Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Teacher of the Year

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) teacher Nancy Anderson was selected as San Diego City Schools High School Teacher of the Year. Nancy, currently in her sixth year of teaching, is a language arts teacher, as well as the cheer squad and journalism advisor.

While majoring in broadcast journalism/rhetoric writing at San Diego State University, Nancy realized that she belonged in the classroom, not the newsroom. Constantly in pursuit of ways to refine her teaching technique, Nancy became GATE certified in 1998. Two years later, she received a Masters in gifted and multi-cultural education from National University. She plans to tackle National Board Certification soon.

David LeMay, SRHS principal, lauds Nancy as a consummate educator who loves her students and inspires goodness. Nancy’s students learn accountability through her policy of treating them as young, responsible adults.

Nancy is a driving force behind SRHS staff and faculty activities. She is co-chair of the social committee and Governance team. She serves on the interdisciplinary site team and Digital High School steering committee, in addition to her many other activities.

The senior class named Nancy the Most Inspirational Teacher. She hopes to use her recognition as the High School Teacher of the Year to remind the public that teaching is a selfless profession. She says we are called upon to ignite and sustain the light within each student. It can only be done through community, parental and collegial support.

Congratulations, Nancy!

Summer Reading Program

All students enrolled in SRHS have received a reading list for this summer. National research shows that high school students who read independently for one hour a day are exposed to more than 4 million words a year.

Each class level has a separate reading list. However, in recognition of the centennial of John Steinbeck’s birth, we are asking all students to read a Steinbeck book. Please encourage your children to read the required books and other books they love. Consider joining them in reading a Steinbeck book. If you have any questions about the summer reading program, please contact Marilyn Ortega or Joan Gass at 621-9020.

One More Year!

High school days are flying by and our kids are finally seniors looking forward to their last year at SRHS. We know their senior year will be filled with many challenges, opportunities, and great expectations for their future.

Our Parent Booster Organization (PBO) has worked hard, striving towards the goal of making the 2003 Grad Night a memorable one. Our fundraisers have been successful.

At this time, we urge those parents who have not had time to come to our meetings to jump on the bandwagon–it is not too late. Join us during the senior year to make sure Grad Night is a fun experience for all.

There are over 400 students graduating next June and under 25 parents who diligently attend PBO meetings. It is time for those of you who have not participated to find the time to help during this last year.

In September, our membership letter will be sent to all parents of the senior class. Please make a donation. Your child will be one of those who benefits from this exciting event and we would like all parents to do their fair share.

In addition to our membership program, the annual $1,000 gift certificate for the Westfield shopping malls will be offered. We need people to sell and buy tickets. Several committees will be forming to take care of the numerous details involved with putting together Grad Night. Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

We will keep you up-to-date on upcoming activities through this Newsletter, as well as Falcon Footnotes. Call Stacy Donahue at 549-2619 to pledge your support and participation.

Falcon Football

Even in the summer, the high school administration and Booster Club are hard at work getting ready for the 2002 high school football season. New head coach, Sergio Diaz, a former assistant coach at San Diego State University, and his experienced staff are getting the players ready for the fall season with conditioning camps, UCLA football camp, and passing/iron men leagues.

We need the community’s help to volunteer time and raise funds, supplemental to school district stipends, for uniforms, equipment, banquets, trainers, and clinics. Volunteers are also needed for the Booster Club board. We offer football Booster Club memberships, sponsorships, and a banner program for your business or family donations.

We are hosting our first annual Alumni Golf Tournament at the Doubletree Resort in Rancho Penasquitos. Set aside Friday, July 26, and join us for a fun day of golf, barbecue, and prizes. At $125 per player, it is an affordable, tax-deductible chance to play with fellow Ranchers, sponsor a hole, or donate a prize and help our football team.

Some important dates to remember:

  • Conditioning camp–Monday, July 1, to Friday, Aug. 9, at SRHS;
  • Two a day practice–Begins Tuesday, Aug. 20;
  • Scrimmage–Friday, Aug. 30, Madison HS at SRHS;
  • UCLA football game–Saturday, Sept. 7, UCLA vs. Colorado State;
  • First game–Friday, Sept. 13, Hoover at SRHS.

