2018 Graduation: Vanden High School Top Students – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Alexandria Adams

Highlights: Going to China with my robotics team. Scholarship and awards: Chinese American Association Scholarship and representative of Vanden High School in California’s Girls State program. Next year: Attend UC Davis in the field of chemistry. Career goal: Chemical engineer, specifically to contribute to advancing renewable resources. In 10 years: I see myself working in companies such as Genentech and Shell to apply myself in their goals for renewable energy.

Kate Williams

Highlights: I loved touring New York and Canada with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and meeting people from around the world in the Berklee 5-week jazz intensive. Scholarships and awards: Downbeat Magazine Student music awards winner of both the high school arrangement and composition categories in 2017 and 2018. I was also the Reno Jazz Festival Outstanding High School Performer in 2017.

Source: 2018 Graduation: Vanden High School Top Students

Vanden grads prepare to write next chapters in their lives – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Samara Jefferson has a story, but it was not hers she wanted to tell Friday at the 2018 Vanden High commencement ceremony on the school’s football field.

Instead, the class president – the past two years – told the stories of Tikamporn Wutthakul, who arrived in the U.S. from Thailand four years ago, and William Cornejo, an El Salvador native, and Christopher Stratton, who has cerebral palsy, and Keion Wade, who fell behind in his studies after his father, Keith, died his sophomore year. But Wade worked to get back from an alternative high school to graduate with his class.

None, statistically speaking, had better than a 60 percent chance of graduating on time, Jefferson said. But each was part of the 390-student class to receive their diplomas so they can continue their stories.

Source: Vanden grads prepare to write next chapters in their lives

Vanden High mural uses floral message to convey unity in diversity – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Vanden High School advance art students are leaving a lasting legacy to their campus.

More than 3,000 hours have been logged over the past six weeks to create a Unity in Diversity mural on the side of the arts and music building, visible from Markley Road. It measures 8 feet tall and 50 feet long.

Instructor David Draim was approached with the idea by fellow teacher Julie Rossi, who had seen other high school murals.

“I knew how much work (it would be),” Draim said.

Source: Vanden High mural uses floral message to convey unity in diversity

Area high school graduations, the pomp and circumstance, are set – The Reporter

The 2018 graduation season in central and eastern Solano County is underway, with most of the ceremonies, pomp and circumstance occurring next week.

Solano Community College minted new graduates earlier this week in Hollister Stadium at main Fairfield campus.

Source: Area high school graduations, the pomp and circumstance, are set

Travis holds its first Special Olympics at Vanden’s George A. Gammon Field – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

More than 150 students from kindergarten to 12th grade throughout the Travis Unified School District gathered Tuesday for their first Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program.

At George A. Gammon Field at Vanden High School and accompanied by a sound track to popular music and cheering fans, the athletes competed in events including: shot put, javelin, standing long jump and two running events all overseen by members of the Vanden High School student body.

Travis district, teachers’ union wrangle over kindergarten program – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Starting this fall, the Travis School District will offer full-day kindergarten at all of its elementary sites, broadening a long-existing option the district has had for extended kindergarten.

The plan will affect as many as 400 children within the district and is a move the district made in anticipation of ballooning enrollments expected in the coming years with developments of Fairfield subdivisions within the district’s boarders.

District officials and representatives from the Travis Unified Teacher’s Association are wrangling over some of the final details of the program, with about 50 district teachers, supported by some parents, attending the district’s Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday to voice concerns over the negotiations, according to union bargaining leader Sydney Lundy.

Source: Travis district, teachers’ union wrangle over kindergarten program

Solano County’s top school district employees named – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vanden High science teacher Marilyn Lewis and Vallejo City Unified bus driver Samantha Bradshaw were named Solano County’s top educators of the year.

The leader of Solano County schools, Lisette Estrella-Henderson, made the announcement in a press release.

Besides Lewis and Bradshaw, named Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year, respectively, 12 other school district employees were honored Tuesday during a ceremony in Suisun City. The event recognized teachers, paraeducators, child nutrition, support services, security and school staff who give their time, talent and skills to support student achievement, educational innovation and community involvement in Solano County schools.

