Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Thank You, Vons, For Supporting Scripps Ranch Schools!

The Scripps Ranch community wants to thank Vons for its continuing support of our schools through the eScrip program. If you sign up for eScrip—www.escrip.com—you can designate the school of your choice to receive a portion of the amount you spend when you shop at Vons.

It adds up! At the beginning of May, Vons presented Jerabek’s Family Faculty Organization a check for $12,567.46 from the eScrip program. Jerabek, and all the Scripps Ranch schools (represented in the picture at right), thank Vons/Safeway for its continuing support!

Principal’s Message

Throughout May the buzz on campus was testing. We anticipate our test results will show the hard work and preparation from our students and teachers. The Smarter Balanced field tests (SBAC), life science, and early admission program exams, as well as more than 1,275 Advanced Placement tests, were given.

We received the official results of our Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visit, and we couldn’t be more pleased. We were granted a six-year accreditation status with a mid-cycle one-day visit. In addition, we also received word that we were honored under the state’s new Gold Ribbon Schools award program, which takes the place of the California Distinguished Schools program. Both of these accolades honor the hard work of our faculty, staff, students, families, and community members.

As I reflect upon my fourth year as SRHS principal, I am overwhelmed with feelings of appreciation and pride. The commitment to education from our staff, students, and parents is beyond measure. Here are a few highlights to brag about:

  • The Foundation sponsored an annual “Supply Drop-Off Night” and “Taste of the Ranch,” bringing in items and funding to support our students and teachers.
  • Peer Tutoring was provided twice a week for students who needed help.
  • Continued the Principal’s Advisory Committee, a diversified student group who provides input regarding school programs, activities, and more, in addition to creating a SRHS informational brochure.
  • Continued the Youth Advisory Board sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Continued the African-American males and Hispanic males mentoring programs.
  • Honored multiple National Merit Scholarship finalists.
  • Toasted our Culinary Arts students who won the 2015 CCTE Teen Iron Chef contest winning the coveted “Giant Fork” award. To honor back-to-back wins, I added a “Giant Spoon” to the trophy wall.
  • Lauded student essays that won the local Friends of the Library contest and the citywide contest.
  • Gave back through our AFJROTC who, along with SRHS students, collected more than 9,800 pounds of food in a canned food drive.
  • Congratulated a student who was named San Diego City League wrestling champion.
  • Celebrated with numerous athletes and sports teams as they made it into CIF playoffs, became league champ, became CIF champions, and competed at the state level!
  • Continued the school video communication Falcon 5 News and the new Falcon Flyby shown to our classrooms and posted on our website.
  • Celebrated a student who was selected to attend the Patriotic Education Seminar in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
  • Celebrated with our Model United Nations Club for winning Best Small Delegation at the UCSD TritonMUN.
  • The list could go on for many pages with countless items to brag about!

We have several end of the year events planned for all students during the first few weeks of June. Please be sure to check our website calendar at www.srshfalcons.org on a regular basis to ensure that you plan accordingly. The last day of school is Monday, June 15. Parents of seniors are directed to the website and the “News and Announcements” section for up-to-date information about senior activities. Graduation is on Monday, June 15, at 6 pm at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University. It will be a memorable evening!

Over the summer our student-athletes begin preparation for fall sports or programs, such as band camp. Students are reminded to be sure they have their physicals, insurance, and are physically and mentally prepared. Our coaches and staff know the importance of preparation and want to do everything possible to avoid any health issues.

With summer approaching, I hope everyone relaxes and enjoys time with family and friends. Everyone has worked so hard during the school year, and it is important to unwind and rejuvenate.

At the end of the school year, we will wish Mr. John King a fond farewell. After many years in education, he will retire. Mr. King has been an integral part of SRHS and he will be greatly missed.

Thank you for the opportunity to help guide your students toward their future. They have all the tools necessary to succeed in life and I wish them the very best. Because of their efforts and hard work, they have made SRHS the jewel of our district. I am proud of our students. Let’s all keep the Falcon pride going!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

SRHS Class of 2005 Reunion

Get your tickets to our 10-year reunion! It’s on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Stone Liberty Station. It’s time to reunite for a night of fun, good drinks, tasty food, and friends! For tickets and all the details, go to www.srhs2005reunion.wix.com/10yearreunion.

Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

This past month was busy at Thurgood Marshall Middle School. We had several student performances. Our students performed in the musical Seussical directed by our drama teacher, Jeff Russell, and our band, orchestra, and choir students performed at the Forum competitions. We also had 18 students qualify for the State Science Fair. Our students have represented Marshall in a positive way. All our students also completed state testing.

