Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

For most of us January brings a time of reflection of the past year and resolutions for the future. As parents and educators we want to ensure that our children get every opportunity to succeed, and we at SRHS will continue to work toward that goal in 2015. As we move forward into January, we will end our first semester with finals on Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 21, 22, and 23. School ends at 11:30 am on these days to allow students time to adequately prepare for finals in all classes. Beginning Monday, Jan. 26, we begin our second semester and our countdown to graduation.

In support of our academic program, our regular after-school peer tutoring continues to meet in the library for any student who needs occasional help with a class or project. Tutoring is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:15 to 3:15 pm.

Our dance classes will have performances on Friday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 pm and Saturday, Jan. 17, at noon and 6:30 pm in the SRHS theater. We hope you will be able to attend these events and support our performing arts students.

All parents of incoming students are encouraged to join us for “Falcon Night” on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 4 pm in the SRHS gym. Street Tacos will be available from 3 to 4 pm, along with classroom exhibitions in the quad. In addition to having the opportunity to meet some of our exceptional teachers, counselors, and administrators that afternoon, you will learn about the rigorous academic program and all the extra-curricular activities offered at SRHS.

Please mark your calendars for the following important dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 5—School resumes;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15—Falcon Night, 4 pm, SRHS gym;
  • Monday, Jan. 19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school;
  • Thursday, Jan. 22 – PSAT Parent Night, 6 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Wednesday–Friday, Jan. 21, 22, 23—First semester finals, minimum days with 11:35 pm dismissal; and,
  • Monday, Jan. 26 – Second semester begins; class schedule is: CORE, then periods 1–6; students will receive a second semester class schedule in CORE.

We are excited about the academic success that is so evident in the students who attend this wonderful school. For updated times, locations, and events, please check the school calendar at []. Happy New Year!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

Happy New Year from Thurgood Marshall Middle School! We hope you had a joyful winter vacation with your family and friends.

On Thursday, Jan. 15, we have a minimum day, with a 12:16 pm dismissal. Our teachers will use this time to finalize semester grades and plan lessons to meet the needs of our 21st century learners by providing rigorous academic opportunities.

At Marshall Middle School one of our highest priorities is to provide a safe environment for our students. We encourage parents to drive with our students in mind. Please share the road with our student walkers and bikers. Please be patient as you near the school and wait in the queue lines. Please don’t double park, pass other cars, or dart in front of other vehicles to drop off or pick up your student or speed to or from campus.

Also, please do not park at the corner of Avenue of Nations/Willow Creek Road and Pomerado Road to pick up or drop off your student. School personnel do not supervise this area and it is not safe for pedestrians.

Our first semester ends on Friday, Jan. 23. Students will receive their first semester report card on Friday, Jan. 30. I encourage all parents to contact their students’ teachers to find out more information about their students’ progress.

At Marshall we look forward to 2015 and we thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

January Calendar

  • Monday, Jan. 5—school resumes;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 7—School Site Council/Site Governance Team, 5 pm, community room;
  • Friday, Jan. 9—Parent Teacher Student Association, 9:30 am, community room;
  • Thursday, Jan. 15—Minimum day, 12:16 pm dismissal; and,
  • Monday, Jan. 19—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school.


Have you purchased your yearbook yet?! Parents of Marshall Middle School students who have not yet purchased a yearbook, it’s not too late! Don’t let your child’s middle school memories pass them by. You can easily purchase an award-winning yearbook from the comfort of your own home by visiting the Marshall website at [] and clicking on the “Click to buy your yearbook” tab at the top right. Hurry and buy your 100% color yearbook now for the low price of $45 either online or in the financial office…quantities are limited!

If you would like your 8th grader’s adorable baby picture to be included in this year’s yearbook, simply go to the website and click on the “Yearbook Photo Submission” link. Make sure to include names and grades of students in photo entries or they will not be used. We cannot include photos with no names. The deadline for baby pictures is Friday, Jan. 23. No late entries will be accepted. Please send in your photos so we can include your child in the yearbook!

8th to 9th Grade Matriculation to SRHS

Prospective students and parents for 2015–2016, you are cordially invited to attend Falcon Night to find out what Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) is all about. Representatives from the English, math, science, and social studies departments will speak. Other departments will be represented by displays and personnel.

