Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


A Student's View

[Editor's note: Although she graduated in June, SRHS alum Becky Berg has graciously agreed to continue to share her insights on what's going on at SRHS until she leaves for college. Don't miss her final column next month! This month, Becky tells us about two special educators who retired from SRHS in June.]

As the 2008 school year drew to a close at SRHS, a quote appeared on a classroom door: "To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--this is to have succeeded."

Perhaps Mrs. Joan Gass--who, along with volleyball coach Ronni Olsen--retired from teaching at the end of the school year wished to inspire her students by posting the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Yet beyond inspiration, the words provide a stunningly accurate portrait of the personal successes of two unique Falcon staff members who, through their untiring devotion to their students, truly changed lives.

In their careers at SRHS, both Mrs. Gass and Coach Olsen succeeded in many of the ways Emerson describes. As an English teacher and volleyball coach respectively, they both "[won] the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children" time and again, and "gave of [themselves]" every day.

Mrs. Gass, a longtime Scripps Ranch community member, inspired her students to read the classics and embrace the authors and poets within themselves. Outside of her English classes, she served as the advisor to multiple clubs on campus and aided her students in applying to colleges. As head of the SRHS GATE department, she ensured that the highest achieving students were given every possible opportunity to succeed.

Under Coach Olsen, the men's and women's varsity volleyball teams won many championships, and Olsen was awarded the Coach of the Year for San Diego. Coach Olsen's passion fueled an athletic drive in her players that encouraged greatness--greatness in high school that has, for many, led to athletic greatness at the college level.

Next year, as two of SRHS's most valued staff members move into the next phase of their lives, and as multiple other instructors and staff depart due to leaves of absence or budget-related cuts, SRHS will move into the next phase of its existence as a high school. But wherever the school finds itself, students whose lives were touched by such teachers as Mrs. Gass and Coach Olsen will surely, as a result of their time spent with such legendary teachers, find success--by Emerson's or any other definition of the word.

SRHS Foundation

2008 Taste of the Ranch: This year's Taste of the Ranch raised more than $33,000 for the Foundation and $12,000 for designated SRHS clubs and teams. Thanks so much to Sandy Price for a great job in chairing this event. Important: the funds raised for the clubs and teams have been deposited directly into the SRHS Associated Student Body accounts and can be accessed by the coach or advisor through Vickie Davis at [[email protected]].

How the money was spent in 2007-2008: Thanks to incredibly strong community support, the Foundation raised more than $126,000 this year to enrich the experience of our students. This year, the funds were used to: pay off the debt on the $1.8 million turf and track project; fund $55,000 in technology improvements in the classroom; build our endowment to almost $200,000; and, fund requests for clubs, athletics, academics, and facilities.

Also, please join us in congratulating the recipients of the four Foundation scholarships, totaling $2,500: Nikka Saadat, Sarabjit Chagar, Gabriella Villadolid, and Kristen Lopez. These were presented at Senior Awards Night.

Volunteers: The Foundation will be busy over the summer helping round up volunteers for kickoff, the office, and library, as well as hosting a back-to-school luncheon for the staff. If you can help, please contact the volunteer coordinator at [[email protected]].

PBO Class of 2008

Grad Night-2008 Edition was a wonderful success! More than 300 seniors attended the event at Dave and Buster's and had a great time. The seniors enjoyed games, casino activities, a hypnotist, and one last chance to spend time with their classmates.

The event would not have been a success without the support of our many sponsors. Thanks to the following who made this night possible for our seniors!

