Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

SRHS Foundation

SRHS is a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in the San Diego City School District–but it takes money to continue this success. The goal of the SRHS Foundation is to enhance the experience of our diverse student population over and above the budget provided by the school district. After 12 years, the equipment is aging and there is little funding for maintenance and upgrades, much less educational enrichment and extracurricular activities.

If you are a community member, a parent of alumni, a business leader, or parent of a student, please donate to support our annual fundraising drive! Mail your check of $10,000, $1,000, $100, or any amount to: SRHS Foundation, 10410 Treena Street, San Diego, CA 92131. Please provide your name, company name, address, telephone, or email.

All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. SRHS Foundation is a charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, Tax ID #33-0576627. All donors will be recognized on our annual donor list in the SRCA Newsletter and on our website at []. Family and business pledge forms are available to download from the website. If you need more information, contact Laura Swartz at 740-4252 or [[email protected]].

We continue to fundraise for our synthetic turf field and all-weather track. If you’d like to support this project, mail your check, payable to SRHS Foundation Turf/Track PBO, to: Stadium Improvements c/o George Pecoraro CPA, 9663 Tierra Grande St., #102, San Diego, CA 92126. For information, contact Karen Wood at 566-7144 or [[email protected]], or Rich Murray at 229-8607 or [[email protected]]. You can download a turf/track pledge form from the website.

Sign up for eScrip, where your purchases become donations from Vons to benefit SRHS. Visit [], or email Kimberly Meyer at [[email protected]] with your name, address, phone, and 16-digit Vons Club card number, starting with 600315.

If you’d like to get involved, come to a SRHS Foundation board meeting held once a month on Wednesdays in the SRHS staff lounge. Mark your calendars for: Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 15, Apr. 19, May 17, and June 14. See you there!

Class of 2006 PBO

Please join us at our monthly meetings to get involved with our Grad Night party for our graduating seniors. Our “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme is taking shape. We need large boxes for decorating the gym, as well as handy men.

We need volunteers to assist in the festivities that night and into the morning. Please email [[email protected]] to get your name on the volunteer list. We meet in the SRHS faculty dining room, just behind the main office building, at 7 pm on the following Wednesday nights: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, Mar. 29, Apr. 26, and May 31. For information, contact Sandy Price at [[email protected]].

Thanks to these families who donated in November: Jonathan and Diane Bramwell; Sue and Reg Cauble; Florien and Mabel Delgado; Frank and Leslie Devaney; Pam and Steve Doyle; Robbie Galloway; John and Cheri Glinatsis; Sharon and Cliff Hu; Lisa Luster; Marcia and Michael Martin; Barbara and Matt Meis; Peter and Lorrie Moore; Oligar and Debbie Ordonez; Esther Parra; Scott and Amy Peckham; Jane Petro; Mandy Pirouzan; Chris and Carrie Ross; Robin and John Ruhwedel; Bob and Annette Sorensen; Carol Schieman; Socorro and Andres Untalan; and, Susan Wooters.

To date, 74 families have donated to the senior year 2006 Parent Booster Organization (PBO) membership drive for a total of $5,050. We are still accepting donations! If you misplaced your form, please mail your check, payable to SRHS Foundation-PBO 2006 to: SRHS Foundation PBO 2006, 10410 Treena Street, San Diego, CA 92131. Thank you so much. We could not pull off this special night without your support.

Another way to support Grad Night is to flock a friend. We have raised almost $500 this year, but need more flockings! For $30, you can celebrate an important event for friends or family. Volunteers decorate their yard with a flock of pink flamingos! Last month, one flockee was so tickled she “tipped” us $50. Please contact Kathy MacFarlane at [[email protected]] or 578-0149 to schedule your secret flocking.

Join Us For Breakfast!

Come support the senior class by enjoying a yummy pancake breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9 to 11:30 am at SRHS. Tickets are $6 with an ASB card and $7 without. There is a family rate of four tickets for $20.

Also, there is a Crisis Intervention Benefit Concert the same day–Saturday, Jan. 21–from 11 am to 4 pm at SRHS. There’s a dollar donation. For more information, contact Joanne Lin at [[email protected]].

Parents of Juniors!

