Sneak peek given at future Early Learning Center site | dailyrepublic.com

A soft launch was held Friday to introduce about 80 educators, community leaders and others to the future Vallejo Early Learning Center.

“The ELC will provide an age-appropriate, safe-learning environment for children, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, (ages) 0-5, in a location that has age-appropriate, development-appropriate facilities, including bathrooms in each classroom,” Juan Cisneros, executive director of Child Start, said in a statement released on Monday.

The Solano County Board of Supervisors in June purchased the former Beverly Hills Elementary School site from Vallejo City Unified School District for $2.8 million. Additional administrative fees and closing costs added another estimated $7,281. Solano received $1 million in gap funding from the state to go toward the project.

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Vanden keeps streak of Academic Decathlon state appearances alive | dailyrepublic.com

The Vanden High Academic Decathlon team is going to the state competition for the 23rd straight year – finishing second overall at this year’s regional competition.

Campolindo High School in Morago won the Bay Region Academic Decathlon, which finished Saturday, and will represent Contra Costa County at the state finals to be held March 22-24 in Santa Clara.

The Vanden team is comprised of Cailyn Nguyen, Alyssa Patterson, Xavier Ramirez, Sarah Salmi, Charlotte Rains, Kindal Reddic, Rohan Kamath, Alan Dorji, Mahi Chanan, Joshua Richardson, Hannah Leibert, Michael Pierandozzi, Brayden Lam, Isabella Lam and Francesco Xie Santora. The coach is David Kenyon.

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Vanden team earns 2nd place at Bay Region Academic Decathlon – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The whiz kids from Vanden High School on Saturday tackled a series of questions ranging from art and mathematics to economics and science to literature and social science to walk away with their heads held high and medals around their necks for placing second at the Bay Region Academic Decathlon held at Solano Community College in Fairfield.

Campolindo High, from the Acalanes Union High School District, took first and has been invited to go on to represent Contra Costa County at the state Academic Decathlon competition March 22 to 24 in Santa Clara.

No surprise, perhaps, this year’s outcome is a reverse of last year’s competition, when Vanden came out on top and Campolindo trailed in second.

Source: Vanden team earns 2nd place at Bay Region Academic Decathlon – The Vacaville Reporter

Students compete in final VEX Robotics competition | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The final VEX Robotics competition saw students from 11 teams hailing from four different Solano schools compete for top spots.

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) and Solano Community College (SCC) partnered to host the events this year.

“After the pandemic we found that a lot of the robotics teams were not active anymore,” said Lilibeth Pinpin, director of innovative programs and student success for the Solano County Office of Education. “This really helps students get reconnected with school. The kids were really excited to be back and that translates to other areas in school.”

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First 5 Solano announces construction date for learning center – Times Herald Online

By Thomas Gase

Six months after First 5 Solano announced its purchase of the former Beverly Hills Elementary School on Coronel Avenue, construction is scheduled to begin in March to create the first Multi-Agency Early Learning Center in California.

The center, slated to be completed in June 2026, will be a hub for early learning that will provide a variety of early care and education opportunities for infants through preschoolers and families of all income levels, while creating economic opportunities for providers and filling a critical need in the county.

“This is a proud moment for Solano County and reflective of our commitment to supporting children 5 and younger,” said Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan in a news release. “I applaud First 5 Solano for envisioning the Vallejo Early Learning Center, and all the community partners who came together to help make it a reality. This will impact the lives of children and families for generations.”

Source: First 5 Solano announces construction date for learning center – Times Herald Online

County approves contract for early learning center renovations | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County supervisors on Tuesday transferred the former Beverly Hills Elementary School property in Vallejo to Child Start Inc. to be used as an early learning center.

Supervisor Erin Hannigan called it a “proud moment” in the county’s history of supporting children 5 and younger, and Supervisor Monica Brown noted the need for such centers in the county.

“Early education is what the future of society rests on,” Brown said.

Source: County approves contract for early learning center renovations | Company | dailyrepublic.com

SCOE creates ribbon wall as part of MLK celebration | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County Office of Education has created a “Dreams, Gratitudes & Wishes” ribbon art wall in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The art piece is on display through the end of January in the office lobby.

