First Day of School 2017

Dingeman Elementary School students Kamryn Sablad, second grade, and Nathan Sablad, fifth grade, display their wide smiles on their first day of school for the 2017-18 school year. (photo by Catherine Sablad)

First Day of School 2017

The first day of public school for the 2017-2018 school year was hectic but appeared to be a success for most schools in the area. A few tears were shed, mostly by parents of young children, but the morning’s drop-off was successful for the most part. 

There were the expected incidents of parents hovering around classrooms to get a view of student’s new environs, but that was to be expected. 

A handful of the local schools held volunteer fairs and coffee gatherings to meet principals following dropoff. 

First day pickup
Parents picking up students on the first day of school at Miramar Ranch Elementary School and Marshall Middle School should be aware that construction is still underway on nearby streets.

Construction at the Miramar water treatment facility is still underway and this could delay traffic on Scripps Lake Drive as parents pick up students from Miramar Ranch Elementary.

SDG&E construction along the eastern part of Pomerado Road includes flagmen directing traffic at the crucial intersection of Avenue of Nations and Pomerado Road, the intersection leading to Marshall Middle School. 

First Day of School photos
Scripps Ranch News is still accepting “first day of school” photos throughout the day and posting them on this page. If you have a photo of your children on their first day of school that you would like to appear on Scripps Ranch News, email it to Please include the photographer’s name, names of those in the photo and the name of the school the children are attending. The photo does not have to be taken at the school.

Chloe Veca is all dressed up and ready to start first grade at Miramar Ranch Elementary. (Photo by Jenny Veca)
On her way to class, Kara Malcangio, a fourth grader at Miramar Ranch Elementary, stops for a picture by the school sign. (Photo by Jennifer Malcangio)
Michaela King, Caroline Lawler, both seniors, and Joe Martinson, a junior, allow their parents to take a few snaps before their first day at SRHS. (Photo by Mary Lawler)
Nathan Herich, age 12, is ready to start his first day of seventh grade at Marshall Middle School. (Photo by Denise Herich)
Marshall Middle School seventh graders strike a pose before their morning walk to school. (Photo by Carol Long)
Student safety patrol guards were on the job early, alert and doing a very good job at the crosswalk at Miramar Ranch Elementary School in the middle of Red Cedar Drive on the first day of school. (Photo by John Gregory)
Jessica Gregory, Ella Cruz and Emily Cookinham meet up for their morning carpool to Marshall Middle School. (Photo by Jacqueline Gregory)
Matthew Cookinham is excited to start second grade at Miramar Ranch Elementary. (Photo by Cristina Cookinham)
Boys from Miramar Ranch Elementary catch up on the summer’s events as they walk to their class line-up.(Photo by Jacqueline Gregory)
Ella Cruz, a seventh grader at Marshall Middle School, entertains her brother, Nico Cruz, a third grader at Miramar Ranch Elementary, as they set off for school. (Photo by Kristy Cruz)
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