Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


API Score Reaches 900!

This is very exciting news and is a testament to the fabulous students who attend SRHS, the overwhelming support of our parents and community, and the talent and dedication of our wonderful teachers and staff. It is incredible to witness the results that have been obtained through this positive relationship within the SRHS family. The Academic Performance Index (API) is a measurement of academic performance and progress of individual schools in California. API scores ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000 and are based on standardize testing, attendance, and graduation rates.

Once again, we have the opportunity to brag about our students and staff this month! This year the National Merit Scholarship Corporation awarded a Letter of Commendation to 11 of our students; six were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition; two participated in the National Achievement Program for Outstanding Students Referred to Colleges; and, one student advanced to become a National Achievement Program semifinalist in the prestigious 2013 Academic Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic completion that operates without government assistance.

These students are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They are placed among the top 5% who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 PSAT. We are proud of their accomplishments.

Yale University recently recognized Mrs. Patricia Fowler and Stanford University recognized Mrs. Sheryl Stock for their exceptional teaching practices. They were acknowledged as former teachers or mentors who played a significant role in the intellectual, academic, social, and personal development of former Scripps Ranch High School students. They were recognized among their peers at a recent staff meeting.

After-school peer tutoring is available for students for academic help in all subjects on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the SRHS library. The program runs through mid-May.

In mid-October the district secured funding for our site for two more teachers in the areas of math and English. Since September these teachers have been working with our students in these subjects. Now that the funding is secure, they were given their own classrooms, lowering our student to teacher ratio in these subjects. To accommodate the additions, some students had changes in their schedules. Our counselors made every effort to minimize the impact. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we strive to continue the successful atmosphere that defines SRHS.

As administrators continue to visit classrooms, we constantly seek rigor in the lessons. Teachers have been instructed to actively engage all students through effective questioning strategies according to the Bloom’s Taxonomy and Costa’s Levels of Questioning. Also, instruction is being aligned to new Common Core standards. The dedication of our staff to continue improving student achievement is remarkable!

Our attendance for September was 98.25%. Again, our students are attending school daily and our teachers are taking accurate attendance. Go Falcons!

The Foundation has once again proved how irreplaceable it is by organizing our "Second Annual School Supply Drop-Off Night" for our much needed school supplies. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this event.

Donations are always welcome during the school year and may be dropped off in our front office. Supplies may be directed toward a specific teacher, the nurse, a department, or the school in general. We would like to thank the local Scripps Ranch Real Estate Group for its recent generous monetary donation for school supplies and Kim Field, account manager for Corinthian Title Company, for arranging the donation presentation.

Mark your calendars for the following important dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 10–Winter sports season begins;
  • Monday, Nov. 12–Veterans Day observed, no school; and,
  • Monday-Friday, Nov. 19-23–Thanksgiving break, no school.

Be sure to check out the Daily Bulletin as well as other events listed by month in our calendar section on our school website at []

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School (MMS)


Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

We are excited to announce that Marshall Middle School’s Academic Performance Index has risen again–to 934. This speaks to the hard work of our students, teachers, and staff, as well as the support from parents and the community.

I want to thank all of our families and community members who participated in our 2012 "Pledge Drive," purchased Entertainment Value books, and supported our Magazine Drive. These fundraisers help support the instructional program at Marshall Middle School. You can continue to support our school by visiting our website and pledging online.

At MMS we value positive relationships with students and parents. If you have any questions regarding your student’s academic progress, please contact your child’s teachers to open communication lines. You can find their contact information by visiting our website.

Safety First!

I want to implore all drivers to MMS to be careful as you drive on campus! I know that traffic can cause a lot of stress. Please follow all driving rules while dropping off and picking up your child. Please remember these safety reminders:

  1. Please drive slow!
  2. Please pick up and drop off students in the queue only. Don’t drop off students in the middle of the parking lots or in the middle of the road.
  3. Please be mindful of our buses.
  4. For the upper parking lot, we do not have staffing to oversee this area due to the budget crisis. Please do not park in handicapped parking spaces as you wait for your student; park in the marked spaces. Please do not block parked cars. Exit via Alliant International University and drive slowly as you go to exit on Avenue of Nations. If safety issues continue in this unattended area, we will need to close the area for our students’ safety.
  5. Please do not drop off and pick up your student at the corner of Willow Creek and Pomerado roads. This is not a sanctioned school area. There is no supervision there.
  6. Please remember school staff are not law officials and we have no authority to issue citations. Please be kind to our supervision staff and refrain from yelling at them.