  • All About Me Day Spa
  • Drs. Cutri and Chang, D.D.S., M.D.
  • Mr. Benjamin's San Diego Junior Cotillion
  • Best Buy, Mira Mesa
  • Best Deal Plumbing/Heating/Air
  • Blind Love
  • Boomers
  • C's Ice Cream and Deli
  • Chez Nous Deli-Café
  • Chili Peppers
  • Christian Community Theatre
  • Claim Jumper Restaurant
  • Costco
  • Cush Family Charitable Foundation
  • Bob and Gaye Dingeman
  • E.S.Q. Services, Inc.
  • Fancy Style Beauty Salon
  • Filippi's Pizza Grotto
  • Fish Market Restaurant
  • William E. Gable, D.D.S.
  • Great News Cooking School
  • H&M Landing
  • Haven Salon
  • Hitachi Data Systems
  • Hitachi Foundation
  • Hob Nob Hill
  • Hornblower Cruises and Events
  • Images Hair Design, Inc.
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Dr. Joseph B. Gordon, D.D.S.
  • Jack in the Box, Inc.
  • K1 Speed Karting
  • Dr. Kenny Williams, D.D.S.
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • Lean and Green Organic Restaurant
  • Maritime Museum Association
  • Mimi's Café
  • Moon Nails
  • Muir Images Photography
  • Nickel City
  • Nordstrom
  • Nugent's Fishgrille and Market
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Pacifica Del Mar
  • Perry Poway Ford
  • Peterson Reporting
  • Phil's BBQ
  • Play It Again Sports
  • Quality Reinforcing
  • Regal Entertainment Group
  • Regal Theatres Circuit, Inc.
  • ReMax United
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Reyman Photography
  • Richard A. Giglio, D.D.S.
  • Rubio's Baja Fresh Grill
  • Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • San Diego Ice Arena
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • San Diego Padres
  • Scripps Ranch Civic Association
  • Scripps Parkway Veterinary Hospital
  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros
  • SeaWorld
  • Solid Rock Gym
  • Dr. Sidney Spector, D.D.S.
  • Stadium Golf Center
  • Starbucks
  • Sycuan Gaming Center
  • Systems Source
  • Temeku Hills Golf Club
  • The Haircut Store
  • Tio Leo's
  • Todo Sushi
  • UPS Store, Scripps Poway Parkway
  • U.S.S. Midway Museum
  • Walter Andersen Nursery
  • Western Press
  • Wild Rock Canyon Ranch
  • Yummy Yogurt

PBO Class of 2009

Get ready for Grad Night 2009. The theme is Hollywood-It's A Wrap! The party will be at Dave and Buster's. Buy your tickets now for $150--the price increases in October.

Go to our link at [] to download a form and for more information. To volunteer or for more details, email Chris Eschelman at [[email protected]]. Let's support this safe, fun celebration.

SRHS Music: A Year in Review

This year has been one of the finest for the SRHS Instrumental Department. The students achieved tremendous success while having a great time--the mark of true excellence. The year began with our marching program and our show titled Good and Evil--and it was a smashing success. As we entered our competition season, the band placed at every event, earning no less than third. The peak of the season was a first place showing at the Mira Mesa Tournament.

The drumline continues to carry the banner as one of the finest in Southern California, beating out groups three times their size. They earned a fourth place out of 30+ groups at the Mira Mesa Tournament. Our marching season ended in December with first place at the Camarillo Christmas parade, and we again won the Walter Brennen Award for the most spirited band, an award we have captured 13 of the past 14 years.

Then we began rehearsals for the musical Honk. This year was a first as senior drum major Tracie Yang directed two performances. It was such a success that a student will direct future musicals.

SRHS had many students involved at the city and state levels. Sarah Hafley, a junior clarinetist, earned a spot in the SCSBOA All-State Band and a scholarship to Idllwyld Summer Camp.

We were represented in the All-City Honor Band and Orchestra by these students: Giannia Paiva; Sarah Hafley; Tiffany Han; Bregren Crute, clarinet; Kevin Byrne, bass clarinet; Forrest Lighthart, alto sax; Lindy Edwards; Arielle Jackson; Sven Bomer; Tristan Ross; Dan Moyer; Bryan Truitt, horn; Cheyenne Paiva, trombone; Brandon Dang; Annilese Dang; Crystal Negron; Susie Joh; Cameron Zucker, violin; Nathan Steinberg, viola; Miles Cole; Lauren Adiova; Chris Chan; Daniel Fawcett; and, Jennifer Zhang, cello.

The Music Department created its first competitive percussion ensemble under percussion instructor Paul Casey. The group won first place at the San Marcos competition. With such a successful season, the group plans to be a regular fixture of the Music Department.

The SRHS Winterguard has established itself as one of the finest groups in Southern California. After a slow start, they medaled at the state championships placing third in their division. They are automatically placed into a higher division next year and promise to be competitive with strong returning members.

The band and orchestra took a four-day tour of Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., and Seattle in April. As part of the program, the group travels every two years. It was a great trip highlighted by a performance at Parliament in Victoria!

