Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Class of 2002 PBO

The Class of 2002 PBO held its first meeting on Aug. 9.We would like to thank our president, Bev Stills, for having us at her lovely home.We had a great turnout at the meeting and thank everyone for coming.We are excited to announce that Dixie Hall will be the chairperson for Grad Night 2002.We thank Dixie and all the others who volunteered to chair or work on a committee.To date we still need chairpersons for the construction, and security committees.If you are interested in chairing one of these committees or helping in any other way, please e-mail Dixie Hall at [email protected]

Our fundraising efforts this year will be limited to a membership drive, a Westfield Shoppingtown shopping spree opportunity drawing, and corporate donations.By now you should have received a membership flyer in the mail.If you haven’t done so yet, won’t you please take a minute right now to fill it out and send in your donation? This is a simple way for you to show your support for a safe and fun Grad Night 2002.One of our goals this year is to keep all senior parents informed so you can get involved in this important event.To do this we are collecting e-mail addresses.If you are interested in receiving e-mails regarding Grad Night 2002, please send your e-mail address to Dixie Hall at [email protected]

We will also have monthly articles in this publication and in the PTSA newsletter.

Now is the time to get involved.So send in those checks, send us your e-mail address, come to a meeting, and volunteer to help out.Our meetings will be held the third Tuesday of each month in the teacher’s lunchroom at Scripps Ranch High at 7 pm.We are looking forward to a fun and successful year.

Class of 2003 PBO

This letter is an attempt to win you over to our team! No, I’m not talking about football, baseball or soccer, I’m talking about Team 2003 – the Parent Booster Organization for Grad Night!

At first, I’ll have to admit, I was a non-believer. I’d hear things about grad night, about all the money that needs to be raised for this one time event, and think it was totally outrageous.Therefore, like so many of you, I ignored the meetings and figured someone else would take care of it. It wasn’t until my curiosity was stirred and I agreed to volunteer at grad night last June that I was convinced that this is such a worthwhile activity to become involved with and wanted my son and all of his friends to be able to end their high school careers on such an exciting note. I became a believer!

I showed up for my shift dressed in appropriate attire, black & white, because I was assigned to the Casino which proved to be an extremely popular activity. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect and was so surprised to see how well-organized everything was. The PBO parents did such a fantastic job and I wished I had my camera to capture the amazing decorations.The theme was New York, New York.

Outside the gymnasium, the NY skyline looked fabulous. Inside the gym, was the Coney Island Boardwalk housing many games and attractions, the DJ played on and on and everyone had such a great time.So many kids participated and hung out with their long-time buddies! Everyone had smiles miles wide! It was truly the best way to end their high school years and I can’t wait to volunteer again next year.

I hope everyone that has participated in a Grad Night will urge their friends and neighbors get involved. You can start by attending our monthly meetings which are held in the teacher’s lounge on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Stacy Donahue has agreed to be our chairperson and is anxiously awaiting your support! Our membership letters have gone out asking for donations.If you have not received one, please contact Amy Patashnik at 578-4141.But, money is not the only thing we need.We need you! Let’s join together to make sure our kids have a Grad Nite they won’t forget! Please become a believer and a member of PBO Team 2003!

Class of 2004 PBO

The list of officers for this year is as follows:-

Co-Presidents: Joanne Gimbel and Kim Molina

Treasurer: Stacy Donahue

Secretary: Sandy Price

Membership: Paula Best

Database: Marsha Szafraniec

Our main goals for this year are to promote interest in Grad Night 2004 and fundraising.

The first fundraiser is See’s Holiday Candy. Sales start on Nov. 21 and end on Dec. 7.Orders are available from members of the PBO.Please remember this benefit as you plan your holiday shopping lists.Contact person is Kim Molina @ 271-7630.Paula Best is also chairing a membership drive and a letter about this has been sent out to all students in the class of 2004.

The next PBO meeting is scheduled for Oct. 24.Anyone interested in joining should please contact Joanne Gimbel @ 586-0330 or Kim Molina @ 271-7630.

