Scripps Ranch High School

Principal’s Message

We are preparing for our students to return! And even in the summer, we add to our brag list! We congratulate our Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) students who traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in an academic competition. This was an international event with more than 3,000 teams in the initial rounds. Only the best teams were invited to the finals, and SRHS was victorious in winning first place overall! We are so proud! Congrats, cadets!

Our student/athletes have started preparation for fall sports. Athletes are reminded to make sure they have completed the athletic participation form, which includes their physical and insurance information so that they are physically and mentally prepared for the fall season. Our coaches and staff want to do everything possible for our students to have a positive and successful year. Please continue to check the SRHS website at www.srhsfalcons.org for updated information about fall sports.

I look forward to meeting our students at the annual “Kick-Off.” Students will be able to get their yearbook and ID card pictures taken, receive class schedules, pick up books, and purchase Homecoming Dance tickets. Information regarding Kick-Off and the personalized enrollment form was mailed to your home. Please check the website for information, including details about Kick-Off transportation and the forms required to be returned in order to participate. Kick-Off is for enrolled students only. The schedule is:

  • Thursday, Aug. 18—Seniors, 7:30– 9:30 am; Juniors, 10 am–noon
  • Friday, Aug. 19—Sophomores, 7:30–10 am
  • Monday, Aug. 22—Freshmen, 7:30 –11 am, times by birth month

For information regarding new student enrollment, please visit our website.

School begins on Monday, Aug. 29. Students should report to the quad by 7 am to receive an official class schedule. The schedule for the first day will be Core first, then periods 1–6. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer with friends and family. The administration, teachers, and staff look forward to working with you as we prepare all of our students for the expectations of high school, higher education, and the 21st century. At Marshall Middle School (MMS) we challenge each student to reach his or her full potential with a quality program.

The MMS office is closed until Monday, Aug. 15. Beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 16, we will be able to enroll new students who have moved into Scripps Ranch. If your child attended a Scripps Ranch elementary school, you do not need to enroll your child. For enrollment information, please visit www.marshallmiddle.org.

Students and parents will receive a welcome back letter by early August. With the letter, your child will receive his or her course requests for the fall semester. We have scheduled your student based upon the information submitted on the planning card. If you have any questions about these courses, if the courses are incorrect, or if the choices have changed, please call your child’s counselor at school on Friday, Aug. 19, or Monday, Aug. 22. It is our policy that we will not honor requests to have specific teachers.

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 29. Students should arrive between 7 and 7:30 am to locate their first period class on posted rosters. Schedules with periods, teachers, and room numbers will be distributed during first period.

We believe students’ focus should be on academics. Proper attire contributes to an atmosphere of positive learning. Therefore, our dress code:

  • Requires pants and shorts to fit neatly at the waist without “sagging” or being excessively tight.
  • Requires clothes appropriately cover the body; no bare midriffs, backless shirts, T-backed tops, low V-neck or scoop shirts, short shorts, or high side seam cut shorts/ skirts, undergarments must not be visible.
  • Does not allow tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts!
  • Requires shorts and skirts to be worn at the mid-thigh and pass the “finger-tip” rule.
  • Requires shoes have a back heel or back strap; no flip flops, no open-toed shoes allowed.
  • Requires clothing to be free of ads or promotion of any alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, or vulgarity.
  • Must be free of any depictions/illustrations that demean or negatively represent any gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Please follow these guidelines when shopping for new school clothes.

We look forward to providing you with the best middle school educational experience. Thank you for your continued support of public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

MMS Calendar

  • Monday, Aug. 15—Office opens
  • Friday, Aug. 26—New Student Orientation for students and parents with last names beginning A–L, 8–9:30 am; last names beginning with M–Z, 10–11:30 am
  • Monday, Aug. 29—First day of school
  • Monday, Sept. 5—Labor Day, no school

From the Counseling Office

There will inevitably be class changes for some students. Schedule changes will be made only for students in an incorrect class. This may be an elective change, a change in the level of an academic class, or if a student is missing a required class.

Schedule changes will not be made for students who request a teacher or period change. Students may ask any teacher for a pass to see their counselor if they have an error in their schedule. If students request any major schedule changes, parents will be notified before changes are made.

Counselors are assigned to students by last name and can be reached at 549-5400.

