Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

As I collect my thoughts to write my last SRCA Newsletter column, I am filled with extreme gratitude. I want to express how truly honored I have been to spend the last six years of my 37-year career in education serving the students, staff, and Scripps Ranch community. I am honored to have SRHS be the school from which I retire. This is a truly remarkable place and I am overwhelmed with feelings of deep appreciation and immense pride. The commitment to education from our staff, students, and parents is beyond measure. 

We have several year-end events in June. Please check our calendar at www.srshfalcons.org on a regular basis to ensure that you plan accordingly. The last day of school is Wednesday, June 14. Graduation is also that day at 6 pm at Viejas Arena on the San Diego State campus. 

With summer approaching I hope everyone has the chance to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. You have worked so hard during the school year and it is important to take time to rejuvenate.

As this school year ends we wish a fond farewell to beloved staff members as they retire: Roger Engle, Bill Davis, Randy Poston, Shannon Toyzan, Richard Lawhead, Nancy Eggert, Brady Kelso, Jo Carden, Giuliana Willette, David Harlow, Greg Nunn, and Louise Hwozdek. We are so thankful for the exceptional service these people have brought to SRHS.

Thank you for the opportunity to help guide your students toward their future. They have the tools necessary to succeed in life, and I wish them all the very best. Because of their efforts and hard work in academics, athletics, and community outreach, they have made SRHS the jewel of our district. Keep the Falcon pride going!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Taste of the Ranch Thank Yous

Dear Friends, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for attending the 10th Annual Taste of the Ranch. I’m thrilled to report that we raised more than $20,000 for SRHS. As you know, these events are the result of many great people and organizations coming together and donating their time, money, and services to ensure a successful event.

Therefore, I would like to acknowledge everyone who made Taste of the Ranch a night to remember. Thank you to our sponsors. Our Varsity Sponsors made incredibly generous cash donations:

  • The Hoffman Team, Bryan and Rachel Hoffman of Keller Williams Realty
  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros

Junior Varsity Sponsors

  • Marrokal Design & Remodel
  • JL Storm Water Consultants, Inc.

Freshman Sponsors

  • Arc Construction & Engineering, Inc.
  • Manny and Becky Castilla

I want to thank the Hotel Karlan in Carmel Mountain for hosting the event and our restaurants who donated “tastes”: Asado Grille; Ashoka the Great; Best Pizza & Brew; Elizabeth’s Cheesecakes; Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks; Little Italy Bar & Grill; Luna Grill Fresh Mediterranean; Mimi’s Cafe; On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina; Starbucks Coffee; Watami Sushi; and Yanni’s Bar & Grill. 

Thank you to Ballast Point and Legacy breweries for donating kegs of beer. And big thanks goes to Casino Knights for the gaming and Mr. Tim for his DJ services. A special thanks to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association for its donation, as well as helping get the word out through social media after we had a change in venue.

Kudos also goes to the great work of: Connie Milton, restaurant chair; Anne Marie Gallagher, Angela Frantz, and Shari Aigner, silent auction baskets coordinators; and Cort Hoover, Shari Aigner, Trisha Battaglia, Sandra Coimbra, Angela Frantz, Deena Hernandez, Jennifer Miller, Connie Milton, Rhonda McNamara, and Nina Salinas, our incredible volunteers who helped the night of the event.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to express my most sincere gratitude to my co-chair, Linda Hoover. It was Linda who convinced me that bringing back the Taste of the Ranch was a great idea. She was right. Her hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm made this event a huge success!

In closing, I think that we all can agree that whenever we all get together as a community to support our children and help maintain SRHS as the region’s top school, it’s a win-win. We all won big this year. Thank you, again, for contributing to, and participating in, the Taste of the Ranch. I’m eternally grateful for your generosity, and I look forward to seeing you again at next year’s event. Warmest regards,

Jillian Frisbie, Co-chair

ROTC CyberPatriot IX National Competition 

SRHS’s Air Force Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) CyberPatriot Varsity team competed against 4,404 schools nationwide in the CyberPatriot IX National Finals Competition in Baltimore, MD, in April. They earned their place in the finals after being named the first place Air Force team in the regional rounds and first place in California!

The contest consisted of five challenges in the following categories: Cisco Networking; Network Security; Leidos Digital Forensics; the AT&T Mobile Device Component; and the Facebook Challenge. These five tasks tested students’ skills and abilities in being able to harden an operating system through password strengthening, removing malware, and locating and finding specific directories, all by configuring the settings within the operating system of the computer. 

In addition to securing a system, students were faced with building a network based on instructions provided by Cisco networking professionals and engineers through a tool named “PuTTY.” PuTTY is a program that allows the user to configure routers, switches, and firewalls. This included knowing which commands to input that would consequently connect a router, switch, firewall, and computer. 

