Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Things have been busy at Scripps Ranch High School! We are working our way through the spring semester and have many things coming up on the calendar! We are so proud of our students and how they continue to meet and exceed expectations—academic, athletically, and beyond. Please visit our website at and see the school calendar for the most current information.

I must take a moment to brag about just how amazing our students are in terms of academics. We have 885 students with a fall semester weighted grade point average of 3.8 or higher. This means that 41% of our students are on the Principal’s Honor Roll! An additional 392 students earned a weighted GPA of 3.5–3.79 for inclusion on the Honor Roll. In total 59% of our students have earned a weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher! We are so proud of our students!

Thanks to Propositions S and Z, our Whole Site Modernization (WSM) project has begun. The work includes the construction of a new 12-classroom building along with the demolition of 12 bungalows. Work will take place all over campus including some sports facilities.

The work will be done in phases, with the first phase focusing on the new building and stadium updates. The WSM plan has an anticipated completion date of spring 2019. To stay up to date on the project, visit, select Scripps Ranch High School and scroll down to the project schedules. For the map and current construction timeline, go to

We received our budget and teacher allocation for the 2017–2018 school year. We will vet this information through our administration, Site Governance Team, and School Site Council for approval. Please know that all decisions are made with the best interest of students in mind.

Important dates to remember:

  • Articulation continues through Tuesday, Mar. 14
  • Friday, Mar. 10—Mr. Scripps Ranch, SRHS Theater, 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Mar. 15—School tour, meet in SRHS office, 9:45 am
  • Wednesday, Mar. 22—Choir/band concert, SRHS Theater, 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, Mar. 23—Orchestra concert, SRHS Theater, 6:30 pm
  • Monday–Friday, Mar. 27–31—Spring break, no school

Please visit for the latest information. Enjoy your break!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

As many of you know the San Diego Unified School District is facing a fiscal deficit of $124 million for the 2017–2018 school year. This will have a big impact on every school and our district as a whole. After receiving input from the parents and staff, we will fund the following:

  • Homework Zone—two days per week after school
  • Conferences and planning days for teachers to support their learning on Common Core/Next Generation Science Standards
  • GATE support for our teachers
  • Maintenance, purchase, and upgrade of technology

Although MMS lost funding we have vigorously protected our instructional program to minimize the budget loss. I would like to thank our generous Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) for its continuous support for our school.

We are quickly approaching the middle of second semester. As we continue to work with our students, we want to remind our 8th graders and parents about our promotion requirements. We have established several requirements in order to participate in the 8th grade promotion ceremony and the promotion activity sponsored by the PTSA. All 8th graders must meet these minimum requirements to participate in these activities:

  • 2.0 GPA in scholarship, citizenship on the fifth progress report
  • No more than one F in any subject on the fifth progress report
  • No more than two suspensions in the year
  • No suspensions after May 1

The end of the year activities and promotion are wonderful ways to recognize our students’ hard work! Please remember our requirements. There will be no exceptions.

I would like to congratulate the MMS Science Olympiad Team for placing eighth in the Regional Tournament at Carlsbad High School! There were more than 115 teams and approximately 1,500 students participating in this year’s tournament. I’m so proud of our students’ accomplishments! Our team will participate in the state competition later this spring.

Spring break begins on Monday, Mar. 27. School resumes Monday, Apr. 3. I would like to thank the entire Scripps Ranch community for its support for our public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Band News

MMS Instrumental Music 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. Performances start in the morning and continue into the afternoon. Join us at MMS—admission is free! We hope you come out and support your very own MMS and SRHS musicians!

Congratulations to the students who made the 2017 San Diego Unified School District Middle School Honor Band and Orchestra! MMS had 27 students make the groups—the most of any middle school in the district! You all make our school and Mr. Brown very proud! Our students who made the group are: Nicole Vassar, Austin Pierce, Elena Xu, Maddie Savary, Sam Mullen, Sachin Bhajekar, Michael He, Richard Zhou, Anka Engin, Andrew Vavrunek, Jacob Pritchard, Savannah Frost, Joe Lopez, Fiona French, James Park, Jason Kang, Ryan Alakija, Sam Gaccione, Camila Kelly, Daniella Okhotina, Emily Tran, Gabriel Zhang, Molly Booth, Ben Gietzen, Lawrence Lo, Jason Zhao, and Jason Min.

