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

Vanden graduates begin next step of their life voyage – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

A slight wind may have been blowing, but that did not stop Vanden High School’s graduating Vikings from setting course for new adventures at their commencement ceremony Friday.

George A. Gammon Field was awash in green and yellow caps and gowns as the Class of 2019 had one look back at the pivotal previous four years and looked forward at the journeys ahead.

Following the “Pomp and Circumstance” procession, presentation of colors by Vanden’s JROTC and performance of the national anthem by the school band, Senior Class President Alejandra Diaz reflected on the last four years and she chose a creative way to do it.

Source: Vanden graduates begin next step of their life voyage – The Reporter

Vanden High grads ready to celebrate infinite possibilities- Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Sanae Orme will have lots of memories of her four years at Vanden High School, but one will stick out more than the others.

That was being able to play softball with her older sister, Dariana, on a team that came one win shy of winning a Sac-Joaquin Section title.

Orme, 17, of Vacaville, is also proud of being the third sibling in her family to graduate a Viking: Kevin Orme in 2011 and Dariana Orme in 2018.

Source: Vanden High grads ready to celebrate infinite possibilities

Slow journey of TEC grads has not yet stopped – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

With blue robes and blue mortarboards – some wearing leis, and at least one weighed down with an assortment of neck ware – the graduates of the Travis Education Center on Friday afternoon were greeted by a packed house with cheers and loud hoots as they gamboled down the center aisles of the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre.

Sixty-one graduates – most from TEC, but some from the Community Day School and others from the Independent Studies program – assembled on the theater stage. Thirteen of the students were juniors graduating a full year early. Others actually need to finish their studies over the summer.

Source: Slow journey of TEC grads has not yet stopped

Vanden High graduate’s past a mirror into her future – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Carol Mulumba is a healthy 18-year-old, and a recent graduate from Vanden High School.

Like many of her 350-plus classmates at the Travis Air Force Base-fed school, she has traveled extensively, following, in her case, her mother from one military assignment to another.

Mulumba was born in Maryland, and has lived in four other states largely due to Air Force orders.

She enjoys music, with a current affinity for Adele, but don’t be surprised if you find her listening to Frank Sinatra or Etta James. She likes to write fiction, with eyes gazing to the stars, and she caught the theater bug as a senior.

Source: Graduation 2019: Vanden High graduate’s past a mirror into her future

Vanden student-athletes sign letters of intent – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

It was crowded in Vanden High’s Jim Boyd Gym, Wednesday, and that had nothing to do with the folks in the stands.

Eleven Vikings athletes from six sports took part in a letter of intent or were announced signing ceremony before family, friends and teammates, with two unable to attend.

“We stop, pause and gather as they reach one more milestone in their journey,” said Vanden girls basketball coach Allison Johnson, who served as master of ceremonies. “We’re honored and privileged to be here to celebrate with you.”

Source: High school sports: Vanden student-athletes sign letters of intent

RoboVikes host outreach, fundraiser – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Vanden High School Robotics team, the RoboVikes, will host an outreach and fundraising event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday near the Nut Tree carousel in Vacaville, according to a press release.

The event is designed to excite students of all ages about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The RoboVikes will demonstrate their recent robots, Valkyrie and Ragnarok, and attendees will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with robotics and programming activities for all age levels. Other offerings will include catering, a silent auction and merchandise for purchase.

Source: RoboVikes host outreach, fundraiser

Solano special needs students dance the morning away at annual prom – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Over at Armijo High School’s gym, the bass was thumping and fists were pumping for Solano County’s annual prom Friday morning for students with special needs, which proved to be a good time for all.

With the theme being “An Evening in the Enchanted Garden,” the room was strewn with flowers and images of iconic Disney fairies. The feeling of a magic garden was captured as special needs students throughout the county got to dress in their finest outfits, play games and dance to their hearts’ content, all while getting to be themselves.

Lynne Lee, a teacher in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s adapted physical education department, said the event started more than 25 years ago.

Source: Solano special needs students dance the morning away at annual prom – The Reporter

Travis trustees honor students, staff – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

The Travis School District governing board honored a number of high-achieving students Tuesday and also recognized several long-serving teachers and staff members.

Vanden High School valedictorians Victoria Melton, Jane Frances-Uche and Alvin Vo, and salutatorians Jennea Bajala, Alana Silva Cacdac, Justin Milolajcik and Samantha Vanpelt, were recognized by the board for their academic achievements.

The board also recognized teachers and staff members who reached various service milestones.

Source: Travis trustees honor students, staff

Special needs students get day to themselves at Dixon May Fair – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

In the late morning hours Friday, special education students throughout Solano County got to have the Dixon May Fair all to themselves, enjoying the rides, livestock exhibitions and food — hours before the fair officially opened for the day.

The event, held by local Rotary Clubs throughout the county in conjunction with the Solano County Office of Education, has been a staple for 26 years. Bill Seiden, event chair and member of the Vacaville Noon Rotary Club, said it started in 1993 as a fishing derby.

“There had been a previous history of a special needs gathering at the May Fair,” he said. “When I learned that, we decided to move it here as a Special Needs Day at the fair, and we’ve been doing it ever since.”

