Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

ASB Update

Our 2002 Homecoming was a huge success! Our feature events included a rally, parade, half-time spectacular, and dance on Saturday evening. The dance culminated a successful week of events with approximately 1,000 students attending.

Upon entering, each participant received a free glow bracelet to add to their enjoyment and free refreshments throughout the night. The Associated Student Body (ASB) worked hard throughout the months of September and October to plan a week of activities that would provide a host of memories for the student body.

A big thanks goes out to all the parents and staff who contributed to the success of our events. Now, as we move into the holiday season, our standing committees begin working on events such as the Holiday Food Drive, Student of the Month program, 16th Birthday Card project, Athlete of the Month program, Adopt-A-Highway project, spirit activities, and pen pal program with the Jerabek Student Council. We are looking forward to the winter months and working diligently to provide a wide variety of student activity options for Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) students.

11th Grade Job Shadow

In November more than 500 SRHS juniors visited businesses throughout San Diego county and beyond for a day of instruction and career exploration. Approximately half the students involved in the day arranged their own job shadow placements. This was a new emphasis in the job shadow program this year to encourage the development of student responsibility and independence.

It was a great experience for all and would not have been possible without the generous support of the following companies.

  • A.B.C. Cleaners 2;
  • A.G. Edwards;
  • Acacia Animal Hospital;
  • Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Dept. Avionics Division;
  • Allen Matkins Leck Gamble and Mallory, LLP;
  • ATS Computers;
  • ATT Enhanced Network Services;
  • Bank of America;
  • Bay City Television, Inc.;
  • Bekaert Specialty Films;
  • Blaylock Engineering Group;
  • Bolsa Restaurant;
  • Bonita Medical;
  • Boomers;
  • Burns Drugs;
  • Butterfield Schechter, LLP;
  • C.S. Franko Construction;
  • Cabrillo Credit Union;
  • Cabrillo Elementary School;
  • California Bank and Trust;
  • Carefree Vacations;
  • Chemical Diversity Lab, Inc.;
  • Children’s Hospital and Health Center;
  • Children’s Primary Care Medical Group;
  • CHUGAI PHARMA USA;
  • City of San Diego Water Department;
  • Commonwealth Land Title;
  • Computer Modules, Inc.;
  • Computer Systems Corporation;
  • Congregation Beth Israel;
  • Contempo Hair and Nail;
  • Copley Family YMCA;
  • County of San Diego Department of the Public Defender;
  • Cox Communications;
  • Crosby Insurance;
  • Curry Price Court and Associates;
  • Department of Child Support Services;
  • Department of Rehabilitation;
  • dk-Networks;
  • Dragon Express;
  • EDS;
  • Edward Jones Investments;
  • Edwards Theatres;
  • Endeman Lincoln Turek and Heater;
  • Ericson Elementary School;
  • FAA TRACON;
  • Fedelity;
  • FIDM;
  • Financial Database Services;
  • Fitness Quest;
  • Fujitsu Transaction Solutions, Inc.;
  • GERS Retail System;
  • Glamour Shots;
  • Gnet;
  • Good Guys;
  • Grace, Brandon, Hollis, LLP;
  • Gymno Productions;
  • Hage Elementary School;
  • Hair Show;
  • Hamilton Meats;
  • Haskins and Associates;
  • Healthsouth Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centers;
  • Hewlett Packard;
  • Hilton Hotel;
  • Holiday Inn Select;
  • Hyatt Hotels and Resorts;
  • IBM;
  • IDEC Pharmaceuticals;
  • Images Salon;
  • Information Spectrum, Inc.;
  • Inovum, Inc.;
  • Integrant;
  • IPB Engineering and Construction;
  • Islamic School of San Diego;
  • John Casablancas Modeling;
  • Kaiser Permanente;
  • Keith’s Family Restaurant;
  • KPBS;
  • La Mesa Police Department;
  • Lee’s Gardening;
  • Libby Engineers, Inc.;
  • Lifetime Animal Care Center;
  • Link Quest, Inc.;
  • Lobster Fishing Company;
  • Lorbeer, Greenfield, Polito and Pengilly, LLP;
  • Low Voltage Systems;
  • MagneSensors, Inc.;
