Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

California HS Exit Exam Results

You cannot always believe what you read in the newspaper–except of course what you read here! The San Diego Union-Tribune ran an article on October 1, entitled “Fewer Than Half Pass Both Exit Exams.”

The article reported on recently released results of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE, pronounced “Casey”). Starting with the class of 2004, this year’s junior class, students must pass both the English Language Arts (ELA) and the math portions of the test to receive a high school diploma.

Included in the Union-Tribune article was a table of pass rates for each county high school. SRHS was reported to have a 48% pass rate for math and a 63% pass rate for English. The Union-Tribune article started another round of “education bashing” in the local media–for example, Roger Hedgecock and letters to the editor.

Reported scores from SRHS and La Jolla High–56% math, 80% English–were unfairly compared to Poway High’s significantly higher pass rates–84% and 93%. It tried to show that achievement in these San Diego City Schools is inferior to schools in affluent areas, such as Poway and Del Mar.

In reality, the Union-Tribune article misrepresented the data about the CAHSEE pass rates by not clarifying that the reported data only reflects last spring’s results. A large percentage of students in San Diego City Schools passed the test a year earlier as 9th graders. Poway Unified chose not to administer the test to their 9th graders in 2001, hence the high pass rates reported in the newspaper.

The actual pass rates for each San Diego City Schools high school can be found on the district web page at [www.sandi.net]. At Scripps Ranch High School we are working hard to ensure all our students have the skills to pass this exam. Our students–the class of 2004–first took this exam as 9th graders with great success in the spring of 2001.

Less than 100 SRHS students who had not yet passed the CAHSEE took the test last November and/or last March as 10th graders. The pass rate for only these students is what was reported in the newspaper. To date, 466 of our 507 11th grade students–92%–have passed the English Language Arts portion of the test, and 423–83%–have passed the math portion.

These results include the newly released results for the students who attempted the CAHSEE last July after completing a CAHSEE support summer school class. Now that we have received the results of the July CAHSEE, we will implement additional support systems for our students to prepare them for the upcoming November test.

Our current 10th graders–the class of 2005–will take the exam for the first time in March. We are confident that our SRHS Falcons will meet the CAHSEE requirement for high school graduation!

Ping Pong Club

The SRHS Ping Pong Club is seeking donations of ping pong tables, paddles, nets, and ping pong balls. If you are interested in donating any of these items to an enthusiastic group of ping pong players, please contact Coach King or Coach Morrow at 621-9020, ext. 5704 or ext. 5501.

Foreign Exchange Students

Students and their teachers from Japan are coming to visit Scripps Ranch High School to experience Christmas in America with a host family from Saturday, Dec.14, through, Thursday, Dec. 26. There will be planned activities Monday through Friday, from 8 am-5 pm, with free time on weekends for visitors to enjoy activities with their host family. This is a great opportunity for you to share your Christmas traditions with others and to add to your Christmas memories. If you would like more information, call Julia Sadlier at 619-229-9889.

Academy of Travel and Tourism

In October the newest Academy of Travel and Tourism (AOTT) students saw firsthand the workings of their industry with a behind the scenes tour of the San Diego Airport and Cabrillo Monument. The entire Academy of 60 students will visit Old Town and observe one of San Diego’s premier tourist attractions in action on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Additionally, on Friday, Nov. 22, the AOTT program will host the Hogan Family Foundation Travel and Tourism Mobile Classroom. This is an award winning, 45-foot custom coach that travels the United States in an effort to raise awareness about the benefits of travel and tourism. Community members are welcome to join SRHS students and staff in this interesting educational experience. Call Cheryl Obayashi at 621-9020, ext. 5506, to make your reservation.

As a long time and familiar school-to-career program at SRHS, the Consumer and Family Science Department has enjoyed great support from the community in the past. Now as an exciting new Academy, we welcome any travel, tourism, and hospitality business members to join our advisory board.

You can help us continue to build an outstanding project-based learning program for our SRHS students. Please contact Bonnie Kau at 621-9020, ext. 5502, if you would like to be involved.

College Information

Parents, want to keep up-to-date on college information for your high school student? Check the SRHS website at [http://srhs.sandi.net] on a regular basis. Go to the Daily Bulletin, where you will find SAT test dates and prep classes, lists of college visits, scholarship opportunities, and other useful information.

