Schools

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

[www.sandi.net/srhs/]

Principal's Message

The summer of 2008 was a memorable one for me. Throughout the summer, I met several fantastic students, parents, and community members. I was honored to participate in the 4th of July Parade, and I want to thank everyone for supporting this unbelievable community event.

My "Coffee with Kurt" informal meetings in July and August were well attended. These meetings give me a chance to share information about SRHS and goals we want to establish.

August was very busy. My meetings with more community members, business people, and administrators from surrounding schools, as well as attending the Farmers Market and Symphony in the Park were worthwhile endeavors.

During July and August, we upgraded our intercom system, which will improve the communication system throughout campus. We also formed a committee and received its input on how we can upgrade our school website. We want our website to be one of the best in the district and will work with the same community that created the Marshall Middle School website. We encourage everyone to visit our website to keep updated on activities and events on campus.

In September we transition from summer into routines that need to support our school program. We expect all students to be on time and ready to learn every day. We expect all students to dress appropriately for school and use good judgment. Pants and shorts should fit neatly at the waist without "sagging" or having an excessively tight fit. Clothes need to cover the body, therefore, no bare midriffs, no backless shirts, no T-backed tops, no low V-neck or scoop shirts, no short shorts, and no tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts are permitted. Clothing should not advertise alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, or vulgarity. When in doubt about clothing, be conservative. Our educational setting is a professional place. We are preparing our students for college and a career.

We need everyone's support with our expectation relative to the use of electronic devices on campus. Students are not allowed to use electronic devices during class. Students who use any type of electronic device or "texting" during class will have the device confiscated. Technology is a major part of our day-to-day world, however, it can cause a disruption to our educational program.

We encourage all parents to stay connected with their children. We know young adults tend to want to be more independent, but we want to reinforce the importance of daily conversations with students about school. Reviewing planners, editing reports, and having students try to teach parents what they learn will support our educational program. Parents can help students meet deadlines. It is always best to have students complete major projects in advance rather than wait until the last minute.

Homework is an expectation for all students. As parents and educators we often struggle with how much homework a young adult can manage because students are involved in sports and other extra-curricular activities.

I have experienced this with my two sons who took advanced courses in high school, participated in extra-curricular activities, and are now completing their senior year in college. My sons have shared with me that high school somewhat prepared them for college. The pace and expectations in a University of California college are even higher because of the volume of reading and coverage of an entire course in 10 weeks.

During September, we invite parents and community members to attend an extra-curricular event on campus. Our students and staff enjoy the community support and attendance at school events and functions. As a principal, I make this a top priority and try to be at every event.

I would like to invite all parents and community members to attend our Open House on Thursday, Sept. 18. We want every parent with a student at SRHS to attend. This will give you a chance to meet teachers and gain a better understanding of the courses your students are taking. On Monday, Sept. 29, I have scheduled our next "Coffee with Kurt" at 6 pm in the theater to keep parents and the community apprised of our progress.

I want to thank parents and community members for a very warm welcome and an abundance of support. Throughout this school year we need to maintain regular communication, which can help us focus on solutions rather than have a breakdown in communication, which often leads to more problems. Please feel free to contact me at 621-9020, ext. 1103, or [[email protected]].

SRHS Football Booster Club

The Football Booster Club holds its 7th annual "Duck and Cover" Golf Classic on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Salt Creek Golf Club. The event begins at 7:30 am, with registration starting at 7 am. There will be a post-tournament social with great auction items and raffle prizes.

We are seeking sponsors for this event. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Amie Leo at [[email protected]]. If you would like to have some fun and play golf, visit our website at [http://obiwan.sandi.net/~sdiaz1/] for a PDF registration form and more information.

PBO Class of 2009

We are preparing for Grad Night June 2009 at Dave and Buster's. Tickets are on sale now! Go to [http://wwwlsani.net/srhs/foundation/pbo.htm#2009] to download a form and for information, or visit [www.sandi.net/srhs/]. To volunteer or for more details, please email Chris Eschelman at [[email protected]].

