Classified Foxboro employees cheer on students – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The past seven months have not been easy for Foxboro Elementary School students. Like all pupils in the era of COVID-19, they have spent nearly all of their time at home with some only visiting campus to pick up lunches.

But those who do pick up lunches get very spirited greetings from the school’s classified employees. One employee has even taken it upon herself to write letters to every single Foxboro student.

“The kids miss being at school, (and) we miss them,” Trisha Carr, the school’s library media technician, said.

Source: Coronavirus: Classified Foxboro employees cheer on students – The Reporter

Travis schools to continue distance learning; board will revisit topic in December – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Travis School District will continue distance learning for the remainder of the current semester.

The decision was made during Tuesday’s regular board meeting.

It was based on various data points including current virus activity and the result of a recent survey conducted of families, students, and staff, according to a Travis School District press release.

The survey had a participation rate of 66% for students, 88% for families, 91% of teachers and 67% for other staff.

Source: Travis schools to continue distance learning; board will revisit topic in December

School reopening discussion, trustee stipend increase on Travis school board agenda – Daily Republic

Members of the Travis School District governing board will consider how to reopen schools to in-class instruction now that all schools in the county have the green light to do so with proper safety protocols in place.

Trustees are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

One of the issues on the agenda is a discussion on increasing the board members’ meeting stipend from $240. However, a staff report to the board states that is not legally possible.

Source: School reopening discussion, trustee stipend increase on Travis school board agenda

Vanden’s Dion Williams had most catches in season – by 19 – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

Running backs and quarterbacks are usually measured by the yardage they’ve gained, which is also true for receivers.

Yet receivers have another stat that shows their value to the teams they play for: receptions.

The city record for receptions in a season stood for 26 years, though few other stats for that player – Fairfield’s Kirk Broussard – are available from his 1982 campaign.

Source: City top-10 single-season receptions leaders: Vanden’s Dion Williams had most catches in season – by 19

Solano Office of Education honors top educators – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education on Wednesday celebrated all the certificated and classified employees nominated as part of the Educators of the Year program.

“The video highlights that honor each nominee in this year’s virtual celebration are truly heartwarming. Solano County’s certificated and classified employees of the year nominees are all passionate and committed people who have put their colleagues and students first. We are so proud to recognize each honoree with a video celebration of their dedication and hard work,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

Source: Solano Office of Education honors top educators

SCOE honors employee of the year nominees – The Reporter

BY Richard Bammer

Solano schools’ common mission to support, educate and graduate students was in high relief Wednesday when the Solano County Office of Education held an online celebration for a select group of school-support employees and teachers.

Every year, school districts countywide nominate one teacher and one classified employee to be recognized as an Educator of the Year.

The prerecorded celebration, which got underway at 3 p.m. and made necessary because of the ongoing pandemic, was a salute to six classified employees and seven teachers and paraeducators.

Source: SCOE honors employee of the year nominees – The Reporter

Vanden grad Lara pushes past obstacles in quest for hopeful MLB career – Daily Republic

By Peter Fournier

Alejandro “Jando” Lara still wants to step up to the plate in a Major League Baseball ballpark someday, even if his last three years have seen a lifetime’s worth of obstacles placed in the way, making the journey longer than he’d like.

It’s a simple path for most worthy prospects: high school ball, college ball, the MLB draft and then the minor leagues – if you’re good enough.

And Lara has shined when he’s been able to perform at his best on the diamond – when “he’s been able to” being the key words to his so-far chaotic collegiate career just 30 miles away from his hometown at UC Davis.

Source: Vanden grad Lara pushes past obstacles in quest for hopeful MLB career

Students reaping benefits of P.E. distance learning – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

Physical activity seems to help the brain work more efficiently and effectively. So the brains of students in the Vacaville and Travis Unified School Districts must be in high gear, courtesy of a rigorous yet fun dose of physical education students are receiving via distance learning.

With no in-school classes, students are getting all their instruction online, including physical education, which research has shown can boost other forms of learning.

Jensen West of Vanden High School, Nick Voight of Will C. Wood and Jacob Wright of Vaca Peña Middle School are all passionate teachers of physical education. Their methods of P.E. instruction may vary, but the benefits reaped by the students are the same.

Source: Students reaping benefits of P.E. distance learning – The Reporter

Bay Area fires: Here’s what’s closed due to unhealthy air, wildfires – ABC7

The Solano County School District announced Wednesday the following will remain closed for the rest of the week.

  • Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
  • Travis Unified School District
  • Vacaville Unified School District
  • SCOE-operated programs

This is in response to widespread evacuations, power outages and unhealthy air quality.

The districts said they will also be providing meals for students to the extent possible and will communicate with families about the availability of school meal service, but it may change throughout the week due to unforeseen circumstance. According to its press release, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District will be providing boxes of food with several meals for the week. Families will be notified of locations.

Source: Bay Area fires: Here’s what’s closed due to unhealthy air, wildfires – ABC7 San Francisco

Solano school, college district nomination period ends, mostly, for Nov. 3 election – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Judi Honeychurch did not face a challenger in her last election and will have no need to campaign this fall, either.

Judi Honeychurch“I look forward to the challenges of the future and working with the superintendent and the teachers and staff,” said Honeychurch, who will enter her third term on the Fairfield-Suisun School District board of trustees.

She is the only incumbent who does not have a challenger.

