"Tuesday" Message


The Great Lawn Race

Mr. Negus' Physics and AP Physics 1 students finished off their first class meetings with a lawn race challenge. It involved how fast Usain Bolt ran in the 2016 Olympics in the 100-meter dash in units of meters per second. Here at MEA, Mr. Negus had two teams of 4 students each try to move as quickly as possible on the lawn while standing on two 2"x4" long boards, with each student holding on to the cords connected to the boards under their feet.

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The race time over the 5 meters of grass distance was recorded for 4 different trials. The results showed a steady decline in the elapsed time. The teams became noticeably speedier as they learned how to cooperate as a team and follow the left foot, right foot pace while the leader of the team sounded out the tempo that got quicker and quicker. It was a joy to see!

Here are results from one of the Physics groups.

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Learning about fellow students

Questions and replies from a Welcome Board!
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Back to School Night

Wednesday, September 12 / 5:00-7:00pm

Mark your calendars for the Mt. Everest Academy's Back to School Night! There will be various activities and workshops you don't want to miss! More details to follow.

“Spiritual Diversity in Education”

Friday, September 14 / 9:00-12:00 / Cafeteria

Ms. Deb Mech is facilitating Spiritual Diversity in Education which is open to all parents, students, staff, and community members. This workshop is a fully inclusive whole-child / holistic approach to tolerance and understanding and fully aligns with our mission of equity and integrated health and wellness. Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Ms. Mech at dmech@sandi.net.

Click here for an informational flyer

MEA Picture Day

Thursday, September 20 / 8:30-12:30 / Auditorium


It's important that all students have their picture taken! The picture will be used for the student's school ID card and the school yearbook. Families will also have the option to purchase a picture package (more details to follow).


Parents, please have your picture taken on this day also, for your Parent Educator ID card!

If you're planning to be on campus for more than student drop off and pick up, you must wear a Parent Educator ID card and lanyard, as per the Campus Code of Conduct policy. It's easy and inexpensive to get yours - just come to Picture Day!

  • The cost for a parent ID card is $3 and must be paid on Picture Day, with cash or a check made payable to "Lifetouch."
  • Your Parent Educator ID card will also qualify you for educator discounts
  • If you don't already have a lanyard, they will be available for parents at Picture Day.


Please email Linda Ele at lele@sandi.net

************* ANNOUNCEMENTS *************

Student Poll Worker Opportunity

If you are interested in volunteering to be a part of the democratic process in California, see Mr. Cate for information about earning community service hours, money for the school, and invaluable experience as a poll worker for the CA Gubernatorial General Election that will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

More information and FAQ's


Study Group Schedules

Here's a link to the Study Group schedule.

The following changes have been made:

  • AP Art History now meets on Tuesdays, 12:30-1:4
  • English 1, 2 now has two meetings on Wednesdays, 10:40 and 12:30


Most extracurriculars will begin the week of September 10 (this includes Mr. Johnson's music classes). The activities schedule is in-progress and will be posted on the MEA website soon.

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net. 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.

K-8 Music Classes Information

If you missed the meeting with Mr. Johnson last week, below is the info he shared. If you have any questions, please contact him directly at kjohnson3@sandi.net.

  • Wed. Sept. 12 is the first class
  • If you commit to the class, we expect to see you every week!
  • Sam Ash in Lemon Grove rents quality instruments at an affordable price
  • www.musictheory.net is a great resource to review with your students
  • Music flashcards are recommended to practice with at home
  • A 3 ring binder or plastic pocket is recommended for keeping sheet music organized

The class schedule on Wednesdays will be as follows:
  • 8:15-9:05 - Beginning Band
  • 9:15-10:05 - Choir
  • 10:15-11:20 - Beginning Orchestra
  • 12:30-1:45 - Advanced Band
  • 1:50-3:05 - Advanced Orchestra

Parents needed for SSC and SGT!

The Mt. Everest Academy School Site Council (SSC) and Site Governance Team (SGT) each have open parent positions for two year terms. If you are interested in running for School Site Council and/or Site Governance Team, please submit your name and a short (3-4 sentence) biography to Principal Browne at cbrowne@sandi.net or bring it to MEA’s Front Office. The deadline for submitting your name for candidacy is Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

You may be wondering, “What exactly are SSC and SGT?” The School Site Council consists of elected members representing parents, teachers, students, the school principal, and other school employees. This group is responsible for reviewing the school's improvement plan and allocating fiscal resources to support Mt. Everest Academy's goals in the areas of curriculum development and instruction. The State Legislature, as well as the Mt. Everest Academy teaching staff and administration, believes that the best decisions are made by those individuals who are most affected by them.

The Site Governance Team is a shared decision making body required at each school by the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education. The team discusses issues, gathers input and makes recommendations about topics affecting our school and our children with an emphasis on the instructional program.

The SSC and SGT will meet a minimum of six times during the year, and meetings will usually be scheduled on Wednesdays from 2-3. (This time is subject to change due to the availability of members.)

We greatly appreciate your willingness to support Mt. Everest with your time!

Student Account Login Info (Active Directory accounts)

If you are a new student or a returning student that forgot your login info, it can be obtained from any of your teachers. This login with allow you to access all district computers and related apps, software, and research databases. (More info about these tech tools will be available during Back to School Night.)

"Grab-N-Go" Lunches

Mt. Everest Academy has lunches available in the office three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday. If your child would like a lunch, please sign up in the morning. Lunches are available beginning at 11:00 am and cost $2.75 or are free to students who qualify on the free/reduced lunch application. Apply online for free/reduced lunches.

************ COUNSELING CORNER ************

Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. You can reach him with any counseling questions at rzappala@sandi.net or 858-496-8791. Or feel free to stop by the counseling office anytime!

SAT Dates

The SAT test dates for 2018-19 are as follows:

  • October 6, 2018
  • November 3, 2018
  • December 1, 2018
  • March 9, 2019
  • May 4, 2019
  • June 1, 2019

Students need to register by September 7 in order to take the upcoming test on October 6.

Link to information and registration

******************* LIBRARY ******************

September: Did You Know...?

Did you know the Declaration of Independence was signed on September 17, 1787?

Come to the library to learn more!

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