Press releases issued by the Sonoma County Office of Education and other news items related to Sonoma County schools are included here.
Workshop on state education budget, May 23
05/16/2013 - SCOE will host a free workshop to discuss the most recent developments in state education finance and school funding on Thursday, May 23, from 9:00am to 11:30am.
This budget perspectives workshop will be presented by Capitol Advisors Group, a leading education advocacy firm based in Sacramento. The workshop is open to interested members of the public and provides an opportunity to learn about the current proposals to change education funding in California. Topics of discussion will include the Governor’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Proposition 98, school accountability, school energy funding, and more. Climatec, a major energy-saving company, is sponsoring the session.
For additional information and to register, see the Capitol Advisors Group website at www.capitoladvisors.org or call (916) 557-9745. Advance registration is appreciated, but not required.
Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-11
05/06/2013 - SCOE applauds Sonoma County’s 3,700+ teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-11, with a countywide promotion recognizing local teachers.
A series of teacher appreciation posters on the back of Sonoma County Transit buses are now being displayed throughout Sonoma County. The posters include photographs of 15 educators chosen to represent their colleagues for this promotional campaign. The teachers are from local elementary schools and SCOE special education programs. (Last year’s teacher appreciation week promotion featured middle and high school teachers.)
“We wanted to bring Teacher Appreciation Week out into the community,” explains County Superintendent of Schools Steve Herrington. “I believe it’s important for all of us to let Sonoma County’s teachers know that they are appreciated and valued. They are an essential part of our children’s lives and their work is key to the future of our communities.” More ..
High school graduation calendar, 2013
05/06/2013 - Here is a listing of the 2013 high school graduation ceremonies scheduled for Sonoma County schools. Ceremonies will take place at the school site unless otherwise indicated.
Comprehensive High Schools
Analy | May 30 | 5:30pm
Casa Grande | May 31 | 4:30pm
Cloverdale | June 14 | 8:00pm
El Molino | May 30 | 6:30pm
Elsie Allen | May 31 | 5:00pm
Geyserville | May 30 | 7:00pm
Healdsburg | May 31 | 7:00pm | Healdsburg Recreation Park
Maria Carrillo | May 31 | 6:30pm
Montgomery | May 31 | 6:30pm
Petaluma | June 1 | 10:00am
Piner | May 31 | 6:00pm
Rancho Cotate | May 31 | 6:00pm
Roseland University Prep | May 29 | 6:00pm | SSU, Commencement Lawn
Santa Rosa | May 31 | 6:30pm | SRJC Bailey Field
Sonoma Valley | May 31 | 6:30pm
Technology High | May 31 | 3:00pm | SSU Person Theater
Windsor | June 1 | 5:00pm
Alternative High Schools
Local winner of state school employee award
05/01/2013 - Cheryl Gostisha, food services director at Horicon School in Annapolis, has been selected as the 2013 California Classified School Employee of the Year in the area of child nutrition. She will be honored at a May 23 reception in Sacramento, along with five other classified school employees from other areas of the state.
For the past 16 years, Cheryl Gostisha has worked as the “one-person food service program” for Horicon School, which enrolls 60 students. She plans all meals, orders and shops for products (sometimes making long-distance trips from the coast to the Highway 101 corridor), prepares breakfast and lunch daily, and acts as the food server, dishwasher, and cafeteria custodian. This year, she redesigned her menus and recipes to meet new healthy nutrition standards while keeping costs in check.
But it’s not just her cooking and menu planning that have earned Cheryl Gostisha kudos. More ..
Public Schools Week, May 3-8
04/30/2013 - Public Schools Week is scheduled for May 3-8, 2013 at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa. Schools from across Sonoma County will provide displays of student work at tables throughout the mall and live student performances will be offered.
Tables will be open from 4:00pm on Friday, May 3, through 4:00pm on Wednesday, May 8. There will be live student performances during the kick-off event from 4:00-5:30pm on Friday, May 3, and throughout the week at various times. Visit www.facebook.com/ publicschoolsweek for additional information.