Fairfield-Suisun superintendent’s contract up for school board vote – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Trustees in the Fairfield-Suisun School District will consider a contract Thursday for the district’s top administrator that if approved will likely push her total compensation past the $300,000 mark.

Kris Corey became superintendent July 1, 2013, upon the retirement of Jacki Cottingim-Dias.

Corey had served as the assistant superintendent of educational services since July 2010. Her tenure with the district began in 1987 as a teacher. She served for seven years as principal of Foxboro Elementary in the neighboring Travis School District before returning to Fairfield-Suisun.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun superintendent’s contract up for school board vote

New superintendent contract goes before FSUSD board Thursday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A four-year contract with Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Superintendent Kris Corey goes before the district’s governing board Thursday.

The initial base pay of $270,000 annually will increase 2 percent per year, with a satisfactory evaluation.

She will also earn 25 days of vacation annually, with pay, and receive 15 days of sick leave each year.

The district will also provide her with a $200,000 life insurance policy and contribute $14,500 annually to a tax-sheltered instrument she chooses.

Source: New superintendent contract goes before FSUSD board Thursday

Fairfield-Suisun schools safer with new defibrillators installed – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Fairfield-Suisun School District is going to help make its students a little safer over the summer by installing automated electronic defibrillators at 18 schools.

AED devices are key to curtailing deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest.

The school district and Medic Ambulance Service Inc. held a brief press conference Monday at Armijo High School to announce the installation of the units.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun schools safer with new defibrillators installed

Scholarships given to Fairfield, Armijo students – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Eight graduating seniors from Fairfield high schools have been awarded scholarships through the Solano Community Foundation.

Alejandro Oseguera-Perez and Spenser Hilz will receive two-year scholarships totaling $5,000 each from the Fairfield High School Staff Scholarship Endowment Fund. Diana Gutierrez Sandoval, Ramee Jones, Nia Warren-McCall and Nicholas A. Kahrimanian each get one-year $2,500 scholarships from the same fund, the foundation announced Thursday.

Source: Good News: Scholarships given to Fairfield, Armijo students

Medic, Fairfield-Suisun district partner to install AEDs at school sites – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Fairfield-Suisun School District and Medic Ambulance Service Inc. are collaborating on a plan to install 18 Automated Electronic Defibrillators in 18 local schools, according to a press release.

AED devices are key to curtailing deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest. The release states as many as 460,000 people die in the United States each year due to sudden cardiac arrest and that employing an AED within 8 to 10 minutes of such a heart attack can triple the likelihood the patient survives the experience.

The installation of these additional AEDs throughout the Fairfield‐Suisun School District is another step in the district’s continuing effort to be prepared when an emergency situation arises, said Jennifer Taylor, assistant of human resources and risk management for the school district, in a press release.

Source: Medic, Fairfield-Suisun district partner to install AEDs at school sites

Grange Middle School breaks ground on campus projects – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

By the end of next year, Grange Middle School students will no long have to eat lunch out in the heat of a late spring day or the rains of mid-January.

They will also have a modernized and larger library, a new locker room, space for an innovation lab for programs such as their robotics, and, for the adults, more parking.

That is the bottom line for the $23 million project that broke ground Thursday with students, educators, parents and local officials turning the first dirt.

Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey described the year-long project as one of the forefront projects that is being funded by the Measure J bond funds.

Source: Grange Middle School breaks ground on campus projects

Renovation work to bring whole new Sheldon school – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

By the time students walk onto the Woolner Avenue campus at Sheldon Academy for Innovative Learning after a renovation project scheduled to finish in 2019, the Sheldon Cougars will officially be done using the expression, “old school.”

Fairfield-Suisun School District officials, members of the Board of Trustees, Sheldon faculty and staff, as well as some current students took part in a celebration Wednesday to break ground for a major modernization project that will quite literally give the students a brand new school.

The estimated cost of the project is just shy of $27 million, which is available as part of the $249 million Measure J bond approved by Fairfield- and Suisun City-area voters in June 2016. The first $84 million of those bonds were sold in September 2016.

