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 Sonoma Office Hours

Office Hours  8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Main Contact Number  (209)576-4683

School Fax Number (209)569-2725

 Welcome to Sonoma Elementary

Sonoma School is a neighborhood school constructed in 1974 as an open building to create a barrier-free environment for the school's physically challenged students. The staff at Sonoma emphasize academic instruction while still providing the extracurricular activities which we believe are vital when providing a well-rounded program for students.


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Check out this link for help for students and parents with the Engage NY homework.  Thanks to Oakdale Unified for the great website!

 Contact Information

Principal: Darin Willett
1325 Sonoma Ave
Modesto, CA 95355
(209) 576-4683 
Fax (209)569-2725




 Young at Art Contest

     Sonoma School students won the 1st 2nd and 3rd places for the category of sculptures in the art contest. The winners gathered at the Mistlin Art Gallery on a Saturday to claim their awards. They got to take their artwork home after being on display at the ceremony.


 Information Regarding Free Public Education

Section 5 of Article lX of the State of California constitution guarantees students a ‘free public education.”  The state Supreme Court concluded in the 1984 case of Hartzell v. Connell (35 Cal. 3d.899 (1984)), “that all educational activities carried on by public school districts, extra-curricular as well as curricular, must be without cost to the students who participate in such activities.”  This same ruling found that “mandatory fees for participating in such extra-curricular activities as drama, music, and athletic competition were illegal under the State constitution.”  Furthermore, they also rejected the argument that “fees could be charged so long as the district waived fees for students who were financially unable to pay.”
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 Principal's Message



              We are now into our first full implementation year of Common Core State Standards for ELA and Math.  Teachers received several days of Staff Development training before the start of this school year on the new engageNY math curriculum for grades 1st through 6th and the Early Learning Math curriculum for Kindergarten.  Throughout last year  teachers had the opportunity to attend trainings on the     Common Core Shifts for ELA and Math.   Teachers will continue to meet and collaborate several times a month with a focus on providing a rigorous and relevant effective initial   instruction based on the Common Core State Standards as well as developing and monitoring academic interventions and enrichment opportunities for students.

Hopefully you were able to attend the Back to School Night classroom presentations last night where examples of the new curriculum expectations were shared for English Language Arts and Mathematics. 

        A brief three minute video explaining how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to  get  to  graduation  and  beyond  can  be  found  at  the  following  link . 

This year all grades TK through 6th have transitioned to a Standards Based Report Card  based on the Common Core State Standards.  If you were unable to  attend the video viewing at Back To School Night feel free to use the following link to access the video.:  

       If you have specific questions regarding the Common Core State Standards, our grade level curriculum, the standards-based report card  or any of our school programs please   do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself.  You can email  me    directly at   

      New this year we are participating in the WE Support Community Survey for parents.  This online survey is designed to provide our school with an understanding of the expectations and perceptions you as a parent and community member hold about Sonoma School and the student learning taking place.  Please refer to the information on the reverse side for directions on accessing the survey.  If you do not have internet access and wish to complete the survey please contact the front office in person or by phone at 576-4683 and we will coordinate options for you.


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  Stanislaus County Library
  Permissible School Fees, Fundraising and Donations
  Powerschool Link for Parents and Students
  PowerSchool-More How-to Videos for parents
  PowerSchool- Creating a parent account- How-to Video
  Skills Tutor Log-On page
  School Accountability Report Card
  Informe Escolar de Rendición de Cuentas
  Short video explanation of the new Standards Based Report Card System
  EngageNY Homework Help

 Mr. Willett in the Modesto Bee!

Kindergarteners react to Sonoma Elementary School principal Darin Willett in a tutu and sombrero today (04-04-14) because kids made a goal of raising $5,170 for the PTA at the Scholastic Book Fair they had the first week in March. Willett promised the kids that if they surpassed their goal of $3,600 he would wear the get up. The book fair theme was Fiesta...that 's why the sombrero is included. Modesto principal feels so pretty – olé!

 Secret Garden

 Fall Festival 2013

 Sonoma's Student Webmasters

  • Demitri Stamos, 6th grade
  • Benny Enriquez, 5th grade
  • Stephanie Lipe, 6th grade 
  • Riley Nunes, 5th grade
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