Monday Message


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Event Date: Monday, March 23

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Request Pledges

For our 1st Annual MEA Fun Run, we are using Pledgestar, an awesome web based fundraising system that makes it easy for you to request pledges from your family and friends, and for them to make secure credit card donations online.

Please register here for the MEA Fun Run pledge system.


Be a sponsor

Get your business logo on the Fun Run t-shirts, the Fun Run Website and the school Website by donating just $250.00! Deadline to submit donations and logos is March 2nd.

For more information, please contact Kathleen O'Barski, MEA Foundation Fundraising Coordinator, at

T-Shirt Design Contest

Create a design for the Fun Run T-shirts that represents MEA! The winner will receive a $25 cash prize!

Submission deadline: March 6


Awesome Prizes

*** Prize drawing for all participants ***

You don't need to attend the Fun Run to win...anyone who receives donations will qualify for prizes!


Get a SNEAK PEAK at a few of the prizes

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Fitnessgram Testing for grades 5, 7, 9

Fitnessgram testing is scheduled for the following grades and times. 9th graders can choose either Tuesday or Friday.

  • GRADES 7 & 9: Tuesday, Feb. 25 / 10:10-11:10 / Auditorium
  • GRADE 5: Wednesday, Feb. 26 / 9:20-10:20 / Auditorium
  • GRADE 9: Friday, Feb. 28 / 9:30-10:30 / Auditorium

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Please note the date change from Mon. 2/24 to Fri. 2/28

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!

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Choosing Classes for 2020-2021

From March 2 - March 27, students in grades 5-11 will have the opportunity to plan their classes for the next school year.

GRADES 5, 6, 7

Students will receive articulation sheets listing course options for next year during study groups the week of February 24. Parents should review course options with their student at home. Students must return the articulation sheet with a parent's signature to their English teacher. If there are any changes needed, please mark the change before returning. For questions, please contact Ms. Patterson (

GRADES 8, 9, 10, 11

All 8th-11th graders must make an appointment here to meet with Mr. Zappala during the month of March. Topics discussed will include their courses for next year and the rest of high school, community college courses, and graduation and college entrance requirements. 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 (

Articulation Sheets:

Master Course List 2020-21


9th graders and their parents can meet with Mr. Zappala for a 4-year planning conference during the time of their articulation meeting.

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Secondary Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all of the students in grades 6-12 who received awards!

For students that were notified that they received an award, but could not be at the ceremony last week, please come to the office to pick it up.

Link to awards photo gallery

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How many 4.0 and above awards?

Mt. Everest Academy has 210 students in 6th - 12th grade.

How many of these students received a 1st semester award for a GPA of 4.0 and above?

  • 33 out of 210 (15.7%)
  • 56 out of 210 (26.7%)
  • 70 out of 210 (33.3%)

Scroll to the bottom to find out.

Lunch Concert

On Thursday February 20, 11th grader Dylan R. surprised MEA with a virtuoso cello lunch performance. Venturing away from his classical roots, he unveiled the powerful potential of his instrument in contemporary music. Assisted by his brother James on the mixing board, Dylan lilted gracefully through ballads and blasted out rock licks. His audience of staff, students, and families was mightily impressed with his unconventional improvisations. We look forward to hearing more!

Thank you to Mr. Nielsen for the pictures.

Thank you to Mr. Richard for the write up.

"Esperanza Rising" and yarn dolls

Grade 7 students completed a study of the novel, Esperanza Rising, set in the early 1930s.

They learned about discrimination and determination through the novel, and put the skill of determination to use in learning how to braid.

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Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

Week of February 24

Study groups for grades K-4 will be cancelled the week of February 24, as elementary teachers will be meeting one-on-one with parents during that time.

Most extracurricular activities will continue as usual during the conference week, although the following will be cancelled:

  • Sphero & Coding
  • Story and Craft Time
  • Elementary Art

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, February 26 / 2:00-3:00 / Cafeteria

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

Kahoot! Games

Thursday, February 27 / 12:00-12:30 / Auditorium

Yearenders are putting on this school-wide Kahoot! game.

Entry to the game is free and Yearenders will be selling popcorn and candy. The winner will receive a prize!

Heritage Festival

Thursday, March 5 / 10:30-12:30 / Auditorium

Everyone is invited to this Heritage Festival!

Mrs. Battin's 3rd and 4th graders have made displays of their ethnic backgrounds and they are ready to present them to you!

FUN-RAISING at Blaze Pizza

Tuesday, March 10 / 3:00-6:00pm

Blaze Pizza / 5604 Balboa Ave.

Bring your family and friends to Blaze Pizza on Tuesday, March 10 between 3:00-6:00pm and help raise money for our school while you enjoy customized pizzas! Please note: You must show the MEA Foundation fundraiser flyer (digital or paper) at checkout. Valid for dine-in or take out only. Not valid for online orders, phone orders, or delivery.

