Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

SRHS Football

Thanks to all for a very successful golf tournament last month. It took a lot of work from the boosters, coaches, and community; we appreciate your support.

It’s that time of year again–Falcon football is in full swing. Here are the important upcoming dates to remember:

  • July 7, through Saturday, Aug. 9–Mandatory coach’s dead period;
  • Saturday, Aug. 16–Mandatory team meeting, all teams, at SRHS gym, 9 am, uniforms handed out;
  • Monday, Aug. 18–First practice of two a days, all teams;
  • Saturday, Aug. 23–First annual parent get-acquainted social, more details forthcoming;
  • Friday, Aug. 29–Scrimmage at Madison, 7 pm;
  • Thursday, Sept. 4–Freshman game at Westview; and,
  • Friday, Sept. 5–JV and Varsity double header at SRHS vs. Westview.

Your generous donations support these activities. Please join the Booster Club and participate in our annual Carnival cruise raffle. Come out to the games to see the high-flying Falcons this year.

Our Varsity is ready to head to the playoffs. Come see Matt Lorona, Chris Mayville, Robert Buckley, Mynor Schult, Joe Sassi, Zac Walters, Jordan Higley, Bryan Petry, and T.J. MacFarlane guided by Head Coach Sergio Diaz.

This is the year of the Falcons! For questions, call Ralph Sassi at 689-0142 or Coach Diaz at 621-9020, ext. 3373.

Wine Tasting Benefit

The 5th Annual Wine Tasting to benefit girls’ field hockey, soccer, and softball held in May was a fun evening. This year’s event raised over $21,000. We would like to thank our wine sponsors for their generous donations:

  • Walid Akiki and Young Distributors
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Robert Mondavi

Special thanks to Costco and Vons for the food donations. A very special thanks to our event sponsors:

  • Brewer and Carlson
  • Old Pros
  • Fletcher Hills and Fat City Denny’s Restaurants
  • Phil and Laura Huffman
  • Joanne White and Jane Petering, Prudential CA Realty
  • Coldwell Banker Associates Realty
  • Jayne Olson, Scripps Mortgage
  • Play It Again Sports
  • Box Brothers
  • John Grim, DDS
  • Violet Ingrum
  • North Island Financial Credit Union
  • Marsh Inc.
  • Ed Prehoden, Prudential CA Realty

Thank you to the many local businesses that donated to our silent auction: Collins Family Jewelers, Champion T-shirts, Bucca di Beppo, Muir Images, Viejas, Hilton Tennis and Beach Resort, Family Karate Center, The Haircut Store, Daphne’s, Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club, Walter Andersen Nursery, Scripps Poway Eyecare, Get Charmed, the Bagnas family, Advantage Sideout, and many more. See you there next year!

Academic League Success

The SRHS Academic League team ended a successful year by finishing second in the national championships. The team started the season by beating seven other teams to win the inaugural SRHS Academic Tournament. They then went undefeated in league play, won the city championship, and then won the county championship.

Next, they beat out 26 other teams to win the New Orleans regional of the National Academic Championships, earning them an expenses-paid trip to the finals in St. Louis. They won their semifinal match against a team from Marietta, Georgia, but lost the national championship match to a team from Chappaqua, New York. For more details, check out [].

The team that traveled to New Orleans and St. Louis consisted of seniors Cate McGuire and Josh Patashnik; juniors Devin Alavian, Sean Delphey, and James Zou; head coach, Tom Ihlbrock; and, assistant coach, Tom Draganski.

Congratulations on a great season!

Class of 2004 PBO

The Parent Booster Organization (PBO) invites all senior parents to get involved this year planning our Grad Night to be held in June 2004. Grad Night ensures the safety of our graduates while providing a fun-filled night of entertainment. There are several committee positions that need to be filled, and we are planning a final membership drive and Westfield shopping certificate fundraiser sometime this fall.

At our last meeting in June we reversed our decision to hold Grad Night off campus due to our financial position. We decided to keep Grad Night at our gym, and “recycle” many of the fabulous decorations that have been previously used in order to cut down on costs and work hours. We are confident we will have a fabulous party for our seniors.

You are urged to attend our first planning meeting of the year on Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Crown Pointe clubhouse at 7 pm. Please join our many enthusiastic parents and take part in this exciting event. If you have any questions in the meantime, call our chair, Sandy Price, at 693-1531. We hope you get involved during your student’s senior year!

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

School Year Holidays

School starts on Tuesday, Sept. 2, and ends on Friday, June 11, 2004. For those who like to plan ahead or are planning a vacation, here is a look at our holiday schedule for the upcoming school year.

