Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Fall is here and we have so many great opportunities for our students and families in October! Our Wednesday “College and Career” lunchtime series is in full swing and features college reps from all over the United States, as well as industry experts who will speak about career pathways. Check our school calendar for locations and series participants. These events will take place at lunch and are open to SRHS students only. All grade levels can attend.

October is also “Health and Safety” month with activities that will focus on physical health, mental well-being, and school safety. Rachel’s Challenge returns to our campus on Tuesday, Oct. 23, to introduce our 9th grade students to the organization’s unique message. We also will host a special Rachel’s Challenge Parent Night on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6 pm in the SRHS Theater.

Upperclassmen will listen to a special guest speaker courtesy of our Associated Student Body (ASB). Also, SAY San Diego will partner with different classes to offer educational lessons on the negative effects of vaping, drugs, and alcohol.

Last month we reviewed our Falcon PRIDE program—PRIDE stands for: Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence—and the updated the SRHS Student Handbook. Students were asked to review it with parents. To see our updated handbook, please go to

Last year the staff revamped the dress code to make the policy more gender-neutral and unbiased. There is a misconception that sandals and leggings are no longer allowed. That is not true. Students still can wear sandals and leggings to school but must bring proper attire when dressing out for PE class.

We are now on Instagram and Twitter! Follow @srhsfalconpride for updates on school events and important information. Have a fantastic Falcon month!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

Falcon Spirit Soars

As the school year is now in full swing, this year’s Associated Student Body (ASB) is assiduously planning and executing events. These past few weeks already have been filled with activities.

Our ASB is passionate about helping create a more positive and kinder school culture, improving spirit, and refining the overall experience for all SRHS students.

The most notable of all events so far was our first football tailgate (pictures above), attended by more than 400 students! They reaped the perks of their ASB card: free pizza, drinks, games, and a DJ. Students can expect more such events in the future. Here is a brief list of October happenings:

  • Monday, Oct. 1–Friday, Oct. 5—Spirit Week
  • Friday, Oct. 5—Homecoming Game
  • Saturday, Oct. 6—Homecoming Dance

To keep up with what’s going on at SRHS, please visit our website at and follow us on Instagram @scrippsranchasb. Go Falcons!

Jerry Yang, ASP President

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Community and MMS Parents,

We have started another great school year at Thurgood Marshall Middle School (MMS). Our goal is to continue to provide engaging experiences and opportunities for our students to become problem solvers, critical and creative thinkers, and thoughtful productive citizens.

It is through our curriculum, instructional practices, and expectations that our students continue to achieve in all areas. We believe that the relationships we build with our students can support their engagement in all our areas! The MMS faculty continues to explore areas to increase student engagement, motivation, and achievement by implementing innovative grading practices in order to emphasize the learning process instead of the end product.

Part of our academic success is due to parent involvement. I encourage all MMS parents to monitor their student’s academic progress. Also, I recommend that parents contact their student’s teachers by phone or email to inquire about their progress. We firmly believe school/home communication is critical for the success of every student.

We have a faculty contact list on our website at—click on “Staff.” I also recommend that you use our PowerSchool parent portal to monitor your student progress online.

At MMS student safety is our priority. Please adhere to the traffic signs and personnel directing traffic in the drop-off/pick-up zones. Please be aware, we do not allow drop-offs in the parking lot. Please drive safely into our parking queue to drop off or pick up our students safely.

Please do not drop off or pick up your student at the corner of Pomerado Road and Avenue of Nations. Drivers who do this cause traffic flow issues and this area is not supervised. Please do not drop off or pick up your student at this corner.

We are very excited about the opportunities this year holds. Thank you for your support of our public schools.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

Here are tips for reducing trash when sending your kids to school!

