Creekside High School is a learning environment that emphasizes academics, community, and creativity in a setting of respect, civility, and open dialogue.  We provide a positive community in which individual student needs are served, while developments of character and personal vision for the future are encouraged.














Press release:

Better Out than In Sonoma

April 27-May 2, 2014


There will be giant paintings, enviornmental messages, community support, community outrage, free stuff, beautiful stuff, and powerful stuff.  You will laugh, you might cry, but you will definitely think.


Sonoma will be the canvas of Creekside High School for six days.  The project is a final Performance Task for four-week cross-curricular unit about social responsibility.


Each day a fresh instillation will appear around town paired with a student write-up about the art piece (creeksidehs.org). Social commentary will combine with environmental and political themes to create a melange of creative messages.  We will not write on walls, we will deface nothing; we are artists, not vandals.  Our goal is connections, not separation.


"Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for." - Banksy

"PS Those Creekside kids are the dog's bollocks!"*





*Banksy didn't really say this last part but since no body knows who he is, we can make up whatever we want.







     Ms. Green’s Creekside Period Five and Period Six students learned about Public Art through researching Jean Paul Christo and some of his projects.

     Following the public art research students then wrote about Creekside pride in preparation for their own school specific public art piece. Excerpts from their writing are below.

     Their art piece took the form of a street chalk drawing showing the Creekside logo enlarged using the grid method. To finish off the project students voted on a slogan for it from a long list of their own suggestions. The slogan they chose was Success, Nothing Less.




“By having the opportunity to catch up on credits, it makes it possible for students to graduate and feel good about themselves.”    Mayra


Creekside is unique and strong because the community thinks very low of us and we still show them wrong.”   Alexa


Creekside High School is strong because we stay participating in the community. For Example, the Film Festival, cleaning up Natheson Creek, and recycling.”    Esmeralda


“We are strong because we push ourselves to graduate. We might not have made the best decisions at a regular high school but we will prove everyone wrong who doubted us and do good. We are strong mentally and we can graduate.”    Fabiola   


“We have a different environment and we have the opportunity to get with our teachers to ask questions.”   Luis


“It’s a really great school because we’re all family here. Like if you didn’t know somebody next thing you know your friends with that person.”   






Clean air and your blood

 by Mireya


Oxygen facts:

Due to its presence in water, oxygen makes up most of the mass of all living things.

One-fifth of the Earth’s atmosphere is made up of oxygen and is the third most abundant element in the universe by mass. The high concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere is a result of the Earth’s oxygen cycle, which is driven by photosynthesis of plants.


How much oxygen do we need?

You need about 500 liters of oxygen every day. The air you breathe is actually a mixture of different gasses, 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen and 1% other gasses. When this concentration changes it can cause problems. More plants means more oxygen means better air.


Pollution facts:

Pollution is one of the biggest global killers, affecting over 100 million people. Air quality is horrible in many parts of the world. In China they have emergency air stations where people breathe fresh oxygen out of bags. Breathing polluted air makes your eyes and nose burn and triggers respiratory problems like asthma.


Why do we need oxygen?

Oxygen travels in through your mouth and nose to your lungs where it goes into your blood and oxygenates your cells. Without oxygen you could not move muscles and your brain would not function. Your brain can only live about three minutes without oxygen.



Plant more plants and trees, drive less, ride bikes, conserve energy and reduce emissions. Learn more about air quality and global warming then teach others. 

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150 sunflowers, zinnias, morning glories, basil and mint given away. Making the world a better place one plant at a time! 




POOL the small town story*


When is a pool not a pool?  When it’s a symbol of a small community that should unite to do what is best for students. Complicated? Yes. Impossible? No.


Don’t care about history, don’t care about personalities, don’t care about people who say we can’t. We can. And we should.


Remember the leaf blowers…





Leaf blower, the movie


Shooting starts next week, it’s a micro tale of small town politics but what it really represents is a warning for the world of industrial capitalism keeping the little guy down.


