The Placer County Superintendent of Schools Gayle Garbolino-Mojica hosts several annual events designed to recognize and celebrate students, teachers, school districts, employees and community leaders.
Additionally, the Placer County Office of Education supports and sponsors several chamber and community-based events throughout the region. For more information and for event sponsorship consideration, contact Michelle Eklund.
The Placer County Office of Education celebrated the 2021-22
back-to-school season with our employees through a special celebration
held on Friday, August 6 @the Grounds.
This annual event gives us the opportunity to come together,
honor our colleagues and friends, and celebrate the start of another amazing
school year. PCOE employees enjoyed a Health & Wellness Fair, refreshments,
awards, service recognitions and more.
Be sure to take a look at the PCOE
Facebook page to see photos
from the exciting event.
When we say that Placer County is “gold in education”
it’s due in part to the dedication and passion of those working in the
field and behind the scenes to support students, families and school
communities. Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Susan Connolly
helped recognize that dedication by honoring our staff who have been with
PCOE between 5-35 years. View the presentation.
Each year, PCOE celebrates excellence through our
Employee of the Year Program. The program honors employees in five
categories for their ongoing contribution and exceptional professional
qualities. These employees embody the PCOE Promise in meeting expectations
of integrity, credibility and excellence. Assistant Superintendent of
Human Resources Dr. Colleen Slattery announced our 2020 PCOE Employees of
the Year. View the presentation and list of nominees.
Classified Employee of
– Kellie Darbo, Staff Secretary II, Onorato Education Center, Special
of the Year
– Celeste Elsey, Teacher, iLearn Academy, Special Education.
Management Employee of
– Kimberly Lillienthal, Senior Director, Learning & Leadership
Collaborative, Educational Services.
Rookie of the Year – Janel Raynor,
Personnel Assistant, Human Resources.
Superintendent’s Award – All PCOE School
Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses who supported the PCOE COVID
School Testing Centers.
Education and communications consultant Jennifer
Abrams joined us as the keynote speaker to help us reset for the school year
BY INVITATION ONLY - Join us for the 9th Annual Placer County Office of Education Community Leader Breakfast, hosted by Placer County Superintendent of Schools Gayle Garbolino-Mojica, on Friday, September 17 at the Rocklin Event Center Garden. Hear what's new and exciting in K-12 public education and learn how educators are addressing emerging challenges in our schools.
Breakfast will be served outdoors in the grass garden area followed by a 20-minute program presentation and video indoors.
In February 2021, three Placer County teams competed in the 2021 Placer
County Academic Decathlon - the premier scholastic competition for high
school students across the county -- with Rocklin High School taking top
honors scoring 21,764 points. This is the first time the school has won
the countywide competition. The team now advances to the state finals,
which will be held in March 2021.
The competition was held virtually over the past several weeks due to
COVID-19 restrictions. Students focused on the topic, "The Cold War"
across 10 categories including art, economics, essay, interview,
language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science and
speech. The Decathlon normally culminates with a “Super Quiz” held in a
high school gym, with teams competing in front of a large cheering
audience. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, an in-person competition was not
possible this year, so testing, speeches and interviews were conducted
The Placer County Office of Education celebrated the success of all three Placer County teams during a Virtual Awards Celebration on February 16, 2021.
BY INVITATION ONLY - The Placer County School Boards Association hosts an annual dinner to celebrate and recognize school board trustees throughout the county. Stay tuned for more information about the 2021 event.
The Placer County Office of Education's Spelling Bee brings the best
spellers in the county together for a competition designed to promote
and acknowledge exemplary student achievement. The
2022 Placer County Spelling Bee and Grand Finals is scheduled for March 16, 2021 at the Rocklin Event Center.
Details and information packets will be sent to district coordinators in early September.
Held annually in May, the Placer County Teachers & Classified School
Employees of the Year Awards Reception celebrates the remarkable talent
and dedication of Placer County's educational community.
state guidance for "Private Venues and Events," we celebrated 18
exemplary educators on Monday, May 10 at the Rocklin Event Center
We also celebrated 36 amazing classified school employees on Monday, May 17 at Morgan Creek Golf Club.
View photos on Facebook for the Teachers of the Year Celebration and the Classified School Employees of the Year Celebration.
