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Kids’ Fun Run and Golden Star Student Awards Showcase Students at the Fair

00:00 AM - June 25, 2019

Runners strike a pose before the Kids Fun Run with County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ed Manansala.

After the official El Dorado County Fair Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, children participated in the 1K Kids’ Fun Run and raced against County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, along a course that weaved around the fairgrounds. For some runners, it was their first time; others had been participating for years. After the race, runners received El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) water bottles and congratulatory medals.

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CCA, CUP & CHSA Students embrace Japanese studies

00:00 AM - June 10, 2019

CCA and CUP students dine with Ueda Nishi High School students.

Paper cranes, taiko drums and Shodo calligraphy are commonplace in Japanese high schools 5,000 miles away, and they are a point of pride at the Charles Brown campus in El Dorado. The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Charter Alternative Programs of Charter Connections Academy (CCA), Charter University Prep (CUP) and Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) recently implemented Japanese study programs that allow students to experience a culture far from home.

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PUSD Family Resource Center Changes Lives

00:00 AM - May 22, 2019

FRC Director, Kim Kahn, and McKinney-Vento Aide, Bethany Bowers, showcase the Clothing Closet – a critical piece of the PUSD Family Resource Center.

The Placerville Union School District (PUSD) is fortunate to serve diverse student and family populations through Edwin Markham Middle, Louisiana Schnell Elementary and Sierra Schools. Approximately 1,300 students call PUSD home, and 56 percent are classified as low income. Over the past five years, PUSD has served a high of 188 McKinney-Vento(Homeless)/Foster students to a low of 91. When students experience a level...

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EDCOE Honors individuals with 2019 Excellence in Education Awards

00:00 AM - May 16, 2019

man and woman stand with award

County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, presents the 2019 Excellence in Education Award to Dianne Deitchman.

County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, presents the 2019 Excellence in Education Award to Joey Stein. 

Each year, the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) recognizes individuals for hard work that directly or indirectly contributes to providing quality support and services to students, schools, families, and the community. This year two admirable team members were selected to receive...

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EDCOE Program Liaisons Team Receives 2019 Excellence in Education Award

00:00 AM - May 15, 2019

Left to right: Stefany Gower, Kimberly Adams, Veronica Arechiga de Lopez, Robin Fryer, Eileen Hartley, Ellen Kroon, Kassandra Paul, Sara Robinson, Brittany Wood-Massey, Paula Sordello, Darci Gibson, Alice Alk, Jill Darr, Ed Manansala

Based on their dedication and willingness to provide high-quality services, County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, honored the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Program Liaisons team with the Excellence in Education Award for the 2018-19 school year. The award recognizes hard work that contributes to providing quality support to students,...

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El Dorado County Students Bring the Written Word to Life!

00:00 AM - April 29, 2019

Sierra Grant, 8th-grade Miller’s Hill (Latrobe School District) student presents an original piece to a room full of students, families and volunteers.

This spring, more than 400 fourth through eighth-grade students represented 28 schools from across El Dorado County at the 41st annual Festival of Oral Interpretation, hosted by Pioneer Union School District (PUSD). Small groups of children hurried to classrooms across campus to deliver interpretive performances of poetry and prose. Students chose from famous works of literature and some composed original pieces. After every performance,...

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Local Retired Teachers Empower Current Teachers with Grants

00:00 AM - April 25, 2019

Students at Indian Diggings School study physics using a BlueTrack race car system purchased with a mini-grant.

The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA), Division 73 of El Dorado County, recently awarded five $400 mini-grants to teachers in El Dorado County. Chapter President Tim Smith noted, “Every year teachers submit outstanding applications. Out of 50 entries, we were privileged to award five grants to support these innovative and engaging educators.”

Recipients included Grant Coffin, Superintendent/Principal of Indian Diggings School District; Anne Muir-Fisher, K-3 reading teacher at Green...

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El Dorado County Administrators Honored

00:00 AM - April 03, 2019

ACSA Gala attendees look on at the Catta Verdera Country Club.

ACSA Gala attendees look on at the Catta Verdera Country Club.

On March 15, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) hosted a gala at the Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln, celebrating Region 2 Administrators of the Year. ACSA Region 2 represents educational leaders from the Northern California counties of Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter, and Yuba. Several administrators from the local El Dorado Charter were recognized. During the beautiful...

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EDC School Board and Community Members Recognized

00:00 AM - March 25, 2019

Audience looks on at the 2019 EDCSBA Annual Awards Dinner at the Cold Springs Country Club.

2019 EDCSBA Annual Awards Dinner at the Cold Springs Country Club.

At an awards ceremony on March 4, the El Dorado County School Boards Association (EDCSBA) recognized school board and community members for their 2018 contributions. County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, facilitated the presentations and noted, “This room is filled with hope, promise, and individuals who give tirelessly for the betterment of El Dorado County schools and students. Congratulations...

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Youth Commissioners Host Board of Supervisors and County Superintendent of Schools

00:00 AM - March 12, 2019

Group photo of youth commission, board of supervisors, and EDCOE leadership staff

(L to R back row) Dane Sheridan, Mackaela Pedersen, Cassie Giese, Carlos Gonzalez, Kathy Witherow, Jim Mitrisin, Lori Parlin, Dr. Ed Manansala, Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, Kevin Monsma, Travis Oliver, Rithvik Murali, Alexander Hamilton, Elaine Gelber, Supervisor Shiva Frentzen, Amy Pooley (L to R front row) Amanda Kendler, Edith Rivera, Christian Selden, Supervisor John Hidahl, Cindy Munt, Shelley Wiley, Grace Silvestrin

The El Dorado County Youth Commission hosted members of the El Dorado County Board of...

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Academic Decathlon: It is a three-peat for the Trojans

00:00 AM - February 15, 2019

The Oak Ridge team celebrates its third consecutive win at the 2019 Academic Decathlon hosted at Union Mine High School Feb. 2.

The Oak Ridge team celebrates its third consecutive win at the 2019 Academic Decathlon hosted at Union Mine High School Feb. 2. Democrat photo by Gray Baker

by Mimi Escobar/Mountain Democrat

In a display of academic brilliance the Oak Ridge High School Trojans pulled off a three-peat to win the 2019 El Dorado County Academic Decathlon. The Trojans scored 35,502.80 points in the victory at...

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School Districts Bus Runners to California International Marathon

00:00 AM - December 21, 2018

Buses lined up to transport runners at the CIM

Buses lined up to transport runners at the CIM

It was an extremely cold morning in December when more than 9,000 runners participated in the California International Marathon (CIM). To help transport individuals to the start line at Auburn Folsom Road in Folsom, Rescue Union School District (RUSD) donated seven buses and seven dedicated drivers. RUSD Superintendent Cheryl Olson noted, “It is a privilege to be part of this annual celebration, and I’m proud of our drivers who...

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Measure C provides enhanced schools at MLUSD

00:00 AM - December 15, 2018

Indian Creek School aerial view

Indian Creek School aerial view

After their generous community passed Measure C in 2016, Mother Lode Union School District (MLUSD) students came back to class this fall with a renewed sense of pride made possible by massive efforts to enhance Indian Creek and Herbert C. Green Schools. Superintendent Marcy Guthrie expressed, “This was a long and thoughtful process that ultimately accomplished our mission to improve facilities for our students, staff, and community. I’m thankful for all of the hard work invested over...

