Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

As we begin the second semester of the school year, there are many important events on the horizon. First and foremost, seniors must continue their rigor, as keeping up grades is important for final college acceptance. Graduation is right around the corner and grades, citizenship, and school attendance must remain at satisfactory and above to be eligible for senior activities. Detailed information about senior activities has been mailed home and is posted on our website.

Our underclassmen will begin to focus on course selections for the next school year. Counselors will provide students with information about the articulation process. It is imperative that both students and parents are cognizant of the fact that courses selected at this time will dictate the number of classes offered in a particular course for the coming school year. Therefore, courses offered next year are based on the class choice requests students make during spring articulation.

During this process, counselors and students determine if they are prepared, ready, and willing to commit to the classes they identify. It is essential that students select a schedule that is appropriate for their skill level and overall time commitment between all classes and extracurricular activities. Counselors emphasize making commitments and finding solutions to difficult situations that prepare students for college and the real world, while building character and self-esteem.

In February counselors will make classroom presentations after which students will select their courses using the articulation planning card. To finalize class selections, parent signature and counselor approval is required. Some courses may require prerequisites. To assist you in choosing classes, you may want to see the online SRHS Course Catalog and visit teacher websites that include course expectations. We greatly appreciate your efforts in using the resources to select a desirable schedule with your child.

Parents and students from Marshall Middle School, along with other area schools, attended our “Falcon Day” on a lovely afternoon in January. All of the impressive opportunities and activities that SRHS provides for students were shared.

Our winter season athletic teams continue to perform at their best, and we continually thank the parents and coaches for their support of our students. It is encouraging to see our students demonstrate sportsmanship, character, and charisma as they compete.

Second semester is an exciting time, full of anticipation for what is to come. As our students continue to work diligently on their academic work, athletics, and extracurricular activities, our faculty and staff are doing everything they can to support and encourage them. As the second semester continues and the end of the year draws near, there is so much to do and take part in. Please join us in supporting our students and cheering them on to success in all of their endeavors.

Some upcoming dates for you:

  • Thursday, Feb. 2—9th Grade Parent Night, 4 pm, SRHS Theater
  • Thursday, Feb. 9—10th Grade Parent Night—4 pm, SRHS Theater
  • Friday Feb. 17 and Monday, Feb. 20—Lincoln’s Birthday and Presidents Day, no school
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22—11th Grade College presentation, 4 pm, SRHS Theater
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Feb. 23, 24, 25—Musical performances, times vary, SRHS Theater

Please check for all other school events.

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community,

We begin our second semester on Monday, Jan. 30. This semester is a busy time of year as we begin speaking to our students about their classes for next year. Parents will receive information about course selections in the next few weeks.

We also welcome 5th graders and their parents! We look forward to meeting our new students and are excited to share the great opportunities we have for Scripps Ranch middle schoolers. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6 pm in the Multipurpose Room we will have an information night for 5th grade parents. We also will have student and parent tours. Please visit for dates and times.

Thank you for your continued support of public education. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

February Calendar

  • Thursday, Feb. 2—Prospective Parent Tour, 3 pm, meet in office
  • Friday, Feb. 17—Lincoln’s Birthday, no school
  • Monday, Feb. 20—Presidents Day, no school

Hula Palooza Gala

Come get your hula on during this Hawaiian-themed event to raise funds for MMS. Enjoy an evening in paradise and make this our most successful fundraising year ever! Join us on Saturday, Mar. 4, from 6:30 pm to midnight at the Bahia Resort and Hotel. The event will include a three-course meal, DJ, dancing, silent and live auctions, and opportunity raffles—including a wine wall—all while you enjoy fun with friends.

Tickets are $95 per person. For donations and sponsorships, please email [email protected] Visit for more details or to order tickets. If you have any questions, please email, text, or call me at 693-3684.

Arlene Clements

Report Cards Coming Home

The fall semester ended on Friday, Jan. 27. Students will bring semester report cards home on Friday, Feb. 3. Please ask your child for his or her report card.

College: Making It Happen

Attention 7th grade students and parents: on Wednesday, Feb. 22, Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools will cohost a college preparation night for 7th graders and their parents. It will be in the MMS Multipurpose Room from 6 to 7:30 pm.

The speaker will discuss high school graduation requirements and college preparation information for state, community, and private colleges and universities. There will be step-by-step information that every parent and child should know about how to prepare for high school and college. Appropriate middle and high school courses for college prep, college entrance requirements, as well as financial aid, will be discussed. We encourage our 7th grade parents and students to attend!

