Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Grad Night 2001! New York – New York!

We are well on our way to making Grad Night for our seniors the most exciting and memorable night of their high school years. On graduation night, the high school gym will be transformed into a unique setting with the theme, “New York, New York.”

Would you like to help us stage this memorable night? Maybe you could supply some prizes, or perhaps materials and equipment? How about donating your services? Here are just a few suggestions:

Prizes Needed: bicycles, gift certificates, bowling passes, tapes/CD’s, sporting goods, portraits, cameras, backpacks, skateboards, surf boards, skating passes, hair cuts, group parties, inline skates, telephones, watches, quilts, T-shirts, luggage, candy, wallets, pizza, manicures/pedicures, jewelry, computer supplies, reading lamps, sporting event tickets, or movie passes, to name just a few.

Materials and Equipment Needed: paint brushes, poster board, old sheets, paint, brooms, chicken wire, lumber, plywood, markers, large fabric pieces, ladders, coolers, scissors, paper goods, paint tarpss, heavy duty trash bags, and heavy duty extension cords.

Services Needed: photographer, balloon artists, hair braiding, face painters, engineers, electricians, calligraphers, sign makers, handymen, painters, massage therapists.

If you or anyone you know can provide any of the above, please call Lynn Raudaskoski at 549-4860 or e-mail her at [email protected], or call Anna Gruhl at 693-4621 or e-mail her at [email protected]

Adult Volunteers are also needed! Senior parents are needed to help with Grad Night check-in (after graduation until 11:00 pm), and check-out (4:30 am-6:00 am). If you can assist us with a three-hour shift (staffing game tables, food tables, prizes, security), call Judy Bradrick at 549-9574.

Please be sure to check back here next month for a complete listing of all of our Grad Night Sponsors!

Grad Night and Senior Breakfast

Tickets for Grad Night, June 14, and Senior Breakfast, June 12, are available every Thursday, during lunchtime at SRHS, before June 7. Grad Night tickets cost $40 and Senior Breakfast tickets cost $10. Senior Breakfast tickets are limited to 300, so plan to purchase today! A completed permission form is required to purchase a Grad Night ticket. Reminder to parents: Graduation is at 7:00 pm on June 14, Grad Night begins at 9:45 and seniors will not be admitted to Grad Night after 11:00 pm. Make dinner plans accordingly.

SAT 9 Scholarships

Congratulations to our 169 SAT 9 Scholarship Recipients!

On May 2, SRHS students in Grades 9, 10, and 11 completed the state- mandated SAT 9 assessment. On the previous day, May 1, 169 students in Grades 10, 11, and 12 were sent individual notices informing them that their scores on the spring 2000 SAT 9 were high enough to be eligible for the Governor’s Scholars Program. Students who were recognized scored in either the top ten percent of their high school or top five percent of the state. With few exceptions, our students met both qualifying scores.

Two awards are available through the Governor’s Scholars Program:

1) The Governor’s Scholars Award – provides $1,000 to students who demonstrate high academic achievement on various exams in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades as reported by the testing services which administered the exams. Students can receive only one award each year in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades.

2) The Governor’s Distinguished Mathematics and Science Scholars Award (“Governor’s Math and Science Award”)* – provides $2,500 scholarships to public high school students who, in addition to receiving the Governor’s Scholars Award, attain required scores on:

Advanced Placement (AP) exams International Baccalaureate (IB) exams Golden State Exams (GSE)

*Students can receive only one Governor’s Math and Science Award.

Congratulations to the 169 Scripps Ranch High School Governor Scholars for the 2000 testing year.

Attention Class Of 2004 Parents

With the end of the school year less than six weeks away, the excitement of graduation is building. It’s hard to imagine, but in three years our freshmen students will be those graduating. If we wish to continue the Scripps Ranch High School tradition of a safe, alcohol and drug-free Grad Night, we need to start organizing and fundraising beginning next school year. It takes a lot of people, commitment, and money to produce a successful Grad Night event. A meeting will be held in late August, early September to elect officers and discuss plans. If you have any questions or would like to be notified of the meeting, please call Karen Lindner at 549-3236 or Karen Stern at 271-6371.

Attention Class Of 2002 Parents

The Class of 2002 PBO has been busy fundraising this year. We owe a great deal of gratitude to the countless volunteers who have worked so hard, essentially guaranteeing a very special Grad Night celebration for our students. Our two final fundraising events of the year were both extremely successful. We first would like to thank Linda Estrada and Elaine Berrier for putting together an awesome garage sale. We had over thirty families donate items, allowing us to bring in $1500. Thanks also to the many volunteers who worked so hard assisting Linda and Elaine.

You know who you are!

On April 30 the Class of 2002 PBO hosted a golf tournament at the beautiful Mt. Woodson Golf Club. It was a gorgeous San Diego day and we thank all the golfers who participated. Shelly Hall and his committee put together an exceptional event. Not only did everyone have a great time; in the process we raised over $22,000. No, this is not a misprint.

