Solano Board of Education approves $1.07M in pandemic relief spending – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

The Solano County Office of Education’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Plan.

The nearly $1.07 million in pandemic relief comes from funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The funds address students’ academic, social, emotional and mental health needs as well as alleviating gaps that existed before and may be worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Solano Board of Education approves $1.07M in pandemic relief spending

Solano Board of Education to consider plan to spend $1.07M in pandemic relief – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education will conduct its regular meeting of the Board of Education at 6 p.m. Wednesday to consider how best to spend nearly $1.07 million in pandemic relief funds.

The meeting will be take place virtually.

Members of the public may attend via the Zoom webinar format, or by telephone. The links are available on the Solano County Office of Education website, www.solanocoe.net/agendasminutes.

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Plan for pandemic funds from the American Rescue Plan Act is among the unfinished business to be discussed, and how the money will be utilized.

Source: Solano Board of Education to consider plan to spend $1.07M in pandemic relief

Solano County education office plans job fair Friday, Oct. 8 – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Irene Larsen Center, 1707 California Drive.

The county schools office is looking for qualified paraeducators, teachers, custodians, student wellness specialists, bus drivers, clerical administrators, accounting analysts, substitutes and more.

For more information, send an email to humanresources@solanocoe.net or call 399-4440.

Source: Solano County education office plans job fair Friday, Oct. 8

Inaugural Solano Water Institute for teachers makes waves in science education – Daily Republic

The Solano Resource Conservation District hosted the first three-day Solano Water Institute for Teachers early this month at various sites throughout Solano County and at Lake Berryessa.

The new teacher workshop provided 27 Solano County educators with knowledge, skills and tools to help them teach watershed science and land preservation from a locally relevant perspective.

The Solano Water Institute featured presentations from nine local and state experts on water resources, open spaces and climate change with conversations integrating Project WET, an award-winning environmental education curriculum created by the Water Education Foundation.

Source: Inaugural Solano Water Institute for teachers makes waves in science education

Inclusion Films camp returns to Solano County – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

For the past two weeks, Golden Hills Community School in Fairfield has been the backdrop for a horror movie anthology set to premiere in Solano County this October.

The actors and crew are all young adults with developmental disabilities who are being given an opportunity to build their skills under the guidance of veteran filmmaker and producer Joey Travolta through his Inclusion Films camps.

Travolta founded the camp in 2007 and first brought it to Solano County in 2019, where participants ages 18 to 23, many enrolled in North Bay Regional Center, went through the process of creating a short film from start to finish. The film, a takeoff on “The Twilight Zone” called “The Bizarre Zone,” had a red carpet premiere at Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre that fall, and participants got to learn not only filmmaking skills but job skills as well.

Source: Inclusion Films camp returns to Solano County – The Vacaville Reporter

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