Some Solano school district leaders to close sites for remainder of year – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statement, made public on Wednesday, that he expects California K-12 campuses to remain closed for the remainder of the school year, at least two educators have announced their district sites will not reopen until the fall.

Vacaville Unified Superintendent Jane Shamieh and Dixon Unified Superintendent Brian Dolan have announced they will close their respective classrooms for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, affecting some 15,000 students and thousands of employees.

“This does not mean the 2019-2020 academic year is finished,” Shamieh said in a press release issued Friday. “It means we have to find even more innovative ways to educate our students while adhering to the ‘shelter-at-home’ orders.”

Source: Coronavirus: Some Solano school district leaders to close sites for remainder of year – The Reporter

Wood Graduate Ashley Ramirez helps fight COVID-19 – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

Ashley Ramirez established her athletic credentials on the courts and fields of Will C. Wood High School in the early 2000s. But her academic and professional credentials are equally impressive.

The advanced practice nurse is on the front lines, helping her fellow nurses and other health professionals combat the deadly COVID-19 virus.

The 2002 graduate was inducted into the Will C. Wood High School Athletic Hall of Fame last year. Ramirez earned seven varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. But she truly made her mark on the softball field.

Source: Coronavirus: Ashley Ramirez helps fight COVID-19 – The Reporter

Vacaville High’s Tom Zunino Stadium upgrade on target – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

Vacaville High’s gridiron has borne the name of its legendary football coach Tom Zunino since 2004. After 16 years, the field was due for a makeover and it’s getting a good one, to the tune of $6.7 million.

The stadium project began after the homecoming football game in September and is scheduled for completion by May 18.

That date was set originally to ensure the new field would be ready in time for June graduation. Now, if graduation is set back due to the coronavirus, the grand opening for the updated stadium could come for a delayed graduation ceremony. Or it could be held on any given day unattached to an actual event. Or it could be held at the Bulldog football team’s home opener on September 4.

Source: Vacaville High’s Tom Zunino Stadium upgrade on target – The Reporter

Loneliness of the long-distance runners – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

They would gather each day for practice on the Vanden High track after school, scores of young runners, hurdlers, pole vaulters and shot putters, enjoying the sunshine of the mild winter, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.

Now the track lies silent and may stay that way this spring, as California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday that schools will not reopen until the fall. The Vacaville Unified School District has not yet made an official pronouncement on sports, but track, particularly running, is not a sport one can let lie dormant, even if runners won’t compete again until the fall cross country season.

Source: COVID-19: Loneliness of the long-distance runners – The Reporter

High school choir in Vacaville puts together YouTube performance – Fox40

By Lonnie Wong

Teachers throughout the state are diving into ways to develop online learning methods. But what can they do when what’s being taught requires interacting with others?

The Sylvan Singers at Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville live for performing on stage, like at last year’s spring concert. But the whole idea is to feed off one another, which is not possible now that classes and rehearsals are canceled.

“We are starting to feel the isolation and the impact of the quarantine for sure,” said Colby Hawkins, the director of choirs for the Vacaville Unified School District.

Source: High school choir in Vacaville puts together YouTube performance

Dad takes on teacher role during school shutdown – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

It almost sounds like a sitcom. A construction worker becomes a teacher for three different grade levels.

It’s reality for Nate Reyes of Vacaville, thanks to Covid-19.

Each weekday, for a few hours, he works with his stepdaughter Riley Allesch, daughter Lilly Reyes and son Jaxson Reyes. Riley is a fifth-grader, Lilly a second-grader and Jaxson is in kindergarten.

Source: Dad takes on teacher role during school shutdown

School closure gives Will C. Wood choir students new avenue to keep singing – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Even in the darkest of times, a little relief can still be found through music.

The students of Will C. Wood High School’s Sylvan Singers choir were able to provide such relief through a recently posted a cappella video, showcasing their talents while also providing a spirit of optimism to others.

Like the rest of Will C. Wood, which has been closed since March 16 due to the global coronavirus pandemic and will remain closed through at least May 1, the choir program has had to adapt to a virtual learning format, which teacher Colby Hawkins has called “an exercise in innovation.”

Source: Coronavirus: School closure gives Will C. Wood choir students new avenue to keep singing – The Reporter

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

Vacaville boy builds LEGO figures to raise money for charity – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

One young Vacaville boy is using his time during the ongoing school closure to continue his work supporting local charities.

Cody Bassey, a 9-year-old third-grade student at ACE Charter School, is taking his love of LEGO and raising money for Pink Heals Solano by building mini LEGO figures of real people.

Pink Heals Solano is a non-profit organization that raises awareness and supportes men, women, and children suffering from cancer by visiting cancer patients around the county on a pink fire engine dubbed, “Christine.” Cody has been part of the crew, usually when there is a child who is battling the disease.

Source: Coronavirus: Vacaville boy builds LEGO figures to raise money for charity – The Reporter

Coronavirus: VUSD extends school closures through April 17 – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Vacaville Unified School District’s superintendent announced Wednesday that schools would remain closed through April 17 due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Classes are tentatively scheduled to resume April 20.

In a letter to families, VUSD Superintendent Dr. Jane Shamieh wrote the decision was inspired by a Tuesday press conference by Gov. Gavin Newsom where he remarked “I don’t think the schools are going to open again” through at least the fall.

