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If you have been eager to get inside the new Carneros Brewing Company on Burndale Road, save the date of Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. for an Oktoberfest to benefit Sonoma Valley Teen Services. The afternoon in the beer garden will feature live music, gourmet food vendors, wine and beer, a silent auction and music by both BackTrax and SVTS teens. Tickets are $25 each and available online at svteens.org.


If your student is at all interested in science, the third annual Bay Area Science Festival is sure to be spectacular. The festival includes 50 events spread over 10 days and dozens of venues across the Bay Area. The festival runs Thursday, Oct. 24 to Saturday, Nov. 2, and the full schedule will be released at bayareascience.org.


If Massachusetts were a country, its eighth graders would rank second in the world in science, behind only Singapore. California came in second to last in math and science among the states who were benchmark participants, just ahead of Alabama – but landed close to the middle of the pack internationally. The survey tests the knowledge and skills of fourth and eighth graders around the world. (More than 600,000 students in 63 nations participated). Massachusetts eighth graders also did well in math, coming in sixth, behind Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. There is good news for the U.S. as a whole as we came in 10th in science and ninth in math, with scores that were above the international average. While achievement tests are not the be-all and the end-all in measuring school effectiveness, I am always curious how the U.S. stacks up beyond our borders. (Source: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.)

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