- Superintendent's Message
- Shasta County Board of Education
- Instructional Services Program
- Early Childhood Services Department
- North State STEM
- Student Programs Department
- School, District & Administrative Support
- Other Services Offered
- REACH HIGHER Shasta
- Carr Fire
- 2019 Employees of the Year
- Administrative Services Division
- Grants & Other Programs
- Fingertip Facts in Education for Shasta County
- Celebrating Shasta County's Academic Success
- Family & Child Data
- Child Care Supply Data
- General Fund Summary
- Shasta County Public School & District Information as of August 1, 2019
Welcome to our 2019-20 Report to the Community! It is my privilege to invite you to learn more about the school year we have just completed and celebrate with us what has been accomplished. Probably the most notable aspect of last year was the dramatic impact of the Carr Fire on our community. I am thankful for the critical role various programs in our office were able to play in providing support and assistance. Annually, each of our departments focuses by setting a goal in three areas:
1) Striving to continuously improve
2) Supporting learning and growth for all employees; and
3) Fostering appreciative and supportive relationships.
Our ultimate goal is to provide the highest quality service in support of our community. If questions arise as you read and reflect on what we are focusing on, please feel free to contact me at 530.225.0227. I welcome the opportunity to learn from your perspective.
Superintendent of Schools
PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY
The 27th Annual Principal for the Day kickoff event breakfast was held in March at the Shasta County Office of Education, Professional Development Center, followed by a school site visit the next day from the “Principal for a Day”. Administrative Program Assistant, Sarah Kohlbeck, and Superintendent, Judy Flores, hosted over 25 Shasta County Principals for breakfast along with their volunteer community member as their “Principal for a Day.” This event provides an opportunity for our area principals and community members, a.k.a. “Principal for the Day”, to meet and discuss the activities that would take place at the school site the next day. This year’s theme was “We are WILD about our Principals." It is a great opportunity for members to truly understand the work and role of our school principals!
EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS
February 2019 was our second year of hosting the “Every Student Succeeding” Luncheon to celebrate courageous students in Shasta County who have overcome significant odds to achieve success. This year, we recognized 17 shining stars in our county who have beaten the odds and shown tremendous resilience. It was our honor to bring these students along with members of their family as well as school representatives to hear about each student’s success. This award recognizes students who are achieving and succeeding despite the challenges that life has put before them. For some, these challenges are physical, for others they involved learning a new language, moving to a new country or part of the country, surviving a difficult upbringing, dealing with family setbacks or difficulties, and this year, some had lost homes in the Carr Fire. Each student is a shining example of resilience and we were honored to recognize and celebrate all that these students have overcome to be achieving and succeeding.
EDUCATOR APPRECIATION DINNER
For more than 20 years, the Shasta County Board of Education has hosted a dinner to recognize various educators, schools, and districts for awards they have received from various organizations and agencies over the course of the school year. Our Student Board Members are truly the highlight of the evening as they share about educators who have made a significant impact on their lives. Our 2018-19 student board members, Payton Fuller and Alyssa Mandujano delivered amazing speeches and reminded us again of the impact all those within a school setting have on the outlook and outcomes of our students. A variety of awards were given out for teachers of the year, classified employees of the year, administrators of the year, as well as various recognitions for schools and districts. It is truly a heartwarming evening and a nice opportunity to celebrate the great things happening in our schools.
ROLE OF THE SHASTA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
In accordance with the California Education Code and other regulations and laws, the Shasta County Board of Education serves as the governing board for the schools and programs operated by the Shasta County Superintendent of Schools. The County Board is committed to providing the leadership necessary to meet the educational needs of a diverse student population to increase student success.
THE BOARD ALSO:
- Approves policies, regulations, and curriculum for the schools and educational programs operated by the County Superintendent.
- Adopts policies and regulations governing the Office of the County Superintendent
- Approves the annual budget of the County Superintendent
- Sets the County Superintendent’s salary
- Receives the annual audit.
- Maintains an awareness of financial conditions and operations of school districts in the county.
- Approves the purchase or lease of property for County Office programs.
- Serves as the members of the County Committee on School District Organization. This is the legal body charged with overseeing the reorganization of school districts and district boundaries through territory transfers or unifications as well as the establishment or rearrangement of school district governing board trustee size and areas as required.
- Serves as an appeal board for the adjudication of expulsion, interdistrict attendance, and charter school appeals.
- Informs local communities about the programs and achievements of the Shasta County Office of Education.
MEMBERS OF THE SHASTA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Back Row (Left to Right)
Laura Manuel, Elizabeth "Buffy" Tanner, Kathy Barry & Steve MacFarland
Front Row (Left to Right)
Denny Mills, Robert Brown, Rhonda Hull
BEYOND THE BOARD’S SCOPE OF INFLUENCE
Although the Shasta County Board of Education provides oversight in areas such as those listed previously, the County Board does not govern school districts in Shasta County.
Each district has its own school board and superintendent who employ their staff and administer the education of students in their district. Complaints or concerns related to a school, whether it be in regard to staff, educational programs, or extra-curricular activities are under the direct authority of the superintendent of the school district. Concerns with the district superintendent are directed to the school board of the particular school district.
In addition, the Shasta County Board of Education does not participate in negotiations with Shasta County Office of Education employees as the County Superintendent is the employer.
Shasta High School
STUDENT BOARD MEMBERS
Since the 2005-06 school year, the Shasta County Board of Education has provided high school student representatives the opportunity to serve as Student Board Members alongside them. The Shasta County Board of Education values the voice of youth and desires to keep students at the forefront with the decisions that they make.
Student Board Members are selected through an application and interview process and serve a one-year term on the Shasta County Board of Education. They provide important insight and input into the discussion of the Board and their ideas, thoughts, and concerns are listened to and reflected in decisions of the Board.
This unique opportunity for students to serve as Student Board Members provides them with an up-close view of the governance process. They gain a perspective of the educational systems, rules, regulations, and practices of the Shasta County Board of Education, Shasta County Office of Education, local school districts, and the California Department of Education.
Anderson High School
Instructional Services has the goal to provide service, leadership, and professional development to improve student learning. There are four departments within Instructional Services: Student Programs, Curriculum & Instruction, Administrator Support Services, and Early Childhood Services.
Instructional Services provides an array of training, support, resources and services for educators and families in Shasta County and the nine surrounding counties throughout Region 2. Support services such as preschool, juvenile court school, after school programs, Special Education classes, Independent Study Learning Program/Charter, administrative credentialing, countywide counseling services, safety plan development, Co-Op district support, charter school and charter authorizer support, assessment and accountability, curriculum and instruction, coordination of Foster Youth and Homeless Youth services, and professional learning opportunities are just some of the programs we offer to the schools in the north state.
In addition, Instructional Services is uniquely positioned to share information from state level committees and the California Department of Education with schools, and districts, and counties in our area in the North State. We coordinate various programs and projects to enhance teaching and learning from preschool through high school. We are willing to customize our services to meet the needs of individual schools and districts. We strive to support and assist schools with building the necessary foundations to prepare students to be college and career ready.
For more information, see the web page: https://www.shastacoe.org/instructional-services-division.
ADMINISTRATOR SUPPORT SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Shasta County Office of Education also provides guidance and support for the smaller districts and charter schools in Shasta County through the County Cooperative/Collaborative. In addition, Dr. Kim McKenzie, oversees the Tier I Administrative Credential and the Administrator Induction Program. These two programs support Shasta County and the other eight counties within Region 2. These programs provide coaching for new administrators, professional learning opportunities, and technical assistance for federal and state requirements. Additional services include support for the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), federal entitlement programs that include Title I, II, III, IV and V, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, School Leadership Team professional development, policy and governance guidance, implementation of curriculum, improvement in instructional practice, and assessment support.
CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT
Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE) guides and supports through the County Curriculum Leaders, meetings which are held monthly on topics related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Professional Development opportunities are available through trainings offered at the SCOE Professional Development Center (PDC) as well as on school sites so that educators within a school or district have the opportunity to benefit. Contracts with districts for more intensive training and on-site support are available and have been utilized with several districts in the county. In addition, Reach Higher Shasta (RHS) K-8 Literacy Grant has provided opportunities for in-depth teacher learning in literacy over the course of the last three years. Grants are actively sought out to benefit teachers in Shasta County and throughout the region.
Shasta County Office of Education has a strong commitment to continuous improvement. Through our Networked Improvement Community focused on literacy, we received training and support from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The principles of improvement guide our work with districts in Shasta County identified for Differentiated Assistance and our work as a Geographic Lead Agency for California’s System of Support. The shift to understanding the system and exploring options for improvement is a hopeful direction for positive change. We have also worked with all Shasta County Office of Education departments and school teams on an area of concern of their choosing. Applying improvement principles and tools we have learned from our experiences and training from the Carnegie Foundation, we guide them through a process to help them “dig deeper” to understand the problem and the system that produces it, focusing their efforts to form a theory of improvement, and generating and testing ideas for improvement. As we provide professional learning opportunities for teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators, we are building some improvement principles into the application of new knowledge as we ask, “What did you learn today that you will try? What are you hoping it will accomplish? What evidence will you gather to know if it was an improvement or not?”
