Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

As you read this letter I hope everyone has had an enjoyable, relaxing summer with friends and family. We are ready to begin yet another exciting and eventful school year.

School begins on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 7:25 am. You will be pleasantly surprised to see our site with a fresh coat of exterior paint, as well as all classrooms equipped with air conditioning. We are grateful for the commitment from our district in its efforts to improve the appearance of our school. We encourage all families to carpool or find alternative ways to get their students to campus as traffic is always at a maximum during the first week of school!

We are continually working to provide important information to students and their families via the school website at [www.srhsfalcons.org] as well as through the School Messenger email system. PowerSchool is available for both parents and students again this year as well.

The school’s daily bulletin provides important information and is available on our website. We continue to update the marquee on a weekly basis, which is yet another source of communication to you. We hope that these venues provide answers to many questions and are a resource to our families and community.

Our fall athletic activities will be in full force in September, and we invite our families and community to come support the SRHS Falcons. The fall Open House is on Thursday, Sept. 18. This is your opportunity to meet our fabulous staff and get a better understanding of the expectations and curriculum for each class.

Homecoming activities begin the week of September 15–19 with a football game on Friday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 pm against Bonita Vista. This will be followed by the dance on Saturday night in the quad. The SRHS Associated Student Body (ASB) works hard to make the Homecoming Dance memorable, and it’s a great way for our students to start the year off with positive school spirit and fun!

As we begin the 2014–2015 school year, I want to ensure parents that the SRHS staff will do everything possible to assist students in being successful in a positive school environment. SRHS is truly an incredible high school.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at 621-9020, ext. 1103, or [[email protected]]. I thank you in advance for all you do to prepare your student for school each day and look forward to seeing them all on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Families,

We hope you enjoyed your summer with friends and family. We are looking forward to a new school year! The administration, teachers, and staff look forward to working with you as we prepare all of our students for the expectations of high school, higher education, and the 21st century. At Marshall Middle School we challenge each of our students to reach his or her full potential with our quality instructional program. We will continue to develop a positive relationship with our parents and the community.

Students and parents received a welcome back letter during the summer. With the letter, your child received his or her course requests for the 2014 fall semester. We have scheduled your student based upon the information submitted on the planning card. On the first day of school, official schedules with periods, teachers, and room numbers will be distributed during the first period class. It remains our school policy that we will not honor requests to have specific teachers.

The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 2. Students should arrive between 7 and 7:30 am in order to locate their first period class by reviewing posted rosters. Schedules will be distributed during first period.

We believe our students’ focus should be on academics. Proper attire significantly contributes to an atmosphere of positive learning. An educational setting is a professional place, preparing young people for a successful future. Therefore, our dress code:

  • Protects the health and safety of our students;
  • Requires pants and shorts to fit neatly at the waist without “sagging” or being excessively tight;
  • Requires that clothes appropriately cover the body; therefore, no bare midriffs, no backless shirts, no T-backed tops, no low V-neck or scoop shirts, no short shorts, no high side seam cut shorts/skirts; undergarments must not be visible;
  • Does not allow tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts!
  • Requires shorts and skirts be worn at the mid-thigh and pass the “finger-tip” rule;
  • Requires shoes have a back heel or back strap; no flip flops or open-toed shoes allowed;
  • Requires clothing to be free of any ads or promotion of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, vulgarity;
  • Must be free of any depictions/illustrations that demean or negatively represent any gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

We appreciate your support in helping us maintain a safe and positive environment.

We look forward to providing you the best middle school educational experience. Thank you for your continued support of public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

MMS Calendar

  • Tuesday, Sept. 2—School starts;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9—6th grade Back to School Night;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10—7th–8th grade Back to School Night; and,
  • Friday, Sept. 12—Picture Day.

Class Changes

At the beginning of the school year, there inevitably will be class changes for some students. Schedule changes will only be made for students who are in an incorrect class. This may be an elective change, a change in the level of an academic class, or if a student is missing a required class.

Schedule changes will not be made for students who request a teacher change or a period change. Students may ask any teacher for a pass to see their counselor if they have a schedule error that meets the above criteria. If students request any major schedule changes, parents will be notified before such changes are made.

MMS Counselors

Counselors are assigned to students alphabetically and are available by phone at 549-5400. The MMS counselors are:

  • Julie Becker, head counselor: assists students and parents with last names that start with A–C, ext. 3020;
  • Paulette Blankenbeckler: last names D–K, ext. 3022;
  • Sharon Heuss: last names L–Q, ext. 3021; and,
  • Amiee McDearmon: last names R–Z, ext. 3023.

Dingeman Elementary

Welcome From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

September greetings! It’s our favorite time of year! There’s nothing like starting off a brand new school year—new school supplies, new shoes, a new teacher, and a new class! I would like to personally welcome our new and returning students. This is going to be the best year ever!