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

[http://marshallmiddle.org]

MMS Calendar

  • Tuesday, Sept. 2--First day of school;
  • Monday, Sept. 15--Picture day;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16--6th grade Back to School Night;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17--7th grade Back to School Night;
  • Thursday, Sept. 18--8th grade Back to School Night;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24--8th grade East Coast trip meeting, multipurpose room;
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1--School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT) meeting, 6:30 pm, parent community room;
  • Monday, Oct. 13--Picture makeup day;
  • Friday, Oct. 17--End of first progress report period; and,
  • Friday, Oct. 31--Minimum day.

From the Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Community,

I hope you have enjoyed your summer with family and friends! We are excited to start a brand new year and look forward to working with our students and our families.

At Thurgood Marshall Middle School, we have a solid middle school program that provides strong academics and a variety of elective classes to develop the whole child. We have a variety of clubs to engage our students in positive ways. We know that our student success depends upon our offerings and your support.

As we begin the new year, I would like to review some important MMS policies and procedures to support all our students and families.

Attendance: Students cannot learn unless they are in school. Parents need to monitor their student's attendance. Be sure your child stays home when ill, but attends school at all other times. If your child will be absent, please call the Attendance Office at 549-5574 between 7 am and 3 pm. If your child must be excused from class during the day for an appointment, he or she needs to bring a note, or you need to call the Attendance Office before school. Your child will receive a pass to leave the campus and will be ready for you when you arrive.

Health Office: Students should stay home if they do not feel well or are recovering from illness. Students may not carry any type of medication with them. Parents must contact the Heath Office regarding the need for any student to take medication during the school day.

Cell Phone Policy: Cell phones may be used at school before school begins and after school ends. These devices must be kept out of sight and turned off during the instructional day. When student arrive on campus they need to make sure that cell phones are turned off and placed in their backpacks at the start of the school day, this includes lunch and PE. Students will not be allowed to carry cell phones in their pockets. Failure to do so will result in confiscation.

Teachers will give the cell phone to the vice principal and names will be documented on discipline records. Cell phones can be picked up the following day after school, or parents can pick it up after school that day. The second violation will require parents to pick up the phone and detention will be assigned. The third violation will cause additional disciplinary actions. The school accepts no responsibility for cell phones. This rule applies to other devices such as iPods and cameras.

Safety, Traffic, and Parking: Safety is important so please be mindful of traffic flow and pedestrians. We anticipate that in the first few days of school there will be higher than usual traffic. Please plan your commute by allowing sufficient time to drop off your student(s). Please adhere to the signage and personnel directing traffic to the drop-off zones. Please be aware, we do not allow drop-off to occur in the parking lot. Please drive safely into our parking queue to drop off our students safely. There are three drop-off/pick-up zones:

  • Novak Way Drop-Off Zone--Once on Avenue of Nations, turn right on Novak Way. There is no parking in this area, however, vehicles may queue up after school until 2:45 pm.
  • Main Entrance Drop-Off Zone--Once on Avenue of Nations, continue up the hill and turn right close to the top of the hill. This is the main parking lot that also will serve as a drop-off zone/pick-up zone. Parents must stay to the right to drop off passengers. Prior to the start of school, only staff members and those parking to go into the office may veer to the left into the parking lot.
  • Upper Parking Lot Drop-Off Zone--After turning into the main parking lot, veer to the left and continue up the hill to the Park and Recreation joint-use parking area. You may park in this area and students may be dropped off and picked up. There is a walkway to campus.

At Thurgood Marshall Middle School, we are here to help and support our students. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our main office at 549-5400. Also, please visit our website at [www.marshallmiddle.org]. It has general school information and other pertinent details about our school and staff members. Sincerely,

It's Time to Get Your Entertainment Book and Save!

Save money and support your community at the same time! Purchase your Entertainment Coupon Book to help support the Marshall Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). The Entertainment Book provides help to your family during today's tough economic times.

