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Strawberry DNA Extraction

The students in Mrs. Apazidis’ biology class extracted DNA from strawberries using household supplies. It was the best smelling science lab!

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Field Day

Tuesday, February 12 / 2:00-4:00 / MEA Blacktop

All MEA students & families welcome!

All activities run by MEA ASB students!


2:00-2:30... Free time in the bouncy house

2:30-2:50... Street Hockey

2:50-3:10... Four Square / Wall Ball

3:10-3:15... Break!

3:15-3:40... Relay Races

3:40-4:00... Awards / Free time in the bouncy house


Free Admission = 1 round through the Bouncy House Obstacle Course

$5.00 = Unlimited Bouncy House Obstacle Course

Snacks available from 2:00-4:00

Food prize at the end!!

Cancelled Extracurriculars

Due to Field Day on Tuesday, February 12, the following activities that happen at the same time will be cancelled:

  • Elementary Spanish Enrichment (2:00)
  • Beg/Int. Guitar (2:00)

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, February 13 / 2:00-3:00 / Room 17B

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

Senior Portraits

Thursday, February 14 / 11:30-1:30 / Auditorium

Lifetouch Photography will be coming to Mt. Everest Academy to take Senior Portraits. Seniors, you may choose what you'd like to wear; Lifetouch will supply Caps/Gowns and Tuxedos/Drapes, or you may wear your own clothes. Portrait packages will range from $24-$62. The portraits will be used in the yearbook. Please plan to be there!

Contact Linda Ele,, with any questions.

Crafty Creations

Thursday, February 14 / 12:00-3:00 / MakerSpace

Visit the MakerSpace and Ms. Nikki this week as she shares her love of all things crafty! This will be a perfect opportunity to create Valentine's Day gifts for your loved ones. All ages welcome!

Academic League Competition

Thursday, February 14 / 7:00 pm / Serra High

The MEA Academic League with Coach Cate will meet at Serra High this Thursday to compete with their 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!

President Holidays

On Friday, February 15 school will be closed in observance of Lincoln Day. Learn more about Abraham Lincoln.

On Monday, February 18 school will be closed in observance of Washington Day. Learn more about George Washington.

"Alice in Wonderland" Rehearsal Changes

Tuesday, February 19 / 2:00-4:00 / Auditorium

Due to the President's Day holiday on Monday, 2/18, there will be no rehearsal that day. Instead, MEA Theatre will rehearse on Tuesday, 2/19 from 2:00-4:00pm.

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

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.

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!

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.

(K-6) Classics 4 Kids Concert

Friday, March 15 / 11:45 am / Balboa Theatre, downtown

Reservation Deadline: Friday, February 22

We have 20 tickets available for grades K-6 and parents to the following Classics for Kids- Patterns in Music. This concert has a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) focus.

Tickets are $7.00 per person. Sign up and pay in the front office. CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE PLEASE! For questions, please contact Nancy Mullen at

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 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.


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 if you have any questions or would like to be part of the team.

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!

The chickens are here!

The coop group picked out chickens for the whole MEA community to enjoy. Petting hours TBA soon! Come by to say hello. Feeding and cleaning will take place every Thursday at lunch time.

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Thanks to our judges

A thank you note goes out to the MEA parents and community members below who helped judge our Science Fair January 29, 2019. We respect the judgements you made in evaluating some of our 85 student projects in grades 8 through 12. It was a pleasure to see the big turnout for our 5th Annual event.

  • Kelly Lange
  • Hilde van den Bergh
  • Bill and Shirley Kimmich

From the staff at Mount Everest Academy: THANK YOU!

YAY Academic League!

Another win for our MEA Academic League! Mt. Everest Academy varsity scored 235pts to Point Loma High’s 115. Yusuf A, Kate P, Aaron C, Gabi W, Ashlyn H, Selina L, and Nora D. were the participants. The next match is at Serra High on 2/14.

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.

Crew Positions for "Alice in Wonderland"

Calling all MEA students that would like to be part of the crew for the MEA Theatre Company production of "Alice in Wonderland." No experience necessary!

Positions are available for:

  • Sound
  • Lights
  • Set Construction
  • Costume Construction/Maintenance
  • Cast Wrangler

Link to crew eligibility requirements & sign ups

For questions, please contact director Erin Petersen at


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.

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at 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.

Makerspace Engineering Challenge

Draw an Electrical Circuit

Build an electrical circuit then fill out a circuit drawing form to enter the engineering challenge.

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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 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.

SD Chinese Women's Association Scholarship

Scholarships from the San Diego Chinese Women’s Association are available to graduating seniors who will be continuing their education in the Fall of 2019. The one-time award is $1500 for a student entering a four-year college program. Last year a total of ten scholarships were awarded to San Diego area high school students.

Awards are open to both male and female graduating high school seniors of at least one-quarter Chinese descent with a minimum GPA of 3.0 weighted. Application can be downloaded from the Association’s website at The deadline for submission is March 16, 2019. All eligible students are encouraged to apply! For more information, please consult the SDCWA website.

Naviance Access

Starting 2/1/2019, all students & staff will log in to Naviance via the Clever Portal:

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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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!



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Art by Renee D.

The 3 images belong to this beautiful piece of art created by 10th grader Renee D. as part of Mrs. Flo's lesson on perspective.
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