“It is an honor and a privilege to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Solano County educators and support staff,” Estrella-Henderson added in the prepared statement.

Source: Solano County’s top school district employees named

SCOE honors classified employee, teacher of the year – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

A school bus driver convinced by her cousin to give the job a try and a high school science teacher who taught three of her four children were named Tuesday as Solano County’s Classified School Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

Samantha Bradshaw, lead trainer and bus driver for the Vallejo City School District, was nominated for her can-do attitude and getting grants to retrofit the buses.

“Samantha has gone over and beyond the call of duty to help out the Transportation Department,” her nomination read.

Source: Solano office of education honors classified employee, teacher of the year

Solano County school Employees of the Year to receive recognition – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Solano County Office of Education on Tuesday will honor 14 school employees nominated for the 2018-19 Solano County Educators of the Year Award.

Those being recognized hail from Vacaville, Travis, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Benicia, and Vallejo City unified districts and SCOE.

The event begins at 5:15 and continues to 7 p.m. in the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive, Suisun City. The public is invited to join the celebration. To attend, R.S.V.P. at https://goo.gl/forms/fkcNsmEechg7Oy9u2.

For more information, call Rebecca Floyd at 646-7602 or email her at RFloyd@solanocoe.net.

The teachers and school-support employees “contribute to student achievement, educational innovation, and community involvement,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, superintendent of county schools, noted in a press release.

Source: Solano County school Employees of the Year to receive recognition

Solano districts nominate top teachers, school employees – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Fourteen educators and school support employees have been nominated for the 2018-19 Solano County Educators of the Year Award.

“Solano County’s educators inspire and support our students to learn, grow and thrive. Their hard work and dedication make a profound and lasting impact on the lives of our pupils and their families. I want to extend our deepest appreciation to all the nominees, for their admirable work in education,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement announcing the nominations.

Source: Solano districts nominate top teachers, school employees for educator awards

Vanden captures 9th at 38th state Academic Decathlon – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Five Vanden High School students brought home 11 medals and the team finished ninth in their division at the 2017-18 California State Academic Decathlon in Sacramento.

“The Academic Decathlon is a rigorous academic program and team competition which develops students’ confidence and improves their study skills,” Lisette Estrella Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement released Wednesday. “As a result, students are more prepared for career and post-secondary education options.”

Vanden’s decathlon team won the North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon, which featured 12 schools from four counties – six from Solano County. There were more than 275 students involved.

Source: Vanden captures 9th at 38th state Academic Decathlon

North Bay Decathlon Teams Compete At State Level | Dixon Patch

The results are in from the 2017 North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon and the California State Academic Decathlon. This year, over 275 students from 13 high schools across Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties participated in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon. The Academic Decathlon is a competitive event modeled after the Olympics to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind.” The competition provides students the opportunity to participate in an educational forum, which fosters a deep respect for knowledge, cooperation, and self-esteem. The theme of this year’s academic decathlon contests was “Africa.” “The Academic Decathlon is a rigorous academic program and team competition which develops students’ confidence and improves their study skills,” said Lisette Estrella Henderson, Solano County Superintendent of Schools. “As a result, students are more prepared for career and post-secondary education options.”

Source: North Bay Decathlon Teams Compete At State Level | Dixon, CA Patch

Solano County SELPA Community Advisory Committee – Daily Republic

Educators, Youth and Community Members Who Work with Special Education Students Recognized for Outstanding Service

The 12th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive, Fairfield.

CAC Awards are presented to educators, youth, and community members for outstanding service to students with special needs. Award recipients are from each school district within the Solano County Special Education Local Plan Area: Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis, and Vacaville Unified School Districts, as well as the Solano County Office of Education.

