Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


Principal’s Message

As I reflect on my second year as SRHS principal, I can honestly say that the monumental accomplishments our students have earned make me so proud to serve our community. We are the only high school in the San Diego Unified School District to reach an Academic Performance Index (API) of 900! The support from our parents, the Foundation, boosters, and volunteers allow us to give our students the additional support needed to make their high school years so memorable. Our teachers and all the staff at SRHS are dedicated to the task of educating our students and maintaining a safe, positive, and clean learning environment. I am very grateful to be able to work with them.

During the summer I hope all of us have time to relax and reflect on what goals we have accomplished and where we need to strive harder to reach them. Your combined efforts have produced amazing results, and your dedication, commitment, and high standards guide our students to be successful. Now is the time of year when we need to shift gears and allow our students to regenerate and relax.

The summer months will provide more opportunities for our students to have fun with friends, travel, work a part-time job, or get involved with a meaningful community service project. I also encourage our students and families to continue with some “light reading” and to make this an integral part of summer. With the big push for technology and multitasking at high rates of speed, sometimes we need to slow down, get a good book, and enjoy it!

Please refer to our website at [] for monthly calendars, upcoming events, announcements, and school news. We will post all information regarding summer camps, enrollment, and pre-school Kick-Off dates and times on our website.

In closing, I want to say “thank you” for everything you do to make our school not only “Distinguished” but remarkable.

Enjoy your summer. Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Thank You!

Each year SRHS has a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Local businesses donate items to thank the teachers for all they do. We want to thank those businesses for their generosity:

  • Shozen and Manpo Korean Table
  • Sombrero Mexican Food
  • Heaven on Earth
  • Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
  • Que Pasa Mexican Grill
  • Escape at Tiffany
  • Zpizza
  • Grace Threading
  • SuperCuts
  • Hair Dynamics
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Pernicano’s Ristorante
  • Bruski Burgers and Beer

Thank you for supporting our teachers!

Marshall Middle School

From Our Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer with friends and family.

The last several weeks we have been preparing for the new school year by planning curriculum and scheduling students for classes. Later this summer I will send all Thurgood Marshall Middle School students and parents information about the 2013–2014 school year, including new student orientation information and other important dates.

In September parents will receive information about being part of the MMS School Site Council and School Governance Team. Being part of these committees is an elected position. Parents also are encouraged to be part of the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). Being involved is the best way to keep in touch with all the events on campus.

In early June I received information that we will not need to “excess” two classroom teachers! This is very good news for MMS! With these two additional teachers, our class sizes will be lowered and our students will receive additional support.

Have a wonderful, safe, relaxing summer! Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Marshall’s Science Olympiad

Congratulations to Marshall’s Science Olympiad team, who placed eighth at the state tournament from a field of 26 very strong teams. Our students earned top 10 scores in 13 of the 23 possible competition events, which included lab, test, and competition/building events.

Two Marshall students earned first place, in Meteorology: Matthew Wang and Ian Wildenhain, both 7th graders.

Two students earned third place, in Rotor Egg Drop: Joon Lee, 7th grade, and Winice Hui, 8th grade.

Two students earned third place, in Heredity: Gracie Richards and Ian Wildenhain, both 7th graders.

Marshall’s Science Olympiad State Team was invited to participate in the state competition after tying for third place at the regionals competition in February. The Marshall team was comprised of 15 students who were selected from the team of 88 Science Olympiad students and included: Aswath Radhachandran, Gracie Richards, Samuel In, Mayuresh Mujundar, Sarvottam Jalsingh, Sean Roh, Baron Huang, Jared Truong, Madison Ronchetto, Docean Park, Grant Jung, and Simon Emtage, alternate. We congratulate all our students for representing Marshall so well and for displaying such fine sportsmanship and teamwork!

Many thanks go to all the MMS Science Olympiad coaches, advisors, and parent volunteers for their time and effort over the past six months. Their dedication makes this program possible. With the success of the program and the support of the administration, Marshall is able to offer Science Olympiad as a choice for 8th grade science next school year!

