Back to Reality

I think summer is a break from life, and September is when we go back to reality! As students head back to class, Scripps Ranch High School begins the year with interim co-principals. Meet Walter Fairley and Beverly Greco on page 23. They introduced themselves to hundreds of parents and students at a community meeting. They were responsive and have an open-door policy. We applaud them for bringing their enthusiasm to campus.

Meantime, while the retesting for AP exams is over, the fallout continues for parents and students. We asked the district for specific updated information, which you’ll find in the article on page 14.

As you send your kids to school, it may be helpful to have some safety information. We thank the Rady Children’s Hospital Scripps Ranch Auxiliary for providing the following links for parents:

  • Child pedestrian safety: www.rchsd.org/documents/2014/02/child-pedestrian-safety.pdf
  • School Bus Stop Safety: www.rchsd.org/documents/2014/02/school-bus-stop-safety.pdf

Continuing with the back to reality theme, since September is associated with a “new year”—school year, that is—it might be a good time to try new things. There are many interest groups in Scripps Ranch that you may want to explore.

  • Do you have a new baby and want to meet other new parents? Try the Parent Connection Group, new to Scripps Ranch. See page 39.
  • Here’s an interesting topic: Jailhouse Cuisine! It’s actually a book and the author is the guest speaker at the SR Women’s Club meeting. Hear funny stories about her 21 years of feeding San Diego inmates. That’s on page 43.
  • How about spending quality dad-kid time? There’s a group for that, the YMCA Adventure Guides. In September they will camp on Catalina Island! Check out page 41.

For even more Scripps Ranch groups, check out our Organizations section starting on page 38. There are so many to choose from!

One Scripps Ranch group continues the opposition against the massive apartment project slated for the current Innovations Academy site. Voice of Scripps Ranch (VOSR) is closely following the proposal as it moves through the approval process. Unfortunately, the reality is that the project is on track. We thank VOSR for fighting this monstrosity. The latest is on page 14.

You may have heard that what are believed to be the remains of Tai Sun have been found. He is the missing 85-year-old StoneBridge Estates resident who went missing in June. For more on what happened and reaction from his family, please see SRCA President Bob Ilko’s report on page 5. We send our deepest condolences to his family.

Also in Bob’s report, you’ll find an update on the construction on Pomerado Road. As a reminder, the SRCA created an email where you can send concerns and suggestions regarding the traffic caused by the SDG&E electric transmission line project. That’s also on page 5.

Just because we’re going back to reality, that doesn’t mean there’s not fun to be had in our community. The Scripps Ranch Theatre opens a new production this month, Accomplice. Check out page 39 for details about this play and how you can get your tickets now!

And don’t forget the final Symphony in the Park summer concert is on Sunday, Sept. 10! These events provide a wonderful time to spend with family and friends and enjoy a fun picnic and music. More information is on page 17.

Finally, we want to congratulation the Scripps Ranch Destination Imagination team. This group of students are global champs! You can join them, as teams are forming right now. Check out our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 30. Hope your reality is nothing short of fabulous!

Gloria Tran, Editor