District Update

At the September meeting area superintendent Fabiola Bagula shared that all six principals in Scripps Ranch will meet monthly. This is in addition to meeting in triads with other principals across Area 6, which includes the Crawford, Hoover, and Scripps Ranch clusters.

“Clusters” are made up of the area high school and all its feeder schools. The goal of working together is to encourage collective thinking and planning.

Principal Updates

All Scripps Ranch principals were eager to share how pleased they were with the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP, also commonly known as the SBAC tests) results for the students at their schools, relative to the low expectations and the district averages. In response to concerns over passage rates and the delay in receiving the results, Fabiola shared that the schools are in the process of digging deeper into the SBAC test data, including “disaggregating” the results into subgroups of students. They also have plans for interim assessments this year to measure progress throughout the school year.

In other school news, Jerabek Elementary School indicated its enrollment is increasing, which it attributed to moving to the traditional calendar this year. Dingeman Elementary was happy to report that it had the highest attendance rate in the district for the 2014–2015 school year. Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary shared that it now has a free community library/book swap that is open to the public. It is just outside the school off the parking lot, and everyone is welcome to use it.

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE) described several new programs it is implementing, including a social skills program and a child self-regulation program. In addition, virtually all the MRE teachers participated in training over the summer to better understand and support students undergoing short-term or long-term trauma, particularly because of the large number of students whose parents are deployed.

Marshall Middle School (MMS) shared that it continues to participate in “Math Studio,” a math teacher lesson-training program. Also, MMS will host a visit from other middle schools to observe its “greenhouse” math project.

Finally, Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) summarized the school’s debrief on the September “shelter in place” due to a hoax bomb threat. False threats help SRHS discover—and share—best practices in the event of a genuine emergency.

School Board Concerns

After all district employees were excused from the SRSC meeting due to an obvious conflict of interest, there was a discussion regarding the allegations against school board president Marne Foster. The allegations are being examined by an independent investigator hired by the district, after the board approved $40,000 for the investigation.

Discussion included a suggestion that SRSC parents and community members conduct a “no confidence” vote in Foster’s leadership and send a letter to the board. Because she is an elected official, this could be considered a political action, so the nonprofit foundation presidents indicated they may be unable to participate.

The suggestion was tabled until more parent representatives were present. Since School Site Council/Site Governance Team elections took place in September, those parent representatives had not yet been elected to the Schools Committee.

Reminders

More about the CAASPP/SBAC test results and links to helpful information can be found on the SRSC webpage of the SRCA website at www.scrippsranch.org/schools. As of press time, SBAC test results were expected to be sent home to parents near the end of October.

The SRSC webpage also has the 2016–2017 academic calendar. Remember, next school year starts on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, the week before Labor Day.

Next Meeting

The next SRSC meeting is on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 4:30 pm in the MMS Community Room. All meetings are open to the public.

Election of new leadership was on the agenda for the October meeting. Pending that result, please direct any questions to past co-chair principal Michelle Irwin at [email protected]

Tamara Hurley, Legislative Analyst