Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

We finish testing this month with the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for juniors in English, math, and science; California State Tests (CST/STAR) for sophomores in life science; and Advanced Placement tests.

May is also when we applaud our seniors who have excelled during the year at our annual invitational awards night. We also add the final preparations for graduation and the end-of-the-year activities. Our 2016 Seniors and Parents of Seniors letter is posted on our website.

We are so proud of Nilay Shah, Jesse Wang, and Brian Friedenberg, who have all been selected as winners of a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. These three students, along with so many others, are shining examples of just how exceptional our students are!

May Calendar

  • Monday, May 2–Friday, May 13—AP Testing;
  • Monday, May 16—Foundation meeting, 5 pm;
  • Wednesday, May 18—School tours, RSVP through the SRHS website;
  • Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20—Falcon Playhouse presents Twilight Zone;
  • Tuesday, May 24—Senior Awards, by invitation, 4 pm;
  • Wednesday, May 25—Salute to Excellence, by invitation, 4 pm, SeaWorld; and
  • Friday, May 27, and Monday, May, 30—Memorial Day weekend, no school Friday and Monday.

Please visit our website at for the latest about upcoming events and school news.

Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

We are finalizing the administration of the Smarter Balanced Field Tests and the 8th grade California Standards science test to our students. Thank you for supporting our students by ensuring that they get plenty of rest, eat healthy breakfasts, and are at school on time! These details help ensure our students’ success!

To support our incoming 6th grade families, we will hold our final Parent Tour on Thursday, May 5, from 3 to 4 pm. We begin in the Multipurpose Room, then tour the campus. New MMS parents and students are welcome to attend.

We are quickly approaching the end of second semester. 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 to participate in the 8th grade promotion ceremony and 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, 2.0 GPA in citizenship, and no more than one “F” 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! Please remember our promotion requirements! There will be no exceptions to our standards.

Thank you for your continued support of public education. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

May Calendar

  • Wednesday, May 25—Spring Open House, 3–5:30 pm;
  • Thursday, May 26—Minimum day, 12:16 pm dismissal;
  • Friday, May 27—Non-instructional day, no school; and,
  • Monday, May 30—Memorial Day, no school.

Get Your Yearbook Now!

It’s not too late to buy a yearbook! You can purchase one from Buy now and keep a part of Marshall history with you for a lifetime.

Spelling Bee Winner!

Kudos to Sinchana Srinivas! After 13 rounds and more than two hours of competition, Sinchana triumphed as the winner of the 2016 Thurgood Marshall Middle School Spelling Bee. Thirty-two 7th and 8th grade competitors advanced to the schoolwide Bee, after winning Spelling Bees in their English classes. Sinchana’s winning word was “geologist.”

Sinchana represented MMS at the San Diego County Spelling Bee in March at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. As one of 103 competitors, Sinchana was eliminated with the word “philhellenism.”

Essay Contest Winners

The Scripps Ranch winners of the 19th Annual Student Writing for Literacy Essay Contest were honored at an awards ceremony hosted by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. Isha Deshmukh was the winner for 8th graders from Marshall Middle School. Way to go, Isha!

Gabriel Bernal submitted his essay to the Student Writing for Literacy Contest sponsored by the Mira Mesa Branch Library. He was selected as the overall 8th grade winner. Congratulations, Gabriel!

Progress Reports

The second six-week progress report will be distributed on Friday, May 6. That will be the one before the semester ends on Tuesday, June 21. The district will mail report cards home in the summer.

Summer School

The district will not offer summer school for middle school students in general education. Students in special education programs, with “Extended School Year” (ESY) on their Individualized Education Program (IEP), will be eligible for summer school. Special education case managers will contact parents of eligible students when applications are available.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Friends,

We may be heading to summer but things are not slowing!

Through the hard work of the Student Council, students generously brought in change—totaling $2,328.78—for the Pennies for Patients/Pasta for Pennies fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Great job!

Please join us in celebrating our Classified Employee of the Year, Irma Martinez. Irma has been part of the Dingeman community since the school opened, first as a parent, then as staff. She serves as our school clerk, a vital role in keeping our office running smoothly. When you visit our school Irma will greet you with a smile.

