Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Attention Senior Parents!

Grad Night is almost here. It is Monday, June 17. If you have not seen your graduating senior’s Grad Night 2002 packet, it is time to excavate it from his or her room or backpack. Included are: an invitation to the World Tour 2002 Grad Night, Grad Night regulations, ticket sale dates, a very important parent approval/waiver, senior breakfast information, morning-after Grad Night information, parent volunteer contacts, and the important student agreement.

The agreements are “must returns” in order for students to attend Grad Night. Tickets for Grad Night can be purchased during lunch on campus or through the mail. The packet has details.

Make sure your graduating senior is recognized on the Memory Wall for Grad Night. Photos and a parent message are being collected to create a memorable senior Memory Wall.

The photo and parent message will be mounted and laminated as a lasting and very touching memory for each participating senior. The photo should be no larger than 4 x 6 and may be a current or childhood picture.

In addition to the photo, please include a neatly typed or handwritten message to your child. If you have been to prior Grad Nights and have seen the Memory Wall with the photos and messages, you will know it is very touching. It will bring tears to your eyes as you read the messages from parents and see the photos.

More information about the photos, as well as the form to submit your message to your child, can be found in the Grad Night packet of information sent home in May. If you have any additional questions please contact:

  • Glenda Carver — Memory Wall, 549-7723;
  • Marty Wiler — Grad Night volunteers, 695-8892 or [[email protected]]; or
  • Dixie Hall — Event Chair for Grad Night 2002, [[email protected]].

There is also a link from the SRHS website [http://srhs.sandi.net] to the Grad Night 2002 website.

PBO 2003

Our PBO committee is so excited. Everything is coming together as we press towards our goal of making a fun Grad Night for our kids! The garage sale was very successful, raising over $1,100. We thank all who worked that day and donated items.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza dinner was held in late May. We will report the success of this event in the next issue of this Newsletter.

Our most successful and greatest fundraiser, the golf tournament at Stoneridge Country Club, raised a big chunk of the money. Actual figures were not available at press time.

Special thanks to Susan and Hersch Hendrickson for masterminding this event, to Steve Ferreira, who worked so hard getting sponsors and golfers, and to Tracy Cabral, who made the various signs used throughout the golf course.

Many junior parents were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly. They set up signs, checked in golfers, manned the different contests, drove the refreshment golf carts, organized the silent auction, and did many other things. We are grateful for their help.

We hope everyone had fun and thank all who participated. We are very appreciative of all our sponsors who contributed to the success of this event. A special thanks to our Gold Sponsors:

  • Santa Maria BBQ, Hunter Steakhouse, and Carvers Steaks and Chops for the tournament dinner;
  • Denny’s Fat City and Denny’s Fletcher Hills for the box lunches;
  • Ad-Quick Signs for all the signage;
  • Cohu, Inc., Electronics Division, the $1,000 golf cart sponsor;
  • Giant Golf for two drivers for the long drive contest and certificates for all golfers for a free wedge; and,
  • National Title Insurance — Terry Ferdig for the tee prize bags.

There were so many other sponsors, it was impossible to list them all. The SRCA website [www.scrippsranch.org] has a list of all the sponsors. The committee wants to thank them for their help.

The last meeting for PBO Team 2003 will be Thursday, June 13, at 7 pm in the teacher’s lounge. We will plan next year’s activities. We look forward to seeing some new faces! Volunteers are still needed to work this year’s Grad Night. We urge you to participate so you can see what Grad Night is really like.

Class of 2004 PBO

At the end of our first year of fundraising for Grad Night 2004, we have a good amount in our bank account. One year down, two to go! We meet again at the end of summer and will do our best to advertise the meeting date as widely as possible.

Please plan to attend. We will have to fundraise more aggressively next year. So, your ideas and support will be very welcome. In the meantime, adult volunteers are needed to help at this year’s Grad Night party. If you have an hour or two to spare, please contact Carla Dunn at [[email protected]], or Marty Wiler at [[email protected]].

