Will C. Wood hosts grand opening for Wildcat Stadium – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

Spirited students and faithful fans simultaneously turned a page in the school’s history as Will C. Wood held its long-awaited grand opening of Wildcat Stadium.

Students, school faculty and generations of Wood grads flocked to the stands and around the 50-yard line of the newly christened stadium to celebrate the completion of the highly anticipated venture. As the sea of supporters assembled in the stands and on the field, while soaking in the pristine scene shortly after 3:30 p.m., Wood Associated Student Body President Austin McLellan and 2017 WCW graduate Issac Stevens welcomed those in attendance and voiced their unrivaled elation for the special occasion.

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Will C. Wood students celebrate new stadium – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

At the end of the school day Thursday, students at Will C. Wood were welcomed home – but not in the way they are on every other day.

Rather than spill out through the streets of Vacaville en route to their residences, the students piled into the school’s newly constructed athletics stadium, a feature that has been missing since it became a high school in 1989.

Thanks to funding made possible by the voter-passed Measure A, Will C. Wood students, for the first time, walked into a stadium built for their teams, decked out in their colors and sporting their school name and logo.“Look at this. It’s just awesome,” said Wood graduate Issac Stevens.

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$1.6M in Measure A, Prop. 39 contracts on VUSD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vacaville Unified leaders, when they meet tonight, are expected to approve several large Measure A and Proposition 39 contracts totaling more than $1.6 million, plus pass a resolution calling for “full and fair funding of California’s public schools.”

The seven-member governing board will OK, in order, three Measure A contracts, including 1) a $272,000 agreement with Johnson Mechanical to replace the heating, ventilation and air condition systems in the Wood High administration building; 2) a $65,000 contract with American Asphalt & Resurfacing Co. for the seal coating projects at Vacaville High and Jepson Middle School; and 3) a $629,000 agreement with Sunterra Solar Inc. for solar panels atop the newly built E and M buildings at the West Monte Vista Avenue campus.

Source: $1.6M in Measure A, Prop. 39 contracts on VUSD agenda

Solano County’s top school district employees named – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vanden High science teacher Marilyn Lewis and Vallejo City Unified bus driver Samantha Bradshaw were named Solano County’s top educators of the year.

The leader of Solano County schools, Lisette Estrella-Henderson, made the announcement in a press release.

Besides Lewis and Bradshaw, named Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year, respectively, 12 other school district employees were honored Tuesday during a ceremony in Suisun City. The event recognized teachers, paraeducators, child nutrition, support services, security and school staff who give their time, talent and skills to support student achievement, educational innovation and community involvement in Solano County schools.

“It is an honor and a privilege to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Solano County educators and support staff,” Estrella-Henderson added in the prepared statement.

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SCOE honors classified employee, teacher of the year – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

A school bus driver convinced by her cousin to give the job a try and a high school science teacher who taught three of her four children were named Tuesday as Solano County’s Classified School Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

Samantha Bradshaw, lead trainer and bus driver for the Vallejo City School District, was nominated for her can-do attitude and getting grants to retrofit the buses.

“Samantha has gone over and beyond the call of duty to help out the Transportation Department,” her nomination read.

Source: Solano office of education honors classified employee, teacher of the year

Red-letter day on the way for Will C. Wood stadium – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

It’s Day 2 and counting.

In a little more than 48 hours, students, faculty, Vacaville Unified leaders, and the Vacaville community will mark a milestone day in the history of Will C. Wood High.

More than 12 months since groundbreaking — and nearly four years since the passage of Measure A — work on the new $16 million Wildcat Stadium will come down Thursday to some likely ongoing final details and a celebratory grand opening.

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Kairos board OKs a 3 percent pay hike for all school employees – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Leaders of Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy earlier this week approved a 3 percent pay hike for all employees at the Elm Street campus, it has been announced.

The vote was unanimous, Jared Austin, co-founder and executive director of the independent charter school, noted in an email to The Reporter.

“The Board is excited to be able to approve salary increases for staff and thank them for their hard work and dedication to all scholars,” he added in the written statement.