The book has hundreds of dollars in savings in your neighborhood. Save money at all your favorite places: $10 at Dave & Buster's; $24 at Pat & Oscar's; $24 at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza; $42 at Edwards Theatres; and, $10 at Subway! And that's just some of the savings!

Books are now available to purchase at Marshall! This fundraiser helps us purchase extra textbooks for students. It also pays for equipment and supplies when the school district funds are depleted. Please contact the Marshall PTSA at 549-5400 to get your book and start saving money now. Just one look and you'll be hooked! Don't miss out on your chance to save. These Entertainment Books are popular, so get your copy early!

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

[www.dingeman.net]

Dingeman Has a New Principal

For the second year in a row, Dingeman greets a new principal. We are pleased to welcome Scripps Ranch resident Kimie Lochtefeld, who comes to us from Audobon Elementary School. Ms. Lochtefeld graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. and M.A. in education. She has seven years experience teaching grades 2-5 and has worked with the GATE program. She once taught 2nd grade at Dingeman and now returns as principal. Please make a point to stop by her office and say hello.

Note From Our New Principal

One thing I want everyone to know is that my door is always open. I want to support our students, families, and staff the best that I can. As a parent of an incoming kindergartner to Jerabek Elementary, I have an appreciation and perspective of what parents need from their community school. As a former teacher at Dingeman, I have a unique perspective about the growing needs of our school. I know we've come a long way since 1995 and I am excited to see the growth.

I believe it is imperative to engage all of our stakeholders in the process of educating every child to his or her highest potential. Our school is truly a community-based school where learning is "beyond the four walls" of the classroom. It is my mission to carry on the traditions that make our school so unique while balancing innovations in teaching and learning.

With the support of the community, families, and our brilliant staff, we will take Dingeman to the next level. Thank you for the privilege of serving your children and our fine community.

Back to School Nights

You'll get the chance to meet Principal Lochtefeld and your child's new teacher at Back to School Nights, which are early this year. Mark your calendars now! Different grades will go on different nights, so check the schedule on page 33 under "Dates to Remember" and confirm with your teacher to make sure you show up on the right night!

FFC Needs You

Your Family Faculty Connection (FFC) has more than 50 fun and devoted leaders dedicated to supporting our school. These officers and chairs take on that extra bit of responsibility to bring our students and families exciting opportunities such as Art Corps, the Father/Daughter Dance, Mother/Son Night, and the Spring Carnival. They provide the yearbook, T-shirts, and the Tiger Pause newsletter. They raise money to pay for everything from crayons to computers.

You'll get the opportunity to volunteer at the Volunteer Tea and Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 2, and again at Back to School Nights. Whether you're into computers, organization, writing, or art, we can use a little of your donated time. Please contact our FFC president, Liz Clark, at [[email protected]] for details.

Super Pledge Drive

The FFC Super Pledge Drive 2008-2009 is underway! Please watch for materials coming home with your children. We want to thank parents for "stepping forward" last year and hope to have even greater participation this year. This year the FFC is asking for a basic donation of $1 per school day for each child. That equates to $180 per student. If you donate at the premium pledge level of $225, you will receive vouchers for a Dingeman yearbook and a cool Dingeman T-shirt.

Last year the Super Pledge Drive helped fund Art Corps, educational assemblies, Rockin' Science, cardio club, extra classroom supplies, and computers in both the classrooms and the Media Center. Many employers will match your donation, so check whether your employer has this program!

Remember that this is a completely voluntary program. Your support helps make Dingeman a wonderful school! Please thank Michelle DeFelippi and Beth Rube who are again heading up the Super Pledge Drive this year. If you have any questions, you may contact Michelle at 695-9772 or Beth at 527-0103.

