Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

We want to thank our parents and community for their continued support of our school and students. Our teachers continue to maintain high levels of academic rigor and relevance in the classroom. Common Core curriculum is being seen in all classrooms during the administrators’ visits, and we are proud of our students for adjusting to the new curriculum.

We urge parents to make sure their students arrive to school on time! Having students in class on time, ready to learn, continues to support their academic achievement. Safety concerns can arise during school rush hours, so we ask everyone to make safety a priority.

Our fall sports had a very strong finish to their seasons and several teams and individuals competed in CIF playoffs. These accomplishments are a reflection of the commitment and dedication from our student-athletes, parents, community members, coaches, and volunteers. Congratulations to all our students who participated and benefited from our fall sports.

Our winter sports include boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ water polo, and wrestling. Teams are preparing for preseason tournaments, so please visit [] for games and contests. Support the Falcons!

Students and teachers in our Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program are making final preparations for the holiday season and upcoming concerts. I want to personally encourage you to attend one of these events and get into the holiday spirit. The Band Winter Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 16, and the Orchestra/Choir Winter Concert is on Thursday, Dec. 18. Again, please check our website for updates and times for these VAPA events.

Mark your calendar for “Falcon Night” on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 4 pm in the gym. Our incoming families will have the chance to learn about our wonderful curricula, along with other programs that make our high school so incredible. We look forward to meeting our future Falcons!

I want to wish every family a restful and enjoyable winter break. Time spent with family and friends is priceless. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your students and the Scripps Ranch community.

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

December will be filled with many student performances. I invite you to attend our Winter Band, Orchestra, and Choir concerts to see our students’ artistic performances. Our students have worked diligently to master their performances. Please check the calendar to your right for dates and times.

I want to thank all families and community members who have donated, and continue to donate, to the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). Your funding supports the MMS instructional program. Your donations have purchased:

  • New math books for the classrooms
  • Classroom library resources
  • Computer equipment
  • Software programs
  • Art supplies
  • Medical supplies
  • Other supplies and materials

On behalf of MMS, I wish you and your family a restful winter vacation. We look forward to continue working with our students and families on Monday, Jan. 5.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Marshall Calendar

  • Wednesday, Dec. 10—Band Winter Concert, 7 pm, MMS theater;
  • Thursday, Dec. 11—Orchestra Winter Concert, 7 pm, MMS theater;
  • Wednesday, Dec. 17—Choir Concert, 6 pm, MMS theater;
  • Thursday, Dec. 18—Choir Concert, 6 pm, MMS theater;
  • Monday, Dec. 22–Friday, Jan. 2— Winter vacation, no school; and,
  • Monday, Jan. 5—school resumes.

PE Sportsmanship Awards

Congratulations to the following students who earned the Sportsmanship Award in physical education! This award is given out every four weeks to one student in his or her PE class who displays a positive attitude and outstanding sportsmanship on a daily basis. Way to go!

Esha Kashyap, Kimani Taylor, Erin Burgess, Jasmine Williams, Joaquin Dicang, Tyler Fitzgerald, Laurel Norris, Johnny Tadeusiak, Carson Leighty, Meghan Fitzgerald, Kristal Lam, Hannah Brubaker, Nick Calkins, Chad Buley, Ella Brislin, Harrison Rodgers, Kyle Fraser, Grant Glasgow, Zoe Thomas, Joshua Boamah, Len Jost, Nikki Mullin, Nick Bello, Gavin Hunter, Leiden Huber, Varun Bhajekar, James Poonoosamy, Aila Swinton, Zoe Sanchez, Emily Paine, Bindiya Mandania, Tyler Fields, Brandon Martinez, Nick Aguilar, Sam Mullen, Ryan Connors, and Ben Byers.

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be distributed to students on Friday, Dec. 5. Remember to ask your child to see his or her progress report. If you do not like what you see, please contact your child’s teacher(s).

Student Support Groups

We are pleased to continue our partnership with Alliant Couple and Family Clinic (ACFC), a community counseling agency and affiliate of Alliant International University. ACFC offers many counseling services at MMS, including student support groups, individual, and family counseling. If your child would like to sign up for a support group, or if you have questions, please contact Julie Becker at [[email protected]] or 549-5502.

Planning for High School

Although the district no longer provides funding for high school planning, MMS counselors will host two High School Four Year Planning Conferences in January. The meeting for last names starting with A–L is on Tuesday, Jan. 13. The meeting for last names M–Z is on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Both conferences are at 6:30 pm at MMS. Graduation and college entrance requirements will be discussed to create a tentative High School Four Year Plan.

SRHS Falcon Night

Prospective Scripps Ranch High School students and parents for 2015–2016: You are cordially invited to attend Falcon Night to find out what SRHS is all about. Hear from students, teachers, counselors, and administrators. Get all your questions answered at this informative meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 15, from 4 to 6 pm in the SRHS gym. Four Year Planning Conferences and Falcon Night discuss different information!

Dingeman Elementary

December Greetings!

