Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

In May the buzz on campus was about testing. We anticipate our results will show the hard work and preparation from our students and teaching staff. The Smarter Balanced field tests, life science, early admission program exams, and more than 1,164 Advanced Placement exams were given.

As I reflect upon another year as SRHS principal, I am overwhelmed with appreciation and pride. The commitment to education from our staff, students, and parents is beyond measure. Here are a few highlights of what makes SRHS great!

  • Provided Peer Tutoring for any student who needed help
  • Continued the Principal’s Advisory Committee, a diversified student group that provides input about school programs and activities
  • Continued the Youth Advisory Board sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office
  • Continued the Hispanic Males Mentoring Program
  • Honored multiple National Merit Scholarship finalists
  • Gave back through our AFJROTC, who, with the SRHS community, collected 14,500+ pounds of food
  • Celebrated with numerous athletes and teams as they made it into CIF playoffs, became league champions, became CIF champs, and even competed at the state level
  • Congratulated our female and male Scholar-Athletes of the Year, Claire Caputo and Justin Gadalla
  • Continued the video communication Falcon 5 News and the new Falcon Flyby shown over closed circuit TV and posted on our website
  • The list could go on for pages!

We have several end-of-the-year events for all students in June. Please check our calendar at often.

The last day of school is Tuesday, June 21. Parents of seniors are directed to the website’s News and Announcements section for updated information for seniors. Graduation is on Tuesday, June 21, at 6 pm at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena. It will be a memorable evening!

Over the summer our students will prepare for fall sports or programs, such as band camp. Students are reminded to make sure they have their physicals, insurance, and are physically and mentally prepared. Our coaches and staff know the importance of preparation and want to do everything possible to avoid health issues.

With summer approaching, I hope everyone relaxes and enjoys time with family and friends. Everyone has worked so hard this school year, and it is important to take time to unwind and rejuvenate.

As the 2015–2016 school year ends, we wish a fond farewell to two beloved staff members. Colonel Hogan of our Air Force Junior ROTC program and Ms. Torres from the Counseling Office will retire. We are so thankful for the exceptional service these two brought to SRHS.

Thank you for the opportunity to help guide your students toward their future. They have all the tools necessary to succeed in life and I wish them the very best. Because of their efforts and hard work in academics, athletics, and community outreach, they have made SRHS the jewel of our district. I am proud of all of our students. Let’s keep the Falcon pride going!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community,

This past month was busy! We had several student performances. Our students performed in the musical Shrek under the direction of our drama teacher, Jeff Russell, and our band, orchestra, and choir students performed at the Forum competitions. We had more than 40 students participate in the Junior Model United Nations conference at the University of San Diego, and more than 10 students qualified for the State Science Fair. Our students represented MMS in a positive way. They also completed state testing.

We honored and recognized our staff members for their continued dedication and commitment to Marshall during the recognition weeks. We look forward to all the end-of-the-year festivities to honor our promoting 8th graders. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

June Calendar

  • Wednesday, June 1—Orchestra Pops Concert, 7 pm, MMS Theater
  • Thursday, June 2—Band Pops Concert, 7 pm, MMS Theater
  • Thursday, June 16–8th grade Awards Ceremony, 6–8 pm, MMS Multipurpose Room and Theater
  • Tues., June 21—8th grade promotion, 8:30–10 am, basketball courts

Yearbook Award

Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, has named the MMS yearbook program a 2016 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence! This award recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies literacy.

The MMS award-winning yearbook program is led by editors Katie Quinn, Isabella Daza, and Joshua Hwang under the direction of MMS advisors Quincy Barnes and Jennifer Porter. The yearbook program will receive a plaque to display in the yearbook area and a banner to display at school so the entire community will be aware of this outstanding achievement.

Essay Contest Winners

Andrew Chen won the 2016 Essay Writing Contest for the City Heights/Weingart Library. Tala Afache received second place for her essay in the Jackie Robinson’s YMCA Breaking Barriers Contest. Congratulations, Andrew and Tala!

Band Wins Gold

All four of the band and orchestra classes attended a spring musical festival, and all four walked away with Gold ratings! This festival was a Judge’s Invitational, requiring groups to have earned prior Gold ratings. The Advanced Band placed third in the Middle School Band Division, and the Advanced Orchestra placed first in the Middle School Orchestra Division.

Individual musicians also were awarded. Only one outstanding musicianship award was given in each division and both were given to MMS students! Congratulations to: Jacob Albanese, trumpet; and Oscar Arnold, violin.

Final Report Cards

The district will mail home the final June report cards. Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Community,

Our school year is coming to a close and it’s time to mark our 20th year! We will celebrate as part of our annual Colonel Bob Dingeman Day on Friday, June 3. The celebration will include performances by our Honor Choir and band and strings students. We will sing Happy Birthday to the Colonel in honor of his 94th birthday on June 12!

Thank you to our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) Board for all its hard work and dedication on behalf of our students this year. The enrichment programs and materials they provide help make Dingeman the amazing school it is.

Our final day of school is Tuesday, June 21. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday, Aug. 29. Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

“Why am I Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants?”

This was the question answered by 300 5th graders in San Diego County. The attorneys from the American Immigration Lawyers Association offer this creative writing contest to encourage writing and promote awareness of diverse cultures and how they impact America.

