Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Teacher of the Year Nominee

We are proud to announce Scripps Ranch High School’s nomination for Teacher of the Year – Nancy Anderson. Nancy was selected due to her outstanding commitment to our school. She teaches English and journalism, and also is our cheerleading advisor.

Nancy’s passion for teaching and enthusiasm for helping all students succeed is seen daily through her lessons. She captivates a student’s interest from the moment they step into her room.

Summer Internships

A new summer internship opportunity has just been announced for high school juniors who will have completed one full year of an ROP class in hospitality, information technology and business applications, arts and media, manufacturing, or transportation. The Bridge to Success program offers students 6 units of community college credit for an intense 2-week community college class, BUSE 90A or 90B, taken in addition to the 6-week internship.

Only 100 of these specialized internships will be offered throughout the San Diego Unified School District this summer. If you are qualified and would like to apply, contact Mrs. Bostwick at SRHS at [[email protected]].

Finance Internships

Students, staff, and mentors involved with the Academy of Finance at SRHS will celebrate their first successful year of the program at a pinning ceremony and dinner on Thursday, Apr. 25. The 24 juniors and seniors in the program have been working with mentors and in internships throughout the community.

They learned first-hand the tools of the trade in the world of finance. The mentors have dedicated significant time and resources since the beginning of the school year to share the academy experience with our students one-on-one. We thank the following individuals and businesses for their dedication to this program:

  • BH Gold Insurance – Mike Urbano;
  • Cabrillo Credit Union – Anne McClure, Cari Williams, and Robin Lentz;
  • Cal Fed Bank – Judi Burningham;
  • Children’s Hospital – Barbara Hirschorn;
  • Debra L. Tye, Accountant – Debbie Tye;
  • Financial Network Investment Corp. – David Bretz;
  • Gateway – Lynn Hammonds and Steve Phillpott;
  • Higgs, Fletcher, & Mack, LLP – Bruce O’Brien;
  • Inovum – Marcia Hayes;
  • Law office of Theresa Erickson – Theresa Erickson;
  • Mad Science of San Diego – Tom Trott;
  • Merrill Lynch – Nate Treadwell;
  • Nasoff & Associates – Carla Nasoff;
  • Qualcomm – Peter Rubenacker, Deborah Pederson, Victoria Ross, and Mark Sievers;
  • RE/Max United – Fred Christiansen;
  • Salomon Smith Barney – Christopher Landwair;
  • Terra Firma Landscape – Candy Dirksen;
  • UCSD – Marla Goonan;
  • U.S. Bank – Brian Butler and Jan English;
  • USA Federal Credit Union – Charisse Becker, Neva Buckhanon, and Lynn Laing;
  • Washington Mutual – Jackie Alexandre, Guy Mount, Anna Fry, Brigette Harnly, and Adriane Concepcion;
  • Western Financial Planning Corporation – Josh Cardenas;
  • Withers, Mann, and LaManna – Bill Withers; and
  • Wolf Media – Lindy Shupe, Rudy Shappe, and Ted Harwood.

PBO 2002 Winners

Congratulations to all contest winners of Parent Booster Organization (PBO) 2002! Special recognition goes to accomplished senior Tunga Ngyuen who built the PBO 2002 website at [] as a senior project. Check out this new addition to the SRHS website. Learn who’s in charge, what a Grad Night is, the history of Grad Night, when and where meetings are held, who is contributing in time, funds, or donations of materials and decor, and how you can participate!

The lucky $1,000 Westfield shopping spree winner is Mindy Scharf! The Grad Night t-shirt design contest winner is Brianna Collins. Brianna’s design will appear on Grad Night tickets and programs. All contest entrants deserve special recognition for their artistic efforts.

