Fairfield Sister City student information meeting set for Nov. 12 – Daily Republic

The Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program will hold a student information meeting from 3-4 p.m. on Nov. 12.

The meeting is for high school students interested in being members of the 2018 summer exchange group to Nirasaki, Japan.

Each year, the program selects six students who travel to Japan in July for a three-week stay. While there, the students live with host families, travel to Kyoto and Hiroshima on the famous bullet train, visit Tokyo, and meet with Nirasaki students and officials. Any high school student residing in Fairfield or attending a Fairfield school is eligible to apply to be part of the group.

Source: Fairfield Sister City student information meeting set for Nov. 12

4-H’ers schedule science training – The Reporter

By Reporter Staff

It is a way for Solano County high school students to experience community service while learning and then teaching children.

Area 4-H leaders have scheduled three days of science, engineering and technology(SET) training Oct. 28 to 30, when interested teens will be trained to teach science to elementary-aged children in after-school programs in teams of two to four.

The 10-hour training will be held at the 4-H office, 501 Texas St., Fairfield, during the three days: 6:30 to 8:30 Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Those interested must participate in all of the training days, organizers said in a press release.

New law designed to educate on signs of abusive relationships – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Middle and high school students in California public schools will receive education on how to spot the early warning signs of abusive relationships after the governor this week signed a bill authored by Assemblyman Jim Frazier.

“Domestic violence invariably leads to tragedy: broken families, long periods of incarceration and far too often, homicide,” Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, said in a statement released Saturday by his office.

Source: New law designed to educate on signs of abusive relationships

Solano schools take part in walk-to-school day – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Nine-year-old Lilly Laughter made sure to finish off the last of her yogurt Wednesday morning before joining the flock of children who were starting their walk to Crescent Elementary School as that school’s observance of International Walk to School Day.

She and her mother, Jill Laughter, were two of almost three dozen children and their parents who met up with Suisun City School Safety Officer Leticia Gonzales at Lawler Ranch Park for the half-mile trek to Crescent.

“I like doing this because it means less traffic, the kids get exercise and they get to school safe,” Gonzales said before gathering her young charges behind a small, cardboard school bus sign she made for the walk.

Source: Solano schools take part in walk-to-school day

The jury must hear two sides to the CAASPP story – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

There are two sides to every story, and the adage applies to recently released CAASPP scores given last spring to California public school students in grades three through eight and 11.

For the past two years, Superintendent Tom Torlakson and local educators generally have framed the results in, understandably, more positive-sounding ways, stressing that certain percentages of students “met” or “exceeded” state standards on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, an all-computerized test begun three years ago as the then-relatively new California State Standards began to take effect.

In brief, the tests gauge, at every grade level, whether students are able to understand what they read, write clearly, think critically, solve complex math problems, and explain their reasoning, as they prepare themselves for college, the job market, or the military — all of which increasingly demand technology literacy.

Source: Richard Bammer: The jury must hear two sides to the CAASPP story

Organizers target 70 Solano schools for Walk to School Day trek – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The annual International Walk to School Day is Oct. 4 in Solano County.

Students from 54 schools participated last year, plus staff, parents, community members and some mayors across the county. The goal by the organizer, Solano County Safe Routes to School, is 70 schools this year.

The event celebrates the benefits of walking and brings light to safety concerns for pedestrians, and particularly children and teens walking to and from school.

Source: Organizers target 70 Solano schools for Walk to School Day trek

Essay contest asks students to ponder respect – The Reporter

This year the Optimist Club of Solano County is asking students, “Can society function without respect?” for its 2017-18 school year essay contest.

Essays must be at least 700 words but no more than 800 words.

They are due by Feb. 8.

To enter, submit an essay, contest application form and a copy of a birth certificate to club chair Loli Lonso. Call her at 631-2070 or email dreamteam@solanomortage.com.

Pick up an application by asking for Lonso at Solano Mortage, 866 Alamo Drive.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays and determine the top winners.

Winners will receive $100 and their essays will be sent to the district level, where college scholarships are available for top winners.

Source: Essay contest asks students to ponder respect

High school students to tour ‘apprenticeship centers’ in Solano, Napa – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

About 150 area high school students will pile into five buses and tour five union apprenticeship centers Friday – a tour designed to give the teens a first-hand look at possible construction careers as an alternative to going to college.

