Monday Message

January 31, 2022

Your Input Needed

It’s that time of year where we begin to plan our budget for next school year and we need your input! Parents, please complete the survey here by Feb. 4 so that we can incorporate your ideas and recommendations to best support our MEA students. Thank you in advance!

Report Cards only available electronically

The District has sent out emails letting families know about the new Digital Document Delivery System. Semester 1 report cards should be sent via this new system on Friday, Feb. 4 and grades will continue to be viewable in the PowerSchool parent portal.

Ace hardware change round-up for MEA

Benefitting MEA Foundation for gardens and chickens

We are excited to announce that the Mt. Everest Academy Foundation will be the recipient of the month of February customer change round-up at Ace Hardware in Clairemont Town Square.

This is a fantastic program to support a small business and simply say “yes, I would love to round up my change” when you buy for your home or garden needs at this store.

Starting February 1 and through the month, encourage your friends and family to shop there, and round up your change!

The amount of money can range anywhere from $1200 all the way up to $3000, or more–it adds up!

Shop local, support our school!


Coffee with the Principal

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 1

Time: 9:30 am


Bring your own coffee or tea and join Principal Browne to discuss school happenings. This is an informal opportunity to hear about school planning, ask questions, and provide suggestions to improve our program. Hope to see you there!

Quest Club

First meeting:

Wednesday, Feb. 2 / 10:40-12:10 / Maker Space

MEA's Quest Club will be having their first meeting this Wednesday, Feb 2nd, from 10:40-12:10, in the Maker Space. In the future meetings will be 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the work month, in the Maker Space 10:40-12:10. The club is open to any 6th-12th graders interested in trying out Dungeons and Dragons. D&D, as it's known, is a cooperative role playing game where players come together to basically tell a story of adventure. You will solve puzzles, meet interesting characters, and most certainly battle a dragon or two. If you have ever read a fantasy book that you wished would never end or wished you could play in that fantasy world, then this is the club for you. The first meeting we will go over the basics; look at character creation and introduce the game.

If you wish to make a character ahead of time, please join the campaign by following this link

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Melissa Keck at

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Heart Origami Workshops

Thursday, Feb. 3 / 12:00-1:15 / MakerSpace

Thursday, Feb. 10 / 12:00-1:15 / Outside by the Art Show

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, we’ve got a creative project for you! Come make some fun, easy, origami hearts with Miss Ellie!

Each workshop is limited to 8 students, please just sign up for one of these Thursdays:

Students that are dropped off at the front office on Feb. 3 will be escorted to and from the MakerSpace.

We look forward to having this “heARTFUL” time together!

Create a Mandala with Miss Shannon

Thursday, Feb. 3 / 12:30-1:30

In Room 14 (the Science Lab)


Miss Shannon will be helping students create a mandala this Thursday. For students that would like to finish one, and also any new students that haven’t yet created one, please come!

The mandala will be mounted onto the freshly student-painted pallets outside the chickens.

Students must be comfortable using a hot glue gun. It takes about two hours to create just one of these beautiful pieces (can be done in two, one hour sessions).

For questions, please email Miss Shannon at

Book Swap & Donate

From 12:00-12:30 on:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 8
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9
  • Thursday, Feb. 10
(Elementary parents may want to drop off books before 12:00 to prepare books for swapping)


  • At the elementary gate for grades K-5

  • Tables on campus for secondary students

Heights magazine will be hosting a book swap & donate event during lunch on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of February. Students can bring old and new books that they no longer want or read to trade with their friends. Whatever books are not traded will be donated to the Monarch School so homeless children can have access to good, quality reading material.

The Garden Unveiling Art Show

Date: Thursday, Feb. 10

Time: 12:00-2:00

Location: Garden (by the chickens)

12:15 pm:

Mr. Ron Zappala will “unveil” the Serenity Garden that he has donated and designed for our MEA community.

Everyone is invited to attend this memorable event to view student art and welcome our new garden! A variety of art mediums by all grades, K-12, will be on display: mandalas, paintings, drawings, ceramics, photographs, digital art, and movies.

As well as art and the new garden, other highlights of this event include:

  • MUSIC by MEA students: Leena Iwamoto, Nicole Lee, and Petunia Rizo.
  • FRUIT CUPS provided by Miss Shannon and Chef Nancy via a Sprouts gift card through Sage Garden Project.
  • OLLAS (student-created) on display in the Hügelkultur bed… Ollas definitionOllas video
    Coop Group students will be offering a pouch, each with three seed packets (crops ready to be sown now!). $5 donation to benefit chickens and gardens. High quality seeds!