Join The World Tour 2002

Come help with Grad Night on Monday, Jun. 17. Help our graduates enjoy a safe and fun-filled farewell evening with their friends at SRHS. We need parents, friends, relatives, older siblings, or community volunteers who would be willing to help out. Shifts are:

  • Afternoon: pick up food from the vendors and deliver it to SRHS;
  • 9 pm – 12 am: check-in, game booths, casino, or food serving;
  • 1:30 – 2:30 am: casino, games, or food serving;
  • 3 – 5 am: check-out, redemption center.

For more information contact, Marty Wiler at [[email protected]] or 695-8892.

Struttin’ Their Stuff

The senior class at SRHS is hosting two big events in the next couple of months. Our first one is Powder Puff. The senior and junior girls have become extremely involved in flag football. We hope the community will be! This event takes place on Friday, Apr. 12, at the SRHS football field. Admission prices have not yet been determined.

A fashion show featuring senior boys and girls strutting their stuff on the runway is the next must-see event. It takes place over two days, Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 and 2. The show is produced and directed by our seniors, and will include some original costume designs. Ticket prices are to be announced.

The SRHS Class of 2002 appreciates community involvement because we know you really care about the future of our young adults. If you have any questions, please contact me at 689-9089 or [[email protected]].

Attention 2003 SRHS Parents!

We would really like parents to attend our PBO meetings which are held the 2nd Thursday of each month in the teacher’s lounge at 7 pm. We need your support and participation. Join the PBO 2003 membership by sending in a donation today. Please call Amy Patasnik at 578-7747.

You also can participate in the golf tournament scheduled for Monday, May 13, at Stoneridge Country Club in Poway. Committee members are working hard to make this event a success, but we need more parent and community support! Here’s how you can help:

  • Sign-up as a golfer – Cost is $150 per person, or even better, sign up as a foursome;
  • Sponsor a hole for $100 per advertisement per hole;
  • Join us for dinner for only $30;
  • Make a cash donation;
  • Donate raffle prizes;
  • Donate an auction gift, such as a weekend getaway at your vacation home, free dental or legal work, sports tickets, a day at a spa, sports memorabilia, etc.; or
  • Volunteer your time now on our planning committee.

Please contact Susan and Hersch Hendrickson at 689-8146.

Grad Night has become an annual event for graduating seniors. The goal is to keep them in a safe and supervised environment on campus on the eve of their graduation from high school.

Grad Night is planned as an all-night party with continuous entertainment, games, food, and activity. It is a safe, drug-free, and alcohol-free celebration.

We will hold a garage sale on Saturday, Apr. 20 –the same day as the annual Scripps Ranch spring garage sale. We would like you to donate items including used furniture, sports equipment, electronic games, etc. Contact Colleen Mossberg at 578-8524 to arrange a drop-off time.

Attend our Italian dinner provided by the Scripps Ranch Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza on Wednesday, May 29, from 5:45 to 7 pm at SRHS. Only $10 buys salad, pizza, pasta, and a beverage. Tickets can be purchased on a first come-first serve basis at the financial offices of SRHS and Marshall Middle School.

The next night for Pat & Oscar’s is Tuesday, Apr. 2. Don’t forget the flyer. If you have any questions, please call Stacy Donahue at 549-2619.

Class of 2004 PBO

We will happily accept any last-minute donations to our garage sale coming up on Saturday, Apr. 20. Many thanks for all donations received to date. We also are looking for more sales personnel to help at the sale. Please contact Kim Molina at 271-7630 or Joanne Gimbel at 586-0330 if you can help for an hour or two.

Our “Non-Event Event” has been a great success. Additional information on this fundraiser can be obtained from Joanne Gimbel at 586-0330.

The PBO’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Apr. 10, at 7 pm at the Crown Pointe Clubhouse. Please come. We’d like to see you there.

