Wait till 8th: The “Wait Until 8th” pledge ask parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least eighth grade. The idea is that by banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone. The pledge recommends a basic phone, if crucial, as it avoids many of the distractions and dangers of a smartphone. waituntil8th.org.
Donors Choose: Ripple, a cryptocurrency company, donated $29 million in cryptocurrency to the teacher/school donation platform DonorsChoose.org last week. The donation fulfilled every single classroom project request on its site – 35,647 requests in all, from 28,210 teachers at 16,561 public schools. Usually Sonoma Valley has a few open projects on the site looking for funding but according to Donors Choose, sadly none last week.
Congrats: Santa Rosa Junior College has beaten U.C. Berkeley to win the overall National Collegiate Debate Championship, the first time that a two-year institution has won in 25 years. No students from the Valley participated but a great honor for the college.
Name change: Napa school board trustees have voted unanimously to change Napa Valley High School’s longtime symbol and mascot the Indians after a year of community debate on the issue. The board also voted to change the logo of the Redwood Middle School Warriors, to eliminate the Native American-style spear tip. There will be a phased-in approach for removing the name and logo and replacing them with new ones.
Mini-book sale: Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library is hosting a small two-day sale of fiction only from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6, and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on and Saturday, April 7. Students get their first book free. Prices are the same as a regular sale: $2 for hardbacks; $1 for paperbacks.
Sonoma Fit: Sonoma Fit is a big sponsor of the Sonoma Valley High Boosters Club, and their involvement has led owners Jenny and Adam Kovacs to extend an offer of a reduced membership fee of $49 a month to any SVHS student athlete. The membership form is online at sonomavalleyhigh.org.
Ropes training: The Challenge Sonoma Adventure Ropes Course will be holding two leader training sessions for teens. The position can turn into a job after training is complete. The sessions are April 12 to 15 and May 10 to 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more at challengesonoma.com.
Get involved: SVHS is looking for two parent reps to participate on the District Curriculum Advisory Council (CAC/DAC). The council meets once a month on a Thursday at the District offices from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The next meetings for 2018-2019 are April 12 and May 17. The role of CAC/DAC is to provide input and advice by making recommendations for textbook adoptions and curriculum selections. If you are interested, email Danielle Contreras at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 933-4030.
Car show: Sonoma Valley High School student Dean Dunham is organizing a Dragons car show for his senior project. The cost is $20 per car entry. All proceeds go to the SVSH metal shop. The show is Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the student parking lot at SVHS, 20000 Broadway.