Schools

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

[www.srhsfalcons.org]

Principal's Message

Fall is finally here. After an extended period of warm days, our staff and students are enjoying the well-deserved cooler weather. October was the month we recognized our unbelievable volunteers. Because of the commitment from our volunteers, we were and are able to sustain top-notch programs at SRHS. I want to thank all of the volunteers who continue to work long hours for our students. We could not do what we do without your support.

During October our administrative team made more than 500 classroom visitations. We continue to learn when we are in classrooms. We also invite our teachers to join us on "Power Walks" once a month. During their preparation period small groups of teachers join an administrator and visit classrooms to observe student engagement, instructional strategies, content being taught, and pacing of curriculum. The feedback from teachers has been very positive and each month 12-15 faculty members participate. My goal is to have every faculty member participate in at least one "Power Walk" during this school year

Our math teachers have done an exceptional job with the use of their new interactive Promethean white boards. With little formal training, our math teachers and their students continue to amaze me. While visiting math classes, I noticed a higher level of student engagement, participation, and discussion about mathematics. We are confident this new technology will contribute to improve student achievement. Teachers have and will continue to receive district training.

SRHS students continue to be acknowledged for their outstanding accomplishments. Lauren Heimbach was acknowledged as an Outstanding Participant in the 2010 National Achievement Scholarship Program. The following students were awarded as Commended Students in the 2010 National Merit Program: Justin Austria, Ian Bloom, Andrew Bondesson, Danielle Gillard, Michael Goodrum, Genevieve Hammang, Brian Heil, Timothy Hoang, Kyule Hoffer, Lanny Huang, Alexander Lee, Cassidy Martin, Daniel Moyer, Michael Mullany, Brenden Park, Nicholas Pham, Tyler Price, and Nicholas Synder. Samuel Carson, Kelsey Sakumoto, Howard Sun, Bryan Truitt, and Leo Zhou received recognition as National Merit semifinalists.

SRHS sports teams continue to excel. Our football team is having a great season. Our home games have been sold out and the student-athletes really appreciate the community support. Brennan Clay and Dorian Crawford were recognized as The San Diego Union-Tribune "Prep Athletes of the Week."

Our girls' field hockey team continues to be a dominant force. Their sustained "will to win" and teamwork contributed to winning the Serra Tournament. Ali Swartz was named the tourney's MVP and Union-Tribune "Prep Athlete of the Week," despite having to go to urgent care to receive four stitches for a cut on her forehead. Additionally, our cross country teams were well represented at the recent Dana Hills Cross Country Invitational. Brad Littooy ran very well and won the sophomore division race.

Our stadium has been upgraded with new turf and a new scoreboard. One of our assistant baseball coaches, Matt Cresto, coordinated the scoreboard project. His leadership is appreciated. I also want to thank Dennis Burke, president of the SRHS Football Boosters, Fairplay Scoreboards, Neal Electric, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 569 for their generous donations.

Our visual and performing arts department is preparing for a few events. On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 pm Ms. Dake, our choir teacher, hosts the annual Veterans Day Concert in our gym. Throughout November Mr. Shedd is preparing our marching band for upcoming events.

Homecoming week was spectacular. The pep rally included a wide variety of entertainment and Jane Petro, Associated Student Body (ASB) advisor, and all of our ASB students did a stellar job. The half-time show at the football game was fantastic. More than 1,000 students attended the homecoming "Willy Wonka Everlasting" dance.

Also during homecoming week Catherine Grant took on a leadership role with "Stomp Out Cyber Bullying." Students and staff members wore blue shirts to support this nationally recognized event. Catherine started CatiCares, Inc., an organization dedicated to the education and prevention of cyber bullying.

The SRHS Foundation continues to be supportive of our academic and athletic programs. Their sustained effort and support have made a huge difference with our use of technology. However, we need your financial support to maintain our technology. Our goal is to generate $15,000 per year that can be used to purchase new laptops for our teachers.

Join me for our next "Coffee with Kurt" informal meeting. This gives community members, parents, and students the opportunity to meet with me and get updates on SRHS. The meeting is scheduled prior to our Foundation meeting. Please refer to our school website at [www.srhsfalcons.org] for dates.

We will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, to honor Veterans Day and Monday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving vacation.

Class of 2010

"Rock `n Roll 2010" Grad Night will be a huge celebration and culmination of our graduating seniors' hard work! This fun all-night event at Dave & Buster's includes food, non-alcoholic beverages, D.J., dancing, games, and much more.