SRHS Football Boosters

The Scripps Ranch High School football boosters are starting early this year. We are dedicated to the financial and emotional support of the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity programs at Scripps Ranch High School. Volunteers are needed for snack bar, special events, game days, clothing sales, communications, and banquet planning. If you can help, please call Ralph Sassi 689-0142.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Calendar of Events

  • Wednesday, Apr. 3: Governance meeting, 6:30 pm, in the lounge;
  • Thursday, Apr. 4: PTSA meeting, 3 pm, in the lounge;
  • Tuesday, Apr. 9 and Wednesday, Apr. 10: STAR writing test to be given to 7th graders;
  • Saturday, Apr. 13: Dance team competes in Anaheim;
  • Monday, Apr. 15: Read-In;
  • Tuesday, Apr. 16: Open-house curriculum fair and book fair;
  • Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, Apr. 24: Model UN;
  • Tuesday, Apr. 30: SAT 9 testing begins with a special schedule.

STAR and SAT 9 Tests Begin

Starting on Tuesday, Apr. 30, through Thursday, May 2, students will be given the SAT 9 (Stanford Achievement Test, edition 9) and the STAR test (Standardized Testing and Reporting program). The SAT 9 is a standardized norm referenced test, and the STAR is a criterion- or standards-referenced assessment. Our schedule will be modified so students can be tested during their advisory class.

It is extremely important that students get plenty of sleep and eat a good breakfast during testing. Please do not schedule appointments during this week.

Marshall Yearbook Staff

Mr. Wells’ yearbook staff has completed their work on this year’s yearbook. We have a limited supply of yearbooks that can be ordered for $35. If your student has not purchased one; you may want to do it now, before it is too late!

Music, Music, Music

Last month, KUSI’s morning news weatherman Dave Scott visited Marshall and spoke to the music students about careers in music. He is an accomplished trombone player and gave a demonstration to the students. It was great to have him as a guest.

The marching band will perform in the Linda Vista multicultural parade on Saturday, Apr. 27. On Tuesday, Apr. 30, the orchestra will go to Symphony Hall to observe an open rehearsal and speak with Jung-Ho Pak. Students are working hard for our upcoming spring concert in May.

Talent Show 2000, hosted by the vocal music students, will take place on Thursday, Apr. 4, at Dingeman Elementary. Admission price is $4. Come see the wide range of talent from Marshall!

On Thursday, Apr. 18, the choir students will attend San Diego Opera’s dress rehearsal of the opera Don Pasquale. It’s a comedy set in the Old West.

Mrs. Cobb’s seventh-grade seminar class is studying the Renaissance. They will culminate their unit with a field trip in May to the Renaissance Fair in Orange County. There, they each will portray a character they have been studying.

The dance team placed 4th in the West Coast championships at Disneyland in March. The final competition of the year will be the USA Jr.-Independent championships on Saturday, Apr. 13, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Library Media Center

April is designated as School Library Media month. April is also Poetry Awareness month, and our poetry books are on display.

The Library Media Center is sponsoring a book fair during the week of April 16-22. All language arts classes are scheduled to visit the book fair. Parents are invited to visit on Tuesday, Apr. 16, the night of the curriculum fair.

This will be a good time to purchase books for summer reading. Students will design bookmarks to promote reading and celebrate National Library week.

The theme for National Library week is “@ your library.” Our annual Read-In will take place on Monday, Apr. 15. Community members will read aloud a selection from their favorite childhood book to students and share the way reading has influenced their careers and lives. Stop by the Library Media Center and check out a book! It’s all happening “@ your library!”

Counseling News

Marshall counselors will go into our current 6th and 7th grade English classes in mid-April to present articulation information to our students. The students will receive course catalogs and course selection cards, which they should bring home for your approval!

Progress reports were distributed to students on March 15. The next progress report will be distributed on Friday, May 3. That will be the final progress report before the semester ends in June. June report cards will be mailed home by the school district.

Summer School

Summer school begins at Marshall Middle School on Monday, June 24. It will continue for 5 weeks, until Friday, July 26. Specific information as to when applications will be available, courses to be offered, and students who will need to attend, will be announced as soon as it becomes available from the district’s summer-school office.

