SCHOOL NEWS Oct. 25-28, 2017

SCHOOL NEWS Oct. 25-28, 2017

All public schools in Scripps Ranch are remaining in session under regular schedules and hot weather protocol. Physical education, recess and athletic activities will be modified or rescheduled. The San Diego Unified School District asks parents to send plenty of water with students and make sure their children are dressed in light, loose clothing. Parents are asked to call their school’s office if their child has a medical condition that can be triggered by the excessively hot weather.

Scripps Ranch High School
(858) 935-6969
10410 Falcon Way

Nicole Dewitt, new SRHS principal

New principal chosen:The San Diego Unified School District has chosen Nicole Dewitt as the school’s new, permanent principal. Dewitt currently serves as a vice principal at Valhalla High School.

She has a master’s degree in Cross Cultural Education from National University and a double bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from the University of Redlands. She was a high school teacher in the Grossmont Union High School District from 2002 to 2015, and was named 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year in that district.

Dewitt has served as vice principal at Valhalla High since July 2015. In her current position, she oversees academic interventions, oversees and develops the master schedule, guidance, credit recovery and school-wide English language Arts assessments.

College Fair: More than 100 colleges will be represented and various college readiness workshops will be held at the fair for high school students and parents on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South. Parking and admissions are free. Parents and students do not need to pre-register.

Open House at Miramar College: The Fall Open House at Miramar College will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon in K-107 Student Services. The event is free, and is a way for students to learn about programs and services, financial aid, transfer and priority enrollment programs. Light refreshments will be served. Visit

Financial Aid Workshop: Free assistance will be offered to help complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) applications. The workshop will be held Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at Mission Bay High School, 2475 Grand Ave. in Pacific Beach.

Application for Federal Student Aid: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid form is available for seniors now until March 2. Visit All students are encouraged to apply regardless of post high school plans.

College Labs: College labs for seniors are open on Mondays and Wednesdays after school in room 841 through Nov. 15. Counselors will be available to assist and proofread applications. English teachers will also be available to assist with college application essays.

Marshall Middle School
(858) 549-5400
9700 Avenue of Nations

Concerts: The Marshall Middle School Band Program will hold two concerts this week. A Band Concert will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. An Orchestra Concert will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Both will take place in the Theater.

No UberEats deliveries: Thurgood Marshall Middle has issued a statement to parents explaining that UberEats food deliveries to students are not allowed on campus. There have been a handful of UberEats food deliveries to students who have ordered food from various restaurants. The school will confiscate any food items that are delivered to campus and will only allow students to have the food after school. Parents are asked to not order lunch for their child via UberEats or allow their child to order food for delivery. Students are allowed to bring lunch or buy a student lunch from the school cafeteria.

Halloween Parade: Students who dress in costume for Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, will be allowed to participate in the Marshall Middle School Halloween parade during lunchtime. Fake weapons/swords will not be allowed.

Dingeman Elementary School
(858) 549-4437
11840 Scripps Creek Drive

Have Lunch with Your Child Week: Parents can visit Dingeman Elementary one day this week through Oct. 27 to have lunch with their child. Here is the lunch schedule: first grade, 12:30 p.m.; second and third grades, 12:35 p.m.; kindergarten, 1:10 p.m.; fourth and fifth grade, 1:15 p.m.

Halloween Parade: Students may wear a costume and walk with their class in the Halloween Parade on Oct. 31 from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. on the white top.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School
(858) 693-8593
11778 Cypress Canyon Road

Kids Fun Zone at the Farmer’s Market: Saturday, Oct. 28 is the Trick or Treat Halloween Festival at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market. Kids can enjoy free inflatable rides, a face painter, a balloon artist and a free Penguin Treasure Hunt. Children can also “trick or treat” with all of the Farmer’s Market vendors. This is the only public Halloween event in Scripps Ranch scheduled for Saturday.

The Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market is a major fundraising project for Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School, with a large percentage of the vendor fees going toward the school.

The market serves breakfast and lunch every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy live entertainers in the Bistro Food Court. The Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market is located at 10380 Spring Canyon Road. Visit

Character Ed Food Drive: The Character Ed Food Drive will be held at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School from Monday, Oct. 30 to Thursday, Nov. 9.

