Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

We made it Falcon families! Although we were sad to say goodbye to our seniors at our end of the school rally (right), we are excited to see what the future holds for them and look forward to welcoming the Class of 2022. Our annual Kick-Off event takes place in August. It starts on Thursday, Aug. 16, for seniors and juniors, then continues on Friday, Aug. 17, for sophomores, and it’s on Monday, Aug. 20, for incoming freshmen. See our school calendar and website at for more information.

Enrollment packets were distributed in the spring and returned to the counseling office. Students who did not turn in their enrollment paperwork will need to complete that process at Kick-Off in order to receive a schedule.

Our campus will go through many changes over the summer. Teachers will move into the new building, air conditioning, data, and electrical upgrades will be complete in the library, locker rooms, and theater, and several teachers have moved onto the main part of campus. Six bungalows have been removed from our campus already, and a dozen more will be removed by January. This will make way for more parking, which will be complete by the spring of 2019.

One major focus for the 2018–2019 school year is the implementation of our Falcon PRIDE program. Students developed what it means to be a Falcon by choosing a word to best describe each letter of PRIDE: Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence. Falcon PRIDE posters will be displayed throughout the school, it is part of our newly revised student handbook, and it will be promoted by students and staff. We hope this campaign will help more clearly define the “Falcon Way” and set guidelines for students while they attend Scripps Ranch High School. Keep a lookout for Falcon PRIDE T-shirts at Kick-Off!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

Thank You, Officer Ramelli!

This past month Officer Henry Ramelli (pictured right) retired from the San Diego Unified School District Police Department. Officer Ramelli has served our community for many years and established strong connections with students, staff, and the community. We wish Officer Ramelli the very best and will miss his warm smile and unique sense of humor.

Starting on Wednesday, Aug. 1, Officer Brad Sato from the Point Loma Cluster will take over as the primary school police officer for all Scripps Ranch schools. His office will be at Scripps Ranch High School and he will assist at the elementary and middle schools as needed. We are fortunate to have a veteran officer join our cluster and look forward to working with Officer Sato!

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Families, we hope you are enjoying your summer with friends and family.

In the last several weeks we have been preparing for the new school year by planning curriculum and scheduling students for classes. Later this summer I will send all Thurgood Marshall Middle School students and parents information about the 2018–2019 school year and other important dates.

In August parents will receive information about being part of the MMS School Site Council and Site Governance Team. Being part of these committees is an elected position. Parents also are encouraged to be part of the Marshall Mustang Organization (MMO). Being involved is the best way to keep in touch with all the events on campus.

We hope you enjoy the summer in sunny San Diego, and we’ll see you soon!

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

A Winning MMS Staff

Congratulations to Sarah Watkins, MMS math teacher, for being the San Diego Credit Union Classroom Hero for June! Sarah was nominated by one of our parents. 10News stopped by to interview Sarah and some of our students. Her segment aired on Friday, June 15. Sarah earned a gift card and some other swag! Please join us in congratulating Sarah for being our Classroom Hero!

Also, congratulations to Julie Becker, MMS head counselor, for being named the 2018 San Diego Unified School District Middle School Counselor of the Year! Julie continuously gives her heart and soul to meeting the needs of our students.

Amazing Art

MMS held its annual art show, where students, parents, and staff were invited to view the amazing talents—from digital and studio art to ceramics. It included crafts and personal art from students who sold their work, such as the masks below.

Art teacher Laura McDonald talked about the arts as an amazing experience. “Taking art is imperative for students at a middle school level. Not only does it teach problem-solving but also gives students the ability to take pride in their work and the process of completing a project from start to finish. Art allows students to express themselves and to take a break from their hectic everyday schedule.”

One thing is clear when seeing the art in person—these students are talented! Spectators were blown away by the fact that these awe-inspiring pieces were the products of middle school artists. Clearly, their talent is vastly ahead of their time. .

Many especially enjoyed looking at the digital art and the project called “The Memory Project,” where students created painted portraits of students in an Afghan refugee camp (pictured above). The portraits will be mailed to Afghanistan and a video will be made of them receiving their portraits.

