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UC apps up, college fair, crab feed, Mandarin at Justin, inov8, mentors needed, EV town hall

The numbers just keep going up … The UC system received 6.2 percent more freshman applications this year than last. Most of that increase came from out-of-state (up 19 percent) and international students (up 20 percent) thanks to heavy recruiting for those students. Right now, non-residents make up about 11 percent of the undergraduate student body across nine campuses, but that number is much higher at UCLA and UC Berkeley. UCLA was again the most popular choice in the system, followed by Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Irvine, Davis, Santa Cruz, Riverside, and Merced. Around 60 percent of freshmen who applied were offered a spot somewhere in the system, but the admit rate was down around 20 percent at UCLA and Berkeley. tinyurl.com/lh6cq6k...

High school sophomores and juniors who are interested in private California colleges or colleges out of state should try to attend Cardinal Newman High School’s (free) college fair from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. As of right now, there are no college fairs in Sonoma so this is one of the most convenient options available to learn about (and meet with representatives from) dozens of colleges in one place at one time.


Parents spend their time wondering if their sons are geniuses and if their daughters are fat, according to some depressing research conducted by a reporter at the New York Times. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz analyzed Google searches and found that parents are two-and-a-half times more likely to Google “is my son gifted?” than “is my daughter gifted?” (despite the fact that girls are surpassing boys in classrooms across the country). And parents are twice as likely to Google “is my daughter fat?” than “is my son fat?” tinyurl.com/pt3hcmw...

Did you join the Sonoma Valley High School Boosters Club? The 2013-14 Boosters donor list is up in Pfeiffer gym. Check it out next time you are on campus, as well as some updated player plaques. In other Booster news, tickets for the Feb. 1 crab feed are selling fast. You can buy your ticket online at sonomavalleyhigh.org.


El Verano Elementary School is hosting a Town Hall meeting for school families and the community at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, in the school’s multi-purpose room. Childcare will be provided and there will be Spanish translation available. The purpose is to engage the community in dialogue about the neighborhood and its strengths and needs. For example, What programs or supports do students of El Verano need to be successful?; what do you like about the school and would you like to see changed?; and What support or services does the neighborhood need to thrive?


Justin-Siena High School in Napa announced several new curriculum changes for the upcoming school year. The 2014-15 academic year marks the third year of the school partnering with Project Lead the Way, which brought a new engineering program to Justin-Siena. Next year, the school will add civil engineering and architecture. Over the next several years, Justin-Siena will also implement a four-year Mandarin language program, starting with Mandarin I in 2014-15. justin-siena.org...

Sonoma Charter School invites the community to its CREATE event, which will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 8, in the Hanna Boy’s Center Auditorium.  The night features live and displayed art, food, music and dancing. There will be an art sale and a fund-a-need benefiting Sonoma Charter art and music programs. Tickets are $35 a person and can be bought at eventbrite.com/e/create-tickets-10055144207.

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