Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


The Academy of Business and Finance awarded scholarships to SRHS seniors at the Senior Awards Ceremony in June. We want to thank the following advisory board members who graciously donated to our scholarship fund:

  • Brian Butler, US Bank, who provided $500 each to Zarina Sadat and Jena Wyatt;
  • Anne McClure, Cabrillo Credit Union, who provided $500 to Monique Rosal; and,
  • Ted Harwood, who provided $500 to Lina Bailony.

Also, Wells Fargo Bank donated $1,000, which means that each student above will receive an additional $250.

Seniors "Rap" It Up

It was an exciting graduation for SRHS's class of 2004. Our "Party in Paradise" Grad Night was a huge success! We spent less money and had an extremely high number of graduates participate. Thanks to all the parents who helped decorate the gym and especially to hard-working Rene Robinette and Paula Best, our decorating chairs.

Special thanks to our fearless leader, Sandy Price, who skillfully orchestrated our Parent Booster Organization since it was formed in 2001. She continued to do so even after losing her home in the fire.

Now that high school days are over and our "children" move on to the next chapter in their lives, we want to take this time to wipe away a tear of joy and thank all those individuals and businesses who contributed to our fabulous party:

  • Diamonds
  • Family Karate
  • Polk Audio
  • KS Board Shop
  • Wavelines
  • Epic Surf, Snow and Skate
  • Best Buy
  • Lawrence Home Furnishings
  • Pat & Oscar's Restaurant
  • Daniel's Jewelry/S.M.C.
  • William E. Gable, D.D.S.
  • Just Tennis
  • Cush Automotive Charitable Foundation
  • Wal-Mart, Poway
  • Chili Peppers
  • Islands Restaurant
  • Scripps Parkway Veterinary Hospital
  • Jerome's Furniture
  • Drs. Dixon and Thurston
  • San Diego Center for Oral and Face Surgery
  • La-Z-Boy Furniture
  • Insight Salon and Beauty Supply
  • Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital
  • Dr. Grim
  • Fitness Quest 10
  • Collins Family Jewelers
  • Baskin Robbins
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • T.G.I. Fridays
  • Mesquite Grill
  • Jamba Juice
  • Muir Images Photography
  • C & S Sales
  • Diamond Boutique
  • Dr. Giglio
  • Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Barona Casino
  • Walter Andersen Nursery
  • Convoy Auto Repair
  • Active Graphics
  • Mia Goldstein
  • Jane Buck
  • Joan Lovell, Travel Dynamics
  • Janelle Lorona, REMAX
  • Judy and Tom Fisher
  • Qualcomm
  • Albertsons
  • Smart and Final
  • C's Ice Cream and Deli
  • Carl's Jr., Scripps Ranch
  • Pazzo's
  • Pernicano's Italian Restaurant
  • Ralphs, Mira Mesa
  • Raphael's Party Rentals
  • Sombrero's
  • Souplantation
  • Subway
  • Trader Joe's
  • Vons, both Scripps Ranch stores
  • Paradise Printing

Programs highlighting the entertainment, sponsors, and committee members have been mailed to all parents of graduating seniors, along with an order form for a Grad Night and Commencement video prepared by Joe Glosz. Joe has attended every event of the class of 2004 for the past few months and filmed the Commencement at Golden Hall.

We know your graduate will appreciate having the SRHS Class of 2004 video, which may still be purchased for $55. Contact Joe Glosz at 722-8105 or [[email protected]] to obtain this wonderful keepsake.

6th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Event

The 6th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting benefit was a great success. Thousands of dollars were generated for our daughters' sports at SRHS. A huge thank you goes to Steve Redfearn and Viejas Entertainment for their generous donations and sponsorship. Thanks also to our terrific master of ceremonies, Steve Fiorina, who kept those bids coming.

