Schools

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

[www.sandi.net/srhs/]

An Inside Look

[Editor's note: This month we welcome SRHS senior Becky Berg as a contributor to the Newsletter. Becky is an executive editor for the Falcon Flyer, and she will share with the community a student's view of what's going on at SRHS.]

 

In January controversy enveloped the Scripps Ranch High School community. Principal Donna Campbell announced that a 1-6 schedule--having all six classes each day--would replace the current block schedule next school year. Currently, students have longer sessions of each class, only on certain days.

Although SRHS is one of only two schools in the San Diego Unified School District on a block schedule, the move toward change was met with stunning resistance by students. In a compromise, SRHS teachers voted--and Principal Campbell agreed--to change to a modification of the block schedule. However, debate continues as students, staff, and parents strive to determine the cause of SRHS's academic shortcomings--and how, exactly, to fix what is broken.

SRHS has, historically, been a learning environment characterized by excellent student performance and a high quality of education. While in 2007 the school's base API score rose, it did not meet the target score of 800. Also, in the first 12 weeks of the 2007-2008 school year, 23% of the freshman class received three or more Ds or Fs. Understandably, Principal Campbell felt the need to solve the problems. While her efforts were certainly made with the best interests of students in mind, taking the action to change the school's bell schedule may not have been an ideal solution.

Immediately following the announcement, students began to voice concerns that the 1-6 schedule would threaten the quality of some electives, lower AP scores, interfere with athletics and other activities, require the purchase of costly class sets of textbooks, and result in more homework. With the 2/3 vote of teachers to accept a modified block schedule, the impassioned appeals of concerned students were not in vain.

A modified block schedule will most likely prove a pleasing arrangement. Yet the true measure of success of the new schedule will be whether or not it can help improve student test scores and grades that have made insomniacs of worried administrators and parents. It truly will be a great experiment and a great risk. If students maintain the level of involvement and interest in school next year that was displayed during the schedule issue this year, perhaps this great experiment will have a great result.

SRHS Foundation

Important Dates: See The Falcon Footnotes mailed home each quarter or visit the SRHS website for more details.

  • Friday, Mar. 7--Late start;
  • Monday, Mar. 10--End of first progress report grading period;
  • Monday, Mar. 17-Friday Mar. 21--Spring break; and,
  • Friday, Mar. 28--Sadie Hawkins Dance, 8 pm, quad.

Family Drive: Thank you to all our families who supported the SRHS Foundation's 2007-2008 Family Donations Drive. We raised $38,162.93, with about 12% of families participating. The money goes toward updating technology with the purchase of document cameras, LCD projectors, and laptops for the classrooms. Unfortunately, we did not reach our goal of $40,000, so we did not have a drawing for a Nintendo Wii.

Also, thanks to those families who participated in their employer's gift matching program. We received corporate match donations from: Qualcomm, Pfizer, Northrop Grumman, Union Banc Insurance Service, Merrill Marketing Communications, Sempra/SDG&E, Wachovia, Copley Foundation/Union Tribune, and Merrill Lynch. We look forward to your support next year!

Communication and Volunteer List: Please send your email address to [[email protected]], and you will be added to the SRHS Foundation volunteer database. Regular volunteer and information emails are sent out.

SRHS Foundation Meetings: Meetings are open to the public. They are held on Mondays at the SRHS main office at 7 pm on the following dates: Mar. 24, Apr. 21, and May 19. This month we will hold mid-year board elections. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Swartz at [[email protected]].

PBO Class of 2009

Planning for Grad Night 2009 is underway! The party will be held at Dave and Buster's. Tickets are on sale now. We need a commitment so we know whether we have enough participants. Please go to [http://www.sandi.net/srhs/foundation/pbo.htm#2009] to download a registration form. We still need volunteers for all committees. Our next meeting is Wednesday, Mar. 26. For details, please email [[email protected]] or [[email protected]]. Let's support this safe, fun celebration for our kids!

Taste of the Ranch

The second annual Taste of the Ranch was such a great success! We were worried about torrential rain and windstorms putting a real damper on the event, but we managed to squeak by with light rain that really didn't cause a problem. More than 400 people mingled in a tent that was dry and warm on the outside of our Scripps Ranch Library. A section of the inner courtyard also was tented, and, of course, we used the community room.

