Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

We could not ask for a better start to our school year! Our staff worked as a team to make the first week of school the best one yet! On the first day all of our students were in classes by 7:45 am! We owe a huge “thank you” to our counselors, clerical staff, and administrators. Our enrollment is holding steady at 2,200.

At the end of September students, staff, and community members celebrated our street name change from Treena Street to Falcon Way. This change would not have been possible if not for the generous local businesses, amazing community members, resilient students, and many others.

We send a big thank you to the San Diego Chargers. SRHS was one of 10 schools to receive grants from the team. We will use our funds for football equipment to keep kids safer from concussions.

Our fall sports are underway, so please come out to support the teams. We appreciate the parent and community support for cross country, field hockey, football, women’s golf, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, an d men’s water polo.

Check for the school calendar and the latest information. Here are a few October highlights:

  • Thursday, Oct. 13—College Financial Aid Night, 4 pm, SR S Theater
  • Friday, Oct. 14—End of the first grading period; progress repor s issued Friday, Oct. 20
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19—Minimum day, 11:30 am dismissal; distric – sponsored PSAT for 10th graders and 9th and 11th graders who purchased an exam

Our constant focus on our instructional program and powerful learning has proven to be wildly successful. Our continued success is due to a combination of strong, dedicated, and caring teachers, top-performing students, and parents who make education a top priority. Your support of our school is deeply appreciated!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Show Your Falcon Pride!

Join us for the sights and sounds of the 19th Annual SRHS Marching Band and Color Guard Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 5 pm; gates open at 4 pm. Tickets at the door are: $10, adults; $5, students with ID, kids under 12, and seniors.

Support the Music Program

The SRHS music department needs your help and donations. We strengthen student performers in brass, woodwinds, orchestra, percussion, and choir. We continue to grow with the generous support of individuals and businesses. Please support us by attending an upcoming fundraiser:

  • Saturday, Oct. 1—Applebee’s, Mira Mesa, 8–10 am, pancake brea fast; tickets: $10, see Mr. Shedd
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19—Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, 12–9 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15—O’s American Kitchen, Mira Mesa, 5–8 p

Please visit to download flyers and to donate to the program.

Academic Bowl Winners!

The SRHS Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Academic Bowl Team is number one! Besting thousands of competitors from all over the globe, the team competed in the 2016 Joint Service Academic Bowl Championship in Washington, D.C., over the summer and won first place!

The team—cadets JoonHyuk Lee, Gracie Richards, Jackwin Hui, a d Michelle He (pictured above right)—had to compete in preliminary contes s against more than 82,000 cadets from more than 2,700 multiservice units. The online preliminary competitions consisted of SAT-type questions covering the core subjects. After two rounds the Air Force teams were narrowed down from 200 to eight, including SRHS! They received an all-expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital for the finals.

SRHS claimed first place in the AFJROTC Division and represented all the AFJROTC schools in the Joint Service Academic Bowl against the other military branches. SRHS dominated the competition, beating its nearest competitors by nearly 200 points. This was the first time an AFJROTC unit won the top title!

This annual competition is just one of the many co-curricular activities that make JROTC different from other classroom-only events and builds character and leadership skills, as well as promoting academic excellence. According to Cadet Hui, who competed in Washington, “It is o amazing to meet other cadets from across the nation, who are just as, if not more, intelligent and outgoing. We made so many new friends and even got the opportunity to tour many historic sights.”

Behind every great student there is a great teacher. Without the guidance and support from Col. Robert Hogan—the senior aerospace scien e instructor who sadly retired this year—and MSgt. Ferdinand Toledo, t e aerospace science instructor who taught the cadets all the leadership knowledge they needed for the competition, none of this would have been possible. To parent chaperone Areana Chen and the families who traveled to DC to support the team, thank you! As this school year gets rolling, hopefully the SRHS AFJROTC will uphold the title as the number one Academic Bowl Team in the world and represent Scripps Ranch proudly!

Winice Hui

Marshall Middle School

Principal Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community,

We have begun another great school year at Thurgood Marshall Middle School. We have 1,621 students enrolled at the best middle school in the district! Our goal is to continue to provide engaging experiences and opportunities for our students to become problem solvers, critical and creative thinkers, and thoughtful productive citizens. It is through our curriculum, instructional practices, and expectations that our students achieve in all areas.

We also believe the relationships we build with our students can support their engagement! The faculty is exploring areas to increase student engagement, motivation, and achievement by revisiting grading practices to emphasize the learning process instead of the end product.

Part of our academic success is due to parent involvement. I encourage all parents to monitor their student’s academic progress. Also, I recomme d parents contact their student’s teachers by phone or email to inqui e about their progress.