  • Thursday, Jan. 15
  • 4–6 pm
  • SRHS gym

SRHS counselors will be at MMS on Friday, Mar. 6, and Monday, Mar. 9, to speak to our 8th graders about their 9th grade course selections.

High School Four Year Planning Conferences

Although the district no longer provides funding for high school planning, MMS counselors will host two night-time High School Four Year Planning Conferences in January. High school graduation requirements and college entrance requirements will be discussed to create tentative High School Four Year Plans.

Conferences for students with last names A–L is on Tuesday, Jan. 13, and for students with last names M–Z on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Both conferences will be in the MMS multipurpose room from 6:30 to 8 pm. Please note: Four Year Planning Conferences and Falcon Night discuss different information.

5th to 6th Grade Matriculation to MMS

Fifth graders from the four Scripps Ranch elementary schools will visit MMS for a tour of their new school on:

  • Miramar Ranch and Jerabek: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 11:30 am–1 pm; and,
  • E.B. Scripps and Dingeman: Friday, Jan. 30, 11:30 am–1 pm.

Parent Matriculation Night, an informational meeting for parents of incoming 6th graders, is on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the MMS multipurpose room. In addition, MMS counselors will visit students at all of our elementary feeder schools in February. More information and dates will be forthcoming.

Dingeman Elementary

Bittersweet News

Dear Dingeman Family and Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I assume my new role as an area superintendent for the San Diego Unified School District. I have enjoyed nearly six years as Dingeman principal, working with our amazing children, parents, and staff.

I am pleased to announce that vice principal Michael Beraud will be the interim principal for the remainder of the year. The area superintendent who oversees Dingeman, Fabiola Bagula, met with staff and parents to go over the process for hiring a permanent principal. More information will be provided. As of press time, no interim vice principal was named, but details will be coming about that as well.

I’d like to thank everyone for supporting me and for working as a team to take Dingeman to new heights. Our school is poised for the next level and I look forward to watching it rise onward and upward! Sincerely,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Area 3 Superintendent

News from the FFC

Dear Families and Community,

First and foremost, please join us in congratulating Kimie Lochtefeld for being named Area 3 superintendent, which oversees the Kearny, Mission Bay, and Point Loma schools. She was our principal since 2008 and was integral in developing the STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics—program as well as refreshing teacher-led professional learning. Under her leadership, Dingeman received the 2013 California Distinguished School Award. We are delighted Michael Beraud will be the interim principal for the rest of the school year.

The STEAM program has taken flight at Dingeman and we are really proud of the reception and level of enthusiasm behind this great program. All of our students from pre-kindergarten to grade 5 are being introduced to computer science, and they are programming using Bee Bots or Probots from Terrapin depending on their grade level. Thanks to all the wonderful parent volunteers in each classroom, the students are getting great experiences programming robots!

Next month we will introduce our first annual Jog-A-Thon and we are excited for all the great events and fundraisers that start up in the spring. We look forward to a fun and prosperous 2015!

Thank you all for your generous, everlasting support!

Luis Fregoso, FFC VP

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

Hello Scripps Ranch Community,

I want to give a special shout out to our 4th and 5th grade team of teachers: Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Kiss, Mrs. Perkins, Mrs. Del Pego, Mrs. Reid, and Mrs. Pond. These teams facilitate a successful instructional program called the “wheel.”

Fourth and 5th graders rotate between three teachers who each provide high quality, in-depth, specialized instruction in a core academic subject. Specialization in one area allows teachers to narrow their focus while planning instruction. It also allows them to become more proficient in one area, facilitate the instruction with more depth and complexity, and differentiate delivery based on student response. This model is exactly what middle and high school student’s experience.

Recognizing it can be a challenge for some students to go from a self-contained classroom in the lower grades to moving between multiple classes, our teachers are working hard to develop our student’s personal resiliency and independence. We are so proud of the teaching and learning at Jerabek and the wheel provides a unique learning experience for our students.

Student Council at Jerabek this year will move from an exclusive experience to an inclusive one for students. This year students will apply to be part of Student Council and will not have to participate in what was a very unpleasant electoral process. Student Council will be a service organization and build leadership through service projects around our school.

