Schools

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Class of 2004 PBO

As our students think about the beginning of their junior year in high school, we need to step up our planning and fundraising activities. This will ensure a memorable and safe Grad Night for all of them in just less than two years time.

Our first Parent Booster Organization (PBO) meeting for this year is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 26, at the Crown Pointe clubhouse beginning at 7 pm. Please mark your calendars now so that you will be able to attend. We are looking forward to a great turnout!

At this meeting, we will elect officers for the coming year. We are also looking for suggestions of a Grad Night theme from both students and their parents. So, put on your thinking caps and be ready to brainstorm.

Fundraising will intensify this year. Moneymaking ideas will be discussed and decided on. Also, initial planning of the traditional junior year golf tournament fundraiser will take place.

Lots to do, so an early start is essential. And, of course, there is fun to be had with all this activity! If you have any questions, please call Joanne Gimbel at 586-0330, or Kim Molina at 271-7630.

Falcon Football

Falcon players, coaches, staff, and boosters have been working hard all summer getting ready for the upcoming fall football season. Passing league and conditioning camps are complete. This month, we strap on the pads to prepare in earnest for the upcoming football campaign.

There are some important dates to remember in August for our community, players, and families.

  • Sunday, Aug. 4, to Sunday, Aug. 18--CIF. Dead period, no player/coach contact.
  • Monday, Aug. 19--Mandatory parent meeting at high school auditorium at 6:30 pm. All must attend and the community is welcome.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 20, to Wednesday, Aug. 21--Team player meetings. Look for times in our booster newsletter.
  • Thursday, Aug. 22--Two a day practice starts. See booster newsletter for times.
  • Friday, Aug. 30--Scrimmage, Madison varsity at SRHS. See booster newsletter.

Our players and program need community support to ensure a successful season. Now is the time to join the Football Booster Club. All monies are dedicated to support our kids.

This year we are offering Gold, Silver, and Bronze plans with donations ranging from $50 to $150. The levels offer season home game tickets, T-shirt or sweatshirt, home game dinners, a special booster lanyard ID, free programs, and merchandise discounts.

If you are a player parent, have a future high school student, want your business to be recognized, or want to support your community, please help us and join. For further information, call Ralph Sassi at 689-0142, or Coach Diaz at 619-621-9020, ext. 3373.

Cheer 2002-2003

If you are interested in cheerleading and having fun, sign-up for the SRHS summer cheer clinic on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 am-12 pm. It is a great day to learn technique and cheer skills.

It is $25 per participant, and all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. You get a picture with Falcon and a cheer T-shirt, not to mention skills to work on for future SRHS cheerleaders.

Coach Eric Claxton--he was in the movie Bring It On and will be in the upcoming Bring It On 2--will head up the choreography, joined by the SRHS cheerleaders. SRHS cheerleaders are nationally competitive.

To register, simply e-mail Nancy Anderson, cheer advisor for SRHS, at [[email protected]]. Please send your name/participant's name, address, and phone number, and I will mail you an application immediately.

This is a fun day. Also, it has been a fundraiser and a tradition at SRHS for nine years. The money earned goes toward competition fees, uniform costs, and cheer supplies. Thank you for your support.

SRHS cheer is also hosting a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 8 am-4 pm. It will be at the Autozone parking lot on Mira Mesa Boulevard, where the Carrow's restaurant used to be. Again, thank you for your support.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Holiday Dates for the New School Year

School starts on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and ends on Friday, June 13, 2003. For those of you who like to plan ahead or are planning a vacation, here is a look at our holiday schedule for the next school year.

  • Monday, Nov. 11--Veterans Day;
  • Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29--Thanksgiving holiday;
  • Monday, Dec. 23 to Friday, Jan. 3-- Winter break;
  • Monday, Jan. 20--Martin Luther King birthday;
  • Thursday, Feb.13--Staff development, no students;
  • Friday, Feb.14--Lincoln's birthday;
  • Monday, Feb. 17--Washington's birthday;
  • Monday, Apr. 14, to Friday, Apr. 18 --Spring break; and,
  • Monday, May 26--Memorial Day.

