Special needs prom gives individuals a night to shine – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The walls of the multipurpose room at Three Oaks Community Center were lined with balloons. Attendees arrived dressed in tuxedos, fedoras, red velvet dresses and high heels.

Photo booths were set up for them to take pictures with friends and hit songs by Taylor Swift, The Chainsmokers and DJ Khaled filled the room while people danced.

This could have been a scene from any high school prom. What made it unique was that the attendees were all individuals with special needs and their families, giving them their own night to remember.

Source: Special needs prom gives individuals a night to shine – The Reporter

Travis School District to recognize top employees, review policies – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis School District trustees will recognize the classified and certificated employees of the year when they meet Tuesday.

Connie Nichols, a Food Service worker at Vanden High School, was selected as the Classified School Employee of the Year, while Melanie Green, a teacher at Cambridge Elementary School, was selected as Certificated Employee of the Year.

They will represent the Travis district at the Solano County Educators of the Year Ceremony that’s scheduled March 30.

Source: Travis School District to recognize top employees, review policies

Vanden Junior ROTC receives highest evaluation score – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Vanden High School Junior ROTC program has received the highest overall assessment score possible after its recent evaluation.

The “exceeds standards” assessment was given in 24 of the 25 areas on which the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets were evaluated Jan. 18.

Michael L. Wetzel, with the Air Force Junior ROTC, said Vanden can stand on its own against “any other program in the nation.”

Source: Vanden Junior ROTC receives highest evaluation score

North Bay Academic Decathlon To Conclude With ‘Super Quiz’ | Suisun City, CA Patch

By Maggie Avants

Nearly 300 students from 15 high schools across Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties battled it out Saturday, Jan. 26 and will continue battling it out Saturday, Feb. 2 in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon at Solano Community College in Fairfield, according to a news release.

The theme of this year’s academic decathlon — a competitive event modeled after the Olympics to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind” — is “The 1960s: A Transformational Decade.”

Source: North Bay Academic Decathlon To Conclude With ‘Super Quiz’ | Suisun City, CA Patch

Deadline for Applications for the Summer Exchange Group to Japan Is Approaching Fast! – Daily Republic

By Arletta Kelley Cortright

The application deadline to be a part of the Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program summer exchange group is fast approaching. Applications for the Summer 2019 exchange group are due on Thursday, January 24, 2019. The Sister City Program is looking for local high school students with an interest in Japan to be part of next summer’s three-week student exchange visit to Fairfield’s sister city. Interested students are invited to apply to be members of the exchange group. Any high school student in the Fairfield-Suisun School District or Travis School District is eligible to apply to be part of the summer exchange delegation, as well as any high school student residents of Fairfield who attend schools outside of the two districts. Fairfield’s sister city, Nirasaki, Japan, is located in Yamanashi Prefecture, which is famous for grapes, peaches, wine, textiles, jewelry and for being the home of Mount Fuji. The city is about 90 miles from Tokyo. The summer visit includes trips to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Applications for the summer visit are available at the City of Fairfield’s website, www.fairfield.ca.gov. For more information, contact Arletta Cortright, chairwoman of the Sister City Program, at 426-5603 (home) or 428-7400 (City Hall), or by email at fairfieldsistercity@gmail.com. Applications can also be obtained by contacting Cortright by email.

Source: Press Release: Deadline for Applications for the Summer Exchange Group to Japan Is Approaching Fast!

New era for Scandia Elementary – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The slant-roofed, six-story multipurpose room, aka the cafeteria and gymnasium — with a fresh cream-and-royal blue colors, with dozens of windows high up to let in natural light, with brand-new basketball backboards and nets — could be the new, shiny practice space of the Golden State Warriors.

Then there are the four new classrooms housing fifth- and sixth-graders: in short, an architectural lesson in good use of space, pods, hubbed around a welcoming, well-lighted common area that relaxes anyone in it.

And the spiffy administrative office, also brand new, has to be the envy of school principals everywhere. Should anyone also mention a newly configured parking lot near the school office, addressing security and safety concerns?

Source: New era for Scandia Elementary – The Reporter

Scandia Elementary School cuts ribbon on schoolwide modernization – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

If you want a truly appreciative audience at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, bring a room full of elementary school-age children.

