Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)
As we begin the second semester of the school year, there are many important items and events on the horizon. First and foremost, seniors must continue their rigor in school, as keeping up second semester grades is important for final college acceptance. Graduation is right around the corner and grades, citizenship, and overall school attendance must remain at satisfactory and above to be eligible for senior activities. Detailed information regarding senior activities has been mailed home and is posted on the school website.
Our underclassmen will begin to focus on their course selections for the next school year. Counselors will provide students with information about the articulation process. It is imperative that students and parents are cognizant of the fact that courses selected at this time dictate the number of classes offered in a particular course for the coming year. Therefore, courses offered next year are based on the class choice requests students make during spring articulation.
During this process, counselors and students determine whether they are prepared, ready, and willing to commit to the classes they identify. It is essential students pick a schedule that is appropriate for their skill level and time commitment between classes and outside school activities. Counselors emphasize making commitments and finding solutions to difficult situations that prepare students for college and the real world, while building character and self-esteem.
This year students have the opportunity to select their courses online through Naviance, in addition to completing an articulation planning card. To finalize class choice selections, parent signature and counselor approval will be required. Some courses may require approval based on certain prerequisites for a course. To assist you in choosing classes, you may want to review the online SRHS Course Catalog and visit teacher websites, which include course expectations. We greatly appreciate your efforts in using the resources provided to pick a desirable schedule with your child.
Our Green Technology courses continue their popularity and success with Introduction to Engineering, Introduction to Green Technology, Principles of Engineering, and, new next year, Digital Electronics. The sequence of these courses, along with other requirements, allows our students guaranteed admission into the Engineering Department at San Diego State University. Please see our website for detailed information.
Our winter season athletic teams continue to perform at their best and we thank the parents and coaches for their support. It is encouraging to see our students demonstrate sportsmanship, character, and charisma as they compete.
The SRHS Foundation continues to work vigorously to help raise money for many academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities that make our school continue to outshine the rest! The "Taste of the Ranch" event is on Friday, Mar. 1, at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club. See pages 36-37 for details. Ticket information is on our website. We hope you join us for an evening of fun, great food, and auction items.
We appreciate your supply donations and are encouraged as they continue to arrive. Donations may be dropped off at our front office and may be directed toward the nurse, a specific teacher, or specific department. Several teachers have posted a wish list on their websites.
Some dates for your calendar:
- Tuesday, Feb. 5--Parent Night, juniors, 6-8 pm, SRHS theater;
- Wednesday, Feb. 6--Governance/School Site Council, 2:45 pm, staff dining room;
- Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9--Talent show, 6:30-8:30 pm, theater;
- Friday, Feb. 15--No school, Lincoln's birthday observed;
- Monday, Feb. 18--No school, Washington's birthday observed;
- Monday, Feb. 25--Foundation meeting, 6 pm, staff lounge;
- Tuesday, Feb. 26--Minimum day, periods 1-6, classes end at 11:30 am; buses depart at noon; and,
- Friday, Mar. 1--Taste of the Ranch, 6:30-9 pm, Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club.
Please check [www.srhsfalcons.org] for all other school events.
Ann Menna, SRHS Principal
Marshall Middle School (MMS)
Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,
We began our second semester on Jan. 28. This semester will be a busy time as we begin speaking to our students about their classes for next year. Parents will receive information about course selections from our counseling department in the next few months.
We also will welcome our new 5th grade students and parents to Marshall. We look forward to meeting our new students and are excited to share all the great opportunities we have for Scripps Ranch middle schoolers. In March we will have an information night for all 5th grade parents. We also will have student and parent tours. Please visit our website at [http://marshallmiddle.org] for dates and times of our upcoming parent tours.
Annually, we review safety procedures and policies with our faculty and staff to ensure our campus is safe at all times. In light of the Sandy Hook tragedy, we have secured our campus further by locking utility gates in the back of campus. We also have reviewed with all staff the proper way to conduct a lockdown. In the next few weeks, we will hold a lockdown drill with our students. Safety is our first priority at Marshall.
