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CASCWA'S 2023 STATE CONFERENCE MAY 10TH - 12TH 2023

AT THE DOUBLETREE HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER FRESNO, CA 93721





San Joaquin Section:  Attendance Certification and Mental Health Training 9/1/2022

Great Job! Outstanding Workshop!  Words from Sharma Uma are below:


Click here for a copy of the workshop's final program


SCOE SARB is in the 12th year of partnering with the San Joaquin Section of CASCWA and despite the pandemic this workshop has expanded to not only to our local districts in this section, but from all sections of CASCWA.  Educators and classified staff travelled from long distances to participate and receive certification!

Stanislaus County officials, Superintendent of Schools, Scott Kuykendall, District Attorney Birgit Fladagar, Sheriff Jeff Dirkse, Honorable Judge Jeff Mangar, County School Board Kim Rose kicked off the 2-day SCOE CASCWA Workshop.

We thank all those who contributed towards our raffle which goes towards the Anthony Brucia Scholarship Awards.  County Board Kim Rose, Deputy Todd Smith, San Joaquin Board, SCOE staff, Stanislaus Co. PAL, Sheriff’s Office Employees Foundation, MCS CWA team, SCOE Education Foundation Fund all of whom donated towards the raffle prizes. 

Amongst many presenters, Ms. Becky Ray, Alternative Education Teacher of 34 years who was awarded the Teacher of the Year from Juvenile Court, Community, And Alternative School Administrators of CA shared her insight and encouraged to connect with students at their level, breaking any barriers to help them engage in school activities which interest their learning.  She has a non-traditional approach to students in alternative learning.  Know your students first, is what Ms. Ray stated.  She built capacity in the community, providing basic necessities as needed by her students.  “Love those kids every day, let them know you love them” is what Ms. Ray stated.

From Jennifer Johnson’s (Master of Social Work Program from CSUS), Three Elements of Compassion, Maria Lobato’s Addressing Student Attendance, Brenda Tapp’s (SI&A) Restorative Restart – Attendance Habits in the Post Pandemic World, Jen Baker’s New 988 Suicide Crisis Line, Dr. Kevin Torosian’s Student Discipline, Mike Baldwin’s Engaging Middle School Youth on Campus, Mr. Plaa’s Career Inspiration Center (hands-on training for 7th-12th graders), Charmaine and Liz’s A Clear View Through the Haze (Vaping Myths & Realities), to a very interactive and positive session with Dr. Erin Dolin’s Increasing Cognitive Attention in Any Class, the 2 Day Workshop was a great success!

We thank each and every one of the presenters who travelled to Modesto.   This In-Person conference has become an annual event for us in Stanislaus County and we hope to continue to collaborate with CASCWA San Joaquin, and with the many of you who represent and advocate for your students.

A shout out to my CASCWA friends, Praxades Torres, James Tate, Dr. Kevin Torosian for joining me in Modesto.  

Special thanks to Stanislaus County Office of Education Preventions Program staff and administrative staff who gave us a hand in organizing the venue from the IT dept, Operations Dept., to the Security folks who play an important role in our organization.

Our team will look forward to seeing you at the 86th Annual CASCWA State Conference at the Double Tree Hilton, Fresno Convention Center in Fresno on May10-12, 2023.

Keep Connected!

CASCWA serves you the best in the field of Student Attendance, lets continue to support each other!

Sharma Uma

San Joaquin CASCWA President


SAN JOAQUIN'S PRESIDENT MESSAGE







CASCWA's San Joaquin Section President’s Message:

On behalf of the San Joaquin Section I would like to personally invite you to attend the 86th Annual CASCWA State Conference.  

We at the San Joaquin Section are proud to host this year’s conference at the Double Tree by Hilton and Conference Center in Fresno.   This pandemic has allowed us to pivot our focus on how we address student attendance and as we strive for higher student achievement, our theme of  “Success is the Standard” is covered in the seven strands which encompasses the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Equity for all subgroups: Equity & Culturally Competent Practices, Chronic Absenteeism & Model SARB, Student Services Laws & Regulations Gang & Drug Identification Training, Climate Alternatives to Suspension Universal Design for Learning & Social Emotional Learning, Law Enforcement Strand Trauma Informed Practices & Safe School Plan, Truancy, and Foster, Homeless & Identified Subgroups. 

