Oh, what a relief … graduation! – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Nervous-looking, his eyes darting left and right, Kyle S. Peterson, clad in a royal blue cap-and-gown, stood just inside the Catwalk Theatre lobby at Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville.

Elgar’s familiar “Pomp and Circumstance” march would soon seep out of theater speakers to mark the start of the graduation ceremony for Peterson and 20 others in Vacaville Unified School District’s Senior Studies program, the 2 p.m. Thursday event marking the traditional step into adulthood.

Just before he walked into the theater, Peterson, 17 and a Country High student, said the end of his high school days was welcome.

Source: Oh, what a relief … graduation! – The Reporter

Questions Raised About California Proposal To Push Back School Start Times – CBS Sacramento

California middle and high school students could get to sleep in a little later starting in the 2022-2023 school year.

Senate Bill 328 would prevent high schools from starting the school day before 8:30 am. Middle schools wouldn’t be allowed to start before 8 am. A previous version of the bill put the start times for both no earlier than 8:30 am but the time was changed for middle schools in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The bill passed the Assembly Education Committee Wednesday by a vote of 4-1.

Rural counties would be exempt from specified start times.

Source: Questions Raised About California Proposal To Push Back School Start Times – CBS Sacramento

Business teaches acrylic pouring – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Most people use summer as an opportunity to go to the beach, but visitors at Dirty Pour Designs created their own Tuesday out of acrylic paint.

The event was part of the art studio’s summer program to teach the technique of dirty pouring to individuals of all ages and abilities and give them an opportunity to get messy and walk away with a painting, all without using a brush.

Dirty Pour co-owner Tina Swift demonstrated how to use the technique, which she said she came across by accident as she was designing furniture as part of her other business, Deconstructed By Design.

Source: Business teaches acrylic pouring – The Reporter

Vaca High grad Tony Gonsolin called up to big leagues by Los Angeles Dodgers – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

Vacaville High baseball stand out Tony Gonsolin got the call he’s been waiting for.

The 2012 graduate will be promoted Wednesday from the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A team in Oklahoma City and according to mlbtraderumors.com is scheduled to start against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Drafted by the Dodgers in 2016 in the ninth round out of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Gonsolin moved through the farm system earning the promotion to Triple-A this season where he’s earned one win against one loss in 26 innings giving up just 20 hits and striking out 31 and an earned run average of 2.77.

Source: Vaca High grad Tony Gonsolin called up to big leagues by Los Angeles Dodgers – The Reporter

Wood High graduates Class of 2019 – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Will C. Wood High School sent 348 of its graduating seniors out into the world Friday night amid cheers, applause and a few air horns as the students came up to accept their diplomas.

“I have looked forward to this moment from the first time that I stepped on this campus,” said Class of 2019 graduate and Valedictorian Kendal Hiemke.

She was just one of many graduates who lauded what they called “their Wildcat family.”

Source: Wood High graduates Class of 2019

Joyous last hurrah for ‘super relieved’ Buckingham seniors – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Yellow daisies ringing her mortarboard, a string of blossoms hanging from her neck and her high school diploma in hand, Lilly Orr looked deeply satisfied Friday morning for a number of reasons.

One was the two-hour Buckingham Charter High graduation ceremony that ended shortly after noon and she and her mother were exiting The Mission, where the school’s 25th annual event was held, and her high school days were only moments — but, happily, permanent ones — behind her.

Another was Orr appeared ready to leave the Leisure Town Road church to have lunch with family; and still another was the prospect of a graduation party with classmates.

Source: Joyous last hurrah for ‘super relieved’ Buckingham seniors – The Reporter

Vacaville High graduates lose caps but not their focus on future – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

The parking lots and side streets filled up early, as did the grandstands on a beautiful sunny but windy Saturday morning at Tom Zunino Stadium for the graduation ceremonies for the Vacaville High School Class of 2019.

As the graduating seniors, clad in black caps and gowns with orange stoles, walked in accompanied by the school Symphonic Orchestra’s rendition of the traditional “Fanfare and Processional,” the wind kicked up dust storms from the surrounding track and blew off some of the graduates’ caps. It took several repetitions of the fanfare before all 420 graduates arrived at their seats in the center of the football field.

Source: Vacaville High graduates lose caps but not their focus on future – The Reporter

Buckingham sends 25th graduating class out into world – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Jerry and Donna Leavitt traveled from Temecula to watch their grandson Ryan LeFleur walk across the stage at the Mission on Friday with his fellow graduates from Buckingham Charter Magnet High School.

“He’s big time into robotics,” Donna Leavitt said. “He wants to be an engineer.”

After a trip to Peru with the school, LeFleur may attend summer school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He’s already been accepted there on full scholarship, Donna Leavitt said.

Source: Buckingham sends 25th graduating class out into world

Will C. Wood graduates share memories, songs and dreams – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

More than 360 Will C. Wood High School seniors celebrated the end of their final year of high school on Friday evening at Wood’s Wildcat Stadium.

Clad in royal blue caps (with gold tassels) and gowns, the graduates walked with dignity to their chairs set up on the football field as the school band and orchestra played the traditional “Fanfare and Processional” by Sir Edward Elgar.

The grandstands were completely filled on both sides. Hundreds of family members, relatives and friends looked on with pride, some sounding horns, others waving and cheering and calling out to the graduates. The scoreboard cleverly displayed “Home 20, Visitor 19” (reading 2019) with the time clock set at 20:19.