  • Julie Becker, head counselor, last names A–C, ext. 3020
  • Paulette Blankenbeckler, D–K, ext. 3022
  • Sharon Heuss, L–Q, ext. 3021
  • Amiee McDearmon, R–Z, ext. 3023

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Community,

I look forward to seeing you on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 29. The office opens on Wednesday, Aug. 17, so if you have moved into our boundaries, please stop by to register.

This year we will update registration paperwork for returning students before school starts. Packets will be ready for pickup on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and we will collect completed packets on Friday, Aug. 26. Upon the return of the packets, each student will find out the name of his or her teacher. Otherwise, students will receive a message from me on Saturday, Aug. 27, with teacher information.

All transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students and parents are invited to the TK/Kindergarten Meet and Greet on Friday, Aug. 26, at 10 am. For more dates and events, please visit www.sandiegounified.org/schools/dingeman. I look forward to seeing all of you soon!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

From Your FFC

Welcome back, friends and families of the Dingeman community! First, I would like to thank Luis Fregoso and his wonderful Family Faculty Connection (FFC) Board for doing such a marvelous job last year. I am excited and ready to serve as the new FFC president this year.

I invite every parent to play an active role at Dingeman. Join us at our Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 8:30 am where you can find many opportunities—big and small!—to volunteer. I also urge you to attend our monthly FFC meetings! You are an FFC member and your voice matters. Visit www.Dingeman.net to stay informed, and follow us on Facebook at “Dingeman FFC.” We all have something we can contribute. What’s your one thing?

If you have questions, please email me at [email protected] Go Tigers!

Shira O’Connell, FFC President

Dingeman Artist

Congratulations to Pahel Srivastava (below), a 5th grader last year in Mrs. Schwartz’ class, who won the “Ocean Art Contest 2016” hosted by Stone and Glass in Escondido. Her entry received the most votes of any entrant! This honor resulted in her artwork, called True Beauty, being transformed into a glass sculpture.

Pahel chose to draw a fish with a fancy tail, and she said it represents the true wonders of nature. Pahel hopes it will open up people’s eyes to care more about nature and what we would miss out on if the sea life died. Great job, Pahel!

Enjoy your last few weeks of summer!

Karen Holt

Jerabek Elementary

Important Reminders

It’s hard to believe in a few short weeks we begin our back-to-school rituals! Below are a few important reminders about the start of the school year.

If your child is entering transitional kindergarten (TK) or kindergarten, here’s a fantastic opportunity to help him or her meet new friends before the first day of school! It’s also a chance for first-time parents to ask questions of veteran Jerabek parents about this amazing school.

TK/Kindergarten Playgroup

  • Friday, Aug. 5, noon
  • SR Library Community Room
  • Attend a children’s program at the library and feed the ducks!

TK/Kindergarten Teacher Meet/Greet

  • Friday, Aug. 26, 2–4 pm
  • Jerabek Elementary School

TK/Kindergarten Playgroup

  • Friday, Aug. 26, 3–3:30 pm
  • Jerabek kindergarten playground

For questions, please email Amelia Polheber at [email protected] School starts on Monday, Aug. 29. For TK and kindergarten the first week of school is minimum days—12:25 pm dismissal.

Volunteer Awards

Each year the parents, teachers, and staff nominate volunteers for the Jerabek Special Service Award and the Jerabek Community Service Award at the end of each school year.

This year our wonderful parent Dawn Gencarelli received the Jerabek Special Service award for all of her tireless effort and time spent our school. Dawn is a room parent in her daughter’s class each year. Also, she heads many events: she co-chairs our Read Across America; is on the Family Faculty Organization (FFO) Board; and is a Room Parent Coordinators. Those examples just scratch the surface of what Dawn does each year. Congratulations and thank you, Dawn.

We had a tie for the Jerabek Community Service Award this year and it’s a couple! Scott and Kimberly Powers are busy with their three boys and are very active at Jerabek and with Scouts. Kimberly can always be seen on campus with her camera, ready to snap photos! She put her blood, sweat, and tears into the most fantastic yearbook this year. She also volunteers in her sons’ classrooms and attends all field trips.

