Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


Principal’s Message

Despite the glitches with the district’s new computer program, PowerSchool, we had a very successful opening of school this year. Administrators, counselors, and classified staff worked all Labor Day weekend to make sure students would have printed schedules for the first day of school. So a big thank you to our counseling department, clerical staff, custodians, and administrative team for a smooth opening day. All students were in classes and learning within the first hour of the day. Our enrollment remains consistent at 2,190 students.

Our second annual School Supply Drop-Off Night is Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 7 pm. Drive up to the front of the school where teachers and parents will accept donations of school supplies and nursing items. To comply with the Free Public School Act, teachers cannot require students to provide the basic school supplies used every day, and the continued budget cuts severely limit our ability to supply these items.

The SRHS Foundation has teamed with the school to compile a list of items used every day. The donation of supplies is 100% optional and 100% useful. You will find a complete list at []. Click on “The Foundation” link to obtain the list as well as information about The Foundation.

Congratulations to the AFJROTC Academic Bowl Team of William Jiang, William Hang, Anita Ho, and Stephenie Reid. They competed this summer in Washington, D.C., and took first place in the Air Force competition. This event was sponsored by the Air Force JROTC and conducted by College Options Foundation. The JROTC Leadership Symposium and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized academic competition created exclusively for JROTC students.

By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and a college education. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities. They were coached by their teachers as well as Col. Hogan and MSgt. Toledo.

Our fall sports are underway, so please come out to support the teams. We appreciate the parent and community support for cross country, field hockey, football, women’s golf, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and men’s water polo. Good luck to all the coaches and team members for a successful season!

Please check the school calendar on our website to keep up to date with all the school activities. Here are a few highlights for October:

  • Thursday, Oct. 3—College Night for Seniors, 6 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Friday, Oct. 11—End of the first marking period; progress reports issued Thursday, Oct. 17, in CORE class; and,
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16—Minimum day, 11:30 am dismissal; district-sponsored PSAT for all 10th graders and 9th and/or 11th graders who paid by Friday, Oct. 4.

Our constant focus on our instructional program and powerful learning has paid dividends. Our API score is now 914—an increase of 14 points over last year! We are the only high school in San Diego County to achieve this goal.

In addition, eight of the 23 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in our school district are from SRHS. Congratulations to: Caleb K. Hwang, William Z. Jiang, Jason C. Kandu, Grace H. Klein, Wenhao Liao, Shea J. Polansky, Emma Schopp, and Crystal H. Shi.

Our continued success is due to a combination of a strong, dedicated, and caring teaching staff, top-performing students, and parents who make education a top priority. Your ongoing support of our school is deeply appreciated!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

SRHS 17th Annual Invitational Field Tournament

Are you a music lover? Do you like to support Scripps Ranch youth? Would you enjoy an afternoon of friendly competition among high school marching bands?

The SRHS Falcon Corps and Color Guard present our 17th Annual Field Tournament! This event is the major fundraiser for the entire SRHS Instrumental Music Program. It features marching bands from all over San Diego County.

Families and community members are invited to come see the pageantry of the marching bands and color guards. We will have food and drink for sale. The SRHS marching band will proudly perform their new field show, The Untouchables.

The tournament is on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 7 pm at SRHS. Admission is $10. For more information and additional opportunities to support your local musicians, please visit the SRHS Band Boosters website at []. Many thanks to the business sponsors, volunteers, and community members who have donated time and resources to the Instrumental Music Program!

Marhsall Middle School

From Our Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Community,

We have begun another school year at Thurgood Marshall Middle School. We currently have 1,522 students enrolled at the best middle school in the district! Our goal at is to continue to provide engaging experiences and opportunities for our students to become problem solvers, critical and creative thinkers, and thoughtful productive citizens.

It is through our curriculum, instructional practices, and expectations that our students continue to achieve in all areas. We also believe that our relationships that we build with our students can support their engagement in all our subject areas!

Part of our academic success is due to parent involvement. I encourage all Marshall parents to monitor their student’s academic progress. Also, I recommend that parents contact their student’s teachers by phone or email to inquire about their progress. We firmly believe school/home communication is critical for the success of every student. We have a faculty contact listing on our website at [], click on “Staff.”

In the next few weeks, we will issue access codes/pin numbers to parents so they can access our new student information system, PowerSchool, to monitor their student online. More information will be sent to parents directly.

