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Science Fair

Last Thursday in the Auditorium we saw a very good display of Science Fair projects that just about covered the gamut of 16 different fields of study in Science, Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics. We were only missing projects in Computer Science and Mathematics. There were close to 90 projects for viewing and interacting with the students who conducted those investigations. What a pleasure. Kudos to these young minds!

If students got a first or a second on their project we hope they will strongly consider trying to go to the next level by applying to enter their project in the 64th Annual Greater San Diego Science And Engineering Fair in Balboa Park, March 13-18, 2018. The deadline for their entry is February 9. They should check with their Science Teacher to get the details they need to complete that process. Also a good place to explore is

We have seen that all the students who participated in our Science Fair are good at exploring, and congratulations to them for doing so!

~ MEA Science Department

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First meeting of the ASL club

Wednesday, February 7 / 12:00 / Room 6

See the extracurricular activities section below for details about this new American Sign Language club.

Field Day

Friday, February 9 / 12:30-2:30 pm

Come join teachers and ASB students as we have fun being active outdoors together! The highlight of this year is a jumpy obstacle course! All students can jump the first time for free. After that, it's $1 per time through or you can buy a wristband for $5 for unlimited runs.

Come play games like soccer and flag football; join Ms. Flo at the parachute then check out the relay races and 3 legged race! We'll also have races, pig ball with Mr. Cate and wall ball! MEA t-shirts and water bottles will be available for sale.

Join in our fun community event! Snacks will be provided and ice cream will be available for $1. There is also a photo booth for $1 a trip. All money goes to support the ASB!

SSC Meeting

Wednesday, February 14 / 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

Visit to Canyon Villas

Friday, February 16 / 2:00-3:00

Canyon Villas, 4282 Balboa Ave.

To participate in this visit, please RSVP to Ms. Barb ( by this Friday, Feb. 9.

Hooray! February 16th will be our first visit to Canyon Villas to visit with the folks at the senior center! We'll be there from 2-3 and as it is our first meeting we'll do a game or two that the seniors are comfortable with and like to play already. Our maximum number for all of us is 15 participants so please let me know asap that you would like to join us. Canyon Villas is located just east of the Goodwill on Balboa Avenue so just before the intersection of Balboa Avenue and Clairemont Drive. I'd like to bring them something from us but I'm thinking about that. I'd love any of your ideas !:) Any questions, please contact Ms Barb at

San Diego Whale Watching Trip

Friday, February 23 / 10:00-1:00 pm / H & M Landing

Adults: $19.00 (cash only, exact change please!)

Students: $15.00 (cash only, exact change please!)

Please plan to pay and reserve your spot by Friday, February 9 with Norma in the front office.

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

For questions, please contact Erin Becerra,

More information:

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.

Beauty and the Beast

Friday, March 2 / 10:00am

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

4126 Executive Drive , La Jolla

Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the beloved musical "Beauty and the Beast" performed by the JCompany Youth Theatre! The cost is $8 for both students and adults. Please bring cash (EXACT CHANGE) or check to Norma in the front office by Tuesday, February 20 to reserve your spot.

MEA students Brendan D, 9th grader, Neelu N, 6th grader, and Neeku N, 4th grader, are in this production!

  • Limited spots are available, so reservations will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.
  • Transportation will not be provided to or from the venue.
  • Students are invited to be dropped off and left under Mrs. Finney’s supervision.
  • Parents are asked to pick their child up promptly after the performance. (More info. to come as to by what time.)

Modern Masters of Latin America Art Exhibit

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

Vengan a ver el arte latinoamericano.

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.

  • Students should arrange their own transportation to the park/museum. Elementary students should be accompanied by an adult.
  • All students in 6th-12th grade that are not accompanied by an adult are required to turn in a field trip permission slip to Mr. Cate. Form attached here, or get a physical copy from Mr. Cate.
  • We will meet in front of the Natural History Museum (closest point to the eastern parking lots) at 10:00am and walk together over to the Museum of Art. Link to map for our meeting point
  • Students should bring a lunch and plan to be picked up (in front of Natural History Museum) before 1pm.
  • Students in Spanish classes will have the opportunity to earn extra credit through their participation.
  • Students will have free admission. Adult Admission=$15
  • Questions? Please contact Mr. Cate at

(K-6) Classics 4 Kids Concert

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

If you’d like tickets, please sign up and pay with Norma in the front office (CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE PLEASE!) by 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. For questions, please contact Mrs. Becerra at

Classics 4 Kids partners with San Diego Baroque Soloists for this awesome concert that links music of JS Bach to the music of today. Featuring special guest musicians playing instruments from the 1600’s, this concert will cover a range of fun topics, such as the technology, innovation, and engineering behind Baroque instruments, and the similarities of music from then and now. Mr. Bach makes an appearance to show how his music can really rock.

