By Maggie Fusek
Solano County Office of Education announced its 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year on Thursday. The honor goes to Katherine Reyes, who has worked for the Solano County Office of Education for 12 years and is the teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing —DHH — at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield.
Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson announced Reyes as teacher of the year during the Solano County Board of Education meeting held Wednesday night.
“Katherine is a great example of how teachers help our students learn, grow and thrive. Her tireless dedication makes a lasting impression on students’ lives,” Estrella-Henderson said. “My sincere appreciation and admiration to Katherine and each of the school district nominees for their admirable work in education.”
Source: Solano County Announces Teacher Of The Year | Benicia, CA Patch
By Richard Bammer
A Rodriguez High teacher for the deaf and hearing-impaired, an educator cited for her “tireless dedication,” has been named as Solano County’s Teacher of the Year for 2020-21.
Katherine Reyes heard her name called Wednesday night during a Solano County Board of Education meeting in Fairfield, where Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson also acknowledged that Reyes was the Solano County Office of Education’s Teacher of the Year.
In a press release, Ken Scarberry, the SCOE director of youth development, noted that Reyes has worked for the county office for 12 years. Besides being the teacher for the Fairfield school’s deaf and hearing-impaired students, she currently teaches English, mathematics, directed studies, transitional, and career development.
Source: Fairfield educator known for ‘tireless dedication’ tapped as top in Solano – The Reporter
By Richard Bammer
A Dixon Unified employee described as a “campus leader” has been named the Solano County classified employee of the year for 2020-21.
District leaders and Superintendent Brian Dolan, meeting Thursday, recognized Susana Perez as the Dixon Classified School Employee of the Year and Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson announced that Perez also was named the county’s top classified, or school-support, employee.
Ken Scarberry, director of youth development at the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield, made the announcement in a press release.
Source: Dixon Unified ‘campus leader’ named Solano’s school-support employee of the year – The Reporter
By Todd R. Hansen
Susana Perez had just been announced as the Classified School Employee of the Year for the Dixon School District when it also was announced that she was the 2020-21 Solano County Classified School Employee of the Year as well.
Perez has been a paraprofessional and bilingual parent liaison for Maine Prairie High School for 18 years.
Source: Dixon schools paraprofessional earns Solano’s top classified employee honor
By Todd R. Hansen
The Board of Supervisors this week adopted a resolution recognizing May 6-12 as National Nurses Week in Solano County.
“Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities in a variety of settings, and includes the promotion of health, the prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people,” the resolution states.
Source: Supervisors recognize National Nurses Week in Solano County
By Richard Bammer
Most Vacaville area school district leaders say that — for the time being, at least — they are scheduled to reopen classrooms in mid-August, despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Tuesday pronouncement about public schools restarting possibly in late July.
“We are paying close attention to Governor Newsom’s comments throughout this pandemic, and making sure we are working with our local partners to ensure we are prepared for any executive order or directive we need to follow,” Vacaville Unified Superintendent Jane Shamieh wrote Thursday in an email to The Reporter.
Shamieh, whose district includes more than 13,000 students enrolled at more than 15 campuses, made no additional comment about Newsom’s proposal, which is not set in stone and caught state schools chief Tony Thurmond by surprise.
Source: Coronavirus: Area education leaders await final decisions on school-reopening dates – The Reporter
By Clifford L. Williams
Peggy Cohen-Thompson, a Vallejo, Calif., civic leader and current president of the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE), has accomplished more in her early career than most people will in a lifetime. To complement her achievements, she has been selected as Solano County’s Woman of the Year by state Sen. Bill Dodd.
Dodd of Senate District 3 recently announced Thompson’s selection from a field of 30 candidates. Her selection represents Dodd’s district, which covers Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties.
Thompson said she was stunned when she got the call from Dodd’s office. “It took me more than a few moments to get my composure,” said Thompson. “I was shocked. I didn’t even know I was a candidate. I was amazed because I didn’t think anyone paid attention to me. I’m not a loud or flashy person; I’m more like ‘a quiet storm’.
Source: Peggy Cohen-Thompson Selected As Solano County’s Woman of the Year | Post News Group
By Nick Sestanovich
Live from Solano County, it’s Friday Night Live!
Yes, even as school campuses remain closed because of the coronavirus, the Solano County Office of Education is raising awareness of the work students are doing to promote positive changes through the Friday Night Live (FNL) program.
After all, April is Friday Night Live Month.
FNL was established in 1984 to address the issue of underage driving under the influence by promoting youth lifestyles free of alcohol and other drugs. Today, the program is available in 47 counties throughout California and has chapters in nearly 600 schools, community centers, juvenile halls and housing projects.
Source: SCOE celebrates Friday Night Live Month – The Reporter
By Daily Republic Staff
Margie Olson has been selected to serve as the chairwoman of the Solano County Democratic Central Committee.
“I joined the Northern Solano County Democratic Club and became active with the Democrats after I retired,” said Olson, who was a special education teacher for the county Office of Education. She lives in Vacaville.
Olson was originally appointed to the Central Committee, then elected in March to a four-year term to represent the 4th District.
Source: Former teacher takes reins of Dem Central Committee executive panel
By Todd R. Hansen
Closing school campuses for the rest of the school year does not mean class is dismissed.
That was the message Wednesday from Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson after Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier in the day said he expects school sites to be closed for the remainder of the traditional school year.
“It is important to remember that even though our campuses are not currently physically open, educators across Solano County are still working hard to serve the children and families in our community. Educators have been working tirelessly to provide meals to students, plan for distance learning and support for our youth,” Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.
