Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

New Partnerships

Scripps Ranch High School is pleased to announce official partnerships in education with Gateway, Inc., and with United States International University. Each organization has committed to contribute in significant ways to the development of educational experiences at Scripps Ranch High School.

Lynn Hammonds, San Diego education sales representative for Gateway, has emphasized expertise and training as the focus of our newest partnership. SRHS is working with Gateway to provide the latest technology and training available for our teachers and students. In addition, Gateway has introduced the FEN (Family Education Network) program. Families who purchase a Gateway PC may designate a $25 credit to the school of their choice for future purchases of PCs by the school. With this program and support for SRHS school-to-career activities, Gateway already has made a big impression.

Dr. Mary Ellen Butler-Pascoe, Dean of Education at United States International University, has significantly increased the level of USIU commitment to SRHS. Building on a history of involvement between our schools, Dr. Butler-Pascoe brings renewed attention to the needs of SRHS by offering connections to USIU’s unique international resources such as speakers, tutoring, and volunteers for senior exhibitions and the annual Spanish mock interviews.

We appreciate the efforts of these organizations as they join our current valued partners Qualcomm, MCAS Miramar, Wells Fargo Bank, and I Love a Clean San Diego in working to enhance education at Scripps Ranch High School. If you would like to partner with SRHS, please call Mary Bostwick, Employer Outreach Specialist, at 621-9020, extension 132, for more information.

SRWC Scholarship Award

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) will be awarding its annual college scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a graduating SRHS female at the end of the school year. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: community service, academics (GPA), written essay, and personal interview. Applications will be available at the high school counseling office as of Thursday, Mar. 1.

Cheerleader Garage Sale

SHRS cheerleaders will be hosting a garage sale as a fundraiser for their upcoming cheer competitions including nationals. Please come out and support the girls and their positive efforts. The garage sale will be Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 am to 4 pm at the McAllister’s, 10841 Sunset Ridge Drive.


Congratulations to the SRHS cross country team and to Coach Bob Oliver for another successful season. The following team members were recognized for their accomplishments at the end-of-season banquet.

  • MVPs: Natalie Gattrell, Matt Raudaskoski, and Justin Zelones;
  • Team captains: Blake Bolton, Paul Murray, Matt Raudaskoski, Grace Anderson, and Tracy Tom;
  • Scholar athletes: Elizabeth Lam, Christina Patrick, Cassie Tom, Tracy Tom, and Saviz Sepah;
  • Most improved: Blake Bolton, Dan Blomgren, Andrew Long, Jennifer Sears, and Natalie Gattrell;
  • Rookies-of-the-year: Lindsey Slover and Shane Fitch; and
  • Team managers: Dan Kuhlken, Jennifer Celeste, Jamie McCoy, and Michelle Moon.

Thanks to all who participated including a group of very enthusiastic and loyal parents!

Marshall Middle School

February Events

  • Thursday, Feb. 1: PTSA meeting at 3 pm in the lounge;
  • Drama and chorus coffeehouse performance at 7 pm in the media center;
  • Friday, Feb. 2: Semester report cards distributed;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6: Sixth-grade field trip to the California Science Center in Los Angeles;
  • Thursday, Feb. 8: Four-year planning at SRHS auditorium from 6 to 9 pm;
  • Monday, Feb. 12: Lincoln’s birthday, no school;
  • February 13-23: SDRT testing window;
  • Thursday, Feb. 15: Four-year planning at SRHS auditorium from 6 to 9 pm;
  • Saturday, Feb. 17: Tall Flags winter guard competition at Helix High School at 7:30 am;
  • Monday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 23: Selected sixth-grade classes to Camp Palomar;
  • Monday, Feb. 19: President’s Day, no school;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20: Science Fair judging and Open House;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21: Four-year planning at SRHS auditorium from 6 to 9 pm;
  • Friday, Feb. 23: Spring picture day;
  • Saturday, Feb. 24: Tall Flags winter guard competition in Mission Viejo at 7:30 am;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: End of Semester awards assembly from 12 to 2:10 pm on the lunch court; and drama and chorus, African-American history performance at 7 pm at Dingman Elementary School.