It is time to commit to the SRHS Parent Booster Organization (PBO) Grad Night 2007! We need your participation in the planning of Casino Night this April. This is going to be a great night that, if successful, will help cover the cost of our big event. More families need to get on board so the grads get the Grad Night they deserve. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7 pm in the staff lounge. We need you! For questions, please contact Diane Bramwell at [[email protected]].

Class of 2008 PBO

Parents of 2008 SRHS sophomores, it is not too early to join the Parent Booster Organization (PBO)! We are the membership and fundraising organization for the class of 2008 Grad Night. Before we know it, our sophomores will be graduating, and the PBO needs supporters!

An organizational meeting was held in December, with these representatives taking office for the first year: president, Karin Whitely; secretary, Karen Sloan; treasurer, Sue Ressmeyer; and, membership, Carol Buckley and Jan Arbuckle.

The next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7 pm in the teachers’ lunchroom. Meetings will be on the first Wednesday of each month. To receive notices of meetings and activities, contact Sue Pauley at [[email protected]].

Cheer Club Thanks Sponsors

In October the SRHS Competitive Cheer Club put on a spaghetti dinner to fundraise for upcoming competitions. The dinner was a huge success. We could not have done it without our sponsors:

  • Filippi’s
  • Soup Plantation
  • Pat & Oscar’s
  • Pazzo’s
  • Starbucks
  • Stater Brothers
  • McDonald’s
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • Vons
  • Jairo Alzate Printing
  • SRHS Associated Student Body
  • Bonnie Kau
  • Dustin Lanigan

On behalf of the SRHS Competition Cheer Club, thank you so much for contributing to the program. As a result of the fundraiser the cheerleaders will be able to attend all of their competitions.

SRHS Wrestling

Make sure you reserve the dates of Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14, for the sixth annual Scripps Ranch Falcon Invitational. More than 40 of the most talented high school wrestling squads from Southern California will participate in this exciting two-day event. Byron Murphy, Tony Nguyen, Correy Vigil, and Kyle Clapp lead an experienced Falcon team into the premier tournament. Come see, pound per pound, some of the strongest athletes at SRHS. They have done very well in past tournaments.

Meals and snacks will be available at the snack bar. All proceeds support the Scripps wrestling teams. For more details, see the SRHS wrestling website at [].

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, Jan. 2-Holiday, no school;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 3–Back to school;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 3–Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 12:30-2 pm, lounge;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11–Site Governance, 6:30 pm, lounge;
  • Friday, Jan. 13–Minimum day, students dismissed at 11:30 am;
  • Monday, Jan. 16–Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school; and,
  • Thursday, Jan. 19–Science Fair Open House, auditorium.

Nursing Office News

In the past couple of weeks a large number of students have been seen in the nurse’s office for complaints of stomachache, headache, sore throat, and dry persistent cough. These symptoms are sometimes accompanied by a fever, and other times there is no fever.

In order to decrease the transmission of this virus, good hand washing is essential. Coughing “into the elbow” rather than into hands also helps to decrease the spread of disease. The following is a guideline for school attendance when sick:

  • Students with a temperature of 100 or higher should remain at home until the temperature is normal (98.6) for a 24-hour period, without the aid of fever reducers such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen;
  • Students too ill to participate in normal activities should be excluded from school whether or not the child has a fever; and,
  • Students with vomiting should stay home until symptoms are gone for a 24-hour period.

If you have any concerns regarding student health, please call the health office.

Rock and Roll

The Marshall “Rock and Roll Club” is looking for instruments. The club is learning how to write and play, but we lack instruments. Any guitar, bass, drum set, amp, or related musical item can be donated to Marshall as a tax-deductible contribution. Please call Sean Wells at 549-8840, ext. 1212, for information.

ASB Activities

November and December featured our participation in the 15th Annual Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. Huge thanks goes to all of our families who contributed to our drive by sending their child to school with a new teddy bear.

December also included some exciting events such as our annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest, Platinum Card recognition breakfast, and special Holiday Week. Holiday Week was an exciting, fun-filled week punctuated by dress-up days and a number of lunchtime activities. We invited all students to participate and join the fun!

If you have any questions, contact the Associated Student Body advisor, Denny Morrow, at 549-8840, ext. 1304.

High School Four-Year Planning Conferences

During the week of February 6-10, Marshall’s three counselors will visit 8th grade humanities classrooms. We will review high school graduation and college entrance requirements, so that students will be able to fill out their tentative High School Four-Year Plans.

