Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

The San Diego Union-Tribune Contest

Congratulations to seniors Elizabeth Dindial, Josh Patashnik, and Barry Hawkins for being selected as finalists in the 20th annual Newspaper in Education Student Writing Contest. Elizabeth and Josh are competing for the Best Feature Story category while Barry is up for Best Editorial Cartoon.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, Mar. 11, at the Shiley Theatre inside Camino Hall on the University of San Diego campus. Good luck–we are so proud!

Spanish Mock Job Interviews

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) students in the Spanish 5 and 6 classes have the opportunity to test their language skills during mock job interview sessions on Wednesday, Mar. 19, and Thursday, Mar. 20. Students have been practicing responses to set questions, learning proper business attire and etiquette, and preparing in every way.

Business and community members who speak Spanish are needed to conduct these mock interviews. Interviewers are asked to help with a two-hour session. Sessions run from 7:30 to 9:30 am, 9:30 to 11:30 am, or 12:15 to 2:15 pm.

Community members will interview approximately six to eight students per session. The SRHS World Languages department has conducted this successful program for a number of years, and we have enjoyed great Scripps Ranch community support. To sign up for a session, please contact Mary Bostwick at [[email protected]].

Panelists Needed

Many Scripps Ranch residents and businesses look forward each year to the SRHS Senior Exhibitions, where they can sit as panelists for the student presentations. All senior class students must make a 10-minute presentation concerning an event planned, problem solved, or project completed before a panel of business and community members as part of the San Diego Unified School District’s requirements for graduation.

The exhibitions this year will run for eight days–Monday through Thursday, over two weeks, Mar. 24-27, and Mar. 31-Apr. 3. Panel sessions are two hours in length from 7:30 to 9:30 am, 9:30 to 11:30 am, or 12:15 to 2:15 pm. We typically need at least 75 community members to assist us. We will work around your schedule. Contact Mary Bostwick at [[email protected]] or 621-9020, ext. 132, to schedule a session or two.

Cell Phone Use on Campus

A new state law gives local school boards the right and responsibility of establishing policies regulating students possession and use of cell phones and other electronic signaling devices, such as pagers, on school campuses.

The new law, effective January 1, 2003, makes obsolete a previous state law that prohibited the possession and use of such devices by students on school campuses. In January the Board of Education (BOE) approved, on an interim basis, the following policy.

Interim Policy H-6980: Student possession and use of cellular phones, pagers, and other electronic signaling devices on school campuses, at school-sponsored activities, and while under the supervision and control of school district employees is permitted under the circumstances described herein.

  1. All students may use these devices on campus before school begins and after school ends. Students in grades 9-12 may use such devices during the lunch period.
  2. These devices must be kept out of sight and turned off during the instructional program. Unauthorized use of such devices disrupts the instructional program and distracts from the learning environment. Therefore, unauthorized use is grounds for confiscation of the device by school officials, including classroom teachers. Confiscated devices will be returned to the parent or guardian. Repeated unauthorized use of such devices may lead to disciplinary action.

The interim policy is effective immediately. The BOE has directed district staff to seek additional consultation on the policy. Once the consultation process has been completed, the policy, with any changes that may be required, will be submitted to the BOE for final approval.

Hello, Can You Hear Me Now?

The telephone system at SRHS is on its last legs, and we are worried. Our current system, originally manufactured in 1988, was generously donated by Qualcomm when we opened in 1993, but it is way past its prime.

We are using the “band-aid” approach to keep lines flowing and classrooms connected for both practical and safety reasons. However, with severe school budget cuts, we really need the community’s support to solve this problem.

Is your business considering an upgrade of your telephone equipment such that you could donate your Mitel system to our school? Or, perhaps your company could make a donation to help us reach the $30,000 we need for a new system? If you have any ideas, please contact Mary Bostwick at 621-9020, ext. 132, or [[email protected]].

Summer Internships Available

Jump Start, the successful collaboration between the San Diego Community College District and San Diego City Schools, is offering summer internships to juniors. They must have at least a 2.0 GPA and have taken a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) class in multimedia, computer applications, construction, hospitality, or aerospace.

