Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Thank you, Falcon families, for attending all of our parent nights in February! This is a busy time of year for our staff and students as counselors meet with current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students—as well as new Falcons coming to us from middle school—to choose classes and plan out the upcoming school year.

As you can tell when driving by our campus, we are in the midst of major construction projects that will continue through spring 2019. Our new two-story, 12-classroom building will be complete in June and will house most of our English department. At the beginning of spring break the performing arts teachers will relocate to other classrooms so the air conditioning and roof can be upgraded in the theater. It will be closed from Monday, Mar. 26, until the end of the school year.

With the help and support of the district’s Office of Secondary Schools and San Diego County Office of Education, we were able to bring a very powerful Rachel’s Challenge event to SRHS in February. Rachel’s message of spreading kindness and promoting respect resonates now more than ever. We look forward to seeing the impact that the Friends of Rachel’s Club makes on our campus! For more about the program, please visit

I want to thank all of our community members who completed our “Graduate Profile” survey. We will use that information during community meetings to map out the skills we want students to master before graduation. To learn more about the SRHS Graduate Profile, please contact your Schools Committee representative or principal. Have a fantastic Falcon day!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

As many of you know the San Diego Unified School District is facing a fiscal deficit of approximately $59 million for the 2018–2019 school year. After receiving input from MMS parents and staff, we will be able to fund the following:

  • Homework Zone—two days per week after school
  • Conferences and planning days for teachers to support their learning on Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
  • GATE support for GATE teachers
  • Maintenance and purchase of technology and technology upgrades

We have vigorously protected our instructional program. I would like to thank our generous Marshall Mustang Organization (MMO)—our Foundation—for its continuous support for our school.

We are quickly approaching the middle of second semester. As we continue to work with our students, we want to remind our 8th graders and parents about our promotion standards. We have established several requirements in order to participate in the 8th grade promotion ceremony and the 8th grade promotion activity sponsored by the MMS MMO. All students must meet these minimum requirements to participate:

  • 2.0 GPA in scholarship and citizenship on the fifth progress report
  • No more than one “F” in any subject on the fifth progress report
  • No more than two suspensions in the year
  • No suspensions after Apr. 30

The end-of-the-year activities and promotion are wonderful ways to recognize our students’ hard work! Please remember our promotion requirements. There will be no exceptions.

I would like to thank the entire Scripps Ranch community for your support of our public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

March Calendar

  • Wednesday, Mar. 7—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meetings, 5 pm, Community Room
  • Thursday, Mar. 15—Parent tour for new students and parents, 3 pm
  • Tuesday, Mar. 20–Friday, Mar. 23—Wizard of Oz, 6 pm, MMS Theater
  • Monday, Mar. 26–Friday, Mar 30—Spring break
  • Monday, Apr. 2—School resumes

Special Memories

Don’t let your child’s middle school memories pass them by. You can purchase an award-winning yearbook on the MMS website at Just click on the “Buy a Yearbook” tab on the bottom menu of the homepage. Or you can send in cash or a check to Mrs. Tadeusiak in the financial office. Buy your yearbook now for only $45. Quantities are limited!

Spelling Bee Winner

Forty MMS 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students competed in the annual schoolwide Spelling Bee in February. After 10 rounds of competition—with words such as nebulosity, xylorimba, liaisee, eburnated, tonsure, slumgullion, and ichthyosaurus—6th grader Ava Perez (above) won by spelling “noctograph” correctly. Second and third place winners, Sahithi Lingampalli and Lorena Ford, respectively, are to be commended for also being amazing!

Ava will represent MMS in the 49th Annual San Diego Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee on Thursday, Mar. 15. We give all the Spelling Bee participants a h-i-g-h f-i-v-e!

Music to Our Ears!

MMS Instrumental Music will host an adjudicated band and orchestra tournament on Thursday and Friday, Mar. 15 and 16. This event is being done in conjunction with the SRHS Music Department and the Southern Border Section of the California Music Educators’ Association. Performances will start in the afternoon and continue into the evening. Admission to all performances is free! We hope you join us and support your very own MMS and SRHS musicians!

Progress Reports

The end of the first progress report period of the second semester is Friday, Mar. 9. Progress reports will be distributed to students on Friday, Mar. 16. Please ask your child to see his or her progress report. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher(s).

8th to 9th Grade Matriculation

Scripps Ranch High School counselors will be at MMS on Friday, Mar. 9, and Monday, Mar. 12, to speak to our 8th graders about their 9th grade course selections. After meeting in a group on Friday, students will bring their course request cards home to complete with their parents and get a parent signature. Students will meet individually with their SRHS counselor on Monday.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

It’s that time of year when we register and welcome new students and parents to our Dingeman family. Registration packets for the 2018–2019 school year will be available for pick up beginning Friday, Mar. 16. Our first day to turn in packets will be Thursday, Mar. 22, from 8 am until noon. Please check our website at for more information.

Our spring parent conferences will take place from Tuesday, Mar. 20, through Friday, Mar. 23. Dismissal will be at 12:20 pm on each of these days. All district schools will be closed the week of Monday, Mar. 26, through Friday, Mar. 30, for spring break. Enjoy this time off with your family! Sincerely,

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Greetings from the FFC!

