By Paul Farmer
About the only thing Luis Grijalva of Northern Arizona University didn’t do was win the race, though he unexpectedly came close to doing that as well.
The Armijo High graduate finished second in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the NCAA National Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 11, and in doing so obliterated his personal best in the event by nearly 16 seconds (15.88).
With his second-place finish, Grijalva earned his second All-America first team distinction in the past three months, having earned the honor in cross country in March. With his time of 13 minutes, 13.14 seconds, he eclipsed the Olympic ‘A’ standard of 13:13.50 and broke the school and Big Sky Conference records set by NAU alum Diego Estrada in 2013 (13:15.33).
Source: Alumni Update: Armijo grad Grijalva earns All-America honors after second-place finish in NCAAs
By Todd R. Hansen
The City Council on Tuesday proclaimed June 15 as Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Appreciation Day – noting the district’s efforts to allow the council and other city panels to use its boardroom for meetings.
The council chamber was not available due to renovation.
“Whereas with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic on March 14, 2020, FSUSD worked tirelessly to assist the city in making certain all safety protocols were followed so the meetings could continue safely,” the proclamation signed by Mayor Harry T. Price states.
Source: Fairfield council says thanks to Fairfield-Suisun School District
Armijo High student Fayola Fayusi was the grand prize winner in the annual Congressional High School Art Competition in the 3rd District.
Fayusi was recognized for her piece, “Heroes Like Me,” and was one of 23 students recognized by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove.
“Every year, I’m always amazed by the incredible talent and quality of art we receive for the Congressional High School Art Competition,” Garamendi said in a statement released by his office. “Congratulations to Fayola Fayusi, Alexandra Gionco and all of our county winners.”
Source: Armijo High student is grand prize winner in congressional art contest
By Kris Corey
The Family Resource Center (FRC) of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) is working in partnership with the County of Solano, Catholic Charities of Yolo and Solano County, and Children’s Network of Solano County to assist individuals seeking help with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) application process.
The Suisun-based FRC, located at 725 Golden Eye Way, Suisun, is one of seven Solano County locations providing ERAP application assistance through December 2021. Additional centers are located in Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Vacaville, and Vallejo.
ERAP is a federally funded program designed to provide eligible households with emergency funds to assist with rent and utility payments. Tenants and landlords of rental properties located in Solano County who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply.
Source: Good News: FSUSD Family Resource Center Provides Assistance for Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Solano County Public Health is distributing free lunches beginning Tuesday to children under 18 as part of the 2021 Summer Meal Program.
The program was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. No applications are required. To find out more, text the word “Food” to 877-877.
Breakfast for the next day will also be given from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, through July 29. No lunches will be available July 5. Solano Public Health is distributing from 2101 Courage Drive in Fairfield.
Source: Solano Public Health offers summer meals to youth
By Susan Hiland
The Fairfield-Suisun School District should start the year with a bit more money set aside than is required by the state but will have to keep a watchful eye in coming years when budget cuts may be required.
Trustees heard a presentation on a draft of the budget for the 2021-22 school year when they met Thursday.
Laneia Grindle, director of Fiscal Services, said the budget is based on the governor’s proposed budget, which means it might be revised over the next month and a half.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun school trustees hear proposed budget summary for coming year
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Kristel Laurora and Lindsay Mayo weren’t able to secure tickets to watch their senior friends graduate Wednesday morning at Schaefer Stadium.
They weren’t far away.
The pair arrived at 9 a.m. and let out loud cheers and horn honks when the names of their graduating pals were called. The ceremony started at 10 a.m.
They spent their time decorating the exterior of their friends’ cars.
Source: Speaker encourages Fairfield High School Class of 2021 to continue being strong souls
By Matt Miller
Armijo High School not only graduated its class of 453 during two ceremonies Wednesday at Brownlee Field, it also graduated one principal.
Sheila Smith is moving on after four years herself in charge of the Washington Street campus. She is also eager for new adventures just like the students who were assembled in straight rows of purple and yellow robes.
“I am sort of a graduate,” she told those assembled students, faculty, fellow administrators, family and friends. “I’m retiring.”
Source: Armijo principal ‘graduates’ along with large senior class
By Susan Hiland
The stands at Schaefer Stadium were full of proud parents, guardians and friends watching the Class of 2021 from Sem Yeto High School hit a huge milestone Wednesday – graduation.
About 200 seniors clad in navy blue gowns eagerly waited to receive their diplomas.
Superintendent Kris Cory addressed the audience by acknowledging what a tough year it has been, but the seniors were strong in the face of adversity.
“You have accomplished so much and seeing you all in your gowns is magical,” she said. “Getting this diploma will open doors just like magic.”
Source: Sem Yeto sends graduates off to a brighter future
By Matt Miller
Going to school during a pandemic is challenging enough. Going to school, working and raising children takes another level of dedication.
Jessica Calderon was one of the 118 graduates Tuesday who earned their high school diploma or high school equivalency with the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School.
Calderon completed her coursework while holding a job and learning to take care of her children, one of which was recently diagnosed with autism.
Source: Large Adult School class overcomes obstacles on path to diploma, certificates
By Matt Miller
Rodriguez High School Principal Clarence Isadore was proud of his graduates and all they accomplished this year, individually and as a collective group.
“Tell the story of being the pride of Solano County as a California Distinguished High School, even during a pandemic,” Isadore said before his Mustangs. “You worked hard morning, noon and night and built relations that will last a lifetime.”
