Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

We want to thank our parents and community for their continued support of our school and students. Our teachers continue to maintain high levels of academic rigor and relevance in the classroom. Collaboration is seen in all classrooms during the administrators’ visits, and we are proud of our students and all they are accomplishing.

Along with maintaining our academic level, we urge parents to make sure their students arrive to school on time! Having students in class, ready to learn, continues to support their academic achievement. Safety concerns can arise during the rush hours of school, so we ask everyone to do their part and make safety a priority.

Our fall sports had a very strong finish to their seasons and several teams and individuals competed in the CIF playoffs. Women’s golf made it to the playoffs for the first time in the history of the school! Read more about this team’s amazing achievements on page 35. These accomplishments are a reflection of the commitment and dedication from our student-athletes, parents, community members, coaches, and volunteers. Congratulations to all our students who participated and benefited from our fall sports programs.

Our winter sports include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s water polo, and wrestling. Teams are preparing for preseason tournament play, so please check our website at for games and contests. Come support the Falcons!

Students and teachers in our Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program are making final preparations for the holiday season and upcoming concerts. I want to personally encourage you to attend one of these events and get into the holiday spirit. The Band and Choir Winter Concert is on Wednesday, Dec. 16, and the Orchestra Winter Concert is on Thursday, Dec. 17. Again, please check our website for updates and times for these VAPA events.

Mark your calendar for the annual “Falcon Night” on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 4 pm in the SRHS gym. Our incoming Falcon families will have the opportunity to learn about our wonderful curricula, along with the other programs that make our school so incredible. We look forward to meeting our future Falcons!

December events include:

  • Saturday, Dec. 5—Associated Student Body (ASB) Movie Night;
  • Monday–Friday, Dec. 14–18—ASB Spirit Week;
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16—Band and Choir Winter Concert;
  • Thursday, Dec. 17—Orchestra Winter Concert;
  • Monday, Dec. 21–Friday, Jan. 1— Winter break; and,
  • Monday, Jan. 4—Classes resume.

I wish each and every family an enjoyable winter break. Time spent with friends and family is priceless. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your students and the community. Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

There are many student performances this month at Marshall Middle School. I invite you to attend our Winter Band, Orchestra, and Choir Concerts to see our students’ artistic performances. Our students have worked diligently to master their performances. Please check the article on page 25 for specific dates and times.

I want to thank all families and community members who have donated, and continue to donate, to the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). Your funding supports the instructional program and has purchased:

  • Classroom materials such as books, magazines, and journals
  • Classroom library resources
  • Computer equipment
  • Software programs
  • Other essential supplies
  • Art supplies
  • Medical supplies

On behalf of MMS I wish you and your family a restful winter break. We look forward to continue working with our students and families on Monday, Jan. 4.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

December Calendar

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2—School Site Council/Site Governance Team, 5 pm, MMS Community Room;
  • Friday, Dec. 4—Progress reporting period ends;
  • Friday, Dec. 11—PTSA, 9 am, Community Room; progress reports distributed; and,
  • Monday, Dec. 21–Friday, Jan. 1—Winter break.


MMS yearbooks are on sale for the low price of $40! That’s only $0.22 per school day for a year’s worth of priceless memories. Last year we sold 1,200 books! Order your copy now, before the price increases.

You could order online at Also, your student may bring in cash or a check made payable to “Marshall Middle School” and buy the book from Mrs. Englund in the Financial Office. Don’t miss out!

Musical Notes

The MMS Instrumental Music program is putting on two winter concerts. The Winter Orchestra Concert is on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and the Winter Band Concert is on Thursday, Dec. 10. Both concerts will be in the MMS Performing Arts Center—the theater—starting at 7 pm. Both will feature holiday music and admission is free! Come hear dynamic music performed by extremely talented musicians to start the joy of the holiday season!

The choir will perform on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 16 and 17, at 6 pm in the Performing Arts Center.

