Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

For most of us January brings about a time of reflection of the past year and resolutions for the future. As parents and educators we want to ensure that our children get every opportunity to succeed, and we at SRHS will continue to work toward that goal in 2014. As we move forward into January, we will end our first semester with finals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Jan. 22, 23, and 24. School ends at 11:35 am on each of those days to allow students time to adequately prepare for finals in all classes. We are excited about the academic success that is so evident in the students who attend this wonderful school.

In support of our academic program, our regular after-school peer tutoring continues to meet in the library for any student who needs occasional help with a class or project. Tutoring is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:15 to 3:15 pm. A late bus is provided. The Associated Student Body has teamed with the Peer Tutoring Club to offer a free movie pass to any student who attends tutoring three times in this semester’s last six weeks.

Our Visual and Performing Arts drama department will present the student directed Play the Hand That’s Dealt in the Black Box Theatre on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Jan. 15, 16, and 17. The dance classes have scheduled performances at the end of the month on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 30 and 31. Student artwork will be on display from Friday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, Feb. 23, at the San Diego Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park. We hope you are able to attend and support our performing arts students.

All parents of incoming 9th grade students are encouraged to join us for “Falcon Night” on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 pm in the SRHS gymnasium. In addition to having the opportunity to meet some of our exceptional team of teachers, counselors, and administrators that evening, you will learn about the rigorous academic program and all of the extra-curricular activities offered at SRHS.

Please mark your calendars for the following important dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 6—School resumes after winter break;
  • Thursday, Jan. 9—PSAT Parent Night, 6 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Thursday Jan. 16—Falcon Night, 6 pm, SRHS gymnasium;
  • Monday, Jan. 20—Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed, no school;
  • Wednesday–Friday, Jan. 22, 23, 24—First semester finals, minimum days, classes end at 11:35 am; and,
  • Monday, Jan. 27—Second semester begins, class schedule is: CORE, then periods 1–6; students receive second semester schedule in CORE.

For updated times, locations, and events, please check the school calendar at []. Happy New Year!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community,

Happy New Year from Marshall Middle School! We hope you had a joyful winter vacation with family and friends.

On Thursday, Jan. 16, we have a minimum day, with a 12:16 pm dismissal. Our teachers will use this time to finalize semester grades and plan lessons to meet the needs of our 21st century learners by providing rigorous academic opportunities.

At Marshall Middle School one of our highest priorities is to provide a safe environment for our students. We encourage parents to drive with our students in mind. Please share the road with our student walkers and bikers. Please be patient as you near the school and wait in the queue lines. Please don’t double park, pass other cars, or dart in front of other vehicles to drop off or pick up your student or speed to or from MMS. Also, please don’t park at the corner of Avenue of Nations/Willow Creek Road and Pomerado Road to pick up or drop off your student. School personnel do not supervise this area, and it is not a safe place for pedestrians.

Students will receive their first semester report card on Friday, Jan. 31. I encourage all parents to contact their students’ teachers to find out more information about their students’ progress. At Marshall we look forward to 2014, and we thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

January at MMS

  • Monday, Jan. 6—School resumes;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 8—School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT) meeting, 5 pm, community room;
  • Friday, Jan. 10—Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 9:30 am, community room;
  • Monday, Jan. 20—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school; and,
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22—Regional Science Fair Open House, 6 pm, multipurpose room; and,

PE Sportsmanship Awards

The PE department gives Sportsmanship Awards at the end of each unit. These students show great attitude, effort, and teamwork. The first unit winners are:

  • Mr. Bishop’s classes: Sam Sandoval, Dante Livingston, Matty Mitchell, Daniel Woods, and Rose Smith.
  • Mrs. Carambas: Jaiden Stepnowsky, Jacquelyn Hristov, Alex Bhayani, Brook Woodworth, and Gavin Hunter.
  • Mrs. Carter: Harrison Rodgers, Sidney Cotton, Polina Privorotskiy, Brittany Quach, and Varun Bhajekas.
  • Mr. Gray: Melinda Munger, Audrey Sherev, Gabe Denley, Jack Townsend, and Josh Bantigue.
  • Mr. Hodapp: Ellie Howell, Selina Martinez, Sarina Jassy, Rebecca McCallum, and Shayna Sragovicz.
  • Mrs. Lee: Anya Balmeo, Spencer Roos, Joseph Kim, Kianna Abedi, and Taryn Ampe.
  • Mrs. McCarthy: Cassandra Le, Anna Carden, Shaina Eagle, Sandy Mekany, and Kiley Mekany.

