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Orientations mark return to school

  • Monique Beal helps her daughter Sophia, 12, learn to open her combination lock during 7th grade orientation at Rincon Valley Middle School on Monday. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Rincon Valley Middle School eighth-grader Corina Rodriguez had an unfortunate answer for the most common question she fielded from anxious seventh-graders during orientation Monday: Will I forget my locker combination?

“Yes,” Rodriguez said.

It happens to the best of them, she said.

School Orientation 2013

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Back to school orientations like those held at Rincon Valley Middle and Montgomery High School on Monday are being held across Sonoma County and beyond as students, parents and teachers ready themselves for the 2013-14 school year.

In Sonoma County, Geyserville will be the first district to start when they return to class Wednesday.

Thursday marks the start day for Sonoma County's largest school district, when more than 16,000 Santa Rosa City Schools students return to class.

The biggest surge of students heading back to school hits Aug. 21, when 19 districts, including Petaluma, Cotati-Rohnert Park, Roseland, Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley and Cloverdale will send approximately 33,400 students back to class.

Summer ends on Aug. 20 for more than 18,000 kids in Rincon Valley, Windsor and Waugh districts. More than 600 kids are expected to go back to class in Horicon, Forestville and Monte Rio school districts Aug. 22, followed by Wilmar and Kashia on Aug. 26, Fort Ross and Harmony on Aug. 28 and Liberty on Sept. 3.

In Napa County, students in Howell Mountain return to school today, while those in St. Helena and Napa go back to class Wednesday. Calistoga returns Thursday and students in Pope Valley go back on Aug. 26.

In Mendocino County, students in Ukiah and Fort Bragg go back Monday, Round Valley students go back to school Aug. 20, followed by Willits and Potter Valley on the 21st, and Point Arena on the 22nd. Students in Leggett return the 26th, followed by Mendocino on the 27th, Manchester and Laytonville on the 28th and Anderson Valley on the 29th.

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