Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)
Superintendent Cindy Marten and the board of education recently announced that the district has partnered with the San Diego Education Association (SDEA) to restore an instructional day to the 2013–2014 school year, bringing the total number of instructional days to 179. Students should return for a final day on Friday, June 13. If sites have planned their promotion/graduation for Thursday, June 12, they may keep that date. Our graduation will be on Thursday, June 12, at 6 pm at San Diego State’s Viejas Arena. Admission is by ticket only. Seniors and their parents should visit our website for updated information.
California’s new student assessment system is now known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The CAASPP system replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. The primary purpose of the new system is to assist teachers, administrators, pupils, and parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches.
Smarter Balanced Field Test:
- California has a clear vision for public education, focused on great instruction and grounded in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The goal is for all students, regardless of where they are from, to graduate prepared for college and careers in the global economy of the 21st century. The implementation of the CAASPP system, including the Smarter Balanced Field Test, is a step toward that goal.
- This test will model high quality instruction of the CCSS. The CAASPP system, including the field test, provides incentives and opportunities to integrate CCSS and technology into classroom instruction.
- The field test is an opportunity to “test the test” in an environment that is low-stakes. While the field test will not produce student scores, a successful field test will provide educators, administrators, and the state with information and data to implement the operational assessment. The computer-based test will allow educators to gain new insights for classroom instruction.
Our students and staff return from spring break on Monday, Apr. 7, and will begin the final weeks of preparation for the yearly California Standards Tests (CSTs). Sophomores will take the CST in biology. Juniors will take the new English and math Smarter Balanced Field Tests as well as the CSTs in English, writing, and math.
Our testing calendar will not change much as our block days will be testing days. In addition, we will administer the Advanced Placement (AP) exams from Monday, May 5, through Friday, May 16, for students enrolled in AP classes and who have purchased exams.
The next few months are crucial for students and the school as we maintain our Distinguished School honor. Stay focused—we’d like to remain number one in the district! Students are encouraged to eat a healthy breakfast, stay well rested, and do their best on their exams. Due to tighter security measures, cell phone use is prohibited in the classroom.
Our “brag” section this month is bursting as our students and faculty continue to “shine” in their extracurricular activities! Here is a sample. Congratulations to:
- Our girls’ team who participated in the STEP UP program sponsored by the local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers for using their engineering skills in the service of others. They created a lap desk for a client who cannot communicate verbally and only has function in two fingers. Advisor: Mrs. Sponsler.
- Our Robotics team who made it to the finals in the Inland Empire Regional Contest. Advisor: Mr. Abdo.
- Our team of four culinary students who won first place in the Teen Iron Chef contest sponsored by the Career College Technical Education Program. Teacher: Chef Coelho.
- Our Science Olympiad team who placed seventh out of 80 teams at the largest regional competition in the nation and has been invited to participate in April’s state competition. Advisor: Mrs. Fowler.
- Sophomore Uma Talagadadivi. Her essay for the Friends of the Library contest won the Scripps Ranch Library’s branch contest. English teacher: Mr. Kelso.
- Junior Anita Ho, one of 18 students chosen to represent San Diego County at the Freedoms Foundation Youth Leadership Conference in Valley Forge. In addition to time in Pennsylvania, students go to Washington, D.C., to learn about the nature of America’s history, democratic ideals, and the free enterprise system. Teacher: Col Hogan.
- Women’s water polo, women’s and men’s soccer, men’s basketball, and roller hockey teams who all made it into CIF playoffs.
- Our Mock Trial team, which received compliments from two judges as well as recognition for Zachary McGaugh for being an outstanding witness and Kyler Sakamoto for being an outstanding defense attorney. Advisors: Mrs. Richmond and Mr. McCutchen.
Our spring sports are under way. With the dedication of our student/athletes, parents, and committed coaches, we hope to have an outstanding spring season. Please come support Scripps Ranch athletics!
SRHS was named to the 2013 Honor Roll of the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) as a high-performing public school. Honor Roll schools are high-performing schools without significant levels of low-income students. We are one of 52 schools in the district to receive this award. Schools receiving this distinction from the California business community demonstrate high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.
