Vacaville School District offers free summer meals – Daily Republic

The Vacaville School District is offering free meals through its Summer Feeding Plan to anyone 18 and under.

No IDs are required. Meals will be distributed on-site daily (masks are required) or with a weekly box service at selected locations.

Those students who visit the daily site will receive a hot lunch and a breakfast for the next morning.

Each weekly box contains various options for students to try, containing fruits, vegetables and more. An adult might need to help prepare some items in the box.

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Wood alum gets bird’s-eye view of St. Louis Cardinals – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Katie Woo might have trouble connecting on a major league curveball like most of us, but she has no problem connecting with baseball fans thanks to her quick Twitter thumbs and ability to pound out game stories and features in no time at all.

The 2014 Will C. Wood High School graduate joined the staff of The Athletic, the national sports writing website, just in time to become the new 2021 beat reporter for the St. Louis Cardinals. Her dream was to have a life following Major League Baseball and she was able to achieve it faster than most ballplayers toiling in the minor leagues.

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Buckingham grads march to their futures – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Newly-minted Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy graduate Jackson Andrews expressed candidly Friday how many of his classmates felt after enduring the 2020-21 academic year, more than nine months amid a pandemic, at the Vacaville high school.

“It was a pain in the butt, but I made it through,” said Andrews, 17, one of 97 seniors who picked up their diplomas Friday morning during commencement at Tom Zunino Stadium on the Vacaville High School campus on West Monte Vista Avenue.

After all, as Vacaville Unified Superintendent Jane Shamieh noted in her remarks spoken on a temporary stage on the field, the school’s class of 2021 “missed sports, prom, choir concerts, robotics and so much more …” due to public health restrictions.

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“Prologue” sends graduates on their way – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Vibrant.

That was the feel of Saturday’s graduation of Vacaville High School’s Class of 2021.

With high energy and an abundance of grins, more than 400 young men and women clad in black and orange marched across Tom Zunino field with heads held high to the tune of “Fanfare & Processional,” performed by the Vacaville High Symphonic Orchestra.

Taking their seats, they eagerly acknowledged friends while searching the bleachers for family and other loved ones. They weren’t hard to find, judging by all the screaming, cheering, spinning of noisemakers and more coming from both sides of the field.

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Vacaville High seniors turn page on new life chapter – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The day could not have been better Saturday for a graduation ceremony.

Vacaville High School seniors said farewell to high school and welcomed in a new chapter of their lives, with a soft breeze and warm sunlight. It was a fitting beginning after such a long year.

Aiden Hawk along with his friend, Dakota Marin, are looking forward to attending Solano Community College this fall.

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Buckingham honors graduates, notes their ‘zest for life’ – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

It was the 26th senior class but the first under the rebranded name, Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy, honored Thursday under sunny morning skies at Tom Zunino Stadium.

The charter school also dedicated a new campus this year, now located at 100 McClellan St. Many of the 97 graduates faced hybrid learning like many others in the Vacaville School District, but these Knights were able to enjoy the new grounds in the early spring.

“They were very limited in their extracurricular activities, but we were so glad to be able to have a graduation ceremony and to open our new campus,” new Principal Samantha Working said of the job for the past three months. “We had hybrid learning but most came back by March.”

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Bright future lies ahead, Will C. Wood speakers tell fellow graduates – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Enjoy the day and look to the future was the message from three student speakers at the Will C. Wood graduation Friday.

Senior class president Kyle Hurlbut noted the past four years have been filled with classmates, teammates and more importantly, friends.

“I am confident we are ready for what the future holds,” he told the crowd at Wildcats Stadium.

He encouraged his fellow graduates to look at the person next to them and offer congratulations.

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Kimme Academy graduates unique blend of students – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

In their iconic song, “Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin sang, “There are two paths you can go by.”

At Vacaville Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, there are also two paths students can go by: the Kimme Charter Academy for Independent Learning (KCAIL) and the Work Readiness and Alternatives Pathway (Kimme WRAP). Kimme was chartered in 2016, but this was the first year the school offered the dual pathway.

Unlike in the Led Zeppelin song, either of these two paths lead to success — in this case a high school diploma.

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Vacaville youth honored by Boys & Girls Club – The Reporter

By Anna Eaton

Amid a backdrop encouraging youth to “Make the Promise to Graduate” at the Trower Center, youth at the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club were honored Wednesday at the club’s annual Academic Celebration.

Members from the Padan Club, Markham Club, Trower Club and the Teen Center came together under the pavilion for a socially-distanced recognition. Club staff recognized youth who excelled in Health & Fitness, Character & Leadership and Academic Success. A majority of the kids received an award for making the 3.0 (gpa) Club and proud parents were on hand to snap photos.

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Colorful end to middle school – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

Vaca Pena Middle School Physical Education teacher, Sarah Torricelli (right) douses a group of eighth-grade students with colored corn starch as they participate in a color run Wednesday to celebrate the end of their middle school careers. About 200 students from the school were treated to a party featuring games, food, and music staffed by their teachers and members of the Will C. Wood Link Crew and student government.

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Muzetta Thrower Adult Education Center students feted for their perseverance – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Significant milestones came to 25 students at Muzetta Thrower Adult Education Center Tuesday, as they capped off their years of learning with diplomas, GEDs and other important documents in a ceremony held at Vacaville High School’s Tom Zunino Stadium.

