Monday Message

February 1, 2021

Choosing classes for 2021-22

Articulation Meetings for 2021-2022

From February 2 - March 19, students in grades 5-11 will have the opportunity to plan their classes for next school year.

Grades 5, 6, 7

  • Students will review articulation sheets/course options with Ms. Patterson during English class this month and parents should go over course options with their student(s) at home.

  • Students must submit the articulation sheet with parent approval to their Supervising/PE teacher through Google Classroom during Month 6.

  • Please contact your child’s supervising teacher with questions.

Articulation Sheets:

Incoming 6th graders

Incoming 7th graders

Incoming 8th graders

Grades 8, 9, 10, 11

  • All 8th -11th graders must make an appointment to meet with Mr. Zappala between February 2 through March 19. Please reserve a conference time at this link to discuss courses for next year, graduation and college entrance requirements, and community college courses.

  • Incoming 9th graders and their parents can meet with Mr. Zappala for a 4-year planning conference during the time of their articulation meeting.

  • 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 do not need to return an articulation sheet, but should be prepared to share their course requests with Mr. Zappala during their appointment with him.

  • For questions, please contact Mr. Zappala.

Articulation Sheets:

Incoming 9th graders

Incoming 10th graders

Incoming 11th graders

Incoming 12th graders

Find all courses being offered next year here: Master Course List 2021-2022

Link to sign up for articulation meeting with Mr. Zappala

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MEA Online Parent Lounge

Tuesday, February 2 / 5:00-5:30
Friday, February 5 / 11:00-11:30

Zoom for both meetings:

MEA Online Parent Lounge

Hosted by MEA Foundation & Linda Ele

Our online parent lounge kicked off successfully in December and parents had a wonderful time connecting with one another! Our February lounge will be split up in two 30-min sessions to better accommodate everyone's schedules! Please join us either Tuesday, February 2 from 5:00-5:30pm OR Friday, February 5 at 11-11:30am OR both! You can come and go as your availability allows, just like our regular in-person parent lounge!

Breakout Rooms for Elementary, Middle, and High School will be allocated again and you are free to hop from room to room if you have students in multiple grades.


Online Parent Lounge

As the parent of a first-year MEA student, the parent lounge is a great way to gain valuable perspective on the unique experience of our school. Let's face it -- we're all navigating uncharted waters through this pandemic. Having other middle school parents, and even high school parents, to chat with allowed me to get answers to questions I had but felt didn't necessarily rise to the level of an email to a busy teacher, staff, or administrator. It helps to know there is a community of peers to support us as we support our students.

~ Nicole Vargas-Viglotti, 7th grade parent

Club Fair

Day: Wednesday, February 3

Time: 12:00-12:30


ASB will be holding another club fair for all students on February 3rd from 12-12:30. Many clubs will be represented, so come and explore all the amazing options! You can see what MEA's clubs have been doing during the first semester and join some of them too!


Please sign up here to have your club participate in the fair. This is for current club leaders as well as those thinking of starting a new club.

Science Presentations

Sponsored by MEA Foundation

Calling all students! UCR Entomology (ranked No. 2 in the world by Center for World University Rankings in 2017) is hosting exciting presentations exclusively for our MEA students. This is great for any budding scientists or gardeners, or for anyone to explore a new subject area! There will be TWO presentations geared towards our various range of students.

  • Friday, March 5 at 1:00: Secondary Students (Grades 6-12)
  • Zoom link to follow

If you have a conflict with one but can make the other, feel free to join that one instead (or even both if you prefer), keeping mindful of the presentation differences gearing towards the designated grade groups. Hope to see you there!

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Students vs. Teachers Trivia Game

Day: Tuesday, February 9

Time: 12:00-12:30pm


On February 9th, ASB will be hosting a Students vs. Teachers Trivia Game!


Any students and teachers are welcome to sign up to participate, using this trivia game form.

Virtual Art Show

Friday, February 19 / 12:00-1:00


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Happy School Counseling Week to Mr. Zappala!

