Scripps Ranch High School

Principal’s Message

As I reflect on my fourth year as SRHS principal, I can honestly say that the monumental accomplishments our students have earned make me so proud to serve our community. The support from our parents, foundation, boosters, and all of our volunteers allow us to give our students the additional support needed to make their high school years so memorable. Our teachers and all the staff at SRHS are dedicated to the task of educating our students and maintaining a safe, positive, and clean learning environment. I am very grateful to be able to work with them.

Congratulations to our 2015 SRHS graduates who were named National Merit finalists: Daniel Arnold, Antonia Bronars, Evan Caplinger, Jenna Dern, William Hang, Ethan Hsu, Mirha Mahmood, Austin Su, Darin Truong, Matthew Wildenhain, Annie Xu, Alyssa Yoshitake, and Jessica Yu. We are so proud of you!

Many spring sports teams and individuals advanced to CIF playoffs. The women’s softball team became Division I CIF champions for the first time in 16 years. (See the following article.) Our badminton students made it deep into the playoffs as both individuals and a team. Our baseball and men’s lacrosse teams both made it to the semifinals! Our Falcon athletes continue to excel in amazing ways.

The end of the year performances in dance and the band concert were well received and attended. Both showcased our hardworking students and the years of dedication by their parents and teachers.

Congratulations to our Air Force JROTC cadets who earned the Stillwell Trophy for being the number one JROTC School in the San Diego Unified School District. They are mentored by Col. Hogan and SMgt. Toledo.

The District Attorney’s office has mentored our Youth Advisory Board for the past three years. In early June our students presented their “Redefine Success” campaign to students at Lincoln High School. The campaign encourages students to realize there are different paths to success for everyone, and the most important achievement is happiness with oneself.

Summer is the time of year when we need to shift gears and allow our students to be teenagers again. I encourage our students and families to continue with “light reading” and make this an integral part of summer. With the big push for technology and multitasking, sometimes we need to slow down and enjoy an interesting book.

Please visit for the latest information. We will post details about summer camps, enrollment, and preschool Kick-Off. Thank you for everything you do to make our school not only “Distinguished” but remarkable!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Lady Falcons are CIF Division 1 Softball Champs!

The SRHS Lady Falcon softball team broke a 16-year drought by winning the school’s first CIF softball title since 1999 on May 30 at the UCSD softball complex. The Falcons (pictured above at the banquet) won a tense 2-1 game over the Carlsbad Lancers to be crowned CIF San Diego Section Division 1 champions for 2015, capping a magical 24-10 season.

Senior Makayla Martin, who will pitch at Auburn University next year, led the Falcons with a complete game 11 strikeout pitching performance. She also got the winning hit in the sixth inning to put the Falcons on top 2-1 and seal the victory.

Down 1-0, junior Alison Petty led off the bottom of the sixth with a sharp single. After Shawn Blalock sacrificed her to second, pinch runner Lindsey Campbell, with two out, scored the game tying run on junior Lauren Lipe’s clutch single to left field. Lipe went to second on the play and scored the winning run on Martin’s line drive single to right field.

On defense Lexi Osowski and Lauren Lipe made several outstanding plays to support Makayla and help win the championship. Makayla was named Eastern League Player of the Year, received All-CIF San Diego Section honors, and was Cal-Hi Sports Southern California Player of the Month.

With only one graduating senior, the future looks bright for this young Falcons team to continue its success in 2016.

John Kelly, SRHS Softball Head Coach

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer with friends and family.

The last several weeks, we have been preparing for the new school year by planning curriculum and scheduling students for classes. Later this summer I will send all students and parents information about the coming school year, including new student orientation information and other dates.

In September parents will receive information about being part of the Marshall Middle School Site Council and School Governance Team. Being part of these committees is an elected position. Parents also are encouraged to be part of the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association. Being involved is the best way to keep in touch with all the events happening around campus.

We hope you and your family are enjoying the summer with friends and fun!


Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

MMS Science Fair Awardees!

The following students competed in the California State Science Fair! Marshall had eight place winners out of the 18 who went! Congratulations to all of the students who participated.

  • 2nd place: Somil Bhushan, Ananya Rao, Zoe Thomas, Radhika Verma, Shruti Verma, and Xi-Kai Wu;
  • 4th place: Lynn Lu, Naya Menezes;

  • Honorable Mention: Mihir Gupta, Michelle He, Emma Hern, Nikhil Kalita, Esha Kashyap, Ashwin Kumar, Chris Nagelvoort, Laurel Norris, Samiha Reza, and Rachel Sragovicz.

