Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


Principal's Message

As we continue through the 2008-2009 school year, our students, staff members, and parents continue to amaze me. Our continued commitment to high standards and expectations combined with an emphasis on strong relationships has given us some very positive results.

We continue to keep our instructional program and academics a top priority. Our administrative team continues to visit classrooms daily. It is very common for faculty to invite us to view a special student presentation or activity. We will continue to keep our focus on academics and remind all students and parents of the importance of completing all assignments and turning them in on time. Also, we continue our preparation for our Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC) visitation in February.

The accomplishments of our fall sports teams were impressive. A few of our outstanding student athletes were recognized by The San Diego Union-Tribune as a "Prep Athlete of the Month," which included Deanna Kennedy and Robert "Tate" Forcier. Deanna is a leader in our field hockey program, and Tate is our star quarterback.

Another athlete, Ryan Stock, was featured for his accomplishments in kayaking. We hope with his sustained effort he will represent the U. S. in the next summer Olympics. Another fine student, Patrick Ivison, was featured because of his passion and interest in surfing despite being in a wheelchair on land. We are very proud of all of our student athletes, coaches, and other students who participate in extracurricular programs.

Our Veterans Day Concert was sensational as we hosted choirs from Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa schools. Our gymnasium was at capacity at this patriotic event, and we were impressed with all students who participated. This type of event only happens in special communities such as this one. The Seven Keys for Baldpate play was a huge hit. Mr. Hollenbeck and Ms. Mandock did a phenomenal job with this production, and we look forward to more upcoming events from our drama students. Additionally, during November SRHS hosted the "Rising Star" Band Tournament, and we want to acknowledge the work of Mr. Shedd, his students, and all of the parents who provided an abundance of support.

I would like to remind everyone to attend our "Taste of the Ranch" event on Saturday, Feb. 28, which will be held in the SRHS library. This is a major fundraiser for our Foundation. With their continued support, we will upgrade our technology. As a reminder, school will not be in session from Monday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Jan. 2, for winter break.

PBO Class of 2009

What is Grad Night? It's is an alcohol- and drug-free party held at Dave and Buster's on Monday, June 15. Tickets are on sale now. Go to the SRHS website to download a form.

Volunteers are needed. Help us make your son or daughter's graduation party a special memory! Join us at the next Grad Night meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7 pm in the staff lounge. For questions, please email [[email protected]] or [[email protected]].

PBO Class of 2010

Attention, juniors: The "Rock `n Roll 2010" Grad Night celebration will be a party you won't want to miss! Preparations for this fun event at Dave and Buster's are in progress and include plans for a casino area, DJ, dancing, games, prizes, midnight buffet, and more. Discounted tickets are on sale on the SRHS website; prices go up Sunday, Feb. 1, so don't delay! For information and a ticket order form, go to the SRHS website under Foundation, then PBO Class of 2010: [].

Parents, to volunteer or for more details, please contact Nancy von Langen-Scott, 2010 chair, at [[email protected]]. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7 pm in the SRHS teacher's lounge. Future meetings will be the first Wednesday of each month. We hope to see you there!

Varsity Water Polo Team Captures First Place Title

The SRHS varsity water polo team (pictured below) ended the season with a win over Patrick Henry, remaining undefeated in their league and capturing first place in the Eastern league. The Falcons ended the regular season in November with an 18-10 record, one of their best.

The men opened the season with tournament play in September where the Falcons went 3-2, finishing tenth out of 32 mostly local teams. Later in September, they took part in the prestigious America's Finest City Invitational tournament featuring the best teams in California. The Falcons garnered 19th place.

The final weekend of October had the men in the Greater San Diego Invitational. On the first day of the tournament, the team played brilliantly, upsetting the higher seeded Poway by three goals. That advanced them to a tough game the same day with the eventual tournament champion, Bishops. The following day, the Falcons won the first game before dropping the next two in tightly contested battles to finish 12th overall.

