Legacy of King found in community work, advancement – Daily Republic

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

A day on, not off – The Reporter

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

Fairfield-Suisun district eager to fill teacher slots for coming school year – Daily Republic

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

Tolenas student raises funds to pick up lunch tab – Daily Republic

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

NorthBay Healthcare ‘elves’ bring Christmas cheer to Fairview – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Aaliyah White snuggled in her new multicolor blanket Wednesday as she ate pizza.

In a Christmas gift bag, almost as tall as her, the Fairview transitional kindergarten student showed off a bevy of gifts provided by NorthBay Healthcare’s administrative medical staff.

She announced each item – a coloring book, a stuffed bear, a hat, socks, gloves, crayons, a card game and Hatchimal.

The coloring book and crayons were her favorites, she said, adding that she loved everything.

Source: NorthBay Healthcare ‘elves’ bring Christmas cheer to Fairview

Retired teachers group raises money for Camp Fire victims, Green Valley school band, area teachers – Daily Republic

By Suzanne Carlson

Solano retired teachers were in a generous mood at the Division 24 California Retired Teachers Association holiday party Dec. 4 at The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano.

Members collected $3,285 for the Butte County Camp Fire victims and $700 for grants for teachers in Solano County. The retired teachers also donated $723 to the Green Valley Middle School band program.

The jazz band, under the direction of Dan Peckham, provided holiday music for the organization’s festive event.

Source: Community News: Retired teachers group raises money for Camp Fire victims, Green Valley school band, area teachers

Committee invites Fairfield high schoolers to Japan student exchange info session – Daily Republic

By Arletta Kelley Cortright

The Fairfield-Nirasaki 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 and their parents are invited to attend an information meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive.

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 high school student residents of Fairfield who attend schools outside of the two districts.

Source: Community News: Committee invites Fairfield high schoolers to Japan student exchange info session

Fairfield-Suisun board hears process for Armijo mascot review – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board got a first look Thursday at the process to review whether or not the Armijo High School mascot – the Indian – is an appropriate mascot in the 21st century or if it should be changed.

They also heard from people who consider themselves stakeholders in the outcome – both for and against continued use of the mascot.

Speakers who support keeping the current mascot spoke of the history of the school that was founded in 1891 and its legacy among its graduates, and the costs associated with essentially rebranding the school. One described the depiction of the Indian mascot as “beautiful and respectful.”

Source: Fairfield-Suisun board hears process for Armijo mascot review

Info meeting Wednesday, December 12, for student exchange visit to Japan – Daily Republic

By Arletta Kelley Cortright

The Fairfield-Nirasaki 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 and their parents are invited to attend an information meeting on at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, located at 1200 Civic Center Drive in Fairfield.

Any high school student in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District or Travis Unified School District is eligible to apply to be part of the summer exchange delegation, as well as high school student residents of Fairfield attending schools outside of the district.

Source: Press Release: Info meeting Wednesday, December 12, for student exchange visit to Japan

State grant will fund education wellness centers in Fairfield, Dixon – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education, in partnership with the Dixon School District, has received a $509,378 grant to develop wellness centers at four education sites.

The centers will be located at Solano County Office of Education’s Golden Hills Education Center in Fairfield, and at Anderson Elementary, Gretchen Higgins Elementary and Dixon High in Dixon. The goal is to have them up and running with the 2019-20 school year.

Source: State grant will fund education wellness centers in Fairfield, Dixon

Mundy Elementary staff, students collect candy for troops – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Staff, faculty and students at Nelda Mundy Elementary collected nearly 1,000 pounds of candy as part of a candy collection contest running between October and November. The contest, first conceived by Fairfield’s GV Smiles dentist Dr. Evan Chang and coordinated by Mundy assistant principal, Sherry McCormick, principal Jeff Kubiak and teacher Maria Vermes. After the candy was collected, it was donted to two non-profit groups, Operation with Love from Home, and Operation Gratitude, which will coordinate to ship the candy to troops serving overseas.

Source: Mundy Elementary staff, students collect candy for troops

Unhealthy air quality closes schools countywide Friday – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

School districts from Vallejo to Dixon are closed Friday as air quality continues to be poor due to drifting smoke from the Camp Fire in Paradise.

The message from Vacaville Unified School District Superintendent Jane Shamieh, posted on the district website, read: “We have decided to close schools and the district office tomorrow due to another forecast of air quality in the “unhealthy” range. Please know that we do not take closing schools lightly, and we understand that this can have significant financial impact on our families. Under normal circumstances, we would remain open at AQI levels of 151-200, however we have concerns about the prolonged exposure to staff and students occurring this week.”

Similar messages were posted on the district pages of the Travis, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Kairos Public Schools and Vallejo school district websites.

