SRHS Principal Update

A new principal for Scripps Ranch High School was expected to be named in September. However, after an extensive nationwide search, a candidate who would be the right fit for the school and the community was not found, according to John DeVore, the San Diego Unified School District's (SDUSD) administrator for high school reform.

Early in the principal selection process, the community and the district established criteria for the qualities they felt would make a successful SRHS principal. John told the SRCA Newsletter there were six highly qualified applicants, however, in honoring the community criteria, no candidate "fit." So, the decision was made to delay the selection and continue the search. The timeline the SDUSD is using is until they find the right person, up to one year.

The interim principal who opened the school year, Dr. Shirley Peterson, only planned to stay until September 17, due to prior obligations. The interim vice principal, Bill Fox, is now the interim principal. Bill is a retired veteran high school principal who is highly qualified and experienced, according to John.

The vacant vice principal position will be filled with a retired SDUSD administrator in the short term. The goal is to hire a vice principal by about mid-October. In the meantime, John DeVore will monitor the situation at SRHS. He, along with the interim principal, Bill Fox, will be at the SRCA's November meeting to answer any questions. That's on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library.

New Marshall Middle

School Site

You may know that Camp Elliott, a World War II training site, was adjacent to our community. Most of the area south of Pomerado, including Crown Pointe, Loire Valley, Chantemar, Chabad, Alliant International University, the University of California San Diego test facility, and our new Marshall Middle School site are on the land used for the training.

It was extensively used to train Army and Marine personnel for combat against Japan in the South Pacific. During the training, weapons were fired--mostly rifles--and you can still see the impact "berms" in the long earth mounds alongside I-15 in Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, just as I-15 splits with the 163.

When the Tierrasanta area was built out, they uncovered some unexploded ordinance, mortar, and artillery rounds, and the entire area was repeatedly swept and cleared. Although there is no known record of artillery, mortar, or tank firing in the vicinity of the new Marshall Middle School site, an evaluation of this as a potential hazard was raised in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and is being addressed as we write.

A special report will be rendered by the San Diego Unified School District, and you can submit your informed written inputs with any documentation you might have. Please consult the EIR copies and instructions in the Scripps Ranch Library. You, of course, can send them to me, and I will forward them to the school district. I can be reached at 566-6083.

Bob Dingeman

CERT Disaster Preparedness Information

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for Scripps Ranch would like to share the training we receive from the San Diego Fire/Rescue Department. We will do this in occasional articles in the Newsletter.

Our first training module started with disaster preparedness in the home for earthquake, fire, and flood emergencies. The first step is for each family to formulate a disaster plan that includes:

  1. Two assembly areas--a location that is a safe distance from your home in case of a fire, and a place outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home;
  2. Choose an out-of-state friend or relative as a "check-in contact" for everyone to call;
  3. Know how to respond to an earthquake--have a safe area in your house, car, or school;
  4. Identify at least two evacuation routes out of the neighborhood;
  5. Post emergency telephone numbers near each phone;
  6. Install a smoke alarm--include a carbon monoxide detector near heater vents--on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms. Test alarms monthly and change batteries when you change to and from daylight saving time; and,
  7. Have a cell phone, flashlight, shoes, and clothes easily accessible for a possible emergency escape.

Another important subject covered was how to shut off water, gas, and electricity. (See below). Only show responsible members of the family how to perform these skills, and never turn the gas back on without utilizing SDG&E personnel.

Water shut-off is probably the most straightforward. Find the main water line going into your house. There is usually a shut-off valve on the vertical portion of the line. Face the valve and turn the handle clockwise, to the right, for shut off.

Gas shutoff is usually near the gas meter with a valve that is on the pipe coming out of the ground. Use a wrench--crescent or open-end--and turn the valve one-quarter turn clockwise. If possible, have a dedicated wrench chained to the gas pipe.

For electricity, most Scripps Ranch houses have circuit breaker panels. Move all breakers to the "off" position. If you have questions and cannot get a knowledgeable neighbor to help, contact the CERT point person, Steve Walker at [[email protected]] or 619-980-5531. We'll send someone to help.

Steve Walker, CERT Volunteer

CUSH Legs for Literacy

You still have time to get your sneakers ready for the CUSH Legs for Literacy Race on Sunday, Oct. 17, at Miramar Lake. A fun-filled day is planned with the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk at 8 am and the 5K Race starting at 8:30 am.

A delicious pancake breakfast, sponsored by Denny's, will be available afterward. Kids 12 and under will receive medals for participating in the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. Fees for participating are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Pancake breakfast tickets are $3. Tickets for the breakfast need to be purchased prior to race day. The entrance fee includes a T-shirt and goody bag.

How can you sign up?

  • SRCA website at [];
  • Scripps Ranch Farmers Market at EBS Elementary School on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 am to 1 pm;
  • Through your student's Scripps Ranch school--registration packets will be sent home; and,
  • Online at [].

On the registration form, indicate which school you would like to support: $10 from every child's registration and $15 from every adult's registration will be used to benefit literacy programs at the Scripps Ranch school of your choice.

Prizes will be awarded and raffles will take place. Several venders will be on hand, as well as a balloon artist and an appearance from Ronald McDonald.

Sign up today! Last-minute registration for the race event will be available the morning of the race starting at 6:30 am. Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged. Additional parking is available on Meanley Drive below the Scripps Ranch Library.

For more information, please contact Karen Wood at 566-7144. Volunteers are needed! See you at the starting line!

League of Women Voters

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, you will be asked to make vitally important choices about California's future. There are 16 state initiatives on the November ballot. The League of Women Voters (LWV) invites you to hear arguments on both sides of each measure.

The League is nonpartisan; we do not support political parties or candidates. Please join us at our regular Scripps Ranch LWV Unit Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 9:30 am at the Scripps Ranch Library. For more information, contact Joan Donahue at 578-5388 or [[email protected]].

Halloween Contests

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market will host the 3rd Annual "Halloween Costume Contest." There will be prizes for the best costumes. The contest is open to all children up to 10 years of age.

There also will be a "Pet Costume Contest," with prizes for the best dressed pets. The Pet Costume Contest is at 10 am; the children's contest is at 11 am. The market is open from 9 am to 1 pm every Saturday at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School, which is located at 10380 Spring Canyon Road. For more information, please contact Bev Cassity at 586-7933.

A Message From the Heart

[Editor's note: Lynn Thomas is a teacher at Miramar Ranch Elementary School. Her adult son passed away, and she wanted to thank all the people who are helping her deal with this heartbreak.]

The love that I feel for my son and grandson was so beautifully honored. Thank you, dear friends, from the bottom of my heart. Your kindness and support have been a beacon of light in my life's journey.

Lynn Thomas