  • Friday, Oct. 31– Minimum day, student half day;
  • Monday, Nov. 10–Staff development, no students;
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11–Veterans Day;
  • Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28 –Thanksgiving holiday;
  • Monday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Jan. 2–Winter break;
  • Friday, Jan. 16–Minimum day, student half day;
  • Monday, Jan. 19–Martin Luther King Jr. Day;
  • Thursday, Feb. 12–Staff development, no students;
  • Friday, Feb. 13–Lincoln’s Birthday;
  • Monday, Feb. 16–Washington’s Birthday;
  • Monday, Apr. 5, through Friday, Apr. 9–Spring break;
  • Friday, Apr. 16–Minimum day, student half day;
  • Monday, May 31–Memorial Day; and,
  • Friday, June 11–School ends, student half day.

Summer Mailing

In late July or early August parents will receive a mailing that contains important information about the opening of school. Please contact the school at 549-8840 after Monday, Aug. 18, if you have questions.

Enjoy the remainder of the summer!

Roller Hockey Club Tryouts

Join the Marshall Falcons Roller Hockey Club. To tryout, you must be a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader and a Scripps Ranch resident. For further information about the tryouts, please call 635-5611 or email [[email protected]].

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

First Day of School Activities

Classroom assignments for the 2003-2004 school year will be posted outside the school’s front gates on Friday, Aug. 29, after 4:30 pm. The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 2. After you drop off your student, please come join us in the Multi-Purpose Room and Lunch Arbor for a Back-to-School Tea.

All of our committee chairs will be there to answer any questions you may have on how you can help. Dingeman Elementary’s success is in great part due to the dedication of parent volunteers at all levels. Please stop by and find out about our fundraising events, technology and web committees, Art Corps, and family events such as Bingo Night and Spring Carnival.

You will also get a chance to meet Principal Brad Callahan and Vice Principal Adalia Lavado. Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents and is an essential part in making our children’s education the best that it can be!

eScrip Earnings

Dingeman Elementary wants to thank parent volunteer Judy Roitz who heads up our school’s eScrip program! Judy’s efforts with eScrip brought in almost $40,000 to our school this year. We were awarded a special plaque that now hangs in our school’s office. Dingeman is in the top 1% of all eScrip sales of all schools in the country! Wow! Thank you, Judy, for all your hard work, and thank you to all the families who participate in the eScrip program.

Moving On

Lastly, I would like to thank the SRCA Newsletter and editor, Gloria Tran, for giving me the privilege of reporting all that happens at our wonderful school to the Scripps Ranch community. For the last three years, I’ve enjoyed writing articles on so many awesome programs that we have here. At times it was very hard not to “brag” too much about them, but I truly am proud to be a part of this school.

This fall, I will move on to other things, but we are very pleased to have Terry Vildibill write for Dingeman. I hope everyone enjoys their last month of vacation, and I look forward to seeing our Dingeman families on campus!

[Ed. note: It has been our privilege to have Anna write for the Newsletter. She is a dedicated volunteer and parent who embodies what makes our schools and community special. Thank you, Anna.]

Thinking Back …

The poem below was written by graduating 6th grade Dingeman student, Ciara Pavia. She was part of the first Dingeman kindergarten class, and in June she read this poem at their matriculation ceremony.

Thinking Back…

Thinking back from this sixth grade year

I’ve learned to face each and every fear.

Everyday learning something new

From the fabulous Dingeman crew.

I’ve been going to Dingeman for a very long time,

Through these years, I’ve enhanced my mind.

From studying China, to learning percents,

I now know what Dingeman truly represents.

Not only about teaching us how to do fractions,

But how to be careful when choosing our actions.

Each day at school is a day of fun,

But we still manage to get great work done.

I am now a better person than I was before,

Teachers have taught me love, respect, kindness, and much more.

Even though the end of Dingeman is drawing near,

All of my memories at Dingeman will never disappear!

Jerabek Elementary

An Inspirational Teacher

Behind a great student, there stands a teacher who has been there to encourage, inspire, and even, at times, “prod.” There are many great teachers at Jerabek Elementary School, however, this special teacher has given many local newspapers something to write about. In our community I have seen, read, and heard about many essay contest winners, but this year I believe there was a record number of them coming from Phyllis Porter’s 5th grade class.

