Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Grad Night – Class of 2001

Grad Night 2001 provided a drug-free and alcohol-free party for the senior r of the class of 2001, and a good time was had by all at this last event o f high school. The theme – New York, New York – mirrored the excitement of the graduates in their accomplishments in high school and their plans and expectations for the future.

The graduates began arriving at 9:45 p.m. after an overwhelmingly positive e and enjoyable experience at the 7:00 p.m. graduation ceremony at Golden Hall. A searchlight, limousine, and red carpet greeted the party goers after they checked in; and individual and group pictures lined the entrance wall l.

The Central Park area included a New York skyline, a fountain, the Carnegie Deli, along with several different games and activities. Inside the transformed gymnasium the graduates were treated to familiar New York – a rea scenes such as Coney Island, Atlantic City, a “New York Gift Exchange”, the Sopranos Billiards Room, a tattoo parlor, the Statue of Liberty, and a back-lit New York skyline. As in the real New York, many choices for food were also provided; as well as the Central Perks coffee bar to help with staying awake into the early morning hours.

Early evening activities included dancing and a DJ and light show by the entertainment company “Maximum Impact”, casino games in Atlantic City, carnival games at Coney Island, wax hands, laser tag, waverunner, racing kegs, fast pitch, double shot basketball, and hair braiding. There was al so a palm and tarot card reader, the opportunity to get a massage, tattoo, o r experience hypnosis. A large screen was available outdoors to view the dancing indoors while enjoying the ambiance of Central Park.

Later on, prize drawings were held and the senior video was shown at the end of the party. During the course of the evening graduates were able to “crash” in the Memory Room or view pictures of themselves and their friends from infancy on.

The event would never have been possible without the dedicated chairs of the various committees and the parents and volunteers who devoted many hours of time. Thanks to all and to the Grad Night Committee chair Anna Gruhl for working so hard to bring it all together.

Grad Night 2001 Committee Chairs

Grad Night Chair: Anna Gruhl

Tickets & Check In: Pam LaChapelle, Linda DeLong, Nan Thomas

Entertainment:Annette Sorensen and Camille Currier

Decorations: Lynne Raudaskowski

Games: Kim Kargas

Prizes: Nikki Butera

Food: Brenda Wiesner, Chris Dreifuss

T-Shirts: Sonya Bolton

Volunteers: Judy Bradrick

Security: Brad Bradrick

Picture Walls & Video: Sheri Ferreira

Electrical: Chuck Mendenhall

Program: Anna Gruhl, Diane Palmer, Kassey Wunderlich

Passport: Anna Gruhl & Lori Novak

Construction: Don Gruhl, Mark Wunderlich, Greg Bradshaw

PBO Class of 2001 Chairs

PBO President: Pat Drahota

School Gift/Scholarships: Pat Drahota

Treasurer: Paula West

Membership: Sonya Bolton

Secretary: Claudia Von Wilpert, Anna Gruhl, Diane Palmer

Communications/Thanks: Diane Palmer

Senior Breakfast: Linda DeLong, Pam LaChapelle

Fundraisers: Nan Thomas, Annette Sorensen, JoAnne Gimbel

Corporate Donations: Pam LaChapelle

Publicity: Anna Gruhl, Kathy Overskei

Thanks to Our Many Sponsors

The Grad Night Committee would like to give a big thanks to our sponsors


are helping make Grad Night a success!20


Acapulco Restaurant

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain

Jan Arbuckle

Karen and Jim Barker

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop

Gordon Biersch

Birch Aquarium


Craig Blower

Bob’s Mission Surf

Karen and Ron Brassfield

George and Nikki Butera

California Pizza Kitchen


Chin’s Szechwan

Circuit City

Claim Jumper Restaurant

The Cohn Restaurant Group

Collins Family Jewelers


Country Store and Bakery

Daphne’s Aegean Grill

Denny’s Restaurant

Diamond Boutique

Diamond’s Jewelers

Col. Robert and Mrs. Dingeman

Domino’s Pizza

Double Tree Golf Resort

Edwards Theatres Circuit

El Pollo Loco

Epic Surf Shop

Eva’s Cocina and Cantina

Family Fun Center

Gene Fantano

Fast Frame


Flamingo Hilton Hotel

Four Seasons Flower Shop


Futons, Etc.

