Operation Recognition High School Diplomas deadline looms – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The deadline for veterans who missed out on a high school diploma due to their service has been extended.

The California Association of County Veterans Service Officers 2017 Annual Report states that 17 percent of World War II veterans, 11 percent of Korean War veterans and 5 percent of Vietnam War veterans do not have high school diplomas.

To help address this situation, the Solano County Office of Education will participate in “Operation Recognition,” which awards high school diplomas to World War II Japanese-Americans and U.S. veterans who could not graduate from high school due to wartime circumstances.

Source: Operation Recognition High School Diplomas deadline looms

After previous denial, SCOE trustees OK Elite Charter petition – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

What a difference nine months apparently make for a charter school petition.

The Solano County Board of Education on Wednesday voted 5 to 2 to overturn the Aug. 1 denial of the ELITE Charter School petition by the Vallejo City Unified School Board.

The action by the seven-member county governing board comes after it denied in January a previous ELITE petition for a countywide charter school and after the Aug. 20 appeal of the VCU decision to the county board by petitioner Ramona Bishop, a former VCU superintendent; and after a Sept. 17 public hearing at SCOE offices in Fairfield.

Bishop’s latest petition was for a single K-12 school, an independent charter, in Vallejo, and, with the vote, will be aligned with — or fall under the jurisdiction of — the county district.

Source: After previous denial, Solano County Office of Education trustees OK Elite Charter petition – The Reporter

Deadline Extended For ‘Operation Recognition’ Diplomas | Suisun City, CA Patch

In the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces to defend our Country in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Additionally, during World War II many Japanese-American citizens were interned in relocation camps across the United States. After these wars, many of these individuals were not able to finish high school and receive a high school diploma.

California Education Code section 51430 authorizes the retroactive awarding of high school diplomas to eligible Veterans and persons who were detained in internment camps during World War II. The Solano County Office of Education is proud to participate in “Operation Recognition” which honors U.S. Veterans and interned Japanese-American citizens who were unable to continue high school due to wartime circumstances by awarding them with high school diplomas. “Operation Recognition is an opportunity to honor individuals who sacrificed their lives for our country” said Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County

Source: Deadline Extended For ‘Operation Recognition’ Diplomas | Suisun City, CA Patch

SCOE supe named among Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Lisette Estrella-Henderson, superintendent of Solano County schools, will need to make space on her wall or shelf of awards in her Vacaville home.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, has named the 33-year educator as one of his 2018 Women of the Year, it has been announced.

“There are so many deserving women that I have the privilege to work alongside with each day,” Estrella-Henderson said in a press release Thursday. “For Congressman Garamendi to recognize me as someone who has made a positive difference in our community, I am truly honored!”

She and 45 other women will be recognized Friday during a 9 a.m.-to-noon ceremony in the Community Room at Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland. Each will receive a congressional proclamation that will be preserved in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Source: SCOE supe named among Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year – The Reporter

Garamendi taps Estrella-Henderson as among top women in region – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education announced Wednesday that Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, has been selected as one of Rep. John Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year.

The annual awards publicly honor outstanding women of the 3rd Congressional District improve the quality of life in the district through their work and volunteerism.

“There are so many deserving women that I have the privilege to work alongside with each day. I am humbled and astounded by this tremendous honor,” Estrella-Henderson said in a prepared statement.

Source: Garamendi taps Estrella-Henderson as among top women in region

SCOE board denies Rocketship charter appeal – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Solano County Office of Education leaders voted unanimously Wednesday to deny the appeal of a Vallejo charter school petition at a time of increasingly intensive debate over the role of charter schools in the state.

The 7-0 decision, coming nearly five weeks after a public hearing about the appeal, occurred during a regular trustees meeting in the county schools headquarters on Business Center Drive in Fairfield.

In many ways, the vote to deny the appeal from Marie Issa Gil, whose petition to form Rocketship Vallejo Elementary Charter School also was denied June 20 by Vallejo City Unified trustees, came as no surprise.

At the June school board meeting, VCU administrators described Gil’s document as “deficient in many key respects” and offered “an unsound educational program,” the latter phrase almost always resulting in denial of a charter petition by a school district or its appeal to a county board or the state Board of Education in Sacramento.

Source: Solano County Office of Education board denies Rocketship charter appeal

SCOE board set for up-or-down vote on charter school – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Solano County Office of Education leaders will grant or deny the appeal of a Vallejo charter school petition when the governing board meets tonight in Fairfield.

The trustees’ decision will come nearly five weeks after a public hearing about the appeal from Marie Issa Gil, whose petition to form Rocketship Vallejo Elementary Charter School was denied June 20 by Vallejo City Unified trustees, after district staffers described the petition as “deficient in many key respects.”

