Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Things have been busy at SRHS! We are so proud of our students and how they continue to meet and exceed expectations academically, athletically, and beyond. Activities abound! Please visit and see our calendar.

Looking for academic help? The Peer Tutoring Club offers help in all subjects for all students after school in Room 410, Monday through Thursday from 2:15 to 3:15 pm. Drop in any time. For those who ride the bus, transportation is provided.

As of press time, we had just received our budget and teacher allocation for the 2016–2017 school year. We will vet this information through our administration team, Site Governance Team, and School Site Council for approval. Please know that all decisions are made with the best interest of students in mind.

Important dates to remember:

  • Wednesday, Mar. 2, through Saturday, Mar. 5—Robotics Competition, Del Mar Fairgrounds;
  • Thursday, Mar. 10, through Saturday, Mar. 12—Spring musical, 6:30 pm, SRHS Theater;
  • Thursday, Mar. 17—Band concert, 6:30 pm, SRHS Theater;
  • Thursday, Mar. 24—Mr. Scripps Ranch, 6:30 pm, SRHS Theater;
  • Friday, Mar. 25—Minimum day, 11:30 am dismissal; and,
  • Monday, Mar. 28–Friday, Apr. 1—Spring break, no school.

Please continue to visit our website at to stay connected.

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Basketball Teams Soar

The SRHS Men’s Basketball Program sends a special thank you to the staff, coaches, parents, and community for the amazing support we received this season.

A huge shout out goes to Brian Ondek, Ralph Votel, and the Old Pros for helping us kick off the season with the Old Pros fundraiser game (teams pictured above). Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a blast:

  • Brian Ondek’s All-Star Men’s Team
  • SRHS Women’s Basketball
  • Teri Howell, Mercedes Fox-Griffin, and the SR Women’s Athletic Club
  • Alissa Murphy Richardson
  • Billy Ray Smith
  • Steve Fiorina
  • Pete Koch
  • Outback Steakhouse

We’d also like to thank our sponsors and donors. With your help we were able to purchase new uniforms for our teams and meet our fundraising goals for the season.

  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros
  • National Junior Basketball (NJB)
  • California Coast Credit Union
  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • DenHerder & Associates
  • Tracy L. Jewell, CPA
  • The Baked Bear
  • Critter Cleaners
  • Bruski Burgers and Brew
  • Value Cleaners and Alterations
  • 3 Blind Mice Window Coverings
  • Yogurt Heaven
  • Advantage Sideout Tutoring
  • Christi Ransom Photography
  • Starbucks, Scripps Poway Parkway at Pomerado Road

We look forward to next season!

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

MMS March Calendar

  • Wednesday, Mar. 2—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meetings, 5 pm, Community Room;
  • Friday, Mar. 11 – Fourth grading period ends; Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 9 am, Community Room;
  • Friday, Mar. 18—Progress reports distributed; and,
  • Monday, Mar. 28, through Friday, Apr. 1—Spring break, no school.

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

We are quickly approaching the middle of second semester. As we continue to work with our students, we want to remind our 8th grade students and parents about our promotion requirements for the 2015–2016 school year. We have established several requirements in order to participate in the 8th grade promotion ceremony and the 8th grade promotion activity sponsored by the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). All 8th graders must meet these minimum requirements in order to participate:

  • 2.0 GPA in scholarship on the fifth progress report
  • 2.0 GPA in citizenship on the fifth progress report
  • No more than one “F” in any subject on the fifth progress report
  • No more than two suspensions in the year
  • No suspensions after Mon., May 2

The end-of-the-year activities and promotion are wonderful ways to recognize our students’ hard work! There will be no exceptions to our standards.

I would like to congratulate the MMS Science Olympiad Team for placing 10th in the Regional Tournament at Carlsbad High School! There were more than 90 teams and 2,000 students participating in this year’s Regional Tournament. I am so proud of our team’s accomplishments!

I would like to thank the entire Scripps Ranch community for your support for our public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Progress Reports

The end of the first six-week grading period of the second semester is on Friday, Mar. 11. Progress reports will be issued to students on Friday, Mar. 18. Be sure to ask to see your child’s progress report, and please contact teachers if you have any concerns. The next progress report will be distributed on Friday, May 6. That will be the final one before the semester ends on Tuesday, June 21. The district will mail report cards home during the summer.