As of press time, the Falcons are awaiting their seed and gearing up for the CIF play-offs. The veteran team is led by nine seniors: Tony Camacho (C); Colin Phillips (C); Michael Adsit; goalie Brian Anderson; Erick Gydesen; Billy Harris; Will Robbins; Charlie Showley; and, Max Stone. The team is looking to upset some perennial powerhouses and make a deep run in the CIF play-offs to cap their high school careers. The future looks bright for Scripps Ranch water polo with 20 freshmen having entered the program to bolster returning players.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)


From the Principal's Corner

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

I want to thank all families and community members who have donated and continue to donate funding to the Scripps Ranch Super Pledge and to the Marshall Middle School pledge drive. The donations support the MMS instructional program. Our donations have purchased:

  • Classroom library resources
  • Computer equipment
  • Software programs
  • Other supplies and materials
  • Art supplies
  • Medical supplies

Thank you for your continued support of our Scripps Ranch schools.

With the recent passing of Proposition S, Marshall Middle School will receive approximately $220,000 for site improvements and maintenance. It hasn't been identified when sites will receive funding or when the site improvement projects will begin.

MMS students will receive their second progress report on Friday, Dec. 12. Our progress reports identify our students' strengths and areas of need. I encourage all parents to contact their students' teachers to find out more information about their students' progress.

I invite you to attend our winter band and choir concerts to see our students' performances. Our students have worked diligently to master their performances.

On behalf of Marshall Middle School, I wish you and your family a restful winter vacation. We look forward to continue working with our students and families on Monday, Jan. 5. Sincerely,


  • Tuesday, Dec. 2--GATE parent meeting, 6:30-7:30 pm, theater;
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3--Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), 12:30 pm, community room; School Site Council/Site Governance Team, 5 pm, community room;
  • Thursday, Dec. 4--Winter Showcase, 6:30 pm, theater;
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10--Band/Orchestra Winter Concert;
  • Friday, Dec. 12--Progress reports distributed;
  • Thursday, Dec. 18--Choir Winter Concert, 7 pm, theater; and,
  • Monday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Jan. 2--No school, winter vacation.

Marshall Choir Notes

Mark your calendars for the combined Marshall Choir Winter Concert scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 pm in the Marshall theater. Singers from our three great choirs will perform terrific selections for you to enjoy. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served in the multipurpose room following the performance. Don't miss this opportunity to hear and see these talented students perform!

Progress Reports

The end of the second progress report period is on Friday, Dec. 5, and progress reports will be distributed on Friday, Dec. 12. Remember to ask your child to see his or her progress report!

College and Career Exploration

Beginning in December, Marshall's three counselors will work with 8th grade social studies classes in the Library Media Center Computer Lab to begin the dialogue about school to career transition. We will help students set short-term, medium-range, and long-term goals. They will fill out a career interest inventory and become familiar with high school programs as well as post-high school options.

We will use a newly adopted career exploration program called "My Dream," which has an exciting, multimedia, computer-based component. This process will provide students with some of the information necessary to correctly fill out their tentative High School Four Year Plans.

High School Four year Planning Conferences

In January and February Marshall counselors will host nighttime High School Four Year Planning Conferences for our 8th grade students and their parents. High school graduation and college entrance requirements will be discussed, and tentative High School Four Year Plans will be filled out. All conferences will be held in the MMS theater from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Letters regarding specific meeting dates and times will be mailed home to all 8th grade parents in mid-December.

There have been some important changes in high school graduation and college entrance requirements that you will need to be aware of. Please plan to attend this very informative meeting.

Live Homework Help

This free service continues to be accessible to district students and schools through a partnership with the city of San Diego Public Library and local businesses. The one-to-one online tutoring service is accessible from any Microsoft Windows-based, Internet-enabled computer. It is available--in English and Spanish--for mathematics, science, history, and English. Students can only access Live Homework Help with a city of San Diego library or library access card. For a sample letter explaining the program along with an access card application form, go to [].

SRHS Falcon Night

Prospective students and parents for 2009-2010: You are cordially invited to attend Falcon Night to find out what Scripps Ranch High School is all about. Representatives from the English, math, science, and social studies departments will speak. Other departments will be represented by displays and personnel.

Hear all about SRHS from students, teachers, counselors, and administrators. Get all your questions answered at this informative meeting.

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 13
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Place: SRHS library

Our 2008-2009 Course Catalog is available online. Please visit our school website at [], click on "Counselors" on the left-hand side, click on "Counseling Center" at the top, then scroll down and click on 2008-2009 Course Catalog. The 2009-2010 Catalog will be available online in March.

