A New Day

Spring is when it seems like everything comes alive again! The flowers bloom and people get outside more since the days are longer and temperatures warm up. It feels like the world wakes up to a new day!

That’s certainly true in Scripps Ranch. While we have activities all year long, it seems as though this month, there are more than usual. Check out the Calendar on page 4 so you don’t miss anything!

Our schools have been busy! Not only are they preparing for a new day—next school year—but many participated in the National School Walkout. Students, especially in our secondary schools, led positive safety rallies on campus.

At Marshall Middle School 8th grader Vera Odenbrett led hundreds of students to a lunch court in an organized way. She quieted them down for about 10 minutes to remember victims of violence, then asked if anyone wanted to share their voice.

Pop-up speeches began where students thoughtfully shared ideas and emotions. As principal Michelle Irwin told me, “It was a very proud moment for MMS!” Way to go, Vera and Mustangs!

At Scripps Ranch High School the Student Summit—a group of student leaders—organized the entire event. Principal Nicole DeWitt empowered students to take charge…and they did a remarkable job! In fact, our cover shows the banner students signed for the Florida shooting survivors. Go Falcons!

It’s a new day at SRHS, with positive changes going on! Many new programs and initiatives are starting on campus. First, there are new college and career pathways for kids to take, including dual-credit courses even for freshmen. A new agreement with Miramar College brings many more classes to SRHS and allows upperclassmen to take courses at Miramar during the school day.

Also, SRHS is introducing a culture change that starts in elementary school. It’s called “The Falcon Way” and it defines qualities a SRHS graduate will possess. Of course it includes academics, but it’s also about values—such as kindness, accountability, and life skills.

This is a work in progress, and there is a community committee—all parents were invited—that is creating the SRHS Graduate Profile. For a look at this new day for SRHS, check out pages 26 and 27. And don’t miss the College Fair on Friday, Apr. 20, from 4 to 6:30 pm at SRHS.

Just one more school note. The Scripps Ranch Schools Committee is focusing on safety at its monthly meetings. The district has an anonymous, 24/7 hotline for anyone to call in potential threats: 888-580-8477. It’s a new day with more attention on school safety. See page 18.

Why do we focus on schools when not everyone in Scripps Ranch has students at our campuses? Because great schools contribute to a wonderful community and help keep property values high. Plus, many students return to our community after college to give back.

There’s yet more news. You are invited to a very important meeting. The Police-Community Relations Advisory Board comes to Scripps Ranch on Monday, Apr. 23, at 6:30 pm. SRCA president Bob Ilko is our City Council District 5 representative on this board. On page 5, he tells us why this is a valuable meeting to attend.

A few honors to highlight:

  • Our SRCA Neighborhood Watch chair Cheryl Shaw is the Woman of the Year! Read more on page 14.
  • On page 21 find out how MMS marked principal Michelle Irwin’s tenth year at our top-ranked school.
  • Boy Scout Troop 616 scoutmaster Paul Honeycutt receives a special honor. See page 28.
  • The SRHS Girls Soccer Team wins the CIF title! See page 19.
  • On page 33, another Scripps girls’ team wins State Cup!

The popular Communitywide Garage Sale is this month. See page 14. Start a new day by shopping in your own community!

Gloria Tran, Editor