We firmly believe school/home communication is critical for the success of every student. We have a faculty contact list on our website at, then click on “Staff.” I also recommend you use our PowerSchool parent portal to monitor your student’s progress onlin .

At MMS, student safety is our priority. Please adhere to the traffic signs and personnel directing traffic in the drop-off/pick-up zones. We do not allow drop-offs in the middle of the parking lot. Please drive safely into our parking queue to drop off and pick up our students safely. Please do not drop off or pick up your student at the corner of Pomerado Road and Avenue of Nations. Drivers who do this cause traffic flow issues and this area is not supervised. It is dangerous to all involved.

We are very excited about the opportunities this year holds. Thank you for your continued support of our public schools.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5—School Site Council/Site Governance Team, 5 p , Community Room
  • Friday, Oct. 7—First grading period ends; picture make-up day
  • Friday, Oct. 14—First progress report distributed; Parent Teach r Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 9 am, Community Room

Marshall Music

The MMS instrumental music program will put on two fall concerts near the end of October. The Fall Band Concert will be on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and the Fall Orchestra Concert will be on the following evening, Thursday, Oct. 27. Both concerts will be in the MMS Performing Arts Center, starting at 7 pm. Both will feature Halloween-themed music and admission is free! We hope you join us for one or both of these nights of musical fun to get you into the Halloween spirit!

Going Green

The MMS Green Team would like to remind families to stay green. When packing lunches, please use reusable containers instead of Ziploc bags. Get a reusable water bottle. Avoid non-recyclable juice pouches and instead opt for juice boxes. Did you know if everyone reused their one-time use plastic items we would reduce the amount of plastic waste by 50%?!


Every student is assigned a counselor by their last name to help with questions, scheduling, and personal concerns.

Progress Reports

The end of the first progress report period is Friday, Oct. 7, and progress reports will be distributed on Friday, Oct. 14. Remember to ask your child to see his or her progress report. If you don’t like what y u see, please contact your child’s teachers.

Student Support Groups and Family Counseling

MMS counselors, in cooperation with the Alliant Couple and Family Clinic (ACFC)—whose intern therapists are our next-door neighbors fr m Alliant University—will offer student support groups as well s individual, couples, and family counseling beginning in the fall. If you and your child are interested in finding out more, please contact Julie Becker at 549-5502 or [email protected] Past support group topics have included, but are not limited to: self-esteem, divorce, stress, newcomer issues, peer pressure, grief and loss, and conflict resolution.

6th Grade Assembly

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, our 6th graders will participate in Teen Truth Live’s Bully and School Violence Program. This presentation uses a multimedia format that incorporates a motivational presentation with a 22-minute film created with the help of students. “Teen Truth Live” i an award-winning national program that invites youth to step into being leaders in their lives and schools. It teaches students to identify the different forms of bullying and understand how bullying can lead to serious consequences. It also motivates them to help stop bullying at their school.

Homework Zone

We are happy to be able to continue our Homework Zone program at MMS. Homework Zone offers after-school homework help and is staffed by our own teachers two to three days a week from 2:25 to 3:25 pm for all interested students. The program is expected to begin in early October. Watch for more information.

Dingeman Elementary

October Greetings

Dingeman Families, Friends, and Community,

We have begun another amazing year at Dingeman. Thank you to everyone who signed up to volunteer this year. Your continued participation is a big part of our success. Speaking of success, the results from our annual statewide testing are in, and Dingeman students continue to score well above district and state averages!

You may have noticed the construction crew here at school in the evenings. They are completing the air conditioning for our school library, multipurpose room, and office. This project will be completed in November. Go Tigers!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

From our FFC

The first month of school was a huge success! In October our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) will restart our Art Corps and STEAM programs, which are made possible through FFC financial support and parent volunteers.

If you’d like to get involved at Dingeman, please email me t [email protected] I’ll be happy to put you in touch with a committee that interests you.

This month’s dates to remember are:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12—FFC meeting, 6:30 pm, multipurpose room
  • Monday, Oct. 31—Costume Parade, 9 am, playground white top

Go Tigers!

Shira O’Connell, FFC President

Jerabek Elementary

Teachers Keep Learning

In late July seven teachers and principal Kristie Joiner (right) set off for New York to attend the Lucy Calkins Writing Institute at Columbia University. We felt like we were back in high school or college when we had to find our line for registration…with hundreds of other people!

After registering we all gathered in a large hall and a hush came over the immense crowd as Lucy Calkins walked to the podium. She addressed us for 20 minutes and we hung on every word. She is quite a remarkable woman with many accomplishments. We were very happy to be in the front row. After she welcomed the group, we were lucky enough to get our picture with her. We later found out that she doesn’t usually pose for photos.

