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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, May 8

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Thank a teacher: National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7 to 11 and there is a movement around Sonoma for students and parents to show their appreciation through thank you signs. Keep an eye out.

Summer facilities work: Sonoma Valley High’s library and College & Career Center will be closed for the summer to complete the remodel including new carpet, paint and furniture. The engineering computer lab will be moved to the Maker Lab until the remodel of the E Building is completed (1 to 3 years). Helicopters will be dropping the HVAC units on the K, J and G buildings, most likely on Saturdays, June 16 and 23. The main office is open to the public on Aug. 1.

Graduation speaker: The SVHS alumni graduation speaker for this year will be Reed Martin (Class of ’78). Martin is a principal partner and actor in the Reduced Shakespeare Company. His wife Jane is the high school’s drama teacher and his son Cian is a graduating senior this year.

Free tutoring: There is free math and science tutoring at Sonoma Valley High’s No Name Cafe on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. and at Teen Services Sonoma on Sonoma Highway from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Judges needed: Last call for community judges for the SVHS senior project presentations from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. If you’re interested, contact Holly Kyle at hollykyle@me.com before Thursday, May 10.

Donations: Republic of Thrift distributed $11,000 in donations last week – $1,000 to each campus PTO. The owners thank their customers for their continued support of the store.

Campfire program: Gather around the campfire in the Barracks courtyard from 7 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. All ages, free but rain cancels.

Mission display: The fourth grade Mission exhibition is open now through May 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Sonoma Barracks at 20 E. Spain St. parks.ca.gov/sonomashp.

School in Bali: The Green School in Bali will no longer be offering a high school boarding option after this school year, but the international school attended in recent years by Sonoma Valley teens Annabel Metelman, Sophia Falls, Bella Martin, Nell Sheridan and Malia Cashel, has announced it will offer a new gap year program for ages 18-21. Students will immerse themselves into ecological design, social innovation, personal and professional development, cultural exchange, and “off the beaten track” adventure. The program will use the Green School campus as a home base, and include travel and community engagement around Bali and other islands of Indonesia. For inquiries, email brandon.bodhi@greenschool.org.

Run for school board: Are you interested in serving on our local school board? In advance of the Nov. 6 school board elections, Sonoma County Office of Education is hosting a free information session in Santa Rosa from 4 to 5 p.m. on June 11 for community members interested in running for their local school boards. Learn firsthand what it’s like from a panel of current board members and have your questions answered. scoe.org/pub/htdocs/class.html?class_id=7498.

Scholarship: College-bound youth who are interested in careers in agriculture can apply for scholarships offered by the Sonoma County Fair. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at entryoffice@sonomacountyfair.com. Awards range between $250 to $2,500 per student.

Teen opp: The Sonoma Valley Library Advisory Board is accepting applications for a youth member in grades 9 to 12. Applications are available at sonomalibrary.org/about/library-advisory-boards, or at 755 West Napa St. The deadline is Friday, June 15. The term is one year, starting July 1. Meetings are on the second Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Musgrove at 996-5217 or lmusgrove@sonoma.lib.ca.us.

Congratulations to: Renee Serota of Sonoma who gave a talk on Earth Day at the First Congregational Church as part of an Earth Day project to have a thousand youth address congregations across the U.S. Serota, a Marin Academy grad, is in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, studying environmental economics and policy. She has a paid internship at the Goldman School for Public Policy this summer.

Congratulations to: SVHS Coach Pedro Merino was named Sonoma County League’s Soccer Coach of the Year.

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