Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


The annual PTSA membership drive is up and running. Many of the teachers and administrative staff showed their commitment to SRHS students and their appreciation of the SRHS PTSA by joining the PTSA during the first week in September. We thank them for their support.

Information and contribution envelopes will be arriving soon in the mail, and we encourage you to take part in this highly rewarding organization. Your contributions will help finance student scholarships, academic enrichment, the Aerial Views school newsletter, school-wide hospitality, and special events. Everyone who joins the PTSA is entered in a drawing for a color TV/VCR.

Basic membership is $15, supporting is $25, patron is $50, and Falcon membership is $100+.

Marshall Middle School

October Events

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4: Site Governance Team-SSC meeting.
  • Thursday, Oct. 5: PTSA meeting.
  • Friday, Oct. 6: Minimum day; school dismissed at 11:30 am.
  • Monday, Oct. 9: Picture make-up day.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11: ASB magazine drive begins.
  • Friday, Oct. 20: End of first 6-week grading period.
  • Saturday, Oct. 21: Legs for Literacy walk at Miramar Lake.
  • Monday, Oct. 23: Red Ribbon week, focusing on prevention of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Friday, Oct. 27: Progress reports sent home with students.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28: Lester Oaks Band Review in Riverside, CA.

School News

As our school continues to mature, we have ironed out many of the wrinkles that we encountered as a new school and this fall, Marshall experienced the smoothest opening yet. We wish to thank the many parents who assisted in passing out student schedules, sold PE clothes and student workbooks, helped in the library, and organized our school packets to be sent home. Our community support continues to be the best anywhere.

After experiencing two great years of growth and development, Marshall faces its first real taste of overcrowding this year. So far, after we have added all the new students and subtracted students who have left our attendance area, we now have 1,145 students enrolled. This figure is only 5 students more than the district demographer’s projection. However, we are now running short of classroom and locker room space and 4 teachers are sharing classrooms with 10 other teachers.

Although we believe that we will be able to maintain the high quality of all of our instructional programs this year, it will become increasingly more difficult as our population increases. It is critical that we as a community develop a workable plan to address this situation prior to the opening of school in September 2001. The reconfiguration subcommittee of the Scripps Ranch Schools Committee will begin to work on this plan this month. Progress on this challenging task will be summarized in future Newsletter articles.

We anticipate another great year with the addition of some very capable teachers to our already strong teaching staff. Teachers report that their students are off and running, and working toward the achievement of course standards at each grade level.

October is a busy month at Marshall. We begin our very successful magazine drive which funds all of our ASB activities throughout the year and provides needed funds for student support. Our Marching band and tall flag unit will participate in its first parade. Staff and students will participate in Red Ribbon week which focuses on preventing drug and alcohol abuse. The first progress report of the year will come home via students. And, as always, our costume contest will be held at lunch on Halloween.

Counseling Center

The counseling department has been busy ensuring that all students have appropriate schedules and classes are balanced. Jill O’Kane, who served as a part-time counselor last year, has relocated with her family to the East Coast. A new counselor, Sharon Heuss, was hired in her place as a full-time counselor. Now, Head Counselor Debbi Sommer will serve students whose last names begin with A-E. Sharon Heuss will serve students whose last names begin with F-M, and Ileen Akers will serve students whose last names begin with N-Z.

Calls to the Counseling Office always are welcome. Mrs. Sommer can be reached at ext. 1209, Mrs. Heuss at ext. 1106, and Mrs. Akers at ext. 1257. More information about GATE testing will be coming next month.

Media Center

The Marshall Library Media Center is open from 7:10 am to 3:10 pm, Monday through Thursday, and until 2:30 pm on Friday. Students can check out library books, use reference materials and computers, as well as work on homework and projects. Our Media Center catalog, library, and textbook circulation are on a computerized system. Many parents visited the Media Center during Open House in September.

Each student was issued textbooks during the first week of school. Most of these textbooks may be left at home as many classrooms have class sets of textbooks for students to use in school. Please make sure that books left at home are kept in a safe place and covered. We are very lucky to be able to provide class sets of textbooks due to the generous support of our PTSA.

Each textbook has a unique bar code number that is necessary for the computer check out system. Your student must return the same book at the end of the school year that was issued in September to clear their textbook record. Textbooks must be returned to the Library Media Center and not to classroom teachers. Any damage or removal to the bar code will automatically result in a $5 fine.

