SCOE set to hand out employee service awards – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Ninety-three Solano County Office of Education employees will be recognized during a service awards event Wednesday.

Employees with five to 30 years of service time will be acknowledged during the ceremony, which is scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at 5100 Business Center Drive.

Tokens with the employee’s name and years of service will be handed out. Those with five years will get a bell, while a crystal apple will be awarded to those with 10 years, a rosewood pen and pencil set for those with 15 years, a rosewood book clock for those with 20 years, a crystal award with silver star for those with 25 years and a crafted mahogany box for employees with 30 years of service.

Source: Solano schools office set to hand out employee service awards

Solano County’s top school district employees named – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vanden High science teacher Marilyn Lewis and Vallejo City Unified bus driver Samantha Bradshaw were named Solano County’s top educators of the year.

The leader of Solano County schools, Lisette Estrella-Henderson, made the announcement in a press release.

Besides Lewis and Bradshaw, named Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year, respectively, 12 other school district employees were honored Tuesday during a ceremony in Suisun City. The event recognized teachers, paraeducators, child nutrition, support services, security and school staff who give their time, talent and skills to support student achievement, educational innovation and community involvement in Solano County schools.

“It is an honor and a privilege to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Solano County educators and support staff,” Estrella-Henderson added in the prepared statement.

Source: Solano County’s top school district employees named

300 art pieces featured in Student Art Faire that begins May 16 – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Art from local students in fourth through 12th grades will be featured as part of the Solano County Student Art Faire that’s scheduled May 16-18 and May 21-22.

“Art is an essential component in a child’s development of motor skills, language, critical thinking, creativity and cultural awareness. It is also linked to increased academic performance. This countywide art faire showcases the immense talent of our local student artists,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

Students from 25 schools submitted about 300 art pieces in categories that included computer art, clay pottery, sculpture, drawing, fiber, mixed media, painting, photography and print making.

Source: 300 art pieces featured in Student Art Faire that begins May 16

SCOE honors classified employee, teacher of the year – Daily Republic

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

3 Solano women Emerge with eye on elected office – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Three Solano County women recently graduated from Emerge California, a group dedicated to educating, training and getting more Democratic women into elected office.

Dr. Bonnie Hamilton, a retired pediatrician, Doriss Panduro, president of the Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and K. Patrice Williams, an attorney who serves as chief executive officer for BrandGOV, graduated during a ceremony April 22.Williams was the Emerge graduation speaker.

Source: 3 Solano women Emerge with eye on elected office

Solano County school Employees of the Year to receive recognition – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Solano County Office of Education on Tuesday will honor 14 school employees nominated for the 2018-19 Solano County Educators of the Year Award.

Those being recognized hail from Vacaville, Travis, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Benicia, and Vallejo City unified districts and SCOE.

The event begins at 5:15 and continues to 7 p.m. in the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive, Suisun City. The public is invited to join the celebration. To attend, R.S.V.P. at https://goo.gl/forms/fkcNsmEechg7Oy9u2.

For more information, call Rebecca Floyd at 646-7602 or email her at RFloyd@solanocoe.net.

The teachers and school-support employees “contribute to student achievement, educational innovation, and community involvement,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, superintendent of county schools, noted in a press release.

Source: Solano County school Employees of the Year to receive recognition

Solano districts nominate top teachers, school employees – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Fourteen educators and school support employees have been nominated for the 2018-19 Solano County Educators of the Year Award.

“Solano County’s educators inspire and support our students to learn, grow and thrive. Their hard work and dedication make a profound and lasting impact on the lives of our pupils and their families. I want to extend our deepest appreciation to all the nominees, for their admirable work in education,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement announcing the nominations.

Source: Solano districts nominate top teachers, school employees for educator awards

Integrated learning grants available to Solano teachers, artists – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education is offering three courses to train educators and community artists how to make “learning visible” as part of the grant-funded Solano Integrated Learning Specialist Program.

