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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 »

Lynn Woolsey donates Congressional papers to SSU

Lynn Woolsey has donated her legislative papers to Sonoma State University. Woolsey, a Democrat from Petaluma, retired this year after serving two decades in the House of Representatives. She has handed over 97 boxes of legislative papers, including introduced bills, speeches, awards, manuscripts, and visual media, according to the school. “Sonoma State University is delighted to receive the papers of Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey,” SSU President Ruben Arminana said in a statement. “They will be a significant source of research material… Read More »

SSU Model UN hosting international films screenings

UPDATE: There is no fee, but donations will be accepted. ______________________ Sonoma State University’s Model UN and UN Association will host a film festival this weekend on campus. On Friday and Saturday, films will be screened in Warren Auditorium (Ives 101). Shows begin at 5 p.m. and there will be faculty at the event who will lead discussions after each film. The following descriptions are courtesy of SSU: “Someplace with a Mountain” is a documentary on sea level rise. This… Read More »

Santa Rosa’s concussion testing under way

Sonoma County’s largest school district has started doing baseline concussion testing for its student athletes, Santa Rosa City Schools board president Bill Carle said at Wednesday night’s school board meeting. More than 300 athletes were given the computer-based test last week, he said. The goal remains to test every student athlete, according to Carle. The district’s efforts to create a concussion awareness program had earlier hit a snag when a partnership with Sonoma State University to provide certified athletic trainers… Read More »

Sheila Garvey takes over today at McNear

Sheila Garvey has been named principal at McNear Elementary School in Petaluma, according to officials with the Petaluma City Schools district. Garvey begins her new post today. Last year Garvey was an administrative intern at Mary Collins at Cherry Valley, a kindergarten through eighth grade campus. Prior to that, she spent a year teaching at Grant Elementary School. Before Grant, she spent eight years in the Old Adobe School District in Petaluma. She has also spent nearly a decade as… Read More »

UPDATED: Local programs, educators honored with ‘Jack London Awards’

UPDATE: Piner-Olivet School District Superintendent Jennie Snyder sent this photo of student and staff of Northwest Prep receiving the award Wednesday night. ____ The Sonoma State School of Education will honor a slew of education programs and teachers for outstanding innovation at a ceremony on campus tonight. The Jack London Award for Educational Innovation will go to the arts integration program at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts; Cook Middle School for the science club program and to Northwest… Read More »

College career fair at SSU Tuesday

Sonoma State University is holding the annual college fair  for prospective students and their parents on Tuesday, May 7. The Western Association of College Admission Counseling is the main host of the event. Representatives from more than 150 colleges, universities, technical and specialty schools, military academies and programs will be on hand at the 23rd annual North Bay College Fair. The event is free and will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.in the main gym. For more information and… Read More »

SSU picks up awards at Model U.N. event in NYC

[imagebrowser id=18] A delegation from Sonoma State University picked up “distinguished delegation” awards at the annual National Model United Nations in New York City last week. The team was split up into two countries – representing Serbia and Ukraine – and met with ambassadors from both countries. The teams spent five days simulating various committees of the U.N. with the goal of creating resolution or reports by the week’s end, according to faculty advisor and class instructor Cynthia Boaz. Both… Read More »

REMINDER: SSU offering low cost health exams through April 20

REMINDER: Sonoma State University will again offer low-cost physical exams this spring. The exams cost $20 and include blood pressure check, urinalysis and hematocrit for anemia. Pap smears cost $35, cholesterol check is $15, hearing tests are free and a DMV physical exam is $65. The exams can be utilized for annual exams, sports physicals, pre-employment physicals, camp physicals and Class II DMV licensing physicals. The exams, which also include a complete medical and health history and identification of risk… Read More »

Tech High dominates county science fair

A record number of schools participated in the annual Sonoma County Science Fair Feb. 23, with six entries earning top marks. Of the more than 120 middle and high school students who participated, a total of 44 students earned blue ribbons in the contest, thereby securing a spot at the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair March 18-21. Tech High in Rohnert Park took five of the six top projects with the following students at the helm: Olivia Songster, William… Read More »