2017 Fairfield High grad works for NASA – Daily Republic

By Lorena Anderson

Like many young women, Calista Lum absorbed the message that she was not as capable as her male peers when it came to science, technology, engineering and math.

She wanted to pursue physics, engineering and data analysis because she enjoyed them.

When she enrolled at the University of California, Merced, she joined the Merced Nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing. She’s mentored by physics professor Sayantani Ghosh and graduate student William Delmas, whom she credits with a great deal of her success thus far.

Source: 2017 Fairfield High grad works for NASA

RHSEU: U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Mentors REU – Daily Republic

By RHSEU Boosters Communications Officer

For the Fall 2019 Marching Season we have the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding musicians from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. During the first hour of our Thursday night practices until the end of the season they will be working with different sections of the REU helping to refine the students’ techniques. Over the next several weeks we will be posting a short submission highlighting each one of these Airmen-musicians. We are also working on a blog for our website. Coming soon.

The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West is stationed at Travis Air Force Base here in Fairfield, CA and is the only active duty Air Force Band west of the Rockies. With a history dating back to 1941, the current band is a descendant of two different Air Force Bands: the 15th Air Force Band and the North American Air Defense Command Band. It is comprised of 60 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians and is under the command of Major Joseph S. Hansen. They have performed in civilian communities in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Nevada in over 250 annual performances for 1.5 million listeners. In addition to performing, the band supports 13 Air Force bases, 8 Air Force Reserve Wings and 6 recruiting squadrons.

Source: Good News: RHSEU: U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Mentors REU

Students get a kick out of soccer at Fairfield Special Olympics event – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The athlete oath for the Special Olympics is “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

”That motto was definitely reflected in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s annual Special Olympics soccer event at Fairfield High School’s Schaefer Stadium. The event was less about competition than it was about providing students with special needs a chance to have fun and strive for successful athleticism in a supportive environment, although the competitive aspect was certainly there.

Approximately, 400 students from nine elementary schools in the district turned out to participate in the fifth annual event, which was the first unified sports event held after FSUSD became a part of the Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program in 2015.

Source: Students get a kick out of soccer at Fairfield Special Olympics event – The Reporter

RHSEU: Sweeps 2019 Del Oro Spectacular – Daily Republic

Saturday, October 19, 2019, the Rodriguez HS Entertainment Unit attended the 41st Annual Del Oro High School Spectacular in Loomis, CA and they took the show! Starting with the morning events, REU Percussion took 1st Place Street Percussion Overall. It’s been over six years since the REU have performed in the Street Percussion category. Pit Captain Taylor Slight performed solo with Battery in Del Oro, however the routine is still being refined and will soon include more members from Pit. (video on our Facebook)

Source: Good News: RHSEU: Sweeps 2019 Del Oro Spectacular

Attendance Awareness poster winners announced – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education this week announced the winners of the 2019 Solano Countywide Attendance Awareness Poster Contest, according to a press release.

September was Attendance Awareness Month and SCOE hosted the contest to provide school districts the opportunity to engage students in conversations about the critical role that school attendance has on student achievement. 72 students from school districts across Solano County submitted posters for consideration in the contest.

There were three categories in the contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. These students will be recognized at their respective district school board meetings.

Source: Attendance Awareness poster winners announced

Youth runners push themselves in annual Doug Butt Run – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Schoolchildren from across Fairfield and Suisun were running throughout Laurel Creek Park, Wednesday, which is exactly what the namesake of the annual Doug Butt Run would have wanted.

In a 2009 Daily Republic article about the former Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District physical education teacher’s death, Butt was described as a “titan on the fitness scene in Fairfield.”

But it was this run, the former FSUSD elementary cross country meet, which now bears Doug Butt’s name that his two passions are combined – his love of fitness and his desire to share that love with the schoolchildren he taught for so many years.

Source: Youth runners push themselves in annual Doug Butt Run

RHSEU: Begins New 2019 Fall Season with Eight Trophies – Daily Republic

By RHSEU Boosters

Saturday, October 12, 2019, the Rodriguez High School Entertainment Unit began their 2019 Fall Season by attending the 8th Annual Franklin High School Invitational Band Review in Elk Grove, California. This Review attracts bands from Northern California and Nevada. The Jazz, Concert, Parade, and Street Percussion competitions were hosted by Franklin High School while Consumnes Oaks High School hosted the Field Show portion.

The REU competed in the Parade, Street Percussion, and Field Show categories at the 5A level. The band performs “Joyce’s 71st New York Regiment March” for their street performance. The Field Show this year titled “The Road Not Taken” by John M. Meehan features four soloists. The students performed outstandingly for their first competition performances of the season.

