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2020-07-08Jul 8, 2020

Sonoma County Library has expanded its Student OneCard partnership  —  which provides local students access to public library resources using their student ID numberto include 16 of 40 Sonoma County school districts, giving nearly 50,000 Sonoma County public school students access to library resources. 

2020-04-09Apr 9, 2020

The Sebastopol Rotary Education Foundation and the Rotary Club of Sebastopol today recognized their three Teachers of the Year in West Sonoma County. The Teacher of the Year program was created to provide community recognition to the hard-working educators in West Sonoma County. Mary Jo Kinser of  Pleasant Hill Christian School  for a career of great performance and leadership. Sydnee Mardell of  Twin Hills Charter Middle School  for her stellar performance as a new teacher. AndJoe Maloney of Laguna High School for his innovations to improve curriculum and career opportunities.


2020-04-06Apr 6, 2020

ArtStart of Santa Rosa has launched a call for teen artists to express visually, the personal, social, political and global effects of the pandemic crisis. As this situation affects each of us differently, ArtStart invites the voices of those age 14-20 to offer their unique perspective.

2020-03-31Mar 31, 2020

Sonoma County Gazette's printable guides for School Meals, Family Guide; Art, Science and Fun Projects.All activity guides include OLDER KIDS CHALLENGES, and are preceded by 'Some Preliminary Tips for Parents'. Enjoy! Graphic art by our very own: © Elisabeth DeGoff.

2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020

As a social service agency, SAY’s services are considered essential business and activities under the “shelter-in-place” order issued by Sonoma County’s Public Health Officer on 3/18/20. We have adjusted our services and staffing as much as possible to increase social distancing and minimize exposure, while still supporting the most vulnerable youth in our community. Our housing and crisis teams are focused on keeping young people stabilized in their housing programs, informed about the current situation, and educated on good handwashing and social distancing practices. SAY’s mental health clinicians are working to support clients with phone therapy sessions, rather than meeting in-person.

2020-03-18Mar 18, 2020

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues to accelerate globally, representing a serious public health threat for communities of all sizes. As a trusted community resource, the Sonoma County Library is committed to serving our community in this uncertain time. Our library banches are closed, as we are committed to the health and safety of our community and our staff. Please do not return library materials to the branches. Our digital library never closes. 
Las sucursales de nuestra biblioteca están cerradas, Nuestra biblioteca en línea nunca cierra.

2020-03-17Mar 17, 2020

As schools across Sonoma County and the country close for an extended period of time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of educators that includes representatives of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), have launched an effort to provide a set of hands-on maker activities and design challenges that children and their families can complete at home using simple products found around the house.The project, called CoBuild-19, is being spearheaded by the Maker Educator Collective, a network of experienced educators from K-12 and higher education working to help educators integrate maker education principles and  philosophies into core curriculum.


2020-03-15Mar 15, 2020

Some folks are getting antsy and have expressed concern with possible the outcome of Measure B. Here's the short version of "Where are we now?" First, the VERY short version: It's over, Measure B has passed!

2020-03-14Mar 14, 2020

In a precautionary effort to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, in Sonoma County and the state, Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) and Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), are recommending that Sonoma County school districts temporarily suspend in-person classes through at least March 27.  Most school districts are on spring break March 17-21, 2020, so these recommendations would be enacted the following week, beginning March 23, 2020.

2020-03-11Mar 11, 2020

June 1942. Thirteen-year-old Anne Frank received a red and white checkered diary for her birthday. The family had moved from Frankfurt to Amsterdam after Hitler rose to power in 1933. Now that Germany had invaded the Netherlands, persecution of the Jews began with mandatory restrictions such as curfews, shopping only between three and five o’clock and being branded with a yellow star worn on their clothing. When her sister, Margot, received a call-up summons for a Nazi work camp two weeks later, the Frank family went into hiding. Another girl, Eva Geiringer, had a parallel and overlapping story.

2020-02-26Feb 26, 2020

Upstream Investments will be honored with a Gold Resolution from the Board of Supervisors on Friday, February 28, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. The Board strategically chose the Upstream Investments collective impact model, which has been successfully adopted by other U.S. counties and cities, to create a shift in the way social services operate in the County. The Board of Supervisors’ interest in prevention-focused strategies was inspired by concerns over an increase in the number of residents in the local criminal justice system.

2020-07-07Jul 7, 2020

While the observatory cannot yet open its doors for the public to use its telescopes due to social distancing limitations, docents found another way to create fun, family events outside. Visitors are required to follow Covid-19 precautions including wearing face masks and social distancing from other family groups. The number of participants are also limited to ensure a safe environment. Sign up and pay ahead of time online, to ensure a spot as well as to minimize contact at the event.