Lastly, I want to send my deepest thanks to our Foundation Board and all volunteers. This group of parents works tirelessly to find money to help our school. Without our dedicated community, we could not maintain our distinguished reputation.
- Wednesday, Apr. 9—AFJROTC Color Guard to San Diego’s Citizen of Courage Luncheon;
- Thursday, Apr. 10—Mr. Scripps Ranch Pageant;
- Monday, Apr. 14–Friday, Apr. 18—Cheer tryouts;
- Tuesday, Apr. 15—Associated Student Body (ASB) Blood Drive;
- Thursday and Friday, Apr. 17 and 18—Drama improv performances;
- Tuesday, Apr. 22–Friday, Apr. 25—New residential student enrollment, call for an appointment;
- Thursday, Apr. 24—Foundation’s College Finance Presentation; and,
- Sunday, Apr. 27—ASB’s “Save a Life” Heart Screening, see page 15.
Please visit [www.srhsfalcons.org] for the latest school information. Go Falcons!
Ann Menna, SRHS Principal
Don’t Miss Footloose at SRHS
You are cordially invited to see Falcon Playhouse’s production of the hit Broadway musical Footloose. The show takes place in a small town where dancing and rock and roll are unlawful due to the efforts of the local minister. An upbeat Chicago boy, Ren, must find a way to lift the ban on dance and woo his new love interest, the minister’s daughter, Ariel. Ren’s adventure is a roller coaster ride full of friendship, love, and, of course, dance.
The show opens Wednesday, Apr. 30, and runs through Saturday, May 3, in the SRHS theater. Performances are at 7 pm with a matinee at 2 pm on Saturday, May 3. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. To pre-order tickets, contact Patrick Garcia, theater resource teacher, at [[email protected]] or 256-2705. Seating is limited, so buy your tickets now! The cast of Footloose hopes to see you there!
Sam Chase, Theater Department VP
Marshall Middle School
Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community,
I hope you enjoy a restful spring break with family and friends. Typically in April, all schools administer the California Standards Test (STAR) to students. Due to the implementation of Common Core State Standards, the STAR test has been suspended for English, mathematics, and social studies. However, there will be a Smarter Balanced Field Test given to students in April and May. The results of this field test will not be reported to districts, schools, or parents. There still will be a STAR science test for 8th grade students only. This test will be given in May.
To support our incoming 6th grade families, we will hold parent tours on Thursday, Apr. 17 and May 15, from 3 to 4 pm. We begin in the multipurpose room and then tour the campus. New MMS parents and students are welcome to attend.
In May and June we have many student performances including drama, band, orchestra, and choir. I encourage you to visit our website to view the calendar of events. Thank you for your continued support for our Scripps Ranch schools. Sincerely,
Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal
- Monday–Friday, Mar. 31–Apr. 4—Spring break, no school;
- Wednesday, Apr. 9—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meeting, 5 pm, community room;
- Friday, Apr. 11—Parent Teacher Student Association meeting, 9:30 am, community room;
- Thursday, May 1—STAR test part 1, 8th grade science classes only; and,
- Thursday, May 8—STAR test part 2, 8th grade science classes only.
Jazz Band Awarded
In March the Mustang Jazz Ensemble received a rating of “Superior” at the CMEA/Jazz 88.3 Jazz Festival at San Diego City College! This is the highest rating at a festival such as this, so it’s a big deal. Congratulations to the jazz band!
Chelsea’s Run Successful
On Saturday, Mar. 1, the community pulled together a team from Marshall Middle and Scripps Ranch High schools. With team captains Laurel Norris and Connor Sandfer, 112 Scripps Ranch runners—including students and staff from both schools—participated in the 5K run. Despite rain, we had a great turnout.
The art classes, under the direction of Mrs. Forrest and Mrs. McDonald, decorated a team tent. Several staff members including Mrs. Rick, Mrs. Moya, Mrs. Carambas, Mr. Hodapp, Ms. Ollison, and Mr. Olds came to support the cause. Students from Marshall who participated were awarded credit for a timed mile in PE when they handed in their race bib.