“This partnership is all about the kids and is a fantastic way to give our students the opportunity to learn by doing,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement announcing the tour.

“They’re able to put their hands on specialized tools and equipment as well as have individual conversations with the dedicated labor leaders who offer the training,” Estrella-Henderson said.

Source: High school students to tour ‘apprenticeship centers’ in Solano, Napa

Children encouraged to read for fun, prizes – The Reporter

The time to read is right meow.

The Solano County Library Foundation is encouraging children ages 6-12 to read with Solano Kids Read program starting Oct. 1.

For the month of October with Solano County Library, children can read for fun and earn great prizes along the way.

They can earn “meow money” for reading the books they choose and spend it on prizes at the library “store.”

Each activity in the Solano Kids Read passport is worth one “meow dollar.” Pick up a passport at any Solano County Library location and get started.

Source: Children encouraged to read for fun, prizes

Annual Constitution Essay Contest under way – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The so-called “Great Compromise” saved the Constitutional Convention, and, very likely, the Union. Written by Connecticut delegate Roger Sherman, it called for proportional representation in the House, and one representative per state in the Senate (later changed to two). The compromise passed 5 to 4, with one state, Massachusetts, “divided.”

And as it turned out, the word “democracy” does not appear at all in the Constitution, largely written by James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” a man who never earned a law degree but once said that, under the Constitution, the nation’s strengths will be “derived from the superior power of the people.”

Those facts may not be germane to the 2017 Solano County Essay Contest, open to all students countywide in grades seven to 12, but they may spark interest in some who try their hand at thinking and writing about the contest’s topic:

Source: Annual Constitution Essay Contest under way

Grants available for Solano’s K-12 teachers – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Money for some school programs generally is hard to come by and it may be more difficult to get if the Trump administration’s 2018 federal budget proposal, which will slash $9 billion from the Department of Education, is approved,

In the meantime, with area school districts starting the new academic year, the Solano Community Foundation has made available money for Solano County K-12 students in public schools.

Money from the foundation’s Education Plus! Grant Program supports classroom projects, after-school, and mentoring programs. Teachers and educators with innovative programs may apply for the financial support, Samantha Fordyce, the foundation’s development associate, wrote in a press release.

The program’s focus is two-fold: 1) development of grade-level reading skills, preferably by the end of the third grade; and 2) attainment of math skills to allow proper course placement at ninth grade. However, the foundation will fund projects that work toward achieving or improving reading and math skills for K-12 students at all levels, noted Fordyce.

Source: Grants available for Solano’s K-12 teachers

Solano Youth Coalition accepting applications – Times Herald

The Coalition is a partnership of students from each town in Solano County. The students “raise awareness by advocating safe and healthier choices in communities through open conversations, participation, and collaboration among a new generation of youth,” said Program Manager Johanna Nowak-Palmer.

The students choose which issues and subjects to tackle, according to Ken Scarberry, director for youth development.

Projects they’ve spearheaded have been an award-winning documentary about the effects of gambling on young people, tobacco use prevention and awareness, and even putting together a water filtration system where students could get clean water without using campus fountains, Scarberry said.

Source: Solano Youth Coaltion accepting applications

Backpack giveaway helps area youth get back to school – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Students benefitted Sunday from two generous people who are working hard to make a difference in the community with what they call “The Giveaway.”

Tara Cruz graduated from Sem Yeto’s Young Mothers program and as a young parent she found herself utilizing county programs, including backpack giveaways.

“I have always held a job since I was 14, but there were still times that my job wasn’t paying enough for me to take care of my daughter and pay bills so I went back to school to further my education,” she said.

Source: Backpack giveaway helps area youth get back to school

Solano health services gets kindergartners ready for school – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

It was like one-stop shopping Wednesday for Dominique Lewis of Fairfield and her 4-year-old daughter Lavella to get the child ready for kindergarten.

The pair were taking advantage of the third annual day-long Kindergarten Round-Up, which was hosted by Solano County’s Fairfield Pediatric Clinic.

“I love that I am getting to learn about her learning ability,” Lewis said while her daughter answered questions from a social services worker.

Source: Solano health services gets kindergartners ready for school

Annual backpack drive kicking off in Benicia – Times Herald

By Katy St. Clair

It’s not quite back-to-school time, but it is time to start thinking ahead.

