Monday Message

February 28, 2022

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MORE PARENT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to supervise activities during the event.

Please go to the Move-a-Thon webpage and click on "Volunteers" to sign up!

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REGISTER NOW & Enjoy the Fun!

ALL students with donations will be entered in drawing to win prizes.

Check out the PRIZE LIST.

The MEA Foundation and MEA ASB have partnered to bring you the

Hero Move-A-Thon fundraising event! Our goal is to have 100% student participation!

Event Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 1:30 to 3:30

Be a HERO and register to participate in the amazingly fun outdoor event supporting our school!

  • Participate in person or virtually.
  • Enjoy multiple Obstacle Courses for HEROES to traverse, including a giant inflatable course, and
  • Many fun field day events to keep you moving and fit.
  • Come dressed as any type of Hero to add to the fun and
  • Have fun saving the world by raising money for your school at the same time!


  • Click on Participants and copy your link.
  • Once registered, please share the Personalized Donation Link with family and friends to encourage donations!


*** Prize drawing for all participants ***

You don't need to attend the Hero Move-a-Thon to win...anyone who receives donations will qualify for prizes! Additional Prize to individuals, teachers and classes with the most funds raised!

VOLUNTEERS and Supplies Needed. Email for any questions or issues.


Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

Week of February 28

Study groups for grades K-5 will be canceled the week of February 28, as elementary teachers will be meeting one-on-one with parents during this time.

All elementary extracurricular activities will be held as usual this week (Art, Music, Chicken Coop, Legos, Theatre) although students should be dropped off at the front gate when their activity starts, as there will be no supervised lunches.

“C3” for grades K-5

Wednesday, March 2 / 12:30-1:30

Miss Shannon is offering the Chicken Coop Cooperative (C3) on the first and third Wednesday of every month, from 12:30 until 1:30.

This hour is designed for the K through 5 students to spend some time getting to know the chickens, and hanging out with other students. We will occasionally harvest greens growing from the gardens to offer them as well. We will be mindful of washing hands after interacting with the chickens: food for kids first (if eating on campus), then food for chickens.

Please sign in at the front office and the students can be sent directly to the chicken coop. Students will be walked back to the front office at 1:30.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Wednesdays!

March 16, April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18

LEGO Animal Workshops

Thursday, Mar. 3 / 12:30-1:15 / MakerSpace

Thursday, Mar. 10 / 12:30-1:15 / MakerSpace

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, we are going to create LEGO block animals. Come and see what you can do!

Each workshop is limited to 6 students, PLEASE SIGN UP for one of these Thursdays below:

  • Sign up for March 3
    As there are no elementary study groups on March 3, please drop students off at the front office and they will be escorted to and from the MakerSpace.

  • Sign up for March 10
    On March 10, there will be lunch supervision for students that are already on campus.

Any students who want to help, please let Miss Ellie know! You can stop by the library or email

Academic League at Canyon Hills

Thursday, March 3 / 7:00pm

The MEA Academic League will meet at Canyon Hills High School 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!

Winter Semi-Formal High School Dance

The Middle School dance has been cancelled, as there were not enough ticket purchases. Payments that were made for the dance will be automatically refunded.

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For high school students:

Come enjoy music, free food, and hanging out with your friends. Each MEA student can also invite one non-MEA guest to this event.

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Outdoors

Permission slips are required for all attendees

  • For MEA students, fill out permission form online when purchasing tickets.
  • For non-MEA guests, download this guest permission form. Fill it out and have it signed by the guest’s school administrator. Then bring the form to the dance and turn it in at the door.

Relax with Crafts & Games

The MEA Mental Health Club is creating a COMMUNITY SPACE for grades 6-12. Students can relax, do different types of crafts, and play games together. So secondary students, stop by the garden and enjoy some leisurely activities!

In the garden:
  • Tuesday, Mar. 8 / 11:30-12:30
  • Thursday, Mar. 10 / 11:30-12:30

Student Planning Meeting

Tuesday, Mar. 8 / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

Seniors and any interested high schoolers are invited to this Yearenders meeting to give their input on prom and end-of-year events. Planning for the prom will start soon, so this is a meeting where student concerns and ideas will contribute greatly to making decisions. High schoolers - and especially seniors - are greatly encouraged to come!

SSC/SGT Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 9

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm


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. The meeting agenda will be posted on the SSC/SGT webpage. For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

Daily Mindfulness and Meditation

These daily sessions will include about 10 minutes of mindfulness and meditation as well as other activities to foster health and wellness and connectedness in our community. All MEA Community members are welcome!