Please be cautious and safe as you drive on campus. We want to ensure the safety of our students as they arrive and leave. Thank you for your support. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, Nov. 9–Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 9:30 am, community room;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14–School Site Council (SSC)/Site Governance Team (SGT), 5 pm, community rm.;
  • Monday, Nov. 12–Veterans Day observed, no school; and,
  • Monday-Friday, Nov. 19-23–Thanksgiving break, no school.

Drama Productions

Seventh and 8th grade drama students will perform Hamlet, Zombie Killer of Denmark on Tuesday, Nov. 6, through Friday, Nov. 9, at 6 pm in the theater. Tickets are $5.

Choir News

The MMS choir is up and running! The advanced and chamber choirs will perform at the district’s annual Visual and Performing Arts fundraiser at Madison High School on Saturday, Nov. 3. These groups were hand-selected to represent the district’s middle school choirs

On Thursday, Nov. 15, all choirs will hold their own annual fundraising concert, A Night of Solos. This event is held in MMS’s multipurpose room at 5:30 pm. Enjoy an evening of music while community and family members bid on dozens of beautiful baskets put together by wonderful choir parents. Join us!


You can easily purchase an award-winning yearbook on the MMS website at [] and clicking on the "Click to buy your yearbook" tab on the top right. Hurry and buy your 100% full color yearbook now for only $40 either online or in the financial office…quantities are limited!

Eighth grade baby pictures and after-school activities: If you would like your 8th grader’s adorable baby picture to be included in the yearbook, or if you have amazing photos of Marshall students doing what they do best, go to the website and click on the "Submit pictures for the yearbook" link. Please include names of students for all photo entries. We cannot include photos with no names. The deadline for baby pictures is Monday, Jan. 28. No late entries will be accepted. Send them in now!

Get Rid of Halloween Candy!

MMS will gladly help you rid your kitchen cabinets of leftover, undistributed Halloween candy. We will use it as rewards for our schoolwide "Right on Target" program. Bring leftovers to the main office after Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Grade-Level Assemblies

In November students will participate in one of three, thought-provoking grade-level assemblies.

6th Grade: On Thursday, Nov. 8, 6th graders will participate in "Teen Truth Live: Bully and School Violence." This presentation uses a multimedia format that incorporates a motivational presentation with a short film that was created with the help of students. "Teen Truth Live" is an award-winning, national program that invites youth to step into being leaders in their lives and their schools.

The award-winning film focuses on social issues involving bullying, while the presentation challenges students to think about how their reactions to these issues impact the lives of those around them. The program teaches students to identify the different forms of bullying, understand how bullying can lead to serious consequences, and motivates students to stop bullying at their school.

7th Grade: On Monday, Nov. 26, 7th graders will attend a presentation on campus, by PE class, about the district’s SPEAK program–Suicide Prevention Education Awareness and Knowledge. Due to the rising rates of suicide attempts among youth, effective September 2010, the San Diego Unified School District began partnering with Yellow Ribbon, a suicide prevention program, and has implemented this districtwide suicide awareness and prevention program.

The goal of this presentation is to help students recognize warning signs in themselves and in their peers and to provide them with resources to find help. Your child may be asked to complete a survey to assist the district in evaluating the usefulness of this training.

8th Grade: On Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, Nov. 27-29, 8th graders, in separate, small groups for boys and girls, will attend a presentation that explicitly addresses potentially high-risk sexual practices, peer pressure, sexual harassment, internet safety and social networking risks, legal implications, as well as health-related concerns.

For several years now, we have contracted with a dynamic cyber education consultant and a parent and teen health educator who will present factual information, facilitate discussion, and answer questions on the above topics. These 1-hour "girls-only" and "boys-only" assemblies are paid for by our PTSA and will be held during students’ PE periods. Counselors will be available for individualized discussions if the need arises.

