Measure E campaign raises $29,500 — much from outside of Vallejo – The Reporter

By John Glidden

The month of October has been quite fruitful for the Committee to Fix Our Schools – Yes on Measure E campaign, which took in more than half of its total donations from various groups located outside of Vallejo, according to financial documents submitted to the Solano County Registrar of Voters for the Oct. 1-18 reporting period.

Of the $29,500 raised by the campaign, documents show $20,600 coming from groups outside Vallejo.

Van Pelt Construction Services and Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Inc. each contributed $5,000 to the campaign. Both companies helped craft the district’s Phase 1 Implementation Plan for the Facilities Master Plan.

via Measure E campaign raises $29,500 — much from outside of Vallejo – The Reporter.

Vallejo school district receives Golden Bell award – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

Do you hear that ringing?

Its golden.

The Vallejo City Unified School District was recently named a recipient of a “Golden Bell” Award for the Full Service Community School Program implemented throughout the various district schools.

The award is given by the California School Boards Association, which represents elected officials who oversee public K-12 school districts.

“Im very excited,” said district Superintendent Ramona Bishop by phone Thursday afternoon.

Bishop said that the program is about creating a partnership between the community, parents and students.

According to the district website, the goal of the full service community schools “is to improve student academic achievement and well-being through the offering of comprehensive high-quality services.”

via Vallejo school district receives Golden Bell award – Vallejo Times Herald.

Pathways Trust and Vallejo school district celebrates grant – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

French novelist and Nobel Prize winner Anatole France once remarked that “nine tenths of education is encouragement.”

That encouragement just received some encouragement of its own.

On Tuesday morning, various representatives from the Vallejo Career Pathways Trust met at the Solano Community College Vallejo Center to discuss how local children and college students will continue to receive that encouragement, after the trust was awarded a $6 million grant as part of the larger California Career Pathways Trust.

The CCPT awards grant amounts to individual districts and colleges to craft partnerships, which helps students learn a certain program, preparing the students to enter a career field after high school or continue on to college to learn more about the field.

via Pathways Trust and Vallejo school district celebrates grant – Vallejo Times Herald.

Teacher association dishes out school supplies, books – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

All it took to enter the Continentals of Omega Boys & Girls Club gym Monday afternoon was a golden ticket.

Well, it wasn’t a ticket, just a golden piece of paper.

By 4:30 p.m. well over 100 Vallejo City Unified School District children had stopped by to pick up free school supplies during the “Helping Hands School Supply Outreach” hosted by the Vallejo Education Association.

“It’s great for the kids,” said A.J. Brock as he and his wife, Araceli, stopped by the event with their three children.

A.J. Brock said that he was impressed with the free book each child was able to pick out.

via Teacher association dishes out school supplies, books – Vallejo Times Herald.

Students learn college is a possible dream – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

“Good morning to our future,” said Linda Brown in a voice that boomed through the Solano Community College Performing Arts Theater on Friday morning.

That voice not only caught the initial attention of 400 students but kept them all engaged as the outreach specialist for the California Student Aid Commission spoke and interacted with seniors from various Solano County high schools during the 2014 Cal Grant presentation put on by Travis Credit Union.

“We are talking about free money from the state of California,” she said, accentuating the word “free.” “Everybody in here can go to college.”

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Vallejo students, community making Day of the Dead celebration happen – Vallejo Times Herald

By Irma Widjojo

The image of a skeleton in a long gown and a hat has been often associated with the spookiness of the Halloween season.

However, La Catrina, as shes known, has become the symbol of Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which is not a scary day.

“People see skulls and long black dresses, and they think its a spooky day,” Solano AIDS Coalition Director Mario Saucedo said. “But its actually a celebration of life. Its to celebrate all the lives of those who have died before us.”

The Solano AIDS Coalition is partnering with many other community organizations to bring the second annual Dia De Los Muertos festival to the city on Nov. 1.

via Vallejo students, community making Day of the Dead celebration happen – Vallejo Times Herald.

Tony Ubalde wants to focus on 75 percent in need of services – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education incumbent A.C. “Tony” Ubalde Jr. is seeking another term on the board so he can work to help the “75 percent (of VCUSD) students who are either in poverty, or face distractions from shelter, nutrition, or parental issues.”

Ubalde was elected to the board in 2011 after he defeated Robert DaPrato, a Solano Community College professor, to complete the term of Cris “Oggee” Villanueva who died in 2011. Ubalde also served a four-year term on the SCC Governing Board from 2004 to 2008.

via Tony Ubalde: Wants to focus on 75 percent in need of services – Vallejo Times Herald.

