By Linda Jacobson
Three years ago, the Grants Pass School District 7 in southern Oregon chose to take advantage of the National School Lunch Program’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which allows schools serving low-income students to provide free meals to everyone and stop asking families to complete applications for free or reduced-price meals (FRPL).
CEP certification uses other data on families that receive government assistance, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Officials saw immediate benefits — particularly at the high school level, where students often don’t sign up for subsidized meals.
Source: Free, reduced-price meal data growing less useful as measure of student poverty | Education Dive
By Daily Republic Staff
Shred Solution will co-sponsor a Shred Day to help raise money so the Vacaville High School robotics team compete in regional events this year. The average cost to build the robots and compete is around $5,000.
The Shred Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Vacaville High School, 100 W. Monte Vista Ave.
Donations made at the event will be given to the Robodogs team. The cost is $5 per file box.
Source: Shred Day helps robotics team with Vacaville fundraiser
By Kimberly K. Fu
Solano’s November elections are in the books, the certified results approved Tuesday by the county’s Board of Supervisors.
In Northern Solano County, there were several close races to be had.
According to the approved results:
- Michael E. Silva, Michele Shelley Dally and John Jansen won posts on the Vacaville Unified School District board;
- Caitlin O’Halloran, John A. Gabby and Jewel Fink were the top vote-getters for the Dixon Unified School District board;
- Riitta De Anda and Janet Jackson Forbes snagged seats on the Travis Unified School District Governing Board; and
- Jane Day and Wanda Williams won Suisun City Council seats.
Source: Solano election results set, plaque approved honoring former longtime administrator – The Reporter
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 on at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, located at 1200 Civic Center Drive in Fairfield.
Any high school student in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District or Travis Unified School District is eligible to apply to be part of the summer exchange delegation, as well as high school student residents of Fairfield attending schools outside of the district.
Source: Press Release: Info meeting Wednesday, December 12, for student exchange visit to Japan
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that schools funded by the California Department of Education’s (CDE) Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Office have lower rates of tobacco use than other schools, according to a comprehensive study by the University of California, San Diego. The findings were based on two statewide surveys, the 2016 California Student Tobacco Survey and the 2016 California Educator Tobacco Survey.
“This new study proves that our diligent efforts to promote tobacco-free schools are paying off,” said Torlakson. “Thanks to the work the tobacco prevention office has been doing since 1989, students are smoking less, and most public schools have signed up as tobacco-free. We also know that vaping is unsafe and unhealthy, and we need to continue encouraging all schools to include vaping bans in their tobacco-free schools policies.”
The study compared schools funded by the CDE’s TUPE Office with those that are not. It found about 10 percent more teachers in schools funded by the program reported their schools placed high priority on specific tobacco-prevention efforts such as targeting at-risk youth, providing peer-to-peer programs, holding schoolwide activities, and referring tobacco users to cessation services. Students at schools funded by the program were significantly less likely to smoke cigarettes or vape. The study also stressed the need to further strengthen education and prevention efforts regarding certain e-cigarettes products that are currently attracting attention from youth.
Source: CDE Tobacco-Use Prevention Programs Are a Success – Year 2018 (CA Dept of Education)
By Vallejo Times Herald
NFL.com and other sources have reported that Jesse Bethel High grad C.J. Anderson has signed with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.
Anderson reportedly worked out with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday but Kansas City eventually signed ex-Chief Charcandrick West instead.
On Twitter Tuesday night Anderson sent out a message saying, “Just a #CrestKid happy to be home. As @nene25uno my mother would say ‘it’s only one nation’”
Anderson, a 1,000-yard rusher last season with the Broncos, helped Denver win a Super Bowl in 2016. He was a Pro-Bowler in 2015.
Source: Report: Bethel High grad C.J. Anderson signs with Oakland Raiders – Times-Herald
By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
Though still trying to meet a Dec. 15 deadline, Vallejo Unified School District staff will be asking the board to ask Solano County for an extension for turning in its required financial audit materials at Wednesday’s meeting.
The Education Code allows for extensions for completing an audit under the right circumstances, but the district needs to get the request to the county in time for the county to make the request to the State Controller’s Office and the California Department of Education by Dec. 15.
Trustees will also review and consider approving the district’s First Interim Report for 2018-19, as required by Assembly Bills 1200 and 2756. This is a mid-term financial report as of Oct. 31 that reflects the district’s current revenue and expenditure projections through June 30, 2019.
Source: Vallejo school district to wrestle with budget concerns at board meeting – Times-Herald
By Antonio Harvey
Parents in Solano County are thankful the County Board of Education approved the opening of a new charter school they believe will deliver more education options in technology, language, and college readiness to prepare students to compete for college and jobs of the future.
Before Oct. 10, Dr. Ramona Bishop’s quest to open a community-led charter school in Solano County was on the brink of not coming to fruition, however, The Solano County Board of Education, SCBOE voted 5-2 to approve the petition to open ELITE Charter school covering the Vallejo City Unified School District, VCUSD.
Source: Veteran Administrator Dr. Ramona Bishop Leads Charter School Effort
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Superintendent-elect Tony Thurmond praised Butte County school leaders and community members for working selflessly and heroically so that their students could return to school on Monday, December 3, less than a month after the worst fire in California history.
Fourteen schools were damaged or destroyed during the Camp Fire and all 99 schools in Butte County were closed since the fire began, displacing 31,670 students.
“The reopening of schools in Butte County so soon after this terrible tragedy provides a bright ray of hope. It shows the resilience and determination of school leaders and community members, and the generosity and kindness of so many people who gave and continue to give,” said Torlakson.
Source: Celebrate the Reopening of Schools in Butte County – Year 2018 (CA Dept of Education)
By Daily Republic Staff
The Solano County Office of Education, in partnership with the Dixon School District, has received a $509,378 grant to develop wellness centers at four education sites.
The centers will be located at Solano County Office of Education’s Golden Hills Education Center in Fairfield, and at Anderson Elementary, Gretchen Higgins Elementary and Dixon High in Dixon. The goal is to have them up and running with the 2019-20 school year.
Source: State grant will fund education wellness centers in Fairfield, Dixon