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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, April 11


District is hiring: The school district is hiring for three senior level positions right now and two of the open spots represent somewhat of a reorganization. Two jobs are vice-superintendent spots of a sort. The titles are associate superintendent for business services (finance) and associate superintendent for instructional services (curriculum). The latter helps fill the spot left vacant by Karla Conroy’s retirement. The jobs pay $120,000 to $140,000. Also open is principal of Dunbar Elementary, at a salary of $93,000 to $107,000. Applicants must apply through edjoin.org.

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Teens in space: An upcoming Netflix documentary, The Mars Generation, follows a group of teen space trainees as they learn about human spaceflight at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk discuss the technology that’s in the works that could take us to space. The show debuts on May 5.

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Campfire program: The next free campfire program at the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard is from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 14. All ages, steady rain cancels.

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Free park entry: You can visit U.S. national parks for two weekends this month as part of National Park Week. Fees will be waived April 15 and 16 and April 22 and 23 at California’s Yosemite National Park and others.

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Celebrating Brandon: There is a Zumba fundraiser for the family of Brandon Barmore from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at the Vets Hall. All donations will go to help the Barmores. For more information, call 318-4011. A celebration of Brandon’s life, open to the public, will be held at the school gymnasium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Brandon Barmore Memorial Fund, at Sonoma’s Bank of the West. A Brandon Barmore Memorial Go Fund Me Page has also been set up for online donations.

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Language Fair: SRJC is hosting a World Language Fair at noon on Tuesday, April 18, in the student center. The free event will include presentations in different languages, music, dances, children’s games, and an “International Café” area providing free food.

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Free SAT prep: Juniors and sophomores can enroll in a free SAT class offered by Revolution Prep (valued at $650). Stop by the high school’s College & Career Center asap to inquire as classes start this week.

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Reading intervention: SRJC hosts intensive summer classes for students who struggle with reading skills (as well as speed reading classes for middle and high school students and adults). Students are grouped by age and level. Classes meet once a week in Petaluma. Call 800-834-3693 for more information.

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Raising a giving child: Here are five ways to raise a kid who gives back, according to Beth Kobliner, author of “Make Your Kid a Money Genius.”

-- Start a charitable matching plan, kicking in a dollar for every dollar she gives to a charity she cares about.

-- Don’t just ignore people who ask for money on the street, say “sorry not today” and explain your giving philosophy to your child.

-- Emphasizing local giving will help your child understand the issues on your community.

-- Don’t overpraise giving. Don’t make it about praise, make it about how it feels.

Adulthood: A new book called “Choose Your Own Adulthood” by Hal Runkel explains how a series of small choices that young adults make can play a large role in determining their adulthood. His emphasis on the understanding the difference between “what we want most” and “what we want right now” really resonates.

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Garden news: Prestwood’s school garden renovation and revitalization is underway and community help is needed to construct pollinator, culinary and aromatic herb garden beds and to prepare the fruit tree orchard for pumpkins. Saturday open work days will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 8, April 15, May 6 and May 13.

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Take a walk: Adults and students alike are more focused at work and feel less exhausted at the end of a long day if they take a walk outside midday, according to a new study. Participants enjoyed their breaks more on days they walked, reporting improvements in concentration and fatigue. tinyurl.com/mra2c9t

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Cars and coffee: Sonoma Raceway will partner with Sonoma Charter School to host the track’s first cars-and-coffee style event, Sonoma Show & Shine, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 15. Proceeds from the event benefit the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) and SSCS. Car enthusiasts and car club members can put their cars on display in the raceway’s main paddock, and there will be coffee and pastries. Admission for participants and spectators is $15.

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The gift of books: Crescent Montessori recently partnered with local pediatric practices, the Family Resource Center run by La Luz, and the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center to give away 500 books to children under 5. Their idea was to work locally to improve childhood literacy through putting books in childrens’ homes and hands. They hope to run this program annually, giving away 500 books each year (anybody interested in partnering with Crescent in 2018 can contact info@crescentmontessori.com.)

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Disney show: The hit TV show “Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve!” is coming to the Green Music Center at noon on Saturday, April 15. The show includes funky hip-hop renditions of the ABC’s and 1-2-3’s. Tickets start at $25. Kids price $10

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Fundraiser: The Boys & Girls Clubs’ annual Day at the Derby fundraiser is Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at Terra de Belos Cavalos at 687 Campagna Lane in Kenwood. There will be multiple screens, a southern-inspired menu by Elaine Bell, race betting and attire contests, Dixieland-style jazz by the Russian River Ramblers and a DJ & dancing to follow.

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Hanna party: A handful of tickets are still available to the 11th Annual Evening with the All Stars Gala at Hanna Boys Center on Saturday, April 22. If you can’t attend, you can still help by purchasing a raffle ticket to win an instant wine collection. Hannacenter.org.

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Fashion show: The Soroptomists are hosting a lunch and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, at MacArthur Place. The proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for graduating seniors. Call 996-4538 for more information.

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Ping pong: Stand By Me Mentoring is hosting an inaugural doubles ping-pong tournament from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at Suite D, 21800 Schellville Road. sonomamentoring.org

Contact Lorna at ourschools@sonomanews.com