  • Marshall’s Industrial Hardware;
  • Mason Elementary School;
  • Matthews, Evans, Albetazzi;
  • MCAS Miramar;
  • MediaDirect;
  • Medical Center Pharmacies;
  • Medical Office of Pamela Sawhney, M.D.;
  • Memec, Inc.;
  • Merrill Lynch;
  • Michael S. Powers;
  • Midway Home Entertainment, Inc.;
  • Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes and Lerach, LLP;
  • Mission Hills Collison Center;
  • Mitchell International;
  • Morgan Stanley Dean Witter;
  • Mossberg and Associates Physical Therapy Institute;
  • Mueller Elementary Charter School;
  • Music Trader;
  • NAS North Island;
  • Naval Air Depot North Island;
  • Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet;
  • Naval Amphibious Base Coronado;
  • NBC 7/39;
  • NCR Corporation;
  • Nelgo Manufacturing Company;
  • New Dawn High School;
  • New Life Painting Company;
  • Nifti Communications, Inc.;
  • Office of James McClurg, M.D.;
  • Office of the District Attorney;
  • Omar’s Jewelry;
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery;
  • Osaka Japanese Food;
  • Pacific Perfusion;
  • Pacific Sportswear Company;
  • Paradise Printing;
  • PDG Hightower, Inc.;
  • Pella Architectural Products;
  • Pfizer, Inc.;
  • Pho Hoa Cali;
  • Planet Smoothie;
  • Pomerado Hospital;
  • Prestige Products;
  • Prudential California Realty;
  • QUALCOMM, Inc.;
  • R2 Technology;
  • Ray Kroc Middle School;
  • Red Envelope, Inc.;
  • Riverside Police Aviation Unit;
  • Robert A. Pullman, Attorney at Law;
  • Robert Eng Chin Professional Corp.;
  • San Diego Fire and Life Services;
  • San Diego Gas and Electric;
  • San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina;
  • San Diego Mesa College;
  • San Diego Police Department–Northeast Division;
  • San Diego School of Ballet;
  • San Diego Sockers;
  • San Diego State University;
  • San Diego Superior Court;
  • Santa Fe Christian School;
  • Sanyo North America;
  • Science Applications International Corporation;
  • Scripps Dance Centre;
  • Scripps Green Hospital;
  • Scripps Institute of Oceanography;
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla;
  • Scripps Performing Arts Centre;
  • Scripps Ranch Preschool;
  • Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital;
  • SeaWorld;
  • Seaspace Corporation;
  • Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek;
  • Sempra Energy;
  • Senior Advising Services, Inc.;
  • Sequoia Communications;
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital;
  • Shea Homes;
  • Smith Consulting Architects;
  • Solar Turbines;
  • SONY;
  • SONY Computer Entertainment;
  • Southern California Permanente Medical Group;
  • Southwest Imaging;
  • SPAWAR Systems Center;
  • St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church;
  • Star 100.7 FM;
  • Sun Microsystems;
  • Superior Building Maintenance;
  • Superior Court Facilitator’s Office;
  • Tasai Salon and Day Spa;
  • Terra Firma Landscape Company;
  • Testing Engineers-San Diego, Inc.;
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune;
  • Tino Ferreira, D.D.S.;
  • TKG Consulting Engineers;
  • Torrey Pines Elementary School;
  • Totally Thomas, Inc.;
  • Trestle Corporation;
  • Tyco Video Systems;
  • U.S. Navy;
  • UCSD Medical Center;
  • Union of Pan Asian Communities;
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Civil Division;
  • University of San Diego Athletics Administration;
  • U.S. Bank;
  • Utopia Realty;
  • Versalynx Corporation;
  • Vertical Hold;
  • Vision Retail Services;
  • Visual Color Lab;
  • Washington Mutual;
  • Wave Health and Fitness Center;
  • Western Micrographics Systems;
  • Westview High School;
  • Wingert Grebing Brubaker Ryan;
  • Worldcom;
  • Ximed Medical Center; and,
  • Zoological Society of San Diego.

Once again, thank you for sharing your time and talents with our students.

Internships Needed

SRHS Academy of Finance seniors are looking for companies that would be willing to offer internships in the areas of business, finance, marketing, or accounting. The students have been studying these career areas over the past year.

