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Common Core State Standards: What are they?


Education is a topic, much like medicine, law or politics, on which everyone has an opinion and experience at some level. It is a topic that is easily discussed whether a person is at his or her own dinner table or giving a political speech, often making it difficult to separate fact from opinion.

St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold raises $258 for school roofs


A four-hour event featuring live music, corned beef sandwiches, peanuts, chips, beer and desserts boosted the coffers of three Ramona charities: Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS), Ramona Pony Baseball, and the Neighborhood CrossFit Tatas.
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers hosted the St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold for Charity on Saturday evening. Greeting guests entering the business at 2330 Main St., Suite C, were FORUS members with packaged peanuts and chips — and a donation jar. The donations will go toward the pending nonprofit’s efforts to plug leaks on the roofs of Ramona’s public schools.
With the approval of Ramona Unified School District’s maintenance supervisor, FORUS will pay for roof repairs that started after the recent rainstorm and continued this week. Jim Brown of Brown Roofing and Construction estimated the repairs at $7,000 to $10,000.
FORUS members set an initial goal of $20,000 for roof repairs. Donations so far are $10,151.84, the group’s treasurer, Carmen Bedia, reported Saturday evening. Of that, $225.84 went into the donation jar during the Pot of Gold event. Marta Jankawska, ChuckAlek co-owner, added $32.48 that came from the FORUS donation canister in her business.
As FORUS sought donations outside ChuckAlek, members of the Neighborhood CrossFit Tatas were inside, serving corned beef sandwiches, chips and desserts and accepting donations. CrossFit team members are scheduled to walk in the Komen 3-Day Nov. 21 to 23 and are raising money to benefit the Komen foundation’s breast cancer education and research effort.
In addition, Jankawska, ChuckAlek co-owner Grant Fraley and Lauren Guy will divide proceeds from Guy’s Birthday Keg among the three groups. Corned beef sandwich proceeds also will go to the three charities, said Jankawska.

Donations pay for school roof repairs


Donations from three sources are plugging leaks at Ramona schools.

Roofers completed some repairs earlier this year, and other work started after the recent storm that dumped 3.55 to 5 inches of rain, with varying amounts recorded in different sections of town.

Chromebook learning curve


They came in two shifts, ready to learn. After signing in, each received a new Chromebook and found a seat.

The first hour-long class started at 2:30 p.m. The teacher, Joe Hartman from the San Diego County Office of Education, faced a captive audience — a roomful of teachers.

Ramona trustees to review bond consultant’s proposed contract


In an apparent effort to gain consensus, two Ramona Unified school trustees and Superintendent Robert Graeff will review a proposed contract with Urban Futures Inc. and renegotiate with Isom Advisors, the Urban Futures division that will work as bond consultant for the district.

The school board’s 5-0 vote came after trustee Bob Stoody expressed concerns about what he called possible land mines in the proposal.

Let Ramona school district know what you think


On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate Ramona Unified School District’s efforts to help students improve in their classes? How would you rate its communication between home and school, efforts to encourage parents to become more involved in the schools, and school safety, morale and appearance?

A kiss for peace

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Ramona Community School Principal Kathryn Gunderson makes good on a promise to the school’s Peace Club when she kisses Piper in front of students, employees and parents before classes start.

She also kissed Piper’s twin, Pretzel. The three wore red lipstick for the event.

Peace Club members met their Great Kindness Challenge, earning official Kindness Certification, when each completed 30 acts of kindness such as offering a smile, helping someone clean up, writing a thank you note and bringing flowers to a staff member. The Gill family provided the twin goats.

What is it kissing a goat like? “The goats were calmer about kissing a human than I was about kissing a goat,” the principal said, adding, “Anything for world peace!”

Enrollment decline projected to continue at Ramona schools


If projections for the 2014-15 school year prove true, Ramona Unified School District will experience its 12th year of declining enrollment.

Assistant Superintendent David Ostermann’s report to trustees on Feb. 13 shows a projected enrollment of 5,598 students next school year. That’s 132 fewer than the 5,730 students in classrooms this school year.

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.