Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

A big thank you to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) for including our 2018–2019 Associated Student Body (ASB) president, Jerry Yang, and me in this year’s 4th of July Parade! It truly was an honor to be part of such a great community event, and we appreciate the SRCA’s support of our school.

Our offices reopen on Thursday, Aug. 9, with our regular hours of 7 am to 3 pm. New enrollment packets will be available at that time and new enrollment appointments start on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Our Kick-Off events also take place that week. Here is the schedule:

  • Seniors—Thursday, Aug. 16, 7:30–9:30 am
  • Juniors—Thursday, Aug. 16, 10 am–noon
  • Sophomores—Friday, Aug. 17, 7:30 –10 am
  • Freshmen—Monday, Aug. 20, time is based on student’s birth month:

7:30 am—December and January

8 am—February and March

8:30 am—April and May

9 am—June and July

9:30 am—August and September

10 am—October and November

Please visit our website for more detailed information and Kick-Off forms. Please be sure the forms are filled out and brought to Kick-Off. That’s also when students can purchase items such as yearbooks, PE clothes, and parking passes. Textbook distribution also happens at this time, so they may want to bring backpacks.

In June we distributed tentative student schedules. Counselors still are working on schedule change requests and will be available during all the Kick-Off days to help students with scheduling issues. Updated schedules will be distributed on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 27, starting at 7 am in the quad. There will be a brief CORE period that morning followed by a period 1–6 schedule.

This summer is already flying by and we can’t wait to see our Falcons back on campus later this month! Go Falcons!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

SRHS AFJROTC are World Champs … Again!

For the third consecutive year the SRHS Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Academic Team won the Joint Leadership Academic Bowl! The contest involved more than 3,000 schools throughout the nation and in Department of Defense schools overseas. This academic competition between JROTC programs from all four military services and the Civil Air Patrol took place in Washington, DC.

The format involved team competitions, with members answering questions covering a variety of academic areas. Team members need to be well versed in math, literature, science, current events, and many other topics. Team captain Albert Gu led SRHS to victory with a perfect 11-0 record in the initial AFJROTC-only bracket to be selected to compete in the National Championship. Supported by fellow cadets Jackwin Hui, Alan Hang, and Raymond Sun, the team was ranked in first place going into the finals. They were coached by SRHS JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Michael Sheldon.

The National Championship round was the most challenging, with strong competition from the Navy JROTC program from Ed W. Clark High School in Las Vegas. Going into the fourth and final round, the overall score was tied 220 points per team. During the last round of 16 questions, the SRHS team monopolized the contest and gained 180 points by answering nine questions correctly! The final score was 320 to 400, sealing the third straight win for SRHS in the past three years.

This amazing streak of international-level wins brings great credit to SRHS, its AFJROTC program, and the high quality of cadets who participate in the program. No other JROTC program in the nation is as well-recognized as the program at Scripps Ranch. Our string of successes while competing at such high level competitions lets others know we are the best JROTC in the world!

Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer with friends and family.

The administration, teachers, and

staff look forward to working with you as we create students to be thoughtful productive citizens who will inherit our global society. At Thurgood Marshall Middle School we challenge each of our students to reach his or her full potential with our quality instructional program. We will continue to develop a positive relationship with our parents and the Scripps Ranch community.

The MMS office is closed until Monday, Aug. 13. Beginning on that date, we will be able to enroll any new student who has moved into Scripps Ranch. If your child attended any of the Scripps Ranch elementary schools, you do not need to enroll him or her. For more enrollment information, visit www.marshallmiddle.org/apps/news/article/352162.

Students and parents will receive a welcome back letter by early August outlining a lot of information about student orientation and other details about the new school year. If you have any questions about your child’s courses, please call or email—preferred—your child’s counselor on Friday, Aug. 17, or Monday, Aug. 20, if the courses he or she is enrolled in are incorrect or choices have changed. It remains our school policy that we will not honor requests to have specific teachers.

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 27. Students should arrive between 7 and 7:30 am in order to locate their first period class on posted rosters. Student schedules will be distributed during first period.

We believe that our students’ focus should be on academics. Proper attire significantly contributes to an atmosphere of positive learning. An educational setting is a professional place, preparing young people for a successful future. Therefore, our dress code:

  • Protects the health and safety of our students
  • Requires pants not to be worn below the hips or sagging
  • Requires shorts/skirts/dresses not to reveal the buttocks
  • Requires no tube tops or tanks tops
  • Requires no see-through, off-the-shoulder, or provocative clothing that exposes the chest or undergarments
  • Requires articles of clothing to refrain from offensive pictures or writing, alcohol, tobacco, or drug messages
  • Must be free of depictions or illustrations that demean or negatively represent any gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation

We appreciate your support in helping us maintain a safe and positive school. Our dress code policy creates an academically focused environment and helps create a safe campus. Please follow the guidelines when shopping for school clothes.

