By Amy Maginnis-Honey
When youngsters return to the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School preschool program they will be welcomed by a completed mural that covers the outside walls of the classrooms and faces the play area.
Artist Stephanie Lombard added many details to the happy interactive scene where toddlers are encouraged to do modified push-ups with a painted raccoon, size their feet with the bear tracks painted on the cement, trace a bee trail and enjoy myriad creatures.
One detail includes a stick figure at two different mural locations – one in a bird’s nest, the other dancing with ladybugs.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun Adult School preschool welcomes new mural
By Nick Sestanovich
Graduation season might be six months away, but Solano County Office of Education honored students in its Adult Transition Program who have now graduated and are ready to conquer the world.
In true 2020 fashion, the students were recognized Monday through a virtual ceremony and then a car parade that brought their certificates to them.
“I’m absolutely thrilled for the young people who have accomplished this huge milestone,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of Schools, said. “We did not want to let COVID get in the way of recognizing their accomplishments.”
Source: Solano County adult graduates honored in virtual ceremony, car parade – The Reporter
Graduates of the Solano County Office of Education Adult Transition Program are throwing a parade Monday.
The program serves 18- to 22-year-old students with intellectual disabilities and/or autism who have received a certificate of completion from high school and have significant needs for support as they transition to adulthood, according to a press release.
The program serves the Solano Special Education Local Plan Area, which includes the Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis and Vacaville school districts.
Source: Parade celebrates Solano Adult Transition Program graduates
Rechelle Nettles has been selected as the new representative for Fairfield on the Solano Commission for Women and Girls, and Andrea Lemos will represent the Solano County Office of Education.
The commission’s new officers are Chairwoman Laura Petty, Vice Chairwoman Jennifer Hamilton, Secretary Gayle Vaughan and Treasurer Sakina Ali.
Nettles brings 20 years of nonprofit experience to the commission, including as the development director of the Girl Scouts of America and as a director for the Boys and Girls Club of America. She also has worked with the homeless and those leaving prison or jail.
Source: Commission for Women and Girls announces new members, officers
By Richard Freedman
Lilibeth Pinpin, Solano County Office of Education’s (SCOE) director of innovative programs and student success, recently received the Spotlight on Quality Award that is issued annually by the California Department of Education’s Region 4 System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL) programs office and Alameda County Office of Education.
Source: December 10 Arts and Entertainment Source: Always Something To Celebrate – Times-Herald
Lilibeth Pinpin, director of innovative programs and student success for the Solano County Office of Education, has received the Spotlight on Quality Award.
The award, issued by the state Department of Education and Alameda County Office of Education, is for achievements in “engaging students in year-round learning opportunities that prepare them for college, career and life.”
“Lilibeth is an innovative leader who exemplifies SCOE’s guiding principles of leadership, collaboration and support. Her collaboration and spirit of ingenuity have encouraged science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics programs for youth throughout the county,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement announcing the award.
Source: State gives SCOE educator Spotlight on Quality Award
By Richard Bammer
No surprise, perhaps, the 2021 Solano County Science and Engineering Fair competition is going virtual in 2021.
All Solano County students, grades 3 to 12, are encouraged to enter the competition and apply online, at www.solanoscoe.net, no later than 3 p.m. March 1.
Hosted by the Solano County Office of Education, the event aspires to develop inquiry and problem-solving skills among students, “ignite a passion for science and engineering and better prepare youth for STEM” (short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and related careers, Lilibeth Pinpin, SCOE’s director of innovative programs and student success, noted in a press release.
Source: SCOE accepting entries for virtual science and engineering fair – The Reporter
The 2021 Solano County Science and Engineering Fair competition is going virtual.
Hosted by the Solano County Office of Education, Solano County students, in third through 12th grades, are encouraged to enter this STEM competition and apply online no later than 3 p.m. March 1.
“Now more than ever, it is vital that our elementary, middle and high school students have an opportunity to apply science and engineering skills, investigate theories, gather and evaluate evidence, and develop their own intelligent conclusions,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. “We hope this year’s science fair inspires more students to explore careers in science, engineering or related fields.”
Source: Solano students can sign up for 2021 STEM competition
By Nick Sestanovich
Solano County students adept in the fields of science and engineering will have an opportunity to show off their skills.
Applications are now open for the 2021 Solano County Science and Engineering Fair competition, which will be held virtually.
The event aims to help students develop inquiry and problem-solving skills, spark a passion for science and engineering, and help the youth be better prepared to enter STEM fields and other associated areas.
“Now more than ever, it is vital that our elementary, middle, and high school students have an opportunity to apply science and engineering skills, investigate theories, gather and evaluate evidence, and develop their own intelligent conclusions,” Lisette Estrella- Henderson, Solano COunty superintendent of schools, said in a statement. “We hope this year’s science fair inspires more students to explore careers in science, engineering, or related fields.”
Source: Applications open for Solano County Office of Education’s Science and Engineering Fair – The Reporter
The Solano County Office of Education on Wednesday celebrated all the certificated and classified employees nominated as part of the Educators of the Year program.
“The video highlights that honor each nominee in this year’s virtual celebration are truly heartwarming. Solano County’s certificated and classified employees of the year nominees are all passionate and committed people who have put their colleagues and students first. We are so proud to recognize each honoree with a video celebration of their dedication and hard work,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.
