Editor: Linda Beauchesne mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been a privilege to work along side such an
President’s Message outstanding group of volunteers and teachers. Together
we have enhanced our student’s education and
It’s hard to believe that this is our last maintained the solidarity of a wonderful teacher/parent
Dolphin newsletter of the 2002/2003 partnership.
school year and that very soon our
SVMS 8th graders will be graduating. Please remember as you relax and enjoy your summer
Congratulations to the fantastic SVMS Class of that …………..
2003, we wish you all the best in your upcoming
Smart Volunteers Mean Success!
Janine Charlton, PTA President
The PTA had a record-breaking year, thanks to all
the incredible parent support and participation. I
would like to thank the following PTA Executive
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
Board members for their valuable time and
expertise: Vice President Sherry Luttrell, Secretary
Sherry Morano, Treasurer Carol Weisenstein,
$4,825 Could Have Gone to Classrooms!
By Linda Beauchesne
Auditor Marshall Wolf, and Historian Chris
Samuels. What’s that you say? Why didn’t we spend that $4,825
in classrooms? Because that is how much the PTA
A special good-bye and thank you to PTA Vice spent this school year to print and mail the Dolphin
President Sherry Luttrell who will be moving on to News to SVMS parents! Why mail it when your child
SV High as next year’s Parent Club President. could simply bring it home? When was the last time
Sherry did an outstanding PTA membership drive your middle-schooler actually let you look in their
this year and she lead the helm of this year’s backpack? Unlike elementary school, we have no
graduation committee. She will be incredibly “Friday Folder” and no guarantee that you will see the
missed. newsletter unless we send it to you, UNLESS…
A big Thank You for the outstanding leadership of View the newsletter online, in , at your leisure
Donna Lohrmann and Kathy St. Leger-Barter for at the SVMS website at:
this year’s magazine drive. www.svms.santacruz.k12.ca.us
A big round of applause belongs to our Vice- This year at summer WEB days for incoming 6th
Principal Shannon Calden who did an outstanding graders and REG days for 7th and 8th graders, you will
job representing the school administration at all of have the opportunity to simply check a box indicating
our meetings, and for working so well with the your desire to receive email notification when the
PTA. Many thanks to PTA Teacher Representative newsletter is available online. By doing so, there will be
JoAnn Greene for always being there, too. Thank no more waiting for the newsletter to arrive via bulk
you, Mary Lonhart, for being the pillar of support mail. Instead, each month you will receive a brief email
at the Middle School. Your overall leadership at containing a link to the SVMS web page. You can view
SVMS has been vital to the success of our PTA! the .pdf file whenever you want.
I am happy to report that this year’s PTA put in All you need is access to the Internet and your own
thousands of volunteer hours. An impressive email address. Then we do all the work and notify you
number of parents participated in the fall magazine when it is ready for viewing. Think of it as a way to
fundraising events, graduation committee meetings, save a tree AND put the PTA funds back into the
bake sales, Dolphin Newsletter and more. An classroom!!!
increasing number of parents are donating time at $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
the Krunch Koral.
June 2003 1
Principal’s Message support and the positive recognition provided to our
staff has been an amazing component of SVMS.
Dear Families, There are many more to thank and please know that
we thank you all for all you have given to SVMS.
It is unbelievable to think that we are
days away from the close of the 2002- With a grateful heart, I wish each and every one of
2003 school year. It is has been an incredible year in you a healthy and relaxing summer. Enjoy the
so many respects. With our nation at war, our young sunshine and the opportunity for rejuvenation. I’ll
people were once again, challenged to maintain see you on September 3rd!
focus and balance. I hope that the school community
of Scotts Valley Middle School provided our Sincerely,
students a pillar of strength and stability this year. Mary Lonhart, Principal
With an outstanding group of educators and support
staff, 2002-03 will shine as an example of excellent
education. Please take a moment with your child to Don’t Forget the Dress Code!!
reflect on the challenges, successes and
improvements he or she has made this year.
