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Westlake, Thousand Oaks, and Channel Islands High Schools Take Top Spots in 2023 Ventura County Academic Decathlon

Westlake, Thousand Oaks, and Channel Islands High Schools Take Top Spots in 2023 Ventura County Academic Decathlon

  • 2/4/2023 12:11:00 PM
The Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Ventura County Academic Decathlon, which was held in person over the past few weeks. The winners were revealed at a ceremony today at Oxnard High School. The three teams with the highest overall scores this year are: 1st Place: Westlake High School 2nd Place: Thousand Oaks High School 3rd Place: Channel Islands High SchoolThis is the third consecutive year that Westlake High School has placed first overa...
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Ventura County Academic Competitions Seek Volunteers

Ventura County Academic Competitions Seek Volunteers

  • 1/13/2023 2:38:00 PM
Ventura County’s popular academic competitions are returning in person this year, but we need the support of community volunteers to present these events for local students. The Ventura County Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, and Science Fair will be taking place over the next several weeks. On average, more than 400 volunteer judges and scorers are needed to support the 2,500 students who participate. Please see below for additional information and links to our online volunteer registratio...
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Students Create the Future at Hackathon by the Sea

Students Create the Future at Hackathon by the Sea

  • 1/10/2023 3:07:00 PM
More than 100 students from 40 different high schools throughout Ventura County stayed up all night as they competed in the annual Hackathon by the Sea last weekend in Camarillo. Participants spent an entire night creating apps and websites with the assistance of volunteer mentors.  Presented by the Ventura County Office of Education and the Hacker Fund, the Hackathon encourages students to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and engage users. At the end of the event, student ...
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Focus on Education - December 2022

Focus on Education - December 2022

  • 12/6/2022 2:15:00 PM
Education Report Released • Unprecedented Coordination on School Safety • Overnight Computer Coding Event for Students • VCOE Equity Conference to be Held In Person • Seeking Volunteers for Student Competitions
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2022-2023 Ventura County Education Report to the Community

2022-2023 Ventura County Education Report to the Community

  • 12/1/2022 9:13:00 AM
The Ventura County Office of Education is pleased to present the 2022-2023 Ventura County Education Report to the Community. This publication is full of articles about the many opportunities and services schools are providing to students as we emerge from the pandemic. Inside, you’ll find information and stories about the following topics and much more: Wellness centers and student wellbeing Transitional kindergarten and universal prekindergarten  Dual language immersion programs Care...
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Winners of VEX Robotics Competition Announced

Winners of VEX Robotics Competition Announced

  • 11/10/2022 11:28:00 AM
One hundred and thirty students from throughout Southern California participated in a regional VEX Robotic Competition last Saturday at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo. Student-built robots faced off in a game called Spin Up where they shot discs into baskets to score points. At the end of the competition, the following prizes were awarded: Tournament Champions: Knight Time Bots 6627A and 6627D from Foothill High School, Santa Ana, CA Excellence Award: Lancers 986A from Grac...
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Unprecedented Coordination on School Safety

Unprecedented Coordination on School Safety

  • 10/30/2022 2:20:00 PM
A recent shooting at a St. Louis high school left a student and a teacher dead and sent multiple other victims to the hospital. Beyond the horror of the shooting itself, one of the most disturbing things about this incident is how little attention it received. The sad and frightening reality is that school shootings have become so commonplace that they sometimes struggle to dominate the national conversation.
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2021-22 Student Test Scores to Serve as New Baseline

2021-22 Student Test Scores to Serve as New Baseline

  • 10/24/2022 10:07:00 AM
New student test score data released today by the California Department of Education will help Ventura County educators provide support and interventions where they are needed the most. The test results show student performance in math and English Language Arts on the 2021-22 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The 2021-22 school year was the first that CAASPP was fully administered since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020-21, only about half of Ventura C...
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What’s Next After High School for Students in Special Education?

What’s Next After High School for Students in Special Education?

  • 10/17/2022 4:09:00 PM
The Ventura County Transition Fair will help young adults with disabilities (ages 15-22 years old) prepare for the quality adult life they envision. Students, parents, teachers, and care providers are invited to join us at this free virtual event. Meet local agency representatives and gain information to assist with making adult life decisions.  WHAT: 2022 Ventura County Virtual Transition Fair DATE: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 SCHEDULE: 5:30 pm: Welcome 6:00 pm: Interact with age...
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Fentanyl Use by Students is a Growing Concern

Fentanyl Use by Students is a Growing Concern

  • 9/23/2022 3:17:00 PM
The Ventura County Office of Education is joining state health officials in warning schools and families about a new and concerning version of the synthetic opioid known as fentanyl. In a letter to superintendents and charter school administrators, California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Tomás J. Aragón sounded the alarm on “rainbow fentanyl,” a potentially fatal drug that comes in a variety of forms and bright colors. The U....
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