For details on our program, events, activities, sponsorships, and schedules, call Ralph Sassi at 689-0142 or Coach Diaz at 619-284-6162.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

State Science Fair Winner

In May, Mrs. Gillum and four students attended the state Science Fair competition. Eden Delphey’s project was “Talking on a Cell Phone While Driving: Is it Dangerous?”

Elizabeth Tauscher’s project was “Does the Strength of Parent-Child Relationships Affect Grades?” Matt Lessig’s project was “Are Electromagnetic Guns Practical?” Nilesh Argade’s project was “The Determination of Nitrate and Nitrite in Meat Product.”

Eden Delphey won first place in the state competition and will apply to attend the national competition. If she is accepted into nationals, she has the potential of winning up to $10,000 in scholarship awards. Eden is the first state Science Fair winner in the history of Marshall Middle School. She won a $250 prize. Congratulations to all four of our fantastic students who attended the state Science Fair!

Student Registration

If your 5th or 6th grade student attended one of our feeder elementary schools, you do not need to come to school to register them. It has already been done by the elementary school.

If you are new to the district, you need to register your student between now and Friday, July 26, or after Thursday, Aug. 22. The orientation date for new students is Thursday, Aug. 29, from 9-10:30 am for 6th graders, and 12:30-2 pm for 7th and 8th graders.

8th Grade Party

It was time to celebrate as our 8th graders moved on to high school. The students culminated their three years at Marshall Middle School with an end-of-the year party. It was held at the Aztec Center at San Diego State University, and more than 200 students attended. They played pool, bowled, danced, and partied with their friends.

A special thanks to Mr. Braun, Mr. Hodapp and the ASB, and Sherry Bailie for their work on this event. Also special thanks to John Maggay and Mike Ruiz, who provided security for the event.

The role our parent volunteers played is worthy of a very big thank you! Special thanks to committee chairs Cathy Flanders, Linda Sorensen, Pam Delphey, Rhonda Hickok, Myra McWethy, Teri Moreau, and Karen Sloan. Thanks also to Vons for their donation of soft drinks and ice cream!

Marshall Student Honored

The San Diego Figure Skating Club awarded Lindsey Ritter the 2002 Scholastic Achievement Award for superior achievement in both figure skating and academic pursuits. She received her award at their annual meeting at the San Diego Ice Arena in June. In addition to the prestige of the award, Lindsey also received a grant as the winning junior high school student.

Lindsey has been a United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) competitive skater since 1999. Consideration for this award was based on academic achievement, competitive skating record, school or community activities, and awards, recommendations, and written essay.

Lindsey just completed the 6th grade at Marshall Middle School and was active as an ASB officer and president of the Media/Video Club. In April, she competed with the Marshall Middle School Track Team and placed in several events at the San Diego Countywide Track Meet. Lindsey also received recognition for community service and creativity for her docudrama “Lunchtime” by the National Eating Disorders Association in Seattle.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Math Experts

With most of our academic focus on literacy this year, we want to also take time to recognize our students who made great achievements in math. Our students really excelled in this area.

Congratulations to 5th graders Jean Lee, Carrie Fjeldheim, Boris Lo, and Edward Zhu for their participation in Math Field Day. Math Field Day is a countywide math competition that took place at La Jolla Country Day School. These students were chosen based on test scores, homework, and a final qualifying test. They trained for five weeks before the competition, which consisted of several events. Jean competed in an event called Digit Deal, Carrie and Boris competed in Mental Math, and Edward competed in Math Wizardry.

Also, congratulations to Dingeman’s super Math Olympians! After a three-year hiatus, Dingeman made a strong showing at the Math Olympiad. San Diego State University sponsored this countywide event. Twenty-five students in grades 3 to 5 competed in events such as Math Bowl, Mind Benders, Copycats, and several other competitions.

