Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Oct. 29

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Degrees to Diploma workshop: The Boys & Girls Club is hosting a free college readiness workshop for Sonoma Valley High School seniors from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Maxwell Village Club. NO RSVP required.

Filmmakers: The Sonoma County Five Minute Film Festival accepts entries from all Sonoma County students in grades K to 12. For information on the festival, visit

Napa closing schools: Like Sonoma, Napa is facing declining enrollment in its schools. Napa’s school board voted last week to close its Yountville Elementary and Mt. George Elementary schools, citing falling attendance and budget shortfalls.

Performance: Woodland Star Charter School’s fifth grade is putting on a performance of the Indian epic drama “Ramayana: The Story of King Rama” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at the Sebastiani Theatre. Tickets are $10 in advance at, $15 at the door.

Open house: Sonoma Academy is hosting an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Families participate in a mini-class schedule, interact with teachers and ask questions of current students. The evening begins with an activities fair, where prospective students will learn about extracurricular activities, athletics, leadership opportunities, travel programs and more. Register at

Donations needed: The community is invited to drop off empty glass spice jars at the Altimira Middle School office. The garden team is dehydrating organic garden herbs and selling them. 17805 Arnold Drive.

Donation: The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria are contributing a $2,850,000 grant to Sonoma State University to revitalize its Fairfield Osborn Preserve to expand outdoor educational space, increase facility capacity, and provide for ADA accessibility. The facility will be renamed the “Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Learning Center at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve” and provide the public with information about the tribe’s longstanding presence in the Sonoma region.

Seeds of Learning: The Sonoma-based service travel nonprofit Seeds of Learning is now open to Adele Harrison Middle School eighth grade Dual Immersion program students. The students are invited to travel to Nicaragua in early June in order to engage in service, use their Spanish, and “facilitate a transformative cross-cultural experience.” The students (and chaperones) will work alongside the people of Las Mesas to construct a rural library and learning center. SOL will work with families in early 2020 to prepare for the trip and look for financial support from the community. Contact Annie Bacon at

CSUs: The California State University system is proposing that incoming freshman be required to complete one additional course of math, science or a quantitative elective to be accepted to a CSU campus. There is some opposition to the plan, however, as it is expected to make it more difficult to gain entry to CSU schools. Read more

Ag dinner: Sonoma Valley Foundation for Agriculture has rescheduled its annual fundraiser to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. There will be dinner, dancing and auction at Donnell Ranch. Proceeds raised go towards supporting the AgriTechnology Academy at SVHS. Email

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