Fairfield-Suisun school district agenda: Measure J contracts, 2017-18 budget update – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Several large construction contracts, some of them related to Measure J, and an update on Gov. Jerry Brown’s “May revise” state budget are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

The seven-member governing board is expected to approve a $131,000 contract, funded by Measure J, with All Commercial Fence, a Waterford-based firm in Stanislaus County, for a fencing project at Green Valley Middle School.

But trustees will reject a $317,000 bid, because it was the only one, to refurbish Armijo High lockers, and re-bid the project, also funded by Measure J, at an unspecified date.

Measure J was the $249 million school bond measure passed by voters in June 2016, to upgrade aging schools in the sprawling district, the largest in Solano County, with more than 21,000 students across more than two dozen campuses.

 

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school district agenda: Measure J contracts, 2017-18 budget update

End-of-year events honor Solano successes – Daily Republic

By Mayrene Bates

There are so many sad and terrible things happening at home and around the world that it brings tears to one’s eyes from time to time, but it’s also the time of the year that I get the opportunity to attend wonderful events that honor the successes of our schools, parents and business community partners.

Throughout history there have been few events of significance that have occurred purely by accident, someone once said. And, this time of the year, educators, parents, students, volunteers and business partners come together at many sites around Solano County to honor and celebrate educator and student accomplishments.

I try to attend as many events as I can and even for the ones that I do attend, this space would not come anywhere near covering all of them. This is, indeed, a great thing that there are so many accomplishments to celebrate.

Source: End-of-year events honor Solano successes

Students monitor health of Solano waterways – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano Resource Conservation District announced Thursday that a group of students from Benicia High School completed the last in a series of projects to monitor the health of creeks throughout Solano County.

Nearly 300 high school students participated in the program throughout the year, including students from Fairfield, Vacaville, Dixon, Rio Vista, Vallejo, Jesse Bethel and Benicia high schools, as well as the Mare Island Technology Academy.

The creeks studied included Laurel and Union Avenue Creeks in Fairfield; Alamo and Ulatis Creeks in Vacaville; and Blue Rock Springs, Chabot, Rindler and Sulphur Springs Creeks in Vallejo. The general purpose is to monitor the water quality in different areas throughout the county to help local officials make informed policy decisions, the district stated.

Source: Students monitor health of Solano waterways

Students countywide enjoy special prom at Armijo – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

They stomped and danced and threw beach balls in the air Friday morning all while clad for comfort and celebration.

Must have been the 25th annual prom for students with adapted physical education needs.

Bus after bus arrived from the Vacaville, Dixon and Fairfield-Suisun school districts, each carrying students of all ages who were ready to party.

The celebrants gathered in the Armijo High School gym, passing through entrances strewn with glittery silver stars.

Source: Students countywide enjoy special prom at Armijo

Armijo High School draws students countywide for prom – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

White string cheese and red grapes, a DJ playing “Gangnam Style” and photographers taking pictures – the 2017 prom Friday at the Armijo High School gym had it all.

More than 200 students from around Solano County came for the event with a quarter-century history. It is supported from the Associated Student Body of Armijo High and sponsored by employees of The Dutra Group dredging and marine construction company in the Bay Area.

The prom for adapted physical education and special education students got a new name a couple of years ago, said Lynne Lee, an adapted physical education instructor.

Source: Armijo High School draws students countywide for prom

Students help animals and community with project – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Caroline Chouvinard, a junior at Armijo High School, is a dog lover who wants to do something for animals but she is too young to work at a rescue center. So she came up with a solution that is part school project, part community project and an animal helper.

Since December, she has been hatching a project for her International Baccalaureate certificate, which has several requirements. One of those is community activity service.

“Students feel that they can’t make a difference in animal rescue because you have to be 18 years old to do it,” Chouvinard said. “So I organized a Walk for Pets.”

Source: Students help animals and community with project

Sam Tracas built a legacy in local education – Daily Republic

By Tony Wade

Before he became an Armijo High School teacher/vice principal and later the first principal of Fairfield High School, Sam Tracas grew up in the then-small town of Mishawaka, Indiana.

After graduating from high school in 1944, his family moved to California. He served in the Navy for two years, then went to UC Berkeley under the GI Bill. Tracas soon discovered a new-found appreciation for his old Indiana high school.

Source: Sam Tracas built a legacy in local education

Highest Honors commends students with 4.0 and higher grade-point average – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

They’ll attend the University of California, Berkeley; UCLA; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Solano College; and other schools, study subjects that include molecular biology and were recognized Thursday by the Fairfield-Suisun School District for earning a 4.0 grade-point average or higher.

“You work hard,” school board president Judi Honeychurch said to students. “You’re doing an amazing job.”

More than 100 students from Armjio, Fairfield and Rodriguez high schools and the Public Safety Academy gathered at Willow Hall at the Fairfield Civic Center for the Highest Honors awards ceremony.

Source: Highest Honors commends students with 4.0 and higher grade-point average

Dixon May Fair caters to special needs students with early opening – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

Friday marked Kid’s Day at the Dixon May Fair, but the fun started even earlier for students in special education classes from across Solano County.

The Jest in Time Circus on the Family Fun Stage was a favorite for students visiting from Tremont Elementary School in Dixon.

Laughter pealed from under the big top as “Topper Todd” and “Li Li Zucchini” exhibited their antics for the kids, parents and teachers with juggling pins, toilet paper and Lucky the little white dog.

Then it was on to the Butler Amusements Carnival for some thrills.

Source: Dixon May Fair caters to special needs students with early opening

Armijo’s Jordan Terrell signs letter of intent to George Fox – Daily Republic

By Marcus Lomtong

It’s not that often a student-athlete can play just three games of his senior season and still get the opportunity to play baseball at the next level.

That ‘s the case for Armijo High baseball player Jordan “JoJo” Terrell, who signed a national letter of intent, Friday, to play baseball at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

Source: Armijo’s Jordan Terrell signs letter of intent to George Fox

Brendan Erwin to run for University of St. Mary after career at Armijo – Daily Republic

By Marcus Lomtong

Running long distances is Brendan Erwin’s specialty for the Armijo High cross country and track teams.

He won’t have to run a long distance to go to college, but he will have to travel a long distance, having signed a national letter of intent inside E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium, Friday, to the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kan., on a full-ride scholarship.

Erwin didn’t choose the Spires because the campus is more than 1,700 miles away, though. In fact, he chose them because life after athletics is just as important as being a student-athlete.

Source: Brendan Erwin to run for University of St. Mary after career at Armijo

Benicia High School honored for exemplary arts education – Times Herald

By Katy St. Clair

The California Department of Education is recognizing Benicia High School for its “Exemplary Program in Arts Education.”

Benicia High had previously been selected as a “Gold Ribbon School” by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson for representing “best practices” in education.

The Public Safety Academy in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District also received the “Exemplary” honor for its “Career Technical Education.”

Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said that both schools served their community with “model practices” and support their students with “state-of-the-art programs.”

 

Source: Benicia High School honored for exemplary arts education

Trio of Fairfield-Suisun schools earn Honor Roll designation – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

It is a school administrator’s dream: Touting successful practices that improve outcomes for students.

But three Fairfield-Suisun Unified schools, out of nearly 1,900 statewide, have been recognized for doing just that by two national organizations, the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence.

Armijo High, K.I. Jones Elementary and the Public Safety Academy have been deemed 2016 Honor Roll schools, part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students.

Schools receiving this designation from California educators and business leaders “have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations,” Sheila McCabe, the district’s executive director of administrative services and community engagement, wrote in a press release.

 

Source: Trio of Fairfield-Suisun schools earn Honor Roll designation

Fairfield-Suisun school recognized for its career tech program – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Public Safety Academy, a Fairfield-Suisun Unified school, was one of 23 of 275 Golden Ribbon middle schools and high schools to receive an additional honor, of having an Exemplary Program in one of several areas: arts education, career technical education or physical activity and nutrition.