We honored and recognized our staff members for their continued dedication and commitment to Marshall during the recognition weeks. We look forward to all the end of the year festivities to honor our promoting 8th graders. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

June Report Card

The second semester ends on Monday, June 15. The district will mail final report cards home during the summer.

8th Grade Awards

Our 8th Grade Awards Ceremony is on Thursday, June 11, at 6 pm. Parents of students who have earned one or more of the following awards received an invitation in late May to attend the ceremony: 4.0 in scholarship and/or citizenship for all three years at MMS; Teacher’s Choice Award; President’s Award for Academic Excellence or Achievement; and our annual Perpetual Awards.

2015–2016 Course Selections

Printouts of next year’s student course selections will be mailed home in mid-July. Please email or call your child’s counselor at school on Friday, Aug. 28, or Monday, Aug. 31, if the courses he or she is enrolled in are incorrect or elective choices have changed. Please do not email or call before Friday, Aug. 28.

Teacher Requests

Requests to have—or not to have—specific teachers will not be taken or considered for next year. All teachers, counselors, and administrators are in agreement and will follow this policy. The only exceptions to the above policy are:

  1. A student—not a sibling or friend—has personally had that teacher previously and is requesting to not have that teacher again.
  2. A student has the same teacher for two different subjects and is requesting to change one of them to a different teacher.

Summer Programs

The emphasis of the middle school program at Francis Parker is on individual enrichment and preparation for the upcoming fall term. While a slate of grade-specific courses are offered, parents and students are encouraged to consider several new courses, including: Stepping Beyond the Plot: Welcome to Middle School English; Summer Stock Theatre: “13”; Eco-Fashion Jewelry Design: Fresh Concepts from Italy; FUNdamentals of Mathematics; Algebra Reasoning and Problem Solving; and several project-based learning, STEAM Engineering, Design Thinking, and “making” classes, among others. The afternoon session features the always fun Lancer Camp. Go to www.francisparker.org/summer or call 569-7900, ext. 4236, for program information.

The 5th Annual Summer Jazz Workshop will be offered from July 13–18. Students learn performance skills, improvisation, and jazz theory and history, with the emphasis on playing music. Each session culminates with the opportunity for students to perform at one of San Diego’s premier concert venues, House of Blues. Register at www.francisparker.org/summerjazz or call 569-7900.

Welcome, New Students!

New student orientation is on Friday, Sept. 4, from 8 am to 9:30 am, for incoming students with last names starting with A–L. For students with last names M–Z, it’s from 10 am to 11:30 am.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Dingeman Elementary

Year End Thanks

Congratulations to 19 4th and 5th graders who were selected to be members of the San Diego Unified School District Honor Choir. This is an amazing honor for our students and our school.

Our last instructional day is Monday, June 15, with dismissal at 12:20 pm. As the school year draws to a close, we have so much to be thankful for and look forward to welcoming new and returning students and their families when school resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Dingeman would not be the same without our many volunteers, and it was a privilege to honor them during our annual Volunteer Tea, hosted by Dingeman staff. Our volunteers help make Dingeman the best it can be. Enjoy a safe and fun summer!

Michael Beraud, Interim Principal

FFC News

First and foremost, thanks to all Dingeman families and volunteers for another phenomenal year! We saw the success of our STEAM program, helped raise funds, organized successful events, and brought together members of the community.

It has been an honor to serve as your Family Faculty Connection vice president, and I am excited for what the next school year brings as I transition to president. Working together, we all represented what the Family Faculty Connection is about. Enjoy the summer!

Luis Fregoso, FFC Vice President

Audits Make Us “Greener”

Mrs. Church’s 3rd graders worked with the district’s Recycling and Waste Management Department to complete a trash and recycling audit of our school! It is important to the children and school that we do a good job separating trash and recycling (above), since we are the district’s “model recycling school.”

We also took part in the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco Schools Award. The Green Team completed reviews and implementations to win this award.

This Eco School program is a perfect match for our Green Team, as we always try to find solutions to environmental issues. By doing the audit we discovered problem areas that the Green Team tackled through task force teams who created action plans and solutions.

Through monthly Tiger Rallies, short skits in each kindergarten class, lunch area posters, and moving our recycling bins to more visible locations, the team is confident we can improve our recycling efforts. Our motto “Kids Can Make a Difference” means a lot to these 3rd graders. They are proud to be part of the solution to make our school and world a better place!

