Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


Principal’s Message

As I reflect upon my second year as principal of SRHS, I am overwrought with feelings of appreciation and pride. The commitment to education from our staff, students, and parents is beyond measure. Here are a few highlights to brag about:

  • Through a grant we were able to offer two months of after-school tutoring in math and world languages.
  • Our Peer Tutoring program for all students was offered after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Spring sports continued to amaze us, with several teams playing in CIF competitions.
  • The men’s baseball team played at Petco Park.
  • Students received Honorable Mention in a statewide Directing Change video contest.
  • Three students’ Greater San Diego Science Fair projects placed first, second, and third.
  • The Science Olympiad Team placed fifth in the regional competition and 11th in the state competition.
  • The drama department’s production of The Crucible was well received.
  • The drama and dance departments had a very successful end-of-the-year production of A Night on Broadway, where our students’ performances went exceptionally well.
  • Our art students’ work was displayed in local juried art shows.
  • The band, orchestra, and winter guard continued to receive accolades for their performances in local and state competitions.
  • The string orchestra was invited to perform at Lincoln Center in March 2014 to compete for the National Orchestra Cup.
  • Our AFJROTC Academic Bowl Team placed first in regional competition and heads to Washington, D.C., in June to compete in the nationwide contest for the second year.
  • AFJROTC students competed to keep the “Stillwell Trophy” for the third year.
  • Our students took 1,274 Advanced Placement exams this year.
  • Kimberly Coelho was named California Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s Educator of the Year.
  • Teachers Andrea Bowers and Leigh Francisco received nominations from students that earned them the “Crystal Apple Award.”
  • School police officer Henry Ramelli joined our staff.
  • Senior Solomon Ephraim became a Gates Millennium Scholar. He is one of 1,000 students nationwide to be chosen, which allows him free higher education for life.
  • Vilan Nguyen and Chelsea Cresencia were two of only four sophomores in San Diego County who were grand prize winners of new laptops in the Public Library Essay Contest. Mrs. Weber and Mrs. Toyzan were their mentors.
  • SRHS was named 391 out of 2,000 nationwide high schools who applied to Newsweek’s 2013 America’s Best High School competition—that’s in the top 20%!

With summer approaching, I hope everyone has the opportunity to relax and enjoy their time with family and friends. Everyone has worked so hard during the school year that it is important to take time to unwind and rejuvenate.

We have several end-of-the-year events planned for all students during the first few weeks of June. Please be sure to check our website calendar at [] on a regular basis to ensure that you plan accordingly. Parents of seniors especially are directed to this website and the News and Announcements section where “2013 Seniors and Parents of Seniors” gives information about the events for seniors, which include the senior parent letter, calendar of senior activities, and senior citizenship overview document. Graduation occurs on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 pm at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University. It will be sensational!

Thank you for the opportunity to help guide your students toward their future. They have all the tools necessary to succeed in life and I wish them all the very best. Because of their efforts and hard work in academics, athletics, and community outreach, they have made SRHS the jewel of our district. I am proud of all of our students. Keep the Falcon pride going!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

From the Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

This past month was busy at Marshall Middle School. We had several student performances. Our students performed in Grease, under the direction of our drama teacher, Mr. Jeff Russell, and our band, orchestra, and choir students performed at the Forum competitions. We also had 23 students qualify for the State Science Fair competition. Our students have represented Thurgood Marshall Middle School in a positive way. We also had state testing!

We honored and recognized our staff members for their continued dedication and commitment to MMS during the recognition weeks. We look forward to all of the end-of-the-year festivities to honor our promoting 8th graders. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

June Calendar

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4 and 5—Choir Spring Concert, 6–9 pm, MMS theater;
  • Friday, June 7—8th grade promotion party, 5:15–9:30 pm; and,
  • Tuesday, June 11—8th grade promotion, 8:30–10 am, blacktop; last day of school, 12:16 pm dismissal.

