Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

As we begin the second semester of the school year there are many important items and events on the horizon. First and foremost, seniors must continue their rigor in school, as keeping up the second semester grades is important for final college acceptance. Graduation is right around the corner and grades, citizenship, and overall school attendance must remain at satisfactory and above to be eligible for senior activities. Detailed information regarding senior activities has been mailed to your home and is posted on the school website.

Our underclassmen will begin to focus on their course selections for the next school year. Counselors will provide students with information about the articulation process. It is imperative that both students and parents are cognizant of the fact that courses selected at this time will dictate the number of classes offered in a particular course for the coming school year. Therefore, courses offered next year are based on the class choice requests students make during spring articulation.

During this process the counselors and students determine whether they are prepared, ready, and willing to commit to the classes they identify. It is essential students pick a schedule that is appropriate for their skill level and overall time commitment between all classes and outside activities. Counselors emphasize making commitments and finding solutions to difficult situations that prepare students for college and the real world, while building character and self-esteem.

In February counselors will make classroom presentations and then students will have the opportunity to select their courses using an articulation planning card. To finalize class choice selections, parent signature and counselor approval will be required on this articulation card. Some courses may require approval based on certain prerequisites for the course to be taken. To assist you in choosing classes you may want to review the online SRHS Course Catalog and visit teacher websites that include course expectations. We greatly appreciate your efforts in using the resources provided to pick a desirable schedule with your child.

Parents and students from Marshall and Wangenheim middle schools attended our “Falcon Night” in January, where the impressive opportunities and activities that SRHS provides for students were shared. For those who were unable to attend, school tours are available on the first Wednesday of each month from February through May. To make a reservation, please contact Joe Meyer at [[email protected]].

Our winter season athletic teams continue to perform at their best, and we continually thank the parents and coaches for their support of our students. It is encouraging to see our students demonstrate sportsmanship, character, and charisma as they compete. Check out the Calendar on page 4 for the dates of our varsity games.

Through Sunday, Feb. 23, many of our art students have works displayed at the 2014 San Diego County Youth Art Month Exhibition located at the San Diego Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park. I hope you have time to visit the park and our students’ work. For more information, visit [].

The SRHS Foundation continues to work vigorously to help raise money for many of the academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities that make our school outshine the rest! Volunteers are making final plans for the popular “Taste of the Ranch” event on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club. Check out the following article for details. We hope you join us for an evening of fun!

We appreciate your supply donations and are encouraged as they continue to ar-

rive at school. Donations may be dropped off at our front office and may be directed toward the nurse, a specific teacher, or a specific department. Several teachers have posted a wish list on their website.

Below are some upcoming dates for your calendar:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5—Governance/School Site Council meeting, 2:45 pm, staff dining room;
  • Thursday, Feb. 6—Associated Student Body Winter Carnival, lunch, quad; College presentation to juniors, 3–4:30 pm, SRHS theater; Music Talent Show, 6:30–9 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Friday, Feb. 7—Music Talent Show, 6:30–9 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Friday, Feb. 14, and Monday, Feb. 17—No school, Presidents’ birthdays observed;
  • Friday, Feb. 21—Taste of the Ranch, 6:30–10 pm, Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club;
  • Wednesday–Friday, Feb. 26, 27, and 28—Honors Theater performances, 7–9 pm, SRHS theater; and,
  • Saturday, Mar. 1—Honors Theater performances, 2 pm, SRHS theater.

Please check the SRHS website at [] for more information about all these events and more.

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

8th Annual Taste of the Ranch

The Taste of the Ranch is now a “don’t-miss” Scripps Ranch tradition. It is also the premier fundraiser for the SRHS Foundation and an evening of fun! You will enjoy delicious food from local restaurants, bid for amazing auction items, and spend time with friends. The money raised goes to help enhance students’ education, and part of your ticket price goes to the on-campus group of your choice.

