 / 2:00-3:00

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. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

Middle School & High School Dances

Thursday, October 26

Grades 6-12: Mark your calendars for your upcoming Costume Dance!

  • 3:00-5:00pm Middle School
  • 6:00-8:00pm High School

All students must bring this signed permission form. Permission forms are also available in the front office. More details to follow!

Taylor Guitars Factory Tour!

Friday, October 27 / 12:45-2:15

Taylor Guitar factory / 1980 Gillespie Way, El Cajon

Come join us for a tour of the Taylor Guitar Factory!!!

The tour takes guests through the steps of guitar construction. While not physically demanding, the tour does include a fair amount of walking and climbing a short flight of stairs. Due to the technical nature, the tour may not be suitable for very small children.

We’ll meet at 12:45 to check in and get headphones. The tour lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Any questions or to RSVP, please email Ms. Barb at

************* ANNOUNCEMENTS *************

We need your input!

Parents/Guardians, Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey that will help us as we assess various aspects regarding the quality of education for students at Mt. Everest Academy. The information we are collecting is very important for our accrediting process through WASC. Please complete this form by Monday, October 16. Thank you!

MEA Parent Survey

Please mark your calendar for the next WASC committee meetings. If you have been attending, we look forward to seeing you again. If you would like to be involved please email Principal Browne at

Nov. 13 - 9am-11am

Dec. 4 – 9am-11am

MEA National Honor Society Members

Congratulations to the following students who have applied for and been accepted into the Mt. Everest Academy chapter of the National Honor Society.

  • Ayisha A.
  • Michele E.
  • Katherine G.
  • Ashlyn H.
  • Hanfei L.
  • Risa S.
  • Jonah W.
  • Noah W.

These students have distinguished themselves through both their academic achievements and their leadership in community service. Next time you see them, give them your congratulations!

Impact Aid Program Survey Forms

All families should have received an Impact Aid Program Survey Form in the mail. Please fill yours out and bring it to your supervising teacher right away and no later than Thursday, October 12. If you didn't receive a form, there are blank forms available in the front office, library, computer lab or from your supervising teacher.

As a special incentive to help meet this important deadline, the students of the first supervising teacher that gets 100% of their forms turned in will get an Ice Cream PARTY!

Sometimes we get questions on why the impact aid program survey form needs to be filled out every year. Each year our district receives over $10 million in Impact Aid funding. This is not automatic – we must apply for it each year and we need the information from you. Thank you for getting this done and helping funds come to our school!

"Communi-Tree" Project

Come make a leaf to add to our tree!

As members of MEA, we are all different: teachers, students, parents, siblings. We are makers and dreamers, writers and scientists (some all rolled into one!). We come together as part of one beautiful COMMUNITY! Let's celebrate Fall by creating a "COMMUNI-TREE"!!

We've gotten some wonderful leaf creations so far! Come add to the pile! Just stop by the Makerspace and make a leaf for our tree: decorate one, make one of your own, make a statement - whatever you'd like to contribute is great!

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"Grab-N-Go" Lunches

Mt. Everest Academy has lunches available in the office three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday. If your child would like a lunch, please sign up in the morning. Lunches are available beginning at 11:00 am and cost $2.25 or are free to students who qualify on the free/reduced lunch application. Apply online for free/reduced lunches.

************* COUNSELING CORNER *************

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!

Mr. Zappala meets with MEA Juniors

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Mesa College Information Night

Thursday, October 12 / 6:00-8:00 pm / Mesa College

Hello Juniors and Seniors: If you want more information regarding community college as an option after high school, attend a Mesa Information Night. This event is a great opportunity for prospective students, friends and families to come and learn a little bit more about Mesa in a more intimate setting.

Flyer for Mesa Info Night

Adelphi University

Friday, October 20 / 1:30pm / Cafeteria

Adelphi University is coming to Mt. Everest Academy to meet with Juniors and Seniors. The university has generous financial aid, a gorgeous campus next door to New York City and a unique, personalized approach to learning. This is your opportunity to meet with an Adelphi University representative in person.