We are so appreciative of all the restaurants who participated in the event; they really are key to the success of this event. They are:

  • Chez Nous Gourmet Cafe
  • Chile Peppers Mexican Eatery
  • Filippi's
  • Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks
  • La Bastide French Bistro
  • Lightning Brewery
  • Mesquite Restaurant
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Nugent's Fishgrille and Market
  • On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina
  • Pernicano's Ristorante
  • Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
  • Santorini Greek Island Grill
  • Starbucks
  • Watami Sushi
  • Yanni's Bistro
  • Yummy Yogurt

Not only were the tastes of their specialty dishes delicious, their support was immediate and wholehearted. Thanks to each and every one of you!

Generous sponsorships were received from:

  • Apricorn
  • Coughlin
  • Stoia
  • Geller
  • Rudman and Robbins LLP
  • MedImpact
  • San Diego National Bank
  • B.H. Gold Insurance Agency
  • Sunstate Tile Contractors, Inc.
  • Best Deal Plumbing, Heating and Air
  • Bob Ilko
  • Lenore Knudsen, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
  • Rick and Lynn Parke, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
  • Old Pros
  • Jayne Olson, Scripps Mortgage
  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics and Dr. Christopher Maulik

Many thanks to you all!

In addition to the above, we were entertained by the music of San Diego's best DJ, Brian Bowman of B.U.M.P.S. Thank you, Brian, for working with us, for providing all the sound, and for adding so much class to our event. Our wine was sponsored by Market at the Ranch, we had a fabulous martini bar sponsored by realtors from Prudential California Realty, and delicious specialty pies were provided by the realtors from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Again, thank you for being there for SRHS!

Whitney Southwick from KNSD 7/39 was our master of ceremonies. He did an awesome job of getting the audience enthusiastic about fabulous items up for auction. There were lots of opportunity drawings as well. Everything combined to make for a great evening, lots of fun, lots of socializing among friends and neighbors, and lots of money raised to make a start on replacing and updating technology at SRHS.

SRHS Men's Lacrosse Season Kick-Off

Greetings, SRHS men's lacrosse fans. We are excited to start our sixth season of men's lacrosse at Scripps Ranch. Our schedule is listed on the high school website at [www.sandi.net/srhs/lacrosse/index.htm]. Come watch our boys play another exciting season of lacrosse.

Our season kick-off is on Friday, Mar. 28, at the SRHS stadium. Come join us for exciting junior varsity and varsity games, prizes, food, and our half-time entertainment. Games begin at 5 pm and 7 pm respectively. Join in on the excitement! Go, Falcons! For more information, please contact Tracey Tanzer at [[email protected]] or 248-6911.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

[http://marshallmiddle.org]

From the Principal's Corner

Hello, Marshall Middle School community! I am very excited about becoming a member of the Marshall Middle School community. I have heard many good things about the work our students have accomplished. I look forward to continuing the challenge of creating opportunities for every student.

The district has not defined my start date yet. Until then, I will be on campus periodically. When I officially start, I will set up opportunities for all stakeholders to meet me. I will hold prep period meetings for staff members, I will organize "principal chats" for parents and community members, and I will meet our students in their classrooms and engage with them during their learning. I believe the key to success is through open communication. The more I learn about our strengths and areas of need, I will be able to continue to build upon our strong foundation.

I believe the middle school age group is the most critical for building a foundation for academic success. The middle school student needs a strong support system that includes academic, social, and emotional guidance from caring adults.

I will continue to build upon our successes in order to provide rigorous academic programs for all our Marshall students....our future. Like Thomas Henry Huxley once said, "The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher." I look forward to meeting you.

Sincerely,

March Events

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 4 and 5--STAR writing test in English classes, 7th grade only;
  • Monday, Mar. 10--Spring pictures;
  • Friday, Mar. 14--Six-week grading period ends;
  • Monday, Mar. 17-Friday, Mar. 21--Spring break, no school; and,
  • Friday, Mar. 28--Progress reports distributed.

Take a Magic Carpet Ride!

Students in Ms. Palmer's choir and Mrs. Sullivant's theatre classes are energetically rehearsing for the spring musical, Disney's Aladdin, Jr. Our talented students will act, sing, and dance their way through Agrabah, the city of enchantment, on: Wednesday, Apr. 2; Friday, Apr. 4; Monday, Apr. 7; and, Tuesday, Apr. 8. Performances are at 7 pm in the Marshall theatre.

