Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


Principal’s Message

We finish up our testing this month with our Advanced Placement (AP) tests as well as our California State Tests (CSTs). Our students and staff take this opportunity to display their abilities of how well they have learned the standards over the past year. May is also when we applaud our senior students who have excelled during the year at our annual awards night and add the final preparations for graduation as well as the end-of-the-year activities. Our 2013 Seniors and Parents of Seniors letter was mailed in late January and is posted on our webpage.

SRHS chef Kimberly Coelho was recently named the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) California ProStart Educator of the Year. Mrs. Coelho received her award in Pasadena during the California ProStart Cup Awards reception. As educator of the year, Kim also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago, where she will attend the National Restaurant Association trade show hosted by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Our “brag” section this month is overflowing as our students continue to “shine” in their extracurricular activities!

  • Congratulations to the SRHS Winter Guard, who earned top honors at a recent Del Norte High School competition. They won first place with an 85.05 and the highest score of the morning group.
  • Congratulations as well to the SRHS string orchestra for earning a unanimous superior at the Santa Monica Festival. They qualified for the state championship held in late April. In addition, the SRHS string orchestra received an invitation to perform at Lincoln Center in March 2014 to compete for the National Orchestra Cup. This honor is given to only eight to ten orchestras in the country. A “big well done” to the orchestra for being recognized as one of the best in the country and to Mr. Shedd, our outstanding instrumental music teacher.
  • Twenty-six SRHS students auditioned for the San Diego Unified High School Instrumental Honor Concert. See the following article by Mr. Shedd for the names of our musicians. The guest conductors were Albert Jeung and Tom Cole.
  • Jason Cheng, Caleb Segenet, and Connor Scoffin received an Honorable Mention award in the nationwide political documentary contest sponsored by C-SPAN. The topic was about foreign policy and our students were in the top 75 out of 1,800 entrants nationwide! Ms. Serritella assisted the students.
  • SRHS’s Mock Trial Team placed seventh out of 19 San Diego County schools in the Seventh Annual San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition. This event places high school students in a simulated courtroom setting, where they assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case. The competition allows students to apply their critical thinking skills and practice their public speaking to clearly advocate their ideas. The team prepares for five months for this competition put on by the San Diego Bar Association and the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Keilani Sakumoto won the best overall prosecution attorney for the entire county competition. Other team members included: Colin Banks, Stephen Bieber, Chris Collins, Tsion Fikre, Alejandra Flores, Gaia Golan, Sabrina Hua, Melinda Le, Bethlehem Lema, Chelsea Lumidao, Sage Miller, Nhi Quach, Kyle Rayder, Aileen Seo, Jake Todd, Nicholas Vilbrandt, Smitha Vishwanath, and Corey Wilson. Mrs. Francisco is their advisor.
  • Tenth grader Chelsea Cresencia was chosen as the overall 10th grade winner and a finalist in the Scripps Ranch Library Essay Contest. Her essay will now be judged by a panel appointed by the Essay Committee in the citywide contest. Mrs. Weber is her English teacher.
  • Our Robotics Team finished fifth in the San Diego Regional competition and will compete in the upcoming Inland Empire Regionals. This is a great accomplishment for a second-year team! Mr. Abdo is their coach.
  • SRHS’s team won first place in the PLTW Chevron Inventor Challenge. Grant Ingamells, Matt McCallum, and Andrew Cashen each won an iPad and advanced to the state competition. Mrs. Sponsler is the coach.
  • Mr. Griffith coached freshman Jonathan Xia and seniors Alwin Hui and Amy Zheng in the AIME American Mathematics competition. These students scored in the top 5% of all students in the U.S. and will go to the next contest level.
  • The Women’s Varsity Tennis Team was honored by the Board of Education for receiving the SD Metro Section’s all-academic honors for having the highest combined GPAs of any women’s tennis team in our section. Mr. Batchelor is the coach.

Our spring athletic teams continue to succeed in their efforts to keep our Falcon pride soaring high. The efforts made by parents and staff to keep our programs successful are deeply appreciated. Our summer camp information will be available on the website for your convenience.

School police officer Henry Ramelli was assigned to SRHS this year. He began his law enforcement career with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and later transferred to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, where he recently retired after 25 years. We are fortunate to have him join our team.

On Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 22, our theater arts and dance classes will collaborate with our culinary gourmet foods classes to offer A Night On Broadway!—the curtain goes up at 6:30 pm. May 22 includes “dinner and a show,” with dinner being served from 4:30 to 6 pm. Tickets to both nights will go quickly! As we get closer to the dates, more information and ticket prices will be published in the school daily bulletin, which can be found on our website.

May Calendar

  • Now through Tuesday, May 14–STAR testing;
  • Friday, May 3—California Music Education Association (CMEA) Festival, Wangenheim MS;
  • Monday, May 6—Friday, May 17–AP testing;
  • Monday–Friday, May 13–17—ASB Spirit Week;
  • Friday, May 17—Goodbye Rally;
  • Saturday, May 18—Prom, 8 pm–midnight;
  • Tuesday, May 21—Musical performance, A Night On Broadway!, 6:30 pm;
  • Wednesday, May 22—Musical performance, A Night On Broadway!, 4:30–6 pm, dinner; 6:30 pm, show;
  • Thursday, May 23—Senior Awards, 6 pm;
  • Monday, May 27—Memorial Day, no school;

Visit [] for more school information. Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Music to Our Ears

Hello, Scripps Ranch. It has been a while since we shared information about the SRHS music program. We are proud to say it is strong, thriving, and growing.

Recently, the All-City Band and Orchestra held a concert at Copley Symphony Hall and SRHS was well represented. In the orchestra, we had: Elena Herbold, Edward Lan, Lily Quach, Thi Vo, Brooklyn Edwards, Maria Angelica Linton, Angela Pham, Leon Quach, and Imani Silverstein on violin; Anissa Catapusan, Ryan Lopez, Marisa Romo, Kasey Stern, and Nicholas Vilbrandt on viola; Taylor Cottle on cello; and, Alex Pelletier on bass.

For band we had: Amy Ye on flute; Nathan Khuu and Kimberley Ngo on clarinet; Jennifer Munger on bass clarinet; Austin Su on alto sax; Carleen Broderson and Stephen Bieber on French horn; and, Nicholas Pickett on tuba.

Another program we are very proud of is our choir—it returned after a year off. We had our first concert in December and began our festival season in April. We are singing a multitude of songs and every day gets better. We recently purchased new dresses and tuxes and will have a clean professional look every time. We hope you attend our concerts in the future and support these fine young men and women.

With a new year fast approaching, we are always seeking support and encouragement of our students who are in the program and those young students who will come up. Should you have any questions about taking music at SRHS, please contact me at [[email protected]] or visit our website at [].

Finally our end-of-the-year concert is on Friday, May 31, in the SRHS quad at 5 pm. It will feature all of our programs— band, orchestra, string orchestra, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and choir. Thank you for all you give these students.

Russell Shedd, SRHS Music Director

From the Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

We are finalizing the administration of the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to our middle school students. Thank you for supporting our students by ensuring they have plenty of rest and healthy breakfasts and are at school on time! These details help ensure our students’ success!

In order to support our incoming 6th grade families, we will hold our last Parent Tour on Thursday, May 16, from 3 to 4 pm. We begin in the multipurpose room and then tour the campus. New MMS parents and students are welcome to attend.

San Diego Unified School District’s (SDUSD) Extended Learning Opportunities Department in collaboration with Teaching, Helping, Inspiring, and Nurturing Kids (THINK) Together, a nonprofit community-based organization, will offer a Summer Adventures Program for current 5th, 6th, and 7th grade SDUSD students. The program will provide comprehensive, high-quality, full-day summer lessons to include but not limited to academic assistance and support, enrichment, and physical fitness activities at no cost to families.

The Summer Adventures Program will be held at eight middle-level host schools: Bell, Lewis, Mann, Marston, Pacific Beach, Roosevelt, Taft, and Wangenheim. The program will operate from Tuesday, June 25, through Friday, July 19, from 8:30 am to 5 pm. (*Lewis is 7:30 am to 4 pm.) All current 5th, 6th, and 7th grade SDUSD students on a traditional year calendar are eligible to attend.

Enrollment is on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority for students attending that particular middle school in the fall. Applications were distributed to students in early April. If you did not receive an application, we have extra ones in the MMS main office.

Summer school for our 8th graders is outlined in a following article.

