By Nick McConnell
Dixon Unified School District Superintendent Brian Dolan submitted his request to retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year, which the board accepted unanimously at its regular meeting on Thursday.
Dolan has been superintendent for 13 years and has served in the district for 26.
“I just want to say how grateful I am having had the opportunity to work in this school district for these 26 years.”
Dolan said he submitted his letter in accordance with board policy, which asks superintendents to make this request.
Source: Dixon Unified superintendent announces retirement to school board – The Vacaville Reporter
By Sheila McCabe
The mission of Five & Thrive is to tackle the top five quality-of-life issues military families face because their quality of life is directly tied to the readiness, resilience, recruitment and retention of our armed forces.
The five areas that fall within Five & Thrive are (1) Childcare; (2) Education; (3) Healthcare; (4) Housing; and (5) Spouse Employment.
This summer, Dixon Unified School District, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, Travis Unified School District, and Vacaville Unified School District joined forces to address one of the barriers related to education – summer registration.
Source: Civic Leaders: Supporting Travis Air Force Base’s Five & Thrive | Lifestyle | dailyrepublic.com
By Debra Dingman
The last City Council meeting was a packed agenda with the 4th of July annual report, information on the lights and landscape expenses, and the approval of new limited parking signs at the Pardi Plaza.
In between those topics were reviews of citizens who have not paid their sewer and/or their garbage bills and the collection process to collect or place liens.
The meeting kicked off with an official commendation of Police Officer Jason Malone by Chief Robert Thompson. Malone has served the past four years as the School Resource Officer at Dixon High School. He has just completed the “inaugural first 4-year assignment,” as Thompson put it, for a pilot program initiated by the Dixon Unified School District and the City for an officer on campus. “He has excelled in that role,” Thompson added recalling the first summer when Malone returned to regular duty, the phone would ring incessantly because of the relationships he had established with the students.
Source: City Lauds Malone, Approves Liens
By Katie Kim
More than 100 students gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday as part of a program designed to empower Chicano and Latino youth in their academic and professional endeavors.
The Capitol Day event was part of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project’s (CLYLP) annual week-long Statewide Leadership Conference in Sacramento. Since its inception in 1982, the conference has provided workshops and seminars to enhance leadership skills, academic preparedness and an understanding of state and local government, among other goals.
Source: Program helping future Chicano, Latino leaders in Sacramento | abc10.com
By Rebecca Wasik
Parents waited in lines to purchase last-minute graduation leis and fanned themselves with commencement programs on Saturday morning as they awaited the arrival of the Dixon High School Class of 2023 at Finney Field.
The faces of friends and family in the bleachers were wet with both tears and sweat from the already searing sun. They were happy tears though, for the morning marked the beginning of adulthood for their graduating loved ones.
The DHS band began its rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance” as graduates filed into the stadium. Half of the graduating students walked past the home bleachers, while the other half walked past the visiting bleachers — each side depending on the first letter of the last name.
Source: Dixon High celebrates commencement – The Vacaville Reporter
By Rebecca Wasik
Graduation season in Solano County kicked off on Wednesday night with 16 students from Maine Prairie High School in Dixon crossing their tassels to the left, thus crossing into a new stage of life.
The ceremony was held at the Dixon High Performing Arts Center. The graduates of the Dixon Unified School District’s continuation high school walked down the theater’s steps to “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the Dixon High Band, and each took a seat in the front row.
MPHS Principal Yvette Ramos teared up as she addressed the Class of 2023.
Source: Dixon’s Maine Prairie High celebrates 16 graduates – The Vacaville Reporter
By Kimberly K. Fu
Warming temperatures signal the onslaught of summer and, just before that, the milestone of high school graduations.
Congratulations to outgoing seniors. We at The Reporter wish you the very brightest of futures.