Source: News Release – Solano County SELPA Community Advisory Committee

Facilities Master Plan up for review by Travis Unified School District – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Recommendations for the district’s Facilities Master Plan and clarification of the January cash payment of health and welfare benefits to unionized employees are on the agenda when Travis Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Superintendent Pamela Conklin and Cathy Dominico, of Capitol PFG, a Sacramento financial advisory firm, will update the five-member governing board about the latest changes to the Facilities Master Plan, a 71-page document that will guide the district’s future capital construction and major remodeling projects.

The latest document comes after the Oct. 20 adoption of the master plan, which trustees directed administrators to set up a committee to review the capital needs for the Fairfield district. It includes two Vacaville elementary schools, Cambridge and Foxboro, and six other campuses, including Golden West Middle School and Vanden High.

Source: Facilities Master Plan up for review by Travis Unified School District

Vanden High School hosts spring craft fair – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Vanden High School’s Sober Grad Committee will host a Spring Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Valley Church, 5063 Maple Road, in Vacaville.

There will be more than 30 local vendors/crafters who have partnered with the group by purchasing booth space and donating raffle items to support efforts to provide graduating seniors with a fun and safe graduation night celebration at Golfland/SunSplash in Roseville.

The entire community is invited to come out and support these vendors/crafters.

Source: The Week Ahead: Vanden High School hosts spring craft fair

TUSD to offer full-day kindergarten in the fall – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

For some of the youngest Travis Unified students and their families, it will be a major change.

The district, which includes two Vacaville elementary schools, will offer full-day kindergarten for all kindergarten students starting in the 2018-2019 school year, which begins in August.

The district was able to make the adjustment due to newly available classroom space, district officials said in a press release.

“We are so excited to be able to offer a full-day kindergarten program,” said Pam Conklin, the district superintendent. “The drawback has always been facilities. We are working on the necessary logistics and partnering with our union to better serve our young students and provide equity to all.”

Governing board President Riitta De Anda noted many Travis parents had longed for the change.

Source: Travis Unified School District to offer full-day kindergarten in the fall

Students showcase scientific chops at Solano science fair – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Students from across Solano County completed their participation in a two-day science showcase Friday that saw projects from elementary schoolchildren to high schoolers take over the gym at Vanden High School.

The annual Solano County Science/STEM Fair opens the door for qualifying students to enter the California State Science Fair next month at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Solano County’s science fair was open to sixth- through 12th-graders.

It’s a competition based on the quality of experiments presented through exhibits, according to event organizers. The event is designed to stimulate an active interest in science, provide a quality educational experience, and to give public recognition to talented students for the work they have done in the field of science.

Source: Students showcase scientific chops at Solano science fair

Kajukenbo March Awards – Daily Republic

By Heather-Rae Sanderson

Join the PAL Kajukenbo Club and enhance your martial arts skills, track your progress with belts and more under the guidance and support of a World Champion!

The Fairfield Police Activities League’s (PAL) Kajukenbo Club recently awarded new belts. Kajukenbo belts provide a goal for members to strive towards and accomplish. Most importantly, each belt provides a base line to help students track their progress and mastery of the sport.

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All-day kindergarten coming to Travis schools with new school year – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis School District will offer full-day kindergarten classes starting with the 2018-19 school year.

“We are so excited to be able to offer a full-day kindergarten program,” district Superintendent Pam Conklin said in a statement Friday announcing the program. “The drawback has always been facilities. We are working on the necessary logistics and partnering with our union to better serve our young students and provide equity to all.”

The program will go into effect at all five elementary schools. It will match the first-grade schedule at each campus. Transitional kindergarten will remain a half-day program.

Source: All-day kindergarten coming to Travis schools with new school year

Solano students remember Parkland dead – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Students from around the county walked out of class Wednesday as part of a national effort to remember the 17 students killed in Parkland, Florida, and to call for solutions to school shootings.

“Enough is enough! Enough is enough! Enough is enough!”

The chant rose from the E Quad at Vacaville High School after a moment of silence to remember the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who died Feb. 14 at the hands of a gunman.

Source: Solano students remember Parkland dead; speak out against campus violence