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Brook Hill’s Meislahn is student of the month

Maya Meislahn is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary school student of the month for April. Meislahn, a sixth graders at Brook Hill Elementary School, has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average and has been a fixture on the princpal’s honor roll for three years. A Girl Scout, Bobcat Rap school newspaper journalist, student council president and trumpet player, Meislahn is an all-around quality student who teachers regularly turn to for assistance. Her fellow students regularly elect her captain of… Read More »

Which school has the best attendance rate? The worst? (And why it matters)

Santa Rosa City Schools has released its annual attendance rates for 2011-12, tallied by school. Here is are the average rates of absenteeism (ranked highest to lowest) on each campus: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Brook Hill, 5 percent Steele Lane, 4.94 percent Doyle Park, 4.71 percent Monroe, 4.57 percent Lincoln, 4.24 percent Biella, 3.91 percent Burbank, 3.46 percent Hidden Valley Satellite, 3.37 percent Helen Lehman, 3.31 percent Hidden Valley, 3.28 percent Proctor Terrace, 3.17 percent   MIDDLE SCHOOL Cook Middle School, 6.79… Read More »

Karla Mendoza is student of the month

Karla Mendoza of Brook Hill Elementary School is Santa Rosa City Schools Elementary Schools’ student of the month for April. Mendoza has been a Brook Hill Bobcat since the first grade and is lauded by staff and teachers there as a critical thinker, natural leader and hard worker. Mendoza has served as school treasurer, a participant in the Girls on the Run club and is on the principal’s honor roll. She plays on a competitive soccer team and writes for… Read More »

Eme Sherwood is student of the month

Emerald “Eme” Sherwood is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary school student of the month for May. Sherwood is student government secretary and a reporter for the school newspaper The Bobcat Rap where she specializes in profiles and personal interviews. A mainstay on the Principal’s Honor Roll list, Sherwood consistently receives straight A’s, according to school officials. She is also active with the Redwood Empire Chinese Association where she dances and is active in the youth group. She also plays flute… Read More »

Phone ringing for Schools of Hope

Thirty-seven calls offering to help. Check that, not offering, committing to help. Not bad. In Wednesday’s Press Democrat there appeared a story I wrote about the Schools of Hope program in which the United Way and Volunteer Center of Sonoma County are teaming up to provide more than 250 tutors to six participating schools. The goal? Team a tutor with one first grader who is struggling to read. The larger goal? Get kids who are struggling with their reading skills… Read More »