Scripps Ranch High School

Annual Job Shadow Day Huge Success

On Oct. 25, Scripps Ranch High School juniors once again took to the streets. 471 students visited more than 175 businesses and individuals in San Diego and Orange county to discover what it is that people do with their education. Some students were surprised to discover the kinds of skills and education necessary to be successful on the job.

Students visiting biotech companies discovered the great emphasis on math. Students visiting medical and legal professionals were amazed at the level of writing skills required. Students interested in computers found at video companies the importance of art and design skills. And students visiting large corporations discovered the importance of leadership and people skills.

Evaluation forms from students and host companies alike have lauded this program as one of the best ways for students to see relevance in their studies and be exposed to jobs that could influence their future education and career choices. Many individuals involved cited the need for more opportunities such as this for students, longer shadow visits and even more involvement from the community. Several companies who did participate this year have hired their student visitors after this experience and see this as a good way to investigate their potential workforce.

SRHS is very appreciative of the efforts of the community to support this program and others such as the Legs for Literacy race. A reception and introduction at the SRHS football game of participating businesses was held on Nov. 8, to recognize this important component of our educational process. We hope others in the community will become involved. We have terrific students with much potential. Contact Mary Bostwick at [email protected] with your ideas or to gain more information about the school-to-career connection at SRHS.

SRHS Thanks Job Shadow Hosts

Ad-Quick Signs

Affiliated Rehabilitation and Medical Center

Alliant International University

Alteer Corp.

American Reprographics

Andy Sani Associates A.I.A.

Angel Studios

Artifex Entertainment

Aspen Mills Bread Co.

Audio-Tron Recording Studio

Aurora Biosciences Corp.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies

Bargain Center

Barona Casino

Beachhead, LLC

Bonita Medical

Brec Vending, Inc.

Cabrillo Credit Union

Cal Fed Bank

Calwest Products

Car Audio Heaven

Carmel Valley Ranch

CBA Industries

Channel 10 KGTV

Children’s Hospital

Children’s World Learning Center

Clear Channel Communications

Coldwell Banker

Community Bible Church

Computer Science Corp

Cox Communications

Darlington Incorporated

Debra L. Tye

Finance & Accounting

Del Sol Academy

Deltyme Corporation

Department of the Treasury

Dept of Health Services-Genetic Disease Newborn Screening Program

Dewey Elementary School

Dignified Living Choices, Inc.

Dingeman Elementary

Ed Benjamin & Sons

Elegant Cleaners

EMC2

Epicentre

Ericson Elementary

Ericsson

Esoterix, Inc.

Eveoke Dance Theater

Excel Business Group

Explore Baja Inc.

Financial Network Investment Corporation

Fitness Quest

Gateway Country

General Atomics

General Dentistry

Glamour Shots

Global Wireless Engineering

Green Hospital of Scripps Clinic

Grubb & Ellis

Hacienda Hotel

Hair and Nails For All

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, LLP

Ian Cummings Photography

Insight Systems LLC

Kaiser Permanente

KGTV San Diego’s 10

Kindred Hospital

King Elementary School

KJOY 94.1

KPBS

KSON

KSWB News

KYXY 96.5

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co.

La Jolla Playhouse

Law Office of Daniel J. Horwitz

Law Office of Theresa Erickson

Law Offices of Linda A. King & Associates

Leaf & Cole

Lifetime Animal Care Center

Lutheran Church of the Incarnation

Lydias Day Spa

Mad Science of San Diego

MALS-11 Avionics

Mason Elementary School

MCAS Miramar

MCRD

Merrill Lynch

Midway Home Entertainment, Inc.

Mira Mesa Family Dentistry

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Mohamad Tarabishi

Montgomery Middle School

Motorola LMPS

Naval Medical Center San Diego

Naval Station San Diego

NOKIA, Inc.

Nurlogic Design

Office of Attorney General

Olimb Grafix

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Ozzie’s Music Store

Palomar College

Peregrine Systems

Perfect Vending

QCPI / Kyocera Wireless Corp.

QUALCOMM, Inc.

QUALCOMM Stadium

Questron Distribution Latistic

RBF Consulting

RNP Architects, Inc.