Let the Music Play!

The MMS instrumental music program has two upcoming concerts. The Band Festival Concert will be on Wednesday, Mar. 1, and the Orchestra Festival Concert will be the following evening, Thursday, Mar. 2. Both will be in the MMS Performing Arts Center starting at 7 pm. Featured will be the music the band and orchestra students have prepared for adjudicated music festivals, and admission is free!

MMS instrumental music also will host an adjudicated band and orchestra festival on Saturday, Mar. 11, in conjunction with the Scripps Ranch High School music department and the Southern Border Section of the California Music Educators’ Association. Schedules have not yet been determined. Performances start in the morning and continue through the evening. Admission to all performances is free! We hope you join us that day to support all the music groups, including your own MMS and SRHS musicians!

Science Corner

This month I would like to give you resources and ideas to help your child be successful in science with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The following summary is from a resource available at The goal of NGSS is to make all students critical thinkers, whether or not they choose a science career. The focus is on big ideas in science and common practices of scientists.

NGSS encourages students to learn processes of science in a meaningful way. These are processes that allow the learning to be deep and last beyond the day or unit. This learning is for a lifetime. The approach of NGSS mirrors real-world experiences and practices.

“Studies show that family involvement is one of the biggest predictors of success in school,” (page 4). It is suggested that you seek opportunities for your child to explore science at home and in the community. Let them do safe experiments at home. Perhaps take pictures of insects, birds, or reptiles in your backyard or neighborhood. Then research to find their scientific names. Maybe study one deeply for how it behaves. Look for patterns.

Encourage them to ask questions, even if you do not know the answer. Respond with, “We’ll need to explore or research for an answer.” Ask “What if…” questions. See more at Inspire an interest in science by exploring careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at STEM jobs pay more in sub-bachelors and bachelors-required degrees. Supporting your child in science also can create fun family bonding time.

Muriel Gross, 7th Grade Science Teacher

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

Please join us in congratulating our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kris Lee! Mrs. Lee will represent Dingeman at the district Teacher of the Year ceremony.

Tanning leather, playing quoits, harvesting rice sound like a day in the life of a typical 10-year-old, right? In February all 5th graders will have an opportunity to step back in time to the 1600s and 1700s. Through a generous grant, teachers will guide students as they experience the lives of colonists. The Multipurpose Room will be transformed into Colonial Williamsburg on Wednesday, Feb. 22. It should be a wonderful learning experience!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Greetings from the FFC!

Upcoming Family Faculty Connection (FFC)-sponsored events:

  • Thursday, Feb. 2—3rd Grade Family Science Night, 6 pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7—FFC membership meeting, 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 9—2nd Grade Family Science Night, 6 pm
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15—Family Art Night, 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 16—Jog-a-Thon
  • Thursday, Feb. 23—Family Art Night, 6:30 pm

We invite family and friends to cheer on students at our Jog-a-Thon. We are so grateful for our community support! To reach me, email [email protected]

Shira O’Connell, FFC President

Jerabek Elementary

Father-Daughter Dance

Leg warmers, “Members Only” jackets, neon clothing, big hair, and excitement filled the air! It was ’80s night at Jerabek for the Father-Daughter Dance. A huge thank you goes to event co-chairs Zil Eiler and Rocio Newcomb and their committee. They made this year’s event a huge success. The girls enjoyed the chocolate fountain, had fun in the photo booth, and danced the night away with their special date. Thanks to all the men who got dressed up and helped make this night so memorable for all the Jerabek girls!

Dr. Seuss Night

Mark your calendars! It is that time again for our favorite Jerabek tradition. Dr. Seuss Night is on Thursday, Mar. 2, which happens to be Dr. Seuss’ official birthday. There will be celebrity readers and fun for the whole family. So put on your pajamas and get ready for a great night of entertainment.

Spring Fling

February is when you tell that special someone how much you care. You can buy flowers, chocolates, or tickets to this year’s Spring Fling! This is your last chance to get them before they are gone and numbers are limited. Give that special someone a night out they deserve while supporting your school.

There will be dinner, dancing, casino fun, photo booth hijinks, and, of course, connecting with old friends and making new ones. To purchase tickets, go to the Jerabek website at and click the link for Spring Fling. The event is on Saturday, Mar. 11, at 6 pm at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Hope to see you there.

Jog-a-Thon Fun-draising!

