Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)


Principal’s Message

Things sure have been busy at Scripps Ranch High School! The fabulous “Taste of the Ranch” fundraiser in early March was a huge success. The parent support at SRHS could not be any better, and we are deeply appreciative of everyone’s efforts. Without our parents and community, we could not serve our students in the manner that they deserve, and we can’t say “thank you” enough.

Looking for academic help? The Peer Tutoring Club offers tutoring in all subject areas for all students after school in the SRHS library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Drop in any time you’d like assistance.

In addition, a new graduation requirement for the class of 2016 includes passing Intermediate Algebra and two years of a world language. In response, we started a six-week tutoring program Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. The program targets struggling 9th graders, but any student in any grade who would like help may attend. Late buses are available at 3:45 pm for both tutoring opportunities. Students must be in front of the school by 3:40 pm.

At the time this article is being written, our site does not have a 2013-2014 budget. If needed, our administrative team will work diligently on necessary reductions so the impact on programs will be minimized as much as possible.

Our students continue to excel because of our dedicated staff and parents. Congratulations to these students for their accomplishments:

  • Ameen Chaudry, 2013 valedictorian, and Kenneth Xu, salutatorian;
  • Johnson Diep, 12th grader, selected as the 2012-2013 Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Senior Standout. He exemplifies an AVID student–hardworking, focused, intelligent, and taking the most rigorous curriculum offered at SRHS to ensure his acceptance to the four-year university of his choice. He is competing for thousands of scholarship dollars with other AVID Senior Standouts. Congratulations, too, to Mrs. Knoff, his AVID teacher;
  • Nilay Shah, 9th grader, named young Scientist of the Year from the San Diego Oceans Foundation. As an 8th grader his Science Fair project was the dreadful impact of plastics on the oceans, trying to prove that biodegradable plastics would be better for the environment.
  • Seniors Kiana Corpus, Marisa Datko, Sydney Earle, Hailey Hirata, Kerry Klimpel, Elizabeth Lee, and Amanda Robinson, selected to the 2012 National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School Academic Squad. The program recognizes high school seniors who have achieved a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. Congratulations to all their coaches, and especially the head coach, our staff member, Jane Morrill. Coach Morrill was named the Field Hockey Coach of the Year by the California Interscholastic Federation.

Three other staff members are to be congratulated. Chef Kimberly Coelho was named the Educator of the Year by the Sacramento-based California Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Patricia Fowler was voted to represent SRHS in the district Teacher of the Year event. And John King was inducted into the Coaching Legends Hall of Fame.

Extracurricular activities abound. Please stop by and support either a sports team or a Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) presentation–dance, drama, orchestra, or band. Some of our student artwork was just displayed at the San Diego Art Institute, Museum of Man, and House of Charm in Balboa Park.

The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) will be given to 10th grade students on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 12 and 13. This exam is a graduation requirement. Both are minimum days with classes dismissed at 11:30 am.

Other dates to remember:

  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Mar. 8-10–Robotics Competition, San Diego Sports Arena;
  • Friday, Mar. 15–Sadie Hawkins Dance, 8 pm, SRHS quad;
  • Friday through Monday, Mar. 15-18–Pro-Start Culinary Competition, Pasadena;
  • Saturday, Mar. 16–Young Scholars Academic Fair;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 20–Band and Choir Spring Concert, 6:30 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Thursday, Mar. 21–Orchestra Concert, 6:30 pm, SRHS theater;
  • Saturday, Mar. 23–Cadet Ball, Town and Country Resort;
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26 and 27–Suicide Prevention Education Awareness and Knowledge (SPEAK) program presentations to grades 9 and 11, SRHS theater; and,
  • Wednesday, Mar. 27–Mr. Scripps Ranch, 6:30 pm, SRHS theater.

Please visit [] for the most updated news and events.

Ann Menna, SRHS Principal

SRHS Training Facility

SRHS is in the process of remodeling an area on campus into a state-of-the-art training facility for the student-athletes and Physical Education Department.

