By Maggie Fusek
The California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators recently named Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson its 2020 superintendent of the year for Region 1, which encompasses the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Each year, the CALSA recognizes educators through its “Honoring Our Own” Regional Award Program. The professional organization looks to honor school administrators who have made significant contributions to eliminating the Latina/o/x student achievement gap and acknowledge their distinguished leadership and excellence in education.
Source: Solano County’s Estrella-Henderson Named Superintendent Of Year | Benicia, CA Patch
By Daily Republic Staff
Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson was recently named the 2020 Superintendent of the Year for Region 1 of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators.
The award recognizes Estrella-Henderson’s work to enhance education for all students.
“I’m humbled to be recognized among this group of distinguished individuals dedicated to addressing the needs of Latina/o/x students,” Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.
Source: Latino group honors Solano superintendent of schools
By Richard Bammer
Honored for her equity efforts, Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson has been named Superintendent of the Year by a state Latino educators group.
Each year the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, or CALSA, recognizes educators through the “Honoring Our Own” regional award program.
The professional organization looks to honor school administrators who have made “significant contributions to eliminating the Latina/o/x student achievement gap and acknowledge their distinguished leadership and excellence in education,” Jennifer Leonard, a spokeswoman for the Solano County Office of Education, noted in a press release issued Friday.
Source: County superintendent of schools honored for ‘equity’ efforts – The Reporter
By Maggie Fusek
As California Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out back-to-school guidelines for K-12 students across the state Friday, saying that students in counties on the state’s coronavirus monitoring list must start the school year online, the Solano County Office of Education confirmed all K-12 students in Solano County will start the school year with distance learning.
“Previously, some Solano County school districts and charter schools made plans to reopen school campuses with varying models of social distancing, modified schedules, and distance learning options for students,” SCOE Spokeswoman Jennifer Leonard said Friday in a news release.
Source: Solano County Students To Start New School Year Online | Benicia, CA Patch
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An effort to teach young girls about robotics shifted gears last week when a group of middle schoolers took part in a virtual camp that aims in part to close the gender gap in science-based career fields.
The Solano County Office of Education, in partnership with Vacaville School District and UC Davis Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, piloted a five-day virtual Girls in Robotics Leadership Camp for middle school girls.
In-person GIRL Camps, offered in previous years, were paused this year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Source: Vacaville district, county schools office, UC Davis team for virtual GIRL camp
The Solano County Office of Education’s (SCOE) Annual Student Art Faire is going virtual this year. In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Art Faire is getting a new look, but will continue to showcase student artists from across Solano County.
Artistic expression is a healthy coping strategy and is beneficial to physical and mental development in children and youth. The Solano County Art Faire encourages youth to express themselves and the emotions they are feeling. Anxiety and stress may be increased for students due to the current social and global conditions, so providing students with a healthy coping mechanism and outlet is important.
Source: SCOE’s Student Art Faire Moves Online | Benicia, CA Patch
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 Nick Sestanovich
As the quarantine has given Solano County’s creative youth more opportunities to utilize their artistic skills, the Solano County Office of Education is once again showcasing their work through the annual Student Art Faire.
Only it won’t be a physical event but rather a virtual one.
Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Art Faire is being held through Facebook but will continue to feature the works of Solano’s young artistic visionaries.
Source: Coronavirus: SCOE holding virtual Student Art Faire – The Reporter
Any K-12 students who wants to submit artwork to the annual Student Art Faire can do so now – only this year there is a twist.
The faire has gone virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This year is a little different to be sure,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.
“During these challenging times, the role of art can become more central to our lives, whether we realize it or not. Through art we can move to the vast inner said in the statement of our thoughts and imagination, a place we have perhaps neglected. Art is a cornerstone in the development of one’s creativity and can be a great coping strategy for our youth,” Estrella-Henderson said.
Source: Solano Student Art Faire goes virtual for 2020
By Nick Sestanovich
A stay-at-home order won’t stop Solano County middle school girls from learning about robotics, as the Solano County Office of Education will be virtually offering its annual Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camp this week.
During the five-day camp, which runs Monday to Friday, students will learn teamwork, communication and leadership skills through robotics, principles in engineering, and computer programming activities. They will use RoboBlockly and programming code in a mock RoboPlay Challenge Competition and learn film production and the creative process that goes into making short videos — all through robotics.
Students will also present videos and celebrate with parents and community members over Zoom at the end of the camp.
Source: Coronavirus: SCOE holding robotics camp virtually this week – The Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
Solano County Office of Education is accepting applications for members to serve on its Solano Youth Commission, an organization aimed at raising community awareness of social and health issues facing teens.
