Monday Message


Lunch Concert

Risa (grade 8) on accordion and vocals was accompanied by her MEA parent Yuko Maruyama and friend Matt Taylor. They played jazz tunes, Japanese pop songs, and holiday music!

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Work Due for Month 4: Friday, December 16 by 3:00 pm

Grades 6 thru 12: Please take all of your work to your supervising teacher first. After your supervising teacher reviews it, then take your subject work to each of your subject teachers.

Students in Physics and Advanced Physics: please turn in your work to Mr. Antti in room 6


Who is the mysterious student behind the potholder he's weaving? (Hint: He has a very important role on campus.) See answer below.


Students who have taken the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT can now access their scores online through the My Score Reports. Link to Student Portal.

See Mr. Z if you have any questions.

Holiday Concert

Below is our Beginning Orchestra performing at the Holiday Concert, directed by Mr. Kirk Johnson. Beginning Band, Advanced Orchestra, Advanced Band, and Choir also performed. It was exciting to see how our students have really progressed under Mr. Johnson's direction!

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Ice Skating

A group of students, parents, and a few brave staff members went ice-skating at NTC Liberty Station. Some skaters twirled around, some held tightly to the side, and everyone had a good time!

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Ms. Suzie, Ms. Vivian, and Ms. Flo offered holiday art projects for elementary students.

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Get your M.E.A. gear!

Olive (kindergartener) has a pretty gift for her grandma!

MEA Water Bottle: 24 ounce, stainless steel, blue or silver, $12 each.

MEA T-shirt: In either grey or blue. "Do School Differently" is written on the back. $15 each.

Purchase in the front office, payable with cash or check.


Climate Change Art Contest

Deadline Sunday, December 18

Calling all artists! The MEA Environmental Club is holding an art contest for art pieces that bring awareness to the issue of climate change. All participants will receive fair trade, organic chocolate and bragging rights! Please send your art to by December 18th.

Visit MEA climate change art contest for more information.


THANK YOU to everyone who auditioned or applied to participate in The Magic Flute and congratulations on doing your very best!

Please click here to view the cast and crew list.


A Note About Casting:

  • If you have been cast, be proud and excited. However, it is also important to be gracious and kind about the fact that you have been cast, especially to your peers who may not have been cast.
  • If you have not been cast, it is okay to be upset because you worked hard for this and you wanted to be a part of the cast. Realize, however, that things happen for many reasons. Be gracious and kind to those who got cast and never speak ill of a company or a director. Always find out if you can work on the production in another way. Don't let this one audition discourage you, audition again!

If you have been cast in The Magic Flute, you will receive an e-mail with exciting information about the production, the rehearsal schedule, and your script by Friday, December, 16th, 2016 at the very latest.

If you have not been cast, but would like to help out with other aspects of the production, be sure to look for more information about ushering, and set building in the Monday Messages over the next few weeks.

Many Thanks & Congratulations,

Adira Rosen

P.S. Don't forget to save the dates for The Magic Flute

March 7th at 6pm, March 8th at 4pm, and March 9th at 6pm in the MEA Auditorium!

Which Piece of Music Do You Find the Most Relaxing?


I am a student here at Mt. Everest Academy, and I am requesting feedback for my science project. You may remember that last year, I did a project using a platformer video game to assess subjects’ tastes in music. However, that project did not produce any conclusive results, as many subjects focused on the game rather than the test itself. This year, I have altered the project significantly in order to produce conclusive results. This year's version of the project consists of a Google Form instead of a computer game.

Please click on and listen to each of the three pieces of music that are linked below.

Song 1

Song 2

Song 3

Then, please click the link below to sign in to your Google Account (each subject should have their own account, as the system only allows one vote per account; your school account will work for this) and choose the number of the piece you found most relaxing. (Make sure that you have listened to all 3 pieces before you make your choice!)

Google Form

It is my goal this year to have data from 100 subjects. It would be great if parents took the test as well! Due to the Science Fair, I will need all submissions by January 8th.

Please send any questions in an email to

Thank you for helping me reach this goal!

Hygiene Drive

The MEA Social Advocacy Club is holding a hygiene drive for the International Rescue Committee, a local refugee resettlement agency. Items requested are: shampoo, body wash/soap, hair brushes, and women's hygiene products.

Drop off points are at school in the office and in Ms. Pachon's room. If you wish to make a monetary donation, drop it off in a sealed envelope with Ms. Pachon at classroom 17A. The drive will end on Friday, December 16.

Thank you and have a wonderful day!