We are still under construction with our air conditioning project, but we hope that we will be able to have some relief from the heat soon! The construction team has been working hard to get our site ready, and hopefully it won’t be long before we are able to turn on the switch to our new AC units. The electrical upgrades have been the major focus for the project.

Please keep safety in mind when dropping off and picking up your child before and after school. We want to be good neighbors and not park in the Triana condos or block driveways. Be sure to follow all traffic laws and be alert when our Safety and Parking Patrol help students get to and from school safely.

We appreciate it if you slow down, not use your cell phone, and do not stop and block the crosswalk while waiting for a spot to open along the loading and unloading zones. You will be ticketed by San Diego police if you leave your car unattended in these zones, even if you’re gone for just a moment. I have observed cars waiting to pull into Spring Canyon Park and allowing children out on Scripps Poway Parkway. Please be patient and pull into a stall or to the curb in the park before allowing your child to exit your vehicle.

Please mark your calendar for these important events:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 9—4th–5th grade Back to School Night, 5:30–7 pm;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10—Preschool, TK/K, and 1st grade Back to School Night, 5:30–7 pm; and,
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16—2nd–3rd Back to School Night, 5:30–7 pm.

We will meet in the auditorium from 5:30 to 6 pm and then the classroom presentations will follow immediately, going from 6 to 7 pm. There will be important information shared on those nights, so please try to find child care. We are unable to supervise children on the playground or in the halls. For your child’s safety, please help us with this matter.

In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Student Poetry Wins Top Award!

Students may have been enjoying summer but their hard work last year continues to reap rewards. Two of the top four winners in the “San Diego Celebrates America 2014” 17th Annual Creative Writing Contest, awarded by the members of the San Diego Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Council, were Dingeman 5th graders!

Congratulations to Alyssa Garcia—1st place—and Rylie Washington—3rd place—along with their creative writing and poetry teachers, Rochelle Schwartz and Veronica Cunningham. Alyssa’s and Rylie’s poems were among 189 entries written by 5th graders from San Diego public and private schools. Twelve entries were chosen from the 189 submissions by a committee of immigration attorneys, and then a judge selected the four finalists. Great job, Alyssa and Rylie!

Here’s to learning something new every day this year!

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Welcome Back!

Teachers have been working all summer to make 2014–2015 a fantastic year of learning. They will welcome you to their rooms on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 8:35 am. So shake out the summer cobwebs and have your thinking caps on to be ready to fill those minds with new knowledge.

We also have some great events in September. Schedule a stop in the courtyard on the first day of school from 8:45 to 10 am to enjoy the annual Volunteer Fair. There will be information and sign-up sheets for all Family Faculty Organization (FFO) events throughout the year. Sign up for more than one committee and be entered in a raffle to win a “perky” prize.

That’s Right! You are the FFO

Come see what the FFO is all about during the first meeting on Friday, Sept. 12, from 8 to 9 am in the FFO office, B8.

It’s a Date…

…for Back To School Night on Friday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 8 pm. This parent-only event kicks off with the ultimate tailgate, thanks to our Food Truck Fridays. Come early to enjoy a gourmet meal, chat with friends, and jam to tunes. Music begins pumping in the parking lot at 5 pm, while our food trucks serve scrump-dilly-umptious plates the parents can enjoy before going to their children’s classrooms.

Koalas Kan’t Forget

A few more acknowledgements are due for the 2014 5th Grade Promotion Committee. We would like to truly thank the hard work and dedication of Laurie Pettit, promotion co-chair. Laurie worked tirelessly to help make this year’s promotion a page for the history books.

The class of 2014 also will be forever part of Jerabek due to the new tile wall celebrating Jerabek’s 35th anniversary. The commemorative tile wall, bordered with donated tile from Daltile, was placed by the working hands of Steve Kreger, Jerabek father and owner of All Points Stone and Tile. We thank everyone who helped this year, as well as the last six years, to prepare our promoting class for the next milestone of middle school.

For the most updated school news, visit [www.Jerabekelementary.com]. For school or FFO-related suggestions, please email [[email protected]]. You will get a timely response.

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

Welcome back! We are excited to meet and greet our new and returning students and families. This year our littlest learners—traditional kindergartners—will join us for the first time, and we are delighted to have a specialized program for our youngest 5-year-olds.

Most of our summer maintenance projects—carpeting, air conditioning, and painting—have been completed and the school looks wonderful! Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the materials to put together our new marquee, which may not be up and running until October. Don’t be surprised if you see me in front of school wearing a sandwich board again!

The teachers returned to campus in late August and started their school year with training for our new schoolwide writing program. We are excited to implement a consistent program across the grades and are so thankful to the Family Faculty Association (FFA) for its funding support.

