Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup May 30

Teens can race the cops.


Puking bug: Sonoma County schools are experiencing an increase in gastrointestinal illness, or Norovirus, among students and staff in schools. Norovirus causes an inflammation of the stomach and intestines which can lead to stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. After exposure to the virus it usually takes one to two days for symptoms to start. Illness usually lasts for 24 to 48 hours. Noroviruses are highly contagious. To prevent the spread of illness, students, teachers and school staff are advised to stay home if there is any sign of illness.

Petition for fields: There is a petition up on gathering support for the SVHS Master Plan’s redeveloped athletic fields (new turf field for football and soccer surrounded by a track and new baseball and softball fields) at SVHS. The site also recommends that community members who care wear green and attend a meeting on Tuesday, June 6, at 4 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at 177 First St. W., and/or the school board meet that follows.

Cool high school program: Santa Rosa Junior College’s campus in Petaluma will host a free Cybersecurity Camp this summer for high school students (and lunch is included). Topics include hacking prevention, system hardening, access control, and system protection.

BBball: It’s time to register for boys basketball at the Boys & Girls Clubs. Students in grades three to eight are invited to participate in a season that runs from August through November. For more information and to register visit

Sheriff camp: There are still seats available in the Sonoma County Sheriff 2017 Youth Academy July 17 to 21. Applications are due asap.

Backpacking camp: There are spots left in the Sugarloaf Introductory Backpacking Camp for ages 10 to 14 which takes place June 27 to 29. Visit to register.

School renovations: From 4 to 6 p.m. on June 6 there will be a Sonoma Valley schools Facilities Master Planning Workshop at the Community Meeting Room, 177 First St. W. From 4 to 6:30 p.m. on June 20, there will be a second Facilities Master Planning Workshop, at the District Office on Railroad Avenue.

Family race: A fun race for participants of all size, shapes and ages, Hit the Road Jack returns to the Sonoma streets on Sunday, June 4. The annual event offers a Kids Dash, 10K and 3.5K loop courses, and a new Half Marathon, with all start/finish at the Plaza. There will be a post-race festival with music, food and vendors.

Autism role models: ABC’s new fall show, “The Good Doctor,” will tell the story of Shaun Murphy, a young doctor on the autism spectrum, who has savant syndrome. The show is based on a South Korean show of the same name. Freddie Highmore plays the lead character. The show has gotten some criticism for not filling roles with any cast members on the autism spectrum (so far).

Race the cops: Every Wednesday from now through Aug. 30, high school students can square off against Bay Area law enforcement officers in uniform in their police cars on Sonoma Raceway’s quarter-mile drag strip when the popular Top the Cops program returns as part of the raceway’s weekly Wednesday Night Drags program. Participants must have a current high school ID, a driver’s license and a car that passes a simple technical inspection. Gates open at 3:30pm, the racing is from 5 to 10 p.m. The cost is $15/students, $10/spectators. 800-870-RACE.

Popular baby names: The Social Security Administration has released the most popular baby names by state. Here are the top names in California. Girls: Mia, Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Emily, Sofia, Camila, Ava, Abigail. Boys: Noah, Matthew, Ethan, Daniel, Sebastian, Jacob, Alexander, Liam, Julian, Benjamin. For the full list of top 100 names in California, visit

Woodworking camp: Sonoma Academy is offering a woodshop camp for grades five through nine, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., from July 31 to Aug. 4. Campers will learn to use hand tools and power tools to create various projects.

Concussion update: According to an international panel of concussion experts, new guidelines suggest that most young athletes should start being physically active within a day or two after their head injury, rather staying as still as possible (which was previously recommended). They do not recommend returning to the field/gym, just resuming light movement. Read more at

Say no to your kids: There is a terrific article about all the good that you can do your children by saying “no” to them. “It turns out that saying no pays off far beyond avoiding raising spoiled kids. When we always yield to our children’s wants, we rob them of the opportunity to find solutions by adapting what they already have. Kids who learn from denial realize at an early age that they won’t always have the perfect tool for every job. They might not know something, have something, or be something. But that’s not the end of pursuing goals — it’s the beginning of activating their resourcefulness to find another way.” Read more at

Congratulations to: The William H. Huggins Award is presented to a junior who embodies outstanding scholarship and service at Johns Hopkins University. This year’s winner in computer engineering was Sonoma’s Henry Schuh. Henry attended Presentation School, Blue Oak and Marin Academy.

Bike safety: City of Sonoma will sponsor a free evening bicycle training event for ages 14 and up featuring Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s Smart Bicycling Street Skills 101 A class on Tuesday, June 6, at Sonoma Community Center. The class will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A bicycle is not required, but you are welcome to ride to the event. Participants should bring helmets for proper fitting techniques.

Don’t miss it: Friday’s issue of the Index-Tribune will feature a special pull-out section about all the graduating seniors across Sonoma Valley.

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