Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

SRHS Foundation

The SRHS Foundation would like to thank our newest corporate donor, the Cush Charitable Foundation, for its recent contribution. A letter of solicitation was mailed to parents of SRHS students in March seeking contributions. The fall letter sent to students’ families produced a disappointing 15% response in contributions.

It is not too late! The Foundation needs contributions all year long. The current severe budget cuts in our school district will make operating our schools at their present level almost impossible.

Our students and faculty will be looking to the Foundation for basic classroom and school necessities. That is in addition to the current requests for updated video equipment, computers, books for Language Arts, lab stools, computer software, science department supplies and materials, as well as assistance to many of the athletic programs.

We all want our children to have the best opportunities possible, but those opportunities cost money. If we all pitch in, the impact of the budget crisis can be reduced at our school. All contributors of the current school year will be recognized in the May issue of the SRCA Newsletter. Please help us fill up the center page next month!

UCSD Summer Program

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Academic Connections, the popular academic based three-week residential summer program, is now accepting applications. From Sunday, July 6, through Saturday, July 26, high school students will come to San Diego to work with committed and enthusiastic scientists at UCSD to explore the world around them and thoughts within them.

Subjects for study include biomedical, engineering, literature, music, oceanography, physics, political science, sociology, theatre and dance, and visual arts. For a free catalog, call 534-0804 or visit [].

Grad Night is Almost Here!

Grad Night is fast approaching. This event runs Friday, June 13, from 9:30 pm to Saturday, June 14, at 5:30 am and is held in our high school gym. We need volunteers to work three-hour shifts. Why not make the evening more fun–sign up with a friend!

Let us know if you have a preference of areas–casino tables, game booths, prizes, food, check-in, check-out. Volunteers need to be at least 25 years old, but it is not necessary to have a student at the school. If you are the parent of an underclassman, it is the perfect opportunity to see what your child will experience.

If you can help in any way, we want you! Please call Nancy Richieri at 578-8166 or Colleen Mossberg at 578-8524.

Academy of Finance Presentations

You may have noticed from previous SRCA Newsletters the exciting things happening on the SRHS campus in our two new academies. If you would like to see firsthand what academy students have been doing, either because you have a child who may be interested in the Academy of Business and Finance or because you are a business or community member interested in community service, consider sitting as a panelist for the Academy of Finance (AOF) student internship presentations. They are on Wednesday, May 7, from 3 to 4:45 pm.

Panelists from the community, including the students’ mentors, are asked to review the presentations for content and professionalism. These culminating projects of our juniors and seniors demonstrate what the connection between academy students and businesses is all about, how your company can make a difference in the life of a student, and what the time and personal commitment required of our academy mentors has typically been.

A dinner celebration follows the event where you can meet and mingle with the students and other members of the business community to gather more information about academy involvement. If you are interested in participating as a panelist for the AOF presentations, please contact Mary Bostwick at [[email protected]].

Academy of Travel and Tourism

The Academy of Travel and Tourism students spent two spectacular days experiencing the tourism industry firsthand immediately following the Super Bowl. The academy students and their teachers, Bonnie Kau and Cheryl Schroer-Obayashi, boarded a luxurious Holland America cruise ship at the Embarcadero where they received exceptional service and instruction in the exciting careers to be found on the sea.

The next day, on the official National Ground Hog Job Shadow Day, these same students split into two groups and traveled to the Hyatt Islandia and Hyatt Regency La Jolla.

There, they learned about the extraordinary teamwork and attention to detail that goes on in a first-class hotel. This academy program is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have an interest in pursuing a career in the travel and tourism industry–an industry that continues to have a bright future.

Did you know that San Diego has over 50,000 rooms in our local hotels and that they sell out continuously at a high percentage throughout the year? That means lots of service jobs for San Diegans. If you are a SRHS student or parent and want more information about how you can be a part of this academy program, call Bonnie Kau at 621-9020, ext. 5502.

SRHS Baseball Team Update

Spring brings baseball, and this spring brings three incredible baseball teams and a great squad of Scripps Ranch resident coaches to Scripps Ranch High School. Joining Head Coach Steve Walker are Varsity Coaches Ralph Stewart and Greg McSparran. The JV coaching staff includes Don Cerone and Burke Rickenbach, and Doug Farkas leads the freshman team.

These gentlemen have high hopes and plans for the baseball program including: championships; building our players strength, endurance, speed, and baseball skills; and, building a respectable facility. This dedicated staff plans to coach our young men into a cohesive and competitive team, and provide them with the facilities they need to be competitive.

