Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal Search

As of press time, a panel comprised of SRHS staff, parents, and community members was set to interview more candidates for the principal position. If a new Falcon leader is named prior to our next Newsletter, the SRCA will post the information on its Facebook page—search and like “Scripps Ranch Civic Association”—and on its website at

SRHS Construction Update

If you drive on campus, you can’t help but notice all of the construction. It is part of the Whole Site Modernization project that will bring new and updated facilities to SRHS. The nearly $27 million plan is being done in phases after a number of years of meticulous planning by the district’s facilities staff.

The project includes the construction of a new 12-classroom building, demolition of 12 older portable classrooms, campus-wide facilities upgrades, and new athletic facilities. “This is a significant project that will benefit students across the entire campus,” said school board vice president Kevin Beiser. “From new classrooms to athletic facilities, by the end of this project Scripps Ranch High School will have a modernized, air-conditioned campus that will make all Falcons proud.”

Construction on the new 12-classroom building is well underway, as steel frames have taken shape above the construction site. The new building is on track for completion in the summer of 2018. Alongside the new building, a new parking lot has been completed and is now open to the public. An additional parking lot will replace the 12 older portable classrooms on the south side of campus once they are demolished in late 2018.

Progress also has been made on campus-wide upgrades, which include new electrical systems, technology infrastructure, improved student bus drop-off/pick-up, heating/ventilation/cooling systems, improvements to fire systems, and the renovation of College, Career, and Technical Education (CCTE) classrooms. The majority of these upgrades should be completed in the summer of 2018, followed by the completion of CCTE classroom renovations in the fall of 2018.

For the athletic facilities, the project team continues to make serious headway on work around the stadium, tennis courts, and softball field. Upgrades to the football stadium are nearing completion, including American Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades, a new walkway to the stadium, new gates, new 300-seat visitors’ bleachers, a new ticket booth, and a new building on the visitors’ side that will house restrooms, a concession stand, and a storage area.

Meanwhile, the new tennis courts are open for use. Construction of the new softball field includes new dugouts, bullpens, a batting cage, bleachers, concession stand, restrooms, storage area, announcer’s booth, backstop, and fencing. The softball field is expected to be completed in early 2018.

This project is part of the district’s capital improvement program funded by Propositions S and Z, approved by voters in 2008 and 2012. When an entire project is complete, often there’s a dedication ceremony and open house. If you would like an invitation, please send your name, email, and phone number to [email protected] indicating your interest in the SRHS modernization. For updates, visit

Lee Dulgeroff, SDUSD Chief Facilities, Planning and Construction Officer

Support Grad Nite

Grad Nite will be on Saturday, June 9, at Knott’s Berry Farm. Ticket sales begin in November. Visit for updates. Please support Grad Nite at our upcoming fundraisers.

  • Thursday, Nov. 9—Rubio’s, 4–9 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 9—Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser, 8–10 am
  • See’s Candy Fundraiser—avoid the malls! Candy will be available for pickup starting Wednesday, Nov. 15; the order form is on the SRHS Grad Nite website or email Nina Salinas at [email protected] with any questions or to place an order
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5—Grad Nite tickets will be on sale at lunch in the Quad

We hope you support our fundraisers to give seniors a fun, safe Grad Nite!

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

I want to thank all of our families and community members who participated in our 2017 Pledge Drive. This fundraiser helps support the instructional program at Thurgood Marshall Middle School (MMS). You still can pledge online on our website.

Over the past two months our students have been challenged to excel in every class. They have been given opportunities to hone their research skills, work collaboratively with classmates on projects and presentations, read and analyze texts, and write across the disciplines.

At MMS we value positive relationships with students and parents. If you have any questions regarding your student’s academic progress, please contact his or her teachers to open communication lines. Contact information is on our website.

Student safety is our priority at MMS. Please adhere to the traffic signs and personnel directing traffic in the drop-off zones. Please be aware, we do not allow drop-offs to occur in the parking lot. Drive safely into our parking queue to drop off and pick up our students safely.

