There's some exciting news coming out of the SVHS Video Arts Department!
Funding from the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation via the Manitou Fund has allowed Peter Hansen, who's been teaching Video Arts at SVHS for 18 years, to set up sophisticated Distance Learning for 140 students in four beginning video classes and one advanced video class.
Former SVHS media students helped build what is essentially a mini TV studio that allows an engaging, interactive instructional atmosphere. SVUSD purchased a district license for WeVideo, editing software that is specific and a game changer for Chromebook use.
Distance Learning technology allows full screen, one-to-one, multi-camera tutorials of advanced level software and other presentations similar to a Ted Talk presentation.
Kids videos can be seen on www.svhsvideo.com. Video projects are short and cover pertinent themes like voting rights, wearing masks, isolation, friendships and family etc.
An update from Lisa Conner, SVHS College & Career Center Coordinator::
We are still supporting our fabulous seniors, but a bit differently this year. Colleges are visiting us from all over the US as college representatives can visit us via Zoom. We had a great turnout for our virtual 4-year College Night for Seniors, presented in English and Spanish simultaneously last week. Next week we are looking forward to pairing up with 10,000 Degrees and SRJC to host Financial Aid night on Thursday, October 22nd from 6-8 pm. Finally, instead of our fall college application work sessions in the CCC, we are meeting virtually. These work sessions will ramp up as deadlines approach. We've also had to be creative with dispersing information - please take a peek at our College & Career Center newsletters in English and Spanish. As always, keep an eye on the school bulletin for all the latest and greatest CCC news!
SOAR Sonoma (Student Outside Academic Resource Sonoma) is a new non-profit co-founded by Gavin Blanusa, a SVHS senior.
SOAR is dedicated to helping Sonoma's high school students leverage opportunities to take community college courses while in high school. In addition to receiving guidance on how to apply and courses to consider, all student fees and textbooks will be covered by SOAR.
Students who explore or enhance their interests, skills and knowledge in this way reap proven benefits of improved confidence and higher rates of success in both high school and college.
The number of courses and the potential interest areas are vast. Students can pursue courses in computer programming languages, graphic design, law enforcement, business, ethnic studies, and foreign languages, among many other choices. Students in grades 9 – 12 are eligible to take courses and receive help from SOAR; all students are encouraged to learn more and take advantage of this opportunity for growth and support.
Application and registration deadlines are coming up quick: watch for courses posted no later than November 9, complete SOAR and SVHS paperwork by November 20 and register December 11.
There is still one more introduction webinar to be hosted by Gavin and fellow board members, Selma Blanusa and Gail Diserens. They will share important information about the program, how to get started, critical timelines, and courses to explore.
Join the webinar to learn more: