Montlhy 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.

In addition, another important reason to complete the forms is that many sources of income available to schools are based on the total free and reduced lunch count. By filling out the form you will be assisting in securing money needed to run the school. Your child may also receive other school benefits. The number of qualifying applications that are returned can affect how much funding the school receives to help students meet academic success, including the use of materials and equipment like books and electronic tablets.

Please note that these Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications are, by law, strictly confidential. Your personal information can only be used to determine your child’s eligibility for the school meal program. Education Code 49558 reads in part:

  • All applications and records concerning any individual made or kept by any [school] … relating to free and reduced-price meal eligibility shall be confidential, and may not be open to examination for any purpose not directly connected with the administration of any free or reduced-price meal program, or any investigation, prosecution, or criminal or civil proceeding conducted in connection with the administration of any free or reduced-price meal program.
  • … a public officer or agency may allow school district employees, who are authorized by the governing board of the school district, to disclose…only the pupil’s name and school meal eligibility status, solely for purposes of disaggregation of academic achievement … if the public agency ensures the following:
  1. The public agency has adopted a policy that allows for the use of individual records for these purposes.
  2. No individual indicators of participation in any free or reduced-price meal program are maintained in the permanent record of any pupil, unless otherwise allowed by law.
  3. No public release of information regarding individual pupil participation in any free or reduced-price meal program is permitted.
  4. All other confidentiality provisions required by law are met.
  5. The information collected regarding… pupils certified to participate in the free or reduced-price meal program is destroyed when it is no longer needed for its intended purpose.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this important form at your school. It can be updated whenever your income changes.


Montlhy 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: Montlhy 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 August

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

 

This is the first time for our new column. Each month we will publish what we hope is interesting and useful information about the role of our office, the services we provide, and about education topics in general - especially as they pertain to Trinity County. This month the report below is from our school nursing department on requirements for student admission to schools. Because our schools do not have the funding to support their own school nurses, we provide nursing services to all districts in our county.

Read more: Monthly News Article for August

Monthly News Article for March

 

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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.

This year YAS is scheduled for the month of April 2018. The show opening will be Saturday evening, April 7th at the Highland Art Center in Weaverville. Even during these past few years of economic hardship, we are thankful to be able to continue this event, showcasing artwork from Kindergarten through high school students from all the schools in Trinity County.  Even though many schools are no longer able to afford art teachers, classroom teachers are taking on this challenge and are teaching art within their classrooms.

We know that showcasing creativity in our students is not only an important step in allowing a way for students to express themselves, but according to a report by the Americans for the Arts, young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day, three days each week, through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.  The arts are important in developing fine motor skills, promoting confidence, and teaching visual-spatial skills.  According to the George Lucas Educational Foundation and Edutopia, involvement in the arts is also associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive skills, critical thinking and verbal skills. Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University states, “Children need to know more about the world than what they can learn through text and numbers.  Arts education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.”

We invite you to join us throughout the month of April as we celebrate and showcase the students of Trinity County at the Highland Art Center.  For more information, please visit www.tcoek12.org.


 

Monthly News Article for February

 

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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

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 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

Monthly News Article for November 2017

 

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

 

In fall 2016, the State Board of Education (SBE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) unveiled the California School Dashboard, a new Web site that provides parents, educators, and the public with important information they can use to review progress in schools and school districts in an easy-to-understand report card format. This dashboard will be updated and released every fall. The 2016 Dashboard is currently available, while the 2017 Dashboard will be available this December. The Dashboard can be found at: https://www.caschooldashboard.org/

Read more: Monthly News Article for November 2017

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