Marueen Berg, Eureka Union School District
Francisca Diaz, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District
Jennifer Milne, Roseville City School District
Steven Erickson, Newcastle Elementary School District
Kara Frank, Auburn Union School District
Trisha Lopez, Placer County Office of Education
Catherine Niedzwiecki, Rocklin Academy Family of Schools
Kristie Sgambati, Rocklin Unified School District
Diane Welch, Sierra Expeditionary Learning School
Lisa Shrider, Roseville City School District
Daniela Thompson, Western Placer Unified School District
Steffan Wagman, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District
Christopher John (CJ) Addomgtpm, Roseville Joint Union High School District
Emilie Cavolt, Rocklin Unified School District
Andrew Grames, Rocklin Academy Family of Schools
Tara Jeane, Western Placer Unified School District
Rachel Stewart, Roseville Joint Union High School District
Wade Wolff, Placer Union High School District
Nichole DeGraaf, Auburn Union School Distirct
Shannon Sanderson, Rocklin Unified School District
Juana Torres, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
Katherine Voigt, Roseville Joint Union High School District
Maintenance Operations and Facilities
Omar DelValle, Eureka Union School District
Dana Gelber, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
Redziba Kikanovic, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District
Jose Macias, Rocklin Unified School District
Umesh Maharaj, Roseville Joint Union High School District
Paul Smith, Roseville City School Distirct
Office and Technical
Ronda Black, Placer Union High School District
Wendi Brabon, Rocklin Academy Family of Schools
Cathy Bridge, Eureka Union School District
Angela Button, Western Placer Unified School District
Sylvia Drewry, Placer County Office of Education
Shannon Ingram, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District
Claudine Kratz, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
Georgia Navarre, Rocklin Unified School District
Lisa Owen, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District
Meagan Swartz, Roseville Joint Union High School District
Michele Vergara, Roseville City School Distirct
Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance
Terri Allen, Rocklin Unified School District
Michele Berni, Newcastle Elementary School District
Myrna Boone, Eureka Union School District
Malissa Cruz, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
Lotte O'Neill, Placer Union High School District
Pamela Teves, Roseville Joint Union High School District
Michelle Watkins, Roseville City School Distirct
Support Services and Security
Annettee Boardingham, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District
Adela Gonzalez del Valle, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
Charlene MacDonald, Eureka Union School District
Julie Summey, Placer County Office of Education
Sonhi Toston, Rocklin Unified School District
Derek Bosserman, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
Sharon Cree, Rocklin Unified School District
Jose Sanchez, Roseville Joint Union High School District
BY INVITATION ONLY - The Placer County Office of Education is proud to recognize and honor the schools that have been acknowledged by the California Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coalition for their ongoing, positive efforts as part of the Community Cares acknowledgment process. Stay tuned for more information about the 2021 event.
ARE THERE ANY LEGAL REQUIREMENTS ABOUT HOW SCHOOLS STORE AND SHARE EDUCATION RECORDS?
Yes. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of education records. Although both private schools and public schools maintain records on students, FERPA generally only applies to protect the privacy of education records maintained by public elementary and secondary schools, school districts, and postsecondary institutions. FERPA generally does not apply to K-12 private and parochial schools unless these schools receive federal funds.
HOW LONG MUST THE SCHOOL KEEP MY EDUCATION RECORDS?
It depends. Schools are not generally required by federal law to keep education records for any set period of time. However, schools are prevented from destroying an education record if someone has already submitted a request to view the education record. State laws or local policies may also apply and require a school to keep education records for a specific period of time. IDEA has specific requirements regarding destruction of education records of students with disabilities that your school district can tell you about.
DO I HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO VIEW MY EDUCATION RECORDS?
If you are under the age of 18, only your parent or guardian has the legal “right" under FERPA to inspect and review your education records. If you are age 18 or over or enrolled in a postsecondary institution (an “eligible student"), then you have a right to view your own education records. Under FERPA, a parent includes any natural parent, guardian, or individual (such as a foster parent) acting as parent in the absence of a parent or guardian. The right to view the education records only covers a right to view the information in the student's education records that is about that student, and not information in the records that is about any other student.
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