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TCOE Student Events and the California State Standards

The California State Standards (CSS) were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010. These focused and rigorous standards define the 21st Century knowledge and skills students need for success in college and career. The CSS call for an integrated curriculum that challenges students to think in complex ways and to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired. Evidence of such learning can be demonstrated through the completion of a variety of assigned tasks, including TCOE Student Event activities.

TCOE has always promoted student event participation as an avenue to providing a well-rounded educational experience. Now, we are able to further emphasize the importance of student events by directly aligning them to our 21st century standards.

When applicable, TCOE Student Events are coded in one or both of the following manners:

  • Alignment to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standards, Mathematical Practices (MP), Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards, and/or Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). CCR Anchor Standards, Mathematical Practices, Visual and Performing Arts Standards, and Science and Engineering Practices are listed in their entirety at this link.
  • Identification of the type of task associated with the event:

    • Presentation: information is orally conveyed
    • Performance: a dramatic interpretation is included
    • Project: a product is produced prior to the day of the event
    • Problem Solving: a recommendation or solution is provided

Download the printed version of the 2016-2017 Student Events brochure.



Student Art Exhibitions

November 2016 - March 31, 2017
(All Grades)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia
November 7 - December 29, displaying school districts A-P
January 17 - February 24, displaying school districts R-W
March 1 - 31, Best of Show Exhibition
March 1, Best of Show Artists' Open House, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia

The annual Student Art Exhibitions showcase the county's talented young artists. Student artwork is displayed at the Tulare County Office of Education, and the public is invited to view the show. Entries are judged by local artists and those pieces receiving a Best of Show award are honored at a special reception in March during Arts Education Month.

For more information, contact Kate Stover at kstover@tcoe.org or call (559) 741-0809.

CSS VAPA Standards: a, b, c, d & e;
Project


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Anti-Tobacco Challenge Bowl

March 1, 2017
(Grade 6)
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Visalia Wyndham, 9000 W. Airport Dr.

Students participate in a game show-style competition, answering questions on topics including the tobacco industry and the health effects of smoking. The event gives students valuable information about the dangers of tobacco – before they enter middle school and are presented with the temptation to smoke.

For more information, contact Adam Valencia at avalencia@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-0155.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 1;
Reading 1 & 4;
CSS SEP Standards: 1, 3, 6 & 8


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Science Olympiad - Division B/C

March 4, 2017
(Grades 6 - 12)
Division B (grades 6-9) / Division C (grades 9 - 12)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mission Oak High School, 3442 E. Bardsley Ave., Tulare

Science Olympiad Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events for which students prepare throughout the year. These events are balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology. There is also a balance between science facts, process, skills and applications. Locally, over 550 students from more than 25 schools compete in the annual regional competition. The Science Olympiad is divided up into three divisions: Division A (grades 3 - 6), Division B (grades 6 - 9), and Division C (grades 9 - 12).

County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak congratulates winners Individual and team awards are presented with the top four teams in the B and C divisions advancing to the NorCal State Science competition.

September 29, Coaches Meeting
4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Willow Room, 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia

View a video of the 2010 event (.wmv)

For more information, Jared Marr at jaredm@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3047.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Reading 1, 2 & 10;
Writing 2 & 7;
CSS SEP Standards: 1-8;
Project and Problem Solving


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STEM Expo

March 11, 2017
(Grades 3 - 12)
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., TCOE Planetarium & Science Center, 11535 Avenue 264, Visalia

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Expo will allow students, families, and community members to participate in a variety of STEM-related activities. Students in grades 3-12 may participate in the science and engineering fair portion of the event. The top winners in this competition (grades 6-12) qualify for the California Science and Engineering Fair. Featured speakers, informational booths, and hands-on activities will be available throughout the day.