High school athletic programs are anticipated to lose 30-40% of their funding due to school budget cuts. To maintain a competitive team, it requires the ability to perform weight training, batting practice, bullpen pitching and catching, and chalk talk, even when it rains.

For this reason, SRHS Baseball is forming a Booster Club and looking for interested corporate sponsors. Plans include covering the dugouts, bullpen, and batting cage, and building a clubhouse near the field large enough for the team so that instruction and practice can continue during inclement weather.

Corporate sponsors are also needed to help build an outfield fence, scoreboard, camera stations, and more storage facilities. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Head Coach Steve Walker at [[email protected]]. Naming rights and sponsor sign placement on the wall are available on a first come basis, depending on the donation amount.

We also encourage everyone to join us at our games. An exhibition game and fundraiser against the Old Pros will be on Saturday, Apr. 12, at 1 pm at SRHS! It includes a barbecue lunch. Come to the pre-game event at 10 am with the 14-year-old Falcon Travel Team. Enjoy food, win prizes or a raffle, and have fun. Thank you for your support!

Benefit for Girls Athletics

Join your friends and neighbors for the 5th annual Wine and Beer Tasting event to benefit the SRHS Girls Athletics. It will take place on Saturday, May 10, from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary. Enjoy an evening of fine wine, great food, and an exciting silent auction. Taste a variety of specially selected Merlots, Cabernets, white wines, and perhaps a couple of one-of-a-kind items.

Enjoy great food from our restaurant sponsors and some talented Scripps Ranch chefs. Bid on your favorite silent auction item or talk to one of our wine experts. All proceeds from this event benefit the SRHS Girls Athletics.

Tickets are on sale now for $20 per person and will be $25 at the door. For tickets and information, contact Shannon Alatorre at [[email protected]] or 547-9566.

New Wrestling Opportunity

The Scripps Ranch Wrestling Club is in the process of forming a team for local middle school and elementary school students born between 1988 and 1994. For more information, please contact Coach Matthew Becker at 619-723-8807 or [[email protected]].

In addition, the Scripps Ranch Wrestling Club is looking to secure corporate and small business sponsors to underwrite the Wrestling Club and high school program. Please contact Coach Becker at the above phone number or email for more information on these tax-deductible opportunities.

Grad Night 2003

Excitement for Grad Night grows stronger as the creative process of decorating has begun! Several parents have been meeting at our workroom at 9815 Carroll Canyon Road on Monday and Tuesday mornings, Friday evenings, and Saturday mornings.

Please contact Joanne Jerrell at 566-5964 for information and if you can supply any of the following:

  • A 12-foot canopy or carport;
  • Two spotlights;
  • Free samples of cosmetics for the women’s and men’s bathrooms;
  • Costume jewelry for treasure chest;
  • Surplus cans of paint;
  • Rulers, scissors, or staple guns;
  • Empty margarine tubs for paint and glue; or,
  • Movie posters or life-size movie star pictures.

Tickets for Grad Night–Friday, June 13–and the Senior Breakfast–Wednesday, June 11–will be sold at the high school beginning the week of May 5. We will mail a special newsletter to parents of seniors within the next month highlighting all the details of Grad Night. It will contain permission forms, as well as other material.

If you have any questions, please contact our co-chairs, Susie Gonaver at 549-7292 or Cari Meyer at 695-1756.

Class of 2004 PBO

Time is running out to sign up for our fabulous golf scramble at the Doubletree Resort in Rancho Penasquitos on Friday, May 2, at 12 pm! Fabulous prizes will be offered in our silent auction and raffles. Dine “fiesta-style,” and join together in our most important event to raise money for Grad Night 2004.

Fees are $150 per golfer, and dinner only will be $30. Our own Scripps Ranch Chili Peppers will be donating food, along with Pat and Oscar’s. Boxed lunches will be provided compliments of Denny’s and Vons.

A 2003 Ford Ranger, sponsored by Kearny Mesa Ford, will be awarded to the golfer hitting a “hole in one.” Don’t miss out on the fun. To sign up, contact Sandy Price at 693-1531. At this time, we are looking for any Mexican-style decorations, which can include sombreros, serapes, cactus, or any others. Please contact Karen Wood at 566-7144 or Pat Matthews at 695-6512.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 6, in the high school’s teacher’s lounge. Hope to see more faces there!

Class of 2005 PBO

Grad Night is a phenomenal all-night, on-campus party for graduating seniors, keeping them safe with the help of an army of parents and other volunteers. What started this tradition? Unfortunately, the death of a senior in another school on Grad Night touched off this tradition of a drug- and alcohol-free graduation celebration for our sons and daughters across the country.

