Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


A Student's View

[Editor's note: SRHS senior Becky Berg is writing a monthly column--until she graduates in June. Becky is an executive editor for the Falcon Flyer, and she will give the community a student's view of what's going on at SRHS. This month, a look at Senior Exhibitions.]

Senior Exhibitions

On Wednesday, Apr. 9, senior students in the class of 2008 will stand before panels of teachers, administrators, and community leaders to present their Senior Exhibitions. It is one of the last steps toward securing graduation from Scripps Ranch High School.

The process of Senior Exhibition is one that is questioned each year for its worth, and lamented by many seniors as a waste of time. For their Senior Exhibitions, seniors are required to pursue a project that includes planning, meeting deadlines, and often community service of some nature.

Although the idea is one that seems to carry worth, the arguments made by a number of seniors against the traditional rite of passage are formidable. First, while the Senior Exhibition seeks to involve students in a worthwhile project before graduation, many students have been involved actively since their freshman year, calling into question the necessity of Senior Exhibition projects for some students.

Furthermore, a Senior Exhibition project is required of all students. It is common to hear complaints that the system should instead be one used only for those students who need an extra boost to qualify them for graduation. Finally, seniors complain that the system in place is not equal for all students. As deadlines for the project are graded by students' CORE teachers, many students are able to slide while others are kept to a rigorous schedule.

Ultimately, however, it is difficult to deny that Senior Exhibition works for as many students as it annoys. This year alone, students have been inspired to hold benefit fashion shows, food drives, and walks for charity, events that may have never occurred without the catalyst of Senior Exhibition. Though the process of Senior Exhibition is tedious, drawn out, and perhaps over-emphasized, one cannot deny the good that can come of it, if students truly put their minds into creating projects of worth.

PBO Class of 2009

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Apr. 23, in the SRHS staff lounge. Planning for Grad Night 2009 is underway! The party will be at Dave and Buster's. Tickets are on sale now. We need a commitment so we will know whether we have enough participants.

Go to [] to download more information and a registration form. We still need volunteers for all committees. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please email [[email protected]] or [[email protected]]. Let's support this safe, fun celebration for our kids!

Scholarship for Female Athletes

The Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club encourages all high school female athletes to apply for our annual Athletic and Academic Scholarship. Eligibility requirements are:

  • Scripps Ranch resident (92131) for the past two years;
  • Female senior graduating in June 2008;
  • Scholastic achievement: minimum 3.0 GPA; and,
  • Currently active in sports and community service.

Applications are available at local high school counseling centers as well as electronically. Contact Sylvia Ferrer-McGrade for further information at 693-1600 or [[email protected]]. The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 1. Winners will be announced at Senior Awards' Night and at a Symphony in the Park concert.

SRHS Sophomore Places in Dance Competition

Sophomore Brian Heil took second place in the men's senior classical division of the regional Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) international ballet competition in Los Angeles. This qualifies him to compete in the finals in New York in April, where he has been invited to perform with some of the top dancers in the world in a gala entitled "Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow."

Brian studies dance at the San Diego Academy of Ballet in Kearny Mesa. He began dancing at the Scripps Performing Arts Academy (SPAA), where he still is seen in performances and teaches a "For Boys Only" ballet class for boys 8-11 years old. Brian will perform at the Poway Performing Arts Center in the Youth Ballet Theater production of Don Quixote in April.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)


Important Dates

  • Wednesday, Apr. 2--Parent Teacher Student Association meeting, 12:30 pm, community room; and, Site Governance, 6:30 pm, community room;
  • Thursday, Apr. 17--Open House/Curriculum Fair, 6:30-8 pm;
  • Friday, Apr. 18--Minimum day, 11:30 am dismissal; and,
  • Thursday, Apr. 24-Tuesday, Apr. 29--STAR testing.

From the Principal's Corner

Hello Marshall Middle School Community,

I officially started on Monday, Mar. 3, at Marshall Middle School. I have learned more about our students as I visited their classrooms and seen them in action! I believe as a school community we must provide the opportunities for our students to develop their critical thinking and communication skills in order to become productive and thoughtful students who are our future citizens.