Attention PGA Golf Fans and SRHS Falcon Supporters

The Scripps Ranch High Falcons Baseball Club will again be offering discount daily admission tickets for the Buick Invitational PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines. The event runs from Monday, Feb. 10, to Sunday, Feb. 16.

The Century Club of San Diego, host of the Buick Invitational, is sponsoring the Save Our Sports (SOS) program. This program directly supports high school athletics, raising more than $2 million dollars for San Diego County high school athletic programs in the past 10 years! This year’s goal is to raise $500,000 countywide.

Your $12 ticket–a $25 value–is good for one daily admission any day during the tournament. Just present it at the gate. Every dollar generated from these tickets will benefit SRHS baseball.

Send for your tickets today by writing to: Roger Engle at SRHS, 10410 Treena Street, San Diego, CA 92131. Indicate the number of tickets requested and your name and address information for delivery. Include a check for the full amount made payable to: Scripps Ranch Baseball. You may also call or email Roger for more information at 621-9020, ext. 7109, or [[email protected]].

Academy of Finance

The SRHS Academy of Finance (AOF) is off and running in an exciting second year. Students from the AOF have enjoyed a day of training and team building with some of their mentors at the now annual Day at the Bay Retreat.

They have also successfully completed their mock job interviews with local business leaders for positions in the two SRHS Virtual Enterprise businesses that operate out of the Business and Management classes. Academy students now look forward to beginning their mentor relationships with newly trained Academy advisory board mentors during a one-day job shadow experience on Thursday, Nov. 14.

From this experience, students will continue to work by email correspondence and eventual internship experiences with their mentors over the course of the next one to two years. For more information or to become involved with the Academy, contact Janet Ouadah at 621-9020, ext. 4404.

Job Shadow Hosts

Nearly 250 job shadow hosts have signed on for this year’s big day for SRHS juniors–a record turnout for this terrific annual experience. A few job shadow hosts may still be needed, especially in the areas of arts, media, and entertainment. Job shadow day is Thursday, Nov. 14. If you would like to participate in this special day or would like more information, please contact Mary Bostwick at 621-9020, ext. 132, or [[email protected]].

Community Donations

Are you consolidating a business, cleaning out your garage, wondering what to do with any “used but still in great shape” miscellaneous office supplies, furniture, exercise equipment, computers, or even lab equipment? Consider a donation to Scripps Ranch High School. It is amazing the things we can do with used “stuff”!

Many local businesses and private individuals have donated countless items that are being put to good use on our campus. We appreciate the generosity of this community. Not sure if your items could be used by the school? Contact Mary Bostwick at 621-9020, ext. 132, or [[email protected]] to discuss.

SRHS Foundation

The Foundation members would like to thank those who have made recent contributions to the Foundation/Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) membership drive. Many requests for funding are coming in and, as always, the goal is to assist as many programs and organizations as possible, and as many students as possible.

At the September meeting the Foundation approved funds for the Science Department to buy 25 new lab stools, as many of the existing stools are broken. Contributions were also made to the:

  • Roller Hockey Club–a non-funded CIF sport;
  • Field hockey program–the JV team is non-funded; and,
  • Link Crew program–a social and academic personalization program aimed at all 9th graders.

The financial assistance that your donations make possible are much appreciated by the teachers, coaches, program leaders, and students. Requests for funding are submitted to the Foundation throughout the school year, so contributions are always needed and welcome.

A large number of requests have been submitted for consideration at the October Foundation meeting and range from academics to athletics to extracurricular programs. The meetings are open to all. Anyone interested in learning more about the Foundation and how you can help, contact Rebecca O’Brien at 536-1203 or the SRHS administration office.

Football Boosters

Well into our season, the Scripps Ranch High School Falcon Football teams have been working hard to reach the CIF playoffs. If you have not had a chance to see Matt Lorona, Colon Coffin, Ryan Young, Mynor Shulte, Robert Buckley, Joe Sly, Joe Sassi, and the rest of our great varsity, come see our final home game. It takes place on Senior Night, Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 pm. We play Morse at Falcon Field in Scripps Ranch.