Students Volunteer 1,800 Hours

The Friendly Falcon Child Development Center was established two years ago at Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS). It has a dual purpose of caring for faculty member’s children, while providing a place for students to study and learn to work with young children.

As part of the course curriculum, students enrolled in ROP Child Development/Teaching Careers plan and present wonderful activities for the children. The students also learn firsthand about the development of young children and the operation of a child care center.

Watching a child learn to walk makes the developmental stages studied in the textbook come alive for the students. In order to provide care while teachers work, the center needs to be open before school, during school, during lunch, and after school. All students enrolled in the course volunteer outside of class time to keep the center open.

Total student volunteer time topped 1,800 hours this year! Emalina Noble, Tom Wholey, and Sheena Powels went above and beyond, as each volunteered three to five hours each week during the entire school year. It is a joy to watch the interaction between the high school students and the young children.

In addition to assisting with the on-campus center, students have the opportunity to complete internships at neighborhood schools. Seventy-five students completed internships at preschools and elementary schools in the Scripps Ranch area.

At the elementary schools, students planned and carried out lessons including creative poetry writing, read alouds, outdoor activities, and tutoring children.

At the preschools, students completed activities in all areas of the preschool curriculum. Many students also earned six units of college credit through an articulation agreement with the San Diego Community College District. Participating in an internship through ROP Child Development/Teaching Careers is an excellent way for students to experience careers in this field before they leave high school.

Academy of Finance

In April, the SRHS Academy of Finance celebrated a successful first year with an afternoon of student presentations, dinner catered by Oscar’s, and a special Pinning Ceremony. San Diego City Councilmember Brian Maienschein awarded commendations to the 17 students and 11 mentors in attendance for their excellent work.

The Academy of Finance provides the opportunity for high school students considering a career in the finance industry to enroll in a semester-long finance program. This program partners with private employers and public agencies to provide high school students with education and work experience.

SRHS staff, parents, and Academy Advisory Board members were impressed by the variety of projects students completed with their mentors and the interesting descriptions of their internships. Students will complete the five-month internships this month.

Having enjoyed such great success this year, we are looking forward to working with the next Academy class. Parents and students enrolled in the Academy for 2002-03 were invited to an orientation meeting in May. If you missed this meeting or want more information about the Academy of Finance, please contact Mary Bostwick at [[email protected]].

SRHS Partners are Awesome

There is always a lot happening at SRHS and many hands are needed to make this one of the best learning environments in the city. Some of the greatest assets at SRHS can be found in our partners. Qualcomm, MCAS Miramar, Alliant International University, Wells Fargo Bank, I Love a Clean San Diego, and Cabrillo Credit Union employees have answered the call many times over the past year.

They have assisted in our classrooms, hosted students for job shadows and internships, served as panelists for senior exhibitions, and gave generously of their time, money, and resources. It is wonderful to have such a community presence on our campus. We appreciate the dedication of these businesses and the opportunity we have as a school to collaborate with them.

Community Donations

Many businesses other than the “official” SRHS partners have given generously of their time, expertise, and supplies to aid teachers and staff in their work. Motorola and GreenPoint Credit made large donations of office supplies to SRHS teachers and staff as the companies recycled outdated material.

Many donations are made to the school or individual teachers that may go unnoticed by the SRHS family in general. It is this unselfish sharing of resources by the community that is truly admirable.

In this era of tight budgets, all donations have been greatly appreciated. If you, or your company, have something you think the school can use, please contact Mary Bostwick at 621-9020, ext.132, or [[email protected]].

Excellence in Action

SRHS senior Cindy Nguyen received an invitation from Governor Gray Davis to represent California at the National Youth Science Camp this summer! California selects only two of its top science seniors to represent the state. Congratulations to Cindy and everyone who taught and mentored her!