Literacy Focus

“The process of reading is not a half sleep, but in highest sense, an exercise, a gymnast’s struggle: that the reader is to do something for him or herself, must be on the alert, must construct indeed the poem, argument, history, metaphysical essay-the text furnishing the hints, the clue, the start, the framework.”

Early in the 1980’s, researchers P. David Pearson, D. Graves, L. Rosenblatt, and others provided insight into the strategies that proficient readers use to comprehend text. Rosenblatt suggests that “Reading is a `transaction’ in which the reader and the text converse together in a particular situation to make meaning. The reader makes meaning with the text, instead of solely on his own….” As a result of their findings, many teachers changed the way they planned, organized, and implemented curriculum and instruction in their classrooms.

Models of reading instruction have changed to reflect the findings of research. In many classrooms, the reading and writing workshop approach has been implemented where students are studying literature and more importantly, learning about the reading process. The workshop approach to classroom teaching generally has three parts:

  1. A mini-lesson in which information and (or) a comprehension strategy is introduced to students;
  2. Independent reading time, during which teachers confer with students about their learning; and
  3. Shared sessions where students reflect on their reading.

This interactive model of reading “allows readers to pursue their own reading and construct their own meanings, yet asks adults to teach background knowledge, skills, and strategies helpful to the reader’s purpose in the context of real, personally purposeful reading and writing” (from You Gotta BE the Book).

Teachers are becoming researchers in their classrooms. They are reflective practitioners, designing curriculum and instruction based on the needs of their students. The teacher as researcher, is constantly questioning, observing, theorizing, testing, and learning every day in their classroom.

Many teachers at Marshall Middle School are teacher and researchers and have implemented the workshop approach in their classrooms. They are attending professional development workshops on Saturdays and after school hours to study research and models of effective instructional practices. Teachers are collaborating, observing, reflecting, and revising their craft based on feedback from their colleagues and their own assessment of student learning. Teachers from across the district are coming to Marshall to observe in classrooms where the reading and writing model of instruction has been effectively implemented.

These classrooms look and sound different than traditional classrooms. Students are engaged in dynamic conversations about the text they are reading. Their discussions are lively and their ability to demonstrate critical thinking is evident as they analyze the motives of characters, themes, author’s craft, or motivation. Reading in these classes is an interactive process and it is exciting to listen to students’ conversations about the books they are reading. Their discussions mirror the kind of dialogue one would expect to hear from an adult book club. Students are reading as readers.

Marshall Student Growth

As you know, Marshall has out-grown our facility. The school district and the community are focused on how to accommodate not only our growth, but also the growth at the elementary and high school levels. With the recent sale of the proposed new middle school property to Intel Corp., the recommendations put forth by the boundary subcommittee to the Scripps Ranch Schools Committee were put on hold. We continue to work on boundary issues. Much is dependent upon discussions between the school district and the city.

At issue is whether to build a middle school on a new piece of property or to expand our current site using city property. The costs and the feasibility of each proposal are the main considerations, and we may not have answers for a while. In the meantime, we will provide the district with feedback as to our needs and concerns. Again, our goal is to provide the best learning environment possible. Look for a letter to be distributed through advisory with more details when we have more information.


If you have not yet attended one of our eighth-grade, four-year plan meetings, there will be a make-up meeting held in the SRHS media center on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Please contact Gloria Vega at 549-8840, ext. 1207, to schedule your attendance at this important meeting.

The 4.0 awards assembly will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, for all students who earned a 4.0 grade-point average on their first semester report cards. Assemblies will be held on the lunch court during school hours. Parents are invited and will receive notification of the exact times to attend.

Student Assistance Program

Marshall Middle School is again offering a student support group experience, via our Student Assistance Program (SAP), during the second semester. As part of this program, students attend a weekly support group consisting of up to ten students, facilitated by Marshall counselors and (or) trained therapists from Harmonium, Inc., or from Douglas Young Clinic, two of our community counseling agencies.

Groups will begin in February, and meet once a week for ten consecutive weeks. Students are pulled out of classes on a rotating schedule so that they won’t miss the same class each week. Individual groups focus on issues that are relevant to young adolescents.

All students will be given the opportunity to sign up to participate in a support group of interest to them. They will receive an information sheet and parent permission slip in their advisory classes. Parent permission slips also will be available in the counseling office. If your child is interested in participating in this experience, be sure to notify his or her counselor.

Homework Hotline

The homework hotline is a service that is offered to you and your child in case of an absence, or if your child is unsure about their homework assignment. You can call our homework hotline at 693-8345 and enter the teacher’s extension to listen to your child’s homework assignment.

After-School Tutoring and the Six-to-Six Program

Tutoring is offered in math, reading and writing, and science Tuesday through Thursday. There are openings in the Six-to-Six after-school program. If you are interested, contact the director Christine Ferrante at 619-743-7295 for more information.

Student Absences

The staff in the attendance office thanks parents for doing such an outstanding job of clearing their children’s absences. Please continue to call the office any time your child will not be in school.

If you are planning on taking your child out of school for five days or more, please contact the attendance office a week in advance. By giving the school ample notice, the teachers will have time to prepare assignments for your child. We appreciate your cooperation.

School News

The Art Club made holiday craft items and sold them on campus and at the Cabrillo Credit Union. They raised over $1,400 to benefit Children’s Hospital! Janna Mattia, Lena Dumont, and Kathryn Pham were honored by the Lion’s Club for their entries in the Peace poster contest. All participants received a plaque and Katheryn’s poster was selected as an entry for the national competition.

There are a limited number of yearbooks available and these will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Yearbooks may be purchased for $35 in the financial office. Student work is currently on display on the Marshall website.


Lately, there has been a boom in the development of technology all around us. From hand-held computers to multimedia, fully interactive websites. Today is truly a unique time. Not all of us, however, are active participants in this latest of crazes. Some have been floundering in the dust after this incredible explosion of gizmos and digital wonders.

Are our children going to be sufficiently equipped to face a world of ones and zeroes when the time comes? Hank Bethiaume, a teacher at Marshall Middle School, is taking an active part in making sure that this dream is realized. He has pioneered a new pilot web design class that prepares students to be successful with computer technology.

He works with eighteen select students to design and engineer efficient and interesting websites. During this process, the students learn how to manage deadlines, and work together in an office-like environment. His students are currently producing new and interesting material. You can visit them at [].


Last December, the Marshall Middle School ASB leadership class hosted a canned food drive to support the San Diego Food Bank. Alyssa Martin, the Commissioner of Outreach, organized this event and the school collected over 3,000 canned and nonperishable food items! Thank-you to the families and friends of Marshall Middle School who donated food and time to help make this food drive a huge success!

The ASB currently is taking part in a “donation drive” through the Goodwill Industry program. During the month of February, students are being asked to collect any items that could be used as a donation to Goodwill. If you have anything to donate, please bring it to Marshall Middle School or contact your nearest Goodwill collection site. Remember, you could help someone else and also receive a tax deduction.

I personally thank the students in the ASB Leadership class for their tremendous dedication in planning and organizing events at Marshall Middle School. They have made my first year as the ASB advisor go much smoother than I had anticipated. It’s a pleasure to work with such a talented and enthusiastic group of kids. My hat goes off to all of you!

Elementary Schools

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School (EBS)

Ellen Browning Scripps (EBS) welcomes Jeannine Corry, Michelle Salgado, Holly Sandefur, and Gretchen Casey to our school. These world-class phase I teachers have been actively participating in the content design planning process and will be joined by phase II teachers next month. Also on board in the EBS interim office at Miramar Ranch is secretary Jan Holladay.

Content Design Planning Process

Like other schools in Scripps Ranch, Ellen Browning Scripps will use identified research-based guideposts to assist in developing the foundation and rationale for creating a new world-class school. One helpful resource that is assisting in this process is the publication “Elementary Makes the Grade,” developed by the California Department of Education. This blueprint for creating a 21st century elementary school is the basis for the EBS planning framework which is guiding design development in five connected core component areas: rigorous academic and performance standards, assessment and accountability, curriculum and instruction, school culture or social tone, and learning community development. Earlier this month, members of the content design team began to focus their work on each of the above areas.

Smaller working task forces have been formed to prepare specific recommendations on each of the core components for full content design team review and ratification. As an example, let’s look at core component 1: Rigorous Academic Content and Performance Standards, which centers on creating a standards-based learning environment for our students. What might the standards-based learning environment task force consider in their work? Steps may include:

  • Designing and implementing professional development opportunities to provide a clear understanding of the rigorous work that EBS students will be asked to do and of the strategies to achieve the standards;
  • Identifying research-based strategies and programs for meeting the academic needs of EBS students;
  • Encouraging professional collaboration and faculty-led research on effective instructional methods that enable all EBS students to meet or exceed content standards;
  • Providing ongoing learning opportunities to encourage our parents to support and assist EBS students in achieving or exceeding grade-level standards; and
  • Determining what students need to know and should be able to demonstrate at each grade level, using the content standards as a guide.

Standards should be used to set a very high foundation requirement for all students, reflecting high expectations for everyone.

Participating in Design Process

As we all recognize, this design process is crucial in building community and molding our children’s future, and the future of EBS. Please join us as we build the teaching and learning infrastructure of Scripps Ranch’s newest elementary school. Please call the EBS office at 693-8593 or contact me by email at [[email protected]] to confirm your participation. A content design team retreat is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 am to 4 pm at Miramar Ranch Elementary, room 201. Additional workshops and retreats have been scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21: 6:30 to 8:30 pm; and
  • Saturday, Mar. 10: 9 am to 4 pm.

Study Group

The EBS Book Study group has been meeting at Starbucks at the Marketplace. Participants are reading Shelly Harwayne’s book Going Public. Call Jan at the EBS office if you would like to receive a copy of this inspiring text and join the book study. See you at Starbucks on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 10 am.

Dingeman Elementary School

Dingeman’s wonderful Art Corps program offers our students opportunities to learn several fundamentals of art which include concepts in line, color, shape, texture, and composition. Dingeman parents are actively involved in this program at many levels. Volunteers help coordinate the program, organize classroom volunteers, make sure our supplies never run low, put together a fabulous art show here at Dingeman, and organize student art work that will be sent to the Del Mar Fair.

In addition, every class has a valuable parent volunteer who attends workshops and teaches in the classroom. Students thoroughly enjoy their art lessons and look forward to the next one. Samples of student and parent artwork are displayed on our Dingeman website. Just go to [] to take a look.

This year, our Art Corps program ran a new fundraiser right before the holiday break. Greeting cards, featuring four different works of art from Dingeman students, went on sale in December. Because of the successful sale, the cards will be for sale again during the Dingeman Art Show in May. Each set of greeting cards, which contain two of each of the four pieces of art, are $8. All proceeds from the sales go towards supporting our Art Corps program. Art Corps has become an important part of our children’s education and we hope that you will get a chance to stop by and be amazed and dazzled during our art show.

Ms. Becker’s third graders and Mrs. Schwartz’s fifth graders represented Dingeman Elementary School at the San Diego Unified School District’s “Martin Luther King Jr. March.” After studying about the impact on the United States by King and learning some songs, the students marched with other schools and sang songs from that period of time.

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the 5th grade classes at Dingeman will convert the school auditorium into Colonial Williamsburg. Each class has studied this period of time and the students will become colonists, slaves, and tradesmen. The students will be making items to give away to visitors. The students will be dressed in costumes and will re-enact this period through speeches, dances, and courtroom dramas.

Dingeman is having a Scholastic book fair the week of March 12-16. The classrooms will be touring the book fair and students will be able to purchase books and make wish lists that they can take home to share with their parents. We will need parent volunteers to help work at the book fair. The volunteer duties include cashier, stocking the shelves/ tables with books, and assisting the children in looking for books that they are interested in when their class tours the book fair.