Source: Solano education chief emphasizes school still in session – and will be
All Solano County schools will be closed until at least May 1, Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Adam Clark announced in a message to parents Thursday.
Clark said the decision was made as a “coordinated response that represents a continued effort to reduce the number of affected individuals with COVID-19 and to keep our communities as safe as possible pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-33-20, the current Solano County Order to Shelter At Home, and in consultation with Solano County Public Health.”
“The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are our highest priority,” Clark added.
Source: Solano County schools to remain closed through May 1 amid COVID-19 outbreak – Times-Herald
By Nick Sestanovich
Solano County Office of Education has advised public school districts and charter schools to continue distance learning through at least May 1.
The guidance was issued after consulting with Solano County Public Health and is in accordance with both the county’s stay-at-home order and the similar executive order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, SCOE officials announced in a news release Thursday.
Previously, the superintendents of Solano County’s school districts had announced closures with tentative dates for reopening beginning in late March and then rescheduled to mid-April. However, since Newsom has called for individuals to stay home and prohibit mass gatherings of more than 10 people indefinitely, SCOE — as well as school district superintendents and charter school leaders — settled on May 1 as a tentative return date but would work with state and local health officials to determine if the date will be extended further.
Source: Coronavirus: Solano County school closures extended through May 1 – The Reporter
By Bill Hicks
The Solano County Office of Education advised all school districts throughout the county Thursday to extend school closures and subsequent distance learning through May 1.
Action by the county office follows similar action taken Wednesday by the Fairfield-Suisun School District.
Solano County school districts and charter schools had previously announced tentative dates that would extend school closures until mid-April. However, Gov. Gavin Newsom has called for individuals to stay at home statewide and prohibited mass gatherings of more than 10 people – indefinitely.
Source: Solano schools push back student return date to early May
By Kimberly K. Fu
Sparkling jewelry, potted plants in cute containers, wood-backed string art and more are just some of the cool and eclectic finds at “This and That,” a pop-up store at McBride Senior Center in Vacaville.
Even cooler are the folks behind the store — Solano County Office of Education Adult Program staff and students.
The program is all about teaching special education students skills that will help them in life outside of school.
As part of their micro-enterprise projects, the students craft items in class to sell in the shop, advised Clarissa Tuttle, SCOE program administrator for Special Education.
Source: Vacaville shop a business lesson for students – The Reporter
BY Daily Republic Staff
Top student spellers in fourth through sixth grades from Solano County elementary and middle schools competed Tuesday for the title of Solano County Champion Speller.
Fifty-three Solano County schools participated in this year’s event in McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo.
“An event such as this affords students the opportunity to strengthen comprehension, listening, spelling and writing skills while paving the way to building a broader vocabulary,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a press release. “Students participating in this competition gained confidence in public speaking and learned to be gracious winners, while having fun with their peers.”
Source: Vacaville, Vallejo students earn county’s top speller honors
By Daily Republic Staff
The Solano County Office of Education has selected four employees as outstanding administrators in their respective fields who will be recognized by Region 4 of the Association of California School Administrators.
“Our nominated administrators have re-imagined the possibilities in their respective departments. They have shown remarkable leadership, not only with their staff, but throughout Solano County,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.
Recipients of the distinction include Clarissa Tuttle, program administrator, special education; Jane Sinkewiz, duplicating services manager; Susan Labrecque, senior director of resource development, transition services and post-secondary options; and Collin Bublavi Kocher, director, human resources.
Source: 4 Office of Education administrators earn recognition
By Bill Hicks
The Solano County Office of Education carried out something of a military mission Thursday in executing Operation Recognition.
It’s a nationwide program that awards honorary high school diplomas to U.S. veterans and Japanese-Americans who could not formally graduate from high school due to wartime circumstances.
According to the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers, 17 percent of World War II veterans, 11 percent of Korean War veterans and 5 percent of Vietnam War veterans do not have a high school diploma.
Source: Operation Recognition honors Solano veterans with diplomas
By Nick Sestanovich
Throughout the 20th century, millions of Americans answered the call to enlist during periods of war and risked their lives to defend their country.
This included numerous high schoolers who put on the uniforms and honorably served during conflicts but never received their diplomas.
For 11 veterans Thursday, they finally were given the high school diplomas they never received during their day. As part of the Solano County Office of Education’s Operation Recognition event, the awards were presented to the service members, with the family members of four deceased recipients accepting on their behalf.
Source: Veterans finally awarded high school diplomas – The Reporter
By Lonnie Wong
It was a long time coming but 11 military veterans from Solano County were awarded their high school diplomas after their education was interrupted by their service.
Marine Corps veteran Luther Hendricks is amazingly spry for his 94 years and nothing was going to keep him away from getting an honorary high school diploma from the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield.
“I’m amazed. I didn’t expect to get it,” he told FOX40.
Source: Solano County awards high school diplomas to 11 military veterans
By Thomas Gase
Word: Flout. Definition: Openly disregard (a rule, law or convention). Used in a sentence: Jackson Ady seemed to flout any notion at the Solano County Fairgrounds that he couldn’t spell well.
The 11-year-old fifth-grader from Kairos Public, a Charter School in Vacaville, defied any notion he couldn’t come through in a pressure situation, winning the Solano County Spelling Bee on Tuesday night when he spelled “flout” correctly.
Ady was the only contestant to spell six words correctly, going 6-for-6. No other person spelled more than four words correctly.Ady will move on to the California State Spelling Bee, set for May 9 in Stockton.
Source: Jackson Ady spells ‘victory’ at Solano County Spelling Bee – Times-Herald