Vacaville schools superintendent announces retirement plans – The Vacaville Reporter

Vacaville Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Jane Shamieh will retire at the end of the 2022-23 school year, she announced in a press statement released Thursday afternoon.

Her last day will be June 20, 2023.

“Vacaville Unified is an exceptional district because of the amazing staff, students, families and community that work together. I am so proud of our collective accomplishments over the past several years,” she said in the statement. “Together, we’ve established a renewed focus on student achievement, facility modernizations, choices and options for students and fiscal discipline. Collaboratively, we’ve established a culture of kindness and respect for everyone who walks through our campus doors.

Source: Vacaville schools superintendent announces retirement plans – The Vacaville Reporter

Vacaville School District offers free summer meals – Daily Republic

The Vacaville School District is offering free meals for children and teens this summer.

Meal boxes are available for anyone 18 years old and younger during June. Each box includes fresh items to make meals at home.

The meal boxes are available from 6 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Padan Elementary School, 200 Padan School Road, Thursday and June 16 at Fairmont Elementary, 1355 Marshall Road, and Friday and June 17 at Markham Elementary, 101 Markham Ave.

Source: Vacaville School District offers free summer meals

Will C. Wood High School graduates ready ‘to keep moving on’ – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

A hush came over the overflowing crowd of 4,000 at Wildcat Stadium as Will C. Wood High School senior Breanna Dagen sang an emotional “I’ll Always Remember You” by Alexander Jessi Leigh and Scherr Mitchell Allen.

One of the lyrics said, “Yesterday’s gone, and we have to keep moving on.”

The 380 graduates of Will C. Wood and their family and friends were more than happy to “keeping moving on.” Senior Class President Allie Yaws said, “We have been through so much, from the riots, to the pandemic, through tragedy and losses, and so much more.”

Source: Will C. Wood High School graduates ready ‘to keep moving on’

Vacaville grads take first steps into next chapter of life – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Co-valedictorian Jadyn White compared the past couple of years of high school on Saturday to a famous movie quote, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” she said, “but it is a mixed box.”

The years have been full of bitter chocolates that people would put down if they could, such as wildfires, a global pandemic and not being able to use their own stadium for football games, instead using another school’s stadium.

But the graduates of Vacaville High School had good chocolates, too.

Source: Vacaville grads take first steps into next chapter of life

Muzetta Thrower adult school kicks off Vacaville graduation season – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Graduation season officially kicked off in Vacaville Unified School District Wednesday. While many students taking the first step toward a new chapter this season are teens who worked hard over the course of four years to receive their diplomas, Wednesday’s ceremony was dedicated to another age group that worked just as hard and often for longer: adults.

The Muzetta Thrower Adult Education Ceremony hosted a graduation ceremony at Will C. Wood High School’s Wildcat Stadium to honor the 27 students who persevered, often through hardships, and received diplomas, GEDs and other important documents. In addition to the Class of 2022, some students who graduated in midyear 2021 were also honored.

Source: Muzetta Thrower adult school kicks off Vacaville graduation season – The Vacaville Reporter

Seven Will C. Wood students get early taste of college, AA degrees – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

On Friday, hundreds of Will C. Wood High School students will graduate and many will be attending college in the fall.

Approximately 30 of these students already got a head start through the Vacaville Early College High School program, where Wood students can take classes at Solano Community College as early as freshman year and receive college credits.

What’s more: Seven of these students now have Associate of Art degrees.

Source: Seven Will C. Wood students get early taste of college, AA degrees – The Vacaville Reporter

Vacaville brothers win first place in national dance competition – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Dance lessons at Chapkis Dance in Fairfield have paid off big for Jai and Randy Alojado.

The Vacaville brothers were part of separate teams that won first place in their divisions at the Hip Hop International Dance Competition, held May 15 in Burbank.

This translated to gold medals for the brothers, and they will represent the United States when they compete in the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in Phoenix this August.

Source: Vacaville brothers win first place in national dance competition – The Vacaville Reporter

Vacaville High Medical Science Students Thanked – The Vacaville Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

Julia Young, 19 of Vacaville (right) speaks with Vacaville Unified School District Superintendent, Jane Shamieh (middle) and Gerthy Gammon as they tour the medical science classroom at Vacaville High School Tuesday following a special ceremony organized by the school district and Solano County Public Health to thank current and past students of the medical science program taught by Teri Shook for their assistance with vaccination clinics that have been held on campus the past two years. Julia was a student in the program and graduated last year. She is currently a nursing student at Arizona State University.

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Celebrate grads in Vacaville, Fairfield, Dixon – The Vacaville Reporter

Graduation season is here, which means it’s time to mark your calendars and gather some goodies in readiness for that special milestone day for your graduate-to-be.

Following is a list of high school graduations in Vacaville, Fairfield and Dixon.

Source: Celebrate grads in Vacaville, Fairfield, Dixon – The Vacaville Reporter

Bermudez returns as principal of Markham Elementary – Daily Republic

The Vacaville School District’s Board of Education this week named Jose Bermudez as Edwin Markham Elementary School’s new principal.

“It is so very exciting” to rejoin the Vacaville district “after a year of working in the furtherance of education with the state of California,” Bermudez, who started his career in Solano County as a kindergarten teacher, said in a press release.

Source: Bermudez returns as principal of Markham Elementary

New Markham Elementary principal named – The Vacaville Reporter

The Vacaville Unified School District Board of Education has named Jose Bermudez the principal of Edwin Markham Elementary School — once again.

Bermudez started his career in Solano County as a Kindergarten teacher. He later spent three years as principal at Markham before going to work for the state.