8th Grade Assemblies

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Dec. 15, 16, and 17, our 8th graders will attend a presentation in separate small groups for boys or girls, which explicitly addresses potentially high-risk sexual practices, peer pressure, sexual harassment, internet safety and social networking risks, legal implications, and health-related concerns. For several years, we have contracted with a cyber education consultant and a parent and teen health educator who present factual information, facilitate discussion, and answer questions on these topics. These girls-only” and “boys-only” assemblies will be held during PE periods in groups of about 50. Counselors will be available for more individualized and on-going discussions if needed.

High School Planning

MMS counselors will host two High School Four-Year Planning Conferences in January. The first is on Thursday, Jan. 21, for students with last names starting A–L. The second is on Tuesday, Jan. 26, for students with last names M–Z.

High school graduation requirements and college entrance requirements will be discussed to help students tentatively create a four-year high school plan. Both conferences will be in the MMS multipurpose room from 6 to 7:30 pm. Letters with specifics will be mailed home in December.

SRHS Falcon Night

Prospective students and parents for 2016–2017, hear all about Scripps Ranch High School from students, teachers, and administrators! Get your questions answered on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6 pm in the SRHS gym. The 2015–2016 Course Catalog is online. Visit, click on “Counseling Center” on the left side, then click on “Course Catalog” on the right side. The 2016–2017 catalog will be online in March.

Four-Year High School Planning Conferences and Falcon Night discuss different information. Please attend both.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community,

2015 may be drawing to a close but the school year is in full swing with additional classroom lessons in art, science, and technology thanks to funding from our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) and parent volunteers. These lessons enrich each and every student, and I am grateful for everyone’s efforts to provide these amazing opportunities.

Our students participated in Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance to encourage students to connect with someone new over lunch. Students sat at tables according to the color of their clothing. The lunch tables had a plastic frame with some sample question ideas to help them interact.

Mix It Up is a simple act with profound implications. Studies show that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away. This was the third year we participated in this national campaign, and it is in addition to our monthly Mix It Up Mondays. We send a special thank you to the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club for its generous donation that allowed us to buy the table frames.

Don’t forget, our last day for 2015 is Friday, Dec. 18, which will be a minimum day with a 12:20 pm dismissal. School resumes on Monday, Jan. 4. Wishing everyone a happy and relaxed winter break,

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Thanks From the FFC

Season’s Greetings Dingeman Families and Community,

I’d like to extend a warm thank you to Pick Up Stix and Islands for hosting our Family Dinner Night fundraisers in November and December. We are so appreciative to have such strong support from the businesses in Scripps Ranch. Their support enables us to provide the many enrichment opportunities our children enjoy. Have a wonderful and restful holiday season! We will see you in the New Year!

Luis Fregoso, FFC President

Pledge Drive

Thank you very much to our generous Dingeman families and community! Ninety-two percent of Dingeman families participated in our annual Pledge Drive, bringing in more than $82,000. Funds are used for Art Corps, STEAM, and Rockin’ Science enrichment programs, assemblies, and other school support.

Special thanks to the 14 teachers and classrooms that reached 100% participation: Mrs. Sandy King, Mrs. Susan King, Mrs. Rudden/Mrs. Palomares, Mrs. Morioka, Mr. Saguil, Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Hagan, Mrs. M. Lee, Mrs. S. Lee, Ms. Jensen, Mrs. Church, Mrs. Zuniga, Mrs. M. Gonzalez, and Mrs. D. Gonzalez. We appreciate our Dingeman community!

Marla Garvey and Sunny Spencer, Pledge Drive Co-chairs

What Happens When Two Worlds Collide?

A white rabbit goes rushing by, late for an appointment, and a ferocious lion, who has just found his courage, chats with a disappearing Cheshire cat. On top of that, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and Alice from Alice In Wonderland must find their way home. On Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7 pm two worlds do come together in the musical Dorothy in Wonderland performed by 4th and 5th grade students from Mr. Saguil’s and Ms. Morioka’s classes.

