Schools

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

ASVAB Testing and Results

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) provides students with several ways to explore college and career interests during their high school years. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is offered each year free of charge by our local military recruiters to interested juniors and seniors.

The students do not need to be interested in military service to take this test. The three-hour test, plus additional interpretation session, helps students think about their interests, values, talents, and abilities as they consider future SRHS and college curriculum planning. The ASVAB was offered to our students in December, and the results will be interpreted for the students on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 am in the Career Center.

Ground Hog Job Shadow Day

Monday, Feb. 2, is the launch date for Ground Hog Job Shadows, and it continues throughout the school year. SRHS students will participate in the yearly event on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Our students will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla Aventine and the Hyatt Regency Islandia on Mission Bay. The program gives students a close-up look at the working world and helps to answer the question, "Why do I have to learn that?"

For details or if you know of a business that would like to participate, visit [www.jobshadow.org] or contact Tom Nelissen, SRHS Employer Outreach Specialist, at [[email protected]].

Winter Formal

The Winter Formal is just around the corner, and the Class of 2005 is working hard to put together what promises to be a beautiful evening. This year's Winter Formal will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 8 to 11:30 pm at the El Cortez in downtown San Diego.

Tickets went on sale on campus on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Ticket prices began at $30 with an ASB card, $32 without, and will increase in $2 increments each week. Students must present their 2003-2004 SRHS student identification cards to purchase their tickets and to enter the dance. Information about photo packages will be given to students when they purchase their tickets. We look forward to sharing the evening with you!

Seniors To "Party in Paradise"

With only four-and-a-half months left until graduation, the 2004 Parent Booster Organization (PBO) is gearing up for our fabulous all night grad party. We are quite confident our seniors will have the time of their lives on Friday, June 11.

The annual Grad Night T-shirt Design Contest has been taking place and all seniors were encouraged to participate. Sheri Bolan and Susan Fields collected the logo designs, and the best one will be selected at our February PBO meeting. The winner will get a free ticket to Grad Night and the Senior Breakfast.

Claudia Unhold and Marcia Martin will send out an additional membership mailing to request all senior parents contribute to this event. We hope to keep the cost of admission down so every senior can attend. We also welcome donations of money or prizes from businesses. If you would like to contribute, please contact Kim Molina at 271-7630.

The last opportunity to purchase a Senior Paver is coming up soon! Your child's name and graduation date can be permanently displayed in the high school courtyard. Please contact Debi Cerone at 693-8522 or Paula Tilley at 693-9232.

In May a special newsletter will go out to senior parents containing information regarding graduation, rehearsal, permission slips, Senior Breakfast and Grad Night ticket sales, and much more. Please read this publication; it will help you plan for graduation day.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 pm in the faculty dining room at the high school. We invite newcomers to attend as we begin to get to the very exciting part of the Grad Night planning.

Class of 2005 PBO Golf Tournament Fundraiser

The Class of 2005 is planning the fourth annual Golf Tournament. This popular event will raise money for a safe and memorable graduation celebration. The tournament will be held Friday, May 7, at Mt. Woodson Golf Course.

Community businesses interested in donating items for the silent auction should contact Karen Johnson at 549-9540 or [[email protected]]. Sponsorships are available ranging from $200 to $2,500. Registration begins in March.

Our membership drive continues. Thanks to the following for their donations this month: Anthony and Carol Battaglia, Alex and Barb Dela Pena, Susan King and Tom Golden, Mike and Ellie Blomgren, Steve and Becky Eldridge, and David Sandsmark. It's not too late to make a donation. Mail them to: Parent Booster Organization--Class of 2005, SRHS Foundation, 10410 Treena Street, San Diego, CA 92131.

We are looking for a student who is interested in updating the Grad Night portion of the SRHS website for a senior project. If you are interested, email Dixie Hall at [[email protected]].

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the SRHS teachers' lounge. We invite parents of junior students to join us. For questions, contact our president, Dixie Hall, at [[email protected]].