We would like to thank the following for their generous sponsorship:

Champagne Sponsors--$500

  • Viejas Entertainment
  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros

Cabernet Sponsors--$250

  • The Ingrum Family
  • Paul C. Murphy, M.D.
  • Coldwell Banker Associates Realty
  • Jane Petering and JoAnne White, Prudential California Realty

Budweiser Sponsors--$125

  • Shannon Alatorre
  • Prudential California Realty
  • Jayne Olsen, Scripps Mortgage

We greatly appreciate all of the support and donations. Below are listed a few of our local business auction donors:

  • A-Academics
  • BH Gold
  • Brigantine Restaurant
  • Buca Di Beppo
  • CafĂ© Luna
  • Callaway Winery in Temecula
  • Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Club
  • Champion T-Shirts
  • Claim Jumper Restaurant
  • Collins Family Jewelers
  • Complexions RX
  • Curves
  • Diamonds Jewelry
  • Doubletree Golf Resort Highland
  • Peter Shaw, D.D.S.
  • F.A.S.T. Defense and Family Karate
  • Fitness Quest 10
  • Hilton San Diego Resort
  • Patrick Duffy, Copy Club owner
  • Pampered Chef, Jennifer Parker
  • Rubio's Restaurant
  • Hob Nob Hill Restaurant
  • Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
  • Marriott/Residence Inn and Springhill Suites
  • Movin Shoes
  • Muir Images Photography
  • On The Border
  • Pernicano's Italian Restaurant
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Scripps West Dental
  • The Haircut Store
  • Yanni's Bistro

We also wish to thank the hard-working parents and our wonderful coaches who helped make this event a success, bringing in more dollars for SRHS girls' athletics and for the new stadium.

Successful Athletes and Hope for a New Track and Field

SRHS Girls' Track athletes are the undefeated Western League champions for the second consecutive year! Great team effort and an unbeatable attitude helped our girls train to win.

This championship was particularly meaningful considering our team trains on an inferior, less safe facility at SRHS. Efforts are ongoing to replace our dirt and gravel track and uneven grass field with an all-weather track and artificial turf field, similar to the facilities at La Jolla, Torrey Pines, Westview, Poway, Patrick Henry, San Diego, Hoover and several other area high schools.

Eleven San Diego area high schools, according to a recent article in The San Diego Union-Tribune, currently have the all-weather facilities that Scripps Ranch athletes long to have. By next year at this time, five more will have them. We at SRHS would like to make it six.

The track team is joined by the field hockey, football, soccer, and lacrosse teams in efforts to make this facility happen. Our CIF champion field hockey team trains and plays home games on a field designed for baseball--dirt infield and all. Our kids and our community deserve to have training facilities that do not put them at a disadvantage.

When going to the league and CIF finals, our athletes are competing on all-weather tracks and turf fields, against more and more students who have trained on the new facilities. From Rich Murray, SRHS head track and field coach, "Timing sensitive events like the hurdles are significantly disadvantaging Scripps athletes since a dirt track creates slipping in each running stride thereby causing a serious mismatch in step and form for all hurdle events. Once a Scripps athlete makes it to league and CIF levels where all-weather tracks are used, their stride and timing is significantly changed giving them a serious competitive disadvantage."

This community deserves to have this enhancement. In addition to ease of scheduling--since rain won't be a problem--fewer injuries, and better performance for SRHS teams, the new stadium would benefit community recreational runners and youth track teams. And as a four-year track mom, I am tired of seeing kids fall and get ripped up on the gravel tracks due to loose footing.

The technology is there; we just need the funds. If you could support our efforts, or know of a company that could help us with funding, please contact Head Coach Rich Murray, Stadium Improvement Committee co-chair, at 621-9020 or [[email protected]]. For more information, please visit the SRHS Track and Field website at [].

SRHS Baseball Says Thanks!

The Old Pros vs. SRHS Baseball benefit game was held at the high school in May. The baseball organization wishes to thank our sponsors, ball players, and community members for making this event a great success. We wish to sincerely thank the Old Pros organization for their continuing participation and support of this event and the baseball program. You are all terrific!

Also, thank you to our SRHS cheerleaders for helping the event run smoothly. Finally, we would like to thank the sponsors listed below for supplying gift certificates, merchandise, and time to make this event possible.

  • Champion T-Shirts
  • Fillippi's Pizza Grotto
  • Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
  • Roppongi Restaurant
  • Prime 10 Steakhouse
  • Fresh Seafood Restaurant
  • Berry's Athletics
  • Chili's Restaurant
  • Vons, Scripps Poway Parkway and Scripps Ranch Boulevard
  • Tony D Car Detailing
  • Harvest Ranch Meats

Our sincere appreciation to all of you for supporting the SRHS Baseball program.

Baseball Booster Club Golf Outing Hits a Home Run!

