Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

SRHS Foundation

On behalf of our Board of Directors, we our want to extend our sincere appreciation to all our parents, organizations, and corporate donors who contributed over $50,000 to support the academic, athletic, arts, and special programs of our outstanding high school.

This past year ended on a very positive note! Scripps Ranch High School was the proud recipient of the National Blue Ribbon award! Many thanks to all our teachers, students, parent volunteers, and our administrative team headed by our Principal Dave LeMay. The Foundation is proud to sponsor our school delegation to Washington, D.C. for presentation of this prestigious award!

Some examples of our project funding include numerous sport activities such as providing an athletic trainer for all sports, scholarships, computers, seminar textbooks, theater props, and choral performances. We also contributed toward new summer band uniforms for the 2001 trip to China, a new heat press for the technology courses, special Ed tests, and media center informational sources.

Special thanks to our major corporate sponsors including Qualcomm, SAIC, General Atomics, Shea Homes, APW-Electronic Solutions, SRCA, and the Old Pros.

For the 2000-01 school year, we need your continued support both as a volunteer and your financial support! Please look for our mailer in mid-September and help your high school excel in the new millennium!

Marshall Middle School

Thurgood Marshall Middle School will begin its third year of operation on Tuesday, Sept. 5. We will continue to strive to meet the needs of all our students and to provide them with the preparation that will enable them to be successful in high school and beyond. We will continue working toward our goal of becoming the best middle school in the city.

This spring Marshall students lived up to their reputation of being academic high performers. Once again they scored among the highest in the county in total reading and total math on the SAT9 standardized tests. We congratulate them for their hard work and recognize the effort put forth by their teachers and the tremendous support provided them by their parents.

All of us benefit from the wonderful learning community that has been established in Scripps Ranch. It will be our goal to improve upon our test scores; but more importantly, we want to ensure that every student reaches his or her highest potential.

First Day of School

School opens this year on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Our time schedule remains the same with our first bell at 7:25 am and dismissal at 2:10 pm. The rotating block schedule will continue with a single 33-minute lunch period in the middle of the school day.

Prior to the first day of school, an orientation was held on August 31 and September 1 for all 6th grade, and new 7th and 8th grade parents and students. A special thanks to dedicated PTSA volunteers who assisted with schedule distribution and the sale of PE clothes.

New Staff

As we continue to grow (1140 students as of August), we must increase the size of our staff. Summer also is a time to replace teachers who have moved on. We welcome the following new staff:

  • Gillian Armstrong, a Fulbright Exchange teacher from Scotland – Physical Education;
  • David Gray – 6th grade core;
  • Sandy Helmantoler – Peer Coach/Staff Developer;
  • Sharon Heuss – Counselor;
  • Susan Kent – Pre Algebra/Algebra;
  • Tammy McDaniel – 6th grade core;
  • Dana Mejias – Social studies/History; and
  • Mike Stachnik – Instrumental music.

These teachers are all veterans who have been very successful in their previous assignments.

Counseling Center

When school opens, there inevitably will be some class changes occurring for some students. Parents will be contacted before any major change is made in a student’s schedule. Counselors are available to discuss issues with students and parents. If you wish to see a counselor, please call to schedule an appointment.

School-to-Home Communications

Flyers sent home with students during their advisory period on Mondays or Fridays will continue to be the main method of school-to-home communication. Important information also is included in The Stampede, our PTSA newsletter, and the SRCA Newsletter.

Important Dates

  • Monday, Sept. 18: School pictures;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27: San Diego Back to School night;
  • Friday, Oct. 6: Minimum day; school ends at 11:30 am;
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11: Magazine Drive begins;
  • Friday, Oct. 20: 6-week grading period ends; and
  • Friday, Oct. 27: 6-week progress reports are distributed.

Elementary Schools

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School

[Ed note: This is our very first entry of our new school. Sounds pretty good don’t you think? We think you’ll be impressed with the newest kid on the block, Rich Cansdale, Principal of EBS.]

Rich Cansdale, the newly appointed principal and instructional leader of Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School, has led and managed three large elementary schools in San Diego: Valencia Park, John Marshall, and most recently Mary Chase Walker in Mira Mesa. Under Rich’s leadership as principal, his schools have gained national and state recognition implementing philosophies of two national restructuring movements: the National Alliance for Restructuring Education and the Comer School Development Program. And in 1998, Walker Elementary received recognition as a California Distinguished School.

Rich has 32 years of experience in the field of education as a teacher, administrator, and educational leader. Rich and his staffs have been featured on three national teleconferences illustrating exemplary school practice. In 1995, he was selected as one of the five outstanding American principals to receive Yale University’s Patrick Francis Daly Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. He has shared his enthusiasm and commitment to public education and systemic reform as a San Diego City School’s coaching principal, and as a writer, consultant, and lecturer for the Panasonic Foundation.