Salk Institute

Salomon Smith Barney

San Diego City College

San Diego Community College District

San Diego Fire Department Public Information

San Diego Police Department, NE Division

San Diego World Affairs at World Trade Center

Scripps Dance Centre

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Scripps Memorial Hospital

Scripps Montessori School

Scripps Performing Arts Centre

Scripps Ranch High School

Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital

Scripps West Dental Office

SDSU Athletic Foundation – SDSU

SDSU Department of Education

Sea World

Sensormatic

Sharp Mesa Vista Behavioral Health Center

Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group

Silicon Wave

Smalley & Co.

Smooth Hair

Solar Turbines, Inc.

SONY On-line

Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command

Spring Valley Middle School

Star 100.7

Sulzer Calcitek, Inc.

Surfer Magazine / Prime Media

Sycuan Fire Department

Synergistic Services

Taylor Guitars

Terra Firma Landscape Company

The San Diego Union-Tribune

TimeWarner Cable

Total Gym

Tri-Dimensional Engineering, Inc.

Tuesday Productions

U.S. Border Patrol

UCSD Dept. of Psychiatry

UCSD Medical Center

Union Bank of California

University of San Diego

Urbano Marketing & Associates

US Bank

US Navy

Washington Mutual

Western Financial Planning Corporation

White Night Productions

Withers Mann La Manna

Xcellsis Corp.

XO Communications

Tourism Alive and Well at SRHS

The new Academy of Travel and Tourism (AOTT) at Scripps Ranch High School is showing students that tourism is still a viable industry in San Diego even amidst the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in New York. Approximately 35 Academy students and their teachers enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Wild Animal Park. Animal care as well as information about the tourist industry were presented in depth at this all day event. AOTT students hope to continue to develop relationships and programs with other large centers of tourism in our county.

Developing relationships with businesses is what academies are all about. AOTT students will be participating in the city-wide Groundhog Job Shadow Day on February 1, 2002 where they hope to see more closely the application of their classroom learning in the Areal [email protected] Students in the Academy take Introduction to Tourism, Strategies for Success, Foreign Language and English (with a tourism emphasis) – courses which are even now being revised and redesigned by AOTT teachers for the District at large. Companies interested in submitting ideas for this curriculum effort are encouraged to contact Bonnie Kau at 621-9020 x4448

There are also many other ways to be involved with the Academy. Speakers, classroom assistants, drivers, mentors are all needed to help create a superior program. To become involved with this exciting new program for a select number of highly motivated students, please contact Mary Bostwick at [email protected]

Academy of Finance Flourishes

It has been a busy fall for the new Academy of Finance (AOF) at Scripps Ranch High School. After a very successful kick-off retreat at Mission Bay in September, all 25 Junior and Senior students in the academy joined classmates for the annual SRHS Job Shadow Day on Oct. 25. AOF students visited more than 20 different financial institutions in the greater San Diego area. Students received personalized attention from their hosts as they experienced first-hand the financial responsibilities of bank and business managers, stock brokers, marketing specialists, financial planners, corporate attorneys and accountants.

The AOF students have since established mentoring relationships with their job shadow hosts and continue to work with them periodically on projects and issues relevant to their classroom work which includes the creation of a virtual business called Pacific Investments. Complete with corporate structuring every student participates as a member of the team from CEO to Accounting assistant.

On the horizon for Nov. 29, is a Financial Scavenger Hunt to the Golden Triangle. Students will work in teams to visit and retrieve financial documents of various kinds from professionals of the hosting businesses in the UTC area. Students will be required to use their most professional behavior, have studied and know the purpose of the documents they seek and be organized in their plan for the day. Businesses are still needed to host. Contact Mary Bostwick at [email protected] if you would like to assist or would like more information about the Academy.

PBO Class of 2002

Great plans and great ideas are well underway for Grad Night 2002! We have a theme! We have committee chairs! We have committee members! Now the planning and work to provide a safe and fun filled evening for our students can begin. Now that we have a theme, the creative juices are flowing and the fun begins! To receive updates on our progress, to find out how you can contribute, or to see what kinds of treasures we are collecting to create the theme environment for Grad Night 2002, send your email address to Dixie Hall, Event Chairperson, Grad Night 2002 at [email protected] Also, look for a Grad Night 2002 website coming after the holidays. This website is under construction by a class of 2002 students as their Senior Exhibition project! Finally, thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all who have made donations, attended meetings and committed their time towards planning this year’s event! There is still plenty of time and opportunity to be a part of your student’s Grad Night 2002. Attend the PBO 2002 meeting. Join us each third Tuesday in the teacher’s cafeteria at SRHS at 7 pm. See you there!