Nearly 100 golfers participated in the SRHS Baseball Golf Outing at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in February. The annual Golf Outing, which is in its sixth year, is hosted by the Baseball Booster Club and is the organization's main fundraising event of the year.

This year's Golf Outing was the most successful event we've ever had. Thanks to overwhelming support from community members and volunteers, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal. We couldn't have done it without everyone's generosity and participation.

The yearly operating, no frills budget for the entire SRHS Baseball program is $25,000. This budget supports three teams and consists of winter, spring, and summer leagues. The school is only able to provide funding for approximately $2,900 of that amount. The golf event netted more than $15,000, which will be used to supplement the varsity and junior varsity programs and fund the entire freshman program.

The SRHS Baseball Booster Club would like to thank the following sponsors and contributors for their help in making this event so successful.

Hole sponsors include:

  • ADS Golf
  • d.e. Anderson Construction
  • Batter's Box
  • Best Buy
  • B.H. Gold Insurance
  • Coast Income Properties
  • Cunningham BMW
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Delta Airlines
  • DPR Construction--Cart Sponsor
  • Ehmcke Sheet Metal--Cart Sponsor
  • El Cajon Ford
  • General Mortgage Corporation--Longest Drive Sponsor
  • HTS-High Technology Solutions
  • IE Pacific
  • Donald and Sharon Miller
  • New Horizon Builders
  • North Island Credit Union
  • The Pecoraro Family
  • Prudential California Realty, Peter Dreszer
  • Sloan Electric Co.
  • Smith Barney, Rancho Bernardo
  • Time Warner Cable--Closest to the Pin Sponsor

Major contributors include:

  • Accenture World Championship
  • ADS Golf, Inc.
  • Applebee's Restaurant
  • Berry's Athletic Supply
  • Chili's Restaurant
  • The Costello Family
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Golf Mart
  • The Gray Family
  • Integrated Sports Medicine
  • Island's Restaurant
  • The Malcangio Family
  • Mimi's Cafe
  • Bill Mulligan
  • On The Border Restaurant
  • On The Go MOBIL Gas Station
  • One Source Realty, Lynn and Peter Hamilton
  • Pacific Nissan
  • Pat & Oscar's Restaurant
  • Randy Phillips
  • The Picciolo Family
  • Pick Up Stix
  • Play It Again Sports
  • Polar Golf
  • Pro Golf
  • Smith Barney, Steve Scherer
  • Stadium Golf
  • Taylormade, Adidas Golf
  • Yanni's Bistro

Thank you once again to all of our generous sponsors!

Class of 2005 PBO

We are proud to announce that the 4th Annual Junior Class Golf Tournament was a rousing success. The tournament, which is the major fundraiser for Grad Night, netted just over $24,000, so we are in very good shape for next year. Thanks so much to everyone who donated their time, enthusiasm, sponsorships, auction items, and expertise.

Flock a friend! What better way to honor a friend's birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion than by sending an entire flock of plastic pink flamingos to visit their yard for the day? The $25 donation goes toward Grad Night expenses for our class. Dates are filling up fast, so contact Carol Williams at [[email protected]] or 566-2888 to book your date.

Grad Night committees are quickly forming, and nearly every committee chair is spoken for. However, chairs are still needed for prizes, donations, and food. If you are interested in chairing or co-chairing a committee, please contact Dixie Hall at [[email protected]].

Our next meeting will be at the end of August. The date will be announced in the August SRCA Newsletter. If you are the parent of a soon to be senior, please try to get involved and make this a fun event for our students. If you are not receiving emails regarding the senior class, please send your email address to Dixie Hall at [[email protected]].

Class of 2006 PBO

Ahead of our October fundraiser, we are still looking for a printer who might donate the printing of invitations for this event, or an individual or company who would be willing to underwrite the cost of the printing. Please contact Annette Sorenson at 685-2700 if you can help.

When we return in September look out for our fun ideas to help raise money for our Grad Night in 2006. If you would like to join our group and get involved, please email Linda Scott at [[email protected]] and let her know. We meet again on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 7 pm in the Crown Pointe clubhouse to start the year's planning. Please join us. We hope everyone has a happy summer!

An Inside Look

[Editor's note: Kate Stanhope, the SRHS Falcon Flyer editor, is writing columns each month to give the community an inside look at some issues at SRHS and issues facing high school students.]