In March I finalized our 2013–2014 school budget with the support of staff members and School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT) members. The district continues to face a daunting budget deficit for the upcoming year. Here are some of the MMS budget outcomes for 2013–2014:

  • Reduction of two teachers;
  • Reduction of a full-time campus supervision aide to part time;
  • Reduction of a full-time health assistant to part time;
  • $7,100 allocation toward instructional supplies; our annual budget is typically $60,000; and,
  • Increase in nurse allocation to three days per week; this year we were unable to fund a nurse.

I encourage you to stay informed as we learn more about the state budget crisis. Our most important investment is our children and their education. Investing now will have long-lasting effects on our community and global society for years to come. For more information regarding our district budget updates, please visit [].

Regardless of our budget situation, we will continue to refine our instructional practices in order to best support the needs of our students. We will continue to focus our efforts on developing critical skills for our 21st century learners, such as critical thinking and problem solving. We also will challenge our students with a rigorous education in order to prepare them for their future in high school and college.

Thank you for your continued support for our Scripps Ranch schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

May–June Calendar

  • Tuesday, Apr. 30–Wednesday, May 1—STAR English test, grades 6–8;
  • Thurs. and Friday, May 2 and 3—STAR test, 8th gr., history/science;
  • Wednesday, May 8—SSC/SGT, 5 pm, community room;
  • Wednesday, May 8—Jazz and Dessert Night, 6:30 pm, MMS multipurpose room;
  • Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10—STAR math test, grades 6–8;
  • Thursday, May 16—Band/Orchestra Spring Concert, 6 pm;
  • Monday, May 20—Area Band/Orchestra Concert, SRHS;
  • Wednesday, May 22—Drama performance, 6 pm, MMS theater;
  • Monday, May 27—Memorial Day, no school;
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4–5—Spring Choir Concert;
  • Thursday, June 6—8th grade awards assembly;
  • Friday, June 7—8th grade party at Party Pals; and,
  • Tuesday, June 11—8th grade promotion, 8:30 am; last day of school, 12:16 pm dismissal.

Buy Your Yearbook!

It’s not too late to purchase a yearbook! Just go on the MMS website at [], scroll down, and click on the “Click here to buy your yearbook” tab. Buy your yearbook now for the low price of $45 either online or in the financial office…quantities are limited!

Progress Reports

The second six-week progress report of the second semester will be distributed on Friday, May 3. That will be the final progress report before the semester ends on Tuesday, June 11.

Summer School

As of this date, we have only limited information regarding summer school.

  • Extended School Year services for students in special education programs who have “Extended School Year” (ESY) checked in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) was approved by the Board of Education (BOE). Additional information regarding ESY will be made available when we receive it. Some information also may become available on the district’s website at [].
  • Summer school for 8th grade students in general education who received “Fs” in two or more core classes is expected but, as of press time, was awaiting BOE approval.
  • The district will select dates/sites.
  • We will send letters home to eligible students.

No transportation will be provided by the district, except for certain special education students who attend a site other than their neighborhood school.

Dingeman Elementary


Greeting from our Principal

It’s hard to believe that we have less than two months of school left this year! The time has flown by and we have many reasons to celebrate! First, we have the best schools in our area and the best staff! This month our district honors and recognizes the efforts of all teachers and classified staff in the San Diego Unified School District. We will celebrate our teachers and staff the first week in May.

Our school selected Mrs. Susan Turner, 3rd grade teacher, as our Teacher of the Year! She and her family will attend a special recognition event at Kearny High School! Mrs. Turner is a champion for her children. Her students will tell you that she “…always makes learning fun,” and everyone knows she is the Chargers biggest fan! She provides great ideas for professional development and recommendations for schoolwide reads. She is a masterful teacher who we are proud to have at our school. We salute you, Mrs. Turner.

Ms. Carmela Rarang, our elementary school assistant (ESA) is our Classified Employee of the Year! This is her first year as an ESA and she is doing an amazing job! We are so happy for Carmela and her family and appreciate all she does for the students, families, and staff.

On Friday, May 24, our students will participate in a schoolwide “Fit Day,” co-sponsored by FrogBonz and our Family Faculty Connection (FFC). This is a community-based event featuring our local first responders, military, community members, and parent volunteers teaching our students the importance of fitness in our everyday lives and careers. Students will rotate through seven fitness stations and “get fit” in a fun, collaborative manner. We will have an exciting kickoff at 9:05 am. Hope to see you there!

