Local school districts are above average in a new WalletHub study on the state’s most, and least, equitable school districts.
More than 900 school districts were looked at for the study.
To find out where school funding is distributed most equitably, WalletHub scored districts in California based on average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per child.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District was ranked No. 79, averaging $10,661 in expenditures per student.
Source: Central Solano school districts fare well in distribution of funding
By Thomas Gase
Ten-year-old Victoria Ward is pretty shy and can be a young woman of a few words. That being said, she is very talented and just needed some help in unmasking that talent.
Or this case, she needed to help give others a mask.
Ward, about to begin fifth grade at Public Safety Academy in Fairfield, has discovered her own skills in sewing, specifically making COVID-19 masks for other kids close to her age. She’s made about 160 for orders on her website and has given away at least another 50 to Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church in Vallejo. The donated masks were a recent hit with kids at a free resource fair at the church last week.
“It’s fun to do,” Ward said. “I got a sewing kit around Christmas and I started sewing masks a few months ago. It was hard at first. I had to learn to sew correctly and have the measurements right.”
Source: Fairfield girl making masks for other kids, church in Vallejo – Times-Herald
By Richard Bammer
Fairfield-Suisun Unified, teaming up with the Solano County Public Health Department, is hosting two free Tdap immunization clinics next week for incoming seventh-graders.
State law requires incoming seventh-graders to have two doses of varicella and a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) booster given after age 7 and prior to entering seventh grade.
In a press release, Tim Goree, director of administrative services and community engagement for the sprawling Solano County school district, said the free clinics are an opportunity for children to receive these immunizations at no cost, regardless of medical insurance coverage.
Source: FSUSD to host pair of free Tdap immunization clinics next week – The Reporter
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Musician Dennis Tenney, a 1975 Fairfield High School graduate, joined Facebook recently to read the chatter about Assembly Bill 5.
He ventured out from there to join some horror movie fan groups and got a job composing the music for “Reunion from Hell.”
The horror film is in the fundraising stages and will star Cathy Podewell, who starred in various roles on “Dallas” from 1988-91.
Tenney and Podewell met when she was featured in 1988’s “Night of the Demons,” produced by Tenney’s brother, Kevin Tenney. It also features music from Dennis Tenney.
Source: Fairfield High grad makes most of musical gifts with work on numerous films, shows
By Daily Republic Staff
Many school districts across California will have school board trustee elections on local ballots Nov. 3.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District will have four positions open for election in Trustee Areas 1, 2, 3 and 6.
A few mandated requirements must be met to qualify as a candidate.
Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the trustee area, a registered voter and not employed by the Fairfield-Suisun School District. Although trustees will be elected by their individual areas, their responsibility will require them to work and act as one collective body of seven in the interest of students from the entire school district, the school district reports in a press release.
Source: Potential Fairfield-Suisun schools trustees can get info at meeting
By Tim Goree
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, in partnership with the Solano County Public Health Department, is hosting two Tdap immunization clinics next week. California Health Laws require that students entering the 7th grade must have two doses of Varicella and a Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster given after age 7 and prior to entering 7th grade. These clinics are an opportunity for children to receive these immunizations, free of charge, regardless of medical insurance coverage. Children who will not take part in these clinics should schedule Tdap immunizations with their doctor as soon as possible.
The first clinic will be held at Grange Middle School on Wednesday, July 29th from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM. The second clinic will be held at Crystal Middle School on Thursday, July 30th from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Only one clinic needs to be attended to receive the required immunization.
Source: Press Release: Required Tdap Immunizations Provided Free of Charge
By Susan Hiland
The upcoming school year for children in Fairfield and Suisun City is going to look and feel very different from past years.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board voted unanimously during a special meeting Monday via teleconference on a long-term plan for students returning to school for the upcoming academic year.
All classes at the start of the school year will be done 100% by virtual distance learning per the Gov. Gavin Newsom guidelines which came out Friday.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun board votes to open school year from a distance
By Bill Hicks
It may all come to nothing, but for now, the Fairfield-Suisun School District Board of Trustees is poised to decide Monday how to proceed with school reopenings in the fall.
District staff shared a number of informational presentations Thursday and numerous teachers and parents spoke to offer their opinions of the options available to the district.
The district had previously weighed one of several different options, ranging from 100% distance learning, or online classes taken at home on the internet, to 100% return to classrooms, with other plans offering a hybrid of in-class and online learning.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun trustees set to vote on 1 of 2 school reopening plans
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
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
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that 14 school attendance review boards (SARBs) have been designated as model programs by the State SARB for exemplary practices that have contributed to reducing chronic absenteeism rates and improving student attendance.
The announcement of the model SARBs follows the statewide school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SARBs were recognized for successfulmulti-tiered attendance strategies used during the school year, which have been adapted and implemented during distance learning.
