Soledad Unified School District

Weekly Newsletter - January 17, 2020

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Mental Health Awareness Summit at Soledad High School

The Soledad Youth Council hosted a Mental Health Awareness Summit at Soledad High School on Thursday. Speakers included: The Monterey County Behavioral Health, Kacey Rodenbush who spoke to the audience about the following services offered to Soledad Unified School District Students:

  • Suicide Prevention & Response
  • Stress Management
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Trauma-informed Care/Healing
  • Family Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • One to one therapy

Sun Street Centers also shared information about their services at Soledad High School & Main Street Middle School:

  • LifeSkills Training (LST) which educates the students on tobacco, alcohol, and drug use; as well as teachers knowledge and skills that assist with personal development
  • Peer Mentor Groups: Students who are referred by an administrator to visit with the facilitator on a rotating schedule
  • S.T.E.P.S. (Safe Teens Empowerment Program): STEPS is a drug and alcohol prevention peer to peer mentoring after-school program

Other services offered at Soledad USD includes:

Harmony at Home for our elementary students. They include Sticks & Stones. Students are referred to Sticks & Stones to learn healthy ways to express their feelings and are taught how to stay safe at home.

Remember, Soledad Unified School District also provides the following:

  • Counselors at all school sites
  • Family Liaisions
  • Services for Foster & Homeless Students
  • Nurse & LVN
  • Psychologist Services
  • Zones of Regulation (beginning in elementary schools)
  • Deescalation training for staff

The summit was a great success. In attendance were representatives from Assembly member Rios office; County Supervisor, Chris Lopez; Dr. Guss, County Superintendent of Schools; Michael McHatten, City Manager; Tim Vanoli, SUSD Superintendent; Randy Bangs, Associate Superintendent, all our Board Members, staff members, parents and students.

Contact SUSD to learn more about the resources offered to our students! The following individuals can help to identify the proper supports and get students connected to the appropriate personnel:

Randy W. Bangs, Associate Superintendent of Ed Services at:

Kaniz Frank, Student Services Coordinator at:

Wendy Salisbury, School Psychologist at:

Congratulations to the Soledad Youth Council for organizing the event!

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Main Street Middle School Fields

Irrigation is in, let the hydro seeding begin!

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Frank Ledesma Playground Project

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The Carnival is coming to Soledad once again! Save the date for March 12-15, 2020 at Frank Ledesma Elementary. There will be many grant opportunities available for those who volunteer to work at the Carnival. Stay tuned for more information.

Let's talk about the pictures

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The rainbow at Frank Ledesma Elementary

and a rainbow at Jack Franscioni Elementary

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