Trustees to recognize assistant principal at 2 Travis schools – Daily Republic

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 campuses reopen for in-person learning – The Reporter

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

Benicia High student tops all others at science, engineering fair – Daily Republic

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

Travis school board gives go-ahead for students to return to campuses – Daily Republic

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

Vacaville, Vanden, Wood football ready to kick off – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

When the California Department of Public Health declared on February 19 that high school football could resume in counties with 14 or fewer COVID cases per 100,000 people, one could almost hear a collective whoop getting ready to emanate from the mouths of local high school football players.

When the Solano County COVID-19 rate, which had been at 18.4 cases per 100,000 that day, dipped to 12.4 by the following Tuesday, the football players in the Monticello Empire League let that whoop out full throttle in celebration and put on their cleats to get ready for official practice and for their first games on Friday, March 19.

Source: Vacaville, Vanden, Wood football ready to kick off – The Reporter

Vanden High team advances to state Academic Decathlon – The Reporter

Education, the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet William Butler Yeats once said, “is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

And the Vanden High School Academic Decathlon team is on fire.

Placing second at the 2021 Bay Regional, hosted by Solano County Office of Education, the Vikings are one of 11 teams from 11 California counties that qualified to move on the state Academic Decathlon, a 10-event scholastic competition for high school scholars.

The decathlon includes comprehensive written exams in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, social science and science. Team members also deliver prepared and impromptu speeches, write an essay and communicate through a conversational interview.

Source: Vanden High team advances to state Academic Decathlon – The Reporter

Vanden 2nd at regional Academic Decathlon; will represent Solano at state event – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

The Vanden High School Academic Decathlon team took second to Campolindo High School of Contra Costa County in the 2021 Bay Regional Academic Decathlon.

Davis Senior High School was third.

The Vanden High team members are seniors Diana Egan, Faith Miller, Lucas Morales, Annika Serrano, Alex Melendres and Jelly Caraballo; juniors Nina Schmidt and Nihal Grewal; and sophomore Sydney Haas.

The Solano County Office of Education hosted the decathlon, which attracted 240 students from 15 high schools in Solano, Alameda, Contra Costa, Imperial, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

Source: Vanden 2nd at regional Academic Decathlon; will represent Solano at state event

Travis schools trustees to review reopening plans, budget report – Daily Republic

An update on distance learning, current health conditions and reopening progress will be given Tuesday at the Travis School District board meeting.

The Travis Unified Teachers Association will make its initial contract proposal for 2021-22, and the board will hear, then consider, the teachers’ successor contract for 2021-2022.

The 2020-2021 Second Interim Budget Report and a presentation by Travis Elementary School on physical education during distance learning and Black History Month projects also are on the agenda.

Source: Travis schools trustees to review reopening plans, budget report

17 Solano students awarded college scholarships – The Reporter

Seventeen Solano students were recognized Saturday during a virtual Chinese New Year celebration hosted by the Chinese American Association of Solano County and awarded scholarships to aid them in their academic journeys.

“The strength of our communities and the future is directly dependent upon theeducation of our youth,”said C.C. Yin, founder and chairman of CAASC, in a press statement.

During the last 24 years, due to generous corporate sponsorships and community support, 306 students have been granted CAASC scholarships totaling in excess of $220,500, organizers said.

Source: 17 Solano students awarded college scholarships – The Reporter

Solano students receive Travis Credit scholarships – Daily Republic

Mariah Levy, a senior at Vanden High School, and Shelbri Gates, a senior at Mare Island Technology Academy, have received the first-ever Travis Credit Union Foundation scholarship.

The $500 awards were “developed to motivate and support college-aged youth from underserved communities to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities,” according to a statement released by the credit union.

The scholarships were announced during the annual Life after High School event, hosted in partnership with the Solano County Office of Education.

Source: Solano students receive Travis Credit scholarships

A parade for Papa Joe – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

In a normal year, Joe Moreno would be celebrating his 94th birthday at Pietro’s No. 1.

However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, his family brought him the next best thing: a surprise car parade in front of his house featuring several local dignitaries.

Joe’s grandson, Matt, said his grandfather had been wowed by a car parade in May hosted for Matt’s sister Carlie.“He thought it was just the coolest thing he’s ever been a part of,” Matt said.