I am happy to report our STEAM Initiative is in full implementation! With the generous support of our Family Faculty Connection (FFC), our students are involved in relevant integrated learning experiences through science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

When our students attend the Rockin’ Science Lab, they are hands-on and collaborating on real world problems. Students enjoy designing garden beds, bridges, and sustainable homes. When our parent volunteers come into the classrooms, students write simple code to have Beebots and Probots perform tasks. This is an exciting time for our students!

Mark your calendars for our annual musical for kids by kids entitled Cinderella’s Glass Slipper (below). The evening performance is on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 pm in the auditorium. There is no cost. Come enjoy this wonderful performance!

As a reminder, winter break runs from Monday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Jan. 2. School resumes on Monday, Jan. 5. Have a wonderful holiday season and we will see you in the New Year!

In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Thank You From Our FFC

Thank you to the following businesses for partnering with Dingeman this year:

  • Rubio’s
  • Which Wich
  • The Kebab Shop
  • Islands
  • Red Oven Artisanal Pizza

Their support helps fund the many wonderful activities that would not be available to our children without FFC funding. Thanks also to the many families who support these local businesses while enjoying a night off from cooking dinner. It’s a win-win for all! From all of us at the FFC, may you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Luis Fregoso, FFC VP

Master Mindstorms Winners

We are pleased to share that Dingeman’s Master Mindstorms FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team won first place at the FLL World Class qualifying tournament at Poway High School in November. Sixteen teams of elementary and middle school students from the area competed.

FLL is an exciting alliance between FIRST—a group that inspires young people to be science and technology leaders—and the LEGO Group. It’s a robotics program for 9- to 14-year-olds, designed to get children excited about science and technology and teach them valuable skills. Teams of up to 10 kids program an autonomous robot—using a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot set—to score points on a thematic playing surface, create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project, all while guided by the positive FLL Core Values.

These three elements—the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values—make up this annual challenge. Congratulations to the Master Mindstorms team (above): Rohan Agarwal, Shreya Goel, Shruti Natala, and Pahel Srivastava, and coach Rajesh Goel. The kids are 4th graders, and we are very proud of them.

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

At Jerabek we have a laser focus on building a positive school culture focused on students, teaching, and the learning process. We have a lot to be proud of! In October we celebrated student achievement in the areas of caring and communication. In November we celebrated student achievement in the areas of citizenship and critical thinking. School attendance matters in the learning process and we celebrated students for excellence in the area of “Perfect Attendance.”

We also celebrate our parent volunteers who make a difference on our campus. Jerabek has many parents who volunteer on a daily—and weekly—basis and we appreciate their contributions. A special thank you to our parent leaders: Family Faculty Organization (FFO) president Ginger Colletto, School Governance president Annie Fraser, and School Site Council chair Christina Riehl. These parents have joined staff in our commitment to lead Jerabek to a positive school culture.

A special thank you to community leader, Colonel Bob Dingeman! At the Scripps Ranch Schools Committee meeting, Col. Dingeman presented our school with two flags: a historical American flag that flew over Jerabek in 1978 when the school first opened, and a new California flag. We were honored by the presentation.

Thank you to the Scripps Ranch Woman’s Club and vice president Joette Briggs for a very generous donation of $500. We are honored by the donation and commit it to bettering the educational experience.

Finally, thank you to our awesome students and talented staff for making Jerabek a positive place to learn and grow! Thank you for the opportunity to educate your future college graduate.

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

Community Outreach

‘Tis the season…a unique giving experience takes place this month. When you are out holiday shopping, we hope you will think of our December community outreach project. Jerabek will collect new unwrapped gifts and gift cards for Promises2Kids during the week of Dec. 8–12.

Promises2Kids provides the tools and guidance foster children need to address the circumstances that brought them into foster care, overcome the difficulties of their past, and grow into successful adults.

Jerabek will collect gifts for children of all ages. Promises2Kids especially needs gift cards and other items for teens, who are often overlooked this time of year. Let’s share that Jerabekian spirit with some very deserving children this season!

Volunteer of the Month

This month we highlight Erik Strahm. Erik is the father of three kids: Justin and Austin in the 3rd grade, and Juliana in 5th grade. In addition to being a supportive father and husband to wife, Judy, Erik works for UCSD as the director of enterprise systems. Erik believes in giving back to the Jerabek community. His commitment to the school has been experienced by many.

Most recently, he chaired the Pledge Drive, the FFO’s largest fundraiser. Thanks to Erik’s creativity and sense of fun, it was a huge success. Erik made videos to encourage families to support Jerabek. One video featured his family and was a take on the viral ice bucket challenge.

Erik also volunteers endless hours as part of the Jerabek Communication Team. He ensures our community stays up to date with the latest happenings.

When asked why he volunteers, Erik responded, “I am a working parent who feels it is important to volunteer and participate in the education of my children. It has been an incredible experience for me and my children, and my hope is that it instills a sense of duty in them to participate in the education of their future children. It is especially important for dads to get involved. I encourage dads—and all working parents—to find a way to volunteer at school. If the opportunity doesn’t exist, work with the FFO and the administration to create it.” We all thank you, Eric, for being part of the Jerabek village.