We also will host two High School Four-Year Planning Conferences for our 8th grade parents scheduled for February, with a makeup meeting in March. All conferences will be held in our auditorium from 6:30 to 8 pm. Letters regarding specific meeting dates and times will be mailed home to all 8th grade parents in early February. There have been some important changes in high school graduation and college entrance requirements. Parents, please plan to attend this meeting. Students do not need to attend.

Fall Semester Ends

The fall semester ends on Friday, Feb. 3. Students will bring report cards home on Friday, Feb. 10. Ask your child for his or her report card! If you do not like what you see, be sure to contact your child’s teacher ASAP. If you see the comment, “Should attend Homework Zone,” please encourage or require your child to go to room 151 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:15 to 3:30 pm to get free teacher assistance in English, history, math, and science.

Student Support Groups

Marshall counselors, in cooperation with counselors from Harmonium Inc., a community counseling agency, will cofacilitate student support groups during the end of the first semester and into the second semester. All students will hear a brief explanation of our student support groups and will receive a parent permission slip in their advisory class.

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

International Poetry Winner

Miranda Rutherford, a 7th grader at Marshall Middle School, recently won an international poetry competition sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Her poem “The Black Bird” was selected for the prize from hundreds of entries, and was published in the BBC’s online “Onion Street” forum for teens.

Miranda’s accomplishment led her to be featured by Girls Inc., an organization that promotes girls’ leadership and achievement. An interview with her was presented on the “Girls Inc. Online” website. Miranda has started a Writing Club at Marshall under the sponsorship of English teacher Christy Hall. Miranda says, “Writing helps me express my feelings, and I hope I can encourage other kids to write for reasons other than just because they have a school assignment.” Congratulations, Miranda!

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Happy New Year! Last year was wonderful for Dingeman, but 2006 will be better yet! December was busy at Dingeman, and many activities made the few short days ever so special.

December Holidays

The beautiful voices of young children rang out in December. Ms. Sandell’s and Mrs. Wilson’s 1st grade classes held a multicultural winter singing performance called “Light Up the Winter.”

Mrs. Harris’s and Mr. Saguil’s classes performed a winter concert for the Wesley Palms Senior Living community. They entertained the residents with their songs and live recorder music.

Dingeman Volunteers Honored

Several Dingeman parents and staff received volunteer Recognition Awards from the SRCA. As of press time, the honorees were: Principal Brad Callahan, Cata England, Anne Henderson, and Doris Berry. Each one of these people has gone above and beyond helping out Dingeman Elementary.

We would like to join the SRCA in giving them our thanks. You are the people that make our school one of the best in Scripps Ranch. Also, thanks to all the volunteers who make Dingeman great!

Family Night Out

Family Dinner Nights are a great opportunity to accomplish three things at once: feed your family, provide funding for Dingeman’s Family Faculty Connection (FFC), and have fun with other Dingeman families, friends, and faculty.

The December Family Night Out was a multipart event hosted by On The Border restaurant and Barnes and Noble bookstore. Teacher readings were held, and the Honor Choir performed.

The January Family Night Out will be at Rubio’s on Scripps Poway Parkway on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 4 to 9 pm. Everyone is welcome to join in the feast of fish tacos and burritos. Remember, a flyer must accompany your food order for funds to be credited to Dingeman. Flyers can be found in the Tuesday student packets, on the Dingeman website, in the front Dingeman office, or in the Tiger Pause school newsletter.

A Special Thanks to Corporate Sponsors

We’d like to thank our corporate sponsors for their contributions to our Family Dinner Nights and other fundraisers.

  • On The Border
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Wendy’s
  • Pat & Oscar’s

eScrip Program

Over the past few years we have tried to increase the number of eScrip participants. This year, besides the normal back to school night sign-up and phone campaign, we tried something new. We spent $300 on prizes–an Ipod, GameBoy, and GameCube–and held a raffle.

Students who brought in new eScrip names received raffle tickets. The more names a student submitted, the more raffle tickets he or she received. One student brought in 60 brand new supporter names! We increased our supporter base 34% to 910 participants! This increase will bring Dingeman about $500 extra income monthly. We expect to earn about $25,000-$30,000 yearly!

