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Vacaville Christian sends Class of 2015 into the world

VACAVILLE — Commencement for Vacaville Christian High School’s Class of 2015 on Thursday was both an ending and a new beginning.

The 63 graduates stepped forward to accept their diplomas accompanied by the cheers and yells of their friends and family on the school’s football field during a warm evening that was made pleasant by an evening breeze.

Principal Janet Fogh described the young men and women as “strong, capable, accomplished and ready for the future,” with 94 percent of them headed to college and five of them entering the armed forces.

Child care service to move to Fairfield High School

FAIRFIELD — The saga of the Fairfield-Suisun School District child care nursery, which is currently located at Sem Yeto High School, is over for the time being. Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to move the service to Fairfield High School when Sem Yeto transitions over to that campus next school year while the former Dover site, its […]

Board to consider options to maintain on-campus child care program

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Fairfield-Suiusn School District governing board will consider plans Thursday to salvage the district’s child care service for teen parents and move it from Sem Yeto High School to Fairfield High School. The child care agenda item is a return topic, ready for a vote from the school board. School staff initially sought […]

Fairfield-Suisun school board to discuss new state budget numbers

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board will hear a presentation Thursday on the effects of Gov. Jerry Brown’s May budget revision for 2015-16 and how it relates to education. District staff will report to the board for the first time since the May budget revision brought in the good news of more money to school districts, including […]

Armijo student artists to have artwork displayed

FAIRFIELD — The artwork of an Armijo High School 11th grader will be among several student-created piece of art that will be displayed in Rep. John Garamendi’s office after earning an honorable mention in the annual Congressional High School Competition in Garamendi’s 3rd District. That local honorable mention went to Armijo High School Junior Chloe Tortai whose artwork, […]

Solano College president top pick for Peralta colleges

FAIRFIELD — Peralta Community College District announced Tuesday that it has identified Jowel Laguerre, the president/superintendent of Solano Community College, as its leading candidate for the district chancellor position. The college district includes College of Alameda plus Berkeley City, Merritt and Laney colleges. Laguerre said it’s still early in the process but he was “pleased to […]

Fledgling college auto program meets milestone with student success

FAIRFIELD — Nine years ago Donnell Marshall said he was spinning his wheels with no clear direction. Not sure what to do with his life, he was newly married with a child on the way and living in a rough part of Fairfield.

He worked as a security guard at the Civic Center branch of the Solano County Library trying to further his career by getting onto a police force somewhere. That never panned out.

“It was a struggle,” he said.

Then he heard about Solano Community College’s new…

Solano College sends off Class of 2015

FAIRFIELD — It might have been sullen and moody above with gray, overcast skies but it was vastly different on the Solano Community College grounds Thursday morning with 360 soon-to-be graduates lined up waiting for the cue of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Friends and families bearing balloons, flowers and gifts, many bundled up because of the […]

Solano Office of Education showcases student art

FAIRFIELD — Some of the best local artists, in the fourth through 12th grades, will exhibit art in the Solano County Student Art Faire through Wednesday at the Solano County Office of Education, 5100 Business Center Drive. Viewing is free and open to the public between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday. […]

Solano College president finalist for top positions in East Bay, New York

FAIRFIELD — Jowel Laguerre, the president of Solano Community College, walked onto campus six years ago amid myriad troubles, namely accreditation issues that threatened to shut the college and necessitated the administration of a special trustee. In May 2009, two months before his official start date of July 1, he’d already been to the campus three times […]

Solano beats out 13 colleges to earn 4-year degree slot

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College slid into an unexpected vacancy Monday, ending its quest to become part of a statewide pilot program offering four-year degrees at select community colleges. The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office board of directors unanimously approved the move to allow Solano College to offer a bachelor’s degree in biomanufacturing. It beat out 13 […]

Hard work earns seniors Assist-A-Grad scholarships

FAIRFIELD — More than 80 sponsors invested almost $130,000 in local youth Sunday as high school seniors stepped up to receive scholarships at the 46th annual Assist-A-Grad Scholarship Foundation, Inc. awards.

Some of the recipients were called to the stage three times to receive their monetary gifts for college. Even more were called twice.

Armijo Class of 2015 member Spencer Butler earned scholarships from his school’s alumni foundation as well as one from the Fairfield Sons of Italy Lodge.

Special dance puts smiles on students’ faces

FAIRFIELD — Taijah Davis was pretty in pink as she whirled her wheelchair around the dance floor in time to the music Friday morning.

The 16-year-old was dressed in a pink formal fit for a princess and even had the tiara to prove it – her date, Kendall Barritt, 17, danced alongside, wearing a dark suit with a matching pink shirt and tie.

“It has rhinestones on it,” Davis said, as she lifted a section of tulle netting on her dress to show off the stones before she headed out to the dance floor. “I look like Princess Tiana from ‘The Princess and the Frog.’ “
Davis and Barritt, both Armijo High School students, were just two of the 200 junior high and high school students who came to dance away the morning at Armijo High at the annual adapted physical education dance for the county’s special education students.

District staff recommends keeping baby nursery initially targeted for elimination

FAIRFIELD — Parenting students who use the district’s child care nursery in the Fairfield-Suisun School District could have a reprieve next year instead of facing the decision of what to do with their children while in school, or whether or not to even stay in school. Governing board members, unsatisfied in March, sent district staff back […]

Educators pleased with governor’s May revise budget plan

FAIRFIELD — Before Gov. Jerry Brown released the May budget revision, Kris Corey just hoped for status quo from January’s initial budget proposal, which finally gave schools a long-needed financial boost. Good news came from the state government Thursday for both K-12 and community college education. Both Corey, the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s superintendent, and educators throughout […]

Fairfield-Suisun school board OKs 3.75 percent raises

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board approved three agreements between employee groups giving members of each a 3.75 percent raise worth more than $1.7 million retroactive to July 1, 2014. The contracts between the school district and the California School Employees Association Chapters 301 and 302, the Mutual Organization of Supervisors and the Fairfield-Suisun Management Association were […]

Fairfield-Suisun school board to review child care nursery options

FAIRFIELD — The child care nursery – a dual component of both the parenting program and the Childcare Career Technical Educational pathway at Sem Yeto High School – is back on the agenda Thursday at the Fairfield-Suisun School District board meeting after staff recommended at the March 26 meeting that it be discontinued to save […]

Alliance hosts barbecue to gather ideas for Solano College’s future

FAIRFIELD — The smell of a fired-up barbecue grill in front of the cafeteria wafted though Solano Community College on Monday at lunch time as dozens of students and faculty stood in line get free burgers, hot dogs or a vegetarian choice.

The barbecue was a kickoff event for the SCC Alliance; the coming together of the three unions on campus – Solano College Faculty Association, the Operating Engineers/Stationary Engineers Local 39 and the California School Employees Association Chapter 211 – and the Associated Students of Solano College in order to “begin a dialogue and discuss the issues,” according to …

Solano College to offer ‘one-stop shop’ for enrollment

FAIRFIELD — Prospective students interested in attending Solano Community College will be given an opportunity to do some “one-stop” shopping from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event allows students to get assistance in one day with such services as admissions, assessment, counseling, financial aid and registration. Bring high school transcripts. Breakfast and lunch will […]

All about the numbers: Green Valley residents, school district at odds over Falls School property

FAIRFIELD — A controversial marketing plan that involves the rural 10-acre Falls School site on Rockville Road has pitted some Green Valley residents against the school district. Friends of Falls School, a small grassroots group that boasts a duo of lawyers, formed prior to a frenetic, and sometimes acrimonious, email campaign fraught with claims of a ruined rural enclave […]

80 Fairfield-Suisun high school students honored as ‘our best of the best’

FAIRFIELD — Eighty high school students heard Thursday from the president of Fairfield-Suisun School District board of trustees that, “You have accomplished great things – and the best is yet to come.” David Isom also read from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” during welcoming remarks at the 2015 Highest Honors Awards Ceremony for students who’ll attend […]

Solano College unions, student group form alliance

FAIRFIELD — A call to gather the community Monday for a barbecue to voice concerns about the college has been sent out by a so-called newly formed alliance between the unions of Solano Community College and the Associated Students of Solano College. Jim DeKloe, president of the Solano College Faculty Association, called the gathering – from 11 a.m. […]

Vacaville school board to honor CTA leader as he terms out

VACAVILLE — For local man Dean Vogel, the president of the California Teachers Association, terming out of his presidency on June 25, leading to his eventual retirement, means being home just a little bit more. His job the past four years, as the leader of the 325,000-member organization, has taken him all over California, to Washington, […]

Armijo students complete financial scholars program

FAIRFIELD — One hundred twenty-five Armijo High School students received certificates in the First Northern Financial Scholars Program on Tuesday. The financial scholars program, which is sponsored by First Northern Bank at no cost to the school, has had more than 600 students complete the program since 2012, according to a First Northern press release. […]

Band festival brings sweet music to downtown Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Downtown played host to a parade Saturday thanks to middle school and high school band students from all over Solano County. The Northern California Band Festival hosted by the city of Fairfield, the Fairfield Main Street Association and organized by Crystal Music Boosters Inc. brought back the fun of a downtown parade for the community […]

College seeks civil rights travel course participants

FAIRFIELD — The seventh annual Civil Rights travel course, Social Science 053, will be offered for those of all ages who want to tour life-changing locales from the civil rights era in a trip slated for June 19-28. The course and tour provides an overview of the civil rights movement with stops in Selma, Alabama […]

3rd-graders study nature at Fairfield park

FAIRFIELD — Third-graders from throughout Solano County are getting the chance again this year to explore the outdoors and learn about nature during the Solano Resource Conservation District’s annual Watershed Explorer program.

The program, in its ninth year, provides field trips for third-grade children to study nature in county parks.

Students from K.I. Jones School in Fairfield traveled Friday to Rockville Hills Regional Park to become scientists for the day. Solano Resource Conservation District leaders guided small groups of children along the park trails…

Program helps students forge successful paths

FAIRFIELD — The middle school students who congregated together Thursday for lunch in Room D-105 came from all walks of life and have had myriad obstacles tossed in their way.

However, the two things they all have in common are the moniker of being considered, in most cases, an at-risk student; and the most important, they rely on a group of four dedicated mentors who form the backbone of a Green Valley Middle School program called Legacy, which at its root strives to help students become academically and socially successful.

Isela Chacon, 14, said she saw last year how it helped other students. She admitted to . . .

Fairfield High students earn rewards based on character

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield High School gym filled Thursday with students who got rewarded for the good deeds of the year with a game of Let’s Make a Deal.

Fairfield High became a No Excuses University as a part of a Character Education Program implemented three years ago, which means they want to see every student go to college. One of the ways they are working to make this happen is by incorporating good ethical values such as responsibility, honesty, integrity and caring into the fabric of everyday education.

Fairfield, Vallejo educators bring home top awards

SUISUN CITY — A Fairfield High School history teacher and a classified employee from Lincoln Elementary School in Vallejo took home top honors Wednesday at Solano County’s Educator of the Year award ceremony.

Both Jeanine Cortes, an office manager whose father and son went to Lincoln, and Shari Patterson were emotional as their names were called during the ceremony at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center. Both won among a pool of district winners and will move on to the state contest.

This is the second year in a row that the Fairfield-Suisun School District has taken home top educator honors. Last year’s Teacher of the Year was . . .

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