Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)
The Associated Student Body (ASB) Leadership Class is back to work and planning a variety of activities. Some of our feature events include:
- Winter Formal–Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22;
- Culture Week;
- Club Appreciation Luncheon;
- 16th Birthday Card project;
- Trash Your Favorite Band Contest; and,
- Student of the Month and Athlete of the Month recognition events.
In addition, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, we will host a visit from our neighboring Jerabek Student Council. If you have any questions about any of these events, please contact the ASB advisor, Denny Morrow, at 621-9020, ext. 5501.
Air Force Junior ROTC Corps
The SRHS Corps Commander is Cadet Colonel Matthew Cherry and is assisted by a staff of highly qualified seniors: Cadet Chris Malaqui, vice commander; Cadet Major Sean Cohee, executive officer; Cadet Captain Angelina Castro, operations officer; and, Cadet Captain Duong Nguyen, mission support officer. These are all graduating seniors who have been in ROTC for almost four years and were selected for these positions because of their strong academic and leadership qualities.
There are 12 schools in the San Diego Unified School District that offer ROTC, and SRHS is one of the two that is Air Force. Each year the Air Force inspects the unit to insure compliance with its directives on curriculum, training, and resource management.
In January the senior staff gave a comprehensive briefing to a panel consisting of: Rob Atterbury, director of School to Career; Dave LeMay, SRHS principal; Elizabeth Gillingham, vice principal; David Cochrane, vice principal; Bill Hicks, head counselor; Lt. Colonel Cookson, assistant director of military science, and inspecting officer Colonel Abbott, commander, ROTC Det, SDSU.
Also in January the Color Guard presented the “Colors” at the Old Pros/Scripps Ranch Faculty Basketball Game.
It is hard to imagine, but it has been 10 years since Scripps Ranch High School opened its doors on the Ranch. Much has been accomplished as we have grown with the community. Our alumni are now making meaningful contributions to communities all over the world, and we would like to celebrate that fact!
A steering committee has been formed to make this the reunion to remember in the fall of 2003. If you are a former or current SRHS student, parent, or staff member who would like to help us with alumni contacts, the homecoming extravaganza, or other elements of the project, please contact Mary Bostwick at 621-9020, ext. 132, or [[email protected]].
Mark Your Calendars
SRHS counselors will meet with sophomores for the Four-Year Planning review on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) will be administered to sophomores on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Mar. 4, 5, and 6.
Advanced Placement (AP) exams will take place from Monday, May 5, through Friday, May 16. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement classes are expected to take the exam for the course.
Senior Exhibitions are scheduled for Monday, Mar. 24-Thursday, Mar. 27, and Monday, Mar. 31-Thursday, Apr. 3. Please consider being a panelist for a couple of hours one day or more to evaluate student projects.
Details regarding the dates and times of the panel sessions will be published in the March issue of the SCRA Newsletter, but we are scheduling community volunteers now. Please contact Mary Bostwick at 621-9020, ext. 132, or [[email protected]] to sign up or receive more information.
Are you consolidating a business, cleaning out your garage, or wondering what to do with that “used but still in great shape” piece of furniture, exercise equipment, computer, or even lab equipment? Join the growing list of donors to SRHS. Not sure if your items could be used by the school? Contact Mary Bostwick at 621-9020, ext. 132, or [[email protected]] to discuss.
Class of 2003–Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty
Last month’s Parent Booster Organization (PBO) meeting was very productive. We were able to visualize what the gym will look like for our fabulous Grad Night. As we plan, design, and build our decorations and props, the most important thing we need right now is a workplace to store items so that we can work on them weekly, and more often, the closer we get to Friday, June 13.
Is there any senior parent out there who is willing to donate their garage or storage locker for a few months so that we can keep all the materials and supplies in one area? If so, please contact our decorating committee chair, Joanne Jerrell, at 566-5864.
Other items needed are:
- Twinkle lights;
- Chinese lanterns;
- 12-foot car or party canopy;
- Movie posters; and,
- Movie theater stand-ups.