Volunteers are in the process of getting similar programs set up for Albertsons and Ralphs grocery stores. More information will come soon.

Family Art Nights

Family Art Night is an evening of fun for the whole family. This is your chance to experience a unique art lesson with a famous artist. Due to the extreme popularity of this event, seating is limited and reservations are required.

In order to accommodate all of the local aspiring artists, the Dingeman FFC is sponsoring two Family Art Nights in January! The first one is on Friday, Jan. 20. Look for the registration form in your Tuesday packets and mail it in quickly. The earliest postmarks get priority.

Gate Testing

GATE testing for all 2nd and 5th grade students who qualify for a retest, as well as new students to the district in grades 3-6, takes place on Monday, Jan. 9, through Thursday, Jan. 12, from 9:30 am to 12 pm daily. If you have questions, call Dingeman’s vice principal, Adalia Lavado, at 549-4437.

January Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, Jan. 3–Back to school;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10–6th grade monthly meeting, 3-3:30 pm, staff lounge;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10–Family Night Out at Rubio’s;
  • Monday, Jan. 16–Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school; and,
  • Friday, Jan. 20–First Family Art Night.

Kindergarten Registration

Registration for all new kindergartners is on Wednesday, Mar. 15, from 7:30 to 11 am in the multipurpose room. Remember to bring the following:

  • Completed registration forms, available at the office beginning Monday, Mar. 6;
  • Two proofs of residence–utility bills, mortgage documents, rental agreements, etc.;
  • Birth Certificate;
  • Social Security card; and,
  • Up-to-date immunization card.

Hope you have a wonderful start to the new year. See you in February.

Jerabek Elementary

All’s quiet for a few weeks because Jerabek is out on break for most of January. Children will be back in school on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Refreshingly, January tends to be quiet at Jerabek and it is a peaceful way to start a new year.

FFO Update

Of course, that doesn’t mean that everyone is sitting still. The Family Faculty Organization (FFO) will plan the remaining activities and fundraisers back at home, as well as train a new officer. We are happy to announce that Dionna Crown has agreed to step into the president-elect position. She will shadow our own Karen Lopez, this year’s FFO president, so Dionna will be ready to take over the reins. The FFO meetings are open to all parents, and it is an excellent forum for your new ideas and energies! Please join us for our next monthly meeting set for Friday, Feb. 3, at 9:30 am.

Fundraising Fun

One of the FFO’s biggest concerns is fundraising to support Jerabek’s many extra programs. A big thanks to Debbie O’Toole and her gang of elves who worked tirelessly to put on the Holiday Gift Shop again this past month. It gets better every year!

Also, Nicki Ohrstrom has found yet another easy way for us to fund our projects. This year she set up a new Gift Card Sale Program with Great Lakes Scrip Center. You can buy many of your favorite gift cards from the Jerabek FFO, and the school receives a contribution for each card purchased! Gift cards for hotels, grocery stores, oodles of popular restaurants, American Airlines, gasoline, hardware, and much more are all available. The cards arrive within a week.

Get a “Kick” Out of It!

Here is another unique way to help the FFO help Jerabek. Our kids can kick it up in January. That is, kick it up in karate class. The Life Lessons Program is set to start on Friday, Jan. 20. This after-school program runs for six lessons on Mondays and Fridays for only $45. The children will learn all about self-discipline and good health, and the FFO receives 100% of the proceeds! Yes, 100%. Look for flyers in your child’s Wednesday packet.

Sad News

On a sad note, Jerabek lost a warm and giving teacher last month. Joanne Young, one of our SEEC teachers, passed away after a battle with cancer. If you’d like to recognize her devoted efforts and help the school’s SEEC students, a memorial gift in her honor can be sent to the Jerabek FFO. All donated money will support the SEEC program. It would be so gratifying to know that a good teacher has been given recognition for her years of dedication.

Save the Date

Lastly, note that Wednesday, Feb. 1, is Family Science Night for grade 5.

Go easy into the new year!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Legs for Literacy

Legs for Literacy was a big success this year, with a record turnout of 75 MRE participants. Thanks to our runners, more than $1,000 was raised for our school. Special appreciation goes to Liz Salvato for her volunteer efforts.