Such challenges were not easy to complete, however, they tested students’ knowledge, understanding, and skills on the importance of the future of cybersecurity and computer technology.

Elizabethe Chavez, Public Affairs

SRHS Winterguard Wins WGASC Championships 

SRHS has many successful sports teams, but there is one team that is successful and not everyone has heard of it. The SRHS Winterguard Team does a dance and precision drill show using flags, rifles, and sabers. It performs for the community and competes at various high schools throughout the season. 

More than 40 teams from schools all over Southern California competed in the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC), and SRHS won a Gold Medal in its division! Our team works together for countless hours on precision in drill and dance for a three-minute show. While its hard work building up lots of muscles and stamina, we still have lots of fun, make friends, and become a team over the couple of months the season lasts. 

Funding for this comes from the SRHS music program, but it’s never enough and we always bug our parents for donations. Money is needed for: costumes, equipment, and props that go with the theme of our show; competition application fees; and coaches. For many years we have been in desperate need of new equipment bags that hold our flags and rifles, as they are wearing down and have holes. If you would like to help us, please donate at https://srhs-music-donation.herokuapp.com/#/donation/info. Thank you. 

Stephany Swisher, SRHS Sophomore 

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community,

This past month was busy! We had several student performances, including the musical Spamalot under the direction of our drama teacher, Jeff Russell, and our band, orchestra, and choir students performed at the Forum competitions. 

Superintendent Cindy Marten recognized MMS for making significant gains toward the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan goals. MMS was recognized for outstanding work in Goal #3: Quality Leadership, Teaching and Learning. MMS will be honored at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 6. 

Our promotion ceremony is on Wednesday, June 14, at the basketball courts from 8:30 to 10 am. Congratulations to our 8th graders heading to high school! That is also the last day of school, and all students will be dismissed at 12:16 pm.

The district will mail home final report cards. Have a wonderful, safe summer!

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Flying Car Contest

In April MMS science students competed in the Flying Car Distance and Engineering Competition at the Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park. After four hours of grueling competition against 92 teams from as far away as El Centro, MMS walked away with all of the top distance and engineering awards. The competition organizer announced that the final seven MMS competitors jumped further than the high school team—which included former MMS students who are now at SRHS—who won their earlier event. 

Tied for first place and winners of $625 each were Jonathan Howo and the team of Achuth Krishna, Adrian Rosing, and Ethan Trieu. In a very competitive third place, Dhruv Gupta edged out the team of Matthew Fagan, Christian Yoon, and Thomas Schulte for the $350 cash prize. 

In the engineering competition Laura Ellis, Katie Rees, and Lucy Lu all won $350 awards. Congratulations to the competitors who represented MMS with pride. 

Science Fair

Also in April six MMS students and six former students, now at SRHS, competed at the California State Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Congratulations to our State Science Fair winners: MMS students—first place: Vaishnavi Ventrapragada, 8th grade, Hypertension in Children Based off of Ethnicity: Prevalence, Causes, and Prevention. Honorable mentions: Sean Cai, 8th grade, Using Linguistic Cues for the Automatic Recognition of Personality; and Krista Hobbib, 8th grade, Pucker Up: Putting Long-Lasting Lipstick to the Test.

SRHS students—third place: Matthew Bronars and Jason Provol, seniors, Metabolomic Analysis as a Method of Breast Cancer Diagnosis; and Matthew-Keane Wang, junior, Characterization of the Osteochondral Interface by Digital Volumetric Imaging: A 3-D Study of Osteoarthritis. Honorable mention: Anshul Singh, junior, Prototyping an Omnidirectional Drone Collision Avoidance System with Sweeping Ultrasonic Sensors.

We are so proud of all the students for their hard work. They spent an incredible amount of time on their projects. 

Also, MMS teacher and Science Fair advisor Elaine Gillum was awarded the California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year, Junior Division. Elaine is retiring after 22 years as a teacher. She will be sorely missed, as she always went above and beyond for students, and did it with a contagious enthusiasm. Thank you, Elaine, for all you gave to “your kids.”

Dingeman Elementary 

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Community,

Our school year is coming to a close and it’s time to celebrate our 21st year! We celebrated during our annual Colonel Bob Dingeman Day on June 2. The celebration included performances by our honor choir and band and strings students. We sang Happy Birthday to our namesake in honor of his 95th birthday on June 12.

Thank you to our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) board members for all their hard work and dedication on behalf of our students this year. The many enrichment programs and materials they provide for our students help make Dingeman the amazing school it is.

Our final day of school is Wednesday, June 14. Please join us in congratulating our teachers who are retiring this year: Karen Gegg, Diane Gonzalez, Susan King, and Debbie Raffanti. We thank them for their many years of service at our school.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday, Aug. 28. Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!

