Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

SRHS Salutes Community Partners

People often say “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” This may be true in some instances, however, in education, this could not be further from the truth. The “right” instruction of a child comes from many sources. Teachers, parents, and the community work together in the educational process.

SRHS is grateful to acknowledge the community partnerships that foster this learning process in our students. The eight official SRHS partners are:

  • Alliant International University;
  • Cabrillo Credit Union;
  • Employee Training Institute;
  • Gateway;
  • I Love a Clean San Diego;
  • MCAS Miramar;
  • Qualcomm, and,
  • Wells Fargo.

They have been the core participants in the surge in community interest to support learning in the classroom. As these dedicated partners return year after year to support us with their time, money, and expertise, we are grateful for the support they bring to our school and the example they provide to other community members to become involved in education.

We have celebrated more than 10 years of partnership with Qualcomm and Wells Fargo–years that have provided hundreds of students with opportunities they might not otherwise have had. While scholarships and support to our academic programs are the hallmarks of these two partners, each of them brings their own unique level of assistance.

Likewise, literally hundreds of other businesses and individual community members also contribute in unique ways. It is this collaboration that is truly enhancing the “right” instruction of our students. Thank you to our official partners and all who so willingly share their time and resources with us. We are truly grateful for another year of association.

SRHS Foundation

The SRHS Foundation would like to wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer. Contributions throughout the year have made it possible for the Foundation to financially assist many academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs. Each year SRHS students and staff depend on your support that, in turn, makes the acquisition of needed equipment, supplies, competition fees, literacy materials/books, and so much more a reality.

The current budget cuts make the school even more dependent on the generosity of parents, local businesses, and community members in order to continue with the high caliber of opportunities SRHS offers students. Contributions are needed every year in order for the school to maintain its reputation as one of the top high schools in the county.

In addition to a direct donation to the Foundation, signing up for the eScrip program and designating SRHS as the recipient is an easy way to support SRHS. eScrip is a program in which a percentage of your purchase amount at participating stores and businesses is donated to the school. Call the administration office at SRHS for information.

The Foundation and Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) thank the following people for their recent contributions: Francie Sorem, Sim and Judy von Kalinowski, Susan Wooters, Catherine and Patrick Guiant, Jerry and Margarett Hooper, Phil and Carla Dunn, Jerre Walker, Mark Pope, Freddie Quiros, Azra Martinovic, Lito Aldor, Wayne and Jeannie Robinson, Kris and Cindy Van Lom, and Darrin and Deanna Burns.

Thanks From SRHS Baseball

The SRHS Baseball Organization says “thank you” for the support of the Old Pros vs. SRHS baseball fundraiser. We were pleased to see our community members supporting their favorite team. The Old Pros team supports the SRHS baseball program in so many ways and are a lot of fun, too! Thanks, Old Pros!

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their donations and support of this annual fundraiser:

  • Champion T-Shirts;
  • Chili’s;
  • Souplantation;
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza;
  • Yanni’s Bistro;
  • Filippi’s Pizza Grotto;
  • Buca de Beppo;
  • Batter’s Box; and,
  • Vons.

It was great, and we’ll see you next year!

Graduation Gift Idea!

Looking for a graduation gift for that special SRHS grad or parent? This is also a great gift for any incoming freshmen, current students, or parents! As part of our fundraising efforts, the Class of 2005 Parent Booster Organization (PBO) is offering charms for a traditional charm bracelet or the Italian charm bracelet.

The Italian charm is sterling silver with a laser-engraved Falcon image. The traditional charm is a three-dimensional Falcon head, also in sterling silver. Each charm costs $20 and can be ordered at Collins Family Jewelers at 578-6670.

It’s Showtime!

The historical event of the SRHS Class of 2003 Graduation is upon us, and the excitement of Grad Night is reaching a high! Our gym is being transformed into a spectacular arena for the many activities our graduates will encounter when they attend their “Hollywood Nights” all-night grad party. We invite you–the parents and all our generous sponsors–to view our Hollywood extravaganza on Thursday, June 12, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Grad Night tickets cost $40 and are still on sale, along with the Senior Breakfast tickets that are selling for $10. A check can be made payable to: SRHS PBO Class of 2003. If your student would like to attend but cannot afford a ticket, please have them meet with their counselor. Remaining ticket sale days are: Wednesday, June 4; Thursday, June 5; Monday, June 9; Wednesday, June 11, at the Senior Breakfast; and, Friday, June 13, from 9 to 11 pm at Grad Night.