More information is on page 26 to your left. Get your tickets now. Just visit []. All Scripps Ranch residents are invited to this event. We hope to see you there!

Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

We began our second semester on Monday, Jan. 27. This semester will be a busy time as we begin speaking to our students about their classes for next year. Parents will receive information about course selections from our counseling department in the next few weeks.

We also welcome our new 5th grade students and parents to Thurgood Marshall Middle School. We look forward to meeting our new students, and we are excited to share all the great opportunities we have for Scripps Ranch middle schoolers. In February we will have an information night for all 5th grade parents to learn about Marshall. Please see the article on this page for details. We also will have student and parent tours. Please visit our website at [] for dates and times of our parent tours.

The budget situation is still very uncertain. At the time of this Newsletter, I do not have any information on the budget situation for 2014–2015. I encourage you to visit the district’s website at [] for more information regarding our budget updates.

I would like to thank you as you continue to work with us to provide a solid middle school education for our students.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Marshall Calendar

  • Friday, Feb. 7—Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 9:30 am, community room;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meeting, 5 pm, community room;
  • Friday, Feb. 14—Lincoln’s birthday observed, no school; and,
  • Monday, Feb. 17—Washington’s birthday observed, no school.

Yearbook Information

Have you bought your yearbook yet? It’s not too late! You can purchase a yearbook on the Marshall website at []. Buy your yearbook now for only $45 either online or in the financial office. Quantities are limited!

Choir News

Mark your calendars for the spring musical presented by the choir department. The musical this year is the Broadway hit Thoroughly Modern Millie, a show set in New York City in the 1920s. This show has huge dance and musical numbers. You will marvel at what these kids can do!

The performances are Tuesday through Sunday, Mar. 18–22, beginning at 6 pm and a matinee performance on Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at noon. Tickets are $7–$12 and can be purchased in the MMS financial office. We hope to see you there!

PE Sportsmanship Awards

The PE department issues Sportsmanship awards at the end of each unit. These students demonstrate great attitude, effort, and a willingness to be part of a team. The winners of the third unit are:

  • Mr. Bishop’s classes: Angelo Carrasco, Emily Burgess, Evan Fraser, Carson Miller, and Ameer Chaudry.
  • Mrs. Carambas: Jessica Ebert, Jacquelyn Hristov, Max Podakov, Sophia Ippolito, and Joe Curtis.
  • Mrs. Carter: Laurel Norris, Hayden Traina, Cole Harris, Marissa Mack, and Kodie Sanders.
  • Mr. Gray: Cole Gorham, Kayla Breeden, Tatum Flynn, Maya Vanzanten, and Matt Killam.
  • Mr. Hodapp: Jacey Bourgeois, Caila Camerino, Mila Trubint, Clarke Taylor, and Sarah Jenny.
  • Mrs. Lee: Erik Hagstrom, Esha Kashyap, Aisha Alegre, Hanna Julazadeh, and Rachel Brenk.
  • Mrs. McCarthy: Ryan McConnell, Alyssa Winkleman, Nicholas Melanese, Emily Baylon, and James Poonoosamy.

Fall Semester Ended

The fall semester ended on Friday, Jan. 24. Students should have brought home their report cards on Friday, Jan. 31. If you don’t like what you see, contact your child’s teachers to find out what your child can do to improve his or her grades!

5th to 6th Grade Matriculation

Parent Matriculation Night, an informational meeting for parents of incoming 6th graders, is on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the MMS multipurpose room.

Marshall counselors will visit students at our elementary feeder schools in February. We will introduce students to MMS, talk about course selections, and answer any questions or concerns students might have. Counselors will visit: E.B. Scripps, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 9–10:30 am; Miramar Ranch, Thursday, Feb. 20, 8:30–10 am; Jerabek, Friday, Feb. 21, 11:30 am–1 pm; and, Dingeman, Monday, Feb. 24, 10:15–11:35 am.

