Youth Coalition holding forum on student-related issues – Daily Republic

The Solano Youth Coalition on Wednesday will host a student-led forum regarding the well-being of youths in Solano County.“

A student panel will ask Solano County district superintendents and district school board presidents questions about district supports, policies and procedures regarding student issues,” organizers said in a statement.

The coalition’s mission is to “promote and encourage the participation of young people in the development of policies, programs and services in their community.”

Source: Youth Coalition holding forum on student-related issues

Register now for 20th annual Loop the Lagoon races – Daily Republic

Registration is open for the 20th annual Loop the Lagoon Run/Walk, scheduled for May 6 at Lagoon Valley Park.

Funds raised support the Vacaville Public Education Foundation.

“The Loop the Lagoon Run/Walk is a family-friendly event that offers something for everyone,” organizers said in a statement. “The 5K, 10K and 10K Tower Challenge courses will take runners and walkers through rolling hills, scenic paths, and beautiful views of the surrounding hills and lagoon.

“The 2-mile walk offers a leisurely stroll, and the half-mile and 1-mile kids’ races kick off with a mascot parade and end with cheering crowds waiting to give medals to every young participant. Families can enjoy the kids’ expo featuring crafts, activities, snacks, raffle prizes and a petting zoo.”

Source: Register now for 20th annual Loop the Lagoon races

Transition Fair for students with disabilities, special education – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education will host a Transition Information Fair on Wednesday for middle and high school students and adults in transition programs who have disabilities or who are in special education programs.

“This Fair offers a one-stop approach to valuable information on resources for individuals with disabilities that can lead to a positive and productive life as a contributing member of their community,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement.

The fair offers “information about various programs and agencies in our community that can assist with higher education, training, employment, adult day programs, and independent living.”

Source: Transition Fair for students with disabilities, special education

Fair explores possibilities for students with special needs – The Vacaville Reporter

It’s never too early to think about higher education and life beyond that.

Which is why the Solano County Office of Education’s Workforce Development Department is hosting a Transition Information Fair for students with special needs in middle school, high school or an adult/transition program.

From 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, stop by the Solano County Office of Education, at 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield, and take a look at all available resources directed toward your student.

Source: Fair explores possibilities for students with special needs – The Vacaville Reporter

And the winning word was ‘b-i-r-e-t-t-a’ – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The words started out fairly simple: “warmth,” “center,” “feather.” Easy as p-i-e.

But by the time word pronouncer Dave McCallum uttered “dissemble,” “ductile,” then “raccoon,” the first of 12 elementary students left the stage and 11 remained to vie for top honors Tuesday night at the 2023 Solano County Spelling Bee at Journey Downtown in Vacaville.

Following those words were several more difficult ones, among them “nectar;” “miscellaneous,” which tripped up three students; “interim,” which eliminated four, leaving three seated at tables that stretched across the stage; “cynical,” which humbled one more; “zephyr,” which left two contestants.

Source: And the winning word was ‘b-i-r-e-t-t-a’ – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano County students tour Travis Air Force Base – DVIDS

The 349th Air Mobility Wing Development and Training Flight hosted students in the local school district for a tour of Travis, March 24, 2023.

The D&TF program is designed to guide newly enlisted airmen and assist them in the development of skills in preparation for basic military training. Concepts such as drill, reporting statements, rank structure, and readiness requirements are among the items the program focuses on.

“Besides their recruiter, we’re that first military face they see prior to going to BMT,” said Master Sgt. Jessica Cramer, 349 AMW D&TF coordinator. “They all come back and tell us how much the program has helped them, and that it was a jumpstart to their Air Force career attending the development and training flight.”

Source: DVIDS – News – Solano County students tour Travis Air Force Base

Youth Coalition to bring awareness to child abuse prevention – Daily Republic

Members of the Solano Youth Coalition’s Family Justice Committee will be placing blue pinwheels in the lawn area in front of the Vacaville City Hall and police station on Thursday.

The event is being held to raise awareness about the importance of preventing child abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The students will begin the work at 7:30 a.m.

Source: Youth Coalition to bring awareness to child abuse prevention

A high school diploma, at long last, after military service – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The two men sat quietly in the front row of chairs arranged in a second-floor meeting room at the Solano County Office of Education offices in Fairfield. One was 70 years old and dressed in a beige short-sleeved silk shirt, while the other, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and camouflage hat, with the words “Vietnam Veteran” spelled out, was 76 and walked with a cane. Family members, SCOE employees, and a small contingent of media crowded into the room, too.

All were there midafternoon Friday, as Lisette Estrella-Henderson, superintendent of county schools, said in her opening remarks, “for a really important” occasion for the two men, Wayne Hill and Conrad Montuya Sr.: SCOE’s annual Operation Recognition, honoring military service members who were unable to complete their high school education due to their military service.

Source: A high school diploma, at long last, after military service – The Vacaville Reporter

Officials invite public to Office of Education science, engineering fair – Daily Republic

The 2023 Solano County Science and Engineering Fair will be open to community members Thursday in McCormack Hall on the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo.

The event celebrates students’ achievements in science and engineering projects, work that can prove to be pathways into careers.

Solano County students in third through 12th grades were encouraged to enter this competition. Top middle and high school winners will be eligible to enter the California State Science and Engineering Fair in April.

Source: Officials invite public to Office of Education science, engineering fair

Soroptimist awards come complete with a few tears, lots of smiles – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Members of Soroptimist International of Solano County shared smiles, laughter and a few tears Tuesday at the 2023 Women Making a Difference Awards luncheon.

