STEM sessions: SVHS senior Alyssa Schimm is hosting free STEM sessions in the high school maker lab for girls in grades 5 to 8 on Saturday mornings in March. This is the second year that she has offered the free enrichment sessions. The topics include engineering, coding and technology and science and math. To sign-up, email Alyssa.schimm@gmail.com.

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College logo-wear needed: SVHS senior Juan Martinez is researching educational equality and, for part of his project, he wants to collect enough college T-shirts for the entire fifth grade class at Sassarini Elementary. He plans to hand deliver the shirts along with other seniors from the club he started last year, Dragones Latinxs, and share with them stories and plans for next year, so they can see that Latinxs who went to the same schools and lived in the same neighborhoods as them succeed and go to college. He can be reached at jmarti5@stu.sonomaschools.org or T-shirts can be delivered to the SVHS office.

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Norway kicks butt: Unlike the U.S., where we keep score of everything all the time, Norway puts kids in sports but doesn’t let them keep score until age 13. The idea is to make sports part of their social development so that the motivation to stay involved is to have fun with their friends, not winning. Norway was the top medal winner in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Coffee with Kathleen: SVHS’s next Coffee with the Principal is Friday, March 2 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the College & Career Center. Topics include scheduling and AP classes, student safety and other areas of interest.

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Cool college option: Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University have launched a dual degree program in arts and humanities. Students will spend first two years Trinity then attend Columbia in New York City for the second two years.

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Food service skills: Teen Services Sonoma is hosting its next ServSafe and Service Etiquette class beginning Monday, Feb. 26. Call 939-1452 to reserve a space.

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Family friendly: Palooza Brewery & Gastropub on Highway 12 in Kenwood will be letting kids eat free with their families in March (age 12 and younger) from 4 to 8 p.m. on Mondays.

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Tip hotline: While the middle schools are exploring the Stop It app, mentioned last week, SVHS has been using the “Text-a-Tip” hotline. Text-a-Tip notice/posters are in every classroom and throughout campus. It can be used to report vandalism, a student in distress, drug/alcohol use, etc. as well as bullying. The tip is confidential and goes directly to the school’s three vice principals and Sonoma Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Smith.

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Music lessons: Valley Vibes Orchestra has few spaces available in its beginner after-school orchestra class for any Sonoma Valley student in grades 2 to 5. Apply at https://goo.gl/forms/UT7MHIrfmeWa4ZWS2

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New school: An innovative new brick and mortar high school in Santa Rosa opened this year. NGL Academy is hosting an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. I’ll be going to learn more about what they offer. Learn more at ngl.academy/santa-rosa/.

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