Cindy Flores, games chair, would like a toddler photo of your senior for a guessing game. Please drop off the identified photo at Cindy’s house, 10768 Pointed Oak Lane. If you need directions, please contact her at 695-6919 or [[email protected]pacific.com].
Nancy Richieri and Colleen Mossberg, volunteers co-chairs, are looking for people to work during Grad Night. Usually, the parents of juniors pitch in to help during the night, as well as take down decorations the following day for use at next year’s party. Please spread the word that Nancy at 578-8166 and Colleen at 578-8524 need your help.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 pm in the teacher’s cafeteria at the high school. Hope to see more senior parents join us as we get down to the real nitty gritty.
Golfers Needed–No Experience Required!
The Parent Booster Organization (PBO) for the class of 2004 needs your help. We are planning our golf tournament for Friday, May 2. We hope that this event is a huge success thereby guaranteeing your 2004 graduate an exciting, safe, drug- and alcohol-free Grad Night with his or her high school friends.
The golf event includes lunch, a fun afternoon of golfing at the Doubletree Resort in Carmel Mountain Ranch, a delicious dinner, raffles, prizes, and a silent auction. There are several ways you can pitch in:
- Sign up to be a golfer for $150 per person. Even better, sign up a foursome! Don’t be afraid that your golfing performance is not up to par. The format for this fundraiser is a “golf scramble,” which means you can possibly play the best game of your life! You will not want to miss this opportunity. Ask your friends and neighbors to come along.
- Become a sponsor. Golf carts, golf holes, and many other things can be sponsored by you individually or by your employer. Your business will benefit from the exposure they receive as a sponsor by signage and acknowledgment in our golf program.
- Donate a prize or silent auction item. Maybe you own a cabin that someone may love to spend the weekend at. How about that boat that is always just sitting in its slip? These are the kinds of prizes people love to bid on and will help generate more money for our cause. Also, you can put together a prize basket or donate sports event tickets or equipment.
A letter regarding our golf tournament is being sent to all parents of SRHS juniors requesting their participation. We urge you to send in a donation, become a golfer and a sponsor, and to come to our meetings, which are held the first Tuesday of each month in the SRHS teacher’s cafeteria. Our next meeting is set for Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 pm.
Should you have any questions or want to sign up to help with sponsors and prizes, please call our president, Sandy Price, at 693-1531.
Class of 2005 PBO
Thanks to the following for their donations: Ralph and Paula Tilley, Ned and Kim Watson, Rosemarie and Gary Wood, Layne and Jan Rasmussen, Michael and DeeDee McLees, Cheryl and Robert Mannie, Tony and Bobbi Baron, Yolanda Swalwell, Steve and Eileen Schallhorn, Violet Ingrum, Kurt and Pam Fettu, Michael Bernstein, Bernstein Financial Services, Inc., Rodrigo and Marietta Almario, Christa Fagan, Lisa Lewis Hernandez, Robin Galichon, and Don and Sue Ressmeyer.
At our most recent meeting, we considered various fundraising activities. We are always happy to have more input and urge you to join us. Our monthly meetings are an opportunity to get together, as well as plan for our children’s Grad Night. Our next meetings are Wednesday, Feb. 5 and Mar. 5, at 7 pm at the Information Center. Join us!
If you would like to receive information on upcoming events and have already sent in your membership form, call Gail Golko at 549-9294 and give her your email address. If you have any questions, please feel free to call one of our co-presidents: Alexis Parker at 566-9872 or Becky Eldridge at 548-7400.
Marshall Middle School (MMS)
- Monday, Feb. 3–New middle school Design Task Force meeting, 7-9 pm, auditorium;
- Wednesday, Feb. 5–PTSA meeting, 12-2 pm, lounge;
- Wednesday, Feb. 5–Governance meeting, 6:30 pm, lounge;
- Monday, Feb. 10–Stanford Diagnostic Reading Testing begins;
- Thursday, Feb. 13–Staff development day, no classes;
- Friday, Feb. 14, through Monday, Feb. 17–Holidays;
- Wednesday, Feb. 19–New middle school Design Task Force meeting, 7-9 pm, auditorium;
- Friday, Feb. 28–First semester awards ceremony: Grade 8, 8-9 am; Grade 7, 9:30-10:30 am; Grade 6, 1-2 pm, auditorium; and,
- Friday, Feb. 28–CJSF trip to Knotts Berry Farm.
