Monday Message


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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Brendan D., 10th grader, is playing the lead role in the JCC's production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." After last Friday's performance, he's greeted by a couple of his MEA fans!

Sneak Peek Video

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Student Synergy

High school students develop leadership skills by leading the Kinder song
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Make-Up Picture Day

Tuesday, Oct. 23 / 8:30-12:30 / Auditorium

Lifetouch is offering this make-up picture day for students and staff that were not able to come to Picture Day on September 20.

Student Pictures

It's important that all students have their picture taken! The picture will be used for the student's school ID card and the school yearbook.

Portrait Package Orders

BEFORE portraits are taken, families have the option to purchase a picture package online:

Go to The Mt. Everest MAKE -UP picture day I.D. is CK928510Y1

DAY OF picture taking, payment can be made with an order form. Forms are available in the front office and the Family Room. On Make-Up Picture Day, bring the order form and payment with either a check made payable to “Lifetouch” or cash (EXACT CHANGE).

AFTER portraits are taken, proofs will be delivered to MEA within a few weeks and a portrait package can be ordered online.


Please email Linda Ele at

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P.A.L.S. Training

8:30-9:30 in the MakerSpace on the following days:

  • Tuesday, 10/23
  • Wednesday, 10/24
  • Thursday, 10/25

ASB students and any other students in grades 7-12 interested in volunteering for P.A.L.S. must attend a training session next week. Trainings will occur 10/23, 10/24, and 10/25 from 8:30-9:30 in the MakerSpace. P.A.L.S. tutoring will start the week of 10/29.

Planning for Chickens

Tuesday, Oct. 23 / 12:00-12:30 / Table outside the cafeteria

We've got the chicken coop and now we need the chickens! If you'd like to assist with organizing and planning for our new additions to campus, our fine-feathered friends, please come to this meeting!

Composting Demo

Wednesday, Oct. 24 / 12:00pm / Garden

Help make new soil for our garden!

Learn how to use the compost bin, what you can put inside, and why it's important to compost. Bring your lunch to eat during the demo and leave your scraps!

(Mainly fruit and veggie leftovers. Just please remember no oils, no fats, no citrus, and no meats in the compost bin. Thank you!)

Spirit Week

Tuesday, Oct. 23 - Thursday, Oct. 25

The ASB is sponsoring the Spirit Days listed below. Show your school spirit and express your creativity!

  • MARVEL vs. DC DAY - Tuesday, Oct. 23
  • BLACK TIE DAY - Wednesday, Oct. 24
  • COSTUME DAY - Thursday, Oct. 25

Fall Dances

As part of our Spirit Week festivities, ALL students are invited to MEA's Fall Dance! Come in costume or come as you are. Either way, you’ll have a great time hanging out, eating, and dancing. And it's all FREE! Here's the schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 25 / Auditorium
3:15-4:15 - Elementary dance
4:30-6:00 - Middle & High School dance

This permission form is required for each student to attend the dance. This form is also available in the front office. It can be turned in to the office ahead of time, or turned in at the door. For elementary students, parents are welcome to attend also, in which case a permission form is not required.


Wednesday, Oct. 24 / 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

Invitation to SD Met High School Dance

Friday, Oct. 26 / 6:30-9:30 pm / SD Met High School Annex

The ASB at San Diego Metropolitan High School on Mesa College Campus is cordially inviting MEA high schoolers to attend their Halloween dance! There will be fun activities, free food, and beverages. Costumes are encouraged, with the option to participate in a costume contest! SD Met Dance flyer

Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased here through PayPal by Wednesday, October 24. Meeting this deadline will ensure that our students are on their dance list. MEA students must also present their student ID for entry to the dance.

The dance takes place in the Annex behind the K200 building, where the red circle is on this map. The best place for pickup/dropoff is the parking lot off of Marlesta Ave near the big yellow student services building aka I4 in the map. From there take either the big stairs or elevators to the upper area where the K200 building is. There will be signs and students out to help guide!

Elementary Costume Parade

Tuesday, Oct. 30 / 12:00 pm

Elementary Playground in front of Rm. 11

The elementary classes would like to extend an invitation to all to join them in a fun costume parade around the school! Please remember, only appropriate costumes, nothing too scary and no weapons. Our parade will end at the elementary playground with music and treats. Parents are kindly requested to contribute to the snacks and goodies. Hope to see you there!