If you love books, come and help out and enjoy the fun. An orientation will be provided to all volunteers prior to the book fair. We hope to see you there. Signup sheets will be located in the front office at the beginning of March. The teacher conferences are also during this week. Remember to stop by and visit the book fair before or after your conference.

Don’t forget, Dingeman will be closed on Monday, Feb. 12, for Lincoln’s birthday and Monday, Feb. 19, for Washington’s birthday. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, spring pictures will be taken. Watch for kindergarten registration information coming soon in the spring.

Miramar Ranch Elementary School (MRE)

The second half of the Miramar Ranch Elementary School (MRE) year began with the seventh annual hot air balloon festival in January. The fifth-grade students, who had been involved in an interdisciplinary unit of study on the beginnings of flight, launched their handmade, and quite colorful, tissue-paper, hot air balloons.

Dozens of parents and siblings were on hand to watch the graceful, five-foot-high creations soar over the student body assembled on the upper playground. While not every balloon climbed as high as its creators envisioned, each one was a success in its own right, having given the students the opportunity to successfully work in teams, create projects from scratch, and learn the physics and mechanics of lighter-than-air flight.

The fifth-graders also were busy later in January, selling See’s candy to help support the cost of the fifth-grade promotion ceremony and celebration. If you ordered any candy–and hopefully you did–it will be delivered to you during the second week of February.

An ongoing successful fundraiser is on the Box Tops and Earning for Learning program with students dropping off their clipped boxtops from practically any General Mills or Betty Crocker products at the school. You also can help the school when you when you shop at Westfield Shoppingtown UTC and show your receipts at the customer service booth. MRE receives double points when you do. Every dollar spent at UTC helps Miramar Ranch earn money. For more information, contact Lori Erlenbach at 566-2804.

While raising money is not the raison d’ĂȘtre of MRE, it does a pretty good job at it and uses the funds to support a multitude of programs and activities. This year the MRE school directory took had its first two advertisers to help defray the cost of this valuable Family Faculty Association resource. Auto Masters and Prudential Real Estate were the inaugural advertisers and the MRE students, staff, and parents are grateful to these businesses for their financial support.

On another note, the Extended Day Reading Tutoring program expanded to include first through fifth grade for students who need a bit of extra reading support. The program began in mid-January and qualified students have been invited to participate in it.

Along similar lines, Rolling Reader tutors are still needed for grades 1-3. Tutors work once a week to read and work with children on a one-on-one basis. For more information contact Annette Radogna at 271-0470, ext. 159.

For more overall information on MRE, visit the following websites:

Other Schools

United States International University (USIU)

SR Resident Joins Faculty

USIU alumnus Alfred Lewis joined the College of Business Administration faculty as a professor in the area of Strategic Management, beginning winter quarter. Since he graduated from USIU with a Doctor of Business Administration degree in 1989, Lewis has worked at Binghamton University (State University of New York) as a faculty member and administrator. Most recently he served as Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at that institution.

Blanchard Executive to Speak

Richard I. Lyles, president and CEO of The Ken Blanchard Companies, will speak at USIU’s 9th Annual Isolabella Lecture on Social Psychology and Leadership on Thursday, Feb. 15. The public is invited to the event which begins with coffee with the speaker at 5:40 pm in Green Hall, followed by the presentation at 6:30 pm.

The lecture series honors alumna Maria Christina Isolabella of Milano, Italy, who engineered the initial lecture. World-renowned authors have lectured each year.

Lyles has recently published Winning Ways, 4 Secrets for Getting Great Results by Working Well with People which has risen rapidly on the reader rankings for new releases. Lyles has been an active speaker and management consultant with an international clientele for more than 20 years.

Fulbright Scholar at USIU

Susanne Friedrich, a Fulbright scholar from Leipzig, Germany, is studying graduate clinical psychology at USIU for a year, beginning winter quarter. Upon graduation Susanne hopes to work with teens who have psychological disorders and addiction problems. She has worked in a psychiatric clinic in the area of adolescent drug abuse and at a home for teenage girls and young mothers. She also participated in a research project, examining and comparing dyslexic children in Germany and Hong Kong.