PBO Class of 2003

Hey, we’re making headway! Team 2003 PBO is gaining momentum as we have raised $6,400 in membership monies thusfar. Thank you so much for your generosity. We were so far behind schedule, we definitely needed a boost! These contributions are so encouraging and we are now confident that the Junior parents will come through for our class. If you have forgotten to mail in your membership contribution or need a new flyer, please contact Amy Patashnik at 578-4141. We are still hoping to collect additional funds. This will make it so much easier when it gets down to the wire.

Committee members have been scratching their heads trying to come up with some convenient and exciting fundraisers. Watch for a flyer that will be coming home with your 11th Grader explaining our “dining out program” beginning in December. Pick Up Stix, at our newest Vons Center, has agreed to donate 20% of all monies they make the 3rd Thursdays of each month from now through June 2003. The hours of participation are from 3-9pm. Pat & Oscar’s, in the Mira Mesa Marketplace, has also agreed to donate 10% of all monies they take in on the 1st Tuesday of each month beginning in December during the hours of 5-8 pm. Mark your calendars and be sure to bring the flyer when you dine out.

Other fun upcoming activities include a Golf Tournament which will take place in mid-April of 2002. This fundraiser always proves to be the most successful one for Grad Night and we are sure you will want to attend. Ladies, sign up for a few golf lessons now!

If you have not attended one of our planning meetings, we invite you to join our fun group on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Teacher’s lounge at the high school. We are looking forward having more people show up at the meetings and always welcome your ideas and enthusiasm. Hope to see you next time!

Class of 2004 PBO

Our first fundraiser, the sale of See’s Holiday Candy, is already behind us! Thanks are due to Kim Molina for her efforts in organizing this. At the time of writing this article, final figures were not available, but thanks to all who filled out those order forms! We appreciate your support.

The Membership Drive is also well underway. All parents of students graduating in 2004 will already have received a communication by this time. As our fundraising goal for the year is $10,000, any and all support of this project will go a long way to reaching that goal. Any questions on this should be directed to Paula Best @ 271-7630.

Our next meeting will be in January, date to be announced in the next Newsletter. Anyone interested in becoming a member of PBO 2004 should contact Joanne Gimbel @ 586-0330 or Kim Molina @ 271-7630 for details.

Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Dec. 5 – Gov. Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Lounge

Dec. 6 – PTSA Meeting, 3:00 p.m. Lounge

Dec. 7 – Progress Reports Distributed

Dec. 12 – Choir/Band/Orchestra Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m., SRHS

Dec. 12 – Geography Bee

Dec. 14 – Geography Bee Finals

Dec. 16 – Orchestra Christmas Tree Lighting Perf., 4-6 p.m., Jerabek Park

Dec. 17 – Joint Middle School/High School Parent Meeting – Blueprint 3

Dec. 21-Jan. 4 – Winter Vacation (No School) Students do not come to school Friday.

New 6th Grade Camp Dates

If your student has McDaniel, Gray or Middendorf for a core teacher, your Camp Palomar visit will be February 25-March 1, 2002.

If your student has Chiu, Wood or Allen, your Camp Palomar visit will be March 4-8, 2002.

If your student has Movido, Hall or Retter, your Camp Palomar visit will be April 8-12, 2002.

From the Nurse’s Office

The Project for Attention Related Disorders (PARD) has an annual inservice scheduled for parents and teachers. The inservices are held at the Whittier Center, 3401 Clairemont Drive.

01/02 Current Concepts in Medication/Treatment

01/24 Memory Tricks for Kids Who Forget

All parents are encouraged to attend. There is no childcare available. Any questions call Susie Horn at 627-7594.

Now is the time for 6th grade students to begin the 6 month process of updating their immunizations. Sixth graders should have documentation in the health office before leaving for summer vacation to ensure easy enrollment in the fall as two MMR’s (measles, mumps, rubella) and three Hepatitis B injections are required BEFORE admittance to the first day of school. Any questions please contact the health office, nurse Kathy.

Marshall Middle School -Washington DC Trip

Eighth Grade Students, plan their annual trip to the East Coast.

