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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.

First Philadelphia, then Washington, D.C., for 63 Ramona eighth-graders


It’s Day 2 in Philadelphia for 63 Olive Peirce Middle School eighth-graders who will be in Washington, D.C. tonight.

They went to Independence Hall and Liberty Bell today and had an amazing tour guide named Joe Benton, reports Ramona school trustee Kim Lasley, one of six district chaperones on the trip.

Opinions vary on basketball coach traits


Opinions varied from wanting a coach who encourages multi-sport athletes to one who encourages year-round single-sport play when Ramona High School’s principal and athletic director discussed and asked for comments about the hiring process and search for a new boys varsity basketball coach at the school.

David Reichner, the school’s boys varsity basketball coach for the past three years, resigned at the end of the 2014 season.

Kindergarten registration starts at Ramona elementary schools

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year in the Ramona Unified School District started this week.
Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Those who will be age 5 on or between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 will be in TK. Youngsters who will be 5 years old on or after Dec. 3 will be eligible to start school in 2015-16.
Registration packets are at the elementary schools. Students will attend the school closest to their residence. Parents who do not know which school their child should attend may call the district’s Education Services office at 760-787-2012.

History buffs strive to connect Ramona students with nation’s past

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Jim Cooper sees a gap building between the nation’s youth and its history, and he and a group of encampment re-enactors are doing something about it.