The Wizard of Oz
We are taking a trip down the yellow brick road to the 1939 MGM version of the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz. Marshall’s theater classes are producing and performing in the show, along with 15 students from our elementary schools. We are doing this as the Junior Honors Theatre Project for San Diego Unified.
The students have been building sets, hanging lighting, running the sound and microphones, practicing, choreographing, and creating costumes. Performances are on Tuesday through Friday, Apr. 15, 16, 17, and 18, all at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5.
Our Sixties Flashback Dance is on Friday, May 2, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the multipurpose room. Tickets are $5 and will be sold during lunch through April.
The second six-week progress report period of the second semester ends on Friday, Apr. 25. Progress report will be distributed on Friday, May 2.
There will be no summer school for middle school students in general education. There will be summer school for students in some special education programs. Case managers will contact parents.
PE Sportsmanship Award
The PE department gives Sportsmanship Awards at the end of each unit. These students show great attitude, effort, and teamwork. The fifth unit winners are:
- Mr. Bishop’s classes: Jennifer Gomberg, Harris Waleh, Kacey Roche, Riley Bloom, and Gavin Dawson.
- Mrs. Carambas’s classes: Nicole Poirier, Luke Bosworth, Ryan Connors, Jonathan Bello, and Alyssa McFarlin.
- Mrs. Carter’s classes: Rachel Kielty, Michael Barcia, Amanda Levy, Grant Walker, and Alexandra Kotsos.
- Mr. Gray’s classes: Evan Norconk, Derek Graham, Juliana Ishimine, Dylan Hessenflow, and Dillon Gebase.
- Mr. Hodapp’s classes: Sophie Otto, Olivia Boyce, Hayley Calvert, Kailyn Woodie, and Tiffany Cartel.
- Mrs. Lee’s classes: Danielle Washington, Charlie Fontana, Cody Feldman, Adib Mazloom, and Dominic Devine.
- Mrs. McCarthy’s classes: Joshua Cox, Kaitlin Quinn, Chad Buley, Jolie Riedell, and Kyle Markel.
News From Our Principal
Dear Dingeman Families and Community,
Spring is here and we are getting ready to hold our 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration on Tuesday, Apr. 22. We are going to have a wide range of earth friendly activities, and there are lots of ways you can help—please see Mrs. Church’s article below.
Please also join us to honor our very own Colonel Bob Dingeman on Friday, Apr. 25, at 9:05 am on the white top. We will have special guests—the Scripps Ranch ROTC, Honor Choir, Band, and Orchestra—and will pay special tribute to the man we all know and love!
In Sunday, Apr. 27, our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) hosts a cultural fair to celebrate the wonderful cultures that make our Dingeman family rich with diversity! Enjoy food, entertainment, a silent auction, and each other’s company! See you there! In Partnership for Excellence,
Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal
Volunteers Make It Possible
Dear Dingeman Families,
The close of the school year is approaching, but it’s not over yet! Our World’s Fair event is on Sunday, Apr. 27, and we need many hands to make it all come together. If you haven’t had a chance to participate as a volunteer yet, now is a perfect opportunity. We are excited to share this experience with the entire Scripps Ranch community, so invite your friends and family!
Dingeman is honored to have the support of amazing volunteers. I’d like to extend special thanks to Donna Bey and Jaylene Farry, who did a phenomenal job organizing our Book Fair, as well as Nicole Kelley and Frishta Farmand, and Zarina Sadat, who provided us with great family fun at our Mother-Son Bowling Night and our Father-Daughter Dance, respectively. We are so grateful for you.
The FFC is preparing next year’s budget and searching for volunteers to take leadership roles. For more information on how you can get involved, contact me at [[email protected]]. Elections take place at our regular meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 23, at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room. All parents are invited. I look forward to partnering with you for the benefit of all our children!
Valerie Kurtz, FFC President
Save the Date!