Showcasing Theater Students

Marshall Middle School's theater classes will present our annual Winter Showcase on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 pm in the campus theater. Mrs. Sullivant's 56 theater students have been studying the basics and the finer points of choral reading, recitation, and Readers' Theatre. Students will perform the "twenty best" in our beautiful theater.

The varied program includes popular poetry and stories by Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, as well as some lesser-known jewels by Art Buchwald and Judith Viorst. We've also added some delightful student-written pieces that may surprise you.

All together it's a show that is bound to elicit some laughs, some thinking, and maybe even some tears. Doors open at 6:15 pm and admission is free. Come early for convenient parking and your first choice of seating.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary


From Our Principal

Greetings, Dingeman Families!

It is hard to imagine that we are nearly one-quarter through the school year and a month away from 2009. The time has flown! We have been engaged in joyful learning and celebrating our students' accomplishments.

Last month our Dingeman choir led by Mr. Garner Saguil, our choir director, and Mrs. Antonette Harris, our choir manager, had a magnificent performance at the Veterans Day Concert at the high school. We are so proud of our choristers and congratulate them on a great job.

I also want to congratulate all of our students who participated in the democratic process and elections last month. Our Dingeman Student Council is made up of classroom representatives and upper grade student officers who are energetic and have a lot of great ideas for community service, building campus spirit and pride, and sponsoring academic contests. Next month I will announce our new student officers since the results were not ready by press time.

Our primary classes went to the pumpkin patch, learned about "pumpkin science," and wrote their own mini-reports and poems. They published their work as a class newsletter. Through primary resources and real-life experiences, our students are making connections to the real world in a meaningful way.

Ahoy, matey! Our 5th graders went on a historical overnight "voyage" on the Star of India. Our students learned many challenges for young crewmembers during an 18-hour imaginary voyage from Great Britain to the West Coast of the U.S. via New Zealand. Students relived the experiences of 1870s emigrants who signed aboard as sailors "before the mast" in exchange for passage.

Through role-playing and cooperative learning techniques, students were immersed intellectually, physically, and emotionally in shipboard activities. These included hoisting barrels and sails, singing chanteys, standing night watch, swabbing the decks, and dealing with a demanding, yet fair, captain and crew. Thank you to our fearless teachers and parent volunteers. We landlubbers are glad to have you back ashore!

At this time, I would like to thank all of our families for the opportunity to work with you and your child. It is a sentiment shared by our staff, and we wish you the best this holiday season.

In Partnership for Excellence,

From Our FFC President

Dear Dingeman Community,

December marks a season of gift giving as many of our students celebrate family, cultural, and religious traditions. I have the unexpected pleasure of giving a gift back to our school community. I am pleased to announce that the Family Faculty Connection (FFC) will increase our financial support to the school this year. Due to the overwhelming success of our fall fundraisers, we have more revenue than anticipated. I am humbled by our community's generosity.

Who is responsible for our success? Our administration, staff, and the 325+ FFC volunteers can all share in the glory. There are a few people who I must recognize specifically. First, our Pledge Drive co-chairs, Michelle Defelippi and Beth Rubé, work year-round to run an effective and fine-tuned campaign. They continue their work until the last corporate match is received, usually in June. The results show the fruits of their labor, with parent donations about 13% higher than budgeted. Pam McCallum hosted a fun-filled Bingo Night, which brought in 65% more revenue than budgeted.

Our Gift Wrap sale, brought back by popular demand, also beat its target by a significant margin. This guilt-free fundraiser was provided as a convenience to our parents, and hopefully alleviated some holiday stress. Angela Garcia and Erin Powers ran this fundraiser so autonomously that they were practically invisible. Thank you, Angela and Erin!

The Dingeman directory, which helps our families stay in touch, brought in 81% more revenue than budgeted. Teresa James is responsible for the advertising and publication of the directory.

Now the FFC Board faces the task of putting the extra funds to good use. There are many needs, but we must choose wisely. I encourage parents and staff to attend the next meeting and provide input. Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 pm in the teachers' lounge.

