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
Seven teachers and eight classified employees have been nominated as the top educators in Solano County for 2021-22.
The certificated educators nominated are:
Kelly Hughes, a fifth-grade teacher in the Benicia School District; Jenny Campbell, a response to intervention and English language development K-3 teacher at Dixon School District; Joseph Arbizu, a math, Algebra II, integrated math and geometry high school teacher in the Fairfield-Suisun School District; Ronald Major, a multiple-subjects (8-12), teacher for the Solano County Office of Education; Kylie Negin, an English and journalism high school teacher in the Travis School District; Laura Roberts, a U.S. history and ethnic studies (11-12) teacher at Vacaville School District; and Vivet Beckford-Nelson, a biology and engineering design and development high school teacher in the Vallejo City School District.
Source: SCOE to honor top 2021-22 educators, school staff
By Richard Bammer
The nominations are in, and the Solano County Office of Education will name the county’s two educators of the year during a virtual celebration on Tuesday.
Every year county school districts nominate one teacher and one classified, or school-support, employee to be recognized as the best of the best for the year.
During the online celebration, which begins at 3 p.m. on the SCOE Facebook page and at www.Solanocoe.net, each nominee for the 2021-2022 awards will be honored.
Source: SCOE names educator nominees of the year – The Reporter
Kristyn Andrews, assistant principal at Cambridge and Foxboro elementary schools, has been selected as Elementary Co-Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators.
Travis School District trustees will recognize the honor when they meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a virtual meeting accessible by going to https://zoom.us/j/97357080731?pwd=RTN2cllpMEZxem1TMzNsYURIWEVaZz09.
Source: Trustees to recognize assistant principal at 2 Travis schools
Travis Unified School District welcomed its first round of students back for in-person learning Friday, officials announced in a news release.
Following the Travis school board’s approval of a hybrid reopening model at its March 9 meeting, the first cohort of students returned to campus Friday.
Under this model, small groups of students will attend school on campus one day a week until spring break begins Friday. When students return on April 12, that number will be bumped up to two days a week while learning from home the other three days. For families who choose to remain in distance learning, that will still be an option as well.
Source: Travis Unified campuses reopen for in-person learning – The Reporter
Allison McCabe, a Benicia High School student, was the overall winner of the recent 2021 Virtual Science and Engineering Fair.
McCabe also took first in the Physical Science category in the Senior Division, in which high school students competed. There were also Elementary (third through fifth grades and Junior (sixth through eighth grades) divisions. McCabe is a sophomore.
“Our goal is to inspire more students to consider a career in science, engineering or a related field. The 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 conclusions. Events like the Science and Engineering Fair have the potential to spark a lifelong interest in a related field.” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement announcing the winners.
Source: Benicia High student tops all others at science, engineering fair
Children and teens in the Travis School District will soon return to limited in-person instruction at the district’s campuses, ramping up their amount of time on campus as time passes.
School district trustees adopted a plan Tuesday to return all students choosing hybrid instruction to in-person learning in a 25% hybrid learning model March 26, for four days each week, and to move to 50% in-class instruction April 12.
All students will take part in distance learning each Wednesday.
Source: Travis school board gives go-ahead for students to return to campuses