Please join us for Dingeman’s Family Faculty Connection (FFC) Family Dinner Night at Grub Burger Bar on Wednesday, Mar. 21 and Thursday, Mar. 22, from 11 am to 10 pm. Grub is new to our Family Dinner Night fundraiser, so please come out and support the Dingeman community at Grub in Carmel Mountain. Plan a lunch or a dinner with your friends!

Other March events include our Scholastic Book Fair the week of Monday, Mar. 5, through Friday, Mar. 9. And our Father-Daughter Dance is on Friday, Mar. 16! It will be a busy, fun month!

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

How time flies! It’s hard to believe that we have already begun registration for next year. Students currently enrolled in EBS are automatically registered. Those of you who will be joining us must register your child. Please come by the EBS office to pick up a registration packet.

To register your child you will need: a birth certificate or passport to prove age; vaccination record with all immunizations current; proof of dental visit and doctor checkup after age 4; and proof of residence, such as a utility bill, with your name and address on it. For more enrollment details, please visit or contact our registrar, Krissy Duke, at [email protected] or 858-693-8593, ext. 0.

We are very excited to meet all our new Penguins! If you have any questions about EBS, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We are happy to announce that our EBS Teacher of the Year is amazing 3rd grade teacher Alicia Gelaro. Her creativity, artistic talents, and engaging personality make every day in her class an active and engaging day of learning. We are so lucky to have her at EBS! Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

AFP Update

What an amazing February at EBS! For our 100th day, EBS collected 100 coins to help the San Diego Food Bank. Thank you to Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) volunteer Christina Bennett for helping organize this event.

Everyone had a blast at the Father-Daughter Dance. Thank you to our amazing volunteers. And the Farmers Market’s has new hours: every Saturday from 9:30 am to 2 pm. See you there!

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

Greetings from the Jerabek FFO

Our students have been busy spreading some love on Valentine’s Day, running fast at the Jog-a-Thon, and enjoying a special Rock ‘N Glow party. Thank you to our volunteers and generous donors, including Jerabek Family Faculty Organization (FFO) Platinum Sponsor, Barron Real Estate, for continuing to make these programs possible.

Join us from Sunday, Mar. 11, through Thursday, Mar. 15, for “Restaurant Night” at Yanni’s. A portion of proceeds goes to our students. Don’t forget that spring break is from Monday, Mar. 26, through Friday, Mar. 30. Have a great time off!

TK and K Parent Orientation

We welcome parents of new TK and kindergarten students to join us at one of two orientations: Thursday, Apr. 26, or Thursday, May 24, from 2 to 3 pm in the courtyard. We will go over our programs, introduce you to our wonderful teachers, tour the school, and answer any questions about this exciting time for your kids. This event is for parents only, but there will be future meet-ups for incoming students. We look forward to meeting you!

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Hawks Love to Read

Students were challenged to read 200,000 minutes during January for our Scholastic Book Fair. They read 264,947 minutes! This is the most they have ever read for our annual contest, and they earned a movie night in June. Thanks to the volunteers, including next year’s chairs Leanne Steichen and Cindi Pesce, for helping out. We had more than 40 volunteers, also a new school record!

Thanks to all the parents for sending in money and shopping with their students and to our sponsors Lucky Donuts, Vons, and Starbucks on Aviary Drive for their support. We earned almost $4,000 in cash and another $1,000 in books from the Book Fair proceeds.

Hawk Happenings 

Last month was the annual Father-Daughter Dance for our MRE Hawks, and it was another amazing evening. The theme was Hawaiian luau, complete with a tiki bar and cupcake station. One of the favorite places was the message in a bottle station where the girls wrote sweet notes to their dads sealed in tiny glass bottles. The evening also included hula lessons for kids and dads as well as a limbo contest. Thank you so much to the Family Faculty Association (FFA) and moms who put on this special event!

Catherine Melis

Innovations Academy

Life Skills

In a recent Washington Post article titled The surprising thing Google learned about its employees—and what it means for today’s students by Valerie Strauss, it says, “Google decided to test its hiring hypothesis by crunching every bit and byte of hiring, firing, and promotion data accumulated since the company’s incorporation in 1998. Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last.” The article says that the top characteristics of success are all soft skills such as: communicating and listening well; having empathy; and making connections across complex ideas.

Innovations has a collaborative project and inquiry-based learning approach. By front loading social and emotional skills as part of our curriculum, students learn real-world abilities such as communication, critical thinking, learning from mistakes, teamwork, conflict resolution, problem- solving, and self-regulation.

Exhibition Night

Please join us at our Exhibition Night on Thursday, Mar. 22, as students proudly present their projects. They include: 2nd grade learning about technology of the past, and helping seniors learn present technology; 4th graders doing an immersive gold rush experience for Dingeman 4th graders; 5th grade students exploring San Diego ecosystems while helping restore the land; and 8th graders exploring colliding forces within the world and themselves.

Enroll Now!

We are enrolling for the 2018–2019 school year when we will still be located in Scripps Ranch! To apply, visit For questions, email us at [email protected]

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Student Shows Sense of Servant Leadership

Anthony Graf, a St. Gregory the Great 8th grader, is following in his older sister’s footsteps by leading monthly donut and coffee sales at school to benefit Nidia’s Kitchen in Tijuana. All proceeds raised are sent to Nidia to help her provide breakfast for children who would otherwise go without in her neighborhood.

Anthony and his family were introduced to Nidia and her cause three years ago when they volunteered with the Build A Miracle Ministry at St. Gregory the Great parish, building houses for those in need in Mexico. Way to go, Anthony!