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.”

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

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

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.”

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

Garamendi visits Suisun Valley K-8 School garden – Daily Republic

Students at Suisun Valley K-8 School provided Rep. John Garamendi a tour of their farm-to-table experience Thursday.

Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, toured the school and was treated with a visit to the school’s garden, innovation lab and had a chance to sample the parsley pesto students made in honor of his visit.

Source: Garamendi visits Suisun Valley K-8 School garden

Special Olympics basketball event brings 4 Fairfield high schools together – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

For special education students, every day is a reminder of the phrase “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

This goes for excelling in the same classes intended for general education students or — as Thursday at Armijo High School demonstrated — playing a game of basketball.

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s adaptive PE department, in conjunction with Special Olympics Northern California, hosted its 4th annual Special Olympics high school basketball event, which brought special education students from four different district high schools together to bounce basketballs and shoot hoops with not as much emphasis on winning. There certainly was a competitive aspect, but more of a focus on having fun and building athleticism in a supportive environment. It is one of several events the adaptive PE department put on each year, including soccer, golf, bowling and track & field matches and even an annual prom.

Source: Special Olympics basketball event brings 4 Fairfield high schools together – The Vacaville Reporter

Dan O. Root II Health and Wellness Academy awarded grant by new local business – Daily Republic

BY Nicole Langarica

Dan O. Root II Health and Wellness Academy was awarded a $711 Project A-Game grant at the grand opening of the 7-Eleven store located at 301 Walters Road in Suisun City. The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) K-8 school plans to use this grant money to revitalize its school garden.

Project A-Game is a community outreach program created by 7-Eleven Corporate to provide meaningful youth development opportunities through education and play. Since its inception, 7-Eleven and its franchisees have awarded more than 4,800 grants ensuring children have the resources and inspiration they need to stay in school.

Source: Dan O. Root II Health and Wellness Academy awarded grant by new local business

5 Rodriguez student-athletes sign national letters of intent – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Rodriguez High School celebrated five of its student-athletes Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony on campus as they signed their national letters of intent.

Camryn Washington will be headed to Cal State East Bay in Hayward to join the women’s basketball program.

Kate Tobola and Julianna Roxas will play softball at Dominican University of California in San Rafael; Desirae Bally will do the same at Adams State in Alamosa, Colorado; and Janaiya Terrones is headed to San Diego Christian College to join the Hawks softball program.

“Those are my girls. I love them,” softball head coach and athletic director Tracy Lopez said of her softball players. “I can’t say enough good things about them. They’re all good girls. I can’t wait for our full season this year and I can’t wait to see what they do in their futures.”

Source: 5 Rodriguez student-athletes sign national letters of intent

Runners post record middle school times in All City Cross Country races – Daily Republic

Course record times were turned in Wednesday among the boys and girls winners of the All City Cross Country Championships, featuring seven middle schools competing on the 1.5-mile course at B. Gale Wilson TK-8 School.

Artemio Perez of Sheldon won the boys race in a course record time of 8 minutes, 53 seconds, edging Jonathan Ortega of B. Gale Wilson at the tape (8:54). Ortega’s time tied the previous record.

The rest of the boys top 10 included Logan McKemie of Green Valley (9:38), Sebastian Ortega of B. Gale Wilson (9:39), Jay Scott of Green Valley (9:44), Aaden Muohall of B. Gale Wilson (9:48), Peyton Eagan of Green Valley (9:52), Kyle Durano of Crystal (9:53), Ethan Rigley of B. Gale Wilson (10:06) and Miles Wiley of B. Gale Wilson (10).

Source: Runners post record middle school times in All City Cross Country races

Teacher, substitute shortages force FSUSD, VUSD administrators into the classroom – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Public schools, including those in Solano County, for years have sometimes come up short when it comes to having enough teachers to fill all openings, especially in math, science, special education and foreign languages.

But with the fall semester well underway, and with students back into classrooms full time, the challenge to find and hire teachers and substitutes for any subject has become acute, in part because of the lingering pandemic, which has prompted a spike in retirements and resignations.

It has also led to a day-to-day scramble to find enough substitute teachers, leading to the unexpected necessity of having school and district administrators fill in, as they do in the Fairfield-Suisun and Vacaville unified districts. And a Vacaville teachers union official said there are “no quick fixes” and it’s only going to get worse.

Source: Teacher, substitute shortages force FSUSD, VUSD administrators into the classroom – The Vacaville Reporter

Armijo Royals Volunteer and Help Local Food Bank Feed the Need – Daily Republic

By Nicole Langarica

The beginning of any school year can be a time of significant adjustment for students. Balancing club and sports schedules, building homecoming floats, and making sure the final touches of classroom assignments are completed before progress reports are examples of students’ daily tasks. One could easily argue that the first few months of a new school year are packed with plenty of activities to keep high school students busy. For some Armijo High School IB students, however, it is just the beginning.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, hosted at Armijo High School, is a highly regarded internationally-minded program that promotes rigorous inquiry, critical thinking, and a strong sense of social justice and cultural awareness. Those wishing to enroll in the IB Program are required to complete an application, submit to placement tests, and abide by the program’s high expectations. Once enrolled in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or higher each semester while participating in sequential and rigorous coursework.

