Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

PBO Class of 2001

If you missed our call and membership drive, it’s not too late to join. Please mail your tax-deductible donation to: Sonya Bolton at 10444 Spruce Grove Ave., SD, CA.92131.

Mark your calendars for Saturdays, March 4; Tuesday, April 11; and Tuesday, May 9, for Souplantation Family Night. Don’t forget to turn in the flyers at the Souplantation. They will come home with your student.

See’s candy sale starts March 1. Get all your chocolate loving friends and family a special treat. Contact Pam LaChapelle at 549-0055 to help with this fundraiser.

The garage sale is Saturday, April 1, on Birch Bluff Ave. We need both volunteers and donations. Contact Nan Thomas at 549-2322. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to fund Grad Night for the Class of 2001.

Marshall Middle School

March Events

  • Monday, Mar. 6: Dingeman articulation at lunch;
  • Tuesday, Mar. 7: Dingeman articulation at lunch;
  • Thursday, Mar. 9: International Food Faire at lunch;
  • Friday, Mar. 10: SRHS counselor’s in 8th grade English class for articulation;
  • Monday, Mar. 13: Parent meeting for 8th graders at SRHS theatre at 7 pm;
  • Monday, Mar. 13: Miramar Ranch articulation at lunch;
  • Tuesday, Mar. 14: Miramar Ranch articulation at lunch;
  • Tuesday, Mar. 14: SRHS Counselor’s in 8th grade English class for articulation;
  • Friday, Mar. 17: Minimum day;
  • Friday, Mar. 17: Spring Showcase at Marston Middle School; and
  • Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 20-21: Jerabek articulation at lunch.

School News

Although Marshall students are preparing themselves for the coming of spring, they also are working diligently to maintain the high level of academic rigor that they began school with in the fall. No spring fever for these young Mustangs; it’s business as usual.

The first semester proved to be an academic marathon for these front runners. Students at Marshall are continuing to show that they take education seriously, by staying focused and by maintaining high grade-point averages. We take great pride in their continued quest to reach academic excellence and applaud their efforts.

Washington, D. C. Trip

The Washington, D.C. committee has a wonderful trip planned for the eighth graders. But we want all those who have plans on attending to remember to monitor their academic and citizenship grades very closely. It’s important that students meet the standards set, so that they can participate in this wonderful event.

Counseling Center

Articulation is coming. Marshall counselors will be visiting our local elementary schools to explain the process of enrolling in middle school and choosing electives. Incoming 6th graders must take advisory, language arts/literature, mathematics, science and physical education. They will have one additional period in which to take an elective.

Our electives for 6th graders include: various levels of band, chorus, and study skills (IEP required), and an exploratory wheel, including nine weeks each of art, music/drama, world languages, and exploring technology. We ask that parents consider their child’s interests when helping him or her choose an elective.

Articulation for 7th and 8th graders will be happening soon as well. Look for program planning cards coming home in the next few weeks

Honors and Awards

Marshall, for the second year, entered the Regional Science Olympiad competition at SDSU in February. Coming from a 16th place finish last year, Marshall students noted that the competition toughened as more teams competed this year. But, Marshall was prepared. This year the team brought home a trophy as we finished 8th out of the 50 teams. Better yet, in two of the 21 events, Marshall took first place. Events included trajectory, bottle rockets, mystery architecture, and bio-process lab.

After four months of preparation, a true roller coaster ride at times, Marshall demonstrated to the region that we are a team with a goal, the ability to achieve it, and the students to make it happen. Next year the trophy will be bigger and the fun level will max out. This is science education at its best.

The team this year was composed of seasoned veterans, with one year experience, and new recruits. This year’s outstanding team members were: Erin Philips, Lauren Bernstein, Yve Cohen, Graham Nicastro, Diane Williams, Lyndsey Parker, Boris Patlis, Brian Casey, Ryan Mulvey, Kelsey Jones, Alla Khalitova, Tori Noquez, Stefanie Lewis, Devin Alavian, and Nathan Fay. We will lose our eighth-grade members this year, but we already have siblings lining up.