Thank you for your continued support of our public schools.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

MMS Calendar

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2—School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT) meeting, 5 pm, community room;
  • Friday, Oct. 11—Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 9:30 am, community room;
  • Friday, Oct. 18—End of first grading period; and,
  • Friday, Oct. 25—Progress reports distributed.

Students Present Wind Turbine Project at Conference

In late July educators from around the county congregated at the San Diego County Office of Education STEMPosium to participate in training that provided them background and expertise in adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using STEM-based projects—science, technology, engineering, and math. As part of the conference, MMS students Sean Roh and Corey Gao presented their recent STEM-based project, KidWind.

KidWind is a wind turbine design competition open to elementary, middle, and high school students. Teams of two to four students incorporate engineering and science to build powerful small-scale wind turbines to compete with other students from around the county to see which turbine generates the most electricity. The event is a chance to get students involved and excited about alternative energy and sustainability. In addition to gaining teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills, students learn key scientific concepts during the construction process.

In June, 20 MMS students competed at the San Diego Lindbergh Field Wind Tunnel and Birch Aquarium. The MMS all-girl team of Siena Rivera, Davin Lee, and Kailey Williams built the winning turbine that not only beat every middle school team but generated more wattage output than every high school team! When asked what she enjoyed most about the project, Siena responded, “I liked how we got to learn about new ways to make cheaper electricity that are safer and easier to use than mining for materials. I also liked how we all learned so much and got to build new projects outside of school.”

Competitors Corey Gao and Sean Roh presented their KidWind project to the group of 25 StemPosium teachers, encouraging and inspiring schools to participate in STEM-based projects in the future. Corey commented that, “KidWind was a great experience. Every student should participate in the KidWind project or something similar. My favorite part of the project was constructing our device, testing, and watching our device perform in the wind tunnel. Some advice to all those young whippersnappers out there: if you are to participate in the KidWind project or anything similar, have a back-up plan if anything happens to your device(s). Go green technology!”

Sean Roh talked about his biggest challenge of the project, saying, “It was interesting to test different types of blades because we weren’t sure how fast the wind would be blowing. Still, we didn’t expect for the wind to blow at 11 mph in the competition wind tunnel, and we had created blades that would work in slower wind.”

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), wind power continues to be one of the fastest growing energy sources in the world. By 2030, wind energy could provide as much as 20% of the nation’s electricity, supporting 500,000 jobs and billions of dollars in new domestic economic investment. To get there, this industry will need an educated and inspired STEM workforce. This event not only educated students about the science behind wind energy, it also introduced students to opportunities and careers in the field of renewable energy.

The students involved were: Chase Battaglia, Julia Baylon, Alex Candib, Preston Chau, Lindsey Czyzewicz, Laura Douglas, Reed Erickson, Corey Gao, Davin Lee, Hannah Lewellin, Ryan Maestre, Jasper Min, Kyle Pavey, Nicole Powell, Siena Rivera, Sean Roh, Nick Schmitz, Hank Tadeusiak, Vanessa Wentworth, and Kailey Williams.

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is starting now! This is an organization that prepares students in grades 6–8 grades to compete in February against other middle schools in our region. There are usually 26 schools. Last year we came in third place and hope to do as well or better. Each school can bring up to six teams, each consisting of 15 students. This means we can only accept 90 students.

Students work in pairs to compete in 23 science events. This requires each student to prepare for at least three events. Each event meeting is usually about one hour per week, after school anywhere between 2:30 and 8 pm. Some events meet on campus and some in the coach’s home. Building events tend to meet on the weekends for longer sessions. Visit [] for more details. We are in Division B.

We need coaches for each of the 23 events. If you are interested, please contact teacher-advisor Muriel Gross at [[email protected]] or David Jurist, parent coach, at [[email protected]]. Hopefully, event meetings will start by the first or second week of October. We are very excited to begin.

ASB and Upcoming Dance

MMS will hold its annual Halloween Dance and Haunted House on Friday, Oct. 25. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of October. All students are encouraged to attend! It will be a spooktacular event!

We start our Magazine Drive and Cookie Dough sale at the beginning of November—just in time for the holidays! Please save your magazine renewals or purchases of new magazine subscriptions for our drive. All profits go to MMS students!

Counseling Caseloads

During the summer MMS counselors were busy ensuring that all students had appropriate schedules and that classes were balanced. Counselor caseloads are:

  • Julie Becker—students whose last names begin with A–I;
  • Sharon Heuss—students whose last names begin with J–R;
  • An Vo has Mrs. Heuss’s students on Fridays, every other Monday; and,
  • Ileen Akers, head counselor—students whose last names begin with S–Z.

