Travis school district cancels board meeting – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Travis School District has canceled its Board of Trustees meeting that was scheduled Tuesday.

The district announced the cancellation Thursday. The next scheduled meeting is slated to take place May 12.

For more information about the Travis district, visit www.travisusd.org.

Source: Travis school district cancels board meeting

Solano County schools to remain closed through May 1 amid COVID-19 outbreak – Times-Herald

All Solano County schools will be closed until at least May 1, Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Adam Clark announced in a message to parents Thursday.

Clark said the decision was made as a “coordinated response that represents a continued effort to reduce the number of affected individuals with COVID-19 and to keep our communities as safe as possible pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-33-20, the current Solano County Order to Shelter At Home, and in consultation with Solano County Public Health.”

“The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are our highest priority,” Clark added.

Source: Solano County schools to remain closed through May 1 amid COVID-19 outbreak – Times-Herald

Solano County school closures extended through May 1 – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Solano County Office of Education has advised public school districts and charter schools to continue distance learning through at least May 1.

The guidance was issued after consulting with Solano County Public Health and is in accordance with both the county’s stay-at-home order and the similar executive order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, SCOE officials announced in a news release Thursday.

Previously, the superintendents of Solano County’s school districts had announced closures with tentative dates for reopening beginning in late March and then rescheduled to mid-April. However, since Newsom has called for individuals to stay home and prohibit mass gatherings of more than 10 people indefinitely, SCOE — as well as school district superintendents and charter school leaders — settled on May 1 as a tentative return date but would work with state and local health officials to determine if the date will be extended further.

Source: Coronavirus: Solano County school closures extended through May 1 – The Reporter

Travis school trustees to meet Tuesday afternoon in special session – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis School District trustees will take part in a special meeting Tuesday to consider requesting the county to transfer more than $4.75 million in advance payments to cover cash shortages caused by delays in receiving funds from the state.

The funds will primarily be used to cover payroll and vendors.

However, the trustees are expected to attend the meeting only by calling in, which includes a closed session prior to the public meeting during which the board could appoint a new chief business officer.

Source: Travis school trustees to meet Tuesday afternoon in special session

Solano County Schools To Close For 2 Weeks: Coronavirus | Dixon, CA Patch

By Maggie Fusek

All public and charter schools in Solano County are closed beginning Monday because of the situation surrounding the coronavirus — COVID-19 — the Solano County Office of Education announced Friday.

“In light of the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, Solano County superintendents and charter school administrators have made the difficult decision to close schools ­­­­­­­­­for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020,” SCOE said in statement. “Superintendents and charter school administrators will make a determination at that time about any further closures.”

Source: Solano County Schools To Close For 2 Weeks: Coronavirus | Dixon, CA Patch

Educators’ group honors 2 Travis schools administrators – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis School District Superintendent Pam Conklin and Allyson Rude Azevedo, principal at the Travis Education Center/Community Day School, have been named Administrators of the Year.

The recognition comes from the Solano Charter of the Association of California School Administrators.

“I can’t say enough about the skills and abilities of both Allyson and Pam,” Travis school board President Ivery Hood said in a statement issued by the district administration. “Their educational vision for our students has had a tremendously positive impact on our school community. To have two administrators recognized is a testament to the quality of leadership here at Travis USD.”

Source: Educators’ group honors 2 Travis schools administrators

Travis School Board recognizes top teacher, classified employee – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis School District trustees this week recognized Vanden High science teacher Michael Howell and Vivian Pochop, a special education secretary, as the district’s best for 2019-20.

Each will represent the district in the countywide selection for the Teacher of the Year and the Classified School Employee of the Year.

Howell and Pochop were selected by a district committee, which included last year’s selections, from among the nominees from all the schools and the district office.

Source: Travis School Board recognizes top teacher, classified employee

Vanden captures North Bay Academic Decathlon title – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

The Vanden High School Academic Decathlon team won the North Bay regional event and will represent Solano County at the 43rd annual state competition.

Vanden accumulated 44,643 points, with Willits High School finishing second with 40,051 points and American Canyon High School finishing third with 38,288 points.

“I am thrilled to see this rigorous academic challenge for students expand to include six counties this year. All of the participating teams worked very hard and represented their schools well. I congratulate every participant, and I’m certain these amazing students will do well in their future endeavors,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

Source: Vanden captures North Bay Academic Decathlon title

Vanden High wins 2020 North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon – The Reporter

By The Reporter

The 2020 North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon. results are in and the Vanden High School team stole the show.

More than 225 students from 15 high schools across Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties participated in the event.

The Academic Decathlon is a competitive event modeled after the Olympics to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind.” The competition, this year bearing the theme “In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness,” provides students the opportunity to participate in an educational forum, which fosters a deep respect for knowledge, cooperation, and self-esteem, organizers said.

Source: Vanden High wins 2020 North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon – The Reporter

Travis trustees to offer CSEA contract proposal – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The initial contract offer from the Travis School District to California School Employees Association members for the 2019-20 school year is scheduled to be released when the board of trustees meet Tuesday.

The district’s teachers and classified employees of the year are also expected to be named.

The board meets at 6 p.m. at the Travis Education Center, 2775 De Ronde Drive, in Fairfield. The public session follows a closed session at 5 p.m., during which the board will be updated on existing litigation, labor negotiations, student matters and an employee discipline matter.

Source: Travis trustees to offer CSEA contract proposal

Vanden High senior receives national full-ride scholarship – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Like many college hopefuls, Vanden High School senior Cecilia Morales had worried how she would fund her schooling.

No more.