Rockin' Science

Funded by the FFC, the science lab for K-5th grade is all fired up and ready to go. The lab offers a wonderful opportunity for all Dingeman students to be creative scientists! Full of fun and adventure, the kids get to work "hands on" on various aspects of science. Most of the lessons are curriculum-based and tailored to each grade level. This allows the basic concepts of science to be instilled in even the kindergartners. The best part is that they learn while they play. The 4th and 5th graders benefit greatly from these experiments, as they get ready for their upcoming tests.

Dr. Marian Plunkett will be the instructor for these lessons. She has more than 20 years of experience in the biotech industry and has very graciously offered her time. We look forward to involving more parents in the program. Volunteers will have fun while watching their child learn science. Their assistance will be required only six times in a year. No experience or prep work is needed.

The science program has been funded by generous donations from parents like you. Please come by our "Rockin' Science" booth during the Volunteer Tea and Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 2, and all your questions will be answered. We can't wait to start off with our lesson, "Have a Ball." Now wouldn't you want to be in it? We want to thank our Rockin' Science chair, Savi Madan, for all of her hard work in organizing this year's program. If you have any questions, please contact her at [[email protected]].

Amazon.com

If you buy anything from the website [Amazon.com], please go through the Amazon link on Dingeman's website at [www.Dingeman.net]. A percentage of sales comes back to support our school.

Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, Sept. 2--School begins, welcome back!; Volunteer Tea and Fair, 9:15 am, auditorium;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3-Friday, Oct. 3-- FFC Super Pledge Drive;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3--Back to School Night, kindergarten, 5 pm;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9--Back to School Night for grades 4 and 5, 5 pm;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10--Back to School Night for 1st grade, 5 pm;
  • Thursday, Sept. 11--Back to School Night for grades 2 and 3, 5 pm;
  • Friday, Sept. 12--Rockin' Science volunteer orientation, 9 am, auditorium;
  • Monday through Friday, Sept. 15-19--5th grade event trip;
  • Monday through Friday, Sept. 22- 26--4th grade event trip;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24--Art Corps orientation, 9:15 am; FFC Board meeting, 6 pm; FFC meeting and budget vote, 7 pm, staff lounge;
  • Thursday, Sept. 25--T-shirt sales, 12:50 pm; and,
  • Monday, Sept. 29--Tiger Talk, 9:15 am.

Looking Forward

Watch for Gift Wrap catalogues that go out in early October. Looking forward to another great new year!

Jerabek Elementary

[www.jerabekweb.com]

Paul Gilroy, Our New Principal

A few days into our summer break, the Board of Education approved a uniquely qualified principal for Jerabek. Please welcome him to our school.

Dear Jerabek Families,

I am extremely pleased and very proud to have been selected as the new principal of Jerabek Elementary School. My family and I have lived in Scripps Ranch for 22 years, and I have had a special connection to the school for a very long time. Both of my children attended Jerabek, and I am thrilled to be part of this exciting learning community.

My entire professional career has been spent in the San Diego Unified School District. I began my career at Balboa Elementary School where I spent 16 years teaching grades 2-6. I left Balboa for the unique opportunity to help open Dingeman Elementary School. After 21 years as a classroom teacher, I became vice principal at Chavez Elementary School before becoming principal at Sunset View Elementary School in 2002. I have spent the last six years at Sunset View and am anxious to begin a new chapter in my professional life at Jerabek with all of you.

I look forward to working with the parents and staff of Jerabek in the coming months and years. Sincerely,

FFO President's Message

Welcome to the 2008-2009 school year. This is the 30th year Jerabek will open its doors, and we intend to celebrate with a community-wide event on Sunday, Oct. 5. As the incoming Family Faculty Organization (FFO) president, it is a pleasure to lead the many talented families who participate in the Jerabek School community. We are blessed to live in such a wonderful community as Scripps Ranch and for our children to attend such a fantastic school as Jerabek.

We have a great deal to look forward to as we get to know and welcome our new principal. Please make every effort to be at Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 25. This is your opportunity to meet your children's teachers and attend the annual FFO meeting.

New this year will be our first adult-only event on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 1. Book those babysitters now!

