Vanden High School salutes the Class of 2020 with unique ceremony – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

In addition to the familiar notes of “Pomp and Circumstance,” the sounds of engine noise filled the air Friday at Vanden High on the second day of its mobile graduation ceremony celebrating the 380 members of the Class of 2020.

The plans for the unique celebration began several weeks ago. The staff was starting to plan a day for seniors to pick up diplomas when they received ideas from parents and devised a mobile graduation ceremony, according to principal, Kristin Shields.

“It came together over a couple of weeks as we started adding piece by piece (flags, banners, and flowers) to make it as detailed as we could to give each student their time in the spotlight,” Sheilds said Friday as she observed the festivities in the student parking lot on campus.

Source: Coronavirus: Vanden High School salutes the Class of 2020 with unique ceremony – The Reporter

Travis School Board member resigns after Army deployment – Daily Republic

Travis School District board member Adrian Saiz has resigned after being deployed by the U.S. Army, Board Superintendent Pam Conklin announced during Tuesday’s meeting.

Saiz was first appointed to the seat in November 2018. Running unopposed, Saiz was “appointed” to the board seat and resided on Travis Air Force Base.

Source: Travis School Board member resigns after Army deployment

Travis School District cafeteria fund nears zero amid school shutdowns – Daily Republic

By Peter Fornier

There’s one thing Travis School District officials may miss most at the end of year: their lunch money.

The district’s cafeteria fund was among several discussed during Tuesday night’s virtual school board meeting, which saw a review of the district’s third interim budget report. The report includes projections, as of April 30, for the current school year.

Source: Travis School District cafeteria fund nears zero amid school shutdowns

Travis schools trustees to review budget projections – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

Travis School District trustees on Tuesday will review the state of the district’s various budget categories, some of which show tens of thousands of dollars in red ink and others that improved dramatically over the course of the academic year.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. All board members will attend via teleconference.

Trustees are expected to review the district’s third interim budget report, which shows end-of-the projections of various funds as of April 30. Those projections show increased reductions in various fund balances for the current year and for the next two years, the staff report states.

Source: Travis schools trustees to review budget projections

Dixon schools paraprofessional earns Solano’s top classified employee honor – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Susana Perez had just been announced as the Classified School Employee of the Year for the Dixon School District when it also was announced that she was the 2020-21 Solano County Classified School Employee of the Year as well.

Perez has been a paraprofessional and bilingual parent liaison for Maine Prairie High School for 18 years.

Source: Dixon schools paraprofessional earns Solano’s top classified employee honor

Area education leaders await final decisions on school-reopening dates – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Most Vacaville area school district leaders say that — for the time being, at least — they are scheduled to reopen classrooms in mid-August, despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Tuesday pronouncement about public schools restarting possibly in late July.

“We are paying close attention to Governor Newsom’s comments throughout this pandemic, and making sure we are working with our local partners to ensure we are prepared for any executive order or directive we need to follow,” Vacaville Unified Superintendent Jane Shamieh wrote Thursday in an email to The Reporter.

Shamieh, whose district includes more than 13,000 students enrolled at more than 15 campuses, made no additional comment about Newsom’s proposal, which is not set in stone and caught state schools chief Tony Thurmond by surprise.

Source: Coronavirus: Area education leaders await final decisions on school-reopening dates – The Reporter

Vanden fundraiser turns into thank you to front-line workers – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

The Vanden High School baseball team was two days away from its 19th Annual Hot Stove Dinner fundraiser for the junior varsity and varsity baseball teams. Ed Serpas and Fred Bass were to be inducted into the inaugural Vanden High Baseball Hall of Fame. The team was expecting to serve as many as 500 guests who would pay $40 a ticket at the Sunrise Event Center in Vacaville on March 14.

That day word came down from state government authorities that no gathering should be held of more than 250 people. Around 350 people had already purchased tickets. But the banquet had to be canceled.

Vanden head varsity baseball coach Ryan Adams, who put the event together, consulted with Vanden Athletic Director Matt Bidou. New plans — ticket holders could drive by the school to pick up their dinners or forego their meal and donate it to first responders at the fire stations of Vacaville and Fairfield and to front-line workers at NorthBay Medical Center and Kaiser Vacaville.

Source: Coronavirus: Vanden fundraiser turns into thank you to front-line workers – The Reporter

Vanden’s Armstrong, Mack moving on to play basketball at next level – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

Joia Armstrong and Rayonni Mack are living examples that good things – in this case basketball players – come in all sizes.

Armstrong is a bruising 6-foot-1 post, who had seven double-doubles last season, while Mack is a pesky and proficient 5-3 guard who was named Monticello Empire League after leading the circuit and finishing fourth in the Sac-Joaquin Section at 5.8 steals per game.

Their high school basketball careers ended the same night with Vanden’s a 58-50 loss to Saint Mary’s of Albany in the Northern California Regional quarterfinals, March 5.

Source: Vanden’s Armstrong, Mack moving on to play basketball at next level

Vanden High grad Renae Jackson looks to 2021 Olympics – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

Vacaville native and 2010 Vanden High grad Renae Jackson has come a long way in the water since working at a city of Vacaville pool as a lifeguard at age 17.

Jackson, now 27, was selected last year to represent Team USA in surf kayaking at the World Championships and the Pan American Championships. Both were qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Team USA had to finish in the top six at the World Championships in Hungary last August or No. 1 in the Pan American Championships (which include all Olympic events) this spring in Brazil.

Source: Vanden High grad Renae Jackson looks to 2021 Olympics – The Reporter

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