Monday Message


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Sign up for our community paint days!

Have you heard that we will have a very large mural painted at the front of school? Students have been working in partnership with artists from Art Reach San Diego to design this beautiful new addition to our school. Everyone in the MEA community is invited to leave their mark (literally) on the walls of this fine institution! Sign up here to help paint during our community mural days!

WHAT: Community Paint Days – MEA mural project

WHEN: Friday April 26 and Monday April 29 from 11:00-3:00 pm

(Come for all or part of these days, but please sign up here so we have a rough estimate of how many people are coming each day.)

Yay for public art!

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Below is the design created by Art Reach San Diego and the MEA mural team.
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Students from the MEA Mural Team will be painting part of the mural from Monday-Thursday.
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Dr. Seuss Carnival

Students enjoyed freshly spun cotton candy, making oobleck slime, a relay, a 1- fish 2-fish ball toss, and frothy Pink Yink Ink Drinks!

Link to photo gallery

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Yearbook Order Deadline: May 1


Spirit Week

The ASB is sponsoring the Spirit Days listed below.

Show your school spirit and express your creativity!

  • DISNEY DAY - Tuesday, 4/23
  • MEME / VINE DAY - Wednesday, 4/24
  • DRESS LIKE A TEACHER DAY - Thursday, 4/25

Community College Dual Enrollment

Wednesday, April 24 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria


Learn about how you can take community college classes for both high school and college credit during 10th, 11th & 12th grade. We will review the procedures and courses available for dual enrollment. Parents are welcome.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, April 24 / 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

SPRING DANCE for Middle school

Wednesday, April 24 / 2:00-4:00 / Auditorium

Hey Middle Schoolers! Come enjoy the music, food, and hanging out with friends at your Spring Dance!

  • Tickets are $2, pay at the door (no pre-sale)
  • Attendees will get community service hours just for attending!
  • Free Food: taco bar, fruit, cookies & other refreshments
  • You can wear your Meme/Vine Clothing from Spirit Week!
  • Non-MEA guests are allowed, as long as they are in grades 6-8 and have the permission form completed by their school


This permission form is required for each student to attend the dance. This form is also available in the front office. It can be turned in to the office ahead of time, or turned in at the door.

community paint days

Friday, April 26 / 11:00-3:00

Monday, April 29 / 11:00-3:00

SIGN UP HERE to help paint!

(Come for all or part of these days, but your sign up is needed for a rough estimate of how many people are coming each day)

Mandatory AP Exams Pre-Administration Session

Tuesday, April 30 / 11:55-12:30 / Auditorium

This pre-administration meeting is required for all students taking AP exams.

For questions, contact Mr. Zappala at

"Larger Than Life" Art Show

Wednesday, May 1 / 12:00-3:00 / Auditorium

Everyone is invited to this special event, showcasing student artwork from grades K-12. The theme of this art show is "Larger Than Life." Bring your friends and family!


Artwork from ALL students is welcome (not just from Ms. Flo's art students). We want to see YOUR creativity on display!

Students, to prepare your work for display, please click this link for the art submission form. Then bring the form and your artwork to Mrs. Flo in room 10. Submissions need to be turned in by this Friday, April 26, and each student can submit up to 2 pieces of artwork.

For any questions, contact Mrs. Flo at


If you have nail polish at home that you don’t use or could lend for the art show, please bring it to Mrs. Flo’s room by this Friday, April 26. If you would like your nail polish back at the end of the art show, please write your name on the bottle.

High School Prom

Friday, May 10 / 6:00-10:00pm / Mission Bay Yacht Club


All high school students are invited and encouraged to prom date needed! Make your reservations now for a discounted price! More prom info here.

Ticket prices

  • $30 (until 3/22) / $35 (until 5/3) / $40 (until 5/9)

No tickets sold at the door.

Classics 4 Kids

Friday, May 17 / 11:45 am

Balboa Theatre - 868 4th Avenue



We have 20 tickets available for grades K-6 and parents to Classics for Kids- Sing Me A Story.

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

Senior Prom at Serra High School

Saturday, June 1 / 7:00-10:00pm / Manchester Grand Hyatt

MEA seniors are invited to attend the Senior Prom with Serra High School. The theme is "Las Vegas" and the dance will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. If you are interested in going, here are the details.

  • You must be a Senior to go, unless a Senior is taking you, then you can be any grade in High School.
  • Permission slips are now available in our front office.
  • Tickets can be purchased in our front office starting April 29.
  • You must turn in your permission slip and money at the same time. Please see the permission slips for more details and rules.
  • Ticket prices are $70 (until 5/10), $80 (from 5/13-5/24) and $90 (from 5/27-5/30).


May schedule for testing

State and AP testing is coming soon! Please be sure to carefully review the special testing calendar for May that can be found here. Different grade levels test at different times and some grade levels have more tests than others. Please note that regular studygroup classes are cancelled when students are testing. Life skills and sexual education classes are also taking place for 8th, 9th, and 10th graders in May and we highly encourage you to have your students attend. Please see your child’s supervising teacher with questions regarding the May schedule.

