Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Our fabulous Falcons will soon be settling into the new school routine! With an earlier start to the school year, our students will be learning and growing even sooner!

We continually work to provide important information to students and their families via the school website at, as well as through the School Messenger email system and our “Falcon Flash.”

PowerSchool is available for students and parents to access their students’ attendance and grades daily. The marquee is yet another source of communication. We hope these avenues provide answers to many questions and are a good resource to our families and community.

As referenced on the SRCA Newsletter cover, the name of the street in front of the school will be officially changed to Falcon Way! I want to thank my Principal’s Advisory Committee—comprised of students from every grade level—who helped make this happen. Also, huge thanks go to Scripps Ranch Civic Association president Bob Ilko and our city councilmember, Mark Kersey, for their help. We will officially unveil the new street sign on Friday, Sept. 23. Please see page 5 for details.

Our fall athletic activities are in full swing. We invite our families and community to come support the SRHS Falcons.

Fall Open House is on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 4 pm. This is your opportunity to meet our fabulous staff and get a better understanding of the expectations and curriculum for each class.

Homecoming activities take place the week of Sept. 19–23. The football game on Friday, Sept. 23, starts at 6:30 pm against Sweetwater. This will be followed up with the dance on Saturday night in the quad. The SRHS Associated Student Body (ASB) works hard to make the Homecoming Dance memorable, and it’s a great way for our students to start off the year with positive school spirit and fun!

As we begin the new school year I want to ensure parents that the SRHS staff will do everything possible to assist students in being successful in a positive school environment. SRHS is truly an incredible high school. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at 621-9020, ext. 1103, or [email protected] We look forward to an amazing year! Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Thank You, Businesses!

SRHS would like to thank the following businesses for their generosity in donating gifts to the Teacher’s Last Day Luncheon. This is an annual event where we thank our teachers for all they do all year long!

  • Pizza Rev
  • Board & Brew
  • C’s Deli
  • Chili’s
  • Pernicano’s Restaurant
  • Yanni’s Bar & Grill

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Parents,

Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable summer with family and friends.

We look forward to working with you as we prepare our students for the expectations of high school and the 21st century. We know that we need to develop our students’ problem-solving abilities, critical and creative thinking skills, and ability to take on leadership roles. To that end, we have high expectations in every class and we expect our students to meet and exceed them.

We also know we need you to be our partner in our students’ education. I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers if you have any questions. Our teachers will work with your child and you to have a successful academic year.

The contact information for our teachers is listed on our website at Click on “Staff/Staff Directory” to find the staff listing. We believe that building strong relationships with both students and parents will support all our students to be successful academically and behaviorally.

As of press time, we are waiting for the preliminary results of the 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Once the results become available, we will share them with you.

We look forward to the new year!

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Winning Examples

Congratulations to Noah White and Halle Fernandez (pictured below) for winning medals in the 7th Annual Chelsea King Invitational Mile, which took place at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School. Noah and Halle represented MMS in the 6th Grade Division.

Noah earned a 4th place medal, while Halle came in 5th. To be able to participate, students needed three qualities Chelsea demonstrated: athletic excellence, academic achievement, and community outreach. All the participants were great examples of what Chelsea stood for.

MMS Calendar

  • Monday, Sept. 5—Labor Day, no school
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6—School Site Council/Site Governance Team, 5 pm, MMS Community Room
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7—6th Grade Back to School Night, 5:35 pm, multipurpose room
  • Thursday, Sept. 8—7th–8th Grade Back to School Night, 5:35 pm, multipurpose room

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

Happy September! We are back at school and hard at work at Dingeman. This is a busy and exciting time of year as we get to know our new classmates.

Please keep safety in mind when dropping off and picking up your child before and after school. We want to be good neighbors and not park in loading zones or block driveways. Be sure to follow all traffic laws and be alert when our Safety and Parking Patrols help students get to and from school safely. We appreciate you doing your part to keep our students safe.

Back to School Night dates are:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 30—TK, K, 3rd grade, 5–6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31—1st grade, 5–6:30 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 1—2nd, 4th, 5th grade, 5–6:30 pm

Go Tigers!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

From Your FFC President

Hello, Tigers! As we gear up for our first full month of school, the excitement around campus is at an all-time high. With that momentum in mind, the Family Faculty Connection (FFC) invites you to find an opportunity—big or small—to volunteer. You can email me directly at [email protected], and I will be happy to help you find the perfect fit.

Some key dates for September:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 7—Volunteer Fair, 8:30 am, multipurpose room (MPR)
  • Thursday, Sept. 15—Family Dinner Night, Pizza Rev
  • Thursday, Sept. 22—Pajama Movie Night featuring Finding Nemo, 6:30 pm, MPR

Information on our events can be found on our website at or on our Facebook page. Go Tigers!

Shira O’Connell, FFC President

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

The Jerabek staff welcomes our students back to what will be another awesome year. Jerabek is an Honor Roll School and has grown in size in the past two years. Last year was our first one on a traditional calendar, rather than a year-round one. This change enabled families with students in other Scripps Ranch schools to have a consistent school calendar for their entire family.

