Solano 4-H SET program offers teens training workshop – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

High school students are invited to participate in the Solano County 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology program, which offers a chance for teens to engage in community service, learn new skills and experience teaching firsthand.

Program participants will be trained to teach science in teams to elementary-age children in after-school programs.

Training will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the 4-H office, 501 Texas St. Teens must attend both days. The deadline to register is Friday.

Source: Solano 4-H SET program offers teens training workshop

Poster contest opens for Solano Safe Routes to School program – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Students can show off their creativity by entering the Solano Safe Routes to School Program poster contest with the top two placers in each grade category to get prizes.

Entries are being taken through March 1.

The posters are meant to encourage students to walk, bike or ride a scooter to school, and artists can depict any of those three themes.

The grade categories are kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade. The first-place prize is a bike or scooter. The second-place prize is a $100 gift certificate from a local bike shop. Teachers whose classrooms participate in the contest will be entered into a prize drawing.

Source: Poster contest opens for Solano Safe Routes to School program

Annual spelling bee remains a big hit in Vacaville – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

They gathered Wednesday for the annual elementary and middle school spell-off in Vacaville, once again occasionally fidgeting, squirming, rolling their eyes and even using their palms and fingers to write out words. Generally, no sweat was detected during the nearly four-hour event.

In the end, at this year’s version of the Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee, Elizabeth Dibb-Islas, 11, a sixth-grader in the ACE program at Hemlock Elementary School, came out on top, besting 47 other students.

After 17 rounds — at about 8:10 p.m., two hours after the competition began and to the relief of all on and offstage — she correctly and confidently spelled “flexibility” in the nearly full Catwalk Theatre at Will C. Wood High School. Dibb-Islas, earned $100, a plaque, and bragging rights as the top elementary-level speller.

Source: Annual spelling bee remains a big hit in Vacaville

Dueling spellers take top prize at citywide spelling bee – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

They gathered Wednesday for an annual spell-off in Vacaville, once again occasionally fidgeting, squirming, rolling their eyes and even using their palms and fingers to write out words.

In the end, at this year’s version of the Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee, Elizabeth Dibb-Islas, 11, a sixth-grader in the ACE program at Hemlock Elementary School, came out on top.

After 17 rounds, she correctly spelled “flexibility” in the nearly full Catwalk Theatre at Will C. Wood High School. Dibb-Islas, earned $100, a plaque, and bragging rights as the top elementary-level speller.

The middle school winner is Ellison Domingo, 13, an eighth-grader at Notre Dame School.

After 27 rounds, he too won $100 and a plaque for correctly spelling “somnambulist.”

Dibb-Islas and Domingo automatically qualify for the 42nd Annual Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee March 6 at the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City.

Source: Dueling spellers take top prize at citywide spelling bee

Bill would give foster youth greater access to Cal Grant financing – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

A bill introduced in the state Senate this week would extend Cal Grant access to eligible foster youth – access that could benefit dozens of youth in Solano County.

Jodie Williams, founder and executive director for the volunteer-based Heart 2 Heart Solano Youth Services, said her organization typically deals with the most desperate in the foster youth population – those who have aged out of the program and have few options. Many are homeless.

One young woman, now 22, was an honors student at a local high school, attended Solano Community College and then her support system crashed when she turned 21.

“When we first met her, she was already couch surfing,” said Williams, who added that the woman was working full-time. “She was getting financial aid, but it wasn’t enough for her living expenses.”

Source: Bill would give foster youth greater access to Cal Grant financing

Bunco game raises funds for emancipated Solano foster youth – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Roll some dice, socialize and have fun Feb. 17 while raising money at Heart 2 Heart Bunco.

Play begins at 2 p.m. in the Solano Community College cafeteria, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Building 1400. Parking is free. Light snacks and dessert are provided.

Proceeds benefit emancipated foster youth. Seating is limited. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance tickets are $20 and come with three free prize drawing tickets. Any remaining tickets sold at the door are $25 and don’t qualify for the free prize drawing tickets.

Source: Bunco game raises funds for emancipated Solano foster youth

Travis Credit Union offers scholarships for college-bound seniors – Times Herald

By Richard Bammer

If you are a college-bound high school senior with pretty good grades, you may want to apply for a sizable scholarship offered by Travis Credit Union.

Managers at the Vacaville-based firm announced Wednesday that it will award 20 $2,000 scholarships in the coming months, and they encourage all graduating seniors to apply.

Each applicant must be a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, bound for a two– or four–year college or university, and be a member of the credit union in good standing.

Students who live in the company’s 12-county service region and are not yet members may join and apply for a scholarship at the same time, Sherry Cordonnier, director of corporate relations, noted in a press release.

Source: Travis Credit Union offers scholarships for college-bound seniors

Travis Credit Union scholarships await 20 graduating high school seniors – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis Credit Union will award 20 $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Each applicant must be a high school senior with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0, will be attending a two– or four–year college or university and is a member in good standing of Travis Credit Union.

Students who live in Travis Credit Union’s 12-county service region and are not yet members may join the credit union and apply for a scholarship at the same time.

“In the last 14 years, we have received a tremendous response from young members who have exhibited a commitment to academic excellence and community service. We look forward to recognizing even more of our deserving young members this year,” said Barry Nelson, Travis Credit Union’s president and CEO, in a press release.

Source: Travis Credit Union scholarships await 20 graduating high school seniors

Information meeting for student trip to Japan – Daily Republic

By Arletta Kelley-Cortright

The Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program invites all interested high school students and their parents to attend an information meeting on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center.

Students can learn about participating in the 2018 summer exchange visit to Fairfield’s Sister City, Nirasaki, Japan. During the three-week stay, students live with host families and travel to Kyoto, Tokyo, Hiroshima, and many local historic and cultural sites in the Nirasaki area.

This exciting opportunity is open to all high school students who reside in Fairfield or attend a Fairfield high school. Applications for the exchange group will be available at the meeting.

Source: Information meeting for student trip to Japan

Boys & Girls Club to open new space at Jepson – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

At a time when the Trump administration is considering cutting federally funded after-school programs, there is an additional reason this Thanksgiving season to be grateful if you are a Vacaville middle school student or parent of one.

After more than two years of talks, preparation and work, Vacaville Unified, the City of Vacaville, and the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Clubs will open “The Club” at Jepson Middle School.

The space at the Elder Street campus will open its doors Monday after much-needed repairs to a portable classroom that sat vacant for eight years, Anna Eaton, executive director of the clubs, noted in a press release.

Source: Boys & Girls Club to open new space at Jepson

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