This amount of money has put our class in the position to produce a memorable Grad Night for the Class of 2002. We thank all the committee members, sponsors, donors, and volunteers listed below for all their hard work, dedication, and financial backing. A solid effort has been to include everyone involved. If your name is missing, please know it was unintentional and we do thank you.

Sponsors & Donors

Outback Steakhouse donated all the dinners for the event.Alexander Financial, BH Gold Insurance – Bill Habeger, Cabrillo Credit Union, California Bank & Trust, D.A. Cerone, Inc., Dr. James Muir, Filippi’s Pizza – Scripps Ranch, Gonzalez Family – Vince & Diane, Gregory L. Friedman – DDS, Hob Nob Hill Restaurant, John Hine Pontiac Mazda Dodge, La-Z Boy Furniture, Mission Valley Pools and Spas, New York Life, Oversea Insurance – Scott Jarvie, Picerne Foundation, Postal Annex on Scripps Trail, Realty Executives – Marty Rossi, San Diego Chargers, San Diego Mobile Detail, Scripps Ranch Old Pros, Sea World, Southwest Strategies, Spear/Hall Advertising & Public Relations, Stone & Youngberg, Sunbreaker Sunscreen, Paula & Ralph Tilley, United Airlines, U.S. Bank, Cloud 9 Shuttle, Couleurs Salon in La Jolla, The Hilton Hotel – Pat Duffy, Tamarindo Restaurant in La Jolla, Pioneer Hotel in Laughlin, Lamb’s Player’s Theatre, Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurant, Mann Theatres – John Masterson, Oscar’s Restaurant, Ben & Jerry’s, The Comedy Store, Carinos Restaurant, Donovans Restaurant, La Jolla Festival Of The Arts & Food Faire, Sea World, The Wild Animal Park, The San Diego Zoo, Tutto Mare Restaurant in La Jolla, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theatre, Dr. Randy Alexander, Sammy’s Restaurant, The Pierpont Inn in Ventura, The Outback Steakhouse, The Padre’s, The Atlas Hotel, Dr. Mike Mahaffey, Linda Estrada, Dr. Kent Feldman, Tracy Speigler-Reebok Shoes, United Airlines, Viejas Casino, Rubio’s Restaurant, Scripps Hair & Skin Gallery, Body Therapy, Birch Aquarium, Pick-up Stix, Steve Ferreira–Filippi’s Pizza Grotto-Poway, Blimpie’s, Fitness Quest, The Ringling Brothers Circus, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Handlery Swim & Tennis Club, San Diego Harbor Excursions, The Center for Physical Therapy & Exercise, Sycuan Casino, The Wave Salon & Day Spa, Vons, El Ranchero Restaurant, Gary Hartson – Family History Video, Batter’s Up, AMC Theatres, American Golf-Cory Anderson, Automasters, Balloon Flights, Barton Brands-Joe Wiler, Brian Butler, Cleveland Golf, Coast Income Properties, Coldwell Banker-Rick & Lynne Parke, Coors Amphitheatre, Flamingo-Las Vegas, Massage Extraordinaire, Mesa Distributing, Mt. Woodson Golf Club, Mike Nokes-golf pro, Pacific Bell-Phil Dunn, Pernicano’s, Randy Jones, Stadium Golf, and Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas-Kimo Mahula.

Marshall Middle School

Calendar of Events

  • Friday, June 1 – 8th Grade Party from 6:00-8:30 pm at the Recreation Center
  • Monday, June 4 – ASB sponsors Airbands at SRHS Theater at 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 5 – Instrumental Music Spring Concert at SRHS Theater at 7:00 pm
  • Drama/Chorus Festival from 6:00 -8:00 pm on the grassy area at Marshall
  • Wednesday, June 6 – School Site Council/Governance Meeting at 6:30 pm in the teacher’s lounge
  • Tuesday, June 12 – Awards Assembly at SRHS Theater: 6th grade from 3:30-5:00; 7th grade from 5:30-7:00; 8th grade from 7:30-9:30
  • Thursday, June 14 – Promotion at 8:30 am
  • Minimum Day, school ends at 11:30 am

Touching the Spirit 2001

Marshall Middle School students were recently honored by Touching the Spirit 2001 Annual Student Awards Program. The awards assembly recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of African American students in grades 4 through 12 for academic achievement, community service, and cultural heritage. Congratulations to Shasta Blankton, Nicholas Carter, Jasmine Chukwueke, Michael Gowdy, Derrick Hudson, and Lauryn White for being recognized.

Marshall Science Olympiad Team Competes in the California State Finals!

