The Monterey County Office of Education's Transportation Department hosted a special training day for approximately 125 school bus drivers from all over Monterey County, Santa Cruz County, and even San Luis Obispo County.  Two State Trooper's from Missouri presented on: School Bus Hijacking Awareness & Response, Active Shooter Response, Gang Awareness, Indicators of Violence, and De-escalation Techniques.

Lozano Smith presented a CalSTRS, CalPERS & PEPRA workshop to over 50 attendees who came out in the rain to attend. The Monterey County Office of Education is dedicated to providing the leadership, support and service excellence needed to prepare school district administrators and personnel for success.

A Day at the Opera – Dr. Nancy Kotowski joined Monterey County students, parents, and teachers at the Del Monte Center’s Century Theatre for a live HD broadcast of an opera from the Metropolitan in New York City. Special thanks to the Occhiata Foundation which brings arts engagement to Monterey County schools through the multi-discipline prism of opera. 

Halloween at MCOE 2014: In keeping with tradition, Monterey County Office of Education staff came to work decked in costume to compete in the annual department contest. First Place went to Migrant Education, Second Place to Special Education and Third Place to Human Resources

The Monterey County Board of Education adopted Resolution 14-15-11 to celebrate California School Bus Safety Awareness Month at its October 1 board meeting.  The resolution recognizes that school bus drivers play many important roles in the educational day of students and encourages the general public to exercise caution and respect when driving in the area of a school or school bus.  The resolution was presented to MCOE Transportation Supervisor Eleanor Taylor Arroyo and her award winning staff.

Each year since 2001, employees gather around the flagpole at MCOE main to commemorate Patriot Day. Today, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Kotowski and Adam Gavalla (Service Desk Manager in Technology and Information Services) shared a few words about September 11. Their comments were followed by the ringing of the bell four times, commemorating each downed airplane in the 9/11 attacks. The ringing of the bell was followed by a moment of silence.

Our new 2014-15 AmeriCorps volunteers. These 30 tutors will provide one-on-one or small group tutoring during and after school to over 500 K-4th grade students. They each will clock 1,700 or more hours during this school year to help improve literacy in Monterey County.  

 

Congratulations to the International School of Monterey on its authorization by the International Baccalaureate as Monterey County's first IB World School. Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Kotowski joined Congressman Sam Farr, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent Dr. P.K. Diffenbaugh, President of the Monterey Institute of International Studies Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy, and the International School of Monterey administrators and staff at a celebration ceremony on August 19. (L to R: ISM Director Sean Madden, Dr. Ramaswamy, Congressman Farr, Dr. Kotowski, and Dr. Diffenbaugh)

Monterey County Home Charter School staffers Abel Coronel, Mayela Garcia, Kat Garcia and Norma Esparza are busily getting their library ready for the 2014-15 school year. School begins on August 25 for Monterey County Home Charter School.

The Monterey County Office of Education in partnership with the United Way Monterey County, hosted the annual Stuff the Bus event on Saturday, Aug. 2. Volunteers spent several hours stuffing backpacks with essentials that students need to keep up in the classroom. The backpacks will be delivered to school district staff who serve as liaisons to homeless students in Monterey County.

The 2014 Monterey County Board of Education and Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Kotowski. Four board members were sworn in today to serve four years on the Monterey County Board of Education. Pictured from left to right are: Board Member Harvey Kuffner, Vice President Mary Claypool, President John McPherson, Board Member Judy Pennycook, Board Member Sergio Alejo, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Board Member Ron Panziera and Board Member Francisco Estrada. Visit MCOE's Facebook for more photos of the Oath of Office.