Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)
What a way to start off the new school year! From Homecoming to Open House to the hot weather, it has been a busy time at SRHS. It appears everyone had fun at the Homecoming game and dance. Thank you to all the parents who were able to make it to Open House. We changed the start time to 6 pm—from 4 pm—to make it easier for parents to attend.
We had two half days in September, due to the hot weather. While most of the campus is air conditioned, the construction led to the AC being turned off in many classrooms. So putting the health and safety of students first, we called half days. In order to make up the instructional time lost, the scheduled half day on Halloween—Tuesday, Oct. 31— will now be a regular school day.
Coming up is a scheduled minimum day on Wednesday, Oct. 11, for PSAT testing. Also, the first grading period ends on Friday, Oct. 13. Thank you for your continued support of our Falcon Family.
Beverly Greco and Walter Fairley Jr., Interim SRHS Co-Principals
[Editor’s note: As of press time the search continues for a permanent principal.]
Principal Search Update
As a 14-year Scripps Ranch resident, I know the importance of ensuring that the hiring/selection process for the next SRHS leader is paramount in terms of providing a powerful educational partner in our community. It is my understanding that the position is posted and candidates are regularly being screened to ensure they meet the district and site criteria.
Once candidates are identified we will work with the panel of community, parents, staff, and students that has been convened to interview prior candidates. It is our hope and expectation that we will fill the position by the time Bev and Walter make their transition on Oct. 31.
Cheryl Hibbeln, Executive Director, SDUSD Office of Secondary Schools
2018 Grad Nite
The Class of 2018 Grad Nite will be at Disneyland in May 2018. Grad Nite meetings will be held the first Thursday of each month starting on Oct. 5, at 6 pm at the Scripps Ranch Rec Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive, in classroom one.
Information regarding the date, time, ticket sales, transportation, and other pertinent information will be discussed. If you would like to stay informed, sign up to volunteer or chaperone, and provide ideas, please join us at the meetings. Everyone is welcome and senior students are highly encouraged to attend! For questions, please email me at [email protected]
Nina Salinas, SRHS Grad Nite 2018 Committee Chair
The SRHS Falcon Playhouse’s new production, The Outsiders, opens on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the SRHS Theater. This play focuses on the conflict between the rich Socs and underprivileged Greasers in a rural Oklahoma town. Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny find themselves on the run after an encounter with some Socs turns violent. As fugitives, they must choose between never going home or facing the consequences of their actions.
The Outsiders calls for students from SRHS’s different communities to unite on one stage and perform on a set built by the student technicians. This production is directed by award-winning director and theater teacher Patrick Garcia.
Tickets are $10 at the door or $7 at the Financial Office. Only students may purchase tickets at the Financial Office, but they may buy them for family and friends. Anyone may purchase tickets at the door, and we invite the entire community to come to our production and support our students!
Battle of the Bands
Come show your Scripps Ranch pride! Join us for the sights and sounds of the 20th Annual SRHS Marching Band and Colorguard Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 7, at SRHS! This exciting event showcases marching bands from around Southern California. Visit www.srhsmusic.com for the schedule and details.
Marshall Middle School
Dear Scripps Ranch Community,
We have started another great year at Thurgood Marshall Middle School! We have 1,515 students enrolled at the best middle school in the district. Our goal is to provide engaging experiences and opportunities for our students to become problem solvers, critical and creative thinkers, and thoughtful productive citizens.
We also believe that the relationships we build with our students support their engagement in all areas. The MMS faculty continues to explore areas to increase student engagement, motivation, and achievement by revisiting grading practices in order to emphasize the learning process instead of the end-product.
Part of our academic success is due to parent involvement. I encourage all parents to monitor their student’s academic progress. Also, I recommend that parents contact their student’s teachers by phone or email to inquire about his or her progress. We firmly believe school/home communication is critical for the success of students. We have a faculty contact list on our website at www.marshallmiddle.org, click on “Staff.” I also recommend you use our PowerSchool parent portal to monitor your student’s progress online.
