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Executive Board Transition

CASCWA's 2022-23 State President has called for their first CASCWA State meeting to take place on June 21, 2022.  This is the beginning of the transition of officers on the State Executive board and at each section's executive board.  This process will be on-going and hopefully the majority of the changes will take place by the start of the 2022-23 school year.  The information below reflects the 2021-22 officers.

We plan on updating the state and each section's information once we receive the changes to be made.  



Dear CASCWA Members and Friends,

Spring is in the air and hopefully the worst of the COVID pandemic is behind us. I know from talking with many of you, the 2022 school year transition back to in-person learning has been a bit rocky, but there’s so much good work that we’ve accomplished. Thanks, as always, for doing whatever it takes to meet the needs of our students. One of the many reasons why CASCWA is so important to me is that we -- as a professional community -- center equity and the social and emotional health and holistic needs of students and families, all of which have been challenged by the current context. I hope you and your district colleagues continue to reconnect and reenergize during these difficult times.

On to some business. By the time you receive this newsletter we will have just met for our first in-person Section meeting since the pandemic hit. Thanks to all of you who joined us on April 8 at Central Unified School District to launch our planning for the 2023 state CASCWA conference. It’s an honor for our Section to plan and host this event, and we look forward to working together over the next many months.

Speaking of state conferences…we’re just two months away from the 2022 state CASCWA conference. It’s being held May 11-13, 2022, at the Palisades Hotel in the Lake Tahoe area. It’s being sponsored by the Delta Sierra Section and I look forward to seeing you there - in person! If you need more information or haven’t already registered, here’s the link: https://cascwa.wildapricot.org/

On April 8 selection will take place for the winners of this year’s “Anthony Brucia Success Awards.” It’s such an honor to celebrate these incredible young people and we’ll introduce them in our next newsletter. Our Section would like to share a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Joe Brucia, Mr. Kevin Torosian, and Mr. Sergio Mendoza for their incredible dedication to this awards program. 

Lastly, on a personal note, it’s an honor to serve as our Section president, working, learning, and navigating the pandemic together. This summer it’ll be time to appoint a new president. I look forward to introducing our Section’s next leader and I’m excited for the vision and energy they will bring. More details to come in a few months.

Wishing you all well,

Praxades Torres III

11th Annual SCOE CASCWA Workshop - "Building A Community of Learning Forward"


2021 Annual SARB CASCWA San Joaquin Workshop

Stanislaus County Office of Education and San Joaquin CASCWA hosted their Annual 2 day workshop in Modesto.  This was the very first in-person training offered during the pandemic and what a great feeling it was to see everyone.   President of CASCWA San Joaquin Praxades Torres welcomed everyone. Stanislaus County SARB provides services to curb chronic absenteeism in local school districts through a multi-agency approach.  The following leaders were present to address the attendees at the opening of the event: Superintendent of Schools Scott Kuykendall, Sheriff Jeff Dirkse, District Attorney Birgit Fladager, and Judge Ruben Villalobos.  CASCWA team put together a great program agenda including topics to provide attendees with a Completion of Certificate in Attendance Supervision Ed Code 48240.

The following topics were presented:

  • 1.       Self Care as a Revoluntionary Act: Creation of the best Version of Yourself – Mindfulness session with Stanislaus County Office of Ed After School Program Coordinator Danielle Jones
  • 2.       Trauma and re-engagement of students on campus: Suggested Strategies for returning to school on campus for both student and teacher by CSUS Lecturer Master Lead of Social Work Program and Peer Project Coordinator Jennifer Johnson
  • 3.       To Face Mask or Not to Face Mask: Re-engagment through transition, Stanislaus County Office of Education Homeless Education Services Coordinator Fred Berry
  • 4.       Creating a Culture of Achievement: Starting with Creating a Culture of Showing Up: Student Innovations Achievement by Jessica Rogers and Firebaugh School District – Terry Anderson
  • 5.       All Hands on Deck:  Attendance: To Explore How Attendance Teams can greatly reduce Chronic Absenteeism by Riverside County Office of Education, Director of Chronic Absenteeism Reduction, Pupil and Administrative Services – Amir Alavi M. A. J. D.
  • 6.       Entering and Exiting Students at the School Site: Attendance Taking Procedures/Independent Study during the pandemic! Sherman Garnett/Sherman Garnett and Associates

The 2 day event was an overall success with many takeaways for those who were new to addressing student attendance at their school sites.  

We thank the Stanislaus County Prevention Program Staff and the CASCWA San Joaquin team for collaborating to provide the best training during this challenging times when students need us the most.


On behalf of the staff of the Intercom and all the webmasters, we wish to the leadership of the San Joaquin Section for starting off the 2021-22 school year with this excellent and important workshop!  The topics were relevant and the presenters were excellent.

On a personal note, we wish to thank Praxades Torres and the entire San Joaquin Section for their commitment to our CASCWA members and friends.

Their workshops and other activities are relevant to today's challenges in the world of child protective services!  

Keep up the great work!


This section of the website is being updated!

The Faces Behind CASCWA's San Joaquin Executive Board

Praxades Torres


Parlier USD


Dr. Kevin Torosian

Past President

Central USD


Maisie Young

Vice President

Central USD


Angelica Rios


Fresno USD


James Tate


Clovis USD, Retired


Sharma Uma

Northern Area Representative

Stanislaus COE


Sergio Mendoza

Membership Chair

Burton School District


Roxanne Baeza

Legislative Representative

Fresno USD


April Meza

Board Advisor

Clovis USD


Dennis Wiechmann

Board Advisor

Sanger USD


Praxades Torres


Parlier USD


Robin Gainey

Board Advisor

Mojave USD


Patricia Clark

Member at Large

Stockton USD


David Cohen

Board Advisor

Clovis USD


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