Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee to meet – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Dixon Unified’s Measure Q Citizens Bond Oversight Committee will meet in Wednesday in Dixon.

Members will hear an overview of existing bond projects from John Calise, the rural school district’s director of facilities and operations.

They also will hear from a guest speaker Anton Jungherr on organizational guidance.

Gary Riddle, a committee member, will offer a report and the committee may take action, according to agenda documents.

Calise will present information about the committee’s website content.

Source: Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee to meet

Mattress company begins school supplies drive for foster youth – The Reporter

Summer vacation is underway, but a new school year is right around the corner.

Consider that classes begin Aug. 9 in Dixon Unified, Aug. 17 for Vacaville Unified, Aug. 21 for Vacaville Christian Schools, and Aug. 23 for Travis Unified.

But for local foster children who might be headed to a new school, this time of year can bring concern about fitting in and keeping up academically. Having the necessary school supplies can help ease their worry and allow them to focus on learning.

To that end, Mattress Firm, the mattress chain store with two outlets in Vacaville, is hosting, through Aug. 27, its School Supply Drive for Foster Kids, offering a simple template for the community to donate, a corporate spokesman said in a press release.

Source: Mattress company begins school supplies drive for foster youth

Friends of the Fair ward six ag scholarships – The Reporter

By Kathy Keatley Garvey

Not many organizations can say, “We have given away $175,000 in college scholarship funds over the last 17 years.”

The Friends of the Dixon May Fair can.

The Friends of the Fair, the service-oriented and fundraising arm of the Dixon May Fair, just presented a total of $12,500 in scholarships to six Solano County residents majoring in an agricultural-related field. The Friends’ philanthropic contributions now totals $175,000.

“We totally support our college students majoring in ag,” said Donnie Huffman of Vacaville, president of the Friends of Fair. The organization raises funds primarily through the sale of beverages sold at the Dixon May Fair.

He and Carrie Hamel of Dixon, the scholarship committee chair, presented the awards to the winners at a recent end-of-the-year barbecue on the fairgrounds.

 

Source: Friends of the Fair ward six ag scholarships

Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee to hold organizational meeting – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Dixon Unified’s Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee will hold its organizational meeting Wednesday at Dixon High School.

The committee, formed in May, will review procedures, policies and guidelines; Brown Act provisions that stipulate the state’s open meetings laws; elect officers (chair, vice chair, secretary, etc.); and set dates for future meetings.

The $30.4 million bond, which will pay for upgrades to the district’s aging schools, passed by more than 55 percent of district voters in November. The money will be used to upgrade the district’s eight campuses, but especially the oldest, such as Old Dixon High, built in 1940, and Anderson Elementary, built in 1949. By law, none of the bond money can be used for administrator or teacher salaries or school operating expenses.

Source: Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee to hold organizational meeting

DHS Athletics updates athletic policy process – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

School may have wrapped up last week, but the Dixon High School Athletic Department is already preparing for the fall.

On June 1, Dixon High officially opened up its brand new registration procedure for prospective student-athletes, offering a method that is almost entirely online.

After facilitating a familiar process that typically included stacks of forms, multiple meetings, and unnecessary questions at times, DHS Athletic Director and teacher Angela West spearheaded the effort to offer a more user-friendly approach.

Dixon High will also be hosting it’s lone mandatory meeting for fall sports on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.. But unlike past years, the mandatory meeting will be broken up into small groups that are led by the coaches of the respective fall sports (cross country, football, water polo, girls golf, girls volleyball, cheer). “It allows the parents to log on and take care of it from home,” said Dixon High Athletics secretary Norma Holtmeyer. “We have probably had a half dozen parents sign their kids up and they said how it was very user friendly. I think in our world, nowadays anyway, a lot of things are online and it’s almost expected.”

 

Source: DHS Athletics updates athletic policy process

Dixon High graduates embark on new journey – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

The scene may have been familiar Saturday morning at Finney Field, but through the eyes of the Dixon High School faculty, the graduating class at Dixon High is truly beyond compare.

With copious amounts of enthusiastic friends and rambunctious family flooding the stands in support of the special group of seniors, the 259 graduates collectively raised the bar to newfound heights for those who will inevitably follow them.

Boasting a school-record of 44 distinguished scholars, the highest GPA in school history and more than 50 seniors earning a wide range of scholarships, Dixon High Principal Nick Girimonte prefaced the ceremony and deemed this group “the most accomplished graduating class in school history.”

