Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

As we begin the second semester there are many important items and events on the horizon. First, seniors must continue their rigor in school as keeping up grades is important for final college acceptance. Grades, citizenship, and school attendance must remain at satisfactory and above to be eligible for senior activities. Details about those events were mailed home and are on our website.

Our underclassmen will begin to focus on their course selections for the next school year. Counselors will provide students with information about the articulation process. It is imperative both students and parents are aware that courses selected at this time dictate the number of classes offered in a particular course next year.

During this process counselors and students determine if they are prepared and willing to commit to the classes they identify. It is essential students pick a schedule appropriate for their skill level and time commitment between classes and outside activities. Counselors emphasize making commitments and finding solutions to difficult situations that prepare students for college and the real world, while building character and self-esteem.

In February counselors will make classroom presentations, and students will have the opportunity to select their courses using an articulation planning card. To finalize class choices, parent signature and counselor approval is required on this card. Some courses may require approval based on prerequisites. To assist you in choosing classes, you may want to review the online SRHS Course Catalog and visit teacher websites, which include course expectations. We greatly appreciate your efforts in using the resources provided to pick a desirable schedule with your child.

Second semester is an exciting time, full of anticipation for what is to come. As our students continue to work diligently on their schoolwork, athletics, and extracurricular activities, our faculty and staff are doing everything they can to support them. Please join us in supporting our students and cheering them on to success.

Some dates for your calendar:

  • Thursday, Feb. 4—11th grade college presentation, 4–6 pm, SRHS Theater;
  • Friday, Feb. 12, and Monday, Feb. 15—Presidents’ days, no school;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17—School tours, 9:45 am, RSVP to Todd Wilson at [email protected]; and,
  • Thursday, Feb. 18—9th grade college presentation, 4–6 pm, SRHS Theater

Please check for all other school events. Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Thank You!

We want to thank the following business for their generous donations to the SRHS teachers’ holiday party. We appreciate the constant support of our local businesses.

  • C’s Deli
  • Bruski Burgers & Brew
  • Heaven on Earth
  • Yanni’s Bar & Grill
  • Chili’s
  • Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
  • Board & Brew
  • Pizza Rev

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community,

We begin our second semester on Monday, Feb. 1. This semester will be a busy time of year as we begin speaking to our students about their classes for next year. Parents will receive information about course selections from our counseling department in the next few weeks.

We also will welcome our new 5th grade students and parents to MMS. We look forward to meeting our new students and are excited to share all the great opportunities we have for them.

In February we will have a matriculation information night for all current 5th grade parents to learn about MMS, and we will have student and parent tours. Please visit for dates and times. Thank you!

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

February Calendar

  • Thursday, Feb. 4—Prospective Parent Tours, 3 pm, main office;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9–Information Night for incoming 6th grade parents; and,
  • Friday, Feb. 12, and Monday, Feb. 15—Presidents’ days, no school.

Semester Report Cards

Students bring semester report cards home on Friday, Feb. 5. If you are not pleased with what you see, contact your child’s teachers to find out what he or she can do to improve his or her grades.

Your Teen’s Cyber World

Parents, how much do you know about what your teens do online? Don’t miss a special parent presentation on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the MMS Multi-Purpose Room. Jon Moffat, a cyber education consultant, will share some of the following information:

  • The right age for a smartphone
  • Tricks, scams, and how to respond
  • Phone apps that could put you and your child at risk
  • More about Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, and more
  • Ways to connect with your child
  • Tools to create a technology contract for your family

Bring your phone…you’re going to need it. This presentation is hosted by the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association.

5th to 6th Grade Matriculation to MMS

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 Multi-Purpose Room.

MMS counselors will visit students at our elementary feeder schools in February. We will talk about course selections and answer any questions.

8th to 9th Grade Matriculation

Scripps Ranch High School counselors will come to MMS on Friday, Mar. 11, and Monday, Mar. 14, to speak to our 8th graders about their 9th grade course selections.

