Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Attention Sophomore Parents: Class of 2004 PBO

Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in helping to get the Class of 2004 PBO off the ground. Our first meeting was held on September 12. Thank you all for coming. We will announce our new officers in next month’s newsletter and in the upcoming PTSA newsletter. Our main goals this year are promoting interest in Grad Night 2004 and fundraising. We will be running a membership drive all year and hope you will support our class by joining. We also plan to have a few other small fundraisers this year. If you would like to join, have any suggestions or ideas, or would like more information, please call Karen Lindner @ 549-3236 or Karen Stern @ 271-6371.

Football Boosters

Visit our website for the latest information on all three Falcon Football Squads.

  • Schedules
  • Team Rosters
  • Team Photos
  • Maps to other schools
  • Scores and standings
  • Game analysis
  • Game and season stats

Your continued support of our program is greatly appreciated.

Marshall Middle School

October Events

ß Wednesday, Oct. 3:Site Governance meeting at 6:30 p.m.

ß Monday, Oct. 8: Make-up picture day

ß Wednesday, Oct. 10: GATE parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. in rooms 152/153

ß Saturday, Oct. 13: Legs for Literacy at 8:00 a.m., Miramar Lake

ß Wednesday, Oct. 31: Minimum day, school dismissal 11:30 a.m.

School News

Marshall Middle School opened its doors on Tuesday, Sept, 4, to 1073 students. The opening of school went without a glitch thanks to the teachers, parents, students, and staff. We would like to welcome some new and familiar faces as our teaching staff changed during the summer months. We are honored to have the following teachers join our staff:

Lisa Albon-history

Lou Davis-returns to us from Scotland

Sally Sondreal-math/science

Steve Steinberg-band/orchestra

While many of our students were on vacation during the summer months, their teachers were taking classes and participating in workshops. Teachers at Marshall are committed to learning about effective instructional practices and engaging curriculum to improve the outcomes for every student. During Back to School Night, teachers shared information about their curriculum and their expectations for student learning. Open communication between parents, teachers, and students is a critical component in the education process. One way that parents can communicate with their child’s teacher is through their student’s planner. Teachers encourage and expect every student to share the information available in the planner with their parents. As always, don’t hesitate to call with questions and concerns. We want to ensure that we do everything we can to maximize the success of each and every student.

Student Support Services Counseling Office News

During September, the three counselors at Marshall Middle School were busy ensuring that all students had appropriate schedules and that classes were balanced. Counselor caseloads are as follows:

Julie (Love) Becker has students whose last names begin with the letters A -G; Sharon Heuss has students whose last names begin with the letters H-P; Ileen Akers has students whose last names begin with the letters Q-Z, and will continue serving as Head Counselor this year.

Calls to the counseling office are always welcome. The phone number for the school is 549-8840. Mrs. Becker can be reached at extension 1209, Mrs. Heuss at extension 1160, and Mrs. Akers at extension 1257.

GATE Testing

GATE testing for all interested 7th graders who meet the testing requirements will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 and Thursday, Oct. 25. Letters explaining the process and requirements were sent home in mid-September. Sixth grade students new to the district may also be tested at this time. Please contact Gloria Vega, counseling secretary, at 549-8840 ext. 1207 if you did not receive a letter or if you have questions or concerns.

Progress Reports

The end of the first progress report period will be Oct. 19, and progress reports will be distributed on Oct. 26 in Advisory classes. Remember to ask your child to see his/her progress report!

Counseling Library

In order to support the District’s focus on literacy, the Counseling Department at Marshall has purchased hundreds of dollars worth of books over the past three years with monies received from our most generous PTSA. These books have been used to form a “Counseling Library” which is housed in room 256. We have chosen books on numerous topics, which support “emotional literacy” and are relevant to the social and emotional development and well being of our students.

Students as well as parents are welcome to come to room 256 to check out a book on the topic of their choice. Students will be introduced to this new library via a video presentation shown in their Advisory classes, and will be encouraged to discuss with their counselors, any issues or feelings their reading evokes. The following is an alphabetical list of general topics covered by the almost 100 books in our library:

Abuse (Physical/Sexual)

Adoption / Foster Children

African American Education


Alcohol / Drugs

Anger Management

Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder

Boy Issues (physical / emotional)




Disorders / Diseases


Eating Disorders

Feelings / Emotions

Friends / Relationships

For Fun

Gay/ Lesbian/ Sexual Orientation Issues


Girl Issues (physical/emotional)

Grief and Loss


Organizational Skills







Teen Issues

Teen Pregnancy

If any of these topics are of interest to you, stop by room 256 to check out a book.