SCOE governing board members will have two formal options, according to agenda documents: 1) Obtain the school’s written agreement to the memorandum of understanding and grant the appeal; or 2) Deny it and adopt Resolution No. B18-19-07 in support of the denial.

It is unclear just how the seven-member board will ultimately vote, but the members’ recent history — notably denying some months ago an appeal by leaders at a Vacaville charter school, Heritage Peak — may serve as a guide.

Source: SCOE board set for up-or-down vote on charter school

Solano Youth Coalition seeks new members – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano Youth Coalition is accepting applications for new members.

The coalition, open to county residents ages 14 to 21 who are full-time students, is a youth advocate organization that addresses issues that face students and young adults in the community.

To apply, go to http://tinyurl.com/zfdtxvp. The deadline is Aug. 31.

For more information, call Johanna Nowak-Palmer, program manager of Youth Development for the Solano County Office of Education, at 646-7608 or send an email to jnowak@solanocoe.net.

Source: Solano Youth Coalition seeks new members

Vallejo charter school petitioner’s appeal on SCOE agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A public hearing on the appeal of a Vallejo-based charter school petition, previously denied by the city’s education leaders two months ago, an update on the Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, and a Patriot Day resolution are on the agenda when Solano County Office of Education trustees meet tonight in Fairfield.

The seven-member governing board will hear from Marie Issa Gil, whose petition to form Rocketship Vallejo Elementary Charter School was nixed by Vallejo City Unified trustees on June 20, after district staffers characterized the petition as “deficient in many key respects.”

SCOE governing board members will “consider the level of support for the petition by teachers employed in the school district, other employees of the school district, and parents,” according to agenda documents.

Former Suisun police chief pulls papers for council race – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Former Suisun City police chief Tom Alder entered the race for Suisun City council this week, pulling candidate papers on Wednesday.

Alder had last considered running for the City Council in 2010, saying he has long been a resident of the town and government experience.

He joins a field of candidates who have pulled papers to run for council that includes Thomas Kamin, Wanda Williams and incumbents Jane Day and Mike Hudson.

It’s still a two-way race between Suisun City Councilwoman Lori Wilson and incumbent Mayor Pete Sanchez for Sanchez’s seat.

Source: Former Suisun police chief pulls papers for council race

Solano County school board member declines re-election bid – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

His has been a life of service, in the U.S. Air Force, as a teacher, as a Reporter columnist, and as a longtime Solano County Office of Education governing board member.

But Dixon resident Doug Ford, who represents rural District 6 on the county school board, has announced that he will not, after 17 years as a trustee, seek re-election in November.

With a caveat, however:

If no one declares their candidacy by the Aug. 10 filing deadline at the county Registrar of Voters, “Then I’ll run” and file by the close of business on that day, he said during a brief interview Friday to confirm his intentions.

If he is the sole candidate, Ford will be automatically re-elected; but, he noted, he will have the remaining board members search for a replacement shortly after he begins a fifth term.

Source: Solano County school board member declines re-election bid

Travis Credit Union offers annual Young Adult Financial Boot Camp – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A financial boot camp that targets young adults returns Wednesday to Fairfield.

The Mad Money program has for the past nine years helped many young adults – ages 14 to 24 – learn about properly handling finances as an adult.

The session is scheduled from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive. Walk-ins are welcome. To register as an attendee, or if interested in volunteering as a sales merchant, visit www.traviscu.org/mcm. On-site registration starts at 12:30 p.m.

Source: Travis Credit Union offers annual Young Adult Financial Boot Camp

Kaiser Permanente awards nearly $1 million in grants – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

The Solano Coalition for Better Health, the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club and Dixon Family Services were just some of the Solano County nonprofit organizations that recently received grant funding from Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser is awarding a total of $956,459 in grants to 38 nonprofit organizations that improve the health of under-served communities in Solano and Napa counties.

These community benefit grants are awarded every year to local organizations working on specific programs and projects that align with Kaiser’s missions and goals.

The program supports local nonprofit, public health and human service organizations by investing in programs that focus on improving access to care and coverage, community and family safety, mental health and wellness and Healthy Eating Active Living.

Source: Kaiser Permanente awards nearly $1 million in grants to Solano, Napa nonprofits

Athletes carry the torch during annual Special Olympic Law Enforcement Torch run – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Cheers and applause and uber support just never gets old, especially when you’re a Special Olympics athlete.

That’s what three Solano and Napa runners received Wednesday morning as they crossed over to Cal Maritime in Vallejo, about to embark on the third of the eight legs of their journey during the first of two days of the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

By 10 a.m. they’d already been on the road two hours, with Benicia police passing the torch to Vallejo and Cal Maritime police.

At the academy’s boat dock, the runners received words of encouragement before passing the torch to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Patrol.

