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Shanneil’s Locker opens door for youth sports

VACAVILLE — As people settle in to watch the Super Bowl, there will be a lot of talk about desire, heart and hard work as being fundamental keys to success in sports. While that might be true, success in sports often starts with something as simple as an appropriate pair of shoes. A pair of […]

Golden footballs mark golden era, golden future

FAIRFIELD — A golden ticket is a passport into a chocolate wonderland and a golden watch is a token of a career of faithful service. A golden football, however, is a symbol of having reached the highest level of accomplishment.

The National Football League in celebrating Super Bowl 50 has engaged in a number of different 50th anniversary celebrations.

One of those was to distribute a commemorative golden football to the high schools of each player who ever played in the NFL’s ultimate game.

Fairfield-Suisun district considers June 7 school bond vote

FAIRFIELD — A resolution ordering a multimillion-dollar school bond election June 7 goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday. The bond, if passed by voters, would cost property owners no more than $60 a year per $100,000 of assessed valuation, a school district staff report said. The total amount of bonds to be sold is not yet […]

Good News: SWAT, NorthBay donate sporting gifts to adopted schools

Fairview Elementary in Fairfield and Padan Elementary in Vacaville received a belated Christmas gift in January –new athletic equipment thanks to donations by Solano County Success is Working All Together and NorthBay Healthcare. SWAT is a girls’ softball organization whose goal is to provide an affordable, competitive environment for girls in Solano County to play ball in tournaments across […]

Good News: Willis Jepson earns model school designation

The Vacaville School District’s Willis Jepson Middle School is among the list of 13 distinguished California schools honored with the 2016 Schools To Watch: Taking Center Stage Model School award. A ceremony will occur Feb. 24 at Willis Jepson Middle School to honor the staff and students. California Schools to Watch: Taking Center Stage is a statewide program […]

Good News: 2 Solano high schoolers to perform at Carnegie Hall

St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo announced that two singers are invited to participate in this year’s Honors Performance Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Ashley Cortes of Fairfield was selected for the Honors Women’s Choir, along with Sarina Levin of Vallejo, who was selected for the Honors Concert Choir. They will head to New […]

Solano County jail hosts first high school graduation

FAIRFIELD — Some signs of a high school graduation were present.

The graduates wore caps and gowns. They walked into the Friday morning ceremony to a snippet of “Pomp and Circumstance.” A sign congratulated them on their hard work.

The concrete walls, a few uniformed officers and a group of about 50 guests served as reminders the graduates were not walking across a football field with a stadium full of family and friends. Under the gowns, orange and white stripes could be seen below the hem.

That didn’t matter to Lauretta McDonald, who was there to watch her oldest grandson . . .

Cleo Gordon community raises money for family of 5-year-old -and-run victim

FAIRFIELD — The Cleo Gordon Elementary School community has set up a Go Fund Me page to help out the family of one of the school’s kindergartners who was badly injured in a Monday hit-and-run incident. The page had raised $545 as of Thursday night in its campaign to collect $5,000 to help the little girl’s family with medical, travel and other […]

Deadline nears for California Association of Student Councils program applications

FAIRFIELD — The deadline for high school students to apply to the California Association of Student Councils for the Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education is Feb. 12. This is a three-day program in Sacramento for a select group of high school students to take place Feb. 22-24. Students create and present refined proposals to the […]

Hearing set on Vacaville Christian Schools restraining order request

FAIRFIELD — A Feb. 16 court hearing is set for Vacaville Christian Schools’ request for a workplace violence restraining order involving a parent whom the school says is not allowed on campus because of a previous court order. An August 2014 court order in a divorce-related case names the parent and does not list the […]

Time to apply for Assist-A-Grad scholarships

FAIRFIELD — Assist-A-Grad Scholarship Foundation Inc. has opened the application process for graduating seniors. The deadline for applications is March 4. Students must have their applications turned in to their high school college and career center office or counseling office. Student interviews are scheduled in the evening April 11-14 at Armijo High School. Application packets […]

Parent info sessions set for B. Gale Wilson bilingual immersion program

FAIRFIELD — The Spanish-English Dual Immersion Program at B. Gale Wilson will host parent informational sessions in February. This is a program for kindergartners through eighth-graders where children are taught in both English and Spanish and leave the program as bilingual, biliterate young adults. The program includes lessons in math, science and social studies. The parent informational sessions for families […]

Board to view design changes for new Solano College science building

ROCKVILLE — A look at design changes for the new science building at the Fairfield-area campus, which could cost $6 million, is included on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Solano Community College governing board. The meeting also includes a budget update by Yulian Ligioso, Solano College’s vice president of Finance and Administration, and progress […]

Green Valley students get glimpse into future

FAIRFIELD — Talyssa Tucker wasn’t expecting to participate in a class Thursday at Armijo High School. She was one of 20 Green Valley Middle School students there to shadow students in the school’s International Baccalaureate program. The eighth-grader, along with others in the room, heard a presentation in an honors English class on the Selma […]