As the students prepare to leave the shelter of high school, they wish to experience the real world of business prior to pursuing college and/or work plans to test the knowledge they have gained. Internships may be paid or unpaid and usually extend from February to June, approximately 4-6 hours per week.

If your company would like to participate or requires more information about this program, please contact Mary Bostwick at 621-9020, ext. 132, or [[email protected]] as soon as possible. Interviews for the internships will be scheduled for January, so interested business partners must be located now.

SRHS Foundation News

The Foundation’s primary goal is to raise funds from SRHS families and local businesses in order to help provide monetary assistance to the school’s many academic, art/drama, athletic, and extracurricular programs. Without these funds, many critical materials would not be available for these classes and programs due to severe budget limitations from school district money. Or, there is no district money available at all.

The Foundation seeks donations throughout the year, as requests for funding are submitted to the Foundation on an ongoing basis. Your contribution helps not only your own child, but the student body as a whole. If you prefer, your contribution can be designated for a specific school department, program, or club.

Funding requests totaling $10,614 were reviewed at the October meeting. The Foundation was able to provide the necessary money for the following purchases: a multimedia projector for the Social Studies department; a video projector for the Math department; power tools for the Physics/Science Olympiad department; equipment for the Family and Consumer Sciences department; and, partial funding to the cross country program for State Finals competition.

Several requests had to be denied or only partially funded due to available funds based on contributions up to this point. If you would like to know more about the SRHS Foundation or would like to become involved on the Foundation, please call the school administration office at 621-9020. The Foundation is a great community service opportunity and a way to touch the lives of thousands of students.

Senior Parents–It’s Time to Jump on the Bandwagon!

There are about two dozen parents who are involved with our Grad Night and who faithfully attend our monthly meetings. The meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm–to accommodate “Survivor” fans.

Now that our 2003 graduating year is just around the corner, your Parent Booster Organization (PBO) committee wants you to take time to consider joining our planning group. Why not make your loyal participation in Grad Night 2003 your New Year’s resolution?

Various committees have been formed, and we are excited that our event is shaping up. Stacy Donahue and Dwynn Johnson have come up with a fantastic lineup of entertainment. Cindy Flores is meeting with Party Pals to plan games. Ellen Adamson is heading up check in and tickets. Debbie Tye and Sherri Ferreira are planning food. And, Joanne Jerrell will head up our important decorating committee.

We have an experienced electrician, Bob Pool, to handle the lighting, but need a few dads to volunteer to head up construction for the various props we require. Please contact Susie Gonaver at 549-7292 or Cary Meyer at 695-1756 if you can help.

Finally, this year’s membership is slowly trickling in–only 14 checks so far. But, we are certain that, in this midnight hour, more senior parents will contribute. Our December meeting is set for Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 pm in the teacher’s cafeteria at the high school.

Class of 2004 PBO

We are trying hard to build our email address list and would appreciate any help we can get from our fellow junior parents. Would you please contact Sandy Price at 693-1531 to give her the email addresses of those parents who may want to receive ongoing information concerning our preparations for the Golf Tournament and, of course, Grad Night 2004.

Our membership drive continues, and by now you have had time to read it over. Please take the time to mail in your donation if you have not done so already. You can call Molly Korson at 536-1491 should you have any membership matters to discuss. January’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7 pm at the SRHS teacher’s cafeteria. We hope to see many new faces there!

Class of 2005 PBO

The elected officers for our Parent Booster Organization (PBO) for the class of 2005 are: Alexis Parker and Becky Eldridge, co-presidents; Karilyn Greenwood, treasurer; Toni Wood, secretary/publicity; Diana Nicastro and Victoria Mazelli, membership co-chairs; Teri Horowitz, Yolanda Swallwell, and Cynthia Collins, fundraising co-chairs; and Gail Golko, database.

We are off to a great start! A bank account has been established, and our membership drive has begun. The membership committee will send out letters this month soliciting your membership and support. Please join in and help meet our goal: to provide our kids with a safe, fun, and memorable Grad Night.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call one of our co-presidents, Alexis Parker at 566-9872 or Becky Eldridge at 548-7400. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

December Events

  • Saturday, Dec. 7–Marching Band in annual North Park Holiday Parade;
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11–Advanced, Intermediate, and Jazz Band Concert, auditorium, 7 pm;
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11–Geography Bee;
  • Thursday, Dec. 12–Beginning Band, Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra Concert, auditorium, 7 pm;
  • Friday, Dec. 13–Geography Bee finals;
  • Monday, Dec. 16–Design Task Force meeting, auditorium, 7-9 pm;
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17–Learning Contract parent meeting, auditorium, 6-7 pm; and,
  • Monday, Dec. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 5–Winter vacation, no school.