A haggard Johnny Depp plays mayor Ken Brown, a man so committed to public service that he eschews fame, financial gain, and sometimes his own opinions to make the town a better place.  Kevin Spacey plays vineyard manager and city councilmember David Cook whose company stands to lose billions of potential dollars in revenue if forced to switch to rakes.


David Bolling plays himself, of course, as editor of the small town newspaper being squeezed by a lobbyist (Darius Anderson, played by Bruce Willis) who is slowly purchasing the entire town to secretly turn it into “Disneyland North”. Since Mr. Anderson is also funding the entire movie, he also is in charge of basically everything.


Other players include Scarlet Johansen as Lisa Summers, the outspoken poet/scientist bringing the real issues to the people through her tireless research into  “airborne pathogens”.  Courtney Cox plays super energetic school superintendent Louann Carlomagno, promising that “blowers are the new soda, they have no place on our school campuses”.  And fluffy funny man Gabriel Iglesias plays landscape worker Abraham who, because of a scarring rake accident from childhood must use leaf blowers to do his job.


Lots of small town intrigue as in the pivotal city council scene where Depp goes through a transformative epiphany (channeling his inner Hunter Thompson from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”). He realizes that the real issue is actually wealthy white people (The Man) keeping down poor Hispanics (The working class) by taking away the tools that make their lives easier (Technology). Same story in China, India, Africa, and the rest of the world, big business suppressing the worker, keeping the little man down. Heavy stuff.

Then when Johansen discovers that the blowers are actually at the center of the recent zombie-like flu symptoms affecting the residents of Armstrong Estates things get really nuts. An airborne Ebola-like, pesticide-mutated virus takes over the town and a second issue arises when residents flock to the local hospital only to discover that it is ill equipped for such emergencies (potential sequel).


In the end, Depp, Spacey, Willis and Johansen team up to save the town and its residents before the government orders the dropping of a fuel-air bomb to erase the virus and the area. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a cameo as the president, “Forget dees small town, zehr are better wineries in Napa.”


There are plenty of  exciting leaf blower action scenes courtesy of writer Robert Kamen. Plus, an unforgettable animated interlude, which explains the sensitive, misunderstood side of the leaf blower as only John Lasseter and his Pixar team, can.  Real issues! Real problems!  Real people! Real controversy! Look for it in theatres this spring.



*Pool will be dismantled Wednesday morning as when it was put up Tuesday afternoon a certain principal and a certain head of maintenance were somewhat amused but not too amused about its existence. Apparently a certain teacher forgot that the first amendment does not always apply on the high school campus.



1500 Bags, Better Out than In Sonoma,  Nathanson Creek, back of SVHS

Dear Superintendent Carlomagno,

I am a student at Creekside High School and we have been studying the trash that has littered Nathanson Creek. Our school has been cleaning out the creek for the last 14 years and we collect an average of two bags of garbage per week. These 1500 bags of trash would then travel down the creek into San Pablo Bay and out the Golden Gate to the Pacific Ocean. 

Littering is a problem because it damages areas where we live, work and go to go to school. It causes  problems with public health and threatens the water. Snack wrappers and lunch food and beverage containers are the most commonly littered items along with plastic bottles and bags.

Having students at SVHS stop littering won’t be easy especially if it is coming from a student. My solution would be to put more garbage cans and recycling bins around the creek, put signs up for students not to litter and maybe start fining people who do litter.

The students of Creekside High School want a change before it’s too late.



Creekside High School 




Sonoma Valley High School

20000 Broadway Sonoma, CA 95476 

Do you know where your trash goes when you litter into the creek?

It travels into other creeks and streams then finally into San Francisco Bay.

1500 bags in 14 years, we need to educate students about how littering is affecting the world.

The pacific Gyre, one huge collection of garbage in the middle of the ocean.

Think of the animals that eat the trash, the fish, the turtles, the bigger fish eating the smaller fish.

The people being poisoned from eating the fish, the plastic, the mercury.

Throwing one bottle of trash can make a difference.

We need to educate everyone on how much the trash we are throwing in the creek really affects the ecosystem.

