Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

As I reflect on my fifth year as SRHS principal, I can honestly say that the monumental accomplishments our students have earned make me so proud to serve our community. The support from our parents, the Foundation, our boosters, and our volunteers allows us to give our students the additional support needed to make their high school years memorable. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to educating our students and maintaining a safe, positive, and clean learning environment. I am very grateful to work with all of them.

Congratulations to the following 2016 SRHS graduates for being named National Merit finalists: Maximillian Audick, Chloe Ding, Sherwin Fazelpour, Brian Friedenberg, Bryan Hu, Justin Li, Xiaoyu Li, Nilay Shah, Aaron Trando, Jesse Wang, Jonathan Xia, and Andy Zhang. We are so proud of these students!

All of our spring sports teams advanced to the playoffs! The women’s softball and badminton teams were both league champs. Our women’s lacrosse team won the CIF championship, and our men’s baseball team made it to the CIF championship game for the first time in school history. We also had a student make it to the state meet for track and field. We could not be more proud!

The end-of-the-year performances in dance and the annual band concert were well attended. Both showcased our hardworking students and the years of dedication by their parents and teachers.

Be sure to visit our website during the year to see what our drama students in the Falcon Playhouse are presenting. This year they performed in drama productions, one-act plays, and improv nights. All display the talents of our Visual and Performing Arts programs.

Congratulations to four of our Air Force JROTC cadets: Joonhyuk Lee, Gracie Richards, Michele He, and Jackwin Hui. They traveled to Washington, D.C., in late June with Colonel Hogan to compete in the 2016 JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl Championship. These students competed throughout the year against 255 AFJROTC academic teams all over the world. The top eight teams travelled to the final competition. We are so proud!

At the end of the school year we said goodbye to three wonderful staff members: Colonel Hogan, AFJROTC; Debbie Torres, counseling office; and Dan Albert, science. All retired after dedicating many years of service to students. We are so thankful for all they brought to SRHS.

The new school year begins before Labor Day, on Monday, Aug. 29. Please plan vacations accordingly. Refer to our website at for announcements. We will post all information regarding summer camps, enrollment, and preschool Kick-Off dates and times.

Thank you for all you do to make our school not only “Distinguished” but remarkable. Enjoy your summer, Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Buy Your Holiday Bowl Ticket

The SRHS men’s lacrosse team is selling Holiday Bowl tickets for $40 per person—50% off the original price of $80! The Holiday Bowl is on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Lacrosse is one of the two district sports that does not receive funding. Your support helps our young men build discipline, teamwork, and leadership skills.

These tickets are great for holiday parties, gifts to clients, or stocking stuffers! Please contact Andrea Zajac at 808-554-2811 or [email protected] for information. Please reference an email or text as “Attention: Holiday Bowl.”

A Future Medical Leader

Incoming SRHS senior Christopher Cheung will serve as the school’s delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA, this month. It is a program for selected students who show promise as future physician scientists and leaders. Christopher (above) will meet luminaries in the medical field including five Nobel laureates. Also, delegates will meet patients whose lives have been transformed by cutting edge science, such as the world’s first face transplant recipient, the missionary doctor who survived Ebola, and a man who had a bionic eye implanted for a degenerative eye disease.

Christopher became interested in medicine and research as a freshman. As a member of the Scripps Ranch chapter for Relay For Life, he helped raised money for cancer research. Christopher was able to work in a lab at UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital studying the eating habits of hospitalized children that placed them at risk for obesity. Christopher presented his research to professionals. He is now working with a UCSD immunology professor looking at genetic risk factors in the development of an acquired cardiac disease.

At SRHS Christopher is active in service and sports. Congratulations, Christopher, on this incredible achievement.

And The Award Goes To…

Congratulations go out to three of our Scripps Ranch teens—Jazley Genovese, Lindsey Czyzewicz, and Adam Trubitt—for competing in the finals at the Ben Vereen Awards competition. The goal was to find the best high school musical theater talent in San Diego County. Special congratulations go to Jazley for winning the local competition as the top female actress and to Lindsey for being a runner-up.

Judges watched 26 high school plays in the last few months and only 20 students were chosen for the finals—10 boys and 10 girls. Scripps Ranch had three of them! Just being chosen for the Ben Vereen Awards is considered to be a major achievement for high school theater performers, and they should all be proud for making it to the top 20.

Jazley will compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards on Broadway in New York City, with a chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship. Jazley attends the School of Creative and Performing Arts, while both Lindsey and Adam go to SRHS. All three were in the Marshall Middle School theater group together. Congratulations to all of them and best of luck to Jazley at the national finals! Break a leg!

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer with friends and family.

The last several weeks we have been preparing for the new school year by planning curriculum and scheduling students for classes. Later this summer I will send all Marshall Middle School students and parents information about the 2016–2017 school year.

In late August parents will receive information about being part of the School Site Council and Site Governance Team. Being part of these committees is an elected position. Parents also are encouraged to be part of the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). Being involved is the best way to keep in touch with events happening around campus.

School starts before Labor Day this year, on Monday, Aug. 29! See you then!