Class of 2006 PBO

The Parent Booster Organization (PBO) for the Class of 2006 has started its fundraising efforts with a membership drive. Thanks to all of you who have already responded. Plans are underway for a spring tennis tournament.

We have set a permanent day for our future meetings--the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Feb. 25. All parents of students graduating in 2006 are welcome.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Calendar of Events

  • Tuesday, Feb. 3--PTSA meeting, 12:30-2 pm, lounge;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4--Governance, 6:30 pm, lounge;
  • Thursday, Feb. 5--4-Year Plan meeting;
  • Monday, Feb. 9, through Wednesday, Feb. 11--Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 10--4-Year Plan meeting;
  • Thursday, Feb. 12--Staff development, no school;
  • Friday, Feb. 13--Lincoln Day observance, no school;
  • Monday, Feb. 16--President's Day, no school;
  • Thursday, Feb. 19--4-Year Plan meeting;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24--4-Year Plan meeting; and,
  • Thursday, Feb. 26--First semester awards assembly.

Budget Issues

Marshall, like all schools in the district, is moving to a site-based budget process. The good news is that we will control how our money is spent on personnel and programs that were once the exclusive domain of the Education Center. The bad news is that we must trim $260,000 from next year's budget.

By February 1, we will have submitted our recommendations as to our "cuts" for the 2004-2005 school year. This will help the district achieve a balanced budget in the face of an anticipated $48-$80 million shortfall. It is important to note that the budget deficit occurs in our general operating funds that are unrestricted monies, and all cuts made must be made from that arena in order to be helpful. Therefore, eliminating programs, people, or items from restricted budgets like the Blueprint does not achieve our purpose.

Maintaining quality instruction is always our priority, therefore no teachers will be laid off. All cuts will be kept as far away from the classroom as possible, but given the amount of reduction needed, we will not be able to avoid the reduction of programs and other personnel. After the principal established the priorities, parents, staff, and community members provided reduction recommendations, and the principal made the final decision for reductions. Our site governance groups will establish a final communication method, and the results of our decisions will be provided to all our stakeholders.

Marshall Choirs Look Toward "Tomorrow"

Students in Ms. Palmer's intermediate and advanced choirs are busy auditioning for roles in their upcoming performance of the Broadway musical Annie, Jr. The performers will be working hard to prepare for the performances on Wednesday, Mar. 31, and Thursday, Apr. 1, at 7 pm in the Marshall auditorium. Tickets go on sale two weeks before the performances and will cost only $5 for adults and $3 for students. Be sure to mark your calendar to catch these heartwarming performances.

Choir students will also prepare for San Diego City School's Choral Showcase, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26, during the school day. Marshall singers will travel to Dana Middle School where they will perform and observe the performances of singers from other area schools. Best wishes to these talented and motivated Marshall students!

Many of the choir students attended the student dress rehearsal of Puccini's beautiful opera, Turandot, in January at San Diego's Civic Theatre. This was a special opportunity for the students to see professional opera at its best.

8th Grade 4-Year Planning Conferences

Our 8th grade 4-Year Planning Conferences continue in 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 were mailed home to all 8th grade parents in January. There have been some important changes in high school graduation and college entrance requirements that you need to be aware of. Please attend this very informative meeting with your son or daughter.

First Semester Awards Assemblies

Our 4.0 awards assemblies will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Marshall Middle School auditorium. The 8th grade assembly will be held from 8 to 9 am. The 7th grade assembly will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 am. The 6th grade assembly will be from 1 to 2 pm. Letters of invitation will be sent to parents, and copies will be handed to participating students at least a week in advance.

6th and 7th Grade Articulation

An articulation meeting for parents of next year's incoming Jerabek and EBS 6th graders and 7th graders from Dingeman and Miramar Ranch elementary schools will be held on Thursday, Mar. 18, at the Marshall Middle School auditorium. Parents of incoming 6th graders will meet from 5 to 6 pm, and parents of incoming 7th graders will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Letters of invitation will be sent home with students during the first week in March.

