Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


A Student's View

[Editor's note: SRHS senior Becky Berg is writing a monthly column to give the community a student's view of what's going on at SRHS. This month, she looks at a bittersweet milestone.]

Each year at Scripps Ranch High School, June is a month filled with familiar, bittersweet rituals. Each year, friends eagerly sign yearbooks and make summer plans. Each year, students dread their final exams. And each year, seniors receive their caps and gowns, make college plans, and celebrate the ritual that is the most bittersweet of all--graduation.

Graduation holds a different significance to every person it touches. To parents, it means their children leave the house and finally have to do their laundry. To students, graduation brings with it the fruition of 13 years of homework, tests, extracurricular activities--and, we hope, a few checks in the mail. For all of Scripps Ranch, graduation marks the end of an era, as hundreds of teenagers move out, grow up, and move on.

The Class of 2008 has had its faults, yet overwhelmingly, this year's graduating seniors have left an indelible mark of success and good deeds upon Scripps Ranch. Over the past four years, students won championships and set records in sports, reached out to the community through exemplary volunteerism, maintained high GPAs, became accomplished in every sense of the word, and had fun through it all. And through it all, they were proudly "Scrippies."

By talking to students on campus, one receives the impression that, for the Class of 2008, college will hold many of the same successes as high school. In August and September, a Diaspora of former Falcons will begin to points across the nation, to schools on the east coast, west coast, and everywhere in between. Students will pursue educations in everything from neuroscience to political science, anthropology to marine biology, and athletics to dramatics. And, like the Falcons they are, they will soar. The last four years are proof of that.

On Monday, June 16, in the vast venue of Cox Arena, some 500 tassels will be turned before an audience of parents, siblings, and friends. For the present, though, seniors will have plenty to occupy their minds and their calendars. June will be filled with scores of familiar rituals, and a few new ones, too--Senior Brunch, graduation rehearsals, and the obligatory "senior yell" in the quad on the last day of school. But above all, June will be a tribute to the graduating seniors, a class that sent yells of "oh-eight" echoing through Scripps Ranch for four years--and a class whose voices will be heard for years to come.

Congratulations to the Scripps Ranch High School Class of 2008. We did it!

PBO Class of 2008

Grad Night 2008 edition is just around the corner! If space is available and you are interested in attending, please contact Sue Pauley at [[email protected]].

Senior Brunch: The Senior Brunch will be held on Thursday, June 12, from 12 to 2 pm in the quad at school. The event is free to all graduating seniors. Come enjoy the fun with your friends!

Flock a Friend: The infamous flamingos are still here! "Flock" your special someone for a birthday, anniversary, or other special event for only $25. Contact Traci Sackett at [[email protected]].

For more details, visit the SRHS website at []. Go to the Parent Booster Organization link and then to the PBO 2008 link.

PBO Class of 2009

Help us prepare for Grad Night 2009. The theme is "Hollywood--It's a Wrap!" The party will be held at Dave and Buster's, and we need a head count to plan the party. Buy your tickets now for $150--the price increases in October.

Go to our link at [] to download a form and for more information. We still need volunteers for all committees. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please email Chris Eschelman at [[email protected]].

Let's support this safe and fun celebration for our kids.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)


June Calendar

  • Wednesday, June 4--Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 12:30 pm, community room; and, Governance meeting, 6:30 pm, community room;
  • Wednesday, June 11--Choir awards, 6-8 pm, theater;
  • Thursday, June 12--8th grade awards, 6:30-8 pm, auditorium;
  • Friday, June 13--8th grade party, San Diego State University, 4:30-9:30 pm; and,
  • Monday, June 16--8th grade promotion, last day of school, minimum day.

From the Principal's Corner

Dear Scripps Ranch Community,

As summer approaches, it is crucial to provide our students opportunities to explore, discover, and continue to learn throughout the summer months. They can do this by attending summer day camps, visiting the Balboa Park museums and zoo, and participating in volunteer programs and intramural sports activities. Wangenheim Middle School will offer summer school for 6th and 7th grade Marshall students who qualify based upon student needs, grades, and test scores. Summer school will be from Monday, June 23, through Friday, July 18, from 7:30 to 11:45 am.

In late July or early August I will send a letter to all returning and new families to Marshall Middle School. In the letter parents and students will find out information about the beginning of school and upcoming events.

During the summer months, we will continue to finalize our new school construction and deep clean our school for the new school year.

