Japan Fest fundraiser returns to Fairfield for fifth year – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

Fairfield’s Sister City Exchange Program is hosting a fundraiser next month with Japanese music, dance, crafts and food for all ages.

The fifth annual Japan Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St.

Japan Fest is held the same weekend as the Tomato Festival, just three blocks away.

This year’s performers include Ensohza, a Japanese folk dance group, as well as the Wesley Ukulele Band from San Jose.

The Sacramento Kendo Club will give demonstrations of Japanese martial arts on stage.

Source: Japan Fest fundraiser returns to Fairfield for fifth year

Fairfield-Suisun School District seeks bond panel members – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Residents are sought to serve on the Measure J bond oversight committee that reviews Fairfield-Suisun School District spending of bond funds and issues an annual report on their findings.

The school district seeks a member representing a senior citizen’s group and a member-at-large from the general community.

Meetings are held every other month on the second Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Source: Fairfied-Suisun School District seeks bond panel members

Grading change doesn’t pass Fairfield-Suisun teachers test – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A change in grading policy that a teachers representative said would instruct students that they face no assignment deadlines has been tabled by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

Nancy Dunn, president of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association, said the proposal would allow students to get full credit for work turned in the last day of a grading period.

Dunn also told school district trustees on Thursday that the proposed revisions to the policy effects teacher workload and require negotiation.

Source: Grading change doesn’t pass Fairfield-Suisun teachers test

Fairfield student building leadership skills – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Briana Arbaca-Cervantes, a senior from Fairfield High School, will spend her summer navigating the nonprofit sector.

She was awarded a paid internship through a partnership between Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program and Junior Achievement, and will work on building her workforce and leadership skills.

The Junior Achivement is a volunteer-delivered, kindergarten through 12th-grade program to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential.

Source: Good news: Fairfield student building leadership skills

18 teachers hired after out-of-state recruitment – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Out-of-state recruitment trips led to the Fairfield-Suisun School District hiring 18 new teachers, Assistant Superintendent Rob Martinez said.

Six trips in March and April to New Mexico, Michigan, Oregon, Montana and twice to Colorado cost the school district $25,419, according to a report that went before trustees Thursday.

Trustee Chris Wilson asked about the number of teachers hired because of the trips.

Source: 18 teachers hired after out-of-state recruitment

Bench at Armijo High library will honor Andrew Lucas – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A request to dedicate a bench in front of the Armijo High School library in honor of Andrew Lucas, a student who died in a 2015 car crash along Waterman Boulevard, won approval Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.

Lucas’ friends created the club called “Andrew’s Bookshelf” that sends high school students to elementary schools to read to students. The club will cover costs for the bench in front of the library – Lucas’ favorite place on campus – to honor their friend.

“He was an exceptional student who participated in band and athletics at Armijo High School. He would have graduated June 2017,” wrote student Alex Peppard.

Source: Bench at Armijo High library will honor Andrew Lucas

Fairfield-Suisun leaders to consider budget – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Like so many California school districts in summertime, with their 2017-18 LCAPs and budgets sent to county offices of education, Fairfield-Suisun Unified has posted a relatively light agenda for its Thursday meeting in Fairfield.

Trustees will hear several presentations at the outset, including a report, delivered by students, about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Under the consent calendar, items typically approved in one collective vote, governing board members will OK a $1.13 million contract with the state Department of Education for child development services.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun leaders to consider budget

Fairfield-Suisun schools spur state law to pay for student field trips – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation by Assemblyman Jim Frazier allowing school districts to pay for student field trips to other states – a measure spurred by Fairfield-Suisun School District students competing in a robotics event in Kentucky.

“I thank Fairfield-Suisun School District for bringing the need for this legislation to my attention,” Frazier said in a press release.

“School districts have been explicitly prohibited from using funds to help students participate in field trips or educational excursions out of state,” said Frazier, D-Discovery Bay. “AB 341 changes this, allowing schools to use district funds to enhance educational opportunities by increasing access to student resources.”

Source: Fairfield-Suisun schools spur state law to pay for student field trips

Request for ‘Andrew’s Bookshelf’ bench back before Fairfield-Suisun trustees – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A request to dedicate a bench in front of the Armijo High School library in honor of Andrew Lucas, a student who died in a 2015 car crash along Waterman Boulevard, returns to Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees when they meet Thursday.

Trustees received the request as an information item at their June 22 meeting and can act Thursday.

Lucas’ friends created the club called “Andrew’s Bookshelf” that sends high school students to elementary schools to read to students. The club wants to place a bench in front of the library – Lucas’ favorite place on campus – to honor their friend, the request states.

Source: Request for ‘Andrew’s Bookshelf’ bench back before Fairfield-Suisun trustees

Teacher recruitment trips for Fairfield-Suisun School District – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Six trips to recruit teachers cost the Fairfield-Suisun School District $25,419, says a report that goes before the school board Thursday.

School district staff traveled in March and April to New Mexico, Michigan, Oregon, Montana and twice to Colorado for teacher recruitment fairs.Other

Other out-of-state travel includes a $9,470 trip by four employees from the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School to attend the Commission on Adult Basic Education Conference held April 2-5 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Source: Teacher recruitment trips cost $25,419 for Fairfield-Suisun School District

Back-to-school resource fair for FSUSD families – The Reporter

Fairfield-Suisun Unified schools kick off the new academic year on Aug. 16, a little more than five weeks from today.

So it is time for the district’s annual Back to School Resource Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1600 Union Ave.