On Sept. 24 a large number of parents assembled to hear the exciting details of this year’s trip to the East Coast. While the tragic events of Sept. 11 have effected us all, we feel confident that our students will have a valuable excursion. Once more, Marshall is pleased to be working with Apple Tours and Travel. This is our third year working with Apple and we continue to be both grateful and impressed with their collaboration. There is room for 200 students to participate in this educational trip and currently all seats are filled and we have a short waiting list.

This year’s tour will include major sight seeing stops in Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Washington D.C. In addition, we are looking forward to a guided tour of some of the Amish communities of Pennsylvania. Once arriving on the East Coast, all travel is done in luxury motor coaches. Marshall staff members, Apple Tours’ staff, and well qualified, certified tour guides are with the tour at all times. Safety of the students is always our main concern (just as it is on campus) and much effort goes into ensuring that.

In order to help pay for their trip, several students participate in fund raising activities. In November, students participated in Masterpiece Fundraising (cookie dough, frozen pizza and pretzels) and the selling of Paul Ecke poinsettias. There will be additional fund raising opportunities in the future. All of us at Marshall who work on the trip thank the community for their generous support.

There Is Music in the Air

Mark your calendars for Marshall Middle School’s Winter Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 pm at Scripps Ranch High School’s auditorium. Marshall’s excellent bands, under the direction of Mr. Steve Steinberg and the Marshall Concert Choir and Ensemble, under the direction of Ms. Lori Palmer will perform a concert of fun and inspiring selections. You won’t want to miss it! This is the first year we have had a jazz band so come out and give them support. A group of musicians from the advanced band will be performing at the Jerabek Park Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 pm. This is also the first time we’ve been part of this event. See you all there with bells on!

From the Marshall Attendance Secretary

It’s the time of the year for Federal Survey Cards. To qualify for impact aid under Public Law 815 and 874, the Federal Survey is completed once a year as required by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. California Department of Education sets a date for the survey which is during the first quarter of the academic year. Cards are sent home with each child from school and are required to be filled out completely and returned immediately to the school. Cards have already been distributed this year. If you have not received yours, please call the attendance office.

Problem Solving

Our Math Administrator, David Honda, would like you to know: The math homework help-line is there for you. Are you stuck on homework and need help? Students can ask questions and receive over-the phone assistance by calling (800) Math-543 on Wednesday and Thursday between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. Your call may even be answered live and shown on TV between 4:00 to 5:00 on the same days on the ITV cable channel.

If you need help in math there is math tutoring for all grade levels in room 304 at Marshall. It will be taught by Mr. Rogers from 2:10 to 3:10 every Monday and Thursday. Everyone at Marshall is welcome.

Thanks from Marshall Middle School to Nilesh Agrade, Dhruv Gopinath, Ashley Gray, Zaneta Lim, Rachel Meis, Ryan Mulvey and Matt Price for representing our school on live television. These students appeared on the Instructional Television broadcast of Mathvision, a call-in program where students from all over San Diego phone in to get help with math problems. Our students did a great job of representing our school by assisting callers with their homework on live television. Great job kids!

ASB Corner–Thurgood Marshall Middle School

During the month of October, Marshall Middle School took part in a “Salvation Army Drive.” We collected over 40 bags of clothing for the needy. In addition, during the same month we collected over $3,100 in donations for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Letters were also written to the military men and women aboard the USS Peleiu who are joining the fight against terrorism in the Middle East.

Red Ribbon Week was a huge success. It was held in October. Dress-up days and class competitions throughout the week were used as a reminder to Marshall students to “Say No To Drugs.”

We are currently taking part in the Holiday Food Drive to support the San Diego Food Bank. Last year we received the Silver Spoon Award for bringing in over 2,500 pounds of food for the needy.

During the month of December, we will be having our first annual Toy Drive in an attempt to collect used and new toys which will be donated to charity.

Lastly, the Marshall Middle School ASB has declared the 11th day of each month “Patriotism Day”. This will be a day for all students and staff to wear their Red, White, and Blue as a way to remember those who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks and to pay tribute to the New York Police and Fire Departments and the military efforts to stop terrorism in the middle east. We are writing to the elementary and high schools in the Scripps Ranch Community requesting that they join us to show their national pride and commitment to stop terrorism. Please join us in our day of remembrance. Dave Hodapp-ASB Advisor

The Counseling Corner 4-Year Planning Conferences

The Counseling Office is getting ready for our upcoming 8th grade Four Year Planning Conferences scheduled for January and February. Most conferences will be held at the Scripps Ranch High School Media Center, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, due to lack of meeting space at Marshall. Letters regarding meeting places, dates and times will be mailed to all parents in early January. There have been some important changes in high school graduation and college entrance requirements which you will need to be aware of. Please plan to attend this very informative meeting with your son or daughter.