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Thanks from the FFC

Special thanks to event chairs Claudine Ricanor, Morgan DaVersa, and Laura McWilliams for making our World’s Fair a huge success! Check out for event highlights. Thank you to SR Sushi and Grill for hosting our April Family Dinner Night. This month we can enjoy Rubio’s on Scripps Poway Parkway on Thursday, May 26. Flyer information can be found under “announcements” on Thank you!

Luis Fregoso, FFC President

Celebrating Amazing Teachers

Mrs. Schwartz and Mrs. Church have left lasting impressions on hundreds of students during their long careers at Dingeman, and although they deserve their retirement we are sad to say goodbye. To celebrate these amazing teachers we are putting together a memory book and would love to include letters, poems, and pictures from past students.

Please send them to [email protected] by Friday, June 10. These will be presented at a retirement party on Monday, June 20, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Dingeman, which we invite you to attend.

Wishing you all a happy month,

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Ranch Roundup is Coming!

Jerabek’s 36th Annual Ranch Roundup is on Friday, May 13, from 3:05 to 7:30 pm. The entire community is invited! We will have activities to entertain the entire family. This year our Fun Zone will include: laser tag; a dodgeball arena; pony rides; a petting zoo; a climbing wall; hamster balls; pedal kart racing; and more!

We will have: carnival games and great prizes; the student talent show; cake walk; funky hair and funky makeup by The Funky4; and auction items. Enjoy delicious food from the Pizza Pazza food truck; and dinner options from Legacy Brewing, along with the always popular barbecue. Get ready for the fun!

Volunteer Spotlight

This month our volunteer spotlight shines on Susan Larson. She is not only a dedicated volunteer, she is also the mother of three beautiful children and a kindergarten teacher in the Santee School District. Susan has volunteered the past seven years at Jerabek in many different aspects including room parent, room parent coordinator, party planner, and has served on the School Site Council for two years. Susan (above), thank you for all you do!

Congratulations to Mr. Luis

Our beloved Mr. Luis (above) has been recognized as the Jerabek Classified Employee of the Year. Mr. Luis has been with Jerabek for more than 10 years. He has a positive attitude and always finds a way to help others. One of his coworkers said Mr. Luis is a consummate gentleman, always pleasant, and a hard worker—everything you look for in a great associate.

Everyone who volunteers at the school has interacted with Mr. Luis, and he is always there to help. Thank you, Mr. Luis, for all you do. Jerabek is fortunate to have someone like you at our school.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends,

Students are working hard in all subjects, especially the challenging Writers’ Workshop curriculum. They have taken on an amazing amount of work in writing.

We will continue to administer our Smarter Balanced assessments in the first week of May. The tests are done online over several days. We were proud of how well our children performed last year and are certain they will do well again.

We register transitional kindergarten/kindergarten students on Tuesday, May 10, from 8 to 11 am. Also, please congratulation our MRE Teacher of the Year, Alisa Custer! 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

A New Leader for the FFA

When I first met Jen Leader three years ago, I found her to be outgoing and enthusiastic and was excited to have her as part of the Family Faculty Association (FFA). At that time there was no way I could have anticipated all she would do. She started by becoming the recycling coordinator, morphing it into a new Green Team Committee. Then she focused on our garden. With the help of the Gates family and others, she transformed the garden from an eyesore into an outdoor classroom. Food from the garden is served in our cafeteria and is available to the community through

Jen also has helped in other areas. This year alone she brought the Mini Mermaids Running Club to MRE, organized volunteers at the Halloween Carnival and Jog-a-Thon, and is chairing the 2016–2017 Promotion Committee. Now that my second year as FFA president comes to a close, I am thrilled to announce that Jen (above with daughter, Abby) will take over as president next year. There is no better leader to take on this role!

Mary Corbett, FFA President

Hawks Show Good Character

The Students Who Care Club shipped five boxes with 88 pounds of supplies and snacks to a deployed MRE parent and his troop overseas. Thanks to all the families who contributed and especially to Lauren Fossett and Fossett D.D.S. for its donation of toothpaste and toothbrushes, as well as to Heidi Herway who organized the drive.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Community,

Spring is here and music is in the air! We believe that a program rich in music facilitates learning in all academic areas and helps students excel because it taps into many different learning modalities at once. We are so lucky to have a full-time music teacher at EBS so every student gets music instruction. In addition, our 4th and 5th graders have the option to take orchestra or band.

