Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

May is a month full of tests for our students. The AP testing window begins on Monday, May 1, and runs for two weeks. While some students will start the month with the AP test, others will end the month with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test. Our students and staff will use this opportunity to display their efforts over the past year in how well they have learned the standards.

May is also when we applaud our seniors who excelled during the year at our annual invitational awards night, as well as add the final preparations for graduation and year-end activities. Our 2017 Seniors and Parents of Seniors letter was mailed in late January and is posted on our website. We encourage you to review this important activity information.

We are so proud to announce that 22 SRHS students recently performed in the High School Instrumental Honor Concert at Symphony Hall. These students, along with so many others, are shining examples of just how exceptional our students are!

May Calendar

  • Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 12—AP testing
  • Monday, May 15—Minimum day, 11:30 am dismissal; Foundation meeting, 5 pm, staff lounge
  • Thursday, May 18, through Saturday, May 20—Dance class performances
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24 and 25—Falcon Playhouse presents Twilight Zone
  • Friday, May 26, and Monday, May 29—No school, Memorial Day weekend
  • Wednesday, May 31—Senior Awards, by invitation, 4 pm

Please visit www.srhsfalcons.org for more 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 finalizing the administration of the Smarter Balanced Field Tests and the 8th grade California Standards Science Test to our students. Thank you for supporting our students by ensuring that they had plenty of rest and healthy breakfasts and were at school on time. These details help ensure success!

In order to support our incoming 6th grade families, we will hold our final Parent Tour on Thursday, May 18, from 3 to 4 pm. We begin in the Multipurpose Room and then tour our campus. New MMS parents and students are welcome.

We are quickly approaching the end of second semester. We want to remind our 8th graders and parents about our promotion requirements. Students must meet these requirements to participate in the 8th grade promotion ceremony and promotion activity sponsored by the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA).

  • 2.0 GPA in scholarship and citizenship on the fifth progress report
  • No more than one “F” on the fifth progress report
  • No more than two suspensions in the year
  • No suspensions after May 1

The end of the year activities are wonderful ways to recognize our students’ hard work! There will be no exceptions. Thank you for your support of public education.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

May Calendar

  • Wednesday, May 24—Spring Open House, 3–6 pm
  • Thursday, May 25—Minimum day, 12:16 pm dismissal
  • Friday, May 26—Non-instructional day, no school
  • Monday, May 29—Memorial Day, no school

Time for a Name Change

Please join us on Friday, June 9, at 9 am in the MMS Community Room. We will have the first of two mandated Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) board/special general meeting discussions to disband from PTA national and become our own MMS organization. The move will help keep nearly $5,000 a year that can support our school. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Huge “Thank You-Palooza”

We send our gratitude to all of our wonderful supporters for helping raise more than $20,000 at our inaugural MMS gala. This event was very successful because of the many corporate donors, local business silent auction donations, and the hours of tedious perfection by the outstanding Hula Palooza Committee. This year’s committee was led by Elise Johnston, with extra help from Beth McNeil, Kara Schenk, Sharon Black, Arlene Clements, Chris Brookes, and the rest of the talented crew.

Spelling Bee and Essay Contest Winners

Along with being our Spelling Bee champ, MMS congratulates 8th grader Daniella Okhotina who won first place in the Annual Student Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest at the Scripps Ranch Library. Isabella Yang came in second. Daniella won a laptop and may win more in the citywide contest.

Science Fair Winners

Marshall was well represented at this year’s Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. Winners in the Junior Division, who go on to the state competition, were Sean Cai, Elliott Kim, Hobbib Krista, Blake Scurry, Vaishnavi Ventrapragada, and Narayana Adhithi.

Second place winners were Karina Noel and Sara-Marie Reed. Congratulations to all of you for your hard work. And huge thanks goes out to our amazing science teacher, Mrs. Gillum!

Progress Reports

The second six-week progress report period of the second semester just ended. Progress reports will be distributed on Friday, May 5. This will be the final report before school ends on Wednesday, June 14. The district will mail final report cards home in the summer.

8th Grade Awards

Our 8th Grade Awards Ceremony is on Thursday, June 8, at 6 pm. Parents of students who have earned one or more of the following awards will receive an invitation in May: 4.0 in scholarship and/or citizenship for all three years at MMS; Teacher’s Choice Award; President’s Award for Academic Excellence or Achievement; and our Perpetual Awards.

Dingeman Elementary

Message from our Principal

Dear Families and Community,

Please join us in congratulating Tammy Morales, who was selected as our classified staff member of the year! Tammy is dedicated to our students with special needs.

Congratulations are also in order for 4th graders Keira Doshi and Bordeaux Phommmavong who were selected to participate in the district Honor Orchestra!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Happy May from the FFC!

Thank you to Rubio’s for hosting our Family Dinner Night. Special gratitude goes out to Claudine Ricanor for hosting this year’s Spring Fling and to all the participating performers and vendors.

Join us at our Family Dinner Night on Thursday, May 25. Eat at Jersey Mike’s and a percentage goes to Dingeman! For questions or concerns, please email me at [email protected]

Shira O’Connell, FFC President

Amazing Rubik’s Cube Solvers

It was like watching a concert pianist tickling the keys, their fingers moving like lightning rods across the colorful square prisms. This is how Dingeman students (above) looked at the Rubik’s Cube competition at the STEAM Fair at Cal State San Marcos in March. Dingeman sent two teams to solve 25 cubes for time. I was one of the timers and the coach.

