The California State Board of Education (SBE) today approved $58 million in contracts to build a network of support for community schools—campuses where every classroom is focused on high-quality teaching and learning, every student is connected to the services they need to thrive, and every family is empowered to partner in decision-making.
The $4 billion California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP) is the nation’s largest investment in the success of high-needs students through a whole-child approach. Community schools partner with education, county, and nonprofit entities to provide integrated health, mental health, and social services alongside high-quality, supportive instruction with a strong focus on community, family, and student engagement.
Research shows that community schools can result in better school attendance, better grades and test scores, higher enrollment in college-prep classes, and higher graduation rates.
Source: $58M Approved for Community Schools Support System – Year 2022 (CA Dept of Education)
By Nick Sestanovich
Golden Hills was alive Thursday with the sound of music: upbeat dance music intended to pump up graduates as they drove through to pick up their diplomas.
Like all schools throughout the county, Golden Hills Community School’s Fairfield campus has been closed since mid-March to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Thursday was a chance for students to not only pick up their diplomas but also see their former teachers again for the school’s first graduation parade.
Seniors drove up, received their diplomas from Principal Chris Morris; received cheers from teachers, staff, administrators and family members from the sidelines; and even got out of their cars to have their pictures taken in front of a backdrop.
Source: Golden Hills seniors parade on to next chapter – The Reporter
By Peter Fournier
Golden Hills Community School’s graduating seniors from across the county came to the school Thursday in Fairfield to pick up their high school diplomas and take the next step in their lives.
The school’s 12 graduates participated in a drive-thru ceremony at the Solano County Office of Education’s campus, which serves seventh to 12th grades. Staff cheered them on and congratulated them as they cruised by in vehicles and also took part in a cap-and-gown photo shoot.
School director Amy Chavez said staff knew graduation would be different when Covid-19 forced schools to close in March.
Source: Golden Hills sees dozen grads pick up diplomas
By Richard Bammer
A Local Control Accountability Plan update, a state and federal legislative update, and achievement plans for students in the Juvenile Court and Community School program, Juvenile Detention Facility, and Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services are on the agenda when the Solano County Office of Education leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.
Nicola Parr, director of student and program support, will offer the seven-member governing board a brief update on the county school’s LCAP, the document that guides virtually all of the agency’s spending, especially for poor, English language learners and foster youth programs.
Superintendent Lisette Estrella-Henderson will provide an update on state and federal legislation.
Victor Romualdi, associate superintendent for student programs and educational services, and Gricelda Rodriguez, program administrator of education options, will lead the reports on Single Plans for Student Achievement at the Golden Hills Juvenile Court and Community School, at the Juvenile Detention Facility, and the Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services.
Source: Solano County Office of Education to discuss achievement plans for Juvenile Court, Detention Facility students
By Daily Republic Staff
Members of the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Commission will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room 6003 at the County Administration Center, 675 Texas St.
The agenda will consist of an overview of Juvenile Detention Facility schools from the Solano County Office of Education as well as a review of past facility inspections.
The mission of the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Commission is to inquire into the administration of juvenile justice in Solano County, according to a county press release to announce the meeting. The overall objective is to reduce the recidivism rate of juvenile offenders in the local criminal justice system.
Source: Solano commission to review juvenile hall schools
By Jane Meredith Adams
Efforts to create full-service community schools that focus on serving the “whole child” with a wide array of services are gaining traction under the state’s new funding formula for schools.
The convergence of more money for low-income students and a new mandate to work with families under the Local Control Funding Formula has created “a unique point of time” for community schools to thrive, said Renee Newton, director of the Center for Community School Partnerships at UC Davis.
via Community schools gaining traction under state’s new funding formula | EdSource Today.
Golden Hills Community School was privileged to participate in the “Continuing the Dreams” Youth conference hosted by the Association of Black Correctional Workers. This youth conference included an anger management workshop as well as a live video conference with individuals housed at the California Department of Corrections. “Continuing the Dreams” founding members are committed to honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by committing to mankind through embracing and keeping his dream alive.
via Continuing the Dream Youth Conference | Facebook.
By Ian Thompson
Sierra Jeffries of Benicia and Kurtis Akina of Suisun City had plunged so far into their addictions that all the drugs and alcohol they took no longer made a dent.
The two told students Wednesday that the final fall for them was going to either be accidental death from an overdose or suicide from despair.
via Sober youths share stories with Golden Hills students Daily Republic.
