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Maribel Campos was named the 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley Youth of the Year. Lorna Sheridan/Index-Tribune

Maribel Campos named Youth of the Year

Maribel Campos’ moving speech began with a quote by positive thinking author Norman Vincent Peale: “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”

SONOMA'S MICHAEL STARR performing as Eros in the L.A. production of the rock opera "Pysche." Barry Weiss/Special to the Index-Tribune

Checking in on: Michael Starr

Five years ago, 18-year-old Michael Starr strutted into Andrews Hall and knocked the socks off the city’s Cultural & Fine Arts Commission’s Student Creative Arts Award judging panel with his singing, dancing and acting audition.

THE 2014 YOUTH OF THE YEAR candidates are Sonoma Valley High School seniors (bottom left) Marlen Rojas and (bottom right) Maribel Campos and (top left) Yvette Lopez and Franklin Franco. Lorna Sheridan/Index-Tribune

Youth of the Year nominees announced

Each year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley honor a handful of students who have, in the words of Club president David Pier, honored “their commitment to a positive life in the face of adversity.” Four Sonoma Valley High School seniors were recently named finalists for the Club’s annual Youth of the Year… Continue Reading >>

Fifth grader Sophie Jenks tied for first place overall with a perfect score of 1000.

Flowery student wins online math contest

Osvaldo Rubio’s fifth grade classroom at Flowery Elementary School recently participated in an online week-long math contest hosted by the math site sumdog.com.

On Oct. 23, at exactly 2:30 p.m., every Adele Harrison Middle School student rushed out of their classrooms clutching a safe solar eclipse viewing panel to watch the moon move in front of the sun in an event that takes place only once every several years.

Adele students view solar eclipse

On Oct. 23, at exactly 2:30 p.m., every Adele Harrison Middle School student rushed out of their classrooms clutching a safe solar eclipse viewing panel to watch the moon move in front of the sun in an event that takes place only once every several years. Substitute teacher Aron Parker†watched the eclipse with sixth graders†Jesus… Continue Reading >>

SONOMA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL junior David Sanchez stops by the library one or twice a week to use the free WiFi and to work on homework Lorna Sheridan/Index-Tribune

Changes afoot at your local library

Not only are patrons continuing to enjoy the newly renovated Sonoma Valley Public Library on West Napa Street, but parents and students are noticing some great new offerings as well. New this fall, access to the 24/7 Wifi hotspot at the library has been made more comfortable with the addition of three picnic tables donated… Continue Reading >>

Late last month,Altimira Middle School's drama elective students staged two Halloween mini-plays, in the school's multi-purpose room.

Altimira stages Halloween plays

Late last month,Altimira Middle School’s drama elective students staged two Halloween mini-plays, in the school’s multi-purpose room.

ADELE HARRISON STUDENTS Leo Hirsch, Olivian Stuckney and Twyla Summers performed on stage in the school's production of Annie earlier this month.

Adele stages Annie

Adele Harrison Middle School presented the musical Annie on Oct. 17 in the school gym.

PRESCHOOL TEACHER ALEXA REDNER plays with a student at the new Waldorf-inspired Star Mountain 
Playgarden. Submitted photo

Early childhood education options abound in Sonoma

Countless studies have proven the benefits of early childhood education. Sonoma parents are fortunate to have an array of preschool options available from free to specialized, with myriad options in between, most with openings available now.

Flowery Elementary School’s buddy system is in place so that the younger children (kindergarten and first graders) make connections with the older children (grades four and five) to model good classroom behavior and work on projects together.

Being buddies

Flowery Elementary School’s buddy system is in place so that the younger children (kindergarten and first graders) make connections with the older children (grades four and five) to model good classroom behavior and work on projects together.

WHILE TONY RIVAS, foreground, works on a math problem, aide Merell Matheson, student Leslie Ponce and teacher Megan Gauchi explore another math problem at Dunbar Elementary. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Math, reading program expanding

The Grade Level Proficiency Project represents a sea change for teachers and as the first campus to pilot the program, Dunbar Elementary Principal Melanie Blake knew that getting her staff on board and excited about the project was going to be key to its success. She began by issuing each teacher an iPad mini.

Megan Gauci, a second- and third-grade teacher at Dunbar Elementary, helps Victoria Magnani with Dreambox, a multi-tiered math program, designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of math concepts. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Pilot program targets reading, math

Gary Nelson thinks local but he never thinks small. A serial entrepreneur, he has always been interested in education. Twenty years ago, he was the driving force behind the creation of one of the first charter schools in California, Sonoma Charter School.

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THE RUNWAY at the Boys & Girls Clubs Fashion show was packed with notable locals, including Tony Moll, left,  and Danny Fay, right.

Sonomans strut the runway

Sonoma Valley High School graduates Tony Moll and Danny Fay, both class of 2001, right were among the local models who strutted the runway at the annual Fashion in the Vineyards event held by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley last week.

ADELE HARRISON MIDDLE SCHOOL’S leadership class posed with motivational speaker Justin Boudreau (center) just prior to his talk in front of the entire student body.

Motivational speaker inspires Adele students

Known for his energy and humor, motivational speaker Justin Boudreau took the gym floor at Adele Harrison Middle School last month and wowed the assembled 433 students with his empowerment message. He focused on inspiring students to worry less about being cool and to focus more on their future. Adele math teacher Liz Bauer won a… Continue Reading >>