Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

For most of us January brings a time of reflection of the past year and resolutions for the future. In terms of reflection, we celebrate our amazing students and staff! Our students continue to excel in the classroom as well as in sports, visual and performing arts, extracurricular activities, and even employment. Our staff exceeds expectations and goes above and beyond to ensure our students are prepared for the future.

Looking ahead, we all strive for greatness! As parents and educators we want to ensure that our children get every opportunity to succeed. We at SRHS will continue to work toward that goal in 2017.

We end our first semester with finals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Jan. 25, 26, and 27. School ends at 11:30 am each of these days to allow students time to prepare for finals in all classes.

In support of our academic program, our regular after-school peer tutoring continues in Room 410 for any student who needs occasional help with a class or project. Tutoring is available Monday through Thursday from 2:15 to 3:15 pm.

Our dance classes will have performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Jan. 12, 13, and 14, in the theater. We hope you attend these events and support our performing arts students. More information is on our website.

All parents of incoming students are encouraged to join us for “Falcon Night” on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 4 pm in the SRHS gym. Food, along with classroom exhibitions, will be available from 3 to 4 pm in the quad. You will meet some of our exceptional teachers, counselors, and administrators and learn about the rigorous academic program and the extra-curricular activities offered at SRHS.

We are excited about the academic success that is so evident in our students. For updated information, please check Happy New Year!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

Happy New Year from Thurgood Marshall Middle School! We hope you had a joyful winter vacation with your family and friends.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, we will have a minimum day, with a 12:16 pm dismissal. Our teachers will use this time to finalize semester grades and plan lessons to meet the needs of our 21st century learners with rigorous academic opportunities.

MMS was chosen to receive an LED light upgrade in all classrooms, offices, hallways, and buildings. The new LED lights will save our district more than $28,000 annually and will reduce more than 73 metric tons of annual greenhouse gas. This project was funded by Prop 39—the Clean Energy Jobs Act. We are very thankful to be chosen for this upgrade.

At MMS one of our highest priorities is to provide a safe environment for our students. We encourage parents to drive with our students in mind. Please share the road with our student walkers and bikers. Please be patient as you near the school and wait in the queue lines. Don’t double park, pass other cars, or dart in front of other vehicles to drop off or pick up your student or speed to or from MMS.

Also, please don’t park at the corner of Avenue of Nations/Willow Creek Road and Pomerado Road to pick up or drop off your student. School personnel do not supervise this area and it is not safe.

Our first semester ends on Friday, Jan. 27. Students receive their report card on Friday, Feb. 3. I encourage all parents to contact their students’ teachers or log onto PowerSchool to find out more information about their students’ progress.

We look forward to 2017 and thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Hula Palooza Gala

Come get your hula on during this Hawaiian-themed event to raise funds for MMS. The gala will include a three-course meal, DJ, and dancing. The evening will feature silent and live auctions, opportunity raffles, and a wine wall—all as you enjoy a fun night with friends.

Join us on Saturday, Mar. 4, from 6:30 pm until midnight at the Bahia Resort and Hotel. Tickets are $95 per person. For donations and sponsorship opportunities, please contact [email protected] Visit for details and tickets. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email, text, or call me at 693-3684. Appreciatively,

Arlene Clements

SRHS Falcon Night

All prospective 2017–2018 Scripps Ranch High School students and parents are invited to Falcon Night at the high school. Hear all about SRHS from students, teachers, counselors, and administrators. Get all your questions answered at this informative meeting scheduled for:

  • Thursday, Jan. 19, 4–6:30 pm
  • SRHS gym

Food will be available in the high school quad from 3 to 4 pm.

NGSS—Science Corner

Something new in our Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curriculum is the engineering component. In middle school, engineering design requires students to define problems more precisely. This involves thinking deeply about the problem. Then students conduct a thorough process of choosing the best solution to optimize the final design.

To decide if a design is successful, students must consider not only the end user but also the broader society and environment. Every technological change likely has intended and unintended effects. The designer must try to anticipate the effects.

The focus in middle school is on a two-stage process of evaluating different ideas proposed and testing different solutions. The best ideas are combined into new solutions that may be better than the preliminary ones. Improving designs involves a repetitive process in which students test the best design, analyze the results, modify the design accordingly, then retest and modify the design again.

Engineering requires a great deal of collaboration, communication, and compromise. These are also skills needed in many aspects of any future career. Developing these skills requires experiencing occasional failures from which to grow.

Muriel Gross, 7th Grade Science

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Happy New Year! 2017 promises to be another amazing year at Dingeman Elementary. We are excited to have our 5th grade students culminate their Junior Achievement (JA) financial literacy unit this month as they spend the day at JA Biztown. Our students “interviewed” for positions at local businesses. The students will put their leadership skills to the test as they run a business and work with a team to create a thriving community. This is always a highlight of 5th grade!

From all of us at Dingeman Elementary, have a wonderful 2017!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Happy 2017!

The Dingeman Family Faculty Connection (FFC) hopes you enjoyed a wonderful winter break and are ready for a fantastic new year! A heartfelt thanks to Islands, On the Border, O’s American Kitchen, and Panera Bread for hosting our December Family Dinner Night and to Barnes and Noble for hosting our holiday performances. The kids were amazing!

