Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Happy New Year, Falcon Families! Over the past few weeks, I have been amazed by all of the support and warm wishes I have received from the Scripps Ranch community.

As we approach the end of the semester, I want to take a moment to let you know about a few upcoming events for our community. On Thursday, Jan. 18, we will host our annual Falcon Day for 8th grade students and families. The event begins at 3 pm in our main quad where teachers and coaches will be available to answer questions about our academic and athletic programs. A general presentation starts at 4 pm in our gym. We understand that a 3 pm start time will be challenging for some families and hope to collaborate with our community partners to discuss different options for next year.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, all students will participate in the kick-off event for Rachel’s Challenge, a nonprofit organization that has established a partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education to promote kindness and respect for all students. That same day we will host a Community Night event at 6:30 pm in the SRHS Theater with the speaker who oversees the Rachel’s Challenge program. This nighttime presentation is open to any community member who would like to attend. For more information on Rachel’s Challenge, please visit

Again, thank you for your support during this transition at SRHS. I look forward to meeting you at one of our many events this year. Go Falcons!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

Congrats, SRHS Marching Band

It’s been an unprecedented award-winning season for the Marching Band! With a score of 85.4, SRHS placed second in the 4A Division finals at the California State Band Championships (above).

Falcon soloist Andrew Pak took home the coveted Soloist Award and a $500 cash prize. Having only taken second place, we needed our score to be one of the top six non-division-winning scores to advance to the Grand Championships that were held later that evening. After a nail-biting afternoon of Division Finals we were thrilled to learn that we qualified for the Grand Championships by five-one-hundredths of a point! Ecstatic and exhausted, the Falcon Corps and Color Guard finished 9th out of 12, and won the Viewer’s Choice Award. Not too shabby for a 21-hour day!

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

Happy New Year from Thurgood Marshall Middle School! We hope you had a joyful winter vacation with your family and friends.

Thursday, Jan. 25, is a minimum day, with a 12:16 pm dismissal. Our teachers will use this time to finalize semester grades and plan lessons to meet the needs of our 21st century learners by providing rigorous academic opportunities.

At MMS one of our highest priorities is to provide a safe environment for our students. We encourage parents to drive with our students in mind. Please share the road with our student walkers and bikers. Please be patient as you near the school and wait in the queue lines. Don’t double park, pass other cars, or dart in front of other vehicles to drop off or pick up your student or speed to or from MMS. Also, don’t park at the corner of Avenue of Nations/Willow Creek and Pomerado roads to pick up or drop off your student. School personnel do not supervise this area and it is not safe for pedestrians.

Our first semester ends on Friday, Jan. 26. Students will receive their report card on Friday, Feb. 2. I encourage all parents to contact their students’ teachers or log onto PowerSchool to find out more information about their students’ progress.

At Marshall we look forward to 2018, and we thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

MMS Calendar

  • Wednesday, Jan. 3—School resumes
  • Wednesday, Jan. 3—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meetings, 5 pm, MMS Community Room; Marshall Mustang Organization meeting, 6 pm, Community Room
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 9 and 10—5th grade matriculation tours at MMS
  • Monday, Jan. 15—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school
  • Thursday, Jan. 25—Minimum day, 12:16 pm dismissal
  • Friday, Jan. 26—First semester ends


The MMS Mustangs competed enthusiastically in the 2017 FIRST LEGO League Regional SoCAL Championships at LEGOLAND. You will be happy to know that the students once again made MMS proud! They won first place for the Core Values—inspiration—award out of 60 regional teams that competed from all over Southern California. The Core Values award is one of the major events judged in this competition, which celebrates discovery, teamwork, and gracious professionalism. Congratulations!

MMS Cross Country Winners

In late November two MMS 6th graders entered the Middle School Cross Country Meet at Morley Field for a two-mile race. This was a free event and open to all San Diego Unified School District middle schools. More than 200 6th through 8th graders participated.

Ella Humphrey finished with a time of 13:18 and was second for the girls and 13th overall in the entire race. Sam Zubatiy finished with a time of 12:12 and was second for boys and fifth overall in the entire race. Way to go, Mustangs!

Please be Mindful when Walking Home

Residents in the Grove condominium complex, located across Pomerado Road from MMS, have brought various concerns to the administration’s attention. Residents say that students walking home after school have been cutting through their yards and damaging landscaping. There also have been reports of students throwing rocks at buildings.

Please remind students who walk home to stay on the sidewalk and respect the property of others. Announcements have been made at Marshall reminding students of this. Any further incidents will be reported to the San Diego Police Department.

High School Four-Year Planning Conferences

Marshall counselors will host two nighttime High School Four-Year Planning Conferences in January. The first is on Tuesday, Jan. 23, for students with last names A–L. The second is on Wednesday, Jan. 31, for students with last names M–Z.

High school graduation and college entrance requirements will be discussed to help students begin the process of tentatively creating a high school plan. Both conferences will be in the MMS Multipurpose Room from 6 to 7:15 pm.

