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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, March 28

Bikes for sale: The team of students who work at Operations Bicycle at Teen Services have a slew of refurbished bikes for sale right now. Some you can see on display 17440 Sonoma Highway in front of the building, but most are down below. Stop by for a bargain, or consider donating any bikes your kids have outgrown.

Better autism detection: A small study is nearly 98 percent accurate in diagnosing autism in kids between the ages of 3 and 10, the researchers claim. Researchers say an experimental blood test has shown promise as a novel way to diagnose autism regardless of where on the spectrum an individual is. Read more at tinyurl.com/mb7vcdf.

Farm day fun: Sonoma Valley High School senior Paul Shafer is organizing a free “Foolin’ Around at the Farm” day for his senior project. The community is invited to a day of activities at the SVHS farm at the end of Larkin Drive on Saturday, April 1. Kids can learn where their food comes from and there will be a livestock petting zoo, photo booth with a cow, sheep shearing, vine wreath making and more.

Study abroad: A team looked at the 48 most popular countries at which American students choose to study abroad in college and determined which are the least expensive. The least pricey are Mexico, India, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Morrocco, Kenya and Brazil. Read more at tinyurl.com/myxdtex.

Boosters news: Sonoma Valley High’s Boosters Club is reorganizing next year. The voting board titles will include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, membership/school families, membership/businesses, fundraiser crab feed, fundraiser auction, alumni relations. Staff board members will be principal, athletic director and activities director. The non-voting positions will be spirit wear, volunteer coordinator and past president. The Monday, April 3 Boosters meeting at 7 p.m. in the SVHS library is open to all and an opportunity to join and inquire about board positions.

Afternoon enrichment: A new series of afternoon classes is now open for registration at Presentation School. Offerings include photography for grades 4 to 8, Open Art Studio for grades 2 through 8, kids yoga for grades K to 4, STEAM workshops for grades K to 8 and Chess Club for all ages. The classes are open to all Valley students and begin at 3:30 p.m. weekdays beginning March 28. Register at presentationschool.org.

Upgrades at SRJC: Thanks to Measure H, Burbank Auditorium at SRJC is getting a full remodel to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Santa Rosa Junior College. In addition, there will be classroom spaces and audience amenities. Construction is set to begin summer 2017.

Summer enrichment: EXCEL at Sonoma State offers terrific one and two-week summer sessions for students entering grades 4 to 9 of accelerated classes in science, math, technology, visual art, drama, and writing. sonoma.edu/exed/excel

Summer healthcare program: The Sonoma County healthcare community has partnered with Santa Rosa Junior College to develop a course in which students visit healthcare sites, listen to a variety of professional speakers, as well as attend skills labs and lectures. Applications are due March 31. Apply at healthcareers.santarosa.edu.

More medical career info: The Academic Advantage program offers students who are interested in a career in medicine a morning of panels and career advice. The event is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, register to attend at academicsonoma.com.

Internship opp: The Sonoma Community Center is seeking a marketing, public relations and social media summer intern. The position is open to high school and college students with good writing skills and familiarity with social media. Graphic design and photography skills a plus. The time commitment is flexible. Stipend available at the successful completion of the internship, amount depends on hours worked and projects completed. Email resume and short cover letter to stephenkyle@sonomacommunitycenter.org.

Kenwood fundraiser: Kenwood School’s big upcoming fundraiser will be held at St. Francis Winery. “Lights, Camera, Auction!” is at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Tickets are $100 per person. This is the Kenwood Education Foundation’s largest fundraiser to benefit our school’s art, library, steam, computer lab, physical education, preschool and afterschool programs.

Spelling Bees: The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) will host the countywide Elementary Spelling Competition at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 3. Twenty students will compete for the title of county champion. Almost 50 students in grades seven through nine will compete at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4. These annual spelling competitions are open to the public. The top two spellers from each event are eligible to advance to the California State Spelling Championships, held in May. Students from Prestwood School, St. Francis Solano School, Presentation School, Adele Harrison Middle School and Altimira Middle School are competing.

Peer support: Did you know that LGBTQI youth miss five times as much school as their peers due to bullying? Adele Harrison students who are you interested in helping make the campus a more inclusive and safe place for LGBTQI students are invited to a training session on Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7, in which students will be trained to prevent, interrupt, de-escalate and stop incidents of mistreatment that target LGBTQI students. To apply see the school office.

Free events: There are four free family events in Jack London State Historic Park in April that are geared toward young learners (pre-K to second grade), and center on natural science, art and sustainability. The activities and learning are designed for young children but kids of all ages are welcome to explore forest trails and learn about nature through fun hikes, games and hands-on activities. Participation is free. Park entry fee of $10 per vehicle does apply. For dates and details, visit jacklondonpark.com/family-fun-days.html

Send story ideas, comments and questions to Lorna Sheridan at ourschools@sonomanews.com.