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Sport Clips 4S Ranch

Oak Valley Middle School DIRTY BLONDE ASTRAEA

in your own backyard GEOCACHING



OAK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL We talk with Principal Wrisley and students about why Oak Valley is special to students, parents and faculty.


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local family the Schmitt Family easter egg hunt chelsea’s run del sur food truck tasting girls softball opening night COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER donna clopine

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home tips moms making six figures nighthawk insider achieve advantage velocity sports performance



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:::: FROM THE PUBLISHER When Did I Blink? “Don’t blink. They grow up fast.” This was the advice that a close relative gave me when my wife and I decided to start a family. Since then, our family has grown to a total of five – two daughters (15 and 6 years old) and a son (8 years old). Oh yeah, and a crazy dog. I must have blinked somewhere along the way. Recently, our 15-year-old daughter has been preparing to get her driver’s license. She has passed the DMV written permit test and logged her first few official hours of behind-the-wheel driver’s training. It seems like it was just yesterday when we were taking her to her first day of kindergarten. And now, she actually has official documentation from the state allowing her to drive – with restrictions. How did this happen so fast? If looking at the official state-issued document wasn’t enough of a reality check, I sure had one the other night when my daughter asked if she could drive the car (with me in it of course) to dinner at my father-in-law’s house. This is a ten mile drive! I reluctantly said yes with the encouragement and display of enthusiasm from my wife. When did I blink? There are many milestones that you pass when you are a parent. Sitting in the passenger seat while your 15-year-old is driving you for the first time is certainly one of those milestones. We are very proud of her. She is a good kid. As she continues to grow up and mature, we can’t help but get excited for what lies ahead. She is at that special age where absolutely anything is possible in her future. The problem for us is that we don’t want to blink anymore. Just a few blinks ago we were teaching her how to ride a bike – not drive a car. We’ve decided to take the original advice and simply stop blinking – as it turns out, they really do grow up fast.”

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92129 Magazine // RANCHO PENASQUITOS 17th Annual Fiesta de los Peñasquitos Publisher Derrick Breaux Editor Tara Pritchett 858-768-0808

Art Director Tyler McElhaney Senior Graphic Designer Katie Mott

It’s time to celebrate in PQ! The Fiesta 2012 is dedicated to the parents who volunteer at our schools. Scheduled for May 6 in PQ, the theme is “Education Starts with Family.”

The Caboose

Local volunteer Joanna Jaroszewska is always last to finish the race. The Westview senior has been riding as volunteer “caboose” in the Race Across California.

Giving Back

San Diego Hospice volunteer Lisa Espiritu says volunteering has “nourished her soul as a human being and has put life in perspective.” For more information and articles, visit

92131 Magazine // SCRIPPS RANCH See You at the Fair!

Graphic Designer Shamara Lane

Celebrating Scripps Ranch, the 13th annual SRCA Community Fair & Concert is right around the corner. Mark your calendars for May 6. We talk to Chairperson Jan McGinn.

Photography Spark Photography

Shaping Young Athletes

Directors of the Scripps Ranch Lacrosse Association, Grant Kiehl and Mark Deffley, are enriching the lives of kids through the sport of lacrosse.

Administrative Coordinator Heather Lockwood Contributing Writers Jennifer Frakes Sarabeth Graml Zeena Gregg Wynne Love Kathy Loy Lori Lum Jennifer Sousa Michelle Tremblay Advertising Sales Heather Reynolds 858-207-6316 92127 Magazine is published locally six times per year by Susco Media Inc. ©2012 All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any content in this publication without prior written permission is strictly prohibited. 92127 Magazine’s publication of information provided by advertisers (paid or unpaid) – or other companies or individuals – does not represent an endorsement or verification of accuracy. 92127 Magazine assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or liability for the content of advertising placed in the publication (or on the website).

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27 Years of Kingspine Avenue

There’s no place like home according to the residents of Kingspine Avenue, a community of Scripps Ranch built in 1985. We talk to eleven families that have been neighbors since the beginning.

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92064 Magazine // POWAY 35 Years!

Poway’s Pomerado Hospital has been saving lives since 1977. We take a close look at 35 years of milestones and what the future holds for Pomerado Hospital.

Poway Girls Softball

Celebrating the start of its 45th year with Opening Day Ceremonies, the Poway Girls Softball League’s 2012 season includes over 300 players and 27 teams. 92064 Magazine is proud to share a 45 year history photography time line.

Singing Siblings

Poway’s Christopher and Corey McAuliffe feel at home while on the big stage. Active in the community, both are establishing an impressive acting resume. For more information and articles, visit


Rancho Bernardo Pop Warner athletes and supporters of the organization are driven to win. Their head is in the game! We talk to President Al Stein.

RB’s Guardian Angles 16625 Dove Canyon Road #102-340 San Diego, CA 92127 619-717-2322 tel 619-923-2678 fax

Retired Service Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) members proudly protect and serve. They patrol bank and shopping center parking lots. They check houses whose owners are on vacation. These are just a few of the services of the 50 member RSVP patrol.

Pride in Rancho Bernardo

The Miss Rancho Bernardo Scholarship Pageant promotes the development of young women to support community organizations. Q&A with Miss RB and Miss Teen RB.

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Family Karate Open House


9th annual Tabletops and Tea fundraiser hosted by the Poway Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. Rancho Bernardo Inn

4S Ranch Community Pool Opens The 4S Ranch Community Pool operated by Pacific Swim opens for the summer and continues until 9/16.

JUN 2 7am - 2pm

MAY 4 6pm - 10pm

4S Ranch Community Garage Sale

Cinco de Mayo Casino Fiesta

Hosted by the 4S Ranch HOA. Signs available starting May 7.

Mexican Food, Music, Casino Games, Prizes, Drawings, Raffles and more. Del Sur Ranch House

MAY 5 6pm - 11pm

Casino Royale

JUN 13 1pm

Proceeds benefit the Monterey Ridge Educational Foundation. Maderas Golf Club

Summer Reading Kickoff Party Kick off Summer Reading with Red Hatters Online registration starts on May 15. 4S Ranch Library

MAY EVENTS 5/1 - 9/16 4S Ranch Community Pool opens Operated by Pacific Swim 5/4 1st Annual Cinco de Mayo Casino Fiesta 6 – 10pm Del Norte PTSA presents a parents night out. Proceeds benefit Grad Night. Mexican food, music, casino games, prizes, drawings, raffles and more. Tickets Del Sur Ranch House 5/5

Rummage Sale and Open Market A fundraiser event hosted by the Del Norte High School Cheer Team. There will be used items as well as great deals on new items ranging from candles, purses and clothing to jewelry and hand knit items. There will be food, music and a fun time enjoyed by all. Del Norte High School Parking Lot


Harlem Ambassadors take on the Rotary Ravens


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7pm Canyon Crest Academy A unique brand of Harlem-style basketball featuring highflying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines, the Harlem Ambassadors are a team of talented male and female basketball players that are drug-free, college-educated and positive in appearance.

5/5 Casino Royale 6 – 11pm Proceeds benefit the Monterey Ridge Educational Foundation. Maderas Golf Club 5/5

Cinco De Mayo


”The Secret Garden”


9th Annual Tabletops and Tea Fundraiser hosted by the Poway Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. All proceeds will benefit The Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children. Contact Deborah Oliver for tickets at

Rancho Bernardo Inn 5/13

Mothers day

5/20 2nd Annual Water Safety Awareness 1 – 4pm Noonan Family Swim School (NFSS) is teaming up with the US Coast Guard, Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department, San Diego beach patrol, and many more for its second annual Water Safety Awareness Day. Learn about various drowning prevention strategies. This event is free. Noonan Family Swim School-4S Ranch

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Memorial Day


4S Ranch Community Garage Sale 7am – 2pm Hosted by the 4S Ranch HOA Yard signs will be available at the Prescott Companies, 16880 West Bernardo Drive, Suite 200 for all members starting May 7 during normal business hours (9am until 5pm).


PUSD - Last Day of School


Summer Reading Kickoff Party Kick off summer reading with Red Hatters Online registration starts on May 15. 4S Ranch Library


Fathers Day


RECURRING EVENTS 2nd Monday of every month 7pm RB Community Council Executive Committee Meetings Swim and Tennis Club 1st Tuesday of every month 6:15 – 7:45pm Monterey Ridge Educational Foundation Meetings Monterey Ridge Elementary School Village D 2nd Wendesday of every month Alzheimer’s Support Group

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4th Thursday of every month 7 pm Rancho Bernardo Community Council Meetings Second floor of RB Library, 17110 Bernardo Center Dr. (dates & events subject to change)

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SPORTS Registration &

Local Summer Camps 4S Ballet Academy -

Me Time - North County Soccer Park -

Achieve Advantage Educational Services

Oak Knoll Montessori -

All-Star Academy -

Outpost Summer Camps -

Bounce CA -

Pacific Swim & Rancho Arbolitos Swim & Tennis Club

Boys & Girls Club of San Diego - Danceology - Gyminny - Horizon Prep - Invention Camp - Master Your Sports - (dates & events subject to change)



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The 4S Ranch Autism Walk helps Utter pay it forward again and again by KATHY LOY


he year 2008 may not be memorable for some people, but for Max Utter, a Junior at Del Norte High School, it was the year he saw the movie Pay It Forward. The movie is about a young boy who attempts to make the world a better place by repaying good deeds forward – to other people – instead of paying them back. Watching the movie changed Max’s life and, by his good deeds, the lives of many other children in the area. Max has a brother with autism. “I started the Autism Walk four years ago when I was in 8th grade after I first saw the movie Pay It Forward. I wanted to help children with autism attend summer camp just like typical kids, because when I went to camp one summer, I realized people like my brother don’t have these same opportunities,” said Max. So far, through his charity, Max


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has raised enough money to send 30 kids to Camp I Can, a summer camp program run through the Autism Society of America. The 4S Autism Walk this year will be on Sunday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. starting at the Boys and Girls Club in 4S Ranch. Of the event, Max said, “The walk is ½ of a mile on a sidewalk so that all people – disabled or not – can participate. It is open to anyone. The more people we get, the more money we raise for these kids.” Registration is not required, however RSVPs can be made on Max’s Facebook page “4S Ranch Autism Walk.” The donation is $10 per family. Besides the feeling of donating money and time to a worthy cause, walkers can accumulate community service hours. The Autism Society will also have a link on their website so that donations can be made by people who choose not to walk. From our

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community, Max would greatly appreciate a company willing to make signs to help bring attention to the event. ¢ For more details or to RSVP, visit “4S Ranch Autism Walk” on Facebook or to make a donation.