We will host another World Café to discuss the book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough. Our last event was well attended as we viewed the documentary The Finland Phenomenon. Our World Café is intended to stimulate conversation regarding our students and the global society. We hope you will join us for a lively discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the MMS library research room.
The budget situation is still very uncertain. As of press time, I do not have any current information on the budget for 2013-2014. I encourage you to visit the district website at [www.sandi.net] for information regarding the district budget. I would like to thank you as you continue to work with us to provide a solid middle school education for our students. Sincerely,
Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal
MMS February Calendar
- Friday, Feb. 9--Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 9:30 am, community room;
- Wednesday, Feb. 13--School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT) meeting, 5 pm, community room;
- Friday, Feb. 15-- Lincoln's birthday, no school; and,
- Monday, Feb. 18--Washington's birthday, no school.
The annual Marshall Middle School Geography Bee was held in January. Congratulations to Grant Rupe, winner of this year's Geography Bee. Ashwath Radhachandran was the runner-up.
The following students participated: Lilah Blalock, Kayla Bunch, Adrienne Corr, Clayton Cassidy, Parth Desai, Simon Emtage, Samuel In, Suyeon Ju, Sunyou Kang, Greg Kerr, Janie Kim, Nicholas Kim, Ashwin Kumar, Andrew Kuo, Joonhyuk Lee, Jonathan Luo, Chris Nguyen, Nikhil Penugonda, Catherine Pham, Belle Phommavong, Alex Poonoosamy, Maura Quinn, Ashwath Radhachandran, Ryan Rafferty, Kimia Ranjbar, Grant Rupe, Lauren Sheehan-Clark, Jared Truong, and Amira Walia.
The students who qualified to compete in the finals were: Jonathan Luo, Aswhath Radhachandran, Sunyou Kang, Lilah Blalock, Maura Quinn, Grant Rupe, Clayton Cassidy, Chris Nguyen, Simon Emtage, and Samuel In.
Fall Semester Ended
Students should have brought home their fall semester report cards on Friday, Feb. 1. If you didn't like what you saw, contact your child's teachers to see what your child can do to improve the grades.
High School Four Year Planning Conferences
High school graduation requirements have changed. Although the district no longer provides funding for high school planning, Marshall counselors will host two nighttime High School Four Year Planning Conferences in February for our 8th grade students and one parent.
Both conferences will be held in the MMS multipurpose room from 6:30 to 9 pm. Students whose last name begins with A-L will meet on Thursday, Feb. 7. Students whose last name begins with M-Z will meet on Monday, Feb. 11.
College: Making it Happen
Attention 7th grade students and parents: on Wednesday, Feb. 20, Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools will co-host a college preparation night for 7th graders and their parents. It will be in the Challenger Middle School auditorium from 6 to 7:30 pm.
The speaker will discuss the new high school graduation requirements, along with college prep information. Step-by-step details will be presented. They will discuss courses for college prep, entrance requirements, and financial aid.
5th to 6th Grade Matriculation
Fifth graders from Dingeman and Jerabek elementary schools will visit Marshall on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 11:30 am to 1 pm for a tour of their new school!
Fifth graders from E.B. Scripps and Miramar Ranch will tour MMS on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 am to 1 pm.
Parent Matriculation Night: This informational meeting for parents of incoming 6th graders will be held on Thursday, Mar. 7, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the MMS multipurpose room.
Marshall counselors visit students at our elementary feeder schools in March.
- Jerabek--Friday, Mar. 8;
- Dingeman--Monday, Mar. 11;
- EBS--Tuesday, Mar. 12; and,
- MRE--Thursday, Mar. 14.
Matriculation to SRHS
Scripps Ranch High School counselors will be at Marshall on Friday, Mar. 1, and Monday, Mar. 4, to speak to our 8th graders about their 9th grade courses.
You are invited to take a guided tour of SRHS. School tours are scheduled for the first Wednesday in February, March, April, and May from 1 to 2 pm. Please call Joe Meyer at 621-9020, ext. 1116, to make your reservation. The dates are: Wednesday, Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 10, and May 1. We look forward to meeting you.
