SCSOS Community Update: May 10, 2021
A Message from Superintendent Reusser

As our school year comes to a close, it is a time of reflection and a source of pride as we celebrate the tremendous achievements of our students. It has been a year filled with many changes and required flexibility. Our Sutter County community has worked tirelessly to support our students during this ever changing time.

To our graduating senior classes of 2021, you have demonstrated a depth of character that Sutter County can be proud of. As your county superintendent, an educator and a father, I have a deep appreciation for the sacrifices you have made this year. You have made an indelible mark on the Sutter community and we wish you well as you embark upon this next exciting phase of your journey.

As each of our school districts is different, be sure to contact your child's district to find out what the plan is for in-person celebrations for our seniors and eighth graders. We look forward to celebrating with you in the future.


Superintendent Tom Reusser
Service Spotlight: LaVonne Jensen's Adult Transition Class
Meeting students’ needs is a trademark of our SCSOS Adult Transition Classrooms. LaVonne Jensen’s classroom services eleven students who are part of our most vulnerable population of students. The students attend class in cohorts: Five students attend Cohort A: Mondays and Tuesdays. Four students attend Cohort B on Thursdays and Fridays. Two students attend Cohort C which is distance learning.

Teacher LaVonne Jensen, Para-educators Roberta Langley, Debbie McCarthy-1:1, Marilee Perez and Josephine Tabios use the county adopted “Unique” curriculum. Unique Transition Curriculum has monthly themes that focus on functional living skills, social skills, grooming, and hygiene. The component they use the most is the “Core Tasks,” these are Life Skills tasks in Task Analysis form. It is a visual step-by-step, repetitive approach to helping their students develop practical life skills. There are fifteen different tasks that students are taught from sweeping floors to wiping down tables to washing windows. Mrs. Jensen’s ATP class is working on prerequisite skills and practice in the classroom with hands-on-tasks.  The goal is to have students master skills in independent living, social skills, training or education and pre-vocation. This is to help students become as independent as possible in their adult lives. Para Roberta is working with all three classrooms at ATP in the newly started Culinary Program, and the local Chamber of Commerce fully embraces the efforts these students are making towards independence.

Each morning when the students come in, they follow a visual schedule as most cannot read and most are not verbal. Each student works on hygiene goals as well as soft skills in the area of pre-vocation. The goal is to assist the students to become independent and contributing citizens.

The staff in this classroom has a combined total of 110 years of collective experience in special education; they are truly a dream team. The environment created by the staff in this classroom is one of inclusion and support. Students are learning to become productive citizens within their community due to the diligent efforts of the teacher and para-educators.
SCSOS Says Goodbye to a Longtime Leader

Bill Embleton has had a long and illustrious career serving for 25 years at Sutter County Office of Education. He served under six county superintendents. Bill served as a school psychologist, program coordinator, program specialist, Special Education Principal, FRA Vice Principal and Principal, and Assistant Superintendent for Special Education.

“I went into this business because I love students,” Bill said. “I went into administration because I wanted to impact more students. I got to know and love the people that I work with. Our staff work long hours and extend grace to families who are hurting.”

Bill has seven grandchildren; he plans to spend as much time as possible with them. He will also run a summer camp called Zion’s Camp out of Challenge. He will also participate in church and community service organizations: SayLOVE, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

“Be kind to people, hard on problems, and express love and appreciation for those you work with,” Bill said.