Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

SRHS Shines Again

It’s really no surprise to us that Scripps Ranch High School is considered one of the best in the country. Scripps Ranch resident John DeNinno brought the following information to our attention. In an article recently published in Newsweek magazine our great school, SRHS, ranks 186th in the nation, 31st in the state, and 6th in the county of all high schools based on a ranking of public schools utilizing the Challenge Index devised by Jay Mathews.

This index divides the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school by the number of graduating seniors. See [] for the complete article. Congratulations, Falcons!

More Falcons Fly the Coop

The 2003-2004 school year will start off completely unique to years before. A number of teachers and staff have said farewell to SRHS, and an array of new faces will soon be seen on campus. The following teachers retired in June: French teacher Marilyn Bente; math instructor Ralph Hunter; English teachers Andrea Jankovich, Cathy Jones, and Jean Payne; music teacher and choir director Nancy Shirley; and, art instructor Amalia Wasserman.

In addition, nurse Amy Galang, librarian technicians Lyn Campbell, Alicia Lee, and Pat Runyon, and secretaries Nancy Hight, Margie Persson, and Edna Vine have also retired. Obviously, SRHS will be filled with new staff next year.

The most vital change that will take place is the addition of a new principal to replace David LeMay. Vice Principal Listy Gillingham commented at the conclusion of the school year, “Mr. LeMay has been an outstanding principal, mentor, role model, and instructor. He is a leader and a friend to all at this school, and he will be surely missed.”

SRHS Football Boosters

Falcon football fever is building. Spring ball was successfully completed, and we have a great group of players ready to strap the pads on in August. Fall ball starts Saturday, Aug. 16, for all players. Incoming freshmen, if not signed up, contact Coach Diaz or Ralph Sassi for more information. Our schedule includes a Saturday afternoon homecoming game versus Patrick Henry celebrating SRHS’s 10-year anniversary.

The second annual alumni golf tournament will be at the Doubletree Resort on Friday, July 25. We need golfers, hole sponsors, cart sponsors, donated gifts to raffle and auction, and donations. This is a great fun event; please plan to attend.

Our kids need the community’s help. We need sponsors and funds for our program, especially in light of recent school district budget cuts. This year our budget is being cut 10%. We must also fund the entire freshman football program. Our parents, players, and community must step up to insure our players have a quality football program. If you can help us in any way, please call Ralph Sassi at 689-0142 or Coach Diaz at 621-9020.

Falcons Soar to Men’s Volleyball Championship

The Scripps Ranch Falcons Varsity Men’s Volleyball team won the CIF Division II Championship by beating league rival Mira Mesa, 5-15, 16-18, 15-10, 15-6, 15-11. Mira Mesa jumped out to a 2-0 lead in games, and a 9-5 lead in game 3 before the Falcons turned up the heat. They won games 3, 4, and 5.

The Falcons end the season with an amazing 27-10 record. Season highlights include beating number five Torrey Pines to win the Mira Mesa Tournament in a 15-hour marathon tournament. Outstanding seniors Derek Rockwell and Terry Roberts led the team.

A strong team of juniors will return next year for their senior year, including Kevin Levell, Tyler Lloyd, Mike Ewald, Jessie Garber, Khang Mai, Corey Hightower, Steve Bossie, and Ben Stern. Coach Ronnie Olsen was quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune as saying, “It’s been a long time coming.” With a large group of players returning next year, look for the Falcons to make a run at repeating as champions.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, Aug. 25, to Friday, Aug. 29–New student math and reading placement testing. Check with the school office that week for times;
  • Thursday, Aug. 28–New student orientation. Times will be sent by mail; and,
  • Tuesday, Sept. 2–School opens.

Marshall will be closed for the summer except for summer cleaning. If you need to contact the school, please call after Friday, Aug. 15.

Community Pride Through Community Effort

Thurgood Marshall Middle School has been recognized as a Distinguished School in part because of the high quality support of our community through donations, volunteerism, and concerned parenting. Colleges are looking not just for grades, but for the entire picture of who the applicant is as a person.