That’s why the Family Resource Center is kicking off its annual backpack drive for students who might need a little extra help.

According to the center, it’s estimated that 150 students here will be unable to afford all the school supplies they need. The drive helps people in the community connect with families who could really use fully-stocked backpacks to get their child off on the right foot.

The center is hoping to donate 60 supply-stocked backpacks this year.

They are coordinating with the school district and the Solano County Office of Education, but folks in town are encouraged to bring in the following — gender neutral backpacks suitable for older students (grades 6 through 12), whimsical backpacks for younger students (grades K through 5), wide-rule or college-ruled paper, loose-leaf. Single subject, perforated spiral-bound notebooks; pocketed folders, No. 2 pencils, regular, colored, or mechanical; pens, markers (teachers prefer washable), crayons, rulers, binders, erasers, pencil sharpeners, blunt-ended scissors, glue sticks, basic calculators, and subject dividers for binders.

Source: Annual backpack drive kicking off in Benicia

Travis Credit Union offering financial boot camp for teens – The Reporter

Travis Credit Union is once again offering “Mad City Money,” a simulation and financial boot camp for high school students that teaches basic money management in a safe, fun setting.

A presentation on budgeting likely could put teens and young adults to sleep, yet the 3 1/2 hour hands-on simulation appeals to teens (14-24) and gives them a taste of the real world-complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. Participants get an instant family and then move about the stations to purchase housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, day care and other needs.

Teens and young adults learn that erasers and calculators are important tools for creating a monthly budget.


Source: Travis Credit Union offering financial boot camp for teens

Student journalism shines again in Campus Star – The Reporter

By Matt Miller

In 1990, The Reporter launched a community engagement program designed to showcase the talent budding of young journalists and ad designers in our local elementary, middle and high schools.

Today, the newspaper publishes its 27th edition. The Reporter and hundreds of local students, their families, teachers and sponsors will celebrate the outstanding work of these young writers, artists and photographers from schools across the region at a reception tonight. For the first time in the program’s history, the ceremony will take place in the Travis Unified School District at Foxboro Elementary.

Each year The Reporter encourages students at all area schools to participate. This year, there were close to 400 entries.

The work is on display in our special section. Campus Star is a newspaper published inside The Reporter each year and is of, by and for local students. Once again, readers will find themselves engaged, inspired and entertained by this collection of outstanding work by the participating students.


Source: Student journalism shines again in Campus Star

Local charter school students publish book of short stories – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Eight Solano County junior high students have developed a book of their own short stories as part of their language arts course.

The students are Lisette Adundez, Caden Hiteshew, Madeline LeBron, Kawika Makua, Warren Dominguez, Carolyn West, Josiah West and Spencer Young. Their book, “Ready for Liftoff,” is available on Amazon.

“They all belong to different charter schools,” said Mia Douglas, director of the Launch tutoring program, which these students have been enrolled in for two years.

Source: Local charter school students publish book of short stories

“A Day for Kids” of all abilities – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, The McBride Center was transformed into a park as families and their children celebrated “A Day for Kids.”

Looking to spread education and acceptance in regard to children with autism and any special needs, Jessica Johnson and NorthBay Healthcare provided a fun-filled event as they raised money for the cause.

When Johnson first heard that a young dancer and her mother were sent home from a dance studio due to her daughter’s autism, the former Miss California Global Nations (2014) sought to make a difference and used her platform to do so.

Source:  “A Day for Kids” of all abilities – The Reporter

Youth Employment Resource Fair to help prepare job seekers – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

It may never be easier for area youth to learn how to land and keep a job. Or possibly be hired on the spot.

A Youth Employment Resource Fair will be held May 6 at the Solano Community College campus, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield.

The free event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to all Solano County youth ages 16 to 24.

Workshops will cover a variety of topics to better prepare job seekers for interviews and employment. They include resume- and cover letter-writing, team-building, social media etiquette, and financial literacy training provided by Travis Credit Union.

Job Squad, a Fairfield-based grassroots organization, will provide a boot camp of sorts, teaching a variety of job skills along with a panel of employers available to provide candid feedback about employer expectations and perform mock job interviews.

Source: Youth Employment Resource Fair to help prepare job seekers