Monday Message

October 5, 2020

ASB OFficers

Announcing your Mt. Everest Academy 2020-21 ASB Officers! They will be leading the ASB

in planning creative ways to connect with students.

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MEA Alum in the News

Alumni Adira Rosen was an MEA 10th grader when she founded the MEA Theatre Company, and her legacy has lived on through the wonderful shows that students have performed here every year since 2015.

Now Adira is in the news, and here's part of the story...

For the seniors involved in Carnegie Mellon University’s esteemed drama program, this was a year they had been looking forward to — years of study culminating in an entire season of 22 stage shows over the course of the school year....For now, the entire first semester of shows has been postponed to the second semester....However, at least one enterprising group of students decided that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.... At least that’s how Adira Rosen sees it.

Click here for the rest of the story!

Elementary Sunglasses Days

Elementary students created a little Zoom school spirit by taking part in their Sunglasses Days.
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SAT Tests

All future SAT tests have been cancelled at San Diego Unified School District sites due to COVID closures. Testing will resume as soon as possible. Refunds will be issued by the College Board.


If you purchased a yearbook last year you may be receiving email messages from TreeRing. And YES! There will be a yearbook this year, but the pictures are going to be crowdsourced. So we’ll be asking for your help in making this yearbook the best possible! More info will follow on picture categories and where to submit images.

Library Updates

Hello from your MEA library and book room!

We hope you have settled more into your unusual 2020 school year. We are now holding material checkouts / exchanges / returns on Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. only (except during turn-in weeks). There is no need to email us in advance. However, when we have special distributions ready for check-out, they will be noted in the Monday Message. Thank you!

Library services are changing often around San Diego, so please check these sites regularly for the latest information.

Contact the MEA library:

End of Semester vs End of Month 5

During most school years the end of the Month 5 attendance month coincides with the end of the first semester. Both of these dates are set at the district level and something that we as a school site cannot change. This year is an anomaly. Semester 1 ends on Jan. 22 while Month 5 ends on Jan. 29. We want to let everyone know now (well in advance) that all work for Semester 1 will be due the 3rd week of Month 5. Any work assigned to be completed during Week 4 of Month 5 will count towards Semester 2. Teachers will make this clear on their assignment sheets as well as in Google Classroom and/or Canvas.

AP Exam registration and payment

Registration and payment due October 23 for Spring Exams

Step 1: Activate Exam

Students log into their AP® Exam Class on the MyAP Site at to join the online AP® Exam group and activate the exam by clicking on “Register for the Exam”. Deadline to activate is October 23, 2020.

Step 2: Fee Submission

Go to and complete the online payment form to submit fees. All students registering for an exam must complete the online payment form. Deadline is October 23, 2020.

If you qualify for the free/reduced lunch rate for exams, please email for information needed to complete the payment online.

Help needed for MEA Foundation

Last year, after much leg work, we formed the Mt. Everest Academy Foundation. The mission of the Mt. Everest Academy Foundation is to enhance the overall experience of Mt Everest Academy students by organizing volunteer efforts and raising funds to support teaching and learning opportunities. The MEA Foundation wants all students, staff, and parents to participate in the betterment of Mt. Everest Academy.

Unbelievably, despite Covid19, the MEA Foundation raised over $8,600 and 100% of this money will be used to enhance the educational experience of our students.


  • Fun-Run $5,114.53
  • Family Dinner Nights $618.98
  • Start-Up Donations $1,200.00
  • Donation to purchase kiln $1,500.00
  • Cash Donations $224.00


We need your help! Some of the initial founders of the MEA Foundation have students who no longer attend Mt. Everest. We are in current need of additional Board members to keep the Foundation going. Please email Principal Browne if you are interested in learning more about the Foundation or becoming a Board member. We have minimal meetings throughout the year and it is one of those things that you can make as large or small as you want it to be. Everyone has skills to offer!

Technology Resources and Supports

Please see information related to technology resources and support here.

Music Classes with Mr. Johnson

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)


Questions? Please contact Mr. Johnson at


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!

UCSD Speaker - Juniors & Seniors

Monday, November 2 / 12:30-1:30

A UCSD admissions representative will speak to students and any interested parents. She will speak about the admissions process for UCSD and the UC system, and answer any questions you may have.

Open to 11th and 12th graders. Check your supervising teachers’ Google Classroom for Zoom link.

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.

Fall 2020 Mesa Deadlines

For students taking dual enrollment classes at Mesa College, the DROP deadline is this Thursday, 9/24/2020 and the WITHDRAWAL deadline is Monday, 11/16/2020. Students who drop before the drop deadline will not be penalized for dropping their course(s). Students who drop after the drop deadline, but before the withdrawal deadline will receive a W on their transcript and will no longer be eligible for Mesa College courses until they graduate high school. Students who remain in their course(s) after the withdrawal deadline will receive a letter grade and must maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester in all college work in order to remain eligible.

Students are welcome to self drop in the mySDCCD student portal.

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:

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.


Service Academy Nominations

Each year California Congressman Scott Peters has the privilege of nominating students to attend military service academies: US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy, and US Coast Guard Academy. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Flyer

Service Academy & ROTC Information Night

Wednesday, Oct. 7 / 6:00pm / Zoom

Flyer for Info Night

Students that are interested in a nomination can apply here. The application deadline is Monday, November 30.

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