Dr. Adam Clark says schools ‘not done for the year’ in Vallejo – Times-Herald

By Richard Freedman

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that California schools will remain barren until the next school year doesn’t mean students can switch from academic mode to the video gaming world of Little Big Planet, Minecraft or Marvel’s Super Heroes.

Families, teachers and administration should continue until the first week of June “with the expectation now that schools will not reopen, but classes are in” for the rest of the school year, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared Wednesday.It’s the latest schedule tweak following May 1 as the previous extension.

Source: COVID 19: Dr. Adam Clark says schools ‘not done for the year’ in Vallejo – Times-Herald

Adam Clark says Vallejo will move to distance learning – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Citing concerns over spreading the novel coronavirus, the state’s school campuses are expected to remain closed for the rest of the academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials announced Wednesday.

“To all of the moms, all the teachers, all the caregivers, I know how stressful this is, trust me,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said. “I know what we’re asking of you over the course of the next few months.”

Newsom said parents and educators should operate with the expectation that schools are closed but classes, through a greater emphasis on distance learning, will continue.

Source: COVID-19: Adam Clark says Vallejo will move to distance learning – Times-Herald

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

Vallejo school district has lost millions because of transfers – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Since the 2015-16 school year, the Vallejo City Unified School District has lost more than $36 million due to students transferring out of the district, according to a March 16 report from the Solano County civil grand jury.

The grand jury is recommending the district begin to limit student transfers, establish a community task force to evaluate the situation, have VCUSD Superintendent Adam Clark conduct a curriculum audit to determine how to improve student’s academic performance, and use transfer data in the budgeting process for staffing and school facilities.

The grand jury said that 3,237 students transferred out of the district, with just 84 transferring in during the same time period, costing the district $36 million.

Source: Vallejo school district has lost millions because of transfers – Times-Herald

Teacher of Year from Vallejo can’t wait to get back into the classroom – Times-Herald

By Richard Freedman

There are 32 fourth-graders in Room 27 at Steffan Manor Elementary who can’t wait to get back to the classroom.

OK, maybe not all 32. But, from the looks of it, most. Take a bow, Devynne Johnson, the school — and the Vallejo City Unified School District’s — Teacher of the Year.

Simply put, “she’s like the Pied Piper,” praised Steffan Manor Principal Dr. Markell McCain, calling the honor “well-deserved.”

“It’s just the special quality she has; her connection with kids,” McCain said. “You can tell the kids love her. You can see it when you walk into the classroom. It’s just something special.”

Source: Teacher of Year from Vallejo can’t wait to get back into the classroom – Times-Herald

Elite Public Schools extends closures due to virus-containment protocols – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Board of Directors at Elite Public Schools has approved keeping the school closed until April 13, two weeks past the original March 30 closure date.

The extended closure mean students will return after spring break, according to a press release. School officials say the date is tentative based on whether county, state or federal agencies provide updated guidance or directives, in which case the board will adjust the closure date accordingly.

Students will be able to continue their academic program and connect with teachers through distance learning and video conferencing.

Source: Elite Public Schools extends closures due to virus-containment protocols

In a crisis, Vallejo schools providing free meals – Times-Herald

By Thomas Gase

There was no hoarding or long lines. And no, there wasn’t any toilet paper, sanitary supplies or soap.

However, there was a ton of food and it was free thanks to the Vallejo City Unified School District, which, along with shelf stable provisions donated by the Food Bank, is providing for families in need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Meals and provisions will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis for breakfast and lunch in a “grab-and-go” routine from 8 to 9 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to noon for lunch.

Source: In a crisis, Vallejo schools providing free meals – Times-Herald

Vallejo school district still offering food to students – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

Although Vallejo schools are closed, the district will continue to provide meals “to all students who need them,” District Superintendent Adam Clark announced on Monday.

Starting Wednesday, the Vallejo City Unified School District will begin offering “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals at five different Vallejo school sites.

They include:

  • Loma Vista Environmental Science Academy, 146 Rainier St. Meals will be served at the entrance doors to the cafeteria.
  • Federal Terrace Elementary School, 415 Daniels Avenue. Meals at the entrance doors to the cafeteria.
  • Lincoln Elementary School, 620 Carolina St. Meals outside of the cafeteria.
  • Hogan Middle School, 850 Rosewood Avenue. Meals at the side cafeteria doors facing Georgia Street.
  • Jesse Bethel High School, 1800 Ascot Parkway. Meals in the parking lot near the cafeteria/student union.

Source: Vallejo school district still offering food to students – Times-Herald

Solano County schools shut down starting Monday – Times-Herald

By Richard Freedman

All Solano County schools will shut down for two weeks starting Monday, officials confirmed Friday.

Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark said in a statement that the decision was made with “the COVID-19 situation continually evolving” and “in light of the ever-changing situation,” after two weeks “we will make a determination about any further closures.”

Though there was some speculation that schools will simply switch the next two weeks with the scheduled March 30-April 10 Spring Break, that’s not happening, Clark said by phone Friday afternoon.

Source: Solano County schools shut down starting Monday – Times-Herald

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

School superintendent: Merlin Chestnut job never in jeopardy – Times-Herald

By Richard Freedman

The outcry by supporters of Vallejo music icon Merlin Chestnut and alumni of his Solano Middle School music program is simply a misunderstanding, said Dr. Adam Clark, Vallejo City Unified School District superintendent.

A letter to the Times-Herald signed by about 200 people “dismayed to hear about the district’s current proposal to eliminate the music director position and the music program at Solano-Windemann” is inaccurate and based on Chestnut’s belief his 28-year stint guiding the middle school was over, Clark said by phone Thursday.