In addition, former students Jason Provol and Janie Kim, SRHS incoming juniors, received Honorable Mentions for their high school Science Fair projects!

Junior Model United Nations

Students participated in Junior Model United Nations (JMUN), modeled after the real United Nations, that meets to discuss the status of world affairs. MMS represented several countries. Students met once a week with high school students since October to learn about their country, write resolutions, and prepare speeches.

At the conference held at the University of San Diego, students represented their country and resolved political, social, and economic issues with delegates from other middle and high schools across the district. The conference is run by high school students who chair each committee. These chairs give points to the delegates who participate and represent their country well. We will have a JMUN club next year, as well as a JMUN elective class.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Interim Principal

Dear Dingeman Families,

I can’t believe the school year is over. It seems like we were just celebrating the start of school! It was another wonderful year where the staff, students, and parents worked together to create an environment where incredible learning took place. I want to thank the teachers for the dedication and hard work they provided to the Dingeman community this year. Also, I want to thank the parents for the countless hours they volunteered in the classrooms, on field trips, and in many other ways to ensure the children had an enriching school experience. Working together, we made a difference in the lives of our students.

Dingeman was selected to be one of the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) Honor Roll Schools for 2014. The CBEE did an extensive analysis of student data for every public school and district in California. Dingeman was one of the schools that stood above the rest in getting the students to grade-level proficiency and beyond. The CBEE presents this award to schools that excel in raising student achievement and closing the achievement gaps. This is a testament to our relentless focus on academic success.

On a personal note, I am leaving Dingeman to be the principal at Linda Vista Elementary School next year. I’m excited about my new assignment. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as the vice principal and interim principal for the past five years. I want to thank the community for all the support, thoughtfulness, and kindness shown to me over the years. Being an administrator at Dingeman has been a highlight in my career. Thank you!

Michael Beraud, Interim Principal

[Editor’s note: We thank Michael for all he has done for the children and wish him well. Tamara Lewis has been appointed as the new principal. We will hear from her in the August SRCA Newsletter.]

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Parents and Community,

Great things continue to happen at Jerabek Elementary! We would like to thank former student Ilias Pihas, who just graduated from Scripps Ranch High School, for his donation of a Legacy Piece as a part of his Eagle Scout project. Ilias (pictured above) collaborated with me, then designed, built, and mounted the most incredible piece of artwork at our school. His wall-mounted Legacy Piece highlights our learning characteristics: collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, caring, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, and fairness. We are indebted to Ilias for his awesome contribution. Thank you also to Mr. and Mrs. Pihas for raising such a kind and wonderful human being.

We held our first Memorial Day ceremony, “Meet at the Flag,” to honor our parents who are active or retired. The entire school met in the quad area and surrounded our military parents and their families with the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem, and our choir sang patriotic songs for each branch of the military!

We are incredibly proud of our schoolwide music program led by Margie Orum and Debbie Burton, who have organized three recorder concerts, a Music Memory contest, and choir events. Soon we will have our end of the year band and string concerts. Music is alive at Jerabek!

Finally, thank you very much to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association for the excellent Community Fair they hosted. Jerabek was happy to once again have a booth there—what a great event. Thank you also for the generous grant that will be used for our Character Education program! What a great community in which to live, learn, and grow!

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

Volunteer Spotlight

Our volunteer spotlight this month shines on Shana Toerien (above). Shana is the mom of three boys and her youngest attends Jerabek. Recently Shana partnered with Jerabek librarians, Ms. Ruth and Ms. Georgia, to set up a Guided Reading Resource Room. Shana spent countless hours going through books, categorizing them, and placing them into bins.

Due to her hard work and the efforts of the librarians, the teachers have numerous sets of guided reading books that they can use with students in their classrooms. Thank you, Shana, for your all your hard work making this amazing resource available to Jerabek teachers and students.

Kindergarten/TK Playdates

Do you have a child entering kindergarten or transitional kindergarten (TK) in September? Come to our playdates to meet other kindergartners and TKers, as well as become familiar with the children’s new school! Mark your calendars:

  • Sunday, July 12—Family Potluck, 4–6 pm, concert to follow, Hoyt Park
  • Thursday, Aug. 13—Gaston’s Puppet Show, 3 pm, SR Library
  • Friday, Sept. 4—Popsicle Party, 3 pm, after the Meet and Greet, Jerabek playground

Please email [email protected] for questions or more details.