As many of you know, our state and district face a serious budget crisis. As we are not fully aware of the budget implications at Marshall, I know that we will feel the impact within the next few months. I will be communicating with our school community on a regular basis in order to keep all stakeholders abreast of this situation. I want to assure you that as we begin adjusting our budgets, our goal will be to protect the instructional program and focus our resources on each student and each classroom.

If you would like more information on the budget situation at the district level, please visit the district's website at []. There are several links to the economic status.

And finally, I want to express my gratitude for all the warm wishes that I have received as I have officially become a member of the Marshall Middle School community. Thank you,

Star Testing

STAR testing begins on Thursday, Apr. 24. Students will be tested in their advisory classes, and we will have a special schedule for the four days of testing. The 6th graders will be finished with testing on Friday, Apr. 25, but will remain with their advisories the following Monday and Tuesday.

The 7th and 8th graders have testing all four days. Testing ends each day by approximately 11 am. Please do not schedule any doctor or dentist appointments at this time, as makeup testing requires that they miss classes and classwork. If you have any questions, please call Melissa Jeffers.

Progress Reports

Progress reports were distributed to students on Friday, Mar. 28. If your child did not show you his or her report, be sure to ask to see it!

8th Grade Awards Requirements

The requirement for 8th grade students to receive a scholarship or citizenship award at our Thursday, June 12, Awards Night is as follows: we will only recognize 8th graders who received a 4.0 GPA in scholarship or citizenship for both semesters in 8th grade. Many students will receive awards for other accomplishments as well.

It is important to note that the June Awards Night occurs before grades are submitted! Therefore, it is impossible to accurately determine who might receive a 4.0 during the second semester only.

Summer School

As of this date we do not have specific information regarding summer school. The proposed state budget cuts could impact this program. We will send letters home to eligible students as soon as more information becomes available.

The most current information we have is that summer school for middle school students is expected to run from Monday, June 23, through Friday, July 18.

High school summer school is expected to run from Thursday, June 19, through Wednesday, July 30. We do not have information as to locations.

From The Attendance Office

Due to the large volume of early releases and blue slips for appointments during the school day, please send a signed note with your child stating the time and reason they need to be dismissed. Have them give it to the attendance office before school. If you phone ahead, please allow several hours advance notice. These are the only ways you can be sure your child will meet you at the appropriate time. All other methods may cause delays. You can reach the attendance office at 549-5574.

Safety Reminders

Please remember to adhere to all traffic signals and signs as you transport your child to Marshall. We know that our drop-off time is at the peak of the morning commute, however, we need to remember our students' safety. Thank you for your support.

Students Mourn Classmate

On Thursday, Feb. 28, Marshall 6th grader Anthony Alaniz died in a car accident. It's easy to remember Anthony: you would smile as you walked past him, say hello, eat lunch together, laugh, or learn together. Now he is gone. Marshall is experiencing something new, the tragedy of a student's death that is bonding the school. Just after it happened, you would see students huddled up, crying.

Our prayers and thoughts are with Anthony's family. I hope that every day someone walks through the Marshall gates, they know that though a tragedy hit campus, our community bond will help us through it. We miss you, Anthony. Rest in peace.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary


Reading Road Trip

The Scholastic Book Fair runs through Friday, Apr. 4, so come by and shop before the books are gone! We have added a Family Night on Thursday, Apr. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for parents to select books with their children. Cash, check, and Visa/MasterCard are accepted. All proceeds will be used to purchase books to expand our classroom libraries.

Book Fair hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:30 am-4:15 pm;
  • Thursday: 8:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-7:30 pm; and,
  • Friday: 8:30-10 am.

Spring Carnival

Put on those cowboy hats and get ready for the annual Spring Carnival on Sunday, May 4, from 12 to 4 pm. Our very own Bob Dingeman will make an appearance, and you won't want to miss the new carnival games and activities.

Check out pages 44 and 45 for more details about the carnival. The silent auction and opportunity drawing will have fabulous offerings, including a 50" plasma HDTV donated by Hitachi.

The Carnival Planning Committee is looking for volunteers, sponsors, and raffle donations. If you are a vendor and you would like to sell your items at the carnival, please contact Lisa Devine at [[email protected]] or Jamie Killam at [[email protected]].

