Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Tutoring Available

Back by popular demand, Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) English, math, science, and Spanish teachers are ready to assist high school students every afternoon, Monday through Thursday, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm with their questions or concerns. Do not let this opportunity for expert assistance at a reasonable price–free–go untapped! Check the daily bulletin on the SRHS website at [] for a weekly tutoring room schedule.

ASVAB Testing

SRHS provides students with several ways to explore college and career interests during their high school experience. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is offered each year, free of charge, by our local military recruiters to interested juniors and seniors. You do not need to be interested in military service to take this test.

The three-hour test, plus additional interpretation session, can help students think about their interests, values, talents, and abilities as they consider future SRHS and college curriculum planning. The ASVAB will be offered this year in the Media Center on Friday, Jan. 10, at 7:45 am. Interested students should sign up in the Career Center. For more information, please contact Mary Bostwick at [[email protected]] or 621-9020, ext. 132.

College Prep Information

Scholarship opportunities for seniors are regularly announced in the SRHS daily bulletin and the Senior Scholarship Newsletters. Both can be viewed at our website at [http//]. Seniors should also note that financial aid applications are due by Sunday, Mar. 2.

Juniors and their parents are invited to a college night on Wednesday, Jan. 29. This evening was rescheduled from Feb. 5. Find out everything you need to know about beginning the college search and application process.

Juniors should also note that the next opportunity to take the SAT 1 is Saturday, Apr. 5. The deadline to apply for the exam is Friday, Feb. 28.


We neglected to list the name of ReMax United as a job shadow host company for our 11th grade Job Shadow Day last November. We appreciate their contribution to the program, as well as all those companies listed last month, and hope we have not omitted anyone else! Thanks again to the entire community for your support.

Community Donations

The year 2002 was very good to SRHS. Donations from QUALCOMM, GreenPoint Credit, Motorola, Talaris Systems, Mesa Components, Rep Mesa, and several private parties assisted our teachers and staff in their work.

Join the growing list of donors to SRHS. Not sure if your items could be used by the school? Contact Mary Bostwick at 621-9020, ext. 132, or [[email protected]] to discuss.


SRHS teacher and head librarian Gail Richmond joins only two other SRHS faculty members who have received recognition by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for their exemplary work with students. Gail is also one of only nine library media teachers in California who have been so honored to date. The six-month process to earn this recognition required creation of a portfolio and successful completion of a rigorous three-hour exam. Congratulations on a job well done!

SRHS Foundation

The Scripps Ranch High School Foundation (SRHSF) would like to extend a happy New Year to everyone. The Foundation has been trying to fill the teachers’ requests for money to make needed purchases that cannot otherwise be made due to lack of funds from the school district.

Since September the SRHSF has been able to provide funds for many activities and materials, including the following: project materials for the Link Crew–a social and academic leadership program aimed at helping freshman transition into high school; JV field hockey equipment; roller hockey team jerseys; and, CD- ROM programs for second-year Spanish classes.

The Foundation would like to thank those who have already made contributions this school year; you can see what a difference your money has made. Just two of the requests to be considered at the January SRHSF meeting include computers for the math department and risers for the music/choral department.

The total financial need to fund both of these requests fully is $5,400. There will be additional requests submitted to the Foundation by the January meeting, which is held the third Monday of the month. Please make helping SRHS a part of your New Year’s resolution. You have the potential to perform a great community service and touch the lives of many, many students at the same time.

Contributions can be made to the general fund or designated to a particular program, department, or club. Contributions can be sent to the school at: 10410 Treena Street, San Diego 92131. If you have any questions, call the school administration office at 621-9020.

Falcon Football

Great news from the SRHS Football program. SRHS has been selected as a host school for the NFL Global Junior Championship Football Tournament held during Super Bowl week. Teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe will compete in this Super Bowl-related tournament.

Games will be played at Mira Mesa High School, and tickets can be obtained at the Scripps Ranch High School finance office. Along with Mira Mesa High School, Torrey Pines High School, and La Costa Canyon High School, SRHS will host a team in our homes. The Booster Club is proud to welcome Team Europe to our community. If you would like to participate, please call Ralph Sassi at 689-0142.