Helping students succeed is the bottom line of what our wonderful Mr. Zappala does at MEA. Starting from the initial tour and enrollment, to following up with students on their progress, to helping plan the next year’s classes, and then guiding them on the path to college – Mr. Zappala takes care of our students!

MR. ZAPPALA - We appreciate you and thank you for all you do!

Feel free to send Mr. Zappala your words of gratitude at

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Dressed for the storm

Grade 7 English students come to Zoom class a half hour early each class to chat with each other. On that wintery Monday last week, these students came to Zoom dressed for the wind and rain and hail storm happening outside. (Somehow Ms. Patterson is still having a sunny day at the beach!)

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Yearbook Request: "Making Music"

This unusual year calls for unusual yearbook pictures!

Do you play a musical instrument? Maybe you're part of a family band? For all musicians, from beginners to virtuosos, please send in a photo of yourself MAKING MUSIC for the yearbook. Please include your first name, last name, grade, and caption.

Pictures can be submitted by either:

MEA 5th grader pictured below

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National Honor Society

Students who are in grades 10-12 are welcome to apply for the Mt. Everest Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society. Applicants must have been enrolled for a full semester at MEA prior to the application deadline and have a current GPA of 3.5 or higher. There is no cost to apply, but students who are inducted may gain access to scholarship opportunities through the NHS.

Applications are on Dr. Rodenberg's website and are due to her by Friday, February 26..

Multimedia Class Created Websites

Multimedia students have been working on websites for our school over the first semester and they are now officially live! Here are the two main sites:

Special Material Pickups

Pick up times for all days are from 10:00am - 1:00pm

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Thursday, Feb. 4

  • Art supplies for Ms. Battin’s students in grades 6, 7, 8
  • Special pickups for Ms. Patterson’s students in grades 5, 6, 7
  • Economics textbooks
  • Any class changes that require new textbooks

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Thursday, Feb. 11

  • Art supplies for Ms. Pachon’s students in Art 2 and Color & Design 2

Please contact Suzie Wilson at if you have any questions, or reach her at 858-627-7381 on Tuesdays through Thursdays. There is no need to email in advance. However, when there are special distributions ready for check-out, they will be noted here in the Monday Message.


Want to return MEA books that you no longer need? There will be a drop-off box underneath the Marquee sign (sunny days only!) on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:00-3:00.

Yearbook Cover Contest

Contest Guidelines

All students are invited to enter their art in our yearbook cover contest! The winner will receive a free yearbook and their artwork will be displayed on the front cover! Even if your entry is not used on the cover, it may still be used in other places throughout the book.

2021 Yearbook Theme:

This year’s book doesn’t have a specific “tag line,” but the cover art should reflect the uniqueness of this year, which is unlike any other.

All Entries Due By: March 26, 2021

Humans of MEA

MEA Ally Action will be starting their first project for high school students! Based on "Humans of New York", they will be interviewing teachers and students to learn their story. The interviews will be shared on the Monday Message. The goal of this project is to help show that we all have our own stories!

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this Humans of MEA form.

Virtual Calming Room

Welcome to the SDUSD Virtual Calming Room, created by the Counseling and Guidance Department. This has been created to be a safe space where students and families can find various tools to help with managing their emotions, feelings, and stress.

This link can also be found on the MEA home page.

What I Wish My Teachers Knew

Created by the MEA Mental Health Club, this initiative will try and improve the mental health of students by giving us problems to solve. As a completely anonymous form, we ask students to answer questions relating to the topic of “what I wish my teachers knew”. As we get feedback on the emotional health of students, we will try and create programs alongside staff that help lift stressors relating to school. Please fill out the form below, no matter your grade level. You feedback will help our club immensely!

Form: What I wish my teachers knew

Email if you have any questions or concerns.

Your Input Needed

With Covid19 numbers rising in our county, there are many unknowns for campus re-opening. We need your input for if and when (and how) we may open campus for our students. Please complete this survey for each of your MEA students as soon as possible.