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PUSD Takes Major Steps to Support Children Affected by Trauma

00:00 AM - December 12, 2018

District team members sit at tables in a school gym

PUSD District team members and others take part in the Trauma Informed Practices training at Markham Middle School.

During a recent in-service day at the Placerville Union School District (PUSD), all district team members convened in the multi-purpose room at Markham Middle School to gather comprehensive knowledge and tools to help students who may be facing traumatic challenges. More than 300 people participated and included school administrators, teachers, nurse faculty, bus drivers, maintenance, custodial, coaches, yard duties,...

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Board of Supervisors Welcomes El Dorado County Youth Commission

00:00 AM - December 11, 2018

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors welcomed the 2018/2019 El Dorado County Youth Commission at their annual Shadow Day event on November 13.

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors welcomed the 2018/2019 El Dorado County Youth Commission at their annual Shadow Day event on November 13.

In a continued effort to positively enhance our community and empower our future leaders, the County Board of Supervisors (Board) partners with the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) to facilitate and support the El Dorado County Youth Commission.

Each...

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Charter Home Study Academy Craft Faire Celebrates 20 years

00:00 AM - December 04, 2018

Peyton Smith, third grade, Master Entrepreneur winner, selling her wares with her siblings

Pictured: Peyton Smith, third grade, Master Entrepreneur winner, selling her wares with her siblings

In November, the EDCOE Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) program celebrated the 20th anniversary of its annual Student Craft Faire, where student entrepreneurs peddled their wares to customers of all ages. Each booth, staffed by a student crafter between transitional kindergarten and eighth-grade, sold handmade products such as jewelry, toys, cuisine, and decorations. By having students create and run their...

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UMHS Honorary Football Captain Shines

00:00 AM - November 30, 2018

Pictured left to right: UMHS Students Chey Walker, Collin Jones, Csilla Pesko, and Clayton Byer

Pictured left to right: UMHS Students Chey Walker, Collin Jones, Csilla Pesko, and Clayton Byer

The Union Mine High School stadium roared with applause as Csilla Pesko took to the field during a Diamondback’s home football game this fall. The team proudly made their fellow student with special needs the Honorary Football Captain for the evening and filled her heart with pure joy. She remained a beaming focal point during the game,...

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Camino School Modernized Thanks to Measure H

00:00 AM - November 29, 2018

Superintendent/Principal Matt Smith at the new outdoor lunch area with new picnic tables and cement tree boxes.

Superintendent/Principal Matt Smith at the new outdoor lunch area with new picnic tables and cement tree boxes.

The Camino Union School District was transformed after School Bond Measure H provided funding for a massive renovation project that took place this summer. In 2016, the community overwhelmingly supported the $4 million bond with 71% of the vote and provided the resources needed to enhance the campus which was built in 1952.

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EDCOE’s Coleen Johnson Receives Statewide Award

00:00 AM - November 28, 2018

Pictured left to right: Jim Johnson, Coleen Johnson & Dr. Ed Manansala

Pictured left to right: Jim Johnson, Coleen Johnson & Dr. Ed Manansala

Coleen Johnson, Executive Director of Personnel Services at the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE), was recently honored with the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) – Personnel Administrative Services Steering Committee (PASSCo) ‘Star Award.’ The annual Star Award acknowledges one member from each Steering Committee for their contributions toward county offices of education, leadership within their committee, and service to...

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Wildfire Relief Donation Opportunity

00:00 AM - November 16, 2018

The wildfires in Northern California have devastated many areas close to home, and our thoughts are with those who are affected and the agencies working to mitigate these tragedies. Many from Paradise are in need of essentials, and we encourage those who have the ability to donate to visit:

The El Dorado County Community Foundation’s Camp Fire Relief Fund >> 

Thank you.

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New Study Provides a Roadmap for Rural School District Improvement

00:00 AM - November 07, 2018

Pivot Learning Press Release:

Promising Results from a PACE study of rural district network designed by Pivot Learning and the El Dorado County Office of Education.

Rural and isolated school districts face big challenges—fewer resoruces, budget crunches, difficulties recruiting and retaining teachers and accessing professional development available to urban districts. Not to mention improving student outcomes and closing achievement gaps. But a recently released report, “The Network Solution: How Rural District Networks Can Drive Continuous Improvement” by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) provides a roadmap to support rural school districts...

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Tony DeVille Sr. Memorialized at Marina Village

00:00 AM - November 01, 2018

Pictured (left to right): Tagg Neal, Rescue Union School District Board Member, and Tony DeVille Jr. cut the ribbon to dedicate the new building.

Pictured (left to right): Tagg Neal, Rescue Union School District Board Member, and Tony DeVille Jr. cut the ribbon to dedicate the new building.

It was an idyllic fall evening at Marina Village Middle School on Monday, October 8, where educators, family, and the public gathered to remember an educator who made a profound impact on his students and the community. Tony DeVille...

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Louisiana Schnell School and Placerville Head Start receive ‘Tools for Schools’ Award

00:00 AM - October 31, 2018

Pictured: Holly Brown, Schools Financial Credit Union; Patrick Paturel, Louisiana Schnell School Principal; and Fran Wallace, Schools Financial Credit Union, Placerville Branch Manager

Pictured: Holly Brown, Schools Financial Credit Union; Patrick Paturel, Louisiana Schnell School Principal; and Fran Wallace, Schools Financial Credit Union, Placerville Branch Manager

Pictured: Table of donated school supplies.

Pictured: Table of donated school supplies.

Pictured: Fran Wallace, Schools Financial Credit Union, Placerville Branch Manager; Teacher Sandee Bangs; and Holly Brown, Schools Financial Credit Union.

Pictured: Fran Wallace,...

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EDCOE Foster Youth Summer Employment Program Empowers At-Risk Youth

00:00 AM - September 06, 2018

 Dr. Ed Manansala, County Superintendent of Schools, speaks at the Red Hawk Casino luncheon celebration.

Dr. Ed Manansala, County Superintendent of Schools, speaks at the Red Hawk Casino luncheon celebration.

(Left to right) Jody Franklin, Linda Soto, and Cathy Zuber

(Left to right) Jody Franklin, Linda Soto, and Cathy Zuber

This summer, 12 local adolescent foster youth gained professional skills and hands-on experience in an innovative internship program through the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE). Initiated in 2009, this annual program provides...

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El Dorado County Youth Invited to Participate in New Peer Council Program

00:00 AM - August 31, 2018

El Dorado County students in grades 8 to 12 are invited to take an active role in the local juvenile justice system through a new youth Peer Council program. Student volunteers are now being recruited for Peer Council, which is slated to begin in Placerville and South Lake Tahoe this fall. The Peer Council program is a collaborative effort between the Probation Department and the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) of El Dorado County.

Through the Peer Council, trained youth will meet as a team one to two times...

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Latrobe School District Superintendent Wins Statewide Award

00:00 AM - August 31, 2018

Natalie Miller, Latrobe School District Superintendent/Principal

Natalie Miller, Latrobe School District Superintendent/Principal

Natalie Miller is the superintendent/principal of Latrobe School District and was recently honored with the Association of California School Administrator’s (ACSA) 2018 Superintendent/Principal of the Year award. ACSA is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators.