Tuesday, Apr. 22, is Dingeman’s 2nd Annual Earth Day Fair. Come spend the day with us beautifying our campus with flowers and new gardens. We will kick off the day with guest speakers and the San Diego Zoo at 9:05 am, followed by environmental activities and planting. There will be many craft projects as well.
We also need volunteers to help us prepare the soil, set up planter beds and an arbor, and many other gardening tasks before our big day. On Saturday, Apr. 12, we hope many volunteers join us. If you have extra wood to donate for our children to make garden signs, please contact me at [[email protected]]. One-inch PVC pipe, wood paint, watering cans, and wheelbarrows also are needed.
Colonial Living Museum
Dingeman 5th graders and visitors were transported back in time to get a taste of what life was like for the American colonists during the Colonial Williamsburg Living Museum. All students wrote reports on one of the 13 original colonies and a specific colonial trade. They also prepared speeches in their areas of expertise with the guidance of their teachers.
The auditorium “became” the town of Williamsburg, VA. Students dressed in colonial period costumes and “worked” in various establishments—such as the Wigmaker’s Shoppe, Apothecary, and Governor’s Palace. The students look forward to this activity each year, and one student said, “What a great way to learn history—I learned so much more this way than by just reading a book!”
Message From Our Principal
Greetings from Jerabek Elementary School,
We have been very busy! To help celebrate the lucky month of March, the Student Council organized a schoolwide rainbow photo. It was great to see all our students and teachers dressed in their ROY G BIV colors according to their grade. It will make quite the splash in this year’s special Jerabek yearbook—celebrating 35 years! I would like to invite everyone to take a look at our website to see the second edition of our Jerabek student newspaper. Our editor and her staff do a great job reporting the “scoop.”
Transitional Kindergarten (TK), kindergarten, and preschool registration was held in March. If you were unable to attend and want to register for the preschool run by SAY San Diego, go to their main office in Kearny Mesa at 8755 Aero Drive, Suite 100 San Diego, 92123. Their phone number is 565-4148. Just ask for the Jerabek preschool or Melanie Gelainus.
We offer tours on the first Thursday of every month at 10 am. If you would like to join us, please contact the office at 578-5330. Have a wonderful month.
Sue DeVicariis, Jerabek Principal
Saluting Our Vivacious Volunteers
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” April is National Volunteer Appreciation month, so what better way to mark the occasion than to highlight a few of our spectacular superstars?!
Alysia Buck, Garden Club chair: As main caretaker for Chauncy’s Garden, Alysia has grown our school’s corner, shade area, and butterfly gardens into a flourishing affair. Chores for the club’s sprouting gardeners include watering, weeding, composting, planting, and anything it takes to keep a garden growing.
With the help of her committee, which includes two master gardeners and a chef, Alysia has shown our students how their food gets to their plate.
Recently, Jerabek was awarded the Garden2Cafe certification that allows the vegetables and herbs grown in the garden to be served to students. When the first harvest is ready, our gardeners will pick the produce and take it to the cafeteria to be washed, prepped, and served on the same day. This certification process is very rigorous and takes a lot of time to achieve.
When not in the garden, Alysia can be found on campus giving a hand to anyone who needs it. Alysia, we salute you!
Dawn Gencarelli, room mom co-coordinator: Spreading the word is a big part of being the room mom coordinator. Dawn came to Jerabek last year when her daughter started kindergarten, and she has not been home since—so the myth goes! She jumped into helping the Green Team, being room mom, and taking on our annual Dr. Seuss Night for Read Across America.
During the last two years, under the guidance of Barbara McCormick, kindergarten teacher and founder of Jerabek Dr. Seuss Night, Dawn has organized an exciting night. It’s not “a piece of cake” serving birthday dessert to kids, but Dawn does it for the sweet love of Jerabek.
Dawn’s East Coast sense of humor keeps everyone smiling even during the “silly” times. Her caring personality and commitment to our kids and families are the perfect embodiment of Jerabek’s mission. Dawn, we salute you for all you do!