The county office received $75,000. The funding covers the cost of $299 for each participant per course, which includes materials, a light breakfast and lunch. This is also an opportunity for people to work toward an ILSP certificate.

Source: Integrated learning grants available to Solano teachers, artists

Vanden captures 9th at 38th state Academic Decathlon – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Five Vanden High School students brought home 11 medals and the team finished ninth in their division at the 2017-18 California State Academic Decathlon in Sacramento.

“The Academic Decathlon is a rigorous academic program and team competition which develops students’ confidence and improves their study skills,” Lisette Estrella Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement released Wednesday. “As a result, students are more prepared for career and post-secondary education options.”

Vanden’s decathlon team won the North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon, which featured 12 schools from four counties – six from Solano County. There were more than 275 students involved.

Source: Vanden captures 9th at 38th state Academic Decathlon

North Bay Decathlon Teams Compete At State Level | Dixon Patch

The results are in from the 2017 North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon and the California State Academic Decathlon. This year, over 275 students from 13 high schools across Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties participated in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon. The Academic Decathlon is a competitive event modeled after the Olympics to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind.” The competition provides students the opportunity to participate in an educational forum, which fosters a deep respect for knowledge, cooperation, and self-esteem. The theme of this year’s academic decathlon contests was “Africa.” “The Academic Decathlon is a rigorous academic program and team competition which develops students’ confidence and improves their study skills,” said Lisette Estrella Henderson, Solano County Superintendent of Schools. “As a result, students are more prepared for career and post-secondary education options.”

Source: North Bay Decathlon Teams Compete At State Level | Dixon, CA Patch

Solano County SELPA Community Advisory Committee – Daily Republic

Educators, Youth and Community Members Who Work with Special Education Students Recognized for Outstanding Service

The 12th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive, 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: News Release – Solano County SELPA Community Advisory Committee

Assemblyman Jim Frazier tours Irene Larsen Center – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Giggles and glee rippled through the Irene Larsen Center Monday in Vacaville as students cradled squishy silkworms, threw confetti into the air and essentially had a grand old time learning.

Such was the experience Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano, walked into as he toured the county facility, which primarily serves students with special education needs from newborns to age 22.

The Vacaville school has infant-toddler programs, preschool programs, an inclusive ChildStart Program and a post secondary program for developmentally disabled adults.

Frazier, who is known as a champion of children with special needs and chairs the Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, said he wanted to assess the needs of the Larsen Center and see how he could be of service.

Source: Assemblyman Jim Frazier tours Irene Larsen Center, pledges more aid for youths with special needs

Panel discussion delves deep into the value of education, learning – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

What would it be like to grow up in a world where education wasn’t valued and women had no voice?

Such was the discussion in Vacaville Wednesday night following a screening of “He Named Me Malala” at Brenden Theatres.

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani native, was just 15 when she stood up to the Taliban and spoke out for girls’ rights to education. She was shot but recovered and has since become an advocate for education and women’s rights. She’s also a Nobel Laureate.

Following the movie, sponsored by Brenden and the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club, Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan, County Office of Education Superintendent Lisette Estrella-Hendersen, Vacaville Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals member Kim Whittaker, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Jim Frazier, Jennifer Barton, and Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Anna Eaton hosted a lively discussion.

Source: Panel discussion into the value of education, learning

Read for Success summer program receives grant funding – The Reporter

By Reporter STaff

First 5 Solano, in collaboration with the Solano County Office of Education, has received a $10,000 matching grant from Reading is Fundamental (RIF) to implement the Read for Success summer reading program in Solano County Pre-Kindergarten Academies. The Read for Success program, which gives children the life-changing power of literacy, will be implemented throughout Solano County, as First 5 Solano offers Pre-K academies in all of Solano County’s seven cities, targeting children who have never had a prior pre-school experience or who are considered high-risk.

“All children deserve the opportunity to access books, learn how to read and obtain the fundamental building blocks needed to achieve their highest potential,” said Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan, First 5 Solano Commission chairperson. “This evidence-based program will do just that, giving at-risk children the tools necessary to stay proficient — because as we know, as children progress through school, it becomes more and more difficult to catch up once they’ve fallen behind.”

