Monday Message


Enjoying the rain at MEA

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What is the acceleration going on??

Physics students are in the process of determining the acceleration rate of a steel marble rolling down a ramp due to what Earth’s gravity is doing to it. The ramp angle size is low so it is easier to measure that acceleration compared to making the ramp angle very steep. Galileo did this in the 1600’s. The students used phone stop watches to measure the time. Galileo used the flow amount of water in a container to measure the time. Oh have times changed. Thank you to Galileo and the modern phone inventors.

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Look Up

On a recent Tuesday, around 12:30pm, students crowded around the beautiful tree in the elementary playground area to witness something special...

What was it?

Scroll down to the bottom to find out.

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Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 5 / 6:00-7:00pm / MEA Auditorium

Mr. Johnson’s students will showcase some of the musical pieces they have learned this year. Everyone is invited to come enjoy our Beginning Orchestra, Beginning Band, Choir, Advanced Orchestra, and Advanced Band as they perform for your listening pleasure!

Below, the choir is rehearsing for the big show!

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Author Visit & Holiday Hoopla

Thursday, December 6 / Auditorium



12:00-1:00 AUTHOR VISIT

Children's book author, Henry Herz, will be visiting the Mt. Everest Academy community! Mr. Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children, but everyone is welcome to attend. He will have his books available for purchase until 2:00pm! Plus, it's a thrill to have a book signed by the author!

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Movie Time

Thursday, December 6 / 12:00-1:30 / Room 8
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Parent Group Meeting

Thursday, December 6 / 2:15 pm / Room 10

We would like to invite all parent grades TK -12 to come to a parent social after the Holiday Hoopla. Come share ideas and chat about community building activities.

While you're at the meeting, activities will be provided for your children.

Ice Skating

Friday, December 7 / 10:00-1:00

NTC at Liberty Station / 2875 Dewey Road

Don't miss the annual MEA Ice Skating Event! No sign ups are needed. Just let the ticket office know that you're with the Mt. Everest Academy group, and the cost for each skater will be $5.00. For questions please contact Ms. Nancy Mullen,


Save the date for our annual Legoland field trip! Sign up by 12/21.

When: Friday, Feb. 8
What: Tickets include admission to both Legoland and the Sea Life aquarium
Cost: Tickets for children are $15, adults are $32 (unless you sign up in a 3:1 ratio with children. Then adults are $15)

Free parking passes are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Come sign up and pay (cash only) at the front office by 12/21. Yay!

Theatre Co.- Save the dates!

Pre Audition Meeting/Workshop: Thursday, December 13th at 12:30


Monday, January 7th from 12-2pm

Tuesday, January 8th from 1:30-3:30

Callbacks: Wednesday, January 9th from 12-2pm

First Rehearsal: Wednesday, January 16th


See's Fundraiser Update

Good Afternoon MEA Families!

I am happy to report that some of the See’s Candy orders are in the front office today!

If your order has arrived, an email has been sent to you and you can come pick it up from the front office.

If your order has not arrived, it will be in the front office by this Friday. We had a lot of great orders and I am working with the store in Point Loma to fill them all. Thank you again to everyone who contributed to our success in raising money for our wonderful school!

Those elementary school students who have sold ten items or more will be able to pick from the prize box which is in the main office. Remember, the deal is for every ten items, you receive a prize. Our wonderful secretary would love to help you find something you like in the box!

Also, finally, so exciting to announce - Sara Wolfkind has won the pair of 2019 prom tickets! She sold 18 items worth $325.30 to support our school! Thank you!

Thank you everyone for your support!
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at
Miss Barb

Toy and Gift Card Drive

The donation drive has been extended to Wednesday, December 12.

Mt. Everest Academy is having another toy and gift card drive this year for the San Diego Center for Children. The SD Center for Children provides services to children and teens struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. You can help make their season brighter by giving a new unwrapped item from this Wish List.

We're collecting the new toys and gift cards until December 12. A donation bin is located in the front office. Thank you in advance to this beautiful MEA community!

"Grab-N-Go" Lunches

Mt. Everest Academy has lunches available in the office three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday. Lunches cost $2.75 or are free to students who qualify on the free/reduced lunch application. Apply online for free/reduced lunches.


Please find the most up-to-date schedule on our website, This schedule is a work in-progress; we will continue to add to and fine-tune the schedule as needed.