May you have a blessed and peaceful winter break. You have earned it!

Water, Water, Everywhere!

Little hands working deftly with graduated cylinders of water, liquids being transferred using droppers, and smiley eggs being carefully placed in salt water. These are the activities you would see if you walked past the Rockin' Science lab. For the past month all the grades have been involved in investigating the concept of density and mass.

Our students have been working on finding the volume of objects by the water displacement method. They have worked with different metals such as aluminum, steel, and brass. The 4th and 5th graders went on to determine the mass of these objects and then calculated density.

What happens when liquids of different densities are added together? Is the density of salt water more or less than water? These are just a few of the challenging questions that the Rockin' Science students have been investigating.

B-I-N-G-O Spells FUN!

Family Bingo Night was a huge success thanks to the many Dingeman families and friends who came out to share a night of food, fun, and friendship! The Scripps-Mesa Kiwanis and Fillipi's provided a yummy spaghetti dinner that sold out! The the one and only Gregg Townsend of Party Sounds was our DJ and emcee for the evening! There were prizes galore won, including a Nintendo DS, IPOD Nano, digital camera donated by George's Camera, and a family portrait package by Martin Mann!

Bravo to the 5th grade volunteers who helped during the entire evening, earning numerous community service hours! Many of these students earned five hours that night! It was great to have Dingeman families together for a night of fun!

Dine at Island's and Visit the Barnes and Noble Book Fair

The Dingeman FFC will sponsor its Family Dinner Night on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Island's Mira Mesa from 5 to 9 pm. Present the flyer and 20% of all proceeds go to benefit Dingeman!

On that same day, the Barnes and Noble Book Fair will be from 9 am to 11 pm, with a portion of sales benefiting Dingeman. Our Honor Choir will perform in the evening and your favorite Dingeman teachers will do readings. This is a great opportunity to do some of your holiday shopping and enjoy a fun evening in support of our school! Download the flyer from [] or look for it in the Tuesday packet.

Save the Date: Mom-Son Night

Abra cadabra! Prepare for an unforgettable night of magic and fun...exclusively for mothers and sons! On the night of Friday, Jan. 23, the Dingeman multipurpose room will be transformed into center stage in a spell-binding show of mystery, magic, and amazement starring renowned illusionist, Amazing Dana the Magician. He specializes in delighting students with incredible magic tricks, mysterious illusions, a magical baseball game, and even levitating a child from the audience! Now, he brings his magical brand of fun to the annual "Mother-Son Night" at Dingeman!

Please join us on Friday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 8 pm for a special night of magic and fun. Moms and sons will enjoy a delicious catered dinner along with the magical intrigue. All boys will receive a magic souvenir. Who knows? A budding Houdini may be among us!

Look for more details and your ticket reservation form in the Tuesday packet you'll receive in January. For more information, please contact co-chairs Mary Link-Hobbib at [[email protected]] and Elena Shalauta [[email protected]].


Casino Royale

Dingeman parents, are you looking for a night on the town? Join us for a night of food, fun, and great prizes on Saturday, Feb. 28. Last year's event was terrific fun! One Dingeman family walked away with a cruise valued at $1,300! The evening was fun, and it was a great opportunity to raise funds.

We are looking for volunteers. An hour or two of your time to decorate or help during the evening would be great! Businesses, are you trying to promote your business in this tepid economy? Consider sponsoring one of our casino-style tables or donate an item or service to our opportunity drawing and get your name publicized in multiple ways! We will prominently promote your business, and it's tax deductible for you.

Look for more details in the Tiger Pause and on our school website at []. To volunteer, sponsor a table, or donate an item or service, contact us for more information: Annette at [[email protected]] or Becky at [[email protected]].

New Deadline for Choice

Sunday, Feb. 15, is the deadline for San Diego Unified families to apply for a school choice option. The enrollment period began on Nov. 1. Application procedures have changed so please visit [].

Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, Dec. 3--FFC meeting, 6:30 pm;
  • Thursday, Dec. 4--T-shirt sales, 12:50 pm;
  • Tuesday, Dec. 9--Family Dinner Night, Island's Mira Mesa; and, Barnes and Noble Book Fair;
  • Monday, Dec. 15--Tiger Talk with Principal Lochtefeld, 9:15 am; and,
  • Monday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Jan. 2--Winter vacation, no school;

Jerabek Elementary


Minimum Days

Monday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 5, are all minimum days to accommodate parent-teacher conferences. Dismissal for all days is 12:50 pm.