We’ll see you on the first day of school! We look forward to providing you the best middle school educational experience. Thank you for your continued support of public schools. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

MMS Calendar

  • Monday, Aug. 13—Office opens
  • Friday, Aug. 24—New Student Orientation for students/parents with last names beginning with A–L, 8–9:30 am; for last names M–Z, 10–11:30 am
  • Monday, Aug. 27—School starts
  • Monday, Sept. 3—Labor Day, no school
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5—6th grade Back to School Night, 5:30 pm, Multipurpose Room (MPR); class visitations begin at 6 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 6—7th–8th grade Back to School Night, 5:30, MPR; class visitations begin at 6 pm

Schedule Changes

At the beginning of the school year there inevitably will be class changes for some students. Schedule changes only will be made for students who are in an incorrect class. This may be an elective class change, a change in the level of an academic class, or if a student is missing a required class or has a class duplicated.

Schedule changes will not be made for students who request a teacher or period change. Students may ask any teacher for a pass to see their counselor if they have an error in their schedule. If students request any major schedule changes, parents will be notified before such changes are made.

Counselors are assigned to students alphabetically and are available at 858-549-5400. The MMS counselors are:

A Place to Destress

Remind your students to check out the new MMS Wellness Center created by our counselors. We invite students to come to the Wellness Center at lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in Room B2. Students can relax, read, paint, or listen to music. Please take time to destress because you deserve it!

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

I hope that everyone is enjoying the summer break. It’s a great time to make fun memories with family and friends.

I am honored to be joining the Dingeman Elementary School community as your new principal. We are so fortunate to have a supportive community, with active and involved parents, as well as staff who are committed to providing an innovative and engaging learning experience for our students. I look forward to the year ahead and our partnership in educational excellence.

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 27. The school office reopens on Tuesday, Aug. 14. So if you have recently moved into our attendance boundaries, please stop by the office to register your child or children.

For returning students, registration paperwork will be available for pick up on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Completed packets will be collected by your teacher on the first day of school. Teacher and classroom assignments will be provided to families for the 2018–2019 school year through our school messaging service.

TK/kindergarten teachers will host a Meet and Greet on Friday, Aug. 24. Details will be sent to families and posted on our school website. We will update the website as soon as we return in August. For additional information, please go to www.sandiegounified.org/schools/dingeman.

I’m looking forward to a great school year and to meeting all the children and families. Go Tigers!

Maria Montgomery, Dingeman Principal

Welcome Back, Tigers!

On behalf of the Family Faculty Connection (FFC), I hope everyone had a great summer and you’re excited to get back to school. As our school budget continues to be cut, the role of parent-school organizations, such as the FFC, grows in importance by providing the extra boost our kids deserve. We can’t reduce class sizes, but we can help with our time and resources to enrich the Dingeman experience for our students.

I urge you to be active in the FFC— pick something that interests you and volunteer! Register on the FFC website at www.Dingeman.net to be notified of enrichment opportunities for your kids, and follow us on Facebook at “Dingeman FFC.”

Events to Remember

  • Friday, Aug. 10—Kindergarten Meetup, 4:30-6:30 pm, Spring Canyon Park, hang out with other incoming kinder students and meet their parents
  • Friday, Aug. 24, 4 pm—Back to school party; music, snacks, and refreshments; meet FFC volunteers and find out how you can help
  • Monday, Aug. 27—First day of school celebration, 7:40 am, there will be music, photo lines, and refreshments for parents

If you have questions about the FFC, please email me at [email protected] It’s going to be a great year!

Van Vo, FFC President

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Community Members,

We look forward to welcoming back all our Penguins on Monday, Aug. 27. Please check our website calendar for any updates.

This summer we continued to work on the construction of our Maker Space engineering and robotics lab. We hope to have our grand opening in September. The students already are excited about our 10-foot wide LEGO wall. This will be a space where students can imagine something, design it, and create it. At EBS we are creating problem solvers and creative thinkers who will be ready to take on the technology challenges of the future.

During the summer our custodians worked nonstop to deep clean all the classrooms and prepare the rooms for the year ahead. I also was working for a good part of the summer. While I appreciate the calm and quiet of the summer, I look forward to the return of our campus to a vibrant energized school full of students, teachers, and volunteers. Our teachers soon will be back from vacation refreshed and excited for a new year. I look forward to seeing everyone! Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

New Students Enrollment

To enroll a new student, please come to the office to pick up a registration packet when our office reopens on Monday, Aug. 13. We will be able to register:

  • Students who live in our boundaries
  • Students with child care in the EBS boundaries
  • Students who have been assigned to EBS through the Choice program
  • Students who live outside San Diego Unified—such as StoneBridge Estates, Poway, and Ranch Peñasquitos—and have not previously enrolled in this district

In order to register your child you will need: a birth certificate or passport to prove age; vaccination record with all immunizations current; proof of a dental visit and doctor checkup after age 4; and proof of residence—lease agreement, mortgage statement, or utility bill—with your name and address on it

For more information on enrollment, please contact Miss Krissy at 858-693-8593 after Monday, Aug. 13.

