Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

[www.srhsfalcons.org]

Principal’s Message

July was committed to configuring our staff and student schedules for the 2013–2014 school year. The new computer system adopted by the school district is called “PowerSchool.” Parents and students will be able to access attendance, grades, and demographics in September. We will share more details as we get them.

In the next few weeks our student-athletes begin preparation for our beginning of school events, programs, and fall sports. Students are reminded to make sure they have their physicals, insurance, and are physically and mentally prepared.

Our coaches and staff know the importance of preparation and want to do everything possible to avoid any health issues. Please check [www.srhsfalcons.org] for information about fall sports, including details about tryouts and schedules.

I look forward to meeting our students during the annual “Kick-Off.” Students will be able to get their yearbook and ID card pictures taken, receive class schedules, books, and purchase school supplies and Homecoming dance tickets. Information regarding Kick-Off was mailed to you in July, which included the required forms that must be returned to participate. Please check the website for updated information. Kick-Off is for enrolled students only. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Aug. 19—Seniors, 7:30–9:30 am;
  • Tuesday, Aug. 20—Juniors, 7:30–9:30 am; sophomores, 10 am–noon; and,
  • Wednesday, Aug. 21—Freshmen, 7:30–11:30 am.

New student enrollment appointment information is available on our website at [www.srhsfalcons.org] by choosing “Contact Us.” Please send an email inquiry and include your new address.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer and be prepared for an exciting year! School begins Tuesday, Sept. 3. Students should report to the quad by 7:10 am to receive a class schedule. Go Falcons! Sincerely,

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

A Great Year for Field Hockey!

The SRHS field hockey team (below)won another CIF championship, and Coach Jane Morrill was named San Diego County Female High School Coach of the Year! Jane deflects the credit. “It’s all about the players,” she says. However, a team doesn’t win eight San Diego Section titles without great leadership. This season may have been the best since Jane started in 1995. The Falcons won the section Division I championship with a 27-0 record.

“For a lot of the girls, field hockey is a new sport,” Jane said. “But the older girls talk it up. They encourage younger girls to go to clinics and learn the game.” The Falcons have sent dozens of girls to four-year colleges, including six of this year’s team.

Please join SRHS Field Hockey Boosters for the Flip Flops and Lemon Drops dinner party on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Crown Pointe Clubhouse starting at 6:30 pm. The cost is $30 per person, which includes dinner and drinks. Payment can be mailed to: SRHS Field Hockey Boosters, 10423 Rookwood Drive, San Diego, CA 92131. For more, please contact us at [[email protected]].

Marshall Middle School

From Our Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer with friends and family. The Thurgood Marshall Middle School office is closed until Monday, Aug. 19. Beginning then, we will enroll any new student who has moved into Scripps Ranch. If your child has attended any of the Scripps Ranch elementary schools, you do not need to enroll your child. For more enrollment information, please visit our website at [www.marshallmiddle.org].

As we prepare for the new school year, we will continue to learn more about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how to implement them in the fall of 2014. The CCSS have been adopted by the state of California. Our teachers will continue to attend trainings and work collaboratively to prepare engaging lessons and create curriculum that allows our students to meet and exceed the standards’ expectations. In order to learn more about the Common Core State Standards initiative, please visit the California Department of Education’s website at [www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/index.asp].

I would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to two new elementary principals to Scripps Ranch. I would like to welcome Sue DeVicariis, the new Jerabek principal and Liz Sloan, the new principal at Ellen Browning Scripps! Sue and Liz are excellent additions to our outstanding learning community!

Thank you for your continued support of public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Next Year’s Classes

Printouts of next year’s student course requests will be mailed home by early August. The printout will not show periods or teachers. If the courses your student is enrolled in are incorrect or choices have changed, please call your child’s counselor at school on Friday, Aug. 23, or Monday, Aug. 26.

Official student schedules will be distributed on the first day of school in period 1. Rosters identifying period 1 classes will be posted on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the first day of school! Please refer to the “Welcome Back” letter for exact locations. Requests to have specific teachers will not be considered. Requests to not have specific teachers will only be considered if a student has had that teacher before.