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

Fitnessgram week: February 26-March 2

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 **************

National School Counselor Week

This is National School Counselor Week! We are thankful for all the wonderful support and guidance Mr. Zappala brings to Mt. Everest Academy.

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No nuts in rooms 10, 11, 12

Due to students with severe allergies, we are asking everyone (students, staff, and parents) that goes into rooms 10, 11, and 12 to not take in any foods with nuts or nut products. We thank you for complying with this!

Cap & gown questions for seniors

Hi Seniors! Preparations have begun for graduation! Mrs. Vivian Sink needs to know your height, your weight, and if you plan to borrow or buy your cap and gown. If you are buying your set, she also needs your home address so the gown company can bill you. Please email her as soon as possible at Thank you!

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!!

Engineer of the Month

Congrats to Mae B., January's Engineer of the Month!

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Tower O'Power

Make sure to stop by the Makerspace for this month's challenge: Tower O' Power (Take 2)!

Lids Wanted

Keep those lids coming to the Makerspace! We need LOTS more for our garden art this spring. When recycling that pickle, jelly, or pasta sauce jar, KEEP the lid and bring it to the Makerspace. We have a big box just waiting to receive your lids and caps. thank you!

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.

Below, ASB students promote the coupon books in study groups.

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AP Test Registration

AP exams will be given at Mt. Everest Academy from Monday, May 7 through 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.

Lost & Found

If you've lost something, please remember to check the lost & found in the office!

************* 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!

Community College Workshop

Monday, February 12 / 12:00 noon / Room 6

SENIORS! If you're considering attending Mesa, City, or Miramar college in the Fall make sure you attend the community college workshop on Monday, February 12 at noon in Room 6 (the computer lab). An admissions representative will be here to go over the advantages and options of community college. He will also assist with online registration, steps to enrollment, financial aid, scholarships, and transfer information. Parents are welcome to attend also.

MLKCCSD Scholarship

Scholarships are offered by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir San Diego (MLKCCSD). If you will be majoring in the areas of visual and performing arts apply to for a chance at scholarships ranging from between $1,500-$3,500. March 5th is the deadline “

CalRTA Scholarship

The California Retired Teachers’ Association (CalRTA) is offering $2,000 scholarships to students. Apply at The deadline is March 21st.

FAFSA & Cal-Grant

Deadline March 2

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

California Scholarship Federation, Inc.

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 students 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 will also be hosting a brief workshop soon, explaining more about CSF, membership requirements, and any other questions you might have!

Looking forward to what this semester has in store!


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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.

American Sign Language Club

Wednesdays / 12:00 / Room 6

Have you ever thought about learning what sign language is all about? Did you know you that sign language meets the high school graduation world language requirement? If so, come and learn all about American Sign Language beginning this Wednesday at 12:00 in room 6 (the computer lab).

Pokemon Reminder

Wednesday, February 7 / 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!

Introduction to Coding

Wednesdays / 12:30-1:30 / Room 7

The meeting time has been changed to Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30. The location is still in Room 7 (Makerspace).

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February: Did You Know...?

Did you know that Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) was born in Adams, Massachusetts on February 15? A pioneer in women's rights, she worked tirelessly for woman suffrage (right to vote) and in 1872 was arrested after voting (illegally) in the presidential election. She was commemorated in 1979 with the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, thus became the first American woman to have her image on a U.S. coin.

Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote—a right known as woman suffrage. At the time the U.S. was founded, its female citizens did not share all of the same rights as men, including the right to vote.

Come to the library to learn more!

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February Library Challenge

For the February Library Challenge, let us know why you love your MEA library! Click here for the challenge form, or pick one up in the library. Turn your completed form into the library by 12:30 Thursday, February 8 to receive a prize!


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

Library BookIt! webpage

CYRMN: "The Book with No Pictures"

"The Book with No Pictures," is the fourth California Young Reader Medal Nominee (CYRMN) book for grades K-3 to be read during Library Time. One more CYRM Nominee book will be read next week. If you are interested in participating and having a voice in the winner of your grade level, be sure to come in to the Library and look at all the great CYRM Nominees for K-8th grade! Cast your vote to Ms. Vivian by March 29th to be included in the ballot.

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(K-6) Water Conservation Poster Contest

Calling all 1st through 6th grade students…the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department is looking for the next Michelangelo through the 18th Annual Kids’ Water Conservation Poster Contest. This year’s theme is: How Am I A Water Conservation Hero? Everyday you have a chance to save water from being wasted. Draw a picture of you being a “Water Hero” saving water!

Please turn in your posters to your supervising teacher.

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

Bringing lemonade to a new MEA student.
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