Superintendent Miller has served in her role since 2014, and under her leadership, Latrobe schools have been recognized with the California School Board Association’s Golden Bell and Gold Ribbon...

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El Dorado County Foster Youth Receive the Gift of Technology: Their Own Laptops

00:00 AM - August 23, 2018

Dr. Ed Manansala and Supervisor Michael Ranalli present a new laptop to Sierra Rivera

Dr. Ed Manansala and Supervisor Michael Ranalli present a new laptop to Sierra Rivera

Ten El Dorado County area foster youth were all smiles last Saturday, August 18, 2018, when they received the generous gift of technology -- their very own new laptops. The laptops were given to the youth during a small gathering at the El Dorado County Office of Education in Placerville.

The new laptops were presented to the youth through...

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FREE EVENT: Community Observatory’s Perseids Party – Saturday Aug. 11

00:00 AM - July 24, 2018

Visitors to the Community Observatory enjoy using the telescopes

On Saturday, August 11, the Community Observatory will host a FREE meteor shower Perseids Party ($2 parking at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center). From 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. families will enjoy: safe sun viewing through solar scopes; activities with Powerhouse Science Museum; displays from Aerojet Rocketdyne; interactive experiments with CSUS Physics Club Members; displays by CSUS Hyperloop; and Kids Zone make and take crafts.

Featured guest speaker, Jim Hansen, Rocketdyne Mechanical Designer/Engineer from Aerojet, will discuss the...

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EDCOE's Free Farmers' Market

00:00 AM - June 28, 2018

EDCOEs farmer's market diplay of fruits and vegetables

On Tuesday, June 19, EDCOE team members enjoyed a free farmers’ market. Thanks to a grant from CVT for EDCOE’s Wellbeing Program we were able to provide fresh produce to EDCOE staff. The farmers' market was designed to focus on employee wellness, sparked by discussions with our safety/Wellness Committee. Tables were set up in the EDCOE lunchbox, at Transportation and also at SELPA.  In addition to produce there were also samples of a healthy version of zucchini bread and...

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Students Enjoy the Fair with the Kids’ Fun Run and Golden Star Student Awards

00:00 AM - June 21, 2018

On the first day of the Fair, children participated in the 1K Kids’ Fun Run where they raced against County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, along a course that weaved around the fairgrounds. For some runners, it was their first time; others had been participating for years. After the race, runners received El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) water bottles and congratulatory medals. Among the runners were 3rd-grade Brycen Minton and kindergartener Dreden Minton. This...

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EDCOE Recognizes Outstanding Individuals through Excellence in Education Award

00:00 AM - June 01, 2018

left - Ed Manansala with Bill Harbough and right Ed Manansala with Ginese Quann, excellence in education recipients

Each year, the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) recognizes individuals for hard work that directly or indirectly contributes to providing quality support and services to students, schools, families, and the community. This year two admirable team members were selected to receive the Superintendent’s “Excellence in Education Award,” William (Bill) Harbough, Grounds Maintenance Team Member, and Ginese Quann, Director, El Dorado County Charter SELPA.

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Join Dr. Ed Manansala at the County Fair Kids' Fun Run!

00:00 AM - May 31, 2018

Dr. Ed Manansala and Kevin Monsma run with kds at the Fun Run

On Thursday, June 14, kids 4-12 years of age may enter the El Dorado County Fair for FREE and are invited to participate in a 1K Fun Walk/Run with County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala. Runners will receive a participation ribbon and water bottle (first-come-first-served). Beat the rush and pre-register at the Fair Office – 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville. For questions, please call (530) 621-5860.

Event Details:
Thursday, June 14
El Dorado County...

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First and Only EDC New Tech Network School located in Georgetown!

00:00 AM - May 30, 2018

Group of students next to new sign at the the GT School of Innovation

An excited community gathering helped Georgetown School educators cut the ceremonial ribbon that ushered in a future filled with promise and a new, exclusive name – GT School of Innovation. The nationally recognized, high-performing New Tech Network (NTN) accepted the school as one of their own after an extensive application process. GT School of Innovation serves 3rd through 6th-grade students who experience project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) learning that strengthens...

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Register Now for Prospective School Board Member Workshop

00:00 AM - May 29, 2018

Dr. Ed Manansala speaks to a group of people

Voters will make many decisions on Election Day in November, including the selection of individuals to fill open seats on school boards throughout the County. The El Dorado County School Boards Association and the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) will host the Prospective School Board Member Workshop for those interested in serving our schools, students, and families. This workshop will take place at EDCOE on June 20, 2018, and provide information regarding the importance and duties...

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First Eagle Scout Project Completed at the Community Observatory

00:00 AM - May 25, 2018

Eagle Scout, Thomas Ridgeway, stands with his Eagle Scout project at the El Dorado Community Observatory

The first Eagle Scout Project at the Community Observatory in Placerville was recently completed thanks to the dedication and hard work of an El Dorado County student. Eagle Scout Thomas Ridgeway, a senior at Ponderosa High School, worked with Community Observatory team members to complete the endeavor. The project was to construct two benches and an information kiosk to provide seating and act as a posting board for general information, news,...

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EDCOE Facilities & Maintenance Receives 2018 Excellence in Education Award

00:00 AM - May 14, 2018

EDCOE Facilities & Maintenance team is presented the 2018 “Excellence in Education Award” from Dr. Ed Manansala, County Superintendent of Schools.

Based on their commitment and drive to provide high-quality services, County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, honored the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Facilities and Maintenance team with the Excellence in Education Award for the 2017-18 school year. The award recognizes hard work that contributes to providing quality support and services to students, schools, families, and the community.

“The Facilities and Maintenance Department...

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Oak Ridge High School Academic Decathletes Win Many Medals at State!

00:00 AM - May 11, 2018

Oak Ridge High School Academic Decathlon team: Coach Jeff Hassian, James Yoon, Mitchell Foster, Chris Tharratt, Nathan Vardas, Colin McBride, Melissa Kinghorn, Hennah Atebar, Evan Millis, Garrett Hassian

Pictured: Coach Jeff Hassian, James Yoon, Mitchell Foster,  Chris Tharratt, Nathan Vardas, Colin McBride, Melissa Kinghorn, Hennah Atebar, Evan Millis, Garrett Hassian

Oak Ridge High School’s Academic Decathlon team claimed victory at this year’s El Dorado County Academic Decathlon competition in February and advanced to the state competition held in March. The team of nine students joined more than over 600 Decathletes from...

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South County Health and Safety Fair Focuses on Saving Lives, Staying Healthy

00:00 AM - April 16, 2018

Members of the Somerset and surrounding area communities are invited to the free South County Health and Safety Fair to learn about saving lives and staying healthy. On Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pioneer Elementary School, 6860 Mt. Aukum Rd., Somerset. Healthcare and emergency response agencies are partnering and will host booths with giveaways and games for kids of all ages. Attendees will enjoy helicopter demonstrations, health screenings, CPR training and a free pancake breakfast from 9 – 11 a.m.