TITLE IV GRANT: SOCIO-EMOTIONAL LEARNING
A consortium approach to applying for Title IV funds took place mid-year with the intent to build capacity within 18 of our small, rural districts and charter schools in Shasta County. Over $900,000 of federal grant funds were received for this project which is engaging over 400 teachers, classified staff, as well as district and site leaders. Consortium members are using these funds as part of a comprehensive strategy to expand access to mental health care. Schools and districts are working together for a shared mission of creating a healthy and safe school environment for all students. The consortium goal is to reduce suspension rates and reduce chronic absenteeism rates. We look forward to seeing the impact in the year to come.
TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICES
Trauma Informed Practices are the link to social/ emotional success for anyone who has experienced toxic stress and trauma. Due to repeated triggering of the fear response system, the brain develops differently, and taking in new knowledge can often be challenging. Navigating social/emotional situations can also be difficult. Trauma Informed Practices help everyone to be better regulated, which decreases challenging behavior, and promotes social/emotional success across the community. At Shasta County Office of Education, our trainers are certified through The Trauma Academy, (The Neuro-sequential Model of Education) Restorative Practices (IIRP), ACE Interface training (Anda/Porter), Executive Function (PESI- Lynne Kenney, PsyD) and Mindfulness (PESI- Chris Willar, Psy.D).
UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING (UDL)
UDL is a research-based set of principles to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all. Now endorsed by federal policy and that of many states and districts, UDL informs all of our work in educational research and design. These lessons begin with a clear goal and provide flexible means by which to meet the goal. After defining the goal, possible barriers are considered and strategies are infused to mitigate those barriers. Neuroscience identifies three broad networks in the mind: The caring and prioritizing network- the “why.” The recognition network- the “what”, and the skills and strategies network- the “how.” Lessons are designed in a three-step process: Engagement, Representation, and Action & Expression. Multiple methods of engagement are used to create interest and explain the “why” of the lesson. Multiple means of representation are used to make sure all students understand the content, the “what.” Lastly, a variety of options are offered for students to demonstrate they have learned the content and have met the goal, the “how.” This system of learning moves students towards independence and teaches them to take control of their own learning through planning and reflection. The needs of all students are met in classrooms where UDL is practiced. This is a unique form of lesson design because it operates from a proactive standpoint. We appreciate opportunities to support teachers in this learning.
Under the leadership of Executive Director, Renee Menefee, the Early Childhood Services (ECS) Department is the central access point to providing education and support services for children, families, and early education professionals in various settings in Shasta County. ECS is a department of Instructional Services, and is composed of four separate divisions: Health and Nutrition, Early Education and Instruction, Inclusive Early Education, and Family and Community Support Services. A few of the ECS programs include subsidized child care, resource and referral services, parent and provider trainings, part-day preschool programs, Early Intervention Program, and the Local Child Care and Development Planning Council and nutrition education.
Family and Community Support Services provide Resource and Referral (R&R) and the Alternative Payment (AP) child care subsidy programs and the Emergency Foster Bridge program for both Shasta and Tehama counties. A current list of Licensed Family child care providers is maintained in order to assist families in finding child care that meets the needs of both child and family. R&R provides parent and provider trainings and is the early care link to services available in our community. Subsidy programs help pay for child care services while parents work, seek work, or attend education programs. The Emergency Foster Bridge program provides child care vouchers for up to 6 months of care, to resource families (foster parents) who are working and need care for the foster child. The families and child care providers receive training in Trauma Informed Practices, to better support the child’s mental health.
INCLUSIVE EARLY EDUCATION AND SUPPORT DIVISION
supports the Early Intervention Program who provides in-home services to children with solely low disabilities or multiple disabilities in coordination with Far Northern Regional Center. This division includes Bridges to School Success offering mental health support services to children, early education providers and families. In addition, they coordinate support services for families through Help Me Grow. Help Me Grow is funded through First 5 Shasta and Dignity Health and in partnership with United Way 2-1-1. Through coordinated efforts, Help Me Grow assists families and professionals to navigate resources and referrals through a centralized system. We work to ensure all children with developmental delays are identified and linked to appropriate resources and supports.
Bridges to School Success provides integrated, comprehensive services (addressing the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of development) that are targeted at all levels of the child’s system (community, agencies, family and child). These free services include: training and support for parents and professionals; observation, assessment and diagnostic services for children exhibiting behavioral or emotional symptoms in their child care or preschool setting; case management and referral services for children needing additional assistance and intervention with parents (including home based consultation and Triple P Parenting services).
This highly successful program has helped children and families throughout Shasta County. Between 2015-2018, Bridges to School Success served approximately 400 children and families within their early childhood program, with 61% of children no longer needing services after participating in the 8 week model. In the school age program, another 300 children were seen for counseling services.
HEALTH AND NUTRITION SERVICES
provides nutrition education to family child care and preschool providers, as well as nutrition education and support to participating after school programs in Shasta County. Staff assist families in completing CalFresh applications and other requested social services. They provide the most up to date training courses in CPR and First Aid for both pediatric and adult certification. In addition, this division provides support and training to early education programs through the onsite/on-call Nurse service, as well as hearing and vision assessments for Shasta County Office of Education State Preschool students.
THE EARLY EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES DIVISION
offers high quality California State Preschool programs at various sites throughout Shasta County. Many of the classrooms are located on school campuses ensuring a smooth transition for children as they move into TK or Kindergarten. The preschool programs provide 3-5 year olds with early learning experiences that nurture and prepare them to successfully transition to TK/Kindergarten and become lifelong learners. The program recognizes each child as an individual with unique strengths and areas of growth and is inclusive of children with special needs and English language learners and offers parent trainings and family support.
QUALITY COUNTS NORTH STATE
To progressively improve the quality in early childhood education in the North State, Early Childhood Services and First 5 Shasta continue to work as lead agencies of a group of northern counties, including Shasta, Modoc, Siskiyou, Trinity, Glenn, Tehama, and Lassen. The North State Quality Counts Consortium, provides support and incentives for programs, teachers, and administrator in participating classrooms to improve the quality of early care and education.
This work is supported by the Quality Counts California grant funding from both California Department of Education and First 5 California. As an incentive to Quality Counts North State, participating teachers, administrators, and early education substitutes, may take advantage of the Quality Counts scholarship program. This scholarship opportunity was developed in coordination between Shasta College, Shasta County Office of Education, and First 5 Shasta.
The intent is to provide educational funding for individuals to attend a local educational institution including Shasta College, Lassen College, Butte College, College of the Siskiyous, and Southern Oregon University, with little to no out of pocket expenses, and includes funding for books and supplies. If an applicant desires to attend another university, the option for reimbursement exists.
LOCAL CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING COUNCIL (LPC)
is actively involved in advocating for early care and education needs within Shasta County. The purpose of the Council is to bring together resources within our community in order to identify and assess the early care and education needs of young children and their families. The mission of Shasta County LPC is to involve the community in supporting inclusive, high quality early care and education through public outreach. The Council continues to lead efforts in the needs, services, quality, and systems that pertain to early care and education in our county.
With a focus on high-quality inclusive care, LPC is tasked with assessing local child care needs, developing a county-wide strategic plan, setting zip code priorities for use of state funds, collaborating with local entities to carry out child care staff retention initiatives, and facilitating the temporary and voluntary transfer of funds between state-funded agencies. The LPC’s membership is composed of 20 voting members, appointed by the County Board of Supervisors and the County Superintendent of Schools. Members exercise decision-making responsibility for LPC functions. Current Council membership consists of managers and directors from agencies providing child care services and support services, parents receiving child care services, and employees from local businesses. Some of the businesses represented on the Council include Shasta College, Shasta County Office of Education, Shasta Head Start, First 5 Shasta, Shasta Family YMCA, and Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council.
North State STEM is a collaborative impact model of the nine county offices of education in California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Region 2; Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity Counties. This North State collaborative represents the Northeastern corner of the State of California; a geographic region of over 30,000 square miles. Planned outcomes for the Region 2 Network are: • Engage the interest of and partner with community leaders. • Share practices worthy of attention and outcomes in order to impact STEM opportunities in the North State. • Strengthen the existing as well as increase STEM programs, path-ways and learning activities access across the Pre-Kindergarten (PK) —16 educational systems. • The Shasta County Office of Education is partnering with our region of nine North State counties to see how we leverage our time and talents to make a difference for students in the present and future. Local businesses, industries, organizations, and the education community collaborate to increase the opportunities for students to pursue STEM-related careers. The mission of North State STEM is to be the catalyst for STEM education by coordinating quality experiential programs and fostering private and public partnerships to build college and career readiness in the 21st century. Our long-term goals are to: • Build partnerships that connect existing education, business, and community assets to increase efficiency, innovation, scale, communication, and sustainability of quality STEM teaching and learning. • Strengthen quality of and expand access to STEM education and resources across Northern California’s PK-16 formal and informal educational institutions • Increase STEM interest and competencies of all students in Northern California and increase the number of students who pursue STEM-related credentials, degrees, and careers. Contact: (530) 245-0245
THE NORTH STATE STEM SHASTA COUNTY ACTION COMMITTEES ESTABLISHED TO PURSUE THE GOALS ARE:
THE IGNITE STEM CAREER DAY COMMITTEE
Provide an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to foster awareness of career opportunities in STEM-related fields and to dive into hands-on, “minds-on” STEM activities. For businesses and organizations, STEM focused career day also provides an ideal setting for local industry leaders to network, engage attendees in discussion, expose students to the different STEM-related careers and vocations, and learn more about the latest STEM initiatives throughout Shasta County and beyond.
