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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 >>

Casey Jones may only be 25, but he comes to Sonoma Valley High School with a great deal of experience and enthusiasm for his new job teaching the band and choir electives.

High school band under new leadership

Casey Jones may only be 25, but he comes to Sonoma Valley High School with a great deal of experience and enthusiasm for his new job teaching the band and choir electives.

THE SONOMA VALLEY EDUCATION’S Laura Zimmerman (left) recently handed out checks to all Valley public school PTO presidents including Monica Conway (Woodland Star), Denise Wilbanks (Booster Club), Kate O’Hara (Dunbar), Lucie Szakallas (Sonoma Charter), Kate Molesworth (Sonoma Charter), Lani Gullotta (Prestwood), Regina Hughes (Prestwood), Michelle Rulmont (SVEF) and Darlene Llanos (SVEF).

PTOs receive checks, school supplies

PTO presidents from schools across the Valley stopped by the farmers market in mid-September to receive $1,500 checks from the proceeds of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation’s recent Red & White Ball.

Ted Mitchell – Kim Leeson/Special to the Index-Tribune

New truths in higher education

“The U.S. needs to increase access to college at a lower cost with greater completion rates and better long-term student success in the workplace,” said Department of Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, at a breakfast in Dallas I attended earlier this month.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley enjoyed a busy summer with 53 different summer camps offered for teens, middle school and elementary school students.

Boys & Girl Club summer wrap-up

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley enjoyed a busy summer with 53 different summer camps offered for teens, middle school and elementary school students.

Trustees take stock of school projects

Valley schools opened for the 2013-14 academic year without any significant earthquake issues, enabling the Sonoma Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees to breeze through the agenda at its second meeting of the school year in less than 90 minutes. In a move that may have a widespread, positive impact on hundreds of Valley… Continue Reading >>