Art Night

In early May Marshall’s art teachers, Laura McDonald and Beulah Forrest, presented Marshall’s 2nd Annual Evening of the Arts show. Students, parents, and teachers enjoyed this fun-filled and interactive display of both visual and performing arts. A huge display of artwork from 6th through 8th graders was the centerpiece for this night of entertainment, but it was most certainly not the only thing.

Live musical performances, appetizers and beverages—presented by Marshall’s Advanced Art class—silent auctions of custom, hand-painted, and student-designed furniture, numerous prizes, hands-on art activities, and even live performances by Marshall’s own drama department were just a few of the highlights of the evening. From drawing and painting to sculpture and digital art and photography, there was something for everyone.

Laura McDonald, art teacher and Marshall Associated Student Body (ASB) advisor, initiated the idea for this special evening last year with her Advanced Art class in mind. Cataloguing, curating, hanging, and “working the show” were all part of her students’ job description as they entered the class. Having experienced such remarkable success and positive community reaction after last year’s show, Laura and Beulah made sure to expand on it and produce this year’s show as well.

Although the production of the show is both time-consuming and challenging, both teachers were satisfied with their efforts. They feel that despite the sometimes excruciating amounts of extra work involved, it is something they both believe strongly enough about that it will remain as a staple on Marshall’s calendar.

Math Club News

The Math Club competed in the annual Math Field Day held at St. Patrick’s School in late April. Shruti Verma placed first in the 7th grade 24-Challenge, Ashwin Kumar placed third in the 6th grade 24-Challenge, Kai Wu placed third in the Equate competition, and Jackwin Hui teamed up with Michelle He to take fourth in the Dynamic Duo challenge. Congratulations to all the “mathletes” from Marshall who competed this year.

Choir News

The MMS choir department attended the Forum Festival in Los Angeles in May. The advanced and chamber choirs ventured to San Francisco later in May to compete in a national competition.

Please join us for our end-of-the-year concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4 and 5, in the MMS theater at 6 pm. We promise to put on a spectacular show!

Get a Yearbook!

It’s not too late to buy a MMS yearbook! You can purchase one on the MMS website at []. Just click on the yellow “Click to buy yearbook” tab on the right. Hurry and buy your yearbook now for the low price of $40 either online or in the financial office.

MMS Science Fair Winners Compete at State Science Fair

Eager to display their research, some 650 students from around the county packed into the Balboa Park Activity Center for the 59th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. More than 160 students from the San Diego Unified School District participated, representing Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools, as well as Scripps Ranch High School and others.

The big winner this year was Elaine Gillum’s 8th grade science class, where 28 of her 44 students won first place honors. Two students were sweepstakes winners—Alexander Poirier and John Gomez—two were sweepstakes runners-up—Matthew Bronars and Jason Provol—and 23 professional awards were earned from various societies and groups. The 62nd Annual California State Science Fair in Los Angeles will have 32 entries from San Diego Unified, with two potential alternates, where they will have the chance to compete for awards totaling $50,000.

“I’ve been doing this for 16 years and have never seen a year like this,” said Gillum. “The students did a project that they were interested in, which makes a huge difference. They also found amazing mentors who wanted to help them succeed.”

Also, 23 of the 44 students have been invited to compete for Broadcom Masters, a national science, technology, engineering, and math competition. One student, Jacob Yoshitake, had his essay selected from more than 9,000 submissions to win the prestigious DuPont Essay Challenge. Most will apply for the Google International Science Fair as well, an online science competition open to middle and high school students from around the globe.

Students submitted projects in one of the following categories: animal sciences; behavioral and social sciences; biochemistry; computer science; Earth and planetary sciences; engineering—electrical and mechanical; engineering—energy and transport; engineering—materials and bioengineering; environmental sciences and management; mathematical sciences; medicine and health sciences; microbiology; physics and astronomy; plant sciences; and, product testing/consumer science, Junior Division only.

At the State Science Fair the Marshall students continued to do well: two first place winners, Jason Provol and Ashwath Radhachandran; one third place winner, Sarah Silver; three fourth place winners, Alexander Poirier, Jared Truong, and David Linton; and, three honorable mentions, Shivani Bhushan, Jordan Kulischak, and John Gomez. Also, Jared Truong and Alexander Poirier won professional awards.