When you see the following students, be sure to congratulate them: Joshua Lin, Bryan Chu, Katherine Wu, William Hopkins, Cathy Zou, Luke Raudaskoski, Jacqueline Ly, Madeline Pantoni, Michael Howden, Matt Palomar, Daniella O’Neill, WooJae Li, Katie Dern, Victoria Wolfe, Joey Martin, Jazriel Lopez, Vincent Li, Austin Cole, James Lake, Sara Lee, Brendan Nichols, Linda Pham, Thomas Schmidt, and Ryan Idrizaj. Way to go, Olympians! We are proud of you all!

I-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e Spellers

Okay, imagine yourself on stage, in front of about 150 of your closest peers plus a handful of teachers and parents– all eyes on you. Now you are asked to spell the word “unciferous.”

Well, that is exactly what 5th grader Nishita Deka did to win Dingeman’s 5th grade Spelling Bee. Taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively were Anirudh Kumar and Katherine Wu.

Twenty “stalwart” and “sagacious” finalists impressed the audience with their “punctilious” ability to spell words that are “esoteric” to most people. The crowd was “munificent” with their applause that was of “mesoseismal” proportions.

“Kudos” to all participants who gave us competition of “giantesque” excitement! It was fun to watch the students who worked so hard and did so well.

Thanks to our Donors

We want to thank some very special businesses and people who donated so generously to our annual Spring Carnival in May. Their support led to Dingeman’s most successful carnival ever! We are so grateful to all the businesses and people listed below:

  • Starbucks
  • Barona Casino
  • The Opel Family
  • J.W. Tumbles
  • Simone O’Neil
  • Physical Fusion
  • Canyon Springs Church
  • HomeTown Buffet
  • H and M Sportfishing
  • Leah Bredel
  • Tanner Burningham
  • The Meyer Family and
  • The McLemore Family and Essante
  • Stenzel’s Martial Arts
  • George’s at the Cove
  • San Diego Hilton Bay Resort
  • Legoland
  • Scott’s Carwash
  • Santorini Greek Island Grill
  • Outpost Summer Camps
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Wavelines
  • Haircut Store
  • Copy Club
  • Dr. Dempsey and Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • San Diego Padres
  • Patricia Sellers and Bella Simpatico
  • Fat Tomatoes
  • Current Outlet
  • Ira and Eileen Marks and Learning Express
  • Poway Kenpo Karate
  • Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
  • Sweet Posies
  • Harbor Excursion
  • The Doyle Family
  • In-N-Out
  • The Racquet Place
  • The Alling Family
  • Sunkisses Resale and Gift Boutique
  • The Blair Family
  • Tanya Williams and Maids Express
  • Golf Etc.
  • Washington Mutual
  • The Raudaskoski Family
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Jeff Tirshfield
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
  • Roppongi Bar and Café
  • Prime 10 Steakhouse
  • Paseo Del Tamarindo
  • Fay Hill and Creative Memories
  • Mina Chang
  • Janice Kirstein
  • Ruben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Brenda Weisner and Girl Scout Troop 8414
  • Lynne Doyle and Girl Scout Troop 8385
  • Gourmet Cookies
  • Sav-On
  • Jo-tés
  • Anne Henderson and Stampin’ Up
  • Tia’s Mexican Café
  • Dr. Russ McCalley
  • Hallmark Stores
  • Quick Wok
  • Carmel Plaza Cleaners
  • A.H. Tae Kwon Do Center
  • Steele Canyon
  • Shari Kennedy and Tastefully Simple
  • Subway
  • UltraStar Movie Theater

Dingeman families are so thankful for the support. We have also enjoyed the many donations and gift certificates these local businesses and families have provided to our school community.

Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child going into kindergarten at Dingeman this September, please stop by our office to register your student. Even if your child does not yet have all of his or her immunizations, let us know so we can more accurately project our numbers for the 2002-2003 school year.

You can stop by our office from 1-2:30 pm to register every day during the summer session, which is going on now until Friday, July 19. If you have any questions, call our office at 549-4437. For general registration information, go to our website at [].

Open House and Art Show

Towards the end of the school year, Dingeman families gathered on campus for Open House. Parents were able to see how far their students had come in all academic areas. They also strolled through the amazing Dingeman Art Show that featured beautiful artwork.