Source: Good News: RHSEU: Begins New 2019 Fall Season with Eight Trophies

State schools superintendent discusses education at Solano breakfast – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Elected officials, school board trustees and superintendents from throughout Solano got an understanding Thursday of the current state and future of education at Solano County Office of Education’s annual State of Education Breakfast Forum.

State superintendent of public instruction Tony Thurmond was the guest speaker.

With the theme of “Full STEAM Ahead,” the breakfast was an opportunity to bring educators, business leaders and elected officials together for a discussion on educational opportunities and showcase what certain school districts are doing to prepare students for the workforce in the new decade, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Source: State schools superintendent discusses education at Solano breakfast – The Reporter

Teenage years shaped Superintendent Martinez’s career | Pioneer Press

By The Pioneer

“Education saved my life,” Robert Martinez said last week in his office for the past month as the new Mt. Diablo Unified School District Superintendent.

He grew up in Southern California as the youngest child in a middle class Mexican American family home, where his parents insisted their children speak English. His life changed forever after his mother died when he was 13.

Within three years he uprooted himself from the home he shared with his overwhelmed dad to move in with an older brother, who required that to stay there the 16-year-old needed to go to school and get a job.

Source: Teenage years shaped Superintendent Martinez’s career, educational views |

Ball Metal Car Show helps area schools – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Rick Seidenzahl of Vacaville has brought one of his four vintage cars to every Ball Metal Car Show. His daughter, Jennifer Murray, also brings her car – a 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS. They both work for Ball Metal Beverage Packaging Company.

“It’s for a good cause,” Seidenzahl said, “and it helps the community.”

Ball Metal Beverage Packaging Company hosted its sixth annual car show Saturday to help raise money and classroom supplies for local schools, with registrants able to enter the show by donating school supplies.

Source: Ball Metal Car Show helps area schools

Matt Garcia Foundation keeps namesake’s legacy alive, cleans up Fairfield’s downtown – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Downtown Fairfield has yellow-vested street cleaners walking both sides of the road looking for trash the last Saturday of each month. It’s a tradition begun by Matt Garcia and continued for the past 11 years by the foundation that carries his name.

Matt Garcia, the youngest city councilman elected in the state of California in November 2007, was 22 years old when he was shot and killed in Fairfield on Sept. 1, 2008, but that wasn’t the end of his story.

Teresa and Raymond Courtemanche, Matt Garcia’s mother and stepfather, help the volunteers set up tables and tents at the Starbuck’s on Texas Street on the last Saturday of the month year round for the Matt Garcia Foundation.

Source: Matt Garcia Foundation keeps namesake’s legacy alive, cleans up Fairfield’s downtown

Teen filmmaker sets out to change female roles in horror movies – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Some 16-year-old girls dream of romance, a knight in shining armor, a white picket fence and children.

Indica DeRose views the world from a different vantage point. The teen, who finished high school early, will make her second appearance at next weekend’s Benicia Film Festival.

Her film, “Just Girly Things,” was inspired by a 195os-era publication “Who’s Looking at You?” that offered advice on how to look one’s best and attract a husband. She found it in a Benicia antique store and began to peruse it, coming up with an idea for a film.

Source: Teen filmmaker sets out to change female roles in horror movies

Dan O. Root II: Navy commander, educator, superintendent, Mr. Suisun City – Daily Republic

By Tony Wade

Daniel Ornon Root II was a Navy veteran, teacher, school superintendent, public servant, community advocate and a husband and father. He loved the little hamlet he adopted after moving to Solano County from Yreka and was affectionately known as “Mr. Suisun City.”

Dan O. Root II’s father was Ross Root, not Dan O. Root I – that would be his grandfather. Dan O. Root II’s son, Dan O. Root III, was, like his father, a teacher at Armijo High School. And there is also a Dan O. Root IV and a Dan O. Root V.

Born April 23, 1899, in Wood River, Nebraska, Dan O. Root II earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for several years before becoming an educator. Root taught in Wyoming, the San Joaquin Valley and Yreka before coming to Armijo High School in 1937 to teach math and coach athletics.

Source: Back in the Day: Dan O. Root II: Navy commander, educator, superintendent, Mr. Suisun City

Saddle up your support for teen programming – 2019 PAL-beque at Jelly Belly! – Daily Republic

By Heather-Rae Sanderson

Get ready to chow down on Saturday, September 14, 2019 6:00p.m. as we round up resources and support for local teens and their families with a community PAL-beque at Jelly Belly, One Jelly Belly Lane, in Fairfield.