As you begin your fall wardrobe shopping,
please keep in mind the SVMS dress code. The
Our eighth graders move on to high school, again code information can be found in the Binder
unbelievable. Their last week of school will be a Reminder. If you have questions, please do not
roller coaster of events, literally. They begin with a hesitate to call the school (438.0610).
trip to Great America and finish with a lovely
ceremony and dance given to them by our wonderful Some hints: Students midriffs or underwear
PTA. I wish each and every one of you success and may not show. Shoulder straps should be at least
good health in your adventures after SVMS. 2 fingers wide. Shorts and skirts should allow
for complete coverage even when students are
With great pleasure, I will preside over the end of
sitting or bending.
the year Awards Ceremonies on one of our last days
of school, Thursday, June 12, 2003. These
ceremonies will honor students for their Thank you for your support.
achievements and improvements throughout the
year. Additionally, those with perfect attendance Thank you Brian Schneider-Turk!!!
will be honored for this amazing achievement.
Please see the schedule for these ceremonies later in
this newsletter. Brian, an outstanding 8th grader, took it upon himself to
revive the tradition of a school mascot. With financial
Planning for 2003-04 is in full swing. We anxiously
support from our PTA, Brian purchased the costume and
await the arrival of our new sixth graders and look
forward to bringing back our seventh and eighth represented the Scotts Valley Middle School Dolphins at
graders. See information later in this newsletter home games. His initiative and school spirit provided
about our 6th grade WEB program. Our staff is
beginning organization of our summer staff SVMS with
development and is looking ahead to the SVMS our very
Registration Day. Information on this important own
event is included later in this newsletter.
The thanks that need to be said here could not mascot.
possibly fit in the confines of this newsletter.
Without the help, devotion and commitment of so
many people, SVMS would not be half of the school Brian for
it is today. At the top of that list is our tremendous reviving a
PTA. Under the dedicated leadership of Janine
Charlton, the PTA has provided us with numerous
resources. The financial support, the volunteer tradition!
June 2003 2
June 2003 3
By Janine Charlton
Having experienced the transition from 5th grade to 6th grade for the two years in a row with both of my
daughters, I would like to pass along some tips for your soon-to-be 6th grader!
• Teach them how to use a combination lock over the summer
• Be sure to mark down the WEB (Welcome EveryBody) days; August 20 (A-L) and August 21 (M-Z).
WEB days are a great opportunity for them to see how the campus operates. Also, they have an
opportunity to buy a “binder reminder” on WEB days, so send them with money and their registration
packets. When they get their class schedules in August, take them up to the middle school and show
them where they will be going from room to room. This will familiarize them with the campus as well.
• Teach them how to use the pay phone on campus.
• Teach them how to use the water vending machine.
• If possible, review keyboarding skills over the summer. There are some good software programs that
teach keyboarding skills; ask your child’s 5th grade teacher for a recommendation.
• “Summer Math Skills Sharpeners” are a wonderful way to keep up math over the summer. A student
who has just completed 5th grade should use a fifth-grade review book. However, consult your child’s
math teacher for the appropriate math level. To review Tri-C Publications products, visit their website
at www.summerskills.com or call them at 888-595-6595.
• Remind your child once school starts that they need to bring their gym clothes home for washing every
• Watch for the Dolphin Newsletter, which will be mailed in late August.
• You can get a GREAT campus overview by reading the beginning section of your child’s binder
reminder. This includes school starting & finishing times, as well as break times.
• Mark your calendars now for Wednesday, September 3rd, as our first day of school (full day).
• Remember that SVMS Registration packets will be available at the SVMS office August 11-15 – mark
your calendars now.
• RELAX – Middle School Years are a great experience at SVMS
Remember – Smart Parents Stay Involved! – Join
the SVMS PTA!!!!!!! The Executive Board of the
SVMS PTA for the 2003-2004 school year is as follows:
Bake Sales News!
President Janine Charlton 438-0591
VP Membership Ingeborg Benedetti 439-9395 We want to thank all the wonderful SVMS
VP Ways & Means Lori Sipe 438-8095
Bakers for our SVMS Open House. Open
Secretary Sheri Morano 438-7281
Treasurer Carol Weisenstein 439-8437 House just would not be the same without a
Parliamentarian Denise Alstrom 439-1707 Bake Sale. The bake sale brought in a net
Auditor Marshall Wolf 461-1075 profit of $824. This bake sale, in combination
Historian Christopher Samuels 335-2279 with the fall “Back to School” bake sale, netted
the PTA a total amount of $1,348.