Holiday Gift Shop

Let your child shop for family and friends in a fun, safe, supportive environment: the Holiday Gift Shop. There are 100 different gifts to choose from, with most priced below $5. Each class will have time in the shop, but students also can shop during recess and lunch.

The Holiday Gift Shop is open Monday, Dec. 8, through Thursday, Dec. 11, during school hours and briefly after school in the new Family Faculty Organization (FFO) office off the auditorium. The shop is also open Friday, Dec. 12, but closes at 2 pm for the final inventory.

With set-up, take-down, inventory, and more than 800 little shoppers passing through the doors, many helpers are needed. To help, contact FFO volunteer Veronica Thurgood at [[email protected]].

Holiday Choir Concert

All are welcome to get into a festive mood by attending the choir's holiday concert at 7 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 17. Students will be treated to performances during school on Thursday, Dec. 18.

Show Your Jerabek Spirit!

Student Council reminds all Jerabekians to show their spirit by wearing Jerabek logo T-shirts every Thursday. Remember, the upper and lower grade classrooms with the most participation win pizza parties. Any Jerabek logo or event T-shirt qualifies. If you don't have one, T-shirts are available for purchase after school on select Thursdays, or you can make your own.

Krispy Kreme Sales

Back by popular demand, the Student Council will sell Krispy Kreme donuts. The next opportunity is after school on Friday, Dec. 12.

Students Help Those in Need

In conjunction with the Red Ribbon Week festivities--including a rousing performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Band--Jerabek students were asked to bring a can to donate to the San Diego Food Bank. By day's end, the collection bins were overflowing with 1,710 pounds of nonperishable food! Thank you to FFO Red Ribbon Week chair Beca Tomcho for organizing the events.

Jerabek also donated 725 pounds of extra Halloween candy to the U.S. troops in Iraq, while simultaneously raising funds for Rady Children's Hospital and the school. Thanks go to the pediatric "super dentists" of Eastlake, Dr. Nazli Keri and Dr. Kami Hoss, who provided this program and donated the funds. Thank you to FFO volunteers Tamara Hurley and Lorelle Mudd for coordinating Jerabek's involvement.

Support Your Child

In the spirit of charitable holiday donations, please consider a donation to benefit your child at Jerabek. Donations via the Super Pledge are tax deductible and are the most efficient means to support your student. The Super Pledge is still $21,000 short of its goal.

It costs the FFO more than $200 per student this year to offer the enrichment programs and services you have come to expect and to fund the school shortages caused by the educational budget cutbacks. Additional pledge cards and envelopes are available in the front office. All donations will be acknowledged by a receipt letter for your tax purposes. If you have any questions, please contact FFO Super Pledge chair Tamara Hurley at [[email protected]].

Winter Break/Year-Round Schedule

Jerabek will be closed for winter break from Monday, Dec. 22, through Monday, Jan. 19. School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 20. We wish you a wonderful holiday!

Apparently this will not be our last long winter break. The San Diego Unified School District has decided to continue the year-round program at Jerabek at least through the 2009-2010 term.

Thank you

We would like to thank Sylvia Borgo Photography for donating her photographic services at cost to raise funds for the Jerabek FFO.

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)


Democracy Comes to MRE!

Thank you to all our 4th and 5th graders who voted in November for our Student Council officers. Please congratulate these students:

  • President: Madeline Kalchik
  • Vice President: Bryce Evans
  • Secretary: Grace Kulischak
  • Treasurer: Austin Watts
  • Sergeant at Arms: Jordan Stern
  • Environmental Marshal: Kate Asaro

Monster Mash on the Ranch

With enormous community support, MRE was able to put on another successful Halloween Carnival. It was a collaborative effort by all our MRE families, Halloween Committee, staff, and faculty who volunteered. We would like to thank the following people and groups:

  • Scripps Ranch High School Students Interact Club
  • Scripps Ranch High School Students Key Club
  • Scripps Ranch High School ROTC
  • Scripps Ranch Boy Scouts
  • Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts
  • Scripps Ranch Welcome Club
  • Monica Maxfield
  • Bev Cassity
  • Jackson and Sons
  • Finest City Kettle Corn
  • Harvest Jacks
  • Cruzzn' Balloons
  • Home Depot
  • Tutor Beach
  • Carl's Jr.
  • Lapperts Ice Cream
  • Sharp Rees Steely
  • Dr. Mark Mossuto
  • DJ Bumps
  • MRE Teachers Pet Shoppe
  • Raul Lopez
  • Rick Musseiman
  • Debbie Kutyla, Halloween Carnival chair
  • Principal Jennifer Wroblewski

Thank you, Scripps Ranch, for coming out and joining us at this community tradition! Thank you for another year of treasured memories! See you next year for our 36th annual Halloween Carnival!

Pledge Drive

Thank you to our amazing parents for your generous pledge donations! We collected $55,435, the largest amount we have ever raised. Our official pledge drive is over, but it is never too late to donate. Feel free to get in that 2008 tax-deductible donation! The grade level contests for highest pledge donations and class participation were both won by our awesome kindergartners. The Visa gift card drawing went to the Leighty family. Thank you to Stefanie Starr and Jaime Rounds for all their hard work!

Box Top Results

Though our Box Tops for Education drive is over, please continue to clip those box tops. Our school raised more than $1,100 on those very tiny clippings.

Congratulations to Ms. Kelly's class who submitted 919 box tops for the younger grades. Congratulations to Mr. Vernia's class who submitted 822 box tops for the upper grades! Both classes get a yogurt party! Thank you to our box top coordinator, Clarissa Sarabia.

Holiday Wishes

`Twas the morning before winter


When all through the school,

Not a student was stirring,

Not even Mrs. Pool.


The stockings were hung in the

teachers' lounge with care,

In hopes that Principal Wroblewski

soon would be there.


The children were calm, all safe at

their desks,

While visions of sleeping in had

danced in their heads;

And Ms. Paula in her Chargers' jersey

and Ms. Roberta in her cap,

Had just settled down after morning

calls had come in.


While out in the kindergarten


There arouse such a clatter,

Miss Bondoc sprang out of her


To see what was the matter.

Away to the window,

Mrs. Molnar like a flash,

Sprang open the 2nd grade door,

And threw up her hands.


The first recess bell had rung on the


Giving hope to the staff that this day

would soon end.

When, what to the 2nd graders eyes

should appear,

But eight frustrated teachers with a

look of great fear.


With a quick blow of the whistle,

So loud and so brief,

I knew in a moment

It must be Principal Wroblewski.


More quickly she ran to see such a


She whistled and shouted.

And called them by name--


"Now, Vernia! Now, Giaquinto! Now,

Kalchik! On, Gutierrez!

On, Tyre! On, Chen! On, Lynch and


To the office you go! To the office you

go! To the office you go!

Now walking feet! Walking feet,

walking feet! Walking feet you go!"


So into the office,

The staff they had went,

With their bags full of books

And lowered their heads!


And then in a twinkling,

I heard in the hallway,

The clicking and clacking of her high

heeled shoes.

As I turned my head and completely

turned around,

Down the hallway Principal Wrob-

lewski came into sight.


She was dressed all in pink,

From her head to her foot,

And her clothes were pristine, clean,

and crisp.


A clipboard and whistle she carried,

And looked ready for lunch duty.

Her eyes how they twinkled!

Her cheeks were like roses,

Her nose like a cherry.


Oh the time, how it flies,

As the clock ticked and tocked.

Finally, the last bell rang,

Oh how the school rocked.


With the shout and the cheers

From all of the classes,

It nearly broke Principal

Wroblewski's glasses.

With clipboard in hand and

credentials around her neck,

She was watching the safety patrol to

avoid being a wreck.


As the children began to cross,

From out of the crosswalk she sang,

"Happy holidays to all, and see you

next year!"

Important Dates

  • Monday through Friday, Dec. 1-5-- 4th and 5th grade field trips;
  • Friday, Dec. 5--Flag Assembly;
  • Tuesday, Dec. 9--Restaurant Night;
  • Friday, Dec. 12--Family Faculty Association (FFA) meeting; and,
  • Monday, Dec. 22-Friday, Jan. 2--Winter break.

