Soroptimist International of Central Solano County installs new board – Daily Republic

Soroptimist International of Central Solano County installed the 2022-23 officers at their meeting June 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Outgoing President Becky Lessler conducted the meeting, with Joan Towner installing the newest board members: President Judy Lloyd, Vice Presidents Susan Dever and Sally Silvia, Secretary Suzanne Ng, Treasurer Lynn Recknagel and Assistant Treasurer Karen Rees, according to a press release from the club.

Source: Soroptimist International of Central Solano County installs new board

More than 80 attend Girls in Robotics Leadership camps – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education’s series of free Girls in Robotics Leadership camps wrapped up Friday.

The camps were offered to middle school and high school girls throughout Solano County. The Office of Education hosted the weeklong camps in partnership with UC Davis Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The camps provided opportunities for Solano County students to learn leadership skills as well as STEM and coding concepts through a robotics-based curriculum.

Source: More than 80 attend Girls in Robotics Leadership camps

Soroptimist Club gives $12,000 to SCOE for Foster and Homeless Youth Services – Daily Republic

Soroptimist International of Central Solano County presented $12,000 in support of the Foster and Homeless Youth Services Program during a recent meeting at the Solano County Office of Education.

The check was received by Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson and Program Coordinator Akon Walker.

Funds are earmarked to help provide school supplies, as well as to meet other urgent needs of foster and homeless youth, according to a press release.

Source: Soroptimist Club gives $12,000 to SCOE for Foster and Homeless Youth Services

‘Courageous’ adult school graduates complete major step in educational journey – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Courage was the underlying theme Thursday of the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School graduating Class of 2022.

Those who dressed in Navy blue caps and gowns numbered 19 at the ceremony in Willow Hall. The number of graduates in full, listed in the program, was 39 with two GED graduates, many of whom completed their studies in November.

Principal Elizabeth Kolakowski said during her remarks that the graduates showed “remarkable discipline, commitment and courage.”

Source: ‘Courageous’ adult school graduates complete major step in educational journey

Youth Coalition members get lessons on how elections work – Daily Republic

Fifteen students from the Solano Youth Coalition recently participated in a voter registration training.

The training was coordinated by the Solano County Office of Education, the League of Women Voters of Solano County and the Solano County Registrar of Voters.

“Using voter iPads to simulate the registration process, students checked voter status and ‘registered’ new voters. They also used training ballots to learn how ballots are counted at polling centers,” a statement released by the Office of Education said.

Source: Youth Coalition members get lessons on how elections work

Winners of Travis Spark Challenge receive commendations from congressman – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Two teams of Will C. Wood High School students were tasked with addressing challenges faced in the Air Force. They came up with practical ideas as part of the Travis Spark Challenge, conducted research, created models, presented at Travis Air Force Base and won first-place trophies for their work.

The honors did not stop there. Both teams were visited by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, who presented them with commendations after they explained their visions Thursday.

Source: Winners of Travis Spark Challenge receive commendations from congressman – The Vacaville Reporter

Love for science, creativity gaining ‘STEAM’ in Benicia – Times-Herald

The common refrain at Benicia High School on Saturday was something like, “Oh my God, I can’t believe somebody actually made this!” Other times it was more like, “Wait, how does that actually happen?”

Everyone on hand, however, seemed to have their mouths open in amazement and wonder at the STEAM Discovery Festival, put on by Benicia Makespace and Solano County of Education to help peak interest in creativity and science.

Fifth-grader Miles Banks took a seat in a flight simulator created by Benicia High School senior Gabe Haarberg. Banks took his turn in the virtual reality machine, using a few devices to guide a plane on a nearby screen take off and land from a nearby landing path.

Source: Love for science, creativity gaining ‘STEAM’ in Benicia – Times-Herald

Student artists to be celebrated at showcase event at fairgrounds – Daily Republic

Nearly 500 young artists will have their work on display Saturday during the Solano County Student Art Showcase at the county fairgrounds.

The free event will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. on the lawns next to McCormack Hall. The fairgrounds are located at 900 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo.