YouTube video: Adelphi University: New York's best-kept secret

Cal-SOAP College Fair

Wednesday, October 25 / 6:00-8:00pm

Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego

  • For High School Students and Parents
  • Over 100 Colleges Represented and Various College Readiness Workshops:
  • Free parking & admissions
  • No pre-registration for students and parents needed.

Click for college fair webpage

Boston University Scholarship

Seniors, if you are thinking about applying to Boston University, here is a scholarship you might be interested in, the Boston University Trustee scholarship.

********** extracurricular activities ***********

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


  • Intro to Coding starts this Tuesday, 12:30-1:30

  • Model United Nations Club added on Thursdays, 10:55-11:55

  • Elementary Craft Circle added on Thursdays, 12:30-1:30

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

Introduction to Coding


Tuesdays / 12:30-1:30 / Computer Lab

Ever thought of learning how to code and create the apps and websites you use every day? Starting Tuesday, October 10, all students grades 4 thru 12 are welcome to come over to the Computer Lab for fun activities with computer programming, game development, cybersecurity, animation, and more. Hope to see you there!

Intro to Coding Flyer

Questions? Contact Lucas Huang at for more info.

Model United Nations Club

Thursdays / 10:55-11:55 / Room 8

Greetings, future delegates!

Model UN is an activity where students represent different nations around the world, and try to solve real world issues based on their country's policies.

You will become a world leader! Acting as ambassadors of nations from Egypt to France, Japan to Canada, Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and anything in between, step into the shoes of diplomats from Presidents Trump or Obama, to Kim Jong-un or Vladimir Putin, to try and make the world the place that you, or your people, would want it to be.

Topics discussed will range from globalization and the refugee crises, to preventing World War II, and even dealing with first alien encounter and artificial intelligence rights. Remember: don't nuke the world! Model United Nations Club Flyer

Contact Lucas H. at to learn more.

Fragrance Club

  • Smell and create scents
  • Learn perfume chemistry
  • Use 50+ aroma chemicals
  • Make professional products
  • Study aromatherapy
  • Get a customized fragrance
  • Make weird scents!

The meeting time for this is TBD. If you'd like to participate in this activity, please email so your schedule can be taken into consideration for determining the meeting time.

Faith Group

Wednesdays / 12:00-12:30 / Room 17B

Everyone in grades 5-12 is welcome to come to the Faith Group!

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The new website has information about the below and MUCH MORE!

Free eBooks and Audiobooks

Students in grades K-6 that sign up for Book It! can enjoy free eBooks and Audiobooks, compliments of Kindle, BookIt!, and Candlewick Press.

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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Awards are open to students in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service in the past year. Middle level and high school volunteers are honored in every state, and top honorees earn cash awards and an all-expenses-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. Qualifying honorees also receive President's Volunteer Service Awards.

Scholarships to Study Abroad

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers scholarships to high school students (ages 15-18) to study abroad for one academic year. International exchange programs give students the opportunity to establish long-lasting ties with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop global leadership skills. Previous language study is not required.

Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

Learn German

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad

Go to Africa, Asia, the Balkans or the Middle East

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Learn Arabic, Indonesian, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Russian, or Turkish

My Waste My Way

My Waste My Way

A former SDUSD student and a UC Berkeley graduate, Ms. Lillygol Sedaghat, received the Fullbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship to document Taiwan's waste management innovations. She is launching a series of environment education digital media contests for students.

The theme of the first contest is "Redefining Waste - use your trash to create a bold recycled masterpiece!" Starting October 15th, 2017, every three weeks, students will be invited to create a project and share it digitally with the #MyWasteMyWay; winners will have their work showcased on the National Geographic Voices Blog.

Attachments: 1st contest details / Upcoming contests




Mrs. Flo's elementary art students created these as a way to explore weather and art; how their art interacts with the wind, and then how the wind moves their art, which enhances the viewer's experience.