Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


Principal’s Message

As you read this letter I hope everyone has had an enjoyable, relaxing summer with friends and family. We are ready to begin yet another exciting and eventful school year. School begins on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7:25 am. Students should arrive by 7:10 am and report to the quad to pick up an official class schedule. We encourage families to carpool or find alternative ways to get their students to campus as traffic is always at a maximum during the first week of school!

We continually work to provide important information to students and their families via the school website at [] and through the Connect-Ed phone message system. In addition, the district has changed its software from Zangle to PowerSchool. Parent and Student Connect are being replaced with PowerSchool for Parents and Students. Information regarding signing up for these new communication tools will be available later in September.

The school’s Daily Bulletin provides important daily and weekly information and is available on our website. We are working to upgrade the school marquee as yet another source of communication to you. We hope that these venues will provide answers to many questions and be a resource to our families and community. A big thank you to Mrs. Barbara Anderson for all the work she does with the website and to Mr. Sam Passanisi for his computer skills on the marquee.

Our fall athletic activities will be in full force in September. We invite our families and community to come out and support the SRHS Falcons.

The Fall Open House is on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7:30 pm. This is your opportunity to meet our fabulous staff and get a better understanding of the expectations and curriculum for each class. Homecoming activities take place during the week of Sept. 16–20, with a football game on Friday evening, Sept. 20, at 6:30 pm against Bonita Vista. This will be followed up with the dance on Saturday night in the quad. The SRHS Associated Student Body (ASB) works hard to make the Homecoming Dance memorable, and it is a great way for students to start the year off with positive school spirit and fun!

As we begin the 2013–2014 school year, I want to ensure parents that the staff at SRHS will do everything possible to assist students be successful in a positive school environment. Scripps Ranch High School is truly an incredible high school. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at 621-9020, ext. 1103 or [[email protected]]. I thank you in advance for all that you do to prepare your student for school every day and look forward to seeing them all on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community Members and Parents,

Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable summer with family and friends.

We look forward to working with you as we prepare all of our students for the expectations of high school and the 21st century. We will continue to prepare our students for our global society. We know that we need to continue to develop our students’ problem-solving abilities, critical and creative thinking skills, and their ability to take on leadership roles. To that end, we have high expectations in every class and we expect our students to meet and exceed them.

We also know we need you to be our partner in our students’ education. I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers if you have any questions about your child’s progress. Our teachers will work with your child and you in order to have a strong successful academic year. The contact information—phone and email—for all our teachers is listed on our website. Visit [] and click on Staff/Staff Directory to find the complete list.

We value school/home communications and believe that building strong relationships with both students and parents will support all our students to be successful both academically and behaviorally.

As the preliminary results of the 2013 California Standards Test have been released, our students again performed exceptionally well. As of press time, we were still receiving data from various sources, so once they become available I will share them with our community. To view the MMS current data, please visit the California Department of Education website at [].

We believe that our students’ focus should be on academics. Proper attire significantly contributes to an atmosphere of positive learning. An educational setting is a professional place, preparing young people for a successful future. Therefore, our dress code:

  • Maintains a positive educational environment, free from distraction;
  • Protects the health and safety of our students;
  • Requires pants and shorts fit neatly at the waist without “sagging” or having an excessively tight fit;
  • Requires that clothes appropriately cover the body; therefore, no bare midriffs, no backless shirts, no T-backed tops, no low V-neck or scoop shirts, no short shorts, no high side seam cut shorts/skirts, and undergarments must not be visible;
  • Does not allow tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts!
  • Requires that shorts and skirts must be worn at the mid-thigh and can pass the “finger-tip” rule;
  • Requires that shoes have a back heel or back strap, no flip flops, no open-toed shoes allowed;
  • Requires clothing be free of any advertisement or promotion of any alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, or vulgarity;
  • Must be free of any depictions/illustrations that demean or negatively represent any gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

We appreciate your support to help us maintain a safe and positive school environment. We thank you for all your cooperation and support. We look forward to the 2013–2014 school year. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

MMS Calendar

  • Tuesday, Sept. 3—First day of school;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10—School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT) meeting, 5 pm, community room;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11—Back to School Night, 6th grade, 6 pm, multipurpose room;
  • Thursday, Sept. 12—Back to School Night, 7th–8th grade, 6 pm, multipurpose room; and,
  • Friday, Sept. 13—Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 9:30 am; Picture day.

