Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Our staff is working diligently to provide our students with 21st century learning using Common Core Standards with a focus on the four C’s: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. In addition, the administration addressed each grade level with our policy assemblies in an effort to continue to keep a positive attitude on campus and to treat each other with respect and dignity.

Our fall sports have done well and will participate in play-off games. We gear up for winter sports in mid-November.

Counselors continue to offer college application labs. Any student who would like assistance completing a college application can attend any session listed in the calendar to the right. After-school peer tutoring is available for any student looking for academic help in all subjects. It’s available Monday through Thursday from 2:15 to 3:15 pm.

SRHS students continue to shine in all of their endeavors academically and otherwise. We are proud to report that this year we have 22 National Merit Scholarship Finalists, which is based on a student’s PSAT score. This is an incredible number and we are so proud!

As the administrators continue to visit classrooms, we are constantly seeing rigor in the instruction taking place. Our students are being pushed to a higher level of thinking with instruction that encourages them to think differently, on a mature level, and to enjoy what they are doing. The commitment and dedication of our staff to continue improving student achievement is remarkable!

Please note these important dates:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, and 17—College Application Lab, 2:30–3:30 pm, Room 841
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meeting, 2:30 pm, Room 555
  • Friday, Nov. 11—Veterans Day, no school
  • Saturday, Nov. 12—Winter sports season begins
  • Monday–Friday, Nov. 21–25—Thanksgiving break, no school

Be sure to check out the Daily Bulletin and other events listed by month in our school calendar section on our website at Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

I want to thank all of our families and community members who participated in our 2016 Pledge Drive. This fundraiser helps support the instructional program at Thurgood Marshall Middle School. You still can support our school by visiting our website and pledging online.

Over the past two months our students have been challenged to excel in each of their classes. Our goal is to provide experiences and opportunities for our students to become problem solvers, critical and creative thinkers, and thoughtful productive citizens. Our students have been given opportunities to hone their research skills, work collaboratively with their classmates on projects and presentations, read and analyze texts, and write successfully across the disciplines. As a faculty we continue to research and study the best instructional practices that strengthen our students’ 21st century skills. We believe that providing these opportunities allows our students to be prepared for high school and other educational opportunities.

We value positive relationships with students and parents. If you have any questions regarding your student’s academic progress, please contact your child’s teachers. You can find their contact information on our website.

At MMS student safety is our priority. Please adhere to the traffic signage and personnel directing traffic in the drop-off zones. Please be aware, we do not allow drop-offs in the parking lot. Drive into our parking queue to drop off and pick up our students safely. Also, please don’t drop off or pick up your child at the corner of Pomerado and Willow Creek roads. This area is not supervised by MMS and students have been vandalizing cars and property in the area. Please help us support our Scripps Ranch neighbors by not dropping off students in this area.

Thank you for your support. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, Nov. 2—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meetings, 5 pm, Community Room
  • Friday, Nov. 11—Veterans Day, no school
  • Friday, Nov. 18—Parent Teacher Student Association meeting, 9:30 am, Community Room
  • Monday–Friday, Nov. 21–25—Thanksgiving break, no school

Homework Zone

Our Homework Zone is open! Students may come by to get homework help from one of our own MMS teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:25 to 3:25 pm. The Homework Zone schedule is:

  • Tuesdays—Room A306, Ms. Gillum; and Room A102, Mr. Johnston
  • Thursdays—Room A103, Ms. Fox; and Room B206, Mr. Wright

Buy Your MMS Yearbook

Marshall’s award-winning yearbook is on sale now for $45! Hurry and purchase one before you forget or we run out! Don’t have cash? Don’t have time? Technology is a wonderful thing! Go to, click on the “Click to Buy Yearbook” tab in the upper right-hand corner, follow the instructions, and buy your yearbook at your leisure!

Yearbooks also can be purchased in the financial office with a check made out to MMS or cash. Don’t miss out on the memories that MMS’s yearbook will provide for years to come. Buy one now!