Jerabek is a high performing school. We are proud to provide an education that develops the whole child, resulting in stellar outcomes for our students, who always perform well above district and state averages on standardized tests. The educational program and environment are provided for, and fostered by, a caring, experienced staff who work hard all year long.

Jerabek is supported by a very involved foundation—the Family Faculty Organization (FFO)—which provides unmatched volunteerism, activities, and financial support that enables our staff to enrich our academic programs and instructional approaches to better serve our students. We are also supported by the Scripps Ranch Schools Committee and a very involved area superintendent, Dr. Fabiola Bagula.

School starts on Monday, Aug. 29. School hours are 8:35 am to 3:05 pm every day except Thursdays, which are minimum days with a 12:25 pm dismissal. Please note the first week of school for kindergarten and transitional kindergarten (TK) students are minimum days. This is an assessment week for them. Teachers will contact you for an assessment time.

Our Back to School Nights are for parents only:

  • Thursday, Sept. 1—5th grade, 5:30–6:30 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 9—3rd and 4th grades—5–6 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 9—TK, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades, 6–7 pm

Back to School nights are for our teachers to present their classroom curriculum, teaching strategies, behavioral expectations, and much more. If you have questions about your individual student, please contact the teacher to set up a meeting.

Thank you for the opportunity to educate your future college graduates. If you have any questions about our school, please call us at 578-5330. Welcome back!

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

Jerabek Happenings

There’s a lot going on, Jerabekians! As you ease back into the school routine be sure to check out all of the incredible after-school enrichment programs available. These are open to any student in Scripps Ranch, not just Jerabek students. Go to and click on the “Enrichment” tab for all the information.

We also are excited to highlight the new electronic marquee that was installed this summer. It allows the school to more easily communicate all of the events and important dates with the community.


It gives me great pleasure to introduce our 2016–2017 FFO president, Cindy Brentnall (above). She is excited to lead the FFO and welcomes all parents to FFO meetings. The first one is on Friday, Sept. 2, at 8 am in the FFO office, Room B8.

A great way to kick off the school year is our Movie Night on Friday, Sept. 30, at 6 pm. The event begins with music, dancing, and dining, followed by Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille, which starts at dusk. We look forward to a wonderful year!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing and restful summer break with family and friends. I know some of you were traveling, some attending camps and other programs, and many just enjoying the San Diego summer. I can’t wait to see the children and hear their stories!

There were some big projects taking place while students and staff were away. By September we will have a whole new roof and new heating and air conditioning for the main building, as well as completion of the tree removal and trimming project. All of that is in addition to the usual summertime classroom moves and deep cleaning projects. Thank goodness for Mr. Rick and his crew!

On the first day back to school in August, our teachers worked in their grade level teams to design their first weeks of instruction. We are off to a great start! Also, I am excited that we will continue Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for our youngest students this year. We again will offer a full-day program with the same hours as our other students.

Be sure to check your calendars for the many upcoming events in September—Parent Coffee with the Principal, Back to School Night, Spirit Days, and the Ice Cream Social and Movie Night. It’s going to be a busy month!

As always, 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

Hawks Pledge Drive

Once again, the MRE Family Faculty Association (FFA) kicks off the school year with our annual Pledge Drive—a straightforward request for donations. We rely on the money from the Pledge Drive and other fundraisers to offer the enrichment programs and teacher support that make MRE a great school for our children. Donations of any amount are tremendously appreciated and voluntary. Pledge information will come home soon. Become a MRE supporter today!

Diane Hunter, Pledge Drive Chair

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members, Our school year is off to a smooth start! I am so happy to see all of our smiling Penguins back at school.

At the beginning of the year parents frequently inquire about what supplies are needed for school. In California, schools are required by law to provide all supplies needed for school, so purchasing supplies for your child is optional. Since many parents want to purchase items, we do provide a list on our website for your convenience, should you wish to do so.

This law applies to the entirety of your child’s public school education. Sometimes teachers want to schedule enrichment activities not funded by the school. Teachers may ask for donations to fund these activities. Parents are never required to pay for school-day activities such as field trips or class events. Any money given is a voluntary donation.

I thank you in advance for any voluntary donations you make to the classroom to fund enriching programs above and beyond the general education. I look forward to a great year!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Community Members Needed as “Everyone A Reader” Tutors

Do you enjoy reading with children? If so, this is the volunteer job for you! Help our students who need a little boost in their reading skills by reading with them once or twice a week. For more information on this program or to sign up, please contact Cindy Thomas at [email protected]

Message From the AFP

Hello and welcome to our new and returning Penguins! We have a lot of fun events planned this school year, and I look forward to seeing lots of smiling faces!

To learn more about our Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP), please visit the AFP website at You also are invited to attend our monthly AFP meetings, which are held the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the EBS multipurpose room. This is a great way to keep up to date on events around school.

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President