The SRHS jazz band has been active. They performed at the 10th anniversary of the "new" Vons in May. They also were the featured group for the San Diego Teacher of the Year celebration held at De Portola Middle School.

We hope you continue to support music in the schools. Music is so vital to a well-rounded life. We feel at SRHS we offer a program that meets the needs of every student. It is active, educational, fun, and rewarding.

I want to wish our graduates the best of luck in the future. It has been a wonderful experience, and you have made SRHS a better place by your presence. I hope you keep music near to your heart as you grow in life. You will be missed.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)


From The Principal's Corner

Dear Scripps Ranch Community,

It has been such a pleasure to have joined the Scripps Ranch community. As I reflect on the past few months, we have endured an incredible budget crisis. I want to thank you for your letters and phone calls to our governor and legislature, as there has been positive movement to support our California schools and start to bring back the funding. I also want to thank you for welcoming me into the community. I have enjoyed our conversations to create a positive learning environment for our students.

As we look toward next year, there will be new and reinforced expectations in our 2008 Marshall dress code policy. We believe that our students' focus should be on academics. Therefore, our dress code will be as follows:

  • Maintains a positive educational environment, free from distracting or drawing attention to a student;
  • Clothes must appropriately cover the body: no bare midriffs, no low V-neck or scoop shirts, no tank tops, no spaghetti straps, no short shorts, no high-side seam cut shorts or skirts;
  • Shorts must be worn at mid-thigh and can pass the "fingertip" rule;
  • Pants and shorts must fit neatly at the waist without "sagging" or having an excessively tight fit; and,
  • Is free of any advertisement or promotion of any alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, or gambling and violence.

We appreciate your support in helping us maintain a safe and positive school environment. Students who do not follow our standard dress code will be given loaner shirts for the school day.

At the beginning of the year, Marshall, in conjunction, with our Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) will conduct a Parent Volunteer Campaign to sign up volunteers to support our school. Parents are essential to our students' educational journey and development. Middle school is a special time as students are developing their identity and becoming our future citizens. During this time, strong parental involvement at home and at school are critical. If you are interested in volunteering at our school, you will receive information on how you can help in the next few months. It will be time well spent.

With our teachers' and parents' continued support and dedication to our students' education, our students will continue to thrive, achieve, and build upon their foundation of learning.

I hope each of you has an enjoyable summer vacation, and I look forward to another year filled with student achievement and success. Each Marshall Middle School family will receive a letter from me during the summer months to address the new year and new student orientation. Sincerely,

Equestrian Club

The Equestrian Club at MMS raised money through several candy sales after school and on Carnival Day. The club voted not to use the money for a party and trail ride but to donate it to help horses in need.

In June the club donated $200 to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota where eight years ago they adopted a wild mustang named "Harlequin." They also donated $400 to Falcon Ridge Equine Rescue, Inc. Falcon Ridge, in Valley Center, rescues local horses that have been abandoned or neglected.

Congratulations, Equestrian Club, for making a difference in horses' lives.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary


First Annual Casino Royale a Success!

Dingeman parents and teachers came out for an evening of good food, friends, and fun casino-style games in late May. Many walked away with incredible opportunity drawing prizes--golf drivers, gift cards, photography sessions, a private autograph signing with a Padres player, Padres field level tickets, golf for four, and other awesome prizes!

Chris and Pam Pond won vacation accommodations of their choice from the drawing of casino winnings! Teena and Tony Coyne's winning super opportunity drawing ticket was picked for a four-night Carnival Cruise for two to Cabo San Lucas, worth $1,300! If you couldn't make it, don't miss next year!

We would like to thank our generous sponsors of the evening:

  • A-1 Liquidators
  • Amato's Auto Body, Inc.
  • Anthony J. Scoma, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
  • Jimmy Wong, Realtor, Coldwell Banker,
  • King of the Painters, Inc.
  • Lana Leggett, ePro Realtor, Coldwell Banker
  • Math Monkey
  • Miramar Office Furniture
  • Outpost Summer Camps
  • Poway Honda
  • Quality Pool and Spa Company
  • So Cal TTC, Inc.

We'd also like to thank the businesses that donated items or gift cards for our opportunity drawings. For a complete list, please visit [].

