SCOE Awards Science and Engineering Fair Winners | Independent Voice

Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) hosted the 2024 Solano County Science and Engineering Fair on March 14, 2024. The fair was an excellent opportunity for elementary, middle, and high school students to investigate challenges, gather and evaluate evidence, and develop knowledgeable conclusions.

“Science and engineering fairs provide invaluable opportunities for students to showcase their creativity, problem-solving skills, and ideas. These events not only foster a love for science and engineering but also encourage critical thinking and real-world problem solving in the next generation of innovators,” said Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson.

Source: Office of Education Awards Science and Engineering Fair Winners | Independent Voice

Two SCOE administrators honored for their work | dailyrepublic.com

Two administrators from the Solano County Office of Education have been selected for the Administrator of the Year award.

Valerie Garrett and Lisa Eckhoff are the recipients of the honor presented by Region 4 of the Association of California School Administrators.

“These awards recognize outstanding educational leaders who have demonstrated exception dedication, innovation and commitment to serving students and communities,” a statement released by the county Office of Education states.

Source: Two SCOE administrators honored for their work | News | dailyrepublic.com

High schoolers show off STEM skills at Spark Challenge | dailyrepublic.com

More than 48 students from Northern California high schools this past weekend participated in the Travis AFB Phoenix Spark Challenge.

The problem-solving challenge theme was “Glider Design Project.” It took place during the Wings Over Solano air show and open house on March 15.

“Participants were tasked with researching, designing and prototyping an unpowered foam board glider aircraft, with the goal of achieving flights of (50-plus) feet when launched by hand from an 8-foot platform,” the Solano County Office of Education, which partners with the base on the challenge, said in a statement released on Tuesday.

Source: High schoolers show off STEM skills at Spark Challenge | Psychology | dailyrepublic.com

2024 Travis AFB Phoenix Spark challenges local high school students – DVIDS

More than 48 students from four local high schools came out to participate in the 2024 Travis AFB Phoenix Spark Challenge during Travis AFB’s Wings Over Solano air show and open house March 15, 2024.

This year’s challenge was focused on the theme “Glider Design Project.” These students were challenged to research, design and prototype an unpowered foam board glider aircraft, and showcase them during the air show.

The Phoenix Spark cell at Travis AFB highlights in their mission statement “innovation of the warfighter, by the warfighter, of the warfighter.” According to Spark members, the goal of this event was to foster innovation and experimentation among young students to create a culture of change in the future of STEM career fields.

Source: DVIDS – News – 2024 Travis AFB Phoenix Spark challenges local high school students

Nominations being taken for Early Childhood Educator of the Year. | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County Office of Education is accepting nominations for the Early Childhood Educator of the Year.

“Solano County Office of Education encourages parents, guardians, educators and community members who live or work in Solano County to nominate early childhood educators who have made a positive difference in their communities,” the agency said in a statement.

“Any Solano County early learning and care provider serving children ages infant to preschool may be nominated. The recognition program includes teachers, assistants, paraeducators, food service staff, transportation staff, school site administrators and family child care owner/directors.”

Source: Nominations being taken for Early Childhood Educator of the Year. | News | dailyrepublic.com

Artists, performers wanted for Student Art Showcase | dailyrepublic.com

Solano County students of all ages are invited to participate in the fourth annual Solano Student Art Showcase.

The showcase, hosted by the Solano County Office of Education, has room for singers, songwriters, poets, jugglers, comedians, magicians, musicians, dancers, dance troops, cheer teams and others.

The event is free for all performers, artists and attendees.

“The annual art showcase recognizes and supports youth resiliency through the arts, providing a space for young artists to express themselves. The event also promotes mental health, wellness and prevention of alcohol, tobacco and drug use,” SCOE said in a statement.

Source: Artists, performers wanted for Student Art Showcase | News | dailyrepublic.com

Community forum aims to link families with child care programs – The Vacaville Reporter

The Solano County Office of Education, with other partners, will host the annual Child Care Planning Council community forum Saturday in the Fairfield Civic Center Library.