From our home to yours, have a joyous holiday season! See you next year!

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)


Celebrating the New EBS Site

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Dedication of the new EBS took place on Oct. 30. EBS Principal Greg Collamer led the ceremony and thanked all those who worked so hard on the school. He welcomed visiting dignitaries including: Katherine Nakamura, San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) School Board president; Dr. Terry Grier, SDUSD superintendent; Grenita Lathan, SDUSD chief elementary school improvement officer; Dorothy Leonard, Prop MM Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee chair; and, Councilmember Brian Maienschein.

EBS students also participated in the ceremony. The 3rd graders performed a song about Ellen Browning Scripps, directed by music teacher Dr. Linda Lungren. A time capsule was presented that included a letter from Senator Dianne Feinstein, the program from the ceremony, and an item from each grade level: ABC picture book of the kindergarten students and teachers; an autographed book of the 1st graders; a copy of the Earth Day performance from the former EBS 2nd graders with autographs from the new 2nd graders; a recorder--partially "eaten" by a squirrel from the old EBS--that the 3rd graders will learn to play this year; the Old Town song the 4th graders learned at the OCILE program, autographed by the 4th graders, as well as a picture of the 4th grade teachers in their penguin pajamas; and, from 5th grade, a poster of penguins dressed differently, sharing views about diversity, a pizza picture signed by the 5th grade pizza sellers, and a class time capsule.

Principal Collamer cut the ribbon, which was held by the dignitaries and the 12 original EBS teachers: Lisa Bailey, Gretchen Casey, Jeannine Corry, Michelle Gil, Charity Goodrich, Lori Hughes, Linda Lungren, Robin Saiken, Holly Sandefur, Emily Trinh, and Debora Wolking, as well as the first EBS principal Rich Cansdale.

The ceremony ended with a cheer repeated by the students that was written by Dr. Lungren especially for this occasion. With some of the children watching the ceremony from the balconies around the quad area, the cheer was echoed in stereo! Superintendent Grier said the kids were better than many colleges at football games! It was an emotional way to end the ceremony and officially open the new EBS site. Here's the cheer:

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary


We're open...excited...and we

are cool.

We come from San Diego and we

think that's great!

So we're here to say "We're open,"

time to celebrate.

The ceremony was followed by a reception. Special thanks to all of the volunteers and Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) Board members Lisa Collins, Tracey Hazeltine, Anita Fraley, and Gloria Tran for putting together this event! EBS also would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations to the celebration: Vons on Scripps Poway Parkway, and Ms. Chris McKean, owner of Sweet Posies Florist in the "new" Vons shopping center.

EBS Students Vote

EBS students got into the spirit of Election Day. The student body and staff voted on which costume Principal Collamer should wear to lunch. The "candidates" were: Eddie the EBS penguin; Sponge Bob Square Pants; or, the Cat in the Hat. After voting, each student received an "I Voted" sticker to wear, just like the ones their parents get. And the winner was...Sponge Bob (above)!

Bingo Night Recap

Once again Bingo Night was a fun-filled success! Bingo, prizes, treats, cake walks, and a pumpkin carving contest were joined this year by a kids' costume parade. It was led by our EBS Penguin--Mr. Collamer--and Mrs. Potts--Janice Seufert, Bingo Committee member!

Special thanks to Kelly Bourgeois and Melanie Stewart our Bingo Committee chairs and committee members Angela Davies, Tracy Leeper, Janice Seufert, Mudita Tiwary, and Caroline Wright who helped put on this great event. To all those who participated--our fun turned into much needed money for our kids.

Last-Minute Tax Deduction!

Super Pledge begins in September but continues the entire school year. Any amount is accepted and will be used to enrich your child's educational experience at EBS. If you need another tax-deductible donation before the end of the year, Super Pledge to EBS!

Record Number of Box Tops and Campbell's Labels!

Many thanks to our EBS students, families, and staff! We collected more than 19,175 box tops, which means General Mills will write a check for $1,917.50 to EBS! We also received a record number of Campbell's labels!

