Monday Message

3/6/17

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Secondary Awards Ceremony

LINK TO CEREMONY PICTURES Congratulations to our award winning students!
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Come get your awards!

If you received an invitation to the awards ceremony but were not able to attend, your award certificate is waiting for you in the front office. And for straight A students, you will also receive a medal. Please come pick your awards up, and Congratulations!

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

Talent Show Applications

Due by Thursday, March 16

Students, 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.

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!)

MEA Garden and Nature Trail

Are you interested in helping grow our garden and nature trail? Maybe you'd like to help a class plant seeds this spring or create a legacy project. Volunteers and donations are welcome year round! Visit the garden webpage here to see the current wish list and all that is growin' on in the garden!

Thank You for Your Box Tops!

We want to thank all who helped us collect Box Tops for Education. Our total received and submitted as of February 2017 was $200.80. Every box top counts!


Keep 'em coming! We all shop for groceries, sometimes two or three times a week –- or more. Now turn those shopping trips into easy cash for our school, and encourage friends to do the same! Just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products like Cheerios, Hamburger Helper and Kleenex, in almost every aisle of the store. All you need to do is clip and bring them in to the front office or the family study room - each one is worth 10¢ for Mt. Everest Academy. http://www.boxtops4education.com/about

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

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

Senior Portraits??

Input needed by Friday, March 10

Hello Seniors! Would you like to have your Senior Portrait taken here? If enough of you are interested, the company Lifetouch will come to our campus for the photo shoot.


  • The portraits will be head shots.

  • 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. Attached is an example of the prices:
  • Purchases would be made online through Lifetouch.com
  • The portraits would be used in the yearbook.

Please let us know by March 10 if you would like to have your senior portrait taken, and if you would intend to purchase a portrait package from Lifetouch. CLICK HERE TO SEND US YOUR ANSWER.

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 ********

The Magic Flute

Tuesday, March 7 / 6:00

Wednesday, March 8 / 4:00

Thursday, March 9 / 6:00


The MEA Theatre Company presents The Magic Flute directed by MEA Senior, Adira Rosen. Come see almost twenty of MEA's star students shine on stage in The Magic Flute. Adapted by Steven Fogell from the Mozart opera, by the same name, The Magic Flute tells the story of Prince Tamino on his journey to defeat the evil Sarastro and save the fair Princess Pamina. Tell your friends, bring the family, let everyone know about this great show!


Tickets are available at the door.

$5 for students, $10 for adults.


Are you an MEA Student or MEA Faculty Member? If so, then join us for ONE DOLLAR WEDNESDAY (March 8th at 4pm) when all MEA Students and Faculty can get a ticket for just ONE DOLLAR! You're not going to find a better deal in all of San Diego!


Don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook at fb.me/MEATHEATRECO to keep up with all the MEATCo news!

Academic League Competition

Thursday, March 9 / 7:00 pm / Madison

The MEA Academic League with Coach Jacobs will meet at Madison this Thursday 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!

Competition schedule link

Unlocking The Genius (grade 8)

Friday, March 10 / 8:00 - 3:00

On Friday, March 10, 2017 all Mt. Everest 8th graders have the opportunity to visit the Art Institute of California as part of their Unlocking the Genius (8th Grade) experience. This is a FREE field trip by school bus as part of UTG-8, a San Diego Unified School District initiative to help students identify their personal strengths and interests to unlock their personal genius and help create a high school plan which empowers them to reach their post-secondary and career goals. Please return this permission slip to the school as soon as possible.

Make-Up Fitnessgram

Friday, March 10 / 11:00-12:00 / Auditorium

For students that were not able to make the Fitnessgram testing earlier this week, make-up testing has been scheduled for this Friday, March 10. Please remember to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes!

(K-6) CLASSICS 4 KIDS CONCERT

Friday, March 17 / 11:30 am / Balboa Theatre

868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego 92101


If you’d like tickets, please sign up and pay with Norma in the front office (CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE) by Wednesday, March 8.