Students attend a two-week community college course from Monday, June 16, through Thursday, June 26. They are then assigned to a six-week paid internship from Monday, July 7, through Friday, Aug. 15. Flyers about the program and student interest cards are available in the SRHS Career Center and applicable ROP classrooms.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Mar. 4. Other summer internship opportunities will be announced throughout the spring in the daily school bulletin and in the Career Center. Contact Mary Bostwick at 621-9020, ext. 132, or [[email protected]] for details.

Scholarships Wanted

Senior SRHS students are seeking ideas on where to apply for scholarships. If your company offers scholarships to students, we may not have received information about it at the school. In addition, local companies often like to offer their own opportunities to local students. If this is your situation, contact the SRHS Counseling Department, and we would be happy to help you find a deserving student for your scholarship.

ASB News

February and March will be filled with a host of exciting activities such as Culture Week, Airbands, Trash Your Favorite Music, a winter rally, Club Appreciation Luncheon, the launch of our Meet and Greet Program, and a visit by the Jerabek Elementary School Student Council. We anticipate an exciting couple of months. If you have any questions, please call the ASB advisor, Denny Morrow, at 621-9020, ext. 5501.

Decathlon Team Triumphs

The SRHS Academic Decathlon Team participated in a countywide competition and won first place for social science and placed eighth overall. There were 28 schools from San Diego, and SRHS was number one out of the four from our school district.

Three team members won individual medals: Sean Delphey won a bronze for math and a silver for science in the Honors Team; Jan Villalon received a silver for essay writing in the Scholastic Team; and, Bryan Casey won a gold for music in the Varsity Team.

The Academic Decathlon Team is part of the United States Academic Team, and competitions are held annually at the county, state, and national levels. After a two year hiatus, the SRHS team was revived this year under the direction of Tom Standifer, who also teaches aerospace science at SRHS. With assistance from several teachers and counselors, he was able to put together a team of nine students, which had to be divided into three categories–Honors, Scholastic, and Varsity.

The team practiced for several months and was aided by outstanding lectures in literature from Brady Kelso. Jodee Burkett lectured on art, and Dean Hickman provided the musical expertise. The team was able to buy important study material with a grant from the SRHS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). Without this material, there is no doubt the results would not have been as good. Thanks, PTSA.

Plans are underway to recruit new members for next year. The current officers are: Sean Delphey, president; Devin Alavian, vice president; Rajiv Desai, team coordinator; and, Tanya Kholodkov, secretary/treasurer. Other members are: Angelina Castro, Janisse Villalon, Salsido Andaslo, Arsi Arceo, Bryan Casey, and Philip Cristie.

The team must be a mix of 4.0, 3.0, and 2.0 GPAs. Membership is open to any SRHS student, and it is possible to earn an academic letter. Interested students see Tom Standifer in Room 421.

Volunteers Needed

It is time for the class of 2003 to start recruiting volunteers for Grad Night. It will be held on Friday, June 13, from 9:30 pm to Saturday, 5:30 am in the SRHS gym. We need about 200 volunteers. Each shift is about three hours. You can work one shift or all night long!

There are a variety of jobs available, including games, casino tables, food, prizes, security, and check-in. We ask that all volunteers be at least 25 years old. It is not necessary for you to have a student at the school to volunteer. Please call Nancy Richieri at 578-8166 or Colleen Mossberg at 578-8524.

SRHS Foundation

The Foundation would like to thank all who have made donations this year. A special thank you to SAIC and Qualcomm for their longstanding support. At our January meeting the board of directors approved the purchase of ink cartridges for the AVID program’s printer and two sections of three-step steel risers for the music/choral department.

The school district budget cuts will make SRHS students and faculty even more dependent on help from parents, community members, and local businesses. Any contribution helps the Foundation provide needed supplies.

In an ongoing relationship with the PTSA, a letter of solicitation will be sent to parents of students who have not yet made a contribution to the PTSA or the Foundation. PTSA funds are primarily used for literacy-related funding requests and to put out the Falcon Flyer. The PTSA also provides communication and recognition to teachers and students.

The Foundation handles requests for all other needs. The common goal of these two organizations is to help the faculty and administration provide the best possible education for our students.

