Kairos Public Schools was identified as one of the top elementary schools and middle schools by US News and World Report Monday.
Kairos Public Schools operates two educational options within Vacaville: a TK-8 classroom-based option on Elm St with 500 students and a K-8 Independent Study/Homeschool program with 130 students on Alamo Drive.
“We are proud of our scholars and our staff for their commitment to excellence and we are thrilled to be recognized nationally,” Jared Austin, co-foudner and executive director, said in a statement. “We are committed to empowering a generation of learners to think critically, analyze and apply knowledge strategically and utilize relevant tools to interact thoughtfully with a global community and this recognition is another example of how we are meeting our mission.”
Source: Kairos Public Schools recognized by US News and World Report – The Vacaville Reporter
By Kimberly K. Fu
Dozens gathered at Nashe Mesta Park in Vacaville’s Brighton Landing neighborhood Friday to enjoy food, fun and celebrate progress of Kairos Public Schools’ school expansion.
As students scampered around the playground during the Kairos Innovative Scholars Program annual picnic, parents and education officials perused renderings of two phases of the planned Kairos campus. It will be located just beyond the park, on 11 acres owned by the school.
Jared Austin, Kairos co-founder and executive director, detailed the soon-to-be 11,000 square foot learning center complete with ample bells and whistles.
Source: Officials unveil plans for new Kairos learning center, campus – The Vacaville Reporter
By Susan Hiland
Kairos Public Schools hosted its annual Kairos Innovative Scholars Program family picnic Friday with a little more to celebrate this year.
The school will soon be opening an 11,000-square-foot Kairos Learning Center in the Brighton Landing Development area. The Silicon Schools Fund gifted the school $125,000 at the picnic Friday with about 75 families and children in attendance.
“At the moment we are going through the city to get everything approved,” Kairos co-founder and executive director Jared Austin said. “We are looking at developing this over five years.”
Source: Kairos Schools growing in Vacaville thanks to cash infusion
By Richard Bammer
Newly-minted Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy graduate Jackson Andrews expressed candidly Friday how many of his classmates felt after enduring the 2020-21 academic year, more than nine months amid a pandemic, at the Vacaville high school.
“It was a pain in the butt, but I made it through,” said Andrews, 17, one of 97 seniors who picked up their diplomas Friday morning during commencement at Tom Zunino Stadium on the Vacaville High School campus on West Monte Vista Avenue.
After all, as Vacaville Unified Superintendent Jane Shamieh noted in her remarks spoken on a temporary stage on the field, the school’s class of 2021 “missed sports, prom, choir concerts, robotics and so much more …” due to public health restrictions.
Source: Buckingham grads march to their futures – The Reporter
By Matt Miller
It was the 26th senior class but the first under the rebranded name, Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy, honored Thursday under sunny morning skies at Tom Zunino Stadium.
The charter school also dedicated a new campus this year, now located at 100 McClellan St. Many of the 97 graduates faced hybrid learning like many others in the Vacaville School District, but these Knights were able to enjoy the new grounds in the early spring.
“They were very limited in their extracurricular activities, but we were so glad to be able to have a graduation ceremony and to open our new campus,” new Principal Samantha Working said of the job for the past three months. “We had hybrid learning but most came back by March.”
Source: Buckingham honors graduates, notes their ‘zest for life’
By Nick Sestanovich
As of Friday, graduation season is now in full swing in Vacaville.
However, the season did not start with the Class of 2021 — which will have in-person ceremonies throughout next week — but rather the Class of 2020, which had to forego traditional ceremonies in favor of them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, they will have their due, starting with Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy, whose 2020 seniors graduated at Vacaville High School’s Tom Zunino Stadium Friday evening.
The last year has been a tumultuous one for Buckingham, which saw a name change — from Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, the continuation of distance learning and a relocation to a bigger space in the former Country High School campus on McClellan Street. However, the familiar sight of maroon caps and gowns filled the stadium as Buckingham began its return to normalcy.