Thank You, Jersey Mike’s!

Jersey Mike’s has a philosophy of giving back to the community. In October Jersey Mike’s on Scripps Ranch Boulevard hosted three days of fundraising for Jerabek, where diners were invited to enjoy a regular sandwich in exchange for a donation to our school. After the event Jerabek received a check from Jersey Mike’s for $1,500! Thank you, Jersey Mike’s!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

We just completed our first round of parent-teacher conferences with our new progress reports. Thank you to all the parents who took the time to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss how to best support the students. We had almost 100% participation by our families. We know students do best when there is a strong connection between school and home.

In December we administer the first of the new district assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in both language arts and mathematics. We are anxious to see how well we are aligning our instruction with the new standards.

Check your calendars for the many upcoming holiday events in December: the Students Who Care Food Drive; caroling; Choir Night; holiday parties; and winter break. It’s going to be a busy 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


MRE has a new club for 4th and 5th grade students this year—FIRST LEGO League (FLL). In FLL the children program an autonomous robot, using the LEGO MINDSTORMS robot set, to score points on a thematic playing surface. They create innovative solutions to a problem, while using the FLL Core Values that encourage teamwork and education.

The teams will compete on three elements: the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values. Thirty MRE students comprising three FIRST LEGO League teams (one is pictured above) have worked together since the summer with the help of volunteer coaches. As of press time, they were scheduled to attend qualifying tournaments in mid-November. FLL at MRE is supported by donations from Innotech Machining and Qualcomm.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message from Our Principal

Dear EBS Parents and Community Members,

At EBS we view character education as a critical component of a well-rounded education. Our students work hard to use their “Positive Penguin Power” to give our school a friendly environment. I see examples every day of students showing great character.

One example is a project completed by the Nicolosi family. They saw a video by “Kid President” encouraging everyone to collect socks for the homeless during October, an initiative called “Socktober.” The Nicolosi kids—Lily and Brayden, grade 5; Violet, grade 2; and Kinley, grade 1—typed up a proposal and scheduled an appointment with me to get permission to collect socks in front of the school.

After their proposal was approved they spent every morning in October in front of the school collecting socks. They made signs and announcements, and soon other students joined in and the socks poured in. They collected 478 new pairs of socks that were donated to a homeless shelter!

This project demonstrated how our students have taken two of our monthly character traits—generosity and compassion—to heart. They also demonstrated great initiative by completing this entire project on their own without any help from the school. These kids are going places!

As our students learn and grow I am confident that not only will they develop excellent academic and critical thinking skills but they will have the strength of character required for success in the future. I am so proud of our Penguins!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message from the AFP

Thanks to everyone who donated their extra Halloween candy to The Super Dentists. It was a worthwhile program that benefited not only EBS but another local nonprofit and our troops overseas. EBS earned $355 from donating 355 pounds of candy for the troops! This means that $355 was also donated by The Super Dentists to a local nonprofit. Thank you to the Smart family for taking on this project!

EBS families have been busy showing their generosity and compassion by donating non-perishable food items and gift cards to local families in need. By working with our Character Education partner, Friends and Family Community Connection (FFCC), our families helped provide Thanksgiving food boxes to more than 700 families in our community. The families are identified through FFCC’s ongoing food distribution program.

In 2013 EBS donated more than 100 boxes of food—more than 2,200 pounds! Thank you to our parent volunteers who helped with classroom coordination, sorting food items, and driving the food to the food pantry. We couldn’t do this without you! Thank you, EBS families, for showing your Positive Penguin Power!

Krissy Duke

Innovations Academy

Innovations is supporting students’ interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with our new science lab (pictured below). Students perform investigations and experiments that balance the goals of STEM education with each child’s natural sense of inquiry. Look for the Innovations booth at the San Diego Science Alliance, STEAM Makers Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Innovations would like to extend a big thank you to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) for its school grant this year. We are excited to use the support to expand our garden and nutrition programs for K–8 students.

Innovations invites the Scripps Ranch community to our Exhibition of Learning on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7:30 pm on our campus at 10380 Spring Canyon Road. This family-oriented event will feature our K–8 fall project work that is sure to intrigue and entertain!

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Students took part in the Second Annual Great Quarter Race. Each quarter donated provided one meal for a hungry child. Our students (above) provided 6,101 meals, up 36% from last year. The $1,525.25 raised will be sent to Cross Catholic Outreach to help the hungry around the world.

We partnered with Dr. Christopher Maulik of Scripps Poway Orthodontics for the Halloween Candy Buy-Back pro-

gram. We received $1 for each pound of candy, which is shipped to our troops overseas. We sent our monetary donation to the Missionary Childhood Association.

December’s focus is on Advent, a season of preparation for the birth of Christ, our Savior. Our Christmas program will be at St. Gregory the Great Church on Thursday, Dec. 18. Merry Christmas!

Our Open House and Book Fair is on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 1 to 3 pm at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, 15315 Stonebridge Parkway. Join us!