Many funding requests need to be denied each year because of a lack of funds. Please join us in helping SRHS continue to be a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Contributions can be designated to a particular program or department. If there is no preference, contributions go into the general funding request pool. If you have any questions, contact the SRHS office at 621-9020.

Class of 2003 PBO

There are only three-and-a-half months until show time! Caps and gowns have been ordered for graduation, and our “Hollywood Nights” Grad Night is shaping up. There are still some items we need to decorate the gym: red carpet, 4 or 5 feet wide by 25 feet long; 12-foot car canopy; three patio umbrellas; paint; and, manpower. If you have any of these, call Joanne Jerrell at 566-5864.

A letter explaining Grad Night and the Senior Breakfast–set for Wednesday, June 11, at MCAS Miramar–will be sent to all senior parents. Look for a “package deal” that will enable you to purchase a tile for the SRHS courtyard and tickets to Grad Night and the Senior Breakfast at a discounted rate.

We ask all senior parents to attend our next very important meeting set for Thursday, Mar. 13, at 6:30 pm in the SRHS teacher’s cafeteria. We hope everyone pulls together to make this the best Grad Night ever!

Class of 2004 PBO

Friday, May 2, just might be your lucky day. The golfer who gets a “hole in one” will drive home in a brand new Ford! This fabulous prize will be offered to participants, along with several other exciting prizes. Opportunities will also be available to take part in a raffle and bid on several items in our silent auction.

The Doubletree Resort in Carmel Mountain Ranch is the location of our tournament. Golf fees are $150 per person, which includes a goody bag, boxed lunch, and a Mexican dinner provided by Chili Peppers. We encourage you to sign up a foursome, but individual golfers will be teamed up with other players. Dinner only is $30 per person.

The Parent Booster Organization (PBO) Golf Tournament is the most important fundraiser held to raise money for Grad Night. Please refer to the letter we sent out in February that contained a registration form and requests for auction items and sponsorships. Or, contact our golf chair, Jim Lovell, at 566-0077 or Sandy Price at 693-1531.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, Mar. 4, at 7 pm in the SRHS teacher’s cafeteria. We hope you can join us!

Class of 2005 PBO

Donations continue to come in. Thanks to the following for their donations this month: Claudia von Wilpert, Sam and Maylien Nakamura, Donna Sandsmark, Joanne White, Amy and Oren Patashnik, Dorothy Mildice, Craig Blower, Mike and Jenny Powers, Joseph A. and Jacklyne A. Read, Nancy and Dick Malcangio, and Gunnar and Colleen Mossberg. If you lost your membership drive donation form or would like to receive information on upcoming events, call Gail Golko at 549-9294.

At our last meeting we continued to brainstorm and pursue other fundraising ideas, including the sale of sterling silver Falcon charms through Collins Family Jewelry. The cost of the charms is $20. If you would like to order a charm, you can go to Collins Family Jewelers at 8220-A Mira Mesa Boulevard in the Mira Mesa Mall, or call Bill Collins at 578-6670. All proceeds go towards Grad Night 2005.

Please join us at our next meetings on Wednesday, Mar. 5, and Wednesday, Apr. 2, at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. For questions, please call one of our co-presidents, Alexis Parker at 566-9872 or Becky Eldridge at 548-7400.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Progress Reports

The end of the first six-week grading period of the 2nd semester will be on Friday, Mar. 7. Progress reports will be issued to students on Friday, Mar. 14. Please be sure to ask to see your child’s progress report, and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the teachers.

March Events

  • Wednesday, Mar. 5–Site Governance meeting, 6:20 pm, staff lounge; PTSA meeting, 12-2 pm, staff lounge;
  • Thursday, Mar. 6–Parent Night for incoming students’ parents, 5:30-7 pm for incoming 6th grade, 7:30-8:30 pm for incoming 7th graders;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 12–Minimum day, students dismissed at 11:30 am;
  • Friday, Mar. 14–Progress reports distributed;
  • Saturday, Mar. 15–Marching Band and Dance Team in St. Patrick’s Day parade;
  • Tuesday, Mar. 18, and Wednesday, Mar. 19–STAR writing test, 7th grade only; and,
  • Friday, Mar. 28–Music festival at Knott’s Berry Farm, 7 am-7 pm.

