Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

March was an exciting month at Scripps Ranch High School. Winter sports came to an end with many teams advancing to playoffs. Congratulations to the Women’s Basketball (pictured) and Men’s Soccer teams for playing in the CIF Championship games. Please see the page to your left for an article by senior Tyler Molenaar, one of our longtime soccer players, about what the sport has meant to him all these years. We are so proud of our student-athletes!

The Falcon Playhouse presented Chicago and did a fantastic job! Our incredibly talented band and choir hosted their annual Spring Concert. Mock Trial came in first place and heads to the state competition. Science Olympiad placed at the regional competition and will go onto state. Joydeep Dutta, Pia Kapoor, and Athena Chua took first through third place in the Student Essay Contest sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library.

The AFJROTC Cyber Patriot Team will participate in the national competition in Baltimore in April. The AFJROTC Academic Team received word of its eligibility to compete in Washington, D.C., at the end of June. SRHS students continue to excel in all they do. In addition to all of this, our students met and exceeded classroom expectations!

Annual testing begins at the end of April and continues through May. The testing windows are as follows:

  • Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 12—AP Testing for students in AP classes who purchased an exam
  • Monday, May 22, through Thursday, May 25—Juniors: Smarter Balanced Field Test (SBAC) in English and math
  • Wednesday, May 31, through Friday, June 9—Sophomores: grade level science test

The next few months are crucial for students and the school as we maintain our Distinguished School honor. Stay focused—we’d like to remain number one in the district! Students are encouraged to eat a healthy breakfast, stay well rested, and do their best on their exams. Due to tighter security measures cell phone use is prohibited in the classroom.

Our spring sports are well under way. With the dedication of our student-athletes, parents, and coaches, we hope to have an outstanding spring season. Please come out and support SRHS athletics!

I want to express my continued gratitude to our students, coaches, faculty and staff, and parents who dedicate their time and commitment to our extracurricular programs. Because of these individuals our students get the opportunity to make a connection to our school and the chance to develop important life-long skills such as teamwork, commitment, dealing with uncertainty, asking questions, and learning the importance of sustained effort.

Lastly, I would like to give an update about our school budget for next year. Headlines and social media paint a very dismal picture for the district budget. The good news is that Scripps Ranch High School is in good fiscal health. Our school has been operating with a very lean administrative and office team for several years. We also benefit greatly from tremendous parent support, and I thank you for that. This will become even more important as we look to purchase supplies next year. Please know our students are our priority and having them not feel the budget pinch is our constant goal.

April Calendar

  • Friday, Apr. 7—Minimum day, 11:30 am dismissal
  • Thursday and Friday, Apr. 13 and 14—Falcon Playhouse, SRHS Theater, 6 pm
  • Thursday and Friday, Apr. 20 and 21—Falcon Playhouse, SRHS Theater, 6 pm
  • Wednesday, Apr. 26—Powder Puff game, SRHS Stadium, 5:30 pm

Please go to www.srhsfalcons.org for upcoming events, announcements, and school information. Go Falcons!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

We are quickly approaching the middle of second semester. As we continue to work with our students, we want to remind parents that the end of the second six-week progress report period of the second semester is Friday, Apr. 28. Progress reports will be distributed to students on Friday, May 5. Please ask your child to see his or her progress report. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher(s).

At MMS the health and safety of students and staff is our top priority. You may have seen news reports about elevated levels of lead at San Ysidro schools and a subsequent story suggesting schools built before 1986 could potentially have unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water.

At this time there is no evidence that there are unsafe levels of lead in the water supply at any San Diego Unified School District school. As a precautionary measure the district plans to test the water at all sites in the near future. If you have any questions, please let me know. For details on the district’s plan, contact the district’s safety office at [email protected] or 627-7174, and visit www.sandiegounified.org/drinking-water-sampling-1.

I want to thank the entire community for your support for our public schools.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Math Counts Club

MMS students competed in the San Diego Math Counts chapter competition at USCD in late February. The months of hard work and long hours that everyone put in to prepare came to fruition. Our school placed fourth overall and now progresses to the state level!

