Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Sept. 17

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Teacher awards: In partnership with the Community First Credit Union, the Sonoma County Office of Education is honoring Sonoma County Teachers through its Teacher of the Month program. Each month they will honor a teacher who will win a $600 classroom supplies gift card courtesy of Platinum Chevrolet and Bernstein Orthodontics. Nominate your favorite teacher at sonomacountyteacher.com.

Coffee fundraiser: Friday, Sept. 27 is Bucks for Kids Day at the local Dutch Brothers on Broadway. One dollar of every drink will go to the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation and school programs.

Library college advice: The events in Sonoma Valley Library’s Path to College series aim to help teens answer questions from how to write essays to how to pay for college. Coming up on the evenings of Oct. 7 and 14, there will be free presentation on writing college essays and transferring from a junior to a four-year college. Space is limited to 15 students, register at the Information Desk or online at sonomalibrary.org

Chorus: The international youth choral group, VOENA, is now running a program in Sonoma. Learn more or sign upvoena.org.

Join Cub Scouts: The Sonoma Cub Scouts are offering information nights on Mondays, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Leo’s Church at 601 W. Agua Caliente. For more information, contact Randy Bennett at sonomacubscouts@hotmailcom.

Audition: Antoinette Kuhry has one role left to cast in her Mayflower one-act play, “Freedom’s Song,” being staged in Sonoma in November. She seeks a young actress to play a 13-year-old girl. Email akhury@vom.com for more information.

Zumbini: Zumbini classes are coming to Cannon Music School in Sonoma. Get ready to sing, dance and shake it with your baby. Created by Zumba and BabyFirst, Zumbini is an early childhood education program that uses original music and movement to promote cognitive, social, fine/gross motor skill, and emotional development for children ages 0-4, all while creating a bonding experience for families. Two free 45-minute class demos are being offered on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Email at Zumbini With Roxanne at zumbiniwithroxanne@gmail.com with questions.

Blaming men: A new study claims that the steady decline in marriages in the United States can be attributed to a shortage of “economically attractive” men. Cornell University published its findings in the Journal of Marriage and Family by the National Council on Family Relations. U.S. marriage rates have reached a 150-year low, according to the study. Read more at kron4.com/news/national/lack-of-economically-attractive-men-to-blame-for-marriage-decline-study/.

Ballet Folklorico: Grupo Folklorico is starting up dance classes at El Verano School on Thursday afternoons from Sept. 12 through Nov. 21. Students will learn several traditional dances from Mexico and have a recital at the end. Register online asap at bit.do/sfg-english.

Agents of Discovery: A new educational mobile app-based game invites kids to “unlock hidden geo-located challenges, solve entertaining trivia questions and earn prizes.” The app is a collaboration of the National Park Service, USDA, Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Santa Clara County Parks and California State Parks to get kids exploring the outdoors. Kids and their families can use the mobile app to download free “missions” at Vasona Lake Park, Martial Cottle Park, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Seacliff State Beach and Blue Rock Springs Park. No data or wifi is required to play the mission once it has been downloaded.

Registering teens to vote: Sept. 16 to 27 is High School Voter Education week, aimed at helping ensure that students are learning to become active and engaged participants in American democracy. Students ages 16-17 can pre-register to vote. Learn more at cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr19ltr0826.asp

Never mind: The College Board called off plans to issue an adversity score to students who take the SAT and instead introduced a new metric after facing disapproval from parents and teachers. The score, which was going to be part of an “environmental context dashboard,” would have used 15 different factors from a student’s social and economic background to create a single score for colleges to factor into their admission decisions. Critics said race and socioeconomic status should not be considered to determine college acceptance and that the score would be too easy to “game.”

Family adventure day: There is a free family-friendly and kid-focused adventure at Jack London State Historic Park on Oct. 19. At 11 a.m, there will be a naturalist led nature walk and kids will make a simple bird call from everyday items. Participants can visit live raptors and create a fun piece of art with Art Escape. Light snacks are provided. To sign up, go to jacklondonpark.com/family-adventure-days/.

Climate Forum: Sonoma Valley High School students will be participating in a Climate Crisis Forum from 11:55 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 in the Little Theater. According to science teacher Kelly O’Leary, students will be discussing the climate crisis in solidarity with the second annual School Strike for the Climate. To learn more, email koleary@sonomanschools.org.

Great new book: A new book from Paul Tough talks about “The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes Or Breaks Us.” The book is seriously thought-provoking and may cause you to questions everything you thought you knew about the college experience. Drawing on new research, the book reveals how the landscape of higher education has dramatically shifted in recent decades.

Email news and tips to ourschools@sonomanews.com.

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