Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Dec. 19

Wood tools needed!


Volunteers needed: Do you enjoy judging senior projects? Sonoma Valley High School is looking for volunteers to help seniors edit senior project research papers. Volunteers will be trained by SVHS teacher Janet Hansen. Volunteers are needed from Jan. 8 to 19 and again from Feb. 5 to 23 for a second round of editing. Sessions are 40 minutes in length. Volunteers will choose their available dates using a Doodle Poll. Additional faculty and seasoned volunteers will be on hand to assist. Contact Sallie Kyle-Moore at Sonoma Valley Education Foundation for more information at

New exhibit: The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County (CMOSC) has installed a unique, new temporary exhibit within the Science and Imagination Gallery. Made entirely of packing tape, Weblandia is a crawl-through space of tunnels, slides and ladders. Both parents and children are invited to explore this incredibly fun custom-built structure. The shapes and forms incorporate many of the same building principles as spider webs and some bridges and buildings. Thousands of feet of packing tape is used to build a hands-on, interactive world for kids to immerse themselves in. The grand opening for the public is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23. Weblandia is a temporary exhibit open through May. 1835 Steele Lane.

Crab Feed: Tickets are on sale now for the Sonoma Valley High School Crab Feed and Dance at Veterans Memorial Building on First Street West. The event, put on by the Boosters Club, is set for Saturday, Feb. 3, and it features cracked crab, pasta, salad, wine, dancing and a silent auction. VIP tickets are $85, general tickets are $65 and dance only tickets are $25. Visit

Turf field ready: The artificial turf sports field is ready for use behind Adele Harrison Middle School. Adele students can use it before school and during break and lunch as well as during PE as directed by their teachers. It will also be used after school by the high school soccer teams. For other teams to gain access to the field, they need to fill out a district facility use form to get approved. The gates will be locked after students/teams leave the field. No food or drink except water is allowed on the field. No strollers, bikes, skateboards, or anything with wheels on the field, and no pets.

Mentoring party: The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance is celebrating its anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Jacuzzi Winery. Pride and Joy will perform and the Girl & the Fig will be serving dinner. Tickets are on sale now at

Tools needed: Adele Harrison Middle School seeks donations of carpentry tools for its farm-to-table class. Hammers, screwdrivers, hand saws, wire clippers and similar are needed. Drop off at the school office.

Great leaders: The parents of kids who grow up to become leaders do specific things, according to Jeff Haden in a recent piece published in Inc. magazine. Read the complete article at

1. Teach them to start with small “wins.” Gaining agreement has an enduring effect, even if only over the short term.

2. Teach them not to be afraid to take strong stands. Even the most skeptical people tend to be at least partly persuaded by a confident speaker.

3. Teach them to adjust their rate of speech. If your audience is likely to disagree, speak faster; if your audience is likely to agree, speak slower.

4. Teach them to know how their audience prefers to process information. Teach your kids not to push for instant agreement if someone’s personality style makes that unlikely. And teach them not to ask for thought and reflection if their audience loves to make quick decisions and move on.

5. Teach them not to be afraid to be (appropriately) “unprofessional.” Tossing in an occasional – and heartfelt – curse word can actually help instill a sense of urgency because it shows you care.

6. Teach them to focus on describing positive outcomes. Positive-outcome statements tend to be more persuasive.

7. Teach them to share the good and the bad. Teach your kids to meet objections head on. Teach your kids to talk about the other side of the argument – and then do their best to show why they’re still right.

8. Most of all, teach your kids not to just say they’re right. Teach them to be right. To be clear, concise and to the point. Teach them to win the day because their data, reasoning, and conclusions are beyond reproach.

Dyslexia help: Did you know that the Scottish Rite has the largest chain of dyslexia centers in the U.S.? And that they have one in Santa Rosa? And they provide free or low cost services? Find out more at

Community help: Adele Harrison Career Day seeks additional community speakers from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. Speakers give three 15 minute presentations about their career (how they chose it, what training or schooling was required to enter that career, what a day in their job looks like, the benefits/pitfalls, etc). The idea is to give the kids a brief overview of a career they might be interested in pursuing. If you are interested in participating or know someone who might be please contact Kim Bellach at

New newspaper: Altimira Middle School has launched its first student newspaper. The first issue of the Wolf Paw Press was “published” last week and can be read at

Best books: Looking for holiday gift ideas? Here’s a list of books that will inspire creativity in your children. Read the descriptions and learn more at

– “Beautiful Oops”

– “Faces”

– “The Dot”

– “Ish”

– “The Art Book for Children” and “The Art Book for Children Book 2”

– “Colorful Dreamer”

– “I’ve Painted Everything!”

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