Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Our staff is working diligently to provide our students with 21st century learning using Common Core standards with a focus on the four Cs: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. Our administrative team addressed each grade level with our policy assemblies to continue a positive attitude on campus and to treat each other with respect and dignity.

Our fall sports have done well and will participate in play-off games. We gear up for winter sports in November.

Counselors are offering college application labs. Any student who would like help in completing an application is welcome to attend any session listed below.

After-school peer tutoring is available for any student looking for academic help in all subjects on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the school library.

Students continue to shine in their endeavors. We are proud to report that we have 12 National Merit Scholarship finalists, which is based on a student’s PSAT score. We also are proud to announce that Naya Menezes is one of 30 finalists in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition. Naya was one of more than 6,000 nominees nationwide!

The District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) resumes this year with its mission to educate and advise the community. It aims to spread general awareness about the needs and challenges of today’s youth and pressing issues affecting young people in San Diego County, resulting in a positive change in the community.

As administrators continue to visit classrooms, we are seeing rigor in the instruction. Teachers are actively engaging all students through effective questioning strategies, in addition to aligning instruction to the Common Core standards. Our students are being pushed to a higher level of thinking with instruction that encourages them to think on a mature level and enjoy what they are doing. The commitment and dedication of our staff to improve student achievement is remarkable!

Mark your calendars for:

  • Monday, Nov. 2; Wednesday, Nov. 4; Monday, Nov. 9; Monday, Nov. 16; Tuesday, Nov. 17; and Wednesday, Nov. 18—College Application Lab, 2:30–3:30 pm, Room 841;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meeting, 2:30 pm, staff dining room;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11—Veterans Day, no school;
  • Saturday, Nov. 14—Winter sports season begins; and,
  • Monday–Friday, Nov. 23–27—Thanksgiving break, no school.

Be sure to check the daily bulletin and other events listed by month in our school calendar section at

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

SRHS Basketball Fundraiser

Please join us on Sunday, Nov. 15, for a fundraising and lunch event benefitting the entire SRHS basketball program. Festivities begin at 11:30 am and will be hosted by the Old Pros and the SRHS Men’s Basketball team. Our afternoon will consist of lunch on the quad—sponsored by the Old Pros and local restaurants—and two exhibition basketball games in the gym.

First, the SRHS Women’s Varsity team will take on SRHS basketball alumni, Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club members, and community residents. Then the SRHS Men’s Varsity team will take on the Old Pros and SRHS basketball alumni. It should be a fun afternoon with guest celebrities, halftime contests, and more!

The fundraiser will provide much- needed funds for the basketball programs and help pay for items such as uniforms, equipment, and tournaments. To donate or for details, visit

Principal’s Message

Marshall Middle School

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

I want to thank all our families and community members who have participated in our 2015 Pledge Drive and have purchased Entertainment Value books. These fundraisers help support the instructional program at Marshall. You still can support our school by visiting our website and pledging online.

Over the past two months our students have been challenged to excel in each class. Our goal is to provide experiences for our students to become problem solvers, critical and creative thinkers, and thoughtful, productive citizens. Our students have been given opportunities to hone their research skills, work collaboratively with classmates on projects and presentations, read and analyze texts, and write across the disciplines. As a faculty, we continue to research and study the best instructional practices that strengthen our students’ 21st century skills. We believe providing these opportunities allows our students to be prepared for high school and other educational opportunities.

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

Student safety is our priority. Please adhere to the traffic signage and personnel directing traffic in the drop-off zones. Please be aware, we do not allow drop-offs in the parking lot. Drive safely into our parking queue to drop off or pick up students. Thank you for your support.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, Nov. 4—School Site Council/Site Governance Team, 5 pm, Community Room;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11—Veterans Day, no school;
  • Friday, Nov. 13—Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 9 am, Community Room; and,
  • Monday–Friday, Nov. 23–27—Thanksgiving break, no school.

