Monday Message

Sept. 28, 2020

SSC and SGT Meeting Info

Wednesday, September 30 / 2:00 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. More information, agendas, and minutes can be found on our SSC/SGT webpage.

For questions, please contact Principal Browne at

The School Site Council and Site Governance Team will be meeting this week. Meeting info is below.

Topic: MEA SSC and SGT Meeting

Time: Sep 30, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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End of Semester vs End of Month 5

During most school years the end of the Month 5 attendance month coincides with the end of the first semester. Both of these dates are set at the district level and something that we as a school site cannot change. This year is an anomaly. Semester 1 ends on Jan. 22 while Month 5 ends on Jan. 29. We want to let everyone know now (well in advance) that all work for Semester 1 will be due the 3rd week of Month 5. Any work assigned to be completed during Week 4 of Month 5 will count towards Semester 2. Teachers will make this clear on their assignment sheets as well as in Google Classroom and/or Canvas.

AP Exam registration and payment

Registration and payment due October 23 for Spring Exams

Step 1: Activate Exam

Students log into their AP® Exam Class on the MyAP Site at to join the online AP® Exam group and activate the exam by clicking on “Register for the Exam”. Deadline to activate is October 23, 2020.

Step 2: Fee Submission

Go to and complete the online payment form to submit fees. All students registering for an exam must complete the online payment form. Deadline is October 23, 2020.

If you qualify for the free/reduced lunch rate for exams, please email for information needed to complete the payment online.

Help needed for MEA Foundation

Last year, after much leg work, we formed the Mt. Everest Academy Foundation. The mission of the Mt. Everest Academy Foundation is to enhance the overall experience of Mt Everest Academy students by organizing volunteer efforts and raising funds to support teaching and learning opportunities. The MEA Foundation wants all students, staff, and parents to participate in the betterment of Mt. Everest Academy.

Unbelievably, despite Covid19, the MEA Foundation raised over $8,600 and 100% of this money will be used to enhance the educational experience of our students.


  • Fun-Run $5,114.53
  • Family Dinner Nights $618.98
  • Start-Up Donations $1,200.00
  • Donation to purchase kiln $1,500.00
  • Cash Donations $224.00


We need your help! Some of the initial founders of the MEA Foundation have students who no longer attend Mt. Everest. We are in current need of additional Board members to keep the Foundation going. Please email Principal Browne if you are interested in learning more about the Foundation or becoming a Board member. We have minimal meetings throughout the year and it is one of those things that you can make as large or small as you want it to be. Everyone has skills to offer!


Hello from your MEA library and book room! This week and going forward in 2020 (except for turn-in weeks), material(s) and Chromebook checkouts will be held on:

  • Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 12 noon to 3 p.m.

There is no need to email us in advance and you may also drop off materials you no-longer need.

INTEGRATED MATH 3 BOOKS have arrived! If you’re not able to pick them up on the weekly scheduled checkout times, please email Karen Iwamoto at

Don’t forget there are 18 San Diego libraries which are having drive-by “contact-less” pickups for books which you wish to check-out. Here's a link to seek your closest library. Watch for news as to when MEA will have a similar system ready!


MEA Library staff (Suzie Wilson and Karen Iwamoto)

Mr. Richard

Richard Choquette known to most MEA students as "Mr. Richard" has been a wonderful part of the the Mt. Everest community these last few years. He helped run and organize our MakerSpace, provided guitar classes and music at school events, and spent countless hours supporting the MEA Theatre Company. He was always there to lend a helping hand to any teacher or staff member. We are so sad to let you know that Mr. Richard is officially leaving MEA as of Oct. 1 to be closer to his daughter and granddaughter who live in Washington State. Feel free to reach out to Mr. Richard at to say hello.

Technology Resources and Supports

Please see information related to technology resources and support here.