Peanuts Gang Comes to Marshall

The choir students are busy rehearsing for their production of the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The kids are under the direction of Ms. Palmer and Ms. Camblin, with piano accompaniment by Mrs. Fait.

Performance dates are Wednesday and Thursday, Mar. 26 and 27, at 7 pm in Marshall’s auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $5 for adults, and $3 for children and students. Do not miss this heartwarming musical!


Marshall counselors will visit our feeder elementary schools–Jerabek and Ellen Browning Scripps–the week of Mar. 10, and Dingeman Elementary School the week of Apr. 1. We will talk to the students and give them information packets regarding Marshall Middle School, as well as provide them with a 2003-2004 course catalog and course selection card.

A parent information meeting for all incoming 6th graders will be held on Thursday, Mar. 6, at the Marshall Middle School auditorium. Parents of incoming 6th graders will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, and parents of incoming 7th graders will meet from 7 to 8 pm.

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) counselors will come to Marshall on Friday, Mar. 14, and Monday, Mar. 17, to speak to our current 8th graders about their 9th grade course selections. A parent meeting for all incoming 9th graders will take place at SRHS on Wednesday, Mar. 26, at 7 pm in the theater.

Marshall counselors will also visit our current 6th and 7th grade English classes during the beginning of April to talk to our current students about selecting the courses they will take next year.

College: Making It Happen

Attention 7th grade students! On Tuesday, Apr. 1, Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools will co-host a college preparation night for parents of current 7th graders. It will be from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Marshall Middle School auditorium.

Representatives from the University of California, California State Universities, community colleges, and private and independent colleges and universities will discuss information that every parent and child should know about how to prepare for high school and college. Encourage your parents to attend!

Marshall Read-In

The annual Marshall Read-In takes place on Monday, Apr. 7, from about 8:30 to 10 am. This is an event in which community members read a short selection, share information about their career, and discuss why reading is so important in their lives.

Please serve as a role model and volunteer. We would like a reader for each classroom. Just email Barbara Morhaim at [[email protected]] or call 549-8840, ext. 1112. Thank you for your interest and support.

Counseling Alert

It is always a challenge to determine exactly which topics of concern to pass on to parents and which ones are best dealt with at the school site level. Many behaviors, trends, and practices of our middle school students fit within the “to be expected” category of typical middle school issues, and these things are dealt with at the site level–without necessarily involving parents. When an issue moves beyond what we, as professionals, feel is within the normal expectations of middle school behaviors, we feel obligated to inform parents.

In recent years the teachers, counselors, nurse, and administrators have become increasingly aware of a heightened degree of sexual behavior and verbal sexual harassment on the part of some of our students, especially in grades 7 and 8. This awareness has come to us via the grapevine, personal admissions, the rumor mill, copies of student “Instant Messages,” as well as student and parent concerns. Some students appear to be casually discussing, asking for, and/or engaging in certain types of sexual behavior that go way beyond what we would consider “typical” middle school experimentation.

As you can imagine, this is a very delicate topic for a school representative to address with the community, especially given issues of confidentiality and our limited ability to provide concrete evidence in certain cases. However, since it is our sincere belief that a significant amount of this information is credible, we have decided to at least make parents aware of this concern.

The Internet and “Instant Messaging” have provided an opportunity for ongoing, detailed discussions, sometimes of a very intimate, crude, and sexual nature. If not carefully monitored, “sleep overs” can provide the time, place, and motivation through peer pressure for some dangerous and illegal activities. Middle school students sneaking out of the house at 2 am can potentially lead to unsafe situations.

It is important to monitor your child’s whereabouts, know where he or she is going, and with whom, and check to see whether a friend’s parents are, in fact, home and providing supervision. Most importantly, open up a dialogue with your child regarding sexuality and the consequences and emotional, as well as health, risks that can be associated with getting involved at such an early age.

Make sure your child understands that continuing to say or make unwanted gestures of a sexual nature is considered sexual harassment and can result in serious legal consequences. Although your child may not willingly share any personal information with you, they will hear what you have to say on the subject if you share your thoughts and concerns with them. For more specific information on any of these topics, please contact our school nurse or your child’s counselor at 549-8840.