Be sure to check your calendars for the many events in September: Parent Coffee with the Principal, Back to School Night, Spirit Days, and the Ice Cream Social and Movie Night. It will be a busy—and very fun—month!

As always, thank you for your continual support of the staff and students at our school. You make great things possible! Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

Welcome Back From the FFA!

September is a time of new beginnings, and I am excited to start this school year as the president of the Family Faculty Association (FFA). We have a lot of new programs coming to Miramar Ranch this year, including a Common Core-aligned writing program—the first of its kind at a San Diego school—that will be integrated into the classroom material at all grade levels and the Sing ‘n Speak Spanish after-school enrichment program.

We also have many fun activities lined up for the year, including a new Family Night in addition to our popular Father-Daughter and Mother-Son events. The fun kicks off with the Ice Cream Social and Movie Night on Friday, Sept. 19.

Many of the events and programs that our students and parents look forward to each year, such as the Halloween Carnival, Book Fair, and Art Show, are made possible by the work of our dedicated volunteers. The new school year is an opportunity for you to join this fantastic team!

You can help out in your child’s classroom with Art Corps or Character Education, be part of our Hospitality Committee to welcome incoming families and celebrate our fantastic teachers, or even help organize this year’s Jog-a-Thon.

Some volunteer jobs can be done at home, some require hours for a specific time period, but all are rewarding! If you’re interested, check out the volunteer page on our website at [www.miramarranch.org/volunteers].

As always, whether you have two minutes, two hours, or two days, we welcome your participation…we have something for everyone! To contact me, please email [[email protected]]. Thank you for your time.

Mary Corbett, FFA President

Hawk Family Opportunities

We are very excited to be offering Sing ‘n Speak Spanish at MRE as an after-school program this year. Sing ‘n Speak Spanish makes learning conversational Spanish easy and fun. They set high educational goals, but teach in a playful manner—with songs, humor, puppetry, games, role-play, and a strong emphasis on the use of vocabulary in conversation.

A music CD, song book, and workbook keep Spanish learning fun throughout the week and reinforce vocabulary at home. Sing ‘n Speak Spanish is a five-year sequential program going far beyond most elementary and middle school curricula. It has been taught in hundreds of elementary schools to more than 10,000 students since 1998.

To learn more about this program, go to [www.singnspeak.com]. Please contact Julia Burnier at 619-223-2508 or [[email protected]] if you are interested.

Hawk Communication Corner

Just a reminder that the school and FFA will continue to be paperless for most communication this year. Please take a moment to sign up for the school’s weekly email newsletter at [www.miramarranch.org] so that you can stay up to date on important school news and information throughout the year.

Hawk Fundraising

Did you know you can help raise money for MRE while doing your normal shopping? Register your Vons card with eScrip and earn money every time you shop and pay by cash, check, or debit. Already registered? Now is the time to renew. All participants must renew each calendar year.

You also can raise money when you shop at amazon.com. Just visit the school website and follow the link to Amazon. A portion of your sale goes to the school!

September at Miramar Ranch

  • Tuesday, Sept. 2—School starts; FFA Parent Coffee, 8–9 am, multipurpose room;
  • Thursday, Sept. 4—FFA meeting, 8 am, lounge; Spirit Shop before and after school; Restaurant Night, Wahine Kai Shave Ice;
  • Friday, Sept. 5—Flag Assembly, 7:50 am; Spirit Dress-Up Day;
  • Monday, Sept. 8—Running Club, Parent Garden Club begin, 7:25 am;
  • Thursday, Sept. 11—Back to School Night: TK, K–2, class presentations, 5–6 pm; principal in the multipurpose room, 6–6:30 pm; and 3–5 class presentations, 6:30–7:30 pm;
  • Friday, Sept. 19—FFA Ice Cream Social and Movie Night, 6 pm; and,
  • Saturday, Sept. 27—Campus Clean-Up Day.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

We are so excited to meet all our new students and see our returning ones. We’ll see you bright and early on Tuesday, Sept. 2. The first bell rings at 8:40 am and classes start at 8:45 am.

We hired several new teachers over the summer, and I can’t wait for you to meet them. I look forward to seeing everyone on the first day of school. I hope that you all had time to relax and spend time with your families. I can’t wait to hear from all our students about their summer adventures. See you soon,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message From the AFP

Welcome back to a terrific new school year! We hope everyone had an enjoyable summer break. This school year has already begun with some fun events. We were excited to see new families at the transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and new student orientation. We also had a great time catching up with friends at the Penguin Posting Party!

The first day of school promises to be exciting as students walk the red carpet and pose for photos with our Operation Penguin crew! After the students settle in their classrooms, parents will be treated to a light breakfast at the annual Volunteer Fair. We encourage you to attend and discover exciting volunteer opportunities for the new school year. If you won’t have a chance to attend the fair, don’t worry! You can visit the Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) website at [www.ebs-afp.org] to learn about all of the wonderful events and programs we offer and find the right volunteer opportunity for you.

