Monday Message


Poetry Circle

Mrs. Finney's 9th grade English class covered poetry last month, which included the students writing their own Shakespearean sonnets and other poems. The culminating activity was a good ole' candlelit poetry circle. No electronics, including no lights or cell phones, were allowed as each student shared aloud one of their own poems with the class by candlelight. The poetry was very impressive, as was their courage and delivery.

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This "Chemistree" was created by 12th grader, Emily N!

Thank you to Ms. Pachon for sending in this picture!

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Winter Art with Mrs. Flo

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Hoopla Entertainment

Our talented student musicians, under the leadership of Mr. Nielsen, treated Holiday Hoopla attendees to their jammin' tunes!

Thanks to Mr. Nielsen for sending in this picture!

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Winter Concert

The Mt. Everest Academy Beginning Orchestra, Beginning Band, Choir, Advanced Orchestra, and Advanced Band performed for our community under the direction of Mr. Kirk Johnson!

Thanks to Mrs. Niki Ahrens for sending in these pictures!


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Kooky, Crazy Holiday Attire

December 12-15

Hey MEA Families! Come join us this week for KOOKY, CRAZY HOLIDAY ATTIRE WEEK!! What does that look like to you?

Might be a funky Rudolph pair of socks, a happy Hannukah hat, or a crazy sweater that glows. Whatever kooky, crazy holiday looks like to you-come share it with us! Let’s share in the spirit of all winter holidays by coming together for some silliness during turn-in week!

Meet & Greet with Erin Petersen

Wednesday, December 13 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

We are thrilled to introduce the director of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Erin Petersen!

Erin, a San Diego local, is pleased to be joining the Mount Everest Academy Theatre Company team! She frequently finds herself running around town choreographing and directing young artists from J* Company, Character Kids, Intrepid Theatre Company, Coronado Playhouse and others. She can also been seen on stage with Intrepid Theatre Company where she serves as a company member as well as their Education Program Manager.

What to get to know Miss Petersen? Join us for a Meet and Greet with Erin on December 13th from 12-12:30pm!



Article on MEA Home Page

The Geometry of Snowflakes

Wednesday, December 13 / 2:00 / MakerSpace (room 7)

Come learn about the science and math behind snowflakes with our guest instructor, Mrs. Hughes (Principal Browne’s mother). She’ll be in the MakerSpace, Wednesday Dec. 13, at 2:00. Leave with snowflakes to hang in your windows at home and a better understanding about these beautiful structures.

Picture from last year's activity below.

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Mountain Mike's MEA Fundraiser

Thursday, December 14 / 11:00am-9:00pm

Mountain Mike's / 3089 Clairemont Dr.

Let’s finish off 2017 by supporting a local business and our school one last time!! This fundraiser is taking place from 11am to 9pm!! Grab a meal during lunchtime at school, or on your way home! Skip making dinner and have something yummy from Mountain Mikes!! Busy with holiday shopping and turn in week? Pick up some food on the 14th so you have more time to attend to the holidays! :)

Bring in this attached flyer, or show it on your phone.

Thank you, as always, for your support!

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Music!

Friday, December 15 / 9:00-10:00 / Auditorium

Come enjoy meditation and music at this morning session! The practice of Mindfulness will be explored as we settle into our day. (Arrival and gathering 9:00am to 9:15, 9:15 to 9:45 program, 9:45 to 10:00am closure and departure). Bring your yoga mats, pillows, and water bottles. MEA neighbors and our other friends too! All ages welcome!

Work Due for Month 4

Friday, December 15 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 your work in to Room 17A (Ms. Pachon's room)
  • Students in Spanish with Ms. Mullen: please turn your work in to Room 9
  • Ms. Rice's study groups and supervising students: please turn your work in to Room 6

Winter Break

Monday, December 18 - Tuesday, January 2

School will be closed for winter break from December 18 - January 2. School will re-open on Wednesday, January 3. Enjoy the time off!

Pre-Audition Workshop for "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Wednesday, January 3 / 3:00-4:00 / Auditorium

Get ready to brush up your Shakespeare because this March, The MEA Theatre Company will be producing A Midsummer Night's Dream!

MEA Students, Grades 2-12 may audition. Come to the "Meet & Greet with Erin Peterson" on December 13 to learn more about this pre-audition workshop.