Source: Buckingham 2020 class finally gets in-person graduation – The Reporter
Students from Buckingham Charter High School have distinguished themselves across the state and nation as wordsmiths of great renown.
A total of 1.3 million students across North America competed for the past seven months on behalf of their schools to master the most words in Vocabulary.com’s seventh annual Vocabulary Bowl, the company said in a press release.
Students answered 450 million questions, mastered a collective total of 36.6 million words and expanded their lexicons in the classroom and at home, according to the press release.
Source: Buckingham students prove selves as vocabulary masters
By Matt O’Donnell
Since Hogan High School closed its doors in 2010, the city of Vallejo has featured four high schools with sports competition — Vallejo, Jesse Bethel, St. Patrick-St. Vincent and North Hills Christian.
A fifth — ELITE Public Charter School — will give local athletes another option starting in the fall.
The Whitney Avenue campus featured classes for the first time in 2020-21. ELITE has about 500 students.
The Eagles will feature competition in six sports — football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and track and field. ELITE will be an independent program in the Sac-Joaquin Section, meaning the school will not be part of any conference.
Source: ELITE Public Charter to feature sports in 2021-22 – Times-Herald
By Nick Sestanovich
Since its inception last year, Vacaville People’s Forum has sought to highlight the various people who make up Vacaville and give everybody a voice.
This Saturday, the organization will host an event to highlight the differently abled community. In honor of Special Needs Awareness Month, Vacaville People’s Forum will be hosting a celebration in Andrews Park titled “Be You.”
The event will feature a parade, music, speeches by local dignitaries and resources to connect with different agencies.
Source: Inaugural event in Vacaville to celebrate special needs – The Reporter
By Joel Rosenbaum
Roman Conner Owens, 13, a seventh-grader at Kairos Public Schools listens to California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye address him and his classmates and teachers Wednesday as they took part in a virtual awards ceremony honoring the school’s accomplishments in civic education. According to a press release, Kairos was honored with a Civic Learning Award of Distinction by a panel of judges and educators selected by the Chief Justice’s Power of DemocracySteering Committee and is co-sponsored by Cantil-Sakauye and California State Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond who also participated in the award presentation.
Source: Kairos Public Schools honored for civic education – The Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
From 2017 to 2020, Kairos Public Schools was the recipient of a Civic Learning Award of Merit for its approaches in teaching civic education.
This year, Kairos broke that streak — by becoming one of three schools in California to receive the Civic Learning Award’s higher Distinction honor. Kairos joins Royal High School in Simi Valley and Villa Park Elementary School in Orange County, all of which were chosen by a panel of judges and educators chosen by California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye’s Power of Democracy Steering Committee, which seeks to further California students’ understanding of the judicial branch.
Source: Kairos receives 5th state honor for civic education – The Reporter
Kairos Public Schools was awarded a Civic Learning Award of Distinction by a panel of judges and educators selected by the Chief Justice’s Power of Democracy Steering Committee, both the school and state’s courts announced Tuesday in separate press releases.
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, head of the state’s judicial branch, co-sponsors the awards with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond to honor outstanding achievements in civics education.
Kairos Public Schools previously earned a lesser Civic Learning Award of Merit for the past four years.
Source: Kairos Public Schools earns Civic Learning Award of Distinction
By Tristi Rodriguez
A handful of high schools in the Bay Area have announced they will be holding in-person graduation ceremonies this summer.
The Vacaville Unified School District got the O.K. from Solano Public Health and the Vacaville Unified School District Governing Board to host in-person commencement celebrations in June for the graduating classes of both 2020 and 2021.
Source: Bay Area high schools get OK for in-person graduation ceremonies | KRON4
By Nick Sestanovich
A major focus of Kairos Public Schools’ curriculum is the concept of community and the people who comprise it.
One prominent figure in the Vacaville community for the last three decades has been Police Chief John Carli, who will be retiring from the department in April after 32 years of service, including the last seven as chief. To honor Carli’s service and longtime support of Kairos, students and staff held a surprise assembly for the chief Tuesday.
