State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that 31 schools were newly designated as Model Continuation High Schools for 2019. These schools are recognized for their innovative approach to instruction and helping students who have faced many challenges—including behavior issues, chronic absenteeism, and truancy—get back on the pathway to learning.
“These schools have created exemplary programs and strategies that provide students with a second chance at academic success,” said Thurmond. “The commitment demonstrated by the teachers and administrative staff, combined with a culture of caring that focuses on the emotional and education needs of the unique populations they serve, are what make these continuation high schools the best examples of how to help kids strive and reach their full potential.”
Source: 2019 Model Continuation High Schools Announced – Year 2019 (CA Dept of Education)
By Nick Sestanovich
Liberty High School is in the process of implementing a new internship program for its students. New Principal Kimberly Lewis provided an update on the process at Thursday’s school board meeting.
Lewis’ presentation was introduced by Dr. Leslie Beatson, assistant superintendent of educational services, who said the district has been exploring new opportunities for students at Benicia’s alternative high school.
“A couple of years ago, we started thinking about, ‘How do we continue to provide amazing experiences for our students over at Liberty?’” Beatson said. “‘What is it that our students at Liberty really need from us, beyond getting across the stage at graduation?’”
Source: Liberty High rolling out new internship program
The 2018 graduation season in central and eastern Solano County is underway, with most of the ceremonies, pomp and circumstance occurring next week.
Solano Community College minted new graduates earlier this week in Hollister Stadium at main Fairfield campus.
Source: Area high school graduations, the pomp and circumstance, are set
The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) proudly announces students from the Solano County Juvenile Detention Facility (JDF) School will receive their high school diploma at a Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. The JDF School, operated by SCOE, serves minors that have been remanded to the Solano County Juvenile Probation Department’s Juvenile Detention Center. “Our students demonstrate their resiliency daily while prevailing above their current circumstances. They are receiving a valuable education, through our SCOE programs, that will make a difference in their lives and help them become contributing members to our community,” says Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson.
Students at JDF receive a rigorous course of study that provides an opportunity for them to earn course credit toward meeting their home district’s graduation requirements. Students receiving their high school diploma on June 5th have completed all graduation requirements outlined by the California Department of Education. After graduation, students can enroll in Solano Community College courses online and earn units toward an associate degree or complete general education requirements before transferring to a four-year college. Students at JDF also receive career technical education instruction and earn Work-Ready Certification which prepares them as they seek employment by developing the skills local businesses consider essential when hiring.
Source: Solano Co. Juvenile Detention Inmates Earn High School Diplomas | Dixon, CA Patch
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
A school bus driver convinced by her cousin to give the job a try and a high school science teacher who taught three of her four children were named Tuesday as Solano County’s Classified School Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year.
Samantha Bradshaw, lead trainer and bus driver for the Vallejo City School District, was nominated for her can-do attitude and getting grants to retrofit the buses.
“Samantha has gone over and beyond the call of duty to help out the Transportation Department,” her nomination read.
Source: Solano office of education honors classified employee, teacher of the year
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 32 schools were newly designated as Model Continuation High Schools for 2018. These schools are recognized for creating innovative programs that focus on academics and social and emotional learning and helping students who have faced many challenges, including chronic absenteeism and truancy, get back on the path to realizing their full academic potential.
“These model continuation high schools provide a space where students can feel a sense of accomplishment and increased confidence and receive strong educational support,” said Torlakson. ”Creating an academically challenging yet encouraging school climate can help turn an at-risk student on the verge of dropping out into a high school graduate prepared for a future career or college.”
Source: Announcing 2018 Model Continuation High Schools – Year 2018 (CA Dept of Education)
By Richard Bammer
Solano County Office of Education leaders, when they meet tonight in Fairfield, will face a relatively light agenda, followed by a special meeting and a closed hearing.
Nicola Parr, director of student and program support, will update the seven-member board on the SCOE’s Local Control Accountability Plan, a key part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula. LCAPs are annual documents that guide virtually all of a school district’s spending, especially for English learners, low-income students and foster youth.
Parr will note the stakeholders “engagement process,” to include the frequency of meetings with parents, students, staff and foster youth advocates.