SRHS Foundation

The SRHS Foundation is looking forward to another great year at SRHS. Through the generosity of community members, parents, and local businesses, the Foundation has been able to provide significant assistance to academic, athletic, and art programs. A few of the many programs that have received financial support from the Foundation include cross country, wrestling, basketball (boys and girls teams), tennis, water polo, roller hockey, academic league, History Department, Math Department, Media Center, Science Olympiad, Art Dept., cheerleading, and Choral Music. The foundation would like to be able to continue to provide financial assistance to programs that help make SRHS the high caliber of school that it has become in so short a time. Requests from school programs that need help are already coming in to the Foundation. We need your help in order to respond to these requests. If you would like to make a contribution to the SRHS Foundation, please mail it to SRHS Foundation, 10410 Treena St., San Diego, CA 92131. For more information about the foundation or to inquire about ways you can help, contact Rebecca O’Brien at 536-1203 or write to the above address.

The Foundation is looking for students who would like to gain real world work experience (and possibly, extra credit for a class) in the areas of accounting, website enhancement/maintenance, writing news articles and creation of a school brochure and video about SRHS. Any student interested in any project should contact Mr. Dave LeMay or a board member (listed below).

Current Foundation board members include Don Gruhl (president), Rod Bolton, Bruce O’Brien, Bill Withers, Bob Comacho, Brian Mooney, Dave LeMay, Janet English, Rich Virgallito, Rebecca O’Brien, Tina Bagnas, and Linda Jones. New members may join at any time and the additional help would be very much appreciated.

Marshall Middle School

Principals Message

Marshall teachers have been working very hard to improve upon our instructional practice and have been rewarded by seeing improved achievement on the statewide test scores.Each year California produces an Academic Performance Index (API) based on test scores which is also used to determine eligibility for the Governor’s Performance Awards program. We are very happy to report that we have gained 14 points on this index from 869 to 883 placing us among the top five middle schools in the county.This score reflects the outstanding work performed by our students, the dedication of our staff and the tremendous support from our parents.

Our goal is for every student, at every level to experience academic growth in preparation for High School and beyond.Not only do we want students to do well on standardized tests, but we want them to be able to think on their own so that they can meet any challenge that is presented to them.We are never satisfied with our performance.We delight in our success but acknowledge that there is always room for improvement.

November Events

Wednesday, Nov. 7 – Governance meeting at 6:30 pm in the lounge

Friday, Nov. 9 – Staff Development Day- No School for students

Monday, Nov. 12 – Veteran’s Day. No school for staff and students

Tuesday, Nov. 13 – French Class to attend a play at Pacific Beach Middle School

Friday, Nov. 16 – Turkey Trot-Fun Run

Wednesday, Nov. 21, Minimum day-11:30 am dismissal for students

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 22-23-Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, Nov. 30 – Second 6 week grading period ends

Library/Media Center

Students eagerly fill the Library Media Center each day, before and after school and during lunch, anxious to check out our new books and use the computers.The Library Media Center is open from: 7 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and until 2:30 on Friday. Students can check out library books, use reference materials, work on homework and projects, and use computers.

The media center book catalog and textbook circulation are on a computer system that eventually will become the standard for the school district.The shelves are so packed now that it is difficult to decide which book to read first! Many of our students are participating in the Accelerated Reader program.This program motivates and encourages students to read by providing incentives while keeping track of their reading accomplishments.It also will help students keep a computerized reading log for the 25 books each student must read during the course of the school year.

For your convenience, a set of textbooks used at Marshall will be kept in the Scripps Ranch Public Library.That library is open Monday and Wednesday evenings until 8 pm, Saturday 9:30 am until 5:30 pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm.

We are in the process of developing class sets of textbooks in the classroom so that our students will not have to carry most of their textbooks in their backpacks.This will help to lighten the load carried to school each day by our students.This year part of the PTSA fund raising will be used to purchase additional sets of books.

Volunteers interested in assisting in the Media Center are welcome to help with a variety of library activities throughout the school year.They can contact our Library/Media Teacher, Barbara Morhaim, at 549-8840, extension 1112.We are looking forward to holding our Book Fair in December.This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase books for holiday gifts.

Honoring our Armed Services and Veterans

Be sure to attend the annual Veteran’s Concert sponsored by Scripps Ranch High School’s vocal music department under the direction of Mrs. Shirley.The Marshall Middle School concert Choir, directed by Ms. Palmer will join the area elementary schools and SRHS in this uplifting patriotic program.The concert will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 pm. at the SRHS gymnasium and admission is free.Don’t miss this opportunity to honor the members of our armed services.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Dingeman Elementary has been showing its patriotism and compassion in many ways. A “Presentation of Colors” was held to honor all of our fallen and injured comrades in New York City. The “Pledge of Allegiance” was followed by a singing of “America the Beautiful” by the entire school.Our principal, Mr. Callahan, and Colonel Bob Dingeman led the ceremony with our friends from the Retired Seniors Voluntary Patrol.Please check out the Dingeman website at for pictures of this moving event.Our school also began collecting “Pennies for the People” to help our friends in New York. In addition, Mrs. Wetzel’s 2nd grade class made patriotic flag pins and sold them to staff and families.They raised over $1000 for the New York disaster relief fund.Thank you to all who helped those in need.