Parents, we need your help to make the evening a safe and memorable experience for your senior. Please join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 pm in the SRHS staff lounge. For more information, a ticket order form, and parent permission forms, go to [www.srhsfalcons.org], and click on "Grad Night 2010 Update."

Scripps Ranch Boys Water Polo "Kicks Off" 2009

The SRHS Boys' Water Polo team (right) kicked off the year in August, anticipating another fine season. This year's varsity is younger than in the past with: returning seniors Scott Wojtczak, Thomas Kimpel, and Nate Mortensen; juniors: Tim Brouse, David Bushman, Trevor Davis, Riley Hawkins, and Jake Ouellette; sophomores: Thibault Bagnol, Daniel Bondesson, John Tavis Brown, Robbie Dalbec, Forest Davidson, Oliver Weber, and Phillip Weber; and, freshman Christopher Chadwick.

Coach Victor Jensen has high hopes for his young squad, having coached the Scripps Water Polo Association Club extensively from January through August. In July the 16 and under boys--juniors and sophomores--competed in the 2009 Junior Olympics in San Jose.

The varsity team already entered two tournaments, finishing seventh in the Poway Invitational Tournament in September, and a respectable Bronze Division second place in the prestigious America's Finest City Invitational in Coronado later in September. The boys' water polo program includes 37 young men, including the junior varsity churning up the water in the La Jolla Tournament and the six new novice boys playing in their first tournament. Good luck to this energetic group of athletes!

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

[http://marshallmiddle.org]

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, Nov. 4--Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 12:30 pm, community room; School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT), 5 pm, community room;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11--Veterans Day, no school;
  • Friday, Nov. 20--Geography Bee qualifying; and,
  • Monday-Friday, Nov. 23-27--Thanksgiving break, no school.

From the Principal

Dear Thurgood Marshall Middle School Families,

Over the past two months our students have been challenged to excel in each of their classes. Our goal at Thurgood Marshall Middle School is to provide experiences and opportunities for our students to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and thoughtful productive citizens. Our students have been given opportunities to hone their research skills, work collaboratively with their classmates on projects and presentations, read and analyze texts, and write successfully across the disciplines.

As a faculty we are researching and studying the best instructional practices that strengthen these 21st century skills. We believe that providing these opportunities allows our students to be prepared for high school and beyond.

In the next month our students will perform in band concerts, choir performances, and drama productions. We invite all community members and families to attend these events and see our talented students in action! To view our school calendar, please visit the Marshall website at [http://marshallmiddle.org]. We hope to see you at our events!

I want to thank all our families and community members who have participated in our "Pledge Drive," purchased Entertainment Value Books, and supported our magazine drive. These fundraisers help support the instructional program at Marshall. You still can support our school by visiting our website and pledging on line.

Recently, our district has been restoring the wetlands across from Marshall. With the construction of the school, it was determined that once it was built, the district would need to restore and maintain the wetlands in order to nurture the natural surroundings of our campus. In the next several years, this area will be restored to its past.

Thank you for your continued support for Thurgood Marshall Middle School. Sincerely,

Pledge Drive

We are off to a great start with our Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) Pledge Drive. As of early October we've received 179 donations. With 13% participation, we still have a lot of pledges to come in! Our goal is 100% participation, but once we have 50%, the students will be rewarded with an extended lunch period. Help us reach our goal!

Donate now at the MMS website at [http://marshallmiddle.org]. For every $25 you donate, you receive one ticket that will be entered into our opportunity drawing the first week of December. Below is a list of prizes--tickets and gift certificates--we've received so far, with total values in excess of $3,500! Thank you to our generous donors:

  • Old Globe Theatre
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Family Karate
  • Birch Aquarium
  • Scripps Ranch Theatre
  • The UPS Store
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • Islands Restaurant
  • San Diego Symphony
  • Wild Rock Canyon Ranch Photography
  • Muir Images
  • La Bastide
  • Yanni's Bistro
  • Rubio's
  • Malone Academy of Irish Dance
  • San Diego Chargers
  • The Haircut Store
  • Costco
  • UltraZone
  • Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
  • Roppongi
  • The Big Chill
  • SR Swim and Racquet Club

Drama and Theatre

This year we really hit the ground running. New staff in theatre arts is roaming the hallways of our school and the wings of our theatre. My name is Jeffrey Russell and it has been my pleasure to take over as the theatre teacher at MMS this year since the retirement of our beloved Joyce Sullivant. This year is going to be something of a reorganization, but that is not going to take away from our performance. In addition, Katherine Girvin, a highly qualified music teacher, has taken over for Lori Palmer as our new choir teacher. We have come together to form an excellent alliance, which will only make our work all the better.

