Monthly News Article for June 2019

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

Interdistrict Agreements and what it means to live in one district but attend school in another.

As our schools wrap up one school year and prepare for the next, we wanted to take a moment to explain interdistrict agreements and what it means to live in one district but attend school in another. We hope to give you an overview of some of the basic rules and steps involved in navigating this process.

Who Makes the Decision?

School districts and their governing boards are responsible for developing policies and procedures about interdistrict transfer agreements. Parents/guardians must first request a transfer from their district of residence to attend the district of proposed enrollment. The district of proposed enrollment may have rules around that agreement (i.e., it may include rules for behavior, attendance, etc.). School districts must make sure that interdistrict agreements are accepted or denied in a way that is unbiased, and not based on athletic or academic ability, physical condition, or English language proficiency (EC48301). Please remember that both the district you live in and the district you want to attend must sign the interdistrict agreement before it becomes valid. One or both districts may deny the request.

What Happens when a Request is Denied?

The district of proposed enrollment may deny an interdistrict agreement request for multiple reasons. This may include, but is not limited to, the grade level you are trying to enroll in is already full or the number of approved interdistrict transfers (as determined by the governing school board) is already at maximum levels. There are no guarantees that a request to attend will be approved. If your request is denied, the best approach may be to reach out to the district that denied the request. Having a face-to-face meeting or making a phone call is a good way to understand why the request was denied and to ensure that you are on a waiting list for the future. It also goes a long way to establish a positive working relationship with both the school your child is currently enrolled in as well as the school you wish them to attend.

If your request is denied, there are options for appeal. A school district that denies a request for interdistrict agreement must advise the parent of the right to appeal the denial to the County Board of Education within 30 calendar days from the date of the district’s final denial. There are limitations on the types of appeals the County Board of Education can hear (these limitations can be found in the Interdistrict Attendance Appeal Handbook at the Trinity County Office of Education).

Interdistrict agreements can be tricky to understand. There are resources available to you at your local school districts in print (upon request) as well online through their websites. While the County Board of Education cannot force a local school district to approve your request, they can hear an appeal in certain situations. Our best advice would be to make sure you talk with your local school first and share your concerns with them. The more we work together on these challenging issues, the more successful we will be.

Monthly News Article for May 2019

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

Trinity County Students Attend the 2019 Youth Empowerment Summit

This was the eighth year that a team of Foster youth and Homeless youth from Trinity County have participated in the annual Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) in Sacramento. The Summit is a hands-on approach for students to learn to become positive change leaders in their communities and leaders on youth issues. They learn about the process of government by understanding how upcoming legislative bills will beneficially impact California’s most vulnerable youth, and they learn how to advocate for the bills being submitted for consideration.

At the end of April, nine students representing Trinity County, along with Trinity County Office of Education Team Leaders, Chris Ashton-Boyd and Tiffany Wright (Foster-Youth Homeless Liaisons), attended prearranged meetings with State Assembly members and/or State Senators to advocate for three bills using their own life experiences as testimony to explain how each of these bills will support California’s youth. The Bills under consideration are AB 307 (Homeless Youth Grant Program) AB 748 (Nonminor Dependents) and AB 806 (Postsecondary Education: Homeless and Former Homeless Youth). The team fully understood the significance of why they were there and realized that their voices, quite literally, were being heard.

State Senator Mike McGuire became aware that a youth delegation from Trinity County was at the State Capitol building and, even though he could not be there himself, personally invited the team to his office so his staff could hear their stories and their advocacy.  The Senator expressed how much he appreciated that the youth from Trinity County would make the effort to travel to the State Capitol to express their concerns and support for the upcoming bills. The group was well received by the Senator’s staff. The team wants to thank Senator McGuire and his staff for the personal invitation and for the attention to their concerns.

The annual Youth Empowerments Summit event is organized by the California Coalition for Youth and the delegation from Trinity County was supported by the Trinity County Office of Education, Trinity County Child Welfare, Trinity County Behavioral Health and the California Heritage Youth Build Academy.

 

Monthly News Article for April 2019

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

Computer, Business , and Parent Classes in Trinity County

A group of community members, representatives of the Trinity County Office of Education, and the Trinity Together Cradle to Career Partnership have been working with Shasta College to offer interesting and relevant community courses at the Trinity Campus located at 30 Arbuckle Court in Weaverville, next to the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center. Now, several classes are offered for the spring semester and there’s still time to sign up!

Read more: Monthly News Article for April 2019

Monthly News Article for March 2019

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

TCOE Provides Support to TAUSD and other Districts

The Trinity County Office of Education (TCOE) provides support for the nine individual school districts in our county, including budget and financial management support. As part of this role, TCOE has been working hand-in-hand with the Trinity Alps Unified School District (TAUSD), which includes Weaverville Elementary, Alps View School and Trinity High School, to work through the $558,000 budget shortfall that the district is currently experiencing.

