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Picture Day

Lots of smiling faces and neatly combed hair were captured! Portrait proof packages should be delivered in a few weeks, and will be handed out to students.

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Raising mealworms for our chickens

Mealworms are a delicacy that chickens love to eat! And although mealworms are good for chickens and chock full of protein, they are quite expensive. Our resourceful Mrs. Vivian Sink has set up a system to raise some yummy mealworms right here on campus. She started with a couple of containers, poured in some wheat bran and oatmeal, and then added the mealworms. In the picture below, a helpful student is separating the pupa stage from the larvae stage. Stop by the Library to see them for yourself and learn about the lifecycle of mealworms.

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Lunchtime Football

Can you tell which player is Mr. Zappala?

Scroll down to the bottom for the answer.

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Spirit Week

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

  • HAWAII DAY - Tuesday, 9/24
  • SPORTS DAY - Wednesday, 9/25
  • DECADE DAY - Thursday, 9/26

P.A.L.S. Training

Wed 9/25 or Thur 9/26

9:30-10:30 / Cafeteria

ASB students and any other students in grades 7-12 interested in volunteering for P.A.L.S. must attend a training session. Trainings will occur 9/25 and 9/26 from 9:30-10:30 in the Cafeteria. Students only need to attend one training.

P.A.L.S. is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-10:30 in the MakerSpace overseen by Mr. Richard Choquette. During this quiet study time, students will be paired with tutors that best match their needs.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, September 25 / 2:00-3:00 / Cafeteria

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

Meeting for all Seniors

Thursday, September 26 / 11:55-12:30 / Room 6

All 12th graders are required to attend this meeting with Mr. Zappala, who will be sharing important information and reviewing expectations for the year. Free pizza will be served!

Club Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 1 & Wednesday, Oct. 2

11:45-12:45 / Cafeteria

Calling all students! Do you want to get involved at school, make a difference, and have fun? Come to the Club Fair to learn about all the activities available to you!

Chipotle Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 8 / 4:00-8:00pm

Chipotle at 5650 Balboa Ave.

The first fundraiser of the Mount Everest Academy Foundation is coming soon! Let’s start off the year right by meeting new MEA families and reconnecting with others (over burritos)!

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Chipotle website

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 15, 16, 17

Elementary teachers will schedule one-on-one meetings with parents from Tuesday, October 15 through Thursday, October 17. During this week there will be no K-5 study groups or extracurricular activities (except music classes with Mr. Johnson).

"My Son Pinocchio Jr."

Friday, November 1 / 11:30 / JCC

I cannot tell a lie- we have 20 tickets for My Son Pinocchio Jr. at the La Jolla JCC on Friday, November 1 at 11:30 AM. One of our very own Mount Everest students will be in the show! Please come and support her.

Buy your tickets for the special price of $8 each. Please make a check out to Mt. Everest Academy or bring cash to secure your spots. Tickets will be sold in the front office by Maria until Friday, October 18.

Always let your conscience be your guide!

Classics 4 Kids: "Tubby the Tuba"

Friday, November 8 / 11:30 / Historic Balboa Theatre

Hello music and dance enthusiasts! We have an opportunity to attend a Classics 4 Kids concert in beautiful Balboa Park! We have 15 tickets to "Tubby the Tuba" on Friday November 8 at 11:30. Parents will be provided with a lesson plan before the show! See details below.

If interested in attending please bring $7 per person to secure each spot. Payment will be due to Maria in the front office by Friday, October 25.

Tubby the Tuba - Classics 4 Kids celebrates the 75th anniversary of the iconic “Tubby the Tuba” orchestral performance, bringing to life the story of Tubby the Tuba - with performances by guest artist and tuba soloist Scott Sutherland, and featuring original choreography and performance by Malashock Dance.