Some of those teachers who mentored Cindy might even be SRHS English teacher, Andrea Jankovich, who has been selected by the California League of High Schools as Educator-of-the-Year for San Diego/Imperial counties, and will go on to compete at the state level in December.

SRHS science teacher, Rachel Tenenbaum has been named as a recipient of the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence in California. She was chosen in recognition of her exemplary contribution to the education of students and for her distinguished career of dedication and accomplishment in science teaching. Mrs. Tenenbaum was presented with an award of $10,000 at a dinner at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

New Cheerleaders

Congratulations to next year’s SRHS cheerleaders. There is a total of 48, the most we have ever had. We are all looking forward to a great year.

Varsity Cheer: Trisha Brewer, Michelle Burgard, Kelly Burr, Lora Capule, Erin Cooke, Stephanie Cox, Shannon Davis, Desiree Dreszer, Sarah Eblen, Kristi Fisler, Kari Freedus, Miranda Good, Kristel Holloway, Sonserray Holloway, Lauren Hyle, Danni Low-Byrne, Jessica Mahoney, Melissa Mahoney, Danica Mello, Davya Platt-Lee, Kendra Platt-Lee, Jennifer Santos, Jeanette Sly, and Leah Sylvain.

Junior Varsity: Christine Adolphe, Leah Aguirre, Bradyn Blower, Michelle Buchanan, Lisa Burgard, Hayley Cerone, Clarisse Chavez, Callie Coffin, Ariane Estepa, Christine Helvestine, Maylene Laxa, Jennifer Maches, Shannon Mahoney, Tijana Martinovic, Alicia Miles, Alexandria Nguyen, Rachel Olsiewski, Rachel Pederson, Edrina Perez, Katie Ressmeyer, Lindsey Rohr, Lisa Walter, Amy Whitehurst, and Stephanie Yap.

SRHS Field Hockey Clinic

Join Diane Loosbrock, former head field hockey coach for Northwestern University, and Jane Morrill, SRHS head field hockey coach, at a positive, informative, and enjoyable clinic. The clinic is designed to build field hockey skills in both novice and experienced players.

The clinic runs Wednesday through Friday, June 19, 20, and 21, from 8 am to 12 pm each day. Cost is $110. For more information, contact Jane at 621-9020, ext. 131, or [[email protected]].

Women’s Golf

The inaugural season for women’s golf at SRHS begins this fall. The initial goal of the program is not only to develop a competitive program, but also to create an avenue for teaching interested beginners the great game of golf.

The program is looking for donations of golf clubs, balls, tees, bags, and any other items. Cash could also be used. Why sell that old set in your garage when you could donate it to the school and get a tax write-off! Contact athletic director, Allison Kenda at 621-9020, ext. 3381, to make a donation.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Calendar of Events

  • Wednesday, June 5: Governance meeting, 6:30 pm, lounge;
  • Thursday, June 6: PTSA meeting, 3 pm, lounge;
  • Thursday, June 13: 8th grade awards, 6:30-8:30 pm, SRHS;
  • Friday, June 14: 8th grade party, San Diego State University;
  • Monday, June 24: Summer school begins.

Music News

The chorus and ensemble received a “gold rating” at the Forum Festival in May. This rating ranked them in the top 10% of choirs of a similar size and age. We were proud to receive some beautiful plaques that will be on display in the office. Following the festival, the 6th grade students enjoyed a fun-filled day at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Model United Nations

The Junior Model United Nations Conference was held in May. The following students participated in an after school club to prepare them for this exciting event: Jenna Adsit, Tyler Berg, Brian Boxler, Brian Campbell, Valerie Campos, Jessica Carter, Neil Chestnut, Rebecca Cole, Shamayel Daoud, Monika Davis, Eden Delphey, Alyssa Doyle, Carey Eshelman, Kirsten Fillius, Sonya Gofman, Ross Goldman, Greg Golembeski, Dhruv Gopinath, Bonnie Gordon, Ashley Gray, Glenn Gray, Kristen Green, Alex Grint, Tianshu Han, Arielle Hansen, and Melina Jones.

