Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

We want to thank our parents and community for their continued support of our school and students. Our teachers continue to maintain high levels of academic rigor and relevance in the classroom.

Along with maintaining our academic level, we urge parents to make sure their students arrive to school on time! Having students in class on time, ready to learn, supports their academic achievement. Safety concerns can arise during the rush hours of school, so we ask everyone to do their part and make safety a priority.

Our fall sports had a strong finish to their seasons, and several teams and individuals competed in CIF playoffs. These accomplishments are a reflection of the commitment and dedication from our student-athletes, parents, coaches, and volunteers. Congratulations to all our students who participated and benefited from our fall sports program.

Our winter sports include boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ water polo, and wrestling. Teams are preparing for preseason tournaments, so check for games and contests. Come support our Falcons!

Students and teachers in our Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program are making final preparations for the holiday season and concerts. I encourage you to attend one of these events and get into the holiday spirit. The Band/Choir Winter Concert is on Wednesday, Dec. 14, and the Orchestra Winter Concert is on Thursday, Dec. 15. Again, please check our website for details about these events.

Mark your calendar for the annual “Falcon Night” on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 4 pm in the SRHS gym. Our incoming Falcon families will have the opportunity to learn about our wonderful curricula and the other programs that make our high school so incredible. We look forward to meeting our future Falcons!

Finally, I want to wish each and every family a restful and enjoyable winter break. Time spent with family and friends is priceless. School will be closed from Monday, Dec. 19, through Monday, Jan. 2. We reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your students and the Scripps Ranch community.

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

This upcoming month at Marshall Middle School features many student performances. I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend our Winter Band, Orchestra, and Choir concerts to see our students’ artistic performances. Our students have worked diligently to master their performances. Please check our website for details.

I want to thank all the families and community members who donated, and continue to donate, to MMS. Your funding has purchased:

  • Classroom materials such as books, magazines, and journals
  • Classroom library resources
  • Computer equipment
  • Software programs
  • Essential supplies and materials
  • Art supplies
  • Medical supplies

On behalf of MMS I wish you and your family a restful winter vacation. We look forward to continue working with our students and families on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

LEGO Builders Win

MMS’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team, The Mindtroopers,won first place at the FLL Animal Allies qualifier tournament. The group of four 6th graders also qualified for the Southern California championship on Saturday, Dec. 3, at LEGOLAND. The Mindtroopers—Pahel Srivastava, Shruti Natala, Rohan Bosworth, and Shabdika Gubba—competed against teams from throughout San Diego.

It is a three-part competition that involves: a robot game where students build and program an autonomous robot to accomplish various missions; a project to identify a real-world problem when people and animals interact and design a solution that makes the interaction better; and demonstrate FLL Core Values emphasizing teamwork, cooperation, gracious professionalism, and friendly competition! Find more information at


Get your hula on during this Hawaiian-themed event to raise funds for MMS. Enjoy an evening in paradise! This event will include a three-course meal, DJ, dancing, silent and live auctions, and opportunity raffles—including a wine wall—all while you enjoy a night with friends.

Don’t miss the fun on Saturday, Mar. 4, from 6:30 pm to midnight at the Bahia Resort and Hotel. Tickets are $85 per person until Saturday, Dec. 31, and $95 after that. For donations and sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected] Visit for details and tickets. For questions, please text or call me at 693-3684.

Arlene Clements

Musical Notes

The Instrumental Music program presents two concerts. The Winter Orchestra Concert is on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and the Winter Band Concert is on Thursday, Dec. 8. Both events are in the MMS Performing Arts Center at 7 pm. The concerts will feature holiday music, and admission is free! Come hear dynamic music performed by extremely talented young musicians.

Also, the choir will perform on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 14 and 15.

Homework Zone

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

  • Tuesdays—Room A302, Mrs. Gillum; Room A102, Mr. Johnston
  • Thursdays—Room A103, Mrs. Fox; Room B206, Mr. Wright

Science News

The MMS science teachers continue to collaborate in curriculum planning for our Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). “The Next Generation Science Standards are designed to help realize a vision for education in science and engineering in which students, over multiple years of school, actively engage in scientific and engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of the core ideas in these fields.” See NGSS is based on a triad: the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP), Crosscutting Concepts (CC), and Discipline Core Ideas (DCIs).