For more information, contact Jared Marr at jaredm@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3047 or Katherine Goyette at katherineg@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3008.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Reading 1, 2, 4 & 7-10;
Speaking & Listening 1-6;
Writing 1, 2 & 4-10;
CSS SEP Standards: 1-8;
Problem Solving, Project, and Presentation


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Poetry and Prose

March 14, 15, 16, 22, 23 & 24, 2017
(Grades K - 8)
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia

Students present poetry to an audience and judges at this county-wide oral interpretation event. Oral and written assessments are offered to each student, along with personalized certificates denoting their rank of Superior, Excellent, Very Good and Good.

For more information, contact Nancy Bellin at nancyb@tcoe.org or call (559) 733-6734.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Reading 4 & 5;
Speaking and Listening 6;
Performance


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Tulare-Kings College and Career EXPO

March 24, 2017
(Grades 9 - 12)
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., College of the Sequoias Visalia and Tulare campuses

Held on the College of the Sequoias' Visalia campus, the Tulare-Kings College and Career EXPO provides an opportunity for all Tulare and Kings County high school students to participate in career-themed competitions with peers from schools across the region. The event focuses on college and career awareness and exploration as students demonstrate and apply their industry knowledge and 21st century skills.

For more information, contact Kris Costa at kcosta@tcoe.org or call (559) 733-6101.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking & Listening 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6;
Writing 1-9;
Problem Solving, Project and Presentation;
Various Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards specific to Industry Sector


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Math Super Bowl

March 30, 2017
(Grades 7 - 8)
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia

Math Super Bowl logo This student event is for 7th-8th grade students throughout Tulare County. Over 700 students participate in the day-long series of mathematics challenges. Students work with members of other schools to solve one open-ended problem in the Pro Bowl test, which is evaluated against a rubric. They also work with members of their own team to solve 15 free-answer questions in the Team Bowl. The Power Bowl challenges students individually with 35 enhanced multiple-choice questions. Awards are given to students in both large and small school categories. Ribbons, medallions and trophies are awarded for excellent mathematical performances.

View a video of the 2010 event. (.wmv file)

For more information, contact Julie Joseph at jjoseph@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3641.

CSS Mathematics Practices: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7;
Problem Solving


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Friday Night Live Lip Sync Contest

March 31, 2017
(Grades 6 - 12)
6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia

Dozens of middle and high school performers annually vie for awards in four categories: dance, lip sync, novelty and showcase. Friday Night Live provides youth with fun, life-affirming activities promoting abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gang participation and violence.

For more information, contact Adam Valencia at avalencia@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-0155.

CSS VAPA Standards: a, b & d;
Performance


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Young Authors' Faire

April 3 - 7, 2017
(Grades K - 8)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia
Books due March 17, 2017
April 5, 2017 , Reception
4:30 - 6:30 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia

Young Authors' Faire offers budding writers in grades K-12 an opportunity to have their books read by others. The books, which are written by students, are on display for a week in the TCOE Conference Center in Visalia. Visitors are invited to read and comment on the books. This event always has a great response. An evening reception is held so that the public can meet the young authors and help them celebrate in their success.

For more information, contact Debra Lockwood at debral@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3042.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Writing 3;
Language 1 & 2;
Project and Performance


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SCICON Barbecue & Wildflower Festival

April 9, 2017
(All ages)
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., SCICON campus, Springville

Each spring, SCICON opens its beautiful campus in the Sierra foothills above Springville to the public for a day of free tours, activities and entertainment. The program also sells tickets for a delicious barbecue luncheon. Proceeds benefit the SCICON program. All ages are welcome.

For more information, contact Dianne Shew at dshew@tcoe.org or call (559) 539-2642.


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Foundations for Life

Essays due April 11, 2017
(Grades 7 - 12)

Foundations for Life is a national, maxim-based essay contest for middle and high school students to reflect upon, express, and commit to profound and enduring truths. Locally, schools enter their student's best essays in the annual Tulare County competition. One Tulare County student in each grade level will receive a cash prize.