  • 50+ Minute Interactive Orchestra Concert designed for Children & Teachers
  • FREE Pre & Post Concert Activity Packet with curriculum, discussion and assessment materials
  • FREE Classroom Docents from the Advocates For Classical Music
  • Content aligned with CA State Standards for Pre-K thru 6th Grades

Thank you!

Nancy Mullen for questions


Monday Message to Students

STUDENTS, would you like to receive the Monday Message directly to your personal email address? This can be helpful, especially for older students, so you can stay informed of what's happening here at Mt. Everest Academy.

Please submit your email here.

Parent Educator ID Cards

Parents, if you're planning to be on campus for more than student drop off and pick up, you must wear a Parent Educator ID card and lanyard, as per the Campus Code of Conduct policy. Now that Picture Day has passed, this is the way to get an ID card:

Please send an email to Linda Ele at with your

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Headshot
  • Child's name and grade level

Linda will send you an email when your card is ready for pickup. Thank you for your participation in keeping our campus safe!

Art & Crafts Request

Mrs. Vivian Sink is asking for donations of empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls, as well as empty tissue boxes. These will be used for her "Story and Craft Time" on Wednesdays and her "Elementary Art" on Thursdays. Please drop off your donations in the Library. Thank you!

Students on Campus (gr. K-6)

It is school policy that K-6 students be accompanied by a parent at all times unless the student is in class with their grade level teacher or in PALS. For all extracurriculars and other events, parents are expected to supervise their children.

MEA Foundation Logo Contest

Calling all artists and designers! The newly formed MEA Foundation whose purpose is to support teaching and learning at our awesome little school needs some branding! They have announced a logo contest with cash prizes!

1st place - $50

2nd place - $30

3rd place - $20

The logo can incorporate the current MEA school logo or be a whole new design. There are also free logo design creators online if you do not want to draw something freehand. For more info on designing a logo, check out this article. This contest is open to all students in grades K-12. Get creative! Designs are due Wed., Oct. 16 and can be submitted to the front office or emailed to

Save 15% on your yearbook

The 2019-20 MEA Yearbook is on sale now! Order your copy by September 30 to get a 15% discount (regular price: $29 + tax). Learn more by clicking here: 2019-20 MEA Yearbook

This year's book gives each student 2 free pages to fill with their own photos and memories. The sooner you buy the yearbook, the sooner you can start creating your pages!

Follow the links in the sale flyer to purchase your copy, or click here: Purchase Your 2019-20 MEA Yearbook (School Passcode: 1013183679162246)

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Please find the most up-to-date extracurricular activities schedule on our website. This is a work in progress; we will continue to add to and fine-tune the schedule as needed.

If you have a talent to share and are interested in leading an extracurricular class or workshop series, please contact Principal Browne at

Quilt Club Guild

Tuesdays / 1:50-3:00 / Room 17A

For students in grades 7-12. Come make new quilting friends and build your sewing skills! It's wonderful to start with the blocks and then see the quilts come together!

German Club

Tuesdays / 1:50-2:30 / Room 8

Come to the German club to practice or learn, beginners welcome! We'll play board and card games, watch movies, and plan events related to the German culture!

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Wednesday / 1:50-3:00 / Auditorium

This activity is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math and need to be challenged. Students will engage in exciting, "bee-style" contests in which they will compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students.

Learn more about the national MATHCOUNTS organization

MATHCOUNTS is for grades 6-8 only (not for students under grade 6 even if they are accelerated in math).

Environmental Club

12:00-12:30 / Room 14

This week's meeting will be on WEDNESDAY, 9/23 instead of Thursday, 9/24.

  • The Climate Strike on Friday, 9/27 will be discussed at this first meeting.
  • As a bonus this Wednesday, Ms. Pachon will bring in vegan cookies for the club!

The regular meeting time is Thursdays, 12:00-12:30, in Room 14.

Academic League

Thursdays / 11:30-12:30 / 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:

Want to jam with the Jam Band?

