Schools

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Welcome to Scripps Ranch, Principal DeWitt!

We look forward to working alongside the new SRHS principal, Nicole DeWitt. She has vast experience in secondary education ranging from being a teacher, specialized services coordinator, and administrator. Nicole is new to the San Diego Unified School District, as she served in the Grossmont Union High School District for most of her career.

With Nicole’s ample experience, she will bring innovation and new ideas to SRHS to ensure that all our students have access to a rigorous and relevant education. Nicole has said, “Helping students achieve their academic goals while addressing their needs has always been my number one priority, and I truly enjoy developing systems of support to ensure equity and access for all students.”

In her past experiences Nicole has redesigned school structures to provide opportunities for students to excel academically. Under Nicole’s direction, SRHS will soar even higher, as she will lead the faculty to continue to strive for excellence every day in every classroom.

I was honored to participate on the SRHS principal interview panel, and I know Nicole will be the perfect fit for our community. She is thoughtful about our practices and has proven that she works collaboratively with families, students, and faculty members. I look forward to working alongside Nicole in order to support a strong matriculation from Marshall Middle School to SRHS.

Nicole started in early November. I encourage you to reach out and get to know our newest principal and welcome her to our wonderful community.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Principal’s Message

Thank You for the Warm Welcome!

I want to express my appreciation to Marshall Middle School principal, Michelle Irwin, and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association for the very kind words and welcome to the Scripps Ranch community. As mentioned in the previous article, my greatest joy comes from being an instructional leader who organizes systems of support so that every student feels safe, secure, and successful at school. I hope to build strong partnerships with staff, students, and community members in the coming weeks and look forward to working with all stakeholders as a resource for the Scripps Ranch community.

Although I am personally new to the district, I have strong ties to several principals within San Diego Unified as well as close friends who live in the Scripps Ranch community. I understand the reputation of excellence that Scripps Ranch High School has upheld over the years, and I want nothing more than to continue to add to that legacy. Through hard work and dedication, I hope to provide the best educational experiences for all of our students.

When you see me at events, please come up and introduce yourself. I would love to meet as many of our Falcon family as possible. Wishing all of you a restful winter break and a very happy New Year!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

Support SRHS Music!

The SRHS music program invites you to take a break from holiday shopping and join us for dinner. Support our program at O’s American Kitchen on Westview Parkway on Monday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 8 pm. Proceeds fund our program. Please go to www.SRHSmusic.com, print out the flyer, and bring it with you. Thank you!

Grad Night 2018

Support a safe and fun Grad Nite for our seniors! The See’s Candy fundraiser order forms are at https://srhsfoundation.org/grad-nite. Email the form to [email protected] or shop at the Farmers Market Grad Nite table on Saturday, Dec. 16 and 23, from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

Four permission forms need to be completed and signed by students and parents and brought with $150—cash or check payable to “SRHS Grad Nite”—to buy tickets. See the website for ticket sale dates. Sign up at the same time as your friends to be on the same bus.

Nina Salinas, Grad Nite 2018 Chair

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community,

This month at Marshall includes many student performances. I want to invite you to attend our Winter Band, Orchestra, and Choir concerts to see our students’ artistic talents. Our students have worked diligently to master their presentations. Please see the article below for dates and times of our performances.

I want to thank all the families and community members who have donated, and continue to donate, to MMS. Your donations support our instructional program and have purchased:

  • Classroom materials such as books, magazines, and journals
  • Classroom library resources
  • Computer equipment
  • Software programs
  • Other essential supplies/materials
  • Art supplies
  • Medical supplies

On behalf of MMS I wish you and your family a restful winter vacation. We look forward to continue working with our students and families on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Marshall Yearbook

Attention, Marshall parents! Don’t let your child’s middle school memories pass them by! MMS’s award-winning yearbook is on sale now in the financial office or at www.marshallmiddle.org for $45.

