SRCA Newsletter - May 2013
We are finishing up our testing this month with our AP (Advanced Placement) tests as well as our CST (California State Tests). Our students and staff take this opportunity to display their efforts over the past year in how well they have learned the standards. May is also the month when we will applaud our senior students who have excelled during the year at our annual awards night and add the final preparations for graduation as well as the end-of-the-year activities. Our 2013 Seniors and Parents of Seniors letter was mailed in late January and is posted on our webpage. We encourage you to review this important activity information.
Scripps Ranch High School’s Chef Kimberly Coelho was recently named the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) California ProStart® Educator of the Year. Mrs. Coelho received her award in Pasadena during the California ProStart Cup Awards Reception. As Educator of the Year, Kim also receives an all-expenses paid trip to Chicago, where she will attend the National Restaurant Association trade show hosted by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
Our “brag” section this month is overflowing as our students continue to “shine” in their extra-curricular activities!
- Congratulations to the SRHS Winterguard as they earned top honors at a recent Del Norte High School competition earning first place with an 85.05 and the highest score of the morning group. Congratulations as well to the SRHS String Orchestra for earning a unanimous superior at the Santa Monica Festival. They qualified for the state championship which was held in late April. In addition, the SRHS string orchestra received an invitation to perform at Lincoln Center in March 2014 to compete for the National Orchestra Cup. This honor is only given to 8-10 orchestras in the country. A “BIG WELL DONE” to the SRHS Orchestra as being recognized as one of the best orchestras in the country and to Mr. Shedd our outstanding instrumental music teacher.
- In addition, 26 Scripps Ranch students auditioned for the San Diego Unified High School Instrumental Honor Concert. The musicians who performed were: violin: Elena Herbold, Edward Lan, Thi Vo, Brooklyn Edwards, Marianne Linton, Tiffany Nguyen, Angela Pham, Lily Quach, Leon Quach, Imani Silverstein; viola: Anissa Catapusan, Ryan Lopez, Marisa Romo, Kasey Stern, Nicholas Vilbrandt; cello: Wayne Taylor Cottle, Stephen Garrova; bass: Alex Pelletier; French horn: Steven Bieber, Carleen Broderson; clarinet: Nathan Khuu, Kimberly Ngo; bass clarinet: Jennifer Munger; tuba: Nick Pickett; alto sax: Austin Su; flute: Amy Ye. – Outstanding guest conductors were Albert Jeung and Tom Cole.
- Jason Cheng, Caleb Segenet and Connor Scoffin received an Honorable Mention award in the nationwide political documentary contest sponsored by C-SPAN. The topic was about foreign policy and our students were the top 75 out of 1,800 entrants nationwide! Ms. Serritella assisted the students.
- SRHS’s Mock Trial Team placed seventh out of 19 San Diego county schools in the Seventh Annual San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition which places high school students in a simulated courtroom setting, where they assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case. The competition allows students to apply their critical thinking skills and practice their public speaking to clearly advocate their ideas. The team prepares for five months for this competition put on by the San Diego Bar Association and the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Keilani Sakumoto won the best overall prosecution attorney for the entire county competition. In addition to Keilani, team members included: Colin Banks, Stephen Bieber, Chris Collins, Tsion Fikre, Alejandra Flores, Gaia Golan, Sabrina Hua, Melinda Le, Bethlehem Lema, Chelsea Lumidao, Sage Miller, Nhi Quach, Kyle Rayder, Aileen Seo, Jake Todd, Nicholas Vilbrandt, Smitha Vishwanath, and Corey Wilson. Mrs. Francisco is their advisor.
- Tenth grader Chelsea Cresencia recently was chosen as the Overall Tenth Grade Winner and a finalist in the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library essay contest. Her essay will now be judged by a panel appointed by the Essay Committee in the citywide contest. Mrs. Weber is her English teacher.
- Our Robotics Team finished 5th in the San Diego Regional competition and will be competing in the upcoming Inland Empire Regionals. This is a great accomplishment for a second year team! Mr. Abdo is their coach.
- SRHS’s team won first place in the PLTW Chevron Inventor Challenge. Grant Ingamells, Matt McCallum & Andrew Cashen each won an iPad & advanced to the state final competition. Mrs. Sponsler is their coach.
- Mr. Griffith coached freshman Jonathan Xia and seniors Alwin Hui and Amy Zheng in the AIME American Mathematics competition. These students scored in the top 5% of all students in the U.S. and have qualified to go to the next contest level.
- The Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team was honored by the Board of Education for receiving the San Diego Metro Section’s all academic honors for having the highest combined GPAs of any women’s tennis team in our section. Mr. Batchelor is the coach.
Our spring athletic teams continue to compete and succeed in their efforts to keep our Falcon Pride soaring high. The efforts made by parents and staff to keep our programs successful are deeply appreciated. Our summer camp information will be available on the website for your convenience.
School Police Officer Henry Ramelli has been assigned to SRHS this year. He began his law enforcement career with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and later transferred to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, where he recently retired after 25 years in the department. We are fortunate to have him join our team to assist students, parents, and staff.
On Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd, our theater arts and dance classes will collaborate with our culinary gourmet foods classes to offer "A Night On Broadway!" with the curtain going up at 6:30 p.m. May 22nd includes “Dinner and a Show” with dinner being served from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Tickets to both nights will go quickly! As we get closer to the dates, more information and ticket prices will be published in the school daily bulletin which can be found on our website.
Calendar for MayApril 17 – May 14 STAR TestingMay 3 CMEA Festival @ Wangenheim Middle SchoolMay 6 – 17 AP TestingMay 13-17 ASB Spirit WeekMay 17 Goodbye RallyMay 18 Prom 8PM – MidnightMay 20 Foundation MeetingMay 21 Musical theater performance, “A Night On Broadway!”– 6:30 PMMay 22 Musical theater performance, “A Night On Broadway!”–4:30 – 6:00 PM dinner and 6:30 PM showMay 23 Senior Awards - 6PMMay 27 Memorial Day - No School
Please refer to the website (www.srhsfalcons.org) for upcoming events, announcements, and school information. Go Falcons!!
Ann Menna, Principal