The Booster Club would also like to thank the entire Scripps Ranch community for a successful football effort this year. This season was not about wins and losses but the successes and memories our players gained from the football experience. Congratulations also go to our senior graduating class. Thanks for the memories, and good luck in your future endeavors. Go Falcons in 2003!

Alumni Basketball Game

Come out and show your Falcon spirit as the SRHS Men’s Varsity Basketball Team takes on the finest alumni players. It promises to be great fun for the entire family. Mark your calendars for the annual alumni game to be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 pm in the SRHS gym. Admission is $5, and all proceeds benefit the men’s basketball program.

Class of 2003 PBO

Let the countdown begin! Our seniors’ graduation day will be here before we know it. Our Parent Booster Organization (PBO) members and committees are busy arranging a spectacular Hollywood Nights Grad Night event!

We raised about $2,000 during our call-a-thon. Thanks to all parents who were so receptive on the phone.

Our membership drive is ongoing, and you can donate by contacting Amy Patasnik at 578-4141. We still need volunteers to work on committees. Call Susie Gonaver at 549-7292 or Cary Meyer at 695-1756 to help.

Our next meeting is Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 pm in the high school teacher’s cafeteria. We are always happy to see more parents attend our meetings.

Class of 2004 PBO

Happy New Year to all our Parent Booster Organization (PBO) 2004 members! We are off to a running start planning our Golf Tournament, which is set for Friday, May 2. At our December meeting Jim Lovell, our golf chair, explained all the details involved in setting up a successful tournament.

Jim stressed the importance of sponsors. We will send out letters to all junior parents asking for their sponsorship or their company’s sponsorship. We will also ask if you plan to play and if you can arrange a foursome.

The following people have volunteered for these positions:

  • Golf handouts and program–Karin Whiteley;
  • Silent Auction–Hedy Witham and Meri Dobbs;
  • Hole sponsorships–Kim Molina, and we need one more volunteer;
  • Box lunches and dinner–Pat Matthews and Karen Wood;
  • Player registration–Kathy Mendenhall, Carol Buckley, Marcia Martin, Sandi Mehrer, and Joan Lovell;
  • Event day staffing–Hedy Witham, Pat Matthews, Ruth Burr, Karin Whiteley, Donna Coff, Pam Dotson, Meri Dobbs, Mary Lou Clark, Remmi Molthen, Shannon Alatorre, and Karen Wood.

The following positions need to be filled:

  • Signage–Two or three people;
  • Golfer solicitation–One chair, plus everyone needs to work on this;
  • Post-event work/Thank you notes–One or two people;
  • Prizes and awards–Two or three people; and,
  • Golf cart sponsorships–Two or three people.

Our PBO meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month. The January meeting is on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7 pm at the high school teacher’s cafeteria.

If you have any questions about any of the positions that need to be filled, please call our most gracious president, Sandy Price, at 693-1531. We need you to make Grad Night 2004 happen! Hope to see you soon!

Class of 2005 PBO

Our Parent Booster Organization (PBO) membership drive is off to a great start. Thanks to the following people for already sending in a donation: Rita Danskin; Becky and Steve Eldridge; Gail and Barry Golko; Karilyn and Breck Greenwood; Clarice and Douglas Hester; Victoria Mazelli; Diana and Ric Nicastro; Alexis Parker; Menoula and George Stanitsas; Toni and William Wood; Tammi and Gerry D’Onofrio; Legacy Fibers International, Inc.; Rich Virgallito; Terry and Lorna Curtis; Sherry and Dennis Schurmeier; Tom Bautch; Kemi Williams and Jim Euphrat; Francis and Leslie Wiegand; Colleen Andersen Briscoe; Roberto J. Conrique; Karen Siroky; Phyllis Elkind and Thomas Harwayne; Joan Donahue; Julie and Tim Hetherington; Sarah Slaughter; Peggy Weiner; the James family; Lorraine Lundskog; Alan Coffin; Kin C. Chan; Anita and Mike Mahaffey; Donna and Darryll Getzlaff; Lynne and Steve Doyle; the Maches family; Pam and Rick Piskulick; Cynthia and Chuck Gustafson; Ellen and Tom Adamson; Cindy Flores; Diane and Vince Gonzalez; Karen and Chris Johnson; Judy and Sim von Kalinowski; Mary Ann Mercer; and, Julia and John Rick.

