Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Things have been busy at Scripps Ranch High School! The fabulous “Taste of the Ranch” fundraiser at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in late February was a huge success. The parent support could not be better, and we are deeply appreciative of everyone’s efforts. Without our parents and community, we could not serve our students in the manner they deserve, and we can’t say “thank you” enough.

Extracurricular activities abound at SRHS. Please stop by to support either a sports team or one of our visual and performing arts presentations, dance, drama, orchestra, or band. Check out our March varsity teams’ schedules on page 4.

Looking for academic help? The Peer Tutoring Club offers assistance in all subject areas for all students after school in the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Drop in any time you’d like help. For those who already ride the bus, bus transportation is provided.

Our administrative team and Governance/School Site Council committees have approved our 2014–2015 budget. Student success is our top priority.

English teacher Mrs. H. Leigh Francisco has been chosen to represent SRHS in the district’s Teacher of the Year event. Congratulations and well deserved!

The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) will be given to all 10th grade students on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 18 and 19. This exam is one of the graduation requirements students will have to pass in order to receive a diploma. Both are minimum days, with classes dismissed at 11:30 am. Other dates to remember:

  • Articulation continues through Tuesday, Mar. 11;
  • Saturday, Mar. 1, through Monday, Mar. 3—Robotics Competition;
  • Thursday, Mar. 6–Saturday, Mar. 8—Robotics Competition;
  • Tuesday, Mar. 11—Community College Presentation, 2:30 pm, SRHS library;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 12—Powderpuff football game, 5 pm, SRHS stadium; Band Spring Concert, 6:30 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Thursday, Mar. 13—Orchestra/Choir Spring Concert, 6:30 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Friday, Mar. 14—Spring Dance, 8–11 pm, quad;
  • Friday, Mar. 14–Monday, Mar. 17—Culinary Arts Pro-Start Competition;
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 18–19—Minimum days, classes end at 11:30 am;
  • Saturday, Mar. 22—ROTC Ball, Town and Country Inn;
  • Monday, Mar. 24—Area music concert, 6:30 pm, SRHS gym;
  • Thursday, Mar. 27—Mr. Scripps Ranch Pageant, 6:30 pm, theater;
  • Friday, Mar. 28—Minimum day, classes end at 11:30 am; Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Batter (ASVAB) testing, 12:15–3:15 pm;
  • Monday–Friday, Mar. 31–Apr. 4—Spring break, school closed; and,
  • Monday, Apr. 7—Classes resume.

Please visit [] for the most updated news and events.

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

From the Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

We are quickly approaching the middle of second semester. As we continue to work with our students, we want to remind our 8th grade students and parents about our promotion requirements for the 2012–2013 school year. We have established several requirements in order to participate in the 8th grade promotion ceremony and the 8th grade promotion activity sponsored by the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). All 8th grade students must meet these minimum requirements to participate in these activities:

  • 2.0 GPA in Scholarship on the fifth progress report
  • 2.0 GPA in Citizenship on the fifth progress report
  • No more than one “F” in any subject on the fifth progress report
  • No more than two suspensions in the year
  • No suspensions after Friday, Apr. 25

The end of the year activities are wonderful ways to recognize our students’ hard work! Please remember our promotion requirements. There will be no exceptions.

We have just finalized our 2014–2015 school budget. Due to the new funding formula, we have received more funding than in years’ past. For this upcoming year, we will be able to fund:

  • Homework Zone: three days a week
  • Conferences for teachers to support their learning on Common Core
  • GATE support for GATE teachers
  • Maintenance and purchase of technology

Also, we are not losing any teaching or support staff positions. It is my hope that this windfall continues for years to come.

I would like to commend 50 8th graders who have made it to the City Science Fair. Also, congratulations to the MMS Science Olympiad Team and teacher Muriel Gross! Our Science Olympiad Team fiercely competed against more than 1,500 students across the county to win fourth place at the regional competition. I’m very proud of our students and their dedication to science. I want to thank Muriel and our volunteer coaches for the countless hours they devoted to our team. The team heads to the state competition later this year.