College: Making It Happen

Attention 7th grade parents: Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools will cohost a college preparation night for parents of current 7th graders. It is on Monday, Mar. 8, from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Challenger Middle School auditorium. Representatives from the University of California, California State Universities, community colleges, and private and independent colleges and universities will discuss step-by-step information that every parent and child should know regarding how to prepare for high school and college. We encourage parents to attend!

PE News

The Physical Education Department is looking for tennis players who would like to donate their used tennis balls to the school.

Two of the 7th grade PE classes took a rock climbing field trip to Vertical Hold in December. The 7th grade standards include risk-taking and outdoor adventure activities. Students returning from the trip write a paragraph on their experience. All 7th grade PE students will have an opportunity to take this trip during the school year.

Geography Bee Finalists

Urdu is an official language of a Muslim country that was once part of British India. Can you name this country? Eighth grader Jeremy Patashnik came up with the right answer--Pakistan--at the right time, thereby winning Marshall Middle School's Geography Bee. Coming in second place schoolwide was 7th grader Rui Jin, followed closely by 8th grader Kate Mitchell.

The seven other finalists competing for the schoolwide medal were: Josh Lin, Nikki Fisk, Edward Zhu, Nick Batt, Ben Wu, Jordan Davis, and Becky Berg. Seventeen other students participated in the semifinal round. They were: Greg Moy, Lindy Edwards, Brendan Edwards, Jonathan Rose, Jordan Cohen, Josh Lin, Alec Becker, Sam Weiner, Christopher Park, Alex Nelson, Raymond Engle, Thomas Schmidt, Brett Hershmann, Dan Moyer, Kristina Leung, Nathaniel Perez, Jonathan Pimentel, and Sarah Kukuchek.

In addition to his medal, Jeremy earned a cash prize of $25, and Rui earned $15 for his 2nd place win. All participants received a commemorative T-shirt and certificate of merit. Our school contest is organized and run by our history department. Judges this year were: Principal Rick Novak, Vice Principal David Braun, and history teachers Joyce Sullivant and Chrisy Niedzwiecki. Students and parents were also invited to attend this exciting event.

This schoolwide Geography Bee is the starting point for the annual National Geography Bee sponsored by The National Geographic Society. Jeremy's next step on his way to the nationals will be to take a written test for the State Bee. If he does well and is one of 100 top scorers in the state, he will compete at the state level on Friday, Apr. 2.

The winner of the State Bee wins an all-expenses paid trip to our capital in order to participate in the national competition on Wednesday, May 26. This prestigious contest will be broadcast live on the National Geographic Channel.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

January flew by at Dingeman, with everyone getting back into the swing of things after the holidays. Last month, due to the Miles of Smiles article, some of the happenings at Dingeman didn't get reported. Here is what you missed!

Hansel and Gretel

In December Mr. Saquil's 4th grade and Mrs. Schwartz' 5th grade classes performed the play Hansel and Gretel. It was a great success. The children worked very hard on this production, putting in many extra hours rehearsing. They did an awesome job!

Field Trips!

December was a month of field trips for our students. The 4th graders went to Old Town each day during the first week of the month. Students learned about the history of Old Town, took hikes, and visited the museums and gardens.

The 5th graders were treated to a "sleep-over" on the Star of India. This field trip had the students step onto a working 1870's cargo ship, complete with the ship captain, first and second mates, and even a ship cook. The students were assigned duties and worked for their meals! They slept in the crew's quarters and each student "manned their posts" throughout the night.

The 6th graders went to 6th Grade Camp at Camp Palomar. This is an outdoor education program. The kids learned a respect for nature and conservation of natural resources. They did arts and crafts using natural materials.

Miles of Smiles

Dingeman has hosted the second weekend of photo replacement. Since the last session, Gwen Becknell requested five additional machines since all ten machines were in constant use last time. Hewlett-Packard again has shown their incredible generosity and granted the request along with more paper and ink.

So far, it looks like there are about 85 Scripps Ranch families who have pictures in their files. In addition, several people came from Crest, Ramona, Barona, Poway, and Tierrasanta to make copies as well. The family file system has worked out wonderfully, and fire families have popped in just to check their files. There is one more weekend planned: Friday, Feb. 6, 3-8 pm; and, Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 am-4 pm.

