Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Throughout May the buzz on campus was testing. We anticipate our results will show the hard work and preparation from our students and staff. The Smarter Balanced field tests (SBAC), life science, and early admission program exams, as well as 1,250 Advanced Placement exams, were given.

As I reflect upon my third year as principal of SRHS, I am overwhelmed with feelings of appreciation and pride. The commitment to education from our staff, students, and parents is beyond measure. In addition to the “brag” section from last month, here are a few more highlights that show what’s so great about SRHS. We…

  • Continued to be the only high school in the district to reach an Academic Performance Index of 914! We are #1 in the county among comprehensive high schools.
  • Offered free heart screening to community teens through the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation—812 kids were screened with nine receiving referrals for abnormalities. The SRHS Foundation provided volunteers and refreshments.
  • Had teachers who received recognition from Stanford, UCSD COSMOS (science program), University of Chicago, SDSU Noyce Fellow: Project Learn, and UC Irvine.
  • Provided Peer Tutoring program.
  • Continued the Principal’s Advisory Committee, a diversified student group that provides input regarding school programs, activities, and more, in addition to creating a SRHS informational brochure.
  • Continued the Youth Advisory Board sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Continued the Young Ladies of Excellence, an African-American female mentor program.
  • Created the Hispanic Males Mentoring Program.
  • Added three students to the 2013–2014 National Hispanic Recognition Program Student Award Roster.
  • Had 50 students who met the requirements to enter the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Honored eight National Merit Scholarship finalists.
  • Applauded one senior who earned the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college admission exam, and two juniors who received perfect scores on the SAT.
  • Sent one junior to the Freedoms Foundation Youth Leadership Conference in Valley Forge.
  • Commended our AFJROTC members who placed first in the Youth Physical Fitness Teams among the 13 JROTC schools. Special kudos to two girls for the most push-ups in two minutes—124—and for the most sit-ups, 107.
  • Acknowledged our Air Force JROTC armed, unarmed, saber drill teams, and color guard cadets who brought home 25 trophies from the Golden Bear National Competition.
  • Hosted the First Annual Girls’ Day Out in conjunction with women engineers to bring awareness to girls interested in engineering careers.
  • Saluted a girls’ engineering team who participated in the Service Through Engineering Program (STEP Up) sponsored by the local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers using their engineering skills in the service of others. They created a lap desk for a client who cannot communicate verbally and only has the function of two fingers.
  • Recognized our Robotics team who made it to the finals in the Inland Empire Regional Contest.
  • Celebrated a three-student team for their second place win in the Chevron Autodesk Inventor Challenge and cheered them on at the state finals. In addition, a three-student team placed fifth, with both teams winning cash prizes.
  • Congratulated teams in: Football, Field Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Water Polo, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s Basketball, Roller Hockey, Women’s Lacrosse, Badminton, Men’s Volleyball, and Men’s Tennis, who all made it into CIF playoff games.
  • Congratulated our league championship teams in: Badminton, Men’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Volleyball, and Track and Field.
  • Congratulated CIF champs in Field Hockey and Men’s Water Polo.
  • Named a Male and Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Welcomed compliments from two judges for our Mock Trial team, as well as recognition for providing an outstanding witness and an outstanding defense attorney.
  • Cheered for a sophomore who won the state 2014 Panel Finals Awards, a very fierce competition in piano.
  • Acknowledged two seniors who were honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program.

We have several end of the year events in the first weeks of June. Please check our website at [] on a regular basis. The last day of student attendance is Friday, June 13. Graduation is on Thursday, June 12, at 6 pm at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University.

Over the summer our student-athletes will begin preparation for fall sports or fall programs, such as band camp. Students are reminded to make sure they have their physicals, insurance, and are physically and mentally prepared. Our coaches and staff know the importance of preparation and want to do everything possible to avoid any problems with health issues. Check our website for information about fall sports and sports schedules.