The DCIs tell the teachers the major science concepts a student needs to be able to explain and apply. The seven Crosscutting Concepts are the global concepts that flow through all areas of science, and the Science and Engineering Practices are the ways in which a scientist goes about learning and applying what is learned.

In the NGSS curriculum, assessments are not just about getting a correct answer but evaluating your child’s ability to explain the use of science concepts and practices. If a project requires building a device, the success of that device is not the main goal. Success is when a student uses the concepts to explain how the device works and the possible factors that may have contributed to the success.

If a student makes a successful device but cannot explain the science, then scoring will reflect the level of understanding. This means more writing in science. Parents and guardians can help by having their child review the triad discussed above when an assessment is being done.

Muriel Gross, 7th Grade Science Teacher

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dingeman students have many opportunities for leadership experience. We have Parking Patrol, Safety Patrol, Student Council, and a schoolwide Green Team. In addition, our 5th graders complete community service.

Last month we elected our Student Council: Stephen Bosquet, president; Omar Akbar, vice president; Gavin Holt, secretary; Aaron Akbar, historian; Ayden Sadat, fire marshal; CJ Ippolito, ambassador; and Lucy Green, Green Team liaison. The Student Council plans school spirit days and philanthropic endeavors throughout the year.

Our Safety Patrol officers also were selected. Congratulations to Captain Aathmika Radhachandran and Lieutenant Morgan Featherling.

Don’t forgot, our last day before winter break is Friday, Dec. 16, which will be a minimum day with a 12:20 pm dismissal. School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Wishing everyone a relaxing winter break.

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Season’s Greetings

I’d like to extend a warm thank you to the generous families and friends who participated in this year’s Pledge Drive! With your help, we hit our donation goal and look forward to a year filled with Family Faculty Connection (FFC)-sponsored enrichment and activities for our students.

Be sure to join us for our first-ever Bollywood Gala! This adults-only event will feature dinner, dancing, and live entertainment. Dingeman families can purchase tickets on, while community members can email [email protected]

Please have a wonderful and restful holiday season! We will see you in 2017!

Shira O’Connell, FFC President

Family Dinner Night

Thank you to Luna Grill for hosting our November Family Dinner Night fundraiser! This month we have a Book Fair at Barnes and Noble on Thursday, Dec. 8. Children will sing and recite poems beginning at 4 pm, and our Honor Choir sings at 6:30 pm. Also, Family Dinner Night is the same night at Island’s, On the Border, O’s American Kitchen, and Panera Bread.

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 our annual musical production.

The story, written by Brian Taylor, with music by Bill Francoeur, is about a princess who has forgotten 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 us on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 pm in the Dingeman auditorium. Admission is free, but the cast will gladly accept donations to help offset costs.

Karen Holt

Jerabek Elementary

Shop Through Amazon Smile

As you do your holiday shopping, please sign up for Amazon Smile and log in before each purchase. Visit and search Jerabek Elementary FFO. When you use Amazon Smile for online shopping, 1% goes to Jerabek. We invite all residents to sign up.

Helping Those in Need

In the spirit of giving back Jerabek families, in collaboration with our Boy Scout Pack 614, held a Thanksgiving toiletries collection for Interfaith Community Services to help people in need. It was a great showing of Jerabek pride and another example of the community involvement that makes Jerabek so special.

Eat Out and Raise Money

A huge thank you goes to the Kebab Shop for its generous donation of $870 from Jerabek Restaurant Night. It was a fun night out for families and a nice night off from cooking! Our next Jerabek Restaurant Night is Jersey Mike’s for three days—Tuesday, Dec. 13, through Thursday, 15. We hope to see you there.


Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season, and a fun, safe winter break.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Hawk Engineers

Three LEGO Robotics teams of 4th and 5th graders from Miramar Ranch Elementary participated in a qualifying tournament for the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) at High Tech High in Point Loma. The teams—Fluffy Bunny Bots (below), Thomas’ Tuskers, and R.O.B.O.T.S—did not advance in the competition but all had a wonderful and educational day.

The tournament was the culmination of three months of hard work solving real-world engineering problems and LEGO robotics challenges, while practicing FLL’s Core Values. We look forward to an excellent FLL season next year.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Community Members,

I am deeply saddened to report the unexpected passing of our band teacher, Kirk Hoffman, on Oct. 28. Mr. Hoffman was a respected band teacher at EBS and several other schools for many years. We were always amazed at how he could take a group of 40 beginners, playing a variety of instruments, and have them performing concerts by the end of the year. His job took an exceptional amount of patience.

He was also a professional drummer, playing around the city with his band. He owned his own drumming school, Hoffman Drum Studio, where he taught hundreds of students and instilled in them his love of music.

He will be greatly missed by his EBS colleagues and all his past and present students. Our hearts go out to his son, Tyson, daughter-in-law, Emily, and eight-week-old grandson, Owen. Cards can be sent to the family at: California Cremation and Burial Chapel, 5880 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115.

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

We are Giving…and Grateful

October and November were about generosity and gratitude. We celebrated our grandpersons with special performances by the 1st graders and gave out chocolate kisses to thank our parents for volunteering and making EBS special for our kids.

We had our Fall Food Drive where EBS families donated food to support the San Diego Food Bank, helping families in need. We also had another successful Book Fair. It was great to see everyone’s smiling faces. Thank you, EBS families!

Have a great rest of the year and a fabulous holiday season!

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President

Innovations Academy

Overcoming Obstacles

Great lessons in life can be learned on a school campus or high up in a rope jungle. There is no set rule that states when it is customary to feel fear. Some are fearful running on solid ground, others five feet up a rock climbing wall, and others not until they are 20 feet high on a tight rope. Fear is fear. The lesson we must learn is that we don’t have to let fear control us.

Every day middle school is a series of obstacles much like a ropes course. Peers, academics, and social health must be navigated through in this journey of education. The key is finding small successes. Awareness of goals, abilities, and overcoming obstacles are crucial to success. This can only be done when you push through fear.

This fall our middle school grades experienced that. Stepping away from academics for a brief time, students literally climbed high above their fears (below) to try to develop self-confidence and move toward overcoming. These skills prepare students for success in all areas of life and foster community. Innovations values this as part of our education.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

A Fun Way to Learn

Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA) will host free interactive workshops for parents and children ages 4–6 called “Discovery Days.” Each session will highlight a different topic and utilize an integrated project-based approach to learning.

  • Sunday, Dec. 11, 10 am: “The Dot”—art, geometry, literature
  • Sunday, Jan. 8, 10 am: Worm Hotels—science, ecology, math
  • Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 am: Playing with Picasso—art, math, music

Please RSVP to [email protected] For more information about our award-winning programs for infants through 8th grade, please call Wendy at 566-1996.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Celebrating Our Students

It is always a joy to share great news with the Scripps Ranch community. Two of our 8th graders took part in an oratorical competition where they recited a patriotic poem, along with 30 other competitors. The judges recommended they be honored with an award for outstanding community spirit by State Senator Joel Anderson. Eighth graders Gigi Mudwilder and Shea Briere will be honored in January.

This award also entitles them to work as interns in the senator’s office in the summer and earn a recommendation when applying for college! Shea, who earned first place for his Science Fair project at the San Diego County Fair also was awarded a certificate and commendation by Senator Anderson. Way to go, Guardians!

Congratulations to our Junior Varsity girls’ volleyball team (below), who placed second in the 2016 Catholic Sports League Gold bracket. The girls were led by Coach Kelli Ball. Way to go, girls!

Everyone is welcome to our Christmas program on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 pm at St. Gregory the Great Church. We wish all of our Scripps Ranch friends a very happy and holy Christmas!