Source: Dixon High graduates embark on new journey

Maine Prairie sends off 15 seniors with diplomas – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

“The most wonderful thing about life is that you can always begin again. No matter what ups and downs you are handed in life today, you can always begin again tomorrow.”

Gloria “Nena” Mercado chose this quote from author Raiza Mendoza to be printed in the program and photo slideshow presented at her graduation from Maine Prairie High School Wednesday night in Dixon.

With her 14 fellow graduates, Mercado walked into the Dixon High School theater wearing a maroon cap and gown to celebrate how the Class of 2017 “made the impossible possible,” according to Principal Yvette Ramos.

Source: Maine Prairie sends off 15 seniors with diplomas

Dixon High rallies behind long time coach, teacher – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

Dixon High School has come together and embodied the mantra of a longtime Ram.

With just over a month remaining in his 31 years as a beloved teacher, coach and athletic director at Dixon High School, Tom Crumpacker showed up to school on April 25 and was feeling out of sorts.

After attempting to make it through the day despite his unsettling condition and suspected anemic state, Dixon High Principal Nick Girimonte rushed Crumpacker to the Kaiser Permanante emergency room in Vacaville where they met with doctors and his wife Patty.

Source: Dixon High rallies behind long time coach, teacher

Dixon school leaders to add another member to Measure Q oversight committee – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Dixon Unified leaders, when they meet tonight in a special meeting, are expected to approve the addition of one new member to the Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee, Tad Smith, a scientist.

During a regular meeting last week, trustees approved a list of five members to serve on the committee. They are Julie Mustard, an administrative coordinator; Gary Riddle, a retiree; Robert Strong, a computer network specialist; Andrea Kett, a business owner; and Jack Caldwell, a local manager.

When school bond measures pass in California, citizens oversight committees usually are formed to comply with the requirements of the bond and state law. Its members are appointed volunteers, often from various organizations, in accord with state law, Basically, oversight committees, independent of a school district’s governing board, try to make sure the bond money is being spent wisely on construction projects and is accounted for, by providing period updates to trustees.

Source: Dixon school leaders to add another member to Measure Q oversight committee

Students monitor health of Solano waterways – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano Resource Conservation District announced Thursday that a group of students from Benicia High School completed the last in a series of projects to monitor the health of creeks throughout Solano County.

Nearly 300 high school students participated in the program throughout the year, including students from Fairfield, Vacaville, Dixon, Rio Vista, Vallejo, Jesse Bethel and Benicia high schools, as well as the Mare Island Technology Academy.

The creeks studied included Laurel and Union Avenue Creeks in Fairfield; Alamo and Ulatis Creeks in Vacaville; and Blue Rock Springs, Chabot, Rindler and Sulphur Springs Creeks in Vallejo. The general purpose is to monitor the water quality in different areas throughout the county to help local officials make informed policy decisions, the district stated.

Source: Students monitor health of Solano waterways

Students countywide enjoy special prom at Armijo – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

They stomped and danced and threw beach balls in the air Friday morning all while clad for comfort and celebration.

Must have been the 25th annual prom for students with adapted physical education needs.

Bus after bus arrived from the Vacaville, Dixon and Fairfield-Suisun school districts, each carrying students of all ages who were ready to party.

The celebrants gathered in the Armijo High School gym, passing through entrances strewn with glittery silver stars.

Source: Students countywide enjoy special prom at Armijo

English-learner report, student achievement plan on Dixon Unified agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Dixon Unified leaders, when they meet Thursday, will consider the annual District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) report, approve new courses at C.A. Jacobs Intermediate School, discuss a teacher survey on elementary school reconfiguration, and likely approve the Measure Q Citizen Oversight Committee membership roll.

Mike Walbridge, assistant superintendent of educational services, will present the DELAC report.

Every California public school district, grades K-12, is required to form a DELAC if it has 51 or more English-learner students. The committee is comprised of school staff, parents of English-learner students, other parents and community members who are interested in English-learner programs. The committee advises the district’s governing board (in person, by letters or reports, or through an administrator, on programs and services for English learners).

In the agenda documents, Walbridge noted that an unspecified number of parent members will offer a brief “needs assessment as part of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) stakeholder engagement process.”

 

Source: English-learner report, student achievement plan on Dixon Unified agenda

Measure Q items, charter school petition on DUSD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Business related to Measure Q, the $30.4 million bond approved by voters in November, and a public hearing on the Norcal Trade and Tech Center Charter School petition are on the agenda when Dixon Unified leaders meet tonight in Dixon.

