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Carrillo’s Rencken gets surprise visit from Raider

[imagebrowser id=41] Maria Carrillo High School senior Cami Rencken was surprised Thursday morning with a visit from Oakland Raider Brice Butler. Butler, a seventh round pick who just finished his rookie season in Oakland, was on campus to award Rencken a Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team scholarship of $3,000. In addition to the Raiders, the 49ers, Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors, Giants, San Jose Earthquakes and the San Jose Sharks all honor a college-bound senior who has displayed leadership in… Read More »

Montgomery’s Sackett takes top prize at Poetry Out Loud

[imagebrowser id=40] Montgomery High School’s Kaitlyn Sackett took home the top prize in the county’s Poetry Out Loud contest Sunday, earning a spot in the state contest next month. Sackett will represent Sonoma County at the state competition in Sacramento March 23 and 24. Rancho Cotate’s Veronica Spalding, a senior, took second place and El Molino junior Gillian Barrios came in third. Contestants in yesterday’s event at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa came from Analy, Cloverdale, Creekside, El Molino,… Read More »

Update on Carrillo’s fundraiser for music teacher

Musicians at Maria Carrillo High School pulled in $900 at their Jan. 30 concert to benefit music teacher Jon Saler and his wife who lost their home and possessions in a devastating fire late last year. Saler teaches music at Rincon Valley and Slater middle schools and many of the Carrillo musicians have come through his program, organizers said. The house, on rural Franz Valley Road, was Jon Saler’s childhood home. To read about the fire, copy and paste this… Read More »

Reminder: Saler benefit concert is Thursday

REMINDER: Musicians at Maria Carrillo High School on Jan. 30 will host a benefit concert for veteran music teacher Jon Saler and his wife, June, who lost their longtime home to a devastating fire in December. Saler teaches music at Rincon Valley and Slater middle schools and many of the Carrillo musicians have come through his program, organizers said. The house, on rural Franz Valley Road, was Jon Saler’s childhood home. The musicians at Carrillo will donate all proceeds from… Read More »

Maria Carrillo High to stage benefit for music teacher

Musicians at Maria Carrillo High School on Jan. 30 will host a benefit concert for veteran music teacher Jon Saler and his wife, June, who lost their longtime home to a devastating fire in December. Saler teaches music at Rincon Valley and Slater middle schools and many of the Carrillo musicians have come through his program, organizers said. The house, on rural Franz Valley Road, was Jon Saler’s childhood home. The musicians at Carrillo will donate all proceeds from the… Read More »

Organizers: Schools Plus’s ‘Night’ earns record funds for arts, sports

“A Night Under the Lights,” the annual gala fundraiser hosted by Schools Plus, pulled in $130,000 to benefit athletics, arts and drama programs in Santa Rosa City Schools’ middle and high school campuses, organizers say. The Oct. 19 fete featured dance performances by students from Santa Rosa and Maria Carrillo high schools, music performances led by students, and a show by Elsie Allen High’s drum line. The dinner was prepared by students in Maria Carrillo’s culinary program and Montgomery High’s… Read More »

Nominations being taken for 2014 Jewish teen award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. The award, given to up to 10 Jewish teens – five from California, five from the rest of the U.S.– is $36,000 and winners can use the money any way they choose. The awards are based on service and community projects and are funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation. Tikkun Olam translates to “repair the world.” In 2012, Maria Carrillo High student Daniel Rosenthal won $36,000 for… Read More »

Destroyed trees at Maria Carrillo replaced

[imagebrowser id=26] Remember the five trees hacked down by vandals at Maria Carrillo High School  last month? Well PG&E last week donated five new trees to replace them and a crew of volunteers and Maria Carrillo volunteers and students planted new ones. The two that were damaged are expected to survive. Read about the effort here : http://bit.ly/ZcPmGL And check out the photos provided by PG&E.

SRCS trustees assigned graduation posts

Ceremony assignments are set to be formalized tonight for the string of Santa Rosa City Schools graduation festivities. For those interested, here is the lineup of which trustees will preside over which events. All graduations are on May 31 except for Mesa which is on May 30: Elsie Allen and Midrose, 5 p.m.: Laura Gonzalez. Maria Carrillo, 6:30 p.m.: Frank Pugh Montgomery, 6:30 p.m.: Ron Kristof Piner and Grace: 6 p.m.: Larry Haenel Santa Rosa, 6:30 p.m.: Donna Jeye Mesa, 5:30… Read More »

Two Carrillo culinary students grab gold

Two Maria Carrillo High School students grabbed gold at the SkillsUSA California competition in San Diego earlier this month. Aja Henry earned a gold in the  commercial baking contest and Mason Awe won gold in culinary arts. Henry was tasked with making (from scratch) apple pie, corn bread, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake and sugar cookies. She had four hours to complete the task. Awe’s assignment was creating homemade soup from a whole chicken, preparing a featured entrée, starch and vegetable,… Read More »