Special thanks also go out to:

  • Ballast Point Brewing Company, for donating their award winning beer.

All the companies below gave us generous discounts on goods and services:

  • The French Gourmet Catering
  • Party Sounds
  • The San Diego Wine Co.

Dingeman families, please patronize and thank these businesses for their support of our children's school! It is through the generosity of our community that we help fund the education of our students.

Finally, we could not have done it without the many volunteers at Dingeman. Thank you to all who donated your time to Casino Royale. Special thanks go to: Brett Wenzel, for making decorations; and, Ana Amato, Jim Radogna, Ed Walton, Peter and Jamie Killam, and Pam McCallum, who went above and beyond to make it a success.

Until next year,

Art Show Dazzles

In May Dingeman's Art Corps program presented its 10th annual Student Art Show, "Surf Into Art!" Our auditorium was transformed into a "surfin' safari." The ambiance highlighted the 740 pieces of artwork created by our talented Dingeman students, parent volunteers, and teachers. The quality and variety of art on display was amazing!

Thank you to our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) for your continued support and funding of the Art Corps program. Also thanks to this year's Art Show Committee members, the Dingeman faculty and staff, and the many volunteers who helped with the art show.

The time and artistic talents of Rose Irelan in designing the graphics for this year's invitations and posters are very much appreciated. Many thanks to the Rosenwald family, owners of Copymat of Escondido, for sponsoring the invitations and full-color poster ads, and to Tony Fowler of Rush Press, Inc., for donating a large supply of art paper.

Thank you to our team of Art Corps classroom volunteers for your time and dedication in teaching the art lessons--we wish there was room to thank you each by name. Please know that what you do is appreciated and instrumental to keep the art program going strong!

Thank you to the 2007-2008 Art Corps Committee members for all of their time and effort in putting together a wonderful program this year, including: Mary Hobbib and Michele Beacom, Art Corps administrators; Susan Klug, art show coordinator; Rhonda Geske, volunteer coordinator; and, Pam McCallum and Marni Tannone, supply coordinators. To learn more about this program or to volunteer, please contact Mary Hobbib at [[email protected]].

Science Lab "Reflections"

Thanks to the support of our FFC, this year's science lab (pictured below) was a great success. Our students received added enrichment and had the opportunity to participate in many hands-on lessons, including a class on light, mirrors, and reflections. Fifth graders learned how multiple reflections are created by varying the angle between two mirrors. The science lab continues next year and we look forward to seeing our Dingeman scientists at work!

Congratulations Karin Wilson

Congratulations to 1st grade teacher Mrs. Karin Wilson! She was selected as our Dingeman Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Wilson's dedication is a true gift to our campus. The Dingeman community congratulates you and thanks you, Mrs. Wilson, for all of your wonderful work!

The "Write" Stuff

Congratulations to our Dingeman writers who impressed us with their prose and poetry this year. Below is a list of the awards received by our students.

Vineyard Bank honored several 5th graders for their outstanding personal narratives. Each of the following students received a $25 savings account: Chase Garcia, Alex Gonzalez, Anjana Srinivas, and Gillian Sturgeon.

Elaine Hughes won a $50 award from Creative Communication for her essay.

Alice Kim's essay was one of 50 winners selected for the San Diego's 50 Best Moms essay contest.

A belated congratulations to 3rd grader David Tran who won a $50 savings bond for his writing achievements when he was in 2nd grade.

And lastly, congratulations to Dingeman for being awarded the prestigious "Poetic Achievement Award" for the spring of 2008 by Creative Communication! This award is given to schools whose students' poetic entries to the annual Creative Poetry Contest were judged to be of exceptionally high merit.

Winning entries were submitted by: Mrs. Morioka, 5th grade; Mrs. Schwartz, 5th grade; and, Mrs. Wetzel, 2nd grade. The entries were made on behalf of their talented students. The students' poems will be published in the spring 2008 hardbound anthology, A Celebration of Young Poets. Fifth grader Ellen Hee was a top 10 winner and got a $50 savings bond from Creative Communication.

We are proud of our talented writers!

Happy 4th of July to everyone! See you in August.

Jerabek Elementary


Strings on TV

The Jerabek strings ensemble will appear on local TV station KUSI on Wednesday, July 2, from 10 to 10:35 am.

