Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

The end of the school year is right around the corner and we have so much to do before graduation! Senior finals are on Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8, followed by all other grade-level finals on Monday through Wednesday, June 11–13. Those will all be minimum days. Please check our school calendar online for details.

Speaking of graduation, our ceremony is on Wednesday, June 13, at 6 pm in the Viejas Arena at San Diego State. Each graduate will receive two complimentary tickets and additional tickets can be purchased for $14 at our finance office. This year school board president Kevin Beiser, superintendent Cindy Marten, and area superintendent Monika Hazel will be in attendance to personally congratulate our students on this momentous occasion.

Over the past few weeks our students have received very special distinctions. We had several students receive National Merit Scholarships, our Winterguard won its state competition, and the lead in our production of Legally Blonde received a nomination for Best Actress for the Broadway of San Diego awards.

We also celebrated our SRHS Teacher of the Year, Master Sergeant Ferdinand Toledo, who oversees our AFJROTC program. In fact, its Academic and CyberPatriot teams were invited to the JROTC National Competitions in Washington, DC. Our Falcons are making us proud both in and out of the classroom!

This summer we will see major changes on campus. Eighteen teachers will transition to the new building and several other classrooms on the main part of campus. All the vacated bungalows will be removed in January 2019 to make way for additional parking.

Major construction also will take place in the theater and PE locker rooms, as new roofing is installed to support larger air conditioning units. We will update and revamp our website, so please make sure to check us out at

Great things are happening at SRHS. I can’t wait to see what the next school year brings! Go Falcons!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

Dance the Night Away

SRHS Music proudly presents Dance the Night Away! Bring the entire family for dinner while enjoying music from your amazing SRHS Music Ensembles and Choir. Join us on Friday, June 8, at 6 pm—gates open at 4 pm. There will be food trucks, a silent auction, and a dance floor! Buy tickets at

Taste of Success!

The SRHS Foundation presented its 11th Annual Taste of the Ranch (TOTR) fundraiser. The night featured delicious local foods and a sea of overflowing silent auction baskets. With guests enjoying casino games, dancing, and food and drinks, TOTR was a success for the community, businesses, and sponsors.

Principal Nicole Dewitt presented the Title Sponsor award to WD-40 for its generous donation of $5,000. Along with monetary sponsorships, we are thankful for the donors to the silent auction baskets. Also, thank you to the volunteers who made this happen: Jillian Frisbie, Linda and Cort Hoover, Connie Milton, Sandy Heim, Nina Salinas, Sandra Coimbra, Deena Hernandez, Trisha Battaglia, Monica Foerster, and Dannie Wurtz.

Thank you to the following restaurants, vendors, and beer and wine suppliers: Ashoka The Great Indian Cuisine; Asado Grill; Little Italy Bar & Grill; Pazzo’s Pizza; On The Border; Islands; LouZiana Food; Yanni’s Bar & Grill; Rita’s; Starbucks; Ballast Point; Koi Zen Cellars; San Diego Wine and Beer Co.; Rancho Bernardo Winery; and Vons.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

  • Title Sponsor: WD-40
  • Varsity Sponsor: SR Old Pros
  • JV Sponsors: Marrokal Design & Remodeling; and C2 Education
  • Freshman Sponsors: Scripps Pediatric Dentistry; Pinnacle Endodontics, Dr. Tony John; and Manny and Becky Castilla

Thank you to our favorite local DJ, Tim Council, for keeping everyone dancing and to Felicity Hunter—HomesByFelicity—for sponsoring specialty vodka drinks!

The evening was a huge success. The SRHS Foundation thanks you for your continued commitment to our community!

Jillian Frisbie, TOTR Chair

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

These past few months were busy at Marshall Middle School. We had several student performances, including the drama production Empowered, under the direction of our drama teacher, Jeff Russell.

Our band, orchestra, and choir students performed several concerts under the direction of teachers Cameron Brown and Lukas Schulze. Our students have represented MMS in a positive way. We also had many students participate in academic and science competitions, including the National Academic Bowl, State Science Fair, Flying Car Competition, and State Science Olympiad. Our students also completed state testing.

We honored and recognized our staff members in May for their continued dedication and commitment to MMS during staff recognition weeks. We look forward to all the end of the year festivities to honor our promoting 8th graders.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Academic Bowl

MMS’s Academic Bowl team made it to the finals and will compete at the National Academic Bowl in Chicago during the weekend of June 9. Team members are Vanessa Zhou, Kevin Wu, Kevin Zhao, Kayla Xu, and Michael He. Patrick Ngo also qualified but is unable to attend.

We are so proud of our students because they have been getting together on the weekends to prepare by themselves, in addition to the weekly practices. Way to go, MMS Academic Bowl participants!

Science Olympiad

Congratulations to MMS Science Olympiad State team that placed 9th in the Southern California State Science Olympiad 2018 at Caltech in Pasadena! MMS Science Olympians won multiple top six placements in 23 contests. They included events based on the topics: Life and Personal Science; Earth and Space Science; Physical Science and Chemistry; Technology and Engineering; and Inquiry and Nature of Science.