This marks Dingeman’s 18th annual musical performance. We hope you join us for an evening of laughter and an explanation to all this nonsense through choreography and song. To help offset production costs, donations are graciously accepted.

Pippa Mills

Safety First

Hello, Scripps Ranch. I am Kaleb Kilpatrick, sergeant of Dingeman Elementary’s Safety Patrol. There are two different squads who work in the morning and afternoon—the Safety Patrol and Parking Patrol. Safety Patrol consists of kids in red and white uniforms. Their job is to make sure everyone crosses the street safely.

Parking Patrol consists of kids in blue and khaki. Their job is to help with the flow of traffic, keep it moving, and record any traffic violations that may occur in the school zone. Please remember that the three-minute loading zones and bus stops are not for parking. We have had issues with cars running the stop signs, which could have terrible consequences. Please obey the laws and listen to our officers. Safety is our first priority and we appreciate everyone’s patience and attention while driving in the school zone. Sincerely,

Kaleb Kilpatrick, Dingeman 5th Grader

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

Jerabek has been hard at work in many different ways. Most recently we took time to celebrate our extraordinary student achievement results from California’s new annual testing (SBAC/CAASPP). Test result rankings included all students combined for a ranking based on percentage of “met or exceeded” standards.

  • Countywide all schools—503 Jerabek ranks 10th overall in Math, 3rd overall in English Language Arts (tied with Dingeman)
  • Statewide—5,802 schools Jerabek ranks in the top 1% in English Language Arts and in the top 2.5% in Math
  • Districtwide—117 schools Jerabek is 3rd overall in the district in English Language Arts (tied with Dingeman) and 5th overall in Math

Extraordinary student outcomes happen systemically when people are focused on students and collaborate in a positive way. The Jerabek staff would like to thank our wonderful parents who give above and beyond of their time and finances, which enables our Family Faculty Organization (FFO) to enrich our educational program. The FFO has spent an extraordinary amount of money on the professional development of our teachers, who are at the heart of providing a stellar education.

We are in our second year of the Just Think Literacy program, funded by the FFO, which teaches critical thinking through complex analyzing of advanced concepts within literature. This teaching has enabled students to extrapolate deeper meaning from the books they read.

This development of thinking is directly tied to Common Core curriculum that requires students to not only memorize trivial aspects of a book—such as plot, setting, and character—but demands deep understanding of concepts such as exposition, rising conflict, climax, turning point, resolution, internal conflict, and problem. This program builds high-level vocabulary through the identification of story concepts—honesty, trickery, forgiveness—and themes. This complex thinking also enhances our students’ writing.

We want to recognize the leadership that enhances our school: Marlon Gardinera, Site Governance Team president; Courtney O’Rourke, School Site Council president; Ginger Colletto, FFO president; and Cindy Brentall, FFO president-elect.

Our students are gearing up to start Student Council. At Jerabek we do not hold an election that serves to limit participation. The Student Council is open to all 4th and 5th graders who want to serve our school. Students develop initiative, self-esteem, pride, and leadership. Student groups choose school service projects and perform them on a schedule they develop.

Finally, a special thank you to our office and custodial staff who work so hard to ensure the school is ready and operating each day! Thank you, SRCA Newsletter, for the opportunity to share.

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

Volunteer Spotlight:

Kelly Melancon

The amazing Jerabek volunteer of the month is Kelly Melancon (above). Kelly is mom to two handsome boys, John and James. She is an accomplished accountant and a fantastic volunteer. She helps in the classroom every week, serves as chair of this year’s very successful Pledge Drive, and is a vice president on the Jerabek Family Faculty Organization (FFO) Board. Kelly shares her positive spirit with the Jerabek campus every day. Thank you, Kelly, for all you do for Jerabek!

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping?

Support Jerabek while you shop through the online eScrip mall. It has more than 1,000 name-brand merchants who are willing to donate up to 16% to Jerabek. Go to to sign up. Thank you, eScrip, for supporting our school!