We round out the regular season at Point Loma on Friday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 pm. Also, come on out and see our great freshman and junior varsity teams. They play the Thursday afternoon before each varsity game at opposite venues.

The high school administration, Boosters, and football family would like to thank our friends and the community for the generous support in donations, time, and energy to make our program the most successful football family in the city. If you have any questions on banquets, 2003 dates, or the program in general, call Ralph Sassi at 689-0142 or Sergio Diaz at 621-9020. Go Falcons!

Calling All Senior Parents!

There are only eight months left until our seniors graduate, and it is not too late to become involved in the planning of Grad Night! Our membership letters went out in October, and the Parent Booster Organization (PBO) hopes you have taken the time to contribute to our cause.

We want to keep ticket prices down, and your donations will certainly help. Many exciting activities are in the works to make certain our kids have a fun and memorable Grad Night.

Please attend our next meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 pm in the teacher’s cafeteria at the high school. We need more people to help.

Look for a special ticket package that will include tickets to Grad Night and the senior breakfast. Please contact Stacy Donahue at 549-2619 for more information and to see how you can help.

PBO 2004

At our last meeting several new people were on hand to help plan this important “junior” year in which our main focus will be the Golf Tournament. Jim Lovell has graciously come forward to chair this spectacular event.

A special golf meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. The meeting will take place at 7 pm and will feature a wine and cheese tasting in order to set the stage for our golf fundraiser and to entice more parents to attend.

We especially hope to attract more men, as they will be the ones who organize foursomes and help with sponsors. Therefore, the PBO 2004 is asking all “dads for grads,” to join us.

The November meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 pm in the SRHS teacher’s cafeteria. For information, call Sandy Price at 693-1531.

PBO 2005

Our first meeting was held in October at the Scripps Ranch Information Center, and it was a great success. Many thanks go to our “mentor” Sandy Price. During the meeting we elected officers and initiated our membership drive. A letter will go to all students in the class of 2005 with further details about membership.

This year the two main goals for our enthusiastic parents are to promote interest in Grad Night 2005 and start our fundraising. Mark your calendars. The next PBO meeting is right around the corner.

It will be on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Information Center located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, near Marshall Middle School. Anyone interested in joining, please contact Victoria Mazelli at 566-8679. We hope to have even more parents get involved!

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

November Events

  • Tuesday, Nov. 5–Marshall choir at Scripps Ranch High School Veterans Day concert, 6:30 pm;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6–Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), lounge, 12-2pm;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6–Governance meeting, staff lounge, 6:30 pm;
  • Friday, Nov. 8–No students, staff development day;
  • Monday, Nov. 11–Veterans Day holiday; and
  • Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29–Thanksgiving holiday.

Choir

The annual Veterans Day concert, sponsored by Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) choir teacher Nancy Shirley, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 pm in the SRHS gym. Local elementary and Marshall Middle School students will join the SRHS students to perform a selection of patriotic music. Come early, as seats fill up quickly. Or, bring cushions or blankets so that you can sit on the floor. Admission is free!

Science Fair

Last year Marshall had a California State Science Fair winner. When school was out in June, the national competition was still going on. Eden Delphy, our student, had a project on “Talking on a Cell Phone While Driving: Is it Dangerous?” Over 7,500 students were nominated for the competition from regional and state science fairs, which represented 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. We are proud to announce that Eden was in the top 400 of 1,764 students who entered.

Attendance Announcement

Parents and students, please make sure that you have your lunch, schoolwork, P.E. clothes, and anything else you may need at school before you leave home. Delivering these items is a huge disruption to teachers! If items must be delivered, please have them left at the main office. Students will be notified and they can pick them up between classes.

Dress Code

Students need to be reminded of our dress code. Please see the planner for a detailed list. As a general reminder all shoes must have a strap in the back or a back to the shoe.

Ladies need to remember that all tops must have at least a one-inch strap–no spaghetti straps. Tops must also cover the stomach completely, even if the student raises her hand.

Young men need to remember that “sagging” or pants worn below the buttocks are not allowed. Pajamas and slippers are not to be worn to school. Parents will be notified if their student violates the dress code and may be asked to bring a change of clothes for their student. It has been suggested that one way to address dress code violations is to consider uniforms for students.