MMS Student Wins the DuPont Challenge Science Award

As mentioned above, Jake Yoshitake, an 8th grader, won the grand prize in the DuPont Challenge. The award calls on students to research, think critically, and write a science essay that provides innovative ideas on our most pressing global challenges and demonstrates the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to our daily lives.

Jake’s paper was based on his project submitted to the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. It took a solar tracking unit and attempted to increase efficiency. Jake also will present his Science Fair project at the upcoming State Science Fair competition and the Broadcom Competition. His prize includes a $5,000 U.S. savings bond, an all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando, and numerous prizes from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Jake submitted his paper about three months ago, as did more than 9,000 other students across the country. Jake’s paper was read by scientists, teachers, and members of the business community and has been awarded the grand prize in the Junior Division, grades 7–9.

Video Production

Congratulations to our MMS video production students—Deine Shin, Danielle Castro, and Rebecca Madsen—whose film was selected to be part of the Teen Truth Film Festival!

PE Sportsmanship Awards

The physical education department has recognized one student in each class who exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship—great attitude, effort, and a willingness to be a part of the team. The award winners for our last few units are:

  • Mr. Calvin Baylon: McKenna Gray, Aisha Nuhaily, Arcilla Edward, and Arielle Johnson, period 4; and, Brennan Vilbrant and Justin Todd, period 5;
  • Mr. Brad Bishop: Chris Abeyta, Jim Zhan, and Michelle Tran, period 1; Jasmine Emtage, Quinn Gorham, Jim Nguyen, and Valerie Mendoza, period 2; Emma Volle and Nate Harris, Carly Stachwick, and Andy Shalauta, period 3; Sarah Doyle, Ashley Garcia, Ally Russell, and Allison Jessani, period 4; and, Winice Hui, Lilah Blalock, Kencheng Lee, and Aaron Wapner, period 5;
  • Mrs. Carrie Carambas: Sandy Mekany, Taylor Green, Jacob Lavelle, and Abigail Devlin, period 1; Faris Bhuiya, Ethan Taylor, Catherine Rouch, and Dante Livingston, period 2; Lauryn Butler, Aaron Jennings, Derek Abeyta, and Sam Fish, period 4; Alyssa Stoney, Darius Boamah, Riley Sanders, and Neshao Cubahilo, period 5; and, Brandon Martinez, Emily Baylon, Ryan Toerien, and Lauren Danker, period 6;
  • Mrs. Sharon Carter: Katie Chau, Angelo Carrasco, Cameron Custodio, and Riya Pandit, period 1; Britney Wittman, Casey Fennell, Olivia Kavanagh, and Tyler Nguyen, period 3; Maddie Owen, Anthony Dimeglio, Serene Lagasca, and Molly Delzio, period 4; Graiden Kregar, Bruno Coimbra, Alli Stern, and Audrey Verdesca, period 5; and, Brandon Buisan, Caila Camerino, Emily Perez, and Jessie Lycan, period 6;
  • Mr. David Gray: Dominic Devine, Andrew Kim, Carly Sweeney, and Ben Nusenow, period 1; Chaz Hallmark, Lauren Remish, Daniel Woods, and Guadalupe Torres, period 2; Amitesh Sharma, Garrett Hall, Ashley Helgeson, and Julie Laporte, period 3; Haley Rounds, Zach Tempel, Kacey Roche, and Christian Lee, period 4; and, Kaylee Christmas, Troy Haynes, Jake Taylor, and Cameron Vazeery, period 6;
  • Mr. Dave Hodapp: Belle Phommavong, Matt Jewell, Carissa Ondek, and Cassidy Drost, period 2; Jennie Wooten, Michaela Montgomery, Petey Staab, and Frankie Malo, period 3; Lizzie Bhayani, Ashley Nichols, Allie Ambrose, and Carsten Denherder, period 4; Ryan Ghassemi, Gabby Sebit, Ranya Dally, and Nikki Rogge, period 5; and, Alysa Ransom, Sabrena Tuy, Alex Bernabe, and Cassie Amundson, period 6;
  • Mrs. Carol Lee: Sabrina Chen, Ryan Quinn, Lindsey Czyzewicz, and Samantha Talashek, period 1; Tiffany Cortel, Zack Askins, Davin Lee, and Matt Bronars, period 2; Nona Golin, Crystal Ollison, Andrea Cobb, and Garrett Binns, period 3; Ryan Rafferty, Tyler Kuperstein, Kyle Maspat, and Shivani Shushan, period 5; and, Jennifer Gomberg, Justin Nguyen, Courtney Zohn, and Colin Snyder, period 6;
  • Mrs. Janel McCarthy: Janelle Hizon, Alexander Lawson, Spencer Ryan, and Eitan Furman, period 1; Hayden Traina, Christopher Cheung, and Sean Roh, period 2; Ashwim Kumar, Kaley Mudd, Samuel Boone, and Michael Lancia, period 3; Harris Waleh, Nathan Kessell, Madeline Herbold, and Merideth Sinclair, period 5; and, Tiffany Nguyen, Naya Menezes, and Sabrina Drobeck, period 6.

