September 2014
Message from Wally

It is with mixed emotions that I write this message for the Education Briefs. This will probably be my last "Briefs Message" since my last day as your County Superintendent will be October 31st. I would expect that Brock will be producing a message to you for the October Briefs. I am confident that with Brock's leadership, LCOE will continue to provide the quality programs and services it is so well known for.

I have truly enjoyed my tenure as County Superintendent of Schools. I would like to thank the entire LCOE staff for its dedication and commitment to the students and families of Lake County. I feel honored and privileged to have worked with you.





The Hero Project
Nearly 755 people have joined!

The Hero Project launched on August 28th at the Lake County fair and already nearly 755 people have joined.  

If you are a parent, please support The Hero Project and click here to join.

Our website and app will be launching later this month, and more exciting information will be coming soon.

Click below to watch a Hero Project Video, and follow us on FaceBook to keep informed about Hero Project news!

Hero Project Launch v1 2
Hero Project Launch v1 2

Lakeport Unified Introduces New Staff and Bond Measure at Back-to-School Breakfast

Over 150 teachers, administrators and support staff gathered in the Marge Alakszay building to officially convene the 2014-15 school year at Lakeport Unified School District.


Superintendent, Erin Smith-Hagberg, has convened the annual Back-to-School event for the last 10 years to ensure a unified vision and spirit for the new school year.  LUSD administrators introduced 25 new staff members this year.  According to Smith-Hagberg, this number exceeds the typical number of new employees the district welcomes each year. "LUSD has seen tremendous stability in our teaching and support staff over the past years, a testament to the commitment of our team and the positive work environment at our schools. This year we saw a record number of retiring employees, along with the addition of new programs and services for students. This brings an ideal balance of tradition and stability, combined with inspiration and fresh energy."

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Hub Opens New Site at Lower Lake High School
The new Lower Lake HUB was officially launched on August 13, 2014 -- the first day of school. Parents, students and community partners came by to visit and share in the excitement of the new center, services and staff now in place on the Lower Lake High School campus.

The HUB welcomes all students and family members to drop by and find  out how the HUB staff and partner agencies can assist them. 

Already over 300 people have come by the HUB and the center will be adding more services this fall to meet the increased need. Children and families benefit most when we work together!

For more information, please contact Kim VanHorn, the HUB Coordinator, at 995-1806 or just drop by between 8am to 3pm.
September is Attendance Awareness Month
Celebrated for the first time in September 2013, Attendance Awareness Month is a nationwide event recognizing the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. The goal is to mobilize schools and communities not only to promote the value of good attendance but also to take concrete steps toward reducing chronic absence. More than 40 national organizations are working in partnership on the event.

Every School Day Counts
By Brock Falkenberg

Schools are open for the 2014-15 academic year throughout most of Lake County. The first week of school conjures up images of backpacks stuffed with brand-new school supplies, bulletin boards freshly decorated by teachers, and excited young faces eager to learn. But even in the early days of each new school year, some students will inevitably head toward academic trouble for one simple reason -- they miss too many days of instruction. One missed day here turns into another there, then another and another.

Across the country, as many as 7.5 million students miss nearly a month of school every year -- absences that can correlate with poor performance at every grade level. This trend starts as early as kindergarten and continues through high school, contributing to achievement gaps and ultimately to increased dropout rates.


The Lake County Superintendent of Schools, in conjunction with the California State Senate and the California Assembly, is recognizing September as Attendance Awareness Month. This movement is part of a nationwide initiative intended to convey the message that every school day counts. 

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Virtual learning: the new school education

By Leah DeAnda Lake County Record Bee

An accredited public school serving students in kindergarten through twelfth-grade is a description that is not out of the ordinary for a typical school. But put that school online with live classrooms, student group sessions and tutoring hours and you've a got a state-funded and regulated education with some virtual flexibility.