Gene Edwards Salon

Go Wireless

Don & Anna Gruhl

Hair Dynamics North-Complete Nail Care

Hardwear Skate and Surf Shop

Karla Hertzog

Home Town Buffet

Hornblower Cruises

In-N-Out Burger

Island’s Restaurant

Jamba Juice

Jo-Tes Salon and Day Spa

Judy Kaufman

Keith’s Restaurant


Molly and George Korson

Lamb’s Players Theatre

Debbie and Damien Lamendola

Linens `n Things

Robert McArty



Mimi’s CafE9

Moms in Touch


MotoPhoto-Steve Hudson

Karen Muehlbauer

Muir Images Photography

Rich and Katy Murray

Old Globe Theatre

The Old Spaghetti Factory

Old Town Trolley Tours

Original Pancake House

Diane Palmer

Papa John’s Pizza

Play It Again Sports

Potato Place

Stella Quilala

Quizno’s Subs

The Racquet Place

RE/MAX United


Resort Watersports

Reyman Photography

Vickie Romero

Rubio’s Baja Grill

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

San Diego Gulls

San Diego Padres Baseball

San Diego Theatre Sports

Linda Savitch

Sea World

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Francie Sorem

Annette Sorenson



Stir Fresh Mongolian Grill

Stix Family Billiards

Stylistic Hair Designs

Dr. Paul J. Styrt


Loida Sumabat

Suzy’s Zoo, Suzy Spafford

Sweet Posies Florist

Sycuan Casino

T-Bird Restaurant Group

TGI Friday’s

Nan Thomas

Total Gym

Trend Cuts-Dom Friend

Liz Turfler

US Nails

Video Vault

Viejas Outlet Center

The Wave Health and Fitness Center

Wavelines Surf Shop

Margaret Weakley

The Westfall Family

Wherehouse #251

Corporate Donations

Andrew, Dimon and Denise Allen

Mr. And Mrs. Harry Ansoff

Children’s Primary Care


Coldwell Banker Associates

Contract Carpet

Convoy Auto Repair

Crittenden Communication, Inc.

Gordon H. Dixon, DDS, and Martin Thurston, DDS

Gene Edwards Salon

William Gable, DDS

Phil and Judy Gagnon

R.S. Giglio, DDS

Joseph B. Gordon, DDS

John Grim, DDS

Hester and Company

Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Foundation

Jerome’s Furniture

Lifetime Animal Care Center

Media Works

Mission Janitorial Supplies

Mossberg & Associates Physical Therapy

Motorola, Inc.