MEA families, we look forward to seeing you at this special occasion! Please sign in at the front gate, and parents should accompany students in grades K-5.

Daily Mindfulness and Meditation

These daily sessions will include about 10 minutes of mindfulness and meditation as well as other activities to foster health and wellness and connectedness in our community. All MEA Community members are welcome!

Zoom: Passcode: MEA!

Zoom (alternative link): Passcode: MEA!

  • When: Monday through Friday (holidays and scheduled school concerts/events excluded!)
  • Why: Optimum Health, Wellness, and Well-Being!
  • Who: The whole MEA Community
  • Time: 12-12:30 (You must login by 12:00)


Middle School Art Class

Students in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who are interested in taking the second semester Middle School Art class, should attend an orientation in Room 12 this Wednesday, February 2 at 1:50 PM. Those students who attended last week do NOT need to attend the orientation. Questions? Please email

National Honor Society Applications

Students who are in grades 10-12 are welcome to apply for the Mt. Everest Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society. Applicants must have been enrolled for a full semester at MEA prior to the application deadline and have a current GPA of 3.5 or higher. There is no cost to apply, but students who are inducted may gain access to scholarship opportunities through the NHS.

Applications are on Dr. Rodenberg's website and are due to her by Friday, February 25.

Textbook returns & Pick-Ups

1) Please return all books not being used from first semester and finished book bundle boxes to rooms 4 and 5.

2) CLASS 6757/8 Please pick up Econ books and return the Gov book.

3) Textbooks for MESA class POLI SC 102 (Intro to AM GOV) ARE HERE for pickup in room 4 or 5.


Monthly Turn-In Calendar

For your convenience, here is a 2021-22 monthly turn-in calendar, in formats for downloading and editing.

Seeking Cover Art for “Heights”

Thank you to all the students that have submitted their creative work to MEA’s Literary Magazine, Heights! For the time being we are not taking any more work submissions as we finish up preparing the winter issue.

We are now seeking cover art for the “Heights” winter issue! Cover art submission form

All cover artwork is due by February 12th, the theme is home, and the issue is digital, so students should keep that in mind when submitting work. Also, the work should not exceed the size of 8.5 by 11 inches.

For any questions please email the Heights Editor-in-Chief, Jody Huege, at

Student Feedback Needed

The MEA Mental Health Club is looking for student feedback on two projects we are currently developing. Please read the description and fill out the questions located in the google form below. Feel free to contact Leena Iwamoto at with any questions or comments.

Form link:

Senior Portraits

Dear Class of 2022,

Senior portraits for MEA will be taken at Chula Vista Photo and there is now one more block of time for our seniors to have their portraits taken.


  • Friday, February 4, 9:00-10:30am
  • If unable to make this time, please call the studio to arrange a different time.


Chula Vista Photo Studio / 371 Third Avenue, Chula Vista / 619-422-9281

Seeking donations of cameras & music gear

The technology and music departments are sending out a call for any working gear that you may consider donating to MEA. The technology department is especially looking for digital and video cameras! The music department is looking to build our instrument library as well. If you have any instruments that you would consider donating we will do our best to place them in the hands of students and use them to expand our offerings. We also have a working rock band on campus if you have microphones, stands, amps, pedals, cables, etc. please consider MEA.

If you have things to donate, please drop them off in the office.

Yearbook Cover Contest

All students are invited to enter their art in our yearbook cover contest! The winner will receive a yearbook and their artwork will be displayed on the front cover! Even if your entry is not used on the cover, it may still be used in other places throughout the book.

Contest details and guidelines

Articulation Meetings for 2022-2023

From February 9 - March 25, students in grades 5-11 will have the opportunity to plan their classes for next school year.

Grades 5, 6, 7

  • Students will review articulation sheets/course options with Ms. Patterson during English class this month and parents should go over course options with their student(s) at home.

  • Students must submit the articulation sheet with parent approval to Ms. Patterson through Google Classroom.

  • Please contact your child’s supervising teacher with questions.

Articulation Sheets:

Incoming 6th graders

Incoming 7th graders

Incoming 8th graders

Grades 8, 9, 10, 11

  • All 8th -11th graders must make an appointment to meet with Mr. Rubin between February 9 through March 25. Please reserve a conference time at this link to discuss courses for next year, graduation and college entrance requirements, and community college courses.

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

  • 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 do not need to return an articulation sheet, but should be prepared to share their course requests with Mr. Rubin during their appointment with him.

  • For questions, please contact Mr. Rubin.

