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Cougars celebrate donation at ‘Light the Night’

[imagebrowser id=33] Santa Rosa Middle School students and staff wanted to double their efforts of last year when they raised $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s cancer research program. The Cougars did that and more. Principal Kathy Coker said the total amount raised was $12,600. With such a huge haul, the Cougars were awarded a VIP tent at the annual “Light the Night” walk on Oct. 12. Joined by Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Socorro Shiels, Cougars were able… Read More »

Santa Rosa Middle’s Annemarie McKenzie is student of the month

Annemarie McKenzie is Santa Rosa City Schools middle school student of the month. McKenzie, an eighth grader at Santa Rosa Middle School, is active in track and cross country and participates in the school’s leadership program. Teachers describe her as diligent, hard-working, enthusiastic and committed. Leadership teacher Debra LaPrath describes McKenzie as a “leader among leaders” and someone who can be counted on to motivate peers to get things done quickly and efficiently. McKenzie also participates in soccer and gymnastics… Read More »

SRMS students create masks for Day of the Dead

[imagebrowser id=28] Santa Rosa Middle School Dawn Thomas (who teaches at Comstock as well) opened the doors of her classroom Tuesday night for students, parents, staff and community members to begin making masks for Day of the Dead, according to principal Kathy Coker. Tuesday night was step one. A follow up event will be held to allow participants to paint and glaze their creations. Check out the photos. To read about the cardboard boats Thomas’s “Maker” class students made at Comtock,… Read More »

‘Trashtastic’ homemade/recycled boat event is this Saturday

Reminder: The Trashtastic Boatacular fest is this Saturday in Santa Rosa. We ran a story last month about the efforts by Comstock and Santa Rosa middle school students to create floatable vessels to enter in the “competition.”  To read that story, click here http://bit.ly/11nGUmk The event, which includes a potluck picnic, is open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Nagasawa Community Park on Fountaingrove Lake. The boat race is scheduled for 2 p.m. For… Read More »

Santa Rosa Middle’s Torres is student of the month

Santa Rosa Middle School eighth grader Luis Torres is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for May. Torres is described as a student with a positive attitude who can be counted on to do the right thing in all situations. “Luis is the type of student who reminds us all of how fortunate we are to do what we do,” said music teacher Mark Wardlaw. “Whatever lesson is being taught, Luis can be counted on to be fully… Read More »

Think your boat can beat the Crusaders’ vessel?

Intrigued by the story that ran in today’s Press Democrat about Comstock Middle School and Santa Rosa Middle School students building boats out of recycled materials to compete in the upcoming “Trashtastic Boatacular”? Well the event is open to the public and organizers are still taking eager participants. The event is May 11 at Nagasawa Community Park on Fountaingrove Lake. For more information, see their Facebook page http://on.fb.me/11HrfOZ or call organizer (and make and art teacher) Dawn Thomas at 245-4735.… Read More »

SchoolsPlus ups its annual contribution to Santa Rosa schools

SchoolsPlus is at it again. The nonprofit that has been supporting athletics and arts in all Santa Rosa City Schools middle and high schools for more than two decades has upped their annual contribution to each campus, according to the group’s leaders. This year, all five comprehensive high schools will get $20,000 (up from $12,500 last year) and middle schools as well as Ridgway High will receive $10,000 (up from $6,250 last year). The money is to be split evenly… 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 »

SRCS sports report: Money spent and participation disparities

The annual sports report is out. Santa Rosa City Schools has released its competitive athletic unaudited fiscal analysis for 2011-12. The report details what the district’s general fund pays to support athletic programs at middle and high schools and separates funds that are received and expended via student body accounts or donations. That number grew by $42,185 last year from a total of $566,535 in 2010-11. The total general fund contribution to high school athletics was $811,549 and $227,763 for… Read More »