Roller Hockey Tryouts

It is time for team tryouts for the Marshall Falcons Roller Hockey Club. Team members must be in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and also be a Scripps Ranch resident. Greg Friedman, the varsity coach for Scripps Ranch High School, will be one of the coaches. If you would like more information about the roller hockey tryouts, please call 635-5611 or email [[email protected]].

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Scripps Ranch Spirit

Did you catch all of us from Dingeman in our spirited Hawaiian wear at the Scripps Ranch 4th of July parade? Students, along with our principal, Brad Callahan, marched up Scripps Ranch Boulevard representing our school and having a great time. We are very grateful to be a part of a terrific Scripps Ranch tradition that brings the entire community together. Huge thanks goes to our parent volunteer, Kristi Norton, for pulling it all together for us!

Tea Time

We hope everyone is having a relaxing summer break! August is here and even though the regular session is still a month away, the Dingeman Family and Faculty Connection (FFC) is hard at work planning for the new 2002-2003 school year.

We kick off the new year with our Back-To-School Tea. It will take place immediately after drop-off on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Meet us in the Dingeman auditorium and lunch arbor at 9:15 am for refreshments. Find out all the ways that you can become involved in your student's education. All of our fundraising chairs will be there to explain the various events that will help raise money for such things as technology, software, and classroom supplies.

Many of our other committees such as Art Corps, yearbook, and website will also be there to let you know how you can become involved. You will have an opportunity to meet our principal, Brad Callahan, and our vice principal, Adalia Lavado.

Parent volunteers are an integral part of Dingeman Elementary School. Not only will you be providing a valuable service with your time at the school, but it is also a terrific way to meet other parents and staff. Please stop by the many booths that will be set up and stay for coffee, muffins, and great company!

Kindergarten Registration

Have you registered your kindergarten student yet? It is vital that we have an accurate count of our new students as soon as possible. Please stop by the Dingeman office for registration.

For general registration information, check our website at [http://www2.sandi.net/dingeman/kgrade/reg.htm] or call the office at 549-4437. All classroom assignments will be posted on Friday, Aug. 30, after 4 pm at the school gates. Have fun during the rest of your summer break and we will see you on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 9:05 am sharp!

Jerabek Elementary

Kindergartners' Group

We will have a playgroup for anyone beginning kindergarten at Jerabek in the fall. This is a great opportunity to get to know other children and their parents before school starts.

We hope this makes the transition easier for our children. It would be really nice to see some familiar faces on those first few days of school!

If you are interested, please join us on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 10 am at Lakeview Park. If you have any questions, please call Ellen at 578-7446. We hope to see you there!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Recognition Time

We had our last Flag Assembly in June. We recognized many of our outstanding students. Also in June, we held our Volunteer and Community Member Appreciation Reception.

Thanks to everyone who made the Volunteer Reception such a delightful experience for all. Again, thank you to our wonderful Family Faculty Association (FFA) and our outstanding parent volunteers for donating their time and efforts to support Miramar Ranch teachers and students.

Nurse's Drive

In May, we had a Nurse's Drive. Kids brought in pocket change during the week and we raised over $370.

Linda, the nurse, was badly in need of reupholstering her cots in the nurse's office, so some of the money went towards that. It was Suzanne Neshat's last fundraiser as chair of "Students Who Care." Many thanks for her many efforts.

Start Time

Those of us who were looking forward to sleeping in because of the change to a late start time next year are out of luck. We finally received notification that all schools will maintain their 2001-2002 start times. Sigh.

Class Assignments

The number of students assigned to each classroom is determined by state and district formulas per grade levels and by the total student enrollment at our school. Students' classroom assignments for next year will be posted in the lunch arbor at 4 pm on Friday, Aug. 30. All assignments must be considered tentative until after the first couple of months of school, due to the possibility of enrollment changes requiring reorganization.