Classroom News

Mrs. Munoz’s kindergarten class has been very busy this year. In November they were awarded a popsicle party as thanks for the wonderful art projects that were displayed at our Halloween Carnival booth. Our “scariest face” pictures were a big hit. In addition, they planted a colorful garden. If all goes well, they’ll have beautiful planter boxes of pansies, snapdragons, sweet peas, and more!

Did you ever touch ghost brains? That’s just what Mrs. Gross’s kindergartners did at their spooky Halloween party. Crafts, games, and fun treats made it a fun day. Thanks to Heather Woodie, Angel Inzauro, Marilyn Scoffin, and Kendra Boyce for all their help.

With Monster Mash playing quietly in the background, Mrs. Wachob’s 2nd grade class learned about polymers during their Science Slime Party. Under Elizabeth Gordon’s guidance, the class combined a glue and borax mixture to form a bucket of slime. Everyone got a chance to reach their hand in and feel the slimy mixture, and they also created their own bag of slime to take home with them. The students love science day!

Third graders in Mr. Wilcox’s, Mrs. Romero’s, and Mrs. Hooper’s classes took a field trip to the San Diego Natural History Museum, where they learned about the daily life of the Kumeyaay Indians. The children made clay pots, acorn meal, and paint brushes the way the Kumeyaay once did. It was a fun and educational day for our students.

Do you have a 6th grader? We need your help with various 6th grade activities throughout the year. If you would like to help, please contact Teresa Young at [[email protected]] or 530-0424.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Calendar of Events

  • January character trait: We practice forgiveness;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 3–School resumes;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 3–Character Education meeting, 5:30 pm; Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) meeting, 6:30 pm;
  • Monday, Jan. 16–Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, no school;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17–Grade 5 GATE testing, 9 am-12 pm;
  • Thursday, Jan. 19–Governance/SST/ELAC, 1:30-2:30 pm;
  • Friday, Jan. 27–Mascot/ Spirit Day; and,
  • Every Saturday–Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm.

Our Penguin’s Generosity!

We’re very proud of the generosity of our Penguins, and this holiday season saw their generosity in action. Through your donations we were able to present a $500 check to our “adopted” school, Cherokee Point Elementary, for them to buy school uniforms. We also sent them several boxes of clothing and snacks. A special thank you to Veronique Cometti for all of her hard work in organizing this donation drive.

AFP President’s Message

We’ve made it through the fall “Fundraising Blitz”! On behalf of the Academic Fundraising Partnership board, I want to thank every single volunteer who helped with the various events at EBS. Another big thank you goes to all who participated in the Super Pledge Drive. Your contributions improve the already great education for our children at EBS! If you need to reach me, please email me at [[email protected]].

“Fun” Raising

Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers and the generosity of our Penguin families, we’ve already raised close to $95,000 this year. And later this year, we’re going to put the “fun” back in fun-draising with our first ever Monte Carlo Night. This adult event is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 29, at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. Penguin sitting–and babysitting–will be available. Stay tuned for more information!

New PE Equipment

Thank you to Tom Campanaro, CEO of EFI Sports Medicine Inc., for the donation of two Total Gym 9000’s to EBS. The PE coaches are very excited about the addition of this equipment to their program. Check out EFI on the web at [] and [].

Happy New Year!

The faculty and staff at EBS wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. Remember, visit our website at [] for important information.

Hear an Amazing Story

Two of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” Benson and Benjamin, are coming to talk about their amazing journey of survival. Their speech is on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 pm at St. Gregory the Great Church on Blue Cypress Drive. When the boys were young, their village in Southern Sudan was attacked by government troops. To avoid capture they ran into the night with many other boys. They fled the war for five years before reaching a refugee camp in Kenya. Please don’t miss this opportunity!

Alephonsion, the third “Lost Boy,” will probably come to EBS in April to talk to our 4th and 5th graders about his story of perseverance, one of the character traits we learn.

Scripps Ranch Farmers Market

On behalf of the EBS Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) and all the vendors at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market and Art Festival, I would like to thank all of our friends in Scripps Ranch for their continued support. You are the reason that we have become one of the top farmers markets in San Diego.

We have great plans for expansion with new vendors, and we hope all of our regular shoppers will be duly impressed with our vision for the future. Please don’t forget that we offer free spaces to any school, children’s organizations, or nonprofit group. All profits from our market go toward enhancing the educational experience for the children at EBS. With heartfelt thanks,