I would like to thank the entire Scripps Ranch community for your support for our public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Science Olympiad Rocks!

Science Olympiad’s Emerald Team participated in a competition on Feb. 1. There were 25 competing teams in the 23-event contest. Some teams brought their best from Sacramento and the team from Muscatel, which goes to nationals almost every year, also was a competitor.

Team Emerald’s cousins, Nithyasree and Shreya Palakodety placed sixth in “Can’t Judge a Powder,” which was very chemistry oriented. Our Rotor Egg Drop students, Isaiah Lee and Asim Godil, finished with an amazing first place! We are so proud of these students and all the members of Team Emerald.

The other team members are: Abinhav Manam, Gabriel Bernal, Luke Williams, Dante Mackey, Deandre Mackey, Joshua Hwang, Nikhil Dange, Luk Bailey, Yoonjeong Choi, Alexander Turner, and Jackson Madsen. The last three are from teams that competed later in February. They helped round out the team to the 15 allowed competitors. Go Marshall!

Choir Notes

Make sure you come see our fabulous musical of Thoroughly Modern Millie, directed by Katherine Girvin and the talented Megan Perry, a SRHS senior. Tickets are on sale in the financial office. The performances are Tuesday through Saturday, Mar. 18–22 at 6 pm, with a matinee performance at noon on Saturday, Mar. 22.

We also want to congratulate the Marshall Chamber Choir for being selected to perform in Carnegie Hall! These 16 students will leave for New York City on Wednesday, Mar. 26, and return Monday, Mar. 31. It will be a packed week, with visits to all the NYC sights, two Broadway shows, a performance at Juilliard, and the performance in Carnegie Hall on Sunday, Mar. 30. Congrats to these talented kids!

March Calendar

  • Wednesday, Mar. 5—School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT) meetings, 5 pm, community room;
  • Friday, Mar. 14—PTSA meeting, 9:30 am, community room; progress reports distributed;
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 18–19—City Science Fair;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 26—Open House, 3–6 pm; and,
  • Monday, Mar. 31–Friday, Apr. 4— Spring break, no school.

Progress Reports

The end of the first six-week grading period of the second semester and the second 6th grade wheel rotation is Friday, Mar. 7. Progress reports will be given to students on Friday, Mar. 14.

GATE Seminar Deadline

The middle school “GATE Seminar Program Intent to Enroll” forms are due to the receiving school no later than Monday, Mar. 10! On Mar. 10, if you are still waiting for district GATE test results for your 5th grader, we will accept “Intent to Enroll” forms when scores become available.

Although MMS will continue to offer seminar classes, the district no longer funds that program to allow for class-size reduction. All seminar classes will have the same student-to-teacher ratio as general education and GATE classes, which can be as high as 36 to 1.

The “Intent to Enroll” form and the MMS seminar program enrollment policy are at [].

College: Making it Happen

Attention 7th graders and parents: on Thursday, Mar. 6, Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools will co-host a college preparation night for 7th graders and their parents. It will be in the MMS auditorium from 6 to 7:30 pm.

The speaker will discuss high school graduation requirements, along with college preparation information for public and private colleges and universities. Appropriate middle and high school courses for college prep, college entrance requirements, and financial aid also will be discussed. We encourage your attendance!

Bullying Awareness Program

On Wednesday, Mar. 12, all 7th graders will be fortunate to attend Kaiser Permanente’s 50-minute bullying awareness program, presented in play form, called Someone Like Me. Bullying is a widespread and serious problem. From the playground to the classroom to the internet, bullying can happen anywhere at any time. Ninety percent of 4th–8th graders report being victims of bullying.

Kaiser Permanente’s adolescent bullying awareness program for grades 6–8 demonstrates to students that they are not alone and help is available. Someone Like Me tells the story of the changing friendships of four middle school students: Danielle, Jacob, Gabriel, and Carmella. Formerly best friends, they grow apart. When Gabriel takes Danielle’s journal, it sets off a series of events, culminating with Danielle seeking help in dealing with her depression and thoughts of suicide.

