School construction: The community can attend meetings for each school campus to hear how the Measure E money will be spent and give your input. Up first is Altimira Middle School from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, and SVHS from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the same day.
Testing: The annual Smarter Balanced standardized testing begins this week across the school district. Tips from teachers include getting extra sleep, eating a good breakfast and making time before school starts or at the breaks to get some quick exercise.
Writing contest: Congratulations to Crescent Montessori School eighth-grader Joseph Silvi who won first place in the Jack London State Historic Park Young Writers Contest for his entry “Alone?” Crescent fifth-grader Layla Fahmi and Adele Harrison seventh-grader Andrew Gillman won second place in the elementary division, and the middle school division, respectively. There were more than 60 entries for each category from Sonoma County and neighboring areas.
Times are changing: According to a Census Bureau survey, more than half of Millennials (born roughly between 1983 and 2000), think a spouse and kids are not very important. The generation is more focused on jobs and economic success than on marriage and kids. tinyurl.com/lqjkk5g
Summer school: Registration is now open. Current SVHS students can apply online before May 5. Original credit classes will be chosen by a lottery process after the application deadline. Other classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Incoming freshman can also apply online. Bridge to Algebra is by invitation only. Geography/Living Skills applicants will be chosen by a lottery. Any questions, call 933-4002. Application forms are online at sonomavalleyhigh.org.
Dragon Hall of Fame: This week is your last chance to get tickets to see 11 former students and three teachers honored in the 2017 Dragon Achievement Hall of Fame at Hanna Boys Center at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. To attend the luncheon event, send a self-addressed stamped envelope and check for $45 made out to Dragon Hall of Fame to 21700 Pearson Ave., Sonoma, CA 95476, before May 1. (dragonhalloffame.com)
Senior project judges needed: Would you like to learn more about the senior projects at SVHS? Almost 400 judges are needed for the event on May 17. Email Bryan Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m.
Actual college costs: There is a new site that can give you a quick sense of what college tuition your student might actually pay, versus the advertised price. For almost all families who earn less than $200,000 a year, the tuition might be much lower than they think. Try it out at http://myintuition.org/
Podcasts: Podcasts are all the rage lately and a reader has recommended a few that she has enjoyed.
- “Empowering Parents Podcast”
- “Parenting Bytes”
- “Inside the Mind of Teens and Tweens”
- “Launching your Daughter”
- “Invisibilia” (not as much about parenting but more about just smart, intriguing topics)
Art show: Sonoma Valley High School’s big annual Art Show is Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 26, in the Pavilion from 3:30 to 8 p.m.