Tamara Lewis, Principal

“A Time to Celebrate”

With immigration being an important topic this year, the American Immigration Lawyers Association Creative Writing Contest for 5th graders was especially significant. The topic was “Why I Am Glad I Live in a Nation of Immigrants.” Three hundred students from around the county entered the contest, and four from Dingeman made the top 12! Congratulations to Anirudh Nayak, Natasha Pandit, Kate Garvey, and Leela Wainio. 

Of those students, one placed third in the contest with her poem, “A Time to Celebrate.” We are very proud of Natasha Pandit (above) for this great honor. She and her parents were treated to an awards banquet in La Jolla. It just goes to show that writing can deeply express how people feel about current events.

Ms. Morioka, 5th Grade Seminar Teacher

Jerabek Elementary 

Best Wishes

This year Jerabek not only bids a fond farewell to its 5th grade students who are moving on to Marshall Middle School, but we also have several of our beloved teachers and administrative staff retiring. As we wish our progressing students well in the next chapter of their lives, we also wish the following people all the best as they retire at the end of the school year: educators Mary Cummings, Katie McCauley, and Mary Schoepp; music instructors Margie Orem and Debbie Burton; and administrators Shelly Lofy and Jeanne Stifter.

Please join us as we celebrate their remarkable careers and thank them for their dedication over the years on Monday, June 5, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at Jerabek. Students past and present are welcome! 

Our Volunteer Spotlight

As the end of the school year nears, we are looking back at all the amazing events Jerabek hosted for our children. There were so many activities that created special memories. One of those programs is the Family Science Nights. Throughout the school year Jerabek hosts a Science Night for each grade level, where students and their families enjoy an evening conducting experiments and playing games. We thank Beth Anaclerio and Tim Neubert for coordinating those fun events.

We also would like to give a special thank you to one of our Platinum sponsors, Charlotte Young, realtor. Your support of Jerabek is how the exceptional programs continue through the years. Thank you! 

Looking Ahead

Keep your eye out for announcements on the kindergarten/transitional kindergarten playdates during the summer. 

The last day of school is Wednesday, June 14, with a 12:35 pm dismissal. We wish you all a safe and wonderful summer.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

How can it possibly be June? We have had such a busy and exciting year, and it has all passed so quickly. For the third year in a row we had a group of young Marines on campus to engage all of the students in a PE Fitness Challenge. Fitness activities were taught by the Marines and every student participated! Kids ran, crawled, jumped, and did push-ups and squats, all with a Marine alongside. Thanks to the staff and Marines from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar for an exciting day. We already signed up for next year! 

The first weeks of June are busy with 5th Grade Field Day, end of year pool party, final Awards Assembly, and 5th Grade Promotion. Promotion is on Wednesday, June 14, the last day of school. This is a minimum day, with dismissal at 12:10 pm. Please check our website for more details. 

Finally, fair winds and following seas to my friend and colleague, Ann Menna, SR High School principal. After 37 years of service to students and families in our district, she will enjoy a well-deserved retirement. You will be missed, Ann!

Thank you for your support of our staff and students. You make great things possible! “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

Support Our Schools

The Scripps Ranch community is invited to shop at our Buy-One-Get-One-Free Book Fair to stock up on books and craft supplies for summer reading. A variety of titles will be available for all kid levels, as well as adult best sellers and cookbooks!

We will host a special community event on Friday, June 9, at MRE. Food trucks will be on site and the BOGO Book Fair will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The evening concludes with a Movie Night, which students earned by reading 235,133 minutes in January. For all the details, please go to www.miramarranch.org.

Shining Hawk Artists

Every year at the MRE Open House and Art Show our amazing artists auction off canvases that they design to help support our school’s Art Corps program. Every class creates a canvas to help promote the program and hone their artistic skills. Each student has the opportunity to add a little something to the class canvas. 

This is a time-honored tradition at MRE and our Hawks could not be prouder of their hard work! Thank you so much to our many attendees who help make MRE a wonderful place to learn and be creative! 

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Parents and Community,

I would like to say a special thank you to our out-going Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) president, Nancy Ferreira, who has devoted countless hours over the past two years as our foundation leader. We are so grateful for her overseeing all of our AFP events and hundreds of volunteers. Our AFP plays a critical role in maintaining our strong academics, character building, and creative programs, including art and music. We thank Nancy for her leadership.

We will march in the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade again this year. Join us! Email me at [email protected] to sign up. 

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message from the AFP

During the summer the AFP hosts a TK/kindergarten playgroup for incoming Penguins. We meet at Lakeview Park, 10794 Mira Lago Terrace.

  • Wednesday, July 19, 4–5 pm
  • Saturday, July 22, 10:30–11:30 am
  • Sunday, Aug. 13, 3–4 pm
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16, 4–5 pm 

Have a wonderful summer!

Nancy Ferreira, AFP President