The 1st annual Ignite Opportunity STEM Career Day was held on January 30, 2015, and served close to 700 Shasta County 9th graders. The 2nd event was on October 23, 2015, and served over 1,000 9th grade students from 7 northern California counties. The 3rd event was held on October 28, 2016, and served 1,200 9th grade students from 8 counties and 28 high schools. The 4th event was held on October 20, 2017. There were 1,200 students in attendance representing 32 schools from 8 counties. The 5th event was held on November 16, 2018. There were 1,00 in attendance representing 23 schools and 6 counties. Special note: There were 5 schools in 2 counties that were planning on attending, but could not due to school closures caused by the Camp Fire.
The KidSTEM initiative is a 3-year plan to offer a 1-day event for 4th graders with various STEM contests. The goals include promoting a growth mindset, celebrating their STEM successes, and motivating them to enjoy and utilize STEM. Another goal is to make this accessible to all children in 4th grade.
The committee formed on April 1st, 2019, composed of representatives from several elementary schools, instructional coaches, engineers, local industry, representatives from both local colleges, and SCOE. The plan is to pilot activities and contests in classrooms in 2019-20. In 2020- 21, we will run a small-scale event with several classrooms brought together. In 2021-22, we will offer the event to 4th graders throughout Shasta County.
Traditional fairs of this nature often require parent support and we seek to limit this need so all children can participate. Ideas for contests include reverse engineering, Rube Goldberg devices, spontaneous engineering design, planned engineering design, math 3-Act challenges, breakout.edu (similar to an escape room), science fiction writing, traditional science inquiry/experimentation, and more.
The Shasta County Office of Education Student Programs Department offers a variety of support services at the request of school districts, including but not limited to: interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Orientation and Mobility training for the Visually Impaired, and Excel Academy for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities. Our Youth Support Services Program provides assistance to Shasta County districts to support Foster Youth Programs, Homeless and McKinney Vento, and Tobacco Use Prevention Education. Our program partners with Shasta County Family Services, Shasta County Probation, Shasta County Health and Human Services, and Shasta County Mental Health Services. Shasta County Independent Study Charter (SCISC) is an alternative to conventional educational settings, allowing students to complete coursework independently under the supervision of a credentialed teacher. Students meet individually with an assigned teacher a minimum of one time per week. This program is voluntary and provides the flexibility to meet students’ specific needs, interests, and learning styles. School Attendance Review Board (SARB) works directly with students and their parents to resolve issues in the area of attendance and/or behavior. The School Attendance Review Board process within Shasta County is extremely effective due to the commitment, cooperation, and support of compassionate individuals beginning at the school site, up to, and including the Court. Shasta Health, Academic, and Recreation Enrichment (SHARE) is a collaborative effort between Shasta County Office of Education, school districts, and support agencies to provide safe and structured activities for our students outside of the regular school day.
CALIFORNIA LEARNING COMMUNITIES FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS PROGRAM (CLCSSP)
The California Learning Communities for School Success Program (CLCSSP) also known as the Attendance Grant, is a funding effort to help Local Education Agencies who are collaboratively seeking to increase student academic success by increasing student attendance. As a consortium, Shasta County Office of Education works in tandem with community partners and three union high school districts in Shasta County. The consortia are progressive in establishing the efficacy of learning by focusing on learner populations in ninth through twelfth grades, thus purposely centering multi-tiered approaches for increasing attendance within those vulnerable student populations. As a learning community, the consortia purport opportunity to improve student achievement and well-being by identifying student needs, implementing preventative and restorative justices’ practicums to help kids persist in and complete school, and forming strong bonds with school-site personnel. The consortia community partners, local education agencies, the grant team’s coordinator, and the parent liaisons are integral for bridging the gap between parents, students, staff and the overall learning community.
Project SHARE provides a variety of diverse enrichment activities at all 22 sites. These include (but are not limited to) academics, sports and recreation, team building activities and events, as well as a heavy concentration of STEAM activities, such as Robotics, coding, makerspaces, visual and performing arts, fine arts, engineering, and math. We also focus on youth development opportunities (community volunteering, career development, etc.) Our academic activities focus on hands-on curriculum that is aligned to common core and use real world collaborative skills. We offer homework assistance as well as extensions of school day lessons.
FUTURE OF WHISKEYTOWN ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOOL
The future of Whiskeytown Environmental School (WES) is uncertain following the Carr Fire impact on our former site at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. The site was rendered unsafe for 2018-19 and for an indefinite time into the future. For the past five decades the National Park Service owned and maintained the Whiskeytown Environmental School fa- cilities. The Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE) has provided the staff and programming for the Whiskeytown Environmental School.
For the 2018-19 school year, we did not operate the K-4 field lab program or the summer camp. We were able to temporarily relocate the 5th- 6th grade residential outdoor science school to the Lassen Pines Christian Conference Center. This accommodation was possible because of the ability to utilize insurance proceeds. The insurance funds only covered one year. We have also learned that higher elevation sites do not meet the needs of the students due to cold and snow.
In 2019-20, we will replace the residential pro- gram with a series of all-day programs. These will be similar to the WES experiences and lessons, but will utilize various locations through- out the county.
There are 3 options for the future of the residential program, the summer camp, and the field labs. We can return to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (if, and only if, the site can be declared safe), find a new site else- where in Shasta County, or close the outdoor school permanently.
The safety of our former site remains unclear. Major debris flows of the life-threatening type are a possibility. It’s not clear what areas of the park have been affected to this level, but the initial report we heard was grim. We will not put children in harm’s way. We have asked for a thorough safety review by our partners at the National Park Service. It’s certain that parts of the site are unsafe and would require major rebuilding.
Securing a new site also has tremendous challenges. There are no camps to purchase that would meet our needs (most are too small or too high in elevation), leaving the option to build a new camp, which could cost roughly 13 million dollars. SCOE does not have funds for this and this is a large amount for the community to raise.
The SCOE deeply values the Whiskeytown Environmental School as a time-honored tradition for students and an asset to the community. The school models the highest standard for field-based science education, and fosters life- long stewardship for our natural and cultural treasures.
The SCOE Board and staff will continue to explore the options and will make a final determination once all the data has been gathered. While the future is unclear, SCOE continues to make every effort to seek a site for the beloved Whiskeytown Environmental School.
As an educational outreach of Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE), the planetarium captures the passion and curiosity of the universe from space to Earth. We continue to offer a double-feature public show every two weeks and they have sold out since August 2016.
Tickets are $8 for public shows and field trips. Efforts are being made to raise funds to replace our aging projection and audio system. Contact: 530.225.0295.
The theater is located at the SCOE office located at 1644 Magnolia Avenue, Redding CA 96001
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS FIELDS TRIPS
Our school field trips remain popular, in part due to our two new dynamic educators. Even grade levels that do not learn about space can find value in our programs. Every grade gets more than pre and post lessons, they get a unit of study rooted in the Next Generation Science Standards. For example, second grade discovers in their classroom how to build towers, bridges, and roofs, exploring different materials and structures. In the show they see the ultimate building challenges and enjoy them in our hands-on opportunities through our exhibits. Register for field trips at www.shastacoe.org/planetarium
FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM AND PUBLIC SHOWS
The Friends of the Planetarium, our nonprofit support group, is spearheading the fundraising to replace the projection system. The SCOE Board has agreed to match the funds raised. The Friends of Schreder Planetarium also handles the management of the gift shop and volunteer recruitment. If you love Schreder Planetarium, consider joining this group.
MTSS within Shasta County
Shasta County’s Lead, Dr. Kim McKenzie, will continue to work together with Redding Elementary School District that identified two of their schools to be a “Knowledge Development Team.” This team piloted the California Scale-Up MultiTiered Systems of Support Statewide Initiative (SUMS) model last school year. The team includes practitioners such as Special Education teachers, speech teachers, English language specialist, regular education teachers, academic coaches, administrators, and other support staff. The intent of this initiative is to pilot these practices at the rural, urban, and suburban levels to gain an understanding of the diverse needs of the student population within each geographical setting; ultimately rolling this initiative out statewide.
This year Oak Run Elementary School, Indian Springs Elementary School, Castle Rock Elementary School, and Montgomery Creek Elementary School received a grant a $25,000 to implement MTSS.