Source: Solano Office of Education honors top educators
BY Richard Bammer
Solano schools’ common mission to support, educate and graduate students was in high relief Wednesday when the Solano County Office of Education held an online celebration for a select group of school-support employees and teachers.
Every year, school districts countywide nominate one teacher and one classified employee to be recognized as an Educator of the Year.
The prerecorded celebration, which got underway at 3 p.m. and made necessary because of the ongoing pandemic, was a salute to six classified employees and seven teachers and paraeducators.
Source: SCOE honors employee of the year nominees – The Reporter
By Daily Republic Staff
Nearly 150 early care and education professionals experienced a day of learning in a virtual format Saturday during the annual Quality Counts Solano, Early Childhood Education Conference.
Solano County Office of Education partnered with First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission, Child Start Inc., Solano Community College and Solano Family and Children’s Service to sponsor this year’s conference aimed at furthering the educational experiences of Solano County’s youngest students.
Source: Solano ECE virtual conference draws 150 participants
By Kimberly K. Fu
The Solano County Office of Education said officials are in the “watch and wait” mode as the county shifts into a less stringent level on the state’s COVID-19 framework.
The downgrade from purple to red tier was announced Tuesday by the state Department of Public Health.
Should the county maintain red status for 14 consecutive days, Solano schools could return to in-person instruction.Currently, local schools must operate via distance learning.
Source: Coronavirus: Solano County Office of Education “watching and waiting” – The Reporter
Elementary schools in Sonoma County can now apply for waivers allowing them to bring students back into the classroom, but county Superintendent of Schools Steve Herrington is urging school leaders and parents to proceed with caution.
“Everyone needs to know that children are a protected class, and so when you look at a store operation versus a school operation, it has a higher standard protocol,” Herrington said. “You cannot compare a school to Home Depot or Raley’s or Safeway.”
Source: Sonoma County Elementary Schools Can Now Apply for In-Person Waivers – CBS San Francisco
By Richard Bammer
The 800-member Vacaville Teachers Association on Thursday announced its endorsements for four seats on the Vacaville Unified governing board, two for the Solano County Office of Education board and a City Council candidate who currently serves as a district trustee.
By occupation, the seven candidates range from an incumbent and an administrator at Travis Federal Credit Union to an attorney and a physician, among others.
In a press release, union president Todd Blanset, an English teacher at Will C. Wood High, said the ratification vote was held Tuesday, with final selections coming after “a long and exhaustive process.”
Source: Vacaville teachers endorse local, county education candidates – The Reporter
By Daily Republic Staff
The Solano County Office of Education will be distributing personal protection equipment to area public schools.
The program is in conjunction with the California Office of Emergency Services.
The supplies provided by the state include N95 masks for school medical staff; more than 58,000 cloth masks (sizes 7 to 12); more than 76,000 cloth masks (sizes K-6); more than 58,000 disposable masks (sizes 7 to 12); more than 76,000 disposable masks (sizes K-6); more than 25,000 disposable masks (sized for adults); more than 12,000 disposable face shields; 540 touchless thermometers; and more than 1,600 gallons of hand sanitizer.
Source: Solano Office of Education to distribute PPE to schools
By Richardo Cano
Kristie Summerrill immediately began texting her kindergartners’ parents to check if they were safe as the CZU Lightning Complex fires forced mass evacuations in Bonny Doon, the rural community northwest of Santa Cruz where the elementary school had just recently begun online instruction.
Many of her kindergartners’ families, some who’d lost their homes to wildfire, were sheltering at the Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz, a mom told Summerrill. So the teacher and her husband drove their van to the hotel armed with seven bags filled with snacks, water, food, games and supplies, unsure if it would even be of any help or comfort to families without homes.
Source: Wildfires set school plans ablaze for more than 70k students | CalMatters
By Todd R. Hansen
Solano County supervisors on Tuesday handed over 1.16 acres of right of way to the state for an easement on the Interstate 80/Interstate 680/Highway 12 Interchange Project – an exchange of property that should have been done in 1967.
“This project enhances the capacity, safety and traffic operations of the interchange with each phase that gets constructed. For the latest project phase, Caltrans acquired right of way from the end of Solano County’s West Cordelia Road,” the staff report states. “In addition, Caltrans determined that there was also right of way still owned by Solano County within the Interstate 80 corridor. The property, approximately 1.159 acres of right of way, should have been transferred to the state with improvements done to the interchange in about 1967.”
Source: Solano transfers I-80 right of way to state for interchange project
The Solano County School District announced Wednesday the following will remain closed for the rest of the week.
- Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
- Travis Unified School District
- Vacaville Unified School District
- SCOE-operated programs
This is in response to widespread evacuations, power outages and unhealthy air quality.
The districts said they will also be providing meals for students to the extent possible and will communicate with families about the availability of school meal service, but it may change throughout the week due to unforeseen circumstance. According to its press release, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District will be providing boxes of food with several meals for the week. Families will be notified of locations.
Source: Bay Area fires: Here’s what’s closed due to unhealthy air, wildfires – ABC7 San Francisco
Cal Fire’s latest numbers on the wildfire were released on Friday morning, showing that the flames have continued to spread – but, for the first time, firefighters are reporting some containment.
The fire is now 219,067 acres with 480 structures destroyed and another 125 damaged.
Source: LNU Lightning Complex Fire Updates: Cal Fire Reports 7 Percent Containment – CBS Sacramento