Choir News

Congratulations to the advanced and chamber choirs for receiving first place and Gold ratings at their competition in San Francisco over Memorial Day weekend. The students also received outstanding recognition for having the highest combined scores and nearest perfect score of all choirs.

The students also received the coveted Spirit Award given to only one performance group in the two-day competition for professionalism and outstanding behavior. Because of their outstanding placement and scores, the students have been invited to perform in Carnegie Hall next spring. Congratulations to all the advanced and chamber kids from MMS!

Dingeman Elementary


Principal’s Message

Dear Dingeman Families, Friends, and Community,

As you can imagine, June was a very difficult time for our students and staff. We were saddened by the passing of our student, Eric Klyaz. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He was sensitive and a good student.

I’d like to dedicate this month’s message to Eric’s family and friends. Our thoughts and hearts are with them. We will miss Eric and will always remember his smile, the twinkle in his eyes, and his friendship. Respectfully,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Dingeman Tigers Stay Fit

To get our kids excited about fitness and to realize that fitness is important in everyday life both at work and at home, parents Darik and Gloria Isham spearheaded our first ever Fit Day. We welcomed several local organizations, including the FBI, Fire Station 37, and Fitness Quest 10, who set up stations where each class participated in a variety of exercises. Balboa EMTs even placed teachers on gurneys and had the kids push them in a relay race!

Other highlights included the San Diego Police Department flying overhead announcing congratulations to our school on choosing to be fit and working so hard at it. Several of the teams brought actual vehicles to campus (above), which the kids could sit in or inspect. Thank you to:

  • 7 Summits Adventure Race (7SAR)
  • Balboa Ambulance
  • FBI, San Diego Field Office
  • San Diego Police Air Support Unit “ABLE”
  • San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
  • Fitness Quest 10
  • Wahine Kai Shave Ice
  • Dingeman parents

15 Years of Creativity

One of the highlights of our school year is the annual Art Corps art show, which celebrated its 15th birthday this year with “Creativity Is Contagious…Pass It On!” The multipurpose room overflowed with creativity and inspiration, showcasing more than 800 pieces of artwork created by our talented students, parent volunteers, and teachers. The children were so excited to be able to share this experience with their families during Open House.

This show would not be possible without our team of fabulous Art Corps classroom volunteers together with our Art Corps team. Mary Hobbib, Susanne Tasin, and Mary Hansen did an amazing job pulling the art show together. We’d also like to thank Poway Nursery for again providing the floral decorations for our show.

It was a joy to see the pride our children had knowing each of them can be creative. What a wonderful gift to give them!

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary


Principal’s Message

Hello Scripps Ranch!

July will be busy at Jerabek! As a year-round school, students will be in attendance until Friday, July 19. We are proud to promote approximately 83 5th graders to middle school!

Also, we are gearing up for big moves! As we prepare for Common Core implementation, we are re-organizing our grade levels and classrooms in order to optimally teach and prepare our Jerabek students. This is quite a move for our teachers and I commend them for their professionalism and commitment to our students!

The moves will allow for optimal teaching at each grade level and for optimal teacher collaboration. These factors will support our effort to align our curriculum as we implement the Common Core standards. Some of your Jerabek teachers will move to new classrooms and some will switch their grade as well.

The actual move will be a challenge, yet we are sure students will benefit greatly from this effort! We are extremely appreciative of the many Jerabek parents who have offered to assist with the moves!

As always, I thank you in advance for your partnership in our shared responsibility to grow happy, healthy scholars at Jerabek! Have an amazing summer!

Diana Grijalva, Jerabek Interim Principal

July Koala Kalendar

  • Tuesday–Friday, July 9–12—Used book sale, everyone welcome, Jerabek library;
  • Wednesday and Thursday, July 17–18—Minimum days;
  • Thursday, July 18—5th Grade Promotion; congrats, Jerabek grads;
  • Friday, July 19—Last day of school, have a fun, safe summer break; and,
  • All day, every day—7th Generation recycling bin, everyone welcome, in parking lot, near music room.