“There were so many qualified candidates it was extremely difficult to choose,” said Cathy Hall, Awards Committee chairwoman.

Hall has been a Soroptimist for years and spoke of getting to know these young woman who applied for the awards.

Source: Soroptimist awards come complete with a few tears, lots of smiles

Vacaville is “building a foundation for a vibrant tomorrow” – The Vacaville Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts wrought much change in Vacaville, as well as reflection.

As Mayor John Carli eloquently explained Wednesday during the State of the City address: “It was a time of renaissance. … But this year is really about building a foundation for a vibrant tomorrow.”

The address was the highlight of the Movers and Shakers Breakfast Summit hosted by the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce at the Vacaville Opera House.

Source: Vacaville is “building a foundation for a vibrant tomorrow” – The Vacaville Reporter

Job fair sheds light on vacancies in Solano school districts – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Schools across the area are looking to fill multiple types of position, so the Solano County Office of Education hosted a job fair Saturday for people to seek jobs in a single setting.

“This is targeting the communities in Solano County,” said Mike Minahen, associate superintendent of Human Resources. “The goal for today is to provide an opportunity to recruit locally.”

Nearly all school districts in Solano County came out on a rainy Saturday.

Source: Job fair sheds light on vacancies in Solano school districts

Students encouraged to show off skills at 3rd annual Art Showcase – Daily Republic

Students of all ages are encouraged to showcase their artistic talents in performance or physical arts at the third annual Solano Student Art Showcase.

The Solano County Office of Education hosts the event, which can include singer/songwriters, poets, jugglers, comedians, magicians, musicians, dancers, cheerleaders, painters, photographers, sculptors and others.

“We are grateful to our community partners for their continued support of Solano students through our art showcase,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. “Art not only helps students build skills and creativity, it provides students an outlet for expression, drawing upon their own unique experiences. I cannot wait to see our dynamic performers on stage and our talented artists’ work on display in this year’s exhibit.”

Source: Students encouraged to show off skills at 3rd annual Art Showcase

Solano County Office of Education schedules opioids, fentanyl forum – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education has partnered with Solano County Public Health, Campus Safety Consultations, Vibe Solano and NorthBay Health to host a forum for educators and community members focusing on Naloxone – or NARCAN – and strategies for opioid and fentanyl awareness and prevention.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield.

Source: Solano County Office of Education schedules opioids, fentanyl forum

Nominations open to recognize those who help students with disabilities – Daily Republic

Nominations are being accepted for the 17th annual Community Advisory Committee Recognition Awards for those who go above and beyond in the service of students with disabilities.

The CAC Awards are presented to educators, youth and community members for outstanding service who go above and beyond in service of students with disabilities.

Award recipients are from each school district within the Solano County Special Education Local Plan Area: Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis and Vacaville, as well as the Solano County Office of Education.

Source: Nominations open to recognize those who help students with disabilities

Solano County high schoolers try to solve ‘spinning salmon’ mystery – KCRA

By Heather Waldman

In a science classroom, nothing beats hands-on learning. That’s especially true when students can work to solve a problem that affects their own community.

Last fall, the Solano County Office of Education was awarded a grant to help bring some of that real-world science experience to its students.

Under the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant, students are helping researchers with UC Davis and NOAA explore the mystery of “spinning salmon”.

Source: Solano County high schoolers try to solve ‘spinning salmon’ mystery

Vanden Academic Decathlon winners: ‘High-caliber kids,’ adviser says – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Call them intellectual champions.

The eight-member Vanden High Academic Decathlon team triumphed Sunday at the North Bay region competition, besting 16 other Bay Area teams.

With a first-place finish, the Travis Unified students have been invited to go on to another test of wits, memory and know-how by representing Solano County at the state competition March 24 to 26 in Santa Clara.

Their latest winning performance at Solano Community College in Fairfield was a no-surprise effort. After all, Vanden squads have won the county competition 22 times in as many years and the California championship during three of those years.

Source: Vanden Academic Decathlon winners: ‘High-caliber kids,’ adviser says – The Vacaville Reporter

Vanden whiz kids triumph at Academic Decathlon for North Bay region – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Student scholars at Fairfield’s Vanden High walked away Sunday with bragging rights and medals around their necks for their triumph at the Academic Decathlon for the North Bay region.

Winning first place overall, the Travis Unified students have been invited to go on to compete and represent Solano County at the state competition. Campolindo High School took second and also can proceed to represent Contra Costa County at state. Third place was awarded to Basis Independent Silicon Valley Charter from Santa Clara County.

Source: Vanden whiz kids triumph at Academic Decathlon for North Bay region – The Vacaville Reporter

$4M SCOE grant to support mental health, wellness – Daily Republic

Solano County Office of Education has received a $4 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The grant’s focus is to advance healing and improve social determinants of health among youth and families in communities that have experienced community violence, disproportionate impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and other significant collective trauma over the past 24 months.

Source: $4M SCOE grant to support mental health, wellness

SCOE awarded $4 million grant for mental health, wellness – The Vacaville Reporter

The Solano County Office of Education was awarded a $4,000,000 federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The aim, according to a press statement, is to “advance healing and improve social determinants of health among youth and families in communities that have experienced community violence, disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other significant collective trauma over the past 24 months.”

“SCOE is honored and well-positioned to be entrusted with such an important grant that will support building capacity for increased mental health supports in our school communities,” said Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson in the statement. “Schools across Solano County have seen an increase in student mental health and wellness needs, and we will use this grant to continue to be a conduit and leader in this work for students and families.”

Source: SCOE awarded $4 million grant for mental health, wellness – The Vacaville Reporter