New Safety Signs

After a series of close calls in our crosswalks, a parent contacted Bob Ilko, Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) president, to have the city evaluate if our crosswalks could be made safer. Bob immediately offered to help and arranged to have a city traffic operations engineer assess Jerabek’s crosswalks and signage. As a result, the city will replace the old-style signs with new ones at both crosswalks. Parents want to thank Bob and the SRCA for their efforts to keep our kids safe.

We wish you and your families a very safe and happy holiday season!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

We have just completed the first reporting period and our first round of parent-teacher conferences with our latest progress reports. Thank you to all of the parents who took the time to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss progress and how to best support the students. One again, we had almost 100% participation by our families. Thank you! We know students do best when there is a strong connection between school and home.

Teachers and students are continuing the work around the Common Core State Standards. We help students find new ways to solve problems, explain their thinking, and defend their point of view. It is so exciting to watch the children grow!

In November we had our first Red, White and Blue Day to honor MRE families who are in the military. Parents and friends were asked to come in uniform. Then during the assembly our uniformed parents helped pass out new flags—courtesy of the Family Faculty Association (FFA)—to all of the classrooms. Also, certificates were awarded to each family of a service member. Thanks to all who helped celebrate in this special way.

November also included a welcome Thanksgiving break for students and families. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Now we are rested and ready to get back to work! Be sure to check your calendars for the many upcoming holiday events in December: the Students Who Care Food Drive, caroling, Choir Night, holiday parties, and winter break. It’s going to be a busy month!

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

It’s hard to believe that we are moving into winter. A big thank you goes to Julie Yaeger and Chrissy Rosenfeld for putting on a fabulous Mother-Son Night at Rockin’ Jump and to Which Which for providing delicious meals for the evening. I also want to acknowledge Lauren Fosset and the Green Team for helping make MRE shine at our Fall Campus Clean-Up.

In November our First LEGO League teams competed in the Trash Tek Challenge. In December our choir, led by Heather Sadlier and Jill Herbold, will showcase its talent at the Holiday Concert. Also in December our Students Who Care, led by Heidi Herway, will hold a Holiday Food Drive through Friday, Dec. 11. Donations go to the San Diego Food Bank.

As you prepare for the holidays, join your fellow MRE families for a night of shopping, fun, and good food at Barnes & Noble and Islands on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

From myself and the FFA, I wish everyone a merry holiday and happy New Year!

Mary Corbett, FFA President

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, it’s a wonderful time to reflect upon what we are grateful for. There is a not a day that goes by that I am not extremely grateful to be the EBS principal. Even beyond that I am grateful for many of the strong positive relationships that our school has developed with our families and community members. We are so lucky to have such involved and caring parents. Our school exemplifies what a true home-school partnership should be.

I also am grateful that I get to spend a large part of every day with the students. I am grateful for the kindergartners who think having a “Mama Penguin” is amazing, and I am thankful for the 5th graders who have developed such a strong sense of responsibility and respect that they are ready for middle school.

I am thankful for the small moments of wonder like when the 1st graders release their fully grown butterflies. I am grateful when I ask our students if they made a scientific prediction and they correct me and tell me it’s called a hypothesis. I am thankful to the students who include me in their games of Four Square and Wall Ball. I also enjoy talking to the students and hearing the stories about their friends, their learning, and their teachers.

Above all, I am grateful to work with such a caring, dedicated, and professional group of teachers and staff members. Yes, we have an incredible facility, but it is the people, the students, the staff, and the parents who make EBS special. I am thankful to be part of EBS. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message From the AFP

November was about community and family. We celebrated Grandpersons with special performances by the 1st graders and gave out “kisses” to thank our parents for making EBS extra special for our kids. We also helped families in need and donated food to support the San Diego Food Bank. Thank you, EBS families, for a successful Food Drive and Book Fair.

It is a wonderful way to start December, a month in which friends and families make a special effort to get together and celebrate “love.” Have a fabulous December and wonderful holidays!

Nancy Ferreira, Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) President

Krissy Duke