If your student has signed up to attend Grad Night and has not checked in by 11 pm, parents will be called to be advised. This measure ensures that your grad is participating in the drug- and alcohol-free party you support. Be sure your phone numbers appear on the forms.

Parents, we need you! Beginning Saturday, May 31, the gym will be open daily from 9 am to 9 pm to get ready for the big event. We welcome you to come help us decorate the gym! Please contact Joanne Jerrell at 566-5864 or Jane Buck at 547-9623 if you have any questions.

The Prize Committee is still busy collecting donations so as many students as possible can win a prize at Grad Night. Karen Barker suggests parents make “goody baskets” that can be given as door prizes. Some examples are: beach essentials; beauty products; movie tickets; and, car wash gift certificates.

Another contribution could be “Frequent Flyer Miles” since one generous parent donated their condo in Hawaii for a week. If you can help, contact Sharon Striker at 578-7243, Deb Comrie at 695-9389, or Nikki Butera at 693-0693.

Finally, since this is the last report from the Parent Booster Organization (PBO) 2003, we would very much like to thank all of you who have made contributions to our membership drives, those who have dedicated your time and effort during these last three years, and the SRHS administration for their support.

Grad Night is a gift of love to our kids. It has been a SRHS tradition that we hope will continue for many years to come, ensuring that graduates have a safe environment in which to celebrate this milestone in their lives.

For many parents, high school graduation also marks the end of the involvement you have had with your child’s schools from kindergarten through high school. This past year we have found that teamwork has enabled us to accomplish the goal we strived for.

Congratulations are definitely in order for the SRHS 2003 graduates. Our kids embark on a new chapter in their lives. But, it is also a new chapter for our parents. We can only hope that we all continue to grow, adapt to these changes, and enjoy our lives to the fullest.

Class of 2004 PBO

Dear Class of 2004 Parents,

The last PBO meeting of this school year wrapped up the monies raised from our golf tournament. The sun shone throughout the day, we had a good turnout of golfers, many others joined in later for the fabulous dinner, raffles, and silent auction, and we managed to raise $18,000 for Grad Night next June.

We would like to thank all the sponsors who generously contributed to this important fundraiser:

  • Chile Peppers;
  • Pat & Oscar’s;
  • Scripps Ranch Starbucks;
  • Vons; and,
  • Trader Joe’s in Carmel Mountain Ranch.

We want to thank Paula Best for making our fabulous golf signs and Gerry Alker from Kearny Mesa Ford, who provided us with a fabulous “hole in one” prize– that cute little red Ford Ranger we parked at hole 9. Unfortunately, none of our golfers were lucky enough to win it.

Thanks to all of you who attended: Jim Lovell, for heading up the tournament; our silent auction people–Meri Dobbs, Hedy Witham, Joanie Knight, and Shannon Alatorre; Karen Wood, who shared the job of organizing the dinner with me; the moms who made the goody bags and boxed lunches–Karen Stern, Carol Buckley, Kathy Mendenhall, Joyce Jacobs, Stacy Donahue, and Joanne Gimbel; Karin Whiteley for organizing the program; Pam Dotson, Donna Coff, and Jill Herrod for helping check in golfers; Kim Molina and Joan Lovell for pitching in at the golf course; and, our hardworking, calm, cool, and collected president, Sandy Price.

Now, it’s time to concentrate on the rest of the things that must be done this year. One of these is the “takedown” of decorations following this year’s Grad Night party. The junior class is traditionally responsible for taking down the decorations, and we are looking for as many helpers as possible to begin work on Saturday, June 14, at 8 am. The gym must be back to normal by Tuesday, June 17. Contact Sandy Price at 693-1531 to help.

Other business discussed at the meeting involved plans for our Grad Night next June. It was unanimously decided to take Grad Night off campus next year and try something new. Everyone was excited about this new idea since it will save hundreds of hours painting, building props, and decorating the gym.

Our next PBO meeting is Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Crown Pointe clubhouse at 7 pm. We look forward to many more parents joining the PBO during our children’s last year at SRHS.

Class of 2005 PBO

As our children’s sophomore year is about to an end, we are one year closer to graduation. We would like to thank you for your support, and we look forward to more of the same next year. If you would like to send a donation over the summer or have fundraising ideas, we can be reached by mail at: SRHS PBO Class of 2005, 9974 Scripps Ranch Boulevard #205, San Diego, CA 92131.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call one of our co-presidents, Alexis Parker at 566-9872 or Becky Eldridge at 548-7400.


