Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

As you read this letter I hope everyone had an enjoyable, relaxing summer with friends and family. We are ready to begin another exciting and eventful school year. School begins on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7:25 am. We encourage all families to carpool or find alternative ways to get their students to campus, as traffic is always at a maximum during the first week of school!

We continually work to provide important information to students and their families via the school website at, as well as through the School Messenger email message system and Falcon Flash. PowerSchool is available for students and parents to access attendance and grades daily. The school’s daily bulletin provides important information and is available on our website. The school marquee is another source of communication. We hope these venues provide answers to many questions and are a resource to our families and community.

Our fall athletic activities will be in full force in September. We invite our families and community to come out and support the SRHS Falcons.

The Fall Open House is on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 4 pm. This is your opportunity to meet our fabulous staff and get a better understanding of the expectations and curriculum for each class. Homecoming activities take place the week of Sept. 14–18 with a football game on Friday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 pm against Bonita Vista. This will be followed by the dance on Saturday night in the quad. The Associated Student Body (ASB) works hard to make the Homecoming Dance memorable, and it’s a great way for students to start the year off with positive school spirit and fun!

As we begin the 2015–2016 school year I want to ensure parents that the SRHS staff will do everything possible to assist students in being successful in a positive school environment. SRHS is truly an incredible high school.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at 621-9020, ext. 1103, or [email protected] I thank you in advance for all you do to prepare your student for school every day and look forward to seeing them all on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community Members and Parents,

Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable summer with family and friends.

We look forward to working with you as we prepare all of our students for the expectations of high school and the 21st century. We will continue to prepare our students for our global society. We know that we need to continue to develop our students’ problem-solving abilities, critical and creative thinking skills, and their ability to take on leadership roles. To that end, we have high expectations in every class and we expect our students to meet and exceed them.

We also know we need you to be our partner in our students’ education. I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers if you have any questions about your child’s progress. Our teachers will work with your child and you to have a strong successful academic year.

The contact information—phone and email—for all of our teachers is listed on our website. Please go to and click on “Staff” then “Staff Directory” to find the complete listing of staff members. We value school/home communication and believe that building strong relationships with both students and parents will support all our students to be successful academically and behaviorally.

At the time of this Newsletter, we are waiting for the preliminary results of the 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Once the results become available, I will share them with our community. To view the MMS most current data, please visit the California Department of Education at

We believe our students’ focus should be on academics. Proper attire significantly contributes to an atmosphere of positive learning. An educational setting is a professional place, preparing young people for a successful future. I would like to remind you of our dress code that:

  • Maintains a positive education environment, free from distraction;
  • Protects the health and safety of our students;
  • Requires pants and shorts to fit neatly at the waist without “sagging” or being excessively tight;
  • Requires clothes appropriately cover the body, therefore, no bare midriffs, no backless shirts, no T-backed tops, no low V-neck or scoop shirts, no short shorts, no high side seam cut shorts/skirts, undergarments must not be visible;
  • Does not allow tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts!
  • Requires shorts and skirts be worn at the mid-thigh and can pass the “fingertip” rule;
  • Requires shoes have a back heel or back strap; no flip flops or open-toed shoes allowed;
  • Requires clothes to be free of any ads or promotion of any alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, vulgarity;
  • Must be free of any depictions/illustrations that demean or negatively represent any gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

We appreciate your support in helping us maintain a safe and positive school environment. We look forward to the 2015–2016 school year. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

MMS Calendar

  • Friday, Sept. 4—New Student Orientation, 8–9:30 am for students/parents with last names starting A–L; 10–11:30 am, M–Z;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8—School starts, students should arrive between 7–7:30 am to locate their first period class on posted rosters;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 9—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meeting, 5 pm, Community Room;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16—Back to School Night, 6th grade, 5:35 pm, multipurpose room;
  • Thursday, Sept. 17—Back to School Night, 7th–8th grade, 5:35 pm, multipurpose room; and,
  • Friday, Sept. 18—Picture day.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

The 2015–2016 school year kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Our awesome custodial staff has been hard at work all summer preparing our facility, and our district painters have completed our exterior paint. It looks amazing!

I look forward to getting to know everyone this year and learning along with our Dingeman community. Here are some important dates for you.

  • Friday, Sept. 4—Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten Meet and Greet, 10 am; Tiger class lists posted at front entrance, 5 pm;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16—Grades TK, K, 1, 2 Back to School Night; and,
  • Thursday, Sept. 17—Grades 3–5 Back to School Night.

