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In Loving Memory “Lumpy”

In Loving Memory Lumpy 8-7-51 to 10-16-12   I always referred to him as my little brother. He always called my office to update me on the Red Sox score. He loved that he weighed more than we did at birth…and he knew he was way cuter. He lived an incredibly diverse life, wandering off… Continue Reading >>

Louann Carlomagno

Taking risks to be great teachers

In my role as superintendent of our school district, it is both challenging and exciting to bring strategic documents alive in our classrooms.

JESSE SUMMERS

Confessions of a college application procrastinator

I can recall exactly how I felt this time last year, attempting to prepare for my fourth and final year at Sonoma Valley High. If I’m certain of one thing, with high school now in the past, I realize nothing will prepare a student for the emotional roller coaster that is being a senior.

LAURA ZIMMERMAN

Encouraging lessons on the way back to school

“I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent. Curiosity, obsession, and dogged endurance, combined with self criticism, have bought me to my ideas.”

– Albert Einstein

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Valley Vibes rehearses in San Francisco

Bay Area El Sistema youth orchestra children from four local programs, including Sonoma Valley Education Foundation’s Valley Vibes Orchestras, recently rehearsed with Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra musicians in an exciting side-by-side at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Dunbar Elementary School will stage its 22nd annual fifth grade play on Memorial Day weekend on the outdoor Haver Stage under the oaks at the back of the campus.

Dunbar School stages annual melodrama

Dunbar Elementary School will stage its 22nd annual fifth grade play on Memorial Day weekend on the outdoor Haver Stage under the oaks at the back of the campus.

Dan Gustafson

Inside the school board

At my first school board meeting, I felt like a pagan in church. I didn’t understand exactly what was happening, or why. Perhaps if you have attended a meeting or watched on TV, you know that feeling. After serving on the Sonoma Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees for more than seven years, I’m… Continue Reading >>

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Sonoma Valley High School’s Mock Trial team (above) won the Napa County Mock Trial Competition for the sixth year in a row.

Mock Trial competes at State

Sonoma Valley High School’s Mock Trial team continued a tradition of success and excellence winning the Napa County Mock Trial Competition for the sixth year in a row. The competition consisted of five teams: New Tech, Vintage High School, Napa High School, Justin-Siena and SVHS.

DEBORAH STEWART

Helping students succeed

Before I started SoloQuest, I was instrumental in starting a public alternative school in Marin County. In the 1990s, when my sons were attending public school here in Sonoma, I worked in Marin as a principal and helped many students and families access the educational options offered. The district in which I worked was truly… Continue Reading >>

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Getting high? Smart kids eventually get it

Smart kids get it eventually; pot makes you dumb. Some say it’s no different than what is served in the 26 tasting rooms lining the Plaza, but how can one compare the high of “sour diesel” or “white widow” to a glass of Petroni cab?

SALLIE MOORE

TSN pilot a great success at Altimira

“My kids believe that they can accomplish anything and be anyone,” says Altimira Middle School Principal Will Deeths. “At the ages of 11 to 13, they have not closed any door to their future.”

HEATHER DURFEE

Skipping school to learn…

Last week, approximately 120 eighth-grade students from Adele Harrison Middle School had the opportunity to spend a day away from class while exploring the Jack London State Historic Park and answering the “Call of the Wild.”

CAROLYN NIEHAUS

Music in our schools

I started learning the flute in middle school and continued in high school and college. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but it wasn’t until my high school years that music became my passion.

AMY STANFIELD

Swimming in a big tank

I’m bracing myself for going from being the eighth-grade student body president at St. Francis, being a big fish in a small tank, to the idea of starting on the bottom again, being a little fish in the ocean.

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Why do I mentor?

I decided to become a mentor to be able to help a child build self-esteem and confidence and, from an educational perspective, assist with school assignments.

The Presentation School recently staged an all-school musical production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Presentation stages ‘Charlie Brown’

The Presentation School recently staged an all-school musical production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” In the Friday night performance on the school stage, seventh-grader Ava Ronglien played Lucy and eighth-grader Catherine Flaherty played Charlie Brown. More than a dozen students shared lead roles over two performances that was directed by theater teacher Flo… Continue Reading >>

El Verano’s Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra students performing on stage at the Green Music Center earlier this winter.

Making Sonoma Valley proud: Valley Vibes

On Saturday, March 1, the Valley Vibes Orchestras (ViVO) joined forces with hundreds of youth musicians from all over Sonoma County on the Green Music Center stage and performed a spectacular “Can Can” to a standing ovation.

KARLA CONROY

Safe School Ambassadors lead the change

The Community Matters Safe School Ambassadors program, and the Waking Up Courage Assembly, have led to a change in the school environment at Adele Harrison Middle School. The programs are subtle but they have had a significant impact on our campus.

Walt Williams

The Village

It’s Tuesday, we’re cruising to meet Ryan Pedrotti at the Russian River Aquifer and I’m wondering how to thank the village. People like Bill Hammett, who never says no whenever I ask to borrow his Boy Scout bus for student fieldtrips (the one we’re currently riding in). If I have more than 10 students, I… Continue Reading >>