MMS is collecting spare change for the Pasta for Pennies program to help children with leukemia. Students are encouraged to bring in change. The 6th period class that collects the most money wins a pasta party from Olive Garden.
Associated Student Body (ASB) students will sell Valentine's Day Grams. Students can send a special valentine to someone in school for only $1. Grams will be on sale at lunch. Proceeds benefit the ASB. Save the date: the Candyland Dance is on Friday, Mar. 1, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the multipurpose room.
Positive Thoughts from our Principal
Dear Dingeman Families and Community Friends,
February is a flurry of activity! We look forward to our Tiger Rally on Monday, Feb. 4, as the students learn about our #6 Habit of Mind, "Striving for Accuracy." It means always doing your best, setting high standards, and finding ways to improve constantly. This habit seems to be our mantra as we are always trying to improve, learn, and grow!
Speaking of growing stronger, all 5th graders in the district will take the Fitnessgram Physical Fitness Test starting at the end of February. We can't wait to show how healthy our students are!
Our students also are showing strong gains in math and reading on the district benchmarks. We are proud of their progress and appreciate all the hard work our teachers are doing.
The school will be closed for Presidents' Day weekend on Friday, Feb. 15, through Monday, Feb. 18. School resumes on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
In Partnership for Excellence,
Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal
Our Tigers' Giving Spirit!
Dingeman students have proven they always want to do their best. Two classes in particular were busy before the holidays making sure they thought of others.
Student Krista Hobbib from Mrs. Trench's 4th grade class came up with an idea for a "Holiday Book Drive" and then coordinated the effort for her classroom. On the last day of school for 2012, the students and their families donated 24 new children's books to Hidden Valley House, a shelter for women, men, and children in domestic violence situations. Imagine how excited those children were to receive such a special gift!
Second graders in Mrs. Coulapides' class spent November and December thinking of others too. This is what one of the children wrote: "Our class is helping Haiti. My teacher's daughters are going to Haiti to help at an orphanage, and we were each asked to raise $10 or more to help the children. In the end we raised almost $1,000! I did a bake sale, other people did a lemonade stand, saved bottles to recycle, or did extra chores at home. The most unique way to raise money was to ask for donations instead of a birthday present! We wanted to help because there was a huge earthquake that destroyed everything. Everyone worked so hard and in the end we succeeded."
We are excited to welcome Mrs. Lisa Diaz. Although this is her first year at Dingeman, she has taught kindergarten for 12 years and now shares the role with Mrs. Mishell Rudden as a job share. Moving from a smaller school gave Mrs. Diaz the experience of most new kindergartners--a little excited, a little nervous, and even a little homesick.
Dingeman families made her feel welcome. One parent's comment says it all, "It speaks volumes to me to see her at lineup every day, speaking and listening to each and every child. She is very approachable, sincere, and caring." Welcome, Mrs. Diaz, we're delighted that you joined our Dingeman family.
From Our Interim Principal
Happy New Year to our Scripps Ranch Community!
First and foremost, I want to thank you all for the very cordial welcome I received in December. It was very heartwarming to get to know the beautiful Scripps Ranch community and to receive your earnest invitations of partnership in our shared responsibility of growing happy, healthy scholars at Jerabek!
In my short time here, I have come to understand and admire the Jerabek community for the richness it holds. There is leadership around each corner, from students, teachers, and parents! As I made my way through classrooms before the break, I saw wonderful strategies for teaching and learning employed by students and teachers alike. I was pleasantly surprised by the thoughtful questions and comments students had about some of my favorite holiday read-alouds!
Finishing Strong: Jerabek students returned for the spring session in mid-January. This trimester, in addition to preparing for state testing in June, students will continue to be immersed in higher levels of questioning in order to access higher levels of understanding. Critical thinking is one of Jerabek's instructional foci for this school year.
In addition, select Jerabek teachers are supporting our district's efforts to ensure all students have access to broad and challenging curriculum through Rigorous Curriculum Design, led by Larry Ainsworth. This is our anchor work to implement the Common Core state standards that we continue to discuss at the community, state, and national levels.
