Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

As we begin the second semester, there are many important items and events on the horizon. First, seniors must continue their rigor, as keeping up the second semester grades is important for final college acceptance. Grades, citizenship, and attendance must remain at satisfactory and above to be eligible for senior activities. Information regarding those activities is on our website.

Our underclassmen will begin to focus on their course selections for the next school year. Counselors will provide students with information about the articulation process. It is imperative that students and parents are cognizant of the fact that courses selected at this time will dictate the number of classes offered in a particular course for the coming school year.

To finalize selections, parent signature and counselor approval is required. Some courses may require prerequisites. You may want to review the online SRHS Course Catalog and visit teacher websites, which include course expectations.

Congratulations to William Hang who has been selected from an initial pool of 102,600+ applicants as a semifinalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars program! William continues through the selection process with an opportunity to receive a $20,000 scholarship. We are so proud of William!

The SRHS Foundation continues to work vigorously to raise money to help our school continue to outshine the rest! The Taste of the Ranch Committee is making final plans for the upcoming event on Friday, Feb. 27. Check out pages 30–31 for details. Join us for an evening of fun!

Some upcoming dates of note:

  • Thursday, Feb. 5—College presentation to juniors, 3–4:30 pm, theater;
  • Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7—Talent Show, 6:30–8:30 pm, theater;
  • Saturday, Feb. 7—ASB Winter Semi-Formal, 8–11 pm, San Diego Air and Space Museum;
  • Monday, Feb. 9—Minimum day, 11:30 am dismissal;
  • Friday and Monday, Feb. 13 and 16—Presidents’ birthdays observed, no school;
  • Thursday, Feb. 19—Freshmen and sophomore college night, 4–6 pm, theater; and,
  • Sunday–Wednesday, Feb. 22–25—Western Accreditation of Schools and Colleges visiting committee.

For more information about SRHS and updates on school events, please visit our website at

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

The Addams Family

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky…” The new musical comedy sensation The Addams Family is on stage at the SRHS Falcon Playhouse from Thursday through Saturday, Mar. 5, 6, and 7. SRHS’s talented student actors star in this play that brings the beloved, bizarre family to life.

Tickets go on sale at the SRHS finance office starting Tuesday, Feb. 17, and will be sold at the door. For more about the SRHS Falcon Playhouse, “Like” us on Facebook at The Addams Family is presented through special arrangement with all authorized materials supplied by Theatrical Rights World Wide. For information, contact Patrick Garcia at 256-2705 or [email protected]

Thank You, Local Businesses!

The SRHS staff held its holiday party in December and it was a great success, in part, due to the generous donations of our community businesses. Many gift certificates were given to the school to share with the hard-working staff. Thank you to:

  • Great News, Point Loma
  • Bruski Burgers and Brew
  • Board and Brew
  • Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
  • Shozen and Manpo
  • Que Pasa Mexican Grill
  • Chili’s
  • Yanni’s Bar and Grill

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community,

We began our second semester on Monday, Jan. 26. This semester will be busy as we begin speaking to our students about their classes for next year. Parents will receive information about course selections from our counseling department in the next few weeks.

We also will welcome our new 5th grade students and parents to Thurgood Marshall Middle School. We look forward to meeting our new group of students and are excited to share all the great opportunities we have for Scripps Ranch middle schoolers. In February we will have a Parent Matriculation Night for all 5th grade parents to learn about Marshall—please see the article in this section—and we will conduct tours for incoming students and parents. For tour dates and times, please visit

I thank you as you continue to work with us to provide a solid middle school education for our students. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Choir News

Join the choir department in its production of Legally Blonde Jr. Tickets will be on sale in February in the financial office. Performances are on Tuesday–Saturday, Mar. 3–7, at 6 pm. There is a matinee performance on Saturday, Mar. 7, at noon.

Theatre Performances Coming

The musical theatre class has been working hard on Marshall’s first-ever winter musical—Captain Louie, Jr. It is a fantastic story about a boy being pulled from his home in New York City to live in a new town. Being the new kid in town, he has to overcome the fears we’ve all had about meeting new people and making new friends. After a fantastic Halloween-themed imaginary journey back to his old neighborhood, we find out if he has the confidence he needs to be the new kid.

Shows are on Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 3–6, at 6 pm. Tickets are $5 each and available in the financial office or at the door. Enjoy a great show that’s appropriate for the whole family! For more details, email Mr. Russell at [email protected]

Fall Semester Report Cards

Students should have brought their semester report cards home on Friday, Jan. 30. If you don’t like what you see, contact your child’s teachers as soon as possible.

PE Sportsmanship Awards

Congratulations to the following students, selected as the Sportsmanship Award winner for their PE class. Every four weeks one student from each PE class is recognized for his or her positive attitude, being a good role model, and leading the way through actions. Way to go!

