"Tuesday" Message


Field Day

HUGE shout out to Ms. Rice, Mr. Nielsen, and ASB students who organized a wonderful Field Day last week. Thank you!! And thank you to all who came out and joined in on the fun!

Link to Field Day photo gallery

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Who's serving water at Field Day?

Scroll down to the bottom to find out

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"Alice in Wonderland" Rehearsal Change

Wednesday, February 20 / 2:00-3:00 / Auditorium

Due to the Secondary Awards ceremony on Feb. 20 at 3:10, MEA Theatre will rehearse from 2:00-3:00 instead of 3:00-4:00.

For questions, please contact director Erin Peterson at erinpetersen3905@gmail.com

Secondary Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 20 / 3:10 pm / Auditorium

All Mt. Everest Academy families are invited to attend the 1st Semester Awards Ceremony and take part in honoring students in grades 6-12 who have demonstrated excellence in either academics or citizenship. Parents of students receiving an award will be notified individually. Come celebrate this occasion! Light refreshments will be served.

Academic League Competition

Thursday, February 21 / 7:00 pm / MEA

The MEA Academic League with Coach Cate will meet here in our auditorium 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!

Work Due for Month 6

Friday, February 22 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 17B (Mr. Huy's room)
  • Students in Spanish with Ms. Mullen: please turn your work in to Room 9

Please turn down volume during turn-in week

Students, please be mindful of your noise level outside classrooms during turn-in week.

Your fellow students are taking tests, writing essays, and need a quiet work environment!

Thank you.

Fitnessgram Testing for grades 5, 7, 9

Fitnessgram testing is scheduled for the following grades and times:

  • GRADES 7 & 9: Tuesday, February 26 / 10:40-11:40 / Auditorium
  • GRADES 5 & 9: Wednesday, February 27 / 9:20-10:20 / Cafeteria

The Fitnessgram is a state mandated exam, which public school students in grades five, seven, and nine are required to take. There are six parts to the exam, and students must pass five of the six parts to pass the overall fitness test. Students are encouraged to practice these exercises ahead of time.

For 9th graders, passing the Fitnessgram cannot be stressed enough. Students are required to take 2 years of PE to graduate high school. However, if you do not pass the Fitnessgram test, you are REQUIRED to take PE additional years.

Please remember to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes!

Transitioning to Middle School Meeting

Wednesday, February 27 / 12:00 / Cafeteria

Parents of 5th graders:

There will be a “Transitioning to Middle School” meeting for all 5th graders and their parents on Wed. Feb. 27 at 12:00 in the cafeteria. Mr. Zappala, Principal Browne, and Ms. Patterson will be there to answer any questions you may have about middle school classes, requirements, and expectations. Feel free to bring your lunch. See you there!

Elementary Parent Conferences

Week of March 4

Due to parent conferencing for Elementary Reporting Period 2, all TK-5 elementary study groups will be canceled the week of March 4th.

Please look for an email from your child’s teacher(s) to schedule your conference.

Elementary extracurricular Spanish and art classes will be canceled that week, as well.

Thank you for your flexibility so that we may review student progress with all families.

Classics 4 Kids Concert postponed

Due to a conflict we will not be attending Classics for Kids on March 15. There will be another opportunity to attend a concert on Friday, May 17.

"Madagascar, Jr."

Friday, March 15 / 10:00 am / JCompany Youth Theatre

Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, March 6

We like to move it-move it! We will be going to the school performance of Madagascar, Jr. on Friday, March 15, at 10:00 am. Come support some of our talented MEA students who are in the show!

Tickets are $8 each for people of all sizes, payable with either cash or a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy." Please turn in your money to Ms. Ramos in the front office no later than March 6. Transportation is on your own. Please direct any questions to Nancy Mullen at nmullen@sandi.net.