Sponsor Spotlight

2013 Ranch Round Up Supporters

This year’s Ranch Round Up raised more than $24,000. The funds are greatly appreciated and will be used for our school’s ongoing needs. A majority of the money raised was due to our wonderful sponsors and donors. We’d like to tip our hats to all who gave generously to our auction. A special star-spangled salute goes to these substantial businesses:

  • Academic Chess
  • Alex Toys
  • American Center for Learning
  • Brigantine
  • Barona Resort and Casino
  • Barrett Financial and Investments
  • Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
  • Bruski Burgers and Beer
  • Canvas on Demand
  • Scripps Ranch Soccer Camp
  • Cheer 4 Fun
  • Chez Nous
  • Chili Peppers
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Collins Family Jewelers
  • Costco
  • Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
  • Devina Acharya
  • Discount Tire
  • Disneyland
  • Diversified Business Solutions
  • Edge of the Ranch
  • Fit Kids America
  • Flip Force San Diego
  • Gymboree
  • Henry’s Market
  • Hornblower Cruises
  • Jack in the Box
  • Janet Leahy Jewelry
  • Jimbo’s
  • Looking Glass Photography
  • Mad Science
  • Master Your Sports
  • Muir Photography
  • Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar
  • Nothing Bundt Cake
  • Outpost Summer Camps
  • OxiFresh Carpet Cleaner
  • Pala Casino
  • Pazzo’s Pizza
  • Posies Flowers
  • Premier Cancun Vacations
  • Rubio’s
  • Rudy Spencer
  • San Diego Ice Arena
  • San Diego Padres
  • San Diego School of Ballet
  • San Diego Symphony
  • Scripps Performing Arts Academy
  • Scripps Poway Car Wash
  • Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital
  • Sector Nine
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Stampin’ Up!
  • Storm Baseball
  • Surf Diva
  • Suzie’s Farms
  • The Comedy Store
  • The Paintball Park, Camp Pendleton
  • The Village Company
  • The Yard
  • Torrey Pines Transportation
  • The Game Chef
  • Tiny Prints
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Wahine Kai Shave Ice
  • Wild Rock Canyon Ranch
  • Xpressive Arts Center
  • Yanni’s Bistro and Cellar

Thank You!

It has been a pleasure serving as Jerabek’s Family Faculty Organization (FFO) president for the 2012–2013 school year. I would like to thank my FFO Board: Jennifer Lutz, Heather Letzring, Donna Skiles, Maddy Dodson, Colleen Chavez, Julie Bilitti, Tanna Trifoglio, Janeen Kozak, Stacie Maurer, Jenny Cornelissen, Jen Marchesini, Anna Tarvyd Klein, and Ginger Colletto.

Thank you to all the FFO chairs who organized events throughout the year. I also would like to thank each and every parent at Jerabek for volunteering at events, volunteering in the classroom, and donating money to the school to help provide Jerabek students with an enhanced education through enrichment programs like Art Corps, Super Science, First in Math, Running Club, Family Math and Science Nights, and more.

Finally, I would like to thank Barbara McCormick, Tammy McDaniel, and all the Jerabek teachers for their support and involvement with the FFO this year. Jerabek is an amazing school and I am pleased to hand off my duties to incoming FFO president Jen Marchesini, who will do a fantastic job leading the FFO next year.

Linda Bay, FFO President 2012–2013

Koalas Kan’t Forget

Come meet new friends before school begins. For information about the incoming fall kindergarten and transitional kindergarten play group, contact Jobie Taber at [[email protected]].

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary []

From the FFA President

It’s July! Growing up in Scripps Ranch, I have such fond memories of the Old Pros Fun Run and 4th of July Parade. The parade used to end with a bunch of kids—including me—riding on their decorated bikes. I’m so glad I live here and my kids get to participate in this fun event too!