To pull off an event of this magnitude, it takes a large budget and a lot of planning. That is why fundraising begins in the sophomore year, as it would be too great of a task in the senior year. Our membership drive is an easy way to help us move towards our Grad Night goal.

Donations continue to come in. Our latest thanks go to Linda A. and Timothy R. Good, Joan Fisler, Teri and Rich Horowitz, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Williams, Debbie Thomas, and Wayne and Elaine Wilson. Again, we wish to thank the 76 families who have donated.

For those who have not donated yet, it is not too late to add your name to our list of donors and volunteers. If you have lost your membership drive donation form or would like to receive information on upcoming events, call Gail Golko at 549-9294 and give her your email address. We can also be reached by mail at: SRHS Parent Booster Organization, Class of 2005, 9974 Scripps Ranch Boulevard #205, San Diego, CA 92131.

We are now selling doughnuts at the high school before school in the quad area the first Friday of each month. Please send $1 with your student. We have also started the sale of the sterling silver Falcon charms through Collins Family Jewelers for $20 each. If you would like to order or see a charm, 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 toward Grad Night 2005.

You can join us at our monthly planning meetings held at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 7, at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. We hope to see you there! Members will receive copies of the minutes of our meetings via email if your email address is on your membership application.

For questions, please call one of our co-presidents, Alexis Parker at 566-9872 or Becky Eldridge at 548-7400.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Calendar of Events

  • Monday, Apr. 7–Read-In, 8 am;
  • Wednesday, Apr. 9–Open House/Curriculum Fair, 6:30-8 pm;
  • Monday, Apr. 14, through Friday, Apr. 18–Spring break;
  • Tuesday, Apr. 22, through Tuesday, Apr. 29–STAR Testing; and,
  • Saturday, Apr. 26–Marching Band in Linda Vista Parade, and the Jazz Ensemble at a festival at Kearny High School, 3-5:30 pm.

STAR Testing Begins

On Tuesday, Apr. 22, the Standardized Testing and Reporting program (STAR) begins. Two tests will be administered to students over a six-day period. The California Multiple Choice Standards Tests (CSTs) are criterion-referenced tests that assess each student’s attainment of California’s academic content standards. Scores for these tests are reported as performance levels–advanced, proficient, basic, below basic, and far below basic.

The California Achievement Test, 6th Edition Survey (CAT/6) is a norm-referenced test that assesses each student’s achievement of basic skills compared to their national peer group. Scores for this test are reported as percentiles.

Testing will be administered during an extended advisory period. A special schedule will be in effect from Tuesday, Apr. 22, through Tuesday, Apr. 29. We ask that parents not pull students out for appointments prior to lunch during this testing period. Students must arrive at school on time; late students will not be admitted to class.

Makeup tests will be given Wednesday, Apr. 30, through Friday, May 9. Students planning to go on the East Coast trip must attend school during testing or they will need to remain at school for makeups.

Parents should make sure that during this time period their student gets a good night’s sleep, eats a good breakfast, and brings something interesting to read to keep them occupied if they finish early.

Counseling News

Marshall counselors will speak to our current 6th and 7th grade English classes on Monday and Tuesday, Apr. 7 and 8, to present articulation information. Students will receive course catalogs and course selection cards, which they should bring home for parent approval.

Progress reports were distributed to students on Friday, Mar. 14. If your child did not show you his or her report, be sure to ask to see it! The next progress report will be distributed on Friday, May 2. That will be the final progress report before the semester ends on Friday, June 13. The district will mail June report cards home during the summer.

Information regarding summer school will not be available from the district until late April. We do not know if or when summer school will take place at this time. We will let parents know as soon as that information is available.

Music News

Congratulations to Marshall’s String Quartet–Emily Rutherford, Joe Chen, Stephanie Lee, and Kevin Kim–for receiving superior ratings at the Solo and Ensemble Festival at Westview High School. They received a $100 gift certificate for “Outstanding Middle School Ensemble,” and they were invited to play a “command performance” that evening.

In early April the Advanced Band participated in the Disney Magic Music Days Festival. The band was accepted to perform at Carnation Plaza in Disneyland–based on an extensive audition–and participate in a professional music workshop at the park.

Art News

Mr. Wells has submitted student artwork for the annual district art exhibition. These pieces will be on display through the end of April at the Eugene Brucker Education Center at 4100 Normal Street in the second floor hallway display cases. There will be an informal Open House on Thursday, Apr. 24, from 5:30-7 pm so students, teachers, parents, and others can view the exhibit.

