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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.

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FFA rocks the county fair

Sonoma Valley High School sent more than a dozen FFA students to last summer’s Sonoma County Fair, and they came home with competition experience and an array of awards. The students sold the animals they had raised at the high school farm at auction at the fair, raising thousands of dollars for their college funds.… 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.

Sonoma Valley High School students in Peter Hansen’s media arts elective are inviting all of the candidates for Sonoma City Council to the school’s broadcast studio for an interview.

Candidates interviewed at SVHS

Sonoma Valley High School students in Peter Hansen’s media arts elective are inviting all of the candidates for Sonoma City Council to the school’s broadcast studio for an interview. Earlier this month, candidates Ken Brown (incumbent) and Rachel Hundley were interviewed by senior Adam Curry (right). You can watch the interviews online at svhsvideo.com. Hansen hopes… Continue Reading >>

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.

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When school’s out, Boys & Girls Club is in

The school bells ring throughout Sonoma Valley every afternoon, and 4,600 students leave their classrooms. When school is out, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley opens its doors to give kids a safe and enriching place to go. Each afternoon at the club is a chance to support our members’ success in an extended… Continue Reading >>

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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.