By Arletta Kelley Cortright
The Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program is looking for local high school students with an interest in Japan to be part of next summer’s three-week student exchange visit to Fairfield’s sister city.
Interested students and their parents are invited to attend an information meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive.
Any high school student in the Fairfield-Suisun School District or Travis School District is eligible to apply to be part of the summer exchange delegation, as well as high school student residents of Fairfield who attend schools outside of the two districts.
Source: Student exchange to Japan info meeting set
By Brian Miller, Paul Nguyen and Tim Goree
Children are the future: future leaders, entrepreneurs, and workers.
Education and investment into schools are fundamental factors of a community’s economic and workforce development engine. A community that produces an educated and skilled labor force and features successful schools creates a more attractive place for residents, businesses, and future employers.
With the adoption of the Heart of Fairfield Plan in 2017, the city began a new effort to strengthen and enhance the traditional center of the city. The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is an important partner in this effort, and is investing in local schools that serve the “Heart of Fairfield.”
Source: Economic Notes: Schools doing their part to improve Downtown Fairfield
On Saturday, November 3rd, the Rodriguez HS Entertainment Unit (REU) attended the 15th Annual Folsom High School Fall Festival. This competition featured the Field Show element only. The band did exceptionally well, especially in the Field Conducting category. The Drum Majors placed 1st in our Division (5A) for Field Conducting and also received the honor of High Field Conducting, which is the equivalent of a Sweepstakes award, overall. The band also earned three 2nd place trophies: Field Show Division 5A, Brass overall, and Woodwinds overall. The percussion unit, comprised of Drumline and Front Ensemble, earned a solid 3rd place overall. Color Guard placed 3rd overall although there was no trophy awarded for this particular placement at this specific competition. The REU took home a total of six trophies. Well done all!
Source: Good News: RHSEU: Fantastic Field Conducting
By Daily Republic Staff
More than 150 Solano and Napa high school students will tour trade training centers Friday, including two in Fairfield and one in Benicia.
The Carpenters 46 Northern and Sheetmetal Workers Local 104, both in Fairfield, and the Heat and Frost Insulators Local 16 in Benicia are stops on the tour.
“This partnership is based on a commitment to make graduating students aware of excellent career options in our area. The tour is a great experience for them, as they are able to use specialized tools and ask questions directly to labor leaders and trainers,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement released Thursday.
Source: Fairfield, Benicia trade center tour focus on Solano, Napa high schoolers
By Paul Farmer
Teams for whom Peyton Bailey plays just seem to do better.
The Fairfield High football team was 5-5 his senior year in 2015, when he made the All-Solano County Athletic Conference first team on defense, second team on offense. The Falcons have gone 2-26 since.
Sacramento City College was 6-5 in 2016 and 8-3 in 2017 in his two years with the Panthers, 3-7 the year before he got there, 4-5 this season.
Prior to 2018, Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, had never had a winning season in football since beginning play in 2004. Its high-water mark was 5-6 in 2006, its longest winning streak two games – attained four times.
Source: FHS grad Peyton Bailey adds spark to Briar Cliff Chargers
By Daily Republic Staff
Rodriguez High has a new mural, thanks to the efforts of AP art teacher Lynne Larsen and her students.
It’s the first student-painted mural at the high school.
Each student had the opportunity to be part of the work by completing the mural class assignment. Larsen presented the finished works to the administration and owner of the proposed mural location.
The concept from Nyla Fukushima, a 16-year-old junior, was chosen.
Source: Rodriguez art students conceive, create first mural
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
The halls were alive with the sound of music Wednesday morning as approximately 80 kindergartners walked around Fairfield Post-Acute Rehab while singing a happy Halloween tune.
Lou Anderson, who has called the center home for six years, greeted the youngsters and their parent and teacher chaperones. She sat to the left of the entry door in a Queen of Hearts costume.
Anderson pulled together what she had on hand, a dress with hearts on it, a pink turban and a cat eye mask she made in arts and crafts.
“I sort of cobbled it together,” she said.
The annual visit makes residents happy, she said. The children seem to enjoy it also, she said. It’s also a trek down memory lane.