Homework Zone

Our Homework Zone is open! Students may get homework assistance in any class from one of our teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:25 to 3:25 pm. Here are the locations for Homework Zone:

  • Tuesdays—Room A302, Mrs. Gillum; Room A102, Mr. Johnston
  • Thursdays—Room A302, Mrs. Gillum; Room B206, Mr. Wright

Adopt A Seat in the Theater!

The MMS theater department is starting an Adopt-A-Seat program. It’s a simple and lasting way to leave your mark on the MMS theater with the seat(s) you adopt and personalize with a dedication plaque.

  • For $200, you can adopt a randomly assigned seat in the theater
  • For $300, you can adopt a specific seat in the theater

We hope you help create new memories at MMS by adopting some seats. To learn more, email our theatre director, Jeff Russell, at [email protected]


Don’t forget to order a yearbook! We’ve extended the lowest price offer, so you can still reserve one for $40. That works out to a cost of only 22 cents per day! You may purchase your yearbook online at or in the financial office.

We’ll Take Your Candy!

MMS will help you rid your home of undistributed Halloween candy. We use the candy as rewards for our schoolwide “Right on Target” program! Please bring your leftovers to the main office.

Progress Reports

The end of the second progress report period is Friday, Dec. 4, and progress reports will be given to students on Friday, Dec. 11. If you do not like what you see, please contact your child’s teacher(s).

Student Support Center

We are pleased to continue our partnership with Alliant Couple and Family Clinic (ACFC), a counseling agency and affiliate of Alliant International University. ACFC offers counseling services at MMS including student support groups, individual, and family counseling.

ACFC counselors will staff our Student Support Center every Friday at lunch for students to drop in, participate in fun activities, and have a welcoming place to hang out. For details about these services, contact MMS counselor Julie Becker at 549-5502 or [email protected]

Anti-Bullying Assembly

Thanks to our generous PTSA, we were fortunate to offer an informative, thought-provoking assembly to 6th graders entitled Teen Truth Live: Bullying as part of Teen Truth Live’s Bully and School Violence program. “Teen Truth Live” is an award-winning, national program that invites youth to be leaders. It teaches students to identify different forms of bullying and understand how bullying can lead to serious consequences, as well as motivates them to stop bullying from happening.

Dingeman Elementary

November Greetings

Dear Dingeman Families and Community Members,

November is a time to give thanks, and at Dingeman we are grateful for so many things. Our students, families, and staff work together to create an amazing school experience for all of us.

This month we look forward to meeting with our families during parent-teacher conferences the week of Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. Teachers will contact you to schedule a time slot. We will have half days that week, with dismissal every day at 12:20 pm. I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Fall Greetings

In these first two months of the academic year Dingeman families have shown phenomenal support for our school. With 600+ volunteer positions filled and tremendous generosity toward our annual Pledge Drive, we are in full swing with all enrichment and school support programs. Our Fall Festival had a great turnout and the Family Faculty Connection (FFC) thanks everyone who attended.

Special thanks to the Kebab Shop and Pizza Rev for hosting our Family Dinner Nights in September and October!

On behalf of the FFC, I wish you a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving break.

Luis Fregoso, FFC President

Safety Patrol Students Honored

Every morning and afternoon, students and parents are kept safe thanks to the dedication of 4th and 5th grade Safety Patrol officers (pictured). These hardworking kids were honored at Petco Park. They enjoyed a home game and afterward were allowed to run the bases with fellow officers from all schools in the district. This event is organized by the San Diego Police Department, who mentor the kids during weekly patrol meeting. Heartfelt thanks to both the police department and the kids for making safety a priority.

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Movie in the Park

It was a Friday night and the field at Jerabek Elementary School was alive with activity. What was going on? Jerabek’s annual Family Movie Night! Jerabek hosted more than 500 Jerabekians to watch Surf’s Up with school friends. Also, the Family Faculty Organization (FFO) and Pazzo’s teamed up so everyone could enjoy a yummy dinner during the movie. A special thank you to the Family Movie Night coordinators—Cindy Brentnall, Steve Brentnall, and Lisa Mountain—for making this a super fun evening for everyone!