No more 6 am wake-up calls, no more cram sessions, no more pop quizzes, no more projects, no more homework, no more school...for the next two-and-a-half months anyway. Summer is the time most teenagers dream about, and who can blame them? After grinding away for 10 months on school work such as labs, term papers, presentations, tests, finals, and extracurricular activities--such as sports, ROTC or band practices, SAT classes, volunteer efforts, and part-time jobs--summer is our breathing period.

The halftime show between two years of serious schoolwork, summer is our free time to sleep until noon, stay out until 1 am, talk online for more than six hours straight, and veg out on the couch and enjoy the unintended, yet unparalleled, comedy of infomercials. Whatever our whim or will, it is possible.

However, for parents fully adjusted to their children's ambitious activities and aware of those dreaded and oh-so-high college application expectations, going from overdrive to no drive is a gear shift a little too extreme for most. Although the thought first popping into most minds would be for their children to get a job or to volunteer, there is a hidden third option that ensures an equal, or even more rewarding, experience.

The summer activity on the top of my list would be taking a college course. The thoughts running through your students' minds probably will be something along the lines of "Summer school for fun? No way!" But hear me out.

Nearby universities such as San Diego State or the University of California, San Diego offer on-campus classroom experiences and online courses. Some of the courses are offered through the traditional summer session while others, most of the online courses, are offered through extension schools.

Normally these classes meet once or twice a week and offer the student a chance to become familiar with the demands of a college workload with no high school distractions. Courses taught online provide great flexibility--you can study, read the "lectures," chat electronically with faculty and peers, and send your homework from any computer with an Internet connection. This leaves you free to travel and work since you do not have to be present in a classroom.

If you decide to try an online course, you can even enroll at other universities, such as University of California, Los Angeles or University of California, Berkeley. If a rigorous college course seems a bit overwhelming, these university extension programs offer a number of no credit classes as well. Available in both a classroom and online setting, these are less demanding, workshop-type classes offering a less stressful, more enjoyable learning environment. Although students cannot earn college credit, they still receive a grade based on effort, which can be placed on college applications.

While the courses offering actual college credit require more effort, both types of summer classes offer a wide array of topics. They range from foreign languages--featuring more than 10 types including Spanish, French, and Arabic--to dozens of art, music, writing, psychology, and theatre and film courses. These are the fun, yet intellectually stimulating, classes too focused for a high school setting.

So while summers of fun and freedom should be enjoyed and savored after 10 months of nonstop, concentrated academic effort, the possibilities for summer are endless.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, Aug. 30, to Friday, Sept. 3--New student math and reading placement testing. Check with the school office that week for times;
  • Thursday, Sept. 2--New student orientation. Times will be sent by mail; and,
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7--School starts.

Junior Model United Nations- Conference 2004

Thirty-five outstanding students from Marshall attended Session XXVII of the Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) in May. Conference 2004 was held at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on the University of San Diego campus, and the Marshall delegates performed admirably. An unprecedented 50% of Marshall students brought home commendations for their preparation, insight, and participation in the conference.

This year's Marshall Middle School Model United Nations team represented China, Israel, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, and Liechtenstein and discussed issues dealing with terrorism, peacekeeping, and nation building. Other issues addressed at the conference included resolutions written by our delegates on human rights, world health, the environment, and global disarmament. We enjoyed seeing former JMUN students from Scripps Ranch High School who chaired the committees, and our experience was a rewarding one.

Haiyun Weng, Kelly Dudek, Mike Adsit, Yoel Lustgarten, Rui Jin, Becky Berg, and Greg Moy each received an award for their "Outstanding Effort." Joey Martin, Bryce Caputo, Kate Mitchell, Huy Pham, Joshua Lin, and Cody Mills were recognized with "Commendation"-level honors. Finally, our congratulations go to Jeremy Patashnik who won a gavel for his work on the Security Council. We are very proud of all of you.

Marshall Students Place Second at State Science Fair

In late May Marshall Middle School students, teachers, and parents participated in the California State Science Fair held at the Los Angeles Science Center. The 10 students earning the right to compete at the State Science Fair were Katie Troja, Lindsey Wrape, Krystal Tran, Ben Wu, Jeremy Hahn, Robert Schult, Anna Nowak, Kristina Leung, Rachel Brown, and Nicole Poletto. After four hours discussing their work with up to 14 judges, the students headed to the awards ceremony where more than 900 participants awaited the results.

