Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

For most of us, January brings about a time of reflection of the past year and resolutions for the future. In terms of reflection, we want to honor and celebrate our amazing band students and staff! The weekend before Thanksgiving, our band competed in the California State Band Championships. It took home three awards, placed 6th in Division 4, and won the “Viewer’s Choice Award”! Co-drum major Katrina Hizon won the coveted award of “Most Outstanding Soloist,” which includes a scholarship prize. Congrats to director Russell Shedd and all the incredible students!

Looking to the future, we all strive for greatness! As parents and educators we want to ensure our children get every opportunity to succeed, and we at SRHS will continue to work toward that goal in 2016. As we move into January we end our first semester with finals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Jan. 27, 28, and 29. School ends at 11:30 am on each of these days to allow students time to adequately prepare for finals in all classes. On Monday, Feb. 1, we begin our second semester and countdown to graduation.

In support of our academic program, our regular after-school peer tutoring continues to meet in Room 410 for any student who needs occasional help with a class or project. Tutoring is available Monday through Thursday from 2:15 to 3:15 pm.

Our dance classes will have performances on Friday, Jan. 15, and Saturday, Jan. 16, in the SRHS theater. We hope you attend these events and support our performing arts students. You can find more information on our school website.

All parents of incoming students are encouraged to join us for “Falcon Night” on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 4 pm in the SRHS gym. Street Tacos will be available from 3 to 4 pm, along with classroom exhibitions in the quad. In addition to having the opportunity to meet some of our exceptional team of teachers, counselors, and administrators that evening, you will learn about the rigorous academic program and all the SRHS extracurricular activities.

Mark your calendars for these dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 4—School resumes;
  • Thursday, Jan. 14—Falcon Night, 4 pm, SRHS gym;
  • Monday, Jan. 18—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20—PSAT Parent Night, 6 pm, SRHS theater; and,
  • Monday, Feb. 1—Second semester begins; class schedule: CORE, then periods 1–6; students receive second semester schedule in CORE.

We are excited about the academic success that is so evident in the students who attend this wonderful school. For updated times, locations, and events, please check the school calendar at Happy New Year!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

Happy New Year from Marshall Middle School! We hope you had a joyful winter vacation!

On Thursday, Jan. 28, we have a minimum day, with a 12:16 pm dismissal. Our teachers will use the time to finalize semester grades and plan lessons to meet the needs of our 21st century learners by providing rigorous academic opportunities.

At MMS one of our highest priorities is to provide a safe environment for our students. We encourage parents to drive with our students in mind. Please share the road with our student walkers and bikers. Be patient as you near the school and wait in the queue lines. Please don’t double park, pass other cars, or dart in front of other vehicles to drop off or pick up your student or speed to or from MMS. Also, please don’t park at the corner of Avenue of Nations/Willow Creek Road and Pomerado Road to pick up or drop off your student. School personnel do not supervise this area and it is not safe for pedestrians.

Our first semester ends on Friday, Jan. 29. Students receive their first semester report cards on Friday, Feb. 5. I encourage parents to contact their students’ teachers or log onto PowerSchool to find out more about their students’ progress. We look forward to 2016 and we thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

January Calendar

  • Wednesday, Jan. 6—School Site Council/Site Governance Team, 5 pm, Community Room;
  • Friday, Jan. 15—Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), 9 am, Community Room;
  • Monday, Jan. 18—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school;
  • Thursday, Jan. 28—Minimum day, 12:16 pm dismissal; and,
  • Friday, Jan. 29—Semester ends.


It’s not too late to buy a yearbook! Get a 100%-color yearbook at for only $45. Or send in cash or a check to Mrs. Englund in the financial office. Quantities are limited!

If you would like your 8th grader’s adorable baby picture in this year’s yearbook, go to the MMS website and click on the “ReplayIt” link. Make sure to include names and grades of students in photos or they will not be used. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 22. No late entries. You may send in printed photos as well. There is a collection box in the office. Please write your student’s name on the back of the photo so we can return it to you.

The yearbook is taking photo submissions of students doing after-school activities. Send in an action shot of your student dancing, playing soccer, doing taekwondo, and so forth. Submit photos through ReplayIt or drop them in the office.

