Multiple cultures at SR Middle Friday

Chinese acrobats, Hawaiian dancers and mariachis. At least 22 booths of food representing countries and cultures from around the world. That will be the scene Friday at Santa Rosa Middle School. The event, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., caps the school's 10th annual multicultural week, which has included guest [...]

By | February 18th, 2016|2 Comments

Too much in kindergarten?

This article on EdSource about kindergarten truancy contains this paragraph: The sentence in bold made me wonder this: What about dialing back the "heft" of the kindergarten curriculum? Would that preserve childhood a little longer while at the same time not leaving anyone behind? As in, kids wouldn't be behind [...]

By | February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Ascending star

Mireya Arango is headed to Stanford University after a stellar high school career during which she surmounted considerable odds. Arango, a Petaluma High School student who took 13 honors and AP classes (and numerous Sonoma State University classes), was honored by the Petaluma City Schools Board of Education. She appeared [...]

By | February 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Touchdown for low-income students

The Bay Area operations of Summer Search -- which include a Petaluma branch -- have been awarded $500,000 by the Super Bowl 50 Fund. Summer Search works to close the opportunity gap for low-income students to get them into and through college. The North Bay office last year worked with [...]

By | January 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Nail that interview

Two Sonoma County businesswomen have launched a company to provide on-campus training for college students -- and recent graduates -- in resume writing, job hunting and interviewing skills. It's called Job Tango. "College is like a bubble and being pushed out of the bubble upon graduation is a shock for [...]

By | January 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Yankee Doodle sweetness

The Lincoln School Pageant was held at the Petaluma Elks Lodge, with school children from one of the last remaining one-room schoolhouses in Northern California performing "A Yankee Doodle Dandy Christmas" and presenting American flags to the veterans in the room. Above, Isabelle Brenner presents a flag to Joseph Joe [...]

By | January 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Thursday: Free film about changing the cycle of adversity

Santa Rosa City Schools and Upstream Investments will hold a private screening of the Paper Tigers documentary by James Redford Thursday, Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa High School. Paper Tigers follows six troubled teens over the course of a year at Lincoln High School, an alternative school [...]

By | January 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Union School seeks student to survive

Here's my story and an accompanying video about the Union School south of Petaluma, which is facin gclosure unless it can enroll one more student. Here's a link to the story

By | January 5th, 2016|0 Comments

No chickens on MCHS jazz choir

The Maria Carrillo High School Jazz Choir in 2014. The respected Maria Carrillo High School Jazz Choir topped 10 tough competitors and was selected to sing the national anthem at the Dec. 26 Foster Farms Bowl Game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara (UCLA vs. the Nebraska Cornhuskers). Earlier this [...]

By | December 24th, 2015|0 Comments

A local photographer impresses Robert Redford

Keith Walski, a Rancho Cotate High School graduate, is one of just 15 student artists worldwide to win a Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative Scholarship for 2015. A photographer, Walski, 18, will be awarded $60,000 to study at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design for four years. "This year's selection [...]

By | December 17th, 2015|0 Comments