Lesleigh Helders, choir room mom: We’re singing her praises on campus. Lesleigh enjoys being the room mom for the Jerabek 4th and 5th grade choir. She attends practice on Friday mornings with the proper songs, extra pencils, and an encouraging nod to our performers. Sending downloaded songs so the children can practice at home and keeping parents updated are just a few of her responsibilities.
Since the choir operates on a shoestring budget, she brought the Shoe Drive to Jerabek this year. The choir will receive 50 cents per pound of shoes they turn in by the end of April. Feel free to drop off your old soles at Jerabek. The shoes will go to those in need, while the money earned will help the choir with extra expenses.
Lesleigh also volunteers her time to help organize Jerabek’s weekly E-packet, a main form of school communication. Her calm demeanor and sly wit will be missed as she “promotes” to Marshall Middle School next year. Lesleigh, we salute you for all you do!
Miramar Ranch Elementary
From Our Principal
Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,
We have been hard at work and at play. We also had some personnel changes that will help our school run smoothly. Ms. Suzanne Smith stepped out of the classroom to take over as dean of students, a much-needed support as our enrollment has stayed at around 750 students all year. Ms. Smith easily made the transition and is a natural administrator! Congratulations!
Helping with the transition is our new 1st grade teacher, Ms. Elizabeth Gilroy. Ms. Gilroy came to us highly recommended by administrators at both Dingeman and La Jolla elementary schools. She hit the ground running, and parents and students are impressed with her teaching and warm personality. We welcome you, Elizabeth, and hope you can stay.
Finally, congratulations and thank you to our Teacher of the Year, Ms. Su Pool. Many of you know Ms. Pool, as she has taught kindergarten here since 2000. That means that hundreds of your children have had the good fortune to pass through Room 101 and enjoy the loving and learning environment that Ms. Pool creates. We hope she stays with us for years!
This year we are excited to host a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program for the first time. This is for students who turn 5 years old between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. Children who turn 5 on or before Sept. 1 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Registration day is on Thursday, Apr. 17, from 8 to 11 am. Details are on our website.
Thank you for your support of our school. You make great things possible! Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”
Peg Crane, MRE Principal
From Our FFA President
I hope you are enjoying spring break. Did you have fun at our 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast to celebrate International Pancake Day? If so, there are lots of volunteers to thank: Suzanne Smith, Carolyn Coglianese, Mary Corbett, Linda Hoover, Pam Millar, Jamie Rounds, Katie Alcantar, Vivian Schultz, Dana Ivey, Carol Munoz—who suggested the idea!—Brigid Brown, and JoAnne Bernabe. I’m sure I’m missing a few but it was early!
How about the Hawk Classic Golf Tournament and Spring Social…thanks to our small but mighty committee of Robert Hasson, Suzanne Smith, Nick Bernabe, Carolyn Coglianese, Mary Corbett, and Jillian Frisbie for helping to give the adults a fun day and evening out.
Our Family-Faculty Association (FFA) Executive Board will hold elections at our May meeting. If you are interested in an office or committee, please email me at [[email protected]]. I guarantee you will meet a fantastic group of people!
Tracy Jewell, FFA President
Hawk Family Corner
The MRE Father-Daughter Dance—The Love Boat theme—was a huge success. I want to thank my team of cruise directors: Connie Simonsen, Louise Barker, Michele Friedl, Aimy McRae, Jessica Truendl, Sandra Dougherty, Linda Hoover, Johanna Cunningham, My-Tien Sadler, Jennifer Bowman, Kathleen Dellisant, Deb Clark, and Reyna Estremera.
Also thanks to the wonderful Scripps Ranch High School volunteers: Hannah Calvert, Caitlin Sadleir, Grace Kulischak, Kana Garcia, Mini Le, Kyra Kent, Amanda Star, Ellie Schumacher, and Johanna’s son, Josh Cunningham. I see the signs of your success in photos from the night—so many happy faces. Thank you for helping create wonderful memories!
Hawks Fundraising Corner
This year MRE will celebrate the 25th Annual Jog-a-thon fundraiser on Tuesday and Wednesday, Apr. 15 and 16. Donations from our local business sponsors are very important to help us reach our goal of $20,000 to fund school programs, and we are very grateful for their support. Thank you to all who help us out!
Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary
Message From Our Principal
Dear EBS Families and Community Members,
We are pleased to announce that EBS has been named an Honor Roll School by the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) in recognition of our outstanding success in raising student achievement. The CBEE extensively analyzes student achievement data for every public school in California. They found that EBS is one of the top schools in getting students to grade-level proficiency and beyond. Thank you to our staff, parents, and students for all their hard work. It is truly a team effort.
Congratulations to Rohan Bharadwaj, Esha Bharadwaj, Sarah Chan, and Hannah Phan, who auditioned and were selected for the San Diego Honor Orchestra. These students take part in our instrumental music program and are part of our orchestra.
Our 4th graders entered the Friends of the Library Essay Contest. The finalists from EBS were: Thomas Bibler, first; Alexander Ballard, second; and, Neel Kumar, third. Also, Thomas was the overall 4th grade winner for Scripps Ranch.
Some of our students had their artwork selected for the San Diego Unified School District Student Art Exhibit. Congratulations to: Samantha Erez, Evelyn Black, Jacob Sanders, Kevin Tran, Sophia Valencia, Nicole Black, Amanda Maatta, Maddie Hazeltine, Anamarie Traina, and Emily Nguyen. The art will be on exhibit at the education center through Monday, Apr. 14. You may view the artwork anytime the education center is open: Monday–Friday, 8 am–5 pm. Go Penguins!
Liz Sloan, EBS Principal
Message from the AFP
March was a busy month! Our annual Jog-a-thon took place, and our penguins ran with enthusiasm! Thanks to our families, friends, and neighbors who donated to this fundraiser. We also want to thank our corporate sponsors: North Park Produce; The Lopez Group, Keller Williams; Siry Auto Group; Lydia Hwang Vosovic, Coldwell Banker; Gail Faber Home Loans; Mr. Disc Jockey; Scripps Poway Orthodontics; the San Diego Chargers; ProActive Physical Therapy; Scripps Ranch Old Pros; Small Talk Speech Therapy; Rolling Hills Dentistry; Leslie Flemming, San Diego Castles; and, Scripps Rock Dental.
Kids Against Hunger
Just before spring break, students took part in the first-ever EBS Kids Against Hunger Food Packaging Event during school as part of the Character Education program. Students have been practicing the character trait of generosity for years. In the past two years they have donated more than $7,200 to Kids Against Hunger, a project of our charity partner Friends and Family Community Connection.
All students from kindergarten through 5th grade assembled 28,000 meals. They weighed, sealed, sorted, and boxed bags of food. They were supervised by dozens of parent volunteers and their teachers in an amazing show of our school community spirit. The music and inspirational slide show motivated the students.
They felt a real sense of accomplishment, generosity, and compassion. “I am really glad I can help kids who don’t have enough to eat,” said 4th grader Anna L. The food will benefit San Diego families as well as orphans in Tanzania, Africa.
Students in 2nd grade wrote biographies on local heroes. Interviews included a World War II pilot, a San Diego mountain rescue volunteer, a refugee caseworker, and a local member of San Diego Children and Nature. Teacher Alicia Wescott said, “It has been great to see the students build their interpersonal skills. I am confident that they will take the communication and professionalism skills they learn in the classroom out into the real world.” Biographies were shared at Exhibition Night.
A new pottery program has started for 4th and 5th graders, complete with pottery wheels and clay (pictured at right). Students are learning how to create different pots, including local native styles like pinch and coil. Pottery instructor Lorrie Luscomb believes this unique learning opportunity for students provides creativity and connects students to both a modern and historical art form and relates to California’s local native traditions.
On Saturday, May 3, the U.S. Green Building Council will host a Sustainable Teacher Training for teachers. This event is free and will be at Innovations Academy from 10 am to 1 pm. Contact [[email protected]], as space is limited.
Innovations Academy, in partnership with I Love A Green California and Green Hat Electronics, will offer monthly electronic waste and document paper shredding collection the first Saturday of each month to encourage responsible recycling and sustainable practices.