USIU Tennis Season Begins

The public is invited to attend up-coming men’s and women’s tennis matches as the teams launch their sixth season. USIU hosts the following men’s teams at home this month:

  • Saturday, Feb. 3: UCSD at 9:30 am;
  • Sunday, Feb. 4: Whittier College at 2 pm;
  • Friday, Feb. 9: Westmont College at1 pm;
  • Saturday, Feb. 10: Ventura College at 1 pm;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13: Southwestern College at 1 pm;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20: Hope International University, time TBA;
  • Thursday, Feb. 22: Brandeis University at 2 pm; and
  • Saturday, Feb. 24: Western New Mexico University at 11 am.

Home matches for the women’s team are against Westmont College on Friday, Feb. 9, at 2 pm and against Western New Mexico University on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 9 am.

Miramar College

More Classes Begin Feb. 5

Select from classes offered in art, banking and finance, child development, computer and information science, English, health, humanities, math, physical education, political science, and speech! Call the admissions office for enrollment information at 536-7844. Or, pick up a class schedule in the Scripps Ranch Library for details.

Techno Terrific

Equipped with 130 computers with Internet access and a variety of software, the new Miramar College Independent Learning Center (ILC) opened its doors last fall, basically doubling the capacity for student access to computer labs. The lab offers advanced technology to students and the public, including educational software, multi-media tutorials, and Internet access.

Students taking online courses or enrolled in ESL, Spanish, speech and psychology classes can now supplement their education in the lab by completing group or research assignments using the computers. An open house is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8, from 8 am to 9 pm with brief remarks, refreshments, and giveaways at 12:30 pm.

21st Century Project

Miramar College has been selected as one of 16 League of Innovation colleges that will participate in a three-year project designed to develop and pilot new methods of measuring and documenting exciting new learning identified as critical to today’s community college educational experience. The goal of the project is to find ways to improve student learning.

Flying Museum Needs Volunteers

Responding to a request from Assistant Curator Mike Wilson of the San Diego Aerospace Museum, Miramar College’s aviation faculty, led by Wheeler North, conducted a tour of the college program and aviation training facilities for the good folks at the museum. Museum administrators are seeing volunteers to expand and decrease the average age of their current corps of craftsmen, average age being 77 years young. Please contact the Aerospace Museum if you are interested.

Shock Attack

Miramar College EMT program director Judy Harris has been working with the police department to institute the training and use of AEDs through the district. Now standard in the community in addition to CPR, AED is the “shock box” technology applied to persons in cardiac arrest. San Diego is the first community college district in California planning to institute this program.

Appreciation of the Classics

Visit Miramar College on the first Sunday of each month and your eyes will widen at the beauty of exotic and restored classic cars on display during the monthly Barrett Classic Auto Show. Classic car fans and owners come from hundreds of miles away each month to participate, according to show owners Pat and Joe Barrett. The Barretts, who are passionate about classic cars, arrange the impressive swap, show, and sales event, which also includes awards, raffles, door prizes, and refreshments.

General admission is $5; children under 12 are free; show, sales, and vehicle space is $15, and swap reserve space is $20. Spring show dates are Sundays, Feb. 4, March 4, April 8, May 6, and June 3.

Keep On Truckin’

Donations keep driving onto the Miramar College campus! In the fall, Dale Snow from Toyota of El Cajon and Steve Sweet of Toyota Corporate each donated Toyota Tacoma trucks to the college’s T-TEN training and internship automotive technology program. Keeping up the pace, David Pearl of Chrysler Corp donated a fiery red Dodge Viper to the Chrysler CAP apprenticeship program. Call 536-7826 for information on the auto internship programs.

Holiday Compassion

During the holidays, more than 120 Miramar College faculty, staff, and students decorated and filled “shoe boxes” with gifts for San Diego County elderly, distributed through the Meals on Wheels program.