PSA graduates share unique sense of humor; memorable high school moments | dailyrepublic.com

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

The Public Safety Academy sent almost 60 graduates into the world with the Class of 2024.

Sixteen percent of them maintained a GPA of 4.0 or higher throughout high school year.

More than one-third, 37.5%, kept their GPA at 3.5 or higher.

Principal Katie Lee welcomed the special guests into a packed Willow Hall. Parents, family and friends formed an orderly line waiting for the doors to open.

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Armijo High School’s Class of 2024 enjoys a Royal and rousing graduation ceremony | dailyrepublic.com

By Matt Miller

Armijo High School’s commencement for 2024 featured a National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and three short speeches from the valedictorians before names were announced 20 minutes into the ceremony.

Much has changed at Armijo since the doors opened on a one-room schoolhouse in 1891 that featured just 30 students. This year the graduation program featured 439 names in the class – from Jullianna Abusharkh to Damien Jacey Tison Zuniga-Bailey – who marched in on the artificial grass of Brownlee Field.

The Royals entered the stadium in two long lines to the familiar “Pomp and Circumstance.” The graduates were dressed in their distinctive royal purple robes with yellow striping on the sleeves and purple mortar boards with yellow tassels. Many accentuated their attire with honor cords, flowers and other forms of personal decorations. They waved to their family and friends in the overflow stands on a special yet windy evening.

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Rodriguez High graduates turn the page in their lives | dailyrepublic.com

High school graduation certainly reflects the high hopes of the graduates, their families, their friends and, of course, the teachers and other staff at the school.

Many are headed to college; others to the military; and still more directly into the workforce.

Gathering at their football field Thursday night, more than 400 Rodriguez High School and the Early College graduates openly flirted with those dreams.

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Sem Yeto grads overcame Covid, now reach for the stars | dailyrepublic.com

By Todd R. Hansen

Four years in high school can make sifting through memories for a favorite one or two a difficult endeavor – one to add to the list of challenges encountered during those years.

“Yeto?” wondered Ashley Brown about what might be her top memories from her time at Sem Yeto High School.

“Honestly, everything,” decided Brown, who plans to go into a nursing program with the goal of being an LVN technician. “I liked everything about it.”

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Fairfield district leaders, teachers reach tentative bargaining agreement – Vacaville Reporter

Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders and the school district’s teachers union have agreed to a tentative bargaining agreement on key issues regarding salary, benefits, and evaluations.

In a press statement issued Friday, district officials, citing the ongoing California budget crisis, said both sides believe the agreement “represents the best possible outcome for all involved.”

Source: Fairfield district leaders, teachers reach tentative bargaining agreement

FSUSD schools, teachers union reach tentative pact | dailyrepublic.com

By Todd R. Hansen

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District and the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association have reached a tentative contract agreement – pending a union vote and approval by the district board of trustees.

The association membership is set to vote on the deal June 10. The board meets on June 27.

“We are proud to have reached this agreement with FSUTA with the support from the state appointed mediator. By prioritizing collaboration and open communication, we have been able to find solutions that benefit both our educators and our students. This agreement reflects our shared commitment to providing a high-quality education for all students in Fairfield-Suisun Unified,” Superintendent Jennifer Sachs said in the statement.

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Signups being accepted for Police Youth Academy | dailyrepublic.com

Registration is open for the second annual Police Youth Academy.

This is a free program for Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, Travis Unified School District and Fairfield home school students who have an interest in law enforcement. It is hosted by the Fairfield Police Department.

“The Police Youth Academy is a fun, interactive learning experience designed to teach students about law enforcement. This unique opportunity provides students with a greater understanding of the inner workings of the police department, as well as procedures, as taught by the law enforcement professionals themselves,” the Police Department said in a statement.

