Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

March was exciting! Winter sports came to an end with many teams advancing to playoffs. Congratulations to women’s basketball, women’s water polo, women’s soccer, wrestling, and roller hockey. We are so proud of our student athletes!

The Falcon Playhouse presented Little Shop of Horrors and did a fantastic job. Our incredibly talented band and choir hosted their annual spring concert. Mock Trial and Science Olympiad excelled in their competitions. The Air Force Junior ROTC Academic Team received word of it eligibility to compete in Washington, D.C., at the end of June.

Annual testing begins at the end of April and continues through May. Sophomores will take the NCLB test in science at the end of April, while juniors will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests in math and English at the end of May. Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be given from Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 13, to students who have purchased AP exams.

The next few months are crucial for students and the school as we maintain our Distinguished School honor. Stay focused—we’d like to remain number one in the district! Students are encouraged to eat a healthy breakfast, stay well rested, and do their best on their exams. Due to tighter security measures, cell phone use is prohibited in the classroom.

Our spring sports are under way. With the dedication of our student athletes, parents, and coaches, we hope to have an outstanding season. Please come and support SRHS athletics. I want to express my continued gratitude to all of our students, coaches, faculty and staff, and parents who dedicate their time and commitment to our extracurricular programs. Because of these people our students develop lifelong skills such as teamwork, commitment, and the importance of sustained effort.

Lastly, I want to express my deepest thanks to our Foundation Board and all who volunteer. This group of parents works tirelessly to find money to help support our school. Without our dedicated community, we could not maintain our distinguished reputation.

Please visit for our calendar of events. Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Support Music at SRHS

The SRHS music department needs funding! The program strengthens vocalists and instrumentalists in many areas of music, such as brass, woodwinds, orchestra, percussion, and choir. We continue to grow with generous donations from individuals and businesses. Please support the music program by attending a fundraiser. The following restaurants will donate 20% of the sales with the flyer on these dates:

  • Wednesday, Apr. 13—Islands, Mira Mesa, 4–10:30 pm
  • Thursday, Apr. 28—Daphne’s Café, Mira Mesa, 11 am–9 pm
  • Tuesday, May 17—Sombrero, Scripps Poway Parkway

Please visit to download flyers and to donate to the program.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

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 promotion activity sponsored by the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). All 8th graders must meet these minimum requirements to participate in these activities:

  • 2.0 GPA in scholarship and 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 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.

We have just finalized our 2016–2017 school budget. Due to the funding formula and student enrollment we can fund:

  • Homework Zone, two days per week after school
  • Conferences for teachers to attend to support Common Core learning
  • GATE support for GATE teachers
  • Maintenance, purchase, and upgrade of technology

Also, we are not losing any teaching or support staff positions. This year we have been fortunate. It is my hope this continues for years to come. I want to thank the entire Scripps Ranch community for your support for our public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

State Testing

California has discontinued STAR testing in English language arts and math. Eighth graders will take the STAR science test on Tuesday, May 3, through Thursday, May 5, in their science classes. In place of the STAR, the new test is known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and is part of California’s new comprehensive plan for student success.

The results of the CAASPP will provide important information that will be used to monitor student progress, help teachers make decisions about individual student’s academic needs, and make sure all students leave high school prepared for college and career. This is the second year we have administered the CAASPP.

These tests will be administered in math and English classes during the period of April 18–29. We will not have a special schedule. These are online tests and will be given during regular class periods. To see the practice tests for each grade level in both subject areas, please check out

The new tests are too fundamentally different from the old exams to make reliable comparisons between scores. This year’s results will establish a new baseline for student progress.

Progress Reports

The second six-week progress report period of the second semester ends on Friday, Apr. 29. Progress reports will be distributed on Friday, May 6. Please contact your child’s teachers if you have concerns.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

The new season has put a spring in everyone’s step at Dingeman. We look forward to celebrating Earth Day on Friday, Apr. 22, which will be filled with lots of Earth-friendly learning and activities. We already recycle every day and have started a recycling program during lunch. Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to learn even more ways to be good citizens of our planet.

Colonial life was thriving at Dingeman! I was so proud of the 5th graders as I listened to them share their trades and experiences with “museum visitors.” I also enjoyed seeing Dingeman alumni in the evening and hearing how their 5th grade experience was one they will never forget.

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Thanks from the FFC

The Family Faculty Connection (FFC) wants to thank our friends at Scripps Poway Eyecare for sponsoring our Pledge Drive ice cream parties for another year!

Also, author Patrick Carman visited us from Washington state. He shared his love of writing and explained how he worked on books for The 39 Clues series and his new book with the Voyagers Series. It was wonderful to see how writing skills are used in real life. Thank you, Mr. Carman!

We invite the community to our World’s Fair on Sunday, Apr. 24, from 11 am to 4 pm. Please see pages 36 and 37 for details.

Luis Fregoso, FFC President

Going Green is Cool…

Dingeman’s 2nd grade Green Team (below) has had a rewarding last few months. Not only were they awarded the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco School Award for Recycling but they also were instrumental in making sure every classroom and office is equipped with a water cooler!

They have been raising money for years, and thanks to a large donation by Wal-Mart in Poway, the Green Team was able to get coolers into every room sooner than they hoped. Their goal was to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles from campus and make it possible for students and faculty to refill their reusable water bottles with fresh, cold water every day.

The team also has guided students through the new lunch recycling program, training them to empty liquids into a container before recycling them.

Wishing you all a bountiful spring.

