Solano County shrouded in creativity – Times-Herald

By Chris Riley

People look at pieces of art, including this Best in Show for Division 4 piece titled ‘Shrouded’ by Liana Wong of Armijo High on Saturday. This came during the Solano County Office of Education in partnership with the Solano County Fairgrounds’ 2019 Solano County Student Art show in Vallejo.

Source: Solano County shrouded in creativity – Times-Herald

Solano special needs students dance the morning away at annual prom – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Over at Armijo High School’s gym, the bass was thumping and fists were pumping for Solano County’s annual prom Friday morning for students with special needs, which proved to be a good time for all.

With the theme being “An Evening in the Enchanted Garden,” the room was strewn with flowers and images of iconic Disney fairies. The feeling of a magic garden was captured as special needs students throughout the county got to dress in their finest outfits, play games and dance to their hearts’ content, all while getting to be themselves.

Lynne Lee, a teacher in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s adapted physical education department, said the event started more than 25 years ago.

Source: Solano special needs students dance the morning away at annual prom – The Reporter

District honors Fairfield, Suisun’s best, brightest – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Their futures include schools that run the gamut from the California Polytechnic State University to Johns Hopkins University – and a whole lot of University of California, Davis.

The planned future careers include neuroscience, early childhood development and environmental policy law to the U.S.s Army, Doctors Without Borders and missionary work in Australia.

Looking out on this year’s 130-strong field of Fairfield-Suisun School District Highest Honors recipients, Superintendent Kris Corey could not help but say “that is a long line of really smart kids.”

Source: District honors Fairfield, Suisun’s best, brightest

Special needs students get day to themselves at Dixon May Fair – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

In the late morning hours Friday, special education students throughout Solano County got to have the Dixon May Fair all to themselves, enjoying the rides, livestock exhibitions and food — hours before the fair officially opened for the day.

The event, held by local Rotary Clubs throughout the county in conjunction with the Solano County Office of Education, has been a staple for 26 years. Bill Seiden, event chair and member of the Vacaville Noon Rotary Club, said it started in 1993 as a fishing derby.

“There had been a previous history of a special needs gathering at the May Fair,” he said. “When I learned that, we decided to move it here as a Special Needs Day at the fair, and we’ve been doing it ever since.”

Source: Special needs students get day to themselves at Dixon May Fair – The Reporter

Solano schools honor Benicia teacher, Vacaville custodian – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

School districts throughout the county, by way of an event organized by the Solano County Office of Education, came together Tuesday to honor all teachers and support staff by recognizing some of the best in their positions.

Callison Elementary School’s DJ Stilwell, a custodian, was recognized with an educator of the year award, as was Benicia High School’s Matt O’Reilly, an arts and design teacher.

The Solano County Office of Education Educators of the Year Awards Ceremony, held at Suisun City’s Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, honored teachers of the year in each district, as well as support workers, which range from clerical, maintenance, student nutrition and similar roles.

Source: Solano schools honor Benicia teacher, Vacaville custodian

US News Best High Schools 2019: FSUSD Schools On List | Suisun City, CA Patch

By Maggie Avants

Public Safety Academy in Fairfield is among the best high schools in America, U.S. News & World Report said Tuesday in its most comprehensive ranking yet of the nation’s high schools. More than 17,000 schools are ranked, an increase from 2,700 last year.

Public Safety Academy ranked 1,492nd nationally and 226th among California schools in the 2019 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings. Public Safety Academy, with an 84-percent AP (Advanced Placement) participation rate and a 98-percent graduation rate, was ranked the highest among Solano County schools.

Source: US News Best High Schools 2019: Fairfield-Suisun Schools On List | Suisun City, CA Patch

School board votes to replace Armijo Indian mascot – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

The days of students at Armijo High School rooting for an Indian as their mascot are coming to an end following a unanimous vote Thursday by the Fairfield-Suisun School District board to accept a mascot committee’s recommendation that the Indian name be replaced.