You can send in your donation anytime. If you would like to receive information on upcoming events, please put your email on your membership form.

Please come to our next meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. Our meetings are usually on the first Wednesday of each month. If you have any questions, call Alexis Parker at 566-9872 or Becky Eldridge at 548-7400.

Air Force Junior ROTC

SRHS Air Force Junior ROTC, is a group of about 160 students. Although most people think all we do is wear uniforms and march around campus, there is much more to our program. Cadets–students–manage the corps with the guidance of Air Force faculty members.

Cadets hold positions and are held to very high standards for attendance, academics, teamwork, and appearance, among many expectations. This unit has won numerous awards and been recognized throughout Southern California.

This fall we participated in our first competition of the year at Chaffey High School in Ontario. Our school placed third overall, out of over 20 other high schools. The Unarmed Drill Team placed fourth, and the Armed Drill Team placed third. The Academics team placed first, with Linn Phan finishing third and Fred Macapinlac second.

In December the Color Guard assisted at the SRCA Recognition Night and our first ROTC Day of the year was held. The United States Marine Corps provided assistance with grading the drill performance of each class section during ROTC Day.

These days are held twice a year and are meant to build camaraderie in the corps and allow the school population to observe our activities. Our next drill competition is in Long Beach on Saturday, Feb. 1. Wish us luck!

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

January Events

  • Monday, Jan. 6–New middle school Design Task Force meeting, 7-9 pm, auditorium;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 8–PTSA meeting, 12-2 pm, lounge;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 8–Gov. meeting, 6:30 pm, lounge;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14–4 year planning, 6:30-8:30 pm, auditorium;
  • Friday, Jan. 17–Minimum day, students dismissed at 11:30 am;
  • Monday, Jan. 20–Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21–Science Fair Open House, 5 pm, auditorium;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22–New middle school Design Task Force meeting, 7-9 pm, auditorium;
  • Thursday, Jan. 23–4 year planning, 6:30-8:30 pm, auditorium;
  • Friday, Jan. 24–1st semester ends;
  • Monday, Jan. 27–2nd semester begins;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29–4 year planning, 6:30-8:30 pm, auditorium; and,
  • Friday, Jan. 31–1st semester report cards distributed.

Principal’s Message

Once again, the community faces the challenge of designing a new middle school. We began this design process with the establishment of a Design Task Force in December. Through a series of meetings, architects, school personnel, parents, students, and community members will provide input that will be used to design a new school for the 1,600 middle school age students we believe will live in Scripps Ranch by the year 2006.

It is anticipated that the school will be constructed in such a way that it will enable us to create the intimate feeling that a small school would bring, without losing the identity of the larger school as a whole. The basic design specifications for middle schools within the San Diego City School District have been developed and will be used as a basis for our dialogue. This document is available in our main office, as well as the Scripps Ranch Library.

Ultimately, a final architect and builder will be selected to bring the concepts to reality, and the task force recommendations will be incorporated into the finished product. In the meantime, we will continue to struggle with space issues in both the elementary schools and at Marshall. We will do everything within our power to ensure that we maintain the high quality of educational programs that have made us the strong school that we are.

Counseling News

The Counseling Office is getting ready for our upcoming 8th grade Four Year Planning Conferences scheduled for January and February. Most conferences will be held in the Marshall Middle School auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Letters regarding specific meeting dates and times will be mailed home.

There have been some important changes in high school graduation and college entrance requirements. Please plan to attend this very informative meeting with your son or daughter.