Source: Will C. Wood graduates share memories, songs and dreams – The Reporter

Six Will C. Wood graduates receive AA degrees from Solano – The Reporter

BY Nick Sestanovich

As if getting a high school diploma was not enough, six Will C. Wood High School graduates have another honor they can claim: Associate of Art degrees from Solano Community College.

You read that right: six high schoolers have already received AA degrees.

The six students began taking free classes at SCC their freshman year through the Vacaville Early College High School (VECHS) program, which began in 2014 as a partnership between the Vacaville Unified School District and SCC.

Source: Six Will C. Wood graduates receive AA degrees from Solano – The Reporter

Country High sends off Class of 2019 – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Country High School graduate Beonce Sarmiento wanted to know where “all my grads are at.”

“You all have to get loud,” she told her peers. “I am proud of myself and all of you. Every day, we have our battles, but we all share one in common – school.”

Many of the listening 59 Class of 2019 Country High grads grinned in approval of the opening Thursday of Sarmiento’s no-holds barred speech about making it to graduation.

Source: Country High sends off Class of 2019

TGIF Cooper to commence summer camp activities Monday – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The last day of school is coming up fast, which means “afterschool program” will soon have a whole new meaning.

The Vacaville Community Services Department’s Thank Goodness It’s Fun (TGIF) program is aimed at providing an array of activities for first through sixth-graders, both during the school year and as a summer camp. The latter will begin Monday and run for nine weeks, but students were already celebrating Wednesday in Cooper School Park.

This summer will feature a variety of games, trips to the pool twice a week, camp songs and field trips.

Source: TGIF Cooper to commence summer camp activities Monday – The Reporter

Browns Valley students experience BMX show for Fun Field Day – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The X Games aren’t until August, but Browns Valley Elementary School students didn’t have to wait until then to see incredible stunts performed by professional BMX riders. They got it right on their own campus Wednesday morning for the school’s annual Fun Field Day.

And given the weather, it might as well have been August.

The heat did nothing to diminish students’ enthusiasm though, with teachers walking by with spray bottles to keep students misted as the Go Green Live Clean BMX Show pedaled into Browns Valley for a show of awe-inspiring stunts mixed in with important lessons for the kids. Principal Lynn Benevides said it was the first time a bicycle motocross show had come to Browns Valley.

Source: Browns Valley students experience BMX show for Fun Field Day – The Reporter

Vacaville Unified offering free lunches throughout summer – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

With children often depending on their schools as the primary source for healthy meals, the Vacaville Unified School District’s nutrition department will be working to ensure that students continue to have access to such meals when school is out for the summer. The district will once again be offering its Seamless Summer Feeding Program at four sites in Vacaville this summer.

The program, done in conjunction with the California Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture, aims to bridge the hunger gap that students often face in the summer, according to a VUSD news release. Children ages 18 and under will be able to receive free meals Mondays through Fridays at the following locations, times and dates:

Source: Vacaville Unified offering free lunches throughout summer – The Reporter

Groundbreaking held for Markham Elementary remodel – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

An often-repeated mantra on Edwin Markham Elementary School’s blacktop Wednesday morning was that the day represented “a new beginning” for Markham.

The occasion: a groundbreaking ceremony for a campuswide modernization at Markham, slated to begin when school lets out for the summer.

The $35 million project is one of several to be funded through Measure A, a $194 million general obligation bond which was approved by voters in 2014. Among the completed projects financed through Measure A include two new two-story buildings to replace old portables at Vacaville High School, a new stadium at Will C. Wood High School, a modernization of Willis Jepson Middle School’s campus and new science classrooms and multipurpose room at Sierra Vista K-8 School. Other future projects include improvements to Vacaville High’s Zunino Stadium, a new shade structure and career tech classroom at Country High School and a new kitchen, shade structure and science labs at Buckingham Charter Magnet High School.

Source: Groundbreaking held for Markham Elementary remodel – The Reporter

Padan Elementary receives national honor  – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Eugene Padan Elementary School earned national recognition last week when Franklin Covey Co. named it as a Lighthouse School for its implementation of “The Leader in Me” program, the only school in Northern California to receive the honor.

“The Leader in Me” is a school transformation model developed in partnership with educators that aims to empower students with leadership and life skills needed to thrive in the 21st century, according to a news release by Franklin Covey.

The program starts from the premise that every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader, a proposition shapes the views of staff to value and develop the whole child. It also integrates leadership developments into existing school programs and curricula, helps students learn how to become self-reliant, set and track goals, do homework, prioritize their time, resolve conflicts, find creative solutions and live a balanced life, among other things.

Source: Padan Elementary receives national honor for leadership program implementation – The Reporter

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

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

15-year-old girl launches “locker” to give back – The Reporter

By Sally Schilling

Shanneil Turner’s dream was to play on Vacaville High School’s basketball team. The 15-year-old was set on trying out, but one thing was standing in her way: shoes.

Her parents were going to buy her a pair, but they couldn’t afford it at that time, said Turner, who has been a Boys and Girls Club member since age 6.

Turner ended up borrowing a pair, but they were falling apart.

Source: 15-year-old girl launches “locker” to give back – The Reporter

VUSD Leads The Way For Later School Start Time – CBS Sacramento

By Marissa Perlman

Lawmakers are once again pushing to require middle and high schools across the state to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

They say data shows later start times means more sleep, and therefore higher attendance and better grades for students. Governor Jerry Brown shut down the bill last year, but now there’s hope Governor Gavin Newsom will think differently.

The Vacaville Unified School District has had a later start time for a full year. They could serve as a model for schools across Northern California if this legislation passes.

Source: Vacaville Unified School District Leads The Way For Later School Start Time – CBS Sacramento