Here are the winners from various essay contests:

  • Brittany Micheal and David Adler–Papa John’s “Heroes;”
  • Ryan Weinberg–Water Department Safety Drawing;
  • Megan Burgoon–San Diego’s 50 Best Moms;
  • Keith Hirsch–Newspapers in Education;
  • Jaclyn Briggs–Courage Innisbrook Gift Wrap; and,
  • Rachel King–Fuddrucker’s “My School Rocks.”

Ms. Porter has shared with many parents and students that written communication will always play a vital role in our lives. The idea of using essay contests to make writing fun and bring the creativity out of our children is tremendous!

I wanted to say thank you to Phyllis Porter for her enthusiasm and efforts in preparing our children for the next stage in their life–middle school!

Ending Another Great Year

After a successful year, the Jerabek Koalas are finally loose for the summer. But before we left there were so many people to recognize! Our fantastic Spanish teachers threw a “bueno” fiesta. We gave fond farewells to our 5th grade students with a day of games and festivities. We celebrated our retiring teachers, too, with a morning recognition.

Our Fabulous FFO

We also thanked our many parent volunteers with a lovely breakfast, as they share so many hours helping make our school fabulous. We were especially grateful for our 2002-2003 Family Faculty Organization (FFO) board. Our many thanks are owed to last year’s board members and program directors, in particular Lorrie Moore, our hard-working, enthusiastic president!

Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to work with the latest FFO board and other FFO positions for the 2003-2004 school year. These kind folks include: Shana Smith, president; and, Lorrie Moore, Debbie Hoffer, Karen Lopez, Susan Heck, Lee Connors, Julie Ross, Bonney Poole, Donna Cleary, Kerri Dechant, Renee Babbush, Lisa Yoshitake, Kathy Sayer, Chris Blasband, Georgia Critchlow, Vicki Conlon, Janet Westfall, Debbie MacLeod, Colleen Chavez, Shelly Lofy, Rosemary Keane, Kathleen Merkin, Donna Cleary, Diana Parrish, Wendy Hodges, Suzi Ffrench, Jean McDonald, and Barb Winstead.

If you are interested in being a volunteer next year, there are so many different opportunities to choose from. The FFO still has a few positions available! There are still openings for lunch supervisors, Wednesday Packet crew, Red Ribbon Week, marquee, student council advisor, and technology. Signups for 2003-2004 classroom parent volunteers will be handled by the teachers individually. Check with your child’s teacher on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

New Student Registration

Registration for students new to Jerabek Elementary School will be on Monday, Aug. 25, and Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 10 am to 1 pm. Parents must provide proof of residence–utility bill, lease agreement, or escrow papers–at registration. For kindergartners, an original birth certificate and immunization record must also be provided.

On Friday, Aug. 29, classroom assignments will be posted in the courtyard. Kindergarten assignments will be up at 2 pm, and grades 1-5 will be posted from 5 to 6 pm. The FFO will provide the traditional punch and cookies. If you cannot make it at that time, the assignments will be kept up on bulletin boards that will be visible from outside the front gates.

School begins on Tuesday, Sept. 2. School hours will be 9:05 am-3:35 pm, with dismissal at 12:50 pm every Thursday. If you have questions, you may call the school office at 578-5330 beginning Friday, Aug. 22.

Enjoy August!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Looking Ahead to Next Year

With the successful 2002-2003 school year behind us, preparations for the next school year are in full swing. An important date to mark on your calendar is Friday, Aug. 29, when class assignments are posted. Kindergarten class lists will be available at 8:30 am by the school’s main entrance, and kindergarten classes will be open from 8:30 to 9 am.

The Family Faculty Association (FFA) will host school tours from 9 to 11 am for new families. The FFA will love to show you and your kindergartner around. Assignments for other grades will be posted in the lunch area at 5 pm. The FFA will have treats for the kids. As usual, room changes are possible the first three weeks of school.

If you have not yet registered your student at Miramar Ranch Elementary School (MRE), you can do so after the school office opens on Monday, Aug. 25. In case you aren’t aware, the first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 2. Don’t forget to set those alarm clocks; you don’t want your child to be late on the first day of school. The hours will be the same as last year–Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:50 am to 2:05 pm, and Thursday from 7:50 to 11:55 am.

Students can grab a healthy meal through the Breakfast Program, which starts on the first day. The program runs daily from 7:15 to 7:45 am. Your child can purchase breakfast for 50 cents–you certainly can’t beat that price!–and it can be paid in advance. It is free for those who qualify. Lunch is also available for $1, or free for those who qualify.

This year, for the first time, the FFA will raffle off a parking space in the lower parking lot. With more than 900 students expected in the fall, this is a chance you won’t want to miss. Tickets will cost $1 for one, $5 for six, or $10 for 13. Proceeds will benefit the students. Tickets will be sold at the school on Friday, Aug. 29, from 9 to 11 am and 5 to 6:30 pm. If you would like to buy tickets the weekend before school, call Ruth Braun at 578-7646, Lori May at 695-0475, or Lori Erlenbach at 566-2804.

The winning ticket will be drawn Monday, Sept. 1, at 12 pm, with a parking pass delivered to the winner in time for school on Tuesday, Sept. 2. The winner will have exclusive use of the space during September and October. Additional raffles will be held during the year. The FFA will also be on hand on Friday, Aug. 29, with MRE T-shirts for sale.

Attention Kindergartners!

Lori Vecchio is organizing a get- together for all children starting kindergarten this September. This is a great chance for the kids to meet a potential classmate prior to school and maybe lessen the scary first day of school. If you are interested, please contact Lori at [[email protected]]–that’s a number one after the “i.”


The Miramar Ranch FFA brought in approximately $76,000 last year, about $24,000 more than the previous year! Let’s be sure to thank our event sponsors and give a big thanks to everyone who donated time or money.

Things you can do this summer to raise funds for your favorite school include using your Vons Club card so the school can earn money through eScrip. Also, please save General Mills Box Tops for Education. They will be collected and turned in for money after school starts. A new program we will start this year is to recycle used inkjet cartridges. Some companies pay schools for turning them in, and we are starting to search for them this summer.

A big fundraiser for MRE is always the annual Halloween Carnival. This year is sure to be the best one yet. Michelle Boutte-Burke is busy planning the Halloween Carnival. I know it’s only August, but to plan an event of this magnitude, you have to start early! This will be the 30th annual event, and Michelle is working hard. If you can lend a hand during the summer, please contact her at 578-1288 or [[email protected]].

If you recall, fundraising for the 2001-2002 school year focused on buying a public address system. The FFA raised money for the project, and it is being installed this summer. Thanks to all who donated to this effort.


About $22,000 was raised for computers through the spring computer fundraiser, Book Fair, Jog-a-thon, and Silent Auction. Lori May is working with the district to order eMac computers and inkjet printers. They should be ready to go by the first day of school for 3rd through 6th graders. These new computers will complement the existing eMACs and printers. However, new software will be needed and additional computers are needed for 1st and 2nd graders. Efforts to raise funds for those items will take place this year.

And Finally…

We would like to wish the best to a few teachers who have left Miramar Ranch Elementary School. Judy Regli, Judy Sweet, Earle Krepelin, and Dennis Christian retired. Esmeralda Carini, Alisa Custer, Stacey Hansen, Tiffany Bos, and Pat Tyre were all on temporary assignment and moved on. Mandy Arban is getting married, or is married by now, and is moving to St. Louis. To all of you, thanks for giving your best to our kids, and good luck in whatever you do.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Friends of E. B. Scripps,

Ah…a new school year is approaching. For us at EBS, life doesn’t get any better than this! New crayons in bright yellow baskets and caddies filled with sharpened pencils. The pencils stand tall, their erasers intact. Hundreds of books sorted into labeled tubs define the area for morning class meetings. Colorful picture books stand tall on shelves of their own. Empty Writer’s Notebooks seem to say, “Come be a writer!”

Unifix cubes, pattern blocks, and calculators are ready for Mathematics Workshop. Microscopes, maps, globes, and atlases set out. Professional books scattered across the teacher’s desk. An open plan book. The daily instructional schedule posted. A learning community is about to ignite. This is E. B. Scripps! This is “Everybody’s Best School!”

As Tuesday, Sept. 2, approaches, there will be a variety of opportunities for children and parents to become acquainted with each other and their new teachers. Please refer to the calendar below for events scheduled to date.

I personally look forward to September 2 when we once again have the opportunity to gather as an entire school community and continue our scholarly work together. The sense of belonging to EBS is contagious. Come catch the spirit of our remarkable schoolhouse.

Upcoming Events Calendar

  • Every Saturday–Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm;
  • Sunday, Aug. 24–EBS Community Picnic, 4-6 pm, Spring Canyon Park;
  • Monday, Aug. 25–School office opens, 7:30 am;
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26–Kindergarten and new student registration continues;
  • 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; Grades 4 and 5, 1 pm.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 2–First day of school: 6-to-6 Program, gate opens at 6:30 am; main gate opens at 8 am. Student classroom assignments posted; and,
  • Saturday, Sept. 6–“We are Open” Penguin Parade and Ice Cream Social, 2 pm, blacktop.

