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Students, this will be a great opportunity to share your talents for a grand evening of entertainment and we want to see YOUR fabulous talent on stage!


Submit application and video

Monday, May 21, 12:30-3:00 - Rehearsal for Act 1

Tuesday, May 22, 12:30-3:00 - Rehearsal for Act 2

Wednesday, May 23, 12:30-? - Run through for all acts

Thursday, May 24, evening - Showtime!

Click here for the talent show application, where you can upload a video of your act. This application is also linked from our home page. Due to time constraints, the show will have a limited number of slots available for performances. Applications will be taken into consideration on a first-come, first-served basis. For any questions, please contact Mr. Eric Nielsen at

Stagehands and MC's are also needed! If you'd like to help out in this way, please contact Mr. Eric Nielsen at


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Parents Help Needed for Silent Auction


We currently have donations from businesses coming in and will be collecting more. We will need parent volunteers to organize donations into baskets so they can be auctioned off during the Talent Show. Will you be able to help? Please contact Principal Browne at

Silent Auction Contributions

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. Each grade level teacher is collecting items for a silent auction theme basket. Any items you can contribute to your supervising teacher’s (or any other teacher’s) silent auction basket would be greatly appreciated! Please see the themes listed below, or if a teacher's theme isn't listed, please ask him/her. Also, if you own a business and would like to donate a service or basket item, please let us know!

Teacher Basket Themes

Becerra, Erin - Dining Out!

Finney, Rachel - Toys for Girls (more specifics to follow), Pokemon, Superheroes

Greenwood, Jim - Games Galore

Mech, Deborah - Wellness

Nielsen, Eric - Music

Pachon, Trudy - I Love Coffee

Patterson, Linda - Cultural Food Basket

Rice, Laurel - Foodie Delight

Rodenberg, Kris - Italian Dinner Night

Spiegelberg, Daniel - Outdoor Activities

Tran, Huy - Video Games

Yssel, Flo - Arts & Crafts

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 4/22?)
  • Photography (Are you a photographer looking to donate a session and get some advertising by putting your name out in our event?)

This is an ASB sponsored event and all donations go directly back to our student body. Thank you in advance for supporting our school!


Heritage Festival Pictures

Mrs. Becerra's 3rd and 4th graders made and presented displays of their ethnic background to parents and other students. Then the students performed international dances they had learned: the Mexican Hat Dance, Patty Cake Polka, and a traditional Macedonian folk dance. After the presentations and dancing, everyone enjoyed delicious ethnic food dishes!

See more pictures from the Heritage Festival

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High School Art

by Anthony Q., grade 12
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Testing/Class Calendar for May 2018


Here is the testing/class calendar for the month of May, which will affect all students' schedules. Please review it carefully!

This week, May 7 - May 11

  • AP Exams will be taking place all week, Monday through Friday
  • There will be no AP study groups
  • All other elementary and secondary study groups and extracurricular activities will be held as usual.
  • In consideration of students taking their AP exams, please be quiet on campus and avoid playing on the upper elementary playground.

High School Prom

Friday, May 11 / 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. This year's theme is "Moonlight Garden." All high school students are invited and encouraged to prom date needed!

You may make your reservation in advance for a discount:

  • $30 (purchase from 4/2 - 5/4)
  • $35 (purchase from 5/7 - 5/10)

To make your reservation, please bring this permission form with a parent's signature and payment to the front office. This form is also available in the front office. Please pay with either cash (EXACT CHANGE ONLY) or a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy." Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The yacht club is located at 1215 El Carmel Pl, San Diego, CA 92109.

RRR for 10th graders

May 22, 23, 24 / 9:00-12:00 / Room 17A

For 10th grade parents:

Here is a letter from Principal Browne regarding the Rights, Respect, and Responsibility class that will be taught at Mt. Everest Academy by Ms. Pachon.

Parent Preview Available:

Tuesday, May 8 / 9:00-12:00 / Room 17A

Tuesday, May 15 / 9:00-12:00 / Room 17A

SHEP RRR on SDUSD website:

Talent Showcase & Silent Auction

Thursday, May 24 / 5:00 / Auditorium

Calling all students, parents, staff, families, and friends to come enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment at Mt. Everest Academy’s annual Talent Show & Silent Auction! Students from grades K-12 will showcase their talents, there will be free light refreshments and drinks, and the Silent Auction will have exciting gift baskets and gift certificates to bid on. This is Mt. Everest’s biggest fundraiser event of the year, and one hundred percent of all funds raised will directly benefit student learning and school activities.

5:00: Refreshments and Silent Auction bidding

6:00: Show starts

Tickets: $5

  • Tickets may be purchased ahead of time in the office (by check or cash-exact change please)
  • Performers and stagehands get in free.

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Link to calendar on school website

AP Exams: May 7-18

High School Prom: May 11

CAASPP / SBAC Testing, grades 7, 8, 11: May 21-24

RRR Lifeskills/Sexual Education Classes, grades 8, 9, 10: May 21-24

Talent Showcase / Silent Auction: May 24

Art Show: May 31

MEA Family Picnic: June 1

Kindergarten Promotion: June 5

5th & 8th grade Promotion: June 6

Senior Graduation: June 8

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

Seeking Student Artwork

Mt. Everest will be having a Student Art Show on May 31, showcasing art from all MEA students.

Artwork from ALL students is welcome! (not just from Ms. Flo's art students)

Students, to prepare your work for display, please click this link for the art submission form. Then you can bring the form and your artwork to Ms. Flo in room 10. Submissions need to be turned in by Friday, May 18, and just one art submission per student, please. For any questions, contact Ms. Flo at

Online Surveys for Seniors


For seniors that have not yet submitted the 2 online surveys, please do so now. The surveys are part of your graduation requirements that are listed on the Graduation Checklist.

