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Arts Charter’s Couchot is student of the month

Caitie Couchot of Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts is Santa Rosa City Schools’ student of the month for February. Couchot is described as feisty, fearless and fun by school officials. Couchot launched an “Environmental Club” on campus and is credited with spearheading a campus cleanup and recycling effort. For the school talent show, Couchot designed and donned an Abraham Lincoln costume – replete with a beard made with her own hair – and recited the “Gettysburg Address.” Couchot… Read More »

Walk and Roll to School Gallery of Fame

[imagebrowser id=31] About 70 Sonoma County schools were expected to participate in today’s International Walk and Roll to School Day event. If you are among them and have picture of kids on bikes, scooters or walking to school, please send them our way for our Walk and Roll Photo Gallery. Read a story about the annual event here Photos need to be no larger than 1mb per shot and sent as jpg attachments to Kerry.benefield@pressdemocrat.com Santa Rosa Charter School for… Read More »

Did you bike to school today?

[imagebrowser id=21] UPDATED: Students at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts participated in Bike To School Day Wednesday, getting an enthusiastic crowd to participate in the annual event. Student organizer Obee Donaghy photos along with Tina Panza, director of Safe Routes to School. According to Panza, the students surveyed students to find out how many kids normally ride or walk to school and then set a goal of getting 248 kids to participate Wednesday. The final count? 252 or 71 percent… Read More »

UPDATED: Local programs, educators honored with ‘Jack London Awards’

UPDATE: Piner-Olivet School District Superintendent Jennie Snyder sent this photo of student and staff of Northwest Prep receiving the award Wednesday night. ____ The Sonoma State School of Education will honor a slew of education programs and teachers for outstanding innovation at a ceremony on campus tonight. The Jack London Award for Educational Innovation will go to the arts integration program at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts; Cook Middle School for the science club program and to Northwest… Read More »

Milla Gentry is student of the month

Milla Gentry of Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for March. Gentry, a fifth grader, is described by her teachers as an enthusiastic student who always goes above and beyond what is asked of her. “As a person, she is easygoing, upbeat, responsive to feedback and helpful. She is extremely kind and empathetic, allowing her to collaborate effortlessly with peers and teachers,” her visual/digital art teacher Kim Jason said in… Read More »

Santa Rosa arts charter hosting tours in December

Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts will be hosting campus tours for prospective students and their families in the month of December. The campus at 756 Humboldt St. currently has 340 students in grades K-8. Two kindergarten classes are expected to be offered in 2013-14. For more information, call the school at 522-3170. For a recent story on the school’s expansion plans, click here http://bit.ly/Tr5heH

ArtQuest, Arts Charter converge to make painting projects

                                    More than 90 Santa Rosa High School ArtQuest visual fine arts students spent Monday on the campus at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts for a collaborative mural-making and painting session. Guest artist Hiep Nguyen worked with both high school students and Arts Charter students on the project which began with prep work Sunday, according to Arts Charter Principal Elizabeth Evans.… Read More »

Katie Pondolfino is student of the month

Katie Pondolfino is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for April. Pondolfino is described as an outstanding students, artist and person by the staff and teachers at Santa Rosa Charter School of the Arts. “When it comes to well-rounded students, Katie is the entire package,” said Mark Cohen, Pondolfino’s math and history teacher. “She is a talented musician, a hardworking and inquisitive student, a kind friend and a loving daughter and sister. She manages to be all of… Read More »

New hires in Santa Rosa City Schools

 There are some administrative lineup changes in Santa Rosa City Schools for the fall. Gail Eagan is moving from Cotati-Rohnert Park to fill the assistant superintendent of K-6 curriculum post made vacant by Greg Espinoza’s retirement after 35 years with the district. Eagen held a similar post with Cotati-Rohnert Park. Aracely Romo-Flores moves from Jefferson School in Cloverdale to take over the principal post at Biella Elementary School. Biella’s current principal, Winnie Hogoboom, spent 38 years in the district. Laura… Read More »