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B. Gale Wilson Students celebrate Dual Immersion program completion |  dailyrepublic.com

On Friday, May 17, The B. Gale Wilson Middle School community came together to celebrate a significant milestone: the completion of the ninth year of the Dual Immersion program by its eighth-grade students. The event, held in the Wilson Multi-Purpose Room, marked a proud moment for families, staff, and teachers who have supported and nurtured these biliterate students.

The Dual Immersion program, which began in 1995 at Crescent Elementary, has flourished over the years. It now encompasses transitional kindergarten and elementary classes at Sullivan Language Immersion Academy, with secondary education continuing at B. Gale Wilson. This unique program, the only one of its kind in the district, emphasizes bilingual proficiency in both English and Spanish, preparing students for academic excellence and a multilingual future.

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Fitch Affirms Fairfield-Suisun USD’s, Outlook Stable – Fitch Ratings

The ‘AA-‘ reflects the district’s midrange to weak demographic economic trend and level, ‘a’ financial resilience due to its somewhat slim five-year low reserve balance and midrange long-term liability composite.

The ‘a’ financial resilience assessment reflects the district’s limited level of budgetary flexibility typical of California school districts. It incorporates the district’s inability to independently raise revenue and midrange expenditure controls based on the framework for negotiating with labor unions. The midrange long-term liability composite includes the weak LTL burden associated with direct debt and Fitch-adjusted net pension liabilities as a percentage of residents’ personal income, a midrange level of fixed carrying costs as a percentage of governmental expenditures, and moderately higher liabilities in comparison to governmental revenues.

Source: Fitch Affirms Fairfield-Suisun USD’s, (CA) IDR at ‘AA-‘ and ULTGOs at ‘AAA’; Outlook Stable

Approval of employee contracts, trustee election updates on FSUSD agenda – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Two employee pay agreements and a resolution for the Nov. 5 election of governing board members are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meet Thursday in Fairfield.

Following a presentatioin by Ken Whittemore, the assistant superintendent of human resources, trustees will be asked to consider approving the final tenative two-year pay agreement between the support and operations unit of Chapter 302 of the California Schools Employees Association, or CSEA. Formed in 1927 by a group of Oakland custodians, it is the largest school-support employees labor union in the United States.

The agreement, which likely will be approved, will be in effect from July 1 to June 30, 2026, but is pending ratification from the employees over several issues: hours and overtime; pay and allowances; health and welfare benefits; and leaves.

Source: Approval of employee contracts, trustee election updates on FSUSD agenda – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano County bolsters food relief capacity – The Vacaville Reporter

By Michael Montalvo

The Solano County Board of Supervisors received multiple presentations Tuesday night of accomplishments from recipients of American Rescue Plan Act funds aimed at increasing the capacity to provide emergency food services for Solano County.

In 2021, Solano provided $2 million in direct emergency food provision and $3 million to increase the capacity of agencies to provide that food. Meals on Wheels received the most, with just over $1 million allocated for emergency food provision, and an additional $1.8 million for capacity enhancement.

Tyler Dorman, the Development Manager for Meals on Wheels, presented the board with their achievements since receiving the funding.

Source: Solano County bolsters food relief capacity – The Vacaville Reporter

Spotlight shines on Solano County’s top educators | dailyrepublic.com

Chris Bryan, a physical education teacher at Fairfield High, and Camlia Andaluz, a paraeducator with the Solano County Office of Education’s adult program at the Irene Larsen Center in Vacaville, have been named the Solano County Educators of the Year.

Bryan was selected as Teacher of the Year, and Andaluz was named Classified Employee of the Year. The announcement came during a Thursday night celebration recognizing all the top educators from each district.

“Bryan brings 21 years of education experience, with 13 years in his current role as a physical education teacher at Fairfield High School. He emphasizes lifelong health, positive character, and goal setting, going beyond the norm to help students overcome challenges and adopt healthy lifestyles,” SCOE said in a statement.

