Travis school board to hear update on LCAP, other finances – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis school board will hear a presentation on the Local Control Accountability Plan at Tuesday’s meeting.

The LCAP focuses on closing the achievement gap through effective actions and services that create a solid pathway to success for all students, according to district information.

Source: Travis school board to hear update on LCAP, other finances

Travis board moves ahead with plans to improve college-prep success among students – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School District trustees gave the go-ahead Tuesday to move forward with plans to secure grant money to provide college-prep coursework support to students who may otherwise not be able to further their educations.

The district through its A-G Completion Improvement Grant Plan seeks $123,131 for the A-G Access portion of the grant and $46,161 for the Learning Loss Mitigation portion of the grant.

The plan will be submitted for adoption at the board meeting in June.

Source: Travis board moves ahead with plans to improve college-prep success among students

Travis board eyes A-G grant planning to boost student success – Daily Republic

The A-G Completion Improvement Grant Plan will be presented for discussion at 5 p.m. Tuesday during the Travis School District board meeting.

Estimated funding from this grant is $123,131 for the A-G Access portion of the grant and $46,161 for the Learning Loss Mitigation portion of the grant.The plan will be submitted for adoption at the board meeting in June.

Source: Travis board eyes A-G grant planning to boost student success

Travis hears report on mental health of students in district – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

It is a tsunami of needs that has impacted our schools, according to Allyson Rude Azevedo, Director of Student Service, at the Travis school board meeting, Tuesday evening.

She along with Sylvia Crowder, School Social Worker, provided an overview of the mental health and climate of the school district.

The revelations rocked the attending parents, causing much outrage.

In February of this year an anonymous survey was handed out to students from elementary school through high school to judge how things were going emotionally for them.

Source: Travis hears report on mental health of students in district

Jerry Eaton, former Vanden teacher, VUSD trustee and CTA official, dies – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Jerry Eaton, a former Vanden High teacher, former Vacaville Unified trustee and a California Teachers Association official, died Wednesday in Burlingame.

Neither the family nor CTA leaders gave a cause of death. His birthdate could not be confirmed at press time, but Eaton, a lifelong Californian widely regarded as a fierce advocate for students and educators as a longtime union activist and leader, was in his late 60s or early 70s.

News of his death shocked some employees Thursday at Vanden High in Fairfield.

Source: Jerry Eaton, former Vanden teacher, VUSD trustee and CTA official, dies – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis schools expanding transitional kindergarten program – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Sue Brothers, assistant superintendent for Educational Services at Travis School District, said transitional kindergarten will include all 4-year-olds by the 2024-25 school year.

She discussed the district’s draft plan for transitional kindergarten at Tuesday night’s meeting.

“Over the next few years, more students will become eligible,” Brothers said.

The plan currently serves 4-year-olds who turn 5 by Dec. 2. Over the next four years, age eligibility increases to include two more months of birthdays each year until all 4-year-olds are eligible by 2024-25.

Source: Travis schools expanding transitional kindergarten program

Travis district in need of teachers, other staffers – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District does not have enough qualified teachers, and the board of trustees has declared a Declaration of Need.

The board declared at Tuesday night’s meeting that the schools have an insufficient number of certificated teachers who meet the district’s employment criteria for the positions.

The Declaration of Need allows the district to hire staff who are not yet fully credentialed.

Source: Travis district in need of teachers, other staffers

Always Something To Celebrate – Times-Herald

Parents and community members celebrated students’ achievements and viewed their projects online during the Virtual Science and Engineering Fair, March 17, followed by a virtual awards ceremony.

“The Science and Engineering 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 intelligent conclusions. Through this event, we hope to inspire more students to consider a career in science, engineering, or a related field,” said Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson.

Source: April 14 Vallejo/Vacaville Arts and Entertainment Source: Always Something To Celebrate – Times-Herald

Vanden High’s Tristin Castro ready to fight back cancer diagnosis – The Vacaville Reporter

By Corey Kirk

Sitting in NorthBay’s VacaValley Hospital Emergency Room with his parents, 16-year-old Tristin Castro waiting anxiously for doctors to enter.

On the cusp of joining his friends on the Vanden Vikings varsity baseball team, Tristin originally had his sights set on another high school baseball season. However, those plans were dashed after he heard the three-word phrase no one could prepare for.

Source: Vanden High’s Tristin Castro ready to fight back cancer diagnosis – The Vacaville Reporter

Vanden High, Green Valley Middle schools shine at Solano Science Fair – Daily Republic

Parents and community members celebrated students’ achievements and viewed their projects online Thursday during the Virtual Science and Engineering Fair, followed by a virtual awards ceremony.

“The Science and Engineering 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 intelligent conclusions,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a press release. “Through this event, we hope to inspire more students to consider a career in science, engineering or a related field.”

Source: Vanden High, Green Valley Middle schools shine at Solano Science Fair

Thompson, Garamendi announce nearly $4 million for Solano County schools – Times-Herald

Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi announced on Thursday that Solano County schools will receive $3,944,431 from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF).

This includes $2,013,524 to the Vallejo City Unified School District and $657,375 to the Benicia Unified School District.

The ECF program, which was created as part of the American Rescue Plan, helps schools and libraries ensure that students can connect to the internet at home, allowing them to take advantage of online learning and do their homework. Known as the “homework gap,” students who lack access to the internet at home often fall behind their peers as curriculums and educational opportunities rely more and more on the ability to conduct online research and connect to the web.

