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.”
Source: SELPA advisory committee recognizes 28 for work with children who have special needs
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.
Source: Coronavirus: VUSD schedules in-person graduation ceremonies – 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.
Source: Coronavirus: Vaca High among first 12-and-up vaccination clinics in Solano County – The Reporter
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’
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.
Source: Buckingham students prove selves as vocabulary masters
By Nick Sestanovich
Vacaville High School’s medical science program has been around for more than a decade, providing students opportunities to witness the work of medical professionals firsthand to bring their lessons to life.
On Wednesday, they had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Solano Public Health hosted a mass vaccination clinic on their campus, and students volunteered to assist with check-ins, direct them to the vaccination area, fill out cards for next appointments and observe patients for 15 minutes following their shots, which were administered by medical professionals.
The clinic came two weeks after Solano County expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older. Benjamin Gammon, the county’s Emergency Medical Services coordinator, said previously, the only people as young as 16 who could get vaccinated were those with chronic conditions.
Source: Coronavirus: Medical science students assist with mass vaccination clinic at Vacaville High School – The Reporter
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
A U.S. history and ethnic studies teacher in Vacaville and a skills trades technician with the Benicia School District took home top honors Tuesday as the Solano County Office of Education honored classified and certificated employees.
Laura Roberts, who served time in the military prior to teaching, took home the top educator award.
She grew up in Vacaville, graduating from Will C. Wood High School. Roberts referred to herself as one of the students who fell through the cracks.
Source: Vacaville teacher, Benicia skills trades technician take home SCOE awards
By Kimberly K. Fu
At least 100 people converged on Andrews Park Saturday to celebrate Vacaville’s inaugural Special Needs Day.
With a little bit of pomp, a dash of circumstance and a whole lot of love, attendees heralded a section of the community that often goes unnoticed.
For Ms. Vacaville Carmen Sosa, the event was very welcomed.
“It brings attention and advocacy to people like my son,” she shared, of a 9 year old on the autism spectrum. “We muscle through with help from the community.”
Source: Vacaville celebrates special needs community – The Reporter
Seven teachers and eight classified employees have been nominated as the top educators in Solano County for 2021-22.
The certificated educators nominated are:
Kelly Hughes, a fifth-grade teacher in the Benicia School District; Jenny Campbell, a response to intervention and English language development K-3 teacher at Dixon School District; Joseph Arbizu, a math, Algebra II, integrated math and geometry high school teacher in the Fairfield-Suisun School District; Ronald Major, a multiple-subjects (8-12), teacher for the Solano County Office of Education; Kylie Negin, an English and journalism high school teacher in the Travis School District; Laura Roberts, a U.S. history and ethnic studies (11-12) teacher at Vacaville School District; and Vivet Beckford-Nelson, a biology and engineering design and development high school teacher in the Vallejo City School District.
Source: SCOE to honor top 2021-22 educators, school staff
By Richard Bammer
The nominations are in, and the Solano County Office of Education will name the county’s two educators of the year during a virtual celebration on Tuesday.
Every year county school districts nominate one teacher and one classified, or school-support, employee to be recognized as the best of the best for the year.
During the online celebration, which begins at 3 p.m. on the SCOE Facebook page and at www.Solanocoe.net, each nominee for the 2021-2022 awards will be honored.
Source: SCOE names educator nominees of the year – The Reporter
By Paul Farmer
Prior to this season, the University of California, Berkeley women’s gymnastics program had earned seven All-American honors with the lone first-team award coming in 1992.
The Golden Bears more than matched that total at last week’s NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, with Nevaeh DeSouza by herself claiming four Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association All-American awards.
The Vacaville High graduate earned first-team honors on vault (fourth, 9.8875) and second-team on beam (fifth, 9.9125), floor (sixth, 9.9250) and all-around (eighth, 39.525).
Source: Alumni update: Vacaville grad DeSouza earns 4 All-American honors
By Nick Sestanovich
Since its inception last year, Vacaville People’s Forum has sought to highlight the various people who make up Vacaville and give everybody a voice.
This Saturday, the organization will host an event to highlight the differently abled community. In honor of Special Needs Awareness Month, Vacaville People’s Forum will be hosting a celebration in Andrews Park titled “Be You.”
The event will feature a parade, music, speeches by local dignitaries and resources to connect with different agencies.
