"Tuesday" Message


Morning Welcome Committee

ASB students greeted arriving students with smiles and treats last week.

Our wonderful MEA families are appreciated!

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Forty-Niners Skit

Below is a skit that a few of Ms. Rice's history students put together. They played the Forty-Niners from the 1849 gold rush period. The skit showed why they moved west, the challenges they faced along their way, and what legacies they left behind.

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Canyon Villas Visit

Last Friday, February 16th, some Mt. Everest families enjoyed a visit at Canyon Villas. At Canyon Villas there are about 100 residents who are in assisted care and 20 who are enjoying being in independent living apartments at the facility. We had a fun time playing Jingo, a form of bingo-the great cities of the United States version. It was somewhat like bingo but with a trivia flair where you had to figure out cities by trivia clues. You knew we had to make it educational somehow, yes? It was a lot of fun, we learned some things and met some new friends. We all look forward to visiting again so keep an eye on our Monday Message for our next date~!

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Community College Classes

Wednesday, February 21 / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

Dual Enrollment

Hey, 10th & 11th graders! Did you know that you can take a community college class each semester in 11th and 12th grade? Current 10th and 11th graders are invited to attend an informational session on community college courses available to them beginning next school year. Free pizza will be served!

California Scholarship Federation, Inc. Workshop

Thursday, February 22 / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

The California Scholarship Federation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to recognize and encourage academic achievement and community service among middle and high school students in California. There are approximately 1500 chapters in middle school and high schools throughout the state, and each chapter is comprised of student members who meet eligibility requirements. Each chapter is led by a staff adviser.

Eligible students become members by submitting applications based on their report card grades. Membership is for one semester, and membership drives are held each semester within established periods dictated by the State bylaws.

Conferences are held annually, and student awards recognizing scholastic achievement and community service are presented. Students with a certain number of semesters of membership in CSF will also be able to graduate with a sash and/or cord, and put it on their college resumes/ applications!

I am happy to announce that I will be bringing CSF to MEA! As last week marked the closing of our first semester, and grades will be finalized soon, please contact Mr. Zappala to check your eligibility with your transcript. Once you are confirmed to be eligible, Mr. Zappala and I both have sheets to be filled out for membership.

We are hosting a brief workshop next Thursday (2/22) at lunch time (12-12:30 pm) explaining more about CSF, membership requirements, and any other questions you might have! Pizza and some light refreshments will be provided, so don’t miss out!!

Looking forward to what this semester has in store!


Work Due for Month 6

Friday, February 23 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 17A (Ms. Pachon's room)
  • Students in Spanish with Ms. Mullen: please turn your work in to Room 9
  • Ms. Rice's study groups and supervising students: please turn your work in to Room 6

Fitnessgram Testing

Fitnessgram testing is scheduled in the Auditorium for the following grades and times:

  • Tuesday, February 27 / 10:20-11:20 / Grades 7, 9, designated 10-12
  • Wednesday, February 28 / 9:10-10:10 / Grade 5
  • Wednesday, February 28 / 12:30-1:30 / Grades 7, 9, designated 10-12
  • Monday, March 5 / 9:30-10:30 / Make up testing for students that couldn't make the previous times

The Fitnessgram is a state mandated exam. 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!

Spirit Week

Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Thursday, Mar. 1

Next week, the ASB is sponsoring the MEA Spirit Days listed below. Students (and Staff!), start planning now for your creative and funky attire!

  • TWIN DAY - Tuesday, February 27 (you can match up with more than 1 person)
  • CRAZY HAIR DAY - Wednesday, February 28
  • WACKY WARDROBE DAY - Thursday, March 1

Secondary Awards Ceremony

Thursday, March 1 / 3:15 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. Come celebrate this occasion! Light refreshments will be served.

Modern Masters of Latin America Art Exhibit

Friday, March 2 / 10:00-1:00 / SD Museum of Art

All MEA students (K-12) are welcome to accompany Mrs. Mullen and Mr. Cate on a field trip to the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park to tour the Modern Masters of Latin American art exhibition.

Link to details on the MEA calendar

Questions? Please contact Mr. Cate at acate1@sandi.net

(K-6) Classics 4 Kids Concert

Friday, March 9 / 11:30 am / Balboa Theatre

Reservation deadline is Friday, February 23.

Mrs. Erin Becerra has 15 tickets available for grades K-6 and parents to the following Classics 4 Kids concert: From Bach to Rock. Tickets are $7.00 per person. Sign up and pay in the front office. CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE PLEASE! For questions, please contact Mrs. Becerra at ebecerra@sandi.net

**************** SAVE THE DATE ****************

Fitnessgram: February 27, 28, March 5

Senior Portraits with Lifetouch: March 22

CAASPP / SBAC Testing, elementary: April 30-May 4

AP Exams: May 7-18

CAASPP / SBAC Testing, secondary: May 21-25

MEA Family Picnic: June 1

Kindergarten Promotion: June 5

5th & 8th grade Promotion: June 6

Senior Graduation: June 8

************** ANNOUNCEMENTS **************

Senior Quotes for the Yearbook

Submission deadline: Thursday, Feb. 22

SENIORS: If you'd like to have one of your favorite quotes, or an original saying of yours included on the senior quotes page of the yearbook, please email it to leafbox3000@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is February 22.

