Monday Message


Fun with Mrs. Becerra’s Mother & Friends!

Who better to help Mrs. Becerra’s class make Mother’s Day cards than Mrs. Becerra’s very own mother? Mrs. Becerra’s mother, Deanie Stevens, and her mother’s friends, Merle Lonstein and Pat Schneider, brought in a basket of materials to the class and then helped students create charming Mother’s Day cards. It looked like the ladies were having as much fun as the students!

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5th graders learn about body systems

After studying about chemical reactions, Ms. Patterson's grade 5 students have been learning how chemical reactions happen in living things. Students have been looking inside themselves- at the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems and how those systems all work together.

They later compared their body systems to that of plants. Each student had to trace their body shapes, cut them out, and cut and color individual organs in order to place them into position for each of the systems.


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Talent Show Pictures


The rest of Dana Dirk's pictures of our Talent Show have been added to the slide show. Check out the Act 2 performances!

Knot Tying Lessons

Eagle Scout Jackson S. taught MEA students how to tie different kinds of knots: square, slip, bowline, and one-handed bowline. Thank you Jackson, for sharing your expertise with your fellow students!

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MEA Improv Team Wins!

The Mt. Everest Academy Improv Team went up against professionals in a battle of wits at the National Comedy Theater last Friday night. It was a HILARIOUS show, and our MEA Improv Team came home as the reigning champion!

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

Work Due for Month 9: Friday, May 19 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

Testing/Class Calendar for May 2017


Here is the testing/class calendar for the month of May, which will affect all students' schedules.

SMARTER BALANCE TESTING - grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11

Week of May 15
Grades 3-6 will be tested Monday-Thursday mornings from 9-11:30
Grades K-6: no study groups, PALS, or extracurricular activities

Week of May 22

Grades 7, 8 & 11 will be tested Monday-Thursday mornings from 8:30-12:00

Grades 7-12: no study groups (however grades 8, 9, 10 will have RRR classes)

During Smarter Balanced Testing, students should bring a bottle of water, a book to read, headphones or earbuds*, and a snack. Granola bars will be provided for students if they don't have a snack. No cell phones or electronic devices are allowed.

* Headphones will be provided for students that don't bring their own.

More information about Smarter Balanced Testing is available on the California Department of Education website.

SBAC practice tests and sample questions (no login needed, just choose guest)


Week of May 22

State law requires that parents/guardians be notified of any school classes providing instruction in sex education and/or sexually transmitted diseases. Rights, Respect, and Responsibility (3Rs) is San Diego Unified School District's Board-approved comprehensive sexual health curriculum which we are teaching to grades 8, 9, and 10.

Separate emails will be sent out from teachers with the specific schedule, parent previews, and permission forms. Information about the RRR classes is available on the SDUSD website.


For students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11 that will not be participating in the Smarter Balanced testing this week or next, a test exemption form MUST be turned in. The forms are available and can be filled out in the front office. Thank you for your attention to this.

Time to pick Nectarines!

Nectarines are ripening and ready for picking! We've got a bumper crop this year! Stop by your MEA orchard (streetside near elementary playground), and pick delicious, sweet, juicy nectarines. Great for quick snacks, added to oatmeal, or chopped and frozen for summertime smoothies.

Note: Easy orchard access means you can enjoy orchard goodies all summer long! Apple trees have begun to fruit and juicy plums will arrive mid-summer. Come pick fresh fruit anytime!"

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Enrollment for 2017-18

If you are planning on returning to Mt. Everest Academy next year, please come to the office to pick up your enrollment packet. These forms must be completed every year. Return completed forms and a current proof of address (i.e. SDG&E, water, cable, or phone bill) to the office by Thursday, May 25.

If you are moving or are planning on attending a different school, please call Norma in the main office at 858-496-8778. Thank you.

Very Important Information for Seniors

Senior Letter and Graduation Checklist

This letter has information about the senior survey, prom, graduation checklist, and graduation ceremony. Please read it carefully! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or stop by the office.


High School Prom

The Mt. Everest Academy Prom is this Friday! All high school students are invited and encouraged to prom date needed!

When: Friday, May 19

Where: Mission Bay Yacht Club, 1215 El Carmel Pl, San Diego, CA 92109.

Time: 6-10 pm.

Ticket prices:

$25 until 4/30

$30 until 5/14

$35 after 5/14

No tickets sold at the door. Payment and permission slips due by 5/18 to front office. Download the permission slip here or pick one up in the front office.

Hope to see you there!

Also, parents are needed to help set up and clean up. Please email Principal Browne at if you are available and willing to help at this memorable event!

SSC/SGT Meeting

Wednesday, May 24 / 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

Join us for the COLOR RUN!

Thursday, May 25 / 12:30-2:30 / Dirt field below Wiggin bungalows


  • MEA is hosting this powder color fun run for all ages
  • Sign up online to participate or volunteer
  • ASB is providing FREE white t-shirts, all sizes available, see Ms. Ele in the Computer Lab for early selection
  • There will be an obstacle course and all participants will have a turn at tossing colors AND running the course!
  • Forward questions to parent Gail Shingler at

MEA Family Picnic

Friday, June 2 / 11:00-2:00 / Mission Bay Crown Point Shores North

Everyone, mark your calendars for our annual Mt. Everest Academy Family Picnic! More details to come…!

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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 (

Who won the Egg drop challenge?


The Finals of the April Egg Drop Challenge took place Thursday, May 11th, at high NOON! It was an exciting and fun time with Lucia, Ria, Juliana and Octavia. These ladies had built contraptions for the challenge which could hold eggs that from heights of 11 feet would not break! We met this Thursday to try to declare one final winner. We decided, as a group, that each girl would piece by piece take her contraption apart to see if we could finally have some eggs break! We learned some amazing things. Bubble wrap is truly very protective, as is string!

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Library Deadlines

All library materials (books, DVDs, Phonics Readers, Time Readers) are due by May 25.

Textbooks are due AS SOON AS YOU ARE FINISHED WITH THEM, or by June 14th at the latest.

To see what you've got checked out, CLICK HERE and follow the steps below:

  • Click on LOGIN on the upper right corner
  • Enter your school username and password
  • Click on MY INFO


SDUSD Kid's Create Recipe Contest

All SDUSD students are encouraged to put on their chef's thinking caps and create a delicious recipe that may be featured on school menus next year. For grades K-5, create a "Meatless Monday" recipe. For grades 6-12, "Build a Better Burger." Additional prizes for first, second and third place winners include Amazon Fire tablets and Amazon gift cards. Entries are due by May 25, 2017. Link to entry form online

Free sports screening for SDUSD athletes

This screening will include all elements required to participate in sports for the 2017-18 school year, as well as optional concussion baseline testing and sports health and wellness educational presentations. Free sports screening flyer

Tang Math Summer Camp

Introducing San Diego's most fun and effective math experience! As educators, Tang Math has found that students' learning development can stall and even regress over the summer. At Tang Math camp, students will use actual math skills in real world situations while developing a deeper sense of numbers in a really fun way. Tang Math flyer

Safe Schools Summit

Saturday, May 20 / 8:00-3:00 / Ballard Parent Center

The SDUSD is hosting a Safe Schools Summit on May 20 for students in the district. The summit is for ALL students Gr. 6-12 who want to make schools safer, more affirming, and inclusive for ALL students. This youth-led and -focused conference will feature student speakers, workshops, resource tables, and free meals! Flyer

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.