Please take a moment and think about what you can do to make Jerabek succeed. On the first day of school, we will post sign-up sheets for all of our various committees and projects. We need everyone to help out and volunteer as well as participate in the Super Pledge Drive.

If you work and can't be on campus, please consider working on a project in the evening. We have many opportunities and ways for you to help. Please email me at [[email protected]] if you would like to be involved.

 

School Resumes

Students return to school on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 9:05 am. School start and end times are the same as last year--9:05 am until 3:35 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and, 9:05 am until 12:50 pm on Thursday. You might want to allow yourself a little extra time the first week when more parents walk their children to class.

 

FFO Welcome Breakfast

After saying your goodbyes to your student on the first day of school, please stop by the Family Faculty Organization's (FFO) Welcome Breakfast in the courtyard for some breakfast goodies and coffee and to visit with other parents. FFO members will be on hand to answer your questions about how you can become more involved and help enrich your child's school experience though volunteering your time and through the Super Pledge Drive. Sign-up lists with a variety of volunteer opportunities will be posted. If you have a desire to get involved, we can find a spot--big or small--for you. If you are unable to attend but would like to learn more, contact FFO president Donna Cleary at [[email protected]].

Jerabek Super Pledge Drive

This month kicks off Jerabek's annual Super Pledge Drive. Thanks to the generous donations from Jerabek families, our children receive enrichment programs and a high-quality education. Your donations ensure that Jerabek students have librarians to service the library, upper and lower division computer labs, an up-to-date science lab, an Art Corps program, family math and science nights, and many other learning enhancements.

With the recent cuts in Jerabek's budget, the need this year is greater than ever. In conjunction with our 30th anniversary, we will offer a special incentive to pledge donors this year. For details, see [www.jerabekweb.com] or contact [[email protected]]. Every single dollar raised benefits our children, so please make your tax-deductible direct donation to the Jerabek FFO. Thank you!

Running Club Hits the Track

Lace up those shoes! The top three runners for 2008 were Brennan Deffley with 229.25 miles, Nicolas Fougeres with 214 miles, and Tim Rodenbaugh with 213.5 miles. The classrooms with the most miles were: Mrs. Barbara McCormick's class with a combined total of 1,280 miles, and Ms. Mary Johnson's class with 1,069.5 miles. Running Club typically begins the second week of school.

eScrip Generates Funds at No Cost to You

eScrip donates a percentage of your purchases every time you use your registered Vons Club card, Macy's, or other charge cards. This generates thousands of dollars each year for Jerabek at no cost to you! Please take a moment to register your cards or renew previously registered cards at [www.escrip.com]. Renewing is as easy as clicking "yes, renew" but must be done by Saturday, Nov. 1, for Jerabek to continue to receive funds. If you need help or to register your cards, contact FFO volunteer Lorelle Mudd at [[email protected]].

Back To School Night

Back To School Night is Thursday, Sept. 25. Check your child's folder or [www.jerabekweb.com] for the session time for your student's class. Between the two sessions, please come to the FFO general meeting in the courtyard to learn more about the FFO, the Super Pledge Drive, and how you can be a part of enhancing your child's school experience. As a reminder, Back To School Night is a parents-only event.

30th Anniversary Celebration

Jerabek Elementary School opened its doors 30 years ago this month, and we are having a party! We encourage all former and future Jerabekians to join us at the school on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2 until 6 pm. The Heroes will play, food will be available for purchase, and we will raffle off prizes! Bring your blankets, low lawn chairs, and umbrellas for this special event. For more information, check [www.jerabekweb.com], and see the Spotlight on Scripps Ranch article on page 43 for more information about Jerabek's first year.

School Picture Day

School picture day is Tuesday, Sept. 30. Makeup photos will be taken on Monday, Oct. 6.