Learning Contracts

The Learning Contracts parent meeting was held in December. Learning Contracts were reviewed with parents/guardians and suggested supports and interventions were discussed. If you received a letter of invitation and a copy of your child’s Learning Contract in the mail but were unable to attend the first meeting, a final “make-up” meeting has been scheduled. It will be Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Marshall Middle School auditorium from 9 to 10 am. Your attendance at this meeting is most important, as all contracts must be reviewed and signed by parents.

Fall Semester Ends

The fall semester ends on Friday, Jan. 24. Students will bring report cards home on Friday, Jan. 31. Remember to ask your child for their report card! If you do not like what you see, contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

Student Support Groups

Marshall counselors, in cooperation with counselors from Harmonium Inc., a community counseling agency, will co-facilitate our second round of student support groups during the spring semester. Students will hear an explanation of our support groups and receive a parent permission slip in their advisory classes.

Topics discussed may include self-esteem, relationships, academic stress, divorce, newcomer issues, grief and loss, social skills, attention-related difficulties, substance abuse, and others. If your child is interested in joining a weekly support group for boys called “It’s a Guy Thing” or a group for girls called “Girl Chat,” be sure to sign and return the parent permission slip. If your child does not have the parent permission slip, you can contact Julie Becker at 549-8840, ext. 1209.


Marshall Middle School’s Concert Choir, under the direction of Lori Palmer with piano accompaniment by Bob Cooper, recorded holiday selections for airing on KUSI Channel 9 on December 24 and 25. Ten parent chaperones drove students to the studio for the recording session. We hope you were able to see the concert called “KUSI Songs of the Holiday Season.” The students really sang their hearts out.


Marshall’s Video Club is recycling laser printer toner and ink jet cartridges to raise money for new equipment. Starting this month, there will be a box in the main office to place used toner and ink cartridges. The Video Club will send them in to receive up to $4 per ink cartridge and up to $12 per laser toner. Bring in your toner and cartridges during school hours to help us recycle!

Essay Contest

Did you know that our 8th grade students can participate in a student essay contest sponsored by the Friends of the San Diego Library, the San Diego Library, and San Diego City Schools Library Media Teachers? There are five different topics that can be selected for students to write about.

Entries must be received by Tuesday, Feb. 18. Stop by the library to pick up an application. There will be winners at each school. Also, three grand prize winners at each level will be announced during a ceremony at SeaWorld. Good luck to all of our Marshall 8th graders!

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

We Love School!

Picture this if you will. It’s 6 am and I’m still asleep. Suddenly, bursting into my room, my 5-year-old excitedly asks, “Do I have school today?” Barely awake, I tell her, “Yes, it’s Monday. You have school, but not for another three hours.”

A few days later, “Do I have school today?” This time I tell her, “No, today is Saturday. Go watch some cartoons.” She stomps away with, “Oh, man! How many more days until school?” How many people prefer Mondays over Saturdays? All you have to do is step into any one of Dingeman Elementary School’s kindergarten classrooms to see why.

Adventures In Learning

During the fall our young students quickly adapt to their full day of learning. By the end of the school year, they become well-traveled adventurers as they participate in several field trips that reinforce their academic classroom curriculum. Many of their early activities are centered around an Autumn Harvest theme. During their literacy period, classes read books such as The Pumpkin Circle, where they learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin. An excursion to the pumpkin patch is filled with hayrides, train rides, and the search for their very own pumpkin!

The Autumn Harvest theme also encompasses the study of Native Americans who lived in San Diego. Students take a field trip to the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park to learn how Native Americans used plants and animals for clothing, baskets, mats, houses, dyes, medicine, nets, and fuel for fires.

Some classes do a project called “Squanto’s Way” that shows how Native Americans gathered food during the warm seasons and preserved them for the winter and also how they buried fish in the ground to help the plants grow. All of their hands-on activities teach them so many facts about the lifestyle of our San Diego Native Americans.