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For the Love of Animals by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography


en year old Bailey Ingle is enjoying every moment of her fourth grade year at Willow Grove Elementary School. “I like all the friends I have made,” said Bailey. “Everyone at Willow Grove is nice.” The school opened four years ago, and Bailey and her younger brother Elliot were lucky enough to be among the first students to attend. “Now I am in fourth grade and some of the kids in my class have been in my class since first grade, and that is cool,” said Bailey. Something else she thinks is “cool” is having her mom, Vicky – who teaches


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at Willow Grove – by her side every day. “I really like having my mom at school because I can go into her classroom after school and get my homework done. I also get to eat lunch with her one day a week,” said Bailey.

At A Glance Full Name: Age: School: Grade: Parents: Siblings:

Bailey Ingle 10 Willow Grove Elementary 4th John and Vicky Ingle Elliot

Her favorite subject in school is science, and she received an honorable mention two years in a row for her participation in a local science competition. She is currently conducting a science experiment to see if crickets can detect temperature changes, and when she is done, the crickets will make nice treats for her bearded dragon, Bill. Bill is just one of Bailey’s many pets. Over the years, she has rescued a bunny, turtle, and dog. “I would like more pets but my mom says no!” said Bailey. So, she finds other ways to spend time with animals. She loves ocean animals. “I have even been stung by a Portuguese Man of War, but that has not stopped me from going in the water!” said Bailey. Indeed it hasn’t. This May, in fact, she is going to swim with the dolphins at Sea World. Bailey’s love for animals carries over to other areas in her life. Earlier this year, her Girl Scout Troop raised enough money to help pay for a camping trip to California’s Rawhide Ranch. “This was amazing,” said Bailey. “We rode horses every day, took care of goats and went to classes on animal science, horse training and vaulting. I hope we can go back again next year.” And what does she want to do when she grows up? “I am not sure,” said Bailey, “but I am very interested in working at Sea World with the dolphins or even the sting rays…Something to do with animals! ¢

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Getting it done on and off the field by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by Spark Photography


he Boys Lacrosse team at Del Norte Program in 4S Ranch this summer where clinics will High School has only just begun its be set up – with the help of parents – to teach kids the new season, and already the team has basics of lacrosse. “One of the cornerstones of every one win under its belt – far ahead of last year’s successful lacrosse program is a youth/feeder program,” record. But, to Head Coach Johnathan Adlam, said Adlam. “Once kids get started early on in the sport, it’s more than just an attractive record they are hooked. It is truly that much fun.” that makes a winning team. “Wins Perhaps the team’s biggest success this and losses do not always tell the “As a coaching season is taking place off the field. “As whole story,” said Adlam. “As staff we are very a coaching staff, we are very proud of our long as our boys are coming team GPA,” said Adlam. “Our kids get it proud of our team to practice everyday with done in the classroom as well as on GPA. Our kids a team-first mentality, and the field.” leaving it all on the field after a One of these kids is Ty Tuey – the get it done in the game, this season will prove starting goalie for the team – who is being classroom as well.” actively pursued by various recruiters. “Ty to be a success.” ~ Johnathan Adlam With the notion that is an amazing student as well as lacrosse Head Coach increasing the players’ ‘Lacrosse player, which has opened many doors for him,” IQ’ – as Adlam puts it – is essential said Adlam. to the team’s success, Adlam has enlisted Indeed, Adlam believes that the players’ the help of experienced coaches, like coach accomplishments in their studies have a direct correlation Cory Ottosen, who started playing lacrosse to their feats in the game. “Many of the top lacrosse at age thirteen. “Providing multiple levels of players are also outstanding students,” explained knowledge and aspects of the sport will help Adlam. “This is inherent in the very fabric of the sport, our student-athletes understand the dynamics as top colleges back east are also outstanding academic of the game on all levels,” said Adlam. institutions.” His advice to kids interested in lacrosse is In an effort to broaden awareness of to “get it done in the classroom.” “Players who excel in the sport, Adlam is implementing a Feeder the classroom often excel on the field,” said Adlam. ¢


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Directions 1. Wash the apple and peel the banana and kiwi. 2. Cut all of the fruit into small pieces and place in a mixing bowl. 3. Add the lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. 4. Mix together. 5. Serve into bowls and let the graham crackers act as chips 6. Enjoy!


eventeen-year-old Nikkiana Dukellis is a Rancho Peñasquitos resident, but she spends most of her week in 92127 where she attends high school at Del Norte and plays Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse. A Girl Scout, Nikkiana began her Girl Scout Gold Award project over the summer at Stone Ranch’s E.S.S. “My Gold Award project was getting kids interested in making healthy choices and picking out healthy snacks instead of items such as chips,” explained Nikkiana. “I chose this recipe because it has lots of fruit in it. My intentions are to have elementary school kids to make it. It’s pretty simple with the cutting of fruit and basic measurements.” Part of the requirements for the completion of the Girl Scout Gold Award is to make others aware of the project. “I thought that a great way to do this would be by sharing the recipe with the 92127 community,” said Nikkiana. ¢

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Family Matters This close knit family feels at home in 4S Ranch by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Spark Photography


en years ago Jeff and Sherry Schmitt moved their family out of Rancho Peñasquitos and into the Homestead development of 4S Ranch, where they have been residing ever since. “We love the closeness and friendliness of the

community, the schools, the trails and the whole package,” said Sherry. Sherry and Jeff met in San Diego while both were in their twenties and living in the Pacific Beach area. “I left Maryland the day after graduating college at 19 as I had saved up money to travel around the United States and Canada for 3 ½ months and decide

Names: Neighborhood: Since: Hometown:

Jeff and Sherry Schmitt 4S Ranch, Homestead 2002 Jeff - Brawley, CA Sherry - Fallston, MD Children: Emma - Freshman at Del Norte Haley - 8th grader at Oak Valley Pets: Sydney, Australian Shepard & friend to everyone


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where to live,” said Sherry. “San Diego was the obvious winner.” Today, Sherry, a mortgage loan officer, and Jeff, a handyman, property manager and appraiser, are busy raising their two teenage daughters, Haley (13), and Emma (15). Haley “loves cheer, reading, shopping, friends, skiing,” explained Sherry, while Emma “loves volleyball, shopping, friends, and snowboarding.” Both girls accomplished big things this year. Haley’s Del Norte “Lady Nighthawks” cheer team won Nationals in Las Vegas in January while Emma’s Del Norte Freshman volleyball team placed first in their division. In addition to their busy family life, the Schmitt’s are avid volunteers within the community. For the past eight years, Sherry has been teaching Art Corp at Stone Ranch and Oak Valley Middle School. Jeff has lent his time to being coach and handyman for many of 4S Ranch’s athletic needs and fundraising events. Although they love to be involved with the community, the Schmitt’s want to make spending time with family a priority. “We love traveling and spend six weeks every year out of town vacationing and visiting new destinations,” said Sherry. “We sit down together as a family every evening to have dinner and watch our favorite shows.” The family also loves taking care of their pet dog, a friendly Australian Shepard named Sydney, who loves her walks, playing Frisbee, and cheese. ¢

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Easter Egg Hunt


he Annual 4S Ranch Spring Egg Hunt was held at Patriot Park in April. It was pure joy for those in attendance. Special thanks to the Rancho Santa Fe and San Diego Firefighters and Paramedics, along with Miguel’s for hosting a delicious breakfast for the attendees to enjoy prior to the hunts. The picture perfect morning was enjoyed by hundreds of 4S Ranch residents.


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Jennifer Harper, the 4S Ranch HOA Activities Director, has done a remarkable job keeping this annual tradition a mainstay in the community. In addition, with the support of Bertrand’s Music and State Farm Insurance, the children were all smiles as they searched for all sorts of goodies. To learn more about upcoming events in the 4S community, visit ¢

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Join us for Burger Night every Wednesday at Maderas Golf Club!



Burger Night at Maderas Golf Club is an event not to be missed! From Kobe to Ahi Tuna, the choices are endless. Served with housemade chips and coleslaw.

Make it even more delicious by adding truffle fries, beer batter onion rings or sweet potato fries.

Featured menu changes monthly in accordance with holidays and special events, so please visit for

the most up to date list of featured food and beverage items.