At State MMS won top six placements in seven events including first place in the Roller Coaster and Wright Stuff event and second in Battery Buggy.

State team students (above) are Michael He, Kayla Xu, Kevin Xia, Patrick Ngo, Dhruv Wadhwa, Neel Kumar, Pratham Saxena, Anagh Samavedam, Satvik Eltepu, Sachin Bhajekar, Maya Krolik, Adwit Aggarwal, Kevin Wu, Shreya Goel, Sahithi Lingampalli, and alternates Conrad Hansen, Anirudh Nayak, Aathmika Radhachndran, Harini Akurathi, and Advika Ram. Thanks to principal Michelle Irwin, teacher Erin Kole, coaches, high school coaches, and parent volunteers for making it a success.

2018–2019 Course Selections

Course selections were sent home in May. Please ask your child to see his or her counselor before Wednesday, June 13, if he or she would like a different elective or your child is in an incorrect course.

Also, you may email or call your child’s counselor at school on Friday, Aug. 17, or Monday, Aug. 20, if the courses he or she is enrolled in are incorrect or choices have changed. Elective changes will be made based on the date and time of the email or call to the counselor on these two dates only, as well as course availability.

Please do not email or call to make changes during the summer, as those requests will not be considered. Requests for a certain teacher will not be accepted unless a student—not a sibling or friend—has had a teacher and does not wish to have that teacher again. Contact information is at

New Student Orientation

New students and parents are invited to orientation at MMS on Friday, Aug. 24. For students with last names starting A–L, orientation is from 8 to 9:30 am. For those starting M–Z, it’s from 10 to 11:30 am. Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

We celebrated our 22nd year during our Annual Colonel Bob Dingeman Day on Friday, June 1. The celebration included an Honor Choir performance, and we sang Happy Birthday to our namesake for his 96th birthday on June 12.

Thank you to our Family Faculty Connection Board for all its hard work and dedication to our students this year. The many enrichment programs and materials they provide for our students help make Dingeman the amazing school it is. Our final day of school is Wednesday, June 13.

The 2018–2019 school year begins on Monday, Aug. 27. Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

Creative Leadership in Arts

Principal Tamara Lewis was recognized by the district’s Visual and Performing Arts department for creative leadership in the arts. Dingeman has many program, including the following.

Band, Strings, and Choir: All 4th and 5th graders participate in a weekly music program. Students learn to read music and the fundamentals of rhythm and harmony.

Pottery: Retired Dingeman teacher Rochelle Schwartz teaches pottery to 3rd graders. We have our own kiln operated by our building services supervisor Kenyon Patterson. Working with the materials encourages fine motor skills and dexterity.

Honor Choir: All 3rd through 5th graders may audition for this award-winning after-school choir. Under the direction of Garner Saguil, the choir practices every week and performs at school activities and across the county. They even produce an annual CD of their music!

Hip Hop with Mr. Chris: Dingeman has a hip hop class with volunteer Chris Estrella! It’s amazing to watch students dance with exuberance and expression.

Musical Theater: For the last 20 years the 4th and 5th grade Seminar classes put on an annual musical. They use choreography, props, and sets. The play is performed to packed audiences.

These classes take place during school—except for the Honor Choir—and are part of the curriculum. Research shows that participating in the arts helps students academically. Thank you, Principal Lewis, for your dedication to the arts.

Emily Bung

Top Honors for Math Olympians

Abhi can paint a house in two hours. Arya can paint the same house in three hours. If they painted this house together, how long would it take them?

Problems like this challenged 110 Dingeman students in the Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle School (MOEMS) this year. So many students were interested that organizers Antonette Harris and Leigh Morioka, 4th and 5th grade teachers, created three teams.

All three teams placed in the top 10% nationally! Fourth grader Parth Saxena answered all five questions in five separate tests correctly and won the coveted George Lenchner Medallion Award! If you this is easy, try taking a practice exam on the MOEMS website! Nearly 150,000 students across the country took part.

To prepare for the tests, students spent Thursdays before school practicing with parent volunteers. While the math skills needed are acquired by 4th grade, patterns and strategies must be applied.

The results for our students: 11 placed in the top 2% nationally; 26 placed in the top 10%; and 73 placed in the top 50%! Most importantly, 110 students had the opportunity to improve their math ability. The organizers opened the Math Olympiad to all 4th and 5th graders. Too often the door is closed to students who might enjoy math but are not in the top of their class.

By the way, it would take them one hour and 12 minutes to paint the house. Thank you to Ms. Morioka, Mrs. Harris, and the parent volunteers for helping our students.

Emily Bung

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community,

EBS recently received a new automated external defibrillator (AED) through the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation. This AED was generously donated by M Bar C Construction, the company that managed our solar panel project.