Parents of 8th graders, if you’d like your child’s baby picture in this year’s book, email it to [email protected] with your student’s name. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 5. No late submissions will be accepted.

MMS Music Program

The Instrumental Music program’s Winter Concerts are coming up. The Winter Band Concert is on Wednesday, Dec. 6, and the Winter Orchestra Concert is on Thursday, Dec. 7. Both are in the MMS Performing Arts Center starting at 7 pm.

Both concerts feature holiday music and admission is free! Concessions will be sold before and after the concerts, and all proceeds go to the program. Join us for musical tidings of comfort and joy!

Homework Zone

Our Homework Zone is open to all MMS students! Students may come by to get homework assistance from one of our very own MMS teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:25 to 3:25 pm. The Homework Zone is located:

  • Tuesdays—Room B306, Mr. Finley; Room B204, Mrs. Ingles
  • Thursdays—Room A103, Ms. Fox; Room B206, Mr. Wright

High School Conferences

MMS counselors will host two nighttime High School Four-Year Planning Conferences. The first is on Tuesday, Jan. 23, for students with last names A–L. The second is on Wednesday, Jan. 31, for students with last names M–Z. High school graduation and college entrance requirements will be discussed to help students create a tentative four-year plan. Both will be in the MMS Multipurpose Room from 6 to 7:15 pm.

SRHS Falcon Night

Prospective students and parents of high school freshmen for the 2018–2019 school year, come hear all about SRHS from students, teachers, and administrators. Also, get your questions answered.

  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 4–6 pm.
  • SRHS Gym

Find the 2017–2018 Course Catalog at www.srhsfalcons.org, click on Counseling Center, then Course Catalog. The 2018–2019 catalog will be online in March. Four-Year Planning Conferences and Falcon Night discuss different information.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

Leadership opportunities for students are part of the Dingeman experience. Student Council, Safety Patrol, 5th Grade Playground Liaisons, 5th grade community service, and Green Team are some of the ways our students participate in leadership.

Our 4th and 5th grade classes elected their Student Council representatives for 2017–2018: Abhi Manda, Joe Cronin, Jade Yoon, Kendra Hausherr, Nikki Mahendiyan, Nathan Pak, Micah Kollmeyer, Matthew Ekaireb, Ritwik Khare, and Emmeline Chen. Ananeesh Tisgaokar was selected as our Student Safety Patrol captain and Yasmeen Shah was named lieutenant.

Our last day before winter break is Friday, Dec. 15, which will be a minimum day with a 12:20 pm dismissal. School resumes on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Have a wonderful break!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Season’s Greetings!

I’d like to extend a warm thank you to the families and friends who participated in this year’s Pledge Drive! With your generous donations, we look forward to a year filled with Family Faculty Connection (FFC)-sponsored enrichment and activities for our students. Pledge Drive funds are used to cover the cost of our Art Corps program, STEAM enrichment program, assemblies, school support, and much more. There is still time to check with your employer about their matching gift program. A special thank you goes to Paula Kublinski, Neel Patel, and Brandy Modic for their incredibly hard work running the Pledge Drive.

I also would like to offer our appreciation to Luna Grill for hosting our November Family Dinner Night. We are grateful to our community and local businesses.

Have a wonderful and restful holiday season! We will see you in 2018!

Van Vo, FFC President

Mirror Image

Dingeman’s 4th and 5th grade seminar students present the musical Mirror Image, a thrilling cross of reality and fairytale. Once upon a time the curtain goes up, the spotlights beam toward the curtains, and you encounter fairytale land, where princes are charming, villains are wicked, and the woodsman…well, the woodsman is just a woodsman. But the problem is, he wants to be more. He wants to be…a hero.

When the mirror opens a portal and the wicked stepsisters, Magda and Petra, get transported into high school, in a place called Reality, things get messy. Prince Charming doesn’t love Cinderella, and the Sleeping Beauty is awake! Woodsman gets his chance when the fairytale headmaster, Gable, gets frantic and sends Woodsman to bring the stepsisters home.