Pre Audition Workshop: Wednesday, Jan. 3, 3:00-4:00

Auditions: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 12:00-2:00 AND Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1:30-3:30

Les Miserables

Friday, January 12 / 10:00am

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

Come experience the epic musical "Les Miserables" performed by the JCompany Youth Theatre!

And to make the show even better, one of our very own MEA students, Brendan D., is playing the role of Enjolras, the leader of the revolution.

  • The cost is $8 for both students and adults.
  • Please bring cash or check to Norma in the front office to reserve your spot by Friday, December 15th. Limited spots are available, so reservations will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.
  • Transportation will not be provided to or from the venue.
  • Students are invited to be dropped off and left under Mrs. Finney’s supervision.
  • Parents are asked to pick their child up promptly after the performance. (More info. to come as to by what time.)
  • Due to the mature nature of this play, young children are not recommended.


Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

4126 Executive Drive , La Jolla, CA 92037

(UTC/La Jolla's Golden Triangle)

Braille Institute Tour

Friday, January 12 / 1:00 pm

4555 Executive Drive, San Diego

On January 12th at 1pm, we will be touring the Braille Institute, which is located off of Executive Drive in La Jolla. We will tour the facility and do some activities to promote vision-impaired awareness. This field trip is open to everyone but this institute is a place where the visually impaired come to take classes, so it is important that no little ones run around. (There is a concern that the students there may get hurt.)

If you are interested in attending, this is a strictly RSVP by January 4th only trip. This is due to the fact that the institute needs to be able to set up what is done based on the number of students. If interested, please RSVP to Miss Barb at There is a set number who can attend, so if interested please let me know asap. :)

Cabrillo Intertidal Explorations (Tidepools)

Friday, January 12 / 1:00-2:30 / Cabrillo National Monument

For grades 3-6

The program starts at 1:00 pm, please plan to arrive by 12:40pm. This is a 3rd-6th grade program about the variety of life in the rocky intertidal zones. A park ranger will be guiding us through this exploration.

Please see Mrs. Becerra in room 12 to sign up and reserve your spot.

Picture from last year's trip below.

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

Chipotle Success

Thank you to all of the MEA families who came out for our Chipotle Fundraiser! We were able to raise $254 by everyone coming to dinner on Thursday, November 30th. We are so appreciative of those who were able to take the time to let Chipotle make dinner. :)

TED-Ed Club

Coming in January!! A TED-Ed Club!! What is a TED-Ed Club?? What is the point?

A TED-Ed Club aims to introduce a school-friendly framework that supports students in meeting regularly to discuss, pursue and present their big ideas in the form of short TED-style Talks. We hope to celebrate exceptional student ideas by potentially featuring them at the annual TEDYouth conference or TEDxYouth events.

More info to come!! Interested in being a part of this club coming to MEA in January 2018?? Email Ms. Barb at

MEA Ducks!

As part of our whole school science program, we would like to hatch 6 duck eggs in the library during the months of January and February. However, we will need some families committed to adopting the ducklings and keeping them after they are hatched. They will need to stay here with us for one week after hatching, so they will be ready for families probably mid to late February.

If you are interested in adopting a duckling or two, please contact Vivian Sink, by Thursday, January 11 so we can order the eggs.

Toys and Gift Cards Drive

Requested toys, presents, and gift cards flyer

SD Center for Children Wacky Wonky Wonderland

The MEA community plans to help local children in need!

We will be collecting new toys and gift cards until December 12 to spread holiday cheer. Please put your unwrapped donations in our collection box in the library. Thank you in advance to this beautiful community!

MEA gear for sale

Give an extra special gift this holiday season!

  • MEA Water Bottle: 24 ounce, stainless steel, blue or silver, $12 each.
  • MEA T-shirt: In either grey or blue. "Do School Differently" is written on the back. $15 each.

Get your gear in the front office! Payable with cash or check.

Days of Giving & Receiving

Until the new year, lets join together as an MEA community to acknowledge this season of Giving and Receiving. Small kindnesses, acts of self-care, love and empowerment take on a life of their own when we practice them together! Let’s go for it!! Look to the Monday Message and around campus for ideas of how to participate each day. Let’s enjoy this beautiful time of year together!!

Tuesday, 12/12: Consciously disconnect from media. Put down your phone or get off your computer for one hour! What else can you do with that time?

Wednesday, 12/13: Learn a joke and tell a friend! You‘ll both laugh and laughter is so good for you! Spread the fun on!