Alyssa Huynh, C.J. Madeiros, Liam Baird, Kaylee Tate, Benjamin Gietzen, Claire Garretson, Kayla Dees, Srikar Talagadadivi, Aidan McSweeny, Madelyn Carniglia, Dhru Gupta, Morgan Anderson, James Walsh, R.J. Wick, Ally Richardson-Pepper, Kyle Markel, Natalie Markman, Eric Maurer, Jerry Yang, David Granucci, Alia Straula, Genevieve Flores, Matt Meyers, Aisha Alegra, Mihir Gupta, Vierra Moore, Kiley Gillett, Julia Erez, Andrew Vannieuwenhoven, Liam Lacson, Blake Ellis, Spencer McCartney, Steven Nguyen, Grace Hansen, Lexi Olney, Chaz Hallmark, and Alejandra Robles.

5th to 6th Grade Matriculation

Parent Matriculation Night, an informational meeting for parents of incoming 6th graders, is on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the MMS multipurpose room. Counselors also will visit students at our elementary feeder schools in February to talk about courses and answer questions.

College: Making It Happen

Attention 7th grade students and parents: on Tuesday, Mar. 10, Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools will cohost a college preparation night for 7th graders and their parents. It will be in the Wangenheim Middle School auditorium from 6 to 7:30 pm.

The speaker will discuss high school graduation requirements, along with college preparation information. Appropriate middle and high school courses for college prep, college entrance requirements, and financial aid also will be discussed.

Dingeman Elementary

From our Interim Principal

Dear Dingeman Families, Friends, and Community,

The certificated and classified staff at Dingeman are fortunate that the school foundation—the Family Faculty Connection (FFC)—pays for CPR training. We are grateful that we have the most current skills to keep our students safe.

Earlier this school year lunch supervisor and parent Reggie White used his CPR training to assist a student who was choking on a sandwich. Check out page 15 for more on the story. Many thanks go to Reggie for his quick response to help our student. Also, thank you to the Dingeman FFC for always supporting the school.

The Dingeman community welcomes Adrienne Asdal as the new interim vice principal. Adrienne comes to us from the Office of Language Acquisition where she was an English learner resource teacher. She has worked with the district for 15 years and began as an elementary teacher.

I also want to congratulate Ms. Antonette Harris for being selected by her colleagues as the Dingeman Teacher of the Year! In Partnership for Excellence,

Michael Beraud, Interim Principal

First in LEGO Innovation!

In December, 56 teams participated in the FIRST LEGO League Southern California championship tournament, where teams presented their projects and robots. As many as 10 judges quizzed the teams on their robot design for hardware, software, efficiency, strategy, and innovation. Our Dingeman team—Master Mindstorms—won first place for “Innovation and Strategy.” Way to go!

They also received third place in the Robot Game Challenge, where their robot had to complete as many challenges as possible in two-and-a-half minutes. This is a big win considering our team was the youngest in the tournament! Congratulations to Shruti, Shreya, Rohan, and Pahel, and their coach Rajesh Goel.

Pippa Mills

From Our FFC

We are excited to bring back a Jog-A-Thon to Dingeman on Thursday, Feb. 5. We hope the community will support our runners and school. A special thank you to our wonderful FFC parent volunteers and the PE department for making it happen!

Special thanks to Dr. Keith Wan at Scripps Poway Eyecare and Optometry for sponsoring our Dingeman Elementary Pledge Drive ice cream parties! Their continued support is much appreciated!

Luis Fregoso, FFC Vice President

Jerabek Elementary

Jerabek’s U.S. Chess Champion

Alexander Costello, a student in Mrs. Del Pego’s 5th grade class, competed in the National K–12 Scholastic Chess Championships in Orlando, Florida, in December. After three days of intense matches in a pool of almost 200 5th grade players, Alex took first place! Congratulations to Alex, the U.S. national 5th grade chess champion! When asked about his training, he says it all started in kindergarten in Jerabek’s after-school chess program.

Jerabek’s Volunteer Highlight

Jerabek’s volunteer spotlight this month shines on Patty Walter (above). Patty is a loving wife to her husband, Scott, dedicated mother to her son, Benjamin, and dependable volunteer to Jerabek. Patty has committed her time to Jerabek for the last four years. She has been a room parent every year in Benjamin’s class and is now leading the T-shirt sales on campus. This year under Patty’s leadership the T-shirt sales have been extremely successful. Congratulations and thank you, Patty!

In addition, Patty is also a member at large to the Family Faculty Organization. She is always ready and willing to help with special projects. It is because of devoted volunteers like Patty that Jerabek Elementary is such a wonderful school.

