Tehama’s Rich DuVarney Receives Superhero Award

At the recent Association of California State Administrator’s (ACSA) Superintendent’s Symposium, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools, Rich DuVarney, received a 2018 Summer Matters Superintendent Superhero Award.  DuVarney was recognized for “keeping kids reading and actively engaged throughout the summer in order to prevent “summer slide” – the time of year when kids fall behind in their academic achievement levels unless they are enrolled in summer learning enrichment programs,” ACSA said.

“Summer Matters Superhero recipients,” ACSA notes, “are leaders who put energy and resources into summer learning, not because they have to, but because they are convinced that every child matters and every child can succeed with the right support and foundation.”

To read more about the Summer Matters Superheroes Awards, go to:


National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week Jan 22-28, 2018

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is an annual health observance for teens that uses science to dispel myths about drugs and drug addiction that students receive from TV, social media, music, movies, family and friends.   During the week, schools and communities across the nation will sponsor a variety of events that provide teens with scientific facts.

The observance is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), two of the research centers at the National Institutes of Health. 

Take part in our events!

In Tehama County, community events will include government proclamations, a free opioid documentary, and a Drug-Facts Game Night.  School-based events will include lunchtime activities, poster displays, morning announcements, and classroom presentations.

All teens and adults are invited to take the IQ Challenge. 
To download the Challenge, click below:

An interactive version of the quiz will be available online starting January 22nd at

To learn more about NDAFW, visit the NIDA site.  For information on teen substance abuse, visit

Click here to view, download or print the poster below.


North State Fatherhood Conference

A Free Conference for North State Families
Saturday, January 20th 2018

Register at:
Registration at 8:30 am - Conference 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tehama County Department of Education 1135 Lincoln Street Red Bluff CA
English Flyer  / Spanish Flyer

Fatherhood Conference


Creating Promising Neighborhoods- January 20th

This series of trainings will promote early education success for
ages 0-5. Dont miss out! Register now!

Time: 8am-Noon
​Location: Rodgers Theater, 1217 Solano St, Corning 
Limited Seating - 30 participants max - Register ASAP
Register at
English Flyer / Spanish Flyer

Trainings Trainings


Take your class on a Makerspace field trip

It is that time of year! Time to sign your class up to come to the Makerspace! If you are interested or have questions, please fill out the Makerspace Field Trip Request Form and you will be contacted soon with more details. Visit our Makerspace page for more information about our program.

Makerspace Sign ups

Incident at Rancho Tehama School - 11/15/2017

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Incident at Rancho Tehama School - 11/14/2017

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Red Ribbon Week Events

Poster and Essay Contest

Submissions for Poster & Essay contest due October 13, 2017
Winners will be announced October 23, 2017 at the Red Ribbon Week Kick-off event (more information below).

Kick-Off Event

October 23, 2017
4:00 pm at the Old Courthouse Lawn

Kick Off


Tuesday October 24, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm at TCDE

​Thursday November 9, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm Corning High School


Take Back Day - Saturday October 28th

Check out our flyer for more information. 
English Flyer / Spanish Flyer

Butte and Tehama Counties Medication Disposal White Board Video

Check out this video to see if you have been disposing of your medications properly. Visit for more information. If you would like to stay up to speed on the latest information, Like and Follow the Tehama County Drug Free Community Coalition on Facebook. You can also visit the department page by clicking here.


3rd Annual Maker Showcase!

Don't forget to stop by the Maker Showcase July 13-16 at the Tehama District Fair! Bring your friends and family and come participate in all the fun events we have scheduled. We will be located in the cafeteria between the Auditorium and the Tyler Jelly Building. See you there!! 

Maker Showcase Schedule of Events

Movies in the Park: Charlotte's Web

Join us July 8th at Tehama County Department of Education for a night under the stars and enjoy an outdoor movie on the GIGANTIC screen! Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Enjoy this wholesome community activity, FREE! The movie will start at dusk and books and activities will be available beforehand for kids, courtesy of Tehama Reads. For a complete list of movies and locations please visit

Charlotte's Web

Makerspace Summer Workshops

The Tehama County Makerspace is hosting free workshops throughout the month of July! We will be making a variety of crafts and working with all types of materials and technologies! Come experience the joy of making and get your creative juices flowing!


Attention All Tehama County Teachers

By attending this institute you will have the opportunity to work in educator teams to collaboratively work on content focused lessons/units/assessments while having content area experts there to help in the process! Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity! Register now!

Click here for more information

Junk Robot Competition

Open to anyone 18 and under! Turn in your Entry Form to the Tehama District Fairgrounds by June 16th to join in the fun! Robots need to be built and submitted by July 9th. Click the image below for more information.


SERRF Go Far 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run!

Sacramento River Discovery Park, Red Bluff
May 6, 2017

Registration for the May 6, 2017 SERRF GO FAR 1 Mile Walk/Run or the 5K Timed Race is currently open
Race will be held RAIN OR SHINE
Pre-register deadline is Friday, April 7, 2017
  • Pre-registration is $20.00 with t-shirt, $10.00 without t-shirt
  • Race Day registration is $25.00 with t-shirt (limited availability), $15.00 without t-shirt
Registration Forms

Children's Fair

For more information click the image below
Printable Flyer

College T-Shirt Project - 50 State Challenge

college tshirt donations

Help us reach our goal!

The goal of the program is to get a new, college logo t-shirt into the hands of every 8th grade student in the county. That’s almost 800 students! We are implementing the 50 State Challenge to add a geography lesson to the experience and to further broaden the horizons of our students.

New college logo t-shirts can be dropped off at either the Tehama County Department of Education or the Job Training Center in Red Bluff. Click here for more info

Save the Date

March 28 & 29, 2017- Author Visits
March 28, 2017 - 3:30 PM -5:00 PM - Writing Celebration

Save the Date

Flyer PDF

2017 Writing Contest & Celebration

The 2017 Tehama County Writing Celebration is just around the corner! Come join us as we celebrate with our young authors! Writing Contest Recognition (Grades K-2), Writing Contest Awards (Grades 3-12), and an Author Presentation by Terri Farley will be held at the Red Bluff State Theatre on the following days and times:

Tuesday, March 28th Wednesday, March 29th
Session 1: 
K-3rd Grade
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Session 1: 
K-3rd Grade
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Session 2: 
4th-8th Grade
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Session 2: 
4th-8th Grade
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


March 10, 2017
Send your entries through AV Mail to:

Karla Stroman, Writing Contest Coordinator
Tehama County Department of Education
1135 Lincoln Street 
Red Bluff, CA 96080


All Tehama County students in grades K-12 are eligible to participate and may submit:

  • maximum of one entry, no longer than 2 pages.
  • Fitting under the genre of Narrative, Informative, OR Opinion/Argumentative.

Teachers are asked to prescreen and submit:



Author Cover Page
Master List of Writing Contest Submissions
Writing Examples by Grade
Teacher Letter


SBAC Writing Rubrics

Grades 6-11 

Grades 3-5 
Grades 6-11

Grades 1-2 
Grades 3-11

Grades 1-2 
Grades 3-5

Questions? Please Contact the Committee:

Angela O'Connor
​(530) 528-7249
Jacki Roach
​(530) 528-7361​

Karla Stroman
​(530) 528-7392​

Shatter the Myths

January 23-29, 2017
Register to host an educational event for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week in your community. Get started now with FREE materials!

Teacher of the year!

Congratulations Gary - Teacher of the Year from Gerber Elementary School (Tehama County Department of Education Special Schools and Services)

2016-2017 Teacher of the Year - Gary Ulloa

Makerspace Winter Workshop

Join us for this free winter workshop hosted by the Tehama County Makerspace! Click on the flyer below to register.

Red Ribbon Week Kickoff! October 24th

Join us on Monday October 24, 2016 for our Red Ribbon Week Kickoff!

  • Balloon Launch - 12 pm @ Cone- Kimball Clock Tower, Downtown Red Bluff
  • Kickoff Reception - 3 pm-5 pm Tehama County Department of Education - 1135 Lincoln Street Red Bluff, CA 96080

For more information, contact Cynthia Cook at (530) 528-7245 or

Red Ribbon Week Kickoff Flyer

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Foster Youth Opportunity Faire

This is your opportunity to help make a difference and change someone's life!

  • There are over 200 Foster Youth in Tehama County
  • Attend the Opportunity Faire and find out how YOU can make a difference!
  • Drop in anytime between 5:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday,October 12th at the Tehama County Department of Education Assembly Room, 1135 Lincoln Street, Red Bluff
  • Join Juvenile Court Judge Matt McGlynn and a host of local agencies and programs that work to support local foster youth
  • There are many ways to Make a Difference besides being a foster parent, come on by and find out what might fit for you

Contact Sherry Wehbey for more information on this event
Child Welfare Program Manager
Tehama County Dept of Social Services
(530) 528-4020

SEES Teacher Institiute

How would you survive a drought? Can you make a simple machine? How about a lesson on calorimetry? Fifty-six teachers from all over the north state spent the past week at CSU Chico  at the Science and Environmental Engineering for Secondary (SEES) Teacher Institute answering these types of questions  on energy and matter. The SEES institute is a partnership between the Tehama County Department of Education and CSU Chico  that gives teachers training and resources on the new Next Generation Science Standards. The professional development provided teachers with both practical skills and technical knowledge to  bring back to the classroom . The week offered both variety and depth--- teachers received information from leading industry professionals as well as CSU Professors. At CSU Chico’s Solar Lab, teachers learned about the necessity of photovoltaic technologies; the Department of Fish and Wildlife took teachers outdoors for a look at real world applications of wildlife mapping; and Jon Stallman from PG&E spoke to teachers about the importance of developing students who can think and solve problems by applying scientific principles to the solar power industry. Teachers were challenged to incorporate STEM skills (spatial ability, proportional reasoning, and pitch pattern perception) into their lessons and to design 3-Dimensional assessments. The week wrapped up with teachers competing in a solar boat race at 1 Mile Creek in Chico. Teams designed, built, tested and re-built a solar powered boat.


Check out what  you can be a part of at this years Tehama County District Fair/ Maker Showcase!
Entry Forms are due soon so sign up now before its too late!

Summer Activities Guide

Enrich your child's summer with fun, educational activities happening throughout the county! 


State Preschool Carnival Day

Do you have a child that is around preschool age? 
Come join us at TCDE on June 3rd for a day full of fun for you and your little one!

Corning Golf Tournament- May 7th

For more information about this event, please visit the website. If you would like to register for this event please download the registration form.

Special Olympics Registration

This year's Special Olympics will be held on  April 27, 2016 at Red Bluff High School. Click HERE to register!

For any other information please contact Karen Messler at

Special Play Group - "Nutrition"

TCDE and First 5 Tehama paired up to bring a special play group to Red Bluff, Los Molinos, Cottonwood, and Corning. This FREE playgroup will be centered around limiting Nutrition and is for children 0-5 years old. In addition to our regular playgroup activities of story time, crafts, and circle time activities, we will have presenters from TCHSA Public Health Division and free books for participating families.Click the links below for more information. 

English Flyer
Spanish Flyer

Special Play Group - "Limiting Screen Time"

TCDE and First 5 Tehama paired up to bring a special play group to Red Bluff, Los Molinos, Cottonwood, and Corning. This playgroup will be centered around limiting TV time and is for children 0-5 years old. This is a completely free event and a free book will be given to each family that attends. Click the links below for more information. 

English Flyer
Spanish Flyer

TCDE Superintendent Search Update

Tehama County Department of Education will hold an open session on March 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Community Center for the purpose of conducting County Superintendent interviews.

District Survey Responses
21 Respondents of 39 invited

TCDE Survey Responses
88 Respondents of 320 invited

Community Survey Responses
114 Respondents, each person selected 3 answers per question​

Community Survey Responses - By District

Community Survey - Pie Chart 

TCDE Superintendent Survey and Application

Tehama County Board of Education is looking for a new County Superintendent. Everyone is welcome to participate in the input survey and to apply for the open position.

Input Surveys

Sorry, all input surveys are now closed.

Job Posting

TCDE Superintendent Job Posting (

TCDE Superintendent Job Description

TCDE Superintendent Brochure

Maywood Student Recognized for her Hard Work

2015 College and Career Day

Corning, CA – Genesis Zamora was recognized by the Tehama County Education Foundation for her participation in this year’s College and Career Day held on November 5.  Students who took the time to talk to the various career representatives and who wrote down their responses on their Career Passports were entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet.  Of the 200 students who completed their passport, Genesis was the lucky winner.  Tehama County Education Foundation thanks all of the students and teachers who participated in this year’s event and took advantage of the opportunity to hear from local professionals.

Tehama Educational Talent Search Program Delivers for Students!

College is not a Dream, It's a Plan

Tehama County, CA- The Tehama County Department of Education in partnership with UC Davis is happy to announce the results of this past year’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) graduates.  Of the seventy-six 2015 graduates of the Educational Talent Search program, 91% of them are attending college this fall.  Students are attending colleges as close to home as Shasta College and as far away as San Diego State University.  One high school senior commented, “The ETS program showed me how important college was and how to apply for different colleges and financial aid.  There’s a good chance I wouldn’t be going to college without their program.”  This Federally funded program in Tehama serves 500 students each year ranging from 7th through 12 graders at Maywood Middle School, Corning Union High School, Gerber Elementary, Vista Preparatory and Red Bluff High School.  The program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education by providing two advisors who mentor students to identify their college and career goals and provide field trips and events to broaden their perspectives.  One of the main objectives of the grant is to provide the support, information and the skills necessary to attend some form of college (trade school, community college or 4 year university) upon high school graduation. 


Spring 2016 marks the end of this five year grant but Tehama County Department of Education has committed to write another grant to continue providing these services starting fall 2016.  It is important that Tehama County families have the support and help they need from multiple sources; high school counselors and teachers, after school programs, and mentoring programs like Educational Talent Search.  It is hard to sometimes quantify the work of a program but a parent of an ETS student attending their second year at Southern Oregon University shares how the program has impacted her family:  “My experience with Tehama Educational Talent Search is our success story.  I did not have college funds set aside for my daughter and I was not familiar with any of the options or opportunities that could be available to us. I honestly thought that college was only for those whose parents could afford to send their children and cover all their expenses.  I was very wrong.  If I didn't have the direction and advice and support from ETS staff, my daughter wouldn't be pursuing her dreams today.” 


Opportunity Faire!

Come to the Tehama County Department of Education Assembly Room on Wednesday, February 10th from 4:00-6:00 pm to learn more about Tehama County's Foster Youth Programs and how you can help make a difference in someone's life! Click the image below for more information. 

Give Kids a Smile Day!

Join us for Free Dental Screenings and Treatments on Saturday, February 6, 2016.  Registration is from 7:30-9:00 am at Rolling Hills Dental Clinic.  Click the links below for more information.

Give Kids A Smile Flyer (English)

Give Kids A Smile Flyer (Spanish)

Are You Up For The Challenge?

The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness on campuses nationwide. The Tehama County Department of Education, along side our schools are proudly participating in this proactive, positive bullying prevention initiative. Students and adults will receive a GKC Checklist with 50 kind deeds. We are encouraging everyone to complete the checklist and show the world  that kindness matters!

Agribee Finalists

Congratulations to our two Butte County Farm Bureau Agribee finalists, Jayden and Eligh!  Jayden placed 2nd and Eligh placed 6th.  Well done boys! Check out the links below for more on this story.

Chico ER
Channel 12 Action News

School Safety Summit

January 28, 2016 from 8am to Noon, Tehama County Department of Education will be holding its annual School Safety Summit. This year we will be featuring Mr. Albert Bahn - A.L.I.C.E. Certified Instructor. Click HERE for more information. Please register at

Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations Cort Mitchell - Teacher of the Year from Gerber Elementary School


Makerspace Workshop!


Sock Snowmen - December 21, 2015


Session 1 - 10am-11am

Session 2 - 11am-12pm

Session 3 - 12pm-1pm

Session 4 - 1pm- 2pm


We are providing materials to create a basic sock snowman. If you want to give your snowman more personality please bring any supplies you would like to add to your snowman with you. For example, you can bring a fun fabrics(or socks) to give your snowman a spunky beanie or add more flare to his scarf, or maybe collect some twigs or wire to make snowman arms! The possibilities are endless! (Look at some really fun examples by clicking here)


Questions? Please contact: 
Syerra Eickmeyer



Makerspace Workshop

At this free Makerspace workshop we will be getting creative with pinecones! Drop in on December 15th, any time between 3:30pm- 5:00pm and make an ornament for someone you love! We will provide all the materials necessary, but you are welcome to bring any fun fabrics or supplies you want to use. This workshop is open to everyone, but please register HERE so we can know how many to prepare for.


State Superintendent of Education Visits Red Bluff!

We were honored to have Tom Torlakson, the California Superintendent of Schools, visit our town. He met with superintendents and Red Bluff High School students Click on the picture below to read more about his visit!

Tom Torlakson

Top Left: RBHS Auto Shop  Top Right: RBHS Radio studio  Bottom: Torlakson speaking with superintendents.  

LIFT Tehama

To view full flyer click the image below

Community Workshop!

Pop in anytime between 10am-2pm to make some awesome ornaments!
Want to join? Please click the image below to REGISTER

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Click on the light bulb for more information 

Lights On Event

Fall Network Meeting


For more information and if you would like to SIGN UP for this event, please click the image above

Teacher of the year!

Congratulations Chas Konopka (Teacher of the Year)  from Los Molinos High School

LCAP / LCFF Information

Governor Jerry Brown's new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is intended to equitably allocate dollars from the state capital to counties and districts. The LCFF moves toward a more equitable, rational and efficient approach to allocating resources.  Meetings were held on February 26 and March 27 and open to community members, parents, students and stakeholders.  A public hearing regarding Tehama County Department of Education's LCAP will be held on May 21, 2014.

For additional information/resources please visit one of the links below:

Local resources:




NEW-Lego Stop Animation Workshop!

Click the image to register!

Interested in creating LEGO movies or stop motion animation?  Well, you’re in for a treat this workshop is for you!  We’re offering a FREE three session series on stop motion animation, so be sure to plan to attend all three, or at least the first two. Click here to sign up!


JULY 28, 29, 30th from 10am to noon

Some Specifics 
All materials will be provided
Ages 8 and Up are welcome to participate

Under 18?? Be sure to come with an adult 

Feature Teacher

Congratulations to Rachel Davis,our Feature Teacher this month! This completes her 9th year of teaching at Flournoy and she has become the lead teacher for the district! Great Job Rachel!

2015 Writing Contest & Celebration

The 2015 Tehama County Writing Celebration is just around the corner! Come join us as we celebrate with our young authors! Writing Contest Recognition (Grades K-2), Writing Contest Awards (Grades 3-12), and an Author Presentation by Jeri Chase Ferris will be held from
3:30-5:00pm at the State Theater on Wednesday, May 20th. 



MAY 1, 2015

Send your entries through AV Mail to:
Karla Stroman, Writing Contest Coordinator
Tehama County Department of Education
1135 Lincoln Street 
Red Bluff, CA 96080



All Tehama County students in grades K-12 are eligible to participate and may submit:

  • maximum of one entry, no longer than 2 pages.
  • Fitting under the genre of Narrative, Informative, OR Opinion/Argumentative.

Teachers are asked to prescreen and submit:



Author Cover Page
Master List of Writing Contest Submissions
Common Core State Standards Rubric


Questions? Please Contact the Committee:

Nancy Veatch
​(530) 528-7361
Karla Stroman
​(530) 528-7381​
Kim Dunn
530) 528-7249


Open House Invitation!

Click Image above for more information about the TCDE LCAP Open House!

Congratulations Cort Mitchell!

This months feature teacher award goes to Cort Mitchell, an 8th Grade teacher at Gerber School!  


Congratulations Brad Schreiber!

Brad Schreiber, Spanish Teacher from Corning High School, is this month's feature teacher!


Click the Flyer below or visit the SERRF Programs & Activities Page for more information

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Early Childhood High Quality Program Awards

Early Childhood Program awardsCreative Hands Preschool and Child Care, NCCDI Happy Trails, and Our Little House Day Care Center each recently received a High Quality Program award, presented by the Tehama County Local Child Care Planning Council, a program of the Tehama County Department of Education. 

“Each program was nominated by a parent or community member and then evaluated further before being chosen to receive the award,” said Paula Brown Almond, Project Director.  “These three programs scored very high in the evaluation process and we are happy to be able to recognize them,” she added.

All nominated programs are visited by a judging committee, and ranked using 11 measures, which include history of program, staffing, physical environment and safety, curriculum, materials and supplies, parent involvement, and community involvement.  “Our goal is to focus on educating the community about the numerous high quality early childhood programs families have available in Tehama County,” Said Brown-Almond.

Creative Hands Preschool and Child Care is a large family child care home, owned and operated by Kelly Estrada.  Kelly serves children ages 0-12 years old.  “I am a single dad and very fortunate to have my children in her care, Kelly really cares about my children and takes excellent care of them,” wrote one of the parents who nominated her for the award.

NCCDI Happy Trails is a Federal and State funded preschool program which serves Head Start and State Preschool children and is operated by Northern California Child Development, INC.  “I am happy to know that parents have nominated our program and I give credit to the dedicated staff, especially Teacher Director, Debbie Stevens and Hilda Torres, Teacher,” said Executive Director, Brian Heese.

Our Little House Day Care Center serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers whose parents are employed at Red Bluff High School District as well as other families in the community.  Our Little House is also an early childhood training program for high school students who participate in the school’s Child Care Regional Occupation Program. 

The next quarterly award nominations will be due by November 29th.  Parents and community members who are interested in nominating a licensed center or family child care home are encouraged to do so. 

Nomination forms can be found on the LCCPC page at or by calling 528-7343. 


  • Cynthia Cook (LPC Chair) & Kelly Estrada( Owner Creative Hands Preschool and Child Care ) Large Family Child Care Home
  • Hilda Torres (Happy Trails Teacher), and Debbie Stevens (Happy Trails Teacher Director)
  • Maryanne Montandon,( ROP Teacher and OLH  Teacher Director),  Pauline Ostrowski, Teacher) and Britt Torgersrud “Lollo”, Teacher

Family Picnic for Preschoolers

The Tehama County Department of Education's Berrendos Exceptional Needs Preschool and Antelope State Preschool joined together in celebrating students' end of the year accomplishments in a "Family Teddy Bear Picnic" on Tuesday, June 10th. Students brought their favorite furry friend from home and families gathered with blankets and chairs on the playground for a potluck picnic filled with family centered activities. 

