Vacaville board to consider new Spanish Language Arts material for schools – Daily Republic

The Vacaville school board will hear information Thursday on a proposal for new teaching material for Markham Elementary’s sixth-grade SPICE program.

“Benchmark Adelante 6th Grade” would be the primary material for instruction for the Spanish Language Arts curriculum, the district announced.

Restricted Lottery funds will be used to purchase two classroom sets of the curriculum at $5,000 per set.

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School district COVID testing center adds Saturday hours, offers testing to public – Daily Republic

The Vacaville School District Testing Center has temporarily expanded its hours to serve students, staff and the community at-large.

The center, located at 621 S. Orchard Ave., across the street from Alamo Elementary, will be open by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The district testing center received additional temporary funding to address the current surge in Covid-19 cases, the school district reported in a letter to parents and guardians.

 

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Free Covid testing offered by Vacaville School District brings out hundreds – Daily Republic

VACAVILLE — The Covid-19 test strips were about the size of a small hand. On one end was the cotton swab that was inserted into the nasal cavity. The entire thing looks something like a large pregnancy test.

Mena Bubakar, Covid test collector for BayPLS, a mobile testing company for the Bay Area, places a solution over the end of the cotton swab to create a reaction to test for Covid. One line means negative and two lines means positive.

The test strips are marked by time and placed on a table. She inputs them after more than a few minutes of waiting. A lot of the tests Saturday have two lines, meaning people who came into the Vacaville School District Covid testing center have Covid-19.

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Vacaville coronavirus testing site opens with California funds – KCRA

By Erin Heft

Extra funding through the state allowed a Vacaville COVID-19 testing site to expand its reach this weekend and give priority to first responders.

Site organizers say this is huge for their community, especially with the newest surge of COVID-19 cases across Northern California.

“This community really is looking to get tested and there’s really not a lot of choices,” said Ed Santopadre, associate superintendent with Vacaville Unified School District.

The site at the Vacaville Unified School District opened with funding from the California Department of Public Health late last year. But through more state funding it was able to expand its reach by opening three weekends in 2022 with COVID-19 testing for anyone.

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Veteran Vacaville police sergeant to retire after nearly three decades – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Jason Johnson has always had a heart for community.

Which is why the Arizona native, who grew up around the world in a military family before settling in Vacaville, served 11 years with the California Highway Patrol and the last nearly 17 with the Vacaville Police Department.

And why the sergeant’s pending retirement this April is bittersweet.

“It’s so rewarding,” he said of his job.

He was 16 when he decided on a life of service. The TV show “CHiPS” portrayed fun and excitement and no report writing.

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Vacaville names vaccine advocate as teacher of year – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Teri Shook, the longtime Medical Science teacher at Vacaville High School, was named the Vacaville School District’s teacher of the year for 2021-22.

Shook was honored during a presentation Wednesday in her classroom by Superintendent Jane Shamieh, Associate Superintendent Ed Santopadre and other staff members. Vacaville High principal Adam Wight nominated Shook and she was named the winner in a district that features over 700 teachers.

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Vacaville schools chief talks new laws for current year – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Superintendent Jane Shamieh presented the School Board this week with some new laws on the books that will be coming into effect over the next year.

Assembly Bill 224 makes it mandatory to provide mental health education for students. The course will include core principles of mental health, defining signs and symptoms, promote mental health wellness, and the ability to identify warning signs.

Vacaville schools plan late-month support staff job fair – Daily Republic

The Vacaville School District will host a support staff job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 29 in the multipurpose room at Markham Elementary School, 101 Markham Ave.

The job fair is an opportunity to connect with hiring managers, apply on-site and discover what retirement and health benefits are available.

There are a wide variety of non-teaching positions that include bus drivers, electricians, cafeteria workers, custodians, special education professionals, substitute teachers, school secretaries, student monitors, crossing guards and school nurses.

Vacaville trustees to hear updates on future growth, school facilities costs that approach $600M – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The school board will take a look Thursday at future school site projects that come with an estimated cost of nearly $600 million.

The chief facilities, maintenance and operations 0fficer, Daniel Banowetz, will present the final draft of the district’s five-year Master Facilities Plan – a program of work that inlcudes an educated wish list of sorts for future projects.

Vacaville-area voters passed Measure A in 2014, a $194 million general obligation bond, to pay for technology upgrades, facility renovations and new construction within the Vacaville School District.

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Vacaville High senior signs with Texas A&M for equestrian sports – The Vacaville Reporter

By Corey Kirk

Decked out in crimson red, with some of her accolades laid out all around her, Vacaville High senior Kyla Jackson signed a letter of intent to compete in equestrian sports at Texas A&M.

