Monday Message

Sept. 14, 2020

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

Looking to support our awesome school with your time? The Mt. Everest Academy SSC and SGT have open positions for at least one parent (SSC and SGT) and student (SSC). If you are a parent or student 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 by Friday, 9/18. Biographies will be shared next week for voting purposes.

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 2pm-3pm. Scheduled dates for this year include:

  • 9/30/20
  • 10/28/20
  • 12/2/20
  • 1/27/21
  • 3/3/21
  • 4/7/21
  • 5/26/21

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

Community College Summer Transcripts Needed

Students who took a community college Summer course for dual enrollment credit need to give Mr. Zappala an official, sealed transcript in order for the class or classes to be entered on your transcript. Please mail your transcript to Mt. Everest Academy or bring it to Mr. Zappala. If he is not on campus, you can put the envelope through the mail slot in Principal Browne’s door.

You can request official transcripts through your mySDCCD student portal or you can order them here.

Book & Laptop pickup times

This week we will have material(s) and Chromebook pickups on:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 (12 noon to 3 p.m.)

No appointment needed. Please follow proper safety guidelines: wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet apart from others.


Hello from your MEA library and book room! We hope you are settling into the new school year.

We have received these books in for checkout:

  • Course: 6757 Government 1 (grade 12) and Course: 6758 Economics 1 (grade 12)
  • German: Deutsch Prufungstraining, AP German Language and Culture
  • Novel/texts: “Tuesdays with Morrie”and “How to Read Literature Like a Professor”

We still have…

Math workbooks (6-8th grade) and some middle grade novels, if you missed your chance to check out copies.

Do you still want textbooks you requested?

If you previously emailed about textbooks but weren’t able to get your copy, please let us know if you are still planning to pick up those textbooks.

Copy requests

If you have special requests for copies, please continue to email us at least 24 hours in advance of Tuesday or Thursday this week. We are doing our best to prepare materials for both staff and families as quickly as possible.

San Diego libraries

Don’t forget there are 28 San Diego libraries which are having drive-by “contact-less” pickups for books which you wish to check-out. Seek your closest library here.


MEA Library staff (Suzie Wilson and Karen Iwamoto)

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 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, Sept. 25.

Technology Resources and Supports

Please see information related to technology resources and support here.

Biocom presents Life Science Workshop for K-2

Friday, September 18 / 10:00-11:00

Parents of students in K-2, please mark your calendars for Sept. 18 at 10am. Students will experience a virtual Life Science workshop designed by BioCom. At textbook pick up you received a bag with supplies for the workshop.

A companion read along book will be available for pick up at school soon (provided free from Biocom!). Mrs. Finney will be posting the Zoom link on her classroom pages. We hope to see everyone there!

ASB Officer Elections

The deadline to turn in officer applications and teacher recommendations is extended to MIDNIGHT tonight, Monday, Sept. 14.

Music Classes with Mr. Johnson start Sept. 15

To be held every Tuesday

  • 8:00-8:40 Beg. Strings
  • 8:50-9:30 Beg. Band
  • 9:40-10:20 Choir
  • 10:30-11:10 Adv. Band.
  • 11:20-12:00 Adv. Strings
  • 12:10-12:50 Music Theory (for older students)

New Meeting Link! (Mr. Johnson apologizes for the link not working on Friday.)

Join Zoom Meeting

For questions please contact Mr. Johnson at

MATHCOUNTS Club, grades 6-8

Mondays 12:30-1:30 pm (except turn-in weeks)

MATHCOUNTS Club had their first Zoom meeting today! For students who would like to join but were not able to make it today, please email ASAP as the student participant list will be finalized next week.

Students enrolled in grades 6-8 who enjoy math and challenging problems are welcome to join the MATHCOUNTS Club. The club will conclude with the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series which will be held online in the beginning of 2021 (it usually happens at the end of February).


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!

September is suicide awareness month

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought to the forefront of our attention the reality of the suicide threat for our students as they struggle to manage life while social distancing and distance learning. Please take a look at these facts and resources as you help your students to be successful during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Zappala at

Risk of Suicide | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Suicide and suicidal thoughts are relatively common. Suicidal thoughts do not mean someone is weak or flawed; learn about the warning signs and risks.

Get Involved | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Show support with NAMI by participating in several annual mental health awareness events. Learn more about the events.

Promote National Suicide Prevention Month : Lifeline

We can all help prevent suicide. Every year, the Lifeline and other mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world raise awareness of suicide prevention during September, National Suicide Prevention Month.

Meeting for all Seniors

Friday, October 2 / 12:30 pm

Mark your calendars, Seniors! Mr. Zappala will be sharing important information and reviewing expectations for the year. More information and the zoom link to come.

National College Fairs

Hello Juniors and Seniors. With college descending upon us it is time for seniors to think about where to apply to college for Fall 2021 and for juniors to begin exploring colleges for Fall 2022. College Fairs will be virtual this year, so get information on which fair is right for you. Here is information that should prove helpful to both Juniors and Seniors:

ASB (Student Government)

Are you in 8th-12th grade and interested in joining our ASB class, but it's not on your schedule yet? If yes, please contact Mr. Zappala at to have it added to your schedule. This year, ASB will be focused on building community in the online space as well as planning projects in conjunction with the Anti Defamation League's (ADL) program “No Place for Hate.”

Monday College Knowledge Webinar Series

Hello Seniors. The Monday College Knowledge Webinar Series is an opportunity to get valuable information to help you in the college application process. Please sign up for these webinars ASAP since participation is limited. Reach out to Mr. Zappala ( with any questions you have.

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.


Mt. Everest in the News!

Scroll to about 4:20 on the time bar to see MEA featured in a CBS special on education. Principal Browne and an MEA Alum were interviewed. Good stuff!
The Learning Curve special report covers education in California during the COVID-19 pandemic
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