Ripon Unified is still trying to fill positions. At Tuesday's school board meeting, Michelle Ryan, who is the district's human resource manager, mentioned just that during the announcement of the new hires. "They're all replacement positions," she said. "We will have much more in October." Scrambling to fill positions, Ryan noted, may be a problem. "But it's been a good problem to have (for RUSD)," she said. Among the new hires are: • Ripona Elementary ...
Two police officers and two firemen downed large pastrami sandwiches in less than two minutes as a small crowd cheered them on to the finish Saturday.
It's all about 50 Faces/50 stories in a four by nine inch, full-color hard bound edition commemorating the 50-year celebration of the Bethany Home Society that will celebrate its half century with a Grand Gala at the Ripon Community Center on Friday, Sept. 13.
There's plenty going on in Ripon in the coming days. Events this week in Ripon will range from the opening and ribbon cutting of the new Togo's Restaurant on Colony Road adjacent to the Save Mart Shopping Center on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Magpie Antiques will host a Ripon Chamber of commerce coffee this coming Friday at their corner location on First Street west of the Ripon Fire Department headquarters from ...
Marlon Gayle has a goal of learning the names of each student at Colony Oak School. The first-year principal is doing so by visiting the classrooms. He also produced a power-point presentation of each kindergarten-through- eighth-grade student at the Ripon Unified site in which each provided their first and last names. Gayle showed that video at Thursday's Back to School Night. This was the whittled down version of the taping that took place during the ...
When Bill Draa stepped in and took over the reins at Ripon Unified School District he hit the ground running.
Don't expect Ripon Unified to try and hide its report card. Only one of Ripon's elementary schools didn't meet California's target API goal of 800. And while some slipped in their rankings from last year – including a 54-point dip by Ripona Elementary that put them just below the measured threshold – the district, overall, remained healthy in an era of budget cuts and transition at the district level. The Academic Performance Index (API) measures ...
Dante Alvarez has several goals for students at Ripona School. "We want every child to speak in complete sentences," said the first-year principal at Tuesday's Back-to-School Night. With that, Alvarez would also like to see students incorporate the school's academic discourse or language as part of their speaking habits. "We want them to sound like they've in college (when they leave Ripona)," he added. Alvarez talked about peer sharing or, rather, students learning to work ...
The Ripon Garden Club hosts its annual September Stroll, a walk through local gardens on Sept. 7.
It's going to be a celebration of life – a better life – for the countless patients who have been served by Ripon's Bethany Home over the last 50 years.
Water rates are going up. At least that's what the consultant hired by the City of Ripon is going to determine once the dust settles. On Monday the Ripon City Council approved spending more than $55,000 to contract with Municipal Financial Services to determine the best way to proceed with bringing the city's split water system into compliance with a looming state law. Currently only half of the city's water customers are on a metered ...
The Hobbs family worked from dawn to dusk Monday to lay personalized fund raising bricks in the walkway from the ticket booth to the snack bar at the Ripon High athletic field.
Ripon police detectives recovered $8,000 in valuables from a commercial burglary Wednesday within 24 hours of the theft, according to First Sgt. Steve Merchant.
The alleged knife assault on a Union Pacific Railroad work crew foreman on Highway 99 at the Stanislaus River sent a 32-year-old Morgan Hill man to jail shortly after noon on Monday.
The City of Ripon is looking to update its sign ordinance. But in order to do so, the first of two workshops was held Monday at the Council Chamber led by Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart. Electronic message center signs, he said, is what got the City to re-think the ordinance. "We found out we had other sign issues," said Zuidervaart, who also briefly touched on A-frame, air dancer, awning, banner, blade, changeable copy, hanging, and ...
Donna Parks will serve another year as president for the Ripon Unified school board.
As the reconstruction plans for Weston School were recently submitted to the Division of State Architect in Sacramento, the Program Management Integration team has kicked off early talks with Colony Oak School.
The annual Taste of Ripon wine stroll saw crowds going from shop to shop sampling wines and enjoying the finger foods that were included in the frigid evening. The attendance was more than twice of that recorded last year.
The City of Ripon now has clear-cut definition of the "Central Traffic District."
A two-night Christian-based ballet dance production on stage at the Ripon Christian High School Performing Arts Center is expected to draw thousands on Friday and Saturday nights.
Chuck Winn is the new mayor of Ripon. For the third time, he was named to the post. But this was time he slotted for the top position as specified by an ordinance based on the rotation by the Ripon City Council seating. At the organization session on Tuesday, Winn, who previously served as vice mayor under Dean Uecker, advanced to the top spot, with Elden "Red" Nutt moving up one to vice mayor.
The City of Ripon can now look to lease the baseball fields along with the recently completed softball complex at the Mistlin Sports Park to an outside organization.
It's as much fun bouncing around on the new rubber playground base for Colony Oak students as it is climbing on the playground equipment.
Anna Fassler took time out from her studies Monday for civic duty.
November is National Runaway Prevention Month.
It was something of a history lesson for kindergarten children at Park View Elementary School when they hosted newcomers in the form of "Indians" from other Ripon schools to a Thanksgiving feast in their classroom on Tuesday.
Since September, the Youth Police Advisory Committee along with Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde reviewed various municipal codes.
The Ripon Christian "Knights of the Roundtable" competitive civics challenge team took first out of 14 teams from as far away as the Bay Area at the annual regional contest.
After two months in session, Ripon Unified saw attendance figures take a slight dip.
Ripon Unified recently filled several positions and is still looking at yet another hiring. Included is a secretary at Weston School. This temporary position is necessary in assisting duties associated with the site. The person picked will be called on to help out at Weston, from Jan. 7 to June 30 or the end of this school year. Duties will consist of performing "a wide variety of responsible clerical work involving staff and pupil record ...