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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 »

Montgomery’s Sackett takes top prize at Poetry Out Loud

[imagebrowser id=40] Montgomery High School’s Kaitlyn Sackett took home the top prize in the county’s Poetry Out Loud contest Sunday, earning a spot in the state contest next month. Sackett will represent Sonoma County at the state competition in Sacramento March 23 and 24. Rancho Cotate’s Veronica Spalding, a senior, took second place and El Molino junior Gillian Barrios came in third. Contestants in yesterday’s event at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa came from Analy, Cloverdale, Creekside, El Molino,… Read More »

El Molino High ag students harvest their grape crop

El Molino High School’s viticulture students helped bring in about three tons of pinot noir grapes from the school’s one-acre vineyard on Anderson Road, school backers said. The vineyard was originally planted 13 years ago with the help of Russian River Valley Winegrowers and today Dutton Ranch owners Steve and Joe Dutton oversee the vines for the Lions. Since 2010, the Bohemian Club of San Francisco and Monte Rio has purchased grapes to make wine they call Bohemian Lion’s Pride… Read More »

Trojan volleyball squad spearheading breast cancer campaign

The volleyball squads from Petaluma and El Molino high schools are inviting spectators and fans to wear pink to their game tonight in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer research. The “Dig Pink” game will be at the Petaluma High School gym at 6 p.m. The Petaluma High School volleyball squad has launched a campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research through The Side-Out Foundation and their Dig Pink campaign.  For more information on how to donate,… Read More »

El Molino celebrating its 50th at Homecoming

El Molino High School is celebrating its golden jubilee this year with a series of community events. The year-long celebration kicks off Friday night with a barbecue at the Homecoming game. Floats representing decades of El Molino’s existence will circle the field at halftime of the Lions game with Petaluma. The Homecoming dance them is “Dancing Through the Decades.” The junior varsity game begins at 5 p.m. and the varsity game is at 7:30 p.m. on the El Molino campus, 7050 Covey… Read More »

El Molino celebrating its golden jubilee

El Molino High School is celebrating its golden jubilee this year with a series of community events. The year-long celebration kicks off Oct. 11 with a barbecue at the Homecoming game. Floats representing decades of El Molino’s existence will circle the field at halftime of the Lions game with Petaluma. The Homecoming dance them is “Dancing Through the Decades.” The junior varsity game begins at 5 p.m. and the varsity game is at 7:30 p.m. on the El Molino campus,… Read More »

Eatery fundraiser Tues, Wed to support El Mo, Forestville schools

A slew of Forestville restaurants are on board for a two-day fundraiser for El Molino High School and Forestville School and Academy. The restaurants will donate 20 percent of their proceeds on Tuesday and Wednesday to support programs that would not exist without community support, including sports, music, art and others, according to organizers. Participating restaurants in “Forestville Food for Funds” include: Cork’s Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards, Carr’s Drive-In, Twist Eatery, Tiny Town, Sunshine Coffee Roasters, Forestville Pizzeria, Tahoe… Read More »

UPDATED: Analy debate team to take on West County enrollment issue

UPDATE: A typo in the debate topic posted Friday has been corrected below: The Analy High School speech and debate team is taking a stab at the provocative with their debate topic lineup for their annual speech and debate showcase. The topic for the annual fundraiser on Tuesday, April 30 is “Resolved: The West Sonoma County Union High School District and its surrounding feeder-school district should be dismantled in order to form two new districts based on geography, one featuring… Read More »

Reminder: El Molino hosting follow-up town hall Wednesday

El Molino High School is hosting a second Town Hall meeting to address the school’s declining enrollment issues on the Forestville campus. The first town hall was held in December and resulted in the return of the campus newsletter Lion Lines (read here: http://bit.ly/ZcRbir) and a campus beautification day (read here: http://bit.ly/ZiO6Ev). There was also talk of rejecting some federal funds that make El Molino eligible for sanctions under the No Child Left Behind law. The meeting is scheduled for… Read More »