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

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

Giving back to her community is a priority for five-year old Barbara Grace aka BG. She visited the Monterey County Office of Education on August 7 and donated three backpacks stuffed full of school supplies to Stuff the Bus Coordinator Teri James. In lieu of birthday gifts, BG asked her friends to bring donations for Stuff the Bus. She is so proud to give back. BG will start kindergarten herself at Toro Park School this year.

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

Congratulations go to Stefanie Pechan, a fifth grade teacher at Robert Downs Elementary School in the Pacific Grove Unified School District.  Ms. Pechan has been nominated as one of six finalists in California for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  

Monterey County Special Education students saddled up for the annual Special Buckaroos event held Sat., July 19 at the California Rodeo Salinas.  Students were outfitted with a cowboy hat, bandana, rope, and a contestant number and participated in special rodeo events, including roping a dummy steer and riding a real horse. The Special Buckaroos shares the sport of professional rodeo with children with disabilities.  Each student received a participant trophy.  The event is hosted by the California Rodeo Salinas and sponsored by Tanimura and Antle.

The Stuff the Bus: Send Every Child to School Ready to Learn campaign kicked off June 26.  The Monterey County Office of Education partners with United Way Monterey County in this countywide school supply drive.  Look for the donation bus stations throughout Monterey County.



Nearly 200 special education students from the Monterey County Office of Education at locations throughout Monterey County participated in Field Day events themed "If I had fun, I won!" at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas on May 6. Students participated in a variety of events specifically designed for moderately to severely disabled students, including the ball throw, standing long jump, turbo javelin, and multiple wheel chair races and running events.

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