By Susan Hiland
The school board voted unanimously Thursday to update salary schedules for classified and substitute teachers in the Vacaville School District.
Director of Human Resources Manolo Garcia requested the approval of the revised 2021-22 Classified Employee Salary Schedules, which include the reclassification of the School Bus Driver Instructor job classification.
The school bus driver instructor classification was reclassified from Range 42 to Range 48 on the salary schedule in order to provide competitive compensation as well as internal equity between the school bus driver classification, according to a staff report.
Source: Vacaville school board votes to change salary schedules
Solano County Office of Education is hosting a Solano County Science and Engineering Fair competition on March 17, 2022. The youth event seeks to develop inquiry and problem solving skills among students, ignite a passion for science and engineering and better prepare youth for STEM and related careers.
The fair will be returning to an in-person format and all Solano County students grades 3-12 are invited to enter the competition.
Visit solanocoe.net/sciencefair to complete the entry form and view the Science and Engineering Fair information packet to learn more about the competition. The application deadline is 3 p.m. Feb. 25.
Source: Solano County Science and Engineering Fair competition returning to in-person format – The Vacaville Reporter
Solano County Office of Education in partnership with Fighting Back Partnership, Fairfield Police Activities League, LGBTQ Minus Tobacco, Nature of Sound, Solano Youth Coalition, Vacaville Police Activities League and VIBE Solano will be hosting the 3rd annual Solano Youth Resiliency Summit, on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The virtual summit is free and open to all middle and high school students living or attending school in Solano County. Adult youth advocates may also attend.
Online registration will be open through Nov. 30 at www.solanocoe.net/youthsummit.
Source: Registration for 3rd annual Solano Youth Resiliency Summit closes Nov. 30 – The Vacaville Reporter
The Solano County Science and Engineering Fair is again going to be an in-person competition open to elementary, middle and high school students.
The fair is slated for March 17. Visit solanocoe.net/sciencefair to complete the entry form and view the information packet to learn more about the competition. The application deadline is 3 p.m. Feb. 25.
“Now more than ever, it is vital that our elementary, middle and high school students have opportunities to apply science and engineering skills, investigate theories, gather and evaluate evidence, and develop potential conclusions,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. The Solano County Office of Education “aspires to motivate more students to explore careers in science, engineering or related fields.”
Source: In-person Science and Engineering Fair returns in 2022
By Richard Bammer
Acknowledging campus tensions among students in recent days, the injury of a female student, questionable social media chatter, misinformation, and assorted rumors, Vacaville High Principal Adam Wight, in a Thursday letter to VHS parents, wrote: “This evening I ask that each of us take a moment and talk with our children about the importance of maintaining a safe and positive school environment.”
The Vacaville Police Department deferred comment on the situation at the West Monte Vista Avenue campus, with Sgt. Katie Cardona telling The Reporter that all inquiries should be directed to Wight or Elaine Kong, Vacaville Unified’s public information officer.
Wight confirmed a female student had been injured on campus last week but did not describe the nature of her injuries.
Source: In wake of student violence, VHS principal urges frank talk about keeping campus ‘safe, positive’ – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
Vacaville native Seychelles Mizel has landed her first big acting role — one that aims to spark conversations on how to navigate through tough conversations.
Mizel, a 2016 Will C. Wood High School graduate, plays teenage daughter Rosie on the YouTube series “Awkward Conversations,” a part scripted drama, part podcast-style discussion produced by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Elks Lodge Drug Awareness Program aimed at providing an opportunity for parents to talk to their kids about drugs.
Each episode consists of short scenes of a family talking about drug-related issues, followed by a chat hosted by Jodie Sweetin of “Full House” fame and featuring licensed clinical social worker Amy McCarthy and a rotating series of celebrity guests talking about the issues presented in the episode and how the discussions could have gone better.
Source: Will C. Wood graduate lands first major role in PSA series – The Vacaville Reporter
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today congratulated two California schools for receiving recognition as 2021 National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished Schools—formerly known as National Title I Distinguished Schools. Hall Middle School in the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District and West Valley High School in the Anderson Union High School District are two of up to 100 schools throughout the country being recognized.
“Congratulations to principals Toni Brown and Joshua Mason, as well as all of the educators, staff, administrators, parents, and students at these schools,” said Thurmond. “Not only were these two schools already named 2021 California Distinguished Schools, they’re also being recognized for their excellent work closing opportunity gaps among student groups and ensuring academic growth for all students.”