The event included music, a face painting table, sensory tubs, arts and crafts, a family photo booth, and crawling through a bear tunnel.  About 100 family members and students enjoyed celebrating the end of the school year together.

Teady Bear Picnic


Celebrating the first year

Lincoln Street State Preschool staff and parents came together today to celebrate the first year of operation of the preschool on Lincoln Street facility in Red Bluff.

State Preschool Dedication

Congratulations Digital Media Contest Winners!

Thank you to all of the students who participated in 1st annual Digital Media Contest!  The winning videos will be proudly displayed at the Tehama Country Visitors Center and the Tehama County Chamber of Commerce. Well done Tehama County students!

1st Place - History of Red Bluff (Red Bluff High School)

Paige Smith, Abby Brown, Molly Murphy, Claire Lester, Olivia Zumalt, and ​Karl Parks

2nd Place - I Celebrate Tehama County (Lincoln Street School)

Kaleb Melgoza

3rd Place - Cone and Kimball Clock Tower (Red Bluff High School)

Amy Garrison, Kayla McCoshum, and Michaela Black


Thank you to all sponsors, supporters and all who helped make this event possible!
 College OPTIONS | Dudley's Excavating, Inc. | Expect More Tehama
Tehama County Chamber of Commerce | Tehama Country Visitor's Center

Digital Media Celebration

The Tehama County Department of Education would like to invite you to join us in celebrating local students and their Digital Media Contest submissions!

Special guest, John Norman Stewart of Universal Studios will be speaking about his career in Art and Digital Media.  Stewart boasts 25 years as a Scenic and Portrait Artist for the entertainment industry with projects for television, motion picture and stage productions. During this time, he created portraits of Bette Davis, Henry Winkler, Brian Keith, James Brolin and others for various film and TV productions. Additionally Stewart also created special art projects for Disney Studios, Disneyland, Disney World, Epcot and Animal Kingdom.

Prominent collectors of Stewart’s work have included President Richard Nixon, actor John Wayne and film director Leo Penn.  

This event is free and open to the public: Wednesday, May 21st ~ Doors open @ 6pm, event @ 6:30 pm at the State Theatre
Bring your friends! All are welcome!

There will be fun! There will be popcorn! Winners will be announced & Prizes awarded!

Special thanks to our sponsors for making the prizes possible:

{ Expect More Tehama } {College OPTIONS } { Dudley's Excavating }

Congratulations Graduates!

Lincoln Street School held a graduation ceremony for the following graduates: Cameron Carter,  Shenandoah Chrisman, Kayla Gannom, Mickaelin Little, Kaleb Melgoza, Elayna Mercer, Marlene Ortiz and Erik Tharaldsen. Pictured, are the graduates with their teachers Chris Byrd, Aaron  Peterson, Christi Deveraux and Dana Brent and Deputy Superintendent Charles Allen. For more information about Lincoln Street School, visit

2014 Writing Contest & Celebration

Tehama County Reading Council Annual Writing Contest and Celebration

May 21, 2014, 3:30pm - 8:00pm

at the Red Bluff State Theatre

The 2014 Tehama County Writing Celebration will be held on May 21st at the State Theater in Red Bluff.  The Celebration showcases and celebrates student authors and promises to be a fun-filled celebration including student recognition, a raffle, and a special presentation. Student authors are recognized with certificates of participation, proficiency, or advanced writing. Entries are judged in the spirit of celebrating young authors in our county by a team of teachers and administrators.











Teacher Information:



Jack Little Memorial Scholarship

To be eligible for the Jack Little Memorial Scholarship a student must:

  1. Have a parent/guardian that is a member of the Tehama County Miscellaneous Bargaining Unit
  2. Have at least a 2.0 high school grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale)

After completing the application, the applicant should mail or deliver it to: Jack Little Memorial Scholarship c/o Tehama County Department of Education Attention:  Carol Stephens 1135 Lincoln Street Red Bluff, CA 96080 (530) 528-7323


The Masami Cattle Ranch, Inc. Scholarship

The Masami Cattle Ranch, Inc. Scholarship Fund was established in 1989 by the Masami Cattle Ranch, Inc. for the purpose of recognizing worthy students who aspire to a Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university and who are graduates of any public high school in Tehama County, California. The President of the company, Mr. Masami Ishida, has extensive involvement in Japanese beef production and marketing. He and his associates recognize the value and importance of education in contemporary life and in the operation of the world economy.

The endowed scholarship fund is administered by three trustees designed in the agreement establishing the scholarship trust. The Masami Cattle Ranch, Inc. normally names one of the trustees who will serve with the other designees. The Masami Cattle Ranch, Inc. conducts beef ranching activities in Tehama County. The funds for the scholarship are derived from an endowment provided when the trust was initiated.
For any questions please contact Carol Stephens at 528-7323 or

Richfield Community/PTO Scholarship

The Richfield Community/Parent Teachers Organization (PTO), at its May meeting in 1986, pledged itself to provide a scholarship to former Richfield School students.  The award shall be to deserving graduating high school students (no more than three per year) beginning with the class of 1987.   The purpose of the scholarship is to provide former Richfield School students with incentive to pursue their education after high school and provide them with financial assistance in their first year of higher education.

To be eligible for the Richfield Community/PTO Scholarship a student must:

1.         Have attended Richfield School for four years

2.         Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 based on a 4.0 system


>>Qualification and Funding Information 

For any questions please contact Carol Stephens at 528-7323 or

Preparing for Smarter Balanced Assessments

News Updates & New Information:

New from the California Department of Education (CDE), Field Test Flash is a new outreach tool designed to deliver up-to-the-minute information about the upcoming Smarter Balanced Field Test. Expect to see these communications often. Please forward these flash announcements to all educators who may want to stay apprised of the latest information about the Field Test. To join the Field Test Flash listserv directly, please send a blank e-mail to

The Smarter Balanced Training Tests are now available at The Training Tests allow teachers and students to experience most of the features, the functionality, and the item types in the Smarter Balanced assessments in advance of the Field Test. Unlike the Practice Tests, they are not designed to provide a grade-specific testing experience; instead, their purpose is to help students understand the test format and how they will interact with the technology. Test administration expected to be available in February.


This webcast from was designed to help clear up some of the questions you may have about the smarter balanced test. The topics included in this presentation are: 

•About the Practice Test
•About the Login Process
•Practice Test Tools and Layout
•Recorded Demonstration
•Reminders and Resources
To download the presentation "Setting Up and Using the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests" click here.
To download the presentation "SBAC Performance Tasks" click here.
To download the presentation "Smarter Balanced Field Test Update and Outreach Efforts" click here.
To view the webinar "Accessibility and Accommodations" click here
California Technical Assistance Center – help desk information for CAASPP Assistance for LEAs: Phone: 800-955-2954

Hands-On Science at Lincoln Street School


Lincoln Street Independent School students traveled to Chico State to participate in a Hands-On Science Lab.  The 4th-8th grade students spent an enriching morning doing hands-on science experiments learning about rocks and minerals.  In addition to learning the scientific concepts, the students also had the opportunity to learn in a college lab environment.

The students are currently participating in “flipped learning” where they’re gaining background information at home to prepare for their next lab.  Lincoln Street School students will return to Chico State to tour the campus and attend a Digestive System Lab at the end of the month.

SERRF's 2014 Highlight Show

Guests of honor, Congressman Doug LaMalfa and Deputy Superintendent Charles Allen, attended SERRF's Annual Highlight Show, "Ride the Wave to Higher Education!", held at Woodson School in Corning, on March 18th. Also pictured are: (from left) Linda Dodd, SERRF Lead Facilitator, and Karla Stroman, SERRF Administrator.

Feature Teacher - Keri Safford

This year Gerber School would like to recognize Keri Safford as our Feature Teacher. Keri is a natural when it comes to teaching and inspiring student learning. Her commitment and dedication to both the students and Gerber school are unsurpassed. She has embraced our No Excuses philosophy and worked hard to partner with alumni from the University of Montana; this fall she even took a group of parents and students to Sacramento to watch the Sacramento and Montana game! Keri goes above and beyond her call of duty every day. Last summer she took time to create an amazing mural on the library that gets kids thinking about their future while representing our beautiful community; depicting Mount Lassen and Shasta! Keri is compassionate, dedicated, and an irreplaceable member of the NEU Gerber team. We proudly congratulate Keri as our 2013-2014 Feature Teacher.

Pictured with Keri are Tyler Smail of Edward Jones, Charles Allen, Deputy Superintendent of Schools and Keri's students

The Big Read Kickoff

The Big ReadLove Medicine

Tehama County is one of 77 communities in the US participating in The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Big Read is designed to stimulate conversation and gather community around one book in common. Tehama County's book is Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich.

The Big Read provides support materials, including reader's guides, audio guides and teacher's guides, as well as fun book marks.  To request materials, please send an email to  You will also find materials available online at

Books will be available at the Tehama County Library for those who would like to participate in this community celebration of literacy.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

SAT and ACT Test Success 101

Once again, Expect More Tehama, Tehama County Department of Education and College OPTIONS have teamed up to provide a FREE Test Prep workshop for 11th grade students.  Attached you will find a flyer with all of the details about this year’s workshops.  The first workshop will be for the ACT on February 1st and the SAT workshop will be held on March 22nd.  In addition to the training itself, students will receive a workbook, practice tests, snacks and lunch.   Again this is a FREE workshop but there is limited space – we will do our best however to accommodate as many students as possible.  Students will need to register by calling the College OPTIONS office (245-1845) and spots will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.  Juniors will receive first priority but if space is available we will allow a younger student to attend. Please let Karissa Morehouse (528-7364) know if you have any questions about this FREE Test Prep opportunity.  We are excited to provide Tehama County students with access to such vital trainings.

Jack Little Memorial Scholarship

To be eligible for the Jack Little Memorial Scholarship a student must:

  1. Have a parent/guardian that is a member of the Tehama County Miscellaneous Bargaining Unit
  2. Have at least a 2.0 high school grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale)

After completing the application, the applicant should mail or deliver it to: Jack Little Memorial Scholarship c/o Tehama County Department of Education Attention:  Carol Stephens 1135 Lincoln Street Red Bluff, CA 96080 (530) 528-7323

>> Application

Public Hearing Notice

Extended School Year Program
Special Schools and Services

This hearing is scheduled during the regular meeting of the Tehama County Board of Education as follows:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tehama County Department of Education
5:00 p.m.
Board Room
1135 Lincoln Street, Red Bluff, CA 96080
(530) 528-7323

Posted: January 2, 2014

Feature Teacher - Alethea Vazquez

Why become a teacher?  “Because, as a teacher, you have the opportunity to change the way kids view school”, said Alethea Vazquez, who was honored with the Feature Teacher award in December.  “When I took my first college class towards my teaching credential, I knew I was in the right place.  It just felt right.  I loved my classes, my teachers, and working with my peers.  I was like a kid in the candy store.  I was in awe.  I was so excited about the change I was about to be part of.  I was going to be a teacher.  I was going to make learning fun!” 

"Alethea's dedication to outstanding teaching and 21st century skills is truly great for students!" said Red Bluff Elementary School Superintendent William McCoy.  Over the course of her 12 year teaching career, Vazquez said she has had many memorable moments but there is one in particular that stands out. 

“I would have to say that my most memorable, unforgettable, moment came from a fourth grader in my first year of teaching.  He came into my classroom around the second trimester.  I’ll never forget his nervous face, or the worried face of his mother.  He has just moved from another school, and mom tells me that he has been ‘labeled’ as a problem-kid and he needs a fresh start.  I showed him to his seat and introduced him to his fourth grade peers.  He was accepted right away, and made friends.  He was, in fact, what his mother said…a nice boy.  He had his moments, but all in all, he was sweet, caring, and smart.  The moment came on the last day of the year.  It was an emotional time for me as a first year teacher.  I was going to miss these guys.  I received great ‘end of the year’ gifts.  Your typical coffee cards, Barnes and Nobles gift certificates, and chocolate.  But the gift I remember the most, and still have today, is the gift from this young man.  It was a plastic apple with a removable lid.  I said, ‘Ahhhh...thank you.’  He replied, ‘Open it.  There’s something inside.’  I carefully removed the lid, and inside the apple was a little handwritten note, which read: ‘Thank you for helping me.’  It went on to describe his fear of not passing had he stayed where he was and how I was able to get him through that.  The note spoke to my heart and reminded me how a teacher can impact their students in profound ways.”

Over the years, Vazquez said she has learned and grown a lot and attributes her successes to the staff and leadership at Jackson Heights School.  “They have supported me, given me advice, and challenged me to improve my skills as a teacher.  Most importantly, they listen,” she said.

When asked what makes an exemplary teacher, Vazquez said, “Build relationships with your students - It’s not an option.  It’s amazing what you can do when you have their trust.  Embrace fear - I wouldn’t be where I am today if I did what was comfortable and safe.  Be a life-long learner - Seek professional development opportunities whenever you can.  Be curious - Learn new things, explore ideas, seek out the unknown.  Have high expectations - It’s amazing what students will do if you just raise the bar.  And finally, make teaching a hobby!”

The Feature Teacher award, presented monthly by Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools, Charles Allen, Deputy Superintendent and Tyler Smail of Edward Jones, honors teachers like Alethea, who promote excellence in the classroom, and are dedicated to helping all students achieve their personal best.

Masami Scholarship

The Masami Cattle Ranch, Inc. Scholarship Fund was established in 1989 by the Masami Cattle Ranch, Inc. for the purpose of recognizing worthy students who aspire to a Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university and who are graduates of any public high school in Tehama County, California. The President of the company, Mr. Masami Ishida, has extensive involvement in Japanese beef production and marketing. He and his associates recognize the value and importance of education in contemporary life and in the operation of the world economy.

The endowed scholarship fund is administered by three trustees designed in the agreement establishing the scholarship trust. The Masami Cattle Ranch, Inc. normally names one of the trustees who will serve with the other designees. The Masami Cattle Ranch, Inc. conducts beef ranching activities in Tehama County. The funds for the scholarship are derived from an endowment provided when the trust was initiated.
If you would like more information or to apply, the full application can be downloaded here
The deadline to apply is the last Monday in April.
For any questions please contact Carol Stephens at 528-7323 or


Coming Soon!

New Technology PD

Stay tuned!  We've got some pretty exciting technology professional development coming in January!


Preparing for kindergarten and beyond

PreschoolThe Tehama County Department of Education was recently granted an expansion in preschool enrollment from the State of California in order to maximize the number of children who are able to take part in the programs. “Enrolling children in high quality preschool programs is one of the most effective ways to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond,” said Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools.  The essential skills preschool children acquire while attending high quality programs is priceless and builds a strong foundation for future learning.  

Tehama County Department of Education operates 16 licensed classrooms in the county, providing developmentally appropriate, high quality, educationally based curriculum for local three and four year olds.   “Our approach is teaching with a child-centered philosophy,” said Renee Davis, Director of Tehama County State Preschools.  “We believe that every aspect of a child’s character, be it cognitive, social, emotional, or physical, should be challenged in an innovative way during his or her journey with us.”  Each of these areas is interrelated, and in the right learning environment, can benefit children throughout their school experience.

State Preschools prepare each and every student by encouraging active participation in all learning activities such as: hands-on activities, whole group learning, teacher and student directed activities, small-center based learning, literacy, fine and large motor activities, and discovery play as well as exploring and being part of the local community. 

“Watching the learning process take place with preschoolers is exhilarating – at this age, they are naturally determined experimenters and investigators!” said Davis. 

Red Ribbon Week Reception

Red Ribbon WeekOctober 28, 2013
​4:30–5:30 PM​

Tehama County Department of Education
1135 Lincoln St, Red Bluff

Berrendos Youth Leaders performance: “The Turnaround Skit”

Please come join us as we focus on our commitment to our youth and our 
community, to support a drug-free lifestyle.​

Sponsored by:



October 2013 Feature Teacher

Congratulations Linda Smith of Kirkwood School for being chosen as the Feature Teacher for October

Linda Smith

2013 Board Recognition Dinner

Board Recognition Dinner

Download the Powerpoint 
Presentation here



Literacy LinC at Enjoy the Store!

Tehama ReadsEnjoy The Store was the location for Thursday afternoon's Tehama Reads meeting. Members enjoyed the ambiance of the store and the collaborative opportunities to connect with educators across the county.  Nancy Veatch, English/Language Arts Coordinator for Tehama County, presented a reading comprehension strategy to keep students engaged in reading.  Attendees practiced the strategy, called ENJOY!, and took a bookmark home with them. The Tehama County Reading Council business was addressed during the last 15 minutes of the meeting.  

The next Literacy LinC is scheduled for January 15th and is open to the public.  Follow us on Twitter to keep updated about literacy events and information: @tehamaela.

Leadership Matters!

Leadership Matters!Tehama County Department of Education is pleased to announce the 2013 -2014 Leadership Matters! Symposium series speaker and registration information. Scheduled presenters include: Alan November, Tim Kanold, Doug Fisher, and Jay McTighe. 

This year's speakers will address Common Core State Standards.

All trainings will be full day sessions  (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM).  Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided at each session. Breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM and the presentations will follow at 8:30 AM.

Please see the attachment for registration and additional speaker information. Remember to sign up by the registration deadline date (see registration form) because we cannot guarantee space or materials after those dates.There is a price break for those attending all four sessions. The form can be completed on your computer, and either saved and emailed, or faxed. 
If you have any questions, please contact Bridget Minter at 528-7303.
We hope to see you there!

Common Core State Standards - Open House

Red Bluff High   Tehama County Dept of Ed    Red Bluff Elementary

Red Bluff Union Elementary School District, Red Bluff Joint Union High School District, Tehama County Department of Education invite you to an Open House  with the California Common Core State Standards

Wednesday September 25, 2013 - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

(Presentation at 5:00 pm) in the Tehama County Department of Education Library
Refreshments will be served

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Notice of Public Hearing-Sufficiency of Instructional Materials

(Posted: September 4, 2013) This hearing is scheduled during the regular meeting of the Tehama County Board of Education as follows:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 5:00 p.m.
Tehama County Department of Education - Board Room 
1135 Lincoln Street, Red Bluff, CA 96080 (530) 528-7323

2013 College Information Night

College Quest
Questions about College Quest? Feel free to contact Amanda Harter, College OPTIONS Event Coordinator at or 530-245-5812 for more information.

June 2013 Feature Teacher

Retiring Woodson Elementary teacher, Peter Finkle was recognized as the Feature Teacher.

Summer Activities

The SRDC is offering six weeks of Summer Day Camps at the Red Bluff Recreation Area, 1000 Sale Lane starting on June 17, 2013.  Each camp will offer a different theme and will occur from Monday through Friday from 8 am until noon.  The cost for each camper is a total of $50 for the week.  The class size is limited to 30 students per week. more information | application

Full list of summer activities below:Keep Kids Engaged This Summer

Immunization Information

If you have any additional questions please feel free to call Sharon Sinclair, RN 528-7374

Writing Celebration


The 2013 Tehama County Writing Celebration will be held on May 22nd at the State Theatre in Red Bluff.  The Celebration showcases and celebrates student authors and promises to be a fun-filled celebration including student recognition, a raffle, and a special presentation

We hope you will choose to participate by submitting student work.  Student authors are recognized with certificates of participation, proficiency, or advanced writing. Entries are judged in the spirit of celebrating young authors in our county by a team of teachers and administrators.  We welcome and encourage participating teachers to be a part of the scoring process. Student writing will be scored using holistic rubrics on May 14th from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Please consider joining us as your schedule permits. Lunch will be provided. Contact April Farmer if you wish to participate (528-7249).

For your convenience, all documents and resources are listed below:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Characteristics of Good Writing
  3. Guidelines
  4. Timeline of Events
  5. Master List
  6. Cover Page
  7. Author Visit Attendance Form
  8. Author Visit Information2013
  9. Author Visit
  10. book order form 2-26-12
  11. Letter to Secretaries

School Safety DRILL


An active shooter training exercise is being conducted on the Red Bluff High School campus during the morning and early afternoon today.  The following Tehama County law enforcement agencies are participating in the training:

  • Red Bluff Police Department
  • Tehama County Sheriff’s Office
  • Corning Police Department
  • Tehama County District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Investigations
  • Tehama County Probation Department
  • Cal-Fire, Tehama County

The training is a cooperative effort between Red Bluff Union High School and the above listed law enforcement agencies.  The purpose of this exercise is to provide scenario-based training to law enforcement personnel in a simulated critical incident environment as well as to coordinate efforts with high school staff.  Exercises such as this are designed to reduce the incidents of officer-involved injury or death by instilling, enhancing, and reinforcing instinctive officer survival skills. This is accomplished by providing officers with hands-on training that exposes officers to realistic scenarios while utilizing Non-Lethal Training Ammunition (NLTA). 

The training is also intended to integrate personnel from the various law enforcement agencies within Tehama County that would likely respond to an actual active shooter or other critical incident in order to be better prepared should such an event occur in Tehama County.  Additionally, this exercise will allow RBHS staff to test some of their communication and emergency procedures.

School will not be is session and no students will be allowed on campus during this exercise.  However, teachers and other school staff will be on campus as it is an in service day.  Visitors, students and all unauthorized persons will not be permitted on the campus between 8 A.M. and 2 P.M. 

Kyle Sanders

Police Captain


FULL press release here



ACSA All-Stars

The Tehama Charter Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) held its annual All Star Student lunch and award ceremony on Thursday, March 7th, 2013, from 11:30-1:30 at the Red Bluff Community Center. Larry Champion and Cathy Reimer presented the awards to the top student from each school out of the 10,751 students in Tehama County. Each student received a plaque, gave a speech and had lunch with their principal and family. Lunch was provided by the Red Bluff Union High School District’s Regional Occupation Program.

Congratulations, All-Stars!