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Sierra School Receives State Civic Learning Award

00:00 AM - April 12, 2018

Pictured (left to right): Lydia Stuart (Deputy District Attorney), Jim Ortega (Chief of Police), Dr. Ed Manansala (County Superintendent of Schools), Kassie Cardullo (Deputy District Attorney), Patricia Horn (Sierra School Principal), Honorable Judge Suzanne Kingsbury, Eric Bonniksen (Placerville Union School District Superintendent), District Attorney Vern Pierson

Pictured (left to right): Lydia Stuart (Deputy District Attorney), Jim Ortega (Chief of Police), Dr. Ed Manansala (County Superintendent of Schools), Kassie Cardullo (Deputy District Attorney), Patricia Horn (Sierra School Principal), Honorable Judge Suzanne Kingsbury, Eric Bonniksen (Placerville Union...

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Building Resilient Families through Collaboration: El Dorado County Recognizes Community Hubs with Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

00:00 AM - April 12, 2018

Community Hub 2 Team (Cameron Park). Pictured (left to right): Shelley Grimwood, BSN, RN, (Public Health Nurse), Jazmine Victoria (Community Health Advocate), Jesus Cordova (Family Engagement Specialist), Marni Price (Early Childhood Literacy Specialist)

Community Hub 2 Team (Cameron Park). Pictured (left to right): Shelley Grimwood, BSN, RN, (Public Health Nurse), Jazmine Victoria (Community Health Advocate), Jesus Cordova (Family Engagement Specialist), Marni Price (Early Childhood Literacy Specialist)

Families, community members, and local dignitaries came out to support the official opening of Community Hubs, an innovative and collaborative project...

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Two EDH Schools Earn Elite State Award

00:00 AM - April 12, 2018

California Distinguished School Banner

Credit: Village Life - Julie Samrick

The California Department of Education has announced 287 elementary schools as 2018 Distinguished Schools, including two El Dorado Hills schools: Lakeview and Oak Meadow.

The California Distinguished Schools Program returns after a three-year break and replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program. The program recognizes California elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the state Board of Education.

“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help...

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EDC School Board and Community Members Recognized

00:00 AM - April 12, 2018

Pictured (left to right): Scot Yarnell (EDCSBA President), Molly Smith, Kyle Pellegrini, Jared Parker, Abigail Oberhauser, Dr. Ed Manansala

Pictured (left to right): Scot Yarnell (EDCSBA President), Molly Smith, Kyle Pellegrini, Jared Parker, Abigail Oberhauser, Dr. Ed Manansala

At an awards ceremony on March 5, the El Dorado County School Boards Association (EDCSBA) recognized school board and community members for their 2017 contributions. County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, facilitated the presentations and remarked, "Everyone here helps to foster the educational leadership that makes this County...

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Youth Commissioners Host Board of Supervisors and County Superintendent of Schools

00:00 AM - March 21, 2018

Pictured from left to right (from an earlier event this year) are Shayan Habibi, Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, Mackaela Pedersen, Everet Frame, Edith Rivera, and Chistian Seldon.

Pictured from left to right (from an earlier event this year) are Shayan Habibi, Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, Mackaela Pedersen, Everet Frame, Edith Rivera, and Chistian Seldon.

The El Dorado County Youth Commission hosted members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and Dr. Ed Manansala, County Superintendent of Schools, on Monday, February 26 at the commissioners’ annual Pasta Dinner. The...

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Dr. Ed Manansala: We Stand With Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

00:00 AM - February 27, 2018

Dear El Dorado County Community,

Our hearts go out to the families and educators involved in the tragedy that occurred on February 14, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.  The safety of students and staff is always our top priority, and while we hope that nothing like this happens in our county, we are well prepared.  EDCOE maintains strong partnerships with every public agency in El Dorado County, and we work closely with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Placerville CHP, Placerville City Police Department and South Lake Tahoe...

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Oak Ridge High School Wins 2018 Academic Decathlon

00:00 AM - February 15, 2018

Oak Ridge High Schools Academic Decathlon team with their coach, Jeff Hassian, and principal Aaron Palm

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Oak Ridge High School took first place as a team during this year’s Academic Decathlon, held at Union Mine High School. The Academic Decathlon provides academic competitions that promote learning and academic excellence through teamwork. The program includes students of all academic abilities and achievement levels. Students are tested in the areas of art, economics, essay, interview, literature, math, music, science, social science, and speech, and...

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Youth Commissioners Join County Supervisors for Annual Shadow Day

00:00 AM - January 12, 2018

                               

Pictured: (left to right) student Grace Salvestrin, Supervisor Shiva Frentzen, student Misbah Shafi, Supervisor John Hidahl, student Dane Sheridan, Chair Michael Ranalli, student Shayan Habibi, Supervisor Brian K. Veerkamp, student Mackaela Pedersen, student Everet Frame, student Edith Rivera, student Christian Selden, and Supervisor Sue Novasel

Pictured: The board conducts their meeting with their Youth Commission counterparts observing. (left to right) student Misbah Shafi, Supervisor John Hidahl, student Dane Sheridan,...

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El Dorado County DA Vern Pierson Gives Students Courtroom Experience with Project Lead

11:00 AM - January 04, 2018

Project Lead is a program where District Attorney Vern Pierson takes crime prevention from the courtroom to classrooms across the county. This program reaches hundreds of students each year.

 

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Strong Partnerships Feed Families in Need

00:00 AM - January 02, 2018

Brenda Higgins, EDCOE Food Service Supervisor, helped to fill 100 boxes full of food for families in need.

Brenda Higgins, EDCOE Food Service Supervisor, helped to fill 100 boxes full of food for families in need.

One of the remarkable things about El Dorado County is our capacity to work together for those in need. Every year, community groups from different sectors take time out of their busy holiday schedules to provide food to families who need it most. This December, 100 families with children in the...

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Placerville Kiwanis Brings Much Holiday Cheer to Families in Need

00:00 AM - December 18, 2017

Placer Food Bank generously delivers pounds of food to the Green Valley Community Church for Kiwanis members to organize into large boxes for families in need. Left to right: Jorge Lupercio (Placer Food Bank), Jean Meyer (Kiwanis), Mary Shoenberger (Placer Food Bank), Rick Van Scoy (GVCC), Carl Hagen (Kiwanis), and Dave Martinez (Executive Director of the Placer Food Bank).

Placer Food Bank generously delivers pounds of food to the Green Valley Community Church for Kiwanis members to organize into large boxes for families in need. Left to...

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EdSource Article: One in 4 California school districts required to get county help based on new state performance data

00:00 AM - December 12, 2017

Student works at a desk

CREDIT: ALISON YIN / EDSOURCE (2017)

Read this article in EdSource to learn how County Offices of Education, along with other entities, are building systems to support continuous improvement efforts in school districts throughout the state of California.

El Dorado County Superintendent Dr. Ed Manansala, president-elect of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCESA), said that the new approach is “complex but promising. Every year we will be looking at individual subgroup performance that cannot be hidden. That will...

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Village Life - Brooks basks in Blue Ribbon status

00:00 AM - December 06, 2017

William Brooks Elementary School students and principal Kevin Cadden celebrated their National Blue Ribbon Award for school excellence at a special assembly last Friday. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

William Brooks Elementary School students and principal Kevin Cadden celebrated their National Blue Ribbon Award for school excellence at a special assembly last Friday. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

By Julie Samrick

William Brooks Elementary has been recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, only one of 23 schools in California and one of 341 schools...