Rainy Days

Rainy day plans need to be made prior to coming to school. Have a specific plan in place for pick-up in the event of rain. Delivering “special” messages tends to disrupt the educational process.

Emergency Cards

Please make sure that we have an emergency number to reach you in the event your child is injured at school. Not being able to reach a parent and having to call an ambulance for transport is not only stressful for the child, but for our staff as well.

After School Math Tutoring

We offer after school tutoring in math on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:15-3:15 pm in room 157. Mr. Rogers, our geometry teacher, provides this tutoring. Everyone is welcome.

MATHVISION

MATHVISION is a television program produced by Instructional Television. This is a telephone math helpline. Certificated math teachers staff six toll-free tutoring phone lines on Wednesdays and Thursdays, each week, from 3-6 pm. The phone number is 1-800-MATH-543 or 1-800-628-4543. The televised part of the program can be seen from 4-5 pm on these channels:

  • Cox Cable and Time Warner Cable–16;
  • Adelphia Cable–67; and,
  • USA Cable–4.

If you have any questions, call 569-5302 or email [[email protected]].

AVID at Marshall

Marshall has a new elective this year. It is called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and is available to 7th and 8th graders.

These are students who have the promise for higher level classes in high school and want to improve their study habits, organizational skills, note-taking, and overall GPA so they can attend a four-year college or university after high school. Jeanne Tejada is teaching this class and is very excited about her students and what they plan to accomplish this year.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Incredible 1st Graders

Here at Dingeman Elementary School, our 1st graders accomplish some pretty amazing things. Do not let their young faces fool you! They are authors, avid readers, artists, singers, athletes, scientists, mathematicians, stage performers, community helpers, and so much more!

Earlier this school year our 1st grade teachers went to the Scholastic Warehouse together, courtesy of Dingeman’s successful Book Fair last spring. They came back with a selection of grade level books for their students to choose from, covering a variety of genres. They have several books for read-aloud, guided reading, and independent reading. These 6- and 7-year-olds are impressive as they thoughtfully make text-to-text, text-to-world, and text-to-self connections.

This year, 1st grade teachers will spend five days in staff development dedicated to math and science. In addition to the new district math adoption, 1st graders develop their analytical sides with a focus on life cycles.

A field trip to the Bates Nut Farm in the fall is not only a chance to pick out the perfect pumpkin and take a fun hayride, but it is also an excellent educational activity where they can learn about a plant’s life cycle. Plant life cycles are reinforced again in the spring with a field trip to Bell Gardens Farm.

However, 1st graders study more life cycles than just those of plants. In the spring, students participate in a program called “Hummingbirds Love Ice Cream and Butterflies Love Pizza.” This is a hands-on science program where students learn about insect life cycles and their roles in nature.

Students also get to “raise” caterpillars and watch them evolve into beautiful butterflies. First graders use scientific methods of observation and record their observations in their own science journals. This activity culminates in a highly anticipated trip to Spring Canyon Park where the students release the butterflies into their natural habitat.

A Winning “Wheel”

Friday Wheel for 1st graders is a very special program developed years ago by our 1st grade team. Our young learners engage in fun and hands-on enrichment classes. The students do not stay with their regular classmates but instead have an opportunity to meet new friends by being grouped with other 1st graders.

Friday Wheel also allows students to work with all six of our 1st grade teachers. Each group rotates between four classes, and there are two 40-minute rotations each Friday. Ms. Sandell and Mrs. Wilson team up to teach music/crafts/cooking to two of the groups. Their activities are centered on a chosen theme such as apples. The students sing songs, which many times are movement related, read apple stories and poetry, and cook up treats like “apple smiles.”

Mrs. King teaches art during Friday Wheel. A very creative example of some of the work that students will bring home from this rotation is a “crayon resist with a watercolor wash.” Students draw a picture with crayon and go over it with watercolor paint. The effect is a beautiful piece of artwork worth framing!

Directed Drawing/P.E. is taught by Miss Cathcart. The Directed Drawing activities derive from the Monart drawing method. Students learn about lines, shapes, and angles and how drawings can be created from these art concepts.