The Rodriguez principal was thrilled to receive the prestigious state award, even during tough times. The honor still came as most students did the bulk of their senior workload from home until late spring.
Source: Rodriguez, Early College students celebrate achievements
By Susan Hiland
Public Safety Academy graduating cadets have a lot to be proud of this year.
Among the points of pride: Every senior received a diploma for this graduating class, Principal Laurie Halcomb said Tuesday at the school’s commencement ceremony.
“It is hard to believe I watched some of these graduates from the sixth grade to graduation,” she said. “It has been a pleasure to watch them navigate middle school and go through high school where they have grown into mature, confident young adults.”
Halcomb said that they supported each other despite how difficult it has been.
Source: Public Safety Academy graduates all 52 seniors
The Fairfield-Suisun City Visual Arts Association invites the public to the 23rd Annual Art on the Vine. This year’s event is a fundraiser for the Rodriguez High School Art Program and features over 35 artists, four bands over two days and a food truck.
Some of the artwork will be previewed in a special display at the Solano Town Center Gallery located in the Solano Town Center, Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Live music on Saturday and Sunday will include the bands: Yuppie Liberation Front, The School of Rock House Band, and Solid Gold. On both days, wine tasting, bocce ball and a meal by ‘Mauricio’s Brunch-in-a-Box’ will also be available.
Source: 23rd Annual Art on the Vine raises funds for Rodriguez High School Art Program – The Reporter
Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees honored several students, staff and community members Thursday.
The Community Advisory Committee awarded Special Education Local Plan Area awards to several educators, youth and members of the community for outstanding service and for going above and beyond in service of students with disabilities.
Those recognized include student Deena Sharqawi along with community member Sonia Vera and educators Christina Miller, Christine Hunt, Don Mosley, Fern Decena, Samantha Hyles and Travis Nelson. They were honored during a short video presentation.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun school board recognizes service
Nearly 30 school district staff, community members and one student have been selected for the annual Solano County Community Advisory Committee Recognition Award.
This year’s selections were specifically chosen “for demonstration of outstanding accomplishments and services for individuals with special needs during the 2020-2021 (Covid-19) pandemic.”
Among the qualities attributed to the nominees are “knowledgeable, approachable, welcoming, energetic, enthusiastic and 100% student-focused.”
Source: SELPA advisory committee recognizes 28 for work with children who have special needs
By Richard Bammer
With Solano Public Health and Solano Emergency Medical Services, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District will host a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students age 12 and older in the coming days and weeks.
Those Interested should meet at Grange Middle School, at 1975 Blossom Ave., in Fairfield.
Students age 12 and older will receive only the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to their appointment, Angie Avlonitis, executive director of the district’s administrative services, noted in a prepared statement.
Source: FSUSD to host free COVID vaccine clinics for students 12 and older – The Reporter
By Kris Corey
Angie Avlonitis, Executive Director, was invited to represent Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) and attend the 67th National Security Forum (NSF) at the Air War College (AWC) in Montgomery, Alabama. The annual event, hosted by the Secretary of the United States Air Force, brings together key civic leaders and senior military officers to help strengthen understanding and relationships between military and civilian communities.
The City of Fairfield is home to Travis Air Force Base, and Ms. Avlonitis serves the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District as an educational liaison to Travis Air Force Base. “Ms. Avlonitis’ personal experience growing up as a military child in Germany and Turkey, combined with her commitment to supporting the district’s military students and families, made her the perfect candidate to represent FSUSD and our community at the NSF,” said Superintendent, Kris Corey.
Source: Press Release: FSUSD Executive Director Attends Air War College’s 67th National Security Forum
By Matt Miller
Armijo High School senior Elmer Sosa had no idea what to expect when he pulled up to the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School Wednesday night to pick up his packet as one of the top students in the Fairfield-Suisun School District.
“Honestly, it’s bigger than I thought it would be,” said Sosa, who pulled up and got out of his own car. “I thought I was just picking up my packet and driving off. I’m happy to get the recognition.”
Sosa participated in the Highest Honors ceremony, recognizing those high school students in the district who were able to carry a GPA of 4.0 or higher. School administrators, board trustees, teachers and others created a drive-thru ceremony for students and families as they pulled up in their cars.
Source: Top Fairfield-Suisun students earn highest honors
By Susan Hiland
Members of the Fairfield-Suisun School Board got off to an energetic start Thursday with a proposal from Trustee Craig Wilson to follow strict rules of order for the session.
Before the approval of the agenda was considered, he proposed to the board a motion to remove all opportunity for board members to ask questions or make commits except to speak in favor or against the motion. It carried on a 6-0 vote with Trustee Ana Petero dissenting.
Wilson said he was unhappy with the past few meetings because of what he perceived as intentional disruptions or at least grandstanding, which he defined as gratuitously speaking to the public but not to the board.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun School Board changes protocol for trustee interactions
By Richard Bammer
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has received a $147,000 grant that, over three years, is expected to improve the district’s early identification, enrollment, attendance, and academic success of children who lack permanent shelter.
The Fairfield-based district, Solano County’s largest with more than 21,500 students across 30 campuses, is one of 73 districts statewide to receive the grant money, the district announced in a press statement earlier this week.
The grant will further support the district’s efforts to make sure students experiencing homelessness have equal access to the same educational opportunities given to all other students, district officials said in the prepared statement.
Source: FSUSD receives $147K grant for homeless children, youth education – The Reporter