Monday Message


Choosing Classes for 2019-20

From February 1-28, students in grades 5-11 will have the opportunity to plan their classes for the next school year.

Articulation sheets

(Choose the grade the student will be in next year)

Mt. Everest Academy Master Course list for 2019-2020

Grades 5, 6, 7

Students will receive articulation sheets listing course options for next year during study groups the week of February 4. 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

All 8th -11th graders must make an appointment to meet with Mr. Zappala during the month of February. Please reserve a conference time at this link to discuss courses for next year, graduation and college entrance requirements, and community college courses. 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.

Other plans for next year?

Students planning to attend another school next year should please let their supervising teachers know.


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MEA Science Fair

Thursday, January 31 / 11:00-12:45 / Auditorium

We want to welcome the MEA Family and Community to our 5th Annual Science Fair. It will be an informal gathering, showcasing a wide variety of student investigations into what nature is doing all around us.

Please come, enjoy light refreshments, mingle, and talk with students, parents, and friends.

The students near their projects very much want to let you know what they found out, and welcome your thoughts and comments.

We thank you greatly for doing this.

We also invite interested parents and community members to help judge some projects any time from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, January 29.

If you are interested, please contact Norm Negus (, Huy Tran (, or Athena Apazidis (,

Grateful to have you with us,

MEA Staff and Students

Activity Changes this Week

Due to the preparations and presentation of the Science Fair this week, the following changes have been made to extracurricular activities:


  • Jam Band with Mr. Fisher on Tuesday
  • Jam Band with Mr. Nielsen on Tuesday
  • META (Mt. Everest Trend Association) on Tuesday
  • Improv on Tuesday

  • Rubik's Cube on Wednesday


Tuesday, January 29

  • ASL at 11:30 - moved to B-15
  • MathCounts at 1:50 - moved to B-15
  • ASB at 1:50 - moved to Room B16

Wednesday, January 30

  • All music classes with Mr. Johnson - moved to Room B-15

Thursday, January 31

  • Yoga (grades 7 and up) at 9:30 - moved to Auditorium Stage
  • Yoga (grades K-6) at 1:00 - moved to Auditorium Stage

Academic League Competition

Thursday, January 31 / 7:00 pm / OLP

The MEA Academic League with Coach Cate will meet at Our Lady of Peace this Thursday to compete with their Academic League. Answering a series of questions for all core subjects, the contestants try to outwit and out-maneuver their opponents in a set of matches to reach the finals. Come out and support our team!

Field Day

Tuesday, February 5 / 2:00-4:00 / MEA Blacktop

All MEA students & families welcome!

Food! Fun! Inflatable jumpy obstacle course!

Schedule of games TBA – All run by MEA ASB students!


Due to the Field Day event happening at the same time, Elementary Spanish Enrichment will be cancelled on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, February 13 / 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

Senior Portraits

Thursday, February 14 / 11:30-1:30 / Auditorium

Lifetouch Photography will be coming to Mt. Everest Academy to take Senior Portraits. Seniors, you may choose what you'd like to wear; Lifetouch will supply Caps/Gowns and Tuxedos/Drapes, or you may wear your own clothes. Portrait packages will range from $24-$62. The portraits will be used in the yearbook. Please plan to be there!

Contact Linda Ele,, with any questions.

(K-6) Classics 4 Kids Concert

Friday, March 15 / 11:45 am / Balboa Theatre, downtown

Reservation Deadline: Friday, February 22

We have 20 tickets available for grades K-6 and parents to the following Classics for Kids- Patterns in Music. This concert has a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) focus.

Tickets are $7.00 per person. Sign up and pay in the front office. CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE PLEASE! For questions, please contact Nancy Mullen at


SaveAround Coupon Book Fundraiser

On sale until Tuesday, February 5

The ASB is hosting a fundraiser selling SaveAround coupon books and we'd love it if you could help us. The coupon books have a ton of great deals for the San Diego area that last all of 2019. Anyone at MEA can help by selling books or by buying one. The books cost $25 each and half of the money goes to MEA. If you sell five books you get one free. If you are interested in buying a book or helping us sell please see Mr. Nielsen in room 6. The end of the fundraiser is February 5th.

Academic League Wins

Our Mt. Everest Academy Academic League won its first match of the season! They beat out the reigning city champs, Mission Bay High School, with a final score of 250-215. Congratulations MEA team!