Honor Choir

In December the Dingeman Honor Choir performed at the Scottish Rite Center. The concert was wonderful. The choir was given $100 for the performance, and Mr. Saquil generously donated the money to the Miles of Smiles project. Thank you, Dingeman Honor Choir, for supporting this project!

Restaurant Family Nights

Another fun fundraiser for Dingeman is our Restaurant Family Nights! Each month a different restaurant hosts our school. If you dine at that restaurant, they donate a certain percentage to the school. The next scheduled Family Night is Tuesday, Feb. 10. The restaurant is still undetermined, so please watch for a flyer coming home with more details!

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, Feb. 12--Staff development day, no school;
  • Friday, Feb. 13--Lincoln Day observance, no school;
  • Monday, Feb. 16--President's Day, no school;
  • Friday, Feb. 20--Jog-a-thon; and,
  • Monday, Mar. 8, through Friday, Mar. 12--Book Fair.

Jerabek Elementary

Weee're Back!

Jerabek's classrooms sprung to life again in January as eager Koalas returned from four blissful school-free weeks. After such a lengthy break, students and staff were in mutual agreement that it felt great to return to such a special place. Second graders enjoyed Family Science Night coordinated by Vicki Conlon, Jerabek's amazing and engaging "Super Science" teacher.

February may be the shortest month--however, we do get an extra day this year--but it has plenty going on. Now's the time to grab your calendar.

  • 5th Grade Family Science Night--Wednesday, Feb. 4, 6:45-8 pm;
  • 3rd Grade Family Math Night--Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6:45-8 pm;
  • 3rd Grade Family Astronomy Night--Thursday, Feb. 19, 6:30- 7:45 pm; and,
  • More time off! Students throughout the district will not attend school Thursday, Feb. 12, through Monday, Feb. 16, due to teacher in-service days and the Washington and Lincoln holidays.

Read Across America

During the week of Monday, Feb. 23, through Friday, Feb. 27, literacy in all its glorious forms will be celebrated within the classrooms and during a special storyteller assembly. This week also includes the Scholastic Book Fair from Monday, Feb. 23, through Thursday, Feb. 26. This is a great way to get the latest books, benefit the school, and have great books on hand for spring break.

Jerabek families will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5:45 to 8 pm. Various readers--including "celebrities," but not Ben and J-Lo!--dramatically render a wide array of children's literature. It's neat for the children to be able to select which readings they would like to attend. After the readings, cake will be served in the courtyard and families may make their final Scholastic Book Fair selections.

Project Miles of Smiles Continues

Please note that Project Miles of Smiles photo replacement for victims of the Cedar fire has two more dates for friends, neighbors, and relatives to help fire-affected families replace those precious photos. This service is absolutely free, thanks to Hewlett-Packard.

Please bring the photos to Dingeman Elementary School either on Friday, Feb. 6, from 3 to 8 pm, or on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, please see the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org] and choose the "Replacing Memories" link.

Coming in March

March brings more fun and activities. Please add these dates to your calendar.

  • Kindergarten Family Science Night--Wednesday, Mar. 10, 6:45- 8 pm;
  • Jerabek Spirit Week--Monday, Mar. 15, through Friday, Mar. 19. Details to come about this popular week during which Jerabek Koalas enthusiastically display their spirit;
  • 2nd Grade Family Math Night--Wednesday, Mar. 17, 6:45-8 pm; and,
  • 4th Grade Family Astronomy Night--Thursday, Mar. 18, 6:30- 7:45 pm.

Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy this brief, activity-packed month, look forward to the next, and before you know it, spring break will be upon us!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Here we are already one month into 2004. Can you believe it? Has anyone not broken their New Year's resolution yet? I haven't, only because I didn't make any. Miramar Ranch Elementary School kids, faculty, and staff are all hard at work making 2004 their best year yet. Let's see what we can do as a community to help them achieve that goal!

