Vacaville girl wins Solano County Spelling Bee – Daily Republic

A Cooper Elementary School sixth-grader is the top speller this year in Solano County.

Olivia Miyashiro correctly spelled “faucet” for the first-place position, the Solano County Office of Education announced Wednesday.

The finals were held Tuesday via Zoom.

Xian Felicisimo, a fourth-grader from Nelda Mundy Elementary School in Fairfield, was a formidable competitor who won second-place overall, the announcement said.

Source: Vacaville girl wins Solano County Spelling Bee

Vaca sixth-grader rules as Solano’s top speller – The Reporter

A Vacaville Unified elementary student on Tuesday bested a Fairfield-Suisun Unified student to be declared Solano County’s top speller during the annual countywide spelling bee.

Cooper sixth-grader Olivia Miyashiro correctly spelled “faucet” to edge out Xian Felicisimo, a Nelda Mundy fourth-grader.

Jennifer Leonard, assistant superintendent of communications and community engagement for the Solano County Office of Education, announced the results in a press release issued Wednesday.

SCOE hosted the final round of the 45th annual event, open to all public and private school students in fourth through sixth grades, at 6 p.m., when the bee’s final round was held via Zoom, so the public could watch the top 10 contenders compete for the title, she noted in the prepared statement.

Source: Vaca sixth-grader rules as Solano’s top speller – The Reporter

Solano County Office of Education honors 2 staff members – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education teacher of the year is Ron Major and the classified employee of the year is Shelia Vogel.

Recognition of Major and Vogel was announced in a press release.

The Office of Education hosts the annual Solano County Educators of the Year awards each year. The county agency began recognizing exemplary teachers in 1978 and the program has expanded to recognize outstanding teachers and classified school employees for Solano school districts and charter schools.

Source: Solano County Office of Education honors 2 staff members

Major, Vogel named SCOE’s top educators of the year – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

A teacher at Golden Hills Educational Center in Vacaville and a college and career development specialist for the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) have been named as the top Educators of the Year for SCOE, officials announced in a news release.

Ron Major is SCOE’s teacher of the tear, and Sheila Vogel is SCOE’s classified employee of the year. Both were selected by SCOE’s nomination committee which annually chooses “two employees who work passionately to contribute to student achievement, educational innovation, and advance community involvement in schools,” according to the release.

Source: Major, Vogel named Solano County Office of Education’s top educators of the year – The Reporter

SCOE hosting virtual spelling bee – The Reporter

P-R-O-W-E-S-S.

That is what some of Solano County’s top wordsmiths in fourth through sixth grade will be demonstrating when the Solano County Office of Education hosts its 45th annual Spelling Bee, which will be held virtually this year. The preliminary round will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the top spellers advancing to the final round on April 13.

According to an SCOE news release, 25 public and private schools from throughout the county are on tap to participate in this event.

Source: SCOE hosting virtual spelling bee – The Reporter

Prelims of Solano County Spelling Bee set to begin Saturday – virtually – Daily Republic

The preliminary rounds of the 45th annual Solano County Spelling Bee are scheduled to start Saturday and will feature participants from 25 schools.

The contest is open to all public and private schools serving fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.

“Spelling bees serve as a way to improve a student’s comprehension skills; strengthen listening, spelling and writing proficiencies, while expanding on a student’s extensive vocabulary,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. “Students participating in the Spelling Bee competition also have the opportunity to gain confidence in public speaking and learn to be gracious winners, while having fun with their peers.”

Source: Prelims of Solano County Spelling Bee set to begin Saturday – virtually

Second-dose vaccinations set today for Solano County educators – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Solano County Office of Education will offer a clinic in Fairfield Friday for county teachers needing a second-dose coronavirus vaccine.

The clinic will held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at SCOE offices, 5100 Business Center Drive.

Jennifer Leonard, a spokeswoman for SCOE, said the clinic is the second such event for more than 1,000 Solano County school employees.

Source: Coronavirus: Second-dose vaccinations set today for Solano County educators – The Reporter

Benicia High student tops all others at science, engineering fair – Daily Republic

Allison McCabe, a Benicia High School student, was the overall winner of the recent 2021 Virtual Science and Engineering Fair.