College: Making It Happen

Attention 7th graders and parents: on Wednesday, Feb. 17, Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools will co-host a college preparation night for 7th graders and their parents. It will be in the Challenger Middle School auditorium. The specific time has yet to be determined. The speaker will discuss high school graduation requirements and college prep information, as well as details on how to prepare for high school and college.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

With the goal of helping our students develop the habit of saving money, we are excited to team up with Mission Federal Credit Union and offer a new program—Mission to Save. Every Friday morning students are able to deposit into their Mission Federal Credit Union savings accounts, learning to save, earn interest, and win prizes! This is a wonderful opportunity to teach life lessons and work closely with our community partners.

The deadline for the Choice process for new students is Monday, Feb. 15. Students already enrolled do not have to reapply, but siblings do. Applications submitted after the deadline will be accepted only if the family is new to the district or is a current student with a change of address. Families will receive a letter from the district, followed by a call from us in late May. For questions, contact Irma Martinez, school registrar, at [email protected] or 549-4437, ext. 163.

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Greetings From The FFC!

If you love to find great deals on books, head to Dingeman the week of Feb. 29 for our Scholastic Book Fair. Hundreds of books make their way into our classrooms thanks to this event, and we welcome the whole community! Visit for times. Thank you for your support!

Luis Fregoso, FFC President

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Happy February!

At Jerabek we focus on our students and celebrate learning! We hosted two learning celebrations in January. First, our 5th grade team of teachers hosted their Common Core Native American Museum event. This project-based learning concept included a hands-on piece of student-made art or artifact with corresponding research.

Secondly, we hosted a writing celebration called Building Our Future. Writing will be a new area of critical focus at Jerabek next year. While our students write every day, it is our desire to become a center of excellence for student writing. The district has adopted the Lucy Calkins Writing Curriculum and we are starting our journey to implement it in classrooms.

Family Faculty Organization (FFO) president Ginger Colletto and Site Governance Team president Marlon Gardinera made a presentation to our parent community. They talked about a proposal to fund specialized professional development for certificated staff in the curriculum.

This month we would like to recognize three very special parents who work very hard for our school. Ms. Marjorie and Ms. Mary work the crosswalks before and after school. Rain or shine, these dedicated adults work hard to ensure the safety of our students and families each and every day. We also would like to recognize parent volunteer Nicole Anderson. Read more about her in the next article.

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

Volunteer Spotlight:

Nicole Anderson


Our Volunteer Spotlight this month shines on Nicole Anderson (above), a mother of two girls and a committed Jerabek volunteer. Over the last eight years Nicole has been a dedicated volunteer serving as a room mom in numerous classrooms, on the Family Faculty Organization Board for the past two years, on the School Site Council for the past two years, and chairing or co-chairing the Father-Daughter Dance for the last four years and again this year. Thank you, Nicole, for all that you do to make Jerabek such a special place for our students!

Father-Daughter Dance

This year’s Father-Daughter Dance was held in January and was a night of Hollywood glamour. Thank you to co-chairs Nicole Anderson and Zil Eiler. Thank you also to Tom Hong and Allstate Mailing Services for printing the invitations.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our FFA

A big thank you goes to everyone who supported our Book Fair and to our Book Fair chairs, Pam Millar and Brigid Brown. This is one of my favorite fundraisers—I love seeing how happy the students are to “shop,” even if it means helping them count piles of change they saved up all year. Thanks also to Lucky Donuts, Club Z Tutoring, Vons, and Costco for their donations to our morning events.

We want to thank everyone who donated to our annual Family Faculty Association (FFA) Pledge Drive. This year we had a record 86% participation. Thank you!