Peanuts Gang Comes to Marshall

The students from Ms. Palmer’s choir classes presented You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in March. They performed favorites such as Linus’ My Blanket and Me, Snoopy’s Suppertime, Sally’s New Philosophy, Lucy’s Little Known Facts, and many more, as well as rousing group numbers. With associate direction by Ms. Camblin and Mrs. Fait, as well as terrific piano accompaniment by Mrs. Fait, the show was fast-paced and heartwarming.

Science Olympiad Rocks!

The Marshall Science Olympiad Team qualifies for the state championship! Congratulations to the members of the two Marshall Middle School teams that competed in the regional competition held at San Diego State University in February. Overall, Marshall finished 5th out of 52 middle school teams from around San Diego County. They competed against teams from the entire state in late March.

The Science Olympiad team members are: Nina Babaie, Samantha Baughman, Michael Christie, Katherine Cvtkovich, Kathleen Huynh, Natalia Jones, Jeremy Patashnik, Andrea Schiller, Kristin Seid, Brian Campbell, Joe Chan, Josh Gok, Lauren Honeycutt, Sarah Kukuchak, Eric Lam, Greg Moy, Chris Park, Nikka Saadat, Krystal Tran, Katie Troja, Michael Uriarte, Kevin Weng, Denise Yu, Alaric Zhu, Melissa Chiong, Caroline Chu, Jason Chung, Colleen Gallagher, Dhruv Gopiniath, Cassie Gurrola, David Heilbrun, Ilya Imas, George Jiang, Tim Klimpel, Stephanie Lee, Megan Mulvey, Kian Samii, Alex Stumm, and Stephanie Sullivan.

Thanks to advisors Brian Finley, Muriel Gross, and Sally Sondreal for their work with the students. In our five years of being involved with the Science Olympiad, this is the best we have done!

Special awards went to the following students. Congratulations to them all.

  • 13th place in Bridge Building–Brian Campbell and Eric Lam;
  • 8th place in Bridge Building–Kian Samii and Tim Klimpel;
  • 7th place in Bridge Building–Samantha Baughman and Nina Babaie;
  • 7th place in Picture This–Tie between Jeremy Patashnik, Andrea Schiller, and Kathleen Huynh (team one); and, Katie Troja, Sara Kukuchak, and Denise Yu (team two);
  • 14th place in Experimental Design–Krystal Tran, Denise Yu, and Katie Troja;
  • 7th place in Experimental Design– Jeremy Patashnik and Michael Christie;
  • 6th place in Experimental Design– Ilya Imas, Melissa Chiong, and George Jiang;
  • 15th in Robo Billiards–Joe Chan and Josh Gok;
  • 13th place in Robo Billiards–George Jiang and Dhruv Gopiniath;
  • 7th place in Robo Billiards–Natalia Jones and Katherine Cvtkovich;
  • 14th place in Science of Fitness– Andrea Schiller and Kristin Seid;
  • 9th place in Science of Fitness– Stephanie Sullivan and Stephanie Lee;
  • 6th place in Science of Fitness– Krystal Tran and Lauren Honeycutt;
  • 3rd place in Mission Possible–Ilya Imas, George Jiang, and Alex Stumm;
  • 10th place in Bottle Rocket–Jason Chung and Kian Samii;
  • 1st place in Balloon Race–Colleen Gallagher and Cassie Gurrola;
  • 2nd place in Wright Stuff–Chris Park and Greg Moy;
  • 1st place in Wright Stuff–Dhruv Gopiniath and Stephanie Lee;
  • 8th place in Mystery Architecture–Melissa Chiong and Stephanie Lee;
  • 3rd place in Mystery Architecture–Katherine Cvtkovich and Kristin Seid;
  • 15th place in Can57;t Judge a Powder–Andrea Schiller and Kathleen Huynh;
  • 7th place in Can57;t Judge a Powder–Caroline Chu and Megan Mulvey;
  • 10th place in Fossils– Jason Chung and Kian Samii;
  • 5th place in Fossils–Brian Campbell and Greg Moy;
  • 12th place in Egg Drop–Michael Uriarte and Katie Troja;
  • 14th place in Life Science Process Lab–Denise Yu and Lauren Honeycutt;
  • 11th place in Life Science Process Lab–Caroline Chu and Ilya Imas;
  • 4th place in Map Reading–Katherine Cvtkovich and Jeremy Patashnik;
  • 2nd place in Map Reading–Alaric Zhu and Kevin Weng;
  • 1st place in Map Reading–Dhruv Gopiniath and George Jiang;
  • 11th place in Water Quality–Nikka Saadat and Kevin Weng;
  • 10th place in Water Quality–Alex Stumm and Caroline Chu;
  • 7th place in Meteorology–Josh Gok and Kevin Weng;
  • 2nd place in Meteorology–Stephanie Sullivan and Dhruv Gopiniath; and,
  • 6th place in Astronomy–Sarah Kukuchak and Alaric Zhu.