6th and 7th Grade Articulation

Counselors will meet with our 6th graders during their English classes on Monday, Mar. 3, and with our 7th graders during their English classes on Friday, Feb. 28. We will discuss courses for next year.

8th to 9th Grade Matriculation

Scripps Ranch High School counselors will come to Marshall on Friday, Mar. 7, and Monday, Mar. 10, to speak to our 8th graders about their 9th grade course selections. They will meet with students during their English classes in the MMS theater.

College: Making It Happen

On Thursday, Mar. 6, Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools will cohost a college preparation night for 7th graders and their parents in the MMS multipurpose room from 6 to 7:30 pm. The speaker will discuss high school graduation requirements and college preparation information for public, private, and community colleges and universities. Appropriate middle and high school courses for college prep, entrance requirements, and financial aid will be discussed.

Dingeman Elementary

Message from Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families, Friends, and Community,

Last month Student Council officers and classes participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march at Knox Middle School. Dingeman students have participated in the annual march for the last five years! The event was a big success as students, staff, and the community honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This month we are happy to report our grade-level collaborative planning is in full swing to support the transition for the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Teachers will meet twice a month for a half day to analyze student work, determine instructional next steps, and develop CCSS lessons. The funding for substitute time from the state is a valuable resource to assist our teachers to prepare students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

February Highlights for the FFC

Dear Friends,

There are many wonderful enrichment opportunities planned this month, thanks to our dedicated volunteers! The last of three Art Corps Family Art Nights is on Thursday, Feb. 6, in the multipurpose room. Thank you to Charlotte Blanck for coordinating these fun family events!

The Family Faculty Connection (FFC) will sponsor two assemblies this month. We also are thrilled to re-introduce our annual Family Science Night on Thursday, Feb. 20, coordinated by Andrea Bird and Vivian Cheng. This is sure to be a fun, educational evening for the whole family.

At the end of the month we will prepare for our weeklong Book Fair, which takes place March 3–7. Many helping hands are needed. To help, please sign up by clicking “Volunteer” at [].

As always, I am so grateful for the generosity and support of our families. I have seen many examples of the selfless giving of your time and resources these last few months. Your efforts make a tremendous difference for our children. Thank you!

Valerie Kurtz, FFC President

Life Lessons for 5th Graders

Last month more than 150 5th graders became business owners and employees running 23 businesses at Junior Achievement (JA) BizTown, a 10,000-square-foot mini-city where children learn how to operate a business and manage their own finances! JA BizTown is much more than a one-day field trip. For five weeks prior to their visit, students learn the principles of economics, good citizenship, and money management. They even have to interview for each job! This has been a fantastic learning opportunity, one all students should look forward to in 5th grade.

Fall Registration is Almost Here

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, Mar. 27, when kindergarten and new student registration begins. Full details are on our website at [].

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

A Message from Our Principal

Welcome back, Jerabekians! This spring we continue to focus on preparing our students for the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessment. The results will be a baseline for our state. There will be no individual results for families this year.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is an online test that will be a combination of short answer, essay, and a few multiple choice questions. Many of the questions will be scenario-based using real world examples. Parents can access the release questions on the Smarter Balanced website at [].

Our Student Council is very busy as well. Ally Medeiros, our environmental officer, is working with her committee and the school district’s landscape department to beautify the hill next to the kindergarten playground. They are researching plant options that are playground friendly and drought tolerant. We hope to have our hill planted before the end of the school year.

Emily Anderson, our safety officer, and her committee are organizing classroom emergency backpacks. Jack Theilacker, our treasurer, is putting together a temporary tattoo fundraiser for the Super Bowl.

Samantha Mullen has published the first student-led newspapers this year. Her next one is due out on Monday, Feb. 17. She has many feature articles on grade-level news, a teacher feature, and a student on the playground interview column. The newspaper has been a big success.