Fundraising

The first bit of good news is that the money we raised the past few months from our cookie dough and gift wrap sales, Halloween Carnival, and other fundraisers, as well as some grants, allowed us to purchase 23 new eMac computers. They should arrive soon.

An upcoming fundraiser will be the 15th Annual Jog-a-thon to be held Wednesday, Apr. 21, and Friday, Apr. 23. We are currently looking for sponsors to help cover the cost of a shirt for each student. The sponsors' logo will be placed on the back of the shirt. There will be over 1,000 shirts printed. If you are interested in helping sponsor this fun event, please call Lori Erlenbach at 566-2804.

For that fun-filled event, the school kids will collect pledges for each lap they run or walk. So get your kids in shape, and let's see how much money we can raise for the school this year!

School Events

Miramar Ranch Drama Club production Beauty is a Beast is coming along great. There are more than 40 student thespians in the play and more than 50 helping with the production. The show will be on Thursday, Mar. 18, and Friday, Mar. 19. The times are still to be determined. Mark those dates on your calendar, and we'll have more details in next month's Newsletter. This is one play you won't want to miss!

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, 3rd graders will be treated to a Science Night coordinated by parents Sam and Debbie Tahmassebi. Sam and Debbie put on a great hands-on Science Night for 4th and 5th graders and their families earlier this year. I don't know what they are investigating, but I'm sure it is electrifying!

The Principal's Coffee is on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 8 am. We really appreciate this opportunity to meet with Principal Jennifer Wroblewski and Assistant Principal Lorelei Olsen. Our Family Faculty Association (FFA) meeting for this month is on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 8 pm. This is one of two meetings during the year that will take place at night. We encourage all parents to attend.

With the latest dismal budget forecast for next school year, the FFA is committed to working with the school administration to make sure that budget cuts stay as far away from the classroom as possible. We encourage parents to lend their time and financial support.

Looking ahead to next month, we are planning a Family Bingo Night. We're working out the details, so watch the school newsletter for information.

The FFA is planning an after-school cheerleading class for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Parent Shelby Miller will teach the classes. Thanks, Shelby, for bringing even more spirit to us. Money raised from the class goes to our PE program.

In the last month or two, several interesting school and class events have taken place. Heidi Brown did a great job on our first Family Art Night. Interest was strong. Spots are filled for the session in March. Heidi has the okay from Art Corps to hold a third night that will be put on by Art Corps volunteers rather than Art Corps staff.

Storyteller Jim Cogan came to the school in January for an assembly. He told participation tales to the lower grades and history, lore, and legend tales to the upper grades.

Back in December the 5th graders had their annual hot air balloon. Reportedly, hot air abounded. Don't ask me where it came from, but I'm sure there was no shortage. I heard Miramar received a larger than normal number of UFO reports that day. Was that a coincidence?

Channel 8 meteorologist and local celebrity Matt Baylow visited Mrs. Chen's and Ms. Oar's 1st grade classrooms in November in conjunction with their unit on weather. They learned a lot about our weather and clouds. He brought along his Microclimate Van and explained how they gather information on weather from its instruments. That evening they were featured on his "Weather Wednesdays" news segment.

Miscellaneous

Lori Erlenbach is organizing a playgroup for students entering Miramar Ranch kindergarten in the fall of 2004. Call her at 566-2804 if you're interested.

Don't forget to plan ahead--classes will not be in session on Thursday, Friday, and Monday, Feb. 12, 13, and 16. We'll have minimum days on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Feb. 25, 26, and 27, for parent-teacher conferences.

We're forming a parent patrol to help bring the traffic problem before and after school under control. We need everyone to pull together and put the safety of our children first. Slow down, obey the rules of the road, and always remember that our children are our most precious gifts.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, Feb. 5, through Friday, Feb. 20--Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test, 4th grade;
  • Feb. 9--Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) meeting, 9 am, EBS library;
  • Thursday, Feb. 12--Staff development day, no school;
  • Feb. 13--Lincoln Day observance, no school; and,
  • Feb. 16--President's Day, no school.