2015 Winners & Essays

For more information, contact Tim Budz at timb@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3046.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Writing 1, 2, 4 & 10;
Language 1, 2 & 3


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Robotics Exhibition

April 18, 2017
(Grades 4 - 12)
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia

Students and teams showcase the robots that they have built. Robots are constructed and programmed using various kits and software. Students are not restricted to any one kit or design and can use any technology available. Students display their imagination and innovation in an array of events.

For more information, contact Doug Cairns at dcairns@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3045.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Reading 1, 2, 7, 8 & 10;
Writing 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 9;
CSS Mathematics Practices: 1, 2, 5 & 6;
CSS SEP Standards: 1, 2 & 5;
Project and Problem Solving


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Step Up Youth Challenge

October 2016 through April 2017
(Grades 6 - 8 and 9 - 12)

The Step Up Youth Challenge will take place over the course of the 2016-17 school year, providing an opportunity for 20 middle and 15 high school teams to complete a project that will have a positive impact on their school and community.

October 26, Youth Summit (training for student teams)
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia
April 20, Final project due
May 18, Red Carpet Awards Ceremony
6:00 p.m.,Fox Theater, 300 W. Main St., Visalia

Challenge Advisor Training, September 28, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia

For more information, contact Rob Herman at robh@tcoe.org or call (559) 733-6606.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Writing 1;
Speaking and Listening 4;
Project, Problem Solving, and Presentation


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Arbor Day

April 27, 2017
(Grades 3 - 5)
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Mooney Grove Park, Visalia

Arbor Day Celebration Arbor Day Celebration is a hands-on student event provided to all 3rd - 5th grade students in Tulare County. This late spring event provides the opportunity for students to learn about the importance and care of our trees in the environment. Students who participate will experience environmental lessons within Mooney Grove Park. Local environmental experts conduct these fun-filled, activity-based lessons. Students will get the opportunity to tour the County museum and learn about the rich history of our valley. Each class will help plant a tree at Mooney Grove for the restoration of the park. Each student will not only learn how to plant trees properly, but will be given their very own tree to take home and plant with their Mother in celebration of Mother's day!

Arbor Day Celebration Teachers get to have fun celebrating with their students, participating in the environmental lessons conducted by skilled gardeners. Each teacher will receive materials with information on trees and environmental education that aligns to state science standards.

Traditionally the National Arbor Day, founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872, is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April. The Tulare County Arbor Day Celebration is held in early May to accommodate schools involved in the California STAR testing.

View a video of the 2008 event [.wmv] [.mov]

For more information, contact Jared Marr at jaredm@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3047.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 1, 2 & 3;
CSS SEP Standards: 1, 3, 6 & 8


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Theatre Company Spring Musical

April 27 - 30, 2017, James and the Giant Peach, Jr.
(Grades 1-12)
April 27 - 29, 7:00 p.m.; April 29 - 30, 2:00 p.m.
Rotary Theater, 330 S. Dollner St., Visalia

Celebrating its 19th season, the TCOE Theatre Company showcases the talents of area students by producing full-scale musicals. Join us for this lively and colorful Broadway spectacular!

Special Schools-Only Performance - grades 2-5
April 28, 2017
9:30 a.m., Rotary Theater, 330 S. Dollner St., Visalia

For more information, contact Charlotte Garcia at charlotteg@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-1482 ext.3645.

CSS VAPA Standards: a, b, c, d & e;
Performance


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Science Olympiad - Division A

April 29, 2017
(Grades 3 - 6)
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Mission Oak High School, 3442 E. Bardsley Ave., Tulare

Science Olympiad Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events for which students prepare throughout the year. These events are balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology. There is also a balance between science facts, process, skills and applications. Locally, over 550 students from more than 25 schools compete in the annual regional competition. The Science Olympiad is divided up into three divisions: Division A (grades 3 - 6), Division B (grades 6 - 9), and Division C (grades 9 - 12).