The board voted after a longer-than-usual public comment period, which the board granted after 18 different speakers had petitioned to speak. Normally, speakers are limited to three minutes and the public commentary period capped at 20 minutes, but the board voted to allow all speakers a chance to talk, but cut the speaking time from three minutes per person to two.

Source: School board votes to replace Armijo Indian mascot

School board to consider committee’s Armijo moniker recommendation – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees are scheduled to review and potentially approve a recommendation to eliminate the Armijo High School Indian mascot when the school board meets Thursday.

Tim Goree and Bob Ferguson are scheduled to present the item to the governing board.

A special committee organized by the school board for the purposes of examining a potential change for the Armijo High mascot voted 11-4 April 4 in favor of recommending to the board that the mascot for Armijo be changed from the current term Indians.

Source: School board to consider committee’s Armijo moniker recommendation

Rodriguez High thespians invite people ‘Into the Woods’ – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Rodriguez High School Theatre Group presents the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner for Best Book and Outstanding Musical, “Into The Woods.”

Comedy, romance and the rush to fulfill one’s wish are only a few of the things that can be found in this recreation of a classic.

A baker (Jaron Watson) and his wife (Ananya Yogi) struggle to collect four ingredients from four very well-known fairy tales for a witch (Joelle McAnally) so that they might have a curse lifted and finally have a child.

Source: Rodriguez High thespians invite people ‘Into the Woods’

Armijo High School’s Robotics Team Qualifies for World Championships Again – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

“Indigo Dynamics” from Armijo High School has consistently been a top performing organization in our local VEX Robotics community since the program first started at Grange Middle School. Indigo Dynamics has attended the VEX Robotics World Championship for the past 3 years, making this their fourth consecutive qualifying year.

The VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, brings together top 3% of robotics teams from around the world under one roof to celebrate their accomplishments and compete.

VEX Robotics competition is not exactly what you would expect in that the robots do not battle each other. The “game” played by the robots is different every year; students have to come up with a new design each year to fit the game’s rules and standards.

Source: Armijo High School’s Robotics Team Qualifies for World Championships Again

13th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony – Daily Republic

The 13th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM at the Solano County Office of Education located at 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield.

CAC Awards are presented to educators, youth, and community members for outstanding service to students with special needs. Award recipients are from each school district within the Solano County Special Education Local Plan Area: Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis, and Vacaville Unified School Districts, as well as the Solano County Office of Education.

Source: 13th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony

Fairfield-Suisun athletes compete in first middle school Special Olympics – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

With 2019 being an odd-numbered year, one would assume there are no Olympics games being held. This was not the case at Rodriguez High School Thursday morning.

For the fourth year in a row, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District and the Special Olympics of Northern California came together to provide an assortment of track & field games and competitions for special needs and special education students in the district. In the past, elementary and high school students have had their own Special Olympics events, but this was the first year with an event exclusively for middle schoolers. Teams from the six participating schools — B. Gale Wilson, Crystal Middle School, David Weir K-8 Preparatory Academy, Grange Middle School, Green Valley Middle School and Oakbrook Academy of the Arts — paraded down the Rodriguez track, holding up banners as crowds cheered them on while Leo Arnaud’s “Bugler’s Dream” — best known as the Olympics theme — blared from the speakers.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun athletes compete in first middle school Special Olympics track event – The Reporter

‘Dancing With the Stars’ event raises money for Oakbrook Academy – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Oakbrook Academy of the Arts will host its annual “Dancing with the Stars” event Saturday at the Joseph A. Nelson Center, 611 Village Drive.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and features six of Oakbrook’s Dancing Dolphin students, each of whom will be paired with local community leaders to present a “Dancing With the Dolphin Stars” showcase.

Community leaders donating their time are Lori Wilson, Suisun City mayor; Sheila McCabe, Fairfield-Suisun School District deputy superintendent; Clarence Isadore, Rodriguez High School principal; Master Sgt. Viviana Gatica from Travis Air Force Base; Rachael Figueroa, Solano County deputy sheriff; Drew Kostal, Vacaville fire chief; and Mark and Jesse Borbe, salsa dancing brothers.