The team would like to express its gratitude to Qualcomm, Otis Elevator, and the Scripps Ranch RE/MAX real estate office for their generous sponsorship of our team. Team accountants/fundraisers Kathy Campbell and Muriel Gross were instrumental in approving the donation that made our participation in the Science Olympiad possible.

The team would also like to thank all of the parents and event coaches for their assistance. Without their help, our participation and success would not have been possible. Mila Imas was the team coordinator whose hard work, guidance, and support enabled this team to exist.

The coaches for our team are: Debra Preece, Water Quality; Paul and Barbara Kukuchek, Write It/Do It; Virginia Bigler-Engler, Meteorology; David Jones, Robo Billiards; Lou Chiong, Mystery Architecture; Suzie Honeycutt, Science of Fitness; Muriel Gross, Experimental Design; Sally Sondreal, Picture This; Elizabeth Chu, Life Science Process Lab; Rich Uriarte, Egg Drop; Henry Gok, Bottle Rockets; Debbie Sullivan, Feathered Frenzy; Alex Imas, Mission Possible; Kurt Klimpel, Science Crime Busters and Can57;t Judge a Powder; Gary Moy, Fossils; John Troja, Balloon Race; Ning Cai, Astronomy; Kash Gopinath, Map Reading; Jane Park, Wright Stuff; Hadi Samii, Bridge Building; Dave Hodapp; and, the Marshall Associated Student Body.

Cezar Banks, Fudo Takagi, and Dr. Gustavo del Castillo were a huge help with Wright Stuff. Also, Rick Novak, our ever-supportive principal, was incredibly encouraging. Without his help, our team would not have existed. Thank you!


Our Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students went on a field trip to meet student leaders and tour the campus at San Diego State University (SDSU). This day provided insight into college life and academic challenges to our AVID students. Many students were motivated by what they saw and plan to look into SDSU as a college choice.

Congratulations to our AVID Padre Scholars. Kenny Tran and Emily Wyttenbach have reached the second step in the Padre Scholar competition. They now must take a timed writing essay in order to become finalists. The prize for this competition is $5,000 toward college tuition. We wish them the best!

6th Grade Field Trip

In March the 6th graders visited the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and saw the Omnimax show Mysteries of Egypt. This brought their 6th grade social studies to life. Following the show, they spent time in the Science Center to try out all of the interactive displays.

Then, the students were greeted by radio station 94.5, which was promoting the show Stomp. The cast presented a 15-minute preview of their show, which the students thoroughly enjoyed. The students then ate lunch and returned to school.

Model UN Off and Rolling

Our Junior Model United Nations Club is off to a great start. Over 70 students have joined the club representing such countries as Egypt, Ireland, Germany, Ukraine, Congo, Hungary, Pakistan, Philippines, Algeria, and Brazil.

Students will represent their country at a two-day conference in May at the University of San Diego’s Center for Peace and Justice. Marshall’s seminar students are also preparing for the conference and representing Switzerland, China, Turkey, India, Japan, and Syria.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Principal’s Message

On Wednesday, Mar. 5, Dingeman Elementary School conducted an additional minimum day. I would like to tell you what we did and why.

A big part of our instructional focus this year is writing. We are making a great effort to empower all of our students with the gift of writing. I hope that all of our children have shared some of the exciting things they have been doing as writers, both in and out of the classrooms, with their parents.

A great deal of the work we do as teachers comes from what we learn from other teachers who we consider to be experts in a particular field. Katie Wood Ray, author of numerous professional texts, has been one of our main teaching mentors this year. She is a proponent of teaching children to write by providing them with quality literature that serves as a model for great writing.

We strive to teach students to write in accordance with the California standards while still allowing children to choose to write about topics that are important to them. For instance, a teacher will work on persuasive essays with the entire class, but each individual student will write on a topic that he or she values.