The second round of grant recipients joined the SUMS grant in January of 2018. These school districts, Bella Vista Elementary School District, Columbia Elementary School District, and Happy Valley Union School District are finishing up their 5-day training on the MTSS initiative. The final round of cohort grantees will be awarded in middle May with their support training starting next fall.
The final round of grants was awarded in spring of 2018. The following school/districts/county office joined the SUMS grant: Redding Elementary School District, Shasta County Office of Education, Anderson New Tech High School, Black Butte Elementary School District, Grant Elementary School District, and French Gulch/Whiskeytown School District.
In Shasta County 12 school districts and one county office participated in the grant. The grant focused on enhancing access for all students. All stakeholders were trained in professional development that supported best practices in the classroom, and created a culture of collaboration. The grant will conclude in 2020 but support will continue through county professional development in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Trauma Informed Practices, Restorative Circles, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Trainings.
Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) within Region 2
In 2016, the Orange County Office of Education (OCDE) in partnership with Butte County Office of Education was awarded a $10 million grant that will be used to encourage local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish and align school wide, data driven systems of academic and behavioral supports for the purpose of meeting the needs of California’s diverse learners in the most inclusive environment. The purpose of the funding is to enhance equitable access for all stakeholders, focus on the whole child, create a culture of collaboration among all stakeholders and align support systems.
This initiative is being rolled out statewide in order to sustain behavior and academic support for students throughout California. The primary objective of MTSS is to increase and improve services for all students. The MTSS initiative relies on strong administrative leadership, integrated educational framework, family and community engagement, and inclusive policy structure and practice.
Shasta County Office of Education’s very own Dr. Kim McKenzie is the Regional Lead for the MultiTiered System of Support (MTSS). She has been tasked with implementing MTSS, with a focus on rural schools, throughout Region 2. She will be instrumental in training the trainers from the nine county offices in Region 2 who will in turn work with districts in their perspective county. OCDE recently received an additional $30 million to support the scope of this very meaningful work throughout the state. As a result, there will be three rounds of sub-grants awarded to schools that exhibit essential components that training and support through the Administrator Support Services will be able to use to support their local goals and needs.
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS / SHASTA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
Tier 2 Induction Program Shasta County Office of Education Tier 2 Induction program, in partnership with Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), was designed to provide new administrators the opportunity to clear their preliminary administrative credential through a job-embedded induction experience. The program was developed in response to the state’s change in how administrators clear their credentials.
Upon acceptance into the two-year induction program, preliminary administrators are paired with a trained, veteran administrator who serves as their coach, in a process that is designed to be highly individualized and tailored to build on strengths and identify growth. Through on-site observations and one-on-one meetings, the coach and candidate develop and implement an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
Additionally, these candidates will attend professional development classes and will collect evidence that demonstrates they have applied the California Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (CPSELs) in their daily work.
Shasta County Office of Education in partnership with the ACSA, serve new leaders in the longest running coaching-based Clear Administrative Services Credential program in the state. This work continues to be led by Dr. Kim McKenzie. Our organization’s expertise and experience in leadership coaching and professional development make our program a respected California induction program. Support for new school leaders is critical to student success. Research indicates new administrators, principals, co-principals, assistant principals, deans, and other site and district leaders, must have direct support grounded in the individual needs of the new leader and the context in which they work. Our program is designed to support and accelerate school leadership practice to positively impact student learning. Through targeted coaching and timely and ongoing professional development our program participants build capacity to develop positive and collaborative school cultures.
Clear Credential Candidates will benefit from the following program components:
- 40 hours individualized, onsite leadership coaching • Highly trained, skilled, and successful Certified Leadership Coach
- 10 hours of foundational professional development plus an additional 10 hours of individualized professional development choice
- Cohort based collaboration and connectivity with new administrators throughout California
- Collaborative and supportive system for developing his/her induction plan and action steps. Currently, we have approximately 44 candidates enrolled in our induction program with 30 administrator coaches. We have 2 enrollment periods fall and winter for candidates to enroll in the program.
SHASTA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION’S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY RECEIVES ACCREDITATION
Shasta County Office of Education’s Leadership Academy has received full accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. In October of 2018, the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program was reviewed over three days as a part of a seven-year accreditation cycle and received a unanimous recommendation by a site visit review team. The team reviewed program standards, the service credential website, and conducted dozens of interviews onsite and remotely with various stakeholder groups.
Dr. Kim McKenzie, director of the Leadership Academy, attended a hearing of the Committee on Accreditation in Sacramento on November 7, 2018 for a full reading of the report and answered questions by the committee regarding the program. The committee passed a motion granting accreditation for seven years.
The Academy’s mission is to be the premier Region 2 provider for relevant, personal, and high quality instruction in the field of school administration and leadership. The Leadership Academy has graduated more than 150 students, many of whom teach or work as administrators in Northern California.
ADMINISTRATIVE CREDENTIALING PROGRAMS
Shasta Leadership Academy– Tier I Program
Under Dr. Kim McKenzie’s leadership, the Tier I Administrator Credential Program continues to grow. This year we had 21 new candidates from Shasta County and the 8 counties in Region 2.
The Shasta County Office of Education Preliminary Services Credential Program is designed for aspiring school administrators who seek to develop the skills to effectively lead a 21st century educational organization. The 10 month model is a blend of coursework and performance based tasks that provide ongoing opportunities for candidates to learn educational theory and apply that understanding in an authentic in-class and in-field environment. In addition, candidates are also supported by mentors within the region.
Our program consists of 6 courses based on the California Administrator Performance Expectations (CAPEs). The CAPEs describe the minimum competencies expected of candidates ready to begin professional practice as a California administrator. The CAPEs include:
• Visionary Leadership • Instructional Leadership • Management and Organizational Leadership • Family Engagement • Professional Learning and Ethics • School Improvement Leadership
A new requirement to the program this year is the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA). This assessment is taken in 3 parts and must be passed prior to the preliminary credential recommendation.
In the past five years our program has served over 150 candidates in earning a Preliminary Administrative Service Credential. We have over a 50% job placement rate for those administrators actively seeking positions.
SHASTA COUNTY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD (SARB)
Shasta County Office of Education has continued an ongoing commitment to both local and county School Attendance Review Boards (SARB). County and local SARBs were established by Education Code 48321 in order to:
- maximize the use of all available resources and services
- avoid unnecessary duplication of resources to resolve attendance and behavior problems; and
- divert students from the juvenile justice system with school-related problems.
The Shasta County Office of Education SARB provides services to all local school districts to support the reduction of truancy and behavior problems within the elementary, middle school, and high school students. Our goal is to return students to positive attendance and behavior through an early intervention process by, sending letters, making phone calls, utilizing local community resources and parent meetings to find solutions to resolve the issues hindering school attendance and behavior. Our local SARB boards require all available interventions to be held prior to bringing a student to the SARB Board. A School Attendance Review Team (SART), Student Study Team (SST), Student Success Team (SST), and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), are some examples of pre-SARB meetings held to offer all available services to the family prior to SARB.
Our County SARB Board consists of individuals from the Shasta County Office of Education, Law Enforcement, District Attorney’s Office, Probation, Health and Human Services, youth community based service center, Public Defender’s Office, and members of the community.
The SARB process serves students by recommending changes in the school program, directing the student and/or family to counseling, connecting them to community resources, tutoring if needed, alternative teacher assignments when appropriate, education, and support in navigating roadblocks creating the attendance or behavior problems and ultimately referring to the court system if the attendance problem is not successfully resolved.
REDDING STEM ACADEMY (R-STEM)
Redding STEM Academy is a K-8 public charter school sponsored by the Shasta County Office of Education. The primary emphasis of R-STEM is integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into each student’s daily routine. The school is proud to utilize a nationally known STEM curriculum called "Project Lead the Way" and has developed a Makerspace for its students. The main mission of the school is to get students excited and prepared to pursue STEM classes in high school and college and to give them the confidence that they can succeed in a STEM career.
A second unique feature of R-STEM is its focus on blended learning. Utilizing technology, students are able to access individualized curriculum in science, engineering, math, and reading. This allows students to grow at their own pace. The school recognizes the importance of teaching the whole child, so the children are also exposed to the arts, drama, physical education, character building, and a multitude of field trips as part of the learning experience. The ultimate goal of the school is to help train confident, lifelong learners who are productive and caring members of their community. Please contact the school at (530) 275-5480 to set up a tour.
SHASTA COUNTY INDEPENDENT STUDY CHARTER SCHOOL
Shasta County Independent Study Charter (SCISC) is a learning community that fosters personalized learning to assist students in obtaining their High School diploma and develop readiness for both college and career. As a charter school, we have greater flexibility to develop a personalized learning environment for our students, while adhering to criteria set forth by the California Department of Education. SCISC combines individualized learning plans with self-awareness and leadership development.
