Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

We are finishing up our testing this month with the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for juniors in English, math, and science. Sophomores will take the California State Tests in life science, and Advanced Placement (AP) tests are given in May. Our students and staff take this opportunity to display their efforts over the past year in how well they learned the standards.

May is also when we applaud our seniors who have excelled at our annual invitational Senior Awards Night. In addition, we are working on final preparations for graduation and related activities.

Congratulations to Ms. Erin Scalero, the finalist for the county teacher of the year. She is an outstanding teacher and we are very proud of Erin!

Our “brag” section is overflowing as our students continue to “shine”!

  • Four students placed in the Young Art 2015 Exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Congratulations to freshmen Nina Chiodo, Ellie Howell, and Kate Jones, and sophomore Chloe Kim.
  • William Hang won a $10,000 Kyoto Price Scholarship for his essay on advanced technology.
  • The SRHS string orchestra, under the direction of Russell Shedd, earned a Superior rating, the highest, at the National Orchestra Festival in Salt Lake City.
  • 4 Men 4 Octaves won the Far Western District High School Championship Barbershop Quartet contest for the second year in a row!
  • Katie Mohns is the recipient of the CARCOP award for the San Diego Unified School District.
  • Our culinary arts students continue to shine! Elizabeth Kliewer and Alana Olson won second place in California for the Restaurant Management competition. They won more than $30,000 in scholarships.
  • Ja’Shaun Delaney was selected as a delegate for the 2015 American Legion California Boys State.
  • Congratulations to the State Science Olympiad team: Annie Xu, Edwin Do, Austin Su, Bryan Hu, Darin Troung, Jessica Yu, Juhi Madan, Jonathan Xia, William Hang, Kamen Grozrev, Sarvottam Jalsingh, Nilay Shah, Jared Troung, Ashwath Radhachandran, and Kevin Liao. Together they won nine medals at the most competitive State Science Olympiad competition in the nation.
  • Mira Mahmood was awarded a $2,500 National Achievement Scholarship.
  • William Hang and Matthew Wildenhain were both awarded $2,500 National Merit Scholarships.
  • Kana Garcia, Nicholas Gomez, Elizabeth Pliego-Benitez, and Julia Hornedo all scored in the top 2.5% of Hispanic/Latinos PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region.

Our spring athletic teams continue to succeed and keep our Falcon pride soaring. The efforts made by parents and staff to keep our programs successful are deeply appreciated. Summer camp information will be available on the website.

May Calendar

  • Monday, May 4–Friday, May 15—AP testing;
  • Monday, May 18—Foundation meeting, 5 pm, staff lounge;
  • Thursday, May 21—Senior Awards Night, by invitation, 3:30 pm;
  • Monday, May 25—Memorial Day, no school;
  • Tuesday, May 26–Friday, May 29—CAASPP testing, grade 11 only;
  • Wednesday, May 27—Salute to Excellence, 4 pm, USD; and,
  • Thursday, May 28–Saturday, May 30—Dance performance.

Please visit www.srhsfalcons.org for the latest information. Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

We are finalizing the administration of the Smarter Balanced Tests and the 8th grade California Standards science test to our students. Thank you for supporting our students by ensuring they have plenty of rest and healthy breakfasts and are at school on time!

In order to support our incoming 6th grade families, we will hold our final parent tour on Thursday, May 14, from 3 to 4 pm. We begin in the multipurpose room, then tour the campus. New MMS parents and students are welcome to attend.

Our Science Olympiad students came in 10th out of 30 top middle schools at the state competition. I want to thank Juhi Madan for her volunteer work with our Science Olympiad team. Juhi coached our students in Experimental Design for the last four years. Each year Marshall students earn more ribbons and medals in this category than any other school thanks to her coaching! Thank you, Juhi!

We are quickly approaching the end of second semester. We want to remind our 8th grade students and parents about our promotion requirements. We have established these in order to participate in the 8th grade promotion ceremony and the 8th grade promotion activity. All 8th graders must meet these requirements:

  • 2.0 GPA in scholarship and 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 Friday, May 1

The end of the year activities and promotion are wonderful ways to recognize our students’ hard work! There will be no exceptions. Thank you for your continued support of public education. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

May Calendar

  • Wednesday, May 6—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meeting, 5 pm, community room;
  • Friday, May 8—PTSA meeting, 9–10:30 am, community room;
  • Friday, May 8—Minimum day, 12:16 pm dismissal; and,
  • Monday, May 25—Memorial Day, no school.