Volunteers Needed for Music Science Project

Tuesday, December 13 / 11:30-12:30 / Maker Space (room 7)

Michele E., grade 11, is doing a science project that requires volunteers to listen to a music piece on different instruments and answer survey questions. All participants are appreciated: all grades, all ages, parents & staff. Please take a few minutes to stop tomorrow and be part of Michele's project!

The Geometry of Snowflakes

Wednesday, December 14 / 1:30pm / MakerSpace

Come learn about the science and math behind snowflakes with our guest instructor, Mrs. Browne’s mother! She’ll be in the MakerSpace, Wednesday Dec. 14, at 1:30. Leave with snowflakes to hang in your windows at home and a better understanding about these beautiful structures.


Please find the most up-to-date extracurricular activity schedule here. If you would like to lead an extracurricular class, please contact

Pokemon/Games Club

Back by popular demand, the Pokemon/Games club will be starting up again after the winter break! Meetings will be on Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00. Get ready to play!

Climate Change Activism Session

The Mt. Everest Academy Environmental Club sponsored a climate change activism session. Attendees learned about the science of climate change and created a plan to take action against climate change in our community.

Link to the MEA Environmental Club website:

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***** LIBRARY NEWS *****

Turn In All Library Materials Before Dec. 16

All library materials (items checked out from the library, not textbooks) are due before the Winter Break, by December 16th. The library is offering a Free Jumbo Jack certificate from Jack in the Box to all students who have checked out library materials this year (September through November) and do not have anything overdue. Come in and see us to return your books and pick up your certificate!


Did you know that you can look online to see what you've got checked out?

It's easy as 1-2-3!

From the link below, click on LOGIN on the upper right corner and use your school username and password, then click the my info tab


Book It! (for free pizza coupon!)

Students, you still have time to submit October, November, and December reading logs. Please bring them to the library for your free Pizza Hut coupons. Then pick up a reading log for January!


Video Animation by Rachel E.

Click here to see Rachel's animation project.

Rachel E., grade 12, had fun taking an animation class at UCSD! Her class was introduced to "Disney's 12-Principles of Animation" which are the animation industry's universal standard. Here's a simplified overview of the process Rachel used in creating her animation:

  • Plan the story by filling out a Thumbnail Storyboard.
  • All drawings are done by hand and on top of a Light Box, to enable seeing through paper to create a smooth transition from one drawing to the next.
  • Draw Key Poses first, which are for the beginning and end of a movement. The timing charts on the right show the numbers from one Key Pose to the next. Then to create the illusion of life, several drawings called "Inbetweens" are inserted between the Key Pose drawings.
  • Scan each drawing into the computer and then import them into iStopMotion (Mac) or MonkeyJam (PC).
  • Exposure Sheets (X-Sheets) are filled out to determine the timing, dialogue, drawing numbers, and everything needed to keep track of all the frames.

Enjoy the animation!


The Nutcracker

Performed by the City Ballet of San Diego

This is an elaborate and elegant performance of "The Nutcracker," voted San Diego’s Best Nutcracker production by the “Tommy Awards." A chorus of carolers will greet attendees in the grand lobby of the historic Spreckles Theatre.

One of our 1st grade students, Lucie P., plays the role of Baby Mouse! To see Lucie up on stage, these are the dates she'll be performing: December 16, 17 (7:30pm), 18, 21, 23. Link to City Ballet and ticket information

Writing for Literacy Essay Contest

Open to grades 4, 8, & 10.

Top prize winners will each receive a monetary award AND a laptop computer!

Deadline is Friday, December 16, 3:00pm

Contest link:


Noorhan A., currently a 12th grader at Mt. Everest Academy, was the Grand Contest Winner in 2013 when she was an 8th grader!

Noel Noel

December 16, 17, 18 / Copley Symphony Hall

The San Diego Symphony celebrates the holidays in style with this delightful concert of popular music of the season featuring the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Children's Choir. As part of the San Diego Children's Choir, Ria (grade 5) and Petunia (grade 6) will perform with the San Diego Symphony at all of their Noel Noel performances.

Link to Noel Noel

Discounted family packs and K-12 student tickets might be available at the time of ticket purchase.

Family Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 18 / 2:00pm / Copley Symphony Hall

A one-hour afternoon version of our annual holiday concert spectacular, complete with all your favorite traditional Christmas music, the San Diego Master Chorale and a visit from Santa Claus! Ria and Petunia will also perform at this concert!

Link to Family Holiday Concert

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Mikey S., ASB President!