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LJMS’s Galeazzi named top middle school teacher

Good news from Lawrence Jones Middle School in Rohnert Park – English teacher Rae Galeazzi has been named the Region 1 California League of Middle Schools educator of the year. The honor means Galeazzi, a 31-year veteran, will be honored at the California League of Middle Schools annual conference in Sacramento in March. One of the 11 regional nominees will be named California’s teacher of the year and represent California at an event in Washington, D.C. Galeazzi was chosen as… Read More »

Elsie Allen hosts info night on University Center program

Elsie Allen High School will host a parent and student information night for its award-winning University Center program on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The event is geared toward students and families of prospective 8th graders and will feature teachers and current students talking about the program. Parents and students will be given a chance to ask questions. The program was awarded the California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award and is a partnership with Sonoma State University in which successful students… Read More »

Piner nabs Golden Bell award, hosting GIS Day Wed

Piner High School has nabbed the prestigious Golden Bell Award for its Geospatial Technology Program. Piner will be honored by the California School Boards Association at their annual meeting Dec. 3 in San Diego. Led by teachers Kristi Erickson and Kurt Kruger, the three-year pathways program teaches students global positioning technology, map making, surveying and other skills. “The really wonderful thing about it is they can differentiate the curriculum within the course. We have special education students who are doing… Read More »

Is your PTA promoting health, wellness?

The California School Boards Association, in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the California State PTA want to know if schools around the state are hosting innovative health and wellness programs. I have written about a number of them so I know they are out there. The wellness, fitness programs must be spearheaded by the school PTA to qualify. If schools, teachers are interested in submitting their programs for possible recognition at the 2011 California PTA convention, go to… Read More »

3 local schools win prestigious Golden Bell

Three Sonoma County schools won the California Schools Boards Association Golden Bell award for 2010. Those schools have been mentioned in ExtraCredit before and I’m hoping to show readers a little bit more about those programs, but meantime have a look at the statewide list of winners here: http://bit.ly/hFcaig Click here for a profile on Petaluma High’s award-winning program: http://bit.ly/fZvRhG

New CSBA officers elected

At Wednesday night’s Santa Rosa School Board meeting, 20-year trustee Frank Pugh was acknowledged for his just-completed term as California School Boards Association president. He remains on the CSBA executive committee as immediate past president. The new president is Martha Fluor of Newport-Mesa Unified School District. President-elect is Jill Wynns of the San Francisco Unified School Board. Modesto City Schools board member Cindy Marks was elected vice president. The officers were elected Dec. 2  by the delegates at the Delegate… Read More »

UPDATED: Wakefield pulls back support of parcel tax, says voters are fed up

UPDATE: For reference, here is the link to a story that appeared in Wednesday’s Press Democrat about the situation with the CSBA: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100727/ARTICLES/100729527 ________________ The fallout from the recent scandal at the California School Boards Association has what looks like its first local victim: unanimous support for a proposed parcel tax to support schools in Santa Rosa. While fellow Santa Rosa School Board members are expressing cautious support of the idea of a parcel tax under the right circumstances, trustee Tad Wakefield said… Read More »

UPDATED: Santa Rosa’s Pugh discusses funding lawsuit

UPDATE: A few comments from Frank Pugh’s discussion on www.capradio.org. “We could reform the timing of the state budget in relation to local school board budets which are totally out of sync,” he said. “We hope it works out,” Pugh said of negotiations with the governor’s office. “We are moving forward with the lawsuit until we see proof.” ___________ Santa Rosa School Board member and President of the California School Boards Association Frank Pugh is about to go on Sacramento’s local… Read More »

Pugh rips Bee editorial…from West Sacramento?

UPDATE: Yes, CSBA offices are in W. Sac… just thought the hometown should get a mention too. ___ Santa Rosa School Board vice president and newly elected president of the California School Boards Association, Frank Pugh, wrote a scathing letter to the editor in the Sacramento Bee Wednesday. The letter has to do with working state legislation regarding President Obama’s Race to the Top funds. A curious sidenote to the letter, Pugh’s location is listed as West Sacramento. Really?  Click… Read More »