After School Reading Program

The After School Reading Program provides an opportunity for your child to increase his/her reading skills. It takes place three days a week, for 90 minutes each day. It starts immediately after school in rooms 353 and 355, with Ms. Hall or Ms. Martinez, from 2:30 – 4:00 pm. The program will run throughout the school year for approximately 25 weeks with breaks during school holidays, winter and spring vacations, and during the standardized test time in the spring. In order to allow for all students to participate, a late activity bus is provided for students who are transported to our school. If you are interested in having your child participate in this program, please call Ms. Hall or Ms. Martinez ASAP at 549-8840.

Library Media Center

The Library Media Center is sponsoring our annual book fair on Thursday, Dec. 6-13. Students will be able to browse through a large selection of popular as well as classic titles. This is an excellent opportunity to build home libraries, purchase books for holiday gifts, or make a donation to your child’s classroom library. A list of recommended titles and authors will be distributed to students during the first week in December. We appreciate the assistance of our parent volunteers in helping to make this a successful event.

We are still looking for donations of any large flowerpots or plants to decorate our outdoor reading patio. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Elementary Schools

Miramar Ranch Elementary

The annual Miramar Ranch Elementary School Halloween Carnival was its usual fun-filled success this year, blessed with good weather and good people. Proceeds will go toward enhancing academic and enrichment programs at the school. Thanks to all who helped and those who came and had fun.

The school’s annual Book Fair Fundraiser is set for the week of Dec. 10-14. Thursday, Dec. 13 will be Family Night, with a holiday concert by school choirs. Join us for holiday spirit and music. For information call Tom Dray at 335-4483.

Apologies to the Suzanne Neshat and Terri Palmer whose “dollar day” efforts in September raised $866.70 for September 11 disaster relief. Their work was inadvertently left out of the November newsletter, and we appreciate their efforts. Thanks also to the students who worked so hard to raise the money.

The next Parent Coffee is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 8 am, see you there!

Jerabek Elementary

Wow, only 3 more weeks until the winter break! Where is the school year going? Jerabek’s winter break will begin Dec. 21 with students returning on Monday, Jan. 21.

The Jerabek FFO, with the support of Mr. Liberto, decided to donate all profits from the Original Arts fundraiser to The United Way September 11th Disaster Relief Fund. Original Arts is a program whereby Jerabek students create a piece of artwork, which can then be reproduced onto gift items such as mugs, canvas bags, mouse pads, etc. This was a wonderful way for our students to experience what it means to be a humanitarian and contribute to the healing process of so many victims of the Sept. 11th disaster. There was a ceremony at Jerabek in November at which a check for approximately $5000 was given to a United Way representative.

It is time for the latest “I’m Curious Question of the Month”. What’s up with computer education at Jerabek? It is by using money generated from both FFO fundraisers and donations that we are able to finance and enhance the technology program at Jerabek. Our technology

budget covers the purchase of new equipment, maintenance, and upgrading of existing equipment, and the funding of part-time Computer Instruction Aides for the upper computer laboratory. As this article is being written, a computer curriculum for all grade levels is in development. For the lower grades, K-1 parent volunteers act as the instructors and supervisors in the lab. We still need volunteers for this position (no computer skills required). The Computer Instruction Aides have been hired and are working hard with the upper grades 2-5. They will work with the staff and the Technology Committee to refine and implement a curriculum designed to teach the children to embrace technology and to develop the skills that will enhance their studies at Jerabek and in their future educational stages. We want to thank the local community and Jerabek parents and staff for their support with our technology goals at Jerabek. Happy Holidays!

Dingeman Elementary

November was certainly a month filled with new learning experiences for our students! Our fourth graders went on their weeklong field trip to Old Town where they learned about local history and got to meet new friends from other schools. While the fourth graders were hiking and learning about everything from the Native California Era to the New Town Era, our fifth graders were also on their field trip to Balboa Park. They had a great time visiting the Reuben H. Fleet Science Museum, Natural History Museum and learning about different cultures from around the world

Last month, we mentioned that Dingeman’s Family and Faculty Connection (FFC) gives grade level grants each year to every grade. Teachers from each grade write up a proposal on how they can use that money to enrich their students’ education. The 3rd grade team has recently submitted their proposal and has requested that their grant be used to buy additional supplies to enhance their already outstanding academy program. Each Thursday, all third graders are divided up into groups and attend academy with students that are not in their regular classroom. Third grade teachers prepare challenging and interesting hands-on activities for their academy. Each academy is several weeks long. After completing each course, the students rotate to a different academy.

