Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principals’ Messages

My name is Walter Fairley Jr., and I have gladly accepted the position as a Scripps Ranch High School interim principal. My tenure with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) has spanned 37+ years and included time as a high school administrator and teacher. It is my pleasure to be of service to the staff, students, parents, and community members of SRHS. I have an open-door policy, so please feel free to stop by any time. You also can email me at [email protected] Sincerely,

Walter Fairley Jr., Interim SRHS Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Family,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Scripps Ranch community. My name is Beverly Greco and I was a high school English teacher and continued as a high school administrator. I retired about five years ago and have been an interim administrator for many schools since my retirement.

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to assist SRHS as we open the 2017–2018 school year. Please feel free to stop by and share your ideas and experiences as we continue to provide quality programs and services to ensure student success. You can reach me at [email protected]

Sincerely,

Beverly Greco, Interim SRHS Principal

[Editor’s note: As of press time the search continues for a permanent SRHS principal. The district tells us the position has been reposted and a nationwide search is ongoing.]

Let the Music Play

The SRHS marching band kicks off the new school year and tournament season with two fundraisers! The first one is on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Kebob Shop, 9450 Mira Mesa Boulevard. The Kebob Shop will donate 50% of proceeds all day when presented with a flyer supporting the music program! Please download your flyer at www.srhsmusic.com.

Another fundraiser will be a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 8 to 10 am at Applebee’s, 9480 Mira Mesa Boulevard. Tickets are $10 each and half of the ticket sales benefits the music program. Purchase a ticket from any marching band member, Mr. Shedd during school in the band room, or at the door. The marching band will use the funds for new equipment. We succeed through the generous support of the community!

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Parents,

Welcome back to school! I hope you all had an enjoyable summer. We look forward to working with you as we prepare our students for the expectations of high school and the 21st century. We will continue to prepare our students for our global society. We know that we need to continue to develop our students’ problem-solving abilities, critical and creative thinking skills, and their ability to take on leadership roles. To that end, we have high expectations in every class, and we expect students to meet and exceed them.

We also know we need you to be our partner in our students’ education. I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers if you have any questions about your child’s progress. Our teachers will work with your child and you to have a strong, successful academic year. The contact information for our teachers is listed at www.marshallmiddle.org. Click on Staff/Staff Directory to find the complete list of staff members. We hope you are able to attend our Back to School Nights to learn more about our programs.

We value school/home communication and believe that building strong relationships with both students and parents will support our students to be successful academically and behaviorally.

This year we welcome several new staff members to the Marshall family:

  • Rich Baker—7th–8th grade science
  • Elena Balas—Spanish
  • Susan Beisel—6th–7th grade science
  • Diane Cordero—8th grade science
  • Richard Downer—8th grade history
  • Mary Shirley—Counselor, L–Q

We look forward to the 2017–2018 school year! Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

MMS Calendar

  • Monday, Sept. 4—Labor Day
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meeting, 5 pm, Community Room
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6—6th Grade Back to School Night, 5:35 pm, Multipurpose Room
  • Thursday, Sept. 7—7th–8th Grade Back to School Night, 5:35 pm, Multipurpose Room
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26—MMS Parent-Paid Bus Program meeting, 5 pm, MMS Theater

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

Happy September! We are already hard at work at Dingeman Elementary School. This is a busy and exciting time of year as we all get to know our new classmates.

I encourage community members to use our website at www.sandiegounified.org/schools/dingeman to keep up to date on important announcements and events. Thanks to our students, families, and staff for getting the year off to a great start. We all look forward to another amazing year at Dingeman Elementary. Go Tigers!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

From Our FFC

Hello Tigers, welcome back to school! During our first full month the Family Faculty Connection (FFC) encourages you to consider the many extracurricular activities available to our students and families. Make sure to stay updated on the latest enrichment opportunities and events by registering at www.dingeman.net and subscribing to our Facebook page.

Some key dates for September:

  • Monday, Sept. 4—Labor Day, no school
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13—FFC membership meeting, 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 21—Family Dinner Night

We are always looking for new ideas to enhance our Dingeman experience. If there is a program you would like to bring to our school or if you would like to volunteer, please email me at [email protected]

Van Vo, FFC President

Karen Holt

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

Welcome back to school, Jerabek families! We hope you had a great summer and enjoyed quality time with your children.

The end of last school year marked the completion of a three-year plan to partner with three scouts on their Eagle Scout projects. Will Van Duren, Grant Jung, and Elias Pihas—all former Jerabek students—have completed “Legacy” installations made up of our foundational character traits and learning dispositions. The projects are in our office, computer lab, and the multipurpose room and convey our commitment to uphold high values that are focused on learning.

School achievement and registrations have climbed the last three years, and this year is no exception. Student registration is at an all-time high, with 30 new students. We welcome our new families!

Jerabek partners with a very active school foundation, which will be led by president Kelly Melancon. Our Family Faculty Organization (FFO) is made up of generous Jerabek families who volunteer hundreds of hours in and out of the classroom. The FFO’s financial support is led every year by its annual Pledge Drive, which enables us to provide many people and programs that enhance our students’ educational experience. We thank the FFO for its involvement. Remember, there are great after-school activities provided through the FFO for students of all ages.

School attendance is very important. School budgets are tied to “Average Daily Attendance,” and schools lose money when students are not in attendance. Most important are the impacts on your child when they miss a day of instruction.