Mary Corbett, FFA President

Volunteer Spotlight

MRE would like to recognize a truly outstanding volunteer, Edward Guevarra. Eddie (above right with his daughters) helped in our Media Center last year with his daughter Ali’s class. He so impressed our teacher that she recommended he take over for her when she moved on this year. He agreed to do it, but on one condition, that he be allowed to provide his service on a volunteer basis instead of being paid!

At a time when our FFA budget is tight, Eddie’s service allows us to continue Media Center lessons to all interested classes. Currently, he is splitting the teaching duties with another excellent teacher, Sherry Buclatin. Together they strive to find ways to use technology to enhance the material presented in classrooms each week. Eddie also is spearheading an initiative to bring programming lessons to all grades.

In the mornings before school, Eddie can be found on the field as one of the Running Club “Wall of Dads” or “WOD” who hand out tickets to kids as they complete laps. He is also one of the room parent’s for his daughter’s 2nd grade class.

He started volunteering as a room parent when his oldest daughter—now a SRHS freshman—was at MRE. Back then, says Eddie, “It was common to say ‘room mom’ most of the time, but…more of us dads volunteered and I am proud that it’s now known as ‘room parent.’ Each year I do my best to be the best room parent for whichever teacher my girls haven gotten.”

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

In late January we began a parent workshop series at EBS by Susan Wais, Ph.D., an expert in growth mindset. Our focus this fall with teachers was learning how we can develop a growth mindset in students. Research shows that students with a growth mindset outperform those with a fixed mindset. We believe with teachers and parents working together, we will best be able to develop a growth mindset in our students. The topics covered in this workshop are: Grit and Mindsets; Effective Praise; Building Character Strengths; and the ABCs of Resilience. We are grateful to Susan Wais for sharing her expertise.

We also started a parent book club focusing on the book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims. This book documents how parental overinvolvement produces overdependent college students unable to fend for themselves or problem solve without parent intervention. It is a fascinating book filled with interesting anecdotes from Julie Lythcott-Haims’s time as a dean of students at Stanford University. As a mother this book gave me insights into my own parenting style. I highly recommend that all parents read this book!

It’s time to start thinking about registration for next year. I think the best way to decide if a school is right for your child is to take a tour and meet the principal. I always look forward to meeting new families on these tours! If you would like to tour EBS, call our office at 693-8593 or email Miss Krissy at [email protected] to find out when tours are scheduled. If you have friends or neighbors with incoming transitional kindergarten or kindergarten students, encourage them to take a tour.

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message From Our AFP

Some EBS teachers and staff regularly volunteer in WorthPointe’s Serve a Meal event at Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. The team provides, cooks, and serves hot meals to already exhausted, overwhelmed families who have kids at Rady Children’s Hospital.

February is about love. The Character Education team is leading the 100th Day of School campaign. Students are encouraged to collect and donate 100—or more—coins to celebrate the 100th Day at EBS, which is Friday, Feb. 19. The coins will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank. EBS families will be able to make additional donations to the Food Bank online. Hunger has no season.

EBS practices the character trait generosity year-around. Together, we can make this community a better place.

Nancy Ferreira, Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) President

Chabad Hebrew Academy

The 5th graders in the science lab are excited to use “Soda Cup Landers” to explore buoyant force. In this lesson students are exposed to physics, math, practical application, problem solving, and teamwork.

A typical day in school usually includes reading, writing, and arithmetic, normally taught individually. However, to solve a problem in the real world, you will most likely need to use a variety of skills. That is why at Chabad we focus on integration, the combination of two or more subject areas for an activity, project, or lesson. For more information regarding our award-winning infant through 8th grade programs, please contact Wendy at 566-1996.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

An informational meeting for prospective kindergarten parents is on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 pm at the school. Developmental screening appointments for kindergartners entering school in August 2016 will be scheduled at this meeting.

We will host placement screenings for prospective students—grades 1–8—on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 9:30 am. Please RSVP to [email protected] A student application may be submitted electronically from our website at If you are interested in a Catholic education for your child, call us at 397-1290.