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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, June 5

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New Super: If you want to see what Sonoma Valley’s new Superintendent, Socorro Shiels, is up to (and she has been really busy already visiting school sites) you can follow her on Twitter at @Supersonomaschools.

Important Dates: Back to school registration for freshman/seniors is Aug. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. and for juniors/sophomores from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 14. The first day back at school is Aug. 20.

Grants available: Creative Sonoma, a division of the County of Sonoma’s Economic Development Board, is offering grants for Sonoma County arts organizations producing summer programs for youth aged 6-18. Guidelines and application materials are available at www.creativesonoma.org/grants/summer-arts-youth-program-grants/. The deadline is June 22. Samantha Kimpel, samantha.kimpel@sonoma-county.org, 707-565-6134.

Bucket list: A local blogger has come up with an awesome list of things to do this summer. The complete list is available at winecountry.citymomsblog.com/mom/2018-summer-bucket-list-wine-country/.

Museum on the go: The Sonoma County Children’s Museum will be at the Valley of the Moon Farmers Market from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m on Tuesday, June 12.

Campfire: Save the date for a campfire program at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, in the Barracks on the Plaza, for a short talk, songs and a marshmallow roast.

SRJC classes: This summer, Santa Rosa Junior College is offering over 1,000 courses to students of all ages and educational levels, from art and agriculture to wine studies and world languages. Students can take courses that will transfer to a four-year university, career education courses to build job skills that lead to higher pay, college preparatory classes and much more. SRJC is also hosting special summer programs for high school students. The SRJC summer term begins on Monday, June 18. Nearly 800 classes still have open seats. For complete information on how to apply and register, plus the course schedule, visit santarosa.edu/enroll.

BGC summer: The Boys & Girls Clubs will be closed from June 4 to 8 for staff development and summer camp preparation. Summer camp hours begin Monday, June 11, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Grad night at the ballpark: The Sonoma Stompers are inviting the community to Sonoma Valley High School Night honoring the Class of 2018 at the Sonoma Stompers vs. Napa Game on June 6, at 6:05 p.m. All seniors were given a free ticket for the game from the Stompers. Wear an SVHS shirt or some college swag.

Save the date: There are free movies on the “green” at SSU’s Green Music Center this summer. The first film is “Coco” at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Pack a picnic and lay a blanket out on Weill Lawn, as SSU screens movies on the outdoor jumbotron. Concessions will be available for each show.

Learning a language: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced “Global California 2030,” an initiative to dramatically expand the teaching and learning of world languages and the number of students proficient in more than one language over the next 12 years. Learn more at www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr18/yr18rel42.asp. Read the report at www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/globalca2030report.pdf

Walden video game: A new 3D video game, called “Walden, A Game,” forces players to slow down, appreciate the beauty in nature and find work-life balance. The game’s tagline is “Play deliberately.” Users experience life in the woods for eight seasons and explore 60 acres of life-like woodland. Players must forage for food, build a house, mend their clothing, learn about native flora and fauna, read letters from historically accurate correspondents and visit the home of neighbors.

Free for teachers: The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 14. Free admission for teachers and up to three guests. No RSVP is necessary. You must provide proof of employment with school issued ID. The museum will showcase its school program offerings from 10 am to noon.

Backpacking camp: Point Reyes Adventure Camp is a backpacking camp for youth in grades 10 to 12, designed to teach backcountry and wilderness skills. Campers navigate the expansive Point Reyes National Seashore with trainer counselor intern naturalists and sleep under the stars, learning leadership, preparedness, inclusion, and Leave No Trace principles. The camp is July 23 – July 28. Visit www.ptreyes.org/summer-camp/adventure-camp-ages-12-17.

Free lunch: The Sonoma County Library is partnering with the Redwood Empire Food Bank to offer free nutritious meals to kids 18 and younger at the Sonoma Valley library throughout the summer. They will be serving meals from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, June 4, through Friday, Aug. 3.

Orchestra camp: If you have a middle school or older student who plays an instrument, encourage them to participate in the August summer music camp and play with Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra. Space is limited for this unique opportunity, inquire at goo.gl/forms/f7ZnB38vtnZqMqTK2.

Email tips and thoughts to ourschools@sonomanews.com.