Reorganization may occur if increased or decreased enrollment requires the gain or loss of a teacher in accordance with district formula. Due to the possibility of reorganization, there will be no room changes for the first three weeks of school.

School Tours

Our Family Faculty Association (FFA) will sponsor school tours for families of kindergartners and new students to Miramar Ranch. They will take place on Friday, Aug. 30, from 9-11 am. The kindergarten rooms will be open from 8:30-9 am for families to visit the classrooms and meet the teachers.

Breakfast and Lunch

We will continue our breakfast program starting the first day of school. It will run daily from approximately 7:15- 7:45 am. Your child will be able to purchase breakfast for 50 cents, and any number of breakfasts can be purchased in advance.

The breakfast program will also be available free to those that qualify. Lunch is available for $1, or free to those who qualify. Menus will be sent home the first week of school for both breakfast and lunch.

Important Message for Parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders

All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students should have the following school supplies on the first day of school: a three-ring binder, indexes, and a pocket pouch for pencils and pens. These supplies will assist students in improving their organization skills. Third grade teachers are also requesting that each child have a small card file box with alphabetical dividers.

First Day of School

School opens on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • Every Saturday--Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm, EBS;
  • Thursday, Aug. 22--School office opens;
  • Sunday, Aug. 25--EBS community picnic, 4-6 pm, Spring Canyon Park;
  • Friday, Aug. 30--Parent/student orientation and classroom visits;
  • Friday, Aug. 30--Classroom assignments posted: Kindergarten, 9 am, multipurpose room; Grade 1, 10 am, multipurpose room; Grades 2-3, 11 am, multipurpose room; Grades 4-5, 1 pm, multipurpose room;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3--First day of school; 6-to-6 Program--gate opens at 6:30 am; main gate opens at 8 am;
  • Friday, Sept. 6--"We are Open" penguin parade, 2 pm, Scripps Ranch Marketplace.

Principal's Message

Summer at EBS has been almost business as usual! While most children and their families were on vacation, the "builders" of EBS--construction crews, buyers, new faculty, and staff members--were hard at work preparing for our second year.

The addition of our 800 building will provide classroom space for grades 4 and 5 and add a more finished look to this remarkable schoolhouse. Our long awaited colorful canopies to connect our buildings are scheduled for installation in the fall.

Summer school was a tremendous success and provided participating students with powerful learning in literacy and mathematics. Additionally, we provided enrichment classes for students in science and the arts. Many students had an opportunity to participate in Destination Science and the EBS Arts Camp.

We also witnessed the addition of an eye-catching mural depicting our penguin mascot and monogram "ebs"-- "everybody's best school!" Special recognition and thanks go to the Scripps Ranch Women's Club for their donation of $500 towards the mural project.

As we approach the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 3, there will be a variety of opportunities for children and parents to become acquainted with each other and their new teachers. Please refer to the events calendar for the schedule. I personally look forward to Sept. 3 when we have the opportunity once again to continue our scholarly work together.

September Author Day

Students and parents alike will have an opportunity to spend the day with renowned author Pam Munoz Ryan on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Ms. Ryan is the author of books for adults and children. They include The Flag We Know, Hello Ocean, Amelia and Eleanor Go for A Ride, and Mice and Beans.

Her book Riding Freedom received the National Willa Cather Award for Best Young Adult Novel 1999, the 1999 IRA Teachers' Choice Award, and the 1999-2000 California Young Reader Medal.

Esperanza Rising received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and was designated as a best book of 2000 by Publisher's Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. A former teacher, Ms. Ryan lives in North County with her husband and four children.

For more information about Pam Munoz Ryan and a listing of her books for summer reading, visit her website at [http://www.pammunozryan.com].

Educating the Whole Child

The collaboratively developed mission statement of EBS speaks specifically to educating the whole child with a focus on high academic and civic standards. Civic character encompasses the personal virtues and also such values as respect for laws and authority, responsibility, fairness, justice, and participation in public affairs.

