Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

California’s new student assessment system is now known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The CAASPP replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. The primary purpose of the CAASPP is to assist teachers, administrators, pupils, and parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of approaches.

Our students and staff are beginning the final weeks of preparation for the annual California Standards Tests (CST). Sophomores will take the CST in biology on Wednesday and Thursday, Apr. 22 and 23. Juniors will take the English and math Smarter Balanced Assessments—as well as the CST in English, writing, and math—during the testing window from Tuesday through Friday, May 26–29. Also, we will administer the Advanced Placement (AP) exams from Monday, May 4, to Friday, May 15, for students in AP classes.

It’s a crucial time for students and SRHS as we maintain our Distinguished School honor. We’d like to remain number one in the district! Students are encouraged to eat a healthy breakfast, get lots of rest, and do their best. Due to tighter security, cell phones will be banned in classrooms.

Our “brag” section this month is bursting as our students and faculty continue to “shine” in their extracurricular activities! Here are just a few samples:

  • The National Merit Scholarship program has determined 13 of our students have advanced to finalist standing in the competition. These students were chosen out of 16,000 semifinalists and will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2015. The SRHS family is proud of you and wishes you the best of luck in the competition and your educational endeavors. Congratulations to: Daniel P. Arnold, Antonia D. Bronars, Evan R. Caplinger, Jenna N. Dern, William C. Hang, Ethan E. Hsu, Mirha I. Mahmood, Austin Y. Su, Darin G. Truong, Matthew Evan Wildenhain, Annie T. Xu, Alyssa L. Yoshitake, and Jessica T. Yu.

Congratulations also go to:

  • Marlene Freerksen, crowned Miss Teen Scripps Ranch.
  • Mia Altieri, who received Honorable Mention in the nationwide C-SPAN video competition.
  • Llana Monteclar, Marlene Freerksen, and Alexis Howard who won first place in the Teen Iron Chef contest sponsored by the Career College Technical Education program. Chef Coelho is their teacher.
  • Our AFJTRC cadets who performed outstandingly at the National Southern CA Invitational Drill Meet, winning four trophies and a first place plaque.
  • Our Science Olympiad team who placed sixth out of 82 teams at the largest regional competition in the nation. They head to the state competition this month. Mrs. Fowler is the advisor.
  • Our women’s and men’s soccer, women’s and men’s basketball, and roller hockey teams who all made it into CIF playoff games.
  • Our Mock Trial team that received compliments from two judges as well as recognition for Zachary McGaugh for being an Outstanding Witness and Kyler Sakamoto for being an Outstanding Defense Attorney. Mrs. Richmond and Mr. McCutchen are the advisors.

Our spring sports are under way. Please come support Scripps Ranch athletics. I want to express my continued gratitude to our students, coaches, faculty/staff, and parents who dedicate their time and commitment to our extracurricular programs.

Lastly, I send my deepest thanks to our Foundation and all the volunteers. This group of parents works tirelessly to find money to support SRHS. Without our dedicated community, we could not maintain our distinguished reputation.

Please visit for the latest school information. Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

From the Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

We have just finalized our 2015–2016 school budget. Due to the funding formula and student enrollment, we will be able to fund:

  • Homework Zone—two days per week after school;
  • Conferences for teachers to support their learning on Common Core;
  • GATE support; and,
  • Maintenance and purchase of technology and upgrades.

Along with these items, we are not losing any teaching or support staff positions. This year we have been very fortunate. It is my hope that this windfall will continue for years to come. I want to thank the entire Scripps Ranch community for your support for our public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

State Testing—SBAC

California has discontinued STAR testing in English language arts and math. Eighth graders will take the STAR science test in early May. In place of the STAR, the new test is known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and is part of the state’s new plan for student success. CAASPP results will provide important information that will be used to monitor student progress, help teachers make decisions about individual student’s academic needs, and be sure all students leave high school prepared for college and career.

The Smarter Balanced Assessments are part of the CAASPP and will be given from early April through May. English and math teachers will notify parents of dates for their classes. For practice tests, go to The new tests are too different from the old exams to make reliable comparisons between old scores and new. This year’s results will establish a baseline for the progress we expect from students.

Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulations to Karina Piu! After 12 rounds and 90 minutes of competition, Karina triumphed as the winner of the 2015 MMS Spelling Bee. All of the 30 7th and 8th grade competitors advanced to the schoolwide Bee after winning Spelling Bees in their English classes.

