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All-RHS Choir Reunion to have food, karaoke, entertainment

Ramona High School Choirs will host an All-RHS Choir Reunion in the Choir Room, A-22, at the high school on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Anyone who has ever been in choir/show choir at Ramona High School is invited, and “bring family if you’d like,” said Donna Ransdell, director of choral activities at the high school, middle school and all-elementary choir.
There will be food, karaoke — “feel free to bring your own disks” — and entertainment. The best news, noted Ransdell: “It’s free.”

Ramona schools will re-open Friday, superintendent announces

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Thursday, May 15—Ramona schools, closed today due to the rash of fires in the region combined with wind and heat, will re-open tomorrow, Superintendent Robert Graeff said late this morning.
In his message to parents and staff, he said:
“We are planning to re-open all Ramona schools and offices on Friday, May 16. The level of fire across North County appears to have become isolated and we believe that it is now prudent to invite all students and staff to return to school tomorrow.
“At the same time, please know that we will continue to monitor local weather conditions. If the situation changes later today, we will again notify all parents and staff.
“For high school athletes, CIF has ruled that there can be no games or practices today or tomorrow. Decisions about Saturday athletic participation is still pending.
“Other questions about other student activities and AP testing should be referred to your local school administration.
“Please be patient as we search for the appropriate answers. For all interested parties, tonight’s regularly scheduled school board meeting will continue as planned.
“Thank you so much for your outstanding cooperation during this very difficult time. Before concluding, let me remind all our families that it is only the month of May. Please take every precaution at your own home to safeguard your physical surroundings in preparation for what appears to be just the start of a very long fire season.
“Again, all Ramona schools are currently scheduled to re-open for Friday, May 16. Thank you — and be safe.”

Military aircraft joins firefighting effort; San Marcos blaze county’s top priority


Thursday, May 15—A wildfire that has burned more than 800 acres and at least three structures south of state Route 78 near Cal State San Marcos was 5 percent contained today, according to fire authorities, who called the blaze the county’s No. 1 priority. The Cocos fire broke out along Cocos Drive about 3:45 p.m. [...]

Ramona schools, 28 other districts in county, closed tomorrow, May 15

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Wednesday, May 14—Ramona public schools will be closed Thursday, May 15. It is one of 29 districts in the county that will be closed on Thursday. In a message to parents and staff on Wednesday, Ramona Unified Superintendent Robert Graeff said: “Due to the outbreak of wildfires all across North County from Fallbrook to the [...]

Barnett Elementary students stage ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on May 7

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“Beauty and the Beast,” a musical produced by Barnett Elementary PTA, features 60 Barnett students in grades three through six. Cast members have dedicated three to four days a week after school for the past three months preparing for the show.

Directing the production is Lori Stateham, a Barnett parent, the school’s computer teacher and a PTA volunteer. Assisting her is a crew of volunteers who have put in hundreds of hours preparing for the show.

The students have learned skills such as acting, singing, dancing, dancing while singing and blocking, and a few have learned how to manage sets and props backstage, notes Corinna Powers with the PTA.

The production will debut at Olive Peirce Middle School on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by two performances at the school on May 9.

Old West re-enactors treat students to sneak preview of encampments


Ramona fifth- and sixth-graders are stepping back in time to see what life was like in the 1800s as they visit the Old West encampments set up as part of the Bluegrass and Old West Festival today and tomorrow.

Approximately 826 students are taking turns loading buses to visit re-enactor encampments in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center. Barnett, Hanson and Mt. Woodson elementary students arrived in staggered shifts starting about 8:30 a.m. and ending about 2:20 p.m. today. Students from Ramona Community School and Ramona and James Dukes elementary schools will visit on Friday.

Ramona Community School earns Distinguished School designation


Ramona Community School is one of 35 elementary schools in San Diego County and 424 in the state selected a 2014 California Distinguished Schools, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

The schools are honored for commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.

School bond consultant recommends more community outreach, lower tax rate


If Ramona Unified School District wants to pass a bond, the goal should be to bring the community a proposal it wants to support, not one the board thinks is a great idea or the district administration wants, bond consultant Jon Isom of Urban Futures Inc. told trustees Monday evening.

After surveying 403 of Ramona’s 20,322 registered voters, Isom presented several recommendations. Among them: lower the tax rate from the $60 per $100,000 assessed value proposed in the failed bond bid in 2012 to $39, and establish an independent citizens oversight committee before the election.

Ramona students place wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery

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Ramona eighth-graders placed a wreath at the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers of the Civil War on Monday, before leaving for the airport and their flight home. Their plane is due to arrive in San Diego at 10:48 tonight.
Among other sites they visited at Arlington National Cemetery, the 63 Olive Peirce Middle School students and 12 adults accompanying them spent time at President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite and the eternal flame at Kennedy’s burial site.

Day 3: Capitol Building

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Sixty-three Olive Peirce Middle School eighth-graders spent much of Day 3 of their Washington, D.C., trip in the Capitol Building.

Ramona school trustee Kim Lasley, one of six district chaperones on the trip, sent several photos from their tour of the meeting place of the U.S. Congress.