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‘I Choose’ campaign promotes SVHS

Sonoma Valley High School and its students, teachers and graduates are highlighted in a new campaign launched this summer aimed at engendering wider community support for, and pride in, the high school. Drivers on Broadway were the first to notice the launch of the “I Choose” campaign on Aug. 5, when a large billboard went… Continue Reading >>

Trustees take stock of school projects

Valley schools opened for the 2013-14 academic year without any significant earthquake issues, enabling the Sonoma Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees to breeze through the agenda at its second meeting of the school year in less than 90 minutes. In a move that may have a widespread, positive impact on hundreds of Valley… Continue Reading >>

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.

Revelers who enjoyed the appetizers at last Saturday’s Red & White Ball can thank Cody Williams and his Food Services staff at the Sonoma Valley Unified School District (right), Culinary Arts teacher Jonathan Beard (left) and a handful of high school students who helped prepare the finger food passed by volunteers as guests arrived.

Food Services and Culinary Arts team up for Red & White Ball

Revelers who enjoyed the appetizers at last Saturday’s Red & White Ball can thank Cody Williams and his Food Services staff at the Sonoma Valley Unified School District (right), Culinary Arts teacher Jonathan Beard (left) and a handful of high school students who helped prepare the finger food passed by volunteers as guests arrived. (Above)… Continue Reading >>

PIXAR’S JOHN LASSETER and Café La Haye owner Saul Gropman celebrate a winning auction lot for dinner at Gropman’s popular Sonoma restaurant. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction raises record $4 million

The Great Recession may not be over for everyone, but members of the aristocracy of wine demonstrated with their auction paddles that good times are here again, raising $4 million at the annual Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction.

EL VERANO’S Dave Neubacher, Adele Harrison’s Kathy Eschleman and Sonoma Valley High’s Andy Gibson have been named Teachers of the Year and will be honored at the Red and White Ball on Saturday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Teachers of the Year to be honored at Saturday’s Red & White Ball

Before heading off for the next chapter in their lives, each member of Sonoma Valley High School’s class of 2014 was asked to reflect on their education and to choose a favorite elementary, middle and high school teacher. For the first time, the three teachers with the most votes, at each level of schooling, will be honored at the Sonoma Valley Education Foundations’ Red & White Ball on Saturday, Sept. 6.

FLOWERY SCHOOL third grader Walker Keys, 8, looks through a cutout square to visualize an image he is about to draw.

Thousands flock to ARTescape

Early in 2012, a group of local working artists decided to take a leap of faith. On the premise that, if you build it, they will come, Thena Trygstad, Janis Kobe, Gayle Manfre, Penny MacNaughton and Kate Ortolano decided to create a nonprofit program, called Artescape Sonoma, to provide professional, free or low-cost art instruction… Continue Reading >>

Last week, Sonoma Valley High School welcomed close to 380 new students into its ninth grade class.

Happy freshman arrive at high school

Last week, Sonoma Valley High School welcomed close to 380 new students into its ninth grade class. The students are divided into three small learning communities for the year, called freshman teams: Olympus, Fuji and Mauna Kea. Pictured left to right, on the first day of school are freshmen Amy Stanfield, Layla Schoenigh, Nick Biaggi,… Continue Reading >>

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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.

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 >>

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.