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Charter Home School Academy Students Become Entrepreneurs

00:00 AM - December 01, 2017

Olivia Kaihe, Best Marketing Winner, displaying her themed cupcakes

Olivia Kaihe, Best Marketing Winner, displaying her themed cupcakes

The Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) multipurpose room was filled with eager customers traveling from booth to booth and purchasing homemade creations from student business owners. November 16 was CHSA’s annual Craft Faire where transitional kindergarten through eighth-grade students sold holiday decorations, hand-made toys, international cuisine, and more.

The event, now celebrating its 19th year, exemplifies CHSA’s mission, which emphasizes empowering students by building and applying foundational skills in...

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EDCOE’s 5th Annual Coat Drive Keeps Students Warm this Winter

00:00 AM - December 01, 2017

EDCOE delivers boxes of winter coats to schools across the county to keep children in need warm this winter.

In an effort to provide new coats to El Dorado County students in need, EDCOE sponsored the 5th Annual Coat Drive. This program is a collaboration of EDCOE and district team members working hand-in-hand with schools to determine and fill the needs of our county’s students. Thank you to the dozens of generous EDCOE Team Members who contributed personal donations to the Annual EDCOE Coat Drive making this effort...

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Students Teach Students ‘Say No to Tobacco!’

00:00 AM - November 09, 2017

Union Mine High School Leadership Student present Tobacco Prevention Training to Mountain Creek middle schoolers

To reach students on a peer-to-peer level about the dangers of tobacco use, Union Mine High School Leadership students spent a day as teachers at Pleasant Valley School this October. Dressed professionally, these young adults taught 7th and 8th-graders using curriculum from Stanford University’s Tobacco Prevention Toolkit. Lessons were delivered through ice-breaker activities, PowerPoint presentations, and were focused on long-term effects and the marketing methods used to entice children to become addicted...

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PUSD chooses new Principal of Sierra School

00:00 AM - November 03, 2017

Patricia Horn, Principal, Sierra School

The Placerville Union School District (PUSD) recently selected Patricia Horn as the new Principal of Sierra School. Horn brings with her a wealth of experience as both teacher and administrator with training credentials in Administrative Services, Multiple Subject Teaching, and Master of Arts - Education, Curriculum, and Instruction. “We are very excited for Patty to be part of the PUSD family. The experience and expertise she brings with her will only enhance the exemplary programs we have in place,” expressed Eric Bonniksen,...

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CDE visits thriving EDCOE Special Services Programs

00:00 AM - November 03, 2017

Dana Mendonca, Instructional Assistant Autism, teaches students at Rescue Elementary School socialization and word association.

Dana Mendonca, Instructional Assistant Autism, teaches students at Rescue Elementary School socialization and word association.

Over the past few years, El Dorado County Office of Education’s (EDCOE) Special Services Department has placed focus and intentionality on quality instruction and increased capacity for all educators through training and collaboration to improve outcomes for all students. As a result of this strategy’s success in the classroom, the California Department of Education (CDE) was invited...

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Jail Inmate Receives Diploma

00:00 AM - November 02, 2017

David Publicover, Officer Fransen, Raymond Martin, Caroline Earl, and Gary Sutherland celebrate Martin earning his high school diploma.

Left to right: David Publicover, Officer Fransen, Raymond Martin, Caroline Earl, and Gary Sutherland celebrate Martin earning his high school diploma.

El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Charter Adult Education programs offer instructional programs that touch adults wherever they are in their education or life circumstances. The wide range of educational options is especially beneficial for adult learners who have been confronted with life challenges. Raymond Martin, a...

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Watch the new Elevate to El Dorado Video!

00:00 AM - October 19, 2017

Watch this video to see why El Dorado County is the perfect place to live and work!

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EDCOE Community-Based Organization Breakfast Promotes Collaboration

00:00 AM - October 12, 2017

Guests look on at the Community-Based Organization Breakfast 2017 hosted by EDCOE

On October 4, 2017, the El Dorado County Office of Education and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA El Dorado Charter) hosted the 2017 Community-Based Organization “Sharing of Services” Breakfast.  This event provided an exciting opportunity for nonprofit and educational teams to network, learn about services provided by each organization, and strengthen the crucial partnerships that benefit our community.

As guests entered the building and enjoyed breakfast, a photo show was displayed on a...

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Cars and Kids Shine Bright at Cops & Rodders

00:00 AM - October 12, 2017

Crowd at the Cops & Rodders Show and Shine Fly-In

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, the Placerville CHP (California Highway Patrol) hosted the Cops & Rodders Show and Shine Fly-In at the Cameron Airpark with community event proceeds benefitting the Placerville CHP Community Fund.

For the car or airplane enthusiasts, a large showing of new and vintage cars and airplanes were on display. Guests were welcomed with live music, food trucks, and other vendors providing breakfast, lunch, and beverages for purchase. Also on display were numerous law...

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EDCOE Charter College & Career Prep Provides New Opportunities for Students

00:00 AM - October 04, 2017

Charter College & Career Prep Students Bryan Jimenez, Elias Brown, and Alexander Camancho practice mincing in Culinary Arts class.

Pictured: Bryan Jimenez, Elias Brown, and Alexander Camancho practice mincing in Culinary Arts class.

The El Dorado County Office of Education’s (EDCOE) Charter College & Career Prep began this school year with a myriad of new services that emphasize early college participation and success with hands-on learning experiences.  The charter alternative program, located on EDCOE’s main campus in Placerville, combined their college and career programs to create more...

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CHP Taskforce Raises School Traffic Safety Awareness

00:00 AM - September 26, 2017

CHP Traffic Safety Enforcement team with vehicles

To keep students safe during the first days of school and to enhance safety awareness throughout the year, Placerville CHP implemented a special task force that provided extra patrol around campuses in August. The School-Zone: Traffic Safety Enforcement Operation, included Officers Ian Hoey, Mike Powers, Andrew Brown, Brent McElmurry, Brian Schneider, and Sergeant Varao. During this time, Officers issued warnings, but also wrote tickets for traffic violations such as speeding, failure to obey school crossing guards, failure to yield to...

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CUSD chooses new Assistant Principal of Camino Elementary School and of Camino Polytechnic Charter School

00:00 AM - August 24, 2017

Deborah Atkins - new Assistant Principal of Camino Elementary School and Camino Polytechnic

The Camino Union School District would like to announce the selection of Deborah Atkins as the new Assistant Principal of Camino Elementary School and of Camino Polytechnic – A Science and Natural Resources Charter School (previously known as Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School). “I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the students, families, and educators of Camino Union School District,” Atkins expressed. “I look forward to promoting the exciting educational...

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Mountain Democrat/Village Life - Schools report: County students above average

09:00 AM - July 30, 2017

Written by Dawn Hodson

County Superintendent of Schools Ed Manansala

Saying that El Dorado County students are doing well, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ed Manansala gave a presentation on the state of schools to the Board of Supervisors at its July 25 meeting.

Serving some 28,000 children, Manansala noted that students in the county’s public schools are scoring better than the state average on the California Assessment of Student Performance Progress in both math and in English language arts.

In eighth grade, for example, 59 percent of county...

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El Dorado County Welcomes Students and Parents Back to School (watch video)

00:00 AM - July 29, 2017

The 2017-2018 school year is almost here, and educatorswill welcome students back in the coming weeks. Students are ready to begin this year full of curiosity and excitement while educators are harnessing that energy to help each child become successful!

