Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)
Welcome back, Falcon families! We are very excited to start another amazing school year at SRHS. Over the summer we worked with our SRHS Foundation and staff to establish more community partnerships to benefit our students and school. We will start a series of lunchtime college and career presentations in our library on Wednesdays that will feature college representatives from all over the country, as well as industry leaders to discuss career pathways and opportunities.
We also will offer an after-school yoga class on Tuesdays for interested students, and we will focus the entire month of October on “Health and Wellness” activities. Check out our school calendar at www.srhsfalcons.org for specific dates and times for these events.
One of the biggest nights of the year is the annual Fall Open House, which takes place on Thursday, Sept. 13, with a time to be announced. Please check the SRHS website and my weekly emails for more details. This is a great opportunity for parents to meet our teachers and learn about the amazing learning experiences students will participate in this year.
We also are busy gearing up for Homecoming Week that starts on Monday, Oct. 1. This year our Homecoming Game is against San Diego High School. Mark your calendars and come cheer on your Falcons during the Friday night football game at 6:30 pm in the SRHS stadium.
Starting a new year at SRHS has been a whirlwind of excitement and activity. I am truly grateful for all of the support from our staff, SRHS Foundation, and community members to make this the best year yet! It’s going to be a very exciting year! Go Falcons!
Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal
Falcon Playhouse New Season
The SRHS Falcon Playhouse has announced its season for the 2018–2019 school year. Led by award-winning director Patrick Garcia, the student board selected a range of shows intended to highlight the abilities of the program. They will produce M*A*S*H in the fall and Hiding in the Open in the spring, along with the musical Anything Goes, improv shows, elementary touring shows, and student showcases.
M*A*S*H, by Tim Kelly and dramatized from the book by Richard Hooker, takes place during the Korean War and stars two eccentric surgeons, Hawkeye and Duke. They wage a campaign to get a young Korean boy an education in the United States. This campaign causes a pileup of comic adventures that will leave audience members with smiles on their faces.
Anything Goes is set in the 1930s and follows nightclub singer and evangelist Reno Sweeney and her friend Billy Crocker as they travel on the SS American. Billy is in love with Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors, and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno attempts to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.
Hiding in the Open, adapted by Kira Obolensky from the memoir by Sabina Zimering, tells the true story of two Jewish sisters who take on false Catholic identities while working in a Nazi hotel during World War II. The sisters face constant danger and must keep their true identities secret to survive. This thrilling story is a reminder that our lives, even in times of horror, have moments of light.
Other shows being produced are an entirely student-led improv show that allows our young people to explore another element of performance—unscripted comedy. The showcases allow students in the theater classes to display their talents in a variety of scenes and monologues. This year there also will be a traveling show where students perform scenes for elementary schools.
The Falcon Playhouse is designed to allow students to explore both performative and technical aspects of theatre. It creates opportunities for students to come together and create a theatrical masterpiece. These opportunities ensure that all students develop their abilities to problem solve, collaborate, and maintain a strong work ethic. Be sure to follow the Playhouse on Instagram @srhsfalconplayhouse, Twitter @FalconPlayhouse, and Facebook at “SRHS Falcon Playhouse” for updates.
Marshall Middle School (MMS)
- Monday, Sept. 3—Labor Day, no school
- Tuesday, Sept. 4—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meeting, 5 pm, Community Room
- Wednesday, Sept. 5—Back to School Night for 6th grade, 5:35 pm, meet in the Multipurpose Room (MPR), then class visits
- Thursday, Sept. 6—Back to School Night for 7th–8th grade, 5:35 pm, MPR, then class visits
- Friday, Sept. 7—Picture Day
Dear Scripps Ranch Community Members and Parents,
Welcome back to school! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable summer with family and friends.
We look forward to working with you as we create students to be thoughtful productive citizens who will inherit our society. We know we need to continue to develop our students’ problem-solving abilities, critical and creative thinking skills, and ability to take on leadership roles. To that end, we have high expectations in each class, and we expect our students to meet and exceed them.
We also know we need you to be our partner in our students’ education. I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers if you have any questions about your child’s progress. Our teachers will work with your child and you in order to have a strong successful academic year. The contact information—phone and email—for all of our teachers is on our website. Please go to www.marshallmiddle.org and click on “Staff/Staff Directory” to find the complete list of staff members. We hope you are able to attend our Back to School Nights to learn more about our programs.
We value the school/home communication and believe that building strong relationships with both students and parents will support all of our students to be successful both academically and behaviorally.