Additionally, she will note a pending Career Technical Education advisory meeting, to include a guest speaker who will offer an update on the economic climate for the North Bay; input from local businesses about the skills they want in graduates, among other things.
Source: Solano County Office of Education board holds special meeting
By Richard Bammer
A Local Control Accountability Plan update, a state and federal legislative update, and achievement plans for students in the Juvenile Court and Community School program, Juvenile Detention Facility, and Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services are on the agenda when the Solano County Office of Education leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.
Nicola Parr, director of student and program support, will offer the seven-member governing board a brief update on the county school’s LCAP, the document that guides virtually all of the agency’s spending, especially for poor, English language learners and foster youth programs.
Superintendent Lisette Estrella-Henderson will provide an update on state and federal legislation.
Victor Romualdi, associate superintendent for student programs and educational services, and Gricelda Rodriguez, program administrator of education options, will lead the reports on Single Plans for Student Achievement at the Golden Hills Juvenile Court and Community School, at the Juvenile Detention Facility, and the Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services.
Source: Solano County Office of Education to discuss achievement plans for Juvenile Court, Detention Facility students
By Richard Bammer
Seconds after receiving her diploma, Country High senior Jane’t Cooksie raised it high over her head, beamed an ear-to-ear smile, looked toward cheering family and friends seated just a few steps away, then walked down an inclined ramp and onto the expansive turf in Zunino Stadium.
She was one of 45 students who marched onto the Vacaville High field on an overcast, somewhat muggy Thursday evening to receive the coveted document during a graduation ceremony that marked the end of their days at Vacaville Unified’s alternative high school.
Source: A time to cheer at Country High graduation
By Kimberly K. Fu
At turns humorous and inspiring, Friday’s graduation of 46 Travis Education Center seniors tipped a cap to a new page in the students’ lives.
Giggly and excited, the blue-clad celebrants waved to loved ones from the stage at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre.
Supporters responded with cheerful yells, air horn squawks and the continuous flash of smartphone cameras.
At one point, students grabbed miniature plush teddy bears from under their seats and flowed out into the audience, gifting someone special with a memento of their care.
Source: Travis Education Center sees “family” graduate – The Reporter
Warmer spring days mean area high school and community college graduations are being noted on calendars in central and eastern Solano County.
By chronological date, here is a list of local high school and the Solano Community College graduation times, dates and locations:
- Solano Community College — 6 p.m. May 25 in the football stadium, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield.
- Vacaville Christian High School — 7 p.m. May 25, Falcon Field, 821 Marshall Road, Vacaville.
- Vacaville Unified Adult Education — 7 p.m. May 30, Catwalk Theatre, Will C. Wood High, 998 Marshall Road, Vacaville.
- Maine Prairie High School — 6 p.m. May 31, Dixon High School Theater, 555 College Way, Dixon
Source: SCC, area high schools set graduation dates
By Daily Republic Staff
The Travis Education Center was among the 35 schools state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recognized Wednesday as Model Continuation Schools for 2017.
“I applaud the dedicated administration and staff on their work to assist and motivate at-risk students and help them reach their full potential,” Torlakson said in a statement released by his office. “The positive and nurturing climate these schools have created inspires students to do well in their academic work and also to contribute to their communities.”
Continuation schools provide high school diploma programs for students ages 16 to 18 who are often at risk of not completing their graduation requirements due to a variety of reasons.
Source: Travis continuation center earns model school recognition
By Norcal Patch
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Friday authorizing a three-year pilot program that will give young adult offenders the chance to access educational and support services in the juvenile justice system, a spokeswoman said.
SB 1004 allows five counties, including Alameda, Napa and Santa Clara, to provide this assistance to low-level, nonviolent felons aged 18 to 21, instead of serving time in county jails with adults.
Those offenders who meet these requirements and don’t have a history of crime would serve no more than a year in a juvenile justice facility and have their offense expunged from their record if they complete the program, according to Leslie Guevarra, a spokeswoman from the office of the bill’s author, State Sen. Jerry Hill.