Our unique program currently meets the needs of many different families for many different reasons. This data, along with District guidelines, will help inform our decisions moving forward. We thank you for your input.

Senior Portraits

Chula Vista Photo

Seniors may have their senior portraits taken at Chula Vista Photo this year, as we are not able to have Lifetouch come on campus. Here is more information about what to expect. To schedule an appointment, contact the studio at or 619-422-9281. Book your appointment soon! Your portrait needs to be taken in either January or February to ensure that it will make it into the 2020-21 MEA Yearbook.

Take Your Own Portrait

Another option would be to take your own Senior Portrait. If you’d like to do this, here are some basic guidelines as a starting point: show head and shoulders, vertical orientation, simple background. Then send the jpeg file to

For any questions, please contact Linda Ele at


The 20-21 school year will be unlike any other. We will be talking about it for the rest of our lives. This year’s yearbook is going to be different too...because it will be crowdsourced and made by YOU!

Purchase yearbooks and contribute photos

ASB Instagram

MEA's ASB Instagram account is running again this year! Follow us to get updates on school events, spirit weeks, and more! Account Handle: @mea.asb


Please send in your Good Stuff!

We're bringing back the Good Stuff! We know MEA students and families are involved in so many things outside of school. Do you have something fun or interesting to share? Please send your stories and images to share for "The Good Stuff" in upcoming Monday messages to Linda Ele at We want to hear from you!

Snow Day

This MEA 1st grader and 5th grader are having "snow much fun"!
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** Extracurricular Activities **


German Club

Day: Mondays (except turn-in week)

Time: 10:35-12:00


Password: 550343

German Club website

Come join us on Zoom every Monday (except during Turn-In week) from 10:35 until Noon to learn some German, learn about German culture, and to bake German cookies and cook simple German foods!

Cooking Club

Last week Katherine, grade 10, demonstrated and guided participants in making Focaccia Bread. YUMMERS!!

The Cooking Club has previously made:

  • Brocolli and Beef
  • Brownies
  • Homemade Pizza
  • Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
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Hack Club

At the MEA Hack Club, students are having fun learning about programming and developing their own games and applications! One project the club has been working on is a new club website. We got a chance to learn about web development by coding a website from scratch, while also making a new home for our club's projects and activities that everyone will be able to check out and see. The new website can be found here!

Another project we worked on in Month 5 is a Choose Your Own Adventure text game- a story-based game which the player gets to choose plot options that affects the outcome and ending of the story. You can try out the game now on the website, and learn more about how we worked on it at the upcoming Club Fair!

PALS Tutoring

Day: Thursdays

Times: 12:30 - 3:00



Come spend some quality time with a MEA secondary student who is ready to listen to you, learn about your homework projects, and offer their guidance. Some of our tutors have experience from tutoring on campus in previous years, and a few brave tutors are new to MEA this year.

This is a great way to take advantage of the wonderful synergy that exists between our older and younger students. And if you'd just like to learn more, feel free to stop by on Thursday afternoons and check them out!

PALS is hosted by staff member Linda Ele

PALS interest form

Elementary schoolers who are looking to be tutored, please fill out the form below. Middle and high schoolers who are looking to tutor, also fill out the form below. Thank you!

PALS Interest Form

Ally Action

MEA is continuing our anti-bullying campaign this year! Due to concerns surrounding many of the ideals that ADL stood for, we are no longer associating ourselves with them, and we are officially Ally Action. We are starting the campaign by encouraging all students to sign this pledge to make our school a more welcoming place. Throughout the year, we will host events for all ages to build our school's community. If you're interested in joining our team, you can also tell us that on the pledge. Anyone in 6th-12th grade is more than welcome!!

