In addition to the new exterior paint and pavement, Steele Lane Elementary has opened for the new year with remodeled bathrooms, new carpet in about half the classrooms, and new air-conditioning throughout the building. All in all, the school received over $1,000,000 in upgrades this summer. In addition, test scores shot up this past spring, jumping from 690 to 724 (out of 1000), the first time the school has ever scored above 700. The school is also starting 2007-08 with approximately 395 students, up from about 340 last year. Some of this is from the closing of Freemont, but Principal Barry Kelly notes that many of these new students are from the existing Steele Lane area. A new portable classroom is scheduled to be added in late September.
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The exterior of Steele Lane Elementary is currently being repainted in preparation for the new school year and to fix up fading and peeling trim. It’s nice to see the School District sprucing up the place. Earlier this summer the paved playground area behind the school got a fresh coat of asphalt and has been re-lined for tetherball, basketball, hopscotch and all those other recess games.
Kudos also to Exchange Bank at the corner of Steele and Mendocino for the nice new paint job livening up the old drab beige.
Steele Lane Elementary School holds its annual Open House on Thursday, May 10. Come check out the school and meet parents, teachers and students.
5:30 -7:00 p.m. – Pot Luck, Plant Sale and Basket Fundraiser
7:00-8:00 p.m. – Visit Classrooms
Contact the school for more information, 522-3260.
The North JC Neighborhood Association and Steele Lane Elementary School present a school forum on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Steele Lane Elementary School, 301 Steele Lane in Santa Rosa.
This Forum is designed for parents thinking about enrolling their children at Steele Lane in the fall. Childcare will be provided at the forum.
School Principal Barry Kelly will be present to share recent good news about the school’s achievements and plans for the future. Teachers and neighborhood parents will also be on hand to share information about the school and to answer questions by prospective parents.
Thanks to Landpaths IOOBY (In Our Own Back Yard) program along with the City of Santa Rosa for coordinating a workday on Poppy Creek in Steele Lane park on March 7. Twenty sixth graders from Hidden Valley School teamed up with twenty third graders from neighboring Steele Lane Elementary to plant native plants along the north bank of the creek. The morning activity forged some bonds between the children and their local environment, and also brought out some neighbors to help with the project. Thanks to all who participated!
Later this spring, the NJCNA will be hosting an education forum at which Steele Lane School Principal Barry Kelly and other teachers and parents will speak about recent progress at the school and exciting new developments. Also a survey will be sent to various preschools to try to determine what prospective parents’ needs and expectations are for Steel Lane Elementary. And a reminder that volunteers are still needed for the Reader Volunteer Program – Even ½ hour can make a big difference for the children. Contact Randi Megordan at the school for more information.