Not only were these particular pieces amazingly well-crafted, but they also were made for such a terrific cause that really pulled on the heartstrings. Bravo to all the MMS students who helped make this year’s art show a success. A great big thank you goes to art teachers Laura McDonald and Beulah Forrest for inspiring these students to create!

New Wellness Center

In the spring a majority of our students took a Student Stress Survey created by MMS counselors. Based on that data, our counseling staff created the MMS Wellness Center, funded by our MMO.

We invite students to come to the new Wellness Center when school starts. It’s open at lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in Room B2. Here’s what we hope to create:

We are all a part of the Tree of Life

A mindful space to

Calm, Refocus, and Refresh your brain…

Brain Breaks Allowed!

(The picture to the right captures the sentiment and hangs in the center.)

The Wellness Center is open to students to relax, read, color, paint, listen to music, or do guided meditations. Please take time to destress because you deserve it!

MMS Counselors

New Student Orientation

Mark your calendars for our New Student Orientation on Friday, Aug. 24 at MMS. There will be two sessions. For incoming students with last names starting A–L, please join us from 8 to 9:30 am. For those with last names starting M–Z, your session is from 10 to 11:30 am.

Tennis Balls Needed

The MMS physical education department needs new or slightly used tennis balls throughout the next school year. Please hold on to them over the summer. We will accept them at the front office—or you can send them with your student—once school begins again.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

Thank you to all of our Dingeman families for an amazing experience serving as your principal. I have had a wonderful time learning with our students and families. I know you will be in great hands with your new principal, Maria Montgomery. I look forward to seeing all of you next year at the annual Dingeman Day celebration.

Tamara Lewis, Dingeman Principal

From the FFC

Another school year has passed and another montage of memories has been created. Thanks to the teachers and staff for making the school a great place for our kids to grow. Thanks also to the volunteers for helping inside the classrooms and out, spending thousands of hours to support our kids. Your value can’t be overstated. The Family Faculty Connection (FFC) would not exist without you.

We want to send special thanks to principal Tamara Lewis. She has been very supportive of the FFC and open to new ideas. She has fought for our school and had a remarkable batting average. Her optimism and energy were contagious. Thank you for everything!

You can reach me at [email protected] Now summer is here. I hope you all enjoy it!

Van Vo, FFC President

The Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project, Zikaron, V’Tikvan—Hebrew for remembrance and hope—(below) is an artistic, educational project that memorializes the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust and honors the survivors. All 5th graders get a meaningful lesson in history shared by children of survivors and educators.

Afterward, each child paints a butterfly, which is then mounted on the wall as you enter Dingeman. Each butterfly represents a life lost. Please come to Dingeman and view our donation to humanity and life’s lessons. Thank you!

Michelle Becker, Megan Ennesser, Kris Lee, Leigh Morioka, Kimberly Trench

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community,

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer. I encourage you to give your children plenty of time to relax, have fun, and be kids. In addition to that, a little time spent on “brain work” over the summer will help our students get off to a great start next year.

We always encourage students to read over the summer. Our Scripps Ranch Library has a wonderful Summer Reading Program and other educational activities. Also, I recommend you look at the Technology Academy page on our website for free educational computer games designed to help students with both math and reading. Visit and go to the “Student” tab.

Other activities our students enjoy are the 24 Game—which can be purchased online—and the Rubik’s Cube. EBS has both a 24 Game Club and a Rubik’s Cube Club after school, so practicing over the summer would be a great way for students to gear up to participate in one those clubs. Above all, relax and have fun!

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s 4th of July Parade. As always, EBS will enthusiastically march in the parade in our EBS spirit shirts! Go Penguins!

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

AFP Update

The Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) had a blast during the 2017–2018 school year! There were so many new and wonderful activities at EBS. Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, and we wish all of our 5th graders success as they go into middle school.

Summer Camps: If you are looking to put your kids in a camp during the week of July 9–13, please check out our EBS camps that include Art, Chess, Sports, and Mindfulness. Visit All proceeds go to EBS.