To kick off the year and to fund the rest of it, the drama department conducted a walk-a-thon. Students took pledges for their participation in the event, which was held on Halloween!

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 19 and 20, the drama class will present what I call a Reader's Theatre "plus version" of The Wizard of Oz. It is the "plus version" because unlike traditional reader's theatre, we will include costuming, some movement, and entrances and exits. The cast is fairly large, ranging from 18-20, so there will be two, one for each night.

We will have more performances later in the year. Please come out and support our department. The arts need you, since ticket sales are our greatest funding opportunity. Thank you, and break a leg!

Your Pictures in Our Yearbook

Parents, you can purchase a yearbook from the comfort of your home. Visit [http://marshallmiddle.org], scroll down, and click on the "Click here to buy your yearbook" tab. Yearbooks will go up in price as the year progresses, so buy one now at the low price of $40.

We have a new feature in our yearbook. Submit photos online to be put into the yearbook! We are looking for 8th grade student baby photos. Please use our new Image Share program online to submit the photo. Here's how:

  • Log on to: [images.jostens.com];
  • Enter Login ID: 1173629;
  • Password: mustangs;
  • Browse to select the photo(s) to upload, click on "Image Share";
  • Enter details about the photo and provide contact information; and,
  • Click "Save Details."

It's that easy! We will accept baby photos the old-fashioned way, but there is no guarantee they will be returned unless the student's name and Advisory teacher are printed on the back of the photo.

GATE Testing: New Policy

In September the Board of Education approved GATE testing to be performed through grade 5 only. This was primarily due to loss of personnel. Only five psychologists remain to assess about 15,000 children. Students will continue to be tested in grade 2, reviewed for retests in grade 5, and tested when new to the school district in grades 2-5.

In order to assist in the placement of middle school students who may not have been tested, are new to the district, or may be exhibiting GATE cluster characteristics and not placed, guidelines have been developed by Marshall for "space available" placement. They are:

Parents of students who meet the "space available" criteria must notify the MMS counseling department in writing that they request a GATE placement. They need to show documentation that their student meets the criteria, which is:

  • A score of 90-97 on the Raven Progressive Matrices Test;

--or--

  • A California Standards Test (CST) score of advanced in English/Language Arts on either the April 2009 or April 2010 test administration;

--and--

  • Maintenance of a "B" grade or better in GATE classes, such as English and history.

MMS Tardy Policy

During the first few weeks of school teachers did not strictly enforce our tardy policy. We had bus issues and wanted our students to get acclimated to our campus. Now teachers are enforcing the policy, except for late buses. Here's the policy:

  • Tardy 1--"T" in Zangle; verbal warning from teacher.
  • Tardy 2--"T" in Zangle; communication with home by teacher via "Tardy Notice" form that requires a parent's signature. If a student fails to return the form signed by a parent, the teacher will follow up with the parent. Max six-week citizenship grade in that class is a "G."
  • Tardy 3--Same as tardy two.
  • Tardy 4--"T" in Zangle; teacher will write a "Referral to Admin," which should be placed in the principal's box after four tardies in a given class. Admin. will review on Mondays and assign consequences. Max six-week citizenship grade in that class is an "S."
  • Tardy 5--Same as tardy four, plus max six-week citizenship grade in that class is an "N."
  • Tardy 6 or more--Same as tardy four, plus max six-week citizenship grade in that class is a "U."

Conditions of usage:

  • The "tardy count" in a given class starts over every semester.
  • Six-week citizenship grades are cumulative each semester. However, the impact of tardies on citizenship grades only affects the grading period in which the tardies occur.
  • There is a different citizenship grade reduction policy for tardies to Advisory class. It is: Tardy 1--Ok; Tardy 2--Max "G"; Tardy 3--Max "G"; Tardy 4--Max "S"; Tardy 5--Max "S"; Tardy 6--Max "N"; Tardy 7-- Max "N"; and, Tardy 8 and more--Max "U."

College, Career, and Technical Education

As a prelude to our 8th grade Four Year Planning Conferences beginning in January, the counselors will meet with U.S. History classes during the first semester to discuss the following:

  1. Goal setting--short-term, middle range, and long-term goals;
  2. Career interests survey;
  3. Industry sectors and career paths;
  4. High school courses and high schools that address specific career pathways; and,
  5. Post-high school options, including community colleges, vocational programs, UC, CSU, and private colleges and universities.