“He was born and raised here, so he’s been here 94 years and he’s very familiar with the Fiesta Days parade. He thought it was the coolest thing that somebody would have a parade on their birthday.”

Source: A parade for Papa Joe – The Reporter

TUSD leaders hear reports on school reopenings, budget, enrollment – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

At a regular governing board meeting Tuesday, Travis Unified leaders heard an update about learning and reopening district schools amid the pandemic, an overview of the budget and enrollment projections and an update about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed $227 billion 2021-22 budget, which includes $90 billion for K-14 education.

Since the updates and reports were informational items, no action was taken during the 6 p.m. meeting, which was held online.

Sue Brothers, assistant superintendent for educational services, updated the five-member board on learning and reopening, ending her slide presentation with “next steps,” which included a “family choice” between hybrid, meaning some in-person instruction coupled with distance learning, or continuing with distance learning. She indicated that the information would be sent to families to “consider what is best for their children.” Families will respond online, a date to be determined.

Source: TUSD leaders hear reports on school reopenings, budget and enrollment projections – The Reporter

Welcome back! Vanden tennis beats Vacaville in first live action since March – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

The outcome of the match was less important than the fact that it happened.

When Vacaville and Vanden High schools met for a girls tennis contest Tuesday afternoon at Vanden, it was the first competition for any sport in the Monticello Empire League in almost a year.

Vanden prevailed in the contest, 5-4. However, players, athletic directors, coaches and parents were just happy to be out competing and watching.

No spectators were allowed due to the coronavirus, so parents viewed the contest from their cars in the parking lot.

Source: Welcome back! Vanden tennis beats Vacaville in first live action since March – The Reporter

Travis school trustees to discuss plans to reopen schools – Daily Republic

Travis School District trustees will be updated on distance learning, current health conditions and the district’s progress to reopen classrooms when they meet Tuesday.

The virtual meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. after a closed session during which the board will be updated on an employee discipline matter and labor negotiations.

The closed session is set for 5 p.m.

Source: Travis school trustees to discuss plans to reopen schools

Vacaville children’s author loves a good spooky story – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

“Life is weird. When my mom died six months ago, I didn’t even know what my grandparents looked like. Now, I’m getting ready to bake cookies in their hundred-something-year-old mansion with their photos looking down on me in almost every room.”

Thus begins “The Ghosters,” the first book in a series by Vacaville author Diana Corbitt, who has just finished the fourth volume. The house, it turns out, is haunted, because Corbitt has always loved a good scary tale.

The narrator in the first book is Theresa, a seventh-grader who, along with her autistic brother Joey, Joey’s friend Elbie and Theresa’s friend Kerry, grow a little bit older in each book.

Source: Vacaville children’s author loves a good spooky story – The Reporter

Increasing literacy, online learning? There’s an app for that – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

While COVID-19 has upended the world for nearly a year, it has forced us to put on our collective thinking caps to deal with it, especially when it comes to educating children and adults.

But as our public institutions shut down or scale back operations during the pandemic, with no sign of letting up amid another surge, two area school districts and the Solano County Library have locked virtual arms and reached out to increase reading and literacy and to promote digital learning.

Using wireless technology in an effort to support new generations of lifelong learners and readers, the library system and Fairfield-Suisun and Travis unified school districts have formed what educators and library leaders say is an innovative new partnership to increase access to more ebooks and e-audiobooks for students.

Source: Increasing literacy, online learning? There’s an app for that – The Reporter

2 new trustees to join Travis school board – Daily Republic

One veteran representative and two newcomers to the Travis School District board of trustees will take their oaths of office Tuesday.

Ivery Hood, the current board president, as well as Manveer Sandhu and Meghan Thompson were elected to the posts Nov. 3. Hood and Sandhu will serve four-year terms; Thompson’s term is for two years.

Source: 2 new trustees to join Travis school board

Californians frustrated by lack of high school sports – The Reporter

By Dan Albano

Last week two national authorities on high school sports sympathized with those frustrated by the state of school-based and youth sports in California, which have been limited since early August to conditioning and skill development.

Karissa Niehoff, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and Jon Solomon, editorial director of the nonprofit Aspen Institute’s sports and society program, expressed concern for high school sports in California.

Source: Californians frustrated by lack of high school sports – The Reporter

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