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Students learn about drones and principles of flight from the pros

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Students from the Ramona Lutheran Christian Day School Science Enrichment Program were treated recently to a presentation by Hugh Harvey of General Atomics and by Garrett Willat of SkySurf Glider-port of Warner Springs on the principles of flight.

Harvey presented his PowerPoint in a humorous and age appropriate way, said science teacher Frank Lucio, beginning with the basic principles of flight and ending with the subject of drones manufactured by General Atomics and their possible future applications.

Special Valentine’s Day deliveries


High school students’ fundraising efforts included selling a variety of candy grams for delivery on Valentine’s Day and selling red T-shirts to be worn on the campus-wide Red Out Event on Feb. 14 to show support for maintaining a healthy heart.

Ramona school district inches toward bond bid


Ramona Unified School District trustees are expected to approve a bond consultant to steer them in the direction of putting a bond measure on the November ballot.

Urban Futures Inc., the firm that worked with the district in its 2012 unsuccessful bid for a $66 million bond, is the consultant district staff and others who served on the interview panel recommend. Trustees Kim Lasley and Dawn Perfect, teachers union president Cori McDonald and Sun Valley Council PTA President Kristina Krohne were on the panel with the district superintendent, assistant superintendents and senior director of education services.

Ramona Community School students jump for American Heart Association


Caolan MacLochlainn jumps high in Ramona Community School’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association today.

In addition to jump roping, students in kindergarten through third grade participated in hula-hooping and other heart-healthy activities, while fourth- through eighth-graders focused on basketball-related activities for the fundraiser.

School district committee considers uses for surplus land at public hearing today at 5:30 p.m.


An advisory committee tasked with recommending possible uses for about 70 acres of vacant Ramona Unified School District land will meet to hear suggestions from the public on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

The hearing will be in the Wilson Administration Center Board Room, 720 Ninth St., at 5:30 p.m.

Parent Information Night at Ramona Community School set for Tuesday


Tuesday, Feb. 11, is Parent Information Night for the families of potential Ramona Community School students — either the Montessori or the Mountain Valley program.

Ramona Community is one of Ramona Unified School District’s alternative schools. Its Montessori Academy includes grades kindergarten through 6, and Mountain Valley Academy (MVA), an independent study program, is for grades kindergarten through 12.

Mothers shield sixth-grader from public humiliation

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Mothers Celeste Taylor, left, and Lisa Filice hold signs outside Mount Woodson Elementary School Wednesday morning after a sixth-grade boy stood across the street from the school holding a handwritten sign that began with, “I stole my father’s cell phone” before the start of school Monday and Tuesday. Seeing the boy standing there as part of apparent punishment meted by his parents disturbed students and adults, and several mothers shielded him Tuesday morning by standing in front of him as students arrived at school. The boy was not outside the school Wednesday morning. “Humiliation is not parenting” reads one of the signs.

Ag teacher’s roots run deep in region’s cattle industry

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Communities such as Ramona are rich in family history, history that often repeats itself in some form or another, as in the case of Ramona High School agriculture teacher Alyson Tulloch, whose family roots run deep in the San Diego cattle industry.

Her great-grandfather, George Sawday, a legendary name in cattle circles, ran herds on the family land that was said to stretch from the coast to the desert and from the border of Mexico to Riverside.

Ramona school district unveils 5-point proposal


Ramona school district’s debt, the framework of a bond on the November ballot, employee salaries, class size, property values, healthcare costs, test scores, closing a school, year-round school, bussing strategy, selling district property, more efficient use of school buildings in light of continued declining enrollment, local control versus state takeover, and better communications with the public kept the conversation flowing at the community workshop on Saturday morning.

Saturday workshop targets fiscal health of Ramona school district


The school board has scheduled a community workshop for Saturday, Jan. 25, to discuss a long-term fiscal plan for the district. A bond measure in November 2014 will be among topics.

The workshop will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the performing arts center at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. It will start with a brief presentation from the district and will be followed with public comments, questions and suggestions.