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Sophie O'Rourke and Jace Hyer with County Superintendent of Schools, Michael Watkins

And what a day it was! Our very own Sophie O'Rourke (3rd grade) and Jace Hyer (4th grade) were treated to a day with Superintendent Morgenstern and received the 'royal treatment' from the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (COE). Sophie and Jace are still talking about their October 7th tour of the COE and both describe it as an "awesome day!" They were treated to: meetings with tour leader Associate Superintendent Mary Anne James; visitations to numerous busy COE departments; a special 'insider visit' to the technology complex, and more. Their highlight was a chance of a lifetime 'consultation' with County Superintendent of Schools Michael Watkins! They will long remember meeting with these important people and seeing how the needs of 40,000 students are taken care of at the COE.

Here was their schedule of events:

  • 9:30 Planning Meeting with Superintendent Morgenstern
    • Outcome:
      • Provide feedback on the architectural design for summer classroom replacement projects
      • Approve upcoming staff and Board agendas
  • ​​10:30 Tour of the COE
    • Outcome:
      • Meet busy and important people
      • Receive lots of wonderful gifts and surprises
      • Consult with the Superintendent Michael Watkins!​
  • 12:00 Business lunch with Superintendent Morgenstern
  •   2:00 Final wrap up, thank you notes, and hugs for a special day!

In public education, we are all in the inspiration business. Mountain Elementary School District wishes to thank the many wonderful COE staff members who inspired these future leaders and reminded us all that it's about 'making the impossible possible' for all children. Sophie and Jace will always remember their day with the 'VIPs' at the COE.

In appreciation, Diane Morgenstern, Superintendent, Mountain ESD