Back to School Night is a great opportunity to find out what your student will learn this year and how you can participate at Dingeman. Join us in the multipurpose room for introductions at 5:30 pm, and there will be classroom presentations at 6 and 6:30 pm. Go Tigers!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

FFC President Greetings

Welcome back friends and families of the Dingeman community! I am energized to serve as the new president of the Family Faculty Connection (FFC) this year. I invite every parent to play an active role—big or small—in providing an excellent, enriching elementary experience for all our children at Dingeman.

Join us at our Volunteer Fair on the first day of school—Tuesday, Sept. 8—at 9:05 am in the multipurpose room and meet the FFC Board, who will help answer any questions you have. If you cannot make it, please review the full list of school volunteering opportunities on our website at

The FFC funds Art Corps, STEAM, assemblies, enrichment instruction, and even school supplies and materials. Volunteering with the FFC allows you to meet new friends and discover the rewards of contributing to the greater community. If we all find a way to help, in whatever capacity we can, I believe we will make a big difference together.

To reach me, please email [email protected] I look forward to working with all of you. Go Tigers!

Luis Fregoso, FFC President

Start Helping Dingeman

It’s time for Dingeman families to unite for all of our students! The continued success of our school relies not only on our wonderful administration, staff, and teachers but also on our FFC and community support. We can make a huge difference in the educational experience of our children by supporting the 2015–2016 FFC Pledge Drive organized by Marla Garvey and Sunny Spencer.

Donations can be made online at, using the “Donate Now” button. Pledge cards will be sent home once school starts. Inquire about matching programs your employer may offer.

Your voluntary contribution, at any level, will help our students continue to enjoy a broad variety of educational opportunities. Don’t miss your chance to be a Dingeman FFC supporter!

Looking forward to a great year!

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Volunteer Spotlight: Joe Gonzalez

Where is Grandpa Joe? You usually can find him on Jerabek fields coaching students! Joe is the grandfather to three Jerabek children, a former captain with CAL FIRE, and a softball coach for 20 years. Joe started coaching when his daughter was really young and ended up being a high school softball coach. When you talk to Joe you quickly realize his passion for coaching and a pure love of the sport, both softball and baseball.

Joe decided to bring this passion for coaching to Jerabek as one of our extraordinary volunteers. He gives his time every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday as a PE coach, taking only one day for himself in his retirement. The kids and teachers love him—probably because of his positive spirit and contagious passion. He even participated in the SRCA 4th of July Parade, walking with the Jerabek group! Thank you, Joe, for sharing your talents with the Jerabek community!

Field Days—A Big Success!

A very special thank you goes to Dawn Gencarelli and Judi Schreyer who served as co-chairs for Jerabek’s Field Days. These two very special parents spent many hours of hard work to coordinate this exceptional opportunity for all students to participate in quality, engaging, and fun fitness activities.

Thank you to all our awesome parent volunteers for their support in making Field Days a success. We also would like to recognize and thank Rita’s of Scripps Ranch for providing a special, refreshing treat to all students during the event.

We hope everyone had a safe and restful summer. We look forward to welcoming the Jerabek community back to school on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Welcome Back to School!

Whether you are new to Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE) or have been part of our Hawk family for years, the Family Faculty Association (FFA) is excited to welcome you to the new school year. This year we are growing several of the new programs that we started last year, including our award-winning Garden Corps program—before school and in the classroom—Sing-N-Speak Spanish after-school enrichment (see the article), and the First LEGO League Engineering Club. We also will continue to offer the mainstay enrichment programs parents rely on the FFA to provide: Art Corps, character education, Super Science, media lab, Running Club, and more.

We are planning many fun family activities for the year, including a new schoolwide talent show this spring and a reinvented parent social. Other popular activities are back and better than ever, including our 42nd Annual Halloween Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 17. The fun kicks off in September with the Ice Cream Social and Movie Night. For more details, visit

All of these programs and events are made possible by the work of our dedicated volunteers. The new school year is an opportunity for you to join this fantastic team! There are volunteer jobs that occur on a monthly, yearly, or as-needed basis both in the classroom and schoolwide. Check the volunteer page at or email me at [email protected] for details.

In my three years at MRE I’ve enjoyed being able to give back to the school in many ways, both in the classroom and out. But what I will take with me when my children graduate are the lasting friendships I’ve developed as a volunteer.

Three years ago I appreciated the welcome the FFA gave me. I hope we offer you a similar welcome! FFA volunteers will guide school tours, sell spiritwear, and answer questions on Friday, Sept. 4, from 9 to 11 am, as well as host a Volunteer Fair on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 8 to 9 am. Welcome to MRE. Let’s have a great year together!

