Solano Student Art Faire goes virtual for 2020 – Daily Republic

Any K-12 students who wants to submit artwork to the annual Student Art Faire can do so now – only this year there is a twist.

The faire has gone virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This year is a little different to be sure,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

“During these challenging times, the role of art can become more central to our lives, whether we realize it or not. Through art we can move to the vast inner said in the statement of our thoughts and imagination, a place we have perhaps neglected. Art is a cornerstone in the development of one’s creativity and can be a great coping strategy for our youth,” Estrella-Henderson said.

Source: Solano Student Art Faire goes virtual for 2020

SCOE holding robotics camp virtually this week – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

A stay-at-home order won’t stop Solano County middle school girls from learning about robotics, as the Solano County Office of Education will be virtually offering its annual Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camp this week.

During the five-day camp, which runs Monday to Friday, students will learn teamwork, communication and leadership skills through robotics, principles in engineering, and computer programming activities. They will use RoboBlockly and programming code in a mock RoboPlay Challenge Competition and learn film production and the creative process that goes into making short videos — all through robotics.

Students will also present videos and celebrate with parents and community members over Zoom at the end of the camp.

Source: Coronavirus: SCOE holding robotics camp virtually this week – The Reporter

Solano Youth Coalition seeking members to address race, equity in coming school year – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Solano County Office of Education is accepting applications for members to serve on its Solano Youth Commission, an organization aimed at raising community awareness of social and health issues facing teens.

In past years, SYC members have focused their efforts around issues related to alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention as well as mental health awareness, violence elimination and healthy relationships. This year, the focus will be something very topical: addressing racism and unconscious bias.

In the past week, the issue of race has been on the forefront of many people’s minds. The deaths of individuals like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers have prompted widespread protests in all 50 states calling for widespread changes in the criminal justice system, and Vacaville High School publicly condemned videos that surfaced this week of students using racial slurs.

Source: Solano Youth Coalition seeking members to address race, equity in coming school year – The Reporter

Virtual girls robotics camp starts Monday in Solano – Daily Republic

A free virtual Girls in Robotics Leadership Camp is being offered to middle school girls starting Monday.

The camp is being put on by the Solano County Office of Education in partnership with the Vacaville School District and the University of California, Davis, Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math division.

It runs through Friday.

Source: Virtual girls robotics camp starts Monday in Solano

Golden Hills sends students on to new journey in life – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Strong winds could not put a damper on Golden Hills School certificate ceremony Friday afternoon.

The sounds of a cowbell, cheers, honking horns and noisemakers filled the parking lot as about two dozen young adults finished their school experience.

Among them was Zachary Hermon, 21, who wore the same graduation cap his mother did when she earned her high school degree after having two children.

He wants to study abroad and plans to attend film school run by Joey Travolta, brother of actor John Travolta.

Source: Golden Hills sends students on to new journey in life

Solano adult school graduates touted with parade – The Reporter

BY Kimberly K. Fu

The blare of horns and clang of cowbells mixed seamlessly Friday in Fairfield as joyful teachers and staff celebrated graduates during the Solano County Office of Education Adult Completion Car Parade.

Energy was high as balloons and streamers were strung, signs hung and goody bags readied amid gale force-like winds. Clinging to handmade posters, educators waited anxiously to see their students for a final time.

“Some of them have been with us since they were babies, in preschool, said Clarissa Tuttle, a program administrator with the SCOE. “So to see them now, it’s great.”

Source: Solano adult school graduates touted with parade – The Reporter

Webchats to help Solano teens with Covid-19 stresses – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A series of Monday webchats to help teens and young adults to cope with the stresses of Covid-19 has been extended through June.

The Mental Health Mondays webchats will be facilitated by Student Wellness Specialists from Solano County Office of Education Student and Program Support Department.

“In the wake of the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic, our young people are facing unprecedented challenges and stresses that can have a lasting impact on their overall well-being,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. “I am inspired by SCOE staff’s commitment, cooperation and collaboration to use technology to problem-solve and place priority on our students.”

Source: Webchats to help Solano teens with Covid-19 stresses

Solano Youth Invited To ‘Mental Health Mondays’ Zoom Webchats | Benicia, CA Patch

By Maggie Fusek

Solano County youth 14 to 21 years old are invited to participate in an upcoming series of free mental health webchats held through Zoom. Mental Health Mondays Webchats are facilitated by student wellness specialists from Solano County Office of Education’s Student and Program Support Department, giving youth a safe space to ask questions and exchange information with their peers about mental health.

Last month, SCOE’s Youth Development Department hosted the “Coping with COVID” webchat series for youth on a wide range of topics including: mental health, stress and anxiety management, mindfulness, and routine and schedules. The series, particularly Mental Health Mondays, was successful and received positive feedback, and is now extended through June.

Source: Solano Youth Invited To ‘Mental Health Mondays’ Zoom Webchats | Benicia, CA Patch

Solano County Announces Teacher Of The Year | Benicia, CA Patch

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

Fairfield educator known for ‘tireless dedication’ tapped as top in Solano – The Reporter

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

Dixon Unified ‘campus leader’ named Solano’s school-support employee of the year – 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

Dixon schools paraprofessional earns Solano’s top classified employee honor – Daily Republic

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

Supervisors recognize National Nurses Week in Solano County/Grant for Wellness to SCOE – Daily Republic

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

Area education leaders await final decisions on school-reopening dates – The Reporter

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

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