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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

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Cardboard Challenge

October 2020
(All Grades)
throughout the county

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. TCOE encourages Tulare County students to participate in the Challenge by spending creative time at home engineering their own cardboard creations, then sharing pictures with TCOE to possible be shared on the Cardboard Challenge website. This Cardboard Challenge engages students in the 4Cs of 21st century learning: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.

Additional information:
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/cardboard-challenge

Contact:
Juliana Davidian at juliana.davidian@tcoe.org or (559) 651-3003

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


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Oak Forest Research & Restoration Internship @ UC Merced/SCICON Field Station

October 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2020
(Grades 9 - 12 and recent graduates)
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., UC Merced/SCICON Field Station @ Circle J-Norris Ranch
41893 Yokohl Valley Dr., Springville

Circle J-Norris Ranch is seeking technicians to set up oak forest research plots and assist with our oak forest restoration project. This intern experience is perfect for high school students who enjoy nature and are interested in science and ecology. Interns will increase scientific and outdoor leadership skills in navigation, safety, teamwork, map reading, record keeping, and troubleshooting problems. High school students and recent graduates may apply. Must attend all four Saturdays.

Contact:
Nancy Bruce at circlej@ocsnet.net or (559) 539-2263

NGSS Ecosystems:
Interactions, Energy and Dynamics HS-L2.4, LS2.C, LS4.D;
SEP Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking;
CA Environmental Principles and Concepts 2, 4, 5


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CHARACTER COUNTS! Week

October 19 - 24, 2020
(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 August 24 through September 24 online at tcoe.org/KidsofCharacter.

November 4, Provident-Salierno Family Foundation Awards Reception
6:00 p.m., Live or virtual location TBA

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


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Tulare County Red Ribbon Celebration

October 28, 2020
(All Grades)
3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Online location TBA

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 Red Ribbon Celebration event allows 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 Frank Silveira at frank.silveira@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-0155, ext. 3611.

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


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Expanding Your Horizons

November 7, 2020
(Grades 4 - 10)
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Online location TBA

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 STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. 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.

Additional information:
tcoe.org/EYH
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/expanding-your-horizons

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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Circle J Family Astronomy Night

November 19, 2020
(Grades 3 - 12)
6:00 - 8:15 p.m., Circle J-Norris Ranch, 41893 Yokohl Valley Dr., Springville

Enjoy an evening under Circle J's dark skies viewing planets, constellations, and star clusters. Under the direction of amateur astronomers, navigate to keep sky objects using our five telescopes. No cost; donation box available. Program limited to 20 participants.

Pre-registration required.

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


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Theatre Company Fall Musical

November 19 - 21, 2020
(Grades 1-12)

The TCOE 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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Student Art Exhibitions

December 2020 - March 2021
(All Grades)
Online location TBA
Online registration due October 1
Artwork Submission and forms due November 2
Virtual Exhibition December 1 - February 28, displaying all districts
Best of Show Exhibition March 1 - 31, live/virtual exhibition location TBA

The annual Student Art Exhibitions showcase the county's talented young artists. From December through March, student artwork is typically displayed at the Tulare County Office of Education administration building, and the public is invited to view the show. However, during these uncertain times, artwork will be submitted in a digital format and will be displayed in a public online gallery. Entries are judged by local artists and those pieces receiving a Best of Show award will be highlighted in March during Arts Education Month.

Additional information:
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/tcoe-student-art-exhibitions

Contact:
Juliana Davidian at juliana.davidian@tcoe.org or (559) 651-3003

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


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Birding for Beginners at Circle J

December 5, 2020
9:00 a.m. - noon, Circle J-Norris Ranch, 41893 Yokohl Valley Dr., Springville

Explore Circle J Ranch while experiencing the joys of bird watching. Participants use binoculars, learn birding basics, and go for a short bird walk learning about the birds we observe along the way. Open to the public; all ages and abilities.

Pre-registration required.

