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AMONG THE TOP district staff newly hired or assuming new positions this year are (left to right) Karla Conroy, Jacqui Parker, Nikarre Redkoff, Michael Waters, Susan Langer, Mary Ann Spitzer, John Bartolome and Chrissy Towner.

Sonoma sees changes in leadership at district, school level

Sonoma welcomed a large number of new administrators into leadership roles this fall, many in positions that will be key to the success of Sonoma Valley Unified School District’s (SVUSD) ambitious goal to have all students graduate college and career ready.

District welcomes 24 new teachers at nine schools

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District welcomed 24 new teachers to its K-12 classrooms this fall, a third of whom will fill a range of special education roles, largely due to retirements and staff changes.

Sonoma Valley High School freshman Alissa Schimm and junior Michelle Pudillo are two of the more than 40 local teens who were employed by the school district this summer to do projects sprucing up school facilities.

Local students spend summer employed by district

Sonoma Valley High School freshman Alissa Schimm and junior Michelle Pudillo are two of the more than 40 local teens who were employed by the school district this summer to do projects sprucing up school facilities.

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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 >>

The new Dutch Bros. coffee franchise up Broadway from Sonoma Valley High School is proving to be a big hit with local students, both as customers and as employees.

Dutch Bros. a hit with students

The new Dutch Bros. coffee franchise up Broadway from Sonoma Valley High School is proving to be a big hit with local students, both as customers and as employees.

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SCHOOLS OF HOPE volunteer Kelsey Woodward tutors at Sassarini and Michael Reinhardt tutors at Dunbar Elementary School.

Schools of Hope needs volunteers

United Way’s Schools of Hope program recruits, trains and places volunteers in local elementary schools as a means of empowering students who are reading below grade proficiency.

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Students relish Rawhide role

At last year’s Stompers Baseball job fair, Sonoma Valley High senior Joe Peterson quickly raised his hand when asked if he might be interested in serving as the new professional baseball team’s mascot at home games.

The parking lot at Flowery Elementary School gets a new coat of ashphalt last month. Every school in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District had improvements done over the summer. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Sonoma spiffs schools

When Sonoma Valley students return to school Monday, they’ll find campuses that have been spiffed up over the summer.

PAUL BARRON, marketing and community relations team leader for Whole Foods, corrals some healthy lunch food. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Kids can build a lunch Sunday at Whole Foods

With students heading back to school this week, Whole Foods Market in Sonoma is offering its popular Build-Your-Own lunch event this Sunday, Aug. 17. Local elementary school students and their families are invited to stop by from 1 to 3 p.m. for this free event.

Schools face huge increase in pension costs

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District board learned Tuesday that pension reform is coming – at a high price. At Tuesday’s school board meeting, John Bartolome, the district’s chief business officer, told the board that by the 2020-21 fiscal year, the district will be paying an additional $1.9 million a year into the California State… Continue Reading >>

Schools continue to mull pool

Despite recently announced plans by Sonoma Splash to build a community swimming pool at the site of what was Paul’s Resort, the Sonoma Valley Unified School District hasn’t ruled out building a pool of its own.

School board mulls $40M budget

The trustees of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District got their first look at the proposed 2014-15 budget recently, and will vote on the document at a special meeting on Thursday, June 26.

Christina Alvarez holds the keys to the 2001 Audi she won as part of Grad Night at Sonoma Valley High School recently. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Grad Night car winner

Christina Alvarez holds the keys to the 2001 Audi she won as part of Grad Night at Sonoma Valley High School recently. The car was donated by Dan Roseland, owner of Sonoma Chevrolet. Sonoma Chevrolet continues with the tradition started by Bob Nobles Chevrolet of donating a car to the school’s Grad Night.

Sonoma schools share in $15M pathway grant

The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) has received a $15 million grant from the California Department of Education to serve as the lead agency for a six-county alliance to create career pathways between North Bay K-12 schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. This grant is one of just 12 awarded statewide at the “up to $15 million” level.

Front row from left, are George Stewart, Olivia Boles, Anna Zhang, Andrea Evans, Alison Perkins, Audrey Castillo, Lucy Sondheim, Emily Curiel, Hannah Chun, Tucker Pierce, Liam Sheldon, Kelly Needleman, Michaela Schillinger, Sam Fannucchi, Karlilie Goodman, Sydney Boldt and Natalie Gulrajani. Middle row from left, Madeline Jaycox, Mikaela Zeiter, Elizabeth Moore, Emily Hengehold, Alison Arntz, Sarah Kiser, Lauren Worona, Ellie Bon, Elise Stewart, Alyssa Schimm, Amy Stanfield, Emma Bartolomee, Anna Cline, Heather Durfee, Maya Reilly, Lily Toulze and Maddie Welsome. Back row from left, Nikki Sandhu, Genaro Panatz,, Julia Little, Lauren Smith, Mario Coranado, Dominic Chiotti, Kayla Minehan, Alissa Orr, Juliet Gude, Hannah McNeely, Gavin Lehane Pablo Rubio and Cian Martin.

Faire celebrates middle school writers

This year’s Jim Thrower Rotary Writing Faire Authors’ Reception was held at a new venue by Sonoma Rotary Club, which not only supported the Faire monetarily but, this year, hosted it at the newly refurbished Sonoma Community Center.

Ten high school seniors from eight Sonoma County high schools were honored by the Press Democrat last month for their leadership and civic contributions at the 26th annual Community Youth Service Awards.

Larson honored with top community youth service award

Ten high school seniors from eight Sonoma County high schools were honored by the Press Democrat last month for their leadership and civic contributions at the 26th annual Community Youth Service Awards. Sonoma Valley High senior Erica Larson won the top honors in the category of agriculture/vocational.