  • 5th grade Library Time has moved to Tuesdays at 12:30pm
  • Jam Band with Mr. Fisher has been added to Wednesdays at 10:40
  • Jam Band with Mr. Nielsen has moved to Wednesdays at 12:30

If you are interested in offering an extracurricular class or workshop, please contact Principal Browne at We are looking for folks wanting to share talents in science, technology, robotics, and the arts! All required district volunteer paperwork must be submitted in order to lead a class.

Rubik's Cube

Wednesdays / 12:00-1:00 / Cafeteria

Students learn how to solve the Rubik's cube in a few seconds here!

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Mr. Ron Zappala is the Head School Counselor at Mt. Everest Academy. You can reach him with any counseling questions at or 858-496-8791. Or feel free to stop by the counseling office anytime!

Financial Aid follow up for Seniors

Thursday, December 6 / 11:55-12:30 / Room 6

Mr. Zappala will check in with students on the progress of their FAFSA, Cal Grants and scholarship applications. Free pizza will be served!

Community College Concurrent Enrollment

If you are planning on taking a college course in the Spring, please remember to follow these steps:

  1. If you have never taken a college course, start with the online application to obtain your College Student ID number (CSID)
  2. Have the supplemental application completely filled out and signed by your parents and Ms. Browne
  3. If prerequisites need to be met (i.e. assessment testing), they must be cleared before registration
  4. Look for the assigned registration date, which is always one week before the start of the semester
  5. You must register in person at the admissions office at the campus where the course is being taught, either at City, Mesa, or Miramar college

The San Diego Community College District website is a good resource to use for information about this procedure. Link:

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5th grade Library Time

Tuesdays / 12:30pm / Library

Starting this week, 5th grade Library Time has changed to meeting every Tuesday at 12:30pm. Now 5th graders can go right from Library Time to Elementary Art!


November reading logs are due, come and turn them in to Miss Vivian or Miss Suzy. You will receive your coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut, plus a December reading log.

Happy Reading!!!!!

Yummy Pizza!!!!

Link to Pizza Hut's BookIt!


Student Opportunities

Envision 2019 Conference for High School Girls

The UCSD Society of Women Engineers (SWE) welcomes high school girls ages 14 to 18 to learn about the exciting career possibilities in STEM at the SWE Envision 2019 Conference on Feb. 2 at Jacobs Hall in UCSD. Students will participate in hands-on computer programming activities, see a STEM project fair, hear speakers from industry and academia, and have a chance to be mentored by engineering undergraduates. There will be a parallel parent-educator session that includes discussion about financial aid and a student-parent panel. Registration is free.

2019 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is again offering a civics contest for high school students. The theme for 2019 focuses on the 4th Amendment with the prompt, "What is an 'Unreasonable Search and Seizure' in the Digital Age?" The Southern District of California will announce the local winners who will then go on to compete at the circuit level. Contest winners could receive up to $2,000. Contest rules and entry instructions will be posted on Jan. 2.

Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

Chapman University's Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education is offering middle and high school students an opportunity to participate in the 20th annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest. Entries can be submitted in one of four categories: art, film, poetry, and prose. The projects entered must be based on the video testimonies from Holocaust survivors available on the approved websites listed in the contest rules. The submission deadline is Feb. 1.

Bank of America Student Leaders Program

The Student Leaders program from Bank of America connects qualifying high school juniors and seniors with paid summer internships that have a focus on serving the community. In addition to an eight-week internship working with a local nonprofit, each student will attend the Student Leaders Summit in July 2019 in Washington, D.C., with travel expenses paid by the program. The application period closes Feb. 1.

Engineering Essay Contest

The Engineer Girl writing contest, presented by the National Academy of Engineering, challenges students in grades 3 to 12 to write an inspirational story that celebrates a female character using engineering design and problem-solving. Prizes range from $100 to $500 within each of three grade categories. Submissions are due Feb. 1.


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Red-Masked Parakeets flocked to our school to enjoy lunch! They were dropping fruit on top of us and our lunches. They're a "nearly-threatened species", wild and naturalized in SoCal by perhaps the pet trade. They made for an exciting lunch surprise and they drew a crowd!

Pictures from "our" parakeet were uploaded to iNaturalist at

iNaturalist is one of the world's most popular nature apps, giving scientists and naturalists a place to record and share their observations of the plants and animals around them.

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