MMS Calendar

  • Friday, Aug. 30—New student orientation for students/parents with last names beginning with A–L, 8–9:30 am; for students/parents with last names beginning with M–Z, 10–11:30 am;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3—First day of school;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11—6th grade Back to School Night;
  • Thursday, Sept. 12—7th–8th grade Back to School Night; and,
  • Friday, Sept. 13—Picture day.

Dingeman Elementary

[www.dingeman.net]

Message From Our Principal

Greetings Dingeman Families, Friends, and Community,

We are busily preparing for the students’ first day of school! We hope this finds you enjoying the long, summer days. Please see the important dates below, and check our website at [www.sandi.net/dingeman] for up-to-date information.

In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Dingeman Calendar

  • Wednesday, Aug. 21—Office opens to register, 8 am–3:30 pm daily;
  • Friday, Aug. 30—Kindergarten “Meet and Greet” and meet your teacher, 10 am, meet in the auditorium for presentations, introductions, and dismissal to classroom tours;
  • Friday, Aug. 30—Class assignments posted at the front gate, 5 pm; and,
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3—First day of school!

Summer Greetings

We look forward to another great year and can’t wait to see returning students and welcome new students and their families to our school on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 9:05 am. Until then have a safe, fun summer. Don’t forget to keep reading!

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

[www.jerabekelementary.com]

Koala Welcome!

Jerabek Elementary School would like to extend a warm koala welcome to our new principal, Sue DeVicariis. Sue comes from Kate Sessions Elementary School, where she was principal for eight years.

She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, which is her passion. Sue is married with two adult children. She and her husband, Ralph, enjoy traveling, geocaching, and being grandparents.

Principal’s Message

Hello, Scripps Ranch Families!

I am very excited to join the Jerabek community. We are off to a great start. We met with our new superintendent, Cindy Marten, in early July. It was a great meeting with lots of information regarding the educational direction of our district. Our first “interactive” parent forum in July was a huge success. Parents and staff worked together to identify our school focus. By the end of the evening, the unified visions established strong cornerstones to develop a Jerabek mission statement that will last throughout the years. It was a great way to wrap up this school year and prepare for a new one, which promises to be a time of positive change and community building.

The school office reopens on Monday, Aug. 19. We welcome all new enrolling students. You will need proof of residency through a utility bill with your name on it, the child’s birth certificate and shot record, and completed registration forms.

We also have room for more transitional kindergarten (TK) students. This class is open to any student who turns 5 between Oct. 2 and Dec. 2. It’s also a wonderful option for parents who have a child who turns 5 in August or September and is not quite ready to start kindergarten in the fall.

TK is a two-year program intended to be a bridge between preschool and kindergarten. It is a chance to learn important academic and social skills in a hands-on way that supports development. TK gives the gift of time to children who are smart and capable but need a year to grow.

Jerabek has lots of exciting programs for students with varying interests. We offer Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as before-school activities. In addition, students receive art, music—both vocal and instrumental—and they have many leadership opportunities, such as the Garden Club, Peace Patrol, Safety Patrol, and Student Council. Jerabek has a Green Team that takes care of our earth and environment. The students and our community participate in a recycling program where we collect used plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and other recyclable materials.

TK and kindergarten students: Join us on Friday, Aug. 30, at 2 pm. You will get to meet your new teacher. Returning and new non-kinder students can find out their class assignment on Friday, Aug. 30, after 4 pm. The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 4. We start at 9:05 am.

We hope that you visit us so that we can share the many exciting things happening at our school. We will conduct tours starting in October on Wednesday mornings. If you’re interested, contact us at 578-5330.

Sue DeVicariis, Jerabek Principal

Thank you, Principal Gilroy

With the excitement of a new principal comes a fond farewell to Mr. Paul Gilroy. During his years at Jerabek, he cultivated a strong relationship between staff, teachers, and parents. Our students enjoyed his visibility and couldn’t wait to say “Good Morning” while he greeted them at the crosswalks. He was a good listener and a passionate child advocate. We wish him the best of the best during his next chapter in life—good ol’ retirement. May it be filled with as much happiness and smiles as you shared with our kids.