In past years, SYC members have focused their efforts around issues related to alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention as well as mental health awareness, violence elimination and healthy relationships. This year, the focus will be something very topical: addressing racism and unconscious bias.
In the past week, the issue of race has been on the forefront of many people’s minds. The deaths of individuals like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers have prompted widespread protests in all 50 states calling for widespread changes in the criminal justice system, and Vacaville High School publicly condemned videos that surfaced this week of students using racial slurs.
Source: Solano Youth Coalition seeking members to address race, equity in coming school year – The Reporter
A free virtual Girls in Robotics Leadership Camp is being offered to middle school girls starting Monday.
The camp is being put on by the Solano County Office of Education in partnership with the Vacaville School District and the University of California, Davis, Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math division.
It runs through Friday.
Source: Virtual girls robotics camp starts Monday in Solano
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Strong winds could not put a damper on Golden Hills School certificate ceremony Friday afternoon.
The sounds of a cowbell, cheers, honking horns and noisemakers filled the parking lot as about two dozen young adults finished their school experience.
Among them was Zachary Hermon, 21, who wore the same graduation cap his mother did when she earned her high school degree after having two children.
He wants to study abroad and plans to attend film school run by Joey Travolta, brother of actor John Travolta.
Source: Golden Hills sends students on to new journey in life
BY Kimberly K. Fu
The blare of horns and clang of cowbells mixed seamlessly Friday in Fairfield as joyful teachers and staff celebrated graduates during the Solano County Office of Education Adult Completion Car Parade.
Energy was high as balloons and streamers were strung, signs hung and goody bags readied amid gale force-like winds. Clinging to handmade posters, educators waited anxiously to see their students for a final time.
“Some of them have been with us since they were babies, in preschool, said Clarissa Tuttle, a program administrator with the SCOE. “So to see them now, it’s great.”
Source: Solano adult school graduates touted with parade – The Reporter
By Daily Republic Staff
A series of Monday webchats to help teens and young adults to cope with the stresses of Covid-19 has been extended through June.
The Mental Health Mondays webchats will be facilitated by Student Wellness Specialists from Solano County Office of Education Student and Program Support Department.
“In the wake of the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic, our young people are facing unprecedented challenges and stresses that can have a lasting impact on their overall well-being,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. “I am inspired by SCOE staff’s commitment, cooperation and collaboration to use technology to problem-solve and place priority on our students.”
Source: Webchats to help Solano teens with Covid-19 stresses
By Maggie Fusek
Solano County youth 14 to 21 years old are invited to participate in an upcoming series of free mental health webchats held through Zoom. Mental Health Mondays Webchats are facilitated by student wellness specialists from Solano County Office of Education’s Student and Program Support Department, giving youth a safe space to ask questions and exchange information with their peers about mental health.
Last month, SCOE’s Youth Development Department hosted the “Coping with COVID” webchat series for youth on a wide range of topics including: mental health, stress and anxiety management, mindfulness, and routine and schedules. The series, particularly Mental Health Mondays, was successful and received positive feedback, and is now extended through June.
Source: Solano Youth Invited To ‘Mental Health Mondays’ Zoom Webchats | Benicia, CA Patch
By Maggie Fusek
Solano County Office of Education announced its 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year on Thursday. The honor goes to Katherine Reyes, who has worked for the Solano County Office of Education for 12 years and is the teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing —DHH — at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield.
Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson announced Reyes as teacher of the year during the Solano County Board of Education meeting held Wednesday night.
“Katherine is a great example of how teachers help our students learn, grow and thrive. Her tireless dedication makes a lasting impression on students’ lives,” Estrella-Henderson said. “My sincere appreciation and admiration to Katherine and each of the school district nominees for their admirable work in education.”
Source: Solano County Announces Teacher Of The Year | Benicia, CA Patch
By Richard Bammer
A Rodriguez High teacher for the deaf and hearing-impaired, an educator cited for her “tireless dedication,” has been named as Solano County’s Teacher of the Year for 2020-21.
Katherine Reyes heard her name called Wednesday night during a Solano County Board of Education meeting in Fairfield, where Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson also acknowledged that Reyes was the Solano County Office of Education’s Teacher of the Year.
In a press release, Ken Scarberry, the SCOE director of youth development, noted that Reyes has worked for the county office for 12 years. Besides being the teacher for the Fairfield school’s deaf and hearing-impaired students, she currently teaches English, mathematics, directed studies, transitional, and career development.
Source: Fairfield educator known for ‘tireless dedication’ tapped as top in Solano – The Reporter