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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Sept. 26

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Meet popular author: “Captain Underpants” author Dav Pilkey will talk about his work, draw and sign books at the Charles Schulz Museum on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 pm. Free tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. that day. Seating is limited. 2301 Hardies Lane in Santa Rosa.

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No bells: Justin-Siena High School in Napa joined the “no bells” movement this year and principal John Bordelon was recently interviewed about the decision by Ed Source. He said tardiness has dropped 30 percent since the school dropped bells last year. “We’re a college prep school. Well, there’s no bells in college,” he explained. “So just like in college, the teacher dismisses the class, not the bell. It took students about three days to get used to it. Now we’d never go back.” The school has also shifted its start time to 9 a.m. and made other changes to create a “more relaxed, less stressful atmosphere,” he said. “So much of our educational world is based on an industrial model. But students aren’t cattle,” he said. “We think students should be trusted and given responsibility for their own learning.” Chris Calderwood of Rancho Mirage High School added, “The only places that have bells any more are prisons and schools. The bottom line is, every kid has a cell phone in their pocket. They know what time it is. Why not trust the kids to manage their own time?”

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Free concert: The first Sonoma County Philharmonic concerts of the season are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 pm. at the Santa Rosa High School at 1235 Mendocino Ave. Students 18 and under are free. General admission is $15. socophil.org

Contact Lorna at lorna.sheridan@sonomanews.com.