The business and technology industries tell us they need employees who can work in a team setting and be problem solvers. Science Olympiad is highly valued in that the events require problem solving through teamwork. These events are extensions of the knowledge gained in class. Learning to work as a team is a skill that needs to be developed. Science Olympiad provides this opportunity.

As the new teacher-coordinator for Science Olympiad, I’m asking for help from those of you in our community who can contribute time, money, or material for our 23 events. I’m looking for coaches and assistants for each event. I will need a space to test our planes and time our vehicles.

You can be a professional or just an interested person, and I will provide you with the information you need to advise your group. Every little contribution helps. If you are willing to participate in this truly rewarding program, or if you have any questions, please leave a message for me at [[email protected]].

Model United Nations

History teachers Dee Ruark and Joe Cavaiola witnessed our Marshall students perform the duties of delegates at the Model United Nations Conference held at the University of San Diego in May! Seventh grader Jeremy Patashnik won the Gavel Award for representing Syria in the Security Council. The Gavel Award is given to the delegate in each committee who best explains the issues involved and best expresses the policy of his country.

Several Marshall students received commendations that are recognition of excellent work at the conference; there is also a special commendation for excellence in research. Eighth grader Tracy Han, representing China on the World Health Organization (WHO) committee, won two commendations–one for excellence in research and one for overall excellence in committee.

Seventh grader Emily Rutherford, representing Ireland on the Third Committee, 7th grader Becky Berg, representing India on the Security Council, and 8th grader Alaric Zhu, representing China on the Security Council also received commendations for excellent work in their committees.

The following students received Outstanding Effort Awards: 8th grader Jeff Olson, representing Pakistan on First Committee; 7th grader Jordan Cohen, representing India on the Security Council; 8th grader Emily Nguyen, representing Pakistan on WHO; 7th grader Romy Boiskin, representing Ukraine on WHO; and, 8th grader Ilya Imas, representing Hungary on Sixth Committee.

These awards are given in recognition of effort especially by first-year delegates. We are very proud of all the Marshall students participation at the conference, the mature way they conducted themselves, and the honors they received. Congratulations to all the students who worked hard and took part in this unique learning experience.

Health Office Update

The majority of students planning to begin 7th grade have completed all their immunization requirements for entry! There are a few students still struggling with this requirement. Parents of those students who have been notified of probationary admittance as a result of their noncompletion of the immunizations series, or who have been designated as noncompliant due to lack of immunization documentation, must bring proof of immunizations done this summer before the first day of school in order to be admitted to class.

Students who complete the immunization requirement within the first few months of school must bring in proof of immunization the day following the shots if they intend to remain in school.

If it is anticipated your child may require routine medications at school–due to asthma or other conditions–please have the form “Physicians Recommendation For Medication” filled out and signed by your child’s doctor this summer. These forms are available through July and again at the end of August at the Marshall Health Office.

Beginning with the upcoming school year, there is a new districtwide policy regarding over-the-counter medications. Over-the-counter (OTC) meds will only be given by the site nurse. Paraprofessionals will not administer OTC meds without a written doctor’s authorization. Students will be encouraged to take OTC cold, allergy, and other medications at home before arriving at school!

Roller Hockey Team Tryouts

Tryouts are being held for the Marshall Falcons Roller Hockey Club. Players must be 6th, 7th, or 8th grade students and a Scripps Ranch resident. If you would like further information about the tryouts, please call 635-5611 or email me at [[email protected]].

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Thank You, Donors!

This month Dingeman Elementary School would like to give a huge thanks to all the local businesses who donated to our events late in the school year. In May we held our annual Spring Carnival and Bob Dingeman Day Celebration. The rain held off until after the event and the turnout was great!

Families enjoyed dinner from Subway and had fun playing games and browsing the fantastic prizes and beautiful baskets that were up for auction and raffle. Thank you so much to the following businesses for their support. They helped make this event a huge success!

