Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

It’s been a busy time at SRHS! Counselors have completed the course selection and articulation process with all students. There are new pathways and college courses that students can take starting next year. For more on that and other positive changes at our school, check out pages 26 and 27 in this Newsletter.

In March we held our first ever “Safety Week” to practice important emergency drills and procedures. Our Student Summit organized a Safety Rally for the school. They did a great job! The front cover of this Newsletter was from the rally.

We are excited to bring a College Fair to campus. Join us on Friday, Apr. 20, from 4 to 6:30 pm in the SRHS gym. A spring College Fair is a great time for juniors, sophomores, and freshmen to learn about colleges that may interest them, then visit them over the summer. We will share more information as the event nears.

We had so many things to celebrate in the past month. Here are a few highlights:

  • At the Laurels for Leaders luncheon, Scripps Ranch was recognized as making the largest donation ever by a school to the canned Food Drive. We brought in 15,000 pounds, almost half of what was collected in all of San Diego County! Our Associated Student Body (ASB) president was presented with a $500 check that will go to our Air Force JROTC program that organized the drive.
  • Speaking of AFJROTC, its Academic Team is returning to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National JROTC Academic Competition. The team placed in the top 16 out of 900 schools that have an AFJROTC program.
  • Our Mock Trial program came in first during the regular competition, winning over Westview High School in the final round.
  • The SRHS Science Olympiad team placed sixth out of 77 teams. Our San Diego Regional Competition is the largest and most competitive in the nation. A sixth place finish means the team will be invited to the California State Science Olympiad Competition in April.

I again wanted to take a moment to thank all of our community members who have helped with the SRHS Foundation’s supply drive. Your donations and contributions truly make a difference!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community,

We are quickly approaching the middle of second semester. As we continue to work with our students, we want to remind our 8th grade students and parents about our promotion requirements. We have established certain criteria in order to participate in the 8th grade promotion ceremony and the promotion activity sponsored by the MMS Marshall Mustang Organization (MMO).

  • 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 during the year
  • No suspensions after Apr. 30

I would like to thank Scripps Ranch for its support for our public schools!

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Special Honor

March was a time for celebrations. We honored principal Michelle Irwin and her outstanding 10 years of dedicated leadership at MMS. In a surprise “ceremony” Michelle was presented 70 flowers—handed to her by students—and received a bronze plaque renaming our theater the “Michelle Irwin Theater for the Performing Arts” (above). When you see Michelle, thank her for keeping our students on the path to success.

Then, MMS parents and supporters helped make the Second Annual Hula Palooza, held at the Bernardo Winery, a grand success for our students. Event attendees and online auction bidders raised more than $10,000! A huge thank you goes to all who attended and our selfless committee who put together the event: Chris Brookes, Elise Johnston, Laura McWilliams, Angelia Sheldon, Kathryn Scurry, Arlene Clements, Beth McNeill, Sharon Black, Jen Marchesini, and the rest of the committee. Thank you!

FC Barcelona Visits MMS

The district has an agreement with FC Barcelona to provide free school visits and soccer clinics to students. The FC Barcelona coaches came to visit MMS students to discuss the importance of teamwork, dedication, and work ethic (pictured above with the MMS administration). We thank them for their time and truly enjoyed their visit.

State Testing

Students start state testing this month, taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). For more information, visit and go to the Parent/Student tab. Most students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) tests, which are computer adaptive tests and performance tasks, in English language arts and math. In 8th grade there will be a Computer Adaptive Science Test (CAST). The English and math SBAC tests will be administered in class during the window of Monday, Apr. 23, through Friday, May 4. The 8th grade CAST will be given in science classes the week of May 7. We will not have a special schedule. To learn tips and what can be done at home, visit

Essay Winners

Congratulations to these MMS students who placed first, second, and third, respectively, for grade 8 in the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library Essay Contest: Alyssa Sengchan, teacher Richard Lulay; Mikella Nuzen, Katharine Parr; and Ranjiv Jithendran, Mr. Lulay. We are very proud of these students!

Attention: Families and Friends!

