Applications open for Solano Youth Coalition – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Youth ages 14 to 21 who want to make a difference in their communities will have an opportunity to do so through Solano Youth Coalition. Applications are currently being accepted for new members.

SYC’s mission is to raise awareness through advocacy for safe and healthier choices in communities through open conversations, participation and collaboration among a new generation of youth advocates, according to a Solano County Office of Education news release. SYC is overseen by SCOE and partners with Solano’s Friday Night Live, a social advocacy program for high schoolers that promotes healthy lifestyles for all youth.

“I encourage all youth to explore programs like the Solano Youth Coalition,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement. “Involvement in programs like this increase youth connectedness to their communities and provides unique opportunities for young people to realize their strengths and discover their passions.”

Source: Applications open for Solano Youth Coalition – The Reporter

Solano County art students showcase skills in annual Art Faire – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

More than 400 artistically inclined students from 27 schools throughout Solano County showcased their work in the Solano County Student Art Faire, held Saturday at the Solano County Fairgrounds’ McCormack Hall.

The work ranged from computer art to sculptures to drawing to mixed media to painting to photography, with many students exhibiting their work for the first time. Ribbons were bestowed to students who placed first, second, third or won honorable mentions in each category. A Best in Show ribbon was given to one artist in each division, and every artist received a certificate just for taking part.

“The Solano Student Art Faire is something we look forward to every year,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement. “It is a special time to bring students, parents, teachers, and the community together to honor the work students have completed over the school year and celebrate the importance of the arts in education.”

Source: Solano County art students showcase skills in annual Art Faire – The Reporter

Solano County shrouded in creativity – Times-Herald

By Chris Riley

People look at pieces of art, including this Best in Show for Division 4 piece titled ‘Shrouded’ by Liana Wong of Armijo High on Saturday. This came during the Solano County Office of Education in partnership with the Solano County Fairgrounds’ 2019 Solano County Student Art show in Vallejo.

Source: Solano County shrouded in creativity – Times-Herald

Solano special needs students dance the morning away at annual prom – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Over at Armijo High School’s gym, the bass was thumping and fists were pumping for Solano County’s annual prom Friday morning for students with special needs, which proved to be a good time for all.

With the theme being “An Evening in the Enchanted Garden,” the room was strewn with flowers and images of iconic Disney fairies. The feeling of a magic garden was captured as special needs students throughout the county got to dress in their finest outfits, play games and dance to their hearts’ content, all while getting to be themselves.

Lynne Lee, a teacher in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s adapted physical education department, said the event started more than 25 years ago.

Source: Solano special needs students dance the morning away at annual prom – The Reporter

Phoenix Spark initiative gains strength after 3 years – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Phoenix Spark has seen three years of nurturing ideas into innovations.

It has allowed airmen the time, the technology and access to outside expertise to develop ways to improve how the Air Force does business defending the country.

That, in turn, empowers airmen to realize that they can make a change.

Three years after it started at Travis Air Force Base, Phoenix Spark, which was developed under the Air Force-level AFWERX program, has seen 25 other similar cells established at other Air Force bases in the U.S. and overseas.

Source: Phoenix Spark initiative gains strength after 3 years

Solano schools honor Benicia teacher, Vacaville custodian – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

School districts throughout the county, by way of an event organized by the Solano County Office of Education, came together Tuesday to honor all teachers and support staff by recognizing some of the best in their positions.

Callison Elementary School’s DJ Stilwell, a custodian, was recognized with an educator of the year award, as was Benicia High School’s Matt O’Reilly, an arts and design teacher.

The Solano County Office of Education Educators of the Year Awards Ceremony, held at Suisun City’s Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, honored teachers of the year in each district, as well as support workers, which range from clerical, maintenance, student nutrition and similar roles.

Source: Solano schools honor Benicia teacher, Vacaville custodian

UC Davis girls’ Robotics Leadership Camps add high schoolers – Times-Herald

By Vallejo Times Herald

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) in partnership with UC Davis Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (C-STEM) is again, bringing free Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camps to the County.

