By Maureen Robertson
GET READY FOR FIREWORKS
—Ramona High Principal Tony Newman hopes there will be no surprises when the fireworks go off at the beginning of the homecoming football game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. “We want to be good neighbors,” he said.
Several Ramonans in different parts of town were caught off-guard when the graduation fireworks went off in June. Some thought the “boom, boom, boom” was an explosion, one woman dove for the floor when she thought someone was shooting a weapon in the backyard, and dogs “were bouncing off the walls,” one man said
In an effort not to have that happen again, Newman is repeating the school’s practice of putting flyers on the front doors of all homes in about a three-block radius of the school, forewarning neighbors about the fireworks. He’s also using other avenues to communicate with Ramona residents who may not live that close to the school but will be close enough hear the fireworks. Look for a reminder about the fireworks in next week’s Sentinel.
HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH
—That’s what Ramona High promises to be next week as it celebrates Homecoming Week. Spirit Days will be all week, with a different theme each day and lunchtime activities ranging from musical chairs to pie eating..
The school will continue a tradition started four years ago — Coming Home Night — in the faculty parking lot from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. Homecoming was canceled when the Witch wildfire wreaked havoc on the town in October of 2007. In an effort to bring the town together after the horrific fire, the school changed the theme of homecoming to “Coming Home” as a way for the community to celebrate its strength and determination to move forward. Since then, the school’s Associated Student Body puts on a party Thursday evening of homecoming week and calls it “Coming Home Night.”
Ramona High’s student representative on the school board, Shay Alwan, described Coming Home Night as “like a big carnival.” “It’s our largest community event, where everyone’s invited,” he told the school board at its meeting on Oct. 20. “The purpose is to bring the alumni home and show them the school as it is today, and it’s also to promote Bulldog spirit to prospective students.”
Look for lots of rides, food and fun. Cost of rides and food ranges from $1 to $4.
CORONATION AND FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
—Ramona High’s 2011 King and Queen are scheduled to be announced at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, before the Bulldogs’ varsity football game against the Rancho Bernardo Broncos. The school band, cheerleaders and song members plan a “Superbowl” style halftime show. The Homecoming Dance on Saturday, Nov. 5, marks the end of Homecoming Week. It will be in the old gym from 7 to 10 p.m.
—Noah Miles, 9, was among the five boys from Cub Scout Pack No. 647 who visited the Sentinel for a tour of the newspaper office last Wednesday. During a stop in the editor’s office, Noah let the editor know he is interested in photography, and she encouraged him to send photos he takes of community events. Three days later he did. Noah’s photograph shows members of the undefeated Ramona Bolts soccer team honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a variety of creative ways—everything from pink socks to pink hair. The photo’s on this page.