Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

At of press time, the search for a new Scripps Ranch High School principal was being conducted. The district held meetings with staff, parents, and community members in early June to discuss the process and to construct a list of desired characteristics and attributes for the new principal. Initial interviews took place in mid-June. When a new principal is named, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association will share that information on its Facebook page.

As we reflect on this school year, we can’t help but be filled with gratitude and pride. We are so thankful for the constant support of parents and community members. We are incredibly proud of our students. This truly is a remarkable place, and we are grateful to be here.

Congratulations to the 2017 graduates named as National Merit finalists: Teagan Ampe, Sophia Fan, Michael Huang, Winice Hui, Janie Kim, Kelly Kim, Davin Lee, Jonathan Lu, Montana Milton, Metta Nicholson, Gabriel Sitapati, Cameron Trando, and Jared Truong. We are so proud of these students. Congratulations!

The Falcon Playhouse production of Go Ask Alice, the end of the year performances in dance, and the annual band concert were well received and well attended. All of these events showcased our hardworking students and the years of dedication by their parents and teachers.

In other Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) news we are elated to announce that Patrick Garcia was named the Best Local Theatre Teacher at this year’s Ben Vereen Awards. Congratulations!

Congratulations also go to four Air Force JROTC cadets—Jackwin Hui, Michelle He, Jack Izzo, and Albert Ghu—who traveled to Washington, D.C., in late June to compete in the 2017 JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl Championship. These students competed throughout the year against 255 AFJROTC Academic Teams all over the world. The top eight teams travelled to the final competition. Again, we are so proud!

A few things to note: campus is closed through Monday, Aug. 14, due to construction. Athletic clearance forms are available via the athletics website, which can be accessed through the SRHS website. The new school year begins before Labor Day, on Monday, Aug. 28.

Visit for calendars, upcoming events, and announcements. We will post all information regarding enrollment and preschool Kick-Off dates and times on our website.

In closing, we want to say “Thank You” for everything you do to make our school not only “Distinguished” but remarkable. Enjoy your summer. Go Falcons!

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer with friends and family. The last few weeks we have been preparing for the new school year by planning curriculum and scheduling students for classes. Later this summer I will send students and parents information about the new school year.

In late August parents will receive information about being part of the MMS School Site Council and Site Governance Team. Being part of these committees is an elected position. Parents also are encouraged to be part of the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). Being involved is the best way to keep in touch with all the events happening around campus. We hope you have a wonderful summer. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Congrats, Young Scientists!

Five MMS 8th graders were honored by Lockheed Martin and Discovery Education for creating videos for the Generation Beyond Student Video Challenge. The focus was a Mars mission habitation module. Congratulations to these students, chosen out of 300 entries nationwide:

  • Amy Ham—2nd place individual winner, $5,000 and certificate of achievement
  • Katie Nguyen and Jasmine Hubbard —2nd place team winners, $5,000 and certificate of achievement
  • Emily Brown and Nicole Vassar—3rd place team winners, $2,500 and certificate of achievement

A special thank you goes to teacher Elaine Gillum for providing this opportunity!

Choir Notes

Congratulations to all of MMS choir classes who earned across-the-board Gold ratings and Outstanding Musicianship at the Forum Choral Competition held at Fullerton College. Our groups distinguished themselves by singing with great presence, musicality, and joy. Bravo all!

2017–2018 Course Selections

Student course selections will be mailed to families in mid-July. Please email or call your child’s counselor on Friday, Aug. 18, or Monday, Aug. 21, if the courses he or she is enrolled in are incorrect or elective choices have changed. Elective changes will be made based on the date and time of the email or phone call to your counselor on these two dates only, as well as course availability. Contact information is at

Tutor and Therapist Referrals

Each year the MMS Counseling Department compiles a list of private tutors and therapists to provide to parents, and we are asking for your help. If you or your child has worked with someone whom you would highly recommend to others, please share his or her name, specialty (if applicable), and contact information with us so we can include that person on our list. Your name will be kept confidential.

We thank you for your support in helping create this important reference information for our parents and students. Please send it to Julie Becker, head counselor, at [email protected] or 549-5502. Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Achieving Goals!

Hank Berthiaume, also known as “Mr. B,” the MMS technology teacher, does a lot more than just teach! He also has been a longtime volunteer coach for 7th and 8th grade boys’ after-school sports leagues, including baseball and soccer.

This year the 8th grade class provided a lot of talent on the soccer field. In fact, the soccer players filled the rosters for three leagues and won all three championships! Many of the boys have played together since elementary school, and they dominated club teams in San Diego County and even LA Galaxy teams. Well done!

In addition to the teams pictured, the following kids played in the North County Soccer Park Indoor League: Cole Ashburn, Brayden Chau, Giancarlo da Silva, Alec Davies, JT Kelly, John Merkin, Jake Nastrini, Jacob Pettit, Grady Pond, Nate Robinson, Johnny Tadeusiak, Andrew Vannieuwenhoven, and Patrick Walker.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Community,

Happy 4th of July! I look forward to seeing you all at the 4th of July Parade where we will honor our country and amazing community! Our students will march with pride!

I’m happy to announce that Dingeman was once again selected to be one of the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) Honor Roll Schools for 2016. The CBEE presents this award to schools that excel in raising student achievement and closing achievement gaps. This honor is a testament to our relentless focus on academic success.

Have a great summer!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Summer Play Dates

We welcome all transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students at our summer play dates on Friday, July 14, at 10 am, and Friday, Aug. 11, at 4:30 pm. Both events will be at Spring Canyon Park. Come make new friends! Follow Dingeman Family Faculty Connection (FFC) on Facebook for updates!