Design Task Force

Parents, students, teachers, administrators, and community members are welcome to become part of the new Marshall Middle School Design Task Force. The first meeting, which will guide the design of the new middle school, will be on Monday, Dec. 16, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Marshall auditorium.

Music in the Air

December is a busy month for the instrumental music program here at Marshall. Our Marching Band will take part in the annual North Park Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7. We are proud to tell you that our holiday concerts will all be held here in our new auditorium.

The Advanced Band, Intermediate Band, and the Jazz Band will perform at 7 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 11. On Thursday, Dec. 12, the Beginning Band, Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra will join with the choir to perform at 7 pm. On Sunday, Dec. 15, the Marshall instrumental music students will join the SRCA Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Jerabek Park at 4:30 pm.

Reserve A Yearbook Now!

Yearbooks are on sale in the Financial Office for $30. The final day to reserve your 2002-2003 Legacy Yearbook is Friday, Dec. 13. After the winter break, the books will be sold on a first come first served basis. Reserve your book before the break to be sure you get one!

Library Media Center

The Library Media Center is sponsoring our annual book fair that runs until Thursday, Dec. 12. Students can browse through a large selection of popular, as well as classic, titles.

This is an excellent opportunity to build your home library, purchase books for holiday gifts, and donate them to your student’s classroom. We appreciate the help of our parent volunteers who make this event possible.

Learning Contracts

The Blueprint for Student Success has been implemented districtwide to improve student achievement in reading and mathematics. As part of the Blueprint, students in grades 6-8 who are at risk of not meeting grade level standards received a “Learning Contract” in November.

The Learning Contract documents student academic performance, required interventions, and potential consequences. It serves as an agreement among the teacher, parent or guardian, and student, outlining the responsibilities of each stakeholder in the intervention process.

“At risk” students are defined as those who are below or significantly below grade level in reading/language arts and/or mathematics, based on the district-designated assessments and performance cut points. At the end of the year, a “Teacher Decision to Promote or Retain” form will be completed for each at risk student. At that time, those 7th grade students who are still reading significantly below grade level will be retained. This decision will be based on new testing data obtained in 2003.

Students in grades 6-8 were identified as being “at risk” in literacy based on their 2002 Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test (SDRT) or Analytical Reading Inventory (ARI) scores. All students were additionally identified as being “at risk” in math based on their 2002 District Math Test (DMT) score–for current 6th and 7th graders–or having received a “D” or “F” in math on their June 2002 report card for current 8th graders.

Learning Contracts were filled out by English and math teachers and reviewed with students in November. A copy of the Learning Contract, along with an explanatory letter, will be mailed home in early December. A large group informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6 pm in the Marshall Middle School auditorium, to review the Learning Contract with parents and guardians. Your attendance at this meeting is most important, as all contracts must be reviewed and signed by parents.

Four Year Planning Conferences

The Counseling Office is getting ready for our 8th grade Four Year Planning Conferences scheduled for January and February. Most conferences will be held in the Marshall Middle School auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Letters regarding specific meeting dates and times will be mailed home to all 8th grade parents in early January. There have been some important changes in high school graduation and college entrance requirements that you will need to be aware of. Please plan to attend this very informative meeting with your son or daughter.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Principal’s Message,

During the past several years at Dingeman, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on literacy. Our teachers have put a great deal of money, time, and energy into organizing their classroom libraries to suit the needs of their students. One of the most important things I do when I visit a classroom is to check that our children are reading what we call a “just right book” during their independent reading time.

Just right books are books that are neither too easy nor too difficult for a child to read on their own. The reason I bring this up is to stress the importance of reinforcement of this type of reading at home. More often than not, we as parents, push our students to read books that are too difficult for them.

Research clearly shows that this is not the way that students will become great readers. In fact, this type of reading can be detrimental, as it often causes frustration and leads to a dislike for reading. I encourage you to check in with your child as they are reading their books independently at home.

