Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


Principal’s Message

For most of us January brings a time of reflection of the past year and resolutions for the future. As parents and educators we want to ensure our children get every opportunity to succeed, and we at SRHS will continue to work toward that goal in 2013. In January we end our first semester with finals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Jan. 23, 24, and 25. School ends at 11:30 am on these days to allow students time to prepare for finals. We are excited about the academic success that is evident in the students who attend this wonderful school.

In support of our academic program, our regular after-school peer tutoring continues to meet in the library for any student who needs occasional help with a class or project.

We also offer support to students who scored "Basic" on the spring CST exam for English or math. These six-week classes have been meeting Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 5 pm and are scheduled to end Thursday, Jan. 17. The benefits of taking these classes are extremely valuable to our students. They receive tutoring, homework time, one credit on their transcript, and a snack. Many thanks to Mr. Tsui, Mrs. Roberts, and Ms. Scalero for their dedication to helping our students succeed.

The Green Technology Building had its formal dedication ceremony on Nov. 29 (pictured above). The new facility is like none other in the state. We will continue to offer Introduction to Green Technology, Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, and Engineering Design next year.

Our outstanding teachers, Mr. Mena Abdo and Ms. Marci Sponsler, will visit Marshall Middle School and speak with the 7th and 8th grade students about our courses. The most exciting part of our engineering program is the agreement between the San Diego Unified School District and San Diego State University, which will guarantee admission into the SDSU engineering program for students who achieve all of the following:

  • Complete the required coursework;
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA;
  • Complete the A-G requirements;
  • Submit a portfolio of their engineering work to SDSU;
  • Pass the entry level math and English placement exams; and,
  • Take the SAT1 or ACT test.

For more information about this agreement and courses, please attend "Falcon Night" on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6 pm in the SRHS gym. You will learn about the rigorous academic program and all the extracurricular activities at SRHS. You also will meet some of our exceptional teachers, counselors, and administrators.

Here are some important dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 7–School resumes;
  • Monday, Jan. 21–Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed, no school;
  • Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 23-25–Finals, minimum days; and,
  • Monday, Jan. 28–Second semester begins, periods CORE, then 1-6.

Visit [] for updates. Happy New Year!

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

Field Hockey Reaches "Goals"

The SRHS women’s field hockey teams had a fantastic 2012 season! The varsity team had an undefeated season, 27-0, clinching the Western League and CIF Division 1 championship titles.

The junior varsity team ended the season 24-2. The JV team also won the recent Serra High School and Helix Highlander field hockey tournaments! We want to thank the following 2012 sponsors for their generous support:

  • BH Gold Insurance
  • Bill and Sandy Adsit
  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros
  • Coldwell Banker, Steve and John Ferreira
  • Earle Associates, Inc.
  • California Bank and Trust
  • Bruski Burgers and Beer
  • Cabrillo Credit Union
  • Members Loan Services

Our field hockey programs are heavily dependent on sponsorships, donations, and other fundraising activities in Scripps Ranch. Please visit our website at [] if you are interested in more information.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)


From Our Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

Happy New Year from Thurgood Marshall Middle School! We hope you are having a joyful winter vacation with your family and friends.

In early December we finally received our iPads for our 8th grade classrooms, which completes the i-21 implementation. Our teachers are working together to incorporate this new technology in their lessons. With this most recent addition, every core class has either 34 laptop computers or 34 iPads per classroom. We want to thank you for your support of Prop S to make this happen.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, we will have a minimum day, and students will be dismissed at 12:16 pm. Our teachers will use this time to finalize semester grades and plan lessons to meet the needs of our 21st century learners by providing rigorous academic opportunities.

At Marshall one of our highest priorities is to provide a safe environment for our students. We encourage parents to drive with our students in mind. Please share the road with our student walkers and bikers. Please be patient as you near the school and wait in the queue lines. Please don’t double-park, pass other cars or dart in front of other vehicles to drop off or pick up your student, or speed to or from MMS. Also, please don’t park at the corner of Avenue of Nations/Willow Creek Road and Pomerado Road to pick up or drop off your student. School personnel do not supervise this area and it is not safe for pedestrians.

Marshall students receive their first semester report card on Friday, Feb. 1. I encourage all parents to contact their students’ teachers to find out more information about their students’ progress. At Marshall we look forward to 2013 and we thank you for your continued support.


Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, Jan. 7–School resumes;
  • Friday, Jan. 11–Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting, 9:30 am, community room;
  • Monday, Jan. 21–Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school; and,
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23–School Site Council/Site Governance Team, 5 pm, community room.