In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Fun Father-Daughter Dance

This year’s dance was fun filled with a ’60s “Peace and Love” theme! We enjoyed an evening filled with music, dancing, food, and fabulous raffle prizes! We would like to thank our local sponsors for donating to this wonderful night:

  • Dr. Christopher Maulik, Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • Bumper Doc
  • Ballast Point Brewing
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Callahan’s
  • Chloe’s Carousel
  • Costco
  • Islands
  • Men’s Warehouse
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • On the Border
  • San Diego Ice Arena
  • Stater Brothers
  • UltraLux Spa
  • Vons
  • Yanni’s Bistro

A special thank you goes to all the parent volunteers. Together we created an evening filled with lasting memories!

Lisa Divona and Gloria Isham

Creative Writing

The Imagination Machine: This special program brings students stories to life. More than 500 children submitted essays, and during an assembly nine were selected to have their stories performed. Having the opportunity to see their work come to life was inspiring. As the kids were leaving the assembly they could be overheard planning their stories for next year.

After the assembly, the selected authors were brought on stage and were given a certificate of achievement (pictured below). Dingeman is proud of all of the students who submitted stories, and we look forward to having the Imagination Machine perform next year!

Lisa Vontsolos

5th Grade Finalist in Creative Writing Contest: Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Becker, is pleased to announce that Tala Afache is a finalist in the American Immigrant Law Association creative writing contest. Fifteen entries were initially chosen and sent to local immigration judge ZsaZsa DePaolo, and Tala’s entry made it into the top four! Congratulations, Tala, and good luck in the finals.

Special Guest: U-T San Diego cartoonist and children’s author, Steve Breen, shared his passion with our 5th graders, who were delighted to welcome Steve to their classrooms last month. He shared his writing process and examples of his work with the students. He spoke of the importance of news gathering in order to create relevant editorial cartoons and showed how skills learned in 5th grade helped him with his career. Thank you, Mr. Breen!

Pippa Mills

Volunteer Spotlight

Lisa Divona and Gloria Isham: The annual Father/Daughter Dance is a much-anticipated event. For the past two years it has been co-chaired by two amazing moms, Lisa Divona and Gloria Isham. They put in hours planning and organizing in order to create a fun experience for dads, daughters, and dad substitutes.

Lisa has been a Dingeman parent for seven years. She has a daughter in 3rd grade and a son at Marshall Middle School. Lisa is very giving of her time, serving as room mom every year, sometimes for two classrooms! Lisa never complains about the work involved in putting together an event or helping in class. She goes the extra mile to make sure students have a fantastic time!

Gloria also has a daughter in 3rd grade and a daughter in 6th grade at Marshall. You can always find Gloria helping in the classroom or taking pictures at an assembly so she can put together a great memory book for the students. Even though her schedule is busy, she puts in whatever time is needed for the girls at Dingeman to share a special time with their fathers. Gloria has a creative flair, and with Lisa, they put together a fairy tale experience for attendees. Thank you to these amazing women for all you do for Dingeman!

Marla Farias

Jerabek Elementary

Principal’s Message

Thank you to each and every student, parent, teacher, and community member who has embraced our Jerabek revitalization, which is aligned to the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) strategic process, ensuring a quality neighborhood school for each student.

I’m pleased to share that, once again, Jerabek will host transitional kindergarten for our Scripps Ranch community. If you would like to enroll your child or have any questions about transitional kindergarten, please call Jeanne at 578-5330.

Your Jerabek faculty has been busy establishing the following structures in our instructional program:

  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Professional development and awareness and Common Core state standards
  • Monday assemblies to celebrate learning and reinforce character education
  • Scholarly behaviors as practice of engagement
  • Parent Forum, monthly
  • Strategic/leveled questioning strategies for critical thinking
  • Learning Upgrade and other systems to support and supplement student learning

In addition, our 1st grade classrooms are now equipped with i21 technology, which includes the interactive whiteboard, a voice amplification system, and a tool for mass response. The technology serves as an additional strategy to boost student engagement levels. Next year, our kindergarten and 2nd grade classrooms will receive the technology upgrades.

Also, check out our new “Accountability Board” to check on our schoolwide progress or the progress of a specific grade level on state and district assessments. Our “Revitalization Board” will give you details on all the wonderful initiatives underway inside and outside our classrooms. Both boards are in the courtyard along the walls of the administration building.

As always, I thank you all for you partnership in our shared responsibility of growing happy, healthy scholars at Jerabek. Our students are stronger, Jerabek is stronger, and our community is stronger because of our partnership!

