Count Your Blessings

As we in Scripps Ranch count our blessings, we are thankful for our fabulous schools. Case in point: Scripps Ranch High School has achieved a rare academic accomplishment. Its Academic Performance Index (API) has reached 900! For a high school, that is amazing. SRHS now has the second highest API of any comprehensive public high school in San Diego County!

Kudos to principal Ann Menna and her awesome teachers and staff. If you have the pleasure to speak with Ann, you will find out her focus is always what’s in the best interest of the students.

All the Ranch schools scored tremendously on the APIs, all with scores over 900, very rare for an entire school cluster. For details, see page 23. As you decide about whether to keep your kids in public schools, this type of achievement may be one factor to consider.

All our schools got hit hard by the district budget cuts, which has led to cutting after-school homework programs. Now, we can count our blessings as SRHS students provide homework help at the Scripps Ranch Library for all students. Page 29 has that information.

Here’s a heartwarming story. A 4th grade Dingeman Elementary student not only counts his blessings, he did something very special to help his school. Find out about his generosity on page 29. Way to go, Charlie Foster!

Another reason to count our blessings in Scripps Ranch: residential burglaries are down. It may be because many of us are taking action to protect our homes. Check out page 13, then if you are not among those who are proactive, you may want to start.

You probably drive by it every day and wonder what it is…I’m talking about the mural off Interstate 15 at Mira Mesa Boulevard. One of our curious Scripps Ranch residents, Lori Erlenbach, emailed us this question and we got to the bottom of it.

Check out the explanation from our Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) chair, Todd Philips, on page 17. Thanks, Todd, for providing Lori and the community with the information so quickly.

If you are interested in land-use issues, both of our planning groups–the SRPG and the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee–have vacancies. Can you help? Page 17 has details.

Also, there are vacancies for district representatives in the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. This is a wonderful way to help your neighbors. To see if your area needs a district representative, check out page 73. To see in which SRCA district you live, visit our website at []. By the way, the SRCA is another reason for Ranch residents to count our blessings.

Our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch this month shines on a key member of the Scripps Ranch Theatre. Cindy Bassuk has a special job and loves it! She also recounts some of the "oops" moments in the last decade or so at the theatre. Read about them on page 53. Thank you, Elinor Reiss, for bringing us this story.

When a 2nd grade class at Jerabek Elementary had a "mystery" visitor, they decided to document the incident…they wrote their own book! Don’t miss the Kids Korner on page 41. Thank you, Jen Marchesini and daughter, Ashley Claire, for sending this adorable story!

Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 4. Turn your clocks back one hour. Hopefully, I can use that hour to help catch up on my sleep!

Also, count your blessings that we live in a free country and exercise your right to vote. That’s on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

I can’t count my blessings without thanking God for my amazing, supportive family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving, Scripps Ranch!

Gloria Tran, Editor