Progress Reports

The end of the first progress report period of the second semester will be on Friday, Mar. 10. Progress reports will be distributed to students on Friday, Mar. 17. Please ask your child to see his or her progress report. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher(s).

8th Graders Moving on to SRHS

Scripps Ranch High School counselors will be at MMS on Friday, Mar. 17, and Monday, Mar. 20, to speak to our 8th graders about their 9th grade courses. After meeting in a group on Friday, students will bring their 9th grade course request cards home over the weekend to complete with their parent and obtain a parent signature. Students will meet individually with their SRHS counselor on Monday.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

It’s that time of year when we register and welcome new students and parents to our Dingeman family. Registration packets for the 2017–2018 will be available for pick up starting on Thursday, Mar. 16. Our first day to turn in packets will be Thursday, Mar. 23, from 8 am until noon. Check for more details.

Our spring parent conferences are from Tuesday, Mar. 21, through Friday, Mar. 24. We will dismiss at 12:20 pm on each of these days. All district schools will be closed from Monday, Mar. 27, through Friday, Mar. 31, for spring break. Enjoy this time off with your family! Sincerely,

Tamara Lewis, Principal

Spring Greetings From the FFC!

First and foremost, thank you to the Kebab Shop, Subway, and Yogurt Heaven for hosting our Family Dinner Nights. And thank you to the patrons who braved the rain to support these events.

Upcoming events:

  • Wednesday, Mar. 8—FFC meeting, 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, Mar. 9—1st Grade Family Science Night, 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, Mar. 16—Family Dinner Night at Board and Brew
  • Friday, Mar. 17—Father-Daughter Dance, 6 pm

We hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable spring break! To reach me, please email [email protected]

Shira O’Connell, FFC President

Karen Holt

Jerabek Elementary

Lots Going On!

On Feb. 23 you may have felt a little rumble in the Ranch. It was the sound of 600 students taking to the track to support their school. Jerabek’s Jog-a-Thon was a huge success, due in large part to co-chairs Stacy McConnell and Tracy Gardinera.

Thank you also to all of the parent and teacher volunteers who cheered on the runners, brought them water, and supported them to get in as many laps as possible. This is such a great event where the students participate to help raise much-needed funds for their school.

We just held Jerabek’s Read Across America event and celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday—this is one of the best events of the year! It was exciting to see the variety of people who came to read: Padres Pod Squad; San Diego Gulls hockey players; USD Women’s Soccer players; and NBC newscaster Steven Luke. Thank you to Barb McCormick and Dawn Gencarelli for their time and effort coordinating this delightful evening.

Teacher of the Year

Jerabek is proud to announce that Ms. Holly Johnson is our Teacher of the Year. Please be sure to congratulate Ms. Johnson on her accomplishment. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher.

Spring Fling

Spring is in the air, so it is apropos that Saturday, Mar. 11, is Jerabek’s Spring Fling. This is a great event that is not only a big fundraiser for the school—providing much-needed programs to the students—but it is also a great community event where adults can have a fun night out.

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 and click the link for Spring Fling. The event is at 6 pm at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Hope to see you there!

Jerabek Sponsor Thank You

Jerabek held its Father-Daughter Dance in January, and we want to thank the amazing sponsors that made this event magical.

  • Pacific Events
  • Allstates Mailing Services
  • Vons
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Smart and Final
  • Yanni’s Bar and Grill

We also want to give a special thank you to a Platinum sponsor, Scripps Poway Orthodontics. Thank you for everything you do to help make Jerabek great!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

Another busy month on the Ranch! February brought the Book Fair, Father-Daughter Dance, 5th grade matriculation activities here and at and Marshall Middle School, a four-day weekend, and the 5th grade visit to Biz Town, our first! Thanks to our staff and parents who make these events possible.

