Imperial County Office of Education https://www.icoe.org/rss.xml en ICOEnnections July 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-july-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections July 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-07/CAC_Awards_Small.png" width="322" height="234" alt="CAC Awards" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/11/2016 - 16:04</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Left to Right : Lauren Hutchinson, Julie Reeves, Joanie Moore, Kurt Leptich, Ted Ceasar, Bryan Thomason, Michael Castillo.</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLeE9rbTBFRTZydGM" target="_blank">Click here<span class="0"><span class="element-invisible"> </span></span></a><a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLeE9rbTBFRTZydGM" target="_blank"> <span class="0"><span class="element-invisible"> </span></span></a>for our <a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLeE9rbTBFRTZydGM" target="_blank">July 2016 <span class="0"><span class="element-invisible"> </span></span></a>community edition of the monthly ICOEnnections publication. </p> <p>The 8th annual SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC) awards were presented to Michael Castillo, Principal of Kennedy Middle School; Ted Ceasar of Imperial Valley College; and the Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo Committee. The presentation of awards took place during the regular meeting of the SELPA Executive Board on June 15, 2016.  Read about this and other valley-wide stories in this month's ICOEnnections (<a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLeE9rbTBFRTZydGM" target="_blank">click here</a>). </p> <ul><li>P-16 Education Summit</li> <li>2016 Summer Ed Tech PD</li> <li>Math Games / PRIME Training</li> <li>Opportunity to review and comment on the California Science Framework</li> <li>Spotlight on Early Care and Education Programs</li> <li>Student Well-Being Program's Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant</li> <li>Migrant Education CABE Parent Training Graduation Ceremony</li> <li>Migrant Education University-Based Summer Institutes</li> <li>8th Annual SELPA Community Advisory Committee Awards</li> <li>Special Education Graduation</li> <li>Professional Development Training for Special Education Staff</li> </ul></div> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:04:31 +0000 mmeza 258 at https://www.icoe.org Did You Know... https://www.icoe.org/news/did-you-know <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Did You Know...</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelist" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">todd.evangelist</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 06/23/2016 - 10:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Something to talk about...</div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-video field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">News story video</div> <div class="field__item">https://youtu.be/KG4GH0QOyYY</div> </div> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:14:28 +0000 todd.evangelist 256 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections June 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-june-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections June 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-06/_MG_6870%20copy_0.jpg" width="600" height="503" alt="ICOE, Celebration of Education, Imperial Valley Discovery Zone, IVDZ" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelist" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">todd.evangelist</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/20/2016 - 09:30</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Students from Imperial Valley Discovery Zone took the stage for a hands on experiment at the annual Celebration of Education.</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5Nyp7CNUD_tSU9Ba1o3WWxWd2M/view?usp=sharing">Click here</a><a href="https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5Nyp7CNUD_tYUFSdTZuMUFXUnM"> </a>for our <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5Nyp7CNUD_tSU9Ba1o3WWxWd2M/view?usp=sharing">June 2016 </a>community edition of the monthly ICOEnnections publication. </p> <p><em>El Centro </em>- On June 3rd the educational community came together for an inaugural Celebration of Education event.  Read about this and other valley-wide stories in this month's ICOEnnections (<a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5Nyp7CNUD_tSU9Ba1o3WWxWd2M/view?usp=sharing">click here</a>). </p> <ul><li>Higher Ed Week II</li> <li>Adult Education Block Grant</li> <li>Teacher Induction (how we train &amp; support)</li> <li>PRIME (cutting edge math training)</li> <li>Software for Schools</li> <li>Next Generation Science Standards</li> <li>Summer Schools (for Teachers)!!</li> <li>Recent Student Highlights</li> <li>AmeriCorps - Now Recruiting</li> <li>Graduation Highlights!!</li> </ul><p> </p> </div> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:30:36 +0000 todd.evangelist 253 at https://www.icoe.org Celebration of Education Event a Success! https://www.icoe.org/news/celebration-education-event-success <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Celebration of Education Event a Success!