In Reality, Woodsman meets Danica, a girl running for class president. They both want to save the world. In the end the tables have turned, Cinderella doesn’t admire Prince Charming, and Magda is stuck scrubbing chamber pots. Woodsman and Danica might not have saved the world but they saved the day! Join us for a night of music, drama, and chaos on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7 pm in Dingeman’s Multipurpose Room. We hope you enjoy our enchanted musical!

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Community,

This is a good time of year to express our thanks to the Scripps Ranch community for supporting our schools. We are especially grateful to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) for a $500 grant toward software for our Computer Lab. The timing is perfect because we are in the process of upgrading our lab.

Our Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) just purchased 36 new state-of-the-art computers that our students will use on their weekly visit to the lab and during our after-school STEM classes. All of our students from TK through 5th grade are learning coding at school. This is a great way for us to teach our students the problem-solving skills needed for the 21st century. We thank the SRCA for supporting this important program!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

AFP News

November was an exciting month at EBS with many events including:

  • Fall Festival
  • Book Fair
  • Grandpersons Day with a fantastic 1st grade performance
  • Our improved Astronomy Night with a planetarium, stargazing, and arts and crafts
  • Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

At the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market we look forward to our 4th grade choir performing on Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon to 12:30 pm. On Saturday, Dec. 23, from 11 am to 1 pm stop by the farmers market to take pictures with Santa.

The market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1:30 pm at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. A portion of the proceeds goes to EBS.

Happy holidays from the EBS AFP!

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

Welcome to Jerabek

We welcome new kindergarten teacher, Wendy Frisby. This is her first year teaching and she is excited to be at Jerabek. She is a San Diego native and a San Diego State alumnus. Her enthusiasm is a perfect complement to the kindergarten team!

Thank You!

We are always thankful for our volunteers, donors, and community sponsors for making our school a great place to learn. We send a special thank you to our Silver Sponsor, Mathnasium, which offers customized math tutoring for grades K–12.

December Fun

The week of Dec. 11 we will have our Annual Library Used Book Sale. After you pick up books to fuel your new reading level, join us at Pick Up Stix on Thursday, Dec. 14, for some tasty food. A portion of the proceeds goes to Jerabek. Thank you to Lisa Mountain for coordinating our Restaurant Nights that raised more than $4,000 last year!

Happy holidays to our Jerabek family and the Scripps Ranch community.

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Hawk Spotlight

More than 15 Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE) 4th and 5th graders shined as they competed in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) qualifying tournaments. The competition was fierce as these students competed with other 4th to 8th graders.

The three MRE teams had to complete several difficult tasks, including LEGO robot design and programming, as well as presenting a project, where the students had to identify and solve a societal problem concerning hydrodynamics.

Team ROBOT—Robotic Outrageous Boys of Technology—competed in November and took home the coveted Champion’s Trophy for excelling not only in the programming and project performance but in demonstrating the Core Values of good sportsmanship and Coop-artition (Cooperation + Competition) that FLL encourages. Team ROBOT (pictured left) will compete at the regional level at LEGOLAND California in early December. Great job and good luck!

Got Guest Passes?

MRE is asking all Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club members to consider donating their 2017 guest passes toward our 2018 Promotion Pool Party. Anyone with unused guest passes may donate them. Simply take your guest passes to the Aviary location and tell them you wish to give them to the MRE Promotion Party, or drop them off at the school office, care of Lecia Hass. MRE is very grateful to the SRSRC for its support of this annual event

Catherine Melis

Innovations Academy

You Are Invited!

Innovations Academy Exhibition Night is on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 7:30 pm. Projects exhibited will include: How People Adapt to Weather Hazards; Public Service Announcement Creation; Our Immigrant Story; Connecting to Children Around the World; and Resilience and Brain Injury. There will be others as well.

The entire community is invited to join us and watch our students proudly present their quality academic work. For more information about Innovations Academy Charter School, please visit www.innovationsacademy.org.