Although every attempt is made to issue textbooks that are in good condition, it sometimes is necessary to issue books that are not in perfect condition. Please have your student check their books carefully for any damages, such as writing or torn pages, that are not noted and stamped within each book. Students should return immediately to the Media Center to report any damages and have them stamped in each book. Parents might like to keep a record at home of the textbooks issued to their student and their bar code numbers. Most of our textbooks cost approximately $50; therefore, in order to avoid paying for lost or damaged books, please be careful!

We are in the process of implementing the Accelerated Reader program, which motivates and encourages students to read by providing incentives while keeping track of their reading accomplishments. During September all students were given a STAR test (Standardized Test for Assessment of Reading) to determine each student’s reading level. This information will be useful to teachers, students, and parents in charting reading development throughout the year.

If you have any questions in regards to the STAR test, you may contact your student’s language arts teacher. For your convenience, a set of most of the textbooks used at Marshall will be kept at the Scripps Ranch Public Library. These textbooks are for reference use only. The public library is open Monday and Wednesday evenings until 8 pm, and all day Saturday until 5:30 pm. Volunteers are welcome to assist with a variety of library activities throughout the school year.

Health Office

During the 1999-2000 school year, the health office received over 4,500 student visits and 400 students were sent home due to illness. Most of these students came to school already sick, having been told by their parents to try to “brave it out.” Since it is often difficult for parents to know whether their child is “too sick” to attend school, we have a few criteria that may assist you. And admittedly, some students don’t even tell their parents they aren’t feeling well.

Children too ill to participate in normal school activities should not be sent, even if they do not have a fever. For instance, continual coughing, sore throats, upset stomachs, or more than usual tiredness all inhibit your child’s ability to participate in the learning process in PE and classrooms. They also are exposing the entire student body to their illness. Students with a temperature higher than normal, or over 100 degrees oral, must stay home until their temperature has been normal for 24 hours. The same rule applies to vomiting and diarrhea.

Students with rashes of undetermined origin, those who have undergone general anesthesia within 24 hours, and those with “pink eye” should all be at home until a written clearance from a doctor has been obtained. The teachers at Marshall make every effort to keep the homework hotline updated. You can access this line and students can begin work at home if necessary.

We are looking forward to another excellent year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school at 549-8840.

Elementary Schools

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School

Dear Friends of Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School.

I begin my new assignment as Scripps Elementary principal with much excitement and thoughtfulness. Since my appointment in July, I have taken the opportunity to familiarize myself with the Scripps Ranch educational community. It is evident that parents and the community take considerable pride in their schools and strive for high-achieving and a successful learning environments, where children come first. My thoughts include an eager anticipation in leading Scripps Elementary throughout this decade.

As you place your children under my leadership next September, I am sure you are interested in this new person, his operating principles, and his manner of “doing business.” I offer this short prologue as an introduction of my educational beliefs. These core beliefs can create a predictable instructional environment and help each of us stay focused on our most important task–teaching and learning, and the charge of creating a world-class school.

I bring the following six principles to the Scripps Elementary School community:

  • All decisions are made in the best interest of children. We must remember that schools are for children.
  • All programs and services are designed to ensure equity. We must remember to hold high expectations for all our children and make certain that each child succeeds.
  • All programs and services are collaboratively designed. Each of us is more productive when we have an opportunity to be involved in making decisions. This includes all stakeholders, the students, faculty and staff, parents, and community members.
  • All decisions are made on the basis of no fault, collaboration, and shared decision-making. The process of using these guiding principles shifts the focus among adults from division to collaboration, and approaches challenges with the energy directed toward finding solutions.
  • All programs and services are evaluated on designated outcomes. We must remember that we are a standards-based school district and that each stakeholder is held accountable for student achievement. This includes students, teachers, administrators, and parents.
  • All stakeholders learn the skills necessary to be life-long learners. We must create conditions that promote our growth and development as professionals, as students, as parents, and, as community members.

I eagerly await the opportunity to learn more about you and the community, and to continue our planning during the year ahead. Currently, I can be reached by email at [[email protected]] and I will maintain an office at Miramar Ranch Elementary School, room 207A, until our new school opens next fall.

Dingeman Elementary School

What a great start we had for the new school year! We welcomed all our new and returning staff with a back-to-school luau. This year we have several new faces on our campus, and this was a great way to meet them all. The luau was a big success due to the hard work of many of our wonderful volunteers and some terrific neighborhood businesses from the Scripps Ranch Marketplace. A big thank you goes to Vons for donating fresh fruit and to Sweet Posies Florist for donating flowers for our luncheon tables. We are grateful for their support.