James A. Muir, DDS

Nokia Mobile Phones

Olhausen Pool Tables

Vivian Ong-Szeto, Dda


RE/MAX United


Scripps Copy & Mail Stop

Scripps Ctr. Oral/Facial Surgery

Scripps Poway Veterinary

Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital

Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group

Sidney Spector, DDS

Teshima Design Group

Stephen Tuttle, DDS

Dr. Jack Wasserman

Whetstone Group

Food Donations


Burger King

Callahan’s Pub

Cappucino Cottage

Chile Peppers Mexican Eatery

Claim Jumper


Country Store and Bakery

El Pollo Loco

El Torito’s


Fin’s Mexican Eatery

Hamburger Factory


In `N Out Burger

Island’s Restaurant

Jamba Juice


Lillian’s Phillipine cuisine

Longs Drug Store


On The Border

Orient Village


Party City

Pazzo’s Pizza


Quizno’s Classic Subs


Rubio’s Baja Grill

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

Santorini Greek Island Grill


Smart & Final


Starbucks-Scripps Poway Parkway

Starbucks-Mira Mesa Marketplace

Stir Fresh Mongolian Grill



Taco Bell

T.G.I. Fridays

Tio Leos

Vons – Scripps Poway Parkway

Wings N Things

SRHS Academic League Reigns (Semi-)Victorious

Under the tutelage of history teacher Tom Ihlbrock, the Scripps Ranch High School’s Academic League valiantly fought their way to a seventh place finish in their first attempt at the 19th Annual National Academic Championship. Our team was strictly business, undistracted by the stunning Pacific views of the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu, though enjoying their downtime in LA. Named “Rookie of the Year” at this largest-ever tournament, the Scripps Ranch team qualified for the event by winning the televised San Diego County championship. Led by team captain Katie Longo, the Falcons went 4-0 in the preliminary rounds. Scripps Ranch then edged out the Hibbing Minnesota High School team, 335-325, before falling to Irmo High School from Columbia, South Carolina in the Quarterfinals. Irmo placed first in the tournament, defeating its other opponents by wider margins than the 390 to 265 score in the Scripps competition.

The Scripps team consisted of Reva Alavian, Christopher Hu, John Hyunh, Brian Lichtenstein, Cate Maguire, Josh Patashnik, and Michael Wong, Scripps Ranch had the biggest cheering section of any team attending 2001 Nationals, including parents, math teacher Carol Treglio (the former coach), her husband, and English teacher Brady Kelso. Thanks to everyone for their support and congratulations to this bunch of bright scholars.

Marshall Middle School

The staff at Marshal Middle School is extremely thankful and excited by a grant to our school from Intel Corporation of 15 PC based wireless laptop computers, a laser printer and accompanying science apparatus worth approximately $40,000. When Microsoft Corporation learned of Intel’s involvement, they included $30,000 worth of software. This wonderful donation came as a result of a grant proposal presentation made to several high tech companies in the area by our PTSA past presidents Karin Whitely and Karen Wood. The equipment will be used in support of our 8th grade science program and will enable students to enhance and improve the technology skills they learned in 7th grade. As mentioned in an earlier newsletter, Qualcomm Corporation also contributed $4,000. On behalf of entire Marshall learning community, we thank these companies for their most generous support.

Summer School

One hundred fifty-two 7th and 8th grade students attended our 5-week summer school to get extra help in Reading or Math. This extended learning time will help prepare these students for their future coursework. Thirty-six students took an extremely intense Advanced Science enrichment course that will enable them to select an extra elective in the fall.

First Day of School

School opens this year on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Our time schedule remains the same with our first bell at 7:25 am and dismissal at 2:10pm. The rotating block schedule will continue with a single 33 minute lunch period in the middle of the school day.

An orientation will be held for all 6th grade, and new 7th and 8th grade students and parents only. Continuing Marshall students should not attend the orientation.

The orientation will convene on the lunch courts on the following date and times.

6th Grade

Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001

9-10:30 a.m.

7th and 8th grade (new students only)

Thursday, Aug. 30

12:30-2 pm.

Elementary Schools

Miramar Ranch

July 13, 2001; San Diego, Calif.–August, in Scripps Ranch, brings to mind Janis Joplin, and countless other bluesmen and blueswomen, belting out, “Summertime, and living is easy.”

We’ll stop the lyric right there because while the rest of it seems like it should apply to our suburban-but-feels-rural community, it really doesn’t. Well, it might.

Here’s how it goes:

“The fish are jumping and the cotton is high…”

The last line of the lyric really does apply to Scripps Ranch: “Your daddy’s rich, and your mama is good looking, so hush little baby, now don’t you cry.”

We know that those Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE) kids, each with rich daddies, good-looking mamas (and vice versa) plus crying baby brothers and sisters, are making the most these last few days before school starts again next month.

But let’s talk about last school year a bit. It ended on a high note with the fifth-grade promotion exercise on June 14. Some 152 MRE students and one home-schooled student participated in the ceremony, which was covered by KFMB-TV and appeared on three newscasts that day. The lovely ceremony brought tears of joy and pride to many a parent’s and teacher’s eye that day.

