Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

PBO Class of 2000

Graduation day is just around the corner, and we are busy preparing for our exciting and safe Grad Night celebration. We always are happy to see new faces to volunteer to help with the preparations. Please come to our next meeting on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 pm in the staff dining room at SRHS. The following meeting will be on Tuesday, May 16, at the same location. All our committees welcome your help.

In the next few weeks, workshops will be held on Saturdays or weekday evenings to construct props and make decorations. Volunteers are needed. No experience is necessary, and any time and effort you can donate is appreciated. Please call Linda Beavers at 566-6725 or Lori Robinson at 578-6090 to help at the workshops or at Grad Night on Wednesday, June 14.

Senior pavers imprinted with your student’s name and year of graduation are a means of permanent recognition at SRHS. Funds support the PTSA, the SRHS Foundation, and the Class of 2000. To purchase your paver, call Paula Tilley at 693-9232.

We are looking for items to use as prizes at Grad Night. If you are able to donate anything a high school graduate might enjoy, from skateboards, snowboards and computers, to cell phones, cameras, movies passes, or CD’s, please contact Nikki Butera at 693-0693 or Susan Hendrickson at 689-8146.

In addition to prizes, we are looking for services to be donated for Grad Night. We need electricians, handymen, painters, calligraphers, balloon artists, hair braiders, massage technicians, etc. Grad Night tickets will go on sale in late April. Watch your mail for more information. It’s not too late for parents to join the PBO. Send your donations to: PBO Class of 2000, c/o Karen Brassfield, 10560 Rock Creek Drive, San Diego, 92131.


Parents: Please join us for the fun to make Grad Night 2001 the best ever! 2001 is the first year of the millennium, and we want to ensure our graduates have a night they will never forget! Our next meeting is: Monday, May 1, at 7 pm, at the SRHS faculty lounge. Please join us. If you can’t make it or if you have any questions, contact our Grad Night Chairman, Anna Gruhl, at 693-4621 or send email to [[email protected]].

A great big “Thank You” to all those parents who donated toward our membership drive. It is now $3,800 and growing. Special thanks to those parents and students who participated in our “Call and Ride” to make it such a success: Rod, Sonya, and Blake Bolton; Paul Cook; Pat Drahota; Anna, Don, and Kristie Gruhl; Mary Kay Knock; Pam and Holly LaChapelle; Sean Lewis; Annette and Adam Sorensen; Nan and Travis Thomas; Jenny Weisner; Paula and Melissa West; and Eileen Westfall. If you didn’t get a call or weren’t able to join, it’s not too late. Please send your tax-deductible donation to Sonya Bolton at 10444 Spruce Grove Ave., San Diego, CA, 92131.

The Class of 2001 has lost their donated storage unit. If you can help store Grad Night props and decorations or if you have a storage unit to donate, please call Pat Drahota at 549-2561.

Take a night away from the kitchen and meet your friends and classmates at the Souplantation in Mira Mesa. Mark your calendars for Tuesdays, April 11 and May 9. To assure the Class of 2001 gets credit, be sure to get a flyer to turn in at the cash register. Your students will have the flyer or you can call Mary Kay Knock at 271-4736 for a supply.

PBO Class of 2002

Spring is garage sale season in Scripps Ranch! Community members and Class of 2002 families can help contribute towards a successful Grad Night 2002 fundraiser by donating items for the garage sale, which will be at the home of Linda Estrada on Saturday, April 29, at 8 am. Please, no early birds!

Start collecting now and deliver all items no later than Friday, April 28, to Linda’s home at 11805 La Colina Rd. or call 566-5545. Furniture, small appliances, unwanted kitchen items, toys, and knick-knacks can all help us meet our goal.

The PBO 2002 would like to send a special thank you to the Mira Mesa Dairy Queen for their help in a successful on-campus Blizzard sale! The support by local businesses like the Mira Mesa Dairy Queen is a wonderful benefit to the Scripps Ranch community.

PBO 2002 always is welcoming new members for their committee. The 2002 PBO meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the SRHS teacher’s dining room. The next two meetings will be held on Thursdays, May 4 and June 1. See you there! For more information, call Alice Habeger, Class of 2002 PBO President, at 586-0779.