Effective July 1, 2003
Congratulations to Kathleen Frost and Sue
Riorden for another stellar year!
June 2003 4
Thank You SVMS PTA Volunteer 2003-2003 Committee Chairs!
Many thanks to our Hospitality Chair, Patti Shamshoian for all the wonderful teacher luncheons and to all
the fantastic parents that helped her. Patti also did a great job of coordinating dance refreshments for all
three school wide dances.
Our teachers were downright spoiled with monthly teacher refreshments from the committee of Darshana
Croskrey, Jackie Heald, Rosanna Wright and Kathryn Vrooman.
Our Magazine Drive Chair, Donna Lohrmann & Kathy St. Leger Barter, did it again!! We had a
successful year. We are excited and grateful that Donna will be chairing it again next year.
We met our Monte Foundation quota this year, thanks to the hard work of 7th grade parent Tina Heitzman,
who has agreed to do it again next year. Thank you Tina.
Sue Riorden will be missed as she moves on to SV High. Sue was vital volunteer in both Sweatshirt and
Bake sales. Many thanks to Linda Braun for all her help with Sweatshirts sales too. Thank you Lynn
Sheredy for designing the new SVMS T-Shirts!
The Dolphin Newsletter would not be made possible without the incredible team work of Editor Linda
Beauchesne and along with distribution support from LaVeta Lipscomb, Dirk DeLu, SVMS office
students, Peggy Duckett, Eunice Leath and Don Masik. Great teamwork in action!
Thank you Donna Gagne for getting chaperones for our school dances, and for your enthusiasm to get in
and help wherever needed. We are excited that she will be our Volunteer Coordinator next year.
Many thanks to Julie Dao for her leadership in the indoor game room.
Thank you, Kelly Saenz, for keeping our marquee up to date, and for volunteering to do so again next year.
Our student directory would not have been out this year if not for the amazing coordinating efforts of Debby
Dodds. Also, Debby organized this years 8th grade graduation rehearsal lunch.
Many thanks to Jenny Wood for helping to coordinate this years talent show.
We are very grateful to Debbie Hoskins and Cindy Thompson for making sure refreshments are always
available at our honor roll ceremonies.
Thank you Debbie Gissing for the awesome job of implementing the eScrip program at SVMS for agreeing
to do it again next year.
Many thanks to this years 8th Grade Graduation committee chairs, Sherry Luttrell, LaVeta Lipscomb,
Debby Elliott & Donna Croskrey. Sherry lead the helm and coordinated all committee monthly meetings.
Many thanks to all the generous parents for their support of this event, and for all the volunteers whom
contributed in so many ways.
Whoo Hooo for another successful Trivia Night chaired by Ann & Mike Sayer along with Anita Dilts, all
of whom have agreed to do it again next year!
PTA Reflections art program was a huge success and we thank Dorothy Wise for launching this new art
program at SVMS.
Last, but certainly not least, we bid farewell to two volunteer icons at SVMS, Darshana Croskrey and
Brenda Armstrong. They have done a tremendous job in filling in volunteer positions wherever needed on
We couldn’t have done it
Without you parents!
June 2003 5
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY MATH CONTEST WINNERS
MAY 3, 2003
GRADE 6 GRADE 7 GRADE 8
FIRST PLACE Michael Reinhard Brendan Blackwell
SECOND PLACE Jonathan Jenkins
Grace Berg Drew Quinn Lee Duckwall
Mitchal Dichter David Levy
GRADE 5/6 TEAM GRADE 7/8 TEAM
FIRST PLACE FIRST PLACE
Bassel Lutfi Kevin Bagley
Ryan Moccia Christopher Benedetti
Joshua Nicholson Andrea LeGare
Kurt Selander Evan Ralston
SECOND PLACE SECOND PLACE
Grace Berg Megan Robinson
Julia Dilts Samantha Vrooman
Meyah Scott Lauren Weisenstein
A Word of Thanks and Appreciation….