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

MMS Science Fair Awardees

The following students placed in the California State Science Fair! We are so proud that MMS had four “place” winners and one honorable mention!

  • 2nd place winner: Natalie Walzer
  • 3rd place winners: Ryan Mikami and Nicole Poirier
  • 4th place winner: Mohnish Alishala
  • Honorable Mention: Emily Herrod

Congratulations to all!

2016–2017 Course Selections

Next year’s student course selections will be mailed home in mid-July. Please email or call your child’s counselor on Friday, Aug. 19, or Monday, Aug. 22, if the courses he or she is enrolled in are incorrect or elective choices have changed.

Elective changes will be made based on the date and time of the email or phone call to the appropriate counselor on these two dates only, plus course availability. Please do not email or call prior to Aug. 19. Those requests will not be considered.

New Student Orientation

Orientation for students new to MMS is on Friday, Aug. 26, from 8 to 9:30 am for incoming students with last names starting with A–L. For students with last names M–Z, it’s from 10 to 11:30 am.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Community,

Happy 4th of July! I look forward to seeing you all at the annual 4th of July Parade where we will honor not only our country but our fantastic community! Recently I had the pleasure to celebrate one of the most influential citizens of Scripps Ranch—Colonel Bob Dingeman. Twenty years ago, Dingeman Elementary opened its doors, and Col. Bob was honored by having the school named after him.

The school and the children are blessed to continue to have him as a fantastic mentor, and we were delighted to celebrate “Bob Dingeman Day” and his 94th birthday before the school year ended. Local dignitaries, past principals, parents, and students enjoyed the Honor Choir, band, and strings perform before singing a tribute to Colonel Robert E. Dingeman, sung to the tune of You’re a Grand Old Flag. It was written by former Dingeman principal Judy Fogel and was the perfect ending to a great celebration.

“He is Colonel Bob, he is our Colonel Bob, And forever we’ll honor his name.

He’s the symbol of, the school we love,

The tiger that no one can tame.

We are all so proud, and we’re shouting out loud,

For the man who has brought us fame.

Thank you Colonel Dingeman,

Awesome job,

Give a big cheer for Colonel Bob!”

While our students are on break, work continues at school. Our custodial staff is deep cleaning the campus getting ready for the new year to begin on Monday, Aug. 29. Have a fantastic summer!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

FFC News

Dear Families and Community,

First and foremost, thanks to all Dingeman families and volunteers for another successful, fulfilling year! With our dedicated time we all saw the success of our STEAM program, helped raised funds, and organized successful events.

Thanks also to the FFC Executive Board, event chairs, and Dingeman faculty for your help and support. Together, we accomplished so much to enhance the education of all children at our school.

It has been an honor to serve as your FFC president this year, and I am excited for what the next school year brings. Congratulations to president-elect Shira O’Connell and go Tigers! Working together as one, we all represent what the Family Faculty Connection is truly all about at Dingeman. Enjoy the summer break!

Luis Fregoso, FFC President

Noetic Math Challenge

The sum of two numbers is 76. One third of the first number plus half of the second number is 34. What is the difference between the second number and the first number? If that question makes you dizzy, imagine solving 20 such problems!

Fourth and 5th graders accepted the Noetic Math Challenge and competed with students from all over California, winning a Team Achievement Award. Three of our 5th graders scored 100%! Congratulations to Malvyn Lai, Shreya Goel, and Kevin Zhao! They were team winners and received National Honor Roll medals.

Also, congratulations to 5th graders Audrey An, Grace Li, William Li, Anush Salaniwal, and Nancy Waldman, who scored 85–95% and received National Honor Roll medals. Fourth grade National Honor Roll medalists included Sanjay Bharadwaj, Siddharth Menon, Anirudh Nayak, Jason Duan, and Aathmika Radhachandran! We are so proud of you all!

Student Art Show

“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas

Dingeman’s 18th Annual Student Art Show was a great success with nearly 900 works of art on display. Thank you to Ljubica Plavsic and Sue Papp-Bannister for organizing the show along with all of our volunteers. We’d also like to thank the King Kream Soft Serve Truck for donating ice cream to the event!

Happy summer everyone!

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary

Ranch Roundup

We want to express our heartfelt appreciate to Emma Lefkowitz and Jennifer Lutz and all the volunteers who helped make Ranch Roundup a huge success. The entire community had an amazing time! A special thank you goes to Mathnasium and Gilmore Orthodontics for their support and participation in Ranch Roundup!

Volunteer Spotlight

 This month our volunteer spotlight shines on Julie Billitti (above). For more than five years this amazing volunteer has made sure Jerabek’s school pictures every fall and spring go smoothly. The part that makes Julie’s contribution to our school extra special is that she has not had a child at Jerabek for the last two years but still coordinates the pictures. She has even signed up to help again next year. Thank you, Julie, for all you do for Jerabek!

End-of-the-Year Festivities

There were two special events to commemorate the end of the school year that we would like to highlight, the first being Field Day. All the kids had such a great day of fun, creating memories that will last well into the summer. Thank you to Dawn Gencarelli and Judi Shreyer for creating such an enjoyable day for all.

