Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Things have been busy at Scripps Ranch High School! We hosted the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visiting committee at the end of February. We expect an outstanding review of what they saw and experienced during their time at SRHS.

The fabulous “Taste of the Ranch” fundraiser in late February was a huge success. The parent support at SRHS could not be any better and we are deeply appreciative of everyone’s efforts. Because of our wonderful parents and community, we are able to provide our students a quality educational experience and we can’t say “thank you” enough. Activities abound at SRHS. Please visit the SRHS website and view the school calendar for the most up- to-date information.

Looking for academic help? The Peer Tutoring Club offers help in all subject areas for students after school in the SRHS library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Drop in any time you’d like assistance. For those who already ride the bus, transportation is provided.

As of this writing, we have not received our budget or teacher allotment for the 2015–2016 school year. Forthcoming information will be brought to our administration team, Governance Team, and School Site Council for approval.

Ms. Erin Scalero has been chosen to represent SRHS in the district’s Teacher of the Year event. Congratulations on the well-deserved honor!

The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) will be given to all 10th grade students on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 17 and 18. Passing this exam is one of the graduation requirements students have to meet in order to receive a diploma. Both are minimum days, with classes dismissed at 11:30 am. Other important dates:

  • Articulation continues through Monday, Mar. 16;
  • Thursday–Saturday, Mar. 5–7—SRHS Playhouse presents The Addams Family, 6:30 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Tuesday, Mar. 10—Orchestra/Choir Spring Concert, 6:30 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 11—Community college presentation, 2:30 pm, SRHS library;
  • Friday, Mar. 13–Mr. Scripps Ranch Pageant, 6:30 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 17–18—Minimum days, 11:30 am dismissal;
  • Tuesday, Mar. 17—Orchestra concert, 6:30 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Saturday, Mar. 21—ROTC Ball, Town and Country Inn;
  • Monday, Mar. 23—Area music concert, 5 pm, SRHS gym;
  • Monday–Friday, Mar. 30–Apr. 3—Spring break, no school; and,
  • Monday, Apr. 6—Classes resume.

Please visit to stay connected. Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

We are quickly approaching the middle of second semester. As we continue to work with our students, we want to remind our 8th grade students and parents about our promotion requirements for the 2014–2015 school year. We have established several requirements in order to participate in the 8th grade promotion ceremony and the 8th grade promotion activity sponsored by the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). All 8th grade students must meet these minimum requirements to participate in these activities:

  • 2.0 GPA in scholarship on the fifth progress report
  • 2.0 GPA in citizenship on the fifth progress report
  • No more than one “F” in any subject on the fifth progress report
  • No more than two suspensions in the year
  • No suspensions after May 1

The end of the year activities and promotion are wonderful ways to recognize our students’ hard work! There will be no exceptions to our standards.

At the time of this publication, school sites had not received the 2015–2016 school budgets. As soon as we learn more, I will provide an update.

I want to congratulate the MMS Science Olympiad Team for placing fifth in the Regional Tournament at Rancho Bernardo High School! They head to the state competition in April. There were 98 teams and 2,500 students participating! I’m so proud of our team’s accomplishments!

Thank you for your continuing support of our public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Progress Reports

The first six-week grading period of the second semester ends on Friday, Mar. 6. Progress reports will be issued to students on Friday, Mar. 13. Be sure to contact the teachers if you have any concerns.

GATE Seminar Program

The GATE Seminar Program Intent to Enroll forms for seminar-identified students were due to Marshall in February. However, if your child was given the district GATE test this year as a 5th grader and you are waiting for the results, we will accept the Intent to Enroll forms when those scores become available.

As a reminder, our district no longer funds the seminar program to allow for a class-size reduction. All seminar classes have the same student-to-teacher ratio as general education and GATE classes, which can be as high as 36:1.

The GATE Seminar Program Intent to Enroll form along with the Marshall Middle School GATE and out-of-district seminar placement policy can be found on the counseling page of the MMS website at

College: Making It Happen

Attention 7th grade students and parents: on Tuesday, Mar. 10, Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools will co-host a college preparation. 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 for University of California, California State University, community colleges, and private colleges. There will be step-by-step information parents and children should know regarding how to prepare for high school and college. Appropriate middle and high school courses for college prep, college entrance requirements, and financial aid also will be discussed. We encourage our 7th grade parents and students to attend!

Dingeman Elementary

From our Interim Principal

I want to thank all of our Art Corps volunteers who helped make our three family art nights “sellout” events. We had 270 participants create amazing artwork!

It’s that time of year when we register and welcome new students and parents to our Dingeman family. Registration for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten is on Wednesday, Mar. 25, from 8 am to 1 pm in the Dingeman auditorium.

  • Transitional kindergarten—students who turn 5 on Sept. 2, 2015 and before Dec. 2, 2015.
  • Kindergarten—students who turn 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2015.
  • Registration packets will be available at the front office starting Thursday, Mar. 19.
  • Please fill out the paperwork and have all documents ready for copying the day of registration.