Thank you to all the Art Corps volunteers who spent countless hours teaching students, matting artwork, and setting up for this wonderful event. Our school’s namesake, Colonel Bob Dingeman, also came to view the artwork of all of our talented students.

Attention Kindergartners!

Let’s make some new school friends by getting together for park and play dates! A familiar and friendly face can only help ease those first day jitters. If your child is starting kindergarten this fall at Dingeman, please join us.

Our first get-together will be on Thursday, July 18, at 10 am at Lakeview Park. If you have any questions please call Monica at 578-1988. We look forward to meeting you and your children!

Jerabek Elementary

Summer Break

Can you believe there are only a few more weeks of school left until summer vacation! Jerabek student’s last day of school will be Friday, July 19. The last day of school will be a half-day, with dismissal at 1:15 pm.

Jerabek will have registration for all new students who live within the residential boundaries on Monday, Aug. 26, and Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 9-11:30 am. Parents must provide original immunization records, birth certificate, and proof of residence–utility bill, escrow papers, or rental agreement.

If you have questions, please call the school office at 578-5330. School begins on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 9:05 am for all students. The estimated number of Jerabek’s student body for the 2002-2003 school year is 926.

Field Days–A Big Success

Field Days were a huge success thanks to Karen Sloan and Shana Smith. Thank you, ladies, for all your hard work and thank you to the parent volunteers.

Also, Jerabek would like to thank the Field Days sponsors: Poway Center of the Performing Arts, Just Tennis, Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club, Scripps Ranch 7-11, Flower Arrangement, Boomers, and Synergy 5000.

Field Days raised a whopping $10,000, which will be used to finance our computer labs. Congratulations to the 5th grade team who came in first at the teacher relay!

Dates to Remember

The 5th grade celebration will be held on Friday, July 12, from 3:45-5:45 pm in the auditorium. The 5th grade promotion will be on Friday, July 19, at 9:30 am on the playing field.

Writer Needed

It is time to say goodbye. This will be my last SRCA column. If anyone is interested in writing this column on a monthly basis, contact Lorrie Moore. Have a great summer.

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Principal’s Message

Educating the children of Miramar Ranch Elementary School is a huge responsibility that requires a dedicated team effort from teachers, students, parents, and the community. A most sincere “thank you” to everyone for your part in making this past year so successful.

Special thanks to our outstanding Family Faculty Association (FFA) and the Site-Based Management Team for their efforts in ensuring our students have the best education possible.

We say a fond farewell to our teachers Jennifer Hodgson, Laura Merlan, and Annette Radogna who are taking a year off to care for their newborns. We thank them for the time we had together, and for the friendships that are part of us.

We also sincerely appreciate the hard work the office staff, the custodial staff, the cafeteria workers and lunch supervisors, and the gardeners put into this year.

Sock Hop

The Sock Hop was an outstanding success. Many parents got to put on old clothes and had a good excuse to act really goofy. I heard the phrase, “Daddy, you’re embarrassing me,” more than once. In addition, we raised almost $4,000 for the school. Thanks to these companies for their contributions:

  • Wild Rivers Water Park
  • HomeTown Buffet
  • Incredibly Edible Delites
  • Harbor Excursion
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Coronado Playhouse
  • Target
  • Ben and Jerry’s
  • Filippi’s
  • Old Globe Theatre
  • Quail Botanical Gardens
  • Walter Andersen Nursery
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • The Batter’s Box
  • Autry Museum
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Ultra Zone Laser Tag
  • CoCo’s Cafe
  • Hot Dog on a Stick
  • Chula Vista Nature Center
  • Soup Plantation
  • In-n-Out Burger
  • Taco Bell
  • Panda Express
  • Helgren’s Sportfishing
  • Disneyland
  • Rubio’s
  • Video Vault
  • Farrell’s
  • Magic Mountain
  • The Wave Waterpark
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
  • H and M Landing
  • Karl Strauss Brewery
  • Universal Studios
  • San Diego Ice Arena
  • Mira Mesa Bowl
  • Birch Aquarium
  • J.W. Tumbles
  • Belmont Park
  • The French Gourmet
  • The Original Pancake House
  • Beehive the Musical
  • On the Border
  • Four Season Flower Shop
  • Gordon Birch Brewery
  • Triple Espresso
  • Crocodile Cafe
  • Funika Lounge Wear
  • Seau’s
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
  • San Diego Junior Theater
  • Aerospace Museum
  • Sycuan Casino
  • Viejas Casino
  • Solid Rock
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • The Fish Market
  • Islands
  • Burger King
  • Deirdre’s Skin Care
  • Lamb’s Player Theatre
  • Pacifica Restaurant
  • La Jolla Kayak
  • Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital
  • Legoland
  • San Diego State Aztec Football
  • Applebee’s
  • Valvoline Instant Oil Change
  • Hart Winery
  • Red Robin
  • Scripps Ranch Country Store
  • San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park
  • 24 Hour Fitness
  • Bakers Square
  • Callaway Winery
  • Tamarindo
  • Prime 10 Steak House
  • Pick Up Stix
  • House of Blues Concerts
  • Mad Science
  • Pernicano’s
  • Starlight Bowl
  • Children’s World
  • San Diego Spirit
  • Keane Studios
  • San Diego Sockers
  • San Diego Symphony
  • Roppongi
  • See’s Candy
  • Children’s Museum
  • Anthony’s
  • Posies
  • Pazzo’s Pizza
  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • Suzanne Olsiewski-Coldwell Bankers
  • Vons
  • Albertsons
  • Ralphs

“6 to 6” Program

Thanks to the city of San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District, the “6 to 6” Extended School Day Program will continue next year. If you would like to enroll your child, pick up a pre-enrollment application at the office.

Available funding will provide services for 85 to 100 students per day at our school. We anticipate demand may exceed capacity, and a waiting list will be established. By completing the form, a family will be put on a waiting list for enrollment.

Contest Winner

Kate Cary, a 4th grader at Miramar Ranch Elementary School, won first place in the American Lung Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties “Kids For Clean Air” poster contest. The congratulations letter states that Kate’s poster “shows that you learned what to do to keep the environment clean and decrease air pollution.” Kate received a $50 savings bond along with her blue ribbon. Way to go, Kate!

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Calendar of Events

  • Every Saturday–Farmers Market, 9 am-2 pm;
  • Monday, June 24, through Friday, July 19–Summer school, 8:45 am-2:15 pm;

Dingeman Appreciation Day

In May, the faculty and staff of Dingeman Elementary attended a special luncheon held in their honor at EBS. Dingeman Principal Brad Callahan was honored, as well as teacher Peggy Kermath, the school district’s first runner-up for Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Special thanks to our partners-in-education friends: Mimi’s Restaurant in Mira Mesa, and Vons and Baskin Robbins at the Scripps Ranch Marketplace.

Other Schools

Chabad Hebrew Academy

New Campus

This is a momentous year for the school! We have begun construction on the new school facilities for the Chabad Hebrew Academy. This has been a long-awaited moment for the parents, staff, and students. Over the last few weeks, the staff and parents have met with the architects from Hak Sik Son to review the designs and contribute input.

After the artist created the rendering, the primary building–the angled building with attached play areas adjacent to the entry driveway–was altered to four separate structures, rather than a single structure with four rooms. This fairly minor change has created a wonderful focal point for the primary department with a creatively whimsical design.

Registration for 2002-2003

Registration is now open for the new school year. Each student who comes to the Chabad Hebrew Academy experiences a beginning. It is the beginning of a search for the balance of freedom and discipline, exploration and caution, individual freedom and social responsibility.

Chabad Hebrew Academy’s task is also to help Jewish children become special human beings who live their lives in pursuit of intellectual exploration, achievement, and personal growth. We at Chabad Hebrew Academy believe that the creative and intellectual environment provides the stimulation necessary.

Miramar College

Shorter Semester

Miramar College fall semester classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, and run for 16 weeks, instead of the traditional 18 weeks. Courses will be offered in day, evening, weekend, online, full semester, and short-term sessions. They are $11 per credit for California residents.

You can register online at []. For more information, call the Miramar College Admissions Office at 536-7844.