Jerabek Jog-A-Thon

On Friday, Feb. 6, students, parents, and teachers will run, jog, or walk around a quarter-mile track as many times as they can in 50 minutes. Each student raises pledges from family and friends for the school. Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Costco, for supplying water
  • Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists, who will provide every runner with a water bottle

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Lots Going on at MRE

In December students collected food for the San Diego Food Bank as part of our “Students Who Care” program. Thanks to Suzanne Lawson and Heidi Herway for chairing this event and to the Miramar Ranch Student Council for its assistance.

In January Miramar Ranch kicked off its resolution to be more “green.” Student Council members provided a recycling demonstration to the school and made classroom visits to back up their message. Also, a group of 3rd–5th graders volunteered to give up their lunch recess time to help monitor recycling during lunch. Thanks to Jen Leader, our Green Team chair, for spearheading this initiative.

Jen also helps oversee our garden and the Garden Corps program, a Common Core-based earth science program. Students are enjoying time in the garden, and, hopefully, will enjoy the fruits of their labor in the cafeteria, as we finish our application for the Garden to Cafe program.

We are preparing for our 26th Annual Jog-A-Thon in March. The support of Scripps Ranch businesses is one of the reasons this event is a success year after year. We are so grateful for the generosity of our past sponsors and invite new and returning sponsors to contact our Jog-A-Thon chair, Aaron Andrews, at [email protected] Find out more at

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Principal’s Note

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

I look forward to some of the fun community events we have planned. We are particularly looking forward to our Celebration of the Arts at Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa on Thursday, Feb. 5. This evening will be the unveiling of our art show in the windows of Barnes and Noble. This artwork is from our amazing Fire Artists program. Our performance choir will sing and our advanced orchestra and advanced band will play. We hope you join us for this Celebration of the Arts.

Barnes and Noble will donate 20% of proceeds from purchases made with an EBS flyer back to our school. At the same time we will have a restaurant fundraiser across the parking lot at O’s American Kitchen. We hope many community members come enjoy an evening of art, music, and dinner. Please visit for the fundraising flyers. Thanks in advance for supporting EBS. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

More than an Art Lesson

What do you get when you mix history, art, literature, kids, parents, and enthusiasm? The EBS Fine Artists program, which teaches young artists about art in a fun way. The kids are eager to get their hands on the supplies in the art room, but it’s more than supplies. It’s introducing the children to techniques, materials, historical perspective, and a literacy component.

Although the young artists are inspired by famous artists, the program is about the process of creating and the joy in that process, rather than the finished product. Children learn new ways to see the world. Having a wonderful program such as the Fine Artists is only possible through planning from our resident artist, Kathleen Kane-Murrell, support from the Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP), and the amazing team of parent volunteers.

Every classroom is represented by a team of volunteers. During the year there are six workshops for each grade level, where volunteers learn about the artist and create the art project they then teach their class. It’s a matter of spending a little time to learn the lesson, willingness to teach it, and the magic of seeing children flourish and show pride in their art piece!

One of the annual highlights is the art show at the spring Open House. The young artists are thrilled to see their art showcased in a gallery setting, sharing their creations with family and friends. The pride and confidence shows in their beaming smiles as they discuss their art. Over the 10-year history of the program at EBS, many students have received citywide recognition and awards in various prestigious juried art shows.

This year the theme “Music in the Arts” has married various styles of music with art, just as many famous artists have been inspired by music! To see the art, join us for the Celebration of the Arts show at Barnes and Noble on Thursday, Feb. 5.

Children who experience Fine Artists become sophisticated in their ability to recognize artists as well as use various mediums and fine art techniques. So next time you’re chatting with EBS students, ask about their favorite Fine Artists lesson—they might teach you a thing or two!

Krissy Duke

Innovations Academy

Innovations Academy would like to thank all of our families, students, and the community for attending our Exhibition of Learning Night. Students showcased their fall projects, which included topics such as Rise Above Plastics, Air and Wind Explorations, The Risk Project, All About Money, and California Drought.

Special thanks to our guests that evening including: City Councilmember Mark Kersey (below); Surfrider chair, Roger Kube; Rady Children’s Hospital director, Mindy Collins; and immigrants and refugees from La Maestra Community Health Center, who were part of a community photojournalism project. The evening also included a check presentation to Rady Children’s Hospital for $2,864 from funds raised during our Jog-A-Thon.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Dear Scripps Ranch friends, there are many important events this month. An informational meeting for prospective kindergarten parents is on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 pm at the school. Also, we will host placement screenings for prospective students—grades 1–8—on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 9 am. RSVP to [email protected]

St. Gregory’s is a nurturing environment where children may grow in their faith as they pursue rigorous academics. Our religious activities in February focus on Lent. Wednesday, Feb. 18, is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of 40 days of reflection. We will open our hearts to God’s grace so we may accept his forgiveness. Then we will be open to the joy that is the risen Lord at Easter.