San Diego County Coupon Books Fundraiser

See a sample book in the front office

The ASB fundraiser continues! ASB students are selling San Diego county coupon books for $25. Half of the money raised goes directly to our school!

If you are interested in purchasing one, please see an ASB student or Mr. Nielsen. Payment can be made to Mr. Nielsen in room B16 with cash (EXACT CHANGE) or a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy." Thank you for your support!

Link to see what coupons are in the book

You may also order the book online here.

This coupon book is only available for the month of February.

Thank you to Katherine Gillcrist for taking the photo below!

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Got Box Tops?

Remember to turn in your box tops to the office or the parent room. Bringing them in by Thursday, February 22 would be helpful, as we'll be submitting them to earn money for our school. Thank you!!

Come join our MEA family tree!

Our "tree has been planted" in the Maker Space and is ready for your family pictures. And there are wooden frames just waiting to be painted to hold your beautiful pictures. Come to the Maker Space to be part of the MEA family tree!

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AP Test Registration

AP exams will be given at Mt. Everest Academy from Monday, May 7 - Friday, May 18.

  • Print the order form linked here and return with payment to the front office. This form is also available in the front office.
  • AP exams cost $94 each
  • Students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch pay $5/exam
  • Payment can be made with either cash (EXACT CHANGE ONLY!) or check.
  • Checks should be made out to "Mt. Everest Academy."

The deadline to turn in your form and payment is Wednesday, February 28.

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************* COUNSELING CORNER *************

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!

Community College Classes

Wednesday, February 21 / 12:00-12:30 / Cafeteria

Dual Enrollment

Hey, 10th & 11th graders! Did you know that you can take a community college class each semester in 11th and 12th grade? Current 10th and 11th graders are invited to attend an informational session on community college courses available to them beginning next school year. Free pizza will be served!

FAFSA & Cal-Grant

Deadline March 2

Attention Seniors! Remember to complete your FAFSA and Cal-Grant before the March 2nd deadline!

Choosing classes for 2018-19

From February 26 - March 9, 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 Feb. 26. 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

Mr. Zappala will meet with each student individually to assist in choosing course options for next year, including community college courses for students entering 11th and 12th grade. Parents should review course options with their student at home. Students must 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.


If parents would like to schedule a conference with Mr. Zappala regarding next year's course options and to review their student’s four year plan, appointments will be available from March 12 - March 23, in half-hour increments between 8:30-2:30.

Sign up here to reserve your meeting time.

If you would like a head start on the process, articulation sheets with course options for grades 6-12 will be available later this week on the school website.

On Wed., Feb. 21 at noon, current 10th and 11th graders are invited to attend an informational session on community college courses available to them beginning next year. Pizza will be served.

********** extracurricular activities ***********

Please find the most up-to-date schedule here. 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 cbrowne@sandi.net. All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

French Club

Wednesday, February 21 / 12:00-1:00 / Auditorium

The French Club will be meeting in the Auditorium this week.

Pokemon Reminder

Wednesday, February 21 / 1:30-2:30 / Cafeteria

Pokemon/Games Club is ON this week!

Remember, we are now meeting on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Don't know how to play Pokemon? No problem. We'll teach ya how. Don't have cards? No worries. We'll help you build a deck. Come have fun!

Spanish Enrichment

As of Tuesday, February 27, the two Spanish Enrichment meetings will be combined into one meeting time. Starting next week, grades K-6 will meet together every Tuesday from 12:30-1:15. Thank you for your understanding, and I hope this works out for everyone.

¡Adiós, amigos!

Sra. Nancy Mullen

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Library Time for 2nd graders

Starting this week, 2nd grade Library Time on Thursdays will meet from 8:40-9:00am, instead of 9:00-9:20am.

Link to extracurricular activities schedule.

Voting for CYRM nominee books

The K-4th graders have listened to all of the California Young Reader Medal nominees during Library Time over the past month and a half, and have voted for their favorites! The winner at our school for K-3 is "The Book with No Pictures", while the winner of the Picture Books for older readers category (grades 4 and up) at our school is "The Noisy Paint Box". We will get the state's results in April. The chapter books for grades 3-8 are on display in the library. If you would like to participate in the vote for your grade's category, come in, check them out and cast your vote to Miss Vivian by the end of March.

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Bring your January reading logs to the library to get a free pizza certificate and pick up February forms.

Library BookIt! webpage

****** Random acts of campus kindness ******

Offering to take a new student on a campus tour.
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"The Diary of Anne Frank"

Friday, Feb. 23 - Sunday, Feb. 25

Trinity Theatre, 930 Tenth Ave

Come this weekend to see Trinity Theater’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank." This powerful, moving show tells the story of Anne Frank, and her family and friends as they are in hiding from the Nazis during WWII. Fiona Mulvany stars as Mr. Otto Frank, Anne’s father.

ONEHOPE ACT Today! Run/Walk

Saturday, April 21 / Tecolote Shores Park

The 8th Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today! for Military Families 5k/10k Run/Walk & Family Festival returns to Tecolote Shores Park in Mission Bay, San Diego on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services to families that cannot afford the treatments and services their children require. Recognizing the extraordinary challenges military families experience (waging a battle on two fronts...one for their country and another for their children), ACT Today! for Military Families is a dedicated fund to assist military families impacted by autism.

To learn more

To register for the run/walk


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