 

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

[http://miramarranch.org/]

From Our Principal

Dear Miramar Ranch Families,

Welcome back to Miramar Ranch Elementary School! We are truly excited about the upcoming school year! I am looking forward to a year of working together, sharing successes, overcoming challenges, reflecting upon our work, and setting high expectations so that our students are afforded the best opportunity for learning.

During the summer, our beloved vice principal, Ms. Lorelei Olsen, was assigned to be the new principal at Tierrasanta Elementary School. Although we are sad to see her go, we are very excited for the opportunities that lie ahead of her.

Ms. Olsen worked side by side with me as our vice principal for the past six years. Prior to that, Ms. Olsen was a classroom teacher at MRE for years. In both positions, she touched the lives of many. We are truly grateful for all that she gave to us with her knowledge, time, and humor. Our staff, students, and their families wish Ms. Olsen nothing but the very best as she embarks on this new adventure in her educational career!

We welcome back all returning staff members as well as some new faces. New to our staff are: Lori Cotterell, kindergarten; Suzanne Smith, 1st grade; and, William Kalchik, 4th grade. These new staff members will only serve to compliment the hardworking, dedicated staff we already have at Miramar Ranch.

Miramar Ranch is very fortunate to have such strong support from our parents and community members. This kind of mutual home/school/community support is what makes our school so special. We truly appreciate your involvement and dedication to helping us achieve the best possible education for our children. Please be sure to check out our website at [www.miramarranch.org], as we update it frequently to keep you current with what's happening at school. We look forward to an outstanding year! Sincerely,

From Our New FFA President

On behalf of the Family Faculty Association (FFA), I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our Miramar Ranch families back to school for the 2008-2009 school year! I hope all of you had a wonderful summer and that your children are excited to start school with their new teachers and classmates.

Please consider volunteering in your child's classroom or with the FFA this year. Volunteering your time is one of the greatest gifts you can give your children and your school. It is a great way to meet other parents, get to know our dedicated teaching staff, and have some fun while you're at it!

Our Super Pledge Drive is another great way to provide support to your children and school. Our school district has had to make so many drastic cuts this year. We must find other means to support our school. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and just a dollar a day can make a huge impact.

The FFA is here for your children and our school. Please don't hesitate to come to us with any questions or concerns. You are invited and encouraged to attend the first FFA meeting on Friday, Oct. 17. Thank you to all of our families for your continued support, and I wish you a wonderful, fun-filled school year!

Welcome Back!

It's that time of year. Newly sharpened pencils, crisp clean lunch boxes, and new textbooks opened for the first time! Students return to school on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 7:50 am. School start and end times are the same as last year--7:50 am until 2:05 pm, except for Thursdays when school ends at 12 pm. Class assignments will be posted throughout the Labor Day weekend.

Let's Keep Our Kids Safe

Child safety is a priority at MRE. Parking and traffic safety is always a concern. Remember, no parking in the three-minute zone--you'll be ticketed. Cross only at designated crosswalks for the safety of the children. Follow all traffic laws, obey traffic signs, and be respectful of parent and student safety patrol. Do not forget to leave home a little earlier on that first week of school, as parking will be a challenge.

We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help minimize congestion at school in the mornings and afternoons. If you are able to help one morning or one afternoon, it will help our teaching staff and 5th grade safety patrol keep the little ones safe. Contact Heather Woodie at [[email protected]] if you are able to help in any way.

Back to School Coffee!

After you drop your child off at his or her new classroom, join us in the multipurpose room. Join Principal Wroblewski and staff to welcome you into the new 2008-2009 school year. Reconnect with familiar faces and welcome a new face into our MRE family! This is a good opportunity to find out first what is going on at the school.

TB Tests for Volunteers

This is the time for you to come in and volunteer in the classroom! Before you can do that, all volunteers must have a current negative TB test on file with the school. It will be administered by the school's district nurse. If you are a new volunteer or you need to be retested, onsite TB testing will be provided through the school. Please check the website for TB testing dates.

