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

Vanden’s Academic Decathlon squad advances to state competition – The Vacaville Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

For 20 consecutive years, Vanden High School’s Academic Decathlon teams have done amazing in competitions, and this year was no exception.

The team — which took home 30 medals, 14 of them gold — had the second-highest score at the Bay Region Academic Decathlon Saturday and will advance to the state competition in March.

David Kenyon, Vanden’s Academic Decathlon teacher and advisor, said he was extremely proud of his hardworking, dedicated team.

Nihal Grewal, 17 and a senior this year, has been with the Vanden team since he was a sophomore. It’s a tough, grueling activity, he said, as the team practices for at least an hour every school day and on weekends, and yet, so worth it.

Source: Vanden’s Academic Decathlon squad advances to state competition – The Vacaville Reporter

Vanden academic team claims 2nd in Bay Regional decathlon – Daily Republic

Vanden High School finished second in the 43rd Bay Regional Academic Decathlon, which ended its competition Saturday with the Super Quiz and awards ceremony.

Campolindo High School, from the Acalanes School District in Lafayette, took first place with 35,993 points. Vanden, part of the Travis School District in Fairfield, had 34,218 points and Basis Independent Silicon Valley Charter from Santa Clara finished third, scoring 32,439 points.

“The dedication of these decathletes is truly impressive. These students have spent countless nights and weekends preparing for this competition and improving their academic knowledge and skills.” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. “Every participant should feel very accomplished.”

Source: Vanden academic team claims 2nd in Bay Regional decathlon

Travis school board to hear accountability plan update – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School Board members will hear a legally required update Tuesday on how the school district is managing several million dollars in pandemic-related funding received from both the state and federal governments.

The report to the trustees is officially called the Supplement to the Annual Update for the 2021-22 Local Control Accountability Plan.

California 2021-22 budget, the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and other state and federal pandemic relief acts have provided schools and related entities – called local educational agencies – with what’s described in a staff report as a significant increase in funding to support students, teachers, staff and their communities in recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Travis school board to hear accountability plan update

A parade fit for champions: Vanden High football team – The Vacaville Reporter

Lined up in front of the confines of Vanden High School, patrons decked in black, green and gold lined up the sidewalk with posters, confetti poppers and smiles from ear to ear waiting for the Vanden High football team to embark on De Ronde Road.

“I could watch it over and over again, I love seeing them enjoy the moment and they worked so hard,” said Sandra Null, the mom of junior Orion Null. “They deserve this and so much more.”

Source: A parade fit for champions: Vanden High football team – The Vacaville Reporter

Supervisors honor champion Vanden High football team – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Solano County Supervisor Mitch Mashburn on Tuesday painted a gridiron picture of the Vanden High football team’s final drive to the 2021 Division 3-AA state championship.

Those final minutes, however, represented what was later described as the “resilience, perseverance, preparation and grit” of a team that overcame adversaries throughout the season – and even prior to the first practice.

The team lost two coaches and a teammate before the fall season even started.

Source: Supervisors honor champion Vanden High football team

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