Rich is a native of Rochester, New York. His graduate work includes an M. A. from San Francisco State University, Ed. S. from Point Loma Nazarene University, and he is currently completing his doctorate in Educational Leadership at United States International University. Rich has participated in Principals’ Academies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Columbia University Teacher’s College, and Yale University. At Yale, he was appointed in 1994 as Principal in Residence for the summer academy. And in May, Rich was inducted into Pi Lambda Theta, an international honor society in education, in recognition of his academic achievement in his doctoral program.

Rich indicated that this is a professional dream come true to be opening a new school in Scripps Ranch. Welcome Rich!

Dingeman Elementary School

Callahan is New Principal

As we enter the 2000-01 school year, we say goodbye to some of our dearest colleagues and hello to many new staff. Congratulations to so many of our staff for their recognition as outstanding leaders in our district. Monika Ely, Paul Gilroy, and Godwin Higa have all been assigned as new vice-principals in our district. Congratulations to Rosemary Cruz and Chaz Moriarty who have been selected to serve as peer/coach staff developers and to Maria Nichols who was chosen for the newly created position of “Demonstration Teacher” at Zamarano Elementary School. The talents and skills of these fine teachers will now touch even more young lives and make a greater impact on student achievement throughout our San Diego Unified School District.

We are excited to welcome our new teaching staff to Dingeman. Welcome to Allyson Cathcart, Catherine Noakes, Deborah Whitehurst, Dana Ball, Suzanne Hagan, Sarah Church, and Lori Lyon. Each teacher was selected by a group of teachers, parents, and myself. We are very pleased with our selections and look forward to their contributions to our school.

Another new face on the campus is Don Walker. Don will be serving as our Building Site Supervisor. We will dearly miss Mr. Gene and wish him a wonderful retirement. Another very special addition to our staff is our new vice-principal, Adalia Lavado. Adalia comes to us from her former position as a teacher at Sandburg Elementary.

Dingeman has always been a school that exemplifies the highest degree of excellence in teaching and learning and will continue to do so. As the new principal, I along with everyone on our staff look forward to seeing and working with you and your family in the exciting year ahead.

Please mark your calendar for the San Diego Goes Back to School night on Tuesday, Sept. 26, where you will have a chance to meet and greet all our staff as part of the Mayor’s Millennium Celebration. The time of the event is to be announced. And finally, don’t forget to look us up on the web at []. We will have updated information soon after the start of the new school year.

FFC is Off and Cruising

Can you believe that this is Dingeman’s sixth year? The students in the fifth grade are the same faces that were here six years ago when Dingeman first opened its doors back in 1995. Boy, how they’ve grown! Dingeman has grown in other ways as well. We are celebrating the second year of Dingeman’s website, and we are planning on making this site bigger and better. Just go to our website [] and see some of the wonderful things: Dingeman’s Handbook, safe resources links for kids, Teacher/Classroom information, and so much more.

We also are looking for web savvy volunteers, as well as those who would like to learn, to help create and maintain the pages for teachers, and to add their creative ideas to an ever-expanding site. If you think you are interested in creating and maintaining these web pages, please contact Kristi Stone at [[email protected]] or Barb Anderson at [[email protected]] anytime. We always are open to suggestions or comments. See you on the net!

Joe Anthony, one of Dingeman’s 3rd grade teachers is looking for additional computers to use in his classroom. If you have upgraded your computer and would like to donate your old one, please contact Joe at [[email protected]].

We get right back into the swing of things at the beginning of school. Please join us after drop off on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Back-To-School tea at 9:15 am. New parents at the school can find out all they need to know about Dingeman and our Faculty and Family Connection or FFC. Tables from all committees will be set up with information on how you can get involved and help our school.

The Dingeman staff and the parent community have a wonderful partnership that really benefits all the students at our school. Our annual pledge drive will run Sept. 6-20. Our biggest fundraiser of the year, Robin Wrap sales, will run from Tuesday, Sept. 26, through Friday, Oct. 6. Everyone’s support is greatly needed as the money that we raise with our fundraisers go towards computers, computer software, and other tools and materials which really enhance our kids’ learning environment.

Jerabek Elementary School

The six-week summer break for year-round schools is coming to a close. Jerabek is ready to transition to a new school year on Tuesday, Sept. 5. If you did not check your student’s class assignment in the courtyard, you can still check the lists on the board by the center gate all Labor Day weekend. The bell times remain the same, 9:05 am to 3:30 pm, with the modified day on Thursday, 9:05 am to 1:15 pm.