The ROTC cadets have been really active and much has happened to report. Two local cadets received four-year Air Force scholarships–Cadet Colonel Matthew Cherry, who plans to attend Texas A&M, and Cadet Lieutenant Tanya Kholodkov, who will attend Point Loma Nazarene. Selection for these scholarships is very competitive and these cadets should feel proud.

About 15 cadets from the Kitty Hawk Air Society participated in the Multiple Sclerosis Walk and performed community service by helping with a fundraiser at the First Methodist Church in Mission Valley. If you know of an organization that needs some energetic youth to help with a community event, give us a call. Cadets must earn five hours of community service each year.

Twelve of the most physically fit units represented SRHS at a District Youth Physical Fitness competition at Madison High. Kristine Mayer won 3rd place. The unit was well represented at the Golden Bear Nationals Competition in Pomona. The Unarmed came home with the Sweepstake Trophy after winning a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th place. Hats off to Cadet Ly Lam for her outstanding leadership. The Color Guard also won a 1st place trophy.

Another major event in May was the Awards Banquet at the Miramar Officers Club. This was also the Change of Command Ceremony, when Cadet Matthew Cherry relinquished command to Cadet Robert Ngo.

The Cadet Corps is very much indebted to the community for its outstanding support. The Booster Club has been extremely supportive in providing water and refreshments at drill meets and this year will award a $500 scholarship to a graduating cadet. Also, special thanks to Wal-Mart in Poway for donating $500 and Farrell’s in Mira Mesa for donating more than $500.

Next year should be another exciting year for the Corps. Already almost 130 cadets have enrolled. Enrollment is opened to any student at Scripps Ranch High School. The first two years count as PE, and the last two count as elective science. There is no cost to join, and there are no mandatory after-school functions.

If a student joins one of the teams or wants to participate in the model airplane club, they can earn additional credit by being in 7th period. Students can enroll for one, two, three, or four years and can drop between semesters. There is no military commitment except to wear the uniform once a week. If you would like more information about the program, please call Major Thomas Standifer at 621-9020, ext. 4422.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Calendar of Events

  • Wednesday, June 4–Governance meeting, 6:30 pm, lounge;
  • Wednesday, June 4–PTSA meeting, 12-2 pm, lounge;
  • Friday, June 6–8th grade party at Aztec Center;
  • Wednesday, June 11–8th Grade Awards Assembly, 6:30-8 pm; and,
  • Friday, June 13–Last day of school, minimum day.

Choir Triumphs Again

The students in Mrs. Palmer’s choir performed at the Forum Festival in Orange County in May and received gold–the highest–ratings for their performance. This means they are ranked within the top 10% of middle school choirs nationwide, and it’s the third year in a row the choir received this rating.

Hard work and striving for excellence really paid off. Congratulations on the great job, singers! Thanks again to Mr. Cooper, our excellent accompanist, Ms. Englund, who made all of our arrangements, and Mrs. Conlon, Mrs. Snow, and Mrs. Otto, who chaperoned.

There will be a short performance/dessert/awards event at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 3, in the auditorium.

Marshall Science Olympiad

Congratulations to the members of the Marshall Middle School team who competed in the Science Olympiad State Championship competition. Out of the hundreds of eligible Southern California middle schools that competed in various regional events, only 25 qualified for the championship. Overall, Marshall finished 13th. Special awards went to the following students–out of 375 participants from the 25 teams:

  • Stephanie Lee and Dhruv Gopinath–2nd place, Wright Stuff;
  • Dhruv Gopinath and George Jiang– 5th place, Road Scholar (Map Reading); and
  • Stephanie Sullivan and Megan Mulvey–5th place, Feathered Frenzy.

Team members were: Melissa Chiong, Caroline Chu, Jason Chung, Colleen Gallagher, Dhruv Gopinath, Cassie Gurrola, David Heilbrunn, Ilya Imas, George Jiang, Tim Klimpel, Stephanie Lee, Megan Mulvey, Kian Samii, Alex Stumm, and Stephanie Sullivan.

The team would like to express its gratitude to the following companies for their generous sponsorship:

  • Qualcomm;
  • Hitachi Corporation;
  • Otis Elevator; and,
  • Scripps Ranch RE/MAX Real Estate Office.

Team accountants and fundraisers Kathy Campbell and Muriel Gross were instrumental in accessing the donations that made our participation possible.

The team would also like to thank all of the parents and event coaches for their assistance. Without their help, our participation and success would not have been possible. Mila Imas was the team coordinator, whose hard work, guidance, and support enabled this team to exist.