Marshall Middle School

April Events

  • Monday, April 3: 6th graders to Camp Palomar;
  • Wednesday, April 5: SSC/SGT at 6:30 pm in the lounge;
  • Thursday, April 6: PTSA meeting at 3 pm in the lounge;
  • Tuesday, April 11: Band concert at 6:30 pm at Dingeman Elementary School;
  • Wednesday, April 12: Spring curriculum, open house, and creative arts fair;
  • Thursday, April 13: Band and orchestra concert at 6:30 pm at Dingeman Elementary School;
  • Sunday, April 14: Choral Disneyland performance at 9 am to 10 pm.
  • April 17-21: Spring vacation;
  • April 24-28: Model UN and science fair;
  • Thursday, April 27: Drama/chorus talent show at 6:30 pm at Scripps Ranch High School.

School News

April 1st is the day in which playing practical jokes are accepted in good nature and fun. Although April Fool’s Day has not received official recognition or encouragement from schools, it is a time when the playing of practical jokes generates laughter. It can be a welcomed glimpse of the child-like spirit that some of us have within us. It provides an occasion for shared laughter for grown-ups and kids alike. The aim of April fooling is to put over some pranks or make a comment to an unsuspecting person who has not yet noticed that it’s April Fool’s Day. When the person realizes they have been tricked, the joker calls out “April Fool!”

Although practical jokes can be fun and amusing, there is no joking around when it comes to improving literacy, improving student achievement, and student motivation. At Marshall Middle School, students are maintaining a keen sense of academic dedication and school focus. With the second semester off to a great start, students are putting their energy into finishing the school year with grades that are worth celebrating.

Students may stay after school for tutoring, to work in classrooms, to do research in the library, or simply to use the computers to complete assignments. Whether it is April Fool’s Day or any other observances, Marshall students can not be fooled, when it comes to the importance of working toward a good education.

Our students have learned the importance of acquiring a quality education, which was evident by the vast number of students who qualified for the Principal’s 4.0 club. Students understand the importance of studying, doing their homework, scoring well on tests, and reading daily. For Marshall students, all joking is set aside, when it comes to doing their part, so they can receive a first-class education.

Washington, D. C. Trip

The Washington, D. C. trip is fast approaching. The students have been assigned their chaperones and their roommates for the trip. They look forward to going to Georgetown Park in Georgetown, Mt. Vernon, the Kennedy grace sites, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Washington National Cathedral, and the Statue of Liberty in New York. We look forward to seeing some wonderful pictures and hearing about how they enjoyed the trip.

Counseling Center News

The counseling department continues to provide your student with guidance, support and rewards for doing well at school and in their classes. Parents and students are encouraged to make an appointment with their counselors if they have questions or concerns regarding their child’s academic progress.

Depending on your child’s last name you may make appointments with the following counselors, Mrs. Debbie Sommer (A-D), Mrs. Jill O’Kane (E-K), and Mrs. Ileen Akers (L-Z) We also encourage all parents to monitor their child’s progress very closely for the next semester, as to avoid their child receiving semester grades that will require attendance in summer school.

Mark your calendars for:

  • Friday, April 28: End of 5th grading period; last chance to turn in extra credit or missing work;
  • Friday, May 5: Progress reports distributed;
  • Friday, June 9: Students should plan on having all assignments in by this date;
  • Wednesday, June 14: 9th grade promotion in the morning; and
  • Wednesday, June 14: End of the semester, last day of school.

Honors and Awards

Congratulations to Betty Wilkinson and to her team of student mathematicians who took 4th place in the county in the Mathcounts contest. Sean Delphey, James Zou, Lorrin Lee Kwai, and Steven Truong are to be commended for representing our school so well.

Congratulations to 8th grader Corey Schecter who was invited to play with Fred Couples in the Buick Invitational pro-am golf tournament. He shot an impressive 75 (three over par). We are proud of you.

Congratulations to Anu Bhatt for winning the 2nd annual Marshall Middle School spelling bee and to the runner-up Boris Patlis. The winning words were “pirouette” and “reminisce.” Anu will represent Marshall Middle School in the San Diego County spelling bee. Thank you to Ms. Jeffers for pronouncing the spelling bee words, to Mrs. Morhaim and Mrs. Riel for judging, and to Mr. Wasinski for media coverage.

Congratulations to the Marshall tall flag team for their success in their first year participating in the colorguard circuit. The team has earned first place at each of their three competitions. The sixteen girls perform to “Come Sail Away” by the Styx, incorporating tall flags, short flags, balls, hula hoops, and dance in their routine. The team looks forward to continued success at their next six competitions and at championships in April.

Congratulations to Sean C. Delphey who has qualified to participate at the state level of the National Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. One winner from each state and territory will advance to the national competition, to be held in May at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. Way to go Sean. We are proud of you.