“The art wall will feature ribbons (on which) community members, SCOE employees and students can write a special thought of gratitude, a dream they are working toward or a wish. The ribbons will hang together in a colorful display, flanked by quotes from Dr. King,” SCOE organizers said in a statement.

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SCOE and SCC Team Up to Host Solano County VEX Robotics League | Independent Voice

Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) and Solano Community College (SCC) have partnered together in hosting a VEX robotics league for Solano County students, with the latest competition happening Friday night, December 15th at Solano Community College.

The Solano County VEX Robotics League is open to all VEX Robotics teams in middle and high school in Solano County. Ten teams representing Golden West Middle School in Travis Unified School District, Rodriguez High School in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, Vacaville Christian School and the Solano County Girls Who Code Club have competed in the competitions; the competition series includes four separate events with the final competition being held in January.

Source: SCOE and SCC Team Up to Host Solano County VEX Robotics League | Independent Voice

All-girls team leads Vex robotics league heading into finals | dailyrepublic.com

A five-member, all-girls team from three schools and three school districts leads the VEX robotics league heading into the final competition.

“And they are killing the boys,” Lilibeth Pinpin, director of Innovation Programs and Student Success at the Solano County Office of Education, said in an interview about Team Solano, formally known as Solano County Girls Who Code Club.

The group is comprised of four high school students and one middle school student, organized by parents, and representing Vacaville Christian High in the Vacaville Christian Schools, Rodriguez High in the Fairfield-Suisun school district, and Golden West Middle School in the Travis school district.

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Volunteers Needed for Academic Decathlon | Independent Voice

The Solano County Office of Education is seeking adult volunteers to help with the Bay Region Academic Decathlon scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Solano Community College in Fairfield starting at 8:00 a.m.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and can register online at the Solano County Office of Education website at www.solanocoe.net. Volunteer opportunities include interview and speech judges, room monitors, runners, Super Quiz proctors, and Super Quiz assistants. All volunteers will receive an orientation packet and in-person orientation.

The Bay Region Academic Decathlon includes high schools from Santa Clara, Solano, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, and Yolo Counties. This year, over 200 high school students are expected to compete in the regional competition.

Source: Volunteers Needed for Academic Decathlon | Independent Voice

Volunteers sought for high school Academic Decathlon | dailyrepublic.com

Volunteers are needed to help with the Bay Region Academic Decathlon.

The Bay Region Academic Decathlon includes high schools from Solano, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino and Yolo counties. More than 200 high school students are expected to compete.

“The Academic Decathlon is an extraordinary platform that not only tests students’ intellectual prowess but also cultivates a profound appreciation for knowledge, teamwork, and self-confidence,” the Solano County Office of Education said in a statement. “Much like the ancient Greek decathlon, which featured grueling physical trials, the Academic Decathlon is a true test of academic strength. It comprises ten exhilarating events, each showcasing a unique facet of a student’s intellectual capabilities. These events encompass a wide range of subjects, including art, music, language and literature, mathematics, economics, science, and social science.”

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SCOE calls for volunteers to help with annual Academic Decathlon – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Of a certain age, perhaps, time on your hands and want to help an educational nonprofit?

The Solano County Office of Education is seeking adult volunteers to aid with the Bay Region Academic Decathlon set for 8 a.m. Jan. 27 at Solano Community College in Fairifield.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and can register online at the SCOE website, www.solanocoe.net.

Opportunities include interview and speech judges, room monitors, runners, Super Quiz proctors, and Super Quiz assistants. All volunteers will receive an orientation packet and in-person orientation.

Source: SCOE calls for volunteers to help with annual Academic Decathlon – The Vacaville Reporter

California rolls out the red carpet to celebrate young filmmakers with disabilities – WWAYTV3

Some talented young people aren’t letting their disabilities stop them from making movies. These Solano County students are getting a taste of Tinseltown, complete with a red-carpet film premiere.

These young adults are part of an annual film production camp that teaches them how to write, direct, shoot and star in movies.

The Solano County Office of Education offers the two-week course to people 18 to 23 with neurodiverse abilities.