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


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Habitat Restoration Volunteer Day at Circle J

December 5, 2020
(Grades 7 - 12)
1:00 - 4:30 p.m., Circle J-Norris Ranch, 41893 Yokohl Valley Dr., Springville

Get involved in restoring wildlife habitat at Circle J Ranch for birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Hands-on habitat planting for middle and high school students and their families.

Pre-registration required.

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


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SCICON and Circle J Christmas Bird Count

December 19, 2020
8:00 a.m. - noon at SCICON and/or 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. at Circle J-Norris Ranch, Springville

Join us for this worldwide annual tradition of counting all the birds we can see as we hike the trails at the SCICON and Circle J-Norris Ranch campuses.

Pre-registration required.

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


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The Amazing Shake

January 2021 (date TBA)

The Amazing Shake is a national competition that places an emphasis on teaching students manners, discipline, respect, and professional conduct. Students learn the nuances of professional human interaction as they are taught skills such as how to give a proper handshake, how to "work a room," how to give a successful interview, and how to remain composed under pressure. The focus of The Amazing Shake is to develop employability and life skills in students. In January, the Tulare County Office of Education will work with participating school districts to host "The Gauntlet" round of the competition.

For more information, contact Joy Soares at joy.soares@tcoe.org or call (559) 733-6101.


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Tech Rodeo Student Showdown

January 16, 2021
(Grades 4 - 12)
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Location TBA

Formerly known as CyberQuest, this competition challenges students to come prepared with research they have collected on a previously given topic. At the event, they will use technology tools to create a demonstration of their research in real time. Educators in attendance at the Tech Rodeo event will have the opportunity to observe their work, thereby building their capacity to design similar learning experiences in their clasrooms. The new event reflects the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards for students.

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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SCICON Open House

January 17, 2021
(Grade 6)
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., SCICON campus, Springville

SCICON staff hosts an open house each year 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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Mock Trial

January 19, 21, 26, & 28, February 2 & 11, 2021
(Grades 9 - 12)

January 19, 21, 26, & 28, Competition Rounds
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Online location TBA
February 2, Semi-Final Rounds
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Online location TBA
February 11, Final Round
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Online location TBA

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
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., online via Zoom

Additional information:
tcoe.org/MockTrial
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/mock-trial

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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Academic Decathlon

January 27, 30, & February 6, 2021
(Grades 9 - 12)

January 27, Online Essay Competition
January 30, Online Speech & Interview Competition
February 6, Objective Testing, SuperQuiz, and Awards Ceremony
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Online location TBA

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 tests and demonstrations, including art, economics, a written essay, an interview, language and literature, math, music, social science, speech and a Super Quiz. Students compete in teams or as individuals. The winner in Tulare County competes at the state level; the state winner competes at the national level.

November 10, 2020, Scrimmage
online

Additional information:
tcoe.org/AcademicDecathlon
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/acadec

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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Anti-Tobacco/Marijuana Challenge Bowl

February 2021 (Date TBA)
(Grade 6)
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., location TBA

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 and marijuana – before they enter middle school and are presented with the temptation to smoke.

For more information, contact Frank Silveira at frank.silveira@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-0155, ext. 3611.

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


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Poetry Out Loud

February 5, 2021
(Grades 9 - 12)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Online event

Poetry Out Loud inspires high school students to discover and appreciate poetry through a combination of memorization, performance, and competition. 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.

Additional information:
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/poetry-out-loud

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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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Tulare County Spelling Championship

February 17, 2021
(Grades 4 - 8)
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Online location TBA

Students in grades 4-8 face off in a public, oral spelling competition. Schools hold their own spelling bees and select 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.

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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National History Day - Tulare County

February 19, 2021
(Grades 4 - 12)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Online location TBA

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.

Additional information:
tcoe.org/HistoryDay
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/nhd

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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Community Biodiversity Festival

February 20 - 21, 2021
(Grades 4 - 12)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Circle J-Norris Ranch, 41893 Yokohl Valley Dr., Springville

Join us for two days of nature exploration with activities for the whole family: BioBlitz, wildlife habitat planting, guided nature walks, birding, hiking, and much more. This event is bilingual and co-sponsored with Alianza Ecologista. Registration required.