Pledge Link


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

Scholarship for Navy or Marine dependents

This scholarship is for students who are Navy or Marine dependents. The scholarship is good for up to $15,000/year for tuition, books, and academic fees for a maximum of 4 years. The Alexander Kreiglowa Navy & Marine Corps Dependents Education Foundation Scholarships are administered by the San Diego Council, United States Navy League. As a former chief petty officer, Mr. Alexander Kreiglowa’s legacy continues through this scholarship program.

Language Other Than English testing

Wednesday, February 3

Most students will satisfy the LOTE (Language Other Than English) requirement by taking two or more years of world languages classes; however, 8th grade students who are already proficient in another language may choose to demonstrate proficiency equivalent to two years of secondary instruction by passing a LOTE Alternative Assessment in their primary language. We will be testing on February 3rd online. At minimum, students need to be able to read in his/her language.

The language acquisition office has sent Mr. Zappala the names of students who might be successful taking the Alternative assessment, and he will be in touch with those students this week. In addition, if you feel like your 8th grader can demonstrate this proficiency, in any of the languages below, please contact Mr. Zappala ( no later than Monday, February 1st and he will forward you the login information.

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Future Seniors Information


Getting ready for your senior year and preparing for college applications starts now. Here is some valuable future seniors information for you and your parents.

San Diego Foundation


The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship program provides scholarship opportunities for local students to help pursue their educational goals and achieve their higher education dreams. Here are:

All of the San Diego Foundation Scholarships, in addition to their Common Application Scholarship.

Scholarship Criteria

Tips for completing applications for scholarships offered through the San Diego Foundation.

Endless Possibilities

SDCCD Endless Possibilities

Your guide to majors and programs of interest at the San Diego Community College District. They offer endless possibilities for your career journey with a wealth of opportunities for pursuing your education. The SDCCD strives to make their students successful by dedicating their resources to quality instruction and stellar support services.

Class of 2021

Seniors, this Counseling & Guidance Resources webpage was designed with you in mind. From the page you will find helpful resources to support your senior year: understand the college application process, cope with the stressors of transitioning to college and navigate the challenges of senior year.

Spring Community College Dual Enrollment

11th and 12th grade students may take a community college course while enrolled at Mt. Everest Academy. There are many courses offered for dual credit, where students can meet high school graduation requirements while earning college credit. Now is the time to sign up for a Spring semester course!

All students, new and returning, need to submit a community college Supplemental Application each semester. Students can submit their Supplemental Application as of Oct. 26th and open enrollment will begin on December 14th.

Students new to the dual enrollment process will need to complete the CCApply and Registration Applications in addition to the Supplemental Application.

For any questions, please contact Mr. Zappala at

Challenge to Class Requirements

Students must meet all class requirements prior to being enrolled in community college campus courses. Students can clear prerequisites by challenge exam, transcripts, or petition to challenge.

Challenge Exam offered through testing office:

If you’ve taken classes similar to the prerequisites in question but not exact equivalents, or if you have applicable work experience, you can petition through the particular Department. For this, download and submit this Petition to Challenge. The submit link is just below the forms.

SAT 2020-21

For those of you thinking about taking the SAT this school year, here is everything you need to know. Although many colleges are not considering the SAT or ACT for admission for the Fall of 2021, some are test optional where the results can be considered for course placement. Reach out to Mr. Zappala with any questions you have about the SAT and ACT.

Women in Computer Science 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.


Student Research Internship Opportunity

Internship Flyer

Scripps Research Translational Institute (SRTI) offers a Student Research Internship Program for highly motivated high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Interns will work with and learn from a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, who include internationally-renowned investigators in the areas of genomics, bioinformatics, and digital medicine. The primary aim of the internship program is to train and prepare students interested in health sciences, statistics, and computational/computer science to become future leaders in the realm of translational medical research.

Library NExT

Library NExT (Network of Education x Training)

This is a series of workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students on topics including robotics, circuits, and other STEAM subjects. This San Diego Public Library program is a collaboration with UC San Diego Extension and Sally Ride Science.

See 2021 schedule of Virtual Library NExT Programs

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