Updates from Dr. Lawson: March 21st, 2021

Posted March 21st, 2021 via the weekly parent letter -- updates on important back to school updates, 2021 graduation, SRHS foundation, theater, athletics, CCS, and AP tests.


Parent Message 3-21-21

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Dear Falcon Families,

There was a lot of information that came out this week! Most importantly, please take the instructional model choice survey by this Monday, March 22nd. If your response is not received by Monday, March 22nd, your child will be assigned to the Online Only model. See the link below to take the survey. Next, I have a huge graduation announcement for our Class of 2021. The Class of 2021 will get to graduate this year, all together, at Petco Park!! Such good news for our seniors and it will be a special day. Date and time are TBD pending finalization of the details with the Padres. There are many more updates, including the Taste of the Ranch 2021 information. Here are the latest updates as of 3-21-21

* Please forward this message to your child’s email account so they have all the latest info.

Instructional Model Choice Survey – important reminder!

This is a reminder that the survey has opened for families to choose their instructional choice for April 12th. The survey is due by this coming Monday, March 22nd. If your response is not received by Monday, March 22nd, your child will be assigned to the Online Only model. Click this Link: Instructional Model Choice Survey to take the survey. Here is the Link: Phase 2 SRHS QA to access my answers to your questions, the Link: Phase 2 Virtual Family Forum Recording to access the video of Friday evening’s meeting and Link: Phase 2 Virtual Family Forum Presentation for a copy of my presentation.

Graduation Announcement – Exciting news!

I am thrilled to be able to share the good news with you all that we have found a way to bring all of the Seniors back together again for our 2021 graduation ceremony, AND we can also bring family to share in the ceremony! The final details with Petco Park are still being worked out and the final contract does still need to be approved by our Board of Education this coming Tuesday. SDUSD has been in talks with the Padres and Petco Park for the past few weeks and they have graciously agreed to host a ceremony inside the park with a stage on the infield. The date and time of the Scripps Ranch High School ceremony are still to be determined, so I will share as soon as those details are finalized. I am so excited that we will be able to provide all of you with this opportunity and we can have an amazing ceremony for you all!

Taste of the Ranch 2021 – message from our SRHS Foundation

The Scripps Ranch High Foundation is excited to announce a virtual event Saturday, May 1st. Click this Link: Taste of the Ranch 2021 for more details. Please consider family or corporate sponsorship. Use the link below and choose TOTR 2021 to find out more.


Theatre Production March 25th – 27th

Our Falcon Playhouse will be virtually performing the play Ten/Two: Ten Plays for Two Actors by Lindsey Price. The show will take place virtually March 25th – 27th. Tickets are on sale at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/47155.

Athletic Updates

The policy for observers at athletic events has been amended to allow for a maximum of 4 immediate family members living in the household. See this Link: Observers at Athletic Events for the details. Coaches will be able to provide further details.

Families in Need of a Thermometer

Per the safety guidelines, students are expected to take their temperature every day before coming onto campus. To support those families who do not have access to a thermometer at home, San Diego Unified School District, with our Nursing and Wellness Department, is conducting a distribution of digital thermometers. These thermometers were donated to the district for distribution to families. The goal of this initiative is to ensure that families have access to thermometers to monitor health and detect illness early. The company donating the thermometers would like to collect data to track trends in illness. More information will be included with the thermometers. Thermometers are free of charge for families while supplies last. The team will distribute one thermometer per family. If you are in need of a thermometer, please complete this Google Form: Thermometer Needs

Wednesday College Series

The Wednesday College Series this Wednesday, March 24th from 1-1:25pm will feature admissions counselors from Johnson & Wales University, Muhlenberg University, Sacred Heart University, and Saint Louis University. 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 March 24th.

AP Updates

Scripps Ranch High has decided to open all 3 testing sessions for our students. Please remind your student to complete the AP Option Survey Form so that we can order the appropriate test based on the date preferred. For those students who have not completed the survey that was sent on Wednesday 3/17/21, the link is https://forms.gle/ZVj2saQLr77XaQyF6 . If you have any questions about AP Testing do not hesitate to contact Vice Principal Parra.

Counseling Updates

Counselor Availability:

We want to thank our families in advance for their patience as we continue to work on uploading and correcting student course requests. We know students get anxious to find out their courses for next year, and this part of the process is very important for us to be able to create a master schedule and start making schedules for our students. We greatly appreciate your understanding that due to the amount of time and work needed for this process, it may take a little longer to respond to non-emergency situations.

Articulation Updates:

Current Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors have completed articulation. Any student who did not upload their class requests into the Student Portal, had them completed by their counselor. Counselors are also reviewing the courses students requested to make sure they have met the prerequisites and can be prepared for success. If students chose classes they are not qualified to take at this time, for many classes, it is not too late to be qualified by the end of the year! Please have your student review the prerequisites for the courses chosen to confirm they have met them. This is important so they are aware of whether-or-not they need to raise their grade or earn a teacher recommendation at the end of the year. Prerequisites can be checked on the Course Descriptions on the Counseling website.

Senior Students:

Grad Speeches and National Anthem Auditions: As we near the end of the school year, we are looking for seniors who would like to be considered to address the Class of 2021 with a speech at graduation. There will be an opportunity for seniors to audition to perform the national anthem at graduation as well. Click here for more information about guidelines and due dates. Please share this information with your senior student.

Cal Soap Presentation, March 24th, 2021 at 6:00pm:Click here for the flyer and to register for the Presentation. The following topics will be discussed:

Things to Consider in Selecting Your Final College

Financial Aid-How to Read and Compare Your Financial Aid Award Letters

College Student/Parent Panel-How Did You Select Your Final College

10 Crucial Reminders About the College Process

How to update your Webgrants portal

Interested in attending Miramar next year: Miramar College Outreach and School Relations, will be hosting three Pre-Enrollment Workshops for all seniors interested in attending Miramar College this upcoming Fall 2021. Students only need to attend one Pre-Enrollment Workshop. There are two dates to select from. Please click on the link below the date to register.

March 25th at 1:30pm


April 14th at 1:30pm


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. Don’t forget to take the survey!


Matt Lawson, Ed.D


Scripps Ranch High School