Congratulations to the members of the team who competed in the regional competition held at Long Beach State University on Saturday, April 20. Marshall finished twelfth out of hundreds of middle school teams from around the state. The team members were: Jenna Adsit, Kyle Adler, Nilesh Argade, Dhruv Gopinath, Ken Hayama, Ilay Imas, Kelsey Jones, Bryce Kunz, Joanne Lin, Graham Nicastro, Kevin Nolan, Tori Noquez, Boris Patlis, Saumil Shah, and Stu Sloan. Special awards went to the following students in their listed events:

Bryce and Ryan- 4th place in Get Your Bearings

Boris and Ilya- 6th place in Life Science Process

Nilesh and Bryce- 6th place in Dynamic Planet

Boris and Graham- 4th place in Mission Possible

The team would like to express their gratitude to Qualcomm for their generous sponsorship of our trip. Bharat Shah and Julie Gibson were instrumental in approving the donation that made our participation possible.

The team would also like to thank all of the parents and event coaches for their assistance. A big thanks goes to John Mulvey, Mary Anne Jones, Pramod Argade, Diana Nicastro, Patricia and Fred Adler, Mila Imas, Simon and Irena Patlis, Virginia Bigler-Engler, Ann Durbin, Mike Wasinski, Linda Scott, Robin Ruhwedal, Francine Martinez, Alice Noquez, Chuck and Liz Lin, Bharat Shah, Kash and Anita Gopinath, Lynda Addington, Kin Searcy, Tom Nolan, Judy White, Bill and Sandy Adsit, Dave Hodapp and the Marshall ASB, Elaine Gillum, Amanda West, Victoria Mazelli, and all of the members’ parents who provided input, help, and support. Also, Rick Novak, our ever-supportive principal, was incredibly encouraging and without his help, our team would not have existed. Thank-you!

Members, thank-you for representing our school against the best in California. We are so very proud of your effort!

Marshall Competes for the Young America Cup

On Saturday, May 5, Mr. Finley’s students participated in the Young America Cup Model Boat Design and Racing Competition sponsored by the Institute of Marine Science. A special thanks, again, to sponsor Joshua Ross and the other volunteers who made this event possible. The staff and students at Marshall appreciate your time and support. Congratulations to the following students who competed in this event. The final results were:

1. Team Jamaica: Nick Costello and Matt Hickok

2. Team Chile: Jonathan Leavy and Chelsea Browne

3. Team Brazil: Kyle Adler and Thomas Hodges

4. The Clovers: Kristin Renkei and Stephanie Swartzlander

5. Rua Yalewa: Maria Mortensen and Lauren Eby

6. Union Jacks: Alex Grint and John Lucero

7. SK Shooting Stars: Bonnie Gordon and Elizabeth Tauscher

8 The Monkees: Matthew Kelly and Justin Dang

9. Fast France: Monique Tellous and Rachael Olsiewski

10. Lucky Leprechauns: LaTonya Cross and Jessica Carter

11. The Pharoahs: Brian Boxler and Ross Goldman

12. Swedish Sailors: Justin Hill and Mar-Kell Law

13. Shooting Stars: Joanne Lin and Nicky Pistotti

14. Team Mafia: Andres Mazabel and Alex Lovell

State Science Fair Competition

Congratulations and good luck to the following students who will compete in the State Science Fair Competition: Greg Adamson; Andrew Akers; Ian Becker; Lauren Bernstein; Ashley Glosz; Kelsey Jones; Cathy Lu; Anna Magulac; Danny Manrique; Ryan Mazelli; Garret Mercer,; Tori Noquez; Katie Ressmeyer; Nicole Serhan; Kate Stanhope; Paul Wiegand.

Choir/Drama News

Marshall Middle School’s choir and drama students had a busy spring. They attended San Diego’s Opera’s production of the classic opera “Aida” on May 3rd, and the combined choirs will be performing for the incoming 6th graders on May 16th and 22nd, during the school day. The choirs will also perform in a Forum Festival on May 25, where they will receive judge’s comments, and will then enjoy a fun day at Knott’s Berry Farm. Our final performance of the year is our Shakespeare on the Green Festival, scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th, at 6:00 pm at Marshall’s central grass area. Admission is $3.00. Over 120 students will be performing that evening, so don’t miss it!

Instrumental Music

Look for the Marshall Marching Mustangs this summer in the Scripps Ranch annual 4th of July Parade.

Counseling News

On April 19, 2001 we were fortunate to have had Fred Becker, life skills teacher with the district, talk with parents and students in the community about the dangers, warning signs, and consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. It proved to be an interesting and informative evening. We plan to offer more of these informational type meetings in the future, and hope to gain even greater parent involvement.

We just completed our SAT 9 testing for 2001. Parents should expect to receive the results of these tests some time in August.

Summer school at Marshall will begin on Monday, June 25 and will run for 5 weeks, until July 27. Summer school hours are from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm. Two, 2 1/2-hour classes will be offered, with a 30 minute break in-between. The Advanced Science 1-2 class will run for 5 hours per day.

Current 6th and 7th graders who are below or significantly below grade level in reading and/or math, as well as 7th graders who receive “D’s” or “F’s” in pre-algebra and/or English/Genre Studies core classes, will be STRONGLY encouraged to attend summer school at Marshall. Current 8th graders who are below or significantly below grade level in reading and/or math will be STRONGLY encouraged to attend the summer school bridging program at Scripps Ranch High School. This course is a six-hour/day program that includes a 4-hour literacy block and runs for 6 weeks, until August 3. English Learners at all grade levels will be eligible for summer school.

June Awards Assemblies

Our June Awards Assemblies will be held on Tuesday, June 12, at the Scripps Ranch High School Theater. The 6th grade assembly will be from 3:30pm – 5:00pm; the 7th grade assembly will be from 5:30pm – 7:00pm; and the 8th grade assembly will be from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. During late May/early June, individual letters of invitation will be sent home and additional letters will be handed directly to students who will be receiving awards. We hope to see ALL awards recipients and parents on June 12th! The 8th grade promotion ceremony is scheduled for June 14 from 8:30am to 10:00am at Marshall.

The district will mail final grade reports home. Expect to receive them towards the end of June.

Check the July or August Newsletter for information regarding schedules for next year and orientation days for new students.

Library/Media Center

Want to get your kids excited about reading this summer? Introduce them to Book Adventure! It’s an entirely FREE online program developed by the Sylvan Learning Foundation that gives kids even more reasons to discover the joys and rewards of a good book. When kids check into Book Adventure, they can search online for book suggestions, take the interactive quizzes when they finish books, and earn points towards prizes. It is an extra incentive to read more often and more challenging text. In addition, there’s more fun for kids with online-free games and cool stuff, websites by and for kids, and links to an almanac, dictionary, and other resources. Book Adventure’s Bookfinder has more than 4,000 titles to search and suggest. Sign on to and click on the tour site to begin your adventure.

Please encourage your student to continue to read this summer by checking out books at your public library or visiting your local bookstores. The libraries and bookstores often have summer reading book lists, programs, and reading clubs. Have a restful summer and relish the extra time to read!

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary School

Can you believe that the end of the school year is coming up soon? So much has happened this last full month of school. May 4 was not only our Annual Spring Carnival, but was also Bob Dingeman Day. The entire school gathered together in an assembly to honor our local community leader and school’s namesake. Students sang “I’m Proud To Be An American” and various students read their essays entitled “Why I’m Proud To Be A Student At Dingeman Elementary”. Principals and vice-principals from all elementary schools in Scripps Ranch spoke at the assembly and gave their thanks for everything Col. Dingeman has done for our community. A portrait of Col. Dingeman was unveiled and will hang above the fireplace in the library. Students and parents alike were able to meet Col. Dingeman in person at the Spring Carnival as he greeted Carnival goers at his own booth.

Dingeman is very proud of many of our high achieving students. Congratulations to the following recipients of the “Touching the Spirit” 2001 Annual Student Awards:

Jarrod Jordan – 5th grade – Dr. John Griffith Academic Achievement Award

Janae Fulcher – 5th grade – Dr. Shirley Weber Community Service Award

Jasmine Reid – 5th grade – Dr. Bertha Pendleton Academic Achievement Award

Ashley Harrington – 4th grade – Ms. Shirley Day Williams Pride in Cultural Heritage Award

These students were honored on May 14 at the Scottish Rite Center. The awards assembly is designed to celebrate student achievement, community service, and cultural heritage of African American Students by San Diego City Schools. Congratulations also goes to Richard Jimenez, a 4th grader in Ms. Koravos’ class, who won first place in the San Diego Unified School District & Friends of the San Diego Public Library Essay Contest. He was honored at the Friends of the Library Reception on April 4 at the Scripps Ranch Library. Richard went on to be recognized as a Grand Prize winner at a ceremony at Sea World. He won a $50 check, Padre tickets and several Sea World tickets

This has been a year of many changes at our school. Our change in staff includes a new principal, new vice-principal, new building site supervisor, new speech therapists and 11 new teachers. With all the new faces on campus, the high quality of education has remained the same. Our focus on literacy remains one of the school’s top priorities while students receive many enrichment opportunities through classroom wheels, academies and Art Corps. Change also comes in the form of our student body. Not only will many of our Dingeman families be leaving us to our neighbor Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary, but we will also be housing our 6th graders for the first time. Staff and parents are hard at work putting together a challenging and exciting curriculum for our 6th graders. For up-to-date information regarding the implementation of 6th grade at Dingeman, please visit our website at

The last day of school is June 14. We hope everyone has a fun and safe summer break and we’ll see you back on campus on Sept. 4 when the 2001-02 school year.