Suicide Prevention Education

Suicide is the second leading cause of non-natural death in San Diego County for youth ages 10-14, and the third for youth ages 15-24. A 2009 survey of San Diego Unified School District students found that 13.9%–more than 18,000 students–seriously considered suicide districtwide. Of those who considered suicide, 72% made a plan and 6% actually attempted suicide. Those numbers have significantly increased in the past few years, especially for elementary and middle school kids. In response to the alarming statistics, the Suicide Prevention Education Awareness Knowledge (SPEAK) program was developed to:

  • Collaborate with the Yellow Ribbon suicide prevention program.
  • Assist each school select a Suicide Prevention Specialty Team (SPST).
  • Provide suicide prevention and ongoing support of school staff, students, families, and communities.
  • Assist each site in the creation of a community resource guide.
  • Train SPST members to respond to threats of student self-harm.
  • Increase awareness of warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors associated with suicide.
  • Educate staff on responses to suicide behavior and warning signs.
  • Design training to help staff and parents learn their role in supporting at-risk students.
  • Help schools develop a culture of safety and increase students’ sense of connectedness to their school.
  • Support each school’s development of a suicide prevention campaign.
  • Utilize local prevention services for early intervention, postvention, screening, and referrals.

For additional information, please contact SPEAK at 619-523-0708.

Homework Help

The Scripps Ranch Library is offering "Homework Connection," Mondays-Thursdays from 3 to 5 pm. SRHS students support other students who need help with their homework.

Due to budget cuts we are not able to fund the after-school Homework Zone at MMS this year. Teachers provide tutoring on an "as-needed" basis.

College, Career, and Technical Education

In November MMS counselors will work with 8th grade social studies classes to begin the dialogue about college, career, and technical education. We will help students fill out a career interest inventory, and they will become familiar with high school programs and post-high school options as they relate to careers.

We will use an online career exploration program called "Naviance" that enables students to explore their interests, strengths, and goals and to connect these with academics. We also will introduce students to "My Dream," a district-created career exploration program with a large, multimedia, web-based component. This process will provide students with some of the information necessary to correctly fill out their tentative High School Four Year Plans in February.

Progress Reports

The end of the second progress report period is Friday, Nov. 30. Progress reports will be distributed Friday, Dec. 7.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary


Fall Greetings from our Principal

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I would like to thank all of our families and the community for generously supporting our school and making our wonderful programs possible.

I’d like to recognize the Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park Board of Directors for donating music programs to our school for the past two years. This year our school received a generous donation for our Honor Choir. Mrs. Antonette Harris, our Honor Choir manager, accepted the gift at the October Symphony in the Park concert. We are extremely grateful for their continued support of our music programs!

We had extreme heat in October and I want to thank Stanley Steemer for lending us blowers to keep our auditorium cool during lunch and indoor PE classes! We cannot thank them enough!

So many of you have stepped up to support our Pledge Drive, and for that I am most grateful. As you will read, we have even had a donation from a student who loves the Dingeman programs so much he sent us some of his birthday money! Heartfelt thanks to everyone.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for supporting our school! In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Pledge Drive 2012–Thanks for Being Superheroes!

Wow! What an incredible month we had! We would like to say thank you to the wonderful Dingeman families who participated in this year’s Pledge Drive. We send an extra special thanks to 4th grade student Charlie Foster, who donated his birthday money to support his school! This thoughtfulness just goes to show how highly Dingeman is thought of by its students and parents. During these hard economic times we are extremely grateful for your ongoing support. With gratitude,

Pam Larson and Christine Jang, Pledge Drive 2012 Co-chairs

New Volunteers Keep Art Alive

We have been searching high and low for a new Art Corps administrator…or two… and I am pleased to report that two wonderful moms have ended our search.

Charlotte Blank is a working mom who wanted to find a way to volunteer for the school and participate in her son’s classroom. During our Art Corps orientation she found a way. The Blank family is new to Dingeman and we’re delighted to have Charlotte as an integral part of our Art Corps team. Son Benjamin, a 1st grader in Mrs. Lerma’s classroom, loves his new school and can’t wait to have his mom help with his lesson.

Our co-administrator, Shira O’Connell, is an air traffic controller at Lindbergh Field and a single mom to two little guys: 1st grader JJ, and a future Tiger, 3-year-old Liam. JJ was a big fan of the art lessons last year and enjoyed sharing them with his little brother when he got home. When the need for help in the program was expressed, Shira said, "It seemed like a no-brainer to volunteer along with Charlotte. It seems we make a good team. I hope that we can keep the Art Corps going as wonderfully this year as it has in past years."