District officials and event organizers say families are appreciative, students receive needed supplies, and community partners interact with attendees.

For businesses, nonprofits, agencies that wish to participate, to provide resources or services at the event, send an email to Liz Teresi, at LizTe@fsusd.org, by July 21.

Source: Back-to-school resource fair for FSUSD families

2017/18 Brings New Principal to Crescent Elementary School – FSUSD.org

Over the previous nineteen years, Ms. Jodie Phan has provided exceptional service to the students of Solano County in a number of capacities, and has steadfastly remained focused on improving academic environments for all students, as well as for the teachers and support staff that directly connect with children.

Ms. Phan currently serves as the Solano County Special Education Local Plan Agency (SELPA), where she is completing her third year. In this role, she has built and led programs such as the Alternative Dispute Process, and Community Advisory Committee for the SELPA, and though extremely successful has made a personal decision to return to FSUSD as a Principal in order to serve more directly with educators impacting students at the elementary school level.

Ms. Phan preciously worked in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District as both an Assistant Principal, and then Principal of Dan O. Root II Elementary School (2003-2010), prior to serving Vacaville School District as both a Principal, and as the Director of Special Education Services (2010-2014), when she began her work at the SELPA.

Trustees OK $220M Fairfield-Suisun school budget- Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A $220 million budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 won approval Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees as officials forecast future budget cuts.

Superintendent Kris Corey said in her budget message that districts throughout California will receive less revenue from the state than forecast – and the proposed federal budget also reduces funding for schools.

“The decreased revenues along with the increased costs, particularly in employee benefits, will cause our district to make future budget reductions,” Corey wrote.

Source: Trustees OK $220M Fairfield-Suisun school budget

School board eyes costs for Tahoe, New York City stays – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Lodging and training in Tahoe City and a New York City hotel stay – along with costs for catering by the Buckhorn restaurant – are among payments trustees for the Fairfield-Suisun School District take up Thursday.

The $8,750 for Granlibakken in Tahoe City covers registration for seven teachers for four nights of lodging, including all meals, to attend training Saturday through Wednesday with the California Association of World Schools International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the school district said.

Source: School board eyes costs for Tahoe, New York City stays

$220M budget goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A $220 million budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday with a message from Superintendent Kris Corey that districts throughout California will receive less revenue from the state than forecast – and the proposed federal budget also reduces funding for schools.

“The decreased revenues along with the increased costs, particularly in employee benefits, will cause our district to make future budget reductions,” Corey wrote.

Trustees in June 2016 approved a $209 million budget for the school district.

Source: $220M budget goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees

8 students have a brighter futures as Rotary Success Scholars – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Giovanni Villa didn’t think college was an option.

He struggled with a learning disability and graduated from Armijo High School in 2016.

Enter the Police Activities League, its boxing coach Pete Padilla and director Heather Sanderson.

And, local Rotary clubs.

Villa now has the financial and emotional support to enroll at Solano Community College. He will meet with a counselor at the school soon and plot his future classes and career.

Source: 8 students have a brighter futures as Rotary Success Scholars

Foundation awards 6 scholarships from Fairfield High staff endowment – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano Community Foundation has awarded $30,000 in scholarships through the Fairfield High School Staff Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Two $10,000 awards, paid out over four years, were given to Maria Rico Osornio, who is attending Solano Community College, and Calista Lum, who attends the University of California, Merced.

Also awarded were four, single-year $2,500 scholarships: Juan Sebastian Teodoro, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Lizeth Gutierrez, University of California, Davis; Isabel Hernandez, Solano College; and Adrian Rosas, California State University, Sacramento.

Source: Foundation awards 6 scholarships from Fairfield High staff endowment

Summer camp for Fairfield-Suisun students out of this world – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Ayden Davanzo, a 13-year-old student at Grange Middle School who has seen the movies “Interstellar” and “The Martian,” will get closer to outer space as one of 40 students who’ll visit Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County and see the control center where rockets are launched.

Davanzo wants to work one day as an engineer for NASA.

“I want to create the rockets to send man to another solar system,” he said Monday.

James Frische, 12, of Suisun Valley Elementary, said he’s also looking forward to Vandenberg in the Fairfield-Suisun School District STEM Camp for science, technology, engineering and math.

Source: Summer camp for Fairfield-Suisun students out of this world

Trustees get request to dedicate bench at Armijo High to honor student – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A request to dedicate a bench in front of the Armijo High School Library in honor of Andrew Lucas, a student who died in a 2015 car crash along Waterman Boulevard, goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees when they meet Thursday.

Lucas’s friends created the club called Andrew’s Bookshelf that sends students to elementary schools to read to students. The club wants to place a bench in front of the library – Lucas’s favorite place on campus – to honor their friend, the request states.

“He was an exceptional student who participated in band and athletics at Armijo High School. He would have graduated June 2017,” wrote student Alex Peppard.

Source: Trustees get request to dedicate bench at Armijo High to honor student

Public Safety Academy grad ready to engineer a new life – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Things have not always gone the way Melissa Spencer would have preferred.

She lives with the daily pain of a degenerative spinal disease that forced her to abandon her dream of being a U.S. Army Ranger, and her family life has not always been the best either.

“My mom has had a lot of mental health issues and addiction problems,” said Spencer, adding her mother has not been a big part of her life.

She said her father Stephen Spencer’s second marriage added its own kinds of pressures, and at 13, she moved in with her brother, Mark. Spencer has three brothers and one half-brother.

Source: Public Safety Academy grad ready to engineer a new life