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the 12 finalists for our school spelling bee. The final spell off to be eligible to represent Marshall at the county spelling bee was held in February, but as of this printing, the winner has not been determined.

One of the 12 finalists will attend the county spelling bee on Tuesday, Mar. 25, at the Scottish Rite Center. They are Becky Berg, Jordan Cohen, Jonathan Dotson, Joshua Gok, Tracy Han, Brittany Idrzaj, George Jiang, Stephanie Lee, Emily Nguyen, Luke Ulrich, Ben Rolland, and Emily Rutherford.

ASB News

Last month the Associated Student Body (ASB) held several events, one of which celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of Marshall students. The Academics Committee, headed by Cathy Calinisan, hosted a 4.0 lunch for all students earning a perfect 4.0 in both academics and citizenship.

There was music, pizza, and cool raffle prizes. They included: three $10 gift certificates to the Wherehouse; two $5 gift cards to Starbucks; two $5 gift cards to Jamba Juice; four movie tickets to Edwards cinemas; and, two $5 gift certificates to the Sweet Factory.

The flag football intramural season recently started at Marshall. Games are played at lunch with teams consisting of pure grade levels. Christina Datko and her intramural committee give up their lunch period each day for about six weeks to supervise the games and assure fair play and good sportsmanship. At the end of the season both the champions and runners up in each league will receive trophies.

Stacy Cantero, the commissioner of outreach, has taken on the challenge of trying to raise money for the Leukemia Society by holding a schoolwide competition called Pennies for Pasta. The Advisory class that raises the most money will receive a catered pasta lunch from the Olive Garden.

We have set a goal of $100 for each class. If they reach that goal, their entire class earns Krispy Kreme donuts, compliments of the ASB. The competition ends Friday, Mar. 7. Make checks out to the Leukemia Society or send cash with your child. Thank you for helping!

Also later this month, the ASB will coordinate a “Friendship Day” to be held on Wednesday, Mar. 26. This is an activity that celebrates the importance of having good friends who care. It is about giving and receiving. Friendship cards will be sold for $1 at lunch. Students can send a written note to a friend that will be accompanied with a beautiful daisy.

Everyone will go home with a flower and a friendship note! The ASB has arranged to send a daisy with a short note to those students who do not receive a card and flower from a friend. This includes all staff members and students.

Is your child a good student who is highly motivated, enthusiastic, and responsible? We want you! I am looking for any students interested in joining the winning team of the ASB Leadership Class. There is an informational meeting on Monday, Mar. 24, during lunch. Even if your child is unsure about whether to run for office or not, I encourage them to attend this meeting to find out more.

If you have any questions or comments about student activities at Marshall, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me, Dave Hodapp, the ASB advisor, at 549-8840, ext. 1501.

Music Notes

The Instrumental Music Department at Marshall was busy in February preparing for a number of events in March. On Saturday, Mar. 1, the Advanced Band participates in a district music festival at Lewis Middle School.

Also in March, the Intermediate Band and Orchestra participate in a competitive music festival at Knott’s Berry Farm. The Marching Band participates in a St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, Mar. 15, and the Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra, and String Orchestra performs at Dingeman, Ellen Browning Scripps, and Jerabek elementary schools on Tuesday, Mar. 25.


Legacy yearbooks are on sale for $35 in the financial office. All yearbooks are available on a first come first serve basis. Do not wait until the end of the year when we may run out! Get yours today!

Dance Team

The Marshall Dance Team will participate in the NCA/NDA West Coast Classic competition being held at Disneyland on Saturday, Mar. 22.

Elementary Schools

Kindergarten Registration

It is the time of year for kindergarten registration. Since the requirements for all the elementary schools in the San Diego Unified School District are the same, we are listing them here rather than separately under each school.

Your child must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 2, 2003. 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, or 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. Also, check each school’s listing for registration dates and times.

Dingeman Elementary

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration will be on Wednesday, Apr. 2, from 7:30 to 11 am in the lunch arbor. Registrations packets will be available in the office in mid-March. If you have questions, call the office at 549-4437. If you miss this registration date, you can register after Apr. 2 in the office on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 am and 2:30 to 3:30 pm.

