By Susan Hiland
The Fairfield-School District will receive more than $1.3 million in funding from the “A-G” Completion Improvement Grant program, according to a staff report. The total includes about $12,500 which was recently added.
Trustees on Thursday reviewed and approved the plan for the “A-G” grant program but not without comments from board member Ana Petero.
“My concern is for the funding. I think the funding can go to other places that are better for spending the money,” she said. “We really need to consider where we spend money.”
Source: Fairfield-Suisun board OKs $1.3M grant program
By Richard Bammer
The Army, in its own way, came calling.
Rodriguez High School senior Trisha Macagba answered and picked up a $220,000 college scholarship along the way.
How did it happen to this straight-A student, with a weighted GPA of 4.67, and student board member for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District?
Work, work, work primarily, but also some old-fashioned luck that, in large part, Macagba, a native of Baguio, Philippines, made herself.
Source: Road to her $220K scholarship paved with hard work, drive, love, and luck – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
Although the Winter Olympics and Paralympics have concluded for 2022, the time to honor athletes of all abilities never ceases.
Case in point: Thursday morning at Rodriguez High School, where the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District once again partnered with the Special Olympics of Northern California for its annual assortment of track and field activities that give special education students a chance to participate in athletics, build physical strength and socialize with others.
What made this event especially momentous is that it was the first of its kind in three years. The most recent track and field event was 2019, and adaptive PE specialist Matt Miller said it was scheduled again for 2020, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Source: FSUSD Special Olympics track and field event marks triumphant return – The Vacaville Reporter
By Jackie Kent
The search is on for hundreds of qualified teachers as schools across the state need to fill crucial positions and as the Washington Education Association expects the state’s teacher shortage to grow worse.
Tacoma Public schools said it’s lucky it doesn’t have a huge gap to fill, but it relies on events like Tuesday’s education career fair at the Tacoma Dome to help find the best candidates.
“We know we’re going to have open positions for next year,” said Kathryn McCarthy, spokesperson for Tacoma Public Schools.
Source: Washington Education Association expects statewide teacher shortage to get worse | KOMO
By Susan Hiland
Three schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District are getting new names for the coming school year based on reconfigurations at each of the campuses.
The school board on Thursday will consider changing the names of B. Gale Wilson School Elementary School, the Dover Academy of International Studies and the Sullivan Learning Academy.
Governing board members on Aug. 12 approved the relocation of the Dual Immersion Program, which serves children in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade, from B. Gale Wilson to the Sullivan campus beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. This relocation will result in B. Gale Wilson only serving sixth- through eighth-graders.
Source: 3 Fairfield-Suisun schools in line for new names as programs shift sites
By Susan Hiland
The Fairfield-School District will receive more than $1.3 million in funding from the “A-G” Completion Improvement Grant program, according to a staff report. The total includes about $12,500 that’s been added in recent days.
Trustees on Thursday will review and potentially approve the plan for the “A-G” grant program.
The money derives from Assembly Bill 130, which became law in July. One portion of the bill contains the “A-G” grant program, which is designed to help increase the number of high school students, particularly those students of families that meet income or categorical eligibility requirements for free or reduced-priced meals under the National School Lunch Program, English learners and foster youth to graduate from high school with “A-G” eligibility.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun schools to get more state money than expected
By Matt Miller
Coming from the Philippines where she said many young girls had to choose between “education and food,” 18-year-old Trisha Macagba feels like she has been given the gift of a lifetime.
The Rodriguez High School senior was recently awarded a $220,000 scholarship from the Los Angeles Strategic Office Recruitment Detachment. It’s an ROTC program that promotes diversity and inclusion where she will participate at the college of her choice, followed up by a four-year commitment to the U.S. Army upon graduation.
“I still can’t believe it,” Macagba said. “We came from the Philippines. My parents were worried how we were going to pay to get our education.”
Source: Rodriguez student earns full-ride scholarship through ROTC
Parents and community members celebrated students’ achievements and viewed their projects online Thursday during the Virtual Science and Engineering Fair, followed by a virtual awards ceremony.
“The Science and Engineering Fair is an excellent opportunity for our elementary, middle and high school students to apply science and engineering skills to investigate problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and develop intelligent conclusions,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a press release. “Through this event, we hope to inspire more students to consider a career in science, engineering or a related field.”
Source: Vanden High, Green Valley Middle schools shine at Solano Science Fair
Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi announced on Thursday that Solano County schools will receive $3,944,431 from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF).
This includes $2,013,524 to the Vallejo City Unified School District and $657,375 to the Benicia Unified School District.
The ECF program, which was created as part of the American Rescue Plan, helps schools and libraries ensure that students can connect to the internet at home, allowing them to take advantage of online learning and do their homework. Known as the “homework gap,” students who lack access to the internet at home often fall behind their peers as curriculums and educational opportunities rely more and more on the ability to conduct online research and connect to the web.
Source: Thompson, Garamendi announce nearly $4 million for Solano County schools – Times-Herald
By Susan Hiland
Fairfield-Suisun School District this week got a look into the future of its finances.