This year four students from Dingeman made the top 13 entries: Kyra Buley, James Foerster, Grace Li, and Shreya Goel. Shreya (below left) won second place overall and received a $75 Amazon gift card and Kindle. Congratulations to all of you!

Celebrate Retiring Teachers

Parents from Rooms B7 and B10 invite you to celebrate the decades of service that Mrs. Schwartz and Mrs. Church have given to our school. We will gather on Monday, June 20, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in Dingeman’s Multipurpose Room. If you would like to add to their memory books, please contact [email protected]

Happy summer everyone!

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Door of Faith Orphanage

Jerabek again held its annual donation drive for the Door of Faith Orphanage in Mexico. This organization cares for about 100 children, including infants, who have been orphaned, abandoned, or abused.

All the food and supplies they need comes from donations. The orphanage this year requested that Jerabek focus on one of its greatest needs, toilet paper. Well, the Jerabek community came through!

In addition to Costco gift cards and other personal items, Jerabek donated 3,155 rolls of toilet paper, enough for about 4½ months (pictured above)! Thank you to all who made the donation drive a success.

Corporate Sponsor

We send a special thank you to a Jerabek corporate sponsor. Dr. Christopher Maulik, DMD, MDS, of Scripps Poway Orthodontists is a Platinum Sponsor.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our FFA President

The end of the school year is a bittersweet time as we say goodbye to our 5th graders and many hard-working volunteers who also will “promote.” Heather Sadlier, our choir director, will have her youngest promote but she plans to stay to support our students. Thank you, Heather!

I wish I also could keep Book Fair co-chairs and amazing helpers Pam Millar and Brigid Brown. I don’t think MRE has had an event in the last seven years that they haven’t supported. I must also recognize Linda Hoover, a former board member and constant source of support. Thanks also goes to Denise Herich, Christina Ficano, Linda Maguire, David Paine, and so many others. You have served MRE well and you will be sorely missed!

This is also my goodbye to the SRCA Newsletter as I will hand the Family Faculty Association (FFA) president duties to Jen Leader. She will be supported by: Mike Gates, VP; Tony White, communications; Christine Huddleson, volunteer coordinator; Leanne Steichen, parent liaison; Korey Thoummavong, assistant treasurer; Ann Marie Council, secretary; Paul Barrie, fundraising coordinator; and Lecia Hass, auditor. While many key roles are filled, there are openings for new volunteers, including the role of FFA treasurer.

Have a great summer!

Mary Corbett, FFA President

Volunteer Spotlight

Miramar Ranch would like to acknowledge its extreme appreciation for the hard work and dedication of outgoing FFA president, Mary Corbett (middle picture). Mary has held an FFA Board position for four years, served as president for two, and sat on or led countless committees.

Mary’s smile and demeanor have been key to her success. We thank Mary for bridging the gap on the previous long-term president and bringing new life and perspective to so many traditional MRE events. Mary’s advocacy for new programs—from science to music and everything in between—will benefit children for years to come. From everyone at MRE, thank you for all your time and hard work, Mary! Enjoy your retirement!

For Our Newest Hawks

Do you have a student starting kindergarten or transitional kindergarten (TK) in the fall? Summer playgroups are forming now. Please contact Julie Roper at [email protected] to be added to the email list for updates or reminders.

If you have not yet registered for the 2016–2017 school year, the school office will be open this summer for registration. Check for details.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Dear Parents and Community,

I am proud to announce that our school has been named a California Gold Ribbon School by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. This award recognizes California schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students, including English learners. Only five elementary schools—out of 116—in the San Diego Unified School District were recognized.

Our application, which went through a year-long review process, focused on our teacher training and implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I am pleased to be recognized by the state of California for our exceptional work implementing the CCSS and the resulting achievement of our students. Teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members have all worked together to make our transition to Common Core go smoothly and ensure that our academic program is the finest possible. Thank you to every member of the EBS team for supporting our school. Go Penguins!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Volunteer of the Month:

Kathie Foley

Kathie, thank you for your tremendous support and dedication. Kathie helps with Family Science Night, Jog-a-Thon, Book Fair, EBS Idol, in the classroom, and so much more! Kathie is also our webmaster. Thank you for everything you do!

It has been a wonderful year at EBS. Have a safe, fun summer break!

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President

Krissy Duke

Innovations Academy

The school year is coming to a close, and what a joy it has been to see knowledge come alive in classrooms. Just this past month our 5th and 7th graders took on science projects.

In addition, Innovations has a performing arts department! This year we showcased performances by individual grades, such as the 5th grade play about Ellis Island and immigration in America. Our 6th graders presented an original play on ancient civilizations. We look back on a great year, and look forward to many more!

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Preschool Village

With more than 36 years of experience, Chabad Hebrew Academy Preschool Village enjoys a strong reputation as one of San Diego’s premier early childhood centers. Providing care for children beginning at six weeks of age, our caregivers are nurturing child development professionals focused on creating experiences that support the rapid and important development that occurs in a baby’s first year.

We specialize in providing a warm and nurturing environment that encourages skills that form the foundation for future academic success and a lifelong love of heritage. Our mission is to nurture the whole child. For more information about our program, please contact Wendy Leberman at [email protected]