Dingeman Elementary


Welcome Back

Greetings Dingeman Families, Friends, and Community,

Welcome back to school! We will launch the new school year with great renewal and energy! It will be great to see all of our students settle into their new classes. If you are new to our school, we welcome you and your family. The teachers and staff have worked hard to ensure a smooth start of school. Our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) will be in full swing to support students with extra enrichment opportunities, as well as work hard to get more parent volunteers. Many thanks to all of you who support our students with your gifts of time and expertise.

I look forward to seeing you at our Back to School Nights. Michael Beraud, our vice principal, and I will welcome you in the auditorium at 5:30 pm. We will introduce our wonderful teachers and FFC representatives. There will be a brief presentation followed by the classroom presentations. Our Back to School Nights will be packed with good information about grade-level and classroom expectations. This event is for adults, so please find a sitter for your child. There will be no supervision during these presentations and the playground is closed. Please see the schedule below and mark your calendars.

  • Pre-K and kindergarten—Monday, Sept. 9, 5:30 pm;
  • Grades 3–5—Tuesday, Sept. 10, 5:30 pm; and,
  • Grades 1–2—Thursday, Sept. 12, 5:30 pm.

In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Hello from Our FFC President

Welcome back! I am excited to serve as president of the Family Faculty Connection (FFC) this year, knowing that the parents and staff of Dingeman are some of the most caring and dedicated around. As the saying goes, “many hands make light work.” So we invite every parent to play an active role in providing an exceptional elementary experience for our children.

Many FFC representatives will be at our Volunteer Fair on the first day of school at 9:05 am in the multipurpose room. A full list of volunteer opportunities is also on our website at [].

Volunteering with the FFC not only benefits Dingeman…it benefits your child, as the FFC provides assemblies, enrichment instruction, and materials…and it benefits you as you meet new friends and discover the rewards of contributing to the greater community. My hope is that everyone will find at least one way to give his or her time and talent back to Dingeman—be it organizing the Father-Daughter Dance, hanging decorations for our Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, or setting up canopies for our Spring Carnival. Together we can make it a great year!

To reach me, send me an email at [[email protected]]. I look forward to working together.

Valerie Kurtz, Dingeman FFC President

Uniting for our School

It’s time for Dingeman families to unite for our star students! Together we can make a huge difference by supporting this year’s Pledge Drive organized by Hooban Forsman and Eugenia Mena.

Donations of any size are encouraged, but as a guide we have Tiger Pledges at $180—about $1 a day—and Super Pledges at $235 per student. Donations can be made at [], using the “Donate Now” button. Pledge cards also will be sent home the first week of school.

Your voluntary contribution at any level will help improve your child’s education and experience. Be a Dingeman star!

Spanish Classes Starting Soon

We are excited to welcome back Sing ‘n Speak Spanish this year as a parent-paid before-school class. This program makes learning Spanish easy and fun with songs, humor, games, and a strong emphasis on the use of vocabulary in conversation. Classes are on Monday and Thursday mornings starting Sept. 23 and 26. To learn more, go to [].

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary


Principal’s Message

Welcome back to Jerabek Elementary School. The staff and I are very excited about the new school year. We have made many changes to our academic program. This year our staff will embark on planning units of inquiry to support the transition to the Common Core Standards (CCS). The CCS are new grade-level proficiency markers that have been adopted nationwide. This will be the first time that almost every state in our nation will be on the same page with regard to grade-level expectations.

With this development, the Jerabek staff will meet monthly to organize grade-level curriculum to support an eventual application for the International Baccalaureate World School authorization. We are excited about this endeavor, and I look forward to working with teachers on this process.

This year also brings staff changes. Two of our long-term teachers have decided to advance to new endeavors. After many years as a Jerabek teacher, Mrs. Helen Burrie will enjoy a life of blissful retirement. Mr. Matt Rhoades has decided to teach at another school in the district. We wish Mrs. Burrie and Mr. Rhoades well as they begin their new chapters in life.

