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

Dixon school board closes campuses through end of academic year – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The Dixon school board voted unanimously Thursday to extend its closure of campuses for the remainder of the academic year. Students will continue to learn in a “distance learning” format.

The meeting was closed to the public and broadcast over Zoom and Facebook Live, with the board trustees sitting more than 6 feet apart.

As the global coronavirus pandemic continued to evolve by mid-March, Solano County’s school districts all made the determination to close schools until March 27. As time went on, those closures were extended through April 17 and again through May 1.

Source: Coronavirus: Dixon school board closes campuses through end of academic year – The Reporter

Dixon school board seeking new trustee applications following resignation of John Gabby – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The Governing Board of the Dixon Unified School District is seeking applications to fill the seat vacated by Trustee John Gabby, who resigned last month.

The application is open through 4 p.m. April 16. Applicants are required to complete a form and submit a written statement of no more than 500 words explaining why they wish to serve on the school board. They also must be Dixon residents and registered voters, and also must not be current employees of the district or prohibited by federal law from running for office.

The chosen applicant will serve through Dec. 17, and the remaining two years of Gabby’s term will be added to the November ballot. The appointee has the option to run for that seat or the other two seats up for re-election — those of President Luke Foster and Trustee Melissa Maseda.

Source: Dixon school board seeking new trustee applications following resignation of John Gabby – The Reporter

Solano County schools to remain closed through May 1 amid COVID-19 outbreak – Times-Herald

All Solano County schools will be closed until at least May 1, Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Adam Clark announced in a message to parents Thursday.

Clark said the decision was made as a “coordinated response that represents a continued effort to reduce the number of affected individuals with COVID-19 and to keep our communities as safe as possible pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-33-20, the current Solano County Order to Shelter At Home, and in consultation with Solano County Public Health.”

“The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are our highest priority,” Clark added.

Source: Solano County schools to remain closed through May 1 amid COVID-19 outbreak – Times-Herald

Solano County school closures extended through May 1 – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Solano County Office of Education has advised public school districts and charter schools to continue distance learning through at least May 1.

The guidance was issued after consulting with Solano County Public Health and is in accordance with both the county’s stay-at-home order and the similar executive order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, SCOE officials announced in a news release Thursday.

Previously, the superintendents of Solano County’s school districts had announced closures with tentative dates for reopening beginning in late March and then rescheduled to mid-April. However, since Newsom has called for individuals to stay home and prohibit mass gatherings of more than 10 people indefinitely, SCOE — as well as school district superintendents and charter school leaders — settled on May 1 as a tentative return date but would work with state and local health officials to determine if the date will be extended further.

Source: Coronavirus: Solano County school closures extended through May 1 – The Reporter

Dixon Schools Stay Closed Through April 17 | Dixon, CA Patch

By Debra Dingman

At a special Dixon Unified School District Meeting held this past Friday via live Facebook, Superintendent of Schools Brian Dolan and School Board Representatives extended school closures through April 17 and discussed several issues including graduation expectations for this year’s high school seniors.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a news conference that due to the Corona Virus efforts, he did not expect California schools to open up next week or even in a few weeks.

Source: Dixon Schools Stay Closed Through April 17 | Dixon, CA Patch

Dixon science teacher offers virtual lessons as classrooms are closed – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

As the global coronavirus outbreak has forced schools to close, many teachers have had to adapt to virtual learning. Peggy Harte, a science teacher at Gretchen Higgins Elementary School in Dixon, wanted to make sure students were continuing to learn important science lessons while also getting outside.

Harte set up a lab through the platform iNaturalist to enable students to document the various plant and animal species they find.

“So much of the research shows that just physically being outside helps people’s stress levels, helps people’s emotional needs as well just being in an outdoor space,” she said. “With all the stress that these little kids are under, I thought it was just a simple way for students to go outside, engage in some science and be able to feel like they’re contributing while still being in their own backyard.”

Source: Dixon science teacher offers virtual lessons as classrooms are closed – The Reporter

Solano County Schools To Close For 2 Weeks: Coronavirus | Dixon, CA Patch

By Maggie Fusek

All public and charter schools in Solano County are closed beginning Monday because of the situation surrounding the coronavirus — COVID-19 — the Solano County Office of Education announced Friday.

“In light of the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, Solano County superintendents and charter school administrators have made the difficult decision to close schools ­­­­­­­­­for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020,” SCOE said in statement. “Superintendents and charter school administrators will make a determination at that time about any further closures.”

Source: Solano County Schools To Close For 2 Weeks: Coronavirus | Dixon, CA Patch

Students compete to reach state Academic Decathlon – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The students were visibly nervous as they shuffled into the gym Saturday at Solano Community College for the final contest in this year’s regional Academic Decathlon.

Approximately 300 students from 15 high schools – including Rodriguez, Vanden, Buckingham Charter Magnet, Dixon, Vallejo, Jesse Bethel and MIT Academy – came out for some friendly competition at the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon.

Other teams came in from Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

Source: Students compete to reach state Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon comes to Solano College Saturday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Approximately 300 students from 15 high schools – including Dixon, Rodriguez, Vanden, Buckingham Charter, Jesse Bethel, MIT Academy and Vallejo – will compete in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon scheduled Saturday at Solano Community College.

“I am excited to see Academic Decathlon growing in our county and region. Students deserve tremendous credit and praise for their teamwork, dedication and work ethic in representing their schools at the North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon Competition,” Ken Scarberry, program director of Youth Development for the Solano County Office of Education, said in a statement.

Source: Academic Decathlon comes to Solano College Saturday