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he 2nd annual Finish Chelsea’s Run – in honor of Chelsea King – was held in March on a beautiful morning in Balboa Park. The event featured a competitive 5K race and fun run/walk, family festival, children’s activities, team competition, entertainment and


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refreshments. With the support of the nearly 5,500 participants, volunteers, and friends, the Foundation has, once again, created opportunity for San Diego high school students to attend college through their Sunflower Scholarships. As one of Chelsea’s favorite quotes from

Eleanor Roosevelt reminds us, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Keep believing, keep dreaming! The Chelsea’s Light Foundation hopes to see you again next year for the third annual Finish Chelsea’s Run! ¢

Del Sur Food Truck


he Food Truck Craze has exploded in our very own community! In March, more than 800 Del Sur residents enjoyed a food truck tasting event at Spreckels Park – a neighborhood park located within the master-planned community. Four of San Diego’s finest food trucks including MiHo GastroTruck, Super Q, Devilicious, and Food Farm San Diego sampled their top menu items. In addition to the fantastic cuisine on a day filled with San Diego sunshine, Del Sur residents also enjoyed activities and games in the park. Thank you to all the community members who came out to support this one-of-a-kind social activity that was planned for the Del Sur residents. ¢


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11-year-old Gets An Early Start in Radio by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography


hen Audrey Koepke, a fifth grader at Willow Grove Elementary School, was given the opportunity to be a radio host for “Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Hour,” she jumped at the chance. Kathryn the Grape, a vivacious young girl who loves to wear purple, takes readers along on her adventures in the new book series bearing her name. “I love that Kathryn the Grape is just a regular girl that tries to let everyone know that they are magical and unique,” said Audrey. Inspired by the childhood nickname of author, Kathryn Cloward, Kathryn the Grape uses her magic wand and her own clever thinking to help her feel brave and trust her intuition while making new friends and trying new things. Now Audrey shares those same ideas with fans over the radio waves every Wednesday at noon on the VoiceAmerica Kids Channel. “I thought it would be really fun to make an impact on other kids my age and talk about important subjects,” said Audrey. Joined by her best friend, Zara Irshad, as co-host, Audrey interviews special guests and helps prepare her own segments for the hour-long broadcast. “The goal of Kathryn the Grape is to help children develop authentic self-love and see themselves as perfect, one-of-a-kind, magical individuals,” said Cloward. Kathryn’s messages


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have been well-received, earning her the radio show last fall and a Mom’s Choice Award in February. Now with a music CD, which Audrey and Zara also helped record, and a third book coming out this summer, Cloward has high hopes for the future of Kathryn the Grape. “In the coming years I envision Kathryn the Grape will have a TV show, a touring stage show, an expansive merchandise line, and of course many more books and music albums,” said Cloward. In the meantime, her greatest joy has come from sharing her messages of positive self-worth with kids throughout San Diego. Audrey agreed. “I am very grateful for the opportunities, such as being on the Kathryn the Grape CD, meeting interesting people, and being in magazines and newspapers.” She hopes all the publicity will mean that more children will benefit from the wonderful lessons Kathryn the Grape has to offer. Kathryn the Grape® children’s books Music and Messages of Love and Kindness and Adventure can be found by visiting ¢ Kathryn the Grape® Children’s Books, Music and Messages of Love and Kindness and Adventure can be found by visiting

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:::: COMMUNITY STUFF 4S Ranch Community Garage Sale

The Annual 4S Ranch Community Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, June 2 from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Pack up your unwanted belongings and sell them! The community-wide garage sale has grown to be a huge success over the years. Signs are available to check out at the Prescott Companies offices beginning May 7 during normal business hours. Visit for details.

Del Sur Top Selling Community for 1st Quarter

San Diego master-planned community Del Sur sold 35 homes in the first quarter of 2012. In these 12 weeks, Del Sur sold more homes than any other new home community in the SR-56 corridor region. Del Sur builders, including California West Communities, Davidson Communities, McCullough Design Development, Shea Homes and Standard Pacific Homes all recorded home sales. “We’re selling an average of more than 10 homes per month which is right on target with what we expected,” said Bill Ostrem, president and CEO of Black Mountain Ranch LLC, developer of Del Sur. Residents at Del Sur have access to six neighborhood parks, 18 miles of shared trails, three school sites, and future commercial, retail, office and employment space. Area schools Del Sur Elementary and Del Norte High School are both top-rated schools within the Poway Unified School District. The family-abundant community has at least one event each month for residents, including the recent Del Sur Snow Day and Del Sur Food Truck Tasting, which both had more than 700 attendees. Outside of events, residents are active with the area schools and have also formed interest groups within the community. To learn more about Del Sur visit or call 858-432-8770. To see what residents have to say about the community, visit

The Oak Valley Middle School Music Program

The Oak Valley Middle School Music Program will be holding their 5th Annual Benefit Concert, Live at the Oak Valley Theater, on Wednesday May 2 at 6:30 p.m. This event features the OVMS Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band, Choir, student and faculty soloists, and local professional musicians. Pizza, drinks, and baked goods will be sold before the concert starting at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event go directly to the OVMS music program. The price for the concert is $7 for adults, $5 for students and OVMS faculty. Pre-order tickets by contacting Jackie Marcum at Tickets can also be purchased the evening of the concert. Tune into KUSI the day before the concert (May 1 between 7:40 and 9 a.m.) to watch segments of the Benefit Concert’s dress rehearsal.


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Message From OVMS Foundation President

With the 2012 school year quite underway and just about over, the Oak Valley Falcon Foundation still has goals to achieve. We have had such a great year already with the Direct Ask and the Fall Oktoberfest generating enough money to buy a mobile iPad lab. The Foundation had a chance to thank its wonderful donors with a Donor Reception at the Ranch House in Del Sur. This was attended by Superintendent Dr. John Collins, Principal Sonya Wrisley, teachers, and our generous donors. We were able to showcase our mobile iPad lab and discuss the educational benefits of this technology. With close to 1,400 students enrolled at Oak Valley, the Foundation is planning on another Direct Ask this spring to purchase an additional iPad lab. We need the participation of every family. For those who have already given, we sincerely thank you! ~Kirsten Black Oak Valley Falcon Foundation President 2012

(L to R): Sonya Wrisley, Karen Reineke, Sharon Seikkula, Kirsten Black, Dr. John Collins, Carey Sorel, Linda Bunn, Fiona O’Callaghan, Millie Otero-Wiesley

Lacrosse Tournament to Benefit Cancer

Middle school lacrosse players from across San Diego, Coronado, Orange County and Temecula will gather on May 19 at Maranatha Christian Schools in San Diego to play the first annual NEGU Challenge. NEGU, which stands for ”Never Ever Give Up” is the motto and message of Jessie Joy Rees, a caring 12-year old girl who was diagnosed with inoperable brain tumors in 2011. After her seventh round of chemotherapy, Jessie vowed to “Never Ever Give Up” and to encourage other children battling cancer to NEGU. Now, courageous teen athletes are carrying her message to NEGU to other courageous kids. Players ages 12 to 14 will participate in six tournament-style games from 11:30 to 6:00 p.m. All athletes will play in honor of a child battling cancer with the patient’s name and photo taped to their lacrosse helmet. Admission is free. Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring new and unused toys to be included into JoyJars™ that will be delivered to children battling cancer. For additional information on the tournament visit or email Sue Doc Ross at

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Karl Strauss Scheduled to Open in 4S Ranch “Fans have been begging the Karl Strauss to open an inland location, and this spot hits the mark, showcasing the company’s West Coast Pub Fare concept on-site brewhouse and a modern brewery-loft vibe,” said Marketing PR Manager Melody Daversa. The July 2012 projected opening date will create 100 job opportunities including hourly staff and several managerial positions. The establishment will be located at 10448 Reserve Drive in the 4S Commons Shopping Center. The Brewery installation will include a new 7-barrel JV Northwest system, 2-vessel brew house, 1 fermenter and two bright tanks.

A Cinderella Project: Magic for Kids In Need

The Do Something Del Norte KIN Club is back at it again. This time the group is collecting dresses for foster and underprivileged girls to wear at their proms and graduations. The “Cinderella Project - Prom For All” is another simple way that teens can help teens. KIN Club Founder and Copresident Katarina Stapleford is asking for “DNHS students and the local community to give their old dresses new life by donating them to girls who need them.” She adds, “Getting a new dress for a special occasion is an extravagance for many. One out of four girls cannot afford a new dress for homecomings, proms and graduations. This is one simple way to help. All you have to do is check your closets for dresses that you don’t plan on wearing again and bring them to Del Norte prior to May 25. We’ll make sure they get in the hands of a deserving teen and we guarantee that your donation will help make a young girl’s night magical and memorable.” For more information contact

Soccer Tournament to Benefit Susan G. Komen

The Kickin’ It Challenge – a two-day soccer tournament – scheduled for June 23–24 at the Frances Ryan Park in Escondido, will donate all proceeds to the San Diego Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation. The tournament is the first of its kind in San Diego, hosted by the Poway Vaqueros, with fields provided by the City of Escondido. More than 120 youth soccer teams are expected to “Unite in the Fight” against breast cancer. The tournament hopes to raise at least $20,000 for the San Diego Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation and to show young soccer players how to make a direct impact in their community while doing something they love. “Everyone knows someone impacted by breast cancer,” said Pam Bickel, President of Poway Youth Soccer. “Just in our club alone, we have a handful of survivors, and we have lost more than one mom in the last couple of years to breast cancer. We felt it was time to bring a tournament to our community where funds raised will be donated to help local families struggling with breast cancer.” The city of Escondido, E7 sports, Puma, Soccer Loco, and other organizations are sponsors of the tournament thus far. The venue for the event will be as unique as the tournament itself displaying pink field lines, tents, banners, referee flags and whistles. In addition to tournament winners, one team will receive the Pink Pride Award given by the tournament directors for the best showcase of breast cancer awareness and support. Teams must register by May 20 via the tournament’s website. To learn more about the tournament, rules, sponsors and schedules, visit

CrossFit Barracks Expands to New Facility

CrossFit Barracks, a local training center dedicated to promoting health and fitness in a friendly environment, is expanding their facility. The community is invited to their Re-Grand Opening on May 5 from 11 to 3 p.m. The new location – still in the 4S Ranch Business Park – is at 10720 Thornmint Road in 92127. CrossFit Barracks is owned and operated by Jared and Mallory San Nicolas (pictured below). Call 858-633-3779 or visit to learn more.

Del Sur Elementary Receives 20 Laptops

The Del Sur Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising additional funds for Del Sur Elementary School, has purchased 20 new laptops for the school. The new ThinkPads arrived at the school in March and will provide every student with the opportunity to become technologically savvy. “We cannot thank the parents and supporters of the Foundation enough,” said Doug Johnson, Principal of Del Sur Elementary School. “These laptops will be a tremendous tool for all of the kids here at Del Sur.”