Innovations Academy
(858) 271-1414
10380 Spring Canyon 

Halloween costumes available:
Still looking for a Halloween costume? Your last chance to rent a quality costume from the performing arts department is happening this week. You will be able to view and rent costumes in the Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, Oct. 25 after school from 3:15 until 4 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 26 from 8:30 until 9:20 a.m. There is a great selection of costumes for the rental price of $5, with security deposit of $5.

Kindergarten Hurricane Victim Support Project: The Kindergartners of Gaby’s and Carolina’s class (Room 403) are collecting items for hurricane victims through Oct. 31. Bring in donations of toiletries, clothes and small toys.

School Picture Days: School photo dates this year will be on Oct. 26 and 27, and again on Nov. 2 and 3.

Candy Donation: Any Innovations Academy students who want to donate their Halloween candy to America’s military personnel may bring their candy to the school office from Nov. 1 and Nov. 3.

Jerabek Elementary School
(858) 578-5330
10050 Avenida Magnifica

Pledge Drive is wrapping up: If you haven’t done so already please send in your pledge drive donations. The Pledge Drive is wrapping up this week and the deadline date for donations is this Friday, Oct. 27. Click this link to make your pledge:

Box Top time: The Box Top collection is underway now until Wednesday, Oct. 25. Scour your house for Box Tops. They can be found on Ziploc boxes, Gogurt, Campbell’s soup cans and many other items in your cupboard. Collecting Box Tops is an easy way to raise money for Jerabek. The money collected from turning in Box Tops will be used to buy playground equipment, and help fund Family Math and Science nights. Classrooms that bring in the most Box Tops will be awarded a trophy and a popsicle party. Results will be posted on the FFO bulletin board.

Every classroom has a Box Top container/bag/envelope that your child can place their Box Tops in. Box Tops must have valid dates. Also, they must be trimmed where indicated by the dashed lines. Room parents or a designated parent from your child’s class can bundle the Box Tops into groups of 50 and place in baggies.

Family Art Night: Family Art Night will be held Thursday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Jerabek Auditorium. No more RSVPs are being accepted since the deadline has passed and the program is full. Art Corps Workshop leaders (not volunteers) will lead participants through a fun night of creating together. All supplies are provided.

Boo Grams: Send a Halloween surprise by completing the Halloween Boo Grams form. Boo Grams are $1 and will be on sale before and after school from Oct. 25 through Oct. 30 in the courtyard and at the back gate. Forms may also be returned to your child’s teacher by Oct. 30. Boo Grams will be delivered on Halloween Day. Proceeds will benefit Fifth Grade Promotion. Checks should be made payable to 5th Grade Promotion.

Square 1 Art: The artwork of each student at Jerabek is in process for the Square 1 project. Each child submitted artwork which is being scanned so it can be turned into plates, ornaments, jewelry, cups, canvases and more. Order forms and free stickers are expected to arrive the week of Oct. 30. Products are scheduled to arrive before winter break.

New teacher: Wendy Frisby joined the Kindergarten team recently. This is her first year teaching. She is a San Diego native whose prior career was as an office manager. She returned to school at SDSU to pursue her passion for teaching children. She did her student teaching with fifth graders, but spent last year substitute teaching for kindergartners.

Miramar Ranch Elementary School
858-271-0470, ext. 0
10770 Red Cedar Drive

Jr. ROTC will speak at Miramar Ranch Elementary: Members of the Scripps Ranch High School Jr. ROTC program are scheduled to speak to fifth graders at Miramar Ranch Elementary School about cyber-bullying and internet safety at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the Multi-Purpose Room.

GATE meeting: There will be a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. All parents of GATE students are welcome as well as second grade parents who wish to learn more about what is happening in the School District and at the school.

Box Tops: Each year, Miramar Ranch Elementary earns more than $1,000 just by collecting Box Tops. Friday, Oct. 27 is the last day to get your box tops in for the fall contest.

Here is how you can help: Collect Box Tops, found on all kinds of products from cereal to tissues and everything in between. Place your Box Tops into Ziploc bags or envelopes and put your child’s name and teacher’s name on it. There is a collection box in each classroom. The school cannot accept expired Box Tops. Visit for a list of participating items, fun printable collection sheets and how to earn bonus Box Tops simply by scanning your receipt. There will be a fall contest and a spring contest, so be sure to keep clipping year-round.

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