Armijo High School Inspiring Engineers One Student At A Time – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

This year, Armijo’s FRC robotics team went to the World Wide robotics competition in Houston, Texas. Even though the team was formed last year, they have gone to the World Wide competition twice. In their first year, they won the “All-Star Rookie of the year” award, which qualified them to go to Worlds. This year, they place second in the Sacramento Regionals at Davis, California and was given a “Wild Card”, which qualified them for Worlds, yet again.

The FRC (FIRST) team is actually a branch of Armijo’s robotics program, which was formed four years ago. Another branch of Armijo Robotics (VEX) also qualified for Worlds, which took place in Louisville, Kentucky. Originally, the program only supported VEX teams, but over the years, the students formed a FIRST team in order to further their engineering skills. The VEX branch provided a foundation for the students to learn coding, designing, and building while the FIRST branch allows them to build upon this foundation in a more complex setting.

Source: Armijo High School Inspiring Engineers One Student At A Time

Promise of prom: Special-needs, general ed students dance morning away – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Gustavo Macias didn’t need music to enjoy the annual Adapted Physical Eduction prom Friday morning at the E. Gary Vaughn gymnasium on the Armijo campus.

Before the DJ started playing tunes, Macias was already showcasing his joy. Once the music began, the Armijo High student could be found near the free throw line, breakdancing.

His prom dates, Julia Harrison and Madison Kudsk, both members of Armijo’s leadership class, cheered him on.

“It’s fun to see the kids so happy,” Kudsk said.

Source: Promise of prom: Special-needs, general ed students dance morning away

Fairfield High grad finds his way in Big Apple music scene – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Nate Hernandez took a big leap of faith in October 2014.

The gamble appears to be paying off for the Fairfield native who attended local schools and the University of California, Davis, before pursuing a music career in New York City.

Recording under the moniker Kisos, Hernandez recently released an alt-pop, rhythm and blues-inspired EP of five songs he wrote, composed, mixed and performed – on his own.

“Voices” is the result of hard work, heartbreak and sleeping on a hammock in Harlem to save money.

Source: Fairfield High grad finds his way in Big Apple music scene

District salutes Fairfield-Suisun’s top students – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

The best and brightest of Fairfield-Suisun School District’s graduating students were honored Thursday night.

Students were awarded almost a dozen certificates of appreciation ranging from U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. John Garamendi to the Chamber of Commerce and the California School Employees Association.

One hundred and twenty-nine students from Armijo, Fairfield and Rodriguez high schools and from the Public Safety Academy gathered with their families at the Fairfield Community Center.

The ceremony honors those students who make a 4.0 or higher grade-point average.“This is one of our very favorite events,” Superintendent Kris Corey said. “This is one of the highlights of our year.”

Source: District salutes Fairfield-Suisun’s top students

Chamber’s Buzz Awards honors community’s best – Daily Republic

By Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce

Amid joyous applause and cheers, the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce recently bestowed its Buzz Awards to some of the best and brightest individuals and businesses in the community.

More than 150 people from the local business community attended the May 4 Buzz Awards inside Suisun City’s Harbor Arts Theatre, where Gillespie’s Abbey Carpet & Floor and SK Creative Arts were named the Business of the Year, respectively, for Fairfield and Suisun City.

Source: Chamber’s Buzz Awards honors community’s best

Students honored for Kindness Campaign videos at red carpet event – The Reporter

The Kindness Campaign wrapped up another contest with a red carpet event at the big screen.

The students honored at Brenden Theatres in Vacaville produced videos, between 30 seconds and two minutes in length, that expresses what the power of kindness can do to make a difference at school, in the home and in local communities. The contest garnered 70 video submissions.

The winning video came from Juliana Mojica and Elizabeth Flores of Armijo High School. Their teacher is Lori Gonzalez.

“Bullying on school campus is a very important issue for students, parents, educators, and members of law enforcement,” wrote the District Attorney’s Office in a press release. “Bullying can detrimentally affect a child’s sense of self-worth and have long lasting consequences.