EB Scripps

Elementary School

Parent and community involvement is playing a major role in shaping EllenBrowning Scripps future as a world-class school. Already, the impact that families and the community have as partners in the educational process at our school is enormous. To date, members of our Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP), have committed countless hours by working together, exchanging information, sharing decision-making, and collaborating to contribute to the design and support of our school. The School Community Coalition, an emerging collaborative of education, business, civic organizations, and foundations, is partnering with our school to support the academic and social needs of our students and school community.

Do take advantage of all that is happening at EB Scripps. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, participate in our Parent Academy book study series, attend monthly Principal Chats, acquaint yourself with the staff at our interim office, and immerse yourself in the process of designing this remarkable new school. I don’t believe that our students will simply belong to a class, but to an entire school. Likewise, I hope that you will take part in all aspects of our developing school community.

Many of you have asked how you can get involved, either now or in the future. Please refer to the following “Rich Infobites” for the two important ways you can get involved now!

I feel privileged to have so many parents working alongside us. I trust that once you connect with other parents and our faculty and staff, that you will also feel fortunate and privileged to be a part of Scripps Ranch’s newest school.


We hope to have a date and time for our groundbreaking ceremony and celebration soon. The prop MM office is orchestrating this special event and has promised a date by mid-May. We will notify you as soon as we receive this long awaited information.

Help Wanted

Already many of our parents have been key supporters by contributing their knowledge and skills to our school, showing an interest in curriculum and program development. We need your help to assist with staffing two very important programs – The Parent Patrol and Physical Education.

The Parent Patrol. It is my goal to formulate a well-prepared and tested plan before school opens to ensure the safety of our students during student drop-off and pick-up and at the same time provide for the needs of driving parents during these times. A group of approximately 20 parents are needed to assist with “patrol” on a weekly rotating schedule. Training and vests will be provided in August. Interested? Contact me at 693-8593.

Physical Education. Are you passionate about PE? Our standards-based physical education curriculum will include a variety of structured activities during an extended-morning recess that develops sports skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fitness in our students. Through cooperative training, parents and teachers will collaboratively implement the nationally recognized Project CATCH (The Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health) physical education program. Interested parents will join the EB Scripps teachers in a 10-hour training scheduled in August. Interested? Contact me at 693-8593.

Everyday Mathematics

Many parents have expressed to me that a higher quality mathematics program is needed in our schools. An important way to enhance mathematical knowledge and achievement is for our students to engage in and successfully complete a rigorous mathematics program with clearly defined standards and high expectations. “Students need sufficient time and opportunities to learn mathematics, as well as teachers who are mathematically proficient, and who use appropriate teaching strategies to help our students achieve them,” states Brian Tash, district math consultant. At EB Scripps, we have identified a mathematics specialist at each grade level. The specialists will participate in extensive professional development throughout the year and lead the implementation of our mathematics program, Everyday Mathematics, at each grade.

Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive and balanced mathematics program for Grades K-6. This curriculum teaches basic computational and arithmetic skills, as well as a broad range of mathematical concepts including data and probability; geometry and spatial sense; measures and measurement; numeration and order; operations; patterns, functions, and sequences; and reference frames. Algebra and uses of variables will begin in the third grade. Mathematics is also integrated with other content areas and with real-life situations. This enriched curriculum includes such features as problem solving about everyday situations; linking past experiences to new concepts; sharing ideas through discussions; developing concept readiness through hands-on activities and explorations, and cooperative learning activities. Our Parent Academy will feature a series of workshops on Everyday Mathematics in the fall.

July 4th Parade

Everyone who will be joining the EB Scripps school community is invited to show their school spirit and enthusiasm before the new school year starts. The Scripps Ranch Annual 4th of July Parade will have a new entry this year. We are inviting all students and their parents to march with us, so that all of Scripps Ranch can preview our outstanding faculty and student body. All interested participants should arrive at the parade start point (find our group) wearing plenty of sunscreen, red or navy blue shorts, and an Ellen Browning Scripps signature series T-shirt. T-shirts will be available for sale at the parade start site, if you have not already purchased one. T-shirts will also be available for sale at the groundbreaking ceremony. Also, bring a cold drink to enjoy before we begin marching and bring a small flag to wave to the crowd! Our school principal, Dr. Rich Cansdale, will be our official leader. He will be accompanied by the EB Scripps faculty and staff, students and parents, as we walk alongside a vintage automobile occupied by a very special guest of honor. We hope to see lots of EB Scripps’ families participating in this festive event. Don’t miss the fun! –

Upcoming Events Calendar


1FridayParent Book Club

10:00 a.m., Barnes & Noble – at Mira Mesa Marketplace

Book Walk and book distribution

6Wednesday Parent Book Club

10:00 a.m., Barnes & Noble – at Mira Mesa Marketplace, Chapter 1

22Friday Parent Book Club

10:00 a.m., Barnes & Noble – at Mira Mesa Marketplace, Chapter 2

Miramar Ranch Elementary School (MRE)

May 17, 2001; San Diego, Calif.–Take a close look at your calendar. It seems as if there is a special day for everybody–in April there is Administrative Professionals’ Day. May brings with it Nurses’ Day and Mothers’ Day.

