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Ramona High FFA equestrians sample college life at nationals

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Four Ramona High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) students — Katlyn McClellan, Alaina Sill, Luke Milbrand and Michael Johnson — placed 15th in the FFA/4-H division of the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) Nationals Horse Judging competition in Tulsa, Okla.

Mobile lab makes a splash at Ramona Elementary

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Ramona Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade students learned about water issues and ways in which humans impact water resources when the Splash Science Mobile Lab, a 30-foot self-contained mobile laboratory, visited their school.

The mobile lab’s stop was partly funded by Ramona Municipal Water District.

Olive Peirce Middle School redesignated state and national School to Watch

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Ramona Unified School District learned today that Olive Peirce Middle School has been redesignated a California and National School to Watch, reports Superintendent Robert Graeff, Ed.D.

“One of only 35 middle schools in the entire state to earn this honor, OPMS first earned this distinction three years ago — and has re-earned the right to continue flying this banner over its school,” Graeff said in his emailed announcement.

Ramona trustees give initial nod to 28 bond oversight applicants

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Thanking the 28 people who applied to be on the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, Ramona Unified School District trustees gave conditional approval to them all.

Among other business at their meeting Oct. 21, trustees heard reports on student enrollment, Scholastic Aptitude Test results for 2013 graduates, and what Olive Peirce Middle School students are learning in their Project Lead the Way STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) course titled Design and Modeling.

Great ShakeOut earthquake drill

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Covering their heads with one hand and using the other hand to hang on to the leg of a table, students in Ingrid Forbes eighth-grade language arts class at Olive Peirce Middle School practice what to do in the case of an earthquake during the Oct. 16 statewide ShakeOut drill.

Ramona High NJROTC commissions four platoons, pins 42 first-year cadets

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Forty-two first-year cadets with Ramona High’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp took part in their first formal ceremony this month.

The cadets, considered recruits prior to the Oct. 7 ceremony, will learn discipline inside and outside of the classroom, Lt. Cmdr. Mike Ernst promised parents, who sat in the school’s stadium as their students stood shoulder-to-shoulder in military uniform on the track.

Ramona High students to celebrate Hometown Heroes

“A Celebration of Hometown Heroes” is the theme of Ramona High School’s Homecoming Week Oct. 13 through 18.
The Coming Home Carnival, started after the Witch wildfire in October 2007, will be Thursday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the high school parking lot, 1401 Hanson Lane. All are welcome at the family event that will feature rides, food and other activities.
Crowning of the homecoming king and queen will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 before the homecoming game at 7.
The homecoming dance will be in the high school gym on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Trustees extend bond oversight committee application deadline to Oct. 8

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Ramona Unified School District trustees extended the deadline for applications for its Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to Oct. 8.

Details are on the district website, www.ramonausd.net. Applications are on the district’s website, in the superintendent’s office at 720 Ninth St. and in all school offices in the district.

The original deadline for applications was Sept. 26. Superintendent Robert Graeff told trustees at their meeting Tuesday evening that only eight applications had been received.

The oversight committee must have at least seven members, and state law based on Proposition 39 California voters approved in 2000 requires committee members must represent specific factions of the community.

Trustees expect to make committee appointments at their Oct. 14 meeting. If voters approve Measure Q, the district’s $40 million bond bid on the Nov. 4 ballot, the committee’s role will be to ensure that bond money goes where voters intended and to keep the public informed of bond expenditures.

Girls tennis plays Valley Center in home match Sept. 25

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Although this is Coach Rose Darrough’s first season coaching the girls varsity tennis team at Ramona High, it is not her first time coaching tennis.

She and junior varsity coach Kim Owens stepped in last year with the boys team and agreed to take on the girls and boys this year.

Darrough was a doubles specialist when she played tennis in college.Owens plays competitively on the Riviera Oaks BB team.

Music program makes for better grades and friends, middle school students tell younger students

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Elementary school students throughout Ramona are being encouraged to join band not only for the fun of it, but also to help improve their grades and expand their social circle.

Last week, students at Ramona Elementary School were treated to concert in which the encouragement came from Olive Peirce Middle School’s Community Outreach Ensemble. Also known as “Core,” the ensemble is comprised of about a dozen eighth-grade musicians who travel the area, playing their instruments and drumming up support for the program.

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