Source: Students honored for Kindness Campaign videos at red carpet event

FSUSD’s Child Nutrition Department Works with Kid Tested Kid Approved – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s Child Nutrition Department worked with the Kid Tested Kid Approved program April 24th, 25th and 26th.

Kid Tested Kid Approved is a 3rd party company that works with manufacturer brands to test products with at least 500 school aged children in three geographically dispersed locations throughout the United States. To have a product placed on the Kid Tested Kid Approved list, a product must be taste approved by at least 80% of those tested. If approval is not 80% or higher, the product must go back to Research and Development for additional tweaks and is not placed on the approved list.

Source: FSUSD’s Child Nutrition Department Works with Kid Tested Kid Approved

Fairfield-Suisun taking ‘longer’ look at electric buses – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Higher upfront costs of electric buses may deter some school districts from converting their diesel fleets, but it is not the only concern.

In fact, the Fairfield-Suisun schools have considered converting, but is not sure the electric buses could meet all the district’s needs.

“They have been considering it, but they have not converted or purchased electric buses,” Tim Goree, executive director of administrative services and community engagement at the Fairfield-Suisun School District, said in a phone interview.

The “they” to whom Goree references are the district’s transportation officials.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun taking ‘longer’ look at electric buses

Solano County’s top school district employees named – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vanden High science teacher Marilyn Lewis and Vallejo City Unified bus driver Samantha Bradshaw were named Solano County’s top educators of the year.

The leader of Solano County schools, Lisette Estrella-Henderson, made the announcement in a press release.

Besides Lewis and Bradshaw, named Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year, respectively, 12 other school district employees were honored Tuesday during a ceremony in Suisun City. The event recognized teachers, paraeducators, child nutrition, support services, security and school staff who give their time, talent and skills to support student achievement, educational innovation and community involvement in Solano County schools.

“It is an honor and a privilege to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Solano County educators and support staff,” Estrella-Henderson added in the prepared statement.

Source: Solano County’s top school district employees named

SCOE honors classified employee, teacher of the year – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

A school bus driver convinced by her cousin to give the job a try and a high school science teacher who taught three of her four children were named Tuesday as Solano County’s Classified School Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

Samantha Bradshaw, lead trainer and bus driver for the Vallejo City School District, was nominated for her can-do attitude and getting grants to retrofit the buses.

“Samantha has gone over and beyond the call of duty to help out the Transportation Department,” her nomination read.

Source: Solano office of education honors classified employee, teacher of the year

Solano County school Employees of the Year to receive recognition – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Solano County Office of Education on Tuesday will honor 14 school employees nominated for the 2018-19 Solano County Educators of the Year Award.

Those being recognized hail from Vacaville, Travis, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Benicia, and Vallejo City unified districts and SCOE.

The event begins at 5:15 and continues to 7 p.m. in the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive, Suisun City. The public is invited to join the celebration. To attend, R.S.V.P. at https://goo.gl/forms/fkcNsmEechg7Oy9u2.

For more information, call Rebecca Floyd at 646-7602 or email her at RFloyd@solanocoe.net.

The teachers and school-support employees “contribute to student achievement, educational innovation, and community involvement,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, superintendent of county schools, noted in a press release.

Source: Solano County school Employees of the Year to receive recognition

Rodriguez 1 of 50 schools in Vans Custom Culture Competition – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Two pairs of custom-designed Vans shoes could net Rodriguez High School $75,000 for its art program.

Rodriguez is one of 50 high schools across the country participating in the ninth annual Vans Custom Culture Competition. Now, it’s up to the public to determine the winner by voting at https://customculture.vans.com and searching for Angelo Rodriguez.

The contest began with 500 schools showcasing their artistic talent on two pairs of blank Vans shoes utilizing the themes of “Local Flavor” and “Off the Wall.” The Vans team selected the top 50 based on creativity, relevance to theme and overall execution.

Source: Shoe-in: Rodriguez 1 of 50 schools in Vans Custom Culture Competition

Rodriguez thespians dive into musicals with ‘Spelling Bee’ – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Rodriguez High School is tackling a musical with Tony winner “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The play is based on a book by Rachel Sheinkin and features a score from William Finn. It centers on an eclectic group of six midpubescents competing for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

They candidly disclose stories from their home lives and spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words.

