Dixon group hosting back-to-school scavenger hunt – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Going back to school in Dixon will look very different this year, but one thing that will not change is the need to buy school supplies.

One local group has come up with a way to potentially get the necessary supplies for free in a manner that will also allow youngsters to have fun while doing so.

The Dixon Booze Fairies will be hosting a scavenger hunt in August, open to elementary and middle schoolers. The local group makes unprompted deliveries of snacks, sanitizer and — as the group’s name would imply — bottles of alcohol to residents’ doorsteps, and encourage the recipients to pay it forward.

Source: Dixon group hosting back-to-school scavenger hunt – The Reporter

Dixon High mural pays tribute to late teens, teacher – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The last two years have been a period of loss for Dixon High Schoolers. In that time, three students and one teacher have had their lives cut short, causing grief for their classmates and students.

One Dixon native is working to ensure that all four will continue to be remembered on campus. She painted a mural with symbols of their personality traits interspersed across the backdrop of Dixon changing through the seasons, which will be installed in the DHS quad.

Painting Dixon is a natural fit for Colleen Gnos, who now lives in Pismo Beach but grew up in the city, where she graduated from Dixon High in 1993. She has returned on occasion to paint pieces like the murals inside St. Peter’s Catholic Church or the farmer and his dog overlooking Interstate 80 on the outskirts of town. Gnos’ newest piece, “Remember: Life’s Seasons,” was described by the artist as one of her more emotional works.

Source: Dixon High mural pays tribute to late teens, teacher – The Reporter

Here Are Bay Area Districts’ Plans for Students to Resume Classes – NBC Bay Area

Dixon Unified School District is close to finalizing its plans for the upcoming school year, with the first day of classes expected to start on Aug. 10.

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District plans to open the new school year on Aug. 19. The district is still finalizing its plans. Updates can be found here.

Travis Unified School District has approved a plan for reopening schools on Aug. 13 using a full distance learning model. View the district’s full reopening plan here.

Source: Return to School: Here Are Bay Area Districts’ Plans for Students to Resume Classes – NBC Bay Area

Local high school football programs moving forward – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

Education Week reported that schools in at least 11 states suspended high school sports activities in June after players or coaches tested positive for coronavirus amid a resurgence of cases across the United States.

Games, practices or training and conditioning sessions have been suspended in parts of Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, and Texas just weeks after schools reopened athletic facilities for students and coaches.

Close to home, on July 5 Dixon High School suspended its athletic activities. The school issued a press release stating, “Based upon recent COVID 19 cases locally and information from the state, we have to suspend workouts for Dixon High School athletics. We expect to hear from the county health office early in the week. We will be in touch as soon as we have county approval.”

Source: Local high school football programs moving forward – The Reporter

Dixon Unified School District Equity Statement | Dixon, CA Patch

We are living in unprecedented times in so many ways, and while the District has had a large and ongoing response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have not addressed the current conditions within the country related to race, equity, and our role related to these critical issues outside of comments at recent Governing Board Meetings.The mission statement of the District reads, in part, that we will “close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness. . . ” As evidenced in such overt and disturbing ways recently, some of our students come to us with experiences of being subject to racism, discrimination, harassment, and other injustices in both explicit and implicit ways. No child should live in these conditions. They negatively impact a child’s ability to learn and develop to their fullest potential.

Source: Dixon Unified School District Equity Statement | Dixon, CA Patch

Nearly 80 animals strut their stuff at live junior livestock show at Solano County Fair – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Lucas was about 400 pounds when Jessie Means purchased the Angus cross-breed from a Solano County rancher in August.

The steer weighed in Thursday at 1,360 pounds as Means readied to show the animal at the junior livestock judging on the opening day of the 2020 Solano County Fair – a very different fair.

“This is pretty exciting for the kids,” announced judge Amanda Schnorr of Chowchilla, minutes after naming Means the Novice 4-H Showmanship winner.

Source: Nearly 80 animals strut their stuff at live junior livestock show at Solano County Fair

Dixon seniors parade through town before graduating – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Call it a mobile party with about 300 guests of honor.

So it was Saturday morning as Dixon High School celebrated the Class of 2020 with a parade through the city followed by a final stop at the school, where they received their received their diplomas before heading off into the next big chapter of their lives.

The event kicked off at 7:30 a.m. at Hall Park, where the graduating class queued up in vehicles festooned with streamers, balloons, photo likenesses and more. It would be an hour and a half before the parade would begin, giving the seniors time to reconnect with friends they haven’t seen since March, when school shut down due to COVID-19 concerns.

