San Antonio and Valley Oaks high schools in Petaluma get new principal

Lofton Rebecca Lofton, a former teacher at San Antonio High School in Petaluma, will take over as principal next fall as Rusty Sims retires, Petaluma City Schools district officials said. Lofton will serve as principal of San Antonio and Valley Oaks, both alternative schools. San Antonio is the [...]

By | June 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Four Sonoma County schools win state award for excellence

Four Sonoma County schools were among just 373  around the state to be named Gold Ribbon Schools this May. The  new, statewide award recognizes schools that are “academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," said State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson in a press release. "They provide [...]

By | June 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Montgomery graduate wins local environmental scholarship

A Montgomery High School senior has earned a scholarship from Audubon Canyon Ranch for his "countless hours of volunteer work" at Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen through a junior naturalist program. Audubon Canyon Ranch buys and protects sensitive environmental lands, including Bouverie Preserve. Jared Abramson took his first hike at the [...]

By | June 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

El Molino seniors present capstone projects

Senior Donovan Kelm discusses how he designed a small house with Graton architect Lamont Langworthy, who is renowned for his hillside homes. Kelm wants to study architecture after high school. "This was an opportunity to work with a real expert in architecture and see what it's like," he said. [...]

By | May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Kenilworth’s Isaac Raya named Sonoma County Teacher of the Year

    An illustrated version of Raya explains an assignment to students in a short video. From Raya's class website. Isaac Raya, a history and digital media teacher at Petaluma's Kenilworth Junior High, has been named Sonoma County's Teacher of the Year. The Sonoma County Office of Education [...]

By | May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Piner High science teacher presents STEM projects at national conference

Judy Barcelon, a science teacher at Pinter High School, recently presented two sessions at a national conference on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) in Minneapolis, Minn. STEM has become a hot topic for educators around the country seeking to emphasize the sciences and Barcelon has helped Piner create numerous innovative programs [...]

By | May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Mendocino County teacher wins top teaching honor at state science fair

An Anderson Valley High School teacher took a top honor at the state science fair this week. Math and music teacher James Snyder was been named California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year during ceremonies that took place in Los Angeles at the California State Science Fair. One of [...]

By | May 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Kenilworth teacher Laura Bradley gets national honor for innovation

Kenilworth Junior High teacher Laura Bradley, who brought National Novel Writing Month to the classroom and rebooted the school's morning news program, was just named the winner of a national innovation award. Bradley was one of ten teachers around the country to win a first place Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award [...]

By | May 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Workshops to provide Sonoma County students FAFSA, Dream Act help

Students planning to attend college during the 2015-16 school year can get free, professional help completing their FAFSAs, or applications for federal student aid, at a series of workshops to be held in January. Professionals will also be on hand to help students apply for the California Dream Act, which  allows [...]

By | December 24th, 2014|0 Comments

Windsor ensemble plays holiday jazz to support school music program

The Windsor Jazz Ensemble will be performing a holiday concert at Biella Elementary in Santa Rosa Thursday night in an effort to raise money for the school's music program. The school has struggled to keep its music program alive through years of lean funding, said fourth-grade teacher and Jazz Ensemble [...]

By | December 9th, 2014|0 Comments