CASCWA State Conference is the one and only professional development organization that provides learning opportunities across a wide range of student services topics including truancy and chronic absenteeism.  For those of you handling professional developments roles in your districts and school sites, must look at student attendance from the MTSS lens to ensure that “All” your students are attending and with the right services and supports they will be successful.

Our breakout sessions will provide the most effective practices in addressing truancy interventions and chronic absenteeism interventions, the proven practices, reducing suspensions and expulsions, Tier I-III supports, competent cultural practices, and student services 101. 

This training won’t disappoint but meet the Education Code Sections 48240-48244 requirements for Child Welfare and Attendance Training.

In the latest edition of the Intercom, you will find specific information we are just sending out regarding our 2023 CASCWA State Conference!.

Sharma Uma

San Joaquin Section President

SARB Coordinator

Stanislaus County Office of Education

suma@stancoe.org

(209)480-0413

(209)238-1514




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WORKSHOP'S PROGRAM

2022 PROGRAM AGENDA IN DOC.docx


THANK YOU SAN JOAQUIN FOR THIS OUTSTANDING ANNUAL EVENT.  WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START OFF THIS NEW SCHOOL YEAR!





CASCWA SAN JOAQUIN SECTION RECOGNIZES JOHNNY GONZALEZ!

The editors of the Intercom have asked each section to recognize for the Intercom one member of their executive board for their contributions to the CASCWA organization.  San Joaquin's Section has chosen Mr. Johnny Gonzales for this honor! 

Mr. Johnny Gonzalez a resident of Sanger, CA and the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance in the Sanger Unified School District.  

Johnny is our newly elected Treasurer of the San Joaquin section. We, much like the students of Sanger Unified, have had the privilege of benefiting from Johnny’s experiences growing up as a student in Sanger Unified and for the past 16 years giving back to the community by raising attendance awareness and meeting the needs of students. 

Johnny has had multiple roles during his time in Sanger, working as an After School Program teacher, substitute teaching, and coaching high school boys’ and girls’ basketball.  He later spent five years as an English teacher at Sanger High School and eventually took over as assistant principal.  His desire to work with students facing many challenges then led him to become the alternative education principal at Sanger Community Day School.  Three years later he had the honor and privilege to return to his old elementary school to become principal, and he now serves as the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.   

He has been involved in CASCWA as a member since his alternative education principal days 8-9 years ago.  Dr. Dennis Weichmann challenged him to learn the ropes before joining CASCWA, and he now has the honor of being the section’s treasurer.  

A highlight from last year and during the pandemic has been the enduring comradery between the members of the CASCWA San Joaquin section.  The following quote comes directly from Johnny:

“I was able to lean on the guidance of Nunie (Praxades Torres) from Parlier Unified, Sharma Uma from Stanislaus County Office of Education and Dr. Kevin Torosian who is newly retired and serves as the CASCWA State President.”

He writes to the Intercom:

“There was so much wealth of knowledge from them all that as my anxiety rose with whether or not I could do the job as CWA, they allowed me words of wisdom to take a day at a time.  For that teamwork, there are no more words that could be extended as gratitude other than saying thank you!”

The future of the San Joaquin section is in good hands with contributors and leaders like Johnny Gonzalez.



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 AREA STATE/COUNTY/DISTRICT EVENTS

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The Faces Behind CASCWA's San Joaquin Executive Board







Sharma Uma

President

Stanislaus COE

suma@stancoe.org 



Praxades Torres

Past President

Parlier USD

ptorres@parlierunified.or




James Tate

Vice President

Clovis USD, Retired

jamesarthur3410@yahoo.com



Johnny Rodriguez

Treasurer

Sanger USD

johnny_gonzalez@sangerusd.net








Maisie Young

Secretary

Central USD

myoung@centralusd.k12.ca.us



Patricia Clark

Member at Large

Stockton USD

pclark@stocktonusd.net



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






David Cohen

Board Advisor

Clovis USD

davidcohen@cusd.com



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