  1. Ditch the baggies for reusable bags, containers, or aluminum foil. In one year at MMS we threw away 90,000 baggies—yikes! Reuse them if possible or wrap sandwiches in foil, which is 100% recyclable. Avoid plastic wrap and baggies, both of which are not recyclable.
  2. Bring a reusable water bottle.
  3. Bring your own utensils and a reusable straw.
  4. Encourage your kids to recycle at school. At MMS we have recycle bins in each lunch court and classroom. If it is plastic, aluminum, paper, cardboard, or styrofoam, it can be recycled in the bins! Please try to scrape extra food into the garbage before placing items in the blue bins.

Let the Music Play

The MMS Instrumental Music program holds its first performance of the year on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 pm in the Michelle Irwin Performing Arts Center. The Advanced Orchestra and Advanced Band will perform Halloween-themed music to get you in the spirit of the holiday. Admission is free, and you can support the program through the purchase of concessions before and after the show.

We’ll Take Your Candy!

MMS gladly will help you rid your cabinets of leftover, undistributed Halloween candy. We use it as rewards for our schoolwide “Right on Target” program. Bring leftovers to the main office after Halloween. Thank you!

Homework Zone

We are happy to continue our Homework Zone program at MMS. Homework Zone offers after-school homework assistance, staffed by our teachers, two days a week from 2:25 to 3:25 pm for all interested students. The program is anticipated to begin in early October.

Counselor Assignments

Every MMS student is assigned a counselor by his or her last name to help with questions, scheduling, and any personal or social concerns.

Progress Reports

The end of the first progress report period is Friday, Oct. 5, and progress reports will be distributed to students on Friday, Oct. 12. Remember to ask your child to see his or her progress report. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teachers.

Student Support

We are pleased to continue our partnership with Alliant Couple and Family Clinic (ACFC), a community counseling agency and affiliate of Alliant International University. ACFC offers student support groups at MMS, as well as individual and family counseling at its clinic. For more details about the services, please contact Julie Becker at [email protected] or the clinic at 858-547-9803.

Wellness Center

Our Wellness Center is open during lunch on Mondays through Thursdays and is a popular spot for students. The center, funded by our Marshall Mustang Organization (MMO), is where students go to relax, read, paint, listen to music, or meditate. The center is staffed by MMS counselors and is located in Room B2.

Bullying Awareness

On Friday, Oct. 26, all 7th graders will attend Kaiser Permanente’s 50-minute bullying awareness program, presented in play form called Someone Like Me. Bullying is a widespread and serious problem, and this program shows students they are not alone and help is available.

The program is designed as a springboard for discussion between students, teachers, parents, and other trusted adults. It also models ways students can reach out for help—for themselves or their friends.

Get Your Yearbook

Buy your child’s yearbook now, before the price goes up! Order it online at It’s only $40 through September, then the price increases to $45.

If you would like your 8th grader’s baby picture in the yearbook, email it to us with your child’s name in the subject line at [email protected] You also may send in actual photos with your student. There is a collection box in the office. Please write your student’s name on the back so we can return it.

Dingeman Elementary

A Great Year Already!

Hello Tigers! The first month of school is always exciting, and I’m sure we are all back into the routine by now. In September we had our first family event, and we want to say thank you to all those who attended our Movie Night. It was a great success! Be on the lookout for more events throughout the year, with the next one being Boo Fest!

We have a busy month ahead! The Family Faculty Connection (FFC) has worked diligently to kick off our Art Corps and STEAM programs for the entire school. These programs are made possible by the financial support of the FFC and our parent volunteers.

There are many opportunities to volunteer in and out of the classroom. We encourage all parents to get involved, no matter how much or how little time you can give. If you are unsure of how you can lend a hand or if you want to get involved, please email the FFC board at [email protected] You also can learn more about the many volunteer opportunities by visiting and speaking with other parents and teachers.

October Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10—FFC membership meeting, 6:30 pm, Dingeman Multipurpose Room
  • Friday, Oct. 26—Boo Fest, 6 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31—Costume Parade, 9 am, on the white top

Pledge Drive

There’s still time to participate in the 2018–2019 Pledge Drive! We hope you consider lending your support to our FFC. If you have already made a donation, we sincerely thank you. Your Pledge Drive dollars make it possible to continue our strong tradition of excellence, including STEAM projects, instructional supplies, assemblies, and grants to each classroom.

