By RHSEU Boosters
High School Musicians from all over Solano County came together on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the Vacaville Performance Arts Theater to perform in the 62nd Annual Solano County High School Honor Band. Leading up to this event students were encouraged to send in audition pieces to be selected to play in this special ensemble. The total members came to 117 strong selected from ten high schools from across Solano County. RHSEU was honored with the placement of 21 students listed here below. The entire ensemble met less than a handful of times to practice the five pieces chosen for Sunday’s concert; Cyprus the Great – Karl King, Magnolia Star – Steve Danyew, Rest – Frank Ticheli, Shepherd’s Hey – Percy Grainger, and First Suite in E Flat – Gustav Holst. Led by Guest Conductor Dr. John Zarco, Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the students put on a rousing performance for a full house of family and friends. We are so very proud of our Honor Band Members and of all the student musicians in our county. Well done, All!
Source: Good News: RHSEU: 21 Students Selected for 62nd Annual Solano County Honor Band
By Susan Hiland
Victoria Rodgers, 22, came to the Fairfield-Suisun School District Recruitment Fair hoping to find her dream job.
The Fairfield native was shocked to sit down for the job interview Saturday with Cheryl Countee, who was formerly known as Cheryl Jones and the principal of K.I. Jones Elementary where Rodgers attended school for years.
“I looked at her and went, ‘Don’t I know you?’,” Rodgers said.
Source: School district seeks a few good workers
By Susan Hiland
Adrian Avalos, 15, of Fairfield was only a little nervous the NorthBay Healthcare Sports Physical might have needles involved.
“I knew it was just a checkup, but I don’t like shots,” he said.
Avalos didn’t get any shots for his sports physical Saturday. The Fairfield High School sophomore did get his heart checked out, his lungs were clear and he had never had a trauma that would interfere with him going out for track this year.
Source: Students get free sports physicals for new season
By Bill Hicks
The Fairfield Suisun School District Board of Trustees recognized the district’s Teacher of the Year for the 2019-20 school year Thursday as part of the board’s meeting.
Crescent Elementary second-grade teacher Louise Craig was honored as the district’s top teacher, having been honored along with more than a dozen other school site teachers of the year throughout the district just prior to revealing the districtwide choice.
Not only inspirational to her students, Craig serves as an inspiration for people looking to make a change in life. She had not planned on becoming a teacher but got into the profession at the age of 40, working 17 years as a teacher – many of those coming at Suisun Elementary School.
Source: Trustees honors Crescent teacher as tops in district
By Richard Bammer
It’s unclear if the TK-8 students of Oakbrook Academy of The Arts in Fairfield, a school of choice that emphasizes visual and performing arts, will make it to Carnegie Hall.
They may practice, practice and practice, but the State Department of Education has already acknowledged that Oakbrook does a first-rate job of teaching the arts.
State schools chief Tony Thurmond on Tuesday announced that Oakbrook was selected for the California Exemplary Arts Education Award.
Source: State supe cites Fairfield school for ‘exemplary arts’ education – The Reporter
By Time Goree
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is updating the 3-year educational plan, also known as the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
We are holding two community meetings to gather input. Parents, students, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend either meeting to provide input regarding programs and services to better meet the needs of our students. No RSVP required.
Source: FSUSD Wants Your Input!
By Todd R. Hansen
It takes about two weeks for dermestids to clean the flesh and soft tissue away from the bones of a full skeleton.
That is if the beetles are kept warm, fed and healthy and, well, loved.
Colleen Milligan, a forensic anthropology professor at California State University, Chico, and co-director of the on-campus Human Identification Lab, shared case studies Monday from the lab’s work with about 120 cadets at the Public Safety Academy in Fairfield.
Source: Public Safety Academy cadets bone up on forensic sciences
By Nick Sestanovich
After 13 years as senior pastor at St. Stephen CME Church in Fairfield and nearly 10 years as a trustee on Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s Governing Board, Rev. David Isom is seeking to continue his community service on a bigger level. He is running for a seat in the 5th District of the Solano County Board of Supervisors.