Jeremy Patashnik Wins 2003 Geography Bee
Can you name the site of an annual festival that celebrates Scottish heritage in Eastern Canada? Seventh grader Jeremy Patashnik could, and knowing the answer–Nova Scotia–made him the Marshall Middle School 2002-2003 Geography Bee champion.
The second place winner of this year’s bee was 7th grader Jordan Davis. In third place was 7th grader Emily Rutherford. Honorable Mention awards went to seven other semi-finalists: Dhruv Gopinath, Alex Nelson, George Jiang, Alex Stumm, Alaric Zhu, Kate Mitchell, and Alex Tanzer.
Other participants in this year’s bee were Shane Bissonnette, Caleb Cato, Niki Cvitkovich, Tracy Han, Matt Handfelt, Warren Howe, Sarah Kukuchek, Kristina Leung, Alyssa McKinney, Jared Mimms, Lauren Mimms, Marcus Montanile, Emily Nguyen, Roland Paquette, Cameron Rivero, Jessica Severn, Chris Shughrue, Amy Webster, Kristy Young, and Dennis Zhan. The school Geography Bee, at which students answered oral questions, was the first round in the annual National Geographic Bee.
Jeremy will now take a written test to qualify for the 2003 State Bee to be held in Sacramento in April. Up to 100 of the top scorers in the state will be invited to compete at the state level this spring.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions to participate in the National Geographic Bee in May. The first place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship; the second place winner, a $15,000 scholarship; and, the third place winner, a $10,000 scholarship.
The National Geographic Society developed the National Geography Bee in response to a growing concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Marshall’s school bee is open to all students and is sponsored by the Social Studies Department and Marshall’s Associated Student Body.
Eighth grade Four-Year Planning Conferences continue during February. Most of the conferences will be held in the Marshall Middle School auditorium from 6:30-8:30 pm. Letters regarding specific dates and times were mailed home to all 8th grade parents.
There have been important changes in high school graduation and college entrance requirements that you need to be aware of. Please plan to attend this very informative meeting with your son or daughter.
Our 4.0 awards assemblies will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, in our auditorium. The 8th grade assembly will be held from 8-9 am; the 7th grade assembly will be from 9:30-10:30 am; and, the 6th grade assembly will be from 1- 2 pm. Letters of invitation will be sent out to parents and a copy will also be distributed to participating students.
Information meetings for parents of next year’s incoming 6th graders and Dingeman Elementary School’s 7th graders will be held on Thursday, Mar. 6, in our auditorium. Parents of 6th graders will meet from 5-6 pm, and 7th grade Dingeman parents will meet from 6:30- 7:30 pm. Letters of invitation will be sent home by the elementary schools the last week of February. As of this writing, it is not yet known which elementary schools will matriculate to Marshall.
The Dance Team placed first in the NCA/NDA Holiday Classic competition. A huge trophy is on display in the main office! They also received a first place in the 2002 COA Regional Tournament that qualifies them for the Nationals in Orlando, Florida. A special thanks to Ms. Hall and Mrs. Sedlmeyer who keep the girls working hard.
On Monday, Feb. 24, David Faber will donate his time to come and talk to our students about his book Because of Romek, which relates to The Diary of Anne Frank. Many 8th graders are currently reading Anne Frank and will have the opportunity to purchase his book if they like.
Robots Invade Marshall
Mr. B’s students have been engaged in a computer program called the Robot Club. Students constructed robots to complete tasks and engaged themselves in goal-directed problem solving to successfully complete computer-simulated “missions.”
These robots were built and tested in class and involved soldering electronic components, which was a new skill for most students. Students were able to take these robots home at the completion of the project. Students were excited about this project and learned a lot.