The event, 10 a.m. to noon in the 1150 Kentucky St. library, seeks to link Solano families and educators with information about high-quality child care opportunities in Solano County, according to organizers of the gathering, who issued a press statement.

Child care providers, parents, guardians, educators and community members are invited to learn about child care options throughout Solano County, including paid and assisted programs.

Source: Community forum aims to link families with child care programs – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano’s top spellers crowned at Saturday event | dailyrepublic.com

Holy Spirit sixth-grader Kiaan Kahn on Saturday won the 48th annual Solano County Spelling Bee.

“Her winning word was ‘miscellaneous,'” the Solano County Office of Education reported.

Second place went to fifth-grader Zara Virk from Nelda Mundy Elementary School in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District.

Kahn and Virk each received a trophy and will be represent Solano County at the California Spelling Bee Championship held in San Joaquin County on April 27.

Source: Solano’s top spellers crowned at Saturday event | News | dailyrepublic.com

Opportunities continue for Solano Students | dailyrepublic.com

Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) celebrated Career Technical Education (CTE) month by highlighting some of the CTE classes available to high school students in Solano County on social media throughout February.

In 2018, the California legislature introduced the K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP) funding program. Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) receives SWP funds and supports K–12 local education agencies (LEAs) in creating, strengthening, and expanding career technical education (CTE) courses, course sequences and pathways for high school students.

Source: Good News: Opportunities continue for Solano Students | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Solano County Boosts Career Education, Forges Pathways for High School Success – BNN

Throughout February, the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) took to social media to celebrate Career Technical Education (CTE) month, showcasing the diverse range of CTE classes available to high school students across Solano County. This initiative aligns with the broader goals set forth by the California legislature’s 2018 K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP), which aims to enhance, create, and expand CTE courses and pathways. “Supporting career technical education opens doors to explore various careers, develop practical skills, obtain meaningful employment, and secure economic empowerment for students in Solano County,” remarked Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson.

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Applications for annual Operation Recognition being accepted | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County Office of Education is again hosting its annual Operation Recognition event which honors United States veterans and interned Japanese Americans who were unable to finish high school due to wartime circumstances.

“For over a decade, SCOE has been honoring local veterans and their families by awarding retroactive high school diplomas. It is important that we commemorate both living and deceased veterans, and it is a privilege to connect with local families and recognize the sacrifices made by their loved ones and our fellow Americans,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

Source: Applications for annual Operation Recognition being accepted | News | dailyrepublic.com

Families can apply for high school diplomas for vets who never got one – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Solano County Office of Education will host its annual Operation Recognition event in the coming weeks. The ceremony honors veterans and Japanese-Americans who never picked up their high school diploma due to wartime circumstances.

For more than 10 years, the SCOE program has provided eligible veterans with retroactive high school diplomas during a ceremony to celebrate their “graduation” and recognize their sacrifices, Jennifer Leonard, assistant superintendent of communications and community engagement, said in a news release.

Source: Families can apply for high school diplomas for vets who never got one – The Vacaville Reporter

Board of Education reviews state’s proposed educational budget ahead of fiscal year – The Vacaville Reporter

By Lynzie Lowe

The Solano County Board of Education spent Valentine’s Day educating itself on the state’s recently released proposed 2024-25 budget plans.

Michelle Henson, Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Services and Operations for the Solano County Office of Education, presented information to the board at Wednesday’s meeting on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposals for the 2024-25 state budget, focusing her presentation on educational funding.

Source: Board of Education reviews state’s proposed educational budget ahead of fiscal year – The Vacaville Reporter

Sneak peek given at future Early Learning Center site | dailyrepublic.com

A soft launch was held Friday to introduce about 80 educators, community leaders and others to the future Vallejo Early Learning Center.

“The ELC will provide an age-appropriate, safe-learning environment for children, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, (ages) 0-5, in a location that has age-appropriate, development-appropriate facilities, including bathrooms in each classroom,” Juan Cisneros, executive director of Child Start, said in a statement released on Monday.

The Solano County Board of Supervisors in June purchased the former Beverly Hills Elementary School site from Vallejo City Unified School District for $2.8 million. Additional administrative fees and closing costs added another estimated $7,281. Solano received $1 million in gap funding from the state to go toward the project.

