Monthly News Article for June 2020

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

 

Written by the TCOE Team

With all of the hardships COVID-19 has caused, we want to take a moment to acknowledge how well the school districts in Trinity County have changed and adapted to a new way of serving students. It’s been difficult for everyone, but we are ending the school year strong and are proud of the way all of our districts have risen to the challenge to serve our students and communities.

As of this writing, districts in Trinity County have served nearly 100,000 meals to students since schools were closed. They have fed all children in their community, whether or not they are students of their districts. Some districts have delivered meals to children if they had buses or vans to utilize, others have offered “drive through” or “drive up” services. Sometimes the meals were a large box of items to last for several days. Sometimes the meals included toilet paper, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes and other treats. Meal distribution time has always included a chance for staff and students to connect, if only to wave at each other.

Schools have continued instruction for every child each day. The delivery of instruction varied to suit the needs of individual students, classes and communities. Sometimes teachers sent home carefully selected and organized packets of work that were completed and returned; sometimes teachers utilized up-to-date and innovative tools like “Google Classroom” and “Zoom” for meetings with students, and for delivering and collecting assignments online.

With the support of teachers and parents, students have participated in the very first, online art show featuring 207 pieces of art in a student-created presentation for the whole community to enjoy. Students also have had the opportunity to participate in creating projects for the online Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math “STEAM” Fair.  Those project are now available to view online.  

In coordination with Trinity Together, students also had opportunities to attend Career Conversations online and interact with Trinity County alumni in discussions about a wide variety of careers and professional experience ranging from independent entrepreneurs to educators, artists, natural resource professionals and corporate leaders.  

Students with disabilities have also been transitioning to a new way of learning. This includes online resources and lessons for speech therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health needs. Additionally, special education teachers have been working virtually with their general education partners, as well as meeting with one another to collaborate and make distance learning appropriate for students with disabilities. The TCOE special education department has also expanded its resources to include video lessons that parents can watch anytime, as a way to make learning flexible.  For families that don’t have reliable internet access, the same information has been printed out in hard copy form and phone calls have been set up to do regular check-ins. Special education staff have transitioned to distance learning in a way that works for parents, providing multiple options and ways of communication. 

The entire education community of Trinity County has worked hard, learned new ways to serve students, and look forward to seeing everyone in person as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Monthly News Article for May 2020

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

 

Submitted by Steve Hiscock, RISE Academy Teacher with Fabio Robles


Parenting during this time of distance learning can be challenging. There can be lots of obstacles that families may experience. These obstacles might include: homes that are not set up for schooling, students struggling with specific subjects, parents who may not be confident with the material students are working on, and having children in different age groups and grades trying to coordinate their schedules, or the use of a computer. The list goes on and on...  

Read more: Monthly News Article for May 2020

Monthly News Article for April 2020

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

 

Offering Support during COVID-19

Over the past month, many of our daily routines have been changed and we are in the process of adjusting to a new way of doing things. While we are all navigating this current situation together, it can be difficult to know what to do next or how to support our kids. In this article, we hope to offer some ideas and things to consider as we move forward with distance learning and social distancing. 

Be an Example 

Read more: Monthly News Article for April 2020

Monthly News Article for March 2020

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

 

The R.I.S.E. of a Trauma-Informed School in Trinity County

Trauma-related experiences occur across all racial, economic, and cultural groups yet the way these experiences show up in school, and the way they are responded to, vary greatly. In a national survey of 95,677 children (eighteen years old and younger) from all economic levels and ethnic backgrounds, 46 percent experienced at least one “adverse childhood experience” also referred to as “ACE”. National databases suggest that 26 percent of children in the United States will witness or experience a traumatic event before the age of four. Trauma can occur from a natural disaster, abuse, neglect, or from experiencing or witnessing violence, among other things.

Read more: Monthly News Article for March 2020

Monthly News Article for February 2020

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

 

How do we prevent a school shooting in Trinity County?

According to a recent report from the US Secret Service in which they reviewed multiple school shootings, there are things that many attackers had in common. The first is that most attackers used firearms, and those firearms were most often acquired from their home or from the home of a relative. In fact, between 70 and 90% of guns used in youth suicide, unintentional shootings and school shootings are acquired from the home or the homes of friends or relatives.

Read more: Monthly News Article for February 2020

Monthly News Article for January 2020

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

While recognizing that suspension or expulsion of students is sometimes necessary, many groups, including educational leaders, are united in the belief that classroom time should be used for student learning and that school discipline should be imposed in a way that does not exclude students from school or limit their opportunity to learn. The reason for this is that studies have shown a relationship between suspending kids from school and serious educational, economic, and social problems, including decreased achievement, increased behavior problems, and increased likelihood of dropping out, use of substance abuse, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. According to Education Code §48900.5 “Suspension… shall be imposed only when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct”. 

Suspensions are simply not effective at changing student behavior. 

Read more: Monthly News Article for January 2020

Monthly News Article for December 2019

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

 

I hate my teacher!

Most of us can look back and remember having quite a few teachers who were fair…and some who were not-so-fair. Each one of them taught us something extremely important about life. The fair ones gave us a sense that life is sometimes fair. The unfair ones gave us wonderful opportunities to develop skills for coping with those times when it isn't. kids need to learn how to succeed with nice teachers as well as demanding ones.

Read more: Monthly News Article for December 2019

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.

Read more: Monthly News Article for November 2019

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 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 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 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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