Non-illness absences are very high at Jerabek due to families taking vacations and birthday trips during school time. Gone are the days when a student can complete worksheets and read a few books to make up for lost instructional time and expect to remain on pace with peers. There are 180 academic school days in the year, which leaves 185 days for families to take vacations. Please help your child stay on pace instructionally by using the 185 non-school days to plan vacations.

Jerabek has many new faces due to retirements. The expertise, experience, and passion our new employees bring will be an asset to our educational program.

We continue our unwavering commitment to ensure students receive an education that develops and nurtures the whole child. We also are relentless in our insistence that our learning climate is respectful, positive, kind, and focused on the most important thing—our students.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 578-5330 or [email protected]

Kristie Joiner, Jerabek Principal

From the Jerabek FFO

We have lots of fun events planned this month. Mark your calendars!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 12—Back to School Night for TK–3rd grade
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26—Picture Day
  • Friday, Sept. 29—Movie Night

One of the things that makes Jerabek such an outstanding school is the involvement of parents and volunteers. Whether you can assist with one event or can be in the classroom every week, your help is appreciated. A special “thank you” to Cindy Brentnall for her service as FFO president last year and Kelly Melancon, this year’s president. You and the tremendous team of volunteers make a difference!

Every family is encouraged to participate in the Pledge Drive. The generous funding supports educational material, community-building events for families, weekly library visits for children, and many more enrichment programs that wouldn’t be possible. Donations of any size are appreciated. Visit the FFO website at www.jerabekffo.org for more on the Pledge Drive and upcoming events.

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing summer break with family and friends. I was so excited to see the children during the first week of school and hear their stories!

As you know we had some employees retire last year, which means we have new faces on campus. Johnny Caravantes is our new building services supervisor, Barbara Waller has accepted a 4th grade teaching position, Susan Tamburine is teaching kindergarten, Felicia Cox joins Coach Fields as a PE instructor, and we have new members joining our Special Education team as well. Please stop by and say hello to our new colleagues.

Before the teachers left in June, we began planning for this year. On our first day together in August, the teachers worked in their grade-level teams to design their first weeks of instruction, particularly in the area of reading. We are off to a great start for the school year!

Family Faculty Association (FFA) volunteers helped get the school off to a smooth start, helping in the office, directing traffic, and holding the hands of anxious students—and parents!—on the first day of school. There are so many opportunities to lend a hand at Miramar Ranch. Visit our website for details.

Be sure to check your calendars for the many events in September: Parent Coffee with the Principal; Back to School Night; Spirit Days; and the Ice Cream Social and Movie Night. It’s going to be a busy month! As always, thank you for your support of the staff and students at our school. You make great things possible! Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

Welcome Back from the FFA!

Welcome all MRE Hawks to the 2017–2018 school year! We are excited to continue offering exciting after-school enrichment programs, and we are planning many fun family activities. Be sure to come celebrate the new school year at our Ice Cream Social and Movie Night on Friday, Sept. 22. And mark your calendars for the 44th Annual Halloween Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 21. Check our website at www.miramarranch.org, subscribe to the Google calendar, and join us on Facebook at “Miramar Ranch Elementary Hawks” for up-to-date information and details.

All of these programs and events are made possible by the work of dedicated volunteers. The new school year is an excellent time for you to join this fantastic team! There are jobs that occur on a monthly, yearly, or as-needed basis, both in the classroom and schoolwide. Check the volunteer page at www.miramarranch.org/volunteers or email me at [email protected] for more information. We look forward to another great year at MRE!

Jen Leader, FFA President

Pledge Drive

Once again the MRE FFA is kicking off the school year with our annual Pledge Drive—a straightforward request for donations. Every dollar stays at MRE to benefit our school. We rely on the money raised from the Pledge Drive and other fundraisers to offer the enrichment programs and teacher support that makes MRE a great school for our children.

Donations of any amount are tremendously appreciated and always voluntary. Pledge information will come home soon. Please take a moment to fill out and return your pledge card. Our goal for this year is 100% participation. Become a Miramar Ranch supporter today!

Diane Hunter, Pledge Drive Chair

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

The new school year is off to a great start! If you have driven by our campus lately you have seen the new solar panels being installed in our main parking lot. This is part of a district initiative to transition our schools to solar power. It is estimated that this project, along with last year’s project converting the entire school to LED lighting, will reduce our energy costs by 90%!

EBS is proud to offer the Fine Artists program to our students, under the direction of our artist in residence, Kathleen Kane-Murrell. This summer we added 90 pieces of artwork to our outdoor art gallery. I invite community members to come by the school and browse through our outdoor art gallery. You will be amazed by the creativity and artistic expression of our students. We look forward to sharing our art with all of you. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message from the AFP

On behalf of the Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) we thank Vann Tran for getting our families ready for the red carpet on Family Pamper Day. The first day of school went off without a hitch! Our sponsored hair dressers were Vann Tran, Cyndee Kane, and Lana Ngo. Thank you!

We also want to thank all of our volunteers and sponsors for coming out to visit us at the Volunteer Fair. Special thanks to Starbucks and Donut Touch.

Upcoming events:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 12—AFP meeting, 6:30 pm, EBS Multipurpose Room
  • Friday, Sept. 15—Welcome Back Movie Night featuring Baby Boss, 6:30 pm, Community Park, the entire community is welcome!
  • Tuesday, Oct. 3—AFP meeting, 6:30 pm, EBS MPR
  • Thursday, Oct. 12—5th Grade Family Science Night, 6:30 pm, MPR
  • Friday, Oct. 20—Family Fall Festival, 5:30 pm, EBS

Gail Faber, AFP President