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-06/IMG_7637.jpg" width="2816" height="2112" alt="Folkloric Dancers" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelist" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">todd.evangelist</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 06/07/2016 - 15:38</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">BUHS Folkloric Dancers</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>EL CENTRO – As the school year comes to a close, students and teachers alike looked back on the year that has passed, reflecting upon what was achieved and celebrated memories at the Imperial County Office of Education’s (ICOE) inaugural Imperial Valley Celebration of Education held Friday at Southwest High’s Jimmie Cannon Theatre.</p> <p>According to Todd Finnell, Imperial Valley superintendent of schools, ICOE wanted to showcase all of the hard work Imperial Valley schools have accomplished throughout the year.  The event allowed the rest of the Valley, that normally might not see the students’ work, to get a look at everything they have to offer.</p> <p>“I think that’s what people are going to walk away with this evening — a sense of pride knowing that our schools are supporting what they are going to see,” said Dr. Finnell. “It’s a proud moment tonight.”</p> <p>The achievements of many students and schools were recognized at the event including everything from sports to special awards and academic achievements. Individual schools helped ICOE select what would would be presented at the celebration.</p> <p>In Southwest’s theater, artwork was on display from Brawley Union High School, Finley Elementary School, and others. Attendees were treated to performances by the Central Union High School Great Spartan Band, Imagine School drill team, and folklorico groups from Washington Elementary and Brawley Union High.</p> <p>“I like feeling free to dance, it makes me feel happy that we can enjoy it,” said Alaina Spencer from Washington Elementary. “I feel I can dance wherever.”</p> <p>Those honored Friday night for their hard work included groups from the Harding Elementary School ASES program, the winners of the Imperial Valley Film Festival, the Calexico High School Maintenance and Transportation Department, and students from the Brawley high school welding class.</p> <p>Students at the event reveled in the congratulatory atmosphere and absorbed it, creating memories and reflecting back on what they accomplished through the year.</p> <p>“We had a great teacher, he focuses not only on one person but everyone,” said Daniel Zavala, a BUHS welding student who worked on the IVROP podium project presented at last month’s IVROP showcase. “It doesn’t get boring at all.”</p> <p>“I’ve been able to have contact with other students,” Diego Hernandez, one of the Harding’s ASES students. “I get to learn how to communicate with the other students.”</p> <p>All of the recognized individuals and performers were just a sample, a taste, of what the schools of the Imperial Valley have been up to this year and in the future.</p> <p>ICOE also used the event as a chance to present what was to come in the future to improve the quality of life in the Valley, and has plans to continue this tradition in years to come.</p> <p>-Kathrine Ramos, Desert Review</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedesertreview.com&amp;nbsp">www.thedesertreview.com&amp;nbsp</a>;</p> </div> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 22:38:38 +0000 todd.evangelist 250 at https://www.icoe.org Educational Camps https://www.icoe.org/news/educational-camps <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Educational Camps </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dresdencaston" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dresden.caston</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/06/2016 - 13:58</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Imperial Valley students visit educational camps </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-video field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">News story video</div> <div class="field__item">https://youtu.be/E-SeN_qffL4</div> </div> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 20:58:53 +0000 dresden.caston 249 at https://www.icoe.org Celebration of education declares turbulent yet exciting times for academics https://www.icoe.org/news/celebration-education-declares-turbulent-yet-exciting-times-academics <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Celebration of education declares turbulent yet exciting times for academics</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-06/icoe%20story.JPG" width="543" height="362" alt="Celebration of Education" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dresdencaston" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dresden.caston</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:53</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">The Southwest High School Chamber Ensemble performs during Friday evening’s Celebration of Education in El Centro</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Honoring the dynamic progress of education in Imperial County, the inaugural Celebration of Education saluted the dedication of students and the hard work of teachers and staff in the Jimmie Cannon Theater for the Performing Arts at Southwest High School on Friday.