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The San Diego County Football Officials Association (SDCFOA) provides certified football officials for every level of football in San Diego County, including CIF High School, Junior College, Pop Warner, Youth Football and Flag Football. The opportunity provided by this not-for-profit Association allows members to earn while they learn and work with the best, all while promoting fair play and sportsmanship among local athletes. If you have a passion for football and want to be in on the action, this association is a great opportunity to become involved with. Visit or contact AJ at 858-245-0177 or for additional information.

Butterfly Release Honors Loved Ones

The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice is hosting their 3rd annual Wings of Hope Butterfly Release on Sunday, May 6. The Wings of Hope Butterfly Release will take place at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo located at 12280 Greens East Road in 92128 in the Lake Room and Terrace from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach located at 6450 Carlsbad Blvd. in the Wave Crest Ballroom and Garden Terrace from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Community members of all ages are invited to attend and to

Seven PUSD Elementary Schools Honored

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced in March that seven of the PUSD Elementary Schools are officially being honored as a California Distinguished School. The seven winners include: ●● Chaparral Elementary in Poway ●● Los Peñasquitos Elementary in Rancho Peñasquitos ●● Westwood Elementary in Rancho Bernardo ●● Morning Creek Elementary in Sabre Springs ●● Monterey Ridge Elementary in 4S Ranch ●● Del Sur Elementary in Del Sur ●● Willow Grove Elementary in Santaluz More than 40 elementary schools around San Diego County and 387 elementary schools in California were honored by the state Department of Education with this recognition. The award identifies schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing the achievement gap. As Superintendent Torlakson stated, “The schools we are recognizing demonstrate the incredible commitment of California’s teachers, administrators and school employees to provide a world class education to every student, in spite of the financial hardships facing our state and our schools.” As part of this honor, our local PUSD schools will share their signature practices with other schools and serve as mentors to other educators who want to replicate the work. For a complete list of the 2012 California School Recognition Program (CSRP) distinguished school honorees, visit

4S to Get Electric Vehicle Charge Stations

sponsor butterflies in memory of loved ones. The afternoon will include music, inspirational readings, and a release of butterflies followed by a reception. The butterflies will be released simultaneously as memories are shared among family and friends. Event attendance is free. A $25.00 donation is appreciated for each butterfly release. All donations benefit The Elizabeth Hospice. To RSVP and reserve butterflies please register at or call 760-796-3797 by May 3. Butterflies and seating are limited.

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The 4S Commons will soon be host to two Blink Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. The stations are likely to be installed for use by late Spring. Mark Peternell, vice president of sustainability at Regency Centers – which owns 4S Commons – said the Commons was chosen among Regency’s 364 retail properties nationwide because it is in a metropolitan area. The local demographics led officials to believe there is a “higher than average adoption rate” for electric-powered vehicles by the community members. The stations will be located between Cost Plus World Market and Hollywood Tans. Consumers will need a Blink account – which Peternell compared to a pre-paid calling card. Costs are not yet available, but are sure to cover access fees and offset the cost of the electricity and station maintenance. Though a typical electric vehicle requires at least five hours for a full charge – a time length most 4S Commons users are not likely to stay – he said the stations will help users “top off” their power needs while running errands around the Commons. If the 4S stations have high usage, Regency will likely install additional stations in other areas of the community. For now, the parking spaces will not be “dedicated” to electric vehicles, so those not charging a vehicle who park in the spots will not be ticketed, he said. However, there will be signage and the hope is those not charging a vehicle will leave them available for electric vehicles.

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1. Eagle Canyon Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt 2. DNHS hosted over 70 groups at the premiere SD Invitational Winter Guard Tournament in March 3. Colette (6th grade) and Nicole (2nd grade) at Horizon Prep’s Spring Author’s Tea 4. Ballplayers for 4S Ranch Little League getting ready to Play Ball! 5. Opening Day Ceremonies 4S Ranch Little League AAA Yankies 6. Olivia Gastaldo educates fellow DNHS students on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and her quest to raise $10K 7. Goodbye 4S Ranch, we will miss you! The Mansi Family (Ed, Alya, Yosef, Zachary, Yasmine, and Summer) 8. Stone Ranch Elementary Girl Scouts Raising the Flag 9. Katarina Stapleford, Founder of DNHS Kin Club, promotes the upcoming “Cinderella Project” 10. Oak Valley students benefit from iPad Lab

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Get Your Sport On Sport Clips Haircuts Now Open In 4S Ranch Village by KATHY LOY | photos by Spark Photography


hen you think about getting a haircut a few images may come to mind… odd, chemical smells, women chatting about the latest goings-on at school, daytime television playing in the background. Wait – now picture this! ESPN is on one of the HD flat screens in the lobby and the same game on another screen near the cutting station – so you don’t miss a second of the action. The walls are lined with sports graphics; the air is chemicalfree. The stylists will chit-chat – or not, so you can concentrate on the game. This isn’t your wife’s hair salon – nope – it’s Sport Clips.


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The newly opened Sport Clips in 4S Ranch Village has one goal in mind – to make every client feel like a champion. The stylists know what you want in a haircut; they’ve been specially trained to focus on shorter styles and are up-to-date on industry trends. If you want to be treated like an elite player, they’ll give you their MVP Experience which includes a precision haircut, massaging shampoo, hot steamed towel treatment and neck and shoulder massage. You can experience all of this, surrounded by sports, with no appointment necessary. Sport Clips has been in the business of helping guys look great for 19 years and has been a franchise organization for 17 years. “These stores fill a gap in the marketplace that exists between the barbershop

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and the full service salon,” said Sue and Terry Klinker, owners of the new Sport Clips and local 92107 residents. “The focus is always around the needs of the male client.” The stores are designed to give a comfortable feel, like a locker room, and are family-friendly. Store

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in April was met with much fanfare - and free haircuts with donations made to a local charity. Stop by the newest Sport Clips at 16615 Dove Canyon Road, open seven days a week, in the 4S Ranch Village, and come see why it’s good to be a guy!! ¢

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n effective school climate that supports all students, honors effort, and guides the youth of 92127 to be prepared for higher education is what Oak Valley exemplifies. The way the Oak Valley school community members feel about themselves and others and the way they treat each other every day, reflects the

culture of the school. Oak Valley, the only public middle school serving the 92127 community, prides itself on emphasizing positive expectations, recognizing differences, and providing choices. Along with high expectations for behavior by focusing on the six pillars of character, the Falcons are a team committed to helping all students thrive.

at a glance Established: 2005

District: Poway Unified School District

Type: Public Middle School

Superintendent: John P. Collins, Ed. D

Principal: Sonya Wrisely

Campus: Suburban

Teaching Staff: 49

Colors: Blue and Silver

Students: 1,386

Mascot: Falcon

Grades: 6-8


Location: 16055 Winecreek Road, San Diego, CA 92127

Phone: 858-487-2939

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Students are at the heart of Oak Valley and meeting their needs is our first priority. ~OVMS Mission Statement

Q&A with Sonya Wrisley Principal, Oak Valley Middle School

Can you give us a brief history of Oak Valley Middle School

I hire well. As a principal, it is my most important duty

I was asked to open Oak Valley seven years ago. We

do that, the school improves.

to find the best people to work at a school. When I

opened this school with the idea of ensuring that our

What type of assistance is needed at OVMS, and how can the readers of 92127 Magazine get involved? We love having volunteers in our school and classrooms.

learn. I was able to hire staff who love children and

What do you enjoy most about being Principal at OVMS?

want to be here!

I am completely surrounded by excellent staff and parents are wonderful. Everyone makes it a

What would you like to share with the parents of current students on their role at OVMS?

pleasure to come to work each day.

Parents should keep a close relationship with their

students feel safe, happy and want to be at school to

members (remember, I hire well) and the students

Can you give us a brief summary of your background and experience?

middle school student, keep lines of communication

I grew up in Claremont – in Los Angeles County,

open, and try to remain neutral and non-judgmental

in, German. When I returned, I taught elementary

What do you see as the opportunities and challenges as the Principal of Oak Valley Middle School?

school, then moved to San Diego to be assistant

Oak Valley is now looking at how to improve our

to be connected with their parents.

principal. I was hired by Poway Unified School District

school for our 21st Century students. We are working

in 1993.

on strategies and tools that will truly prepare our

went to Cal Poly, then moved to Germany for a year after college where I learned, and became fluent

students for the 21st workplace.

How and when did you become Principal at Oak Valley Middle School? What attracted you to the position?

as their students share stories of what is happening in their lives. The middle school children truly need

What would you like to share with parents of incoming students on what they should expect as an OVMS parent? We have built Oak Valley to be warm and welcoming

I had always been motivated to build a school that

Can you describe one of your most memorable moments as Principal at OVMS?

would focus on what the student needs to feel safe

Every day is a memorable moment. I love coming

fine. If there are challenges, we are here to help the

and connected.

So, when the district asked for

to work each day; my staff is happy and ready to

students and parents. They can always contact us

interest in the new school, I put my name in! I left

help children, our students are kind, caring and enjoy

for advice or help!

Mesa Verde in June 2004 to begin building the school

being at Oak Valley and our parents are supportive

and the vision.

and involved in our school.

