By Susan Hiland
Rick Seidenzahl of Vacaville has brought one of his four vintage cars to every Ball Metal Car Show. His daughter, Jennifer Murray, also brings her car – a 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS. They both work for Ball Metal Beverage Packaging Company.
“It’s for a good cause,” Seidenzahl said, “and it helps the community.”
Ball Metal Beverage Packaging Company hosted its sixth annual car show Saturday to help raise money and classroom supplies for local schools, with registrants able to enter the show by donating school supplies.
Source: Ball Metal Car Show helps area schools
By Susan Hiland
Downtown Fairfield has yellow-vested street cleaners walking both sides of the road looking for trash the last Saturday of each month. It’s a tradition begun by Matt Garcia and continued for the past 11 years by the foundation that carries his name.
Matt Garcia, the youngest city councilman elected in the state of California in November 2007, was 22 years old when he was shot and killed in Fairfield on Sept. 1, 2008, but that wasn’t the end of his story.
Teresa and Raymond Courtemanche, Matt Garcia’s mother and stepfather, help the volunteers set up tables and tents at the Starbuck’s on Texas Street on the last Saturday of the month year round for the Matt Garcia Foundation.
Source: Matt Garcia Foundation keeps namesake’s legacy alive, cleans up Fairfield’s downtown
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Some 16-year-old girls dream of romance, a knight in shining armor, a white picket fence and children.
Indica DeRose views the world from a different vantage point. The teen, who finished high school early, will make her second appearance at next weekend’s Benicia Film Festival.
Her film, “Just Girly Things,” was inspired by a 195os-era publication “Who’s Looking at You?” that offered advice on how to look one’s best and attract a husband. She found it in a Benicia antique store and began to peruse it, coming up with an idea for a film.
Source: Teen filmmaker sets out to change female roles in horror movies
By Tony Wade
Daniel Ornon Root II was a Navy veteran, teacher, school superintendent, public servant, community advocate and a husband and father. He loved the little hamlet he adopted after moving to Solano County from Yreka and was affectionately known as “Mr. Suisun City.”
Dan O. Root II’s father was Ross Root, not Dan O. Root I – that would be his grandfather. Dan O. Root II’s son, Dan O. Root III, was, like his father, a teacher at Armijo High School. And there is also a Dan O. Root IV and a Dan O. Root V.
Born April 23, 1899, in Wood River, Nebraska, Dan O. Root II earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for several years before becoming an educator. Root taught in Wyoming, the San Joaquin Valley and Yreka before coming to Armijo High School in 1937 to teach math and coach athletics.
Source: Back in the Day: Dan O. Root II: Navy commander, educator, superintendent, Mr. Suisun City
By Heather-Rae Sanderson
Get ready to chow down on Saturday, September 14, 2019 6:00p.m. as we round up resources and support for local teens and their families with a community PAL-beque at Jelly Belly, One Jelly Belly Lane, in Fairfield.
“Wow, I wish they had all that when I was a teen!”
We hear that all the time when we share what happens at the PAL Center. Here is your chance to help Fairfield PAL continue and grow! Join us Saturday, September 14 for a PAL-beque at Jelly Belly, in Fairfield! One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to providing local teens with meaningful experiences and programs!
Source: Good News: Saddle up your support for teen programming in Fairfield and join us for 2019 PAL-beque at Jelly Belly!
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Students in the Fairfield-Suisun School District poured into classrooms Monday at the elementary, middle and high schools.
There were some tears and a lots of cheers. Those traveling the surface streets in Fairfield and Suisun City noticed an increase in traffic from about 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Patience was the key to those seeking parking spaces and help at the school office as lines stretched out the door.
More than 950 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders entered under an arch of black and yellow balloons at Grange Middle School. Waiting for them were teachers with pompoms, handmade signs and lots of cheering.
Source: They’re back: Fairfield-Suisun students begin 2019-20 school year
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
“It’s amazing. I can’t believe this is the school I go to,” incoming Public Safety Academy seventh-grader Ashley Sluder said Thursday.
She then demonstrated in the gym how much easier it will be for her and her fellow students to exercise in the new gym, which can hold more than 1,100 people.