As I reflect on my short time at Marshall, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for all your support during my transition. I have enjoyed meeting you and your children and learning more about Scripps Ranch. Together, we can make a difference for our children and community. Sincerely,

Notes from the Nursing Office

We want to remind parents and students about updating immunizations before the next school year. Immunizations are an effective way to prevent very serious diseases. The new HPV vaccine can protect girls from getting cervical cancer when they are older. The Health Department has the new HPV vaccine and so do most private physicians.

Hepatitis B immunizations can prevent liver cancer and are a requirement for all California students. The Hepatitis B vaccine series is mandatory for all California students enrolling in kindergarten and 7th grade. Many physicians also suggest the Hepatitis A vaccine.

Children 10 years of age and older can receive the new Tdap booster. This booster protects against tetanus and Pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

Another immunization available is the meningococcal vaccine. Meningococcal disease--meningitis--is a very serious disease that can lead to death. It is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children ages 12-18. Meningitis is an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Two meningococcal vaccines are available in the U.S.

One other immunization recommended for students is the varicella vaccine, an immunization against chicken pox. We have seen several cases of chicken pox this year at Marshall and throughout the district.

We also want to remind parents before the summer break that we will send out medication forms for all students who currently have prescription medication orders at the nursing office. We need new forms each school year. With a parent's permission--on school registration goldenrod cards titled Health Information Exchange Consent--the school nurse can dispense two over-the-counter pain relievers: Tylenol and Ibuprofen. We do not dispense any other medications, and students cannot carry them.

Please take the medication form with you to your student's next checkup for the physician to complete and sign. Any new medications or medications for new students require the same form. Please feel free to pick up a form at the nursing office before the end of this school year.

Thank you for assisting us with your student's health. If you have any questions about medication orders, please call 549-5400, ext. 3050. Nurses Anne Albers and Mary Mandock or health aide Carolyn Heck will be glad to help. We hope everyone has an enjoyable summer.

Counseling News--Important Dates to Remember

  • The 8th grade awards assembly: Thursday, June 12, 6:30-8 pm, MMS theater. Recipients will be notified by mail and via individual student.
  • Current 6th and 7th grade awards assemblies: Thursday, Sept. 25, MMS theater, times TBA.
  • Voluntary summer school for current eligible Marshall 6th and 7th graders: Monday, June 23-Friday, July 18, Wangenheim Middle School.
  • Mandatory summer school for 8th graders who receive two or more Fs in core classes on their second semester report cards: Monday, June 23-Friday, July 18, Standley MS.
  • Results of the April standardized "STAR"--CAT6 and CST--testing will be mailed home by the district in September or October.
  • District and site-based district math testing and end-of-course exam results will be available in mid-June.
  • Second semester final report cards will be mailed home in July.
  • New student orientation for incoming 6th graders or new students to MMS: Friday, Aug. 29, on campus. Informal Open House, 8 am-12 pm.

Choir Happenings

It's been a fantastic year in Ms. Palmer's three choir classes! The final performance of the year will be the Short and Sweet Concert on Wednesday, June 11, at 7 pm in the MMS theater. Students will perform some of their most outstanding repertoire from the year, be recognized with an awards ceremony, and enjoy dessert with their friends and families. Admission is free. Help us celebrate another great year with our choirs!


Day at Petco Park

Take the family to a Padres game on Sunday, June 8. It's a 1:05 pm game. We have reserved tickets in Section 300, the upper infield right behind home plate. The best part is that it's only $20 a seat! Send a check payable to "MMS PTSA" for the number of tickets you want. Include your student's name and advisory teacher. We will send tickets home through your child's advisory class.


Library Media Center

As we wrap up the year we are making plans to order the new adopted textbooks for next year. There will be new science textbooks for grades 6-8. Most of our textbooks are available for reference use at the Scripps Ranch Library.

Students need to clear all debts and return all library books and textbooks before the end of this school year. Students will not receive their yearbook on Friday, June 13, until they have cleared fines and returned textbooks.

Please encourage your student to continue to read this summer. The libraries and bookstores often have summer reading book lists, programs, and reading clubs. Please make sure that your student has a public library card, as their public library card number will allow them to access many important databases and resources on the computer both at home and at school. This program will be introduced to the students in September.

Have a restful summer and enjoy the extra time you can devote to reading! If any parents or community members can help with the end of the year activities, please call the school at 549-5400.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary


Show Your Spirit

Spirit Week is from Monday, June 2, through Friday, June 6. Show your school spirit by participating.