  • The indoor facility is about 90 feet by 30 feet or 2,700 sq. ft. It will include weight training equipment and an outdoor artificial turf area of 95 feet by 60 feet or 5,700 sq. ft.
  • It will include a designated training room for student-athletes.

With our recent academic success of 900 API, we are looking for support to create this training facility. The estimated cost is $150,000. We are asking the community to join us as we begin this incredible project, which will be worthy of the students who attend this wonderful school.

If you are interested in supporting this project or have questions, please contact Peter Staab at 619-318-5561. Thank you for your support.

Joe Meyer, SRHS Athletic Director

Water Polo Dives into Success

SRHS Women’s Water Polo finished another successful season and made it into CIFs. We wish varsity the best of luck in postseason play. We also say goodbye to five players as they finish their high school careers. We will miss Cookie, Rachel, and Sam–the team captains and mentors–and Aubry and Jaye. Good luck to all of you in college.

Earlier this season our incredible head coach, Victor Jensen, returned to Brazil for a family emergency. His departure left a hole in our team and our hearts. We were blessed to have Erin, Trevor, and Jennifer work with our players all season. We will miss Victor, Erin, Trevor, and Jennifer next year, but a new adventure begins as we get new coaches next season. See you on the pool deck!

Marshall Middle School (MMS)


Principal’s Message

Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,

We are quickly approaching the middle of second semester. As we continue to work with our students, we want to remind our 8th grade students and parents about our promotion requirements for the 2012-2013 school year. We have established several requirements in order to participate in the 8th grade promotion ceremony and the promotion activity sponsored by the MMS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). All 8th grade students must meet these minimum requirements in order to participate in these activities:

  • 2.0 GPA in scholarship on the fifth progress report
  • 2.0 GPA in citizenship on the fifth progress report
  • No more than one “F” in any subject on the fifth progress report
  • No more than two suspensions this year, and none after Apr. 26

The end of the year activities and promotion are wonderful ways to recognize our students’ hard work! Please remember our promotion requirements! There will be no exceptions to our standards.

In order to provide academic support for every Marshall student, please continue to support your student by:

  • Checking his or her homework planner for projects, assignments, and tests dates
  • Reviewing our teacher websites and our school website for information
  • Encouraging your student to attend his or her teachers’ homework assistance time for extra help
  • Contacting your student’s teachers to confirm your student’s progress

I would like to commend 43 8th graders who made it to the City Science Fair. Also, I would like to congratulate the Marshall Science Olympiad Team for placing third in the regional tournament at Rancho Bernardo High School! There were 98 teams and 2,500 students participating in this year’s regional tournament! I am so proud of our team’s accomplishments!

Join us for our next World Café on Thursday, Mar. 14, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the MMS theater. Our guest, Doug Walker, will speak about motivation and human behavior. This event is open to the entire Scripps Ranch community.

As of press time, we had not received our school’s budget for the 2013-2014 school year. I appreciate all the input from parents and community members. When the budget is received, I will use the input to help make our budgetary decisions. I want to thank the community for its support for our public schools.

Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal

March Calendar

  • Friday, Mar. 8–PTSA, 10:30, community room;
  • Friday, Mar. 8–Fourth grading period ends;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 13–SSC/SGT, 5 pm, community room;
  • Friday, Mar. 15–Progress reports distributed;
  • Tuesday, Mar. 19-Thursday, Mar. 21–City Science Fair;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 27–Open House, 3-6 pm; and,
  • Friday, Mar. 29-Friday Apr. 5–Spring break, no school.

Choir Notes

In early February the MMS Chamber Choir received a perfect score and automatic superior rating at a California Music Educators Association (CMEA) festival in San Diego. In addition, the Chamber Choir has been invited to be the guest performance group at the Honor Choir performance held annually at Point Loma Nazarene. In past years this honor has always gone to a high school performance group.

Chamber Choir also has been invited to do a clinic with Dr. Charlene Archibeque at USD on Thursday, Apr. 18. Dr. Archibeque is the National American Choral Director’s Association president. The MMS Chamber Choir is the only middle school invited to this event.

