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927 years of experience retiring from SRCS

At the close of the current school year, Santa Rosa City Schools will say goodbye to scores of staffers who have spent more than 927 years serving Sonoma County’s largest school district. Some of the longer tenured staffers include Louise Bostrom of the business services department who spent 39 years with the district; Pamela Sorensen, a math and business teacher at Piner High, and Mary Ann Azhderian, a 30-year veteran and teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. Santa Rosa High’s Jake… Read More »

Javier Torres is elementary student of the month

Javier Torres is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary school student of the month for December. The Lincoln Elementary School sixth grader is a leader among his peers and excellent student, according to the Lincoln staff. Torres has attended Lincoln since the first grade. The Lincoln staff said Torres is particularly artistic, good at measuring and made a stellar Mission model for his fourth grade project. His teachers call him a motivated reader who takes responsibility for his learning and asks… Read More »

Iris Mejia is SRCS student of the month

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School’s Iris Mejia is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary student of the month for November. Mejia, a sixth grader at Lincoln, is credited by her teachers and the school staff as being honest, kind, organized, responsible, hard-working and a “wonderful role model.” Since coming to Lincoln in the fourth grade, Mejia has been a member of the after school program. In that program, she is noted for her work ethic and willingness to help other students. Mejia… 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 »

Brian Silva is student of the month

Brian Silva is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary school student of the month for December. Silva, a sixth grader at Lincoln Elementary, was lauded Wednesday night for his work ethic, positive attitude and empathy for his fellow students. His current teacher, Ms. Wegner, wrote of him: “Brian always does his personal best on assignments. He perseveres to understand new concepts. When I ask him to do something, I know that it will be done and done the way that I… Read More »

Kawana students graduate from G.R.E.A.T program

 Fourth through sixth graders at Kawana Elementary School in Santa Rosa have completed the G.R.E.A.T. – Gang Resistance Education and Training – program. Take a look at the photos from their graduation ceremony Thursday.  The program, established in Arizona in 1991 and implemented nationally two years later, is new to the Santa Rosa Police Department. Kawana Elementary students are the first to graduate from the program, but students at classes Lincoln Elementary School and Roseland Elementary Schoo are also participatingl.… Read More »

Free CPR class in Christopher’s memory

A free CPR class will be offered at Lincoln Elementary School this weekend in memory of the 4-year-old Santa Rosa boy who was struck and killed while walking with his family in a crosswalk in front of the school. Christopher Rowe was stuck and killed Aug. 18. Press Democrat reporter Mary Callahan wrote a story about the CPR class. To read that, click here: http://bit.ly/nFFTs3 The class will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the campus at… Read More »

Elisa Fragoso is student of the month

Elisa Fragoso is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary school student of the month for January. Fragoso is an honor roll student and three-year veteran of the student council at Lincoln Elementary School. The sixth grader excelled at last year’s spelling bee and is expected to compete again this year. Teachers describe Fragoso as a leader, good citizen and a person who knows how to conduct herself in social situations. She “shines from the inside out,” one teacher said. She is… Read More »

Common dress: Lincoln is out, Monroe in

As one Santa Rosa elementary school moves to rescind its common dress policy, another campus will institute the plan. Lincoln Elementary officials earned approval from the Santa Rosa School Board Wednesday night to nix its 11-year-old common dress policy. The move earned approval from parents. During a check in February, school officials noted that only 5 percent of students (18 kids) were actually wearing the adopted student dress. At Monroe Elementary, school officials won approval from the school board for… Read More »

Community book drive on through Jan. 18

Did you or your children get a stack of new books over the holidays and you need to clear some shelf space? Sonoma County’s Retired and Senior Volunteers (RSVP) is running a book drive through Jan. 18 to help augment the libraries of a number of local agencies and schools serving children. New and gently used books appropriate for readers in pre-school to middle school are being sought. Schools that will be given books include Brook Hill, Helen Lehman, Lincoln,… Read More »