Thank you, Charlotte and Shira!

Susanne Tasin, Art Corps Volunteer Coordinator



Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break with family and friends!

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary



From our Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Jerabek Families,

As we ease into fall, thank you to everyone who helped all Jerabekians get off to a great start this school year. Our volunteers have made tremendous contributions both in and out of the classroom. Thank you for your support.

Jerabek students continue to achieve at high levels as measured by the California Standards Tests (CSTs). Eighty-six percent of Jerabek’s 2nd-5th grade students are achieving at proficient and advanced levels in Language Arts and 86% are achieving at proficient and advanced levels in mathematics. Our API score of 928 validates the hard work of our students, teachers, and staff. We are so proud of all of you. Keep up the great work! Jerabekians shine and make every day at Jerabek a great day!

Jerabek’s popular before-school Spanish program has started its fourth year, with more than 80 students in grades K-5 enrolled in Sing `N Speak Spanish. It’s aimed at elementary school students to make learning conversational Spanish easy and fun. Its highly qualified teaching staff meets twice a week with students on campus and then escorts them to their class lines. Muy bien! Students may enroll at any time!

Our popular Family Science Night kicked off in October with 3rd grade families spending the evening doing hands-on science projects in the auditorium. Family Math Night began in October for 2nd grade families as students and parents were challenged with thought-provoking problems and races. A great time was had by all. We will continue these Family Nights for each grade level through the year.

We have kicked off our schoolwide reading program called Cruising the Continents. Our goal is to read our way across the continents by Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Mar. 2. Read on, Jerabekians!

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed to our Super Pledge Drive. We’re well on our way of reaching our goal and being able to fund all our exciting and educational projects for the 2012-2013 school year!

Paul Gilroy, Jerabek Principal

Koala Kalendar

  • Monday, Nov. 12–Veterans Day observed, no school;
  • Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 13-16–minimum days, parent-teacher conferences;
  • Thursday, Nov. 15–Restaurant Night at Pick Up Stix, 12-9 pm, 20% of proceeds go to the Jerabek Family Faculty Organization (FFO). Print and bring your flyer from the Jerabek website or contact Nadine at [[email protected]]; and,
  • Monday-Friday, Nov. 19-23–Thanksgiving break.


Vivacious Volunteer: Janeen Kozak

If you see Principal Gilroy jumping up and clicking his heels, it’s because he’s so proud of this year’s successful Pledge Drive. The record-breaking amount is due to the constant hard work and positive push of Janeen Kozak. "Janeen contributed numerous hours last year and this summer preparing for this fundraiser," says Linda Bay, FFO president. "Due to her efforts, the Jerabek Pledge Drive has exceeded its goal of $70,000!"

Janeen, a mother of two busy boys and wife of a busy husband, runs her life with gusto. "If I believe in something, good luck trying to stand in my way. I will make it happen," states Janeen with a laugh. Although credited with new ideas and new ways to present the information for the Pledge Drive, Janeen quickly deflects the kudos. "I love seeing things succeed. I’ve just put people’s thoughts and suggestions in motion."

She has been in constant motion since the Pledge Drive kicked off. Personally painting "Congratulations!" banners and delivering popsicles to classes reaching 100% participation, Janeen has put the "fun" back in "fundraiser." Just ask the classes of Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. McCauley, and Mrs. Dunn who were the first to reach 100% pledge participation. They’re so proud of their colorful posters. They may be up all year!

Great Grades: KKNN–Where News is Knowledge

Breaking news! The 3rd graders of Mrs. Koonin’s and Ms. Lew’s class are reporting in style. Keeping up with today’s high-tech world, these 8- to 9-year-olds deliver the news on the big screen. "I thought it would be fun for the kids to have their own News Network," says Mrs. Koonin. "It’s a great way to learn public speaking as well as learn about the news happening around us."

Mrs. Koonin found an empty classroom and set up a mini-newsroom for the kids (below). With news segments covering school, local, national, world, sports, and entertainment, students read "prompter-style" into the document camera while the rest of the class watches the report on the big screen.

"The kids have been very creative in their reports, including great visuals. We even have groups come up with short commercials while the `anchors’ prepare for the next segment," adds Koonin. KKNN stands for Koonin Koala News Network, and for now is only available through Jerabek, but stay tuned…

Koalas Can’t Forget

Have your little tykes outgrown their cute picnic table? Jerabek’s transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes would love to have them for the kidlets’ snack time. Please drop off your gently used, hefty plastic table with benches in the Jerabek courtyard. Thank you!