It’s not too late to get a yearbook! You can purchase an award-winning yearbook from the Marshall website at [] or in the financial office…quantities are limited!

Eighth grade baby pictures and after-school activities: If you would like your 8th grader’s adorable baby picture in the yearbook or if you have photos of MMS students doing what they do best, go to the Marshall website and follow the instructions. Please include names of all students in the photos. The deadline for baby pictures is Monday, Jan. 28. No late entries will be accepted.

Fall Semester Ends

Students will bring home fall semester report cards on Friday, Feb. 1. If you don’t like what you see, contact your child’s teachers to see how your child can improve his or her grades!

8th to 9th Grade Matriculation

Prospective Scripps Ranch High School students and parents for 2013-2014: you are invited to attend Falcon Night to find out what SRHS is all about. Representatives from the English, math, science, and social studies departments will speak. Other departments will be represented by displays and personnel.

  • Thursday, Jan. 17
  • 6-8 pm
  • SRHS gym

SRHS counselors will come to MMS on Friday, Mar. 1, and Monday, Mar. 4, to speak to our 8th graders.

High School Four Year Planning Conferences

High school graduation requirements have changed, beginning with the class of 2016–MMS’s 8th graders are the class of 2017! Although the district no longer provides funding for high school planning, Marshall counselors will host two nighttime High School Four Year Planning Conferences in February.

New high school graduation requirements and college entrance requirements will be discussed to create tentative High School Four Year Plans. Both conferences will be in the MMS multipurpose room from 6:30 to 9 pm. Letters regarding specific meeting dates will be mailed home to all 8th grade parents this month.

College: Making it Happen

Attention 7th grade students and parents: on Wednesday, Feb. 20, Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools will cohost a college preparation night for 7th graders and their parents. It will be in the Challenger Middle School auditorium from 6 to 7:30 pm.

The speaker will discuss the new high school graduation requirements, along with college preparation information for the University of California, California State University, community colleges, and private/independent colleges and universities. Step-by-step information will be presented that every parent and child should know regarding how to prepare for high school and college. They will discuss appropriate middle school and high school courses for college prep and college entrance requirements, as well as financial aid. We encourage our 7th grade parents and students to attend!

8th Grade Retention Policy

  • At the end of the school year, students who have two or more Fs in any core subjects–English, mathematics, history, or science–are required to attend summer school. Students who do not attend summer school will be retained unless they are exempted by CST scores of "Basic" or above in English/Language Arts (ELA) or math.
  • At the end of summer school, only those students with Fs remaining in both English and math and who score "Below Basic" or "Far Below Basic" on the CSTs in both ELA and mathematics will be retained.
  • All other students will promote to 9th grade with appropriate interventions and supports.

Note: Only second semester grades count toward the retention recommendation. The policy could change.

Sportsmanship Awards

The Physical Education Department continues its Sportsmanship Award program this year. Each teacher may recognize one student in each of his or her classes who exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship–great attitude, effort, and a willingness to be a part of the team. This recognition is given out at the end of each four-week unit. These students earned the awards for our first unit.

  • Period 1: Rocky Walker, teacher Sharon Carter; Aimee Kim, teacher Carol Lee; Harrison Rodgers, teacher Carrie Carambas; Giovanna da Silva, teacher Janel McCarthy; Megan Connors, teacher David Gray; and, Kathy Vu, teacher Brad Bishop.
  • Period 2: Abigail Stewart, Gray; Maddy Herbold, teacher Dave Hodapp; Amanda Thomas, Lee; Jane Hansen, Carambas; Erik Hagstrom, McCarthy; and, Aaron Deaville, Bishop.
  • Period 3: Alexandra Kotsos, McCarthy; Claire Lee, Hodapp; Justin Bui, Carter; Elizabeth Cutler, Lee; James Walsh, Gray; Alana Marcelino, teacher Calvin Baylon; and, Maura Quinn, Bishop.
  • Period 4: Elle Jackson, Carambas; Emily Perez, Hodapp; Ethan Shek, Carter; Trent Miller, Baylon; Sam Lathus, Gray; Yuhan Lin, Bishop.
  • Period 5: Scotty Earle, Baylon; Kerryanne North, Hodapp; Noah Greenfield, Carter; Kailey Williams, Bishop; Taylor Chou, Lee; Mateen Raza, Carambas; and, Nicole Wolman, McCarthy.
  • Period 6: Conrad Tempel, Lee; Gabby Borboa, Hodapp; Taylor Morton, Carter; Alanna Bantigue, Carambas; Nathan Upham, McCarthy; and, Zoe Sanchez, Gray.

