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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 [...]

By | March 27th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | March 6th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | January 17th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | November 4th, 2013|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Want to know how your grade, school, district did on STAR?

  Looking for details on how your school did on the recent round of Standardized Testing and Reporting program exams? Use Press Democrat researcher Janet Balicki’s database to isolate individual counties, districts, schools and even grades and tests.   To dive in, click here: http://bit.ly/15VtXnq

By | August 9th, 2013|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | August 8th, 2013|0 Comments

Summer camp guide goes hi-tech

If you missed the Press Democrat pullout section on summer camps, don’t worry. News researcher Janet Balicki created this interactive map that readers can use to sort by location or interest. It also provides links to camp web pages. Check it out: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/99999999/MULTIMEDIA/902129998  

By | April 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | January 29th, 2013|1 Comment

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 [...]

By | December 3rd, 2012|0 Comments