High School Prom

Friday, May 10 / 6:00-10:00pm / Mission Bay Yacht Club

Hey High Schoolers! Get ready for your High School Prom, which will be held at the beautiful Mission Bay Yacht Club. All high school students are invited and encouraged to attend...no prom date needed!

Ticket prices

  • $30 (purchase until 3/22)
  • $35 (purchase from 4/1-5/3)
  • $40 (purchase from 5/6-5/9)

No tickets sold at the door.

The permission form and payment is due by Thursday, May 9, 3:00 pm to the front office.
Permission form is also available in the front office.
Pay with either cash (EXACT CHANGE ONLY) or a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy."
The yacht club is located at 1215 El Carmel Pl, San Diego, CA 92109.


School Parent Survey

Parents, We need your help! Please take the parent survey portion of the CA Healthy Kids Survey. This is used as part of our school climate data on the new CA Schools Dashboard. It is very important that we have a high participation rate! Thank you so much in advance for your support with this! Please take the survey at the link below or paper copies are available in the front office:

SURVEY: https://surveys.wested.org/csps/AH637HR

For more info please click here

VAPA Music Teacher of the year

Our very own music teacher, Mr. Kirk Johnson, has been voted the VAPA Music Teacher of the Year for San Diego Unified! We are so lucky to have him on our team bringing his love and knowledge of music to our students. Congratulations Mr. Johnson!

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MEA Mural project

Mt. Everest Academy has partnered with ArtReach San Diego to create a mural for our school! We're looking for 12-15 students in grades 8-12 that are interested in leading the design and execution of the piece. Please contact Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net if you have any questions or would like to be part of the team.

And the names are...

1) Cleopatra, the Egyptian Fayoumi

2) Ophelia, the Ameraucana

3) Aquafina, the Plymouth Rock

4) Chris, the Leghorn

5) Zira, the Speckled Sussex

Thank you to everyone that sent in suggestions and helped name our chickens!

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Silent Auction / Talent Show

Thursday, April 11 / MEA Auditorium

Preparations are beginning for our annual upcoming Talent Showcase & Silent Auction!


Students, start thinking about acts you'd like to perform. Sign ups for auditions will be opening in a couple of weeks. And if you'd like to participate in another way, we'll also be looking for student stagehands and MC's. This will be a great opportunity to share your talents for a grand evening of entertainment!


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. Gift baskets will be put together from the donations that come in, so anything you can donate is wonderful! And if you own a business and would like to donate a service or basket item, please let us know!

Ideas for Requesting Donations

  • Gift certificate for one month of classes where your child takes a class (i.e. karate, dance, etc)
  • Donation of service from a friend or family business (i.e. hairstylist could offer one shampoo/cut/style)
  • Donation of an electronic device from someone who has 'perks' through their office (i.e. IPOD, tablet, digital camera, etc)
  • Donation of an overnight stay or your timeshare you never use (do you have points or a timeshare you never use that could become a donation/staycation?)
  • Donation of tickets (Do you have tickets to a game or show you are not able to attend after 4/11?)
  • Photography (Are you a photographer looking to donate a session and get some advertising by putting your name out in our event?)

You can bring your donations to the front office or to any teacher. We want this to be the best Silent Auction ever!

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

National Honor Society

Students who are in grades 10-12 are welcome to apply for our Mt. Everest Academy National Honor Society Chapter. Requirements include: In grades 10, 11, or 12; GPA of 3.75 or higher; 30+ hours of community service (may be on campus or in community); demonstrated leadership experience (may be on campus or in community).

For more information, visit Dr. Rodenberg's teacher page linked to the MEA website. The application form is located there and is due by Friday, February 22, 3:00pm.


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


Jr. Modern Quilt Guild meeting time changed to Tuesdays, 1:50-3:00

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net. We are looking for folks wanting to share talents in science, technology, robotics, and the arts! All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

Faith Group

Tuesdays / 12:00-12:30 / Room 17B

Students in grades 5-12 are welcome to join us during lunch for some fun games & music, delicious pizza, and a great time of getting to know more about one another!