Hall Middle School was selected because it performed exceptionally well in Category 1 of the qualifying categories (exceptional student performance and academic growth for two or more consecutive years), while West Valley High School performed well in Category 2 (closing the achievement gap between student groups for two or more consecutive years).
Source: SPI Applauds National ESEA Distinguished Schools – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond joined other California Department of Education (CDE) leaders at a press event today to announce the integration of a host of programs and strategies to help transform education in California schools, along with student and family supports. State Superintendent Thurmond is seeking input on needs and challenges and will be touring the state to get feedback from school leaders, family members, and students on how to best implement these programs to provide the most benefits for everyone involved.
“The pandemic, as challenging as it has been, provided us the opportunity to sharply focus our work. Our students are resilient, but we need to recover and close the gaps and disproportionate impacts exacerbated especially on students of color,” Thurmond said. “Ironically, it is in this pandemic that we now have resources never seen before to address some of the biggest needs in education. I am grateful to the Governor, Legislature, and people of California for partnering with us and providing us with this incredible opportunity to make a change. Now that we have this support, I look forward to inviting California students and family members to share ideas on how to improve education in California and hear feedback from school leaders on how to support the smooth implementation of these programs for California schools.”
Source: SPI Announces Plan to Transform California Schools – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
Calling out the impacts that systemic and institutional racism have had on Black students, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond formally launched a statewide task force on Improving Black Student Achievement. Last week, the task force held its first meeting led by Thurmond and several co-chairs named to guide the work of the task force.
“I’m incredibly proud of the work we’re undertaking with this group,” said Superintendent Thurmond. “Many of us have been working on closing opportunity gaps for years, yet many of our Black students in California are still facing environmental factors that affect their learning before they even get into the classroom. Now is the time to focus and make real change.”
The task force identified five issue areas which will be the basis for working groups: The school-to-prison pipeline (including suspension, chronic absenteeism, and graduation), teacher diversity, academic achievement (including reading and math assessments), mental health, and housing insecurity (including homelessness and foster youth). The task force includes 30 members—including notable leaders from the fields of education, higher education, research, criminal justice reform, and the foundation and nonprofit sectors—as well as the following five co-chairs, who bring leadership and expertise in the area of improving Black student achievement:
Source: SPI Leads Task Force on Black Student Achievement – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
By Susan Hiland
The school board will hear information Thursday on updated salary schedules for classified and substitute teachers in the Vacaville School District.
Director of Human Resources Manolo Garcia is requesting approval of the revised 2021-22 Classified Employee Salary Schedules, which include the reclassification of the School Bus Driver Instructor job classification.
According to the agenda, the school bus driver instructor classification is reclassified from Range 42 to Range 48 on the salary schedule in order to provide competitive compensation as well as internal equity between the school bus driver classification.
Source: Vacaville school board to consider changes to salary schedules
BY Nicole Langarica
Dan O. Root II Health and Wellness Academy was awarded a $711 Project A-Game grant at the grand opening of the 7-Eleven store located at 301 Walters Road in Suisun City. The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) K-8 school plans to use this grant money to revitalize its school garden.
Project A-Game is a community outreach program created by 7-Eleven Corporate to provide meaningful youth development opportunities through education and play. Since its inception, 7-Eleven and its franchisees have awarded more than 4,800 grants ensuring children have the resources and inspiration they need to stay in school.
Source: Dan O. Root II Health and Wellness Academy awarded grant by new local business
By Matt Miller
Rodriguez High School celebrated five of its student-athletes Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony on campus as they signed their national letters of intent.
Camryn Washington will be headed to Cal State East Bay in Hayward to join the women’s basketball program.
Kate Tobola and Julianna Roxas will play softball at Dominican University of California in San Rafael; Desirae Bally will do the same at Adams State in Alamosa, Colorado; and Janaiya Terrones is headed to San Diego Christian College to join the Hawks softball program.
“Those are my girls. I love them,” softball head coach and athletic director Tracy Lopez said of her softball players. “I can’t say enough good things about them. They’re all good girls. I can’t wait for our full season this year and I can’t wait to see what they do in their futures.”
Source: 5 Rodriguez student-athletes sign national letters of intent
Course record times were turned in Wednesday among the boys and girls winners of the All City Cross Country Championships, featuring seven middle schools competing on the 1.5-mile course at B. Gale Wilson TK-8 School.
Artemio Perez of Sheldon won the boys race in a course record time of 8 minutes, 53 seconds, edging Jonathan Ortega of B. Gale Wilson at the tape (8:54). Ortega’s time tied the previous record.
