Mt. Everest "Tuesday" Message

Sept. 8, 2020

Message from the Principal

I am so proud of our school community right now! Everyone is rising to the occasion and bringing their best selves to the current situation. I have seen students, parents and teachers exhibit the utmost patience when technology has failed them. And I have seen some awesome teaching and learning!


Things are certainly not the same and we are all doing our best to embrace it. Teachers are visiting your homes daily and parents get to listen in on class. We never imagined these things happening! We can take these moments and be upset or we can see this an an opportunity to learn more about one another and become closer. I've learned that we need to add a couple of larger desks to our home, rearrange some rooms, and boost our internet if we are going to make this all work for everyone in my house. I'm sure you all are going through similar learning curves. Let's stay positive and continue to support one another.


I cannot write you this week without recognizing that it has been almost 20 years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. My father was a NYC firefighter and lost many friends on that day. One of his closest friends was Charlie Kasper, who saved his life in a fire in the early 1970's. Please take a moment this week to talk about 9/11 with your family and if you need a way to make it personal, please share a little bit about Charlie. It is so important for our children to know what others have sacrificed. We remain very close with his family and he is forever in our hearts.


Please do not hesitate to reach out,

Courtney Browne

Technology Resources and Supports

Please see information related to technology resources and support here.

Monthly Calendar

Monthly turn-in days are on our school calendar, but are listed below for your convenience. These are the days that all work is due for the month as well as work samples for audit purposes.



Month 1 – 8/31/20-9/25/20

Month 2 – 9/28/20-10/23/20

Month 3 – 10/26/20-11/20/20

Month 4 – 11/30/20-12/18/20

Month 5 – 1/4/21-1/29/21

Month 6 – 2/1/21-2/26/21

Month 7 – 3/1/21-3/26/21

Month 8 – 4/5/21-4/23/21

Month 9 – 4/26/21-5/21/21

Month 10 – 5/24/21-6/15/21

Biocom presents Life Science Workshop for K-2

Friday, September 18 / 10:00-11:00


Parents of students in K-2, please mark your calendars for Sept. 18 at 10am. Students will experience a virtual Life Science workshop designed by BioCom. At textbook pick up you received a bag with supplies for the workshop. We hope to see everyone there! (Meeting link to follow.)

ASB Officer Elections

It’s time to elect our 2020-2021 ASB officers. Being a leader of the Associated Student Body is an important job that requires much time, effort, dedication and responsibility. It is also rewarding, provides great memories and opportunities to have fun, and gives you direct involvement in the school community. ASB is responsible for most school activities on campus. If you are elected to become an ASB officer, you will need to represent the school in a positive way.


Advice for New Parents

Advice for New Parents.pdf

Written by parents, for parents


Many thanks to our “veteran” families for sharing how they’ve learned to navigate Mt. Everest Academy’s unique environment. This document was written before the pandemic shutdown, so does not include distance learning advice.

* * EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES * *

Music informational meeting offered again

Friday, September 11 / 1:00 pm

Due to popular demand, Mr. Johnson will hold another informational meeting about music classes at MEA this Friday. If you have an elementary student and they play a musical instrument or are interested in starting one, please join this meeting. Classes include band, orchestra, and choir. Music Theory is offered for students in upper grades.


MUSIC ZOOM: 695-890-2546

PASSWORD: FLUTE1


MUSIC CLASSES, 2nd INFORMATIONAL MEETING

  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 11
  • 1:00 pm

TUESDAY MUSIC - FIRST CLASSES SEPTEMBER 15TH

  • 8:00-8:40 Beg. Strings
  • 8:50-9:30 Beg. Band
  • 9:40-10:20 Choir
  • 10:30-11:10 Adv. Band.
  • 11:20-12:00 Adv. Strings
  • 12:10-12:50 Music Theory (for older students)

Sign-Up for Music with Mr. Johnson

Please sign up here for Mr. Johnson’s music classes. For families with more than one child taking music classes, please sign each child up separately.

MATHCOUNTS Club for grades 6-8

The club will have a weekly Monday meeting online, starting September 14th, and will continue in-person when our campus opens.


Mondays 12:30pm -1:30pm (except turn in weeks)


Everyone interested in the club can join us online. (the link will be provided)


If your child is familiar with the program and is planning to participate in the competition, please send an email to marijahristova@yahoo.com.


Students enrolled in grades 6-8 who enjoy math and challenging problems are welcome to come and join the MATHCOUNTS Club. The club will conclude with the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series which will be held online in the beginning of 2021 (it usually happens at the end of February).


MathCounts Competition Series Est 1983

A national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem solving skills and fosters achievement. In response to COVID-19 this year, there will be more contests and they will be held online.


For more information feel free to check out mathcounts.org


Please note that this club is only for students in grades 6-8.

** COUNSELING CORNER **

Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. Please reach out to him him with any counseling questions at rzappala@sandi.net. Look for online office hours and grade level meetings in the future!

National College Fairs

Hello Juniors and Seniors. With college descending upon us it is time for seniors to think about where to apply to college for Fall 2021 and for juniors to begin exploring colleges for Fall 2022. College Fairs will be virtual this year, so get information on which fair is right for you. Here is information that should prove helpful to both Juniors and Seniors:


Meeting for all Seniors

Friday, October 2 / 12:30 pm

Mark your calendars, Seniors! Mr. Zappala will be sharing important information and reviewing expectations for the year. More information and the zoom link to come.

ASB (Student Government)

Are you in 8th-12th grade and interested in joining our ASB class, but it's not on your schedule yet? If yes, please contact Mr. Zappala at rzappala@sandi.net. to have it added to your schedule. This year, ASB will be focused on building community in the online space as well as planning projects in conjunction with the Anti Defamation League's (ADL) program “No Place for Hate.”

Monday College Knowledge Webinar Series

Hello Seniors. The Monday College Knowledge Webinar Series is an opportunity to get valuable information to help you in the college application process. Please sign up for these webinars ASAP since participation is limited. Reach out to Mr. Zappala (rzappala@sandi.net) with any questions you have.

Women in Computer Science

ComputerScience.org has created an extensive guide geared towards women in computer science. This guide discusses the gap amongst women in the computer science field, the benefits of a career in computer science, and how universities are working to gain the momentum of females in the field of CS. Most importantly, this guide offers resources that will help women begin their journey to a rewarding and successful STEM career by listing free online courses, summer camps, scholarship information, and top female-dominated computer science programs.

** COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS **

Mt. Everest in the News!

Scroll to about 4:20 on the time bar to see MEA featured in a CBS special on education. Principal Browne and an MEA Alum were interviewed. Good stuff!
The Learning Curve special report covers education in California during the COVID-19 pandemic
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