Students have the opportunity to:
- Learn at home outside the comprehensive school environment
- Complete courses in CORE and elective subjects
- Participate in a variety of onsite elective opportunities
- Receive college and career counseling. Referral to community agencies as needed
- Concurrently enroll in Shasta College for an introduction to higher learning and a higher rate of Credit Recovery
- Enroll in Career Technical Education classes at the Shasta Trinity Regional Occupation Program.
CHRYSALIS CHARTER SCHOOL
This is a K-8 public charter school sponsored by the Shasta County Office of Education with a mission “to encourage the light within each student to shine brighter.” Special emphasis is placed on teaching for understanding; science and nature study; and nurturing a kind, close community with lots of parent involvement.
Chrysalis creates abundant learning opportunities through student-centered, experiential activities.
- Most classes are small to allow responsiveness to teachable moments.
- Discussions and small group work are frequent.
- Students are placed in core subject classes by ability level so they can experience understanding.
Contact: (530) 547-9726 www.chrysalischarterschool.com
(Special Education Local Planning Area)
The Shasta County SELPA office provides training, dispute resolution, and policy development for all programs and fiscal aspects of special education for the 32 school districts and charter schools in Shasta County. The Governing Board of each district and many of the charter schools in Shasta County are a signatory to the Shasta County Local Plan that defines the governance of the SELPA. The SELPA office is the primary contact for the California Department of Education Division’s work in monitoring and supporting special education programs. The SELPA also supports the Community Advisory Committee, which is comprised of parents of children with disabilities enrolled in local schools, as well as other parents and professionals interested in special education. Contact: (530) 225-0100
REACH HIGHER Shasta is a local initiative that works to create clear pathways from our children’s first day in the cradle to their first day on the job. We ensure they are ready for kindergarten, motivated and supported through elementary, middle, and high school, and assisted in the transition to career training or college. Along the way we connect them to caring adults and generous business partners who serve as mentors, guides, and coaches. We collect data that measures what’s working and what needs to change. We believe every student deserves every option. And we know that their success will change the future of our community. The mission is: "Working together as a community to provide all students with all options for education and training after high school to pursue a successful, fulfilling career." At the Shasta County Office of Education, we truly believe that bringing all schools and districts from across Shasta County together around a single focus helps us to improve outcomes for students collectively. Because of this opportunity to support all through this work, we have heavily invested our staff in the work of the Reach Higher Shasta Initiatives.
K-8 LITERACY GRANT
Shasta County Office of Education’s Instructional Services Division is a recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funding for a three year Reach Higher Shasta K-8 Literacy Grant. This grant is officially coming to a close this June of 2019, however plans for continuing the learning are in place. Eighty-five kindergarten through 8th grade teachers from nineteen Shasta County districts and two charter schools are participating in the grant. The teachers are divided into three grade-span groups: Kindergarten through second, third through fifth, and sixth through eighth. Kindergarten through second grade teachers focus on foundational reading skills, while third through eighth grade teachers focused on teaching literacy across the content areas. Through our connection with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we were also given the opportunity to partner with the Carnegie Foundation to create a Networked Improvement Community (NIC). A NIC is a scientific learning community that is distinguished by four essential characteristics:
- focused on a specific aim,
- guided by deep understanding of the problem and a theory of improvement,
- disciplined by the rigor of improvement science; and
- coordinated to accelerate the development, testing and refinements of interventions, and their effective integration into varied educational contexts.
Our NIC aim is to improve first grade reading outcomes for the students of Shasta County. Each year, we had the opportunity to expand the number of kindergarten, first, and second grade teachers participating in the NIC starting with eleven, then doubling to twenty-two with teachers inviting teaching partners and ending with thirty-seven in our third year. The goal of expanding was to increase teacher support on their school site to sustain and continue to the learning. Carnegie staff has trained and coached us in Improvement Science to help us understand how to use strategic tools to help us understand our area of focus and how we know if we are making a difference or not through diving deep into relevant data, sometimes even with our students! Teachers have shared that their experience in this grant has changed the way they collect, analyze and use data to guide their instruction on a daily basis, be better equipped to know how to purposefully use Trauma Informed Practices to actively engage their students in the learning process, and broadened their support system with teachers all across our county who they may have never had the opportunity to learn with and from. This opportunity has come our way because of the very unique network we have in place with Reach Higher Shasta. We are very excited that this grant provides us the opportunity for us to collectively make a difference in terms of literacy outcomes for years to come.
ATTEND TO ACHIEVE CAMPAIGN 2019
After the Shasta County Absenteeism Summit I in September of 2019, a committee was formed to review input from community stakeholders and educators who attended. The committee identified several key areas of focus: the need for family supports, common myths about attendance, and the need for school resources.
Within the attendance committee two work groups were formed; the campaign group developed an overall slogan (Attend to Achieve) as well as monthly slogans with logos to be used on print materials, outdoor advertising, and social media; a digital toolkit with live links to resources was created for schools and community agencies who work with families. The public service announcement group designed 30-second and 60-second videos featuring Shasta County leaders and students delivering the “Attend to Achieve” message.
In April at Summit II, the attendance committee members shared their process and results, and asked for feedback and input from those in attendance. The United Way was also on hand with a presentation about the resources they provide; schools and other community agencies were encouraged to refer families to the United Way and their 2-1-1 line, as well as their website.
School administrators were made aware of all the resources; schools may order free print materials from First 5 Shasta in order to use them in their site-based Attend to Achieve launches in August, which coincides with the county-wide launch that includes billboards, RABA bus advertising, and materials made available in places like Shasta Community Health and other agencies. The digital toolkit is available on the Reach Higher Shasta website and will be updated quarterly. The attendance committee will reconvene periodically to review attendance data from schools to determine the campaign’s effectiveness and plan for the future.
The Attend to Achieve committee thanks Judy Flores, Jackie Scott, Chasity Konu, and Tim Mapes for their expertise and diligence in assisting with leadership, consensus building, graphic arts, and video messaging respectively. We couldn’t have done it without you.
EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMITTEE
The Reach Higher Shasta- Early Childhood Committee (RHS-ECC) completed the updated “Next Stop Kindergarten” guide to inform parents of young children on the eligibility, age, and education options available throughout Shasta County.
It describes how to enroll a child into a program, as well as tips for helping their child build valuable literacy, numeracy, social-emotional, and physical skills before kindergarten. The guide has also been translated for Spanish speaking families. The RHS-ECC is in process of developing a universal transition packet to be piloted by select preschool programs late spring-summer 2019.
In order to gain a better understanding of the information teachers feel is most important and useful of a child entering transitional kindergarten or kindergarten (TK/K), a survey was developed and distributed to TK/K teachers throughout Shasta County. The information gathered was used to develop a transition packet that families, early childhood programs, and other agencies can use to support a student’s transition into TK/K.
The packet includes current developmental levels, ways to best support the child’s transition and growth, pertinent family, behavioral, and health information. The finalized universal transition packet will be made available countywide, spring 2020.
In 2018-19, we broadened the audience of the Reach Higher Shasta High School committee and invited administrators who serve students in grades six through eight. Two goals were identified for this bi-monthly collaboration:
- To improve the eighth to ninth grade transition for students in 3 areas: attendance, behavior, and course outcomes; and
- To track the success of students from middle school through high school and beyond.
Part of each session where we have come together has been to gain insight into one of the three areas where we are collecting data:
- What is the impact on students who miss school more than ten percent of the time?
- What does brain development look like within a young teen and how does this impact behavior?
- How might our grading practices be more equitable?
In addition, administrators have brought the names of students who are struggling in one or more of our areas of focus so that we can consider ways to better support students in this transition between eighth and ninth grades.
Over the past three years, each district in the county with high schools along with two of the charter schools have been working to create a systematic approach to school counseling in order to ensure that all students receive the same school counseling curriculum no matter what campus they attend or who their counselor happens to be. The curriculum focuses on the academic, social-emotional, and college / career development of all students. In addition, the RHS campuses have agreed upon data elements to be collected in order to determine students most in need of supplemental interventions and supports.
The RHS Counseling Initiative includes Counselor Co-Leads from each high school and a Counseling Coordinator that was hired to lead in the coordination between high schools and the implementation of a sustainable and comprehensive school counseling model. Over the past two years, counselors and administrators from each high school have benefited from ten days of training in the American School Counseling Association’s National Model which are the standards for school counseling programs along with direction in how to implement those standards within each high school.
We are already seeing the results of this effort: from the Senior class of 2016 to the Senior class of 2018
- 14.6 % more students have graduated college ready meaning they have completed the A-G college admission requirements
- 78% more students completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- 29.7% more students received California grants (Cal Grant A , B, or C).