PE Sportsmanship Awards

The Physical Education Department recognizes one student in each class who exemplifies true sportsmanship–a great attitude, effort, and willingness to be a part of the team. The following students earned the awards for our third unit.

  • Period 1: Darren Trieu, teacher Sharon Carter; Liam Greubel, teacher Carol Lee; Jennifer Brana, teacher Carrie Carambas; Sidney Cotton, teacher Janel McCarthy; Evan Dicker, teacher David Gray; and, Devon Granieri, teacher Brad Bishop.
  • Period 2: Dylan Le, Gray; Gina Chadergian, teacher Dave Hodapp; Noah Henren, Lee; Alyssa Vilke, Carambas; Rachel Brenk, McCarthy; and, Jake Demarest, Bishop.
  • Period 3: Katie Pham, McCarthy; Evelyn Tombe, Hodapp; Mia Radici, Carter; Alex Garbero, Lee; Jolina Bui, Gray; Alana Marcelino, teacher Calvin Baylon; and, MikBaron Huang, Bishop.
  • Period 4: Chelsea Cambell, Carambas; Sammi Farnsworth, Hodapp; Jenna Dolan, Carter; Avi Ganti, Baylon; Ava Matthew, Gray; and, Lindsey Nguyen, Bishop.
  • Period 5: Natalia Meray, Baylon; Darby Williams, Hodapp; Julianna Butterfield, Carter; Ari Gerber, Bishop; Abby Devlin, Lee; Audrey Sherew, Carambas; and, Deine Shin, McCarthy.
  • Period 6: Alex Turner, Lee; Jenna Mathews, Hodapp; Cristobal Palacios, Carter; Kevin Ryu, Carambas; Chelsea Dirkse, McCarthy; and, Charlie Fontana, Gray.

Progress Reports

The end of the first six-week grading period of the second semester is on Friday, Mar. 8. Progress reports will be issued to students on Friday, Mar. 15. Be sure to ask to see your child’s progress report, and please contact teachers if you have any concerns.

5th to 6th Grade Matriculation

Parent Matriculation Night, an informational meeting for parents of incoming 6th graders, is on Thursday, Mar. 7, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the MMS multipurpose room. Marshall counselors will visit students at all of our elementary feeder schools in March. They will introduce students to MMS, talk about course selections, and answer any questions. Counselors will visit:

  • Jerabek–Friday, Mar. 8, 11:30 am-1 pm;
  • Dingeman, Monday, Mar. 11, 10:30 am-noon;
  • EBS–Tuesday, Mar. 12, 9-10:30 am; and,
  • MRE, Thurs., Mar. 14, 8:30-10 am.

GATE/Seminar Deadline

The middle school “GATE/Seminar Program Intent to Enroll” forms are due to the receiving middle school no later than Monday, Mar. 11. Although Marshall will offer seminar classes, the district no longer funds that program to allow for class-size reduction. All seminar classes will have the same student to teacher ratio as general education and GATE classes, which can be 36 to 1 or higher if current budget cuts go through.

MMS Seminar Program Policy

Students who attend Marshall, are seminar-identified, and are in the seminar program, do not need to fill out an enrollment form. They must meet the grade requirements of earning at least “Bs” in their seminar classes.

Students who attend Marshall, who are seminar-identified, but who are not in the seminar program and wish to be next year need to fill out an enrollment form. They must meet the grade requirements of earning at least “Bs” in their seminar classes to stay in the program.

Students who do not attend Marshall, who are seminar-identified, and who wish to be in the program next year need to fill out an enrollment form. They also must meet the grade requirements. This category includes current 5th graders at our feeder elementary schools. The form can be found on the Marshall website at [].

8th Grade Awards

Due to budget cuts, we are only able to present awards to our 8th graders who have earned a 4.0 in scholarship and/or citizenship for three years at MMS. Eighth grade students might also receive Teacher’s Choice Awards, the President’s Award for Academic Excellence or Achievement, and our annual Perpetual Awards. Teachers make their best estimates for the last semester as to whether students will maintain a 4.0.