Articulation Sheets:

Incoming 9th graders

Incoming 10th graders

Incoming 11th graders

Incoming 12th graders

Find all courses being offered next year here: Master Course List 2022-2023

Sign up for articulation meeting with Mr. Rubin.

Succulent Arrangements Fundraiser

We still have plenty of succulent arrangements offered at the front of school. This is a fundraiser for our gardens/chickens, as we are always in need of inputs for both areas—food for chickens, worm castings for the gardens, and more!

Valentine’s Day and Easter are coming up—these are great, affordable gifts for your loved ones.

Suggested minimum donation is $5.

There is a box just inside the office, near Ms. Ramos. Please feel free to drop donations there.

The Coop Group students thank you in advance!

Covid-19 Health & Safety

Please remember to do a symptom check for your student prior to sending them to school and do not send students to school if they are exhibiting any symptoms.

We have had many Covid related absences and will do everything we can to not cancel classes. Please be on the lookout for communications from your teachers through email and google classroom in case of emergencies.

Surgical-grade masks are now required for all employees. Students are still required to wear a mask and are now strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers with a nose wire.

We encourage you to sign your student up to get tested on the MEA campus, every Tuesday from 12:00-2:30. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Complete the opt-in process to allow the testers to conduct weekly testing.

  2. Register and consent in the Primary.Health Portal in order to be tested.

For the most up-to-date Covid guidelines, please see the San Diego County’s decision tree. If in doubt, please reach out to the office to answer any questions you may have.​​

Pfizer Booster for ages 12-15

As of 1/3/22 the FDA cleared the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 booster dose for children ages 12 to 15.


Recording of Brave New World

On 1/10/22 the MEA Foundation in partnership with UCSD Extension offered the workshop “The Brain, Social Media and Gaming Addiction.” For parents that weren’t able to attend, a video of that workshop is now available.

Link to recording

Passcode: MtEverest1!

MEA Foundation

MEA Foundation website

What do we do? The simple answer is, we raise funds to support MEA where funds are not available from the district and we organize volunteer efforts to bring workshops, our talent show, teacher appreciation and so much more. We fund music, art supplies, campus improvements, garden, school events, curriculum support and teacher supplements and grants. Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year for MEA.

Please consider making a donation to MEA Foundation. Check if your employer offers corporate matches to double your donation.

Volunteers are needed for the Foundation. We need help with updating the website, organizing a directory for parents, writing grants and fundraising efforts. Please email for more information.


MEA Foundation is fully registered with AmazonSmile as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. When you shop at AmazonSmile, will donate to MEA Foundation at no cost to you!


We know MEA students and families are involved in so many things outside of school. Do you have something fun or interesting to share? Please send your stories and images to share for "The Good Stuff" in upcoming Monday messages to Linda Ele at We want to hear from you!

Guten Tag from Kyra

Hello there MEA!

Greetings from Germany! For those of you who don't already know, I'm an MEA student spending her sophomore year abroad. I've just recently reached the halfway mark, and I'm having the time of my life. I attend a German "Gymnasium" and live with my host family in Chemnitz, Saxony. So far I've been able to visit Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, and plan on soon visiting Southern Germany, and possibly Prague! Life here is totally different, but is beginning to really feel like home. When I first stepped foot on German land, my German was VERY limited (like I really only knew "Where's the bathroom?" limited), but now I'm able to engage in daily conversations and participate in class discussions. But don't get me wrong, I definitely still sound totally American. I've been able to make some friends, and really get to know people here. Being an exchange student definitely isn't all sunshine and rainbows though (trust me getting lost on public transport for 3 hours with no phone or german knowledge isn't the move), but it's sure giving me some great stories to tell.

I'm having so much fun here that I wanted to share it the best I can with you guys back at MEA, so I connected my English teacher here in Germany, with our amazing German teacher Mr. Spiegelberg back at MEA. They've organized a Penpal writing project, where MEA students will write to us in German, and my class will write back in English! The class here is very excited, they're interested in life back in sunny San Diego, and also in Mr. Spiegelberg's Swiss-German. I can't wait to see how things turn out, and how long some of these Penpals last!

Much love back to you guys at MEA, I miss you all and will see you later! Tschuss!

Kyra Boyd

PS: There's a link to some photos of my adventures below, and I post updates on my instagram if you're interested! You can reach me there if you have any questions about germany :) @____k.y.r.a____.

See photos from Kyra

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Daily Mindfulness & Meditation

Elementary Art

Music with Mr. Johnson


Covid-19 Protocols for Elementary Students

Our goal is to offer as many elementary extracurriculars as possible even though parents cannot be on campus to supervise children like usual. If dropping off for an extracurricular, please sign your child in at the front office. If students are staying past their studygroup time to attend supervised lunch and afternoon extracurricular, you will note that on the sign in sheet.