Institutionalizing Full Service Community Schools “ Our Vision is for our diverse learners to be empowered, prepared and equipped with academic and life skills needed to be productive citizens, who can positively contribute to society” and “Our Goal is for every student to have clear attainable pathways to career and/or college success” As we solidify our Culture of Excellence, and make our Vision and Goal become a reality, we build on work that started last year to ensure that all students have access to the support they need to be successful in school.
via Institutionalizing Full Service… – Vallejo City Unified School District | Facebook.
By Susan Winlow
Rick Vaccaro is a happy educator these days.As the director of alternative education for the Solano County Office of Education and the on-site administrator for Golden Hills-Court Community School, he now heads up an accredited institution.
It’s not common for community schools to be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Vaccaro said. The distinction allows the school to give out diplomas to students.
via Community school earns accreditation Daily Republic.
Golden Hills Community School has earned initial accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)!
Solano County Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck and I are thrilled to share with you the news that our Golden Hills Community School has earned initial accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This is excellent news for our campus as it marks a significant milestone in our ongoing development. Schools receiving initial accreditation meet the WASC criteria for full accreditation and exhibit a history and support system of providing a high-quality instructional program focused on student achievement. The dedicated staff at Golden Hills Community School provides a rigorous standards-based educational program tailored to the individual academic needs of every student while also paying close attention to and supporting their healthy social-emotional development as well as providing positive behavior intervention. Golden Hills offers a choice of site-based and online blended learning opportunities based on students’ unique needs.
via Solano County Office of Education.
By Solano County Office of Education
The Dream Team Summer Work Program recognized 10 students from the Golden Hills Community School at a luncheon held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield on August 2.
Students worked over the summer at the following local businesses: NorthBay Health Care, Paradise Valley Estates, Solano Garbage Company, Marshalls in Vacaville, Credit Bureau Associates, and Gillespie’s Abbey Carpet and Floor.
via Golden Hills Dream Team Students Celebrate Success | Facebook.
By Susan Frey
The purpose of a complicated bill aimed at preventing students from languishing in alternative schools became much clearer after the testimony of a former student who got stuck in one.
Jessie Camargo, now 18, was transferred to a community school two weeks before his eighth grade graduation. That summer he completed all the requirements set by his district, which included drug and alcohol counseling classes, 140 hours of community service, and an anger management class, but was not allowed to return to his regular high school. Instead, he spent 2 ½ years in the community school, he testified Wednesday at a Senate Education Committee hearing on Senate Bill 744.
via Bill aims to help expelled and truant students get back on track – by Susan Frey.
Sutter Medical Foundation hires six Dream Team interns.
The Dream Team interns are students enrolled at Golden Hills Community School, part of the Solano County Office of Education, who’ve been expelled from public school or are on probation. Golden Hills Community School’s mission is to give the kids a well-rounded education to get them back on track with their academics. The Dream Team program helps to carry this mission through the summer months by providing meaningful jobs at area employers. Read more – http://www.solanocoe.net/pdf/2012-06-18_dreamteamprogram.pdf
via Sutter Medical Foundation hires six Dream Team interns.
The Dream Team interns….
State budget cuts, combined with more spending flexibility for school districts, are reducing adults’ options for learning English, earning their GED or high school diploma, and training for jobs.
California adult education programs have changed dramatically over the last three years, with 22 of the state’s 30 largest school districts making major cuts to adult programs and one district eliminating adult education completely, according to a new report.
“Adult schools find themselves in a very difficult position,” said Louis Freedberg, executive director of EdSource, the education nonprofit that produced the report. “They kind of fall between the cracks of the K-12 system and the higher education system.”
Lawmakers in 2009 gave school districts more power to determine how to spend state funds to help them deal with budget cutbacks, but that flexibility has led districts to direct money away from adult education programs to protect their core population of K-12 students, Freedberg said.
via Adult education programs see major cuts in state’s largest districts.
By Pamela Martineau ~ EdSource Extra
California’s continuation schools are failing to provide the academic and critical support services that students need to succeed, a new report from researchers at UC Berkeley and Stanford has concluded.
A fixture on the education landscape for a half century, the state’s nearly 500 continuation schools are intended to help students who are struggling academically, but haven’t succeeded in a regular high school setting and are in danger of not graduating from high school.
via Report: Continuation schools often “exit ramp” from school than “on-ramp to success”.
Using their ingenuity and creativity during these tough fiscal times, educators across California are finding new ways to improve educational outcomes for all students. School district leaders are embracing a strategy that blends a focus on instruction with a partnership approach that engages the entire community in creating the opportunities and support that students need to be ready for college, career, and citizenship.
via Community schools recognize the vital role of full-service partnerships – by Martin Blank.