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Ed Dept unveils proposed accreditation rules | Education Dive

By Natalie Schwartz

The proposal resulted from a negotiated rulemaking session earlier this year that covered wide-ranging issues in higher education, including accreditation, online education and faith-based schools. Although negotiators reached consensus, some say the Ed Department failed to give consumer protection advocates a seat at the table.

The department’s 400-plus pages of proposed regulations would make it easier for colleges to get program approval, give accreditors more leeway over taking action against institutions, and ease federal review of accrediting bodies.

Source: Ed Dept unveils proposed accreditation rules | Education Dive

New CDE Division Directors Appointed – Year 2019 (CA Dept of Education)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that he has appointed new directors for the California Department of Education (CDE) Improvement and Accountability Division (IAD) and Career and College Transition Division (CCTD).

Denise Parnell, E.D., an expert administrator of student support services, will lead the IAD.

Pradeep Kotamraju, Ph.D., a nationally recognized researcher in career technical education (CTE), will head the CCTD.

“Dr. Parnell and Dr. Kotamraju are two established and highly regarded educators in their fields,” said Thurmond. “Both bring extensive experience, knowledge, and unique perspectives to their new positions. They are welcome additions to the CDE team, and their leadership will enable the work that supports and improves educational opportunities for all of our students to continue.”

Source: New CDE Division Directors Appointed – Year 2019 (CA Dept of Education)

Vallejo graduating class from Elmer Cave Language Academy makes history – Times-Herald

By Vallejo Times Herald

On Friday, 24 eighth-graders graduated from Vallejo’s first Spanish dual-immersion public TK-8 school, Elmer Cave Language Academy, teacher James Quinn said.

The graduation event was held at the Vallejo Community Center.

Making Cave unique is its providing the foundation for biliteracy — and thereby opening “numerous doors of opportunity” for its graduates, Quinn said.

Source: Vallejo graduating class from Elmer Cave Language Academy makes history – Times-Herald

Spare the Air Day on Tuesday for Vallejo students – Times-Herald

By Vallejo Times Herald

With temperatures heating up, Vallejo school district officials are keeping an eye on students and a third Spare the Air Alert was issued in as many days.

“We will monitor the situation,” Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Adam Clark said Monday. “It is currently 90 degrees. Luckily, most of our schools have an early release today. Things we would do if it gets too hot includes limiting outdoor activity.”

Nevertheless, as the Bay Area Air Quality management District issued its third Spare the Air day in three days — the third this year — residents are urged to find alternatives to driving alone.

Source: Spare the Air Day on Tuesday for Vallejo students – Times-Herald

Center taps Vanden High teacher for prestigious workshop – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Vanden High teacher Andrea Terry has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Workshop for Teachers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Tsongas Industrial History Center.

The weeklong workshop is titled, “Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience.” Terry was one of 36 teachers selected from 199 applicants from around the United States.

Source: Center taps Vanden High teacher for prestigious workshop

Wood High graduates Class of 2019 – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Will C. Wood High School sent 348 of its graduating seniors out into the world Friday night amid cheers, applause and a few air horns as the students came up to accept their diplomas.

“I have looked forward to this moment from the first time that I stepped on this campus,” said Class of 2019 graduate and Valedictorian Kendal Hiemke.

She was just one of many graduates who lauded what they called “their Wildcat family.”

Source: Wood High graduates Class of 2019

Health challenge keeps student at home last semester of high school – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Aswani Ulloa-Lopez was about halfway through her senior year of high school when doctors diagnosed her with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.

At a time when most young women were looking forward to prom, senior trips and all the trimmings that come in the last semester of high school, she would be on the receiving end of chemotherapy.

Source: Graduation 2019: Health challenge keeps student at home last semester of high school

Joyous last hurrah for ‘super relieved’ Buckingham seniors – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Yellow daisies ringing her mortarboard, a string of blossoms hanging from her neck and her high school diploma in hand, Lilly Orr looked deeply satisfied Friday morning for a number of reasons.

One was the two-hour Buckingham Charter High graduation ceremony that ended shortly after noon and she and her mother were exiting The Mission, where the school’s 25th annual event was held, and her high school days were only moments — but, happily, permanent ones — behind her.

Another was Orr appeared ready to leave the Leisure Town Road church to have lunch with family; and still another was the prospect of a graduation party with classmates.

Source: Joyous last hurrah for ‘super relieved’ Buckingham seniors – The Reporter

Dixon High fetes its graduates – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Smiles were big and excitement was high despite seeming gale-force winds Saturday morning as Dixon High School’s Class of 2019 marched onto Finney Field one last time.

Clad in emerald green caps and gowns, nearly 250 young men and women descended onto the green amid cheers, spinning wooden noisemakers and crowds waving everything from balloons to flowers, photos to signs, a plush Pikachu and a rainbow-striped donkey pinata.

Throughout the ceremony, the sounds of air horns rent the air and explosions of confetti showered the bleachers and nearby track with bits and pieces of vibrantly colored paper.

Source: Dixon High fetes its graduates – The Reporter

Vanden graduates begin next step of their life voyage – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

A slight wind may have been blowing, but that did not stop Vanden High School’s graduating Vikings from setting course for new adventures at their commencement ceremony Friday.

George A. Gammon Field was awash in green and yellow caps and gowns as the Class of 2019 had one look back at the pivotal previous four years and looked forward at the journeys ahead.

Following the “Pomp and Circumstance” procession, presentation of colors by Vanden’s JROTC and performance of the national anthem by the school band, Senior Class President Alejandra Diaz reflected on the last four years and she chose a creative way to do it.