Read more: Monthly News Article for March 2019

Monthly News Article for February 2019

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

February 2019

The Trinity County Office of Education (TCOE) is a member of the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Adult Education Consortium which serves all of Trinity County along with Shasta and Tehama Counties.

TCOE, in partnership with our local high school district’s adult education programs, offers services in the following areas:

Read more: Monthly News Article for February 2019

Monthly News Article for December 2018

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

What is the California School Dashboard?

The California School Dashboard provides parents and educators with meaningful information on school and district progress so they can participate in decisions to improve student learning.  This year, the Dashboard was released to the public on December 6, 2018 and can be found at http://caschooldashboard.org.  The Dashboard is the new state accountability system that meets the requirements of the newer Federal system called “Every Student Succeeds Act”, or ESSA. There is no more “No Child Left Behind”, or NCLB.

Read more: Monthly News Article for December 2018 

Monthly News Article for November 2018

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

What is Love and Logic?

Since 2013, The Trinity County Office of Education (TCOE) has been committed to creating a Love and Logic culture in the school districts of Trinity County. We have provided trainings to educators as well as community members, and we are now offering parenting courses that anyone can attend, free of charge. Keep reading!

Read more: Monthly News Article for November 2018

Monthly News Article for October 2018

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

Why are Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Applications Important?

There are two reasons why completing these applications for your child/ren’s school is important. One reason is the more obvious one: your child/ren may qualify for breakfast as well as lunch free of charge, or you may only have to pay a reduced amount. Meals at school can insure that all students get nutritious food each day. Research indicates that kids who eat regular, healthy meals will do better in school than those who do not. Also, we all know how hard mornings can be getting kids ready for school. Being able to take “pack a lunch” off the list in the morning can be convenient. You may be surprised to learn that the majority of students at every school in our county is eligible to receive either a free or a reduced-price lunch.

Read more: Monthly News Article for October 2018

Monthly News Article for September 2018

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

Native American Day: A Tribal Villages Celebration

September 28, 2018

Lowden Park, Weaverville, Trinity County, Ca

In 1998, a team of Trinity County teachers attended a three-day Institute sponsored by Humboldt State University Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP).  These individuals worked cooperatively with the Trinity County Indian Education Committee to organize a Native American Day: A Tribal Villages Celebration that reflects the identities and values of the American Indian people of Trinity County.  Successful Native American Days have been held annually for the past twenty years.

Read more: Monthly News Article for September 2018

Montlhy News Article for August 2018

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 
Helping Your Child Recover from Trauma

Children may be experiencing distress related to events associated with the recent fires. The most important thing you can do in times of trauma is to help your child feel safe and protected. This is the first step in the recovery process. Your presence is probably the single most important factor in helping a child recover in a healthy way from a disturbing event.

“Trauma” is what the person experiences inside, so one child may be experiencing traumatic stress while another child may not. Adults should carefully watch for behavioral changes that can provide clues into what the child is experiencing. There are lists of possible symptoms to watch for online, but here are a few:

Read more: Montlhy News Article for August 2018

Monthly News Article for March 2018

 

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 
What is the YAS?

Each year our office sponsors the annual Young Artists Showcase (YAS). YAS encourages youth from around Trinity County to express their artistic creativity through original artwork.  This event is a public juried, all-media exhibition of artwork, created by Kindergarten through high school students. YAS is the longest running annual student art exhibition in Trinity County and has supported artistically-inclined students for over 35 years.

Read more: Monthly News Article for March 2018

Monthly News Article for January 2018

 

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

The Importance of Early Childhood Education

Written by Fabio Robles, Ph.D. - Assistant Superintendent

Studies show that high-quality education early in a child’s life leads to success later in school and at work. Children taught at an early age are able to get along well with others, need little help with learning in school, get better grades, and are able to pay attention longer. Research also shows that young children enrolled in pre-school programs usually graduate from high school, attend college, have fewer behavioral problems, and do not become involved with crime in their teenage and young adult years. 

Read more: Monthly News Article for January 2018

Monthly News Article for February 2018

 

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

Mental Health in California Schools

There is a lot of conversation going on right now about mental health, both nationally and at home in our own community. We wanted to take some time to explain what we do offer in the school setting, who our partners are in serving all of our kids, and clarify a few things to make it easier to get support.

Read more: Monthly News Article for February 2018

Monthly News Article for December 2017

 

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

Written by Anthony Rebelo, Ph.D - Selpa Director / Assistant Superintendent

As we move through the holiday break and into the second half of the school year, we wanted to take a moment to remind everyone how important attendance is in our children’s education. Attendance can sometimes sneak up on us, but consider this fact: A student who misses just two days of school per month would be considered chronically absent or “truant” over the course of a school year. This is important because studies indicate that beginning as early as first grade, students who are chronically absent (missing ten percent of the school year or more which equals just 19 days each year) are much more likely to become high school dropouts.

Read more: Monthly News Article for December 2017

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