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See the Winning Logos for Ventura County Academic Competitions
The Ventura County Office of Education is pleased to announce the winners of logo design contests for the 2020 Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial and Science Fair. Nearly 150 middle and high school students from throughout Ventura County submitted entries for the contests.  The winning design for the Academic Decathlon logo came from Morgan Conway, a student at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks. The design selected for the Mock Trial logo was created by June Liu, another La Reina High Schoo...
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Overnight Computer Coding Event Coming to Ventura County
High school students in Ventura County will have the opportunity to learn computer coding and put their creativity to work at a unique overnight event on December 6 and 7 in Camarillo. At the third annual Hackathon by the Sea, students will team up to code projects such as games, apps and websites. No prior coding experience is necessary and the students will be guided by professional mentors. The event is free and includes meals, snacks and prizes. The Hackathon is a fun and engaging way to exp...
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Get to Know Ventura County's School Districts

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Get to Know Ventura County's School Districts
Ventura County is home to twenty different school districts, each one as diverse as the students they serve. The smallest – with just 59 students – is the Santa Clara Elementary School District with its iconic red schoolhouse building alongside Highway 126. The largest is Conejo Valley Unified, with more than 18,000 students in 27 schools. Some districts only have elementary schools, one (Oxnard Union) has only high schools, and nine have the whole range from kindergarten throug...
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Wildfire Information and Resources

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Wildfire Information and Resources
The Ventura County Office of Education is committed to ensuring the safety of our students and school employees in the event of a wildfire. We have created a web page at www.vcoe.org/fire where you can find links to information about current incidents, precautionary power outages and air quality. There are also resources to help students, families and employees cope with the impacts of wildfires as well as important fire-related information for school administrators. During active...
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Ventura County Student Test Scores Improve

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Ventura County Student Test Scores Improve
Ventura County students slightly improved their scores on the statewide California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test, according to new data released by the California Department of Education. In the 2018-2019 school year, 50 percent of Ventura County students met or exceeded the state standards for English language arts (ELA), which is up one percentage point from the year before. In math, 39 percent of Ventura County students met or exceeded the state standards, which...
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Dr. Cesar Morales Honored with National Educational Award
Dr. Cesar Morales, Associate Superintendent of Student Services at the Ventura County Office of Education, is one of just 17 educators nationwide to receive the 2019 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).  The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award is an annual recognition for school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of school administrator preparation. Each year, UCEA invites ...
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Substance Abuse Prevention Programs Honored

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Substance Abuse Prevention Programs Honored
The Ventura County Office of Education’s Department of Comprehensive Health and Prevention Programs (CHPP) was recently honored for its efforts to teach students about the dangers of opioid use, vaping and other risky behaviors. The department received the Pillar of Prevention award from Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH). The award was established to honor exceptional contributions to the field of prevention by those who are working to preserve and protect community health. The award...
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Free Programs Available for Students with Disabilities

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Free Programs Available for Students with Disabilities
Parents who suspect their child has a disability are advised to contact their local school district or the Ventura County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). Federal and state laws require public schools to provide free and appropriate education for children with special needs. Children and youth from birth through 21 years of age may qualify for special education programs in public schools. Special education staff will help parents identify appropriate programs based upon ...
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Remarkable Ventura County Graduates Triumph Over Adversity
For some students, high school graduation is a given. Others face a variety of obstacles that can put a diploma out of reach, no matter how badly they want it. But for nearly every challenge, there is a student who has found the inner strength to persevere. In this edition of Focus on Education, we're excited to introduce you to local graduates who have overcome challenges - some large, some small - to reach their goal of high school graduation.
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Difficult Home Life Can't Stop this Student from Reaching His Dreams
Alex Gonzalez had just started his freshman year at Simi Valley High School when he found out his mom, dad and little sister would all be leaving the country while he stayed behind and lived at a friend's house. It was part of the process for his mom to become a US resident and it was only supposed to last for three weeks.
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