2020-02-17Feb 17, 2020

Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), a program of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin, is partnering with local government officials across the county for their annual 

Government Day on Friday, February 21. Nearly 100 juniors from area high schools throughout Sonoma County will spend the day exploring the functions of local government, its impact on their lives, and the upcoming Sonoma County Supervisorial Election.“During Government Day, TLT partners with local municipalities,” said TLT Director Catrina Dierke. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for TLT students to meet elected officials, learn about their community, and discover what it takes to make a city run.”

2020-02-17Feb 17, 2020

Sonoma County Climate Activist Network (SoCoCAN!) wants you in the room for Sonoma County Climate Activists Community Summit, It’s Up To Us! Sun., Mar. 15, 1:30-6:00pm, Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa. The Summit aims to link groups and activists closer for greater leverage on climate crisis, focuses on how adults can work with youth-led groups and seeks an overall vision for our county in the fight for climate justice. 

2020-02-10Feb 10, 2020

Our schools desperately need your vote to get this much-needed bond passed. On October 7, 2019, Governor Newsom signed AB 48 (O’Donnell and Glazer), which placed a $15 billion state school facilities bond on the March 3, 2020, statewide primary election. The Secretary of State assigned the heavily supported initiative by state officials, educators and administrators, and education organizations with the ballot number Proposition 13.  



2020-02-08Feb 8, 2020

Yes on Measure B provides an opportunity to make a difference not only in the lives of more than 1,800 students and hard-working teachers and staff but also in the quality of life in our community, by supporting critical programming in our public high schools. Yes on Measure B will enable us to continue along this solid pathway of providing world-class education and opportunity for all of our students.


2020-06-13Jun 13, 2020

The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), in collaboration with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and a committee of regional superintendents, is releasing a document of guiding principles and planning considerations that schools and districts should consider when making plans for opening the 2020-2021 school year. It is important to note each district is responsible for creating its own reopening plan. Also included is images, a video and link from the World Economic Forum of what other countries are doing in their schools after lockdown.

2020-05-31May 31, 2020

Sonoma County Library is offering a schedule of weekly story times, craft activities, easy science projects and read-aloud programs for older kids are now online. Featuring Sonoma County Library children’s librarian Kim Dargeou, who created the short videos with “Miss Kim”.

2020-05-29May 29, 2020

California Poets in the Schools (CalPoets) announces the county’s first-ever Youth Poet Laureate. Zoya Ahmed, an incoming senior at Maria Carrillo High School, was selected from a qualified pool of applicants by a panel of judges on May 11th, 2020. The judging panel included distinguished poets and teachers from throughout the county including Maya Khosla, the outgoing Poet Laureate of Sonoma County. Ms. Ahmed will offer her first public appearance as  Sonoma County Youth Poet Laureate at the California Poets in the Schools Virtual Poetry Symposium happening June 26th, 27th and 28th.

2020-05-28May 28, 2020

Northern California Public Media Has Been Awarded 'The Humanities For All Quick Grant', a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy. Read more and link to the podcasts of the winning program The Wonderland Radio Hour.

2020-05-20May 20, 2020

All Sonoma County residents are invited to sign up for Sonoma County Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Program for a summer of exploration, learning and fun. Readers can also work together to reach an audacious goal, of reading 2 million minutes, county wide, this summer. The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 1 through August 8. “We have set a goal for Sonoma County to read 2 million minutes during the course of the summer reading program, and we are asking each participant to read at least 960 minutes during that time. It only takes 20 minutes a day this summer to surpass your 960-minute goal,” said Sonoma County Library Director Ann Hammond. The library’s summer reading program will be mostly online, but reading takes place in person, in the real world. “It starts with a book in your lap. Check it out there is no age limit.

2020-04-20Apr 20, 2020

Sonoma County Library invites community members to document history. Once the crisis is resolved and it is safe to bring items to the library, residents will be invited to bring in journals, photos, drawings, letters, scrapbooks and other two-dimensional physical documents that tell the story of life in Sonoma County during this time.

2020-04-15Apr 15, 2020

On the heels of an approval of questionable cuts to direct student services, the School Board trustees on April 8th, 2020, voted to provide the West Sonoma County Union High School District’s Superintendent, Chief Business Official, and other district leadership with a 4% raise in the 2019-20 school year, and 4% again in the 2020-21 school year. The West Sonoma County Teachers Association (WSCTA) stands in opposition to the outrageous vote taken and the misguided cuts which include a reduction of 3.8 full time teaching positions, a full time librarian, counselors, counseling secretary, elimination of bus routes, delay of textbook adoptions, as well as cuts to other classified positions.  The cuts to librarians and counseling services stand in direct contrast to the promises in the recently passed Measure B parcel tax,  which included “keeping libraries open… and improving student counseling services”. 

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