The rest of the staff has shifted into various positions within our school. Most have been working all summer to situate their classrooms to be the best learning environment for our students. Our solid teams are ready to work together as a unit in all grade levels. We will plan grade-level excursions, projects, and organize homework so that parents and children in the grade level have the same experience.

In addition to our constantly strong curriculum, we will offer another before- and after-school program: SAY San Diego. They will operate year-round to help with childcare during our breaks. The program offers homework club, organized play, crafts, and other activities. Furthermore, we are in the possible planning stages of organizing a preschool through SAY San Diego. It is scheduled to open September 2014. They have experience with operating an International Baccalaureate preschool, which makes them the perfect choice for this new project. During this year’s Parent Forums, I will share the benefits of such a program so that we can all decide if it’s the path Jerabek should take.

I am a big believer in letting our students learn responsibility. Therefore, we will expand our student leadership opportunities. Jerabek will offer a valet service for parents in the morning. We will open a morning drop-off zone in front of the school. Students will be at the curb to open the car door, help your children out of the car, and make sure the door is closed.

The students will wear yellow vests to help designate them as the official valets. Please be sure to say your goodbyes at home so that the drop-off zone can move efficiently. Also, we plan to expand the Student Council to add subcommittees: Peace Patrol, students to help other students with playground challenges; and, a Recycling Posse to help students identify what is recyclable. Our Student Council leaders will run our morning assemblies as part of their new job responsibilities.

We look forward to working with our school community. If you are interested in a tour, we will offer them on Thursday mornings at 9:30 am. Please contact the school to make your appointment.

Sue Devicariis, Jerabek Principal

Koala Kalendar

  • Tuesday Sept. 3—School begins, 9:05 am; Volunteer Fair and Breakfast, 9:15 am, courtyard;
  • Tuesday Sept. 10—Back to School Night, grades 4–5, 6–7 pm;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11—Back to School Night, grades 2–3, 6–7 pm;
  • Thursday, Sept. 12—Back to School Night, transitional kindergarten, and K–1, 6–7 pm; and,
  • Thursday, Sept. 26—Restaurant Night, lunch and dinner, bring flyer.

Jerabek’s Recycling Machine

Despite what dear Kermit the Frog thinks, it’s actually easy being green. In our efforts to help keep our earth healthy for us and future generations, students, teachers, and staff have done a fantastic job recycling! About 731 cubic feet* of recyclables were collected from our school last year. That amount was made up of:

  • Candy wrappers—724
  • Chip bags—2,545
  • Juice pouches—7,743
  • Plastic bottles—65 pounds
  • Aluminum cans—49 pounds

*Although we do not currently measure what is recycled from the paper recycling bins, paper recycling has become automatic for students and teachers alike.

Remember that Trash-less Tuesday is every week. Bring your snacks and lunches in reusable containers. Our website has great ideas to make this an easy habit.

Jen Marchesini

Koalas Kan’t Forget…

Quieres hablar Espanol? Sing ‘n Speak Spanish is a twice-weekly, before-school Spanish program. It offers a multilevel curriculum focusing on conversational Spanish. The registration form is on the Jerabek website. For information, contact Julia Burnier at [[email protected]] or me at [[email protected]]. Gracias.

Maddy Dodson

Miramar Ranch Elementary []

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

Welcome back! It is always exciting to begin another school year with the children and their families! This summer two of our favorite teachers retired and another moved to Hawaii, but the majority of the staff is back, rested, and ready to begin the important work we do each day with the children.

This school year begins with our new superintendent, Cindy Marten, at the helm of our district. If you have had a chance to meet Superintendent Marten or to hear her speak, you know that she is a strong advocate for children and is focused on achieving her goals: quality schools in every neighborhood; a broad and challenging curriculum; quality teaching and quality leadership in our schools; and, closing the achievement gap. With the superintendent’s support and direction, we have a wonderful chance to make a difference in the success of our staff and students.

I know September is busy for students and their families, but please make time for two special events. Our Back to School Night is on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 7:30 pm. This is an important opportunity for parents to meet the teachers and learn how to best support their children’s achievement at school.