All-Star Student

Antelope School Cassandra Drury
Berrendos Middle School Adam Swarthout
Bidwell Elementary Shea Gleason
Centennial High School Barbara Cardenas Aguilar
Corning High School Savannah Miller
Educational Outreach Academy - RBJHSD Jadrain Bettega
Gerber School Kiara Maldonado-Garcia
Jackson Heights Elementary Emma Heimbuck Allaire
Kirkwood Elementary Dartagnan Kingwell
Lassen View Allyson Drury
Lincoln Street Independent School Cameron Phelps
Los Molinos Elementary Hannah Thorton
Los Molinos High School Francisco Langarica
Manton School Phoebe Heino
Maywood School Eva Islas
Metteer Elementary School Montana Warner
Mineral Elementary Reyn Hutten
Olive View Elementary Cassandra Sanchez
Plum Valley School Tristan Neff
Red Bluff High School Bryce Etzler
Richfield Elementary School Sarah Herrera
Salisbury High School Kodijo Hyatt
Vista School Austin Bronze
West Street School Pablo Valdez
Woodson Elementary Marissa Mills

What is ACSA?


The Association of California School Administrators was established in 1971.  ACSA is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the nation, serving more than 16,000 school leaders. 

The mission of ACSA is to support California’s educational leaders; ensure all students have the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel; and champion public education.  More than two dozen job-alike and issue-oriented councils and committees, a board of directors and a delegate assembly keep ACSA focused on school leadership and on education policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.


The Gift of Knowledge


March 2013

Rotary DictionariesAs part of Red Bluff Rotary’s annual Dictionary Project, members from the club recently presented dictionaries to the third graders at Lincoln Street School.

“These are the first of over 900 dictionaries that we’ll be giving out this year in Tehama County,” said Larry Champion, Rotarian and Tehama County Superintendent of Schools.  “They are a wonderful resource, and one that you’ll use for years to come,” he added.  Books were distributed by fellow Rotarians Charles Allen and Will Murphy, who also spoke to the students about the importance of learning and knowing how to use resources such as dictionaries.

“Students really look forward to getting the dictionaries,” said Dana Brent who teaches at Lincoln Street School.  “Some of our students who have older siblings see the books being distributed and get especially excited when they enter third grade, knowing that they’ll be getting their very own copy sometime during the school year.”

The Dictionary Project is a collective effort of the Red Bluff Sunrise Rotary, Red Bluff Noon Rotary, Corning Rotary Clubs and the Tehama County Department of Education.  For more information, visit

Best Science Fair Yet!

March 2013

Science Fair

“This was the best science fair yet!” - a common sentiment offered by teachers and students at the annual Don Corrie Science Fair, held at the Tehama County Department of Education on Friday, March 22. 

Over 100 students from Tehama County’s Small Schools Consortium gathered to showcase their projects, from “Gross Moldy Mold” to “Building Skyscrapers.”

While projects were being judged by the panel, students participated in math and science workshops, hands on projects and mind boggling math scenarios. They also had the opportunity to view all of the projects and do peer evaluations.

 “We received a lot of positive feedback from students, teachers and families,” said Lorna Manuel, Director of Educational Support Services.  “This event is one we all look forward to every year as we get to help students really hone their scientific exploration and presentation skills.”

Awards were presented to the three top scoring projects in both grades 4-6 and 7-8.  Students who placed in the 4-6th grade group were:  1st place – “Why Ruin Our Gelatin” by Dillion Towne & Trinity Kingwell; 2nd place – “Packing Materials” by Clyde Talley; 3rd place – “Fresh Meat” by Britini Wunsch & Jacob Alston.  Awards in the 7-8th grade group were: 1st place – “Hot or Not” by Reyn Hutton and “Paw Preference” by Shelby Devita; nd place – “Bulls Eye” by Dartagnan Kingwell & Terry Adams; 3rd place – “Wonders of Rust” by Devin Wunsch & Isaac Gonzalez and “Got pH” by Morgan Mason & Jillian Wunsch.

A great big THANK YOU to all of the staff and volunteers who made the Don Corrie Science Fair possible:

Judges: Lorna Manuel, Jill Lyford, Ray Dinkel, Cathy Szychulda, Joan Allen and Fred Null, Jr.

Room monitors and helpers: Amy Hogun, Estelle Rocco, Bridget Minter and Debbie Kelly

Workshop presenters: Maureen Clements, Karen Hutton and Michelle Umrigar

Additional volunteers: April Farmer and Maria Diaz

Participating schools: Manton, Elkins, Reeds Creek, Kirkwood, Mineral, Flournoy, Plum Valley and eScholar

SERRF Highlight Shows


March 2013

The community is invited to join 1,500 SERRF students and their families at the annual SERRF After School Highlights Shows, being held in Corning and Red Bluff on March 19th and 21st

Corning area schools will hold their event on Tuesday, March 19th at the Woodson School cafeteria from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Members of the Corning Police Department cadets will be greeting students and their families, serving dinners and will also be the official escorts for some special guests during the evening.

Red Bluff area schools will hold their event on Thursday, March 21st, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Tehama District Fairgrounds.  The Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion and Chico State students will feature a Power Play wheel, obstacle course and parent information booth, promoting healthy activities and nutrition.  Additionally, Tehama County Cattlewomen will be represented by the new Tehama County Beef Ambassadors who will be providing information and an activity.  The Cattlewomen have generously donated funds to purchase all-beef hotdogs for the dinner, which will be prepared and served by volunteer supporters from the Red Bluff Rotary Club. 

Both events will have $1.00 Hot Dog Dinners which include hotdog, chips and bottled water and interactive games and activities.  All activities are FREE!

The SERRF program is a service provided by the Tehama County Department of Education through grant funding from the state.  It serves 25 schools throughout the county with afterschool activities, academics, enrichment and recreation for students grades k-8.

 We at SERRF are “Heroes for Higher Education!” and are looking forward to sharing our passion for college and career readiness with the community at the upcoming highlights shows.

Writing Contest & Celebration


The 2013 Tehama County Writing Celebration will be held on May 22nd at the State Theatre in Red Bluff. The Celebration showcases and celebrates student authors and promises to be a fun-filled celebration including student recognition, a raffle, and a special presentation.
We hope you will choose to participate by submitting student work. Student authors are recognized with certificates of participation, proficiency, or advanced writing. Entries are judged in the spirit of celebrating young authors in our county by a team of teachers and administrators. We welcome and encourage participating teachers to be a part of the scoring process. Student writing will be scored using holistic rubrics on May 14th from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Please consider joining us as your schedule permits. Lunch will be provided. Contact April Farmer if you wish to
participate (528-7249).

More information:


Golden Bell Awards


March 2013

Golden Bell AwardEach year, the California School Boards Association (CSBA) recognizes programs throughout California that promote excellence in education with the highly anticipated Golden Bell Awards. “It’s like the Academy Awards of education,” said Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools. 

This past year, CSBA received more than 250 entries and the Tehama County Small Schools Consortium was one of the 58 to be honored.

“The consortium is an answer to the challenge of running a small school district,” said Lorna Manuel, who heads up the group.  “Nine of the county’s smallest districts joined a consortium to make possible together what was impossible for them individually.  It’s the demonstration of the power of collaboration on many levels,” she added.

The award was presented to the group of consortium participants at their last meeting by Larry Champion, who thanked them for their work and dedication to students.  “We are able to accomplish some really great things in Tehama County because of the work we do together,” he said.  “This is a time to celebrate the result of that work.”

Currently, there are 8 schools in the consortium: Elkins, Flournoy, Kirkwood, Lincoln Street Independent, Manton, Mineral, Plum Valley, and Reeds Creek Schools.

Pictured with their award are:

Small Schools

Back row, left to right: Larry Champion, Lorna Manuel, Brook Dominick, Levi Funderburk, Charles Allen, Talitha MacDonald, Ashley Meese, Jennifer Brockman, Linda Smith
Front row:  Chris Byrd, Amber Van Slavens, Karen Worley, Ellen Van Dyke, Christi Deveraux, Jill Pedrozo, Laura Ray, Laurie Marcellus


Art Celebration goes high tech


February 2013

Art CelebrationFriday, February 8th marked the 5th annual Small Schools Art Celebration at the Tehama County Department of Education.  Red Bluff High School and Sacramento River Discovery Charter School leadership students ushered about 300 students from nine schools around the building for art workshops, presentations, and even live virtual field trips to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

“This is the first time we have incorporated Virtual Field Trips into the day’s activities,” said Lorna Manuel, Director of Educational Support Services.  “We really wanted to integrate technology in a way that would allow the students to experience a real art museum, but without all of the costs of traveling and other expenses,” she added. 

With Virtual Field Trips, students have the ability to see and speak with presenters from all over the world in real time as they learn.  Today’s field trips covered works of art on display at the museum and the artists that created them.  In addition to the Virtual Field Trips, students participated in workshops where they made their own college pennants, learned to draw faces, watched Red Bluff High School’s dance team perform, and made Valentine themed bags.

“We’re excited to have students in the building today learning about art and experiencing it in so many different,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools. 

“We would like to thank all of the schools who participated and all of our community partners who helped make this amazing day possible.  We would also like to recognize April Farmer, who coordinated the event for the department,” said Manuel.

TCDE hosts the Art Celebration each year in partnership with the Small Schools Consortium, the Red Bluff Art Association and Tehama County Arts Council as well as many volunteers from the community.  

1-2-3…college is “four” me!


February 2013

State Preschool KidsOn a recent field trip to Chico to see a performance of the Chinese Acrobats, about 20 students from Jackson Heights State Preschool got to take in the sights at Chico State University while they were in town.   They were excited about being able to see the college and many of the students remarked about all of the different professions that require a college degree, saying things like, “You know, you have to go to college to be a firefighter.”

“It’s never too early to start talking to children about college and career,” said State Preschool Project Director, Michele Eggert.  “We strive to help every child reach their full potential and building that dream means starting at an early age.” 

State Preschool programs incorporate language and classroom decorations that support a college going culture, which helps to make planning for college and career an integral part of the learning and growing process for even the youngest students.

Photo Club Reception


Photo ClubJanuary 2013

Lincoln Street School invites you to attend their annual Photography Club Reception this Thursday, January 17th from 3-4 pm in the Tehama County Department of Education Gallery.

The school will have about 30 photos on display, taken by their fourth through eighth graders.

CLIP Grant


CLIP GrantJanuary 2013

Thanks to a recent Federal grant award, The Tehama County Department of Education, in partnership with Corning Union Elementary School District is in the process of launching a new project: Children’s Literacy Intervention Project, or CLIP.

“The grant will allow us to focus additional efforts on essential early reading skills,” said Tehama County Superintendent of Schools, Larry Champion.  “We know that if a child cannot read at grade level by the end of the third grade, it creates a fast growing gap that causes kids to fall further and further behind in school.  The impact can be seen later on, as their chances for success in college and career decrease significantly,” he added.

In over 200 grant applications nationwide, Tehama County’s was ranked in the top three, due in large part, to the collaboration that takes place between schools, businesses, and organizations such as Expect More Tehama.  “We, as a community, share in the work of helping our kids grow and be the best they can be.  What we get out of it is beyond measure,” said Champion.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to create a program to benefit at-risk students,” said Cathy Reimer, Superintendent at Corning Elementary.  “The grant will serve approximately 300 pre-K through third grade students at Olive View and West Street Elementary Schools, allowing us to target interventions to ensure students acquire the skills necessary to become fluent readers.”

Over the past year, Corning Elementary successfully implemented learning centers at four of its school sites to deliver intensive literacy interventions for students in all grades.  All students are assessed three times each year and progress is measured on a bi-weekly basis, allowing students to enter and exit the learning centers based upon their mastery of the reading skills. 

Parents are encouraged to join in too.  By reading to kids when they’re young, making books available to them at home, and ensuring that they read over summer vacation, families can help their children be more successful in school and beyond. 

Tehama Adult Learning Center


TALC students“I’m movin’ on,” said Ryan, age 22 as he stood, smiling, at the head of the classroom at the Tehama Adult Learning Center (TALC) in Red Bluff.  Ryan, along with another special needs student, Amanda, also 22 have aged out of the program and are now moving on to find meaningful involvement in the community.

"These going away parties are bittersweet; we know this day will come for all of our students - the program's services end when students reach 22 years of age.  They will be missed by all and we wish them the very best in their new journey,” said Gary Ulloa, who teaches at the center. 

“While at TALC, students like Ryan and Amanda have the opportunity to learn vocational skills through community learning partnerships,” said Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools.  One such partnership was formed with Goodin’s Nursery, where the students help prepare landscaping plants for sale to the public.  “We’re very grateful for these partnerships; they provide real-world experience that helps the students learn and grow.”

Additionally, the students are able to learn cooking, budgeting and other important life skills through their school-based enterprises: “The Barkery” and “Healthy Eats and Treats,” one of which earned them a state level award in 2010 for outstanding achievement in learning. 

Those students exiting TALC who are able to work are eager to find jobs that keep them busy and allow them to contribute to the community.  Some are able to find work through Far Northern Regional Center, whose goal is to provide programs that continue to build the quality of life, independence, and vocational and social skills of individuals with special needs.

Feature Teacher - Maria Tadeo


Maria Tadeo and classWhen asked what qualities an exemplary educator has, Gerber School teacher Maria Tadeo says, “An exemplary teacher is patient with all students, generous, a good listener, encouraging, communicates effectively with students... and most importantly, never gives up.”

“This year Gerber School would like to recognize Maria Tadeo as our Feature Teacher.  Maria has been a certificated staff member since 2009.  Prior to her becoming the district English Language Development teacher, Maria has been greatly involved at the school as a parent, English Language Acquisition Chairperson, instructional aide, teacher intern, site FAST coordinator, and as a soccer coach.  Her ‘never say never’ attitude is contagious with all staff.  In Maria’s world, there are no excuses.  She is always looking for ways to make our school a better place for our students and community and is instrumental in helping parents communicate effectively with all staff.  Maria is unselfish, hard-working and an irreplaceable member of the Gerber team, “said Rod Stone, Superintendent at Gerber School.  

Like many outstanding teachers, Maria was inspired to become a teacher while a young student herself.  “My first/second grade teacher, Mrs. Bauer, instilled a love of learning in me and I work hard to do the same for my students,” she said.  “Maria has shown a true passion for teaching and we are very pleased to recognize her with the Feature Teacher award,” said Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools.

In addition to her dedication in the classroom, Maria recognizes other important factors in the learning process that exist outside the classroom.  “Parents are important partners in their child's education,” she said.  She helps parents feel welcome by inviting them to sit in or volunteer in the classroom and encourages them to attend school activities like assemblies, meetings, and parent/teacher conferences.

Maria also notes that she is thankful for the collaborative nature of the staff at Gerber School.  “Our students need more than one person to guide their education and my colleagues are a wonderful support team. They are readily available when I need professional advice or to get ideas to help students. Working collaboratively has allowed me to grow professionally which benefits the students - having multiple minds to brainstorm ideas with is a powerful thing.”

The feature teacher award is presented monthly by Tehama County Superintendent of Schools Larry Champion and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Tyler Smail, with the purpose of recognizing highly successful and talented teachers in Tehama County.

Holiday Cheer


CarolersStudents from Antelope State Preschool and Mrs. Martinez's class at Sacramento River Discovery Charter School were out spreading holiday cheer with caroling and handmade gifts on Wednesday, December 19th.  "We are dedicated to making a difference in everything we do," said Angel Phelps, teacher at Antelope State Preschool.

The kids started their tour at the Tehama County Department of Education and then visited residents at Tehama Estates and Brentwood, where they sang more Christmas carols and delivered their gifts.  "Teachers strive not only to educate our kids academically, but also to help them learn about the importance of community.  Activities such as this one are planned, playful, and purposeful," said Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools.

New Board Members


Board MembersTwo members of the Tehama County Board of Education were administered the Oath of Office by Todd Bottke at their organizational meeting held on December 12, 2012.  

Newly elected School Board Members take office on the first Friday of December following the election in November.   School Districts in Tehama County also administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Board Members.



Photo left to right:  Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Daniel King, Board President (Red Bluff), Carolyn Steffan, Board Member (Los Molinos), Betty Brown, Board Member (Corning), Tim Morehouse, Board Member (Red Bluff), Tom Moisey, Board Member (Red Bluff) and Judge Todd Bottke.

Feature Teacher - Jennie Caylor


Feature Teacher Jennie Caylor“When I was younger, I had a great role model as a teacher.  In fact, we still talk and write to each other today.  My teacher connected with me as a person, even though I was a bit squirrely and had a hard time focusing in class.  It really made a difference for me.  My goal as a teacher is to have that kind of impact on my students.”

Jennie Caylor, Learning Center Teacher at West Street School in Corning was honored as the feature teacher for the month of October by Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools and Tyler Smail of Edward Jones.  “Jennie has shown true dedication to her students and to making a difference in her classroom,” said Champion.  “She has high expectations for her students and they are rising to the challenges.”

Jennie says she tries to be an exemplary teacher by having the qualities and characteristics that show her peers, administrators, parents and students that the kids come first.  “I believe that students deserve precise and explicit teaching where they are at…I don’t want to push them beyond what they are ready for, and I don’t want to teach them what they already know.”  Wise words, and words that are backed up by measurable results. 

“Mrs. Caylor works tirelessly to bring an individualized education to all of her students.  I have found her to be highly knowledgeable in instructional methodology, pedagogy, and a dedicated teacher.  Jennie was fundamental in raising student achievement for her class at West Street Elementary School last year with over 95% of her students scoring advanced or proficient in mathematics and 78.5% scoring advanced or proficient in English/language arts.  She is a dedicated, driven teacher and we appreciate her hard work for the students of Corning Elementary,” said Cathy Reimer, Superintendent of Corning Union Elementary School District.

When asked what advice she would give to other teachers, Jennie says: “Build lasting relationships first and the rest will come.  Your students and parents need to be able to trust in you and when they do, they put forth the kind of effort needed for success.  They will go above and beyond to exceed your expectations.”

The feature teacher award is presented monthly by Tehama County Superintendent of Schools Larry Champion and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Tyler Smail, with the purpose of recognizing highly successful and talented teachers in Tehama County.

STAR and CAHSEE Testing


Tehama County 2012 STAR Test Summary Results

Tehama County schools showed proficiency improvement in English-language arts and science from the previous year and a slight decline in proficiency for mathematics and history social science.  Seven of  21 (or 33 percent) of Tehama County’s school districts exceeded the state average in English-language arts,  12 of 21 (or 57 percent) exceeded the state average in mathematics, four of 21 (or 19 percent) exceeded the state average in history social science, and six of 21 (or 28.5 percent) exceeded the state average in science. Link to:  Tehama County 2012 CST Summary Ranking Report including Region 2 county comparisons and Tehama County district comparisons.


Tehama County 2012 STAR Results

Note: Annual performance targets are set for English-language arts and mathematics (only) by the federal accountability system (2001 No Child Left Behind). EOC stands for end-of-course.

Course/Subject Area

Annual Performance Target

 County-wide Percent Proficient

English-Language Arts (Grades 2-11)

Elementary and Middle Schools  78.4%


High Schools


Unified School Districts


Mathematics (Grades 2-7 and EOC)

Elementary and Middle Schools  79.0%


High Schools


Unified School Districts


History (Grades 8, 11, and EOC)



Science CST (Grades  5, 7, and 10)



Science EOC





Tehama County 2012 CAHSEE Test Summary Results

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, has announced the percentage of students from the Class of 2012 meeting the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) graduation requirement increased slightly, 0.8%, over last year to 95 percent. This increase marks the sixth straight year of improving performance. Some of the largest gains were made by African American (2.3% increase above the class of 2011) and Hispanic students (1.4% increase above the class of 2011). This year’s overall passing rate does not include students with disabilities as these students are exempt from meeting the CAHSEE requirement, except for taking the exam in grade ten to meet state and federal requirements.

Percentage of students passing the CAHSEE for the class of 2012 in Tehama County is currently not available from the California Department of Education. However, noteworthy are the county passing results for the class of 2014 (10th grade) listed below.

California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Results for Mathematics and English-Language Arts (ELA) by Program (Combined 2012) for (Grade 10)


Tested or Passing


All Students

Special Education Students

English Learner (EL) Students

Reclassified Fluent-English Proficient (RFEP) Students

Economically Disadvantaged

Not Economically Disadvantaged


# Tested











600 (80%)

20 (32%)

29 (56%)

60 (90%)

310 (77%)

103 (82%)


# Tested











599 (80%)

17 (28%)

19 (37%)

59 (87%)

308 (78%)

101 (78%)


Tehama County 2012 State and Similar School Ranking

The State School Rank is determined by a school's API Score in comparison to other schools with a similar grade-range in California. An equal number of schools occupy each rank. The Similar School Rank is based on "School's API score compared to 100 other schools of the same type with a mix of similar demographic characteristics."  The above rankings range from a low of 1 to a high of 10.

Link to 2012 Tehama County School Results: State and Similar School Ranking - Tehama.doc

Tehama County 2012 College and Career Readiness Results

There is no question that our education system must provide students with well-defined, rigorous career and technical education programs that provide students with engaging learning opportunities, pathways to careers, and meaningful certification. With the widespread adoption of the Common Core State Standards throughout the country and the work on developing aligned assessments, schools are on the verge of truly implementing college and career ready expectations for all students on a large scale. In order to monitor our success in preparing students for the future beyond high school graduation, multiple data measures for Tehama County schools will be reviewed on a yearly basis starting with baseline data from 2010-2011 school year. Link to: Tehama County C & C Data 2010-2011.pptx

Constitution Day 2012

“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it.  You have to catch up to it yourself.”

-Benjamin Franklin


Constitution Day Activities
September 17, 2012


Do you know who helped frame the Constitution?  How many Articles of the Constitution are there... and what is the purpose of the Articles? What type of parchment was the Constitution written on?
Constitution Day is an important opportunity to learn about our Constitution and the wonderful rights it entitles.  Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787.
At Lincoln Street School, throughout your child’s schooling they learn about America’s great history through our state approved Social Studies curriculum.
In 2nd grade, beginning with Unit 3, students learn about governing the People.  In unit 4, during 3rd grade, students are learning about Government and Citizenship. 5th grade teaches students about the formation of the Colonies, the American Revolution, and Governing the Nation in units 3, 4, and 5.  6th and 7th grade teaches early world history, which help the students understand why people searched for a new beginning.  Finally, in 8th grade, in units 1 and 2, students learn about the Foundation of American History and the Constitution of the United States.
Through our curriculum, your child will learn about the Constitution, but you can use the upcoming Constitution Day to add to their learning.  The following links have activities and information to help your child learn about the Constitution.  Your child can also enter the Constitution Day Poster Design Contest.  Entries are due in the Lincoln Street School office by Thursday, September 27th.


