Bill Dodd, education leaders talk mask mandates, pandemic silver linings – Times-Herald

By Richard Freedman

To paraphrase former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator, “They’ll be back.”

And when they do, expect students throughout the state to mask up, along with clerical staff, teachers and principals.

“I wish we didn’t wear masks. There will be a time we expect and hope we won’t,” said Tony Thurmond, California’s Superintendent of Schools.

Thurmond joined Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson, and Sunne Wright McPeak, president and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, in State Sen. Bill Dodd’s virtual town hall forum streamed live on KSVY radio in Sonoma and on multiple media platforms Tuesday night.

Source: Bill Dodd, education leaders talk mask mandates, pandemic silver linings – Times-Herald

New state bill helps students with grade relief during pandemic – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week, some students who did not qualify for graduation in June may now be able to do so just one month later.

Newsom inked Assembly Bill 104, which relieves some students’ requirements, retention and grades because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The legislation was listed as urgent and immediately applies to all school districts, retroactive to the 2020-21 school year and applied to the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

“For many, distance learning has not been ideal across the state,” said Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Superintendent Kris Corey. “We don’t want to penalize and hurt students for things that may have been out of their control. This was not a normal situation. Students should not be punished for a pandemic.”

Source: New state bill helps students with grade relief during pandemic

SCOE accepting applications for new members of Solano Youth Coalition – The Reporter

Solano County Office of Education is accepting applications for new Solano Youth Coalition (SYC) student members. SYC engages students in open conversations and collaboration among a new generation of youth advocates and is open to youth residing in Solano County, ages 14-21 years old, who are attending school full time.

The mission of SYC is to raise awareness and advocate for safe and healthy choices in Solano communities. The student-based coalition educates peers and community members on issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs preventions, mental health awareness, violence prevention, social justice and racial equity. The coalition strives to build positive and healthy youth-adult partnerships as well as engage youth in being active leaders.

Source: Solano County Office of Education accepting applications for new members of Solano Youth Coalition – The Reporter

SCOE offers free Pre-Kindergarten Academies – Times-Herald – California News Times

The Solano County Board of Education is affiliated with First 5 Solano, Greater Vallejo Recreation District, and First 5 Center.

The office will host a free Prikindergarten Academy for children with little or no preschool experience living in Vallejo.

There are two sessions, June 7th to July 1st and July 5th to July 30th, both sessions from 8:30 am to noon.

Source: Solano County Office of Education offers free Pre-Kindergarten Academies – Times-Herald – California News Times

Lagoon Valley home of new ‘Outdoor Explorer Quest’ – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Solano County’s Office of Education wants to see students and their families out and about this summer and has created a new, interactive game to help make it happen.

The Solano Outdoor Explorer Quest has begun at Lagoon Valley Park and will run through the summer and into the fall. It is part treasure hunt and part Geocaching, offering explorers and their families outdoor adventure utilizing smartphones and tablets.

Hidden QR codes have been placed throughout the park, referred to as Questcaches. Each Questcache leads to the discovery of native plants and animals living in the area through videos, and a secret Questcache log to record discoveries.

Source: Lagoon Valley home of new ‘Outdoor Explorer Quest’

SCOE course utilizes technology for lessons on native wildlife – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The past year has undoubtedly been a difficult one for those who have been stuck inside because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) has come up with a way to get people outside while also learning about the different native wildlife in existence.

SCOE launched its first Outdoor Explorer Quest program in Lagoon Valley Park, allowing young and old alike an opportunity to become nature explorers, with smartphones and QR readers in hand, as they learn more about the different plants and animals that inhabit the park, from buckeyes to birds to beavers.

Jennifer Leonard — SCOE’s assistant superintendent of communications, community engagement and emergency management — said staff wanted to create an opportunity for students to go outside, spend time with family and hopefully spark an interest in nature.

Source: SCOE course utilizes technology for lessons on native wildlife – The Reporter

SCOE seeking new Solano Youth Coalition members – Times-Herald

Solano County Office of Education is accepting applications for new Solano Youth Coalition (SYC) student members.

