Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

In the next few weeks we will send out a survey asking our community members for input on what it means to be a Scripps Ranch Falcon and what we would like to see our students accomplish before they graduate. The survey will be shared initially with cluster representatives before being sent out by area principals. Our hope is to use the survey results to develop programs at Scripps Ranch High School that reflect the priorities of our community.

Thank you to all the Falcon families and community members who have made donations to our SRHS Foundation! Your donation dollars are used to purchase much needed supplies and equipment for many different classes across our campus. So far this year, donations have funded science projects, art supplies, Turnitin.com licenses, and much more. If you haven’t had a chance to and would still like to donate, please visit our Foundation website at https://srhsfoundation.org.

Just a reminder that we will host a Community Night on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 pm in the SRHS Theater to introduce a new program for our school, Rachel’s Challenge. Parents and community members are invited to this informational session on the power of Rachel’s Challenge and ongoing efforts that will take place at SRHS. For more on the program, please visit www.rachelschallenge.org. I look forward to seeing you there!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community,

We began our second semester at the end of January. This semester will be a busy time of year as we begin speaking to our students about their classes for next year. Parents will receive information about course selections from our counseling department in the next few weeks.

We also welcome our new 5th grade students and parents to Marshall Middle School! We look forward to meeting our new group of students and are excited to share all the great opportunities we have for Scripps Ranch middle schoolers.

On Thursday, Feb. 8, we will have a matriculation informational night for all 5th grade parents to learn about MMS. We also will have student and parent tours. Please visit our website at www.marshallmiddle.org for dates and times of our upcoming campus tours.

Thank you for your continued support of public education. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

February Calendar

  • Thursday, Feb. 1—Prospective Parent Tour, 3 pm, main office
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meetings, 5 pm, Community Room
  • Thursday, Feb. 8—Information meeting for current 5th grade families, 6 pm, Multipurpose Room
  • Friday, Feb. 16—Lincoln’s birthday observed, no school
  • Monday, Feb. 19—Washington’s birthday observed, no school

Hang Ten at the Hula Palooza

Get those hips shaking and those hands ready for “bid-raising,” because it’s time for MMS’s annual Hula Palooza! The Hawaiian-themed evening includes a host bar, delicious dinner, host bar, live and silent auction items and baskets, host bar, rockin’ music under the moonlight, and host bar. Was “host bar” mentioned?!

Money raised from Hula Palooza directly benefits our students, teachers, and programs to support the Marshall Mustang Organization’s (MMO) mission: to promote and enhance education in academics and citizenship. Here’s the hullabaloo for the Hula Palooza:

  • When: Saturday, Mar. 10, 5–9 pm
  • Where: Bernardo Winery
  • Cost: $85/person, $170/couple, cost increases after Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Special offer: buy a preferred table for $680, seats 8

Please visit www.marshallmiddle.org to buy tickets and for sponsorship and donation opportunities. Also, information, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities will be available at the Hula Palooza table at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market on two Saturdays, Feb. 3 and 10—the last day for early-bird prices. Stop by the table and get a free flower necklace with every ticket purchased! We’ll see you there!

The Sound of Music!

The MMS instrumental music program will put on two concerts very soon. The Band Festival Concert is on Wednesday, Feb. 28, and the Orchestra Festival Concert is the following evening on Thursday, Mar. 1. Both are in the MMS Performing Arts Center starting at 7 pm.

Both concerts feature the music that the MMS band and orchestra students have prepared for adjudicated music festivals, and admission is free! Concessions will be on sale before and after each concert, with the profits benefiting the instrumental music program.

MMS instrumental music will host an adjudicated band and orchestra festival on Thursday and Friday, Mar. 15 and 16, in conjunction with the Scripps Ranch High School music department and the Southern Border Section of the California Music Educators’ Association. Performances start in the afternoon and continue throughout the evening each day. Admission to all performances is free. We hope you’ll join us and support your MMS and SRHS musicians!

The award-winning MMS choirs (pictured above) want you! Students, sign up for choir as your elective. We welcome all abilities—from beginners to advanced.

