Monthly News Article for November 2019

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

 

Title: Help Shape Our Future – Be Counted!

Every 10 years, the U.S. government counts every person living in the U.S. through the census. The census is a short questionnaire that asks basic information about your household and the
people who live in it. Your responses are confidential. The Census Bureau is not allowed to share your individual information with other government agencies, immigration officials, or the public. Strong laws protect your responses from being shared.

The next census will start in March 2020. The census is the engine of our representative democracy. The census count determines the number of seats in the House of Representatives (and how much representation in the electoral college) for each state. And that’s not all. The census also determines the division of $800 billion dollars of federal funds to local governments for education, health services (hospitals and Medicare), Headstart childcare programs, public libraries, and transportation (road work) for the next ten years. For our county schools, two important sources of funding are impacted by the results of the census: Title I and IDEA. Title I provides funding for educational services to improve academic performance of all students, particularly the lowest-achieving students; IDEA stands for the “Individual with Disabilities Act” and helps to fund services for students with disabilities. We need to make sure Trinity County gets our fair share.

Be warned! A great way to disrupt a democracy is to disrupt a census. Already false and inaccurate social media posts about the census have begun to appear online and are being shared, especially on Google, Twitter and Facebook. The Census Bureau is now working with all major platforms to stamp out misinformation. The Bureau has created a webpage dedicated to fighting rumors and providing accurate information. It can be found at https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/rumors.html. 2020census.gov is also a legitimate source for lots of information about the census.

For the first time, you can respond to census questions online if you choose. The Census Bureau will send out instructions in mid-March 2020. Go to the official census website, enter your household ID, and then answer the questions. You can also respond by phone. Call the Census Bureau to answer the census or ask questions about the census. If you do not respond to the census online or by phone, the Census Bureau will mail you a paper questionnaire. If you do not respond, starting in May 2020, a census employee might come to your door to ask for the information in person. You can still respond online or by phone through June 2020.

The census questionnaire is quick and simple and will ask: the number of people in your household (even if they are not related to you), the names, sex, age, race and date of birth for each person, and their relationship with the person filling out the census, and whether the home is rented or owned.  They will ask for your telephone number which will only be used if needed for official Census Bureau business.

Please help to spread the word. Completing the census is extremely important to Trinity County.

Monthly News Article for October 2019

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

 

Title: What is the right amount of parent involvement in a child’s schooling?

There are few things that create more guilt, fear and feelings of failure for parents than seeing our children do badly in school.

Healthy parent involvement means being aware of your kids’ assignments, asking questions about these assignments, and helping them if they ask. It means giving ideas and allowing them to do the lion’s share of the work.

Read more: Monthly News Article for October 2019 

Monthly News Article for September 2019

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

 

How to Prevent Bullying in Schools

While some may prefer punishing students who bully, and others think that just improving school climate is the answer, a recent survey finds another factor that may help curb bullying: A sense of belonging. 

"The more a child feels like they can connect with their family, their peers, and their school, the less likely they are to engage in bullying behavior," said Christopher Slaten, co-investigator for the survey and professor for the University of Missouri's College of Education.

Read more: Monthly News Article for September 2019

Monthly News Article for August 2019

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

 

An Outline of the Schools and Districts in Trinity County

You might be surprised to learn that there are nine public school DISTRICTS in Trinity County. A district is defined as an independent school or a collection of schools who are governed by their own School Board and have a Superintendent who manages the district (whereas a Principal is the administrator of just one school in a district).

Read more: Monthly News Article for August 2019

Monthly News Article for July 2019

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

 

How and why are schools finding mold?

Back in the Winter of 2016, Mountain Valley Unified School District in Hayfork was planning to use special funding (Proposition 39 Clean Energy Jobs Act) to replace old Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units which had failed in the high school cafeteria. When contractors looked into the old HVAC system, they found mold in ducting and so they were not able to continue work until it was removed. During the Spring of 2017, Burnt Ranch School District wanted to build an additional classroom, and while inspecting to see where the room could be added, mold was discovered in the ceiling. In June of 2019, the presence of mold was reported in a cafeteria at Trinity Alps Unified School District and an inspection was ordered. All of these facilities were built in the 1950s-1960s when building technology was not what it is today.

Read more: Monthly News Article for July 2019

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.

Read more: Monthly News Article for June 2019

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.

Read more: Monthly News Article for May 2019

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