Then it was time to get to work. Each day we had a packed schedule with large group sessions, small group grade-level sessions, and workshops from which to choose. We stayed at a hotel in Harlem and walked to the campus every morning at 8. Classes were over at 3:30 pm, but there was always homework! That didn’t stop us from finding time to take in t e sights.

We went to the Apollo Theater and took in a play on Broadway. We also went to Ground Zero to pay our respects to those who lost their lives on 9/11.

We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the Lucy Calkins Writing Institute. Eight thousand people registered the first day applications were accepted. Our Family Faculty Organization (FFO) graciously funded this trip so Jerabek teachers could bring the vital writing information back to share with staff and implement in the classroom. The goal is to have the remainder of our teachers attend next summer. As a participant this year I can attest this was an invaluable experience. Thank you, FFO!

Barbara McCormick, Jerabek Teacher

Special Thank You

The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) gave a generous contribution of $500 to Jerabek. It will fund Math Nights this year! Thank you, SRCA! Support the SRCA that supports our schools. Join at

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Halloween Carnival

“Medieval Madness at the Ranch” is this year’s theme at the 43 d MRE Halloween Carnival! Don’t miss this Scripps Ranch tradition that s also our most enjoyable fundraiser! Join us on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 am until 4 pm. It’s free, with game and ride tickets for purchase. Save ti e and money: buy your tickets now at

The carnival is a great way for students and scouts to earn volunteer hours while having fun! Please contact Halloween Carnival chair Angela Frantz at [email protected] to volunteer. Find out more about this event on pages 30 and 31 in this Newsletter. See you there!

Skill Building Hawks

This year the Family Faculty Association (FFA) has added new after-school activities. Hawks are learning STEAM skills such as engineering, coding, and computers. Also, we have chess, yoga, self-defense, Spanish, drama, gardening science, and more! For questions, please email [email protected]

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From our Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

We are happy to announce a new after-school STEM program run by our Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP). We will offer a variety of computer classes after school including Coding, Scratch, Python, and coding with Penjee and CodeCombat, Multimedia with EBS YouTube, and Keyboarding. Classes are available after school every day of the week. For more information and to sign up, please go to

If you would like to be a part of our STEM Committee, please contact Nancy Ferreira at [email protected]

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

English Learners Update

I wanted to give you some information about our EBS English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC), which will meet monthly this year. Our ELAC will ensure we are in compliance with state and district guidelines for our English Learner (EL) students, thus assuring these students are fairly represented and provided instructional supports. The result is to reclassify our EL students as fluent English-proficient students.

Last year through the dedication of our teachers, staff, and parents we were able to reclassify 36 EL students—almost 30% of our EL populatio ! We will hold our next ELAC meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 9 am in our Multipurpose Room. If you would like to hear more information about the EL process or how you can help support our EL students, please attend!

Mark Morici, EBS Vice Principal

Message from the AFP

October is a fun month at EBS! We will have our 5th Grade Family Science Night and our Fall Family Festival!

Last school year the district surprised EBS with the announcement that a teacher was to be taken back due to budget constraints. Thankfully, donations from generous parents saved the day and prevented a mid-year shuffle of kids to new classes.

Super Pledge is our school’s first fundraiser this year and, thus fa , we’re off to a great start. We thank parents who have donated f r supporting our students and welcome those who have not yet donated. Thank you for your continuous support in time and money. We can do more for our kids because of your dedication.

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President

Krissy Duke

Chabad Hebrew Academy

A garden and cooking school are in the final planning stages at Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA). Healthy eating is as beneficial for the mind and body as it is for our soul. Taking the time to grow, prepare, eat, and share is one of our greatest pleasures. Our goal is to give students an opportunity to engage in cross-curricular learning incorporating science, math, language, nutrition, and social skills.

CHA is an award-winning independent school serving children in preschool through 8th grade in Scripps Ranch. For more information, please contact Wendy at [email protected]

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

School Accreditation: As we celebrate our eighth anniversary, we are proud to announce that we have earned accreditation through the Western Catholic Education Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Representatives reviewed and reported on school accomplishments to date and our strategic action plan for the future. They then spent three days on campus prior to issuing recommendations for accreditation.

Construction Begins: This month we begin construction on Phase III of our Master Plan, which includes a preschool, science classroom, and Learning Center.

Going Green: This year our focus turns to being good stewards of ecology. The school office has established procedures to “go green” and ave paper. Our Student Council leaders are starting a sustainable garden project. Much of the packaging for our hot lunches is compostable or recyclable. And we look forward to implementing solar power this school year.

May God bless us in all we do!

Maeve O’Connell, Principal