The teacher takes a step-by-step approach by drawing a simple line or shape, and the students follow her on their paper. During one rotation Miss Cathcart might read The Grouchy Ladybug to the class and afterwards have a Directed Drawing lesson on some of the characters from the book. On rotations when they are not drawing, students can be found on the playground doing P.E. They participate in games that involve following directions and teamwork.

Students have a great time in math activities/P.E. during Mrs. Coulapides’ rotation. During math, students play games such as Math Bingo. All their fun, enriching activities reinforce the concepts learned in their core math curriculum that they do in their regular classroom. During P.E., Mrs. Coulapides helps the students with basic developmental skills that include learning to jump rope and crossing the monkey bars.

Finally, Mrs. Anning teaches science/social studies to our 1st graders. Each rotation is thematic. Currently, the students in her rotation are learning about seasons and all the changes that come with them. They observe the changes in the air and the effects that occur because of it, such as the colors of leaves and why they fall.

Special Moments

First grade parents can look forward to some precious moments as several of their students take the stage during various acting and musical performances throughout the year. Parents will also be proud of how their children open their hearts to help others. In past years 1st grade classrooms have supported refugee families through the African Alliance by giving clothes, toys, bed and bath supplies, and many other things needed for day-to-day living.

Thank You!

In other news, Dingeman’s Pledge Drive and our gift wrap sales were both huge successes! We want to thank our Dingeman families for their generosity. Do not forget cookie dough and pizza sales begin this month, just in time for holiday baking! We would also like to thank Sweet Posies, Baskin-Robbins, and Santorini’s for their donations to our Teacher’s Luncheon that took place at the start of the school year. Their continued support is so appreciated!

Jerabek Elementary

November Events

Jerabek continues to be a busy place this November. Here are some events and dates worth noting on your family calendars.

Red Ribbon Week is set for Monday, Nov. 4, through Thursday, Nov. 7. Activities will include a Stomp Out Drugs assembly that will incorporate percussion with a positive choice, anti-drug message. The students will create classroom posters to adorn the courtyard depicting their commitment to leading healthy, positive, drug-free lives.

Family Science Night for grade 2 will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6:45 pm. Family Math for grade 4 will follow the next week on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:45 pm.

Be sure to look for your Innisbrook wrapping paper and treats on Tuesday, Nov. 12! Your children will bring home your orders so that they can be delivered to your friends and family in time for the holidays. Thank you so much for your generosity! So many Family Faculty Organization (FFO) programs are funded because of this fundraiser!

Go Shopping, We Earn Money

Come December, there will be another opportunity to help our students. Zany Brainy and Pat and Oscar’s in Mira Mesa are hosting a special “Jerabek Shopping Day” on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Come do some holiday shopping!

When you are finished, tired, and hungry, go on over to Pat and Oscar’s for dinner. Both stores will donate a percentage of their sales that evening to the Jerabek FFO. Make sure you mention Jerabek at Zany Brainy, and be sure to have your coupon in hand when ordering at Pat and Oscar’s. Need a coupon? Call the FFO office at Jerabek at 578-5330.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The very important fall parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for the first week in December. Come learn how your student is growing this year at Jerabek! Our teachers spend a great deal of time preparing for these conferences, so please be sure to thank them for their commitment! Conferences will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, Wednesday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 6. Remember that the kids get out at 1:15 pm on those days.

Run for Fun and Awards

The Jerabek Running Club is one of the largest, on-going activities at Jerabek. Our students can run before school at 8:45 am every day from September through July, weather permitting. For every quarter-mile lap they run, students earn a ticket.

Certificates of achievement are regularly distributed for 5-, 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-mile “milestones.” In addition, trophies are awarded at the end of the year to those students who run over 50 miles! Younger siblings can join in the fun and earn special “sibling tickets.” They earn a lollipop for every mile! Rosemary Keane and Doris Cacha would appreciate any volunteers who wish to help with the Running Club.

No School

What with all of this activity, there is definitely a need for some rest. Please note these days off from school:

  • Friday, Nov. 8–Staff development;
  • Monday, Nov. 11–Veterans Day in honor of our nation’s worthy freedom fighters; and,
  • Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29–Thanksgiving break.

Enjoy the change of seasons, and take the time to share the moments with your family.