Jazz, Band, and Orchestra

The MMS bands and orchestras performed in adjudicated music festivals, and they came out with fantastic results! Many congratulations to all the students on their hard work and the high ratings bestowed on them by the judges at each music festival. Here are each group’s results:

  • MMS Mustang Jazz Ensemble: Superior rating, CMEA/Jazz 88.3 FM Jazz Festival
  • MMS Advanced Orchestra: Excellent rating, SCSBOA Orchestra Festival at Mira Mesa High School
  • MMS Advanced Band: Superior rating, SCSBOA Band Festival at Mira Mesa High School
  • MMS Intermediate Band: Excellent rating, CMEA Band and Orchestra Festival at Chula Vista High School
  • MMS Intermediate Orchestra: Superior rating, CMEA Band/Orchestra Festival at Chula Vista HS

Science Olympiad Wins Medals

The MMS Mustangs concluded another great year of Science Olympiad. After four months studying entomology and meteorology, building bottle rockets, and launching gliders, our team placed fifth in San Diego. We were then invited to the State Science Olympiad competition in Anaheim Hills, where we earned 10th place and our students won 14 medals!

Much thanks to our coaches who volunteered their time, expertise, patience, and love of science: Aaron Griggs, Craig Sanders, Justin Viramontes, Leela Padmanabham, Hong Xu, Sangeetha Nair, John Hass, Summer Frost, Vijay Kumar, Rama Manam, Sumeet Salaniwal, Ravi Kalahasthi, Rama Perubotla, Deepak Wadhwa, Venkat Macherla, Michael Hui, Lyndell Hwang, Anjana Srinivas, Mike Jones, Sarah Wotruba, AJ Shepherd, Juhi Madan, Nikhil Madan, John Ringenbach, Beverly Moazed, Praveen Sanigepalli, Paul Mola, Manish Shah, Marty Imler, Muriel Gross, Ashish Mehta, Anil Gupta, Siva Palakodety, Christina Gietzen Haraden, Elsa Jensen, Andy Britton, Corey Gao, Jared Truong, Ashwath Radhachandran, Tai Wei Ly, Sue Jones, Shiva Bhajekar, Devina Acharya, and David Jurist.

Progress Reports

The second six-week progress reports were distributed on Friday, May 1. Those are the final progress reports before the semester ends on Monday, June 15. The district will mail final report cards home.

Summer School

There will be no summer school for general education students. Students in special education programs will be eligible for summer school. Case managers will contact parents of eligible students.

8th Grade Awards

Our 8th grade awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 11, at 6 pm. Parents of students who have earned one or more award will receive an invitation in late May to attend the ceremony.

Dingeman Elementary

Dingeman Celebrates

In April we celebrated the namesake of our wonderful school, Colonel Robert E. Dingeman. The Scripps Ranch High School ROTC presented the Colors to open our festivities and the Dingeman Honor Choir and band played and sang songs to honor Col. Dingeman. Scripps Ranch principals, district representatives, former Dingeman teachers and principals, and parents shared sentiments about Col. Dingeman. Then the colonel shared words of motivation. As always, it was special!

Congratulations to Ms. Carmela Rarang for being selected the Dingeman Classified Employee of the Year! She is our elementary school assistant and is integral to keeping our school running smoothly.

We started our state testing and it continues into June. Please do everything you can to ensure your child arrives to school well-rested and on time so he or she can do his or her very best. For more about the testing, visit the Parent/Student tab of the California Department of Education CAASPP webpage at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca or www.sandi.net/testing.

In Partnership for Excellence,

Michael Beraud, Interim Principal

Family Faculty Connection

Dear Families and Community, Our 2nd Annual World’s Fair was a huge success and we thank everyone who joined us. Special thanks to our chairs—Claudine Ricanor, Michele Liu, and Erin Grandgirard—for going above and beyond, as well as all volunteers who helped! On behalf of the FFC, thank you for making Dingeman a wonderful place for all our children!

Luis Fregoso, FFC VP

Full STEAM Ahead

This has been the pilot year for a schoolwide STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math—program at Dingeman. The mission is to reach all our students, introduce them to early STEAM concepts, and cultivate in them a curiosity and interest toward these subjects. Every student from Pre-K to 5th grade has been introduced to computer science using programmable floor robots. Lessons are inquiry based, meeting classroom standards and Common Core principles. Several classrooms also worked with code.org and participated in the “Hour of Code.”

The STEAM program was showcased at our Open House. It provided demonstrations of the STEAM lessons in all grades. Children and parents were able to try the hands-on devices, and students showed their parents the experiments they do through our Rockin’ Science program. A Pro-Bot race track was in the auditorium where students had a great time taking part in a relay race. Children also tried programming “Flappy Bird” at the table demonstrating code.org lessons.

