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Students take stage to serenade spell, support school communities

Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 10:49 a.m.

O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G. The Waugh School District is gearing up for its spelling bee scheduled to take place on Jan. 27. From 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. students will be standing tall and displaying their spelling skills. The spelling bee will be held at Corona Creek Elementary School and includes both Meadow and Corona Creek students. The county regional spelling bee will be at Corona Creek on the afternoon of Feb. 26, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Corona Creek Elementary is one busy campus. Just last week, it hosted the school’s annual Science Fair with interesting and innovative projects on display in the multi-purpose room.

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Lincoln School students enjoy “goats” made out of papayas and bananas. The treat is best served with homemade ice cream, which the students also enjoyed. It was all part of Lincoln’s “Eat Your Art” day.


At Casa Grande High School during their junior and senior year, students are placed in clusters to complete their senior projects. The clusters represent their career path interests — Green Career Path Cluster, Health Career Path Cluster, Health Studies Cluster and M3 (Media and Marketing Management) Cluster. The program includes a final research paper and project. Casa students Brianna Buffo and Caitlyn Cerini participate in the M3 Cluster and wanted their project to focus on making a difference in the community. When a parent of a fellow Casa student passed away recently, these young women decided to use their project to benefit the student’s family. On Feb. 1, they are hosting a dinner featuring a silent auction and raffle. The event will honor Nitny Matott, with all proceeds benefiting the Matott family. What started as an academic assignment has become an opportunity to positively impact the lives of others in the community.

The musical and comedy “Hee Haw Hayride” will take place at Wilson School on Feb. 6 and 7. Wilson School’s sixth-grade class presents the annual production. According to Superintendent/Principal Eric Hoppes, the annual performance includes every sixth-grader and is one of the major highlights of the school year for everyone at Wilson. Hoppes said some dads helped build the walls of the set and other volunteers are helping paint the backdrop for the fun-filled community event. Proceeds from the performances will help send students to Outdoor Education week at Walker Creek. Break a leg, Wildcats.

Kindergarten and KinderPrep registration is starting for Wilson School. Deadline for first priority enrollment is Feb. 28. Teachers are hosting parent-information meetings for kindergarten/KinderPrep parents is on Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet the teachers, see the programs, ask questions and get a feel for the Wilson School community. Everyone interested in learning more about the kindergarten and KinderPrep programs is invited to attend. Child care will be provided.

Penngrove School parents participated in a recent Parent Education Evening focused on 21st Century Skills and Learning Environments hosted by principal Amy Fadeji and third-grade teacher Heather O’Neil. With input and guidance from Matt O’Donnell at the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), O’Neil has reconfigured her traditional classroom setting by removing all the desks to create some amazing individual and group learning spaces. Parents were provided information on the change in concept, and given a tour of this innovative student setting.

Lincoln School Principal Sandy Doyle and aide Karyn Wester know how to bring language art lessons to life for their students. After reading the story “The Billy Goats Gruff,” students were able to make their own goats out of papayas and bananas that were enjoyed with a side of homemade ice cream. Doyle says her students always love “Eat Your Art” days. What a creative way to engage students and expand their learning experience.

Do you know someone who has demonstrated excellence in education in our community? Submit your nomination for someone who has made contributions to make this community a better place to live, work and raise a family through their involvement in the education community. Contact the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce to receive an official nomination form. All submissions must be received by Feb. 18.

(Maureen Highland is a Petaluma mother and development manager for the Petaluma Educational Foundation. She can be reached at schools@arguscourier.com)

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