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

CASCWA - SAN JOAQUIN SECTION STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION


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.



THANK YOU SAN JOAQUIN SECTION

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!


SAN JOAQUIN'S PRESIDENT MESSAGE

Dear CASCWA Members and Friends,

It’s already the middle of September. The crackle and pop of July 4th fireworks is over,  it’s sizzling hot in the Central Valley and hopefully this year’s fire season will soon be over. Be sure to breath in-and-out, using the good mindfulness techniques we’ve learned! Yes, time is flying by quickly.

With the worst of the pandemic behind us, our schools are buzzing with students who are attending in-person and eager to be with their friends and back to classroom learning. Like them, and like many of us, we’re drained from coming through a year like none other. But I can say this: “We made it!” All of us, students, families, teachers, and every one of us at the district. I hope you’re hearing the Rocky theme song in your head because I sure am!

We have our work cut out for us since our schools have reopened.  Our students, especially those who struggle the most with attendance, need our compassion and support more than ever. I’m honored to serve as the San Joaquin board president and to uphold our tradition of bringing high-quality, timely professional support through workshops, trainings, and updates through email to help us tackle whatever it takes for our students to succeed. 

As in past year’s it’s time to announce this year’s students who received the Anthony Brucia Success Awards. These awards go to high school seniors who faced academic and personal struggles but, despite adversity, and with help from local supports, showed good character and a strong commitment to improve their future outcomes. This is at the heart of the San Joaquin CASCWA and the award is named after a student who found success. The awards are $1,000 scholarships to enroll in school after graduating. Over the years we’ve awarded 25 scholarships. This year’s 2021 award recipients are (drum roll, please!):

Wendy Xiong                                 Redwood High School, Visalia, CA

Serena Beisel                                Clovis North High School, Clovis, CA

Danitza Fe Velazquez                    Parlier High School, Parlier, CA

Joshua Peterson                            Kingsburg High School, Kingsburg, CA

I can’t say it enough times or loud enough, thank you for all you do! After more than a year of staring at a computer screen, I look forward to seeing you in-person at some point soon.

All the best, Praxades Torres III



SAN JOAQUIN AREA STATE/COUNTY/DISTRICT EVENTS

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The Faces Behind CASCWA's San Joaquin Executive Board







Praxades Torres

President

Parlier USD

ptorres@parlierunified.org


Dr. Kevin Torosian

Past President

Central USD

dr_kevi@yahoo.com



Maisie Young

Vice President

Central USD

myoung@centralusd.k12.ca.us



Angelica Rios

Treasurer

Fresno USD

mrsangelicarios@gmail.com







James Tate

Secretary

Clovis USD, Retired

jamesarthur3410@yahoo.com



Sharma Uma

Northern Area Representative

Stanislaus COE

suma@stancoe.org



Sergio Mendoza

Membership Chair

Burton School District

sergio.mendoza@burtonschools.org



Roxanne Baeza

Legislative Representative

Fresno USD

Roxanne.Baeza@fresnounified.org






April Meza

Board Advisor

Clovis USD

aprillemeza@cusd.com



Dennis Wiechmann

Board Advisor

Sanger USD

dwiechmann@sbcglobal.net



Praxades Torres

Membership/Marketing

Parlier USD

ptorres@parlierunified.org


Robin Gainey

Board Advisor

Mojave USD

robingainey@mojave.k12.ca.us







Patricia Clark

Member at Large

Stockton USD

pclark@stocktonusd.net



David Cohen

Board Advisor

Clovis USD

davidcohen@cusd.com



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