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

Solano community leaders set to perform in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ event – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Oakbrook Academy for the Arts – formerly Oakbrook Elementary School – will present a “Dancing With the Stars” showcase next month to benefit the school’s arts in education program.

The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. April 7 at Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive.

Six of Oakbrook’s Dancing Dolphins performers will each be paired with local community leaders to include Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Rodriguez High School Principal Clarence Isadore, Fairfield-Suisun School District administrator Sheila McCabe and others.

Source: Solano community leaders set to perform in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ event

Benicia youth lead protest for peace – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The city’s youth spoke out against being afraid to go to school, called out the government for not doing enough to protect them from gun violence and demanded change as they marched Saturday down First Street – one of more than 800 March for Our Lives rallies that took place across the country.

Benicia High School students organized the event but they were not alone in their anger with the gun violence; several hundred adults marched alongside them.

“We had a fire drill the other day at school,” said Shannon Sweeney, 17, a student at Benicia High. “I couldn’t help thinking, ‘Is this it? Is there a shooter on campus?’

”Sweeney was one of the organizers who helped bring about the march. She said her goal was to help everyone feel safe, every day, at school and in their community.

Source: Benicia youth lead protest for peace

War vets to get high school diplomas as part of ‘Operation Recognition’ – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Veterans whose service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam prevented them from receiving their high school diplomas will be given their credentials at an “Operation Recognition” ceremony March 29.

The Solano County Office of Education will host the event that will recognize those whose high school educations were interrupted by the wars.

Local Vietnam veterans will also be recognized as part of National Vietnam Veterans Day. Veterans group organizers hope to see about 100 local Vietnam veterans attend the ceremony. They will be awarded Department of Defense memorabilia such as Vietnam Veteran Presidential proclamations, lapel pins, buttons and bumper stickers.

Source: War vets to get high school diplomas as part of ‘Operation Recognition’

Operation Recognition to honor vets, internees with diplomas – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

As they do for all, the problems of peace and the hell of war affected the many American veterans of 20th-century wars and also many Japanese-Americans interned during World War II. For some, dreams of high school graduation evaporated with the advent of armed global conflict or deployment to East Asia in the early 1950s or Southeast Asia in the 1960s and early ’70s. Many never received a high school diploma.

For the second time in as many years, the Solano County Office of Education will honor those veterans and internees during a special event called Operation Recognition, as a way to formally acknowledge their sacrifices and service during the frenzied days of war.

The ceremony and presentation of diplomas, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 29, will be in SCOE offices, 5100 Business Center Drive (near Costco), Fairfield.

Source: Operation Recognition to honor vets, internees with diplomas

Transition fair for Solano students with disabilities set Tuesday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A Transition Information Fair for parents and guardians with students with disabilities will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Solano County Office of Education.

“The Transition Information Fair is an opportunity for our youth to engage with Solano County resources which will assist them to successfully acquire the daily skills and independence they need to move into the next phase of their lives,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement.

Source: Transition fair for Solano students with disabilities set Tuesday

Solano Hispanic chamber honors students, leaders – Daily Republic

By Solano Hispanic Chamber

The Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrated over 11 years as a local chamber of diversity during its annual Awards and Recognition Gala on March 10, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield. Solano County students and business leaders were recognized for their achievements, contributions and leadership.

Republic Services was awarded the 2018 Business of the Year award, Excellence in Customer Service was awarded to the Law Offices of Dana Dean, the Hispanic Business Leader was awarded to Roxana Damas of Diversity RD Global, and Voces Unidas de Solano was recognized as the Community Leader of the Year.

Fourteen scholarships were awarded to eight high school seniors and six college students including a post-graduate. Due to the generosity of NorthBay Healthcare and their investment in the future of our community, two deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare were recognized and awarded by President & CEO, Konard Jones. Also,The Law Offices of Dana Dean gave an additional contribution to an aspiring attorney.

Source: Solano Hispanic chamber honors students, leaders

Solano County Office of Education leader to mull over interim budget – Times Herald

By Richard Bammer

Solano County Office of Education leaders likely will approve the 2017-18 second interim budget report when they meet tonight in Fairfield.

By law, California school districts must issue two annual budget reports for their current fiscal year, usually by mid-December and mid-March, to let state officials know that they can pay their bills.

In her overview, Becky Lentz, director of internal business services, will tell the seven-member governing board that Gov. Jerry Brown continues to predict a recession “but the timing is unknown.”

Additionally, cuts to federal programs are expected and so are changes to the Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010 during the Obama administration and intended to constrain healthcare costs. SCOE, which administers community and court schools and some special education programs, among others, is experiencing declining enrollment in its Alternative Education program, Lentz will add.

Source: Solano County Office of Education leader to mull over interim budget

Community meeting set to discuss Solano child care, early education – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Child Care and Development Planning Council will host a community meeting on Child Care and Early Education from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mary Bird Early Education Center, 420 E. Tabor Ave.

Guest speakers include Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson and Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, who will discuss his transitional kindergarten expansion bill.

The meeting will include a public hearing on the state of early care and education in Solano County and updates on local, state and federal policies affecting the field.

Source: Community meeting set to discuss Solano child care, early education

Filipino Applies for Hispanic Scholarship – Daily Republic

By Ashley Ching

I have always thought of myself as Asian and only Asian. After all, my last name is Ching.

My basic assumption came into question when I came across the “Inspire Learning” scholarship organized by the Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“This looks really interesting,” I shared with my friend. “I just wish I were eligible to participate.” “Well, it’s not like you’re a real Asian,” he joked. “You’re Filipino. Couldn’t that count as Hispanic?”

Whoa. Me — Hispanic?

The notion didn’t seem out of the question. Watching the Disney movie, Coco, its portrayal of Hispanic culture perfectly mirrored my own Filipino culture in three key ways — food, religion, and language.

Source: Filipino Applies for Hispanic Scholarship

Solano County speller takes the top prize – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A fourth-grader and one of the smallest contenders, James Maravilla, 8, a student at Federal Terrace Elementary School in Vallejo, confidently spelled “vengeance.”

Facing off against James, Diego Gonzalez, 12, a sixth-grader at Callison Elementary School in Vacaville, then stumbled on the word “masquerade.”

At about 7:45 p.m., in the sixth round, one hour and 45 minutes after the 2018 Solano County Elementary Spelling Bee started, word pronouncer Dave McCallum of Vacaville, a well-known KUIC-FM personality and former Vacaville Unified trustee, then declared James as the top elementary speller in the county, prompting applause from families, friends, relatives and leaders from the Solano County Office of Education, sponsor of the 42nd annual event.

Source: Solano County Speller

Vallejo, Vacaville students earn top spots at Solano County Spelling Bee – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

James Maravilla, 8, a fourth-grader at Federal Terrace Elementary School in Vallejo earned first place in the 2018 Solano County Elementary Spelling Bee Tuesday night in the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City.

Diego Gonzalez, 12, a sixth-grader at Callison Elementary School in Vacaville, came in second.

With their wins, topping some 50 other spellers in grades four to six, they will represent Solano County at the California State Spelling Bee Championship May 12 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.

Source: Vallejo, Vacaville students earn top spots at Solano County Spelling Bee