The new multipurpose room at Scandia Elementary School thundered from the cheers of its students when the ribbon was cut Wednesday morning signifying the end of the school’s extensive modernization.

“I want to thank all of you,” Scandia Principal Mark Pennington told the assembled staff and students. “You endured a lot of problems and we all worked together to get where we are now.”

Source: Scandia Elementary School cuts ribbon on schoolwide modernization

Committee invites Fairfield high schoolers to Japan student exchange info session – Daily Republic

By Arletta Kelley Cortright

The Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program is looking for local high school students with an interest in Japan to be part of next summer’s three-week student exchange visit to Fairfield’s sister city.

Interested students and their parents are invited to attend an information meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive.

Any high school student in the Fairfield-Suisun School District or Travis School District is eligible to apply to be part of the summer exchange delegation, as well as high school student residents of Fairfield who attend schools outside of the two districts.

Source: Community News: Committee invites Fairfield high schoolers to Japan student exchange info session

TUSD board appoints new board member – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

An employee with the Solano County Office of Education has been appointed to fill the Travis Unified governing board seat vacated by the September death of Angela Weinzinger, it has been announced.

Russ Barrington, a fiscal analyst in the Special Education Local Planning Area at SCOE offices in Fairfield, will be sworn in during the Dec. 11 trustees’ meeting. He will fufill Weinzinger’s term, through December 2020, as if elected.

Appointed by unanimous vote during the trustees’ Nov. 13 meeting, he immediately afterward took a seat on the board and participated in his first meeting as a representative for the district’s Area 2.

Barrington was one of three applicants interviewed for the position. The others were former Foxboro Elementary Principal Lisa Eckhoff and former governing board member John Dickerson, who submitted his resignation effective minutes prior to the meeting in order to be considered for the position. His term was set to end in December.

Source: TUSD board appoints new board member – The Reporter

Unhealthy air quality closes schools countywide Friday – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

School districts from Vallejo to Dixon are closed Friday as air quality continues to be poor due to drifting smoke from the Camp Fire in Paradise.

The message from Vacaville Unified School District Superintendent Jane Shamieh, posted on the district website, read: “We have decided to close schools and the district office tomorrow due to another forecast of air quality in the “unhealthy” range. Please know that we do not take closing schools lightly, and we understand that this can have significant financial impact on our families. Under normal circumstances, we would remain open at AQI levels of 151-200, however we have concerns about the prolonged exposure to staff and students occurring this week.”

Similar messages were posted on the district pages of the Travis, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Kairos Public Schools and Vallejo school district websites.

Source: Unhealthy air quality closes schools countywide Friday – The Reporter

Board of Supervisors recognizes top Solano educator – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Marilyn Lewis wanted to be a veterinarian when she was growing up – and she took her dream seriously.

Lewis told the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that she took photos and studied just about every animal and critter she saw, and even wrote what she learned in a book.

All that hands-on training proved to be invaluable when Lewis found her true calling as a science teacher, a vocation that earner her Teacher of the Year honors for 2018-19.

Source: Board of Supervisors recognizes top Solano educator

Inspire: Dreams Start Now 2018 – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

Every 8th grader in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District visited the Kroc Center in Suisun City on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 for a unique opportunity to interactively explore future career paths. That’s over 1,600 students.

It’s the 4th annual Inspire: Dreams Start Now event for the Fairfield-Suisun area, a program developed in collaboration with Vacaville Unified School District, Travis Unified School District, Dixon Unified School District, Solano County Office of Education, Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, Dixon Chamber of Commerce, Solano Economic Development Corporation, Solano Workforce Development Board, and many other government agencies and commercial companies in Solano County.

Source: Inspire: Dreams Start Now 2018

Candidate’s forum attracts council, mayoral, school board hopefuls – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

More than a dozen candidates for local city councils, mayor duties and school board gathered Monday night for a candidates forum hosted by St. Stephen Christian-Methodist-Episcopal Church.

Each was allotted three minutes to introduce themselves, talk about their platform and answer a dedicated question.

City council

Candidates were asked how they would encourage economic development within their own cities.