Congratulations to the top box tops collecting classes: Mrs. Aguilar, kindergarten; Ms. Hurley, 1st grade; Mrs. Saiken, 2nd grade; Mrs. Leighty, 3rd grade; Mrs. Casey, 4th grade; and, Ms. Ligon, 5th grade.

Congratulations to the top Campbell's labels collecting classes: Ms. Burningham, kindergarten, Mrs. Omar, 1st grade; Mrs. Clark, 2nd grade; Mrs. Leighty, 3rd grade; Mrs. Gil, 4th grade; and, Mr. Shobar, 5th grade.

Congratulations to our top box tops collectors:

  • Emi Heisterkamp--800
  • Timothy Ackiss--600
  • Gracie Sheaman--600
  • Michael Ackiss--600

Congratulations to our top Campbell's labels collectors:

  • Matteo Cometti--1011
  • Paris Hoffman--841
  • Matthew Ackiss--800
  • Jeffrey Ackiss--781

Many thanks to our volunteers: Sabrina Lin, Dorene Evans, Kristin Walker, Melanie Stewart, Jacqueline Perez, Kristin Spivey, Shannon Ashburn, and Phillip Steiner. Continue collecting and look for our next collection contest in February!

Important Dates

  • Every Saturday--Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm;
  • Tuesday, Dec. 2--Character Education meeting, 5:30 pm; AFP meeting, 6:30 pm;
  • Thursday, Dec. 4--Character Education parent meeting, 9-10 am;
  • Friday, Dec. 19--Minimum day;
  • Monday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Jan. 2--Winter vacation;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 6--Character Education meeting, 5:30 pm;
  • Thursday, Jan. 8--Character Education parent meeting, 9-10am; and,
  • Tuesday, Jan. 13--AFP meeting, 6:30 pm.

Other Schools

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Construction in Full Swing

Before sitting down to write this article, I was given a quick tour of the construction site of St. Gregory the Great Catholic School. Even to my untrained eye it was obvious that a lot of progress has been made in the last few weeks. The most exciting change was seeing the outline of the classroom building marked by the concrete footings that were just poured a few days before my tour.

According to John Lyons, parishioner and Development Committee member, the framing of the building should be completed by the end of December or early January. In addition to construction progress, much is being done to prepare for the opening of the school. Mrs. Maeve O'Connell, principal, provided an update on those preparations: "In the school office, attention is focused on the formation of policy for tuition, registration, and admission procedures. Textbook samples, approved by the Diocesan Office for Schools and aligned with the California State Standards, are ready for preview. The uniform company, in close consultation with the principal, has designed an exclusive plaid for our school community. The school website is under construction, with an expectation to be ready before Christmas."

Applications are being accepted for enrollment in kindergarten through 4th grade in September 2009. An additional grade will be added each year until the 8th grade goal is reached. Potential applications for all grade levels are available at [] and at the parish office. For more information, please contact Mrs. O'Connell at [[email protected]] or 653-3589.

Alliant International University


Winter Break

Winter break begins Monday, Dec. 15, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 4.

Alliant Launches Tokyo Site

Alliant International University has announced plans to partner with Eikoh, Inc., Japan's largest publicly traded college preparatory system, to launch an Alliant Tokyo campus. Under the agreement, Eikoh will grow and deliver innovative programs from Alliant's various schools, institutes, centers, and affiliates of Alliant in Japan. A ceremony honoring the agreement was held at the Japan Professional School of Education.

Business Management Minor

Alliant's Marshall Goldsmith School of Management (MGSM), along with Cogswell Polytechnical College, has created a minor in business management. Cogswell is one of the only digital arts colleges to offer a business minor that includes a focus on the needs of the digital media industry.

School of Management Receives Honor

A recent issue of Leadership Excellence Magazine has featured the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management in this year's list of Top Leadership Development Programs. "It is a good reinforcement of the work we are doing here in developing and coaching leaders and future leaders. I would like to thank Marshall, Ken Shelton, and the many other top thought leaders and executive leaders we have brought in to assist us in developing these programs," said Jim Goodrich, MGSM founding dean.

MGSM is building a repertoire of significant short courses, including public enrollment and custom executive programs inside organizations.