Our third graders are very fortunate to have a variety of courses offered to them. Mrs. Harris’ academy is called “Wall of Cultures”. In this academy, students read the book Talking Walls by Margy Burns Knight and study various cultures around the world. Students learn about the physical, literary, visual and musical cultures of different people and gain an appreciation and respect for diversity.

In Ms. Becker’s academy, “Olympians”, students learn how the Olympic games began! They explore its fascinating 2800-year history and how the Olympics have evolved. Students engage in many reading and writing activities and finally put together a mini-Olympics. The class also takes a field trip to the ARCO Olympic training ground in Chula Vista. If fortunate enough, they may also meet coaches or athletes that happen to be out training!

“Electricity and Computers” is an excellent hands-on course taught by Mr. Anthony in which students learn about how the things around them work. Students learn basic electronics and are asked to consider how their lives and their world would be different without electricity. The students also design their own flashlight. This is where a lot of personal creativity and ingenuity “shines” through!

In Mrs. Jewel’s academy, “Micobiology,” students not only study various specimens under a microscope, but also learn about that very instrument in great detail. Students get to observe different slides from samples given to them in class as well as prepare their own slides from items brought in from home. So, don’t forget to save that moldy bread!

Students study different periods in art history as well as the artists who defined each era in “Museum: Studying the Fine Arts” with Mrs. Kermath. They learn to create various forms of art and study the works of famous artists such as Van Gogh. They also learn about how the nation’s White House is a museum of fine art. Throughout this academy, the students put together their own wonderful art portfolio.

Finally, students have an opportunity to make beautiful music in “Extreme Recorders” with Mrs. Webb. Students, each with their own recorder, learn the basics of music theory, which include staff, note reading, rhythm, time signature, measures, and much more.

To many 3rd graders, Thursday academy is their favorite part of their school week! We feel very fortunate to have teachers with such diverse interests and strengths and who are willing to share their talents with not only the kids in their own class, but with all the students in their grade.

Well, our 3rd graders are not the only ones who have an opportunity to participate in activities to enhance their regular academics. Mr. Saguil’s 4th grade class and Mrs. Schwartz’s 5th grade class would like to bring you their presentation of The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast. You’ll be thoroughly amazed at the acting talent as well as the musical talent of our Dingeman performers. The performance will be on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm in the Dingeman Auditorium. There is no admission fee, but donations to help offset the costs are greatly appreciated!

We hope everyone has a fun, safe, holiday vacation. We’ll see you back on campus on Monday, Jan.7!

E. B. Scripps:

A season like no other…at Ellen Browning Scripps we are capturing the very essence of what makes this time of the year so special…a spirit of generosity and an environment filled with joy. Those of us in our school community know what accounts for this very special feeling – supportive and involved parents and community members, students who come to school filled with an eagerness to learn, and a compassionate faculty devoted to the work we do and the children and people we work alongside of each day.

Miss Ellen Browning Scripps once said, “The most important gift one human being can give to another is, in some way, to make life a little better to live.” Philanthropy, in my mind, is more than money. It is the giving of one’s self to serve others. As I reflect upon the events of September 11, I am reminded of how quickly actions and events mark our times and influence the course of relationships and history. In countless cases, we each have witnessed individuals who have stepped forward and defined their time by placing a priority on others. So, too was the life of Ellen Browning Scripps.

This month I have been drawn to a reflection of our schoolhouse’s current place in time. This is, after all, the last month of our opening year – 2001. It is also a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of so many individuals who have been generous with their time and talent during these opening months. Most recently, I have had the pleasure of honoring many of the parents and community members who support our work with positive energy and a strong commitment to our work in physical education, student safety, academic fundraising, visual and performing arts, and the library. And speaking of philanthropists, I am pleased to announce that our students contributed $244.37 to the President’s Fund for Afghan Children. Miss Ellen would be proud!