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

Jerabek builds a culture of educational excellence every day. Area superintendent Fabiola Bagula leads a new collaboration between Scripps Ranch elementary schools and Marshall Middle School (MMS) focused on mathematical instructional methods. MMS employs a program called Math Studio, which uses learning experiences that “involve cognitively demanding mathematical tasks.” Jerabek looks forward to our continued collaboration with MMS on this exciting endeavor.

Jerabek salutes our Teacher of the Year, Barbara McCormick (above), a veteran kindergarten teacher who goes above and beyond in everything she does. Mrs. McCormick works tirelessly to ensure the success of students. She instills self-confidence and self-reliance in her students as she builds empowered learners who can persevere through the struggles inherent in the learning process.

For years Mrs. McCormick has been involved in planning activities such as Read Across America Night. Thank you, Mrs. McCormick, for your dedication to excellence. We are proud to have you represent Jerabek as Teacher of the Year!

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

Congratulations, Dario Rissolo!

We are proud to share that 4th grader Dario Rissolo won first place for Jerabek Elementary School in the Student Essay Contest sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. Dario is now entered in the citywide competition, and award winners will be announced in late April. Congratulations, Dario!

Jan Coppola

Jog-a-Thon Success!

Thank you to the parents, teachers, and our amazing students for helping make the 2016 Jog-a-Thon a huge success. Our kiddos ran more than 1,700 miles and raised almost $35,000 for Jerabek! Wow!

A special shout to our rock star committee: Kelly Schmitz, Kellie Zamora, Katie Keller, Patty Walter, and Katie Dunn. Also, a special thank you goes to Chris Narhstedt and our amazing janitorial staff, Luis and Sean, who helped the day run smoothly. We couldn’t do it without you.

Tracy Gardinera and Stacy McConnell

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From the FFA

In March MRE held its 27th Annual Jog-a-Thon. Students and staff logged more than 2,000 miles as part of the fitness training and as a fundraiser for the Family Faculty Association (FFA). Special thanks goes to the corporate sponsors who helped fund the Jog-a-Thon and allowed us to offer a free T-shirt to every student.

Platinum Sponsor

  • Innotech Machining

Gold Sponsors

  • Avacen Medical
  • Fitness Quest 10
  • Gilmore Orthodontics
  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • “Wall of Dads” (WOD)

Silver Sponsors

  • Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California
  • Fossett, D.D.S.
  • Kick Force Martial Arts
  • Lucky Donuts
  • Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists
  • Premier Braces
  • Rockin’ Jump
  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros

The money raised will fund our science, technology, and art (STEAM) programs. We are grateful to Yamini Bala Sukumaran, Dingeman Elementary’s STEAM Committee co-chair, who came to MRE to explain their parent-led program.

The FFA wants to bring Dingeman’s program to MRE. We are looking for community members—parents, high school students, neighbors—with a background or interest in computer science or robotics to help. If you are interested, email Mary Corbett at [email protected]

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Parents and Community Members,

At EBS we pride ourselves on an outstanding Character Education program. We believe the role of school is to produce well-rounded citizens of the 21st century who are not only academically outstanding but also have the strength of character needed for success. One of our favorite Character Education programs of the year is our annual Penguin Parade. We take inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr. and use a march to show what we believe in. Each class picks a character trait and marches in support of that trait.

Many teachers continue their character theme throughout the year. Mrs. Miller’s TK class (above) has taken on many projects in support of its generosity “heart goals.” At the moment they are creating generosity bags for the homeless, filled with useful supplies. This Heart Project has spread to the entire school!

I am very proud of our outstanding staff here at EBS. I would like to congratulate 4th grade teacher Michelle Gil, who is our EBS Teacher of the Year, and our office clerk, Krissy Duke, who is our EBS Classified Employee of the Year. We are so lucky to have these two dedicated, kind, caring professionals at EBS! They make a difference in the lives of our students!

We conduct school tours on a regular basis. For details, please email Krissy Duke at [email protected] Happy spring!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Innovations Academy

Innovations Knows Growing

It’s spring, which means new growth and new possibilities are everywhere!

There have been rumors that we must close our doors due to the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) joint-occupancy building project for our current site. The truth is that the district has extended our lease through June 2018. Until then, we are working with realtors and the district to purchase a property.

It is no secret that Innovations Academy (IA) takes learning beyond the four walls of our classrooms. Daily, we step outside into infinite possibilities within our own garden! Students enjoy the nature talks, planting, building, and harvesting the fruits—or vegetables—of their labor. Our upper elementary students are working hard on their class projects. Our 5th graders are using math and engineering skills to build a structure to keep squirrels out of the compost area. In addition to composting, building, and planting, IA is “growing” creativity, knowledge, and experience. That garden blooms, not just in spring, but all year long!

Kiersten Clegg

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Chabad Goes Solar

Construction was recently completed for a solar power system (below) at Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA). A local solar firm installed a 131,652-watt solar power system at the Jewish day school’s 27-acre campus. “Every part of the solar project is an educator’s dream. From students being involved in soil testing to students awareness of their own consumption habits and the cause and effect of their energy use with a live energy usage display,” said Liz Earne, CHA principal.

CHA is receiving a $96,090 California Solar Initiative rebate. The energy savings will go directly toward a new scholarship for 30 students. For more about CHA, please visit

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

The highlight of school life in the past quarter was the formal visit of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WCEA) accreditation visiting team. This group of esteemed educators spent three days at our school. Two main areas were identified as particular strengths: Catholic identity and academic excellence.

Expansion of facilities is on the horizon, and we look forward to the onset of construction in late spring. This phase of development will include a preschool, science lab, and resource/counseling center.

If you are considering a Catholic education for your child, please call us at 397-1290, email [email protected], or visit