It makes each day


What/who was your inspiration to become an educator?

to everyone. The transition is much easier for the students than it is for the adults. Everyone will be

How would you describe the tone on campus day in and day out and what sets OVMS students apart from other students? What does it mean to be an OVMS Falcon?

teacher. My father was a great teacher, and loved

What is your vision for the next 5-10 years for the school? What are your short and long-term goals?

his job. Then in first grade, I had Mrs. Perkins. She

Our District is currently exploring ways to help our

was the most loving and kind teacher, and she had

students be prepared for the 21st Century workplace.

wonderful ways of helping us learn. She became my

At Oak Valley, we are looking to explore how student

How will the projected opening of the K-8 School in the Fall of 2014 affect OVMS?

fourth grade teacher, and the rest is history!

learn today, and make instructional adjustments to

Right now, Oak Valley is the largest middle school in

help today’s student. Our students are being raised

the District. We are projected to be over 1,400 next

with technology, and we need to incorporate this type

year. Hopefully, the new K-8 school will help reduce

of learning into our school.

these numbers.

Since I was four years old, I have wanted to be a

What do you consider your greatest contribution to schools/districts you have worked?


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Again, how we have built the school to be a warm, welcoming and friendly place.

principal OVMS

Sonya Wrisley

Years Principal at OVMS

7 at Oak Valley, and one extra year to build the school

Education Bachelors Degree-Liberal Studies, with an emphasis on teacher education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Masters Degree in Education Leadership at Cal State San Bernardino

Professional Background From the beginning, elementary school teacher, assistant principal at a middle school in Escondido (2 years), principal of Canyon View Elementary in PUSD (5 years), principal of Mesa Verde Middle School in PUSD (6 years) and now Oak Valley


3 children, six grandchildren


running, hiking, kayaking, gardening

Dear 92127 Community Members, I have some good news, though it is also bittersweet. On April 10, 2012, Dr. Robertson, Associate Superintendent of Learning Support Services, and I announced to the Oak Valley Middle School faculty and staff that I will be recommended to the Board of Education as the principal of the new K-8 school, currently referred to as “School 39�. The school will be located immediately north of Del Norte High School. This assignment will become effective July 1, 2012. I opened Oak Valley in 2005, and the past seven years have been wonderful. I am very sad to leave the Oak Valley family! However, it is a great honor to be asked to open yet another new school in this area, and I look forward to planning and developing a school that will serve children from grades K-8. I very much appreciate the support given to me by the Oak Valley parent community and feel very proud of the ways the Oak Valley school community has worked together in so many positive ways to benefit our students. Warmly, Sonya

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savannah tennes Student Body President

What sets Oak Valley Middle School apart from other schools? Oak Valley Middle School truly lives up to its motto: “Students are the heart of Oak Valley and meeting their needs is our first priority”. Students’ input is continually sought from creating expectations to rules set-up.

What is your role as a leader at OVMS? As Student Body President, I am able to reach out to students and be their voice to the adults in school, the school district and the community. I am also there to be a good role model and influence others.

What words would you use to describe being a Falcon? Being a Falcon means to be a good citizen, to be caring and not afraid to be different. A Falcon is trustworthy and respected by students and teachers alike.

Who is your favorite teacher/leader/mentor at OVMS, and why? There are many awesome teachers in OVMS. However, these two teachers come to mind: • Mrs. Jeannine Ugalde: By asking thought provoking questions, students are encouraged to think outside the box and apply the concepts to their daily life. She is an ideal educator. • Mr. Martin Reisert: As my teacher in 6th grade, he welcomed me into the Falcon family and accelerated my transition to middle school. I appreciate his humor and how he encourages students to take their dreams to greater heights.

What are your future goals? I got accepted into The Hotchkiss School, an independent boarding school located in Lakeville, CT, for high school. So many changes await me when I begin school in the fall – the weather, being on my own away from home, challenging classes, meeting people from around the world – it is both exciting and scary at the same time. I hope to major in civil/structural engineering and minor in architecture at a top tier college such as Stanford. I would also like to be the first female president.

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What sets Oak Valley Middle School apart from other schools? The staff truly cares about you and makes sure you feel comfortable at OVMS. The teachers are fair and always put students first. This belief that they live by is embodied by our school’s mission statement: “Students are at the heart of Oak Valley and meeting their needs is our first priority”.

What is your role as a leader at OVMS? I help people as much as I can, and I recently gathered a couple of friends to start an online newspaper group.

What words would you use to describe being a Falcon? You’ve got to be caring, nice, and compassionate to be one.

What do you like most about attending Oak Valley Middle School? Everyone is really nice and caring about each other. There aren’t any black sheeps here.

Who is your favorite teacher/leader/mentor at OVMS, and why? I think that would be Mr. Downs. He is funny, kind, and cares a lot about his students.

What are your future goals? I plan to go to Berkeley and will most likely choose the following careers – author, photographer, teacher, or a translator, or possibly a scientist. I don’t exactly know right now what career I’ll choose in the future.


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What sets Oak Valley Middle School apart from other schools? What sets Oak Valley apart from other schools is that it is so fun and provides

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everyone with cool classes to be in.

What is your role as a leader at OVMS? My role as a leader in OVMS is to be nice and help teachers/students with anything that they would need. I constantly help many of my teachers with any technology problems that they could have.

What words would you use to describe being a Falcon? Words that I would use to describe being a Falcon is that everyone is nice, trustworthy, and responsible.

What do you like most about attending Oak Valley Middle School? The thing that I like most about Oak Valley is that it has many nice teachers that are helpful to their students. Another thing that I like is the computer lab that is open during lunch. You can go there to finish projects that were assigned during class.

Who is your favorite teacher/leader/mentor at OVMS, and why? My favorite teachers in Oak Valley were my two teachers that I had in 6th grade. Those two teachers were Mr. Vitti and Mr. Reisert. They had really fun classes to be in, and I am sure that my past classmates would agree.

Can you give us a brief funny story or incident that has occurred while you’ve attended OVMS? Every day is fun at Oak Valley, there is not just one point in time that it is, mainly because of the fun staff and teachers.

What are your future goals? My future goal is to become a professional programmer and to have my own company one day.

Grant Hylton

Baseball, Basketball, Jazz & Honor Band What sets Oak Valley Middle School apart from other schools? It just feels like one big family. You can talk to any of the adults on campus if you need something.

What is your role as a leader at OVMS? I am well rounded, friendly, and relate to different groups of people (academics, athletics, music). Many times I find myself being a mediator between my friends.

What words would you use to describe being a Falcon? Trustworthy, Friendly, Loyal.

What do you like most about attending Oak Valley Middle School? Block schedule. Having two days to do homework is very nice and helps me to manage my time. You also don’t have every class every day.

Who is your favorite teacher/leader/mentor at OVMS, and why? Mrs. Doyle, my 6th and 7th grade homeroom teacher. I feel like she is a person that I can talk to about anything.

Can you give us a brief funny story or incident that has occurred while you’ve attended OVMS? My favorite and saddest moment was when our Vice Principal, Mr. Rashad, left the school. At the end of the day, we gave him a 1,400-person group hug in the middle of the quad.

What are your future goals? I hope to maintain a 4.0 GPA through high school. My ultimate goal is to play baseball at UC Berkeley, like my dad did. ¢

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Dirty Blonde Singing Sensation Astraea Isn’t Afraid to Get a Little Dirty by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by James Norton

Astraea, a.k.a. Nikki Moulios, is a San Diego native who is making a name for herself on the music scene as a high-energy singer/songwriter who isn’t afraid to get dirty. Astraea is the whole package – talent, looks and attitude. Her album, Dirty Blonde, has been described as “dancefloor ready” with in-your-face lyrics and driving beats produced by Miklos Malek (The X-factor). Astraea is poised and ready to make it big and when she does, get ready to get dirty and have some fun. “Music is the fabric of my being. When I’m not around it or partaking in it, I feel unfulfilled. I’m happy to say that I chose a career that is a combination of drama, music and storytelling. There’s nothing else I’d rather do,” says the pop chanteuse who started singing at age six. Astraea describes her music as dance/pop and aspires to get teens and adults alike on the dance floor with her fun, flirty yet edgy style. She is definitely reaching the masses – she is the face of Dirty Blonde premium champagne cocktails which are carried in over 800 Target stores

At A Glance Full Name: Stage Name: Age: Website: Hometown: Profession:

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“Music is the fabric of my being. When I’m not around it or partaking in it, I feel unfulfilled.” ~ Astraea

nationwide. “I partnered with Kristen [Kristen Raskopf, founder and CEO of Dirty Blonde Cocktails] when she heard my song. She fell in love with the lyrics, as well as my look, and thought I was a great representation for her company,” says Astraea, who is planning a West Coast tour for late summer 2012. Astraea is currently working on her

second EP album and has recently performed to sold-out crowds at Vlive in Chicago, Cuda Club in Portland, Oregon and local San Diego hotspot Barfly. She was also named one of Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 Artists List for 2011. Although it may seem a far cry from where she is now, Astraea sang in the girl’s

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choir at San Pasqual High School. Her roots in San Diego run deep; her family owns Ciao Bella Hair and Body Salon in Rancho Bernardo. “My family has always been extremely supportive of my career.” says Astraea. “I’m lucky to have such a great family backing what I was born to do.” ¢

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4S Ranch Girls Softball... Unleash the 4S Fury!


pening Days were held the first weekend of March, which was a true testament of how committed the community is to preparing the local youth athletes for success. The league is committed to building a high quality program that develops female athletes, teaches fundamentals, fosters a love of the game, and promotes excellence in sportsmanship and teamwork. Whether you were a Blue Angel, a Pee Wee Padre, or even a team member of Razzmatazz or the Pigtail Bandits, it was absolutely apparent, these girls were ready to step up to the plate. Coaches, umpires, parents and athletes had a great start to the season. Play Ball! ¢


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High Tech Hide & Seek by TARA PRITCHETT


reasure hunting doesn’t have to be pretend or only something you would see on the big screen. Today, over five million people around the world in over 100 countries on all seven continents are seeking treasures through geocaching according to, an official global GPS cache hunt site. Geocaching, a derivation of the outdoor sporting activity of Geotrekking, is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. After almost 12 years of activity, there are close to two million active geocaches published on various websites. The only necessities to participate are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so you can navigate to the cache. One popular website (www.Geocaching. com) takes you through the process from getting started to logging your findings in eight easy steps. 1. Register - A Basic Membership on is free and requires only a valid email address and your name to create an account. 2. Visit the “Hide & Seek a Cache” page. 3. Enter your zip code and click “search.” 4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name. 5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device. 6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with