Students Excel in Math

Dingeman Tigers took on the Noetic Math Challenge and the Math Olympiad this year and delivered an excellent performance. The Grade 5 team secured the third highest overall score and was ranked first in California in the Noetic Math Challenge. Three students achieved perfect scores, receiving team winner awards and National Honor Roll medals.

Congratulations to Siddharth Menon, Anirudh Nayak, and Aathmika Radhachandran! Also, congratulations to these students for scoring 85–95% and winning National Honor Roll medals: 5th graders, pictured on page 27; 4th graders Carley Chen, Ryan Hu, Martin Kovachev, Aidan Lum, Erin Moeller, and Arya Sule; and 3rd grader Divyani Agarwal.

Our Grade 5 team also delivered a wonderful performance at the Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools, scoring in the top 10% out of 80,000+ participants. They completed five challenges from fall through spring. Sanjay Bharadwaj, Andrea Li, Siddharth Menon, and Anirudh Nayak placed among the top 2%, earning gold pins. Siddharth and Anirudh (above) tied for the highest scores on the team. Congratulations to all!

Yamini Bala Sukumaran, Dingeman STEAM Co-chair

Karen Holt

Jerabek Elementary

Kindergarten/TK Playgroups

Is your child starting kindergarten or transitional kindergarten this fall? We host play dates in the summer to give families a chance to get to know one another before school starts. If you are interested in joining the playgroups, please email the coordinators, Julie Buck at [email protected] or Jan Coppola at [email protected], for details. Also, go to Jerabek’s Family Faculty Organization page at for updates.

Kindness Week

Kindness is the key at Jerabek! Kindness in our classrooms, homes, community, on social media, and especially in our hearts! Jerabek’s Kindness Squad kicked off the first Kindness Week in June. Students received a bracelet and pledge card and took part in mindfulness exercises. Students and teachers were on the lookout for students being kind and doing kind acts. They received “Caught Being Kind” tags that were redeemed for special gifts.

Kindness is contagious, and we are happy to report there is an epidemic at Jerabek! Stay tuned this fall for future Kindness Week details. A huge thank you to our Kindness Squad: Jenny Alvarez, Christina Riehl, Alexis Spagopulos, Marsi Knight, Tim Council, Mary States, Principal Joiner, and Amy Ryan. Thank you also to our event sponsors: Eric Richardson of Roofing Specialist of San Diego and Amy Ryan Homes.

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Help Wanted

Volunteers are working hard to get ready for the 44th Annual Halloween Carnival. Favorites such as the Haunted House, Cake Walk, Laser Tag, and other popular games will be back on Saturday, Oct. 21. There also will be new activities!

We are looking for more vendors and sponsors to participate in the carnival and support MRE and Scripps Ranch with this longstanding event. For more information, please email me at [email protected] My goal is to continue to make the Halloween Carnival a favorite community tradition. I would love to have you be a part of it! Thank you!

Helena Parker, Carnival Chair

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Community,

This is the time of year when we say goodbye to some staff members. Best wishes to our nurse, Anne Albers, and library aid, Margo Trembley, who retired in June. They will be missed. Farewell to kindergarten teacher Rose Mack who is extending her leave of absence to take care of her mother. Goodbye to Missy Silverstein, a special education teacher who took a job in Santee.

Congratulations to vice principal Mark Morici who is the new principal of Loma Portal Elementary. We also are sad to lose our attendance clerk, Pam Marvuglio, who moves to a different job. Second grade teacher Belen Jacot will transfer to a different school, and TK teacher Melanie Hickson will take a leave as she’s expecting a baby. We wish them all the best!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Goodbye from Mr. Morici

Dear EBS Families,

I would like to let you know how much I have appreciated you all since I arrived here four years ago. I have never seen a school with such a vibrant group of parents and family members. You all strive to support our students and staff. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and working with your wonderful children.

Since I came to EBS in 2013 I have seen our students achieve amazing things in the classroom. I also have witnessed them grow as individuals, learn how to be good friends, and learn how to use their character to make the right decision.

It has been so much fun chatting with them and developing strong, positive relationships. This has been my favorite part of being a vice principal, and I will never forget the bonds I built with our students and families. Thank you for making me a part of your lives and for making EBS the wonderful place it has always been. You have all become a big part of my life and I will cherish my time here. I will make sure to come back to visit!

Mark Morici, EBS Vice Principal

Message from the AFP

Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) reminders: the SR Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9 am to 1:30 pm. For new TK/K students, our playgroup meets at Lakeview Park, 10794 Mira Lago Terrace, on: Wednesday, July 19, 4–5 pm; Saturday, July 22, 10:30–11:30 am; Sunday, Aug. 13, 3–4 pm; and Wednesday, Aug. 16, 4–5 pm. Have a great summer!

Gail Faber, AFP President

Alliant International University

New Foundation CEO

The Alliant Educational Foundation (AEF) has named Valin Brown (at right) as its new chief executive officer. AEF is a nonprofit organization that partners with Alliant and other institutions of higher education to provide funding and resources to support student scholarships and research grants.

AEF’s mission is to support post-secondary students as they prepare for careers of service and leadership that improve lives in underserved communities. Since its inception in 2015, AEF has committed $2 million to Alliant for scholarship support. Valin will lead the organization in outreach to foundations, corporations, individuals, and the community to help increase the support AEF provides. To learn more or make a donation, visit