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Ferguson was sworn in as the chief. While serving in that homelessness. Cloverdale's chief on Aug. 5. capacity, Ferguson was tasked with "It is a social problem. It is a "It's nothing I didn't expect. I taking on the role of acting chief national problem," Ferguson said, knew I was going to come in here while his chief was out of the office, discussing his views on the latter. and take on a lot, and I have. That's As such, he has experience "The city of Cloverdale is not the expected and that's OK, that's part of attending commission and council only city addressing this or dealing the challenge I was looking forward meetings, as well as dealing with with this. It is a very difficult to," he said. "This is a great similar roles that he'll have to challenge because a lot of times, department, it's been very perform while in Cloverdale. police departments and its officers supportive of me. It's a great city, "Our cities, while significantly are looked at figuring out the that's been very supportive of me different in population size, they solution of the problem. We're just the executive managers, the city were similar in territorial size but one component to a larger scheme of managers, all of the department staff we had the exact same sworn force." has been very welcoming and has he said "There was a lot of See Chief Page 8 Photo Katherine OATH -- Chief Jason Ferguson was sworn into his position on Aug. 5. Minkiewicz .% GATHER 'ROUND -- Students from Michelle Holden's Jefferson class sit in a circle on New elementary school program focuses on skiffs to help the social and mental health of students By Zo~ Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com A new program at Jefferson Elementary is geared toward helping students develop social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. The Caring School Community program is through Center for the Collaborative Classroom, an Alameda-based nonprofit that's focused on "providing teachers with engaging curricula and ongoing professional learning that supports the academic as well as the social and emotional developmezit of the students we all serve," according to their website. The program aims to specifically focus on the development of SEL skills by having students build relationships with their peers and learn self-discipline. According to the introduction booklet put out by the program, fostering relationships among students, school staff and parents will create a mutual respect between everyone involved, as well as help strengthen "the students' sense of belonging at school and their relationships in many ways." "This has been a long time coming," said Jefferson Principal Susan Yakich. "The staffhas been asking for some kind of school-wide behavior expectations program for quite a few years. The demographics have been changing in Cloverdale and the students are coming with more and more social and emotional needs. There's a lot of trauma in the homes, and so we wanted to explore something that was for behavior but also would address social and emotional learning. So when our dean of students came on board, that CATS OR DOGS - Students from Holden's or not they had pets. was one of the first things she looked into " Programs like this one are being integrated more and more into classrooms across the country, said Jefferson Dean of Students Robin Murdock. After creating a committee and researching different programs for possible adoption, Murdock brought four options that were voted on by staff. "Our students are coming to school with anxiety; they're coming to school with depression, they're coming to school not having the tools to self-regulate themselves and how to advocate for themselves," Yakich said. "We've increased our counseling time now to five days a week and counseling is important, and that is an aspect of this, but it's Monday, Aug. 19 listening to directions class were tasked with finding out more actually a schoolwide community issue that we're facing." The program will be implemented at varying levels schoolwide (grades TK-4). Each morning at 8:20 a.m Yakich will get on the Jefferson intercom and lead a morning greeting. While the greeting on Aug. 19 provided some affirmations to students, she's playing with the idea of having a different theme every day. She may tell a joke on Friday mornings, she said. Following the morning greeting, each teacher will gather their students for a morning circle activity that will likely encourage them to get to know their classmates better -- during Michelle Holden's circle on Aug. 19, each student had to go around and find peers that had Photos Zo~ Strickland for their morning activity. about their peers, specifically whether pets. Different grade levels will spend different amounts of time on the morning activity, Murdock said. TK and kindergarten classes will spend 10 to 15 minutes, first and second grade will spend 15 to 20 minutes on the activity and third and fourth grade will spend 20 to 30 minutes on it. Trying to get increased SEL- specific programming isn't Cloverdale-specific, Murdock said. "It's pretty much everywhere," she said. "It's just a skill that they have not been taught -- like reading. We have to teach explicitly these skills; they just don't know them, so it's hard to act accordingly if you've See Students Page 8 After three years, Cioverdale is going back to weed chips in parks By ZoO Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com At the Cloverdale City Council 14, the council voted in favor of providing funding to replace the rubber mulch in Cloverdale parks with wood chips. The approval came after community members voiced concern about the possible health ramifications of the mulch and an ad hoc committee was formed to discuss the issue. While the city is still finalizing the details of the replacement project, the council approved a budget amendment of $107,743, the estimated amount to cover the overall cost of replacing the four city parks' mulch. Despite the budget amendment to fund the project being approved, the city will still have to bring a contractor agreement back to the council at a future date. One of the community members who expressed concern about the mulch, Maureen Nettleton, was relieved when she heard that the budget amendment was passed. She approached the council about her concerns after repeatedly noticing the smell of rubber tires while taking her kids to the park. Nettleton has two twins in kindergarten, a 7-year-old and a 15- year-old. While they usually go to Vintage Meadows Park -- she said her kids love the play structure there -- they frequent Cloverdale's other three parks as well. "When we would go to the park I would notice the smell of rubber tires and I thought, 'That can't be good.' It would almost give me a headache when I was there, there was something off about it," Nettleton said. "I would talk about it to my husband and he would say, 'They're hands get all black, they touch their face and their face gets black.' We've seen babies putting it in their mouth at the park. I talked to other moms and the park and they said they didn't like it either." After looking online, Nettleton found multiple online groups of parents who were able to get rubber mulch out of their parks. While rubber mulch made from tires is beihg used around the state in parks, Nettleton said that the independent research she did was unsettling and vague when it came to the possible impact that the rubber can have on the health of children. Included in her research was speaking to someone from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. "He said he didn't have anything definitive if it's safe or not," she said. "That was scary to me because my children are playing on it." According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently working See Back Page 8