Source: Coronavirus: VUSD extends school closures through April 17 – The Reporter

What are local high schools doing without spring sports? – The Reporter

By Matt Sieger

They used words and phrases like “unknowns,” “fluid and scary,” “unforeseeable challenges,” “unchartered territory” and “limbo.”

Sometimes the athletic directors of the local high schools are at a loss for words to describe their reaction and feelings to the suspension of spring sports due to the threat of the coronavirus.

Will C. Wood Athletic Director Andrea Daniels noted, “It’s just the timing. It’s right when we are starting, so you’re in the flow, you’ve had your preseason and a lot of your practice sessions. But they (the student-athletes) all have a good attitude. It is what it is. We have to do what we have to do.”

Source: What are local high schools doing without spring sports? – The Reporter

Coronavirus: Vacaville schools hand out free meals, supplies during closures – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

School in Vacaville may be out through at least March 27 due to the coronavirus, but the Vacaville Unified School District is continuing to ensure its students are not only well-fed but also well-equipped to continue learning.

Beginning Monday, VUSD has been dishing out free breakfasts and lunches at four of its sites to all its students. They also provided free school supplies and classwork.

For breakfast, students got to come with a variety of healthy options, including cereal, granola, yogurt parfait, a muffin or a bagel with cream cheese. For lunch, options included pizza, cheeseburgers, deli sandwiches with turkey and cheese, bean burritos and Caesar salad. All meals also came with fruit, vegetable and milk and were provided by each school’s food services staff.

Source: Coronavirus: Vacaville schools hand out free meals, supplies during closures – The Reporter

Vacaville schools to close for two weeks amid coronavirus outbreak – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Vacaville Unified School District schools will be closed for the next two weeks due to concerns over the coronavirus, the district announced in an update Friday.

VUSD joined the other five public school districts in Solano County, which will all remain closed through March 27. The districts announced their decision in a letter sent to Solano County families.

“Making the decision to close schools in Vacaville was not an easy task,” VUSD Superintendent Dr. Jane Shamieh said in a statement. “We are sympathetic and understand this decision may pose hardship to some of our families, but the health and safety of our school community is of the utmost importance. We are doing everything we can to continue to support our students and their families. We are providing meals at no cost to every student on four of our campuses across our city.”

Source: Vacaville schools to close for two weeks amid coronavirus outbreak – The Reporter

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

For fifth time, Kairos earns a state Civic Learning Award – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

For the fifth time in as many years, Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy has earned a state-sponsored Civic Learning Award, an honor that recognizes a school’s efforts to engage students in civic learning.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond made the announcement in a press release issued Thursday, noting that the Elm Street K-8 independent charter school was one of 75 California schools acknowledged for their strong civics curriculum and service-learning projects in their communities.

Co-sponsored by Thurmond and Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, the awards, now in their eighth year, are “designed to both celebrate successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and to identify successful models that can be replicated in other schools,” read the written statement.

Source: For fifth time, Kairos earns a state Civic Learning Award – The Reporter

VUSD hosts informational luncheon for realtors – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Vacaville Unified School District educated local realtors on what the district has to offer in VUSD’s first-ever Realtors’ Luncheon, held Wednesday at Travis Credit Union’s headquarters.

The luncheon was a way for VUSD officials to provide data for realtors to use as a selling point for families to purchase a home in Vacaville.

“We’re so excited because of our relationship that we’re making here today,” Elaine Kong, VUSD’s communications director, told the crowd.

Kong said it was an appropriate partnership because realtors are often the first points of contact for young families moving into the area and sending their children to Vacaville schools.

Source: VUSD hosts informational luncheon for realtors – The Reporter

Vacaville students, community grant dozens of wishes – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

From candy to yearbooks to laptops and a vehicle, Will C. Wood High students and community members had all manner of wishes granted Friday during a raucous gathering at the school.

The annual Winter Wishes Kindness Rally 2020 kicked off with the Wildcats’ mascot busting awesome moves in the gym, to the hearty cheers of students.

It continued with giveaways like prom tickets, Vans shoes, personalized shirts and lunches from Chick-fil-A and In-N-Out Burger.

A minivan for a local family in need rounded out the gifts and concluded with everyone leaving with big smiles.

Source: Vacaville students, community grant dozens of wishes – The Reporter

Jepson, Cooper students buzz past competition in city spelling bee – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Could Nash Martinez of Willis Jepson Middle School be considered the Stephen Curry of Vacaville spellers? He already knows something about back-to-back championships.

Nash was the winner in the middle school division of the Vacaville Rotary Club’s Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee, held Wednesday at Will C. Wood High School’s Catwalk Theatre. He had previously won in the elementary competition last year as a student at Alamo Elementary School.

This year, the top elementary honor went to Cooper student Olivia Minashiro, who bested nearly 50 other students at her grade level.

Source: Jepson, Cooper students buzz past competition in city spelling bee – The Reporter

Markham celebrates opening of new classrooms – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

The weather might have been freezing and the winds might have been blowing heavily, but none of that could dampen Edwin Markham Elementary’s school spirit Monday morning.

After all, this was no ordinary day at Markham but a day to celebrate a set of newly opened classrooms that were financed through Measure A.

Measure A is a $194 million general obligation bond that was approved by voters in 2014 aimed at providing technology upgrades, building renovation and new construction at Vacaville Unified School District schools.

Source: Markham celebrates opening of new classrooms – The Reporter