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their established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. 7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location. If you take something from the geocaches, leave something of equal or greater value. 8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online. Geocaches can be found all over the world and creativity has been instrumental in keeping the sport active. When researching where to start your hunt, remember that geocachers tend to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. (Locations could vary from your local park, at the end of a long trek, on the side of a city street or even underwater.) The hobby of geocaching has sparked boundless opportunities for adventure in your own backyard. You have the answer next time you hear “Where shall we go?” Go outside and find a Geocache. This family friendly, outdoor activity will optimize your time together while having fun, getting exercise and taking in the fresh air. Who knows, this new found hobby, may lead you to that treasure you have been hunting for. ¢

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Clopine Brings Art to Stone Ranch Elementary by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Spark Photography


rt Corps is a wonderful program that gets parents involved in the classroom teaching children about art and famous artists’ work. Our parent volunteers put in a lot of time and they’re the best to work with – they’re like rock stars on campus. The kids are so excited when it’s Art Corps day,” says Donna Clopine, Head Coordinator for Art Corps at Stone Ranch and resident of the Patina neighborhood of Bernardo Springs. Art Corps is a PTA-funded program that uses parent volunteers to teach eight fundamental art lessons in each classroom. As the Head Coordinator, Donna’s job is to oversee the volunteers and make sure that the program is running smoothly. In addition, Donna has taught art in both her daughters’ classrooms since her oldest daughter, Amanda, was in Kindergarten. “We use a lot of different mediums and materials so each lesson is different for each grade level,” says Donna. “We have our annual Art Corps Art Show on May 17 in the Stone Ranch Theater. It’s amazing and it’s free.” In addition to her involvement with Art Corps, Donna is active in her daughters’ Girl Scout troops. She is the Troop Leader for Amanda’s 6th grade


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Cadette Troop and for her youngest daughter, Marissa’s Brownie troop. “I am also the Girl Scout Membership/Troop Organizer for Stone Ranch,” says Donna. Donna and her husband, Todd, also have a son named Tyler. Tyler was born with a very serious heart defect and by 16 months old, he had undergone three open heart surgeries. “After the third surgery, he suffered a very significant stroke and is severely delayed. He is a real sweetheart,” says Donna, of her oldest child who is currently a freshman in a special education class at Mt. Carmel High School. Although Donna may not have much down time, between juggling the schedules of three children and her extensive volunteer work, she admits to taking full advantage any time she may have to spare. “I love to travel and spend time with my fabulous family,” says Donna. ¢ Full name: Residence: Affiliations: Occupation: Family:

Donna Clopine Patina in Bernardo Springs Art Corps and Girl Scouts Stay-at-home mom Husband- Todd, Son-Tyler, Daughters-Amanda and Marissa

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Del Norte High Schools 1st Grad Nite “First in Flight” June 7th 10pm - June 8th 5:30am 2012


he Key to our success rests in the people like YOU, who embody the spirit of greatness, by saying, “YES I can, and so can you!” Thanks for your inspiring dedication and tremendous example to our school and our community. Words cannot convey our gratitude for your tremendous contribution. Thank You!!! ~ Tami Koch and Kim Donovan Event Chairs

Volunteers Proudly Supporting the Nighthawks Tami Koch, Kim Donovan, Nancy Casadona, Gigi Hotaling, Debbie Ludwin, Corinne Campbell, Helen LaBlanc, Laura Millier, Kathy Garrott, Nicole Carusa, Diane Urban, Bernie Kidwell, Stephanie Brinsfield, Tanny Joyce, Maria Millay, Traci Dorsey, Debbie Kayton, Debi Renken, Kimberly Croft, Denise Dukellis, Mary Burrows, Karleen Mink, and Chris Neas.

Local Businesses Proudly Supporting the Nighthawks Aerial Action Sports, Back At The Ranch, Event Designs Entertainment and Casino, Savvy Interiors, Cute Cakes, The Barrel Room & The Urge, Iron Works, Starbucks 4S Ranch, Postal Annex 4S Ranch, Baskets with Bows, Salon De Claude and Spa, Flippin Pizza, Capri Blu, Bold Smiles, Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt, Next Step College Counseling, Baker and Olive, Dolce’ Pane e Vino, Fioroni’s Latalian Fusion Cuisine, Bodymax, Shea Chic Boutique, TRE Clothing, Hollywood Tans, The Brigantine/ Miguel’s, Lantis Nails and Spa, Jerry Warner, The Grand Del Mar, MODA Hair Design, Best Mobile Detailing, Padres, Visual Photography and 92127 Magazine.


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Families Proudly Supporting the Nighthawks The Koch Family, Grandma & Grandpa Koch, Grandma & Grandpa Somer, The Jensen Family, The Mutter Family, The Burrows Family, The Boney Family, Joanne Delia, The Hotaling Family, The Campbell Family, Steven Flowers, Grandma & Grandpa Oliver, Grandma & Grandpa LeBlanc, The Casadona Family, The Kidwell Family, The Urban Family, The Stone Family, Jan Fonti, The Young Family, The Stark Family, The Meyers Family, The Cardena Family, and The Dorsey Family.

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Turning passion into a business by ZEENA GREGG | photo by Spark Photography


usan Wintersteen just might be the epitome of a “busy working mom.” Susan, her husband John, and their five daughters are residents of Ivy Gate in 4S Ranch where they have lived for the past four years. “I like the family values, the sense of community, and the outstanding teachers in our schools,” said Susan. Although Susan obtained a degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, her true passion is interior design – which runs in the family. “I seem to have inherited both my interior design and entrepreneurial talent from my grandmother... who also ran her own interior design business,” said Susan. Over ten years ago, Susan began designing spaces in her own home which led to work for friends and neighbors who were remodeling, updating and renovating their homes. Through word of mouth, putting her clients first, and taking a few risks along the way, Susan experienced a steady growth in her business. Today, Savvy Interiors offers a wide range of interior design services and specializes in re-modeling, re-flooring and re-design – and the whole family gets involved. “We are truly a family owned business... John is a project manager and my primary marketing advisor... and our oldest daughter works as my administrative assistant helping with client needs,” explained Susan. Savvy Interiors was recently awarded with a ‘Best of Remodeling’ 2012 award on (a website for home design enthusiasts). For Susan, it was extremely rewarding to “I seem to have know that others were drawn to her inherited both my artistic designs utilizing balance of interior design and form and function. “I try to engage in all types of design and styles. entrepreneurial talent My first priority is to create a floor from my grandmother... plan or space that is pleasing to my who also ran her own clients,” said Susan. When not working, Susan interior design business.” keeps busy with her other hobbies. ~ Susan Wintersteen She is a co-founder of Tri N for a Cause, a philanthropic triathlon team in North County. She also enjoys tennis and volunteers her time on the Board of the Angels Foster Family Network. ¢

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Susan Wintersteen 4S Ranch/Ivy Gate Interior Design BA Psychology Husband John, five daughters

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Real Estate Today – Strategic Defaults by SCOTT VOAK


trategic defaults are getting more attention in the press and are likely to continue to do so. Changes in the HARP program, Fannie and Freddie’s loan mod programs and the impending expiration of tax breaks for debt forgiveness are creating a lot of confusion in the market place. People I meet with are realizing that if the market rises 5% a year, they might not get back to break-even on their home for 10-15 years. For adjustable loans, looming payment increases add to the fear. One family I worked with had a choice between staying in their current underwater home or sending their kids to college. However, as tempting as a Strategic Default may be (setting aside the moral issues), it’s not as simple as defaulting on your mortgage and letting the bank take your home. There are important issues regarding debt relief income and recourse loans that could have you owing taxes and unpaid balances. Done incorrectly, the strategic default could hurt your credit for seven years, plus cost 30-45% of the forgiven debt in taxes and leave you with full liability on your second loan. While a Strategic Default is an option, it needs to be looked at carefully and compared to loan modifications, short sales, etc. I have assembled a team with a bankruptcy attorney, credit repair attorney and a CPA to help people determine the best course of action. Consultations are free, so if you would like to meet to discuss options, please give me a call. ¢

Scott Voak, MBA – Broker CA DRE #01153157 10815 Rancho Bernardo Rd #390 San Diego, CA 92127 (888) 311-6311

Scott Voak, the top selling agent in 92127 since 2008 and the real estate expert on Positively Wall Street on AM 1000 at 7am weekday mornings, provided this information. Email him to subscribe to his weekly real estate newsletter – Monday Morning Coffee.

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the Thoughtful Way by TARA PRITCHETT


hink on this thought by Winston Churchill…“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Spring has sprung and the task of “Spring Cleaning” is knocking at our doors. In lieu of a garage sale, there’s an abundance of philanthropic ways to clean out your clutter. We give you some insight of how to make use of and divvy off your unclaimed treasures.

Freecycle…Online Freecycle is a simple way to clear out your items online. This nonprofit, grassroots movement makes it easy to post items and coordinate pick up. The philosophy is all about reuse and

keeping good stuff out of landfills. Membership is free. Visit to get started.

Win Big Wondering what to do with that old version of your Xbox 360 Guitar Hero and the stacks of board games in the closet? Donate Games accepts used games and then posts them for sale. 100% of the proceeds benefit rare disease research and treatment for children. Visit to make your games come to life again.

Hit a Home Run You no longer have a use for that old tennis racket or baseball mitt? There are countless kids who do. “Give a ball. Change a Life” is the motto for Sports Gift. The organization is focused on providing sports to disadvantaged children throughout the world and promoting sports related community service. Visit to get started in making your sports gear useful again!