The coaches were: Debra Preece, Water Quality; Paul and Barbara Kukuchek, Write It/Do It; Virginia Bigler-Engler, Meteorology; David Jones, Robo Billiards; Lou Chiong, Mystery Architecture; Suzie Honeycutt, The Science of Fitness; Muriel Gross, Experimental Design; Sally Sondreal, Picture This; Elizabeth Chu, LifeScience Process Lab; Rich Uriarte, Egg Drop; Henry Gok, Bottle Rockets; Debbie Sullivan, Feathered Frenzy; Alex Imas, Mission Possible; Kurt Klimpel, Science Crime Busters and Can’t Judge a Powder; Gary Moy, Fossils; John Troja, Balloon Race; Ning Cai, Astronomy; Kash Gopinath, Map Reading; Jane Park, Wright Stuff; and, Hadi Samii, Bridge Building.

Thanks also to Dave Hodapp and the Marshall Associated Student Body, Cezar Banks, Fudo Takagi, and Gustavo del Castillo–all three were a huge help with Wright Stuff–and all the parents who provided input, help, and suggestions. Also, Rick Novak, our ever-supportive principal, was incredibly encouraging and without his help our team would not have existed. Thank you!

Attendance Office Information

If your current 6th or 7th grader will not be returning to Marshall in the fall, or if your 8th grader will not articulate to Scripps Ranch High School, please notify us! We also need to know if any Jerabek or Ellen Browning Scripps 5th graders or Dingeman 6th graders will not attend in the fall.

Track and Field News

Marshall Middle School athletes performed bravely in rough conditions at the San Diego County Middle Schools Track Meet in May. San Diego State University’s Aztrac proved itself as an all-weather surface, hosting 21 schools.

Unfortunately, all field events were cancelled, as well as the 800-meter run and sprint relays. The following students won ribbons: Mikael Powers, 2nd, mile run; Josh Gillum, 3rd, 100-meter run; and, Alissa Sanchez, 2nd, 100-meter run.

Other Marshall athletes surviving this rainy and windy day were: Kristin Addington, Donna Pike, Christina Corpuz, Rachel DeJesus, Joren Anderson, Kaylyn Parrish, Andrea Schiller, Amy Webster, Stephanie Moore, Kate Mitchell, Lindsey Ritter, Matt Adler, Shea Duncan, Ryan Dang, Nicole Becker, and Bessie Yang. Congratulations to all.

Library News

As we wrap up the year, we continue to order new library books and textbooks and make plans for next year. There will be new textbooks for classes in language arts and science. Most textbooks are available at the Scripps Ranch Library.

Students need to clear all debts and return all library books and textbooks loaned to them before the end of this school year. Students will not receive their Yearbook on Monday, June 9, until they have done so.

Please encourage your student to continue to read this summer by checking out books at the public library or visiting your local bookstores. The libraries and bookstores often have summer reading book lists, programs, and reading clubs.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the end-of-the-year activities, please call the school at 549-8840.

Counseling News

Important dates to remember:

  • 8th grade awards assembly– Wednesday, June 11, 6:30-8 pm, auditorium;
  • Current 6th and 7th grade awards assemblies–Thursday, Sept. 25, times to be determined;
  • Summer school begins Tuesday, June 17, at 7:30 am. Current Marshall 6th and 7th graders and all special education students will attend Wangenheim Middle School. Current 8th graders will attend Scripps Ranch High School;
  • Results of the recent CAT6 standardized testing will be mailed home by the district in August;
  • Results of the 8th grade Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP) will be mailed in June;
  • 2nd semester final report cards will be mailed home in July;
  • Printouts of next year’s student schedules will be mailed home to students in late July. Please call your child’s counselor at school during the week of August 18 if the courses he or she is enrolled in are incorrect or have changed; and,
  • New student orientation will occur in late August.

Teacher Requests

We want to inform all parents and students of our policy regarding making teacher requests for the new school year. Requests to have, or not have, specific teachers will not be taken or considered. All teachers, counselors, and administrators will follow this policy.

The only exceptions to the policy are:

  • A student, not a sibling or a friend, has personally had a bad experience with a teacher the previous year and requests to not have that teacher; or,
  • A student has the same teacher for two different subjects and requests to change one of them.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Thursday Academies

Thursday Academies at Dingeman Elementary School are grade-level programs that our school is extremely proud of. When students become 3rd graders, they get their first experience in Dingeman’s academy program. Like their older peers, 3rd graders are divided into groups and rotate between all 3rd grade teachers. Each teacher prepares a five-week lesson on a subject of interest, and students get to learn from many fields.