Scott attends field trips and helps out at school. He led a scout pack and is very involved in Scouting. The Powers are a military family and, sadly for us, they are moving to the East Coast. We wish them the best and thank them for all of their service! They will be greatly missed.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

Things are usually quiet here in the summer, but not this year! First, Red Cedar Drive received a facelift just in time for the 4th of July Parade. Congratulations to Kim Blower, who represented us in the parade, on her retirement. Thank you for your 20 years of service to the students—you will be missed!

Also this summer the work continued on our short-term goal of removing 24 trees from campus and trimming another 55. The crews from Atlas Tree Service have done a wonderful job, even taking care of some trees that were on city property that needed service. This is only the beginning of our work, as the district is committed to ongoing inspection and maintenance of all trees on our property.

Finally, the school is receiving a long-awaited new roof and heating/air conditioning system for the main building. That work has made it a bit warm for those of us working this summer, but we believe the payoff will be great come August. Thank you, neighbors, for your patience as this important work is completed.

We return to school before Labor Day—on Monday, Aug. 29. For those of you with transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students, the first week of school—Monday, Aug. 29, through Friday, Sept. 2—will be minimum days with dismissal at 12:10 pm every day. This is for TK and kindergarten students only.

All of the Scripps Ranch elementary schools have adopted this schedule for our youngest students for two reasons: it allows for an easier transition for the children; and it allows teachers to schedule one-on-one sessions with each student in the afternoons to get to know them and administer assessments. This gives teachers a better understanding of their students.

Our wonderful office staff—Pam, Lisa, and Casey—will be back on campus starting Monday, Aug. 15, to address any questions. Or just stop in to say hello! Looking forward to another great year at MRE!

Peggy Crane, MRE Principal

From our FFA President

Welcome back to school from the Family Faculty Association (FFA)! This year we are excited to continue to grow our offerings of fun after-school programs. We will continue to provide enrichment programs, including Art Corps, Super Science, Garden Corps, media lab, and more. We also are planning many fun family activities. Check www.miramarranch.org.

All of these programs and events are made possible by dedicated volunteers. The new year is an excellent time for you to join this fantastic team! Check www.miramarranch.org/volunteers or email me at [email protected] for details.

On Friday, Aug. 26, FFA volunteers will guide school tours, sell spiritwear, and answer questions from 9 to 11 am. We will hold a Volunteer Fair on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 29, from 8 to 9 am. Let’s make it a great year together!

Jen Leader, FFA President

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Community Members,

We look forward to welcoming back our Penguins on Monday, Aug. 29.

During the summer our custodians work nonstop to deep clean all the classrooms. I also was here working most of the summer. While I appreciate the calm and quiet, I look forward to the return of our campus to a vibrant, energized school full of students, teachers, and volunteers. I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

New Student Enrollment

To enroll a new student, please come to the office to pick up a registration packet when our office reopens on Monday, Aug. 15. We will be able to register students who: live in the EBS area; child care is in the EBS area; have been assigned to EBS through the Choice program; and live outside the district, for example, StoneBridge, Poway, or Rancho Peñasquitos.

To register your child you will need: birth certificate or passport to prove age; vaccination record with current immunizations; proof of a dental visit and a doctor checkup after age 4; and proof of residence, such as a mortgage statement or utility bill with your name and address.

For more on enrollment, call Miss Krissy at 693-8593 after Monday, Aug. 15.

Important Dates

  • Friday, Aug. 26—TK/Kindergarten and New Student Orientation, 10:30 am; Penguin Posting Party, 5 pm, classes posted
  • Monday, Aug. 29—School begins, 8:45 am; Volunteer Fair, 8:45 am
  • Monday, Aug. 29–Friday, Sept. 2—this week only, half-day TK/kindergarten, dismissal at 12:30 pm

Message from the AFP

Hello Penguins! We have three new Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) committees this year.

Pampering Yourself Committee: Look your best before school starts! Join us on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 10 am to 5 pm in the EBS multipurpose room. Bring your friends and get your hair cut, nails done, and face painted! We’ll have professionals, and everyone is welcome. All proceeds benefit EBS students.

STEM Committee: This committee will offer after-school computer classes. Join this group to help us strengthen our STEM program! Look for emails and brochures to sign up for classes.

Welcome Committee: A designated group to help new families transition into the neighborhood and EBS. Members are knowledgeable about EBS, Scripps Ranch, and issues facing military families.

I look forward to seeing everyone!

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President