Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

As I reflect on my third year as principal, I can honestly say that the monumental accomplishments our students have achieved make me proud to serve our community. We are still the only high school in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) to reach an Academic Performance Index (API) of 914! The support from our parents, SRHS Foundation, boosters, and all our volunteers allows us to give our students the additional support needed to make their high school years so memorable. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to educating our students and maintaining a safe, positive, and clean learning environment. I am very grateful to work with them.

Congratulations to 2014 graduate Shea Polansky who received a National Merit Scholarship and will attend the University of New Mexico to study information technology. It is a leading research university with renowned faculty and exceptional facilities for teaching and learning.

Many spring sports teams and individuals advanced to CIF playoffs. The Badminton Team won its CIF championship for the first time in our history! We are very proud of our athletes and coaches, and we are indebted to our parents who support their student-athletes.

Our very own Barbershop Quartet, 4 Men 4 Octaves, won first place in the Far Western District High School Barbershop Quartet Contest earlier this year. The a capella quartet also was invited to perform for the district’s Salute to Excellence Awards Ceremony and the Pacific Coast Harmony Show in late spring.

The end of the year performances in dance and the Comic CONcert band concert were well received and attended. Both showcased our hardworking students and the years of dedication by their parents and teachers. In addition, be sure to visit our website to see what our drama students in The Falcon Playhouse are presenting. This year they performed in drama productions, one-act plays, and improv nights. All are very enjoyable evenings and vehicles to display the talents of our SRHS Visual and Performing Arts programs.

Congratulations to our Air Force JROTC cadets (pictured below) who earned the Stillwell Trophy for being the #1 JROTC school in the district. This is the third time our cadets have won it in the last four years. They are mentored by Col. Hogan and SMgt. Toledo.

Our Junior Model United Nations delegates coached the local middle school delegation to the highest rating at the 37th Annual San Diego Junior Model United Nations Conference. The Marshall Middle School team beat all the middle and high school delegations. Congratulations to all!

The city of San Diego sponsored a “San Diegans Waste No Water” film contest, and four SRHS students became eligible for the Viewer’s Choice Award. Their video is on YouTube or at [].

The District Attorney’s Office has mentored our Youth Advisory Board for the last two years. In late May students presented their “Redefine Success” mobile app campaign to community members. The app encourages teens to realize there are various paths to success, and the most important goal is happiness with oneself.

During the summer I hope all of us have time to relax and reflect on what goals we have accomplished and where we need to strive harder. Now is the time to shift gears and allow students to regenerate, relax, and be teenagers. I also encourage our students and families to do some “light reading.” With the big push for technology and multitasking, sometimes we need to slow down and enjoy a good book!

I just want to say “thank you” for everything you do to make our school not only “Distinguished” but remarkable. Enjoy your summer. Go Falcons! Sincerely,

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer. The last several weeks we have been preparing for the new school year by planning curriculum and scheduling students for classes. Later this summer I will send all Marshall Middle School students and parents information about the 2014–2015 school year, including new student orientation information and other important dates.

In September parents will receive information about being part of the MMS School Site Council and Site Governance Team. Being part of these committees is an elected position. Parents also are encouraged to be part of the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). Being involved is the best way to keep in touch with all the events on campus.

We hope you enjoy the summer with friends and family. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Bittersweet Goodbye

After 35 years of service, Ileen Akers, the MMS head counselor, has decided to promote to retirement! Ileen taught at Mann Middle School, became a counselor at Challenger Middle School, and then transferred to Marshall in 1998. Ileen has been dedicated to improving student achievement by providing social and emotional support to all our students.

She strengthened the counseling department with her expertise about middle school counseling programs. Ileen worked closely with the other counselors in the department in order to provide the utmost support services to all our students. She has overseen support groups that focus on study skills, anger management, friendship, and managing stress. Along with small groups, Ileen also provided one-on-one support for our most at-risk students.

Ileen (above) also provided support to our families. There are times our families are under a lot of stress and need additional interventions. Ileen has compiled a list of outside resources, such as mental health services, for parents and families.