Fall registration for students in grades 1–5 new to our school also will be accepted on Wednesday, Mar. 25. The same requirements apply and registration packets will be available at the front office.

  • New 1st graders—your child must be 6 on or before Sept. 1, 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Irma Martinez at 549-4437, ext. 163, or [email protected]

In Partnership for Excellence,

Michael Beraud, Interim Principal

Spring Greetings From the FFC

Dear Dingeman Families and Community, Spring is here and we start off the month with our annual Book Fair on Monday, Mar. 2! Last year’s event earned many free books for Dingeman, so let’s rally and make it another successful year for learning through literacy!

Our highly anticipated Father-Daughter dance is on Friday, Mar. 27, from 6 to 8:30 pm. This year’s theme is “Sock Hop/’50s Era,” and there will be appetizers from The Kebab Shop, raffle prizes, and music and dancing! Register early at Thank you for your support!

Luis Fregoso, FFC Vice President

Tour the World in an Afternoon

Join us on Sunday, Apr. 26, from 11 am until 5 pm for an international affair. Open to everyone in the community, Dingeman’s World’s Fair is a family friendly fundraiser celebrating cultures from around the globe with games, activities, live performances, and delicious food! Don’t forget the popular silent auction and opportunity drawings. For more about volunteering, sponsorships, donations, and retail opportunities, contact Claudine and Michelle at [email protected]

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Principal’s Message

Hello Scripps Ranch,

Starting in September Jerabek will join the rest of the Scripps Ranch schools in a traditional academic calendar. This will be the last school year with a year-round calendar. In the past we had families go to neighboring schools due to calendar conflicts. We are excited to give our families a calendar that aligns with Marshall Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School. We anticipate a rise in enrollment due to this change. If you are a family, or know a family, who plans to return to Jerabek, call us at 578-5330 so we can plan for next year.

A special thank you goes to three extraordinary parent volunteer leaders: Ginger Colletto, Family Faculty Organization president; Annie Frasier, Site Governance Team chair; and Christina Riehl, School Site Council chair. These parents work incredibly hard for our students not just in their official positions but in many other activities and committees on campus!

Congratulations to Jerabek’s Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kathleen Reid. Read more about her in the following article.

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

Jerabek’s Teacher of the Year

The commitment of all Jerabek’s teachers to educate, involve, inspire, and care about their students is remarkable. Each year one teacher is recognized for his or her exemplary contribution and dedication. It is with great pleasure we share this year’s Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Kathleen Reid (above) who teaches 5th grade. Ms. Reid has been teaching in the San Diego Unified School District for the past 24 years and this is her 15th year at Jerabek.

In addition to her California teaching credential, she holds a GATE certification and a masters in reading instruction. Her favorite part of teaching is working with the kids. She loves it when children she taught visit her years later, even when they are in college! Thank you, Ms. Reid, for preparing students for the future.

Spring Fling is Almost Here!

Enjoy fun with your adult Jerabek friends while supporting a fantastic school. Don’t miss the event of the year: Spring Fling on Saturday, Mar. 21, from 6 to 10 pm at the Double Tree Golf Resort. While the kids are snug in their beds, you and your friends will enjoy gaming, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind items.

Outbid everyone for a two-night stay at the luxurious St. Regis Monarch Beach or a fun overnight at the LEGOLAND hotel with passes to the park. Get your tickets now! Go to and look for the link to the Spring Fling.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

Students and staff continue their hard work taking on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) daily. Teachers meet every two weeks to plan lessons in reading, writing, and math. Thanks to our generous Family Faculty Association (FFA), we have lots of new instructional materials to support this work in reading and writing. In math, teachers are including the standards for mathematical practice in their planning, encouraging children to explain and defend their thinking.

In February we honored the students’ achievement of reading more than 150,000 minutes during our Book Fair celebration with a relay race starring students and administrators. Vice principal Robinson and I were happy to don our swim fins and “splash down” in the baby pool to encourage the kids to keep reading!

March brings two of our favorite events: the Jog-A-Thon and the western barbecue. Check the website and Wednesday envelope for details and join us for the fun! Finally, don’t forget to calendar our spring break. No school from Monday, Mar. 30, through Friday, Apr. 3.

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

Hawks Love to Read

MRE students read a record-breaking 194,333 minutes in one month, more than meeting the challenge of reading 150,000 minutes. That earned them the treat of watching principal Peg Crane and vice principal Yessenia Robinson compete in an “under-the-sea” obstacle course.

The Book Fair was a huge success. Thank you to all who helped, especially our Book Fair team: Pam Millar, Brigid Brown, Mary Corbett, JoAnne Wright, Korey Thoummavong, Christine Huddleson, Angella Richardson, and Heidi Herway. Mimi’s Cafe, Lucky Donuts, and Club-Z Tutoring generously donated goodies to feed hungry shoppers. We also thank zPizza for providing pizzas for our Family Night, and volunteers Angela Frantz and Amy Hill for assisting them.

