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Do you know of a teen who is looking for a summer job? Bolt Staffing is currently hiring students to fill catering and warehouse positions. No experience is necessary but a driver’s license is required for the catering jobs. Students can apply online at jobs.boltstaffing.com.

The highest-paying jobs for 2014 grads with liberal arts majors are in foreign languages and literature (average starting salary $46,900) and English ($42,200), according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The results are based on job offers that students accepted earlier this year. The average salary for all humanities and social-science majors was $38,365, up 3.5 percent from 2013. Engineering majors – the highest-paid of those tracked – received an average pay of $62,719. boltstaffing.com

News coming out of a related study: less than 2 percent of U.S. employers said they actively recruit liberal arts majors, and most companies feel that cultural fit is more important than GPA when deciding on new hires. Employers said that they have the most openings for engineering and computer information systems majors, followed by jobs for those in medicine and nursing. http://tinyurl.com/nxrwyxf

The Sonoma Valley High School Boosters Club is seeking a membership coordinator, or two co-membership coordinators, for the upcoming school year.  Boosters supports not just athletics at the high school but almost every extracurricular program as well. Membership is a vital position that is busiest at the start of the year. The current membership coordinators are happy to help during the transition process. This is a great way to get involved and support the school. Contact Lynn Curry at lynncurry@comcast.net to learn more. Boosters is also in need of a used laptop for its financial business.  If anyone might be able to donate a PC-based laptop that is less than five years old, email ourschools@sonomanews.com. Finally, consider “liking” Boosters on facebook (http://tinyurl.com/ontq46z) to keep up-to-date on news and events at the high school.

Congratulations to the class officers recently elected at the high school. For the sophomore class, Bella Fanucchi was elected president and Miles Marsh was elected treasurer; Eduarso Hernandez was elected president for the junior class and Luis Alvarez was elected treasurer; and for the senior class, Rodrigo Rico was elected president and Kirsten Storment was elected treasurer.

Grad Night is a great tradition at Sonoma Valley High. The celebration brings seniors together for an all-night, drug- and alcohol-free graduation party before they head out into the world. Typically, more than 250 graduating seniors participate, but making the ambitious event a success requires a lot of help from the community. Parents from all grades are invited to help set up June 5, break down June 7, work the night of the event June 6, or all three. To sign up, email debrarvaughn@comcast.net.

If you have insight or thoughts to share on Sonoma Valley High’s senior project requirement, post it on the school website at: sonomavalleyhigh.org/seniorprojectcomments.html. You will notice that it says 0 comments, both before and after you post. Only the high school admin can see the comments, so it is more like a message directly to them.  The community really stepped up to help out with the senior projects this year. Not only did 350 community members help with the judging (organized by volunteer Holly Kyle) but Whole Foods donated the portfolio bags and Starbucks, Sonoma Market and Safeway all donated food or beverages. Food Services Director Cody Williams oversaw the meal that the volunteers enjoyed, and the school’s culinary students made the desserts and focaccia breads.

Sonoma Valley High School’s College & Career Center will again offer a college application boot camp this summer, from 9 a.m. to noon from Monday, Aug. 11 to Thursday, Aug. 14. The cost is $200 for the week and students will get their college application process organized, research colleges, develop financial college lists, write essays and begin UC and CSU applications. Students should stop by the office this week if they are interested. Space is limited.

The Cold Hard Cash Show, a very popular tribute to the music of Johnny Cash, will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 6, at the Sonoma Moose Lodge on Broadway. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Sonoma Valley High band program. Tickets are $35 and are available at thecoldhardcashshow.com.

If you continue to have questions about how the implementation of the Common Core state standards in California will change instruction in your child’s classroom, you will want to explore the website achievethecore.org/. There is grade-by-grade searchable information.

Scholastic’s Teachers website offers forth some great ideas to encourage children to read over the summer:

Join a library summer reading program (the competition, log and incentives can encourage children).

Create a calendar with fun activities for students to complete while reading (examples: make a tent and read under it, read to a pet, read to the oldest or youn­gest person you know).

Launch a summer book club. Read the first book of an engaging series, as the summer is a good time to pursue a complete series.

Plan a book swap.  Ask everyone to bring books they are done with and trade books as well as recommendations.

Try out an audio book with babies and toddlers, as well as with children and teens.  Play the book during naptime or convince your teen to try exercising or doing chores to a book instead of music.

ArtEscape Sonoma is offering a free glass beadmaking class for teens 15 years and older from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. This class is made possible by the Rose Marie Pieper Foundation. To register, call 938-5551. Space is very limited.

Countdown to College blogger Suzanne Shaffer recommends these free apps to help students prep for college.

1. Evernote

Takes notes, captures photos, creates to-do lists, records voice reminders – and makes these notes completely searchable across all your devices.

2. Find colleges

Search for information about U.S. colleges and universities.

3. Collegeconfidential

Read and interact with other users on topics like financial aid, college life, test preparation and more.

4. Quad2Quad

Curate and assemble the most important college data.

5. College visits

Search and find schools to add to your list, rate your college visits, keep personal notes on each visit.

6. SAT question of the day

Real SAT questions and SAT preparation materials from the test maker.

7. StudyBlue

Review class notes or make flashcards whenever you have a minute to spare.

8. Khan Academy

More than 4,200 videos on a massive number of topics.

9. Scholarship advisor

Find money for college.

10. Scholarships.com

A database of 2.7 million local, state and national college scholarships.