Ask them to read aloud to you. It does not take a highly trained professional to tell if a book is just right. If your child can read almost all of a book with few mistakes and can make meaning of what they read, then they are right on target.

For more information on finding just right books, I encourage you to talk with your child’s teacher. He or she will help you in this sometimes confusing task. Reading at home should be fun and smiles, not struggles and tears.

On another note, we just received our Academic Performance Index (API) for our test scores from last year. As in all years past, we continued to make steady growth. The API score ranks all schools in California and is derived from both the SAT 9 norm referenced and Standards tests that were administered to all students in grades 2-6 last year.

Our 2001-2002 API went up two points from 884 to 886. This impressive score comes with both good and bad news. The bad news is that, for the first time, we did not rise by the needed five points to receive a bonus cash award from the state of California, as we have in the past two years since the inception of API ranking.

The good news is that, contrary to data trends in testing, we were able to continue to improve our scores in the same year that we added 150 new 6th graders to our school site. We are proud of our efforts and thank you for your continued support at home. Sincerely,

Jerabek Elementary

A Busy Student Council

As December is a busy month for all of us, here are just a few reminders for Jerabek families. In early December the district’s Student Council Convention was held. Our election was in October and the following students were selected as officers: Todd Walker, president; Garrett Moore, vice president; Kellie Schoepp, secretary/treasurer; Camille Saffell, student affairs; and, Nate Weiss, safety marshal. In addition, a representative was chosen from each of the upper grade classrooms.

All of these responsible children attended the training seminar in December. They have already begun their bi-monthly lunchtime meetings and initiated Spirit Day activities.

For example, students are encouraged to show their spirit by wearing the Jerabek green and white or any Jerabek logo-wear to school each Thursday. Every month the primary and upper grade classrooms with the most “spirit” will win a popsicle party. The most spirited class at the end of the year will win a Pat and Oscar’s breadstick party!

To further promote that “Koala Power,” the Student Council plans to start a student store, tentatively scheduled to be open Wednesdays after school from 3:30 to 3:45 pm. They will sell school supplies.

Winter Break

Our school will be on winter break from Monday, Dec. 23, until Monday, Jan. 20. This break will provide a relaxed time to enjoy the holidays with all of our family and friends, as well as allow some students to catch up academically. Although we already have the after- school Math and Reading Enrichment Program on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, some children just need more time and attention. Intersession will be held from Monday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 17.

Please count your blessings this holiday season. See you back at school on Monday, Jan. 20.

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

Learning Leadership

November was a busy month for the Miramar Ranch Elementary School (MRE) family. The social skill focus of the monthly flag assembly was leadership. We learned about leaders and leadership and how to put our shared ideas into practice. We are proud of our K-5 leaders who demonstrate leadership every day. We also enjoyed a concert by the 3rd through 5th grade choir. This choir, and the kindergarten through 2nd grade choir, will serenade us throughout the year.

Special Teachers

The annual convention of National Board Certified teachers was held in San Diego this year, and we were honored by a visit from a dozen of these special people. We boast four of them on our staff: Janette Miller, Valerie Oriente, Kristine Weiner, and Carla Latimer.

Dates to Remember

Family Science Night was held in November for 2nd graders, and will be repeated on Wednesday, Dec. 11, for 3rd graders and their families. Join us in the multipurpose room from 6:30 to 8 pm. Thanks to the Tahmassebi family for organizing these great events. There will be other Family Science Nights later in the year for other grade levels.

The Family Faculty Association (FFA) will host the annual Book Fair from Monday, Dec. 9, through Thursday, Dec. 12. Family Book Fair night will be Friday, Dec. 13. You will find bargains galore, support a good cause, and have a lot of fun.

The near future also holds the annual 5th grade hot air balloon festival. The science that they study in the classroom is put to a practical and fun test.

Carnival Success

The Halloween Carnival did not have to deal with snow or sleet or dark of night, but this year we joined the Post Office in ignoring rain to complete our appointed rounds. You can tell your supporters are dedicated when they stand in line in the rain to buy tickets. We appreciate your support throughout the year as we enjoy the many programs that the proceeds of the carnival make possible.

The carnival made $8,700 for the school and $3,700 of that was from the class basket and auction. MRE parents Diane Rosati, Julie Rose, and Judi Cohen spent endless hours organizing, planning, and wrapping the class baskets for the auction–thank you!

