Of the 1.5 million entrants in the National Merit Scholarship Program, the finalist pool has been whittled down to a select group of 15,000 candidates. One is Kristyn Hietala, a senior at Ramona High School.
Hietala began her National Merit journey by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), an exam that is available to all high school students in grades 9 through 12 who plan to enroll full time in college no later than the fall following their completion of high school and who are citizens of the United States or are U.S. lawful permanent residents who intend to become U.S. citizens.
Nov 27 2013 | Posted in Schools
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The “40 acres” of vacant land just north of Ramona High is thought to be the most valuable income property for the district. Although this property contains more than 17 acres of vernal pools and wetlands, the property as a whole has potential value for the construction of residences and for environmental mitigation. In the current market, the property is estimated to be in the range of $2.2 to $3.2 million.
Theresa Grace, Ramona school district’s senior director of education services, has her eyes on the calendar.
She applied for a $49,975 grant through the state’s Specialized Secondary Program and hopes to learn by Friday if the district will receive the money. If it does, a Pathways to Engineering program likely will start at Ramona High School. Two courses will be offered: Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering.
Nov 13 2013 | Posted in News
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After viewing a presentation on replacing the playground structure at Barnett Elementary School, Ramona Community Planning Group unanimously agreed to add the project to the Ramona Park Land Dedication Ordinance priority list.
The Barnett project will rank eighth on list, which has seven other projects requesting PLDO funding. Approximately $600,000 of PLDO funds is available for recreational uses in the community. The county charges the park fee with residential building permits.
Ramona schools, Superior Court, all County of San Diego offices, libraries and animal shelters, and other public agencies will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.
Essential services such as law enforcement, fire and rescue, and emergency animal control response will continue through the holiday.
Inspiring, educational, emotional, enlightening and patriotic are adjectives that describe what occurred as the Ramona High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps held its sixth annual Salute to Veterans at the school on Saturday.
About half of the 66 cadets present participated in the ceremonies as speakers, honor guards and demonstrators. Master of ceremonies was Cadet Maggie Mellecker, a 4.08 grade-point average student who wants to attend University of California Santa Barbara and pursue a doctorate in psychology.
According to the county medical examiner’s office, nine Ramonans died by suicide in 2012. One was a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Olive Peirce Middle School.
Among 5- to 14-year-olds, suicide is the fifth leading cause of death. Among 15- to 24-year-olds, suicide is the third leading cause of death. The fastest-growing group completing suicide is children between the ages of 10 and 14. This rate has doubled in the past two decades.
Nov 9 2013 | Posted in News
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Dressed as Popeye, Greg Chick of Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS) accepts a check for $200 from Bill and Mary Palmer of Ramona in front of Nuevo Grill during the Merchants’ Main Street Trick or Treat event on Halloween.
Chick and other FORUS volunteers gave candy and accepted donations at two locations on Halloween, raising $338.61 for the FORUS Roof Project for Ramona schools. A total of $1,873.94 has been donated so far for the project to replace/repair school roofs that leak. Donations may be sent to Dave Patterson, FORUS Roof Project chairman, at 1003 Sixth St., Ramona, CA 92065.
A World War II veteran who was a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III will be the guest speaker at Ramona High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps’ Military Salute on Saturday, Nov. 9.
The salute will start at 5 p.m. in the high school gymnasium, 1401 Hanson Lane. All are welcome.
Lt. Col. Ralph Kling, U.S. Air Force retired, will share his experiences in the war at 6:45 p.m. Kling, a Ramona resident, joined the Army Air Corps with his twin brother after both graduated high school in 1942.
Ramona Art Guild President Lauren Chiara, seated center, presents a check for $1,000 art teachers Liz Schaude and Paula Payne for the Ramona High School visual arts program. Art students witnessing the presentation are: Sawyer Simmons, Andrew Houry, Jonathan Hancock, Gabi Simmons, Megan Kahler, Sydney Johnson, Kim Fernandez, Kala Hite, Samanda Ceballos, Maiquel Martinez, Kaley Glotfelty, Desire Desoto, Wendy Whitney and Tayler Butler.