Clean Out Your Closet You have recently left the corporate world but still have a wardrobe full of business attire. You hold on to them for years thinking you will eventually wear them again. Even if you


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go back into the corporate world or need a coordinated “professional” ensemble, take a look at the shoulder pads (or flare of the pant leg) and think again. The Women’s Alliance, an online organization, helps you find a directory of local organizations that accept clothing for the disadvantaged, job-seeking women. Someone’s future is hanging in your closet. Visit to learn more.

Hand Them Down Clothes don’t grow, but kids do. ThredUP is an online clothing swap service that can turn a pile of outgrown garments into cash. Discover more at

Give to Your Community Donate your items to a local school, church or humane society. The teachers at all levels of schooling can use fabric scraps, broken electronics, wood chips, and more in a plethora of creative ways. And, the humane society is always in need of items like old blankets, towels and balls. Once you have given, donated, and decluttered, remember the words of Charles Dickens, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” Good for you! ¢

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4S Health Center is bringing top notch medical and dental care to residents by ZEENA GREGG


Ranch has just about everything you could want in an upscale community, but it’s about to get even better. With a grand opening scheduled for this July, the 4S Health Center at the corner of Camino Del Norte and Dove Canyon Road will host a variety of medical and dental offices that will be easily accessible and convenient for residents. According to listing agent Chris Ross, the 2-story, 40,000 square-foot medical office building has been specially designed with beautiful Spanish-style architecture. “The building will offer first class design and finishes – both inside and out. It is planned for LEED certification and will be an eco-friendly green building, reducing energy usage and minimizing environmental impact. It will be beautifully landscaped and will have inviting common areas with indoor and outdoor seating, Wi-Fi internet access, elegant restrooms, streaming music and custom artwork throughout.” One of the unique features of the building is LEED certification which means that the building is built to be energy and resource efficient and healthy for occupants, visitors and the building’s


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surroundings. According to Ross, “The developer is investing extra money into things like high efficiency air conditioning, motion-censored lighting, water fixtures and dual-paned solar reflecting windows to prevent unwanted transfer of heat.“ The building is already 75% leased with tenants such as Arch Health (primary care), Children’s Primary Care Medical Group (pediatrics), C-Care (oncology / cancer treatment), general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and orthodontic practices

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contracted for space. Approximately 10,000 sq. ft. remains available for lease. The location of the 4S Health Center will be convenient for residents and tenants alike who will be within easy walking distance to all stores and restaurants in the 4S Commons Town Center and the 4S Ranch Village Center. Unlike traditional office buildings whose traffic patterns peak at morning or evening rush hour, traffic will flow smoothly through the center as medical offices are patronized throughout the day. Designs also include space for abundant parking. ¢

Troop 2038 Celebrates The Year of the Girl by JENNIFER FRAKES


n March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered a group of girls from Savannah, Georgia for a meeting of what would become the Girl Scouts of the USA. Her goal was to bring girls out of isolated home environments and into a world of new possibilities, such as community service, hiking, camping and basketball. One hundred years later, the Girl Scouts are continuing in Juliette’s quest to help every girl reach her full potential with the Year of the Girl. According to Janine Rojas, Communications Specialist for the Girl Scouts San Diego, the goal of the 100th anniversary celebration is to achieve – within the next five years – a generational leap in opportunities for girls. “The Year of the Girl focuses on girls and the issues they face and celebrates their leadership potential in the workplace and in communities across the country,” says Rojas. The Girl Scouts has come a long way in 100 years – never losing sight of its mission to empower and inspire girls. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (“Discover, Connect, Take Action”) provides programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math, team-building and community service.

The Year of the Girl celebration kicks off another exciting program: the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Arts and Culture Initiative. This program is designed to advance and sustain girls’ interest in the arts, as well as help them gain an appreciation for diverse cultures, engage in critical thinking and problem-solving and instill discipline, confidence and teamwork. More than 31,000 girls are served by Girl Scouts San Diego each year – including 8,000 from underserved populations – through a wide variety of programs and activities. According to Rojas, one of the most popular programs is Girl Scout Camp. “Registration is now open for our spring and summer camps. All day and resident sessions combine traditional Girl Scout fun – games, songs and crafts – with themed, learn-by-doing experiences, such as kayaking, rock-climbing and photography,” says Rojas. While today’s Girl Scout handbook looks much different than the first, which included a section on stopping runaway horses and how to tie up a burglar with eight inches of cord, it is not a stretch to say that Juliette Gordon Low would be proud of the 100th Anniversary Year of the Girl celebration. ¢

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PROFILE Troop #: 2038 Members: 8 Names: Genevieve Gonzales; Katy Fletcher; Lesia L.; Jenni Johnson; Emily Jose; Kathy Lee; Kaela Marie Abalos; Ashley Cogger Troop Leaders: Marty Foltyn and Bhuvana Ramanathan Established: 2012

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Moms Making It Happen

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“We have a business model that requires no overhead, no inventory and no selling.” ~ Heidi Bartolotta Owner

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ngie Gange, former mortgage broker and mother of three teenage boys, joined Moms Making Six Figures in order to maintain her substantial income while enjoying greater flexibility. Barbara Ryan, on-call emergency room surgeon, joined Moms Making Six Figures so she can have more quality time with her husband and grandson. Michele Martin, mother of four and former VP of Technology for a large real estate firm, joined Moms Making Six Figures so she can create equity in her own business. Stacy Brown, former CPA and single mother, joined Moms Making Six Figures to create more time with her daughter without sacrificing her income. Melanie Hughes, single mother of three, joined Moms Making Six Figures to bridge the gap in monthly expenses without giving up her time at home. Can a mother really stay at home and still make six figures? Heidi Bartolotta, President and owner of Moms Making Six Figures, says the answer is definitely yes! Bartolotta is herself a mother of two who once worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative. She started Moms Making Six Figures when her husband was down-sized. “Just look,” says Bartolotta, “at the women featured here. These ladies are just a few of the dynamic women who make up our Moms Making Six Figures team. Each of these amazing women is improving her life in a significant way.” And she insists that anyone who is hard-working and self-motivated can do it, too. The most attractive thing about the company, says Bartolotta, is the flexibility it offers and the unlimited income potential. “We don’t sell anything and we are not your traditional home-based business,” said Bartolotta. “We developed a business model that requires no overhead, no inventory and no selling.” Sound too good to be true? Bartolotta encourages you to see for yourself. Simply visit and submit a request for more information. A professional mentor will contact you and help you get started on your new business – today! ¢


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Nighthawks’ College Readiness is Tested Part 1 of a 3-part series


ore than two and a half years after walking into their new school as a group of excited sophomores, Del Norte’s seniors are finally tasting the fruits of their labor. They are about to be the first class to graduate from Del Norte High. The ideal Nighthawk, according to the school’s mission statement, is “college ready” by the time they graduate, and this goal has been tested in the final trimester of the 2011-2012 school year. With college admission decisions weighing heavily on the minds of seniors, it’s time to see how the past two and a half years have prepared these 243 students for the next chapter of their lives. Senior Nick Campbell, who was recently accepted to the University of Oregon, said the school has “continuously

talked to [the seniors] about the application process.” The counseling department has gone to extraordinary lengths to prepare students for their higher education goals, inviting over 75 college representatives to speak with the seniors. The counselors and teachers also hosted workshops geared specifically towards completing college and financial aid applications. Del Norte administrators have also encouraged students to start clubs. Bhavin Shah, accepted to the Honors Program at UC Santa Barbara, said that “starting the Key Club and the Debate Team as a sophomore definitely gave me a unique skill set that I could write about in my personal statements.” He claims he would not have had this experience at any other school, and Principal Greg Mizel agrees, stating that as members of the first graduating class, Del Norte’s seniors have had to be “creative,

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resourceful, flexible, persistent, courageous, and self-aware.” Del Norte’s teachers have been preparing students for the rigors of college as well. They have encouraged students to attempt one AP class before graduating, and 67% of the seniors have risen to this challenge. Yolanda Pham, accepted to UC Los Angeles, said, “I was able to take a lot of challenging classes that will hopefully prepare me for the courses I take in college.” No matter where their paths take them, the graduating Nighthawks can be assured that they are well prepared for their future challenges. ¢

Sahil Chinoy is a Junior at Del Norte High School. He is participating in an internship program with 92127 Magazine. He can be contacted at

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Learning Advantage Achieve Advantage Educational Services

Providing Customized Tutoring Services to Local Students by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Spark Photography

F At A Glance Name: Achieve Advantage Educational Services Owner: Donna Liebrecht Address: 11650 Iberia Place, Suite 220 San Diego, CA 92128 Phone: 858-487-9999 Email: Website: Hours: Monday-Friday 2 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday By appointment


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or Donna Liebrecht, establishing Achieve Advantage Educational Services was more than a business venture; it was about giving local children the educational support they need and deserve. “I received great feedback from educators in our area about what services they would like to have available to their students. Our program was developed to meet those needs,” says Liebrecht. Achieve Advantage offers specialized individual tutoring for all grades and subjects, preparation for exams and standardized testing, small group classes and summer enrichment programs. According to Liebrecht, cookie cutter tutoring approaches don’t always work, as each student has individual needs. “We build an individual learning plan for each student using a variety of educational tools. Since we are a locally owned and operated business, we have greater flexibility in addressing the needs of students and families. The focus of our tutoring is to achieve overall academic success, rather than simply working on standardized lessons and tests by themselves,” says Liebrecht, a native San Diegan who is involved in the community as a parent volunteer, Girl Scout leader and local business owner.