  • Monday, June 2--Sports Day
  • Tuesday, June 3--Twin Day
  • Wednesday, June 4--Hawaiian Day
  • Thursday, June 5--Patriotic Day
  • Friday, June 6-Dingeman Spirit Day

Enroll in eScrip

Remember to enroll your family, friends, and neighbors in our eScrip program. It's a great way to earn money for Dingeman! Email the following information to [[email protected]]: name, address, phone number, email address, and shopper card number.

Point, Click, Save for Dingeman

Do you search the web? Download the Dingeman toolbar from [] or [] and the Family Faculty Connection (FFC) earns a penny for every search you make!

Do you shop at Click through to Amazon using the link at [] and earn up to 7% for the FFC.

A Round of Applause...

Congratulations to 1st grade teachers Linda Sandell and Karin Wilson. They were selected by the San Diego Office of Education and the San Diego Educational Theatre Association to receive the 2008 Bravissimo Choice Award in recognition of their work with students in the theatre arts. Mrs. Sandell and Mrs. Wilson have delighted us with charming musical productions and performances.

As a result of their work students have gained confidence and have learned to appreciate the performing arts. Principal Jerrilee Fischer-Garza and vice principal Patricia Barton joined Linda and Karin to celebrate as they were honored at a special dinner and awards ceremony.

Three Cheers for Colonel Dingeman!

Dingeman Elementary proudly celebrated Bob Dingeman Day with a special flag assembly in May. Colonel Dingeman was treated to a performance by the Honor Choir, and everyone enjoyed a surprise visit by former principal Brad Callahan. Col. Dingeman presented Mr. Callahan with a vintage Dingeman T-shirt and a special pin to honor him for his years of service in Scripps Ranch.

Col. Dingeman and Principal Fischer-Garza praised Dingeman students for all of their hard work this year and encouraged them to continue on in true Dingeman fashion. We are proud to honor Col. Dingeman each year for the many ways he supports our school and community!

A Wild West Wow!

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the students, teachers, staff, parent volunteers, and sponsors for making this year's Spring Carnival one of the best ever! This longstanding tradition evolved into an amazing event under the direction of Jamie Killam and Lisa Devine. They expertly guided their team to ensure the success of this year's carnival. Several volunteers went the extra mile. Many thanks to: Jane Edmondson and Letty Butcher for bringing in donations; Sandy Heim for coordinating the auctions; Anna Calini for coordinating volunteers; Becky Walton for handling funds; Annette Radogna for processing credit card charges; and, the Crestview families for their tremendous support.

Please take time to visit the Dingeman website at [] to view a complete list of businesses and sponsors who made contributions this year. The carnival would not have been possible without their generous support. Our sincerest appreciation also goes out to those who helped build this tradition in past years, paving the way for volunteers to bring this wonderful event to life!

Dates to Remember

  • Monday through Friday, June 9-13--Old Town, 4th grade;
  • Wednesday, June 11--Safety Patrol Awards Ceremony;
  • Friday, June 13--5th grade promotion, 9:30 am; and,
  • Monday, June 16--Last day of school, 12:50 pm dismissal.

I wish you all a wonderful summer. Whether you are vacationing or staying close to home, be safe and enjoy some rest and relaxation!

Jerabek Elementary


Ranch Round-Up

Put on your 10-gallon hat and cowboy boots and swing on down to Jerabek's Ranch Round-Up on Friday, June 6, from 4 to 7 pm! A $10 wristband gets you unlimited time in the inflatable Fun Zone, and games start at just one 25-cent ticket. Parents will like the silent auction, and the entire family will enjoy watching the Talent Follies from 7 to 8 pm while waiting to see if their bid is the winner. The public is welcome to this event.

Recorder and Choir Concerts

The 5th grade recorder concert is on Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 pm. Join the students as they perform their last concert with Mrs. Orem and Mrs. Burton. The choir will perform at 7 pm on Thursday, June 26.

Volunteer Breakfast

Jerabek would not be what it is without its fantastic volunteers. The teachers are hosting a "Thank You Breakfast" on Wednesday, June 11, from 8 to 9 am for parent volunteers who help to enrich the experience of all students at Jerabek.

1st Grade Family Science Night

Our last Family Science Night for this year is Wednesday, June 11, at 6:45 pm. The 1st graders are encouraged to bring their parents to use a microscope to observe live brine shrimp, make a mini-water treatment plant, and more. Thank you to FFO volunteer Vicki Conlon and all her helpers for their efforts to bring you all the Family Science Nights and to the FFO for the financial support.