Tickets go on sale two weeks before the performances and can be purchased at the Marshall financial office at the cost of $7 for adults and $5 for students and children. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy our enthusiastic performers in action! It's "A Whole New World"!

Cell Phones at School

Students are bringing expensive cell phones and listening devices such as iPods to school. While we do our best to protect student property, we cannot personally supervise or be responsible for student property. When students leave their backpacks unsupervised, items may be taken. Please do not send your student to school with a $400 Blackberry or iPod. We will not be responsible for stolen property. Our priority is to educate students and keep them safe.

As a reminder, our district policy is that cell phones must be turned off when the school day begins and remain off during the entire school day. Students may use their cell phone after school at 2:20 pm. If you have an urgent message for your student, please call the attendance office and we will deliver the message to your student. At Marshall we require our students to store their cell phones in their backpacks and not in their pockets. Students will receive one warning. For the second offense parents will need to pick up the phone. Further offenses warrant disciplinary actions.

Progress Reports

The end of the fourth six-week grading period is Friday, Mar. 14. Progress reports will be issued to students on Friday, Mar. 28. Be sure to ask to see your child's progress report. If you have any questions or concerns about your student's progress, please contact your student's teachers by phone or email.

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting

On Thursday, Mar. 6, Marshall will hold an incoming 6th grade parent meeting in the Marshall multipurpose room from 6:30 to 8 pm. Parents with 5th grade students at Jerabek, E.B. Scripps, Dingeman, and Miramar Ranch elementary schools are invited. We will discuss information about 6th grade classes and a day in the life of our 6th graders. We hope you are able to attend. Individual letters of invitation were sent home with students from the elementary schools.

Campus Tour for 5th Graders

Scripps Ranch 5th grade students will have a chance to tour the campus, see our students in classes, and hear our fantastic band and chorus perform. They also will be treated to a pizza and soda lunch! Dingeman and MRE 5th graders will tour Marshall on Monday, Mar. 3, from 11 am to 1 pm. EBS and Jerabek 5th graders will tour Marshall on Tuesday, Mar. 4, from 11 am to 1 pm.

MMS Counselors to Visit Elementary Schools

MMS counselors will visit 5th graders at our Scripps Ranch elementary feeder schools during March. We will discuss course selections for next year and answer any questions. Counselors will visit the schools on the following dates:

  • Dingeman: Monday, Mar. 10, 9:30- 11 am;
  • Miramar Ranch: Tuesday, Mar. 11, and Friday, Mar. 14, 8:30-10 am;
  • EBS: Wednesday, Mar. 12, 8:45- 10:15 am.
  • Jerabek: Wednesday, Mar. 5, and Friday, Mar. 7, 9:15-10:45 am.

SRHS Counselors to Visit

SRHS counselors will visit Marshall on Friday, Mar. 28, and Monday, Mar. 31, to speak to our current 8th graders about their 9th grade course selections.

Final High School Four Year Planning Conference

The final "Make-up 8th Grade Four Year Planning Conference" for students and parents who have not attended a previous conference is scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Marshall theater. A letter of invitation will be mailed home in mid-March.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

[www.dingeman.net]

Casino Royale Night!

Save the date of Saturday, May 31, from 7 to 10 pm. New this year for Dingeman parents and faculty, we will have a Casino Royale Night! This adults-only event will be at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. Step out on the town for a night of fun at the tables. Prizes include vacation accommodations at your choice of many nice locations.

Delectable hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be provided by The French Gourmet, San Diego Magazine's 2007 "Caterer of the Year." Award winning brew will be served from Scripps Ranch's own Ballast Point Brew Company. There will be exciting opportunity drawings for prizes, including a dinner cruise and a band for your own party!

Delicious eats and good times, with all proceeds benefiting the students at Dingeman--what more could you ask for? We know you won't want to miss it! We will have more information for you in the coming months. If you are a business interested in sponsoring one of our game tables or offering donations for our event, please contact Annette Radogna at [[email protected]] or Becky Walton at [[email protected]].

