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Hidden Valley parents trying to honor Kronick

Parents  from Hidden Valley Satellite have launched an effort to raise money to purchase benches in honor longtime Hawks teacher Sandy Kronick. Kronick died after suffering a heart attack in 2012 just one week after his retirement. The main bench is slated to overlook the playground on the Parker Hill Drive campus. The Hidden Valley Satellite Parents Association is hoping to buy two additional, smaller benches that will sit near Kronick’s memorial bench. The entire project is slated to cost… 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 »

Doyle Park’s Karla Ayala is student of the month

Doyle Park Elementary School sixth grader Karla Ayala is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for May. Ayala is described by Doyle Park staff as an “excellent, motivated student.” “Karla is the epitome of a life-long learner,” the staff wrote in endorsement of Ayala’s being honored. “She is highly motivated and often does extra credit work, unprompted by the teacher…Additionally she always goes above and beyond the stated expectations on assignments, adding creative flourishes, and extra research on… Read More »

UPDATED: How did the first day of kindergarten go?

UPDATE: Here is a link to some photos from the first day of school: http://bit.ly/nBjE4N ___ Press Democrat photographer John Burgess and I spent the morning of the first day of school in Santa Rosa City Schools at Doyle Park Elementary Tuesday. A good chunk of that time was spent in Beth Lewis’s kindergarten classroom, watching parents say goodbye and students settle into their new home away from home. The big kindergarten sendoff can be emotional – for both parents and… Read More »

Trustee Gonzalez: ‘This is the process’

After more than two hours of emotional public debate about the future of the rapidly growing Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts, school board member Laura Gonzalez wanted to make something perfectly clear – no decisions have been made. Some parents, both at last night’s public forum at the charter school campus on Humboldt Street and at a school board meeting last month when the idea of sending kindergarten and first graders from the arts charter over to Doyle… Read More »

UPDATED: Arts charter forum Wednesday night

UPDATE: A letter to the editor in today’s Press Democrat serves as a reminder of the two upcoming public forums scheduled to discuss the future of Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts and Doyle Park Elementary School. The dates and times of the upcoming meetings are listed below. To read the letter that appeared today, click here http://bit.ly/ggePgN _________ Santa Rosa City Schools has scheduled two town hall meetings in response to parent concerns and questions regarding the proposal… Read More »

Erick Tinajero is elementary student of the month

Erick Tinajero of Doyle Park is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary school student of the month. Tinajero, a sixth grader at Doyle Park, was described as an extremely responsible and talented student who delights in new things and remains interested in, and fascinated by, all that he does.  The staff at Doyle Park said Tinajero is the guy who makes all new students feel welcome and goes out of his way to include them in activities inside and outside of… Read More »