Source: Sneak peek given at future Early Learning Center site | News | dailyrepublic.com

Vanden keeps streak of Academic Decathlon state appearances alive | dailyrepublic.com

The Vanden High Academic Decathlon team is going to the state competition for the 23rd straight year – finishing second overall at this year’s regional competition.

Campolindo High School in Morago won the Bay Region Academic Decathlon, which finished Saturday, and will represent Contra Costa County at the state finals to be held March 22-24 in Santa Clara.

The Vanden team is comprised of Cailyn Nguyen, Alyssa Patterson, Xavier Ramirez, Sarah Salmi, Charlotte Rains, Kindal Reddic, Rohan Kamath, Alan Dorji, Mahi Chanan, Joshua Richardson, Hannah Leibert, Michael Pierandozzi, Brayden Lam, Isabella Lam and Francesco Xie Santora. The coach is David Kenyon.

Source: Vanden keeps streak of Academic Decathlon state appearances alive | News | dailyrepublic.com

Vanden team earns 2nd place at Bay Region Academic Decathlon – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The whiz kids from Vanden High School on Saturday tackled a series of questions ranging from art and mathematics to economics and science to literature and social science to walk away with their heads held high and medals around their necks for placing second at the Bay Region Academic Decathlon held at Solano Community College in Fairfield.

Campolindo High, from the Acalanes Union High School District, took first and has been invited to go on to represent Contra Costa County at the state Academic Decathlon competition March 22 to 24 in Santa Clara.

No surprise, perhaps, this year’s outcome is a reverse of last year’s competition, when Vanden came out on top and Campolindo trailed in second.

Source: Vanden team earns 2nd place at Bay Region Academic Decathlon – The Vacaville Reporter

Students compete in final VEX Robotics competition | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The final VEX Robotics competition saw students from 11 teams hailing from four different Solano schools compete for top spots.

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) and Solano Community College (SCC) partnered to host the events this year.

“After the pandemic we found that a lot of the robotics teams were not active anymore,” said Lilibeth Pinpin, director of innovative programs and student success for the Solano County Office of Education. “This really helps students get reconnected with school. The kids were really excited to be back and that translates to other areas in school.”

Source: Students compete in final VEX Robotics competition | Benicia-Vallejo | dailyrepublic.com

First 5 Solano announces construction date for learning center – Times Herald Online

By Thomas Gase

Six months after First 5 Solano announced its purchase of the former Beverly Hills Elementary School on Coronel Avenue, construction is scheduled to begin in March to create the first Multi-Agency Early Learning Center in California.

The center, slated to be completed in June 2026, will be a hub for early learning that will provide a variety of early care and education opportunities for infants through preschoolers and families of all income levels, while creating economic opportunities for providers and filling a critical need in the county.

“This is a proud moment for Solano County and reflective of our commitment to supporting children 5 and younger,” said Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan in a news release. “I applaud First 5 Solano for envisioning the Vallejo Early Learning Center, and all the community partners who came together to help make it a reality. This will impact the lives of children and families for generations.”

Source: First 5 Solano announces construction date for learning center – Times Herald Online

County approves contract for early learning center renovations | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County supervisors on Tuesday transferred the former Beverly Hills Elementary School property in Vallejo to Child Start Inc. to be used as an early learning center.

Supervisor Erin Hannigan called it a “proud moment” in the county’s history of supporting children 5 and younger, and Supervisor Monica Brown noted the need for such centers in the county.

“Early education is what the future of society rests on,” Brown said.

Source: County approves contract for early learning center renovations | Company | dailyrepublic.com

SCOE creates ribbon wall as part of MLK celebration | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County Office of Education has created a “Dreams, Gratitudes & Wishes” ribbon art wall in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The art piece is on display through the end of January in the office lobby.

“The art wall will feature ribbons (on which) community members, SCOE employees and students can write a special thought of gratitude, a dream they are working toward or a wish. The ribbons will hang together in a colorful display, flanked by quotes from Dr. King,” SCOE organizers said in a statement.

Source: SCOE creates ribbon wall as part of MLK celebration | News | dailyrepublic.com