On the first day of school, we kicked off our volunteer recruiting with a back-to-school tea for all our parents immediately after drop-off. Tables were set up to help parents find just the right volunteering opportunity. Love working with the kids? Art Corps was there to give information on their program. Love taking pictures? Hope you stopped by the Yearbook table. Want to have fun and help our school raise funds? Maybe Robinwrap, Bingo Night, Scrip, or Spring Carnival is for you. Are you computer savvy? The Dingeman Website committee can always use your skills and creativity. Need new clothes? You couldn’t have missed our stylish display of t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Here at Dingeman, the statement, “There are just too many people on this committee!” has never been made. So if you did happen to miss the tea, it is never too late to join any of our fun committees. Thanks to the many volunteers who pulled it all together, and make sure you check our Dingeman website [] for more information on each committee.

What else can we do that’s back-to-school? How about, the Mayor’s Millennium Celebration–San Diego “Goes Back to School” night! The event was held right here at our school and parents and students had a chance to meet all of our staff.

Our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) continues its commitment to making sure that our students are provided with the highest quality of education possible. Raising funds for technology, Art Corps, classroom supplies, and assemblies always is an important part of enhancing their learning environment. Our pledge drive started at the beginning of September and was once again a huge success due to the generosity of our Dingeman families.

Robinwrap sales will end on Friday, Oct. 6. This year, out-of-town relatives and friends can visit the Robinwrap website [], and browse through their catalog before placing their order with you. Our cookie dough sales, in its second year, will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Easiest of all, you always can help out our General Mills Box Tops for Education program, described at [], by clipping the box tops from participating General Mills and Betty Crocker products. Or you apply for e-Scrip [] and School-pop [].

October brings one of the most fun nights of the year at Dingeman–Bingo Night! This year, our Bingo Night will be on Friday, Oct. 27. The action will begin at 5:30 pm in the lunch arbor and will run until 7:30 pm. Raffle tickets will be sold for a reserved parking spot in our parking lot and three lucky people will win the spot for three months. Good luck and we’ll see you there!

Jerabek Elementary School

The opening of school was full of excitement and challenges for staff, students, and parents. We have had a number of personnel changes over the summer. Carmen Engstrom and Mary Jo Brown retired at the end of last year; Carla Latimer and Sylvia Gallardo transferred to other schools, and Ron Marcus has taken a principalship in Chula Vista. We wish each of them well.

However, we have some great new teachers to join the Jerabek family: Janis Klippel, Martha Hartman, Jeanine Shirkey, Kathleen Reid, Angela Tucker, Mark Peterson, Hope Herrera, and Susan Kroviak. Katie McCauley is the acting Vice Principal.

There also was some very sad news. Mrs. Rosalie Fisher, Jerabek’s principal for three years, passed away. Mrs. Fisher was well liked and appreciated by the staff, students, and community and will be greatly missed by all. Her enthusiasm and positive outlook greatly contributed to the success of the school. At her request, donations can be made to the school in her name through the FFO, or notes and cards can be brought to the office and will be forwarded to the family.

Jerabek’s Back to School Night in September brought us all together again to share in the learning adventure. More then ever, parent involvement is critical for student success. Fortunately, Jerabek parents understand that the school can not stand alone and have continued to volunteer and support the school through the Family Faculty Organization membership drive. A successful membership campaign allows the families to provide the extras that the school district can not afford.

A relatively new area of parent involvement is the Art Corps. There are over 100 Jerabek volunteers mobilizing to bring another terrific year of art instruction into our classrooms. It looks like a great year ahead for Jerabek’s Art Corps program. If you would like to join one our classroom teaching teams, call Shana Smith at 566-8284. She will introduce you to a fabulous group of volunteers and schedule you for training.

Naturally, there is no slowing down as the Wrapping Paper fundraiser starts on Monday, Oct. 2. These funds are an important addition to the funds raised by the FFO membership drive. But it’s not all work for Jerabek volunteers as there will be a room parent brunch on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 8 to 10 am in the auditorium.

Family Science and Math Nights will continue. Wednesday, Oct. 4, is third-grade Science Night and Wednesday Oct. 11, is fifth-grade Math Night. Coming in November is second-grade Science Night and fourth-grade Math Night.

Jerabek also is able to continue its Spanish biliteracy program in grades K, 1, and 2 this year as part of a pilot program from the district. The district has allocated another Spanish teacher for Jerabek. Students at these grade levels receive 30 minutes of Spanish instruction daily from credentialed teachers.

