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

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