Parents and community members, you and your families are invited to our upcoming vocal solo and spring choir concerts. The MMS choirs are under the direction of Dr. Lukas Schulze and continue a long tradition of performance excellence. We invite you to be part of it! Check www.marshallmiddle.org for concert details. Please direct enrollment questions to [email protected]

Fall Semester Ends

The fall semester ended on Friday, Jan. 26. Students will bring report cards home on Friday, Feb. 2. If you are not pleased with what you see, please contact your child’s teachers to find out what your child can do to improve his or her grades.

Parent Matriculation Night

Parents of incoming 6th graders, join us for an informational meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the MMS Multipurpose Room. Hear all about our amazing academics and programs.

MMS Visits Elementary Schools

MMS counselors will visit students at our elementary feeder schools in February. We will introduce students to MMS, talk about course selections for next year, and answer any questions or concerns students might have. Counselors will visit:

  • Miramar Ranch—Tuesday, Feb. 13, 8:30–10 am
  • Jerabek—Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10:30 am–noon
  • E.B. Scripps—Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9–10:30 am
  • Dingeman—Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9:30–11 am

MMS Student Articulation

MMS counselors will meet with our 6th grade students during their English classes on Friday, Feb. 2, and with our current 7th grade students during their English classes on Monday, Feb. 5. We will discuss course selections for next year.

Matriculation to SRHS

Scripps Ranch High School counselors will come to MMS on Friday, Mar. 9, and Monday, Mar. 12, to speak to our 8th graders about their 9th grade course selections. They will meet with students during their English classes in the MMS Multipurpose Room.

College: Making It Happen

Attention 7th grade students and parents: on Thursday, Feb. 22, Marshall, Wangenheim, and Challenger middle schools will co-host a college preparation night for students and parents. It will be at Wangenheim Middle School, 9230 Gold Coast Drive, 92126, from 6 to 7:30 pm.

The speaker will discuss high school graduation requirements, along with college preparation information for the University of California, California State University, community colleges, and private colleges and universities. You will hear step-by-step information that every parent and child should know regarding how to prepare for high school and college.

Also discussed will be appropriate middle and high school courses for college prep, as well as financial aid. We encourage our 7th grade parents and students to attend!

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

Please join us in congratulating our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Amy Boelzle! Amy, a 1st grade teacher, will represent Dingeman at the District Teacher of the Year ceremony.

This month all 5th graders will have an opportunity to step back in time to the 1600s and 1700s and experience the lives of colonists. The Multipurpose Room will be transformed into Colonial Williamsburg on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

We will host a community tour for neighborhood families on Monday, Mar. 12, at 9 am. Join us for a campus tour and information session. No RSVP is required!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Greetings from the FFC!

We’re excited to announce that our second annual Casino Night Gala will be at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club on Saturday, Feb. 24. This is an adults-only event. Come out for a night of dinner, games, music, dancing, wine, and prizes…all for a good cause. This is a community event, so invite your friends! Buy your tickets on the Family Faculty Connection (FFC) website at www.dingeman.net.

Additional February events:

  • Thursday, Feb. 8—Family Art Night 1, 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 15—Family Dinner Night at Island’s Restaurant
  • Friday, Feb. 16, and Monday, Feb. 19—Lincoln and Washington birthdays observed, no school
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28—Family Art Night 2, 6:30 pm

Van Vo, FFC President

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Community Members,

Our solar panel project is finally complete, and the school is running mostly on solar power now. Thank you for your patience during the time that our parking lot was closed for construction. Just a reminder to the community: our parking lot is closed to the public before 4 pm. If you arrive before 4 pm for sports on the field, please park at the Recreation Center. Thank you.

We thank the EBS Class of 2017 for its donation of a beautiful red bench inscribed with “Class of 2017” (below). We have found the perfect spot for it where it will be enjoyed by students and parents. We hope that the Class of 2017 will come back and visit us to see the beautiful donation to our school. This special bench will welcome visitors to our campus and remind us of how proud we are of the EBS Class of 2017. Go Penguins!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Greetings, Scripps Ranch

The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market hours are now Saturdays from 10 am to 2:30 pm. It is still at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road.

Thank you to our music teacher, Tom Waczek, for an outstanding holiday choir performance and Michael Bongiovanni for conducting our EBS band performance at the farmers market. This spring we look forward to our orchestra performance. Keep your eyes out for the specific date.

Thank you to Beverly and Mike Cassity for managing the market for 16 years. We look forward to the farmers market continued success for years to come.

