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Healdsburg High School career program wins state award

Healdsburg High School is receiving the prestigious Golden Bell award from the California School Boards Association in recognition of its Academic Internship Program. The program, in its fourth year, connects students about 150 students with 80 local businesses, were they work witha  mentor for six days on a project using the students’ skills and interests. Projects have included designing a website and  creating a social media presence for a local restaurant, creating a Healdsburg bicycle guide and building a computer… Read More »

John Jordan Foundation awards $29,000 in grants to local schools

Eighty-one schools throughout the county received grants of up to $300 this month from the John Jordan Foundation’s Teacher’s Wishes program. In total, the foundation handed out about $29,000 to fund projects ranging the creation of a rainwater catchment system at a Sebastopol school to a family game night at Santa Rosa’s James Monroe Elementary. The grants will impact about 10,000 students across 28 districts, estimated Lisa Wittke Schaffner, executive director of the foundation.  They’ll help fund  in-classroom libraries, supplemental reading… Read More »

St. Vincent students team up to thank veterans

First- and eighth-grade students at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School in Petaluma teamed up this Veterans Day to make thank you cards for local vets. They crafted the cards, decorated with American flags, through a partnership called People Engaged in Acts of Kindness, or PALS. Each first-grade student gets an eighth-grade PAL for the school year, and classes meet monthly to do an activity together. This month, they made cards that focused on veterans’ service and dedication to the… Read More »

Seeking college t-shirts to inspire elementary students

Helen Lehman Elementary School Principal Alisa Haley has a mission: Collect a college t-shirt for each of her 530 students to wear. The idea is to help kids believe they can go to college, she said. Most students at Helen Lehman would be the first in their family to go to a university, she added. She was inspired by The College Tee Project, started by Santa Rosa City Schools Board Member Jenni Klose. “We should start talking to students in elementary school… Read More »

Montgomery High holds IB orientation Thursday

Curious about Montgomery High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program? Interested students will have a chance to learn more during one of a series of fall presentations, the first of which is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13. During the orientations, parents and students in grades 7 to 10 can learn more about the program, meet with current participants and teachers, and get acquainted with a “pre-IB honors program” for grades 9 and 10. Montgomery has been an authorized International Baccalaureate, or… Read More »

El Molino grad named Student Volunteer of the Year

Sonoma State University Sophomore and  El Molino graduate  Claudia Sisomphou, a resident of Forestville and a graduate of El Molino High School on Oct. 30 was named Student Volunteer of the Year at the North Bay Business Journal’s Nonprofit Conference and Leadership Awards held at Sonoma State University. “Compassion is the greatest thingsyou can share with someone,” she said when accepting the award, according to a news release by SSU. “I do hope that by receiving this award, my peers will recognize how… Read More »

Seeking Teen Face ideas

We’re taking suggestions: The Press Democrat is seeking to highlight exemplary teens, student who are  engaged in something interesting that others would like to read about. We’re interested in hearing from educators, parents and students who may know someone they’d like to nominate for a Teen Face profile on Sunday’s Teen Page. Know an outstanding teen? Please send suggestions to Lisa.Ostroski@pressdemocrat.com.

Brook Hill Elementary gets $4,200 grant to create community garden

Brook Hill Elementary School recently received a $4.200 grant to create a community garden, said third-grade teacher Katie Cooney. The grant comes through a San Francisco Giants program called Step up to the Plate for Education, which provides $100,000 in grants to 25 Bay Area schools. The $4.200 will help pay for more raised beds, wheelbarrows, soil and more. Cooney applied for the grant with the idea of expanding a small, overgrown garden on the school’s campus into a community… Read More »

Comstock’s Project Make wins state accolades

Comstock Middle School’s Project Make recently earned Santa Rosa City School District the prestigious Golden Bell Award. The award, given by the California School Boards Association, recognizes innovative school programs around the state. “It’s a great honor,” said Comstock Principal Laura Hendrickson. Comstock was the first middle school and the second school  in the county to create a Maker class, which is a 21st-century twist on old-school wood shop classes, where students learn to create a variety of items from scratch,… Read More »

Piner High kids investigate student health

Three hundred medical biology students at Piner High School this year investigated how health issues interfere with student achievement at their school. They presented their findings to a panel of district officials and community health leaders on Thursday, Oct. 23. The students used a creative  problem-solving strategy called Design Thinking, which teachers were trained in over the summer, to explore these issues in depth, said teacher Judy Barcelon.  Students came up with specific questions and used them to interview their peers.… Read More »