Be a part of a great effort by volunteering to help at Jerabek. It could be the most rewarding thing you do this year.

Miramar Ranch Elementary School

School has shifted into high gear and the students, teachers, staff members, and parents of Miramar Ranch Elementary School (MRE) have taken the top down on their allegorical convertible, settled back into their seats, adjusted the rearview mirrors, and are seriously motoring through the school year.

Opening day at MRE last month went quite smoothly, thank you, and several events and activities already are taking shape that will make the next nine months interesting and fun.

The annual gift wrap fundraiser runs through Thursday, Oct. 5, with the MRE student-salespersons offering a wide selection of Innisbrook wraps.

Last year the gift wrap fundraiser brought in more than $14,000 for the Family Faculty Association, which, in turn, used the proceeds to purchase much-needed equipment, supplies, and services for the school. Heading up the fundraising effort this year are Christie Owens and Bridget Trovillion.

The Back-to-School celebration in September attracted scores of students and their families, who came out to meet teachers, learn about the Family Faculty Association and its many programs, and check out MRE’s community partners.

The Art Corps developmental art program is looking for volunteers to bring simple art lessons into the classrooms of MRE. An orientation meeting is being held Thursday, Oct. 5, in the multipurpose room. For more information, contact Art Corps coordinator Sally Kimpel at 530-0595.

The eScrip program is back in full force, with a multitude of stores and businesses participating in the program. Whenever you shop at any of the eScrip merchants–especially Vons–with your registered cards, MRE receives a donated percentage of the transaction.

Currently, the FFA is earning over $700 a month through the eScrip program; but, as you know, it takes much more than that to offer high quality programs and materials to each MRE student. To find out more about the eScrip program, please call Pat Hinck at 549-2786.

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, Oct. 14, at 7 pm.

The 27th annual MRE Halloween Carnival is just around the coroner (oops! make that “corner”) so plan on having lots of spirited fun on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 am to 4 pm. Here’s just a partial list of what you’ll find at the carnival:

  • Prizes;
  • Food court;
  • AstroJumps;
  • Haunted house;
  • Silent auction;
  • Cotton candy machine;
  • 25 kids-oriented games and activities;
  • The Love Handles pop, oldies, and rock dance band;
  • Miramar Martial Arts Academy karate demonstrators; and
  • Pumpkin weight-guessing contest and Candy Corn counting contest.

See the Focus section in the center of this month’s SRCA Newsletter to get more information on the carnival. Admission is free, activity tickets are only 25 cents, and the fun and memories you’ll have will be priceless.

For more information on the carnival, call 271-8292. To help out at the event, call 536-9724. And to find out what else is going on at MRE, call 271-0470.

Other Schools

United States International University (USIU)

Avenue of Nations Signs Up

As you drive on or off the Ranch along Pomerado Road, take note of the newly installed street signs at the entrance to the USIU campus. City staff recently added “Avenue of Nations” signs to indicate the name of the entrance road to campus.

Globerunners Athletics Kicks into High Gear

USIU Globerunners athletics has kicked off the 2000-01 season. The women’s volleyball team has four returning players, including Scripps Ranch High School alumna Michelle Carroll. In October, the team plays home matches against Hope International University on Friday, Oct. 6; the Master’s College on Thursday, Oct. 12; and against USIU alumni on Saturday, Oct. 28. Each of these games begins at 7 pm in the SportCenter at USIU.

The men’s soccer team has a full roster, with six returning players. They play home matches on Monday, Oct. 9, against California Technical Institute, and on Sunday, Oct. 15, against Grand Canyon State University.

The women’s soccer team has four returning players, including graduates of local high schools Patrick Henry, El Capitan, and Vista. They play at home on Sunday, Oct. 15, against Grand Canyon State University; on Monday, Oct. 16, against Concordia University; and on Monday, Oct. 23, against Westmont College.

All matches are open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call Athletic Director Dan Kettlehake at 635-4630.

First in International Students, Fourth in Campus Diversity

USIU’s undergraduates are extremely diverse, with 26% Hispanic students and 34% international students. In U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of colleges and universities, USIU ranked first in percentage of international students and tied for fourth in campus diversity.

“We are extremely pleased with this acknowledgement of USIU’s efforts to assure that our students have the opportunity to study with, and to learn from a highly diverse student population,” noted USIU President Garry Hays. “Bringing together domestic and international students from different cultural, economic, social, and religious backgrounds is one aspect of the unique learning environment offered at USIU.”

U.S. News ranks what it terms “national universities” by the percentage of international students at the undergraduate level. USIU ranked first, with 34% international students. USIU has ranked first in this category for several years in a row.