This year our reading goal for January was 200,000 minutes schoolwide. Once the minutes were tallied, the children surpassed their goal, reading and logging more than 230,000 minutes with books. Congratulations, students, you have earned a Spring Movie Night for your families! Moana is the movie you selected and details will follow soon.

February also brought budget news from the state that was not what we had hoped for. Cuts will be made both centrally and at school sites. Thanks to staff and parents who have provided input and suggestions about how to move forward with minimal impact on our students. Working together, I know we will continue to make MRE a wonderful, challenging, and caring place to learn.

March brings the start of Daylight Saving Time—spring ahead—our annual Jog-a-Thon, the second round of progress reports and conferences, and spring break. As always, thank you for your continual support of the staff and students at our school. You make great things possible! Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

Hawks and the Arts

At Family Art Night parents and students participate in learning about different styles and artists, then create their own masterpieces. At our last event students chose between Jim Dine Hearts, Cubist Still Life, or Chinese Junk Boats. Thank you to the Family Faculty Association (FFA) and Art Corps for putting on an amazing night! Above, Jacy Zanotelli shows off her finished masterpiece.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

How time flies! It’s hard to believe that we have begun registration for next year. Students who are currently enrolled in EBS are automatically registered. Those of you who will join us must register your child. Please come by the EBS office to pick up a registration packet. In order to register your child you will need:

  • Birth certificate or passport for age
  • Vaccination record with all immunizations current
  • Proof of dental visit after age 4
  • Proof of doctor checkup after age 4
  • Proof of residence, such as a utility bill with your name and address

For more information on enrollment, please visit our website at or contact our registrar, Krissy Duke, at [email protected] or 693-8593, ext. 0. We are very excited to meet all our new Penguins! If you have any questions about EBS, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Other exciting news is that Tom Waczek, our music teacher, has been named the EBS Teacher of the Year. His love of music and dedication to the students is the reason EBS has such a strong music program. His enthusiasm instills a lifelong love of music in children. We are so grateful he’s at EBS.

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

From the AFP

The Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) has a lot going on! Jog into spring with the Jog-a-Thon on Friday, Mar. 17, with little Penguins reaching out to their community, raising money to support EBS, and running to their hearts’ content.

For all Penguin performers who want to show off their talents, don’t forgot to audition for EBS Idol. This year’s theme is “Feel The Magic.”

Our 3rd Annual Appreciation of Arts at Barnes and Noble is on Thursday, Mar. 9. We look forward to art displays and a fun reading time. Have a great spring break!

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President

Innovations Academy

Learning and Building

Green is not just the color of spring, it is also the color of many of our projects! If you were to step on campus you would hear the sound of saws cutting through wood and smell the fresh sawdust. Many classes are utilizing our “makers space” as they imagine and innovate small garden areas and a large green wall.

Innovations Academy (IA) has a STEM maker’s space for our students. We have an area for tools, building materials, and opportunities for students to build projects. Each group’s three-foot by three-foot section (right) will be joined to form a nine-foot by nine-foot green wall unit to be hung outside the garden entrance. Ecology, design, construction, conservation, and ingenuity are part of the parameters.

Seventh grade has been inquiring about the farm to table concept. They have looked at it from several angles including: restaurants, grocery stores, and residential consumption. They are building their own small garden in preparation for their farm to table project.

Come see the green wall, small gardens, and other projects for yourself! Join us Thursday, Mar. 23, for IA’s Exhibition Night from 5 to 7:30 pm.

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Play-Worx A Sensory Sensation at CHA

Explore, create, and play at our fun children’s classes beginning on Wednesday, Mar. 8, at 10 am. This class meets each Wednesday for five weeks. Our program promotes early sensory development, fine and gross motor skills, and social interaction in a stimulating environment.

It’s fun, messy play for children 6 months to 3½ years old who are with an adult. Reservations are required. Cost: $10 a session or $40 for all five classes. For more details or to book your spot, contact Wendy at [email protected] or visit our Facebook page at