November 3, 2022

MCOE's Safe and Healthy Schools web page


https://www.montereycoe.org/divisions-services/safe-healthy-schools

MCOE OBTAINS GRANT TO ADVANCE SCHOOL SAFETY MEASURES


The Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) is the recipient of a

$1 million dollar STOP School Violence grant, to be utilized over the next three years for implementation of safe school strategies.  The funding will be used to increase school safety measures within all 24 Monterey County public school districts by implementing training using school-based behavioral threat assessments, technological solutions such as hotlines and anonymous reporting technology, Incident Command System training, and other school safety strategies.  MCOE team members are currently outlining the intricacies of this grant, establishing partnerships, engaging school districts, surveying needs, and developing implementation plans. 

INSIDE EDUCATION COHORT TOURS CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION SITES


MCOE's Inside Education Cohort participants experienced an interactive tour of Career Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout Monterey County, including the Salinas Union High School District's Mission Trails ROP Center, where participants learned to utilize construction and landscaping equipment. The group also visited Marina High School's culinary and medical CTE programs, as well as MCOE's Bob Hoover Academy flight program.


The next Inside Education tour is scheduled for Friday, November 18, where participants will visit schools that are providing essential Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) education programs to students.  


The program is free to participants, with four workshops remaining. 


Additional information can be found at:


 Inside Education Monterey County Webpage 

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT:

MCOE WELCOMES NEW COMMUNITY SCHOOL PROGRAM COORDINATOR HERMINIA CERVANTES


Herminia Cervantes will be serving as the new Program Coordinator at the Salinas Community School. Ms. Cervantes has a Masters in Social Work from California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Prior to MCOE, she worked as a therapist serving survivors of child abuse, sexual violence, and human trafficking at the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. In this new role, Ms. Cervantes will utilize her advocacy and leadership skills to bring services to students and families at MCOE's Salinas Community School.

       MCOE WELCOMES OUR NEWEST EMPLOYEES:


  • Herminia Cervantes Lozada, Program Coordinator I, Salinas Community School - Student Services
  • Anthony De Anda, Preschool Teacher - Early Learning Program - Santa Rita
  • Mindi Diaz, School Secretary - Special Education Division - Arthur B Ingham
  • Rachelle Eje, Teacher - Special Education Division - Arthur B Ingham
  • Julie Anne Gallaza, Teacher - Special Education Division - Arthur B Ingham
  • Julie Ann Gardones, Teacher - Special Education Division - Vista Verde Middle School
  • Shaira Mangawang, Teacher - Special Education Division - Salinas Community
  • Divina Naoe, Teacher - Special Education Division - Gabilan School
  • Janine Althea Salvador, Teacher - Special Education Division - Arthur B Ingham
  • Rein Vincent Salvador, Teacher - Special Education Division - Santa Lucia
  • Maria Vargas De Flores, Assistant Teacher, Early Learning Program - Santa Rita
  • Beatriz Zapanta, Teacher - Special Education Division - Chalone Peaks Middle

SOLEDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY SEEKS

OLD SCHOOL PHOTOS AND MEMORABILIA

The Soledad Historical Society is working to preserve and share the history and heritage of Soledad and all of Monterey County with future generations through displays, presentations, and the development of a local museum. MCOE is working alongside the Historical Society to spread the word that if you have old photos or artifacts from local schools to please contact the Historical Society.

http://www.soledadhistory.org/

or contact Graig Stephens at 831-678-3504

1 IN 5 OF TODAY’S YOUTH HAVE, OR WILL HAVE A SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS


AIM Youth Mental Health is working to bridge the gap between research and access to care for youth struggling with their mental health by finding, funding, and implementing evidence-based treatments, empowering youth to discover their own mental health solutions, and training caring adults to create a safe holding place for children, teens, and young adults. 

Visit https://aimymh.org/


AIM Youth Mental Health is offering a

Be Body Positive fundamentals course for mothers and daughters. The course teaches individuals to listen to and follow their innate wisdom to help cultivate excellent self-care and peace of mind.


Saturday, December 3, 2022

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carmel High School Performance Arts Ctr.


Cost is $35

Space is limited. Reserve your seat today.

SAN LUCAS STUDENTS CELEBRATE NEW SIDEWALKS


A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday, October 26 in San Lucas to celebrate the first-ever sidewalks in the community. The new infrastructure was a result of San Lucas School students taking the initaitive to write letters to Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez to advocate for the need. 


Students and community members celebrated the completion of both road and sidewalk improvements with an event that included a resource fair. "This was a wonderful civic engagement learning experience for students," said County Superintendent of School Dr. Deneen Guss. "It was an honor to attend this event and see the excitement from students as a result of their efforts."

MCOE PROGRAM COORDINATOR

ROD GARCIA ATTENDS FABFEST BALI


MCOE's Computer Science and Digital Learning Program Coordinator Rod Garcia experienced a unique opportunity this past October by attending FabFest Bali, thanks to the generous support of Chevron and The Fab Foundation. 


FabFest Bali attendees, representing some of the 2,000+ global

Fab Labs, gathered to share, discuss, collaborate, and create communities around the different local and global interests regarding digital manufacturing, innovation, and technology. Participants ideated around Bali's local innovation ecosystem, under the theme ‘Designing Emergent Realities’, and explored meaningful applications of local and global knowledge to address some of the island’s biggest challenges. 


"The experience was incredible," said Rod Garcia. "I was a representative for Monterey County and California amongst international Fabbers, and while we have distinct conditions and barriers here, the learning and innovative development is the same." 


Moving forward using the collective knowledge of the Global Fab Lab community, Mr. Garcia has a better idea of what can be accomplished within our communities and sees the innovation horizon as bright.

HEALTHY STUDENTS ARE ENGAGED STUDENTS


Aspire Health and Don’t Feed the Diabetes has created a free, turnkey diabetes prevention education lesson for elementary, middle, and high school students in Monterey County.


Teachers seeking health education lessons that are engaging and informative are invited to implement the school education modules. The first 100 teachers who implement and attest that they have completed the lesson will receive a gift card and swag for their classroom. Even more exciting, classrooms who complete the diabetes education before April 28, 2023 will be entered to win a prize for their school worth over $1,000.


The free, ready-to-go lesson plan encourages students to:

  • Eat the rainbow of fruits and vegetables
  • Balance their plate with healthy food
  • Reduce their screen time
  • Move their bodies and reduce sedentary behaviors
  • Hydrate with water instead of sugary drinks


Access the free lessons, as well as the teacher’s guide with talking points, here:


https://www.dontfeedthediabetes.com/school-education

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES AT MCOE MAIN

MCOE Main and West Campus employees enjoyed Halloween festivities with a strolling lunch.

Children from Laura's Barn toured the deocrated departments and trick-or-treated. 

View more photos here.

ADVENTURE PASS AVAILABLE TO

4TH GRADE STUDENTS

California State Parks is offering 4th grade students

and their families an Adventure Pass. 

The Pass provides free entry to 19 amazing state parks.


Visit ReserveCalifornia.com  or call 800-444-7275

COMMUNITY VACCINATIONS


Free COVID-19 immunizations are available to all community members every month! Stop by the Monterey County Office of Education on the 3rd Tuesday of every month through December to vaccinate you or your child. No appointment is necessary!


For more information, click the flyers below. 


English Flyer Link

Spanish Flyer Link

Monterey County Vaccines Webpage

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