For the second unit the winners are:

  • Mr. Bishop: Diana Kiersnowski, Deanna Salinas, Samuel Boone, Madelyn Muschek, and Kila Eadie.
  • Mrs. Carambas: Drew Granieri, Joshua Florez, Zoey Sanchez, Kyle Fraser, and Kailani Williams.
  • Mrs. Carter: Nathan Vassar, Colin Beaver, Richie Tran, Caitlyn Pritchard, and Samiha Reza.
  • Mr. Gray: Taeli Davis, Noah Hendren, Ashley Flournoy, Chloe Leeper, and Megan Walsh.
  • Mr. Hodapp: Drew Pagaduan, Jonathan Kormylo, Jack Hansen, Ruben Lozano, and Jeffrey Zhao.
  • Mrs. Lee: Alyssa Vilke, Ali Collins, Nikhil Kalita, Gabe Adams, and Kai Wu.
  • Mrs. McCarthy: Sydney Hancock, Mya Swinton, Michael McGibney, Nicholas Divona, and Spencer McCartney.

MMS Geography Bee

Congratulations to Grant Rupe who won the Geography Bee for the second year in a row! There was tough competition. The preliminary round required six tie-breaker questions!

Congratulations to all the students who participated: Adib Mazloom, Sahil Wadwa, Grant Rupe, Brenden Miranda, Jason Yager, David Tan, Rudy Lee, Amira Walia, Lauren Sheehan Clark, Jack Izzo, Chris Nguyen, Andrew Kuypers, Nicholas Kim, Ashwin Kumar, Alan Yang, Saeyeon Ju, Ryan Rafferty, Richa Singh, Austin Tran, Ryan Levitt, Ian Wildenhain, Anshul Singh, Somil Bushan, Shruti Verma, Michelle He, Faris Bhuiya, Esha Kashyap, and Ryan Kabbes.

High School Four Year Planning Conferences

Although the district no longer provides funding for high school planning, MMS counselors will host two nighttime High School Four Year Planning Conferences in January. The session for students with last names that begin with A–L is on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Last names M–Z is on Tuesday, Jan. 28. New high school graduation requirements and college entrance requirements will be discussed to create tentative High School Four Year Plans. Both conferences will be in the MMS multipurpose room from 6:30 to 9 pm.

SRHS Falcon Night

Prospective students and parents for 2014–2015: You are cordially invited to attend Falcon Night to find out what Scripps Ranch High School is all about.

  • Thursday, Jan. 16
  • 6–8 pm
  • Scripps Ranch High School gym

SRHS counselors will come to Marshall on Friday, Mar. 7, and Monday, Mar. 10, to speak to our current 8th graders about their 9th grade course selections. Four Year Planning Conferences and Falcon Night discuss very different information!

Parent Matriculation Night

An informational meeting for parents of incoming 6th graders is on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 in the multipurpose room.

Dingeman Elementary

New Year Wishes!

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

I’d like to begin with one of my fondest reflections from this year. In November I joined our 5th graders on an exciting overnight trip on the Star of India (right). It was about 15 years ago I took my own Dingeman 5th grade class on this trip. It is a highlight for our 5th graders each year.

Students learned 21st century skills in the 19th century! They learned how to work as a team, communicate effectively, think critically, and use problem-solving skills. Students were transported to 1863 and worked as crew members. In the photo on page 29 you see how students helped with duties, like swabbing the deck!

The students will never forget this learning experience. I will never forget the pride and sense of accomplishment I saw in each “sailor.” A special thank you to our “tall sailors”—aka parent volunteers—who stayed overnight and to those who provided breakfast upon our return.

Here’s to 2014! We look forward to creating more special school memories!

In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Cardio Club Goes High Tech!

Thanks to parent contributions through eScrip and our FFC, running cardio is now easier to track due to new bar code readers and personalized cards (above)! Teachers can see how far students run without counting paper tickets, and parents can log in at home to see how many laps are needed before an Otter Pop or ribbon is awarded. Since September kids have run more than 30,000 laps and 6,000 miles!

Choir Shines Bright!

The choir shined in many performances last month! The choir is comprised of 80 students from grades 3–5 and is directed by Mr. Garner Saguil, assisted by Mrs. Antonette Harris, and accompanied on piano by Mrs. Dolores Thomas. If you tuned in to KUSI on Dec. 24 and 25, you saw them on the Songs of the Holiday Season.

Also the kids performed at the Salvation Army’s Community Christmas Festival, which included a violin solo by 4th grader Madhavi Akella. The choir rounded out the month at two performances: Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa and Casa de Mañana in La Jolla. There were solos by 5th graders Krista Hobbib, Kyle Baek, and Morgan Stumm. Congrats to the students, and thanks to the musical directors!