Mustangs Place Third at Science Olympiad!

Congratulations to MMS for placing third out of 31 schools at the San Diego Regional Science Olympiad competition held in early February at Rancho Bernardo High School! Marshall sent six teams to compete against more than 1,300 students from San Diego County middle schools at the nation’s largest regional Science Olympiad competition.

Science Olympians compete in 23 “test,” “build/construction,” and “lab” events. For four months students worked after school and on weekends with their coaches to prepare for the day-long competition. Our students took home many ribbons and medals, including four first place awards and a number of second place ones. Placing third in the overall school at the San Diego Regional virtually assures MMS will be invited to send



15 students to compete in the Southern California State Tournament on Saturday, Apr. 6, in Anaheim Hills.

Principal Michelle Irwin was on hand to observe some of the events and was present for the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to the 2013 Science Olympiad Team (right): Ben Ballard, Arya Barlinge, Varun Bhajekar, Zane Calini, Timmy Camaclang, Michael Cambell, Mingyu Cho, Parth Desai, Matthew Donaldson, Sabrina Duong, Sebastian Eisenbach, Simon Emtage, Corey Gao, Nikitha Gopal, Denitca Grozev, Kamen Grozev, Mihir Gupta, Michelle He, Andrea Hernandez, Valerie Ho, Ryan Hobbib, Baron Huang, Eileen Huang, Kevin Huang, Jackwin Hui, Newton Hui, Winice Hui, Samuel In, Jack Izzo, Sarvottam Jalsingh, Cameron Jones, Saeyeon Ju, Grant Jung, Theo Jurist, Nikhil Kalita, Aimee Kim, Sahini Komandla, Alex Kuang, Jordon Kulischak, Ashwin Kumar, Andrew Kuo, Davina Lam, Phoebe Lam, Alex Lawson, Joon Lee, Rudy Lee, Ashley Lo, Alina Luk, Jonathan Luo, Ananya Madabushi, Jackson Madsen, Abhinav Manam, Tiffany Meng, Maxwell Messmer, Jasper Min, Ritobrita Mishra, Mayuresh Mujundar, An Nguyen, Shayan Nowzari, Melba Nuzen, Kento Onikubo, Prasanna Padmanabham, Sneha Padmanabham, Bryan Pan, Docean Park, Bailey Phommavong, Adam Popejoy, Aswath Radhachandran, Ananya Rao, Alexandra Richards, Gracie Richards, Sean Roh, Madison Ronchetto, Nicholas Scudder, Amitesh Sharma, Anshul Singh, Parmjeet Singh, Sarbjot Singh, Anirudh Suri, Ethan Tan, Conrad Tempel, Zachary Tempel, Jared Truong, Shruti Verma, Sahil Wadhwa, Matthew Wang, Ian Wildenhain, Lynette Wotruba, Xi-Kai Isaac Wu, and Leila Zulic.

Marshall’s program is run and coached by dedicated parents, students, and community volunteers. Deep thanks to all who made the event possible and who assisted at the competition. Special thanks go to faculty advisor Muriel Gross, head coach David Jurist, assistant head coach Mary Hobbib, and treasurer Kim Tempel. Many thanks to our 2013 Science Olympiad coaches, including: Charlyne Barad, Heather Bedont, Anna Calini, Nancy Emtage, Sarathy Gopal, Muriel Gross, Jivko Grozev, Mike Hart, Mary Hobbib, Tom Hobbib, Maureen Ibanez, Alex Iliceto, John Izzo, Mike Jones, David Jurist, Danielle Kulischak, Vijay Kumar, Lauren Liu, Tai Wei Ly, Juhi Madan, Nikhil Madan, Rama Manam, Ahn Nuzen, Radha Padmanaban, Priya Sarathy, Jay Suryamurthy, Adam Tinkle, and Sarah Wotruba.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary


From our FFC President

Hello, Dingeman Families!