October 6, Coaches Meeting
4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Willow Room, 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia

View a video of the 2010 event (.wmv)

For more information, contact Jared Marr at jaredm@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3047.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Reading 1, 2, 4 & 7-10;
Writing 1, 2 & 4-10;
Speaking & Listening 1-6;
CSS SEP Standards: 1-8;
Project and Problem Solving


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A Night at the 21st Century Museum

May 2, 2017
(All Grades)
5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Visalia Convention Center Exhibit Hall, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia

Celebrate the rigorous and relevant Project Based Learning that is taking place in Tulare County. This unique museum experience will feature both quality exhibits and the outstanding students who created them. Docents (student participants) will showcase and expand their 21st Century skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication as they share their projects with the public. The museum tour will include opportunities to view short presentations by student docents and allow the public to engage with students, teachers and community partners in this uplifting and inspiring evening.

For more information, contact Jen Francone at jenf@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3003.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Writing 7, 8 & 9;
Speaking and Listening 5;
CSS VAPA Standards: a, b, c, d & e;
Problem Solving and Project


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Tulare County Technology Challenge (TC2)

May 3, 2017
(Grades 7 - 12)
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia

This challenge is a competition where middle and high school students will be given a task or topic to research and create their project on-site. Students will sign up for one of many technology challenges: create an online interactive poster, animated presentation, infographic, iMovie book trailers, Google map trips, and more.

October 27, Coaches Meeting
4:30-6:00pm, Willow Room, 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia

For more information, contact Katherine Goyette at katherineg@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3008.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Writing 2 & 6-8;
Speaking and Listening 2, 4 & 5;
CSS SEP Standards: 1, 2 & 5


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Physics Day

May 10, 2017
(Grades 6 - 8)
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Porterville Fairgrounds, 2700 W. Teapot Dome Ave., Porterville

Tulare and Kings County middle school students head to the Porterville Fair armed with worksheets, calculators and accelerometers for lessons in physics.

View a video of the 2007 event [.wmv] [.mov]

For more information, contact Jared Marr at jaredm@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3047.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 1;
Language 1 & 6;
CSS SEP Standards: 1-8


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Reading Revolution - Middle School

May 12, 2017
(Grades 7 - 8)
8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia

To promote literacy and the joy of reading, Reading Revolution is open to teams of middle school students. The teams will answer questions drawn from a limited list of titles released in the fall. Following school-wide competitions, schools send their top team to participate at the county event.

For more information, contact Debra Lockwood at debral@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3042.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Reading 1, 2, 6 & 10


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Slick Rock Student Film Festival

May 12, 2017
(Grades 7 - 12)
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Visalia Fox Theater, 300 W. Main St., Visalia

The Slick Rock competition provides the opportunity for middle and high school students to submit videos they have created. The best videos will receive an award and be presented to the public at the film festival. Some videos may also be aired on television.

For more information, contact Adam Valencia at avalencia@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-0155.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 4 & 5;
Writing 5;
CSS VAPA Standards: a, b, c, d & e;
Project


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Reading Revolution - Elementary School

May 19, 2017
(Grades 4 - 6)
8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia

To promote literacy and the joy of reading, Reading Revolution is open to teams of upper elementary school students. The teams will answer questions drawn from a limited list of titles released in the fall. Following school-wide competitions, schools send their top team to participate at the county event.

For more information, contact Debra Lockwood at debral@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3042.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Reading 1, 2, 6 & 10


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Theatre Company Summer Musical

July 21 - 29, 2017
(Grades 1-12, including graduating seniors)
July 21 - 22, July 27 - 29, 7:30 p.m.; July 22, 29, 2:00 p.m.
L.J. Williams Theater, 1001 W. Main St., Visalia

The Theatre Company offers classes and performance opportunities to all Tulare County youth. Fall and Spring semester workshops culminate in a full-scale production. There are minimal course fees for classes and productions.

For more information, contact Bethany Rader at bethany.rader@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-1482 ext.3645.

CSS VAPA Standards: a, b, c, d & e;
Performance


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Ongoing Programs


Circle J - Norris Ranch

(Grades K- 14)

An outdoor campus located near SCICON, Circle J provides a wide range of field study options for grades K-12, as well as community college students. Programs are designed to expand appreciation of the environmental and aesthetic values of the outdoors and to increase understanding of the relationship between humans and nature.