Casino Night Update

Don't miss Dingeman's Casino Royale Night! This adults-only event will be at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Saturday, May 31, from 7 to 10 pm. Join us for a fun-filled night at the tables and enjoy an evening with friends as you help raise money for our school. There will be many fabulous prizes, delicious eats, and good times, with all proceeds benefiting Dingeman students! To sponsor a game table or make a donation, please contact Annette Radogna at [[email protected]] or Becky Walton at [[email protected]].

Family Art Night Inspires Creativity

Creative inspiration was in the air as Dingeman parents and students explored the world of art together at our Family Art Night in January, presented by the Dingeman Art Corps program. The unique format allows the entire family the opportunity to learn about art together, to be inspired by the work of a famous artist, and to create a masterpiece of their very own to display at home.

Upon arrival at Family Art Night, families were asked to choose the artist of their choice from various selections. Then everyone participated in workshops led by professional Art Corp artists. The evening concluded with a fun raffle, with prizes including a 30-piece Glitter Glue craft kit and gift cards to Starbucks Coffee and Pick-Up Stix--prizes donated by Mary and Tom Hobbib and Michele and Dan Beacom. The lucky raffle winners were the family of Sue and Mike Jones, Fela and Terry Nosler, and Avalon and Rick Hartman.

A special thank you to: Susan Klug and Michele Beacom for coordinating this wonderful event; our Art Corps supply team of Pam McCallum and Marni Tannone for having all of the art materials on hand and setting up for each workshop; our parent volunteers who assisted with registration; and, the 5th grade clean-up volunteers for their assistance. Our sincere appreciation also goes to the Dingeman FFC for its support to fund this evening of creative inspiration!

Lasting Memories

Many of our students participated in our school beautification project. They decorated ceramic tiles with their names, rainbows, soccer balls, music notes, and more. The tiles will be installed on Dingeman's planter boxes to help beautify our school. The funds raised will be used to support enrichment programs.

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, Apr. 7--Family Art Night, 6:30-7:30 pm, 6 pm check-in;
  • Friday, Apr. 18--Mother/Son Night;
  • Wednesday Apr. 23--FFC meeting, 6:30 pm, staff lounge; and,
  • Friday, Apr. 25--FFC Coffee Hour, 9-10 am, staff lounge.

A Note of Thanks

I would like to thank Lana Leggett-Kealey for her guidance in helping me prepare to be your new Dingeman author. I look forward to writing for you in the many months ahead and hope that you will rely on each issue for the most current Dingeman news. Again, thank you, Lana, for all of your efforts!

Jerabek Elementary


Spring Break/Minimum Day

Students return to school on Thursday, Apr. 10. Due to parent/teacher conferences, Wednesday and Thursday, Apr. 16 and 17, are minimum days--with dismissal at 12:50 pm. You will be notified if your teacher needs a conference.

Budget Crisis

As you probably are aware, Jerabek is suffering extreme budget reductions due to statewide budget cutbacks. Check [] for the latest on the status of the cuts and what is being done, or attend a Family Faculty Organization (FFO) meeting. The next regular meetings are on Friday, May 2 and 30, at 9:15 am in B11-A. The general meeting is on Tuesday, May 6, at 6 pm.

Dr. Seuss Night and Book Fair

Great fun was had by all at Dr. Seuss Night last month. We'd like to thank all of our readers, especially KUSI anchor Kristen Cusato, San Diego Charger Scott Mruczkowski, and author Sharon Denning. Attendance was great, and it was standing room only in the "Pigsty" with teachers Mary Kiss and Lisa Bologna. Thanks to all who supported the FFO by purchasing books at the Book Fair.

Grade 5 in Balboa Park

As a reminder, all 5th graders will be off campus at Balboa Park for the week of April 21-25.

Teacher Appreciation

The FFO will host a teacher appreciation breakfast on Tuesday, Apr. 29. Classrooms will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Apr. 30. Flowers will be available to purchase in the courtyard before school.

Father/Daughter Dinner Dance

We hope you can join us for an enchanted evening at Jerabek's first Father/Daughter Dinner Dance on Friday, May 2, from 6 to 9 pm. Check your child's folder for details.

Redirecting Children's Behavior

Back by popular demand, Jerabek is offering a course for parents to learn practical skills to reduce power struggles and build self-esteem in their children. The classes will meet for five weeks on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm beginning on Tuesday, May 6. For more information, check your child's folder.

