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Hidden Valley School to benefit from new walkway/bridge

Hidden Valley Hawks who walk and cycle to school are about to get a new pathway to campus. Construction of a 400-foot sidewalk/pathway is expected to be completed this week. The project will link existing sidewalks on Parker Hill Road and Chanate in front of the K-6 campus. The $190,000 project also includes a walkway/bridge over Paulin Creek. An in-house survey of Hidden Valley students by new principal Liz Newman indicated that approximately 40 percent of fourth, fifth and sixth… Read More »

Hidden Valley’s Jenna Lopez is student of the month

Hidden Valley Elementary School sixth grader Jenna Lopez is Santa Rosa City Schools’ elementary school student of the month. Lopez, who plays competitive soccer and basketball outside of school, is also a member of the Hawks basketball team. Teachers say her competitive spirit is focused on how she can improve and she always encourages her classmates and team members to do their best. She is described as a student with a positive attitude, sense of responsibility and empathy for other… Read More »

Hidden Valley’s Thomasson is student of the month

Hidden Valley Elementary School sixth grader June Thomasson is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for May. Thomasson is active in Hidden Valley’s Safe School Ambassador program, math Olympics, student council and she is a sign language ambassador. Thomasson is credited for her creative spirit and her ability to get along with everyone. She is inclusive with her peers and is described as an “energetic, outgoing and friendly” girl by her teachers. An avid reader, Thomasson is also… 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 »

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 »

Weitzenberg is elementary student of the month

Gavin Weitzenberg is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary student of the month for November. A sixth grader at Hidden Valley, Weitzenberg is described by school officials as responsible, respectful and kind – a student who leads by example and with his determination. His peers say he’s funny. Weitzenberg is a standout student and a three-year veteran of Hidden Valley’s Student Council. He currently serves as student body treasurer. A point guard on the school basketball team, Weitzenberg also excels at… Read More »