Monday Message

September 20, 2021

Work Due for Month 1

Friday, Sept. 24 completed by 3:00pm

(must arrive by 2pm for enough time to meet with your supervising teacher)

Mt. Everest Academy must follow strict Ed Code policy regarding independent study. We realize turn-in and work samples can be a hassle, however, they MUST be done correctly in order for our program to stay in existence. So, please carefully follow instructions for turn-in and audit. If you are not sure you are doing something correctly, ask your supervising teacher. (And DO NOT write "audit" anywhere on a work sample or subject title.)

  1. Turn in all of your work to your content area teachers
  2. Use this checklist to prepare your work samples (audits)
  3. Go see your supervising teacher for your monthly "check-in". You will review completed work in all of your classes with them and turn in your work samples.

We strongly suggest completing work samples on Tuesday or Wednesday this week so it is not a rush to get it done on Friday!

If you need assistance with turn-in, Ms. Ballard will be available on Wed. and Thursday in the front office from 12:30-2:30.

Using your Chromebook more efficiently to turn in work

Did you know that the camera on your Chromebook may be helpful for compiling and submitting your monthly work?

This video shows some tips about using the Chromebook camera and inserting images directly into Google Docs.

Music classes with Mr. Johnson

Classes with Mr. Kirk Johnson begin tomorrow, Tuesday 9/21! The schedule is as follows:

  • 8:15- 9:05 - Beginning Band
  • 9:15- 10:05 - Choir
  • 10:10- 11:00 - Advanced Band
  • 11:05 - 11:55 - Music theory (for upper grades)
  • 12:30- 1:20 - Advanced Strings
  • 1:35- 2:25 - Beginning Strings

We look forward to seeing you there!

School Site Council (SSC) and Site Governance Team (SGT)

Please look for links to vote for SSC and SGT representatives in your email inbox this week!

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 eight times during the year and meetings will usually be scheduled on Wednesdays from 2pm-3pm. Meetings will be held on Zoom. Scheduled dates for this year include:

  • 9/29/21
  • 10/27/21
  • 12/1/21
  • 1/12/22
  • 2/16/22
  • 3/9/22
  • 4/27/22
  • 5/25/22

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

Yearbook Discount

Purchase your yearbook by September 30, and get 10% off.

PSAT Sign Ups

October 13/ MEA Caf.

Please check out this link for info and how to sign up.

Spirit Week

ASB is sponsoring the following spirit days; express your creativity and show your school spirit!

Twin Tuesday - Tues, 9/28

Wow! (Picture Perfect) Wednesday - Wed, 9/29

Throwback Thursday (Decades Day) - Thur, 9/30

Musicians Wanted!

First meeting: Thursday, Sept. 30 / 12:30-1:45

MEA’s House band, The Sherpas, is looking for musicians for their new incarnation. Led by the guitar virtuoso Mark Fisher, the Sherpas want you to join them for a jam on Thursday’s 4th period (except for turn in week). If you like to sing or play an instrument, come join us! Starting September 30th!

Upcoming Events

SSC/SGT Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 29

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm


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

Picture Day

Wednesday, Sept. 29 / 8:30-1:30


School portraits are back and this year they will be taken by Gerardy Photography. Students can look "Picture Perfect" on this Wow! Wednesday for Spirit Week.

The portrait will be used for the student's school ID card and the school yearbook. Families will also have the option to purchase a portrait package.

Meeting for all Seniors

Thursday, Sept. 30 / 12:00-12:30

Cafeteria and Zoom

All 12th graders are required to attend this meeting with Mr. Rubin, who will be sharing important information and reviewing expectations for the year.

Meeting for all Juniors

Thursday, Oct. 7 / 12:00-12:30

Cafeteria and Zoom

Mr. Rubin will discuss what is important to focus on for 11th graders, and what to think about as they become seniors next year.

Make-Up Picture Day

Tuesday, Oct. 12 / 8:30-1:30


Students that aren’t able to make Picture Day on Sept. 29 can come on this day instead.

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ASB Officers 2021-22

Congratulations to our newly elected ASB Officers for 2021-22!

Co-Presidents: Matthew S. and Mieko R.

Vice-President: Chloe M.

Secretary: Liberty-Belle G.

Treasurer: Theo M.

Thank you to our new officers for taking on this important job that requires much time, effort and dedication, as ASB is responsible for most school activities on campus. And thank you to all students that participated in the election process.

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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, September 24.

Ally Action

First Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 28 / 12:00-1:00

Ally Action is starting back up again! Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 28th from 12-1 pm in the Cafeteria. If you are passionate about social justice and creating a more welcoming community on campus please consider joining! If you are interested in joining the club please fill out this form so we can keep in touch with you through email. Here is the Ally Action website if you'd like to see what we've done!

