Program shows choices behind wheel can mean difference between life, death – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Vanden High School senior Maddy Denajer began driving a few months ago.

She’s been a member of the school’s Friday Night Live chapter since her freshmen year. The program builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development with a focus on alcohol, tobacco, traffic safety, gambling and drugs.

Denajer joined other Vanden students Monday for Impact Teen Drivers, a program that emphasizes the dangers of reckless and distracted driving.

“When I started behind the wheel, I thought, ‘this isn’t as easy as I thought,’ ” Denajer said.

Source: Program shows choices behind wheel can mean difference between life, death

13th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony – Daily Republic

The 13th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM at the Solano County Office of Education located at 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield.

CAC Awards are presented to educators, youth, and community members for outstanding service to students with special needs. Award recipients are from each school district within the Solano County Special Education Local Plan Area: Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis, and Vacaville Unified School Districts, as well as the Solano County Office of Education.

Source: 13th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony

Town Center Gallery showcases Solano student artists – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Visitors to the Solano Town Center Gallery can view and bid on artworks from Solano County Office of Education students.

Students from the Solano County Office of Education have visited the gallery each Friday over the past several months to create their own masterpieces.

Proceeds benefit a special-needs class.

Source: Town Center Gallery showcases Solano student artists

Will science, engineering fair yield tomorrow’s scientists? – Times-Herald

By Richard Bammer

The numbers of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, have taken a quantum jump.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2010 and 2020 employment in science and engineering will grow by nearly 19 percent, compared to 14 percent for all other occupations.

And, as widely reported in the media, this rapid growth has created a STEM worker shortage in the United States.To address this shortage, the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) has joined widespread educator efforts to boost interest in STEM among students.

Source: Will science, engineering fair yield tomorrow’s scientists? – Times-Herald

Vanden, Caliber students top Solano Science Fair competitions – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Vanden High sophomore Mayah Gantt was the overall Senior Division winner and Ryan Menefee, a student at Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, was the Junior Division winner at the recent Solano County Science and Engineering Fair.

Gantt was also first in the Earth Science category, while Menefee was first in the Physical Science category. There was a Life Science category as well.

First-place winners are eligible to enter the California State Science and Engineering Fair that takes place April 29-30 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Source: Vanden, Caliber students top Solano Science Fair competitions

Winners Of Solano County Science, Engineering Fair Announced | Benicia, CA Patch

By Maggie Avants

The 2019 Solano County Science and Engineering Fair was held Friday, March 29 in Fairfield. In hosting the annual event, the Solano County Office of Education aims to do its part in addressing a worker shortage in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“It was an excellent opportunity for our middle and high school students to apply science and engineering skills to investigate problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and develop conclusions,” said Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson. “We are confident this event inspired students to consider a career in science, engineering or a related field.”

Source: Winners Of Solano County Science, Engineering Fair Announced | Benicia, CA Patch

CalRTA Holds Pre-Retirement Workshop for Area Teachers – Daily Republic

By Suzanne Carlson

The local division 24 of the California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) held a pre-retirement workshop for area teachers at the Solano County Office of Education on March 21. The event was aimed at teachers who are interested in learning more about retirement and the state teachers retirement system, STRS. STRA Specialist Tamara Carr provided general information about retirement and then answered teachers’ questions. Recently retired teachers also shared their experiences and insights. CalRTA Division 24 plans to hold this event annually.

Source: Press Release: CalRTA Holds Pre-Retirement Workshop for Area Teachers

Five smiling military veterans earn their high school diploma, finally – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

They didn’t make “the walk” across a stage with their high school classmates back in the day. They were, instead, wearing military uniforms and serving their country.

But five smiling veterans — Clarence Cleaver, Manuel Concepcion, Cicilio Lopez, Joe McKnight and Carl Worsham — finally picked up coveted diplomas earlier this week during the Operation Recognition ceremony at the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield.

“SCOE is thrilled to be a part of Operation Recognition, to honor veterans who could not complete their education because they were serving our country,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a press release issued Tuesday. “On behalf of our entire community, we thank them for their sacrifice.”

Source: Five smiling military veterans earn their high school diploma, finally – The Reporter

Vets gets high school diplomas years after military service intervened – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Four U.S. veterans were presented their high school diplomas this week, years after their military service had interrupted their educations.

Clarence Cleaver, a Navy seaman, Manuel Concepcion, a sergeant in the Marine Corps, Joe McKnight, a tech sergeant in the Air Force, and Carl Worsham, a staff sergeant in the Army, each received his high school diploma at the Operation Recognition Graduation Ceremony on Monday at the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield.

Cicilio Lopez, who served in the Coast Guard, also will get a diploma, but was unable to attend the ceremony.

Source: Vets gets high school diplomas years after military service intervened

“All About Texture” & Adult Education Fundraiser – Daily Republic

The Fairfield-Suisun City Visual Arts Association invites the Public to the Solano Town Center Gallery, located at 1350 Travis Blvd., Fairfield, on the second floor outside of Macy’s. Join us in celebrating the opening of a new Exhibit, “All About Texture”. The show opens on Wednesday, April 3 at 11am and runs thru May 19. The Gallery is open Wednesday thru Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 6, 3-5 pm. The show will spotlight artwork by Featured Artist, Cherol Ockrassa from American Canyon. During the Reception, you can meet Cherol and other local artists, enjoy wine supplied by BackRoad Vines and light refreshments provided by the FSVAA.