Kinder Family Math Night

Kindergartners, bring your parents for a night of fun math games at this year's last Family Math Night on Tuesday, June 17, at 6:45 pm. Thank you to FFO volunteer Ann-Marie Gallagher and her team of helpers for bringing Family Math Nights to all grades and to the FFO for the financial support.

Open Enrollment and Boundary Adjustment

Open enrollment for all grades will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 pm on Thursdays, June 12 and 26, and July 10 and 17. Registration packets can be picked up at the front office between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

For details on the school board's vote on the proposed boundary changes and how it affects Jerabek, please see page 29 of this Newsletter.

Kindergarten Orientation

A parents-only orientation for incoming kindergartners will be held on Thursday, June 5, from 2 to 3:30 pm. A great opportunity for incoming kindergartners to explore the school with their parents is during Open House on Thursday, June 26. (See article below.)


Kindergarten Playgroup

Incoming kindergartners are welcome to meet each other on the Jerabek Park playground on Mondays at 2:30 pm through Monday, July 14.


Open House and Art Show

Jerabek's annual Open House will be held on Thursday, June 26, from 5:45 to 7 pm. Parents and siblings are encouraged to visit the students' classrooms to see all the great projects they have completed throughout the year. The Recorder Club will also perform this evening.

In conjunction with Open House, every student at Jerabek will have a piece of art displayed at the Art Show in the auditorium, which will be open from 5:30 to 8 pm. Please stop by to see your student's masterpiece! For those wanting a sneak-peak, the Art Show will be open during school hours on Tuesday, June 24, through Thursday, June 26.

Special thanks go to FFO volunteers: Paula Trubitt, Art Corps chair; Ben Sinclair and Andrea Tribolet, Art Show co-chairs; and, to the corps of parent volunteers who helped the students learn about art in their classrooms and make this show a success. Thanks also go to the FFO for financially supporting the Art Corps program and the Art Show.

Last Day to Run

Strap on those running shoes and get moving! The last day for Running Club is Friday, June 27. Students who complete at least 25 miles earn medals, and those who complete at least 50 miles earn trophies. Special thanks to FFO volunteer Rosemary Keane and her helper Lynette Rodenbaugh for being there almost every morning. Thanks also to the FFO for its financial support.

Mother-Son Padres Game

The first Jerabek mother-son event is the Sunday, June 29, Padres game. This event is sold out, but we hope for another next year. Thanks to FFO volunteers Tanna Trifoglio, Lori Harris, and Kelli Kunkel for co-chairing this event.

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)


Thank You, SRCA

MRE wishes to thank the SRCA for the generous donation of $5,000! Our 2008-2009 school budget has been reduced by more than $260,000. As a result, the school cannot afford to staff our library or our computer lab for the next school year. It is vital to have these necessary, yet fundamental, facilities available to our children. This generous donation will be used to help offset the cost of hiring staff for our library and computer lab. Thank you, SRCA, for supporting Scripps Ranch students!

Birthday Book Club

Were your children able to check out the latest books from the library? More than 150 families donated more than $2,000 so our library could have the new releases. Thank you to Lori Erlenbach and Maile McKeon for their hard work in advertising, purchasing, and getting them shelf-ready for our library. Thank you, families, for your generosity!

May 2008 ACE Awards

Enzo Alexander, Mia Alexander, Cherish Aves, Chase Battaglia, Cameron Boswell, Whitney Bowyer, Alexander Brown, Christian Canotal, Kirsten Cassidy, Derrick Chung, Madie Condo, Mat Crowder, Evan De Los Reyes, Marlau Domingo, Katya Edquist, Seth Farmer, Malik Hill, Magdeline Holladay, Catherine Holland, Ryan Jenny, Kamaron Kichas, Jonathan Kormylo, Logan Kubin, Arthur Li, Zoee Lynch, Anthony Lyons, Giselle Machuca, Dan Magaril, Diego Pacheco McEvoy, Matthew Moua, Tyler Ocskasy, Austin Perez, Cody Quinn, Brittany Rosette, Seana Smith, Niven Tanzer Eric Terry, Keala Young, and Layla Zolghadri. Congratulations, ACES!

The FFA Needs You!

Volunteer positions for the Family Faculty Association (FFA) Board and the Halloween Carnival need to be filled for the 2008-2009 school year. Some positions only require a few hours! If you can help in any way, please contact Heather Woodie at [[email protected]].