“Our students have been through so much over the last few years,” Johanna Nowak-Palmer, program manager of Youth Development in the Solano County Office of Education, said in a statement released Wednesday. “Our goal is to amplify their voices and elevate their creativity by bringing the whole community together to view their extraordinary art. We believe art empowers students, and we hope this allows them to express themselves in a healthy, positive and impactful way.”

Source: Student artists to be celebrated at showcase event at fairgrounds

Solano ‘ignites’ its imagination with art show at fairgrounds – Times-Herald

By Thomas Gase

The future is bright for Solano County artists.

McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fairgrounds was host Saturday to the best and brightest young artists as the Solano County Department of Education put together the event “Solano Art Showcase: Ignite” which displayed 400 pieces of art by students from 24 different schools and grades ranging from fourth to 12th.

Other partners helping put together the presentation were Fighting Back Partnership, Solano Youth Resiliency Summit, Solano Friday Night Live Partner, Rio Vista ATOD Alliance, VibeSolano and Nature of Sound.

Source: Solano ‘ignites’ its imagination with art show at fairgrounds – Times-Herald

Student artists to be celebrated at showcase event at fairgrounds – Daily Republic

Nearly 500 young artists will have their work on display Saturday during the Solano County Student Art Showcase at the county fairgrounds.

The free event will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. on the lawns next to McCormack Hall. The fairgrounds are located at 900 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo.

“Our students have been through so much over the last few years,” Johanna Nowak-Palmer, program manager of Youth Development in the Solano County Office of Education, said in a statement released Wednesday. “Our goal is to amplify their voices and elevate their creativity by bringing the whole community together to view their extraordinary art. We believe art empowers students, and we hope this allows them to express themselves in a healthy, positive and impactful way.”

Source: Student artists to be celebrated at showcase event at fairgrounds

Travis Spark Challenge returns, ignites innovation – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

At Travis Air Force Base, airmen are frequently coming up with ways to improve the base’s goal of defense readiness, especially amid a constantly changing world.

So too are high schoolers, who also come up with innovative solutions in the classes they take. It only makes sense that the two would come together for the base’s annual Travis Spark Challenge.

Formerly called the Phoenix Spark Challenge, this is the first time in three years the challenge has taken place at Travis, as it was postponed due to restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Travis Spark Challenge returns, ignites innovation – The Vacaville Reporter

Area students to take on Spark Challenge at Travis base – Daily Republic

High school teams from across Solano County will compete Friday in the Travis Spark Challenge.

The Travis Spark Challenge is a partnership involving the Solano County Office of Education, the Travis Air Force Base Phoenix Spark Lab and Nexus Spark Lab. It tests the students “to solve real life challenges” facing Travis Air Force Base.

The challenges presented advance both high school academic goals and Travis Air Force Base’s mission.

Source: Area students to take on Spark Challenge at Travis base

Best Practice Assessments Ease Security Upgrade at SCOE – Palo Alto Networks

Solano County Office of Education (COE) provides a variety of services supporting job readiness training, safe schools initiatives, fiscal accountability, and equity projects for six school districts serving 64,000 students in the northeast San Francisco Bay Area. The county has long been one of the most diverse in the United States, and as part of its mission to ensure educational equity, Solano COE provides technical support, resources, and expertise to help school districts empower students through digital learning.

For several years, Solano COE has relied on Palo Alto Networks for the solutions that keep its districts’ networks secure. The Office of Education uses Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewall PA-7050 to provide firewalls for the districts, and it employs cloud-delivered security services (CDSS) including Threat Prevention and URL Filtering.

Source: Best Practice Assessments Ease Security Upgrade at Solano County Office of Education – Palo Alto Networks

Pre-kindergarten program expanding for 2022-23 school year – Daily Republic

Transitional kindergarten programs are expanding for the next school year.

“Attending a high-quality early education program helps children develop critical social-emotional, cognitive and early academic skills to prepare them for kindergarten and future educational endeavors,” the Solano County Office of Education announced.