Back To School Nights

Save the date for Back To School Nights! This year will be a little different from years past. Grades will be broken down into several nights. Kindergarten and 1st grade Back To School Night is on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Second and 3rd grade is on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Fourth and 5th grade is on Thursday, Sept. 11. Back To School Nights are very informative. Parents and teachers get the opportunity to meet in person and get a curriculum overview of what is expected for the new school year. See you there.

It's Time for the Halloween Carnival

Don't miss MRE's 34th Annual Halloween Carnival, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 am to 4 pm. This year's theme is "Monster Mash at the Ranch." All of your favorite carnival attractions, food booths, and the silent auction will be back, as well as some new surprises. Volunteer opportunities are available, as are slots for entertainment and demonstrations. It is not too late to become part of a longtime tradition here on the Ranch. Contact Debbie Kutyla at [[email protected]].

Don't forget to pick up your Halloween Carnival T-shirts. Thank you to Clayton Cassidy, a 3rd grader, who designed this year's T-shirt. There were more than 60 entries. Congratulations, Clayton, and job well done! T-shirts will be on sale soon!

Calling All Creative Minds!

Art Corps will continue to be an integrated program at MRE. Art Corps is a parent volunteer-based art program to stimulate the artistic minds of our children. All lessons are taught to parents onsite prior to teaching. No experience is necessary, only the desire to inspire originality. Art Corps welcomes back past volunteers and encourages new parents to join in and have fun! Contact Kathy Askins at [[email protected]] on how you can become part of the team.

A New Beginning

There are so many things to look forward to this school year. It is great to know that programs such as Super Science, band and orchestra, PE, library/Media Center, Art Corps, and Running Club will continue at MRE.

It is vital that we as parents strive to come together and pitch in where we can. Donating your time and effort to the school makes all the difference. The success of our school is heightened by our parent volunteers.

We have lost a tremendous asset to our school--Ms. Olsen--who was promoted. Thank you, Ms. Olsen, for your many years of hard work and dedication to MRE. You will be missed. As the saying goes--when one door closes another door opens. Congratulations!

Please continue to check the school's website for updated information. See you on campus!

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

[www.sandi.net/ellenbrowningscripps/]

Important Dates

  • Every Thursday, minimum day, 12:30 pm dismissal;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 2--School starts; Welcome Back Breakfast, 9 am, lunch arbor;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9--Character Education meeting, 5:30 pm; AFP meeting, 6:30 pm;
  • Thursday, Sept. 18--School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT)/English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting, 1 pm;
  • Friday, Sept. 19--Picture day;
  • Thursday, Oct. 2--Back to School Night, 5:30 pm; and,
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11--Veterans Day observed, no school.

Check Out the New EBS!

Now that the students, teachers, and staff are in their new home, they'd like to welcome everyone in the Scripps Ranch community to celebrate the opening of their new school. Whether you are an old penguin, you used to stomp these grounds in middle school, or you are just a curious neighbor, join us on Thursday, Sept. 18, for this momentous occasion!

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is at 11:30 am and will include speeches, school district dignitaries, community leaders, performances by EBS students, music, and more! Stay for refreshments and a tour during the Community Open House from 12:30 to 5 pm. We hope all Scripps Ranch residents get a chance to visit our community's newest school!

It took a village to complete this transformation that ensures Scripps Ranch schools provide the best education in the district! Be part of the celebration for the newest accomplishment in our community. We hope to see you there!

Super Pledge

You know the story: state budget cuts are directly affecting our school district, EBS, and your child. More than ever, we need parents to make tax-deductible donations to the EBS Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP). The only way to fund some of the most basic services this year--nurse assistant, library assistant, noon duty supervisors, just to name a few--as well as new computers, an art program, and educational assemblies is through parent donations. These items greatly impact the quality of your child's education. Check out pages 44-45 for details on how all Scripps Ranch schools benefit from Super Pledge Drives.

Donate what you can, as soon as you can. Look for more information as soon as school starts. It really makes a difference since 100% of proceeds go directly to support services for your child. Also, ask your employer if they will match your contribution. Your participation promises a "super" year at EBS!