Following is a partial list of northern Solano graduations. They include:
- Wednesday, 6 p.m.: Maine Prairie, at Dixon High Theater
- Thursday, 7 p.m.: Vacaville Christian Schools, at Falcon Field
- Friday, 3 p.m.: Travis Education Center, at Gammon Stadium
- Saturday, 9 a.m.: Dixon High, at Rams Stadium
- Saturday, 10 a.m.: Vanden High, at Gammon Stadium
- June 7, 6:30 p.m.: Muzetta Thrower AEC, at Wildcat Stadium
- June 8, 6:30 p.m.: Ernest Kimme, at Wildcat Stadium
- June 9 at 10 a.m.: Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy, at Zunino Stadium
- June 9 at 6:30 p.m.: Will C. Wood High, at Wildcat Stadium
- June 10, 9 a.m.: Vaca High, at Zunino Stadium
Vacaville Unified School District will be livestreaming the graduations of Will C. Wood High, Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy, Vaca High, Muzetta Thrower Adult Education Center and Ernest Kimme Charter Academy on both YouTube and Facebook.
Source: Graduation season is upon us – The Vacaville Reporter
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today honored six outstanding math and science teachers from California who are finalists for the 2023 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
“Let me offer my sincere congratulations to these educators who we honor for their leadership and instructional practices and how they are inspiring a new generation with passion and talent for science, technology, engineering, and math,” Thurmond said. “They model excellence in how we are preparing California students for the challenges and advancements of the future.”The PAEMST program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government specifically for kindergarten through grade twelve science, mathematics, engineering, and computer science teaching. For 2022–23, those who teach grades seven through twelve were eligible for the award. Presidential Award recipients are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., and receive a $10,000 special award from the National Science Foundation.
Source: SPI Names California PAEMST Finalists – Year 2023 (CA Dept of Education)
In February, Dixon High School English teacher Lisa Krebs applied for — and received — a Tobacco Use Prevention Education grant through the Solano County Office of Education for an anti-vaping and anti-smoking project to create and carry-out with her 10th grade Honors English students at Dixon High School.
Nearly 80 students participated in the project, called “Healthier Dixon.
”Krebs says they started out with an idea to help make Dixon High School and the Dixon Community a healthier place by educating Dixon High students about the dangers of smoking and vaping.
Source: April 27 Vallejo/Vacaville Arts and Entertainment Source: Faces and Places – The Vacaville Reporter
By Rebecca Wasik
Do you have an old prom dress or tuxedo stored away in a box in the garage gathering dust?
If so, you’re not alone. Some people however choose to donate these items to their local high school in order to allow a current student to create new memories with it.
Dixon High School has been accepting donated prom dresses and tuxedos since 2016. Once Principal Stephanie Marquez realized just how many dresses her daughter had acquired by the end of high school, she began lending some of them out to students that didn’t have one or decided to attend prom at the last minute.
Source: Dixon High’s “The Lending Closet” offers donated formal wear to students – The Vacaville Reporter
Nominations are being accepted for the 17th annual Community Advisory Committee Recognition Awards for those who go above and beyond in the service of students with disabilities.
The CAC Awards are presented to educators, youth and community members for outstanding service who go above and beyond in service of students with disabilities.
Award recipients are from each school district within the Solano County Special Education Local Plan Area: Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Travis and Vacaville, as well as the Solano County Office of Education.
Source: Nominations open to recognize those who help students with disabilities
By Kimberly K. Fu
Election Day has come and gone, but results for races in Solano County are not yet set.
Why? Because there’s still thousands of ballots left to count.
According to the Solano County Registrar of Voters office, outstanding Vote-by-Mail ballots total 35,821 while outstanding provisional ballots number 1,671.
On Wednesday, staff focused full bore on processing ballots. An estimated 15,000 were ready to be counted while 13,000 more were ready to be verified.
Source: Unofficial Solano election results are in; more to come – The Vacaville Reporter
By Todd R. Hansen
Jack Flynn held a majority lead over incumbent Jonathan Richardson for the Trustee Area 5 seat on the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District board.