“It is so very exciting to rejoin the Vacaville Unified School District after a year of working in the furtherance of education with the State of California,” he said in a press statement. “I am honored to have the opportunity to come back home and lead a school with such a rich tradition of education. I can’t wait to reconnect with familiar faces and meet all of the new people who are part of the Markham community.”

Source: New Markham Elementary principal named – The Vacaville Reporter

Runners return to “Loop the Lagoon” – The Vacaville Reporter

By Corey Kirk

Early on a comfortable Saturday morning at Lagoon Valley Park, Dijon Walker of Vacaville stood at the starting line of a familiar race. Having run in the Vacaville Public Education Foundation and Fleet Feet’s Loop the Lagoon Fun Run race years ago, he knew was about to come his way on the trail.

Except this time, pushing a two-person jogging stroller, Walker was excited to bring his 5-year-old daughter Selina and 2-year-old son Donovan along for the ride.

“It was just to have fun,” he said about running with his kids, “Just take them out, a nice way to get out in the morning. Make sure I’m loaded up on snacks for them because they need their snacks. Come out and have fun and support a good a cause.”

Source: Runners return to “Loop the Lagoon” – The Vacaville Reporter

Kairos Public Schools earns state award for pandemic response – Daily Republic

Kairos Public Schools has received the state 2022 Pivotal Practice Award for its pandemic response – the only Solano County school to receive the recognition.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the award Tuesday.

“We are proud of the courageous efforts of our staff and students as they responded with student-centered decision-making in the most challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic. The team’s perseverance and dedication to create learning systems for our scholars in a time when no school was prepared speaks to our spirit of innovation,” Jared Austin, the executive director of Kairos, said in a statement.

Source: Kairos Public Schools earns state award for pandemic response

Headed to the state b-e-e – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Luke Reed tripped on the 11th word, “carcinogen,” which Avery Chizauskie aced, and then word pronouncer David McCallum said in a booming voice, “Let’s hear it for our top two spellers!”

Some 60 people in the audience applauded and Chizauskie, 12 and a sixth-grader at Browns Valley Elementary in Vacaville appearing to be in momentary shock, then flashed a smile as she was declared the first-place winner of the 46th Annual Solano County Spelling Bee Tuesday night in Vacaville.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said during a brief interview afterward, holding her hefty 2-foot-high trophy inside the Journey Downtown auditorium on Main Street, where the bee was held, as her parents, Tim and Samantha Chizauskie, looked on.

Source: Headed to the state b-e-e – The Vacaville Reporter

County’s top spellers compete for a berth in state tournament – The Vacaville Reporter

Avery Chizauskie, 12, a sixth-grader at Browns Valley Elementary School reacts as she is declared the winner after correctly spelling the word “carcinogen” in the finals of the 2022 Solano County Spelling Bee Tuesday at Journey Downtown in Vacaville. Avery was one of 12 finalists who competed to be the county’s top spelling and a berth in the statewide tournament on May 14 in Stockton. For a story on the winners and more photos from the spelling bee.

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Final round of Solano County Spelling Bee is Tuesday – Daily Republic

Twelve fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from across Solano County will compete Tuesday in the final round of the Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee.

The event will start at 6 p.m. at Journey Downtown Coffee, 308 Main St. in Vacaville. The top two spellers will advance to the state competition May 14 in Stockton.

The initial round of the county competition was held March 27 with the top 12 moving on to the final round. There were 79 participants in the preliminary competition.

Source: Final round of Solano County Spelling Bee is Tuesday

Buckingham vendor fair helps support teachers and students – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

McKayla Klein brought her handmade jewelry collection to the vendor fair to help support her school, Buckingham Charter on Saturday.

The seventh-grader began making jewelry for Girl Scouts and found it so relaxing she just couldn’t stop creating.

Last year she began selling her creations at craft fairs with the help of her parents.

Source: Buckingham vendor fair helps support teachers and students

Vacaville Students Compete To Be Top Speller – The Vacaville Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

Avery Chizauskie of Browns Valley Elementary School pauses as she works out how to spell the word, “faint,” during the second round in the Elementary School division in the 2022 Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee Wednesday in the Catwalk Theater at Will C. Wood High School. Avery was one of nearly 55 students from around Vacaville vying to be crowned the city’s top speller. For a full story and more images from the competition, see Friday’s Reporter or online later today at thereporter.com.

Source: Photo: Vacaville Students Compete To Be Top Speller – The Vacaville Reporter

Longtime Vacaville teacher, musician remembered – The Vacaville Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Mark Richardson touched lives.

As a Vacaville educator, musician, family man and friend, his impact was huge, loved ones said, and his reach, long.

The beloved Browns Valley Elementary teacher, who retired in 2017 after more than 30 years of service and who headed the local band Strut-A-Various, died suddenly in December. He was 69.

By all accounts, Richardson was a kindhearted, generous man who was sincerely interested in everyone he met — which means no one remained a stranger for long.

Source: Longtime Vacaville teacher, musician remembered – The Vacaville Reporter

Will C. Wood High Wildcat Night is March 26 at Ulatis Community Center – Daily Republic

By Barbara Navolanic

Wildcat Night is March 26 at the Ulatis Community Center in Vacaville after a two-year hiatus due to covid restrictions.

The goal of Wildcat Night is to generate financial resources to support all team sports at Will C. Wood High School, and to foster school spirit and pride. Will C. Wood athletics programs improve the overall high school experience for all students by promoting positive sportsmanship, and inclusive programs for student athletes, family, and community.

Source: Will C. Wood High Wildcat Night is March 26 at Ulatis Community Center