It might seem like March Madness, but we have another exciting month before we begin spring break at the end of March–Friday, Mar. 29, to be exact. Our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) Mother-Son Night was a huge big success in February. Special thanks goes to Nicole Kelly for making it possible.

This month we look forward to giving our daughters a chance to share a special evening with their fathers. Thanks to all our Art Corps volunteers who helped make our three Family Art Nights sellout events. More than 360 participants came together to create amazing artwork!

Lisa Vontsolos, our assembly coordinator, scheduled another wonderful FFC-sponsored performance for the students with the “Amazing Bubble Guy” in February. This month we welcome the wonderful Imagination Machine, honoring our student authors. What fun! Wishing you a luck-filled March!

Jaylene Farry, FFC President

Book Fair!

Our 2013 Book Fair opens its doors the first week of March. This year we will host a Muffin Morning on Tuesday, Mar. 5, and a Family Night on Wednesday, Mar. 6, where our fantastic Honor Choir will perform. Last year’s Book Fair allowed Dingeman to purchase more than $12,000 in new books!

Jerabek Elementary



Greetings, Jerabek Families

So many amazing things are happening at Jerabek! Students, teachers, and parents love our new Koala assemblies, which are how we kick off each week of teaching and learning. In addition to celebrating classrooms and students for their accomplishments in First in Math, the Running Club, or Reading Across the Continents, our assemblies are used to call out specific scholarly behaviors we focus on to access higher order thinking. Our strategies pair well with the “Strategic Questioning” used in Area 2 schools, of which Scripps Ranch is a part.

I am proud of the high levels of effort made on a daily basis from our students and teachers! We are gearing up for the second round of literacy and math benchmarks, and at the end of March we’ll hold parent/teacher conferences.

Jerabek teachers are diving into Common Core! We had our first Common Core professional development in mid-February and teachers are excited to learn more! For a very brief explanation of the Common Core state standards, visit [].

Teachers also had an opportunity to peruse Common Core supplemental materials. Securing funding to purchase these materials for Jerabek will be one of my priorities for the near future.

Our budget timeline has been pushed back to March. Once principals are informed, I will immediately share that timeline with our School Site Council and Family Faculty Organization (FFO).

Overall, students continue to demonstrate a strong sense of Jerabekian pride, which is evidenced in our Jerabek affirmation classroom entries. It’s contagious! Again, I’m in awe over the high level of community engagement, and I continue to be grateful for your partnership in our shared responsibility of growing happy, healthy scholars at Jerabek!

Diana Grijalva, Jerabek Interim Principal

Koala Kommunity Kalendar

  • Thursday, Mar. 14–Restaurant Night, bring flyer from our website;
  • Wednesday, Mar. 27–Spring Choir Concert, 7 pm, auditorium; and,
  • Friday, Mar. 29–Woo-hoo! Spring break begins, see you refreshed and ready to learn on Monday, Apr. 29.

We Have Spirit, Yes, We Do!

Pull up your crazy socks, spray your wacky hairdos, and sport your style during Spirit Week–Monday, Mar. 11, through Friday, Mar. 15. Each themed day will be paired with a fun event during lunch or recess, so be on the lookout for Prize Patrol fun.

This silly week, brought to you by your Student Council, aims to show Scripps Ranch how proud we are of Jerabek. So wear those wild outfits when you’re out and about. If people stop and ask why, just tell them “It’s Jerabek pride and it’s also the new look for spring.”

It’s March…

…yourself to school month. Fuel up those muscles and hike or bike to school this month. Get a group of your neighborhood friends to join a “walk-pool.” It will help keep you and the earth healthy!

Koala’s Kan’t Forget!

It’s “bin” a year since Jerabek placed a textile recycling bin on campus, and it is a huge success. Any used clothing item and household textile–such as pants, dresses, hats, shirts, curtains, blankets, towels, sheets, handbags, belts, paired shoes, and even stuffed animals–is accepted. The bin is conveniently placed in the teacher parking lot so anyone in our community may drive up and use the bin outside of school hours.