  • Payless Shoes
  • Starbucks
  • Creative Floral Design
  • Better Bedrooms and More, Mark and Wendy Falsetti
  • El Torito
  • Subway
  • Callahan’s
  • Copy Club
  • Holiday Inn Downtown
  • Pat & Oscars
  • Monart Art School
  • Muir Images
  • Eric Miller, Merrill Lynch
  • Solid Rock Gym
  • J.W. Tumbles
  • Islands
  • The Doyle Family
  • Mary Rudy, Stampin’ Up demonstrator
  • Nickel City
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Bella Simpatico, Patricia Sellers
  • Boomers
  • Physical Fusion
  • Outpost Summer Camps
  • Scripps Salon and Spa
  • Ed Prehoden
  • SeaWorld
  • Scripps Arco AM/PM
  • Pam Larimer
  • Scott’s Car Wash
  • Circuit City
  • Sav-On Drugs
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Candy Bouquet
  • Elegant Cleaners
  • Dave and Busters
  • McDonald’s
  • Chisun Chun, Stampin’ Up demonstrator
  • Donut Touch
  • San Diego Ice Arena
  • Flowers and Tea
  • Dr. Dempsey
  • Barnes and Noble Bookstore
  • The Country Store and Bakery
  • TGI Fridays
  • Soup Plantation

Dingeman also held a Jog-a-thon before the end of the school year. This event was fully funded by local businesses. With their contributions, our school was able to provide a fun, active event for our kids and raise additional money to support programs that directly benefit all our students.

  • Shea Homes provided T-shirts for all students;
  • Standard Pacific provided water bottles;
  • Pfizer of La Jolla donated $500 to cover fruit and frozen treats for after the event; and,
  • Vons provided additional food donations.

Thank you so much! With the help of all of these businesses, Dingeman Elementary School had a very successful fundraising year that is so important in times of budget cuts. We look forward to working with all of you again next year!

Jerabek Elementary

So Much To Do, So Little Time

The school year is drawing to a close this month at Jerabek and there is still so much more to do! First of all, the 4th of July holiday falls on a Friday this year. Then, we have the final Family Faculty Organization (FFO) board meeting and lunch on Friday, July 11. Our 5th Grade Celebration is on Friday, July 18. Remember, the last day of school is actually on a Monday–July 21.

New Bell Times

Please note that Principal Tom Liberto was recently informed that next year’s bell times will be changed to 9:05 am and 3:35 pm, with a 12:50 pm dismissal on Thursdays. This was a result of the parent/district meeting that was held in May after many of us felt the proposed times were unsatisfactory. He extends a “thank you” to all parents and district staff who worked on this solution. In addition, the district has committed to working with us in the future on possibly revising our bell times for future years and looking at the year-round calendar.

Keeping Busy

Looking back these past two months, Jerabek Koalas were notoriously busy. Field Days brought in $10,000 for our school! Thanks to Chair Shana Smith and her able crew. The kids really loved every minute of friendly competition! And so did those speedy teachers! The relay team of Mrs. Schoepp, Mrs. McCauley, Mrs. Orem, and Mrs. Burton was our faculty winner.

Open House in June proved once again that we have a remarkable group of educators and students here. And the art show…wow! Thanks to Rachael Holden and her steady volunteers who taught, matted, and organized the whole amazing feat. Every child had his or her artwork displayed that night!

Bittersweet Goodbyes

Lastly, we at Jerabek have been fortunate enough to have some tremendously talented and dedicated teachers working here. However, six of these professionals are taking the “happy road of retirement” after this school year. Here is a brief sampling of their rich histories and futures.

Glenda Andrew, a fourth generation Californian, began her teaching career in 1959! Since then, Mrs. Andrew has taught for a total of 23 years, as she took time off to care for her own children and parents, and work as an LVN, too. She has been at Jerabek since 1998 and has really enjoyed sharing that experience with her husband, who also gives so much time and love to our children. She is looking forward to a busy, meaningful future with her many grandchildren and completing a year of mission work!