Through no small effort, we were able to secure an all-day visit with Katie Wood Ray on March 5. In the morning Katie worked directly with three classrooms of students in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades. Teachers were afforded the opportunity to watch, learn, and discuss what they saw. Katie then worked with our entire teaching staff in the afternoon to further our learning and practice of a powerful writer’s workshop.

I know that the additional minimum day impacted some families. We greatly appreciate your support and understanding. I am confident that this additional minimum day directly benefited both our teachers and our students.

This is another example that shows that Dingeman is a school that continues to look for, and learn, the best practices in our field today in order to make our students the leaders of tomorrow.


Jerabek Elementary

Spring Break

Jerabek has been on break since Friday, Mar. 28. Due to budget constraints, there was no intersession this year. We return to school on Monday, Apr. 28.

Science Night

Family Science Night for 4th grade has been rescheduled for Wed., Apr. 30, at 6:45 pm.

Contest Finalist

Keith Hirsch, a Jerabek 5th grader, was a finalist in The San Diego Union-Tribune 20th annual Newspaper in Education Student Writing Contest. His entry was in the Letter to the Editor section. He was honored in March, along with his teacher, Mrs. Porter, parents, and other finalists at the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre awards ceremony. Congratulations, Keith.

Pennies for Pasta

The Pennies for Pasta campaign was a big success, with all of our classrooms generously contributing their change for the Leukemia Society! Kathleen Reid’s 3rd grade classroom won the pizza party for the lower grades; Mary Wood’s 5th grade classroom won the Olive Garden pasta party. Yum! Thanks to the Student Council for sponsoring the event.

May Reminders

Kindergarten registration is in late May for children who will be 5 years old by Dec. 2, 2003. However, if you would like to get started on the paperwork, registration packets may be picked up in the school office between 8 am and 4 pm beginning Monday, May 5.

Art Corps Teachers

Art Corps teachers, please note that the Famous Artist Workshop is coming up on Wed., May 7, at 9:30 am. After a year of teaching pre-selected lessons, this is the first opportunity for the volunteer instructors to pick an artist and technique to share with their budding artists. Be there on time to get your first pick!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

A Magnificent Month!

March was a magnificent month for Miramar Ranch students, their families, and staff. We were treated to special performances by Mrs. Latimer’s 3rd grade class and the 3rd-5th grade choir. Mrs. Latimer’s class began by using sign language to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. They then signed and led the school in a patriotic song, and later sang a fun song. What a double treat!

Our social skill this month was forgiveness. Some wise students shared what forgiveness meant to them: Everyone makes mistakes and no one is perfect! It’s ok–just don’t do it again. Give someone another chance.

Students have been getting fit in PE this year. The goal is to help students establish physical activity as part of their daily lives. Upper graders have learned proper technique for doing curl-ups, trunk lift, push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-and-reach, as well as the mile run. They will be tested this month to assess their level of physical fitness. Get fit!

Art Corps Volunteers

Art Corps is a wonderful opportunity for students to express themselves through their art while learning art concepts and techniques from kindergarten to 5th grade. A corps of volunteer parents attends workshops to learn each grade level lesson taught by an artist. Then, these volunteers go to classrooms to teach the same lessons to the children and watch them bloom.

Students learn about space, color, line, and some famous artists along the way. The program culminates in an art show each May where one piece of each student’s artwork is displayed throughout the school. How wonderful to see students, their families, and staff admire all the beautiful artwork! This program would not succeed without the countless hours of so many special volunteers.

Storytelling Fun

One of our favorite assemblies, “Literature Comes Alive,” took place this month. The talented storyteller caters to each grade grouping with enthusiastic renditions of famous, loved pieces of literature that are simultaneously performed by impromptu student performers in fun costumes! You would be surprised how each story really comes to life before your very eyes!

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

April Calendar of Events

  • April 2003–We practice responsibility;
  • Every Saturday–Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm;
  • Tuesday, Apr. 8–Character Education Advisory Committee, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Thursday, Apr. 10–1st grade musical, 6:30 pm, multipurpose room;
  • Monday, Apr. 14, to Friday, Apr. 18–Spring break;
  • Monday, Apr. 21–Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) meeting, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Thursday, Apr. 24–Spring Open House and Family Spaghetti Dinner, 5:30 pm, dinner in the lunch arbor; 6:30 pm, AFP general meeting in the lunch arbor; and, 6:45 pm, classroom visits; and,
  • Monday, Apr. 28, to Friday, May 2–STAR Testing week, grades 2-5.

