February 2013
Message from Wally
Happy Valentine's Day!


I hope you enjoyed some time with those you love.


Annual Report

LCOE Annual Report to the Community is now available.

Our annual report for the 11-12 school year is being released this week. This year's report is a wonderful opportunity for us to share the wonderful programs, events and activities at LCOE and our Districts and Schools in Lake County. Please see the article below to review the report online at the LCOE website and encourage community members to check it out. Printed copies will be made available upon request. Thanks again to Shelly Mascari and the Communications Team for an excellent report.


Communications Summit

Thanks to the many district staff that attended the recent Communications Summit hosted by Shelly Mascari and Blaze King. The communications group will continue to work together to collaborate, share ideas, problem solve and coordinate information related to education.


Polar Plunge February 23rd

Hey it's that time of the year for a cool refreshing dip into the lake! The Polar Plunge is the major fundraiser for Special Olympics in Lake County. The LCOE Super Heroes are the team to watch. In the past few years our team is the one of the more colorful and spirited teams. Plus we raise much needed funds for Special Olympics. Grab your bathing suit and goggles and join the fun. If you want to stay clear of the water, please consider a contribution to the cause. There is a donation envelope in the kitchen in the Lakeport office.


Thanks and have a good week!



LCOE releases the 2011-2012 Annual Report to the Community
Lake County Office of Education is pleased to release the 2011-2012 Annual Report to the Community. The theme of this year's report is "Together, we can." This exemplifies the collaborative spirit that exists throughout the Lake County education community.

The report will be presented at the Board of Supervisors meeting next Tuesday, February 19, and to school boards throughout the county in the coming weeks.

Access to literacy expanding thanks to countywide partnerships
Access to literacy is expanding once again for our youngest Lake County residents, thanks to growing support for the Imagination Library, a primary initiative of the Lake County Literacy Task Force. Imagination Library was developed in 1995 by Dolly Parton to support literacy in her Tennessee hometown. Since that time, the program has spread nationwide and was recently adopted as a primary initiative of the Lake County Literacy Task Force. The goal of Imagination Library is to ensure that literacy begins at the earliest age possible with the child's first teacher: the parent. Children enrolled in the program between the ages of 0-4 will receive a book each month through the mail to read, enjoy and keep in their home. 

 A recent donation from the Lakeport Early Lions brought an additional $250 to the program. Pictured above is Rick Smith, from the Lakeport Early Lions, with Wally Holbrook, LCOE, Superintendent of Schools.

Thanks to a partnership between the Lake County Office of Education, the Lake County Literacy Task Force, and St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake has agreed to provide a one-year scholarship to enroll in the Imagination Library for the first 175 babies born in the Clearlake Hospital. Pictured at right is Wally Holbrook, LCOE Superintendent of Schools; Stephanie Wayment, LCOE Educational Specialist; Rebecca Holton, Communications Manager, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake; David Santos, VP of Operations, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake.

Thanks to a partnership between Lake County Office of Education, the Literacy Task Force and Sutter Lakeside Hospital, the first 100 babies born at the Sutter Lakeside Hospital's Family Birth Center will receive a scholarship for a one-year enrollment in Imagination Library. Pictured above is Siri Nelson and Jackie Rad from Sutter Lakeside Hospital, along with Stephanie Wayment and Wally Holbrook from LCOE.
You can support Lake County's Imagination Library by sending a donation of $25 to the Lake County Office of Education c/o Literacy Task Force, 1152 S. Main Street, Lakeport CA., Attention: Imagination Library. If you have any questions, or if you need further information about this program, please contact Stephanie Wayment at swayment@lakecoe.org 
Mock trial partnership

Lake County Office of Education and two of our local high schools, Middletown High School and Upper Lake High School are quickly approaching their first annual Mock Trial Competition.


Thanks to local donations, including a donation from the District Attorney's Alternative to Community Service program, the winning Lake County high school team, will be able to travel to the state competition which is held in Riverside CA this year.  "This is a great program that introduces students to the legal system.  We are glad to be able to support our local youth.", Says Don Anderson, Lake County District Attorney.


Lake County Office of Education is very grateful to all of the local attorneys and deputy District Attorneys who have partnered with our local teams to support our youth. Donations are still being sought to help support the winning team's expenses.  For more information or to send a donation to support the state level competition, please contact Lake County Office of Education, Attn: Mock Trial program, 1152 S. Main Street, Lakeport CA 95453 or contact Stephanie Wayment at 262-4163, swayment@lakecoe.org.


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Preschool health fair hosted by LCOE's Healthy Start


Lakeport Preschool children attended a special Health Fair on January17, 2013. As they visited each station, they were presented with education about staying healthy in a fun and engaging way.  Many health stations provided games to learn more about brushing your teeth or preventing the transmission of lice.  Children also received a vision screening and a dental screening.  Healthy Start staff and AmeriCorps members organized the event and invited participation from local health partners. 


Parents were welcome to attend and were provided specific information about health insurance, and local resources.


The agencies represented at the Health Fair included Lake County Public Health, Dental Disease Prevention Project, Easter Seals, Lakeport Unified Nurse, and PAL Program.


Information was also available in Spanish for family members. 


Children that visited all health stations received bags filled with a tooth brush, floss, information pamphlets, goodies from each station and stickers to encourage all our children and families to stay healthy.


For more information on Healthy Start, contact Joan Reynolds at jreynolds@lakecoe.org.