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)


From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of MRE,

October was busy at Miramar Ranch. We had our first celebration of student achievement with ACE Awards and Bear Hugs for the students working hard at their studies. We also announced the winners of our Character Education awards for the children who were identified by their teachers for demonstrating our character trait for September, responsibility. Compliments to all of the children and keep up the good work!

Students also were busy running for Student Council. The children did a wonderful job creating election posters and writing campaign speeches that were presented to 4th and 5th graders. Elections were held and winners announced. Congratulations to our newly elected Student Council members and to all of the children who took a chance and ran for office. We are so proud of all of you!

All students in grades 1-5 were given the first set of literacy and math benchmark tests during the last week of October. This week teachers will review and analyze the results that will help to guide their instruction as we continue our work. The benchmarks are challenging, testing what the children have learned, what teachers need to focus on, and preparing our students for the standardized tests administered each spring.

October also brought our 39th Annual Halloween Carnival, "A Nightmare on Red Cedar Drive." The day was a huge success! Thanks so much to the students, families, and staff who volunteered to make this another successful carnival.

This month we look forward to time with family and friends during Thanksgiving break, followed by a week of parent-teacher conferences. We are aiming once again for 100% participation in the conferences. We look forward to meeting with parents and families soon to discuss your child’s progress. Remember to continue to "Work Hard and Be Nice"!

Peggy Crane, MRE Principal

From Our FFA President

Dear Miramar Ranch Families,

November is here! It is a time when we give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. When I took on the role of Family-Faculty Association (FFA) president, I did so knowing that we have a great group of volunteers at MRE–in other words…making my job easier!

I want to thank our countless volunteers–FFA Executive Board members, FFA committee members, Halloween Carnival volunteers, and class volunteers. I would be surprised if this list didn’t include every parent! If you haven’t experienced volunteering, try it. It will warm your heart.



Valuable is the work you do

Outstanding is how you always come through

Loyal, sincere, and full of good cheer,

Untiring in your efforts through the year.

Notable are the contributions you make

Trustworthy in every project you take

Eager to reach your every goal

Effective in the way you fulfill your role

Ready with a smile like a shining star,

Special and wonderful–that’s what you are.


I wish for you a happy and relaxed Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time with family and friends since it goes by so quickly. With many thanks,

Tracy Jewell, FFA President

November at Miramar Ranch

  • Tuesday, Nov. 6–"The Importance of Character" assemblies; and, SSC/SBMT meeting, 3:30 pm;
  • Thursday, Nov. 8–FFA Family Restaurant Night;
  • Monday, Nov. 12–Veterans Day observed, no school;
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13–5th Grade Family Science Night, 6:30-7:30 pm;
  • Thursday, Nov. 15–4th Grade Family Science Night, 6:30-7:30 pm;
  • Monday-Friday, Nov. 19-23–Thanksgiving break, no school; and,
  • Monday-Friday, Nov. 26-30–Minimum days, parent/teacher conferences.

Hawks Show Character

The Character Education program is off to a great start this year. We are nurturing the positive learning atmosphere at MRE by focusing on a different character trait each month. Our school motto is "Work Hard and Be Nice," and we kicked off the back-to-school season by focusing on responsibility in September and generosity in October–two traits that reinforce exactly those qualities.

The newest feature is a raffle honoring students who demonstrate our positive character traits. Each month students have the opportunity to win tickets for our "Hawk Character Trait" raffle by demonstrating that month’s trait. Winners will be honored each month.

November’s character trait is gratitude. We will savor all the things we are thankful for, including: dedicated teachers, fabulous volunteers, and fine friendships we experience at school each day.

Student Spotlight

Megan Leo, our own 4th grader from Mr. Kalchik’s class, won two first place medals at the recent United Studios of Self Defense Las Vegas Tournament. Megan (top right) has been taking karate lessons in Scripps Ranch for about a year and a half. The competition was comprised of children from schools in California, Nevada, and Utah. She competed along with 350 other children and took first place in both the sparring and kata forms in her age division. Congratulations, Megan, on a job well done!