As of Wednesday, Flynn had tallied 963 votes, representing 51.5% of the ballots cast, while Richardson had 907 votes (48.5%), the Solano County Registrar of Voters Office reported.
The unofficial result is with all 10 precincts counted, but with mail-in and provisional ballots left to count.
Source: Schools election picture coming into focus after Day 2 of count
These are difficult days for my students of the past, the present and the future. They need more from us.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The need for better help and better health and my deepening concern for the well-being of our kids had led me to share my own story of struggling with mental health.
April 16, 2018, was one of those days I thought I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed. My body was fine, but my mental health was not. The depression that has been an unwelcome companion of mine throughout my life had me under its control again. I had my plan, including a bottle of pills, and was ready to follow it.
Source: CA must act to address mental health and suicide crises | The Sacramento Bee
By Nick Sestanovich
All throughout Dixon Unified School District’s six sites Monday, students returned to class after two months of summer vacation.
For most students, it meant returning to the same campus but going to different classrooms. For others, it was a campus they were attending for the first time. For all, it was a new start.
And nowhere was it a newer start than for kindergarteners, who took the first steps of their 13-year educational odyssey that will culminate in them graduating high school in June 2035.
Source: Dixon heads back to class for 2022-23 school year – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
As the 2022-23 academic year for Dixon Unified School District inches closer — it’s next Wednesday, kids — the district will be selling off its surplus fixtures.
A chance to help the district get rid of its excess items and walk away with a new piece of furniture for home? That is exactly what will happen when DUSD hosts its Community Sale Aug. 11 to 13.
Held in the multipurpose room of the former CA Jacobs Middle School campus, the district will be selling surplus furniture, equipment and other items, most of which are available for $1, $2 and $5. Only cash will be accepted. DUSD’s goal is for all items to be sold, and items must be completely removed from the premises no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 13. Storage on-site for later pickup is not permitted.
Source: Dixon Unified hosting equipment surplus sale – The Vacaville Reporter
By Richard Bammer
The power went south throughout Dixon Wednesday night but there was no outage of energy at the Maine Prairie High School Class of 2022.
Held outdoors on the quad at Dixon High as the sun had set, the Dixon Unified continuation high graduated 30 students, who, later tonight will embark on a new life journey, whether it be in college, in the military, at a trade school, or on the job, said Principal Yvette Ramos.
District Superintendent Brian Dolan, lamenting the outage as he spoke to the gradually swelling crowd of graduate families and friends, said, “‘We’re here to celebrate our kids,” a statement that was translated into Spanish just before the delayed 6:30 p.m. ceremony began.
Source: Dixon’s Maine Prairie High mints 30 new grads – The Vacaville Reporter
Graduation season is here, which means it’s time to mark your calendars and gather some goodies in readiness for that special milestone day for your graduate-to-be.
Following is a list of high school graduations in Vacaville, Fairfield and Dixon.
Source: Celebrate grads in Vacaville, Fairfield, Dixon – The Vacaville Reporter
Soon, Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon will become a sea of wreaths as it will be one of more than 2,500 locations participating in Wreaths Across America, an annual holiday event in which boughs are laid on the gravestones of veterans.
Approximately 2,700 wreaths have been packaged and are ready to be bestowed upon the headstones. Local organization Remember a Vet has already gotten a head start on unloading the boxes, and schools were among the various volunteers Friday helping them do so. This included Dixon High School, Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy’s National Honor Society students and Vanden High School’s baseball team.
Source: Schools help unload boxes for Wreaths Across America – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
How schools plan to responds to any emergency situation on campus will be just one topic presented at Thursday’s Dixon school board meeting.
By law, schools are required to submit safety plans to ensure that their campuses are prepared for emergencies that may arise on campus. The California Department of Education has a checklist that schools are required to meet.
The safety plan that was included in the agenda packet for Thursday’s meeting was the emergency operations plan for Dixon Unified School District’s three elementary schools, although the middle and high schools have their individual plans as well.
Source: Dixon school board to discuss site emergency response plans – The Vacaville Reporter