Jumping jacks often meant one person would jump to the side, almost colliding with another student. Stretching out her arms, Sluder showed the amount of room she will enjoy when the school year begins Monday.
Source: Students, parents, district staff tour Public Safety Academy’s new buildings
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Volunteers spent the past two days helping Armijo High’s Garden of Hope prepare for its showcase at the school’s open house next month.
The 2,400-square-foot plot is the dream of Sylvia Herrera, a 21-year teaching veteran at the school.
The idea was planted in her mind a few years ago. She credits principal Sheila Smith for her support in the venture.
Brothers Isaiah and Isaac Powell were there early Tuesday to help out. Isaiah, who will be a junior, also helped out in the garden during the spring semester.
Source: Teens spruce up Armijo’s garden for open house – Daily Republic
By Tim Goree
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District students will have the opportunity to participate in diverse book clubs tied to community service this upcoming school year thanks to a Solano Community Foundation Education Plus! Grant. Teacher librarians in the district will use grant funds to start Project LIT Book Clubs for teens in the community. Project LIT Community is a national, grassroots Literacy movement, in which a team of dedicated teachers and students work together in forming a school-wide – and sometimes community-wide Literary Community.
FSUSD and Project LIT Community envision a future where all children become proficient, passionate readers who see the joy and value of reading, and who possess the literacy skills to choose their post-secondary path. In order for this to become a reality, every child deserves access to high-interest, culturally relevant books both inside and outside of school. Additionally, every child deserves daily opportunities to read, celebrate and discuss great books with peers and adults in their community.
Source: FSUSD Project Lit: Growing Readers and Leaders – Daily Republic
By Matt Miller
Young tennis fans will get to learn about the game again this October when the NorthBay Healthcare Men’s Pro Championship returns to Solano Community College.
The professional tournament benefits the Chris Cammisa Tennis and Education Foundation, a nonprofit that not only helped establish the men’s and women’s tennis programs at SCC, but also provides tennis and a related educational program to underserved youth in Solano County.
One of the ways of reaching out to youth during the tournament is by using the U.S. Tennis Association’s Net Generation Program. The mission of “Net Gen” is to introduce children to tennis, a sport they might not normally be exposed to but could potentially play the rest of their lives. Racquets, balls and pop-up nets are all provided.
Source: NorthBay tourney helps advance USTA’s ‘Net Gen’ program – Daily Republic
By Maggie Avants
Public Safety Academy is the top-ranked school in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, according to new rankings released Monday by Niche. The company gave Public Safety Academy an overall grade of A- and ranked it the 362nd-best public high school in the state of California.
Here is how Niche graded other Fairfield-Suisun schools:
- Armijo High School, B, 968th-best public high school in the state
- Dan O. Root Elementary School, B-
Source: Niche Ranks Fairfield-Suisun Schools – Patch.com
By Tim Goree
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District announces its policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and/or Afterschool Snack Program. Effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.
Households do not need to turn in an application when the household receives a notification letter saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, and children enrolled in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals. Contact school officials if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let school officials know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun USD 19-20 Media Release for Free and Reduced-Price Meals – Daily Republic
The first day of school in Suisun City is Monday, Aug. 26 — and whether you and the kids are looking forward to the new school year or are dreading the end of summer, you’ll want to mark the date on your calendar ASAP.
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has released its 2019-2020 calendar. Embedded below in English and in Spanish, the calendar includes important dates such as fall, winter and spring breaks, holidays, early dismissals and parent-teacher conferences.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun USD Calendar 2019-20 – Patch.com
By Richard Bammer
Long gone is the notion that California schools begin their new year on the first day after Labor Day, and it seems some Solano County schools and school districts begin their new academic years earlier and earlier as the years pass by.
Still, it may surprise some to learn that two local charter schools and Dixon Unified schools open their doors in early August, while Vacaville and Travis unified districts begin in mid-August, while other districts start in late August.
Dixon Montessori, a K-8 independent charter, will welcome students on Aug. 7 at its North Almond St. campus, while Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy, a TK-8 independent charter on Elm Street in Vacaville, and Dixon Unified schools will begin Aug. 8.
Source: Some local schools begin new academic year in two weeks – The Reporter
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
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
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
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
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
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