Lincoln Street School students will participate in a variety of Constitution Day activities during the upcoming weeks.

“I think it is very fitting that just as the 8th grade students are working through their Citizenship Handbook, we come upon Constitution Day.”  Teacher Dana Brent goes on to say that, “This is a great way for students in all grades to learn more about our Nation, specifically the Constitution.”

Students learn about the Constitution through their social studies curriculum, participating in online activities, an art contest, and constitution related games. 

At Lincoln Street School, students learn about America’s great history through our state adopted Social Studies curriculum.  In kindergarten students learn about citizenship and national symbols.  In 1st grade, rules are introduced and then in 2nd grade, students learn about governing the people.  In 3rd grade, students are learning about government and citizenship while 4th grade introduces statehood and government. Fifth grade teaches students about the formation of the colonies, the American Revolution, and governing the nation.  Sixth and 7th grade teaches early world history, which help the students understand why people searched for a new beginning.  Finally, in 8th grade, the students learn about the foundation of American History and the Constitution of the United States.

For more information, please visit:



Tehama Reads Farmers' Market Nights!!

Join Tehama Reads each Wednesday evening 5pm-8pm at the Red Bluff Farmers' Market.

Tehama Reads will be hosting a donation booth for Children's books and Teen books. Click on link above for more information!

Summer Reading Program

Click on your school district name to be taken to the login page for Renaissance Place


Lassen View

Red Bluff Elementary

Feature Teacher - Annie Darst

Feature Teacher - Annie Darst

Annie Darst, kindergarten teacher at Gerber Elementary School has always enjoyed children ever since she was a young teenager.  She decided she wanted to become a teacher in high school when she was part of a docent program for Dye Creek Preserve.  "It was very rewarding and fulfilling to help young students understand something I was so passionate about."

Gerber Elementary School District Superintendent, Rod Stone, nominated Annie for the Feature Teacher award saying, "Every person who has had the opportunity to work with or be associated with Annie Darst knows of her dedication and commitment to the students of Gerber School.  We know of her untiring efforts on their behalf; we know of the quality education that she continues to provide her students, we know of her warmth, her caring and the unselfish manner she gives her students day after day throughout the school year.  We all applaud Annie for her special recognition in receiving this award." 

When asked what her most memorable teaching moment has been she responded with, "at the end of my first year of teaching I had a really challenging group of students.  One of the main things we worked on that year was their social skills.  One day a teacher was speaking to one of my students and another teacher commented on the student's nice manners and asked if her mother taught them to her.  She said, "no Mrs. Darst taught me about manners."  I felt such a sense of pride and knew that all my hard work was paying off."

The award, presented by Tyler Smail of Edward Jones and Charles Allen, Tehama County Deputy Superintendent of Schools, is given monthly with the purpose of recognizing highly successful and talented teachers in Tehama County. 


Early Literacy

Community Partners Support Early Literacy

Early ReadingThanks to nearly $4,000 in donations earned through the Food Maxx SHARES program, Tehama County’s State Preschools have been able to purchase books and materials to support the early family literacy program, Libros y Mãs (Books and More). 

“Thank you, Food Maxx, for helping us to continue this program to promote early literacy in Tehama County.  Your support matters to our program and our families!” said Michele Eggert, State Preschool Project Director.

In addition to making more books and materials available to families whose children are served by State Preschools, the Libros y Mãs program also allows parents the opportunity to attend monthly events that help them and their children to learn how to use books and activities at home that support what their preschoolers are learning in the classroom.

“This is a great example of the positive impact community partnerships have on our families,” said Eggert.


Feature Teacher: Debbie Orange

Debbie Orange feature teacher“In September, our school applauds the achievements of our students at a STAR celebration.  Since I am an eighth grade teacher, several of my former students will return from high school to attend this special event.  One year, a freshman high school student who had been challenged by my classes at Lassen View School sat down next to me.  I could tell that he wanted to say something so I asked him about his high school classes.  He looked at me and said, “You know, Ms. Orange, in seventh grade we all thought you were the meanest teacher ever!  Then in eighth grade, we began to realize that you were not mean; you really cared about our education.  Now when I sit in my high school classes, I look around and see some of my classmates struggling.  You taught me that if I did my homework and tried my hardest, I could learn anything.  Now, I appreciate you.”

Debbie Orange has a lot of confidence in the abilities of her students.  She expects great things from them, so that they can in turn expect great things from themselves.  It is this dedication and belief that all students can learn and thrive that earned her the honor of being feature teacher for the month of January 2012.  “As a teacher, you must accept that at any given moment, you will have a student who does not like you, one that accepts your challenges and others who appreciate your efforts…” These are the words of wisdom that Debbie Orange offers fellow teachers.  School Superintendent, Mancill Tiss, recommended her for the award, saying, “Debbie is an excellent teacher who has taught at Lassen View for 17 years.”

Orange’s students' test scores have gone up every year in both science and algebra, which is a significant factor in determining who will receive the feature teacher award each month.  “While we are pleased with the scores and know that Debbie is always improving, we know that Debbie is also very concerned about the well-being of each of her students and wants them to succeed in high school and beyond. We feel fortunate to have Debbie and feel that she is very deserving of this award,” added Tiss. 

The feature teacher award is presented monthly by Tehama County Superintendent of Schools Larry Champion and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Tyler Smail, with the purpose of recognizing highly successful and talented teachers in Tehama County.

Writing Celebration 2012

Timeline of Events:

Through April ..... Writing Time  
Students complete written assignments and develop as writers. Finished pieces are collected in the classroom for review.

April  ..... School Screening 
Teachers and/or students select top quality student writing for submission.  Submit only those entries that are eligible for a 3 or 4 on a standard four point rubric.

Due Dates
Grades K-1:  April 13
Grades 2-12:  May 10

May 5: Reading of Submissions for Writing Celebration
Teachers are invited to join in the reading of submitted works.  Please see enclosed invitation. The more the merrier!

Grades K – 1:  Writing Display

Works to be displayed at the
Tehama County Children’s Faire....

April 28, 2012…10:00-3:00

Writing Due:  April 13, 2012

 Grades 2-12:  Writing Contest

May 23, 2012

State Theatre…3:30-5:00

Writing Due:  May 10, 2012


Additional Printable Resources:


Feature Teacher: Connie Holland

Feature TeacherConnie Holland awarded feature teacher for December 2011

Every day, teachers make choices and decisions that affect their students – both directly and indirectly.  “When you become a teacher, you have accepted the responsibility for teaching every child.  School should always be about what is best for the students, period.” 

Connie Holland, Teacher at Bidwell School lives by those words each and every day; it’s that dedication that helps her students thrive and also what has earned her the honor of the Feature Teacher award.

Holland has been teaching for 15 years now and says that she does it because she wants to have a direct impact on shaping future generations.  She runs the Learning Center at Bidwell School, which serves about 300 students daily in what she calls “targeted, small groups.”

"Mrs. Connie Holland is one of the most impassioned teachers I have experienced in the eighteen years I have been in education,” said school Principal Isaac Scharaga.  “She works tirelessly to better the lives of all of the children who attend Bidwell Elementary School, and volunteers for many different functions and projects that are student centered in our community.  She understands that through support to children and families, very high levels of expectations can be met, and the results of the children she works with speak for themselves.”

Holland credits her successes to the dedication of the entire Bidwell team, saying “Everyone here contributes to the great work of the Learning Center in some way.”

“Connie Holland is a resourceful, intelligent, creative, and caring individual who believes and lives her life in benefit to others.  The example she sets is one that all of us should live by," added Scharaga.

The feature teacher award is presented monthly by County Superintendent of Schools Larry Champion and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Tyler Smail, with the purpose of recognizing highly successful and talented teachers in Tehama County.


Feature Teacher: Becky Perry

Becky Perry awarded feature teacher

Becky Perry awarded feature teacher for November

In 17 years of teaching, Richfield School teacher Becky Perry has remained true to the fundamentals.  “There are a lot of things that we as teachers can become distracted with, but the bottom line is that we teach because we love kids,” she said.  “I look at each student as an individual and teach to their specific needs.  I try not to teach to the ‘middle’ and aim to challenge kids to always strive to achieve more and learn more.  The excitement they exhibit when they reach a new level of learning is the icing on the cake.”

Perry was given the Feature Teacher award for her accomplishments in the classroom, which are impressive.  “Becky Perry is a nurturing teacher who has high expectations for her students.  She creates individual learning plans which are designed to engage each student and have them producing and learning at the highest possible level; their personal bests.  Students develop a true love for learning in her classroom,” said Rich Gifford, Superintendent at Richfield School.

She noted that real success in the classroom is a combination of things; with parent involvement and support from administration being high on her list.  “I believe that parents are our best asset and can benefit children in countless ways.  Our small school is welcoming and warm with parents and community that are actively involved,” said Perry.

Additionally, she said, “I have gained so much of what I know and do as a teacher from colleagues; and our administrators are instrumental in our success as teachers.  They set the tone in a school and encourage teachers and students to succeed.  I feel extremely lucky to have worked for some great administrators and I’m thrilled to have received this award.”

The Feature Teacher award is presented monthly, through a community partnership between The Tehama County Department of Education and Tyler Smail of Edward Jones to honor highly successful teachers. 


Feature Teacher: Bonnie Baxter

Bonnie Baxter and students

Bonnie Baxter Awarded Feature Teacher for October

“I became a teacher because of my teachers,” said Bonnie Baxter, Agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Los Molinos High School.  “Teaching isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle.”

Baxter was recently recognized as the “Feature Teacher”, an award given monthly to Tehama County teachers through a community partnership between the Tehama County Department of Education and local Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Tyler Smail.

“Ms. Baxter has shown true dedication to her students and to the teaching profession,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools.  “Her ability to inspire a love of learning and set the bar high for her students is the reason she is being recognized with this award.”

Baxter attributes her academic successes to her students’ enthusiasm for learning, saying, “The students are the reason I was honored.  It was their achievements and commitment to excellence that allowed me this recognition.”

She also points to the close knit community, and the fact that parents, teachers, administrators and the Los Molinos community as a whole all work together for the same goal: preparing kids to be successful in their future endeavors. 

Baxter works tirelessly to educate her students in ways that prepare them for whatever career path they choose, saying “I am committed to engaging, inspiring, and challenging my students to achieve.” 

“Ms. Baxter is an extraordinary teacher.  She has helped to greatly expand the FFA program at the school and the students consistently win awards and honors in their FFA endeavors.  At the same time, she teaches the Biology class which consistently produces extremely high test scores on the California Standards Test.  She pushes students to strive and then gives them to support they need to succeed,” said Charles Ward, Superintendent at Los Molinos Unified School District.

California Budget

California budget… Tehama County’s schools are proactive

“In light of everything that is happening fiscally in the State of California right now, we can say with confidence that Tehama County’s schools are being very proactive,” said Kate Lane, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services at the Tehama County Department of Education. “All of our schools have done the proper planning and preparation for what’s to come. Everyone here in Tehama County has been working very hard – monitoring their budgets and making contingent plans to maintain fiscal solvency,” she added.

In order to provide local school leaders with the most accurate and up to date information about the California budget and how it could impact schools, Joel Montero - Chief Executive Officer of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) was invited to speak at a recent Administrative Council meeting at TCDE.  Montero presented to a packed room of Administrators, Chief Business Officials, and School Board Members. “It’s very important that schools in rural areas like Tehama County have data that is just as up to date as larger, urban schools,” Montero said. “My visit today was to provide everyone here with context and information from a statewide perspective, and also to gain insights from local school leaders that can be taken back to Sacramento.”

"The presentation verified how important our work is in public education," said Todd Brose, Superintendent at Antelope School District.  "The best way out of this budget mess is to provide our students with the best education, prepare them for college and beyond, and have them ready to enter the labor force.  We hope that legislatures understand this as well, and begin to reinvest in public education."

News Flash

News Flash Information provided by Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP

AB 1344 Enacts New Transparency and Accountability Measures for Public Agency Executive Contracts

November 2011

In an attempt to increase transparency and accountability in public agency executive contracts, effective January 1, 2012, Assembly Bill (AB) 1344 amends the California Government Code to add substantive limitations on employment contracts for senior public officials, as well as Brown Act meeting requirements and penalties for abuse of public office.  Enacted primarily in reaction to the City of Bell controversy, AB 1344 added the following provisions of relevance to school districts:

New Substantive Contracting Requirements:  As applied to public education agencies, AB 1344 prohibits the governing board of a school district or community college district from executing or renewing a contract for a local agency executive that includes an automatic increase in compensation that exceeds a cost-of-living adjustment (“COLA”).  (Gov. Code § 3511.2(a).)  

AB 1344 also mandates that if a governing board enters into or renews a contract with a local agency executive that provides for: (1) paid leave for the official pending an investigation; (2) funds for the legal criminal defense of the official, or (3) any cash settlement related to the official’s termination, the contract must include a provision that such sums be fully reimbursed by the official to the local public agency if the official is convicted of a crime involving abuse of his or her office or position.  In addition, AB 1344 provides that if a local public agency provides these types of payments absent a contractual obligation, such sums must be fully reimbursed by the official to the agency if the official is convicted of a crime involving abuse of his or her office or position.  (Gov. Code §53243.3.)

New Definitions:  The law broadly defines “local agency” to include, among others, school districts and any “other public agency.” (Gov. Code § 3511.1(c).)  A “local agency executive” is defined as the chief executive officer or any non-union head of a department of an agency.  (Gov. Code § 3511.1(d).)  This would include the superintendent, deputy, assistant, and associate superintendents, and other educational agency department heads that are not part of a collective bargaining group. 

AB 1344 defines “compensation” to mean an annual salary or stipend; automobile and equipment allowances; and/or incentives and bonus payments.  (Gov. Code §3511.1(a).)  Additionally, “cost-of-living” is defined as the California Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers as calculated by the Department of Industrial Relations.  (Gov. Code §3511.1(b).) 

Under the new law, an “abuse of office or position” includes, but is not limited to: (1) waste, fraud and violation of the law under the color of authority; or (2) a crime against public justice, including but not limited to those defined under specified provisions of the California Penal Code.  (Gov. Code § 53243.4; see Penal Code §§ 92-186.33.)

New Brown Act Requirements:  AB 1344 amends Government Code section 54965(b), to now prohibit the legislative body of a local agency (e.g., a governing board) from calling a special meeting regarding the salaries, salary schedules, or compensation paid in the form of fringe benefits to a local agency executive.  Thus, beginning on January 1, 2012, new contracts and contract renewals must be acted upon during a regularly scheduled meeting of the governing board.  However, this does not prohibit a board from calling a special meeting to discuss the educational agency’s budget.

Finally, AB 1344 also requires any public entity that maintains an agency Internet website to post the agenda of a regularly scheduled meeting of the governing board at least 72 hours in advance on its website.  Similarly, they must post the agenda for special meetings 24 hours in advance.

It is important to remember that this significant legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2012.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call one of our six offices.

Two New Laws Address Residency Requirements for School Attendance

October 2011

On October 3, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills related to residency requirements for school attendance.  Assembly Bill (AB) 207 requires schools to accept specific documentation as evidence of residency, including a declaration of residency by a parent.  Senate Bill (SB) 381 continues to allow parents who are employed, but do not reside, in the school district to enroll their children in district schools as long as they meet new minimum hours requirements. 

AB 207 adds a new section to the Education Code which requires schools to accept specific documents and representations from a parent or legal guardian as proof of residency.  (Educ. Code § 48204.1.)  It also eliminates a separate residency verification requirement for school districts adjacent to international borders.  Before this law was enacted, districts had fairly broad discretion to determine what documentation to accept to establish residency.  Under the new law, residency documentation must show “the name and address of the parent or legal guardian within the school district.”  If the documentation shows the name and address, schools must accept as reasonable evidence of residency, any of the following:

  1. property tax payment receipts;
  2. rental property contract, lease, or payment receipts;
  3. utility service contract, statement or payment receipts;
  4. pay stubs;
  5. voter registration;
  6. correspondence from a government agency; or
  7. declaration of residency executed by the parent or legal guardian of a pupil.

The law does not require parents to show all of the documents listed.  However, it is unclear whether the district could require more than one of these documents.

If a district employee believes that false or unreliable evidence has been provided, AB 207 allows school districts to make “reasonable efforts” to determine whether the student actually meets the residency requirements.  This law, however, does not alter the requirements related to enrollment of homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

AB 207 was enacted because of a belief by lawmakers that at least some school districts were establishing overly burdensome requirements for demonstrating residency, making it difficult to ensure universal enrollment and attendance.  There was concern that the families who have difficulty in meeting the proof of residency requirements are often victims of domestic violence, immigrants, low wage workers, or the homeless.  In the past, school districts were allowed to accept any reasonable evidence of residence but no particular list of documents existed.  This law eliminates some local control over what documents are sufficient to establish residency.  Although districts may accept documents that are not on the list, they must accept documents that are on the list as reasonable evidence of residency.

SB 381 extends and amends Education Code section 48204, which allows parents to satisfy the residency requirements by being employed within the boundaries of a school district.  The purpose of SB 381 is to continue to provide parents with an opportunity to participate in their children’s education by allowing them to enroll their children in a school near their workplace.  This allows parents to attend after-school and evening school events and to be an active member of the educational community. 

In order to enroll a student under this exception to the residency requirements, parents must be “physically employed” within the district boundaries for at least ten (10) hours per week during the school week.  This prevents parents who only work within a district on weekends from enrolling their children in the district based on employment.  All other requirements related to this method of meeting residency requirements remain unchanged.

Although schools are not mandated to accept students under Education Code section 48204, they may not discriminate against students on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, parental income, scholastic achievement, or any other arbitrary basis.  Once residency is established under this provision, the district must allow the student to continue to be enrolled through grade 12 as long as the parent continues to be employed within district boundaries. 

Although these laws will not go into effect until January 1, 2012, school districts should review their residency policies and revise them in accordance with AB 207 and SB 381.  Residency policies should be consistent with the new statutory rules on acceptable documentation for establishing residency.  Policies also should be consistent with the right of parents who work within district boundaries more than 10 hours per school week to apply to enroll their children in that district.  If you have any questions about residency requirements or how to revise your residency policies to comply with the new laws, please call one of our six offices.

F3 NewsFlash prepared by Christopher Fernandes and Becky Feil.
Chris is a partner in the F3 San Marcos office.
Becky is an associate in the F3 Sacramento office.

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Supporting Community


SERRF After School Program "YOU MATTER"  Character Counts Community Senior Day is Friday, December 9, 2011                                                                                                      
Antelope Invite seniors from Lassen House to come and make crafts with us.  We will make cards to give to the homes.  Students will make placemats that we will laminate and give to Lassen House to use for their Christmas Dinner.
Bend                                        11/30/11 Invite grandparents to SERRF from 4:30-6:00.  (1) Show parents around the school.  (2) Make cards for Red Bluff Health Care Center with grandparents.  (3) Have punch and cookies.  (4) Play board games and make puzzles with grandparents.
Berrendos                            11/29/11 SERRF students will invite their Grandparents or other special “seniors” to SERRF.       We will provide tea and cookies. The students will decorate the cookies.           We will be making a homemade holiday ornament craft.
Bidwell Bidwell 2nd grade class is walking across the street to "All About Seniors Retirement Community" to sing holiday songs to the residents.  
Elkins/Flournoy We plan on inviting senior Grandparents to come out and play some of our games with us.  To also make some decorations together, plus have some hot soup and crackers with the kids.  The kids will make signs for them to show mow much they MATTER to us.
Gerber                                    11/29/11 Have a Grandparents Day, activities will be: (1) Make a take home Christmas frame, (2) Enjoy a snack and juice,  (3) The Kindergarten  through 2nd grade will sing Christmas Songs.
Jackson Heights We will be walking across the street to the Oak Park Senior Apts. To sing Christmas carols to seniors and present them with greeting cards made by the  students.  They will also be making reindeer puppets out of brown paper bags and the kids will have a treat of hot chocolate.
Kirkwood Pen-pal with 'Meals on Wheels'  (optional but encourage), homemade holiday cookie bake (or other item) for  'Meals on Wheels' receipants.
Lassen View Have four stations:  (1) YOU MATTER/The Art of Art: have participants draw their own art to put in an art show; we can put their art on display when they are finished.  (2) Nutrition/Heart Healthy Foods: have nutrition facts available, have nut tasting.   (3) Hoop it UP with Hula-Hoops: see how long you can keep your hula hoop going.   (4) Expect More Tehama/Where did you go to college?:  have a map up on a board and have people down where they went to college and put a dot on the map for each place chosen.
Los Molinos We will recognize a senior who volunteers in the Los Molinos Community, Jennifer Johnson.  She is currently the leader for The Good News Club at Los Molinos Elementary School.   We are going to have a crown and have the students in that club talk about her and why they think she should be our senior for the day.  They will have letters that they read from.
Manton Honor our former teacher, Regina Bell, with a Tea and gifts.  The students will have the opportunity to interview her about her education, career, and personal life.     On December 14th SERRF students will be walking to Manton Diner to sing Christmas Carols and hand out handmade ornaments to the seniors.  (Date - because of the SERRF students participation in the Blue Grass Music Program and upcoming Christmas Special)
Maywood Making cheerful holiday cards for local seniors living at Spring Mountain apartments in Corning.  Also, we will be making a poster size list of  "Ten Reasons Seniors MATTER" and posting it in the office at Spring Mountain.  Fernando will be delivering the cards and poster on behalf of Maywood SERRF.
Metteer Invite our SERRF grandparents to a Christmas Sing-a-Long, with hot chocolate, make and take ornaments and family pictures in frames.
Olive View                         11/30/11 Doing a supply drive for the month of December for the Corning Senior Center.  Families can donate items such as paper towels, toilet paper, covvee, tea, etc.  Items will be delivered to the Senior Hall at the end of the collection period.  On Dec. 9th we are inviting the student's favorite seniors to come to SERRF, Their Grandparents!  We will have hot chocolate and cookies to serve while students and grandparents enjoy playing games and making crafts together.
Plum Valley Visit a Senior Citizen Home in Red Bluff.  If available the music instructor would come with us and do some Christmas Carols and perform an instrumental piece put together by a few of our talented band members.  We will be making Christmas Cards and decorations for them also.   We are also going to honor a Senior from our Community.  He is an 84 year old man who runs the local dump on the weekends.  he works really hard to keep our community clean and we feel he needs to be recognized.  We will be presenting him with Christmas Cards telling him why he matters to us and presenting him with a nice warm handmade blanket from Plum Vally SERRF.
Rancho Tehama Go to Olive City Care home and spend time with seniors reading their favorite book.  They are going to give them blankets they made and "YOU MATTER" bracelets that they are making for them.
Reeds Creek                        11/30 Decorating ornaments; talent show.  Meatloaf dinner with mashed potatoes, roles, salad and cookies.
Richfield Take 8 - 10  students to the Corning, Olive City Care home.  I have three students who play instruments and the remaining seven students will be caroling:  We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Jingle Bells.  After caroling the ten students will teach the seniors their holiday version of "Keep It Up" Catch. --"Saving Snowflakes"
Vina Make cards and placemats for Windsor Chico Creek Senior Home.
Vista Build a candy cane card holder for the snior citizens at Lassen House.  We will then be walking this candy cane to them and hanging it up for them to display their cards.  While we are there, we will be making paper chains and stringing popcorn with them to decorate their doorways.  Also, we will be hanging candy canes on our card holder so everytime they hang a card they can take a candy cane.
West Street Taking a bus to the Tehama Village Senior Center, as we did last year, and singing songs to the seniors, as well as taking them some handmade snowflakes and some Snowman Soup.  We are planning to have a big event and already have talked to the owners of Tehama Village and they are already making fliers for this event.  It looks very reqarding for us as they are new owners and are very excited about the event. 
Woodson Celebrate our grandparents, since most of them are seniors.  We will be making them a melting bead art project, a special card and decorating sugar cookies for them.


