Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Oct. 9

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Resources: Recognizing that the 1-year anniversary of the October 2017 wildfires could be a difficult time for many, the Sonoma County Office of Education has created a page of resources for the community, educators, parents and children. Learn about the fire’s impact and how to help children with trauma, at www.scoe.org/pub/htdocs//scoe-fire-anniversary.html

Meet the court: Bios and photos of the Sonoma Valley High School homecoming court will appear in Friday’s Index-Tribune, but in the meantime, you can watch interviews with the nominees on the high school’s TV station at www.svhsbroadcast.com.

High school info: All Sonoma seventh and eighth graders are invited to a high school admissions fair from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Presentation School. Among the high schools attending will be SVHS, Marin Academy, Justin-Siena, Cardinal-Newman, Sonoma Academy, Branson, several boarding schools, and more. No RSVP necessary.

Alumni tailgate: There will be an SVHS alumni tailgate from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday before the Homecoming game. Wine, beer and snacks will be served. Ages 21+.

Family fun: The Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm will hold its free fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The farm is located at 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville. Activities will include U-pick pumpkins and other seasonal produce, apple pressing, wood milling demonstrations, a rotten fruit slingshot, compost lessons and tours of the farm and forest. shonefarm.santarosa.edu/farm-program-updates

Special ed resources: The school district’s new Sonoma Special Education Advisory Council - SEAC, has created a Facebook page. Local families can “follow” the group to keep informed on key issues.

TTC offering: Transcendence is offering a fall Musical Theater Intensive Workshop for students 13 to 20 years old. Students will work with professionals from each field who will help fine-tune their talent and skills. http://bit.ly/2ym9ltp

CSUs: The Cal State Apply application for the fall 2019 term is now open. Students interested in attending any CSU campus can apply online until Nov. 30 at http://ow.ly/4ur730m2VXk.

School hire: Jennifer Reeder has been hired as the school district’s coordinator of educational services. Reeder is a resident of Sonoma and a graduate of Sonoma State. Reeder will support student achievement through testing and assessment, and use of data collection and analysis to improve outcomes for all students. Her tentative start date is Monday, Oct. 22.

Discounts: There are lots of discounts for local students if they simply show a school ID. For example, students can apply for a student discount at Forever 21 and get 10 percent off every time they shop. A complete list is online at www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/100-stores-that-give-a-student-discount/.

Teen Services: Teen Services is offering both a new Ready to Work Fall Workshop, beginning now, and a Serve Safe and Service Etiquette class for hospitality jobs, which is held on the first Monday of every month from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Visit teenservicessonoma.com or call 939-1452 for more information.

Scrip: Sonoma Market has a new Community Scrip Program. Shoppers can earn up to 4 percent of their monthly purchases for local nonprofits and youth educational organizations. Pick up a community scrip card from your preferred nonprofit. Once you have your card, visit scrip.nuggetmarket.com to register the card and the nonprofits you’d like to support. The card can be used at Sonoma Market or any Nugget store.

FAFSA: Parents and students can now fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2019-2010 school year via the new mobile FAFSA app. The app is called myStudentAid, and it should streamline the application process.

Paying for college: On Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library is hosting a free “Paying for College: A Path to College Workshop.” They will also answer individual questions about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the California Dream Act, and provide personal assistance. Bring 2017 federal tax returns if you wish to complete the online FAFSA. Bilingual. Attendance is limited. Register at sonomalibrary.org, call 996-5217 or register in person.

Thankfulness: Want to start a new family tradition that will teach your kids more about thankfulness? Every night for the month of November, gather as a family and write a line on your pumpkin of what you are thankful for. See image for an example. (Courtesy of Carolyn Henderson Copeland)

Barn Talks: Save the date of Wednesday, Nov. 14, for the next Barn Talk featuring Reed Martin and comedian and actor Brian Posehn, both SVHS graduates. Tickets are on sale now. The talk will be held at Broadway Farms at 20675 Broadway.

Great opp for teens: If you have, or know of, students age 15 to 18 who are interested in other cultures, they should check out the State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program. While you might think it is impossible to be selected, Sonoma has had three high school students, two college students and one teacher selected to take part in NSLI programs (all expenses paid) over the past four years. Students spend either the summer or a full year in Morocco, China, India, Korea, Tajikistan, Turkey or Russia. The merit-based full scholarships cover all travel, accommodations, daily language classes and cultural activities. The goal of NSLI-Y is to increase the number of young Americans with the language skills necessary to advance international dialogue and increase understanding between cultures. The deadline is soon – Tuesday, Oct. 30. nsliforyouth.org.

Admissions: Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa offers shadowing for students in grades 8 to 11 most Wednesdays throughout the year, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Currently two dozen Sonoma Valley students attend and there is a morning bus to campus. To register for a visit day, visit sonomacaademy.org.

Email news and tips to ourschools@sonomanews.com.

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