In mid-June, fathers get their due. Parents’ Day graces July and Grandparents’ Day rolls around sometime in September. In October there is both Bosses’ Day and Mothers-in-Law Day.

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE) teachers got their own dedicated day early last month. May 9 was a special day of recognition that the teachers unquestionably deserved and they were properly feted by their pupils, the administrative staff and parents. Even Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza on Scripps Poway Parkway treated the teachers to a congratulatory lunch.

However, the calendar seems to be missing a special honorific day, set aside to pay homage to those hardworking little people who carry the heavy backpacks, eat the not-quite-hot-enough cafeteria lunches, create the last-minute class projects and try to untether the tetherball at recess. Yes, I’m talking about the students at MRE.

National MRE Students’ Day is definitely called for, don’t you think? It would have to be on a Saturday, of course, so the kids won’t miss any classes. It would also have a gift-bearing anthropomorphic icon, dressed in an enchanting costume, who leaves behind wonderful presents like three-hole punchers and clean mousepads. How about calling him St. Ralph, the Magical Teacher’s Aide.

National MRE Students’ Day would have its own special treats (calcium-enriched Gummi Bears), special decorations (glow in the dark pencils and paper for late night homework), special footwear (expandable shoes that never need replacing), a special shine (the Slurpee machine at 7/11) and special songs (“Oh, Come, All Ye GATEful”).

Now, all we have to do is turn this idea over to Madison Avenue and you’ll be soon be seeing overpriced “Happy National MRE Students’ Day” cards at Hallmark and Sears will be having its National MRE Students’ Day Sale-abration with 15% off all expandable shoes.

Well, until that day happens, let’s check into see what’s going on in the real world at MRE.

In addition to Day of the Teacher last month the students and staff participated in a realistic disaster drill on May 14. On the same day, they learned all about Mars at an assembly with Dr. Ken Edgett of Malin Space Science Systems. Did you know that National MRE Students’ Day has been celebrated on Mars for years? The things you learn at those assemblies!

Thanks to parent volunteer Jenny Boyd for setting up the Mars assembly, which actually was quite informative and entertaining.

The DARE graduation took place on May 22 and during the same week, the students had their Jog-athon and MRE families had their Fun Night, complete with a silent auction, pizza party, bake sale and the Art Corps showcase of student art. These events could not have happened without the help of parent volunteers Lori Erlenbach, Marilyn Scoffin, Tammy Rice, Debbie Principe, Gwen Keohane and Susan Gillette.

Some of the sponsors and supporters of the Jog-athon and Family Fun Night were Borders, Pat and Oscar’s, Cold Stone Ice Cream, Barnes and Noble, Men’s Wearhouse, Togo’s, MiMi’s, Champion T-shirts, Pazzo’s Pizza, Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club, The Country Store and Bakery, Chuck E Cheese’s, Scripps/Poway Eyecare, Hometown Buffet, H and M Landing, Shea Homes, Mira Mesa Family Dentistry, Cabrillo Credit Union, G6 Computer Solutions, Scripps Ranch Old Pros, James Scoffin CPA and Nokia.

Next month we’ll let you know of the other Jog-athon/Family Fun Night supporters and sponsors.

The Spellman Magic Show rounded out May with hilarious antics and fantastic skits.

Lest you think that life at MRE is all play and no work, take a peek inside a couple of classrooms. Ms. Kijak’s fourth-grade class partook of representative creative learning opportunities taking place at the school. During the annual fourth-grade Pioneer Day, her students took part of the many hands-on activities such as panning for gold, making arrowheads, carding wool and grinding grain.

Forrest Lighthart, from Ms. Kijak’s class, won Honorable Mention for fourth graders in the annual poster contest sponsored by the American Lung Association which honored him other winners at a reception on May 7. Also in May, Ms. Kijak’s class took a field trip to the Los Penasquitos Rancho Adobe to learn more about life during the Mexican rancho era.

Speaking of field trips, Mr. Wilcox’s second grade class took a tour the Lake Miramar water filtration plant to learn how our water is cleaned before we drink it. His class also toured the Scripps Ranch Public Library to get a detailed look on how libraries operate.

Coming up this month are the fifth grade vs. faculty softball game on June 11 and, of course, the last day of school and fifth grade promotion ceremonies on June 14 at 10:30 a.m. MRE’s advanced strings orchestra will perform at this event and it will be a day full of tears and cheers as our stalwart fifth-graders march across that physical stage into the next metaphysical stage of their lives.