Also, please do not drop off or pick up your child at the corner of Pomerado and Willow Creek roads. This area is not supervised by MMS staff. Please help us support our neighbors by not dropping students off in this area. Thank you.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, Nov. 1—School Site Council/Site Governance Team, 5 pm, Community Room
  • Friday, Nov. 10—Veterans Day observed, no school
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14–17—Elf the Musical, 6 pm, MMS Theater
  • Monday–Friday, Nov. 20–24—Thanksgiving break, no school


Marshall Mustang Organization

After nearly 20 years as a Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), MMS parents voted to disband from the National PTA, District 9 on Sept. 8, 2017. We are now proud to call our parent foundation the Marshall Mustang Organization (MMO). The MMO is the result of nearly a year’s worth of work by our—formerly PTSA—board and Anna Tarvyd Klein, Esq., without whom the legalities of it all would never have happened.

The advantages to being our own 501(C)(3) organization are many, the most important being that 100% of monetary donations now will stay at our school to directly benefit our students, teachers, and staff. Prior to this year a portion of every PTSA donation—totaling $4,000 to $5,000 each year—was sent to the National PTA for uses that never directly benefited our school or community.

Another advantage is that we have declared MMO membership as “all-inclusive.” That means that if your student attends or you support MMS in any way, we welcome you as an MMO member. As MMS begins its third decade of award-winning education, the MMO is proud to pledge financial and in-kind contributions for the betterment of our school.

In October the MMO held a “new logo” contest, asking for creative entries from all interested students. The response resulted in talented artists, representing all grades, submitting ideas for the logo. We want to congratulate 7th grader Daniel S. for his winning submission (at left). Daniel’s artwork will be used as the new “brand” for MMO on the MMS website and all MMO uses. We are so proud of all the contestants that their contributions will be highlighted on our MMO webpage. Thank you to all who participated: Marlon B., Arwa F., Rebecca K., Sahithi L., Ashley Claire M., Justin M., Mikella N., April P., Audrey T., Jessica T., and Neve W.

With a new name comes a new day and time for our meetings. Please join us on the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7 pm in the MMS Community Room. We hope the new evening hour will accommodate busy schedules. We keep meetings short and to the point, but you will leave with a smile on your face from all the fun and knowing you just heard the latest and greatest happenings at MMS. We hope to see you at our next meetings on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6.

Jen Marchesini, MMO President

Sweet Deal

MMS will take your undistributed Halloween candy to be used as rewards for our “Right on Target” program! Please bring them to the main office.

Homework Zone

Students may come by to get homework assistance from one of our very own MMS teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:25 to 3:25 pm in our Homework Zone. Here are the locations and teachers:

  • Tuesdays—Room B204, Mrs. Ingles; Room B306, Mr. Finley
  • Thursdays—Room A103, Ms. Fox; Room B206, Mr. Wright

All students are welcome!

Attention Tennis Players

The MMS Physical Education Department needs tennis balls for different activities. We will accept new and gently used tennis balls. Please drop off your donation at the office or have your middle schooler bring them to PE. Thank you!

Student Support Center

We are pleased to continue a partnership with Alliant Couple and Family Clinic (ACFC), a community counseling agency and affiliate of Alliant International University. ACFC offers student support groups at MMS and individual or family counseling at their clinic.

ACFC counselors will staff our Student Support Center every Friday at lunch for the “Chill and Spill” club, a time for students to drop in, bring their lunch, take part in fun activities, and have a welcoming place to hang out. For more information, contact Julie Becker at [email protected] or the clinic at 547-9803.

Think Green!

The MMS Green Team reminds you to use green options for lunch items.

  • Aluminum foil not plastic wrap
  • Reusable containers not baggies
  • Juice boxes not juice pouches

These choices will reduce the trash that goes into landfills and pollutes our oceans!

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

In November we are thankful for our students, families, and staff who all work together to create an amazing school experience for the benefit of us all. We will offer a community tour of our campus on Friday, Nov. 3, at 9 am for families interested in applying to Dingeman through the district’s Choice program.

On Monday, Nov. 6, we will honor veterans, including our namesake, Colonel Bob Dingeman, at our Tiger Rally at 8:30 am. The rally will feature a Flag Ceremony with Cub Scout Pack 616.

This month we look forward to meeting with all Dingeman families during Parent-Teacher Conferences. They will take place the week of Monday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 17. Teachers will contact parents to schedule a time, and school will be dismissed every day at 12:20 pm.

I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving break.