Source: Unhealthy air quality closes schools countywide Friday – The Reporter

Kaiser and Rotary Team Up to Salute Good Teen Character – Daily Republic

By Fairfield Suisun Rotary Club

The Fairfield Suisun Rotary Club will partner with Kaiser Permanente this year to present its Fifth Annual Teen Good Character Awards, it was announced today.

“Kaiser Permanente has been a consistent partner with us through the years in providing quality programs to our youth. We are excited to co-sponsor this program with them this year,” said Kendall Hillman, Rotary Club President.

The Awards Ceremony will be held February 8, 2019, at the Kroc Center in Suisun starting at 6 PM.

Source: Good News: Kaiser and Rotary Team Up to Salute Good Teen Character

Student exchange to Japan info meeting set – Daily Republic

By Arletta Kelley Cortright

The Fairfield-Nirasaki 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 and their parents are invited to attend an information meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive.

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 high school student residents of Fairfield who attend schools outside of the two districts.

Source: Student exchange to Japan info meeting set

Schools doing their part to improve Downtown Fairfield – Daily Republic

By Brian Miller, Paul Nguyen and Tim Goree

Children are the future: future leaders, entrepreneurs, and workers.

Education and investment into schools are fundamental factors of a community’s economic and workforce development engine. A community that produces an educated and skilled labor force and features successful schools creates a more attractive place for residents, businesses, and future employers.

With the adoption of the Heart of Fairfield Plan in 2017, the city began a new effort to strengthen and enhance the traditional center of the city. The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is an important partner in this effort, and is investing in local schools that serve the “Heart of Fairfield.”

Source: Economic Notes: Schools doing their part to improve Downtown Fairfield

Fantastic Field Conducting – Daily Republic

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Rodriguez HS Entertainment Unit (REU) attended the 15th Annual Folsom High School Fall Festival. This competition featured the Field Show element only. The band did exceptionally well, especially in the Field Conducting category. The Drum Majors placed 1st in our Division (5A) for Field Conducting and also received the honor of High Field Conducting, which is the equivalent of a Sweepstakes award, overall. The band also earned three 2nd place trophies: Field Show Division 5A, Brass overall, and Woodwinds overall. The percussion unit, comprised of Drumline and Front Ensemble, earned a solid 3rd place overall. Color Guard placed 3rd overall although there was no trophy awarded for this particular placement at this specific competition. The REU took home a total of six trophies. Well done all!

Source: Good News: RHSEU: Fantastic Field Conducting

Fairfield, Benicia trade center tour focus on Solano, Napa high schoolers – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

More than 150 Solano and Napa high school students will tour trade training centers Friday, including two in Fairfield and one in Benicia.

The Carpenters 46 Northern and Sheetmetal Workers Local 104, both in Fairfield, and the Heat and Frost Insulators Local 16 in Benicia are stops on the tour.

“This partnership is based on a commitment to make graduating students aware of excellent career options in our area. The tour is a great experience for them, as they are able to use specialized tools and ask questions directly to labor leaders and trainers,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement released Thursday.

Source: Fairfield, Benicia trade center tour focus on Solano, Napa high schoolers

FHS grad Peyton Bailey adds spark to Briar Cliff Chargers – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

Teams for whom Peyton Bailey plays just seem to do better.

The Fairfield High football team was 5-5 his senior year in 2015, when he made the All-Solano County Athletic Conference first team on defense, second team on offense. The Falcons have gone 2-26 since.

Sacramento City College was 6-5 in 2016 and 8-3 in 2017 in his two years with the Panthers, 3-7 the year before he got there, 4-5 this season.

Prior to 2018, Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, had never had a winning season in football since beginning play in 2004. Its high-water mark was 5-6 in 2006, its longest winning streak two games – attained four times.

Source: FHS grad Peyton Bailey adds spark to Briar Cliff Chargers

Rodriguez art students conceive, create first mural – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Rodriguez High has a new mural, thanks to the efforts of AP art teacher Lynne Larsen and her students.

It’s the first student-painted mural at the high school.

Each student had the opportunity to be part of the work by completing the mural class assignment. Larsen presented the finished works to the administration and owner of the proposed mural location.

The concept from Nyla Fukushima, a 16-year-old junior, was chosen.

Source: Rodriguez art students conceive, create first mural

Fairfield school, post-acute rehab continue 34-year Halloween tradition – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

The halls were alive with the sound of music Wednesday morning as approximately 80 kindergartners walked around Fairfield Post-Acute Rehab while singing a happy Halloween tune.

Lou Anderson, who has called the center home for six years, greeted the youngsters and their parent and teacher chaperones. She sat to the left of the entry door in a Queen of Hearts costume.

Anderson pulled together what she had on hand, a dress with hearts on it, a pink turban and a cat eye mask she made in arts and crafts.

“I sort of cobbled it together,” she said.

The annual visit makes residents happy, she said. The children seem to enjoy it also, she said. It’s also a trek down memory lane.

Source: Fairfield school, post-acute rehab continue 34-year Halloween tradition