Eric was a healthy Steele Canyon High School sophomore and athlete who died from sudden cardiac arrest/death (SCA/D) in 2009. His parents, Hector and Rhina, established the EP Save A Life Foundation to honor him through their commitment to prevent this tragedy from happening to other families. SCA is the number one killer of student-athletes.

Our new AED is in the multipurpose room on the wall through the right entrance door. We are very grateful to M Bar C Construction and the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation for this gift.

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Fun Continues in the Summer!

The Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) thanks the community for its support during this school year. We couldn’t have done so much without each of you! And the fun continues in the summer with some AFP-sponsored activities.

Summer Camps at EBS

  • Art, Chess, Sports, and Mindfulness
  • Full day: 9 am–3 pm
  • Half day: 9 am–noon or noon–3 pm
  • Camp dates: Monday–Friday, June 25–29 and July 9–13

Register at

Kindergarten/TK Summer Playgroup

The AFP welcomes our new TK and kindergarten students to EBS. Our Summer Playgroups are a great way to meet friends, connect with other parents, and learn about EBS. We meet at Lake View Park, 10794 Mira Lago Terrace, in Scripps Ranch. The playgroup dates are: Thursday, July 19, 4 pm; Saturday, July 21, 10:30 am; Sunday, Aug. 5, 3 pm; and Wednesday, Aug. 8, 4 pm. Please check the EBS website calendar at for updates and details.

The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9:30 am to 2 pm at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. Enjoy the summer!

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

Happy 40th Birthday, Jerabek!

We have 28 teachers now, but when the school opened there were only eight! In celebration of this milestone, as of press time, at least one of the inaugural teachers was scheduled to return for Ranch Round-Up on Friday, June 1. It’ll be great to hear stories about the school from the ’70s.

We Love Our Teachers

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, Jerome’s and the Larry Himmel Neighborhood Foundation partnered with Jerabek to make over the Teachers Lounge. Thanks to their generosity, the room was outfitted with two dining room sets, a couch, chairs, and new appliances. It was transformed into a space where our teachers can relax for a moment.

Summer Reading

Be sure to visit the Jerabek library’s Used Book Sale from Monday through Thursday, June 5–8. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some fun summer reading.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of the school year. Thanks for a wonderful year and have a great summer!

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Healthy Hawks

We held our annual Marine Fitness Challenge when our local Marine volunteers come and help our Hawks spend a morning improving their health through fun games and challenges. Students participate in obstacle courses, parachute games, and other fun activities.

The day is capped off with a color run, where the Marines spray our students with rainbow clouds of powder as they run the track. We don’t know who has more fun, the students or the Marines (pictured below)! A huge thanks to all who participated and see you next year!

For Our Newest Hawks

Do you have a student starting kindergarten or TK in the fall? Summer playgroups are forming. Check next month’s SRCA Newsletter for information or email the Family Faculty Association at [email protected] If you have not yet registered for 2018–2019, the office will be open this summer. Visit for hours and details.

Catherine Melis

Innovations Academy

Congratulations, 8th Graders!

As this school year comes to a close Innovations Academy (IA) is excited to congratulate our graduating 8th graders as they head off to various high schools, including Scripps Ranch High. We will miss them and wish them continued exciting and engaging learning as they utilize their social, emotional, and academic strengths to achieve success.

We also would like to say thank you again to all of our parents for such high levels of participation and volunteering this year. IA is located at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. We are still accepting applications for some grades for the 2018–2019 school year. Please visit for details.

We wish everyone a safe, relaxing, and joyful summer. We look forward to seeing our returning community in August!

Chabad Hebrew Academy

Open for Registration!

Visit our beautiful campus at Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA), a school that provides the best possible foundation for life through superior education and strong Jewish values. We have a preschool for infants six weeks to toddlers in pre-kindergarten, and a K–8th grade program. Email us at [email protected] to schedule your campus tour!

Honor for Principal

Congratulations to CHA principal, Liz Earne (above), for receiving the prestigious Avichai Fellowship to the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Summer Institute. Liz is recognized for leading schoolwide curriculum integration, facilitating innovative classroom practices, and implementing research-based student achievement design.

She joins international educational leaders in the 2018–2019 Harvard Principals’ Center cohort at the Harvard University campus. Liz is highly regarded by faculty for rigorous academic standards, positive school culture, and care and focus on individual student success.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Students Win Poster Contest

The San Diego County Bar Association holds an annual Law Week event that involves school children and generates excitement toward the justice system. Students in kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to participate in the Poster/Video Contest. This year’s theme was “What Does Equality and Justice for All Mean to Students?” St. Gregory the Great Catholic School students Nicole Standifer (poster above) and Mary Ackerman placed first and second, respectively, in the poster competition. St. Gregory students have placed in the top three consistently in the past three years. Congratulations!

Heels for Healing 5K Walk

More than 120 students, teachers, and families gathered in Mission Bay to participate in a 5K Family Walk (below). The purpose of this event, organized by teachers Mrs. Dyroff and Miss Griffin, was to promote school safety and send funds to support the healing process at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.