“I believe that Solano County needs a supervisor who really is concerned about the people,” he said. “I believe that this is an extension of the services that I’ve been providing to my county, specifically the kids of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District.”
With incumbent Supervisor Skip Thomson announcing that he would not seek another term this past summer, Isom saw a chance to bring his service to the board.
Source: Fairfield pastor, school board trustee wants to take service to county supervisor level – Times-Herald
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Two Rodriguez High school cheerleaders will cross the pond later this month as members of the Varsity All-American Cheer Team.
There they will join with 70 other California cheerleaders — and 700 from the nation — as part of London’s New Year’s Day Parade.
The parade, according to its website, attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to the streets of the West End each year. It’s a quintessentially British celebration blended with a kaleidoscope of world culture – and a generous helping of American razzamatazz, the website says.
Source: Rodriguez cheerleaders to be part of London’s New Year’s Day Parade
By Richard Bammer
The December holidays are a special time of year for billions of people worldwide, but Silveyville Christmas Tree Farm in Dixon became an especially magical yuletide universe of its own Friday morning for more than 100 Solano County special-needs children.
In its 28th year, the annual Special Needs Day at the Silveyville Road farm serves to brighten the holidays for these children. Most come from Solano public schools, from Vacaville and Dixon to Fairfield and Vallejo school districts, plus some from programs managed by the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield.
By 10 a.m., teachers and parents herding excitable groups of children, 130 in all during the two-hour event and ranging in age from 3 to 18, walked happily through the farm’s gates, oblivious to the light rain falling, temperatures in the mid-50s and gloomy skies.
Source: A special two hours for special-needs kids in Solano County – Times-Herald
By Arletta Kelley Cortright
The Fairfield – Nirasaki Sister City Program invites all interested high school students and their parents to attend an information meeting on Wednesday, December 11th, at 6 PM in the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center. Students can learn about participating in the 2020 summer exchange visit to Fairfield’s Sister City, Nirasaki, Japan. During the three-week stay, students live with host families and travel to Kyoto, Tokyo, Hiroshima, and many local historic and cultural sites in the Nirasaki area. This exciting opportunity is open to all high school students who reside in Fairfield or attend a Fairfield high school. Applications for the exchange group will be available at the meeting. In addition, the regular monthly Sister City Committee meeting will follow the information meeting at 7 PM, and students are welcome to stay for that meeting as well. The Adult Recreation Center is located at 1200 Civic Center Drive, Fairfield. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Press Release: High School Students Can Apply to Visit Japan
By Lisa Kopochinski
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) recently celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Grange Middle School’s $7.5-million new student center in Fairfield, California.
HMC Architects’ Michael Rath, members of the Fairfield community, and representatives from FSUSD and Grange Middle School attended this event for this expansion that made possible by the Measure J Bond passed in June 2016. Clark/Sullivan Construction was the general contractor on this project.
The $249 million bond aims to improve the quality of education and provide safe, modern schools for all FSUSD students. The new center now features a safe space for students and staff to eat meals, a cafeteria, innovation lab, and a college and career center. Along with the new student center, the design team modernized and expanded the school’s library, converted a multi-purpose building into science labs, and added a locker room to the gymnasium. The school is now prepared to be a resource to current and future generations of students.
Source: California Middle School Debuts New Student Center – School Construction News
By Lorena Anderson
Like many young women, Calista Lum absorbed the message that she was not as capable as her male peers when it came to science, technology, engineering and math.
She wanted to pursue physics, engineering and data analysis because she enjoyed them.
When she enrolled at the University of California, Merced, she joined the Merced Nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing. She’s mentored by physics professor Sayantani Ghosh and graduate student William Delmas, whom she credits with a great deal of her success thus far.
Source: 2017 Fairfield High grad works for NASA
By RHSEU Boosters Communications Officer
For the Fall 2019 Marching Season we have the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding musicians from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. During the first hour of our Thursday night practices until the end of the season they will be working with different sections of the REU helping to refine the students’ techniques. Over the next several weeks we will be posting a short submission highlighting each one of these Airmen-musicians. We are also working on a blog for our website. Coming soon.