Kindergarten Playgroup

If you are interested in meeting new friends before school starts, a playgroup is forming now for incoming kindergartners. For information, contact JoAnne Bernabe at [[email protected]].

Farewell and Best Wishes

As MRE closes out another school year, we have staff members who will retire from their careers as teachers.

  • Michael Ann Meyers, who's been teaching since 1975, leaves our 1st grade team after nine years at MRE.
  • Diane Christian will enjoy retirement after 35 years, 13 of which have been at MRE working in 1st and 2nd grade classes.
  • Pam West gave 17 years to our school in the 3rd and 4th grades.
  • Cathy Kijak Tyre knows only MRE as her professional home for 35 years in many grades and programs.

For all of these women entering a new phase of their lives, we know they would be thrilled to see you, their former students, at our awards assembly on Thursday, June 12, on our upper playground at 8 am. So, ssssshhhhhh! Spread the word and please, without mentioning it to them, join us to honor them.

Don't Forget MRE!

If you are on the Ranch on the 4th of July, come join MRE families at the annual Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade. This is a longtime tradition where you have the opportunity to be a part of this patriotic event. Save the date and look for future details on MRE's website.

Message from the Principal

I cannot believe that this has been my sixth year as principal of Miramar Ranch! Time flies when you are having fun! I feel so fortunate to be the principal of such a wonderful school. It has been a pleasure watching our students grow and mature over the course of this year. Our school is so lucky to have such terrific students, outstanding and dedicated teachers, and very supportive parents. All of the enrichment opportunities provided by our FFA have added so much to our instructional program.

We wish our 5th graders the very best as they complete one of the first milestones on their educational journey. They will always have a special place in our thoughts and in our hearts.

We look forward to an awesome 2008-2009 school year. Remember my three Rs: rest, relax, and read!

Calendar of Events

  • Tuesday, June 3--Pick-up day for Art Corp Cookie Dough Fundraiser;
  • Friday, June 6--FFA meeting, 8 am;
  • Sunday, June 8--MRE Padres Day at Petco Park; and,
  • Monday, June 16--Last day of school, minimum day.

Last Words and Thoughts

Thank you to our dedicated and hard working FFA Board members and committee chairs who have helped make this another eventful year. A special thanks to Debbie Kutyla, our outgoing FFA president, who has dedicated herself this past year as MRE's primary school advocate.

Congratulations to our 5th graders as they move on to middle school! You take with you the memories of childhood that will help you become our future. You are the seeds that will blossom!

MRE is also sad to lose our 5th grade parent volunteers who have supported us for years. As much as we will miss the students, we will miss the familiar faces who have dedicated so much to their children and our school. You know who you are--keep doing what you do!

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)


June Events

  • Every Saturday--Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm;
  • Tuesday, June 3--Polls on campus; Character Education meeting, 5:30 pm; Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) meeting, 6:30 pm;
  • Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 13--Spirit Week;
  • Friday, June 13--5th grade celebration; and,
  • Monday, June 16--Last day of school; 11 am, 5th grade promotion.

AFP President's Message

I never thought June would get here. It seems like yesterday it was September and I was buying school supplies for my kids. This month's article is bittersweet for me because this is the last one I will write for EBS. My youngest is moving on to Marshall next year. I can still remember the phone call that started it all two years ago. The conversation went something like this, "If you do president, I will do VP," and a new board was born.

I have met such wonderful and caring parents from this experience. Our board for the past two years has never swayed from our theme: It's all about the kids. I feel we truly made a difference in the atmosphere at our school. I know next year's board will carry on our theme.

Now onto the real news...we had our Spring Gala, aka Operation Top Gun, last month and it was a great success. Thank you, Danielle Hale, for taking the idea and soaring with it. Thank you, Tracy Leeper, for coming back to our school in January and jumping into the fundraising pool with both feet and heading up the donations portion of this event. Also thank you to the countless volunteers who helped. It wouldn't have been a success without any of you!

I also want to thank all the volunteers who chaired and helped with our various fundraising events throughout the year. Please continue this trend next year.

I want like to thank the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) for its generous donation of $5,000 to our school. We will purchase three new laptop computers with the funds. Thanks, SRCA, for all you do for our community!

Finally, I want to thank our principal Greg Collamer, our teachers, Laura Doyle, Dee Wyttenbach, Michelle Haley, and Lois Oliver for making me feel welcome at the school and for looking out for our kids! I will miss all of you!