Fresh Produce at MRE

Last year we partnered with Suzie’s Farm, and families received biweekly deliveries of farm fresh produce to the school. This year Suzie’s Farm requires more orders to continue the program, so if you are interested, please contact Tamara Jared at [[email protected]].

Carolyn Coglianese

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)


Character Education

Our character trait for October was generosity and we kicked off our Kids Against Hunger project with our charity partner, Friends and Family Community Connection []. We will hold our annual Fall Food Drive through Friday, Nov. 9, with a protein push–beans, tuna, and peanut butter. November’s character trait is gratitude and we are so grateful for the generosity of EBS students, families, teachers, and staff.

Book Fair

Our annual EBS Book Fair is near! Our Penguins can enjoy the Book Fair from Thursday, Nov. 8, through Friday, Nov. 16. This is a great way to get our children excited about reading while contributing books to our school. We are looking for volunteers to help with:

  • Book Fair set-up–Wed., Nov. 7;
  • Before and after school, about 30 minutes–Wednesday, Nov. 8, through Friday, Nov. 16;
  • Classroom visits, about 30 minutes;
  • Family Night–Wednesday, Nov. 14, 5-7:30 pm; and,
  • Book Fair take-down–Friday, Nov. 16, 1-3 pm.

If you can help, contact Heidi Gillett at [[email protected]], Tina Doshi at [[email protected]], or Juneth Partridge at [[email protected]]. Thanks!

Friends of EBS

Thank you to the following local businesses for being a "Friend of EBS":

  • Scripps Pediatric Dentistry
  • North County Soccer Park
  • Dr. Andrew Huttenhoff, optometry
  • San Diego Combat Center
  • Gail Faber Home Loans

Their corporate donations help EBS support items not provided by the district. If you have a business, or know someone who does, and may want to be a Friend of EBS, contact Carole at 216-536-4313.

Family Science Nights

We kicked off our second year of Family Science Nights with the 4th and 5th graders performing experiments and having a great time. Family Science Night for 3rd graders is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 8. See you there!

It’s Not Too Late to Tutor!

It’s shaping up to be a great year for Everyone A Reader (EAR)! If you missed the October training session, it’s not too late to volunteer to read with our K-3 students. Once you’re trained and cleared, you’ll be scheduled to read with three to four students once a week.

Please contact Cindy Thomas at 693-1818 or [[email protected]]. For more information and upcoming training dates in San Diego County, go to [].


  • Nov. 16–EBS Grandperson’s Day;
  • Monday-Friday, Nov. 12-16–Minimum days; and,
  • Monday-Friday, Nov. 19-23–Thanksgiving break, no school.

Monika Wimmer

Other Schools

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School


Hee Haw!

The annual Fall Festival at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School (SGGCS) in October was a huge success. The theme was Wild West Fall Festival, and there was something for everyone: a pumpkin patch; pony rides; games; inflatable jumpies and slides; great food; and, fabulous live entertainment.

The highlight of this memorable day was Mass on the Grass, with Father Nick’s homily focusing on the strength of the family. In addition, the children’s choir sang beautifully. Our school and parish community have much for which to be thankful! Thank you to all who were involved in preparing the day, especially the Fall Festival chair, Erin Ferguson. Special thanks to the very generous sponsors and volunteers who gave so freely of their time, talent, and treasure!

November Events

November kicks off with All Saints’ Day. Students are welcome to dress as their favorite saint. Let’s show our principal, Mrs. Maeve O’Connell, how much we appreciate her on Catholic Principal’s Appreciation Day on Thursday, Nov. 15. Students and families are invited to make a special card or write a note expressing their appreciation for Mrs. O’Connell.

Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20, will be minimum days, with dismissal at 11:45 am, for parent-teacher meetings.

All are welcome to our Thanksgiving Prayer Service in the new library/media center on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 10:30 am.

Join us for a special Spaghetti Dinner hosted by grades 5, 6, and 7 at the parish hall on Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:30 pm or 6:30 pm. Tickets are available through the STGGCS office. Don’t have a student at STGGCS? Just call our office at 397-1290 to have your tickets awaiting your arrival the night of the dinner.

Testing Time

Iowa Assessments data arrives early this month. One of the many benefits of Catholic education is testing students in the fall in order to assess individual strengths and needs at the beginning of the school year. Teachers are able to take action right away with the results.

If you would like more information about St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, please visit our website at [].

Jennifer Miller