And quickly: Hooray for fifth-grade teacher Lynn Thomas, MRE’s Teacher of the Year, who was honored by the Board of Education on Tuesday, May 8.

And finally: Registration for kindergarten students and new students continues from 8 a.m. to noon until the end of the month.

Need more information about MRE or National MRE Students’ Day?

Call 271-0470 and ask for St. Ralph, the Magical Teacher’s Aide.

Jerabek Elementary School

May was an action packed month with Field Days on May 15 and 16. All students attended an opening ceremony on the field and participated in track and field events. Students with sponsors of $25 or more were entered into a prize drawing. The students then relaxed with an ice cream party and watched the teachers run a relay. This event promoted physical fitness and school spirit while providing funds to purchase physical fitness equipment and storage facilities. Thanks to Jan Liebman for coordinating this popular event.

DARE Red Ribbon Week was May 21 through May 24. This important program to encourage our youngsters to “just say no” to drugs and alcohol concluded with a graduation ceremony for the fifth graders on May 24. Rhonda Hickok and Tami Holtz made sure the week was special.

The second annual Art Show and Ice Cream Social on May 31 was a change of pace. Every child in the school had a piece of their artwork professionally mounted and displayed by art corps volunteers. This dedicated group assists each class with lessons to bring out their creative side. The multi-purpose room was transformed into an art gallery for the evening thanks to Mary Baker.

On teacher appreciation day we took time to remember that teaching is a much harder job than most people realize. Teachers have a tremendous amount of responsibility and take great pride in what they do. The teachers at Jerabek have very high standards and are very conscientious.

Nancy Walters, who was selected as the Elementary Teacher of the Year in San Diego City Schools, is one example of our fine staff. Ms. Chalupsky encouraged Nuncio Bologna who was a finalist in the Union Tribune writing contest, Ms. Hobbs’ class won a reading contest, and Ms. Kelly’s class won second place in Read Across America/Dr. Seuss’s birthday contest sponsored by San Diego Educators Association, with a $2,000 prize going to Jerabek for book purchases.

June promises to be another active month at Jerabek (school does not end till July 20). SAT 9 testing will take place the first 2 weeks of June for grades 2 – 5. Volunteer Appreciation week is June 11- 15. A Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast put on by the teachers for all classroom volunteers will be held in the auditorium on June 13 at 8:15 a. Childcare will be provided for school age children. Kindergartners have Family Math night on June 13. The 4th and 5th graders have a recorder concert on June 14. Book Fair will be June 18th through June 21, ending with Open House the evening on the 21. Family Science Night for the second half of first grade is June 27. The last choir concert of the year is June 28.

Thanks again to the fabulous teachers and volunteers who support them. Thanks also for the strong community support as shown by the donation of microscopes by Intel.

Together we have built an educational foundation for our children.

Other Schools

United States International University

President and Mrs. Hays to be Honored

The USIU campus community will honor President and Mrs. Hays at a farewell reception scheduled for June 20. When the USIU combination with Alliant University was announced last Nov., Hays indicated that he would retire, effective upon completion of the combination, which is expected to be July 1.

Garry Hays assumed the presidency of USIU in 1992. Under his leadership, the $28 million debt he inherited was resolved, a major institutional reorganization was accomplished, a review and modification of academic programs was completed, efforts to revitalize the alumni association were undertaken, and improvements were made to the physical plant.

He has been active in community and professional organizations, including many roles with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. His wife, Sharon, has been active in numerous Scripps Ranch organizations and has had numerous volunteer roles at USIU. She was instrumental in obtaining a permanent home for Scripps Ranch Theatre on the USIU campus and has produced several award-winning plays and musicals. In 1997 she was named Scripps Ranch Citizen of the Year.

In acknowledging Hays’ many achievements, the USIU Board of Trustees, in Feb., named him President Emeritus, effective upon his retirement.

Universal Pictures Executive to be Commencement Speaker

USIU alumnus Bret Johnson will be the commencement speaker at ceremonies on June 16.

Johnson is currently the vice president, physical production for Universal Pictures in Universal City. He has supervised such films as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Hannibal, and Nutty Professor: The Klumps. Currently, he is involved with the much-anticipated film, A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crow and directed by Ron Howard. Johnson graduated from USIU in 1980 with a B.S. degree in accounting. During the last few years, Johnson has assisted USIU’s recruitment efforts by participating in a letter writing campaign directed at prospective students. His selection as commencement speaker continues a tradition established in 1992 of inviting a distinguished alumnus/alumna to address the graduating class which, this year, is comprised of 300 students.

Seven Students Receive Hearst Scholarships

Seven USIU students have received William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarships, the first ever at USIU.

The scholarships result from a $50,000 grant that USIU received from The William Randolph Hearst Foundation last summer.