PALS Tutoring

Wednesdays & Thursdays / 12:30-1:45 / Room 6

Trained tutors are ready to help you get your classwork done. All students grades K-12 who would like some extra help can come to room 6 every Wednesday and Thursday during 4th period (12:30-1:45pm). All grades are welcome, as we have tutors for all grade levels. PALS is a great way to build community and academic skills!

Parents, K-5 students attending PALS must arrive with a check-in form so tutors know what to work on with your child and you receive a report on how things went. (Extra forms will be available when you drop off in case you forget or can't print one at home.)

  • K-5 students attending studygroup and PALS on the same day should be signed in when parents drop off at 9am. Parents must indicate if their student is staying for supervised lunch and PALS
  • K-5 students attending ONLY PALS on any given day should be signed in outside the front office.
  • 6-12 students can report directly to Room 6.

Music classes with Mr. Johnson

These classes are held every Tuesday. Please sign your child in at the front office and note which class(es) they will be attending.

  • 8:05- 8:55 - Beginning Band
  • 9:05- 9:55 - Choir
  • 10:05- 10:55 - Advanced Band
  • 11:05 - 11:55 - Music theory (for upper grades)
  • 12:30- 1:20 - Advanced Strings (open to secondary)
  • 1:35- 2:25 - Beginning Strings
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Academic League • Ally Action • Anime • Chess • Coop Group • Daily Mindfulness & Meditation • Gaming • German • GSA • Literary Magazine • MathCounts • Mental Health • Music with Mr. Johnson • PALS • Rubik's Cube • Sherpa’s Jam Band • Spanish Conversation • Sports Club • Young Investors Club

GSA Club

Wednesdays, Feb. 2 & Feb. 16


GSA Club meets this week! - We are the Gender and Sexuality Alliance! Everyone is welcome! Come hang out with us in an open, accepting, and loving environment - the more the merrier! 12 - 12:30 on every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the work month in the garden outside of Room 1 (for month 6 these dates are February 2nd and 16th). Bring your lunch and learn more about the LGBT+ community, plan and participate in actions, and build an inclusive community for all. Allies are encouraged to join. Ms. Mullen and Mr. Nielsen are the facilitators, and the student leaders are Jade Myers and Jody Huege. Hope to see you there!



Ms. Pachon's art students learn one-point perspective drawing doing a plein-air sketch of the school building.

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Transplanting Pumpkin Seedlings

Ms. Patterson’s 5th graders experienced an additional garden day, working with Miss Shannon in the “pumpkin graveyard” at school.

Since the area behind the large pine tree (chicken coop garden area) became the “drop and chop” location for the fall festival pumpkins (from the catapult and pumpkin painting station), some seeds have sprouted!

Miss Shannon asked the 5th graders if they believed they could transplant some of the seedlings and move them to a sunnier location—and they were up to the challenge!

The students mixed soil (wheelbarrows of compost and raised bed soil), chose the seedlings they wanted to save, re-planted them, and moved them to the front garden.

The re-potted pumpkin seedlings are currently placed in trays of water to allow a wicking action to keep them hydrated.

Only time will tell if we are able to harvest pumpkins from these seedlings in 110+ days!

That will be quite an early harvest!

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Parent Workshops

Thursdays 5:30pm to 7:30pm

from January 6 to February 24, 2022

Parent Workshops flyer

The San Diego Unified School District and Carlsbad Unified School District invite parents to participate in a series of workshops where they will receive up to date information about what happens in our community, helping to raise young people who are successful in school and life in general.

School Spirit Store

Parents are now able to use SchoolCash Online to buy and pay for items using Visa/Visa Debit and Mastercard/Mastercard Debit. We are currently selling school spirit wear and other fundraising items like lanyards, water bottles and DVDs. Simply order online and then come pick up your purchase in the MEA front office.

Please create an account to access our online catalog.

Meet with School Counselor

For students and parents that would like to meet with Mr. Rubin, our school counselor, please sign up for an appointment.

SDUSD Covid Testing Acknowledgement Form

This is a reminder that all families are required to make a choice on Covid testing at the start of the new school year. Every family must complete the form (access link below) and submit their response online at this time for each student. Free Covid testing in school not only helps prevent the spread of the virus, but it also helps more students stay in school and continue their education.

Covid-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form

(Note: A PowerSchool Username and Password will be required to complete the form. If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact Ms. Ramos in the front office.)

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