Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Can you believe it is almost time for Thanksgiving break?! Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) will be closed for the entire week of Thanksgiving from Monday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Nov. 23. Our fall semester is flying by, and we’ve been fortunate to have so many great activities over the past few weeks for our students.

The new College and Career Lunchtime Series has been a great success! We’ve already had more than 20 different college reps visit our school and share invaluable admission information. We will continue to host college visits throughout November and then hope to host career speakers from different local industries. Stay tuned for more information!

This year we will start a new tradition with Marshall Middle School (MMS). On Monday, Dec. 17, all MMS 8th graders will visit SRHS and participate in different activities to help them become better acquainted with our school prior to becoming a Falcon. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, we will host our annual “Falcon Night” for incoming freshmen parents, which will feature performances, campus tours, and informational tables in the quad. We are very excited to strengthen our ties with MMS and look forward to having them visit our campus!

We do have several new support programs this year for students who are struggling with social-emotional issues. Through generous donations from the Cushman Foundation and WD-40, we are able to have a Mending Matters therapist onsite every Monday. The therapist will run support groups for depression/anxiety, vaping, and bullying/harassment. She also is available to meet with students one on one regularly if needed.

In addition to Mending Matters we also have established a partnership with the McAlister Institute, which offers a counseling program for students who suffer from drug or alcohol abuse. The McAlister program meets twice a week, after school, at Mira Mesa High School. If you feel that your student might benefit from any of these services, please contact their counselor or vice principal.

A big thank you goes out to all of the parents and community members who support our SRHS Foundation. This year the Foundation has purchased new textbooks for our Spanish program, provided invaluable supplies to our science classes, and so much more. We truly could not function as a school without the help and support of our Foundation and the community. To donate to the Foundation, please visit

Have a fantastic Falcon month and Thanksgiving!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

Don’t Miss M*A*S*H

The SRHS Falcon Playhouse presents the play M*A*S*H, dramatized by Tim Kelly from the book written by Richard Hooker. The show opens Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the SRHS Theater and is led by award-winning director Patrick Garcia.

M*A*S*H takes place during the Korean War and follows a mobile army surgical hospital unit filled with eccentric characters. Captains Hawkeye and Duke, rambunctious but talented surgeons, are the catalysts for hilarious pranks. The unit creates its own version of Frankenstein’s monster, fends off an outrageous trio of tap dancing sisters, campaigns to get a proper education for a young boy, and more. The cast puts its own spin on these characters from the TV series, sure to evoke nostalgia from many in the audience. Come see this contemporary spin on the old classic.

Tickets are $7 presale and $10 at the door. They can be purchased at the SRHS financial office by a student, at the door, or online through social media. Follow us on Instagram @srhsfalconplayhouse, Twitter @FalconPlayhouse, and Facebook at “SRHS Falcon Playhouse” for updates.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

I want to thank our families and community members who participated in our 2018 “Pledge Drive.” This fundraiser helps support the instructional program at Thurgood Marshall Middle School (MMS). You still can support our school by visiting our website and pledging online.

Over the past two months our students have been challenged to excel in each of their classes. Our goal at MMS is to provide experiences and opportunities for our students to become problem solvers, critical and creative thinkers, and thoughtful productive citizens.

Our students have been given opportunities to hone their research skills to work collaboratively with their classmates on projects and presentations, read and analyze texts, and write successfully across the disciplines. As a faculty we continue to research and study the best instructional practices and techniques that strengthen our students’ 21st century skills. We believe that providing these opportunities allows our students to be prepared for high school and other educational opportunities.

We value positive relationships with students and parents. If you have any questions about your student’s academic progress, please contact your child’s teachers. You can find their information on our website.

At MMS student safety is our priority. Please adhere to the traffic signs and personnel directing traffic in the drop-off zones. We do not allow drop-offs in the parking lot. Drive safely into our parking queue to drop off and pick up our students.

Please don’t drop off or pick up your child at the corner of Pomerado and Willow Creek roads. This area is not supervised by MMS staff. Please help us support our neighbors by not dropping students off in this area.