A Special Visit

The Tooth Fairy paid a visit to our kindergartners this year and taught them how to make good hygiene a part of their daily lives. She stressed the importance of eating healthy foods and daily brushing and flossing. Even though she is known as the Tooth Fairy, when kids ask her what her name is, she tells them it is “Pearl White” Get it? Pearly Whites! In real life though, she is Danice Dean, hygienist, R.D.H. Thank you, Tooth Fairy, for teaching us some very important lessons!

What’s Ahead

During the spring semester our students’ literacy and science focus shifts towards living things. Some of the field trips that several of our students can look forward to include the Helen Woodward Animal Center and the Scripps Aquarium to study sea life. Also in the spring, our kindergartners head back to the Natural History Museum to study bees, bugs, and beetles. There they learn about insect anatomy and their living system and society.

Toward the end of the school year, several kindergarten classes will see literature come to life as they go to performances such as Charlie Brown at the Children’s Youth Theater. Many of them will also be a part of literature as they give live performances of some wonderful stories from their favorite authors, such as Eric Carle.

The first year of elementary school is a year of academics, growing, teamwork, and making friends. Yes, it’s amazing when you see 6th graders do the kind of math we did in high school, but there is really nothing more impressive than hearing a 5-year-old say the word “personification.”

Important Dates

Please mark the following dates on your calendars:

  • Thursday, Jan. 16–Family Art Night;
  • Monday, Jan. 20–Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school;
  • Thursday, Feb. 13–Staff development, no school;

We hope you had a restful and fun holiday, and we wish everyone in Scripps Ranch a happy and healthy 2003!

Jerabek Elementary

A Quiet Month

It will be quieter than usual at Jerabek for a few weeks in January. Most of our students will return to school from the holidays on Tuesday, Jan. 21. However, those students who need a bit more time to develop their reading and math skills will attend Winter Intersession on site.

Ice Skating Party

What with this long break, there is time for more school fellowship and fundraising! Please join us for an Ice Skating Party at the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa on Friday, Jan. 10, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. The 5th graders are putting on this event to help pay for their year-end activities. The rink will be held open especially for Jerabek students and their friends and families. The cost is only $8, which includes skate rental.

Thank You!

The Family Faculty Organization (FFO) would like to thank the folks at Pat and Oscar’s, as well as Zany Brainy, for their participation in a schoolwide fundraiser right before the holidays! It was a fun night for everyone.

It was great to see so many families and our school staff there! Looks like we are certain to have a happy 2003 with so many great people supporting our school!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

A Belated Thank You

A belated thanks to KOOL 95.7 morning man Dave Mason, who not only provided music for the Halloween Carnival, but showed us a face painting job that would have sent Darth Maul screaming home to momma. Way to go, Dave!

The rest of this month’s Miramar Ranch Elementary School column was provided by vice principal Lorilei Olsen. Thank you, Lorelei.

A Busy December

December has been an exciting month for Miramar Ranch students, their families, and staff. We started off the month with our schoolwide Flag Ceremony where we were treated to a performance by our kindergarten through second grade choir who performed several festive songs.

We have built a strong community of learners and worked on leadership skills during the first months of school. In December we focused on cooperation as our social skill. Cooperation is the glue that holds community and leadership together. Our January Flag Assembly will be held on Friday, Jan. 10. Join us!

Students Who Care

Students Who Care sponsors charitable events throughout the year. A food drive was held in December to benefit the Salvation Army. Students, families, and staff donated nonperishable food to help fill the food bank. This event demonstrated our students’ willingness to generously work as a team to help others in San Diego who are less fortunate. Thank you to all who participated in this first Students Who Care project. Look for upcoming opportunities to get involved in other charitable projects.

Family Science Nights

Third graders enjoyed hands-on science experiments at Family Science Night. Students and their families dabbled in chemistry, physics, and biology, while applying their math skills. Our young scientists had a blast! Our next Family Science Night is for 4th graders and will be Wednesday, Jan. 15. Satisfy your natural curiosity, and join the fun.

Reading Fun

The kindergarten classes participated in the Scholastic Read-A-Thon in December. Our young readers made a pledge to read, read, and read! Newly elected school board member Katherine Nakamura kicked off the event by reading the kindergarten students a book chosen for them by her son. Later, students returned to their classrooms to hear more stories read by guests and to read some favorite stories with their teacher.