These students received the awards for our second unit.

  • Period 1: Jonathan Cederquist, Carter; Victoria Moua, Lee; Ryan Connors, Carambas; Zoe Zaegi, McCarthy; Eiah Mae Ramos, Gray; and, Elise Schumacher, Bishop.
  • Period 2: Tanner Farkas, Gray; Dinh Nguyen, Hodapp; William Mrdjenovich, Lee; Maxim Podakov, Carambas; Cody Feldman, McCarthy; and, Matteo Cometti, Bishop.
  • Period 3: Isaiah Barcia, McCarthy; Kento Onikubo, Hodapp; Virali Patel, Carter; Maya Vanzanten, Lee; C.J. Martinez, Gray; Alana Marcelino, Baylon; and, Mikayla Upham, Bishop.
  • Period 4: Chandler Miller, Carambas; Kyle Maspat, Hodapp; Audrey Ball, Carter; Leela Robinson, Baylon; Skylar Blake, Gray; and, Liana Steinberg-Casper, Bishop.
  • Period 5: Katrina Hizon, Baylon; David Zhou, Hodapp; Adrienne Corr, Carter; Ashwath Radhachandran, Bishop; Lauren Sheehan-Clark, Lee; Ananya Madabushi, Carambas; and, Allyson Bailey, McCarthy.
  • Period 6: Ben Castiglia, Lee; Neshao Cubahilo, Hodapp; Selijah Grondin, Carter; Nicholas Divona, Carambas; Jared Shulin, McCarthy; and, Rachel Kielty, Gray.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary


Best Wishes from Our Principal

Greetings Dingeman Families and Community Friends,

Happy New Year! 2013 promises to be another productive year. We are excited to have our 5th grade students culminate their Junior Achievement (JA) financial literacy unit this month as they spend the day at JA Biztown. Our students "interviewed" for positions at the businesses, such as SeaWorld, Jack in the Box, Best Buy, Kaiser Permanente, City Hall, Channel 93.3., NBC 7/39 News, SunDiego, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Mission Federal Credit Union, Cox Communications, UPS, and AGC Construction, to name a few! The students will put their leadership skills to the test as they run a business and work with a team to create a thriving community. This is always a highlight of the year for our students.

Our school will participate in the re-enactment of the Martin Luther King Jr. march hosted by Knox Middle School. This will be our second time attending this historical event and Knox’s 36th year holding this tribute. Representatives from our school will attend, and it is an honor to be able to participate this year.

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, Jan. 16, for our annual 3-5th Seminar and K-5 Choice school tours, when we will be happy to share information regarding both programs. Please call Irma Martinez to reserve a spot at 549-4437. In Partnership for Excellence,

Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal

Trashless Tuesdays

Dingeman’s very own Team Green, led by 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Sara Church, is hard at work. In November the team held an assembly to educate our students on recycling. Students then pledged to keep Dingeman green by instituting Trashless Tuesdays. Every Tuesday from now until the end of the school year, everyone will do their best to pack snacks and lunches in reusable, washable containers. Jerabek Elementary started this program last year and we hope we can be just as successful.

Because Dingeman has the honor to be designated the Ecology Model School for San Diego County by the San Diego Zoo, it is important to set a good example. By taking this small step we will make a difference in the amount of trash that goes to our landfills and help keep our school and community green.

Honor Choir Performs on KUSI

If you tuned in to KUSI (Channel 9) on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you enjoyed an inspirational performance by Dingeman’s honor choir (pictured below). They sang holiday selections during the Songs of the Holiday Season show. Songs included: Simple Gifts, accompanied on violin by 5th grader Albert Gu; Sleep My Child, with solos by 5th graders Autumn Harris and Andrew Erickson; and, Jolly Jingle Bells.

Songs of the Holiday Season also was broadcast on KUSI’s website and featured choirs from elementary, middle, and high schools from around the county. Dingeman’s honor choir is comprised of 80 students from grades 3-5 and is directed by Mr. Garner Saguil, assisted by Mrs. Antonette Harris and accompanied on piano by Ms. Dolores Thomas.

Mary Hobbib

Wishing you all a healthy and happy New Year. I hope to see you at Company Pub and Kitchen, 13670 Poway Road, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, when 20% of proceeds go straight back to Dingeman.