At MMS, student safety is our priority. Please adhere to the traffic signs and personnel directing traffic in the drop-off and pick-up zones. Please be aware, we do not allow drop-offs in the parking lot. Please drive safely into our parking queue to drop off and/or pick up our students safely. Please do not drop off or pick up your student at the corner of Pomerado Road and Avenue of Nations. Drivers who do this cause traffic flow issues and this area is not supervised. Please do not stop at this corner.
We are very excited about the opportunities this year holds. Thank you for your continued support of our public schools.
Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal
Music of Halloween!
The MMS Instrumental Music program will put on two fall concerts this month. The Fall Band Concert is on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and the Fall Orchestra Concert is the following evening, Thursday, Oct. 26. Both events will in the MMS Performing Arts Center starting at 7 pm, and both will feature Halloween-themed music. Admission is free!
Concessions will be on sale before and after the concerts, and proceeds go to the program. Join us for this musical fun to get into the Halloween spirit!
Attention MMS Parents: Did you know that 90,000 plastic baggies were being sent the landfill each year from Marshall? The Green Team asks all students and parents to use aluminum foil to wrap sandwiches instead of plastic bags or plastic wrap. Aluminum foil is 100% recyclable!
Other earth friendly options for school lunches include bringing a reusable water bottle and opting for juice cartons instead of pouches. Reusing plastic bags can reduce our trash by 50%! Better yet, bring reusable containers!
From Our Principal
Dear Dingeman Families and Community,
The new school year started off smoothly and students are back into the routine. Thank you to everyone who signed up to volunteer this year. Your participation is a big part of our success.
This year we welcome new and returning staff: Lisa Drake, Stephanie French, and Jamie Jensen, kindergarten; Adrienne Asdal, 4th grade; and Bob Wagner and Megan Ennesser, 5th grade.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our staff and students, which continues to make Dingeman an amazing experience for all. Go Tigers!
Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal
From Our FFC
The first month of school was a huge success! In October our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) will restart our Art Corps and STEAM programs, which are made possible through FFC financial support and parent volunteers.
If you’d like to get involved at Dingeman, please email me at [email protected], and I’ll put you in touch with a committee that interests you.
This month’s dates to remember are:
- Wednesday, Oct. 11—FFC meeting, 6:30 pm, Multipurpose Room
- Tuesday, Oct. 31—Costume Parade, 9 am, on the white top
Van Vo, FFC President
Pledge Drive 2017
There’s still time to participate in Dingeman Elementary School’s 2017 Pledge Drive! We hope you will consider lending your support to our FFC. If you have already made a donation, we sincerely thank you. Your Pledge Drive dollars make it possible to continue our strong tradition of excellence, including STEAM projects, instructional supplies, assemblies, and grants to each classroom.
Donations at any level are greatly appreciated. You can contribute online at www.dingeman.net, using the “Donate Now” button. Thank you for helping enable our students to enjoy a wide variety of classroom and enrichment experiences!
Busy Times at Jerabek
We hope that everyone had a great first month back to school. The Pledge Drive, our biggest source of funding for so many wonderful programs, is off to a good start. If you haven’t yet donated, there is still plenty of time.
The Family Faculty Organization (FFO) would like to pay special thanks to our generous Platinum Sponsor, Scripps Poway Orthodontics, located in Scripps Ranch and specializing in orthodontics for children and adults. Also, a big thank you to our very own Scripps Ranch Civic Association for its generous donation!
Spirit Day is every Thursday, when everyone is encouraged to wear green or Jerabek gear. Wednesday nights this year will be Family Nights, where there will not be any school activities.
Mark your calendars for these events:
- Thursday, Oct. 12—Restaurant Night, Jersey Mike’s on Scripps Poway Parkway
- Monday–Friday, Oct. 16–20—Red Ribbon/Kindness Week
- Tuesday, Oct. 24—Minimum Day, 12:25 pm dismissal
During the first two weeks of school, Jerabek Cares organized a School Supply and Backpack Drive. Through volunteer efforts our school collected about 50 new backpacks and supplies for San Diego Unified students at John Marshall Elementary School. The backpacks, pencils, notebooks, scissors, glue sticks, crayons, markers, and other supplies will help many kids to learn. Thank you, Dawn Gencarelli and the Jerabek Cares team, for making a positive difference in the lives of children in San Diego.
