Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Principal’s Message

Happy New Year, Falcon families! We are back from winter break on Monday, Jan. 7, with final exams right around the corner. Finals take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Jan. 23 through 25. All final exam days will be minimum days, with an 11:45 am dismissal. See our school calendar for the specific period schedule for each final exam day. Second semester begins on Monday, Jan. 28, with a regular period 1–6 bell schedule.

Articulation has begun for the 2019–2020 school year. Counselors will meet with current students starting in February to go over course offerings and potential pathways. Our course catalog and much more is available on our school website under the “Counseling” section. We were very excited to have our incoming 9th grade families visit us for our Falcon Day and Falcon Night events! Remember, all materials distributed at those events is available on our website.

Congratulations to all of our fall sports for a great season! We are particularly proud of our CIF championship field hockey team and both our boys’ and girls’ cross country teams who made it to the CIF State Meet this year.

We also want to recognize the efforts of our Air Force JROTC program. Cadets collected more than 22,000 pounds of canned goods for their annual Holiday Canned Food Drive—check out the picture of the students and all the food on page 23! This is the most collected in the history of SRHS!

For the second year in a row, JROTC instructor Master Sergeant Ferdinand Toledo was named the SRHS Teacher of the Year and will move on to compete for District Teacher of the Year. We are honored to have him represent our school and are grateful to have his leadership on our campus.

In December we rededicated our efforts to spread the message of our Falcon PRIDE program with the distribution of posters that highlight what it means to be a Falcon. The “Because I’m a Falcon” posters were created by our Student Summit, yearbook, and computer graphic design students (two are pictured above). We are extremely proud to display these all over campus and hope the positive messages help students better understand our behavior expectations both on and off campus.

Don’t forget that school is closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day. Have a fantastic Falcon month! Go Falcons!

Nicole DeWitt, SRHS Principal

Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

Happy New Year from Thurgood Marshall Middle School! We hope you had a joyful winter vacation with your family and friends.

On Friday, Jan. 25, we will have a minimum day, with a 12:16 pm dismissal. Our teachers will use this time to finalize semester grades and plan lessons for our 21st century learners by providing rigorous academic opportunities.

At MMS one of our highest priorities is to provide a safe environment for our students. We encourage parents to drive with our students in mind. Please share the road with our student walkers and bikers. Be patient as you near the school and wait in the queue lines. Please don’t double park, pass other cars, or dart in front of other vehicles to drop off or pick up your student or speed to or from MMS.

Also, please don’t park at the corner of Avenue of Nations and Willow Creek and Pomerado roads to pick up or drop off your student. School personnel do not supervise this area and it is not a safe for pedestrians.

Our first semester ends on Friday, Jan. 25. Students will receive their report card on Friday, Feb. 1. I encourage all parents to contact their student’s teachers or log onto PowerSchool to find out more information about their student’s progress. We look forward to 2019, and we thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

January Calendar

  • Monday, Jan. 7—School resumes
  • Tuesday, Jan. 8—Marshall Mustang Organization (MMO) meeting, 9 am, MMS Community Room
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9—School Site Council/Site Governance Team meetings, 5 pm, MMS Community Room
  • Monday, Jan. 21—Martin Luther King Junior Day, no school

5th to 6th Graders to MMS

Fifth graders from Dingeman, Jerabek, E.B. Scripps, and Miramar Ranch elementary schools will visit MMS on Tuesday, Jan. 29, or Wednesday, Jan. 30, to tour their new school.

Parent Matriculation Night

An informational meeting for parents of all incoming 6th graders is on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the MMS Multipurpose Room. Marshall counselors will visit students at all of our elementary feeder schools in February.

8th to 9th Graders to SRHS

Scripps Ranch High School counselors will be at MMS on Monday, Feb. 4, to speak to our 8th graders about their 9th grade course selections. They will meet individually with students during their English classes in the MMS theater.

