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JUDY VADASZ

Plein Air – supporting art in school

Let’s talk about art in the schools. What comes to mind when you think of the world of art? Surely drawings, paint on paper and sculpture come to mind.  But also music, both instrumental and vocal. Then there’s dance, the whole gamut from hip hop to ballet. We have to include architecture, writing, graphics, theater… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma Valley High students Christina Uzzo (senior), Cristofer Goodman-Chavez (senior) and Miles Pimentel (sophomore) received honorable mentions in the show and Jose Chavez (senior) received second place for his salt print photograph “After Philippe.”

Chavez photo honored

Sonoma Valley High students Christina Uzzo (senior), Cristofer Goodman-Chavez (senior) and Miles Pimentel (sophomore) received honorable mentions in the show and Jose Chavez (senior) received second place for his salt print photograph “After Philippe.”

What students really need to hear

It’s 4 a.m. I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep. But, I can’t. Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain. Why?

marilyn wedge, PH.D.

Why French kids don’t have ADHD

In the United States, at least 9 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications.

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 >>

walt williams

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.

Renee and jennyfer

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 >>