Source: New Law Opens Juvenile Hall To 18- To 21-Year-Olds In Pilot Program
By Richard Bammer
The possibility of juvenile court youths to receive a high school diploma got a littler easier Thursday, when Gov. Brown signed into law AB 2306 by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D Solano.
The new law requires school districts to exempt a student from local high school graduation requirements once the student transfers to the district from a juvenile court school.
“By allowing these students to earn a diploma after meeting statewide graduation requirements, this bill increases their likelihood of continuing their education and getting ready for the workforce while simultaneously decreasing their chances of recidivism,” Frazier said in a press release.
Existing law authorizes local school districts to establish graduation requirements in addition to statewide requirements.
Source: Brown signs Frazier bill allowing juvenile court students to earn diploma
By Susan Hiland
Country High School seniors came to their 2016 graduation Thursday joyous and full of hope for the future.
The green grass at the Tom Zunino Stadium couldn’t have been greener, the folding chairs whiter as the graduates in blue filled the seats.
Esperanza Andrade graduated in October but came back to walk across stage and accept her diploma. She said she is excited about joining the Air Force or Marine Corps in January.
“I am not sure which one but I want to become a nurse,” she said.
Source: Country High School grads look to future
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
The Matt Garcia Career and College Academy graduated its first class Wednesday. The school was formerly known as the Matt Garcia Learning Center.
Five teens, dressed in black caps and gowns, received their diplomas.
“You not only represent Fairfield-Suisun Unified (School District),” Superintendent Kris Corey told the students, “you represent Fairfield’s finest because you are Matt Garcia graduates.”
Corey shared a brief history about Garcia, one of the youngest people ever elected to public office. He was killed in a case of mistaken identity in 2008.
Source: Message to Matt Garcia graduates: Strive for excellence
By Todd R. Hansen
Christine Hocog does not consider herself one of the 85 members of the Sem Yeto High School Class of 2016 who graduated at the Solano Community College football field Wednesday, but she was sure excited to be there.
“I’m very excited. . . . I’ve been working for this a long time,” said Hocog, 19, who missed graduating with her classmates last spring and instead finished her classes in December.
“So I’m still in the Class of 2015,” she said.
The Fairfield-Suisun continuation school actually had 104 graduates, but only 85 wore the royal blue robes and walked to “Pomp and Circumstance” in the precession to the cheers of family and friends.
Source: Sem Yeto sends 104 grads into the world
By Daily Republic Staff
Members of the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Commission will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room 6003 at the County Administration Center, 675 Texas St.
The agenda will consist of an overview of Juvenile Detention Facility schools from the Solano County Office of Education as well as a review of past facility inspections.
The mission of the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Commission is to inquire into the administration of juvenile justice in Solano County, according to a county press release to announce the meeting. The overall objective is to reduce the recidivism rate of juvenile offenders in the local criminal justice system.
Source: Solano commission to review juvenile hall schools
By Dom Pruett
Vacaville Educational Extension Program Coordinator Shelly Capps opened this year’s graduation ceremony with a famous quote on success from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Standing behind a podium at Will C. Wood High School’s Catwalk Theater Thursday evening, Capps fought back tears as she recited the poem: a poem that was given to her as a gift after she graduated from high school, and still keeps on her desk to this day.
via: Vacaville Educational Extension Program graduation proves it’s never too late – The Reporter
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today the designation of 37 Model Continuation High Schools for 2016. These schools are being recognized for their innovative teaching approaches that enable students with diverse needs to complete their high school education.
“I commend these schools for their exceptional work in keeping our students on the path to career and college readiness,” Torlakson said. “Thanks to the guidance and support offered, our students leave with a high-quality education and the self-confidence required to build a better future.”
Continuation high schools meet the needs of students aged 16 years or older who have not graduated from high school, are at risk of not graduating, and are not exempt from compulsory school attendance. The minimum attendance is 15 hours per week or 180 minutes daily.
Students benefit from the supplemental programs and services offered, such as independent study courses, career counseling, job placement, apprenticeships, and concurrent enrollment in community college.
Source: 2016 Model Continuation High Schools – Year 2016 (CA Dept of Education)