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Cook community plants Mustang memorial garden

Students and staff at Cook Middle School dedicated a memorial garden last week to honor all Mustangs who have died. A tree was planted and a memorial marker was placed in honor of Andy Lopez, a former Cook student who was killed by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy last October. The incident has continued to spark emotional response across the community and among students in particular. The new garden is located near the Via Esperanza Center of Education facility on… Read More »

Free health fair this Saturday

Cook Middle School, in coordination with CalSERVES AmeriCorps, will host a free health fair on campus Saturday. The event will feature Zumba classes, boxing and roller derby demos, health screenings, mental health services, a farmer’s market with fresh fruits and vegetables. There will also be a color run, live music and other games and activities. The event is free and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cook Middle School is located at 2480 Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa.

UPDATED: Local programs, educators honored with ‘Jack London Awards’

UPDATE: Piner-Olivet School District Superintendent Jennie Snyder sent this photo of student and staff of Northwest Prep receiving the award Wednesday night. ____ The Sonoma State School of Education will honor a slew of education programs and teachers for outstanding innovation at a ceremony on campus tonight. The Jack London Award for Educational Innovation will go to the arts integration program at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts; Cook Middle School for the science club program and to Northwest… Read More »

Cook’s Hernandez is student of the month

Luz Hernandez is Santa Rosa City Schools middle school student of the month for April. Hernandez, an eighth grader at Cook Middle School, has a 3.8 grade point average and has applied for the University Center program at Elsie Allen High School. Already active in Compact for Success at Cook, Hernandez hopes to attend Sonoma State University and do graduate work at Stanford University. She hopes to become an immigration lawyer or pediatrician. Hernandez is active on Cook’s campus. She… Read More »

SchoolsPlus ups its annual contribution to Santa Rosa schools

SchoolsPlus is at it again. The nonprofit that has been supporting athletics and arts in all Santa Rosa City Schools middle and high schools for more than two decades has upped their annual contribution to each campus, according to the group’s leaders. This year, all five comprehensive high schools will get $20,000 (up from $12,500 last year) and middle schools as well as Ridgway High will receive $10,000 (up from $6,250 last year). The money is to be split evenly… 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 »

SRCS sports report: Money spent and participation disparities

The annual sports report is out. Santa Rosa City Schools has released its competitive athletic unaudited fiscal analysis for 2011-12. The report details what the district’s general fund pays to support athletic programs at middle and high schools and separates funds that are received and expended via student body accounts or donations. That number grew by $42,185 last year from a total of $566,535 in 2010-11. The total general fund contribution to high school athletics was $811,549 and $227,763 for… Read More »

Cook’s Vivianna Torres is student of the month

Cook Middle School’s Vivianna Torres is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for May. Torres is an honor roll student at Cook and has been accepted into the academically rigorous University Center program at Elsie Allen High School. She is also a member of Cook’s volleyball, cross country and track teams. Torres is a leader of the Project Committee in the school Builders’ Club and is in charge of planning projects such as Beautification Day and Teacher Appreciation… Read More »

Cook’s ‘Compact’ students visit SSU, Elsie Allen

We wrote a story back in November about the inaugural year of the Compact for Success program at Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa. Compact for Success guarantees a spot at Sonoma State University for Cook students who graduate from partner high school Elsie Allen with a 3.0 grade point average in college preparatory curriculum, pass entry level math and English placement tests and declare a college major, as well as other requirements. The Mustangs celebrated the start of the… Read More »

UPDATED: Nearly 1,000 years of experience retiring

UPDATE:  At the Santa Rosa City School Board meeting Wednesday night, the board honored retiring teachers and staff. The list of those retiring was updated from a previously published list. Here is the updated version: ____ When the school year ends later this month, Santa Rosa City Schools will say goodbye to more than just the class of 2011. It will bid adieu to 50 staffers who have contributed nearly 1,150 years to the district (for you math majors, I did some… Read More »