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Vacaville board to consider new Spanish Language Arts material for schools – Daily Republic

The Vacaville school board will hear information Thursday on a proposal for new teaching material for Markham Elementary’s sixth-grade SPICE program.

“Benchmark Adelante 6th Grade” would be the primary material for instruction for the Spanish Language Arts curriculum, the district announced.

Restricted Lottery funds will be used to purchase two classroom sets of the curriculum at $5,000 per set.


Free threat assessment course available for educators – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education is sponsoring a course for educators on threat assessment, scheduled virtually from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday and Jan. 31.

The course will be led by Sgt. Jason Johnson of Campus Safety Consultations. There is no cost to participate in the online sessions.

Recognizing Signs of Targeted Violence is a course designed for the school site professional, administrator, academic counselor or mental health clinician who works directly with students.

Source: The Week Ahead: Free threat assessment course available for educators

School district COVID testing center adds Saturday hours, offers testing to public – Daily Republic

The Vacaville School District Testing Center has temporarily expanded its hours to serve students, staff and the community at-large.

The center, located at 621 S. Orchard Ave., across the street from Alamo Elementary, will be open by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The district testing center received additional temporary funding to address the current surge in Covid-19 cases, the school district reported in a letter to parents and guardians.



Free Covid testing offered by Vacaville School District brings out hundreds – Daily Republic

VACAVILLE — The Covid-19 test strips were about the size of a small hand. On one end was the cotton swab that was inserted into the nasal cavity. The entire thing looks something like a large pregnancy test.

Mena Bubakar, Covid test collector for BayPLS, a mobile testing company for the Bay Area, places a solution over the end of the cotton swab to create a reaction to test for Covid. One line means negative and two lines means positive.

The test strips are marked by time and placed on a table. She inputs them after more than a few minutes of waiting. A lot of the tests Saturday have two lines, meaning people who came into the Vacaville School District Covid testing center have Covid-19.


Vacaville coronavirus testing site opens with California funds – KCRA

By Erin Heft

Extra funding through the state allowed a Vacaville COVID-19 testing site to expand its reach this weekend and give priority to first responders.

Site organizers say this is huge for their community, especially with the newest surge of COVID-19 cases across Northern California.

“This community really is looking to get tested and there’s really not a lot of choices,” said Ed Santopadre, associate superintendent with Vacaville Unified School District.

The site at the Vacaville Unified School District opened with funding from the California Department of Public Health late last year. But through more state funding it was able to expand its reach by opening three weekends in 2022 with COVID-19 testing for anyone.

Source: Vacaville coronavirus testing site opens with California funds

Veteran Vacaville police sergeant to retire after nearly three decades – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Jason Johnson has always had a heart for community.

Which is why the Arizona native, who grew up around the world in a military family before settling in Vacaville, served 11 years with the California Highway Patrol and the last nearly 17 with the Vacaville Police Department.

And why the sergeant’s pending retirement this April is bittersweet.

“It’s so rewarding,” he said of his job.

He was 16 when he decided on a life of service. The TV show “CHiPS” portrayed fun and excitement and no report writing.


Benicia USD Superintendent Charles Young To Retire | Benicia, CA Patch

By Katy St. Clair, Bay City News Foundation

Benicia Unified School District Superintendent Charles Young has announced he will retire at the end of the school year, according to a message posted on the district’s website.

Young said it was a “difficult” decision to retire after 35 years of public education service, the last seven of which were as superintendent in Benicia.

“My career as an educator has been profoundly gratifying and humbling,” he said. “I am profoundly grateful for each student I have taught, each teacher, principal, administrator, staff member of the many departments with a school district, and parent I have had the opportunity to work with.”

Source: Benicia USD Superintendent Charles Young To Retire | Benicia, CA Patch

Aaron Beverly recipient of Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption – Daily Republic

Aaron Beverly has a friend in Tiger Woods.

The 15-time major winner and tournament host announced that Beverly, an Armijo High graduate, is the recipient of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption into the 2022 Genesis Invitational.

Beverly, the 2014 NCGA Amateur runner-up and two-time Fairfield City Amateur Champion (2013-14) will join the 120-player field at The Riviera Country Club Feb. 17-20.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming Aaron Beverly to The Genesis Invitational as the 2022 Sifford Exemption,” Woods said in a Northern California Golf Association release. “Like me, Aaron learned the game from his dad. I know Charlie Sifford would be proud of Aaron as he makes his PGA Tour debut at Riviera next month.”

Science & Engineering Fair (Grades 3-12) 2022: Solano County | Dixon, CA Patch

By Susan c. Schena

Solano Science and Engineering (STEM) Fair

  • Entry deadline: Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 – 3 p.m.
  • Project submission deadline: Friday, March 4, 2022 – 6 p.m.
  • Virtual Awards Ceremony: Thursday, March 17, 2022 – 6 p.m.

Awards ceremony on Zoom via Solano County Office of Education, Fairfield, CA

From Solano County Office of Education:

“Solano County Office of Education is hosting another Solano County Science and Engineering Fair competition on March 17, 2021.

“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.

Source: Feb 25 | Entry Deadline: Science & Engineering Fair (Grades 3-12) 2022: Solano County | Dixon, CA Patch

Vacaville names vaccine advocate as teacher of year – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Teri Shook, the longtime Medical Science teacher at Vacaville High School, was named the Vacaville School District’s teacher of the year for 2021-22.

