927 years of experience retiring from SRCS

At the close of the current school year, Santa Rosa City Schools will say goodbye to scores of staffers who have spent more than 927 years serving Sonoma County's largest school district. Some of the longer tenured staffers include Louise Bostrom of the business services department who spent 39 years [...]

By | May 27th, 2014|0 Comments

Hillcrest Middle Schoolers claim both elem, Jr. High spelling bee titles

Hillcrest Middle School is the home of the winners of both the elementary and junior high school Sonoma County spelling bees held earlier this week. The county spelling bee includes fourth, fifth and sixth grade spellers in the elementary division and seventh, eighth and ninth graders in the junior high [...]

By | April 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

Want to know how your grade, school, district did on STAR?

  Looking for details on how your school did on the recent round of Standardized Testing and Reporting program exams? Use Press Democrat researcher Janet Balicki’s database to isolate individual counties, districts, schools and even grades and tests.   To dive in, click here: http://bit.ly/15VtXnq

By | August 9th, 2013|0 Comments

More than one way to volunteer in schools. Read on…

A story outlining a push to dramatically expand the Schools of Hope volunteer program in Sonoma County schools ran in today’s paper (read it here http://bit.ly/OBmgYH). The partnership of United Way of the Wine Country and the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County are hoping to recruit 500 new volunteers to [...]

By | September 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Schools of Hope growing rapidly, still looking to expand for ’12-13

At the Santa Rosa School Board meeting Wednesday night, officials recognized the rapidly expanding Schools of Hope program backed by the local United Way and Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. I featured the program 18 months ago (read that here: http://bit.ly/IWnlw0 ) but in the ensuing year and a half [...]

By | May 11th, 2012|0 Comments

Cursive: Are teachers still teaching it?

Is cursive being taught in Sonoma County schools anymore? When do kids learn cursive and what purpose does it serve? Have some schools/districts abandoned the practice? I'm thinking about doing a story on cursive curriculum in Sonoma County. Please contact me with your thoughts and insights on the subject. I [...]

By | November 28th, 2011|5 Comments

Free whooping cough clinic Saturday

 The Sonoma County Department of Public Health will hold two free whooping cough vaccination clinics for middle and high school students beginning Saturday. Seventh through 12th graders are required to show proof of a pertussis, or whooping cough, vaccination within the first 30 days of the school year or be barred [...]

By | August 5th, 2011|8 Comments

Bolman: 180 school days not good enough

Petaluma City Schools is adding three days back to its 2011-12 school calendar after the recently-adopted state budget was less horrible than expected. In the midst of the state budget crisis, lawmakers have temporarily lifted requirements that the school year be a minimum of 180 days.  For the last few [...]

By | July 7th, 2011|0 Comments

Final numbers from walk, roll to school day

Final tallies for International Walk and Roll to School Day in Sonoma County are in. Seventy-three schools participated in the Oct. 6 event, up from 50 last year. More than 10,600 students walked and biked to school on the day, according to Beth Dadko, health information specialist with the county’s [...]

By | October 19th, 2010|0 Comments

Feel like slammin’? Teen poets wanted

Sonoma County teens are invited to try their hands at a slam this weekend. A teen poetry slam will be held Saturday as part of the Sonoma County Book Festival in Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa. Participants will perform original poetry in three minutes or less. Audience members will [...]

By | September 22nd, 2010|0 Comments