LCOE's WorkAbility program prepares Lake County students for success


Middletown High School Seniors Hettie Egger, Ryan Carr, Blaine Amos and Brittany Miller-Brown working on interview questions during WorkAbility pre-employment skills training class. (permission to use names and photos on file)



WorkAbility is a program for High School students with a current IEP (Individual Education Plan) to help them prepare for and participate in initial work experience.  It is a chance for students to try out a job and learn the basics needed to go to work.  Students learn to keep a timecard and be responsible for being on time to work. They learn what it is like to receive a paycheck. WorkAbility provides students an opportunity to have viable work experience on their resumes upon graduation from high school while exploring jobs that are a match to their interests and abilities.   


The Lake County WorkAbility Program is based in the SELPA offices at the Lake County Office of Education.  WorkAbility has been available in Lake County since the school year 1996-97. To date the program has had the opportunity to work with approximately 130 businesses in Lake County. Training to ride Lake County Transit is also available. WorkAbility consists of both school and work based training.


School-Based activities include:

  • Learning Interview skills
  • Writing and updating Resumes
  • Personality Assessment
  • Interest Assessments
  • Learning & Working Styles Inventory
  • Interest Inventory
  • Safety in the Workplace training
  • Preparing for paid work experience in the community
  • Developing a resume
  • Personal hygiene and grooming for work

Work-Based training includes:

  • Timecard procedures
  • Minimum wage pay
  • Workers Comp Coverage for students on the job
  • Learning and following work schedule
  • Job Coaching upon student need
  • WorkAbility Training Plan for all paid placements
  • Letter of Recommendation upon completion of placement
  • Continued Job Development



Lower Lake HS Senior Tyler Stiles prepares for his WorkAbility paid work placement at Foods Etc Market in Clearlake. (permission to use name and photo on file)





For further information on the WorkAbility program, please contact Marty Bardelmeier, Program Coordinator 262-4132


"Dynamic Earth" Exploring Earth's Climate Engine - Internationally released movie coming to Lake County!
LCOE's Taylor Observatory is thrilled to announce this outstanding opportunity for Lake County students to experience this film from the National Center for Super Computing Applications.

The film, narrated by actor Liam Neeson, will be shown to students grade 7 and above at The Taylor Observatory for the month of April. Teachers are strongly encouraged to reserve a field trip showing day for their students as soon as possible, as the dates are expected to fill quickly. 


"'Dynamic Earth' melds together the educational, scientific, and entertainment values that are the hallmarks of the planetarium community," says Mike Bruno, co-producer of "Dynamic Earth" and Spitz creative media director. "It's especially great when an effort like this produces a program that is as beautiful as it is educational. This show is action-packed as well as visually stunning."

Click here to learn more about the field trip opportunity and schedule a date for your students.

Venus visualization for "Dynamic Earth"

Hurricane Katrina visualization for "Dynamic Earth"

Click here to view the "Dynamic Earth" movie trailer. 
Click here for more information on the movie from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications

For more information, contact Barbara McIntyre at 707-972-1905

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Kelseyville High School wins 2013 Academic Decathlon

In only its second year back in the competition, Kelseyville High School won the Lake County Academic Decathlon Saturday, topping defending champion Upper Lake High.


Kelseyville had not taken part in the competition for a few years, and when it returned last year came in second to Upper Lake, which has been the undisputed Lake County champion for the last decade.


Kelseyville's Team A - Eduardo Alatorre, Blair Brookes, Jennifer Johnson, Daniel Lucas, Caitlin Meisle, Onnivin Pelzel, Maeve Rixen, David Robinson, Helen Ryan, Amanda Spitzer, Tatiana Taranenko, Maxwell Whitaker - took top honors in this year's competition, which saw all five county high schools participating. Clear Lake High School took third place.


Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award program

Do you know of an early childhood educator who is making a difference for children and families in your community? YOU can nominate them for a 2013 Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award.  

The Lake County Child Care Planning Council at Lake County Office of Education, along with many other Lake County agencies, organizations and individuals, are uniting once again to honor Early Childhood Educators through the fifth-annual ECE Award program.  Each year, the event grows, as award-winners and nominees are honored by local dignitaries and leaders in the field. This year's event will be held May 10 at The Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport to accommodate an even larger number of attendees.
Nominees complete an interview process and finalists are selected by a panel of early childhood experts. 

For copies of flyers, printed forms, or more information, contact smascari@lakecoe.org.

Calendar Highlights
Lake County's Window to the Universe: What if the moon didn't exist?
February 16 | 8-11 pm
Taylor Observatory

The Polar Plunge
February 23
Attention Deficit: Engaging Strategies for Active Learners
March 21 | 8 am-3:30 pm
LCOE, Kesey Room

Lake County Cares for our Kids Advocacy Walk and Children's Festival
Watch for more information on this special event to raise awareness on child abuse prevention and the importance of quality early childhood education.
April 13 
Library Park, Lakeport

Implementing iCommunication in the Classroom
April 18 | 8-11:30 am
LCOE, Kesey Room

2013 Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award Program
May 10 | 6:00 pm 
Soper Reese Theatre, Lakeport

Art contest for Lake County students

MendoLake Credit Union is sponsoring a special art contest for any kindergarten through 6th grade student who is enrolled in a Lake or Mendocino County school.  

Ten winners will be chosen, and prizes include $50 savings accounts, $50 giftcard for the student's classroom, and $25 savings accounts. 

The deadline is Friday, February 22!

For comments or submissions, contact Shelly Mascari at smascari@lakecoe.org


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