The aim of the REACH HIGHER Literacy Initiative is “All 3rd Grade Students in Shasta County reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade as measured by the CAASPP ELA Standard Met or Exceeded.” The committee, in joint collaboration with the REACH HIGHER Shasta Early Literacy Partnership committee, has identified six main drivers to focus the work of the committee to work toward achieving the aim. The drivers are: Partner Better Together; Maximize opportunities; Empower Families; Identify, Coordinate, Improve Known 3rd grade Literacy Actions in the Community; Drive Improvement Through Data and Communicate a Common County-Wide Focus. A driver diagram has been created that maps the primary and secondary drivers of systems and potential actions discussed throughout the year. “Did you know reading 10 minutes a day makes a lifetime of difference?” In a specific effort of the drivers to Partner Better Together, Maximize Opportunities, Empower Families and Identify Coordinate, Improve Known 3rd Grade Literacy Actions in the Community , the committee has created a Summer Reading Programs flyer directing families to a collection of resources to promote reading throughout the summer with access to programs and books. Resources are available: www.reachhighershasta.com or http://reddingschools.net/summer-reading-programs/
CAREER CONNECTIONS COMMITTEE
Shasta County students need the career direction and inspiration that local businesses and their employees can provide. REACH HIGHER Shasta Career Connections makes a business's investment meaningful and easy - and establishes boundaries that respect their time and allow for their employees to give back while remaining productive. From speaking in a classroom to mentoring students to taking on a hardworking intern, businesses will find something that works for them, making a lasting difference for members of our future workforce.
The Reach Higher Shasta Career Connections Initiative gets business partners to join our volunteer database for guest presentations, field trip opportunities, job shadowing, mock interviews and internships. Schools are then able to make requests through the online portal. The Career Connections application makes the match and helps connect the volunteer with the school. For more info visit our website and select the Initiatives tab.
To date there are over:
- 100 businesses registered
- 175 volunteers, and
- 40 internships
for students as part of this experience. Increased marketing is underway to ensure that teachers, parents, and students know about the opportunities that are available.
FOCUS ON AMERICAN INDIAN SUPPORT
In 2018-19, we increased our focus on students who have an American Indian heritage as their outcomes are among the lowest overall in Shasta County. With the School Absenteeism Summit in September, we brought a group of American Indian leaders together to share the challenges more broadly regarding attendance. In January, we brought Dr. Niki Sandoval, the Education Director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, to speak to a broad base of Shasta County American Indian tribal and education leaders. Dr. Sandoval shared the dramatic improvement in Chumash Indian student outcomes she has been able to support over the last ten years in Santa Barbara County.
Since January, a small group has continued to meet on a regular basis to develop a training series for 2019-20 focused on equity and Native Americans as well as a training day for teachers on October 8, 2019.
We have developed a flyer for parents on why identification as American Indian at the time of school registration matters.
Also in the works, is a South County Indian Education Consortium to support students and their families. The largest scope of work is around curriculum development that will provide lessons that share the history of American Indians from our local area.
As we strive to improve outcomes for all students, this specific focus will be extremely beneficial as it begins to connect with educators at the school level in the year to come.
THE SHASTA PROMISE
Every student in Shasta County will graduate prepared to either enter the workforce directly or continue their formal education beyond high school.
For those students interested in pursuing a college degree, The Shasta Promise guarantees admission into one of the six partner universities or community colleges located near Shasta County. Students who complete minimum college preparatory or community college requirements are guaranteed admission to all of the following institutions of higher education.
The expressed goal of The Shasta Promise is to guarantee enrollment to every student allow- ing them to earn career technical certificates, transfer to a four-year college or university, and/or have the ability to achieve an advanced degree. The Shasta Promise began April 11, 2013. Some examples of benefits for Shasta County students range from in-state tuition to Southern Oregon University, priority admission to Chico, Simpson, and National Universities and direct access to full-time classes and transfer guarantees at our community colleges. Each of the institutions provide significant programs and support to their students. Taken together, these efforts comprise The Shasta Promise
- Chico State University
- College of the Siskiyous
- National University
- Shasta College
- Simpson University
- Southern Oregon University
In July 2018, the seventh most devastating fire in California history struck Shasta County. The North State rallied around the community, with outreach and donations to support students, families and schools. Shasta County Office of Education served as a hub for coordinating, collecting and distributing donations to school sites and other community based organizations throughout the county.
Donated items included:
- Filled 1,000 backpacks - Evergreen School, Rotary, Dahle, and Local Groups
- 100 Dyson Air Filters
- 100 BKR water bottles
- Thousand of dollars in gift cards for shoes
- Four inspirational children donated $300 from their lemonade stand
- Over $10,000 was provided for athletic
McQueen High School presented a check for $10,020 to Judy Flores three weeks after the Carr Fire. The fynds were used to replace sports equipment that students in our community lost in the fire.
Megan Rapinoe joined efforts with Shasta Regional Community Foundation and set up fundraising to help families recovering from the Carr Fire.
Shasta County Office of Education was set up at the Local Assistance Center to assist families who have lost their homes with childcare, student support for transportation and food assistance support.
A heartfelt thank you to our SCOE family for your generous toy donations for the "Stuff the Buss" drive!!
Millville Elementary School
Milville Elementary School District
Millville Elementary School
Milville Elementary School District
Shasta High School
Shasta Union High School District
OFFICE & TECHNICAL
Shasta County Office of Education
No one who achieves success does so without acknowleging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
Alfred North Whitehead
Enterprise Elementary School District
SUPPORT SERVICES & SECURITY
Enterprise Elementary School District
MAINTENANCE, OPERATIONS & FACILITIES
Redding Elementary School District
PARA-EDUCATOR & INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANCE
Redding Elementary School District
Bella Vista Elementary School
Gateway Unified School District
Enterprise High School
Shasta Union High School District
Black Butte Union Elementary School District
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more - you are a leader.
President John Quincy Adams
CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
Kim McKenzie Ed. D.
Shasta County Office of Education
HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES
Pre-employment testing, recruitment and selection, labor and employee relations, workers’ compensation, substitute services, certification and credentialing services, and consultation on human resource issues are services provided by this department.
Contact: (530) 225-0280
Counseling is offered to all classified employees regarding retirement.
Contact: 1 (888) 225-7377 for questions or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for appointment.
Counseling in retirement planning, application completion, benefits, and options is offered to administrators and certificated employees from nine Northern California counties.
For Appointmentt: 1(800) 228-5453 ext. 3 Questions: 1(800) 228-5453
FACILITIES, MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS
The Facilities, Maintenance and Operations Department manages the facilities used by the Shasta County Office of Education, to provide clean and safe classrooms, offices, and training facilities. The department also assists with Williams Settlement visits to district schools.
Contact: (530) 225-0274
Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE) has partnered with Tulare County Office of Education and the California Center for Teaching Careers to address the educator shortage in the North State. The northern section has been nicknamed NorthState Educate and serves Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity County Offices’ of Education. Our office has been a liaison to all County Offices of Education and districts in this region and represented at local and virtual job fairs. Statistics to attract educators to our region include a higher than average income and lower than average housing costs, not to mention the many geographic features such as lakes, rivers, mountains and oceans. SCOE has attended recruitment fairs at CSU Humboldt, CSU Chico, Western Oregon University, Simpson University, along with representation at an online virtual fair. Successes include revival of the educator career fair in partnership with Simpson University and recruitment of special education and single subject teachers. Our efforts have established outreach to over 500 candidates and will have long-lasting impact on the provision of quality education for north state youth.
The Shasta County Office of Education provides fiscal oversight for all Shasta County school districts. In addition, contracted services are provided to assist districts and charter schools with budgeting, payroll processing, general accounting, and collection of school developer fees.
Contact: (530) 225-0235
The Information Technology department provides support for a wide array of technology to include advanced network design and management as well as hardware and applications support. The Shasta County Office of Education Network Operations Center hosts connectivity to the major telecommunications providers in our area, and manages and maintains a Wide Area Network for schools in Shasta County.
The Shasta County Office of Education also provides connectivity to the most robust research and education network infrastructure of any state in the nation. The multi-tiered, advanced network is a collaborative effort by
- CENIC, K12HSN, and CalREN which serves the state’s public and private institutions of primary through higher educational communities.
- CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) built and maintains the network
- K12HSN (K-12 High-Speed Network) manages
- K-12 schools and districts participation on the network, and is funded by the California De partment of Education.
- CalREN (California Research and Education Network) is the statewide network consisting of 14 hub sites and circuits linking to 72 K-12 node sites, 11 UC node sites, 24 CSU node sites, 111 community college node sites, as well as 6 private university node sites.
In order to provide resilient service, this network consists of hub sites that link major statewide pathways and node sites providing connectivity to educational facilities throughout the state. The Shasta County Office of Education serves as a node site, connecting 100% of the districts in Shasta County.
This network provides a number of advantages for students over commodity Internet:
- The CalREN network is dedicated to serving education.
- Local node sites participate in strategic planning and decision making regarding this net work which directly affects our community.
- Services are provided on a cost recovery basis thereby eliminating the profit component of typical Internet providers.
- The network provides high speed connections designed to process a very high volume of data with minimal delay (latency) to state testing centers, Google, as well as other education supporting facilities.
- As an example, the average home Internet connectivity speed in California is approximately 25 Megabits per second (Mbps). The Shasta County Office of Education node provides a 10 Gbps shared connection (10,000 Mbps) for the districts.
