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Help MEA Foundation raise $25,000

ALL MEA students (whether running in the Fun Run or not) can request online pledges from their family and friends to support MEA. Sign up instructions


Funds raised will be used for MEA science curriculum, art classes and workshops, robotics, garden education, professional development opportunities for staff, assemblies and guest speakers, physical education opportunities, and community building events

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Fundraiser PRIZES


ALL students that get pledges donated will be entered in a drawing to win prizes from these businesses that are supporting our fundraiser:

  • Rockin' Jump * Boomers! * Westfield Shopping * Velocity Paintball * IFly Indoor Skydiving * SkyZone * Mira Mesa Lanes * Bath & Body Works * Let’s Roam * and more!

The PRIZE DRAWING will be held at the Fun Run on March 23 (students do not need to be present to win).

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Heritage Festival

Mrs. Battin's 3rd and 4th graders made and presented displays of their ethnic backgrounds to the MEA community.

Link to Heritage Festival photo gallery

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Students in Biotechnology perform a protein assay using spectrophotometry.

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FUN-RAISING at Blaze Pizza

Tuesday, March 10 / 3:00-6:00pm

Blaze Pizza / 5604 Balboa Ave.

Bring your family and friends to Blaze Pizza on Tuesday, March 10 between 3:00-6:00pm and help raise money for our school while you enjoy customized pizzas! Please note: You must show the MEA Foundation fundraiser flyer (digital or paper) at checkout. Valid for dine-in or take out only. Not valid for online orders, phone orders, or delivery.

Browse the menu here: but please order in person to participate in the fundraiser. Thank you for your support of our incredible MEA!

"A Wrinkle in Time"

The Mt. Everest Academy Theatre Company proudly presents "A Wrinkle in Time," directed by Becca Myers.

Show times:

  • Wednesday, March 11 / 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 12 / 4:00 pm
  • Friday, March 13 / 6:00 pm

Avoid the ticket lines before the show! Tickets are available for purchase in the front office: $5 for students / $10 for adults. Payment can be made with cash (exact change only) or a check made payable to "Mt. Everest Academy."


  • No Testing in B-15 this week (it's being used as a costume room)
  • Sphero & Coding on Tuesday will be held in Room 1
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Academic League

Thursday, March 12 / 7:00 pm

The MEA Academic League with Coach Cate will meet at Clairemont High to compete with their Academic League. Answering a series of questions for all core subjects, the contestants try to outwit and out-maneuver their opponents in a set of matches to reach the finals. Come out and support our team!

Mesa College Pre-Enrollment Workshop

Monday, March 16 / 12:00 / Room 6

Mesa College is coming here to hold a Pre-Enrollment workshop for seniors that plan to attend there in the Fall. Prospective Mesa students must participate in this workshop if they want to also participate in the Pre-Registration workshop where they are automatically signed up to meet with a Mesa counselor to map out their academic plan for the Fall of 2020.

Spirit Day

Tuesday, March 17

Your school spirit can be shown by wearing GREEN for St. Patrick's Day!

Coffee with the Principal

Tuesday, March 17 / 9:15am / Cafeteria

Parents and community members are invited to join Principal Browne over a cup of coffee (or tea) to discuss school happenings.

Fun Run

Monday, March 23 / 9:00-12:00

The MEA Foundation is sponsoring this Fun Run to celebrate all the funds that have been raised to support our school!


There will be a prize drawing at the Fun Run for all students who received donations for the MEA Foundation fundraiser.

Prize Flyer

At the Fun Run students can also jump in a bouncy house, navigate a new obstacle course, play with bubbles, and dance to the DJ'd music!

Spirit Day

Tuesday, March 24

This is a spring-themed school spirit day; put on your bright floral and neon color outfits!

Spring Dances

Tuesday, March 24 / Auditorium

The first day of Spring is March 19; let's celebrate with a bright neon-themed dance!


Buy your tickets in the front office, payable with either cash or a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy." For both dances, tickets include the price of food and glow sticks.

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For grades K-5. Tickets cost $3, and include admission of parents. Ticket prices go up to $5 on March 18. For elementary school, permission slips are not needed since parents must attend the dance with their child.

  • (15) elementary tickets must be sold by March 17
    - - - INCENTIVE: Will receive 6 extra glow sticks


For grades 6-8. Tickets cost $7, and will go up to $10 on March 18.

This permission form is required for each middle school student to attend the dance. This form is also available in the front office. A completed form needs to be turned in to the office before tickets can be purchased.

  • (30) middle school tickets must be sold by March 17
    - - -
    INCENTIVE: The first ten middle school students to purchase tickets will be allowed to submit song requests; this will be the only way to guarantee a song request is played at the middle school dance.

Cabrillo Monument Meet-Up

Wednesday, March 25 / 10:00-11:00 / Cabrillo Monument

Please sign up in the front office by THURSDAY, MARCH 19.

For grades 2-5.

Tour is led by a docent.

Pick up parking permit in the MEA office.

For questions, please contact Mrs. Brenna Battin at


Thursday, April 16 / PETCO Park

Join the San Diego Padres and the League of Extraordinary Scientists & Engineers for this STEAM Field Trip Day!

9:30 - Gates open

10:30 - The League of Extraordinary Scientists & Engineers (LXS) will present the "Inside Out" tour that brings to life an excitement for exploring, observing and ultimately writing and reporting. This tour demonstrates how scientists all over the world share information.

12:40 - Rockies vs. Padres game begins

Ticket Prices:

$11 upper deck, $16 right field, $19 field pavilion

Payment is due to the front office by TUESDAY, APRIL 7.