On behalf of the student body and staff, I want to congratulate Alex Costello on his efforts at the World Chess competition. Check out the article in this Newsletter’s Kids Korner on page 37. Alex represented the United States team for his age group. We are honored to have one of our own achieve such an accomplishment.

We want to wish the community a happy Valentine’s Day. We appreciate your support for our schools.

Sue DeVicariis, Jerabek Principal

A Heart for Charity

In December the Jerabek Student Council collected gently used clothing from our students and families. During winter break they delivered them to the Presbyterian Urban Ministries (PUM) downtown. Our Student Council officers met the program manager and toured the facility to learn how this organization gives a hand “up,” instead of a hand “out,” to San Diego families in need. The highlight was seeing PUM’s clothes closet and knowing that all our beautiful clothes were going to make families happy all year long.

Also in December Jerabek collected new toys for the foster child charity Promises2Kids. Christina Reihl, our community outreach chair and event organizer, said the Promises2Kids office staff were overwhelmed with all the bags of new toys.

In keeping with our outreach theme…Jerabek once again will sponsor the Door of Faith orphanage. Our students love to learn about how their contributions support kids less fortunate. The letters our students write are heartfelt, and the support we are able to share through gift cards and nonperishable items helps sustain the orphanage all year long. Thank you for supporting this wonderful tradition.

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary []

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

January was busy with lots of activities involving our families—Science Nights, Flag and Awards Assemblies, and the Scholastic Book Fair that had special days of Donuts for Dads and Muffins for Moms. We saw lots of parents on campus, and we appreciate your participation and support!

In January we began our Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings for teachers at each grade level. Thanks to special funding by the state, teachers are able to meet every two weeks to continue their work aligning curriculum to the new Common Core State Standards. Teachers are excited as we continue this work. The data from the first testings is helping us create new curriculum and assessments to ensure the children are successful.

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.”

Peggy Crane, MRE Principal

From Our FFA President

It’s amazing that we are halfway through this school year! What is even more amazing is all of the volunteers we have at MRE. I want to thank Mike Gates, Fritz Leader, and Brian Balderston for revamping our computer lab while the rest of us enjoyed time off. What a huge benefit for our students! How about our fantastic Scholastic Book Fair? A big shout out goes to Brigid Brown and Pam Millar for turning the library into a book store.

Is it difficult for you to make our monthly morning Family-Faculty Association (FFA) meetings? If so, we will hold our second nighttime meeting of this school year on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 pm in the multipurpose room. It will take the place of our March morning meeting. I look forward to seeing you there!

Tracy Jewell, FFA President

Looking for Sponsors!

MRE holds its silver anniversary Jog-A-Thon on Tuesday and Wednesday, Apr. 15 and 16, and we are looking for help from local businesses. Sponsors help provide a Jog-A-Thon T-shirt to all MRE students. Company logos are featured on the back of the T-shirt, and sponsors are recognized on our website. We also encourage businesses to hang their banners the day of our event. It’s a great way to help the school and showcase your business with a tax-deductible donation! Please consider sponsoring our 25th Annual Jog-A-Thon.

  • Platinum Sponsor—$750
  • Gold Sponsor—$500
  • Silver Sponsor—$300
  • Bronze Sponsor—$150

For details, please contact JoAnne Bernabe at [[email protected]].

MRE Family Art Night

Tuesday, Feb. 4, and Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm are Family Art Nights at MRE. The Art Corps program hosts these events, and they are an opportunity for parents and students to make art together. Space is limited and participants will need to register promptly by email to Natalia Moorhead at [[email protected]]. Hope to see you there!