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Vanden, Rodriguez students take top spots in Water Awareness video contest | dailyrepublic.com

A pair of Vanden High freshmen took two of the top three spots in the 14th annual Water Awareness Video Contest.

Lily Atkinson will receive $1,500 for her winning entry, “Rescuing Our Reservoirs.” Her prize money is split with her sponsoring teacher, Darcy Span. Donoven Salgado, along with sponsoring teacher, Katy Green, will split the $500 third-place award. His entry was titled, “Think OUTSIDE the Sink!”

The second-place winner is Alyssa Bongato, a Rodriguez High School senior, for a video titled, “Continuously Conserving Water.” Her sponsoring teacher was Debbie Cook. They will split $1,000.

Source: Vanden, Rodriguez students take top spots in Water Awareness video contest | News | dailyrepublic.com

Rodriguez student prepares for senior recital on May 5 | dailyrepublic.com

By Amy Maggins-Honey

Rowan Dalisay, 17, will perform her senior recital of German Art Song and other selections on May 5.

The alto singer, who was born and raised in Fairfield, has been involved with the Young Artists Conservatory of Music for eight years.

She had been singing since she was a toddler. “My parents decided that it might be beneficial to explore vocal lessons as it might be something I could develop into a true talent,” she shared in an email.

Source: Rodriguez student prepares for senior recital on May 5 | Musical Instruments | dailyrepublic.com

Jennifer Sachs is new FSUSD superintendent – The Vacaville Reporter

By Thomas Gase

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Governing Board announced on Thursday afternoon the hiring of Jennifer Sachs as the new superintendent.

This decision follows the Board’s previous unanimous approval of her appointment at the March 28 Special Governing Board meeting.

Sachs’ employment agreement includes a three-year term with a beginning salary of $270,000. She is set to officially begin work on May 1.

Source: Jennifer Sachs is new Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District superintendent – The Vacaville Reporter

FSUSD hosts middle school Special Olympics – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick McConnell

Just days after the torch was lit for the 2024 Olympics in Paris this summer, some Solano County students got the chance to participate in an Olympics of their own.

The Fairfield Suisun Unified School District hosted a Special Olympics event for middle schoolers from seven schools across the district on Friday, giving them the chance to compete in a variety of track and field events at Fairfield High School’s football field.

Following an opening ceremony, where the Olympic theme was played and students walked in carrying banners for their respective schools, one student from each school participated in a torch relay. Students then cycled through discus, shot put and javelin events, as well as several footraces.

Source: FSUSD hosts middle school Special Olympics – The Vacaville Reporter

New era begins with Sach at FSUSD | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) Governing Board welcomed the new superintendent at Thursday night’s meeting with the final approval of her contract.

Superintendent Jennifer Sachs will be officially take her position on May 1.

The terms of her employment agreement includes a three-year term with a beginning salary of $270,000. It will run through June 30, 2027.

Source: New era begins with Sach at FSUSD | Education | dailyrepublic.com

Rodriguez gets a new mascot | dailyrepublic.com

Rodriguez High School will be showing off a new school mascot at the Earth Art Walk in Suisun through the month of April.

During Covid lockdown the school mascot was stolen and has not been recovered. Students from the Tennies & T’s club, National Arts Honor Society chapter at Rodriguez, decided to replace the stolen school mascot with a recycled materials mascot.

It took students four years to complete him.

Source: Rodriguez gets a new mascot | Education | dailyrepublic.com

FSUSD schools recognized for meeting needs of ‘military-connected’ kids – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

State education officials on Wednesday announced that five Fairfield-Suisun Unified schools have been designated as 2024 Purple Star Schools, capable of meeting the unique needs of “military-connected” students and their families like the ones living on or near Travis Air Force Base.

In a press statement, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond cited the five local schools, among nearly 40 others statewide, that are “committed and equipped” to serve the children and parents serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Source: FSUSD schools recognized for meeting needs of ‘military-connected’ kids – The Vacaville Reporter