In an initial proposed budget to slice $6 million from a $15 million deficit, the band director position was listed. After considerable board input, that position remained intact “weeks ago,” Clark said. An updated budget released last Friday lists a band director position and $71,200 be on the budget hit list, but that was for the current position at Hogan and doesn’t impact Chestnut.

Source: School superintendent: Merlin Chestnut job never in jeopardy – Times-Herald

Vallejo Police Department, Hakeem Brown reveal new youth program – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

In an attempt to improve communication between the Vallejo’s youth and police, the department and Vallejo Councilman Hakeem Brown unveiled a new youth outreach initiative, modeled after the Denver Police Department’s successful youth program.

Also partnering with the Vallejo City Unified School District, police will host forums between officers and youth “to ensure future encounters result in less trauma, less distrust, and less escalation toward violence,” according to a VPD press release.

“This is a program that Richard Fisher and I created modeled on a Denver program to help our youth understand their constitutional rights when they come in contact with our officers, educate our officers on adolescent development, de-escalation techniques, and how police behaviors and actions impact the response of a youth,” Brown wrote on his Facebook page announcing the new program.

Source: Vallejo Police Department, Hakeem Brown reveal new youth program – Times-Herald

Vallejo school board gets first looks at additional cuts – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

As the Vallejo school district heads into a new fiscal year, trustees will get their first look at proposed budget cuts meant to keep the district fiscally solvent.

The Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education will meet Wednesday to receive information only about the district’s plan to slash at least $5.4 million from the 2020-21 fiscal year budget. Fiscal years run from July 1 to the following June 30.

The plan to be presented includes over $6 million in cuts with a bulk of that amount coming from the elimination of 62.81 full-time equivalency (FTE) positions.

Source: Vallejo school board gets first looks at additional cuts – Times-Herald

Jesse Bethel High’s Mariella Dela Cruz wins state tennis coach award – Times Herald

For years, the Jesse Bethel High girls tennis program struggled. However, with former player and 2006 graduate Mariella Dela Cruz now as the head coach, the Jaguars are making a lot of racket recently.

Dela Cruz guided the Bethel girls team to the North Coast Section playoffs in 2019 and on Saturday she was recognized for her hard work as she was named the Northern California High School Girls Coach of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Association. Dela Cruz picked up her award Saturday at a luncheon at Stanford.

In an email shortly after she won the award Dela Cruz said, “I’m both humbled and proud of my teams for striving to be the best they could be.”

Source: Jesse Bethel High’s Mariella Dela Cruz wins state tennis coach award [Times-Herald, Vallejo, Calif.]

Mare Island Sports Complex to close due to safety concerns – Times-Herald

By John Glidden

The popular Mare Island Sports Complex, home to numerous sports leagues and athletic classes in Vallejo, is being shuttered due to safety concerns with the building’s age and design, the Greater Vallejo Recreation District announced Wednesday.

The recreation district received an official notice from the building’s landlord, The Nimitz Group, to vacate the building by May 1. The group had already received two engineering reports about the building’s condition, General Manager Gabriel Lanusse said in a press release.

Source: Mare Island Sports Complex to close due to safety concerns – Times-Herald

Longtime coach Ann Talamantes-Ristow headed to Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame – Times-Herald

By Thomas Gase

After a successful high school career playing basketball at Petaluma High, Ann Talamantes-Ristow was at a crossroads when she got hurt in 1986 with a knee injury during her first season at Santa Rosa Junior College.

“Yeah I’ve been thinking about that period of my life, that fork in the road a little,” Talamantes-Ristow said last week. “When I hurt my knee I thought, that’s it for me and basketball.”

Thankfully for thousands of student athletes in the area, Talamantes-Ristow turned a bad break into a very good one and after contemplating briefly about becoming an athletic trainer, she decided to become a coach. It’s in that field she made a huge impact coaching basketball, badminton, volleyball and softball at Hogan and Jesse Bethel high schools as well as Solano Community College.

Source: Longtime coach Ann Talamantes-Ristow headed to Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame – Times-Herald

Students compete to reach state Academic Decathlon – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The students were visibly nervous as they shuffled into the gym Saturday at Solano Community College for the final contest in this year’s regional Academic Decathlon.

Approximately 300 students from 15 high schools – including Rodriguez, Vanden, Buckingham Charter Magnet, Dixon, Vallejo, Jesse Bethel and MIT Academy – came out for some friendly competition at the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon.

Other teams came in from Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

Source: Students compete to reach state Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon comes to Solano College Saturday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Approximately 300 students from 15 high schools – including Dixon, Rodriguez, Vanden, Buckingham Charter, Jesse Bethel, MIT Academy and Vallejo – will compete in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon scheduled Saturday at Solano Community College.

“I am excited to see Academic Decathlon growing in our county and region. Students deserve tremendous credit and praise for their teamwork, dedication and work ethic in representing their schools at the North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon Competition,” Ken Scarberry, program director of Youth Development for the Solano County Office of Education, said in a statement.

Source: Academic Decathlon comes to Solano College Saturday

Dixon High Students To Battle In North Bay Academic Decathlon | Dixon, CA Patch

By Maggie Fusek

Super Bowl LIV isn’t the only huge competition happening this weekend. Students from Dixon High School are among 300 students from 15 high schools across six Northern California counties preparing to battle it out Saturday in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon at Solano Community College in Fairfield.

The team from Dixon High is set to compete against teams from Lake, Mendocino, Solano, Sonoma, Napa and Yolo counties in an event modeled after the Olympics but to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind.”

Source: Dixon High Students To Battle In North Bay Academic Decathlon | Dixon, CA Patch