The students and their majors are: Nikki Preston Dawson, international business; Rana Saad El-Dein, international relations; Tia Goins, psychology; Christopher Morton, political science; Alejandra Perez, travel and tourism management; Erica Pizano, business administration with a concentration in finance; and Terrence Williams, communication. All of the students, except Dawson, live on campus.

Scholarship winners are selected through a competitive process, including a written essay. The annual scholarships are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are based on need and merit.

Miramar College

Summer Schedules Now Available – Apply Online

Pick up your Miramar College summer class schedule at your local public library. Five- and eight-week summer sessions begin June 11, June 18 and July 16. Choose from day and evening courses in accounting, administration of justice, anthropology, art, astronomy, aviation, biology, business, chemistry, child development, computer business technology, computer and information science, diesel technology, disabled students programs and series, economics, emergency medical technology, English, fire technology, geography, geology, health, history, humanities, paralegal, math, philosophy, physical education, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, speech, and work experience. For the first time, you can apply online at applyonline! Or, call the Miramar College Admissions Office for an application or more information, 536-7844.

Transportation Technology Training Programs

Miramar College and American Honda Motor Company signed an agreement recently to add Honda Professional Automotive Career Training to its already nationally renowned automotive technology instructional programs. San Diego County Honda/Acura dealerships and Honda Corporate joins existing Miramar College industry partners Toyota/Lexus and Daimler Chrysler. Persons interested in pursuing a career in the high demand, highly paid, highly technical field of automotive technology should contact the Miramar College Advanced Transportation Technologies Department at 536-4309. Fall classes begin Aug. 20.

Foundation Scholarship Gala Grows Each Year

The 7th Annual Miramar College Foundation Scholarship Gala, held May 4 at the Hyatt Aventine La Jolla, celebrated growth in every area! Scholarship recipients, scholarships offered, scholarship award total and event attendance were all up! More than 93 recipients were awarded more than $40,250 in scholarships for 2001, up from 66 recipients receiving $34,900 worth of scholarships last year. Nearly 270 guests enjoyed the festivities, compared to last year’s 185. Industry partners and scholarship donors were also acknowledged at the evening’s event, including Caterpillar/Hawthorne Machinery Co. of Rancho Bernardo, California Coast Credit Union, Snap-On Tools, Toyota/Lexus and many individual scholarship sponsors.

Area high school students who won Miramar College Foundation scholarships include: Mary Anderson, and Esther Chen of Scripps Ranch High School.

Information on how you can become involved with the Miramar College Foundation or create a scholarship for Miramar College students, contact the President’s Office at 536-7834.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Camp Gan Israel June 25-Aug. 3

Summer is not that far away anymore and certainly you’re beginning to give thought to once again offering your child a very enjoyable, rewarding, productive, and memorable summer. There is nothing like a child’s joy and enthusiasm in looking forward to every camp day at Camp Gan Israel. The songs, the trips, the activities, the spirit, the creativity, the memories…There is simply no summer experience like it! It is for this very reason that children keep coming back, summer after summer. The children have the time of their lives and the parents are happy with the knowledge that Camp Gan Israel is inculcating their children with positive values and a cheerful outlook in life that will prove to be immeasurably valuable to them as they grow up. Our 27-acre beautiful and pristine facility will offer campers the finest summer day camp experience in San Diego. We are planning an even more spectacular program for the upcoming summer, such as gymnastics, drama, an extensive arts and crafts program, and much more. We will also feature a wide variety of athletic activities including baseball, soccer, football, and many others. For more information, please call 566-1996.

School News

Chabad Hebrew Academy students enjoyed a educational trip to San Francisco last month. The 7-8th Grades visited many sites in the Bay Area, including Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Alcatraz, Stanford University, and more. Chabad is proud of it’s “Outdoor” education program, allowing the students to experience learning experiences not in a formal classroom setting. Other programs have been held in Julian, Big Bear Lake, Sacramento, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC.

Shavous, the holiday when the Jewish people received the Torah (Bible) was celebrated on May 28-29. The Chabad Hebrew Academy had a Fair in honor of the holiday. Each classroom was decorated depicting the many themes of the holiday, i.e. The story of Ruth, Mount Sinai, custom of eating dairy, the seven fruits of Israel, and more. The students went from class to class where different projects and hands-on activities were staged. The students developed a strong Jewish identity and relevance through this unique experience.

The third annual Read-a-thon held its finale on May 31. Many children and their parents read over 5,000 pages each! All together, the school read 800,000 pages!

June 1 will be Volunteer Appreciation Day, a special day is planned for the many volunteers who take the time off throughout the year to make our school environment the special place that it is. A token of appreciation will be presented to all our volunteers.

June 7 is “Portfolio Evening.” This will be a time for the students to share and enjoy their progress. June 13 is the graduation ceremony for the 8th Grade. For more information about these or any of Chabad Hebrew Academy’s programs, feel free to contact the school at 566-1996.