Source: Dixon seniors parade through town before graduating – The Reporter

Update On Planning For 2020-21 School Reopening | Dixon, CA Patch

In order to keep you informed regarding the planning for the 2020-21 school year and the details on how we will reopen, we will publish an update every Friday throughout the summer. Additional updates will be provided as developments occur and decisions are made.

Our General Approach to Reopening:

  • We want to be able to reopen with campuses operating with all students and staff present.
  • We know that conditions may not allow for this, so we are planning for the possibility of distance learning continuing for all students.

Source: Dixon Weekly Update On Planning For 2020-21 School Reopening | Dixon, CA Patch

Maine Prairie hosts drive-thru graduation ceremony – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

As is typical at Maine Prairie High School’s graduation, students donned their caps and gowns Wednesday, received cheers from a crowd and picked up a bag of memorabilia to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

What was not typical was everything else: no speeches, no graduates seated in rows and — most notably — students did not walk to pick up their diplomas but rather drove.

It may not have been like your usual graduation, but this was not a usual year for Dixon Unified School District’s continuation high school.

Source: Maine Prairie hosts drive-thru graduation ceremony – The Reporter

Dixon MPHS Class Of 2020 Graduation | Dixon, CA Patch

Our ceremony will be drive through style. Students and their families will line their cars up in front of Anderson Elementary School at 6:45 pm The first car in line will pull into the MPHS school parking lot through the exit. The graduate will exit the car and stand under the balloon arch to receive their diploma and other goodies.

Families may take pictures from a safe physical distance. The car exits and the next car pulls in.The ceremony will be professionally recorded by Timeline Productions, edited, and posted to YouTube. If weather permits, there will be drone pictures as well. Please feel free to decorate your cars and your caps!

Source: Dixon MPHS Class Of 2020 Graduation | Dixon, CA Patch

Dixon school board to discuss timeline to procure furniture for middle school move – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The Governing Board of the Dixon Unified School District will hear an update on the process to get furniture and equipment ready before the new John Knight Middle School opens in January.

John Knight Middle School, the new name for CA Jacobs Middle School, will be operating out of the old Dixon High School campus on East A Street.

The renovation of the old Dixon High campus to house DUSD’s lone middle school is one of the largest projects funded by Measure Q, a district improvement initiative approved by voters in 2016. The remodel was initially slated to be completed over the summer with middle schoolers starting at the new campus in the fall, but a delay in the final stages of renovation due to the coronavirus caused it to be pushed back to January.

Source: Dixon school board to discuss timeline to procure furniture for middle school move – The Reporter

Dixon Unified ‘campus leader’ named Solano’s school-support employee of the year – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A Dixon Unified employee described as a “campus leader” has been named the Solano County classified employee of the year for 2020-21.

District leaders and Superintendent Brian Dolan, meeting Thursday, recognized Susana Perez as the Dixon Classified School Employee of the Year and Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson announced that Perez also was named the county’s top classified, or school-support, employee.

Ken Scarberry, director of youth development at the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield, made the announcement in a press release.

Source: Dixon Unified ‘campus leader’ named Solano’s school-support employee of the year – The Reporter

Dixon schools paraprofessional earns Solano’s top classified employee honor – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Susana Perez had just been announced as the Classified School Employee of the Year for the Dixon School District when it also was announced that she was the 2020-21 Solano County Classified School Employee of the Year as well.

Perez has been a paraprofessional and bilingual parent liaison for Maine Prairie High School for 18 years.

Source: Dixon schools paraprofessional earns Solano’s top classified employee honor

Family of late Dixon High teacher establishing scholarship – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The family of a longtime Dixon High School teacher who died in a car accident March 31 has established a memorial fund to raise money toward a scholarship in his name.

Donations are being accepted for the Shawn Tutt Memorial Fund at First Northern Bank’s Dixon branch. The scholarships will likely begin being issued in 2021 to graduating seniors who meet scholastic criteria and had some element of self-discovery by helping others.

Helping others is something Tutt — who taught computer technology, history and an array of other courses at Dixon High for 22 years — was all about.

Source: Family of late Dixon High teacher establishing scholarship – The Reporter

Area education leaders await final decisions on school-reopening dates – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Most Vacaville area school district leaders say that — for the time being, at least — they are scheduled to reopen classrooms in mid-August, despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Tuesday pronouncement about public schools restarting possibly in late July.

