By Nick Sestanovich
Tolenas Elementary School in Fairfield is one of a growing number of schools to adopt new health care technology. The idea: When a student sees a nurse, the nurse can get additional assistance by calling Hazel.
Hazel is not a person — at least not just one person. “Hazel” is shorthand for Hazel Health, a San Francisco-based software company partnering with school districts and allowing school nurses to connect via tablet to a virtual medical clinic featuring live board-certified physicians, assistants and nurse practitioners– as well as Spanish translators — who can answer questions, recommend prescriptions or medication, coordinate with the family physician and provide advice for followup care. All of this is done live over video at no cost to families with the goal of reducing chronic absenteeism.
Source: The doctor is in: Tolenas Elementary adopts new virtual medical clinic – The Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) announced that it had refinanced its 2011 General Obligation Bond Funds, which it said will save property owners in the district more than $1 million in taxes.
“FSUSD has a long history of being responsible stewards of the taxpayer’s dollars,” FSUSD Superintendent Kris Corey said in a statement. “Thanks to our exceptional credit rating and our fiscal responsibility, FSUSD was able to save our tax payers a little over one million dollars. We thank the community for their trust in us.”
FSUSD had previously completed its refinance in 2011. The original bonds were issued by the district in 2002 through the Measure C initiative to go toward providing adequate classrooms, fixing aging school sites and relieving overcrowding in the district through constructing and renovating locations. Measure C was approved by the voters that year. Among the projects completed through Measure C included a new library and quad at Armijo High School, the construction of a new Crystal Middle School site and the modernization of campuses throughout the district.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun school bond refinances successful – The Reporter
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
It’s almost like pulling teeth to get Dr. James Sanderson to talk about himself.
Then again, he was overseeing an event that offered extractions, fillings and dentures, to name a few.
The 1978 Armijo High graduate spent many long hours Thursday through Saturday at the California Dental Association’s free clinic that served a few thousand people at the Solano County Fairgrounds.
This is the second time he’s organized the Solano County event. Taking care of his hometown and county is important, he said. He currently practices in Dixon.
Source: Armijo High graduate on mission to provide dental care to all
By Susan Hiland
Students from all over the district came out Friday to Armijo High School for a friendly bit of competition.
This was the fourth year for the Fairfield-Suisun School District Science Fair.
“It has grown over the years,” said Vigdis Asmundson, who works for the Solano County Office of Education. “It’s getting better with better projects each year.”
She is a former science teacher for Grange Middle School and saw the Science Fair get off the ground.“This year we have six schools participating,” she said.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun students share findings at science fair
By Bill Hicks
Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That’s the popular expression most people know.
Volunteers from the congregation of City Grace Church in Fairfield did that one better, last week. They dispensed with the judgement altogether and – rather than walk a mile in their shoes – gave the students at Fairview Elementary brand new shoes.
Source: Good graces: Congregation delivers new shoes to local students
By RHSEU Boosters
RHSEU Winter Programs competed this past Saturday, March 2nd, at back to back events; the 27th Annual Pageantry on Parade hosted by Fairfield High School and the Armijo Winter Review hosted by Armijo High School. All groups did very well for early in the season. Here are specific results for the L-Pattern/Field Conducting students.
Source: Good News: RHSEU at Pageantry on Parade & Armijo Winter Review
By Susan Hiland
Competition and camaraderie were the order of the day Saturday as Fairfield High School’s Scarlet Brigade Band hosted dozens of marching bands from across the region at the 27th annual Pageantry on Parade.
The event drew 30 middle schools and high schools from throughout Northern California. The daylong competition had different performing units, ranging in divisions from Middle School Novice to High School Open.
The start of the day was a little stressful with the rain making another appearance this week.
“Setting up at 5 a.m. we didn’t know if it would continue all day or not,” said Brian Swetland, music director for Fairfield High School. “If we could just get a sliver of sun that would cheer everyone up.”
Source: Students compete at 27th annual Pageantry on Parade
By Martha Saldaña-Wolf
The Solano Winds will be “On Stage” this spring with an exciting musical program.
The Winds continues its 24th season at 8 p.m. March 8 at the Downtown Theatre, 1035 Texas St. The program not only features an euphonium solo by Alison Mahovsky but also a combined presentation with the Yolo Community Band.
The concert will give the audience the opportunity to experience the musical talents of both bands as each presents a mini-concert, then join forces to present music that is guaranteed to bring down the walls as the 135 combined musicians present their renditions of the elegant “God’s Country” by Rossano Galante and the dramatic “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by
Source: Community News: Solano Winds to feature Fairfield teacher, yolo students
By RHSEU Boosters
The Rodriguez High School Entertainment Unit’s 13th Annual Crab Feed on Feb. 16 was a great success.
Thirty-four tables of eight guests each were sold out only a couple of weeks after tickets went on sale.
The Jazz Band and Jazz Choir created the perfect ambience for the feasting while many of the student members and booster parents worked behind the scenes to make for a smooth evening. As usual the band family and friends thank participants from the bottom of our hearts for your support.
Source: Community News: Rodriguez band boosters crab feed a success
By Bill Hicks
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to approve potential budget augmentations to the district’s 2019-20 budget, which are based on the projections within Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget.
The projected augmentations would result in as much as $2.8 million in cuts, which were chosen as to have the most minimal affect on the classroom learning experience, according to Assistant Superintendent with Business Services Michelle Henson.
Source: School Board OKs potential district budget augmentations
By Joel Rosenbaum
Fairfield High School drama teacher, Elizabeth Choy, thought it would be interesting and cool to learn how to make puppets.
Using videos on YouTube and modeling her creations from images on social media, she created her first two puppets. Naming them after herself and her husband, she brought them into her classroom.
While she was building her first puppet in class five years ago, Choy noticed that one of her students who was autistic picked up one of the puppets and began to open and close the mouth and play with them.
Source: Fairfield High drama teacher uses handmade puppets in her classroom – The Reporter
By Maggie Avants
Nearly 300 students from 15 high schools across Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties battled it out Saturday, Jan. 26 and will continue battling it out Saturday, Feb. 2 in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon at Solano Community College in Fairfield, according to a news release.
The theme of this year’s academic decathlon — a competitive event modeled after the Olympics to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind” — is “The 1960s: A Transformational Decade.”
Source: North Bay Academic Decathlon To Conclude With ‘Super Quiz’ | Suisun City, CA Patch
By Arletta Kelley Cortright
The application deadline to be a part of the Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program summer exchange group is fast approaching. Applications for the Summer 2019 exchange group are due on Thursday, January 24, 2019. The Sister City Program is looking for local high school students with an interest in Japan to be part of next summer’s three-week student exchange visit to Fairfield’s sister city. Interested students are invited to apply to be members of the exchange group. Any high school student in the Fairfield-Suisun School District or Travis School District is eligible to apply to be part of the summer exchange delegation, as well as any high school student residents of Fairfield who attend schools outside of the two districts. Fairfield’s sister city, Nirasaki, Japan, is located in Yamanashi Prefecture, which is famous for grapes, peaches, wine, textiles, jewelry and for being the home of Mount Fuji. The city is about 90 miles from Tokyo. The summer visit includes trips to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Applications for the summer visit are available at the City of Fairfield’s website, www.fairfield.ca.gov. For more information, contact Arletta Cortright, chairwoman of the Sister City Program, at 426-5603 (home) or 428-7400 (City Hall), or by email at email@example.com. Applications can also be obtained by contacting Cortright by email.
Source: Press Release: Deadline for Applications for the Summer Exchange Group to Japan Is Approaching Fast!
By RHSEU Boosters
RHSEU Jazz Ensembles impressed the judges at this weekend’s 30th Annual Folsom Jazz Festival. RHSEU Jazz Choir scored straight 1s (1 being the highest) while RHSEU Jazz Band scored an overall 2. To end a perfect day, all students and guests were treated to a performance by the famous Gordan Goodwin Big Phat Band. For video recaps of RHSEU performances please visit our Facebook page @rhseu.