Also taking place in June was the Spellman Magic Spectacular show, with over 300 attendees. It was pure fun and a total community event.

The previous month, the Family Faculty Association raised nearly $10,000 at the mid-May Jog-athon. Some of the much-appreciated sponsors were On the Border restaurant, Kinko’s in Mira Mesa, Ralph’s Grocery in Mira Mesa, Albertson’s Grocery in Mira Mesa, Von’s Grocery on Scripps Poway Parkway, Von’s on Scripps Ranch Boulevard, Office Depot in Rancho Penasquitos, Candy Bouquet, McDonalds on Scripps Poway Parkway, Staples in Carmel Mountain, Hornblower Cruises, the San Diego Aerospace Museum, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center, the Birch Aquarium, Learning Express, Pick-Up Stix, the San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Ice Arena, Dr. Appelbaum–DDS, Mira Mesa Bowl, the Old Globe Theatre, Love 2 Read Personalized Products, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant, 7-Eleven on Scripps Ranch Boulevard, Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza, Jamba Juice in Mira Mesa, JW Tumbles in Poway and Hometown Buffet.

In addition, thanks to Sharon Neben-Fogg for her donation of the Razor Scooter prize, to McMillin Realty for the silent auction items and student incentives and to Terri-Lynn Osborne and Lori Vecchio for their assistance with the ice cream parties.

Family Fun Night was held in conjunction with the Jog-athon with the student art show being an integral part of all of the events. On display were art examples from each MRE student. Several pieces of student work were later displayed at the Del Mar Fair.

Parent Kevin Stephens coordinated the student art show for the second year and dedicated efforts like his are what make MRE so great.

As great as MRE is, and as great a school year we had for 2000-2001, some times things happen that make us realize that the goings-on there are just one aspect in the great circle of life.

This fact was sadly brought home with the death of custodian Curtis Hartley in mid-June. Mr. Hartley had worked at MRE for 10 years and was a 14-year employee of the school district. In his own way, he touched the lives of many students and staff members.

“I liked him,” remembered one fifth-grader. “Sometimes he played four-square with us.”

That might not sound like much to you or me, but to that child, she’ll always remember his simple acts of kindness, as will many of us.

Goodbye, Mr. Hartley.

Some final notes before the new school year begins:

New students can register for the upcoming school year on Thursday, Aug. 23.

The FFA is sponsoring school tours for kindergartners and new students on Friday, Aug. 31, from 9-11 a.m. The kindergarten rooms will be open from 8:30-9 am to meet the teachers.

Students’ classroom assignments will be posted in the lunch arbor at 4 pm on Friday, Aug. 31

School resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

We’ll see you on the playground. Even if the fish aren’t jumping and the cotton isn’t high.


Even in the middle of summer break, the Dingeman FFC is hard at work planning for the 2001-2002 school year. Our Back-To-School Tea will be the first day of school, Tuesday, September 4th at 9:15 in our lunch arbor. Parents will be able to find out about many valuable and fun opportunities to volunteer at Dingeman. All of our fundraising chairs will be there to help explain the various events that will help raise money for such things as technology, software, and classroom supplies. In addition, many of our other committees such as Art Corps, yearbook, technology and website will also be there to let you know how you can become involved. Parent volunteers are an integral part of Dingeman Elementary. Not only will you be providing a valuable service with your time at the school, but it’s also fun and a terrific way to meet other parents and staff at Dingeman. So, please stop by the many booths that will be set up and stay for coffee, muffins and great company!

Finally, have you registered your kindergarten student yet? It is vital that we have an accurate count of our new students as soon as possible. Please tell a friend!

EB Scripps

Dear Parents, Students and Friends of EB Scripps,

On Sept. 4, exclusively in the Scripps Ranch community, San Diego City School’s premier 21st century schoolhouse will open its doors to approximately 300 students, kindergarten through grade 4. We’re almost here! We’re almost real!