Beaming with pride, her mother Maureen Jackson, sitting with her husband Mark, couldn’t have been any prouder of seeing their daughter accomplish a dream.

“When they made the offer it was absolutely fantastic,” Maureen Jackson said. “Kyla was the first western commit for A&M so that was just huge.”

Source: Vacaville High senior signs with Texas A&M for equestrian sports – The Vacaville Reporter

Wishes become schoolwide project at Orchard – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Making wishes for the new year is a tradition, but students at Orchard Elementary School are taking the concept a step further. Before 2022 began, they wrote their wishes for the year down on tags and have spent the past week tying them to the chain-linked fence in front of the school.

Now when students, parents, teachers or others pass by the fence, they will read what the Orchard Owls would like to see happen this year.

Principal Anne Silva said the idea came from a tree she had seen on a tree in San Ramon that had local elementary school students’ wishes written on tags attached to it. This activity itself was apparently inspired by “Wishtree,” Katherine Applegate’s novel about a neighborhood oak tree that people affix their wishes written on cloth to.

Source: Wishes become schoolwide project at Orchard – The Vacaville Reporter

Vacaville school board approves health and safety plans – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Vacaville Unified school board approved an updated Health and Safety OSHA Covid-19 Prevention and Preparedness Program, as well as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III Plan at Thursday night’s meeting.

This plan will be amended as public health conditions, orders or guidance change, according to a staff report to the board.

The plan includes for training and instructions of staff, and an employee and student health screening process. The district also has a plan for communicating to staff and parents on issues related to Covid.

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Trustees to consider Vaca preschool funding strategy – Daily Republic

School District trustees will consider approval Thursday of a plan to help secure future funding for the local preschool program.

Assistant Superintendent Sasha Begell has asked the school board to appoint Preschool Principal Lauren Hylton to serve as the applicant on behalf of the district for submission of a continued funding application for the California State Preschool Program.

This continued funding application is required by the state to serve as notification of intent to continue services for the next contract period.

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School board in Vacaville to review Covid safety plan – Daily Republic

The school board will vote Thursday on an updated Health and Safety OSHA Covid-19 Prevention and Preparedness Program, as well as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III Plan.

This plan is a living document that will be amended as public health conditions, orders, and/or guidance change, according to a staff report.

Health and safety updates are regularly shared with students, staff and community members via the district website, weekly superintendent letters and blackboard communications.

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Vaca district staff seek leave to apply for state grant – Daily Republic

A pair of school district officials will seek approval Thursday to apply for state funding to benefit the city’s schools.

Associate Superintendent Ed Santopadre and Director of Secondary Education Ali Eeds will request approval of the Educator Effectiveness Block Grant Plan for Vacaville School District schools and local charter schools.

The plans will support the professional development for teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals who interact with students.

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Vacaville school trustees set to reorganize leadership – Daily Republic

The School Board will reorganize its members Thursday to select a president, vice president and clerk.

Vacaville School District Superintendent Jane Shamieh will serve as secretary.

The Vacaville Library board will also select a president and secretary.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Road and online on YouTube. The link is available through the school district’s website.

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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

Is state going to break ‘education contract’ with American families? – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

There may still be debates about Covid-19 and the medical response to the pandemic.

But the nearly three dozen people who attended the second “Above the Noise” forum in Vacaville on Wednesday seemed far more concerned about what decision they may have to make about their children’s education choices if California follows through with the mandates to vaccine all students 5 or older.

The mandate would not likely be implemented until July at the earliest, and even later for the lower grades.

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Second ‘Above the Noise’ Covid forum set in Vacaville – Daily Republic

A second forum to discuss Covid-19 vaccine mandates in schools is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Journey Downtown.

“Continue the conversation to navigate the recently announced vaccine mandate for school-aged children,” an announcement for the event states.

The first, held Oct. 20, drew about 120 people, plus the online listeners, not long after the Governor’s Office announced the mandates, which will likely not be implemented until at least July.

Source: Second ‘Above the Noise’ Covid forum set in Vacaville

Vacaville school board votes to change salary schedules – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The school board voted unanimously Thursday to update salary schedules for classified and substitute teachers in the Vacaville School District.

Director of Human Resources Manolo Garcia requested the approval of the revised 2021-22 Classified Employee Salary Schedules, which include the reclassification of the School Bus Driver Instructor job classification.

The school bus driver instructor classification was reclassified from Range 42 to Range 48 on the salary schedule in order to provide competitive compensation as well as internal equity between the school bus driver classification, according to a staff report.

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