</p> <p>The evening acknowledged all the exciting developments in education throughout county school districts. Supporting education is critical and as all stakeholders rejoice in their collective efforts they hope the investment pays premium dividends, noted Todd Evangelist, director of development and community relations of Imperial County Office of Education.</p> <p>“Remember, students are not successful by themselves,” said Evangelist. “But our resources applied intelligently produce results we can all be proud of.”</p> <p>The program showcased a number of performing artists, form the Great Spartan Band to the Folklorico Club of Brawley Union High School, the Southwest Chamber Ensemble and variety of paintings and exhibits, remarked Dorene Johnson, senior director of curriculum at ICOE.</p> <p>“I hope we’ve captured the exciting and innovative things happening at all our public and private schools,” said Johnson. “I hope people after hearing County Superintendent of Schools Todd Finnell, they walk away excited and share in his vision of what true collaboration can achieve.”</p> <p>For Pedro Martinez, coach of the Imagine School Imperial Valley Drill Team, it is a moment to revel in their recent achievement of winning Sharp’s World Championship in Hawaii after surpassing fierce competition among the nation’s schools.</p> <p>“We work as a team and plan our goals that helped us gain a world championship,” said Ramirez. “Tonight’s event is a thank you to all the principals and parents for their support.”</p> <p>Standing in the lobby greeting visitors who were admiring his students’ art work, Raymond Lopez, art teacher at Brawley Union High School, remarked that everybody is an artist and it is a human right. “I tell everybody if you can draw a line you can paint,” said Lopez. “Art uses all the senses, it is not just a visual medium.”</p> <p>Jose Flores, BUHS civics and government teacher noted he has seen a lot of new faces at the ICOE and remarked they are doing a great job to promote the diverse programs throughout the county school districts. “This celebration reflects the devotion of students and diligent work of teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade that’s been demonstrated all year long.”</p> <p>Finnell praised ICOE’s extraordinary team that supported the schools all over the county by committing to a vision of making the community an ideal place to live, learn and work.</p> <p>“All the changes in academia we are seeing now is the biggest shift, and it’s owing to a return of control to local school boards,” said Finnell. “They have been given the flexibility to spend resources and along with that comes greater responsibility to parents and the community. It is exciting school board members’ role is increasing. So hats off to that process.”</p> <p><em>William Roller, Staff Writer<br /> Imperial Valley Press</em></p> </div> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:53:21 +0000 dresden.caston 248 at https://www.icoe.org Classified School Employees Week - Everyday Heroes https://www.icoe.org/news/classified-school-employees-week-everyday-heroes <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Classified School Employees Week - Everyday Heroes</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelist" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">todd.evangelist</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Classified School Employees Week - Everyday Heroes</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In celebration of Classified School Employees Week, please enjoy this short video! </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-video field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">News story video</div> <div class="field__item">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE99tSU1kP4&amp;feature=youtu.be </div> </div> Tue, 17 May 2016 21:59:15 +0000 todd.evangelist 244 at https://www.icoe.org STEM Fair at Witter School https://www.icoe.org/news/stem-fair-witter-school <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">STEM Fair at Witter School</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-05/IMG_7317.jpg" width="2816" height="2112" alt="STEM Fair" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelist" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">todd.evangelist</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:47</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Witter Elementary student Lucas Marmolejo presents his electro-magnet project</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>(via The Desert Review)</em></p> <p><em>Brawley</em> — Myron D. Witter fifth graders held their first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fair Thursday evening in the Barbara Worth Junior High gym to finish off three months of hard work and fun.</p> <p>The gym was filled with projects from 90 fifth grade students in seven categories ranging from physical, biological, environmental, and more.</p> <p>In February, students were assigned a project to find a real world problem they wanted to work with, then come up with a solution to solve it.  Some found their way into traditional science fair projects like baking soda volcanos or research in biological and physical science experiments.  Others took this as a chance to solve a school or social problem, such as low attendance numbers, or research on other social issues.</p> <p>Awards were given out to the first, second, and third place winners in each category along with an overall winner of the STEM fair.