As you might already know, the issue of “community” is extremely important to the work we are doing at EB Scripps. Undoubtedly, there are many ways in which community is built. It happens inside individual classrooms, the way we support each other, and the way we assist one another in and outside of school. Community is strengthened with the work shared as our teachers engage in designing an integrated curriculum that spans the grades. It is also strengthened with our involvement with such community partners as The Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, The Schoepflin Foundation, and The Neeley Foundation as they support the design of our Academic Academy for intermediate grade students. Please refer to my Infobites for specific information on the academy. Moreover, with the support of our masterful staff developer, Pat Kutyla, we are increasing our expertise in a variety of curriculum initiatives; these opportunities enable us to come together as a learning community. Please refer to Rich Infobites for information on EB Scripps’ staff developer.

We are fortunate, too, of having an evolving strong parent-teacher-student organization, our Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP), which is organizing and providing functions for us to come together as one. Two examples are the Saturday, Aug. 11 SRCA-hosted Ice Cream Social and the Sunday, Aug. 26 school picnic. Mark your calendar now!

The issue of creating a strong school community is an extremely important one for me. Many prospective parents have asked me, “What makes this new school special?” In addition to having a world-class staff and faculty that share a common vision for what rich teaching and learning environments can be, our schoolhouse will have classrooms where teachers are thoughtfully attending to creating a curriculum of caring and a powerful sense of community. EB Scripps will be a place where people’s spirits are on high! I personally look forward to sharing this spirit with you on Sept. 4!

Rich Infobites

Academic Academy: By design, the EB Scripps’ Academic Academy will encourage learning-in-action; for our teachers, who will conceive and implement interdisciplinary strategies side-by-side with community artist-cohorts; and our students, who will perform literature as drama, turn research to practical application in environmental design, or compose books replete with imagery and text. Teachers will use the arts to reveal students’ undetected strengths; to nurture varied modes of intelligence; to sharpen critical thinking and hone the practice of judgment; to encourage imaginative problem solving; to foster teamwork and nourish the practice of negotiation. The goals of the academy are: 1) an on-site, ongoing professional development program, 2) enlisting the arts to support the broader curriculum and standards, as well as to address the visual and performing arts standards, 3) equipping teachers and parents to make effective use of San Diego’s expansive arts resources (museums, performing arts organizations, universities), 4) embedding collaborative strategies: within the school, across grade-levels; and beyond the campus, with the city’s arts institutions, and 5) creating an efficient framework for reflection and planning, innovation and constant evaluation.

Our Academic Academy is funded by the Schoepflin and Neeley Foundations and collaboratively designed by CoTA (Community/Teachers/Artists) and the EB Scripps faculty.

Web Site: Find time to visit our web site at:

Scripps Ranch Market: Coming to our community in September….the Scripps Ranch Market, an upscale farmer’s market to benefit our AFP, will be held every Saturday in the EB Scripps parking lot. Information coming soon!

Pat Kutyla, our Staff Developer: As an educator for 29 years, and having taught grade levels K-10, I believe and understand that the core of the teaching process is and always will be the teacher. For that reason, I chose to become a staff developer. My role here at E.B. Scripps will be to improve instruction, curriculum and student learning through coaching and effective, ongoing staff development. Throughout this year, you will notice I will be off campus one day a week. That day I will be attending and participating in weekly training sessions through the Institute of Learning. These trainings continue to deepen my understanding of the literacy framework and allow me to share this information with my colleagues, so we can discuss on an on-going basis those best practices we need to continually offer our students and implement in the classroom. I look forward to and feel privileged to be working alongside such an exemplary group of colleagues, students, parents and friends.

Teaching changes lives and lives will be changed because of the people at E.B. Scripps.

Welcome Connie Perkins: Our Resource Specialist, Connie Perkins, a resident of Scripps Ranch since 1982, comes to us with 20 years of experience teaching children with learning disabilities, ADHD, and emotional disabilities. Her depth of knowledge and expertise is recognized throughout the district. EB Scripps is fortunate to have her on staff. Welcome Connie!

