Monday Message

3/20/17

"I Love a Clean San Diego" Presentation

Last week, three representatives from I Love A Clean San Diego came out and led a fun, interactive presentation for our students about watersheds and how water travels to our beaches and oceans. In the picture below, students are examining different bottles of contaminated ocean water; one with litter, one with cigarette butts, one with dog feces, another with motor oil, and another with brake dust.

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MEA Club Fair

LINK TO PICTURES OF THE CLUB FAIR

Several of the students that created extracurricular activities here at Mt. Everest got together to share information about their clubs with the school.

Lunch Concert

Last Thursday, the quad at MEA was filled with wondrous sounds. Christina S., Mary H. and Rachel E. performed a mix of originals and covers under a beautiful sunny day. Special thanks to the ASB, Mr. Antti and all of the students who came out to support.

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

Work Due for Month 6: Friday, March 24 by 3:00 pm

Grades 6 thru 12: Please take all of your work to your supervising teacher first. After your supervising teacher reviews it, then take your subject work to each of your subject teachers.

Students in Physics and Advanced Physics: please turn in your work to Mr. Antti in room 6

AP Exam Order Forms

AP exams will be given at Mt. Everest Academy from Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 12. Print the form linked here and return with payment to the front office. This form is also available in the front office.

  • AP exams cost $93 each
  • Students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch pay $5/exam
  • Payment can be made with either cash or check.
  • Checks should be made out to "Mt. Everest Academy."
  • The deadline to turn in your form and payment is Thursday, March 23.

San Diego Math Field Day

To MEA parents and students of MEA:


We have an opportunity for up to 15 students from our school to participate in an upcoming Math Competition. Math Field Day is held at the Bishop’s School in La Jolla from 8 am until about 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The range in grade levels is 6th through 9th grade.


The problems in the competition can be challenging, but it will still be fun. This new competition for us can have only one particular type of math challenge for 1 student up to a group of 3 students for each school in the 9 events named below. (All of the competitions happen in the same time frame, so trying to compete in more than one event will not work.)


For more information on these interesting events please go to http://www.sdmathfieldday.com/faq.html


TRI TEAM ATTACK

TEA PARTY RELAY

MATH WITS

MATH BOWL

MAD HATTER 7

MAD HATTER 8

WIN, LOSE, OR DRAW

SUDOKU

DYNAMIC DUO


Please contact us if you are interested in participating. Thank you!

Norm Negus (nnegus@cox.net) Physics teacher at MEA

Randy Shimabukuro (rshimabukuro@gmail.com) Parent of Ben, 8th grader at MEA

No Eco-Warriors This Week

Hello young Eco-Warriors! This is just a reminder that we won't be meeting this week. Our activities will continue as usual after Spring Break, on Thursday, April 6, at 1:50pm.

Calling all performers for the Talent Show

STUDENTS, WE NEED YOUR TALENT!

PLEASE SIGN UP NOW!

If you'd like to showcase one of your talents, start turning in those applications! The Talent Show/Silent Auction will be on Thursday, April 13, and we want to see YOUR fabulous talent on stage!


Click here for the talent show application, where you can upload a video of your act. The application has the scheduled rehearsal dates. Due to time constraints, the show will have a limited number of slots available for performances. Applications will be taken into consideration on a first-come, first-served basis.


For questions, please contact Mr. Steve Antti at santti@sandi.net

Silent Auction Contributions Requested

As well as being entertained by our talented students, part of the fun of this annual event is bidding on exciting gift baskets and certificates. Each grade level teacher is collecting items for a silent auction theme basket. Please see the themes listed below, or if a teacher's theme isn't listed, please ask him/her. Also, if you own a business and would like to donate a service or basket item, please let us know!

This is an ASB sponsored event and all donations go directly back to our student body. Thank you in advance for supporting our school!


  • Steve Antti - Cookies
  • Erin Becerra - Ice Cream Social
  • Rachel Finney - Heroes & Villains
  • Jim Greenwood - Games Galore
  • Emily Jacobs
  • Deborah Mech
  • Eric Nielsen
  • Trudy Pachon - Candle Aroma
  • Linda Patterson - Chocolate Lovers
  • Kris Rodenberg - Outdoor Fun
  • Bruce Sharp - I Love Coffee
  • Daniel Spiegelberg - All About Sports
  • Huy Tran - Video Games
  • Flo Yssel

Parent "Apprentice" & Volunteers for Talent Show Needed!

