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Take the Great Kindness Challenge!

January 23-27

This week Mt. Everest Academy is taking part in the Great Kindness Challenge, which is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. Our school is already known for it's friendly, welcoming environment, and now we can make it even better. Accept the challenge, use one of these checklists, and show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!

Act of Kindness Checklists:

These checklists are also available in the library, computer lab, and front office.

To learn more, please go to:

Turn-In Friday

Work Due for Month 5: Friday, January 27 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 in your work to Mr. Antti in room 6


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Participating for the students were: Schuyler S., Skylar L., Ben S., Gabi W., Isaac C., Noorhan A., Stephanie H., Megan P., and Edward S.. The teachers, good sports all, were Ms. Browne, Ms. Finney, Mr. Greenwood, Ms. Jacobs, Mr. Sharp, Mr. Spiegelberg and Mr. Nielsen. Thanks also to Mr. Chizhik for keeping score, Mr.Goldwater for setting up the auditorium and Ms. Browne and Ms. Sink for arranging for the pizza.

Below are a few of the questions that were asked from all three levels of competition: Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity.

Sample novice question: Water from this state's Moosehead Lake flows into the Kennebec River. The northeast section of this state's namesake gulf includes the Bay of Fundy. New Brunswick borders this state that contains Acadia National Park. For 10 points, name this New England state whose capital is Augusta. (answer: Maine)

Sample Jr. Varsity question: The Clausius-Clapeyron equation relates the logarithm of this quantity to the enthalpy of vaporization. Boyle's law says it is inversely related to volume for an ideal gas at fixed temperature. For 10 points, name this force per unit area that can be measured in pascals or atmospheres. (answer: pressure)

Sample Varsity question: Consider a cube whose sides each have a length of 4. For 10 points each, compute:

A. The volume of the cube. (answer: 64)

B. The volume of the sphere that is inscribed within the cube.(answer: 32 pi over 3)

C. The length of the space diagonal connecting opposite vertices of the cube (answer: 4 times square root of 3)

For a few more students vs. staff pictures, click here

To find out who won the match, see below!


PALS tutoring is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 - 10:30 am in room 7 (Makerspace).

Parents, please ensure your child brings plenty of work to stay busy for the full time they are in PALS. Tutors are willing and able to assist but only quiet study is permitted during this time. Students are welcome to stay and tinker after PALS unless a participant only class has reserved the space. Check your weekly message and board outside Room 7 for scheduled activities.

Harvest time!

MEA families - Students' fall plantings are producing some fabulous garden goodies and we need YOU to help harvest! Swing by the garden before you leave campus and pick fresh lettuce, spinach, chard, fennel, chives, broccoli, or dill! It's a great opportunity to explore the garden with your child. Questions? contact Nikki Bradford in room 7 or

Below, an adventurous MEA parent picks greens on a rainy day to make a hearty soup for her family!

Food Drive


Thank you to everyone who has been bringing in food for the food drive!! Next time you go to the grocery store, pick up a few cans of vegetables or fruits. This can help out so much for a family in need! Donation box in the library. Thank you!


Our school nurse, Karen Kemper, recommends drinking 64 ounces of water every day from an MEA water bottle!

  • 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.
  • Purchase in the front office, payable with cash or check.


MEA Astronomy Researchers Present Papers

Saturday, January 28 / 9:30-1:00 / Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Branch Library

The MEA Astronomy Research Seminar is sending nine MEA students, two parents, and one MEA teacher to this local symposium where they will present research papers they worked on over the fall. Their papers are being peer reviewed with the goals of publication in the Journal of Double Star Observations and the inclusion of their data into the United States Naval Observatory's Washington Double Star Catalog. The symposium is open to the public; all are welcome to attend.

Calling All MEA Families! Upcoming February Events below to mark on your calendar!!

Lunch Concert

Wednesday, February 1 / 12:00-12:30

Come enjoy our amazing MEA musicians as they perform for your lunchtime enjoyment. ASB students will provide a treat!

Field Day

Friday, February 3

Join your ASB and teachers in a fun day of having fun and getting exercise! Come join us for events like: parachute, the 3-legged race, soccer, pig ball, relay races and more! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

* Middle School & High School Dances *

Thursday, February 9

3:30-5:30pm Middle School: Free admission, $5 for Ice Cream Bar

6:30-9:30pm High School: $10 admission, free Ice Cream Bar with admission

All students must bring this signed permission form. Come with friends and have a great time enjoying ice cream and hanging out!

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January Challenge: "Tower O' Power!!!"

Every month the Makerspace has a different challenge for students to participate in. This month the challenge is "Tower O' Power!!!" Using only jumbo craft sticks, duck tape, scotch tape, scissors and staples, the goal is to build a tower that is at least 1 foot high. The engineer of the tower that holds the most weight will win the title "Engineer of the Month."

In the picture below, students are creating together and celebrating structural success together!