Jen Marchesini

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)


From Our Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch, February seemed to pass quickly as we celebrated Valentine’s Day, the Presidents’ holiday, the Pancake Breakfast, and our annual Father-Daughter Dance. So many fun events but we still managed to squeeze in lots of teaching and learning! Students continued to prepare for standardized testing in the spring by taking both literacy and mathematics benchmark tests in February.

The first week of March, our 4th graders will take the STAR writing assessment. Our students have done quite well on this assessment in the past, and I am certain that they will again this year. Thanks to all of our teachers, but especially the 4th grade team of Ms. Francis, Mr. Giaquinto, Mr. Kalchik, and Mr. Vernia, for preparing the children.

Friday, Mar. 22, is the date for our Third Annual Hawk Classic and Spring Gala. This is a fun event that has doubled in attendance between the first and second year. The classic is a successful fundraiser and lots of fun! Please join us.

Our second reporting period ends in March and parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 27, and Thursday, Mar. 28. Contact your child’s teacher to schedule a conference. Spring break begins on Friday Mar. 29. The last day of school is Thursday, Mar. 28. We reopen on Monday, Apr. 8.

In January we began the complicated work of building our budget for the 2013-2014 school year. However, at this time, I still do not have definitive information on next year’s budget. I will keep you informed as details are made available, or you can check the district website at [] for updates.

Thank you for your continual support. Remember to “Work Hard and Be Nice.”

Peg Crane, MRE Principal

From Our FFA President

Happy March! I want to continue to thank our wonderful volunteers. Thanks to Jillian Frisbie and her team, fathers and daughters got to boogie the night away at our Father-Daughter Dance.

When your child brings home a library book, do you notice the placard in the front designating it as a Birthday Book Club book? Carolyn Walker takes the lead on this program by purchasing the books for the kids to select as their Birthday Book donation.

You are reading the SRCA Newsletter right now, and Carolyn Coglianese is to thank for that. She compiles all the articles. If you have anything you would like showcased, please contact her directly.

If you are looking for something fun to do in March, our third annual golf tournament and gala will be held. See the article on this page for more details.

If you see any of these volunteers, make sure to give them a smile or a thank you. It means a lot! As always, whether you have two minutes, two hours, or two days, we welcome your participation! Please feel free to contact me at [[email protected]]. Thank you!

Tracy Jewell, FFA President

Hawks Show Character

Our character education program is going strong. In January students who were recognized for showing forgiveness placed their tickets in the drawing box and five students (pictured above) were chosen to have lunch with our dean of students, Magdalena Rubalcava.

In February our students practiced honesty, and this month we will recognize students for compassion. Thank you to all the volunteers who implement this program for our students.

Hawk Classic & Spring Social

The annual Hawk Classic and Spring Social are this month! The event is on Friday, Mar. 15, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. This is one of the school’s biggest fundraisers and involves a day of golfing on the Inn’s beautiful course and fun golfing contests. That’s followed by dinner, dancing, casino night, and a silent auction. If you’re not a golfer, join the fun and attend the Spring Social portion. Visit [] and click on “Hawk Classic” to register.

Carolyn Coglianese

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)


Hello, Penguins!

There are many exciting events coming up. Our EBS volunteers are working hard to serve our school, and the Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) Board appreciates all their efforts.

Fine Artists

Congratulations to the EBS fine artists whose work was accepted to the Southern Area, San Diego County, Youth Art Month juried competition!

  • Kindergarten: Preston Trando, “What is in My Pocket?”; and, Amna Ghandi, “Make a Face”
  • 2nd: Amelia Santos, “Music Girl”
  • 3rd: Lauren Marvuglio, “Lined Face”; and, Caden Flint, “Me!”
  • 4th: Hunter Cotton, “Music” (guitars); and, Apollo Anquillana, “Red and Black Mask”
  • 5th: Hannah Sanders, “Gymnast”

The art was on exhibit at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park through most of February. Congratulations!