Math and the Website
We have added a new feature to the Marshall website. Under the “Resources” section, we have posted information regarding the various math assessments used at Marshall. Descriptions of these assessments, tips for preparing your students, and valuable resources can be found in this section. We invite you to visit our school website at [http://marshall.sandi.net].
Save Tuesday, Mar. 11, and Thursday, Mar. 13, to see Mrs. Palmer direct our choir students in their production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. This musical is a must-see!
You will not want to miss Charlie’s baseball game, Linus’ ever-present blanket, Schroeder’s piano renditions, Sally’s new philosophy, Lucy’s queendom, or Snoopy’s joy at suppertime, as well as several upbeat ensemble numbers. This event will be held in our auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The Library Media Center will sponsor our annual Read-In on Monday, Apr. 7. This is an event in which community members can volunteer to read a selection to a class and discuss the importance of reading in their lives. If you, or someone you know, is interested in serving as a role model to our students, please call the school or email the librarian at [[email protected]].
As many of you set goals and resolutions for the new year, Marshall Middle School is no different. The Associated Student Body (ASB) is currently heading up a recycling program that is long overdue. Plastic bottles and aluminum cans are being recycled in 24 different containers throughout the school.
Paper is being collected in all classrooms, and used ink cartridges for printers are being recycled as well. The San Diego Urban Corp. and San Diego City Schools are on a mission to get every middle and high school involved in this program. It is nice to see that we are doing our part to help take care of the environment.
On Thursday, Feb. 13, the ASB will host a 4.0 lunch. Students who received a 4.0 in both academics and citizenship will receive an invitation to this lunch that includes pizza, soda, and chips. For their tremendous accomplishments, we will also have several raffle prizes, such as $10 gift certificates to the Wherehouse, Edwards Cinemas, Jamba Juice, and Starbucks. Congratulations to all students who earned this reward!
We just finished with yet another successful and enthusiastic Spirit Week at Marshall where students were encouraged to dress up and show their school spirit. Dress up days included: Jersey Day, Crazy Clothes Day, College Day, Crazy Sock Day, and Mustang Pride Day. It is amazing how much participation and spirit is generated at this school!
Speaking of Mustang Pride Day, the ASB is now selling several items that you may purchase. We have a brand new line of Marshall Middle School sweatshirts that have a “college” look to them. These sweatshirts have stitched MMS logos and cost $30.
We are also selling a high quality fleece blanket with the Marshall logo for only $30. Class T-shirts for the class of 2003 and 2004 are on sale for $5. A new Marshall T-shirt is being designed right now by the ASB and will be available by the end of the month. These T-shirts will cost between $6 and $8.
If you are interested in purchasing one of these items, please call Dave Hodapp at 549-8840. Please make all checks out to Marshall Middle School.
The Dingeman Elementary School Family Faculty Connection (FFC) and our Dingeman families all worked hard during the first half of the school year raising money to enrich our students’ education. We have already seen the fruits of our labor and generosity with several wonderful projects.
Thanks to the hard work of many of our dedicated technology enthusiasts and our FFC fundraising, we now have a set of new computers in our Media Center! We are very excited about the recent purchase of several Apple eMac computers to add to the handful of Apple iMacs that were already in the Media Center.
In the tradition of modern technology, these new systems are faster and more capable than earlier acquisitions. Boasting larger screens along with the new Apple Operating System X, the eMacs were designed specifically for the education market. All computers will get the Internet to allow students to do web research, have the Type to Learn software, the Inspiration software, and the Microsoft Office Suite for use.
This will enable our librarian, Rita Danskin, to teach the children Information Literacy with Internet use, Microsoft Office with Word and PowerPoint, as well as Inspiration to organize ideas. The computers are also available to teachers who want to bring their classes in for whole class work.
This new center for technology will provide a great opportunity to lead Dingeman’s students into the future. Congratulations to all on our first computer work area that can accommodate many students at one time!
Nestled in the southeast part of the beautiful Dingeman library is the Book Room area. Within these walls are housed curriculum resources for the teachers and students. There are current professional books and videos for teachers to access, read aloud books, author crafts books, big books to use for shared reading, story tapes with little books, chapter books, and multiple sets of Guided Reading materials.