La Fiesta

Back by popular demand, the Spanish Department is hosting La Fiesta from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, July 10. Join los profesores espanoles for this festival celebrating Spanish culture and food. There will be free entertainment as well as authentic food for purchase. Todos están bienvenidos.

Life Lessons

Life Lessons, a course in character development, is being offered at Jerabek by Family Karate. The five tenets of courtesy--caring and respect, integrity and trustworthiness, perseverance, self-control and responsibility, and an indomitable spirit--are taught in six after-school lessons. Along with the philosophical lessons, the students learn basic karate moves and have a white-belt graduation ceremony.

This course does not allow aggressive behavior, there is no sparring between students, and no uniform is required. All proceeds go to the Family Faculty Organization (FFO) to pay for enrichment programs for all Jerabek students. Classes start on Monday, June 30, and pro-rated late registration is permitted. Contact volunteer Lisa Yoshitake in the FFO office for more information.

Pennies for Peace

Please encourage your children's philanthropy and empower them to promote global peace by encouraging them to bring in spare change. The Pennies for Peace project ends Friday, July 11. Although nearly worthless here, a penny in Pakistan and Afghanistan buys a pencil and opens the door to literacy.

Pennies collected will be donated to the Central Asia Institute (CAI), a nonprofit foundation that brings hope and educational opportunities to children by building schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. For more information, visit []. The project is brought to us through a collaboration of parents, teachers, and students.

Fifth Grade Graduates

The 5th graders celebrate their promotion on Thursday, July 17, from 5:30 to 7 pm on the field. They will celebrate on Friday, July 18, with a graduation party.

Round-Up the Thank Yous

Fun was had by all who attended last month's Ranch Round-Up. We would like to extend a thank you to all who helped with the event, from donating to a classroom basket to baking a dessert for the cake walk to helping with set-up or staffing a booth. Special thanks to FFO chair Donna Cleary and her team of volunteers for making this event possible.

Funds raised will be used to help supplement losses suffered next year by the budget cuts. We would like to acknowledge the fantastic individuals and businesses whose sponsorship and donations made this event a huge success:

  • Kristi Ann Dove, M.D.
  • Wahoo's Fish Tacos
  • Hatch Dental
  • TV Magic, Inc.
  • Collins Family Jewelers
  • Realty Executives
  • North County Soccer Park
  • Sector 9
  • Family Karate
  • Filippi's Pizza Grotto
  • Fitness Quest 10
  • University of San Diego Toreros.
  • 3GirlsGraphics Design
  • Yanni's Bistro
  • La Bastide Bistro
  • Sol Cal TTC, Inc.
  • Cabrillo Credit Union
  • Scripps Ranch Restoration and Remodeling
  • Outpost Adventure Camps
  • Master Your Sports
  • Anthony Hong Tae Kwon Do
  • Menehune Surf
  • On the Border
  • Staples
  • Natasha Maxwell Photography
  • Photography by Joanna Netzke
  • David Rauterkus, D.D.S.
  • Cha Cha Namdar
  • Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club
  • House of Blues
  • Discount Tire
  • Fay and Lawler
  • Batter's Box

We also thank our fabulous teachers, the Jassy family, Fitzgerald family, Conlan family, Velarde family, Zaso family, Trovato family, and Pickett family.

Minimum Day--July 21

Our school year ends--finally!--with a minimum day on Monday, July 21. Enjoy your summer break and see you back on Friday, Aug. 29, at kindergarten orientation in the afternoon or classroom assignment posting in the evening.

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)


Shake Rattle and Roll

What a wonderful and relaxing evening shared among MRE parents and faculty! Our third annual Spring Social was held in May at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club! What better way to help support our school and have fun in one evening! Back were the unique auction items such as The Heroes concert! The food was donated and served up by our local businesses!

Thank you to the many families who generously donated gift cards toward this event, and to the many families who helped sponsor this event with their time, money, and dedication! Thank you to: Mary Aspin, M.D., Deena Birnbaum, the Booth family, Boswell family, Calvert family, Dabasinkas family, Agnes and Joe Kutyla, Kutyla family, Martin family, McLean-Csaszar family, Mudd family, Renee and Dave Murphy, Terry and Bob Murphy, Radici family, Sleet family, Vilke family, and Woodie family.