Thank you for your support. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, Nov. 6—Marshall Mustang Organization (MMO) meeting, 9 am, Community Room
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7—School Site Council/Site Governance Team, 5 pm, Community Room
  • Monday, Nov. 12—Veterans Day, no school
  • Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 13–16—The Election drama production, 6 pm, MMS Theater
  • Monday–Friday, Nov. 19–23—Thanksgiving break, no school

Progress Reports

The end of the second progress report period is Friday, Nov. 16. Progress reports will be distributed to students on Friday, Nov. 30. Please 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 Center

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 will offer student support groups on campus, as well as individual and family counseling at its clinic. For more information, please contact Julie Becker at [email protected] or the clinic directly at 858-547-9803.

8th Grade Assemblies

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Nov. 6, 7, and 8, our 8th graders will attend a presentation in small groups for boys or girls. It will explicitly address potentially high-risk sexual practices, peer pressure, sexual harassment, internet safety and social networking risks, legal implications, and health-related concerns.

We contracted with a dynamic cyber education consultant and a parent and teen health educator who will present factual information, facilitate discussion, and answer questions on these topics. These “girls-only” and “boys-only” assemblies will be held during PE periods in groups of about 50 students. MMS counselors will be available for more individualized and ongoing discussions if the need arises.

6th Grade Assembly

On Thursday, Nov. 15, our 6th graders will participate in Teen Truth Live’s Bullying and School Violence Program. This presentation uses a multimedia format that incorporates a motivational presentation with a film that was created with the help of students. Teen Truth Live is an award-winning, national program that travels the country inviting youth to be leaders in their lives and schools.

The film focuses on social issues involving bullying that can lead to serious consequences, while the presentation challenges students to think about how their reactions to these issues impact the lives of those around them. This program teaches students to identify the different forms of bullying and understand how bullying can lead to serious consequences, as well as motivates students to help stop bullying from happening in their school.

Homework Zone

Students may get homework help from one of our MMS teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:25 to 3:25 pm in our Homework Zone. It is located in Room B204 with Mrs. Ingles on Tuesdays, and in Room B206 with Mr. Wright on Thursdays. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Dingeman Families and Community,

November is a time to pause and think about being thankful. We at Dingeman Elementary are thankful for the tremendous support from parents and community members. We also are thankful for all of our teachers and staff members who share their passion and commitment to student learning each day. In partnership, we are able to create a school environment where children explore, grow, and thrive! Thank you!

We will offer Community Tours of our campus on Friday, Nov. 2 and 9, at 9 am for families interested in applying to Dingeman through the district’s Choice program.

On Monday, Nov. 5, we will honor veterans, including our namesake, Colonel Bob Dingeman, at our Tiger Rally at 8:30 am. The rally will feature a Flag Ceremony with Cub Scout Pack 616.

This month we look forward to meeting with all Dingeman families during Parent-Teacher Conferences. They take place on: Friday, Nov. 9; and Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 13–16. Teachers will contact parents to schedule a time slot, and school will be dismissed every day at 12:20 pm. Please note that there is no school on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Maria Montgomery, Dingeman Principal

FFC is Thankful for You!

As the holidays approach and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, we start to reflect on what we are most thankful for. As John F. Kennedy said “We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” The Family Faculty Connection (FFC) says “thank you” to all of our Dingeman families, principal, teachers, staff, and volunteers for their time, commitment, and generosity to help better our school. Also, a very special thank you goes to The Kebab Shop for hosting our September Family Dinner Night.

In October Dingeman brought back the “Fall Boo-Bash,” and it was spectacular to see the kids dressed up in their costumes and dancing. We would like to thank the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department for bringing its fire truck for all to enjoy and explore. Dingeman also held its third annual Family Science Night for the 5th graders, which was very successful thanks to our family volunteers.

November and December are going to be just as busy, so be on the lookout for the following events:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8—Family Dinner Night
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14—FFC meeting, 6:30 pm, Dingeman Multipurpose Room (MPR)
  • Thursday, Nov. 15—4th Grade Family Science Night, 6:30 pm, MPR
  • Saturday, Dec. 1—Gift cards go on sale
  • Monday, Dec. 10—Book Fair

On behalf of the FFC, happy Thanksgiving to our Dingeman family and Scripps Ranch community!