Source: Renovation work to bring whole new Sheldon school

Fairview Elementary School Begins Major Revamp – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Governing Board President, Superintendent, and site principal welcomed staff and community members to the Fairview Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony. This event, held on June 18th, recognized the kick-off of the long anticipated renovation and modernization of one of the District’s oldest elementary schools.

The project at Fairview Elementary includes a new administration and kindergarten complex, expanded parking lot, new library, expanded playground, and complete modernization of all existing classrooms. Students will be able to collaborate and learn in their new innovative learning environments.

“We are so grateful to our taxpayers for passing Measure J,” said Kris Corey, Superintendent of Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. “Fairview Elementary is one of our oldest facilities and in desperate need of upgrades. Our Fairview students, families, and staff members will appreciate this beautiful, welcoming facility.”

Source: Press Release: Fairview Elementary School Begins Major Revamp

2018 Graduation: Fairfield High School Top Students – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Francisco Avila

Highlights: Making memories and being able to graduate. Next year: Attending Sacramento State university. Career goal: Not yet sure. In 10 years: I see myself working in 10 years.

Ashley Carver

Highlights: I joined leadership, made many friends, and discovered that I wanted to be a nurse after taking anatomy. Next year: Attend Solano Community College to become a registered nurse. Career goal: Nurse practitioner or specialize in a field of nursing. In 10 years: I see myself working and possibly going to graduate school.

Source: 2018 Graduation: Fairfield High School Top Students

Alejandro Oseguera-Perez stands for his family, community – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Fairfield High senior Alejandro Oseguera-Perez is not several things. For instance, he is not twins nor is he a clone.

That might be hard to believe for some people at the Fairfield campus since Oseguera-Perez is involved in so many activities.

Fairfield principal Will Cushman joked, “I’ve had many conversations where I say to him, ‘It’s not possible for you to ever be in class,’ because he’s always everywhere.”

OK, so he’s not a clone, nor twins . . . but if someone tries to say Oseguera-Perez isn’t the closest thing someone can come to a model student-citizen, that is the easiest way to pick a fight with folks in the Falcon family.

Source: 2018 Graduation: Alejandro Oseguera-Perez stands for his family, community

2018 Graduation: Rodriguez High School Top Students – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Risham Aulakh

Highlights: Cross country and track and field team where I broke my personal records, scored points for the team, and made many memories with my teammates. Also being part of speech and debate, National Honors Society, Link Crew and volunteering at NorthBay. And making amazing friends that made high school memorable. Scholarships, awards: Scholar Athlete Award, Academic Achievement, Wendy High School Heisman Award, Most Improved Runner, Highest Honors, AP Scholar, from the FSUSD an award for having highest GPA in my CIF sanctioned sport. Next year: UC Davis for biological sciences. Career goal: Doctor. In 10 years: I hope to see myself happy in a field of medicine that I love and am excited to come back to every day while I help make people’s lives better.

Source: 2018 Graduation: Rodriguez High School Top Students

2018 Graduation: Armijo High School Top Students – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Melanie Acuna

Highlights: Going to prom with my friends and making into Highest Honors. Next year: Attending UC Davis in the fall. Career goal: Work within the medical field, like in pediatrics or work somewhere in international relations. In 10 years: I see myself having a stable job, working in various cities or countries, starting a family and traveling. I hope my job is something that I enjoy and has a huge impact on others.

Karim Aljamal

Highlights: Completing IB. Scholarships, awards: Assist-A-Grad, Eckman scholarship. Next year: Attending UCSC as a biomedical engineering major. Career goal: A successful engineer doing interesting research. In 10 years: Successful, doing interesting research.

Source: 2018 Graduation: Armijo High School Top Students

Armijo grad: ‘One milestone down, a lifetime to go’ – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

On one side of the chain-link fence stood about 500 graduates donning purple and gold caps and gowns.

On the other, a sea of humanity hoping to catch a glimpse of the family member and/or friend as they received their high school diploma from Armijo High School.

Joshua Vazquez, who wants to attend the University of California, Davis, got some last-minute wardrobe touch-ups from older sister Jennifer Vazquez, a member of the Armijo High Class of 2015.

She helped him adjust the brightly colored serape sash and another that featured the colors of Mexico. Then, it was picture time.

