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Cursive instruction: Worth it or waste?

NPR tackled the debate over whether cursive instruction has a place in today’s classrooms. It’s long been an issue in California. Read/hear their story here http://n.pr/1hyj2mN California academic standards currently include cursive instruction in the third and fourth grades, but it is not part of standardized testing, so some educators have moved away from script lessons to devote more time to English and math. And with the Smarter Balanced exams being offered solely on computes, many teachers argue that keyboarding… Read More »

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 »

Know a super teen?

It’s my turn again and I’m looking for Teen Face profile nominations. Remember, students need not be perfect – just doing noteworthy things and deserving of some public kudos. An interesting, hardworking student with a story to tell is a great nominee. If you have a great idea for a profile, shoot me an email with your contact information and a bit about the student and what makes them stand out. Also, please include how to reach the student. Please… Read More »

Reminder: Stephan Pastis to appear on Thursday

The Santa Rosa High School Foundation is hosting an evening conversation with “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” author and Pearls of Swine creator Stephan Pastis on Nov. 6. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Santa Rosa High School Auditorium. The Press Democrat’s Chris Smith will moderate the discussion. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For more information, go to www.srhsf.org  

A conversation with Stephan Pastis

The Santa Rosa High School Foundation is hosting an evening conversation with “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” author and Pearls of Swine creator Stephan Pastis on Nov. 6. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Santa Rosa High School Auditorium. The Press Democrat’s Chris Smith will moderate the discussion. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For more information, go to www.srhsf.org  

Know an awesome teen worthy of a profile?

With the start of school on the horizon, the Press Democrat is looking for Teen Face profile nominations. Remember, students need not have earned straight As, been voted class president or named captain of the volleyball team (but if they are that’s OK, too). An interesting, hardworking student with a story to tell is a great nominee. If you have a great idea for a profile, shoot me an email with your contact information and a bit about the student and… Read More »

SRCS gets first donation for Columbine locks

$25 down, $999,975 to go. In a Close To Home column published in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., Santa Rosa Teachers Association President Andy Brennan advocated against calls for arming school teachers. A better strategy, he said, would be to invest in the installation of “Columbine Locks” on all classrooms doors. Columbine locks are locked from the inside with a key, meaning a teacher does not have to exit the classroom to secure a door. It… Read More »

Want to know how your school fares in fitness, obesity?

There are scads of comments on the Sunday spotlight story on the rate of obesity and aerobic health of Sonoma County’s school children. If you want to go a little further and find out how your school or district is doing (or how schools and districts compare with each other), check out Press Democrat news researcher Janet Balicki’s database http://bit.ly/11snn5T To read the original stories or offer comment, click here http://bit.ly/SH9pZ8 and here http://bit.ly/UCaGCX