The Case of the Giant Squid

An unknown world comes alive with giant alien forms as 3rd graders explore the intricacies of microscopic life (pictured above). The science program kicked off in January with the 4th and 5th graders zapping electrical circuits. In February, 2nd and 3rd graders visited another world only seen through a microscope. The Family Faculty Connection (FFC) welcomes our instructor, Dr. Marian Plunkett, and thanks her for her dedication and enthusiasm in bringing the lab to life.

We couldn't have done it without the support and guidance of our wonderful teachers, especially Joe Anthony, Charlyne Barad, Kathy Cummins, and Leigh Morioka. Funding was provided by the FFC and made possible by the generous donations of our parents and supporters. Exciting programs are scheduled for all grades through the rest of the year.

Father/Daughter Dance

Kick up your heels and dance the night away on Friday, Mar. 7, in the multipurpose room. Dingeman's 4th Annual Father/Daughter Dance takes place from 6:30 to 9 pm. Great music, fun games, lots of laughter, and desserts are to be expected. Buy your tickets early.

Jog-A-Thon

Get your running shoes ready for the upcoming Jog-A-Thon fundraiser on Wednesday, Mar. 12. Run some, sweat some, and lose some calories while promoting the positive influence that exercise has on the body. More than 700 students will have fun running laps alongside groups from our local armed forces, teachers, and staff.

In addition, funds raised at this event go to support Cardio Club, Art Corps, computer labs, reading clubs, and many other programs. Parent volunteers still are needed from each classroom to help pass out tickets, water, and snacks.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

  • Coldwell Banker, Scripps Ranch
  • Wells Fargo Bank, Scripps Poway Parkway
  • Concrete Sealant Systems, Inc.
  • Costco
  • Vons
  • Best Buy
  • Our Local Military

Balboa Park's Cultural Diversity

The 5th grade students from Mrs. Schwartz', Ms. Morioka's, and Ms. Wilkens' classes will attend the Balboa Park Program in March. It is the mission of the Balboa Park Program to support integration in our schools by teaching all 5th grade students about the unique historical, biological, and cultural resources of Balboa Park. It is a program that encourages respect, understanding, and appreciation for diversity.

Books, Anyone?

Save your spending money for the Book Fair the week of Monday, Mar. 31, through Friday, Apr. 4. Each class will visit the Book Fair, and students can purchase books at that time. Books also will be sold before and after school. Parents are welcome to drop by and look over the great selection of Scholastic Books with their children. Book Fair hours are:

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

New Student and Kindergarten Registration

Registration for all kindergarten children and new students, grades K-5, is on Friday, Mar. 28, from 8 to ll:30 am in the multipurpose room.

To make things easier, registration packets will be available at Dingeman's front office the week prior to registration. Bring all completed documents along with the following:

  • Child's birth certificate;
  • Child's Social Security card;
  • Two proofs of residence--mortgage documents, property tax statement, rental agreement, or utility bill; and,
  • Immunization record--your child has gone through painstaking preparations to get this ready for you!

Wanted: Your "Techie Stuff"

Mr. Anthony's 3rd grade class is looking for Windows XP laptops, USB thumb/flash drives, digital cameras, SD memory cards, memory card readers, HDTVs, and just about any other "techie" stuff that you may have outgrown. To donate, call Joe Anthony at 277-7648. The students will be forever grateful...at least until summertime.

Spring Carnival Update

We're all looking forward to another wild and crazy Spring Carnival on Sunday, May 4, from noon to 4 pm. The whole community is invited to dance, eat, jump, and visit the "cake walk" during the exciting afternoon. The Carnival Planning Committee currently is looking for volunteers, sponsors, and raffle donations. Please contact Lisa Devine at [[email protected]] or Jamie Killam at [[email protected]].

Monthly Words of Wisdom

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.

Dates to Remember

  • Friday, Mar. 7--Father/Daughter Dance;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 12--Jog-A-Thon;
  • Monday through Friday, Mar. 17- 21--Spring break, no school;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 26--FFC meeting, staff lounge, 6:30 pm;
  • Friday, Mar. 28--New student registration 8-11:30 am; and, FFC Coffee Hour, staff lounge, 9-10 am;
  • Sunday, May 4--Spring Carnival; and,
  • Saturday, May 31--Casino Royale Night, 7-10 pm.