Source: Vanden graduates begin next step of their life voyage – The Reporter

Vacaville High graduates lose caps but not their focus on future – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

The parking lots and side streets filled up early, as did the grandstands on a beautiful sunny but windy Saturday morning at Tom Zunino Stadium for the graduation ceremonies for the Vacaville High School Class of 2019.

As the graduating seniors, clad in black caps and gowns with orange stoles, walked in accompanied by the school Symphonic Orchestra’s rendition of the traditional “Fanfare and Processional,” the wind kicked up dust storms from the surrounding track and blew off some of the graduates’ caps. It took several repetitions of the fanfare before all 420 graduates arrived at their seats in the center of the football field.

Source: Vacaville High graduates lose caps but not their focus on future – The Reporter

Vanden High grads ready to celebrate infinite possibilities- Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Sanae Orme will have lots of memories of her four years at Vanden High School, but one will stick out more than the others.

That was being able to play softball with her older sister, Dariana, on a team that came one win shy of winning a Sac-Joaquin Section title.

Orme, 17, of Vacaville, is also proud of being the third sibling in her family to graduate a Viking: Kevin Orme in 2011 and Dariana Orme in 2018.

Source: Vanden High grads ready to celebrate infinite possibilities

Rodriguez grads boast ‘perfect recipe’ for success – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

The Rodriguez High graduating Class of 2019 – which included Rodriguez graduates and more than 40 Early College High School graduates – has what Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey called “the perfect recipe” for success.

Indeed, the departing Mustangs, in the wisdom shared Friday by a wide array of speakers, reflected on past, present and future.

Valedictorian Rebekah Kim noted the graduation ceremony wasn’t only a tribute to the students’ time at Rodriguez together. It was, instead, a reflection of “not only the past four years . . . but the past 18,” Kim said.

Source: Rodriguez grads boast ‘perfect recipe’ for success

First students to enter PSA leave with high school diplomas – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Margaret Clark was one of the first inside Willow Hall on Friday afternoon. She quickly secured a seat and patiently waited as her daughter Xiana Emerson’s name was called as one the 76 graduates from the Public Safety Academy.

Clark’s only child dreams of becoming a nurse.

“She’s kind of shy,” Clark said. “Now she’s getting over her shyness.”

Emerson was a member of the first class at PSA. The class that established the familial culture at the school, said Principal Laurie Halcomb. She came on board as they were finishing eighth grade.

Source: First students to enter PSA leave with high school diplomas

Slow journey of TEC grads has not yet stopped – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

With blue robes and blue mortarboards – some wearing leis, and at least one weighed down with an assortment of neck ware – the graduates of the Travis Education Center on Friday afternoon were greeted by a packed house with cheers and loud hoots as they gamboled down the center aisles of the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre.

Sixty-one graduates – most from TEC, but some from the Community Day School and others from the Independent Studies program – assembled on the theater stage. Thirteen of the students were juniors graduating a full year early. Others actually need to finish their studies over the summer.

Source: Slow journey of TEC grads has not yet stopped

Buckingham sends 25th graduating class out into world – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Jerry and Donna Leavitt traveled from Temecula to watch their grandson Ryan LeFleur walk across the stage at the Mission on Friday with his fellow graduates from Buckingham Charter Magnet High School.

“He’s big time into robotics,” Donna Leavitt said. “He wants to be an engineer.”

After a trip to Peru with the school, LeFleur may attend summer school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He’s already been accepted there on full scholarship, Donna Leavitt said.

Source: Buckingham sends 25th graduating class out into world

Fairfield High senior Falcons soar into future – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Hugs, kisses, balloons and flowers enveloped graduating seniors of Fairfield High School’s Class of 2019 on Friday for their final act as high school students.

Tanner Redic, 17, looked back on the past four years of his life noting that he had a good experience and got to meet a lot of new people.

From his first day of school where about 30 students piled into his friend’s truck for a picture to the last day, it has been a memorable final year, he said.

Source: Fairfield High senior Falcons soar into future

Vanden High graduate’s past a mirror into her future – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Carol Mulumba is a healthy 18-year-old, and a recent graduate from Vanden High School.

Like many of her 350-plus classmates at the Travis Air Force Base-fed school, she has traveled extensively, following, in her case, her mother from one military assignment to another.

Mulumba was born in Maryland, and has lived in four other states largely due to Air Force orders.

She enjoys music, with a current affinity for Adele, but don’t be surprised if you find her listening to Frank Sinatra or Etta James. She likes to write fiction, with eyes gazing to the stars, and she caught the theater bug as a senior.

Source: Graduation 2019: Vanden High graduate’s past a mirror into her future

Rodriguez senior an inspirational sign to others – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

For graduating seniors, hearing their name called at graduation is the biggest moment of their young lives.

Not for Rodriguez senior Ali Hussain.

True, graduation is a big moment – and a remarkable achievement given all he’s overcome – but Hussain won’t hear his name called at graduation. That’s not because he won’t graduate, it’s because he is deaf.

The cheers and adulation that flood over graduates as they walk across the stage to receive their diploma might be absent from Hussain’s experience, but the magnitude of the accomplishment is just as great, if not greater, than the other graduates.

Source: Graduation 2019: Rodriguez senior an inspirational sign to others

Mother’s death took a toll, then became inspiration to finish high school

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

It’s been a rough few years for Shakir Howard.

His mother was killed in a car accident at the beginning of his junior year.

Sonya Barron was always in the crowd at basketball games to cheer him on. She had returned to school planning a new career to boost the family finances.

“She was always there for me every day,” Shakir Howard said.

He learned about her death in a classroom.

Source: Graduation 2019: Mother’s death took a toll, then became inspiration to finish high school