For the past 18 years of her 39-year-career, Dorothy Bibeault has prepared Jerabek children for the future. And every September, she is amazed to discover how far she took her former students when she meets a new crop of 1st graders! Ms. Bibeault has also spent a great deal of her time educating herself by earning a master’s degree, as well as several additional teaching credentials. She is quite excited to travel now that she will be retired.

Sue Hancock has taught for 35 years, starting just three days after completing her final college exam. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Pepperdine University and was named one of National University’s Outstanding Master Teachers! She is proud to know her students have become successful citizens, but her favorite moment in her career was having a former student act as her student teacher. She will be “sailing and cruising through her retirement,” and plans to see many sights, including the Great Circle of Inland Waterways.

Local born Karen Hikel graduated from San Diego State University, began teaching 2nd grade at Lafayette Elementary School, and stayed there for 18 years. Then, she took a brief respite to be home with her youngest daughter. Happily for us Koalas, she moved back into teaching at Jerabek, where she has taught grades 2 through 5 for the past 15 years. While she will miss watching her students develop under her expert tutelage, she can’t wait to enjoy her nine acres in Ramona by riding horses, gardening, and decorating.

Although Nancy Lovelady, a 20-year veteran at Jerabek, has been teaching since 1970, she still gets a thrill every morning when she unlocks her classroom door! Mrs. Lovelady holds a masters degree in reading, in addition to her several teaching credentials. At the end of her graduate studies in 1993, she was voted “Outstanding Student in Teacher Education.” She feels very lucky to have had a career where she can make a difference in children’s lives and still have the time to nurture her own daughters, and now her granddaughter, Madeline. She and her husband will spend much of their retirement seeing the country in their new motor home.

Jerabek will also miss the ever-ready Janet Wallace. As she puts it, “she is the ultimate go-cart” teaching in La Jolla, National City, Chula Vista, Pacific Beach, and Stanford, in addition to Scripps Ranch. Ms. Wallace has also done plenty of consulting work over the years in Boston, New York, and the valley of Cesar Chavez. Never one to pass by any interesting experience, she won’t be resting on her laurels once school ends. Instead, she “will be available for life’s long-lived love affair.”

Our heartfelt thanks to these outstanding teachers and citizens. Your work was the most meaningful of all careers.

As we close the doors for our brief summer, please take the time to thank all your children’s teachers in person! They give and give each day and are so grateful for kind words and admiration.

School begins again on Tuesday, Sept. 2, after just a brief six weeks. Until then, be safe and be happy!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Spring Classic

As this is written we look forward to the annual spring classic–the 5th grade versus staff softball game. Good luck; I’m rooting strongly for both sides.

Sock Hop Success

The Sock Hop in May was a resounding success. There was music by KOOL 95.7’s Dave Mason and fun and frolic for all ages. Thanks to our many silent auction sponsors:

  • Batter Box
  • H & M Landing
  • Fresh Seafood Restaurant and Bar
  • Roppongi
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
  • Prime 10 Steakhouse
  • Ben and Jerry’s, University Avenue
  • House of Blues
  • Pacific Group of Restaurants
  • Kearny Mesa Bowl
  • San Diego Padres
  • San Diego Ice Arena
  • Hornblower Cruises and Events
  • Callaway Coastal Vineyard and Winery
  • Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner
  • San Diego Maritime Museum
  • Ultra Zone
  • Valvoline Instant Oil Change
  • Karl Strauss Breweries
  • Keane Studios
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Pancake House
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum
  • Legoland
  • Zoological Society of San Diego
  • La Jolla Ice Town
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • The Theater in Old Town
  • James Scoffin, CPA
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Islands
  • Taco Bell
  • Brockton Villa Restaurant
  • Viejas
  • Wild River
  • Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club
  • Rubio’s
  • Sally Foster
  • Helgren’s
  • Chula Vista Nature Center
  • Wave
  • San Diego Marriott Del Mar
  • Hart Winery
  • On the Border, Mira Mesa
  • Youth Tennis San Diego
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • HomeTown Buffet
  • The Bead Gallery
  • J.W. Tumbles
  • Acapulco Restaurant
  • Pizza Nova
  • Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
  • Horton Grand Theatre
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • My Gym
  • Mimi’s Cafe
  • Walter Andersen’s Nursery
  • Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum
  • Pernicano’s
  • Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Incredibly Edible Delites
  • Surf Dogs
  • Piatti
  • La Jolla Kayak and Co.
  • Disneyland
  • Panda Express
  • Pat & Oscar’s
  • Lamb’s Players Theatre
  • Anthony’s Seafood Group
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • San Diego Harbor Excursion
  • San Diego Coaster Co.
  • U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • The Country Store and Bakery
  • Sycuan Casino and Resort
  • The Fish Market
  • Suzy’s Zoo
  • Aesops Tables
  • Claim Jumpers Restaurants
  • Urban Board Shop
  • See’s Candies
  • Stadium Golf Center

Grateful thanks also to our staff members who are leaving us this year. Thanks for all the contributions you have made.

eScrip Note

Vons has modified the formula for eScrip contributions that has reduced our income from that source. We hasten to add that, even so, they remain our largest corporate sponsor. Thank you, Vons! We would like to encourage everyone to join the program; it costs you nothing and helps our school significantly. Friends and relatives can also join.

Also, the MRE website has a link to “Schoolpop,” which allows you to get similar contributions to the school when shopping at many online outlets. Visit us at [].

News Updates

Check the school website for news during the summer. School begins Tuesday, Sept. 2. The schedule will be the same, first bell at 7:50 am. The parent celebratory coffee will be at 7:55 am.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Friends of E. B. Scripps,

Each month our Newsletter articles focus on a new aspect of life at this remarkable schoolhouse in the hope that during a year we can present a fairly complete picture of our scholarly work. In this issue my focus is on the visual and performing arts.

At Ellen Browning Scripps we make the arts an essential part of our curriculum. With goals that incorporate four major components–Learning in the Arts, Arts Education Partnerships, Learning through the Arts, and Arts for Exceptional Children–we have found creative ways to make the arts part of our daily instruction and to provide ongoing education to our teachers.

Working in partnership, our teachers have committed themselves to the district’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department’s professional development model Improve Children’s Arts Now (ICAN). EBS is one of four elementary schools in the district utilizing this unique model that provides standards-based arts lessons in all art forms. The model utilizes the expertise of community teaching artists with the classroom teacher’s instruction.

The grade-level focused approach utilizes all art forms. The kindergarten emphasis is on creative movement–dance–to support understanding of kinesthetic practice, literacy approaches, problem solving activities, and everyday life and relationships.

First grade emphasizes music and listening skills to reinforce mathematical concepts, phonemic awareness, and critical thinking. Second grade emphasizes drama to encourage self-expression, literacy skills, mathematics, science, and social studies.

The 3rd grade emphasis is on visual arts to encourage artistic thinking and creating while reinforcing spatial awareness, perception, literacy skills, and mathematics. Our Academic Academy at 4th and 5th grades emphasizes community partnerships with local arts and cultural institutions and teaching artists to support thematic units of instruction that cross the disciplines as a foundation for learning.

In April our visual and performing arts program was nominated for the California Alliance for Arts Education Schools of Excellence Award. If selected as a national level winner, EBS will be invited to perform at the Kennedy Center, showcasing our art instructional model.

I am proud of the work we have accomplished together this year and feel energized by what lies ahead for the 2003-2004 school year. EBS…a school built with vision and passion, EBS…a school with gifted teachers who challenge and nurture our students’ minds and hearts, EBS…a school like no other!