Just as the monthly treats have been eagerly anticipated and enjoyed with delight by our wonderful
SVMS faculty and staff, what a “Monthly Treat” it has been for Jackie Heald, Rosanna Wright,
Kathryn Vroomen and myself to chair this committee! As we move on to SVHS with Brieanna,
Samantha and Sarah (Elizabeth and Shauna are already there), we wish to thank ALL the wonderful
parents who helped provide goodies over this past year catering to our whims and themes, and also to
the staff for acting as guinea pigs for our sometimes creative offerings! In the future we will often
be reminded of times spent with GOOD FOOD, GOOD FRIENDS and GOOD COMPANY!
June 2003 6
….Thank you and Adieu, Darshana Croskrey
April Students of The Month
Ms. Baker Sci 8 Michelle Graham
Mrs. Bombardieri Core 6 Taylor Corbett
Hist 7 John Landes
MMDesk Stefan Smith
Mrs. Broersma Core 6 Leah Zimmerman
Core 7 Drake Woosley
Ms. Coolman Eng 8 Marissa Steen
PE 6 Scott Bellicitti
Mrs. Culli Core 7 Tina Vilella
Eng 8 Vicky Yuh
Ms. Dyrseth Core 7 Rachel Chatham
Eng 8 Kiah Lipscomb
Mrs. Fish Ear. Sci 6 Iggy Strbac
Mrs. Green Core 6 Mariah Langley
Core 7 Brenn Baldwin
Mrs. Haas H.Math 7 Joey Cainciarulo
Mr. Hagopian Hist 8 Kyler Christian
Mrs. Jacobson Math 7 Brittany Petty
Math 6 Jasper Forest
Math 1A Lexi Martz
Mrs. Lechner Core 6 Steven Reid
Core 7 Brittany Petty
Mr. Magliato Core 6 Justin Ahlo
Eng 8 Jamie Nickerson
Mrs. Martin PE 6 Jared Weist
PE 7 Alex Mosher
Mr. Matlock Core 6 Jared Rosso
Hist 8 Lauren Westerschulte
Mrs. Pifferini PE 6 Daniel Vucinich
Mrs. Powers Core 6 Bassel Lutfi
Core 7 Peter Gross
Ms. Rugg Drama 8 Lindsay Rosen
BSC 8 Travis Stebbins
Mr. Sampson Span A Cassidy Saenz
Mrs. Summer Eng 8 Lexi Wilson
Graph 8 Savannah Shaughnessy
Pub Spk 8 L. Westerschulte
Mr. Tovani Ear. Sci 6 Dylan Tansy
Mr. Worden PE 8 Lance Thompson
Mrs. Leith Off. aide Philip Bliss
Mrs. Duckett Off. Aide Patrick Chavez
June 2003 7
Way to go SVMS 6th graders!
Kudos to all those who represented SVMS so well at the International Games. Your outstanding
performance, once again, demonstrates your dedication and commitment to athletics and your school.
Thank you to Lark Pifferini and Emily Martin for their direction and coaching. Special congratulations
to Laura Balch and Dylan Tansy for earning the Outstanding Female/Male Athlete Recognition!! You
are awesome !
So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen……
It is that time – we are in the final days of our five years serving as the Scotts Valley
Middle School Volunteer Coordinators. They have been fun and exciting years for us, getting to
know the students, staff and parents. Both of us have thoroughly enjoyed planning, coordinating, and
trouble-shooting events, big and small, that have taken place over our time here.
We truly have appreciated the donations of time, money and energy from all the parents
that have enabled us to be so successful. Our successes are your successes - with all of us working
together, each taking a little part of the big picture, it has allowed wonderful “things” to happen.
Sometimes we have had to call upon many of you on really short notice and you have come through
time after time – Thank you!
Thank you too, to the faculty and staff for working so cooperatively with us. Always sharing
their thoughts and ideas, Principal Lonhart and her predecessor, Mr. Chris McGriff, channeled our
energy and enthusiasm in the right direction always working with us. Scotts Valley Middle School has
encouraged our children to learn and grow and take a few chances in a safe environment thus
allowing them to spread their wings. As they move on to high school and their next stage in life, a
piece of our hearts will always remain with all of you.