Can you believe that 100 days have already passed since the school year started? The Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) could not say “thank you” enough to our amazing volunteers. Our events could not run smoothly without all of you.

Thank you to Alice Sestok and Melissa Perkins, our amazing co-chairs, for putting on a spectacular Father-Daughter Dance. The fathers and daughters enjoyed dancing, music, treats, and food.

We will collect Box Tops from Monday, Feb. 5, through Friday, Feb. 16. Thank you to Kelly O’Day for leading the program.

Jog-A-Thon 2018 is on Friday, Mar. 16, and there is still room on the T-shirts for your business logo. Increase your business awareness and show your support of our school by advertising to our parents, teachers, faculty, and students through print and digital/social media. For more information, please contact Lydia Hwang Vosovic at [email protected] or 858-472-0608. Happy February!

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

Kindness Week

Last year an enthusiastic parent spearheaded Kindness Week. It was such a success that it has become a reoccurring event. Students recently participated in Kindness Week, pointing out positive things about other people, lending a helping hand, and being great citizens. Thank you to SDG&E for its generous grant to support this new tradition.

Jog-A-Thon Fun!

The annual Jog-A-Thon is on Thursday, Feb. 15. This fun event encourages kids to get exercise while raising money for our school’s exceptional programs. Thanks to Jog-A-Thon chairs Stacy McConnell, Judi Schreyer, and Kacy Hayes. Let’s support our school and students in this activity.

Just Say “No”

Later this month Jerabekians will participate in Red Ribbon Week to teach our children of the importance of saying “no” to drugs. Thanks to Breea Dunn for coordinating the week’s activities.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

On Thursday, Mar. 1, Jerabek will host Dr. Seuss-Read Across America Night with a variety of guest readers from our community. This event aims to have every child reading books on Theodore Geisel’s birthday, which is Mar. 2. We always end the event by singing to Dr. Seuss and enjoying birthday cake!

Thank You, Newtopia Cyder

Family Faculty Organization (FFO) programs would not be possible without the generosity of volunteers and sponsors. This month we want to thank Newtopia Cyder. If you haven’t checked out its tasting room, there are a variety of tasty ciders, right here in Scripps Ranch. Thank you for giving back to the community.

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

Students and staff are working hard, teaching and learning. We continue to explore ways to best make use of our prioritized standards—Critical Concepts—and the accompanying Proficiency Scales that guide our instructional practice.

January was a busy time with teacher collaborative planning days, Scholastic Book Fair, Parent-Son Night, and the 5th graders visit to Biz Town. Our 5th graders also enjoyed their first official visit to Marshall Middle School (MMS) in preparation for joining the Mustangs.

The end of January brought budget news and planning. Thanks to all who responded to requests for suggestions in prioritizing our expenditures. It was clear that keeping students and classrooms first was most important to families and staff.

February brings two Family Art Nights and two Science Nights, a parent matriculation meeting at MMS, and the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend. Please check the MRE website for details.

As always, thank you for your support of the staff and students at our school. Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peggy Crane, MRE Principal

Hawks Love to Read

The MRE Scholastic Book Fair was a great success! Students browsed their favorite topics and every purchase helped our library restock and increase its collection. Teachers also received many donated books for their own libraries.

The week was highlighted by our annual Muffins with Mom and Donuts for Dads breakfasts. Thank you so much to those who helped put it on and make it a success. If you missed this event and want to support Hawk literacy, stay tuned for another Book Fair at the end of the year!

Hawk Appreciation Corner

Thank you to everyone who donated guest passes to the 5th Grade Pool Party. Due to the generosity of our community, every student has a pass! The 5th Grade Promotion Committee is so grateful.

Hawks Show Great Character

Have you heard of the “Great Kindness Challenge”? In January our Hawks joined millions of other students and participated in this international event. Every Hawk attempted to spread more kindness through large and small acts. They were given a checklist and lessons on how to bring more kindness to others. We saw more smiles on campus, more generosity, less bullying, and all around more kindness. Students brought home great lessons and learned to be the change we want to see in the world. It was a really special week.

Jog-A-Thon is Coming!

Is your business looking for a way to help support Scripps Ranch’s first elementary school? MRE is looking for Jog-A-Thon sponsors. All donations are tax deductible, and your logo will be printed on all promotional materials. If you would like more information, please contact JC Soman at [email protected] or 248-854-7142.

Catherine Melis