Upcoming Events Calendar

  • Friday, July 4–SRCA 4th of July Parade, 10 am;
  • Sunday, Aug. 24–EBS Community Picnic, 4-6 pm, Spring Canyon Park;
  • Monday, Aug. 25–School office opens, 7:30 am;
  • Friday, Aug. 29–Parent-student orientation and classroom visits; Class assignments posted: Kindergarten, 9 am; Grade 1, 10 am; Grades 2 and 3, 11 am; and Grades 4 and 5, 1 pm; and,
  • Tuesday, Sept. 2–First day of school.

Character Counts at EBS

We received this year’s total for our fundraising efforts for the Kiwanis “Pennies for Pasta” event. Are you ready? Our EBS penguins raised $2,599.90 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Last year we raised $628.

Our students each worked very hard for a cure for a disease that is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 15. What compassion, responsibility, and generosity our students have shown. We are so proud of you.

Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Registration for all new students enrolling at EBS opens on Monday, Aug. 25. You may register at the school office Monday through Friday, 7 am to 12 pm.

Somewhere Today at EBS…

Fifth graders in Mrs. Gelaro’s class capture life at “everybody’s best school.”

Somewhere today at EBS a 1st grade girl in a pink flowered jacket is blossoming into a careful writer.

The teacher watches her write. The girl does not know she’s there. The teacher smiles and walks away. Her hand quivers, then touches the paper. A story spouts out like water. In mid-sentence the teacher stops her. The class crowds onto the carpet to hear a story. The sun gleams in the girl’s eyes as she gets an idea. She smiles, the sun has risen. A new idea is born.

Somewhere today at EBS a shovel lies lonely in the corner waiting to be useful.

One day this shovel was useful. On June 20, 2001 this shovel was used for the groundbreaking of our school. He enjoyed those days, when he was useful. But now he sits there waiting, waiting for another day of glory.

Somewhere today at EBS the flags are flapping in the wind.

Two flags are waving in the wind, the symbols of my state and country. Attached to a long, straight, silver pole with a gold ball on the top, they flutter with the breeze telling which direction the winds are going. The breeze is gone and they slump down like towels on a rack, all wrinkly until the wind comes again. They also tell how strong the wind is. If they are straight, it’s blowing hard. If they slump, it’s blowing soft. Those flags represent the best country of the world and the best state of that country. I pledge allegiance to the flag, the flag of the United States of America.

Somewhere today at EBS future middle schoolers prepare for the end of the year.

They prepare for the end of the year and the beginning of the next one, working like bees. They know they’ll be working even harder next year. Getting ready by inviting knowledge, wisdom, and sense. Feeling excited and nervous about middle school at the same time.

Other Schools

Chabad Hebrew Academy

20 Student Poets Honored!

Creative Communications, a statewide publication, has chosen 20 Chabad Hebrew Academy students to be published in their poetry book Celebrate! Young Poets Speak Out!! for the 2003 spring edition. These outstanding writers also received the Poetic Achievement Award that is given to schools whose students’ entries were of exceptionally high merit. They were selected from over 6,000 entries. Congratulations to the budding poets at Chabad Hebrew Academy and to their awesome language arts teacher, Debby Smith.

Chabad Students Are Winners

As we end the school year students look back on a successful year with recognition from numerous organizations and contests. Students have been published in local and national newspapers and magazines for their outstanding writing. Their artwork has been on display at the airport and in local businesses. Science fair winners enjoyed behind-the-scenes tours and an opportunity to meet other top students. Over half the middle school students were honored in a national poetry contest.

Kudos to two students in the 3rd grade who won second and third place prizes in the Law Week poster contest! This was a great honor and a tribute to their artistic talent. The judges based their selection on content, composition, and artistic ability. The students, along with their parents, were invited to a luncheon at the Bar Center in downtown San Diego. Their posters will be prominently displayed at the Hall of Justice.