One of our most popular events, the Family-Faculty Association (FFA)-sponsored Ice Cream Social and Movie Night, begins at 5 pm on Friday, Sept. 20. Please check the website and Wednesday envelope for the most current information on all of the MRE events.

I find it hard to believe that this is my fifth year as principal at Miramar Ranch. As always, thank you for your continual support of the staff and students at our school. You make great things possible! Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

Welcome Back to School!

I hope you enjoyed the summer and are ready for a fabulous school year! After dropping off your child on the first day of school, join us at our annual FFA Parent Coffee on Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 8 to 9 am in the multipurpose room. It’s a great way to see friends, meet new ones, or just get your mind off dropping your child off and wondering where the time has gone!

We have lots of fun planned for this school year. Get ready for a new and improved Pledge Drive, a tasty Ice Cream Social, and a spooktacular 40th Anniversary Halloween Carnival Bash, just to name a few! The FFA is going paperless this year. The website and weekly e-Wednesday email blasts will be filled with lots of important information.

A big thank you goes out to the Halloween Carnival Committee, Hospitality Committee, Pledge Drive co-chairs, Students Who Care chair, Assemblies chair, and the FFA Board for your time commitment throughout the summer.

There are a few FFA volunteer positions available—does one of them have your name on it? President-elect, Bear Hugs coordinator, Book Fair Committee members, Jog-a-thon Committee members, SRCA and FFA newsletter writer/organizer, and Yearbook chair and committee members. Some can be done at home, some require hours for a specific time period, such as the Book Fair and Jog-a-thon, but all are rewarding! If you’re interested, email me at [[email protected]]. As always, whether you have two minutes, two hours, or two days, we welcome your participation…we have something for everyone! Thank you for your time.

Tracy Jewell, FFA President

Freaky 40th: Get Tickets Now

Our 40th Annual MRE Halloween Carnival is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 am to 5 pm. This year we’re adding many new rides and activities, including a 52-foot inflatable obstacle challenge, a gladiator joust game, laser tag, bungee run, a 25-foot rock climbing wall, a mechanical bull ride for all ages, a 22-foot dual bay sliding structure, and fantastic new food for adults and kid-friendly food! The carnival also will feature all of the favorites that thousands of carnival-goers have enjoyed over the years, including the silent auction baskets, used book sale, classroom-sponsored games, prize booth, and the haunted house.

As always, there is no admission fee for the carnival. However, for the best deals and extra free tickets—and to avoid waiting in line at the carnival—order your game and food tickets ahead of time at [].

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary


Principal’s Message

Dear EBS Parents and Community Members,

I am pleased to report that our year is off to a great start. Helping make this possible is our new vice principal, Mark Morici. Mark comes to us from Dana Middle School, where he was an education specialist. We are thrilled that he has joined our EBS team. If you see Mark on campus, please be sure to introduce yourself.

You may notice other changes. For the first time, EBS is offering a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program. This is a two-year kindergarten program for students who turn 5 between Oct. 2 and Dec. 2. TK allows these students a rich early educational experience in a developmentally appropriate setting. Next year students have to turn 5 by Sept. 2 to start kindergarten, so TK will be available to students who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2.

On another note, I would like to thank those of you who follow our traffic rules for pick-up and drop-off. I know the traffic can be very frustrating. Please remember that when you demonstrate patience and follow the traffic rules, you teach your children a life-long lesson on the importance of “safety first.” As a reminder, parents are not allowed to drive into the parking lot to pick up or drop off students.

If you have moved, changed jobs, or changed your phone number, please call the office and let us know right away. This is important because we use our Connect-Ed phone system to share information. More importantly, we want to be able to contact you immediately in an emergency.

I encourage community members to use our website at [] to keep up to date on important announcements and events. Thanks to all our students, families, and staff for getting the year off to a great start. We all look forward to a fantastic year at EBS. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Meet Our New Vice Principal

Hi! My name is Mark Morici. I was born in Queens, NY, and grew up in Long Island. While growing up, I was a football and lacrosse player, and I was always eager to share my knowledge and skills with teammates and children, which is where my love for teaching got its start.

I earned my BA in psychology/special education at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. After graduation, I moved to Kailua, HI, where I was a special education teacher for three years. I loved it there and while teaching at Kailua Intermediate School, I learned a great deal about the Hawaiian culture and made many good friends. I go back as often as I can.