This year we welcome several new staff members to the Thurgood Marshall Middle School family. Please welcome:
- Michael Bullington—6th and 7th grade science
- Sherryl Godfrey—Counselor
- Kristen Kosaka—Ed specialist
- Lynda Lavine—7th grade English
- Suzanne Russell—8th grade history
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:
- Maintains a positive educational environment, free from distraction
- Protects the health and safety of 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 expose the chest or undergarments
- Requires clothing to refrain from offensive pictures and writing, alcohol, tobacco, or drug messages
- Cannot have depictions that demean or negatively represent any gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or sexual orientation
We appreciate your support in helping us maintain a safe and positive school environment, and we thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to an amazing school year! Sincerely,
Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal
From Our Principal
Dear Dingeman Families and Community,
Our school year is off to a great start. A special thank you to the staff, parents, and community for all the enthusiasm and support in launching the new year.
Already, there is much excitement around the learning and friendships that are growing in our classrooms. It’s wonderful to see how quickly our classroom communities develop.
Please use our website at www.sandiegounified.org/schools/dingeman or the Family Faculty Connection (FFC) website at www.dingeman.net to keep up to date on announcements and events. Thanks to our students, families, and staff for getting the year off to a great start. We look forward to a TIGER-IFIC year at Dingeman Elementary. Go Tigers!
Maria Montgomery, Dingeman Principal
From the FFC
Our first Dingeman Family Dinner Night of the year is on Thursday, Sept. 13, at The Kebab Shop in Mira Mesa. All residents are welcome, and a portion of the proceeds go to Dingeman students. We hope to see you there!
Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary
From Our Principal
Dear Families and Community Members,
Our school year is off to a great start. It was wonderful to see all our smiling faces back at school after a relaxing and refreshing summer break.
Last year our Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) began offering a selection of after-school enrichment classes as a fundraiser for EBS. These classes are open to any elementary-age student in Scripps Ranch. Some classes also are open to middle school students. For more information, please email [email protected] We offer something for everyone. Check out these amazing options:
- Public Speaking
- Academic Stars
- 3D Design and Print
- Intro to Improv and Performance
- Python, coding
- SCRATCH, coding
- Hip Hop Dance, with new instructor
- Life Skills
- Spanish, with new instructor
- Day Care
- Tae Kwon Do
Please visit http://ebs-afp.com/after-school-enrichment/ to sign up.
I hope you can join us for this after-school fun. Sincerely,
Liz Sloan, EBS Principal
The Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP)—the EBS Foundation—hosted a great Posting Party, and we had an excellent beginning to the school year.
Once again this year we will collect gently used costumes to sell at our Halloween Costume Boutique. If you have any costumes or accessories you would like to donate, please bring them to the EBS office between Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 28. This is a great opportunity to clean out your closets while supporting a great cause.
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events:
- Thursday, Sept. 6—Volunteer Fair, 8:30–10 am
- Friday, Sept. 14—Movie Night, Scripps Ranch Community Park
- Saturday, Sept. 29—Family Night at Boomers
- Monday, Oct. 1—Picture Day, grades TK–2
- Tuesday, Oct. 2—Picture Day, grades 3–5
The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9:30 am until 2 pm. A portion of proceeds from the market comes directly back to EBS.
For more information about all of our activities, visit www.ebs-afp.com. Have a great school year!
Gail Faber, AFP President
Jerabek Welcomes Interim Principal
Please join me in welcoming veteran mentor principal, Dr. Grace Sherr, to Jerabek Elementary. Grace will serve as interim principal replacing our former administrator, Kristie Joiner. As many of you know, Kristie became a first-time grandma this year and just fell in love with her little grandson. She has accepted a leadership position in the Palm Desert area to be closer to her family. I know we will miss her and wish her well.
Grace will serve as interim principal until a new principal is identified through the interview process in mid-September. She has more than 30 years experience in education, 18 years in the San Diego Unified School District as a site principal, and has worked as an adjunct professor for both the University of San Diego and San Diego State University.
Grace is experienced, highly qualified, and has a warm and welcoming demeanor. She is anxious to get to know the Scripps Ranch community and looks forward to continuing the strong instructional programs at Jerabek until the community has selected a new principal.
Monika Hazel, Area 4 Superintendent
Farewell to Principal Joiner
It is with much sadness that we say farewell to our principal, Kristie Joiner. After four productive years at the helm she has accepted a principalship closer to her daughters and their families. She has always said to her staff, “Family first,” and she is taking her own advice now that she is a new grandmother.
In her tenure as Jerabek principal, Kristie fostered a positive climate and culture based on kindness and character traits among all stakeholders—teachers, staff, parents, and, most of all, students. She knew every student’s name. She stood out at the school driveway most mornings before school and at dismissal, greeting everyone saying, “Happy Monday,” or whatever day of the week it was.