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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Friday Night Live Lip Sync Contest

March 2021 (Date TBA)
(Grades 6 - 8)
6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Live/Virtual location TBA

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 Frank Silveira at frank.silveira@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-0155 , ext. 3611.

CSS VAPA Standards: a, b, d;
Performance


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Science Olympiad - Division B/C

March 2 - 4, 2021
(Grades 6 - 12)
Division B (grades 6-9) / Division C (grades 9 - 12)
Times and online location TBA

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. 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).

Individual and team awards are presented with the top four teams in the B and C divisions advancing to the NorCal State Science competition.

October 1, 2020, Coaches Meeting
online via Zoom

Additional information:
tcoe.org/ScienceOlympiad
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/science-olympiad

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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STEAM Expo

March 13, 2021
(Grades 3 - 12)
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., TCOE Planetarium & Science Center, 11535 Avenue 264, Visalia

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Expo allows students, families, and community members to participate in a variety of STEAM-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.

Additional information:
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/steam-expo

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565, or
Juliana Davidian at juliana.davidian@tcoe.org or (559) 651-3003

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


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Nature Exploration Day Camp

March 15 - 19, 2021
(Students age 10 - 15)
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Circle J-Norris Ranch, 41893 Yokohl Valley Dr., Springville

The camp features outdoor learning activities, games, dance, art, hiking, birding, and more. Free and bilingual, the Nature Exploration Day Camp is a great opportunity for youth to spend time in nature. Cosponsored with Alianza Ecologista. Space is limited; preregistration required.

Contact:
Nancy Bruce at circlej@ocsnet.net or (559) 539-2263

NGSS Ecosystems:
Interactions, Energy and Dynamics MS-L2.4, LS2.C, LS4.D;
SEP Planning and carrying out investigations;
CA Environmental Principles and Concepts 1-5


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Poetry and Prose

March 15 - 19, 22 - 26, 2021
(Grades K - 8)
9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m., Live/Virtual location TBA

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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Math Super Bowl

March 23, 2021
(Grades 7 - 8)
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia

Math Super Bowl logo Middle school 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.

Additional information:
tcoe.org/MathSuperBowl
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/msb

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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Tulare-Kings College and Career EXPO

April 2021 (Date TBA)
(Grades 9 - 12)
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., College of the Sequoias Visalia and Tulare campuses

The Tulare-Kings College and Career EXPO provides students the opportunity to compete in college- and career-oriented competitions and spend time on a college campus. College and Career EXPO builds upon the momentum that students and schools are creating in college and career awareness, exploration, and preparation. The event is open to all students in academies or pathways.

For more information, contact Lori Morton at lori.morton@tcoe.org or call (559) 733-6101.

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


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Foundations for Life

Essays due online April 15, 2021
(Grades 6 - 12)

Foundations for Life is a maxim-based essay contest for middle and high school students to reflect upon, express, and commit to profound and enduring truths. One Tulare County student in each grade level will receive a prize.

2020 Winners & Essays

Additional information:
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/foundations-for-life

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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SCICON Barbecue & Wildflower Festival

April 18, 2021
(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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Young Authors' Faire

April 22, 2021
(Grades K - 8)

Online Registration due February 22, 2021.
Books due March 22, 2021.

April 22, 2021 , Reception
4:30 - 6:30 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, Visalia

Student authors submit their work and then participate in reading and commenting on the work of other students. Parents, teachers, and members of the community also read and comment on the submitted work.

Additional information:
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/yaf

Contact:
Juliana Davidian at juliana.davidian@tcoe.org or (559) 651-3003

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


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Theatre Company Spring Musical

April 22 - 24, 2021
(Grades 1-12)

April 22 -24, 7:00 p.m.; April 24, 2:00 p.m.
El Diamante High School Theater, 5100 W. Whitendale Ave., Visalia

The TCOE 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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Science Olympiad - Division A

April 24, 2021
(Grades 3 - 6)
Times and online location TBA

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).

Additional information:
tcoe.org/ScienceOlympiad
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/science-olympiad

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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Night at the 21st Century Museum

April 30, 2021
(All Grades)
5:00 - 7:00 p.m., TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, 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.