The 5th grade haunted house was also a big hit. Thanks to 5th grade parent Michelle Butte Burke and her crew for putting it all together. MRE 2nd grade student Nicole Sisson won the Halloween T-shirt design contest. Her drawing will be featured on next year’s T-shirt. Thanks to all the volunteers who arrived early to set up, then worked all day, and stayed late to clean up and put away.

Special thanks to:

  • Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37 for attending the carnival to teach our children about fire safety;
  • Marines for giving our children a chance to sit in a Humvee; and,
  • Scripps Ranch High School Key Club members for all of their help in volunteering to work at the carnival through rain and sun.

Also, a huge thank you to our business sponsors:

  • Minuteman Press;
  • Miramar Martial Arts Academy;
  • Academy of the Martial Arts;
  • Corky McMillin Construction;
  • Vons, Scripps Ranch Boulevard;
  • Ralphs, Mira Mesa Boulevard;
  • Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club;
  • San Diego Ice Arena;
  • Candy Bouquet Store;
  • Whoo’s Smart;
  • Pernicano’s Restaurant;
  • The Country Store and Bakery;
  • Starbucks, Scripps Poway Parkway;
  • Angel’s Landing, a bed and breakfast in Julian;
  • Butterfield Bed and Breakfast, Julian;
  • The Luggage Center;
  • Hotel Del Coronado;
  • The Rand McNally Map and Travel Store, Horton Plaza;
  • Barnes and Noble, Mira Mesa;
  • Longs Drug Store, Mira Mesa and Friars Road;
  • Miramar Travel Agency;
  • The Novel Shop, Mira Mesa;
  • Zany Brainy, Mira Mesa;
  • Cold Stone Creamery;
  • Happy Nails;
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics;
  • Fine Line Beauty Supply and Salon;
  • Target, Poway;
  • Olive Garden Restaurant, Carmel Mountain;
  • Great News! Cooking School;
  • Traveler’s Depot, Pacific Beach;
  • Solid Rock Gym;
  • San Diego Gulls;
  • Mrs. Fields;
  • Petco;
  • Riverwalk Driving Range;
  • Memories in the Making;
  • Cool Scrapbook Store; and,
  • Creative Memories.

We greatly appreciate the support of all these businesses!

Final Note

Special thanks to Lorilei Olsen and Patty Davis who did most of my work for me this month.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • December–We practice perseverance;
  • Every Monday–School Spirit Day;
  • Every Saturday–Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm;
  • Monday, Dec. 9–Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) board meeting, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Friday, Dec. 20–Classroom holiday celebrations;
  • Monday, Dec. 23, to Friday, Jan. 3–Winter vacation; and,
  • Monday, Jan. 6–Students report back to class.

Reading Roundup

The Reading Roundup Book Fair during November was a tremendous success! Students and parents alike shopped at school and at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market for books to enhance classroom libraries. Special events included morning treats with Clifford, free gift wrapping, cowboy vest making, and an opportunity to meet the Berenstain Bears.

Inventing Structures to Extend Learning

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School (EBS) and the Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) have found a variety of ways to extend the school day and our scholarly work. Students at our school have an opportunity to participate in several before and after school enrichment classes including: beginning and intermediate Spanish, Mad Science, Computer Enrichment, Chess Academy, EBS Patriot Singers, Art Camp, Webby Dance, and martial arts.

In addition to our enrichment classes, students have joined book and math clubs that provide additional support in these two areas.

The Flag We Love

During November students were introduced to a schoolwide read-aloud of The Flag We Love by visiting author Pam Munoz Ryan. By reading the same book together, our students had an opportunity for a shared conversation across all grade levels. For teachers it was an opportunity to examine how students interpret text and engage in rigorous discourse at varying grade levels.

First grade student Justine Logue wrote, “I respect my country by helping the community. Another way is to say the Pledge of Allegiance. But another one that is really good is our president, the best president that I have had. He has lots of fun being president, but I still like him!”

