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

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

Vets, Japanese-Americans given second chance at high school diploma – Times-Herald

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) is accepting applications for “Operation Recognition,” a unique program that awards retroactive high school diplomas for Japanese Americans and United States veterans who were unable to finish school due to war-time circumstances or Jim Crow laws.

“Throughout the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States armed forces,” said SCOE, noting that Japanese-Americans were forced into “relocation camps” during World War II and Black servicemen were denied diplomas due to systemic racism such as Jim Crow. “These individuals now have the opportunity to be granted diplomas as a gesture of gratitude for the sacrifices they made.”

Eligible people include veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Japanese-American citizens must show proof of being interned during the period of September 16, 1940 to December 31, 1946.

Source: Vets, Japanese-Americans given second chance at high school diploma – Times-Herald

SCOE resource development chief earns top administrator honors – Daily Republic

Susan Labrecque, director of resource development and transition services for the Solano County Office of Education, has been named the Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators.

The award is given to individuals for “significant contributions to education through outstanding performance and achievements,” according to a statement from the Office of Education.

Source: SCOE resource development chief earns top administrator honors

Solano educator earns statewide honor – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Susan Labrecque with the Solano County Office of Education has been named California’s Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year by the Association ofCalifornia School Administrators (ACSA).

The ACSA’s award program, according to a press statement, “honors individuals for their significant contributions to education through outstanding performance and achievements.”

Labrecque joined the SCOE in 1995 as a vocational specialist to support the employment needs of students with different abilities and is now the director of resource development andtransition services.

Source: Solano educator earns statewide honor – The Reporter

Applications being taken for Operation Recognition diploma program – The Reporter

Applications are being accepted for Operation Recognition, a program that provides high school diplomas to United States veterans and Japanese-American citizens who were unable to finish high school due to wartime circumstances.

“We have been privileged to honor local veterans with retroactive and posthumous diplomas for more than a decade now,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. “We look forward to this special day each year because these diplomas mean so much to the veterans and families who receive them. Being able to say thank you from the Solano County community means so much” to the Solano County Office of Education.

Source: Applications being taken for Operation Recognition diploma program

SCOE seeking veterans for retroactive diplomas – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Once again, the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) is seeking Solano veterans who were unable to receive their high school diplomas due to their military enlistment.

SCOE is now accepting applications for the 2021 Operation Recognition celebration, which is scheduled for June 30.

From the ’40s to the ’70s, many young men and women left high school to serve in the military and were unable to finish high school and receive their diplomas because of their service or Jim Crow laws that were in place at the time. Additionally, many Japanese-American high schoolers were unable to receive their diplomas because they were forced into internment camps during World War II.

Source: Solano County Office of Education seeking veterans for retroactive diplomas – The Reporter

SCOE partners with Solano Library, First 5 to deliver backpacks – The Reporter

BY Nick Sestanovich

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) wants to ensure even the youngest learners have the tools needed for education.

The agency has partnered with the First 5 Solano Commission and Solano County Library Literacy Services to provide 5,500 backpacks filled with school supplies to kindergartners and transitional kindergartners at Solano public schools.

The backpacks are filled with everything a child needs for learning, including crayons, pencils, paper, and cards to help youngsters learn letter sounds and sight words. Unit counters, a dry-erase board and markers are also included in the backpacks to support virtual learning at home.

Source: SCOE partners with Solano Library, First 5 to deliver backpacks to 5,500 early learners – The Reporter

More than 5,000 Solano transitional kindergartners get backpacks – Daily Republic

Backpacks filled with pencils, crayons, paper, letter-sounds, sight word cards and other early learning basics are being delivered to 5,500 transitional kindergartners and kindergartners in Solano County public schools.

The Solano County Office of Education partnered with the First 5 Solano Commission and Solano County Library Literacy Services to provide the early learning backpacks.

The backpacks are intended to serve as a midyear support for teachers, students and their families who are navigating virtual learning, a statement released Thursday by the Office of Education said. They are being delivered to school districts and charter schools that will in turn distribute the items to families across the county.

Source: More than 5,000 Solano transitional kindergartners, kindergartners get backpacks

Fairfield-Suisun Adult School preschool welcomes new mural – Daily Republic

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

Solano County adult graduates honored in virtual ceremony, car parade – The Reporter

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

Parade celebrates Solano Adult Transition Program graduates – Daily Republic

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

Commission for Women and Girls announces new members, officers – Daily Republic

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

Always Something To Celebrate – Times-Herald

By Richard Freedman

PINPIN AWARD

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

State gives SCOE educator Spotlight on Quality Award – Daily Republic

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

SCOE accepting entries for virtual science and engineering fair – The Reporter

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

Solano students can sign up for 2021 STEM competition – Daily Republic

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