Also, while at Jerabek, she worked with our Family Faculty Organization (FFO) to ensure that every teacher had the opportunity to attend the Lucy Calkins Writing Institute at the Teachers College on the Columbia University campus in New York City. That training, along with other professional development opportunities, has been instrumental in increasing our students’ test scores in English/Language Arts.
In today’s society we need to provide children with the opportunity to develop creativity and strong problem-solving skills in the areas of engineering and robotics. They need to be able to be designers, big picture thinkers, meaning makers, and synthesizers. Kristie recognized this and had a vision for a STEM Lab and Makerspace Lab, where teachers and their students could go and delve into the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This is a process that takes time. In the end Jerabek has two large rooms that were opened up to create the premier STEM Lab and Makerspace Lab in our district.
Jerabek’s most recent accomplishment is that it was named a 2018 California Distinguished School. Kristie completed the application based on a variety of criteria. Several staff members reviewed her work and it was sent off. In May Jerabek was recognized in a ceremony at Disneyland. Kristie will be missed but is wished the best at her new school. Her family is thrilled that she will be nearby.
Barbara McCormick, Jerabek Kindergarten Teacher
Welcome to our new and returning students, teachers, and administrators. Back to School Night for the lower grades is on Friday, Sept. 14, and our first Kindness Week is set for Monday through Friday, Sept. 24–28. Stay tuned for more activities planned to spread smiles.
One of the things that makes Jerabek such an outstanding school is the involvement of parents and volunteers. Whether you can assist the Family Faculty Organization (FFO) with one event during the school year or can be in the classroom every week, your assistance is appreciated. There are still opportunities to help for ongoing and one-time events. Everyone is welcome at the first FFO meeting of the year on Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 am in Room B-11 to learn more about volunteer activities and plans for the year.
A great example of the power of our community of families is the new Makerspace Lab. From the equipment provided by many generous donations and the leadership of Terra Norine to the flooring provided by the Hazlegrove family, Jerabek has built a superior facility for the benefit of the next generation. The Hazlegrove family (below) joins the Jerabek community as their oldest child starts at our school. Thank you for already making a difference in transitioning our campus to a modern facility.
Every family is encouraged to participate in this year’s Pledge Drive. The generous funding from the Pledge Drive supports educational and classroom materials for our school, community-building events for families, weekly library visits for our children, and many enrichment programs that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Donations of any size are appreciated. Check out the FFO website at jerabekffo.org for more information on the Pledge Drive and upcoming events.
One of the fun FFO-sponsored events is on Friday, Sept. 28, with our annual Movie Night. Bring your blanket or low chairs, meet some new friends, and join other families to watch a movie under the stars. Thank you to Kim Nocella and Shannon Schmaltz for chairing this event.
Miramar Ranch Elementary
From Our Principal
Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,
I hope you enjoyed a relaxing and restful summer break with family and friends. I know some of you were traveling, some enjoyed camps and other programs, and many just basked in the San Diego summer. I was so excited to see the children and hear their stories, and they did not disappoint!
Most of the usual crew is back this year, but we do have some new faces on campus. Jeanne Cafferata and Kendra Damoradan have each accepted a position as an education specialist at Miramar Ranch. Both were hired at the end of June and have spent the summer preparing to join the team. We also have a new staff member, Elke Berke, who will join Coach Fields as a PE instructor. Please stop by to say hello and welcome our new colleagues.
Before teachers left in June we had the opportunity to begin our planning for next year and place all students in classes. As we returned to school in August, teachers had the opportunity to work with their grade-level teams to review their curriculum for this school year and plan instruction for those first important days and weeks in the classroom.
Our 4th and 5th grade teams will teach an exciting, project-based science curriculum called Project Lead the Way. This is a wonderful and challenging way for our students to discover and master science. We will have more information at Back to School Night.
Family Faculty Association (FFA) volunteers helped get the school off to a smooth start, helping in the office, directing traffic, and holding the hands of anxious students—and their parents!—on the first day of school. There are so many opportunities to lend a hand at MRE, so please visit our website for more details.
Be sure to check the school calendar for the many upcoming events in September: Back to School Night and Volunteer Fair; Spirit Days; and the Ice Cream Social and Movie Night. It’s going to be a busy—and fun—month!
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, A California Distinguished School
Welcome Back from the FFA!