Source: Candidate’s forum attracts council, mayoral, school board hopefuls

9/11 tribute honors victims, those who continue to serve – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

Students from both Travis and Scandia elementary schools on Travis Air Force Base walked to remember and pay tribute to those that lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorists attack 17 years ago.

Gathered Tuesday on the lawn next to the base’s Airman and Family Readiness Center, the nearly 1,000 students from kindergarten to sixth grade listened to their classmates sing patriotic songs and recite poems.

Travis Elementary School Principal Brian Howard talked to the students about the significance of the day.

“You walk to show support to victims, survivors and families of the September 11, 2001 attacks,” he said.

Source: 9/11 tribute honors victims, those who continue to serve

Travis students remember, honor 9/11 with Freedom Walk – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Time heals all wounds. Some deep scars, however, often linger and serve as a reminder of a painful past.

That healing, on the other hand, comes through strength and resilience.

Both qualities were on display Tuesday during the 12th annual Freedom Walk at Travis Air Force Base, which marked the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Source: Travis students remember, honor 9/11 with Freedom Walk

Strong schools are hallmark of Solano life – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

One of the great influencing factors for choosing a place to live, particularly for families with young children, is the quality of education available.

As far as Solano County is concerned, the quality of education at all levels is generally strong. Most of the schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District, for example, are at or above statewide targets for school with a similar makeup of student bodies.

The same holds true for the school districts in Vacaville and Travis, with each of these having a particularly strong collection of elementary schools.

The Benicia district and Dixon district, each representing smaller communities, have high-performing schools throughout different levels.

Source: Solano Life 2018: Strong schools are hallmark of Solano life

Travis school district kicks off 2018-19 school year – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Beth Blair stood Wednesday on the sidewalk in front of the office at Golden West Middle School.

Next to her was her 3-year-old son, AJ Carney. Next to him was his older stepsister, Hallie Blair, ready for her first day of seventh grade.

Blair had already dropped another son off for his first day of second grade at Cambridge Elementary.

Hallie was ready for a new beginning. She wanted to play volleyball and sit in her own desk, rather than at a table.

Source: Travis school district kicks off 2018-19 school year

TUSD leaders report $285K revenue decrease this year – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Travis Unified leaders reported that the school district’s 2018-19 budget will incur a nearly $285,000 revenue decrease, due mainly to a cut in so-called “one-time” dollars from the state Department of Education.

Chief Business Officer Sonia Lasyone made the announcement during her 45-day budget report during the governing board’s once-monthly meeting Tuesday in Fairfield. (California school districts are required to prepare and announce publicly a 45-day budget revision 45 days after the governor signs the state budget.)

Lasyone reported a net revenue decrease of $283,564 to the five-member governing board, saying that, while Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2018-19 revised general fund budget of $139 billion provides for an increase in Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), it also includes a cut to the “one-time mandate dollars,” according to the text of the district’s board briefs, which were issued Wednesday.

Source: Travis Unified School District leaders report $285K revenue decrease this year

Three Travis Unified School District trustee seats up for grabs in November – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Do you live within Travis Unified boundaries, which include two elementaries in Vacaville, and want to make a difference toward the fiscal and policy direction of the Fairfield-based school district?

Three seats on the five-member governing board are up for election on Nov. 6.

One is Trustee Area 1, which consists of all areas within the boundaries of Travis Air Force Base; and there are two vacancies for Trustee Area 2, which consists of the remaining district areas, Annie Arthur, the administrative assistant to Superintendent Pamela Conklin, noted in a press release.

Area 2 trustee John Dickerson said Friday he will not seek re-election, and former trustee Jamilah Whiteside, who represented Area 1, resigned in June.

Source: Three Travis Unified School District trustee seats up for grabs in November

Voters to decided three seats on Travis Unified School District board – The Reporter

The Travis Unified School District (TUSD) will have three district board trustee vacancies on the Nov. 6 election ballot.

There will be one vacancy for Trustee Area 1, which consists of all areas within the boundaries of Travis Air Force Base and two vacancies for Trustee Area 2, which consists of the remaining TUSD area.

A local or regional board of education has one of the most important responsibilities in our society — connecting the will of the community to the education of its children. Its decisions affect the lives of students and their parents, the livelihoods of those the district employs and the economic well-being of the community.

Source: Voters to decided three seats on Travis Unified School District board