8th to 9th Grade Matriculation to SRHS

Scripps Ranch High School counselors will be at Marshall on Friday, Mar. 11, and Monday, Mar. 14, to speak to our 8th graders about their 9th grade course selections. They will meet with students during their English classes in the MMS Theater.

GATE Seminar Program

The “GATE Seminar Program Intent to Enroll” forms for seminar-identified students were due to MMS on Friday, Feb. 26. However, if your child was given the district GATE test this year as a 5th grader and you are waiting for the results, we will accept the forms and wait for those test scores to become available.

The “GATE Seminar Program Intent to Enroll” form and the MMS GATE and/or Out-of-District Seminar Placement Policy can be found at on the “Counseling” page.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community, Registration packets will be available starting Monday, Apr. 4, for neighborhood students with proof of residence in our boundaries. Our office is open from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

I am excited to announce our Teacher of the Year is Rochelle Schwartz! She is celebrating her final year of teaching and is still going strong. We are thankful for her many contributions to our students.

I also want to thank all of our amazing parent volunteers. Every single day our students benefit from your time and effort.

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Spring Greetings from the FFC

The Family Faculty Connection (FFC)thanks everyone who helped with our Jog-a-Thon. Big thanks to sponsors: Home Depot, Poway; Stehly Farms Organic; Mathnasium, Mira Mesa; and Scripps Ranch Sushi n Grill. Special thanks to event chair Shira O’Connell, firefighters for joining the kids, and parent volunteers!

Luis Fregoso, FFC President

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

Great achievement and learning are always going on at Jerabek. In math, teachers are engaging students in a three-dimensional approach to mathematical competency.

Math lessons include activities in the areas of computation, conceptualization, and writing. In the area of computation, students engage in problem solving using traditional algorithms and number sentences (ex. 8 x 8=, 42 – 12=, 196 – 13=). Also, students have to be able to represent what that number sentence/algorithm means using a drawing—for example, for 8 x 8 = 64 drawing 8 groups of 8).

Finally, students have to be able to construct and deconstruct a word problem, via writing, expressing their thought process, how they solved the problem, represent alternate ways to solve the same problem, and use appropriate academic vocabulary. Common Core demands this three-dimensional approach and develops mathematical reasoning, persistence, and a deeper understanding of what numbers mean.

Registration for fall 2016 begins on Tuesday, Mar. 8, for kindergarten, transitional kindergarten (TK), and new neighborhood students. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2016 to attend kindergarten. Students who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 are eligible to attend TK. Orientation and tours for TK and K are on Thursday, Mar. 24, at 2 pm and Thursday, May 26, at 2 pm.

Registration is from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm daily. The following documents will be needed: child’s original birth certificate; original immunization record; proof of residence, such as SDG&E bill, water bill, cable bill, or rental agreement. Please call us at 578-5330 if you have any questions.

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

Volunteer of the Month

Jerabek’s volunteer spotlight this month shines on Marlon Gardinera (above). Marlon has two boys, one at Jerabek and one at Marshall Middle School. He has been a dedicated Jerabek volunteer wearing many different hats over the years to support the school and the community.

He currently serves as vice president on the Family Faculty Organization Board, and co-chair of the Site Governance Team. Marlon also has been known to assist at both the Spring Fling and Ranch Roundup as the emcee. Thank you, Marlon, for all that you do to make Jerabek great!

Sponsor of the Month

Jerabek thanks Charlotte Young of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services for becoming a Platinum Corporate Sponsor. We appreciate your generosity.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

Students and staff continue their hard work with our new Writers’ Workshop curriculum in classrooms daily. Thanks to additional funding from the district, teachers meet monthly to plan lessons and analyze student work. The children are producing amazing pieces of writing, which I am sure you are seeing at home.

In February we honored the students’ achievement of reading more than 200,000 minutes during our Book Fair celebration with a “dance off” between the administrators at a schoolwide assembly. Needless to say, Mrs. Robinson and I were happy to put on our bell bottoms, love beads, and granny glasses for the contest in order to encourage the kids to keep reading!

March brings GATE testing as well as our second round of progress reports. Parent-teacher conferences will be held from Wednesday, Mar. 23, through Friday, Mar. 25. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to meet.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 15 and 16, bring two of our favorite events—the Jog-a-Thon and the Western BBQ. Check the website and Wednesday Envelope for details and please join us for the fun!