These Guided Reading books are used by kindergarten through 6th grade teachers and the genres include fiction, nonfiction, mystery, realistic fiction, math, science, and social studies. In addition, there are science units, art books, and poetry sets. Due to the generosity of our FFC, we were able to add additional updated Guided Reading sets in nonfiction for all grade levels.
This Book Room is a valuable asset for teaching students literacy. Teachers are able to select books based on the skills that students need for their next level of learning.
Dingeman’s Book Room is managed by our reading resource specialist, Betty Miller. We want to thank her for identifying the needs of our Book Room, maintaining our resources, and making sure students at all grade levels have interesting and level-appropriate books available to them for learning.
We can never mention enough about our super Art Corps program, which is also supported through FFC fundraising. Art Corps employs a large number of parent volunteers, and each and every student at our school directly benefits from their dedication.
Last month we held our annual Family Art Night so that parents could join their young artists in a few art lessons. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, our Art Corps committee will hold a brainstorming meeting to plan out the highly anticipated Dingeman Art Show.
Dingeman Elementary School has also been invited to display student art work at the Information Center. Look for several of our students’ beautiful art at the center in March. Also, to anyone in our community who has large refrigerator boxes or old calendars with any type of art work–famous artists, floral, animals–we would appreciate your donations to our program!
Did you catch our amazing Honor Choir on KUSI’s “Songs of the Holidays” over the winter break? This is another excellent program proudly funded by our Dingeman FFC. Dingeman’s Honor Choir, headed by 4th grade teacher Garner Saguil, has 50 students from grades 4-6. In addition to their television appearance, the Honor Choir has also performed at the Scripps Ranch High School’s Veterans Day Concert.
Some of the songs they have performed include: “United We Stand,” “Happy Hanukkah, My Friend,” “Christmas Bells Are Ringing,” “Armed Forces Medley,” and “Let Freedom Sing.” Dingeman’s Honor Choir will perform at the San Diego City School’s Choral Showcase on Wednesday, Mar. 26, at Dana Middle School, and will treat our Dingeman students to a schoolwide performance later on in the year.
Three students, Jake Vildibill, Stephanie Bedford, and Stephanie Arcio, will represent Dingeman in our school district’s Honor Choir this year. The choir is accompanied by pianist Barb Amling and is managed by parent volunteers Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Chercoe.
So what’s our next fundraising event? Keep posted for our annual Scholastic Book Fair to be held in the school auditorium from Monday, Feb. 24, through Thursday, Feb. 27. Parents can come in and browse through wonderful books for the whole family. This is a great way to build your home library with books at terrific prices. All proceeds go back into buying books for each classroom.
The Importance of Fundraising
With all that said, one can clearly see how all Dingeman students directly benefit from the efforts of fundraising. Next year, fundraising will be an even more important part of our children’s education with the recent school budget cuts. We thank all parents who have given so generously of their time and energy for supporting these important fundraisers.
If you have not yet had a chance to become involved, we encourage you to spend some time with any of our school projects. Everybody’s help is greatly appreciated, whether it is a few hours on one project or full enthusiastic dedication leading another. With our families support, we can continue to provide enriching programs for our students year after year.
Please mark the following dates on your calendar:
- Thursday, Feb. 13–Staff development, no school;
- Friday, Feb. 14–Lincoln Day observance;
- Monday, Feb. 17–Washington Day observance;
- Monday, Feb. 24, to Thursday, Feb. 27–Book Fair;
- Wednesday, Feb. 26, to Friday, Feb. 28–Parent conferences, 12:50 pm dismissal;
- Wednesday, Mar. 5–Staff development, minimum day for students, 12:50 pm dismissal; and,
- Wednesday, Apr. 2–Kindergarten registration.
Kindergarten registration will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 2, from 7:30 am to 11 am in the lunch arbor. Your child must be 5 years old on or before December 2. Please make sure that you bring all of the following documents to complete your registration:
- Official Birth Certificate;
- Social Security card;
- Two proofs of residence, which can be any of the following: deed to home, escrow papers, rent receipt for the last month, most recent utility bills–phone, gas and electric. Please make sure that your name and address is on the bill; and,
- Immunization record signed by the physician.