Recorder Concert/FFO Meeting

The 3rd grade recorder concert will be held in conjunction with the FFO general membership meeting on Tuesday, May 6, at 6 pm. Meet the 2008-2009 candidates for the FFO Board of Directors, hear more about how the budget cutbacks will impact Jerabek, and then enjoy the concert.

Kinder Family Science Night

Join your kindergartner for an evening of fun with science on Wednesday, May 7, at 6:45 pm. You will learn how blubber keeps marine mammals warm, prove air really exists, use a microscope to view color print, and rescue an ice cube.

Kindergarten and Open Enrollment

Kindergarten registration will be on Thursday, May 22 and 29, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Open enrollment for all grades will be on Thursday, June 12, 26, and July 10 and 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Registration packets should be available the third week in April. For details, check [].

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)



Come support our students during our annual Jog-a-thon held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Apr. 8 and 9! This is a long- time tradition at MRE to help raise money that goes directly to our students. For each lap a student runs or walks, consider pledging money. Contact Lori Erlenbach at [[email protected]] if you have any questions or are interested in donating. Thank you for your support!

Dance With Your Leading Man

Our annual Father-Daughter Dance was a huge success! This star-themed event had music provided by DJ extraordinaire Brian "DJ Bumps" Bowman. Carl's Jr. provided dinner for our hungry couples. Grins2Go gave each couple a memorable keepsake that will be cherished for years! Thank you to chairs Julie Stern and Kendra Boyce, and the many volunteers--Heather Woodie, Hawley Sandfer, Pat Calvert, Stefanie Starr, Amber Radici, Cynthia Laudenslager, Jill Reisberg, Ellen Greenfield, and Laura Gruebel--who helped make this a magical night for our MRE princesses!

Books for All Ages

The Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success thanks to chairs Deborah Alexander, Lori Guthrie, and Katy Falkowski! Thanks to our new chairs, we had some fresh ideas that made for a successful Book Fair. We also should thank our Book Fair volunteers: Heather Woodie, Clarissa Sarabia, Hawley Sandfer, Gei Wei, Pat Calvert, Jamie Condo, Jennifer Minhas, Ann Brickman, Marissa Westerfield, Zhengyi Ye, Michelle Silber, Jaime Crawford, LeeAnn Casey-Ariaudo, Jennifer Minhas, Pam Mueller, Lorelle Mudd, Amber Radici, Lorrie Heising, Lennie Fernandez, Ruth Friis, Cara Schumacher, Prasanna Madabushi, Donna Amaral, Sarah Wotruba, and Cyndy Vilke.

A round of applause goes to members of our Student Council who helped with a "special costume." They were prompt, courteous, and played the part well!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten and new student registration is on Thursday, Apr. 17, from 8 to 11 am in the multipurpose room. To expedite the process, registration packets are now available in the office.

For registration, bring all completed documents along with:

  • Child's birth certificate;
  • Child's Social Security card;
  • Two proofs of residence--mortgage documents, property tax statement, rental agreement, or utility bill; and,
  • Up-to-date immunization record.

Star Testing

As our students begin to take our state standardized tests, remember to encourage students to sleep early, eat a healthy breakfast, and to stop and think.

Final Thoughts

By the time this article is printed, who knows how much our MRE community would have been adversely affected by these state budget cuts. But one thing is for sure: they can take funding from our school, but the one thing they cannot take away is our spirit! I am confident that our faculty and parents will step up and do what is necessary to keep our MRE community together. Let's not lose sight of what is important--the safety and education of each student. What we do not say enough--to our dedicated faculty, staff, and parent volunteers--is thank you for all you do. Together, you are what makes this school what it is!

Please check our school's website for the latest information.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)


Kindergarten Playgroup

If your child is entering kindergarten at EBS in September, we are putting together a kindergarten playgroup. If you're interested, please contact Danielle Bartolomei at 444-6918 or [[email protected]].

President's Message

I feel like Rip Van Winkle these days...not sure what happened to my article last month but I slept through the deadline! EBS is moving right along this spring and raising money for our kids. Our Spring Gala is in May and the theme is Operation Top Gun. If anyone sees Maverick or Ice Man around the Ranch, ask them to stop by the Miramar Officer's Club for some dancing and libations. Danielle Hale, Tracy Leeper, and their committee are working hard to put this event together. It will be a blast!