Source: Kairos board OKs a 3 percent pay hike for all school employees

Will C. Wood to induct HOF class, hold stadium grand opening – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

In the span of five days Will C. Wood High will celebrate its past and take a giant step into the future.

The school will induct the class of 2018 into the Will C. Wood Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Ulatis Community Center and hold a grand opening celebration for its new Wildcat Stadium at the corner of Marshall and Peabody roads on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Being inducted into the Thor Jensen, the only wrestling coach the school has had; Rochelle Jagdeo, M.D. (soccer, volleyball, track and field); Dathan Miller (wrestling, football); Darian Morton (football, track and field); Bob and Geri Zagata (athletic program contributors); and Marvin Brown (track, football, basketball).

Source: Will C. Wood to induct HOF class, hold stadium grand opening

Solano County school Employees of the Year to receive recognition – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Solano County Office of Education on Tuesday will honor 14 school employees nominated for the 2018-19 Solano County Educators of the Year Award.

Those being recognized hail from Vacaville, Travis, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Benicia, and Vallejo City unified districts and SCOE.

The event begins at 5:15 and continues to 7 p.m. in the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive, Suisun City. The public is invited to join the celebration. To attend, R.S.V.P. at https://goo.gl/forms/fkcNsmEechg7Oy9u2.

For more information, call Rebecca Floyd at 646-7602 or email her at RFloyd@solanocoe.net.

The teachers and school-support employees “contribute to student achievement, educational innovation, and community involvement,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, superintendent of county schools, noted in a press release.

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Student film festival features dramas, documentaries and more – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

About 30 films, including music videos, dramas and documentaries, were screened in the Solano Community College Performing Arts Center during the 17th annual EYE Light Film Festival.

The contest was open to students in middle school to junior college.

Entries came in from around Northern California, organizer Lynn Larsen said.

The festival was launched at Buckingham Charter Magnet School in Vacaville. Larsen took over in 2011 with the VacaValley Youth Video Affiliation.

The VYVA Inc. is a nonprofit scholarship organization that supports visual media arts and education. The annual film festival is dedicated to highlighting independent short films from a variety of genres created by young filmmakers.

Source: Student film festival features dramas, documentaries, more

VUSD teachers to get 1.5 percent pay hike – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Teachers and several nonunion employee groups are expected to receive a 1.5 percent wage hike in a new three-year contract, with teachers also expected to see sizable drops in their out-of-pocket medical premiums when Vacaville Unified leaders cast votes tonight during a special governing board meeting.

Tracy Begley, president of the 685-member Vacaville Teachers Association, confirmed the pay boost, which is retroactive to July 1.

The pay increase also will apply to some nonunionized employee groups, among them certificated administrators (principals), classified management (senior school-support employees) and confidential employees (those who manage confidential employee records and similar documents).

Source: Vacaville Unified School District teachers to get 1.5 percent pay hike

Solano districts nominate top teachers, school employees – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Fourteen educators and school support employees have been nominated for the 2018-19 Solano County Educators of the Year Award.

“Solano County’s educators inspire and support our students to learn, grow and thrive. Their hard work and dedication make a profound and lasting impact on the lives of our pupils and their families. I want to extend our deepest appreciation to all the nominees, for their admirable work in education,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement announcing the nominations.

Source: Solano districts nominate top teachers, school employees for educator awards

Vacaville teachers join with others for Character Strong workshop – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

Educators from around Northern California including a group of about a dozen teachers and administrators from the Vacaville Unified School District participated in a daylong workshop that taught them the benefits of incorporating character into their daily curriculum.

“We are teaching them how to weave character development, compassion and interpersonal skills into their daily practice in the classroom and throughout the campus,” said Houston Kraft a trainer with Character Strong an organization that leads workshops around the country that “Help educators infuse character and social-emotional learning into the daily fabric of any classroom or campus,” according to their website. Visit www.characterstrong.com.

