Updates from Dr. Lawson: February 7th, 2021

Posted February 7th, 2021 via the Weekly Parent Letter - Important information on upcoming events like the NPFH Virtual Tour, Wellness Workshop, Yearbook deadlines, Rachael's Challenge, and our featured fundraiser for this week.


Parent Message 2-7-21

Dear Falcon Families,

I want to make note of two special events being hosted by Scripps Ranch High this week: (1) Our SRHS Wellness Workshop and (2) The No Place for Hate Virtual High School Tour. Our SRHS Wellness Workshop, in partnership with Mending Matters, is this Monday, February 8th from 3 – 4:30pm. This workshop is targeted to help support students with items like stress management, finding balance, personal growth, and more. To sign up, see the link in the blurb below. Our second event, the No Place for Hate Virtual High School Tour, is an event meant to promote kindness and inclusivity. Students will hear from celebrities and advocates to encourage positive behavior and discourage hate. The event occurs virtually this Wednesday, February 10th at 1:30pm. One student in attendance will win a free Xbox! Students must register to attend. See the link in the blurb below to register. Additionally, in this update there are other wellness/kindness resources, a survey soliciting your input on school budget, yearbook announcements, counseling and athletic updates, and much more. Here are the latest updates as of 2-7-21.

* Please forward this message to your child’s email account so they have all the latest info. Highlights from the weekly message will be posted on Instagram @scrippsranchasb and through the SRHS News page.

Virtual No Place For Hate Tour

The No Place for Hate Virtual High School Tour will be coming to SRHS virtually on Wednesday, February 10th from 1:30 – 2:15pm. Here is an is an introductory video to watch: https://nohatetour.com/video. Students must register using the link in the flyer: Link: NPFH Virtual Tour Flyer. All students are encouraged to attend. One student in attendance will win a free Xbox!!

SRHS Wellness Workshops

We know students are going through a lot right now with all of the difficulties the pandemic has brought forth. In order to help support students with items like stress management, finding balance, personal growth and success, and more, Mending Matters is putting together monthly virtual workshops to educate SRHS students in these areas. The first scheduled date for the workshop is Monday, February 8th from 3 – 4:30pm. The workshop is open to all students. To sign up, students should complete this confidential Google Form: Scripps Ranch Wellness Workshop.

Yearbook Announcements

Don’t miss out on a yearbook for 2021! Quantities are limited. Pre-order and reserve your copy before March 1. We cannot guarantee there will be more available at the end of the school year. This year may be different, but we still have a yearbook full of the unique, strange, surprising, resilient, historical events of 2020-21! Books are currently $75 and available for purchase at https://webstores.activenetwork.com/school-software/scripps_ranch_online/index.php?l=product_detail&p=446#.YB25XWQ74lQ

Yearbook Senior Baby Photos

We are now collecting senior baby photos for the 2021 Yearbook. Submit your digital image by following this link to a google form. You will need to be using a sandi.net student account to submit: https://tinyurl.com/y26nqbt3 Deadline to submit is Friday Feb. 26th.

Needs Assessment and Budget Priorities

Falcon Families, in preparation for our 2021-22 budget development, we are requesting your input regarding the needs of our site that will help inform future budgeting conversations and decision-making processes. The site will use information from this needs assessment to develop budgets and strategies for the 2021-22 school year. All surveys received will be reviewed by the site. To take this survey, complete this Google Form: Needs Assessment and Budget Priorities.

Rachel’s Challenge Coming Virtually to SRHS

Rachel’s Challenge was created after the Columbine school shooting to reduce violence and encourage compassion and connection in schools. It is a highly-effectively violence and self-harm prevention program with the mission of creating safer, more connected schools. It was started by the family of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shooting, and brings healing and hope through its live and digitally delivered social-emotional and mental health content. Please see this link for further details: https://rachelschallenge.org/about-us. Further information will be sent out at a later date.

Parents of 9th Graders: Encourage your Child to Join Falcon Friends

We know it is hard to make friends and easy to become isolated during these times, which is why we believe Falcon Friends can be a great group for your student to get involved. This group focuses on helping freshmen create friendships and get advice and support from upperclassmen. If you think your student would be interested, please have them complete the following application.