Immunization requirements are:
- Polio (OPV and/or IPV)–4 doses, 3 doses meet the requirement if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday;
- DTP–5 doses, 4 doses meet the requirement if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday;
- MMR–2 doses, both on or after the 1st birthday;
- Hepatitis B–3 doses; and,
- Chicken pox or date of disease.
Please double check with your child’s physician. Registrations packets will be available in the office in mid-March. If you have any questions, please call the office at 549-4437. See you there!
After our long winter break, Jerabek is ready to pick up the pace again this month. Get out your calendar because there is much to take note of!
Please join the 5th graders for their Family Science Night coming up quickly on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:45 pm. Then, 3rd graders and their parents are invited to join in the fun at Family Math Night on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6:45 pm.
Read Across America
In honor of the national Read Across America Week set for Monday, Feb. 24, through Friday, Feb. 28, Jerabek students will participate in lots of fun reading activities. The Jerabek Family Faculty Organization (FFO) will hold its second Book Fair of the year that week in the auditorium.
So many popular titles will be offered at great prices! Volunteers would be greatly appreciated to assist with this fundraiser. Please call Debbie Hoffer at 693-1635 if you can help out at the fair.
Jerabek classrooms will make those fabulous literacy quilts again this year. Please stop by and check them out on your way to the Book Fair. Once again, they will be flying in the courtyard.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss
On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 27, we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! This annual celebration has always been an exciting way to generate lots of enthusiasm for reading. Children are encouraged to wear their comfy pajamas and settle down for great storytelling!
Community leaders and teachers will be scattered throughout the classrooms, waiting to take their turn reading an assortment of books to our kids. Afterward, we will gather in the courtyard and sing “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Seuss. Of course, it would not be a party without birthday cake and punch. Please join in on the fun. It really is a wonderful family tradition at Jerabek!
The fun continues on Friday, Feb. 28, with a day of tall tales by professional storyteller, Linda Whiteside. She will entertain us at several assemblies again this year. She really gets the children engaged in her stories!
Do not forget to plan for the scheduled holidays in February. Jerabek will not hold classes Thursday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 17. It will be the perfect opportunity to take some extra time to show your little Valentine you care!
Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)
From the Assistant Principal
Miramar Ranch students, staff, and families have kicked off the new year in style. We began the month with our schoolwide Flag Assembly, where we were treated to a performance by our 3rd grade classes. They performed fun songs that showed off what they had learned about geography. Our focus during January was on seizing opportunities. Our next Flag Assembly will be held on Friday, Feb 7. Come join us!
All students attended a wonderful assembly in January. Garth Gilchrist is a talented storyteller whose stories focus on diversity, peace, and generosity. The students enjoyed the happy stories and even had a laugh.
Fourth graders enjoyed hands-on science experiments at Family Science Night. Students and their families experimented in chemistry, physics, and biology while getting some good practical use for their math skills. Our scientists satisfied their curiosity. Our next Family Science Night is for 5th graders and will be on Thursday, Feb. 20. Join the fun!
Kindergarten registration will be on Wednesday, Apr. 2, from 8 to 10:30 am. Look for upcoming information.
Dates to Remember
February begins with our Parent Coffee on Monday, Feb. 3, at 8 am in the multi-purpose room. In the middle of the month we will enjoy a five-day weekend. Thursday, Feb. 13, will be a staff development day, and Friday, Feb. 14, and Monday, Feb. 17, will be Lincoln and Washington Day observances.
The last week of the month will have minimum days on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Feb. 26-28, for parent conferences. Check the school website at [www.sandi.net/miramar] for updates.
Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)
Calendar of Events
- February–We practice compassion;
- Every Saturday–Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm;
- Wednesday, Feb. 5–Grade 4 train study trip to San Juan Capistrano;
- Friday, Feb. 7–Mascot Day;
- Monday, Feb. 10–Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) board meeting, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
- Tuesday, Feb. 11–Character Education Advisory Committee, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
- Thursday, Feb. 13–Staff development day, no school;
- Friday, Feb. 14–Lincoln’s Birthday, no school; Happy Valentine’s Day;
- Monday, Feb. 17–Washington’s Day, no school; and,
- Friday, Feb. 21–The Philharmonic Wind Quintet perform Peter and the Wolf.