Buy Local, Go Green, Eat Healthy, and Support EBS

The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market continues to grow and bring in more farmers, a larger selection of delicious food, and a diverse collection of vendors. Shop the farmers market every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. We are located at 10380 Spring Canyon Road. A portion of the proceeds goes to EBS.

Monika Wimmer

Other Schools

Innovations Academy


From the Board of Directors

Innovations Academy is a public charter school organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, we are overseen by a board of directors. We welcome Stephen Rosen, who was voted in at the last meeting. Stephen is a Scripps Ranch resident and parent of two students at I.A. Welcome, Stephen!

Contest Winner

Congratulations to our California Writing Awards 2013 Scholastic Writing Awards Gold Key winner, Maya L., an 8th grader. Her piece was titled Abyss, and it has been sent on for national judging. Congratulations to her humanities teacher, Tony Spitzberg, who helps students develop into true authors.


The 2nd Annual Family Dance is on Friday, Mar. 15 on campus. The night will include dinner, dancing, raffle, and photo booths. It will be a fun night.

Presentations of Learning

Our campus is buzzing with talk about our Presentations of Learning. They are opportunities for every student to share what they learned over the last semester. Anyone is welcome to the Presentations of Learning, which take place in June.


Our lottery takes place on Friday, Mar. 8. Families of incoming students will be notified and expected to return all registration materials in a timely manner.

Outreach and Collaboration

Innovations is collaborating with principals from Poway as they create a K-8 project school with a constructivist philosophy. We are happy to support people interested in creating learning environments that help children become leaders on their educational journeys.

Chabad Hebrew Academy




CHA Golf Team Receives Prestigious Sponsorships…

…from TaylorMade, Callaway Golf, and Maderas Golf Club!

Chabad Hebrew Academy (CHA) boasts a robust Athletics Department with more than 17 competitive teams. Now, students have an opportunity to take part in the school’s new golf program. In fact, CHA may be San Diego’s first school to have a full practice facility with a golf green, two bunkers, and a golf pro as their coach!

“My passion for golf stems from what the game has given me, which is a lot,” said CHA golf coach and golf professional Rick Zeiler. “In many ways golf has been as important in my life as anything, so teaching it makes me happy and fulfilled.” Rick was a pro at the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe and the Metropolis Golf Club in New York.

Recently, Callaway and TaylorMade have undertaken sponsorship of the program, designating it as a program of distinction. CHA is grateful, not only to Callaway and TaylorMade, but to everyone who worked to make this program a reality and a success, including CHA athletic director, Coach Olson.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School


Hard Work and Fun!

Our students are putting their past six months of learning to excellent use. The primary grades are writing, creating poster boards, and doing book reports. Meanwhile, the focus in the middle and upper grades is on writing research reports. Our students are working on state reports and sharing what they learned about the California missions.

Our 7th graders submitted their Science Fair projects for screening at the city level. Seven students were invited to participate in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair this month!

The Missionary Childhood Association recently invited Catholic school students across San Diego to submit either lyrics, music, or both of their original composition for the Annual MCA Song Contest. Eight students from our school submitted entries: Lianna Treitler, Bennett Treitler, Elleanor Lynch, Lauryn Victa, Zara Schmidt, Rachel Rowin, and Elise Prekker. Way to go, composers!

Recently an online group called “Sumdog” invited our school to enter a nationwide online math contest. Our 5th graders took on the challenge and devoted much of their “spare time” to playing the math games. A total of 709 schools–46,526 students–across the nation participated, and our students placed 12th. We are so proud of them. Our top students were Ethan Aroco, Kara Hoagland, and Donovan Edwards. Way to go, 5th graders and Miss Girard!

At St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, our students learn in a culture of faith, academics, and service inspired by a focus on living our faith, working diligently for academic excellence, and reaching out in service. Enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year is under way. Please call our office at 397-1290 if you are interested. Student applications are online at [].