Parent Message 8-13-23

Parent Message 8-13-23
Posted on 08/13/2023

Dear Falcon Families,


Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! We’re excited to be back and looking forward to many fun and exciting experiences ahead. 

This is my first Sunday Parent Message of the 2023-24 school year. For those families that are new to the school, I will send out a parent message each Sunday around 4pm to provide you updates on all of the latest information.  I’ll provide links, videos, and other resources that can be referenced so please be sure to save these updates throughout the year. Also, contained in the header of this email, there are links to the important SRHS websites that can provide you further details regarding ASB, athletics, counseling, etc. You’ll see one link is our SRHS FalconPride Instagram page. If you have an Instagram, give our page a follow to see pictures highlighting the many successes of our students posted throughout the school year.


I write these messages for both parents and students, so please forward this message to your child each week. This year, the PowerSchool School Messenger system should eventually be set up so I can send these messages directly to students’ district email as well. When that is ready to go, I will let you know and begin sending my weekly message directly to both students and families.

It was a lot of fun seeing students during our incoming 9th grade Falcon Pride Day as well as Kickoff. Check out some pictures of the fun day: Pic 1 | Pic 2 | Pic 3 | Pic 4 |. We have an amazing group of students in all grade levels and I know we are going to have a great year. Today, I’ve tried to include as much information as possible so you feel ready for the first day of school on Monday, August 21st. In today’s update, I’ve included our bell schedule, directions for the first day of school, details describing our second annual Week of Welcome, the student parking lot designations, directions for pick-up and drop-off, and more. See below for the latest updates as of 8-13-23.

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


Upcoming Calendar Events for August/September

  • 8/14: 10th grade Kickoff

  • 8/21: First day of school

  • 9/4: Labor Day – No School

  • 9/7: Fall Open House 

  • 9/11: Early Out Modified Monday (school ends at 2:23pm)

  • 9/25: Early Out Modified Monday (school ends at 2:23pm)

Bell Schedule and Important Dates

See the Falcon Time Schedule 2023-24 for this year’s bell schedule. School will begin at 8:35am and end at 3:23pm. To allow for staff professional development as well as student opportunities for revision and reassessment, there will be 18 “Modified Mondays'' interspersed throughout the school year. During “Modified Mondays,” school will begin at 8:35am and end at 2:23pm. The dates and times for “Modified Mondays” are in the Falcon Time Schedule document.


Directions for the First Day of School August 21st 

The first day of school is August 21st. For the first day of school, students will report to advisory before they attend first period. We will not be printing schedules for students this year, so students should check PowerSchool the morning of August 21st to see their final schedule. See this First Week of School 2023-24 for detailed instructions and the bell schedule. 

Week of Welcome

This year, we are excited to start our school year off with our second annual “Week of Welcome.” During the first week of school, we will have various activities to help students build relationships with their peers/staff, review our Falcon Pride values, build school spirit, increase student connection with the school, and more. During Monday and Tuesday, teachers will give a brief overview of their classes as well as take students through various fun and informational activities. Wednesday and Thursday teachers will begin their classes and students will continue with school culture building activities during their advisory period. The week will finish with a fun lunch activity on Friday. We’re looking forward to an exciting week of bonding and fun activities to get the school year started off strong. Students, your teachers will fill you in on the information once you report to class on Monday, August 21st.

Student Parking

The student parking lots are located inside the campus gates, and the gates will be closed during the school day. Student parking lots will be the South Parking Lot, the west side of the Bungalow Lot, and certain spots in the parking lot outside of the 700 building. See the Student Parking Lots 23-24 for a visual. 

Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up

At Scripps Ranch High, traffic during pick-up and drop-off times has been a problem since our school has “one way in and one way out.” In order to limit traffic as much as possible, we are asking parents/guardians to drop off their students in designated locations on the East Side of Falcon Way, Scripps Lake Drive, or Treena Street. See this Student Drop-Off & Pick-Up for details.

Counseling Updates

Click the Counseling Updates 8-13-23 to view information about counselor caseloads, class schedules, class change requests, and more. 

Courses Taken Outside of the District While Enrolled in a District School  

Please be aware that grades from other institutions outside of SDUSD authorized classes/programs will not be added to the student’s transcript at SRHS. Students taking these classes will get the recognition when they apply to college by adding the institution to their college application and including the course title and grade earned. SDUSD classes and authorized programs (e.g., Level-up summer classes offered through our district) can go on the transcript per usual. Students may speak with a counselor if they have any questions.

Food and Nutrition Services 2023-24

During the 2023-24 school year, students will receive one breakfast and one lunch each school day at no cost. Students will need to use their meal PIN numbers or scan their ID barcodes on their student ID cards to receive meals. 

Girls Flag Football

Any girls still interested in a Fall sport, there are additional Girls Flag Football tryouts the first week of school. Please contact Coach Tang at [email protected] if you are interested.


That’s all for today. Thanks and I hope you have a fun filled last week of summer. Go Falcons!




Matt Lawson, Ed.D


Scripps Ranch High School

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