I hope everyone relaxes and enjoys time with family and friends this summer. Everyone has worked so hard, and it’s important to take time to unwind and rejuvenate.

Thank you for the opportunity to help guide your students toward their future. They have all the tools necessary to succeed in life, and I wish them all the very best. Because of their efforts and hard work in academics, athletics, and community outreach, they have made SRHS the jewel of our district. I am proud of all of our students. Keep the Falcon pride going!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

This past month was busy at Thurgood Marshall Middle School. We had several student performances. Our students performed in Wizard of Oz, under the direction of our drama teacher, Jeff Russell, and our band, orchestra, and choir students performed at the Forum competitions. We also had 25 students qualify for the State Science Fair competition. Our students have represented MMS in a positive way. We also completed state testing and the pilot Common Core testing!

We look forward to the festivities to honor our 8th graders. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

June Calendar

  • Tuesday, June 10—8th grade Awards Ceremony, 6:30–8:30 pm, multipurpose room and theater;
  • Friday, June 13—8th grade promotion, 8:30–10 am, blacktop; and,
  • Friday, June 13—Second semester ends, the district will mail report cards home during the summer.

Choir Notes

Congratulations to the Advanced and Chamber choirs for receiving unanimous Superior ratings at the CMEA festival in May. Their annual spring concert is on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 3 and 4, at 6 pm in the MMS theater. Come join us!

Francis Parker Summer Classes

The emphasis of the middle school program at Francis Parker is on individual enrichment and preparation for the fall term. While grade-specific courses are offered, there are several new courses, including: SAT/ACT Math Preparation Boot Camp: Grasping the Basics; Sports for Life: Getting Fit, Staying Fit, for girls and boys; American Sign Language; Electronics and Engineering Design Challenge: Full STEAM Ahead; The Culinary Experience: From Farm to Market to Table; Fashion Forward; and more. Go to [] for program information, or call 569-7900, ext. 4236.

Summer Jazz Workshop

Students learn performance skills, improvisation, and jazz theory and history, with the emphasis on playing music! It will be offered from Monday through Saturday, July 14–19. Each session ends with the chance for students to perform at the House of Blues. Call 569-7900 or register at [].

2014 Science Olympiad

The Mustangs proudly represented Marshall at an Invitational Competition in Hacienda Heights, CA, the Southern California Regional Competition in Rancho Bernardo, and the California State Science Olympiad Competition in Anaheim Hills. A record 102 students participated, competing in 23 events!

Our team’s hard work and dedication paid dividends with top finishes at the Mesa Robles Invitational, a fourth place finish at the San Diego Regional Competition—where 1,500 students participated—and ninth against the top schools in all of Southern California! Many of our students garnered individual ribbons and medals at the competition.

In the greatest sense of the word, Science Olympiad at Marshall is a total team effort. It would not be possible to have a program of this size and quality without the support of Principal Michelle Irwin, countless hours of organization and coaching by science teacher Muriel Gross, and an outstanding team of parent, community, and high school volunteers who donated their time over six months as we prepared to compete. Parent head coach David Jurist has kept Science Olympiad organized for more than four years. Thank you for your time and dedication.

A Mustang shout out to all our coaches: Anatomy, Dr. Gu Guibao and Victoria Tran; Boomilever, David Jurist; Can’t Judge A Powder and Crime Busters, Dr. Tai Wei Ly and Sarah Wotruba; Disease Detective, Will and Nelse Miller; Dynamic Planet, Francesca Zangara-Mason; Entomology, AJ Sheperd and Cyndy Vilke; Experimental Design, Nikhil Madan and Juhi Madan; Helicopters, Vijay Kumar and wife and son; Heredity, John Izzo; Meteorology, Keith Haas and John Wadlow; Metric Mastery, Beverly Moazed; Road Scholar, Muriel Gross; Robo-Cross, Neal Gross and Anhil Gupta; Rocks and Minerals, Christopher Kasper and Khattri Roli; Rotor Egg Drop, Robert Dees and Rachael Sullivan; Shock Value, Marc Walker and Robert Gross; Simple Machines, Neal Gross; Solar System, Michael Jones; Sounds of Music, Miroslav and Vilena Boussarov; Water Quality, Chris Pond, Deepika Rao, and Muriel Gross; Wheeled Vehicle, Neal Gross; and,Write It/Do It, Jared Truong and Ashwath Radhachandran. We look forward to continued Mustang success in 2015!