The play also addresses the issue of relational bullying, such as gossip, rumors, and cyberbullying. The program is a springboard for discussions between students, teachers, parents, and other trusted adults. It also models ways for students to reach out for help—for themselves or their friends—if they need it.

Parenting Group

Our new partner, Alliant Couple and Family Clinic, will offer a free parent group at its facility, located only one stoplight away from our campus. The group will meet one day per week for eight weeks—the day/time are TBD—and begin in March. Space is limited, so enroll now by contacting MMS counselor Julie Becker at [[email protected]] or 549-5505 with your contact information.

This group will focus on common concerns and challenges parents face when raising children. Topics will include: responding to bullying, social media, dealing with children when they won’t listen, marital issues that arise from different parenting styles, and others. If you have another topic that interests you, please leave the details with your contact information when enrolling. This will be an informal support group where parents can ask questions, give feedback to each other, feel supported, and gain an understanding of the patterns with their children.

If you would like to enroll your child—grades 6–8 only—in a group that runs at the same time, let us know. If there is interest, we will start a group for the kids.

PE Sportsmanship Awards

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

  • Mr. Bishop: Carly Sweeney, Allyson Bailey, Courtney Zohn, Peyton Waid, and Katelyn Le.
  • Mrs. Carambas: Sean Doyle, Marly Abutin, Giovanna de Silva, Kylee Silber, and Connor Battaglia.
  • Mrs. Carter: Annelise Rowe, Andrew Kim, Morgan Curella, Janelle Hizon, and Leona Jost.
  • Mr. Gray: Taeli Davis, Jack Bennett, Travis Gillespie, Nick Nastrini, and Sarah Nakahara.
  • Mr. Hodapp: Ryan Quinn, Xander Meehan, Daniel Sheaman, Nathan Yang, and Ryan Cantrell.
  • Mrs. Lee: Meghan Fitzgerald, Brandon Martinez, Abby Stewart, Jonathan Custodio, and Rachel Sragovicz.
  • Mrs. McCarthy: Caroline Holmes, Nikki Nair, Malea Vanzanten, Nathan Upham, and Ryan Kozak.

Dingeman Elementary

Exciting Changes Happening

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

March is here and we are planning for the 2014–2015 school year! We are pleased to announce that we will have Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for the first time. That means that students who turn 5 years old between Sept. 2, 2014, and Dec. 2, 2014, may choose to enroll in TK. We suggest children whose birthdays fall between July and November are usually ready for TK.

If your child turns 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2014, and you live in our attendance area, you may register your child for kindergarten. We will host a Registration Day on Thursday, Mar. 27, from 8 am until noon. You can pick up a registration packet the week of Mar. 17 to begin pulling together important documents for registration.

We also are accepting 3rd–5th grade Choice seminar applications. Please submit them to the front office as soon as you can so that we may begin building our classes for next year. If you have any questions regarding TK, kindergarten, seminar, or new student registration, please contact Irma Martinez at 549-4437 or [[email protected]].

I am thrilled to announce our Dingeman Teacher of the Year is Sara Church (above left, with her students)! Mrs. Church has taught at Dingeman for many years and has made a positive impact on the lives of our students. She started our Green Team on campus with her class, and it has grown schoolwide! She is also a teacher consultant of environmental education with the California Department of Education. We congratulate Mrs. Church and are so proud of her! In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Spring is in the Air…

Greetings, Dingeman families! We kick off March with our Book Fair. All classes get to browse for a good book, teachers will make “wish lists,” and parents are invited to shop Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4 pm. Last year our Book Fair earned more than $12,000 worth of free books for Dingeman!

Have you heard? Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education is sweeping the nation, and Dingeman is riding the wave! Our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) Board voted to form a new STEAM Advisory Committee to research best practices and the best investment of FFC funds in robotics and other technology to bring this innovative learning to our campus. For more on how you can participate, please contact me at [[email protected]].