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Students Discover the Arts and Themselves at Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp

00:00 AM - July 27, 2017

Sugarloaf students in their Acoustic Guitar Elective class

Written by EDCOE Leadership & Communications Intern Kaitlyn Fly

This year, Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp was home to over 200 campers who traded their phone, tablet, and TV for instruments, cameras, and paintbrushes. For one week, campers explored the arts and enjoyed the surrounding environment of fresh air and pine trees. Campers, ranging from sixth to twelfth grade, spent an average of three and a half hours a day in their major subjects and a little over an hour...

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County Child Support Director Announces Benefactor of Statewide Association’s Annual Fundraiser

00:00 AM - July 24, 2017

Press Release by El Dorado County Chief Administrative Office

Each year, the Child Support Directors Association of California (CSDA) raises funds to help support a non-profit charity selected by the CSDA president. Next year’s funds will support El Dorado County students identified as homeless by the McKinney-Vento Act through a charity called the Homeless Children Matter Fund.

“As the incoming president of the CSDA, I have the honor of choosing a worthy non-profit organization to be the beneficiary of the fundraising efforts this year,” said Don Semon, Director of El...

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El Dorado County Dental Van Brings Dental Care to Students

13:00 PM - July 23, 2017

This is the story of the Dental Van, and the wonderful and important services it provides to the students of El Dorado County.

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EDCOE Personnel Services Receives 2017 Excellence in Education Award

00:00 AM - July 06, 2017

EDCOE Personnel Services receives award from Dr. Ed Manansala

Written by EDCOE Leadership & Communications Intern Kaitlyn Fly

Because of their commitment and drive to provide high-quality services, County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, honored the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Personnel Services Team with the Excellence in Education Award for the 2016-17 school year. The award recognizes hard work that directly or indirectly contributes to providing quality support and services to students, schools, families, and the community.

“The Personnel Services Department keeps EDCOE...

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Dr. Ed Manansala Delivers 2017 U.C. Davis School of Education Commencement Address

05:00 AM - June 30, 2017

“I learned in my most formative stage of being an educator that the dream of a child is gold. When a student’s aspirations are articulated, it can become a driving force for a school community.”

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Dr. Ed Manansala Delivers 2017 U.C. Davis School of Education Commencement Address

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Montessori Preschool Opens at Valley View Elementary

00:00 AM - June 27, 2017

Students participate in engaging activities, like stacking blocks, at the Montessori Preschool at Valley View Elementary in El Dorado Hills.

The Child Development Program at the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) is pleased to announce that they have moved their Montessori State Preschool program to the Valley View campus in El Dorado Hills for the 2017-2018 school year, and the traditional State Preschool program at Valley View moved to the Blue Oak campus. The Child Development Program currently operates a total of six State Preschools, Head...

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Students Enjoy the Fair with the Kids’ Fun Run and Golden Star Student Awards

00:00 AM - June 22, 2017

On the first day of the Fair, over 25 kids of all ages participated in the 1K Kids’ Fun Run where they raced against County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, along a course that weaved around the fairgrounds. For some runners, it was their first time; others had been participating for years. After the race, runners received El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) water bottles and congratulatory ribbons. When...

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Solid Gold Leadership for GTUSD

00:00 AM - June 22, 2017

Solid Gold Leadership for GTUSD

After serving more than 35 years at Gold Trail Union School District (GTUSD) as a teacher, principal, and superintendent, Joe Murchison deservedly entered retirement at the end of June. He has spent the last several decades cultivating a culture of family at their two school sites – Gold Trail Middle and Sutter’s Mill Elementary Schools. Generation after generation of students returns with their children and grandchildren to teachers who are received more like relatives than educators.

To commemorate Superintendent Murchison’s contributions, a...

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Carolyn Strelo-Smith Receives 2016-2017 Excellence in Education Award

00:00 AM - June 01, 2017

Carolyn Strelo-Smith stands with County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, and receives the Excellence in Education Award for the 2016-2017 school year.

Each year, the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) recognizes individuals for hard work that directly or indirectly contributes to providing quality support and services to students, schools, families, and the community. One admirable team member is selected to receive the Superintendent’s “Excellence in Education Award”; this year’s recipient is Carolyn Strelo-Smith - a retiring teacher at the Rite of Passage, Sierra...

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EDCOE Charter Students Receive Regional and National Honors for Their Writing

00:00 AM - May 31, 2017

EDCOE Charter Students Receive Regional and National Honors for Their Writing

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Charter students recently received Regional, National, and Local awards for their exceptional writing at a dinner hosted by the Fleet Reserve Association.  Each year, the Reserve sponsors a writing contest for 7-12th grade students to promote the spirit of American patriotism among our country’s youth.

Embracing this year's writing theme, What Memorial Day Means to Me, the Charter students showcased their skills and came away with several awards. ...

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Hundreds Flock to the Annual Camino School "Spring House"

00:00 AM - May 30, 2017

Crowds watch performances outside

It’s an idyllic spring evening, and hundreds of students, educators, and family members cover Camino School’s campus for their Annual Spring House – a community event that highlights the accomplishments and success of Camino students throughout the year. A variety of booths offer everything from information about the school’s Interact Club to Jamba Juice. The rich smell of BBQ fills the air as John Sanders, of Old Town Grill and Smith Flat House, flips delicious burger patties on a large grill for a...

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Pasta Dinner Brings Together County Supervisors and Youth Commissioners

00:00 AM - May 18, 2017

Group of Youth Commissioners pose for a photo with EDCOE leadership and members of the County Board of Supervisors

The El Dorado County Youth Commission met with El Dorado County Office of Education Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, members of EDCOE leadership, and members of the County Board of Supervisors on Monday, May 15. The students held their annual pasta dinner with the dignitaries to share the focus of their work this school year and to get feedback from Supervisors and EDCOE representatives, which jointly sponsor...

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EDHS Leadership Class Hosts Prom Night for Students with Special Needs

00:00 AM - May 16, 2017

EDHS Leadership Class Hosts Prom Night for Students with Special Needs

Union Mine High School students from Shelley Abel-Smith’s Special Education Transition class were invited to join students from Jared Parker’s class at El Dorado High School for a prom and dinner, hosted by the EDHS leadership class on April 21. The students were driven to the event in a limousine donated by Preferred Image Limousine. Dinner was served in an elegant setting at The Foothill Grill, complete with fresh flowers and white tablecloths. Next, the young men and...

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Families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Network at EDCOE Ice Cream Social

00:00 AM - May 12, 2017

Families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Network at EDCOE Ice Cream Social

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Special Services team hosted a lively ice cream social for families with deaf or hard of hearing students, on May 1. Children and families networked with each other, met with members of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing EDCOE team, and were provided with information regarding resources to help them in the future. The ice cream was enjoyed by all while students participated in various activities such...

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PUSD Multi-Cultural Night Takes Students Around the World

00:00 AM - May 04, 2017

PUSD Multi-Cultural Night Takes Students Around the World

At Placerville Union School District’s (PUSD) annual Multi-Cultural Night in April, the multipurpose room at Schnell School was transformed into an international gathering that greeted several hundred students, educators, families, and community members. The walls were lined with 16 booths that represented countries like Thailand, Germany, Guatemala, and more. Students took passports from table to table to learn interesting information about that particular country, view artwork, instruments, and even taste native snacks. Attendees could also purchase Mexican dishes like...

