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Earth Day Festival

The Environmental Club hosted MEA's second annual Earth Day Festival and first ever clothing and book swap! There were games, inspiring speakers, live music, awesome booths, and live chickens!


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Rose Schindler's Story

Mt. Everest Academy was honored with the presence of Rose Schindler, Holocaust Survivor, as she shared her incredible journey of hope with our community. She said “Every story is special, but I want to share my story, just as I promised my father, so the world will always remember and those who are gone will never be forgotten.”



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

Tickets available for "Ragtime"

Tickets to the J Company production of Ragtime on Friday, May 12 at noon featuring MEA students Adira Rosen and Brendan Dallaire only $8! To reserve your tickets, payment is due to the front office by Thursday, May 4.

Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Featuring many of the historical figures that built and shaped this time period, this musical sweeps across the diversity of the American experience to create a stirring epic that captures the beats of the American experience past and present.

AP Scores Online

If you are taking an AP test, here are the steps you need to follow to access your scores beginning on July 5. Good luck!

Access scores flyer

Testing/Class Calendar for May 2017


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


Monday, May 15 / 8:30-12:00 / Room 17A

This year MEA seniors will participate in the pilot of The California Science Test (CAST) to try out test items for the future assessment. While this pilot test will not provide scores for students, it is an important first step in developing an assessment that will fairly and accurately measure how students are achieving on the new science standards. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

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.

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.

MEA gear for sale!

Future MEA student shows early signs of school spirit

Get your gear in the front office! Payable with cash or check.

  • MEA Water Bottle: 24 ounce, stainless steel, blue or silver, $12 each.
  • MEA T-shirt: In either grey or blue. "Do School Differently" is written on the back. $15 each.


Dungeons and Dragons

Wednesday, May 3 / 9:20 - 12:00 / Outdoor Cafeteria

Hear ye! Hear ye! Dragons hath returned and thee mayst square ‘gainst these folk! The first meeting of the Dungeons and Dragons club will be this Wednesday from 9:20-12:00. If you have adventure in your blood and fire in your spirit, join Emma Rodriguez and Jakob Myers at the tables outside the cafeteria for the greatest game of your morning.

Play Codenames at Model UN!

Join Model UN this Wednesday, May 3rd from 12:45 to 1:45 in Room 9, as we play Codenames!

Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and exciting game play: Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. You will need to communicate quickly and cleverly to take hold of their operatives, while avoiding espionage from a wrong guess. Don't target civilian bystanders, and avoid the assassin. Everyone wants to avoid the assassin. Each round will last ~20 minutes, so why not stop by for a quick game?

Codenames is the winner of the 2016 Spiel des Jahres, or the best game of the year.

Hope to see you there!

High School Prom

The Mt. Everest Academy Prom is right around the corner! 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!

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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 (

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Library art on the left by: Jon N., grade 1

Library art on the right by: Ian N., grade 3

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May Library Challenge


This month’s challenge is all about you! Create a bibliography of something that interests YOU! Your bibliography MUST include at least four websites and at least two print materials (books or magazines).

A helpful place to begin your search is our very own library’s website, Destiny: where you will find many resources for research right there on the homepage. Safari Montage will need your student ID and password, others use the username sandi1 and the password library.

If you click on the plus sign next to Atypical Sites, you will find Mt Everest Academy. Click there, then click on catalog at the top to search books in our library. On the left of this page is Destiny Discoverer. If you do your search from here, this will find books, ebooks and websites that meet your search criteria. You can create a bibliography right here by logging in with your school username and password, type in your search, add desired results to your favorites, click on bookbag at the top of the page, click favorites, then click on cite these titles.

Your bibliography is due in the library by 12:00, May 10th to receive a prize, have fun!

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 9th through May 12th. *There will be no checkouts this week*

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!


Tecolote Family Day

Saturday, June 3 / 10:00-2:00 / Tecolote Nature Center

Fun for all ages, with lots of engaging activities: snake encounters, nature crafts, creating with clay, insect investigations, and more!

Tecolote Family Day 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.



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