Thank you to the businesses that graciously donated their time and services:

  • The Brigantine
  • Cena
  • Chipotle
  • Chili Peppers
  • Consuelo's
  • La Bastide Bistro
  • Nothing Bundt Cake
  • Panera Bread
  • Pat & Oscar's
  • Pernicano's Ristorante Italiano
  • Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
  • Souplantation
  • Starbucks
  • Wings and Things
  • Watami Sushi
  • Yanni's Bistro

The next time you visit any of these establishments, please make it a point to let them know that you acknowledge their support of MRE and commitment toward our children! The success of this event is based on the efforts of all!

Mother-Son Bingo Night

It was a fun-filled evening of food and B-I-N-G-O! Mothers and sons ate pizza and made ice cream sundaes, and had as much fun marking their cards as eating the "fruit loop" markers. Prizes were given to bingo winners. Giovanni Herrera won the raffle basket. Thank you to Grins2Go for giving each mom and son a picture of their evening! Thank you to Julie Stern and Kendra Boyce for all their hard work!

Scripps Ranch Rocks!

This is the theme of the 4th of July Parade! Students and families, show your school spirit by participating in this annual Scripps Ranch event! Check the MRE website for details.

Choir Shows School Spirit

The MRE choir (below) finished off the year with a fabulous performance in June. Miramar Ranch Musical featured school-themed songs including, I Hope the Teacher Won't Call on Me, Ode to Pluto, and Give Me a Book. The choir finished the program with a challenging medley of popular High School Musical numbers. These 28 talented voices, led by volunteer Heather Sadleir and pianist Jill Herbold, presented a rousing performance for families, friends, and faculty.

After the show, each student was recognized for his or her performance. Congratulations to: Amy Rabun, Angela Vu, Brenna Salvato, Caitlin Sadleir, Domenic Strazzabosco, Ellie Schumacher, Emily Hogan, Eunice Lai, Gabby Norconk, Grace Kulischak, Izzy Norconk, Janel Cuevas, Jennifer Mossuto, Kasey Bethel, Kimberly Glass, Kyle Lemmon, Kyra Kent, Lauren Basurto, Lauren Provo, Maddie Sadleir, Madeline Herbold, Madison Friedl, Megan Huott, Minh-Tam Le, Mona Zia, Nicole Ross, Sadie Denson, and Scott Rose.

MRE Band and Orchestra

After 10 years of absence, music again filled the upper bungalows this year! Mr. Luchs and Mr. Tellinghuisen were brought back to MRE by the school district! What a joy to have music fill the hearts of young MRE musicians!

Our students performed at the Scripps Ranch area concert in April. For a group that only began in September, they were quite impressive! Again, they performed for parents and fellow students at an end- of-the-year assembly.

One program that the district has assured will be back will be band and orchestra! In the fall all 4th and 5th grade students will be welcome to participate. Mr. Luchs and Mr. Tellinghuisen hope there will be 100% participation among the 4th grade! Maestro, please!

Support MRE...In Summer!

Save those Box Tops for Education, your empty ink jet cartridges, and old cell phones. Also, save batteries for Cub Scout Pack 1216. When school starts, put the batteries in the boxes in the lobby.

If you haven't already signed up for eScrip, check out []. eScrip is where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit cards, and debit/ATM card purchases to MRE.

Words From Our Outgoing FFA President

Dear MRE Families,

I cannot believe a whole school year has passed already! By now, our children are out of school and enjoying their summer. Summer is always a magical time for children. As a child, I will always remember my summers and how much fun I had. As a parent said to me, "Children are not going to remember the remodel you did on your house; it will be the vacations--or trips to the ice cream store--they took as a child." Parents, enjoy the summer with your families!

As I end my presidency of the Family Faculty Association (FFA), I wish to thank the FFA Board, committee chairs, room parents, teachers, front office staff, janitors, resource specialists, counselors, Principal Wroblewski, Vice Principal Olsen, our families, and all the others who made my term successful. Without all of you, I could not have done my job.

It is my belief that you are only as successful as the people who surround you. As you can see, I had a great team! Again, thank you to each one of you for your hard work, your time, your pocketbook, and help. I am truly grateful and appreciate your guidance.

