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Oh, What a Show!

The Mt. Everest Academy Talent Showcase & Silent Auction was an evening of amazing entertainment! And the Silent Auction raised over $2,000 in funds that will be used to directly impact all of the students at MEA.

Many, many thanks to:

  • All the incredible student performers for sharing their talents
  • Adira Rosen for organizing and directing the show
  • The ASB for supporting the event and food service
  • Parent Matthew Thompson for running the sound board
  • Parent Kim Bautista, our silent auction organizer-extraordinaire
  • Parent Dana Dirks for taking and sharing her beautiful photos

TALENT SHOW PICTURES LINK (more to come at a later date)

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

Work Due for Month 8: Friday, April 21 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 in your work to Mr. Antti in room 6

California School Parent Survey

Dear Mt. Everest Academy Parents,

Please take a moment to read this letter regarding the California School Parent Survey. This is your opportunity to share your opinions about the climate of our school.

  • For Elementary Parents: elementary teachers will be handing the survey out to you this week.
  • For Secondary Students: when you turn in your monthly work this week, please pick up the survey for your parents from your supervising teacher.

Please note that parents only need to complete and return one survey - for your oldest child attending Mt. Everest Academy. Finished surveys should be returned to the front office by Friday, April 28. Thank you!

More CSPS info at

Last week to order yearbooks!

We have extended the date for you to purchase your yearbook to the end of this week Friday, April 21. Please order your yearbook online before this date.

Thank you,

Mr. Antti

No Game Design meeting this week

There will be no Game Design and Development meeting this week, but the activity will continue as usual next Thursday, April 27, at 1:50pm.

School Year 2018-19 Start Date ??

San Diego Unified School District is planning the 2018-19 school year calendar and they are asking for our school's input regarding the start date. If you'd like your preference to be included in our response, please vote here.

The two choices are:

  • OPTION 1: Pre-Labor Day, with a start date of Monday, August 27, 2018 and ending on Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • OPTION 2: Post Labor Day, with a start date of Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and ending on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

The last day input can be accepted is Thursday, April 20. Thank you for your feedback!


Earth Day Festival

Wednesday, April 26 / 11:00-1:00

The Environmental Club is hosting MEA's second annual Earth Day Festival and first ever clothing and book swap on April 26th from 11am-1pm. Stop by the blacktop for games, inspiring speakers, live music, and awesome booths. Peruse the auditorium for a groovy clothing and book swap. Bring in your unwanted clothes, accessories, and books (for all ages) starting on April 25th.

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, April 26 / 2:00 / Room 11

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. For questions, please contact Mrs. Courtney Browne at

Holocaust Survivor Speaker

Thursday April 27 / 10:30 - 12:00 / Auditorium

Rose Schindler will be speaking to our Mt. Everest Community (students, parents, staff, friends, and neighbors) about her experiences in Auschwitz, an infamous concentration camp, during World War II. From 1940 to 1945, an estimated 1.1 million people perished at Auschwitz. This is a historic opportunity that you will not want to miss.

Rose spent four months there, as a 14-year-old and was likely destined for the gas chamber because she was considered too skinny to work. But Schindler was able to get away by sneaking aboard a transport filled with those selected for factory work. She made uniforms and gas masks there until the war ended.

Schindler’s parents and five of her seven siblings were killed in the Holocaust.

Rose and her husband, Max, came to speak at our school last year. Since then, Max has passed away, but Rose will return to our school to speak in more depth and detail about her time in the camp. So few of these survivors from World War II are still alive and even fewer are able to go out to speak. This is an incredible opportunity to hear and be able to ask questions about a part of history that most only read about in a book.

Some of what Rose will share may be difficult to hear, so be sure your student is ready for this information. There is quite a bit of information online and on YouTube that would be a great way to get ready to hear from people that lived through this time.

Bring your family and friends.

For questions:

Linda Patterson -

Bruce Sharp -

Sign up for the Woodbus!

NOTE DATE CHANGE: Friday, April 28

Ages 5-8 / 9:00-10:00am / $15.00 per student

Ages 9-10 / 10:15-11:45am / $20.00 per student


Sheila Dawson is bringing her mobile woodworking program "I Can Build It Myself" to Mt. Everest Academy. This is a practical and productive hands-on-hand-tools class. All wood, tools and safety glasses are provided. Children must wear closed toe shoes (no exceptions) to participate.

If you’d like your child to participate, please sign up and pay (CASH ONLY) in the office with Norma by Wednesday, April 26.