Jim Gaut, the Science Olympiad Coordinator, would like to thank several parents that have put in a tremendous amount of time, commitment, and energy in coaching and support. In particular thanks to Linda Sloan, Lisa Fay, Mary Anne Jones, Greg Jones, Tonia Berman, Mike Bernstein, Donna Pipkin, Vance Parker, Betty Wilkinson, and Jeff Eby.

Congratulations also to science teachers Rupi Boyd and Elaine Gillum and to their students for their great success in having 49 projects selected to compete in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair in Balboa Park.

Congratulations to Mica Swanson, tall flags coach, and the Tall Flags Unit for their 1st place award at the Winter Guard Competition at Escondido High School. The young ladies worked very hard in preparing for this performance. Way to go; we’re proud of you.

Red Ribbon Week Essay Contest Winners

We are pleased to report that the following students received Honorable Mention in the 1999 Red Ribbon essay contest: Mark Beyersdorf, Stephanie Cox, Devin Dreszer, Ashley Glosz, Jenna Krier, Catherine Martinez, and Natalie Price. The importance of leading a drug-free life cannot be overstated. Young people are the heart of California’s future, and the quality of their work proves that our state and nation will be kept in very capable hands.

Congratulations to Vice Principal Sandra Pryor and English Department Chair Sharon Clause for being selected to be presenters at the California League of Middle Schools’ conference held in San Francisco this month. We are confident that they will represent Marshall with dignity and pride.


There is still enough time to have your name placed on the ballot if you are interested in serving on next year’s PTSA Executive Board. A list of nominees will be posted on the Marshall bulletin board on Saturday, March 11, and voting will take place at our next general meeting set for Wednesday, April 12, which is Curriculum Night at Marshall.

If you are interested in one of the following positions: President; Vice President, Fundraising; Vice President, Programs; Secretary; Treasurer; Historian; or Auditor, please contact our committee chair Karen Wood at 566-7144, and she will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the duties of these positions.

Plans are in the works for the second annual Creative Arts Fair, and we are hoping to have good participation in this year’s event. The theme of the fair is “Anything is Possible….” Marshall students are invited to submit an original entry in any one of the following categories: Literature, Visual Arts, Musical Composition, Dance Choreography, and Photography. The entries will on display around the school during the day and, of course, during the evening for all parents to see. Parent volunteers are needed! Please contact Jan Rasmussen at 689-9892.

Be sure you check out our beautiful Marshall courtyard the next time you visit the campus as another group of courtyard tiles have been installed. We would like to express our appreciation to Cheryl Magner who has been working on this fundraiser since its inception. She has done a fantastic job participating in the design and the entire process of this on-going project.

June is just around the corner! Well, almost. Any parent who is interested in joining a committee for the 8th grade promotion should contact Karin Whiteley at 578-0787. We think you’ll enjoy this fun activity and would love to hear your ideas.

The PTSA urges you to vote favorably regarding several Propositions that effect education. We advise you to research Propositions 14, 20, and 26 and go to the polls on Tuesday, March 7! We always welcome new faces and invite you to become more involved in our school.

Elementary Schools

Miramar Ranch Elementary School

When I was a grade-schooler myself, I attended a school that had neither a cafeteria, theater, or any large, enclosed gathering space for pupils. For assemblies or special events, all of the classes simply went outside and sat at a designated area on the playground grass. I would hear my sisters talk of the multipurpose rooms at their junior high school and, not ever having seen it, was enthralled by the concept of a room that could serve a multitude of functions.

Miramar Ranch’s multipurpose room is equally enthralling, with the myriad activities taking place in it. Last month, for instance there were two Family Literacy Nights held there, four “Forces of Nature” assemblies, the Shining Star Award gathering and, unexpectedly, a couple of rainy day lunches.

In fact, you could call MRE itself a “multipurpose school,” with all of the things that go on there. The Media Center now has ten colorful iMac computers available for student use, each with disk drives and networked to printers. Media Center administrator, Val Acciani, is happy to report that another grant is on the way, this one for $18,000 from the State of California. It is earmarked to acquire equipment and books for the center.