SYC engages students in open conversations and collaboration among a new generation of youth advocates and is open to youth residing in Solano County, ages 14-21 years old, who are attending school full time. The mission of SYC is to raise awareness and advocate for safe and healthy choices in Solano communities.

The student-based coalition educates peers and community members on issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs preventions, mental health awareness, violence prevention, social justice and racial equity. The coalition strives to build positive and healthy youth-adult partnerships as well as engage youth in being active leaders.

Source: Solano County Office of Education seeking new Solano Youth Coalition members – Times-Herald

Solano Office of Education accepting applications for youth coalition – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education is accepting applications for the Solano Youth Coalition.

Applicants must be Solano residents, 14 to 21 years old and full-time students.

“The mission of (the youth coalition) is to raise awareness and advocate for safe and healthy choices in Solano communities. The student-based coalition educates peers and community members on issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco and other drug preventions, mental health awareness, violence prevention, social justice and racial equity,” a statement from the Office of Education said.

Source: Solano Office of Education accepting applications for youth coalition

Solano Office of Education accepting applications for youth coalition – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education is accepting applications for the Solano Youth Coalition.

Applicants must be Solano residents, 14 to 21 years old and full-time students.

“The mission of (the youth coalition) is to raise awareness and advocate for safe and healthy choices in Solano communities. The student-based coalition educates peers and community members on issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco and other drug preventions, mental health awareness, violence prevention, social justice and racial equity,” a statement from the Office of Education said.

Source: Solano Office of Education accepting applications for youth coalition

Solano County Veterans Who Quit High School For The Military Can Apply For Diploma – CBS San Francisco

Solano County announced Monday that local veterans who weren’t able to finish high school due to their military service can file for a diploma.

The deadline is Tuesday.

Operation Recognition, hosted by the Solano County Office of Education, provides high school diplomas to individuals who served in the military and Japanese-American citizens.

Honorably discharged veterans that served in World War II, the Korean War or Vietnam War are eligible to apply for a diploma.

Source: Solano County Veterans Who Quit High School For The Military Can Apply For Diploma – CBS San Francisco

Operation Recognition application deadline approaches for veterans to receive diploma – The Reporter

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) is hosting “Operation Recognition,” which honors veterans and Japanese-American citizens who were unable to finish high school with retroactive high school diplomas.

The application deadline for diplomas to be presented in the 2021 Operation Recognition celebration is Tuesday.

Throughout the 1940s-70s, thousands of Americans left high school to serve in the military. During World War II many Japanese-American citizens were interned in relocation camps across the United States as well. Many who served or were interned were unable to finish high school to receive diplomas. These individuals now have the opportunity to receive diplomas as a gesture of gratitude for the sacrifices they made.

Source: Operation Recognition application deadline approaches for veterans to receive diploma – The Reporter

27 local high school students finish SCOE’s Work-Ready Certification program – Times-Herald

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) has recognized 27 local high school students for completing SCOE’s Work-Ready Certification program.

High school students from across Solano County enrolled in the program to develop skills that will help them succeed as they enter the workplace. This year’s program was offered virtually to keep students and staff safe and in compliance with state imposed physical distancing during the pandemic.

Students participated in various workshops, learning the work-ready skills, appropriate use of social media, personal finance, job search and application processes, cover letters, resumes and interviewing. Students who completed the program had the additional benefit of participating in mock interviews with local members of the business community, leaving the program with a professional portfolio.

Source: 27 local high school students finish Solano County Office of Education’s Work-Ready Certification program – Times-Herald

Solano students receive work-ready recognition – Daily Republic

Twenty-seven local high school students have been recognized for completing the Work-Ready! Certification program.

“We are proud of our students for their dedication to furthering their skill set in preparation for work and post-secondary education,” Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. “We are grateful for our continued partnership with our school districts and local chambers and for the support of area businesses. This is truly a collaborative endeavor.”

Source: Solano students receive work-ready recognition

Solano County Office of Education offers free Pre-Kindergarten Academies – Times-Herald

The Solano County Office of Education, partnered with First 5 Solano, Greater Vallejo Recreation District, and the First 5 Center.