Learning California History

If you are curious about California history, come spend a day in any of Dingeman Elementary School’s 4th grade classes. Students are currently learning about the beautiful California missions built along the coast. They visit Mission San Diego and take the Amtrak to Mission San Juan Capistrano. There, a walking docent teaches the students about the mission and its significance.

Students also travel up to our state’s capitol. The visit to Sacramento begins early in the morning at Lindbergh Field, as they fly there. They visit the Railroad Museum to see several old trains, Sutter’s Fort, and the State Capitol building.

Gold Rush Day

“I’ve been workin’ on the railroad! All the livelong day!” That is what you will hear 4th graders belting out on the field during Gold Rush Day. Students learn about the early days of our state when hopefuls traveled west looking for their fortune. With the help of parent volunteers and all the 4th grade teachers, Gold Rush Day is full of fun as students dress up like miners, pan for gold, and learn about hydraulics.

Poetry Sessions

Our students also learn how to express their thoughts creatively with the help of the poet in residence, Veronica Cunningham. This is the first year that Veronica has worked with Dingeman 4th graders, and each class meets with her for five sessions.

4th Graders–Off and Running

Get ready to take off! Our 4th graders get their hearts pumping with their 4th Grade Run. This is tied in with our new Cardio Club, which takes place every morning before school. Every Wednesday, 4th graders run an extra 15 minutes and are working towards their milestones–literally! Prizes are given at the 10-mile and 25-mile mark.

Another fun way our 4th graders get moving is by dancing! Keith Kaneko of Hage Elementary School comes in to teach our students line dancing. Styles include an African dance and hip hop to the music of Men In Black.

Jerabek Elementary

Student Council Activities

March at Jerabek is sure to blow you away! We need gusts of energy just to get through the whirlwind of activities!

Our new Student Council has been very busy, especially after the Scripps Ranch High School Associated Student Body (ASB) treated them to a day of training. Our elementary kids were really excited about the attention they received! Duly motivated, they have planned some wonderful activities.

They started promoting Pennies for Pasta, in conjunction with the Kiwanis, in February and will continue to collect funds until Friday, Mar. 7. Children are invited to bring their spare change to be donated to the Leukemia Society. The upper grade class with the highest donations will receive a pasta party from the Olive Garden. The lower grade class with the greatest giving will be honored with a pizza party.

Last month, our students helped more children by participating in our annual Valentine Gift Basket Drive. Each class was given two children’s names and sizes from the Door of Faith Orphanage in Mexico. New clothing, shoes, small toys, and other items were donated and hand delivered. With all the commercialism of the holiday, it was heartwarming to see our kids be so generous to others!

The Student Council will jump into School Spirit Week, starting Monday, Mar. 10. That Monday will be Hawaiian Day. Tuesday, Mar. 11, students can wear their pajamas to school. Wednesday, Mar. 12, is Opposites/Backwards Day. Thursday, Mar. 13, will be a day to go “totally green” in honor of our school color. And, Friday, Mar. 14, is set for crazy hairdos! It should all be lots of fun!

Parent Participation!

Our Jerabek parents can also get into the act of school participation! Wednesday, Mar. 5, is the first opportunity our kindergartners and their parents have to participate in a Family Science Night, from 6:45 to 8 pm. Please join us and start your little students off right!

Wednesday, Mar. 12, will be Family Math Night for grade 2, also from 6:45 to 8 pm. Then, on Wednesday, Mar. 26, the choir will host their annual Spring Concert at 7 pm. Traditionally, this is a big event with a big crowd.

Dates to Remember

Friday, Mar. 21, is a minimum day. Winter conferences will be held for children who need special attention.

Of course, there are people on our staff who deserve special attention–our fabulous administrative personnel! It is time to recognize all the work they do. Friday, Mar. 28, will be a special day on campus celebrating our secretarial staff.

