Serious Business

We have a lot of serious business this month. We start with a heartbreaking statistic: every 15 minutes someone in the U.S. dies as a result of an alcohol-related vehicle crash. Many are teens. To show kids the devastating results of drunk driving, the Every 15 Minutes program was brought to Scripps Ranch High School.

As part of the program, a simulated crash was staged on campus—pictured on the Newsletter cover. I hate to imagine if it was real and happened in our community.

To give you an idea of what the program was like, SRHS student Sarah Trott, editor in chief of the Falcon Flyer newspaper, wrote our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch article, starting on page 40. Maybe this is a good way to start a conversation with your teenage son, daughter, grandchild, niece, or nephew. While you may think this does not affect you if you don’t have kids or they’re grown, it affects everyone in the community. That teen drunk driver could hit you or a loved one.

I want to recognize and thank SRHS Associated Student Body president, Andrew Erickson, and vice principal John King for all their hard work to bring this important program to our community.

Here’s more serious business involving our teens. I’m sure you’ve heard the terrible stories of seemingly healthy high school athletes who die suddenly. It turns out many had undiagnosed heart problems. Well, there’s a way to find out about those issues before they turn tragic. There’s a free heart screening—Screen Your Teen—at SRHS on Sunday, Apr. 27. Check out the details on page 15, then sign up your child. I already did!

Here’s serious news no one wants to hear. A 2nd grader was hit by a car in the crosswalk in front of her elementary school. She was not horribly hurt, but this shows how careful all drivers must be near our schools. Details are on page 15.

Easing traffic in our community is serious business. If you have a student headed to Marshall Middle School (MMS) next year, you may want to help the traffic situation and get your child to school safely and easily by having them ride the bus. There’s a meeting about the MMS Parent-Paid Bus Program. See page 15.

Education is serious business in our community, and we know we have top-notch schools and terrific teachers and administrators. Now more proof! The best middle school in the district—Marshall—is led by the best middle school principal in the state. Michelle Irwin was named administrator of the year for middle grades by the Association of California School Administrators. Congratulations, Michelle! Well deserved!

Did you know that our new police chief lives in Scripps Ranch? Congratulations to Chief Shelley Zimmerman, who is very community-oriented. She faces serious business as she takes the helm, but she can handle it. Way to go, Shelley!

Let’s continue recognizing people in our community. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s Recognition Night is this month. At this annual event, we thank our volunteers. Be sure to join us on Thursday, Apr. 24, at 6:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Come enjoy refreshments and celebrate our volunteers.

Our community spirit starts young. A perfect example is Cadette Girl Scout Troop 8435. The girls want to help teens aging out of the foster system. Can you help them? Read their story on page 51.

Now we move from serious to fun! It may be April, but it’s time to sign up to take part in the 4th of July Parade! Join your friends and neighbors and come up with an idea. Information is on page 7.

Don’t forget that the Sustainable Scripps Ranch Low-Water Landscape Tour is on Sunday, Apr. 6. See page 9.

Another very popular event to prepare for is the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Community Garage Sale. It’s on Saturday, Apr. 26. Check out page 17.

Enjoy your spring break! To those who celebrate, happy Easter and Passover!

Gloria Tran, Editor