Pippa Mills

Jerabek Elementary



Koala Kalendar

  • Monday, Jan. 14–Back to school!
  • Monday, Jan. 21–Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23–5th Grade Family Math Night, 6:45-8 pm, auditorium;
  • Thursday, Jan. 24–Restaurant Day; Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza; 20% of purchase benefits the Family Faculty Organization (FFO); and,
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29–4th Grade Family Math Night, 6:45-8 pm, auditorium.

Class Highlights

It’s a fun-derful break! Jerabek is excited to offer break camps to our year-round students for the first time! All camps will be held the week of Jan. 7-11 from 9 am to noon at Jerabek. Students can choose from: LEGO camp, the ultimate building block; Mad Science camp, discovery is the key; Flag Football camp, a score for all involved; and, San Diego Junior Theater camp, where imagination is the show. Please visit our website for registration information.

Sharing the Love

The annual Valentine fundraiser for the Door of Faith Orphanage begins on Monday, Jan. 28. More than a decade ago, several Jerabek teachers visited the orphanage and met the wonderful children and volunteers. They saw the crucial need for more support and knew exactly where they could find it. Jerabek has been partnering with the Door of Faith Orphanage ever since. The facility now cares for more than 100 children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or abused. The foundation supplies food and other necessities from donations.

Each year the generosity of the Jerabek families grows. Last year Jerabek collected more than $3,000 in Costco gift cards for the orphanage to purchase supplies, such as diapers, rice, and toilet paper. In addition, this fundraiser gives us the opportunity to teach Jerabek students the importance and joy of giving. Each class learns about the orphanage and is encouraged to make Valentine’s Day cards or write letters to the children.

"Jerabek has truly made a difference in the lives of all the children at the Door of Faith Orphanage," says Janeen Kozak, event chair. "It’s a reminder for all of us that kindness has no borders."

Beloved Teacher Remembered

George Brown, also known as Mr. B to many students at Jerabek, passed away the night of Nov. 9 at his home in Ramona. George was born in 1940 and was a San Diego native. George was generous with his time and would do anything to help students, friends, or the school. He retired in June 2002 but continued to substitute and volunteer at Jerabek. His retirement announcement in the SRCA Newsletter in June 2002 described him this way:

"George Brown, known for wearing suspenders and classic shorts, was a fixture at Jerabek for 20 years. He retires this month. George was an exemplary and greatly admired teacher of advanced math, science, and other subjects for 5th and 6th graders. He had an innovative approach to teaching and loved children.

George is one of the faculty who has made Jerabek the envy of the district for its high academic achievements and number one status. George has been seen frying eggs on the sidewalk and using potatoes as electricity sources, all to the enlightenment and pleasure of children learning science."

Cards or memory letters may be dropped off at Jerabek. As per George’s wishes, there was no formal service. George Brown will be dearly missed.

Koalas Can’t Forget

Zumba-Awesome! Jerabek received a check for $180 from the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. The club provides before- and after-school care for the community’s elementary schools. The Zumbathon was held to support these schools, which include Jerabek. We’d like to extend a huge "thank you" for the SRSRC’s generosity.

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)


From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope you are having a restful and joyful holiday season with family and friends. I know that am I enjoying every minute of time spent with my children and my friends, and I will come back to school refreshed and ready to work hard!

We held our annual Scholastic Book Fair the first week of December and it was a huge success. Our very own Mr. Giaquinto had a signing for his book, Be a Good Human. The kids were so excited to see that one of their teachers had published a book. Congratulations, Mr. G!

As a part of the Book Fair, students were challenged to read collectively for 100,000 minutes. They reached this goal well ahead of schedule and were pushed to try for 200,000 minutes. The reward for reaching 100,000 minutes was an epic tricycle race involving Mrs. Ruvalcaba, Mr. Rick, me, and some of the students. What a sight!

In January we are back at the work of teaching and learning. We also begin the complicated work of building our budget for the 2013-2014 school year. Wish us luck! As always, thank you for your continual support. Remember to "Work Hard and Be Nice." Happy New Year!

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

From Our Family-Faculty Association (FFA) President

Happy New Year! As I reflect on 2012 and think about my goals for 2013, I want to express my gratitude to God, my family, and my friends. You inspire me and remind me daily that life is good.

We have a lot of volunteers who give their time to make Miramar Ranch a great school. Ginger Manley and Jessica Troendle–along with Pam Millar, Mary Corbett, Brigid Brown, Elizabeth Ferrara, Ruth Friis, and countless others–were "All Star" Book Fair co-chairs.