McCabe also took first in the Physical Science category in the Senior Division, in which high school students competed. There were also Elementary (third through fifth grades and Junior (sixth through eighth grades) divisions. McCabe is a sophomore.

“Our goal is to inspire more students to consider a career in science, engineering or a related field. The fair is an excellent opportunity for our elementary, middle and high school students to apply science and engineering skills to investigate problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and develop conclusions. Events like the Science and Engineering Fair have the potential to spark a lifelong interest in a related field.” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement announcing the winners.

Source: Benicia High student tops all others at science, engineering fair

SCOE names winners in science, engineering competition – The Reporter

Students of all ages throughout Solano County put their scientific and engineering skills to the test, and many walked away with top prizes in Solano County Office of Education’s Science and Engineering Fair.

Held virtually this year, with an award ceremony that was held Tuesday, the competition had students put together engineering and science projects, which were judged by representatives from different universities.

Students are broken off into three divisions: elementary for third through fifth-graders, junior for sixth through eighth-graders and senior for ninth through 12th-graders. The top winners in the competition are eligible to enter the California State Science and Engineering Fair, which is slated for April 12 to 13 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Source: SCOE names winners in science, engineering competition – The Reporter

Vanden High team advances to state Academic Decathlon – The Reporter

Education, the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet William Butler Yeats once said, “is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

And the Vanden High School Academic Decathlon team is on fire.

Placing second at the 2021 Bay Regional, hosted by Solano County Office of Education, the Vikings are one of 11 teams from 11 California counties that qualified to move on the state Academic Decathlon, a 10-event scholastic competition for high school scholars.

The decathlon includes comprehensive written exams in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, social science and science. Team members also deliver prepared and impromptu speeches, write an essay and communicate through a conversational interview.

Source: Vanden High team advances to state Academic Decathlon – The Reporter

Vanden 2nd at regional Academic Decathlon; will represent Solano at state event – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

The Vanden High School Academic Decathlon team took second to Campolindo High School of Contra Costa County in the 2021 Bay Regional Academic Decathlon.

Davis Senior High School was third.

The Vanden High team members are seniors Diana Egan, Faith Miller, Lucas Morales, Annika Serrano, Alex Melendres and Jelly Caraballo; juniors Nina Schmidt and Nihal Grewal; and sophomore Sydney Haas.

The Solano County Office of Education hosted the decathlon, which attracted 240 students from 15 high schools in Solano, Alameda, Contra Costa, Imperial, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

Source: Vanden 2nd at regional Academic Decathlon; will represent Solano at state event

Academic Decathlon needs volunteers – Times-Herald

The California Academic Decathlon Championship needs a few good volunteers this month for the virtual competitive event, modeled after the Olympics to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind.”

For the past 41 years, CAD has provided this country’s most prestigious academic competition thanks to the support of our volunteers, Ken Scarberry, state event director, said in a press release issued Wednesday.

The competition, featuring some 650 students from 78 California high schools, consists of 10 events, including tests in art, music, language and literature, mathematics, economics, science, and social science, he noted.

Source: Academic Decathlon needs volunteers – Times-Herald

SCOE, other Bay Area counties address needs of homeless students amid pandemic – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Among the nation’s homeless, which may swell to more than 3.5 million during the year, some 1.5 million of them are K-12 students, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

In the Golden State, the number of students experiencing homelessness has increased by 48 percent in the past decade, higher than in any other state, with some 270,000 such students in 2019, or about 4.3 percent of the total enrollment.

In Solano County, which had 66,000 students enrolled in 2019, slightly more than 1,400 of them, or 2.1 percent, were homeless, according to data gathered by the University of California, Los Angeles.

Source: SCOE, other Bay Area counties address needs of homeless students amid pandemic – The Reporter

Solano’s weekend Covid numbers improve, but county still in purple – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

The number of novel coronavirus cases over the weekend was slightly lower than at the same time last week, but Solano County will still have to experience even fewer cases over the next four days to get into the less restrictive red tier.

The Public Health Division reported Monday there were 91 new cases since Friday’s update, a three-day average of 30.33.