Bullying Assembly

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, all MMS 7th graders will attend Kaiser Permanente’s 50-minute Bullying Awareness Program, presented in play form called Someone Like Me. Bullying is a widespread and serious problem. Kaiser Permanente’s Adolescent Bullying Awareness Program demonstrates to students that they are not alone and help is available.

The program is designed as a springboard for discussions between students, teachers, parents, and other trusted adults. It also models ways for students to reach out for help for themselves or their friends.

High School Four-Year Planning

MMS counselors will host two, nighttime High School Four-Year Planning Conferences. The first takes place on Thursday, Jan. 21, for students with last names starting A–L. The second conference is on Tuesday, Jan. 26, for students with last names M–Z. Both conferences will be in the MMS multipurpose room from 6 to 7:30 pm.

SRHS Falcon Night

Students and parents for 2016–2017, hear all about Scripps Ranch High School from students, teachers, counselors, and administrators. Get your questions answered at this meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6:30 pm in the SRHS gym. Four-Year Planning Conferences and Falcon Night discuss different information.

5th to 6th Graders at MMS

Fifth graders from our feeder elementary schools will visit MMS on:

  • Miramar Ranch and Jerabek—Wednesday, Jan. 27; and,
  • E.B. Scripps and Dingeman—Friday, Jan. 29.

Parent Matriculation Night, an informational meeting for parents of incoming 6th graders, is on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the MMS multipurpose room.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Greetings Dingeman Families and Community,

We look forward to our first Tiger Rally of 2016 on Monday, Jan. 4, at 8:30 am. Each month we come together as a school community, learn about our recycling efforts from our Green Team, find out which classes are “going the extra mile” at Cardio Club, and other news.

At the end of the rally we have the Tiger cheer. Our Tigers are: T-Talented; I-Imaginative; G-Generous; E-Empathetic; R-Respectful; and S-Successful. Beginning this month we will implement a No Homework Night on the evening of our Tiger Rally. Our Site Governance Team values quality family time and hopes that providing this break in everyone’s busy schedules allows families to enjoy extra time together. Here’s to a great new year!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

New Year Wishes from the FFC

Happy New Year! On Thursday, Jan. 14, Luna Grill will host our Family Dinner Night! Thank you, Luna Grill, for helping us with this fundraiser where 20% of purchases go to our school. You don’t have to be a Dingeman family—go to and print a flyer.

Thanks to funds from events like this, the Family Faculty Connection (FFC) is delighted to offer enrichment assemblies. One of the most engaging was provided by Kyle Tiernan, who led an interactive drawing lesson (below). The kids learned tips, tricks, and techniques that they were able to immediately apply to their drawings. We thank Silvia Rohrer for arranging the assembly and our supporters for making events like this possible.

We are very proud of our First LEGO League (FLL) team, the Master Mindstorms, who won first place during the FLL qualifying tournament at Poway High School. Sixteen teams competed in four individual events: Project; Robot Design; Core Values; and Robot Game. The team then competed against the top 60 teams at LEGOLAND and ranked 5th! Great job!

Preparations for our 2nd Annual Jog-A-Thon are in full swing, and we are looking for sponsors. If you are interested in getting your business name out to more than 900 children and their families, please let me know at [email protected] The FFC thanks the community for its everlasting support. Happy New Year!

Luis Fregoso, FFC President

5th Graders Beat an Olympian!

The 5th graders were treated to a visit by track and field Olympian John Nunn. John’s discipline is race walking. He shared his story about how he became a race walker in college, after a high school career as a runner. Although he never envisioned being a race walker, he took a scholarship offer and told the kids that when an opportunity knocks, take it. He continued walking when he was accepted into the Army World Class Athlete Program. He now gets paid to walk! He has visited more than 40 states and dozens of countries on four continents.

After fielding questions, John helped students race walk. The visit culminated in a one-fifth-mile race. Four 5th graders ran and John walked. It was close, but the students can brag they beat an Olympian! It should be noted that John typically races 20K and 50K distances and does a mile in less than six minutes! Thanks to Athletes For Hope and the Let’s Move! Active School for sponsoring John’s visit.

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

This month students are working hard in all areas of the curriculum. Fourth and 5th graders are enjoying their instrumental music program. Students had a choice of band, orchestra, or ukulele. Our instructional music program is led by Mrs. Burton and Mrs. Orem.