Our choir teachers, Jill Herbold and Heather Sadleir, share their love of music by teaching students and putting on a holiday musical production. The most amazing thing about this is their kids don’t even go to Miramar Ranch anymore…thanks, ladies! Thank you all for making a difference in my life and for the students and staff at Miramar Ranch.

Tracy Jewell, MRE FFA President

Principal and Dean For A Day

Two of our Teacher’s Pet Shoppe winners from the Halloween Carnival got to spend the day following in Principal Peggy Crane’s and Dean Ruvalcaba’s footsteps. Anthony Paine was Principal for the Day and Jenna Eller was Dean for the Day. As you can see above, they enjoyed their moment in the spotlight. Congratulations, Jenna and Anthony!

Hawks Show Character

A group of 5th grade students have gone above and beyond in helping out their fellow students. Kylee Silber, Sarah Tawfik, Blake Jacobson, and Isaac Perrins have helped in the special education room since last year. They visit and help the students and have developed amazing friendships with these special kids.

Ms. Yu–aka Ms. Sammy–tells us they have been extremely loving and have learned themselves that our special education students are capable of anything! These friendships have become very special and meaningful to Ms. Sammy’s students, and the kids will be forever grateful for the love and respect they have been shown. Our community needs more people like Kylee, Sara, Blake, and Isaac! Thank you!

Everyone Loves The Book Fair

This year we had another amazing Book Fair. We had lots of fun contests and we challenged our students to read 100,000 minutes in the month before the Book Fair. The award for meeting this challenge was a legendary and possibly epic tricycle race between our principal Ms. Crane, our dean of students Mrs. Ruvalcaba, and our building services supervisor Mr. Rick! Our students met and exceeded our challenge by the middle of the second week.

Students enjoyed many other contests and awards (pictured above), including the All For Books. Students donated change to buy books for the school, and Scholastic will match the money collected. Our students donated more than $560! Half was donated to Toys for Tots to purchase books, and the other half helped buy books for MRE.

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who helped make the Book Fair a fun and successful event! I would especially like to thank my co-chair, Jessica Troendle, our Book Fair treasurer, Mary Corbett, and Brigid Brown and Pam Millar, who took care of the morning events and the delicious treats. In addition, the Student Council and 5th grade volunteers dressed up in the Clifford costume and the school mascot costume during each event. Thank you, all!

Ginger Manley, Book Fair Co-chair

Our Own Hawk Author

As part of the Book Fair, our own Mr. Giaquinto had a signing for his book, Be A Good Human. The FFA offered the book for sale and Mr. Giaquinto personalized each one. Thanks to Mr. G for helping us raise money for the school and spending his time sharing his book. If you missed out on getting one of the books, there is a limited number available for purchase from the school office for $12 and Mr. G (above with a student) will be happy to personalize one for you.

Jog-A-Thon 2013 Is Coming!

MRE holds its 24th Annual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser on Tuesday and Wednesday, Apr. 9 and 10, and we need the help of local businesses. All sponsorships help us provide each student with a free Jog-A-Thon shirt. Logos are featured on the back of the shirt. If you are a local business owner or know one, please consider being a sponsor or asking a merchant to participate.

  • Platinum Sponsor–$750
  • Golden Sponsor–$500
  • Silver Sponsor–$300
  • Bronze Sponsor–$150

Each student is also asked to help raise money. Proceeds support our media center and Art Corps program. For details, contact Tamrin Gorham at [[email protected]] or JoAnne Bernabe at [[email protected]].

January at Miramar Ranch

  • Monday, Jan. 7–School resumes;
  • Thursday, Jan. 17–FFA Family Restaurant Night at Souplantation;
  • Monday, Jan. 21–Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30–Minimum day.
Carolyn Coglianese

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)


Happy New Year!

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and EBS Families,

Welcome back, Penguins! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Our students return to school on Monday, Jan. 7, and will be all charged up for the remainder of the school year. We have many exciting events, including the much-anticipated Father/Daughter Dance and the ever-popular Jog-A-Thon!

Family Science Night

Family Science Night has been another huge hit this year. The last two Family Science Nights for the school year are right around the corner. First grade families will attend on Thursday, Jan. 17, and kindergarten and PEP will attend on Thursday, Feb. 21. A special thank you goes to all of the volunteers who have so generously given their time to help at these events. We are always looking for parents to lend a hand. If you can do so, please contact Seema Moorjani at [[email protected]].

