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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 »

Burbank students shine in speech contest

Burbank Elementary School students celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a school-wide poetry reading event in which students in grades first through sixth recited poems in front of their classmates and teachers. The speech meet required students to memorize their poems and recite them for a panel of judges. The emphasis was on literacy based on rhythmic patterns of language, sentence structure, word choice and imagery, according to organizers. All participants earned ribbons and first and second place ribbons were awarded… Read More »

STAR test: Is 2nd grade too soon?

Is second grade too young? For some time there has been debate over whether second grade is just too early for students to begin taking the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. According to data released Monday by the California Department of Education, second graders in Sonoma County fell 4 percentage points in their English language arts scores from 2009 and dropped 3 percentage points in math. Kris Cosca, principal at Santa Rosa’s Burbank Elementary said the second grade test… Read More »

SR City Schools announce new hires

Jose A. Benitez of Culver City has been named the new principal at Comstock Middle School. Benitez has been a teacher, program coordinator, dean of discipline and assistant principal at the middle and elementary school level, according to Santa Rosa City Schools. Benitez replaces Bob Dahlstet who is retiring at the end of the school year. The district has also named Kris Cosca as the new principal of Burbank Elementary School. Cosca was former director of elementary education for the… Read More »

Principal changes at Cook, Burbank

An accelerated charter school for fifth and sixth graders will be established on the Cook Middle School campus next fall when Patricia Turner takes over the job of principal. Turner, who is currently principal at Burbank Elementary School, will move over to Cook on April 5 to work with outgoing principal Harriet Gray until the end of the school year, said Santa Rosa School District Superintendent Sharon Liddell. Gray is retiring after 38 years with the district. Turner was principal… Read More »