Jared Austin, executive director of Kairos, said he told Carli to come to the campus so students could say “Thank you.” What he didn’t tell him was that Carli would be greeted with cheers by most of the students, be presented with gifts and receive a video message from his granddaughter, a first-grader at Kairos.
Source: Kairos holds assembly to honor retiring police chief – The Reporter
By Todd R. Hansen
Gov. Gavin Newsom flipped the switch Thursday on a Safe Schools for All website, and backed his initiative with a $90 billion budget proposal.
“I am of the firm belief that we can safely get back our children, youngest children, get them back safely into schools in small cohorts,” Newsom said.
“We can get this done. We must get it done,” he said.
Jared Austin agrees with the governor, but said he thinks students should have been back in the classrooms months ago.
Source: Vacaville public charter school shows the way during pandemic
By Nick Sestanovich
The executive director of Kairos Public Schools is not too happy about a proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom to provide financial incentives to school districts that adopt safety and reopening plans.
In a news release, Jared Austin felt the plan would jeopardize his schools’ ability to continue teaching students in person, which it has been doing since Oct. 13 after applying for a state elementary school waiver and receiving guidance from Solano County Public Health.
“Although we appreciate the governor focusing on the safety of our students and staff, this new plan really concerns me,” he said.
Source: Kairos director concerned about state school reopening plan – The Reporter
By Joel Rosenbaum
As he stood on the western steps of the United States Capitol with the eyes of the world on him, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke of uniting the country.
Locally, the eighth-grade students of Jason Railing’s United States History class at Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy watched in rapt attention as the newly sworn-in president delivered his inauguration address Wednesday morning proclaiming that “democracy has prevailed.”
What Railing wanted his students to take away from the inauguration and the speech was the message of unity.
Source: Kairos eighth-graders witness a moment in history – The Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
Kairos Public Schools no longer has to wait days for a staff member to test negative for COVID-19 to return to campus. Through the acquisition of a rapid testing kit, all of that can be done in a matter of minutes.
On Dec. 15, Kairos received certification from the California Department of Public Health to be designated as a licensed clinical laboratory, allowing staff to receive a test and get results within 15 minutes. Jared Austin, executive director of Kairos, said that one of the challenges since reopening has been staff taking periods of time off as they await results. Currently, if a staff member is exhibiting symptoms, they must stay home until they receive a negative result or quarantine for 10 days. While no staff member has tested positive yet, he said that prolonged absences would create operational challenges.
Source: Coronavirus: Kairos becomes clinical testing lab – The Reporter
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced that California school districts and charter schools can now begin applying for mini grants to address equity and opportunity gaps in student learning.
Announced earlier this month as part of its ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s continued impact on students, the California Department of Education (CDE) will award grants of up to $20,000 each to schools, districts, and charter schools that can demonstrate how they will address equity and opportunity gaps by utilizing the funds to target educators’ or students’ needs in distance learning, in-person instruction, or hybrid models.
The application process and criteria were emailed to all county and district superintendents and charter school administrators in California earlier today, and the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2021. The grants have been funded through a $200,000 contribution from the Stuart Foundation External link opens in new window or tab..
Source: Mini Grants to Address Equity Now Available – Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)
By Nick Sestanovich
After seven whole months of students learning from home, the Kairos Public Schools Vacaville Academy was once again bustling with students, albeit with social distancing protocols in place.
Kairos resumed in-person classes Tuesday for students who wished to return, which amounted to about 78 percent of them. Despite the fact that it was 10 weeks into the school year on a brisk October morning, there was definitely the feeling of a back-to-school day, complete with Kairos’ middle school ambassadors welcoming back the younger students with signs.
There were also indicators that this year on campus would begin differently than previous years, such as barriers at the desks, shorter recesses and a socially distanced physical education class where students did their stretches while spaced 6 feet apart.
Source: Coronavirus: Kairos returns for in-person learning – The Reporter