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Halloween Fun

As you read this, we are relaxing after the annual Halloween Carnival. We hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming! Thanks also to Miramar Elementary School alumna Megan Dray for stepping in to help with prizes when her mother broke her ankle.

And finally, thanks to the SRCA Newsletter’s Graphics Editor Victoria Mazelli for her help in doing the Halloween Carnival picture layout that was the center spread of last month’s Newsletter. It was outstanding!

Field Trips

The annual Old Town and Balboa Park field trips started the school year out very nicely–a good time was had by all. Or, at least all who I talked with.

Civic Duty Plug

The School Board is one of many important issues on the November ballot. Show our students how democracy works by studying the issues and voting!

Commercial Plug

The after-Thanksgiving shopping season is almost here. When you shop at the University Towne Center, remember to take the receipts to the information booth in the middle of the mall to be logged in for the “Earning for Learning” program.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • November–We practice gratitude;
  • Every Monday–School spirit day;
  • Every Saturday–Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am-1pm;
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5–Election day, voting on site, multi-purpose room;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6–Support group for parents of children with attention difficulties, presenting Christine Wood, M. D., 6:30 pm, multi-purpose room;
  • Friday, Nov. 8–No school, staff development day;
  • Monday, Nov. 11–No school, Veterans Day;
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12–Character Education Advisory Committee, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Thursday, Nov. 14–Student recognition assembly, grades K-1, 11:30 am, multi-purpose room;
  • Monday, Nov. 18–Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) board meeting, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Monday, Nov. 18, to Friday, Nov. 22–AFP Book Faire;
  • Thursday, Nov. 21–School Planning and Management Team, Site Governance/SSC, 7:30 am, EBS library;
  • Thursday, Nov. 21–Student recognition assembly, grades 2-3, 11:30 am, multi-purpose room;
  • Friday, Nov. 22–Principal’s Chat, 9 am, multi-purpose room;
  • Friday, Nov. 22–Student recognition assembly, grades 4-5, 2:15 pm, multi-purpose room;
  • Monday, Nov. 25, through Wednesday, Nov. 27–Parent/student/teacher conferences, 12:30 pm dismissal;
  • Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29–No school, Thanksgiving.

Beginning the Day at EBS

We begin the school day with morning class meetings. It is a great way to build a strong and caring community, set a positive social and learning tone, increase excitement about learning, and improve academic and social skills. The meeting usually takes 15 minutes.

Each morning, the students gather in a circle on the carpet. We begin by saying the Pledge of Allegiance followed by singing a patriotic song. Students greet each other and share some news followed by a conversation with the class. This helps students listen carefully, think about what they hear, formulate good questions, and learn about each other.

We also discuss how we might practice our monthly character trait. Class meetings help our students feel united as a group, reinforce academic skills, and help them learn how to solve problems.

Finally, the teacher presents the daily instructional schedule–the teaching and learning for the day. This is also a time that students take ownership for their daily learning.

Morning meetings at EBS let students know every day that our school is a safe place where everybody’s feelings and ideas are important. Principal Rich Cansdale conducts school-wide “class meetings” during the year to promote community and to review school agreements or “rules” that help us maintain a safe, nurturing school environment.

Great Books come to EBS

The Great Books Program combines interpretive discussion and activities with outstanding literature in all our classrooms. Literature is chosen carefully to stimulate rigorous discussion during Reading Workshop. By participating in this program, our students exchange ideas in a search for meaning.

We call this search for meaning “shared inquiry.” In shared inquiry, students and teachers work together to uncover a deeper meaning of the text. Our teachers pose genuine, thought-provoking questions or queries, and students respond with their own ideas. Students then use evidence from the text to develop and refine their interpretations. They “question the author.”

Through shared inquiry and engaging literature, the program helps students deepen their skills in four key areas: critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking and listening. Our Great Books Program is another example of providing GATE curriculum and instructional practice for all students at EBS.

Grand Person’s Day

This year our Grand Person’s Day is scheduled for the day before the Thanksgiving holiday break, Wednesday, Nov. 27. On this special day we invite out-of-town, and local, family members visiting for the holiday into our school. We begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 am in the multi-purpose room, followed by classroom visits until 10 am.