Music Classes with Mr. Johnson

To be held every Tuesday

  • 8:00-8:40 Beg. Strings
  • 8:50-9:30 Beg. Band
  • 9:40-10:20 Choir
  • 10:30-11:10 Adv. Band.
  • 11:20-12:00 Adv. Strings
  • 12:10-12:50 Music Theory (for older students)


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Please contact Mr. Johnson at


Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. Please reach out to him him with any counseling questions at Look for online office hours and grade level meetings in the future!

Meeting for all Seniors

Mr. Zappala will be sharing important information and reviewing expectations for the year.

You can preview some of the topics that will be covered at Senior Meeting Resources 2020-21 (this is also located under the Counseling tab on the Mt. Everest website)

Meeting for all Juniors

Monday, October 5 / 12:30-1:30 / Zoom

Juniors, mark you calendars! Mr. Zappala will discuss what is important to focus on for 11th graders, and what to think about as they become seniors next year.

Community College Summer Transcripts Needed

Students who took a community college Summer course for dual enrollment credit need to give Mr. Zappala an official, sealed transcript in order for the class or classes to be entered on your transcript. Please mail your transcript to Mt. Everest Academy or bring it to Mr. Zappala. If he is not on campus, you can put the envelope through the mail slot in Principal Browne’s door.

You can request official transcripts through your mySDCCD student portal or you can order them here.

Fall 2020 Mesa Deadlines

For students taking dual enrollment classes at Mesa College, the DROP deadline is this Thursday, 9/24/2020 and the WITHDRAWAL deadline is Monday, 11/16/2020. Students who drop before the drop deadline will not be penalized for dropping their course(s). Students who drop after the drop deadline, but before the withdrawal deadline will receive a W on their transcript and will no longer be eligible for Mesa College courses until they graduate high school. Students who remain in their course(s) after the withdrawal deadline will receive a letter grade and must maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester in all college work in order to remain eligible.

Students are welcome to self drop in the mySDCCD student portal.

National College Fairs

Hello Juniors and Seniors. With college descending upon us it is time for seniors to think about where to apply to college for Fall 2021 and for juniors to begin exploring colleges for Fall 2022. College Fairs will be virtual this year, so get information on which fair is right for you. Here is information that should prove helpful to both Juniors and Seniors:

ASB (Student Government)

Are you in 8th-12th grade and interested in joining our ASB class, but it's not on your schedule yet? If yes, please contact Mr. Zappala at to have it added to your schedule. This year, ASB will be focused on building community in the online space as well as planning projects in conjunction with the Anti Defamation League's (ADL) program “No Place for Hate.”

Monday College Knowledge Webinar Series

Hello Seniors. The Monday College Knowledge Webinar Series is an opportunity to get valuable information to help you in the college application process. Please sign up for these webinars ASAP since participation is limited. Reach out to Mr. Zappala ( with any questions you have.

Women in Computer Science has created an extensive guide geared towards women in computer science. This guide discusses the gap amongst women in the computer science field, the benefits of a career in computer science, and how universities are working to gain the momentum of females in the field of CS. Most importantly, this guide offers resources that will help women begin their journey to a rewarding and successful STEM career by listing free online courses, summer camps, scholarship information, and top female-dominated computer science programs.


Service Academy Nominations

Each year California Congressman Scott Peters has the privilege of nominating students to attend military service academies: US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy, and US Coast Guard Academy. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Flyer

Service Academy & ROTC Information Night

Wednesday, Oct. 7 / 6:00pm / Zoom

Flyer for Info Night

Students that are interested in a nomination can apply here. The application deadline is Monday, November 30.

Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

  • Let the coast and ocean inspire you!
  • Win prizes!
  • Have your work featured online and be part of a traveling exhibit, as conditions allow.

For the first time ever, entries will be submitted online. Students are encouraged to enter this way if at all possible, but they will accept mailed entries if it presents a hardship. Also new this year - digital art is allowed as a medium. Enter online by midnight January 31, 2021

Mt. Everest in the News!

Scroll to about 4:20 on the time bar to see MEA featured in a CBS special on education. Principal Browne and an MEA Alum were interviewed. Good stuff!
The Learning Curve special report covers education in California during the COVID-19 pandemic
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