Empty Baskets?

If you were a winner in the silent auction, feel free to return empty baskets that you do not wish to keep to the front office so we can repurpose them for the auction next year. Thank you for your consideration.

Many thanks to MEA families for your silent auction donations and purchases! Because of you, $3,657 has been raised, of which 100% will directly benefit students.

Yearbook Orders

Deadline: May 1

The 2019 Mt. Everest yearbook is on sale now! Please purchase your copy here for $30. The deadline to buy is May 1, so don’t delay!

Graduation Checklist: Online Surveys


Reminder: the next item on your senior graduation checklist is to complete your two online surveys by May 4.

MEA Senior Survey

Naviance Graduation Survey

For any questions, please contact Mr. Zappala ( or Ms. Ele (

Not returning to MEA next year?

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

**** THE COOP SCOOP ****

Petting Hours

Come say Hi to our chickens!

Click for COOP RULES
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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.

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.


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 Dual Enrollment

Wednesday, April 24 / 11:55-12:30 / Cafeteria


Learn about how you can take community college classes for both high school and college credit during 10th, 11th & 12th grade. We will review the procedures and courses available for dual enrollment. Parents are welcome.

Exploring Educational Excellence

Tuesday, April 30 / 7:00 pm

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Mission Valley

To parents of 10th and 11th graders:

Representatives from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice, and the University of Chicago will be in San Diego on Tuesday, April 30th to talk about their academic programs, the admissions process, financial aid and much more. You must register to attend!

To reserve your place go to

Click on Student Events and find San Diego on the April calendar.

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Choosing Classes for 2019-20

If you (or your student) are currently in grades 8-11 you should have already had an appointment with Mr. Zappala where you discussed courses for next year and graduation and college entrance requirements. If you have not done that, please email him at to set up a time to meet. If you do not meet with Mr. Zappala your schedule for next year will be created for you without your input based on graduation requirements.

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April Library Challenge

Click here for the challenge

Draw an Instagram type page for your favorite book character! Turn in to the library by 12:30 on April 25 to receive a prize.


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,

Sophie C. in the Virigina Waring International Piano Competition

Sophie C., grade 4, was selected after a preliminary audition round to the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition 2019, a highly competitive event. She was the youngest contestant (9 yrs) in the Junior division (12 years and under) and was one of the 6 Semi-Finalists out of 17 initial players, earning her an Honorable Mention.

However, even if it was a defeat, she is looking forward to competing again. After a preliminary screening, Sophie just got admitted as one of the 10 top players in her division to the Steinway Competition in Beverly Hills as well as the Kaufman International Piano Competition in New York in June, where she was selected out of 208 applicants, to compete.

In the pictures below, Sophie is practicing on site and then holding the Certificate of Artistic Achievement from the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition.

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2019 City Nature Challenge

Crowdsource for science!

The City Nature Challenge, which takes place from April 26-29, 2019, is a worldwide competition to see which city can make the most observations of their local plants and animals over a 4-day period. The Natural History Museum (The Nat) is spearheading our local effort. The goal is to document as many species as possible via your smartphone.

Participating can be as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Find wild plants and animals

2. Take photos

3. Share your findings via the iNaturalist app

World Meningitis Day 2019

April 24, 2019 is World Meningitis Day. This observance is a reminder about the seriousness of meningococcal disease and the importance of immunization to protect against some of its most common types.

Learn more from the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO). They are dedicated to preventing meningitis globally by ensuring families worldwide have access to early diagnosis, preventative measures and quick treatment.

Biodiversity & Neurology Research Program

UC San Diego Extension, in partnership with The Boz Institute and Biocom Institute, is offering students the opportunity to get first hand research experience through their Biodiversity & Neurology Research Program.

This 3-week spring program allows high school students to gain research experience through their participation in a research team that will focus on one of two research projects: Ecological Biodiversity/Molecular Phylogenetics and Fruit Fly Neurobiology. Students will earn three (3) college-prep units upon completion of this program.

FREE - New Books for Kids

Saturday, April 27 / 8:30-10:30am

Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park

Parents and kids from grades K-12 are invited to the 35th annual Children's Book Party. This fun and popular event is FREE, featuring entertainment, refreshments and, best of all, each child will receive two free, brand new books to call their own!

Future Boss Entrepreneurship Training & Competition


Have an idea and want to take it to the next level? Here is your opportunity to learn how to market your idea. The 8th annual FutureBoss entrepreneurship training platform & competition for is open to current rising seniors throughout San Diego County!

This year it will be held during June 17-20 at the University of San Diego where participants will get trained for free by college faculty and industry leaders on how to prepare a business presentation that can be given to potential investors. This will then culminate in a competition for at least $2,000 in scholarship awards. Applications are due May 17.

Last year, participants from over 23 schools throughout San Diego County participated and were awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship awards.

FutureBoss flyer

FutureBoss online application


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