Final Note

In January all students will attend assemblies to hear stories told by master storyteller Garth Gilchrist. He will share stories that focus on one big idea: peace begins with you.

Student Poetry

This is a poetry submission from a 2nd grader in Mr. Wilcox’s class.

A Poem for Mama, by Parul Pubbi

The little chicks say


we are very hungry

and too cold to sleep.

Their mother spreads her wings

and feeds them lots of grains

so, until tomorrow they are

safe and warm again.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Calendar of Events

  • January–We practice forgiveness;
  • Monday, Jan. 6–Students report back to class;
  • Friday, Jan. 10–Mascot Day;
  • Monday, Jan. 13–Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) board meeting, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Tuesday, Jan.14, through Thursday, Jan. 16–GATE testing;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14–Character Education Advisory Committee, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Wednesday, Jan.15–Parent Academy, 9 am and 6:30 pm, multi-purpose room;
  • Monday, Jan. 20–Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school; and,
  • Thursday, Jan. 23–Site Governance/SSC, 7:30 am, EBS library.

Penguins Everywhere!

EBS students are pleased to announce the names of those two giant penguins that recently joined us on the wall outside the front gate. The penguins are Ellie, named after Ellen Browning Scripps, and Eddie, named after Miss Ellen’s brother, Edward Willis Scripps.

And about the other penguin who seems to be in charge of the crossing guards, his name is Bryon, named for Bryon Solberg, our wonderful volunteer who oversees the safety of our children before and after school. There is also a rumor that more penguins will be joining the EBS landscape. I wonder what their names will be?

Philanthropy: Miss Ellen’s State of Mind

Like students at E. B. Scripps, Miss Scripps’ patterns of giving reflected her character. Always, her interests were intellectual, and she supported generously those individuals, organizations, and activities that stimulated her mind and improved human life. She was also interested in science, and in 1905 funded the small marine biology laboratory that later became the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

In 1922 her long interest in health and medicine came into sharp focus when she fell and fractured her hip. Recuperating at the tiny La Jolla Sanatarium, another facility she had helped to start, she perceived the need for a modern hospital in the La Jolla area.

Typically, she acted. In September 1924 she founded the Scripps Memorial Hospital. In 1922 Frederick Banting and Charles Best had announced their stunning discovery of insulin, and Miss Ellen was fully aware of the implications for the treatment of diabetes.

Again, she acted. She established the Scripps Metabolic Clinic in 1924. It was a specialized facility to diagnose, treat, and investigate diabetes and other disorders of metabolism, and was the direct ancestor of Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation.

Ellen Browning Scripps died in 1932 at the age of 95. In her will she endowed the Metabolic Clinic with $300,000 to be invested, and the income only to be used for that facility, preferably for research. Recently, The Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation contributed $7,000 to our school to assist in developing a special book collection on famous American and California women.

Other Schools

Chabad Hebrew Academy

The Chabad Hebrew Academy is building a state-of-the art educational facility in Scripps Ranch. Steel columns rise among groves of eucalyptus trees as construction workers erect the steel structure. Perched at the top of a spectacular 27-acre site, construction cranes lift steel girders into place as workers below prepare the support infrastructure of underground conduits and foundations of cement and steel.

This construction is a simile to the ongoing construction that occurs on a daily basis just a few hundred yards away in the temporary buildings that house our staff and students: the construction of lives built upon the foundation of Jewish traditions.

Our community looks forward to the completion of this multi-million dollar campus. It will enhance the ability of our outstanding staff to provide both an excellent secular program and to inspire the Jewish children of San Diego to continue the legacy of Judaic traditions.

The Chabad Hebrew Academy welcomes visitors to our campus, and we will provide tours of the construction in progress. If you would like a tour of the work as it continues, an opportunity to speak to our architect, or a view of the finished model, please contact Rabbi Yonah Fradkin at 566-1996. We look forward to hearing from you and showing you our new campus.