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SVHS senior college plans, journalism awards, athletic awards, staying focused, babysitter website, Night Sky app

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Lorna Sheridan/Index-Tribune Education Editor

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A special issue of Sonoma Valley High’s Dragon’s Tale newspaper lists the future plans of each graduating senior. The class of 2014 started this year with 314 students; I don’t have the exact number that will graduate. You can grab a copy of the newspaper at the high school but here is a summary based on its data:

107 students are headed to a four-year college.

Almost half of those (51) are headed to a CSU campus (including 21 to Sonoma State University).

17 students are headed to UC schools (one to Berkeley and one to UCLA).

125 students are headed to junior college/community college.

15 students plans to jump right into the work force.

10 students are taking a gap year or are still undecided.

9 are headed to vocational school or beauty school.

4 are headed to the Coast Guard or Air Force.

Sonoma Valley High is hosting its first student art show in the new campus gallery in room H7. The show will be open during lunch and breaks weekdays until Friday, May 23. I stopped by last week and the artwork is fantastic, and some of it is for sale.

Sonoma County high schools compete in the Press Democrat’s Redwood Empire Journalism contest across 12 categories. Congratulations to Sonoma Valley High junior, Owen Barrett, who received three first place awards in photojournalism categories; to senior Jesse Summers who won third in feature writing; and to the paper overall – the Dragon’s Tale won second place for design and layout and second for overall excellence.  Glen Ellen freshman Elizabeth Kolling, who attends Sonoma Academy, won third place in the sports feature category. Casa Grande High School’s Gaucho Gazette was the overall champion for the 11th year in a row.

The Press Democrat also recently held its 20th annual All-Empire Athletes of the Year. Congratulations to Sonoma Valley High seniors Jack Murphy, Michelle Stovall, Dan Deely and Megan Neely, who were honored as Sonoma Valley High’s nominees.

There is a new group on Facebook for Sonoma Valley babysitters – both parents seeking sitters and teens looking for work. You must request permission to join and parents are advised to do their own due diligence in trusting anyone with their children. But it is a terrific idea, just in time for those long summer days. facebook.com/groups/732341986818602/.

The WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center is having its second annual rummage sale and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24, at 583 First St. W. To donate items for the sale or baked goods, email info@willmarcenter.org, or call 935-1946.

In a novel idea for a reading contest this summer, The New York Times will ask teens, “What interested you most in paper this week?” Anyone 13 to 19 years old can post an answer, and every Tuesday winners will be published on the blog The Learning Network, and all related posts are accessible without a digital subscription. http://tinyurl.com/lj25h5t.

A student blogger recently posted tips on how to stay focused in class for students of all ages:

Practice active listening and take notes.

Sit in the front section of the room.

Sit in the same seat every day (It will help you to remember what you learned in the class).

Avoid sitting in the same seat for multiple classes.

Participate in class.

Read his full explanations at http://tinyurl.com/kv27ycp.

Dutch Bros. Coffee Sonoma opened on Friday and was giving away free drinks all day. Better yet, on Saturday, they gave 100 percent of their proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club. They set an excellent example for all businesses opening in a new community.

Presentation School has announced its slate of summer camps that are open to all Sonoma Valley students in grades K-8. The camps will run July 28 to Aug. 1 or Aug. 4 to Aug. 8. Most are from 9 a.m. to noon. Choices include broadcasting for kids, beginning bluegrass fiddle, electromagnetism, songwriting, Algebra boot camp, textile design, theater, volleyball and soccer. The complete flyer is at presentationschool.com.

Dunbar Elementary School honored Joanna and Bruce Gleenslade recently, with a special volunteer recognition award for the couple’s decade of service to the school as their four children made their way through Dunbar.

As you search for summer reading, movies and websites to amuse your children, don’t forget to check out Common Sense Media. The site can help you find age-appropriate movies, books, apps, TV shows, video games, websites and music with more than 20,000 reviews by age, entertainment type, learning rating and genre. commonsensemedia.org?

Popo the Clown, also known as Penny Byrd, has opened a party barn for kids ages 2 to 9 on Eighth Street East, next to The Granary. For reservations and information, call 933-1800. On Thursday, May 29, Penny Byrd will teach a table manners class for kids, with dinner. The cost is $20. There is no website, but you can find the business on Facebook.

So far, more than one million students have enrolled in code.org’s online K-8 Intro to Computer Science Course. This summer might be a great time to have your child explore coding. If they love it, they can continue their studies in high school. We are fortunate in that, while only one-third of all high schools offer AP Computer Science, Sonoma Valley High is one of the schools that does. learn.code.org?

University of California officials are working on a new strategy to make it easier for students to transfer in from the state’s community colleges. The plan is to simplify information about how to transfer, improve outreach to community colleges and offer more support to transfers once they arrive at a UC campus. Almost one in three UC undergraduates – about 15,000 students a year – begins his or her higher education at a community college.

The Read To Me program is a series of interactive workshops to introduce parents to the pleasures of picture books for children. This website offers recommendations and tips about reading with babies and toddlers. readtomeprogram.org.

There is a 99-cent app that will get kids outside. When you hold The Night Sky app up to the sky, the app identifies the names of the planets, stars and constellations.

The 2014 Academics’ Choice Awards, honoring the best mind-building media and toys, is available online at academicschoice.com/2014. A total of 56 products earned the award.

Congratulations to these local students graduating this June from Oregon State University: Shirley A. Morovich, bachelor of science, nutrition; Elizabeth M. Rouse, bachelor of science, human development and family sciences; Douglas T. Wood, master of science, geography.