Jerabek wished its amazing 5th graders well at their promotion. Best wishes to all of you as you venture into the next chapter of your educational journey!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From our FFA President

June was busy for MRE and the Family Faculty Association (FFA). We started with our annual Spaghetti Dinner by the Kiwanis, followed by our Open House and Art Show. Thank you to the teachers, students, and volunteers who worked endlessly to put on this cherished event.

The Art Corps program committee was again successfully lead by Natalia Moorhead. We are extremely grateful for her commitment to the program and for organizing the fabulous art canvas auction.

The next day, after all that hard work, parents and staff enjoyed an evening of well-deserved fun at local 32 North Brewery. Everyone enjoyed good cheer. The first Parent Night Out was a success!

June also brought 5th Grade Promotion. MRE said goodbye to a wonderful class of students, and we wish them all the best in middle school. Good luck, Hawks! Thank you to our entire school community for a wonderful year. See you in September!

Jen Leader, FFA President

Volunteer Spotlight

 A huge shout out to Karla McCalmont (above), our Art Show coordinator. The MRE family thanks Karla for her amazing work on another spectacular Art Show! Her hard work and dedication to the art program made for a seamless event. It has never been easier than under her direction! MRE families, students, and staff love seeing the school transformed into an art gallery. Congratulations on a great job!

For Our Newest Hawks

Do you have a student starting kindergarten or transitional kindergarten (TK) in the fall? Summer playgroups are forming now. It’s a great way for your child to meet his or her new classmates. Contact Julie Roper at [email protected] if you are interested in being added to the email list for updates, locations, or reminders. We look forward to seeing you there! The dates and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 12, 10–11:30 am, Miramar Overlook Park, 11417 Scripps Ranch Boulevard
  • Saturday, Aug. 6, 10–11:30 am, Jerabek Neighborhood Park, 10200 Scripps Trail
  • Friday, Aug. 26, 10–11:30 am, Lakeview Park, 10794 Mira Lago Terrace

If you have not yet registered, the office will be open this summer for registration. Check our website at for office hours and information.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Message From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

Congratulations to our Musical Memory team who won a gold ribbon at the recent Musical Memory Championship at San Diego State University. These students trained their “musical ear” for months so that they would be able to identify famous classical composers and pieces. Congratulations to Jake Lieu, Jason Pham, Amare Shaw, Walker Cook, Addison Burvall, and Sean Stephans.

I also would like to congratulate our flag football team for winning the 8th Annual Battle of the Schools Tournament, beating out 20 other schools, including some middle schools! Congratulations to Alex Seiff, Dean Paley, Jona Dawson, Carmen Mirabella, Josh Nguyen, Ben Clark, Ryan Krown, Dominic Ingrao, and Ryan Stepenosky. Their trophy will be proudly displayed in our office.

I would like to recognize Reid Perry who has just passed the 900 lap mark in Run Club. This is a new EBS record!

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) 4th of July Parade. As always, EBS will enthusiastically march in the parade wearing our EBS spirit shirts! Go Penguins!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message From Our AFP

Thank you to our EBS choir for a fabulous performance at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market! We are proud to be part of this wonderful community.

Visit the Farmers Market each Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. It’s at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. A portion of proceeds benefit the Academic Fundraising Partnership. (AFP) and EBS students.


The AFP July volunteers of the month are Monika Wimmer (above left) and Robyn Flint! Thank you for your incredible efforts in leading a fun, amazing, and successful Jog-a-Thon!

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President

Krissy Duke

Innovations Academy

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

Augustine of Hippo

Innovations brings the world to students and takes them to see the world.

Bringing the world to them: Often you can find our nature studies teacher carry in live animals so students can learn about nature. She also brings in fossils and animal skeletal systems so students can see animals from the inside out.

Aromas come wafting from our Spanish teacher’s room. He cooks with our students and loves watching them develop skills that go beyond conjugating verbs.

Taking them to see the world: Students have traveled to water treatment plants, farmers markets, farms, historical reenactments, musical productions, and cultural centers—just to name a few. Our 7th and 8th graders have visited Alcatraz, caverns, waterways, and national parks (above). They have hiked, camped, rafted, and traveled to high and low places. They have learned geography, science, teamwork, not to mention the planning and executing of a trip of such magnitude.

Our students have read many books this year. Each is unique in the story it tells, and every student is richer for it.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

In summer it’s important to keep kids stimulated. Here are activities we recommend for kindergartners to help strengthen their fine and gross motor skills.

  • Use play dough to increase hand strength and coordination.
  • Set up a “writing center.” Provide the supplies and encourage them to send “letters.”
  • Buy or make lacing games. Have your child use string or shoelaces to sew around the shape.
  • Set up an obstacle course.
  • Go to the park. Have them play on the monkey bars. Show them how to pump their feet on the swings.

Chabad is an award-winning independent school serving preschool children, as well as kindergartners through 8th graders in Scripps Ranch. For information, contact Wendy at [email protected]