Travis schools trustees to meet Tuesday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis School District trustees will consider adding 10 courses to the Vanden High curriculum when they meet Tuesday in the Travis Education Center.

The courses are Advanced Drama; Advanced Placement Environmental Science; Astronomy (semester); Fitness and Conditioning (semester or year); Forensic Science (semester); Genre Studies (semester); Intermediate Drama; Keyboarding and Word Processing (semester); Physics, Engineering and Technology; and Weight Training (semester or year).

The Parent Involvement Policy for Golden West Middle School is also on the agenda.

Source: Travis schools trustees to meet Tuesday

A special two hours for special-needs kids in Solano County – Times-Herald

By Richard Bammer

The December holidays are a special time of year for billions of people worldwide, but Silveyville Christmas Tree Farm in Dixon became an especially magical yuletide universe of its own Friday morning for more than 100 Solano County special-needs children.

In its 28th year, the annual Special Needs Day at the Silveyville Road farm serves to brighten the holidays for these children. Most come from Solano public schools, from Vacaville and Dixon to Fairfield and Vallejo school districts, plus some from programs managed by the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield.

By 10 a.m., teachers and parents herding excitable groups of children, 130 in all during the two-hour event and ranging in age from 3 to 18, walked happily through the farm’s gates, oblivious to the light rain falling, temperatures in the mid-50s and gloomy skies.

Source: A special two hours for special-needs kids in Solano County – Times-Herald

2 Solano schools get Step Up to the Plate grants – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Golden West Middle School in Fairfield has received a $1,000 grant and Gretchen Higgins Elementary in Dixon was awarded $5,000 from the KNBR Step Up to the Plate for Education program with San Francisco Giants star Brandon Crawford.

The program, which also involves Wells Fargo, awarded $100,000 in grants to 32 schools “to support athletics, arts, STEM and community-based programs.”

Crawford presented the grants Thursday at Oracle Park.

Source: 2 Solano schools get Step Up to the Plate grants

Travis USD hosting priority registration events at all schools – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Kindergarten and transitional kindergarten (TK) registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open for Travis Unified School District students. Children can be enrolled online at travisusd.org or by attending a priority registration event within the next two months at any of the district’s elementary schools.

Attending a priority registration event guarantees enrollment at a child’s school of residence. The events listed are as follows:

  • Dec. 11: Scandia Elementary; 100 Broadway St., Travis AFB.
  • Jan. 15: Center Elementary; 3101 Markeley Lane, Fairfield.

Source: Travis USD hosting priority registration events at all schools – The Reporter

Travis School District sets kindergarten registration dates – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Registration for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes in the 2020-21 Travis School District school year is now being accepted.

The district will hold priority registration events beginning Wednesday. Incoming students at other grade levels can register as well.

Source: Travis School District sets kindergarten registration dates

Vanden robotics team prepares for China trip – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Vanden High School robotics team will head to China starting Nov. 22 and returning home Nov. 30, traveling to Beijing Economic Management School, Meilong Middle School and Shanghai Jiao Tong University with the intent of sharing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum, according to a press release.

While in China, the students will also tour the sites of Shanghai and Beijing, including the Great Wall. The trip is the third time robotics team members have visited China, with the trip coordinated by Paul Cheng of the U.S. Education Foundation and Doug Green of the Vanden Robotics Foundation.

Source: Vanden robotics team prepares for China trip

Travis school trustees ‘go into the kitchen’ Wednesday – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Trustees of the Travis School District will be spreading around the kudos for a number of accomplishments when they meet Wednesday.

Among the recognitions is for the winners of Sodexo’s Future Chef Culinary Competition held Oct. 23 at Center Elementary School.

The school board meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Travis Education Center, 2775 De Ronde Drive, in Fairfield.

Seven students from the five elementary schools in the district participated, said Ana Martinez, a child nutrition consultant who works for Sodexo at the Travis School District.

Source: Travis school trustees ‘go into the kitchen’ Wednesday

Vanden JROTC students learn more than military skills – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Being in a school district largely consisting of children of military families, it is no surprise that Vanden High School offers a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program.

However, the class provides a lot more than just military skills. It provides life skills, including encouraging students to be better citizens of their communities.

“They do it for a belonging but not necessarily wanting to be in the military,” Master Sgt. Hollis Huvar, JROTC instructor and program co-founder, said. “We’re not recruiting. We’re here to provide the kids to be better citizens.”

Source: Vanden JROTC students learn more than military skills – The Reporter

Attendance Awareness poster winners announced – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education this week announced the winners of the 2019 Solano Countywide Attendance Awareness Poster Contest, according to a press release.

September was Attendance Awareness Month and SCOE hosted the contest to provide school districts the opportunity to engage students in conversations about the critical role that school attendance has on student achievement. 72 students from school districts across Solano County submitted posters for consideration in the contest.

There were three categories in the contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. These students will be recognized at their respective district school board meetings.

Source: Attendance Awareness poster winners announced

Remembering Vanden, Solano coaching legend Ron Beverly – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

After nearly 30 years at the Daily Republic – I’ll hit the big 3-0 around Thanksgiving – a goal of mine is to retire before needing to do tribute stories on coaching who were before or during my time. I mentioned that to Ron Beverly about two months ago.

When writing about the passing of Vanden legends Ed Serpas and Jim Boyd, a go-to guy was Beverly, who’d played for both during the school’s first year and took over for the former as Vikings football coach.

Source: Remembering Vanden, Solano coaching legend Ron Beverly

State schools superintendent discusses education at Solano breakfast – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Elected officials, school board trustees and superintendents from throughout Solano got an understanding Thursday of the current state and future of education at Solano County Office of Education’s annual State of Education Breakfast Forum.