VEX Robotics returns for more challenges

FAIRFIELD — The excitement of the participants of the VEX Robotics competition ran like electricity through the air of the gym at Grange Middle School on Saturday. The kids were having fun and it showed. The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, is the ultimate science, technology, engineering and mathematics activity […]

Facilities, tax plans among topics of Fairfield, Suisun joint schools, cities sessions

FAIRFIELD — Leaders of two of the largest educational enterprises in Solano County will meet with their counterparts at two area cities next week to consider a wide range of topics. Members of the City of Fairfield/Fairfield-Suisun School District/Solano Community College Joint Committee will gather at 5 p.m. Monday at the Sullivan Interagency Youth Services Center […]

Communication, relationships at heart of Solano College board retreat

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College District trustees and their newly hired superintendent-president took steps Saturday during a board retreat to help correct conditions that had at one time threatened the college’s accreditation. The session at the Hilton Garden Inn was guided by education consultant – and former Solano College president – Stan Arterberry. Arterberry was the school’s president […]

Good News: Bowen earns recognition as top teacher

Lacey Bowen has been named teacher of the year for Cleo Gordon Elementary School. Bowen teaches first grade at the school. She attended Sacramento State University for both her bachelor’s degree and her teaching program. Cleo Gordon teachers actively participate in school functions, educational interventions and professional development. Educators throughout the Fairfield-Suisun School District partake in […]

Good News: Vacaville natives make dean’s lists

Two college students who hail from Vacaville have made the dean’s list at their respective universities. Glenn Trepeta was named to the Miami University, Oxford, Ohio dean’s list, according to an announcement from the university. Miami University students who achieved a 3.5 or better grade-point average for the first semester of the 2015-16 academic year have […]

Rotary honors 20 Fairfield, Suisun high schoolers for sound choices

SUISUN CITY — The Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club celebrated its second annual Four-Way Test Good Character Youth Awards on Friday at The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center, singling out several students for making good choices. The awards were created as a way to recognize high school students in the two-city area who exemplify through their actions the pillars of Rotary’s Four-Way […]

Fairfield High accepts acts-of-kindness challenge

FAIRFIELD — The Great Kindness Challenge arrived this week at Fairfield High School – for the second year in a row. Fairfield High students rose to the challenge – for the second year in a row – with an enthusiastic response among students, staff and administrators. “Everybody got into the spirit and doing kind things for each other,” project coordinator […]

Will C. Wood musicians schedule free library show

VACAVILLE — Musicians of the Will C. Wood Orchestra will play jazz favorites and seasonal selections next week at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center in a performance that’s free and open to the community. Children and their families will have a chance to meet the musicians and see the instruments they play, according to a library press […]

Solano College governing board plans retreat

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Community College governing board will come together for a retreat Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield. The board retreat, which is slated from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is to be facilitated by Stan Arterberry of Arterberry & Associates. Arterberry served as president of the Solano College district from 1994 […]

Girls on the Run seeks adult volunteers

FAIRFIELD — Girls on the Run Napa and Solano is recruiting life coaches to volunteer and empower 1,000 healthy young girls, ages 8 to 14, to believe in themselves and achieve their dreams. The program, in its 10th year, combines a life-skill curriculum with discussions, activities and running, or just moving it. Life coaches co-lead […]

Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity honors volunteers

FAIRFIELD — Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity honored its 2015 volunteers at its Celebration of Support recently. L.C. Naylor was selected as the Affiliate Volunteer of the Year for his dual commitment to ReStore and construction. Mark Baides was recognized as the Construction Volunteer of the Year for his leadership of the Missouri/Taylor Streets two-home build. […]

Program plans special field trip for Solano third-graders

FAIRFIELD — Solano Resource Conservation District’s Watershed Explorers program plans to take 2,200 third-graders from every city in Solano County on an all-day field trip to a local open space within the next couple of months.

The program is adding sites at Glen Cove Marina/Benicia State Park, Valley Glen Pond in Dixon and Sandy Beach Park in Rio Vista …

Boys & Girls Club unveils new van, program

VACAVILLE — It’s a busy time this week and into early next month for the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club. The organization hosts its second annual Raise Your Glass event Thursday at the Opera House, 500 Main St., Suite C. The 6 p.m. event includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and a short address on the state of […]

Solano 4-H seeks high school students for science, tech training

FAIRFIELD — High school students are invited to join the Solano County 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology program. This is an opportunity for teens to engage in community service, learn new skills, experience teaching firsthand and have fun. Teens will be trained to teach science in teams to elementary-age children in after-school programs. Training will take from […]

Fairfield residents take advantage of 2 chances to share views

FAIRFIELD — Community members had two chances Saturday to share views and give advice – to city officials and school employees – and they took the time to do so. Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey and community members sat down for coffee at Panera Bread in the Gateway Courtyard shopping center to talk about whatever was […]

Students learn about financial aid at workshop

FAIRFIELD — The message at the Saturday Cash for College workshop at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield was clear: It’s time for students to apply for federal and state financial aid. This is the second year that the church has hosted a Cash for College workshop, but the notion of helping high school seniors secure financial […]

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