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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 »

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 »

Hidden Valley parents trying to honor Kronick

Parents  from Hidden Valley Satellite have launched an effort to raise money to purchase benches in honor longtime Hawks teacher Sandy Kronick. Kronick died after suffering a heart attack in 2012 just one week after his retirement. The main bench is slated to overlook the playground on the Parker Hill Drive campus. The Hidden Valley Satellite Parents Association is hoping to buy two additional, smaller benches that will sit near Kronick’s memorial bench. The entire project is slated to cost… Read More »

Lewis Opportunity’s Elijah Brumley is student of the month

Lewis Opportunity School’s Elijah Brumley is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for January. Brumley, a freshman at Lewis School, has earned a 3.5 grade point average as well as extra credit since starting at Lewis in the fall, according to school officials. Brumley is credited with attending school regularly and becoming “one of the finest students at Lewis Opportunity Program,” school officials wrote in support of Brumley’s award.

Monroe’s Toscano is student of the month

Guadalupe Toscano, a sixth grader at Monroe Elementary School, is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for January. Toscano, who has been a Griffin since kindergarten, is called a smart, responsible and well-liked student. As a kindergartner, Toscano showed a respect and love of learning, according to her teacher Diane Reyes. Toscano was “focused and hard working,” she said. Toscano is “quiet in class, but in small groups, classmates look up to her as a leader,” said sixth… Read More »

Montgomery’s Cole Larson is student of the month

Montgomery High School Student Body President Cole Larson is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for January. Larson has earned a 4.8 grade point average during his four years at Montgomery and hopes to attend either Yale, Georgetown, George Washington, UCLA or Cal and study international politics. Larson is a captain on the Vikings football squad and a full International Diploma candidate through Montgomery’s International Baccalaureate program. His IB diploma extended essay is entitled “The issue is not… Read More »

Union backs teacher’s wish to support student who attacked him

The Santa Rosa Teachers Association has given Midrose High School teacher Tyler Ahlborn paid work days so the veteran teacher can attend court hearings for the boy who attacked him on campus Nov. 19. Ahlborn was stabbed multiple times about the head and neck in an attack that prompted a schoolwide lockdown and hours-long manhunt just before the Thanksgiving break. Ahlborn has since made multiple appearances in juvenile court proceedings  in support of his student. Notable to the ongoing story… Read More »

Leadership elections bring no change on SRCS board

For the second year in a row, the typically routine task of electing school board members to leadership posts was a little less than routine for Sonoma County’s largest school district. The Santa Rosa School Board on Wednesday night honored outgoing president Bill Carle with a heartfelt speech by Vice President Donna Jeye, followed by a gavel presentation.  When Jeye finished, Carle thanked her for her “wonderful, kind words.” “I feel like I died,” he said. The meeting proceeded with… Read More »

Nathan Lauterbach is high school student of the month

Santa Rosa High School’s Nathan Lauterbach is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for December. Lauterbach, a senior at Santa Rosa, is a member of the Environmental Club, Video Game Club and History Club, on campus. He is also a member of the tennis team. Teacher Terry Swehla lauded Lauterbach as a student and person. “Nathan communicates effectively and compassionately,” she told district officials. “He has developed a great sense of humor and enthusiasm for life.” Teacher Aron… Read More »

Jasmine Becker is middle school student of the month

Jasmine Becker, Slater Middle School eighth grader is Santa Rosa City Schools middle school student of the month for December. Becker, who runs track and cross country for the Spartans, was lauded by her teachers for her intelligence, hard work, drive, grace and grit. She is a great student, compassionate, hard-working and respectful, according to teacher Wendy Provost. Coach and teacher Joe Walsh said Becker is a talented runner but it’s her character that is her greatest asset. She’s a… Read More »