Thursday, 12/14: Share something with someone you care about. A cookie, a story, a song. Time together is always the best gift of all!

Thank you to everyone for participating in the Season of Giving and Receiving with us!

We wish everyone wonderful holidays and well wishes for a happy and healthy 2018!!

Holiday Cards for the Military

Until December 14 / MakerSpace

SDUSD schools are joining together to help spread comfort and joy to our military heroes away from their families this holiday season. You can participate by contributing signed holiday cards or by making your own holiday cards in the MakerSpace. Cards will be delivered to the MCCS San Diego Single Marine Program.

The Single Marine Program supports the overall quality of life of active-duty male and female Marines, Sailors and Coastguards who are stationed in new cities and are away from their families year round.

Come to the MakerSpace to drop off signed holiday cards and/or to make cards. We'll need them by Thursday, December 14, 3:00pm in order to deliver them. Thank you!

Holiday Cards for Senior Citizens

Until December 14 / MakerSpace

MEA Families! Come to the MakerSpace to make holiday cards for senior citizens during the month of December! These cards will go to senior citizens who live at Canyon Villas, located right at Balboa Avenue and Clairemont Drive.

Below are some of the cards that have been created so far - -

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

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!

Financial Aid Handouts

Handouts from presentation

Hello Seniors!

Attached above are the handouts from Mr. Zappala's Financial Aid Follow-Up meeting last week. These handouts are also available on his "Senior Links" webpage.

Community College Courses

Is your 11th or 12th grade student interested in taking a community college course while being enrolled at Mt. Everest? There are many courses offered for dual credit, where students can meet high school graduation requirements while earning college credit. Now is the time to sign up for a spring semester course! Most courses begin mid-late January.

Steps to registering for a class:

  1. Follow the steps outlined here
  2. Bring the forms listed below to Ms. Norma in the MEA front office:

If you have any questions or need more information about dual credit courses, please contact Mr. Zappala at

Common Scholarship Application

Link to Common Scholarship Application

The San Diego Foundation has announced that their Common scholarship application is now open and runs through February 1. This application offers students access to more than 100 scholarships and is the premier San Diego scholarship opportunity each year for Seniors in San Diego.

********** extracurricular activities ***********

Please find the most up-to-date schedule here. 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 All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

Spanish Enrichment

The 3rd-6th grade enrichment class played a version of “duck duck goose” in Spanish. After learning 12 Spanish words for the names of some domestic animals, we went outside and played using those words. Every round was a variation on the classic game. See if you can figure out the names of the animals we learned!

  • Perro, perro, gato!
  • Gallo, gallo, caballo!
  • Vaca, vaca, pez!
  • Conejo, conejo, serpiente!
  • Cerdo, cerdo, pájaro!
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******************* LIBRARY *******************


It's not too late to turn in November BookIt forms!

Bring them to the library to get a free pizza certificate and pick up December forms.

Library BookIt! webpage


"The Nutcracker"

Wednesday, December 20 / 7:00pm

Kroc Center / 6845 University Ave.

California Professional Ballet Program presents a Christmas performance that includes the second act of "The Nutcracker," as well as new and classical works by M. Tchernychev and V. Kabaniaev. The show features advanced students from this professional-level ballet school, as well as professionals from the local ballet community.

The following Mt. Everest Academy students are dancing in this production:

  • Emily B.
  • Elizabeth B.
  • Ali F.
  • Rhys R.
  • Lily S.
  • Zane S.
  • Mikaela S.

For additional details call (619) 713-8979.

Six Flags: Read to Succeed

Students in grades K-6 can earn a free Six Flag ticket by reading for 6 hours and keeping a log. Parents just need to register online for the Six Flag ticket. This can be a fun incentive to read!

Website for Read to Succeed

Homeschool Program Overview

Holiday Outreach Concert

Sunday, December 17 / 2:00 -3:00pm / Horton Plaza Park Amphitheater

Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra students will have a Holiday Outreach Concert this Holiday Season at Horton Plaza Park Amphitheater.

  • This concert is free and open to the public. There are no tickets required.
  • Street parking: metered street parking is FREE all day on Sundays.
  • Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra (MMYO) is led by Music Director Hernan Constantino and Associate Director Jane Frey, and advised by Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil. The Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra offers outstanding music education to youth ages 3-18.

Adam S., Yosif S., and Lucia M., our MEA students, will be part of this wonderful performance.