The fundraising season is in full swing at Dingeman.Our Annual Pledge Drive exceeded our goal thanks to the generosity of our Dingeman families.Our new giftwrap fundraiser (now from the Signature Collection company) took place this month and deliveries will be before Thanksgiving.The ever popular Cookie Dough and Pizza sales will start in early November, and will be ready for delivery in time for holiday baking.

So what do we do with the money we raise? Part of the money goes towards grade level grants.The Dingeman Family and Faculty Connection (FFC) gives $850 to each grade K through 6 every school year to offer our students an enrichment opportunity above and beyond what they would normally have in the regular classroom.Money used from grade level grants is used towards activities such as assemblies, field trips, and other special projects.Teachers from each grade level come up with ideas and then write up a proposal to submit to the FFC.Three grades so far have submitted their proposals this year.The 6th grade class will have an opportunity to participate in the San Diego Playwrights Project.A playwriting residency will be conducted in each of our five 6th grade classrooms.Each residency will involve eight one-hour playwriting sessions led by a Teaching Artist in collaboration with the classroom teacher.Students will have an opportunity to become playwrights with the grand finale being a performance by real professional actors reading selected scenes written by the students.

The 1st grade classes will use their grade level grant to attend the Theatreworks production of Reading Rainbow at the Spreckles Theater.This production is described as a “sparkling musical revue based on the Emmy Award-winning PBS TV series.” Some of the performances will feature such works as Amazing Grace, Owen, Martha Speaks, Borreguita and the Coyote and Imogene’s Antlers.These stories and their authors are often read in our 1st grade classrooms and to have the students watch them come to life in the theater will enhance our literacy program.

The 2nd graders will use part of their grant money to pay for an assembly called Wolf Encounters! presented by the California Wolf Center.The California Wolf Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of wild predators of North America.Students and teachers will have an opportunity to learn about one of the world’s most critical, yet misunderstood, predators – the gray wolf.Wolf Encounters! includes a colorful slide presentation about wolves and wolf behavior. Wolf artifacts including wolf skull, fur, baby teeth, bones, paw prints, radio collars and traps once used to hunt wolves will also be brought in to show the students.The program also includes a special visit by an Ambassador North American gray wolf!

E. B. Scripps

One of the joys of publishing a school newsletter is being part of a team that shares a singular goal and does whatever it takes to achieve it.That’s the E. B. Scripps spirit! Our aim at the E.B. script is to bring you the latest update of happenings and events at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary.I must begin my message this month by recognizing our editor, Mary-Tritton Baker, and thanking her for her impressive work and leading us forward with a quality monthly publication.

This month at Ellen Browning Scripps, we are confronting the season head on.We have a full November calendar filled with serious teaching and learning…all laced with festive and relevant school community gatherings.We begin the month with our Harvest Celebration during the first week of November.This event is the culmination of a school-wide community building project “Everybody’s Talking About…” in which each class has read and responded to the same book, This Year’s Garden, by Cynthia Rylant.Children have been talking about the book in their classes and across grade levels during “literacy walks” with their teachers.On Friday, November 2nd, parents are invited to a Harvest Celebration musical presentation at 2:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room.Students in our first grades will share their learning with you.

Our autumn Book Fair begins on Monday, Nov. 5 and will include two very special events that feature book characters Clifford and Franklin.Don’t miss the pizza sale and book signing session with Clifford, and donuts with Franklin.And on Tuesday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m., our fourth graders will join other area schools in celebrating Veteran’s Day in song at Scripps Ranch High School.

Our Thursday, Nov. 15 Parent Academy will provide parents of students in kindergarten through second grade with an opportunity to learn more about Johnny Can Spell, our impressive word study program that integrates instruction and practice in phonics, penmanship, spelling, vocabulary and grammar skills.Our teachers will share strategies with workshop participants that will support student learning at home.