EBS Moviemakers

Congratulations! EBS moviemakers are again winning awards. Three of our student movies were selected as finalists in the 2008 Innovative Video In Education movie contest. The award winning movies and stars are: The Neither Generation, Hetal Patel, Julia Hirata, Valencia Sabathia, Allison Russell, and Pryia Patel; Step Into History, Haley Gamboa, Shelby Pinckard, Lindsay Yates, Nicole Fan, and Jimmy Manso; and, Don't Let Little Bullies Grow Into Big Bullies, Sean Connors, Connor Bailey, Kyan Sharshari, and Austin Molenaar.

The movies were shown on the big screen at the Del Mar UltraStar Cinema in May. Dr. Linda Lungren and Mrs. Lisa Bailey assisted the students with their movies. Congratulations to all!

Another Soup-er Contest!

Our Campbell's Labels for Education contest gets better every time! EBS kids brought in close to 3,900 points during the spring 2008 contest, earning free supplies for our school. Wow!

The top three collectors were awarded trophies and ice cream: Matteo Cometti, 561; Daniel Sheaman, 424; and, Matthew Walsh, 222. Amazing!

Honorable mentions--kids who brought in more than 100 points each: Emi Heisterkamp, 212; Savannah Fraley, 173; Taylor Orzel, 167; Britney Wittman, 136; and, Ben Ballard, 126.

Winning classes also enjoyed ice cream: Kindergarten, Miss Burningham; 1st, Mrs. Omar; 2nd, Mrs. Hughes; and, 3rd, Mrs. Sandefur. Great job, everyone!

Keep clipping labels for next year's contest. Ask your family and friends to save theirs, too. Collect the UPC labels--the whole striped UPC, not just the Labels for Education logo!

Let's aim for 5,000 points in the fall! I challenge each EBS student to collect at least 10 points for the fall contest--that's as few as two labels from Goldfish crackers. Good luck!

New EBS Open House

It's getting close ... the opening of our beautiful new school. We are planning a ribbon-cutting and Community Open House for Friday, Aug. 29. More details will follow. We are forming a committee to put together this special day. If you would like to help, please email Gloria Tran at [[email protected]].

Scripps Ranch Farmers Market

We invite all of you to stop by and check out all the new vendors at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market. We thank those of you who have become weekly shoppers. The Farmers Market is held at EBS every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. For questions, contact Bev Cassity at 586-7933 or [[email protected]].

Other Schools

Chabad Hebrew Academy

New Educational Leader

Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA) has hired a top Poway educator as its principal and chief educational leader--Ms. Bonnie Corduan, currently the vice principal at Stone Ranch Elementary School in 4S Ranch. Ms. Corduan has her masters in Instructional Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction. She also has a multiple subject teaching credential, is a member of the G.A.T.E. Task Force, National Board Certification, and is a 24-year Poway Unified teaching veteran. Welcome, Ms. Corduan!

June Calendar

  • Wednesday, June 4--PIC meeting;
  • Monday and Tuesday, June 9 and 10--No school, Shavuot;
  • Thursday, June 12--8th grade graduation; and,
  • Friday, June 13--Preschool and elementary graduation, last day of school.

Alliant International University

Summer Term Begins

Classes for Alliant's summer term start on Monday, June 2. The last day for the summer session is Sunday, Aug. 10.

Alliant Participates in 2008 San Diego County NAMI Walk

The Alliant San Diego chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success participated in the 2008 San Diego County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks for the Mind of America. The Balboa Park event brought more than 1,000 people together to learn more about mental illness, develop stronger ties with one another, and celebrate a beautiful day with loved ones.

The Alliant chapter raised more than $300 for mental illness research and awareness. To learn more about NAMI San Diego, please visit their website at [].

Doctoral Student Wins Award

Doctoral student Steven Jella in the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) has won this year's Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Steven's dissertation, The Family Environments of Self-Injuring Female Adolescents, was chaired by Dr. Ann Lawson, CSPP professor. This is a very prestigious award. Two CSPP students and three faculty members have received the award in the recent past.

Model UN Conference

Alliant was one of 12 colleges and universities that participated in the 2008 Western Collegiate Model United Nations in Santa Barbara. More than 140 students represented 62 countries. Students engaged in debate and discussion about critical issues facing our world today. Eight Alliant students participated, and Dr. David Felsen served as academic advisor to the group.