I knew something was up when the announcer’s thunderous voice boomed, “Pacific Beach has one solved cube and Paradise Hills has three cubes solved.” I looked at the Dingeman team’s table and they already had eight cubes solved! Sure enough, Dingeman’s blue team took first place with a time of 2:58. Dingeman’s yellow team took third place with a time of 3:47. They solved 25 cubes in under three and four minutes!

Dingeman also did well in the solo events. Second place went to Bao L., a 5th grader in Mrs. Trench’s class, and 3rd place went to Tony Y., a 3rd grader in Mrs. Webb’s class. They both solved a cube in 35 seconds—amazing! Dingeman’s blue team included: Tony Y., Anirudh N., Leon W., Bao L., Drishya M., Ryan H., Roshen P., Mayank S., Shiven E., and Alex P. The yellow team included: Ben B., Aidan L., Caleb T., Nithika V., Camila D., Ryan C., Matthew E., Anish B., and Ojas G. Congratulations to these awesome students!

Ms. Morioka, 5th Grade Seminar Teacher

Karen Holt

Jerabek Elementary

Ranch Round-Up

Are you ready for Jerabek’s annual Ranch Round-Up? We will host this fun-filled event on Friday, June 2, from 3:05 to 7:30 pm. The entire Scripps Ranch community is invited to join the excitement! There will be events, activities, and food to entertain the entire family. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Ranch Round-Up!

Volunteer Spotlight

Jerabek has so many wonderful traditions that help bring the community and student body together. One of those events is the Family Math Nights. Throughout the year each grade level is provided the opportunity to attend a Family Math Night filled with fun games and math challenges. We would like to thank Mark and Linda Frabl for taking the time to coordinate those great events.

We also want to give a special thank you to one of our Platinum sponsors, Barron Real Estate. Thank you for everything you do to help make Jerabek great!

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our FFA

Our Hawks returned from a relaxing spring break ready to “Work Hard and Be Nice,” as we say! In April we hosted the Marines for the annual MCAS Fitness Challenge and Color Fun Fest. Students participated in fun physical activities such as tug-of-war and obstacle courses.

Hawks who ran the most laps or raised the most money at our annual Jog-a-Thon were doused in colored powder during the Color Fun Fest. What a great reward!

Hawks Got Talent

The Family Faculty Association (FFA) saw many talented students audition for the 2nd Annual Variety Show. It’s going to be an amazing event! Come watch them shine on Sunday, May 7, in the E.B. Scripps Elementary Multipurpose Room.

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Community,

We have so much to celebrate! Congratulations to our Scripps Ranch Library Essay Contest winners: Aditi Ramamurthy, first; Jaydn Butcher, second; and Nathan Liu, third.

I also would like to recognize students whose artwork was selected for the Youth Art Month Art Show: Hikari Oda, Simran Wimmer, Katelyn Toth, Kylie Ngo, Sophia Kana, and Payton Jaro. In addition, two students’ artworks were selected for the San Diego Museum of Art show: Matijs Beals and Karissa Christman.

I also congratulate the students whose artwork was selected for the district art show at the Education Center: Izaan Dukander, Madeline Marks, Skyla Roberts, Zayna Ghandi, Kanishk Sastry, Alexandra Heitstuman, Hailey Zheng, Ellen Khvat, Vianna Loam, and Julian Reyes.

And last but not least, congratulations to Akhsa Madabushi and Josephine Park who have been selected for the San Diego Honor Orchestra. They will perform with other honor students from around the city.

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Thanks, Jog-a-Thon Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor, donated $2,000+

  • Chick-fil-A, Carmel Mountain

Gold Sponsor, $750

  • California Coast Credit Union

Silver Sponsors, $500

  • Lydia Hwang Vosovic, Scripps Ranch Home Sales
  • North Park Produce, Poway
  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • Gail Faber, mortgage loan officer

Bronze Sponsor, $250

  • World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
  • Mathnasium, Mira Mesa
  • Jing Institute
  • Gilmore Orthodontics
  • Rolling Hills Family Dentistry
  • Children’s Primary Care Medical Group, Scripps Ranch
  • Yogurt Heaven, Scripps Ranch
  • Mission Federal Credit Union

Keep On Reading!

In May we will have our first spring Mini Book Fair. It will include a “buy one get one” free on books as a way to say “thank you” to parents and students for their continuous support of this Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) program.

Innovations Academy

Creative Curriculum

History is more fun when it can come alive on stage! This is one of the incredible ways Innovations Academy chooses to showcase our unique history knowledge. Students and teachers write original plays to reflect the issues and facts surrounding key people, places, and times in history.

The stage comes to life, but not without many hours of preparations. Each class values its time with our performing arts teacher, who helps their learning come to life. They invest creativity and craftsmanship as their class works to paint sets and create costumes.

After hours of practice we proudly showcase performances about topics such as slavery during the Civil War, impact of ancient civilizations, life during the Revolutionary War, early California during Gold Rush, inspirations of early explorers, and other topics relating to weather patterns, fables, and fairy tales.

Speaking of fairy tales, our performance of Alice in Wonderland runs the first week of May. Join us on: Thursday and Friday, May 4 and 5, evening performance; or Saturday, May 6, matinee and evening performance. Tickets are usually $1 or any donation and support our performing arts department. Get tickets at www.innovationsacademy.org—look for the Eventbright link—or call 271-1414.