School bond measures big items on November ballot – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

Both the Napa Valley College Board of Trustees and the Vallejo City Unified School District are hoping that Measure E will be popular with local voters come this November.

Each district placed a Measure E bond on their respective local ballots. VCUSD’s Measure E is a $239 million general obligation bond, which will be used to upgrade district school sites. Napa County voters, meanwhile, will have an opportunity to make a decision about Measure E, a $198 million general obligation bond, to help repair and renovate Napa Valley College classroom facilities.

via School bond measures big items on November ballot – Vallejo Times Herald.

Loma Vista Farm holds cleanup day – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

Like an army, they descended upon Loma Vista Farm with pitchforks and carts.

Around 20 people showed up Saturday morning to clear a section of field at the farm, removing aging plants, harvesting various vegetables and preparing the farm for the fall planting season.

“We don’t know what crop will go into the field,” said Shelee Loughmiller, as she watched the assembled team clear the section of field. “But we are clearing a patch to plant for the fall.”

Volunteers on the day varied, coming from the Vallejo High School Leo Club to students from California Maritime Academy.

via Loma Vista Farm holds cleanup day – Vallejo Times Herald.

District schools open students and families after earthquake – Vallejo Times Herald

Times-Herald staff report Posted:

The Vallejo City Unified School District announced that existing Full Service Community Service resources and support will be given to students and their families, in response to Sunday’s South Napa earthquake.

“Vallejo’s schools are standing strong, but some of our students, parents, and staff members may be struggling. School staff is ready to assist parents and students who are dealing with the emotional and physical effects of the earthquake,” said VCUSD Superintendent Ramona Bishop in a press release. “Each of our Full Service Community Schools can help students and their families cope with the trauma caused by this natural disaster.”

According to the same release, all VCUSD schools were open on Monday, after the district’s maintenance and operations staff performed safety inspections and found limited structural damage to school site facilities.

via District schools open students and families after earthquake – Vallejo Times Herald.

Teacher excited about teaching first day of class – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

Kristianne Daos walked around her classroom Tuesday morning, placing a schedule and other educational materials on the wall of room 9 at Steffan Manor Elementary School. Much of her preparation work had been completed already, as tiny desks had been placed in clusters of four. At each desk was a name tag on a string lanyard and a paper announcing a classroom scavenger hunt.

Everything needed to be in place as Wednesday would be a first day for everybody in room 9.

The first day of kindergarten is usually marked with tears, uncertainty and nervousness, as many students find themselves in a new and strange place: School.

via Teacher excited about teaching first day of class – Vallejo Times Herald.

Three VCUSD candidates earn endorsement of Democratic committee – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

After being recommended by the United Democrats of Southern Solano County, Shelee Loughmiller, Burky Worel and John Lewis have received the full endorsement of the Solano Democratic Central Committee.

Each is a candidate for the Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education during the November elections.

“They (the Solano Democratic Central Committee) are awesome,” Lewis said with a laugh.

Lewis said that he has always been pro-union, even during his days when he worked for the U.S. Department of Labor.

“I’m glad to get the endorsement,” Worel said.

via Three VCUSD candidates earn endorsement of Democratic committee – Vallejo Times Herald.

New Vallejo High School principal excited about her job – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

A smile grew on Roxanne Brown-Garcia’s face Tuesday afternoon as she spoke about Vallejo High School’s wall-to-wall career academies and her overall expectations for the school.

Brown-Garcia is in her eighth week as principal of Vallejo High.

“What we (Vallejo High School) are trying to do is build up children for college and career-ready opportunities,” she said.

Brown-Garcia said that she has built pedagogical stance on two principles, which she intends to implement during her time as the principal of Vallejo High School.

“Children are extremely resilient,” she said. “So for me, if I lead through the framework of resiliency theory, I have a better chance of helping my staff understand how strong and courageous my children and families are.”

via New Vallejo High School principal excited about her job – Vallejo Times Herald.

Vallejo High football team stuffs backpacks for students – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

Pencils and paper and backpacks! Oh my!

Like a well-oiled machine, members of the Vallejo High School football team worked Monday to fill more than 3,000 black and white backpacks with an activity workbook and a packet of supplies, filling the hallway of Vallejo High School’s Bottari Gym with a few dozen boxes.

“The backpacks will go to every first- and second-grader in the Vallejo City Unified School District,” said Hazel Wilson, a member of the VCUSD Board of Education. “Also, every student at Highland Elementary School will get a backpack.”