Something else that remains the same is the large student body at Jerabek. Please plan ahead for drop-offs and after school pick-ups, but do not bring students to school before 8:50 am as there is no adult supervision before this time. The parking lot is for staff only. The red curbs and parking signs will continue to be enforced.

Not only is the staff ready, but also the parent volunteers who make up the Jerabek Family Faculty Organization (FFO) have been planning many events. They would like your help, so please sign-up in the auditorium on the first day of school. This includes classroom volunteers. The first big event is Back to School night and FFO General Membership meeting, from 6 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Family Math and Science nights will return. Grade 3 kicks-off the schedule with science on Wednesday, Oct. 4, followed by math for 5th graders on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The first fundraiser will be wrapping paper sales starting Monday, Oct. 2, through Friday, Oct. 13. Fundraisers allow the FFO to purchase items such as 6 more tables for outdoor workspace for the bungalows. The orders will be delivered to classrooms by Friday, Nov. 17, in time for the most organized of holiday gift givers. Speaking or holidays, Thanksgiving Break will be November 20-24. This is a change from last year.

Another change for Jerabek is in the Spanish biliteracy program. The pilot program will continue with three teachers. But, there has been no authorization for additional staff for this program so it can not be expanded as originally planned. Instead, the teachers will continue working with the same group of students who are now in grades 1 and 2. They will continue to follow these students throughout their Jerabek years. Eventually the program will become permanent in grades 3, 4, and 5, and all future Jerabek students will learn Spanish at these grade levels. This format will prepare our fifth-grade students for Spanish 1-2 in 6th grade.

Obviously there is a lot of excitement built-in to the learning process at Jerabek!

Miramar Ranch Elementary School

Alice Cooper definitely was not thinking about Miramar Ranch Elementary School (MRE) when he sang in the early ’70s that school was out forever. Had Mr. Cooper had a more positive attitude about education and paid more attention in class himself, perhaps his musical career would have lasted longer.

Regardless of Mr. Cooper’s dire predictions, Miramar Ranch Elementary School opened for registration on Aug. 22, for new student tours on Sept. 1, and for review of class assignments on the same day. The academic year for students rolls around on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

This school year also began with news that is both joyous and sad for the staff, students, and parents of MRE: Principal Valerie Voss has left the school after four-and-a-half years at the helm to take over the reins at Sherman Elementary on 24th Street in San Diego.

Ms. Voss has been an inspiration to everyone associated with MRE and her enthusiasm and dedication to duty will be greatly missed. Mr. Cliff Mendoz has been named the interim principal to MRE. He will serve until a permanent replacement is appointed by the Board.

Also leaving the school, after years of stalwart service, is head custodian Joe Meyette, who has been promoted to a job at the City Schools Education Center on Normal Avenue. Mr. Meyette’s easygoing style and commitment to his craft also will be missed.

Other changes at MRE this year are the addition of seven new bungalow classrooms and one new bungalow rest room now on the upper playground. The bungalows will help accommodate the influx of the many new students attending the school this year.

Be sure to catch San Diego Unified School District’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year, MRE’s own Betsy Shirazi, on Cox Cable TV’s Salute to Teachers program honoring the top teachers from each district in the county. Time-Warner Cable also will carry the Oscars-like program, which airs Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7 pm.

School has barely even started, yet volunteers are already in action to offer events and activities that help set MRE apart from other schools. Coming up are Back to School Night later this month and the annual gift wrap sale. New volunteer Lori Erlenbach is heading up the school’s revitalized box top and soup can label drive, so don’t throw away those boxtops from any General Mills cereals (and other General Mills products) or any of those Campbell’s Soup labels. Boxtops collected by MRE will be redeemed for cash that will be used to pay for services and the soup can labels will be redeemed for equipment and supplies. For more information, contact Lori at 566-2804.

The 27th annual MRE Halloween Carnival also is creepy-ing up on us. Save Saturday, Oct. 28, for this de-frightful event, and, while you’re at it, save your old books, videos, cassettes, and CDs for the used media booth at the carnival. The proceeds from the sale of these items will go toward acquisitions for the Media Center.

The Halloween Carnival committee, headed up again by Becca Schult, is looking for help in preparing for and running the event. The committee seeks performers and talent (bands, acts, etc.), as well as bodies for physical labor. Volunteering at the carnival is a great way for students to accumulate community work hours. For more information, call Becca at 549-8562.

Volunteers also are needed for numerous school projects, activities, and services throughout the year, like the Gift Wrap sale, Art Corps instruction, Media Center support, Family Faculty Association positions, the Jogathon, and myriad other functions. If you can offer your time and energy, even if for only an hour a week, contact the school at 271-0470.