Mrs. Erin Becerra has 20 tickets available for grades K-6 and parents to the following Classics 4 Kids concert: St. Patrick's Day. Tickets are $7.00 per person. For questions, please contact Mrs. Becerra at ebecerra@sandi.net


Join the Classics Philharmonic Orchestra and special guest dancers, instrumentalists and pipers for our first-ever Irish celebration! With rich musical traditions like the jig and fiddle tunes, Irish songs, and culture, this thrilling concert is the perfect way for your school to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Grades 3 & 4 - Old Town Historical and Cultural Field Trip

Friday, March 24 / 10:00 - 1:00

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park


This program is free, please sign up with Mrs. Becerra in room 12 on or before Friday, March 10. For questions, please contact Mrs. Becerra at ebecerra@sandi.net

For more information: http://www.oldtownsandiegofoundation.org/

Talent Showcase & Silent Auction

Thursday, April 13 / 4:30 pm / Auditorium

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

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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)

March Challenge: "Bridge of Sticks"

Build a bridge! Use your engineering skills to design the strongest bridge possible using only string, toothpicks, and hot glue. All bridges will be tested on Thursday, March 30. Sturdiest bridge-maker will be our Engineer of the Month!

Tools and More!

Wednesdays / 12:15-1:30 / Makerspace

This week the class will continue to work on this engine (disassembled below).

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Wish List for Sewing Crafts

If you can contribute any of the following, it would be helpful for sewing projects in the Makerspace!


  • Old wool sweaters (washed and dried on a high heat to be shrunk)

  • High school students to help sew a project for younger students to decorate. Stop by the Makerspace on Thursdays, 12:00-1:45, to check it out. Earn community service hours!

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

Henry Williams Scholarship

Hi seniors, here is a scholarship for students who demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applications are due by April 30. Good luck.

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Scavenger Hunt Library Contest

Our March Contest will be from March 6-15. Students will need to turn in the form for checking, then winners will be announced in the March 20 Monday Message. Prizes will be a free kid’s meal from Island’s restaurant (they can choose one of the other prizes if they prefer). The prizes can be picked up in the library.

"Pink Yink Ink Drink"

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, Miss Vivian read "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" to elementary students during Library Time. Miss Vivian also served everyone a frothy beverage that was referenced in the book, "Pink Yink Ink Drink."

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Book It! (for free pizza coupon!)

Students, you still have time to submit January and February reading logs. Please bring them to the library for your free Pizza Hut coupons. Then pick up a reading log for March! This is the last month you can earn your pizza for this school year. Look for Book It! sign ups next year in the library.

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

MEA students participate in Black History Month

Neelu N. (grade 5) and Neeku N. (grade 3) participated in the 3rd Annual Black History Month Speech/Dramatization Contest on February 28 at the Malcolm X Library, sponsored by the Association of African American Educators.


Neeku portrayed Wilma Rudolph, who wasn’t able to walk till age 12, but went on to win 3 Olympic gold medals.


Neelu portrayed Ruby Bridges, the first 6-year old black girl who was forced to integrate into an all white school.

More Scientific Papers Accepted for Publication

Three more papers written by MEA students, staff, and parents have now been accepted for publication by the Journal of Double Star Observations (jdso.org) in the October 2017 issue:


  • "Double Star Systems WDS 00026+1841 and WDS 00002-2519: An Investigation" by Skylar L., Sophie R., Ally S., Josh G., Kent Smith, and Grady Boyce
  • "CCD Measurements of Common Proper Motion Pair CBL 125" by Schuyler S., Benjamin S., Norman Negus, Randy Shimabukuro, Kent Smith, Pat Boyce, and Grady Boyce
  • "CCD Astrometry of ES 9001AB and BU 9001AC in Star System WDS 00052+4514" by Galileo R., Nathan H., Kent Smith, Grady Boyce, and Pat Boyce


The following two papers were accepted earlier in the year for publication in the July 2017 issue:

  • "Astrometric Measurement of Double-Star System 03074+1753 HJL 1020" by Greta V. and Hilde Van den Bergh
  • "CCD Astrometric Measurements of Double Stars BAL 746, BPM 342, KU 92, and STF 897" by Schuyler S.


All students of the research seminar have now co-authored a scientific journal article!

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

Sally Ride Science Summer Sessions

The Sally Ride Science Junior Academy offers science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) workshops for girls entering 6th-12th grade in 2017-2018. During these workshops, students assume the roles of space explorer, ocean engineer, computer scientist, and more as they immerse themselves in hands-on projects. The sessions are UCSD extension programs, 1 week long, 3 hours a day, $150 per course, and are held at Mission Bay High School. https://www.sallyridescience.com/junior-academy/

Showing of "SCREENAGERS" Through UCSD

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.


In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.


Event is free --- About the movie --- Register here (reservations will fill up fast!)

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