March brings anticipated family events: Mother-Son Bowling Night, Saturday, Mar. 8; and, Roaring ’20s Father-Daughter Dance, Friday, Mar. 21. We encourage you to register early and help out. Many hands make light work! And looking ahead to our Dingeman Carnival, save the date of Sunday, Apr. 27. Check out pages 36–37 for details! Happy spring!

Valerie Kurtz, FFC President

Jerabek Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Community Members,

Futuristic thinking: Jerabek has been very busy since our return from winter break. We just completed our budgeting process for the 2014–2015 school year. District funding still remains in the deficit model—a $100 million shortfall. Our district is slated to receive 28% of the total Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) allocation. This means it will be especially important to create a vision for our schools when we prioritize our precious dollars.

Jerabek staff and parents met to discuss our priorities for the coming school year. Using the 12 indicators as outlined in the district’s Vision 2020 as the basis for making our budgeting decisions, we selected the following indicators as our focus:

  • Broad and challenging curriculum
  • Quality teachers
  • Professional development
  • Closing the achievement gap
  • Neighborhood services

Let’s Read to Lead: Jerabek will implement a new reading system—Seminars in Critical Literacy—that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. This system focuses on teaching students how to think critically using reading as the venue. Our team is excited about this new instructional approach to reading literature.

Sue DeVicariis, Jerabek Principal

Put this Wocket in Your Pocket

Last Thursday we went to school at night,

Wearing jammies and slippers—quite a sight.

But that wasn’t even the best part of all,

We listened to stories, read by “kids” big and small.

Readers were in costume, performing a great show,

Mesmerizing us with tales and teaching new words to know.

It was all a party for the beloved author of rhyme,

Dear Dr. Seuss, who’s in our hearts for a lifetime!

A special hug of thanks to kindergarten teacher Barbara McCormick and her crew for organizing this Cat In The Hat event!

One More Lap!

Jerabekians laced up their running shoes and put their best foot forward for the annual Jog-a-thon in February. The kids ran so many laps, it resulted in a record-breaking fundraiser—more than $30,000!

A huge thank you to our Jog-a-thon co-chairs, Tracy Gardinera and Stacy McConnell. The “running ladies” also would like to thank all the parents, teachers, staff, and volunteers who helped.

Koalas Kan’t Forget

Join us for our fun and interactive Transitional Kindergarten (TK)/kindergarten orientations and tours: Thursday, May 1, at 2 pm; or, Thursday, June 19, at 2 pm.

Registration for the fall of 2014 begins on Monday, Mar. 17, for kindergarten, TK, and new students. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten. Students who miss that deadline must be 5 years old by Dec. 2 to attend TK, a two-year program. Registration is from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm daily. The following documents are needed:

  • Child’s original birth certificate
  • Original immunization record
  • Proof of residence—SDG&E bill, water bill, cable bill, rental or lease agreement

Copies will be made of all documents. Call the office at 578-5330 for questions.

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our FFA President

It’s March already?! Join us for our 2nd Annual International Pancake Day breakfast on Tuesday, Mar. 4, at 7 am. We had so much fun last year, we made this a tradition. Principal Crane didn’t even mind the batter all over her office!

March also brings our Hawk Classic Golf Tournament and Spring Social. This is a good excuse for the adults to have a great time together outside of school. Check out the article on this page.

We are assembling a slate of candidates for the 2014–2015 Family-Faculty Association (FFA) Executive Board. A list of current officers and their duties is on our website. If you are 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!

Tracy Jewell, FFA President

Hawks Show Character

Last month Miramar Ranch Students Who Care assembled 140 goodie bags for one MRE dad and his 140 personnel unit. All 56 pounds of fun was shipped to Afghanistan! We want to thank the Student Council and the after-school SAY program for assembling bags and making Valentine cards. Thanks also goes to Vons for its generous gift card. Go Hawks!

Hawk Golf Tournament

Support MRE while enjoying a day of golf and a fabulous evening out. Get your tickets now for the 4th Annual Hawk Classic Golf Tournament and Spring Social at the Rancho Bernardo Inn on Friday, Mar. 21. This event is a fundraiser for our school and is open to all Scripps Ranch residents. Join us for golf, followed by casino games, dinner, dancing, silent auctions, and cocktails. For tickets, visit [].