Browse the menu here: but please order in person to participate in the fundraiser. Thank you for your support of our incredible MEA!

"Matilda the Musical" Meet-Up

Friday, March 13 / 11:30 / JCC

"Matilda the Musical" is inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl. This Tony Award-winning musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. This school performance is presented by the JCompany Youth Theatre.

Tickets are $8 per person; payment is due to the front office by FRIDAY, FEB. 28

For questions please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen at

"A Wrinkle in Time"

The Mt. Everest Academy Theatre Company proudly presents "A Wrinkle in Time," directed by Becca Myers.

Show times:

  • Wednesday, March 11 / 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 12 / 4:00 pm
  • Friday, March 13 / 6:00 pm

Spring Dances

Tuesday, March 24 / Auditorium

  • Elementary Dance: 2:30-3:30
  • Middle School Dance: 4:00-5:30

This will be a neon-themed Spring Dance!

More details to follow.

Save the Date!

April 24 - Silent Auction and Talent Show


Monday Message to Students

STUDENTS, would you like to receive the Monday Message directly to your personal email address? This can be helpful, especially for older students, so you can stay informed of what's happening here at Mt. Everest Academy.

Please submit your email here.

Wanted: Old CD's

Mrs. Sink is asking for donations of old CD's. She will use them for projects in her Sphero & Coding class. CD's can be dropped off in the office, Room 1, or given to Mrs. Sink in any of her classes. Thank you!

Senior Graduation Checklist


Attention Seniors! Karen Iwamoto ( needs your height and weight to order caps and gowns.

Rentals are free. If you would like to keep your set, she will also need your home address so Josten’s can bill you $21.55.

Link to 2020 Senior Letter & Checklist

Silent Auction

MEA Foundation is looking for donations for the Silent Auction!

  • Do you have a business you frequent?
  • Does your student take lessons?

Please ask these businesses if they would donate to the MEA Silent Auction. Donation letters and forms are available from MEA Office if requested. Your assistance is appreciated!

Subscribe to the Harvest

Subscribe to a bi-weekly share of the Good Neighbor Garden & MEA harvest, and GNG will donate 10% of the proceeds every month to the Mount Everest Academy Foundation to benefit our garden. Subscribe to support


**** Extracurricular activities ****

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

If you have a talent to share and are interested in leading an extracurricular class or workshop series, please contact Principal Browne at

Academic League Competition

Below are pictures from the Academic League Competition with Serra High School. As is the custom, competitors shake hands with each other after every match.
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Library Challenge - February

Click for February library challenge

This month's challenge has 2 word puzzles that are related to Black History Month: a word scramble and a word search. Please turn in your challenge to the Library by Wednesday, 2/26 to win a reward!

Library website


Grades K-6: Sign up for Book It! in the library.

Read books and earn FREE PIZZA!

March is the last month for the BOOK IT! program.

Students who signed up, please bring your reading logs for February to the library, and we will give you a reading log for March.

Happy reading! Enjoy the pizza!


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!

Mesa College Pre-Enrollment Workshop

Monday, March 16 / 12:00 / Room 6

Mesa College is coming here to hold a Pre-Enrollment workshop for seniors that plan to attend there in the Fall. Prospective Mesa students must participate in this workshop if they want to also participate in the Pre-Registration workshop where they are automatically signed up to meet with a Mesa counselor to map out their academic plan for the Fall of 2020.

Jumpstart Your Success

Saturday, March 21 / 8:30-12:30 / Mesa College

Mesa College's annual “Jumpstart Your Success: Cash In On Community College” event, is a FREE event for prospective students, their families, and their friends. This will be an opportunity for students to learn about Mesa programs and services as well as get information on Financial Aid options and FAFSA completion assistance. The campus will be open and they will be hosting a variety of workshops and presentations, a comprehensive resource fair, and lunch while supplies last! They will also be doing opportunity drawings!


2020 San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering

March 7 - 15, 2020


Saturday, March 7 / 10:00-5:00 / PETCO Park

Expo Day kicks off the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. It's a FREE day of family-fun and learning, with over 150 interactive exhibits and STEAM professionals from San Diego's local science, technology, engineering, arts, and math industries.


March 7 - 15

Festival week catalyzes excitement and curiosity in young minds about the possibilities of STEAM and STEAM careers. Attendees engage in FREE, fun and educational STEAM experiences throughout San Diego County.


Student Art Exhibit 2020

Wednesday, March 18 / 4:30-6:45pm / Ed Center

The San Diego Unified School District cordially invites you to the Student Art Exhibit, celebrating student artwork from Pre-School through Grade 12. . Art Exhibit flyer


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G.P.A. of 4.0 and above

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