PE Sportsmanship Awards

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

  • Mr. Bishop: Jessica Allen, Andrew Kim, Nathan Kessell, Carson Miller, and Sarah Armenta.
  • Mrs. Carambas: Cameron Toerien, Kyle Osowski, Megan Connors, Mackenzie Wenzel, and Nayeli Grajeda.
  • Mrs. Carter: Andrew Obermiller, Caroline Maxwell, Jolie Binstock, Naya Menezes, and Julia Morales.
  • Mr. Gray: Kieran Nagano, Sebastian Perico, Trevor Nguyen, Sophie Rysdam, and Daniel Hoang;
  • Mr. Hodapp: Lexi Osowski, Lauren Beall, Nona Golan, Jenna Otaola, and Analicia Uribe.
  • Mrs. Lee: Peter Madison, Will Van Duren, Mercedez Bravo, Alex Lawson, and Jack Izzo.
  • Mrs. McCarthy: Preston Waid, Sarah Tawfik, Ben Rodenbeck, Megan Hill, and Sydney Johnson.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community, This has been an eventful year for our school in so many ways! Our children have been immersed in rigorous, critical thinking across all academic areas based on the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Our teachers have embraced robotics and programming from K–5th grade with the Bee Bots and Probots. We have formed an energetic STEAM Committee to help lead and guide this new initiative.

I would like to take a moment to personally thank Valerie Kurtz, Family Faculty Connection (FFC) president, and Cecily Walbridge, FFC vice president, for their leadership and tireless support this year. I cannot thank them enough for their hard work. I also would like to thank all the parents who worked hard leading or working on committees to support the academic, safety, and enrichment programs.

We say “goodbye” to our 5th graders and their awesome parents. I want to thank our student leaders and the 5th Grade Parent Committee for their fundraising efforts for Promotion and the 5th grade celebration. You will be missed but remember, “Once a tiger, always a tiger.”

Enjoy your summer. Read, play, and be safe! In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Happy June!

First, I’d like to give special thanks to our Hospitality chair, Paty Ajo, who has given her time and energy over many years to ensure that our teachers have the finest luncheons—you will be missed!

To all our wonderful Dingeman families, thank you for a phenomenal year! You have raised funds, helped teachers, launched new programs, organized events, and united the community.

It has been a pleasure serving as your FFC president this year. I have enjoyed meeting so many dedicated people. Although I am handing over the baton to a new president in 2014–2015, I am excited to continue serving our school alongside all of you. I hope you enjoy quality time with your precious children this summer!

Valerie Kurtz, FFC President

Calling All Scripps Ranch

We’re walking for Colonel Dingeman and Mrs. Dingeman and all those affected by cancer. The 3rd Annual Relay for Life of Scripps Ranch takes place on the weekend of June 28–29. We’ll take turns walking for 24 hours at the Community Park. Join us! Contact Joy Schumacher at [[email protected]] or Michelle Becker at [[email protected]], or go to [].

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Hello from Jerabek Elementary,

Happy Father’s Day to all our Jerabek dads! We appreciate everything you do to make sure that we are happy, healthy, and wise. Many of our dads volunteer in our classrooms, attend field trips, and serve on school committees. Thank you.

We are finishing up the Smarter Balanced statewide testing. Everything went smoothly with only a few minor glitches. The students shared that the test was not too bad. The hardest part was that the other classrooms couldn’t access the internet because of the size of our bandwidth.