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In addition to traditional in-office tutoring sessions, Achieve Advantage uses technology to make tutoring convenient and easy to schedule. “In a world of busy schedules, sports and extracurricular activities, tutoring sessions need to be flexible. We have busy students and athletes that video conference with tutors. We work around all busy schedules,” says Liebrecht, who also points out that Achieve Advantage services are reasonably priced and can be used on an “as-needed” basis or as on-going supplemental education. According to Liebrecht, the Achieve Advantage staff is comprised of tutors who are passionate about teaching and have in-depth knowledge of the specific subjects in which they tutor. The Achieve Advantage philosophy is based on the belief that every child can succeed given the proper encouragement, motivation and tools. “We get to the heart of the matter and give students what they need to feel better and perform better in the classroom as quickly as possible. We believe that this will begin a cycle of confidence and motivation that will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” says Liebrecht. For more information about Achieve Advantage, please visit ¢

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Velocity Sports caters to elite athletes and beginners alike by KATHY LOY | photos by Spark Photography


he three pillars of athleticism are speed, power, and agility. If you want to improve any or all of these, Velocity Sports Performance uses 30 years of science and development with expertly trained staff and a state of the art facility to help an athlete of any level reach their goals. Some gyms focus on being open all day and night or in providing an HD TV in front of every treadmill. Velocity Sports Performance provides an elite level of sports training for people of all ages and athletic abilities. “Our coaches have the ability to turn a non-athlete into an athlete and help great athletes reach the top. Our coaches are degreed and certified so they understand how to safely push athletes to the limit,” said Sports Performance Director, Tom Cox. Velocity Sports Performance offers something for everyone. “We train everyone from professional athletes, college athletes, top level high school and youth athletes to the everyday adult and youth seeking a more active lifestyle. Our youth athletes start in either elementary, middle or high school and continue training with us until they reach their goals of higher level athletic success.” Velocity Owner, Jill Campos. Velocity offers adult fitness classes, personal training and small group training. “Our adult classes are designed to improve coordination, balance, strength, flexibility, and overall fitness,” said Campos. “Classes are unique, fun, challenging, and no two classes are alike. Many adults choose personal training which gives us the ability to cater to their individual fitness goals.” Another unique aspect of the center is that Velocity trains entire teams, either at the facility or off-site. Cox explained, “We work with entire athletic programs as well as individual club and high school teams. This is a great opportunity for teams to get stronger, faster, and bond off the field or court.” Of course, when you are improving your health and fitness level, it helps to be working out in a top-notch facility…and Velocity has the largest in San Diego. “Our facility mimics strength and conditioning facilities used by professional teams and college programs,” said Campos. They have over 14,000 sq. ft. of training space with an Olympic style weight room, 60 yards of turf, equipment from the best vendors in the business and on-site physical therapists. If your goals for this year include becoming healthier and losing weight, Velocity is launching a new and improved adult fitness program called “Pure Fitness” offering additional class times to meet the needs of every adult. Whether your goals are to fine-tune your performance on the field or to improve your overall fitness, come see what Velocity Sports Performance can do for you today. ¢

“Our coaches have the ability to turn a non-athlete into an athlete and help great athletes reach the top.” ~ Tom Cox Sports Performance Director


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Velocity Sports Performance At A Glance Owner/Manager: Position/Title: Address: Website: Email: Phone:

Jill Campos/Tom Cox/Bailee Holt Owner/Sports Performance Dir/Manager 10806 Willow Ct #2, San Diego, CA 92127 858.592.7766

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Library (dates & events subject to change)

SPECIAL EVENTS Q & A with Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher

Saturday, May 26 10:30 am Meet and greet with mayoral candidate.

Kids Yoga with Alex Wednesday, May 16 9:30 am For 3 and 4 year olds. Sign-up required.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party at the Library


Wednesday, June 13

1 pm

Kick off summer reading with Red Hatters

Online registration starts May 15. CHILDREN PROGRAMS

Science Lab 5:30 pm 2nd Wednesday in May Hands-on science experiment for high school students.

Baby Story Time Tuesdays at 10:30 am Pre-walking babies only. One-on-one lapsit activity which introduces babies to stories and songs.

Knitting Circle Wednesdays

5 pm

4S Book Worms 6:30 pm 1st Wednesday of the month Meet by the fireplace and share your passion for books.

Preschool Story Time & Craft with Mrs. Z Fridays in May 10:30 & 11:30 am For children ages 3 to 5. Engage children and focus on the skills and concepts children need to be ready for Kindergarten. Parents and caregivers get to see proven, modeled techniques to help their child succeed.

Baby & Me Yoga 10:30 am 4th Wednesday of the month Please bring a mat, a baby toy and a towel. Sign-ups required. Gentle Yoga 1st and 2nd Wednesday Gentle Yoga for seniors

Play to Learn Time with Teacher Lee Thursdays 10:30 am & 12:00 pm Music, stories, art and fun. For children 5 years old and under.

Homework Club Fridays in May 4 pm Students from Del Norte High tutor children from Kindergarten through 9th grade. Registration required.

Basic Computer Training in Farsi Tuesdays 8:30 am Open for Farsi speakers interested in learning basic computer skills. Yoga Meditation 6:45 pm 1st and 2nd Tuesdays of the month For every day stress reduction. For 15 year olds and above.

Spanish Bilingual Story Time 10 am 2nd and 4th Monday of the month Spanish bilingual story and craft.

Crafts for a Cause 2nd and 4th Thursdays 4 pm Arts and crafts for K–3rd grade students.

Basic Computer Training in Chinese 1st Monday of the month 8:30 am Open for Chinese speakers interested in learning basic computer skills.


Citizenship Class Mondays 6:30 pm Open for all interested in taking citizenship tests.

9:30 am

Friends of the Library 6:30 pm 3rd Wednesday of the month Become a member and support your local library. Fine Free Friday last Friday of each month All SDCL Branches - Return your County owned books, CDs, DVD, or other overdue materials and we’ll get rid of the fines for those items!

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Index of Advertisers 1 Stop Furniture Warehouse ......... 4 Sun Pool .................................... 4S Ranch Girls Softball .................. Achieve Advantage Educational ... All-Star Academy .......................... Amazing New Me .......................... Atlantic & Pacific Management ..... Bernardo Heights Country Club ..... Black Mountain Dance Centre ........ Bounce California .......................... Boys & Girls Club ......................... Brian Davey DDS Inc. ................... Carmel Mountain Dental Care ...... Ciao Bella Salon ............................ Classic Realty - Lisa Hadzicki ......... Cofield Homes .............................. Coldwell Banker - Rich Teeter.......... Colossus Painting ......................... Computer Clinic ............................. CrossFit Barracks .......................... Danceology .................................. Del Sur .......................................... Direct Mortgage ............................ European Wax Center ................... Eyelux Optometry ........................

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Family Karate................................. Floaties Swim School ................... Fortress Computers ...................... Gyminny Kids ............................... Highlands Jewelers ...................... Home Trends Furniture Store ......... I Bring The Gym ........................... Jessica Breaux - Realtor ............... Kelly’s Public House ..................... Ki J’s Cafe ..................................... Laser Clinique ............................... Leading Edge Orthodontics ........... Lifeguard Pros .............................. Loanspring Financial ..................... Maderas Golf Club ....................... Marston Orthodontics ................... Massage Envy .............................. Master Your Sports ....................... Michael Maude, DDS .................... Moms Making Six Figures .............. Morning Song Farm ...................... Noonan Family Swim School ........ North County Soccer Park ............ Oasis Smiles ................................. Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co. ...........

May | June 2012

13 63, 74 75 17, 74 61 35 74 20 63, 75 61 57 15 64 65 27 4 2 39 16 31, 66 75 74 14 10 35

Pacific Swim ................................. Pietrek Spinal Care ....................... Postal Annex ................................ Pulte Group 2009 .......................... RB Glass & Mirror ......................... ReMax Ranch & Beach ............... Roy M Doppelt & Associates ......... San Diego Volleyball Club ............. Simple Solutions College Funding .. Skoglin Real Estate ...................... Spark Photography ....................... Sports Clips ................................... State Farm Insurance - Lori Long ... Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt .......... Swift Kick Martial Arts ................... T-Mobile USA ................................ The Cambridge School ................. Total K9 Training ........................... Ultimate Hair ................................. VCA W. Bernardo Animal Hospital .. Velocity Sports Performance ......... Voak Homes .................................. West Coast Martial Arts Academy .. Wholesome Choice Pet Market .... William Thomas DDS ................... World of Smiles ...........................

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REMEMBER In Honor of Memorial Day

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Only here will you have the privilege to live amidst a thousand acres of natural open space above Rancho Santa Fe, designed with a commitment to conservation. In neighborhoods of authentic architecture that appear to have been here for years. With intimate parks and unsurpassed education to enhance daily life. And a genuine community pride that sustains it all.

Del Sur.

Del Sur Elementary

Top schools in Poway Unified Six private parks with five solar-heated pools

Eighteen miles of trails Convenient access to I-15, Hwy 56 and I-5 Six neighborhoods with fourteen original model homes Mandolin Shea Homes

1,643-2,333 sq. ft. From the mid $400,000s

Presidio Standard Pacific Homes 3,461-3,824 sq. ft. From the mid $700,000s

Carleton Standard Pacific Homes

Valencia California West Communities

Sentinels Closeout Davidson Communities

Gables Crossing McCullough Design Development

2,621-3,059 sq. ft. From the mid $600,000s

2,772-3,329 sq. ft. From the high $700,000s

2,996-3,495 sq. ft. From the low $700,000s

4,500-5,600 sq. ft. From the mid $1 millions

Homes within Del Sur are constructed and sold by builders not affiliated with Black Mountain Ranch LLC or its affiliated companies. Black Mountain Ranch LLC and its affiliated companies do not guarantee or warrant the obligations of, or construction by such builders, or the availability or pricing of homes. Actual development may vary from developer’s vision. No guarantee can be made that development will proceed as described. Prices, specifications and details are subject to change without notice. Š 2012 Black Mountain Ranch LLC. All rights reserved.


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92127 Magazine - May/June 2012  

We talk with Principal Wrisley and students about why Oak Valley is special to students, parents and faculty.

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