Source: Fairfield school, post-acute rehab continue 34-year Halloween tradition
By Richard Bammer
For her entry to the 2018 Constitution Essay Contest, Katrina Husby wrote: “All citizens have the right to certain liberties while protected by the rule of law that does not permit one dictator or monarch to change the laws. Civil liberties are protected by the rule of law, because the government must also be in accordance with the law.”
As expressed in those sentences, her incisive thoughts were enough for judges to award Husby, an eighth-grader at Vacaville Christian Middle School, the $300 grand prize in the middle school division of the seventh annual countywide contest. Her essay, one among 44 entered by students at the Vacaville parochial school, also earned the $100 best of school honor for exploring the essay topic: Why must the rule of law be upheld equally to preserve the liberties we enjoy as Americans today?
VCMS English teacher Val Marchione believes the judges selected Husby’s essay because it was “well-crafted.”
Source: Vaca middle school student, others win Constitution Essay Contest – The Reporter
By Tim Goree
The Inspire Program has been chosen as one of 51 recipients of the state’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards, now in their 39th year, are sponsored by the California School Boards Association to recognize outstanding public school programs for innovation, sustainability and best practices that facilitate positive student outcomes. Inspire will receive its award at a recognition reception and ceremony on Thursday, November 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis located at 780 Mission Street.
Inspire is a collaborative network that includes local cities, chambers of commerce, businesses, government entities, public school districts, county offices of education, and workforce development agencies. Its mission is to motivate students to find their passion and pursue their occupational dreams within their own community by building and leveraging strong community partnerships.
Source: Press Release: Inspire Program Recognized with Top Statewide Educational Honor
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
If you purchased “Incredibles 2” when it came out on digital format Tuesday, look closely at the credits, particularly the animators.
Among them is Suisun Elementary, Grange Middle School and Armijo High graduate Frank Abney III.
The married father of two is starting work on Pixar’s “Toy Story 4.”
It was the first “Incredibles” flick, released in 2004, that got Abney interested in computer-generated imagery. Abney was studying animation.
“It was something that turned the corner for me,” he said. “It was the first film that showed me what that medium could do.”
Getting to work on the second “Incredibles” was a “dream come true.” He got to work with amazing artists as well as Brad Bird, who directed the flick.
Source: ‘Incredible:’ Armijo High graduate working on ‘Toy Story 4’
By Tim Goree
Every 8th grader in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District visited the Kroc Center in Suisun City on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 for a unique opportunity to interactively explore future career paths. That’s over 1,600 students.
It’s the 4th annual Inspire: Dreams Start Now event for the Fairfield-Suisun area, a program developed in collaboration with Vacaville Unified School District, Travis Unified School District, Dixon Unified School District, Solano County Office of Education, Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, Dixon Chamber of Commerce, Solano Economic Development Corporation, Solano Workforce Development Board, and many other government agencies and commercial companies in Solano County.
Source: Inspire: Dreams Start Now 2018
By RHSEU Boosters Communication Officer
There are three outstanding high school marching bands in the Fairfield Suisun Unified School District led by three outstanding directors. Scott Miller leads the Rodriguez High School Entertainment Unit, Louise Jacob leads the Armijo Super Band, and Brian Swetland leads the Fairfield High Scarlet Brigade. All three directors work steadfastly to provide the “ultimate experience in musicianship, teamwork, and leadership.” (– Fairfield HS, Scarlet Brigade website). Even though I only speak for the REU, I know we recognize the important force these three adults play in our children’s lives. Today we would like to give thanks to these marvelous teachers who help guide and inspire the students in our community, even before they get to high school.
Thank you, band directors, for instilling a sense of responsibility, pride, honor, work ethics, high standards, and moral fiber in the young citizens of our community. We think with such great training they have a better chance to go into the world as successful contributors to our society! Keep up the good work.
Source: Good News: A Spectacular Trio
By Glen Faison
Hundreds of children from kindergarten through eighth grade swarmed Laurel Creek Park to push themselves to the limit Wednesday during the 42nd annual Doug Butt Run.
Among them were Eli Blunt, 9, a fourth-grader at Browns Valley Elementary School, and Joseph Ortega, 13, an eighth-grader at B. Gale Wilson Middle School.
Both were there to run, but for different reasons. Young Eli – who says he’s a soccer player and not really a runner – was there mostly for the fun of it. Ortega was there to push himself to a 5-minute time on the 1-mile cross-country course set up at the park.