MEA Senior Survey: fill out the MEA survey online

Naviance Graduation Survey: sign into your Naviance account using your student ID and active directory password. Then click the ABOUT ME tab, and then on GRADUATION SURVEY on the left side of the page.

All graduation events, information, and requirements are also linked from our school homepage.

If there's any problem with the survey links, please let Linda Ele know at


Did you lose this brown hat? Please let Linda Ele know if it's is yours at It's waiting for you in the computer lab (room 6).


Are you enjoying all that MEA has to offer? Do you have something nice to say about your school? Please share your thoughts on Let’s get the word out about all the wonderful things about MEA!

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7-11

National Teacher Appreciation Week

Are you grateful for MEA teachers?

Show them this week with an email, a card, a spoken word of thanks, or a small token of your appreciation.

We are so very fortunate to have such passionate and caring teachers, let them know you are glad they are at MEA!

Returning to Mt. Everest Academy next year?

If you are planning on returning to Mt. Everest Academy next year, please come to the office to pick up your 2018-19 enrollment packet. These forms must be completed every year. Return completed forms and a current proof of address (i.e. SDG&E, water, cable, or phone bill) to the office ASAP but not later than Friday, May 11.

If you are moving or are planning on attending a different school, please stop by the office and let Norma know, or call her at 858-496-8778. Thank you.

California School Parent Survey

Dear Mt. Everest Academy Parents,

Please take a moment to read this letter regarding the California School Parent Survey. This is an opportunity to share your opinions about the climate of our school. The data is used in a variety of ways including as an indicator on the CA School Dashboard and as evidence for our accreditation process.

It is imperative that we have a high participation rate so please take a moment to complete the survey online at this link:

If you would prefer, paper copies can be found at the front office.

Please note that parents only need to complete and return one survey - for your oldest child attending Mt. Everest Academy. Thank you!

More info at

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

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!

Summer School

For parents that received a summer school email

If you received an email from Mr. Zappala regarding your student attending summer school, please either contact Mr. Zappala or return this summer school application to him as soon as you can. Thank you.

Still need to choose classes for next year?

For grades 8-11

If you have not yet met with Mr. Zappala to plan your classes for 2018-19, please go see him!

Articulation sheets are available on our school website.

********** 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 All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

No Garden Explorations This Week

Garden Explorations: Cancelled this week! But all are welcome to explore the garden and harvest the yummy strawberries and snap peas that are ripening! Gentle reminder: hold stem with one hand while breaking off fruit/veggie with other hand to ensure plant isn't broken. :)

Blues on the Green

Blues guitar lessons with parent Joey Carano!
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******************* LIBRARY *******************

May Library Challenge

Bookmark Design Contest

The library is having a bookmark design contest! Students, enter your best idea for a bookmark. The theme is “So much to see. So much to do. @ your library®”

There will be one winner per grade level group: K-3, 4-8, and 9-12.


  • Submit idea by 12:30pm on Thursday, May 10
  • Students vote for their favorites from May 14-18
  • Winners announced on May 22

Click for Bookmark Design flyer that has the dimensions of the bookmark.

Library Due Dates

LIBRARY MATERIALS (books, DVDs, Phonics Readers, Time Readers) are due by Thursday, May 24.

TEXTBOOKS are due as soon as you are finished with them, or by June 13 at the latest.

For SENIORS: All textbook and library materials are due by Tuesday, June 5

(see Graduation Checklist)

To see what you've got checked out, CLICK HERE and follow the steps below:

Click on LOGIN on the upper right corner

Enter your school username and password

Click on MY INFO

************ STUDENT SPOTLIGHT ************

As Mt. Everest Academy offers students the “flexibility to pursue your passion,” our school has a wealth of students that are pursuing their passions while meeting their educational goals. The "Student Spotlight" is a way to share some of the exciting endeavors our students are involved in with the rest of our school, and a way for students to learn about other students with similar interests.

If you've got a student accomplishment or special activity that can be included in a Monday Message, please email it to Linda Ele,

MEA elementary students play Copley Symphony Hall

This month Lily Stock and Olive Stock played Violin at Copley Symphony Hall in Downtown San Diego for two separate events.

The first was for SDSU Live Downtown and the second was a private celebration to welcome the new conductor of the San Diego Symphony, Maestro Payare.


Stabilizing the umbrella for Mr. Goldwater.

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Debut Instrumental and Choral Honor Concert

Thursday, May 10 / 7:00 pm / Pt. Loma Nazarene University

Several of our students will be performing this week in the SDUSD Debut Instrumental and Choral Honor Concert! Each student had to go through an audition process to be accepted.

  • Adam Shaheen - violin
  • Yosif Shaheen - violin
  • Devan Yasuhara - viola
  • Hiro Yasuhara - violin
  • Jon Neynaber - violin
  • Ian Neynaber - flute (principal)
  • Enzo Moscola - french horn

Everyone is invited to attend!

Brown Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Drive, SD 92106

Concert Flyer

Seeking Student Contributions to local newspaper

A new newspaper has started in our area, "Clairemont Connections." One of their goals is to include information about local schools in their publication. We anticipate sharing happenings at Mt. Everest Academy in their paper.

March 2018 issue

April 2018 issue

STUDENTS: If you'd like to contribute an article about our school to "Clairemont Connections," please contact Linda Ele at to get specifications on what the newspaper is looking for: type of article, length, and photos.


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