In the classroom our students are working on developing their critical thinking through the Just Think Literacy Program. Teachers also are working hard in all other areas of a very comprehensive academic curriculum. The 5th grade enjoyed a very educational field trip to the U.S.S. Nimitz.

Our school Safety Patrol is running strong and led by a very hard working-parent, Mary Ringenbach. Students work one day a week, before and after school. The students are trained and supported by the San Diego Police Department.

We would like to recognize all the wonderful parent volunteers who make our Art Corps program possible. These hard-working parents prepare and facilitate art lessons for all students in their classes.

Our Family Faculty Organization (FFO) has ensured we have plenty of PE equipment. Teachers and students are so thankful for the replenishing done this year.

Finally, we would like to thank a special group of families who have gone above and beyond in giving and volunteerism: Anderson; Caffrey; Chiu; Colletto; Gonzalez; Grover; Leloup-Tardiveau; Lewis; Melancon; Podmenik; Rosik; Jackson-Schumann; and Wood. We truly appreciate your unending support.

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

Congratulations Nyiah Bollinger

 Confidence, communication skills, kindness, and tenacity are not just desired traits of Jerabek students, they are the traits that helped newly crowned 3rd grader Nyiah Bollinger receive her title as a 2015–2016 Junior Pre-Teen National Cover Model in the National American Miss (NAM) pageant. NAM is touted as the number one program in America for “growing confidence” in girls ages 4–18.

Nyiah (above) began competing in NAM in 2014 as a way to build her self-esteem, as she had a rare condition called non-verbal learning disorder (NLD). Since NAM focuses on poise, communication skills, and confidence—for example, makeup is not allowed—Nyiah had the opportunity to hone her skills by competing for titles judged solely by her ability to do public speaking and interviews, write a resume, and serve her community.

We are proud of our 2015 Miss San Diego Junior Pre-Teen, Miss 2015 California Junior Pre-Teen Cover Girl, and the new 2015–2016 Junior Pre-Teen National Cover Model, Nyiah Bollinger!

Volunteer Spotlight

 The spotlight this month shines on our amazing Jerabek volunteer Rebecca Stewart (above). She is mom to two beautiful girls, Scarlett and Ainsley. Rebecca is also a vice president on the Family Faculty Organization (FFO) Board and co-chaired the Spring Fling for the last two years.

In addition to her active participation on the FFO, she finds time to volunteer in her daughters’ classrooms. Rebecca goes out of her way to welcome families to Jerabek. She exudes the spirit of our school, and we are fortunate to have her as one of our amazing volunteers. Thank you, Rebecca, for all you do for Jerabek!

Corporate Sponsor

Jerabek is so fortunate to have corporate sponsors who provide support. We would like to thank Emma Lefkowitz as one of our amazing corporate sponsors from Barron Real Estate. Emma is a huge part of the Jerabek community and a dedicated Realtor serving all of San Diego County and specializing in Scripps Ranch.

Wishing everyone a fantastic 2016!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our FFA

Happy 2016 from the Miramar Ranch (MRE) Family Faculty Association (FFA)! In January our Character Education lessons focus on forgiveness—learning to ask for and give forgiveness is an important skill and a great way to start the year. January is also a great time to try something new. If you have been thinking about getting more involved, now is the time! We need volunteers for our Scholastic Book Fair—see the article below.

We also need committee members to help plan the Jog-A-Thon and Spring Social. We are trying to form a new STEAM committee to bring more science and technology to MRE. If you’re interested in any of these or other volunteer opportunities, please contact me at [email protected] Your support makes a difference!

The support of the Scripps Ranch community makes a huge difference as well. Local businesses have been very generous in helping provide the funds needed to keep our school performing at the highest levels. MRE is seeking corporate and individual sponsors to support our annual Jog-A-Thon. This year’s event, which has the theme “Peace, Unity, Running,” is on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 15 and 16.

It is a great opportunity to showcase your business while benefiting students. Each sponsor will have its logo on our Jog-A-Thon shirt and displayed on a banner at the event. Sponsorship levels are: Bronze, $150; Silver, $300; Gold, $500; and Platinum, $750. We only have room for one Platinum sponsor! Please contact our Jog-A-Thon chair, Aaron Andrews, at [email protected] by Monday, Feb. 15, to be a sponsor.

