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Santa Rosa’s concussion testing under way

Sonoma County’s largest school district has started doing baseline concussion testing for its student athletes, Santa Rosa City Schools board president Bill Carle said at Wednesday night’s school board meeting. More than 300 athletes were given the computer-based test last week, he said. The goal remains to test every student athlete, according to Carle. The district’s efforts to create a concussion awareness program had earlier hit a snag when a partnership with Sonoma State University to provide certified athletic trainers… Read More »

Casa’s ‘Ac Dec’ team does it again

Casa Grande High School won the 2013 North Bay Region Academic Decathlon and took home the Sonoma County Academic Decathlon title in the same competition in Fairfield last weekend. The team is now prepping for the state competition in Sacramento March 14-18. Team members include: Erica Yee and Jun Young Park, Max Granger, Akhil Nadendla, Daniel Carballal, Eric Singer, Laura Dion, Nathan Fritsch and Grace Sheehan. Team 2 members include Shin Mei Chan, Carol Tang, Hannah Lee, Ava Dixon, Erin… Read More »

Art exhibit for Petaluma high school students

Students from Casa Grande, Petaluma  and St. Vincent de Paul high schools will have their art on display at the Petaluma Arts Center from March 15-30. The High School Masterworks exhibit will show the work of about 100 advance placement art classes from the three schools. Students will select and frame their work, as well as participate in planning, marketing, installing and sell pieces, according to organizers. An opening reception is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March… Read More »

UPDATED: Local high school musicians honored

UPDATE: An alert reader notes that I did not include two names on the all-state band lineup. My apologies. The names have been added to the list below. ___ Nine Sonoma County high school musicians have been named all-state honor band members by the California Band Directors Association. If you see these folks around, give them a high five: Ryan Anderson, Maria Carrillo High, French horn Kipp Brewer, Montgomery High, trumpet Tristan Collinsworth, Santa Rosa High, bassoon Hannah Dyslin, Maria Carrillo… Read More »

Casa’s Outdoor Learning Environment taking shape

The Outdoor Learning Environment program at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma is coming together, according to backers on campus. The footprint for two outdoor classrooms, an amphitheater, garden, orchard and kitchen are set. Irrigation is in and crushed rock pathways are in place. The next big fundraiser for the project comes on Wednesday when Whole Foods in Petaluma will donate 5 percent of all sales to the project. “The teachers here at Casa are really excited about incorporating this… Read More »

Holley named asst. principal at Petaluma High

Bennett Holley has been named interim assistant principal at Petaluma High School. He is also joining Petaluma City School’s District Leadership Team, according to the distict. Holley took over Aug. 9 and was introduced to the school board on Tuesday. Holley has taught physical education and sports medicine at Petaluma High School for five years, and last year taught two sections of human interaction at Casa Grande High School.

Seven recent grads earn scholarships

Seven recent graduates of Sonoma County high schools were among those awarded scholarships from the California Druidic Order last month. The $1,000 awards were given to students who are committed to furthering their education. The 2011 winners are:             Allison Bailey, Novato High School, Novato, CA             Stephanie Black, Middletown Christian High School, Middletown, CA             Tyler Cook, Healdsburg High School, Healdsburg, CA             Erika Eide, San Marin High School, Novato, CA             Colin Gallagher, Petaluma High School, Petaluma, CA… Read More »

Nine local seniors to be honored in Sac today

Nine Sonoma County high school seniors are scheduled to be honored today in Sacramento for winning Comcast’s Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. The local winners are: Austin Schmidt of Cloverdale High School Elizabeth Fox of El Molino High School  Suzanne McNamara of Casa Grande Senior High School  Laura Smith of Petaluma High School  Nicole Thompson of St. Vincent High School  Janice Castro of Roseland University Prep  Bethany Codding of Ursuline High School Rebecca Hildebrant of Rincon Valley Christian School Carlos Velasquez… Read More »

UPDATED: Sonoma County honors its top administrators

UPDATE: Here are some submitted photos from last night’s award ceremoney. Check them out. ___ The Sonoma County Association of School Administrators honored the best among their group Monday night in a ceremony at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa. SCASA president Casey D’Angelo provided the opening remarks and the Sonoma County Office of Education director of human resources Jeff Heller gave out the awards. The appetizers were created by the culinary students at Maria Carrillo High School. The following… Read More »

Casa Grande working for outdoor learning area

Casa Grande High School boosters are hosting a benefit at Buckeye Ranch May 7 to raise funds and awareness for the burgeoning Outdoor Learning Environment on the Petaluma campus. “Be the Buzz” will feature food and entertainment from Casa Grande students. Guest speakers will include Sue Conley of Cowgirl Creamery, chef and cooking instructor Kay Baumhefner, winemaker Don Baumhefner, Trathen Heckman of Daily Acts, Tara Smith of Tara Firma Farm and Tina Hittenberger of Cinnabar Theatre, according to organizers. OLE… Read More »