By Mike TeSelle
During the busy holiday shopping season, retailers go to great lengths to capture the attention of shoppers.
But a gift store aimed at selling the handmade goods of special needs students in Solano County is hoping shoppers will consider a visit to their unique gift shop inside Vacaville’s McBride Senior Center.
“They have worked so hard, but we have very few customers,” read a Facebook post advertising the gift store.
Source: Special store needs customers, wants San Francisco 49ers’ attention
By Maggie Fusek
More than 200 high school students from Solano and Napa counties took a trades tour last week during which they visited local training centers for trade workers in Napa, Fairfield, Benicia and Vacaville. The tour has taken place for the last several years and is sponsored by Napa-Solano Central Labor Council, Solano County Office of Education (SCOE), North Bay Apprenticeship Coordinators Association, and Napa-Solano Building Trades.
During this year’s tour, which took place from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, the high-schoolers received information on the opportunities a union construction career can offer.
Source: 200 Students Take Part In Napa-Solano Trades Tour | Napa Valley, CA Patch
By Todd R. Hansen
More than 200 students got a firsthand look Thursday at what work in the trades could mean for their futures.
The groups from Solano and Napa counties took a tour of training centers that included sheet metal workers in Fairfield, plumbers and steamfitters in Vacaville, iron workers in Benicia and electrical workers in Napa.
The students also visited carpenter trade centers in Fairfield and Napa.
The tour is an annual event sponsored by the Napa-Solano Central Labor Council, the North Bay Apprenticeship Coordinators Association, the Napa-Solano Building Trades and the Solano County Office of Education.
Source: Solano, Napa students see futures in the trades
By Daily Republic Staff
Veterans and Japanese-American citizens who did not receive a high school diploma because of war-related reasons can get one now as part of the “Operation Recognition” program through the Solano County Office of Education.
“We are privileged to honor and recognize local veterans with diplomas. Our veterans have made sacrifices for the freedom and the safety of our country, and this is one way that we can recognize our veterans for all they have done for of us,” Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.
Source: Solano program offers high school diplomas to war veterans
The Solano County Office of Education, located at 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield, is participating in “Operation Recognition” which honors U.S. Veterans and Japanese-American citizens who were unable to finish high school due to wartime circumstances with retroactive high school diplomas.
During the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II many Japanese-American citizens were interned in relocation camps in various locations across the United States. After these wars, many of these individuals were not able to finish high school and receive high school diplomas. Veterans and Japanese-American citizens now have the opportunity to be granted diplomas as a gesture of gratitude for the sacrifices they made.
Source: Solano Co. Veterans Can Receive Retroactive High School Diplomas | Benicia, CA Patch
By Nick Sestanovich
For a few hours Wednesday night, Vacaville Cultural Center felt like Hollywood as actors attired in tuxedos and fancy dresses paraded down a red carpet and cameras flashed while they made their way to the premiere of their new movie.
While it may have looked like a smaller scale premiere of the new “Star Wars” movie, it was actually the debut of a film by students at Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Films camp, which took place at Golden Hills Community School in Fairfield this past summer.
Travolta — a veteran filmmaker, producer and actor from a famous show-business family that includes his younger brother John — founded Inclusion Films in 2007 to teach filmmaking skills to individuals with developmental disabilities. His organization currently hosts a variety of film camps throughout California, and Solano hosted its first this past summer largely funded through donors like NorthBay Healthcare, Soroptimist International of Vacaville Twilight Club, Solano County Office of Education and Dutch Bros. Coffee of Fairfield.
Source: Film shot by differently abled adults debuts at VPAT – The Reporter
BY Amy Maginnis-Honey
There was a red carpet premiere Wednesday in Vacaville.
The almost 50 adults involved in the film showed up in suits, ties, dresses and hats. They sat in the first few rows at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre to see the first Inclusion Films project done in Solano County.
“The Bizarre Zone” was played before a packed house. In the crowd was Joey Travolta, older brother of actor John Travolta. He’s also a former special education teacher.
“It takes a village,” he said. “This is an unbelievable village.”
Source: Stories to tell: Film camp opens doors to young adults with disabilities
By Daily Republic Staff
North Bay Regional Center’s board of directors will conduct a business meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield.
North Bay Regional Center provides services under a state contract to people with developmental special needs who live in Solano, Napa and Sonoma counties.
The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 256-1224.
Source: The Week Ahead: North Bay Regional Center board meets in Fairfield
By Susan Hiland
Authors, readers, teachers and community members came out en masses Sunday for the 19th Annual Authors Luncheon.
Frances McCullough, a retired educator, and president of Solano County Library Foundation, loves to read and she wants to share that love with future generations.
“The authors are here to help us celebrate literacy,” McCullough said. “Because literacy is so important.”The event is one of the biggest fundraiser for the foundation. Organizers hoped to raise more than $50,000 to support various literacy programs at Solano County’s libraries during the upcoming year.
Source: Authors luncheon raises money for Solano library foundation
By Chyresse Hill
Kaiser Permanente has awarded $1 million in grants to 42 local nonprofit organizations providing services and programs that improve the health of under-served communities throughout the Napa Solano area, including several serving the residents of Napa.
Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit grants are awarded every year to local organizations working on specific programs and projects that align with Kaiser Permanente’s mission and goals. Funding priorities are informed by the tri-annual Community Health Needs Assessment.
All the grants help fund projects in the following categories: Access to care and coverage, Community and family safety, Mental health and wellness, Healthy Eating Active Living
Source: Kaiser Permanente Awards Grants in Napa & Solano Counties | Napa Valley, CA Patch
By Daily Republic Staff
The Solano County Office of Education this week announced the winners of the 2019 Solano Countywide Attendance Awareness Poster Contest, according to a press release.