Hawk Seminar Update

Is that Louis Pasteur walking down Red Cedar Drive? No, that’s one of Susan Darragh’s 3rd grade seminar students arriving to school. After studying character traits, selecting a historical figure featured in Value Tales, and conducting research, students will participate in this culminating activity at the end of the month, presenting first-person accounts of their famous person to their classmates and parents.

This past month students in Mary Ann Francis’s seminar class were tasked with “Thinking Like a Historian.” The 4th graders started by analyzing primary and secondary source documents and artifacts. Then they engaged in investigations considering credibility of sources, context, and corroboration. Archbishop Fonte of Mexico City is asking students to utilize their critical thinking skills to locate, justify, and design a 22nd California mission.

In Lynn Thomas’s seminar class students are becoming experts in facets of life in colonial America. Findings will be presented via PowerPoint presentations, simulations, and hands-on activities.

If your child is a seminar student, you are welcome to visit our seminar classes from 8 to 9 am on: Wednesday, Apr. 8; Monday, Apr. 13; or Tuesday, Apr. 21.

Jog-A-Thon is Coming!

On Wednesday and Thursday, Mar. 25 and 26, MRE holds its 26th Annual Jog-A-Thon. This year we honor all who serve our community and country with “A Salute to Service.” The Jog-A-Thon is one of our biggest fundraisers, and we count on our business sponsors to make it a success. Thank you to this year’s Platinum sponsor: Logan Family Properties. To become a sponsor or volunteer, please visit

Garden Update

The Green Team planted six fruit trees in the school garden. Parent and child volunteers (below) prepped the site, put in fresh soil, and set down new roots. The trees will provide delicious and healthy additions to the school cafeteria for decades. Thank you to all who volunteered!

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Neighbors and Community Members, We are approaching registration for next year. We cannot wait to welcome our new penguins! Students who currently attend EBS are automatically registered. New students and incoming transitional kindergarten or kindergarten students must register.

We begin the process for our neighborhood students on Monday, Mar. 16. Families who live within the EBS boundaries may pick up a registration packet beginning on Monday, Mar. 16, between 9 am and 2:30 pm. Families will need to show proof of residence, such as a utility bill, to receive a packet. To check our boundaries, please go to the EBS website at and look for “Our Attendance Area” under the “About” menu.

We begin accepting completed packets on Thursday, Mar. 19. Packets will not be accepted unless they are complete.

We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our school. You also may call us at 693-8593 to reserve a spot on a school tour. I am excited to share our beautiful campus and outstanding programs with you. I look forward to meeting all of our new families. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Grand Reopening of the “All New” SR Farmers Market

On Saturday, Mar. 14, the EBS Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) invites all of Scripps Ranch to check out the fantastic changes at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market. Thirteen-and-a-half years ago Bev and Mike Cassity approached the EBS principal with the idea of a community Farmers Market, with proceeds benefiting EBS children. Today it is an integral part of the community.

The EBS AFP and the Cassitys have partnered up once again to upgrade the set up—similar to a French open-air market. There will be new vendors and farmers, wonderful live music, and a completely relaxing atmosphere.

You will be able to have breakfast or lunch at covered tables and do all your “one-stop shopping” every Saturday from 9 am to 1:30 pm. We are excited to present to you our new and improved Farmers Market. For details, please visit Join us for the festivities!

Seema Moorjani, AFP President

Innovations Academy

Eighty-five Innovations students and parents joined with the Surfrider Foundation for a beach cleanup in February as part of an ongoing plastic pollution investigation. Students collected more than 35 pounds of trash along the Mission Beach jetty and recorded their findings, then shared them with Surfrider and Coastkeeper to compile in their annual report.

Additional components of the plastic pollution project included local watershed visits to study ecosystems, science investigations utilizing Coastkeeper’s Project SWELL curriculum, interviews with experts, and student-conducted surveys in the community on single-use plastics. Based upon their findings, students will problem solve and explore solutions that will make a positive impact in the county.

We would like to thank Rubio’s in Scripps Ranch, Coastal Buildings, and Super Dentist for their support at our family dance, along with other businesses, families, and community members.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

March will be full of activity at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School. Our “School Welcome Video” has been launched on YouTube and can be viewed on our website at or by scanning this QR code.

The St. Gregory the Great School community is a nurturing environment where children and their families may grow in their faith as they pursue rigorous academics. Our religious activities in March focus on the Season of Lent, a period of 40 days of reflection and spiritual growth. As a community and in our classrooms, we will open our hearts to God’s grace. Then with prepared hearts, we are open to the full joy that is the risen Lord at Easter.

If you are interested in investigating the gift of Catholic education for your child, please call the St. Gregory school office at 397-1290 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.