Dingeman Elementary


Thanks From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families, Friends, and Community,

As our school year draws to a close it’s time to celebrate another great year! We are proud of our children’s accomplishments and appreciate the support of our families and community. We’d like to thank you and acknowledge that we could not have done this without you!

I’d like to give thanks to our Family Faculty Connection president, Jaylene Farry, and vice president, Nancy Emtage. They served in these positions for the last two years with great leadership and wisdom. Jaylene will pass the baton next year. Nancy and her wonderful family are relocating. These ladies did an amazing job and we are forever grateful!

It’s time to say “farewell” to our 5th graders as they prepare to promote to middle school. The time has flown by and it’s a bittersweet moment. We hope they come and visit us. Our motto is “Once a Dingeman Tiger, Always a Dingeman Tiger”!

Speaking of our favorite Dingeman Tiger, join us in a shout-out for Col. Bob Dingeman’s birthday on Wednesday, June 12! In late April we held our annual Col. Bob Dingeman Day, and it was well attended by Scripps Ranch administrators, teachers, parents, and district leaders. Our incoming superintendent, Cindy Marten and Area 2 interim superintendent, Donna Campbell, joined the festivities. Thank you to our FFC hospitality coordinator, Paty Portal-Ajo, for the lovely reception and to Mr. Beraud, our awesome vice principal, for coordinating this joyous event!

School may almost be over but we are working hard to prepare for the 2013–2014 school year. We are excited about meeting our new students and seeing our returning ones. Below are some key dates:

  • Friday, Aug. 30—Kindergarten Meet and Greet, 10 am, auditorium, classroom and campus tours follow;
  • Friday, Aug. 30—Classroom assignment posting, 5 pm, near flag pole/front gate; and,
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3—First day of school, 9:05 am.

We can’t wait to see you again! Until then, have a great summer. Rest, read, relax, and be safe! In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Farewell from our Wonderful FFC President

It has been a privilege and honor to serve as Dingeman’s FFC president for the last two years. I want to thank the parents, teachers, and administration for making this experience a special one. Thank you, Nancy Emtage, for being our vice president and my partner in crime for the last two years. I am going to miss you and your family terribly but wish you many blessings in Maryland!

Thank you to the entire FFC Board: Rachael Newton, Valerie Kurtz, Yen Tu, Marla Farias, Lisa Devine, Sunny Spencer, Maricel Custodio, Sandy Heim, Lisa Vontsolos, and Cecily Walbridge. What an amazing group of women who give so much to the school! Thank you also to all the FFC chairs and volunteers who I have had the pleasure to work with. It is truly the entire Dingeman family that makes our school so special.

Thank you, Kimie Lochtefeld and Michael Beraud, for your constant support and guidance. Getting to work with you was truly a gift. I am excited for the 2013–2014 board and wish them well! I hope that each family has a wonderful and safe summer. See you on campus next year.