After living in Hawaii, I moved back home to New York and taught at a private school in Queens for two years. I longed to move back to Hawaii though, and planned to move back but thought it may be too far from my family. I moved out to San Diego instead, where I have lived for eight years.

I have been a special education teacher at Dana Middle School since I moved here, and I love every minute of the San Diego lifestyle. I have a wife, Catie, and 3-year-old son, Dylan, who also love it here. Dylan is an up-and-coming baseball star, but loves golf and football as well.

As for me, I love to exercise, surf, and spend time with my family. I am also a big sports fan and love the New York Yankees and Giants. Professionally speaking, I feel that I am a “team player” who values input and suggestions, while at the same time lending a hand as much as possible. Collaboration is something I value to the highest degree, and I firmly believe this will translate to an effective school.

While growing up, I had a strong support network—my teachers educated me about the value of being accountable for my actions, my coaches taught me that true success can only come about through hard work, and my parents instilled in me the significance of positive energy and how a positive person can make a difference in the lives of others. My goal is to create such a support network for each child and motivate others to have the desire to instill these values in each EBS student.

From our AFP President

Welcome back, Penguins! We hope everyone had a fun summer. Although we go back to school on Sept. 3, the school has been busy with Kindergarten/New Student Orientation and our annual Penguin Posting Party, where students got to see the class lists and enjoy a frozen treat with their friends. Thanks to all of the amazing volunteers who helped with these events!

Join us after drop-off on the first day of schools for our first annual Volunteer Fair. Walk through our multipurpose room and browse all of the different volunteer opportunities available. Parents can enjoy a light breakfast while exploring the many volunteer opportunities open to them. Thank you to Starbucks and Vons for help provide the breakfast foods and drinks.

A special thank you goes to our new Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) Board for 2013–2014. Also, a very special thanks to the volunteers who make our school a wonderful place. Your dedication and enthusiasm is very much appreciated!

Seema Moorjani, AFP President

Super Pledge

Thank you to all of the EBS families who have already donated to the AFP! One-hundred percent of your AFP-Super Pledge donation stays at EBS. Your generosity enables EBS to maintain an excellent education for our children. The AFP is a collaborative effort between families and teachers to provide extra resources—such as Fine Artists, Character Education, and the computer lab—for our special school.

Help Students with Reading!

There’s nothing more gratifying than seeing a student’s confidence grow along with his or her reading proficiency! We’d love to have you volunteer with Everyone A Reader (EAR) at EBS. Parents, grandparents, neighbors, and retirees are all eligible. If you can commit to a training class and 1½ hours a week, you can be an EAR tutor. Free training is on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9 to 11:30 am at EBS. For more information, please contact Cindy Thomas at [[email protected]] or 945-6989.

Penguin Calendar

  • Tuesday, Sept. 10—AFP meeting, 6:30 pm, multipurpose room;
  • Thursday, Sept. 12—Back to School Night, 5 pm; and,
  • Every Saturday—Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am–1 pm.

Monika Wimmer

Innovations Academy []

September Update

Innovations Academy (IA) is thrilled to welcome back our learners for this school year! September will be filled with experiential, project-based learning and adventures and activities designed to build classroom community. New morning enrichment classes—such as Spanish, music, and dance—and Friday clubs will be an integral part of our curriculum.

Other exciting things this year include:

  • In addition to our campus recycling programs, IA will work with Poway’s Sunshine Care School Garden Intergenerational Program to build a community learning garden. We plan to complete the first phase on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 am to 1 pm during the 2nd Annual Green Apple Service Day Event with the U.S. Green Building Council. We are looking for volunteers. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Beth Foster, IA sustainability and community liaison director, at [[email protected]].
  • As a project-based K–8 school, we need experts in a variety of fields to support our meaningful learning. If you have a special interest to share with students, email Beth or call the office at 271-1414.
  • IA is a new member in the local charter school consortium of the El Dorado SELPA. This will mean a more cohesive special education team and new additions to our staff.
  • The Solution Center is back! Jennifer Kuebler will be IA’s full-time school counselor.

We anticipate a great year and look forward to further connection and collaboration with the community.