Passing the Torch

It has been a pleasure writing the Dingeman articles for the past two years, and it is now time to pass on the torch. Please welcome Lisa Stone as the new Dingeman author beginning next month. Lisa brings many talents with her, and she also serves as the new Tiger Pause editor this year. She can be reached at [[email protected]]. Thank you, Lisa!

Many good days lie ahead. See you around campus.

 

[Editor's note: Thank you, Lana, for all the time you put into keeping the community informed about what is going on at Dingeman.]

Jerabek Elementary

[www.jerabekweb.com]

Grade 3 Family Math Night

Third grade Family Math Night is Tuesday, Mar. 11, at 6:45 pm in the auditorium. Play fun and creative math games and relays with your child and watch them laugh at your mistakes.

Read Across America-Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration

What do a pirate, a famous sports athlete, the Cat in the Hat, and a local newscaster have in common? Read Across America-Dr. Seuss Night at Jerabek! You won't want to miss this beloved event, beginning at 6 pm sharp on Thursday, Mar. 6. After the story times, join us for refreshments at the lunch court in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Choir Concert

All are welcome to attend the Choir Concert in the auditorium on Thursday, Mar. 13, at 7 pm. It's the perfect send-off for our spring break.

Spring Break

Jerabek is out of session from Friday, Mar. 14, through Wednesday, Apr. 9. Enjoy your extended break.

FFO Meetings

Jerabek's Family Faculty Organization (FFO) meets at 9:15 am in B-11A on the first Friday of each month we are in session except July. All are welcome to attend to learn more about the boundary issue, the anticipated school budget cutbacks, and FFO-sponsored programs and fundraising. Note that the June meeting will be on Friday, May 30, because our Ranch Round-Up is on Friday, Jun. 6.

Kindergarten Registration

Registration for kindergartners entering Jerabek this fall tentatively is planned for the end of May or beginning of June. We will put more information in a future Newsletter, or you can check our website at [www.jerabekweb.com] for information as it becomes available.

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

[http://miramarranch.org/]

Let's Keep Our Kids Safe

The safety of our students on school grounds is a top priority at MRE! Drop your children off in a safe zone in front of the school, outside of the bus zone. Be a good model to our children by adhering to road rules and regulations, being polite to our Parent Volunteer Safety Patrol, and having children cross at designated crosswalks. Officer Carter, who serves our school, has been monitoring our traffic situation and is prepared to give anyone who is in violation a ticket!

Looking for Good Advertisement?

The 19th Annual Miramar Ranch Jog-A-Thon is on Tuesday and Wednesday, Apr. 8 and 9. The sponsorship levels are: Platinum, $1,000; Gold, $550; Silver, $350; and, Bronze, $200. Each sponsor receives their logo on the back of the shirts. If your business would like to be part of this event and have your logo on more than 700 shirts, please contact Lori Erlenbach at [[email protected]]. Thank you for your continued support!

Family Art Night

Family Art Night, hosted by the Art Corps program, was a great success once again! Almost 100 parents and students had the opportunity to experience art together. Thank you to our dedicated parent volunteers for hosting such a wonderful event: Kathy Askins, Art Corps staff, and Art Corps Committee members Janna Holmes and Jill Herbold.

MRE Family Literacy Night

Approximately 70 families--about 185 parents and children--attended this fun-filled Thursday evening in January. The event was interactive and included a parent survey on their child's literacy level, as well as a survey on the children's favorite books and authors. There were "Literacy Learning Centers" set up, as well as a Public Library Center where Miss Ann from the Scripps Ranch Library offered information and free books. There were also "Make It Take It" activities, where the children were able to make fun items to take home.

The Literacy Night program for the 1st and 2nd grades was developed and directed by our Jennifer Molnar, who teaches 2nd grade and has been at MRE for 22 years. Families enjoyed refreshments that included frozen yogurt donated from Big Chill in Scripps Ranch. The evening ended with door prizes donated from Whoo's Smart and three $10 Big Chill gift certificates for eight lucky winners.

Spring Pledge Drive and Drawing

If you have not had a chance to participate in our school's 2007-2008 Pledge Drive, you still have time to do so. As the Family Faculty Association (FFA) stated at the beginning of the school year, we need to raise $69,000 for school operational costs! So far, the Pledge Drive has raised $38,000. Please keep in mind you are making a small investment in your child's education. Your donations pay for vital programs and supplies the school district can no longer provide.

