Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Spring is here, and before you know it our seniors will walk the stage to receive their diplomas! The Advanced Placement (AP) testing window is Monday, May 7, through Wednesday, May 18. Steps are being taken to ensure test security. Parents will be notified of the specifics via email.

AP tests will be followed by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing—state tests—for all juniors. That window is from Monday, May 21, through Thursday, 24. For CAASPP testing, we will have an altered bell schedule with block days and no CORE period. Please visit our school calendar on the SRHS website for more information.

We are doing things a little differently for enrollment this year. All returning students received enrollment paperwork in their CORE classes. The paperwork must be turned into the counseling office for students to receive their 2018–2019 class schedule. Enrollment packets for incoming 9th graders will be delivered to middle schools in early May. For questions or new enrollment appointments, please contact our counseling office. Contact information is easily found on our website.

I want to take a moment to give a special thanks to two corporate sponsors who made generous donations to our SRHS Foundation. These funds will allow us to establish a partnership with Mending Matters to bring more social and emotional services to our school site. WD-40 and the Cushman Foundation have made it possible for our students to receive free one-on-one and group counseling services with a licensed therapist. These services have already started and are making a huge difference in the lives of many students. Thank you, WD-40 and the Cushman Foundation, for your generosity and support of our Falcon family!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community,

We are finalizing the administration of the Smarter Balanced field tests and the 8th grade California Standards Science Test to our students. Thank you for supporting our students by ensuring they had plenty of rest and healthy breakfasts and were at school on time. These details help ensure our students’ success!

In order to support our incoming 6th grade families, we will hold our final Parent Tour on Thursday, May 3, from 3 to 4 pm. We begin in the Multipurpose Room, then tour campus. New MMS parents and students are welcome.

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

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

MMS Calendar

  • Wednesday, May 2—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meetings, 5 pm, Community Room; Marshall Mustang Organization meeting, 6 pm, Community Room
  • Monday–Friday, May 7–11—Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Thursday, May 24—Open House, 3–5:30 pm
  • Friday, May 25—Minimum day, 12:16 pm dismissal
  • Monday, May 28—Memorial Day, no school

Enjoy the Music!

The MMS Instrumental Music program will put on its final performances later this month. The Band Pops Concert will be on Wednesday, May 30, and the Orchestra Pops Concert will be on Thursday, May 31. Both will be in the Michelle Irwin Performing Arts Center starting at 7 pm.

The concerts will feature music from movies, musicals, TV shows, and video games. Awards will be presented to students in each ensemble. Admission is free! Concessions will be sold before and after the performance, with proceeds going to the Instrumental Music program.

Spring Choir Concerts

The award-winning MMS choirs present their annual Spring Choir Concert, an epic, end-of-the-year extravaganza, on Wednesday and Thursday, May 16 and 17, at 6 pm in the Michelle Irwin Theater. Hear works by Gershwin, Brahms, Bach, Adele, Handel, selections from today’s top musicals, and more. We also will feature student choreography and vocal solos by selected singers. You are invited!

Progress Reports

The second six-week progress report will be distributed on Friday, May 4. That will be the final report before school ends on Wednesday, June 13. Final report cards will be mailed home in the summer.

Summer School

The district will not offer summer school for middle school students in the general education program. Students in special education programs, with “Extended School Year” (ESY) on their Individualized Education Program (IEP), will be eligible for summer school. Case managers will contact parents of eligible students when applications are available.

8th Grade Awards

Our 8th Grade Awards Ceremony is on Thursday, June 7, at 6 pm. Parents of students who earned one or more of the following awards will receive an invitation in May: 4.0 in scholarship and/or citizenship for all three years; Teacher’s Choice Award; President’s Award for Academic Excellence or Achievement; and our annual Perpetual Awards.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Community,

Please join us in congratulating Kenyon Patterson who was selected as our classified staff member of the year! Kenyon is our building services supervisor.

Congratulations are also in order for our students who were selected to participate in the district honor musical groups this year. Kaylee Nguyen, Kayla Lee, Alexander Pease, Peyton Thai, Ben He, Landry Clifton, Mateo Danneberg, Gabrielle Marasigan, Anish Boorla, and Matthew Ekaireb will represent Dingeman in the Honor Choir. The District Honor Band includes Ryan Vavrunek, Avaneesh Tisgaonkar, Ian Bae, Kenny Kim, Sienna Canales, Yun Seo, Shasank Sanigepalli, Delaney Vogt, Alex Choi, and Parker Rhea. We are so proud of our talented Tigers! Way to go!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Family Faculty Connection

The Family Faculty Connection (FFC) has a number of events this month. Here are a couple of special dates to remember:

  • Monday–Friday, Apr. 30–May 4—Staff Appreciation Week
  • Thursday, May 24—Family Dinner Night, Jersey Mike’s, 12285 Scripps Poway Parkway

For questions about the FFC, please email me at [email protected]

Van Vo, FFC President

“Art Makes Us See”

Come see more than 800 masterpieces created by all of Dingeman’s students through our wonderful Art Corps program. As renowned artist Paul Klee said, “Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see.” At Dingeman’s 20th Annual Art Show, you will see what our students can do when encouraged to be creative.

