Monday Message

October 12, 2020

Celebrating 50 Years of Teaching! Unbelievable!!

Mr. Norm Negus is currently in his 50th year of teaching for San Diego Unified School District and has brought his love of science and his dedication to the teaching craft to hundreds, if not thousands, of children.

He loves teaching physics and working with Mt. Everest students, however, he misses working with everyone in person, as hands-on labs are his forte. As a result, he has decided to pass the torch this year. The new teacher certainly has big shoes to fill!

We cannot fully express how thankful we are to Mr. Negus for everything he has brought to Mt. Everest over the years, including our famous Science Fair, research on Double Stars where some of our students were published, and volleyball at lunch time. Mr. Negus volunteered countless hours for our science fair every year. He would often stay late into the night making sure things were set just right and ensuring students who wanted to go on to the County level had everything they needed to do so. Mr. Negus approaches everything with a smile and always has a thoughtful, caring demeanor towards everyone.

Mr. Negus will certainly be missed. We wish him the best in his future endeavors and hope he stays in touch!

Please check out the Mr. Negus photo gallery!

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National Honor Society

Congratulations to those students who applied to join the Mt. Everest Academy chapter of the National Honor Society! Our new inductees are:
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Where Am I?

Hello Dr. Seuss fans!!

I'm somewhere on the MEA campus - can you guess where??


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.


Hello from your MEA library and book room!

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:

To contact the MEA library:

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.

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!

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.


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.

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.

SDSU Speaker - Juniors & Seniors

Friday, November 6 / 11:00-12:00

An SDSU admissions representative will speak to students and any interested parents. She will speak about the admissions process for SDSU and the CSU system, and answer any questions you may have.

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.

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