Reservations required.

For more information, contact Nancy Bruce at circlej@ocsnet.net or call (559) 539-2263.


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Planetarium and Science Center

(Grades K- 8)

A multimedia facility designed to provide unique and exciting learning experiences which supplement and reinforce the classroom curriculum, the Sam B. Peña Planetarium and Science Center offers a variety of programs throughout the school year at no cost to Tulare County students. Out-of-county schools may attend for $1 per person.

Reservations required.

For a listing of programs and shows, including evening public shows, call (559) 737-6334 or visit tcoe.org/planetarium.


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SCICON

(Grades 5- 6)

SCICON is the nationally-recognized outdoor science and conservation school located above Springville. Fifth- and sixth-grade students visit for one-day or week-long experiences in natural science and conservation. Students also experience SCICON's natural history museum, raptor center, planetarium and observatory, and tree nursery.

Reservations required.

For more information, visit tcoe.org/SCICON or contact Dianne Shew at dshew@tcoe.org or call (559) 539-2642.


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Theatre Company's On Stage Program

(Grades K- 8)

The Theatre Company provides the directors and all the resources a school needs – including costumes, props and backdrops – to produce a 35-minute musical involving up to 50 students. The well-known children's musicals offered are ideal for after-school programs, fundraisers and more.

For more information, contact Bethany Rader at bethany.rader@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-1482.


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Tulare County History of Farm Labor & Agriculture Museum Theater

(Grades K- 12)

Located within the Tulare County History of Farm Labor & Agriculture Museum in Visalia's Mooney Grove Park, this 60-seat theater offers a variety of TCOE-produced videos on the various ethnic groups that settled in Tulare County to farm and ranch. Featured ethnic groups include Armenian, African American, Dust Bowl Migrants, Mexican, Native American, Japanese, Portuguese, Croation, Italian, and – by the end of August 2015 – Dutch. The museum also offers an orientation video, which gives an overview of Tulare County history. One version of the video is suited for students K-6, while another was developed for grades 7-12 and adult groups. Teachers are encouraged to contact museum staff to schedule visits.

For more information, contact Amy King at aking1@co.tulare.ca.us or call (559) 733-6616.


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Past Events

Circle J Astronomy Nights

Fall 2016
(Grades 3 - 12)
evenings, Circle J-Norris Ranch, Springville

Under the supervision of a team of local amateur astronomers, visitors learn to work the telescopes and guide them to view planets, star clusters and distant galaxies. Visitors also learn the ancient mythologies of the constellations and how to identify the stars that they contain.

August 25, 2016, Grades 3 - 5 Family Astronomy Night, 7:00 p.m.
August 26, 2016, Grades 3 - 5 Family Astronomy Night, 7:00 p.m.
September 2, 2016, All ages Family Astronomy Night, 7:00 p.m.
September 23, 2016, Middle School Astronomy Night, 7:00 p.m.
September 30, 2016, High School Astronomy Night, 6:30 p.m.
October 6, 2016, All ages Family Astronomy Night, 6:30 p.m.
October 7, 2016, Grades K-2 Family Astronomy Night, 6:30 p.m.

For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Nancy Bruce at circlej@ocsnet.net or call (559) 539-2263.


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College Night

September 13, 2016
(Grades 9-12)
5:30 - 8:00 p.m., Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia

College Night logo In early September each year, the Tulare County Office of Education hosts Tulare County College Night. Hundreds of high school students from throughout Tulare and surrounding counties attend to meet representatives from nearly 70 universities and colleges from around the country. Representatives from national trade, art and specialty institutions also attend.

College Night also features a variety of informational seminars, both in English and Spanish, on topics ranging from the application process and financial aid to foreign exchange opportunities and transfering credits.