She not only excels as a school counselor but she is team player in the school community. Ileen has overseen our award and schoolwide assemblies. She facilitated meetings with the Scripps Ranch High School counselors because the majority of our students matriculate to that school.

Ileen will be a tremendous loss to MMS. We are so appreciative of her work and dedication. While we congratulate her on her next chapter, she will always be part of the MMS family!

Recycling Award

Congratulations to MMS 8th grader Anirudh Suri, who received the EARTH award for his ONE CELL recycling program. Anirudh raised awareness by appropriately disposing of batteries. In the past two years, Anirudh collected more than 600 pounds of batteries—more than 30,000! See the Kids Korner article on page 39 for more on Anirudh’s efforts.

Way to Go MMS JMUN’ers!

Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) is modeled after the real United Nations that meets to discuss world affairs. Marshall represented Morocco, Brazil, Egypt, and Vietnam. Students met once or twice a week with high school students since October to learn about their country, write resolutions, and prepare speeches.

On the day of the conference students represented their country and resolved political, social, and economic issues with other delegates from middle and high schools across the district. The conference is run by high school students who are the chairs for each committee. These chairs give points to the delegates, who participate and represent their country. MMS students (below) were awarded the Gavel for Best Middle School Delegation!

2014–2015 Course Selections

Printouts of next year’s student course selections will be mailed to students in mid-July. Please email or call your child’s counselor on Friday, Aug. 22, or Monday, Aug. 25, if the courses he or she is enrolled in are incorrect or have changed.

Sportsmanship Awards

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

  • Mr. Bishop’s classes: Sophie Faulder, Natalie Guggino, Samantha Pyka, Troy Romana, and Michael Phaneuf.
  • Mrs. Carambas’s classes: Alyson Liu, Napua Glossner, Taylor Gray, Jonathan Ruhl, and Alex Pham.
  • Mrs. Carter’s classes: Cameron Jones, Troy Haynes, Katie Pham, Brooke Baranek, and Sophia Davis.
  • Mr. Gray’s classes: Adah Anderson, Tena Dhayalan, Holly Fleurbaaij, Zach Askins, and Autumn Harris.
  • Mr. Hodapp’s classes: Lauren Sheehan-Clark, Megan Fields, Kathleen Holt, Alexis Dunn, and Sara Desalegne.
  • Mrs. Lee’s classes: Nick Calkins, Cindy McKinstry, Blake Anderson, Emily Tran, and Shinwho Kwun.
  • Mrs. McCarthy’s classes: Cody Geromette, Grace Thummel, Aidan McSweeny, Valerie Ho, and Carson Leighty.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

Happy 4th of July! I hope to see you at the annual 4th of July Parade! This is always the highlight of my summer. Right now we are busily preparing for the opening of school in the fall. As a reminder, be sure to enroll your incoming child anytime during the last two weeks in August. You may want to visit us at [] for up-to-date information.

School resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Our start time has changed and we begin at 8:30 am. Dismissal is now at 3 pm, except on Thursdays when it’s at 12:20 pm.

Kindergartens will have a modified schedule for the first week of school. Dismissal will be at 12:20 pm our first week of school, and then kindergartners will resume the regular K–5 schedule starting Monday, Sept. 8. I’d like to welcome our littlest learners, our Transitional Kindergartners, to Dingeman! This is a two-year kindergarten program for our younger 5-year-olds. As of press time, we have not determined the hours but if you check our website, we will have the schedule posted.

Stay safe, read, and relax! In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

STEAM is at Dingeman

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) is at Dingeman thanks to grants received by teachers Susan King and Kimberly Trench, additional funding from our Family Faculty Connection (FFC), and participation from teachers and parents! All our students utilized BeeBots and ProBots in some capacity.

Our 2nd graders received weekly lessons by Yamini Bala Sukumaran, a parent in Mrs. Leichty’s class. She provided background information on computer science “robotics” and kid-friendly programming. There was a weekly assignment followed by a “test” to gauge what the students learned. The kids love this new type of learning, and the teachers are embracing it too. Yamini has been so generous with her time and knowledge.