Link to freshmen falcon friends application → https://forms.gle/2iJ2uTt6PTqBkKVs6

The video is also included in the google form application, but here is a separate link to access it.

Link to video → https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VC2-q_IYqUrCEuuqMrd0KZVdDsblFnEd/view

Emotional Support Resources Available for Children, Youth and Families

In partnership with Gov. Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to COVID-19 to provide free trauma-informed, evidence-based emotional support to parents, children, and youth in any language via calls, text, live chat, and email. See parent and youth helpline, parent support groups in English and Spanish.

Wednesday College Series

The Wednesday College Series returns this Wednesday, February 10th from 1-1:25pm featuring Colorado State University Pueblo, Loyola Marymount, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and University of New Mexico. To register for this meeting, please complete this Google Form: Wednesday College Series 2020-21. Please do not register using your sandi.net email, please use another email address. A zoom link will be emailed to you the morning of February 10th.

Athletic Updates

As mentioned in my Virtual Family Forum presentation just before Winter Break, the California Department of Public Health established separate tiers for youth sports. This means some sports can begin their seasons in the current purple tier while others must wait for a progression of tiers in San Diego County. Cross Country and Swim & Dive began their CIF competition seasons last Monday, February 1st. Girl’s Golf will begin their season Monday, February 8th. On February 15th, Boy’s Golf, Track and Field and Co-ed Tennis will begin their seasons. If SD County is able to get into the red tier by the end of the month, then the Field Hockey season will begin. To keep up with all of the latest athletic updates, you can go to our Scripps Ranch High athletic website: https://srfalcons.org. Our Athletic Director, Coach Todd Wilson, updates the website daily with the latest information.

Take Out Thursdays in February

Welcome to the second week of our Takeout Thursday Series. This week’s fundraiser is on Thursday, February 11th from 4:00-8:00pm at Chile Peppers Scripps Ranch. Here is the Link: Flyer with more details about this Thursday.

Counseling Updates

Articulation has started, time to pick next year’s classes!

Please encourage your student to speak with their current teachers if they are unsure of what course to take next year and use the Course Descriptions on the Counseling website to learn more about the classes and the prerequisites to get into the classes.

  • Current Freshmen students have been selecting their classes all week and have until midnight this evening to input their requests in Student Portal. Information is on their Freshmen page on the Counseling website. Students also received an email with a link to book an optional counseling appointment for this upcoming week, so counselors will be meeting with those students who have signed up for a meeting. If students did not request their classes, they will still be assigned a schedule by their counselor.

  • Current Sophomores will start articulation on February 16th. Tell your student to check their grade level page on the counseling website for more information about articulation at 3:30 P.M. on Feb. 16th.

  • Current Juniors will start articulation on March 1st. Tell your student to check their grade level page on the counseling website for more information about articulation at 3:30 P.M. on March 1st.


Students interested in Miramar College: Miramar Outreach Newsletter

  • Need help completing the Miramar application? Attend our College Application webinar on February 24th @ 3pm (RSVP link in tour/webinar schedule flyer and newsletter)

  • Need help completing the FAFSA/Dream Act application? Attend our Financial Aid sessions! – We will talk about filling out the FAFSA and Dream Act applications, highlight common mistakes, and provide tips. February 18th and February 23rd @12pm. Event flyer is coming soon

  • Promise Fall 2021 Application now available! Check out flyer! Must complete FAFSA or Dream Act Application to qualify for the Promise!

Mid-Year Transcripts:

  • Students should check the Transcript Request page on the Counseling website for information about mid-year transcripts.

FAFSA & California Dream Act:

  • Get help paying for college, both community college and four-year universities! There are 3 weeks left to submit your FAFSA or Dream Act application for the March 2nd deadline.

Picking up Classroom Materials

For students who need to pick up classroom materials, see this Link: Item Pick-up for the dates and the protocol.

That’s all for today. We hope to see all of our students at the No Place For Hate Virtual High School Tour this Wednesday at 1:30pm. Go Falcons!


Matt Lawson, Ed.D


Scripps Ranch High School