“Students who were chronically absent before schools closed due to the global health crisis are particularly at-risk for poor participation in distance learning,” said Thurmond. “School communities are navigating through unprecedented challenges; however, it is imperative that all students—especially those who have attendance issues—stay connected to ensure that they don’t fall behind. The attendance systems these model districts have put in place are examples that other districts throughout the state can review and utilize now and when schools reopen.”
Source: 2020 Model SARB Winners Announced – Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)
By Paul Farmer
Rodriguez High may be the newest high school in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District as it enters its 20th school year this fall, but there’s been enough time for the Mustangs – their athletes, coaches and fans – to come up with some amazing stories.
And documentaries. Having done stories on what would make interesting documentaries at Armijo and Fairfield high schools the past two weeks, it’s now Rodriguez’s turn.
Source: Rodriguez documentaries: Mustangs stampeded to some great stories
By Peter Fournier
That was the theme of Thursday morning’s drive-thru diploma ceremony for graduates of Sem Yeto High School, located at the Fairfield High School campus.
An expected 61 graduates rolled through the parking lot to pick up their diplomas and take the next step in their lives after moving on from the continuation high school.
Principal James Hightower commended the staff for putting together the drive-thru ceremony, which consisted of a location for students to get their actual diploma, and then a stop for graduates to get a picture in their caps and gowns.
Source: Persistence pays off at diploma event for Sem Yeto grads
By Susan Hansen
Sem Yeto Satellite graduates only needed to wait a little while for their senior year to be completed Thursday.
About 130 students came to the Armijo High School campus and waited in cars with parents and siblings to receive the final paper – the diploma for all of their hard work.
Mason Ferrer, 18, felt great about graduation day.
“I’m not sure about next year,” he said. “But I’m working at Walmart at the moment.”
Source: Sem Yeto Satellite graduation ushers seniors into new lives
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Gone were “Pomp and Circumstance” and a walk across a field to metal folding chairs.
In their place was a 25-plus vehicle parade, featuring the Solano County Sheriff’s Office Bearcat, a 1929 Model A Ford and a chance to pose for pictures with fellow graduates in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Rodriguez High School Class of 2020 was sent off in style, gathering Thursday at the Smith Ranch before a drive down Ramsay Road to Bridgeport Lane and Lopes Lane, to Red Top Road and the school.
Source: Rodriguez graduates get Bearcat escort to pick up diplomas
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Daishawn Bates just wrapped up his educational journey.
Yet, the 22-year-old is anxious to get back to high school – Armijo High School. He graduated from there in 2016.
Just before the novel coronavirus pandemic he was helping a speech pathologist working with the students there who use augmentative and alternative communication devices.
Bates is nonverbal. He has cerebral palsy. And, a very happy outlook and a smile that goes from ear-to-ear.
Source: Daishawn Bates loves to help others learn adaptive communication devices
By Todd R. Hansen
Perhaps when reunion name tags are needed for the members of the Fairfield High School Class of 2020 to recognize each other – or when the coughs, sneezes and high temperatures of their own children will mean more than this Covid-19 threat ever did – they will realize that this year that was and was not is far more unique than most senior years have ever been.
But let’s also hope that they were paying attention in history class – virtual though it may have been – when they learned there have been Fairfield High seniors throughout the decades who knew that as soon as they got their diplomas they would be drafted into fighting wars – and some never came back for reunions.
Source: Diploma ceremony puts exclamation to Fairfield High seniors’ unique year
By Bill Hicks
The novel coronavirus outbreak made the 2019-20 school year one of the most unusual on record.
Students completed the final three months of their schooling at home while working online. There were, of course, certain things that were sacrificed along the way, like spring sports seasons, prom and other late-year school activities.
Few student groups suffered the consequences of those sacrifices quite like seniors, who gave up so many of their final experiences in school due to the outbreak.
Source: Armijo’s Class of 2020 cruises away at drive-thru graduation
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
The Public Safety Academy for the fourth consecutive year has graduated 100 percent of its senior class.
The Class of 2020 was composed of 51 members. Almost half of them have been at the school since fifth grade, said Laurie Halcomb, the school’s principal.
The graduates remained resilient through their final year and never wavered in their support of each other, she said.
Source: Public Safety Academy sends all of its seniors into brave new world
BY Kimberly K. Fu
The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is providing free lunches to kids 18 and under throughout the summer.
Lunch will be served from Monday to Friday (unless otherwise noted and except on July 3) at the following locations:
- Crystal Middle School, 400 Whispering Bay Lane, Suisun, noon-1 p.m. through Aug. 8
- Grange Middle School, 1975 Blossom Ave., Fairfield, noon-1 p.m. through Aug. 8
Source: Fairfield-Suisun offers kids summertime meals – The Reporter