Travis School Board opts against electronic meetings – Daily Republic

The Travis school board has rejected having the next board meeting as an electronic session.

Not one of the board members supported a proposal Tuesday to have the February meeting fully electronic.

Pam Conklin, the district’s superintendent, presented the board with the option to return to an electronic meeting due to the rise in Covid cases.

Travis school board to consider new TK, special ed classroom materials – Daily Republic

Trustees of the Travis School District will hear a presentation Tuesday on recommended instructional materials for children in transitional kindergarten and special education classes.

The presentation will be made by Sue Brothers, assistant superintendent of Educational Services, who will present information about the new curricula, “World of Wonders.”

Children throughout the district’s lower grades already make use of “World of Wonders.”

Source: Travis school board to consider new TK, special ed classroom materials

Forbes remains Travis School Board president – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District board reorganized its leadership Tuesday with little fanfare.

Janet Jackson Forbes will continue as board president. The new vice president is Manveer Sandhu and the clerk will be Meghan Thompson.

Trustees established the regular meetings of the board for 2022-23.

The meetings in 2022 will occur Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. The meetings in the first half of 2023 will occur Jan. 17, Feb. 7, March 14, April 4, May 9, June 13 and June 20.

Source: Forbes remains Travis School Board president

Travis School Board approves $1.1M grant plan for coming school year – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Trustees of the Travis School District approved a grant plan Tuesday to train teachers and other staff to better serve students.

The district will receive approximately $1.139 million in Educator Effectiveness Block Grant Funds for professional development for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals who work with students and classified staff who interact with students.

The funds may be used through the 2025-26 academic year.

Source: Travis School Board approves $1.1M grant plan for coming school year

Travis board OKs 5 new classes for 2022-23 school year – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The coming school year will see new classes for Golden West Middle School, Travis Education Center and Vanden High School students.

Tiffany Benson, director of the curriculum instructor for the Travis School District, gave a presentation Tuesday on five new classes.

“I did a survey on whether a new guitar class would be welcomed,” she said. “The first survey was at 70% and the second one showed 90% support.”

Source: Travis board OKs 5 new classes for 2022-23 school year

Travis trustees to review plan for $1.1M state grant – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Trustees of the Travis School District are scheduled Tuesday to consider a plan of action to train teachers and other staff to better serve students.

Sue Brothers, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, will review the Educator Effectiveness Block Grant Plan with the board.

The district will receive approximately $1.139 million in Educator Effectiveness Block Grant Funds for professional development for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals who work with students and classified staff who interact with students.

Source: Travis trustees to review plan for $1.1M state grant

Schools help unload boxes for Wreaths Across America – The Vacaville Reporter

Soon, Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon will become a sea of wreaths as it will be one of more than 2,500 locations participating in Wreaths Across America, an annual holiday event in which boughs are laid on the gravestones of veterans.

Approximately 2,700 wreaths have been packaged and are ready to be bestowed upon the headstones. Local organization Remember a Vet has already gotten a head start on unloading the boxes, and schools were among the various volunteers Friday helping them do so. This included Dixon High School, Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy’s National Honor Society students and Vanden High School’s baseball team.

Source: Schools help unload boxes for Wreaths Across America – The Vacaville Reporter

Vanden captures state crown in comeback win over Aquinas – Daily Republic

By Nick DeCicco

Valhalla, they are coming.

The Vanden High Vikings drove their ships to new lands Saturday night with a come-from-behind, fourth-quarter rally to win the California Interscholastic Federation Division 3-AA State Championship Game, 14-13, over visiting Aquinas of San Bernardino at George A. Gammon Field.

To fight the visiting Falcons horde, Vanden called on the resilience that has been the wellspring of the Vikings’ success throughout the year for a team inspired to succeed after the deaths of teammate Daniel Hughes and coaches Dan Gardner and Michael Belk Sr.

Source: Vanden captures state crown in comeback win over Aquinas

Vanden High School football team grabs first section crown since 1995 – The Vacaville Reporter

By Matt O’Donnell

After waiting 26 years for a Sac-Joaquin Section crown, all the Vanden High School football team had to do was turn East.