September was Attendance Awareness Month and SCOE hosted the contest to provide school districts the opportunity to engage students in conversations about the critical role that school attendance has on student achievement. 72 students from school districts across Solano County submitted posters for consideration in the contest.
There were three categories in the contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. These students will be recognized at their respective district school board meetings.
Source: Attendance Awareness poster winners announced
Today Attendance Works and nine national Attendance Awareness Campaign partners are pleased to announce that 803 superintendents across the country have signed the Superintendents Call to Action. These local superintendents are raising their voices to lead the effort to improve attendance starting in the early grades.
The top ten states with the most superintendents who signed the Call to Action are: California (133), Oregon (97), Kentucky (49), Washington (49), Connecticut (35), Georgia (35), West Virginia (27), Mississippi (26), Iowa (25), and Michigan (25). Find the complete list of superintendents on pages 3-11 of this press release. The names are also listed on our website.
By Nick Sestanovich
In the 20 years since the shooting at Columbine High School, the number of school shootings has only increased. According to the FBI, between 2010 and 2017, there were about 20.5 school shootings per year, an increase of 8.6 a year between 2000 and 2009.
The glut of school shootings has prompted many to ask questions like “How can we keep our schools safe?” and “How can we recognize the signs of a school shooter before an incident happens?
”These questions were dove into at a school safety symposium held Wednesday morning at Sunrise Events Center. Hosted by several different agencies — including the Solano County Office of Education, Solano District Attorney’s Office, FBI, Vacaville Police Department and Solano County Sheriff’s Office — the symposium went over how to notice indicators of violence and how different agencies can work as a team to address it.
Source: Agencies collaborate to host school safety symposium – The Reporter
By Daily Republic Staff
Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson has been named a C-STEM Administrator of the Year by the University of California, Davis C-STEM Center.
C-STEM stands for computing, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“I’m truly honored by the award from UC Davis, but I do not do this work alone. I have a team of amazing educators behind me, creating, planning and implementing programs for students,” Estrella-Henderson said in a statement released Tuesday by her office.
Source: C-STEM Center honors Solano schools chief’s work
By Todd R. Hansen
Matt O’Reilly admits it’s a little strange to be teaching at the same high school from which he graduated, but the 10-year educator at Benicia High also works to convince his students to choose teaching as their career choices.
O’Reilly was recognized Tuesday by Solano County supervisors as the 2019-20 Teacher of the Year, and said that he and other teachers could not do their jobs if it were not for school employees like Daryl “D.J.”
Stillwell doing theirs.Stillwell, a custodian with the Vacaville School District, was selected as the 2019-20 Classified Employee of the Year.
Source: Board of Supervisors recognizes Solano’s top 2019-20 educators
School leaders explored what it meant to lead courageously during the 2019 Women in School Leadership Forum, held Sept. 25-27 at the Paséa Hotel and Spa in Huntington Beach.
With 16 workshop sessions, four keynotes and two networking receptions, the more than 250 attendees had plenty of opportunities to be inspired. Here is just a sampling of some of the wisdom shared during this conference.
Source: Six things we learned at ACSA’s Women in School leadership Forum
By Nick Sestanovich
Elected officials, school board trustees and superintendents from throughout Solano got an understanding Thursday of the current state and future of education at Solano County Office of Education’s annual State of Education Breakfast Forum.
State superintendent of public instruction Tony Thurmond was the guest speaker.
With the theme of “Full STEAM Ahead,” the breakfast was an opportunity to bring educators, business leaders and elected officials together for a discussion on educational opportunities and showcase what certain school districts are doing to prepare students for the workforce in the new decade, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
Source: State schools superintendent discusses education at Solano breakfast – The Reporter
By Todd R. Hansen
A student wellness center opened this week at Golden Hills Community School, the first in a $1.7 million investment to open 25 centers in the school-based Wellness Center Initiative launched by the Solano County Office of Education.
“As educators and community leaders, we know that mental health can create significant barriers to effective learning. School-based wellness centers can create opportunities to destigmatize mental health, foster open dialogue with students around issues like suicide prevention or bullying, and teach coping strategies that build resilience and help students manage stress before negative behaviors or violence occur,” Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement released Friday by her office.
Source: First Solano student wellness center opens; goal is for 25 countywide
By Richard Bammer
Educators have long believed that keeping kids interested and focused in the classroom can stem the dropout rate, an idea confirmed by recent Solano County, state and U.S. Department of Education statistics that reveal four-year high school graduation rates have increased over the past decade, topping 80 percent in many school districts.
The key is meeting students’ academic, social and emotional needs. But, in the first two decades of the 21st century, marked by a tragic series of school shootings and other daily toxic stress, it is the latter aspect that is getting more attention from school leaders, counselors and teachers, said Kim Govi, foster and homeless youth program manager for the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield.
“There is an increasing focus on mental health and it has become a priority in Solano County,” she said Wednesday at the Golden Hills Community School wellness center on Clay Bank Road in Fairfield, which celebrated a ribbon-cutting event earlier in the morning. “We are expanding mental health services and support.”
Source: SCOE official: School wellness centers ‘really about youth engagement’ – The Reporter
The Solano College Sports Medicine program teamed up with the Solano County Office of Education to visit Vanden High School this week.
Solano College athletic trainer and sports medicine faculty Bailey Schentrup spent the day teaching students from Miss Smith’s medical science classes hands-on skills such as athletic taping techniques, basic anatomy palpation skills, and stretching techniques.
Students were introduced to several therapeutic exercise fields of study, including the Solano College Sports Medicine/Athletic Training major and its courses.
Source: Schentrup, Sports Medicine Visit Vanden High School – Solano College