Fall Festival

Wednesday, Nov. 7 / 12-2:30

Mark your calendars for our annual Fall Festival! The ASB is planning this event and there will be a fun time for all!

Academic League: Staff vs Students

Thursday, Nov. 8 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

Please come support our incredible Academic League team as they take on their supremely knowledgeable teachers in a trivia contest! (GO STUDENTS!!!)


What's Going on in the Garden?

Work began in the garden this week, with a team of elementary students taking the lead. If you were at MEA in previous years, the classes Garden Exploration and Eco Warriors may sound familiar. These two great activities are combining into one to create a new club dedicated to sustainable living. The name will be Eco Warriors, led by 5th graders Edel and Lily, with help from their parents. Meetings will be announced soon.

**Remember, if classes are in session when you visit the garden, keep your voices to a whisper.**

Compost Bin

Help make new soil for our garden.

Composting Demo:
Wednesday 24th at 12pm.

Learn how to use the compost bin, what you can put inside, and why it's important to compost. Bring your lunch to eat during the demo and leave your scraps!

(Mainly fruit and veggie leftovers. Just please remember no oils, no fats, no citrus, and no meats in the compost bin. Thank you!)

Come Build a New Sign

We are working on a new sign for the garden. We have recycled and repurposed the wood from the previous sign by sanding it down.

A talented MEA student artist is working on drawing a design on the wood with a fine tip marker. After that, the sign will be available in the MakerSpace where we can all pitch in and use the wood-burning tool to make the design permanent. Stop by the MakerSpace in the coming weeks and contribute a few minutes to the new sign. Sign the contributor list so we can credit you with a huge thank you in the Monday Message!

Garden Activities

Last week we:

- found horn worms, caterpillars, and grasshoppers

- cleaned and organized the garden box area.

- harvested carrots and basil

- began weeding grass from around the raised planters and spread mulch

- cleaned around the drain to prevent blockage

- cleaned and redecorated the fairy garden

- removed the love rocks that were sinking into the dirt to prepare them for a new home.

- watered and weeded pots and planters

- started preparing a fall seed sowing plan

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Want to work in the garden?

Join us for our fall garden preparations and planting. Meeting will be announced soon.

Garden Wish List

If you have these items to donate, please leave them in the garden box. Thank you!

- fairy garden decor and also colorful rocks, gems, or glass stones.

- succulent cuttings

- kid size garden gloves

- potting soil

- hardscape rocks

- outdoor benches


The MEA Theatre Company is back for the 2018-2019 school year! The winter show (drum roll please…) will be “Alice in Wonderland!” Exact dates for audition workshops, auditions, and the show schedule are forthcoming. However, the Theatre Company NEEDS YOUR HELP. Attached here is a letter from Adira Rosen, the MEA alum that started the company. In order to continue to offer this program, we need financial support. If every family involved gives what they can, anything from $10 to $500 or more, the MEA Company will be able to continue to thrive and bring joy to our entire community. Thank you!

Impact Aid Program Survey Forms

Just a FEW more families need to turn in their Impact Aid Program Survey Forms.

These are needed ASAP! Click here for a blank form

Summer Germany Trip Registration

The deadline for deposits to reserve a spot is 11/1/18.

See's Candies Fundraiser



Hello Mt Everest Families!

It is that time of year again! Our See’s fundraiser starts this week, and runs through November 15th! For all students who would like to get into the Fall Festival for FREE- at least 10 items need to be sold and the form needs to be turned into the main office by November 6th at 3pm at the very latest!

I think everyone knows this is one of MEA’s main fundraiser for the year, and it benefits everyone on campus. The money raised through this event goes to support everything done on campus. It is used for the Maker Space, dances, Fall Festival, Field Day, End of the Year Picnic, lunch concerts, science fair, club fair, and anything other requests brought to the ASB. Some of these requests have been money to support clubs like Improv or make our campus more beautiful like the creating of a mural (in progress). All that is created for our community, is to make YOUR family’s experience of our “do school differently school” as wonderful as it can be!

Don’t want to sell candy? I understand that. Please notice that with the See’s Candies form there is also a donation form. Any donation size is wonderful-it all goes together to provide our school with some wonderful fun and meaningful academics for our community. Please feel free to talk to others about what happens at our school and ask for donations if you or others are not interested in candy. I do find that some people do love See’s for the holiday and we time this fundraiser specifically to coincide with holiday gift giving.

