BY Todd R. Hansen
The father of a Vanden High student-athlete who was shot and killed in April asked the Fairfield council this week for help in honoring Daniel Hughes’ memory.
“I want to honor his legacy and dreams, and he did have big dreams,” Dejon Hughes said about his son.
Daniel Hughes was shot on Easter Sunday and died 14 days later on April 18. He was 17 years old.
His father described his son, who was a junior at Vanden High at the time of his death, as someone who was involved in the community.
Source: Father of Vanden High student shot, killed asks Fairfield to help honor his son
By Nick Sestanovich
The first day of school marks a new beginning for every student. On Wednesday, the first day at Foxboro Elementary School represented something more: A return to full-time, in-person learning.
In that sense, it was a new start that also invoked feelings of past first days of school back when students could meet on campus.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Travis Unified School District joined other districts in closing campuses to stop the spread of the virus. In March of this year, schools reopened for a hybrid model. With restrictions loosened by the state back in June, Travis schools are now open full time with modifications.
Source: Energy abounds as Foxboro returns for in-person learning – The Vacaville Reporter
By Matt Miller
Travis School District resumes in-person learning Wednesday with the start of the 2021-22 school year.
Travis is the first district in the area to begin classes.
The Vacaville School District kicks off Thursday. Schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District will begin Aug. 18.
Travis Assistant Superintendent Sue Brothers said planning has been going on through the summer to prepare for the change from the hybrid learning model that was utilized at the end of the last school year to full in-person learning.
Source: Travis school year set to start with in-person learning
Effective for the 2021-22 school year, Travis Unified School District will serve meals at no charge to enrolled students.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved use of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), which allows local school districts to provide no-cost meals to all enrolled students for the duration of the 2021-22 school year.
The income survey, found on Titan, allows the district to receive funding that provides access to programs and services to help children better succeed. These programs include, but are not limited to, pandemic EBT, reduced/free bus passes, reduced/free AP testing at Vanden and letters available for reduced internet eligibility.
Source: Travis Unified School District to stop charging for student meals – The Vacaville Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
On Aug. 11, Travis Unified School District students will be returning to class, so families can expect to be in full-time shopping mode for school supplies over the next few weeks.
Given how expensive school supplies can get over time, Operation Homefront wants to alleviate the experience for military families. Thus, it has teamed up with Dollar Tree for its annual Back-to-School Brigade, a series of school supply drives held in locations throughout the United States. On Friday, an event was hosted at Travis Air Force Base for its families stationed there.
Families formed a line at one of the base’s hangars to pick up everything from notebooks to crayons to just about everything else they needed for the 2021-22 school year.
Source: Travis AFB families pick up free supplies before returning to school – The Vacaville Reporter
The Wednesday Club honored its three scholarship recipients at its June meeting.
The nursing scholarship recipient is Jessica Robertson. She received her bachelor’s degree after attending San Francisco State University and transferring to UC Davis.
She also attended San Diego Mesa College for Medical Assisting and has worked as a medical assistant while going to school.
Source: Wednesday Club honors 3 with scholarships
Travis School District trustees will consider approval of the 2021-22 budget when they meet Tuesday.
Also on the agenda is the consideration for approval of the Local Control Accountability Plan and Local Control Funding Formula Budget Overview for Parents.
The virtual meeting is set for 5 p.m.
Source: Travis School District trustees to consider 2021-22 budget
By Richard Bammer
Like their counterparts nationwide, some 390 Vanden High seniors braved the many challenges of the 2020-21 pandemic and academic year, graduating with pomp, circumstance, speeches, and coveted diplomas Saturday morning at George A. Gammon Field in Fairfield.
“It was quite an experience,” said Alyna Bobis, 17, of Suisun City shortly after the 90-minute ceremony under partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the high 70s with a mild breeze. “This was the first class who spent a whole year online. It was really interesting.”
Wearing a school-colors forest green cap and gown with a gold sash and a required mask, she said the biggest lesson of the past nine months was “learning to accept new differences in our lives.”
Source: In year of loss, Vanden grads celebrate ‘sense of community’ – The Reporter
By Glen Faison
The Travis School District board will hear public comment Tuesday on the proposed 2021-22 fiscal year budget, and will consider approving the certificated salary schedule including a 183-day work calendar.
A staff report on the budget proposal shows more than $68.33 million in general fund revenue and nearly $69,021 in spending. The approximate $1.38 million in red ink is driven by $1.55 million in deficit spending in the district’s unrestricted funds, partially offset by a surplus of $171,000 in the district’s restricted funds.
Source: Travis schools budget plan – with $1.38M in red ink – open to public comment
By Todd R. Hansen
One speaker evoked the memory of her friend Daniel Hughes.
Another called on her classmates and generation to speak out for the Palestinian children of Gaza, who she said are far less worried about high school graduation as they are about surviving the bombs and bullets of the ever-tumultuous Hamas-Israel conflict.
“I pray for Palestinians, and I pray for Gaza and that place,” said Maiya Beltran, a 2020 graduate of the Travis Education Center, who said her generation has a responsibility to speak out for those who have no voice of their own.