In a high school gym, longtime hostess Rona Lisa Peretti, played by Karis Bailey and Danielle Davison, finalizes the preparations for the annual county spelling bee, reminiscing about her own spelling bee victory, many years prior.

Source: Rodriguez thespians dive into musicals with ‘Spelling Bee’

Children, teens cookoff returns to Fairfield for 6th serving – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The 6th Annual Kids/Teen Cookoff will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St.

The Heart Jr. Chef Challenge is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and will have participants from David Weir K-8 Preparatory Academy, Laurel Creek Elementary, Suisun Valley K-8 School, Mare Island Elementary and Dan Mini Elementary in Vallejo showing off the skills they learned all year.

The winning team will take home bragging rights and prizes.

Source: Children, teens cookoff returns to Fairfield for 6th serving

Employee contract proposal on Fairfield-Suisun school agenda tonight – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A public hearing about a school-support employee union’s initial contract proposal for 2018-19, a review of an agreement with the state Migrant Education program, and an update to the working draft of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan for the current year and through 2020 are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Chapter 302 of the California School Employees Association, which represents the district’s classified employees, submitted an initial proposal as part of the “sunshining” process related to the current contracts for the 2018-19 year. (Classified employees include bus drivers, food-service workers, maintenance crews, custodians, and the like.)

Under state law, to sunshine a contract proposal is a way to let the public know what the bargaining units will discuss during contract negotiations.

Source: Employee contract proposal on Fairfield-Suisun school agenda tonight

Rodriguez art students seek votes for Vans Customer Culture Competition – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Rodriguez High School is one 50 schools competing in the Vans ninth annual Custom Culture Competition.

Sixteen art students designed and painted a pair of lace shoes and a pair of slip-ons for the competition.

The themes are “Local Flavor” and “Off the Wall.” The public determines the winner by voting at www.customculture.vans.com and searching for Angelo Rodriguez High School.

Source: Rodriguez art students seek votes for Vans Customer Culture Competition

2 from Dan O. Root win state, head to national invention convention – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Several fourth-graders at Dan O. Root Health & Wellness Academy took the expression “necessity is the mother of invention” to heart April 14 as they came up with ideas to compete at their school and the state’s invention convention.

Two of the students are heading off to the National Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo, May 31 through June 2 at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Aiden Buffa created the Curb Hopper after watching an adult try to maneuver a wheelchair up a curb with a passenger in the seat. He saw it a second time and the fourth-grader wanted to do something about it.

Source: 2 from Dan O. Root win state, head to national invention convention

Solano districts nominate top teachers, school employees – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Fourteen educators and school support employees have been nominated for the 2018-19 Solano County Educators of the Year Award.

“Solano County’s educators inspire and support our students to learn, grow and thrive. Their hard work and dedication make a profound and lasting impact on the lives of our pupils and their families. I want to extend our deepest appreciation to all the nominees, for their admirable work in education,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement announcing the nominations.

Source: Solano districts nominate top teachers, school employees for educator awards

Fairfield-Suisun school board to review new books – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Community members are invited to sound off at the Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board meeting Thursday when trustees review proposed instructional materials.

The estimated cost for the new materials is estimated at $821,000. Lottery and Local Educational Agency Grants will be used. The new books’ topics include Photoshop, auto repair, mathematics and athletic training. The proposed materials have been on view at the Suisun City Library. The list was publicized through social media and the district website.

Board members will open the meeting at 5 p.m. followed by closed session. The meeting is at 2490 Hilborn Road.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board to review new books

District board to consider $7.8M work at Dan O. Root campus – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Members of the Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board will consider a raft of projects Thursday to update one of the district’s campuses.

Board members will be asked to approve a lease-leaseback agreement between the district and Landmark Constructions for $7.8 million to expand food prep facilities, administration renovations and campus-wide HVAC and fire alarm upgrades at the Dan O. Root Health & Wellness Academy.

New play areas and a shade structure will also be constructed as a part of this project.

Source: District board to consider $7.8M work at Dan O. Root campus