Mr. Anthony’s academy is Electronics and Computers. Students get an opportunity to do something they can’t always do at home–take things apart without getting in trouble! Armed with screwdrivers, students explore the insides of a computer hard drive down to the tiniest parts. Students also are thankful they live in sunny San Diego, as they get to “play” with solar cells and find out how our sun can turn a motor.

“Mom, can you volunteer in Mrs. Barad’s academy next Thursday? We’re dissecting sheep eyeballs.” I was quite impressed when my 3rd grader made this request. In Mrs. Barad’s academy students explore the magical world of light and color. They participate in hands-on activities to explore the properties of light, shadows, lenses, mirrors, color, and vision. Students learn about the history of the telescope and how it works, the law of reflection, additive and subtractive properties of color, and how they are used in television and color monitors.

Citius, Altius, Fortius! Swifter, Higher, Stronger! In this academy, taught by Ms. Becker, students learn about the Olympics, both ancient and modern. From Olympic origins in Greece and ancient traditions, students learn fascinating facts and discover that teamwork is vital to success. Students learn new games that promote teamwork, and they have lots of fun!

In Mrs. Harris’ Wall of Culture academy students learn about various countries around the world. They contemplate such thought-provoking questions as “Can walls communicate?”

This academy is based on the story Talking Walls by Margy Burns Knight. The book shows the impact of walls on the people who build, and are divided or unified by, these dividers. Students explore walls around the world and discover the different cultures that exist.

Want to get up close and personal with a paramecium? You can in Mrs. Jewell’s academy on Microbiology. In this academy students learn how microscopes have improved our health and lives. Several writing assignments are incorporated into their lessons and students receive hands-on experience.

In Mrs. Kermath’s academy, the Study of Fine Arts, students develop a simulation of the creation of a community art museum through the integration of language arts, social studies, science, music, drama, and art. The students learn about specific periods in art history, as well as the artists. Each child develops a portfolio of artwork–something they and their families can truly be proud of!

Jerabek Elementary

New Computer Lab

Well, Koalas, the school year is drawing to an end faster than we would like. Yet, there is still so much to do and enjoy at Jerabek. For one thing, our new and improved Computer Lab is up and running after lots of hard work! Now that we have 36 modern computers available, entire 4th and 5th grade classes can take their coursework together.

Last year’s Field Day provided the funds that made this possible. Thank you to all who volunteered time and donated money and goods! The Family Faculty Organization (FFO) would also like to recognize all the hard work and savvy that parent volunteer Bea Cubitt put into planning and completing this huge project. Our students will reap the benefits of this over their lifetimes!

Run For Funds

Now that you can see the results of last year’s Field Day, you can certainly understand how important the Run for Funds event is to the lifeblood of our school! Our students did a great job gathering donations and participating.

Thank you, Shana Smith and Karen Sloan, for coordinating the oodles of volunteers who came out to help, plan the races, and do so much more! After such a tremendous event, we are certain there are plenty of you motivated to head this FUNdraiser next year. The FFO would love to hear from you!

Picture Perfect

The FFO has found another easy way to help cover the costs of our fabulous programs. On Saturday, Oct. 11, family portraits will be taken at school. If you are looking for a quality family photo, be sure to mark the date on your calendars. More details to come in September.

Marvelous Music

Have the sweet strains of music been flowing from your students this spring? Jerabek students have been very busy singing their hearts out, as well as playing instruments this year. This past month the 3rd and 4th graders entertained their families at their Recorder Concerts, thanks to their teachers Margie Orem and Debbie Burton. The 5th grade Recorder Concert is scheduled for Thursday, June 12. Then on Thursday, June 26, the annual Choir and Band Concert will take place.

Open House and Art Show

On Thursday, June 19, Jerabek will host its Open House and Art Show. Please leave yourself plenty of time to walk through the school after visiting your child’s classroom. You will be amazed at the students’ accomplishments. Our teachers and children literally spend hours preparing for your tour!

Don’t forget to stop by the auditorium to view the Art Show. The skill and passion of our students are mind boggling! And, don’t forget that the Art Corps program is strictly run by volunteers!

Amazing Achievements

The time and effort our teachers and parents expend for our children is extraordinary! Our kids are thriving academically and emotionally. In April several of our high achievers were recognized for their literary work.

Three 5th graders from Phyllis Collins’ classroom were honored for their work by the Border Voices Poetry Project. This project is the literary brainchild of The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego State University (SDSU), the County Office of Education, and many San Diego school districts.

