Theatre Company set to perform popular Frozen JR musical this month
Tickets are now on sale for the Theatre Company’s fall production of Frozen JR. The musical, which will be performed four times November 21, 22, and 23 at the L.J. Williams Theater in Visalia, is based on the 2018 Broadway show featuring Princesses Elsa and Anna and their magical land of Arendelle. The musical incorporates all of the memorable songs from the popular animated Disney film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR expands on the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Elsa and Anna. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. Frozen JR features all of the beloved characters in the familiar story loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor.
“One of the things I enjoy most about my job is watching our students find love and acceptance through the magic of musical theatre,” said Charlotte Garcia Da Rosa, Theatre Company choreographer, who is directing the show. “These kids join their voices in song and feel united. They work hard to perfect dance moves they never thought they could achieve, and feel accomplished as they turn faster and leap higher. They learn teamwork, humility, perseverance, and compassion as they all strive to bring their best performance on stage and their best attitudes off stage.”
The production of Frozen JR features a cast of 95 Tulare County students. An additional 37 young performers will appear in the Let It Snow preshow, which features a variety of holiday classics. For more information about Frozen JR, call the Theatre Company at (559) 651-1482.
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Employees invited to make gift to the TCOE Foundation this month
This week, Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Tim Hire announced the kickoff of the second annual Employee Giving Campaign. Running through the month of November, the campaign directly benefits the Tulare County Office of Education Foundation, which has been providing financial support to TCOE programs and special events since 2000.
Employees are invited to make an ongoing voluntary payroll deduction to support the work of the Foundation, which awards grants to TCOE programs that apply on an annual basis. Last year, the Foundation provided support for a school garden at Special Services’ AAP campus, the UPHS Robotics Team, and numerous student events, now known as Future Readiness Events.
“If you’re a new donor, consider giving just $5 per month,” said Mr. Hire. “Small donations can add up to big amounts when we give together. The more we build the Foundation’s reserves, the more it can support TCOE programs and the students throughout Tulare County that participate in them.”
Employees can participate in the Employee Giving Campaign by completing the form at tcoe.org/FoundationGiving and returning a signed copy to Marlene Moreno at the 6200 S. Mooney Boulevard office in Visalia. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.
Last year’s campaign netted approximately $17,000 of additional support to the Foundation. As an incentive this year, employees giving amounts up to $24 per month will receive a baseball cap embroidered with the TCOE Foundation logo. For monthly gifts of $25 and more, employees will receive a $50 gift card of their choice to Lowes, Target, Walmart, or Amazon. This includes past donors who elect to continue or increase their donation this year.
For more information on the Employee Giving Campaign or the TCOE Foundation, contact Marlene Moreno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tulare County Arts initiatives launched
The arts matter in California. One out of every six jobs in the state is in the creative industries. A recent survey of 10,000 CEOs found that they ranked creativity as the number one job skill they seek in candidates. Time and again, research shows that arts education impacts future success.
On October 3, over 50 representatives from state, county, and local agencies gathered for a networking and breakfast event in the Redwood Conference Center to learn more about work being done to promote the arts in Tulare County. Over the last two years, the Tulare County Office of Education and several partner organizations have been building two new arts initiatives: the Tulare County Arts Master Plan and the Tulare County Arts Coalition (CreateTC). The overarching aim of these programs is to increase equitable access to high-quality arts education.
“The arts disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and literary arts provide students with the foundational skills employers seek,” said Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Tim Hire. “They teach collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking – skills that are applicable in healthcare, business, government, agriculture, and every workforce sector in between. The arts are a key component to a well-rounded education.”
Partner organizations who have already committed to these initiatives include Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, Tulare-Kings Suicide Prevention Task Force, Tulare County Association of Governments, Tulare County Workforce Investment Board, County of Tulare, College of the Sequoias, Porterville College, Arts Consortium, Arts Visalia, California Alliance for Arts Education, Create CA, and many more. By cultivating cross-sector partnerships, TCOE will continue to bring robust opportunities for artistic expression to the students, families, and communities of Tulare County.
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20th annual Expanding Your Horizons held for over 800 young women
For 20 years, Educational Resource Services has been connecting young Tulare County women to the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through the annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference. The national event encourages young women in grades 4 through 10 to explore STEM careers by engaging them in interesting, hands-on activities led by women working in these fields.
Last Saturday, over 800 elementary and middle school girls did just that. Attendees at the annual EYH conference were launching water-powered rockets, making ice cream with liquid nitrogen, coding a computer game, learning the anatomy of a heart, and enjoying dozens of other hands-on activities.
EYH event coordinators would like to thank College of the Sequoias for being their partner in hosting this huge event. A special thanks also goes to the women and men who conducted the 36 activity sessions that sparked the imaginations of our future scientists, physicians, and engineers.
CHARACTER COUNTS! Week wraps up with celebration of 80 top students
Last week, the CHARACTER COUNTS! Program honored 80 students selected from nearly 6,000 nominations received during CHARACTER COUNTS! Week, October 21-26. These top honorees and finalists were celebrated at the annual Provident-Salierno Family Foundation Awards.
Since 2012, Tony and Mary Salierno, founders of the Provident-Salierno Family Foundation, have provided scholarships for the winners and finalists representing each Pillar of Character – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. The Salierno’s annual gift complements the 24-year partnership with the Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register, which recognizes the Kids of Character nominated during CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. To see descriptions of this year's outstanding Kids of Character, visit tcoe.org/KidsofCharacter.
Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair scheduled for November 19-20
The California Center on Teaching Careers (The Center) will hold the first of its 2019-20 Virtual Job Fairs from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., November 19-20. The fairs, which pair teachers and teacher candidates with districts and county offices of education that have job openings, simulate the look and feel of real job fairs through an online platform. Teachers and teacher candidates worldwide also have the opportunity to connect to universities and alternative certification programs to investigate degree and credential programs. Additional job fairs will be held March 5-6, April 22-23, and May 28-29. To register to participate in the Virtual Job Fair, visit thecentervirtualevents.vfairs.com. For more information about The Center or to create an online profile, visit californiateach.org.
View more events at tcoe.org/CalendarofEvents.
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