Our first Student Recognition Assemblies will also occur on Nov. 15 (Grades K and 1) and Nov. 29 (Grades 2 -4).We will be recognizing students who exhibit that special E. B. Scripps spirit!

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will be held on November 19 – 21st.Dismissal on these three days will be at 12:30 p.m.Students will play an integral part of these meetings as they present their learning accomplishments to date and set learning goals for the months ahead.

And on the Monday following Thanksgiving, we will welcome grandparents and other significant family members and friends to our schoolhouse, as we celebrate our first annual Grand People’s Day on November 26th.Expecting that you may have family guests and friends from out of town, we want to open our doors so they can see where their favorite children spend so much time.The morning will begin with a continental breakfast followed by classroom visits.Specific information is forthcoming.

I am also pleased to announce that our Farmers Market is scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 24.This weekly upscale shopping experience will not only benefit the Scripps Ranch community, but also our Academic Fundraising Partnership and students.Watch for banners announcing the grand opening throughout the ranch!

At E.B. Scripps, we are acquiring and developing passions, sharing with one another, and creating such a strong sense of belonging to this remarkable new school community.Come join us and experience all that is happening at Scripps Elementary in November! All good wishes for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Jerabek Elementary

The school year is off to a great start, and I am pleased to announce that the Jerabek Kindergartners are now experts at the lunch time routine (just a few practice sessions were necessary). For those parents who are wondering if our little darlings have to hurry when they eat their lunch, take it from me (a witness to this lunch-time marvel) they are given plenty of time. Sorry kids, no excuses for not eating those fruits and vegetables! And all the children are enjoying the new covered lunch area.

It is time once again to answer the monthly” I’m curious about this” question. “If Jerabek is already at maximum capacity, why are students bused in from outside the local area?” This year, Jerabek has a total of 53 students who ride the bus to school.These students participate in either the district’s Special Education Program, or the Voluntary Ethnic Enrollment Program (VEEP) that strives to ethnically balance the enrollment at schools throughout the city.Although Jerabek is no longer eligible to accept new VEEP students due to the boundary changes, we still have with us those who were in attendance before the changes were made, and their siblings.We have a total of 62 students who live within our boundaries that attend other schools for various reasons, such as Magnet School Programs, Choice, or due to childcare needs.Jerabek’s current student enrollment is 949. Also, 112 students(approximately. four classes) were shifted to the newly opened E.B. Scripps Elementary.

The 2nd Grade Family Science Night is Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:45 pm in the auditorium.Enjoy a fun-filled night of math games and relays at 4th Grade Family Math Night on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:45 in the auditorium. Just in time for the holidays, wrapping paper orders will be delivered to classrooms on Friday, Nov. 16!Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 19- Nov. 23.Fall Conference Days will be Nov. 27- Nov. 30.Remember, conference days will be half-days for Jerabek students. Get Ready, Get Set, Go! Running Club is back! Meet on the field daily at 8:45 am.Susie Luca (running club boss) is always looking for volunteers, so please call her at 586-1242 if you would like to help out.

Miramar College

College Veterans Celebration Features “Mr. Scripps Ranch,” Colonel Bob Dingeman

Continuing with its popular “Evening with the Experts” lecture and performance series, Miramar College will pay special tribute to veterans on Friday, Nov. 9. If you are a military veteran of any era, curious about the important role Filipinos played in World War II, or simply appreciate veterans’ service to our nation, don’t miss this evening of discovery and celebration.

Evening activities will begin at 5:30 pm with an informal reception under the stars for all veterans in attendance and special acknowledgment of the many veterans who currently work and teach at Miramar College. At 6:30 pm, the program will move inside the lecture hall where outstanding community veterans will take the podium.

James Palmer, Miramar College Dean of Public Safety and honored U.S. Army veteran, will kick off the program and introduce Mira Mesa resident Casiano Santos, Post Commander of the American Legion, Leyte Post 625. Post Commander Santos’ presentation will journey through history from 1898 to 1938 and focus on the Philippine campaigns and defenses of World War II.

Long time Scripps Ranch resident Colonel Bob Dingeman will pay tribute to veterans with his comments and personal reflections.Colonel Dingeman, a West Point graduate, and U.S. Army veteran, was a political science professor at Miramar College for many years following his military service.

Palmer, Dingeman and Santos are all highly decorated veterans, having earned numerous high honors, medals and commendations for their exemplary military service.

