SAN JOAQUIN'S PRESIDENT MESSAGE
Dear CASCWA members and Friends,
Summer is over and schools have reopened. Like many of you, this is my favorite time of year, reconnecting with our hardworking teachers and principals and soaking in the buzz of excitement of students returning to school. But this year’s reopening is like none other. We are all still struggling with circumstances that we couldn’t have imagined just a year ago. The pandemic, the economic fallout, the largescale switch to virtual learning, the reckoning around racial injustices, and even fires burning across the region. There is so much uncertainty.
And yet, as classes start, we are once again stepping up and beyond our traditional roles and doing whatever it takes to support the success of students. In talking to my colleagues – all of you – I’m always impressed by your passion, creative solutions, and nimbleness to help every student attend and participate in school every day or in every virtual learning activity. There is certainty and purpose in what we do, and supporting our educators, students, and families is more important than ever during COVID times.
Most of us are are busily working with our districts to develop Learning and Continuity Plans, and have generously shared ideas and examples of resources. It’s a good reminder that we are all in this together. Stay tuned. You’ll be hearing more from the San Joaquin Section of CASCWA about virtual professional learning opportunities.
I’m proud to acknowledge this year’s Anthony Brucia Success Awards, which are at the heart of the San Joaquin CASCWA and named after a student who found success. They go to high student seniors who faced academic and personal struggles but, despite adversity, and with help from local supports, they showed good character and a strong commitment to improving their future outcomes. The awards are $1000 scholarships to enroll in school after graduating. Over the years we’ve awarded 25 scholarships of $1,000 per student. Each student is eligible to receive the $1,000 each they are in college for up to their fourth year. In 2019, two of our five 2016 winners receive a total of $4,000 going into their senior year. This year’s award recipients are:
Araya Stone Bencoma, Big Pine High School, Big Pine , CA
Abigail Halsey, Lemoore Middle College, Lemoore, CA
Jose Romaldo, Parlier High School, Parlier, CA
Madeline May, Mesquite High School, Ridgecrest, CA
Lyleigh Austin, Templeton High School, Atascadero, CA
Let’s give them a virtual standing ovation! They’re our superheroes!
We’re in this together.
Praxades Torres III
San Joaquin Section President
2020-21 San Joaquin Section Executive Board Meeting Dates:
Future meeting dates will soon be updated
All regularly scheduled meetings are from 1:30 to 3:00
Minutes of meetings will be posted here
Information on our future San Joaquin workshops, certification, and other events are currently being determined.
SAN JOAQUIN AREA STATE/COUNTY/DISTRICT EVENTS
BELOW YOU WILL FIND A LIST OF 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR EVENTS IN THE CASCWA SAN JOAQUIN SECTION AREA HOSTED BY STATE, COUNTY OR DISTRICT AGENCIES:
The Faces Behind CASCWA's San Joaquin Executive Board
Dr. Kevin Torosian
Clovis USD, Retired
Northern Area Representative
Burton School District
Member at Large