The Vikings traveled East toward Stockton’s St. Mary’s High on Saturday afternoon to face Merced in the Division IV title game. Vanden also veered the championship contest in the direction of wide receiver/defensive back Jamai East.

East caught three touchdowns from quarterback Tre Dimes and had two back-breaking interceptions — including a 24-yard pick-six early in the fourth quarter. The rest of his teammates did the rest is a convincing 49-21 win.

Source: Vanden High School football team grabs first section crown since 1995 with triumph over Merced – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis school board OKs salary changes for current, coming school years – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District governing board this week approved an updated salary schedules for unrepresented employee groups that include the Association of Travis Management.

Vince Ruiz, assistant superintendent for Human Resources, presented the board Tuesday with updates for the coming school year.

The salary schedules for unrepresented have been updated to reflect the increase of 3% effective July 1, 2021, and a 2% increase effective July 1, 2022.

Source: Travis school board OKs salary changes for current, coming school years

TUSD trustees, teachers tentatively agree to multiyear salary pacts – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Travis Unified teachers likely will have a little more money in their pockets this year and next, district officials announced Wednesday.

During the district trustees’ regular meeting Tuesday night, the governing board and the Travis Unified Teachers Association tentatively approved salary increases for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years, Vince Ruiz, assistant superintendent for human resources, said in a press release.

The agreement reflects a number of items, including hours of employment, leaves, class size, stipends, salary, benefits, and calendars, he added in the prepared statement.

Source: TUSD trustees, teachers tentatively agree to multiyear salary pacts – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis board to review salary changes for school management personnel – Daily Republic

The Travis School District governing board will take a look Tuesday at salary updates.

The board will hear from Vince Ruiz, assistant superintendent for Human Resources, on updated salary schedules for unrepresented employee groups.

The salary schedule for unrepresented employee groups including the Association of Travis Management have been updated to reflect the increase of 3% effective July 1, 2021, and a 2% increase effective July 1, 2022.

Source: Travis board to review salary changes for school management personnel

Travis school board OKs goal change that aims to improve student learning – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School District trustees accepted the reworded Tuesday of the district’s No. 1 goal.

The previous language reads, “Focus on instructional excellence to increase achievement for every student using support systems to improve student learning and to close achievement gaps in order to prepare students for college and career.”

The reworked language is, “Focus on instructional and institutional excellence to promote equity for all, close the achievement gap, and improve student learning in preparation for opportunities beyond high school including college and career.”

Source: Travis school board OKs goal change that aims to improve student learning

Trustees at Travis schools adopt pandemic relief fund spending plan – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District’s governing board this week approved the broad outline for how to spend more than $1.3 million in pandemic relief funds.

Sue Brothers, assistant superintendent of Educational Services, gave a presentation Tuesday night on the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III funding plan, and sought the board’s approval.

School districts, county offices of education or charter schools, collectively known as Local Education Agencies, that receive these pandemic relief funds under the American Rescue Plan Act, are required to develop a plan for how they will use their funds.

Source: Trustees at Travis schools adopt pandemic relief fund spending plan

Travis trustees to examine school district’s top goal – Daily Republic

Travis School District trustees will consider a reworded No. 1 goal for the district when they meet Tuesday.

The current language reads, Focus on instructional excellence to increase achievement for every student using support systems to improve student learning and to close achievement gaps in order to prepare students for college and career.”

The reworked language is, “Focus on instructional and institutional excellence to promote equity for all, close the achievement gap, and improve student learning in preparation for opportunities beyond high school, including college and career.”

Source: Travis trustees to examine school district’s top goal

Father of Vanden High student shot, killed asks Fairfield to help honor his son – Daily Republic

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

Energy abounds as Foxboro returns for in-person learning – The Vacaville Reporter

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

Travis school year set to start with in-person learning – Daily Republic

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

Travis Unified School District to stop charging for student meals – The Vacaville Reporter

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

Travis AFB families pick up free supplies before returning to school – 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