Jaylene Farry, FFC President 2011–2013

Our Spring Carnival was a Huge Success

Dingeman families, friends, and neighbors enjoyed our annual Spring Carnival in late April. It was a great day with delicious food, entertainment, and fun games and attractions. Outpost Summer Camps provided face painting and Wahine Kai Shave Ice was there to help us cool off.

The Hamburger Factory grilled up fresh lunches and the Dingeman Tiger made the rounds all day! The silent auction was beautifully coordinated by Molly Boarman, and our opportunity drawing prizes were a big hit thanks to Marla Farias.

The incoming district superintendent, Cindy Marten, stopped by and commented on the wonderful atmosphere and spirit of our school community.

The event was not possible without our sponsors and donations from area businesses. We’d like to thank Scripps Ranch Sports Clips, the San Diego Zoo, Scripps Ranch Vons on Scripps Poway Parkway, Ultra Lux, Innovations Academy, Shin Flournoy, Scripps Poway Hand Car Wash, Luna Grill, San Diego Museum of Art, Del Mar Horse Track, Trader Joe’s, Miss Match, and Scripps Pediatric Dentistry.

We are very grateful to every parent, student, and faculty member who volunteered their time, showing the meaning of a truly dedicated school community!

We have enjoyed being the Spring Carnival co-chairs for the past three years! Again, we thank the Dingeman community for its support in making it a great day.

Annette Radogna and Becky Walton

Earth Day Beautification

Although April may seem like a long time ago, I couldn’t resist sharing news of Dingeman’s First Annual Earth Day Fair on Apr. 22. We kicked off the event with a schoolwide Tiger Rally with our ecology partners. The San Diego Zoo entertained and educated us with an assembly on animals and the environment.

The children dug and replanted the school planters and gardens. Afterward, they attended a rotation of workshops provided by I Love a Clean San Diego, San Diego State’s CALPIRG energy conservation, and Solano Center composting group, to name a few. Special thanks to Poway Nursery, Home Depot, and Trader Joe’s for donating plants, compost, bark, and advice. The children decorated their gardens with signs and colorful art and released thousands of ladybugs.

We ended the day with a heart-shaped photo of all faculty, students, parents, and, of course, our beloved Colonel Dingeman right in front (pictured above) proving that “Kids Can Make a Difference” not only in our school but the world!

Wishing you all a wonderful start to the summer.

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary


A Message from our Principal

Yes, it’s true, Jerabek is sporting a new coat of paint, and it’s nearly looking like a new school! Thanks to strong collaboration between teachers and parents, the Jerabek makeover is quite comprehensive. Specifically, I’d like to thank Mrs. Andrea Potterat, Mrs. Katie McCauley, and Mrs. Mary Schoepp for initiating this effort, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • A fresh paint job campuswide featuring a rich Scripps Ranch color palette of forest and sage green that nestles and pops against the eucalyptus skyline.
  • A new kindergarten playground, including a concrete foundation, play structure, cork-based protective padding for the structure and swing set, and asphalt painted games.
  • Parking light repairs.
  • A new electronic marquee.
  • Repaired doors for added safety.

Also, our Jerabek Student Council is working to establish Peace Patrol, a recess advocacy program to enhance our Jerabek culture and grow strong, resilient scholars! This will make a fine addition to amazing things already underway at Jerabek. In June Jerabekians will take their California Standards Tests (CSTs) for a strong finish. As always, I thank you for your partnership in our shared responsibility of growing happy, healthy scholars at Jerabek!

Diane Grijalva, Jerabek Interim Principal

Koala Kommunity Kalendar

  • Thursday, June 13—Art Safari show debuts;
  • Monday and Tuesday, June 17–18—No school, furlough days;
  • Thursday, June 20—Art show and Open House; and,
  • Thursday, June 27—Restaurant Night at Yogurt Heaven, noon–10 pm, bring your flyer.