Principal Michelle Irwin and vice principal David Braun conducted the competition according to the Scripps National Spelling Bee rules and regulations. Ms. Chalupsky and Mrs. Whitehurst supervised as consultants on pronunciation and protocol. A student from Mr. Lulay’s 8th grade class, Karina’s winning word was “paralegal.” As of press time, Karina was to represent MMS at the San Diego County Spelling Bee in mid-March.

SR Library Essay Contest

Jolie Binstock was awarded first place overall for the Scripps Ranch 8th Grade category of the public library essay contest. Her topic was: “If all of the books in the world were destroyed and you could save just one…” Her essay will be entered into the finalist competition and winners will be announced at the end of April.

Progress Reports

The second six-week progress report period of the second semester ends on Friday, Apr. 24. Progress reports will be distributed on Friday, May 1. It will be the final progress report before the year ends.

Summer School

There will be no summer school for middle school students in the general education program. Students in special education programs, with “Extended School Year” (ESY) indicated on their IEP’s, will be eligible for a summer school program. Case managers will contact parents when applications become available.

Dingeman Elementary

From the Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community Members,

The students, staff, and many family members had a great time participating in our wonderful Jog-A-Thon last month where everyone was a winner and received a beautiful medal. We are grateful to the parents and volunteers who made this event possible and helped raise funds for our PE department.

Volunteers also made our annual Book Fair a huge success. Last year we raised almost $10,000 in Scholastic dollars that go directly back into our classrooms and school library. Family Night welcomed more than 100 families to watch our Honor Choir perform and enjoy Mrs. Morioka and Mrs. Grobosky’s classroom’s dance performance. Thank you to everyone who made this event so successful, including Rita’s for providing tasty treats for all.

I hope you are enjoying your spring break. Classes resume on Monday, Apr. 6.

Michael Beraud, Interim Principal

From Our FFC

The Family Faculty Connection (FFC) is gearing up for our popular World’s Fair on Sunday, Apr. 26, from 11 am to 5 pm. Come join us at this family-friendly fundraiser celebrating many cultures from around the globe, featuring games, activities, vendors, live performances, and delicious food for all ages to enjoy! Attendees also can look forward to the school’s highly popular silent auction and opportunity drawing featuring must-have items. We are excited to share this experience with the entire Scripps Ranch community, so invite your friends and family!

The Dingeman community would like to extend special thanks to our extraordinary volunteers Jaylene Farry and Donna Bey for organizing a spectacular Book Fair this year, as well as Fristha Farmand for our phenomenal Father-Daughter Dance. We are so honored to have you as part of our amazing team. With gratitude,

Luis Fregoso, FFC Vice President

Jerabek Elementary

Dr. Seuss Night

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book.” Dr. Seuss

In late February Jerabek families celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday in style. More than 550 people attended the festivities—many came ready for the fun dressed in pajamas! We were fortunate to have many volunteers, ranging from an employee at the San Diego Humane Society, who brought a furry friend to help her read her story, to some of Jerabek’s corporate sponsors like Dr. Chris Maulik and Dr. David Gilmore. The grand finale was a birthday cake for Dr. Seuss. Thank you to everyone who made this evening such a success!

Families Making a Difference

There are many things that make Jerabek such a special school! The teachers, the traditions, the families, and the sense of community. The expression “it takes a village” is alive and well, and this month we would like to recognize a few of our “villagers” who make a difference.

Jerabek has a new roof on the PE shed thanks to Eric Richardson, who works with Roofing Specialists of San Diego.

Thank you to Dawn Gencarelli who not only volunteered with Dr. Seuss Night, she coordinated the Rady’s Children’s Hospital Valentine’s Day collection for oncology patients. In just a few days she helped collect enough goodies—coloring books, Play-Doh, and Valentine’s stickers—to fill 60 Valentine’s Day bags, 36 sock cupcakes, and a large box of bigger items for patients. Thank you, Dawn!

Thank you to Mary Ringenbach, who is a member of the noon duty staff. Mary consistently goes beyond the call of duty. She takes the time to get the Safety Patrol kids new raincoats to help during the wet days, while also meeting with Principal Joiner to make recommendations she feels will ensure the kids at Jerabek stay safe.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch, April begins with a return to campus after a well-deserved spring break for students and staff. We are rested and ready to go back to work as we ready for testing in May. Students and staff continue their hard work taking on the Common Core State Standards in classrooms daily.

March was busy with assessments in math and science as well as our second round of progress reports. Parent-teacher conferences were held in March. Thanks so much to the parents who participated. We know that involved parents make for the most successful students!