Preparations for our annual Jog-A-Thon are in full swing, and we are always looking for local sponsors to support our school. If you are interested in getting your business’ name out to more than 900 children and their families, please let me know at [email protected] The FFC thanks the community for its support and wishes you all a prosperous New Year!

Shira O’Connell, FFC President

LEGO Team Win Awards

A rookie team of three Dingeman 5th graders (below) participated in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifiers Tournament. The team—“MicroDrones”—consisting of Isaac Lin, Siddharth Menon, and Anirudh Nayak, won first place in Robot Game Performance, as well as the Overall Championship at the qualifiers.

They also advanced to the SoCal Tournament at LEGOLAND in December, where the MicroDrones had a great time competing with teams from all over Southern California. The group won the Judges’ Award for “Rising Star—Innovation and Professionalism.”

Karen Holt

Jerabek Elementary

An Exciting Year Ahead

Happy New Year! Jerabek celebrates the arts in January. It starts with our Winter Choir Concert on Friday, Jan. 13. Then our second Family Art Night is on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and our fantastic band holds its Winter Concert on Thursday, Jan. 26. All are invited!

The Spirit of Jerabek

As I look back on the holiday season it makes me realize why I feel so fortunate that my children go to a wonderful school like Jerabek. When we first started at Jerabek someone described the school as a real “community school,” explaining that you can sense the essence of community as soon as you walk on campus. I understood what they meant as I watched parents and volunteers, who are ever-present, bring programs to life, assist our dedicated teachers, and support all the students.

This past holiday season I witnessed the true distinctiveness of Jerabek as the students participated in several community service projects specifically designed for “kids helping kids.” Here are a few examples of philanthropy the students participated in during December. The 3rd grade class organized a Salvation Army angel gift tag holiday tree, where students would pick a tag and bring in a gift for the child.

The Student Council hosted a schoolwide holiday gift and clothing collection for the Polinsky Children’s Center serving San Diego County’s neglected and abused children. The after-school program participated in a Food Drive. The students gave back to those less fortunate and were part of something bigger than their wish lists.

It is when my children learn the importance of helping others that I smile and my heart feels full to know that they will leave Jerabek not only knowing how to read and write but how to be positive members of society. Thank you, Jerabek, and all the teachers, administration, and parent-volunteers who help make our community school so special. Wishing everyone a fantastic 2017!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

Happy New Year to you all! December was a short but busy time on campus. Along with the usual hard work, there were assemblies, a holiday concert by our wonderful band and strings groups, field trips, a food drive, visits to The Nutcracker, and many holiday activities.

In January we will focus on opportunities for students to be a greater part of their learning. We know students are more engaged when they have some input in what we do in our classrooms. Teachers are working together to help students be more involved and invested in their learning.

The last week of January will be our annual Scholastic Book Fair. There will be times before, during, and after school to peruse the shelves. Before school you may be treated to coffee and a muffin or donut! Please check the website for details.

As always, thanks for all you do to support MRE. You make great things possible! Remember, “work hard and be nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

From our FFA

Happy New Year from the Family Faculty Association (FFA)! New this year is the Helpful Hawks program that provides students leadership roles. The Helpful Hawks will help MRE with the Great Kindness Challenge in January. This is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.

Now is the time to get more involved at school! We always can use volunteers for our Scholastic Book Fair, Jog-A-Thon, and Father-Daughter Dance committees. If you are interested, please email me at [email protected]

The support of the community also makes a difference. MRE is seeking corporate and individual sponsors to support our Jog-A-Thon. It’s a great way to showcase your business while benefiting students. Each sponsor will have its logo on the back of the Jog-A-Thon shirt and on a banner. Email me at [email protected] by Wednesday, Feb. 15, if you are interested. Thank you!

Jen Leader, FFA President

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

It’s hard to believe we are almost halfway through the year. In reflecting on the past few months, I am struck by the generosity of our EBS community. As part of our Character Education program we incorporate activities that allow us to model generosity for our students. This year we filled up 10 red barrels of food for the San Diego Food Bank, donated a truck full of toys to the Escondido Police Toy Drive, collected money to buy books for children with incarcerated parents, and donated 300 pounds of Halloween candy to the troops.

Did you know that the “Little Free Library” located in front of EBS is for the whole Scripps Ranch community? This is a great way for kids to exchange their books for new ones. Come by any time to borrow a book and donate a book. Or if you have children’s books at home that you are looking to get rid of, just drop them off at our school and we’ll add them to the library as needed. This is a great way to give back to our community.

I look forward to a wonderful second half of the year with all of our amazing EBS Penguins!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Innovations Academy

What material can be any shape, size, color, and serve many purposes? Clay! It is regarded as the material from which the human body was formed. Clay is in our DNA! Each Innovations Academy student is given a semester to experience various techniques to construct ceramics pieces—bowls, cups, vases—that will serve as artifacts telling their story. Their instructor, Evan Lopez, uses hands-on learning and transports them to different parts of the world through videos. This learning takes place in our ceramics room with pottery wheels and our own kiln (above).

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Chabad Hebrew Academy hosts Mommy and Me classes each Tuesday from Jan. 3 through Feb. 28 at 9:15 am. Classes include music and yoga with specialists, storytime, crafts, snack, fun, and friendship. Classes are $5 each and RSVPs are requested. Chabad is an award-winning school serving children in preschool and K–8th in Scripps Ranch. Please email Wendy at [email protected] for details or to RSVP.