For questions please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at

Save the Date!

April 24 - Silent Auction and Talent Show


Talent Show Applications

Students, if you'd like to showcase one of your talents, start turning in your applications! The Talent Show/Silent Auction will be on Friday, April 24, and we want to see YOUR fabulous talent on stage!

LINK TO APPLICATION - due Thursday, 3/26

For questions, please contact Mr. Nielsen ( or Ms. Rice (

Covid-19 Updates

At Mt. Everest Academy, student safety is of utmost importance. Please be sure to keep your child home from school if they are sick. At MEA we are uniquely set up for students to work at home. Please take advantage of this if needed. The whole school community thanks you. Please visit the district’s website and list of FAQs as it has the latest information and is updated daily.

School Parent Survey

Parents, We really need your help! Every year the state of CA surveys parents, student and staff at schools. This data is used to rate school climate and is published on the new CA Schools Dashboard. Many families report looking into our school because of the data they read online about us first. That data comes from student academic performance as well as this annual state survey. If you appreciate our school and the learning environment we create for your student(s), now is the time for your opinion to count. It is extremely 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. The survey should only take you about 10 minutes to complete, but it’s importance can’t be stressed enough! Mt. Everest parents rock!


For more info please click here

Testing in B-15

There will be no testing in B-15 this week as it is being used as the costume room for "A Wrinkle in Time."

Silent Auction

MEA Foundation is looking for donations for the Silent Auction!

  • Do you have a business you frequent?
  • Does your student take lessons?

Please ask these businesses if they would donate to the MEA Silent Auction. Donation letters and forms are available from MEA Office if requested. Your assistance is appreciated!


**** Extracurricular activities ****

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

If you have a talent to share and are interested in leading an extracurricular class or workshop series, please contact Principal Browne at

Sphero & Coding

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 3/10, Sphero & Coding will meet in Room 1 instead of the cafeteria.

Elementary Art

Students created paper mache bowls during Elementary Art class. This took two weeks to complete; the first week they used newspaper, flour and water to create the bowl, then it had to dry for a week. The second week, they painted their masterpieces! Everyone, including Mrs. Sink, had lots of fun!

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Library Challenge - March

Click for March library challenge

Dr. Seuss: What do you know about him? Where can you find the answers to the March Library Challenge questions??? Successful challengers may choose a book or a coupon reward!

Good luck!

Library website


Grades K-6: Sign up for Book It! in the library.

Read books and earn FREE PIZZA!

March is the last month for the BOOK IT! program.

Students who signed up, please bring your reading logs for February to the library, and we will give you a reading log for March.

Happy reading! Enjoy the pizza!


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!

Choosing Classes for 2020-21

From March 2 - March 27, students in grades 5-11 will have the opportunity to plan their classes for the next school year.

GRADES 5, 6, 7

Students will receive articulation sheets listing course options for next year during study groups the week of February 24. Parents should review course options with their student at home. Students must return the articulation sheet with a parent's signature to their English teacher. If there are any changes needed, please mark the change before returning. For questions, please contact Ms. Patterson (

GRADES 8, 9, 10, 11

All 8th-11th graders must make an appointment here to meet with Mr. Zappala during the month of March. Topics discussed will include their courses for next year and the rest of high school, community college courses, and graduation and college entrance requirements. 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 need to return the articulation sheet with a parent's signature to Mr. Zappala. If there are any changes needed, please mark the change before returning. For questions, please contact Mr. Zappala (

Articulation Sheets:

Master Course List 2020-21


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

Mesa College Pre-Enrollment Workshop

Monday, March 16 / 12:00 / Room 6

Mesa College is coming here to hold a Pre-Enrollment workshop for seniors that plan to attend there in the Fall. Prospective Mesa students must participate in this workshop if they want to also participate in the Pre-Registration workshop where they are automatically signed up to meet with a Mesa counselor to map out their academic plan for the Fall of 2020.

Mesa Registration

Students who will be completing the 10th grade this year who plan on taking a class at Mesa over the Summer or in the Fall should remember to get their Supplemental Application completed and brought to the office for verification. Open registration for Summer classes starts on May 18th. Open registration for Fall classes begins on July 15th. See Mr. Zappala or Principal Browne with any questions.”

Supplemental Application

SDUSD Participation Criteria

Jumpstart Your Success

Saturday, March 21 / 8:30-12:30 / Mesa College

Mesa College's annual “Jumpstart Your Success: Cash In On Community College” event, is a FREE event for prospective students, their families, and their friends. This will be an opportunity for students to learn about Mesa programs and services as well as get information on Financial Aid options and FAFSA completion assistance. The campus will be open and they will be hosting a variety of workshops and presentations, a comprehensive resource fair, and lunch while supplies last! They will also be doing opportunity drawings!


Youth Climate Action Summit

Saturday, April 4 / 9:00am-4:00pm

The Youth Climate Action Summit is a one-day event taking place in Mission Valley that will better equip high school students to become climate leaders at their school and in their community.

Youth will gain leadership and teamwork skills, knowledge, and support to effectively influence policy and inspire their peers to take meaningful action on climate change and climate justice.

Get empowered. Get inspired. Get ready to lead!

Student Art Exhibit 2020

Wednesday, March 18 / 4:30-6:45pm / Ed Center

The San Diego Unified School District cordially invites you to the Student Art Exhibit, celebrating student artwork from Pre-School through Grade 12. . Art Exhibit flyer


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