Source: Special needs students get day to themselves at Dixon May Fair – The Reporter

Vanden grad seeks seat on US Olympic kayak team – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

A 2010 Vanden High School graduate has her sights set next year on the Tokyo Olympics.

Renae Jackson, who worked as a lifeguard in Vacaville during her teen years, hopes to find a spot on the United States kayak team.

She has two chances to qualify:

• Finishing in the top six in the world this summer at World Championships.

• Being No. 1 in the Pan American Championships next spring.

Starting July 1, she begins training full time.

Source: Vanden grad seeks seat on US Olympic kayak team

Solano schools honor Benicia teacher, Vacaville custodian – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

School districts throughout the county, by way of an event organized by the Solano County Office of Education, came together Tuesday to honor all teachers and support staff by recognizing some of the best in their positions.

Callison Elementary School’s DJ Stilwell, a custodian, was recognized with an educator of the year award, as was Benicia High School’s Matt O’Reilly, an arts and design teacher.

The Solano County Office of Education Educators of the Year Awards Ceremony, held at Suisun City’s Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, honored teachers of the year in each district, as well as support workers, which range from clerical, maintenance, student nutrition and similar roles.

Source: Solano schools honor Benicia teacher, Vacaville custodian

US News Best High Schools 2019: FSUSD Schools On List | Suisun City, CA Patch

By Maggie Avants

Public Safety Academy in Fairfield is among the best high schools in America, U.S. News & World Report said Tuesday in its most comprehensive ranking yet of the nation’s high schools. More than 17,000 schools are ranked, an increase from 2,700 last year.

Public Safety Academy ranked 1,492nd nationally and 226th among California schools in the 2019 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings. Public Safety Academy, with an 84-percent AP (Advanced Placement) participation rate and a 98-percent graduation rate, was ranked the highest among Solano County schools.

Source: US News Best High Schools 2019: Fairfield-Suisun Schools On List | Suisun City, CA Patch

Program shows choices behind wheel can mean difference between life, death – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Vanden High School senior Maddy Denajer began driving a few months ago.

She’s been a member of the school’s Friday Night Live chapter since her freshmen year. The program builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development with a focus on alcohol, tobacco, traffic safety, gambling and drugs.

Denajer joined other Vanden students Monday for Impact Teen Drivers, a program that emphasizes the dangers of reckless and distracted driving.

“When I started behind the wheel, I thought, ‘this isn’t as easy as I thought,’ ” Denajer said.

Source: Program shows choices behind wheel can mean difference between life, death

13th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony – Daily Republic

The 13th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM at the Solano County Office of Education located at 5100 Business Center Drive in 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: 13th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony

Vacaville students let the fish out in Vallejo – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Vacaville students got to see the conclusion on their lengthy science experiment on Friday when they stopped by Lake Chabot in Vallejo to release dozens of rainbow trout fry.

For the past six weeks, the 3rd and 4th grade students raised the trout eggs, which grew into alevin, and then small fry. The hands-on science event is part of the Classroom Aquarium Education Program, put on by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Source: Vacaville students let the fish out in Vallejo – Times-Herald

Vanden, Caliber students top Solano Science Fair competitions – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Vanden High sophomore Mayah Gantt was the overall Senior Division winner and Ryan Menefee, a student at Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, was the Junior Division winner at the recent Solano County Science and Engineering Fair.

Gantt was also first in the Earth Science category, while Menefee was first in the Physical Science category. There was a Life Science category as well.

First-place winners are eligible to enter the California State Science and Engineering Fair that takes place April 29-30 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Source: Vanden, Caliber students top Solano Science Fair competitions

Vanden robotics team advances to World Championships – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

To past generations the idea of constructing robots seemed like science fiction, but it is now a common part of secondary school curricula.

It has paid off well for Vanden High School’s robotics team, the RoboVikes, which recently received the highest honor at the FIRST Robotics regional competition in Sacramento when they were bestowed with the Chairman’s Award.

The award “honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST,” according to a news release.

Source: Vanden robotics team advances to World Championships – The Reporter

Vanden students enjoy visit from Golden Knights – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Vanden High School students got a thrill Friday with a special show put on by the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights.

It came together with the guidance of Athletics Director Matthew Bidou. He noted that 1,600 students came out for the event on the football field.

“I wanted to get everybody together to do something different,” he said. “I want all the kids to have a good time and have a smile on their faces.”

It took about three weeks to get everything organized by the retired Army veteran. The students chose if they wanted to attend the event; it was not mandatory.

Source: Vanden students enjoy visit from Golden Knights

Travis Unified board meets Tuesday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The second interim budget report is one of the items to be considered by the Travis Unified School District trustees when they meet Tuesday.

A presentation by Travis Elementary students about their Coding Class with Linkbots and a report on the second interim budget also is scheduled.

The board meets at 6 p.m. in the Travis Education Center, 2775 De Ronde Road, in Fairfield. The open session follows a 5 p.m. closed session that includes a performance evaluation of Superintendent Pam Conklin.

Source: Travis Unified board meets Tuesday