Source: Graduates of 2021 – and 2020 – bid farewell, extend gratitude to TEC
By Todd R. Hansen
Allyson Rude-Azevedo emceed her eighth Travis Education Center commencement ceremony Friday – her first since 2019.
That is why graduates from the Class of 2020 were invited to participate along with the Class of 2021.
“For kids who struggle in school, graduation is very important,” Rude-Azevedo said in an interview prior to the start of the ceremony on the Vanden High football field. “So this is a real big deal for the kids and their families.”
Source: Outgoing TEC principal calls pandemic grads special
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Jasmine Soria reflected briefly Saturday – as she put the finishing touches on her graduation attire – on her four years at Vanden High School.
“I’m glad I made it to the end,” she said prior to the 2021 ceremony.
She was surrounded by her mom, dad, grandmother and stepmother.
Janelle and Daniel Wagenaar were among the first 25 or 30 waiting for the gates to open to the stadium.
Source: Vanden Class of 2021 together for last time on campus
By Richard Bammer
A Vacaville native and Vanden High graduate, Kyle Thomas Herout, will receive a degree in medicine on Sunday during commencement at a Pennsylvania medical school.
Herout, 26, will be a newly minted osteopath when he accepts his diploma from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie. After graduation, he will undergo emergency medicine residency training with Kaiser Permanente Central Valley in Modesto.
Herout’s completion of his medical studies comes as the Association of American Medical Colleges has projected a shortage of up to 139,000 physicians — many in primary care — by 2033, according to a March 23 report by the U.S News and World Report. It cited the aging American population and the large number of doctors reaching retirement age, as two major factors.
Source: Vaca native, Vanden grad earns medical degree – The Reporter
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 Amy Maginnis-Honey
Solano County is now home to two female Eagle Scouts.
Both started out in Girl Scouts who joined Venture Scouts and Boy Scouts in 2019, giving them a mere two years to do their Eagle Scout projects.
Isabella Guerra, 19, of Fairfield, and Kaitlin O’Donnell, 19, of Vallejo, are among the first group of almost 1,000 young women to earn the rank.
They co-founded the local all-female Troop 818. The goddess Athena is their patrol designation – a primarily purple emblem. The troop number was chosen to honor Aug. 18, 1920, the day women got the right to vote.
Source: 2 local women among first to earn Eagle Scout honors
Travis Unified School District officials have announced some changes in their ranks.
Allyson Rude-Azevedo, current principal at Travis Education Center and Community Day School will fill the role of Director of Student Services, due to the retirement of Matt Smith.
Rude-Azevedo has worked in Travis Unified School District for 21 years, in multiple roles before moving into her current role as Principal of Alternative Education. During her time with Travis USD, Rude-Azevedo has been involved in a number of site and districtwide committees and teams that have positively impacted students and families.
Source: Leadership changes begin for Travis Unified for the 2021-2022 school year – The Reporter
By Todd R. Hansen
The principal at the Travis Education Center and Community Day School has been promoted to director of Student Services at the Travis School District.
The district announced the promotion of Allyson Rude-Azevedo, a 21-year veteran at the district, Monday. The position had been filled by Matt Smith, who is retiring.
Rude-Azevedo has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from California State University, Stanislaus, and a master’s in educational administration and curriculum and instruction from Chapman University.
Source: Travis promotes alternative ed chief to lead Student Services
The Solano Winds Community Concert Band recently awarded the Robert O. Briggs Music Scholarship to Keaton Stout, a senior at Vanden High School.
The $1,000 award will help to defray education costs when Stout enrolls at Azusa Pacific University in the fall to work toward a degree in commercial music.
He is an accomplished musician and a leader in all of the ensembles at Vanden High School.
Source: Vanden High senior Keaton Stout wins Robert O. Briggs Music Scholarship
The top students in the Vanden High Class of 2021 will be recognized when Travis School District trustees meet Tuesday.
The valedictorians are Hannah Isabel Bolivar, Gavin Lang, Ainsley Littlefield, Anek Sahota, Jailene Sohal, Kantrakorn Wutthakul, Abigail Young and Jacob Young. The salutatorians are Edrin Miller, Paige Vanpelt and Sara Wolf.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m., after a closed session at 5 p.m. during which the board will be updated on anticipated litigation.
Source: Travis schools trustees to applaud Vanden High’s top students
After five years as assistant principal at Foxboro Elementary School, Kristyn Andrews has been named as the school’s new principal. She will be taking the reins from Samantha Chizauskie, who will become the new principal at Cooper Elementary School.
Pam Conklin, superintendent of Travis Unified School District, announced Andrews’ appointment in a news release. Andrews had also recently been named by the Association of California School Administrators as Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year.
“Ms. Andrews commitment and dedication to the students, faculty, and families of Foxboro Elementary is steadfast,” Conklin said in a statement. “She has been an asset to the entire school community both during her entire time at Foxboro, and even more so this last year, at both schools, in a time of constant change and challenges due to COVID. We are fortunate to have such an extraordinary educator who will serve as Principal of Foxboro Elementary.”
Source: Kristyn Andrews named new Foxboro principal – The Reporter