Spring vacation is Monday, Mar. 31, through Friday, Apr. 25. Be ready to come back to school Monday, Apr. 28!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Fantastic February

February was a fantastic month for the Miramar Ranch Elementary School students, families, and staff. Our schoolwide Flag Assembly included a rousing round of “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

Our monthly social skill was caring. By blending our social skills from previous months–including community, leadership, cooperation, and opportunity–with caring, we joined the Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club in Pennies for Pasta, a fundraiser. Money raised benefits people with leukemia and lymphoma. With their parents’ permission, students brought change to donate. Pennies for Pasta ends Saturday, Mar. 8. What a great opportunity for our school to show we care about others while working together as a community!

Our March Flag Assembly will be held on Friday, Mar. 7. Please join us!

Peaceful Playgrounds

Our playgrounds have been successfully resurfaced and repainted. Our school is implementing a program called Peaceful Playgrounds, with Coaches Fields and Blower taking a leadership role. This program will provide a better organized playground with less wait time, as well as positive conflict resolution and improved social interaction.

A team, including Coaches Fields and Blower, parent Julia Carson, and Vice Principal Olsen, attended the training in early December. Students have already begun to learn to play the new recess games in PE classes. They are jazzed about the playground and the games. Our entire staff will be trained soon!

MRE to Become K-6

Miramar Ranch Elementary School will become a K-6 school beginning in the fall of 2003. The school board approved $25,000 to support the implementation of a 6th grade program. We will work together to make this a quality program. Look for upcoming information and opportunities to get involved.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 2, from 7:30 to 11 am for incoming kindergartners for fall 2003. Please see the requirements needed on page 37 of the Newsletter. For more information, please contact the school office at 271-0470.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

March Calendar of Events

  • March–We practice respect;
  • Every Saturday–Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 5–Bus evacuation drill;
  • Thursday and Friday, Mar. 6 and 7–Parent-student-teacher conference days, 12:30 pm dismissal;
  • Friday, Mar. 7–Mascot Day;
  • Monday, Mar. 10–Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) board meeting, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Tuesday, Mar. 11–Character Education Advisory Committee, 6:30 pm, EBS Library;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 12–Marshall Middle School student orientation, 1:45 pm, multipurpose room;
  • Thursday, Mar. 13–Student recognition assemblies: kindergarten, 10 am; grade 1, 11:30 am; multipurpose room;
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 18 and 19–STAR Writing Assessment, grade 4;
  • Thursday, Mar. 20–Site Governance/SSC, 8 am, EBS library; and,
  • Thursday, Mar. 27–Student recognition assemblies: grades 2 and 3, 9 am; grades 4 and 5, 11:30 am; multipurpose room;

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Friends of E. B. Scripps: It is common knowledge that young children whose parents read to them have a tremendous advantage in school. But did you know you can also help your children learn mathematics by doing and supporting math at home?

Today, mathematics is more critical to school success than ever before. The mathematics that our students need to learn, and the state tests they are required to take, are very demanding. Modern occupations now require a firm foundation in mathematics.

How you encourage and promote your children’s math learning can be pivotal to their attitude towards mathematics and their achievement. Even if you have not studied mathematics in depth yourself, you can assist your children. Simply expecting your children to be capable in math can make a difference.

At EBS our new mathematics program, Harcourt Math, is designed to provide students with instruction that ensures all students meet or exceed the state’s standards. Our daily Mathematics Workshop includes five components: routines/warm-up, launch, explore, summarize, and homework. Watch for a Math at Home booklet in a Wednesday Folder. It is designed to give you ideas and resources to support your role.

EBS, a school like no other. Talented teachers who challenge young minds and nurture their souls. EBS, a school with involved parents who pitch in and help. EBS, a place on the planet where connections are made for a lifetime. EBS, “everybody’s best school!”

For our students,

Student Council Update

The 2002-2003 EBS Student Council officers and representatives were elected in late January. The purpose of this organization is to promote student leadership.

The council will: serve as the school’s governing body for students; provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills; give students practice in democracy; provide a representative voice for the student body; provide a vehicle for student body representatives to faculty and administration; and, help other citizens in our community.

The election process included a full month of activities, including authentic voting booths, polling signs, and “I voted” stickers! Candidates in the general election developed campaign posters, and the Election Assembly was held with campaign speeches and voting.

