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MEA Podcast

Enjoy this most recent MEA podcast by hosts Stephanie Lee and Toler Pfaff-Carano:

Episode #4: Technical Difficulty

In this episode, the hosts talk with Mr. Huy and alumni Dohyun Lee about toaster strudels, aliens, and ghosts.

MEA Theatre Company

The first day of production for the MEA version of "Alice in Wonderland" has begun! Below, the students are lined up from tall to small to help director Erin Peterson determine roles.
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How much Faster?

Since participating in the MEA Rubik's Cube activity this year, how much faster did the 6th grader below get at unscrambling the cube?

A. From 1.5 hours - to 3 minutes, 17 seconds

B. From 28 minutes - to 96 seconds

C. From not being able to - to 48 seconds

Scroll to the bottom for the answer.

Fan Factory

Mr. Spiegelberg's history students enacted the Industrial Revolution by running a Fan Factory Simulation. The value of a finished fan is approx. $3.50

FACTORY WORKERS - they all worked day and night to earn their wages!

  • Fan Folders at the Fold Station produced 68 fans (earned $1.70 each)
  • Finishers put the final touches, staples, on the fans (earned $3.00)
  • Runners brought fans to the finishing station and then to the Quality Inspectors (earned $3.00)
  • Quality Inspectors fanned each other to test, and returned faulty fans! (earned $3.00)
  • Stern Floor Managers (earned $6.00)

**During this simulation factory workers started trying to organize a union & were complaining of being badly treated by the Floor Managers!


As the entrepreneur, Mr.Spiegelberg took 75% of the total value produced and paid the workers the remainder. Earning approximately $178, Mr. Spiegelberg said "They need to work faster and produce more!"

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Cottage Workers hired by an Entrepreneur Associate (EA) worked "at home," produced about 50 fans, and earned $.25 per fan. The EA paid the Entrepreneur (Mr. Spiegelberg) $.25 for each fan, and kept $.50 for herself!

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Improv Coach at MEA

Tuesday, January 15 / 12:30-1:45 / Auditorium

Professional improv performer and trainer, Gordon Fitzgerald (Gordy, 2nd row, far right), will be coming to the MEA Improv Club to offer direction and techniques to our budding improv students. Gordy performs weekly at The National Comedy Theatre. It's always cooler to have more people, so all high school students are welcome to come take part as Gordy leads everyone through improv exercises and games. Fun & laughter guaranteed!

Benefits of Improv

Practicing improv teaches a useful life skill, as learning to react and respond to unexpected situations onstage can also be helpful offstage. Here's an article written by a psychology student about what he has learned from doing improv.

PSAT Results with Mr. Zappala

Wednesday, January 16 / 11:55-12:30 / 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!

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, January 16 / 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

Chicken Coop group work meeting

Thursday, January 17 / 12:00 noon

Our MEA chickens will be arriving soon! Please come out and help put the finishing touches on the chicken coop area. If you would like to help, wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and meet at the coop area at noon. See you then!

IN CASE OF RAIN: we will meet to discuss updates in the cafeteria!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 21

School will be closed next Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. He also delivered the famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

MEA Science Fair

Thursday, January 31 / 11:00-12:45 / Auditorium

We want to welcome the MEA Family and Community to our 5th Annual Science Fair. It will be an informal gathering, showcasing a wide variety of student investigations into what nature is doing all around us.

Please come, enjoy light refreshments, mingle, and talk with students, parents, and friends.

The students near their projects very much want to let you know what they found out, and welcome your thoughts and comments.

We thank you greatly for doing this.

We also invite interested parents and community members to help judge some projects any time from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, January 29.

If you are interested, please contact Norm Negus (, Huy Tran (, or Athena Apazidis (,

Grateful to have you with us,

MEA Staff and Students

San Diego Whale Watching Trip

Friday, February 1 / 10:00-1:00 pm / H & M Landing

Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, January 23

Adults: $19.00

Students: $15.00

Please plan to pay and reserve your spot with Maria in the office. CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE PLEASE!

Plan to arrive by 9:15 at H&M Landing.

For questions, please contact Nancy Mullen Thank you!

More information:

Field Day

Tuesday, February 5 / 2:00-4:00 / MEA Blacktop

All MEA students & families welcome!

Food! Fun! Inflatable jumpy obstacle course!

Schedule of games TBA – All run by MEA ASB students!

(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


Thank you treats

Did you sell over 10 items of See's Candy during our fundraiser?

Plans are being made for the ice cream/breakfast get together for those who sold over 10 items of See’s Candy. This is for middle school and high school students. You should have received an email requesting your availability and preference of treat. If you have not heard from Ms. Barb Mulvany, please email her at

Elementary Students on Campus

To parents of elementary students,

Students in grades K-5 are supervised when they are in study groups and PALS. Any other time elementary students are on campus, they need to be supervised by a parent or family member. They should not be left on their own to go from one extracurricular activity to another. Please plan for your child's supervision, so they can enjoy all the wonderful activities and friendships that are available here on campus.


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.


M.E.T.A. will now meet on Tuesdays from 10:00-10:45

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.

M.E.T.A. - New meeting time

Tuesdays / 10:00-10:45 / Cafeteria

Link to the Mount Everest Trend Assocation (META) website

All students in grades 6-12 are invited to join in, have fun, and explore the crazy and weird world of pop culture.

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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!

PSAT Results with Mr. Zappala

Wednesday, January 16 / 11:55-12:30 / 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.


**** LIBRARY ****

January Library Challenge

Click here for the challenge

It can be a jungle inside the library if you don’t know where you’re going. Turn in this scavenger hunt by 1:00 on January 31st and get a prize! Carefully maneuver around the library, answering the questions below and learning about the way our library is organized. Beware of bookworms!

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December 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 January reading log.

Happy Reading!!!!!

Yummy Pizza!!!!

Link to Pizza Hut's BookIt!


UCSD Academic Connections

Applications for Summer 2019 now open

Academic Connections connects high achieving high school students with college subject matter courses and experiences. Instruction is provided by grad students in a wide array of academic disciplines, renown UCSD faculty researchers and scientists in the field.

BioEngineering will be the focus of the UC San Diego Research Scholars program this year.

Global Environmental Leadership and Sustainability pre-college programs are offered through UCSD Extension.


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The answer is "C"

Starting with not knowing how to unscramble a Rubik's Cube to...
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