Principal's Message
Scripps Ranch High School
SRCA April 2014 Newsletter

Superintendent Marten and the Board of Education recently announced that the district has partnered with the San Diego Education Association (SDEA) to restore an instructional day to the 2013-14 school year, bringing the total number of instructional days to 179. This restoration assures that our students receive maximum educational impact and have increased opportunity for success.   Students should return for a final instructional day on Friday, June 13. If sites have already planned their promotion/graduation on Thursday, June 12, they may keep that date as planned. Our graduation will still be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6 PM at San Diego State’s Viejas Arena.  Admission is by ticket only.  Seniors and their parents should review our webpage for updated information.

Additionally, another instructional day has been added to the 2014-15 school calendar, bringing the total number of instructional days to 180. This number represents that instructional days will be fully restored to the pre-budget crisis level, a priority of the superintendent, board members, staff and parents.

California's new student assessment system is now known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The CAASPP assessment system replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The primary purpose of the CAASPP assessment system is to assist teachers, administrators, and pupils and their parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.


 Students Tested


Testing Windows*

Smarter Balanced Field Test

Grades 3 – 8 and 11

ELA and Math

Trad — April 7 – May 16
YR —   Apr. 28 – June 6

Grade Level Science

Grades 5, 8, and 10


Trad — April 17 – May 14
YR —   May 22 – June 19

California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)

Grades 2-11

ELA and Math 

Trad — April 17 – May 14
YR —   May 22 – June 19

Early Assessment Program (EAP) — Voluntary

Grade 11 

ELA and Math

ELA Essay —        Feb. 3 – March 21
Multiple Choice — April 7 – May 2

* Trad = Traditional Calendar; YR = Year-Round Calendar

Smarter Balanced Field Test: Key Messages

  • California has a clear and inspiring vision for public education, focused on great instruction and grounded in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The goal is for all students, regardless of where they are from or where they live, to graduate prepared for college and careers in the global economy of the 21st century. The implementation of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system, including the Smarter Balanced Field Test, is another step toward that goal.
  • The Smarter Balanced Field Test will model high quality instruction of the CCSS. The implementation of the CAASPP system, including the Smarter Balanced Field Test, provides incentives and opportunities to integrate CCSS and technology into classroom instruction.
  • The field test is an opportunity to "test the test" in an environment that is low-stakes. While the Field Test will not produce student scores, a successful field test will provide educators, administrators, and the state with information and data to implement the operational assessment. The computer-based test experience will allow educators to gain new insights for classroom instruction. The Field Test is meant to closely mimic the operational assessment so as to identify concerns and matters that need to be addressed prior to the operational assessment. 

 Our students and staff will have returned from spring break on April 7th and are now beginning the final weeks of preparation for the yearly California Standards Tests (CST’s).  Students in grade 10 will take the CST in Biology.  Students in grade 11 will take the new English and math Smarter Balance Tests as well as CST’s in English, writing, and math.  At this time, we are still working with the district on which test we will be given and the exact time allotment for each test. Our testing calendar will not change much as our block days will be testing days.  Along with this battery of tests, we will administer the Advanced Placement (AP) exams from May 5 to May 16, 2014 for students enrolled in AP classes and who have purchased their exams.

The next few months are crucial for students and the school as we maintain our Distinguished School honor.  Stay focused—we’d like to remain number one in the district! Students are encouraged to eat a healthy breakfast, stay well rested and do their best on their exams.  Due to tighter security measures cell phone use is prohibited in the classroom.

Our “brag” section this month is bursting as our students and faculty continue to “shine” in their extra-curricular activities!  Here is a just a sample.  Congratulations

  • to our girls’ team who participated in the STEP UP program sponsored by the local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers for using their engineering skills in the service of others.  They created a lap desk for a client who cannot communicate verbally and only has function of two fingers.  Mrs. Sponsler is their advisor.
  • to our Robotics Team who made it to the Finals in the Inland Empire Regional Contest.  Mr. Abdo is their advisor.
  • to our team of four culinary students who won First Place in the Teen Iron Chef contest sponsored by Career College Technical Education Program.  Chef Coelho is their teacher.
  • to our Science Olympiad team who placed 7th out of 80 teams in February at the largest regional competition in the nation and now have been invited to participate in April’s state competition.  Mrs. Fowler is the advisor.
  • to sophomore Uma Talagadadivi.  Her essay for the Friends of the Library contest won the Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa branch contest.  Mr. Kelso is her English teacher.
  • to junior Anita Ho who is one of 18 students chosen to represent San Diego County at the Freedoms Foundation Youth Leadership Conference in Valley Forge.  In addition to time spent in Pennsylvania, student reps will travel to Washington DC to learn about the nature of America’s history, democratic ideals, and the free enterprise system.  Col Hogan is her teacher.

·         to our Womens’ Water Polo, Womens’ and Mens’ Soccer, Boys’ Basketball, and Roller Hockey teams who all made it into CIF playoff games.

·         to our Mock Trial team which received compliments from two judges as well as recognition for Zachary McGaugh for being an Outstanding Witness and Kyler Sakamoto for being an Outstanding Defense Attorney.  Mrs. Richmond and Mr. McCutchen are the advisors.

Our spring sports are well under way.   With the dedication of our student/athletes, parents and our commitment of coaches we hope to have an outstanding spring season.  Please come out and support Scripps Ranch Athletics.  Thank you and see you at the field!   

            I want to express my continued gratitude to all of our students, coaches, faculty/staff, and parents who dedicate their time and commitment to our extra-curricular programs.  Because of these individuals our students are afforded opportunities to make a connection to our school and the chance to develop important life-long skills such as teamwork, commitment, dealing with uncertainty, asking questions, and learning the importance of sustained effort. 

SRHS has been named to the Honor Roll of the California Business for Education Excellence as a high-performing public school and awarded a spot on its 2013 Honor Roll.  Honor roll schools are high performing schools without significant levels of low-income students.  We are one of 52 schools in the SDUSD to receive this award.  Schools receiving this distinction from the California business community have demonstrated consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.  Over time, CBEE has identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts. These include high expectations for all students; ongoing collaboration among teachers to improve practice; targeted use of data to pinpoint challenges and monitor progress; continual intervention for struggling students; and mastery of content knowledge and pedagogical practices.

Lastly, I want to express my deepest thanks to our Foundation Board and all those who volunteer.  This group of parents works tirelessly to find money to help support our school.  Without our dedicated community, we could not maintain our distinguished reputation. 

Calendar for April 

  • March 31 – April 4      Spring Break
  • April 9                         AFJROTC Color Guard to San Diego’s Citizen of Courage Luncheon
  • April 10                       Mr. Scripps Ranch Pageant
  • April 14-18                  Cheer Tryouts
  • April 15                       ASB Blood Drive
  • April 17-18                  Drama Improv Performances
  • April 22-25                  New residential student enrollment (call for an appointment)
  • April 24                       Foundation’s College Finance Presentation
  • April 27                       ASB “Save a Life” Heart Screening
  • April 30-May 3           Honors Theater Performances

Please refer to our website for upcoming events, announcements, and school information.  Go Falcons!!


Ann Menna, SRHS Principal