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Marine Institute introduces Ramona students to island ecology

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Mountain Valley Academy students sampled island life during a recent science field trip like no other — a three-day adventure to the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) at Fox Landing.

The students, with fifth-grade teacher Kelly Hicks, six- and seventh-grade teacher Stacey Gill, and several parent chaperones participated in a science adventure that focused on marine science and the ecology of the island.

The students, teachers and chaperones met in Long Beach near the historic Queen Mary ocean liner for the two-hour boat ride to Catalina. The island, located 21 miles from Long Beach, is pristine with miles of coastline and diving areas.

CIMI at Fox Landing, one of three outdoor science schools on Catalina Island, is on the leeward side of the island, four miles west of the city of Avalon.

The underwater environments of the bay and Long Point are home to an abundance of marine life and offer some of the best snorkeling on the island.

The institute provides cabins and modern dining facilities along with labs and aquariums that complement the learning students do in the field while snorkeling and kayaking.

CIMI’s objectives are to excite students about science and introduce them to the basic concepts of marine science and island ecology including fish, sharks, invertebrates, plankton, algae, marine mammals, oceanography, island animals, insects, plants, Native Americans, the origin of islands, and geology.

Students interacted with animals and nature and were provided with experiences to help them gain a lifelong appreciation for living organisms.

Bulldog boys win CIF San Diego Section division championship

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Ramona High School’s boys cross country runners won the CIF San Diego Section Division III championship at Morley Field in San Diego this morning, reports Sentinel sportswriter Joe Naiman.

Bulldog girls are San Diego Section CIF Division II volleyball champions

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Ramona High School’s girls volleyball team won the CIF San Diego Section Division II championship this afternoon, reports Sentinel sportswriter Nancy Sapper.

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


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


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


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


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.