Source: Thompson, Garamendi announce nearly $4 million for Solano County schools – Times-Herald

Summer at City Hall application period opens Monday – The Vacaville Reporter

For those high school juniors and seniors who do not want to let their minds wander this summer, the city of Vacaville has the program for you.

In conjunction with the Vacaville and Travis unified school districts, the city will be hosting Summer at City Hall, a four-week program where incoming juniors and seniors learn daily lessons about their local government and participate in an internship at a city department. For their participation, students will receive five units of extracurricular credit and a $250 stipend.

Orientation will take place June 6, and classes will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays June 7 to 30, with a graduation ceremony on the final day. Internships will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on class days.

Source: Summer at City Hall application period opens Monday – The Vacaville Reporter

Effort to honor slain Vanden athlete to continue – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Despite an apparent rebuff from some Travis Unified leaders, a communitywide movement to memorialize a star Vanden High student-athlete who was shot last year and later died will continue, organizers of the effort said Friday.

Specifically, some of those who are leading the effort to memorialize Daniel Dejon Hughes, 17, said they are motivated more than ever to name the school’s sports stadium after the Viking football and basketball player.

In interviews and in emails, they note that the football field was named after George A. Gammon several decades ago but the stadium has never been formally named.

Source: Effort to honor slain Vanden athlete to continue – The Vacaville Reporter

Family, friends plead with Travis School Board to honor slain student – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Members of the community came out Tuesday to urge the Travis School Board to honor one of the town’s slain teens, Daniel Dejon Hughes.

Hughes was shot and killed in April 2021, when he was 17 years old. Both the Vanden High School football and basketball teams dedicated their seasons this academic year to his memory by wearing No. 9, which is the number of the football jersey Hughes wore for Vanden High. Students also honored him by creating custom clothes, car decals, tattoo memorials, custom jewelry, wristbands, lanyards and other items.

Banners were unfurled at the meeting and signs were held with Hughes’ football number as students, family and community members took three minutes each to explain how Hughes’ death affected the lives of those left behind.

Source: Family, friends plead with Travis School Board to honor slain student

Travis board approves agreement with employees – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School Board members approved an agreement Tuesday between the Travis School District and the California School Employees Association for 2021-22 and 2022-23 that will cost the district more than $400,000 a year.

The agreement includes updated salary schedules.

The tentative agreement looked at multiple sections of the collective bargaining agreement, including evaluations, state disability insurance, vacation, salary and benefits for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years, professional growth, and calendars.

Source: Travis board approves agreement with employees

Performing during a pandemic: Vanden High drama crew reflects – The Vacaville Reporter

By Corey Kirk

Following the curtain call Friday night, Vanden High School senior Makenze Munker walked off the stage with a satisfying sigh. After fulfilling her duties as one of the two student directors of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” she was engulfed by family and friends.

That’s something that she is still getting used to having back.

“It’s honestly surreal, having so many people support you, not only family,” Makenzie said. “It almost gets me emotional, my family is so supportive.”

Source: Performing during a pandemic: Vanden High drama crew reflects – The Vacaville Reporter

Travis School Board to vote on employee deal with $400,000-plus annual price tag – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School Board members will consider approval Tuesday of a tentative agreement between the Travis School District and the California School Employees Association for 2021-22 and 2022-23 that will cost the district more than $400,000 a year.

The agreement includes updated salary schedules.

The tentative agreement addresses multiple sections of the collective bargaining agreement, including evaluations, state disability insurance, vacation, salary and benefits for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years, professional growth, calendars and the addition of Juneteenth as a holiday.

Source: Travis School Board to vote on employee deal with $400,000-plus annual price tag

Vanden High Students Celebrate Black History Month – The Vacaville Reporter

Vanden High School senior, Erica Dennis (left,) is interviewed by Maya Taylor, President of the Vanden High School Black Student Union as she competes in a “Best Dashiki,” contest Tuesday during lunch. Maya said that the club has activities planned, including trivia and t-shirts contests, and music during lunch all week to promote awareness and celebrate Black History Month. Tuesday’s event included the dashiki contest and a performance by the Vanden High Drumline.

Source: Photos: Vanden High Students Celebrate Black History Month – The Vacaville Reporter

State recognizes Travis Education Center as model continuation high school – Daily Republic

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced the Travis Education Center is one of 36 schools in the state recognized as a Model Continuation High School for 2022.

“These model schools provide invaluable resources and academic opportunities to our high-needs students, who often are dealing with difficult life events,” Thurmond said in a press release. “Students reap the benefits of social and emotional learning, mentorship programs, student wellness and restorative justice practices, among other exemplary methods.”

Source: State recognizes Travis Education Center as model continuation high school

Travis board looks at plans for upcoming school year – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School Board heard an update Tuesday on what the school district is doing to meet the required Local Control Accountability Plan.

A report called the Supplement to the Annual Update for the 2021-22 Local Control Accountability Plan covered much of the school district’s efforts toward budgeting, college preparations for students and other needs.

A staff report to the trustees outlines the steps taken by the district since last spring when school survey results were received with 1,635 responses from families, 1,401 responses from students and 256 responses from staff.

Source: Travis board looks at plans for upcoming school year