Calls to the counseling office are always welcome. The phone number for the school is 549-5400, and Mrs. Becker can be reached at 549-5505; Mrs. Heuss at 549-5501; Ms. Vo at 549-5504; and, Mrs. Akers at 549-5502.

Gate Testing

GATE testing is no longer routinely done by the district in middle school, due to budget and staffing cuts. The last time that the district officially tests students for the GATE/Seminar programs is in 5th grade. Students who are new to the district will be placed in GATE classes only if they meet the site-established criteria and if there is space available. For more details, visit [].

Progress Report

The end of the first progress report period is Friday, Oct. 18, and progress reports will be distributed on Friday, Oct. 25. Remember to ask your child to see his or her progress report! If you don’t like what you see, contact your child’s teachers as soon as possible to find out what your child can do to improve his or her grades!

Grade-Level Assemblies

On Thursday, Oct. 17, 6th graders will participate in “Teen Truth Live: Bully and School Violence.” This presentation uses a multimedia format that was created with the help of students. “Teen Truth Live” is an award-winning, national program that travels the country inviting youth to be leaders in their lives and their schools.

The award-winning film focuses on social issues involving bullying that can lead to serious consequences. The presentation challenges students to think about how their reactions to these issues impacts the lives of those around them. This program teaches students to identify different forms of bullying, understand how bullying can lead to serious consequences, and motivates students to stop bullying from happening in their school.

Student Support Groups and Counseling

Marshall counselors, in cooperation with the Alliant Couple and Family Clinic (ACFC)—whose intern therapists are our next-door neighbors from Alliant International University—are working on organizing free student support groups as well as individual, couples, and family counseling beginning in the fall semester.

If you and your child are interested in finding out more, please contact Julie Becker at 549-5505 or [[email protected]]. Past support group topics have included, but are not limited to: self-esteem, relationships, academic stress, newcomer issues, grief and loss, social skills, attention-related difficulties, drug abuse, conflict resolution, and more.

Schedule Changes

Schedule changes only will be made for students who are in an incorrect class. This may be an elective class change, a change in the level of an academic class, or if a student is missing a required class or has a class duplicated. Schedule changes will not be made for students requesting a period change, nor will schedule changes be made for students or parents who are requesting a teacher change.

If a student or parent has specific and current concerns about a teacher:

  1. The teacher should be contacted by the student and/or parent, the concerns should be discussed, and a resolution should be attempted.
  2. If a resolution cannot be reached or the problem continues, the student’s counselor should be contacted.
  3. If the counselor is unable to facilitate a resolution, the issue will be referred to the vice principal.
  4. If the vice principal is unable to facilitate a resolution or the problem continues, the issue will be referred to the principal.

MMS School Policies

Our tardy policy, cell phone policy, dress code, zero tolerance policy, attendance policy, health office procedures, how to purchase yearbooks or PE clothes, the grading period schedule, bus rules, discipline policy, bullying policy, and much, much more can be found on our website at [].

Dingeman Elementary


October Greetings

Dear Dingeman Families, Friends, and Community,

We are pleased to report that we had a terrific start of the school year. The students have settled nicely into all their classes and we look forward to another great year! Colonel Dingeman personally welcomed the students at our Tiger Rally! It was also a pleasure seeing so many parents at our Back to School Nights.

I am happy to share that our school did very well on the STAR test last spring. In English language arts our students in grade 2–5 were 91% proficient or advanced. In math our students were 94% proficient or advanced, and in 5th grade science, our students were 97% proficient or advanced! We went up 12 points on the Academic Performance Index (API) to 971 out of 1,000 possible points! We are proud of our children’s achievement and thank our staff and you for your support!

This will be the last year our students take the STAR test as we transition to the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts and mathematics. The new assessment will be online starting in the 2014–15 school year. Since last year, our school has been transitioning to the CCSS to prepare students to be more critical, analytical thinkers and problem solvers. We were pleased to see our test scores go up through this transition. We will be sharing with our families many resources to learn more about the rigorous CCSS.

If you are interested in having a sneak peak, I recommend our district website as a good starting point: []. Navigate to the Common Core Resource Café where you will find many resources at your fingertips!

In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

It’s Never Too Late to Volunteer

The first month of school came and went in a flash! Everyone is settling in for a great year. This month our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) looks forward to the kick-off of our Art Corps and Rockin’ Science programs. Also, we will have our first FFC-sponsored assembly, H2O, Where Did You Go?, thanks to the planning of our coordinator, Megna Patel.