You are invited to the MMS choir spring events: Wednesday, Apr. 4, Spring Vocal Solos Concert, 5 pm; and Wednesday and Thursday, May 16 and 17, Spring Choir Concerts, 6 pm. All these concerts are free. Hear what our young musicians have been working on this year!

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community Members,

The spring season has put a spring in everyone’s step here at Dingeman, and we look forward to celebrating Earth Day on Friday, Apr. 20. This special day will be filled with lots of Earth-friendly learning and activities. Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to learn many ways to be good citizens of our planet.

I look forward to seeing you all at our Spring Open House on Thursday, Apr. 26, at 6 pm. Sincerely,

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

It’s Spring!

The last few weeks have been busy for the Family Faculty Connection (FFC), with a lot of events and people to thank:

  • Nidhi Goel and Brandy Modic for planning and running the Gala
  • Cecily Walbridge, Morgan DaVersa, Nidhi Goel, and all the volunteers for running our Book Fair
  • Lisa Shadburn for organizing a third Family Art Night
  • Frishta Farmand for chairing our Father-Daughter Dance
  • Ryo Vavrunek and Grub Burger Bar for hosting last month’s Family Dinner Night

The entire community is invited to our annual Spring Carnival on Friday, Apr. 13. It’s a fun, family-friendly event featuring games, activities, live performances, delicious food, and the popular silent auction.

All proceeds benefit Dingeman students to help fund programs. Join the party from 3 to 7 pm at Dingeman. For information on sponsorships, participation, and donations, please contact Claudine Ricanor at [email protected]

Van Vo, FFC President

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Spring is in full bloom and this is a great time of year to celebrate the arts. We recently held our annual Celebration of the Arts at Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa. We had more than 100 pieces of art on display—you may have seen some of them in the store window!

We also enjoyed performances from our 5th grade orchestra, our 4th and 5th grade choir, our 5th grade band, and some of our guitar players. At EBS we believe that visual and performing arts are an essential component of a well-rounded education and definitely worth celebrating.

In more art news three cheers to the following EBS students whose artwork was selected for the San Diego Unified School District Student Art Exhibit: Stuti Aggarwal, Amna Ghandhi, Sara Joo, Ellen Khvat, Nic Lanz, Matthew Liou, Nathan McLaren, Lexi Ngo, Jaden Nguyen, and Alejandro Torrero. The art is on exhibit at the Eugene Brucker Education Center until Tuesday, Apr. 10.

A big congratulations goes to our students whose artwork was chosen to be exhibited at Sophie’s Gallery in Kensington: Aditi Ramamurthy, Ayden McLaren, Wesley Hsu, Kayli Orlansky, Maddie Lindsay, Kaden Kuhn, Grace Gizzo, and Harini Sreeraman.

Other amazing artists had award-winning art in the Youth Art Month (YAM) show. Their art moves onto the Southern California YAM show in Riverside. Way to go Alex Idiculla, Aya Kovarsky, Caley Cooper, and Evan Marshall!

Also, we send a shout-out to Syra Walia who was the winner of a creative writing contest. Have a great month!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Message from the AFP

March was amazing! We thank the Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) volunteers who worked so hard to organize all our events. Thank you to Monika Wimmer and Robyn Flint for a successful Jog-a-Thon and to Lydia Hwang Vosovic for finding our sponsors.

Thank you to magician Arthur Atsma for our amazing Common Core magic show. Lastly, we would like to give a shout-out to our 5th Grade Family Science Night volunteers for their amazing leadership at our Family Science Night events.

New after-school enrichments begin in April. They include art, taekwondo, orchestra, Intro to Improv, and performance, meditation, and drama. We hope you take advantage of them!

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

Fun at Jerabek

Welcome back from spring break! We recently held our annual Jog-a-Thon, where our kids raced around the field. There were many people who made this event possible, including Karen Freeman, Jenny Richardson, Talia Wulkowicz, Lorelee Bada, Kelly Schmitz, Amanda Crider, and Chris Nahrstedt. Nicole Wroblewski also deserves a big shout-out for making sure each student had water!