Read and Reap

Tehama County LibraryThe Read and Reap Challenge, held on Saturday, October 15th at the Tehama County Library saw great turnout!  Participating families and children were excited about reading and the activities held at the event.

The committee would like to thank all those who pulled together to create the challenge.

Some notable succeses from the event:

  • 1500 book marks got into the hands of families!
  • 260 families came to redeem book marks for pumpkins at the library and learned about local reading resources.
  • Many families signed up to be "Friends of the Library", which increased membership by over 20%!
  • Raised money for the summer reading program!

Principal's Network

Principal's Network

Tehama County principals gathered at the county office recently to kick-off principal network activities for the 2011-2012 school year.  A strength of our county is the culture of collaboration that exist amongst our schools and districts.

Expect More - Resources

Expect More Tehama

If you’re looking for information on Expect More Tehama, or ways to share in this powerful grassroots movement, you’ll want to check out their new “resources” page.  You’ll find downloadable posters, flyers, presentations, videos and more as well as an online form to submit feedback, request more information, or to volunteer.

Read and Reap!

Print the Flyer

October 15
Read and Reap Celebration: 9 a.m. — 11 a.m.
Library Book Sale: 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

  • Help support our library with your book purchase: $.50 for adult books $.10 for children’s books
  • Reap your Pumpkin Reward: Turn in your completed reading bookmark
  • for the Expect More Reading Challenge and get your free pumpkin
  • Listen to “Harvest Time Stories” by Tehama County Library Volunteers
  • Check out fun reading ideas: provided by The Tehama County Reading Council,
  • SERRF after school program and Girls Inc. Northern Sacramento Valley
  • Learn What More to Expect from reading opportunities in Tehama County
  • Earn a chance to win a Tehama County Library Book bag!
  • Raffle Prizes: 9 — 11 a.m. during the Read and Reap Celebration

The “Read and Reap” Challenge is a partnership with Expect More Tehama, Backpack Project,
SERRF, Community Action Agency and the Tehama County Libraries.


Feature Teacher: McFadden

Feature Teacher

Veronica McFadden Awarded Feature Teacher for September

Veronica McFadden, third grade teacher at Woodson Elementary School in Corning has always believed that it was her calling to become a teacher.  “I can’t imagine doing anything more rewarding,” she said.  “Every day is an adventure that brings new challenges and excitement.”

Veronica’s principal, Mona Miller, nominated her for the Feature Teacher award in September, saying “Veronica is a key member of the Woodson team.  She inspires her students to believe in themselves, to work hard and to never give up.  She cares deeply for her students, is a leader with her peers and an amazing colleague.  She is very deserving of this honor, and I am delighted that she is being recognized for her contributions to our community.” 

The award, presented by Tyler Smail of Edward Jones and Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools, is given monthly to teachers whose performance is exceptional.  “Teachers like Veronica make all the difference in the world for their students and we’re very pleased that we can recognize them in this way,” said Champion.

“I love being around kids and their honesty,” Veronica said.  “I love the changes I see as the students in my class become more independent and confident.  Most of all, I love teaching my students life skills.  These lessons are the ones that will carry them through.”

When asked what her most memorable teaching moment has been in her 25 year career, she responded with, “There’s no  way in the world I can come up with one most memorable teaching moment because almost every day of the past 25 years has been filled with them.”

Veronica’s dedication to her students and sense of duty to the profession are very apparent both in her enthusiasm for the work and in the consistently high level of achievement by her students. 

School Board Symposium

School Board Symposium

On Wednesday, September 21st, Mark Van Clay and Perry Soldwedel of Chicago, Illinois returned to the Tehama County Department of Education (TCDE) to facilitate a school board training symposium with a packed house of school board leaders, administrators, chief business officers and lead teachers. 

The event, which was co-sponsored by TCDE and the Regional System of District and School Support, focused on providing tools and information to help school leaders align their districts to focus on learning in positive and powerful ways.  This was a continuation of the information they presented in January, which was on school board governance.  “We want to commend everyone who attended for their willingness to participate,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools.  “School Board members provide an invaluable service to the children of Tehama County and we commend them for continuously improving the educational opportunities for students.”

Van Clay and Soldwedel have authored several books and presented at locations across the country.  In addition, the pair dedicates much of their time to consulting in order to help schools realize their full potential.  “No matter how good you are, there’s always a lot of potential for improvement,” said Van Clay.  “Our goal here today is to give you the tools you need to feel good about that job.”  Soldwedel added that, “There’s a tendency to make this process very complex and it really doesn’t have to be.  As we go about doing this work, it is crucial that we keep it simple and meaningful.”

The symposium offered information on strategies, expert presentations, and interactive sessions as well as a copy of the authors’ book Aligning School Districts as PLCs.

For more information on upcoming workshops and events at the Tehama County Department of Education, log on to:

Education Fair Day

Thursday, September 22nd marks the opening of the 91st annual Tehama District Fair, where over 700 sixth grade students throughout Tehama County will be attending the 8th annual Education Fair Day.

“This event gives students an opportunity to learn about local agriculture, earth science, life science, physics, and mathematics in a forum that’s exciting and interactive,” said Lisa Sandberg, Director of Math and Science at the Tehama County Department of Education (TCDE).   “The event has grown to include several new presenters, including the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry,” said Sandberg.  “We’re very excited about what’s being offered this year.  The students always have a great time and they leave having learned new things – you just can’t beat that.”

For the past 8 years, the Tehama County Department of Education, Tehama District Fair, Tehama County Farm Bureau and many other community organizations have worked collaboratively to organize Education Fair Day.  The partnership between these organizations brings resources together and has a profound impact on the students of Tehama County.

Math Learning Communities

New Grant Supports Teacher Collaboration, Student Success in Math

Mathematics Learning Communities “The Mathematics Learning Communities grant will provide us with an opportunity to offer our teachers more support, which in turn translates into measurable increases in the success of our students. We want our kids to have every opportunity to be successful in math; this grant helps make that possible,” said Dottie Renstrom, Principal at Jackson Heights School. A visit to one of the fourth grade classrooms served by the previous grant revealed a group of students who were engaged and enthusiastic about math. When asked what they think about math, there were answers like, “I like math because I want to do the kind of work my dad does, and you need to know math to do it,” and “I like math because I like to challenge my brain. Sometimes math is hard, but it’s also fun and helps me to learn from my mistakes.” Some of the students expressed their feelings about how challenging math is for them, but also added that they like learning it through the games and activities that their teacher, Mrs. Vazquez, uses to make it fun. She credits math coach Sherry Gerrodette for helping her to bring more of those activities to her classroom. “All kids have the potential to be successful in math; it’s just a matter of teaching it in a way that allows them the opportunity to connect with it on their own terms. Math doesn’t have to be scary. The students in Mrs. Vazquez’s classroom are proof of that. The new grant will allow us to continue addressing student achievement in mathematics in a really positive and exciting way,” said Lisa Sandberg, Director of Math and Science at the Tehama County Department of Education. In addition to the continued support from math coaches, the grant will also lay the groundwork for a new concept of teacher collaboration: Mathematics Learning Communities. “There’s a lot of value in people working together towards a common goal. By providing participating teachers with a forum where they can collaborate and share and learn, we can take the work that’s already been done and move it to the next level, benefitting the students even more than before. The most important factor affecting student learning is the teacher,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools. The initial grant term, which will serve 60-65 classrooms throughout the county, is for three years, with the possibility to extend it for two more years. Pictured are(from left to right): Mrs. Vazquez, Teacher, Lisa Sandberg, Director of Math and Science, Charles Allen, Associate Superintendent, Dottie Renstrom, Principal, Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools, Sherry Gerrodette, Math Coach, and Mrs. Vazquez’s fourth grade class at Jackson Heights School.

Constitution Day

Constitution Day

Constitution Day ~ September 17, 2011


Do you know who helped frame the Constitution?  How many Articles of the Constitution there are? What is the purpose of the Articles? What type of parchment was the Constitution written on?

Constitution day is an important opportunity to learn about our Constitution and the freedom and rights it grants us.  Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution: September 17, 1787.

Tehama County students learn about America’s great history through state approved Social Studies curriculum.

In 2nd grade, students learn about Governing the People.  In 3rd grade, students are learning about Government and Citizenship. 5th grade teaches students about the formation of the Colonies, the American Revolution, and Governing the Nation.  6th and 7th grade teaches early world history, which helps the students understand why people searched for a new beginning.  Finally, in 8th grade, students learn about the Foundation of American History and the Constitution of the United States.

The following links have activities and information to help your child learn about the Constitution:

STAR Testing Scores

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has released the results of the 2011 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program.  The data reveals that Tehama County students, overall, continue to make steady academic progress in English-language arts and mathematics.

County Superintendent of Schools Larry Champion stated, “Our schools continue to make progress toward meeting state and federal accountability levels in spite of difficult economic times. Expectations are rising while budgets are being reduced.  Dedicated educators throughout the county show up every day to do what matters most – make a difference for children by moving learning forward.”

The hallmark of the state assessment system is the Academic Performance Index, or API. The API is a numeric index that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000. The statewide API target is 800.

Thirteen of Tehama County’s schools, or 40.6%, have exceeded that goal with API’s above 800.  Schools meeting or exceeding  the state accountability target of 800 are Lassen View, Evergreen Elementary, Evergreen Middle, Richfield Elementary, Los Molinos Elementary, Antelope Elementary, Berrendos Middle, Bidwell Elementary, Reeds Creek Elementary, Woodson Elementary, Olive View Elementary, Kirkwood Elementary, and Vina Elementary.

Noteworthy are the highest performing Elementary, Middle and High Schools: Lassen View (896), Evergreen Middle (848) and Red Bluff High (760). 

In addition to the state accountability system, schools and districts are held to a federal accountability system which is part of the 2001 No Child Left Behind legislation. That legislation measures Annual Yearly Progress, or AYP, and sets annual performance targets for schools to attain in language arts and in mathematics.  The targets, which have been rising steadily each year since 2002, define the percentage of students required to perform at a proficient or advanced level on the California Standards Test. For 2010-2011 the targets were:


Elementary and Middle Schools

High Schools

Unified School Districts










One way that schools can meet the federal standard is to meet the above targets. Tehama County is home to several schools that met or exceeded these rigorous schoolwide targets. Of special note are Richfield Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, and Lassen View where students met or exceeded the above targets in both English language arts and mathematics. In addition, Antelope, Olive View, Woodson, Kirkwood, Los Molinos Elementary, Vina, and Bidwell met mathematics targets. “Nationally funded grant programs have supported mathematics professional development for a number of years and it is especially gratifying to see the increased student achievement as noted by the number of students meeting targets,” said Champion. “A number of Tehama County teachers have taken advantage of these grant opportunities to improve practice and instructional strategies. It shows in the scores.”

The federal accountability system also sets minimum graduation rates for high schools. This year’s target was met by all three of Tehama County’s high school districts. Corning High School (90.9%), Los Molinos High School (90.9%) and Red Bluff High School (93.8%) all boasted scores in excess of the state goal of 90%.  These calculations are based upon the class of 2009-2010. 

In sum, 55% percent of all county schools met all federal accountability levels.  To do so, schools must not only meet targets as a whole school but each significant subgroup in the school’s population must also meet the same criteria. Subgroup data is collected to ensure that schools are closing the achievement gap and that all learners are learning.  Subgroup classifications include: Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Filipino, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, White, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, English Learners, and Students with Disabilities.

Schools that do not meet federal standards for two consecutive years are placed in Program Improvement Status.  This number grows throughout the United States each year as targets that many see as unrealistic continue to rise.  Next year’s targets are eleven percent higher than this year’s.  Champion echoes State Superintendent Torlakson’s sentiments when he says, “Everyone recognizes the federal system is flawed and must be tweaked.  Schools making steady progress are being penalized and that is just not an accurate representation of progress being made.”  This past June, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan acknowledged the same and invited states to submit waiver proposals.  Governor Brown has submitted a waiver request and is awaiting word from Washington.


For more information on school performance, visit the how are our schools doing page

Learning Never Stops

Paraeducator graduatesParaeducator graduates

School may be out for the summer, but the learning goes on at Tehama County Department of Education (TCDE).  Twenty-seven participants recently completed the two week long Paraeducator Course, which is offered annually by TCDE.

Participants who complete the course and pass the Tehama County Instructional Aide Proficiency Exam earn certificates designating them as highly qualified paraeducators in accordance with the No Child Left Behind legislation.  “Paraeducators in classrooms and in afterschool settings increase one-on-one time with students, which translates into more opportunities for leaning,” said Sarah Kania, course coordinator and Director of Educational Support Services for the county.

In addition to learning tutoring and small group leadership skills students gain content knowledge helpful in supporting student learning of mathematics and English language arts.  They gain knowledge of English language development and Special Education in addition to information about the many programs and services that support education offered through TCDE such as technology support and training, SERRF (Safe Education and Recreation for Rural Families), and State Preschool programs.  Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools addressed the class participants, saying “Educating our students is important work and, as paraprofessionals, you play an important role in that process.”

The Tehama County Department of Education is all about learning; offering support to students, schools, districts and the community. TCDE is located at 1135 Lincoln Street in Red Bluff. 


Feature Teacher: Annette Null

June 8, 2011

Feature Teacher Award
On Wednesday, June 1st, Bidwell School teacher, Annette Null, was honored with the Feature Teacher award by Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools and Tyler Smail of Edward Jones. “This award is about teachers doing outstanding academic work in their classrooms. Annette certainly is doing that here at Bidwell,” said Champion.

Null takes pride in seeing her students analyze problems and work through them together. “It is especially gratifying to hear one student genuinely encourage another,” she said. “Growing up, I had an awesome elementary teacher in a three room school in the San Juaquin Valley – Mrs. Opal Lee Sparks. She was my first mentor and the reason I became a teacher.” Null has had many memorable moments over the years, citing inspiration from students having “ah-hah” moments, to engaged parents, other teachers, school administrators and the late Don Corrie for his fast paced and fun filled math workshops.

"Mrs. Null is a gem. She has consistently provided outstanding instruction to our students for many years. It is nice to have the opportunity to recognize her incredible contributions to student learning," said William McCoy, District Superintendent at Red Bluff Elementary.

Null offers this advice to others: “Carry around two things: a positive attitude, and a smile. Treat others – co-workers, parents, administrators and especially children – as you would like to be treated.”

The Feature Teacher award is given monthly to public and private school teachers in Tehama County. The awardees are then entered into the selection pool for Teacher of the Year, which is given annually in October by the Tehama County Education Foundation.

Pictured are (left to right): Tyler Smail, Annette Null, Null’s third grade class, William McCoy, Larry Champion.

New Flags Dedicated

June 6, 2011

Flag Dedication

Thanks to the members of the Red Bluff Exchange Club, and the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Tehama County Department of Education is flying a brand new set of flags on Lincoln Street.

The Exchange Club donated the flags as part of their “effort to promote community and patriotism,” said club member Roxy Williams. The flags were dedicated in a ceremony performed by members of the Marine Corps Color Guard for Department of Education employees who were in attendance. Special guest and Exchange Club Talent Search winner, Ashiah Scharaga was also in attendance to sing the National Anthem.

Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools and Charles Allen, Associate Superintendent both spoke to the group about the importance of the flag and service to the community. “We are here today to dedicate our new flag pole and to thank the Exchange Club for providing these wonderful new flags. We must remember that our flag represents all the values, liberties, and freedom that Americans have and enjoy every day,” said Champion.

Feature Teacher: Susan Silveira

May 30, 2011

Feature Teacher Award
“If you love to teach, become a teacher” – words of wisdom from Susan Silveira, fifth grade teacher at Sacred Heart School in Red Bluff, who was recently honored with the Feature Teacher award.

Silveira was presented with the award by Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools and Tyler Smail of Edward Jones at a recent school assembly. “The Feature Teacher award is given to teachers who excel in the classroom. Mrs. Silveira has joined a cadre of Tehama County’s best and brightest and we applaud her accomplishments,” said Champion.

“Susan was chosen for her creative, visual methods and her deep seated concern for each student,” said Leslie Trujillo, school Principal. “Mrs. Silveira is a topnotch teacher. Students excel in her classroom and she is a wonderful asset to Sacred Heart School."

Silveira, who has been teaching for 21 years, loves to teach all subjects but especially enjoys math and writing. “I like to incorporate the arts into all aspects of the curriculum,” she said. “The students in my class create books for different subjects, including projects and other things they learn throughout the year. The books are then shared with their classmates at the end of the year. Projects like this help the students to learn about taking pride in their work, and learning from others.”

The Feature Teacher award is given monthly to public and private school teachers in Tehama County. The awardees are then entered into the selection pool for Teacher of the Year, which is given annually in October by the Tehama County Education Foundation.

Pictured (left to right): Tyler Smail, Susan Silveira, Leslie Trujillo, and Larry Champion

College Options at Lincoln Street

College Options
College Options counselors, Lauren Tingley and Aaron Peterson, met with Lincoln Street middle school students and parents to discuss making the most of their upcoming High School classes.

Lauren provided an activity for students and parents to learn about the a-g college requirements and encouraged them to begin thinking about their future. She also answered questions about local area high schools related to college requirements.

This meeting was made possible through funding provided by Expect More Tehama. “It’s exciting to work with community members to provide information on what is available to our students, and helping them prepare for their future. Knowledge is Power,” said Chris Byrd, Lead Teacher at the school.

Sub Teachers Recognized

substitute teacher recognition
The Tehama County Department of Education joined thousands of educators across the country in recognizing substitute teachers as part of SubWeek, the National Substitute Teacher Recognition Week.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize 18 outstanding substitute teachers that were nominated by their school districts for their performance and dedication,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools. “Many members of our community take on this challenge as substitute teachers and they deserve our recognition and appreciation.” Champion presented each honoree with a certificate of appreciation and thanked them for their service.

Subs honored were: Krista Andersen, Robbie Bianchi, Sandra Burkett, Kenny Button, Jennifer Clements, Billie Lee Cooper, Roy Cox, Evan Gittelsohn, Levi Gonzalez, Carmen Hemping, Jennifer Hurst, Janice Kinnier, Carey Koeberer, Carly Martinez, Thomas Mendonsa, Carrie Patterson, Rene Scharaga, and Mr. S., as he is affectionately known by his students.

SubWeek, is a national effort to recognize the approximately 270,000 men and women that fill in for absent permanent teachers every day in the United States. According to the Substitute Teaching Institute at Utah State University, research shows that about one full year of a child’s K-12 education is taught by substitute teachers.

Feature Teacher: Kristina Zarate

Kristina Zarate

“We can do it!” – That’s the attitude that Los Molinos Elementary School teacher Kristina Zarate brings to her classroom every day. Zarate, who has been teaching for five years at Los Molinos said, “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I was a little girl playing school. I really enjoy helping my students grasp concepts – when they experience success in learning, it builds their confidence and their belief that they can do anything.”

Zarate’s fourth grade students have earned top scores on the STAR test - a large part of the selection criteria for the Feature Teacher award, which was presented by Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools, Jerry Walker, Los Molinos Elementary Principal and Tyler Smail of Edward Jones. “We are proud to be able to recognize Kristina’s good work and the good work of Los Molinos School as a whole,” said Champion. “You’re doing a great job here and it shows in the success of your students.”
“There is a lot I could say about Ms. Zarate,” said Charles Ward, Los Molinos School District Superintendent. “She has very high expectations for her students, teaching them to be confident, successful learners. She is part of a great team of teachers at Los Molinos Elementary that consistently produce high achieving students.”
“We have wonderful leadership at our school,” said Zarate. “Our administrators are very supportive. Being a small school, we all work together closely and our students benefit from that. We are blessed to have such an amazing team!”

In addition to the support she receives at her school, Zarate also attributes her classroom successes to programs such as the WRITE Institute and the North State Math Partnership, which are run by the Tehama County Department of Education (TCDE). “When I visit TCDE, I always feel welcome. Knowing the people that administer these programs and being able to get support from them is wonderful,” she said.

Zarate is looking forward to being a participating teacher next year in the new Mathematics Learning Communities grant.

State Preschools: "Impressive"

April 15, 2011: State Preschools Receive Impressive Reviews from State

Dr. Martinez and Cynthia Cook
(Pictured are Dr. Martinez, CDE and Cynthia Cook, TCDE going over the details of the Preschool Parent Resource Booklet, a publication that TCDE produces, which has information for parents on helping their children get ready for kindergarten.)