We must say a big thank you to the many volunteers who gave up the tail end of their summer vacation to help with the orientation and the Penguin Posting Party. Thanks also to the volunteers who are scheduled to help with the first day of school events and the Volunteer Fair! Amazing volunteers are a big part of what makes EBS such a great place!

Our main focus for this fall will be our Super Pledge Drive. Super Pledge is our biggest fundraising drive of the year, and we encourage all of our families to learn more about the campaign and the numerous ways in which the funds benefit our children. More information about the campaign will come home over the next few weeks.

We look forward to another wonderful year with our EBS families! Stay tuned for upcoming events, and remember to “Like” the AFP—Academic Fundraising Partnership—on Facebook.

Seema Moorjani, AFP President

Character Education Needs You!

Volunteer once a month to teach your child and others about responsibility, generosity, gratitude, and more! The orientation meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 9 am or 6:30 pm in the EBS library. Visit [www.ebscripps.wix.com/character-ed] to get familiar with our program.

Volunteers Needed For Reading Program

The very successful EBS “Everyone A Reader” (EAR) tutoring program is gearing up for its 10th year! We are looking for interested adults to read with students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades for 1½ hours per week. These students need your support to increase their confidence and abilities in reading. Tutors reinforce reading strategies being taught in the classroom and give students a chance to practice in a one-on-one environment.

Parents, grandparents, Scripps Ranch neighbors, and retirees are all eligible. No experience is required—just your enthusiasm! A free two-hour training will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 9 am in the EBS multipurpose room. To volunteer, please contact Cindy Thomas, EAR site coordinator, at [[email protected]] or call 945-6989. You can make a difference in the life of a child!

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, Sept. 2—First day of school, classes start at 8:45 am; Volunteer Fair and Parent Breakfast, 9 am, multipurpose room;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9—AFP meeting, 6:30 pm, multipurpose room;
  • Thursday, Sept. 11—Back to School Night; and,
  • Every Saturday—Farmers Market!

Monika Wimmer

Innovations Academy

Innovations Academy (IA) staff is very excited to welcome back our families for the 2014–2015 school year! Fall kicks off with new enrichment classes and with our middle schoolers heading out for leadership camp. This facilitates a strong foundation of teamwork, collaboration, problem solving, and conflict resolution in our community right away.

By now you have probably heard that California adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). At IA we are proud that we have always been applying what teachers around the county are now being trained to do.

For example, the CCSS call for students to apply knowledge through higher order thinking skills. They ask teachers to have students move beyond simple computation of algorithms toward thinking and reasoning mathematically and be able to read and grasp information, arguments, ideas, and more based on evidence.

As a project-based learning school we apply the skills of 21st century thinkers, creators, and innovators every day in our real world applicable projects. Also, our new science lab will utilize the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

IA is hosting our 3rd Annual Green Apple Service Day sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Come join us in our learning garden on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 am until noon for a day of gardening, cleanup, and repair, as well as gardening tips from experts. It’s open to the public, so please come join in the fun! Sign up at [http://service.mygreenapple.org/page/event/detail/greenappledayofservice/4jtgq].

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, Sept. 2!

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Dear Friends of St. Gregory the Great Catholic School,

The long lazy days of summer vacation have passed and our school reopened on Monday, Aug. 25. This is our sixth anniversary and we are delighted to welcome many new students and their families to our school community. The summer months have been busy at the campus. Technology enhancement was a priority with the installation of an upgraded Wi-Fi server to accommodate out 1:1 computer program for students in grades 5–8.

Stations of the Cross, generously donated by the Rosary Makers Ministry at St. Gregory Parish, were installed along the entry promenade. We are most grateful to our volunteer dads who put in the stations and made this project possible.

This summer also saw the replenishment of our emergency supplies, an integral part of the school’s Crisis Response program. We look forward to a wonderful school year and pray for educators at all our schools in the Scripps Ranch area—that God will bless them in their ministry to nurture faith, character, and academic growth in our most precious resource, our young people.

Planning for a preschool at the campus is in the advanced stages, and we look forward to starting construction later this year. Our projected date for opening our faith-based preschool is September 2015.

At St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, we are proud to offer an education that is distinctive among institutions in our community. 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 service to those in need.

We continue to enroll students for openings at a number of grade levels. If you are interested in investigating a Catholic education for your child, please contact the school office at 397-1290 or [[email protected]] to schedule a tour of our campus, located at 15315 Stonebridge Parkway. Potential student applications may be submitted electronically from our website at [www.stggcs.org]. Yours in Christ,

Maeve O’Connell, Principal