The MEA Annual Talent Show and Silent Auction is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2017. We are in need of parent volunteers to ensure this event is a success! Adira Rosen, current MEA senior and MEA theatre Director has graciously offered to organize the show. However, we need a parent who is willing to help run the show in future years to be her “apprentice” this year since she is graduating (sniff, sniff). We also need parents to help with set up and breakdown. If you are interested in helping in any capacity or have further questions, please email Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net. (Remember, the show can’t go on without the help of volunteers!)

Spring Break

Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31

School will be closed for one week starting next Monday, and will re-open on Monday, April 3, 2017.

***************** YEARBOOK *****************

For any questions about yearbooks, please contact Mr. Steve Antti @ santti@sandi.net

Vote for High School Standouts

Deadline to vote: Friday, March 24

Hello Students. It's that time of year to vote for your favorite High school Standout. The deadline to submit your voting form is March 24. All grade levels can vote. You are allowed to click as many standouts as apply when submitting your form. Thank you for your cooperation and have fun!!! CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Senior Dedication Pages in the Yearbook

Deadline to submit and order: Friday, March 24

For parents of seniors: Plant a memory in this year’s yearbook for your graduating senior. Dedications can be as simple as a half-page with 2 or 3 photos, and some congratulatory words.


When you create the layout, use the resolution specs below, save as .jpeg format, and submit to Mr. Steve Antti at santti@sandi.net.

  • Full page, $100: 8” x 10.5” / 2400 pixels x 3150 pixels / 300 dpi
  • Half page, $50: 8” x 5.25” / 2400 pixels x 1575 pixels / 300 dpi
  • Quarter page, $25: 4” x 5.25” / 1200 pixels x 1575 pixels / 300 dpi


Deadline to submit your artwork and order is March 24. Payment needs to be made in the front office. Please pay with cash (EXACT CHANGE) or a check made payable to “Mt. Everest Academy.”

Senior Quotes for the Yearbook

Submission deadline: Friday, March 24.

SENIORS: If you'd like to have one of your favorite quotes, or an original saying of yours included in the senior quotes page of the yearbook, please email it to iaford21914@gmail.com.

Yearbook Orders

Order deadline: Sunday, April 16

It's time to order your school yearbook!

  • Order online at ybpay.lifetouch.com. The yearbook code for our school is 13011917
  • You can buy a soft cover yearbook for $20 or a hard cover for $25.
  • Lifetouch also gives you a variety of different packages to order that you will see online.
  • Please place your order soon, before the April 16 deadline.

******** UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES ********

Senior Portrait Day

Tuesday, March 21 / 12:00-2:00 / Auditorium

Senior Portraits are one way to celebrate completing high school and moving on to the next stage in life. Lifetouch Photography is coming to our school to document this milestone for graduating students.


  • You may choose what you'd like to wear; Lifetouch will supply Caps/Gowns and Tuxedos/Drapes, or you may wear your own clothes.
  • Portrait packages range from $24-$62.
  • After you receive proofs, purchases will be made online through Lifetouch.com
  • The portraits will be used in the yearbook.

March Makerspace Challenge: Bridge o' Sticks!

Thursday, March 23 / 12:15pm / Makerspace

Come to the makerspace this Thursday, March 23rd, at 12:15 pm to find out who is our Engineer of the Month! Built with nothing more than string, toothpicks and hot glue, only clever design will save each bridge from collapse! All submissions must be labeled with student name(s) and ready for testing by 12:15pm.

Academic League Competition

Thursday, March 23 / 7:00 pm / Auditorium

The MEA Academic League with Coach Jacobs will meet here at Mt. Everest Academy this Thursday to compete with the CCPAA 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!

Competition schedule link

Parent PALS

Wednesday, April 12 / 10:00 / Cafeteria

Looking for ideas, support, motivation or connection? Join other MEA parents for a monthly meet and greet. The meeting will feature a speaker, group discussion, or parent panel and also allow time for socializing. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring a brunch dish to share and any curriculum or teaching tools you have found useful (optional). Babies and students are welcome; PALS and extracurricular options coincide with this meeting as well. (Note that the April 5 meeting has been changed to April 12.)