Zoom: Passcode: MEA!

Zoom (alternative link): Passcode: MEA!

  • When: Monday through Friday (holidays and scheduled school concerts/events excluded!)
  • Why: Optimum Health, Wellness, and Well-Being!
  • Who: The whole MEA Community
  • Time: 12-12:30 (You must login by 12:00)


CA School Parent Survey

The CalSCHLS system was created by the California Department of Education (CDE) in 1997 to efficiently and cost-effectively provide school districts and their partner communities with quality local data which can be used to improve student academic performance and social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health of all youth. It assesses key indicators linked to success in school, career, and life. The majority of districts in California now use CalSCHLS data as Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) indicators.

There are three surveys that are used in SDUSD:

  • California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) for grades 5, 7, 9, and 11

  • California School Staff Survey (CSSS)

  • California School Parent Survey (CSPS)

MEA is asking that ALL parents complete the California School Parent Survey (CSPS) by March 25, 2022. Parents can access the California School Parent Survey at the link below:

Parent survey

Students in grades 5, 7, 9, and 11 will have an opportunity to complete the survey at school. If you have any questions regarding the survey or need any additional assistance, please reach out to Principal Browne at

SDUSD Student Art Exhibit

On Wednesday, March 16, the SDUSD will be holding their annual art exhibit to celebrate student art from grades K-12. Artwork by a few of our secondary MEA students will be on display at the event. Come enjoy the art and say hello to our secondary art teacher, Ms. Pachon, as she will be at the show!

Art Exhibit Flyer

Wanted: Stage Crew

The MEA Theatre Company is looking for students to volunteer for the crew for this year's show! The roles stretch from assistant stage manager to costumes and everything in between. If you're interested in joining the crew please fill out this Stage Crew form.

Looking for semester service hours?

Look no further than our multiple garden spaces. We have tons of weeds… And tons of mulch.

The hour sessions go by quickly when you’re having fun in the gardens!

Please reach out to Miss Shannon to schedule a time.

Senior Quotes & Baby Pictures

Hello Seniors,

This is YOUR year to submit quotes and baby pictures for the yearbook! Readers will ponder your memorable sayings and try to guess who's who in the pictures.

Please send these in by March 25; here's the submission link.

Senior Letter

Dear MEA Class of 2022 Students and Guardians:

This SENIOR LETTER contains important reminders about graduation and end-of-year information. Please read it carefully and mark your calendar with the important dates and deadlines.


For a few seniors that have not yet had their senior portrait taken, Chula Vista Photo has offered us one more opportunity.

Please call the studio at 619-422-9281 to book your session within this time block: FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 9:00-10:30am


Yearbook Cover Contest

All students are invited to enter their art in our yearbook cover contest! The winner will receive a yearbook and their artwork will be displayed on the front cover! Even if your entry is not used on the cover, it may still be used in other places throughout the book.

Contest details and guidelines

Articulation Meetings for 2022-2023

From February 9 - March 25, students in grades 5-11 will 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 Ms. Patterson through Google Classroom.

  • 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. Rubin between February 9 through March 25. 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. Rubin 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. Rubin during their appointment with him.

  • For questions, please contact Mr. Rubin.

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 2022-2023

Sign up for articulation meeting with Mr. Rubin.

Covid-19 Health & Safety

Please remember to do a symptom check for your student prior to sending them to school and do not send students to school if they are exhibiting any symptoms.

We have had many Covid related absences and will do everything we can to not cancel classes. Please be on the lookout for communications from your teachers through email and google classroom in case of emergencies.

Surgical-grade masks are now required for all employees. Students are still required to wear a mask and are now strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers with a nose wire.

We encourage you to sign your student up to get tested on the MEA campus, every Tuesday from 12:00-2:30. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Complete the opt-in process to allow the testers to conduct weekly testing.

  2. Register and consent in the Primary.Health Portal in order to be tested.

For the most up-to-date Covid guidelines, please see the San Diego County’s decision tree. If in doubt, please reach out to the office to answer any questions you may have.​​


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 We want to hear from you!


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Daily Mindfulness & Meditation

Elementary Art

Music with Mr. Johnson


Covid-19 Protocols for Elementary Students

Our goal is to offer as many elementary extracurriculars as possible even though parents cannot be on campus to supervise children like usual. If dropping off for an extracurricular, please sign your child in at the front office. If students are staying past their studygroup time to attend supervised lunch and afternoon extracurricular, you will note that on the sign in sheet.