Source: Young runners swarm Laurel Creek Park for Doug Butt Run
By Nick Sestanovich
Students at Anna Kyle Elementary School in Fairfield gained a whole lot of civic knowledge when Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, stopped by Wednesday morning to answer questions on the political process.
Garamendi, whose congressional district includes Fairfield and Vacaville, visited area schools that morning to host conversations on educational policy and civic engagement with the youth of Fairfield. The congressman began his tour by visiting Anna Kyle, where students in third through fifth-grade came prepared to ask him their burning questions on government, a topic they were studying in social studies.
An introduction was delivered by Principal Steve Philips, who recognized local dignitaries in attendance, including Kris Corey, the superintendent of Fairfield-Suisun Unified School Distrct; and Judi Honeychurch, vice president of the Fairfield-Suisun school board. He then turned the microphone over to third-grade teacher Thomas Warsaw, who spearheaded Garamendi’s visit.
Source: Garamendi speaks to students about civic involvement – The Reporter
By Bill Hicks
Area high school marching band participants could soon be earning PE credit as they practice their halftime routines if the advocates who spoke during Thursday night’s Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board meeting have anything to say about it.
The board currently is mulling an idea in place by a handful of surrounding school districts that allows the repetitive and sometimes rigorous physical training involved in marching band field shows – and parade events – to be counted as adequately meeting physical education requirements.
Parents and others affiliated with the district’s band programs testified to the board that band members can put in as many as 90-plus hours of training in the two weeks prior to the start of school, as well as 12- to 13-hour days of marching and loading/offloading of bulky band equipment during weekend competitions.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun band members could soon march for PE credit
By Susan Hiland
The Empty Bowls fundraising dinner Saturday for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has grown over the past two years, thanks to the help of some teens from the community.
Olivia Frenkel of Rodriguez High School and Alec Merodio of Armijo High School assisted in serving the dinner a couple of years ago as part of the Suisun Valley 4-H.
“We saw that the event could be improved and made better,” Frenkel said.
Updating the marketing materials was first on the agenda.
Source: Students help make Empty Bowl fundraiser a success
By Bill Hicks
The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board voted unanimously Thursday to move forward with an application for grant funding via Proposition 51 that would allow for the improvement and upgrade of Career Technical Education facilities at Armijo High School, as well as the establishment of a welding vocational program.
If approved, the grants would provide the district with as much as $2.7 million for the CTE upgrades at Armijo.
School districts throughout the country turned their focus at some point in the past away from traditional vocational programs in favor of programs oriented on getting students prepared for college.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun board approves pursuit of $2.7M in grants to boost vocational ed
By Bill Hicks
The Fairfield-Suisun School District’s governing board heard a progress report Thursday about the district’s 2018 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress.
The report broke down the district’s performance in both language arts and mathematics – both of which were relatively flat compared to scores from 2017, according to Sheila McCabe with the district’s Educational Services division.
The flat test scores were not bad news but not the sort of good news the district had been pursuing, McCabe said.
Source: Report: Fairfield-Suisun student assessment scores flat
By Daily Republic Staff
Trustees of the Fairfield-Suisun School District will be asked Thursday to give the green light to seek a pair of grants to help pay for nearly $5.5 million in planned upgrades to the wood shop and welding shop areas at Armijo High School.
The district’s Educational Services Department and Facilities Department have been working together since May to develop a facilities modernization project that will enhance and expand the Building Trades pathway at Armijo.
Staff is seeking permission from the board to submit a grant that will provide half the money needed for a $2.7 million facility project that includes upgrades to the wood shop facility, according to a staff report. Staff is also seeking leave to submit a grant that will provide half the money needed for a $2.7 million facility project that includes upgrades to the school’s welding shop facilities, according to a separate staff report.
Source: School board considers grants to help fund $5.5M in shop upgrades at Armijo
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
More than a dozen candidates for local city councils, mayor duties and school board gathered Monday night for a candidates forum hosted by St. Stephen Christian-Methodist-Episcopal Church.
Each was allotted three minutes to introduce themselves, talk about their platform and answer a dedicated question.
Candidates were asked how they would encourage economic development within their own cities.
Source: Candidate’s forum attracts council, mayoral, school board hopefuls