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Kerry Benefield covers education for the Press Democrat.

Summer algebra academy graduates

An intensive program meant to give students learning English as a second language, a boost in their math skills over the summer wrapped up its seventh session Friday when more than 100 students graduated on Sonoma State University's campus. The Mike Hauser Algebra Academy, which is put on by the [...]

By | June 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Casa Grande High in Petaluma gets a new vice principal

Sharon Howell has been named a new assistant principal at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, said Ron Everett, HR director for the Petaluma City Schools District. Howell, a Penngrove resident, is the lead counselor at the large Petaluma high school and has worked as a counselor there for 14 [...]

By | June 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Piner High teachers take to the lab for the summer

Heather Benson at work, courtesy of Judy Barcelon Three Piner High School teachers spent the beginning of their summer in class, learning about stem cell research at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. They plan to take what they learned in the three-day "externship," formed by Buck [...]

By | June 23rd, 2015|1 Comment

Waugh School District in Petaluma hires new principal/ superintendent

Waugh School District in Petaluma has hired a new person to fill the dual role of superintendent and principal at the two-school district. Rebecca Rosales will take the reins at the roughly 1,000-student elementary school district, which consists of Meadow and Corona Creek schools in Petaluma, district officials said in [...]

By | June 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Kenilworth Junior High gets new interim principal

Kenilworth Junior High School, in Petaluma, has a new interim principal after Emily Dunnagan stepped down to take the reins at Grant Elementary, also in Petaluma. Bennett Holley, assistant principal at the school for the last year, will take over as interim principal. The school district was unable to find [...]

By | June 18th, 2015|0 Comments

San Antonio and Valley Oaks high schools in Petaluma get new principal

Lofton Rebecca Lofton, a former teacher at San Antonio High School in Petaluma, will take over as principal next fall as Rusty Sims retires, Petaluma City Schools district officials said. Lofton will serve as principal of San Antonio and Valley Oaks, both alternative schools. San Antonio is the [...]

By | June 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Four Sonoma County schools win state award for excellence

Four Sonoma County schools were among just 373  around the state to be named Gold Ribbon Schools this May. The  new, statewide award recognizes schools that are “academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," said State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson in a press release. "They provide [...]

By | June 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Montgomery graduate wins local environmental scholarship

A Montgomery High School senior has earned a scholarship from Audubon Canyon Ranch for his "countless hours of volunteer work" at Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen through a junior naturalist program. Audubon Canyon Ranch buys and protects sensitive environmental lands, including Bouverie Preserve. Jared Abramson took his first hike at the [...]

By | June 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

El Molino seniors present capstone projects

Senior Donovan Kelm discusses how he designed a small house with Graton architect Lamont Langworthy, who is renowned for his hillside homes. Kelm wants to study architecture after high school. "This was an opportunity to work with a real expert in architecture and see what it's like," he said. [...]

By | May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Kenilworth’s Isaac Raya named Sonoma County Teacher of the Year

    An illustrated version of Raya explains an assignment to students in a short video. From Raya's class website. Isaac Raya, a history and digital media teacher at Petaluma's Kenilworth Junior High, has been named Sonoma County's Teacher of the Year. The Sonoma County Office of Education [...]

By | May 29th, 2015|0 Comments