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FORMER UCLA CHANCELLOR Dr. Charles Young with former SVHS student Sarah Summers. Submitted photo

An icon among us: Sarah Summers interviews Chuck Young

During a recent interview with former UCLA Chancellor Dr. Charles E. Young, I was struck by the irony of the fact that the biggest celebrity sighting of my last two years was in the end-of-the-hall counseling office of Sonoma Valley High School, not in or around the UCLA campus where I spend my academic year.

ANDY MITCHELL

Donations come in many forms

Longtime Sonoma Valley High School photography teacher Andy Mitchell delivered this speech to an audience of donors at the Plein Air Art Festival last month.

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

Altimira Middle School’s entire eighth-grade class – more than 140 students – took a field trip earlier this month to tour UC Davis as part of the school’s ongoing efforts to start the college conversation earlier with Sonoma students.

Altimira students tour UC Davis

Altimira Middle School’s entire eighth-grade class – more than 140 students – took a field trip earlier this month to tour UC Davis as part of the school’s ongoing efforts to start the college conversation earlier with Sonoma students.

AMELIA FRIEDMAN

At what age can you teach a global mindset?

glob·al mind·set, n: the ability to operate comfortably across borders, cultures, and languages That’s what Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Mashall S. Berdan think is missing for too many American children. And it’s holding us back. In their recent book, “Raising Global Children,” the Berdans pull together research and anecdote to argue the importance of developing… Continue Reading >>

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Meeting Sal Khan

Crescent Montessori students eighth-grader Roam Neff and sixth-grader Joseph Silvi met Khan Academy founder Sal Khan after his recent appearance in Napa.

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.

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 >>

SONOMA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL senior Ella Mighell spent last year studying and working abroad in Peru.

I am a Dragon

Since middle school, my dream has been to create a unique path for myself which reflects my individuality. I just returned from a year abroad in Peru through AFS and I felt fortunate to expand my education beyond the realm of a traditional classroom.

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EZRU HOLLAND of The Holland Group says Sonoma football was “a lot of why I showed up.”

Ezra Holland, SVHS ’88 reflects on discipline, leadership and fun

Ezra Holland’s path to becoming the founder of The Holland Group, a successful leadership training and consulting business based in Boston, actually started on the gridiron at Sonoma Valley High School. “My parents are former hippies,” Holland remembered. “And while that was great for a number of reasons, one of the things I discovered is… Continue Reading >>

MIMI SOMMER

Welcoming observers into our classrooms

It was utterly exhilarating and completely nerve-wracking, but it was absolutely worth doing: On Sept. 9, students from Stanford University and Sonoma State University came to observe the teaching of mathematics in Elizabeth Bauer’s class, Richelle Ryan’s class and in my classroom.