It took the total since the pandemic started to 30,115.

Source: Solano’s weekend Covid numbers improve, but county still in purple

Local educators start receiving vaccinations – Times-Herald

By Thomas Gase

Year after year, educators hope to have multiple pens, sheets of paper, erasers, rulers and calculators to help them get through a class. Now most of them are thankful to add COVID-19 vaccination shots to that same list.

Nearly 1,000 of the 2,000 educators and teachers from throughout Solano County took advantage of vaccine invitations and made appointments for their shots, according to Lisette Estrella-Henderson, the county’s superintendent of schools. Many had attended a vaccine clinic last week at the Solano County Office of Education.

In Napa County, 950 doses were made available to Napa district and county office of education teachers. The county has released 1,000 more doses to be administered to all Napa County school staff Monday and Tuesday, according to American Canyon High principal Crystal Lopez.

Source: Local educators start receiving vaccinations – Times-Herald

Solano vaccine event gets 1,000 in the door, more in coming days – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

There seemed to be a little turnabout is fair play going on Friday at the headquarters of the Solano County Office of Education.

Teachers were told to follow the yellow “ribbon,” and later were sent to sit down quietly for 15 minutes before being allowed to go.

It was all part of a vaccination clinic at which 1,000 teachers and other school staff received their first of two Covid-19 vaccinations. They will be back in three weeks to get the second.

Source: Solano vaccine event gets 1,000 in the door, more in coming days

SCOE hosts mass vaccination clinic for educators – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

It has not been an easy 12 months since Solano County schools closed to stop the spread of COVID-19. But as the county moves through the first phase of the vaccination rollout, a little bit of hope arrived Friday.

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) hosted a vaccination clinic for employees in schools throughout the county that have already opened or registered with the California Department of Public Health’s Safe Schools for All website. Approximately 1,800 employees from throughout Solano were invited to sign up for vaccines and 1,000 made appointments to receive them, according to Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano’s superintendent of schools.

She was thrilled with the turnout.

Source: Coronavirus: SCOE hosts mass vaccination clinic for educators – The Reporter

Health officials say Solano not lagging behind in Covid-19 vaccinations – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Solano’s top health official said those concerned, or complaining, that the county is trailing others in the Bay Area with vaccinations simply do not understand the realities of the situation.

Dr. Bela Matyas said vaccinations are not something that can be easily compared county to county.

The county as of Monday had vaccinated about 55,000 people, although the state also has private contracts with the hospitals, pharmacies, Travis Air Force Base and the Vacaville prisons, and the county does not receive reports on the number of people vaccinated through those contracts.

Source: Health officials say Solano not lagging behind in Covid-19 vaccinations

SCOE pitches in for teacher, support staff vaccine planning – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

As the Solano County Public Health department advances its COVID-19 vaccination rollout, the Solano County Office of Education is providing data collection help for the vaccination planning for Solano educators and school support staff.

The news comes as Gov. Gavin Newsom, under pressure to reopen California’s public school classrooms, said on Friday that, starting March 1, the state will reserve 10% of its first doses of COVID-19 vaccines for teachers and classified, or school-support, employees.

But local vaccine supply is currently limited, requiring “a phased approach” to vaccination rollout for Solano school employees, Jennifer Leonard, the SCOE’s director of community affairs and public information, said in a press statement issued Saturday.

Source: Coronavirus: SCOE pitches in for teacher, support staff vaccine planning – The Reporter

SCOE begins submitting learning model data to state – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

As new guidance by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) indicates, local education agencies and private schools must submit their data regarding whether students are learning in person, at home or a combination of the two.

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) registered for the notification process, along with all school districts, private schools and charter schools in the county, according to a news release.

Per its Jan. 14 guidelines, the CDPH is requiring public and private schools to report all grade levels and instruction under any of the following four types of learning models: full-time in-person instruction, part-time in-person instruction — also known as a “hybrid model,” distance learning only, or in-person instruction and services provided only through what is allowed under the CDPH’s Guidance Related to Cohorts.

Source: Coronavirus: SCOE begins submitting learning model data to state – The Reporter