Source: California rolls out the red carpet to celebrate young filmmakers with disabilities – WWAYTV3

SCOE red carpet celebration highlights young filmmakers with disabilities – CBS Sacramento

Some talented young people aren’t letting their disabilities stop them from making movies. These Solano County students are getting a taste of Tinseltown, complete with a red-carpet film premiere.

These young adults are part of an annual film production camp that teaches them how to write, direct, shoot and star in movies.

The Solano County Office of Education offers the two-week course to people 18 to 23 with neurodiverse abilities.

“They are young people who are getting ready to transition into adulthood, and this is one more opportunity for them to develop those work readiness skills,” said Lisette Estrella-Henderson, the superintendent of the county OIffice of Education

Source: Solano County red carpet celebration highlights young filmmakers with disabilities – CBS Sacramento

County schools supe accorded major C-STEM award from UCD – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

In the universe of Computer Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (C-STEM) education in California, the Solano County Superintendent of Schools is tops in 2023.

Lisette Estrella-Henderson on Friday received the University of California, Davis, C-STEM Superintendent of the Year Award at the 13th Annual UC Davis C-STEM gathering in the campus conference center.

Each year, the UCD Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education selects one superintendent in the Golden State to receive the prestigious honor. It recognizes superintendents for “their exemplary leadership in widespread implementation of C-STEM programs, providing students with opportunities to gain relevant knowledge and skills,” Jennifer Leonard, assistant superintendent of communications and community engagement for the Solano County Office of Education, noted in a press statement.

Source: County schools supe accorded major C-STEM award from UCD – The Vacaville Reporter

Local author ‘enchants” youthful audiences at migrant centers | dailyrepublic.com

Two Family Literacy Nights were recently held, each featuring local children’s book author Leticia Ordaz.

“Ordaz enchanted the young audience with a reading of one of her children’s books, ‘The Carousel King,’” a statement released by the Solano County Office of Education said.

“This uplifting bilingual book features text in English and Spanish, together with vibrant and creative illustrations. Her animated bilingual storytelling brought the characters and adventures to life, captivating the hearts and imaginations of the young listeners. Each child attending the events received a signed copy of one of Ms. Ordaz’s books in hopes of encouraging reading and creating lasting memories for the young readers and their families.”

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Coats, hats, socks and more sought for Winter Warmth and Wellness Drive | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County Office of Education and The Faith & Education Collaborative are hosting The Winter Warmth and Wellness Drive.

Donations will be accepted between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1.

New coats, blankets, hats, gloves, socks and hygiene kits are needed.

The drop-off location is 2460 Clay Bank Road, Building 9.

Source: Coats, hats, socks and more sought for Winter Warmth and Wellness Drive | News | dailyrepublic.com

Business members wanted for CTE advisory council | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County Office of Education is seeking members for the Career Technical Education Workforce Advisory Council.

The council is holding the first of its two biannual meetings at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 14.

“Local businesses in Solano County are invited to join the council and influence the preparedness of the local workforce by sharing their expertise and offering guidance on industry needs at both local and regional levels,” the county office said in a statement.

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Early Childhood conference set for Sept. 9 | dailyrepublic.com

Solano County educators who work with infants to children up to 8 years old can register for the 2023 Quality Counts Solano Early Childhood Education Conference.

Ron Mohl, of Lakeshore Learning, will deliver the keynote, emphasizing how educators can enhance young children’s learning experiences through play.

The Solano County Office of Education, in collaboration with community partners including First 5 Solano, is sponsoring the event, which is in its 30th year.

Source: Early Childhood conference set for Sept. 9 | News | dailyrepublic.com

Teachers get hands-on training in county’s open spaces | dailyrepublic.com

Twenty-nine teachers joined Solano Resource Conservation District and area experts for a three-day professional development training in Solano County’s open spaces.

The Solano Water Institute gave teachers a local perspective on water and conservation issues that they can bring back to their classrooms. Teachers also had time to share ideas and enjoy the outdoors before kicking off a new school year.

Each day of the training featured hands-on lessons from Project WET, an award-winning environmental education curriculum created by the Water Education Foundation.

Source: Teachers get hands-on training in county’s open spaces | News | dailyrepublic.com