Jerabek teachers also will meet in collaborative grade-level groups or professional learning communities to enhance rigor and planning at each grade level and in each classroom. This work will be led by our instructional leadership team, which was convened in January. Jerabek students will be prepared for a strong finish to the 2012-2013 school year!
School Safety: Safety is our highest priority. There is nothing more important than maintaining the safety and well-being of each and every student. Our Jerabek comprehensive safety plan was updated on December 18. In January we held safety meetings for staff and parents, and we held our monthly safety drills for students and staff.
We are working on ways to enhance the level of safety at our school. In doing so, I look forward to your strong support in all efforts to secure our site for safety in the service of the continued growth and healthy development of our beautiful students. Thank you!
Diana Grijalva, Interim Principal
- Friday, Feb. 15--Lincoln's birthday, no school;
- Monday, Feb. 18--Washington's birthday, no school; and,
- Thursday, Feb. 21--Restaurant Night, Chili's, 11 am-10 pm.
For the Love of Books
"If you take a mouse to school..." he just may be the first in line for our annual Scholastic Book Fair, which runs from Monday, Feb. 25, through Thursday, Feb. 28. The fair's denouement guarantees this to be a best seller since we celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on Thursday, Feb. 28, beginning at 6 pm. Some of San Diego's best storytellers will spin a tale, and we'll all enjoy birthday cake--green eggs and ham by reservation only!
Koala's Can't Forget!
Have a heart for art? We're looking for new recruits--no experience necessary! A few of the people who have volunteered for years in this program will graduate with their children next year. We would like to pass on our experience. If you are looking for a way to volunteer, please consider signing up to help keep our art supplies in stock and organized.
The other major job is overseeing the schoolwide Art Show in June. This is great for someone who has event planning experience. We will start to plan this year's show in February. If you are interested, please contact Nancy Mullen at [[email protected]]. See you there!
Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)
From Our Principal
Dear Families and Friends of MRE,
We returned to campus in January and had a busy month of teaching and learning. We welcomed many new students to our school during the first days back, and we are happy to continue to grow as a learning community.
Later in January we were busy with GATE testing for all 2nd graders and others new to the district. Thanks to our school psychologist, Sarah Sweeney, for administering the assessments.
We also had our annual disaster drill training and practice with all staff and students involved. Coach Fields once again took the lead in training and keeping our skills sharp in case of an emergency. Our number one priority is student safety, and we continue to practice and refine our responses.
In January we also began the complicated work of building our budget for the 2013-2014 school year. Many thanks to parents and staff for their help and input with this complex process.
February is a short month, made shorter by the celebration of Presidents' Day weekend. Mark your calendars and keep the kids home on Friday, Feb. 15, and Monday, Feb. 18. And don't forget to purchase tickets early for the annual Father-Daughter Dance on Friday, Feb. 22. This event is a sellout every year!
As always, thank you for your support, and "Work Hard and Be Nice."
Peg Crane, MRE Principal
From Our FFA President
Can you believe the school year is halfway over? I sound like my parents talking about time passing so quickly! Watching my kids mature is absolutely incredible. I am one lucky mom!
Although there are many volunteers at our school, I would like to highlight a few who help with monthly tasks that benefit all of us. I hope you have a chance to attend one of our Family Art Nights this month. Charmaine Smith, Pam Millar, Jennifer Malcangio, Jamie Rounds, and Connie Simonsen all do a fabulous job bringing Art Corps to our school. This program utilizes lots of parent volunteers, like you, but couldn't be done without these dedicated women.
Diane Hunter works hard to bring assemblies to our school that are interesting and cost effective. Diane is also responsible for bringing the Character Education program to MRE and training the parent volunteers. This program teaches the students a different character trait each month. Thanks, Diane!
Every month some kindergartners from each class have the opportunity to have a "Bear Hug." This is a special time where the kids meet with Principal Crane or Dean Ruvalcaba for a snack and to be recognized. Each kindergartner will have a chance to do this by the end of the school year. Thanks to Stacy Bjerke and Carly Zamora for taking this on!