The quick view: A shortfall in revenue will mean changes in spending.
Amanda Rish, director of Fiscal Services, on Thursday presented the second interim report and certification of the district’s ability to meet its financial obligations for the coming year.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun board reviews financial outlook that includes spending cuts
By Susan Hiland
An early view of the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s financial picture shows a shortfall in the general fund of tens of millions of dollars and the need to reduce costs in coming years.
The School Board will vote Thursday on the second interim report and certification of the district’s ability to meet its financial obligations for the coming year.
The financial review has several parts: district certification of the interim report; a general fund statement of revenues, expenditures and changes in fund balance that are either unrestricted resources or restricted resources; a combined summary that includes average daily attendance, criteria and standards, a cash flow statement, a multiple-year projection and assumptions along with the combined resources summary for unrestricted resources or restricted resources.
Source: Fairfield school board looks at projected shortfall of $35.7M
By Todd R. Hansen
Gary St. Vincent and his wife, Theodora, plan to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary this year.
The couple has three children and a 6-year-old granddaughter.
St. Vincent hopes to be able to watch his granddaughter grow up, but the 60-year-old auto shop teacher at Fairfield High School is in need of a kidney transplant. He just completed his first week of in-center treatments at the DaVita Fairfield Dialysis Center after about two years of home treatments. He goes three times a week. Each session lasts three to four hours.
Source: Fairfield High teacher in need of kidney transplant donor
By Nicole Langarica
The month of February at Nelda Mundy focused on celebrating black history and finding ways to uplift student voices.Every morning, brave students from all grade levels got in front of the camera and microphone to spotlight an influential African American of their choice. The one minute presentations had a goal of educating others about different Black Americans who have made a difference.
In addition to Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, some other people spotlighted included Maya Angelou, Wilt Chamberlain, Amanda Goreman, Oprah Winfrey, and Langston Hughes.
After being asked about how they felt hearing the spotlights every morning, one 5th grader stated, “I love them, and I think they are great for people to learn about others because a lot of people only really know about Martin Luthur King Jr and Rosa Parks. It benefits students and teaches them more than they already know.”
Source: Good News: Nelda Mundy Elementary Celebrates Black History Month and Uplifts Student Voices
By Matt Miller
School leaders applauded Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recommendation Monday to lift mask mandates for students in what amounts to a small start in shifting back to pre-pandemic normalcy.
The mandate will be lifted at midnight March 12. Masks will continue to be “strongly recommended” as students head to school March 14 but not required, likely meaning many students will continue to choose to wear their masks and others will not.
“I appreciate the state’s announcement of moving from mask requirements to masks being strongly recommended for our schools,” Solano Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said by email. “The new guidelines seem to reflect recent Covid data and feedback from California families. California has had among the lowest pediatric hospitalization rates compared to other states, and the data is certainly trending in the right direction in Solano County.”
Source: Solano school leaders applaud state’s first step in lifting mask mandates
By Susan Hiland
The Fairfield-Suisun School District looks to receive nearly $5 million more in baseline state funding next year than it expects this school year based on the governor’s proposed state budget – but also faces more than $5.5 million in extra pension costs, according to a preliminary budget review.
Laneia Grindle, assistant superintendent of Business Services, presented the school board Thursday with an update on the governor’s budget proposal and how it – at least preliminarily – meshes with local plans that include staff raises totaling more than $4.5 million for the coming school year and roughly $1 million in each of the next two years.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun schools eye initial state budget plan
By Kimberly K. Fu
Through music and motion Friday morning, Suisun Valley kindergarteners offered their hearts to attendees of their annual Suisun Valley Love Concert, this year at nearby Village 360.
They lifted their cheerful voices and signed song lyrics as they sang, to the delight of loved ones gathered around the stage area.
It was a bright start to the day, with pint-sized youths clad in white T-shirts emblazoned with hand-decorated rainbow-filled hearts. Some youths went the extra mile with heart headbands and rainbow-colored tulle tutus.
And the backdrop — a verdant countryside with a tractor hard at work, all framed by a garland of colorful paper hearts.
Source: Kindergarteners share love through music, sign language – The Vacaville Reporter
By Susan Hiland
The Fairfield-Suisun school board will take a look Thursday at the impact on the school district of the governor’s proposed budget – with a first pass that shows an additional $4.9 million in available state funding.
Laneia Grindle, assistant superintendent of Business Services, will make a presentation about the changes proposed for the 2022-23 school year.
Current school district funding based on average daily attendance is $10,193 per student or $207.4 million, according to a staff report. The estimated funding per ADA for the 2022-23 school year is $10,763 – or $212.3 million.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun board to look at governor’s proposed budget impact
By Todd R. Hansen
Lt. Micah Rankin took an unusual route to Army Ranger School, but he graduated like all other rangers.
The Fairfield High alum was commissioned as an infantry officer in the Arizona National Guard after graduating from California State University, Sacramento, the last two years of which he was a member of the ROTC.
He knew then, however, he wanted to “try his hand” at Army Ranger School.
Source: Fairfield High alum graduates from Army Ranger School
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