October 7, 2013
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Message from Wally ~

"The Hub" project continues to grow


Two new critical partners have joined The Hub. As you know, The Hub is a pilot project in Upper Lake to develop the Community School Model specific to rural areas like Lake County. Our long term goal will be to develop The Hub  in each community in Lake County and serve as a model for the rural counties.


Sutter Lakeside Hospital has officially joined The Hub team after initially providing the facility for The Hub office on the Upper Lake campus and now providing their Mobile Medical Van on a weekly basis.


Marymount California University has also joined The Hub team which, in the future, may provide student volunteers and possible internships related to community development and community service.


We welcome our new partners and are excited about the opportunities to provide greater services to our communities.


In other "Hub" news, State Superintendent of Schools, Tom Torlakson visited and toured The Hub this past Sunday. The Superintendent was impressed with our spirit of collaboration and strong focus on coordinated services that support the core instructional program at the local community level. Thanks to all The Hub partners for helping make this visit a huge success!


Thanks, and have a good week!




From left: Wally Holbrook, Lake County Superintendent of Schools; Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Schools; Victoria Schraeder and Camille Schraeder, Redwood Children's Services; and Joan Reynolds, Healthy Start at The Hub.
The Hub team members gather for the visit from Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Schools.
Wally Holbrook Honored by NAACP
NAACP Community Service Award

Wally Holbrook received the 2013 NAACP Community Service award as presented by Rick Mayo and St. Elmo Mosey. Rick Mayo, President of the Lake County NAACP, recognized Wally Holbrook as one of the "people in the community who have done extraordinary things and who continue to work for all of us as a community each and every day."

The NAACP holds a biannual awards ceremony during which they recognize community members for outstanding civic contributions. 

Wally shared with the crowd "I am extremely proud of the services we provide to our community and with the support of the NAACP we continue to provide services to every single child." 

Also in attendance representing LCOE were John Drummond and Brock Falkenberg.
Robin Shrive and Patty Diener
The Big Read Celebrates Mothers & Daughters Exhibit

Photos depicting generations of Lake County women were on display in the Celebrate Mothers & Daughters Exhibit as part of the Lake County Big Read. The event, inspired by the Big Read selection 'Joy Luck Club' by Amy Tam, kicked off a month long celebration of reading in Lake County. Robin Shrive and Patty Diener, pictured above, organized dozens of photos and portraits of Lake County women dating back to the early 1900's, some including five generations! The Celebrate Mothers & Daughters Exhibit was sponsored by Mendo Lake Credit Union, and is still on display in the Kesey Room at LCOE.

The Big read Grant is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts to restore reading and the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Click here for more information on The Big Read.
A Fall Celebration for all LCOE Staff
Please join us for a fun gathering to celebrate the Fall season, and help sort the jewel tags with tributes to Lake County teachers.  We will be creating a display for each district with the jewels representing their educators while savoring Fall goodies! Contact lallen@lakecoe.org for more information.



Academic Decathlon - 2013/2014
Topic: World War I

Preparation for the 2013/14 Academic Decathlon is underway! This competitive event modeled after the Olympics honors "athletes of the mind," and provides students the opportunity to participate in an educational forum, which fosters a deep respect for knowledge, cooperation and self-esteem.
Volunteers are needed to support our local academic athletes on January 25, 2014 at the speech and interview portion of the competition.
For more information contact tserpa@lakecoe.org, and watch for more information on this event in the months ahead.
Decorations Needed



We are looking for the loan of Fall decorations for the Educator of the Year event. If you have 4-5 hay bales, or any corn stalks or pumpkins you could loan or donate for our event please contact Laurie Allen at 262-4162 or lallenlakecoe.org.
LCOE is on Facebook!

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Healthy Start Update

The Lake County Office of Education Healthy Start Program assists students in overcoming health and life barriers, so they are ready to learn. We are located in all 7 local school districts. 

Last year Healthy Start provided services to 4,034 lake county students. We also identified 780 homeless and 95 foster your students in Lake County. Healthy Start is here to help these students with a wide variety of services from advocacy to specific case managed services. We also work with Child Welfare Services and California Children Services for better health and life outcomes for our families. 

Healthy Start takes the lead, working with Public Health, Adventist Health Dental Clinic, Mendocino Community Health Lakeside Dental Clinic, on helping our children access dental care. Our program takes children to the dentist; clinics block out time for us, and we accomplished 1,117 dental treatments for children last year.

If you know of a family who needs assistance please call 707-994-0669. Click here for more information.
Lake County Big Read 
Events ongoing in October

Film Series, Plant Discussions, Book, Groups, Cooking Classes, Chess Tournaments... something for everyone. See the full calendar of events on the Big Read page on our website.

You can still stop by and appreciate the Celebrating Mothers and Daughters photo gallery in the Kesey Room! 

Scary Night Under the Stars 

Don't miss Taylor Observatory's "Spook-tacular Evening" with refreshments and Halloween decorations October 26th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, and enjoy our 'Scary Night' show in our Full Dome Planetarium. Shows will play every hour on the half hour. View Deep Sky Objects through our telescopes. Enjoy the musical entertainment and sounds of Halloween.

Costumes are encouraged to engage in the spirit of Halloween. Join in our Children's Costume Contest. Children under 12yrs will recieve a treat bag. Ticket prices $5 Adults and $3 Children under 12 years.

Calendar Highlights


Preschool Learning Foundations Social Emotional Domain Training for ECE | Tuesday, 10/15 | 5:00 pm | LCOE Kesey Room | Link

Expository Reading and Writing Course  | Wednesday, 10/16 | 8:30 am | LCOE Kesey Room | Link

Big Read Chess Tournament | Saturday, 10/19 | Burns Valley Elementary | Link

What If? A Workshop for K-8 Teachers Focusing on the Next Generation Science Standards | Wednesday, 10/23 | 8:30-3:00 | Taylor Observatory | Link


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