February at Miramar Ranch

  • Thursday, Feb. 6—FFA Family Restaurant Night, location TBD;
  • Friday, Feb. 7—Minimum day;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11—1st Grade Family Science Night, 6 pm;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12—Kindergarten Family Science Night, 6 pm;
  • Friday, Feb. 14–Monday, Feb. 17—Presidents’ Days, no school; and,
  • Friday, Feb. 21—FFA Father-Daughter Dance.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message from Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

Our new year got off to a good start with a busy and productive January. Congratulations to 3rd grader Devyn Rudnick, who won third place in the 2013–2014 CATE Student Creative Writing Contest for San Diego County. Devyn’s essay is a “pay-it-forward” story, which she wrote in Mrs. Gelaro’s English class. Her story, The Giving Garden, is about insects in a garden doing nice things for one another.

Congratulations to our students who were chosen to be in the San Diego Honor Choir: Neel Kumar, Olivia Hancock, Sophia Bahn, Ariel Bailey, Sid Banchongsirichareon, Tea Rosal, Janea Tillman, Claire Lodge, and Anamarie Traina. On Saturday, Mar. 1, they will perform a concert, along with the middle school and high school honor choirs, at College Avenue Baptist Church at 7 pm.

We continue to work hard toward fully incorporating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into our teaching and learning. In January the district began providing teachers with two half days of CCSS collaboration time per month. Our teachers use this time to refine their teaching practice, create CCSS lessons, and develop assessments aligned with the CCSS.

As I visit classrooms I am always impressed with the effort our students put into their work. I want to commend them for the pride they take in doing a good job!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

AFP President’s Message

Our penguins have been busy enjoying several fun events, and there are more to come! Right around the corner is the Father-Daughter Dance! Purchase your ticket soon, as well as your corsage! Visit [] for more information.

Operation Penguin is a great way to surprise a family member or friend! For $25, a team of volunteers come to your house at night and set up an adorable waddle of penguins on your front lawn. They also put up a “Happy Birthday” sign—or a selection of other messages—with the penguins. Recipients wake up the following morning to a wonderful surprise! Contact John Cary at [[email protected]] to schedule your waddle!

Seema Moorjani, AFP President

Help Kindergartners Read

We will soon add kindergarten students to our Everyone A Reader (EAR) tutoring program, and they would benefit from you reading with them each week! Sign up now to attend one of two training sessions in February: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 9–11 am at San Diego County Office of Education in Linda Vista; and, Thursday, Feb. 13, 9:30–11:30 am at Scripps Well Being Center in University Towne Center. Contact Cindy Thomas at [[email protected]] or 693-1818 for more information.

Family Night Out at Pick Up Stix

Take a break! Enjoy a meal with your friends and family between noon and 9 pm on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Pick Up Stix in Scripps Ranch. Twenty percent of your bill will be donated back to EBS! Please download your flyer at []. We would love to see all of our Scripps Ranch friends there!

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, Feb. 13—1st Grade Family Science Night, 6:30 pm, multipurpose room;
  • Friday, Feb. 14–Monday, Feb. 17—Presidents’ Days, no school; and,
  • Friday, Feb. 28—Father-Daughter Dance.

Monika Wimmer

Innovations Academy []

Showcasing Learning

Exhibition Night at Innovations Academy took place in mid-December. Students showcased projects that covered recycling, construction, and self-reflection.

Sandra Rabourne from the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank was at Exhibition Night. She spoke about hunger in San Diego and ways to support their efforts. To help the Food Bank, IA middle schoolers hosted the “IA Empty Bowl” fundraiser, which raised $800. It was the final product from a cooking project. IA will collect food through the school year. Please drop off donations at the office.

Magical Artwork

Congratulations to Jennifer Kirkby Tatro’s kindergarten class for its exciting accomplishment. Students were invited to display their artwork, a product from their investigation of “What Seems Magical To You?,” at the Bird Rock Café in La Jolla (below). The class chose this project after a student lost her tooth in class, which sparked discussion about the Tooth Fairy.

They decided to explore people’s belief systems and interest in fantasy through many avenues, including data collection, researching, and writing literature, which incorporates magic or magical characters. The art includes watercolor paintings and pencil and pen drawings and is on display until the first week of February.