We do know that Marshall’s Advanced Science 1-2 course, for current 7th graders, will be taught at Wangenheim Middle School. The prerequisite for taking Advanced Science 1-2 during the summer is for students to have an “A” in Science 7 and an “A” in Pre-algebra or Honors Pre-algebra (or Honors Algebra 1-2), on their May progress report and June report card.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Registration for 2002

Kindergarten registration will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 10, from 8 to 11 am in the lunch arbor. Your child must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 2, 2002. Please make sure you bring all of the following documents to complete your registration:

  • Official birth certificate;
  • Social Security card;
  • Two proofs of residence – the deed to your home, escrow papers, last month’s rent receipt, or the most recent utility bills (phone, gas and electric). Please make sure 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.

Please double check with your child’s doctor. If you have any questions, call the office at 540-4437. Tell your friends and neighbors with children about our registration.

“Spring” into Spring Carnival

The grand finale of our year’s fundraising efforts is our annual Spring Carnival, which will be on Friday, May 3, at 5 pm in the parking lot. Just ask anyone who’s been to one of Dingeman’s carnivals. They’ll tell you it’s the “best night of the spring” in Scripps Ranch!

Through the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of many families, you’ll have an opportunity to bid on, and win, one of many awesome baskets.

We Love Our Volunteers

If you have not yet had a chance to become involved in Dingeman’s activities, now is a great time to find out about next year’s opportunities. We need volunteers in all areas such as fundraising, website and technology, Art Corps, yearbook, and other school community groups. So many of the activities that our students enjoy would not be possible without our volunteers, so please consider becoming involved.

Celebrating the Children through Art and Play

Looking ahead, Dingeman’s fabulous annual art show will take place Monday, May 20, through Thursday, May 23, in the auditorium. The theme this year is “A Celebration of Children’s Art in America.”

Finally, we want to thank all our Dingeman students for their patience as our playgrounds have been getting a “makeover” the last few months. Our three playgrounds were resurfaced and new equipment was installed. Have fun on your new swings, slides, and monkey bars!

Jerabek Elementary

Springin’ Back

Mark your calendars! Jerabek classes resume on Monday, Apr. 22, after the four-week spring break. Not many dates to note for April; however, the 4th grade family science night will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at 6:45 pm in the auditorium.

Read Across America and Book Fair

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the students made quilts, depicting their favorite authors, that were displayed in the courtyard. In addition, we had a school-wide flag ceremony, complete with songs from the choir, readings by the student council, and a visit from The Cat in the Hat and Thing One.

The highlight of the week was the evening of Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration. We had over 20 readers including community members, authors, and parents who read to all the families, including more than 600 people. This fun event ended with the singing of the happy birthday song to Dr. Seuss and eating birthday cake.

The book fair during Read Across America week was a huge success. It brought in $14,000 from book sales, $4,000 of which came back to Jerabek in cash. The teachers of Jerabek also were given vouchers to spend on scholastic books of their choice. Thank you to the following people for making Read Across America such a huge success: Lori Moore, Georgia Critchlow, Lee Connors, Judy Kelly, Barbara McCormick, Wendy Hodges, and Debbie Hoffer.

Congratulations also to Jerabek’s outstanding kindergarten teacher, Barbara McCormick, who recently received national board certification! This certification is an intensive 10-week process, which only 36 teachers in our entire district passed this last year. Great job, Barbara!

What’s the Scoop at the Jerabek Library?

“I’m Curious, Question of the Month” is all about our library. Jerabek students visit the school library once a week with their class. During their visit, they will hear stories or learn library skills through games. They also have the opportunity to check-out one book for the week.

During the last 5 years, our library has been transformed from 10,000 books (3,000 of which were out-of-date) to a circulation of 15,000 accurate books and 300 educational videos. The library has gone from using the card catalog search system to a modern computer search system.