Spring Read Aloud is a Winner

EBS’s spring read for 2nd through 5th grades, When Marian Sang by visiting author Pam Munoz Ryan, was nominated for the Caldecott Award and won the Sibert Honor this year! San Diego’s Ryan writes of Marian Anderson’s passion for singing and her perseverance in overcoming racial barriers.

At EBS selecting a common read-aloud book is another strategy to build community throughout the school. Rich discussions using “rigorous discourse” can empower us to change our thinking, provide us with strategies to deal with important “life” issues, and reinforce our character education program. Written responses to the book are displayed throughout the school.

EBS Journalists

Mr. Shobar’s 4th/5th grade class published their first copy of The Penguin Pages this month. What a publication! Fifth grade Student Council president, Jenny Huckleberry, recaps a class trip to Scripps Ranch High School:

Have you ever been in the high school world? Well, Mr. Shobar’s 4th/5th grade class had the opportunity to visit Scripps Ranch High School. We learned how the journalism class writes their newspaper.

At first we had to watch out for the high school students. Compared to their size, we were ants! After walking awhile, we reached the journalism classroom. A journalism student handed each of us a copy of their current newspaper issue.

The students were very considerate and told us their names and their specific job as a journalist. An editor in chief ran the class. He started by talking about errors and gave suggestions for the newspaper. The students shared their opinions and let us share ours too! After doing this, we talked about the things they had done well. That job was easy!

The newspaper was well organized and impressively written. This made it fun to see how their newspaper was put together. They showed us steps in writing the articles. After that, they showed us how they put the newspaper together. Brainstorming was one of the key steps they shared with us. After thoroughly explaining the process, they asked for questions. After questions, they paired us with high school students.

The high school student I was paired with was Alyssa Huckleberry. My questions were answered and I learned more knowledge than I thought I would. Alyssa wrote a wonderful sports article. After our partner talk, we thanked the journalism teacher, Mrs. Anderson, and left. Now this was a great study trip. I would enjoy visiting again.

Character Counts at EBS

We all want our children to be successful in life. Many studies of successful people show the importance of strong character traits and ethical behaviors. Our news has been filled with examples of companies collapsing, not because of a lack of intelligent leaders, but because of a lack of integrity within the leaders.

What can we do now to instill desirable character traits in our children? At EBS we are fortunate to have a principal, teachers, and interested parents who recognize the opportunity to partner together to teach character traits. We also have great children who are very interested in learning about these traits.

Stop by and read our Principal’s Board message together with your children. Post our monthly character trait mini-poster on your refrigerator. Talk about the trait when you see examples in action at home. Write the examples down for your child to take back to the teacher and share with the class. Character counts at EBS and in life!

Other Schools

Alliant International University

Combining the Old and the New at AIU

Alliant International University (AIU) continues to work on its draft master plan that envisions the redevelopment of the Scripps Ranch campus. In order to effectively plan for the enhancement of its environment and enrollments, AIU has been working with the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG), the San Diego Unified School District, Western Pacific Housing, and internal AIU groups. Helping AIU plan for its future is the architectural and planning firm SMWM of San Francisco that specializes in the creation of sustainable university campuses.

While AIU looks to the future, it also holds dearly traditions of the past. For the last 13 years, the Scripps Ranch campus has been the site of the annual International Friendship Festival. This year’s festival will be on Saturday, Apr.12, from 10 am to 5 pm. There will also be an international film festival during the evening on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Apr. 9-11, before the festival.

With thousands of visitors in attendance, the festival is the campus’ largest annual event. It features unique multicultural entertainment and a variety of cultural fashions, and provides entertainment for the whole family including dancers, singers, and animals. An International Kids Fest area offers entertainment designed for children, arts and craft activities, and amusement rides. For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at 635-4607.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Registration for 2003-2004

Chabad Hebrew Academy is in the midst of registering children for its 2003-2004 school year. Chabad is excited to be starting the school year in their new state-of-the-art facility. 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. Openings are available for kindergarten through 8th grade. For more information, call the school office at 566-1996 or visit our new website at [].

Camp Gan Israel

Camp Gan Israel (CGI) is accepting registration for its summer 2003 program. Camp Gan Israel is an accredited camp by the American Camping Association, meeting standards in programming, staff, aquatics, and safety.

CGI is part of the largest network of Jewish day camps throughout the world. These camps enjoy a well-earned reputation as trendsetters with innovative ideas, creative programs, and new activities. Campers enjoy a wide range of exciting activities and field trips in a warm and nurturing environment.

Camp dates are Monday, June 23, through Friday, July 11, and Monday, July 14, through Friday, Aug. 1. For more information, please call 566-1996.