Alma Thomas and Colorful Circle

In honor of Black History Month, Mrs. Sink taught elementary students about Alma Thomas and her piece, "Resurrection", in The White House. Students then created their own version of her piece by sponge painting with tempera paint.

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PALS Tutoring

Wednesdays & Thursdays / 12:30-1:45 / Room 6

Trained tutors are ready to help you get your classwork done. All students grades K-12 who would like some extra help can come to room 6 every Wednesday and Thursday during 4th period (12:30-1:45pm). All grades are welcome, as we have tutors for all grade levels. PALS is a great way to build community and academic skills!

Parents, K-5 students attending PALS must arrive with a check-in form so tutors know what to work on with your child and you receive a report on how things went. (Extra forms will be available when you drop off in case you forget or can't print one at home.)

  • K-5 students attending studygroup and PALS on the same day should be signed in when parents drop off at 9am. Parents must indicate if their student is staying for supervised lunch and PALS
  • K-5 students attending ONLY PALS on any given day should be signed in outside the front office.
  • 6-12 students can report directly to Room 6.

Music classes with Mr. Johnson

These classes are held every Tuesday. Please sign your child in at the front office and note which class(es) they will be attending.

  • 8:05- 8:55 - Beginning Band
  • 9:05- 9:55 - Choir
  • 10:05- 10:55 - Advanced Band
  • 11:05 - 11:55 - Music theory (for upper grades)
  • 12:30- 1:20 - Advanced Strings (open to secondary)
  • 1:35- 2:25 - Beginning Strings

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Academic League • Ally Action • Anime • Chess • Coop Group • Daily Mindfulness & Meditation • Gaming • German • GSA • Literary Magazine • MathCounts • Mental Health • Music with Mr. Johnson • PALS • Rubik's Cube • Sherpa’s Jam Band • Spanish Conversation • Sports Club • Young Investors Club

Quest Club

Wednesday, Feb. 16 / 10:40-12:10 / MakerSpace

MEA's Quest Club will be having their next meeting on Wednesday, Mar 2nd at 10:40-12:10 in the Maker Space. If you are interested in joining us, there will be extra characters on hand or visit to design one of your own.

GSA Club

Wednesday, March 2 / 12:00-12:30

GSA Club meets this week! - We are the Gender and Sexuality Alliance! Everyone is welcome! Come hang out with us in an open, accepting, and loving environment - the more the merrier! 12 - 12:30 on every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the work month in the garden outside of Room 1 (for month 7 these dates are March 2nd and 16th). Bring your lunch and learn more about the LGBT+ community, plan and participate in actions, and build an inclusive community for all. Allies are encouraged to join. Ms. Mullen and Mr. Nielsen are the facilitators, and the student leaders are Jade Myers and Jody Huege. Hope to see you there!


Library Volunteers

Thank you to these high school students for helping sort books in the library!
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Harmonic Motion

Mrs. Yacob's AP Physics students investigate Harmonic Motion with a focus question of “what factors affect the motion of a pendulum?” In this lab, students explore the motion of a pendulum in two parts. In the first part, students experimentally determine what factors affect the period of a pendulum. In the second part, students create the motion graphs resulting from the periodic motion.

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Common Scholarship Application

Hello Seniors,

Here is a link to The San Diego Foundation Common Scholarship Application which will take you to a website with the application and more information.

What is great about this is that you can apply for several San Diego-based scholarships with one application.

Any questions? Please contact Mr. Rubin,

School Spirit Store

Parents are now able to use SchoolCash Online to buy and pay for items using Visa/Visa Debit and Mastercard/Mastercard Debit. We are currently selling school spirit wear and other fundraising items like lanyards, water bottles and DVDs. Simply order online and then come pick up your purchase in the MEA front office.

Please create an account to access our online catalog.

Meet with School Counselor

For students and parents that would like to meet with Mr. Rubin, our school counselor, please sign up for an appointment.

SDUSD Covid Testing Acknowledgement Form

This is a reminder that all families are required to make a choice on Covid testing at the start of the new school year. Every family must complete the form (access link below) and submit their response online at this time for each student. Free Covid testing in school not only helps prevent the spread of the virus, but it also helps more students stay in school and continue their education.

Covid-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form

(Note: A PowerSchool Username and Password will be required to complete the form. If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact Ms. Ramos in the front office.)

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