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RUSD Celebrations

Congrats to
Dallas Meadows 
Ramona Unified School District 
Teacher of the Year

Barnett Elementary is proud to announce Dallas Meadows, sixth grade teacher, as Teacher of the Year for the school site and Ramona Unified School District. Dallas balances academic strategies that include collaborative learning and small group instruction all while building important, lasting relationships with students.  Congratulations to Mrs. Meadows!!!


Dallas Meadows
Barnett Elementary

Congrats also to Site Teachers of the Year

Karen Larzalere
Mt. Woodson Elementary
Eric Morfin
Ramona High School
Tracey Stephens
Hanson Elementary

Sarah Barnett

Congrats to all of the RUSD Site Teachers of the Year
and the 
2019 RUSD Retirees

 Nick Jordan and the MHS Construction Team

 SkillsUSA State Champions

Cal Fire Day at Barnett



Singer - Songwriter Randy Schimpf
performing the Barnett School Song at Bobcat Bash!

A Great Start to the School Year 
 Convocation 2018-2019 
Congrats to Our Newly Tenured Teachers 

 Perfect Attendance in 2017-2018
20 Years in Service to RUSD

 25 Years in Service to RUSD


30 Years in Service to RUSD!!!


Congratulations to.....

Nick Jordan 
Montecito High School
RUSD Teacher of the Year

Montecito High is very proud to have Nick Jordan as their “Teacher of the Year.” Nick is an excellent role model for his construction students. In his classes the students learn more than just “construction”. The students see many of their projects throughout the community, and are proud members of a school that provides them these opportunities. For many of Nick’s students, he is a “father” figure, and a mentor. After school hours many students drop in to visit and seek advice or just a listening ear. Nick has instilled in his students respect and hard work, which in the end returns to him by their keeping in touch with him and through their efforts with projects and competitions.

When students from past years continue to send pictures and emails of their accomplishments, nothing is a grander compliment to a dedicated and caring educator.
Mt. Woodson Elementary Teacher of the Year
Paige Schwartz
Congratulations to Kindergarten Teacher Paige Schwartz named Mt. Woodson's Teacher of the Year! Each day, Mrs. Schwartz excites and engages her young scholars with rigorous, hands on learning activities. Her passion to support the educational, social, emotional, and physiological development of kids is ever-present and contagious!

Barnett Elementary
Teacher of the Year
September Tamburrino
Barnett Elementary is proud to announce September Tamburrino as their 2017-1018 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Tamburrino began teaching in Ramona in 2005. She has been teaching first grade at Barnett for the past five years. She is a dynamic teacher with a keen insight for what is needed to improve student learning while maintaining high expectations for all.

Olive Pierce Middle School
Teacher of the Year
JJ Sclar

Congrats to JJ Sclar - OPMS Teacher of the Year. This is JJ’s 14th year teaching here at OP. He got my credential and Masters from UCSB and his admin credential from National. I have taught 7th World History, Leadership and 7th and 8th CAP (formerly AVID). I spent 10 years coaching cross country, basketball and track at OP. I believe every student with the proper support and push can achieve their academic and life goals. My teaching philosophy (In the words of Gandhi), “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
Ramona Community Campus Teacher of the Year
Carrie Tompkins
Carrie Tompkins, the Teacher of the Year from Ramona Community Campus. Carrie is an outstanding math teacher, teaching grades 7, 8 and 9 here at Mountain Valley Academy. She also teaches yearbook and personal finance/math applications. She is a valued teacher on our campus.
 James Dukes Elementary
Teacher of the Year
Mark Dillon

Mark Dillon  grew up in El Cajon with my mother, father, and two brothers - Scott and Jeff.  My father, Mike Dillon, coached and prepared me in sports and the result was playing college basketball on scholarship.  I graduated from UCSB in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in geography and minors in both athletic training and art. My mother, Alice Dillon, taught at Mt. Woodson for nearly 10 years and was a major influence leading toward my teaching career.  I began working in RUSD in1998 and have enjoyed 20 years of teaching second and third grade at James Dukes. My wife, Jill, and I have been happily married for 12 years and have four outstanding children - Colin, Allison, Jonathan, and Matthew.  I have coached youth basketball, soccer, and baseball here in Ramona for the past 7 years. I am a massive San Diego Padres and Boston Celtics fan! I am proud to represent James Dukes as “2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.”

Ramona Elementary
Teacher of the Year

Dionne Ramirez
Dionne currently teaches a 2/3 class. She has been in the district for 20 years and has taught at almost all of the elementary schools in Ramona. She is a targeted feedback coach and enjoys mentoring teachers at her grade level. Dionne has also worked with student teachers and continues to share her skills and expertise with everyone at our site.