Dr. Joseph Martinez of California Department of Education’s Child Development Division recently visited several of Tehama County’s State Preschool sites to conduct a review of the program, which is operated by the Tehama County Department of Education (TCDE).

Dr. Martinez noted in his report that “Overall, the staff is trained to a high level of knowledge about children’s literacy and language development. The administrators and staff make a concerted effort to provide for the learning needs of their children. Their support for the program and for training is quite impressive.”

“We’re very pleased with Dr. Martinez’s report. Our program serves about 350 children per year in Tehama County and its success is due in large part to our very talented and dedicated team of early childhood educators. That, coupled with the support that we get from our colleagues and administrators at TCDE has really helped this program to grow and be successful,” said Michele Eggert, the program’s Project Director. “Our classroom activities are planned, playful, and purposeful, including reading and writing, music and singing, science exploration, and outdoor play. Our staff focuses on the cognitive, language, physical, as well as social and emotional development of each child.”

“TCDE has been the recipient of two Early Reading First Grants and one Early Childhood Professional Development Grant from the U. S. Department of Education in past years. These grants were the first awarded to California. As a result, we have exceptionally highly skilled staff who administer and work in our programs,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools.

The vision the Tehama County’s State Preschool programs is to provide a safe, nurturing, learning environment that supports the whole child, family and staff.

For more information and to sign up for a State Preschool Program near you, please log on to

Emergency DRILL

March 18, 2010 - 1:11 pm

The Reeds Creek School drill has been concluded.

If this were a real emergency, the following items would be posted on our web site:

  • Situation summary from law enforcement
  • Student safety updates
  • School closure updates
  • Who to contact for further information

March 18, 2010 - 10:01 am


Reeds Creek School is running a SIMULATION of a lockdown on campus.  Law enforcement is on scene as part of the simulation. 

If this were a real emergency:

  • You would be contacted via telephone and/or email
  • The details of the emergency would be posted on our web site
  • We would ask that you please avoid contact or travel to the school site until we apprise you the situation has been resolved.

If you have questions regarding the emergency response protocols, please contact Amy Schutter, Director of Student Support Services: (530) 528-7357

Expect More

April 2011: Take Me Higher

Kate Grissom and Kathy Garcia of Expect More Tehama
Article courtesy of Enjoy Magazine

While caffeine is a known stimulant, no one who met for coffee with Kate Grissom and Kathy Garcia at Red Bluff’s Adobe Road Starbucks back in September 2009 expected that it would launch a community movement. Or maybe they did. these were people who get things done and have a passion for Tehama County. The movement is Expect More Tehama and its mission is clear: all students should graduate from high school and be prepared for a brighter future that includes higher education. By engaging all sectors of the community, Expect More Tehama wants to raise awareness and provide options for higher education.

“It’s about connecting kids to their passion,” says Grissom, “and it’s about economic development. We know that a high school diploma won't be enough for tomorrow's job market, so we want to help young people today discover what their passions are to prepare for the higher education they need for meaningful careers, whether that’s a certificate program, trade school... read the full article here

Dictionaries for Students

March 30, 2011

Lincoln Street School
Lincoln Street School's third grade students were thrilled to receive Dictionaries donated by Will and Susan Murphy through a generous Rotary program bringing dictionaries to all third grade students in Tehama County.

Healthy Eats and Treats

March 30, 2011: Grant opens opportunity for new school-based enterprise at TALC

TALC Students Open New Business

The Tehama Adult Learning Center (TALC) celebrated the grand opening of their new school-based enterprise, “Healthy Eats and Treats” on Thursday, March 24th at the Tehama County Department of Education (TCDE). “Recognizing the significant impact of health on academic achievement, we must do everything possible to improve the quality of health education in Tehama County Schools. This new venture reinforces the Health education content standards and represents our commitment to promoting excellence in health education for all students,” said County Superintendent of Schools, Larry Champion.

The new business not only provides TCDE staff and visitors with a range of healthy snack options, it also provides the TALC students with a way to earn money and gain real-world experience in budgeting, stocking and inventory, counting money, healthy grocery shopping and setting goals, which are key elements to “helping support the students in their next step towards independence,” said the school’s teacher, Holly Allison. “We plan to use the new income to invest in our classroom.”

Funding for the new venture came from a grant the program received last year, when they were honored by the California Department of Education with the highly regarded GOAL award (Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning). The program’s school-based enterprise “The Barkery” was honored for “developing innovative programs to help some of our most vulnerable students live more productive, fulfilling, independent lives,” said former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell.

Science Club

March 26: Do science and you can do anything!

On Friday afternoon, March 18th, 30 Lincoln Street School students, parent volunteers and teachers gathered at the Tehama County Department of Education once again for the school’s annual Science Club event.

Students of all ages (Kindergarten through 8th grade) participated in the event, which aims to make learning about science fun and engaging. “We find that by giving our students opportunities to experience science through hands-on experiments and project based learning, they are able to apply the skills they’ve built all year and really get into the learning process,” said lead teacher Chris Byrd.

The students had a fabulous time participating in a wide variety of standards-based, hands-on, inquiry science lessons, from using magnifying glasses to study matter to role playing activities. To learn more about the Science Club or Lincoln Street School, please visit

Lincoln Street School Science Club

Students Mateo, Hannah, and Daphne weigh their bottles with balloons full of trapped Carbon Dioxide as they learn about Conservation of Matter.

Lincoln Street School Science Club

Students Greg and Cory work together measuring ingredients for their chemical reaction.

Art Celebration at TCDE!

March 23rd, 2011: Tehama County Small Schools Art Celebration

This Friday, March 25th, marks the 3rd annual “Small Schools Art Celebration” at the Tehama County Department of Education (TCDE). This year, we’ll see 437 student artists from nine schools come through the doors at TCDE. Each student will have the opportunity to experience an art gallery setting, tour the art displays, participate in interactive visual arts presentations, and create a chalk mural on the sidewalk surrounding the Lincoln Street building. This year, we are excited to have Russ and Angela Edmonds, Disney animators, come and share with the students. “We’re very pleased to offer this opportunity. Education in the arts is an integral part of the learning process that gives all students a voice,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools.

TCDE hosts this event each year in partnership with the Small Schools Consortium, the Tehama County Arts Council and several community volunteers. “Personally, I’m grateful that our schools include the arts in their curriculum. Arts education is so important; not only for creating well rounded students, but also to nurture inventiveness and creativity. I’m also grateful for the folks at TCDE and the people who volunteered to help with the display. This was truly a team effort.” said Jan Petersen.

For more information about this event, contact Carline Roach, 530-528-7341.

Public Health PSA: Radiation

March 2011: Radiation from Japan poses no threat to Californians No need to take potassium iodide

The damage to nuclear reactors in Japan following their devastating earthquake has understandably led to concerns about safety from radiation here in California. Some residents are worried about a radioactive plume reaching the West Coast, and some are even trying to find supplies of potassium iodide in an effort to protect themselves from possible radiation. State Public Health officials are quick to assure Californians that no plume of radiation is expected to arrive, and there is no need to take potassium iodide...

Read the full public service announcement here

Feature Teacher: Cindy Fralin

February Feature Teacher - Cindy Fralin Richfield School

In the 14 years she has been teaching at Richfield School, Cindy Fralin has had many rewarding and memorable moments. “They come in little bits and bites,” she said. “There are so many… I think that for any teacher, and for me personally, one of the greatest joys is to hear from a former student about how their time in our classroom has positively impacted their life. Those moments are priceless.”

Cindy teaches 7th and 8th grade at Richfield school. She was recently honored with the Feature Teacher award, presented by Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools, Rich Gifford, Richfield School Superintendent and Tyler Smail of Edward Jones for her dedicated and successful teaching practices.

“By featuring teachers like Cindy, we’re providing a forum to share the things that work and to honor those who are making a difference for the students in Tehama County,” said Champion. "Mrs. Fralin has set high expectations for her students, both for behavior and academics. Year after year, her students are stretched to achieve more than they believe possible, added Gifford. “This is reflected not only in high test scores, but also in her students, who realize a true sense of accomplishment. Mrs. Fralin’s students often view their year with her as the cornerstone of their student career."

Fralin, who accepted the recognition with humility, pointed out that her accomplishments are due in part to the help and support of those around her, saying: “I never expected to be recognized with an award like this. It is truly an honor. Our successes have a great deal to do with our dedication to our students and to each other out here at Richfield. We have a wonderful team of teachers who are very supportive of one another.” When asked what advice she would give to others, she said, “Smile and be flexible. Be sure and have goals and objectives, but always allow flexibility, because the classroom provides you with an ever changing environment, full of opportunities to teach. That, and have a sense of humor!”

Common Core Standards

California Common Core Content Standards

The California Department of Education approved standards submitted by the California State Academic Content Standards Commission at its November 2010 meeting. These standards, known as the California Common Core Standards, replace the current California Content Standards adopted in the late nineties.

The Standards clearly define what students are expected to know and be able to do at each grade level.

The Standards

Transition Support Materials

Lincoln Street Recognized

Lincoln Street School Award

A total of three California public schools were recently recognized by State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson for their excellent educational practices, one of which was Lincoln Street Independent School, an independent study program sponsored by the Tehama County Department of Education, which serves about 70 students per year. “Lincoln Street School has evolved as a model program for parents wishing to teach their children at home, while having the support of highly effective teachers and state adopted curriculum,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools.

The schools were selected by a joint project of the California Consortium for Independent Study (CCIS) and the California Department of Education (CDE). "I am proud that California's public school system provides a variety of options so that all students can succeed," said Torlakson. "The Classical Academy High School, El Camino High School at Ventura College, and Lincoln Street Independent School challenge students with a rigorous academic program while providing flexibility and personalization through independent study. Congratulations to all the students, teachers and administrators, and the parents who are helping to make these schools models of educational excellence."

Lincoln Street uses a proven, standards-aligned curriculum which helps them maintain a strong core subject focus. “It’s our dedication to the core subjects that helps our students to be successful. It’s also what allows us to offer, with support from community partners, the other fabulous opportunities that our students enjoy like photo club, field trips and hands-on art activities. We’re very pleased that the State has recognized our model with this award,” said Chris Byrd, Lead Teacher at the school.

Students at the school were asked to share their experiences with the selection committee, which really drives home the message on the benefits of a flexible learning environment and the success of the model that Lincoln Street School uses. One student shared her feelings about the school, saying, “Lincoln Street School is very important to me. My life can get very busy and I have learned to organize my time to fit school work in first. I like being able to spend more time on the things that interest me and do my school work quietly at home.” This type of flexibility, combined with rigorous study is becoming an increasingly popular – and highly successful model of instruction.

The EISRA is designed to recognize excellent educational practices in schools where independent study is the primary mode of instruction. Eligible applicants must have 75 percent or more of the school's students enrolled in independent study, a statewide API rank of 6 or above, and may not be in Program Improvement. In addition, schools must have successfully completed a rigorous, three-part review before they can be designated as an EISRA recipient.

“These three schools join a cadre of other EISRA recipients who demonstrate an impressive track record of helping students succeed academically in alternative settings designed to meet their unique needs and the full grade level academic expectations,” Torlakson said. “I encourage other schools that offer independent study to learn from the successful strategies used in these schools."

For more information on Lincoln Street School, please visit their website:

Pictured above are (left to right): Dana Brent, Lincoln Street School, Carol Abbott, CDE, Linda Gross, CCIS, Chris Byrd, Lincoln Street School, Sandra Steiger, CCIS, Christi Deveraux, Lincoln Street School, and Leslie Brunetta, Lincoln Street School

New Bike Racks

New Bike Racks

Red Bluff Trails United (RBTU) announced the completion of a project to install bike racks at the Tehama County Department of Education.

The attractive bike racks are located at the entrances to the main parking lot and on Lincoln Street.

“This project will contribute to the quality of life for the people of Red Bluff by providing a safe place for bicycles, and encourage alternative “green” transportation methods and healthy exercise,” said Dan Backstrom, Chair, RBTU.

Red Bluff Trails United is a community based organization working towards building trails in Red Bluff that will be part of a countywide system. For more information on the Red Bluff Trails project, visit their website at

Pictured are (left to right): Dan Backstrom, Chair, RBTU and Greg Ross, Director of Maintenance, Tehama County Department of Education

Striving for Excellence

School Board Leadership Training
Collaboration and shared leadership were the main topics of discussion at a recent day-long workshop held at the Tehama County Department of Education. The workshop, presented by Mark Van Clay and Perry Soldwedel of Chicago, Illinois aimed to bring school boards, administrators and teachers together to create and fulfill shared visions of school system excellence. Van Clay and Soldwedel are the authors of the book “The School Board Fieldbook: Leading With Vision,” a highly regarded resource for school boards and administrators.

The event, which was free to attend, was sponsored by the Tehama County Department of Education and the Regional System of District and School Support. “Part of our mission is to offer support to our districts and schools as they strive for academic excellence. By co-sponsoring the event, we were able to remove the economic barriers that would have impacted attendance. The turnout was fantastic. Many District Superintendents were able to be here with their entire board,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools.

The day was packed with helpful strategies, expert presentations, and interactive sessions. Those who attended were presented a complimentary copy of the authors’ book and a sense of encouragement from the knowledge they gained.

For more information on upcoming workshops and events at the Tehama County Department of Education, please visit the website:

Feature Teacher

January 2011: Janay Twitchell

Feature Teacher Tehama County

Seeing her students have an “ah-hah” moment is one of the most rewarding things about Janay Twitchell’s job. Janay, recently honored with the “Feature Teacher” award, is a 6th and 7th grade teacher at Berrendos School. “I really enjoy working with the kids. Getting them engaged and encouraging them to evaluate their own work helps to create a successful partnership between teacher and student. I like to empower my students to be successful academically; they come away with a true sense of accomplishment and a better understanding of who they are as individuals,” said Twitchell.

The data shows that this model works. Twitchell’s students’ test scores are some of the highest in Tehama County, which is a large part of the criteria for the Feature Teacher award. “We’re celebrating achievement. There’s a lot of good that happens in classrooms all over Tehama County, every day and we’re taking note of that through these awards,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools. Twitchell’s own Superintendent, Todd Brose offered more praise, saying: “Mrs. Twitchell's focus on student achievement and the belief that all students can succeed is why the Antelope School District has nominated her for the Feature Teacher award. The district thanks her for her energy and dedication to student learning.”

The Feature Teacher award is presented monthly, through a community partnership between The Tehama County Department of Education, Tyler Smail of Edward Jones and the Tehama County Education Foundation to honor highly successful teachers. Smail, who remembers the teachers who had a profound impact on him, said “This award is a perfect fit for me; I recall the teachers who inspired me academically and helped shape me into the successful person I am today. I am honored to have the opportunity to play a role in recognizing similar teachers in today’s classrooms.”

Pictured, left to right are: Teresa Cottier, Co-Principal, Berrendos Middle School, Tyler Smail, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones, Janay Twitchell, Teacher, Berrendos School, Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools.

Wal-Mart Grant

Wal-Mart Foundation Grant

Wal-Mart Foundation Funds Technology in the Classroom

Thanks to a $500 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, the students at Lincoln Street School will soon have electronic books at their fingertips.

eReaders have become increasingly more popular over the past couple of years and now schools are seeing a benefit to giving their students access to more books that they can read outside the classroom – many of which are available for free in digital format. Tools such as these fit perfectly into Lincoln Street School’s model, which uses innovative teaching techniques to provide flexible yet rigorous instruction.

“We’re really excited to pilot the eReaders and so thankful for the support of the Wal-Mart Foundation. It is because of community partners such as this one that our school is able to pilot new programs and technologies to see what works for our students,” said Chris Byrd, Lead Teacher. “We’re looking forward to getting the new tools loaded with books and into the hands of our students.”

For more information on Lincoln Street School, a California Exemplary Independent Study Program, log on to

Free Dental Screening

Download the flyers with information in English and Spanish below.

Teacher of the Year Honored

November 2010

Tehama County Teacher of the Year
Tehama County teacher Lynette Faulker of Reeds Creek School was honored with the Education Foundation’s “Teacher of the Year” award. The award is given annually to recognize and honor the contribution of classroom teachers in Tehama County who are exceptionally skillful and dedicated to inspiring a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

New Board Members

Tehama County Board Members

Pictured left to right: Judge Richard Scheuler, Carolyn Steffan, Board Member (Los Molinos); Dr. Daniel King, Board Member (Red Bluff); Tom Moisey, Board Member (Red Bluff); and Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools.

Three members of the Tehama County Board of Education were administered the Oath of Office by Judge Richard Scheuler at their Organizational Meeting held on December 15, 2010.

Newly elected School Board Members take office on the first Friday of December following the election in November. School Districts in Tehama County also administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Board Members. They are as follows:

Antelope School District: Daniel L. Boone, James Hickok, James Keffer, Brian Humphrey

Bend Elementary School District: Tayna King, Sherri Peyton

Corning Elementary School District: Helen Pitkin, Laura Crane, Ronda Holland

Corning High School: Pauletta Brae, James Bingham, James Scott Patton

Elkins School District: Scott Kelly, Dana Pierce

Evergreen School District: Gregory Allen Baker, Stephen D. Nelson, Roxanne Vine

Flournoy School District: Jeff White, Karin Knorr

Gerber Union Elementary School District: Silvia Caldera, Bobi Duran, Debbie Humphreys

Kirkwood School District: John Gaskell, Luke Alexander, Michelle Weigel

Lassen View Elementary School District: Bruce Lindauer, Bill Crain, Kathy Garcia, Kathy Brandt

Los Molinos Unified School District: Tim Kuhn, Peter Neves, Jennifer Pilgram, Barbara Morgan

Manton School District: Julia Pritchard, Dan O’Brien, Corey Livingston, Maria Vieyra

Mineral Elementary School District: Barbara Jackson

Plum Valley School District: Jeanne Dale, Mayna Edwards, Jessica McCoy

Red Bluff Joint Union High School District: Elsa Martinez-Bautista, Barbara McIver, Marianne Willard

Red Bluff Union Elementary School District: Leonard Stohler, Steven Meagher, Sonny Fereira

Reeds Creek Elementary School District: Robert Beller, Howard Parks

Richfield School District: Mark Pritchard, Mackenzi Parkinson

Student Art on Display

Lincoln Street School Photo ClubThe Lincoln Street School student Photo Club will be showcasing their fall 2010 photo projects at a public art reception in The Gallery at Tehama County Department of Education this Thursday, January 6th from 2:00 - 3:30pm.

Under the direction of photography teacher, Mandi Owens, students explored Tehama County, using the community as their classroom. During the eight week session, students experimented with various artistic techniques, such as compression while visiting Julia's Fruit Stand, truncation while touring the Red Bluff Fire Department, dramatic perspective, and trick photography, among others.

Additional locations included Cone Kimball Plaza, Tehama County Courthouse, Taste of Tehama, Diamond Park, Oak Hill Cemetery, Farm Bureau's Farm Day, and Educational Fair Day.

Thanks to a generous donation from The Big Picture, all of the displayed photographs have been beautifully matted for their debut on Thursday.

Six Years of Dictionaries

December 3, 2010

Red Bluff Rotary Club Dictionary Project
Five years ago a joint partnership was created between the Red Bluff Sunrise Rotary Club, Red Bluff Noon Rotary Club, Corning Rotary Club and the Tehama County Department of Education to implement the Tehama County Dictionary Project.

The Project provides dictionaries to students thus encouraging them to become active readers, good writers, and creative thinkers. Now in its sixth year, this Project has expanded to include REACH, an alternative educational program with Red Bluff High School.

Dictionaries were presented to Judy Spencer and each of her students by County Superintendent, Larry Champion, and Charles Allen, Associate Superintendent. In addition to this local initiative, this year every Red Bluff Rotarian is participating in the International Dictionary Project reaching out to the students in Zambia, Africa.

Pictured are Charles Allen, Judy Spencer and her students.
For more information about the Red Bluff Rotary club, log on to their website:

Constitution Day

Constitution Day
constitution day poster

 Do you know who helped frame the Constitution? How many Articles of the Constitution are there... and what is the purpose of the Articles? What type of parchment was the Constitution written on?

Constitution day is an important opportunity to learn about our Constitution and the wonderful rights it entitles. Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787.

At Lincoln Street School, throughout your child’s schooling they learn about America’s great history through our state approved Social Studies curriculum.

In 2nd grade, beginning with Unit 3, students learn about Governing the People. In unit 4, during 3rd grade, students are learning about Government and Citizenship. 5th grade teaches students about the formation of the Colonies, the American Revolution, and Governing the Nation in units 3, 4, and 5. 6th and 7th grade teaches early world history, which help the students understand why people searched for a new beginning. Finally, in 8th grade, in units 1 and 2, students learn about the Foundation of American History and the Constitution of the United States.

Through our curriculum, your child will learn about the Constitution, but you can use the upcoming Constitution Day to add to their learning. The following links have activities and information to help your child learn about the Constitution. Your child can also enter the Constitution Day Poster Design Contest. Entries are due in the Lincoln Street School office by Thursday, September 30th.

Scholarship Awarded

September 27, 2010

Austin Grootveld receiving scholarshipNational Youth Leadership Forum Provides Insight into U.S. Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This fall outstanding high school students from across the United States will take part in a unique career development program in our nation’s capital. During the six-day program, the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security (NYLF/NS): Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense will introduce students to the challenging careers in national security, intelligence, the diplomatic corps and more.

Corning High School senior, Austin Grootveld will be attending the NYLF/NS, thanks to a $500 scholarship from the Don Corrie Memorial Scholarship fund. Grootveld was presented with the scholarship at the September Tehama County Department of Education Board meeting. “This is an exciting opportunity for me and has the potential to open many doors for my future,” Grootveld stated in his letter to the board.

"Imagine being 16 or 17 years old and the responsibility of securing the United States at home and abroad rests on your shoulders. Through specialized simulations, the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security strives to put students in the driver's seat of building a strategy that will uphold our national security," said Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for NYLF. "The combination of interacting with professionals and with other students in this setting ensures that leaders are being developed so the future of our country will remain very bright."