The good news is we have a new drawing that runs through Wednesday, Apr. 2. The winner can choose one of three prizes: a Nintendo DS, iPod Shuffle, or a $100 Visa gift card. Remember your donation is tax deductible.

Keep Taking those Photos

It is not too late to submit those photos for our yearbook. If you would like to submit photos or help in the final production of the yearbook, contact Beth Hogan at [[email protected]].

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 will be available beginning Monday, Mar. 24, so you may fill out the paperwork in advance. Please return the packet at our registration in April.

Bring all completed documents along with the following:

  • 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.

To enter kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 2, 2008.

Coming Soon

The Annual Mother-Son Night is on Friday, Apr. 25. Save the date for the 3rd Annual Spring Social--previously known as the Spring Gala! This year's theme is "Shake, Rattle, and Roll." Once again, it will be held at the Swim and Racquet Club.

January ACE Awards

Alonzo Anquillano, Rebecca Belloso, Clayton Cassidy, Nicholas Cassol, Ben Castiglia, Dominique Chung, Tiffany Corte, Andrew Dallman, Sadie Denson, Brandon Ebright, Annick Ellefson, Julia Escobedo, Tanner Falkowski, Madeleine Ferrara, Megan Fields, Nicholas Friis, Kyle Graeme, Alexander Han, Samantha Hasson, Michael Hoang, Kai Holdaway, Eileen Huang, Maite Jacobo, Nadeah Jimenez, Hanna Keohane, Justin Knolls, Grace Kulischak, Joshua LeCompte, Davin Lee, Hannah Lee, Alexandria Linton, Dillon Ly, Aly Martinez, Melanie Moos, Kristen Musser, Kayla Olow, Melanie Pennock, Emily Perez, Ashley Poole, Rayna Prieto, Lauren Provo, Jennafer Ramirez, Dominic Reyes, Valeria Reyes, Halsey Riesberg, Sean Roh, Brenna Salvato, Keenan Sanders, Haley Schricker, Jessica Scoffin, Myles Scrofne, Jane Shapiro, Michael Shoukry, Samantha Simonson, Lovedeep Singh, Gabriel Sitapati, Kedar Sitapati, Andrew Sleet, Gabrielle Spence, Natalie Starr, Domenic Strazzabosco, Allie Taylor, Hayden Trotter, Tristan Wellwood, Joshua Williams, Charlie Wong, Lynette Wotruba, Annie Xu, Collin Yantos, Thomas Yip, and Ryan Yoon.

February ACE Awards

Fabiola Ahn, Chase Balfour, Russell Banks, Lauren Basurto, Kyrstin Beck, Kasey Bethel, Katie Callahan, Evan Clarke, Janel Cuevas, Edwin Delgado, Dillon Ebright, Blake Ellis, Dante Estrella, Nicholas Fernanadez, Brian Friedenberg, Kimberly Glass, Robby Goebel, Nona Golan, Liam Greubel, Matt Guthrie, Sterling Hawkins, Patrick Henson, Maddie Herbold, Giovanni Herrera, Michael Howo, Emily Huang, Nathan Jacobs, Madeline Johnson, Christina Jung, Alexis Kim, Lily Koob, Dominique Krogstad, Jacob Lavelle, Catherine Lee, Melinda Littooy, Jonathan Lu, Kiran Mehta, Max Messmer, Sage Miller, Colin Montgomery, Zach Mudd, Melodee Navarro, Evan Norconk, London Peters, Brexton Popejoy, Nicole Ross, Caitlin Sadleir, Madison Sadleir, Monica Schiller, Parker Scoffin, Alexandria Scrofne, Michelle Sikora, Cole Silverman, Amanda Starr, Maxwell Steele, Brandon Stephens, Leo Tindall, Daisy Vizueto, Michael Vu, Anthony Watts, Lauren Wedge, Rachel Wedge, Lindsey Williams, Kailyn Woodie, Artah Yamin, Allison Yantos, Keala Young, and Alex Zucker.

Congratulations to all our students! Keep up the fantastic work!

