"Tuesday" Message

January 19, 2021

First Semester ends on Friday!

This is a reminder that First Semester ends on Friday for all students in grades 6-12. This means that all work for First Semester MUST be turned in to teachers by Friday.

Month 5 turn-in is the following Friday, 1/29. Work samples for audit are due on 1/29 (as well as work assigned to count towards Second Semester.)

Second Semester courses begin on 1/25. If your child is starting a new course with a new teacher (like art in middle school or personal finance in high school), please be sure to note when orientations are for those classes.

Please reach out to Principal Browne or Mr. Zappala with any questions.

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Elementary Art

Day: Thursday, Jan. 21

Time: 1:00pm

Zoom: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/7796265282


This month students will learn about color and color mixing. They will also make marbled paper that will be used during next month's class.

Participants will need to provide their own supplies which are listed on the Elementary Art webpage.

Feel free to contact Mrs. Sink with any questions: vsink@sandi.net

PSAT/NMSQT - Update 1/21/21

Tuesday, January 26

11th graders who signed up for this test will receive information regarding the procedures and start time. Testing will take place outdoors.

* * UPDATE 1/21/21 * *

We have just learned that the PSAT scheduled for 1/26 may be cancelled due to the weather forecast. We are a very large district and most school sites are planning to administer the exam on large outdoor spaces like football fields. If it is cancelled, no district school sites will be hosting it, even small sites like MEA. If it is cancelled and you are concerned about missing the possibility of qualifying for the NMSQT scholarships, please know that you can take the SAT in March as an alternative for NMSQT if our district does not offer the PSAT on Tuesday. As soon as we have more information, we will let you know.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, January 27 / 2:00-3:00

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 cbrowne@sandi.net


January 25 - 29

The Great Kindness Challenge is all about students "practicing kindness" by completing as many acts of kindness as possible using the provided kindness checklist. Unite in kindness with millions of students around the world during the week of January 25th.

The kind acts on the checklist focus on key concepts:

  • caring (incl. self-care)
  • respect
  • gratitude
  • inclusiveness

The Great Kindness Challenge is an action-based program and the concepts are internalized through the hands-on experiences. Your KINDNESS MATTERS!

MEA Online Parent Lounge

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

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

Wednesday, February 3 / 12:00-12:30

The 2nd MEA Club Fair is coming up in month 6! All students, please join us on Wednesday, February 3rd for the Club Fair. Many clubs will be represented, so come and explore all the amazing options! More information, including the zoom link, is coming soon.

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Spirit Days

Mrs. Battin's (Rosie the Riveter's) 3rd graders showed their school spirit on Historical Figures Day.
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12th grader Colin Gazaui covered all the spirit day bases!

  • Historical Figure Day: Vincent Van Gogh (notice the ear!)
  • Sports Day: boxer
  • Decades Day: 1980's concertgoer
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It’s not too late to have your Spirit Day pictures included in the yearbook – just send them to Linda Ele at lele@sandi.net.

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Yearbook Request: "My Home Classroom"

This unusual year calls for unusual yearbook pictures!

Where do you “go” to school? How do you set up your workspace? Help document this very different year by sending in a photo of MY HOME CLASSROOM for the yearbook. Please include your first name, last name, grade, and caption.

Pictures can be submitted by either:

Ms. Ele is pictured here, working from home.

Middle School Art

Below is the Zoom link for the first class of Middle School Art, which will be held on Wednesday, January 27 at 10:40 AM.

Join Zoom Meeting:


For any questions, please contact Mrs. Battin, bkielty@sandi.net

Special Material Pickups

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27
  • Thursday, Jan. 28

Please note that next week pickups will be on WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27 instead of Tuesday, Jan. 26.

  • 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 textbook
  • Any class changes that require new textbooks

Please contact Suzie Wilson at swilson3@sandi.net if you have any questions, or reach her at 858-627-7381 on Tuesdays through Thursdays. There is no need to email her in advance.

ACT preparation materials

If you are studying for the ACT tests, the library has received a donated set of Practice Questions, Prep Guide, Cram Plan, and Math/Science question/workbooks to our library. The books are used, but still useful for your test preparation. One or more of these books can be checked out during the standard Material Checkout times.

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 leenayumi1@gmail.com 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

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 mail@chulavistaphoto.com 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.

For any questions, please contact Linda Ele at lele@sandi.net


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 lele@sandi.net. We want to hear from you!

Colton Sink plays Touch Rugby

MEA Senior, Colton Sink, has been able to continue playing rugby, his favorite sport. He attends a touch rugby camp on weekends, coached by Perry Baker. Mr. Baker plays for the USA men’s national team, was in the Olympics, and is the second fastest man in rugby. Colton is learning new skills as he becomes an even better player!

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** Extracurricular Activities **


PALS Tutoring

Day: Thursdays

Times: 12:30 - 3:00

Zoom: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/85258186771


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 rzappala@sandi.net. Look for online office hours and grade level meetings in the future!

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.

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 (rzappala@sandi.net) no later than Monday, February 1st and he will forward you the login information.

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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 rzappala@sandi.net

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: testing@sdccd.edu

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

ComputerScience.org 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.


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


The SDUSD and the SD Public Libary are inviting artist/art teacher volunteers to lead a group of young scholars (click for flyer) in completing a Black History Month art project through live, virtual instruction (45 minutes-1 hour) the week of 2/22. It can be a subject/topic of your choosing (related to Black History), but must be ability-level appropriate for the group(s) you select (PK-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-12th). Materials provided to students in advance.

Fill out this proposal form to volunteer! (Open to all staff, families, students, community members).

Email Ebonee Weathers (she/her) at eweathers@sandi.net for more information.

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