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42nd Annual Winter Showcase to feature ‘A Haunted Holiday’

Ramona High School Dance Productions students promise an evening of music and dancing when they stage “A Haunted Holiday,” the school’s 42nd Annual Winter Showcase, on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

Their poetic invitation reads:

All are invited to this joyous affair,

Where music and dancing fill the air.

Ag Boosters start Christmas tree sales Friday

Christmas tree sales benefiting the Ramona High School agriculture program will begin at the corner of Fifth and Main streets on Friday, Dec. 6.
RHS Ag Boosters members encourage Ramonans and others to support the agriculture program by buying a tree.
Nobles, Grands and Douglas firs will be among the trees available.
The tree lot will be open daily though Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends and from 4 to 7:30 p.m. weekdays.
Former Ag Boosters and graduates of the RHS agriculture program are welcome to volunteer. Anyone with questions may call Lou Herrera at 760-470-1889.
The Ag Boosters have donated approximately $15,000 to the agriculture program at RHS over the past two school years, and the tree lot is their main moneymaker, said Herrera.

Two school parcels could yield nearly $4 million, study shows


Tasked with analyzing five Ramona Unified School District properties, a Carlsbad firm has determined that two of them could be sold to net about $4 million for the district.

“The market is improving every day,” Eric Hall of Eric Hall & Associates told district trustees at their November meeting. The two sites ­— 39 acres behind Ramona High School at Hanson Lane and San Vicente Road and 32 acres adjacent to Hanson Elementary in the 2500 block of Boundary Avenue — are the district’s most recent land purchases.

Volunteers raise $4,232 for school roof project


Two weeks after Ramona Unified School District trustees thanked Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS) for a $1,500 donation for vandal-proof faucets and batteries for automated external defibrillators, the group reported receiving donations of $4,232 toward its goal of $20,000 to seal the roofs of several school buildings that leak.

“So it’s not just about soap and bathrooms,” said Bob Stoody, school board president and FORUS member, referring to the vandal-proof soap dispensers and soap the group donated and installed in all secondary school bathrooms in the district before the start of the school year.

School administrators to wait tables tonight for scholarship fund

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Ramona Unified School District administrators, including Superintendent Robert Graeff, will be waiting tables at Boll Weevil from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Twenty percent of all sales at the restaurant at 2548 Main St. will go toward scholarships for Ramona students graduating high school in June 2014.

“Please come out to support our local students,” Graeff said.

Ramona High senior is National Merit finalist

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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.

Should Ramona Unified close a school?


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.

$50,000 grant could pay for engineering courses

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.

Barnett playground added to PLDO priority list


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, county offices, libraries, courts closed Monday for Veterans Day


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.