Yee-Haw! What a Hoot-n-Holler Hoe-Down…

…and a boot-kickin’ good time at our annual Father/Daughter Dance in May. Everyone enjoyed smokin’ great grub, compliments of Kaminski’s BBQ and Sports Lounge, located in our own backyard of Poway. Nothing Bundt Cakes, along with our own pastry pioneer volunteers, guaranteed our sweet tooth was not ignored. Looking Glass Photography made sure the smiles were a mile wide, and DJ Tim called the country line-dancing. Thanks to each cowhand who circled the wagons. Y’all come back now, ya hear?!

It’s a Roar of an Art Show

Come witness the colors of the jungle during Jerabek’s Art Safari. Our annual art show runs from Thursday, June 13, through Open House on Thursday, June 20. The entire community herd is welcome to explore this amazing adventure of creativity. We’ll see you there.

Koalas Kan’t Forget

Check your couch cushions…it’s Coins for Critters month, sponsored by the Jerabek Green Team. Last year collected coins totaled more than $440. This year we hope to raise $500 for our endangered furry or feathered, four- or two-legged, friends. Scamper up to the tally board each morning to see if your favorite endangered animal will win the donation.

Miramar Ranch Elementary []

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

I am always surprised when it is time to write the Newsletter article for June —another year has flown by at Miramar Ranch! May was busy, as always. We completed the standardized testing for all children in grades 2–5, celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week—congratulations to MRE Teacher of the Year, Karen Lynch!—and began the important work of organizing classes for next school year.

The first week of June is equally hectic, with our final Flag Assembly on Friday, June 7, and the final day of school and 5th Grade Promotion on Tuesday, June 11. Congratulations to our 5th grade students!

Every year at this time we say goodbye to friends and families who are moving on. This year we wish a particularly heartfelt farewell to two of our long-term and much loved teachers, Vicky Romero and Mary Kelly. We wish them both the best of luck in their retirement, although we hope we can tempt them to come back regularly and visit. Thank you for all the time and effort you devoted to the children at Miramar Ranch. You will be missed by all!

I also would like to wish a smooth transition into retirement to two of our community’s outstanding principals, Greg Collamer and Paul Gilroy. Greg will be leaving E. B. Scripps Elementary and Paul is retiring from Jerabek. It has been my great pleasure to work with these two gentlemen, and I know that their school communities and I will miss them terribly. Fair winds and following seas, my friends.

As always, thank you for your support. Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

From Our FFA President

The end of the school year is bittersweet…on one hand summer is here and I get to enjoy making memories with my family. It also means some friends will move on to other schools, to another state, or even back to their native country. I treasure these friendships.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Family-Faculty Association (FFA) president. It’s been a learning experience but has brought me many great rewards. I want to thank our outgoing executive board members for all their time and energy. Thank you to Robert Hasson, Karen Byers, Linda Hoover, Carolyn Coglianese, Michelle Messmer, Gerry McLean, Brigid Brown, JoAnne Bernabe, and Ginger Manley. I think we made a great team!

My goal was to thank each volunteer throughout the year in the SRCA Newsletter. If I missed you, I’m sorry, but a huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers. You make this an exceptional school! Although there are many parents “graduating,” I want to personally thank Kathy Askins, Tamrin Gorham, and Kathy Silver. You ladies have gone above and beyond throughout your years at MRE. I will miss seeing you on an almost daily basis and hope that our paths will cross at Marshall, SRHS, on the field, or even at Vons.

Enough of the sappy stuff…you aren’t rid of me yet! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you next year as FFA president. I’ll be joined by Robert Hasson, Mary Corbett, Linda Hoover, Carolyn Coglianese, Michelle Messmer, Gerry McLean, Brigid Brown, JoAnne Bernabe, Jessica Troendle, and Ginger Manley.

We plan to go paperless next year so please get used to checking the MRE website as well as the e-Wednesday emails for important information. If you or someone you know has information or the ability to create an app for MRE, please contact me.