For more information, contact Joy Soares at jsoares@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-0501.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 1 & 3, 5 & 6


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Tulare County Poet Project

September 15, 2016
(Grades 4, 7, 9-12)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia

This pilot project will partner three local schools with poets-in-residence for a week-long poetry writing seminar. Students will discover the magic of poetry through reading, writing and performance. The project will culminate with an evening showcase of student-poets presenting their own creative works.

For more information, contact Kate Stover at kstover@tcoe.org or call (559) 741-0809.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Reading 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6;
Speaking and Listening 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6;
Language 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6;
CSS VAPA Standards: a, b, c, d & e;
Performance


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Circle J BioBlitz

September 17, 2016
(Grades 4 - 12)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Circle J-Norris Ranch, Springville

Join us as students and scientists explore, discover and document insects, plants, and other wildlife living at Circle J Ranch. Upload discoveries using the iNaturalist App to show the world what you found!

For more information, contact Nancy Bruce at circlej@ocsnet.net or call (559) 539-2263.

CSS SEP Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5


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FNL T.U.P.E. Leadership Training

September 21, 2016
(Grades 6 - 8)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia

This event is a training session for middle school students identified as campus leaders. Selected students learn how to engage fellow classmates in activities that encourage healthy choices and how to implement their training at school.

For more information, contact Tony Cavanagh at tcavanag@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-0155.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 1;
Writing 4 & 8;
Project and Problem Solving


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SCICON Open House

September 25, 2016
January 22, 2017
(Grade 6)
12:00 - 4:00 p.m., SCICON campus, Springville

SCICON staff hosts an open house each semester so that parents of sixth-grade students preparing for a trip to the outdoor education campus can tour the program. Families are welcome to bring picnic lunches. SCICON staff is on-hand to answer questions.

For more information, contact Dianne Shew at dshew@tcoe.org or call (559) 539-2642.


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Cardboard Challenge

October 8, 2016
(All Grades)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 7000 Doe Avenue, Visalia

The Global Cardboard Challenge was inspired by the short film Caine's Arcade and is a worldwide celebration of childhood creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Tulare County students are invited to bring their creations made from cardboard and recycled materials. This event engages students in the 4Cs of 21st century learning: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.

For more information, contact Jared Marr at jaredm@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3047.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 1 & 4;
CSS Mathematics Practices: 4, 5 & 6


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CHARACTER COUNTS! Week

October 17 - 22, 2016
(All Grades)

In partnership with the Visalia Times-Delta / Tulare Advance-Register, this event is a week-long celebration of the principles of CHARACTER COUNTS!. Tulare County schools and communities participate by nominating students of good character. Top honorees will be featured throughout the week in the newspapers.

Nominations accepted September 1 through 30 online at tcoe.org/KidsofCharacter.

October 26, Provident-Salierno Family Foundation Awards Reception
6:00 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia

For more information, contact Kelley Petty at kelleyp@tcoe.org or call (559) 740-4303.


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Young People's Concerts

October 18, 24 & 26, 2016
(Grades 3 - 8)
October 18, 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., L.J. Williams Theater, 1001 W. Main St., Visalia
October 24, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., Tulare Community Auditorium, 755 E. Tulare Ave., Tulare
October 26, 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., Buck Shaffer Theater, 415 W. Olive Ave., Porterville

Now in its 57th year, the Young People's Concerts provide an opportunity for Tulare County students to attend a live orchestra performance, courtesy of the Tulare County Symphony. Concerts are held in Visalia, Tulare and Porterville.

For more information, contact Kate Stover at kstover@tcoe.org or call (559) 741-0809.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 4;
CSS VAPA Standards: a, c, d & e


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Civil War Time Travelers

October 21, 2016
(Grade 8)
Kearney Park, Fresno

Civil War Time Travelers is a tour of educational stations at the Civil War reenactment held at Kearney Park in Fresno. Ten 8th-grade classes from Tulare County are invited to visit with actors, view medical tents, sing at campfires, and learn about canons and cavalry. The reenactment brings to life a time when the United States was faced with one of its greatest challenges.