Media Center

The Library Media Center is open from 7:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and until 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Students can check out library books, use reference materials, and computers, as well as work on homework and projects.

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 student to use in school. Please make sure that books left at home are kept in a safe place. We are very fortunate to be able to provide class sets of textbooks due to the generous support of the 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!

For your convenience, a set of most of the textbooks used at Marshall will be kept at Scripps Ranch Public Library. These textbooks are for reference use only. The public library is open Monday and Wednesday evenings until 8:00 p.m., all day Saturday until 5:30 p.m, and Sunday from 1-5 pm. Volunteers are welcome to assist with a variety of library activities throughout the school year.

Six-to-Six Program

San Diego’s Extended School Day program is an opportunity for students to complete homework, receive individual support in their academic courses, and read independently. The academic/literacy component of this program runs from 2:30-4 p.m. After this time, students may participate in crafts, art, or athletic activities. Parents can sign up for this program anytime during the school year. Applications are available in the front office.

Health Office

Parents of sixth graders: Now is the time for your children to begin fulfilling the 7th grade immunization requirements. They must have a second MMR and three separate injections of the Hepatitis B vaccine to enable them to attend school in September 2002. The hepatitis B series takes six months to complete. Documentation of its completion must be in the Health Office by May 2002, to have your child eligible for classes in the 7th grade! Any questions regarding this requirement should be directed to the Health Office as soon as possible.

Many middle school students feel a bit overwhelmed at the beginning of the school year. As parents, you can assist them in coping with this added stress by encouraging them to eat nutritious meals and snacks, drink plenty of water, and get sufficient rest! Keeping their immune systems up and running well now will make a difference come this flu season.

Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks were on sale at Back to School Night for $25. Be sure to bring your checkbook to reserve your copy before they sell out (or the price goes up). It will be memory filled keepsake worth treasuring for years to come.


On Saturday, Oct. 27, A.S.B. will be holding a Stussy Sale in the Marshall Middle School parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a fund-raiser and the school will be receiving a percentage of the sales that day. There will be a variety of shoes, shorts, and t-shirts available to buy at very reasonable prices. Come on out and take advantage of this opportunity to get some shopping done in your own backyard! It’s never too early to shop for the holidays! We are located at 11778 Cypress Canyon Road in Scripps Ranch. We hope to see you there!

Also, Tuesday, Oct. 30, is “Kids News Day”! The A.S.B. will be selling the San Diego Union Tribune for $1 at Marshall Middle School from 6:45-8 am. The money raised goes directly to Children’s Hospital. Come out and support this cause by purchasing a newspaper. Kids will be selling papers on the sidewalks in front of the school. You don’t even have to get out of your car!

Finally, Oct. 22-26, we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Throughout the week students will be taking part in a variety of activities reminding them to “Say NO to Drugs and Alcohol”. Please support this effort by reinforcing the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse with your children. Teach them that saying “No” is OKAY and they will still be COOL. Once one says “No,” it could be a snowball and others may follow. Encourage your son/daughter to take that first step.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Sept. 4 marked the beginning of a new school year at Dingeman Elementary. We are very proud of the academic growth we made in all grade levels and are committed to doing even better this year. Our new 6th grade program is off to a great start thanks to the efforts of our students, parents and staff. We wish all of our families that have moved into Ellen Browning Scripps all the best in their exciting new year at their new school.

The beginning of the school year also means another busy year full of exciting events at Dingeman. Some very dedicated parents organized a Back-To-School Luncheon to welcome back all of our teachers and staff. The theme of the luncheon was a Mexican Fiesta. Thanks goes out to Wayne Toups and his restaurant Tia’s for helping out with the delicious food!

