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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.

 Back-to-School Kick-Off


2021 Event Highlights:

​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.

    • Congratulations to…

      • Classified Employee of the Year – Kellie Darbo, Staff Secretary II, Onorato Education Center, Special Education. 

      • Certificated Employee of the Year – Celeste Elsey, Teacher, iLearn Academy, Special Education. 

      • Management Employee of the Year – 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 ahead.

 Community Leader Breakfast


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.

 Placer County Academic Decathlon

2021 Virtual Event Highlights:

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 online.

The Placer County Office of Education celebrated the success of all three Placer County teams during a Virtual Awards Celebration on February 16, 2021.

 Placer County School Boards Association Trustee Dinner

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.

 Placer County Spelling Bee

Save the Date:

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.

 Placer County Teachers & Classified Employees of the Year Reception

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2021 Event Highlights:

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.

Following state guidance for "Private Venues and Events," we celebrated 18 exemplary educators on Monday, May 10 at the Rocklin Event Center Garden.

We also celebrated 36 amazing classified school employees on Monday, May 17 at Morgan Creek Golf Club.


 Certificated Nominees

Elementary School

  • 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

Middle School

  • Lisa Shrider, Roseville City School District

  • Daniela Thompson, Western Placer Unified School District

  • Steffan Wagman, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District

High School

  • 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

 Classified Nominees

Child Nutrition

  • 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

Transportation

  • Derek Bosserman, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

  • Sharon Cree, Rocklin Unified School District

  • Jose Sanchez, Roseville Joint Union High School District

 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Recognition Event

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.


 FAQ's

 

​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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    “A teacher affects eternity; you can never tell where their influence stops.“

    ― Henry B ​Adams​