Student Council officers for 2002-2003 are: president, Jenny Huckleberry; vice president, Daniel Peters; secretary, Carissa Pappas; treasurer, Claire Tran; sergeant-at-arms, Brian Parme; and, safety marshal, Kyle Denis.

New Student Pre-Registration

Pre-registration for kindergarten children and all other new students for fall 2003 is on Tuesday, Apr. 1, from 9 am to 11 am in the multipurpose room. You may also pick up a registration packet any time after Apr. 1 between 7 am and 3:30 pm at the office. A Principal’s Orientation is scheduled for Friday, Apr. 4, at 9 am. If you have questions, please call Roberta Martin at 693-8593.

Everyday Heroes…Taking Action at EBS!

We think an everyday hero is someone who looks beyond their own needs to improve the quality of life for others. We are proud to list the heroes who give to their communities, especially EBS.

  • Washington Mutual;
  • Starbucks;
  • Mimi’s CafĂ©;
  • Vons;
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza;
  • Gerardy Photography;
  • Mazelli Graphics;
  • Alliant International University;
  • Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation;
  • Farrell’s;
  • Outback Steakhouse, Poway;
  • In-n-Out Burger;
  • Pick-Up Sticks;
  • Baskin-Robbins;
  • Carl’s, Jr.; and,
  • Exxon-Mobil On the Run.

EBS Student Poem Wins National Honors!

A poem that Zachary Haist–Room 803–submitted to the Anthology of Poetry, Inc., has been accepted for publication! Earlier in the school year students in Mr. Shobar’s class participated in a program designed to foster creative expression among young people.

They submitted entries for publication in the 2003 edition of the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans. The publisher was thrilled to receive all of the entries and impressed by the content of those submitted from EBS! Congratulations to all the wonderful authors in Room 803, especially Zach. We are as proud as penguins!

Other Schools

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Purim Carnival 2003

Chabad Hebrew Academy is excited to invite the whole community to join us at our annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, Mar. 16, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Chabad Scripps Ranch Center. There will be booths, an astro jump, face painting, balloons, rides, food, raffles with fantastic prizes, and other fun activities. This is an exciting day for all ages! For information, call 566-1996.

Purim Shalach Manos Packages

Chabad Hebrew Academy is creating Shalach Manos packages to enable you to fulfill one of the mitzvos of Purim–giving food gifts to a friend. Order forms are available online at our website [] or through the school office. Not only are the packages beautiful, they are also being sold as a fundraiser for our school.

If you choose to give a gift to someone who is already on our school or friends list, your name will be added to the Giver’s List at a lesser charge. However, if you would like to purchase a gift package outright, that is also possible. Delivery within San Diego can also be arranged for you on Purim Day.

Please contact the school office at 566-1996 for more information.

Registration for 2003-2004

Chabad Hebrew Academy is registering children for its 2003-2004 school year. Chabad is proud of its many innovative programs. Students have won many prestigious awards, including 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 the world. Openings are available for kindergarten through 8th grade. Call 566-1996 or visit [].

A Summer Experience

Camp Gan Israel (CGI) is accepting registration for its summer 2003 program. CGI is an accredited camp by the American Camping Association, meeting standards in programming, staff, aquatics, and, most importantly, safety. CGI is part of the largest network of Jewish day camps throughout the world. For more information, please call 566-1996.

Miramar College

Evening With The Experts–Spring Series

On Friday, Mar. 7, from 6:30 to 8 pm, mortgage banking expert Ruth Nonaka presents “Pitfalls to Avoid When Financing Your Home.” Whether you are moving or refinancing, this presentation will guide you through the process.

Acclaimed author, linguist, and broadcast celebrity Richard Lederer will present “An Evening of Language and Laughter” on Friday, Mar. 28, at 6:30 pm. The self-proclaimed “verbivore” is the author of more than 3,000 books and articles about language and humor.

Diamond Days Career Expo

Mark your calendars for the third annual Diamond Days Career Expo at Miramar College on Wednesday, Mar. 19, from 9 am to 1 pm. The public is invited to join the campuswide event that will include a job fair, open house, and student festival. More than 50 area employers are expected to participate, recruiting for current and future jobs.

For more information or employer registration, contact the Miramar College Job Placement Office at 536-7235.