Let’s Get Together!

Don’t miss the third annual EBS School Community Picnic scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 6 pm at Spring Canyon Park, next to the school. There will be music, games, raffle tickets and prizes, and lots of fun for everyone!

A special feature this year is the San Diego Children’s Museum’s “Museum Without Walls.” The workshops are designed to entertain children of all ages and will be guided by the museum’s staff. The fun includes chalk drawing, face painting, a “Penguin Hat Bar,” and “Paint the Principal!” Please bring your own food and drinks. During the picnic, students and parents can meet the faculty and staff.

Service Learning at EBS

Learning to serve our communities– for the good of all–is one of the most rewarding school lessons. “At EBS service learning is one of the best ways we can think of to operationalize character education,” says Character Education Advisory Committee Chair Debra Lambert. Each month our school community focuses on one of the nine EBS character traits and links at least two service-learning projects to their curriculum.

Service learning provides our students with an opportunity to practice what they are learning about the consensus values of respect, compassion, honesty, perseverance, cooperation, forgiveness, gratitude, and patriotism. In short, our students learn values by practicing them daily and throughout the year.

“Service learning experiences have had a powerful long-term effect on my students’ behavior and attitudes,” says 1st grade teacher Debora Wolking who, with her four grade level colleagues, planned three service learning activities tied to the “E. B. Scripps Spirit.”

The 1st grade projects included collecting gently used books for less fortunate children and stuffed animals to donate to a local nursing home. The students also participated in the Pennies for Pasta drive, with Ms. Aguilar’s class collecting the most money at EBS.

Penguins’ Summer Wish List

Here are 10 wishes for Principal Cansdale’s EBS Penguins:

  1. The Scripps Ranch librarians call you by your first name and remember the books you love;
  2. You run out of pages in your Writer’s Notebook and have to find a new one at Barnes and Noble;
  3. You are caught practicing all the character traits on the Ranch and the clerks at Vons say, “You must go to EBS”;
  4. You visit every zoo, park, museum, and beach in San Diego, and you ask hard questions;
  5. You continue to read your favorite poems and author at least two poems of your own;
  6. You find a few minutes to send postcards or letters to EBS classmates, teachers, and me;
  7. You listen to your favorite music and sing and dance along to the beat;
  8. You publish a book and become an accomplished author;
  9. You find an author to admire and you read all the books you can find; and,
  10. You think of all your friends at Ellen Browning Scripps, and you know each day that you are loved.

Other Schools

Alliant International University (AIU)

Scripps Ranch Housing Can Be Advertised to Students

The Alliant International University (AIU) Office of Housing and Residence Life maintains a list of available apartments, rooms, and people seeking roommates in the Scripps Ranch area for students who would like to live off campus. Anyone in the Scripps Ranch area who has a room, condo, or house for rent for undergraduate or graduate students can have their property included on the list on the AIU website at []. The list is also posted on a board in front of the housing office.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Burns in the Office of Housing and Residence Life at 635-4676 or [[email protected]].

Summer Film Institute–A Great Success

Alliant International University (AIU) hosted SummerFilm 2003, an international film institute. Participants in the indie filmmaker’s bootcamp learned the art and science of independent filmmaking from industry professionals through the College of Arts and Sciences at AIU.

The result of their efforts, a short film called Rock, Paper, Peace, was produced –from concept through execution–in only nine days. Students were fully immersed in a demanding schedule that included set construction and design, sound recording, cinematography, budgeting, script supervision, working with actors, wardrobe, makeup, dailies and editing, props, and stunts and effects.

The summer film institute was the first program led by filmmaker in residence, Michael Steven Gregory, an independent filmmaker and president of San Diego-based Random Cove, LLC. The program had the largest enrollment for any summer program this year with approximately 70 students. They came from all over San Diego and Los Angeles counties, and as far away as New Jersey.

“Film is the international language,” said Gregory. “Our hope is that this new program will ultimately draw student filmmakers from around the world, and help turn the perception of San Diego from that of merely being Hollywood’s back lot to, instead, being the training ground for Hollywood.”

Several students who worked on the film will be selected to serve as support crew for filmmakers producing an independent feature film to be shot in San Diego. The nine-day indie filmmaker’s bootcamp is supported in part by the following organizations: Visual Arts Foundation, American Academy of Arts, Mnemosyne Pictures, Random Cove LLC, Southern California Writers’ Conference, and BestFest San Diego.