Dates to Remember

  • Friday, Mar. 7--Parent Coffee; Spirit Day; and, Flag Assembly-ACE awards;
  • Saturday, Mar. 8--Spring egg hunt for all ages hosted by FFA;
  • Thursday, Mar. 13--Smencils for sale after school;
  • Friday, Mar. 14--FFA mtg., 8 am;
  • Monday through Friday, Mar. 17- 21--Spring break, no school; and,
  • Friday, Mar. 28--Crazy Hair Day.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

[www.sandi.net/ellenbrowningscripps/]

March Events

  • Tuesday, Mar. 4--Character Education meeting, 5:30 pm; and, Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) meeting, 6:30 pm;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 5--Spring pictures;
  • Thursday, Mar. 6--Incoming Parent Night at Marshall MS, 6:30 pm;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 12--5th grade articulation, Marshall counselors, 8:45-10:15 am;
  • Thursday, Mar. 13--Kindergarten registration, 9 am-1 pm;
  • Friday, Mar. 14--Minimum day;
  • Monday, Mar. 17, through Friday, Mar. 21--Spring break; and,
  • Thursday, Mar. 27--School Site Council/Site Governance Team/ELAC meeting, 1 pm.

Congratulations, Lauren Zhu!

The Fine Artists Team at EBS congratulates 4th grader Lauren Zhu, who participated in last year's San Diego Unified School District's Art Exhibit at the Eugene Brucker Education Center. Lauren's art collage, "Music in the Air," was selected to travel from the school district's exhibit to the County Art Student Exhibit. It received "Honorable Mention" and was on display at the County Office of Education.

We are proud of Lauren and all our EBS student artists. We can't wait to see more of their terrific artwork displayed this year at art exhibits in San Diego.

Father/Daughter Dance

Our EBS first annual Father/Daughter Dance was a huge success! We had more than 200 dads and daughters hit the dance floor for a memorable night. Following our Valentine's theme, the room was filled with hearts, cupids, and red, white, and pink balloons. Our master bakers supplied sweet treats and punch to refresh the couples in between songs. Thanks to all who took the time to bake!

Each family had a professional portrait taken, and many girls stopped by our glamour station for some extra sparkles, nail polish, or ribbons for their hair. As a special treat each girl went home with a heart-shaped necklace to remember their special night with dad.

And we didn't forget about the boys! Many families took advantage of our fundraiser that night and had dinner at Rubio's followed by a sundae at Baskin Robbins. A special thank you to both restaurants for supporting our school! And finally, a big thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.

More EBS Talent!

EBS students selected for Honor Choir include: Ashley Worden, Kennedy Voorhees, Tiffany Tran, Kelsey Schroder, and Roksana Tamjidi. They will rehearse with other selected students from all over city schools. They perform on Saturday, Mar. 8, at Brown Chapel at Point Loma Nazarene University. Dr. Linda Lungren is their music teacher.

Teaching Young Children Self-Control Skills

Summarized from: 2002, National Association of School Psychologists. This handout was published on the NITV website, Teachers First, June 2002.

Self-control is a crucial skill for children to learn. It refers to having power or control over one's actions. It also means that a person knows right from wrong. Children who do not make choices for their behavior but rely on other children, parents, or teachers to make their choices do not learn self-control.

These children may follow others' bad choices and get involved in ridiculing others, taking away others' things, and not taking responsibility for the consequences of their behavior. The skill of self-control allows children to know that the right thing to do is be tolerant of others despite differences. If students are taught self-control at an early age, they feel better about the choices they make.

Strategies to teach self-control:

  • Select age appropriate, simple goals and implement one at a time--i.e., appropriate responses to anger instead of hitting/screaming.
  • Encourage children to take a break when angry.
  • Teach and provide attention: teach appropriate behaviors--i.e., not interrupting--and provide attention so they are not "starved" for attention and more likely to interrupt.
  • Use appropriate awards: provide consistent, positive feedback. Praise and attention are highly rewarding.
  • Use specific activities designed to teach self-regulation: skills include dealing with "wanting something I can't have," understanding feelings, and controlling anger.

Shop the Farmers Market

Don't forget to shop the Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at EBS! Why shop the market? You can get fresh, locally grown produce, pick a bouquet of beautiful flowers, find homemade delicacies and crafts, shop for jewelry, clothing, and purses, enjoy live entertainment, grab "made-while-you-wait" fruit drinks, sample tasty treats, let your child get some energy out on the huge jumpy or slide, and much more! All of this and you support our school! What a great way to start your Saturday!