She was recently named a 2019 QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship recipient, which guarantees full scholarships to seniors with high academic performance but low incomes and allows them to attend top colleges.

“It feels insane,” Morales said of her accomplishment, noting that she feels very proud but also a sense of disbelief.

Source: Vanden High senior receives national full-ride scholarship – The Reporter

Students compete to reach state Academic Decathlon – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The students were visibly nervous as they shuffled into the gym Saturday at Solano Community College for the final contest in this year’s regional Academic Decathlon.

Approximately 300 students from 15 high schools – including Rodriguez, Vanden, Buckingham Charter Magnet, Dixon, Vallejo, Jesse Bethel and MIT Academy – came out for some friendly competition at the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon.

Other teams came in from Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

Source: Students compete to reach state Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon comes to Solano College Saturday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Approximately 300 students from 15 high schools – including Dixon, Rodriguez, Vanden, Buckingham Charter, Jesse Bethel, MIT Academy and Vallejo – will compete in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon scheduled Saturday at Solano Community College.

“I am excited to see Academic Decathlon growing in our county and region. Students deserve tremendous credit and praise for their teamwork, dedication and work ethic in representing their schools at the North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon Competition,” Ken Scarberry, program director of Youth Development for the Solano County Office of Education, said in a statement.

Source: Academic Decathlon comes to Solano College Saturday

Dixon High Students To Battle In North Bay Academic Decathlon | Dixon, CA Patch

By Maggie Fusek

Super Bowl LIV isn’t the only huge competition happening this weekend. Students from Dixon High School are among 300 students from 15 high schools across six Northern California counties preparing to battle it out Saturday in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon at Solano Community College in Fairfield.

The team from Dixon High is set to compete against teams from Lake, Mendocino, Solano, Sonoma, Napa and Yolo counties in an event modeled after the Olympics but to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind.”

Source: Dixon High Students To Battle In North Bay Academic Decathlon | Dixon, CA Patch

Vanden senior earns scholarship to help pay for medical school – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Vanden High School senior Cecilia Morales has been selected as a 2019 QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship recipient.

QuestBridge is a national program that connects high-achieving, low-income high school seniors with full scholarships to the nation’s top colleges. Recipients are admitted early to QuestBridge college partners with guaranteed scholarships provided by the colleges and universities.

Morales plans to attend medical school, eventually becoming an emergency room doctor.

Source: Vanden senior earns scholarship to help pay for medical school

Foxboro a new member of No Excuses University Network of Schools – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Foxboro Elementary has earned membership in the No Excuses University Network of Schools.

To earn membership into this network, Foxboro needed to complete an extensive online application focused on the “Six Exceptional Systems” the school has developed based on the No Excuses University model.

The school also was required to submit a video to the No Excuses University Application Committee to demonstrate the “culture of universal achievement” they have developed on their campus.

Foxboro earned the recognition by demonstrating a commitment to college and career readiness and through efforts to ensure all children meet standards in reading, writing and math, no matter their challenges, according to a press release.

Source: Foxboro a new member of No Excuses University Network of Schools

Foxboro Elementary becomes partner in college readineACss program – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Foxboro Elementary School is continuing to ensure college and career readiness for its students starting from a young age.

To make this easier, the school has earned membership to the No Excuses University Network of Schools, according to a Travis Unified School District news release.

The program was founded in San Diego in 2004 by Damon Lopez, district officials wrote. It seeks to build a bridge for all students to attend college or join the workforce by promoting a comprehensive college readiness model starting in pre-kindergarten. Currently, hundreds of schools are participating in the program.

Source: Foxboro Elementary becomes partner in college readiness program – The Reporter

Travis schools trustees to meet Tuesday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis School District trustees will consider adding 10 courses to the Vanden High curriculum when they meet Tuesday in the Travis Education Center.

The courses are Advanced Drama; Advanced Placement Environmental Science; Astronomy (semester); Fitness and Conditioning (semester or year); Forensic Science (semester); Genre Studies (semester); Intermediate Drama; Keyboarding and Word Processing (semester); Physics, Engineering and Technology; and Weight Training (semester or year).

The Parent Involvement Policy for Golden West Middle School is also on the agenda.

Source: Travis schools trustees to meet Tuesday

A special two hours for special-needs kids in Solano County – Times-Herald

By Richard Bammer

The December holidays are a special time of year for billions of people worldwide, but Silveyville Christmas Tree Farm in Dixon became an especially magical yuletide universe of its own Friday morning for more than 100 Solano County special-needs children.

In its 28th year, the annual Special Needs Day at the Silveyville Road farm serves to brighten the holidays for these children. Most come from Solano public schools, from Vacaville and Dixon to Fairfield and Vallejo school districts, plus some from programs managed by the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield.

By 10 a.m., teachers and parents herding excitable groups of children, 130 in all during the two-hour event and ranging in age from 3 to 18, walked happily through the farm’s gates, oblivious to the light rain falling, temperatures in the mid-50s and gloomy skies.

Source: A special two hours for special-needs kids in Solano County – Times-Herald

2 Solano schools get Step Up to the Plate grants – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Golden West Middle School in Fairfield has received a $1,000 grant and Gretchen Higgins Elementary in Dixon was awarded $5,000 from the KNBR Step Up to the Plate for Education program with San Francisco Giants star Brandon Crawford.

The program, which also involves Wells Fargo, awarded $100,000 in grants to 32 schools “to support athletics, arts, STEM and community-based programs.”

Crawford presented the grants Thursday at Oracle Park.

Source: 2 Solano schools get Step Up to the Plate grants