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

FFC’s Thankful November

The Family Faculty Connection (FFC) is so happy and grateful for the many Dingeman families who have stepped up to volunteer, as well as those who have generously donated to the Pledge Drive. A special thank you to the following businesses for hosting our September and October Family Dinner Nights:

  • The Kebab Shop
  • Yogurt Heaven
  • Rubio’s

Key November dates:

  • Thursday, Nov. 2—3rd Grade Family Science Night, 6:30 pm, Dingeman Multipurpose Room (MPR)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8—FFC membership meeting, 6:30 pm, Dingeman MPR
  • Monday through Friday, Nov. 13–17—Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:20 pm dismissal
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15—Family Dinner Night at Luna Grill
  • Thursday, Nov. 16—2nd Grade Family Science Night, 6:30 pm, Dingeman MPR

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected] On behalf on the FFC, I would like to wish the Dingeman family and the community a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving break full of food, family, and friends!

Van Vo, FFC President

Jerabek Elementary

FFO is Grateful!

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is just around the corner. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Family Faculty Organization (FFO) says “thank you!” From Art Corps teachers to room parents and garden stewards to field trip drivers, our school is lucky to have such a great community of sponsors and volunteers. Special thanks to our Pledge Drive donors and our Scripps Ranch retirement planning neighbor and generous FFO Platinum Sponsor: SimpliFi.

FFO meetings are the first Friday of each month. Please join us. Mark your calendars for these upcoming dates.

  • Thursday, Nov. 2—5th Grade Math Night, 6:30 pm
  • Friday, Nov. 10—Veterans Day observed, no school
  • Tuesday–Friday, Nov. 14–17—Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:25 pm dismissal
  • Thursday, Nov. 16—4th Grade Science Night, 6:30 pm
  • Monday–Friday, Nov. 20–24—Thanksgiving break, no school

In October our students practiced “kindness” at Red Ribbon/Kindness Week, enjoyed field trips to an apple orchard and a pumpkin patch, and participated in the FFO’s Family Art Night. We look forward to a great month ahead!

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Hawk Spotlight

This month we turn the spotlight onto one of MRE’s most beloved teachers. We are so grateful to have Ms. Cindy Vilke that we just have to brag a little bit about her. Every young Hawk eagerly passes through her doors for amazing science lessons and hands-on investigation.

From human circuits to living terrariums to fossil classification, there isn’t a scientific discipline she can’t masterfully use to inspire our future scientists. She manages to motivate the littlest kindergartner while challenging our soon-to-be middle schoolers in the same day. How she does all that and memorizes all those names every year is a miracle to me!

Anyone who has spent time near her knows the love and positivity she brings to our campus. The year has just begun and already our Hawks are coming home with amazing new skills and a love of learning thanks to Ms. Vilke. Every day she brings science to life for our students, and we couldn’t imagine MRE without her. Thank you so much for all you do, Ms. Vilke!

Hawk Helpers Needed

We need noon time supervisors. This is a paid position for a full-time supervisor on Tuesdays and Fridays. Anyone from the community can apply to help. Please email Christine Huddleston at [email protected]

Catherine Melis

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community,

EBS enrolls pupils who do not live in the neighborhood through the School Choice process. The Choice application period for school year 2018–2019 is open now through Monday, Nov. 13. Applications to EBS should be submitted for:

  • Students whose parents want to transfer them to EBS
  • Incoming TK/kindergarten siblings of current Choice pupils
  • Currently enrolled students who have moved, or will be moving, out of our neighborhood but would like to continue at EBS
  • Students originally enrolled via Choice as San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) residents who have moved, or are planning to move, into a different school district
  • Students attending EBS under a Child Care Affidavit

Applications are not needed for resident students or those accepted to EBS via Choice who live in the SDUSD boundaries

The 2018–2019 Enrollment Options applications may be submitted at For assistance, contact or visit the Family Welcome and Enrollment Center at the Eugene Brucker Education Center, 4100 Normal Street, Annex 12, San Diego, 92103. Questions regarding Choice may be directed to 619-260-2410. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

AFP News

The EBS Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) hosted a Welcome Back Movie Night. It was a great way to welcome new and returning families back to school. Thank you to Vann Tran for running a successful Halloween Costume Boutique and to Reena Dayal, Neesha Desai, and Leyla Leatherwood for a spooktacular Family Fall Festival.

November will be another fun-filled month with our Book Fair, which runs from Wednesday, Nov. 8, through Friday, Nov. 17. We also celebrate Grand Person’s Day on Friday, Nov. 17. Come to the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 am to 1:30 pm in the Innovation Academy parking lot.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Gail Faber, AFP President