Source: Inaugural event in Vacaville to celebrate special needs – The Reporter
By Joel Rosenbaum
Roman Conner Owens, 13, a seventh-grader at Kairos Public Schools listens to California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye address him and his classmates and teachers Wednesday as they took part in a virtual awards ceremony honoring the school’s accomplishments in civic education. According to a press release, Kairos was honored with a Civic Learning Award of Distinction by a panel of judges and educators selected by the Chief Justice’s Power of DemocracySteering Committee and is co-sponsored by Cantil-Sakauye and California State Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond who also participated in the award presentation.
Source: Kairos Public Schools honored for civic education – The Reporter
By John Bartell
The people who make Northern California Strong are those who inspire us and make our communities a great place to live. ABC10 wants to highlight their strength by recognizing what they do. This week we want to introduce you to Mick Simpson, a custodian at Alamo Elementary in Vacaville.
He’s a man of many faces and the star of Alamo Elementary School’s morning video announcements. When he’s not playing “Captain Underpants” or the “Crazy Cat Lady”, Mick Simpson is the Vacaville Unified School District’s self-proclaimed COVID Buster.
Source: Beloved Vacaville custodian keeps elementary school COVID safe | abc10.com
By Nick Sestanovich
From 2017 to 2020, Kairos Public Schools was the recipient of a Civic Learning Award of Merit for its approaches in teaching civic education.
This year, Kairos broke that streak — by becoming one of three schools in California to receive the Civic Learning Award’s higher Distinction honor. Kairos joins Royal High School in Simi Valley and Villa Park Elementary School in Orange County, all of which were chosen by a panel of judges and educators chosen by California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye’s Power of Democracy Steering Committee, which seeks to further California students’ understanding of the judicial branch.
Source: Kairos receives 5th state honor for civic education – The Reporter
A Cooper Elementary School sixth-grader is the top speller this year in Solano County.
Olivia Miyashiro correctly spelled “faucet” for the first-place position, the Solano County Office of Education announced Wednesday.
The finals were held Tuesday via Zoom.
Xian Felicisimo, a fourth-grader from Nelda Mundy Elementary School in Fairfield, was a formidable competitor who won second-place overall, the announcement said.
Source: Vacaville girl wins Solano County Spelling Bee
A Vacaville Unified elementary student on Tuesday bested a Fairfield-Suisun Unified student to be declared Solano County’s top speller during the annual countywide spelling bee.
Cooper sixth-grader Olivia Miyashiro correctly spelled “faucet” to edge out Xian Felicisimo, a Nelda Mundy fourth-grader.
Jennifer Leonard, assistant superintendent of communications and community engagement for the Solano County Office of Education, announced the results in a press release issued Wednesday.
SCOE hosted the final round of the 45th annual event, open to all public and private school students in fourth through sixth grades, at 6 p.m., when the bee’s final round was held via Zoom, so the public could watch the top 10 contenders compete for the title, she noted in the prepared statement.
Source: Vaca sixth-grader rules as Solano’s top speller – The Reporter
Kairos Public Schools was awarded a Civic Learning Award of Distinction by a panel of judges and educators selected by the Chief Justice’s Power of Democracy Steering Committee, both the school and state’s courts announced Tuesday in separate press releases.
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, head of the state’s judicial branch, co-sponsors the awards with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond to honor outstanding achievements in civics education.
Kairos Public Schools previously earned a lesser Civic Learning Award of Merit for the past four years.
Source: Kairos Public Schools earns Civic Learning Award of Distinction
By Nick Sestanovich
While many students are happy to be returning to campuses after being away for so long, the isolation stemming from the yearlong closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic has also taken a toll on their mental health.
It is an area educators throughout the country are working to address and one that staff at Eugene Padan Elementary School have placed emphasis on.
Kindergarten teacher Kimberly Arnold said this has included incorporating social-emotional learning curricula at every grade level, establishing a committee to support best practices for teaching such curricula, and hiring mental health practitioners to support students most in need.
Source: Coronavirus: Padan prioritizes mental health lessons as students return – The Reporter
By Tristi Rodriguez
A handful of high schools in the Bay Area have announced they will be holding in-person graduation ceremonies this summer.
The Vacaville Unified School District got the O.K. from Solano Public Health and the Vacaville Unified School District Governing Board to host in-person commencement celebrations in June for the graduating classes of both 2020 and 2021.
Source: Bay Area high schools get OK for in-person graduation ceremonies | KRON4