Congratulations to our music teacher, Mr. Waczek (pictured below with students), who was named the Outstanding General Music Teacher of 2016 for San Diego. Not only does Mr. Waczek run our fantastic EBS music program, but he directs our EBS choir, dances in the talent show, and helps manage the San Diego Honor Choir. His love of music shows through in all he does for our school.

I am proud of our students who were selected for the 2016 Honor Choir, Honor Orchestra, and Honor Band. These students met evenings for several months to rehearse with other honor music students from around San Diego, culminating in a concert at Point Loma Nazarene. Congratulations to the Honor Choir: Akshaj Bharadway, Ella Guthrie, Sanjana Santosh, Marissa McSweeny, Sejal Moorjani, Samantha Gormly, Alexander Huang, Diego Lopez, Lili Tombe, and Hana Wong. Honor Orchestra: Lola Wall and Amelia Santos. Honor Band: Ella Guthrie. Their hard work paid off with a delightful set of concerts!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message From the AFP

The Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) wants to thank our wonderful 2016 Jog-a-Thon Business Sponsors for their generosity. We are very fortunate to have the support of many local businesses:

Friends of EBS Sponsor Level

  • California Coast Credit Union

Emperor Penguin Sponsor Level

  • Mathnasium of Mira Mesa
  • Lydia Hwang Vosovic, Realtor
  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • Gail Faber, Home Loan Officer
  • San Diego Chargers Play60

King Penguin Sponsor Level

  • Quality Printing Resources
  • Mission Federal Credit Union
  • World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
  • Jing Institute Kids Chinese After School Pro

Our April Volunteer of the Month is Kimberly Smith! Thank you for your help and support in so many EBS programs!

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President

Krissy Duke

Innovations Academy

Closing Chapters and Filling Blank Pages

Our school year is almost complete, and for 22 8th graders it is the end of a chapter in their incredible stories. The volume titled “Middle School” has now been written, and blank pages wait for what their next volume holds.

Reading through the pages written, we see common themes from their time at Innovations Academy (IA). They have built quality and lasting relationships within this tight community, and together have explored the world with inquisitive minds.

IA would like to acknowledge our young, aspiring authors. In 2016 more than 320,000 works were submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards nationwide. Only 40% of students receive some level of recognition. Ten of our 8th graders were awarded honors for their writing at the regional level. *One student was awarded for multiple works!

We congratulate: Morgan Almaas, Trevor Asten, Issmael Aziz, Julia Corbett*, Ella Hubby, Paige Hugelmaier, Cardiff Jauregui, Gabriela Kuglen-Alvarez, Andrew Lindeman, and Kayla Nobles. We acknowledge their accomplishments on campus, but even more acknowledge them as wonderful people, ready to begin composing the next chapter.

Kiersten Clegg

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Beautiful Minds

When Isidore Rabi was a child, his mother did not ask him, “What did you learn in school today?” like the other mothers in Brooklyn. Instead she asked him, “Did you ask a good question today?” Later in life, after winning the Nobel Prize in physics, Dr. Rabi said it was because his mother encouraged questioning that he became a scientist.

Children are curious by nature. Between the ages of 2 and 5, they ask 40,000 questions, according to Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question. Technology can easily answer factual questions, especially through Google. But at Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA) we encourage deep, reflective questions that lead to solving real problems. Those are the types of questions that Berger calls “more beautiful.” For more information about CHA, email Wendy at [email protected]

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Students at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School were invited to participate in a contest sponsored by the San Diego County Bar Association in celebration of National Law Week. Law Week offers lawyers, teachers, judges, and citizens the opportunity to explore how our Constitution, laws, and legal system have helped preserve and protect the freedoms Americans hold so dear. Under the guidance of history teacher David Buckley (below with students), our junior high students submitted entries in the video contest category for students in grades 4–12.

We are very proud of our students who, amidst stiff competition from schools all around San Diego County, swept the board in the video contest, “The Preamble…to the U.S. Constitution.”

  • 1st place: 8th graders Ashlynn McGrattan, Katie Chicca, Kara Hogaland, Georgina Madok, and Cindy Graf
  • 2nd: 6th graders Sofia Velarde and Isabella Barba
  • 3rd: 6th grader Nicole Standifer

Check out their videos at

We are now enrolling! There are limited openings in most grade levels. Contact our office at 397-1290 or [email protected], and visit