Now in its 10th year, Border Voices sends professional poets into hundreds of classrooms countywide so that children might be motivated to explore the creative process of writing poetry! Although more than 5,000 students participated in workshops, only 535 poems were selected for final judging.

Taryn Petronella’s poetry won 3rd place and will be published in the Border Voices Anthology! Alex Turner’s poem will also be in the anthology. Marie Fleming received an Honorable Mention for her poem, the title of which will be listed in the back of the book, along with her name and school.

The following students also had their poems published: Chrys Nguyen, Zack Nichols, Sasha Anielski, and Andrew Lister, runner-up.

Honorable Mention honors also went to: Celia Cubitt, Stephanie Sabraw, Flora Dai, Rachel Guerra, Maia Ferdman, Marika Khan, Stefan Giuntoli, Nicole Grimm, Tarn Thorton, Elyssa Myers, Katherine Sundberg, Hunter Heck, and Kimberly Sabraw. We are proud of all of you. Great job!

An Important Test

The California Aptitude Test (CAT) will be administered from Monday, June 2, through Friday, June 13. Please be sure your 2nd-5th graders get plenty of rest and eat well those days. Please postpone any appointments that might take them away from the classrooms. It is very important that our students do well on these tests. Last year we were granted $48,000 as a result of the students’ scores. With all the budget constraints, this is badly needed money.

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Successful Fundraisers

We start this month with thanks to the people and organizations who contributed to a very successful Jog-a-Thon:

  • Safe `n Secure Garage Doors;
  • Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour;
  • Cabrillo Credit Union;
  • Domino’s Pizza;
  • Ed Prehoden of Prudential Realty;
  • Minuteman Press;
  • H & M Landing;
  • Champion T-Shirts;
  • Sharon Neben-Fogg with McMillin Realty;
  • James Scofin, Certified Public Accountant;
  • A-1 Awards;
  • In-n-Out Burger;
  • Ralphs;
  • Albertsons; and,
  • Vons on Scripps Poway Parkway and on Scripps Ranch Boulevard.

Our Jog-a-Thon awards assembly was rewarding. Students in kindergarten through grade 5 were presented awards for earning the most money at their grade level for the Jog-a-Thon.

Also, top runners were awarded medals at all grade levels for their achievements. On average, these students ran five or more miles in this year’s event. We celebrated these individual’s successes as well as the efforts of students, families, and staff to help raise $7,500 for classroom computers.

Proud thanks also to the 28 MRE students and family members who participated in the rain-soaked Dr. Seuss Union-Tribune Race for Literacy.

The Spring Book Fair raised over $3,000. Proceeds will purchase walkie-talkies for the staff, and the remainder will go toward more eMacs. Note, that if you purchased the new Harry Potter book, you will get a certificate that will enable you to pick yours up at the Publication Party on Saturday, June 21.

Family Science Night

Kindergarten Family Science Night was a blast! Our youngest scientists enjoyed performing experiments with their families. This was our last Family Science Night of the year. A huge thanks to the Tahmassebi family for organizing these events this year!

Kid’s Choice Café

Our new cafeteria program, Kid’s Choice Café, has been an overwhelming success. The students are making healthy choices and eating their lunches. It has been a real hit and the numbers prove it–between 500 and 550 students buy lunch each day out of a total enrollment of almost 750. It is great to see the kids so excited about lunch these days!

Dates to Remember

June will close the school year with several events. The last Family Faculty Association (FFA) meeting will be Wednesday, June 4, at 8 am in the teachers’ lounge. The Volunteer Tea is Friday, June 6. The summer classic 5th grade vs. staff softball extravaganza will be Wednesday, June 11. Go, kids!

On the last day of school, Friday, June 13, students will have lots of fun participating in Field Day. Students run relays that are exciting and a bit goofy, too. We could use some volunteers to help out.

Final Notes

Next year’s starting and ending times for school will be the same as this year. For the latest news and updates, visit our website at [].

Finally, as a parent, my own personal thanks to the teachers, staff, and parent volunteers who made this school year both valuable and enjoyable.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

June Calendar of Events

  • June 2003–We practice responsibility;
  • Every Saturday–Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm;
  • Wednesday, June 4–Middle school tour for grade 5, 11 am, Marshall Middle School;
  • Thursday, June 5–Student recognition assemblies: kindergarten, 10 am; grade 1, 11:30 am; Multipurpose Room;
  • Friday, June 6–Mascot Day, Bring a Penguin to School; Webby Dance Recital, 6:30 pm, Multipurpose Room;
  • Monday, June 9–Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) meeting, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Tuesday, June 10–5th grade luncheon, 11 am, Corvette Diner;
  • Wednesday, June 11–5th grade sailing trip, San Diego Bay; Character Education Advisory Committee, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Thursday, June 12–Student recognition assemblies: grades 2 and 3, 9 am; grades 4 and 5, 11:30 am; Multipurpose Room;
  • Friday, June 13–Last day of school, dismissal at 12:30 pm; 5th grade promotion, 10:30 am, Multipurpose Room;
  • Tuesday, June 17, to Friday, July 11–Summer school, Dingeman Elementary School; and,
  • Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28–Summer Character Education Leadership Academy, 8:30 am-4 pm, University of San Diego.