Volunteer Spotlight:

Kimberly Powers

This month Jerabek would like to thank Kimberly Powers for everything she does and gives of herself to make Jerabek amazing! Kimberly has volunteered her time in so many ways. She has served as a room mom, as well as a fantastic photographer to ensure we have special mementos of the events taking place in the classroom, on field trips, and at monthly assemblies.

She is the mother to three boys and is well known for her amazingly positive attitude and wonderful laugh. You just can’t help but smile when you are around Kimberly. She organized the assembly bulletin board in the courtyard and keeps it updated every month with pictures from each event. This year she has volunteered to be co-chair for the yearbook.

Thank you doesn’t seem enough to express our gratitude for all you do, Kimberly. Thank you for your hard work.

Break Time Already!

Jerabek’s Thanksgiving break is from Monday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 27. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to all Jerabek and Scripps Ranch families!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

What a great start to our school year! We are proud of the work our students and staff have done implementing the Common Core standards and are proud of our first year results on the Smarter Balanced Assessments. Our scores beat the average at the district, county, and state! We are excited to be a part of this new learning.

We again had a wonderful turnout for our annual Halloween Carnival. Thank you, parents and families, for joining us for a day of fun and fundraising for MRE.

November’s calendar is packed. Please check the website for details on all the upcoming events. We start the month with our Green Team Candy Collection and Veterans Day assembly, followed quickly by Mother-Son Night and the Veterans Day holiday—midweek!

Sunday, Nov. 15, is our first Campus Clean-Up Day of the year. Please join us from 9 to 11 am to help beautify our campus. The week of Monday through Friday, Nov. 16–20, is when we have our parent-teacher conferences. Students are released at 12:10 pm each day, which is followed by a week of vacation for Thanksgiving.

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 we enter November, the month of Thanksgiving and the month our students learn about “gratitude” in their Character Education lessons, I must express my gratitude to Angela Frantz and the entire Halloween Carnival team. They put on a fantastic event that was fun for the community and a great fundraiser for the Family Faculty Association (FFA). This was Angela’s first year running the carnival and she did an amazing job!

In November MRE says a special “thank you” to the many men and women who serve, or who have served, in the military. Miramar Ranch will celebrate Veterans Day with a red, white, and blue day and a special Military Appreciation Flag Assembly on Friday, Nov. 5. We invite our active duty parents to come in uniform.

Mary Corbett, FFA President

Candy Buy-Back Program

From Monday, Nov. 2, through Thursday, Nov. 12, students can bring their candy to Scripps Pediatric Dentistry. For every pound of candy, they will donate $1 to the school. The candy will be sent to our troops overseas via Operation Gratitude. Last year 1,400 pounds of candy was shipped overseas! Let’s try to top that!

Catherine Melis

Halloween Carnival Thanks

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the many people who helped put together this year’s carnival! I cannot express enough thanks to the AH-MAZ-ING committee chairs. Jillian Frisbie, thank you for your infinite knowledge of all things Halloween—you are fabulous. Shari Aigner, basket creator and raffle maker extraordinaire, I hope you know how much your help and wisdom means to me.

Mary Corbett, your dedication to our school and excellence astounds me. Natalia Moorhead, you took the games to a new level. Jennifer Leader, coordinating the volunteers is one of the most challenging roles, and you did it with a smile! Sylvia Borgo, the book sale was so great.

Kim York, thank you for the publicity—you did a fantastic job. Lecia Hess, it was a wonderful display, and Lauren Fossett, the cakes were unbelievable! Pam Millar and Brigid Brown, the Teacher’s Pet Shop won’t be the same without you. Thank you for your years of dedication to it.

Kristy Hebel, thanks to you and your family, the food was wonderful. Aimy McRea, could Graveyard Goodies be any more fun? You rock! Korey Thoummavong, thank you for being in charge of the cash room. You made it look so easy!

Our thanks wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out to our corporate sponsors:

  • Rockin’ Jump
  • North County Soccer Park
  • KickForce Martial Arts
  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • Pinnacle Endodontics

A special thanks to David Paine, his committee, and the 5th grade families for creating the spookiest of Haunted Houses yet! Thank you also to: Alina Soaring Hawk for your work with the incredible prizes; Amy Hill, the prize booth was awesome, and thank you for the donations you secured for the baskets; and Marisa Barrie, thank you for getting donations and helping with the silent auction. You all make me proud to be part of the Hawk family!