Our students are immersed in critical thinking experiences. In English language arts teachers are receiving ongoing professional development in Literacy First, Seminars in Critical Literacy. The program is a focus on the development of critical thinking and discussion around literacy. Teachers also are carrying this into the area of mathematics.

As we continue on a mission to improve our school’s culture, we would like to thank our wonderful students who continue to remind us, with their presence, the importance of a student-centered focus at school. This year a more positive school environment has enhanced the teaching and learning process and will result in better outcomes for our children. Thank you for your positive contribution to Jerabek Elementary. Happy New Year!

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

Vivacious Volunteer: Cindy Brentnall

Jerabek’s volunteer spotlight this month shines on Cindy Brentnall: a wonderful wife, magnificent mother of two, and a vibrant volunteer for Jerabek. She has served as a member of Jerabek’s School Site Council (SSC) and the 2014–2015 Family Faculty Organization (FFO) Board. In addition, she chairs the Jerabek after-school programs. Prior to this year, the majority of Jerabek’s after-school programs were scheduled for the minimum day on Thursday, but Cindy saw an opportunity to expand the programs into other days of the week. This school year Jerabek is offering a record number of 11 extra-curricular programs every weekday.

The programs include Academic Chess, Mad Science, Xpressive ARTS, San Diego Junior Theater, FitKids America Hip-Hop, flag football, and Musical Minds Piano Keyboard Club. They are available for all Scripps Ranch school-age children, not just Jerabek students. “I feel so fortunate to work with Cindy,” says Ginger Colletto, good friend and FFO president. “She wants the best for the kids of the Jerabek community and works tirelessly to make Jerabek an extraordinary campus.”

Supporting Jerabek is a family affair. Cindy and her husband, Steve, have come to be known as Jerabek’s “Movie Marvels.” They are always eager to haul their big screen and customized projector to Jerabek so our kids can enjoy a cinematic experience during the holidays or for a special class reward. In September the Brentnall’s provided their equipment for a Family Movie Night under the stars. Everything was awesome, as a huge crowd gathered on the Jerabek field to watch The Lego Movie. Cindy’s “spare” time is spent treating furry/scaly, four/two/no-legged family members as a veterinarian—demonstrating further her serving heart has no boundaries. Thank you, Cindy, for being a great example of Koala pride.

Door of Faith Orphanage

Jerabek once again will hold its annual fundraiser for the Door of Faith Orphanage in Mexico. This orphanage cares for more than 100 children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or abused. All of the food and supplies they need to operate come from donations.

Jerabek has partnered with this wonderful organization for more than a decade. From Monday, Jan. 26, through Friday, Feb. 6, we will collect Costco gift cards from our students and families—and community!—to help the orphanage buy food and supplies they desperately need. Recently, they have taken in a lot of younger children, so in addition to gift cards, we also will collect diapers, socks, and underwear for the children.

In addition to helping the very deserving children at the Door of Faith Orphanage, this community service opportunity will help educate Jerabek students about the orphanage and the importance of compassion and giving. We hope students will get involved by making a donation so they can experience the great feeling that comes with helping those in need. More information on this incredible organization can be found at [].

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our FFA

Happy New Year from the Family Faculty Association (FFA)! If your New Year’s resolution is to help out at school, we’ve got a volunteer job for you! Check out the “Help Wanted” section of our website at [] and browse the open positions. There are lots of ways to get involved—from counting box tops to working on the website, or helping out with this year’s Book Fair or Jog-A-Thon. Don’t see something that fits? Email me at [[email protected]] and I will find something for you.

This year’s Scholastic Book Fair takes place from Monday, Jan. 26, through Friday, Jan. 30, with a theme of “Under the Sea.” MRE students are being challenged to read 150,000 minutes in January to celebrate literacy and win a fun prize from our principal and vice principal. The students also are being challenged to submit a written piece on the theme. Winners from each grade level will be invited to read their piece at the Book Fair Family Night on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Mary Corbett, FFA President

January at Miramar Ranch

  • Thursday, Jan. 15—FFA Family Restaurant Night, place TBD;
  • Monday, Jan. 19—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school;
  • Tuesday, Jan. 20—3rd Grade Family Science Night, 6:30–7:45 pm;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21—2nd Gr. Family Science Night, 6:30–7:45 pm.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

EBS is excited to announce a new partnership with Mission Federal Credit Union. This summer I had the pleasure to attend the grand opening of its new location on Scripps Poway Parkway. They immediately suggested partnering with our school and offered to provide the teachers with a “Welcome Back” breakfast in August.