We Want Your Candy!

MMS will gladly help you rid your kitchen cabinets of leftover, undistributed Halloween candy. We will use it as rewards for our schoolwide “Right on Target” program. Please bring leftovers to the main office after Halloween!

Progress Reports

The end of the second progress report period is Friday, Nov. 18. Progress reports will be distributed to students after the Thanksgiving break on Friday, Dec. 2. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher(s).

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community Members,

This month we are reminded to be thankful. Here at Dingeman we are thankful for our students, families, and staff who all work together to create an amazing school experience.

In November we will honor veterans, including our namesake, Colonel Bob Dingeman, at our Tiger Rally on Monday, Nov. 7. The rally will feature a flag ceremony with Cub Scout Pack 616.

We look forward to meeting with all of our families during Parent-Teacher Conferences from Monday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 18. Teachers will contact you to schedule a time, and school will be dismissed at 12:20 pm that week.

I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving break. Sincerely,

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

A Thankful November

The Family Faculty Connection (FFC) is so thankful for the many Dingeman families who have stepped up to volunteer and those who have generously donated to the Pledge Drive.

A special thank you goes to Pizza Rev and Pick-Up Stix for hosting our September and October Family Dinner Nights.

We hope you bought your tickets to our first annual Bollywood-themed gala on Friday, Dec. 9. If you haven’t, tickets are available at

On behalf on the FFC, I’d like to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving break, full of food, family, and friends!

Shira O’Connell, FFC President

Dingeman’s Annual Musical

“Who’s that girl, wand’rin’ about, shakin’ people up everywhere she goes?” It’s Princess Whatsername, the musical. Mr. Saguil and Ms. Morioka’s 4th and 5th grade seminar classes present the school’s annual musical production.

Fourth grader Carley Chen, who plays Snow White, enjoys her character. “It’s really fun, and you get to make new friends,” she says. Ben Blanck, a 5th grader who plays Prince Hercules, makes his second appearance in this annual production. He remarks, “This play has shown me not to be embarrassed about what your part is and no matter what, take it with pride.”

Mr. Saguil started this annual tradition at Dingeman 19 years ago. He comments, “My students will probably never remember the books they read in 4th grade. Instead, what they will remember is, the play they performed while in school.” This production is indeed an event that will provide memories to last a lifetime.

The story, written by Brian Taylor with music by Bill Francoeur, is about a princess who forgets her name. Find out why the seven dwarves are staying with the three bears, and why Snow White and Goldilocks are “two sisters cut from the same cloth.” Join other storybook characters on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 pm in the Dingeman auditorium. See the comical journey the princess goes through as she discovers her identity. Admission is free, but the cast will gladly accept donations at the door to help offset production costs.

Karen Holt

Jerabek Elementary

Red Ribbon Week

Jerabek will host Red Ribbon Week during the first week of November. The school will hold special events to help students understand and be more aware of anti-bullying, anti-smoking, and Say No to Drugs campaigns. It is a fun week with a strong message designed to keep our students positive and productive members of society. Thank you to all the volunteers who help make this week memorable.

Family Movie Night

Jerabek held its annual Family Movie Night in late September. It was a great event with more than 500 Jerabekians. A special thank you goes to the Family Faculty Organization (FFO) Family Movie Night coordinators: Lisa and Joel Mountain, and Cindy and Steve Brentnall. Also thank you to DJ Tim Council and to Red Oven Artisanal Pizza for its generous donation of $200 from the event’s proceeds.

Restaurant Nights

This year we have already hosted two successful Restaurant Nights, giving families a night off from the normal routine and a chance to help support the school. A special thank you goes to Rubio’s and The Kebab Shop for their generosity hosting Restaurant Nights!

Wishing Jerabek families—and all of Scripps Ranch—a Happy Thanksgiving!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

Staff and students have already taken on so much new learning this year. We are proud of the work our students and staff have done implementing the Common Core State Standards and are proud of our 2015–2016 test results on the Smarter Balanced Assessments. Our scores beat the average at the district, county, and state! We are excited about this new learning.