We will guide students through the district's online career exploration program called "My Dream." Parents will see the results of their child's career interests survey at the Four Year Planning Conferences in January or February.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

[www.dingeman.net]

From the FFC President

Dear Dingeman Families,

Thank you all so very much for your generous donations to our Pledge Drive and for the generous gift of your time volunteering at Dingeman. As a result of your efforts we are able to move forward with an ambitious year of wonderful programs and enrichment to supplement your child's education. The school year is off to a fabulous start and I hope all of you are enjoying the fall season.

Our eScrip contest gets underway this month, so watch for more information on our website and in our Tuesday packets. Remember that parent-teacher conferences take place this month as well. Minimum days are scheduled for Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 17-20.

Many thanks for all that you do to support our school community!

2009-2010 Pledge Drive

The 2009 Pledge Drive ended in October, however, if you still want to make a pledge, contact one of the co-chairs listed below. Donations are welcome throughout the year. Tax receipts are available. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this critical fundraiser.

The money raised through the Pledge Drive enables the Family Faculty Connection (FFC) to fulfill its commitment to fund enrichment programs for our students and provide supplies for our school to function more smoothly and safely, thus benefitting all our children. As of the press deadline, the percentage of our Pledge Drive response was consistent with last year. So, a big thank you to all who have contributed!

If you have any questions, please contact co-chairs Michelle Defelippi at [[email protected]] or Beth Rubé at [[email protected]].

Volunteer Fair

The annual FFC Volunteer Fair was a huge success again this year thanks to the support of an amazing parent community. You generously give of your time and talent to make a difference for the children at Dingeman! It is because of your support that our academics, Art Corps, Rockin' Science, health/wellness, Internet technology, fundraising, and social and spirit programs run so smoothly. Thank you to Nancy Emtage and Christine Izzo, our Volunteer Fair co-chairs, for arranging such a terrific day for all volunteers to sign up!

FFC Meetings

Thank you to Lisa Stone and Teresa James, FFC president and vice president respectively, for smoothly managing our first two meetings of the year. The next meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the staff lounge at 6:30 pm.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Monday, Nov. 2, through Monday, Nov. 16--eScrip contest;
  • Thursday, Nov. 5--Gift Wrap orders due;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11--Veterans Day, no school;
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 20--Parent-teacher conferences, 12:50 pm dismissal;
  • Monday through Friday, Nov. 23-27--Thanksgiving vacation, no school; and,
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2--FFC meeting, 6:30 pm, staff lounge.
 

This month's words of wisdom: "I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull."

 

Happy holidays!

Jerabek Elementary

[www.jerabekweb.com]

From Our Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Jerabek Families,

What a great start to the year! Teaching and learning began in earnest on day one with teachers and students picking up where they left off in July. We continue the work we began last year to align grade-level standards with teaching, assessing, and reporting student progress. Our goal: 100% of our students at proficient and advanced levels while creating a lifelong love of learning.

Jerabek began a before-school Spanish program the third week of school. More than 90 students in grades K-5 are enrolled in Sing `n Speak Spanish. It is a program aimed at elementary school students to make learning conversational Spanish easy and fun. It uses songs, humor, visuals, interactive puppetry, and games with a strong emphasis on the use of vocabulary in conversation. The highly qualified teaching staff meets twice a week with students in classrooms on campus and then escorts them to their class lines. Muy bien! There is room in most classes, and students may be enrolled at any time.

Please help us keep all students safe as they arrive in the morning and depart in the afternoon by obeying all traffic laws. Our Safety Patrol and crossing guards do a terrific job of helping students and parents cross the street, and it would make it much safer if traffic slows down.

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed to our Super Pledge Drive. We're well on our way of reaching our goal and being able to fund all our exciting and educational projects for this school year! It's not too late for your contribution to help us reach our goal!

Math and Science Nights

Fourth grade Family Science Night is Wednesday Nov. 4, at 6:45 pm. Fifth grade Family Math Night is Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6:45 pm. Don't miss these great nights. Please, no siblings.

Yearbooks

Don't let this year's memories slip by. Yearbook forms will come home soon, so order your copy before they sell out.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Jerabek has minimum days from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20, for parent-teacher conferences. Dismissal each day is at 12:50 pm.