The first day of school welcomed back old and new faces to our Dingeman campus. Our Back-To-School Tea was well attended and parents were able to find out about all the volunteer opportunities to jump in to. Help is always needed ranging from individual classrooms to school-wide events. If you didn’t get a chance to stay for the Tea, you can still find out about various school committees by checking out our website at A huge thanks goes out to Bruegger’s Bagels and Starbucks for their generous donations to our Tea.

Also, on the first day back at school, our Principal, Brad Callahan, and our Vice Principal, Adalia Lavado, went to each classroom to meet all of our Dingeman students. They both read books on kindness and the effects of teasing. The students learned about how disrespect towards another is not tolerated at our school and how a community can be built on helping each other out.

Finally, Back-To-School Nights for each grade level also took place during the first few weeks of school. Parents were able to meet their teachers, check out their child’s classroom and find out what’s in store for the year ahead. Parents saw how their child’s classroom is set up to create a better student centered learning environment. Starting from the first day of school, teachers and students work together to put up learning charts and other student works that show the daily teachings and serve as support tools for students as they progress throughout the year. As the lessons change, the classroom walls will evolve and reflect the class’ new focus.

Fundraising at Dingeman started off “Soaring to Excellence” with our Annual Pledge Drive! Our kickoff fundraiser was a huge success and if it’s any indication of the enthusiasm of our Dingeman families, this is sure to be a fantastic year. Thank you to everyone who responded and your generosity will benefit all of our students.

We hope that the success of our Pledge Drive will bring momentum into our next two major fundraisers. Keep an eye out for your Dingeman friends bringing you the catalog of new gift wrap products from Signature Collection. It’s the perfect way to gear up for the holidays and all products will be delivered before the Thanksgiving break. Then, guess what? With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, how convenient would ready-made cookie dough be? Our cookie dough sales start after Thanksgiving and just in time for holiday baking! The money from both of these fundraisers, as well as the Pledge Drive, goes towards technology costs, software, Art Corps, classroom supplies as well as special assemblies that enhance our children’s education.

Plus, mark your calendars on Friday, Oct. 26 for our much-anticipated Bingo Night! There’s always excitement in the atmosphere when you and about a hundred of your friends are just one square away from yelling BINGO! Along with your game face, bring your appetite as well. There will be great food for everyone! Sales for BINGO cards and food will begin before the event, so keep posted to avoid waiting in line during the best night of the fall semester.

Finally, we want to say goodbye to a very special person and welcome all the new people who recently joined our Dingeman staff. First, we wish JeNelle Cook, our School Secretary, a wonderful retirement. JeNelle has been with Dingeman since its opening and we will all miss her dearly. The new faces we welcome are: Keith Yeomans as our Building Site Supervisor, Kimberly Glinberg as a new 1st Grade Teacher, Joy Schumacher as our P.E. Instructor, Karen Pederson as our School Nurse, J. Park as our District Counselor, John Boyle as School Psychologist, Steve Luchs and Harvey Tellinghuisen as Music Teachers, Ellie Cole as 6th Grade Music Prep Instructor and one who is familiar to all who read this Newsletter, Rita Danskin as our new Librarian. We’re glad to have all of you as part of our Dingeman family!

Jerabek Elementary

Jerabek’s first day of school was a big success thanks to both the hard-working Jerabek staff, who put in numerous hours of preparation, and the FFO volunteers who organized the back-to-school breakfast feast. Special thank you’s to Bruegger’s Bagels and the Mira Mesa Soupplantation for their generous donation of yummy bagels and muffins.

As the new Jerabek columnist for this Newsletter, I not only want to provide readers with dates of upcoming events, but I also want to answer “I’m curious” questions that parents ask about general school issues. This months question is “What is the latest on Scripps Ranch schools being a pilot program for a modified year round school schedule?”

Superintendent Alan Bersin has met with the Scripps Ranch Schools Committee, and expressed interest in making the Scripps Ranch cluster (elementary, middle, and high schools) the subject of a pilot program to institute a common school calendar. There would be a number of public forums in the coming year to allow for community input. A second related issue is the possibility of later start times for the middle and high schoolstudents, who are said to perform better academically when starting school later in the morning (currently starting at 7:30 am).