The California Connections Academy @ North Bay is bringing a newer style of education to students of Lake, Colusa, Glenn, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties this year. It is under the authority of Middletown Unified School District. For students ahead, behind or in need of a different schedule, the online school began classes Sept. 2. Leslie Dombek, the school's site administrator, said the school is anticipating serving 150 students throughout the North Bay counties with seven certified teachers this year; 13 of those students are Lake County residents. Read the full article


Konocti Unified School District Expands Student Opportunities with New Magnet High School
The largest school district in Lake County has announced it will be opening the first new high school in the county in over half a century. Konocti Unified School District was awarded a $1.2 million dollar grant through the California Career Partnerships Trust, and The Health Occupations Magnet High School opened its doors on August 13, 2014. Read More
Healthy Start Celebrates 20 years
Healthy Start is celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year!  The first Healthy Start program began in Lake County at Pomo Elementary School in 1994, with Chris Thomas as the Principal and Jan Bailey (2) at her side.  

We've come a long way since then! It   It has taken many partners and lots of community, school and LCOE support to make the program a success.  So you are all a part of the story!

Thank you!

Lake County Family Resource Guide
Now Available

To order guides for your program, download a PDF or view online, click 
Konocti USD Launches Mobile App 

Konocti Unified School District announced that its new mobile app is available for use at the county's largest school district.


Parents will have instant access to their child's academic information from the palm of their hand.


Any time, anywhere, KUSD parents can stay updated on their students' progress. Community members can download the app to stay informed of school district events and activities. 


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'My Future, My Way' Workshop Set for Oct. 4

Students in grades seventh through 12th in Lake and Mendocino counties are invited to attend a workshop geared at college and career awareness.  

The "My Future, My Way" workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Mendocino College Lake Center, 2565 Parallel Drive in Lakeport.

Students will attend a variety of fun hands-on sessions that allow them to explore careers such as culinary, music, criminal justice and chemistry.
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Connect & Inspire Conference 2014

Plan to attend this inspiring Education Technology Workshop for Lake County Teachers and Administrators.

Lake County Reads

By Robyn Bera


The Lake County Literacy Task Force is excited to announce that this year every school in Lake County will be participating in the Lake County Reads initiative! 


What is the Lake County Reads initiative?


Part of the Literacy Task Force, the Lake County Reads Initiative purchases and donates grade appropriate books for schools in Lake County. This initiative partners service clubs with elementary schools to share great literature. Books are presented and read aloud to students by program speakers or club participants, and then left in the classroom for student engagement.


The vision of the Lake County Literacy Task Force is that everyone in Lake County not only be able to read, but has a desire to read. Everyone who has a desire to read should have an avenue to becoming literate and to celebrate literacy.


Contact: Carla Hoff, Kelseyville Elementary, 707-279-4232,


"Autumn... the year's last, loveliest smile."

~ William Cullen Bryant
Calendar Highlights


Steven Kane: Future Missions September 27, 2014  8:00PM - 11:00PM  |  Taylor Observatory 5725 Oak Hills Lane, Kelseyville CA 95451 Read More


Free Flu Shot Clinic September 25, 2014  10:00AM - 2:00PM  |  Kesey Room - parking behind the office building. More Info


Getting Ready for Common Core Scores and What to Do and Say About Them Webinar September 29, 2014  10:00AM - 11:00AM  |  Lake County Office of Education, Kesey Room Read More and Register here


My Future My Way October 04, 2014  8:30AM - 3:30PM  |  Mendocino College - Lakeport  Register here


Nurturing Parenting - ABC's of Parenting October 02, 2014  5:30PM - 7:30PM  |  Minnie Cannon Elementary School  Click here for flyer


CalPERS Retirement Class October 09, 2014  10:00AM - 11:30AM  |  LCOE Kesey Room


CPIN Preschool Learning Foundations-Music October 09, 2014  5:00PM - 8:00PM  |  LCOE Kesey Room 1152 S. Main Street, Lakeport, CA 95453  Register here



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