Diana Grijalva, Jerabek Interim Principal

Koala Kommunity Kalendar

  • Every day—7th Generation Recycling Bin, all Scripps Ranch welcome, located toward end of teacher parking lot, near music room;
  • Wednesday, May 15—3rd Grade Recorder Concert, 6:30 pm; Family Faculty Organization (FFO) general meeting and elections, 6:30 pm;
  • Thursday, May 23—Restaurant Night, bring flyer; and,
  • Monday, May 27—Happy Memorial Day, no school.

Jerabek—Exciting and New!

We are very excited to announce that the Jerabek campus is being painted! The color palette pulls to the lodge/prairie style in an effort to tie-in with the eco-friendly movement at our school.

We are working to improve Jerabek’s landscaping with stone planters and additional wood features, including a common area for upper grade class collaboration and the design of an outdoor amphitheater for school assemblies. New bulletin boards display student artwork, inform parents and staff of curriculum updates, and highlight student achievement.

We believe the unique programs we offer and our focus on the environment make our school the best in the city. Our Green Team offers Trash-less Tuesdays and launched a student Eco-Club this year. Our Garden Club teaches children the fun of having a green thumb. Our Student Council is dedicated to sharing the importance of making a difference through programs like the Annual Sock Drive and a Peace Patrol—which empowers classmates to be fair and kind.

Jerabek is the only Scripps Ranch elementary school that offers a before-school Spanish program to all grade levels, and we are working with the district to try to bring Spanish immersion classes to campus. Jerabek is excited to offer many after-school enrichment programs that are also offered during winter and spring breaks.

The revitalization of Jerabek is a large-scale, long-term effort, starting with the painting of our school. Come see our changes at our Ranch Roundup on Friday, May 31, and visit [] for our current school news.

Linda Bay, FFO President

Lasso the Fun All Month Long!

Pull up your boot straps, tip that cowboy hat, and get ready for a knee-slappin’ grand time at Jerabek’s Father/Daughter Dance on Friday, May 17, and our annual Ranch Roundup on Friday, May 31!

It’s a hoot-n-holler hoedown for this year’s Father/Daughter Dance. Dads, dig out that rodeo belt buckle and get ready to swing your lil’ pardner to the moon and back. Catered by Kaminski’s BBQ and with line dancing lessons provided, it’s guaranteed to be a gosh darn good ole’ time. Tickets can be purchased for a discounted price before Friday, May 10.

Come one, come y’all to Ranch Roundup. It’s fun for the whole family, and the entire Scripps Ranch community is invited. More information on Ranch Roundup is on pages 44–45 in this Newsletter.

Koalas Kan’t Forget!

Are you and your soon-to-be kindergartner ready to be a Jerabekian? If so, join the kindergarten playgroup. For details, please contact Anna Tarvyd Klein at [[email protected]].

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary


From Our FFA President

As the school year winds down there are still a few people I want to highlight. Ginger Manley wears many “hats” at our school. You may see her in the computer lab, at the book fair, or see her name as the MRE website administer. She implemented a new website, saving us money and offering more capabilities. We have her to thank for our weekly eWednesday blasts.

Although we try to keep most information online, there are certain papers that need to be sent home via our Wednesday envelopes. Thanks go to Mary Corbett and Johanna Cunningham—and Kelly Barton, too—for coordinating this each week.

A big shout out goes to the MRE Hawk Classic Golf Tournament and Social team: Robert Hasson, Nick Bernabe, Suzanne Smith, Ali Shadburn, Kathleen Dellisant, Ellen McIrvin, Amber Radici, Lecia Hass, Aimy McRae, Johanna Cunningham, Kelly Woodworth, Lori Darwish, and Carolyn Coglianese. Thanks for another fun event!

Tamrin Gorham and JoAnne Bernabe pulled off another successful Jog-A-Thon for our school. It’s great to raise money while having fun and getting exercise!

Lecia Hass has been busy updating our spirit wear. Take a look on our website to order a shirt, and Jane King will be sure to deliver it to your child.

I can’t wait to take a look at the yearbook. Our yearbook chair extraordinaire, Christina Ficano, has single-handedly—with pictures from parents—created this beautiful memory book. Thanks, Christina, for all your hard work!

We are recruiting for our 2013–2014 Family-Faculty Association (FFA) Executive Board and committee chair positions. If you are interested, please contact me at [[email protected]]. We will work together to find a volunteer position that fits your schedule and interests.