For questions, please contact Mrs. Becerra at

For more info about the woodbus, click here

“Spiritual Diversity in Education”

Friday, April 28 / 9:00-12:00pm / 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

Click here for an informational flyer

Quizbowl for Middle Schoolers

Sunday, April 30 / Madison High School

Here is an opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to participate in an Academic League type competition with only students in the same age category. It starts at 9am, but check-in will be at 8:30, and the matches will last until about 4pm. It should be lots of fun!

Please email Mr. Jacobs at to let him know if you are interested.

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

Horatio Alger Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Scholarship is for seniors who plan on attending a community college or technical school, and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must also demonstrate how they have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.

UC and CSU mid-year transcript requests


Remember to get your UC and CSU mid-year transcript requests into Mr. Zappala ASAP. They are due May 1.

Required AP Test Pre-Administration Session

Tuesday, April 25 / 11:50am / Cafeteria

For students that have signed up to take AP tests, please plan to attend this mandatory AP Pre-Administration Session. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mrs. Browne or Mr. Zappala. Link to AP exam information on CollegeBoard

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Link to Makerspace calendar of activities.

From Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-2:30, the Makerspace is open for students ready to tinker and create, unless an activity is listed as "participants only" (marked with an asterisk on the calendar). Questions? Contact supervisors: Nikki Bradford ( or Barb Mulvany (

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

April Poetry Entries

The library’s April challenge was to write a poem about the Mt Everest Library. We had several entries; some made acrostic poems, others made haikus. All entries received a prize from the library. See below for the creative poems our clever students created!

Look for the library’s May challenge at the end of April!

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Shhh, thousands of books

Non-fiction and fiction books

Owned by the country

-by Isaac M., grade 1

In the library

We learn about history

So we can be free

-by Isaac M., grade 1

Look, look, over there

Is that a book in the air?

Quick, catch and read it

-by Neeku N., grade 3

Oh, great library

With many books to enjoy

And fun contests, too!

-by Ian N, grade 3

Libraries are fun

Books! Books! Books! So many books!

A great place to learn.

-by Jon N., grade 1

Library Dates

The last day to check out library materials for the school year is May 12th. All library materials (books, DVDs, Time Readers, Phonics Readers) are due by May 25th.

The last week for Library Time is May 16th through May 18th.

Textbooks are due to the textbook room (room 4) AS SOON AS YOU ARE FINISHED WITH THEM, or by June 14th at the latest.

Did you know that you can look online to see what you've got checked out?


  • Click on LOGIN on the upper right corner and use your school username and password


  • Go to or
  • Click the plus (+) sign next to Atypical Site, then click on Mt. Everest Academy
  • This will take you to the home page.
  • Click on LOGIN on the upper right corner and use your school username and password

Once you are logged in, you can click the my info tab to find out what you have checked out.

Thank you!

BookIt Forms Due Now

Final BookIt forms for March are now due! Turn in your forms to get the last pizza coupon of the year. All certificates expire May 1st, so come in soon for yours. Great reading!

************ STUDENT SPOTLIGHT ************

Petunia Rizo represents Mt. Everest Academy at All-County Middle School Honor Orchestra

Petunia Rizo (grade 6) auditioned and was selected to play the viola for the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) All-County Middle School Honor String Orchestra.

Here is a link to the roster of the students participating.

Click here for more information about the concert.

Concert: Saturday, April 22nd 7:00 PM

in Shiley Theatre at the University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Tickets: $5 (available at the door)


Summer Computational Biology Research Camp

Location: Scripps Research Institute

Study Genetics and Diseases at Scripps in this hands-on research camp. You will receive a certificate of completion and will qualify to become a volunteer and start a research group on campus! Geared towards participants that will be 9th-12th graders in 2017-18. There is a fee for this program.

Additionally, for those who qualify, a limited number of scholarships are available. Click here for more details and a past student’s TEDx talk.

"The Jungle Book"

Horizon Christian Academy invites Mt. Everest Academy families to their performances of "The Jungle Book" on April 28, 29, May 5 & 7. Link to flyer.

"I Hate Hamlet"

May 5 - May 14 / San Diego Mesa College

"I Hate Hamlet" is about a struggling young television actor, Andrew Rally, who attempts to boost his career by taking on the title role of Hamlet for the stage. Don't miss this romantic comedy! See how Andrew wrestles with his love life, the ghost of John Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he "hates Hamlet!"