In September the new branch was allowed to choose one school in Scripps Ranch to participate in a special program that teaches students the value of saving money. We were grateful to be chosen for the Mission2$ave program that offers special student savings accounts to our EBS students. These accounts earn 5% interest on the first $500!

Every Thursday morning we have a table set up in front of the school to collect deposits from the students. Some deposit as little as 25 cents a week and others deposit their birthday checks from grandma, but all students get a prize when they make a deposit. The students have a special bank book where they keep track of their deposits and calculate how much they have in their savings account. This program teaches the students about banking and interest and develops the lifelong habit of saving money.

At EBS we believe in educating the whole child so that they have the academic, social, and practical skills to become leaders in the 21st century. This program will help our students begin to understand fiscal responsibility. We are very happy to have Mission Federal Credit Union as our new partner in education. Special thanks to branch manager Pam Walke and regional business development officer Cindy Sandback for making a commitment to support our school. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

From Our AFP President

The Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) is proud of all of its efforts to provide programs and materials that enhance a child’s educational experience. We are especially proud of our Everyone A Reader (EAR) program, which has become an institution—10 years!—at EBS. It is a support system eagerly anticipated by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade teachers and parents.

Every October there is a training for parent and community volunteers. Each teacher selects up to five students who need reading help. Two to four tutoring sessions are scheduled per week. The tutors reinforce strategies being taught in the classroom, giving students a chance to practice in a one-on-one non-threatening environment. Many of our 1st grade students, if tutored three times a week, improve an average of four reading levels in one school year! It’s so gratifying to see the students improve and gain self-confidence that tutors return year after year.

The EAR resource library was recently “refreshed” through AFP funding, and we purchased $900 worth of books at all levels for 1st–3rd grades. In January, if we have tutors available, we will add kindergartners to the reading program.

We always welcome new tutors for our program. Our EAR volunteer group is comprised not only of EBS parents but grandparents and even members of our community who have time to donate and love reading with children. In fact, our fabulous Everyone A Reader program coordinator, Cindy Thomas, is a community member who has selflessly run this program for years, even though she has never had any children at EBS!

Cindy is a longtime Scripps Ranch resident who volunteers at EBS to give back to her community and make a difference in children’s lives. We are so grateful to be part of this incredible neighborhood where we partner with our community to make our school a better place!

Seema Moorjani, AFP President

Innovations Academy

Innovations Academy Performing Arts is a curriculum-based theater program in its first year at the school. December productions included an original Greek mythology play by 6th graders (above), a medieval faire by 7th graders at Exhibition Night, and media and film projects by 8th graders. The theater arts sessions are 10 weeks, culminating with a final product.

Thank you to Green Hat Electronics Waste for sponsoring a workshop from Schools of Sustainability (SOS). Students worked with SOS to expand our sustainability programs. Students also helped film a documentary due this spring from the nonprofit. The work inspired a partnership with local groups to put on an Intergenerational Earth Day in April to promote sustainability education. Interested in volunteering? Email [[email protected]] for more details.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015–16 school year. Visit [] to submit an online application. All prospective families are required to attend one New Parent Information Session. Upcoming meetings are Saturday, Jan. 24, at 4 pm or Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 6 pm.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

As we usher in the New Year, we honor our commitment to provide a quality Catholic education where gospel values are integrated into the fiber of each school day. In January we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week. Through Mass, an Open House, and special events for our families, we will focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people.

Open House is on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 1 to 3 pm. We welcome all families interested in touring our school. Teachers will be available in all classrooms to introduce you to our school philosophy and describe our religious, academic, and extra-curricular educational programs. Our school address is 15315 Stonebridge Parkway, about three miles from the entrance of StoneBridge. We hope to see you there.

Our K–8 school offers a unique family environment where creativity and leadership skills are cultivated. Classrooms gather across grade levels to integrate leadership and service opportunities. Older students help younger ones shop at the holiday boutique, read from the Scriptures, or create a beautiful art project. We develop students to become upstanding people and role models.