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The Makerspace is staffed 10:30-2:30, Tuesday-Thursday, for students ready and eager to tinker and create! However, please check this weekly email message as well as the sign outside the door for the most up-to-date reservations for the Makerspace as well as possible closures. The door will be closed during participant only activities. Help your children (and you!) enjoy the Makerspace by checking for scheduled activities. Questions? Contact supervisors: Nikki Bradford ( or Barb Mulvany (

Current Activities

GO Games K-12, Wednesday, 10:30-11:30

Pokemon/Games Wednesday 2:00-3:00

Sewing Crafts 6th-12th grade, Thursday 12:30-1:45, participants only

Video Game Development and Design 6th - 12th grade, Thursday, 1:50pm

Upcoming Activities

Class project - Wednesdays, beginning January 25th, 11:00-12:00 participants only

Tools and More! - Wednesdays, beginning February 1st, 12:15-1:30 (see below)

Tools and More!

Wednesdays / 12:15-1:30 / Makerspace

5 classes, starting Feb. 1

Know a student interested in tools and the inner workings of engines? Come join Mr. Goldwater as he teaches about tools and introduces the internal combustion engine and how it works. Lubrication and moving parts will be examined. Disassembly of the engine will include learning the name and functions of each part. All of this will be taught in a five series class starting the first Wednesday in February from 12:15 to 1:30. You don’t want to miss it!

Have a student interested in printing their own 3D creation? Visit It takes just a few moments to create your online account and you can begin designing immediately. When ready, you can come to the Makerspace, log in at the 3D printer, and print your creation!


Please find the most up-to-date extracurricular activity schedule here. If you would like to lead an extracurricular class, please contact

Model United Nations Club (MUN), 2017!

Hello, future delegates!

In 2017, you will be able to learn more about the Model United Nations and how to participate in it, such as how to be a part of a committee as a delegate. We will enjoy fun activities and discussions, such as on game theory, effective speaking, and research on countries, at the Model UN Club at MEA!

Newcomers are always welcome at the Model UN Club! As a new delegate, you will be able to receive resources for more info on the MUN after your first meeting, or on request.

There will be 2 available times to attend next week (pick 1):

  • Tuesday, Jan 31, 11:00 – 11:55
  • Wednesday, Feb 1, 12: 30 – 1:30

All meetings for the MUN are currently planned to be hosted in Room 9.

See you there!

Questions? Please contact


An Evening with UCSD

Tuesday, February 21 / 6:00-8:00pm / Madison High School Theatre

The San Diego Unified School District is pleased to join with the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) to offer a parent information event, Evening with UC San Diego, specifically designed for high school students and their parents. Please join us for an informative evening with an esteemed group of UC San Diego leaders and San Diego Unified alumni who will explain UC San Diego entrance requirements, provide financial aid information and answer questions your families may have.

The district-wide Evening with UC San Diego will be held: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6-8 p.m. at Madison High School Theater located at 4833 Doliva Dr. 92117

You can register at:

Flyer for An Evening with UCSD

Saturday on the Mesa

Saturday, February 25 / 8:30am - 1:00 pm / Mesa College

On Saturday, February 25, Mesa College will open their doors to hundreds of prospective students and family members. This FREE event will showcase what they have to offer and how great they do it! The program will include support services, academic programs, department resources, clubs, and the lively community feel at Mesa. Meals, tours, workshops, entertainment and information will be provided throughout the event. This is a great way to jumpstart the success of students!

Flyer for Saturday on the Mesa

Click here for information and to RSVP

PSAT Results with Mr. Zappala

Tuesday, January 31 / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

Mr. Zappala is holding this assembly to review PSAT results with students that took the test last October. Come learn how to interpret and use the PSAT scores. Parents are welcome. FREE PIZZA!

PSAT results are available now in Mr. Zappala's office.

9th grade families: Meet with Mr. Zappala

February 6-24

In February, Mr. Zappala is offering conference times to 9th grade students and parents that would like to discuss their 4-year plan. Appointment times are available from 8:00 am-3:00 pm, Feb. 6-16 and Feb. 21-24.

Click to schedule your 60-minute appointment


As Mt. Everest Academy offers students the “flexibility to pursue your passion,” our school has many students that are doing just that! To share your child's special activities in the Monday Message, please send an email to Linda Ele at Thank you!

Petunia wins season opera tickets!

Petunia Rizo (grade 6) is a winner of San Diego Opera’s MY VOICE IN THE ARTS program! Her winning essay can be seen at this link

San Diego Opera’s MY VOICE IN THE ARTS program asked students in grades 6-12 to share their stories, interests, and perspectives by submitting written descriptions of their own personal artistic experiences. The program awarded up to two participating students in each of the nine city council districts a subscription ticket package for three operas of the 2016-2017 season. The subscription package includes a second ticket for the student’s chaperone (e.g. a parent, family member over 18, or legal guardian). Students and their chaperones are invited to attend, free of charge, Falstaff, The Tragedy of Carmen, La traviata, and special behind-the-scenes opportunities. The San Diego Opera Program can be seen at this link

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Congratulations to the Academic League students in their victory over the staff in last Thursday's lunchtime scrimmage! The first year we did this, the teachers trounced the students, and last year the students turned the tables on the teachers. This year it was fairly even with the students edging ahead late in the game for a close victory, final score 265 to 225. The teachers should feel good about this “defeat”, as the students' triumph is at least partly a result of the teachers' good work. (Also younger reflexes hitting the buzzer!)