At the state level there are only four awards--first, second, third, and honorable mention--in the each of the 19 categories. Anna Nowak and Jeremy Hahn won second place awards in their categories. Anna's project, "Static Discharge Danger at the Pumps," placed second in the Electricity and Electronics category. Jeremy's project, "Using Solutions' Absorbency Spectra to Predict Their Heating by Light," placed second in the Physics and Astronomy category.

Marshall Closed For Summer

Marshall is closed for the summer, except for cleaning. If you need to call the school, do so after Monday, Aug. 23.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

School's Out!

I can't believe that school is over. The 6th graders have graduated, the 6th grade promotion party was held, the 5th graders went to the Corvette Diner, and the traditional end-of-school parties were held. It was a wonderful year at Dingeman, and we were all sad to see it end.

During the last weeks of school we had our annual Open House and Art Show. Families and friends were able to view their children's class work while strolling through the classrooms. They also saw the fantastic Art Show in the multipurpose room. Thanks to all the Art Corp volunteers who helped make the show a success.

History Comes to Life

The 5th grade produced the Colonial Williamsburg Living Museum after the students studied about the life and times of Colonial Williamsburg. Each student was assigned a trade and studied how a person in that trade would have lived.

They then made a living museum, with a State Capitol, a governor's mansion, schools, a silversmith, and many more booths. The students manned the booths as people browsed this "living" museum. The students would fall into their roles as people approached and give a performance. It was so impressive!

6th Grade Memoirs

The 6th graders in Mrs. Hamilton's class were asked to write a "memoir" about their 6th grade experience. We would like to share one student's essay about her experience as we bid goodbye to the departing 6th grade and wish them good luck as they head to middle school.


I'm growing, but inches don't say anything about me. I don't look that much taller than I did yesterday when someone told me that. I get older each year, but every birthday I wake up and I feel exactly the same. I'm changing, or that's what everyone has said, but inside, I have the same feelings and the same thoughts. Who am I really? Nobody can tell from looking at the outside. You have to know from the inside. Knowing that I'm 59 inches tall doesn't measure up to who I am inside, the real me...

During 6th grade this year I've learned so much about myself. I've grown up inside, even though I was a little scared on the first day. When I stood in the doorway on the first day of 6th grade, I had a nervous, sort of fake smile on my face, and I had a little trouble taking a breath. When Miss Hamilton said to find a seat, I felt air rush into me, and my smile turned genuine. All of the butterflies flew out with great speed from my stomach.

I've learned so much, not just about stream tables or data collection, or Egypt, or even fractions. I have learned how to deal with myself. Friends and teachers have reached out and grabbed my heart, and now I have tons of confidence in myself. I can't believe 6th grade is over and I have to move on.

Time is passing so quickly that I can't even see it go by. It's like when you're spinning in a circle and the world is a blur. I am always counting the days until school is out, then I regret it. Sixth grade has been an adventure that I will always remember. I have to leave it behind me, but seeds of memories will bloom in my mind forever!

Everyone says I'm growing, but inches don't say anything. I don't look that much taller than I did yesterday when someone told me that. I get older each year, but every birthday I wake up and I feel exactly the same. I'm changing, or that's what everyone has said, but if you look at the inside I have changed! If you measure my heart, it's grown so much. My confidence has shot up! I am a different person inside! I'm ready to climb a new mountain!

Thanks, McKenna! Everyone have a great summer, and we are all looking forward to next year at Dingeman!

Jerabek Elementary

Summer Is Near!

Jerabek students can actually start to think about summer now that it is July. The modified school year would challenge the normal student to daydream a bit, but not our fabulous Koalas. They just keep plugging along with their schoolwork with the knowledge that there is just too much more to get in before the break, including fun!

However, it will help to have a holiday the first week of July. Don't forget the annual SRCA 4th of July Parade. In addition to many local participants, our own group from the Jerabek Student Council will be marching. Give a big cheer when you see them whiz by! Since the 4th falls on Sunday this year, there will be no school on Monday, July 5.

