SRHS AP Test Fiasco

It has been quite a summer for hundreds of Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) students, graduates, and families. On June 30, they were informed via email that their Advanced Placement (AP) test scores were invalidated due to a violation of College Board seating regulations. The email, signed by the “Scripps Ranch High School Administration,” stated that the school was informed by the College Board and Educational Testing Service (ETS), who administer the tests, that students were seated incorrectly: they were seated too close together and alphabetically, using partitions, all which violated the College Board seating regulations.

The issue came to light after a testing “irregularity” was self-reported by SRHS staff. As part of that investigation, the College Board asked for the seating charts.

At a community meeting hundreds of SRHS parents and students expressed their anger and frustration. Court documents show that the SRHS principal and AP administrator signed documents ensuring the College Board that its AP regulations would be followed. However, court documents show that the AP administrator acknowledged that SRHS violated the seating requirements. Both the principal and AP administrator have retired.

At the meeting superintendent Cindy Marten apologized to families and said there would be an internal investigation into what occurred. According to the district’s general counsel, Andra Donovan: “As you are aware, the staff members involved in the testing issues…have retired. Nevertheless, Human Resources has been investigating the possibility of taking some personnel action…We cannot discuss personnel matters, but we can share that the results of the HR investigation have now been turned over to our general counsel’s office.” Also, Cindy said the district will initiate a claim process for people monetarily affected to be reimbursed. There are no details yet.

The San Diego Unified School District sued the College Board and ETS to get them to release the test scores, saying their actions caused “substantial harm” to students. In an expedited hearing on July 14, Federal Court Judge Michael Anello denied the district’s request. You can read the court documents at www.scrippsranch.org/sdusdcourt. Some parents said further legal action was not out of the question.

College Board court documents show that 847 AP exams for 543 students were invalidated. That group consists of: 230 seniors; 225 juniors; and 85 sophomores. Some students took multiple tests, and not everyone chose to retake the exams. Students who do not retake tests will be refunded the $93 fee.

SRHS scheduled review sessions for the affected students, and a week of retests took place in mid-July. There are more review sessions in August, followed by another week of retests. As of press time, the College Board was considering yet another time to retest, due to some students unavailability. For more information, please visit https://www.sandiegounified.org/schools/scrippsranch/ap-retest#.

This is a quickly developing story. For the latest updates, go to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Facebook page.

Community Searches for Missing Man

Taiheng “Tai” Sun, an 85-year-old StoneBridge Estates resident went missing in June. He was last seen on video entering West Sycamore Park on Thursday, June 15, at 8 am. Despite a comprehensive search, as of press time, Mr. Sun, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, had not been found. San Diego police said they will continue to search for Mr. Sun.

On Friday, June 16, the SRCA was contacted by StoneBridge residents asking what can be done to help find Mr. Sun. A search committee was formed and 220 volunteers came out to search for him the next day. The search continued for days, including volunteer drone operators who scoured West Sycamore Park.

At one point we developed a lead that Mr. Sun may have been seen on video on Legacy Canyon Place. We mobilized volunteers to go door to door looking for more home surveillance to help determine if the person in the video was Mr. Sun. A resourceful teenager named Ryan used his computer to determine the car seen on the video was an Uber. Police spoke to the driver and passenger, and, unfortunately, the man was not Mr. Sun. At the end of our volunteer effort, 450 volunteers and 15 drone operators helped with the search.

His family is obviously devastated, yet grateful for the community’s help. From the family: “Words cannot describe the thanks we have for the dedication and compassion our family experienced these past weeks. We remain hopeful in our search but must also accept the possibility that my father is no longer with us. We are incredibly grateful to live in such a genuinely selfless community.”

On behalf of the SRCA, I want to thank the San Diego Police Department, the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, and the U.S. Marines, who oversee East Miramar that is directly to the south of us.

