Local “junk artist” Patrick Amiot has created an amazing sculpture of San Francisco Giant Buster Posey for our live auction. The sculpture will be auctioned this Saturday, April 2 at our annual Excellence in Education event at the Barlow Event Center in Sebastopol.
The Excellence in Education event benefiting Analy High School is our major fundraiser toward our roughly $75k annual budget for funding many Analy classroom programs. For those of you who are new to the Analy community, please know that your support is essential.
Included with your ticket are some of the Sebastopol area’s finest food and beverage purveyors including wineries Kanzler Family Vineyards, Claypool Cellars, Occidental Road Cellars, Truett-Hurst, Camlow, Scherrer Winery, Francis Ford Coppola, Lagunitas, and Kosta Brown. Restaurants include Sonoma Wine Shop La Bodega, Peter Lowell’s, SubZero Ice Cream & Yogurt, Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, Taylor Maid Farms, and The Duck Club.
Did you know that Analy now offers an AP Computer Science course in addition to the introductory course, Computer Programming? Thanks to a grant provided by the AHSEF, our math department chair, Mr. Hays, is guiding students through an online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by Edhesive. In his grant application Mr. Hays projected that 5-10 students might sign up, but he currently has 21 enrolled students!
The course teaches Java, an industry standard programming language. New material is released on Fridays, and every Friday there is either an assignment due or a quiz or exam in class. Students may work on the material at any time, from any computer, but most do a majority of the work in class.
So far all 21 students enrolled are doing well, asking questions in class when appropriate, and making their way through the course. Student Devan Royal says…
…The course has been easy, so far.
I’m enjoying it.
Mr. Hays says that one of the challenges of an online course is for students to remember that there is still value in writing things down on paper. Many problems are easy to work out with pencil and paper but hard to solve in your head.
The AHSEF grant is to cover the first annual fee for the program. If it is deemed a success, Mr. Hays will apply to the district for on going support.
The AHSEF supports many terrific projects like this that would not be possible without the support of our donors.
We seek volunteers at our upcoming Excellence in Education event at Kosta Browne Winery. There are opportunities for both parent and student volunteers to assist. Our volunteer page lists the type of volunteers needed, the responsibilities and the time slots available on both Friday April 4th and on Saturday the 5th.
This is also a great opportunity for students to pick up volunteer hours.