In MRE’s classrooms, hats off to Debby Garry from San Diego Reads, who visits Mrs. Engstrom’s, Mrs. Regli’s, and Mrs. Zimsky’s rooms each Friday, bringing exciting literature to life. Mrs. Christian’s second-grade class exemplifies the variety of educational experiences at the school. Her students learned about famous African-Americans during Black History month, studying the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other black Americans. With the arrival of Chinese New Year in February, Mrs. Christian’s kids celebrated the holiday with Chinese rice and almond cookies and researched Chinese traditions. Speaking of reading, all MRE first-grade students received three free books, courtesy of the Reading is Fundamental program.

In February, the Administrators Association of San Diego held its annual community leaders’ breakfast at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley, honoring nearly 800 parents, volunteers, school office workers, and others for their support of schools and involvement in their children’s education. Accompanying MRE Principal Valerie Voss and Vice Principal Michael Cole to the event were Roberta Martin, school secretary; Janet Dray, FFA president; Teri Moreau, FFA membership chair; and me.

Coming up this month at MRE:

  • Tuesday, Mar. 7: Spring photographs;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 8: Principal for a Day;
  • Thursday, Mar. 9: FFA meeting;
  • Thursday, Mar. 10: Wangenheim tour for fifth graders going there;
  • Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 13-14: Marshall Middle School counselors visit fifth graders;
  • Tuesday, Mar. 14: Site-based management team meeting at 4 pm;
  • Tuesday, Mar. 14: “Island of the Blue Dolphin” assemblies;
  • Thursday, Mar. 23: Crazy Hair Day, sponsored by the student council;
  • Thursday, Mar. 23: Kindergarten registration, 8 to 10:30 am; and
  • March 27-31: SAT 9 testing dates for second though fifth grade students.

One last note: the FFA is looking for officers for next year’s Executive Board. Open positions include president-elect, treasurer, recording secretary, corresponding secretary, and ways and means chair. If you are interested, call Jim Hester at 578-6776.

To keep up with the multipurpose goings on at MRE, surf on over to its website [] on the Internet.

Jerabek Elementary School

It is with much regret that we recently learned that our Principal Rosalie Fisher is resigning her post with us due to her illness. Jerabek is now in the process of setting the criteria for a new principal. We wish Rosalie all the best and thank her for everything she has done for Jerabek. She was part of what made us the great school we are. We hope that it will not be too long before she is able to return to the San Diego School District to work. Good luck Rosalie!

School News

Three classrooms of fourth and fifth grade Jerabek students went whale watching in January. The crew offered many insights into ocean life and soon brought the ship within range of a California gray whale. “There she blows!” was the call echoed each time she broke the surface to breathe. Jerabek students were captured by the beauty and grace of the gigantic mammal.

Family Science Night for fifth-grade students was in February. Scripps Ranch High School science club students manned four of the science stations. They provided technical support and easily explained the theories involved. Jerabek would like to thank Brandon, Kevin, David Stone, and Aaron Sheinbein for volunteering to make Jerabek’s Family Science Night a great success. Jerabek Kindergarten students are looking forward to experiencing Family Science Night on Wednesdays, March 8 and 15. Look for fliers to determine the scheduled night for each classroom.

Jerabek students opened their hearts to The Door of Faith Orphanage in La Mision, Mexico, during the month of February. Jerabek students, teachers, and parents collected essential items for each of the orphanage children. Then several parents caravanned the gifts down to the orphanage. The children were overjoyed when they each received a box full of gifts. The Jerabek community would like to thank Nancy Walters and her team of volunteers for their work on this project.

During February, Jerabek fourth-grade students were able to experience life in Old Town San Diego through the OCILE program. The students enjoy the opportunity to visit the historic sites and meet students from other schools.

Last May, Allison Critchlow, a fifth-grade Jerabek student, won first place in a county-wide composition contest entitled “My Personal Metamorphosis” sponsored by the Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English and the San Diego Union Tribune. In February, Allison’s composition placed first in the California statewide competition sponsored by the California Association of Teachers of English. Congratulations to Allison for all her efforts.

Marie Brown, a fifth-grade student, has been honored as the first-place winner in a countywide creative writing contest sponsored by KPBS. Her composition is entitled “Hands Across the Border” and describes how she would celebrate Cinco de Mayo if she were living in Mexico. Jerabek congratulates Marie on her award.

Wednesday, March 22, will be Family Math Night for second-grade students in the Jerabek auditorium at 6:30 pm. This is a great time for parents and students to solve math puzzles and run in math relays together. So grab a pencil and join Bob Gerhart and Georgia Critchlow for some math fun. Thursday and Friday, March 23-24, will be Jerabek Teacher Appreciation Days. Room parents will be sending home instructions that will honor the special teacher in your child’s life.

Jerabek students end their second trimester on Friday, Mar. 24. Classes will resume on Monday, Apr. 24. Have a great spring break!

Dingeman Elementary School

Pre-registration for kindergarten and other new students who will be attending Dingeman in fall 2000 will be held on Thursday, March 22, from 8:30 to 10:30 am in the multipurpose room.

Winter is here, but it is time to start planning for the spring. The Dingeman 2nd annual Golf Tournament and Spring Soiree will be held on Friday, April 7, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. If you would like to support Dingeman and help underwrite this event there are 3 levels of corporate sponsorship. There is a corporate sponsorship level of $1,000, which includes recognition on all printed materials and much more. Hole sponsorship with golf for $500, and Hole sponsorship for $250 both include recognition on the printed material and more. If you are interested in getting your business recognized and having a lot of fun please call Sue Ressemeyer at 586-7456 or Barb Dela Pena at 566-3421 for more details.

Looking for great books for your children that do not cost a fortune? Then what you need is the Dingeman Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair will run March 13 to March 17 in the multipurpose room. Each class will have a chance to visit the book fair and purchase their books at that time. It’s a great time for your child to explore the world of books and get their teacher’s input on the best books for them to explore and read. There also will be an opportunity for the families to give book fair bucks to your children’s teachers. Thursday, March 16, will be a special family evening for the Book Fair from 5 to 7:30 pm. So come and build your personal library and support your school all at the same time!

Due to the lack of recipes, (we have received 100 and we need 300), we are putting the Dingeman Elementary Cookbook on hold till the beginning of the next school year. If you have submitted a recipe, do not worry; we will hold on to it and publish it in the coming school year. Thank you to all that did contribute!

We are beginning to plan for the Spring Carnival here at Dingeman on Friday, May 5. With a date like May 5, we decided to go with the theme of “Cinco de Mayo.” The hours of the carnival will be from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The carnival committee is in need of many volunteers to help make this a successful carnival. Wayne Toupes is in need of anyone that would like to help set the carnival up, and especially take it down. We are all tired after an event like this so please help if you can. If you would like to contribute in any way please call Chris Grint at 271-5031. There will be lots of great food and games and prizes. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Thank you to all the families that supported the See’s candy fundraiser. We hope it was yummy for you and your valentine. Thank you to everyone that helped support our 5th graders by buying the See’s candy bars! Thank you to all the volunteers that made both fundraisers possible.

Don’t forget to sign up for e-scrip at Von’s; it makes it so easy. Also, if you haven’t already logged on to [], remember that Dingeman can get a rebate for anything that you buy over the Internet from participating businesses.

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Other Schools

Miramar College

New Aquatic Information Line

Information regarding public programs offered by the Park and Rec Department at the Ned Baumer Miramar College Aquatic Center is now available at 538-8083.

Short-term Classes Available

You still have time to enroll in the second nine-week session of classes, which begin the week of March 20. Choose from offerings in administration of justice, automotive technology, English, fire technology, history, legal assistant, and political science. Cost is only $11 per unit for California residents. For information, call the admissions office at 536-7844.

Evening with the Experts

Don’t miss the free Evening with the Experts series continuing on Friday, March 3, with “Around the World in 80 Minutes.” Aviator and Miramar College professor Don Taylor is sure to entertain and enthrall the audience.

