April 2015
Message from Brock

Lake County school districts are gearing up in their preparations for developing the 2015-16 Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP), which have been on display at recent workshops held by our County Office Educational Services Department. 


In the first year of implementing LCAP, districts have learned inspiring lessons about how to engage their communities in the process of determining where to spend dollars based on California's new school funding formula.


The Lake County Office of Education staff reviewed and the County Superintendent approved the LCAP for all 7 school districts. What we gleaned as common trends from our districts can best be broken down into five distinct areas:

  • Professional development and curriculum to support new state standards
  • Technology for 21st Century learning
  • Social and emotional development
  • Career and College readiness
  • Family and community engagement

These are areas of focus for the Lake County Office of Education as the second year of LCAP implementation is under way. During the next few months, members of our County Office LCAP team will be holding additional trainings to prepare county districts for the approval process for the 2015-16 academic year.


By targeting resources where they are most needed, and providing our communities with a stake in the process, all Lake County students will benefit. This will be a priority moving forward. I am committed to LCOE working in partnership with our districts and supporting the efforts to complete their LCAP for the academic success of all students as we transform the community through education.


Kids come first.  






Academic Decathlon at State Competition

Members of the Clear Lake High School Academic Decathlon team recently traveled to Sacramento to compete against 590+ other students in the state level 3-day competition. This intensive competition centered around this year's theme: New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation and included a speech and interview portion as well.   Coach Jim Rogers accompanied his students as they went head to head with 65 other county teams from throughout California.


Decathletes competed in Economics, Art, Music, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Super Quiz, Essay, Interview and Speech.  Although Clear Lake will not be advancing to the national competition, they did claim one individual medal at the competition. Senior Chris Vincent was awarded a bronze medal in the essay portion of the competition.


Chris spoke of his academic decathlon experience: "Aca Deca has allowed me to expand my breadth of knowledge while meeting other peers with similar interests. Being on an academic team builds everlasting relationships and connections. I thank Clear Lake High, Lake County Office of Ed and our supporters, teammates and Coach Rogers for the opportunity and experience."


For more information on the Lake County Academic Decathlon Program please contact the Lake County Office of Education at tserpa@lakecoe.org or 994-9001.


2015 CLHS Academic Decathlon team in Sacramento: Nate Falkenberg, Chris Vincent, Cord Falkenberg, Linda Ralosky, Narumi Mitchell, Emily Seeley, Julie Mathers, Melissa Thibeau.
Early Childhood Educator Award Night 
A Little Party Never Killed Nobody ...    
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Step into the roaring 20's with your Flapper Dress and Zoot Suit and join the Child Care Planning Council to honor outstanding early childhood educators. 

May 8
Marymount California University Campus

Free for educators and VIP's
Guests: $30.00

Kelseyville HS Advanced Art Program 
Inspires Students
By Annie Gall 

The Advanced Art students at Kelseyville High School learn many art mediums. The goal is to create stepping stones that help each student find what they're passionate about. Debbie Ingalls teaches Art and Advanced Art. She believes that, "everyone can draw and I love proving it to each student."

For the past 30 years, Ingalls has worked to teach as many art mediums as possible to her students. They learn how to draw with pencils, coloring pencils, pen and ink, scratchboard and charcoal. They learn to paint with watercolor, acrylic and tempera. They also learn about three-dimensional design and sculpture and printmaking (linoleum and Gyotaku). Ingalls' favorite medium is drawing with colored pencil. "I love blending and burnishing the colors and trying to create photo realistic pictures" adds Ingalls.

Artwork by Brendelyn Pelzel (left), Jake Hogan and Peter Diaz
2nd Annual Family Fooducation Fair

Pomo School's 2nd Annual Family Fooducation Fair was held on March 17 at Pomo School in Clearlake. Organized by 5th grade teacher, Mr. Shane Lee, the event featured nutritious, tasty and affordable recipes, cooking demonstrations including a student/chef cooking competition, gardening tips, samples of healthy food and drinks, raffle prizes and more. 