Ruth Burr has worked in our library for 10 years (3 years as a parent volunteer and 6 years as a paid librarian aide). She has done a tremendous job in overseeing the transformation of our library. Thanks, Ruth!

Many thanks also go to Ruth’s right hand library aide, Sandy Price. Sandy completed her “read in” with us on March 8. We all want to thank you for all those wonderful stories and all your hard work. You really will be missed.

A special thank you to all our 5th grade library volunteers who come in during their lunch or recess to help shelve books. We will be welcoming Katy Luvisa as our new library aide. All library aide positions are paid by the FFO. Happy reading!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Pennies for Pasta

Congratulations to Ms. Perez’ 3rd grade, first-place winners of the “Pennies for Pasta” competition. They get a free pasta dinner from Olive Garden restaurant. We raised almost $1,700 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Amazing what eagle eyes and lemonade sales can do!

Annual Jog-A-Thon

This fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 17, and Friday, Apr. 19. So far, our sponsor list includes Scripps Ranch Old Pros, Pazzos Pizza, Sharon Neben-Fogg of McMillin Realty, Learning Express Toy Store, Copy Club of Scripps Ranch, and Cabrillo Credit Union. Thanks to all, and welcome to any others who would like to join in.

Other Events

Scripps Ranch High seniors Kate Fillius and Brad Clipp are directing the grades 3-5 choir and preparing show tunes for the next concert.

April will be chock full of interesting stuff including:

  • GATE testing: Tuesday, Apr. 2, through Wednesday Apr. 10;
  • Flag assembly: Friday, Apr. 5. It will include patriotic songs sung by Mrs. Stewart’s and Mrs. Noorolah’s classes;
  • Open house: Thursday, Apr. 11;
  • Parent coffee with the Principal: Monday, Apr. 15.
  • The district seminar application meeting is Wednesday, Apr. 17, from 6 to 7 pm; and
  • Our western BBQ (my personal favorite) is scheduled for Friday, Apr. 19.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Our Fabulous Fourth Graders

Our 4th graders are serving as “Ambassadors for Kids” and spreading the good news about giving to our community. They collected toys and books for Harbor Summit, a school for homeless children and delivered them during a joyful visit that included a book reading and discussion. Mr. Slotter’s 1st grade class has now joined in!

Another 4th grade class collected hygiene items for the St. Vincent de Paul shelter. Students made a visit to the shelter to present the items. What a great testimony to our Character Education Program, 2002.

Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP)

The February cookie dough fundraiser was a success, raising about $4,000 for the school. Thank you for your generosity! Fundraising efforts have provided for:

  • A consultant who conducted a workshop for teachers in differentiated curriculum and instructional practice, a key component for GATE instruction in all classrooms;
  • Sending Connie Perkins, our resource specialist, to the 2002 California resource specialist conference;
  • CoTA (Community-Teachers-Artists), to supplement the purchase of materials for the garden project. Our 4th grade students are involved in an interdisciplinary study including local art educators, artists, and landscape architects. They will re-design the campus planters to reflect the life and influences of Ellen Browning Scripps;
  • And our most important goal – we have hired a part-time district librarian!

Please remember to come by the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. To allow for more parking, the market was moved onto school grounds. Stop by for breakfast or lunch. We have some fabulous foods available: fresh fruits and vegetables, tamales, lumpia, and some of the best breads you will ever eat!

The AFP requests that you help with funding for the librarian by signing up for e-scrip. The AFP will pay your $10 fee and even register you. What could be easier? Stop by the office or call Michelle at 693-8593.

Grant from Exxon-Mobil

E.B. Scripps has received a $500 grant from the Exxon-Mobile Education Alliance program to support our Visual and Performing Arts program. Mark Armstrong, manager of our local “Mobil On The Run” station worked with Principal Cansdale to secure the grant. It is one of 4,000 available to schools across the country from the Exxon-Mobil Foundation.