Registration Deadline is April 2, 2021.

Additional information:
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/night-at-the-21st-century-museum

Contact:
Juliana Davidian at juliana.davidian@tcoe.org or (559) 651-3003

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


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Reading Revolution - Elementary School

May 6, 2021
(Grades 4 - 6)
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., TCOE Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., 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.

Additional information:
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/reading-revolution

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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Slick Rock Student Film Festival

May 7, 2021
(Grades 7 - 12)
9:00 a.m. - 8:30 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 Slick Rock staff at slickrock@tcoe.org or call (559) 737-6350.

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


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Physics Day

May 12, 2021
(Grade 8)
Porterville Fairgrounds, 2700 W. Teapot Dome Ave., Porterville

Tulare and Kings County eighth-grade 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 Juliana Davidian at juliana.davidian@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3003.

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 14, 2021
(Grades 7 - 8)
8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., TCOE Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney, 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.

Additional information:
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/reading-revolution

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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Robotics Exhibition

May 17, 2021
(Grades 4 - 12)
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., TCOE Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., 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 Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or call (559) 651-0565.

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


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Theatre Company Summer Camp

June 7 - 25, 2021, Seussical Kids
(Grades 1-6)

Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., 7000 Doe Ave., Visalia
June 25 Performance, 7:00 p.m.
L.J. Williams Theater, 1001 W. Main St., Visalia

The Theatre Company offers a summer camp to Tulare County youth grades 1-6. The summer camp helps young performers develop their stage skills through three weeks of performance training. Directors work with participants on refining their voice, dance, and acting skills. The camp culminates in a performance on the evening of the final day of camp.

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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Oak Forest Research & Restoration Internship @ UC Merced/SCICON Field Station

June 8 - 11, 2021
(Grades 9 - 12 and recent graduates)
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., UC Merced/SCICON Field Station @ Circle J-Norris Ranch
41893 Yokohl Valley Dr., Springville

Circle J-Norris Ranch is seeking technicians to set up oak forest research plots and assist with our oak forest restoration project. This intern experience is perfect for high school students who enjoy nature and are interested in science and ecology. Interns will increase scientific and outdoor leadership skills in navigation, safety, teamwork, map reading, record keeping, and troubleshooting problems. High school students and recent graduates may apply. Must attend all four days.

Contact:
Nancy Bruce at circlej@ocsnet.net or (559) 539-2263

NGSS Ecosystems:
Interactions, Energy and Dynamics HS-L2.4, LS2.C, LS4.D;
SEP Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking;
CA Environmental Principles and Concepts 2, 4, 5


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Theatre Company Summer Musical

July 23 - 31, 2021, Mary Poppins
(Grades 1-12, including graduating seniors)

July 23 - 24, July 29 - 31, 7:30 p.m.; July 24, 31, 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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Step Up Youth Challenge

POSTPONED UNTIL 2021-22
(Grades 6 - 8 and 9 - 12)

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

Please note:
The Challenge has been postponed this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Coordinator Kelley Petty will provide all past and potential participants with information on the 2021-22 Challenge in February 2021.

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

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


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FNL T.U.P.E. Leadership Training

DATE TBA
(Grades 6 - 8)

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, ext. 3614.

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


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Young People's Concerts

DATE TBA
(Grades 3 - 8)

For over 60 years, the Young People's Concerts have provided an opportunity for Tulare County students to attend a live orchestra performance, courtesy of the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra.

Additional information:
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/young-peoples-concerts

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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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 visit for a small fee.

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 and immigrant groups include Armenian, African American, Dust Bowl Migrants, Mexican, Native American, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Croation, Italian, Dutch, and others. 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

College Night

September 8, 2020
(Grades 9-12)
Online location: tcoe.org/VirtualCollegeNight

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 college and university representatives from around the country, including representatives from national trade, art and specialty institutions.

Additional information:
tcoe.org/CollegeNight
commoncore.tcoe.org/student-events/college-night

Contact:
Paula Terrill at paula.terrill@tcoe.org or (559) 651-0565

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


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