Clifford Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Music & Sound in downtown Fairfield, pulled and filed candidacy papers Thursday for the Trustee Area 1 seat held by Bethany Smith. Trustee Area 2 incumbent Joan Gaut will run against Leslie Unverferth, and Area 6 incumbent John Silva faces Ana Petero.

Source: Solano school, college district nomination period ends, mostly, for Nov. 3 election

Travis schools to start new year Aug. 13 with online classes – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Students in the Travis School District will start the new school year being “home-schooled” due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“Throughout this unprecedented crisis,” Superintendent Pam Conklin said in a statement, “our guiding principle has been to deliver the most effective instruction possible while protecting the health of our students, staff and their families. I believe the board’s decision to initially open our 2020-21 school year with distance learning accomplishes this goal.”

The Board of Trustees made the decision Tuesday during a Zoom meeting.

Source: Travis schools to start new year Aug. 13 with online classes

Central Solano school districts fare well in distribution of funding – Daily Republic

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

Vanden High School honors ten student-athletes – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

Vanden High School has been chomping at the bit to honor its student-athletes who have signed letters of intent to play in college and have received athletic scholarships.

But, like so many other events, a signing ceremony had to be put on hold due to COVID-19. Finally, the school planned to hold the event for its ten student-athletes in the Vanden parking lot on Saturday. But that became unviable because of the number of guests that would have attended.

So the high school, wanting to wait no longer, prepared a video to send out to students, parents and staff on Saturday. You can watch the video at https://youtu.be/n_WHgafSryw.

Source: Vanden High School honors ten student-athletes – The Reporter

Here Are Bay Area Districts’ Plans for Students to Resume Classes – NBC Bay Area

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

Travis schools to start new year Aug. 13 with online classes – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Students in the Travis School District will start the new school year being “home-schooled” due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“Throughout this unprecedented crisis,” Superintendent Pam Conklin said in a statement, “our guiding principle has been to deliver the most effective instruction possible while protecting the health of our students, staff and their families. I believe the board’s decision to initially open our 2020-21 school year with distance learning accomplishes this goal.”

The Board of Trustees made the decision Tuesday during a Zoom meeting.

Source: Travis schools to start new year Aug. 13 with online classes

TUSD leaders OK return to distance learning when school year begins – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Citing “the alarming increased virus activity in Solano County and statewide,” Travis Unified leaders on Tuesday OK’d a plan to use the distance-learning model when classes resume Aug. 13 for the district’s 5,400 students.

The decision, a choice among five proposed learning models being considered, came during a special governing board meeting Tuesday in the Travis Education Center on De Ronde Drive in Fairfield and mirror recent decisions by two of the largest school districts in California: Los Angeles and San Diego.

The return to distance, or all-online, learning, in effect from mid-March to the end of the 2019-20 academic year, was made based on guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom, state and county public health advice and the widely publicized reports of a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in California, Annie Arthur, an administrative assistant to Superintendent Pamela Conklin, said in a press release Wednesday.

Source: TUSD leaders OK return to distance learning when school year begins – The Reporter

Reopening schools in August topic of Travis school board meeting – Daily Republic

Travis School District trustees will discuss opening the schools in August when they meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Part of the discussion is “to determine in which stage schools will reopen, staff will use information about local Covid-19 activity rates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (and Prevention) and other public health officials,” the agenda states.

The item follows a closed session during which the board will be updated on labor negotiations.

Source: Reopening schools in August topic of Travis school board meeting

Retired teacher throws hat into Vacaville’s District 6 ring – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Longtime Vacaville resident Jeanette Wylie has been holding what she calls “listening on the lawn” sessions as part of her campaign for the City Council.

Wylie, 65, is seeking the District 6 seat. Appointed Councilman Raymond Beaty, who is serving as vice mayor, is the incumbent living in the district. The election is for a two-year term, with four-year terms beginning in 2022.

Wylie, a retired teacher, likes the new format that increased the council from five members to seven, including six members who represent specific districts, and the mayor’s post, which is elected on a citywide vote.

Source: Retired teacher throws hat into Vacaville’s District 6 ring

Vanden football begins summer conditioning – Daily Republic

By Paul Fournier

While the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the spring sports season, Vanden High began fall sports conditioning workouts Monday – with safety of the student-athletes as part of every step of the plan.

“It’s not like before with conditioning where you walk out an hour ahead of time because you’ve done it so many years before,” said Matthew Bidou, Vanden athletic director. “That’s not the case. We didn’t have coaches meetings, we had coaches training, doctors training, Zoom training sessions. We think we did things 100 percent right. I think we can have the safest environment. And the turnout’s been overwhelming.

”According to Vikings coach Sean Murphy, “Out of the 90, 95 kids signed up, we had 87 (show up). Long day, loooong day.”

Source: Vanden football begins summer conditioning – with an abundance of caution

Travis school district to offer expanded independent study – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Travis School District plans to offer an expanded home-based independent study program in the 2020-21 school year that will allow children and teens from kindergarten through 12th grades to learn the curriculum outside of the classroom.

The program will have students work with a credentialed advisory instructor who will help create a plan that reaches state standards, district officials said in a statement. Educational materials will be provided to parents, along with additional support as necessary.

District officials said as restrictions on gatherings are lifted, families will be offered optional participation in field trips, parent workshops and other family support activities.

Source: Travis school district to offer expanded independent study