EBS Fundraising

While schools continue to struggle with current budget issues and cuts in funding, it is imperative for them to raise money in additional, creative ways. Fundraising by schools has become essential so that "luxuries" such as librarians, PE teachers, additional books, art materials, classroom supplies, and so much more can be obtained and used to enhance education.

EBS offers several fundraisers throughout the year, so please remember to support your children and EBS by purchasing fundraiser items or donating to these worthwhile causes. The most recent fundraiser was the Entertainment books, which earned the school $3,500. Remember, giving during fundraisers is an investment in your child's education.

5th Graders Sell Pizza!

Every Thursday after school the EBS 5th graders sell pizza to students and parents for a great price! You can buy it by the slice or take one home for the entire family. Don't worry about cooking on Thursdays any longer--and your kids will love you for it!

The 5th grade students will use the proceeds to fund their graduation activities at the end of this school year. Studies show that well-attended and exciting graduation activities lead to a more successful middle school career!

2nd Graders Perform like Pros!

A tidbit that I forgot to mention in the previous Newsletter was the Winter Holiday performance by the EBS 2nd graders before the break. This "just-off-Broadway" performance included holiday favorites, as well as a sing-along by the students of songs from other cultures.

Many religions and cultures are represented at EBS. This performance reminded us that diversity gives us a glimpse into other worlds and that making an effort to understand them gives us strength. Excellent effort, 2nd graders!

Everybody's Best School!

One of the ongoing character traits we explore and embrace through our Character Education program is "respect." One of the ways we do this is with the use of a nationally acclaimed program called "Operation Respect." This program includes the project Don't Laugh At Me, which was discovered and developed by Peter Yarrow of the popular folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary.

According to Peter, in the introduction to the teacher's guide, "Don't Laugh At Me is intended to serve as an introduction to, and enrichment of, ongoing efforts that nurture children's emotional, social, and ethical development, such as character education, conflict resolution, and teaching tolerance programs."

With this program, through activities and guidance from teachers and parents, students discuss feelings that they experience when they or others become the target of disrespect. Discussion is stimulated through a read-aloud of the program's book, a story of children who have been stereotyped by their peers.

In classroom discussions students learn more about compassion and develop an understanding of how the characters may have felt being bullied and picked on. Many students share experiences they had themselves, or about brothers and sisters who are differently-abled--our empowered word for the outdated "disability"!

Some of the EBS staff and parents were able to attend the "Character Matters" conference sponsored jointly by The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Character Education Program at UCSD. As a result, the Union-Tribune provides us with curriculum that we use in conjunction with the "Operation Respect" and Don't Laugh At Me teacher guides.

Another benefit of attending this conference was when Peter Yarrow, the guest presenter, treated us to a performance. When he invited us onstage to sing along with him the classic "Puff the Magic Dragon," we were grateful for the "respect" given to us from the audience!

While standing up there among the educators, parents, and community members, we were flooded with emotion. We felt honored to be part of an experience we could bring back to EBS and to our beloved penguin school.

Other Schools

Chabad Hebrew Academy

We have all grown so much these past few months. Our strength has been tested, and we have witnessed that it is our strength that keeps us committed to offer children the very best of education.

The dedication of our staff is an inspiration to us all. To see that our children enjoy coming to school lets us know that God has been truly kind to us. Chabad has been a dream in the making for 30 years. What started as a preschool with just six students is now a thriving reality.

The end of October brought the wildfire and the loss of our buildings, files, and years of collected supplies and resources. What remained is a dedicated faculty and staff. Without supplies and materials, the teachers have shown their capability to instruct.

Moving into our beautiful new buildings on November 10, just two weeks after the fire, was a miracle. While saddened by the losses in Scripps Ranch and the losses of all our school resources, we were very grateful to have much of our brand new building ready. The Scripps Ranch community and the City Council have been extremely supportive to us, for which we will always be grateful.

In December, after being in the buildings a month, at least two months ahead of schedule, our permanent furniture arrived. At the same time we had a Mezuzah Dedication Ceremony in each classroom. The Mezuzah is a scroll that is put on the right side of each door. The scroll contains the first paragraph of the prayer, "Shema Yisroel," "Hear O' Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One." It is custom to hang the Mezuzah after being in a home for at least 30 days.