The STEAM program would not be possible without the commitment of our parent volunteers and the support of our teachers and the school administration. A big thank you to each one of you!

Yamini Bala Sukumaran, Gabe Gallagher

Every Child is an Artist

Be inspired by more than 850 works of art created by every student through Dingeman’s wonderful Art Corps program. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing the masterpieces during our 17th Annual Art Show on Wednesday, May 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The whole community is invited!

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

Jerabek has much to celebrate! We honored students at our monthly award ceremony for learning behaviors of collaboration and trust. Schoolwide, students continue to build their cognitive and critical thinking skills through literature-based lessons in Seminars in Critical Literacy. This work also has improved student outcomes in their writing in the areas of mathematics and English language arts.

Congratulations to food service worker Shelly Lofy for being named Classified Employee of the Year! Shelly goes above and beyond for our students, school, and community. She has been active in Scouting for many years and has been a bridge for collaboration. She also contributes by managing our “certified” school garden that yields produce for student lunches.

Jerabek is proud to celebrate our 2nd grade team made up of Mrs. Basinger, Mrs. Hudspeth, Mrs. Kries, and Mrs. Lew! They are our quiet, unassuming teaching team who works extraordinarily hard for their students through shared planning and excitement for student success. Walk through the 2nd grade loft and you will see student work on the wall and evidence that learning is alive and well!

Jerabek would like to remind our community that our school schedule moves to a traditional calendar next September. If you are a family that is at another Scripps Ranch school and plans to return—or attend—Jerabek, call our office at 578-5330 as soon as possible so we can plan for next year. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your future college graduate.

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

2015 Jerabek Jog-A-Thon

A huge thank you and congratulations to our students and teachers for enthusiastically running for Jerabek! In March they ran 6,075 laps—more than 1,518 miles! That’s like running from San Diego all the way to Minneapolis, Minnesota! Wow!

Thank you to DJ Tim Council, Chris Nahrstedt, James Kay, Jennifer Lowe, Kelly Del Monte, Magali Sparks, Sarah Schatz, Kelly Schmitz, Teresa Wenstrand, and Patty Walter for their help in making the day a big success. Parents, grandparents, and friends, thank you for your generosity. Together we make Jerabek strong! A big shout out to our generous sponsors.

  • Costco, Poway–supplying water
  • Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists–take home water bottles

Don’t Miss Ranch Roundup!

Are you ready for the 35th annual Ranch Roundup? Jerabek hosts this fun-filled event on Friday, May 29, from 3:05 to 7:30 pm. The entire community is invited! There will be activities for the whole family. Our Fun Zone will include: laser tag; pedal kart racing; a dodgeball arena; pony rides; a petting zoo; a climbing wall; hamster balls; human foosball; and more!

We would like to say a special thank you to Master Your Sports and Holly Pittman. Earlier in the year Holly, a Jerabek mom, won a $1,500 package for Jerabek from Master Your Sports. They have been great to work with and we appreciate this donation! We will have: carnival games and great prizes to win; the student talent show; a pie eating contest; a photo booth; and incredible auction items.

We will have two food trucks: Pizza Pazza and Chop-Sooey—a Cohn Restaurant Group food truck—and the always delicious barbecue. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Ranch Roundup!

Volunteer Spotlight Shines on Tiffany Rosik

Tiffany Rosik (above) is a mother of two boys, works full time, and still finds time to volunteer at Jerabek. Tiffany is a room mom for her son’s kindergarten class and is part of the Jerabek Communications Team. She plays an instrumental role in keeping the Jerabek community updated with the latest information about campus happenings. We all appreciate her daily efforts to keep everyone informed and for making Jerabek special for all of our children. Thank you for all you do!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Jog-A-Thon A Success!

MRE held its 26th Annual Jog-A-Thon, and students ran 10,215 laps—about 2,500 miles! This year our top boy runner was Samuel Zubatiy and top girl runners were Jaiden Wick and Brooke Stadtherr.

We want to thank our corporate sponsors for their donations:

  • Platinum level: Logan Family Properties, Inc.
  • Gold level: Scripps Poway Orthodontics; Inno Tech Machining
  • Silver level: Fitness Quest 10, GEICO; Scripps Ranch Old Pros
  • Bronze level: American Heritage Properties; Gilmore Orthodontics; Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club; Infinity Electrolysis; Blue Dot Advocates; Lucky Donuts and Deli; Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists; Charlie Baker
  • Community level: Champion T-Shirts; Replica Printing; Sparkletts; ZPizza; Laces Running

Special thanks go to the trainers from Fitness Quest 10 and the Marines from MALS-16 Avionics for helping warm up the students and keeping them going throughout the event. We also want to thank the parent volunteers who helped during the Jog-A-Thon by counting laps and passing out water and orange slices.