Source: Armijo grad: ‘One milestone down, a lifetime to go’

Students earn diplomas and start new adventures – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Fairfield-Suisun Adult School graduates were cheered by family and friends as they crossed the stage Friday at the Fairfield Community Center to receive there diplomas. After all, it was a celebration of a new chapter opening in their lives.

Principal James Woods was emcee for the ceremony. He thanked the families for helping the students reach their goals and achieve a GED.

“Some of you transported them, made meals for them, baby-sit children for them and all that helped them reach their goals,” he said.

The sentiment was not lost on the graduates themselves.

Source: Students earn diplomas and start new adventures

Fade to Black: Falcons grads soar high – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

One by one, graduates from schools throughout the region walked across the stage and collected their diplomas as the seniors at Fairfield High School watched and waited.

As one of the final schools in the area to graduate Friday night, the Falcons graduates would like to say they saved the best for last.

Principal Will Cushman suggested the Class of 2018 was saving the best for what’s next.

“Whatever path you choose, I promise you this won’t be the biggest moment of your life,” Cushman said, acknowledging the cliches that often highlight a high school graduation. “This is one great moment out of many, many great moments that life holds for you.”

Source: Fade to Black: Falcons grads soar high

‘End of the beginning’ for Rodriguez High School graduates – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

It’s fitting that the Rodriguez High School Class of 2018 chose for itself a quote by Winston Churchill related to a moment not being the beginning or the end but perhaps the end of the beginning.

These graduates recognized themselves as children of Y2K, formed by everything that has constructed the 21st century thus far.

The graduates also signify the end of the beginning in another way. The Rodriguez graduates are comprised of traditional high school students and 33 students from the associated Early College High School program – a hybrid high school-college program at Solano College.

Source: ‘End of the beginning’ for Rodriguez High School graduates

Public Safety Academy grads take step toward future – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

When graduating senior and Cadet Commander Samuel Perez joined the Public Safety Academy seven years ago, he was planning to enter law enforcement.

Now, on the verge of getting his diploma, the 18-year-old Class of 2018 PSA graduate plans to attend Humboldt State University this fall with the goal of entering politics.

“I have been waiting for this day for seven years,” Perez said, expressing a common sentiment of his peers shared at Thursday’s graduation ceremony.

Source: Public Safety Academy grads take step toward future

Fairfield-Suisun grad puts drive into future with car gift – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

As the late-night infomercials often say, “but wait, there’s more!”

The three graduates of the Matt Garcia Career and College Academy walked away Wednesday from their graduation day like most seniors – with a well-earned diploma in hand. But that wasn’t all.

One graduate, Asia Robinson, also left with a special gift thanks to the generosity of Fairfield resident MiLinnda Dalton, with the other two grads, C’Tara Dixson and Aunna Jimenez, leaving with what TV game shows might call, “valuable parting gifts” as well.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun grad puts drive into future with car gift

Small, determined class moves on from Matt Garcia academy – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Life is rarely smooth sailing throughout.

Often, there are starts and stops, unforeseen obstacles. Such was the case Wednesday afternoon during the Matt Garcia Career and College Academy graduation ceremony at the Fairfield Civic Center’s Willow Hall.

Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey missed the ceremony as she was serving jury duty, student speaker Asia Robinson had to periodically pause her speech to manage her tears and C’Tara Dixson had to take time to deal with a pesky mortar board that refused to stay put.

But the defining trait of the three-person graduating class is one of determination and perseverance. And so the Class of 2018 carried on and eventually claimed the diplomas that signified the end of a long and sometimes trying odyssey.

Source: Small, determined class moves on from Matt Garcia academy

Sem Yeto grads ascend into futures they once could not see – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Each night as the sunlight thins, yet brightens the line of the horizon, many dream about what is beyond the descending curve of the day.

But high school graduates see a rising horizon, with ascending paths going out in many directions from which to choose.

Jazzmene MccBerry, a Sem Yeto senior from the Fairfield High School campus, told her classmates Wednesday night that she lacked focus, lacked self-esteem “and didn’t have any hope for a future.”

It mattered not to her how many paths were in front of her, because they all led nowhere.

Source: Sem Yeto grads ascend into futures they once could not see