For more information, contact Gay Atmajian at gaya@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3350.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 1, 2 & 3;
Writing 4;
Project


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Tulare County Red Ribbon Celebration

October 26, 2016
(All Grades)
4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia

Through a partnership between the Tulare County Office of Education, the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency and a myriad of other county and city resources, the 2016 Red Ribbon Celebration event will allow students and families to participate in safe, educational and fun activities without the use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. In addition, the event will be a showcase of positive choices and opportunities for the youth of the Valley.

For more information, contact Adam Valencia at avalencia@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-0155.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 1, 2 & 3


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Expanding Your Horizons

November 5, 2016
(Grades 4 - 10)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., College of the Sequoias, 915 S. Mooney, Visalia

Expanding Your Horizons logo This student event is for 4th- through 10th-grade young women. Its focus is to enlighten and spark an interest in careers for women in the fields of Mathematics, Science, Engineering, and Technology. This conference will help young women discover how interesting and fun math and science can be, form personal contacts with women working in traditionally male occupations, and help them meet other young women interested in math and science.

For more information and to register, contact Katherine Goyette at katherineg@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3008.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 1, 2 & 3;
CSS SEP Standards: 1, 2, 6 & 7


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Circle J Field Science Weekend

November 5 - 6, 2016
(Grades 9 - 12)
Circle J-Norris Ranch campus, Springville

The Circle J-Norris Ranch and SCICON host the Field Science Weekend for high school students who have identified an interest in science and conservation careers. Area high school students and science teachers work with university scientists and naturalists to complete a variety of studies on pond ecology and rangeland management.

For more information, contact Nancy Bruce at circlej@ocsnet.net or call (559) 539-2263.

CSS SEP Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5


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Theatre Company Fall Musical

November 16 - 19, 2016, Les Misérables
(Grades 1-12)
November 16 - 19, 7:00 p.m.; November 19, 2:00 p.m.
L.J. Williams Theater, 1001 W. Main St., Visalia

Celebrating its 19th season, the TCOE Theatre Company showcases the talents of area students by producing full-scale musicals. Join us for this lively and colorful Broadway spectacular!

Special Schools-Only Performance - grades 6-12
November 18, 2016
9:30 a.m., L.J Williams Theater, 1001 W. Main St., Visalia

For more information, contact Brian Roberts at brianr@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-1482 ext.3645.

CSS VAPA Standards: a, b, c, d & e;
Performance


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Birding 101 at Circle J

December 3, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Circle J-Norris Ranch, Springville

Students will use binoculars to learn the birding basics and how to recognize 20 common birds. This is training for those who want to participate in the Christmas Bird Count.

For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Nancy Bruce at circlej@ocsnet.net or call (559) 539-2263.


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CyberQuest

December 10, 2016
(Grades 4 - 12)
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia

CyberQuest logo CyberQuest is a student event in which student teams must research a problem, create a multimedia presentation and then present to a panel of judges - all within three weeks. Students use the Internet, magazines, interviews, books, video and other forms of information to put their presentations together. The research skills they will use are based on the "Big6 Information SkillsTM."

October 3, Coaches Meeting
5:00 - 6:30 p.m., ERS Computer Lab, 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia

View video from the 2007 event. [.wmv file] [.mov file]

For more information, contact Katherine Goyette at katherineg@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3008.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Writing 6 & 7;
Speaking and Listening 4;
Project, Problem Solving, and Presentation


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SCICON and Circle J Christmas Bird Count

December 17, 2016
8:00 a.m. at SCICON and 1:00 p.m. at Circle J-Norris Ranch, Springville

Visitors will help with the annual Christmas Bird Count at the SCICON and Circle J-Norris Ranch campuses.

For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Nancy Bruce at circlej@ocsnet.net or call (559) 539-2263.


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Remembering the Holocaust

January 19, 2017
(Grades 7 - 12)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Sequoia Room, 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia

Each year, Tulare County students in select schools hear the personal account of a World War II Holocaust survivor and have the opportunity to ask questions. The sessions are intended to enhance students' understanding of this horrific event. Additionally, TCOE will host an evening presentation for parents and community members to attend.

