May 2014
Message from Wally

It's that time of the year.........Graduation!


It's hard to believe that the school year is winding down. Some Lake County schools will be ending their school year at the end of this month while others like Kelseyville will be in session through the second week in June. 


For those of us in the County Office of Education, there is no "last day of school" or "schools out for summer." We simply move to a different series of tasks like budget and LCAP reviews. But there is something special about this time of the year. If you wonder what I mean, try attending one of the many graduation ceremonies at our local schools. Attending a graduation ceremony renews your faith in public education and our youth. Students express their thanks to the teachers and staff that have helped them along the way. Parents are proud of their child's accomplishments and wonder how the time could go so fast. Teary eyes are the norm, not because of sadness, but great pride and joy. There is a sense of optimism and excitement as our students prepare to "move on." I always leave graduation ceremonies with the thought that maybe, just maybe, what we do really does matter. Attend one at a stadium near you!




Have a great week!


Middletown Preschool Jog-A-Thon  



Raise Your Hand for Lake County Children 
Children's Festival and Advocacy Walk
April 12, Library Park Lakeport


* Students from the Riviera ASES Afterschool Program Build a Rubber Band Car: A stretched rubber band is a great source of elastic potential energy. When released, that energy is converted to kinetic (motion) energy as the rubber band snaps back to its original size and shape.

After School Programs in the 21st Century


Lake County Office of Education offers eight ASES Afterschool Programs located on Elementary School campuses at Burns Valley, Kelseyville, Lower Lake, Lucerne, Middletown, Pomo, Riviera, and Upper Lake.


Since the inception of the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program in 2002 by a voter-approved initiative, Proposition 49, there has been a continuing debate as to what elements are necessary in providing a quality afterschool program and more recently, how will afterschool programs support the developing Common Core Standards.

Read more at LCOE News
Books. food and more donated to Middletown Preschool
It has been amazing how much support Hidden Valley Community Church has given to our Middletown program.  They gave us sand for our sand tables, 2 huge boxes of books, they just finished a fundraiser to buy us a basketball hoop, and they are in the works to fill our play area with new wood chips. 
In January, Middletown Healthy Start began distribution of food bags that will help supplement healthy food items to 24 students and their families.
A bag of healthy food is sent home every week and is distributed through the Healthy Start office. 
Once a week volunteers from Hidden Valley Community Church drive to Santa Rosa and pick up the bulk food, sort, bag, and then deliver the food bags to Healthy Start. 
Pastor Walt Trumbo and his wife Bonnie of Hidden Valley Community Church have been instrumental in coordinating the volunteers.
This program would not be possible without them and their wonderful volunteers. In addition, this valuable program is funded through a WalMart Foundation grant. 
This is a wonderful example of how community partners work with our education community to enhance the lives and opportunities for Lake County students!

Operation Recognition 2014


Through Operation Recognition, a project of the Lake County Office of Education, high school diplomas are awarded to qualifying individuals whose secondary education was interrupted due to circumstances of World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War. This is a gesture of gratitude for their sacrifices made in the name of freedom.  


All are welcome to attend the ceremony, June 18 at 3:00 pm at Lake County Office of Education. Please RSVP by June 6th to Kandee Stolesen, (707) 262-4151 or email:  


It's National Children's Book Week!
This is a great time to plan to share a favorite book you read when you were younger with a child currently in your life!  In honor of this week, Lake County Office of Education is raffling off a chance to win a 1 year scholarship for the Imagination Library!  To enter the contest, simply email a clip of you reading a book or your child (ages 0-4) "reading" their favorite book to
Clips should not include names of the individuals and become the property of the Lake County Office of Education.  All clips are due by Friday, May 16 at 4:00 pm. The winner will be announced and notified, Wednesday, May 21.   

Lake County Family Resource Guide
Now Available

To order guides for your program, download a PDF or view online, click 

First Annual Exhibition of Student Work:  STEAM

Lake and Mendocino County students grades K-14
Exhibition - not competition - was the goal of this exciting new event designed to inspire educators and students to explore the concepts of the STEAM initiative. 

On Saturday, May 3rd,  over 73 students and teachers gathered at Terrace Middle School's Marge Alakszay Center to present student work integrating two components of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). 
Student work spanned from computer programmed robots to candy wrappers drawn to scale and a primitive projector. Each student received a ribbon for their exhibition and will have the opportunity to display their work at the Spring Fair.  
Student work came from the classrooms of Eric Larson, Kelseyville High School; Becky Kenner, Upper Lake Middle School; M. Sturr, Elisa Prather and Shelly Lawson, Terrace School; and Lynn Andre, Lakeport After School programs.
Thank you to all who participated in our first annual STEAM exhibition.
Denim Day  Lake County
Break the dress code.... 
Break the silence
The LCOE Staff got their denim on and joined the Rape Crisis Center to raise awareness about sexual assault and challenge harmful attitudes about rape. Wearing jeans during April is a global response to a 1999 Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans.

LCOE office staff wearing their denim April 23rd
Whether you're a CalPERS member at the beginning, middle, or end of your career, attend one of our CalPERS Benefits Education Events and learn about CalPERS services and products available to you.   Information and Registration here

Interagency Collaboration


During the month of May 2014, the Lake County SELPA's WorkAbility 1 Program is planning to host two Interagency Collaboration meetings for high school students and their families.  Information will be available to learn what programs or agencies are available to begin the process of planning for a successful transition to the world of work.  Anyone interested in attending is welcome.  Please call Marty Bardelmeier at 995-9523 ext 416 for information and location. Read More


Directing Change Video Award






Lower Lake High's Friday Night Live took 3rd place in Northern California region for their Directing Change student PSA video contest on suicide prevention.  


Victoria Garrison, AmeriCorps Specialist and FNL Coordinator, and Kaila Budwell, AmeriCorps Team Leader and FNL Facilitator have worked diligently to restart the FNL groups at LLHS and ULHS this year.  Both groups have 8-10 amazingly intelligent, dedicated and creative students leading the way as we continue to grow the groups.  Kaila Budwell, a blossoming future math teacher and our office techie wiz, facilitates both the ULHS and LLHS FNL groups.


This is a great honor as there were over 400 submissions for the contest.  Even better, the LLHS FNL won $250 for their club and a $250 match for Lower Lake High!  

SP Lake LLHS A Friend on the Line
SP Lake LLHS A Friend on the Line



Middletown Unified School District Summer Food Program

MUSD will be offering a Free Summer Food Program this year. Breakfast & Lunch will be available for all kids ages 18 and younger. No registration needed they can just come and eat.
The program will run M-F beginning on June 9th, 2014 and continue through August 1st, 2014.

Summer schedule:

This will be our last Educational Briefs for the school year. Watch for our return in the fall.
Calendar Highlights


Board Meeting  May 14, 2014  3:30PM - 6:00PM  |  LCOE Kesey Room


Informational Meeting - H & W Insurance Plans for 2014/15   May 15, 2014  10:00AM - 11:00AM  |  LCOE Kesey Room  click here for more information 



Informational Meeting - H & W Insurance Plans for 2014/15  May 15, 2014  3:30PM - 4:30PM  |  Clearlake Creativity School  click here for more information


Certification to Administer the 2014-15 CELDT June 02, 2014  8:30AM - 3:30PM  |  LCOE Kesey Room

click here for more information and to register


Operation Recognition Graduation Ceremony June 18, 2014  3:00PM - 3:30PM  |  LCOE Kesey Room  

click here for more information



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