NASCAR at Jerabek

Thank you to Ray Winiecke and Discount Tire for arranging to bring the Discount Tire #6 NASCAR Nationwide Series car to our assembly. The car, driven by David Ragan, is a Ford Fusion 358 in. pushrod V8, four-speed manual. The students loved being able to climb in and out of a real racecar and check out all of the details up close.

Red Ribbon Week

In October students participated in Red Ribbon Week. The children enjoyed theme days, educational sessions, and saying "Yes" to a drug-free life.

Book Fair

Thank you all for coming by our Book Fair. It was a big success due to the Jerabek community's support! Jerabek also would like to thank all our readers who stopped by to read the students a story.

Thanksgiving Holiday

Jerabek is on Thanksgiving break from Monday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 27. School resumes Monday, Nov. 30. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

[www.miramarranch.org]

Principal's Message

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch Elementary,

There are so many exciting things happening at Miramar Ranch, I hardly know where to begin! As I write this letter, construction on the upper playground is being completed. Once the dust settles, we will have more room on the playground for students. Thanks to Mr. Rick for his supervision of the project and for keeping the pressure on the contractors to get the work done.

Fresh sand was delivered to our kindergarten playground. Thanks to the generosity of the SRCA and our own Family Faculty Association (FFA), the kindergarten playground is getting a face-lift. New sand and sand toys, a cover for the sandbox, and a large shade umbrella will be in place soon. Students from Scripps Ranch High School are volunteering their time and talent to paint murals on the walls around the playground. All work should be completed by the end of the month--please come by and visit!

In October we celebrated our 36th Annual Halloween Carnival, "Eat, Drink, & Be Scary." There were games, prizes, food and drink, a haunted house, and the chance to "dunk" teachers and the principal in the Aqua Blaster! We had a great time! Thank you to the volunteers who put on this wonderful tradition.

We are quickly coming up on the end of the first grading period. We will see you all at parent-teacher conferences the week of Nov. 16. We will be on a minimum day schedule all week. Thank you for your continued support of MRE.

Please check our website at [www.miramarranch.org] regularly for the latest news and updates.

2 Months Down, 7 to Go

The tree branches are bare and the sun is rising later and setting sooner. Our students are in sweaters and jackets instead of shorts and flip flops. The 4th and 5th graders are practicing on their newly acquired instruments. At the end of the month the holiday season begins.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. Our students will be dismissed half-day during this week. Remember to make an appointment with your child's teacher to discuss his or her progress.

Veterans Day Holiday

There is no school on Wednesday, Nov. 11, to commemorate our veterans.

School Break

Thanksgiving break is from Monday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 27. School will be closed. Enjoy no schoolwork and time with family.

FFA Meeting

Our next FFA meeting is on Friday, Nov. 13, from 8 to 9 am. Please join us!

Choir Performance

The MRE choir performs on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6:30 to 7 pm. Come show your support for our choir.

Restaurant Night

Put your pots and pans away and help support MRE. Bring your flyers brought home by your student and enjoy dinner at On the Border. Then stop by Barnes and Noble to purchase some bedtime stories to support another of our fundraisers.

Students Who Care

Students Who Care is an FFA-sponsored group of families who participate in service projects to teach our kids to be more grateful, tolerant, and healthy and to increase their self-esteem. All MRE families are invited to join. Last year MRE children and families raised almost $6,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, sent care packages to MRE parents who were deployed to Iraq, and adopted Encanto Elementary--near downtown San Diego--collecting graduation clothes for their 6th graders.

This year we will have four "Students Who Care" activities, held on Friday evenings. The next meeting is on the first Friday in December--Dec. 4. Kids will present ideas and vote on the charity.

After that, we meet in February for "heart attacking"--a way to cheer up others. In April we celebrate Earth Day with ways to help the environment. All meeting are at 7 pm in the multipurpose room. Each meeting includes a service activity, guest speaker geared toward young children, and a game.

We try to make each theme unique to give the students a well-rounded experience. This year we are excited to go global. Whatever we do here, we also will do in another part of the world. The kids will find out where in the world they have reached someone the night of the activity! It should be a lot of fun!

If you would like to be part of this group, please contact Julie Rose at [[email protected]]. The events are for the entire family!

Enjoy the November holidays.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

[www.sandi.net/ellenbrowningscripps/]

Special Visit from a Blue Angel

In October EBS students from Ivi Turner's PEP and Jeannine Corry's 1st grade classrooms had a very special visitor with a local connection. Blue Angels pilot Major Chris Collins, USMC, visited the school prior to the Miramar Air Show. Major Collins and his wife, Tracey, live in Scripps Ranch and have for much of the past decade while Chris was stationed at MCAS Miramar.

