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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup April 25

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 bkelly@sonomaschools.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.

Free tutoring: Sonoma Teen Services is offering free tutoring in math (algebra to calculus), physics and chemistry for teens and young adults ages 13 to 24 at the teen Center on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m., weekly.

School tour: Woodland Star Charter School is hosting a tour at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at 17811 Arnold Drive. Reserve a spot by calling 996-3849.

Summer programs: Sonoma Land Paths is offering an Intro to Backpacking Camp for Teens June 12 to 15 for ages 14 to 16 and a Russian River Teen Overnight Trek to ages 12 to 14 from July 17 to 20. The fee is a sliding scale. Visit landpaths.org to learn more.

Gen Z: The investment platform Stash just surveyed more than 25,000 young people, and found that almost half of all Generation Z’ers (those 20 and under) are concerned about student debt and actively investing to pay for college, but compared to other generations, Gen Z scored last on a basic financial literacy test.

Cowboy Cab: Teen Services Sonoma is having its big Cowboy Cab event from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at Cornerstone Sonoma in the Barn at Tyge William Cellars. Tickets are $100. Visit teenservicessonoma.org.

Gold ribbon schools: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced 275 Gold Ribbon middle and high schools. In Sonoma and Napa Counties, the only ones honored were Napa Valley High School and Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School in St. Helena.

Spelling Bee: 20 fourth, fifth and sixth grade students competed in the 2017 Sonoma County Elementary Spelling Bee on April 3. Congrats to St. Francis Solano fifth grader Annabelle Nichelini who finished in the top 10. Thirty-seven seventh, eighth and ninth grade students competed in the Junior High Spelling Competition on April 4. Congrats to Altimira eighth grader Nathan Cox who finished in the top 10. All these students previously won school and regional spelling competitions, which made them eligible to compete for the title of county spelling champion.

Congratulations: Gemma Guerrazzi of Glen Ellen, a communication studies major, and Jackson Lasseter of Glen Ellen, a design/technology major, have both been named to Emerson College’s dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester. The requirement to make the dean’s list is a GPA of 3.7 or higher.

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