As I do not have a specific location on campus to be this year, all forms are to be turned into the main office when complete. Please feel free to contact me if you have any needs or concerns! I would be happy to help out with this event. All we can do to raise money for our school is greatly appreciated! Thank you! Miss Barb

"Grab-N-Go" Lunches

Mt. Everest Academy has lunches available in the office three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday. Lunches cost $2.75 or are free to students who qualify on the free/reduced lunch application. Apply online for free/reduced lunches.


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.

Elementary Spanish

Elementary Spanish will be cancelled on Tuesday, October 23.

Academic League

Thursdays / 11:45-12:30 / Room 9

Academic League is like Jeopardy for students in grades 7-12! You get to show what you know and exercise your brain power, all while having fun with your fellow students. The Academic League practices together weekly with their coach, Mr. Aaron Cate. For questions:


Tuesday / 1:50-3:00 / Auditorium

MathCounts will be meeting in the AUDITORIUM on Tuesday, 10/23.


Start date Tuesday, October 30

P.A.L.S. (Peer Academic Lab for Students) where older students tutor younger students will be up and running the week of 10/29! P.A.L.S. will occur Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-10:30 in the MakerSpace overseen by Mr. Choquette. During this quiet study time, students will be paired with tutors that best match their needs. Thank you to all parents who shared feedback so that we can make P.A.L.S. the best it can be!

Training Oct. 23 thru Oct. 25

ASB students and any other students in grades 7-12 interested in volunteering for P.A.L.S. must attend a training session next week. Trainings will occur 10/23, 10/24, and 10/25 from 8:30-9:30 in the MakerSpace.


Mr. Richard introduces 5th graders to all the possibilities of creating in the MakerSpace this year!
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Ground Launched Parachutes

MakerSpace Challenge!

OBJECTIVE: Students will design and build a parachute that can be launched from the ground, open in flight, and carry a payload gently back to the ground. The parachute flights will be scored by how many seconds elapse from the time a parachute leaves the launcher to when it lands.

The longest flight time so far: 14 seconds!


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!

USNA Admissions Information Program

Sunday, October 28 / Madison High School

3:30pm - check in

4:00-6:00pm - program

The United States Naval Academy is offering an admissions information program for prospective students. It will be a fun and informative, with the opportunity to speak with midshipmen and USDN admission staff.

  • Full College Scholarship
  • 25 Academic Majors
  • #1 Public College in the Nation (Forbes 2017)
  • #4 Undergraduate Engineering Programs (US News & World Report)
  • Division I Varsity Sports
  • Exciting Careers Post-Graduation

Link to free registration

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship

This scholarship is looking to recognize seniors who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in the areas of community service, character, integrity and leadership. If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award of $2,500 or more. The deadline to apply is December 7, 2018.

Scholarship link

Appointments for Seniors

From October 1-30

Choose a 1/2 hour appt. between 8:00-2:30

All seniors need to schedule an appointment with Mr. Zappala to discuss their college plans, including financial aid. This meeting will allow Mr. Z. to answer your questions in order to determine the resources available to you so that you can make the best decisions for yourself in a timely manner.

Link to select your appointment time

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October Library Challenge

Click here for the puzzle, or pick one up in the library. Turn your completed form into the library by Thursday, October 25, 12:30 pm to receive a prize!

This student chose a certificate for a free churro and a book for her prize.


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

Read books and earn FREE PIZZA!

All students need to do is come in to the library, sign up and receive a reading log. At the end of each month, turn in the completed reading log. You will then receive a coupon for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut! Pick up your new reading log and begin again for the next month.

Link to Pizza Hut's BookIt!


SDUSD Student Equity Coalitions

All meetings are from 5:00-6:30pm

November 7 / Clairemont High School

December 13 / Patrick Henry High School

February 6 / Morse High School

San Diego Unified School District is inviting all interested parties to participate! Students, parents, staff, and community members unite to leverage knowledge, networks, resources, and talent to ensure that every student is college, career, and community ready.

Student Equity Coaltions flyer

Art Contest for Air Pollution Control Calendar

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APCD contest website

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is asking students in grades K-12 to create artwork about the importance of clean air and ways to reduce air pollution. The APCD, with students' help, will be putting together a 2019 calendar where each month will showcase their air quality artwork. Even if a student’s artwork is not used in the calendar, the APCD website will have a gallery of all the submissions.

Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

  • Let the coast and ocean inspire you!
  • Win great prizes!
  • Have your work featured online and exhibited throughout California!

For questions, please email

Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2019 to be eligible.


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