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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Feb. 28

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Survey: Sonoma Valley public school parents are being asked to complete a survey about how to promote academic success at SVHS and how the schools can continue to support students and their families. Paper copies are available at all school offices and the survey is online at sonomaschools.org.

Gifted students: Academic Talent Search (ATS) is looking to recruit new sixth and seventh grade students. The free program through Sonoma State University is designed to inform, motivate and assist students to enroll and succeed at a college of their choice. ATS offers workshops and college visits, one-on-one advising and financial aid workshops. To recommend your child for this program, email Kim Bellach at kbellach@sonomaschools.org. There is also a parent information night at Sonoma State University on Feb. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

SVHS theater: “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller will be performed in the Little Theater at Sonoma Valley High School on Feb. 28, 29, March 1, 6, 7 and 8. Evening shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The production is directed by Jane Martin, Abbie Jennings and student director Andie Raffaini. Tickets are available at the door.

Day of Service: Sonoma Valley High School is organizing a big Day of Service from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, and inviting the community to come help paint murals, plant and generally beautify the campus. More than 500 bulbs of tulips and daffodils were planted at the last SVHS “Day of Service” and local businesses donated trees, landscapers their time and equipment. The Garden Club gave a donation and alumni and students and parents helped to beautify the campus. Email Campus Beautification Club advisor Peter Hansen at phansen@sonomaschools.org for details.

Camp Cinder Shasta: Girls age 14 to 18 are invited to apply to a free Cal Fire firefighter summer camp for girls June 22 to 26 in Redding. Campers will learn water and rope rescue, vehicle extraction, helicopter operations, and more. Apply by April 26 at fire.ca.gov/camp-cinder.

Gym Jam: The annual school district music festival at Pfeiffer Gym, called Gym Jam is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. Students from all over the district gather for an evening of music, spanning the fifth through 12th grade. Among the performers are the Valley Vibe woodwind and brass class and an honor band comprised of elementary students, Altimira and Adele Harrison intermediate and advanced bands and the high school’s concert band.

Social Media Survey: The Mental Health Subcommittee of the Kaiser Teen Advisory Council is conducting a student survey about teen use of social media. The survey is online at tinyurl.com/rt8s297.

Valley Families Together Speaker Series: The next free community event is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Adele Harrison library at 1150 Broadway. The topic is social media.

Paid internship: The Sonoma Index-Tribune will be hiring a paid summer intern again this year. The person must be in college or a recent grad, with some journalism experience. Email a resume and clips to jason.walsh@sonomanews.com.

Flowery Garden: Second graders helped out during last week’s installation of a new 1,500-square-foot habitat garden at Flowery Elementary School, which converted bare soil into a schoolyard garden of native plants. The new garden marks yet another collaboration between Sonoma Ecology Center’s Education and Restoration departments and local schools, with help from the school community and funding from Sonoma County’s School Garden Network.

Email news, tips and events to ourschools@sonomanews.com.

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