Focus on Education - February 2023

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Focus on Education - Ventura County Office of Education

February 2023

Focus on Education provides news about K-12 public schools for families and educators in Ventura County. It is published by the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE).

Attend the VCOE Equity Conference

Tuesday, March 7, 2023, In Person in Camarillo

Vital issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion in Ventura County public schools are the focus of the third annual Ventura County Office of Education Equity Conference, which will be held in person on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, in Camarillo.


The conference will feature a wide variety of workshops on increasing opportunities and removing obstacles for students from marginalized communities. 


The conference is open to parents and guardians, students, educators, support personnel, and community members. Language interpretation will be provided. There's no charge to attend, but you'll need to register at

VCOE Equity Conference
2023 Westlake High School Academic Decathlon Team

2023 Academic Decathlon Winners


Westlake, Thousand Oaks, and Channel Islands High Schools took the top spots in the 2023 Ventura County Academic Decathlon. This is the third consecutive year that Westlake has placed first overall.


The Academic Decathlon is an opportunity for high school students to compete against each other in academic events that cover subjects ranging from art to economics. Complete individual and team results for all participating schools are available here

Transitional Kindergarten Students

Transitional Kindergarten Enrollment


Transitional Kindergarten or TK is a new, optional grade level for four-year-olds that is being rolled out statewide in stages over the next few years. For the coming 2023-2024 school year, children are eligible for TK if they turn five between Sep. 2, 2023, and Apr. 2, 2024.


Some local school districts have already opened TK enrollment for next year, and the rest will be doing so soon. For information on enrolling your child, check with your local school district. And for general information about TK, visit

Black History Month

February is Black History Month


February is Black History Month, an opportunity to honor the achievements and recognize the struggles of the African American community. 


You can find a variety of wonderful Black History Month resources for educators and families compiled by Ashlee Nishiya, VCOE Coordinator of Library, Media, Reading, and Literacy, at this link

Shannon Klemann

Teacher of the Year Attends State of the Union Address


Ventura County Teacher of the Year Shannon Klemann from Adolfo Camarillo High School got a very special honor this week. She was Congresswoman Julia Brownley's guest at President Biden's State of the Union address in Washington, DC. Learn more about this amazing educator here.

Logo Contest Winners

Students Design Winning Logos


Every year VCOE conducts a countywide contest for students to create logos for our academic competitions. Congratulations to this year’s winners!


  • Academic Decathlon – Lyra Cabanban, Channel Islands High School
  • Mock Trial – Javi Tontoco, Newbury Park High School
  • Science Fair – Sam Moreno, Santa Paula High School

Upcoming Events and Workshops


The Ventura County Office of Education and its partners present a wide variety of workshops and events for educators, students, and community members. Some of our upcoming offerings are below, and you can browse the full calendar of events at



Autism Conference

February 9, 2023 • Virtual


Migrant Family Conference

February 11, 2023 • In Person


Digital Equity Conference

February 23, 2023 • In Person


Transition Fair - help for young adults with disabilities

February 25, 2023 • In Person


VCOE Equity Conference

March 7, 2023 • In Person


Carpe Diem - for those who care for children with emotional challenges

March 9, 2023 • In Person


Migrant Student Speech & Debate Tournament

March 25, 2023 • In Person


Battle of the Books - for students in grades 3 to 5

April 28, 2023 • In Person

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