We continued the fun at Jerabek with Dr. Seuss Night. We were honored to have special guest readers from throughout the county including parents, celebrities, professional athletes, the Padres’ Friar, the Cat in the Hat (above), and even some four-legged friends from the Humane Society. While the furry and shelled visitors didn’t read, they were a big hit with the kids.

Parent Prom!

Our largest annual adult-only event is the Spring Fling. This year parents, teachers, and supporters danced the night away at the Hotel Del Coronado. Some parents even joined together for limos, dubbing the event the “Parent Prom.”

It was a record-breaking fundraiser—we raised an extraordinary amount of money to support our school programs. Thank you to all the generous donors! This took a lot of planning and coordinating by the committee. Special thanks to committee chairs Jan Coppola, Kari Fields, and Rebecca Podmenik.

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

April begins with a return to campus after a well-deserved spring break for students and staff. We are rested and ready to go back to work as we get ready for testing in May with all students in grades 3–5.

In March a group of teachers and I visited Salk Elementary in Mira Mesa to observe and learn about Project Lead The Way (PLTW). MRE has been invited to participate in training and implementation of PLTW science curriculum, beginning with grades 4 and 5 next school year. PLTW offers hands-on, exploratory lessons “blending computer science, engineering, biomedical science, and more.” Visit for more details.

Fourth and 5th grade children celebrated two milestones in March. Fifth graders posed for their class photo, a sure sign they are getting ready to move on to middle school. Fourth graders enjoyed our first—and, hopefully, annual—Dance Party hosted by Mr. Vernia and his students. It’s the first time we ever had glow bracelets in the multipurpose room!

The end of March brought one of our most popular and well-attended events, the Jog-a-Thon! Thanks to all the parents and volunteers who helped make this another great time for all the kids.

Check our website for details on events such as Seminar classroom visits, variety show auditions, kindergarten and new student registration on Tuesday, Apr. 17, and our PE Fitness Challenge with our MCAS Miramar friends on Friday, Apr. 27.

As always, thank you for your continual support of the staff and students at our school. You make great things possible! Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

College Bound

Huge congratulations go to one of our amazing Hawks, who is already planning her path to college. Fourth grader Jacy Zanotelli (top right) has received her first college scholarship! She was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Stacy Walker, to represent MRE in the competition for the nationally awarded Carson Scholarship. The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4–11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities.

Scholarship winners get the honor of being named “Carson Scholars” and are awarded an Olympic-sized medal and a trophy for their school to celebrate their accomplishments. Congratulations, Jacy! You make all of us at MRE very proud!

Catherine Melis

Innovations Academy

We have received our charter renewal! This allows us to continue to provide students the opportunity to create their lives through self-expression, compassionate connection, and purposeful learning!

Please join us for our student production of The Wizard of Oz on Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, at 6 pm, and Saturday, May 5, at 2 and 6 pm.

We are enrolling for next school year when we will still be in Scripps Ranch. We would love to have you join our school. To apply, visit For questions, please email [email protected]

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School Guardians participated in the 22nd Annual Diocese of San Diego Academic Junior High Decathlon. The team finished in fourth place overall out of 24 schools (pictured below with coaches)!

They have been studying for the event since the fall and met each week to fine- tune their logic and teamwork for this rigorous competition. Eight students represented in individual categories: Religion, Literature, English/Spelling, Mathematics, Science, Fine Arts, Current Events, and Social Studies. There were team events in Logic and Super Quiz. The Writing competition was held two weeks prior to the main event.

Every member was integral to its success, and several students were among the top in the diocese: Lael, first in English/Spelling and fourth in Writing; Patrick, first in Mathematics; Isabella, second in Literature; and Nicole, sixth in Religion. The Guardians placed fourth in the Super Quiz. Members included: Aisling, Liam, Olivia, Josie, Harrison, Dylan, and alternates Emily, Jacob, and Matthew. Three faculty members coached the team; Darlene Howard, Jessica Collins, and Raquel Oriondo. Congratulations!