Talent Showcase & Silent Auction

Thursday, April 13 / 4:30 pm / Auditorium

Everyone, mark your calendars for our annual Talent Showcase! More details to come…!

**************** MAKERSPACE ****************

Link to Makerspace calendar of activities.

From Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-2:30, the Makerspace is open for students ready to tinker and create, unless an activity is listed as "participants only" (marked with an asterisk on the calendar). Questions? Contact supervisors: Nikki Bradford (nbradford@sandi.net) or Barb Mulvany (bmulvany@sandi.net)

Einstein's birthday and Pi Day Celebrated

Last week, students in the Maker Space enjoyed celebrating Albert Einstein’s birthday and Pi Day! We had fun eating Pi (apple pie) and learning about these two wonderful events!

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

EAP from SDSU for Juniors

Tuesday, April 11 / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

Juniors! San Diego State University will be coming out to speak with you about the Early Assessment Program (EAP). This is the "college ready" aspect of getting into college and being successful. Please plan to attend, and there will be FREE PIZZA!

Required AP Test Pre-Administration Session

Tuesday, April 25 / 11:50am / Cafeteria

For students that have signed up to take AP tests, please plan to attend this mandatory AP Pre-Administration Session. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mrs. Browne or Mr. Zappala. Link to AP exam information on CollegeBoard

****************** LIBRARY *******************

March Contest Winners

The following students successfully completed the March contest and can come in to the library this week (Tues, Wed or Fri 7:30-12:30) for a prize from Miss Vivian!


  • Lucia M.
  • Petunia R.
  • Neeku N.
  • Jon N.
  • Ian N.
  • Lillian R.
  • Antonio B.
  • Nathan H.
  • Lucas H.

************ STUDENT SPOTLIGHT ***********

Awards from the Science Fair

63th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair

Results for Mt. Everest Academy – March 16, 2017


GRADES 9-12

Aurora B. - Third Place

David G. - Third Place

Katherine G. - Third Place

Lucas H. - First Place

Emily N. - First Place

Risa S. - Second Place

Alex S. - Third Place

Greta V. - Second Place


GRADE 8

Aaron C. - Third Place

Marcus H. - First Place

Ben S. - Second Place


Qualified to go to the 66th Annual California State Science Fair near USC in Los Angeles:, April 24 and 25, 2017:

Lucas H.

Emily N.


Professional Society Awards:

Risa S.

  • San Diego County Dental Society
  • San Diego Society of Health-System Pharmacists


Lucas H.

  • San Diego County Water Authority
  • WaterReuse Association – San Diego Regional Chapter


Emily N.

  • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society (San Diego Chapter)


CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM ALL!!! Their hard work was very impressive.

******* COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS *******

Instructional Field Trip to SeaWorld

Did you know that SeaWorld offers a home education program for only $6.25 per person?

The program includes:

  • An educational animal presentation.
  • Self-guided viewing of SeaWorld's animal habitats. On the day of the visit, each adult Chaperone receives a Field Trip Guide to facilitate learning.
  • A Science Activity Guide is provided prior to your visit. This guide provides additional education value to your SeaWorld field trip.

SeaWorld's Instructional Field Trip program supports California Science Content Standards.

Fast Times 5K & Clairemont Day at the Bay

Saturday, April 8 / De Anza Cove

* * Students * * Families * * Friends * * Staff * *

Come be part of the Mt. Everest Academy team at this annual community event! You can run or walk the 5K to help raise funds for Clairemont schools, or just enjoy all the fun activities. To learn more and to register: http://sandyfeetevents.com/fast-times-5k/

ONEHOPE ACT Today 5k/10k/Family Festival

Saturday, April 15 / Mission Bay

April is Autism Awareness Month AND Month of the Military Child. Link to the ONEHOPE ACT today 5k/10k/Family Fesitval. Enjoy a flat, scenic course starting at Tecolote Shores Park in Mission Bay. Choose between the 5k, 10k (both chip-timed) or 1-mile-fun run. Cross the finish-line and celebrate at their festival featuring live music, 35+ booths and an awesome kids’ zone with bounce houses, carnival games and arts and crafts.