As the “oldest carrier pilot,” dressed in the flight uniform of the U.S. Navy of the 1920s, Taylor will explore the history of aviation as the pilot and his family saw it–from the first airplane flight in San Diego, to the first landing on a ship, to his experiences on the Navy’s first carriers.

The story continues with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren whose careers spanned carrier and civil aviation history. Aircraft models, pictures, and videos will complete a fascinating look into aviation’s past and its future.

Professional harpist Masako Yajima will present “Music of the Harp,” Friday, April 7, with a wonderful performance and lessons about this beautiful, musical instrument.

Evening with the Experts is free, held in Lecture Hall I-101, and begins at 6:30 pm. Miramar College is located just off Black Mountain Road between Carroll Canyon Road and Mira Mesa Blvd. For more information, call the public information office at 536-7876.

United States International University (USIU)

Russian Students Visit USIU

In early January, a group of 41 Russian students from the International University-Moscow (IUM) arrived at USIU to spend 12 weeks studying English. Early reports indicate that this may be the largest contingent of Russian students ever to come to a U.S. university at one time. While at USIU, the Russian students are living on campus, participating in student activities, and taking a special course in business law. USIU and IUM have entered into a cooperative agreement that provides the opportunity for collaboration in a variety of ways.

Ansoff Named Emeritus

After nearly 40 years of teaching, 17 of those at USIU, Scripps Ranch resident Dr. H. Igor Ansoff, who is known worldwide as the father of Strategic Management, retired in February. In recognition of his exemplary and dedicated service to the university and his students, Ansoff was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus, an honorary title signifying his ongoing importance to and affiliation with USIU.

Ansoff is the founder of the concept of strategic management. Following a career in industry that included positions with the Rand Corporation and Lockheed Aircraft, he launched his academic career. Prior to joining USIU in 1983, Ansoff taught at Carnegie Mellon University and was founding dean of the Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

SCORE Workshops

Since January, USIU has been a site for workshops presented by Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). The U.S. Small Business Administration sponsors SCORE, and the workshops address a variety of business topics that are targeted mainly to small business people. A number of seminars, including “Financing Your Business,” “The Internet and Your Business,” and “Internet Marketing” will be offered at USIU through June. For more information and to register for a workshop, visit the SCORE website at [www.score-sandiego] or [www.score-sandiego] or call SCORE at 619-557-7272.

Sodexho Marriott Gives $250,000 to USIU

Sodexho Marriott Services, Inc. has made a contribution of $250,000 to USIU. Enhancements to McDonald Hall will include the installation of a short-order grill and upgraded food service facilities; the grant also will fund the planned addition of a semi-enclosed outdoor patio area. Sodexho Marriott has been the campus food-service provider at USIU for many years. The company provides daily food service in McDonald dining hall, the Gull’s Nest cafe, and Cafe Nagual on campus, and provides catering for on-campus special events.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Chabad Hebrew Academy invites the community to two upcoming open houses. The first is on Thursday, March 9, from 9 am to 12 noon. Prospective parents are welcome to come view the school during regular school hours, visit a classroom, see the state-of-the-art computer lab, and learn more about the Chabad program. Principals, teachers, and parents will be on hand to answer any questions. Chabad Hebrew Academy has many innovative and exciting programs available.

The pre-school will hold their open house on Sunday, March 12, from 10 am to 11:30 am. Chabad’s pre-school has classes for ages 2-5, with half- and full-day programs. The program is a Montessori-based program, exposing the child to many different experiences.

The holiday of Purim, celebrating the downfall of the wicked Haman and the rescue of the Jewish nation from his hand, will be Tuesday, March 21. Chabad Hebrew Academy will have Megillah readings at 8:30 am and 9 am. There will be festivities throughout the day.

Camp Gan Israel is accepting registration for it’s summer 2000 program. Camp Gan Israel is an accredited camp by the American Camping Association. Two three week sessions are available. Activities include arts and crafts, swimming, field trips, sports, and much more. For more information on these and any of Chabad’s programs, please call 566-1996.