This year, besides offering three GIRL Camps for middle schoolers, SCOE announced the addition of a high school GIRL (GIRL+) Camp to include physical computing with Arduino.

These camps are focused on introducing and motivating middle and high school girls to learn computing and STEM concepts through a fun robotics-based curriculum, officials said.

Source: UC Davis girls’ Robotics Leadership Camps add high schoolers – Times-Herald

Robotics camps for middle, high school girls set in June – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A high school section has been added to the middle school division of the free Girls in Robotics Leadership Camps scheduled for June in Solano County.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our middle and high school girls to learn coding and robotics through engaging hands-on activities. We hope to inspire more girls to consider engineering and related fields as a possible career,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

The camps are sponsored by the University of California, Davis Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, in partnership with the Solano County Office of Education.

Source: Robotics camps for middle, high school girls set in June

Solano County unveils new tool to connect students to careers – Times-Herald

By Times Herald

Employers are struggling to find the right workers and Solano County students are seeking careers — a perfect match for the unveiling of a new tool called Connect2Careers Continuum Guide, Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson announced. It’s based on the knowledge that career-readiness starts well before high school, she said.

“This guide is designed to connect students to careers, at a time when employers across various industries are struggling to find individuals who possess the knowledge and skills necessary for today’s jobs,” she said. To address the challenge, Connect2Careers offers educators resources related to career exposure for all grade levels.

“The guide is divided into four sections, each targeting a different grade span with increasing depth on a career planning continuum from exposure, to awareness, to exploration, and preparation,” Estrella-Henderson said.

Source: Solano County unveils new tool to connect students to careers – Times-Herald

Program awards wellness grant to Solano County Office of Education – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A three-year $300,000 grant to establish mental health and wellness centers at adult education and continuation high schools has been awarded to the Solano County Office of Education.

The Health Systems Development Grant was awarded through the County Medical Services Program. The target populations include people between 21 and 64 who are indigent or are at risk of being indigent.

The goal is to improve access to mental health services and provide for the continued development of adult education programs as key points of access for the county program and people who are eligible for Medi-Cal benefits.

Source: Program awards wellness grant to Solano County Office of Education

Solano County Office of Education unveils Connect2Careers guide – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education has announced its Connect2Careers Continuum Guide, which is designed to link students to careers.

The guide is divided into four sections, each targeting a different span of grade levels with increasing depth in career planning: from exposure, to awareness, to exploration and preparation, the education office announced. The guide provides lessons and other resources for teachers with the intent to reach students who may not be enrolled in a Career Technical Education course.

The Office of Education worked with teachers throughout the county to create lessons for kindergarten through fourth grade, then used the California Career Resource Network for career exploration and career education resources to teachers and parents for students in fifth through 12th grades.

Source: Solano County Office of Education unveils Connect2Careers guide

Program awards wellness grant to Solano County Office of Education – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A three-year $300,000 grant to establish mental health and wellness centers at adult education and continuation high schools has been awarded to the Solano County Office of Education.

The Health Systems Development Grant was awarded through the County Medical Services Program. The target populations include people between 21 and 64 who are indigent or are at risk of being indigent.

The goal is to improve access to mental health services and provide for the continued development of adult education programs as key points of access for the county program and people who are eligible for Medi-Cal benefits.

Source: Program awards wellness grant to Solano County Office of Education

Solano County Office of Education unveils Connect2Careers guide – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education has announced its Connect2Careers Continuum Guide, which is designed to link students to careers.

The guide is divided into four sections, each targeting a different span of grade levels with increasing depth in career planning: from exposure, to awareness, to exploration and preparation, the education office announced. The guide provides lessons and other resources for teachers with the intent to reach students who may not be enrolled in a Career Technical Education course.

Source: Solano County Office of Education unveils Connect2Careers guide

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