“We are paying close attention to Governor Newsom’s comments throughout this pandemic, and making sure we are working with our local partners to ensure we are prepared for any executive order or directive we need to follow,” Vacaville Unified Superintendent Jane Shamieh wrote Thursday in an email to The Reporter.

Shamieh, whose district includes more than 13,000 students enrolled at more than 15 campuses, made no additional comment about Newsom’s proposal, which is not set in stone and caught state schools chief Tony Thurmond by surprise.

Source: Coronavirus: Area education leaders await final decisions on school-reopening dates – The Reporter

Area school districts set dates, plans,  for 2020 graduations – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Eastern Solano County school districts have set dates or plans, some of the latter still pending, for class of 2020 graduations, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing changes to the traditional, year-end ceremonies.

At Dixon High, Principal Stephanie Marquez said Wednesday that seniors will graduate on the previously set date of June 6 with a car parade through town that will lead to the campus, 555 College Way, where 242 students will receive their diplomas.

Students can pick up their caps and gowns (and a little surprise) from 3 to 5 p.m. May 19, she noted in a social media post in English and Spanish.

Source: Coronavirus: Area school districts set dates, plans, some pending, for 2020 graduations – The Reporter

Lloyd McCabe appointed to Dixon school board – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The Governing Board of the Dixon Unified School District voted 3-1 at Tuesday’s meeting to appoint longtime educator Dr. Lloyd McCabe to fill a vacancy that was created following last month’s resignation of Trustee John Gabby.

McCabe — a part-time lecturer at the University of California, Davis with an extensive background in education and local programs — was one of two individuals to apply for the seat, the other being former board trustee and Ohlone College professor Andy Bloom.

Superintendent Brian Dolan said both applicants were very qualified and used a coin flip to determine who would go first in the interview process. The coin landed in McCabe’s favor, and President Luke Foster asked questions of both of the applicants that were drafted by Dolan as well as trustees Jewel Fink and Caitlin O’Halloran. Dolan said the candidates received the questions in advance earlier that day so they could be prepared to respond.

Source: Lloyd McCabe appointed to Dixon school board – The Reporter

John Knight Middle School opening delayed to January – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The long wait to bring a new middle school onto the old Dixon High School campus will have to wait a little longer.

Dixon Unified School District officials announced Wednesday that John Knight Middle School has pushed back its planned opening from August to January due to a delay in the final stages of renovation due to the coronavirus.

“We believe it’s vital to the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and parents to have a fully-operational and completed renovation before we occupy the site,” DUSD Superintendent Brian Dolan said in a press statement. “Students and teachers will benefit from and be able to use all the new classrooms, library, gymnasiums, cafeteria, and all other spaces when they come to the new school. We did not want to have the students and teachers come to an incomplete school with construction activities still occurring.”

Source: Coronavirus: John Knight Middle School opening delayed to January – The Reporter

Dixon school board to consider temporary pass/no pass grading system – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

With concerns over the global coronavirus pandemic closing Dixon school campuses for the remainder of the academic year, the school board will consider an update to the board policy that would temporarily change the grading system to pass/no pass at its Thursday meeting.

Since mid-March, Dixon Unified School District campuses have been closed and the district has shifted to a distance learning model allowing students to still do coursework from home. This sudden change has presented “some unique challenges to our charge to help students and parents/guardians understand performance, accurately evaluate student performance in a timely manner, and base grades on consistent observation of the quality of student’s work and his/her master of course content and district standards,” per a staff report by Nick Girimonte, assistant superintendent of educational services.

Source: Coronavirus: Dixon school board to consider temporary pass/no pass grading system – The Reporter

Dixon photographer putting video slideshow together for graduating seniors – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

As the global coronavirus pandemic has closed Dixon’s campuses for the remainder of the school year, parents have been exploring options to honor their graduating seniors, especially with the uncertain status of a graduation ceremony at the moment.

One suggestion: a video slideshow featuring a variety of pictures of the Class of 2020 that parents can post to their social media pages. Dixon photographer Stephanie Riedel is currently accepting pictures for this project.

“Their high school experience is so important to them,” she said. “If we don’t have a traditional graduation, like so many others in the past, I think that a lot of the seniors are gonna feel shortchanged with their experience…Anything that people can do to help the seniors feel supported and loved at this time is really great.”

Source: Coronavirus: Dixon photographer putting video slideshow together for graduating seniors – The Reporter