Congratulations to the students who participated in the science fair. There were 49 students who placed at the city level and will now go on to compete at the county science fair. Congratulations to our Science Olympiad winners. Not only did they take eighth place in the county, but also they have been invited to compete at the state-level science competition held on Saturday, April 8.

We are very proud of our 6th grade seminar class who, without any prompting from their teacher, decided to raise money for the victims in Mozambique, Africa. People who have lost their homes and lives to massive flooding. Mrs. Retter, their teacher, was completely surprised when the class presented her with $250 to send to the Red Cross to help the victims of the disaster. A special thank you is extended to Elliott Shanks, a leader in organizing this charitable effort. The Marshall staff, and student body are proud of all of you for this wonderful humanitarian effort.

Marshall PTSA

At last month’s PTSA meeting, the nominating committee presented a slate of officers for next year’s board. A general meeting will be held at Marshall at the Curriculum Fair (Open House) to be held Wednesday, April 12. The nominees are:

  • President: Karin Whiteley;
  • Vice President, Programs: Victoria Mazelli;
  • Vice President, Fundraising: Lori Horwitz;
  • Treasurer: Carol Battaglia;
  • Secretary: Holly Gray;
  • Historian; Joan Thompson; and
  • Auditor: Sue Ressmeyer.

All parents are invited to attend this 2nd annual Curriculum Fair, which will give you the opportunity to catch up on what’s happening with PTSA affairs and meet with your child’s teachers. Be sure also to check out the Creative Arts Fair that same evening, in which students’ literature, visual arts, musical composition, dance choreography, and photography entries will be displayed around the school.

The SAIC has contributed $5,000 to our school as partners in the technology fund for the purchase of lap tops for the 7th grade science programs. Additionally, the SRCA has contributed $1,000 for this program. These donations are greatly appreciated and will prove necessary in helping our students succeed in technology. The next regular PTSA meeting will be held Thursday, April 6, in the teacher’s lounge.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary School

Dingeman changes. As you all know by now, Principal Jan Kaneko has left Dingeman for a job as a mentor principal with the district. This is a new position where she will be providing guidance and sharing her expertise with other principals in the district. We are sad to see her leave our school, but at the same time it is such a great opportunity for her and such a high honor. We are proud to have had her at Dingeman, good luck, Mrs. Kaneko!

Brad Callahan will step in as acting principal through the rest of the year. In addition, Rosemary Cruz will be posted as “Teacher on Special Assignment” and will assist Mr. Callahan and act as Vice-principal. Replacing Ms. Cruz in her classroom will be Diane Gonzales. Diane is a long-time resident here in Scripps Ranch and has been a substitute teacher in Scripps Ranch for many years. Congratulations to everyone and their new opportunities!

Do you have Macintosh experience or computer background and (or) experience? Would you like to help the teachers here at Dingeman with their computers? Terri Jude, our Technical Support Person, is looking for a volunteer for a couple hours a week to resolve classroom problems. If you can help, please contact Terri Jude at Dingeman at 549-4437.

The kids in B20 here at Dingeman are in need of some computers running Windows 95/98. They can be desktop or lap top models. If you or your company have a spare one, please contact Joe Anthony at [[email protected]].

Coming up at Dingeman:

  • Thursday, April 6: Art Corps matting workshop;
  • Friday, April 7: Golf tournament and spring soiree;
  • April 17-21: Spring break; and
  • Friday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo carnival.

Jerabek Elementary School

As this issue of the Newsletter is being delivered, the playground and classrooms at Jerabek are empty; it’s spring break! Classes ended on March 24 and everyone returns on Monday, April 24.

Although March was a short month due to holidays and spring break, it was, nonetheless, a busy and productive month. Dr. Seuss’ birthday was celebrated with great fanfare during the first week of March. Reading activities were emphasized by it being Turn-Off-TV week, and we ended with an assembly. The Cat In the Hat (Vicki Ramirez) and Jerry Koala (Dianne Bramwell) visited the assembly and joined 22 other readers for the Read Across America Night at Jerabek. Over 500 students and their families listened to stories, browsed through the book fair, and enjoyed a delicious dessert.

March 6 found the Jerabek Choir performing in Chula Vista for over 200 members of the California Music Educators Association. The Musical Month of March continued with an outstanding band concert. Family and friends filled the auditorium and listened to the great sounds of the band. Finally, the lively choir concert sent everyone off to spring break, humming a happy tune.