Source: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ event raises money for Oakbrook Academy

Will science, engineering fair yield tomorrow’s scientists? – Times-Herald

By Richard Bammer

The numbers of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, have taken a quantum jump.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2010 and 2020 employment in science and engineering will grow by nearly 19 percent, compared to 14 percent for all other occupations.

And, as widely reported in the media, this rapid growth has created a STEM worker shortage in the United States.To address this shortage, the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) has joined widespread educator efforts to boost interest in STEM among students.

Source: Will science, engineering fair yield tomorrow’s scientists? – Times-Herald

Committee votes for Armijo mascot change – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

A special committee organized by the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s governing board for the purposes of examining a potential change for the Armijo High mascot voted 11-4 Thursday in favor of recommending to the board that the mascot for Armijo be changed from the current term Indians.

The committee was comprised of current and former Armijo students, representatives from the district, parents and others from the community. The meeting was the group’s fourth and final meeting prior to bringing its recommendation to the board, which will take place at the board’s meeting April 25.

Source: Committee votes for Armijo mascot change

Fairfield High students talk to experts about post-graduation jobs – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Students at Fairfield High School got an opportunity Thursday to talk about their futures with local business representatives.

Members of the Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club organized the event with the help of the high school. It’s the fifth such career fair. A total of 37 businesses participated this year with 200 students coming to the school gym every 50 minutes in staggered groups.

Rotarian Kelly Rhoads-Poston said she hopes students were excited about their future options.

“The goal is to help students broaden their horizons and understand the wide variety of opportunities,” she said. “I hope this sparks an interest in where they want to go.”

Source: Fairfield High students talk to experts about post-graduation jobs

Rodriguez High alumnus Leveau gives back to community – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Jordan Leveau, CEO of Artpop Cosmetics, contacted one of his former teachers from Rodriguez High School with an idea for his new lip kit release.

Artpop is an organic, vegan, animal-cruelty free, California-based, vibrant cosmetic makeup line, according to the company’s website. It launched a new lip kit Wednesday at the San Francisco RAW Impact Showcase.

To highlight the company’s vision, Leveau asked Lynn Larsen to have her students design and paint a backdrop for the event.

Source: Rodriguez High alumnus Leveau gives back to community

Children’s Author Visits Fairview Elementary School – Daily Republic

By Hillary Homzie

Local children’s book author Hillary Homzie prefers that students don’t sit still or quiet during one of her author’s visit.

“For younger grades, I have students read and act out the books along with me,” she said. “I model the stages of writing and revising by demonstrating them. One of the most fun parts of my assembly is engaging with kids and having them actively participate in the creative process.”

At a recent visit to Fairview Elementary School on a rainy Friday morning this was fully evident. Students participated along with Homzie as she acted out a chapter from one of her new books, Ellie May on April Fools’ Day.

Source: School Event: Children’s Author Visits Fairview Elementary School

Vanden, Caliber students top Solano Science Fair competitions – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Vanden High sophomore Mayah Gantt was the overall Senior Division winner and Ryan Menefee, a student at Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, was the Junior Division winner at the recent Solano County Science and Engineering Fair.

Gantt was also first in the Earth Science category, while Menefee was first in the Physical Science category. There was a Life Science category as well.

First-place winners are eligible to enter the California State Science and Engineering Fair that takes place April 29-30 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Source: Vanden, Caliber students top Solano Science Fair competitions

Solano youth list education as top concern; mental health 2nd – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Education, mental health, bullying and homelessness topped the biggest concerns of Solano County youth, according to survey results presented Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors.

The survey results and other information was provided in a presentation by the Solano Youth Voices, a program under the umbrella of the Children’s Network of Solano County.

Nathen Jordan, 17, one of the council members for Solano Youth Voices, and Alyssum Maguire, the coordinator, made the presentation.

Source: Solano youth list education as top concern; mental health 2nd