Monday Message


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.

Mt. Everest Mural

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 11-3pm (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!

Oh, What a Show!

The Mt. Everest Academy Talent Showcase & Silent Auction was an evening of amazing entertainment! Thank you to all the performers, stage crew, silent auction donators, organizers, and audience for helping to create such a special evening!

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MEA Podcast

Enjoy this most recent MEA podcast by hosts Stephanie Lee and Toler Pfaff-Carano!

Episode #5: Fourth Sequel

In this episode, the hosts talk with students Colton S. and Kaylie S. about films, Star Wars, and YouTube.

Also, there is now an email for advice and questions:

Das Deutsche Kekse Festival

Link to the yummy "Keske Festival" photo gallery

The German Club led by Risa Schapiro, who is also a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon German Honor Society at MEA, organized a German Cookie Festival/Social – “Das 2019 MEA Kekse Festival” to promote the German language and culture.

The cookies were mostly German and Swiss specialties – recipes were translated from German during our Wednesday club meetings. As a special addition, Risa also baked a marble cake, and a butter almond cake, and Meredith Ausland brought an Apfel Strudel!

For a first time baking these cookies the students, and “some moms too” did an excellent job – as within about 20 minutes all cookies and cake had been consumed!

In order to have a cookie or a piece of cake you had to learn how to say a word or a short phrase in German – the club members prepared cards with the words and phrases on them and circled around during the festival teaching everyone! We’ll hopefully do it again next year.

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Dr. Seuss Month

April 15-19: Silly Sock Week!

Dr. Seuss has written and illustrated many children's books that we all have enjoyed.

This April we are reading some of his fun books and discussing the characters and the themes. We will complete our author study on April 19th with a Dr. Seuss Carnival.

Students will be able to fill a passport with stickers as they read and attend Library time and as they participate in the Carnival activities and stations.

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Holocaust Speaker Postponed

Please remove from your calendar the presentation by Holocaust survivor, Fanny Lebovits, that was previously scheduled for Tuesday, April 16. Fanny has injured her leg and is having to cancel all of her speaking engagements for a few weeks. We intend to reschedule her talk before the school year ends!

ASB Candidate Speeches

Tuesday, April 16 / 12:00 / Auditorium

Please come support our ASB officer candidates as they give their election speeches!

Modular Origami Workshop

Tuesday, April 16 / 2:00 / MakerSpace

Noah L. will teach students in 4th grade and up how to make modular origami. Modular origami is a paperfolding technique that uses two or more sheets of paper to create a larger and more complex structure than would be possible using single-piece origami techniques.

Dr. Seuss Carnival

Friday, April 19 / 12:00-2:00 / Elementary Area

After completing the Dr. Seuss author study, we'll celebrate with a Dr. Seuss Carnival!

The passport that students have been filling out with stickers will be used to participate in the Carnival activities and stations.

Work Due for Month 8

Friday, April 19 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 your work in to Room 17B (Mr. Huy's room)
  • Students in Spanish with Ms. Mullen: please turn your work in to Room 9

Please turn down volume during turn-in week

Students, please be mindful of your noise level outside classrooms during turn-in week.

Your fellow students are taking tests, writing essays, and need a quiet work environment!

Thank you.

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

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.

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).


Dr. Rodenberg, runner up for SDUSD Teacher of the year

Dr. Rodenberg has been named a runner-up for San Diego Unified School District Teacher of the Year! She is one of just six honorees in SDUSD, which has more than 9,000 teachers. This honor also makes her eligible for the San Diego County Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced in the fall at the Cox "Salute to Teachers." Congratulations Dr. Rodenberg!!! Link to article

Yearbook Deadlines

Seniors Portraits

If you took senior portraits, we will be using the cap and gown photo for the yearbook. If you would prefer that we use a drape and tux picture or your Fall picture, please let Ms. Rice know ASAP.

Senior Class Photo

Thursday, April 18 / 10:10 am

We will also be taking a class of 2019 photo for the yearbook on Thursday, April 18 at 10:10 in the lawn in front of Mr. Cate’s room. Please be prompt if you wish to be included.

Missing Grade-Level Portraits Needed! (by Apri 16)

The yearbook is still missing some smiling MEA faces. If you missed fall picture day or joined the Mt. Everest family after picture day had passed, we need your photo! If you have a digital copy of a photo that we can include in the yearbook, please email it to Laurel Rice at as soon as possible. If you do not have a digital photo, please bring in a photo that we can scan. It does not have to be an official portrait, but it should be a head and shoulders shot, if possible. Seniors who wish to use a photo other than the ones taken by Lifetouch should submit those, as well. Please submit your photos by April 16.

Off-Campus Student Activities Pictures Wanted! (by April 17)

Since a lot of our MEA students are very involved in activities off-campus, it would be great to include those in the yearbook! Would you please send pictures and a sentence or two about the activity to Laurel Rice at Your input is needed by April 17.

Purchase Your Yearbook (by 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: Community Service Form


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

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Keeping the coop cozy & clean

It's a little hard to see inside the chicken coop, but in the pictures below some of our Coop Group students are laying down fresh bedding for our chickens.


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!

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.


The Princess Project


The Princess Project Spring dress giveaway season has begun and will run through Saturday, April 27. Teens can make an appointment online to go pick out a free prom dress and accessory.

The Princess Project provides dresses to high school teens who could not otherwise afford them. Their efforts are made possible through volunteer, donor and community support.

Free athletic physical exams

Saturday, June 1 / 8:00-12:00 / SD High School

Is your 8-11th grade student planning to play a sport at their neighborhood school next year? If yes, they will need an athletic physical. UCSD has partnered with SDUSD to provide physicals free of charge. Please see this flyer for more info.


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