Physics at EBS

On the Friday before spring break, a few 1st and 2nd graders got a special treat. Eighth grade science students from Elaine Gillum’s fifth period class at Thurgood Marshall Middle School came by for a visit. These students had spent two weeks busily working on a unique project. They wrote books on various physics topics so a 1st and 2nd grader could understand.

The topics included gravity, optics, color, inertia, and compound machines. After the books were laminated and bound, the 8th graders came by EBS to read their books to the students. The elementary school students enjoyed learning about different topics. The books were added to the classroom libraries.

The time spent at EBS was tons of fun! “I liked learning about gravity, electricity, and all of that neat stuff!” exclaimed 1st grader Cydney Jackson. “The 8th graders had just as much fun!” stated Jason Chung.

This was a great experience for both the Penguins and the Mustangs. Big “thank yous” go to Principal Rich Cansdale and Mrs. Gillum for making this project possible! See you next year!

EBS Spirit Week

Spirit Week is when you do Twin Day, Crazy Hair Day, PJs Day, Backwards Day, and Sports Day. The favorite one out of all of these is Crazy Hair Day, according to students in Room 703. The students in Room 703 were very excited to participate in Spirit Week in May. Let’s ask Spencer to tell us what he knows about Spirit Week. “Our school Student Council president decided (to do) Spirit Week and the council representatives had to decide on it.”

On Twin Day you dress like someone else. Backwards Day is when you wear your clothes backwards. Crazy Hair Day is when you dye your hair and do crazy stuff with it. You also can mess up your hair. Pajama Day is when you wear your pajamas to school. Sports Day is when you go up to the field and play sports.

Room 703 found out which day was their favorite by doing a graph. Again, the class liked Crazy Hair Day best!

The New Softball Fields

The new president of the Scripps Ranch Softball League, Craig Brown, took his first steps changing our fields for faster, more competitive play. “Grass is a great turf, but not too great for softball,” says Craig Brown.

It has taken a long time to get the fields done. They almost weren’t ready for Opening Day! Was this an improvement for the league? “The fields stink!” says 5th grader Julia Lister. While some people like the new fields, some don’t.

In March the first games were played. The dirt fields made a difference. The balls went faster and didn’t just stop when they hit the ground. It was more fun! Was this a change for the better? “I think so. I mean it is easier to run on the dirt with your cleats,” said Bethany Powell, a 5th grader at EBS.

Where Should I Go for a Vacation?

Do you need a vacation? Why not go to these great places? First, I think you should go to Hawaii. Danielle says, “It’s very cool!” Ashley says, “I like the luaus and hula dancing.” Sean E. says, “It is groovy and a good place for surfing.” Maile likes the warm weather.

Next, I think you should go to the Virgin Islands. It’s very tropical and the water is great! Come to these places to have the best vacation ever!


Registration for new students is ongoing until Friday, June 13. Register at the school office, Monday through Friday, from 7 am to 12 pm. For more information, call Roberta Martin at 693-8593.

Visitors in Awe!

Several times each month, EBS opens its schoolhouse to visitors. Recently, the assistant superintendent and principals from the Chula Vista Elementary School District visited our classrooms.

John Nelson, principal of Casillas Elementary School in Chula Vista said, “All of us walked away totally amazed at what you have accomplished at EBS in such a short time. Your passion for excellence was evident in every classroom. I felt like we were walking into graduate-level seminars. Absolutely mind boggling.”

EBS instructional leader Kari McVeigh stated, “What they (the visitors) were clearly able to see was a school dedicated to learning how to improve teaching practices. They saw a faculty led by a talented principal, the chief learner in his school. They saw teachers engaged in high levels of literacy practice and students performing with rigor and discipline. They heard about a staff that learns and works together. No wonder the visitors were awed!” We are so proud of the work at EBS–a school like no other.