Please visit for details on upcoming events such as Seminar classroom visits, kindergarten and new student registration—on Thursday, Apr. 16—and our PE Fitness Challenge with friends from MCAS Miramar.

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

Hawk Achievement

We are so proud of one of our MRE students who won the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library Essay Contest this past month with an essay titled “Balboa Park.” Congratulations to Sofia Carniglia!

Hawk Family Night

MRE rolled out the red carpet for the annual Father/Daughter Dance themed, “You’re A Star” at the DoubleTree Hotel in Carmel Mountain. Dressed in their best to stroll the infamous red carpet and face the paparazzi, the girls and their dads didn’t disappoint the crowd! Once inside DJ Jon Beezy——kept the room dancing all night long! Lori Lum at Sparks Photography——took memorable pictures of each father and daughter while Michele Friedl and Claire Wanner——captured spontaneous pictures of the girls enjoying themselves.

I would like to thank everyone who helped make this night a huge success, beginning with dessert donations from:

  • Old Vons—thanks, Sam!
  • Trader Joe’s—thanks, Lisa!

Thank you to these MRE moms: My-Tien Sadlier, Angela Frantz, Shari Aigner, Aimy McRae, Johanna Cunningham, Jennifer Leader, Jen Turfler, Kathleen Dellisant, Deb Clark, and Sharon Cherf. Also, thank you to Michele Friedl for all of your support these past years and for making this last one so special! I couldn’t have done it without you.

Finally, I would like to thank Lauren Fossett! Thank you for the beautiful signs you and your husband created to display around the school. Thank you for donating the supplies to create a “popcorn station.” Thank you for listening when I was stressed, for all of the Starbucks, for arriving at the crack of dawn to set up the popcorn room alone and for coming back for the evening event. I am so grateful and thankful for your help! You are a star!

Jillian Frisbie
Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members, In March the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market hosted its grand reopening after 13½ years. Bev and Mike Cassity run the market, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit EBS children. Today it has grown into an integral part of the Scripps Ranch community. You can do all of your “one-stop shopping” every Saturday morning from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

New student registration packets are available for the next school year. You may pick one up in the office between 9 am and 2:30 pm on school days. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

A Message from the AFP

Last month EBS held its 7th Annual Jog-A-Thon! Our penguins did us proud by running laps and raising money for their school. Thank you to the volunteers who helped! We’d like to thank our very generous sponsors for helping make this event a success! We’d also like to thank Champion T-Shirts in Scripps Ranch for providing reasonably priced T-shirts, and the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market for providing canopies to help keep the kids cool. We are grateful for this wonderful community and all of the supporters that help us provide the best for our kids!

Friends of EBS, $1,000+

  • North Park Produce
  • Gilmore Orthodontics
  • Rita’s of Scripps Ranch
  • Mr. Disc Jockey
  • Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists

Emperor Level, $500

  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • Gail Faber, Loan Consultant
  • Lydia Hwang Vosovic, Realtor
  • San Diego Chargers
  • Siry Auto Group
  • The Guitar Aces
  • SunRype

King Level, $250

  • Rolling Hills Family Dentistry
  • Small Talk Speech and Occupational Therapy
  • Mission Federal Credit Union
  • Jing Kids Chinese After School Program
  • Brian’s 24 Restaurant Bar & Grill

Krissy Duke

Innovations Academy

Innovations Academy (IA) thanks Jakob Rosen, an IA 8th grader (pictured front middle with volunteers who helped him with his project), and Josh Rosen, an alumni of our school, for their contributions to our learning garden. Jakob’s Eagle Scout project provided a shade structure that capitalizes on the garden’s rainwater harvest by including a down spout from the roof to lead into a nearby water tank. Josh’s Eagle Scout project created several raised garden beds and a platform for a 660-gallon rainwater harvest tank. Thanks to both projects we now have outdoor classroom space.

IA was recognized as an exemplary progressive and project-based school. See

The First Annual Intergenerational Earth Day Festival is on Thursday, Apr. 9, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Many educational nonprofits will be there to help you live more sustainably. Please see page 7 for more details on this event.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Greeting, Scripps Ranch friends! April is a special time for the Diocese of San Diego and our Catholic school. We are delighted to welcome our new bishop, Robert McElroy, who will be installed as the sixth bishop of the diocese this month. As the season of Lent draws to a close, we look forward with great joy to the Easter season. April is also the month of First Communion and Grandparents Day.

We are enrolling for all grades, K–8. If you are interested in a Catholic education, please call us at 397-1290.