Legoland tickets are here

Hello MEA families that signed up to go to Legoland on Friday, February 8! Your tickets have arrived and can be picked up from the front office. Enjoy your Legoland adventure!

Appreciation Treats Postponed

To All Families Earning See’s Treats,

I am sorry to say I have to reschedule until next week, February 5, 6,7. I am sick and won’t be on campus this week. See you next week!
Miss Barb

Astronomy Research Seminar

Boyce-Astro will be conducting the DoubleSTARS Astronomy Research Seminars online and in classrooms at several locations for the Spring Semester 2019. Students will propose and conduct original research in astrometry as a team member and complete a research paper accepted for publication. They will experience the scientific process from proposal all the way through to publication. Boyce-Astro astronomy students have published over 30 papers in the past two years.

For Mt. Everest Academy students, as well as being a good learning experience, the completion of the Astronomy project can take the place of the normal Semester 1 Science Fair Project requirement here. The time commitment for each is about the same.

One of our seniors, Skylar L., took the program a couple of years ago and this is her feedback, which is also on the Boyce-Astro website:

As a high school student with a passion for science and Astronomy, I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to research under the expert guidance and support of Boyce-Astro. Learning that my research will soon be published has been the highlight of my education so far and will add valuable substance to my college applications.
Skylar L., Sophomore, Mount Everest Academy

Want to learn more about this program? Skylar will have a table set up at this Thursday’s Science Fair and would be happy to share her experiences and information with you.

Shells for Science

During month 6, Mrs. Apazidis' APES class will be researching how ocean acidification affects shelled marine organisms, and they are in need of shell samples from marine organisms of San Diego. If it's convenient for you to gather some shells from the beaches of San Diego for this experiment, please email Mrs. Apazidis at and let her know

The shells do not have to be whole (although preferred). The project will simulate an acidic environment, which as you may already know, will sacrifice the integrity of the shell. Don’t donate “pretty” samples, they will be destroyed! Of course it's preferable to keep shells at the beach…but...Science!

Thanks for your help!

"Grab-N-Go" Lunches

Mt. Everest Academy has lunches available in the office three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday. Lunches cost $2.75 or are free to students who qualify on the free/reduced lunch application. Apply online for free/reduced lunches.

Where in the world is Ms. Pachon?

Catch up on Ms. Pachon's latest escapades!

  • Exploring Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world
  • Touring the Cambodian Landmine Museum
  • Visiting another animal welfare organization, Pagoda Cats
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Please find the most up-to-date schedule on our website, This schedule is a work in-progress; we will continue to add to and fine-tune the schedule as needed.


YOGA for grades 7-12, staff, and parents has moved to 10:45-11:45 on Thursdays.

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at We are looking for folks wanting to share talents in science, technology, robotics, and the arts! All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

Jr. Modern Quilt Guild

Tuesday, January 29 / 12:00 / MakerSpace

For students in 7th to 12th grade, the first meeting of the newly-formed Jr. Modern Quilt Guild will be happening in the MakerSpace during lunch at 12:00 p.m this Tuesday. The meeting will be a quick one to let interested students know what this new sewing club is about.

Mt. Everest Gaming Association (MEGA)

Thursdays / 1:50-3:00 / Room 17B

This Thursday, 1/31/19, is the first meeting of MEGA (Mt. Everest Gaming Association). Come play games and hang out!

Open to grades 6 and above.

No meeting during turn-in week.

Spanish Enrichment

Tuesdays / 2:00-2:55 / Room 9

Below is a rousing game of Pato pato ganso in Elementary Spanish Enrichment. So much fun!

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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!

Learn about Mesa College

Saturday, March 16 / 8:30-1:00 / Mesa College

"JUMPSTART YOUR SUCCESS" is free and includes:

  • Presentations from academic programs
  • Workshops on transfer, career, financial aid and much more
  • Find out about services and programs to help you successd
  • Campus tours with student ambassadors

Link to more information and to register

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January Library Challenge

Click here for the challenge

It can be a jungle inside the library if you don’t know where you’re going. Turn in this scavenger hunt by 1:00 on January 31st and get a prize! Carefully maneuver around the library, answering the questions below and learning about the way our library is organized. Beware of bookworms!



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