Rabbi Yossi Bryski, Rabbi David Smoller, and Rabbi Daniel Srugo went around to each classroom, explaining the laws of Mezuzah and saying the blessings with the children. We were home!

During winter break the finer details of the buildings were finished. The "old school," which was destroyed by the fire, has been removed and the grading has begun for the sports field that will go in its place. For more information about our school, contact our principals, Leah Fradkin or Jeff Barnes, at 566-1996, or visit our website at [www.chabadsd.org].

Alliant International University (AIU)

AIU Taps Experts To Teach Disaster Coping Skills

Renowned crisis and disaster experts from around the county recently convened at Alliant International University (AIU) for a one-day workshop entitled "A Response to Disaster: Helping Communities Cope." The goal of the workshop, cosponsored by the San Diego Psychological Association, was to help prepare San Diego's psychological professionals and the public for post-disaster behaviors and recovery after the fire.

Special guest City Councilmember Brian Maienschein offered workshop attendees, who included AIU students and faculty and Scripps Ranch community members, an update on recovery efforts. Councilmember Maienschein is currently working on several programs to help disaster victims, including implementing an erosion control plan.

The workshop provided up-to-date information on psychosocial reactions to disaster, as well as the prevention and treatment of its consequences. The information helped to prepare faculty and students to help the community cope through an immediate response help line established in conjunction with the Scripps Ranch Civic Association's "Project Phoenix," the committee to help rebuild the community.

Residents interested in using these services may call 635-4494. Also, AIU's faculty has compiled helpful resources on coping with disaster that are accessible at [www.alliant.edu/cwd].

Impressive Fall Sports Teams

From soccer to cross-country, AIU's Mountain Lion athletic programs were a huge success this fall. Women's soccer finished the year with a record of 8-6-1. A season highlight: our team defeated the 18th ranked team in the nation.

After competing in the NAIA National Championships in Kansas, the men's soccer team finished their season with an overall record of 14-4, and an NAIA ranking of 7th in the nation.

Our men's cross-country team also had an exciting season. Team member Josephat Keino competed at the NAIA Cross-Country National Championship Meet in Louisville, Kentucky, where he placed second in the nation. We congratulate all our fall athletes.

Miramar College

Spring Classes Begin

Spring classes begin Monday, Feb. 2. You can register through Thursday, Feb. 12, space allowing. Check our website at [http://[email protected]] or call the Admissions Office at 536-7844. Tuition is $18 per credit unit.

More financial aid than ever before is available to students at California's community colleges. You might be eligible for financial aid to pay for college--tuition, fees, books, supplies, living expenses, transportation, and childcare. There are grants, loans, and fee waivers.

You can apply all year. Visit the Miramar College Financial Aid Office, call 536-7864, or check out our website at [www.miramarcollege.net] and go to Student Services, Financial Aid.

Evening with the Experts

"American Spandex: The Superhero Comic Book in American Society and Culture" kicks off the spring Evening with the Experts lecture and performance series on Friday, Feb. 20. Miramar College history professor Dr. Tom Schilz will explore the world of superheroes and how they affect culture.

"Workers' Compensation: Local Economic Impact," cosponsored by the Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce, will be on Friday, Feb. 27. Explore the affects of California workers' compensation programs on North County businesses and economic development.

The panel includes: Assembly member George Plescia; Dr. Larry Herring, medical examiner; Scott O'Mara, labor union attorney; and, a small business owner. Michael Kinsman, business writer and columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune, will moderate the event.

These events are held from 6:30-8 pm in lecture hall I-100. Attendance and parking are free. For more information, contact the Miramar College Public Information Office at 536-7876 or visit [www.miramarcollege.net/calendar].

African-American History Month

For many, Steven Spielberg's movie Amistad is the first introduction to the important slave revolt in America. The community is invited to recognize African-American History Month by attending a free presentation of Amistad on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 5 pm in room D-204. For details, contact April Koch at [[email protected]] or 619-388-7537.