Peggy Cohen-Thompson Selected As Solano County’s Woman of the Year | Post News Group

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

SCOE celebrates Friday Night Live Month – The Reporter

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

Former teacher takes reins of Dem Central Committee executive panel – Daily Republic

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

Solano education chief emphasizes school still in session – Daily Republic

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

Solano County schools to remain closed through May 1 amid COVID-19 outbreak – Times-Herald

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

Solano County school closures extended through May 1 – The Reporter

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

Solano schools push back student return date to early May – Daily Republic

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

Vacaville shop a business lesson for students – The Reporter

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

Vacaville, Vallejo students earn county’s top speller honors – Daily Republic

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

4 Office of Education administrators earn recognition – Daily Republic

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

Operation Recognition honors Solano veterans with diplomas – Daily Republic

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

Veterans finally awarded high school diplomas – The Reporter

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

Solano County awards high school diplomas to 11 military veterans – Fox40 News

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

Jackson Ady spells ‘victory’ at Solano County Spelling Bee – Times-Herald

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

Veterans to receive retroactive high school diplomas on Thursday – Times-Herald

The Solano County Office of Education is participating in “Operation Recognition” honoring veterans and Japanese-American Citizens with retroactive high school diplomas. The diplomas will be given out to those who were unable to finish high school due to wartime circumstances.

There will be a ceremony at 3 p.m. at 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield.

During the 1940s through 1970s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II many Japanese-American citizens were interned in relocation camps in various locations across the United States. After these wars, many of these individuals were not able to finish high school and receive high school diplomas.

Source: Veterans to receive retroactive high school diplomas on Thursday – Times-Herald

Solano spelling bee comes to Vallejo – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The 44th Annual Solano County Spelling Bee will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo.

The spelling bee is open to all public and private schools serving students in fourth- through sixth-graders. Each eligible school can register one student who has been certified as their school’s champion speller. There are 53 schools participating this year.

Two top spellers from this event will represent Solano County at the California State Spelling Bee Championship, scheduled May 9 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.

Source: Solano spelling bee comes to Vallejo

Soroptimist event raises over $14,000 for C-STEM Camps for girls – Daily Republic

Soroptimist’s 5th annual “Mardi Gras Madness” fundraiser, held at Green Valley Country Club February 22nd, was a resounding success, club president Jessica Grech reports. This year, in addition to raffle, silent, and live auctions, the club launched a Fund-the-Need appeal to help underwrite C-STEM (Computing, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camps for girls to be conducted during summer 2020 via a partnership between UC Davis and the Solano County Office of Education. Over $14,000 was raised as auctioneer Joe Gates pounded his gavel time and time again, with attendees raising their hands to support the cause.

Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County Superintendent of Schools, remarked, “We are overwhelmed by the generosity and giving spirit of Soroptimist International of Central Solano County. The money raised will help Solano County Office of Education expand from four to eight ‘Girls In Robotics Leadership’ Camps this summer. They have allowed us to connect with more young women who may not ordinarily be able to attend a week-long C-STEM camp, and we are so grateful for their ongoing partnership.”

Source: Good News: Soroptimist event raises over $14,000 for C-STEM Camps for girls

Vanden captures North Bay Academic Decathlon title – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

The Vanden High School Academic Decathlon team won the North Bay regional event and will represent Solano County at the 43rd annual state competition.

Vanden accumulated 44,643 points, with Willits High School finishing second with 40,051 points and American Canyon High School finishing third with 38,288 points.

“I am thrilled to see this rigorous academic challenge for students expand to include six counties this year. All of the participating teams worked very hard and represented their schools well. I congratulate every participant, and I’m certain these amazing students will do well in their future endeavors,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

Source: Vanden captures North Bay Academic Decathlon title

Vanden High wins 2020 North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon – The Reporter

By The Reporter

The 2020 North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon. results are in and the Vanden High School team stole the show.

More than 225 students from 15 high schools across Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties participated in the event.

The Academic Decathlon is a competitive event modeled after the Olympics to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind.” The competition, this year bearing the theme “In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness,” provides students the opportunity to participate in an educational forum, which fosters a deep respect for knowledge, cooperation, and self-esteem, organizers said.

Source: Vanden High wins 2020 North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon – The Reporter

Jepson, Cooper students buzz past competition in city spelling bee – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Could Nash Martinez of Willis Jepson Middle School be considered the Stephen Curry of Vacaville spellers? He already knows something about back-to-back championships.

Nash was the winner in the middle school division of the Vacaville Rotary Club’s Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee, held Wednesday at Will C. Wood High School’s Catwalk Theatre. He had previously won in the elementary competition last year as a student at Alamo Elementary School.

This year, the top elementary honor went to Cooper student Olivia Minashiro, who bested nearly 50 other students at her grade level.

Source: Jepson, Cooper students buzz past competition in city spelling bee – The Reporter