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El Molino’s Trombetta named top FFA administrator

El Molino High School Principal Doria Trombetta was named Star Administrator by the California FFA (Future Farmers of America) association April 13. The award was presented at the annual FFA Leadership Conference in Fresno. Trombetta was honored as the top FFA administrator from the North Coast Region which stretches from Del Norte County south to Solano County.

Matt Dunkle named incoming principal at El Molino

El Molino High School vice principal Matt Dunkle has been named principal of the Forestville school beginning July 1. Dunkle replaces Doria Trombetta, the Lions’ longtime leader who announced her retirement in January. Dunkle has been vice principal at El Molino since 2011 before which he was an independent education consultant, according to West Sonoma County Superintendent Keller McDonald. Dunkle was a teacher at Rancho Cotate High School in 2008-09. He earned both his Bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s… Read More »

Piner’s science center open house is tonight

If you missed it in Wednesday’s Press Democrat, Piner High School is publicly unveiling its $3.6 million science center tonight with an open house and dedication. There will be planetarium demonstrations and visitors will get to peek around in the observatory and other elements of the new 4,000-square foot learning space. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Piner’s 1700 Fulton Road campus. To read the story, click here bit.ly/1sARANS  

Bill on sugary drinks warning label passes health committee

A bill that would affix safety warning labels on sodas and sugary drinks sold in California passed through the Senate Health Committee on a 5-2 vote Wednesday. SB1000 would add the following language on drinks with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories per 12 ounces: “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” The bill now goes to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, before being referred for a full… Read More »

Hillcrest Middle Schoolers claim both elem, Jr. High spelling bee titles

Hillcrest Middle School is the home of the winners of both the elementary and junior high school Sonoma County spelling bees held earlier this week. The county spelling bee includes fourth, fifth and sixth grade spellers in the elementary division and seventh, eighth and ninth graders in the junior high division. Hillcrest Middle in Sebastopol serves grades six, seven and eight. Kira Kelley, a sixth grader at Hillcrest, won the elementary division by spelling oscillate and then scrupulous for the… Read More »

Analy’s big fundraiser is Saturday

Analy High School Foundation is hosting an “Excellence in Education” fundraiser is this Saturday. The event will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 5 at Kosta Browne Winery at the Barlow in downtown Sebastopol. There will be live and silent auctions and entertainment featuring Analy students. The education foundation in 2012-13 provided funding for technology in the library, counseling programs, a farming tractor, the journalism club, speech and debate scholarships and others. The total amount doled out was… Read More »

Applications for human rights posts due April 15

Sonoma County high school students are invited to apply for a spot on the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights. Students ages 14-18 years old are invited to apply. Commissioners deal with various issues related to human rights. This year’s group formed ad hoc committees to deal with women’s rights, LGBT rights and disability rights. The commission also worked with the Family Justice Center and Becoming Independent. Students participated in a human trafficking forum, attended the California Association of Human… Read More »

Pandy Pals celebrate the orange and black

Santa Rosa High School celebrated its 140th birthday on Sunday. I got a few emails about the good time had by all, but I also got this photo from a member of the “Pandy Pals” mentioned in the story: http://bit.ly/1fpIfzo This group of high school friends gets together at least once a year to hang out, revel in their friendship and wear orange and black.    

Hansell named new principal at Mary Collins at Cherry Valley

Fran Hansell has been hired as the new principal at Mary Collins at Cherry Valley Charter School in Petaluma. Hansell, who will leave her post as principal at Riebli Charter School at the end of the school year, will begin with Petaluma City Schools July 1, according to Petaluma district officials. Her pay will be $99,000 annually. Hansell earned a bachelor’s degree from Worcester College of Higher Education in the United Kingdom, a master’s of arts degree in human behavior… Read More »