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Herbert C. Green Middle School Recognized for High Achievement in Student Success

00:00 AM - April 28, 2017

By Mother Lode Union School District

Herbert C. Green Middle School Recognized for High Achievement in Student Success

California Schools Selected for Prestigious Honor Roll Issued By a National Campaign of Business and Education Leaders

Herbert C. Green Middle School in the Mother Lode Union School District in El Dorado County announced on April 18 that our middle school had been selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). Herbert Green is one of 1,866 public schools in California to...

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Job Fair Attracts Many Potential New Team Members

00:00 AM - March 16, 2017

Job Fair Attracts Many Potential New Team Members

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) partnered with Brandman University to host an education hiring event for EDCOE county-wide programs and school districts on March 11. Dozens of attendees visited EDCOE and school district booths to collect information about available positions. They also received application instructions for certificated and classified positions, including substitute opportunities. Fair attendees also took advantage of free workshops throughout the day including “How to Become a Substitute,” “Jobs in Early Care and Education,”...

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Indian Diggings Presents to Board of Education

00:00 AM - March 13, 2017

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Charter Career Prep Wins VEX Robotics Competition

00:00 AM - March 10, 2017

Charter Career Prep Wins VEX Robotics Competition

The El Dorado County Office of Education’s Charter Career Prep (CCP) program provides an enriched, hands-on learning culture that develops innovative learners to compete in an ever-changing world. Robotics naturally lends itself to these goals, and the CCP Robotics Team has certainly demonstrated the success of the program’s educational mission for students. The CCP team recently won the prestigious San Joaquin Delta VEX Robotics Competition, the coveted Tournament of Champions title, and the Excellence Award for the most well-rounded Robotics...

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Charter Adult Education Inspires Students of All Ages to Reach Their Goals

00:00 AM - February 28, 2017

Charter Adult Education Inspires Students of All Ages to Reach Their Goals

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Charter Adult Education program provides adult learners from every walk of life with a wide range of rich learning experiences tailored to meet their unique needs. The programs have been especially beneficial for adult learners who face a variety of life challenges. One such student is Kristy Arroyo, who attends classes at the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Rancheria. 

Kristy has faced numerous obstacles in her...

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New School Dashboard Provides Increased Transparency

00:00 AM - February 22, 2017

California’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate ready for college, careers, and life. For schools to reach this goal, teachers, parents and the community need clear and useful measures of progress. The new California School Dashboard is a key part of California’s commitment to transparency and continuous improvement. As an accountability tool, the Dashboard will help the state identify schools (including charter schools) and districts needing targeted assistance.

California is field testing this web-based tool designed to help communities across the state...

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Inspiration to Action Symposium: Breaking Barriers

00:00 AM - February 22, 2017

Inspiration to Action Symposium: Breaking Barriers

More than 250 educators from across California attended the annual EDCOE Charter SELPA Inspiration to Action Symposium held in San Diego on Thursday, February 16. This year’s theme, Breaking Barriers, focused on system-wide collaboration and practices to meet the needs of students with disabilities. EDCOE Associate Superintendent, David M. Toston, noted, “When we begin planning for this event, we look at current trends and challenges within our educational system. We look for those who are influencing education and how we can...

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EDCOE Child Development Programs Educate Generations

00:00 AM - February 15, 2017

EDCOE Child Development Programs Educate Generations

The El Dorado County Office of Education’s (EDCOE) Child Development Programs provide high-quality, early child care to students in El Dorado County generation after generation. Head Start Teacher, Sandee Bangs, and Classroom Assistant II, Sandy Maggard, have worked in the program located at Schnell School for decades and have become part of their students’ families. “Past students return to our preschool program with their children, and one of the parents even honored us by naming her little girl Sandra” said Sandee.

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Free Spring Education Job Fair – Sat., Mar. 11

00:00 AM - February 07, 2017

Free Spring Education Job Fair – Sat., Mar. 11

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) is partnering with Brandman University to host an education hiring event for EDCOE county-wide programs and school districts. Attendees will receive information and application instructions for certificated and classified positions, including substitute opportunities. Individual programs and school districts will be onsite to answer questions and meet face-to-face with potential new employees. Last year’s job fair was extremely well attended, so don't miss out this year!

Saturday, March 11, 2017
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Oak Ridge High School Wins 2017 Academic Decathlon

00:00 AM - February 04, 2017

Oak Ridge High School Wins 2017 Academic Decathlon

On Saturday, February 4, Oak Ridge High School took first place as a team during this year’s Academic Decathlon, held at Oak Ridge High School. The Academic Decathlon provides academic competitions that promote learning and academic excellence through teamwork. The program includes students of all academic abilities and achievement levels. Students are tested in the areas of art, economics, essay, interview, literature, math, music, science and speech, and it’s capped off with a Super Quiz — the highlight of...

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Apply Today for Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp!

00:00 AM - January 31, 2017

Apply Today for Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp!

Sugarloaf is an overnight summer camp with two one-week camp sessions that run Sunday-Saturday. Campers live at our camp facility located at the beautiful Sly Park Environmental Education Center in Pollock Pines, California.

2017 dates for Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp: 

Session 1- July 9 – July 15, 2017
Session 2- July 16 - July 22, 2017

Online applications for the 2017 Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp sessions are available February 1 – February 15, 2017.

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Apply for the Edna Miller Continuing Education Scholarship 2017

00:00 AM - January 30, 2017

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist women who are actively pursuing the goal of a career in education. This goal must be either an initial educational credential or an additional credential/degree.  This scholarship is only intended for nonmembers of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.  Applicants may reapply each year.  The amount of the 2017 scholarship is $500. Please postmark application by April 20, 2017.

 

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Youth Commissioners Join County Supervisors for Annual Shadow Day

00:00 AM - January 26, 2017

On Tuesday, January 24, the El Dorado County Youth Commission participated in the annual Shadow Day, where the Youth Commissioners joined the County Board of Supervisors during one of the Board’s regularly scheduled meetings.  The students gained valuable insight into how local government operates, how the Board manages issues and policies, and how to run a formal meeting. Misbah Shafi, Youth Commission Chair and a senior at Oak Ridge High School, stated, “It was a great learning experience! We are very appreciative of our Board of Supervisors and the El...

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$1,000 Donation Provides Lunches to Rescue Students

00:00 AM - January 09, 2017

$1,000 Donation Provides Lunches to Rescue Students

Many students and families at Rescue Union School District (RUSD) received more than presents for Christmas this year when a generous community member donated $1,000 to pay off all outstanding lunch accounts. Balances totaled $766.49 district-wide, and the difference will help to reduce accounts for those students who are unable to pay regularly. “This unexpected gift is one of the many reasons our students are well taken care of at Rescue schools – the community truly cares,” District Superintendent David...

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Toys for Tots brings Christmas to Children in Need

00:00 AM - December 21, 2016

Toys for Tots brings Christmas to Children in Need

The weekend before Christmas, volunteers from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, Explorers, STARs, Placerville CHP, Police Department, Kiwanis, EDCOE, and school districts sorted more than 20,000 toys and created a massive Santa's Workshop for more than 1,000 families in need. Toys were collected in large Toys for Tots bins placed throughout the County, and generous community members filled them to the brim with new toys for all ages. This collaborative effort ensured that thousands of children will...