State superintendent of public instruction Tony Thurmond was the guest speaker.

With the theme of “Full STEAM Ahead,” the breakfast was an opportunity to bring educators, business leaders and elected officials together for a discussion on educational opportunities and showcase what certain school districts are doing to prepare students for the workforce in the new decade, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Source: State schools superintendent discusses education at Solano breakfast – The Reporter

Schentrup, Sports Medicine Visit Vanden High School – Solano College

The Solano College Sports Medicine program teamed up with the Solano County Office of Education to visit Vanden High School this week.

Solano College athletic trainer and sports medicine faculty Bailey Schentrup spent the day teaching students from Miss Smith’s medical science classes hands-on skills such as athletic taping techniques, basic anatomy palpation skills, and stretching techniques.

Students were introduced to several therapeutic exercise fields of study, including the Solano College Sports Medicine/Athletic Training major and its courses.

Source: Schentrup, Sports Medicine Visit Vanden High School – Solano College

Children’s walk at Travis commemorates 9/11 attacks – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The children who took part in the 13th Annual Freedom Walk were not even born when 9/11 happened but the day is still a somber reminder of all that was lost – even for the youngest child.

Children from Travis and Scandia elementary schools walked Wednesday in memory of those fallen during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Teachers – many dressed in red, white and blue – escorted the first-, second- and sixth-graders to an open space on the lawn by the Airmen and Family Readiness Center.

Source: Children’s walk at Travis commemorates 9/11 attacks

Ball Metal Car Show helps area schools – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Rick Seidenzahl of Vacaville has brought one of his four vintage cars to every Ball Metal Car Show. His daughter, Jennifer Murray, also brings her car – a 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS. They both work for Ball Metal Beverage Packaging Company.

“It’s for a good cause,” Seidenzahl said, “and it helps the community.”

Ball Metal Beverage Packaging Company hosted its sixth annual car show Saturday to help raise money and classroom supplies for local schools, with registrants able to enter the show by donating school supplies.

Source: Ball Metal Car Show helps area schools

Saddle up your support for teen programming – 2019 PAL-beque at Jelly Belly! – Daily Republic

By Heather-Rae Sanderson

Get ready to chow down on Saturday, September 14, 2019 6:00p.m. as we round up resources and support for local teens and their families with a community PAL-beque at Jelly Belly, One Jelly Belly Lane, in Fairfield.

“Wow, I wish they had all that when I was a teen!”

We hear that all the time when we share what happens at the PAL Center. Here is your chance to help Fairfield PAL continue and grow! Join us Saturday, September 14 for a PAL-beque at Jelly Belly, in Fairfield! One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to providing local teens with meaningful experiences and programs!

Source: Good News: Saddle up your support for teen programming in Fairfield and join us for 2019 PAL-beque at Jelly Belly!

Cambridge kindergarteners have fun-filled start of school – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The bell rang. Students at Cambridge Elementary School made their way across campus, backpacks in tow, to begin the first day of Travis Unified School District’s 2019-20 academic year Wednesday.

Outside Dolores Smith’s kindergarten classroom parents waited with their kids, some of whom were nervous to start school and others who were excited to begin a new chapter in their young lives. Smith welcomed them in, students hung up their Pokemon, “Toy Story” and Disney princess backpacks and entered the classroom.

After the students settled down on the carpet, Smith had them wave goodbye to their parents before the kindergarteners began their day. She then held up individual name tags, and when students recognized their name they went up to claim their tags.

Source: Cambridge kindergarteners have fun-filled start of school – The Reporter

Some local schools begin new academic year in two weeks – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Long gone is the notion that California schools begin their new year on the first day after Labor Day, and it seems some Solano County schools and school districts begin their new academic years earlier and earlier as the years pass by.

Still, it may surprise some to learn that two local charter schools and Dixon Unified schools open their doors in early August, while Vacaville and Travis unified districts begin in mid-August, while other districts start in late August.

Dixon Montessori, a K-8 independent charter, will welcome students on Aug. 7 at its North Almond St. campus, while Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy, a TK-8 independent charter on Elm Street in Vacaville, and Dixon Unified schools will begin Aug. 8.

Source: Some local schools begin new academic year in two weeks – The Reporter

TUSD officials post policy about free and reduced-cost school meals – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Travis Unified officials have announced their 2019-20 policy to serve eligible children free or reduced-cost meals if the household income is less than, or equal to, federal guidelines.

The meals, served every school day, are made available by the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Afterschool Snack programs, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Under the guidelines, meals and milk are free depending on household size, Sonya Lasyone, the Fairfield school district’s chief business officer, noted in a press release issued earlier this week. A family of one, for example, qualifies with an annual maximum income of $16,237; a family of four with a maximum of $33,475; and a family of eight with a maximum of $56,459. For each additional family member, add $5,746 for the qualifying maximum.

Source: TUSD officials post policy about free and reduced-cost school meals – The Reporter

Youths in Vacaville commemorate Apollo 11 launch – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Fifty years ago Tuesday America celebrated the launch of Apollo 11 into space — and the first man traversing the moon four days later.

In present day, Vacaville youths enjoyed some cosmic adventures of their own — taking over the Nut Tree Plaza for a bit with their experiments.

Screams, giggles and fizzy explosions marked the celebration, a mix of history and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities.

Source: Youths in Vacaville commemorate Apollo 11 launch – The Reporter

Center taps Vanden High teacher for prestigious workshop – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Vanden High teacher Andrea Terry has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Workshop for Teachers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Tsongas Industrial History Center.

The weeklong workshop is titled, “Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience.” Terry was one of 36 teachers selected from 199 applicants from around the United States.

Source: Center taps Vanden High teacher for prestigious workshop