Dana Ivey and Lori Guthrie continue to count money, track donations, and confirm corporate matching donations for our Pledge and Science Drive. As the largest fundraiser for MRE, this is quite an undertaking. If your finances permit it, donations are welcome anytime.
A special thank you to parents Rachelle Wissbroecker and Monica Jacobson for connecting MRE with local restaurant, Chile Peppers, for our January restaurant night. If you have an idea or suggestion, we definitely welcome it, especially with help implementing it... thanks, Monica and Rachelle!
If you see any of these volunteers around the school, make sure to give them a smile or a thank you. It really means a lot! As always, whether you have two minutes, two hours, or two days, we welcome your help! Please feel free to contact me at [[email protected]]. Thanks for your time.
Tracy Jewell, FFA President
Student Council Corner
In November we had Crazy Sock Day for Student Council Dress-Up Day, and in December we had Pajama Day. New this year the Student Council will wear Student Council T-shirts. Look for members in their T-shirts taking pictures for the yearbook, taking polls for the newsletter, or representing MRE at a function.
The monthly MRE Hawk Newsletter I write has a new section for student polls. We have done "What is your favorite season, and what is your favorite sport?"
Cole Gorham, Student Council President
Hawks Showing Character
In November Brownie Troop 8908--including MRE students Quinn Barker, Kate Friedl, and Lily Frisbie, pictured above--made its annual visit to Gateway Gardens in Poway to sing songs and perform skits for the residents. After the performance they gave hugs and delivered handmade treat bags and bouquets of flowers to each room.
Upon arriving at one resident's door, the girls heard piano music and asked if the woman would play a song for them. She was delighted to be able to do that!
The Brownies also created gifts that were delivered to the San Diego Rescue Mission in December. The girls were humbled by the experience and excited to deliver handmade frames, mirrors, bookmarks, and new socks.
Also, Ms. Wilson's 3rd grade class shipped care packages to Afghanistan for the holiday season. The class has two military families who have a deployed family member. The students collected items and wrote letters to the troops, one of which you can see below at left. Thank you to all these students for showing our great Hawk character!
Hawk Classic & Spring Social
The annual Hawk Classic and Spring Social are quickly approaching. The event is set for Friday, Mar. 15, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. This is one of the school's biggest fundraisers. It involves a day of golfing, fun golf contests, and evening dinner, dancing, casino night, and silent auction. If you're not a golfer, you can still join the fun by attending just the Spring Social portion.
We are looking for individuals or businesses to donate a service or item to be auctioned or who would like to be an event sponsor. Sponsor levels are:
- Tournament Sponsor: $2,500
- Cart Sponsor: $1,500
- Hole-in-One Sponsor: $1,000
- Hole Sponsor: $250
If you're interested, please contact Robert Hasson at [[email protected]].
Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)
Hello EBS Penguins!
We hope your 2013 is off to a great start! EBS has a lot of fun events coming up in the next few months, so please make sure to check the EBS website or sign up for the e-blast newsletter.
Want to Help a Child Read?
Everyone A Reader (EAR) matches volunteer tutors with K-3 students. Once you complete a two-hour training session provided by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), you'll start reading with your students 1 hours per week throughout the school year.
Classes are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the SDCOE, and Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Scripps Well Being Clinic. Please go to [www.sdcoe.net/lret2/media/] for detailed information. Parents, grandparents, neighbors, and seniors--we would love to have you! You'll forever cherish your students' joy of accomplishment! Please contact Cindy Thomas at [[email protected]] or 693-1818 for more information.
Friends of EBS
Please support the great businesses that give generously to the EBS Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP):
- Gilmore Orthodontics
- San Diego Combat Center
- Scripps Pediatric Dentistry
- Gail Faber Home Loans
Friends of EBS donate money to help fund programs at EBS. As a thank you, we hang their banners in front of our school. It's a great way to help the school and showcase a business with a tax-deductible donation. If you're interested, call Carole Sullivan at 216-536-4313.
As part of our Character Education program, EBS students participate in the 100 coins for the 100th day of school challenge, which takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The money collected goes to the Kids Against Hunger project, which is part of the Friends and Family Community Connection organization that EBS partners with throughout the year. EBS students continue to practice "generosity" as well as learning about February's character trait, "honesty."