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Students Earn College Credit at EDCOE Charter Alternative Programs

00:00 AM - December 15, 2016

Students Earn College Credit at EDCOE Charter Alternative Programs

The El Dorado County Office of Education Charter Alternative Programs have launched a special college and career readiness program that provides the opportunity for Charter students to enroll in college courses while still completing their high school diploma.   The program, which is offered in partnership with the Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center, allows the Charter students to take community college courses concurrently during high school while earning both college and high school credits.

“We are in...

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Charter University Prep presents “Treasure Island”

00:00 AM - December 08, 2016

Charter University Prep presents “Treasure Island”

Performances: Thursday, December 8, Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10  

The Charter University Prep Drama Department is excited to present the timeless story Treasure Island, adapted by Ken Ludwig from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. We invite you to support our students by attending performances Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., or a special matinee on Saturday, December 10 at 5 p.m. Performances will take place in the gym at the Charles Brown Campus, 6520 Oak Dell Road,...

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The EDCOE Coat Drive Keeps Children Warm

00:00 AM - November 29, 2016

The EDCOE Coat Drive Keeps Children Warm

Every year, the EDCOE Coat Drive collects donations and distributes them throughout the County to children in need. Schools and county-wide programs assist in obtaining requests for sizes and distributing the coats. This year, 114 children will stay nice and warm because of the generosity of EDCOE team members and community members. Thank you to everyone who donated!

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CHSA’s Craft Faire Turns Students into Entrepreneurs

00:00 AM - November 28, 2016

CHSA’s Craft Faire Turns Students into Entrepreneurs

The Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) multipurpose room was filled with eager customers traveling from booth to booth and purchasing homemade creations from student business owners. November 17 was the 19th Annual Craft Faire, where transitional kindergarten through eighth-grade students sold holiday decorations, bracelets, paintings, apple cider, food, and more. The project exemplifies CHSA’s mission, which emphasizes empowering students by building foundational skills and then applying those skills in ways that make learning engaging, relevant, and fun.

“Students gain valuable...

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Students in Need Receive Clothes through Operation School Bell

00:00 AM - November 14, 2016

Students in Need Receive Clothes through Operation School Bell

On a recent brisk, clear, October Saturday morning, 80 students shopped for warm, comfortable, school appropriate clothing at the El Dorado Hills Target. Parents and grandparents were very appreciative of Operation School Bell – a program made possible by the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills. One grandmother brought both of her elementary school grandchildren who were able to choose coats for the upcoming winter season. “Programs like this make such a difference in the lives of these children,”...

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El Dorado High School Grad Becomes Eagle Scout

00:00 AM - November 03, 2016

El Dorado High School Grad Becomes Eagle Scout

Kyle Konetchy belongs to Troop 170 from Pollock Pines and became an Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor on Saturday, October 29. The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Placerville was filled with supportive loved ones, community members, and Scouts from every generation. The ceremony lasted for one hour and was directed by the troop’s Scoutmaster, Matt Werts, and Master of Ceremonies, Eagle Scout, William Kinser. Many people spoke of Kyle’s dedication to the organization and passion for...

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Georgetown Students Experience Healthy Living with Experts

00:00 AM - October 24, 2016

Georgetown Students Experience Healthy Living with Experts

Several dozen fifth and sixth-grade students made the trip from Georgetown to visit the Sherwood Demonstration Garden and Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm in Placerville for a day of unique healthy living lessons. At the Demonstration Garden, children learned about native plants, crushed grapes with their hands, and took interesting pictures to express themselves in a PhotoVoice project. The trip was facilitated by teacher, Annie Brown, and Monica Drazba of U.C. Cal Fresh. “It is great for them to...

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Placerville Kiwanis Club Installs New Leadership

00:00 AM - October 20, 2016

Placerville Kiwanis Club Installs New Leadership

The Kiwanis Club of Placerville is pleased to announce the installation of new officers for the 2016-17 school year. These community leaders help to mobilize volunteers from the Club’s 70 members to produce a variety of projects and events that benefit the children of El Dorado County. Incoming President Carl Hagen remarked at the installation dinner, “We are appreciative of those who have served during the past year and look forward to what we will accomplish together in the future.”

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El Dorado County Students Run For The Gold!

00:00 AM - October 05, 2016

El Dorado County Students Run For The Gold!

Over 200 students from across El Dorado County ran 1K/2K/5K races on Saturday, September 26, during the Run for the Gold! – a fundraising race benefitting the Boys and Girls Club Western Slope. Students in grades 1-8 traversed courses on Union Mine High School’s picturesque campus and were applauded by the audience at the finish line.

Every student who completed the course received a gold medal. AnnaKate Allen, Silva Valley Elementary School first-grader expressed, “This is my first gold...

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Students Travel Back in Time on Mini Miners’ Days

00:00 AM - October 03, 2016

Students Travel Back in Time on Mini Miners’ Days

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The 2016 World Gold Panning Championships was a week-long celebration of El Dorado County history and culture, as more than 400 contestants from 21 different countries competed at the Fairgrounds. One of the hallmark events was on Monday and Tuesday for Mini Miners’ Days, where almost 1,500 4th-grade students from across El Dorado County visited the competition site. “Good morning....

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EDCOE Preschool Opens at Sutter’s Mill Elementary School

00:00 AM - September 28, 2016

EDCOE Preschool Opens at Sutter’s Mill Elementary School

The beginning of this school year brought many new and exciting things to El Dorado County, including a new State Preschool. The preschool program is administered by the Child Development Program at El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) and is located at Sutter’s Mill Elementary School near Lotus. Mary Viegas, Executive Director of EDCOE Child Development Programs, facilitated the installation and explained, “Increased parent interest prompted EDCOE’s Child Development Programs to establish this flexible and convenient preschool...

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El Dorado Smiles Dental Van Coming to a School Near You

00:00 AM - September 23, 2016

El Dorado Smiles Dental Van Coming to a School Near You

Written By: El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency

El Dorado County is celebrating the arrival of the El Dorado Smiles Dental Van to local schools. The dental van will provide comprehensive dental care at school sites, with a primary focus on children ages zero through 18. The dental van will be operated by the El Dorado Community Health Centers as part of their recently expanded dental health services, and is supported collaboratively by El Dorado...

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EDCOE Honored with Patriot Awards

00:00 AM - August 18, 2016

EDCOE Honored with Patriot Awards

Written by EDCOE Leadership and Communications Intern Devin Johnson

The National Guard recently presented Patriot Awards to EDCOE and two Child Development Program supervisors for going above and beyond to support an employee whose husband serves in the National Guard Reserve. Any member of the National Guard, Reserve, or the spouse of a member may nominate an employer who has provided guidance, commitment, and support to them or their family. EDCOE, Assistant Director of Child Development Programs Gail Healy, and Disabilities/Mental Health...

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El Dorado County Recognized for Endeavors in Early Childhood Education

00:00 AM - August 05, 2016

El Dorado County Recognized for Endeavors in Early Childhood Education

Written by EDCOE Leadership and Communications Intern Hannah Van Vleet

EDCOE is pleased to announce that First 5 El Dorado’s Executive Director Kathleen Guerrero and El Dorado County Child Care and Education Planning Council’s Coordinator Elizabeth Blakemore were recognized by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for their work with the Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge Grant. The Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) supports states’ efforts to increase the percentage of low-income...

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