Looking for Sponsors!

MRE holds its 25th Annual Jog-a-thon fundraiser on Tuesday and Wednesday, Apr. 15 and 16. We are looking for help from local businesses. Sponsors have helped provide a Jog-a-thon T-shirt to all students. Company logos are featured on the back of the T-shirt. Sponsors also are recognized on our school website, and we encourage businesses to hang their company banners the days of our event. Please consider being a sponsor today: Platinum Sponsor—$750; Gold Sponsor—$500; Silver Sponsor—$300; or, Bronze Sponsor—$150. For details, contact JoAnne Bernabe at [[email protected]].

Carolyn Coglianese

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

I am happy to announce that Wells Fargo is funding a shade structure for the upper playground. Thank you to Ernesto Arredondo Jr., president of Wells Fargo and EBS parent, for organizing this generous donation. This will help keep our students comfortable on hot days and safe from the sun. Thank you, Wells Fargo!

We are happy to announce that our EBS Teacher of the Year is 3rd grade teacher Anna Leighty. Mrs. Leighty exemplifies teaching excellence and is a delight to work with. We are lucky to have her.

One of the goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) curriculum is to prepare students for real-world writing and teach them to use facts and evidence to support their opinion. Third grader Arjun Suri wasted no time diving into CCSS. His opinion piece on whether NASA should pay companies to fly astronauts to the international space station was published in the Jan. 24 grades 3–4 edition of Time For Kids. Congratulations, Arjun!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2014–2015 school year is on Thursday, Mar. 27, from 9 to 10:30 am in the multipurpose room. Please bring: child’s birth certificate; immunization records; proof of residence, such as a current utility bill; child’s picture; and, emergency contact details.

Kids Against Hunger

EBS Character Education has been collecting donations for the Kids Against Hunger Project to be able to host our very own Food Packaging Event on Friday, Mar. 28. Students will work in cooperative and assembly line teams to package 20,000 meals for hungry children.

We will need many parent volunteers for the event to set up, supervise students during school hours, and take-down. For information, please contact Ellie Livingstone at [[email protected]].

Monika Wimmer

Innovations Academy

Reducing Trash

This month middle school students will investigate their trash output for one week with the Away Project. It is a part of the 1:1 Movement, a San Diego nonprofit committed to providing education that promotes healthy living choices that make an immediate impact on our lives.

Students started the year with a zero-waste lunch program that explores ways to provide healthy, minimally packaged lunches. The lunch trash has been reduced by 75%. Compost materials are collected after lunch and used in the school garden.

Exhibition and Enrollment

IA’s School Exhibition and Community Outreach Night is on Thursday, Mar. 27, from 5 to 8 pm. The community is welcome to stop by. We also invite prospective families to join us for Coffee Connections—the last Wednesday of the month at 9:15 am—or the New Parent Information Sessions: Wednesday, Mar. 19, at 6 pm; or, Saturday, Apr. 26, at 4 pm.

Our 2014–2015 lottery was done on Feb. 28. Families will be notified by mail. IA will accept online applications through October; applicants will be added to the waitlist in the order received. For more information, please call 271-1414 or email [[email protected]].

Alliant International University

Community Invited to International Women’s Day

The film Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage will be shown on Saturday, Mar. 8, from 3 to 5 pm at Zable Hall at Alliant International University. In the film the multi-awarded director reminisces about her film career, her mentors, and her renewed spirituality as she battles a life-threatening illness. Diaz-Abaya (1955–2012) was a director, producer, and educator who directed more than 20 feature films and award-winning epics.

The film is directed by Mona Lisa Yuchengco, the founder and former publisher of the nationally circulated Filipinas Magazine. Currently she is the founder and publisher of This film is her second documentary and a tribute to a dear friend and mentor.

Ms. Yuchengco will be present to answer questions. Please RSVP to Dr. Estela Matriano at [[email protected]] or 693-7560 or Carole Caparros at 635-4718 or [[email protected]].