PSA, as it’s called for short, was recognized for its CTE program, according to a press release from the state Department of Education. Tom Torlakson, the state schools chief, made the announcement.

Laurie Halcomb is principal at the Atlantic Avenue school of choice, where students in grades five to 12 experience a rigorous academic program and career readiness for those interested in law enforcement, fire fighting, emergency response and other public safety-related fields.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school recognized for its career tech program

Three Solano schools make national business, education Honor Roll – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Armijo High School, KI Jones Elementary and the Public Safety Academy were selected as Honor Schools by a national campaign of business and education leaders, the Fairfield-Suisun School District said Tuesday.

The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students, the school district said.

Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the California academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations, the school district said.

Source: Three Solano schools make national business, education Honor Roll

Three honored during kickoff of ‘Break the Stigma’ mental health event – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Providers and a consumer were honored Wednesday at a Solano County Behavioral Health event to kick off mental health awareness month with its theme of “Break the Stigma.”

Annette Williams of the Matt Garcia Career and College Academy in Fairfield was a Community Hero award winner in the event held at the county offices on Courage Drive in Fairfield.

“It’s just a pleasure to be able to help students,” Williams said.

Source: Three honored during kickoff of ‘Break the Stigma’ mental health event

Two Solano schools named exemplary programs by state – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Public Safety Academy in Fairfield and Benicia High School have been selected for the Exemplary Program Award.

The academy is being honored for Career Technical Education, and Benicia High for its Arts Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced in a statement released through the county Office of Education.

“The recognition of these two schools highlights the range and depth of curricular options students have in Solano County’s School Districts. We thank the two schools for serving their communities with model practices and for supporting their students with state-of -the-art programs,”Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement announcing the awards.

Source: Two Solano schools named exemplary programs by state

Torlakson Announces Exemplary Program Awards – Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced additional honors for 23 of the 275 middle schools and high schools that were recognized as Gold Ribbon Schools last month.

Twenty-three of those Gold Ribbon Schools have been selected as having an Exemplary Program in Arts Education, Career Technical Education or Physical Activity and Nutrition. Schools applied separately for those honors. Luther Burbank Middle School in Los Angeles County and Granite Bay High School in Placer County are multiple winners recognized for Exemplary Programs in both Arts Education and Career Technical Education.

“We know that school offerings outside of core academic subject areas—in addition to sparking creative minds and producing healthy bodies—keep students engaged in school, connected, and on the path to graduation and 21st century careers and college. I congratulate these 23 Gold Ribbon schools on their outstanding work.”

Source: Torlakson Announces Exemplary Program Awards – Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)

Waelbrock, Porter, Solano County’s educators of the year – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Golden Hills Education Center Teacher Judith Waelbrock was announced Tuesday as Solano County’s 2017-18 teacher of the year.

Angela Porter, Benicia Middle School campus monitor, was chosen as the county’s classified school employee of the year.

“You promote collaboration and teamwork, and you step up to the challenges,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said to Waelbrock, Porter and the 11 other candidates who had earlier been named by their school districts.

Source: Waelbrock, Porter, Solano County’s educators of the year

Support for students, not divisive politics, prompts area teachers unions actions on May Day – Daily Republic

By Richard Bammer

Support for all students and their families, rather than overt protests of a political nature, prompted Vacaville-area school teachers to turn out by the dozens Monday morning, as part of nationwide May Day demonstrations against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and perceived threats to public education.

In Vacaville, teachers who are members of Vacaville Teachers Association began preparing for the statewide Day of Action, organized by the California Teachers Association, some six weeks ago, said Tracy Begley, president of the 680-member VTA.

Teachers and educators at more than a dozen Vacaville Unified school sites participated, she said, adding that teachers, staff, administrators and, in some cases, students wore red, black, a “school spirit” shirt or a VTA button.

In an interview and in a press release issue late in the day, Begley said the demonstrations were a way for the rank and file to say they supported district schools and all students.

 

Source: Support for students, not divisive politics, prompts area teachers unions actions on May Day