November’s calendar is packed! Please check the website for all the upcoming events. We start the month with our Green Team Candy Collection and Veterans Day assembly—wear red, white, and blue—followed quickly by Mother-Son Night and the Veterans Day holiday.

Sunday, Nov. 13, is our first Campus Clean-Up Day of the year. Please join us from 9 to 11 am to help beautify our school. The week of Nov. 14–18 is Parent-Teacher Conferences, and students are released at 12:10 pm each day, followed by a week of vacation for Thanksgiving.

As always, thank you for your continual support of our staff and students! Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

Hawk Scientists

This past month the 5th grade students learned about the power of solar energy and the water cycle. They applied their knowledge by building solar ovens in their classes and having a hot dog cookout. Throughout the day the students recorded their observations, analyzed the temperature readings, and paid close attention to the presence of condensation. Once their recordings were complete, students enjoyed their meal with their friends.

After the cookout students wrote a paragraph describing how the solar oven project enhanced their understanding of the water cycle. What an amazing and rigorous science lesson. Thank you, Ms. Staton and Ms. Thomas, for organizing it!

Hawks Staying Healthy

Do you have too much candy left over from Halloween? All community members, especially our Hawks, are invited to donate their candy to active duty troops overseas. The donation runs from Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Thursday, Nov. 10. Check for details.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

The Choice application window is open now through Monday, Nov. 14. Choice allows students who do not live in a school’s boundaries to attend the school, space permitting. If you would like to attend EBS through Choice, please apply online at

Current Choice students do not need to reapply but incoming younger siblings of our Choice students must apply. If you would like to tour our campus, please contact Miss Krissy at 693-8593, ext. 0. We look forward to meeting you and showing you our beautiful school. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Thank You, SRCA!

Thank you to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) for its generous grant to EBS. We used it to fund a new mural that highlights our California Gold Ribbon School award (below). The lovely artwork greets people as they enter EBS.

Please support the SRCA that supports our schools and community. It’s easy to become an SRCA member. Just go to

A Busy Season

Our Academic Fundraising Partnership’s (AFP) Super Pledge Drive is going strong. The generosity of EBS parents, in both time and money, helps all Penguins achieve excellence.

In November we celebrate “Grandpersons,” as well as reading! Don’t miss our weeklong Book Fair. Sujata Ramchandran and Melissa Perkins and their team put together an amazing event. It gets families together and encourages the kids to explore different books and broaden their interests. Go Penguins!

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President

Innovations Academy

Investigation Inspires Kids

I got to sit in on a nature studies class given by our Mary Zanotelli. I couldn’t believe how inspiring, engaging, and informative one hour of nature studies could be! We hypothesized and discussed facts about San Diego regional parrots that naturalized here from Mexico. We looked at the features that make feathers special.

Did you know that feathers are not really blue? We inspected feathers from a variety of parrots, including the Red Crowned Amazon Parrot. When inspected, they were red or yellow on the underside and grey and “blue” on the other. We learned the blue does not come from pigment in the feather but from nano-structures in the feather that selectively reflect light. The blue color is produced when light bounces off the grooves and ridges on feathers.

I felt like I was in a zoo educational class. The truth is, Mary was once a Zoo/Safari Park instructor. We are fortunate to have amazing teachers who inspire great learners. Just as the colors in the feathers aren’t exactly what they appear, these young scientists are small but brilliant and are being equipped to impact the world!

Kiersten Clegg

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA) will host Mommy and Me classes each Tuesday from Nov. 1 through Dec. 6 at 9 am. Classes include alternating sessions of music and yoga with specialists, story time, crafts, snacks, and friendship. Classes are $5 each. RSVPs are requested.

CHA is an award-winning independent school serving children in preschool— 6 weeks to 6 years—and kindergarten through 8th grade in Scripps Ranch. Email Wendy at [email protected] for information or to reserve your spot.