First AFP Meeting

Parents, plan to attend the first AFP meeting of the school year on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 pm. There is much to discuss and prepare for this year! Your participation ensures that our EBS kids thrive with academic supplies, programs, and events. Are you new to EBS? This monthly meeting is a great opportunity to learn more and get involved.

eScrip

eScrip is a free program that provides EBS with thousands of dollars each year. Once you register, EBS earns money automatically every time that you shop at Vons and other popular stores. Please take a minute to verify that you are registered, then ask your friends and relatives--even those in other states--to register. Go to [www.escrip.com], and enter the EBS ID number: 6288371.

Go Green to Support EBS

Thanks to 1st grade teacher Ms. Hurley, EBS has been collecting plastics bags for recycling as part of the Wal-Mart Kids Recycling Challenge. This is a perfect way to be environmentally conscious and earn money for EBS! Collection starts soon, so save your bags until you see the recycling bins at EBS.

Box Tops

The Box Top Contest is in October, so save up as many of those little rectangles as possible! It's amazing how quickly they add up. Let's aim to beat our record-breaking earnings from last year-- $3,112! Look for contest details soon.

Farmers Market

Even though EBS has moved, the Farmers Market is staying at the old EBS site...for now. That may change in the next few months, but we'll be sure to let you know. Visit the market each Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. Remember that shopping at the Farmers Market provides revenue back to EBS. So pick up some fresh fruits and veggies this weekend!

Back to School Night

Mark your calendar for Back to School Night on Thursday, Oct. 2. Meet your child's teacher and hear important information about the school year at this parents-only event.

Other Schools

Alliant International University

Fall Semester Begins

Instruction for the fall 2008 semester began in August. The add/drop deadline for 16-week courses is Tuesday, Sept. 9. The last day of the fall semester is Sunday, Dec. 14.

IVAT To Host International Conference

The Institute of Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant will host the 13th Annual International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma from Friday, Sept. 12, through Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. "Promoting Peace, Integrating Research, Practice, and Policy" is the theme for this year's conference. It will feature speakers on clergy abuse, commercial sexual exploitation of children, elder abuse, gang violence, teen violence, and much more.

IVAT's mission is to improve the quality of life for those affected by violence, abuse, and trauma by providing professional training and information dissemination on a local, national, and international level. If you would like additional information on IVAT or the conference, please visit the IVAT website at [www.ivatcenters.org].

New Doctoral Programs in Forensic Psychology

Our communities, police departments, courts, and prisons are regularly assisted by experts in forensic psychology and criminal justice, helping to provide a safer environment for all. In response to this powerful community need, Alliant, through the Center for Forensic Studies (CFS), will offer doctoral programs in forensic psychology at its San Diego campus beginning fall 2008.

Just a few of the specializations available to CFS students are: police psychology; clergy and teacher sex abuse; terrorism; jury selection; assessment and treatment of sex offenders; criminal profiling; competence to receive death penalty; child custody; child neglect and abuse; prevention of workplace and school violence; investigative psychology; expert witness; and, many others.

Robert A. Leark, Ph.D., is the program director for the CFS doctoral program. Dr. Leark is noted for his research in the field of neuropsychology, including disorders of attention and genetic disorders. This expertise has led him to focus on death penalty cases and other criminal trials. Dr. Leark also provides reviews for numerous peer-reviewed journals in neuropsychology.

Eric Hickey, Ph.D., director for Alliant's CFS, also will be an instructor in the doctoral program. Dr. Hickey has taught many courses in criminal personalities, sex crimes, homicide, and psychopathology. Dr. Hickey has considerable experience working with the criminally insane, psychopaths, sex offenders, and other habitual criminals. He is also the author of several books.

Dr. Hickey notes, "Alliant is the most progressive school in forensic studies in the country. We have the faculty with the right credentials, and we are looking for men and women who want to be on the cutting edge of forensics."