Mary Hobbib

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Happy New Year!

Jerabekians are off track until Tuesday, Jan. 21. We wish everyone a wonderful year!

The Jerabek staff is focusing on writing across content areas. We have invested in training on various types of writing that are called out in the Common Core State Standards. Each grade level meets once a month to design a content area project that will demonstrate knowledge in that area as well as written language.

Our 5th graders are creating a magazine that showcases an Indian tribe. The 4th graders are creating a historical fiction story about the California Indians. They will include lifestyle, character development, and issues related to the time period.

Third graders are writing letters to family members as pioneers who moved west. They are sharing the positives and negatives of their journeys. Second graders are writing an opinion piece defending or arguing against a character’s actions. First graders are developing an informational booklet on weather. In kindergarten the students are writing cause-effect pieces around the different types of weather. We may be “off track” but we are still busy!

Sue DeVicariis, Jerabek Principal

Monstrous Fun at Movie Night

What do you get when you combine hot chocolate, popcorn, a favorite pillow, and PJs with a mix of all your friends in one room? Jerabek Movie Night (above)! We enjoyed dinner from two elite food trucks: Devilicious, serving up food so good, it’s bad; and, DK Kitchens, serving food from our own backyard, locally grown.

Everyone then settled in to watch Monster’s U. It was an Oscar-winning night, but the biggest winners were San Diego foster kids. We all brought in new toys for the charity Promises2Kids. A huge thank you goes to movie night chair, Ginger Colletto, and the Brentnall family for donating their big, beautiful movie screen.

Got Preschoolers?

This year we are organizing a new preschool to open in the 2014–2015 school year. SAY San Diego will be the formal operator on our campus. The preschool hours will be 9 am to 12:30 pm with before- and after-care available. Our preschool will have flexibility built in for two days, three days, or five days per week.

The Jerabek preschool will open with two rooms: a 3-year-old program and a 4-year-old program. For more information on the preschool program and pricing, please contact Sandy Johnson of SAY San Diego at 565-4148.

Koalas Kan’t Forget

Decorations are packed in boxes piled high

To be brought in the garage…eventually, sometime…

The holidays have flown, there’s no more to celebrate,

So Jerabekians are settling down for a nice winter break.

We hope you enjoy these extra weeks with cheer

To kick-start an amazing happy New Year!

We can’t wait to hear all about the fun,

So we’ll see you at school on January twenty-one.

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed time with family and friends. We are ready to get back to work!

In December we completed the first set of our new district interim assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The work was challenging and quite different from the usual multiple choice tests. In English language arts children were asked to read and write about text and defend their thinking with information from the reading. At some grade levels the students were asked to write comparisons between two texts.

In mathematics the students also were required to explain how they arrived at an answer and to attempt to solve problems in multiple ways. These tests were a struggle for some but gave us so much more information about each child’s learning.

Teachers are excited as we continue the work around the new CCSS. The data collected from this first round of assessments will help us align our instruction to ensure that the children are successful with the new forms of assessment.

Be sure to check your calendars for the many events in January: more Family Science Nights, ACE Awards and Bear Hugs, and our annual Scholastic Book Fair. 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

From Our FFA President

I cannot believe it is 2014! These days, with four kids in school, my new year starts in September when the kids start school. Even so, I can’t help but look back on 2013 and think about how I am blessed.

A big thank you goes to our wonderful choir teachers, Jill Herbold and Heather Sadleir, for sharing their time and talent with MRE students and putting on a great concert. Did you have fun at a Family Science Night? Or are you looking forward to an upcoming one? If so, don’t forget to thank Cyndy Vilke and Jana Wagner for our fantastic Super Science program!

Another big thanks goes to a new volunteer, Jen Leader, for organizing fun Restaurant Nights where we get to gather outside of school. Thank you all for your time and dedication. Happy New Year!

Tracy Jewell, MRE FFA President

Hawk Happenings

In December the MRE choir presented a program of “December Delights.” Parents and friends of these talented 3rd through 5th grade choral students were treated to selections of holiday songs. After the performance, volunteer choir directors, Heather Sadleir and Jill Herbold, recognized each choir member.

Congratulations to Alexi Olney, Alexia Bernabe, Alyssa Bernabe, Amalea Ribeiro, Anka Engin, Arathi Nair, Ava Simonsen, Ava Velleno, Bailey Sadleir, Baltija Scherl, Ben Ivey, Carlie Rounds, Dana Lim, Emily C., Emma Hass, Eugenia Cho, Gina Roberg, Georgia Troendle, Gretta Lawson, Jacky Ivey, Jacklyn Turner, Jalen Bui, Jessica Gregory, Kayla Bushman, Lizzie Rose, Nico Alexander, Parker Sadleir, Rebecca Cherf, Ryan Clausen, Sophia Gomez, and Trajan Wissbroecker. We look forward to hearing the choir again in the spring.