Contact: (530) 229-8585
The Transportation Department provides pupil transportation services through contracts to Anderson Union High School District and Chrysalis Charter School. Transportation is also provided to Special Education students in districts who request this service. 22 23 The Transportation Department has a full-service vehicle maintenance department providing service and repairs to school buses and district fleet vehicles.
The facility is located at: 1103 Grange Street Redding CA 96001 Contact: (530) 225-0340
RURAL SCHOOL BUS PILOT PROJECT GRANT
In the fall of 2018, Shasta County Office of Education, Transportation Department applied for and was approved to receive the Rural School Bus Pilot Project Grant. This grant was written to accelerate the turn over of California school bus fleets to lower carbon transportation choices. Shasta County Office of Education has ordered a Zero-Emissions Electric Vehicle from the LION Electric Company and it should be delivered the summer of 2019. We are proud to be one of the leading Transportation Departments investing in our environment with this innovative technology.
Through these grants and programs, we are able to offer more services to students and teachers in Shasta County.
TIER I ADMINISTRATIVE CREDENTIAL PROGRAM
Provides a comprehensive and coordinated program for individuals seeking a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
Contact: (530) 245-7833
TIER II ADMINISTRATIVE CREDENTIAL PROGRAM
Provides individualized coaching, support, and professional development for Tier II, Clear Administrative Services Credential candidates.
Contact: (530) 245-7833
Professional development, monitoring, coordination, and leadership for after-school programs.
Contact: (530) 245-7830
Shasta County Office of Education, in fall of each school year, hosts a Safe Schools Culture Summit providing new legislation and best practices for maintaining safe learning environments.
Contact: (530) 225-5390
REACH HIGHER SHASTA COUNSELING INITIATIVE
Designed to support counseling work with high school administrators and create a systematic approach of counseling across the county.
Contact: (530) 225-0251
NORTH STATE STEM
The mission of North State STEM is to be the catalyst for STEM education by coordiating quality experiential programs and fostering private and public partnerships to build college and career readiness.
Contact: (530) 225-0242
MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS EDUCATION ACT
Ensures educational rights and protectionsfor students experiencing homelessness or unaccompanied situations.
Contact: (530) 225-5390
The Shasta County Office of Education provides a wide range of services to 25 school districts in Shasta County. They include business services, data processing, personnel, administrative, psychological, nursing and community health, curricular assistance, instructional, information technology, and many other services.
School districts in Shasta County operate autonomously with their own elected governing boards and appointed Superintendent. The Shasta County Office of Education is a service organization and an intermediate unit between local school districts and the California State Department of Education. Programs are offered for at-risk youth, early childhood, special education, and after-school. For more information about these programs, please visit our website at www.shastacoe.org. The general information line for our main administration office is(530) 225-0200.
Shasta County Superintendent of Schools
1644 Magnolia Ave.
Redding, CA 96001
The following figures are from 2018-19
|Number of Public Schools|
|Middle School / Junior High||9|
|Regional Occupation Programs||1|
|Number of School Districts|
|Number of Students in Public Schools|
|Kindergarten - Grade 3||8,390|
|Grades 4 - 6||5,987|
|Grades 7 - 8||4,028|
|Grades 9 - 12||8,572|
|Institutions of Higher Learning|
|Satellite University Campus||1|
|Ethnic Distribution of Students (Excludes College & Private Schools)|
|African American, not Hispanic (1.4%)||365|
|American Indian or Alaska Native (3.9%)||1,047|
|Hispanic or Latino (15.6%)||4,212|
|Pacific Islander (0.3%)||87|
|White, not Hispanic (67.1%)||18,108|
|No Response (1.6%)||425|
|Two or more races, Not Hispanic (6.3%)||1,703|
The following figures are from 2017-18
|Average LCFF Revenues
(Per Unit of Average Daily Attendance)
|Elementary School District||$9,071|
|High School District||$9,807|
|Unified School District||$10,408|
|Average Revenue Sources
(Per Unit of Average Daily Attendance, K-12)
|LCFF Revenue (74.9%)||$9,470|
|Federal Income (5.5%)||$699|
|State Sources (8.5%)||$1,069|
|Local Sources (10.2%)||$1,293|
|All Other Sources (.9%)||$118|
Current Average Cost of Education
|Elementary School District||$12,486|
|High School District||$13,775|
|Unified School District||$14,959|
The following figures are from 2018-19
|Students Served by
Shasta County Office of Education Programs
|Whiskeytown Environmental School (WES)|
Grades 5-6 plus Counselors
K-Grade 4 Day Field Trip
Schools Participating (Grades 5-6)
Schools Participating (Grades K-4)
Attendees (ages 2-55+)
Number of Groups Participating
|Early Childhood Services|
|Special Education (Ages 0-22)||37|
|Juvenile Court School||22|
|Project SHARE (after school program)||2,449|
To be leaders in educational excellence, offering support to schools and community to ensure Shasta County students receive a quality education preparing them for high school graduation and success in career and college.
Fingertip Facts data is from:
- California Basic Educational Data System
- California State Department of Education's Local Assistance Bureau
- Shasta County Office of Education's Business Service Division
The SBAC Math Data compares results of Shasta County students versus California for the period of 2015 to 2018. In 2015, 34% of the county students meet or exceeded the states by 1%. In 2016 that 1% difference remained constant with the county reporting 38% vs the states 37%. In 2017 & 2018 both the county and the state results tied at 38% and 39% respectively; both entities increasing performance by 1%.
In 2018, Shasta County and California both had 39% of students meet or exceed standard in math but the breakdown in proficiency levels is different. 16% of the county's students exceeded while the state had 19%; 23% of the county's students met while the state had 26%. 30% of the county's students nearly met standards why the state had 26%. Lastly, the county had 31% not meeting standards while 35%.
SBAC math data of Shasta County's students by grade level. Third, fourth, & fifth graders whom met or exceeded standards were 48%, 43% and 32% respectively. Six, seventh and eighth graders scored at 35%, 40% and 42%. There is no data available for ninth and tenth graders; eleventh graders whom met or exceeded standards were 35%.
The SBAC ELA Data compares results of Shasta County students versus California for the period of 2015 to 2018. In 2015, 44% of the county students meet or exceeded standards; which is equal to the states population. In 2016 fell below the state with a reported 47% compared to the states 49%. In 2017 the county continued its improvement projection with 48% of the students meeting and exceeding while the state results dipped to 48%, equal to the county. In 2018 the county improved another point while the state posted a two point improvement; wrapping up with the county reporting 49% and 50% for the state.
In 2018, Shasta County had 49% of students meet or exceed standard while California had 50%. 18% of the county's students exceeded while the state had 21.3%; 31% of the county's students met while the state had 28.6%. 25% of the county's students nearly met standards why the state had 23% missing the mark. Lastly, the county had 26% not meeting standards while California had 28%.
SBAC ELA data of Shasta County's students by grade level. Third, fourth, & fifth graders whom met or exceeded standards were 51%, 46% and 45% respectively. Six, seventh and eighth graders scored at 44%, 48% and 51%. There is no data available for ninth and tenth graders; eleventh graders whom met or exceeded standards were 35%.
The 2017 California Child Care Portfolio, the 11th edition of a biennial report, presents a unique portrait of child care supply, demand, and cost statewide and county by county, as well as data regarding employment, poverty, and family budgets. The child care data in this report was gathered with the assistance of local child care resource and referral programs (R&Rs). R&Rs work daily to help parents find child care that best suits their family and economic needs. They also work to build and support the delivery of high quality child care services in diverse settings throughout the state. To access the full report summary and county pages, go to our website at www.rrnetwork.org.
The 2017 Child Care Portfolio is produced by the California Child Care Resources & Referral Network (415) 882-0234.
For more information about child care in Shasta County: Early Childhood Services at the Shasta County Office of Education. Phone 530.225.2999 website www.shastacoe.org.