SRHS Falcon Day

Prospective Scripps Ranch High School students and parents for 2018–2019…come hear all about SRHS from students, teachers, counselors, and administrators. Get all your questions answered at this informative meeting scheduled for:

  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 3–5 pm
  • SRHS Gym

Four-Year Planning Conferences and Falcon Day discuss different information, and you are urged to attend both events.

5th to 6th Grade Matriculation to MMS

Fifth grade students from our feeder elementary schools will visit Marshall—their new school!—this month:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 9—Dingeman and Jerabek elementary schools, 11:30 am–1 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan. 10—EBS and Miramar Ranch elementary schools, 11:30 am–1 pm

Parent Matriculation Night, an informational meeting for parents of all incoming 6th graders, will be on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the MMS Multipurpose Room.

MMS counselors will visit students at the elementary schools in February. More information and dates to come.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

Happy New Year! 2018 promises to be another amazing year at Dingeman. We are excited to have our 5th grade students culminate their Junior Achievement (JA) financial literacy unit this month as they spend the day at JA Biztown. Our students “interviewed” for positions at local businesses. The students will put their leadership skills to the test as they run a business and work as a team to create a thriving community. This is always a highlight of 5th grade for our students.

January is a great time for students to open or make deposits into a savings account with our partner Mission Federal Credit Union. Learning to save at a young age develops a great habit. Mission Federal is on campus every Friday morning before school near the flagpole. Student accounts earn 5% interest on the first $500 deposited into their savings!

Looking forward to a wonderful 2018!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Happy 2018!

We hope you’re ready for a fantastic new year! Heartfelt thanks goes to On the Border, O’s American Kitchen, and Panera Bread for hosting our December Family Dinner Night, and to Barnes and Noble for hosting our holiday performances. The kids were amazing!

Our holiday shop was incredibly busy! The looks on the children’s faces were priceless as they searched for the perfect gifts for their loved ones.

We invite the community to join us for our Family Dinner Night on Thursday, Jan. 18, at Pick Up Stix in both the Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa locations.

Preparations for our annual Jog-a-Thon are in full swing, and we are always looking for sponsors to support our school. If you are interested in getting your business’ name in front of more than 800 children and their families, please email me at [email protected] The Family Faculty Connection (FFC) thanks the entire community for its support and wishes you all a prosperous New Year!

Van Vo, FFC President

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

Principal’s Message

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

EBS was invited to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the remodel of Vons on Scripps Poway Parkway. The manager presented us with a check for $1,000 (below)! We are so grateful for our generous community partners. Donations like these allow us to enrich the education of our students and provide programs that would not be possible. Thank you, Vons!

Another one of our community partners is Mission Federal Credit Union, which runs the “Mission2Save” program for our students. They provide our students with special savings accounts that earn 5% interest on the first $500. This program teaches students about the concept of saving money in a bank and earning interest.

Every Thursday students can bring their money to school and deposit it into their accounts. EBS has the largest “Mission2Save” program in San Diego. Over the past four years our students have saved more than $170,000! Mission Fed also supports us in many other ways. Recently they provided astronomy-related arts and crafts for our Astronomy Night. Thank you, Mission Fed, for all you do.

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

News from the AFP

The EBS Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) looks forward to an exciting 2018! Our students have been enjoying our new after-school programs. We also held our annual Mother-Son Bowling event. The AFP thanks Kristeen Evans for chairing this for the last three years. Everyone had a blast!

We look forward to seeing you every Saturday at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market. A portion of the proceeds goes to the AFP. Starting on Saturday, Jan. 6, there will be new market hours: 10 am–2:30 pm.

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

Happy New Year!

While the holidays are over, the festivities continue this month. We’re kicking off January with Kindness Week, spending some quality time at Family Art and Science Nights, and ending the month with musical performances. Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, for helping fund these events.

Remember, there is no school on Monday, Jan. 15, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Visit for a calendar of events.

Spring Fling!

You’ll want to get your tickets early for the Spring Fling Gala on Saturday, Mar. 3. Last year’s event sold out and there’s an impressive lineup this year. This adult-only event raises money for enhancements to our children’s education and it’ll be fun!

Just think: a night out at the Hotel Del Coronado, an opportunity to wear that dress or jacket in the back of your closet, dinner, dancing, high-stakes gaming, and silent auctions. Such fun!

If you or your company would like to donate an item or service for the auction, please email [email protected] Thank you to Jan Coppola, Kari Fields, and Rebecca Podmenik for organizing this wonderful event.

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Hawk Happenings

During the holidays our amazing choir performed December Nights, December Lights, a collection of songs about different holiday traditions—Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Mexican tradition of posadas, and, of course, Christmas. It was a beautiful performance and a favorite way to begin our holiday season. Great job and many thanks to Heather Sadleir and Jill Herbold, our choir instructors.

Jog-a-Thon is Coming!

Is your business looking for a way to help support Scripps Ranch’s first elementary school? Now is your chance! MRE is looking for Jog-a-Thon sponsors! All donations are tax deductible, and your logo will be on all promotional materials. Please contact JC Soman at [email protected] or 248-854-7142 for details.

Catherine Melis