The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West is stationed at Travis Air Force Base here in Fairfield, CA and is the only active duty Air Force Band west of the Rockies. With a history dating back to 1941, the current band is a descendant of two different Air Force Bands: the 15th Air Force Band and the North American Air Defense Command Band. It is comprised of 60 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians and is under the command of Major Joseph S. Hansen. They have performed in civilian communities in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Nevada in over 250 annual performances for 1.5 million listeners. In addition to performing, the band supports 13 Air Force bases, 8 Air Force Reserve Wings and 6 recruiting squadrons.
Source: Good News: RHSEU: U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Mentors REU
By Nick Sestanovich
The athlete oath for the Special Olympics is “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
”That motto was definitely reflected in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s annual Special Olympics soccer event at Fairfield High School’s Schaefer Stadium. The event was less about competition than it was about providing students with special needs a chance to have fun and strive for successful athleticism in a supportive environment, although the competitive aspect was certainly there.
Approximately, 400 students from nine elementary schools in the district turned out to participate in the fifth annual event, which was the first unified sports event held after FSUSD became a part of the Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program in 2015.
Source: Students get a kick out of soccer at Fairfield Special Olympics event – The Reporter
Saturday, October 19, 2019, the Rodriguez HS Entertainment Unit attended the 41st Annual Del Oro High School Spectacular in Loomis, CA and they took the show! Starting with the morning events, REU Percussion took 1st Place Street Percussion Overall. It’s been over six years since the REU have performed in the Street Percussion category. Pit Captain Taylor Slight performed solo with Battery in Del Oro, however the routine is still being refined and will soon include more members from Pit. (video on our Facebook)
Source: Good News: RHSEU: Sweeps 2019 Del Oro Spectacular
By Daily Republic Staff
The Solano County Office of Education this week announced the winners of the 2019 Solano Countywide Attendance Awareness Poster Contest, according to a press release.
September was Attendance Awareness Month and SCOE hosted the contest to provide school districts the opportunity to engage students in conversations about the critical role that school attendance has on student achievement. 72 students from school districts across Solano County submitted posters for consideration in the contest.
There were three categories in the contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. These students will be recognized at their respective district school board meetings.
Source: Attendance Awareness poster winners announced
By Bill Hicks
Schoolchildren from across Fairfield and Suisun were running throughout Laurel Creek Park, Wednesday, which is exactly what the namesake of the annual Doug Butt Run would have wanted.
In a 2009 Daily Republic article about the former Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District physical education teacher’s death, Butt was described as a “titan on the fitness scene in Fairfield.”
But it was this run, the former FSUSD elementary cross country meet, which now bears Doug Butt’s name that his two passions are combined – his love of fitness and his desire to share that love with the schoolchildren he taught for so many years.
Source: Youth runners push themselves in annual Doug Butt Run
By RHSEU Boosters
Saturday, October 12, 2019, the Rodriguez High School Entertainment Unit began their 2019 Fall Season by attending the 8th Annual Franklin High School Invitational Band Review in Elk Grove, California. This Review attracts bands from Northern California and Nevada. The Jazz, Concert, Parade, and Street Percussion competitions were hosted by Franklin High School while Consumnes Oaks High School hosted the Field Show portion.
The REU competed in the Parade, Street Percussion, and Field Show categories at the 5A level. The band performs “Joyce’s 71st New York Regiment March” for their street performance. The Field Show this year titled “The Road Not Taken” by John M. Meehan features four soloists. The students performed outstandingly for their first competition performances of the season.
Source: Good News: RHSEU: Begins New 2019 Fall Season with Eight Trophies
By Nick Sestanovich
Elected officials, school board trustees and superintendents from throughout Solano got an understanding Thursday of the current state and future of education at Solano County Office of Education’s annual State of Education Breakfast Forum.
State superintendent of public instruction Tony Thurmond was the guest speaker.
With the theme of “Full STEAM Ahead,” the breakfast was an opportunity to bring educators, business leaders and elected officials together for a discussion on educational opportunities and showcase what certain school districts are doing to prepare students for the workforce in the new decade, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
Source: State schools superintendent discusses education at Solano breakfast – The Reporter