Angela Frantz, Carnival Chair

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

In September EBS hosted a Principals’ Conference for principals in the San Diego Unified School District’s Area 6, which includes Scripps Ranch. During this conference we trained principals how to use data to develop a professional development plan and raise the effectiveness of our Common Core teaching. The principals visited three classrooms that showcased exemplary teaching. One highlighted the new Lucy Calkins Writing Program that we are implementing this year. The other two classrooms showed principals what the new District Concept Units in Common Core math should look like.

I gave a presentation to the principals about our work here at EBS on developing a growth mind-set in our students and how this helps us create a social environment worthy of our students. I am grateful that I had the chance to share the amazing work of our teachers and students with principals from other schools. As school leaders we are always analyzing the effectiveness of our programs, looking at the research, and implementing changes that will strengthen instruction. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

From Our AFP President

Thank you, parents, for volunteering! The generosity of EBS parents, in time and money, helps all Penguins achieve excellence. In November we celebrate “Grandpersons” and reading with a weeklong Book Fair. Juneth Partridge and team are amazing in putting together this event.

November is also when we hold our Food Drive as part of the Character Education program. EBS was founded on the philosophy of educating the whole child’s heart and mind. It takes a strong partnership of parents, teachers, administrators, and students working together to develop children who demonstrate these ten traits: responsibility, generosity, gratitude, respect, forgiveness, honesty, compassion, cooperation, perseverance, and loyalty.

One trait per month is introduced to each class by parent volunteers through leading a discussion, reading a book, role playing, or doing skits and puppet shows that relate to each month’s character trait. Our hope is that the kids will apply these traits throughout their lives. Special thanks to Mare Mountain for leading the Character Education program this year, Farrah Alyase for heading up the Food Drive, and all Character Education volunteers for making this program a success! Go Penguins!

Nancy Ferreira, Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) President

EAR Helps Kids!

Our Everyone A Reader (EAR) program begins this month, and we always welcome community volunteers! Spend 1½ hours per week with our young readers and watch them improve their skills through the year! Please consider volunteering. Contact Cindy Thomas at 945-6989 or [email protected] for details.

Krissy Duke

Innovations Academy

We send a special thank you to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association for its generous donation to Innovations Academy (IA). The funds will be used to support our learning garden and nature studies programs this year.

Thank you to our 200 volunteers and student participants at Green Apple Garden Service Day. Students helped build a rainwater swale to capture tank water overflow (pictured above). They learned about good soil composition from master gardener Heather Holland. Special thanks goes to Kellogg Garden Organics for its generous donation of soil.

IA students have started exciting projects including: a neuroscience study on the impact of music with dementia/Alzheimer’s patients; a project on the impact of El Niño; and an investigation into human anatomy. If you can help with any of our projects, please contact Beth at [email protected]

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Choosing the Right School

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. What kind of things should you look for? There are many resources online that have checklists geared to specific grade levels, but the most important thing to do is observe. Try to spend enough time to watch many activities including teacher instruction and transition times.

As the only Jewish school for infants through 8th grade in Scripps Ranch, Chabad will host monthly Welcome Wednesdays geared at highlighting its inclusive learning environment. The program begins on Wednesday, Nov. 18, with a focus on kindergarten and grade 1. Schedule a visit today. For details and to RSVP, email [email protected]

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Dear Friends of St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, Providing opportunities to develop the whole child is a priority at our school. Creativity is nurtured in our fine arts program that includes music, choir, art, and drama. There are also many after-school enrichment programs.

The Mobile Dairy Lab, sponsored by the California Dairy Council, visited our school. Iris, the cow, was very popular! Students listened to a wonderful presentation from Farmer Steve (below).

If you are interested in a Catholic education for your child, please call 397-1290 and visit Blessings,

Maeve O’Connell, Principal