Monday Message


Secondary Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all of the students in grades 6-12 who received awards!

Link to awards photo gallery

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How many 4.0 and above awards?

Mt. Everest Academy has 197 students in 6th - 12th grade.

How many of these students received a 1st semester award for a GPA of 4.0 and above?

  • 36 out of 197 (18%)
  • 58 out of 197 (29%)
  • 75 out of 197 (38%)

Scroll to the bottom to find out.

High School Art

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Fitnessgram Testing for grades 5, 7, 9

Fitnessgram testing is scheduled for the following grades and times:

  • GRADES 7 & 9: Tuesday, February 26 / 10:40-11:40 / Auditorium
  • GRADES 5 & 9: Wednesday, February 27 / 9:20-10:20 / Cafeteria

The Fitnessgram is a state mandated exam, which public school students in grades five, seven, and nine are required to take. There are six parts to the exam, and students must pass five of the six parts to pass the overall fitness test. Students are encouraged to practice these exercises ahead of time.

For 9th graders, passing the Fitnessgram cannot be stressed enough. Students are required to take 2 years of PE to graduate high school. However, if you do not pass the Fitnessgram test, you are REQUIRED to take PE additional years.

Please remember to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes!

Transitioning to Middle School Meeting

Wednesday, February 27 / 12:00 / Cafeteria

Parents of 5th graders:

There will be a “Transitioning to Middle School” meeting for all 5th graders and their parents on Wed. Feb. 27 at 12:00 in the cafeteria. Mr. Zappala, Principal Browne, and Ms. Patterson will be there to answer any questions you may have about middle school classes, requirements, and expectations. Feel free to bring your lunch. See you there!

Elementary Parent Conferences

Week of March 4

Due to parent conferencing for Elementary Reporting Period 2, all TK-5 elementary study groups will be canceled the week of March 4th.

Please look for an email from your child’s teacher(s) to schedule your conference.

Elementary extracurricular Spanish and art classes will be canceled that week, as well.

Thank you for your flexibility so that we may review student progress with all families.

"Alice in Wonderland"

The Mt. Everest Academy Theatre Company proudly presents "Alice in Wonderland," directed by Erin Petersen.

Show times:

  • Tuesday, March 12 / 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 13 / 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 14 / 6:00 pm

Avoid the ticket lines before the show! Tickets will be available soon for purchase in the front office: $5 for students / $10 for adults. Payment can be made with cash (exact change only) or a check made payable to "Mt. Everest Academy."

Rehearsing and set building are happening in the picture below. Do you notice that one of the actors is not a student?

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"Madagascar, Jr."

Friday, March 15 / 10:00 am / JCompany Youth Theatre

Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, March 6

We like to move it-move it! We will be going to the school performance of Madagascar, Jr. on Friday, March 15, at 10:00 am. Come support some of our talented MEA students who are in the show!

Tickets are $8 each for people of all sizes, payable with either cash or a check made out to "Mt. Everest Academy." Please turn in your money to Ms. Ramos in the front office no later than March 6. Transportation is on your own. Please direct any questions to Nancy Mullen at

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.


School Parent Survey

Parents, We need your help! Please take the parent survey portion of the CA Healthy Kids Survey. This is used as part of our school climate data on the new CA Schools Dashboard. It is very important that we have a high participation rate! Thank you so much in advance for your support with this! Please take the survey at the link below or paper copies are available in the front office:


For more info please click here

8-11th graders !!!

If you haven’t met with Mr. Zappala to choose your classes for next year, now is the time!


See "Counseling Corner" below.

Citizenship Rubric

Please check out the schoolwide citizenship rubric being implemented this year. Students have reviewed these expectations with their teachers and should be self-assessing every grading period. If you have any questions about the citizenship rubric or your student’s citizenship grades, please see their supervising teacher.

Sign up for AP Exams Today!

Deadline: March 20

This year, all AP students will sign up and pay for exams online. Sign up starts today and the deadline is March 20th. For more info and to register for the exams, please see the website below.

Got Box Tops for Education?

Please turn in your box tops to the office or the parent room. Bringing them in by this Thursday, Feb. 28 would be helpful, as we'll be submitting them to earn money for our school.

Thank you!!

Academic League Wins

MEA’s academic league team improved to an overall record of 3-2 on Thursday night after defeating CCPAA. Aaron C, Kate P, Yusuf A, Selina L, Nora D, and Ben S. were the participants.