Huge Thank Yous

The Father/Daughter Dance was a huge success! A big thank you goes to Nicole Anderson and her team of volunteers for making this “Aloha Night” happen despite the rainy weather. The Jerabek community also wants to thank these businesses for helping make the night so special:

  • Home Depot, for its generous donation of plants
  • Yanni’s, for the fabulous desserts
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Vons, Scripps Ranch Boulevard
  • Vons, Scripps Poway Parkway
  • Staples
  • Pacific Event Productions

Ranch Roundup

What a fun day! Thank you to Jennifer Lutz and Emma Lefkowitz for putting together the best Ranch Roundup ever! We would like to send a special thank you to Master Your Sports for its generous donation of $1,500 in activities for the kids. Everyone had a fantastic night!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Congratulations, San Diego School Gardeners!

Congratulations to Barnard, Gage, Miramar Ranch, and Washington elementary schools, as well as Pacific Beach Middle School, for being recognized as San Diego Unified’s most active Garden to Café certified school gardens for the 2014–2015 school year. Through the Garden to Café program, garden coordinators are allowed to incorporate their garden produce in the school lunch program. To support and honor this accomplishment, the Village Garden Club of La Jolla Schoolyard Garden Grant Committee is awarding $200 to each of the five school gardens. We are grateful for their donation and support!

The Village Garden Club of La Jolla awarded more than $6,000 in school garden grants last year, and has awarded more than $70,000 to schools throughout San Diego County in the past 10 years.

The MRE garden will continue to grow over the summer. We have set up a Shutterfly page to keep everyone organized and informed. There is a sign-up page for watering duties and a calendar with weekend work days. There also will be garden classes for parents and children. Please email Jen Leader at [email protected] to be invited to the Shutterfly page.

Hawk Scientists

Mrs. Keough’s 3rd graders learned about weather measurements and built a weather station. The class broke into groups and a student leader taught the groups (above) about each weather instrument. They learned about minimum-maximum thermometers, wind vanes, anemometers, and rain gauges. The weather station was installed on campus for them to take measurements throughout the year.

Register Your Little Hawks

The office reopens on Monday, Aug. 24, for new student registration, including kindergarten and transitional kindergarten (TK) students. Kindergartners must be 5 on or before Sept. 1, and TK students must turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7 am to 3 pm, and Thursday from 7 am to 2:45 pm. The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 8. See you then!

TK and K Play Group

If your child will be in transition kindergarten (TK) or kindergarten this year, we want to meet you! This summer we will have a few get-togethers to meet our newest Hawks. If you are interested, email Catherine Melis at [email protected] to get added to our mailing list.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

I hope you are enjoying your summer. I encourage you to give your children plenty of time to relax, have fun, and be kids. In addition, a little time spent on “brain work” over the summer will help our students get off to a great start next year.

We encourage students to read over the summer. Our Scripps Ranch Library has a wonderful reading program and other educational activities. Also, I recommend you look at our computer lab page on our website for free educational computer games designed to help students with both math and reading. Visit and go to the “Student” tab.

Other activities that our students enjoy are the 24 Game—it can be purchased online—and Rubik’s Cube. EBS has 24 Game and Rubik’s Cube clubs after school, so practicing over the summer would be a great way for students to get ready! Above all relax and have fun!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

24 Math Challenge

EBS had four students qualify for the 24 Game math competition held in late May at the San Diego County Office of Education. Fourth graders Nick Walker and Neve Walker (above left with teacher JJ Shobar) and 5th graders Jessica Tuey and Neel Kumar (above right) competed against 60 students from 11 schools in seven districts. Nick Walker was a semifinalist and Neel Kumar a finalist. We hope to build on this year’s success next year.

JJ Shobar, EBS 5th Grade Teacher

Summer Play Groups

The Academic Fundraising Partnership is holding kindergarten playgroups for incoming transitional kindergarten and kindergarten families, as well as families new to EBS. This is a great opportunity for your kids to meet new classmates. For dates and times, please email Megan Black at [email protected]

Krissy Duke

Innovations Academy

It was an exciting year for Innovations Academy (IA)! Students were featured on the local news for project work implementing a rainwater harvest system and tackling plastic marine pollution with partners from San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation. Seventh graders created a documentary featuring culture through the eyes of refugees in San Diego.

Kindergartners and 1st graders were invited to display their nature cards in La Jolla. Innovations was featured in an article by Gil Perl——documenting the success of six progressive schools in San Diego. We also were visited by SOS, an organization that supports sustainability in schools, who featured us in their documentary. See

This summer our staff will train with the Buck Institute, a leader in project-based learning. We hope you enjoy all San Diego has to offer and take time to connect with each other. Happy summer!