MMS Articulation

MMS counselors will meet in the MMS theater with our current 6th graders during their English classes on Friday, Feb. 8, and with current 7th graders during their English classes on Monday, Feb. 11. They will discuss courses for next year.

Dingeman Elementary

From Our Principal

Happy New Year! January promises to be a month of reflection and goal setting for our staff and students. This year we are taking an even closer look at each of our students to identify his or her individual talents, strengths, and passions. Our goal is to build on these strengths and unleash the learner in all of our students.

Our teachers continue to work collaboratively in teams to ensure that Dingeman’s excellence in academics continues. The collaboration is made possible through a partnership with Dingeman and the school district’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) department.

Approximately once a month, each student at every grade level participates in activities with district VAPA teachers, while our teachers are provided valuable time to collaborate in grade-level teams. As a result our classrooms are alive with meaningful and relevant learning experiences for our students.

Additionally, our STEAM Committee is working together to plan and design an incredible new learning space at Dingeman. We are proud to announce that we will create a STEAM Makerspace for all of our students to use throughout the year! This incredible space will provide opportunities for our students to develop essential 21st century learning habits and skills. We send a special shout out to our neighboring schools for inviting us to visit their labs, and to our parents and teachers who are leading this effort.

The staff, families, and students at Dingeman look forward to a great year. Here’s to a successful 2019!

Maria Montgomery, Dingeman Elementary Principal

An Exciting Year Ahead

Happy New Year and welcome back from your Family Faculty Connection (FFC)! Hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and is ready to get back into the swing of things at Dingeman. December was very busy for us with Family Science Nights, Holiday Scholastic Book Fair, and Family Dinner Night.

We can’t forget about the wonderful musical, Night at the Wax Museum, put on by our 4th and 5th graders, and our annual Gift Card Sale. Both were huge successes! We send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped with these events and to our families for supporting our Food Drive.

In January the 1st and 2nd graders have their Family Science Nights, and our monthly Family Dinner Night is on Thursday, Jan. 10. Also, we are getting ready for our Father-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Bowling Night, Jog-A-Thon, and much more! Be on the lookout for these fun activities. As always, thank you. We look forward to a great 2019!

Nilesh Patel, FFC President

Karen Holt

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear EBS Families and Community Members,

As we begin the New Year I would like to thank our fabulous Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) —our foundation—for its support of EBS. In addition to raising money to help fund academic and enrichment programs, the AFP runs many exciting events for the students throughout the year.

For example, each month the AFP hosts a Family Science Night where students and their parents explore interesting science topics through hands-on activities. At the 4th Grade Science Night it was “CSI at EBS.” The kids were scientists in a crime lab. To pick out the burglar from the list of suspects, they had to match fingerprints, determine fabric type under a microscope, analyze ink samples, perform a blood-typing test, and even identify a mysterious powder. Needless to say, the burglar was identified and a fun time was had by all! Our next Family Science Night is for 2nd graders on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The most ambitious project our AFP has undertaken recently is to implement a comprehensive after-school enrichment program. We offer robotics, Spanish, ukulele, guitar, hip-hop, chess, astronomy, coding, 3-D printing, keyboarding, and much more. We even offer camps during conference half days and vacations.

We offer these programs as an incredible learning experience for our students and a convenience for our working parents. All the profits go directly to the EBS AFP. It’s a win-win for everyone. Thank you to the AFP and especially our AFP president, Gail Faber, who has endless energy and amazing creativity! Sincerely,

Liz Sloan, EBS Principal

Happy New Year

2019 will be an amazing year at EBS. We look forward to many activities in January, including Mother and Son Bowling, our Second Annual International Night, and 2nd Grade Family Science Night. Thank you to all of our fantastic volunteers. Happy New Year!

Gail Faber, AFP President

Jerabek Elementary

From Our Principal

The Jerabek community is happy to celebrate that, out of 118 elementary schools, our site currently leads the district in overall daily student attendance! This data reaffirms to our staff that Jerabek students and families value their academic experience and find our school an awesome place to be each and every day.

