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2020-03-26Mar 26, 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.

 

2020-02-10Feb 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.

 

2020-01-28Jan 28, 2020

"I want to make clear to our community that yesterday's ruling by the Supreme Court expanding the public charge rule does not affect schools," said Herrington. "Families need to know their students will still be able to access important school services and school nutrition programs without penalty."

 

2020-01-27Jan 27, 2020

In partnership with Sonoma County Library, SAY’s mental health clinicians will be hosting a series of weekly and bi-weekly drop-in wellness groups for youth ages 12-19. These groups will be focused on supporting mental wellness and healthy ways to cope with challenges. Possible topics include: normal responses to loss and change, identifying complex emotions, and making meaningful choices. 

 

2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020

The Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation Board of Directors has approved over $300,000 in grant funding for the 2020-2021 school year. Funding will support students from Cloverdale to Sonoma Valley with classroom grants for industry-grade equipment purchases, professional development and innovative course topics including regenerative agriculture, veterinary science and welding technology – all with an emphasis on hands-on learning and career exploration.

2020-01-20Jan 20, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Culinary Café, in the B. Robert Burdo Culinary Arts Center opens on Wednesday, January 22 for the spring semester. Students at the Culinary Café prepare, cook and serve seasonal salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas, entrees and desserts. The Café is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. Reservations are recommended.

2020-01-16Jan 16, 2020

Learning Laguna Docents provide meaningful volunteer service to schools to ensure a healthy future for the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the children of our community. Learning Laguna is a two-part wetland education experience for 2nd-4th grade students that inspires learning with specially designed, engaging activities focused on the Laguna ecosystem and gets children outside for explorations in nature. Sign up!Docent Training Orientation;Monday, January 27, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm

2019-12-25Dec 25, 2019

At Stage 1, Once a federal disaster declaration is made, the County meets with FEMA and Cal OES to determine scope of damage, address application procedures, requirements for eligibility and documentation, project planning, and funding options. Followed by Stage 2; site visits, Stage 3; design and Stage 4; engineering and construction.

2019-12-09Dec 9, 2019

Join Sonoma County Library in a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, with events at various library branches beginning in late 2019 and lasting well into 2020. The kick-off event, a presentation by Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, editor of “The Women's Suffrage Movement,” will take place at Central Santa Rosa Library on Monday, December 16, at 7 p.m.  Sonoma County Library joins its partners—Sonoma County 2020 Women’s Suffrage Project and the League of Women Voters Sonoma County — in hosting a yearlong centennial celebration

2019-11-18Nov 18, 2019

The Teacher’s Wishes program set a new record in 2019 with grants touching over 12,000 students. The foundation received 239 applications and funded 118 grants. The teachers not funded received a $20.00 gift card from Office Depot. Since 2012, JJF has fulfilled over 900 grants. According to  Lisa Wittke Schaffner, Executive Director of the foundation,  the breadth and depth of the application pool was a reminder that teachers are committed to doing their best.  And since the 2017 fires they have seen an increase in requests for alternative kinds of seating like wobble balls and funds for quiet corners. "A place for young people take deep breaths, read or practice relaxation.”

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.

2019-11-15Nov 15, 2019

The teachers in the West Sonoma County Union High School District reached a tentative contract agreement with management, ending a three-day strike.  The settlement will help the 1,861-student district recruit and retain teachers, who have been leaving for better-paying neighboring districts.

2019-11-15Nov 15, 2019

A huge show of educators will rally before a school board meeting Monday demanding that the Union School District (USD) settle contract negotiations that have dragged on for a year. Teachers are seeking an agreement that will invest in students and classrooms and help the district recruit and retain quality teachers. Talks are at impasse over professional pay, prep time, class sizes and other resources students need to succeed.

 

2019-11-15Nov 15, 2019

Four state and national education union leaders from the California Teachers Association,  California Federation of Teachers,  National Education Association and  the American Federation of Teachers, issued a statement of solidarity demanding all federal and state lawmakers  take quick action to put an end to the tragic shootings by passing meaningful and sensible gun reform, in the wake of the early morning shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California.

2019-11-11Nov 11, 2019

UPDATES on West County Teachers Strike & Lawsuit - Latest to initial postsThe West County School Board is using funds that would have gone to Special Ed or livable wages for teachers and giving it to a wealthy lawyer who goes from school district to school district helping to sue low-income teachers. They are suing over the teachers taking a legal strike Wed Nov 13.Source:https://www.facebook.com/nbjwj/

2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019

With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to figure out what you’ll be gifting your family and friends. For those of you who’d like to try a little something different this year, Elizabeth has rounded uparts and crafts classes in Sonoma County, from jam Making, Thanksgiving Centerpiece Floral Design, Holiday Wreath Design to Porcelain Ornaments and more!, where you create personalized gifts for your loved ones.

2019-11-03Nov 3, 2019

ArtStart Winter 2019 Sessions for Teen Artists. Artstart is in a new location at 317 Sutton Place off of Todd and Standish Avenue in Santa Rosa and has just added Winter Sessions where teens have an opportunity to get involved in different forms of public art. Open to ages 14-20.Open to ages 14-20. Earn community service hours. Acquire four session internships. Work with Sonoma County and Bay Area artists. Assist on current and ongoing Artstart projects. Painting, mosaics,computer technology and more. Connect with Sonoma County and Bay Area teens.

 

2019-11-02Nov 2, 2019

The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County promotes literacy and love of reading by giving away high quality books to access-challenged people throughout the region. The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County has been notified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that its bookmobile vehicle engine is no longer in compliance with emission regulation law. Diesel-powered vehicles in the bookmobile’s weight class must now run a 2010 or newer model-year engine to operate across Sonoma County. The Free Bookmobile’s current engine is a 1995 model-year Cummins turbo diesel. The only exemption available to the organization is for low mileage, which is allowing the bookmobile to perform its basic public-access outreach one day per week for the rest of the calendar year. 

2019-10-29Oct 29, 2019

This is official notice to the media about public school closures for Sonoma County. Almost all school districts will now be closed through the end of the week, with a few exceptions. All school districts will be closed through Wednesday, Oct. 30 and may choose to close for longer if needed.

2019-10-23Oct 23, 2019

On October 14, when many financial institutions closed for the federal holiday, Redwood Credit Union (RCU) closed for a different reason—to send its entire workforce out to give North Bay high school students a “bite” of financial reality. RCU has been presenting its Bite of Reality financial education program at local high schools since 2013, but never on such a large scale. This year, more than 3,100 Sonoma, Marin, and Napa high schoolers gained practical financial skills in one impactful day.

2019-10-22Oct 22, 2019

STEMhub,  a web-based platform designed as a dynamic resource for women and girls interested in   Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)   education and careers, is launching this  Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM,  at the North Bay Science Discovery Day at the   Sonoma County Fairgrounds.  STEMhub is the first online resource to serve as a clearinghouse for women and girls in the North Bay to learn about regional STEM-related opportunities.

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.

2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019

When people think of teachers they rarely think of horses when, in fact, horses are first-rate educators who can teach young children and teens a variety of useful skills that promote lifelong learning, success, and fulfillment. 

2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019

We have received notice that our beloved big green truck must be phased out due to new CA air quality regulations. Good bookmobiles are scarce out there on the used market and new ones are extremely expensive. So we're going to build our own :)

2019-03-05Mar 5, 2019

So much to learn, about beekeeping,drought resistant gardening, native plants, growing herbs for health, landscaping for fire-prevention, how to build a greywater system, and more. Here are your resources for education.

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.

2020-02-17Feb 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. 

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