Ms. Jean Chalupsky’s fourth and fifth grade combo-class performed an amazing feat in the annual San Diego Union Tribune Newspapers in Education Contest. Out of 7,000 entries from all ages from around San Diego, 100 students were recognized as finalists. Five finalists in the editorial cartoon division were from Ms. Chalupsky’s class. Michael Dudley, Colleen Gallagher (fifth grade), Hajira Khan, Hannah Batt, and Kevin Truitt (fourth grade) were honored at an awards ceremony. These outstanding students received a certificate, writing materials, and McDonald’s gift certificates. Ms. Chalupsky congratulated all of the students “who had the self-confidence to enter the contest and take a chance.”

March also found a number of classes learning outside of the classroom. Mrs. Comina’s fourth-grade class spent an exciting and chilly day aboard the Star of India, learning what it was like to sail a vessel in the 1800s in search of gold. Mrs. Bibeault and Mrs. Kelly’s classes enjoyed a performance at the beautiful Escondido Center for the Performing Arts while Mrs. Schoepp, Gallo, and McCauley’s classes were thrilled that the rain held off long enough to enjoy their visit to Sea World. Fifth grader Adam Carver dazzled his classmates when they and their teacher, Ms. Wood, attended the San Diego Junior Theater performance of Pippi Longstocking. Adam had the lead role of Tommy in the production.

The month ended on a high note with Teacher Appreciation days. The students proudly recognized and thanked their great teachers with flowers, hand-made gifts, certificates, and books.

Although we are off for the next four weeks, preparations are well underway for the traditional Jerabek Ranch Round-Up. It will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 11 am to 4 pm. Booth sponsorships are still available, and we would appreciate any donations for prizes for our raffle. Please contact Lorrie Moore at 653-4696 for more information. Look for all of the details about Jerabek’s Ranch Round Up in the May edition of the Newsletter.

Other Schools

Miramar College

“Music of the Harp”

The popular performance and lecture series, “Evening with the Experts,” will continue on Friday, April 7, as Miramar College presents “Music of the Harp,” featuring professional harpist Masako Yajima. Guests will be entertained with a variety of folk, international, classical and contemporary music, as well as gain insight into the respective composers. Learn more about this versatile, fascinating musical instrument, the harp.

“Music of the Harp” will be held in lecture hall I-101 on the Miramar College campus, 10440 Black Mountain Road, and will begin at 6:30 pm “Evening with the Experts” presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, call the public information office at 536-7876.

How to Choose an Attorney

Hiring the right attorney can be the major difference in winning or losing a case. Don’t be led blindly into the legal system, paying exorbitant fees and receiving little or no guidance from your attorney. “How to Choose and Use an Attorney” will provide you with the information you need to choose the counselor that best matches your needs and will teach you the skills necessary to manage your case effectively to get the results you want.

Although there are many attorneys available to provide competent legal services, asking the right questions to find a winner is a learned art. And, perhaps, an alternative such as mediation, paralegals, or negotiation, would better suit your needs. “How to Choose and Use an Attorney,” presented by Miramar College Paralegal Program Director Darrel Harrison on Friday, May 19, at 6:30 pm, will complete the spring “Evening with the Experts” series. For more information, call the public information office at 536-7876.

International Film Series

The Miramar College free foreign film series will conclude on Friday, May 12, at 6:30 pm in lecture hall I-101 with “Mie Vie en Rose” (“My Life in Pink”). Belgium is represented with the Golden Globe and British academy awards winning 1997 film, a charming and compassionate drama about a sweet young boy whose parents are perplexed by his behavior. The film is presented in its native language and features sub-titles.

Discussions regarding the film and the respective culture will follow. For more information, contact Miramar College Global Education Coordinator, Dr. Mary Meiners, at 536-7861.

Scholarship Gala Seeks Support

The Miramar College Foundation, a non-profit organization providing scholarships to high-achieving students, is seeking corporate sponsors and individual donors to support the 6th annual scholarship gala to be held on Friday, May 5. If you or your company is interested in contributing to the raffle or auction, making a financial contribution, sponsoring a table or joining the Circle of Friends, please call Sandra Trevisan, Miramar College Public Information Officer, at 536-7876. Your help is greatly appreciated and will assist hard-working students throughout the city and county to obtain an education that will help them to embark upon a career.