The rest of the boys top 10 included Logan McKemie of Green Valley (9:38), Sebastian Ortega of B. Gale Wilson (9:39), Jay Scott of Green Valley (9:44), Aaden Muohall of B. Gale Wilson (9:48), Peyton Eagan of Green Valley (9:52), Kyle Durano of Crystal (9:53), Ethan Rigley of B. Gale Wilson (10:06) and Miles Wiley of B. Gale Wilson (10).
Source: Runners post record middle school times in All City Cross Country races
By Susan Hiland
The Travis School District governing board this week approved an updated salary schedules for unrepresented employee groups that include the Association of Travis Management.
Vince Ruiz, assistant superintendent for Human Resources, presented the board Tuesday with updates for the coming school year.
The salary schedules for unrepresented have been updated to reflect the increase of 3% effective July 1, 2021, and a 2% increase effective July 1, 2022.
Source: Travis school board OKs salary changes for current, coming school years
By Richard Bammer
Travis Unified teachers likely will have a little more money in their pockets this year and next, district officials announced Wednesday.
During the district trustees’ regular meeting Tuesday night, the governing board and the Travis Unified Teachers Association tentatively approved salary increases for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years, Vince Ruiz, assistant superintendent for human resources, said in a press release.
The agreement reflects a number of items, including hours of employment, leaves, class size, stipends, salary, benefits, and calendars, he added in the prepared statement.
Source: TUSD trustees, teachers tentatively agree to multiyear salary pacts – The Vacaville Reporter
By Richard Bammer
Young, earnest singers and musicians, seasonal sounds, pageantry, dancing, theater, handmade costumes, dinner and dessert are the stuff of holiday shows across the country.
And they are among the trappings of the Will C. Wood High annual Sylvan Singers madrigal performances, back this year after being paused in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Sponsored by the WCW Choir Boosters, the Madrigal Dinner 2021 will be held, four shows in all, at the Convenant Community Church, 3870 Alamo Drive, Vacaville.
Like those in years past, the 24th annual event, part of longstanding tradition in Vacaville, is a fundraiser to support music education at the 998 Marshall Road campus.
Source: Sounds of the season: Wood High’s Madrigal is back – The Vacaville Reporter
By Susan Hiland
The Vacaville school board passed all proposals for updating salaries and classifications of personnel titles at Thursday night’s meeting.
Assistant Superintendent Chris Hulett had requested approval of a Memorandum of Understanding and an increase of $50 per day to the off-duty substitute rate for Vacaville Teachers Association members for the 2021-22 school year.
The increase reflects the same increase the district gave to regular substitutes earlier this year.
“This is a bit of housekeeping really. Several months ago we agreed to do this,” Hulett said. “This increase is for $50 for this year only.”
Source: Vaca trustees vote to make changes to personnel titles, boost pay for VTA substitutes
The Travis School District governing board will take a look Tuesday at salary updates.
The board will hear from Vince Ruiz, assistant superintendent for Human Resources, on updated salary schedules for unrepresented employee groups.
The salary schedule for unrepresented employee groups including the Association of Travis Management have been updated to reflect the increase of 3% effective July 1, 2021, and a 2% increase effective July 1, 2022.
Source: Travis board to review salary changes for school management personnel
By Matt Miller
The Solano County Board of Education will continue its decennial redistricting process with a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday during the board’s regular meeting.
The Board of Education will meet live at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield. Visit the county schools website at solanocoe.net to view the meeting agenda with instructions for submitting comments.
The state Education Code requires that county board trustee areas be analyzed after each 10-year census and realigned, if necessary, to account for population shifts. Michael Wagaman of Wagaman Strategies will report on Census 2020 data analysis pertaining to the county board’s trustee area boundaries.
Source: Solano Board of Education sets hearing for redistricting
The California State Board of Education this week moved to increase the number of highly trained teachers serving high-need students; approve new optional arts and world language instructional materials; adopt new procedures to ensure that increased and improved services are realized for low-income students, English learners, and foster youth; and strengthen the state’s “whole child” approach to education.
“I am pleased by the many steps taken by our Board over the course of the last two days to enrich the education of all California students. The policies we approved will improve classroom learning in the arts and world languages; ensure attention to the needs of the most vulnerable students; create stronger relationships with parents and communities; and broaden the availability of health, mental health, and other supports for children who need them the most,” said State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond. “I appreciate the staff of the California Department of Education and the State Board for working to shape implementation of these exciting initiatives. These measures set California students on a course for not only overcoming the challenges of COVID-19 but thriving in years to come.”
Source: SBE Acts to Improve Teacher Quality & More – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)