Illustrator Day

Scripps Ranch illustrator Nancy Velick Smith returned to EBS in May for our second annual Illustrator Day. Nancy says, “Part of the joy of illustrating a children’s picture book is being able to share what I’ve learned. The goal at EBS is to introduce two of my newest books to students and give them insight into the illustration process.”

Students are shown the correlation between Writing Workshop and the writing process they learn in school and the drawing process necessary for completing the project. Students get a firsthand look at what is involved using actual samples in all stages of production.

Other Schools

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Celebrating Shavous

Shavous, the holiday when the Jewish people received the Torah (Bible), will be celebrated on Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7. The Chabad Hebrew Academy will have many activities in honor of the holiday.

Each classroom will be decorated depicting the many themes of the holiday, such as the story of Ruth, Mount Sinai, the custom of eating dairy, the seven fruits of Israel, and more. The students develop a strong Jewish identity and relevance through this unique experience. There will be an ice cream party in honor of the holiday on Friday, June 6.

Chabad Poets Published

Twelve students from Chabad were chosen to be published in an anthology of poems called A Celebration of Young Poets. This was a poetry contest for young poets from California. Only the best poems were selected for this honor.

Dates to Remember

“Portfolio Evening” is Wednesday, June 11. This will be a time for the students to share and enjoy their progress.

The 8th grade graduation ceremony is Tuesday, June 17. Among the awards presented to the graduates will be: the Three Pillar Award, the top honor; the Academic Achievement Award; the Chana Abrams Award for Creativity; the Kesser Shem Tov Award for moral behavior; and, the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence. For more information about any of Chabad Hebrew Academy’s programs, contact the school at 566-1996.

Camp Gan Israel

Camp Gan Israel (CGI) is accepting registration for summer 2003. Camp dates are Monday, June 23, to Friday, July 11, and Monday, July 14, to Friday, Aug. 1. For details, call 566-1996.

Alliant International University (AIU)

SummerFilm Institute 2003

Alliant International University (AIU) will host SummerFilm 2003, an international film institute, that runs from Monday, June 23, through Thursday, July 3. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the art and science of independent filmmaking from industry professionals who will be in San Diego to shoot an independent feature film.

Limited to 100 students, the top 25 will be selected to be a support crew for some of the same filmmakers conducting a six-week shoot of a yet-to-be named independent feature film. The students will gain valuable professional production credit. Certification for completing the course is awarded by the American Academy of Arts.

The courses can be taken to fulfill the AIU elective requirements. It is also open to the public or anyone interested in making films from their own perspective and expanding their skills.

This is the first program led by filmmaker in residence, Michael Steven Gregory. He is an independent filmmaker and president of San Diego-based Random Cove, LLC. A member of the Writers Guild of America, Gregory taught at the University of California, San Diego, until being recruited by AIU.

Students will learn from industry professionals about the following: set construction and design, sound recording, cinematography production, budgeting and scheduling, script supervision and continuity, working with actors, wardrobe and makeup, dailies and editing, props, and stunts and effects.

The nine-day indie filmmaker’s boot camp is supported in part by the following organizations: Visual Arts Foundation; American Academy of Arts; Mnemosyne Pictures; Random Cove, LLC; Southern California Writers’ Conference; and, BestFest San Diego.

Contact AIU’s Continuing Education office for registration questions or register by phone at 800-457-1273.

Miramar College

Summer Schedules Available

With high demand for summer classes expected, it’s a good idea to apply and enroll early! Day, evening, and online summer classes start Monday, June 16, and run eight weeks. Tuition is only $11 per credit. Pick up the Summer Class Schedule at the Scripps Ranch Library.

Apply Early For Fall

It’s not too early to apply for fall semester classes, which begin Tuesday, Sept. 2. Registration is first come first serve. Pick up an application from the Admissions Office, or apply online at [http://].

Student Newspaper Wins

For the past several years, the Miramar College student newspaper, The Sage, has earned top honors from the American Scholastic Press Association. This year, congratulations, once again, go to The Sage student writers, editors, and faculty advisor, Leslie Klipper, for the “outstanding college newspaper.”

Annual Scholarship Gala

In early May more than 300 guests recognized scholarship recipients, donors, and industry partners at the Miramar College Scholarship Gala held at the Hyatt Aventine La Jolla. The annual event is sponsored by the Miramar College Foundation and has grown each year in attendance, financial awards, and number of recipients.

This year, due to the generosity of corporate partners and donors, more than $43,000 was awarded to 78 deserving area high school and Miramar College students. Scripps Ranch residents Sandi Rosalia and Bob Dingeman serve on the Foundation Board of Directors.