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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 »

Piner’s science center open house is tonight

If you missed it in Wednesday’s Press Democrat, Piner High School is publicly unveiling its $3.6 million science center tonight with an open house and dedication. There will be planetarium demonstrations and visitors will get to peek around in the observatory and other elements of the new 4,000-square foot learning space. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Piner’s 1700 Fulton Road campus. To read the story, click here bit.ly/1sARANS  

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 »

Piner’s Nguyen is student of the month

Vicky Nguyen is Santa Rosa City Schools high school student of the month for November. The Piner High School senior is captain of both the badminton and tennis teams and she maintains a 4.47 grade point average while taking part in Piner’s Early College Magnet partnership with Santa Rosa Junior College. “Vicky stands out by the way she carries herself and cares for others,” her honors chemistry teacher Kristi Erickson told officials in support of Nguyen. “She was the first… Read More »

Piner High senior: Gov. shutdown is scary

 Piner High School government teacher Sharon Stevens “shut down” her planned curriculum Tuesday to focus her class discussion on the current federal shutdown/standoff. Students were encouraged to write letters to their representative in the Senate and/or House of Representatives, according to Stevens. She collected nearly 80 letters, including this one that she forwarded to ExtraCredit: Dear Barbara Boxer, My name is Melissa Sjoden, I am from Santa Rosa and I am currently a senior at Piner High School.  I’m not… Read More »

Piner’s Correia named asst. principal at SRHS

Piner High School’s Andrea Correia has been named assistant principal at Santa Rosa High School. Correia has spent 14 years teaching in Santa Rosa City Schools, including at Piner where she taught government, was social science department chairwoman and lead the school’s associated student body class. Correia will earn a salary of $86,867 a year, plus $1,200 for having a masters degree.

Piner science students spend day at Medtronic

[imagebrowser id=24] In gearing up for the grand opening of their new science facility for the upcoming school year, Piner High School students went to Medtronic last week for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Awareness Day. Students were able to tinker with the valves of a dissected pig’s heart, analyze the caffeine content of power drinks using a gas/mass spectrophometer and other gizmos. Medtronic staged a product fair to let students see coronary stents, endovascular stent grafts, percutaneous heart… Read More »

Piner High parties toward AP exam passage

[imagebrowser id=23] Dressing up for tests? Piner High School’s Simone Spearman every year encourages her AP language and composition students to wear a class-designed t-shirt when they walk in the doors on exam day. This year, the students created shirts emblazoned with “Party Like Gatsby,” (the whole class – 46 strong were invited to attend a screening of the movie the night they took the test) and the students did a dance in the quad before sitting down to the… Read More »

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 »