North County School News, Nov. 27: Oceanside drug forum, Escondido hiring fair, Ramona book review committee – The San Diego Union-Tribune

New president assumes command at academy
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs recently assumed command as the 16th president of the Army and Navy Academy. Combs is the first woman to lead the 112-year-old college preparatory school for boys. Her 33-year military career included heading the U.S. Army Cadet Command, overseeing nearly 1,800 high school and college JROTC and ROTC campuses. She retired from active duty in 2018. Her last assignment before retiring was as chief of staff and executive director of the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs. Combs’s decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Army Legion of Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she was commissioned as an Army officer through the university’s ROTC program. Combs later earned master’s degrees in military arts from the U.S. Army War College and in management from St. Mary’s College. Syracuse recently awarded her an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Visit; e-mail
Gift and toy drive at preschool
The nonprofit Promises2Kids is collecting new, unwrapped gifts and gift cards to distribute to foster children this holiday season. The Give From Your Heart Holiday Gift Drive is presented by Carmel Mountain Preschool from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 12 and invites the community to join in. Drop off a gift at the school, 9510 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, and take a photo with the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and Santa. Gifts can also be purchased online at Amazon and shipped to Promises2Kids (9400 Ruffin Court, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92123), or dropped off at Promises2Kids or at bin locations now through Dec. 14. Promises2Kids annually provides more than 3,000 current and former foster youth in San Diego County with the help they need to overcome difficulties and become successful adults. Visit for a list of drop-off locations and information.

Symposium to address STEM education
The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum presents “For the Love of Learning: STEMposium,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 320 N. Broadway. Speakers and panelists will present on early childhood STEM foundational fluencies, the role of social-emotional learning and play in STEM education, the importance of equity and access, and powerful partnerships in early childhood education. Tickets are $75. Visit for registration information.

EHS Winter Wonderland to help ag programs, Interfaith
The Escondido High Agriculture department is hosting its third annual Winter Wonderland with the Escondido High Ag Boosters and FFA from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Escondido High School farm, 1535 N. Broadway. The free event is open to the community and will include photos with Santa, story time with elves, shopping at holiday vendor booths, crafts for kids and a petting zoo. Food and drinks will be for sale, including pozole, sweet tamales, hot chocolate and champurrado. All proceeds will benefit students in the Escondido High Agriculture program. Guests are invited to bring canned foods and nonperishable items to donate to Interfaith Community Services.
School district offers hiring event

The Escondido Union School District holds a hiring fair from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carilyn Gilbert Education Center, 2310 Aldergrove Ave. Meet with district personnel and complete an application; bring a government-issued photo ID. Allow a few hours for processing applications. The district offers competitive pay, 15 paid holidays, health, dental and vision insurance and a chance to be part of the state pension system. For a complete list of opportunities or information, visit
‘Dance Reflections’ recital at MCC

The MiraCosta Dance Department presents “Dance Reflections 2022,” a performance of contemporary and classical dance, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at the campus theater, 1 Barnard Drive. These works by faculty and students include jazz, modern, hip hop, musical theater and world dance genres. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors/staff, $10 students. Call (760) 757-2121 or email
Community forum on drugs, fentanyl
The Oceanside Unified School District is partnering with Vista Community Clinic to hold a community forum from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday on “Protecting Adolescent Brain Development: Addressing the Fentanyl Crisis Through the Power of Prevention.” The family forum for middle- and high-schoolers and parents will be held at the El Camino High School Truax Theater, 400 Rancho del Oro Drive, with Spanish translation available. Refreshments and resources from 5:30-6 p.m., first come, first served. RSVP to program manager Erica Leary at

District seeking help with review committee
The Ramona Unified School District board is seeking two community representatives to provide input concerning potential history/social science curriculum materials. To be considered to become part of this advisory process, complete the form at Deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 3. Visit

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