Kimberly Savoc tests out the Smoothie Bike with 4th grade teacher Ms. Guerrero
Doreen Gilmore and Debbie Ogulin of LCOE's Healthy Start serve up homemade salsa.

Give Kids a Smile Day

By Annie Gall


Getting a child to sit for long is near impossible. Imagine trying to get a child to sit still in a dentist chair! Dr. Doug Lewis turns the impossible to possible because of his fun, charismatic personality. 


Pomo Elementary School celebrated Give Kids a Smile Day on Wednesday, February 25 in association with Healthy Start and Redwood Empire Dental Society (REDS). Students received free dental care and supplies.

Dr. Doug Lewis and assistant Anita Acosta volunteered their expertise and performed free sealants and dental assessments. 22 children received sealants, which is a plastic material applied to the back teeth to prevent cavities and decay. In addition, 9 kindergarteners received free dental assessments.


Kindergartner receiving a dental assessment from
Dr. Doug Lewis 
People Of The Water
a novella of the events leading to the Bloody Island Massacre of 1850

Kathy Scavone is a fourth grade teacher at Coyote Valley Elementary. She recently wrote, People of the Water, a fictional novella of the events leading to the Bloody Island Massacre of 1850. Like many Indians in California, the Pomo Indians of the Clear Lake Basin were run off their tribal, ancestral lands and forced to work in ranches or missions. They were beaten and eventually massacred. The brutality of the Bloody Island Massacre and similar atrocities to other tribes is a grievous legacy. The courage of the Pomo people will live on forever.


Scavone says, "Although serious in tone, I believe the story had to be told, and I did so in a respectful manner. I included copies of historical documents from both Army Captain Lyons and Chief Augustine in the back of the book." Although intended for a fourth grade audience, it's an interesting read for any age level.


The novella is available in local museums and libraries and in the Twin Pines Casino Gift Shop. Kathy Scavone is also the author of Native Americans of Lake County and Anderson Marsh State Historic Park - A Walking History, Prehistory, Flora, and Fauna Tour of a California State Park.


Hero Project Celebrated Second Hullabaloo


Mary Prather of
Easter Seals
volunteered to be a Superhero Face

The Hero Project continues to gain popularity

and community support. On March 17 the second Hero Project Hullabaloo was celebrated in the MAC room at Terrace Middle School. Over 300 people attended the free carnival style event which served approximately 100 children under the age of 8. The event focused on the themes of Unplug, Play and Advocate.

Costumed families
piled into the Hero Project's DIY
Superhero Photo Booth.


Activities, performances and prize giveaways provided guests with over 3 hours of entertainment. Free carnival snacks such as tightrope string cheese, popcorn and veggie nibs were provided. Juggler Ian Smith, musician Cierrah Sherman, and puppeteer Lisa Bady kept kids and adults entertained on the main stage.  

Hero Project Coordinator Robyn Bera with Mother-Wise's The All Seeing Andre.


Over 40 prizes were given away which included gift baskets, play  equipment, pizza coupons, gift certificates to local businesses, subscriptions to National Geographic Kids, and even a guitar signed by every member of the locally grown band, Cheating Daylight. 


The Hero Project provided several activities. Get Creative was an arts and crafts station meant to remind parents that play-materials can be inexpensive and simple.  The Bouncing Bubbles area was equipped with over 25 different bubble wands. The Free Play station offered books, ping pong, hula hoops, and soft frisbees to stimulate exercise and hand-eye coordination.  Families unplugged and participated in a Hero Project coloring contest. The DIY Superhero Photo Booth featured masks, costumes and capes. Parents were continually encouraged to advocate, set goals for their family, and parent on purpose.