The five-member governing board is expected to approve a $864,000 contract with LPA Inc. for design services related to the modernization of Old Dixon High, built in 1940 when Franklin Roosevelt was president. LPA is an architectural firm with offices in California and Texas, from Sacramento and San Diego to Dallas and San Antonio.

Later in the meeting, trustees also are expected to approve some additional applicants to serve on the Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure Q. Typically, bond oversight committees are tasked with being stewards of the money, delivering periodic updates to the governing board on how the money is being spent. Agenda documents did not list the names of the applicants, but two were approved in March, one in April, and Superintendent Brian Dolan, noted the latest applicants bring the committee closer to being fully staffed.

Source: Measure Q items, charter school petition on DUSD agenda

Waelbrock, Porter, Solano County’s educators of the year – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Golden Hills Education Center Teacher Judith Waelbrock was announced Tuesday as Solano County’s 2017-18 teacher of the year.

Angela Porter, Benicia Middle School campus monitor, was chosen as the county’s classified school employee of the year.

“You promote collaboration and teamwork, and you step up to the challenges,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said to Waelbrock, Porter and the 11 other candidates who had earlier been named by their school districts.

Source: Waelbrock, Porter, Solano County’s educators of the year

Celebration honors Solano educators of the year – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education will honor 13 school district employees who have been selected as 2017-18 educators of the year.

The celebration will begin at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center at 611 Village Drive in Suisun City.

Source: Celebration honors Solano educators of the year

Country singer Jon Pardi surprises seniors at Dixon High – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

Dixon High School students got a surprise concert Wednesday from country singer-songwriter Jon Pardi.

The 31-year-old Dixon High alumnus returned to his alma mater for Decision Day, an event celebrating the school’s seniors and where they will be going after high school.

“I’m glad to be back,” Pardi told The Reporter. “I’m glad to see old faces and welcome a new class.”

Growing up in Dixon, Pardi sang at every junior high and high school graduation and performed several times at the Dixon May Fair.

Source: Country singer Jon Pardi surprises seniors at Dixon High

Solano County Educator of the Year nominees announced – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

BHS math teacher, BMS campus supervisor in running

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) announced its nominees for the county’s Educators of the Year Award. Two Benicia Unified School District employees are in the running.This year, 13 employees from each of the county’s school district are eligible, including teachers and support staff. Representing BUSD are Lee Anne Aidt, a math teacher at Benicia High School; and Angela Porter, a campus supervisor at Benicia Middle School.Also nominated are:

*Martha Salazar, a reading and English Language Development teacher at Anderson Elementary School in Dixon.

*Debbie Thiessen, the food service coordinator at Dixon High School.

*Cindy Lederer, a physical education teacher at multiple sites in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District.

Source: Solano County Educator of the Year nominees announced

Event set in Suisun to honor Solano educators – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education will honor 13 school district employees who have been selected as 2017-18 educators of the year.

The celebration will begin at 5:15 p.m. May 2 at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center at 611 Village Drive in Suisun City.

One educator will also be selected as Solano County’s nominee for the state educator of the year.

Source: Event set in Suisun to honor Solano educators

SCC, area high schools set graduation dates – The Reporter

Warmer spring days mean area high school and community college graduations are being noted on calendars in central and eastern Solano County.

By chronological date, here is a list of local high school and the Solano Community College graduation times, dates and locations:

  • Solano Community College — 6 p.m. May 25 in the football stadium, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield.
  • Vacaville Christian High School — 7 p.m. May 25, Falcon Field, 821 Marshall Road, Vacaville.
  • Vacaville Unified Adult Education — 7 p.m. May 30, Catwalk Theatre, Will C. Wood High, 998 Marshall Road, Vacaville.
  • Maine Prairie High School — 6 p.m. May 31, Dixon High School Theater, 555 College Way, Dixon

Source: SCC, area high schools set graduation dates

Dixon Unified leaders to name bond measure oversight committee members – The Reporter

The members’ appointments come nearly five months after voters approved the $30.4 million bond that will pay for upgrades to several aging schools, including Old Dixon High, built in 1940, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, and Anderson Elementary, built in 1949, when Harry Truman was president.

School bond oversight committees consist of volunteers whose mission includes service as stewards of the money and delivery of periodic updates to the governing board.

Trustees will meet in open session at 7:45 p.m. in the City Council chamber, 600 East A St., Dixon.

Source: Dixon Unified leaders to name bond measure oversight committee members