Our Volunteer Fair may be over but it’s never too late to volunteer! If you’d like to get involved at Dingeman, please email me at [[email protected]] and I’ll be happy to put you in touch with the committee that interests you!

Valerie Kurtz, Dingeman FFC President

Pledge Drive is in Full Swing

There’s still time to participate in Dingeman Elementary School’s 2013 Pledge Drive! Be a Dingeman star and help ease the pain of budget cuts for our students! If you have already made a donation, we thank you. Donations at any level are greatly appreciated and can be made online at [], using the “Donate Now” button. Also, pledge cards can be printed online under “Fundraising” on the website. Thanks for making our school spectacular. With gratitude,

Hooban Forsman and Eugenia Mena, 2013 Pledge Drive Co-chairs

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary


From Our Principal

Hello Jerabek Families,

Jerabek has authors in the making! This year we will make writing our focus. All grade levels will implement a new writing program that will support our move to the Common Core State Standards. There are three types of writing we will implement: opinion, information/research, and narrative. We look forward to sharing some of our work in the SRCA Newsletter.

Our transitional and kindergarten students have a new playground! The children are excited about their new swings, climbing apparatus, and other games to play with during recess. Our students will be able to get the wiggles out so they can focus on learning in the classroom.

Jerabekians are good neighbors. We started an on-campus drop-off zone to alleviate some of the problems of parking in our neighbors’ driveways. We have student valets ready to open your car door to let students out. We ask that parents join the drop-off line close to the Jerabek curbside so that traffic can move smoothly. Follow the cones and be courteous to our Safety Patrol. Please do not drop off your children before the valets can help you. Thank you for your cooperation.

We wish everyone a fun, safe, and spook-tacular Halloween! Your principal,

Sue Devicariis, Jerabek Principal

Vivacious Volunteers: Jerabek Community Pays it Forward

In May destructive tornados devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma. Families not only lost their homes, but two schools were destroyed as well—Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementary schools. A Jerabek teacher, Marilyn Dunn, grew up in Moore where her family still lives. Our teachers sprung into action gathering new books, school supplies, and gift cards for the teachers and students of Moore.

Many Jerabek families also donated bags of new books and gift cards. We filled more than 10 large boxes and collected more than $600 in gift cards from families and staff to send to the teachers of the destroyed elementary schools.

A huge thank you goes to teacher Mary Schoepp for connecting us with her friend Jeff Benke, who donated all of the boxes and drove everything to Oklahoma. Jeff works for Belfor and was driving to Moore to help people rebuild. We thank him for coming to Jerabek to pick up the boxes. Jeff made sure that they were received by Moore district employees and put in the hands of the teachers.

We remember the outpouring of help after more than 100 Jerabek students lost their homes in the 2003 Cedar Fire. Donated backpacks of supplies and books came from all over the country. We were happy to pay it forward to those in need and plan to do more in the upcoming year.

Barbara McCormick*

*Jerabek would like to thank Barbara McCormick, kindergarten teacher extraordinaire, for being a great example of what Jerabek represents and teaching us what a good feeling it is to lend a helping hand.

Koalas Kan’t Forget

Is your sweet pea too big for her pod? Has your lil’ Superman morphed into a pirate? Please bring all your still-in-good-condition, but sadly outgrown, Halloween costumes to the Family Faculty Organization office, B23. Jerabek will have a costume re-sale shop toward the end of the month. It’s a great way to get terrific costumes at a scary low price—100% of proceeds benefit Jerabek.

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary []

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

September was busy for students and their families. The first weeks back at school are always exciting. We had a great turnout for two of our favorite events, Back to School Night and the Ice Cream Social and Movie Night. These were wonderful opportunities for our community to get together and to welcome all of the families and students new to our school.

Our first Family-Faculty Association (FFA) gathering was held in September, and we had a large number of parents new to MRE who joined the meeting. Thanks to all our parents who work with the FFA and support our school in so many ways.

One of the contributions made by the FFA are student assemblies. September all students were treated to the Power of One anti-bullying assemblies. This was a great program to kick off the school year and remind the students to treat one another with kindness and respect.

October brings Student Council elections for our students in upper grades. The hallways are covered with posters made by aspiring student officers, and we encourage all children with an interest to throw a hat in the ring!

The annual Halloween Carnival is on Saturday, Oct. 26. See the article below for more details. Everyone is invited!

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

40th Annual Halloween Carnival: The Best Yet!