Source: “All About Texture” & Adult Education Fundraiser

Solano residents among those honored as Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

With March being Women’s History Month, the time is right to look back at Rep. John Garamendi’s, D-Solano, recipients of the 2018 Women of the Year Awards.

The awards are put on annually by Garamendi’s Women’s Initiative Network.

Fifty women were honored from throughout Garamendi’s district, whose area stretches from Solano to Glenn County, for their roles of improving the lives of those within their communities.

Source: Solano residents among those honored as Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year – The Reporter

2nd annual Child Care and Early Education meeting set – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Child Care and Development Planning Council will host the second annual Community Meeting on Child Care and Early Education from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the John F. Kennedy Library, 505 Santa Clara St.

Guest speakers include Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson and representatives of other elected officials that include Reps. John Garamendi and Mike Thompson. They will share information about the Child Care for Working Families Act and the Child Care Development Block Grant with those who attend the session.

Source: 2nd annual Child Care and Early Education meeting set

Solano County office of education hosting transition fair on March 20 – Times-Herald

By Vallejo Times Herald

Parents, guardians, and students are invited to attend the Solano County Office of Education’s Workforce Development Department’s 24 annual Transition Information Fair on March 20.

“If you have a student enrolled in a middle school, high school, or an adult/transition program who has a disability and/or is in a special education program, it is time to discover the possibilities for their future,” according to a press release from the county’s office of education.

Over 40 agencies from Solano County and surrounding areas will have representatives available to offer guidance and information about their services as attendees will receive valuable information about various programs and agencies in th community that can assist with higher education, training, employment, adult day programs, and independent living, officials said.

Source: Solano County office of education hosting transition fair on March 20 – Times-Herald

Vallejo, Fairfield youths Solano’s top spellers – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

It took nearly four hours Tuesday to crown Solano County’s top wordsmiths.

In the end, Ahimsa Stathis, a fifth grader from Mare Island Health and Fitness Academy in Vallejo and Makaiden Velando, a fourth grader from Cordelia Hills Elementary School in Fairfield, took the top spots in the Solano County 2019 Spelling Bee.

Words like “gourmet” and “maudlin” and “rodomontade” were thrown around, and spellers from around the county rose to the challenge. They asked clarifying questions and spelled words that would stump many an adult, all without breaking a sweat.

Source: Vallejo, Fairfield youths Solano’s top spellers – The Reporter

Solano County’s 2019 Spelling Bee Champions Announced | Suisun City, CA Patch

By Maggie Avants

Top student spellers from 48 Solano County elementary and middle schools competed this week for the title of Solano County Champion Speller. The annual spelling bee composed of fourth- through sixth-graders was held Tuesday, March 5 at the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City.

After a grueling three-and-a-half-hour competition during which more than three-dozen students were tasked with spelling words ranging from “daisy” to “rodomontade” and “panegyric,” the top two spellers emerged.

Source: Solano County’s 2019 Spelling Bee Champions Announced | Suisun City, CA Patch

Vallejo academy earns state Distinguished School honor – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Mare Island Technology Academy in Vallejo has been selected as a California Distinguished School.

“This is a tremendous honor and well-deserved recognition for MIT Academy. They are a shining example of the great work going on in our schools in Solano County,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement announcing the school’s selection.

There were 208 eligible schools in the state.Officials at the academy could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Source: Vallejo academy earns state Distinguished School honor

24th Transition Fair is scheduled for March 20 in Fairfield – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The 24th annual Transition Information Fair for students in middle school, high school or an adult/transition program who has a disability and/or in a special education program will be held March 20.

The fair will occur from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive.

More than 40 agencies from Solano and surrounding counties will be on hand to provide information about programs and agencies that can assist with higher education, training, employment, adult day programs and independent living.

Source: 24th Transition Fair is scheduled for March 20 in Fairfield

Phoenix Spark Challenge issues call for Solano students to advance skills – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education in partnership with Travis Air Force Base is once again launching the Phoenix Spark Challenge.

High school students throughout Solano County are encouraged to register for the 2019 competition that will take place May 7 at the base.

“We are very excited about this opportunity for high school teams to compete in such an inspiring event. Solving real-life problems is an excellent way to get students engaged in math and science while learning the valuable 21st century skills necessary to prepare for the jobs of today and the future,”

Source: Phoenix Spark Challenge issues call for Solano students to advance skills

Raising a Reader program launches in Solano County – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Solano County Office of Education launched a well-respected children’s literacy program for local children in early care and learning settings – including participating Quality Counts family child care homes and center-based programs.

First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission awarded Solano County Office of Education with funding to implement Raising a Reader. For the 2018-19 program year, 20 Quality Counts sites will participate in Raising a Reader, allowing more than 500 children to take home a set of four books on a weekly basis and share with their families.

Source: Raising a Reader program launches in Solano County

SCOE Mourns Longtime Trustee Douglas ‘Doug’ Ford | Dixon, CA Patch

By Maggie Avants

Solano County’s education community is mourning the loss of Dixon resident and longtime Solano County Board of Education Trustee Douglas “Doug” J. Ford, who died Thursday, Feb. 14 at the age of 87 following a long battle with cancer.

“Our hearts overflow with sadness at Doug’s passing,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said Wednesday in a news release. “He was very passionate about education, especially career pathways and biotechnology.”

Source: SCOE Mourns Longtime Trustee Douglas ‘Doug’ Ford | Dixon, CA Patch