“To many students preparing to live and work in a global economy, studying in a multicultural, multinational setting is an important part of the college experience. USIU provides this opportunity in a traditional, campus-based environment,” offered USIU’s Hays. Ethnic diversity among the student population is another important consideration to many college students. USIU tied for fourth place in this category. Hispanic students comprise 26% of USIU’s student population.

More information about the rankings can be found at the U.S. News website at []. More information about USIU is available at [].

Miramar College

Register Now

Enroll now for the 9-week session that begins Monday, Oct. 23. Classes offered include administration of justice, biology, English, fire technology, and history. Call the Admissions Office at 536-7844 for more information.

Farmers Market

Miramar College students, faculty, staff, and area residents don’t have to look further than the front of the campus for organic fruit and veggies, flowers, baked goods, and gift items. A Farmers Market graces the campus entry every Thursday afternoon from 3 to 6 pm. At this time, more than 20 vendors come from across the state to set up tents, and the Market is expected to grow.

Fall Foreign Film Series

Mark your calendars for a return of the popular Miramar College Foreign Film series this fall, which includes Artemisea (Spanish), Lovers of the Artic Circle (Spanish); Indochine (French/ Vietnamese); and Insomnia (Norwegian). Discussions regarding the film and the respective culture follow the free Friday night presentations. For dates and times, contact Miramar College Global Education Coordinator, Dr. Mary Meiners, at 619-388-7463.

Miramar College Shows Spirit

Waving to approving crowds, more than 75 Miramar College students, faculty, and staff were on board five decorated vehicles traveling through the Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa July 4th parades.

The college entry, which consisted of two fire trucks, a stakebed truck, a small pickup, and a van–each decked out with international flags, college program banners, and balloons–took top honors as “Best Decorated Float” in the Mira Mesa parade and placed fourth in the “Civic Pride” category in the Scripps Ranch parade.

Putting the college entry over the top was our own true clown, Ray Quon (auto tech professor), who passed out animal balloon sculptures to children along the route.

Aquatic Center Hosts Olympic Synchronized Swim Team

On Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Ned Baumer Aquatic Center, more than 600 supportive fans enjoyed the last stateside performance of the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Team, a favorite for the Gold at the 2000 Olympics. The audience witnessed a preview of both the duet and team routines that the athletes will perform at the Olympics. Performing at the event with their Olympic heroes were the San Diego Sweetwater Dolphins, San Diego’s only synchronized swimming club, and the Riverside Aquettes.

Athletes that participate in these two clubs range in age from 7 to 29. As sponsor of the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Team, San Diego’s own Chicken of the Sea arranged for the graceful swimmers to perform one final time before they departed for Sydney.

Child Development Center Earns Top Honors

The Miramar College Child Development Center has been granted accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This prestigious honor was awarded recently to only seven percent of early childhood programs seeking accreditation nationwide.

NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process by which early childhood programs demonstrate that they meet national standards of excellence. Childcare centers, preschools, kindergartens, and before and after school programs are eligible to pursue NAEYC accreditation. Programs must undergo an intensive self-study, collecting information from parents, teachers, administrators, and classroom observations.

Creature Feature

Miramar College Pool Manager Dan Gutowski is a pro dealing with not only water, but also sand, earning third place in the professional division of the U.S. Open Sand Castle Competition held recently in Imperial Beach. More than 40 teams had five hours and a 30-foot square of beach to sculpt their entries. Dan’s creation, “Creature Feature” included sea creatures sitting on and next to a couch that were all terrified watching a TV. The horror they found on the screen was the evening news.

This year’s honors for “Creature Feature” mark his first entry at the professional level. Most of Dan’s ten-person crew are friends who meet each year from as far away as New York to compete in the national event. “Sand sculpting is more than art to me because it’s a celebration of team work among great friends,” Dan says.

Water Polo Competition Nears

Athletics competition makes a splash at the Ned Baumer Aquatic Center beginning Wednesday, Oct. 4, when the Miramar College mens water polo team takes on Grossmont College at 4:15 pm. Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) league play 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.

Norris Charles Wins Honors

Miramar College math professor Dr. Norris Charles was recently selected as Morehouse College’s Alumnus of the Year for his “dedication, commitment to the College, and active participation in community affairs.” Charles, a 1967 graduate of Morehouse, was a naval aviator during the Vietnam conflict. Over the years, Charles has been a prominent and active member of the local and national alumni association, serving as regional vice-president for two terms.