Volunteer Opportunities

Physical Education. Parents interested in assisting with our daily physical education program are invited to contact me at 693.8593. Our standard-based PE program will include a variety of daily structured activities during an extended-morning recess. To date, approximately 10 parents have committed to the program. A workshop for parents has been scheduled for Monday, August 27, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, location to be determined.

Parent Patrol. Parents are still needed for our Parent Patrol. A group of approximately 20 parents are needed to assist with “safety patrol” on a weekly rotating basis. Interested? Contact me at 693.8593.

Job Opportunities: Contact Secretary Jan Holladay for additional information.

Noon Duty Supervision. We are searching for parents who are interested in paid positions to supervise lunch and noon recess. The pay is $9.82 per hour.

Physical Education Coordinator. If your passion is physical education, here is a job for you. We are searching for an individual to coordinate our daily physical education program. The position requires a daily commitment of two hours, 10 am to 12 noon. This position may be extended and include noon duty supervision for a total of four hours a day at $9.82 an hour.

Did You Feel The Spirit?

EB Scripps’ entry in the Fourth of July Parade was a tremendous success. Special appreciation goes to Kellie Poirier and Lisa Iannone for their excellent organization. Thanks, also to Katy Marron, Mibs Sommerville, Deanna Ritchie and Victoria Mazelli for their assistance with the parade. A great job was done by the spirit committee!

Upcoming Events Calendar

Aug. 3, Friday 10 am, Parent Book Club, Barnes & Noble at Mira Mesa Marketplace, Chapter 4, Educating Hearts and Minds

Aug. 7, Tuesday, 4 pm, Schools Committee, Scripps Ranch Library

Aug. 11, Saturday, 1:00 pm, School Community Ice Cream Social, Scripps Ranch Community Service Center

Aug. 13, Monday, 6:30 pm, AFP Meeting, Scripps Ranch Community Service Center

Aug. 26, Sunday, AFP School Community Picnic, EB Scripps Campus/Park

Aug. 27, 8-12 Noon, Monday, Physical Education Workshop (Parents), Location TBD

Aug. 31, Friday, Classroom Assignments Posted

Parent/Student Orientation with the Principal.

9 am – Kindergarten

11 am – Grades 1 and 2

1 pm – Grades 3 and 4

Classroom visits will follow the orientation.

Other Schools

A New Friend, but an Old Neighbor

On July 1, United States International University combined with Alliant University/California School of Professional Psychology to form Alliant International University (AIU). The new institution will continue to operate at the Scripps Ranch campus and five other California locations as well as at sites in Nairobi, Kenya and Mexico City, Mexico.

AIU will have a brand new logo; some time in late August or early September watch for the unveiling of a new sign at the campus entrance on Pomerado Road. It will have expanded academic programs, and a new president, Dr. Judith Albino. Dr. Garry Hays, who has been USIU’s president for a decade and who has many friends in the Scripps Ranch community, retired as of July 1.

Despite so much that is new, AIU will continue to be a good neighbor and an active member of the Scripps Ranch community. The institution will continue to support local groups and will make its facilities available for use by the Scripps Ranch Theater Group, local musical groups, and the many sports teams that use its gym and playing fields.

In the coming months, a few new faces will be seen on campus, in addition to many familiar ones. Dr. Albino will spend about half her time on the Scripps Ranch campus. In August, faculty from Alliant’s former San Diego campus will join their colleagues from USIU on the Scripps Ranch campus. And starting in September, approximately 500 additional postgraduate students from the old Alliant San Diego campus will attend classes on the Scripps Ranch campus, many of them in the evening.

The administration and faculty of Alliant International University look forward to continuing the USIU tradition of neighborliness with the community of Scripps Ranch. If you would like to learn more about AIU, see its website at, or send e-mail to the Office of Communications at [email protected]