The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) is pleased to announce the winners of their 2018 Attendance Awareness Public Service Announcement (PSA)/Poster Contest
MESSAGE FROM COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT ESTRELLA-HENDERSON
Our children are our most precious gift. In the wake of yet another school shooting this morning at a Santa Clarita high school, I wanted to share some thoughts and reflections.
This horrible event is tragic in the most fundamental way. More than anything, we owe it to our students to provide them with safe and secure campuses where learning thrives. We also owe it to parents to return their children each day just as healthy and happy as when they arrived. Yet we have seen so many instances nationally where acts of violence break the sanctity of school communities, including horrific tragedies like today’s mass shooting that took the lives of two people at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita. Saying school shootings occur too often in the United States is an understatement. Once is too often!
I want to offer my most heartfelt condolences to everyone impacted by this senseless violence and to reaffirm the ongoing commitment of the Solano County Office of Education and educators throughout our region to proactively protect our schools —specifically our students and staff.
California school campuses are required by law to annually update their Comprehensive School Safety Plans. Among other things, School Safety Plans outline each site’s intended responses to various emergencies. These are routinely practiced through site-level drills including evacuations and shelter-in-place exercises. Strategies that schools employ to promote safety vary by campus and are ultimately up to each district’s governing board and superintendent in partnership with teachers, staff, students, and communities.
The Solano County Office of Education continues to promote positive school climates through such initiatives as the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and our most recent effort in partnership with Solano County Behavioral Health to launch school-based wellness centers on school campuses across Solano County. In addition, we partnered with the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, Solano County Sheriff’s Department, Solano County Health and Social Services, local law enforcement, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to launch the Solano County School Safety Symposium – the first of its kind in Solano. The symposium provided a forum for facilitated conversation on the myths and realities of crisis situations/active shooter incidents and provided an overview of recent FBI-conducted studies. We also learned how everyone can better assess potential risk factors that can lead to a crisis situation and/or violent behavior that can be collaboratively managed.
Our perception of safe schools changed forever on April 20, 1999, when a pair of high school students killed 12 of their classmates and a teacher on the Columbine High School campus in Colorado. From that day forward, educators have worked closely with law enforcement to continually assess school campuses and implement protocols to make them safer. As the County Superintendent of Schools, I will continue to advocate for implementing any measures that protect our students and staff from both internal or external threats.
The stakes are too high to rest for even a second on this issue, and, as a community, we owe our children and families nothing less!
Creating “The Bizarre Zone” short film:
Solano County Office of Education partnered with North Bay Regional Center, and Inclusion Films, founded by veteran filmmaker Joey Travolta, to bring a film making camp to young adults with developmental disabilities. Forty-eight young adults from across Solano County spent two weeks on set practicing scripts, finding their marks, and helping to create a great movie.
$5.7m in grant funding has been awarded to Solano COE to provide educator training, school based social-emotional support services, support for homeless students, support for students in job-readiness skills development, and youth development activities and training including tobacco use prevention, civic engagement, and citizenship
Early Learning system is a collaboration of stakeholders working with children ages 0-5 years and connects parents and educational community providers with resources, including specialized training and coaching support, with the goal of increasing the quality of early learning throughout Solano County.
71% of our Solano County schools have been trained in Positive Behavoir Intervention Supports (PBIS)
This year’s countywide Stuff the Bus campaign, held June 28 – July 28, 2018, proved to be another huge success. Backpacks continued to arrive through mid-September. Due to this outpouring of our local community, we were able to collect 761 backpacks for our homeless and foster youth, an increase from the 312 backpacks collected in 2017. “We appreciate the commitment from our Solano County community partners. Together we are working to create opportunities for our deserving youth,” says Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson.
The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) is pleased to announce that Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County Superintendent of Schools, has been selected as one of U.S. Congressman John Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year. The annual awards publicly honor outstanding women of the third Congressional District encompassing eight counties – Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba. Women are recognized for improving the quality of life in the Third District through their work and volunteerism.
SCOE Adult Transition students, Zachary Herman and Sean Kielberg, had the opportunity to work with movie maker Joey Travolta of Inclusion Films at a camp in Stockton. The team had an interview on XTXL FOX40 News and shared their experiences. Mr. Travolta started Inclusion Films in 2007 which teaches individuals with development disabilities in five dedicated production studios throughout California. Mr. Travolta’s film crew travels the country doing short film camps for children and teens with autism.
The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) is partnering with UC Davis Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (C-STEM) to bring Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camps to Solano County for free.
These camps are focused on introducing and motivating middle school girls to learn computing and STEM concepts through a fun and robotics-based curriculum.
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