</p> <p>According to Kelley Rodriguez, the fifth grade teacher who founded the event, the projects encouraged the students to think critically about what problems they were trying to solve. Despite all of the work that had to go into their STEM projects, the students were able to have fun with what they put together.</p> <p>“This needs to be fun,” said Rodriguez. “We gave them three months to have fun. Even students who were real hesitant, really pulled through.”</p> <p>One of the largest benefits was teaching the students to think critically.  All researched different topics and put together their projects based on the information they dug up.  In doing so, it gave the students a better understanding of what they were researching and the” four Cs”: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.</p> <p>“I did learn a lot,” said Nathan Carpio, first place winner of the environmental science category who researched how to solve global warming. “I thought climate change wasn’t bad, but it really is.  I’m glad I did this.”</p> <p>One of the third place winners, Lucas Marmolejo, picked his subject from the goodness of his heart for his grandfather. “My grandfather lost his key and I want to make an invention to help him,” said Marmolejo.</p> <p>Pablo Torrez’s first place project involved turbines and researching how the power of the wind can be used for electricity.  It has given him a better appreciation of the wind turbines.</p> <p>“It makes me feel better about science and about the turbines on the way to San Diego, because I can tell people how they work now,” said Torrez.</p> <p><a href="http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg"><img alt="IMG_7312" height="390" sizes="(max-width: 520px) 100vw, 520px" src="http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg?resize=520%2C390" srcset="http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg?resize=520%2C390 520x, http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg?resize=150%2C113 150x, http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg?resize=200%2C150 200x, http://i2.wp.com/www.thedesertreview.com/wp-content/upLoads/2016/05/IMG_7312.jpg?resize=768%2C576 768x" width="520" /></a></p> <p>The overall winner was Kathryn Caswell’s parking problem solving project, in which she designed a way to solve the problems Witter School has with traffic around K Street.  “I just thought of all the traffic problems there was and all the police that come,” said Caswell after the awards. “I didn’t think I would get anything!”</p> <p>Rodriguez and her colleagues were inspired to put together the project after attending the Google Summit in March, a conference and workshop designed to show what technologies and teaching techniques can be used in the class room to enrich student learning experiences.</p> <p>Witter teachers and students alike commented that they hope this is one school tradition they will keep running for years to come.</p> <p>-Author, Katherine Ramos</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedesertreview.com">www.thedesertreview.com</a></p> <p> </p> </div> Tue, 17 May 2016 21:47:53 +0000 todd.evangelist 243 at https://www.icoe.org Teacher Appreciation Day https://www.icoe.org/news/teacher-appreciation-day <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Teacher Appreciation Day</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelist" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">todd.evangelist</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:23</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Teacher Appreciation Day 2016</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Teachers throughout Imperial County were surprised by the ICOE Curriculum Team for National Teacher Appreciation Day (May 3, 2016).  This video gives a few highlights and a sampling of the outstanding teachers that are making a difference in the lives of students.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-video field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">News story video</div> <div class="field__item">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuF1clI2BDU&amp;feature=youtu.be</div> </div> Tue, 10 May 2016 22:23:31 +0000 todd.evangelist 239 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections May 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-may-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections May 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-05/TDM_2016_s.PNG" width="397" height="265" alt="Tech de Mayo Conference" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/10/2016 - 13:28</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">One of the highlights of the Tech de Mayo Conference on May 7 was the De Anza Magnet School’s S.T.E.A.M Maker Zone. Tech de Mayo attendees had an opportunity to meet a group of 7th grade students showcasing the amazing S.T.E.A.M. projects they are working on in the classroom.</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Click here for our <a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLblJPZk8taVJrYWM" target="_blank">May 2016 </a>ICOEnnections Community Edition.</p> <p><br /> In this issue, you'll learn more about the Tech de Mayo Conference, the 3rd Annual Imperial County Student Film Festival, the Imperial County Education Career Fair, our latest training sessions, and much more!</p> </div> Tue, 10 May 2016 20:28:43 +0000 mmeza 237 at https://www.icoe.org