TK/K Summer Playgroups: We would love to meet our new transitional kindergarten and kindergarten kids. Summer Playgroups will be at Lakeview Park, 10794 Mira Lago Terrace:

  • Thursday, July 19, 4–5 pm
  • Saturday, July 21, 10:30–11:30 am
  • Sunday, Aug. 5, 3–4 pm
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8, 4–5 pm

Questions? Email Kristi Bidermann at [email protected] or Christine Martinez at [email protected]

Save the dates:

  • Thursday, Aug. 9—EBS Family Pamper Day, haircuts and nail salon, Multipurpose Room (MPR)
  • Thursday, Aug. 23—TK/K Back to School Night, 5:30 pm, adults only
  • Friday, Aug. 24—TK/Kindergarten/New Student Orientation, 10:30 am, parents and students are welcome; Posting Party, 5–6 pm, class assignments posted
  • Monday, Aug. 27—School starts
  • Thursday, Aug. 30—Grades 1–5 Back to School Night, adults only

Please check the calendar at for updates. Have a great summer from your friends at EBS!

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

Happy Birthday, Jerabek!

Jerabek Elementary School marked its 40th year at a very special 40th Anniversary Celebration. Teachers dating back to the opening of the school joined us! One of them, Diane Belliveau, was there the day the school opened 40 years ago. She shared how it was the students who selected the Koala to be our mascot.

Also in attendance were numerous Family Faculty Organization (FFO) presidents from the past 40 years, as well as San Diego Unified personnel and Tom Liberto, a previous Jerabek principal.

The ceremony itself was very special in that retired music teachers Mrs. Orem and Mrs. Burton returned and led the children’s choir alongside the new music teacher, Mr. Psolka-Green. It was a student-led ceremony, with speakers sharing not only Jerabek’s many accomplishments but also special memories. We thank everyone who took the time to attend this wonderful 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Ginger Colletto

Another Jerabek Party

Our school year ended with a memorable afternoon at the Ranch Roundup. From the talent show to the pony rides and the cake walk to the laser tag, a great time was had by all. Special thanks to Shana Kinnerup and Kori Smyth for chairing the event and to Johanna Secrest, Holly Hanks, and Amanda Crider for assembling a fabulous art show.

I heard people comment that our school knows how to throw a party. It took an army of volunteers to execute this event and they made it look easy. Thank you!

Looking Ahead

Are you missing your morning walks to campus or are your kids missing their classmates? Get your first day outfits ready because school starts next month—Monday, Aug. 27.

On Friday, Aug. 24, there will be a meetup for new kindergartners at 2 pm at Jerabek. If you have an incoming kindergartner, this is your chance to introduce your child to his or her teacher and meet other students and parents.

Get Involved

The Family Faculty Organization (FFO) is planning for the new year. If you would like to get involved, please subscribe to the FFO weekly email or send an email to [email protected]

Summer is also a great time to take care of the TB test that is required for volunteers. If you completed the test, your results are good for four years.

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch, How can it possibly be July? We had such a busy and exciting year and it all passed so quickly! The first weeks of June were busy with 5th Grade Field Day, 5th Grade End-of-Year Pool Party, Awards Assembly, and 5th Grade Promotion. That ceremony was on Wednesday, June 13, the last day of school. Other grade levels enjoyed end-of-year field trips and celebrations.

Probably our most exciting news of the school year was that MRE was honored as a California Distinguished School! As stated by California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, “These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential and put them on the path to achieve their dreams. Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators, and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”

Congratulations to the staff, students, and families for helping MRE achieve the honor of being named a California Distinguished School.

Thank you for your support of the staff and students at our school. You make great things possible! See you next month! Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

Kindergarten Meet and Greet

Incoming MRE transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students and their families are invited to our Meet and Greets. Let’s get to know each other a little bit before school starts.

July meetups will be:

  • Saturday, July 14—Scripps Ranch Community Park, 5 pm
  • Tuesday, July 31—Lakeview Park, 9:30 am

August meetups will be:

  • Sunday, Aug. 12—Scripps Ranch Community Park, 4 pm
  • Friday, Aug. 24—MRE, 9:30 am, just after Kindergarten Teacher Meet and Greet

If you have questions about the Meet and Greets, please email Nikki Lankford at [email protected]

Catherine Melis