Since I have a daughter in 5th grade, I just have to send out a special thanks to Deb Marmion and Kris Bailey. They rock! The theme for our graduating class this year is "5th Grade Rocks," and they took that to heart! They organized a 12-hour Rock-a-Thon in front of Starbucks. The 5th graders rocked from morning until night and earned more than $1,900 for their graduation and party.

Another kudos to Sabrina Tran who took charge of the 5th grade See's Candy fundraiser, which brought in more than $700. I have to say our 5th grade rocks!

Our AFP Board for next year is shaping up. If you would like to be on the board, please contact me. We also have many committee chairs filled but always are looking for committee members. I wish I was going to be at EBS next year because it looks like it is going to be another fabulous year! As we move into spring let's take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!

Fine Artists Program

Four students from EBS's Fine Artists Program participated in the San Diego County California Art Education Association juried art show. Fourth grader Lauren Zhu won first place for her artwork, "Acrobat." First grader Traina Hayden won honorable mention for "Abstract Boat." Third graders Olivia Jackson's and Jason Provol's artwork was selected to participate in the show. Traina Hayden and Jason Provol also received the Spiazzi Achievement Award. All entries received a certificate of excellence.

You can view the student's artwork at [] and click on exhibits and youth art. We are proud of all our student artists and of the tireless efforts of our parent volunteers to make the Fine Artists Program such a success. We look forward to a wonderful art show in May.

Box Tops Reach Record High!

EBS Penguins brought in more than 12,226 Box Tops, which translates to $1,226. Combined with last October's collection, we raised $3,112, which broke last year's record of $2,600! Huge thanks to the students, family, teachers, and friends! Congratulations to the top collection classes: Kindergarten--Mrs. Aguilar; 1st grade--Mrs. Armstrong; 2nd grade--Mrs. Hughes; 3rd grade--Mrs. Gelaro; 4th grade--Mrs. Rowe; and, 5th grade--Mrs. Jones-Ligon.

Congratulations to the top Box Top collectors: Olivia Jackson, 500; Amanda Silveira, 475; Emi Heisterkamp, 415; and, Evan Heisterkamp, 415.

A special thank you goes to our great Box Top volunteers: Alison Ebert, Shannon Ashburn, Deborah Nations, Judy Provol, Christie Jackson, Sandy Constanzo, and Jennifer Ballard.

Great job, Penguins! Keep collecting Box Tops for the next contest in October!

Other Schools

Alliant International University

Celebrating Earth Day

Alliant will celebrate Earth Day by inviting our students, faculty, and staff to beautify our campus by planting and cleaning up our 60 acres! Community members are welcome to join the fun on Friday, Apr. 25. For more information, please contact Val Trouyet at 635-4847 or [[email protected]].

Spring Fest

Our Spring Fest this year is open to the entire community. The theme is "Telling Our Story" and will focus on multicultural experiences, entertainment, and fun! It is on Thursday, Apr. 17, from 12 to 7 pm in McDonald Hall. For details, visit the event's website at [].

Book Donations Requested

Alliant's Systemwide Office of Disability Services has partnered with to address the scarcity of psychology books in alternative formats available to university students and professionals with print-based disabilities. The plans are to make at least 100 psychology, education, and business books available online at

Alliant also will sponsor a virtual library wing for books related to psychology. The California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant's wing of will display books donated by the university. The Systemwide Office of Disability Services will take donations, scan books, and submit them to so members with disabilities can access them.

Books must be the most current edition--with the exception of classics--and not marked with pen or highlighter. The process requires books be unbound and scanned, so please do not donate books that you want returned.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university are invited to donate books. Here's how:

  • Search the "Alliant International University-Disability" wish list at
  • Mail your books to: Alliant International University, Attn.: Dr. Nina Ghiselli, 1 Beach Street, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94133.

Award for Marshall Goldsmith

Alliant's Marshall Goldsmith School of Management's namesake, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, won the Harold Longman Award for the Best Business Book of 2007. He received the award for his newest book, What Got You Here Won't Get You There.