We are planning our first school float for the 4th of July Parade. We’ll be rockin’ the ’70s theme and doing “The Shuffle.” You won’t be able to miss our Jerabek spirit!

Sue DeVicariis, Jerabek Principal

Koala Cubs Welcome

Our kindergarten team will host a “New Student Orientation” on Thursday, June 19, at 2 pm. All parents of incoming kindergarten or transitional kindergarten classes are welcome. If you have not had a chance to register, our office is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

There are a few spots in the 3- and 4-year-old classes in our new preschool. For details, contact SAY San Diego at 565-4148 and ask for the Jerabek Preschool.

Jerabek Art Show

Don’t miss Jerabek’s 15th Annual Art Corps Art Show, Artisticats! We welcome the community to witness the amazing creative talent at Jerabek. Each student will have a piece in the show. Join us on Thursday, June 26, from 5 to 7:30 pm.

It’s a Family Affair…

It was a dreamy “Starry Night” as dads and daughters twirled and whirled the night away during our annual Father/Daughter Dance. Stars and sparkles bedazzled the evening. 5th Avenue PhotoBooths captured their sweet smiles. Trader Joe’s, Costco, Yanni’s Bistro and Cellar, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Home Depot, and Pacific Event Productions were our star sponsors. Nicole Anderson and the committee did a fantastic job. Thank you!

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our FFA President

Welcome to June! I love summer—not having a set routine or packing lunches each morning. This year is bittersweet. My oldest graduates from Scripps Ranch HS and heads to Maryland for college. Enjoy this time with your kids because they will be gone before you know it.

June means I’m relinquishing my duties as the Family-Faculty Association (FFA) president, a role I held for two years. I couldn’t have survived without the help of many people. My family, my friends, Peggy Crane, Lori Whitley, and the many volunteers who were always willing to lend a hand. Thank you! I want to specifically thank the executive board: Robert Hasson, Brigid Brown, Linda Hoover, Carolyn Coglianese, Michelle Messmer, Gerry McLean, Angela Frantz, Jessica Troendle, JoAnne Bernabe, and Mary Corbett.

I would like to welcome the 2014–2015 executive board: president, Mary Corbett; VP, Natalia Moorhead; secretary, Suzanne Lawson; treasurer, Jacqueline Morgan; assistant treasurer, Linda Hoover; volunteer coordinator, Jen Leader; fundraising coordinator, Angela Frantz; assistant fundraising coordinator, Shari Aigner; communications officer, Mike Gates; auditor, Carolyn Coglianese; and, parent liaison, Christine Huddleson. This is a fabulous board with lots of new ideas. I plan to take a back seat for my 14th year—yes, you read that correctly!—at MRE, willing to be a helper and share the knowledge I gained throughout the years.

We have a few volunteers whose children are promoting out of Miramar Ranch: Jamie Rounds, Connie Simonsen, Carolyn Walker, and Amber Radici. I’m sure I’m missing many others, but these four deserve a round of applause for all the hours they have devoted over the years. You will be missed at Miramar Ranch but Marshall and SRHS will be lucky to have you.

Have a fabulous summer. I will see you around the Ranch. With many thanks,

Tracy Jewell, FFA Past President

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message from our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

It’s hard to believe that the school year is coming to a close. I would like to thank our parents and community for supporting our school this year. I also would like to thank our teachers for their incredible hard work and enthusiasm in diving into Common Core. Thank you to our staff for keeping the school running smoothly.

Most of all I want to thank our students for their hard work, thoughtfulness, sense of humor, and the joy that they bring to all of us who have chosen education as the focus of our lives. I am so proud to see both the academic growth and the maturing of our students as they become compassionate, caring, generous, and reflective citizens of the 21st century.

Thank you for the opportunity to be your principal. It has been an exciting, challenging, and joy-filled year. Have a great summer. I look forward to seeing everyone in the fall. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message from the AFP

We have completed yet another wonderful school year! It was filled with lots of fun events, activities, and accomplishments that brought out the best of our penguin pride. Thank you to every single committee chair and volunteer who gave his or her time to help the school this year. It is your dedication and determination that made this year so successful!