Also participating were: Natalia Jones, Bobby Keo, David Kremp, Patrick Krier, Hilary Lamendola, Jessica Lee, Wells Lee, Dane Lighthart, Joanne Lin, Drew Londerholm, Matt Louv, Ashley Moore, Ryan Mulvey, Kelvein Ng, Emily Nguyen, Euhana Ossi, Chelsea Rose, Justine Ross, Andrew Samii, Maren Schmidt, Jessica Seid, Erin Simmer, Lauren Snare, Alexandra Stumm, Kevin Ta, Elizabeth Tauscher, Eric Thornton, Casey Treffinger, Alex Van Vechten, Correy Vigil, Meredith Wolfe, Jonathan Wood, William Wood, Jason Wu, and Jun Zhu.

June Awards Assembly

Our June awards assembly is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, at the SRHS theater. This year, the Marshall staff decided to have the 8th grade awards night in June, but wait until September for the 6th and 7th grade assemblies. This was done so that teachers would not have to guess their 6th and 7th grade students’ final grades in mid-May, before final grades are turned in.

As in the past, teachers will still have to guess final grades for 8th graders. It would be unreasonable to expect high school students to return to their middle school in September to receive an award. Eighth graders receiving an award will be notified by mail and directly handed a letter during the first week in June.

The 6th and 7th grade awards assemblies will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26. The 6th grade assembly will be from 4-5:30 pm, and the 7th grade assembly will be from 6-7:30 pm. They will both be held in our new Marshall Middle School multi-purpose room. Please mark these dates on your calendar!

Summer School

Summer school for current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders will be held at Marshall. It will begin on Monday, June 24, and will continue for five weeks until Friday, July 26. Intensive Literacy and Intensive Mathematics classes will be offered for those students who score below grade level in reading and/or math. Classes will either be from 7:30-10 am, or 10:30 am-1 pm, with a 30-minute break in between.

Advanced Science 1-2 summer school for current 7th graders will be held at Wangenheim Middle School. It begins on Wednesday, June 19, and will run for seven weeks, until Tuesday, Aug. 6. Class begins at 7:30 am and ends at 1 pm. The class will be five hours a day, with a 30-minute break in the middle.

Summer school for current 8th graders will be held at SRHS. Summer Bridging Literacy 9th and Summer Bridging Math 9th will be offered for those students who score below grade level in reading or math.

Both bridging courses will be six weeks long, two hours each, per day. Classes begin on Monday, June 24, and continue until Friday, Aug. 2. The school day begins at 7:30 am, and courses run from 7:30-9:30 am, and 9:45-11:45 am, with a 15-minute break in between.

Various enrichment courses will also be offered to current 8th graders at SRHS. All enrichment courses, with the exception of Physical Education, will be seven weeks long, five hours per day.

They begin on Wednesday, June 19, and continue until Tuesday, Aug. 6. The school day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 12:45 pm, with a 15-minute break in between. Please contact your child’s counselor to sign up for any of these summer school courses.

Attendance Office Information

If your current 6th or 7th grader will not return to Marshall in the fall, or your 8th grader will not articulate to SRHS, please notify us! We also need to know if any Miramar Ranch or Jerabek 5th graders, or Dingeman 6th graders, will not attend Marshall in the fall.

Track and Field

More that 40 athletes from Marshall competed in the county middle school track meet held at San Diego State University. Thirty-three middle schools attended. Our students won ribbons in the high jump, long jump, sprints, the 100-, the 200-, and the 1600-meter runs, and the 4 x 100-meter race. Congratulations to all the students!

Science Olympiad

The Marshall Science Olympiad team finished 11th in the state championship. Ryan Mulvey and Dhruv Gopinath were awarded first place medals in the Road Scholar. This is a first ever for Marshall Middle School!