Donations at any level are greatly appreciated. You may donate online at, using the “Donate Now” button. Thank you for helping enable our students to enjoy a wide variety of classroom and enrichment experiences!

Nilesh Patel, FFC

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS families and community members,

Our school year is off to a smooth start and students are settling in to the new school year. Some aspects of school are familiar, such as our strong Common Core curriculum, and we also have exciting new learning opportunities.

As part of our STEAM initiative our 3rd graders will build and program their own Piper computers, which use the Raspberry Pi version of Minecraft programming. Also, some of our kindergarten and transitional kindergarten classes have joined #Tinkergarten this year and are using a STEAM curriculum that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. These classes will incorporate the “imagine, design, create process” into the science, technology, engineering, art, and math curriculum.

The rest of our grade levels are beginning to use our new Makerspace Engineering Lab. The official grand opening ceremony is scheduled for October. We have purchased the STEM-it curriculum so teachers at all grade levels can use the imagine, design, create process in any subject area. Teachers also have the option of incorporating our new littleBits robots into these lessons. We are grateful to our Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP), under the direction of the amazing Gail Faber, for funding our STEAM initiative. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

AFP News

We had an amazing time welcoming back our Penguins at Movie Night while watching Paddington 2. Also, thank you to Alice Sestok for putting together our First Annual Family Boomers Night.

Our 20 after-school enrichments classes are going smoothly. We look forward to second session starting Monday, Oct. 22. We are adding spring break and summer camp, so stay tuned for more information. These vacation camps are open to all of the community.

Fifth Grade Family Science Night is on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 pm in the EBS Multipurpose Room. There will be five Halloween spooktacular science experiment stations!

Do you own a company and are you looking to get your company’s name out? If so, we have a great opportunity for you at our Fall Festival that takes place on Friday, Oct. 26. This fun family event will have a pumpkin decorating contest, food vendors, cake walk, silent auction, costume parade, free face painting, and much more. Hope to see all of our Penguins there. If you are interested in donating, sponsoring, or volunteering, please email [email protected]

Celebrate Halloween at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 am until 2 pm. There will be trick or treating, a free jumpie, face painting, and crafts. Happy Halloween!

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

Campus News

September was a busy month at Jerabek. Parent volunteers spent many hours putting the final touches on our STEM Lab/Makerspace. Jerabek received a $5,000 educational grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians and Assemblymember Brian Maienschein. This grant has been used to purchase Lego Mindstorm EV3 kits, which will be used in all of the 5th grade classrooms by our 5th grade science teacher Pam Pond and parent volunteer Gary Eigen. Thank you all for making this happen for our 5th graders.

Our area superintendent Monika Hazel held a meeting in September to talk with parents and community members about the attributes and skills they consider important in our next principal. Interviews were held in mid-September. As of press time, Jerabek still awaits a decision and enjoys having interim principal Grace Sherr lead our school.

October Calendar of Events

  • Friday, Oct. 5—Family Faculty Organization (FFO) meeting, 8 am, Room B-11
  • Thursday, Oct. 11—Family Math Night, 4th Graders
  • Thursday, Oct. 18—Family Science Night, 5th Graders; Rubio’s Restaurant Fundraiser
  • Thursday, Oct. 25—First Family Art Night of the school year

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Miramar Ranch Families and Friends,

What a wonderful start we have had to the 2018–2019 school year! I feel so fortunate to be leading Miramar Ranch Elementary School (MRE) for my tenth year. Thank you for continuing to entrust our staff with the care of your children. We had an exciting and well-attended Back to School Night and Family Faculty Association (FFA)-sponsored Ice Cream Social in September. Thanks to all the families who attended these events and helped make them such special evenings for the staff and students.