Wilson said that this is the eighth year the VCUSD has worked with the CC Sabathia PitCCh In Foundation.

Sabathia is a pitcher with the New York Yankees baseball team and is a graduate of Vallejo High School.

via Vallejo High football team stuffs backpacks for students – Vallejo Times Herald.

Franklin Middle School students to receive backpacks and supplies – Vallejo Times Herald

By John Glidden

What’s better than getting a free backpack for the first day of school? A backpack filled with school supplies.

Such is the reward for more than 700 Franklin Middle School students when school begins next Wednesday.

The backpacks will be stuffed with various schools supplies — the kind of supplies students will need throughout the school year.

The backpack project is being sponsored by Bridgeway Church.

“It’s one of those projects where it doesn’t matter who you are,” said Scott Nalley, pastor at Bridgeway Church. “Each student will get a backpack.”

via Franklin Middle School students to receive backpacks and supplies – Vallejo Times Herald.

Bethel grad hopes to inspire college dreams in Vallejo – Vallejo Times Herald

By Tony Burchyns

Considering his grueling math and physics double-major, leadership activities and summer abroad doing astrophysics research in Italy, it’s hard to imagine Lewis Johnson was almost on the wrong path in high school.

But the 20-year-old University of the Pacific junior, who graduated from Vallejo’s Jesse Bethel High School in 2012, said he had to “beat the odds” to overcome stereotypes and other challenges that go with being an African-American male from a single-parent family.

“I was getting into fights … I got suspended … but even though I had difficulties, I still took honors classes,” Johnson said.

via Bethel grad hopes to inspire college dreams in Vallejo – Vallejo Times Herald.

Fields for local, state, federal races set – Vallejo Times Herald

By Irma Widjojo

The fields are set for the upcoming local, state and federal elections as the window to declare candidacy closed Friday, except for the Vallejo City Unified School District.

The district’s deadline is extended until Wednesday, since incumbent Trustee Adrienne Waterman chose not to seek re-election.

The local races as of Friday are as follows:

Vallejo City Unified School District:

• Trustees Tony Ubalde and Hazel Wilson will face challengers Ruscal Cayangyang, Burky Worel, Shelee Loughmiller, John Lewis, Richard Porter and Brisbain Pucan. Three positions are open.

• Measure E — $239 million facilities general obligation bond for renovation of district buildings.

via Fields for local, state, federal races set – Vallejo Times Herald.

Vallejo schools need better marketing, trustees say – Vallejo Times Herald

By Lanz Christian Bañes

Vallejo school board members agreed Wednesday that the Vallejo City Unified School District must do a better job informing the public.

“It’s time for us as a district to market ourselves,” trustee Hazel Wilson said during a board workshop on revamping the district’s goals.

Wilson’s comments, echoing those of other board members, came during a point in the discussion when audience members pointed out that the district’s goals — divided into broad categories of equity, excellence, educational effectiveness and economic sustainability — did not list specific programs or means of achieving them.

via Vallejo schools need better marketing, trustees say – Vallejo Times Herald.

Solano COE goes live on Escape Online 5! | Escape Technology

By Ramona Marshall

Solano COE goes live on Escape Online 5!

And another customer goes live on Escape Online 5 this month! Solano County Office of Education and 6 of their districts are the latest addition to the Escape family of customers. Live AP and payroll runs have now both been successfully completed. Below is the team from the County Office of Education proudly displaying the first checks they produced from the system.

When asked about her thoughts on Escape and the implementation, Cindy Williamson, Director of Fiscal Operations – Vacaville Unified School District had the following to say.

My thoughts are all positive. Believe me my staff is happy and excited to have Escape! I have been training departments and starting on site staff. After a one-on-one hour everyone has left just as excited. The positive thing is all have found the program easy to learn and so easy I have had few further questions. Big kudos to Escape. You have been a great asset to making this conversion successful. Thank you so much.

via Solano COE goes live on Escape Online 5! | Escape Technology.

Vallejo school board places $239 million bond measure on November ballot – Vallejo Times Herald

By Lanz Christian Bañes

Voters will decide in November whether the Vallejo City Unified School District should get $239 million to maintain its aging facilities.

The school board unanimously approved Wednesday placing a bond measure during the general elections this fall, the culmination of about a year and a half of work by the board and district staff.

“It has been 17 years since this same opportunity came along for the community to take,” Assistant Superintendent Mel Jordan said to the board, referencing the district’s last facilities bond measure, the $133 million Measure A in 1997.

 

via Vallejo school board places $239 million bond measure on November ballot – Vallejo Times Herald.