The curriculum for the Forum on National Security is based on actual world events. Throughout the program, students use critical thinking, leadership and public speaking skills to tackle the complexity of national decision-making as they examine how the U.S. plans for peace and prepares for crisis. They employ a cri sis decision-making process similar to that employed by the nation's top policy makers.

Students also participate in thought-provoking question and answer sessions with highly respected, internationally recognized civilian policy makers and senior military. In addition, leading institutions open their doors to NYLFI/NS students, where they are educated in diplomacy, international affairs and military strategy. Past programs have included visits to several government institutions and military installations, such as the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Naval Academy, a variety of embassies and many others.

Founded in 1992, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) is an educational organization established to help prepare extraordinary young people for their professional careers. Forums are offered in II cities across the United States in a wide variety of career fields, such as national security, law and medicine. Over 50,000 young people have attended NYLF programs.

For additional information, visit

7th Annual Ed Day at the Fair

education day at the fairThursday, September 23rd marks the opening of the 90th Annual Tehama District Fair, where over 700 sixth grade students throughout Tehama County will be attending the 7th annual “Education Fair Day.” The students will be involved in activities and presentations on the subjects of local agriculture, earth science, life science, physics, and mathematics. For the past 7 years, the Tehama County Department of Education, Tehama District Fair, Tehama County Farm Bureau and many other community organizations have worked collaboratively to organize Education Fair Day. The partnership between these organizations brings resources together and has a profound impact on the students in our county.

Lisa Sandberg, of the Tehama County Department of Education, says, “The event is an important teaching tool, where students learn about the county’s multi-million dollar agricultural industry as it relates to mathematics and science. It also offers students the opportunity to be a part of, and learn about, our local community.”

Education Day at the Fair is just one example of the benefit that comes from organizations working together for the greater good of the community and our students.

Cat In The Hat Visits

The Cat in the Hat visits the State Preschools of Tehama County

Cat in the HatEveryday is a special day at preschool and August 31, 2010 was no exception. The children at the Metteer, Jackson Heights, and Bidwell State Preschools received a visit from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. “The Cat” was promoting a new show/educational series called The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! on PBS KIDS premiering on September 6 at 8:00 p.m. The children not only got to pet, have their picture taken with, and sit with “The Cat” they also were read to by special visitors that were taking the Cat on an adventure of it’s own around to the sites. The children were all very attentive and enjoyed the time spent listening, laughing, and learning from the Cat in the Hat. Stay tuned for the next special adventure at State Preschool.

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Whooping Cough Clinics

September 7, 2010

A Tehama County student has been diagnosed with Pertussis (whooping cough). Tehama County Public Health will be offering FREE Whooping Cough vaccine due to possible exposure at the following locations:

School Pertussis Vaccine Clinics:

  • Gerber School: Tuesday, September 7th, 3:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Corning High School: Wednesday, September 8th, 1:30 to 5:30 pm
  • Richfield School: Wednesday, September 8th, 1:30 to 5:30 pm
  • Vaccine information in Spanish
  • Vaccine information sheet for the Td (tetanus/diphtheriaand Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) in English and Spanish

Permission slips may be obtained here: English and Spanish or the child’s parent must be present.

More information can be found on the Public Service Announcement or by ontacting Tehama County Public Health at (530) 527-6824 or 1-800-655-6854, M-F 8 am-5 pm

August 9, 2010

Notice to Families of School Age Children:

As you may or may not be aware the State of California is currently experiencing an epidemic of pertussis (whooping cough). To date there have been four cases of whooping cough diagnosed in Tehama County.

In an effort to prevent further spread of pertussis the schools, in conjunction with Public Health, will be providing school based clinics. The clinics will be available to students ten years old and older, school staff, parents, siblings, and any other adult currently living in the home. Clinic locations, dates, and times are included with this posting.

If your child is less than ten years of age please review their immunization record to determine if they are current with their immunizations. If you are not sure if your child’s immunizations are current you can contact your private provider, Public Health (527-6824 or1-800-655-6854) or school nurse.

Public Health will be offering three community based clinics: view dates and times

Possible legislation: Assembly Bill AB 354 would enable the State to require pertussis (Tdap) vaccination for all incoming 7th graders in order to break the cycle of pertussis transmission in California. This vaccination would meet that need.

Included with this posting:

If you have any questions please call Sharon Sinclair, RN, BSN, PHN, Health Consultant Supervisor: 528-7374


Tehama County Student Authors

Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools opened the celebration with some words of encouragement for the students:

"We’re here to celebrate writing…and all the skills related to Language Arts— Reading, writing, listening and speaking. These skills are critical for your future success. They will enhance your personal life and help to develop your professional life.

What could be better than to celebrate the writing accomplishments of the students of Tehama County? Congratulations to the Tehama County students who received perfect scores on their submissions to the 2010 writing contest!"

196 students from 15 schools submitted works in poetry, narrative and expository writing. The students who received perfect scores are listed below.

Perfect 12s:




A New Look at Technology

data center tehama county

New Data Center Scheduled to Open in July

Check out the new Integrated Technology Services Department

The Tehama County Department of Education and Tehama County schools are dedicated to providing high quality educational opportunities for students. The new state-of-the-art data center will allow them to enhance the learning environment for all students and provide the essential tools necessary to prepare them for success in college and career.

In addition to more efficient, innovative technology in schools, the center will also provide elements to make distance learning and rich-media professional development opportunities for educators a reality in Tehama County.

March 16, 2010 Status Report

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Art Comes Alive

On Wednesday, May 19th, the students of Lincoln Street School got a chance to show off what they’ve learned this year while parents and staff watched on at the Tehama County Department of Education.

The activities were kick started in the morning with a creative performance of “The Ugly Duckling” by the Lincoln Street School Ballet Company and local ballet teacher Susanna Crooks.

Following the morning performance, students “fell for science” with a hands-on lesson in the laws of gravity. Each student was given instruction and various supplies to experiment with to demonstrate the science of force and air. Following the first round of experiments, the students launched paper rockets in an attempt to defy gravity.

“This was a kick off to our science club which we will implement next year. We’re going to emphasize student discovery and really give them an opportunity to get hands-on with science,” said Lincoln Street School teacher, Dana Brent. “I attended a workshop at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkley and it really inspired me to get creative. The kids truly enjoy learning when they can actively participate.”

In addition to a thorough core curriculum, Lincoln Street School also provides a range of opportunities for students to experience the arts, from guitar lessons to ballet and photography - at no cost. The school was applauded this year for being one of the highest performing schools in Tehama County. For more information on Lincoln Street School, log on to

Lincoln Street School

Lincoln Street School

Lincoln Street School

Celebrating Graduates

Lincoln Street School

Lincoln Street School Graduation
Lincoln Street Independent School’s 8th Grade graduation was held Wednesday, June 2nd at the Tehama County Department of Education. Chris Byrd, lead teacher opened the event, saying “For us here at Lincoln Street School, home study is more than ‘school at home.’ It is a fantastic opportunity for Mom, Dad, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and/or guardians to educate children with the help and support of credentialed teachers, standards based curriculum, and enriching social activities. Our students will tell you that they work hard for their good grades, but they also have a lot of fun learning and participating in the variety of extra curricular activities our school offers. We are proud to say that we’re one of the highest performing schools in Tehama County, and that is due to the dedication and support of our students and their families, our teachers, and our leaders Mr. Champion and Mr. Allen. We thank each and every one of you for putting kids first and ensuring that Lincoln Street School students receive the very best education and preparation for a successful life and career.”

County Superintendent of schools, Larry Champion gave the graduates some words of encouragement and wisdom:

“We know that nights like this one are times of transition; they are symbolic of moving to the next step in your education. All of us have a little apprehension about change. We also know that the people in this room – your teachers, parents and family – have done their very best to prepare you for the next step and now it is your task to take it.

Now is the time to start preparing for your high school coursework that will prepare you to take on any career you wish. The world's job requirements and opportunities are evolving at an unprecedented pace; your ability and desire to be a life-long learner and your willingness to constantly re-train will be vital to your successes in life.

We wish you well, graduates of Lincoln Street School.”

Champion and Associate Superintendent of Schools Charles Allen presented diplomas and congratulated the students on their accomplishments.

Teachers of the Year Honored

teacher of the yearOn November 2nd, at the Farm City Night dinner, two Tehama County teachers were honored with the Education Foundation’s “Teacher of the Year” award. The award is given annually to recognize and honor the contribution of classroom teachers in Tehama County who are exceptionally skillful and dedicated to inspiring a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. This year’s award was given to two such teachers - Michelle Brown of Columbia State Preschool and Angel Virrueta of Antelope State Preschool.

Winner Michelle Brown cited the Tehama County Department of Education’s highly successful Preschool program for their “dedication to supporting their teachers and staff” as well as her family for their support in her endeavor to “teach 24 awesome children.” Angel Virrueta spoke about how grateful she feels to have the opportunity to teach. “To be part of the department, and live my dream of teaching is an honor. If it weren't for the support from the administration, teaching wouldn't be possible and I feel truly privileged.”

Both recipients were chosen from the list of nominees by the Education Foundation’s selection committee for the “wonderful job they do in balancing the social, emotional and cognitive learning of the four year olds in their classrooms. Children completing Angel’s and Michele’s classrooms are ready to learn and ready for kindergarten,” said committee member Tim Morehouse who announced the unanimous decision to select the two for the award.

Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools and Education Foundation committee member, presented the awards, saying, “This year, the decision was a tough one with so many great teachers in Tehama County. We have eighteen districts that strive to educate around 11,000 students annually. We have over 600 teachers in our county and it is my pleasure to be here tonight to honor two of the best.”

Each year, the Tehama County Education Foundation provides a broad based nominations format for this PreK-12 award and encourages the community, parents, and school staff to send in their suggestions for nominations. The teachers nominated for the award are then interviewed and a team does a classroom visitation to observe instruction before taking their final vote for the winner. Nominated teachers receive a plaque and the teacher(s) of the year receive the special Apple Award as well as a check for $500 from Umpqua bank.

H1N1 Influenza Prevention

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April 12, 2010

Press Release from Dr. Horton, CA Department of Public Health:
SACRAMENTO – As April marks what has been a high-mark in past flu seasons and there is a resurgence of the H1N1 virus in the southeast United States, the director of the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Mark Horton, has sent a personal message to the state’s K-12 schools, colleges and universities with important tips to combat the virus, including emphasizing how important vaccine remains.

According to CDPH, more than half of Californians are still at risk for H1N1, including individuals from groups that are most susceptible to the virus, such as young adults six months to 24 years of age and their parents. Early vaccination and flu prevention measures are the best ways to keep students healthy.

In the message distributed by Blackboard Connect, the most commonly used vehicle by schools and colleges to distribute information to students and parents, Horton says, “H1N1 still poses a threat in California, so we must continue to do our part in preventing the flu this spring. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent H1N1, and it is important to remember that children nine and under need two doses of the H1N1 vaccine.”

Horton’s message to college-aged students reminds them to get vaccinated sooner rather than later because after receiving the H1N1 vaccine it takes 10 days for it to become effective.

Using the mass notification program, Blackboard Connect, is one more way CDPH is reaching out to Californians. Whether it’s social marketing or text messages or paid television advertising, the public health department is using multiple avenues to urge every Californian to still get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu.
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March 17, 2010

Memo to Schools: Flu Surveillance No Longer Required
We are pleased to announce that completing the flu surveillance reports is no longer needed.

We would like to thank all Tehama County schools for completing the forms. Public Health was very appreciative of the information collected. The H1N1 flu was prevalent in Tehama County and while we did not have to close any schools due to the flu, the information collected was very valuable.

March 12, 2010

Tips to Stay Safe When Traveling During Spring Break: 

Butte County Schools will be on spring break and Tehama County Schools will be going on spring break in a couple of weeks so I wanted to take this time to remind you of how to protect yourself from the H1N1 flu virus. 

In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a decline in flu activity, but the virus continues to spread both in the United States and abroad.  The CDC and the American College Health Association continue to encourage staff, students, and parents to get vaccinated. 

In addition to getting vaccinated you can do the following:

  • Talk to your health care provider not only about H1N1, but also other recommended, routine vaccinations you may need if traveling, especially overseas.
  • Visit the CDC Travelers’ Health website ( for more information and healthy travel recommendations to prevent the flu and other illnesses during travel. 
  • Stay away from people who appear sick or are coughing or sneezing.  The main way the flu spreads is through the droplets of coughs and sneezes.
  • Practice good hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. 
  • Don’t share drinking glasses or utensils.
  • Stay home (or away from others) if you are sick for 24 hours after your fever is gone to prevent others from getting sick too. 

January 21, 2010

Upcoming Flu Shot Clinics:

January 15, 2010

No new developments

January 8, 2010

  • We are working very closely with Public Health to have H1N1 flu clinics in the schools.
  • The current focus is on students in the middle school age range.
  • Please watch for information on the specific times from your child’s school. 
  • School based clinics have been scheduled for the following schools:
    • Berrendos School: January 25th
    • Maywood School: January 28th
    • Evergreen School: January 29th
    • Vista School: February 4th

If your child’s school is not on this list, Public Health is offering two community based clinics open to all Tehama County residents:

  • January 12th: Corning Veteran’s Hall from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • January 21st: Red Bluff Community Center from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

December 18, 2009

Have a safe holiday season!

  • H1N1 vaccine has been opened up to all age groups.
  • See below for current list of flu clinics.
  • Call Tehama County Public Health for additional clinic options (527-6824).
  • Wash hands frequently and use a hand sanitizer.
  • Seek medical attention if you are ill and not getting better or if you have underlying health conditions.

December 11, 2009

With the increased gatherings for the holidays we are anticipating an increase in flu activity. 

  • Remember the essentials:
    • wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and if you are ill stay home.
    • If you have not already gotten a flu shot (both seasonal and H1N1) get one.
  • See below for a list of H1N1 flu clinics. 

December 9, 2009

LIVE Influenza Vaccine FAQ EN | SP
INACTIVE Influenza Vaccine FAQ EN | SP

Upcoming Flu Shot Clinics:

  • Flyer / Permission slip: CORNING HIGH SCHOOL: December 14th, 2009 – 11:30 am – 5:30 pm EN | SP
  • Flyer / Permission slip: RED BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL: December 11th, 2009 – 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm EN | SP
  • Flyer: Other Tehama County shot clinics: December 15, 18, 21 EN SP

December 4, 2009

Think you’ve already had H1N1? It could have just been a severe case of the common cold. If your child was ill and was not actually tested for the H1N1 virus, experts suggest getting them immunized in order to adequately protect them.

Recent studies indicate that a large percentage of people actually had the common cold and not H1N1 this last fall. The rhinovirus, also known as the “common cold” comes in hundreds of hard to identify strains which make testing a challenge and the strains that circulated last fall were unusually severe, having many of the same signs and symptoms as H1N1.

Flu clinic dates to be posted soon.

November 26, 2009

no new developments at this time

November 20, 2009

CDC: diagram addressing how long the virus lives on objects, as well as how the virus spreads.

November 17, 2009:

Tehama County Public Health is offering a series of free flu shot clinics for children 6 months to 4 years or age. View the flyer for dates and details in English and Spanish.

November 13, 2009:

no new developments at this time

November 4, 2009:

Flu Decision Chart
Flu Decision Chart
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October 30, 2009:

  • President Obama signed an emergency declaration for H1N1
  • Tehama County Schools will be receiving 177 boxes of N95 masks and 141 boxes of gloves sometime between November 1 and December 31 from the state. These supplies will be used to aid in decreasing the spread of the H1N1.
  • Health officials are still encouraging people to:
    • Wash your hands
    • Cover your cough
    • Stay home when you are sick

October 15, 2009

October 9, 2009

  • Schools continuing to teach ways to prevent the spread of cold and flu
  • We're seeing an increase in the number of flu cases in Tehama County now that flu season is in full swing
  • See flu MYTHS and FACTS here
  • Local dates and times for flu shot clinics will be posted here as soon as the information becomes available.
  • Questions? Call your school nurse or Sharon Sinclair at 528-7374

September 17, 2009

Tehama County Health Services Agency - H1N1 Brochure

September 15, 2009

News release: County Schools Coordinate Prevention of H1N1

September 1, 2009

Keep your Student Safe from the Flu this Season (EN | SP)
Guidance for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza

August 13, 2009

Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza Health Alert Update

Public Art Reception

Jan Petersen hangs art at Tehama County Department of Ed
Art Gallery at Tehama County Department of Ed

March 23, 2010

This Friday, March 26th, marks the 2nd annual “Small Schools Art Celebration” at the Tehama County Department of Education (TCDE). This year, we’ll see 475 student artists from nine schools come through the doors at TCDE – up almost 100 from last year. Each student will have the opportunity to experience an art gallery setting, tour the art displays, participate in interactive visual arts presentations, and create a chalk mural on the sidewalk surrounding the Lincoln Street building. “We’re very pleased to offer this opportunity. Education in the arts is an integral part of the learning process that gives all students a voice,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools.

TCDE will also be hosting a public reception on Wednesday, March 31st from 4-6 pm. The reception is an opportunity for residents to view the exceptional student artwork and to show support for the arts in Tehama County.

TCDE hosts this event each year in partnership with the Small Schools Consortium, the Tehama County Arts Council and several community volunteers. “Personally, I’m grateful that our schools include the arts in their curriculum. Arts education is so important; not only for creating well rounded students, but also to nurture inventiveness and creativity. I’m also grateful for the folks at TCDE and the people who volunteered to help with the display. This was truly a team effort.” said Jan Petersen, Tehama County Arts Council Chair.

>> See past art videos:

Spelling Bee Winners!

The annual Tehama County Department of Education Spelling Bee was a huge success! Many thanks to the gracious support of our sponsors and volunteers:

Spell Master:

Barbara McIver


Cindy Brown, Butte Community Bank
Kim Lalaguna, Tehama County Association of Realtors
Chip Thompson, Red Bluff Daily News


Tehama County Education Foundation
Tehama County Association of Realtors

See the winners here

Champion Recognized

Larry Champion Receives CCSESA AwardTehama County Superintendent of Schools Larry Champion was recently recognized for his commitment to education with the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association’s (CCSESA) E. Robert Stephens Award.

The award, presented by Sue Burr of CCSESA, was given to Champion for his dedication to reinventing the “County Courses of Study” - a widely used set of publications which began as standard course outlines in 1974. His vision: to make them more relevant to the complex, changing needs of school leaders and to play an integral role in reshaping the landscape of education. “Tehama County Superintendent of Schools Larry Champion has made a positive difference in the education of California students and advanced the goals and philosophies of county offices of education by his ability to envision what was needed and his ability to act upon his vision while overseeing and coordinating all aspects of the publication of Course of Study documents,” said Sue Burr, CCSESA Executive Director.

The project has had a profound impact on education – both on a regional and national level. In fact, the Courses of Study have even been requested by educators and administrators from Texas, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and the northeast. It has also become required reading in many college courses. The publications are providing an invaluable framework for academic stability, as well as guidance and leadership support to district and school administrators statewide and beyond.

“It was through Larry’s dedicated leadership, vision and support that we were able to make the Courses of Study relevant, user-friendly documents for schools and districts to turn to for guidance. His expertise has truly benefitted the students in our state,” said Sarah Kania, Director of Educational Support Services at the Tehama County Department of Education.

These highly regarded awards have also been given to prestigious individuals such as Milton Chen, Executive Director of the George Lucas Foundation, and Dr. Douglas Reeves, Chairman and Founder of the Center for Performance Assessment.

(pictured at top: Mike Ricketts, CCSESA President and Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools)

Public Health Update

Suspected Case of Meningococcal Disease

January 14, 2010

Public Health: Second Confirmed Case of Meningococcal Disease

January 12, 2010

Vaccine Clinics:
The vaccination is free. Please bring your child’s vaccination record if possible.
January 12th, Tehama County Public Health will be offering the meningitis vaccine to all students at Bidwell School and their siblings. A parent or guardian must be present with their child in order to receive the vaccine. The clinic will be from 2:30 - 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria.
Vista Middle School:
Thursday, January 14, 2010 from 3:00—6:00 pm.

January 11, 2010

January 10, 2010 - 5:00 pm

Press Release from Tehama County Public Health

January 10, 2010 - 11:00 am

This message is to provide you with information on a probable case of Meningitis disease that occurred in a child enrolled at Bidwell Elementary School. Public Health is working closely with the school in this case. As the primary prevention effort, adults and children who were in direct contact with the probable case, have received post exposure treatment with antibiotics.

The school will be sending home a letter and fact sheet on meningitis disease. This information, as well as all updates, will be posted on the school's web site at

Tehama County Public Health:
(530)527-6824 or (800) 655- 6854

3 Programs Win Golden Bell

golden bell awardsgolden bell awardsIt’s like the Academy Awards of the education world and this year, three Tehama County programs were graced with the honor. On December 5th, at the California School Boards Association (CSBA) annual conference, the Tehama County Mentoring Program, LitFest and SERRF After School Program were each presented with a Golden Bell award for their exceptional work in education.

The highly respected Golden Bell awards, now in its 30th year, promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The award recipients are chosen by a 19 member judging panel, whose job is to choose the best of the best. Director of CSBA’s Region 4 and Golden Bell judge Steve Meagher said, “I was very impressed! To say that Tehama County did a great job would be understating the issue. Of all 9 counties in the region, there were only 4 nominees and Tehama County came home with three awards.”

This year, nearly 200 entries were submitted. Of those, 58 were chosen to receive awards. The CSBA notes, “While many valuable programs may meet basic scoring criteria, the total score needed for an award is intentionally set high to select the most innovative or exemplary programs, which have made a demonstrated difference for students, are sustainable and are connected to other district/county office vision efforts.”

Melissa Mendonca, who coordinates the Mentoring program said, “This award truly belongs to the mentors and mentees in our program. Our diverse group of adult and high school mentors are proof that Tehama County invests in its young people and is working in partnership to make a difference."

The Tehama County LitFest was honored for its 30 years of providing students across the north state with opportunities to create written and artistic literary works, take part in enriching workshops and meet successful authors in person. Maureen Lasley, who coordinates this event said, "It is exciting to see the eyes of students who get the opportunity to meet their favorite author and win writing awards. LitFest has been a win-win all the way around."

With the SERRF After School Program serving over 1,800 students daily in Tehama County, it was a prime candidate for the Golden Bell. “SERRF offers a safe and academically enriching place for students to go after school, where they can take advantage of homework support, academic tutoring and recreational activities provided by the program,” explained Karla Stroman, who administers the program.