“Honoring Veterans” is offered through the college’s “Evening with the Experts” lecture and performance series.Presentations are free and are held in Lecture Hall I-101 at Miramar College.No parking permits are required on Friday evenings.

Miramar College is located at 10440 Black Mountain Road, one block west of I-15 between Mira Mesa Blvd. and Carroll Canyon Road.For more information, call the college Public Information Office, 536-7876.

Womens Water Polo Dives Into First Season

A competitive women’s water polo team has joined its male counterpart at Miramar College this fall. The Miramar College “Jets,” coached by Carla Gilmore and Gubba Sheeby, kicked into action in late September and will compete through mid-November tournaments and playoffs both at home in the Ned Baumer Miramar College Aquatic Center and away.

Men’s water polo, in its second season of competition, is coached by Dan Way and Scott Streans. Both teams compete in the Pacific Coast Conference, which includes Palomar College, Grossmont College, Southwestern College and Mesa College. For schedule or team information, contact Dr. June Scopinich, Miramar College Athletics Director at 536-7369.

Lifeguard Program Afloat With Donations

Jim Palmer, Miramar College Dean of Public Safety, recently procured more than surplus military equipment, valued at $35,425, to support the lifeguard training program.Working with the logistics manager of the U.S.Border Patrol under the authority granted by Public Law 1033, one 1010KW generator and one 3/4-ton diesel four-wheel drive pick-up truck were transferred to the program. The generator will be used to support the emergency radio system in the event of an energy blackout and the truck will be used for driver training delivered by the college.

Legal Assistant Program Receives Prestigious ABA Approval

Miramar College Legal Assistant Professor Darrel Harrison recently received word that the American Bar Association has granted the college’s Legal Assistant associate degree program official ABA approval.Miramar College is the only community college in San Diego County to offer an ABA-approved paralegal studies program.The only other ABA-approved paralegal studies programs offered in San Diego County are provided through the extended studies arms of USD and UCSD, non-credit and costly options.While the university extension programs cost around $4000 tuition, the Miramar College fee of $11 per will mean greater access for students who wish to pursue paralegal training from an ABA-approved institution.To earn an associate degree in legal assistant with ABA approval, students may attend legal assistant classes offered at both Miramar and City colleges, but must apply for graduation from Miramar. According to Harrison, approval has taken years to achieve. The program must comply with rigid guidelines set by ABA.An application process and site visitation follow, then review by an approval committee which meets only once each year.

Cyberspace Travelers Replace Freeway Fliers

“SDCCD Online” (San Diego Community College District Online) debuted this fall with capacity enrollment in all by two courses offered.Additionally, more than 1,000 students were placed on waiting lists for the 19 credit and three non-credit courses, reflecting an obvious desire in the community for internet-based college instruction.SDCCD Online offers complete credit courses developed and taught online by instructors from Miramar, City, and Mesa colleges, a well as a webmaster certificate offered through the non-credit program, Centers for Education and Technology (CET).

SDCCD Online, a district-wide development project, has been established to create a full online associate’s transfer degree with an emphasis in business — 22 courses, one full computer networking technology certificate program, and student support service infrastructure, including online application, registration, counseling, bookstore, and tutoring.

Dr. Judith Baker, SDCCD Online Dean, was brought on board to coordinate the ambitious project.Baker holds a Ph.D. in health education from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in social work and bachelor’s degree in sociology. She is a certified WebCT trainer and certified online instructor, having completed the Walden Institute’s program for learning and leadership.Currently, Judy also serves as information technology consultant at CSU-Chico where she assists faculty with online course development, conducts training in instructional technology and online instruction for faculty and develops training curricula and coordinates training for faculty.

SDCCD Online is based at the Miramar College campus. Registration for spring semester classes will begin in November; classes will start Jan. 22, 2002.For more information on SDCCD ONLINE at Miramar College, contact Dean Judy Baker at (619) 388-7331.

Honda Drives Onto Campus and Into Training Pact

Miramar College and American Honda Motor Company recently signed an agreement to create the Honda Professional Automotive Career Training Certificate Program.Mary Benard, Dean of Technical Careers and Workforce Initiatives; Greg Newhouse, Associate Dean of Advanced Transportation Technologies; Peter Davis, past Associate Dean of ATT; and Ray Quon and Joe Goodman, Miramar College automotive program faculty, lead development of the partnership which will provide technician-level training for local Honda and Acura dealerships.Honda joins existing college/automotive industry partners Toyota, Volkswagon and Chrysler.