Thanks also to our amazing Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) Board. I also want to thank our fantastic administration. Without the support of Principal Sloan, Vice Principal Morici, and the staff and teachers, the AFP wouldn’t be able to accomplish as much as we have.

Finally, thank you to all of our parents, friends, neighbors, and local businesses who donated generously to EBS! Our main goal of enhancing the education experience of the students would not be attainable without your support. Thank you! Have a safe and enjoyable summer break!

Seema Moorjani, AFP President

Attention TK and K Parents

Do you have a child entering kindergarten or transitional kindergarten this fall? Be part of our summer playgroup! We meet at local parks at least once a month on different days and times to accommodate varying schedules. If you would like more information or be included on the mailing list, please contact Debra Toth at [[email protected]].

Monika Wimmer

Innovations Academy

Continuing with Innovations Academy’s 21st century real world and inquiry-based learning, our students worked with the Salk Institute’s Mobile Science Laboratory in May conducting experiments in genetics and DNA. Students used laboratory equipment to extract, collect, and examine the DNA of a fruit fly and wheat. Students gained valuable insights into the exciting field of biology and learned there are many career opportunities.

Congratulations to our sustainability and garden teacher, Beth Foster! She was selected to attend the 2014 School Sustainability Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C., this month. She will meet with leaders from around the country to discuss sustainability challenges and solutions.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Chabad Hosts Child Survivor on Holocaust Memorial Day

In preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day student volunteers beautified San Diego’s large Holocaust Memorial at Chabad Hebrew Academy. The memorial bears the names of the Nazi concentration camps where six million Jews perished.

Mr. Ben Midler (below in light hat), one of the few remaining survivors in San Diego, gave a lecture. He has a passion to share his experiences with the younger generation so that the atrocities of the Holocaust will never be forgotten. Students wore yellow to commemorate the yellow star that Jews were forced to wear under Nazi occupation. Many brought flowers to be placed at the memorial.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

From Our Principal

Dear Friends of St. Gregory the Great Catholic School,

As our school year winds down we reflect in a spirit of gratitude on the wonderful events and memories shared. We were delighted to welcome treasured grandparents, along with some parishioners who volunteered to be “adoptive” grandparents for some students. The kids and their grandparents worked on special projects in the classrooms. The wonderful morning ended with a celebration of the Liturgy.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic Community’s Annual Gala took place last month at the U.S. Grant Hotel. Stewardship was alive and well at this remarkable event. We are most grateful to our event chairs and committee leads—Sarah Lynch, Lynn Bautista, Brenda O’Leary, Lynda Rowin, Rowena Treitler, and Doug and Rebecca Korn—and to the amazing volunteers who made this event a huge success.

The Guardian spirit was alive at Cathedral Catholic High School, where more than 100 of our students competed in a variety of track and field events (pictured above). We are so proud of our students who gave their all and demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship, both in victory and defeat. The stadium bleachers were a sea of blue and white as our families cheered on the Guardian athletes.

In June our thoughts turn to the excitement of graduating our first 8th grade class. These students will continue their life journey at many local high schools: Cathedral; St. Augustine; Academy of Our Lady of Peace; and, Scripps Ranch.

Our students learn in a culture of faith, academics, and service inspired by a focus on learning and living our Catholic faith, supporting students to meet high academic standards, and reaching out in a spirit of service. We pray for God’s blessing on our ministry of Catholic education.

The future is exciting for our school as we continue to grow. Construction of our preschool, science, and counseling center begins in the fall.

If you are interested in investigating a Catholic education for your child, please contact the school office at 397-1290. A Potential Student Application may be submitted from []. We wish all our friends in Scripps Ranch a happy and safe summer. Yours in Christ,

Maeve O’Connell, Principal