We also are excited to announce that one of our former students, Evan, took the final step along his journey to become an attorney. Surrounded by his extremely proud parents and colleagues from Wood Smith Henning and Berman, LLP, he was sworn in by the Honorable Judge William Gallo. It was an amazing day and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Evan James Critchlow, Esq.

We will offer school tours for potential families in the new year. Please call the office at 858-578-5330 to set up an appointment. We would love for your child to be a Jerabek Koala!

Hope you had a wonderful winter break with friends and family. We look forward to a wonderful 2019!

Angelia (Niecy) Watkins, Jerabek Principal

Be Kind

Kindness Week takes place in the middle of the month from Monday, Jan. 14, through Thursday, Jan. 17. In conjunction with Kindness Week, students will collect toiletries for homeless youth attending the Monarch School.

Jerabek Jog-A-Thon

Get your running shoes ready! The annual Jog-A-Thon is coming to Jerabek in February. If you would like to volunteer or sponsor this event, please contact Kacy Hayes at [email protected] or Katie Rich at [email protected]

Kristy Reeser

Miramar Ranch Elementary

From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,

Happy New Year! December was a short but busy time at MRE. Along with the usual hard work of parents and teachers, there were assemblies, a holiday choir concert, field trips, a food drive, and numerous holiday activities and celebrations. It was a great end to the year. I hope you had a wonderful break filled with family, friends, and happy memories.

In January we will be back at work, focusing on opportunities for students and teachers to work together in small groups and one on one. All grade levels are focusing on individual reading conferences with students, while kindergarten and 1st grades have added math curriculum and activities that allow for small group instruction to support students. Teachers are working and planning together to help our children become more involved and more invested in their learning.

The last week of January will be the start of our annual Scholastic Book Fair. There will be times before, during, and after school to peruse the book shelves. And before school you may be treated to coffee and a muffin or donut! Please check the website as the date draws near.

Thanks for all you do to support MRE students and staff. Remember to “work hard and be nice.”

Peggy Crane, MRE Principal

Jog-A-Thon is Coming!

Is your business looking for a way to help support Scripps Ranch’s first elementary school? Now is your chance! MRE is looking for Jog-A-Thon sponsors. All donations are tax deductible and your logo will be printed on 700+ T-shirts, banners, and other promotional materials. For more information, please contact JC Soman at [email protected] or 248-854-7142 before Friday, Feb. 22.

Catherine Melis

Innovations Academy

Big Yellow School Bus

Field trips and learning by doing are very important parts of our academics at Innovations Academy. This means all grades regularly venture out into the world on field trips. This year we are very grateful to have our own school bus! Perhaps you have seen our big yellow bus with “Innovations Academy” written on the side parked at our campus or heading out on a student adventure (at right).

Students have gone to:

  • The La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles
  • The Old Globe Theatre
  • A Poway fire station
  • King Tut Exhibit at the L.A. Science Center
  • Indian Hills in Jamul
  • Balboa Park
  • Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre
  • Greyhound Adoption Center
  • Feeding San Diego
  • Children’s Discovery Center
  • San Marcos for a hike
  • Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • High Tech High School for a tour

In 2019 we will head to many more destinations to integrate hands-on learning into our curriculum. For more about Innovations Academy, please visit

Chabad Hebrew Academy

At the heart of every Hanukkah celebration is the lighting of the menorah! In December Chabad Hebrew Academy’s 5th grade students gathered at City Hall to light the first light of the traditional menorah with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other city officials. This marked the start of Hanukkah, Judaism’s Festival of Lights.

When the mayor arrived the students had the opportunity to shake hands, each receiving Hanukkah gelt from him, and take pictures. They concluded the ceremony playing I Had a Little Dreidel with their harmonicas. The students were so thrilled to represent the city of San Diego, bringing holiday greetings to promote Hanukkah’s universal message of freedom, hope, and light.