It was a joyous occasion for the school, which provides classes to students 18 and older in a variety of programs. Students can enroll in a diploma program consisting of required high school courses, a GED program to prepare students for taking the General Education Development tests, a workforce preparation class, a program for adults with disabilities, an English as a Second Language program for students who want to learn English or prepare for a citizenship test, and a community education program offering such classes as conversational Spanish, ethnic studies and basic computers in the workplace.

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Will C. Wood honors athletes headed to college – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

Thirteen student-athletes from Will C. Wood High will be moving on to play their respective sports in college. In a couple of cases, they will be sticking together by attending the same school.

The athletes were honored in a ceremony in the Will C. Wood gym on Tuesday afternoon, with family and friends in attendance.

Athletic director and head baseball coach Nick Voight gave the opening address, noting that only seven percent of high school athletes go on to play in college, and only two percent latch on with a Division I school. He said that going to a Division I college is not the be-all and end-all, stating, “There are great experiences out there no matter what path they take that are going to help them grow.”

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A year later, Will C. Wood holds in-person graduation – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

As Will C. Wood Principal Adam Rich put it in his commencement address before the 2020 graduates’ family and friends at Wildcat Stadium Saturday night, “Better late than never.”

About 150 of a graduating class of 320 marched onto the football field to Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” at the in-person graduation ceremony that never happened last year due to COVID-19. Each student was permitted to invite up to eight family or friends.

Those graduates who did not attend may have been unable due to joining the military or attending colleges out of state or having careers distant from Vacaville. But those who did attend were treated to the full program that they missed last year, when they had to settle for a virtual program.

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Will C. Wood hires new head football coach – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

If it feels like high school football season just ended, that’s because it did. Courtesy of COVID, local fans were treated to a five-game spring football season.

At Will C. Wood High, practice for the fall season begins on June 7. And it will have a new look, mainly because the Wildcats (2-3 record in the spring) have a new head coach, Jacob Wright.

Kirk Anderson, the head coach for the last two seasons, is moving to El Dorado County to coach at Union Mine High School. Wright, who served as Anderson’s offensive and defensive line coach, now steps up to the helm. He comes with a solid playing and coaching resume.

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Buckingham 2020 class finally gets in-person graduation – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

As of Friday, graduation season is now in full swing in Vacaville.

However, the season did not start with the Class of 2021 — which will have in-person ceremonies throughout next week — but rather the Class of 2020, which had to forego traditional ceremonies in favor of them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, they will have their due, starting with Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy, whose 2020 seniors graduated at Vacaville High School’s Tom Zunino Stadium Friday evening.

The last year has been a tumultuous one for Buckingham, which saw a name change — from Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, the continuation of distance learning and a relocation to a bigger space in the former Country High School campus on McClellan Street. However, the familiar sight of maroon caps and gowns filled the stadium as Buckingham began its return to normalcy.

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SELPA advisory committee recognizes 28 for work with children who have special needs – Daily Republic

Nearly 30 school district staff, community members and one student have been selected for the annual Solano County Community Advisory Committee Recognition Award.

This year’s selections were specifically chosen “for demonstration of outstanding accomplishments and services for individuals with special needs during the 2020-2021 (Covid-19) pandemic.”

Among the qualities attributed to the nominees are “knowledgeable, approachable, welcoming, energetic, enthusiastic and 100% student-focused.”

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VUSD schedules in-person graduation ceremonies – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

In-person graduation ceremonies might have been canceled last year as the world was still in the early throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, but with vaccinations on the rise and cases on the decline, Vacaville Unified School District will make up for it this year with a week of in-person, socially distanced ceremonies.

Yes, that includes the Class of 2020, who had to settle for virtual ceremonies last year. This coming weekend will see last year’s seniors getting honored with ceremonies separate from the Class of 2021. Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy’s 2020 class will have their ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday at Vacaville High School’s Tom Zunino Stadium, followed by Vaca High at 9 a.m. Saturday at its own stadium, and Will C. Wood High School at 6 p.m. Saturday at its very own Wildcat Stadium.

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Vaca High among first 12-and-up vaccination clinics in Solano County – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

As more and more Americans get vaccinated against the coronavirus, now children as young as 12 will have their shot, so to speak.

Solano Public Health held its first 12-and-older vaccination clinic last week in the former Forever 21 space at Solano Town Center, and additional clinics are scheduled throughout the week. On Wednesday, Solano Public Health had its largest pop-up clinic yet in Vacaville High School’s Harold Youngblood Gym with more than 2,020 signups.

Benjamin Gammon, Solano’s Emergency Medical Services coordinator, said he was thrilled with the turnout.

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Wood grad pursues solo music, more acting after 2 seasons on Netflix’s show ‘Selena’ – Daily Republic

Carlos Alfredo Jr. is in the middle of a very good dream.

Alfredo, who grew up in Vacaville, can be seen in the Netflix series, “Selena.” The second season hit the small screen Monday.

Alfredo, 32, was able to watch the last episodes with his sisters and mother over a span of a few nights.

Source: Will C. Wood grad pursues solo music, more acting after 2 seasons on Netflix’s show ‘Selena’

Buckingham students prove selves as vocabulary masters – Daily Republic

Students from Buckingham Charter High School have distinguished themselves across the state and nation as wordsmiths of great renown.

A total of 1.3 million students across North America competed for the past seven months on behalf of their schools to master the most words in Vocabulary.com’s seventh annual Vocabulary Bowl, the company said in a press release.

Students answered 450 million questions, mastered a collective total of 36.6 million words and expanded their lexicons in the classroom and at home, according to the press release.

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