Hawks Helping Others

Please collect shoes to help MRE’s Family Faculty Association (FFA) raise funds! Time to clean out those closets and garages and ask your friends and family to do the same! Bag up all unwanted gently used shoes. Tennis shoes, casual shoes, dress shoes, boots, cleats, and any other type of shoes that are in wearable condition. Shoes must be in pairs. You can tie, rubber band, or buckle them together—please do not tape. The class that donates the most pairs of shoes wins a pizza party!

Welcome, New Students!

MRE welcomes incoming kindergarten and transitional kindergarten families. Please join us for the next school tour on Wednesday, June 3, at 9 am or 1 pm. Please email Christine Huddleson at [email protected] to sign up for one of the tours.

New student registration is ongoing in the office, and there will be a parent orientation on Wednesday, May 27, at 5 pm. We look forward to meeting the new members of our Hawk family!

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

We are very proud that 10 of our students were chosen to be part of the Young Art 2015 art show at the San Diego Museum of Fine Art in Balboa Park. This is an incredible honor for these students and our Fine Artists program. Congratulations to: Daniela Martin, 5th grade; Joshua Yang, 3rd; Ellie Ju, 3rd; Jessica Nguyen, 4th; Bella Siry, 5th; Margo Temple, 3rd; Brandon Su, 5th; Marley O’Day, kindergarten; Amna Ghandi, 2nd; and Spencer Kirwood, 1st. Spencer’s art is featured on the brochure and he is part of the audio tour. I encourage you to visit this show that runs through Tuesday, May 26.

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Music to Our Ears!

In late March the combined advanced string classes from EBS, Dingeman, and Miramar Ranch elementary schools went to a festival with their teacher, Sandra Stram. Ms. Stram has been taking her students to the festival since 2006. Then as now, they were the only elementary level students to participate in the Southern California School Band and Orchestra (SCSBOA) festival, and the only ones in the district. Eighty-four students attended this festival at Ramona High School.

Groups perform for a panel of three judges and an audience. The judges each rate the student groups on a variety of factors, then give their rankings. Groups do not compete against each other, but everyone tries to get a top rating of “Unanimous Superior.” The three judges average their scores and the result is the final rating.

Then students test their musicianship by playing music they’ve never seen before in front of a judge. The director gets to look at the music and gets four minutes to talk it through, but no one can play the actual music. This year a select group of students went to sight reading. These students did an amazing job and earned a “Superior” rating for sight reading. They were complimented on their attentiveness, concentration, big sound, and confidence.

After this everyone had lunch and waited for the performance rating. Everyone was thrilled to see that, although the orchestra had a false start on the last song, all three judges had given them a “Superior” rating. All the hard work paid off in a “Unanimous Superior” rating, and the group got lots of compliments from audience members and students from other groups. We are so proud of our string students and our great music program! Thank you to all the parent drivers—we couldn’t have done it without you.

Sandra Stram, EBS Strings Teacher

Become a Penguin!

Kindergarten and new student registration continues. Please pick up an enrollment packet in the office. We look forward to welcoming our new Penguins.

Krissy Duke

Innovations Academy

Students Speak to City Council

Innovations Academy students left an impression with the San Diego City Council in March when they asked them to institute a plastic bag reduction ordinance. Students were motivated to provide a solution to the plastic pollution in our watersheds and oceans after project studies.

They learned that toxins leached from plastics in the water harm our fragile ecosystems and negatively impact the health of humans through bioaccumulation. This lesson on civics and citizenship has encouraged students to explore ways they can positively impact their community.

Intergenerational Earth Day

Students and community members enjoyed a day of sustainable learning at our Intergeneration Earth Day in April. A special thank you goes to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association committees—Scripps Ranch 50 Plus and Sustainable Scripps Ranch—as well as the North County Intergenerational Council for their support.

The event included 350 students and more than 60 volunteers. Earth Day educators and sponsors included San Diego North County Live Well’s 5-2-1-0 Campaign, city of San Diego’s Environmental Services, Green Hat Electronics, H2OME, I Love A Clean San Diego, master gardeners, Mission Federal Credit Union, PEAK, Preserve, U.S. Green Building Council, Rubio’s, Sunshine Care, Vons, and more. A special thank you to all who joined us!

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

You’re Invited!

The 5th grade class and teacher Camille Girard invite the community to its third annual American Revolution musical play. The free performance is on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 pm in the school’s library. The cast is sure to delight the audience with its rendition of the events surrounding the Revolutionary War. We hope you join us as we commemorate some of our country’s most noble patriots.