Source: Read for Success summer program receives grant funding

Grant will provide pre-kindergarten children with summer reading – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A Reading is Fundamental $10,000 grant has been received for The Read for Success summer reading program.

First 5 Solano and Solano County Office of Education received the grant, which will be used at the Pre-K academies in the county’s seven cities, targeting children who have never had a prior preschool experience or who are considered high-risk.

The funds were part of a matching grant program. First 5 Solano and the Solano County Office of Education each added $5,000 for a total of $20,000 for the reading program.

Source: Grant will provide pre-kindergarten children with summer reading

Solano County Office of Education lands $50K grant to support math, science – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Some say “throwing money at schools” makes little or no difference in student achievement outcomes, but American educators generally would argue the exact opposite, asserting that money, indeed, can make a real difference and often does.

To that end, the Solano County Office of Education will use a recently received $50,000 grant to support K-5 math and science standards in area schools.

“We are excited and look forward to working with our school districts to develop model math and science lessons that are engaging and aligned with math and science standards,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, superintendent of county schools, said in a press release about the County Implementation Award Program (CIAP). “We look forward to supporting our educators who work so hard on behalf of the students they serve.”

 

Source: Solano County Office of Education lands $50K grant to support math, science

Schools superintendent to address Northern Solano Democratic Club – The Reporter

Lisette Estrella Henderson, Solano County Superintendant of Schools, is speaking at the Northern Solano Democratic Club meeting at 7 p.m. April 9 at Pietro’s No. 2, 679 Merchant St. in Vacaville.

For more information, call Jeanie White at (615) 260-7896 or Marilee Scholl at 853-2052.

To learn more about the club, visit www.northernsolanodems.com.

Source: Schools superintendent to address Northern Solano Democratic Club

Child Haven kicks off National Child Abuse Prevention Month – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

By any sad stretch, the numbers were startling:

• Nearly 900 abused Solano County children needed the therapeutic services provided by Child Haven last year.

• Nearly one-third of American children ages 12 to 17 have experienced two or more types of childhood adversity that likely will affect their physical and mental health into adulthood.

• Three American children die every day from child abuse.

Those were among the statistics aired during the “pinwheel event” Monday at Child Haven in Fairfield, where officials kicked off National Child Abuse Prevention Month in a local effort to raise awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect, from physical and sexual abuse to emotional neglect and poverty.

Source: Child Haven kicks off National Child Abuse Prevention Month

SCOE receives grant to support math, science – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education received a $50,000 grant from the County Implementation Award Program (CIAP) to support K-5 math and science standards implementation, according to a press release.

“We are excited and look forward to working with our school districts to develop model math and science lessons that are engaging and aligned with math and science standards,” said Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson in a statement. “We look forward to supporting our educators who work so hard on behalf of the students they serve.”

A pilot team of K-5 teachers from participating school districts will collaborate to develop model lessons that will be available to all teachers by December 2018. The team will engage in a process of developing, pilot-testing, and refining these lessons in their classrooms.

Source: SCOE receives grant to support math, science

Vietnam, Korean War vets from Solano get long-delayed high school diplomas – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Army veteran Nicanor Rios was still in high school in 1967 when he got his draft notice.

The Fairfield man offered to volunteer the moment he graduated if the military was willing to let him finish, but the military wasn’t interested.

Within a couple of months he was flown to Vietnam to serve a year-long tour with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade as a rifleman.

Now, 51 years after he was patrolling the jungles of Vietnam, Rios and six other local veterans finally got the high school diplomas they misses out on when they joined the military.

“It feels great,” Rios said of the diploma he now holds.

The ceremony, which took place Thursday afternoon at the Solano County Office of Education, was the central part of a gathering that also honored local Vietnam veterans.

Source: Vietnam, Korean War vets from Solano get long-delayed high school diplomas