There are a few Family-Faculty Association (FFA) volunteer positions that need to be filled. If you are interested, please email me at [[email protected]]. If you are an organized person and would like to be president-elect, I would be so pleased! I’ve been a parent at MRE for the last 12 years. Next year I’ll be president again but look forward to my last year “off”—at least I’ll try!

We have some committee positions open, too, with our Book Fair, Halloween Carnival—it’s our 40th year and will be better than ever, so save the date of Saturday, Oct. 26—Jog-A-Thon, school directory, SRCA and FFA newsletters, and yearbook.

I would like to remind you again, we will go paperless next year. Please remember to read your eWednesday blasts and check the website for information.

I just found out that Ginger Manley—aka webmaster, computer lab teacher, and volunteer extraordinaire—and her family are moving to Florida this summer. She has impacted every student at Miramar Ranch and will definitely be missed. Thank you, Ginger, for your time over the last few years!

Enjoy your summer! 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

Ready for Kindergarten?

There is an MRE 2013 incoming kindergarten playgroup! If you’re interested in meeting your child’s future classmates and parents, join us! The next playdate is on Tuesday, July 30, from 10 am to noon at Lakeview Park, 10794 Mira Lago Terrace. To be added to the email distribution list or for questions, contact Pamela Wick at [[email protected]] .

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary


Bittersweet Farewell

Dear Scripps Ranch Community,

Six years ago I accepted the position of E. B. Scripps Elementary School principal. It was immediately apparent to me that I was becoming a member of a vibrant, professional, and involved learning community whose first priority was the students who attended its schools.

The EBS family continues to prove to be dedicated to student achievement. Our Academic Performance Index (API) score has risen from 921 in 2007 to its current score of 963. EBS also was designated a California Distinguished School in 2010.

Teaching and learning, though, is not all just about numbers and awards. It is about service to our students. I have always been amazed at the level of parent involvement and teacher/staff professionalism. Our students thrive in a safe learning environment filled with dedicated, caring, nurturing, and highly trained employees.

I am confident that Liz Sloan, the new EBS principal, will continue to lead EBS into academic success. It is extremely difficult to say goodbye to Scripps Ranch and the San Diego Unified School District. This has been a wonderful and truly rewarding 34 years, but it is now time for me to explore new opportunities, challenges, and interests. Please remember to put children first in every decision you make. Thank you for absolutely everything! Sincerely,

Gregory Collamer, Retiring EBS Principal

Ready for Kindergarten?

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

Kids Helping Other Kids

The Character Education program is proud to announce that EBS will hold a schoolwide Kids Against Hunger food packaging event on campus in the spring of 2014. Our Kids Against Hunger project encourages our students to demonstrate generosity and compassion. We raised $2,700 in 2012–2013. We are more than halfway to our fundraising goal in order to be able to host this event.

On the day of the event, all classes will spend some time in the EBS multipurpose room, packaging food to be given to hungry children locally and around the world. This is a great way for students to experience firsthand many of the character traits we teach, including generosity, compassion, cooperation, and perseverance. Our partner for this project is the Friends and Family Community Connection. To learn more, visit [].

Monika Wimmer

Class of 2013 is Generous

Throughout the year, the EBS class of 2013 raised money for its end-of-the-year activities. In an effort to help others and reinforce the character education trait of generosity, the class decided to donate some of the funds raised to a local nonprofit organization, Just in Time.

The class of 2013 donated $1,000 to this charity that helps youth who have aged out of the foster care system. Youth who have been helped by the organization came and told the 5th graders how the funds will help others, and thanked the kids for the donation. For more about Just in Time, visit [].

Chabad Hebrew Academy


In early June Chabad took a group of 4th grade students to visit the state Capitol building in Sacramento (right). I was honored to schedule a Capitol tour and spend time with the students in the Assembly.

I answered questions and explained the role and responsibilities of an assembly member. It was great spending time with my constituents, especially when they made the trip to Sacramento. Please contact my office at 675-0077 to schedule a Capitol tour or to meet with me should you travel to Sacramento.

Assemblyman Brian Maienschein