The Book Fair Rocked!

A huge thank you to EBS students, parents, and staff for their support of the Book Fair this year! Our sales reached almost $18,000, which means the total raised for books for the main library and classroom libraries is $10,500! This was our most successful Book Fair to date!

Another outstanding success is All for Books. The students raised $681.57 in books for the Escondido Police Department’s domestic abuse program–$500 more than in each previous year! In addition, Scholastic will donate 681 books to two of their charities!

Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who made this year’s Book Fair so much fun and such a success! Words cannot express our gratitude. It is not just about running registers and straightening up books but about instilling a love of reading in our children! You are a tremendous part of that and we thank you!

Heidi Gillett, Juneth Partridge, and Tina Doshi, Your Book Fair Co-chairs

Friends of EBS

Thank you, Gilmore Orthodontics–near Trader Joe’s–for becoming a Friend of EBS. Thank you to all our sponsors who help keep our school running at a high level, including Scripps Pediatric Dentistry and San Diego Combat Center.

Scripps Ranch Farmers Market

The farmers market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at 10380 Spring Canyon Road. It has been our pleasure to work with the wonderful EBS families for 11 years. Remember, 65% of sales go back to EBS to support education.

We now offer a "Shopper Loyalty Card" as our way of showing appreciation to our loyal shoppers. Get a card at the information booth, and when it is completely punched out, it is worth $5 at any booth. Check out our new food and craft vendors. For more details, go to [[email protected]], [], or call 586-7933.

Monika Wimmer

Other Schools

Innovations Academy (IA)


Principal’s Note

We are off to an exciting start this New Year. Innovations Academy continues to be a high caliber model of experiential education. The 21st century skills that we actively foster throughout each school day are important. As our students develop a broad set of in-demand competencies–the ability to think critically about information, solve problems, communicate and collaborate, create new products and processes, and adapt to change–they develop a wonderful advantage to help them achieve success.

One of our goals is to have all classes learn in the community by going on one field trip per month. Places our students have visited this school year include but are not limited to: museums, Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, San Diego Food Bank, San Diego Zoo, the Adobe Ranch House and Los Penasquitos Preserve, apple picking in Julian, Chicano Park, Balboa Park, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, and Suzie’s Organic Farm. Most of these field trips are taken to gather information for projects. They include the study of native species, how to build a sustainable school, and creating a beach guide for San Diego.

We look forward to one of the most important assessments on campus: Presentations of Learning (POL). All our students, from grades K-8, give one POL per semester. It is so powerful to hear a student speak about themselves as a learner and student.

During a POL, students choose several topics from their learning. They speak about the material, their challenges, and successes. They show evidence of their learning that could be a final product, drafts of that product, a multimedia presentation, and more. It is no wonder students who have graduated from Innovations Academy return to tell us how their public speaking skills have supported them in high school.

Christine Kuglen, IA Director

Important Dates

  • Accepting applications for 2013-2014–now through Friday, Mar. 1;
  • Lottery–Friday, Mar. 8; and,
  • Student Presentations of Learning–Tuesday, Jan. 22-Friday, Jan. 25.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School


A Special Christmas Season

St. Gregory the Great Guardians and families ended 2012 with a beautiful Christmas program. We gathered as a large community family to celebrate the reason for the season: Jesus. Throughout December students and families donated toys to Rady Children’s Hospital, supported Hurricane Sandy victims, and prayed with teachers and classmates. Students also shopped at the Jolly Gift Boutique for loved ones at Christmas.

Looking Forward

As we begin the New Year we focus on resolutions that inspire us to live the way Jesus would have wanted us to. We invite you to join us for our annual Catholic School Week Mass and Open House on Sunday, Jan. 27. During Masses students will share what their Catholic education means to them. The campus will be open from 1 to 3 pm. We are only four years young and have so much more excitement to come as we to build on to our beautiful high-tech campus.

We are now accepting enrollment and interest forms for K-8th grades for the 2013-2014 school year. Click on the "Admissions" tab on the school website and complete a potential student application. God bless you! St. Gregory the Great Catholic School is located at 15315 Stonebridge Parkway. For more information, visit [].

Guardian January Calendar

  • Monday, Jan. 7–School resumes;
  • Friday, Jan. 18–Spaghetti Dinner by grades 2, 3, and 4, parish hall;
  • Monday, Jan. 21–Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school; and,
  • Sunday, Jan. 27–Mass, 11 am, parish; Open House, 1 pm, school.