Finally, don’t forget to calendar our spring break. No school from Monday, Mar. 28, through Friday, Apr. 1 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

Family Faculty Association

It’s time for our annual Jog-a-Thon fitness and fundraising event. The “Peace, Love, Running” Jog-a-Thon is on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 15 and 16, and is supported by many corporate sponsors including Platinum Sponsor Inno Tech Machining. This year we challenge kids to run 10,000 laps—that’s 2,500 miles!

A for Attendance

As of February MRE exceeded its attendance goal for the year with an attendance rate of 98%. Good attendance in elementary school sets the habit for life-long learning. Congrats to parents and students for making attendance a priority!

MRE Thanks the SRCA

Every month students are treated to a lesson on Character Education—responsibility, generosity, gratitude, respect, forgiveness, honesty, compassion, perseverance, and cooperation. The lessons are taught in their classrooms by amazing parent volunteers under the direction of program coordinator Diane Hunter. In February it was the students’ turn to teach.

Fifth graders (left) were challenged to put on a puppet show about honesty for the kindergarten classrooms. This great program is entirely supported by a generous donation from the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). Its donation helped stock the program with new books and teaching aids. MRE is very grateful for the SRCA’s support!

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

How time flies! It’s hard to believe that we will soon start registration for our neighborhood students for next school year. Students currently enrolled in EBS are automatically registered. Those of you who will join us must register your child.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 1—Registration packets for incoming kindergarten and TK students will be sent home with current families
  • Monday, Mar. 7—New families may pick up a registration packet at the office
  • Monday, Mar. 14—We begin accepting completed packets

To register your child, you will need:

  1. Birth certificate or passport for age
  2. Vaccination record with all immunizations current
  3. Proof of a dental visit after age 4
  4. Proof of a doctor check-up after 4
  5. Proof of residence such as a utility bill with your name and address on it

For more information on enrollment, please visit or contact our registrar, Krissy Duke, at [email protected] or 693-8593, ext. 0.

We are very excited to meet all our incoming Penguins! If you have any questions about EBS, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message From Our AFP

Jog into spring with the upcoming Jog-a-Thon. Little Penguins will reach out to the community, raise money for EBS and run to their heart’s content.

Thank you to our EBS families for attending and supporting our 2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts at Barnes and Noble. Special thanks to Barnes and Noble, Islands, O’s American Kitchen, and Panera Bread for supporting EBS.

Have a wonderful and safe spring break!

Nancy Ferreira, Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) President

Innovations Academy

Spring Exhibition

Spring is fast approaching. Can you hear the buzzing in the air? It’s not the sound of bees traveling about, but rather it’s the sound of inquisitive students busy preparing for their Spring Exhibition. Questions, research, enthusiastic learning, and creativity has been buzzing around campus and is sure to produce a night of fun and inspiring exhibits!

We invite the Scripps Ranch community to join us as our K–8th graders showcase the learning we do at Innovations Academy. Exhibition Night is on Thursday, Mar. 24. Stop in between 5 and 7:30 pm! We are located at 10380 Spring Canyon Road.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Music and Movement

Everyone knows it is important to talk and read with your children even when they are too young to understand. What people may not know is that participating in a Mommy and Me group can help parents expose children to a wide variety of skills they may not get at home.

Through music and movement, children learn social skills and can express emotions. They participate in activities that can improve coordination, balance, and rhythm. Finger plays and using instruments will impact small motor development. Body movements—such as dancing and jumping—develop gross motor skills as well as body awareness. Learning songs exposes children to new vocabulary and encourages creativity and imagination.

The only Jewish school for infants thru 8th grade in Scripps Ranch, Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA), will host a series of free Mommy and Me sessions on Tuesdays, Mar. 1, Mar. 8, and Mar. 15, for children ages 0–2 years. Please RSVP to Wendy at [email protected] CHA is located at 10785 Pomerado Road.

Alliant International University

New Foundation

The Alliant Educational Foundation is a newly created nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to supporting the success of Alliant International University students and faculty. The Foundation was launched to address the important need to provide a nonprofit environment for university programs that provides funding for student scholarships and faculty research.

We are reaching out to our Scripps Ranch friends to help economically disadvantaged students by donating to our newly created Scripps Scholarship Fund. Please help by making a tax-exempt donation on our website at We thank you in advance for your support.