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Reminder: Saler benefit concert is Thursday

REMINDER: Musicians at Maria Carrillo High School on Jan. 30 will host a benefit concert for veteran music teacher Jon Saler and his wife, June, who lost their longtime home to a devastating fire in December. Saler teaches music at Rincon Valley and Slater middle schools and many of the Carrillo musicians have come through his program, organizers said. The house, on rural Franz Valley Road, was Jon Saler’s childhood home. The musicians at Carrillo will donate all proceeds from… Read More »

Maria Carrillo High to stage benefit for music teacher

Musicians at Maria Carrillo High School on Jan. 30 will host a benefit concert for veteran music teacher Jon Saler and his wife, June, who lost their longtime home to a devastating fire in December. Saler teaches music at Rincon Valley and Slater middle schools and many of the Carrillo musicians have come through his program, organizers said. The house, on rural Franz Valley Road, was Jon Saler’s childhood home. The musicians at Carrillo will donate all proceeds from the… 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 »

Slater Spartans come up big for Kenyan school

[imagebrowser id=37] In the Thanksgiving spirit, here is some news from Slater Middle School. The students at Slater, under the leadership of teachers Kelly McMahon (math) and Sandi Martin (leadership and English), have spent nearly two years educating each other and the community, as well as raising funds, for a group called Free the Children. One of the focuses of Free the Children is creating better access to clean, drinkable water in communities that are without.  In the months since… 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 »

Grace Swarthout is SRCS student of the month

Slater Middle School’s Grace Swarthout is Santa Rosa City Schools middle school student of the month for November. A straight-A student and stellar athlete, Swarthout is a member of Slater’s Solid Gold Students. Teachers describe her work as meticulous and her attitude focused. They say she is thoughtful, creative, interesting and an all around nice person. Although she’s an advanced student, she is an excellent lab partner who will willing to work with her peers and share her knowledge. Slater… 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 »

Claire Pavelka is student of the month

Claire Pavelka is Santa Rosa City Schools is middle school student of the month for December. Officials at Slater Middle School where Pavelka is an eighth grader said once scene in a recent basketball game sums up their star student athlete: “During one game, Claire was playing tough defense and hit the floor hard. The game stopped. She got up slowly, while all were watching with concern, jogged back down the court with tears in her eyes but huge grin… Read More »

Loads of live music at Analy’s Fall Fest

UPDATE: A keen reader noticed that I listed an incorrect web site for the Analy music boosters. The corrected address is shown below. Thanks, Jim. _____ Looking for some good music to enjoy this weekend? Upcoming is two days of live music from student musicians from Sonoma and Marin counties as part of the annual Fall Festival of Music hosted by Analy High School. For a peek into last year’s event, how it works and what you can expect, click… Read More »