Mary Corbett, FFA President

Pledge Drive

Once again, the MRE FFA is kicking off the school year with our annual Pledge Drive—a straightforward request for donations. Every dollar raised stays at MRE. We rely on the money raised from the Pledge Drive and other fundraisers to offer the enrichment programs and teacher support that make MRE a great school.

Donations of any amount are tremendously appreciated and always voluntary. Pledge information will come home soon. Please take a moment to fill out and return your pledge card in its golden envelope. Our goal for this year is 100% participation. Become a MRE supporter today!

Diane Hunter, Pledge Drive Chair

Sing-N-Speak Spanish

Sing-N-Speak Spanish returns to MRE for the 2015–2016 school year with three levels of classes for students in grades 1–5. Please see for more information. Classes start on Friday, Sept. 25, and are limited to 12 students. Registration is now open, but classes fill quickly. Visit for registration information and forms.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

The school may have seemed quiet over the summer, but there was a lot going on. In addition to cleaning the school, we made a lot of improvements. We added several outdoor reading areas and gardens that make EBS more welcoming than ever.

I am particularly excited for you to see our new outdoor art gallery, located next to the library. The most exciting news, though, it that our construction contract for the new playground shade structures was approved by the Board of Education. The components are being fabricated and the structures will be installed in the middle of September. This project has been in the works for a long time, so we look forward to finally having some shade on the upper playground.

With the beginning of school right around the corner, parents will receive important information via email. If you are not receiving emails from the school, please contact the office at 693-8593 to give us your current email address.

I look forward to seeing our returning students and welcoming our new students. Nothing makes me happier than all those smiling Penguin faces. See you soon!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Enrolling Your Child at EBS

We continue to enroll new students. If you live in the EBS area and need to enroll your child, please contact the office as soon as possible. Our enrollment clerk, Miss Krissy, can be reached at 693-8593, ext. 0. Also, you can come by the office any weekday between 8 am and 3 pm to pick up an enrollment packet.

Important Dates

  • Friday, Sept. 4—Kindergarten/TK/New Student Orientation, 10:30 am; Penguin Posting Party, 5 pm;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8—School starts at 8:45 am; Volunteer Fair, 8:45 am, multipurpose room; and,
  • Thursday, Sept. 10—Back to School Night.

From the AFP

September is an exciting time for EBS and the Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) as we welcome our new and returning students and parents. We have a lot of AFP-sponsored events for the year.

September events are: Transitional Kindergarten (TK)/Kindergarten (K) Orientation for incoming students and parents; Penguin Posting Party for all students to find out who their teachers are and where their classes will be; Volunteer Fair for everyone to learn about the AFP and have a chance to get involved; Back to School Night for parents and students to get to know their teachers and curriculum; and Fine Artists orientation for parents interested in learning about famous artists and teaching the children about the featured artist and art techniques.

I look forward to seeing everyone, meeting new faces, and hearing all the exciting summer stories.

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President

Krissy Duke

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA) was well represented at the international Maccabi Games in Milwaukee this summer. The Maccabi Games are an Olympic-style sporting competition held for teens 13–16 each summer in different locations around the world.

The first world Maccabi Games were held in Israel in 1932. Since their inception the games have grown from a small pilot project in one host community to a competition with more than 6,000 athletes, providing athletic, cultural, and social opportunities for teens from around the world. Goals of the program include immersing youth in an environment that encourages mutual respect and sportsmanship, instilling an appreciation of values, enriching their identity in a fun and festive setting, and encouraging physical fitness and well-being.

CHA athletes were involved in various competitions including swimming, track and field, dance, and soccer. They represent more than 16 varsity and junior varsity teams at CHA ranging from football to golf. The teens brought home six gold medals, three silver, and three bronze.

But according to 8th grader Tali, the competition is just a small part of the experience. “The games are so inclusive. Everyone seems happy to be there and is always helpful and smiling. One of my favorite activities was when we were paired with athletes from the Special Olympics. We got to work with them and it was a fun time. Being involved in helping others aligns with our school values. Everything at the games was interwoven—from sports to Torah to values to the entire world.”

With a focus on “Education for Life,” CHA is an independent coed Jewish day school in Scripps Ranch that provides an exceptional education and values-based foundation for children ages six weeks to 8th grade. CHA has an award-winning athletic program for K–8. Call Wendy at 566-1996 to schedule your tour.