Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Due to what the district calls “no viable candidates” to take over the leadership of SRHS on a permanent basis, the school will have two interim co-principals when the new year starts. Please give a warm Falcon welcome to Beverly Greco and William Fairley, who will lead the school while the search for a principal continues.

In the next few weeks our students and athletes prepare for the beginning of school and fall sports. Please check the SRHS website at www.srhsfalcons.org for the most updated information about fall sports, including tryouts and schedules.

We look forward to seeing students at the annual “Kick-Off.” Students will be able to get their yearbook and ID card pictures taken, pick up books, and purchase items. Check the website for details about Kick-Off transportation and the forms required to participate. Kick-Off is for currently enrolled students only.

  • Thursday, Aug. 17—Seniors, 7:30–9:30 am; Juniors, 10 am–noon
  • Friday, Aug. 18—Sophomores, 7:30–10 am
  • Monday, Aug. 21—Freshmen, 7:30–11 am, times by birth month

Information regarding new student enrollment is on our website. School begins on Monday, Aug. 28. Students should report to the quad by 7 am to receive an official class schedule. Go Falcons!

Academic Team Wins!

The SRHS Air Force JROTC Academic Team completely dominated the Air Force and Joint Service Academic Competition in Washington, D.C., in late June. JROTC high schools from all over the world compete in a jeopardy-type competition in academic areas: math, science, English, literature, the arts, world history, geography, and current events.

This annual competition, sponsored by the College Options Foundation, has three levels and starts in October. Level 1 and 2 competition consists of answering questions via the computer. In the first round, 50% of the schools are selected to continue to Level 2. About 3% of the teams continue on to Level 3, the finals.

Initially 3,000 teams from the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Army competed, and 49 teams traveled to Washington for the finals. Eight Air Force teams competed. The SRHS Academic Team went up against five AFJROTC teams, accruing a total of 1,940 points versus a total of 470 opponent points.

In the Air Force finals SRHS cadets beat their competitor by a score of 330 to 115. As the Air Force JROTC champions, the Scripps cadets proceeded to the Joint Service Academic Bowl Competition and handily beat their competitors by these scores: Air Force: 420; Army: 205; Navy: 185; and Marine Corps: 140. This is the second consecutive year that the SRHS cadets won the Air Force and Joint Service Academic Bowl Competition!

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer. We are excited about the new school year! The administration, teachers, and staff look forward to working with you as we prepare all of our students for the expectations of high school, higher education, and the 21st century.

The office is closed until Monday, Aug. 14. On that day, we will enroll any new student who has moved into Scripps Ranch. If your child attended any of the Scripps Ranch elementary schools, you do not need to enroll your child. For more enrollment information, please visit our website at www.marshallmiddle.org.

By early August families should have received a welcome back letter and your child’s course requests for the fall semester. We have scheduled your student based on the information submitted on the planning card. On the first day of school, official schedules with periods, teachers, and room numbers will be distributed during first period. If you have any questions about these courses, please call or email your child’s counselor on Friday, Aug. 18, or Monday, Aug. 21, if the courses he or she is enrolled in are incorrect or choices have changed. Our policy is that we do not honor requests to have specific teachers.

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 28. Students should arrive between 7 and 7:30 am in order to locate their first period class on posted rosters. Student schedules will be distributed during first period.

We believe students’ focus should be on academics. Proper attire contributes to a positive atmosphere. So our dress code:

  • Requires pants and shorts to fit at the waist without “sagging” or having an excessively tight fit;
  • Requires clothes cover the body: no bare midriffs, backless shirts, T-backed tops, low V-neck or scoop shirts, short shorts, and undergarments must not be visible;
  • Does not allow tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts!
  • Requires shorts and skirts must be worn at the mid-thigh and can pass the “finger-tip” rule;
  • Requires shoes have a back heel or back strap, no flip flops or open-toed shoes allowed;
  • Requires clothing to be free of any ad or promotion of any alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, vulgarity;
  • Must be free of depictions or illustrations that demean or negatively represent any gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

This year we welcome several new staff members due to retirements and transitions from last year. I would like to introduce two new vice principals: Kate Moffatt and Steve Olds. We are here to support our learning community.

We look forward to providing you the best middle school educational experience. Thank you for your continued support of public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

MMS Calendar

  • Monday, Aug. 14—Office opens
  • Friday, Aug. 25—New Student Orientation for students and parents last names beginning A–L, 8–9:30 am; M–Z, 10–11:30 am
  • Monday, Aug. 28—School starts
  • Monday, Sept. 4—Labor Day, no school

Counseling News

Schedule changes will only be made for students who are in an incorrect class. This may be an elective class change, the level of an academic class, or if a student is missing a required class. Students may ask any teacher for a pass to see their counselor. If students request major schedule change, parents will be notified.