Jessica Lee and Pauline Ma placed 5th in the Write It/Do It. In 5th place in The Wright Stuff were Kyle Adler and Saumil Shaw. In 6th place in Dynamic Planet were Lauren Eby and Gillian Molina, and in 6th place in Metric Estimation were Ilya Imas and Dhruv Gopinath. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard.

Special thanks to Qualcomm and United Technologies for sponsoring our teams. Qualcomm members who helped were Bharat Shah and Julie Gibson. United Technology member Kash Gopinath was also of great help. Thanks!

We would also like to thank all of our parents and coaches. Hats off to Patricia and Fred Adler, Virginia Bigler-Engler, Bharat Shah, Kash and Anita Gopinath, Sandy Adsit, Sally Sondreal, Hong Chu, Frank Lee, Kim Molina, Jeff Eby, Tom and Debi Preece, Sulabha Argade, Dave Hodapp, Sezar Banks, Fudo Takagi, Gustavo del Castillo, John Hutchison, and our principal, Rick Novak.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

An Amazing Year!

Here at Dingeman Elementary School, we are wrapping up the school year and the successes this year are amazing! Professional development played an important role in our literacy program. This year, our teachers received on- and off-site training, classroom visitations, and literacy workshops. They were able to bring back many creative and innovative activities into our classrooms for our students.

Our principal, Brad Callahan, joined other principals on a visit to two New York District 2 schools, the Manhattan New School and P.S. 6. The majority of the literacy reform at Dingeman is based on a successful model of the literacy programs implemented at these schools. Check out the Dingeman website at [www.dingeman.net] for a firsthand account from Mr. Callahan on his New York visit.

Fabulous Fundraising

Another area of success for Dingeman was in fundraising. This year, every fundraiser–pledge drive, gift wrap sales, cookie dough, book fair, and most recently, our fantastic Spring Carnival –outperformed all our ambitious goals. Even our newest fundraiser, Coins for Technology, brought in quite of bit of spare change to help pay for ink cartridges for our many printers.

We are very proud of individual classes that opened up their hearts to help out so many in need, from 9/11 victims to refugee families moving to the United States. Not only have our students grown to be high academic achievers, but they have also become leaders in fairness, compassion, and peace.

With the success of our school fundraising efforts, comes the success of several of our programs, such as Art Corps. We hope you had the chance to visit our fantastic art show in the multi-purpose room. Artwork from every student at our school was featured. We want to thank all the parent volunteers who ran the Art Corps program, taught the lessons in the classrooms, and set up the art show.

Computer Upgrades

Success also came in the area of upgrading technology in our school. As a direct result of our outstanding fundraising efforts, our technology committee was able to outfit each classroom with at least one almost-new computer and color inkjet printer. All together, 11 brand new iMacs were purchased this year, along with anti-virus software to protect all our Windows PCs in the school.

Earlier this year, a district technology teacher came out to educate nine of our teachers in basic iMac training. Also, thanks to the generosity of Qualcomm, our school received 15 new laptops. The laptops were used for an after school html web page club for 6th graders. Taught by Barb Anderson, 16 children learned to write their own web pages.

Good Luck, 6th Graders

We are very proud of the success of our new 6th grade program. Last month, we told you about the exciting academies that our 6th grade students get to take. Earlier this semester, two-thirds of our 150 6th grade students were recognized at Marshall Middle School for their outstanding achievements in academics and/or citizenship.

Our 6th graders also had a wonderful outdoor educational experience at Camp Palomar. There, they met and worked with other 6th grade students from different parts of the district. For some students, this was their first time away from home and from their parents. This five-day camp proved to be an excellent learning and growing experience for all.

We wish all our Dingeman 6th graders the best of luck as they go on to middle school. Many of them were a part of Dingeman’s very first kindergarten class when the school opened in September 1995.

We are confident they have the academic background, as well as the leadership and citizenship skills, to help them continue to succeed in all areas of their lives, which they started building right here at Dingeman.

