Updates from Dr. Lawson: January 10th, 2021

Updated: Feb 2, 2021

Posted January 10th 2021 via the Weekly Parent Letter - updates on the upcoming PSAT test for Juniors (2022), introductions from new teachers, messages from the Scripps Ranch Cafeteria, and notices on academic supports for all students.


Parent Message 1-10-21

Dear Falcon Families,

I hope the first school week of 2021 went well. I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year…lets put 2020 behind us! This week, my major update is about the PSAT and the need for some volunteers. The details are below. Additionally, I’ve included some introductory videos for our new teachers, all the latest information you need to know about our yearbook, and some important counseling updates. Here are the latest updates as of 1-10-21.

* Please forward this message to your child’s email account so they have all the latest info. ASB will also include blurbs from my weekly messages on their Instagram @scrippsranchasb.

PSAT Updates – Volunteers Needed

This week, we received official confirmation that SDUSD will proceed with onsite implementation of the PSAT on January 26th for 11th graders only. The College Board has not offered an online option unfortunately. The time is TBD but will most likely begin around 9am. We have just over 200 11th grade students who have signed up to test on that day. We will reach out to those families ASAP to set up a meeting to go over specific details of test day protocols. In order to successfully implement the PSAT following both the College Board guidelines and the county safety guidelines, we will need numerous volunteers to help. Here are some details we know at this point:

  • To follow county health safety guidelines, the test will need to be administered outside on the football field as well as other outside designations on campus.

  • Students will need to arrive in staggered groups no larger than 14.

  • Upon arrival, students will follow a “check-in” process which involves turning in a form that shows they are free of symptoms, showing their ID, placing their cell phone in a separate location, obtaining their assigned seat number, etc.

  • Students will need to wear masks through the duration of the 4-hour test.

  • SDUSD is providing tents, PPE equipment and other items to support.

  • All county safety guidelines will be followed at all times.

There are many more details, but I will save those to share with 11th grade families whose students are taking the PSAT. What we need help with is volunteers to check-in students. Per the College Board guidelines, parents are not allowed to proctor the PSAT, but they can help “check-in” students. With over 200 students who need to be “checked-in” and seated in groups of 14 at a time, we definitely need some help. We plan to have different “check-in” spots on campus so cohorts of 14 students at a time can check-in simultaneously and get seated. I’m thinking we’ll need volunteers for check-in from approximately 7:30am – 10am. If you are willing to volunteer to help on this day (Jan 26th), please complete this Google Form: PSAT Volunteers. There is a place on the form to ask questions.

New Teacher Videos

Below are introductory videos of our new teachers who began on January 4th for our retiring teachers:

Link: Intro Video Amy Blatchley – took over for Mrs. Stock

Link: Intro Video Kathleen Parris – took over for Mrs. Sheldon

Link: Intro Video Jennifer Lacson – took over for Mrs. Ortega

Link: Intro Video for Sara Wang – took over for Mrs. Weber

Mrs. King’s vacancy was just filled, however, paperwork and clearance still needs to be completed so I will share who will be taking over for Mrs. King once I get the official word from HR.

Yearbook Updates

The creation of our 2021 SRHS Yearbook is well on its way and already filled with fun new content and coverage of distance learning. Don't forget to follow us on instagram @scrippsyearbook for opportunities to submit photos and be featured in the book! You can also submit photos for current topics we are working on through www.linktr.ee/scrippsyearbook or send any extra photos you think might be great for the book at www.hjeshare.com using our school code: 8514. Yearbooks are on sale right now for $75 at the SRHS Webstore: https://tinyurl.com/y6dldj8k .

Free Food to Students – Message from the Scripps Ranch Cafeteria

Currently, SDUSD is not serving food at Scripps Ranch Schools. During this time, Hage Elementary and Walker Elementary are providing daily meals for free to students and families. Every child 18 years and younger has access to breakfast, lunch and dinner for every day of the week. That’s 21 nutritious meals all at no cost! Meal pick-up is Monday – Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Children do not need to be present, but a photo of any child not present will need to be shown. More details can be found on the district website home page under ‘Meal Pick-up Locations.”

Parents as Partners – Message from SDUSD

SDUSD is hosting a Parents as Partners session. See the below flyer for details.

Topic: Wellness and Self Care

January 13, 2021 from 5:30-6:45

Flyers: English/Spanish

Counseling Updates

Academic Supports For Students:

Please make sure your student is taking advantage of the support at school to be successful and finish out the semester strong. Teachers are a great resource to reach out to during class, after class, during flex time and via email. There is also peer tutoring offered Monday thru Friday, 1:00 P.M.- 2:00 P.M. If a student wants assistance from a peer tutor, please have them complete this Link: Form and they will be matched with a tutor.


If your student is still applying to colleges and need transcripts or letters of recommendation sent, please refer them to the senior page on the counseling website for deadlines and directions https://www.srhscounseling.com/seniors . They can also find information on the Transcript Request page https://www.srhscounseling.com/transcript-requests . If students have already requested for letters of recommendation to be sent by their teacher and add more colleges at a later date, they will need to email the teachers to let them know they would like them to forward their letter.

Mid-Year Transcripts:

You do not need to request Mid-Year Transcripts, those will automatically be sent to all schools in which you requested an initial transcript to be sent. All mid-year transcripts will be sent the first or second week of February when quarter 2 grades have been uploaded to the transcripts by the school district.

CCAP Miramar Classes:

If your student is taking a CCAP Miramar class through Scripps Ranch High School in the Spring, classes will start on February 1st. Prior to the class starting, students will receive a message directing them to access their mySDCCD accounts. Students may not see the new class in their Canvas Portal until the course officially starts.

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.


  • No school Monday, December 18th.

  • Quarter 2 ends on Friday, January 22nd.

That’s all for today. Have a great week!


Matt Lawson, Ed.D


Scripps Ranch High School