Other Schools

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Welcome, Grandparents!

Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA) celebrated its annual Grandparents' Day, where all students invited their grandparents to come and spend a special day on campus. The morning started with a welcome over coffee and pastries, as well as an introduction to the faculty. The guests of honor were then led on a classroom tour where special interactive activities were planned by each class. "I thoroughly enjoyed getting my hands dirty and making a hand-in-hand painting with my grandson and the yellow finger paint," said Ros Wolmer.

Grandparents got to bake cookies, complete family trees, partake in a treasure hunt, or be the jury in Geometry Jeopardy. "We never had so much fun back in the days when we were in school," said grandfather Leon Kanner. Many had tears in their eyes when the 1st graders recited the "Ten Commandments of Grandparents" or sang songs and recited poems during the lunch reception. "We all had a fun-filled day and can't wait to come again next year," said Lani Chapman.

To learn more about Chabad, please contact Marci Germain at 566-1996, ext. 1204, or [[email protected]]. For any grandparents who would like to be included in our CHA newsletter, please email [[email protected]].

Math...With A Difference

Eighth grade students had a wonderful math class with a difference. As part of the CHA guest speaker series, Stephen Schneid brought math to life. Stephen, a medical and pharmacy educator at UCSD's School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, led an interactive lesson. It applied graphing and slope to the hormonal regulation of blood sugar in normal individuals and those with diabetes.

"I like to share with the students how we use math almost every single day in medical and pharmacy school, and to give the students a sense of how close the relationship between math and medicine is. I show them how solving equations and interpreting graphs is probably the most important skill to have if they plan to go on into the health professions field," said Stephen.

"This class was so interesting that I forgot I was in math," said Tayla Herring. "It really made me understand that things we learn in math are definitely relevant in the real world."

If you would like to learn more about Chabad Hebrew Academy or to schedule a visit to our campus, please contact Marci Germain at 566-1996, ext. 1204, or [[email protected]].

Alliant International University

New Program For Teaching English Language Learners

The Committee on Accreditation of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has approved the California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) program at Alliant International University. Alliant is one of the first six universities in California to be approved.

"We are very pleased that our program is one of the first in the state to meet the rigorous standards set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for all universities seeking to offer this program," said Dr. Mary Ellen Butler Pascoe, Graduate School of Education professor and systemwide director of TESOL and language education.

According to the CTCC, 25% of children enrolled in California public schools are designated as English learners, children attending school in the U.S. who come from homes where a language other than English is spoken.

"Our CTEL program addresses the growing need for qualified teachers in diverse classrooms by providing teachers the latest strategies and techniques for teaching English learners," said Dr. Butler-Pascoe. The new program began in February on Alliant's Fresno and San Diego campuses.

AlliantConnect.org Re-Launched

In 2007 Alliant launched the first version of its online community, AlliantConnect. In less than two months more than 600 members had joined. Today Alliant is proud to announce an updated version, with new features, a new format, and endless networking possibilities.

AlliantConnect.org offers a secure place for alumni, faculty and staff, friends and family, and affiliated organizations to enhance education, find careers, collaborate, and mutually benefit from one another.

AlliantConnect.org allows its users to:

  • Stay global by staying informed
  • Explore the Alliant community
  • Reconnect and stay in touch
  • Make the most of their education
  • Join groups and post blogs for other members to see

Explore the world of opportunity offered through AlliantConnect and find ways to give back to students and the university. Please visit [AlliantConnect.org] to join or update your existing information.

Leadership Conference

The seventh annual Alliant Leadership Conference will be held in Green Hall on Wednesday, Mar. 19. The theme for the conference is "Leadership, Empowerment, and Diversity: Gender, Minorities and Special Populations across Disciplines." For more information, please call us at 635-4847 or email [[email protected]].

Career Fair

The Career Fair will be held on Thursday, Mar. 27, from 10 am to 2 pm. We are interested in employers offering part-time and full-time jobs, internships, and volunteer positions. Registration for employers is free. If you are interested in attending the fair, reserving space for an employer booth, or more information, please contact Alison Bowes at [[email protected]] or 635-4565.