July Celebrations

We start the month rolling with the Choir Concert on Thursday, July 1, at 7 pm, which is certain to be a big hit. Then, Thursday, July 8, will be the Jerabek Fiesta, put on by the charming Spanish team of teachers. Once again there will be dancers, food, and frolic in the quad. Come early to find yourself a seat on the grass. The Kindergarten Musical Review is on Tuesday, July 13, at 6 pm.

The children aren't the only ones to have a bit of fun. A tropical themed teacher appreciation luncheon titled "Jerabek Teachers are HOT, HOT, HOT" will be hosted by the Family Faculty Organization (FFO) at the lovely home of Georgia Critchlow on Thursday, July 15, at 1:15 pm. It is really a special opportunity to spoil the staff.

The FFO will have its annual luncheon for its board members on Friday, July 9, at 11:30 am following the last FFO meeting of the year that morning at 9:15 am. They, too, deserve a pat on the back--and tasty fixings!

The biggest celebration of them all will undoubtedly be the 5th Grade "BAJA Jerabek" party on Friday, July 16, from 3:45 to 5:45 pm. Thanks to the incredible efforts of parents like Georgia Critchlow and Susan Heck throughout the past year, the 5th grade class is going to have a wonderful time!

The event will have a Spanish theme because this class is "La Primavera Generacion" or the first generation of students at Jerabek to complete the district's pilot Spanish language program. It is extraordinary that these children have had Spanish lessons since their first days of kindergarten! Bueno!

So put on your 5th grade T-shirt and come ready to dance to the sounds of a professional deejay. There will be one more opportunity to help fund this "celebracion." The last Pizza Sales Day of the year is on Thursday, July 8.

Finally, a more subdued time will be had by students and their parents at the 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony. That's on Wednesday, July 21, at 10 am on the Jerabek Elementary School fields.

Easy Ways to Give Back

You might be asking yourself, "How do all these events come to be?" Well, between the hard work of parent volunteers and staff as well as the generosity of our community, we accomplish so much at Jerabek. Thanks to your time and donations, our children are provided with a wonderful school experience.

You can keep these unique activities coming with your participation in the Super Fun-draiser and by signing up for eScrip. Both are easy ways to give back to Jerabek. And now eScrip has another means for us to give to Jerabek.

EScrip and Macy's have teamed up, and now Macy's will donate 2-6% of your total purchases made with your Macy's charge card or Macy's VISA card to our school! Wow, and we shop there already! How painless! Please go to [] for more details, or call Cindy Weinstein at 271-7010 for more information on how to sign up.


The last half-day of the year will actually be on Thursday, July 15. The last week will be all full days! We will wrap up the year on Wednesday, July 21. And then with only six weeks to recover from an amazing year, you will have another big job ahead! That is, make the most of your summer vacation and relax. Adios!

Top Honors

Andrew Lister, a former 4th grade student at Jerabek Elementary School, received the Presidential Award For Excellence In Academics at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Puerto Rico. Andrew who attended Jerabek from 1998 to 2003 will receive the award based on his GPA and scoring in the 99th percentile on the Terra Nova test.

Andrew's father was reassigned to the Naval Station last summer where Andrew and his brother, Logan, attend a Department of Defense School. Andrew's mom credits Andrew's hard work for his success, but also the terrific educational start he received at Jerabek.

This summer, the family will move to Florida for two years, and then hopes to return to Scripps Ranch. Way to go Andrew, and way to go Jerabek teachers!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Happy 4th of July! In case you're wondering why your child has not been going to school lately, the 2003-2004 school year finished on June 11, but there is a lot of school news to end the year.

From the Classroom...

The Garden and Nature Trail at Miramar Ranch has bloomed! Some of the 6th grade students have been digging and planting around the school. They have also been cleaning up the nature trail area. The students made some stepping stones for the trail and have been busy weeding and clearing the path.

Over the summer the Scripps Ranch boy scouts will help by weeding and clearing the nature trail. Special thanks to 6th graders Jessica, Ruth, Sydnie, Samnith, Clarina, Jacob, Madi, and Casey who helped out every Thursday.

The 4th graders enjoyed going back in time to learn what it was like to live during the pioneer days of the 1800s. In early June they spent one day doing special pioneer activities. Classes sang songs about California and the Gold Rush, wrote stories, did a little square dancing, read books, made the bear flag, and attended the Pioneer Living Experience. Some students created pioneer names and many dressed up.