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Better Out Than In - Sonoma

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014


Creekside High School Public Art Week


April 28-May 2



Thank you to BANC Home Loans/Mission Hills Mortgage for the use of their front yard and the space to install our Holocaust Remembrance Day Public Art Exhibit.


The Holocaust Remembrance Star art piece was designed, created, and installed by the students at Creekside High School as part of our Public Art Week projects entitled “Better Out Than In - Sonoma.” Students decided to make a Star of David, wrapped in barbed wire with a “Never Again” sign attached.


The star is yellow as a reminder of the yellow star the Nazis required Jews to wear on their outer clothing from 1938-1945.


The black under the yellow represents the dark, fear-filled time of oppression during the reign of the Third Reich and the six million Jews who died under what became known as the Final Solution.


The barbed wire represents the concentration camps and ghettos into which Jews were forced to their destruction.


The sign declaring “Never Again!” is in blue and white to represent the color of the Israeli flag today.


Thank you for helping us to Remember, and for joining us in the Hope for “Never Again!”


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This year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day


Recently, the students at Creekside High School in Sonoma have been studying World War II and the Holocaust. We have explored the subject through photographs, film and personal accounts. We have also explored the concept of memorializing an event to deepen our own appreciation of the effects of living and dying through horrific events. History can only come alive if we relate to those individuals in the past that helped mold our today. History need not be repeated if we understand the human emotions that led to inhuman actions.  

The Holocaust Remembrance Day of 2014 is an opportunity for our students to remember a difficult time in the world’s history that has repercussions today. The concept of remembering in order to “Never Forget” is all the more powerful as we have been given the opportunity to share our thoughts and art with our Sonoma Community through a public art memorial. 

The following are student thoughts on remembrance:


We need to remember the Holocaust because we need to make sure it does not happen again.

We need to remember so we have knowledge about this horrific event and what happened to those ill-fated victims of Hitler and the Nazis.

We need to remember to not discriminate against others based on their religion and beliefs.

We need to remember that we are all humans, even if we look different from one another.

We need to remember to treat each other equally.

We need to remember that taking someone’s freedom away is not okay.

Remember to not do anything bad...even if you’re standing alone.

- Fabiola, 17


We need to remember the Holocaust so we don’t repeat that dark history. To be that inhumane to our own kind is an unthinkable event. You are morally wrong to think it is okay to treat another human being like that. To test and kill them; to keep them in frigid temperatures and horrible living conditions; to starve them to death; burn them; gas them; take children from parents; tear families apart. Also we need to make sure that no man can rise up and have that sort of power ever again; to never repeat how Hitler overthrew his government for a sick fantasy; to try to remove all people who supported a religion because he didn’t like that religion. Everyone has a right to their own beliefs and own lives; not to be controlled by someone else and have everything stolen from them: their pride, their beliefs; their families and their lives. We can never repeat this dark time in Man’s Past.

Alexa, 16


Why is it important to remember the Holocaust? Because people should know and remember how people were not equal with each others’ rights.

- Mireya, 17


We should not let history repeat itself. Six millions Jews were killed just because they were Jews. It was a terrifying time in history and even though it was terrifying, something like this cannot be forgotten.

Erica, 17


We need to see how easily people can be manipulated and how easily the whole sociology of a country can change; see how each person is insignificant to the will of one person. A wave of ignorance driving to the destruction of fellow humans.

Garrett, 17


By remembering the Holocaust, we can help our countries remember what happened years ago so it will not happen again.

Norma, 17


The reason we have to remember is so it never happens again. We need to understand that humans are not to be treated like that, because we all have rights and not one race is superior to another.

Abbey, 16


We need to remember the Holocaust so we can appreciate what we have. Also, we need to remember so we can be proud of those who fought against evil.

Elizabeth, 17


Please visit our student designed, created and installed art exhibit located in front of the BANC Home Loans/Mission Hills Mortgage building at 822 Broadway, Sonoma. Thank you to Brooks Rumph, Laurie Dinwiddie and Everyone at BANC Home Loans/Mission Hills Mortgage for the use of their front yard!








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