In addition to robotics, Mrs. Trench oversaw an after-school program that focused on optical engineering. Light is part of the 3rd grade science standards and electricity is part of the 4th grade standards. Participants built a lighting system that provided real life application of what they learned in school.

Having Fun and Giving Back

Dingeman’s 5th grade team (below)took second place at the Rubik’s Cube competition at the San Diego Science and Engineering Fair at Cal State San Marcos. Eight students were able to solve 25 Rubik’s Cubes in less than five minutes!

Students in Mrs. Grobosky’s and Ms. Morioka’s classes had fun while helping homeless teens and Philippine earthquake victims. They performed two dances, Thriller and Brass Monkey, at an All4U Showcase at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Under the direction of Chris Estrella, students have been practicing once a week since September as part of their physical fitness program and for community service. They were spectacular! Who knew community service could be this much fun!

PE Takes on New Meaning

Parent volunteers Darrik and Gloria Isham organized the second annual student “Fit-Day” in May. Businesses, government agencies, and parent volunteers educated students on the importance of physical fitness and how there are certain careers that require exercise daily. The children experienced those career fitness regimes and had a great time in the process. We want to express our sincere appreciation to these people, businesses, and agencies for their devotion to our students:

  • Balboa Ambulance
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, San Diego Field Office
  • California Highway Patrol
  • F.R.O.G., Free Reign Obstacle Gauntlet
  • Fitness Quest 10
  • Parent Fitness Station—Steve Lee, Cory Okuna, Lisa Divona, Naone and Marla Farias
  • Dr. Scott Upton, M.D.
  • Dr. Chris Maulik, D.M.D., M.D.S., Scripps Poway Orthodontics

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Happy 4th of July! Jerabekians are taking the time to celebrate the birth of our nation. Our Honor Choir was invited to sing at the Scripps Ranch July 4th celebration. Our choir, under the direction of Mrs. Orem and Mrs. Burton, will perform for the opening ceremonies at 6:30 am. The students are very excited to share their talent and sing the praises of our nation. For the first time Jerabek will have a float in the parade, sponsored by our Student Council. The float will represent what Jerabek is all about, while celebrating all our terrific programs. Everyone is very excited to showcase our school and Jerabek pride.

This year we say goodbye to four retiring teachers: Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Remington, and Mrs. Kroviak.

Phyllis Collins, a beloved teacher, has completed her entire 30-year career at Jerabek. She is known for her historical musicals and love of math.

Mary Dru Johnson is a treasured teacher who worked with our children for 25 years. She is known for adding music to her instructional style.

Kathy Remington has been a wonderful staff member who has been with us for 18 years. She loves to have her students showcase their work via presentations.

Susan Kroviak has been with us for 14 years. She is a golden gem who made a difference for children with special needs. She turned weaknesses into strengths and strengths into powerful strategies.

Each one of these amazing teachers will be greatly missed by our community. We wish them well and hope they visit often.

Sue DeVicariis, Jerabek Principal

All-Day TK!

Starting in September, Jerabek will host the only full-day—8:35 am to 3:05 pm—Transitional Kindergarten (TK) in Scripps Ranch. All TK-age children, regardless of designated school, are welcome. Come learn how successful our TK classes have been since we began them two years ago.

Koala Cubs Welcome…

If you have not had a chance to register for school, our office is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Our new preschool is geared up to open in September. The license is in to the State Licensing Bureau and we are awaiting final approval. There are a few spots left in the 3- and 4- year-old classes. If you are interested, contact SAY San Diego at 565-4148 and ask for the Jerabek Preschool.

Koalas Kan’t Forget…

The last day of school is Monday, July 21. This will be a half day, so our summer officially begins at 12:50 pm. We wish everyone a safe, sun-and-fun-filled break. We’ll see y’all on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Be sure to read the August SRCA Newsletter for more about the start of the new year.