Thank you, JoAnne Bernabe, for your fabulous articles for the SRCA Newsletter! Our school was well represented and I know you put in a lot of hard work and time. If there was an award for school editors, you would win hands down!

Please join me in welcoming Heather Woodie as your next FFA president for this coming school year. I hope you help support her efforts as you did with me. Also new this coming school year will be an expanded FFA Executive Board. We will go from seven to 12 members. The school website has all the new board members listed. We look forward to the coming school year! Have a great summer and see you in the fall.

Last But Not Forgotten

We will miss those familiar faces of teachers and faculty who have dedicated themselves to our children. I would like to say farewell to Ms. Michael Ann Meyer, Mrs. Diane Christian, Mrs. Pam West, and Mrs. Cathy Kijak-Tyre as they retire from teaching.

Thank you to Ms. Tracey Tanzer, a longterm visiting teacher in 1st grade.

Thank you, Mrs. Beth Bacon and Ms. Laura Hamming, for bringing our children into the technology age. We will miss you as our computer teachers!

Thank you to Miss Maille McKeon, our school librarian! You have been at the center of MRE for years! We wish you much success and happiness! We are hopeful that MRE will continue to have a library and computer staff!

Thank you to all of these committed and enthusiastic ladies. You have planted the seeds that will blossom in the future!

One thing is for sure--without all our efforts, MRE could not be the best school that it is! Despite the budget cuts, I am hopeful we will continue to overcome any adversity. Enjoy the lazy days of summer! Keep our children reading!

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)


Fine Artists Program

The Fine Artists program is completing its second year at EBS. Many students' artwork was submitted for various art shows. Congratulations to the following EBS artists. Their work was judged and selected for art shows in San Diego and Southern California.

The San Diego Art Institute Museum of the Living Artist, David G. Fleet Youth Art Gallery, 2008 San Diego County Youth Art:

  • Lauren Zhu, First place
  • Olivia Jackson, Second place
  • Jason Provol, Third place
  • Hayden Traina, Honorable mention and winner of the Spiazzi Achievement Award

California Art Education Association, Southern Area Youth Art, Pasadena:

  • Lauren Zhu, Honorable mention

San Diego Unified School District, Student Art Exhibit 2008:

  • Raymond Ricafort
  • Sean Kelly
  • Hetal Patel
  • Sabrina Kazem
  • Emily Tran
  • Philip Nguyen
  • Michaela Prince
  • Caitlin Burtner
  • Justin Nguyen
  • Noah Brown
  • Chelsea Campbell

San Diego County Office of Education, Juried Student Art Exhibition 2008:

  • Brittani Lauter, Honorable mention

From PEP through 5th grade, our students created beautiful works of art and learned so much about each artist who was their inspiration for the lesson. We want to send out a big thank you to all our parent volunteers who made this year such a huge success! The Fine Artists program will be back next year, funded by the EBS Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP).

Important 2008-2009 Dates

To help you plan, here are tentative dates for the 2008-2009 school year.

  • First Tuesday of each month, except where noted below: Character Education meeting, 5:30 pm; AFP meeting, 6:30 pm;
  • Third Thursday of each month: School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT)/English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting, 1 pm;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 2--School starts;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9--Character Education meeting, 5:30 pm; AFP meeting, 6:30 pm;
  • Friday, Sept. 19--Picture day;
  • Thursday, Oct. 2--Back to School Night, 5:30 pm;
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11--Veterans Day observed, no school;
  • Monday through Friday, Nov. 17-21--All week, minimum days;
  • Friday, Nov. 21--Grandpersons Day;
  • Monday through Friday, Nov. 24-28--Thanksgiving break;
  • Monday through Friday, Dec. 22-Jan. 2--Winter break;
  • Monday, Jan. 19--Martin Luther King Day, no school;
  • Monday, Feb. 9--Lincoln's birthday observed, no school;
  • Monday, Feb. 16--Washington's birthday observe, no school;
  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Apr. 1, 2, and 3--Minimum days;
  • Monday through Friday, Apr. 6-10--Spring break;
  • Monday through Friday, May 4-8--Teacher Appreciation Week;
  • Monday, May 25--Memorial Day, no school; and,
  • Monday, June 15--Last day of school, minimum day.