Education Forum: On Wednesday, March 28, there will be an Education Forum hosted by Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sonoma Springs Community Hall. Speakers will include Socorro Shiels, Sonoma Valley’s finalist for the superintendent position and SVHS junior Jacquelyn Torres of the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights.
Preferring daughters: Americans may no longer prefer sons over daughters. New evidence suggests that parents may have “a subtle fear of boys and the trouble they might bring.” Gallup surveyed Americans repeatedly from 1941 to 2011 and always found that if a parent could only have one child. The new study, which centers on 2008 to 2013, found that there could now be a daughter preference. tinyurl.com/y8tygmcv.
Mental health: New research has found that between 2009 and 2015, the number of students visiting counseling centers increased by about 30 percent on average, while enrollment grew by less than 6 percent. Read the full report on the increase in mental health issues on college campuses at time.com/5190291/anxiety-depression-college-university-students/.
Car show: Sonoma Charter School is hosting a Show and Shine Car Show at Sonoma Raceway from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 31. The cost to get in is $15 per carload of people – as many as you can fit. There is something for everyone – classic cars, hot rods, race cars, real drag racing…and plenty of food. Half of the money raised goes directly back to SCS.
Internship: The Sonoma-Tokaj Sister Cities organization seeks an intern to work the crush in Tokaj, Hungary this fall. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 30. Send a resume with cover letter by Friday, March 30, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations: Kenwood School fifth grader Alexander Schoell came in seventh, and St. Francis Solano sixth grader Rose Schafer came in 13th, in the recent Sonoma County Spelling Bee. Twenty students competed in the competition held on Monday, March 12. These students previously won school and regional spelling competitions, which made them eligible to compete for the title of county spelling champion.
Completion rate: According to a new report by the advocacy group California Competes, just 55 percent of California students earn associate degrees at a community college in three years or bachelor’s degrees in six years. Completion rates are lowest at the state’s community colleges. Just over half of girls (51 percent) graduate from high school meeting eligibility requirements to enter a CSU or UC, while only 40 percent of boys do. What’s more, male students have lower college completion rates (52 percent) compared to women (58 percent). bit.ly/2CLDnH7
Justin news: Justin-Siena was just named a 2017-2018 Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished High School. The distinction honors its engineering department for “providing access to STEM education to students from diverse academic backgrounds, for a high rate of student engagement, and for student academic achievement in the 2016-2017 school year.” Of the 10,500 schools participating in PLTW programs, Justin is one of only 122 high schools to receive this distinction.
Grant: Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) has expanded services at Sassarini Elementary School thanks to a “grief reach” grant from the New York Life Foundation. The grant will enables the expansion of school based grief services for children and youth healing after the death of a loved one.