The Art Show will be in the Multipurpose Room on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15 and 16, from 8 am until 3:30 pm, and Thursday, May 17, from 8 am until 12:30 pm. We invite the entire community to join us for our Art Show Night on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm where you can see the artwork, the kids can play games, and everyone can enjoy music from talented students. This is a free event, and treats will be available for purchase. We hope you join us!

Christine Dopson and Ryo Vavrunek, Art Show Co-chairs

Lisa Shadburn, Art Corps Coordinator

Spring STEAM Carnival

On behalf of the FFC and the Spring Carnival Planning Committee, we want to say “thank you” to all who supported and attended our annual spring fundraiser, the Dingeman Spring STEAM Carnival. The event also raised funds to help maintain our student programs such as field trips, Art Corps, music, STEAM programs, Family Art and Science Nights, and assemblies, to name just a few.

A very special thank you goes to our Gold Sponsor, F45 Training Scripps Highlands, and Silver Sponsor, Smart & Final, for their generosity and huge support of our event. Thank you so much! See you next year!

Claudine Ricanor Kollmeyer and Silvia Rohrer, Spring Carnival Co-chairs

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

In light of the recent tragedy in Florida we have begun to explore additional ways to make our school safer. ESB is one of the few campuses in the San Diego Unified School District whose physical education field is not fenced in. During the school day the field is closed to the public. However, we still have people walk through our field during the middle of our PE classes.

Like all other schools we would like to have a perimeter fence with gates at all the entrances to the PE field. During school hours the gates would be locked, and after school hours the gates would be unlocked and the field would be open to everyone. Public access to the field would not be changed in any way. A fence around the PE field is a standard safety precaution taken at all district schools.

We will begin by opening up a dialogue with the community so that we get input from all stakeholders. Please check our website calendar for the dates of any community meetings or email me at [email protected] to get on an email list for notifications about this topic.

I look forward to working with the community to make our school as safe as possible for our students.

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Fun Events!

The Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) has started the second session of new after-school enrichment classes with 12 activities. Thank you to the instructors and my amazing co-chair Dave Perkins!

Here are some exciting May events:

  • Wednesday–Friday, May 2–4—Teacher and Staff Appreciation
  • Tuesday–Thursday, May 8–10—Art Show
  • Wednesday and Thursday, May 9 and 10—Book Fair
  • Friday, May 18—Movie Night at the Park
  • Friday, May 25—American Heart Association Jump-a-Thon
  • Thursday, May 31—International Night

We could not have all these amazing events at EBS without our parent, grandparent, and staff volunteers. Thank you! Visit the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:30 am to 2 pm, and follow them on Facebook—search “Scripps Ranch Farmers Market Community”—and Instagram at “srfarmersmarket.”

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

Distinguished School

Jerabek Elementary School was selected as a 2018 California Distinguished School! Congratulations to our principal, faculty, staff, students, and families. This award recognizes outstanding educational programs and practices. Less than 300 of California’s 5,000 public elementary schools receive this honor.

Thank You, Teachers!

In May we will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Let’s show our Jerabek teachers how much we appreciate their dedication to our students.

Special “Date” Nights

Last month our girls enjoyed a formal evening with their dads—“Prom in the Enchanted Forest”—where everyone danced, enjoyed a dessert bar with chocolate-dipped strawberries, and frolicked in the fairy garden. Our boys enjoyed “Fun Zone,” a special night out with their moms to play laser tag and dodgeball and to race pedal carts.

The businesses in our community are excellent partners and we would like to thank the donors that made the father-daughter event possible including: A Little Scene; All State Mailing Services; Analise and AJ, Mom and Me Clothing; Donut Touch; San Diego Tree Service; Home Depot; Quinn-tessential Home Staging and Redesign; Trader Joe’s; Vons; and Yanni’s Bar and Grill. Thank you for being great partners with Jerabek!

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Hawks Service Corner

The MRE Hawks send a special thank you to Girl Scout Troop 3102 for its donation of an owl box for our school garden. The troop’s juniors worked for several weeks researching the local owls and designs that would fit them, determining all the important specs, then designing and building the box as part of their Take Action project for a Journey.

We really appreciate their hard work and generosity. Here’s hoping some owl finds it and helps keep the little critters out of our garden! MRE parents and students can come by and check it out. While you are here, maybe you can volunteer in our garden for a bit. There is always plenty of work to do. Thank you, Troop 3102!

Catherine Melis

Innovations Academy

Shop ‘Til You Drop!

Just in time for Mother’s Day shopping …please join us on Saturday, May 12, from 9 am to 4 pm for music, food, fun, and a unique shopping experience hosted by Innovations Academy. Maven and Mason Exchange is the newest addition to San Diego’s urban-style artisan markets and features 50 local vendors specializing in handmade, boutique items.

There is a $2 admission for buyers. Military and children 14 and under are free. If you would like to be a vendor, please fill out an application at See you there!