Important Dates

  • Sunday, Aug. 5—TK/K playgroup, 3–4 pm; Lakeview Park, 10794 Mira Lago Terrace
  • Thursday, Aug. 9—Family Pamper Day, haircuts and manicures, MPR
  • Monday, Aug. 13—Office opens
  • Thursday, Aug. 23—Back to School Night TK/K, 5:30 pm, adults only
  • Friday, Aug. 24—TK/K and new student orientation, 10:30 am; Penguin Posting Party, 5 pm, classes posted, sponsored by Yogurt Heaven
  • Monday, Aug. 27—School begins at 8:45 am
  • Monday, Aug. 27–Friday, Aug. 31–Kindergarten will be a half day this week only, dismissal at 12:30 pm
  • Thursday, Aug. 30—Back to School Night Grades 1–5, 5 pm, adults only

Message from the AFP

The Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) at EBS hopes that everyone is having a great summer. We look forward to an exciting school year at EBS.

We are happy to share that the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market lease with the district has been extended until June 2019. The market has served the community for 17 years, and we hope it continues for many more years. Come for a relaxing lunch with live music. The market is open every Saturday from 9:30 am to 2 pm.

Thank you for your support. A special thank you goes to the AFP volunteers who manage and support the market. A portion of proceeds come back to EBS.

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

It’s Almost Time…

While students are enjoying the last weeks of summer break, teachers and staff eagerly await their arrival on Monday, Aug. 27, for the first day of school. The office reopens on Monday, Aug. 13, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm each day for incoming Jerabekians who need to register.

Teachers will enjoy a Welcome Back Luncheon on their first day back, Wednesday, Aug. 22, hosted by the Jerabek Family Faculty Organization (FFO).

Kindergarten and transitional kindergarten students are invited to meet their teacher and tour their new classroom on Friday, Aug. 24, at 2 pm. All parents will receive an email during the weekend before school starts with their student’s classroom assignment. Back to school supply lists for all grades may be found at www.jerabekffo.org.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Kelly Melancon, Jerabek FFO President

Miramar Ranch Elementary

Hawk Happenings

We are so excited for the new school year! We look forward to seeing all of our Hawks on campus, refreshed and ready to learn. Here are some dates to remember:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 14—MRE office opens for new enrollments
  • Friday, Aug. 24—Class lists posted
  • Monday, Aug. 27—Back to school, classes start at 7:45 am

For the latest back to school information, please visit the MRE website at www.miramarranch.org.

“Like” Us!

Did you know we have a Facebook group dedicated to support MRE parents and staff by sharing news, posting volunteer opportunities, getting your questions answered, and connecting with other parents at school? Join us at www.facebook.com/groups/mrehawks or enter “Miramar Ranch Elementary Hawks” in Facebook’s search bar! Then be sure to “Like” us!

Catherine Melis

Innovations Academy

Exciting New School Year!

We hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing and fun-filled summer. Teachers and staff at Innovations Academy (IA) will be back gearing up for the school year in Scripps Ranch starting Monday, Aug. 13.

We are thrilled to have such an amazing, experienced group of colleagues all continuing with us this school year. Our staff will spend a few days in Big Bear connecting, learning, collaborating, and experiencing some of the social-emotional activities that we do with our students as part of our two weeks of professional development before school starts.

Please join us on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 7:30 pm when we will welcome new and returning families at Open House. We still have room in some of our grades, so if you are interested in IA, please apply online at http://innovationsacademy.org/admissions/how-to-apply.

If your family is new to our school and you have questions or want to speak with teachers, staff, or parents before school starts, please leave a message at 858-271-1414, and we will get back to you. We are so excited about this school year and look forward to seeing our community soon!

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

So Much Going On

August is a busy month at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School. As we enjoy the final weeks of summer vacation, planning for an exciting school year ahead is our focus. After several months of preparation, our school playing field has been revitalized with new sod (above). We are excited to have our students enjoy an amazing environment for recess, lunch, and after-school sports.

Student services are being expanded to include a student-run store that will be open during recess. Students were encouraged to apply for sales positions, and it is wonderful to see a group of motivated student entrepreneurs take on this new project. Student Council and Green Team are other leadership opportunities open to our student body.

Our STEM program is being expanded to include a robotics curriculum. We added a technology teacher to support students in incorporating technology into their learning experiences. A 1:1 iPad program is being rolled out in middle school, which along with classroom iPads, desktops, smartboards, and document cameras, will enhance the learning experience for students with diverse learning styles.

St. Gregory the Great’s preschool program is expanding to include 2-year-olds, in addition to the already established 3- and 4-year-old programs.

If you are seeking a faith-based, close-knit community of learners, please go to www.stgggcs.org. Tours are available upon request and enrollment for the 2018–2019 school year is still open. School begins on Tuesday, Aug. 21!