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Monroe’s Toscano is student of the month

Guadalupe Toscano, a sixth grader at Monroe Elementary School, is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for January. Toscano, who has been a Griffin since kindergarten, is called a smart, responsible and well-liked student. As a kindergartner, Toscano showed a respect and love of learning, according to her teacher Diane Reyes. Toscano was “focused and hard working,” she said. Toscano is “quiet in class, but in small groups, classmates look up to her as a leader,” said sixth… Read More »

Monroe’s Persinger wins education grant

Monroe Elementary School’s Michael Persinger was recently awarded an NEA Foundation award to travel to the “Constructing Modern Knowledge” conference in New Hampshire earlier this month. Persinger, who teaches third grade, received a $2,000 Learning and Leadership grant from the NEA. His focus at the conference was refining multimedia projects that will empower students to meet new Common Core standards, according to the NEA. He is expected to share his findings with colleagues. Among the speakers at the “Constructing Modern… 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 »

Monroe’s Shamya Stone is student of the month

Monroe Elementary School student Shamya Stone is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary school student of the month for January. Stone was honored at Wednesday night’s board meeting. Stone is described by teachers and staff at Monroe as a student who gives 100 percent effort on all assignments and always turns in top quality work. She is an avid reader who is currently tackling the Hunger Games series and has enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series as well as… Read More »

Maria Mendoza is student of the month

Maria Mendoza is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary school student of the month. Mendoza, a sixth grader at Monroe Elementary, has attended Monroe for her entire elementary school career. She entered kindergarten as an English learner from a Spanish speaking home and is now categorized as a gifted student who scores “advanced” in both math and English on the California Standards Test. Mendoza is described by her teachers as a student who “catches on to new concepts quickly and retains… Read More »

Little League gets another deal at Monroe, despite protest

The Santa Rosa School Board on Wednesday night approved a renewal of the annual agreement with local Little League officials to use Monroe Elementary school for baseball. The arrangement has irked neighbors for years, especially David Lewis, who lives adjacent to the ballfields and has repeatedly complained about early morning noise, rude parents, incessant traffic and dust. “My family has paid an emotional price, a professional price,” for standing up to what Lewis described as the Little League’s bully tactics.… 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 »

Monroe’s Phong is student of the month

Tiffany Phong of Monroe Elementary School is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary student of the month for March. “Tiffany is a joy,” her fifth grade teacher Mrs. Godfrey told district officials. “She is always working hard to get the most out of her education.” Phong, a sixth grader, is described as a complete student who shines brightest in math. She helps explain concepts to her peers and often helps those around her, according to school officials. A strong public speaker,… Read More »

UPDATED: Sho Boy at Comstock

UPDATE: Interested in Sho Boy’s show? He can be found at 100.7 and 105.7 FM from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. ______ I am at Comstock Middle School for a guest speaker as part of the school’s newly adopted CREO program. The program – which focuses on exposing students, mostly Latino kids, to what it takes to graduate high school with an eye toward going to college — will be featured in a story in Saturday’s Press… Read More »