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Hillcrest Middle Schoolers claim both elem, Jr. High spelling bee titles

Hillcrest Middle School is the home of the winners of both the elementary and junior high school Sonoma County spelling bees held earlier this week. The county spelling bee includes fourth, fifth and sixth grade spellers in the elementary division and seventh, eighth and ninth graders in the junior high division. Hillcrest Middle in Sebastopol serves grades six, seven and eight. Kira Kelley, a sixth grader at Hillcrest, won the elementary division by spelling oscillate and then scrupulous for the… Read More »

Hillcrest Middle nominated for national honor

Hillcrest Middle School is the only school north of San Francisco to be nominated for the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award. “Schools nominated for this significant recognition are performing at very high levels or are making impressive strides in student progress under challenging circumstances,” said state schools chief Tom Torlakson in a statement. Schools can be considered for two reasons: either achieving in at least the 85th percentile statewide in students scoring proficient or advanced in English language… Read More »

Gravenstein holding K-8 open house, registration

Gravenstein School District will hold a registration and open house from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. New and interested families in kindergarten and all grades are welcome, according to district officials. Students can meet teachers and view classrooms at both Gravenstein Elementary School and Hillcrest Middle School beginning at 10 a.m. A presentation on programs will run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Gravenstein Elementary is located at 3840 Twig Ave. in Sebastopol and Hillcrest Middle is… Read More »

Hillcrest offers open house Monday

Hillcrest Middle School is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23. Campus tours will be offered and visitors will have an opportunity to meet teachers, according to organizers. The school offers grades five through eight. Hillcrest Middle School is located at 725 Bloomfield Rd. in Sebastopol. For more information, call Keri Pugno at 823-7653. Registration forms for the upcoming school year are available at www.grav.k12.ca.us

Science students vie for spot in North Bay competition

Want to know what happens when salt water comes in contact with pole beans? Or whether teenagers are motivated more by personal or group gain? How about if there are variations in the vigor of the pathogen that causes sudden oak death? If these concepts keep you up at night, or at least get you thinking, you might want to check out the Sonoma County Science Fair on Tuesday. Students in grades sixth through 12 from 16 schools from around… Read More »