Mary Corbett, FFA President

Hawks Love to Read

Peace, love, books! The MRE Feeling Groovy Scholastic Book Fair is sneaking up on us! We will be open for teachers to browse and make their wish lists on Thursday, Jan. 21. Classes begin visiting Friday, Jan. 22, through Thursday, Jan. 28. Families and friends are invited to visit on these days: Fab Family Friday, Jan. 22; Donuts with Dad, Monday, Jan. 25; Mornings with Mum, Tuesday, Jan. 26; Dad’s Day, Dude!, Wednesday, Jan. 27; and Muffins with Mom, Thursday, Jan. 28.

Our reading challenge returns. Can we read 200,000 minutes as a school? Start recording your minutes from Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 29! If we succeed, Ms. Crane and Ms. Robinson have agreed to face off in another race…or maybe a dance off to ABBA music? Peace out!

Pam Millar, Book Fair Co-chair

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

This year we introduced a computer programming class for our GATE and Seminar students. We also started an after-school coding class. Due to the success of these two programs we will expand computer coding and programming to all grade levels.

We transformed our former Computer Lab into a Technology Academy where all students will learn coding as part of the regular school day. Jan Martin, director of our Technology Academy, will be our coding/programming teacher. As Steve Jobs said, “Everyone in this country should learn how to program a computer…because it teaches you how to think.”

Our students also come up with their own ways of showing their creativity and ingenuity. Some of our 5th grade students, led by Arjun Suri, wanted to start a newspaper. So they came up with The Penguin Weekend Post (TPWP), which they distribute in front of the school every Friday afternoon. The Post contains all kinds of helpful information for the weekend including San Diego events, movie reviews, recipes, and sports previews. The students create this newspaper on their own time because they enjoy the challenge of creating something useful and entertaining. I am so proud that our students strive to challenge themselves and take on self-directed projects like TPWP. Go Penguins!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message From Our AFP

Hello EBS families! There are many events in 2016: Mother-Son Bowling; Penguin Parade; Father-Daughter Dance; and Jog-A-Thon, to name a few.

Penguin Parade is when students stand together demonstrating character strengths, individually and as a whole. Character strengths are built by “thought, choice, courage, and determination” for a better future. Happy New Year!

Nancy Ferreira, Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) President

Krissy Duke

Chabad Hebrew Academy

It’s remarkable how two words, kindergarten readiness, can cause so much debate and confusion. There are educators who support opinions as varied as keeping children out of kindergarten until 6 years old to researchers who claim social development is the best predictor of school readiness. The philosophy at Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA) is: know your child and the program you are considering.

Children’s learning styles, personalities, and skills are diverse, as are kindergarten programs. Some focus on educating “the whole child.” Others are academically oriented. One type of program is not inherently superior. It’s important to find the best program for your child.

Kindergarten readiness is not synonymous with educational potential, nor is it the same as intelligence. In fact, a 5-year- old may have superior intelligence but not be mature enough for a full-day kindergarten program. When assessing a child for kindergarten, we look at many factors. These include, but are not limited to:

Learning Behaviors

  • Can focus for at least 15 minutes
  • Follows two- to three-part directions
  • Relates ideas and experiences
  • Asks peers or teachers for information or assistance when needed
  • Works and plays independently
  • Expresses emotions and affections appropriately
  • Respects others and their property
  • Can maintain an appropriate level of self-control
  • Uses writing tools and scissors

Academic Readiness

  • Knows most letters of the alphabet
  • Understands the correspondence between letters and sounds
  • Understands simple relational concepts—big, little, over, under
  • Counts to 20
  • Recognizes colors and shapes

CHA is an award-winning independent school serving children in preschool to 8th grade. Attend a monthly “Welcome Wednesdays” open house. For details, contact Wendy at [email protected]

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

As we usher in the New Year we honor our commitment to provide a quality Catholic education where gospel values are integrated into each school day. January brings us the opportunity to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week. The theme for 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

We welcome families to tour our school during our annual Open House on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 1 to 3 pm. Our address is 15315 Stonebridge Parkway—about three miles from the entrance of StoneBridge Estates. Learn about upcoming development at the school, which includes a preschool scheduled to open in fall 2016.

Our K–8 school offers a unique family-like environment where creativity and leadership skills are cultivated. Students are inspired to become leaders and role models in their community.