Our standardized test scores were announced in August and, again, were quite impressive. We are proud to have earned the designation as a California Distinguished School and will continue our work to improve student achievement. Congratulations, MRE students and staff, on a job well done!

October brings the excitement and fun of our Halloween Carnival. In addition to our Saturday afternoon event, we now host a spooky, scary Haunted House on Friday night. Parents have been hard at work since before the school year began, planning and organizing for another fabulous carnival. If you’d like to volunteer your time or make a donation for a gift basket, please call the school at 858-271-0470. Check pages 26 and 27 in this Newsletter for more information. It’s a great event and is not to be missed!

Thank you for your constant support and encouragement. Working together, we’ll make it a wonderful and successful year for our children. Remember to always work hard and be nice!

Peggy Crane, MRE Principal

Campus Improvements

Thanks to our local girl and boy scouts, our campus has been spruced up over the summer. Girl Scout Troop 2067 completed a new mural for the kindergarten playground this summer, taking time to scrape and clean the old beige wall and replace it with a bright and welcoming design.

Meanwhile, Nikhil Kalita from Boy Scout Troop 616 replaced one of the large wooden garden boxes in our school garden for his Eagle Scout project. Brush was cleared, weeds were removed, soil was turned, and the garden is now ready for a new year of fresh fruits and vegetables for our students. Our MRE families appreciate all of the volunteer efforts that went into these improvements. Thank you, scouts!

Science Happenings

We are excited to welcome Theresa Cox and Heather Cook as our new Super Science Lab teachers. Our students look forward to learning about the scientific method, electricity, weather, changes of matter, and sun safety.

Also, thanks to a sponsorship from the American Chemical Society, our 4th and 5th grade students will be treated to a “Spin, Pop, Boom!” Mad Science assembly this month. They will witness chemical reactions, compare acids and bases, and discover more about everyday forces such as gravity, acceleration, and inertia. Thank you to our FFA for organizing fun and educational assemblies for our students throughout the year.

Pledge Drive

We want to thank our families who have contributed to our annual Pledge Drive. You are our superheroes! Your generosity makes it possible for us to fund many programs that the district does not pay for including Art Corps, Super Science, our Media Center, and much more.

We are approaching our goal of 100% participation in the Pledge Drive. If you have not yet returned your pledge form, please do so! Thank you for your generosity and support of our school!

Catherine Melis

Innovations Academy

New Location in 2019

We are excited that the district has approved the purchase of a new site for our “forever home” starting in the fall of 2019. It is located at 5454 Ruffin Road and is only nine surface street miles from our current Scripps Ranch location, making it easy for our community to stay with us going forward. We will plan our new building with innovative learning spaces, a gym, a multipurpose room with a stage, and a creative, interactive outdoor play space, among other things.

Meantime, the 2018–2019 school year is off to a great start. September was a month filled with experiential, project-based learning, adventures, and activities designed to build classroom community and connection. Enrichment class offerings such as Spanish, art, nature, and robotics also are an integral part of our curriculum this year, as usual.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Guardian Snack Shack Open for Business

Students at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School are excited about the highly anticipated grand opening of their new student store, the Guardian Snack Shack. Staffed by junior high students, the Snack Shack provides snacks and drinks for the morning recess.

Last spring interested 5th, 6th, and 7th graders applied and interviewed for positions at the store. Through this process they experienced what it takes to be hired for a job and take on the responsibility of serving others. They receive no compensation for their work, just the satisfaction that they are contributing to the school’s atmosphere of stewardship toward others.

The staff responsibilities include: being on time for their shift; checking and maintaining inventory; mental calculations of items purchased; and giving correct change to the student and staff customers. One student employee was overheard saying, “I love having a job!,” while another said, “Learning how to handle money and customer service will be important for me later in life.” Guardian Snack Shack employees take their responsibilities seriously, but with a sense of joy and pride in a job well done. Go Guardians!