Delivering a Message of Music

Ten-year-old Malvyn Lai from Mrs. Lee’s 4th grade class wowed the school during a recent Tiger Rally with his amazing piano skills. The performance highlighted Malvyn’s participation in the Super Dentists Talent Competition, which had a first place prize of $10,000 for the winner’s school! Malvyn made the top 10 but didn’t quite get enough votes during online voting. It doesn’t matter because we are very proud of him, not only for his musical ability but also his school spirit.

Malvyn (above) began playing piano at age 4 when his feet didn’t even reach the piano pedals! He plays everything, but Mozart is his favorite because of how the music makes him feels. Malvyn’s popularity and talent cannot be contained and is spreading throughout the country and abroad! This young pianist has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City six times and has received countless awards including the grand prize for the 2015 International Concerto Competition at the American Fine Arts Festival! Over the summer Malvyn will travel to Russia with a full scholarship to perform with the Kostroma Symphony.

“My goal is actually to become a concert player, go to music school, and graduate from there,” said Malvyn. We think he has every chance of making that dream come true. Way to go, Malvyn!

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Welcome, New Koala Parents!

Kindergarten orientation for parents is on Thursday, June 11, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Please meet in the courtyard to hear all about our wonderful campus and programs! During orientation there will be a school tour, you’ll meet teachers, and hear from our Family Faculty Organization. We hope you join us!

Volunteer Spotlight

Please join us in recognizing a Jerabek parent and volunteer who gives her time to ensure Jerabek continues to be a great school. Stacy McConnell (above) is the mother of three children, two who attend Jerabek. Stacy has been an active volunteer with the school for years.

She has volunteered on various committees throughout the years her children have been students. This school year Stacy is co-chair of the 5th Grade Promotion Committee and co-chair of the successful and fun Jog-A-Thon. In addition, she is a room mom. Stacy, thank you for all you do. It is greatly appreciated!

Open House and Art Show

Mark your calendars! Jerabek’s Open House, Art Show, and Spaghetti Dinner are on Thursday, June 25. Don’t miss this Jerabek event featuring the children’s Art Corps projects from the school year. Bring the family to enjoy a spaghetti dinner, check out your child’s art work, then visit their classrooms to see all of the wonderful learning that goes on at Jerabek.

The spaghetti dinner is available from 5 to 6:30 pm and is hosted by the Kiwanis. If you have been thinking about sending your child to Jerabek and would like to see a great example of the incredible programs offered to the students of Jerabek, we welcome you to join us for this event!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

How can it possibly be June? We have had such a busy and exciting year and it has all passed so quickly. This year for the first time we had a group of young Marines on campus to engage the students in a PE Fitness Challenge. Kids ran, crawled, did push-ups and squats—all with a Marine alongside. Thanks to the staff and Marines from MCAS Miramar for an exciting day. We’ve already signed up for next year!

May brought our Smarter Balanced assessments for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. All testing was done on Netbooks and iPads, and we were impressed with how well the students navigated the new process. We are anxious to see the results.

The first week of June will be busy with the 5th Grade vs. Staff Softball Game, 5th Grade Pool Party, and 5th Grade Promotion. The ceremony is on Monday, June 15, which is also the last day of school. This is a minimum day for all students. Please check our website for details.

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

From our FFA President

As the school year draws to a close, I am amazed at all that the Family Faculty Association (FFA) accomplished this year. It has been a pleasure to work with the teachers, staff, fellow parents, and students. It seems everyone at the school tries to adhere to the motto of “Work Hard and Be Nice!” I am very grateful to the many parents who stepped forward to start new programs, such as Jen Leader with Garden Corps and Joe Zanotelli with First Lego League, or to take on new volunteer roles, such as Aaron Andrews, this year’s Jog-A-Thon chair, and Amy Hill our Restaurant Night coordinator and expert sign maker.

Most of our FFA Executive Board will return next year, and I look forward to continuing to work with my excellent team: Natalia Moorhead, VP; Jaqueline Morgan, treasurer; Mike Gates, communications officer; Jennifer Leader, volunteer coordinator; and Christine Huddleson, parent liaison. I welcome Korey Thoummavong as assistant treasurer and hope to fill the positions of secretary, internal auditor, and fundraising coordinator soon.

Angela Frantz, our outgoing fundraising coordinator, has agreed to take on the important role of Halloween Carnival chair. Thank you, Angela! She is assembling a talented committee—plenty of positions are still available!—and has great ideas for our annual fall festival!

