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Proctor’s Marci Leal is student of the month

Proctor Terrace sixth grader Marci Leal is Santa Rosa City Schools’ student of the month for February. Described as intelligent, sensitive and humble by school officials, Leal looks out for others and makes meaningful and lasting connections with people. Inclusive and a leader, Leal leads by example and expresses herself, school officials said. Leal is intuitive, creative and takes learning risks, according to school officials. She admits to mistakes and learns from them, they said, helping her build upon prior… Read More »

Back to school fashion show. What’s happening on your campus?

The new school year is underway for students in Santa Rosa City Schools as well as many others. And with a new school year, comes new fashion statements. What is happening on your campus? From the looks of a photo submitted by mom Suzanne Karp, at Proctor Terrace Elementary School in Santa Rosa Where her son Zeke Graham is a student, it’s all about the socks.  

Proctor Terrace’s Batchelor is student of the month

Proctor Terrace Elementary School sixth grader Lily Batchelor is Santa Rosa City Schools elementary school student of the month for January. Batchelor is described by school officials as kind, patient and friendly to all. She is humble and reflective, thinking of others before herself, they said. A student with an inquisitive mind, Batchelor is said to consistently look for ways to understand the bigger picture in topics such including world events, scientific processes, character study and mathematical reasoning. Batchelor is… 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 »

Proctor Terrace celebrates Halloween with fall carnival

[imagebrowser id=2] Halloween pictures are starting to arrive! Here are some shots from Proctor Terrace Elementary’s “TigerFest” last weekend. The carnival ran on Sunday and at least one Tiger mom said it has been happening on the Bryden Lane campus for five decades. Suzanne Karp sent these photos in. Did you school celebrate? Send pics to kerry.benefield@pressdemocrat.com (please send pictures as jpg attachments and no larger than 1mb per shot)  

Ridgway High students’ artwork now online

Ridgway High School art teacher Heather Hagle has unveiled an online gallery of her students’ work through www.artsonia.com. Check out the students’ work here: http://bit.ly/SZzKyk Visitors can browse by school or by grade level. In addition to Ridgway, other schools are in on the action. Proctor Terrace, Austin Creek, Bellevue, Marguerite Hahn elementary schools and Kenilworth Junior High have artwork displayed on the site. The best way to find a school’s artwork is to go to www.artsonia.com and plug in… Read More »

Get on the bus, the walking bus

Proctor Terrace mom Kathy Doig leads a walking school bus to the Bryden Lane campus.     Thursday, May 10 is Bike to Work Day but what about the school kids? A bunch of schools around Sonoma County are taking advantage of the great spring weather and using “walking school buses” to shepherd students to campus. The concept is simple — one or two parents “drive” the bus and pick up kids on an established route and walk them to… Read More »

Proctor’s Hall is student of the month

Justin Hall is Santa Rosa City Schools’ elementary student of the month for February. The Proctor Terrace sixth grader is described as a hard worker, well-rounded and positive. “An excellent learner,” two teachers said of Hall. Hall regularly goes above and beyond what is expected of him and frequently adds something inventive to his work and projects, they said. Hall is a member of the school’s “Nifty Kid Movie” crew for which he takes still photos and video clips and… Read More »

Blue skies greet walkers, rollers

All sun, no rain…International Walk and Roll to School Day happened around Sonoma County today under surprisingly blue skies. Some schools canceled or postponed the event in anticipation of poor weather…but those rains never materialized. If your school or class or family did something special for the day today, email photos to Kerry.benefield@pressdemocrat.com. Please make sure photos are smaller than 1mb per shot and are sent as a JPG attachment. To read an early update on the event and see… Read More »

UPDATED: Nearly 1,000 years of experience retiring

UPDATE:  At the Santa Rosa City School Board meeting Wednesday night, the board honored retiring teachers and staff. The list of those retiring was updated from a previously published list. Here is the updated version: ____ When the school year ends later this month, Santa Rosa City Schools will say goodbye to more than just the class of 2011. It will bid adieu to 50 staffers who have contributed nearly 1,150 years to the district (for you math majors, I did some… Read More »