And so begins another year of dreams, promises, adventure and, most importantly, intense learning. Everyone–students, parents, teachers, and administrative staff–is looking forward to the months ahead as the 2000-01 school year unfolds before us.

Other Schools

United States International University (USIU)

Classes Start September 7

Fall quarter classes begin Sept. 7 at USIU. There is still time to enroll for classes in a variety of degree programs. USIU is on the quarter system and classes last 11 weeks, finishing before Thanksgiving.

Bachelor’s programs are offered in business, international business, international relations, political science, hotel and restaurant management, tourism management, elementary education, psychology, English, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and communication.

Master’s programs are offered in psychology, education, business, international relations, and international business. USIU offers doctoral programs in business, psychology, and education. The university also offers the teacher credential program, an on-line master’s program in education, a certificate program in software project management, and a professional designation program in global logistics.

For more information and to register for classes, call 635-4772 or visit the website at [].

Russian Poster Exhibit

In cooperation with Moscow’s InterArtFond, USIU will host an exhibit of Russian poster art Sept. 16-26. The Russian Poster, the 20th Century Masterpieces, covers the development of Russian poster graphics during the last hundred years. The exhibit includes a variety of genres and styles, including art nouveau, futurism, constructivism, and socialist realism.

An opening reception for the exhibit is planned for Monday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 7 pm in Walter Library. Scripps Ranch residents and other guests are invited. Exhibit curators from Moscow will be on hand to discuss the works and refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP for the reception, call Anita Gomes at 635-4562.

Alumni Nominated for Teacher of the Year

Seven of the 40 nominees for the 2000 San Diego County Teacher of the Year Awards are graduates of USIU. They work at schools throughout the county, and one of them is Dean Hickman of Scripps Ranch High School. On Saturday, Oct. 14, all nominees will be honored at Cox Presents a Salute to Teachers at the Civic Theatre, downtown. The event, which will celebrate education and teachers, will be aired on Cox Channel 4.

Miramar College

Register for Fall Classes

It’s not too late to register for fall classes. Registration continues through Friday, Sept. 8, for 18-week full semester classes, which began on Aug. 21, and through Tuesday, Sept. 5, for 12-week Saturday classes, which began on Aug. 26. The late-start, 9-week session begins Monday, Oct. 23, and continues through Saturday, Dec. 23.

Choose from day, evening, and weekend classes that lead to careers in law enforcement, emergency medical care, legal assistant, child development, banking and finance, automotive and diesel technology, and aviation repair and operations. If you’re looking for general education classes to transfer to SDSU, UCSD, or other four-year universities, you can pick up what you need at Miramar College, too.

Tuition is still only $11 per unit for California residents. Free class schedules are currently available at the Scripps Ranch Library. For applications or more information, call the Miramar College admissions office at 536-7844.

Volleyball and Basketball

This fall, Miramar College will offer Indoor Power Volleyball and Basketball at the USIU Sports Center on Pomerado Road. Basketball will be offered during the day on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm and on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Volleyball will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. For more information, call the Miramar College admissions office at 536-7844.

Graduation Numbers Way Up

In May, Miramar College held its 24th annual commencement and celebrated a large increase in graduate numbers. More than 800 degrees and certificates were conferred to 578 graduates, up 31% from one year ago. Other significant statistics include the dramatic increase in graduates receiving associate degrees and certificates of completion with honors, up 58% and 47%, respectively.

Fall Foreign Film Series

Mark your calendars now for the fall Foreign Film series, which will begin Friday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 pm with Artemisea, a Spanish film selection.

The fall schedule also will include:

  • Lovers of the Artic Circle, Friday, Sept. 22, (Spanish);
  • Indochine, Friday, Oct. 13; and
  • Insomnia, Friday, Nov. 3, (Norwegian).

Look for details in upcoming Newsletters. Discussions regarding the film and the respective culture follow. The Foreign Film series is free. For more information, contact Miramar College Global Education Coordinator, Dr. Mary Meiners, at 536-7861.

Intercollegiate Water Polo Kicks Off First Season

Athletics comes to Miramar College this fall as the first-ever intercollegiate play gets underway with men’s and women’s water polo. Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) League play begins Wednesday, Sept. 27, with a bye for Miramar College. Miramar’s first “home game” will be Wednesday, Oct. 4, against Grossmont College with a men’s competition at 3 pm and a women’s challenge at 4:15 pm.

The PCC schedule continues Wednesday afternoons, Oct. 11, at Miramar; Oct. 18, at Palomar College; and Oct. 25, at Mesa College. For more information, call the Miramar College athletics department at 536-4351.