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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, April 17

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District parent survey: Every year parents are asked to complete a survey sharing their thoughts and priorities with Sonoma Valley Unified School District administrators. Information from the survey is used to develop the plan which guides the district. The survey is online at http://goo.gl/pTKjFp.

Art Contest: Local high school students are encouraged to enter the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Submit entries at Congressman Mike Thompson’s district office at 2300 County Center Dr., in Santa Rosa by Tuesday, April 24. The winning artwork will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol Building. The winning student will receive two round-trip tickets to D.C., and be eligible for a scholarship. Acceptable media include paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art and photography. Email questions to Alex.Macfarlane@mail.house.gov.

SVHS alumni event: The big all-class Sonoma Valley High School alumni reunion event on Saturday, May 19 will have live music (Showcase the Band featuring Louis and Patti Perez), a sit down dinner (provided by Rose Catering) and a bar tended by Native Sons of the Golden West Sonoma Parlor 111. The classes of 1948, ‘58 and ‘68 will be honored for their 70th, 60th and 50th reunions. The evening will be dedicated to Mike Brocco who was on the alumni board for 50 years, serving many times as president. Tickets are available by emailing sonomahigh@gmail.com or calling Jurine Miller Biers at 933-1696.

SVHS homework: SVHS teaching staff and administration have met several times over the last three months to discuss the purpose for and practices around the assignment of homework. The process was shared at the December SVHS Parent Coffee and at Site Council. The teaching staff has reached consensus on the second draft and the draft is now being shared with students and parents for feedback. View it at sonomaschools.org/svhs and respond with your input by Friday, April 20.

Dance showcase: The SVHS Dance program will present its spring dance showcase at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, in Golton Hall at SVHS. Admission is $5 for students and $8 general admission.

Pasta Feed: The Sonoma Valley High School FFA is hosting a Pasta Feed to raise funds for 13 students who will be traveling to this year’s FFA National Conference in Anaheim. The Pasta Feed will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in the Pavilion of SVHS and will feature Mary’s Pizza’s pasta, bread and butter, salad, dessert and a beverage. Tickets are available through an FFA member or by emailing kskoglund@sonomaschools.org.

College Fair: Sonoma State University is hosting a college fair from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. This is a great opportunity to learn about a lot of colleges in a short amount of time and all in one place. Students should stop by the College & Career Center for details.

Family film: At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, adults and kids are all invited to the Community Center to enjoy a screening of the new animated film “Ferdinand” in their pajamas. Pizza, pasta and salad dinner will be provided by Red Grape before the movie. Dinner, movie and popcorn are all included in the ticket price, and all proceeds benefit Crescent Montessori School. Purchase your tickets at the door, or in advance via Eventbrite.

Summer school: SVHS summer school this year will begin on Monday, June 11, and end on Friday, July 13, with July 4 as an observed holiday. It will be held at Sonoma Valley High from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Students must attend every day. On the third absence, the student will be dropped from the class so plan vacations accordingly. No exceptions will be made.

Coloring contest: Redwood Credit Union is celebrating Credit Union Youth Month in April with giveaways and two contests that promote good savings habits for children and teenagers. Junior Rangers (RCU members ages 12 and under) are invited to participate in a coloring contest to help the children learn about “The Science of Saving.” One winner from each branch will receive $100. Junior Partners (RCU members ages 13 to 17) are invited to share — via song, imagery or poetry — a savings goal they’re working toward. A winner will be selected to receive $250. Contest rules and a downloadable coloring sheet are available at redwoodcu.org/youth. Submissions for both contests will be accepted at any of RCU’s 17 branches.

Construction at Justin-Siena: Construction is about to begin on a 173-room senior living center on the former softball fields in the northeast corner of Justin-Siena High School campus in Napa. The building is expected to open in the first quarter of 2020.

Bookmobile: The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be in our area on Sunday, April 22. It will be at Kenwood Market from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m; at Glen Ellen Post Office from 11 a.m. to noon; and at Fiesta Center in Boyes Hot Springs from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Top the Cops: High school students and local law enforcement officers will go head to head on Sonoma Raceway’s quarter-mile drag strip, as the popular Top the Cops weekly program runds through Aug. 29. Top the Cops offers an alternative to illegal street racing and gives teens the chance to race against local law enforcement officers, who compete in full uniform in their official vehicles. Participants must have a current high school ID and driver’s license, and a car that passes a simple technical inspection. Students are given practice runs, which then lead to head-to-head competition against an officer in his/her patrol car. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with racing from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $15 for students and $10 for spectators. sonomaraceway.com/track/wednesday_night_drags/.

Congrats: The Oak Leaf, Santa Rosa Junior College’s student-produced newspaper, along with 15 staff members, received several journalism awards at the Journalism Association of Community College’s state convention in March. The Oak Leaf took the award for General Excellence for both print and online content. The paper also won the Enterprise News Award for their in-depth, on-the-ground coverage of the Sonoma County fires. The Oak Leaf is also a finalist for Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper. If they win, they advance to the national competition.

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