Jerabek Elementary

New Student Registration

This month’s article will be a brief one; I seem to have a touch of spring fever. Enrollment for all new students living within the residential boundaries of Jerabek Elementary School will be every Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the school office through Thursday, June 27.

Enrollment packets are available in the school office. Upon registration, you must provide proof of residence, original immunization records, and a birth certificate. If you have questions, please call 578-5330.

Mark Your Calendars!

Kindergarten Family Math Night will be on Thursday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 12, at 6:45 pm in the auditorium. Please watch for a flyer to see which night your child’s class will attend.

Wednesday, June 5, is 1st grade Family Science Night at 6:45 pm in the auditorium. The 5th grade Promotion Party will be held Friday, June 14, from 3:30 to 6 pm. It is time for the Jerabek Open House and Art Show. Join us on Thursday, June 20, from 5 to 8 pm in the auditorium and classrooms. Enjoy your children’s creative artwork and check out your child’s class work.

Kindergartners’ Playgroup

We are trying to get children who begin kindergarten at Jerabek this fall together for a playgroup. We hope that by having a few summer get-togethers, we might be able to make this transition easier by allowing our children to get to know one another before school starts. It is always nice to see a friendly face.

Anyone interested should join us at 11 am on Tuesday, June 18, at Jerabek Park. Bring a picnic lunch and get to know other moms and children. We hope to have one social each month until school starts. If you have any questions, please call Ellen at 578-7446. We hope to see you there!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

End of School

On Friday, June 14, there will be a staff vs. 5th grade softball game. The last day of school is Monday, June 17. The 5th grade promotion ceremony will be held that day, from 10:45 to 11:30 am. A pool party at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club follows the ceremony. It starts at 12 pm and goes until 4 pm. Last year’s was a real blast.

Thank You Sponsors!

The Jog-A-Thon would love to thank its many sponsors:

  • Brookfield Homes;
  • Cabrillo Credit Union;
  • Champion T-shirts;
  • Copy Club of Scripps Ranch;
  • The Corky McMillin Companies;
  • Learning Express Toy Store;
  • McMillin Realty, Karen Wrape;
  • McMillin Realty, the “Maas Team;”
  • McMillin Realty, Sharon Neben-Fogg;
  • Pazzos Pizza;
  • Safe `n Secure Garage Door Specialists; and,
  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros.

Thanks also to the many parent volunteers. We raised almost $8,000. The Sock Hop will be reviewed in mind-numbing detail next month.

Summer School

Summer school will be available in reading and math for MRE students and private school students who live within MRE boundaries. The session will be from Monday, June 24, through Friday, July 19. Classes begin at 7:50 am and end at 1:20 pm. For information, please call the school at 271-0470.

A Couple of Other Notes

Kindergarten registration continues through Monday, June 17. It runs from 8 am to 12 pm. Registration is also available during summer school.

School starts again on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Visit [www.sandi.net/miramarranch] for up-to-the-minute news.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Principal’s Message

Working at EBS is a privilege, and working with passion is a gift we give ourselves, our students, parents, and community members. Passion is what separates the ordinary from the extraordinary, and our first school year has been extraordinary! It has been filled with the achievements of teachers, staff, students, and parents who vigorously pursued a vision with a determination to create this world-class school.

The advent of summer brings several end-of-the-year celebrations. We honor students, parents, and community members who inspired us with good works and enhanced our spirit.

As an award-winning school built with vision and passion, with talented teachers who challenge young minds and nurture their hearts, and with parents who are supportive and involved, I look forward with excitement to our second year at EBS!

“Best Practices School” Honor

Scripps Ranch’s newest elementary school has been recognized as a “Best Practices School.” The school was honored at the May Business Roundtable for Education Showcase at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. EBS was selected along with 28 other K-8 schools in San Diego County.

The “Best Practices” recognized represent the innovative, exemplary, and replicable programs which were identified by teams of business and community leaders who visited area schools in March and April.