Counselors are assigned alphabetically. Reach your counselor at 549-5400.

  • Julie Becker, head counselor, last names A–C, ext. 3020
  • Paulette Blankenbeckler, D–K, ext. 3022
  • To be named, L–Q, ext. 3021
  • Amiee McDearmon, R–Z, ext. 3023

Dingeman Elementary

Principal’s Summer Message

Dear Dingeman Families and Community, I look forward to seeing you on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 28. The office opens on Wednesday, Aug. 16, so if you recently moved into our boundaries, please stop by to register.

This year we will update registration paperwork for returning students before school starts. Packets will be ready for pick up on Tuesday, Aug. 22, and we will collect completed packets on Friday, Aug. 25. Upon return of completed packets, students will learn the name of their teacher for the 2017–2018 school year. Otherwise, families will receive an email from me on Saturday, Aug. 26, regarding class placements.

Please check www.sandiegounified.org/schools/dingeman for more information. I look forward to seeing all our Tigers!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Welcome Back

I hope everyone is excited to get back to school. I want to thank Shira O’Connell for being a fantastic Family Faculty Connection (FFC) president and for everything that she did for our school last year.

I encourage you to be active in the FFC by volunteering in something that interests you. Register at www.Dingeman.net to be notified of enrichment opportunities for your kids, and follow us on Facebook at Dingeman FFC. If you have any questions, email me at [email protected]

Events to Remember

  • Saturday Aug. 26—All-Grades Back to School Meetup, 3 pm, Scripps Ranch Community Park
  • Monday Aug. 28—First day of school celebration, 7:40 am; refreshments for parents, meet FFC volunteers, and sign up to help!

It’s going to be a great year at Dingeman!

Van Vo, FFC President

Karen Holt

Jerabek Elementary

Jerabek Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s Jerabek volunteer award winners, Coach Joe Gonzalez and Marlon Gardinera! Coach Joe won the Jerabek Special Service Award for his dedication to coaching PE for so many Jerabek students.

Marlon Gardinera won the Jerabek Community Service Award for not only his volunteer work with the Jerabek Family Faculty Organization (FFO) and Site Governance Team (SGT) but also in our community as a baseball and football coach. Marlon is also the new football coach at Scripps Ranch High School. Thank you both for all you do!

Key Dates

  • Friday, Aug. 25—Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten Teacher Meet and Greet, 2 pm; followed by popsicles and play group on the kindergarten playground
  • Monday, Aug. 28—First day of school; Volunteer Fair
  • First week of school will be minimum days for TK/kindergarten
  • Thursday, Aug. 31—Back to School Night, 4th and 5th grades
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12—Back to School Night, TK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades

Jan Coppola

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Hawk Happenings

  • Tuesday, Aug. 14—Office opens
  • Friday, Aug. 25—Kindergarten/transitional kindergarten (TK) class lists posted, 8 am; kinder/TK classes open, 8:30–9 am; school tours, 9–11 am; grades 1–5 class lists posted, 5 pm
  • Monday, Aug. 28—Back to school!

Need More Info?

MRE has a Facebook page! We share news, post volunteer opportunities, answer questions, and connect with other parents. Join us at www.facebook.com/groups/mrehawks or search “Miramar Ranch Elementary Hawks.”

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members, We will try something new this year for Back to School Night. We will hold the event for our kindergarten and transitional kindergarten parents on Thursday, Aug. 24, before school begins. It’s for adults only.

We think it will be useful for parents to hear about our policies and procedures, and get questions asked before the first day of school. Then the next day, parents will come back with their students for orientation, where they will meet their teacher and visit the classroom.

Back to School Night for the older grades will be on Thursday, Aug. 31. School starts on Monday, Aug. 28. I look forward to seeing all our smiling Penguins back at school in a few weeks! Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message from the AFP

On behalf of the new Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) Executive Board, we are excited for the 2017–2018 school year! Here is a calendar of events:

  • Every Saturday—Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 9:30 am–1:30 pm, in the Innovation Academy parking lot, entertainment, food, shopping
  • Sunday, Aug. 13, 3–4 pm, and Wednesday, Aug. 16, 4–5 pm—TK and kindergarten play dates, Lakeview Park
  • Monday, Aug. 14—Office opens
  • Thursday, Aug. 17—Family Pamper at EBS, 10 am–5 pm, come get your hair cut and more, free!
  • Thursday, Aug. 24—Back to School Night for TK and kindergarten parents, 5:30–7 pm, adults only
  • Friday, Aug. 25—TK/Kindergarten/New Student Orientation, 10:30 am; Class Posting Party, 5 pm, sponsored by Yogurt Heaven
  • Monday, Aug. 28—First day of school, 8:30 am, come take pictures on the red carpet
  • Thursday, Aug. 31—Back to School Night, grades 1–5

Gail Faber, AFP President