 Ramona High School 
Teacher of the Year
Robyn Bash
Robyn Bash, the RHS Teacher of the Year, has worked in the district for 14 years.  She has taught at almost every grade level.  She has been at the high school for the last 2 years teaching math and physical education.  With tremendous energy and efficiency, she has helped her students grow. 

 Hanson Elementary
Teacher of the Year


Thanks to Cal Fire and Elissa Gibson for the recent fire assembly at Barnett!

RTA President Cori McDonald joins the 2016-2017 RUSD Retirees 
and the Site Teachers of the Year
Congrats to both groups!!! 



 What's going on at the RUSD Sites?
Affirmations for May
Just finished with Spring Open House on May 11
Mental Health Fair was put on by an MVA Junior
Awarded $500.00 for Sensory Boxes for TK-6th 
Montecito/DO/Future Bound
Everybody's preparing for Graduation and summer vacation 
  Ramona Elementary
Diane Jacob's was on campus to dedicate the new playground
Props to Aida Martinez and Sandra Jimenez along with the Ramona Elementary DELAC parts for putting on a successful spring carnival for the families at RE.  Several teachers, including soon to be retired Mike Zehm contributed to the festivities in the dunk tank!
End of the spring sports season and many teams are league champs and participating in the CIF Playoffs - props to the spring sports coaches!
Props to Alyson Tulloch and RHS FFA for their many awards and championships throughout the year!
Props to Christine Hill and her engineering team who came in 2nd in the region and 6th in the state !
Props to Cmdr Davis and Chief Richardson for a successful Changing of the Command Ceremony on May 18
Hanson Elementary
Conducted the first ever online
Read-a-Thon  !
Open House was held and several teachers put their culinary BBQ skills to work serving over 300 dinners - Lookout Iron Chef - here they come!
The 4th grade is preparing for their trip to Sacramento
James Dukes
Finished with their CAASPP Testing
Broke fund raining records with the spring Book Fair
The Mother-Son Camp Out is this week

Mt Woodson
Open House was held on May 17th and included an Art Gallery of work from Mt Woodson Students
May 19th the 6th grade held their Country Fair as a culmination of month long project
Congrats went out to RUSD Teacher of the Year Ashli Krainock who will be honored with other county Teachers of the Year at the May 19th Padre Game

Conducted their annual Camp Pierce for all the incoming 7th grade parents
The 8th Grade Awards banquet is scheduled for Tuesday May 23 

We are welcoming two fellow Ramonans to the Admin Team at RHS for the 2017-2018 School Year
Our New/Returning  Principal is Tony Newman and our new Assistant Principal will be former NJROTC Commander Mike Ernst
Edie Chapman and Denise Lepez are working with the RHS ASSETS program in conjunction with the International Club to provide "Taste of the World in SD" 
Jim Plum and Fusion will be doing an extensive campus beautification project on Saturday April 29 - pictures to follow
The faculty and staff at MVA are prepared for their WASC mid-term review taking place on April 28
RCMS just celebrated its Mother/Son Night and entertained the community with its Talent Show
Montecito/Future Bound/District Office
The faculty and students at Montecito have been working with the students at Ramona Elementary School as mentors.  Many former RE students, currently at Montecito are giving back by working in classrooms and with students.
RUSD Psychologists and other Special Education personnel at the District Office are planning a Behavior Workshop for all grade levels during the PD Slam weeks in June
 Ramona Elementary
On Friday May 5 they will celebrate with their Spring Carnival
They have been busy with their Daddy/Daughter Dance, their Talent Show and their spring Open House
FORUS has also installed a new playground at RE to be opened for student use in the near future.  FORUS has also installed a new drinking fountain in the RHS Library that will make it easy for students to fill up their water bottles.
Site Affirmations
The Faculty and Staff are supporting a "Turn Off the Screen Week" with nightly activities for families including their spring Open House.
Stay tuned for the Barnett Talent Show coming soon
The 8th grade students accompanied by faculty members and other district employees have recently returned from another successful 8th Grade Trip to Washington DC
Camp Pierce for incoming parents is coming soon as well as the 8th Grade Awards Ceremony
 Great things are going on at all RUSD Schools!Mt Woodson
Members of the faculty provided the opening act for this year's talent show - pictures to come!
The 6th graders have recently returned from 6th Grade Camp
Mt Woodson participated in Public School Night sponsored by the Ramona Masonic Lodge which celebrates 6th graders throughout the district
 Hanson Lane
The faculty, staff and students have been busy with spring Open House, the Annual Family Bar-B-Que and the 6th Grade Musical Show
  James Dukes
JD recently had their Daddy/Daughter Dance and Talent Show.  On May 5th they will hold their Art Night and the faculty and staff recently found out that JD had earned the Honor Roll Distinction


