Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)

A Scripps Ranch Welcome

The Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC) starts the new year with new faces at our meetings. Cheryl Hibbeln, Executive Director of Secondary Schools, and new area superintendent Monika Hazel have joined our meetings and contributed great ideas and perspectives to keep the cluster’s goals in motion.

As a Scripps Ranch resident, Cheryl is familiar with the happenings of our community and the pride of our top-rated schools. Her district position is significant in guiding our middle and high schools to achieve our lofty, but not impossible, objectives. In fact, Cheryl played an important role in welcoming our new Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) principal, Nicole DeWitt.

The Falcon Way…

The Falcons are ready to soar with Principal DeWitt leading the flock. Nicole and the SRSC will invite parents, teachers, and all stakeholders to share ideas for what is expected from a graduating SRHS Falcon student. A Falcon’s education begins under warm wings in elementary school, gradually grows in the nest during middle school, and eventually flies to new heights in high school.

Nicole wants to continue SRHS’s high academic achievements but also look at other positive traits that will define a Falcon, such as kindness, school spirit, and teamwork. With the community’s input, “The Falcon Way” can become a strong educational and cultural standard for students. Stay tuned for details.

Put Those Phones Away

Thanks to a request from area superintendent Monika Hazel the district will sponsor a communitywide viewing of Screenagers, a documentary highlighting the positives and negatives of growing up in the digital age. It’s promoted as a film that “dives deep into how technology impacts kids’ development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world, where parents must compete with video games, texting addiction, and social media.”

The one-hour-ten-minute documentary is a great discussion topic for parents and kids and an even better excuse to turn off those devices for a family night out. A trailer of the film can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQx2X0BXgZg. Marshall Middle School will host the screening this spring, so look for more information in the near future.

Donations to Crawford Schools

Most of our schools participate in the biannual pick up of the “Lost and Forgottens”—AKA unclaimed clothes, toys, lunch boxes, and accessories left by students, families, and staff. These items are thoroughly cleaned and then brought to our “sister” cluster, the Crawford Schools.

Since this program began two years ago, more than 300 large bags containing lunch boxes, water bottles, shirts, jackets, and books have been delivered and distributed through the Marshall Closet, a place where Crawford families can freely “shop” for what they need.

So the next time you notice your child’s favorite item is missing and the “Lost and Forgottens” have already been bagged for winter or spring break, know that it has a new home with another child. After all, isn’t that what Scripps Ranch is all about? Neighbors helping neighbors.

Next Meeting

The SRSC meets on the third Wednesday of each month during the school year at 4:30 pm in the MMS Community Room. All are welcome. For questions please email me at [email protected]

Jen Marchesini, SRSC Co-chair