Voting and volunteering are also expressions of our civic character (Character Matters: Using Newspapers to Teach Character, Sullivan). The intent of our emerging character education program is to foster in our children personal and civic values that create good persons and good citizens.

The civic character traits identified at EBS include responsibility, compassion, respect, honesty, perseverance, cooperation, forgiveness, and gratitude. During May and June, students defined, made meaning of, and practiced the character trait of "honesty."

An important part of our character education program is service learning. Learning to serve our communities--for the good of all--is one of the most rewarding school lessons, says Michelle Haley, a member of the school's Character Education Advisory Committee. Service learning is one of the best ways we can think of to operationalize character education.

Students at EBS practiced compassion and philanthropy when they decided to contribute their $1,200 profits from the May Walk-Jog-A-Thon to Harborside Summit Elementary School, a school for homeless children. First and 4th graders have partnered with Harborside Summit this past school year as a service learning project. All classrooms will take on service learning projects in the new school year to provide additional opportunities to practice what they are learning about character.

New Student Registration

Pre-registration for kindergarten children and all other new students will continue on Monday, Aug. 26. Kindergarten children must be five years or older on or before December 2, 2002.

In order to be eligible to attend kindergarten, you must provide the following: a provider-documented record that shows all required immunizations have been received. Requirements for fall 2002 include:

  • Polio--4 doses;
  • DPT--4 or more doses;
  • MMR--2 doses for entry;
  • Hepatitis B--3 doses for entry; and,
  • Varicella--1 dose.

Parents must also bring a child's original birth certificate and proof of residence. Acceptance documents include rental agreement, complete utility bill, or escrow papers. Questions may be directed to Roberta Martin at 693-8593.

New Hours for Farmer's Market

The Scripps Ranch Farmer's Market is now open from 9 am-1 pm. Because of district regulations, we returned to our original hours of operation.

The market is sponsored by the Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP). A percentage of the proceeds from the market go to the children at EBS. The market is at EBS, at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road.

Any school, church, or non-profit organization in inland North County is entitled to a free booth to help with fundraising. We are also looking for guest entertainers on our stage. For more information, please contact Bev Cassity at 586-7933 or [[email protected]].

Other Schools

Miramar College

Fall Classes

Apply now for fall classes that begin Tuesday, Sept. 3. Select from day, evening, weekend, online, 16-week, and short-term sessions. Get started on your bachelor's degree by completing the first two years of general education requirements and save thousands of dollars!

Tuition is only $11 per credit for California residents. Pick up a free class schedule at the Scripps Ranch Library and an application at the Miramar College Admissions Office. Or, apply online at [www.communitycollege.net/applyonline]. This fall, you can also register online! Questions? Call 536-7844.

More Parking Spaces

Students will find more parking on campus this fall with the completion of a new lot just off Westview Parkway. A net increase of 156 spaces will be realized. The college will eliminate 192 spaces in parking lot 2 to accommodate college construction projects, but add the 348 spaces in the new lot.

Plan Now for Costa Rica

If you are looking for a unique educational experience, check out the Study Abroad program for spring 2003. It will take students to Costa Rica on a biology-based excursion from February to May. Students will stay with host families and be provided meals.

Trips to Quepos/Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenal Volcano/La Fortuna, Cartago/Lankaster Gardens/Irazu Volcano, Cuerici, and a week at La Selva Biological Field Station are included.

Cost is $5,175. It covers round-trip airfare, ground transportation, housing, meals, and medical insurance. Completion of 12 units college credit with a 2.0 GPA is required. Contact Professor Dan Trubovitz at 619-388-7495 or [[email protected]].

Journalism Program Wins

The Miramar College student newspaper, The Sage, is a winner again. It earned a first-place award for excellence in college journalism by the American Scholastic Press Association. This marks the 18th year that the journalism program has earned high marks from this prestigious national organization.

New Navy Contract

The Miramar College School of Public Services was awarded a three-year contract to train navy enlisted personnel in basic EMT skills. Courses will be held at the Navy Hospital, Balboa Park, beginning this month.