Education Roundup: Driving lessons, bike club, dental help and more, Feb. 18
Driving School: Registration is now open for Teen Safe Driver training courses at Sonoma Raceway’s new racing school, the Sears Point Racing Experience. The full-day course for young drivers combines classroom time with driving exercises in a controlled environment, with a focus on emergency braking, accident avoidance and how to control skid situations. Reserve at searspointracing.com/programs-experiences/safe-driver-training-program.
Napa to sell school sites: Two Napa Valley grade schools shut their doors this summer and the school district may sell their campuses for millions of dollars to help its budget. The district’s smallest-by-enrollment schools permanently closed in June, and Napa school officials said that existing buildings will be removed and the land rezoned for new uses.
Career fair: A College and Career Fair for all local special education families is being held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Sonoma Valley High School in the College & Career Center on campus. The fair has been organized by SVHS student Lily Raaka in conjunction with the school district’s Special Education Advisory Council, for which Raaka is the student representative.
College tours: The Boys and Girls Clubs Maxwell Village Club is offering two college tours in March. On March 17, the club will take a van full of students to Cal Maritime and on March 19, they are offering a trip to U.C. Davis. Sign up at the club or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. The trip is free to members but space is limited.
AP diploma: Analy High School and El Molino High School will be the first Sonoma County public schools to offer AP Seminar in the fall of 2020. The AP Capstone Diploma program teaches college-level research skills, as well as collaboration and communication. More than 1,800 schools worldwide offer the program. The class will likely be offered in the evening so as not to conflict students’ daily class load and so that students from the two high schools can take the class together. Read more at sonomawest.com.
The CHP Explorer Program: There is a unique opportunity for young men and women to become an integral part of the California Highway Patrol operations and experience what a career in law enforcement would be like. Successful completion of the Explorer Program can open many doors and present many opportunities for the youth of tomorrow, especially for an Explorer who is planning to make the CHP a career. For questions about the Explorer Program, contact your local CHP area office. For Sonoma, that office is the Golden Gate Office, Napa CHP. Call 253-4906 for more information.
Congratulations: St. Francis Solano School recently held its annual Geography Bee for grades 4 to 8. August Kendall placed third, Sofia Galetto took second, and Frankie Campos achieved first-place ranking. Campos then took the school-champion, state-qualifying, on-line Geography Bee test. He is awaiting the results.
Teen Bike Club: The Safe Routes to School Program and Operation Bicycle (of Teen Services Sonoma) is offering a free after-school Bike Club at Adele Harrison Middle School for students in grades 6 to 8. The Bike Club will meet weekly after school on Feb. 21, 28 and March 6 and 13. Students will practice bike skills, learn bike maintenance, and have fun with friends while learning all about bikes. Students must bring their own bicycle and helmet. Contact Sarah Hadler at email@example.com or 710-4210 if your student needs to borrow a bike or helmet. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. Students must bring a signed registration form that is available in the Adele office.