“Wow, I wish they had all that when I was a teen!”

We hear that all the time when we share what happens at the PAL Center. Here is your chance to help Fairfield PAL continue and grow! Join us Saturday, September 14 for a PAL-beque at Jelly Belly, in Fairfield! One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to providing local teens with meaningful experiences and programs!

Source: Good News: Saddle up your support for teen programming in Fairfield and join us for 2019 PAL-beque at Jelly Belly!

They’re back: Fairfield-Suisun students begin 2019-20 school year – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Students in the Fairfield-Suisun School District poured into classrooms Monday at the elementary, middle and high schools.

There were some tears and a lots of cheers. Those traveling the surface streets in Fairfield and Suisun City noticed an increase in traffic from about 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Patience was the key to those seeking parking spaces and help at the school office as lines stretched out the door.

More than 950 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders entered under an arch of black and yellow balloons at Grange Middle School. Waiting for them were teachers with pompoms, handmade signs and lots of cheering.

Source: They’re back: Fairfield-Suisun students begin 2019-20 school year

Students, parents, district staff tour Public Safety Academy’s new buildings – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

“It’s amazing. I can’t believe this is the school I go to,” incoming Public Safety Academy seventh-grader Ashley Sluder said Thursday.

She then demonstrated in the gym how much easier it will be for her and her fellow students to exercise in the new gym, which can hold more than 1,100 people.

Jumping jacks often meant one person would jump to the side, almost colliding with another student. Stretching out her arms, Sluder showed the amount of room she will enjoy when the school year begins Monday.

Source: Students, parents, district staff tour Public Safety Academy’s new buildings

Teens spruce up Armijo’s garden for open house – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Volunteers spent the past two days helping Armijo High’s Garden of Hope prepare for its showcase at the school’s open house next month.

The 2,400-square-foot plot is the dream of Sylvia Herrera, a 21-year teaching veteran at the school.

The idea was planted in her mind a few years ago. She credits principal Sheila Smith for her support in the venture.

Brothers Isaiah and Isaac Powell were there early Tuesday to help out. Isaiah, who will be a junior, also helped out in the garden during the spring semester.

Source: Teens spruce up Armijo’s garden for open house – Daily Republic

FSUSD Project Lit: Growing Readers and Leaders – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District students will have the opportunity to participate in diverse book clubs tied to community service this upcoming school year thanks to a Solano Community Foundation Education Plus! Grant. Teacher librarians in the district will use grant funds to start Project LIT Book Clubs for teens in the community. Project LIT Community is a national, grassroots Literacy movement, in which a team of dedicated teachers and students work together in forming a school-wide – and sometimes community-wide Literary Community.

FSUSD and Project LIT Community envision a future where all children become proficient, passionate readers who see the joy and value of reading, and who possess the literacy skills to choose their post-secondary path. In order for this to become a reality, every child deserves access to high-interest, culturally relevant books both inside and outside of school. Additionally, every child deserves daily opportunities to read, celebrate and discuss great books with peers and adults in their community.

Source: FSUSD Project Lit: Growing Readers and Leaders – Daily Republic

NorthBay tourney helps advance USTA’s ‘Net Gen’ program – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Young tennis fans will get to learn about the game again this October when the NorthBay Healthcare Men’s Pro Championship returns to Solano Community College.

The professional tournament benefits the Chris Cammisa Tennis and Education Foundation, a nonprofit that not only helped establish the men’s and women’s tennis programs at SCC, but also provides tennis and a related educational program to underserved youth in Solano County.

One of the ways of reaching out to youth during the tournament is by using the U.S. Tennis Association’s Net Generation Program. The mission of “Net Gen” is to introduce children to tennis, a sport they might not normally be exposed to but could potentially play the rest of their lives. Racquets, balls and pop-up nets are all provided.

Source: NorthBay tourney helps advance USTA’s ‘Net Gen’ program – Daily Republic

Niche Ranks Fairfield-Suisun Schools – Patch.com

By Maggie Avants

Public Safety Academy is the top-ranked school in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, according to new rankings released Monday by Niche. The company gave Public Safety Academy an overall grade of A- and ranked it the 362nd-best public high school in the state of California.

Here is how Niche graded other Fairfield-Suisun schools:

  • Armijo High School, B, 968th-best public high school in the state
  • Dan O. Root Elementary School, B-

Source: Niche Ranks Fairfield-Suisun Schools – Patch.com