E.B. Scripps also has submitted a grant proposal to the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation. It would support the funding of a special library book collection on famous American women, including a featured collection of books and periodicals on Ellen Browning Scripps.

EBS Registration for 2002

Registration for kindergarten, and all other new students who will attend E.B. Scripps in the fall, will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 9, from 9 to 11 am in the multi-purpose room. If this time is inconvenient, you may pick up the registration packet any time after April 9 at the front office. Principal Cansdale will conduct a new student orientation and class visits on Friday, Apr. 12, at 9 am in the multi-purpose room. Criteria for registration are listed on page 37. Questions may be directed to Roberta Martin at 693-8593.

Educating Hearts and Minds

We have continued our work with educating “hearts and minds” by practicing responsibility, another character trait embedded in our character education program. Principal Cansdale continues to share his thinking around this principle with students and parents on the principal’s board. Please support our work again with those unexpected “teachable moments” at home and throughout the community.

On Mar. 7 and 14, we recognized those students exhibiting the E.B. Scripps’ spirit at our student recognition assemblies. We also honored many parents. There were other special observances at our school: Music in Our Schools month, National Nutrition month, National Women’s History month, and Youth Art month. The City honor chorus presentation on March 16 featured several of our fourth graders.

See you at the Farmer’s Market!

Other Schools

Alliant International University (AIU)

International Symposium

The California School of Professional Psychology will present an international symposium entitled “War, Terrorism, and the Family” on Saturday, Apr. 6, from 9 am to 5 pm.

The symposium panelists include family therapists from Canada, China, Holland, Israel, South Africa, and the United States. All of the panelists have experienced violence, war, and terrorism. These presenters will offer an international perspective on different cultural adaptive styles and healing components for families and individuals.

The cultural perspectives contained in both these workshops will provide the audience with a basis for structuring individual and family coping strategies from the effects of the Sept. 11 events. There also will be a discussion on multi-generational effects of war and terrorism on the family. Fees are $55 for adults, $35 for students with a deli lunch available for $6. To register, call 800-457-1273, ext.207.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

2002-2003 Registration

Chabad Hebrew Academy is in the midst of registering children for its 2002-2003 school year. Chabad is proud of its many innovative and exciting 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 around him. Rochel Smoller, 2nd grade Judaic teacher, observes that to properly educate, the teacher must tap the innermost recesses of the mind and heart.

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 [].

Students in grades 5 and up are required to do a minimum of 5 chessed (community service) hours per quarter. Many of them do several times that per quarter. Some of the work our students have been doing are running junior congregations, helping in nursing homes, volunteering at community events, tutoring, and babysitting for families who cannot afford to pay.

Science Fair Advancements

Congratulations to the following Chabad Hebrew Academy middle-school students who have been selected to the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair: Shawna Dolinka, Chana Grifkin, Judy Hoffman, Reuvain Leider, Chaya Smoller, and Devorah Smoller. Some of the award-winning projects were: Does humming affect typing speed?; Do interfering foods affect taste perception?; Is the dominant hand stronger?; and, Can people recognize the Disney “D”? Good luck to all the participants

Visiting Artist

Artist Jack Winer, sculptor of the Chabad Menorah and the new Chabad Star of David, graciously honored the kindergarten through 2nd grade art classes for the sculpture unit.

We are doubly fortunate to have awesome sculptures on our property that will be the site of a future garden, and access to one of the foremost artists in the collection? Mr. Winer gave detailed and entertaining information supplemented by two videos and photos.

Camp Gan Israel

Camp Gan Israel (CGI) is accepting registration for its summer 2002 program. CGI is an accredited camp by the American Camping Association, meeting standards in programming, staff, aquatics, and most importantly, safety.

As part of the largest network of Jewish day camps throughout the world, CGI enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trendsetter with innovative ideas, creative programs, and new activities being introduced continuously. For more information, please call 566-1996.