The Parent Academy
The Parent Academy met in January and focused on Writing Workshop. At EBS we work hard to create inviting literacy settings in our classrooms, filled with extensive book collections, schoolwide literacy rituals, and ways to keep up with the best in children’s writing and exemplary instructional practice.
We want our students to make a lifelong commitment to both reading and writing. Parents at the academy learned about the components of Writing Workshop. They also had an opportunity to visit classrooms to see students develop their writing skills, along with fluency, confidence, and a desire to see themselves as writers and authors.
Teacher presenter Holly Sander said, “Children in Writing Workshop see themselves as writers. They develop a genuine feel for writing, its power and purpose. My students know what it means to write for themselves–in a writer’s notebook, for example–but they also know what it means to write for an audience of interested readers. We publish all the time.”
The spring Parent Academy will focus on Reading Workshop.
The 2002-2003 EBS Student Council officers and representatives were elected in January. The purpose of this organization is to promote student leadership at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School.
The council will have the following functions: serve as the school’s governing body for students and provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills; give students practice in democracy; provide a representative voice for the student body; provide an appropriate vehicle for student body representatives to faculty and administration; and, help other citizens and groups in our community.
Elected officers include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, sergeant-at-arms, and school safety marshal. The election process included a full month of activities. During election week, candidates in the general election developed campaign posters that were displayed throughout the campus. The election assembly included campaign speeches and voting. Results of the election will be announced in the SRCA Newsletter.
The Arts at EBS
The Philharmonic Wind Quintet, an in-residence performing arts group with the Young Audiences of San Diego and the Institute for Arts Education of San Diego, will visit EBS on Friday, Feb. 21, to perform Peter and the Wolf. The performance will feature original music by Sergei Prokofief arranged for woodwind quintet, complete with narration.
Peter and the Wolf is a familiar classic fairy tale written by Prokofief for his children and set to his own unforgettable music. The members of the Philharmonic will also demonstrate their respective instruments–flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn.
EBS music specialist, Linda Lungren, says, “The performers are all very successful professionals who perform on a regular basis with the Pro Art Symphony Orchestra, Millennium Opera Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and the San Diego Opera Orchestra.” We look forward to their performance of Peter and the Wolf.
Chabad Hebrew Academy
We are now accepting registrations for the school year 2003-2004 in our new state-of-the-art facility. Chabad is proud of its many innovative and exciting programs.
Students have won many prestigious awards, including participating in the National Geographic Geography Bee, Bar Ilan University’s Jewish identity contest, and many others. Chabad believes that a solid education touches the core of the child and empowers the individual to better their world.
Chabad is also proud of its state-of-the-art computer lab with Internet capabilities, 5-days-a-week physical education program, and full immersion Hebrew language lab. For more information or to arrange a visit, please call the school at 566-1996 or visit our website at [www.chabadhebrewacademy.com].
Learning Math and Science
The Chabad Hebrew Academy and its teachers are gearing up for proficiency in mathematics and science. According to national norms, the Academy has achieved high percentiles in mathematics and science.
Through professional development, the staff continues to acquire new methodologies to sustain high achievement and continued growth in these subject areas. The Academy is committed to graduate mathematically competent and proficient graduates from the school. The learning resources and science technology of San Diego County have partnered with the Academy to secure ongoing support to the teachers.
The 5th grade recently traveled to Palm Springs in honor of the holiday of Tu B’shvat–Jewish Arbor Day. In Palm Springs the children hiked and learned about the different flowers and plants of the desert. They also went on the aerial tram and learned about the history of the tram. At the top of the mountain the students spent the afternoon tubing in the snow.
The middle school enjoyed a day of skiing at Mountain High Ski Resort. Everyone became an expert skier by the end of the day! Chabad is proud of its outdoor education program.