During December, E. B. Scripps will be a place where we teach and learn with gusto and generosity of spirit. It will also be a month filled with holiday festivities and tradition. Please refer to the Upcoming Events Calendar for a listing of our planned events and activities. Noteworthy this month is our Parent Academy scheduled for Tuesday, December 4. The topic will be of special interest to parents of children with attention difficulties. The academy will include a panel of parents, students, school staff, and pharmacist Ed McFeely and pediatrician Dr. Dorothy Johnson.

We know that our school is like no other. It is a place where wishes come true. “We’ve checked our list” of accomplishments… “we’ve checked it twice,” and we know that 2002 is just the beginning of things to come at this remarkable schoolhouse. All of us at E. B. Scripps wish you the very best this holiday season. Love. Peace. Joy.

Box Tops for Education

E.B Scripps Elementary and Vons on Scripps Poway Parkway have partnered to help collect Box Tops for Education. We understand that many of you already clip and save for your children’s school. If you do not currently participate elsewhere we would really appreciate your support in saving and clipping for E.B. Scripps.

Here’s how it works! Simply clip and save Box Top logos from over 330 participating General Mills products. Current products include Big G cereals, all Betty Crocker products, Yoplait multi-packs, Fruit Roll Ups, and many others. Our school gets 10 cents for each Box Top we collect. The more we collect the more cash we earn! There is a clear lucite box that is placed at the front of Vons on the counter near the office. Please drop your Box Tops into the case and we will collect them weekly.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Chabad Hebrew Academy and Chabad of Scripps Ranch cordially invite the entire community to its annual Grand Menorah Lighting and Chanukah celebration. The program will be held on Dec. 13 at 4:30 pm at the Chabad Hebrew Academy, 10785 Pomerado RD. The 30 foot menorah (candelabra for the holiday of Chanukah) that graces the entrance to the Chabad Hebrew Academy campus will be lit at sundown. Friends, families, and community leaders will be present as the blessings over the menorah are recited and everyone joins in the traditional holiday songs. The program will also include performances by the children of the Chabad Hebrew Academy.

What was it like to be accused of being a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1680’s? You can have the opportunity to discuss this with someone accused. Would you like to talk to Hernando Cortez about his adventurous explorations? How exciting would it be to talk to a man of peace such as Mahatma Gandhi? Well, all of this will be possible at the Chabad Hebrew Academy on 20 December. How you ask? The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are putting on a Biography Fair. All the students have chosen a person in history to portray. After exhausting research, they become this person. They write an in-depth paper about their person, draw a portrait of themselves, and will be sharing their lives through the scrapbook they have kept through the years. Everyone is welcome to come and ask questions of all the historical figures that will be attending the Fair. You may learn something new about a person in history that you have admired.

The First Grade class concluded their plant unit by visiting Corcoran Ranch. The children learned about the orchard as well as discovered that the Granny Smith apple originated in Australia. They also discovered that yellow jackets love to eat apples. The children ended the lesson by picking their own apples to take home.

For information on these programs or any other activities at the Chabad Hebrew Academy, please contact 566-1996.

AIU Holds Unveiling Ceremony

On Oct. 4, inauguration ceremonies were held for Alliant International University (AIU), the new institution combining United States International University and Alliant University/California College of Professional Psychology. AIU President Judith E.N. Albino unveiled a new marble sign marking the University’s entrance at the corner of Pomerado Road and Avenue of Nations. Local dignitaries, including Jim Ritchey, representing Congressman Duke Cunningham’s office, attended the event.

The ceremony had originally been slated for September 14. However, it was delayed after the attacks of September 11. Dr. Albino addressed the gathering and spoke about her enthusiasm for the newly combined institution and its relevance in the present world situation.

“I believe that Alliant International University is uniquely positioned to make a significant contribution to a saner, less violent world in which we would all like to live. Our experience as an international institution is highly relevant for the events that have been unfolding since September 11,” said Albino.

Dr. Albino went on to say that the University was still dedicated to the idea of using scholarship to create greater global understanding. Albino also stressed that AIU would continue to take part in the community of Scripps Ranch. She pointed out some activities that the University would provide, such as programs to prevent family violence in San Diego County and making campus sports facilities available to local youth teams.

Multicultural Prayer Service Held

The staff, faculty, and students of Alliant International University participated in a multicultural prayer service for peace on the Scripps Ranch campus recently. Dr. Randall Phillips, Vice-President Emeritus, presided over the event. Prayers from several faiths, including Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Baha’i, were read by various participants.