Other Schools

Miramar College

Evening with the Experts

“An American In Love With His Country” is the topic on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6:30-8 pm. James Bruce Joseph Sievers gives an amazing one-man presentation focused on a single theme–the joy of being an American. From reflections as a Green Beret during the Vietnam era, extensive traveling across the United States, and performing for Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush, James Bruce Joseph Sievers shares a unique and compelling perspective about our nation.

Sievers, a recording artist and author, has been featured in People Magazine, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times. He has also been recognized by Toastmasters International with the prestigious Communication and Leadership Award. Sievers was awarded the George Washington Medal of Honor for this presentation, “An American In Love With His Country.”

“Evening with the Experts” presentations are free and held in lecture hall I-101 on the Miramar College campus at 10440 Black Mountain Road. No reservations are required. For information, call the Public Information Office at 536-7876.

Prop “S” on the November Ballot

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, area residents will vote on Proposition “S,” the San Diego Community College District capital improvement–construction–bond measure. It would provide $685 million to repair, renovate, acquire, construct, and equip college buildings, sites, and computer labs for the three colleges and Centers for Education and Technology.

If Prop “S” passes, Miramar College projects will include: a new library; several new classroom and laboratory buildings for public safety, science and technology, and the transfer program; a new shared-use field house; a new Colleges Services Center and Police/Emergency Services substation; significant safety enhancements; removal of ten antiquated, dilapidated bungalows; a co-generation facility; renovation of the A200 building for Arts and Humanities school; renovation of 15,300 square feet of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Center; repairing and replacing roofs, worn wiring, plumbing, electrical, heating, and air conditioning systems; and, computing technology systems.

Not Too Early for Spring

Spring 2003 class schedules will be mailed to Scripps Ranch residents and delivered to the Scripps Ranch Library in mid-November. You can apply now for the spring semester. Classes begin Tuesday, Feb. 4. Apply online at [www.communitycollege.net/applyonline].

Daimler-Chrysler Donates $10,000

Miramar College auto service partner Daimler-Chrysler recently donated $10,000 to the advanced transportation program. Several college administrators participated in a ceremony in September where they received the check and posed in front of one of Daimler-Chrysler’s former gifts to the college, a Viper. The college’s advanced transportation program includes industry partnerships and technician training agreements with Toyota, Daimler-Chrysler, and Honda.

“THINK” About the Future

Through the efforts of Pearson Ford, the San Diego Regional Transportation Center, and the Miramar College Advanced Transportation Technology Program, a new electric car, THINK Neighbor, is wheeling around campus.

The THINK Neighbor, a two-seat vehicle with a rear compartment, is a multi-purpose vehicle for people or cargo. It is certified for use on roads with speed limits up to 35 miles per hour and is designed with an aluminum space frame and AS-1 glass windshield to protect the driver and passenger.

With the further development of the college’s 120-acre facilities, the THINK Neighbor will be used daily on campus. It will also be used as a display vehicle for career expos and business partnership meetings on campus, such as the quarterly general membership meetings of the San Diego Regional Clean Fuels Coalition. It may also be considered as a potential vehicle for security and parking control.

The Miramar College Advanced Transportation Technology (ATT) Program has worked with Pearson Ford and the developing Regional Transportation Center through the San Diego Regional Clean Fuels Coalition. The ATT Program is one of only ten strategically located throughout California for the express purpose of teaching and demonstrating alternative fuel technologies. Its activities involve both on- and off-campus technical training, public education, and alternative fuel and vehicle demonstrations.

International Student Enrollment Highest Ever

This fall, more international students enrolled at Miramar College than ever and represent countries around the world. New students from Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, Turkey, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Kenya, India, Holland, China, and Canada stated varied reasons why they selected Miramar College.

Those reasons include family and friend referrals, specific program needs, and water polo. Several found Miramar while surfing the Internet. Miramar counselor Ruth Gray coordinates the International Student program, which requires full-time enrollment and registration with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Enrollment Soars

At the conclusion of the first week of fall classes, enrollment at Miramar College is up 26% over one year ago. Classrooms are filled at all hours of the day, evening, Saturdays, and online. The fall numbers continue the double-digit growth that Miramar College has experienced over the past five consecutive semesters.