Welcome all MRE Hawks to the 2018–2019 school year! Whether you are looking for after-school enrichment classes, a chance to bond with your children at Family Science Night, volunteer opportunities that support our school, or you just want to hang out and have fun, our FFA has the program for you. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
- Tuesday, Sept. 4—Running Club and Garden Club begin, 7:24 am
- Friday, Sept. 7—FFA meeting, 8 am, Teachers’ Lounge, all parents welcome
- Tuesday, Sept. 11—Back to School Night and Volunteer Fair, 5–7 pm, parents, come meet your child’s teacher and tour the classroom
- Friday, Sept. 21—Ice Cream Social and Movie Night, 6 pm, celebrate the new school year with the entire family
- Saturday, Oct. 20—45th Annual Halloween Carnival
What makes MRE such a marvelous place to learn? In addition to our phenomenal teachers and staff, it’s our welcoming and supportive volunteer community. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and sign up for a volunteer position. We all support each other and you can learn as you go. It’s a great way to make friends and have a lot of fun. Many working parents volunteer, and many tasks can be done from home or on evenings and weekends. Check out miramarranch.org/volunteers to find out more.
For up-to-date information about all that is happening at MRE, please visit www.miramarranch.org, subscribe to our Google calendar, and join us on Facebook at “Miramar Ranch Elementary Hawks.” If you are new to our school, I highly encourage you to download our Parent Handbook at www.miramarranch.org/parent-handbook. Let’s have a great year together!
Diane Hunter, FFA President
Before- and After-School Activities
Students line up for the bell at 7:40 am, but students can start their day earlier at Running Club or Garden Club. Both go from 7:24 until 7:38 most mornings—weather can be a factor. Check our website for more information.
Looking for after-school activities? Our FFA works with third party instructors to offer a variety of on-campus after-school enrichment classes. This fall’s offerings include: Sing N’ Speak Spanish; Cody’s Keyboarding; Challenge Island; Coding with Kids; Kids Like Clay; Xpressive Arts; Choir; Mad Science; Basketball; Flag Football; Heartlight Dance; Chess; and Green Art Labs. For more information, please visit www.miramarranch.org/after-school-activities. We hope your children take part in these fun extracurriculars!
Once again the MRE FFA kicks off the school year with our annual Pledge Drive—a straightforward request for donations. Every dollar raised stays at MRE. We rely on the money from the Pledge Drive and other fundraisers to pay for Art Corps, Super Science, school assemblies, educational software, copiers, and other enrichment support. It makes MRE a great place to learn, and we can’t do it without you.
Donations of any amount are tremendously appreciated and always voluntary. Pledge information will come home soon. Please take a moment to fill out and return your pledge card in its golden envelope. Our goal for this year is 100% participation.
Our student population has nearly doubled since MRE opened more than 40 years ago, but the streets and parking have not changed. Parents, please allow extra time for student pick-up and drop-off. Do not park in the school bus zone adjacent to the cafeteria.
When using our three-minute loading zone along Red Cedar Drive, you must remain in your vehicle and pull all the way forward to allow new cars to enter the loading zone behind you. Children should ride in the rear seats of your vehicle. Let’s stay courteous, respectful, and safe at all times! Please remember that we are all working to keep kids safe. Thank you.
Volunteers are hard at work getting ready for the 45th Annual Miramar Ranch Halloween Carnival in Scripps Ranch. Favorites such as the Haunted House, Cake Walk, Laser Tag, and other popular games will be back. There also will be fun new activities in which to take part.
This is our biggest event of the year and the entire community comes out to celebrate Halloween! We are looking for more vendors and sponsors to participate in the carnival and support MRE and Scripps Ranch with this longstanding tradition. We need businesses that would like to sponsor a booth on the day of the event. We also need donated items, gifts, gifts cards, and other goodies for our raffle. If you can help, please email us at [email protected], and thank you in advance!
Our goal is to continue to make the Halloween Carnival a favorite event for the community. We would love to have you be part of it!
Helena and Leanne, Halloween Carnival Chairs
Innovations Academy (IA) implements a social-emotional curriculum called Positive Discipline (PD) by Jane Nelsen. PD is aimed at developing mutually respectful relationships and helping children to feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school. Our teachers are kind and firm at the same time, and neither punitive nor permissive. IA is committed to this intrinsic approach and supporting students in becoming responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities.
In the first 10 weeks of school every classroom will implement the foundation of Positive Discipline by doing fun and engaging activities to build social and life skills. These activities include: creating student-generated agreements for their classrooms; learning routines; self-regulation; communication and problem-solving skills; developing mutual respect and respect for differences; cooperation; and acknowledging and fixing mistakes.
We look forward to a great year. Learn more about IA charter school at www.innovationsacademy.org.