As part of his first trip back to Miramar as a member of the Blue Angels, Major Collins took time out of his busy schedule to visit EBS students, including a few friends and neighbors. Major Collins answered questions about the Blue Angels, then spent time taking photos and signing autographs for the students.

Major Collins has nearly completed the first of his two years as a Blue Angel, so be on the lookout for him during next year's Miramar Air Show. EBS extends a sincere thank you to Major Collins!

Family Bingo Night--A Blast!

The EBS Family Bingo Night in October was a fun-filled evening for all who attended. This key fundraiser for EBS helped raise money to support vital support services to the school, the Fine Artists program, school assemblies, and supplementary literature.

Thank you to all the teachers who were "auctioned" for lunch dates with students. The event wouldn't have been possible without the many volunteers who worked together to create such an enjoyable and special evening for EBS. Thank you to all who contributed.

Don't Miss the Book Fair

The EBS Scholastic Book Fair will be in the library from Thursday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 20. It will be open a half-hour before and after school and during class Book Fair times. This year we also plan a Family Night for families to visit and see what the fair is about.

The last day of the Book Fair is on Grandperson's Day on Friday, Nov. 20. We invite all family members and grandpersons to visit on Friday morning. It's a great time to pick up a book for your child and his or her teacher.

The money raised goes toward books for our classrooms and library. Besides promoting literacy, the Book Fair also provides a great place for holiday shopping. See you at the Book Fair!

Farmers Market Grand Re-Opening

The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market is back at the original location--the "old" EBS, 10380 Spring Canyon Road, at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. Help us celebrate the eighth anniversary and grand re-opening of the Farmers Market on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 am to 1 pm.

The Farmers Market now has more farmers, a delicious selection of food vendors, and a diverse collection of artisans. It offers the freshest, highest quality produce available in Scripps Ranch. Shop the Farmers Market every Saturday for garden fresh produce, cut flowers, handmade crafts, woven baskets, designer jewelry and clothing, holiday decorations, and specialty foods. Our hours are 9 am to 1 pm every Saturday.

New Partnership for Character Education

Character Education is proud to announce a new partnership with the Scripps Ranch Elder Care Alliance! We will be doing a lot of fun things together. For example, the students will adopt grandparents for our classrooms and share music and other talents with them. In return the seniors will help with the Everyone A Reader program, as well as Character Education. We are very excited about this new venture!

Thanks for Your Support

Special thanks to Souplantation of Mira Mesa and Chile Peppers of Scripps Ranch for donating delicious food for our Welcome Back lunch for teachers and staff. Also, thank you to Starbucks for donating coffee for our Welcome Breakfast on our first day of school.

Important Dates

  • Every Saturday--Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm, old EBS site;
  • Monday, Nov. 2--Character Education meeting, 9 am;
  • Thursday, Nov. 5--Veterans Day Concert with other Scripps Ranch schools, at the SRHS gym, 6:30 pm, EBS 4th and 5th graders perform;
  • Friday, Nov. 6--Makeup picture day;
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10--Character Education meeting, 5:30-6:30 pm; Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) meeting, 6:30-7:30 pm;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11--Veterans Day, no school;
  • Thursday, Nov. 12--School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT)/English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting, 1 pm;
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 20--Scholastic Book Fair;
  • Monday through Friday, Nov. 16-20--Parent-teacher conferences, minimum days, 12:30 pm dismissal;
  • Friday, Nov. 20--Grandperson's Day, 1st grade performance;
  • Saturday, Nov. 21--Farmers Market Grand Re-Opening;
  • Monday through Friday, Nov. 23-27--Thanksgiving holiday; and,
  • Monday, Nov. 30--Character Education meeting, 9 am.

Other Schools

Miramar College

[www.sdmiramar.edu]

"Jets" Soar at Miramar College

The Miramar College Men's Basketball team--the Jets (right)--kicks off its first year at the Miramar Field House gym in December. The college recently opened the doors to a brand new 54,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. We invite the community to check us out.

Head Coach Nick Gehler, coming off a 23-8 season and state Sweet 16 appearance, returns three starters from the previous year's team. The 2008-2009 team featured Pat Evelend, who signed to play Division I basketball at the University of the Pacific.

The gym is located at 10440 Black Mountain Road across from Wagenheim Middle School. We are excited to see you there! To see the Miramar Jets schedule and for more information, please visit [www.miramarathletics.com].