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Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. You can reach him with any counseling questions at rzappala@sandi.net or 858-496-8791. Or feel free to stop by the counseling office anytime!

Choosing Classes for 2019-20

From February 1-28, students in grades 5-11 will have the opportunity to plan their classes for the next school year.

Articulation sheets

(Choose the grade the student will be in next year)

Mt. Everest Academy Master Course list for 2019-2020

Grades 5, 6, 7

Students will receive articulation sheets listing course options for next year during study groups the week of February 4. Parents should review course options with their student at home. Students must return the articulation sheet with a parent's signature to their supervising teacher. If there are any changes needed, please mark the change before returning. For questions, please contact the student's supervising teacher.

Grades 8, 9, 10, 11

All 8th -11th graders must make an appointment to meet with Mr. Zappala during the month of February. Please reserve a conference time at this link to discuss courses for next year, graduation and college entrance requirements, and community college courses. Parents are encouraged to attend along with their student. If parents cannot attend, they should review the course options with their student at home. Students need to return the articulation sheet with a parent's signature to Mr. Zappala. If there are any changes needed, please mark the change before returning. For questions, please contact Mr. Zappala.

Other plans for next year?

Students planning to attend another school next year should please let their supervising teachers know.

California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship

The California Retired Teachers Assocation Scholarship objective is to recognize and reward outstanding academic achievement and leadership. Awards are made to graduating seniors, representing the diverse geographical areas of San Diego Unified School District High Schools who intend to pursue an education at an accredited four-year college or university. Deadline March 20, 2019.

Scholarships for SDSU Applicants

The scholarships below are for SDSU applicants awaiting decision on their Fall 2019 admission. The submission deadline for all of these is March 29, 2019.

Learn about Mesa College

Saturday, March 16 / 8:30-1:00 / Mesa College

"JUMPSTART YOUR SUCCESS" is free and includes:

  • Presentations from academic programs
  • Workshops on transfer, career, financial aid and much more
  • Find out about services and programs to help you successd
  • Campus tours with student ambassadors

Link to more information and to register

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Voting for California Young Reader Medalists

During Library Time with Miss Vivian, elementary students are voting for this year's California Young Reader Medalists. Miss Vivian will send our school's results into the CYRM Committee, and the winning books will be announced in May.

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February Library Challenge

Click here for the challenge

Draw a map of the interior of our school's library.

Turn this into the library by 12:30 on February 28 to receive a prize!


January reading logs are due, come and turn them in to Miss Vivian or Miss Suzy. You will receive your coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut, plus a February reading log.

Happy Reading!!!!!

Yummy Pizza!!!!

Link to Pizza Hut's BookIt!


"Raising Zoey"

Friday, April 26 / 6:00-8:30pm / SD Central Library

A Free Documentary Film Screening

"Raising Zoey" is the coming of age story of a transgender teen on a journey to find her voice. The film covers topics pertaining to growing up trans in a working-class Latino home, and the intersectionality of the family addresses subjects like immigration, early transitioning, knowing your rights at school as a trans/GNC student, navigating medical insurance, community support, early medical support, suicide prevention, empowerment, and peer-to-peer advocacy. There will be a Q & A time with Ofelia Barba and Zoey Luna as well as filmmaker Dante Alencastre.


Click here to register for this event. As of 2/19/19, there are 250 seats available.

STEAM Special Project Camps

For 6th-8th grade students

In collaboration with Mesa College, Treobytes will be hosting STEAM Special Project camps on April 6th and April 13, from 9:00am-12:00pm.

They will take students beyond the fundamentals and help them develop intermediate to advanced skills. The students will be partnered with college mentors to collaborate and develop projects leading to competitions and industry exposure. For more information, please visit http://www.sdmesa.edu/academics/stem/index.shtml


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These 2 ASB students!

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