Family ties are always important at the Chabad Hebrew Academy. Kindergartners invited their mothers to a special “Muffins for Moms” day at our spectacular campus. The older grades wrote beautiful poems describing their mothers. Time-Warner selected one of the poems for its “50 Best Moms” contest. Many of the other poems were published locally.

Chabad Hebrew Academy students thrive in a rich learning environment with a dual curriculum that broadens their horizons. To visit Chabad Hebrew Academy’s classrooms or to view the state-of-the-art campus that will open in September, please call 566-1996.

Art on Display

Parent and art teacher Linda Smith took the 3rd grade students on an exciting field trip to the North Island Federal Credit Union where their artwork entitled “Flight of the Imagination” is now on display. The artworks range from their interpretations of Navajo sand paintings and Taoist scrolls to individual artists including Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Jim Dine, and Georgia O’Keefe. Please stop by the credit union on Scripps Poway Parkway just east of Vons to view this colorful and inspiring exhibit. I am certain you will love it.

Alliant International University (AIU)

AIU Awards Spring Diplomas

In its second graduating class Alliant International University (AIU) handed out diplomas to 1,177 students in ceremonies on its campuses in California, Kenya, and Mexico. AIU offers undergraduate and graduate programs within its six schools: California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), California School of Organizational Studies (CSOS), Graduate School of Education (GSOE), and the United States International College of Business (USICB).

In San Diego a total of 302 students received diplomas. The keynote speaker was Carol Lam, United States Attorney for the Southern District of California. Prior to her nomination to her current position, Lam was a judge of the Superior Court in San Diego.

The other California campuses that held graduations were: Fresno/Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Bay area.

Miramar College

Message from the President

Greetings to our Scripps Ranch neighbors. As president of Miramar College and a Scripps Ranch resident myself, I know how strongly the future of many Scripps Ranch residents are linked to your local community college. Like almost all state-funded entities, we have not been left untouched by budget cuts.

While we have had to cut back on some of our services and classes, we have done everything we can to continue to offer the critical services and classes needed by our local students who are preparing to transfer to a local university or for a career. I would encourage everyone to register as early as possible for fall semester classes!

On a more positive note, thanks to the generosity of the citizens in our region through Prop S funds, a number of critical construction projects have been started at Miramar College. As we speak, a 43,000-square-foot science/technology building is going up that will allow us to offer a full range of science and technology courses in state-of-the art labs.

Also, a new 10,000-square-foot advanced transportation center will help us prepare auto technicians to succeed in today’s high-tech world of transportation. Additionally, in the next few years, we will build a shared-use field house/classroom building and a new learning resources center.

Approximately 18% of Scripps Ranch High School graduates currently take courses at Miramar College. Often, the students are on their way to transfer to University California, San Diego, San Diego State University, and Cal State University San Marcos. We offer outstanding teaching, a friendly and extraordinarily caring atmosphere, and informed advising. We are in your neighborhood, committed to serving your educational needs, and we are in a process of transformation that has to be seen to be believed.

Sky-High Career

Airlines predict 50-100% growth nationwide in the need for qualified pilots and technicians in the next 10 years. Miramar College offers the only FAA-certified aviation maintenance technology and ground school in San Diego County. Start this fall, and in two short years, you can enter the high demand, high paying aviation field. If you are interested, call 619-388-7658.

Bone Marrow Drive

The Miramar College Bone Marrow Drive, held during the first week of spring semester, recruited 237 registrants, the highest number in the countywide effort, according to Lezlie Allen of Miramar College Health Services. Most importantly, the San Diego Stem Cell and Bone Marrow recruiter was very appreciative of the high number of ethnic participants at Miramar, primarily Filipino-American and other Asian-Americans. The recent community college drive is responsible for 25% of all registrants in the county. The drive also yielded 21 pints of blood donated to the San Diego Blood Bank.

Transfer Number Up

Jodi Corliss, Miramar College transfer coordinator, reported recently that the number of Miramar graduates transferring to San Diego State University surged to 123 for Fall 2003, compared to 66 students last year, representing an 86% increase.