Vivacious Volunteers

Each year for more than 30 years the Jerabek staff has hosted a breakfast at the end of the school year to thank and honor our fabulous volunteers. Prior to the breakfast the staff and families nominate an individual for two awards: the Jerabek Service Award, given to the person who has volunteered countless hours to Jerabek; and, the Jerabek Community Service Award, presented to the person who not only volunteers countless hours to the school but also in the community.

This year’s recipient of the Jerabek Service Award is Janeen Kozak. She has two wonderful boys who attended Jerabek last year, one in 3rd grade and one in 5th. She was the room parent in each of their classrooms every year. She was described as someone who puts ideas into action. One of the nomination forms said, “Anyone who volunteers to chair two of our three largest fundraisers and made them great successes—without taking a trip to the Funny Farm—deserves to be recognized.”

Janeen was not only our Pledge Drive chair but also our Ranch Roundup chair. Both events were extremely successful! She also headed up our Door of Faith Orphanage event where items were collected for children in Mexico—teaching our children the act of giving to those less fortunate. Thank you, Janeen, for your commitment to our children and our school!

The recipient of the Jerabek Community Service Award was Linda Bay. Linda also had two fabulous boys in 3rd and 5th grade last year. Linda stepped into the Family Faculty Organization (FFO) president position this past school year. She tirelessly advocated for Jerabek. She built bridges with the faculty to ensure that the FFO, community, and staff were all on the same page with ideas, funding, and the nuts and bolts of the school.

She worked with the other Scripps Ranch parent group leaders to share ideas and build community. Linda’s work with Family Magazine also connected her to the community at large. Several of the nomination forms echoed the same phrases when it came to describing Linda. She has a calm, flexible, and workable nature, and she accomplishes so much in a seamless manner. We thank you for that, Linda!

Barbara McCormick, Jerabek Kindergarten Teacher, Volunteer Breakfast and Awards Founder

Jerabekian Supports Meatless Mondays

Joel Vettel, a 2nd grader in Mrs. Bologna’s class, is an avid gardener and lifelong vegetarian. So when he learned the school board was considering vegetarian menu options for elementary schools, he was at the front of the line to speak in support of this decision. With confidence exceeding many kids his age, he stepped up to the podium and proceeded to explain the benefits of a vegetarian diet.

“This will help kids eat more healthy,” Joel said. “Eating healthy also gives you more energy. I have a lot of energy.” He urged the board to vote for Meatless Mondays so it could help introduce children to new meals while reducing our carbon footprint. Joel’s mother, Jen Douglas, also spoke in support of the proposal. She took the time to highlight Jerabek’s wonderful garden and the school’s strong partnership with Suzie’s Farms.

The proposal, coauthored by our Scripps Ranch board trustee Kevin Beiser, won by a 4-1 vote. Since the policy was approved on Joel’s 8th birthday, the board presented Joel with a framed copy of the district resolution, along with a birthday card containing a $25 gift certificate to Loving Hut, a vegetarian restaurant.

Koalas Kan’t Forget

Let’s play! Come meet new friends and get to know new smiles before school begins. For more information, incoming kindergarten and TK parents can contact Jobie Taber at [[email protected]] or check [www.jerabekelementary.com].

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary [www.miramarranch.org]

Summer Winds Down

It’s hard to believe that August is already here. It seems we were just wishing each other a safe and happy summer vacation! There is still time to fit in some more fun, of course. But in your preparations for the upcoming school year, please refer to the Miramar Ranch Elementary School website at [www.miramarranch.org] for updated information on the start of school and class postings.

September Events

The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 3. Following closely behind will be the Ice Cream Social to welcome everyone back and Back to School Night. The dates for these and more will be posted to the website before school starts.

We Need You!

As always, if you are interested in volunteering or finding out more about volunteering at Miramar Ranch, please contact Tracy Jewell, our Family-Faculty Association president, at [[email protected]]. Have fun fitting in this last bit of summer and we’ll see you soon!