Source: Pre-kindergarten program expanding for 2022-23 school year

Work-Ready! students receive program certificates – Daily Republic

Area high school students who completed the Work-Ready! program received their certificates at a ceremony Wednesday at the Solano County Events Center.

The Solano County Office of Education recognized 100 local students.

The program is coordinated by the Solano County Office of Education’s College and Career Readiness Department in partnership with the Fairfield-Suisun, Vacaville, Vallejo, Dixon and Black chambers of commerce, as well as the Solano County Workforce Development Board and Travis Credit Union.

Source: Work-Ready! students receive program certificates

Vallejo teacher, SCOE maintenance coordinator top educators of year – Daily Republic

A Dan Mini Elementary School teacher and a county Office of Education facilities maintenance coordinator have been selected as the Educators of Year.

Jeanette Starring teaches multiple subjects to third-graders at the Vallejo City School District campus.

“She has been teaching for 30 years, 10 in her current position. The level of ongoing support Jeannette provides not only to her students, but also their families, is what stands out. She utilizes all resources and continues to encourage attendance, engagement and positive self-worth. She provides individualized intervention support and incentives for her students that continue to build a positive relationship between home and school. It is evident that she understands the importance of addressing the social-emotional needs of our students in addition to their academic needs. She creates a balance between the two that does not diminish one or the other,” according to information from the Office of Education.

Source: Vallejo teacher, SCOE maintenance coordinator top educators of year

County’s top educator, school-support employee celebrated at Yin Ranch – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A Vallejo City Unified teacher and a Solano County Office of Education employee bested a field of their peers and were named top educator and top school-support employee for 2022 during SCOE’s annual Educator of the Year Awards celebration.

Held Tuesday at the Yin Ranch in rural Vacaville, the event honored the top classified employees and teachers and other credentialed staff of the year from Vacaville, Vallejo City, Dixon, Travis, Benicia and Fairfield-Suisun unified school districts and SCOE, sometimes referred to as “county schools.”

At celebration’s end, a blue-ribbon committee of past honorees named Jeanette Starring, a third-grade teacher in Vallejo City Unified, and Dave Candelo, a facilities and maintenance coordinator for SCOE, as top educator and classified employee, respectively.

Source: County’s top educator, school-support employee celebrated at Yin Ranch – The Vacaville Reporter

SCOE accepting applications for free GIRL camps – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education is expanding in-person Girls in Robotics Leadership camps.

Free camps will be hosted this summer in Benicia, Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo for middle and high school girls. Interest forms for the 2022 GIRL camps are due May 16 and are available at the Solano County Office of Education website, www.solanocoe.net/girlcamp.

All camps will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are three options for middle school students to select from: (1) June 6-10 at Solano Community College, Vacaville Center; (2) June 13-17 at Solano College in rural Fairfield; and (3) June 20-24 at Solano Community College, Vallejo.

Source: SCOE accepting applications for free GIRL camps

Second annual special needs awareness event returns Sunday – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Last year, as part of Vacaville People’s Forum’s efforts to host inclusive community events, the local group hosted its first special needs awareness event, “Be You,” in Andrews Park.

The event featured a parade, music, speeches by local dignitaries, and fun activities for all. It ended up drawing an audience of approximately 100.

Organizer Danielle Shea was very pleased with the turnout.

“We were very happy with it,” she said. “We had a lot of feedback from the community saying they had a lot of fun.”

Source: Second annual special needs awareness event returns Sunday – The Vacaville Reporter

County Office of Education accepting entries for Student Art Showcase – Daily Republic

Art submissions for the 2022 Solano Student Art Showcase are being accepted.

The May 21 event, which will feature divisions for students in fourth through sixth grades, seventh and eighth grades, ninth and 10th grades, 11th and 12th grades and nontraditional, will take place at McCormack Hall on the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo.

“Art can be an amazing outlet for creativity and self-expression, especially during difficult times. Year after year, the art submitted by Solano students is a remarkable representation of the voices, personalities and resilience of our young people. I am excited to see what students create this year,” Solano Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

Source: County Office of Education accepting entries for Student Art Showcase