It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to our outgoing auditor—and all-around advisor—Carolyn Coglianese, and our outgoing secretary, Suzanne Lawson. They are “promoting” to middle school, along with many other committed parent volunteers. I want to especially recognize the contributions of Tracy Jewell and Robert Hasson, both past-presidents. Robert has chaired the Halloween Carnival and the Hawk Classic. Tracy has been a fantastic leader for the FFA. I will sorely miss her and her perspective gleaned from 14 years of volunteering at MRE! I also want to thank Gerry McLean, Lori Darwish, Jennifer Manssor, Kathleen Dellisant, and many others. You will be missed!

There are plenty of openings for new volunteers in the fall, but for now, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the summer. See you in September!

Mary Corbett, FFA President

Hawks Character

Each month our Hawks study and commit to one character trait. The trait in May was “cooperation,” and they showed a whole lot of “generosity” as well! Our students collected more than 1,000 pairs of shoes to donate to those in need. Congratulations to Ms. Chen’s class for donating the most with more than 100 pairs.

This wasn’t enough for our Hawks as they promptly followed up with a battery recycling event that helped keep hundreds of batteries out of our landfills. Our noble Hawks finished up the month by collecting school supplies for the Monarch school in Barrio Logan. Great job, MRE!

Hawk Fundraising Corner

This year’s Hawk Classic and Spring Social were amazing. Thank you to our wonderful families who supported this event. Also, thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers who helped make it a great success. Special thanks go out to the following sponsors:

  • Gold Sponsor—Henebery Whiskey
  • Hole in One Sponsor—STANCE
  • Hole Sponsors—Scripps Poway Orthodontics, UBS Financial, Fitness Quest, Old Pros, Mathnasium, Bay City Electric, Sombero’s, La Paz, Chick-fil-A, Sanctuary Lounge, North County Tavern and Bowl

This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of our amazing committee: co-chairs Robert Hasson and Suzanne Smith, and Nick Bernabe, Jillian Frisbie, Carolyn Coglianese, Angela Frantz, Wendy Rosenbauer, Kellie Wong, Shari Touger, Janet Beaman, and Michelle Friedl.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

We have a wonderful group of transitional kindergartners and kindergartners registered for next year! It’s never too late to register. If you live in the EBS area and have not registered yet, please come by and pick up a registration packet.

Over the summer we have a TK and kinder playgroup on Saturdays so the students can make new friends before school starts. This makes the transition to school in September go more smoothly. Please visit www.sandi.net/ebscripps to sign up for the playgroup.

Last year our EBS Penguins had a wonderful time marching in the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) 4th of July Parade. We will participate again this year, so I look forward to seeing the entire community on the 4th of July.

As the year comes to an end I would like to thank all of our parents and the Scripps Ranch community for their support. You help make EBS an amazing school! Our students have become reflective thinkers eager to learn from each other. They have learned how to tackle difficult problems and persevere through challenges. Above all, our students constantly strive to make a positive contribution to the school by supporting and helping each other. I am so honored to be their principal. I wish you a happy, safe, and relaxing summer!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message from the AFP

It’s hard to believe another school year is ending! EBS is a very special place, not only because of our incredible teachers, staff, and administration, but also because of the support we receive from our families, neighbors, and businesses.

I would like to thank our EBS families! Please know that all of your help, whether time or money—or both—made this an exceptional year. Our volunteers give 110% to make EBS the amazing place it is. I’d like to thank this year’s Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) Board and our incoming board members.

The AFP is dedicated to providing our kids with an enhanced educational experience, and I am so proud of all we accomplish each year. We also are grateful to our neighborhood businesses that support our school and are willing to partner with us to help us realize our goals. We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe summer.

Seema Moorjani, AFP President

Krissy Duke

Innovations Academy

Special Visitor

In April Innovations Academy welcomed County Supervisor Dave Roberts who met with our students and learned about academic project work. Student presentations included literacy through songs and poems, California drought and rainwater harvest, plastic pollution solutions, and learning about world cultures through the eyes of refugees. We were honored to have Supervisor Roberts visit our campus and witness, firsthand, the exciting programs at our school!

Exciting Learning Experiences

Innovations Academy students embarked on many end of year overnight learning adventures during the last six weeks of school. From Sacramento to San Francisco, Catalina Island to Big Bear, Star of India to William Heise State Park, students engaged in final projects to learn about our great state and ways they can learn, grow, and support it.

We had an amazing year, and we wish all our families and the greater community an enjoyable summer break. We hope you take the time to relax and have fun, and we’ll see you back in the fall!