Nilesh Patel, FFC President

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

EBS enrolls pupils who do not live in the neighborhood through the school Choice process. The Choice application period for school year 2019–2020 is open until Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Choice applications to our school should be submitted for:

  • Students whose parents want to transfer them to EBS
  • Incoming transitional kindergarten and kindergarten siblings of current Choice pupils
  • Currently enrolled students who have recently moved, or will move, out of our neighborhood but would like to continue attending EBS
  • Students originally enrolled via Choice as San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) residents who have moved, or plan to move, outside the SDUSD boundaries into a different school district, such as Poway Unified
  • Students attending EBS under a Childcare Affidavit

Choice applications are not needed for:

  • Resident students
  • Students already accepted to our school via Choice who live in the SDUSD boundaries

Enrollment Options applications may be submitted online at If you need assistance, contact or visit the Family Welcome and Enrollment Center at our district headquarters at the Eugene Brucker Education Center, 4100 Normal Street, Annex 12, San Diego, 92103. Questions regarding the Choice process may be directed to 619-260-2410. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

EBS Honored

EBS and 13 other schools from across San Diego were honored at a recent Board of Education meeting. The schools were awarded for demonstrating excellence related to the district’s vision of offering quality schools in every San Diego neighborhood.

The Quality Schools in Every Neighborhood, or “QSiEN” Awards, recognize schools for going above and beyond in accomplishing specific goals from the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Superintendent Cindy Marten thanked the principals before calling them up to receive a certificate and special banner, which will proudly be displayed at their school (picture on page 22). Cindy said, “The awards we are presenting recognize 14 schools and their commitment to excellence. We thank them for serving as role models for how to successfully incorporate Vision 2020 and the LCAP goals into their school community.”

The 2017–-2018 school year was the second year of the QSiEN Awards and the first where the nomination process was open to the entire community. Nominated schools are evaluated through site visits and a review of materials that highlight how they exemplify the specific LCAP goal for which they are being considered.

EBS was recognized in the area of Family and Community Engagement. Principals are asked for their thoughts on how other schools could replicate their success and what criteria could be used to recognize this specific goal in future years.

Fun-draising Fun!

One of the Academic Fundraising Partnership’s (AFP) biggest events is the Fall Festival. And, again this year, it was a hit! Thank you to Reena Dayal, Neesha Desai, and Leyla Leatherwood for chairing this amazing event.

Also, thank you to the community for all the wonderful costume donations and a big shout-out to Vann Tran for bringing the Halloween Costume Boutique to EBS. It is a great opportunity to give costumes to children who are less fortunate and help them have a happy Halloween!

We look forward to our Book Fair in November and our first annual Holiday Shop. Have a great Thanksgiving break.

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

I am excited to join the Jerabek family as your new principal. I cannot wait to begin the process of working side by side with all stakeholders as we continue to give our students the best academic experience possible. As a lifelong educator I firmly believe that together we can create successful and positive academic and social-emotional outcomes for all students through strong student-centered collaborative partnerships with our students, families, and community members. I am ready to join the work already happening at Jerabek.

To share a little about me, I began my career in education as a resource assistant at an elementary school. This ignited my passion in education and I went on to become a 6th grade teacher, then transitioned to the role of high school vice principal. After that I moved to the district’s Special Education Department as a program manager. I completed my doctoral program in Educational Leadership PK-12 at San Diego State.

I have been married for 30 years and have three amazing adult sons. I am actively involved in my church and have led many of our youth programs. I also am part of an educational sorority, The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, where our focus is to support and mentor high school students, as well as partner with local elementary and middle schools. I look forward to working with the Jerabek family and Scripps Ranch community!

Dr. Angelia (Niecy) Watkins, Jerabek Principal

Thank You, Barona!

Our school offers superior educational opportunities and we continue to improve our campus and keep up with the newest technology. In support of this mission, Jerabek was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Barona Band of Indians to help with the development of our Maker Space lab. These funds allow us to continue building a state-of-the-art facility for our kids.

Each year parents and communities throughout the 77th Assembly District nominate a school to receive the grant. Assemblymember Brian Maienschein submits a letter of support with the completed application to Barona for final board approval. Brian joined Barona, the Family Faculty Organization (FFO), Jerabek faculty, and students to celebrate the receipt of this grant. The lab will be an environment where kids can be creative, collaborative, and engaged.

Family Fun

Many families took part in our first Family Art Night of the year. This activity was made possible by the FFO and generous donations of families and platinum sponsors such as Land Development Partners. Thank you to all who donated. To get your swag, email [email protected]

Important Dates

Picture Day is Monday, Nov. 5, and siblings are welcome to attend! A make-up Picture Day is on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Monday, Nov. 12, is Veterans Day, and there is no school. Parent-Teacher Conferences take place from Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 16, and that week will be a minimum day schedule.