For more information, contact Gay Atmajian at gaya@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3350.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 3


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Mock Trial

January 24, 26 & 31, February 2, 9 & 16, 2017
(Grades 9 - 12)

January 24, 26, 31, February 2, Competition Rounds
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tulare County Courthouse, Visalia
February 9, Semi-Final Rounds
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tulare County Courthouse, Visalia
February 16, Final Round
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia

Mock Trial logo High school students throughout Tulare County learn about the content and processes of the law during Mock Trial competition. Through role-playing, studying a case, and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students increase skills in public speaking, analytic ability, and team cooperation. Local attorneys serve as judges and advisors. Winners advance to the State Mock Trial Finals.

October 20, Coaches Meeting
4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Willow Room, 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia

For more information, contact Scott Pierce at scottp@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3031, Ext. 391.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Reading 1;
Writing 1;
Speaking and Listening 4;
Performance and Problem Solving


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Academic Decathlon

January 25, 28 & February 4, 2017
(Grades 9 - 12)

January 25, Online Essay Competition
at individual school sites
January 28, Speech & Interview Competitions
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia
February 4, Testing, Super Quiz Relay and Awards Ceremony
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia

Academic Decathlon is a countywide student event for grades 9 through 12. It is part of the National Academic Decathlon competition. Schools field teams of up to nine members divided by thirds into Honors, Scholastic, and Varsity. Students compete in a series of 10 academic events including written examinations, speech, interview and Super Quiz. The winner in Tulare County competes at the state level; the state winner competes at the national level.

September 20, Coaches Meeting
4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Willow Room, 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia

For more information, contact Laura Voshall at laurav@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3044.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Reading 1;
Writing 2 & 9;
Speaking and Listening 5;
CSS Mathematics Practices: 1;
Problem Solving and Performance


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Poetry Out Loud

February 1, 2017
(Grades 9 - 12)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia

The Tulare County Office of Education is proud to introduce the Poetry out Loud competition. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, and the California Arts Council, Poetry Out Loud inspires high school students to discover and appreciate poetry through a combination of memorization, performance, and competition. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and improve English fluency and comprehension. The Poetry Out Loud program begins with classroom and school-wide competitions, with winners advancing to county, state, and national competitions. Through Poetry Out Loud, the Tulare County Office of Education encourages students to study and appreciate poetry through practice, performance, and competition.

For more information, contact Kate Stover at kstover@tcoe.org or call (559) 741-0809.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Reading 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6;
Speaking and Listening 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6;
Language 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6;
CSS VAPA Standards: a, b, c, d & e;
Performance


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National History Day - Tulare County

February 21, 2017
(Grades 4 - 12)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia

History Day Logo For over 15 years, the Tulare County Office of Education has hosted National History Day - Tulare County. The event is an exciting, history-based competition. Fourth through twelfth grade students learn about issues, ideas, people and events in history, and then illustrate what they have learned with creative and original productions.

National History Day - Tulare County is coordinated with the National and California State History Days. Each year, a broad theme is selected at the national level to encompass local, state, American and world history entries. The theme gives a central focus to the work of all participants and provides a common "yardstick" by which the quality of research and understanding may be judged. Locally, over 200 students participate in the History Day competition held in March. The top competitors from each event and division advance to the National History Day - California.

For more information, contact Gay Atmajian at gaya@ers.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3350.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Writing 3, 4 & 5;
Speaking and Listening 3;
Project, Presentation, and Performance


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Tulare County Spelling Championship

February 22, 2017
(Grades 4 - 8)
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia

Students in grades 4-8 face off in a public, oral spelling competition. Schools hold their own spelling bees and select two students to attend the county-wide championship. The county champion has the opportunity to go on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

2017 Registration Form

For more information, contact Nancy Bellin at nancyb@tcoe.org or call (559) 733-6734.

CSS CCR Anchor Standards:
Speaking and Listening 2 & 4


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