Working on the 2016-2017 ELA Pilot

Ramona Elementary
A ceremony was held to honor 35 students were redesignated RFEP  - largest number in school history

Site Affirmations 
TK-7 - took a field Family Field Trip to Seaworld
TK+K went to Legoland
5th and 6th Grade are doing the "Music Man

Teachers participated in the March Madness Coed 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament as well as the Teacher/Student Airband Competition
Teachers attended the Computer Using Educators (CUE) Conference
  Mt Woodson
Participated in the Jump Rope for Hearts
5th Grade took a fieldtrip to see the Midway and the San Diego Symphony
Check out their Schoolwide Quilt Project (pictures below)
 Montecito/District Office
Working together with RE ona collaborative art project
Construction Class raising money for the Skills USA Competition by selling planter boxes and chairs
Ramona High School 
Spring Sports are underway with many teams ranked in the county
Dance Productions held their spring showcase
NJROTC competed in the All Service Nationals in the Team Rifle Competition
Celebrated their 25th Anniversary (see pictures below)
6th Grade took a fieldtrip to the USS Midway as well as going to 6th Grade Camp



Ramona Unified Teacher of the Year
From Mt Woodson Elementary
Ashli Krainock


Ashli has been a teacher in RUSD since 1999 and is currently a TK/K Teacher at Mt Woodson.  Ashli is an example of excellence in the teaching profession! 
"Ashli is a tremendous resource for Mt Woodson.  She makes a positive impact on student and adult learning, student social and emotional well-being, and she is known for her inspiration to make learning accessible for every child!"
-Principal Robin Arend


Congrats to 
Ramona Community Campus
Teacher of the Year

Laurie McBride
Pictured here with Principal Kathryn Gunderson and 2015-2015 Teacher of the Year Nancy Lorenz 

Congrats to
Olive Peirce Middle School
Teacher of the Year
Andrea Marootian

Andrea Is an 8th grade teacher with 23 years experience and is currently the advisor for the OPMS National Junior Honor Society

Congrats to 
Hanson Elementary Teacher of the Year

Suzanne VanderLinde 



The Mt Woodson Quilt Project
Check it out hanging in the main hallway at Mt  Woodson Elementary



Happy 25th Anniversary to Barnett!
Barnett Staff

And Now!


Props RHS Visual and Performing Arts Chairperson Liz Schaude and the Art Students of the Ramona Unified School District 
Check out their work now on display at the District Office

 Props to our colleagues at Hanson for their dedication to Ramona Students as they participate in
  • Making Thinking Visible - Book Study
  • 2017 Language Arts Pilot
  • Handwriting with No Tears
  • Read Across America
  • Jump Rope for Heart Fundraising Campaign for the American Heart Association

2017 Ramona High School Teacher of the Year
Robert Grace 

Pictured here with RHS Principal Rowena Mak and RHS Classified Employee of the Year - Cynthia Salow


Props to Jim Bliss and Al Cavell, the RHS Lacrosse Coaches and National Honor Society Advisers for their successful 2nd Annual Color Run.


 Read more on the successes and accomplishments of Gloria Quinn and the Eco-Leaders Program!

History teacher wins globetrotting fellowship
Read Doug Banwart's Story - Click Here

Ramona High School Teachers Receive Grants from the Ramona Chamber of Commerce
 Ramona High history teacher Doug Banwart accepts a $540 Ramona Chamber of Commerce educational grant for his “Students of History” project.
Congrats to Doug Banwart and Carol Canfield
Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s educational grant program members Amber Ramirez, Bob Krysak, Bob Murray, and Karen Domnitz present a $500 grant to Ramona High School English teacher Carol Canfield, second from right, for the English III and English III Honors literature circles. 

  Read about the Ramona High School Eco-Leaders and their Golden Bell Award - Props to Ramona High Teacher Gloria Quinn and her amazing students!
Click Here

Read more about the Eco Leaders Program and their victory in the National Food Recovery Challenge
Click Here
 Ramona High School functional skills teacher Gloria Quinn talks to her students about the award they received for their food waste reduction program.
RUSD Convocation 2016
Congrats to Mike Zehm and Laurie Houck as they are recognized for 35 years of service to RUSD

The newly tenured teachers 

The site Teachers of the Year for 2015-2016


Celebrating RUSD Teacher of the Year at the annual Salute to Teachers 





 Ramona Teachers from Barnett, Hanson, and James Dukes Elementary Schools spent their Saturday and Sunday at the most beneficial and motivating workshops for teachers and administrators! The Daily 5, Daily 3 Math and CAFE are powerful systems, structure, and literacy instruction/assessment that are proven to be powerful for providing equity, access and individualized learning for ALL students!