Tracy Jewell, FFA President

Mother/Son Night

May brings our annual Mother/Son event on Friday, May 10. It’s always a fun night, so be on the lookout for registration forms in your Wednesday envelopes.

May at Miramar Ranch

  • Thursday, May 2—FFA meeting, 8 am, 2013–2014 board elections;
  • Thursday, May 9—FFA Family Restaurant Night;
  • Thursday, May 16—Band and orchestra performance 8:45–9:30 am;
  • Thursday, May 23—Open House;
  • Monday, May 27—Memorial Day, no school; and,
  • Wednesday, May 29—Kindergarten orientation, 5:30–6:30 pm.

Carolyn Coglianese

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary



The fifth annual EBS Jog-A-Thon fundraiser in March was a huge success! Thanks to all the volunteers who supported our runners. A special thank you goes to Robyn Flint and Karen Hancock for orchestrating this event. Donations go toward EBS programs. A very special thanks to all of the sponsors. This event would not be a success without you!

Premier Emperor Penguin Sponsors

  • Gail Faber Home Loans
  • Chargers Play 60
  • World Wide Credit
  • Siry Auto Group

Macaroni Sponsors

  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • Anthony Scoma
  • Scripps Rock
  • VALR Martial Arts
  • DJ Bumps
  • Wells Fargo
  • FitX
  • Small Talk Speech Therapy
  • Scripps Poway Dental Care
  • Sydney Spector
  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros
  • ProActive Physical Therapy

Mother/Son Event

The EBS Mother/Son Bowling event is on Saturday, May 18. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy time with your son! Tickets go on sale soon. Space is limited.

EBS Idol

EBS Idol was a huge hit! Congratulations to all of our talented Penguins. Thank you to our fearless leaders who ran the show: Janice Seufert, Niki Wickenhauser, and Eileen Campbell.

Dates to Remember

  • Every Saturday—Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am–1 pm;
  • Thursday, May 16—Open House, 5–6:30 pm;
  • Saturday, May 18—Mother/Son Bowling event; and,
  • Monday, May 27—Memorial Day, no school.

Monika Wimmer

Innovations Academy


Hello, Incredible Innovators

It’s hard to believe the school year is going so quickly. We have accomplished much, but the year is not over. Remember, Exhibition Night is on Thursday, May 2.

New Website

By the time you read this Newsletter, our new website should be up. Check it our at [].

Frequent Flyer Miles Needed

Last month we told you that one of our students won the statewide gold key in the Scholastic Writing Contest. Now, Maya has earned national recognition in the personal essay/memoir category for her piece, Abyss. Of 230,000 works of art and writing by 7–12 graders, only the top 1% were recognized at the national level.

We are looking for donations of frequent flyer miles so that we can send Maya with her family and teacher to Carnegie Hall in New York to receive the award on Friday, May 31. If you can help, please contact [[email protected]].


As a project-based learning school we believe that students should be learning at high levels. This includes having experts interact with our students to provide real world connections to learning.

We are forming community partnerships, which will bring professional mentors to our school. One of our first partnerships, created by our media arts teacher Steve Smith, is with Newschool of Architecture and Design. If you know of a business or professional expert who would be interested in a partnership, please email [[email protected]].

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School


Scout Projects

Our school has been blessed to be the beneficiary of two wonderful Scout service projects. Alex DeWitt, an Eagle Scout candidate, with his Troop 616, funded and installed a Rosary Walk, which will terminate at the Marion Grotto at our school.

Audrey Yang, a Girl Scout Gold Award candidate, spent time in our classrooms teaching creative writing skills to students in all grades, and will eventually publish a book of student compositions. These fine young people are gifting our school community with two wonderful projects, which will be sustained far into the future.

Science Fair Excellence

All seven of our 7th graders who were invited to present at the 59th Annual Greater San Diego Science Fair in March placed in their specific categories. Congratulations to: Trevor Martin, first place in his division; Angelina Dillard, Maris Amsberry, Patrick Henson, and Meghan Abrom, second place in their respective divisions—Meghan earned a special award from the San Diego Psychological Association; and, Julia Pennington and Chloe Torrence, third place in their divisions. We are very proud of our students!

Enroll Today

Our students learn in a culture of faith, academics, and service inspired by a focus on living our Catholic faith. If you are interested in our unique learning community, please contact our school at 397-1290. An application may be submitted from our website at [].