RHSEU Jazz Choir and Band’s next scheduled open public appearance will be Wednesday, April 3, at the FSUSD Jazz Festival held in downtown Fairfield. More info to come as the date nears! Visit our website www.rhseu.org or follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.
Source: Good News: RHSEU: Impresses at Folsom Jazz Fest
By RHSEU Boosters
The 16th Annual Rodriguez Winter Review takes place this weekend at Angelo Rodriguez High School.
It’s the first competition of the winter season for Winter Percussion (mallet line and drum line), Winter Guard, L-Pattern and Field Conducting.
The competition is hosted by the Rodriguez High School Entertainment Unit. It starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday at the school, 5000 Red Top Road. Concession stands will be available.
Source: Community News: School to host 16th Annual Rodriguez Winter Review
By Daily Republic Staff
Two charitable funds – one to support teachers in the Fairfield-Suisun School District and the other to support six historic Ordnance Workers Houses on Mare Island – have been added to the Solano Community Foundation catalog.
The Kim Liew Real Estate Group Fund has been established to provide mini-grants for classroom supplies and consumables, to purchase technology or software items, or to support field trips and related activities by teachers in the Fairfield-Suisun School District, the foundation announced Thursday.
The foundation declined to provide the amount that was donated, citing single-donor privacy.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun district teachers, historic Mare Island houses get Solano foundation funds
By Todd R. Hansen
Jimmie Jackson was in his early teens when he had the “profound experience” of meeting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“He was a person who I thought had a halo around him, an aura around him,” Jackson said Monday in a phone interview from the 26th annual MLK March in Vallejo.
The president of the Vallejo branch of the NAACP, and a Memphis native, Jackson said he grew up in a time of community segregation, but at a time when those who were segregated were told by King and others that if they wanted to be part of society, they would have to work for it.
Source: Legacy of King found in community work, advancement
By Richard Bammer
There were the sounds of a shovel scraping soil mixtures from the asphalt into newly built redwood planter boxes. There were the sights of young people, smiling and earnest, cleaning windows that may not have been cleaned in months, maybe a year. And there was the flurry of activity that comes with the group-painting of murals, accompanied by murmuring voices of encouragement as some half-dozen people brushed or slathered pigments onto a multipurpose-room wall, images of letters and words spelling out “The Leader in Me.”
But most of all, there was in the air a sense of unity, of working together for a common purpose: The improvement of Anna Kyle Elementary in Fairfield on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national day of service, the only federal holiday observed as such and known for the expression “a day on, not a day off.”
Drawing some 225 volunteers (14 years and older), their sleeves turned up and ready to work in teams large and small, the daylong action at the TK-5 Kidder Avenue school was the 10th annual MLK Jr. Workday sponsored by Rebuilding Together Solano County, Kaiser Permanente, Home Depot and Republic Services of Fairfield.
Source: A day on, not off – The Reporter
By Susan Hiland
Potential employees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District lined up outside the main office building early Saturday in hopes of finding a new job.
The Winter Recruitment and Hiring Fair drew about 200 contenders who interviewed and even received job offers on the spot.
“We do about five job fairs a year,” said Cheryl Jones, assistant director of Human Resources and Retention. “With the teacher shortage and competition from other schools, we have also started doing boutique fairs.”
Source: Fairfield-Suisun district eager to fill teacher slots for coming school year
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
What started as small talk between a mother and her daughter’s classmate has provided lunches for Tolenas School students.
Jordan Dade was walking her daughter McKenna Dade to kindergarten when the mom spoke with one of the boys and he told her that he lived in a motel.
“I was floored,” Jordan Dade said.
Could it be the boy’s house was being remodeled, she wondered?
She spoke with McKenna’s teacher and was told that a number of students in the district live in motels.
Source: Tolenas student raises funds to pick up lunch tab