Jackson Heights Intersession

Kids enjoy fun, educational activities during the Thanksgiving break

Jackson Heights SchoolJackson Heights SchoolWhile Thanksgiving break means no school for most kids, a group of about 50 students at Jackson Heights Elementary are enjoying a special intersession, taking part in three days of educationally enriching activities. For three days of each week-long holiday, the school has decided to provide the intersessions to participating students to help with Math and Language Arts. They will also be taking part in recreational opportunities provided by the SERRF program.

“The students are having a great time and are excited to be here. We’re glad we could provide this opportunity for them,” said Dottie Renstrom, the school’s principal. “It’s simply the right thing to do.”

A quick poll of the students made it clear the work and time was well worth it. One student exclaimed, “I went to bed early last night just so I could be here this morning!” Another told her of the fun he was having learning about measurements while baking. Like any kid, he was also excited to eat the product of his hard work – peanut butter cookies.

“Morning activities are meant to be foundational,” said Renstrom, “The students have the opportunity to experience learning in fun and new ways that support the California Standards, but through different avenues than they would not normally see during the regular school day.” Music, poetry and math games are being used to enhance learning, while also keeping it fresh and exciting to encourage attendance to the optional school days. The afternoons are capped off with recreational activities provided by the SERRF program.

The Jackson Heights Leadership Team and faculty recently decided to reinstate the intersessions as part of a new Comprehensive Intervention Plan. These additional instructional days are meant to provide extra learning time to participating students to help them achieve their best. “The team at Jackson Heights is committed to doing ‘whatever it takes’ to offer excellent educational opportunities to students. Red Bluff Elementary is to be commended for its effort to continuously enhance their students’ opportunities to learn,” said Larry Champion, County Superintendent of Schools.

The next intersession at Jackson Heights is planned for the Christmas break. More information can be found on the web at

Mentoring: A Note of Thanks

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within.

 —Albert Schweitzer

In this season of Thanksgiving,  I extend my sincerest gratitude to all who make our program so successful. Thank you to the mentors who give so selflessly of time and energy to truly get to know our mentees and help bring out the best in them, shining light towards brighter futures. Thank you to the young people for whom this program was developed. We learn more from you than you realize! In reaching out to you, we learn more about ourselves. In listening to your hopes and dreams, we reflect on and grow our own.

 To the community of Tehama County from whom we have received so much support in the form of time, money, creativity, volunteer hours, direction and encouragement: We couldn’t do it without you!  

While I am the “face” and voice of the Tehama County Mentoring Program, I am certainly not doing this alone! The program receives the support of a talented group of professionals in  Student Support Services  at the Tehama County Department of Education. My thanks to Talia, Dianne, Suzanne, Tina, Jo, Denise, Yuliana and our fearless leader, Amy. Thank you to our superintendents Larry and Charles for creating a positive environment to do our work.

With gratitude,     


>> more about the faces of the mentoring program here
>> more about Student Support Services here

Students Honor Veterans

Veterans DayOn Monday, November 9, Metteer Elementary students gathered at the Red Bluff community center for a sing along to celebrate the Veterans in our community. The program included patriotic songs performed by the students as well as video presentations about the sacrifices Veterans make and the selfless nature of those who have devoted their lives to protecting the integrity of our nation.

Metteer Principal, Susanna Ramirez-Raab had this to say to the crowd of students, parents and community members in attendance: “Thank you for your support and participation in our annual Veteran’s Day sing along. We have had an amazing turnout of Veterans in our community, from two Pearl Harbor survivors all the way to soldiers home on leave from Iraq. We are so grateful for your patriotism and courage, and thankful for the freedoms we enjoy today because of you.”

The energy in the room was intense as each group of soldiers, from those who served in wars long passed to those currently serving, were asked to stand so that they could be applauded by the audience. Many families were present whose lives have been deeply touched in one way or another by the brave service of their loved ones.

As the event concluded, the Veterans were given a standing ovation by the Metteer students and were thanked by the audience for their service.

It’s crucial that we recognize the freedoms that we have in America and how we have come to enjoy those freedoms. By educating our young people about Veteran’s Day, they will grow up with a better understanding and appreciation for our great Nation and those who fight for the liberties that we enjoy each and every day.

Character Education Month

Each year, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the President of the State Board of Education emphasize the importance of teaching character education to our students by declaring Character Education Month and distributing an announcement letter and legislative resolution to all California school districts.

"Effective schools seek to develop and reinforce character traits, such as caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness, through a systematic approach that includes adult modeling, curriculum integration, a positive school climate, and access to comprehensive guidance and counseling services."

—Elementary Makes the Grade! (CDE, 1999)

The California Department of Education advocates incorporating character education into a standards-based educational system in a variety of ways.

Character Counts in Tehama County!Character Counts

The SERRF program incorporates the six pillars of character all year long with specific activities throughout the year that help build strong character in Tehama County youth. During the week of October 18-24, SERRF students will be participating in "Community Clean-Up Day” activities that are occurring at all of our SERRF sites that week.

See the Tehama County SERRF students in action here

Here's what SERRF schools are doing to support Character Education

Antelope Clean up School and assist the custodians in cleaning the classrooms
Bend Cleaning up the school campus, making sure everything is in its rightful place and helping the janitor with emptying garbage out of the classrooms
Berrendos Weeds and Wii!, campus cleanup, cleaning the school and pulling weeds.  Then we will be having a Wii Homerun Derby Outreach Project with Mario and Luigi
Bidwell School trash clean up and creating art with the trash
Evergreen not in session
Flournoy Clean up on site and repainting lines in the parking lot
Gerber Older students will be going with janitor to clean classrooms and take out garbage.  Younger students will be picking up garbage around the school campus.
Jackson Heights Campus clean up and planting a butterfly & hummingbird garden and caring for it through the year.  Also, DPM landscaping will be donating 15-20 plants and flowers for the garden
Kirkwood Clean up school grounds:  Outside playground and field, the teachers' classrooms and cafeteria
Lassen View K-3rd - cleaning and sweeping the school to prepare for the Dairyville Orchard Festival; 4th-8th - helping bring in booths and decoration and helping to set up; All- working on corn husk dolls that will be presented to the Dairyville group, to be used to decorate corn stalks and tables around the festival which is Oct 17th
Los Molinos K-1st - Campus spruce up - litter patrol; 2nd-3rd - keeping the community garden clear and nice; 4th-8th- painting benches and tables (principal supplying all the paint)
Manton School cleanup and planting flower bulbs on the hillside
Maywood Clean the campus grounds and collect discarded items until the 10/16 date when the trash will be recycled into "Trash Art".  The "Trash Art" Exhibit will be on display in room 26 for the month of October
Metteer K-4th -Cleaning school grounds and planting flowers; 5th-6th - walking to the Red Bluff Health Center and cleaning and planting their courtyard as well as painting birdhouses
Olive View Younger students will be doing a campus clean up, followed by a friendly earth art project; Older students will be taking a walking field trip to Woodson park to do a park clean up.
Plum Valley A "Respect Rock Garden" for the school garden and weed pulling all around the school.  Also making cookies and punch for firefighters that will be visiting our school.
Rancho Tehama Clean school grounds, plant SERRF garden box and shrubs out front and bulbs in spring school garden.
Reeds Creek Cleaning and beautifying for another SERRF display in the center planter area in our parking lot
Richfield Campus wide clean up of garbage, clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc.  Help in garden if possible
Vina Clean up around school and neighborhood.  We will be picking up trash and recyclables.  Will recycle anything we can at our local recycle center.
Vista Clean the campus grounds  as well as communicate with members of the community to collect trash.  The trash will be recycled into "Trash Art" which will be on display at our "Lights On!" event on Oct. 22nd in 28
West Street Going around the school picking up garbage, Making a big recycling bin for our school to save bottles and cans for our end of the year party.
Woodson Woodson students will be walking entire campus picking up trash and weeds, they will recycle items found.  Will also be sweeping bark off all concrete areas.

All About Customer Service

The Tehama County Department of Education and Lassen View School were two of the ten recipients of the Job Training Center’s 2009 Secret Shopper program. The center sends out secret shoppers each year to evaluate and reward outstanding customer service throughout the county. Each winner is given a gift certificate, all of which are donated by local businesses.

We’re all about customer service in Tehama County schools!

The individuals recognized were:
Tehama County Department of Education: Karen Messler, Behavior Specialist


Lassen View School: Heather Igarta, Chief Business Officer, Deni Fox, District Secretary and Cari Miller, Attendance Clerk.

Congratulations for a job well done!

50 Years in Education

Don Corrie recognized for 50 years in education

October 26, 2009

The Tehama County Department of Education (TCDE) recognized Donald Corrie on Friday the 23rd for his 50 impressive years of dedicated service to education. Corrie, who began his career in 1959, has just as much enthusiasm and drive today as the day he started.

His journey began as an elementary school teacher in Chico, which lasted for 15 years. Corrie came to TCDE in the late 70’s, joining the team as a Math consultant. Seeing great potential in his ability to innovate and bring new opportunities to schools across the state, then County Superintendent, Marvin Locke appointed Corrie to work as a technology consultant for the 9 Northern California counties. “Those were the early days of computers with the Commodore PET and Caleco’s ‘Adam’, we’ve come a long way,” Corrie reminisces. In 1995, he took on the role as Lead Project Consultant for the Tehama County Standards Project, a huge undertaking that catapulted Tehama County schools into what was then the future of the educational system.

In 1998, he retired. Corrie recalls this with a laugh saying, “I retired on a Friday, we had a party on Saturday and I came back to work full-time on Monday!” When you have a burning passion for accomplishing great things as Donald Corrie does, you just don’t turn your back on it. When asked if he has any career advice for others, he says with enthusiasm: “It’s the name of the game. Enjoy what you do and just keep on doing it.”

1999 brought some true highlights to Corrie’s career when he was asked by the state Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee to chair the annual curriculum conference and to serve as the lead editor/writer of nine county courses of study. “It is a real honor to be involved in the cutting edge of education,” said Corrie. Those who have worked with him will tell you that his boundless energy is an inspiration.

In addition to his tireless service to the educational community, Corrie also gives of his time regularly to lead a Christian choir, which visits senior centers year-round. He also puts on a spectacular display each year for Christmas at his home in Chico to honor his late son, Mike.

Lights On Afterschool

SERRF Afterschool Program Celebrates “Lights On Afterschool”
Featuring 1700 Tehama County Students!

SERRF Lights On!
Children, Parents, Community Leaders
Join National Rally for Afterschool

All across Tehama County, supporters of the Safe Education and Recreation for Rural Families (SERRF) Afterschool Program through the Tehama County Department of Education are invited to join 1700 students, parents, staff, business and community leaders to participate in the 10th annual Lights On Afterschool Celebration – one of 7,500 such events across the nation. The events emphasize the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open for afterschool programs. Advocates of the 25 SERRF sites throughout the county cautioned that tight budgets are endangering afterschool programs here in Tehama County and around the country, forcing many to cut back or even close their doors.

Area residents are invited to visit their neighborhood school sites on Thursday, October 22, 2009 to observe SERRF Lights On Afterschool students sharing their many academic, recreation and enrichment skills through math games (Bidwell and Los Molinos), Readers Theater Night (Vina), Harvest of the Month Taste Testing event (Reeds Creek), “CATCH Some Character” (West Street) and the Character Counts Carnival (Woodson) among many other site activities while Red Bluff and Corning City Council members, school officials, business leaders, parents and students discuss the importance of afterschool programs. Concurrent with this national event is “Character Counts Week”, a character education program implemented at all SERRF sites. Students are encouraged to demonstrate trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Proclamations will be announced at the October 13 Corning City Council and the October 20 Red Bluff City Council meetings demonstrating the support that city leaders have for these vital programs.

The nationwide events mark the tenth annual Lights On Afterschool, sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance. Still, funding has not kept up with demand, and millions of children are alone and unsupervised each afternoon after the school days end. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Chair of Lights On Afterschool again this year. Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools, stated “SERRF has the confidence of our community that it will continue to provide a safe learning environment and recreational opportunities for our students during the after school hours. SERRF truly is an asset to our overall educational system and a factor in the continued increase in student achievement in Tehama County.”

The SERRF Afterschool Program opened in 1999 with a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the U.S. Department of Education and from the California Department of Education. Initially serving 13 school sites, the program has grown to serve 1700 children, providing homework assistance, mentoring, tutoring, and classes and clubs in computers, mathematics, “KidzLit, KidzMath and KidzArt”, as well as dance, guitar, woodworking, ecology studies and dozens of other subjects. The program is a collaboration between the Tehama County Department of Education and 25 schools/15 school districts. Community and business supporters include St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, Tehama County Education Foundation, Raley’s Superstore, Rolling Hills Casino, Tehama Family Fitness Center, UCCE 4-H, Sierra Cascade Nutrition and Activity Consortium among many others.

Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide event to recognize the critical importance of quality afterschool programs in the lives of children, their families and communities. It is a project of the Afterschool Alliance – a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More information on the Alliance and Lights On Afterschool is available at Local information for the SERRF Afterschool Program can be found at or 528-7381. Events will take place on Thursday, October 22 between 3:30-6:00 p.m.

TCDE Recognized by State

Award from Jack O'ConnellA certificate of recognition was presented to the Tehama County Department of Education by Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

"In honor of outstanding participation during the District Intervention and Capacity Building Project and the extraordinary effort of the team member.

College Opens!

Shasta College Tehama Center – Opportunity is Available Right Here, Right Now

August 31, 2009

Tehama College OpensWith the addition of the new Shasta College Tehama Center to our community, we in Tehama County are fortunate to have more. More opportunity, more job training, and more options. The center is now open and our vision for the future is encouraging.

Designed with sustainability and functionality in mind, the 40 acre campus features native and drought tolerant landscaping, architectural features designed for maximum use of natural light and energy efficiency as well as breathtaking views of the Sacramento River and the Cascade Mountains. The campus currently has 11 state-of-the-art classrooms with plans to add additional space in the near future. That said, the new campus offers much more than a beautiful place to learn, it offers our community an opportunity to develop and grow.

“The new campus allows for a continuous sequence of learning in our county from preschool all the way through community college. In addition, it increases our options for job training, it increases the options for continuing education, and it increases the options for transfer to four year institutions. All this, while raising the achievement bar. Our entire pre-school through grade 12 system is working hard to make our students ready for the transition to higher education. We all know that post secondary education and training is essential for high skill-high wage jobs. What we are celebrating today is the fact that the opportunity is available right here, right now. Equally, the Tehama Center will enhance our economic development efforts by providing a locally trained workforce, which is a magnet for companies looking to relocate.” This was the essence of the message delivered at the ribbon cutting ceremony by Tehama County Superintendent of Schools, Larry Champion, whose commitment to building relationships with community partners such as Shasta College has opened the door to many new possibilities for extending the reach of education in Tehama County.

Plans are already underway to begin taking Tehama County’s young students on field trips to experience the new campus first-hand. “Show them the vision and the possibilities and students will have something tangible to focus on to help them reach their full potential. It’s about opportunity and access and now we have both, right here in Tehama County,” Says Charles Allen, Associate Superintendent of Schools.

We have long awaited the opportunity for our students and residents to be able to locally and fully access higher education and we are celebrating all the efforts, hard work, and dedication that it took to make the Shasta College Tehama Center a reality.

New School Leadership

August 19, 2009

Red Bluff Elementary School District Gains New Leadership

Red Bluff Elementary School District is starting the year off with a new Superintendent - William McCoy and a new Principal at Metteer Elementary - Susanna Ramirez-Raab. McCoy, who holds a Masters degree in Curriculum Instruction and Technology, is looking forward to continuing his dedication to “helping more kids.” “That is what motivated me in the classroom, and what inspired me to pursue administration. As superintendent, I can now have a positive impact on many more students.” Ramirez, who has an administrative credential from Sacramento State University, is excited to begin the new year with what she calls “an amazing staff and community.”

With extensive experience in school leadership, both are outstanding choices to take on the leadership roles in one of Tehama County’s larger school districts. “The staff and I plan to work closely together to reach our goals; one of which is to increase the number of students from our district that go to college and vocational training after high school. I firmly believe that the perceptions of college and success are formed at an early age and we have the opportunity to broaden the horizons of our students. Early in life, our students need to know that they can become whatever they wish, and that opportunities exist beyond high school for any student that works hard and achieves at a high level academically. College isn’t out of the question for anyone,” says McCoy. Ramirez agrees, adding “I came into a district that is experiencing continued improvements in student achievement, even in these hard times. I am confident that we will continue that upward progress.” She attributes the success they are seeing at Metteer to the school’s keen focus on tailored instruction and their staff’s ability to collaborate on many levels. Both look forward to building strong relationships with parents and the community to give students a world class education.

Prior to accepting the position as District Superintendent, William McCoy served as Principal of Metteer Elementary where he helped to establish a new learning center designed to provide a collaborative environment for students who are struggling academically. The center is set to open this month. McCoy says he’s looking forward to working with Ramirez and the district’s other administrators to provide even more opportunities such as this for the benefit of the students.

Red Bluff Elementary School District serves over 2,200 students in Tehama County via 5 schools. For more information visit the district Web site at

JTC Gets New President

Larry Champion, Tehama County Superintendent of Schools was installed as president of the board for the Job Training Center July 2, 2009. Serving with him are vice president Valanne Cardenas; Secretary-Treasurer Kendall Pierson; and Board Members Claudia Martin and Cindy Brown.

Champion, who has served as a board member for the past 2 years, looks forward to the new partnership being forged with the Department of Education, saying “With the current economic downturn we will need to provide even more job training opportunities and employment services. Under the leadership of CEO Kathy Schmitz, the Job Training Center is positioned to do just that. By partnering with all local services, we can leverage every dollar.” As board president, Champion will work closely with Schmitz to provide oversight and guidance to the organization.

“Education and job training are a good fit. We see this partnership as a prime opportunity to combine resources and improve the economic wellness of our community,” says Schmitz. “We will continue to work closely with the Department of Education and local schools to explore the ways we can complement their job training programs with our own, building on the skills students have as they enter into the work force.”

The non-profit Job Training Center, which sees an average of 125 customers per day, offers services for job seekers and employers, as well as many programs geared toward teens. One such program was the recent summer jobs program - Jump Start ’09, which aimed to teach teens what it means to be a good worker through one-on-one mentoring. This particular program ran for 7 weeks and consisted of on-the-job training for 129 local teens, 10 of which were hosted at the Department of Education. Participants were able to experience various public and private sector jobs first hand and learned valuable skills that will be crucial to their success as they enter into the work force. The center plans to continue offering programs such as this to further strengthen the connection between education and adulthood. The experience teens gain here will go a long way to helping them achieve their goals.

Back to School Safety

August 17, 2009

Help Your Kids Get Back to School Safely

As summer days grow shorter, communities across America will soon be observing that timeless annual ritual: the first day of school. It’s a time when parents breathe a sigh of relief and students and teachers anticipate new beginnings and new challenges.

Unfortunately, the beginning of school is also a time when children are at increased risk of transportation related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus, and motor vehicle crashes because there are many more children on the road each morning and afternoon and many drivers’ patterns change. Shorter daylight hours make it especially difficult to see young pedestrians and bicyclists. So as schools open their doors, it’s time for everyone – motorists, parents, educators, and students – to improve their traffic safety practices. The following tips can help make this a safe and happy school year for the whole community.

Tips for Motorists

  • When a school bus or children are present slow down and proceed with caution, obeying all traffic laws and speed limits. 
  • Always stop for a school bus that has stopped to load or unload passengers. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm tell you the school bus is stopped to load or unload children. Under certain conditions State Law requires you to stop. 
  • If you are on a two-lane roadway, you must stop. 
  • If you are on a roadway that has two or more travel lanes traveling in each direction and you are traveling the same direction as the bus, you must stop. 
  • If you are on a roadway that has at least two or more travel lanes traveling in each direction and you are approaching, meeting the bus, you do not have to stop, merely proceed with caution. 
  • Be alert and ready to stop. Watch for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking for traffic. When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or biking to school. 
  • When driving in neighborhoods or school zones, watch for young people who may be in a hurry to get to school and may not be thinking about getting there safely.

Tips for Parents

  • Help your children learn and practice the safety rules for walking, bicycling, or riding in a passenger car, school bus or transit bus.
  • Supervise young children as they are walking or biking to school or as they wait at the school bus stop.
  • Be a good role model, especially when you are with your kids. Always buckle up in the car, always wear a helmet when biking, and always follow pedestrian safety rules. 

Tips for Students

  • Always buckle up when you’re riding in a car. 
  • Always ride in the back seat. It’s the safest place for young people. 
  • Always wear a helmet and follow traffic safety rules when riding your bike. 
  • If you ride a school bus, learn and practice the safety rules for waiting at the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus. 
  • If you walk to school, learn and practice the safety rules for pedestrians. Always cross at cross walks, obey all traffic signs, traffic lights and safety patrol instructions. 
  • Be a good role model for your younger brothers and sisters and friends, and help them learn and practice the safety rules. 

Information Courtesy: South Carolina Department of Public Safety


Shasta College Tehama Campus

The new TEHAMA CAMPUS at 770 Diamond Avenue, Red Bluff, opens on August 12. All operations, including registration, will be at the new location!

Situated on 40 acres, the campus will initially consist of two buildings with 11 state-of-the-art classrooms including 3 interactive television rooms, and a one-stop Student Services area.

> go there now

Shasta College Tehama Campus

Tragic Rock Fall

08/04/09 - Information on Services

The Memorial service for Tommy Botell will be held on Friday, August 7th at 11am at The First Church of God(1005 South Jackson St. Red Bluff). The service is open to all friends and family.

Donations can be sent to 212 San Benito Ave., Gerber, 96035. For questions, please call 385-1853.

07/30/09 - Lassen Peak Trail Rock Fall is Tragic for Local Family

The entire Reeds Creek community is heartsick over the loss of one of our students and our thoughts and prayers are with the family. The staff, students, and community members have been devastated by this news.

The family has requested that all questions be directed to the Reeds Creek School office. Information on services will be provided as soon as the details become available.

~ Jake Hosler, Superintendent/Principal - Reeds Creek School

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