Social Studies

Sixth graders were learning about the Stone Ages in Social Studies class. Each group was tasked with finding out the information given by Mrs Sink and creating a poster with their findings. We all learned a lot!

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PALS Tutoring

We are looking forward to resuming our PALS tutoring program this school year and would like your feedback on the times that will work best for you. This year we are looking to expand PALS for all grade levels so even high schoolers can be supported by peers.

Please take the PALS survey here so we can schedule PALS for times that meet the needs of the most students.

School Meals

All MEA students are able to receive school meals free of charge all year long. For the 2021-22 school year, students have access to breakfast, lunch and dinner on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The bagged meals are delivered around 10:30 am and students can pick them up in the office. Families do not need to complete a meal application this year.

MATHCOUNTS Club for grades 6-8

The club will have a weekly meeting online, starting September 14th, and will continue in-person when the school allows it.

Tuesdays 2:00pm-3:00pm (except turn in weeks)

Zoom Information

Meeting ID: andreasteel

Meeting password: math

Students enrolled in grades 6-8 who enjoy math and challenging problems are welcome to come and join the MATHCOUNTS Club. The club will conclude with the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series which will be held online, beginning of 2022 (it usually happens at the end of February.)

For more information feel free to check out

Please note that this club is only for students in grades 6-8.

SDUSD Covid Testing Acknowledgement Form

This is a reminder that all families are required to make a choice on Covid testing at the start of the new school year. Every family must complete the form (access link below) and submit their response online at this time for each student. Free Covid testing in school not only helps prevent the spread of the virus, but it also helps more students stay in school and continue their education.

Covid-19 Testing Acknowledgement Form

(Note: A PowerSchool Username and Password will be required to complete the form. If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact Ms. Ramos in the front office.)

Daily Mindfulness and Meditation

These daily sessions will include about 10 minutes of mindfulness and meditation as well as other activities to foster health and wellness and connectedness in our community. All MEA Community members are welcome!

  • When: Monday through Friday (holidays and scheduled school concerts/events excluded!)
  • Where: . . Passcode: MEA!
  • Why: Optimum Health, Wellness, and Well-Being!
  • Who: The whole MEA Community
  • Time: 12-12:30 (You must login by 12:00)

Student Handbook

Students in grades 6-12 should review the Mt. Everest student handbook with their parents and refer to their supervising teacher with any questions. Please find the handbook here.

Technology Support and Resources

Please see information related to technology resources and support here.


MEA Foundation was created to support our school community. The foundation helps fund ASB and school events, senior graduations, mini grants for staff, and many enrichment workshops and activities for our students and families.

All parents, students, and staff can join MEA Foundation! If you want your voice to be heard and to have a say in the foundation programs, priorities, and finances, please contact Principal Browne at

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, MEA Foundation is able to accept your donations, which are 100% tax-deductible, in order to enhance the overall experience of Mt. Everest Academy students. There are several ways you can easily give.

MEA Foundation’s Giving Tree

This is the first year MEA Foundation has run a Giving Tree fundraiser! Your tax-deductible donations will be used for:

  • Art/art supplies
  • Classroom supplies
  • Science
  • Teacher/professional development
  • Library

You can indicate your preferred donation category in the payment memo (any unspecified donations will go to an area of greatest need). There are 3 easy ways to contribute to the Giving Tree: Venmo, PayPal, or check.


AmazonSmile flyer

MEA Foundation is fully registered with AmazonSmile as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. When you shop at AmazonSmile, will donate to MEA Foundation at no cost to you!


2021 Climate Strike

Join us for The Global Day of Climate Action! Take this concrete step to combat the climate crisis: demand a zero-carbon future and fight for environmental justice and equity!

As you may know, the recent IPCC report has done nothing but confirm the drastic case for our dying climate. Alongside the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the global wildfires, this report adds to the long list of concrete evidence that shows that we need serious intersectional climate action NOW!!

Students from MEA have been invited to join UCSD in their climate strike on September 24th, the Green New Deal! Please note that this is not a school sponsored event. We will be meeting outside the Geisel library at 11:50, the rally starts there at 12:00! If you’d like to participate, a group of students will be taking the bus to the rally from nearby the school.

If you're interested, please fill out this form, or contact Theo Martien at

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PSAT Sign Ups

PSAT will take place at MEA on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 9:00-12:00 in the Cafeteria

Here’s an information sheet about the PSAT/NMSQT. The test is free for 11th graders.

Here’s a link to sign up for the test. (Everyone planning to take it must sign up, even if you are in 11th grade)