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

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