The office will be holding a free Pre-Kindergarten Academy for children living in Vallejo with little or no preschool experience.

There will be two sessions, June 7 to July 1 and July 5 to July 30, both sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Source: Solano County Office of Education offers free Pre-Kindergarten Academies – Times-Herald

SELPA advisory committee recognizes 28 for work with children who have special needs – Daily Republic

Nearly 30 school district staff, community members and one student have been selected for the annual Solano County Community Advisory Committee Recognition Award.

This year’s selections were specifically chosen “for demonstration of outstanding accomplishments and services for individuals with special needs during the 2020-2021 (Covid-19) pandemic.”

Among the qualities attributed to the nominees are “knowledgeable, approachable, welcoming, energetic, enthusiastic and 100% student-focused.”

Source: SELPA advisory committee recognizes 28 for work with children who have special needs

Deadline arrives for Solano Virtual Art Fair entries – Daily Republic

The deadline for students to submit photos and artwork for the 2021 Solano County Virtual Art Fair has been extended to Friday.

The art fair coincides with the annual county fair, which for the second straight year will be predominantly virtual. It runs June 17-20.

Children in transitional kindergarten through high school seniors are eligible to participate.

Source: Deadline arrives for Solano Virtual Art Fair entries

Friday Night Live student chapter advocates for teen wellness – The Reporter

Friday Night Live (FNL) student chapters across Solano County are actively engaging their communities in an effort to improve health and wellness for teens. Over 100 youth throughout Solano County participate in a local FNL chapters, working on a variety of projects surrounding substance use prevention and its connection to mental health and wellness, violence prevention, social justice and equity.

The Solano Youth Coalition (SYC) is facilitated by the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) and serves as the umbrella chapter of the Solano FNL programs. SYC meets with local leaders, councils and boards to discuss local policies that effect health and safety for students and to share the work local FNL charters have accomplished throughout the year. Members of SYC met with Solano County Superintendent of Schools, Lisette Estrella-Henderson, to highlight their work, discussed topics affecting Solano County students.

Source: Friday Night Live student chapter advocates for teen wellness – The Reporter

Superintendent Estrella-Henderson named Equity Award Honoree – The Reporter

Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson has been named the 2021 Mosaic Award recipient by Touro University California (TUC) and will be honored at the upcoming Virtual Mosaic Celebration on May 13.

The event serves as a recognition opportunity and fundraiser for the university’s diversity scholarship fund. The Mosaic honoree is chosen from the community in recognition of long standing work and service that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.

“Each year during our annual Mosaic Celebration, Touro University California recognizes a community member whose work exemplifies our mission and values,” Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Touro University California, Dr. Sarah Sweitzer said in a press statement. “Lisette Estrella-Henderson’s decades-long commitment of education, leadership, and inclusion to the students and faculty in Solano County match our motto perfectly, ‘To Serve, To Lead, To Teach.’”

Source: Superintendent Estrella-Henderson named Equity Award Honoree – The Reporter

Free STEM camps open to Solano middle, high school girls – Daily Republic

Applications are being taken for the free five-day virtual Girls in Robotics Leadership camps to middle and high school girls in June in Solano County.

The Solano County Office of Education and the University of California, Davis C-STEM Center puts on the event. The Office of Education provides the technology needed for the camps.

The middle school camps are scheduled June 7-11 and June 14-18. Optional Zoom instruction is from 1 to 3 p.m. Go to https://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/girl/girl-camp/2021-2/ for more information.

Source: Free STEM camps open to Solano middle, high school girls

Free STEM camps open to Solano middle, high school girls – Daily Republic

Applications are being taken for the free five-day virtual Girls in Robotics Leadership camps to middle and high school girls in June in Solano County.

The Solano County Office of Education and the University of California, Davis C-STEM Center puts on the event. The Office of Education provides the technology needed for the camps.

The middle school camps are scheduled June 7-11 and June 14-18. Optional Zoom instruction is from 1 to 3 p.m. Go to https://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/girl/girl-camp/2021-2/ for more information.

Source: Free STEM camps open to Solano middle, high school girls