Suisun summer day camps prove to be hits – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Two years ago, the number of kids at Suisun City’s Summer Day Camp could be counted on both hands.

Now, two years after its redesign, the week-long day camps that run from early June to late August, number between 60 and 70 elementary school-aged youths.

Part of the reason is the inclusion of an ambitious series of field trips that is seeing campers this summer going to places such as the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Sacramento Zoo and an upcoming Oakland A’s game.

Source: Suisun summer day camps prove to be hits – Daily Republic

Rotary scholars sign contracts to help in college journey – Daily Republic

Nine students from the Fairfield Police Activities League on Tuesday were promised financial and mentoring support as they launch their college educations at Solano Community College.

The students signed contracts as part of the fifth annual Rotary Success Scholars program during a ceremony held at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Suisun City.

“These are nine students who would absolutely not be able to go to college otherwise,” Tara Dacus, a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club and one of the three founders of the scholars program, said in an interview.

Source: Rotary scholars sign contracts to help in college journey – Daily Republic

June Collins Awarded 2019 Chamber Educator of the Year – Daily Republic

By Tim Goreee

We are delighted to introduce Mrs. June Collins, a 3rd grade teacher at Dan O. Root II Health and Wellness Academy and the 2019 Fairfield Suisun Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year.

Mrs. Collins is an amazing teacher who has had a positive impact on her students. In addition to serving as the Student Council Advisor, she has sought out partnerships to ensure her students know the importance of being connected to the community.

Source: June Collins Awarded 2019 Chamber Educator of the Year – Daily Republic

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

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

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

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

Leadership class helps Stanley Jackson overcome shyness – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

As Hollywood movies with high school themes have demonstrated over the years, fitting in can often be as big of a challenge as getting decent grades.

Armijo High senior Stanley Jackson knows that as well as anyone, but persisted past those obstacles to be recognized as one of the school’s top students.

There tends to be two types of students that inhabit high schools in Fairfield – either the ones who have lived here for a long time and have gone to school with basically the same group of students for years, or the ones whose parents are in the military and switching schools is commonplace.

Source: Graduation 2019: Leadership class helps Stanley Jackson overcome shyness

Armijo High graduates look ahead to persevering over failure – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

As the name of the Armijo High yearbook would indicate, the 2019 Armijo graduation Thursday was a celebration of the diverse mixture that has made the school vibrant for more than a century.

That mix was well-represented during the many addresses throughout the evening, with speakers quoting everyone from Mr. Rogers to Maya Angelou, Wiz Khalifa and even a handful of Marvel’s Avengers.

Source: Armijo High graduates look ahead to persevering over failure

Final Matt Garcia Academy grads earn diplomas – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Seven graduates bid goodbye Wednesday afternoon to the Matt Garcia Career & College Academy.

They also represented the last class that can call themselves graduates of the school named after late Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia.

It has been serving sixth through 12th grades and is becoming a school of choice for middle schoolers. The high school portion will be closed.

Zachary Wasilchin attended Matt Garcia all four years.

Source: Final Matt Garcia Academy grads earn diplomas

Speaker challenges Sem Yeto grads to tell their story – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

The graduates who took part in the 2019 Sem Yeto High School graduation ceremony have something in common: They were all supposed to graduate somewhere else.

The students find themselves, at some point in their high school journey, off track with their credit requirements due to health issues, family problems, disciplinary problems or any of a range of other reasons.

Source: Speaker challenges Sem Yeto grads to tell their story

Fairfield-Suisun Adult School grads celebrate accomplishments – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Dina Aldana Leon’s mortar board was bursting with pink and white flowers, a visible expression of what was going on inside her. The 41-year-old mother of three was bursting with joy at finally becoming a high school graduate.

The Fairfield-Suisun Adult School graduation Wednesday saw a portion of the year’s graduates cross the stage and into their future.

“I had to drop out of school when I was 18 years old, because of some issues,” Leon said.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun Adult School grads celebrate accomplishments

Adult school gives Fairfield man second chance at high school diploma – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Omar Walton, who celebrated his 20th birthday Thursday, has attended nine schools in California and Arizona.

A new start begins Wednesday as the young man receives his diploma from the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School.

Originally from Vallejo, Walton was sent to live with family in Arizona when he was in middle school.

Source: Adult school gives Fairfield man second chance at high school diploma

Free Meals for Children 18 and Younger All Summer! – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

Sponsored by the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, children in the Fairfield and Suisun City area have many locations to choose from to receive free meals from breakfast to lunch time! Don’t miss this opportunity to get together with friends and have something free to eat. English and Spanish flyers attached list locations, dates, and times.

For more information, call the FSUSD Child Nutrition Office at (707) 399-5011.

Source: Free Meals for Children 18 and Younger All Summer!

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