This result comes after a nail biting loss against undefeated Serra High the previous week. The Serra match (or Horpayak Sister Civil War) came down to the last question, which was the difference in the match and 1st place in the league standings. What an exciting season!! Next match will be 3/7 at Madison High at 7pm.

Caps & Gowns for Seniors

Seniors who chose to purchase the cap, gown and tassel will have an invoice from Josten’s in a couple days via the email you provided to Mrs Sink. If you did not provide an email address, a paper invoice will automatically be sent. Emailed invoices go out the first month and if no payment is made, a paper invoice goes out the second month.

Graduation Checklist

Reminder: the next item on the senior graduation checklist is to turn in your Community Service Form to your supervising teacher by April 19.

For any questions, please contact Mrs. Vivian Sink at

MEA Mural project

Mt. Everest Academy has partnered with ArtReach San Diego to create a mural for our school! We're looking for 12-15 students in grades 8-12 that are interested in leading the design and execution of the piece. Please contact Principal Browne at if you have any questions or would like to be part of the team.

Silent Auction / Talent Show

Thursday, April 11 / MEA Auditorium

Preparations are beginning for our annual upcoming Talent Showcase & Silent Auction!


Students, start thinking about acts you'd like to perform. Sign ups for auditions will be opening in a couple of weeks. And if you'd like to participate in another way, we'll also be looking for student stagehands and MC's. This will be a great opportunity to share your talents for a grand evening of entertainment!


As well as being entertained by our talented students, part of the fun of this annual event is bidding on exciting gift baskets and certificates. Gift baskets will be put together from the donations that come in, so anything you can donate is wonderful! And if you own a business and would like to donate a service or basket item, please let us know!

Ideas for Requesting Donations

  • Gift certificate for one month of classes where your child takes a class (i.e. karate, dance, etc)
  • Donation of service from a friend or family business (i.e. hairstylist could offer one shampoo/cut/style)
  • Donation of an electronic device from someone who has 'perks' through their office (i.e. IPOD, tablet, digital camera, etc)
  • Donation of an overnight stay or your timeshare you never use (do you have points or a timeshare you never use that could become a donation/staycation?)
  • Donation of tickets (Do you have tickets to a game or show you are not able to attend after 4/11?)
  • Photography (Are you a photographer looking to donate a session and get some advertising by putting your name out in our event?)

You can bring your donations to the front office or to any teacher. We want this to be the best Silent Auction ever!

This is an ASB sponsored event and all donations go directly back to our student body. Thank you in advance for supporting our school!


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.

Rubik's Cube

For this Wednesday, Feb. 27, Rubik's Cube will meet in the Auditorium from 12:00-1:00.



10:45-11:45....grades 7-12, parents, staff

1:00-1:45........grades K-6

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PALS Tutoring

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays


MakerSpace (room 7)

A stellar group of trained tutors in grades 7-12 tutor their younger peers in grades K-6.

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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!

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.

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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February Library Challenge

Click here for the challenge

Draw a map of the interior of our school's library.

Turn this into the library by 12:30 on February 28 to receive a prize!


January reading logs are due, come and turn them in to Miss Vivian or Miss Suzy. You will receive your coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut, plus a February reading log.

Happy Reading!!!!!

Yummy Pizza!!!!

Link to Pizza Hut's BookIt!


From Dreams to Reality: Become a Professional Nurse

April 12-14, 2019 / Rady Children's Hospital

Does a career in Nursing sound exciting? Want to learn how to get into nursing school?

This 3-day Weekend Medical Academy helps students interested in a career in nursing to understand the education and career requirements, as well as the different possibilities within the field. Students who will be completing 9th-11th grade in 2019 are eligible.

2019 San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering

March 2 - 10, 2019



Saturday, March 2 / 10:00-5:00 / PETCO Park

The park will be packed with over 130 different hands-on activities showcasing STEM for participants of all ages!


There are over 90+ events taking place during STEM Week, all over San Diego County!

FBI Teen Academy

Application window: 3/1/19 - 4/15/19

The FBI San Diego Teen Academy takes place in the summer for 10th and 11th grade high school students (San Diego & Imperial Counties). Current 9th graders are not eligible to apply.

The Teen Academy is a 1-day event that allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. The eight-hour block of instruction and demonstrations is at the FBI field office in Sorrento Valley. Students will gain hands-on experience in areas such as crime scene, forensic techniques, and tactical operations. Students will engage in candid conversations with FBI staff about online communication and its risks, as well as lifestyle.


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G.P.A. of 4.0 and above

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