Source: Athletes carry the torch during annual Special Olympic Law Enforcement Torch run

Travis Credit Union’s financial bootcamp teaches students – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

Eddie Fabi, 15, of Vacaville talks with volunteer Natasha North as he examines his purchase options Monday while shopping for household items during Travis Credit Union’s ninth annual Mad City Money Financial Boot Camp for Young Adults at the credit union’s headquarters in Vacaville. The workshop teaches teens about managing their money, giving them an identity complete with employment, monthly salary, marital status and even the possibility of having a child. They were then sent to visit with merchants (drawn from community volunteers) to make purchases for everyday living expenses such as food, clothing, entertainment and transportation all while staying within their set budget. Other economic skills taught included balancing a checkbook and how credit cards work. Travis is offering more of these boot camps, July 11 at the Solano Office of Education in Fairfield July 27 at the Solano Community College, Vallejo campus.

Source: Travis Credit Union’s financial boot camp

Unopposed, county school supe Estrella-Henderson is officially elected – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

For Lisette Estrella-Henderson of Vacaville, her race to gain the job she now holds, superintendent of the Solano County Office of Education, was never in doubt: She was unopposed, had been so for months, but she is now officially elected.

By 11 p.m. Tuesday night, her total vote count, with 77 of 167 percent of county precincts reporting, was 36,278.

(As expected for a midterm election year, voter turnout was relatively light. Some 220,000 Solano County residents are registered voters, and John Gardner, assistant registrar of voters, predicted 50,000 to 60,000 would cast ballots.)

Source: Unopposed, county school supe Estrella-Henderson is officially elected to post she holds

Reporter staffer earns another CTA writing award – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A 24-year Reporter employee, Bammer this year earned a John Swett Award for Media Excellence for a series of six stories in the category of continuous coverage of schools/education issues. He competed in the Community Daily Newspaper class, for publications with up to 100,000 subscribers.

And as he did last year, he earned another Certificate of Merit, this time for a news story about Buckingham Charter High students and the American Civil Liberties Union taking Vacaville Unified to task for censorship of a Black Lives Matter article in the school’s yearbook. After The Reporter story was published, the student article, as written, and a photo showing several female students raising a “black power” salute were eventually restored to the yearbook.

“For us at The Reporter, we appreciate Richard’s hard work and attention to detail,” said Managing Editor Melissa Murphy. “He offers experience and knowledge to his colleagues and maintains great relationships with the community he covers. He appreciates being recognized for his work, but that’s not what drives him. Rather, he strives for producing great community journalism and he’s very successful at that.”

Source: Reporter staffer earns another CTA writing award

Solano Voices: Year-end events celebrate accomplishments – Daily Republic

By Mayrene Bates

As I do every year, I make every effort to attend as many year-end events as I possibly can. I love to celebrate the accomplishments of educators, students, parents, nonprofits, the business community and, even the newspaper reporters who take the pictures and write the stories.

That’s what makes all of these events so great, because we celebrate as a community the accomplishments of everyone involved. Needless to say, there’s not enough space here to write about every successful program across the county.

Someone once said that throughout history, there have been few events of significance that have occurred purely by accident. We know that success happens, because many care enough to make a difference for the good of all. According to Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”

Source: Solano Voices: Year-end events celebrate accomplishments

Armijo High School Inspiring Engineers One Student At A Time – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

This year, Armijo’s FRC robotics team went to the World Wide robotics competition in Houston, Texas. Even though the team was formed last year, they have gone to the World Wide competition twice. In their first year, they won the “All-Star Rookie of the year” award, which qualified them to go to Worlds. This year, they place second in the Sacramento Regionals at Davis, California and was given a “Wild Card”, which qualified them for Worlds, yet again.

The FRC (FIRST) team is actually a branch of Armijo’s robotics program, which was formed four years ago. Another branch of Armijo Robotics (VEX) also qualified for Worlds, which took place in Louisville, Kentucky. Originally, the program only supported VEX teams, but over the years, the students formed a FIRST team in order to further their engineering skills. The VEX branch provided a foundation for the students to learn coding, designing, and building while the FIRST branch allows them to build upon this foundation in a more complex setting.

Source: Armijo High School Inspiring Engineers One Student At A Time

Promise of prom: Special-needs, general ed students dance morning away – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Gustavo Macias didn’t need music to enjoy the annual Adapted Physical Eduction prom Friday morning at the E. Gary Vaughn gymnasium on the Armijo campus.

Before the DJ started playing tunes, Macias was already showcasing his joy. Once the music began, the Armijo High student could be found near the free throw line, breakdancing.

His prom dates, Julia Harrison and Madison Kudsk, both members of Armijo’s leadership class, cheered him on.

“It’s fun to see the kids so happy,” Kudsk said.

Source: Promise of prom: Special-needs, general ed students dance morning away