Congratulations to Torrey Duan, Kevin Xia, Neel Kumar, and Michael He, who made up the school team (above with supporters). They did an amazing job of working together and securing fourth place for Marshall. Way to go, Mustangs!

State Testing—SBAC

Students will take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test, which consists of various exams. For information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the California Department of Education CAASPP webpage at www.cde.gov/ta/ta/ca.

Most students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC), a computer adaptive test and performance task that allows students to show what they know in English and math. For 8th graders there is a new science assessment, the Computer Adaptive Science Test (CAST).

The English and math SBAC tests will be given in English and math classes during the window of Monday, Apr. 10, through Friday, Apr. 21. The 8th grade CAST will be given in science classes the week of Apr. 24. We will not have a special schedule. These are untimed, online exams. To learn tips and things that can be done at home, visit www.sandiegounified.org/parent-outreach-and-engagement.

Summer School

The district will not offer summer school for middle school students in the general education program. Students in special education programs, with “Extended School Year” on their Individualized Education Plans (IEP), will be eligible for summer school. Special education case managers will contact parents of eligible students when applications are available.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

The new season has put a spring in everyone’s step here at Dingeman, and we are looking forward to celebrating Earth Day on Friday, Apr. 21. This special day will be filled with lots of Earth-friendly learning and activities. Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to learn many ways to be good citizens of our planet.

I look forward to seeing you all at our Spring Carnival on Friday, Apr. 14, beginning at 3:30 pm. Sincerely,

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Spring Greetings from the FFC!

March was busy for the Family Faculty Connection (FFC). Thank you to Sunny Spencer and Cecily Walbridge for hosting our Scholastic Book Fair. Thank you to volunteers and supporters who came out for our Jog-a-Thon. Thank you to Board and Brew for hosting last month’s Family Dinner Night. Thank you to Frishta Farmand for chairing our Father-Daughter Dance. Thank you to McDonald’s for sending Ronald McDonald to visit.

Plans for the Spring Carnival are under way. If you are looking to donate or volunteer, contact me at [email protected]

Shira O’Connell, FFC President

Box Tops for Education

Did you know that last year the FFC raised more than $2,400 from collecting and turning in Box Tops for Education? Each non-expired Box Top is worth 10 cents and it quickly adds up!

Even if you don’t have a child at Dingeman, please collect the Box Tops from the products that you already buy and bring them to the Dingeman front office or give them to a student to turn in. Thank you!

Karen Holt

Jerabek Elementary

Spring Fling Thank You

Thank you to all who helped make Jerabek’s Spring Fling a huge success. We would especially like to thank co-chairs Mari-Grace Delia and Jan Coppola and the committee members for their hard work planning and executing this event.

Jog-a-Thon Thank You

Our students had so much fun at the Jog-a-Thon (below). Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers:

  • Nicole Wroblewski with Evian
  • Archi Kapoor with Mathnasium
  • DJ Tim Council
  • Kacy Hayes
  • Amanda Crider
  • Kelly Schmitz

Our Jerabekians ran a total of 1,869 miles and earned $32,647 for our school!

Mother-Son Event

It’s that time of year again for quality time with the little men of Jerabek and their mom’s at the annual Mother-Son Event! It’s on Friday, Apr. 7, from 5 to 7 pm on the Jerabek field. Get ready to have a blast at the Fun Zone with laser tag, pedal carts, a DJ, photo booth, and more!

Jerabek Artists

Art programs at Jerabek are fantastic! The school offers several programs throughout the year for the students to help their inventiveness percolate, as well as programs that enrich the whole family such as our Family Art Night. We want to say thank you to Dani Sicklick and her team of volunteers for coordinating all three Family Art Nights held this year.

Also, don’t forget our schoolwide Open House and Art Show coming up on Thursday, Apr. 20. Stop by and see what our little artists have been creating.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Jog-a-Thon Update

In March Miramar Ranch held its 28th Annual Jog-a-Thon. Congratulations to the students and staff for their fitness training and fundraising for the Family Faculty Association (FFA). A special thank you goes to the corporate sponsors.