Looking for a way to support Jerabek? The Jog-a-Thon is coming. On Thursday, Feb. 23, students will lace up their running shoes and jog their way to support their school. Each year Jerabek pride rings out and the students get involved in helping support some of the programs that make Jerabek great. You can either make a monetary donation to your student or join them in the run. What a great way to continue with your New Year’s resolution to stay fit while helping support your school!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

January was busy with lots of family activities—Science Nights, Flag and Awards assemblies, and the Scholastic Book Fair. This year our reading goal for January was 20,000 minutes schoolwide. Once the minutes are tallied, if the children reach their goal, there will be a spring Movie Night for the kids. The final day for the Book Fair is Thursday, Feb. 2.

It also was a busy time for our 4th and 5th graders. Both grade levels enjoyed a Healthy Choices assembly presented by staff from Kaiser. Fourth graders also spent a day in Old Town San Diego learning about California history, and 5th graders had their first look at their future with a tour of Marshall Middle School.

In January we continued our Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings for teachers at each grade level. Teachers are challenged and excited as we continue this work of analyzing data to inform our instruction and work together to create ongoing assessments to ensure that the children are successful.

In the first three weeks of February we will administer the CogAt test for GATE identification for students in grades 2–5. All 2nd graders are tested, as well as all students new to the district in grades 3–5 and any 5th graders identified for retesting. More information will be sent home with the children.

Our Annual Father-Daughter Dance is on Thursday, Feb. 16, right before our four-day holiday weekend. Tickets go quickly, so sign up right away! Please mark your calendar and make plans for Presidents Day weekend. No school on Friday, Feb. 17, and Monday, Feb. 20.

We have seen lots of parents on campus, and we so appreciate your support! You make great things possible! Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

As part of our character education program, we held our yearly Penguin Parade in January. Each class chose a character trait that was meaningful to them and marched in support of it. Some examples were responsibility, friendship, and kindness. We took inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who marched as a way of showing what he believed in.

Our penguins cheered, chanted, sang, and waved pompoms as they walked up the sidewalk on Blue Cypress Drive and then back down through the park to EBS. The event culminated with the entire school gathering on the playground where the EBS choir performed and about 10 students gave speeches about why their class character trait is important to them.

Another highlight of the month was our choir’s performance at a Board of Education meeting. Twenty of our 5th graders were chosen to perform at the opening of the meeting. Thank you to Mr. Waczek, our music teacher, for the amazing work he does with our students.

I have a new Facebook page called “Principal Sloan.” Please follow me if you would like campus news and announcements, as well as photos and videos from around school. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

AFP Update

The Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) hosted another wonderful Mother-Son Bowling event in January! It was heartwarming to see mothers and sons having fun together. Thank you to Kristeen Evans and committee!

In February we will have our delightful Father-Daughter Dance. There will be lots of music, dancing, tea and treats, and food vendors at the “Wonderland” ball…where “it’s always tea time” and “we’re all mad here”! Thank you to Alice Sestok, Melissa Perkins, and the team. Our second Box Top collection period is also in February. Thank you Mare Mountain for leading the program. Have a fabulous February!

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President

Innovations Academy

As winter began snow fell in our San Diego mountains, leaving a fluffy white blank canvas. Just as that ground was given a blank slate of white fluff before many feet ran through its splendor, this new year has provided a fresh opportunity for Innovations Academy (IA) students!

Teachers and students are gearing up to explore new subjects, new parts of the county, and new ideas. Students are tackling health, science, math, and language from different angles.

All student work at IA is inquiry-based, and IA provides multiple opportunities for students to present their learning to parents, teachers, and friends. We have four opportunities during the year for student-led presentations. This gives our students confidence, practice in presenting, and ownership of their learning.

There were two opportunities for students in the fall. Then in the spring Portfolio Reviews give students a chance to show their writing, art, and other work done throughout the year. Though the Portfolio Review is for parents, the Spring Exhibition is open to the public! We invite you to join IA students on Thursday, Mar. 23, from 5 to 7:30 pm for a night of project showcases! Just like footprints on newly fallen snow, we love how learning can create new paths and take us on adventures as far as the imagination can go!

Chabad Hebrew Academy

On Sunday, Feb. 12, at 10 am CHA will host its third Discovery Days Program, “Playing With Picasso.” Discovery Days are appropriate for children ages 4–6 and their parents and is designed to highlight an integrated approach to learning and teaching. The program incorporates fine arts, music, language arts, and math. For details or to reserve your spot, email Wendy at [email protected].org.