Brenda Armstrong & Darshana Croskrey
June 2003 8
8th GRADE COMMENCEMENT FINAL UPDATE:
Here are some important dates:
June 10th: Great America Trip
June 11th: Commencement Rehearsal and Lunch 8:30-2:30 Siltanen Park
June 12th: 8th Grade Awards Assembly, 1:00, SVMS front lawn
June 13th: Commencement Ceremony 3:00 Vine Hill Amphitheater
A video of the ceremony will be available to purchase through Crystal Clear Video (details will be provided in your
invitation) we will also be having professional photos taken by Geoff Ward of Quick Pix at the ceremony and dance.
They will be available to purchase on their website: www.photoreflect.com
June 13th: Commencement Party/Dance 8:00-11:00 pm SVMS Pavilion.
We have a really fun Party/Dance planned for the kids. Please encourage your child to attend (they don’t have to
dance)! Adults are very welcome to come see the Pavilion decorations after June 6th (contact one of us for times).
The Pavilion will also be open for adults to view approximately one hour before the dance, so plan to come check it
out but remember if you come early, the theme needs to be kept a secret and no 8th grade parents allowed after
June 14th: (morning) Party/Dance Clean Up.
If you have signed up to help with something, please follow through on your commitment. We are depending on you
to show up. Decoration workdays have been scheduled for May and will also begin after June 6th. Please
contact me to find out days and times to help out.
We need medium to large artificial or real plants to use at the dance. You can drop them off at the Pavilion after
June 6th (put your name on them) and pick them up after the dance or the next morning.
Well, commencement day is almost here. I don’t know about you but I feel like this year has flown by! We are
planning to obtain a very nice trophy case for the school and will donate any additional money left in our account as
a financial gift for the school to use. We will be having a free raffle of photo collages and decorations for the kids at
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the families, individuals and businesses who have provided support
for this event; The Scotts Valley Kiwanis, Gigi’s Bakery, Rich Fontana/Ledyards, The Wright Family/Mission
Springs Catering, Bamboo Giant Nursery, Hallcrest Vineyards, R.W. James Packaging, SV Round Table
Pizza and the SVMS PTA for their generous $1,500 donation.
I would like to especially thank all the committee chairpersons, members, and all volunteers for all their hard
work. Also, thank you to all of you who have been so generous with your donations, 131 families have donated
so far and thanks to some extra generosity we were able to meet our budget.
You are the Best!
We are still asking for all 8th grade parents to make a donation to fund the promotion.
The estimated cost per student is $25, but any amount you can afford would be greatly appreciated.
If you still need to send in your donation, please fill out the attached form (this will be your last chance!)
Any questions or suggestions? Contact me at 438-4514 or mailto:email@example.com.
On behalf of Your 8th Grade Graduation Committee Representatives: Darshana Croskrey, Debby Elliott, LaVeta
Lipscomb, and myself, We Thank You Sincerely, Sherry Luttrell
SVMS 2003 GRADUATION
DONATION: Please make your check payable to: SVMS PTA, note on check “Graduation 2003”. Send to SVMS PTA, P.O. Box 67066, Scotts
Valley, CA 95067.