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary

New and Returning Hawks

The school opens for new student registration weekdays starting Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 to 11 am. Please check [] for the latest about registration and school activities.

Also available on the MRE website is the learning links page. If your kids are looking for something new to challenge them over the summer, visit [] to check out the new fun, educational games.

Singing Into Summer

Early last month the MRE choir (below) presented its program, “Surfin’ into Summer.” Parents and friends of these talented 3rd through 5th grade choral students were treated to selections of fun, lively pieces that spoke of their excitement about their upcoming promotions and summer plans. The songs included Summertime, Please Come Soon, An Adventure, Couch Potato, and Aloha, My Friend. The students also performed a rousing medley of pieces from the popular Teen Beach Movie.

Following the performance the volunteer choir directors, Heather Sadleir and Jill Herbold, recognized each choir member for his or her performance. Congratulations for a job well done go to: Aaron Fan, Adwit Aggarwal, Alexia Bernabe, Alyssa Bernabe, Ava Friestman, Amalea Ribeiro, Anka Engin, Arathi Nair, Ava Simonsen, Ava Velleno, Bailey Sadleir, Baltija Scherl, Ben Ivey, Carlie Rounds, Eugenia Cho, Emily C., Emma Hass, Dana Lim, Danika Purcell, Gina Roberg, Georgia Troendle, Gretta Lawson, Jacklyn Turner, Jadon Marcus, Jalen Bui, Jessica Gregory, Nico Alexander, Parker Sadleir, Rebecca Cherf, Simone Dominguez, Sophia Gomez, Sydney Dietz, and Trajan Wissbroecker. The choir returns this fall!

Jill Herbold

Ready for Kindergarten?

There is a MRE incoming kindergarten playgroup! If you’re interested in meeting your child’s classmates and parents, join us at the park! July’s playdates are: Saturday, July 19, at 10 am at Lakeview Park at 10794 Mira Lago Terrace; and Thursday, July 24, at 3 pm also at Lakeview Park. Contact Heidi Herway at [[email protected]] to be added to the email distribution list or if you have questions.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Do you have a TK or Kindergarten Student?

Do you have a child entering kindergarten or TK this fall? Would you like to meet other incoming students and their parents before the school year begins? 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. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Debra Toth at [[email protected]].

Anti-Bullying Assemblies

In May EBS students, grades TK–4, attended two anti-bullying assemblies (pictured below), sponsored by the Character Education program. The assemblies were led by Mr. Andrew Thompson, with help from Mr. Elliot and Mr. Melby. All three are Taekwondo black-belt-certified instructors.

The students enjoyed being participants in the 45-minute discussions. The assemblies addressed the following points:

  • The key is to be courteous and respectful to everyone.
  • No one deserves to be bullied.
  • You might be hurting someone’s feeling and not even know it.
  • Having a confident “power stance” will keep you from being a target.
  • Putting up a hand “stop sign” can send a powerful message.
  • Find the goodness in everyone.

We would like to thank Mr. Thompson, Mr. Elliot, and Mr. Melby for teaching our students to use their voice and turn their fear into Positive Penguin Power!

Enjoy your summer vacation!

Monika Wimmer

Innovations Academy

Innovations middle school students went on overnight spring field trips. Different groups were off on adventures to Catalina Island and Green Valley Lake, where they camped and studied ecology, geology, and physical sciences. In preparation for the trip 6th and 7th graders explored solar technology and made solar headlamps to bring along.

The 8th grade went on its annual class trip to Sacramento, San Francisco, and Big Sur, where students learned about immigration, marine science, state history, geography, and geology. They visited the State Capitol, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Monterrey Bay Aquarium.

Now that Innovations’ great school year has ended, we wish all of our families a wonderful summer break. We hope that you spend time with family and friends, have great adventures, enjoy nature, experience curiosity, read interesting books, engage in real world learning, and take time each day to focus on all the positive things in your lives. Most of all we hope you have a lot of fun and come back in the fall rejuvenated and ready to embark on another exciting school year full of project-based learning. We will miss all of our kids and families and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, Sept. 2!