Source: Armijo Royals Volunteer and Help Local Food Bank Feed the Need

FSUSD Staff Tackle Teacher Shortage Moving Education – Daily Republic

By Nicole Langarica

It is not irregular to see a school principal or assistant principal in a classroom throughout the school day. Observing new teachers and generally checking in with students and staff is a regular part of their workday. This school year, however, due to a tremendous need for substitute teachers, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) administrators are finding themselves in classrooms to cover for absent employees and maintain regular class schedules.

Source: Good News: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Staff Tackle Teacher Shortage Moving Education #ForwardTogether

SKreamZ transforms former junior high campus into haunted prep school – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

As if mountains of homework wasn’t terrifying enough, Fairfield will have its very own haunted school, complete with a murderous head mistress, spooky cafeteria and a detention room that will have people begging for light.

But it’s all in good fun and the proceeds will go toward the Fairfield Police Department’s Police Activities League (PAL). Such creepy sights are common in October and they are all part of sKreamZ Haunted Attractions’ annual tradition of temporarily converting vacant properties into supernatural settings.

This year, the old Sullivan Middle School campus will be transformed into “Fearfilled Prep School,” which opens for tours Oct. 8 and will give a frightening new meaning to the term “school spirit.”

Source: SKreamZ transforms former junior high campus into haunted prep school – The Vacaville Reporter

Fairfield school board hears some good news with Covid-19 update – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Superintendent Kris Corey reported some good news on the Covid front this week at the regular school board meeting Thursday.

She said out of 237 Covid tests that were administered, the results came back with no new Covid cases as of Thursday morning.

Staff continues to provide contact tracing and testing as required by law but was overwhelmed, so the district hired a new coordinator to help keep things running smoothly.

Source: Fairfield school board hears some good news with Covid-19 update

School district to host Fun Run at B. Gale Wilson – Daily Republic

The Fairfield-Suisun School District Community Fun Run returns at 9 a.m. Oct. 9 at B. Gale Wilson TK-8 School, 3301 Cherry Hills Court.

There will be a 1-mile run and a 5K. Both events can be done as a fun run or walk.

The first race at 9 a.m. will be an untimed 1-mile run. The 5K (3.1 miles) will begin at 9:30 a.m. It is a timed race using chip technology. Race bibs must be worn in front in a visible location in order to be properly timed.

Source: School district to host Fun Run at B. Gale Wilson

Fairfield-Suisun school trustees to consider board policy changes – Daily Republic

Trustees of the Fairfield-Suisun School District will consider adopting changes to various board policies at theirs meeting Thursday.

The presentation will be given by Trustee Judi Honeywell.

The policies to be updated include Civility; Integrated Waste Management; Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus Drivers; Collective Bargaining Agreement; Employee Security; Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting; Suicide Prevention; Safe Routes to School Program; Search and Seizure; Sexual Harassment; Child Care and Development; Environmental Education; and Developer Fees.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun school trustees to consider board policy changes

Fairfield-Suisun trustees set to update Covid Safety Plan – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Fairfield-Suisun school board is expected to adopt updates to the district’s Covid-19 plan when trustees gather Thursday.

The updates are required by law.

Every local education agency, such as a school district, during the 2020-2021 school year was required to develop a Covid-19 Safety Plan.

That plans for the past eight months has consisted of two components: a Covid-19 Prevention Program, based on Cal/OSHA regulations, and a Covid-19 School Guidance Checklist.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun trustees set to update Covid Safety Plan

Fairfield-Suisun district maintains focus on new teacher training – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Fairfield-Suisun School District not only maintained its focus on training new teachers during the 2020-2021 pandemic school year but continues to do so as the new school year progresses.

Melissa Farrar, director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, presented trustees on Thursday with the annual report on the district’s professional development activities.

The report was a reflection of the goals to support teachers for the 2020-2021 school year, she said. Many things changed because of the pandemic but the focus remained on assisting new teachers in professional development.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun district maintains focus on new teacher training

Fairfield-Suisun district reports Covid-19 cases, launches online dashboard – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The 2021-2022 academic year has only just begun but already the Fairfield-Suisun School District has dozens of reported Covid-19 cases.

Nancy Dunn, president of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association, reported Thursday that 50 students and staff had called into the district’s schools reporting positive test results for Covid-19.

Dunn made her report Thursday night during the school board meeting.

Source: Fairfield-Suisun district reports Covid-19 cases, launches online dashboard