We are so excited to invite you and your neighbors to the 40th Annual Miramar Ranch Elementary Halloween Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 26, at MRE. What started 40 years ago as a small family get-together with a few games and prizes has turned into a major event that thousands of families look forward to every year. To celebrate 40 years as Scripps Ranch’s favorite Halloween Carnival, we are going all out on the fun, games, rides, and prizes.

10 Reasons to get your “Freaky 40” Carnival Tickets Today

10. Riding a mechanical bull is on your bucket list. The thrilling mechanical bull is designed for all age levels. Your kids will laugh at you as you try it, and it’ll be a fun memory for everyone.

9. Gladiator jousting with a friend. What could be more fun than two kids in a gladiator arena, decked out in colorful soft headgear and donning padded jousting instruments? Just watch out, dad, they’ll want you to play too!

8. The whole family can take a ride in a real working fire truck. The bright yellow fire truck is complete with sirens and lights and can seat up to 16 people for a ride around the school.

7. Playing laser tag inside a giant inflatable space ship. Ten players can play at a time in this 1,500-square-foot laser tag arena.

6. New fabulous adult food and lots of kid-friendly food makes everyone happy. It’s time for lunch!

5. Games of skill like the bungee run, high striker, obstacle course, and 25-foot rock wall.

4. The used book sale is the best deal in town. Where else can you get a bag of great books for $5? This uber-popular sale is reason alone to come to the carnival.

3. Those silent auction baskets are beckoning you—you know you want one. Every year adults act like anxious children as they wait to find out if they’ve won season tickets to the Chargers, toys for the kids, or a wine and cheese basket.

2. Cake walk, classroom games, haunted house—all of our old favorites are there. What would our carnival be without these wonderful traditions?

1. Prize booth! All kids leave the carnival with prizes if they play any game!

Admission is free, but you can get your game, ride, and food tickets early to save money and avoid ticket lines. Go to [] to order yours today. See you there!!

From Our FFA President

We have lots of volunteers who help make MRE a wonderful school, but we have a couple who have been extremely busy: Mary Corbett, our website administrator—a busy job any time of year but especially when going paperless!—and Jessica Troendle, our volunteer coordinator. When you see them around campus, please give them a big thank you!

Forty years…what does that bring to your mind? If you grew up in Scripps Ranch like I did maybe the Bookmobile? Or Little Bear? I remember when my parents turned 40 and I thought that was so old! I can guarantee you that I’m not old at 40-something and neither is our Halloween Carnival!

Our chair, Jillian Frisbie, along with the rest of the Halloween Carnival Committee, is making sure that the MRE 40th Halloween Carnival is as young as we are! Get ready to enjoy a Scripps Ranch tradition—40th style—with lots of new games, rides, and attractions.

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

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary


Principal’s Message

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful volunteers. We have parents, grandparents, friends, and community members volunteering in record numbers this year. This partnership between an excellent staff and a supportive and involved community is what makes our school great.

It’s never too late to get involved, so please contact the school if you would like to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your interests and your schedule. For those of you who work tirelessly for the school, thank you for all you do to make our school an outstanding learning environment for our students. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message from the AFP

The first month of school has flown by, and as the kids are settled in at school the Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) has been busy making this another exciting year at EBS! Our Volunteer Fair was a big success. We had many parents sign up for wonderful volunteer opportunities.

This month brings with it the fun Fall Family Festival! We hope to see all of you there for fun games, delicious food, and the adorable costume parade!

Character Education

Our Penguins will practice generosity this month. They will be able to donate coins to our EBS Kids Against Hunger project that helps alleviate hunger locally and worldwide. Each classroom has a collection box. A little money goes a long way for this program, as 25¢ pays for a whole meal!

Students are encouraged to bring in money of their own from gifts or chores. This project is ongoing throughout the year. Our Penguins also will practice generosity next month during our food drive.

Family Festival

Our Fall Family Festival is just around the corner. Don’t miss out on this evening of fun! Join us on Friday evening, Oct. 18, for bingo, cake walks, face painting, a pumpkin decorating contest, delicious dinner, bake sale, and our annual silent auction. All proceeds from this event go to the EBS AFP. Hope to see you there!

Penguin Calendar

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1—Picture Day for TK–2nd grade; AFP meeting, 6:30 pm, multipurpose room;
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2—Picture day, grades 3–5;
  • Friday, Oct. 18—EBS Fall Family Festival; and,
  • Every Saturday—Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am–1 pm.

Monika Wimmer