Table chart for data comparing residents and children between the ages of zero and twelve within the county for 2014 and 2016. The source of the data is from the CA Department of Finance Population Projections 2016.
|Total number of residents||179,305||178,208||-1%|
|Total number of children 0-12||27,066||26,616||-2%|
|Under 2 years||4,143||4,028||-3%|
Table chart for data comparing residents and children between the ages of zero and twelve within the state for 2014 and 2016. The source of the data is from the CA Department of Finance Population Projections 2016.
|Total number of residents||38,548,204||39,354,432||2%|
|Total number of children 0-12||6,533,125||6,631,621||1%|
|Under 2 years||1,002,081||982,688||-2%|
Table chart for data comparing children between the ages of 0-12 living with single or dual parent families whom participate in the labor workforce within the county for 2014 and 2016. The source of the data is the American Community Survey 2016 1-year and 2015 5-year estimates.
|Children 0-12 in single-parent family, parent in labor force||5,684||6,866||17.2%|
|Children 0-12 in two-parent family, parents in labor force||11,318||7,282||-55.4%|
Table chart for data comparing children between the ages of 0-12 living with single or dual parent families whom participate in the labor workforce within the state for 2014 and 2016. The source of the data is the American Community Survey 2016 1-year and 2015 5-year estimates.
|Children 0-12 in single-parent family, parent in labor force||1,733,794||1,730,412||-0.2%|
|Children 0-12 in two-parent family, parents in labor force||2,427,771||2,496,144||2.7%|
Table chart for data comparing children either living in poverty or subsidized care within the county for 2014 and 2016. The source of the data is the American Community Survey 2016 1-year and 2015 5-year estimates. The source for the children in subsidized care is the CA Department of Education CDD 801-A October 2016, CA Department of Social Services CW115, October 2016.
|Number of people living in poverty||24,419||30,786||21%|
|Children 0-5 living in poverty||1,675||3,916||57%|
|Children in subsidized care||1,734||1,757||1%|
Table chart for data comparing children either living in poverty or subsidized care within the state for 2014 and 2016. The source of the data is from the American Community Survey 2016 1-year and 2015 5-year estimates. The source for the children in subsidized care is the CA Department of Education CDD 801-A October 2016, CA Department of Social Services CW115, October 2016.
|Number of people living in poverty||6,259,098||5,525,524||-13%|
|Children 0-5 living in poverty||690,825||608,247||-14%|
|Children in subsidized care||301,973||315,100||4%|
The overall people in poverty in 2016 within the county is 26% compared to 20% within the state. The source data is from the .American Community Survey 2016 1-year and 2015 5-year estimates.
Child Care and Family Budgets
The below charts compare the uses of income eligible families with or without care subsidies to median family income households. The source of the data is either American Community Survey 2016 1-year and 2015 5-year estimates; U.S. Housing and Urban Development rent for 2-bedroom 50th percentile; 70% of 2015 State Median Income for a family of three; 2016 Regional Market Rate Survey, Network estimate
Income Eligible Family Without Subsidy using an annual income of $52,080.
|Infant / toddler||15%|
|All other family needs||48%|
Income Eligible Family With Subsidy using an annual income of $52,080.
|All other family needs||68%|
Median Family Income using an annual income of $51,238.
|Infant / toddler||15%|
|All other family needs||47%|
Table chart for data comparing the types of child care centers by the age of the child served within the county for 2014 and 2017. The source of the data is from. Resource and referral (R&R) databases.
|Child Care Supply||2014||2017||Change|
|Total number of slots||2,921||3,539||21%|
|Under 2 years||219||302||39%|
|6 years and older||308||476||55%|
|Total number of sites||67||83||24%|
Table chart for data comparing the types of child care homes by the age of the child served within the county for 2014 and 2017. The source of the data is from. Resource and referral (R&R) databases.
|Child Care Supply||2014||2017||Change|
|Total number of slots||1,462||1,371||-6%|
|Under 2 years||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|6 years and older||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Total number of sites||134||121||-10%|
As determined by Resource & Referral child care referrals from April thru June 2016, 20% of those requests were made for children under two, 49% for those between 2 to 5 years of age, and 31% for children 6 years and older.
Licensed child care slots were available for 35% of children between the age of 0-12 with parents in the labor force. This is an estimate based on 4,910 licensed slots and does not include license-exempt programs.
The majority of child care centers, 53%, have one or more federal, state, or local contracts.
Table chart for data comparing the child care time slots and their cost for both licensed child care centers and licensed family child care homes. The time slot data was provided by the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network; the cost source was from the 2016 Regional Market Rate Survey, Network estimate.
|Child Care Supply||Licensed Child
|Full-time and part-time slots||53%||85%|
|Only full-time slots||16%||13%|
|Only part-time slots||31%||1%|
|Sites offering evening, weekend or overnight care||0%||41%|
|Full-time infant care||$11,901||$7,744|
|Full-time preschool care||$8,140||$7,410|
Full-time child care requests by age groups are 86% for two years and under, 97% for two year olds, 87% for three year olds, 86% for four years and 95% for five year olds.
Requests for care during non-traditional hours (evenings, weekends, or overnight care) represent 25% of care requests.
Lastly, the major reasons families seek child care services are 92% for employment; 5% due to a parent in school or training; and 4% due to parents seeking employment. (These percentages may exceed 100% when multiple options are chosen.)
The languages spoken at the family homes of those requesting child care consist of 91% speaking Engish, 5% speaking Spanish, 2% speaking an Asian or Pacific Island languages, with the remaining 2% speaking some other language.
Licensed child care centers employing at least one staff speaking the following languages are 100% speaking English, 16% speaking Spanish, and 5% speaking sign language. In comparison, licensed family child care homes employing at least one staff speaking a variety of languages are 100% speaking English, 11% speaking Spanish, and 5% knowing sign language.
For more information about child care in Shasta County: Early Childhood Services at the Shasta County Office of Education. Phone 530.225.2999 or www.shastacoe.org.
2017-18 actual revenue sources were 40% from Interagency & local, 2% from transfers in & other sources, 8% federal income, 26% from LCFF sources, and lastly 24% from other state income sources.
2017-18 actual expenditures by object category were 12.5% for certificated salaries, 29.0% classified salaries, 18.9% for employee benefits, 3.8% on books & supplies, and 17.8% on services & other operating, 17.7% on capital outlay, lastly 0.2% other outgo expenditures.
2017-18 actual expenditures by program were 34.9% on special education, 18.9% undistributed, 1.0% on community service, 1.9% on court & community school, 7.3% on non agency, 12.7% on other instructional services, 0.9% on Pre-K & childcare, lastly 22.5% on services to districts.
2017-18 actual expenditures by function were 25.7% on pupil services, 8.9% ancillary & community services, 0.2% debt service and interfund transfers, 17.1% general administration, Board & Superintendent, 27.2% on instruction & instruction related services, lastly 21.0% on maintenance, operations, & facilities.
Shasta County School Districts & Superintendents
ANDERSON UNION HIGH
BELLA VISTA ELEMENTARY
BLACK BUTTE UNION ELEMENTARY
CASCADE UNION ELEMENTARY
CASTLE ROCK UNION ELEMENTARY
COTTONWOOD UNION ELEMENTARY
FALL RIVER JOINT UNIFIED
Merrill Gront, Ed. D
FRENCH GULCH-WHISKEYTOWN ELEMENTARY
Moira Casey, Ed.D.
HAPPY VALLEY UNION ELEMENTARY
IGO-ONO-PLATINA UNION ELEMENTARY
INDIAN SPRINGS ELEMENTARY
MOUNTAIN UNION ELEMENTARY
NORTH COW CREEK ELEMENTARY
OAK RUN ELEMENTARY
PACHECO UNION ELEMENTARY
SHASTA TRINITY ROP
SHASTA UNION ELEMENTARY
SHASTA UNION HIGH
WHITMORE UNION ELEMENTARY
Shasta County Charter Schools
ANDERSON NEW TECHNOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 9-12)
Sponsored by Anderson Union High School District
CHRYSALIS CHARTER SCHOOL (GRADES K-8)
Sponsored by Shasta County Office of Education
COTTONWOOD CREEK CHARTER (GRADES K-8)
Sponsored by Cottonwood Union School District
MONARCH LEARNING CENTER (GRADES K-8)
Sponsored by Redding Elementary School District
NEW DAY ACADEMY – SHASTA (GRADES K-12)
Sponsored by Whitmore Union Elementary School District
NORTHERN SUMMIT ACADEMY (GRADES K-12)
Sponsored by Whitmore Union Elementary School District
PACE ACADEMY (GRADES K-12)
Sponsored by Enterprise Elementary School District
PHOENIX CHARTER ACADEMY (GRADES K-12)
Sponsored by Whitmore Union Elementary School District
REDDING COLLEGIATE ACADEMY (GRADES K-12)
Sponsored by Enterprise Elementary School District
REDDING SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (GRADES K-8)
Sponsored by Columbia Elementary School District
REDDING STEM ACADEMY (GRADES K-8)
Sponsored by Shasta County Office of Education
ROCKY POINT CHARTER SCHOOL (GRADES K-8)
Sponsored by Gateway Unified School District
(530) 225-0456 https://rockypointcharter.com/
SHASTA CHARTER ACADEMY (GRADES 9-12)
Sponsored by Shasta Union High School District
SHASTA COUNTY INDEPENDENT STUDY CHARTER MAGNOLIA (GRADES 6-12)
Sponsored by Shasta County Office of Education
SHASTA COUNTY INDEPENDENT STUDY CHARTER SHASTA COLLEGE (GRADES 6-12)
Sponsored by Shasta County Office of Education
STELLAR CHARTER TECH/HOME STUDY (GRADES K-12)
Sponsored by Redding Elementary School District
TREE OF LIFE INTERNATIONAL CHARTER (GRADES K-4)
Sponsored by Cascade Union Elementary School District
UNIVERSITY PREPARATORY SCHOOL (GRADES 6-12)
Sponsored by Shasta Union High School District