  • Picture/Ident-A-Kid – Make-up day will be on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd in the auditorium.
  • Calling all 3rd graders! Family Science Night will be Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:45 p.m. in the auditorium.
  • Attention all room parents, there will be a room parent breakfast, Wednesday, Oct.10, in the auditorium from 9:15-10:30.
  • Come find a good book! The first Book Fair will run Monday-Friday, Oct.15-19 in the auditorium.
  • The FFO encourages all Jerabek parents and students to come and get acquainted at the Jerabek school social, Kiwanis spaghetti dinner, book fair and original works display, on Thursday, Oct.18 in the courtyard and auditorium.
  • Red Ribbon Week Drug Awareness Program will take place from Monday Oct.29 – Nov. 2.

All Jerabek event times, dates and places, will soon be a short click away. We are pleased to announce a new look for the school website. at Our next goal will be to generate, with the help of parent volunteers, websites for each classroom. Our new school website should prove to be a wonderful tool to rapidly disseminate information to the school and community. Thank you Beatrice Cubitt for all your hard work in getting the website up and running.

Please join the FFO for our monthly meetings, the first Friday of every month at 9:15 am in the auditorium. Everyone is welcome!

E.B. Scripps Elementary

The first day of school at E.B. Scripps Elementary was like any other first day of school, but at the same time it was something more! Excited children, anxious parents, and the anticipation of a new school year filled the air. Parents were taking pictures, children saw old friends, and teachers prepared for class, while the new principal nervously hoped the day would go as planned.

What made this first day a little different than most, was that is was not only the first day of school for the children, but was opening day for a brand-new school. E.B. Scripps Elementary opened its doors for the first time on Tuesday September 4, 2001 and is the first school in which construction was funded entirely by proposition MM. The campus came to life at 8:15 A.M., thirty minutes before the school bell was to ring. Parents were arriving with excited children, media vans came from local television and radio stations, and city officials moved about the campus sharing information and fielding questions.

But the first day of school belongs to the children and the best part of the day was to see them arrive at their new school. Kindergartners were anxious to begin their school careers and of course, there were the pros that already have some experience under their belts. I could sense the excitement and the thrill the children felt to be the first students ever to attend E.B. Scripps Elementary!

The excitement continued into the morning as parents later gathered in the lunch arbor for brunch. This was their opportunity to meet other parents and learn about the Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP). Parents were able to sign up for various volunteer groups including safety patrol, librarian, room parents, playground monitors, and after school program assistance.

Watching the children throughout the day I realized I was witnessing a school community come together. The children were introducing new friends to old friends. Friendships and bonds were growing and old school lines were being replaced with new circles of friends. It was indeed a first day of school like any other, but at the same time it was something more!

Other Schools

Chabad Hebrew Academy

October is shaping up to be an exciting month at the Chabad Hebrew Academy. On Sunday, Oct. 7, the Chabad Hebrew Academy will be presenting the “Sukkot Experience.” Sukkot is the Jewish holiday which commemorates the Divine protection they received while traveling in the desert following their exodus from slavery in Egypt. The observances include eating in a special hut- a reminder of the ways the Jews dwelt; and the blessing of 4 special species, the lulav, etrog, myrtle, and willow branches. The Sukkot Experience will feature activities for all ages. There will be holiday arts and crafts, Sukkah Mobile rides, a Moonbounce, scribal arts demonstrations, musical performances, a dazzling fire and knives juggling show by famed performer Larry Keough, and much more. Shmoozers Barbecue will be serving lunch in the Giant Succah. The program will run from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 566-1996.

Chabad Hebrew Academy had a very successful first month of school and is looking forward to much more in the coming months. The middle school will be starting their elective classes. Once a week, the students will be able to take classes and workshops in a departure from the regular curriculum. Classes available include dance, music, art appreciation, foreign language, tournament sports, and web site design. The students will be able to experience many of these different activities throughout the year.

The Student Council held their first meeting since their election and have many wonderful ideas to implement during the year. Together with their faculty advisor, the students organize different school wide events as well as learning how to conduct a meeting, work on committees, and be good representatives of the entire student body.

In the Language Arts department, the Middle School Creative Writing class will be teaching the elementary grades about the different types and styles of poetry. The classes will then compose their own poems and all the students works will be published and available for purchase. Later in the month, the Language Arts classes will be going to see a series of skits and plays on many classic novels and short stories the students have been studying. For more information about the Chabad Hebrew Academy and its activities, please call 566-1996.