Mr. Mark Fisher, well known San Diego musician, currently runs the MEA Jam Band on Thursdays from 9:20-10:35. As not all students are available to play music at that time, Mr. Fisher may be able to offer another Jam Band session at one of these times:

  • Tuesdays, 10:40-11:55
  • Wednesday, 10:40-11:55

Are you interested? Available?

If so, you've got to let Mr. Fisher know at, so he can make it happen!

survey for Dungeons and Dragons

When are you available for this club? Let us know here!

Have you ever watched Lord of the Rings and thought, “Man…I would love to be an elf and shoot arrows at orcs”? Well, in Dungeons and Dragons you can! D&D is an immersive tabletop role-playing game that you play in as a character you've created and explore the vast fantasy world that the narrator creates. You may have seen it in Stranger Things, but it's way more fun than in the show. You can play as a great and powerful wizard who launches fireballs, you can play as a dashing rouge who uses trickery and charm to get his way, or even play as a monster such as an orc, and much more. DD Flyer

Survey for Model UN

When are you available for this club? Let us know here!

MUN is an extra-curricular activity where the members take on the role of ambassadors of the United Nations and simulate UN committees at club-organized conferences. In MUN you will learn a great amount of foreign policy, develop leadership and public speaking skills, and learn to think through new lenses. If all goes well, there is a possibility of traveling to other hosted conferences, and even having guest speakers from real life politics. MUN Flyer

Library Challenge

The first Library Challenge of the year is a crossword puzzle! Find the puzzle on the library's webpage, or pick one up in the library. Turn your completed form into the library by Thursday, September 26, 12:30 pm to receive a prize!


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!

World Language Assessment Testing

Thursday, November 14 / 12:00-2:00 / Room 1


Dear parents of 7-12th graders,

The language acquisition office will be conducting world language assessments at MEA on November 14th at noon. These are the languages offered. Passing this assessment will grant students credit for 2 years of world language proficiency equal to the SDUSD world language graduation requirement. If you feel as though your student can pass this assessment, please e-mail Mr. Zappala at and he will arrange to have an exam ordered for your student. In determining your student’s eligibility, at a minimum, students should be able to read in the language tested.

Meeting for all Seniors

Thursday, September 26 / 11:55-12:30 / Room 6

All 12th graders are required to attend this meeting with Mr. Zappala, who will be sharing important information and reviewing expectations for the year. Free pizza will be served!

Meeting for all Juniors

Thursday, October 3 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria

Mr. Zappala will discuss what is important to focus on for 11th graders, and what to think about as they become seniors next year. Free pizza will be served!

Speaker from UCSD

Thursday, October 10 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria

We will be having a UCSD admissions representative come speak to students and any interested parents, on Thursday, October 10 at 11:55. He will speak about the admissions process for UCSD and the UC system, and answer any questions you have.


As Mt. Everest Academy offers students the “flexibility to pursue your passion,” our school has a wealth of students that are pursuing their passions while meeting their educational goals. The "Student Spotlight" is a way to share some of the exciting endeavors our students are involved in with the rest of our school, and a way for students to learn about other students with similar interests.

If you've got a student accomplishment or special activity that can be included in a Monday Message, please email it to Linda Ele,

Katrina N., Acrobatic Gymnast

MEA 10th grader, Katrina N., has been doing acrobatic gymnastics for 3 years. Katrina practices 16 hours a week and has about 6 competitions throughout the year. Attending Mt. Everest Academy helps accommodate her practices and competition travel schedule. Over the Summer Katrina and her partners competed in the National Acrobatic Gymnastics Competition (picture below).

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Yuko Maruyama Benefit Concert for Youth Music Scholarships

Here is some information for Yuko Maruyama's, H.B. Goodlin Foundation Benefit concert. Please come if you can for a great program, and a chance to hear about this music scholarship program for local gifted youth.

Yuko Maruyama and the Mercantile Alley Band
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Rancho Bernardo Library
Address: 17110 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128

Admission Free

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Way to go, Mr. Zappala !!