Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)

Elections

At the October SRSC meeting parent representatives Jennifer Marchesini and Luis Fregoso were elected co-chairs. Mary Corbett volunteered to continue as secretary. No one volunteered to be the Scripps Ranch representatives to the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) committee, primarily due to scheduling conflicts because the meetings are held on Saturdays.

Principals’ Reports

Scripps Ranch High School principal Ann Menna spoke about the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) survey that was given to all high school students, including those at SRHS. The district’s stated purpose was to hear the students’ perspective as to why they are not taking AP classes. That included if high schools are meeting the demand for AP classes and whether they felt encouraged or confident to take an AP class. Ann shared that SRHS administers 1,300 AP exams annually. She noted that the survey had a major shortcoming because it didn’t reflect that students often progress from an advanced class to an honors class to an AP class.

Marshall Middle School principal Michelle Irwin announced that the Scripps Ranch principals collectively want to do something for the cluster. The proposal was to invite Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former dean from Stanford, to speak about the challenges of providing support to children while giving them space to become independent, as explained in her book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free from the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Michelle indicated the hurdle was cost, so she explained the principals would reach out to their foundations to pool resources to possibly fund the speaking engagement and make it a community event.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary principal Liz Sloan spoke about the current phase in the district’s learning cycles: the social, academic, and physical environment of the classroom. She shared that the current focus is on developing “growth mindset”—the idea that intelligence is developed, not inborn—in children, parents, and teachers. Liz also noted that the EBS playground shade structure project was finally complete.

Dingeman Elementary principal Tamara Lewis shared highlights of past and future events at her school. This included Western Day, with more than 120 visitors joining the students on campus to partake of the barbecue prepared by the district’s food services department, and Dingeman’s school beautification “Green Apple Day” service project.

She also spoke about the excitement surrounding the flag Col. Bob Dingeman donated to be flown on campus for their Veterans Day event. The flag was then put on permanent display in their library.

Miramar Ranch Elementary principal Peggy Crane indicated that the Family Faculty Association (FFA) purchased new flags for the classrooms, which was particularly relevant since 20% of MRE parents are in the military. She indicated the school is very close to a final agreement with the neighborhood about the use of the new marquee, and that they were testing different colors and fonts.

Peggy reminded the committee that the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) identification process has changed. The new test is the Cognitive Abilities Test, which will be administered sometime after January. Now parent and teacher recommendations for GATE identification also will be considered.

At Jerabek, Family Faculty Organization (FFO) president Ginger Colletto spoke on behalf of principal Kristie Joiner. Ginger highlighted past and future events at Jerabek, including their Movie Night, which drew 500 people, Red Ribbon Week, and its first Family Art Night.

Cluster Congress Report

SRSC representatives Luis Fregoso and Tamara Hurley gave a recap of the September Cluster Congress meeting. This is a meeting hosted by the district in which representatives from each “cluster” attend to discuss various issues. A cluster is made up of a high school and its feeder schools.

The main topic was the district’s project on parent engagement, “Team Family for Equity,” headed by SDUSD intern and Harvard graduate student Allison Rowland. The current focus is the Crawford cluster, where they plan to host a “deep listening” event. Tamara indicated that she would pursue clarity on how this related to other parent engagement efforts that were ongoing and proposed by the district.

The roundtable topic at the Cluster Congress meeting was each cluster’s greatest strength and obstacle. Luis and Tamara told the Cluster Congress that the greatest success in our cluster was parent engagement but that the greatest obstacle was school site funding, particularly the reliance of our schools on foundations to fund basic services.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 4:30 pm in the MMS Community Room. All meetings are open to the public. Please direct any questions or agenda items to co-chairs Luis Fregoso at [email protected] or Jen Marchisini at [email protected]

Tamara Hurley, Legislative Analyst