Lake County Education Advancement Program

LEAP is a reimbursement
 project for TK/Preschool Educators who meet three qualifications.  

the hub

Family Activities & Carnival of Resources
April 29
Catfish Coffee, Clearlake Oaks

Contact 707-995-1806 for 
more information

Water Conservation Tip
Of the Month
Let's Dance

Thursday April 23
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Office of Education
Kesey Room

There's still time to register for this free and fun event. Call 707-262-4162 to learn more.

Learn more and register!
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Thanks to all the organizations that participated in the superhero themed 5th annual Advocacy Walk and Children's Festival on Saturday, April 11. Protecting our children is everyone's superpower.  Together, WE ARE making a difference to spread awareness and end child abuse.

Families got silly in the Hero Project photo booth at the Children's Festival. Pictured here: Melanie Pressley; Hero Project Volunteer (left), Annie Gall; Americorps Team Member, Robyn Bera; Hero Project Coordinator
LCOE Technology Center

The LCOE Tech Room is open to teachers and administrators to come and learn. Host your next tech meeting, collaboration meeting, or lesson plan meeting here. Want to explore an app? Come do it! Check out the green screen, program the Spheros, and try out the 3D printer. We want YOU to TRY before you BUY! We hope to learn with you and share this exciting opportunity to make learning meaningful. 

Contact Stephanie Wayment at swayment@lakecoe.org or at 
707-262-4163 to learn more. 

 Local Books Donated to School Libraries

Local teacher and author Kathy Scavone donated a copy of her latest novella, People of the Water, to every elementary school in Lake County. County Superintendent of Schools Brock Falkenberg, personally delivered these books to every librarian. 


Librarian Lori Willig from Cobb Mountain Elementary receives her copy of People of the Water.

Librarian Cia Dedmon gladly accepts a copy of People of The Water for Minnie Cannon Elementary.
Be a Hero: Protect

The Hero Project's April Challenge is underway. Every parent wants their children to be happy and healthy. Planning and preparing is the best way to PROTECT your children from bruises, bumps, cavities, colds, and emotional stress. Take the SHIELD Challenge and set health, wellness, and safety goals for your family. Commit or recommit to being  your family's strongest health, wellness and safety supporter. 

Take the challenge at www.lakecountyheroproject.com.
Lake County Family Resource Guide

Now Available in SPANISH

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


ELT Meeting 

April 20, 2015  2:00PM - 4:30PM  |  LCOE Kesey Room 



April 20, 2015  4:30PM - 7:30PM  |  Lake County Office of Education, Kesey Room 


Let's Dance CA Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework 

April 23, 2015  10:00AM - 1:00PM  |  LCOE Kesey 

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April 23, 2015  4:30PM - 7:30PM  |  Lake County Office of Education, Kesey Room 


Lego NXT Robot Workshop

April 25, 2015  10:00AM - 2:00PM  |  Taylor Observatory 5725 Oak Hills Lane Kelseyville CA 

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Window to the Universe - Rosetta/Philae
April 25, 2015  8:00PM - 11:00PM  |  Taylor Observatory 5725 Oak Hills Lane Kelseyville CA 95451


ELT Meeting

April 27, 2015  2:00PM - 5:00PM  



April 27, 2015  4:30PM - 7:30PM  |  Lake County Office of Education, Kesey Room 


Annual Art & Science Camp

May 02, 2015  7:20AM - 4:00PM  |  Taylor Observatory & Ely Stage Stop
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ELT Meeting

May 04, 2015  2:00PM - 5:00PM 


2015 University Admit Reception

May 04, 2015  5:30PM - 7:30PM  |  Kelseyville High School 

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2015 ECE Awards

May 08, 2015  6:00PM - 10:00PM  |  Marymount California University, Lucerne 

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May 11, 2015  8:30AM - 3:30PM  |  LCOE Kesey Room, 1152 S. Main Street, Lakeport, CA 95453 

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ELT Meeting

May 11, 2015  2:00PM - 5:00PM 


Healthy Start Collaborative and Children's Council Meeting

May 13, 2015  11:00AM - 2:30PM  |  LCOE Kesey Room, Lakeport 

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