The 3rd graders went to the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center and got to see the film Coral Reef. Carla Latimer's 3rd graders had fun putting on a program to mark a year of learning. They sang patriotic songs, had an art exhibit, and put together an edible California cake!

The 2nd grade students from Miramar Ranch and Jerabek elementary schools, after being pen pals for the year, met for a picnic at Jerabek Park. They had a lot of fun meeting each other and forming new friendships.

Physical education teacher Sharon Fields reports that this school year the students ran enough miles to circle the globe! Coach Kim Blower and Coach Fields made a deal with the students early in the year that if they did this, the coaches would sit on the school roof. So if you saw a couple of teachers on the roof back in June, you now know why!

Ms. Meyers' 1st grade class published their favorite poems in B-13 Lucky Ducks. In case you would like to go to Barnes and Noble to order your own copy, I am told they are all sold out!

Student Winners

Grayson Martin placed second and Jake Fineman third in the County Library essay contest "My Favorite Library Book." Carissa Nelson received an honorable mention for her Food Services essay. All three students are 4th graders in Mrs. Kijak's class.


The annual Sock Hop held at the end of May was very successful--and very fun. More than $5,000 was raised.

I'm sure you all know by now how our wonderful state government has put us all in the poor house the past few years. Because of that, all our schools are having their budgets drastically cut. In fact, Miramar Ranch's budget was cut by almost $90,000 for the next school year.

All Scripps Ranch schools are asking the community to help make up this shortfall. A Super Pledge Drive is being organized by each school. Parents are being asked to give $180-$200 dollars per student. It sounds like a lot, but when you think what it is for, it really is a small amount. Please chip in whatever you can to keep our schools top notch!


We say a fond farewell to some of our departing teachers: Stacey Hansen, Cherrylyn Bondoc, Sharon Bush, Brooke Oar, and Deborah Hartke. We also wish Nikki Engstrom a happy retirement after 39 years of dedicated service as a teacher and peer coach. She will be truly missed.

The Family Faculty Association's (FFA) new officers are: Lori May, president; Cheryl Dawley, secretary; Fiona Whitten, treasurer; and, Lorrie Heising, ways and means. The FFA is still looking for a president-elect, and there are other open positions. If anyone is interested, please contact an officer. Let's thank outgoing president Ruth Braun for all the hard work she did during the year.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

New Student Registration

This is a little early, but we want to let parents know that new student registration--not kindergarten registration, but students new to the area--takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 8 am to 2 pm. In order to register their children, parents must bring the following:

  • An original birth certificate;
  • Immunization records;
  • Child's social security number; and,
  • Proof of residence--recent utility bill, rental agreement, deed to house, escrow papers, property tax payment receipts, or mortgage document. Documents must show both the name and address of a parent.

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Congrats EBS 5th Graders!

Congratulations to all the EBS 5th graders who will move on to Marshall Middle School for the 2004-2005 school year. EBS will miss you and wishes you much success! Come back and visit your EBS teachers, and let them know what you are up to.

4th of July Parade

The theme of this year's SRCA 4th of July Parade is "Happy 100th Birthday, Dr. Seuss," and EBS students will be marching proudly. Parents, be sure to walk with your kids in this year's parade and support EBS. The group of participants marching with the EBS Penguin will meet at 9:15 am in the assembly area at the corner of Red Cedar Drive at Red Cedar Lane.

All students are welcome to participate, including the incoming kindergarten students. Make sure everyone wears their EBS shirts and, of course, red, white, and blue! We hope to see all penguins take part.

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Apply now for fall classes that begin Monday, Aug. 30. Select from short-term, full semester, day, evening, weekend, and online courses that lead to transfer, an associate degree, certificate of completion, or job skills upgrades.

Free class schedules are available at the Scripps Ranch Library. Apply in person at the Admissions Office or online at [].

A Day at the Races

Plan your summer around a Day at the Races on Sunday, Aug. 29, hosted by the Miramar College Foundation. Enjoy the races and an exquisite catered event from the prestigious Seabiscuit Skyroom overlooking the ocean and the track in Del Mar. Tickets are $155 per person, which includes parking, entry ticket, catered meal, no host bar, and VIP badge to the Seabiscuit Skyroom.

The event begins at 12 pm, with the first race at 2 pm. Call the President's Office at 536-7834 for tickets or more details. Funds raised benefit Miramar College students through technology improvements. Attendance is limited.