Source: Vacaville teachers join with others for Character Strong workshop

Vaca High group entertains California retired teachers – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Vacaville High Advanced String Ensemble, under the new direction of Melinda Packer, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of spring with tunes such as “Molly on the Shore,” by Percy Grainger, “Here Comes the Sun,” a Beatles song, and Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”

The string ensemble entertained Division 24 of the California Retired Teachers Association on March 13 at the Vacaville Opera House. The retired teachers showed their gratitude by donating more than $350 to the school group for their spring activities.

Source: Good News: Vaca High group entertains California retired teachers

North Bay Decathlon Teams Compete At State Level | Dixon Patch

The results are in from the 2017 North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon and the California State Academic Decathlon. This year, over 275 students from 13 high schools across Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties participated in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon. The Academic Decathlon is a competitive event modeled after the Olympics to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind.” The competition provides students the opportunity to participate in an educational forum, which fosters a deep respect for knowledge, cooperation, and self-esteem. The theme of this year’s academic decathlon contests was “Africa.” “The Academic Decathlon is a rigorous academic program and team competition which develops students’ confidence and improves their study skills,” said Lisette Estrella Henderson, Solano County Superintendent of Schools. “As a result, students are more prepared for career and post-secondary education options.”

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‘Sir Elton John’ wants to win robotic worlds; needs funds – The Reporter

By RoboKnights

Perseverance. Teamwork. Excellence. These few words describe robotics team 5496.

The RoboKnights are a four-year team based out of Buckingham High School in Vacaville. In this build season alone, they have spent 200-plus hours building their robot named, Sir Elton John.

Team members have already attended two regionals in Davis and Boise, Idaho this season, placing sixth and ninth, respectively. After placing so high in Davis, the RoboKnights were put into a lottery in hopes of competing at World Competitions in Houston, Texas.

Source: ‘Sir Elton John’ wants to win robotic worlds; needs funds

Solano County SELPA Community Advisory Committee – Daily Republic

Educators, Youth and Community Members Who Work with Special Education Students Recognized for Outstanding Service

The 12th Annual Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Recognition Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive, 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: News Release – Solano County SELPA Community Advisory Committee

Buckingham Charter Principal to resign at fiscal year’s end – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

On the job for less than a year, Buckingham Charter Magnet High Principal Paul Tytler has announced his resignation, effective June 30.

In a letter to students, parents and families, posted after hours Friday, Tytler, expressing “mixed feelings” about the decision, noted that he and wife Barbara, “after much consideration and reflection,” plan to relocate to Seattle, Wash., his home.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunities that BCMHS has provided me, as well as the wonderful partnerships I have formed with teachers, parents and students,” he wrote in the five-paragraph letter.

Source: Buckingham Charter Principal to resign

Retired educator honored by Vacaville police brethren – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Teachers are known to be funny, witty and adept at getting both students and their parents to do what needs to be done.

Add in the physical skills of a ninja and you’ve got Ginny Miller, a retired educator turned the Vacaville Police Department’s Volunteer of the Year.

Miller denies her ninja credentials but admits that she did teach Physical Education for more than 20 years in the Vacaville Unified School District.

Born in San Francisco, Miller said she was the first female driver’s education teacher in San Diego.

She moved to Vacaville in 1985 with her husband and he became a teacher.

“We taught together,” she remembered. She lost her husband 18 years ago but has wonderful memories of their shared history.

Source: Retired educator honored by Vacaville police brethren

Buckingham robotics team needs cash to pay for Houston competition – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

That’s how much the students at the Bella Vista Road campus need to raise by 5 p.m. Monday in order to defray costs of their going to the FIRST Championship, Wednesday to April 21, in Houston, Texas. (The acronym FIRST is For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, an international youth organization that operates the FIRST Robotics Competition, among others.)

RoboKnight member Katelyn Kielhorn on Thursday said the team has raised, to date, nearly $3,000 of the $16,000 in expenses to send the team to the Lone Star State, where they will compete in what is commonly known as “a varsity sport for the mind.”

In recent days, Kielhorn, a sophomore, has been sending requests for corporate sponsorships, and the team, founded five years ago, has held bake sales and garage sales in their efforts to raise the additional $13,000.

Source: Buckingham robotics team needs cash to pay for Houston competition