The EBS campus was visited in April. Business and community leaders met with Principal Rich Cansdale and visited classrooms during the instructional day. The visitors had an opportunity to identify and honor programs that highlighted high academic and civic standards.

“Best Practices” Coordinator Diana Hadfield said the team learned so much about educating the whole child and left with such a good feeling about the work being done. In addition, the team was “wowed” by the teaching and learning at the school.

Of particular interest was the school’s character education program and the Principal’s Board, a large message board where the principal writes to the students and parents each week. The team felt the board is interactive and students have an opportunity to share their thinking with the principal around a variety of topics and issues. The board was covered with post-it note responses from the students!

Calendar of Events

  • Every Saturday–Farmers Market, 9 am-2 pm;
  • Thursday, June 6–2nd grade play, 10:15 am and 11:45 am, multipurpose room;
  • Friday, June 7–Disaster drill, 2:15-3 pm;
  • Monday, June 10–Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) meeting, 6:30 pm, school library;
  • Tuesday, June 11–1st grade musical, 6:30 pm, multipurpose room;
  • Friday, June 14–Student recognition assembly, K-1, 10 am, multipurpose room; grades 2-4, 11:30 am, multipurpose room; and,
  • Monday, June 17–Field Day, 9:30 am, park field; last day of school, 12:30 pm dismissal.

EBS Receives State Safe Schools Grant

At a safe and effective school, students take on various tasks. Visitors sign in and wear badges. The campus is well lit. Students and adults treat each other with respect.

A school achieves this by developing a plan. Our Safe School Plan: Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Emergencies Procedures will be reviewed at the governance meeting on Wednesday, June 5. All are welcome.

Our first disaster drill will be on Friday, June 7, from 2:15-3 pm. All gates to the campus will be secured.

The Safe Schools Grant includes an entitlement of over $20,000. Funds will be used to develop such programs as character education, student conflict resolution, and playground games monitors.

Volunteer Brunch

Parents, grandparents, community and cultural organizations, and businesses have been involved in our work long before our opening day. On Thursday, June 13, at 10:45 am, we will honor those “EBS Pioneers,” such as Bob Dingeman, Wes Danskin, Lynn Parke, Karen Wood, and Victoria Mazelli.

So many people have worked so diligently to build this remarkable school. To all of you, we say “thanks!”

Other Schools

Alliant International University (AIU)

AIU Plans Homecoming Event

Alliant International University (AIU) invites all alumni from our founding institutions–Cal Western, United States International University (USIU), and the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)–to the first annual homecoming celebration. It will be Friday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 27.

The theme of this event is “Celebrating our Legacies.” USIU was founded in 1952 under the name Cal Western, and CSPP commemorates its 35th birthday this year. In July 2001, USIU and CSPP merged to form AIU, an institution dedicated to providing a global education.

AIU has 6,400 students, with seven California campuses–Alameda, Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco–one campus in Mexico City, and one in Nairobi, Kenya. There are more than 30,000 alumni in 103 countries.

The homecoming event will include symposiums, workshops, book-signings, soccer games, hot air balloon rides, special guest appearances, and more. The highlight of the festivities will be a Saturday night dinner dance and auction in our Sports Center.

At the event, AIU’s Alumni Association will honor notable alumni, outstanding faculty members, and current deserving students. Nominations are being accepted from alumni, friends, and students. Student scholarships will also be presented.

Event coordinator Diana Pickett said she hopes the Scripps Ranch community will play an active role in the homecoming event. As our long-time neighbor, Scripps Ranch is an important part of our history and our future.

For more information, visit the AIU Alumni page on the university website at [www.alliant.edu]. You can also contact Diana Pickett at [[email protected]].

New Alumni Association President

The undersecretary of business development for the state of Baja California has been named president of the AIU Alumni Association. Roberto Reyes assumes the presidency at an important time in university history, as a new association is being crafted to complement what is essentially a new university. He officially began his tenure in April.

Reyes, 51, graduated from the former USIU in 1987 with a master’s degree in International Business. He is currently a university candidate for a doctorate in business administration.