We are recruiting for 2013–2014 FFA committee chairs. If you are interested in meeting new people, having fun, sharing your talents, and helping others, contact me at [[email protected]]. We will work to find a position that fits your schedule and interests you too. As always, whether you have two minutes, two hours, or two days, we welcome your participation. We have something for everyone!

Tracy Jewell, FFA President

Student Council Corner

In March we had Color Day. Kindergarten wore red, 1st grade wore orange, 2nd grade wore yellow, 3rd grade wore green, 4th grade wore blue, and 5th grade wore purple. In April we had Crazy Hair Day. Students at MRE dyed their hair with crazy colors. Also in April Student Council members enjoyed dressing up as the MRE Hawk during the annual Jog-A-Thon (pictured below). In May we had Sports Day. Kids got to wear their uniforms or gear.

It has been a great year at Miramar Ranch Elementary, and I have enjoyed being your Student Council president.

Cole Gorham, Student Council President

Jog-A-Thon Update

Our 24th Annual Miramar Ranch Jog-A-Thon was held in April and was a great success. This year’s proceeds go toward our media center. We want to thank all the families who donated and volunteered, as well as our generous business sponsors.


  • Logan Family Properties
  • Geico
  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics


  • Pinnacle Endodontics
  • Old Pros
  • Anthony Scoma Pediatric Dentistry
  • Fitness Quest 10
  • Scripps Ranch Pediatric Dentistry
  • Scripps Rock Dental
  • Messmer Family


  • Filippi’s
  • American Heritage
  • Scripps Poway Eye Care
  • ODM Enterprises
  • Gilmore Orthodontics
  • Sproutography


  • Play It Again Sports
  • San Diego Padres
  • Yanni’s
  • SportClips
  • Champion
  • Wahine Kai Shave Ice

Tamrin Gorham and JoAnne Bernabe

June at Miramar Ranch

  • Monday, June 3—5th grade vs. staff softball game, 12:30 pm;
  • Thursday, June 6—5th grade party;
  • Tuesday, June 11—5th Grade Promotion, 10:45 am; last day of school, minimum day.

Carolyn Coglianese

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary


Hello, Penguins!

In late May a happy group of Everyone A Reader (EAR) students and tutors celebrated at the annual Ice Cream Sundae Party—marking another great year of reading progress! EAR had a remarkable team of 31 parent and community volunteers—many of whom stepped up and tutored multiple classrooms—supporting 95 students throughout the school year. We wouldn’t have such a successful program without our generous volunteer tutors! Have a great summer, continue having your children and grandchildren read aloud with you, and consider joining Everyone A Reader next year!

Ready for Kindergarten?

There is an EBS 2013 incoming kindergarten playgroup! If you are interested in meeting your child’s future classmates and their parents, contact Leyla Leatherwood at [[email protected]].

School Artists on Display

Ten artists from EBS were selected by the San Diego Museum of Art for its prestigious Young Art show. The artwork was chosen from more than 350 works submitted from 44 public and private schools throughout San Diego County.

Young Art 2013: The Story of Me is the 42nd installation of the San Diego Museum of Art’s biennial exhibition of K–12 student artwork from San Diego County schools. This event, a San Diego tradition, focused on works of art that explore the subject of individual identity. Students told their story through artistic representation of their culture, family, friends, memories, experiences, or appearance.

All of the artwork selected from EBS was created through the Fine Artists program under the direction of Kathleen Kane-Murrell, owner and artist. Head volunteer Vicki Sanders was instrumental in supporting the many volunteers who introduced this theme in the classrooms. “The young artists were especially intrigued with the topic of identity, and the artwork they created to address the theme was amazing,” said Kathleen. The exhibit ran through the end of May.

EBS artists featured were: Brandon Upham, Ethan Adams, Spencer Mountain, John Schmidt, Kaleigh Fulton, Neel Kumar, Sanjana Santhosh, Briana Thrash, Sara Kalchan, and Emma Shina.

Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, June 11—Last day of school; 12:30 pm dismissal; and,
  • Every Saturday—Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am–1 pm.

Have a wonderful summer break!

Monika Wimmer