Platinum Level

  • Innotech Machining
  • Avacen Medical
  • ConnectPV

Gold Level

  • Fitness Quest 10
  • Gilmore Orthodontics
  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • Wall of Dads
  • San Diego Massage Company

Silver Level:

  • Advanced Neurobehavioral Health
  • Filippi’s Pizza
  • Mathnasium
  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros
  • Premier Braces
  • Yana Repkin, O.D.

We couldn’t do it without you!

Hawks Eating Healthy

Have you seen our garden lately? Many thanks to the parents and students who work every morning—and some weekends—to bring our garden to life. You and your family can benefit from eating local and seasonal produce grown in our backyard! If you are in the market for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), consider participating in the movement that promotes school-grown goodness while teaching students life skills.

Food tastes better when it’s grown next door! CSA boxes are filled with produce sourced from our school garden and Scripps Ranch neighbors. Plus, 20% of CSA proceeds help fund MRE programs. Go to www.goodneighborgardens.com/miramar-ranch to sign up!

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Parents and Community Members,

I am happy to announce that our health tech, Deanne Wyttenbach, known as Mrs. Dee, has been selected as our EBS Classified Employee of the Year. In addition to taking care of all our sick and injured penguins in the health office, Mrs. Dee also helps in the office. In her spare time she runs our recycling program and beautifies our school gardens. She is a cheerful ray of sunshine in our office and we appreciate everything she does for our school and our penguins!

Once again many of our students were selected for the City Honor Choir. Congratulations to Shreya Bharath, Walker Cook, Bridget Harris, Samantha Hart, Anna Kim, Olivia Lopez, Ashay Moorjani, Devin Moorjani, Jenica Park, and Mark Yamamoto. These students will perform with an All-City Choir this spring.

We are still enrolling for next year. To tour our school, please call our office at 693-8593, ext. 0, to reserve a spot on a tour. We look forward to meeting you and showing you our beautiful campus!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

News From the AFP

Do you feel the magic in the air with the upcoming EBS Idol on Friday, Apr. 28? EBS penguins and staff are practicing for auditions and the show! We look forward to watching our talented penguins.

The EBS Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) wants to thank our parents and neighbors for supporting both the Celebration of the Arts evening at Barnes and Noble and the Jog-a-Thon. Your support and involvement encourages our kids to express their minds through art and music, and to stay healthy with a balanced diet and physical activities.

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President

Innovations Academy

The 7th grade project we just completed brought a new meaning to surf and turf! It took its cues from the TV show in which entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a team of highly skilled and brutally honest experts. Yes, IA had its own version of You Are What You Eat, Shark Tank Edition.

This adventure began with students learning about health and wellness issues communities face. Then students narrowed their focus to subjects of interest to them. Many researched topics such as excess sugar in food, GMOs, or organic versus non-organic ingredients.

They developed a solution for the problem by creating a new product. They interviewed experts, did surveys, and developed prototypes. After six weeks of work experts came to hear their pitch.

Local professionals in the health and wellness industry listened as students pitched their products trying to win over investors. In the end their presentations and products captivated the sharks…and some bit! Entrepreneurs were born!

To hear more about the exciting learning going on at IA, please email [email protected] or call 271-1414.

St. Gregory the Great School

School Expansion: Phase III of development at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School is under way. This phase includes a preschool, science lab, and Learning Center. We anticipate opening our preschool in the fall. An interest list is forming and a potential preschool student form can be submitted electronically at www.stggcs.org. For questions or enrollment information, please call the office at 397-1290.

Academic Decathlon: Students competed in the 21st Annual Diocese of San Diego Academic Decathlon. The team (above) consisted of: 8th graders—Ella (captain), Emma, and Lauren; 7th graders—Aisling, Isabella, Olivia, Ethan, and Josie; and 6th graders—Patrick and Z. Harrison. There were two 7th grade alternates, Lael and Liam.

Overall, St. Gregory placed seventh out of 22 teams, with several students earning individual awards. These students placed fourth in their categories: Isabella, Fine Arts; Patrick, Math; and Z. Harrison, Science. Emma earned sixth place in Writing. Way to go, Guardian decathletes!