Passover Preparations

Chabad Hebrew Academy has many activities scheduled for the holiday of Passover. On Wednesday, Apr. 16, there will be a Passover Seder, the traditional festive meal, at 7 pm. The Seder will feature a full explanation of the Haggadah, the retelling of the exodus from Egypt and an elegant meal.

This will be a meaningful experience for the entire family. The cost for the Seder is $30 for adults and $15 for children. Limited space is available.

Handmade matzoh from Israel also will be available for purchase from the Chabad Hebrew Academy. Matzoh is the traditional bread eaten during the Passover holiday. For Seder reservations or matzoh orders, please call 566-1996.

Many classes are hosting model Seders with parents, grandparents, and friends invited. Older students will visit senior centers and hospitals giving out Shmurah–hand-baked–matzohs.

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: Esther Green, Reuvy Shapiro, and Yonaton Nuriel. Some of the award-winning projects were: A Replacement for PAM, How Far Can You Fling a Rock, and Eye-Hand Coordination in Sports.

Art Displayed

Chabad Hebrew Academy was extremely proud to have their art hang in the lobby at Lindbergh Field during February and March. During February there were larger than life-size drawings, done by the students, for their school Biography Fair. For the fair, the students chose a character from history–no longer living–and studied them.

Each student wrote a report on the life of the person they chose, and they created a scrapbook using items that their person used in their lifetime. Each 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student also wore a costume representative of their character. All students gathered in the library and were visited by parents, students, and staff of the school who interviewed them as if they were their character.

Part of the presentation was a picture of the face of their character, taken from a book and copied over by the student. These drawings were the ones hanging in the lobby at Lindbergh Field. The students went to the airport and saw their artwork hanging up.

Miramar College

New Music Series

The Miramar College Music Department kicks off a spring concert series on Thursday, Apr. 24, with Flamenco artists Cerro Negro. Spanish guitars, blended with Latin percussion, create the gypsy-influenced, acoustic sound of Cerro Negro. Two one-hour free performances are scheduled: 12:30 pm in the Student Quad, and 5:30 pm in I-101.

CDs, including the highly anticipated new release Where in the World will be on sale during the performances. On Thursday, May 8, Rhythm and Moves will continue with Indian classical music and dance, presented by Uma Suresh and her dancers. For information, call the Miramar College Public Information Office at 536-7876.

Diversity Rocks!

The Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo will be explored and celebrated with Miramar College Professor April Koch during an “Evening with the Experts” presentation on Friday, Apr. 25, at 6:30 pm. The event is free and will be held in I-10l. For details, call 536-7876.

Students Join Rally

In March nine Miramar College students and Bernice Reyes, Miramar College counselor, joined thousands of students statewide in a march and rally at the capitol steps in Sacramento. They protested the governor’s disproportionate budget cuts to community colleges. Miramar College Associated Students president, Dave Abad, and vice president, Cherry Mae Lapis, were joined by Hossna Sadat, Maryam Latif, Courtney Mays, John Folks, Kumara Campbell, Tien Quach, and Nasser DeVries.

Who’s Who?

Miramar College English professor Carmen Jay has been selected for inclusion in the national directory of Who’s Who Among America’s College Teachers and was recently appointed to the board of the English Council of California’s Two-Year Colleges. Speech professor Lisa Brewster was recently selected for Who’s Who of America’s Top Teachers, representing the top 5% of all teachers in the United States.

Hawthorne and Caterpillar Donate $20,000

Miramar College President Pat Keir, Technical Careers Dean Mary Benard, and Advanced Transportation Technology Dean Greg Newhouse toured the Hawthorne Machinery facilities in Rancho Bernardo and walked away with $20,000. The donation marks the eighth year that Caterpillar Inc. and Hawthorne Machinery Company have matched contributions to Miramar’s diesel and heavy equipment technology program.

Howard Blair, vice president and division manager of Hawthorne Machinery, presented the check. Miramar College has received $260,000 each from Hawthorne Machinery Company and Caterpillar Inc. to support the diesel and heavy equipment technology program.

Daimler-Chrysler Donation

A check for $10,000 was donated to Miramar College by six-year auto partner Daimler-Chrysler. Funds will be used to equip the new Advanced Transportation Technology (ATT) Center, currently under construction.

Miramar College is a designated Chrysler Apprentice Program (CAP) partner, providing industry-specific technician training. The program, which is currently offered by the college at Mira Mesa High School, will be moved to the campus upon completion of the ATT Center, in about 16 months.