Carolyn Coglianese

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

[www.sandi.net/ellenbrowningscripps]

From Our New Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

I am honored to be the new principal of E. B. Scripps Elementary School. I am taking the place of Greg Collamer, who retired in June. I began my career in education 23 years ago at Jerabek Elementary School, where I developed many strong ties to the Scripps Ranch community.

Scripps families are very supportive and involved, and they have many wonderful contributions to make to the school. It has always been a dream of mine to return to this vibrant community. Active, involved parents and an outstanding school staff are an unbeatable combination.

When 6th grade was moved from elementary school to middle school, I moved with our Scripps Ranch 6th graders to Wangenheim Middle School, which was the Scripps Ranch middle school at the time. I continued to teach our Scripps Ranch middle school students for quite a few years until Marshall Middle School opened and became the new middle school for the community. For the past 12 years I have been a vice principal at Wangenheim. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there but I look forward to new adventures at EBS.

One of our signature practices is teacher collaboration. We set aside time each week for teachers to work together in their grade level groups to strengthen instruction. Our teachers are committed to continually improving instruction so that we remain at the forefront of educational innovation.

Our focus this year is going to be the transition to Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As we prepare for the implementation of CCSS in 2014–2015 we will make sure that our parents are well informed about what this transition will mean for instruction in the classroom. The CCSS ensure that our students will be college and career ready and prepared for the evermore challenging and technical jobs that await them in the 21st century.

Our goal on this journey is to make sure our students are thoroughly prepared, both academically and socially, for middle school. This is why we place such a high value on character education, as we believe our job is to educate the whole child. The EBS students I have met so far have certainly demonstrated respect and made me proud to be their principal. I look forward to meeting all of our students and the entire EBS community. Go Penguins!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Hello Penguins!

We hope that everyone is enjoying a wonderful summer vacation! In a few short weeks, we will welcome back all of our Penguins. In preparation for the first day of school, we want to share some important information with our families.

Kindergarten and New Student Orientation

Kindergarten and new student orientation is on Friday, Aug. 30, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. New students are encouraged to attend an introduction to the school and tour the campus. Kindergarten students will meet their new teachers!

Penguin Posting Party!

For our students in grades 1–5, class assignments will be posted at the main gate on Friday, Aug. 30, at 5 pm. Come find out who your teacher will be for the upcoming school year, catch up with your friends, and enjoy a cool treat with the Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP).

First Day of School

School starts on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 8:45 am. There will be a special red carpet rolled out for our little Penguins, so plan to come early to get some great photos of your child heading off to school.

First Annual Volunteer Fair!

Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 9 am in the multipurpose room for our first-ever Volunteer Fair. Enjoy a light breakfast, courtesy of the Academic Fundraising Partnership, and browse our event booths. Committee chairs will answer your questions and help you find the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

Kindergarten Playgroup

Incoming EBS kindergarten students and their parents are invited to attend special playgroups. For more details, please email [[email protected]].

Monika Wimmer

Innovations Academy [www.innovationsacademy.org]

This month we are gearing up for a new, exciting school year.

Important Dates

  • Thursday, Aug. 5–Tuesday, Aug. 20—M.A.P testing, check website for details;
  • Wednesday, Aug. 28—Open House, 5–8 pm; and,
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3—School starts!

Enrichment Classes

This year media arts and PE will continue to be offered as part of the curriculum. Additionally, we have received a donation of pottery wheels and our students will learn to work with clay. As part of our before- and after-school program we will offer Spanish, dance, chess, and music.

Field Trips

Our students will continue to participate in one field trip per month. Field trips are considered to be an essential part of learning and researching for the project work so vital to a strong academic environment. Parents, please connect with teachers about helping as a driver this year.

Website

As part of our new website our teachers will replace their blogs with classroom digital portfolios. Parents, stay tuned for a more organized approach to information sharing. We’re sure you’ll like it.

Volunteers

Our parent association will reach out to parents soon. Please share your talents. Our students appreciate it. Also, let teachers know how you can help out.