Principal's Message Scripps Ranch Civic Association Newsletter

SRCA April 2015 Newsletter

          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


ELA and Math

May 26 – May 29

Grade Level Science



April 22 – April 23

          Our students and staff will have returned from spring break on April 6th 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 English and math Smarter Balance Tests as well as CST’s in English, writing, and math.  Along with this battery of tests, we will administer the Advanced Placement (AP) exams from May 4 to May 15, 2015 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 are just a few samples:

  • The National Merit Scholarship program has now determined that 13 of our students have advanced to finalist standing in the competition. These 13 students were chosen out of 16,000 Semifinalists and will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2015. The SRHS family is very proud of you all and wishes you the best of luck in the competition and your future education endeavors. Congratulations to the following students:
    • Daniel P. Arnold
    • Antonia D. Bronars
    • Evan R Caplinger
    • Jenna N. Dern
    • William C. Hang
    • Ethan E. Hsu
    • Mirha I. Mahmood
    • Austin Y. Su
    • Darin G. Truong
    • Matthew Evan Wildenhain
    • Annie T. Xu
    • Alyssa L. Yoshitake
    • Jessica T. Yu


  • to Marlene Freerksen who was recently crowned Miss Teen Scripps Ranch.
  • to Mia Altieri, who received Honorable Mention in the nation-wide C-SPAN video competition.
  • to Llana Monteclar, Marlene Freerksen, and Alexis Howard who won First Place in the Teen Iron Chef contest sponsored by Career College Technical Education Program.  Chef Coelho is their teacher.
  • to our AFJTRC cadets who performed outstandingly at the National Southern CA. Invitational Drill Meet last Saturday.  The cadets took home four trophies and a first place plaque. 
  • to our Science Olympiad team who placed 6th out of 82 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 our Women’s and Men’s Soccer, Women’s and  Men’s 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. 

          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 30 – April 3     Spring Break

April 15                   PowderPuff Game: 5:00PM – 6:30PM

April 20-24              New residential student enrollment (call for an appointment)

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



 Ann Menna, Principal