Fifth grader Matt Roberts wrote, “There are 13 stripes of red and white. White stars dot the yard of blue. Red is for hardiness and courage. White is for innocence and purity, while blue is for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

“Stripes are for the start of a very small land–13 colonies–the land we love the most.The flag has been in space, wars, tragedy, and the sea, just as much as government spots, and also at a grave. Memorials, houses, schools, cars, sports, museums, and all the national parks. The flag is our life of freedom, liberty, and justice for all. E pluribus unum–out of many, one. We can work together as a team.”

Student written responses are displayed in the office and throughout our multipurpose room for students and parents to participate in literacy walks.

First Grade Generosity

October’s character education focus was generosity. In the spirit of generosity and in a community service effort, the EBS 1st graders, all 107 of them, were involved in the second annual Huggy Buddies for the Elderly Program. This program benefits GenAmerica, a national nonprofit agency whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the elderly.

The 1st graders made a substantial contribution by going through their toy boxes at home to find stuffed animals in like-new condition that they wanted to contribute to the elderly. The students collected over 150 huggy buddies. What a great effort from the students!

Each class at EBS participates in at least one service learning activity each year. This strategy allows our teachers to integrate service naturally within our curriculum and foster the students’ lifelong commitment to character and service. It is a method by which our young people learn “beyond the classroom” by placing curricular concepts in the context of real-life situations.

From all of us at Ellen Browning Scripps, we send heartfelt “Season’s Greetings” to you and your family. Thank you for shopping the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market and supporting our scholarly work!

Other Schools

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Chanukah Celebrations

Chabad Hebrew Academy invited the entire community to its annual Grand Menorah Lighting and Chanukah celebration in early December. There were fun and fabulous activities, including working an olive press, making and decorating–and eating!– doughnuts, playing Chanukah games, and enjoying Maccabbe sporting events.

The 30-foot menorah–candelabra for the holiday of Chanukah–that graces the entrance to the Chabad Hebrew Academy campus was lit at sundown. Friends, families, and community leaders were present as the blessings over the menorah were recited, and everyone joined in the traditional holiday songs. The program also included performances by the children of the Chabad Hebrew Academy.

On the fifth day of Chanukah, the 5th graders attended an interschool Chanukah party with many other schools in the San Diego area. At the event the children met other students, worked on projects together, and enjoyed a delicious holiday lunch. This year the event was held in Carmel Valley, and Chabad looks forward to hosting it next year.

Biography Fair

What was it like to discover dynamite and establish the Nobel Peace Prize? You can have the opportunity to discuss this with Alfred Nobel. Would you like to talk to Hernando Cortez about his adventurous explorations? How exciting would it be to talk to a real cowgirl like Annie Oakley? Well, all of this will be possible at the Chabad Hebrew Academy on Thursday, Dec. 19.

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 indepth paper about their person, draw a portrait of themselves, and share 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 who you admire.

Staff Workshops

Many of the staff at Chabad attended very informative and inspiring workshops in Los Angeles last month as part of their continuing education. Workshops dealing with “enduring knowledge,” various learning styles, and innovative and creative teaching ideas were just some of the many workshops the staff attended.

Alliant International University

Courses Open to Scripps Ranch Community

Alliant International University’s (AIU) Continuing Education (CE) program is diversifying its fields of instruction with an innovative pilot program. It is designed to reach out to the Scripps Ranch community. The pilot program marks AIU’s first foray into nonhealthcare topics in the CE curriculum.

It consists of 12 workshops, six being offered between October and February. Another six courses are planned for the spring. Program topics include computer and Internet skills, visual arts appreciation, theater skills, and music appreciation. In the spring a piano workshop will be offered.

Local experts, including AIU faculty, will teach each workshop at the Scripps Ranch campus. All courses are open to the public and range in cost from $20 to $30, depending on the session. For more information, please call Continuing Education Director Jennifer Kulbeck at 800-477-1273.

The current schedule of classes includes:

  • Introduction to the Internet –Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 10 and 11, from 1 to 3 pm each day. Instructor: Larry Hambright. Cost: $20.
  • 20th Century Arts in the United States: Visions High, Wide and Mighty–Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 7 and 9, from 9 am to 12 pm each day. Instructor: Robert Loiselle. Cost: $30.
  • Music: New Ways of Listening–Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 4 and 6, from 9 am to 12 pm each day. Instructor: Robert Loiselle. Cost: $30.

We welcome you to sign up for these interesting workshops. Look for the spring courses in the months ahead.