Reyes says his vision for the university includes a strong alumni association, which honors the great academic traditions that form AIU’s foundation. With that in mind, Reyes said he is seeking an alumnus from CSPP to serve as his co-president.

Reyes, together with alumni, Luis Tucker, Carlos Kende, and others, was instrumental in forming the Baja Alumni Chapter. In addition, Reyes helped coordinate many activities between the former USIU and Mexico institutions.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Educational Trip

Chabad Hebrew Academy students enjoyed an educational trip to New York and Washington, D.C., last month. The 7th and 8th grades visited many sites, including the Empire State Building, “Ground Zero,” the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Capital, and more. The students were also able to meet with Senator Barbara Boxer, who answered many of their questions.

Chabad is proud of its “Outdoor” education program, which allows students to have learning experiences outside a formal classroom setting. Other programs have been held in Julian, Big Bear Lake, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and the San Francisco Bay area.

Special Events

Volunteer Appreciation Day was held in May. It was a special day for the many volunteers who take the time throughout the year to make our school environment a special place. A token of appreciation was presented to all our volunteers.

“Portfolio Evening” is Wednesday, June 12. This will be a time for the students to share and enjoy their progress. The students are very proud of their work and look forward to showing off their learning, especially their dual curriculum projects, encompassing both the secular and Judaic departments.

Graduation Day

The 8th grade Commencement Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 19. The graduates will share their Chabad experiences. They will talk about how the school has molded them and prepared them for their future education.

Among the awards presented to the graduates will be: the Three Pillar Award, the top honor; the Academic Achievement Award; the Chana Abrams Award for Creativity; the Kesser Shem Tov Award for moral behavior; and, the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence. Chabad wishes its graduates success in their new schools.

Preschool graduation will be Thursday, June 20. The students will sing songs and wait for the big moment when they receive their preschool diploma and move on to kindergarten. For more information about these, or any of Chabad Hebrew Academy’s programs, feel free to contact the school at 566-1996.

Chabad Poets Published

Eleven students from Chabad were chosen to be published in an anthology of poems called A Celebration of Young Poets. This was a poetry contest for young poets from California and only the best poems were selected for this honor.

Being published represents a lot of talent, hard work, and dedication from teachers and students. Publishing the high merit poems from the contest creates a poetic record of the fears, hopes, and dreams of today’s students. The winning entries belong to: Musy Fradkin, Russel Greenfield, Henna Shaw, Yisroel Reuven Shapiro, Esther Green, Mia Neustein, Devorah Smoller, Adina Green, Judy Hoffman, Gabriella Lampert, and Elia Eilfort.

Camp Gan Israel

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

Camp dates are Monday, June 24, to Friday, July 12, and Monday, July 15, to Friday, Aug. 2. For information, please call 566-1996.

Miramar College

Summer Sessions

Miramar College summer classes begin this month. The first of two five-week sessions begins Monday, June 10. The full eight-week summer program begins Monday, June 17, and the second five-week session on Monday, July 15.

Summer is a great time to complete a general education class for only $11 per unit. Day, evening, and weekend, courses are available. Pick up a free class schedule at the Scripps Ranch Library or go to [www.miramarcollege.net].

This summer, you can also take an online course. Computer-based courses are most popular. Classes begin Monday, June 17. Apply now at [www.communitycollege.net/applyonlline].

Your Summer Just Got Longer

Fall classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, and run for a shortened 16-week semester. You can register online! Class schedules will be available around the last week of June.

Make a Summer Splash

The Ned Baumer Miramar College Aquatic Center is open to Miramar College students, faculty, staff, and the general public. All three pools–the competition, recreation, and tot pools– are heated year-round.

In addition to college classes held at the Aquatic Center, the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department offers adult and youth programs, as well as open swim. Swim lessons are available for all levels and ages–infants to adults. For information, call the Aquatic Center at 538-8083.