Dates to Remember
- Friday, Feb. 15--Lincoln's birthday, no school;
- Monday, Feb. 18--Washington's birthday, no school;
- Thursday, Feb. 21--Kindergarten and PEP Family Science Night, 6:30 pm; and,
- Every Saturday--Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm.
We had our charter renewed for another five years. Here are some notes about events at Innovations Academy:
- Our application deadline for next school year is Friday, Mar. 1. Fill out the application on our website.
- Our Community Outreach Night is coming up. Check our website for details.
- Information sessions are:
- Wednesday, Feb. 6, 9:15 am
- Thursday, Feb. 21, 6 pm
- Saturday, Mar. 2, 4 pm
We are moving forward with efforts to become a sustainable school, which includes engaging our community in reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting. Our Presentations of Learning were a huge success. Each student gave an oral presentation to the community on his or her learning for the first semester.
Chabad Hebrew Academy
2012 Graduates' Success
This year's high school placement survey of Chabad Hebrew Academy's (CHA) recent graduates shows the highest level of advanced placement (AP) and honors. CHA's recent 8th grade graduates, current 9th graders at Scripps Ranch, Torrey Pines, Francis Parker, Coronado School of the Arts, and other regional high schools of excellence, report that the majority of graduates have been placed into 10th grade AP-level classes and honors classes!
Further, they credit both the academic rigor and study skills they acquired and CHA's superb faculty for preparing them. They refer to their high school studies as on the "easy side of rigor."
"Chabad Hebrew Academy weaves the arts, sciences, math, and humanities across the curriculum," said Samantha Klein. "I really believe this is where private schools--particularly CHA--excel and where we, as parents, see a big difference in the development of lifelong learners and successful children."
"As an independent school," added Principal David Jaffe, "we are able to tailor instruction for individual students, challenging them to the best of their ability and developing their unique talents. We also have the advantage of a small student to teacher ratio."
"I was very impressed with the high level of academic rigor as well as with the teachers and administrators helping each student reach their potential in a very positive way," said Manny Behar, parent of a 2012 graduate.
To succeed in school and in life, students must be deeply rooted in a culture and tradition where values, pride, positive identity, and learning are at the core. At CHA the academic centerpieces of mathematics, English, history, science, composition, and critical thinking skills are enhanced by the values and ethos of the Jewish people.
The 2013-2014 enrollment wait list is open through February for students from infant through middle school. Significant financial scholarships and middle income subsidies are available on a first-come basis. Please contact Ms. Cindee Sutton in our admissions office for more information at 566-1996, ext. 1204.
St. Gregory the Great Catholic School
February Guardian Calendar
- Wednesday, Feb. 6--Prospective kindergarten parent information meeting, 6:30 pm;
- Monday, Feb. 18--Presidents Day, no school;
- Friday, Feb. 22--Teacher in-service, no school;
- Tuesday, Feb. 26--Prospective parent information meeting for grades 1-8, 6:30 pm; and,
- Thursday, Feb. 28--Liturgy, 8 am; then First Reconciliation, parish.
A Busy February
Students were all smiles when they returned to school in January. The new year provided a wonderful opportunity for our students to formulate goals and resolutions. Lent comes early this year, beginning with Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, Feb. 13. All are welcome to join us for Mass at the parish at 8 am.
An annual event our staff enjoys is the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, where more than 26,000 catechists from around the country gather for more than 300 workshops in religious education. School will be closed on Friday, Feb. 22, so teachers can enrich their faith and enhance their teaching repertoire.
The enrollment process for the 2013-2014 school year begins this month. Mark your calendar for two important dates! Please join us for prospective parent information meetings:
- Kindergarten--Wednesday, Feb. 6
- Grades 1-8--Tuesday, Feb. 26
These meetings provide a wonderful opportunity to meet the principal and teachers, learn about our school's mission and philosophy, and preview the curriculum. Potential student application forms are available on our website at [www.stggcs.org] under the "Admissions" tab. Please contact the office at 397-1290 with any questions.