Enclosed is my contribution of: ___ $25 $ other _______
Name: ________________________________ Phone # ______________________ Email:______________________________
June 2003 9
Graduation Donations as of 5/15/03
Gunar & Leslie Amandson Stephanie & David Hunter Michele & David Sanguinetti
Maria & Jay Anderson Phil & Jenine Huxtable Ann Sayer
Julie Andersonn-Runge Joan Jenkins Colette & Rick Schaefer
Brenda & Duke Armstrong Janet Johnson Annie Schrull
Diane Augason Diane & Robert Joyce John & Lorraine Schumacher
Katie & Brian Bagley Debbie Kelly-Slaughter Carol & Scurich
Deborah Belville Roger Kern Lynn & Brian Sheredy
Alma Black Brenda & Ronald Kobely Sherri & Richard Silver
Craig & Susan Blackwell Toni & David Kranich JoEllen & Rick Smith
Lisa & Ray Blackwell Bev & Jack Ladd Emmy Sohriakoff
Dan & Marcia Bliss Stacey Lane Glenn & Winona Soma
Michelle & Bradley Boyer Deb Langdon Becky & Tom Sorci
Phil & Tina Brackett Karen & Yancy Lind Kathy St. Leger-Barter
Nancy Bremner Donna Lohrmann Kath Taperro & Mark Steele
Mallorie Brooks Mark & Melanie Lopez John Stevens
Rona & Steven Butcher Sherry & Richard Luttrell Susan Stewart
Janine & Robert Charlton Jane Madsen Lisa Stiefelmaier
Rich Church Karen Marshall Dragica & Vladan Strbac
Darshana & Willie Croskrey Holly Martin Shelley Strehlke
Julie & Kim Dao Linda & Mike Martinez David & Jin Strom
Carolyn DeLuca Rose Ann Mazzone Cindy & Larry Thompson
Anita & Robert Dilts Cindy & Matt McDowell James & Pat Turk
Debby Dodds Brent & Diana McHenry Roger & Karen Van Brunt
Deana & Tim Doyle Janet & John McMillan Kathhryn & Paul Vroomen
Carol Dunning Shirley Meakin Beverley Wainwright
Terrie Dusa Brenda & Russel Miller Patty & Chris Waldear
Shaun Egbert Tim & Abbie Miller Diane & Stafford Warren
Debby & David Elliott Patty & Kenny Mohs Paul & Andrea Watkins
Valerie & Chris Elliott Al & Kelly Muccia Carol & Jim Weisenstein
Diane & Robert Evans Patty & Miles Musser Rikki Westerschulte
Les & Vicky Finder Judy & Gary Nicherson Debra Whizen
Andrew Finn Christy & Bruce Niemeyer Nancy Wild
Richard Fontana Pat Pardue Jill & David Wilson
Warren Forest Cynthia Parker Dorothy Wise
Denise & John Franklin Minaxi & Anil Patel Heidi Woodmansee
Susan & Thomas Gaspar Ed Perlman Rosanna Wright
Karen & Tom Gill Diana & Mick Peterson Young Hye Yuh
Debbie Gissing Elizabeth & Robert Poser Laureen & Bruce Yungmeyer
Jennifer & David Goldwag Dennis & Carter Potts
Silvie Graham Mary Powers
June & Randy Harris Sue & Tim Riordan The class of 2003 thanks
Diane Harris Jan Robinson you very much for your
David & Sharon Hines Cheryl & David Romer
Barbara & Dale Holland Suzanne & Phil Rose
Mary Lynne Hollmann Jeff & Suzanne Rosen
June 2003 10
Congratulations to our Century Riders!
Thanks to those cyclists that completed the Century Ride on
behalf of the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation! Riders left
Scotts Valley Middle School early Saturday morning and made it
into Big Sur in the early afternoon. Each cyclist gathered
donations from our generous community with a minimum
amount of $500.00 per rider. Thank you to our own SVMS
teacher John Magliato for participating in this new event. We
look forward to even more participants next year!
Ice Cream Social Was A
“Cool” Day for All
The Scotts Valley Educational
Foundation wishes to thank our
sponsors for the very successful Ice
Cream Social held on May 18, 2003.
Without your generous donations of
time, personnel, products, etc. we
would not have been able to have had
such a successful and enjoyable
To the people of the community, the
next time you patronize one of the
businesses listed at the left, give them
a special “Thank You” for their
generous support of the Scotts Valley
Ed Foundation and all 4 Scotts Valley
June 2003 11
Calendar of Events
10 8th Grade Great America Trip
11 Graduation Rehearsal and Lunch 8:30-2:30 Siltanen Park
12 Academic Awards Assemblies, Join us on the front lawn
6th Grade: 8:30 – 10:00
7th Grade: 10:45 – 12:15
8th Grade: 1:00 – 2:30
13 Last Day of School, Minimum Day
13 Graduation Ceremony 3:00 Vine Hill Amphitheater
13 8th Grade Graduation Dance 8 – 11:00 p.m. SVMS Pavilion
14 (morning) Graduation Party/Dance Clean Up at SVMS Pavilion
11 First day to pick up “Beginning of Year” Packets
20 WEB day for last names beginning with A-L
21 WEB day for last names beginning with M-Z
22 REG day for returning 7th and 8th graders
September 3, 2003 First day of School
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