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Registration packets available at Montecito High School Aug. 6-15

Registration packets for new and returning students at Montecito High School are available in the school office weekdays from Aug. 6 through Aug. 15.

The office at 720 Ninth St. is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Montecito High is one of Ramona Unified School District’s alternative schools for students in ninth through 12th grades.

School will start on Monday, Aug. 25.

More information is available at the office, 760-787-4300.

Information about the district’s Future Bound program for independent study is at 760-787-2068.

School board asks Ramona voters for $40 million bond


With the support of four of its five members, Ramona Unified School District Board agreed to place a $40 million bond bid on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Trustee John Rajcic voted Present, saying he believes some of the ballot language is disingenuous.

Also in the special meeting, trustees approved a $49 million spending plan for the 2014-15 budget year that started July 1 and a Local Control and Accountability Plan setting goals for students. In addition, they endorsed the San Francisco firm of Jones Hall as bond counsel and hired the investment firm of Edward Jones as bond underwriter.

“If approved by the voters this fall, the school bond would pay off a large district loan and support much-needed school repairs and renovations at every one of our 10 schools,” Superintendent Robert Graeff, Ed.D., said in his written highlights of the meeting.

Application deadline Monday for Kiwanis of Ramona’s Glae McDonald Memorial Scholarship

Service to the community is what Ramona Kiwanis Club is seeking in candidates for its Glae McDonald Memorial “Children and Community First” Scholarship Program.
The club’s scholarship guidelines state that recipients “must have demonstrated a sincere desire to better themselves and their community, served as a positive role model with leadership potential and have a high degree of motivation necessary to succeed in their college or vocational school program.”
In addition to community service, awards will be granted based on student qualifications and financial need.
Applicants must have graduated from an accredited Ramona Unified School District high school or have received a General Education Development (GED) diploma no later than Aug. 31, 2014. Ramona graduates from previous years may apply.
Applications are available for download at
Application deadline is June 30.
For more information, contact Dr. Jose Luis Alvarado, Kiwanis Scholarship Committee chair at

Ramona trustees poised to approve budget, place bond bid on Nov. 4 ballot


Ramona Unified School District trustees are poised to place a $40 million bond bid on the November ballot and approve a budget of nearly $50 million in a special session Thursday evening.

The June 26 meeting, open to the public, will begin at 6 in the Board Room of the Wilson Administrative Center, 720 Ninth St.

Ramona school trustees consider $40 million bond


In a special meeting Monday afternoon, Ramona Unified School District trustees indicated their support for a $40 million bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Of that, $32 million would pay off a loan a previous board approved a decade ago and $8 million would pay for school modernization and repairs.

Testing shows one-third of fifth-graders at risk for obesity and diabetes


Testing fifth-graders in the Ramona Unified School District for obesity and diabetes risks this year showed that 35 percent of the students were considered at risk.

This was the eighth year the Palomar Health Community Action Council conducted the Transforming Obesity and Diabetes Awareness in Youth school-based screening program, said Nancy Roy, Ramona resident and community outreach liaison for Palomar Health. Roy provided the results at the Community Action Council meeting in Ramona Community Center on June 6.

School board workshop today targets bond


Ramona Unified School District trustees will hold a special meeting this afternoon at 2 to discuss specifics of a potential bond measure on the November 2014 ballot.

The meeting, open to the public and billed as a special board study session, will be in the Board Room of the Wilson Administrative Center, 720 Ninth St.

Ramona High School selects 2014 Scholar Athletes


At the end of the school year Ramona High School’s Athletic Department presents three equally prestigious awards to male and female athletes: Scholar Athlete, Bulldog of the Year and Athlete of the Year. This article features the scholar athletes: Makayla Torsak and Garrett Wilcox.

Montecito High School Class of 2014 scholarships, awards


Montecito High School started its awards banquet with an announcement from Superintendent Robert Graeff that the school has earned a six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Schools. “That’s the highest accreditation honor,” said Graeff to those attending the alternative school’s awards dinner and ceremony. About 106 graduating [...]

Ramona High School Class of 2014 scholarship recipients

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When Arvie and John Degenfelder’s youngest daughter graduated as Ramona High School valedictorian in 1979, she received one scholarship. It was for $25, and it came from the Poway Elks Club.

My, how times have changed, Arvie noted during Senior Scholarship Night at Ramona High on May 29.

Students graduating from Ramona High this week are walking off with, in some cases, thousands of dollars in scholarships. While some of that represents scholarships from prestigious learning institutions, the rest came in smaller increments from Ramona clubs and organizations, groups such as the Rotary club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Sun Valley Council PTA.