Shook was honored during a presentation Wednesday in her classroom by Superintendent Jane Shamieh, Associate Superintendent Ed Santopadre and other staff members. Vacaville High principal Adam Wight nominated Shook and she was named the winner in a district that features over 700 teachers.

Source: Vacaville names vaccine advocate as teacher of year

Early college students receive free breakfasts for morning boost – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Jack Flynn, 18, knows that students function better in the early morning having eaten a good breakfast.

The Early College High School students received a free breakfast Tuesday thanks to Flynn’s concern and a push from Fairfield-Suisun school board member Ana Petero.

Flynn, part of the early college program, is working toward his associate degree at Solano Community College along with finishing his high school classes. He hopes to major in history when he goes full-time as a college student.

Source: Early college students receive free breakfasts for morning boost

Scholarships offered through Solano retired teachers chapter – Daily Republic

The California Retired Teachers Association, Division 24, Solano County, is offering scholarships to encourage college graduates who are local residents and planning to enter the teaching profession in Solano County but who need to complete work for a valid California Teaching Credential.

The group is offering scholarships of $1,000 or more to go toward expenses of earning a California Teaching Credential.

In 2021, $2,500 scholarships were awarded to eight recipients.

Source: Scholarships offered through Solano retired teachers chapter

Government launches site for free COVID-19 tests – KCRA 3

The federal government’s test website, COVIDtests.gov, is now live and began accepting orders Tuesday, one day ahead of schedule.

The Biden administration is using the website to distribute half a billion promised tests at no cost.

You can get four tests per household. They are expected to be mailed out seven to 12 days after your order.

There will also be a helpline to call and order tests.

School board selects next facilities project manager – Daily Republic

The Fairfield-Suisun School District’s governing board voted unanimously Thursday to affirm the appointment of Marina Romero as the district’s facilities project manager.

Romero for the past six years held the position of energy manager in the district. She managed the implementation of the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) projects, leading to multiple energy savings measures for the district that include:

• Installation of energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting projects at 19 sites.
• Lighting control upgrades at 13 sites.
• Replacement of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning units at three sites.
• Installation of photovoltaic structures (solar panels) at five sites
• Deferred maintenance project bids and contracts to improve energy efficiency

Divided Vaca board debates letter to governor on Covid vaccine mandates – Daily Republic

3 trustees opt to send message under own names, not as formal board missive

VACAVILLE — The School Board this week during a special meeting mulled over the idea of sending a letter to the governor addressing concerns about the vaccine mandate proposed for implementation July 1.

Trustees split on the timing of the letter, with a board minority opting to send it anyway.

The letter being reviewed Thursday includes basic information on the Vacaville School District along with responses from a survey done of all families in the district about how they felt about the possible mandate.

Vacaville schools chief talks new laws for current year – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Superintendent Jane Shamieh presented the School Board this week with some new laws on the books that will be coming into effect over the next year.

Assembly Bill 224 makes it mandatory to provide mental health education for students. The course will include core principles of mental health, defining signs and symptoms, promote mental health wellness, and the ability to identify warning signs.

Fairfield-Suisun district taps top teacher for 2021-22 – Daily Republic

A special education teacher at Fairfield High School is the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s teacher of the year.

The district announced Christopher Romo as its 2021-22 honoree during a School Board meeting Thursday.

“Mr. Romo is very deserving of this recognition,” Superintendent Kris Corey said in a prepared statement. “Mr. Romo’s focus is always on what is best for his students. He builds strong, meaningful relationships with his students and helps them achieve their full potential.”

Vallejo, Benicia School Officials Eye Rising COVID Numbers – News Motion

By Tony Campbell

As the surging Omicron variant raises the number of COVID-19 cases in Solano County, local parents are increasingly concerned about keeping their kids in the classroom.

The rapid growth has been on the mind of Vallejo and Benicia school districts as they wrestle with the question of halting in-person instruction.

“As has been the experience of school districts throughout the region and across the state of California, the Vallejo City Unified School District has seen a steady uptick of positive COVID-19 cases among its staff and students,” district spokesperson Stephen Nichols said in an email to the Times-Herald on Thursday afternoon. “In alliance with the state and county public health agencies, the district continues to provide multiple and robust safeguards within its schools, offices, and classrooms to prevent the spread of the virus. At this time, absentee rates in the district average 20-25 percent overall, but it should be noted this includes all categories — not just COVID case absences, which is a fraction of the total absences.”

Where ‘farm-to-fork’ lessons are on the teaching menu – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Suisun Valley K-8 School teacher Heather Merodio cut pieces of a broccoli flower, handing the knubby, green segments to her fifth-grade agri-science students, some 20 in all, seated on the edges of a rectangular wooden grow box inside the campus’ garden in rural Fairfield.

“It tastes raw,” student Myah Rodriguez told a visitor to the Lambert Road school on Friday.

“It tastes earthy,” classmate Jade Adams chimed in, with another classmate, Emmalyn Pearson, seated next to her, adding, “I think it’s fresh.”

Source: Where ‘farm-to-fork’ lessons are on the teaching menu – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano College to start new semester with online instruction – Daily Republic

The spring semester at Solano Community College will start Tuesday with all classes online for a period of five weeks due to the surge in Covid-19 cases throughout the county.

Classes will be online through Feb. 21 with the current plan to return to in-person instruction Feb. 22. The intent of the decision, according to a press release from the college, is to help students, faculty and staff avoid exposure during this current surge of the virus.

Many classes for the spring semester had already been scheduled as fully online, according to the release. There is no change for these courses.