I was honored to work with the SRCA search committee that included these dedicated, passionate, and caring people: Kim Knox, Kelli Richard, Londie Beason, Sharon Nichols, Jennifer Parker, Doug and Susan Lambell, Bill Feather, and Gloria Tran. We want to thank the Ladies of Stonebridge for their invaluable assistance. We continue to say community is not just a collection of houses. It is the people who live in those houses who create a community. Our community.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

July 4th Medical Emergency

We had a close call, and a great save, at this year’s Scripps Ranch Old Pros 4th of July Run and Ride. One participant, a 69-year-old man, finished the 2-mile Fun Run, then went to the 10K finish line to wait for his family to complete the race. Suddenly, he felt dizzy and fell to the ground, suffering a cardiac arrest.

The medical team came running and found the man without a pulse. CPR was started, while bystanders called 911 and alerted the ambulance crew parked down the street. While CPR ensued, the highly trained medics arrived with their automated external defibrillator (AED) and an oxygen tank. The patient was in ventricular fibrillation, and one shock was applied.

We resumed CPR until the patient regained a strong pulse and awoke! By this time our advanced life support ambulance crew arrived from the Miramar Lake site, as did two other units, to assist with his care. They took him to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. I am happy to report that the man is doing fantastic, although he is sore from the chest compressions.

Huge thanks goes to our event medical team, several bystander physicians and nurses, and the ambulance crews who saved this man’s life! The Scripps Ranch Old Pros have always stepped up when it comes to the safety of our event participants, preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Excellent job, everyone, and we wish our participant a speedy recovery.

Dr. Kevin Shaw, Medical Team Member

Stanley Cup Comes to SR

Chad Ruhwedel of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Pittsburgh Penguins is a hometown champion. He grew up in Scripps Ranch, attending Scripps Ranch High School. After his team won the Stanley Cup, the 27-year-old came home with the iconic symbol. It is a tradition that each member of the winning team gets the cup for one day. Neighbors on the street he grew up on held a huge block party and hundreds of people from all over Scripps came to congratulate Chad and touch, kiss, and take pictures with the trophy.

When asked what it felt like to bring home the Stanley Cup, Chad (below)said, “It’s surreal. It’s really tough to wrap my head around. I can’t believe all these people came out to support me. I know that a lot of them wanted to see the cup but just the kind words from everybody has been really spectacular.”

Chad said he used to babysit the kids on his block, cut the grass, and take out the trash for everyone. He remains close with his neighbors. Chad’s name now joins all the past NHL winners on the Stanley Cup—including Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr. Congratulations, Chad!

Hot Time in the Summer

Sunday, Aug. 13, marks a return to the blues and the Bill Magee Blues Band. Bill is a multi-award winning blues man and has shared the stage with legends such as Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Otis Redding, Bo Diddle, and more. The Symphony in the Park concert starts at 6 pm in Hoyt Park and is brought to us by Sharp. Please remember, no tarps or pets.

Symphony in the Park is self-supporting through individual donations and the generosity of businesses. The all-volunteer group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, making your donations tax deductible. Please visit www.symphonyinthepark.org.

Phoebe Carroll, Symphony in the Park

New Scripps Ranch Business: Cruise Planners

Scripps Ranch resident Ralph Sassi Jr. recently purchased and operates a Cruise Planners travel franchise in Scripps Ranch. In his 37 years in this community Ralph has been president of the SR Soccer Club and SRHS Football Booster Club, as well as coached youth athletic teams.

Ralph’s business offers exclusive pricing on a range of cruise and destination packages, including cabin upgrades with amenities like shore excursions and more. As owner and operator with 45 years travel experience, Ralph also can provide land vacations to sought-after destinations—Mexico, Cuba, Ireland, Iceland, Vietnam, Tahiti, and China, to name a few.

Ralph looks forward to serving you with hassle-free value-orientated travel. He is planning group trips to Cuba, “Bucket List Tahiti,” and the South Pacific in early 2018. Contact Ralph at 353-6000 or [email protected], and visit www.aisassicruiseplanners.com.