Miramar Ranch Elementary
Halloween Town is Coming to the Ranch!
Don’t miss out on the 44th Annual MRE Halloween Carnival, a true Scripps Ranch tradition that doubles as the school’s most enjoyable fundraiser! The carnival is on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11 am until 4 pm. It is free to attend, with game and ride tickets available for purchase. Save time and money by purchasing your tickets online at www.halloween.miramarranch.org before the event.
This year’s activities include:
- Our famous Haunted House
- Dodgeball, laser tag, and all the classic carnival games
- Photo Booth
- Costume and Hula Hoop Contest
- LuLaRoe Pop up Shop
- Pumpkin Patch
- And much more!
You might even get to visit with Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas! This is the Halloween event of the year in Scripps Ranch. It is going to be an amazing day and I know I can’t wait! We hope to see the entire community there!
Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary
From Our Principal
Greetings EBS Families and Community Members,
On Wednesday, Oct. 18, we will celebrate the birthday of our namesake, Ellen Browning Scripps. She was a remarkable woman by any standard of time or human judgment. In a man’s world, she quietly held her own. In the world of women, she was a role model for the country.
A lifelong champion of women’s rights and the soul of the Scripps newspaper empire, she epitomized altruism. Among her long list of philanthropic deeds are many firsts. Here are a few:
- Regarded as the first columnist and the first foreign correspondent
- First female graduate of Knox College
- Established the first public playground in the United States and deeded it to San Diego
- Established Scripps Memorial Hospital
- Established Scripps Clinic, the second such facility in the U.S.
- Established Scripps College, the foundation for Pomona College
- Established the Bishop’s School and James by-the-Sea Church with her sister Virginia
- Established Torrey Pines State Park
- Established the Scripps Institute of Oceanography with her brother Edward
- Funded the establishment of the San Diego Zoo
We are proud that our school is named after someone who made such a remarkable contribution to the San Diego community.
Feel free to join us for an assembly in her honor on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 9 am on the upper playground. Sincerely,
Liz Sloan, EBS Principal
One month into school and we already have so many excited kids, parents, and staff. On the first day parents enjoyed coffee and donuts while checking out our Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) Volunteer Fair. Here are some reminders.
Super Pledge—Please help enhance the educational experience of your children at EBS by donating to Super Pledge. Our goal is to raise the equivalent of $250 per student. A donation of any amount will help us reach this goal. Please look into corporate matching, as many employers match funds. All donations are tax deductible. Your pledge makes a difference!
Family Fall Festival—This is one of the most anticipated family events of the year! It’s a fun evening filled with games, face painting, a silent auction, cupcake walk, fun costume parade, and delicious food! We can use your help to plan the event and on the day of the festival. Come be a part of this exciting fundraiser! The Fall Festival is on Friday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 9 pm on our campus.
Scripps Ranch Farmers Market—Join us for our Halloween festivities on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 am to 1:30 pm. A portion of the proceeds goes to the children of EBS.
Gail Faber, AFP President
St. Gregory the Great Catholic School
St. Gregory the Great Guardians demonstrated their generosity in support of our brothers and sisters in Texas who need our help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Our school community put faith into action by raising $1,355 for hurricane relief.
Two 2nd graders—Maddie and Ellarose—adopted our preschool as the beneficiary of their gift of service. During the summer these entrepreneurs set up a lemonade stand and raised $49.38, after raising $69 the previous summer. They presented their donation to Mrs. Igou, our preschool director (left), and will select items for the preschool with Mrs. Igou. We are so proud of these Guardian stewards!
Construction update: Painting has begun, as has the construction of the natural playground. Flooring and cabinetry will be installed soon. Mrs. Igou is meeting prospective families, selecting furniture, and previewing curriculum. We will have a preschool Open House in December.
For information, visit www.stggcs.org or contact the school office at 397-1290 or [email protected] We enroll new students throughout the year.