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

What a busy start to our school year! Staff and students are off to a great start and have already taken on so much new learning. We are proud of the work our students and staff have done refining the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Our 4th and 5th grade teachers continue their training in order to launch our Project Lead the Way science curriculum in their classrooms. Thanks so much to the group of parent volunteers who have helped to sort the materials and build our new science kits.

We once again had a wonderful turnout for our Annual Halloween Carnival. This year’s event, “Hoedown at the Ranch,” was overrun by creepy cowboys and cowgirls and had the usual assortment of games and prizes, along with laser tag and our 5th grade Haunted House. The Haunted House was open the night before the carnival for the second year in a row—at night, in the dark…spooky! Thank you, parents and families, for joining us for a day of fun and fundraising for the school.

November’s calendar is packed, so please check the website for details on all of the upcoming events. We start the month with our Green Team Candy Collection and Veterans Day assembly—wear red, white, and blue!—followed quickly by the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, Nov. 12, when there is no school.

From Friday, Nov. 9, through Friday, Nov. 16, we hold Parent-Teacher Conferences, and students are released at 12:10 pm each day. Then we have a week of vacation for Thanksgiving. Mark your calendars now!

A belated but sincere thank you goes to Girl Scout Troop 2067, led by parent Diane Hunter, who also happens to be our Family Faculty Association president. The girls spent countless hours over the summer designing, preparing for, and creating a beautiful new mural for our kindergarten playground. Please come see the results of their beautification project!

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

FFA is Grateful

This month Miramar Ranch Elementary School students celebrate gratitude as their character trait. As Family Faculty Association (FFA) president, I’m grateful to our tremendous volunteer team who spend countless hours making our school a better place. Thank you to:

  • Amy Hill and Jenn Fox, our Pledge Drive team
  • Leanne Steichen and Helena Parker, for spearheading our Halloween Carnival
  • Tony White, our amazing communications director
  • Eric Morgan, for keeping our garden green
  • JC Soman, for chairing Jog-a-Thon and always jumping in to help when needed
  • Members of the board: Theresa Cox, Wendy Chan, Jennifer Leader, Erin Patel, Tammy Gaudreau, Krista Dwyer, and Molly Rogers

Our FFA volunteer family always welcomes new members, so join us for our meetings on the first Friday of every month at 8 am in the staff lounge.

Diane Hunter, FFA President

Campus Visitor

Some lucky Hawks got a very special visitor recently. Major Jeff Mullins took time out of his busy schedule to visit our 2nd graders and share what it’s like to be a Blue Angel. As you probably know, the elite flying team was in town for the Miramar Air Show. The students enjoyed a video and got their burning questions answered. Thank you so much, Major Mullins! The students had a great time.

Catherine Melis

Innovations Academy

Innovations Academy Charter School activities have been fun and engaging for both students and families. Many of our students headed out on overnight trips, complete with activities designed to create connection and teamwork. Our community thoroughly enjoyed a Family Fun Night, organized by our amazing parents. The evening included music, magic, laser tag, an urban-style artisan market, and a Mexican buffet.

Student-led conferences took place, during which students had an opportunity to share their learning as well as their social and academic goals with their parents. When students lead these conferences it helps them take ownership of their learning experience. To learn more about Innovations Academy, please visit

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

Rockin’ Robotics

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School has incorporated the VEX-IQ Robotics STEM program into its junior high curriculum. This is a project-based curriculum that allows students to solve problems using technology and robotics to improve society.

Seventh grader Annica H. said that after her team finished constructing and testing its base model robot, “This is probably my favorite subject so far.” Mrs. Ryan and Mr. Hight, co-advisers of the Robotics program, have both noticed immediate progress. Mr. Hight noted, “The curriculum is very hands-on and allows the students to work together. One of the things that we appreciate in our observations is how the students instinctively collaborate and problem-solve. Rather than giving up when the robot does not respond how they expect it to, they encourage each other to work through solving the problem together.”

The junior high students have been introduced to different engineering fields. They also learn how robotics engineering is used in various ways to protect people, such as in life-threatening police situations or in the rescue of the boys’ soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand.

The students are building, testing, and running their base model robots by interpreting the manuals and technical specifications. Sinclair M. said, “It is challenging, fun, and allows the group to work together.” As they progress students will design their own robots based on the functionality they imagine, design, and build. Way to go, Guardian engineers!