Hawks Fundraising Corner

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! It supports our school library and adds books to the individual classroom libraries. The fair runs Monday through Friday, Jan. 27–31. Books can be purchased at the school and online. There will be three family events to support the fair: Donuts for Dads on Tuesday, Jan. 28; Family Night on Wednesday, Jan. 29; and, Muffins for Moms on Thursday, Jan. 30. Join us!

January at Miramar Ranch

  • Monday, Jan. 6—School resumes;
  • Friday, Jan. 10—Minimum day, 12:10 pm dismissal; and,
  • Monday, Jan. 20—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Principal’s Message

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

As we begin the New Year I want to thank our fabulous Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) for its continued support of EBS. In addition to raising money to help fund academic and enrichment programs, the AFP runs many exciting events.

For example, each month the AFP hosts a Family Science Night where students and their parents explore science topics through hands-on activities. At the 4th grade Science Night it was “CSI at EBS.” The kids were scientists in a crime lab.

To pick out a burglar from a list of suspects, they matched fingerprints, determined fabric type under a microscope, performed a blood typing test, and even identified a mysterious powder. The burglar was identified and a fun time was had. Our next Family Science Night is for 2nd graders on Thursday, Jan. 9.

In other news our teachers and students are making good progress in the transition to Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Our teachers collaborate in grade-level groups several times a month to write CCSS lessons and calibrate assessments. The teachers have been using rubrics to track student writing progress. I am happy to report that our students have shown considerable growth in their writing.

In December we administered district-developed interim assessments in math and language arts to monitor progress toward mastery of the CCSS. The purpose of these assessments is not to gather data on individual students but rather to monitor the overall progress of the school.

Teachers will spend time in January analyzing the results of these assessments to determine the next steps for instruction and to help refine their teaching of the CCSS. We are making great progress!

As you may know the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) field test, which will be administered in May, is an online test. This exam is quite different from the California Standards Tests (CST) that we are used to. Most of the questions will be free response, with many questions requiring the students to type sentences or paragraphs. This means that typing will be an important skill for our students. We practice typing in computer lab, but I recommend students practice typing at home.

My door is always open. Stop by anytime if you have questions or concerns or if you just want to say “hi.” Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Community Volunteers Needed!

Everyone A Reader (EAR) is off to another great year at EBS! We’ve matched more than 30 tutors with students in grades 1–3. With more trained tutors, we’ll add kindergartners. You only need to attend one training session to be a valuable EAR volunteer! For more information, contact Cindy Thomas at [[email protected]] or 693-1818. There are four training sessions in January and February. For details, go to [].

Penguin Calendar

  • Monday, Jan. 20—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school; and,
  • Every Saturday—Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9 am–1 pm.

Monika Wimmer

Innovations Academy

Learning Garden

It is harvest time at the Innovations Academy Learning Garden. Students are busy building garden beds, planting, and composting. Our first harvest includes winter vegetables like kale, lettuce, broccoli, and beets. Students are learning basic math, science, language arts skills, and more through this hands-on program.

In September Innovations Academy participated in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Day of Service to catapult the Learning Garden project, which is becoming a staple in our students’ education. We want to thank the following partners for their help with this project:

  • Innovations Academy families
  • Sustainable Scripps Ranch
  • El Corazon Agriservices
  • J&W Lumber
  • Dixieline
  • Walter Anderson
  • Rubio’s
  • Vons

We also would like to acknowledge our mentor partnership with Sunshine Care in Poway for making this project come to life with its resources and support.

We are moving on to the second phase of our garden build, which will include additional edible beds, a nutrition science lab, and a butterfly habitat. We are seeking community partnerships and volunteers, and we would like to extend an invitation to schools and community members who would like to collaborate, tour our garden, or help. Please contact our sustainability programs director, Beth Foster, at [[email protected]].

Teacher is National Winner

Seventh and 8th grade humanities teacher, Tony Spitzberg, is the national grand prize winner of Netgear’s “WiFi My School” writing contest! The school will receive $35,000 worth of state-of-the-art wireless network technology. Submissions addressed the question “Why would your school benefit from WiFi and storage from Netgear?” and were scored equally on creativity, originality, and content.

When asked about the inspiration for his poem, Tony said, “I’ve been reading Dr. Seuss to my three-month-old twin daughters nightly, which reminded me of how creative Dr. Seuss truly was and how much I loved him as a child. His wonderful stories were my inspiration!”