United States International University (USIU)

Friendship Festival – April 29

The International Friendship Festival is USIU’s annual “signature” event for the community. It is our opportunity to highlight for our neighbors in the community part of what makes USIU so special: its unique, multi-cultural, multi-national approach to education. Those of you who have attended in previous years know what a special event the festival is. If you have not had a chance to participate in the past, then make this, the year. Join USIU faculty, staff, and students, and several thousand community members on Saturday, April 29, from 10 am to 6 pm, for a day-long celebration featuring food, crafts, and entertainment from around the world.

“Color Your World” is the theme of this year’s festival, and it beautifully describes the spirit of the multi-ethnic celebration. Organized and presented largely by USIU’s students, who come from more than 90 countries, this all-ages event is an opportunity to sample cuisine from countries such as Thailand, Kenya, Germany, or Indonesia. Enjoy exotic music and dance, with performers in traditional dress from countries around the globe. Little ones will have plenty to keep them entertained with an expanded play area including a fun jump, games, and more.

The outdoor stage will feature live entertainment throughout the day, including the popular student style show with USIU students modeling clothes from their native countries. Past performances have included the Chinese lion dance, Paulani’s hula dance troupe, Afro-Brazilian capoeira, and Shaluza boot dancers. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets and families with children are especially encouraged to attend, as this is an event for all ages.

The International Friendship Festival will take place on the library lawn at the USIU campus, 10455 Pomerado Road. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 635-4607 or check out the website [].

Retrospective Art Display

While you are on campus for the International Friendship Festival, or any other time during the month, why not stop by Walter Library to view “International Retrospective,” an exhibit of paintings and sculptures by Del Mar artist Larry Veit. Works of the former international economist, who held positions with the U.S. Treasury Department and prominent Wall Street firm Brown Brothers Harriman, include paintings from his most recent “Cities Series,” early canvases reflecting his reactions to the textures of India, and quirky sculptures from his “Screwed Up Politicians” series.

Since moving to Del Mar in 1994, Veit has adopted art as a full-time activity. He has experimented with geometric themes, used “found” materials to create a series of sculptures spoofing the personal idiosyncrasies of politicians and, most recently, painted his “Cities Series,” in which brilliant color images are set against dark backgrounds to mirror the impression of night lights in major world cities.

“International Retrospective” runs through Saturday, April 29, and is open to the public during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 10 pm; Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 5:30 pm; and Sunday, 1:30 pm to 10 pm.

Admission and parking are free. Walter Library is located on Academic Way at the heart of USIU’s Scripps Ranch campus. For more information, call 635-4561.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Chabad Hebrew Academy is in the midst of registering children for its 2000-01 school year. Chabad is proud of its many innovative and exciting programs. Students have won many prestigious awards, including the National Geographic Geography Bee, and Bar Ilan University’s Jewish Identity contest. Chabad believes that a solid education touches the core of the child and empowers the individual to better the world around him.

Chabad also is proud of its state-of-the-art computer lab with Internet capabilities, 5-day-a-week physical education program, and full immersion Hebrew language lab. Openings are available for kindergarten through 8th grade. For more information, please call the school office at 566-1996 or visit its website at [].

Science Fair Finalists

Officials from the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair visited Chabad Hebrew Academy to judge the middle school’s projects. Over 50% of the students were selected to compete at the county science fair on Sunday, April 16. The winning projects included: Applied Kinesiology, the Accuracy of Pi, Stage Fright, Reaction Time, and Hand-Eye Coordination. Chabad Hebrew Academy is proud of its students and has had students participate in the State Science Fair in each of the last 5 years.

Camp Gan Israel

Camp Gan Israel (CGI) is accepting registration for its summer 2000 program. CGI is an accredited camp by the American Camping Association, meeting standards in programming, staff, aquatics, most importantly, safety. CGI is part of the largest network of Jewish day camps throughout the world.

These camps enjoy a well-earned reputation as a trendsetter with innovative ideas, creative programs, and new activities being introduced continuously. Campers will enjoy a wide range of exciting activities and field trips in a warm and nurturing environment. Our counselors are known for their personal warmth and their ability to care for each child as an individual. Each counselor is a role model for our children, promising them friendships, which will last forever. Their love for the children is perhaps surpassed only by the children’s love for them. The camp dates are June 26 to July 14, and July 17 to August 4. For more information, please call 566-1996.

Passover: April 19-27

The holiday of Passover, marking the redemption of the Jews from Egyptian bondage will be celebrated this year the evening of April 19 until April 27. Chabad invites the community to partake in communal seders, the special holiday meal at one of their 7 locations throughout San Diego County. For more information, please contact Chabad at 566-1996 or 619-265-7700.