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Free Summer Meals for Children in Contra Costa County
06/14/2024
This summer, no child should go hungry in Contra Costa County as agencies team up with the United States Department of Agriculture’s SUN Meals program to offer free breakfast and lunch to kids ages 2-18 at various locations throughout the county.
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Student Board Members Appointed to Contra Costa County Board of Education for 2024-2025 School Year
06/14/2024
The Contra Costa County Board of Education (CCCBOE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ishaan Savla, a junior at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, and Luke Wilson, a senior at El Cerrito High School, as the student members of the Board for the 2024-25 school year. They were selected from a pool of 35 applicants representing eight school districts and 11 high schools.
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Seven College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced from Contra Costa County
06/06/2024
Seven students from Contra Costa County have been named recipients of National Merit Scholarships funded by U.S. colleges and universities, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced. These distinguished students are from Monte Vista High School in Danville and Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon.
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Celebrating Classified School Employees: A Message from Superintendent Lynn Mackey
05/20/2024
As we celebrate Classified School Employees Week, I am filled with gratitude and admiration for the incredible contributions our classified staff members make each and every day. This week is a special opportunity to recognize and honor the vital role they play in the success of our schools and the well-being of our students.
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Contra Costa County 8th Grader Earns 2nd Place at California State Junior High Spelling Bee
05/20/2024
Dhruv Subramanian, an eighth grader at Windemere Ranch Middle School, earned second place at the California State Junior High Spelling Bee.
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Fourteen Contra Costa County Seniors Awarded $2,500 National Merit Scholarships
05/20/2024
Fourteen Contra Costa County high school seniors were among 2,500 students named National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) last week.
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Tentative Agreement Reached with Teachers Union
05/16/2024
A tentative agreement was reached this evening between the Contra Costa County School Educators Association (CCCSEA) and the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) during a factfinding session. Once ratified, the two-year agreement gives CCCSEA members a 6 percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2023, and a 1 percent raise effective on July 1, 2024. The tentative settlement ensures that CCCOE teachers remain the highest compensated public school educators in Contra Costa County.
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School Nurse Day: Message from Superintendent of Contra Costa County Schools Lynn Mackey
05/08/2024
As we celebrate School Nurse Day, I am honored to shine a spotlight on the invaluable contributions of our dedicated healthcare professionals who serve as lifelines for our students' well-being. Today, we extend our deepest gratitude to our school nurses for ensuring the health and safety of our school communities.
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Teacher Appreciation Day: Message from Superintendent of Contra Costa County Schools Lynn Mackey
05/07/2024
Today is our annual celebration of teachers and I am thrilled to extend my deepest gratitude to all the educators who tirelessly dedicate themselves to shaping the future of our children. On the National Day of the Teacher, we honor your unwavering commitment, passion, and resilience in nurturing young minds and fostering a love for learning.
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CCCOE Recognizes Exceptional Career Technical Education Students
05/02/2024
The Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Regional Occupational Program (ROP) celebrated the outstanding achievements of students excelling in Career Technical Education (CTE) classes at the annual Students of Excellence Awards ceremony on the evening of Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at the Pleasant Hill Community Center.
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School Principals Day: Message from Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey
05/01/2024
Today marks School Principals Day—a day set aside to honor and celebrate the contributions of these exceptional individuals who work tirelessly to ensure the success and well-being of our students, staff, and school communities.
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Contra Costa County Classified School Employees Chosen as State Nominees for Outstanding Service
04/25/2024
Eight school employees will represent Contra Costa County in the State of California Classified School Employees of the Year (CSEY) program. The winners were among 26 nominees honored at the Contra Costa County Classified School Employees of the Year event hosted by the Contra Costa County Office of Education on Wednesday, April 24.
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Six Contra Costa County Seniors Awarded Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships
04/24/2024
Celebrating academic excellence, six seniors from four Contra Costa County high schools have been recognized as winners in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These students are among about 770 distinguished high school seniors nationwide announced in the first National Merit Scholars group for 2024.
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2024-25 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced During Surprise Classroom Visits
04/19/2024
Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey revealed the finalists for the 2024-25 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Program on Friday. The finalists are as follows: Kristy Candelaria (San Ramon Valley Unified School District/John Baldwin Elementary School) Michelle Goode (Orinda Union Elementary School District/Del Rey Elementary School) Jennifer Martinez (Pittsburg Unified School District/Pittsburg High School) Nicole Vicknair (Antioch Unified School District/Bidwell Continuation High School)
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Contra Costa County Board of Education Meeting Agendas for April 17, 2024
04/15/2024
After the Charter Renewal Training Workshop, the Contra Costa County Board of Education (CCCBOE) meeting will start at 5 p.m. Agenda items include a resolution to recognize Asian American & Pacific Islander Month during the month of May, consideration for awarding high school diplomas to adult and community school students, a follow-up to last month’s budget presentation, budget reserves levels discussion, and an update on the Student Board Member Selection process.
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Message from Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey
04/03/2024
Today, we have the opportunity to celebrate and thank the folks who are the backbone of many classrooms in this county. Paraprofessionals make invaluable contributions to the learning environment and make education accessible for many students. On this Paraprofessional Appreciation Day, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of you who tirelessly dedicate yourselves to supporting our students and educators in Contra Costa County.
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Contra Costa County Board of Education Accepting Student Member Applications
04/03/2024
The Contra Costa County Board of Education (CCCBOE) will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, for a student member for the 2024-25 school year from rising juniors and seniors. The Board will accept applications until Friday, April 26, 2024, at 5 p.m.
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Contra Costa COE Honors 2024 Teachers of the Year from School and Community College Districts
03/12/2024
The top educators from Contra Costa County’s 18 school districts, the County Office of Education and the community college district were honored on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at a reception to kick off the county’s 2024-25 Teacher of the Year program.
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Contra Costa COE Celebrates Teachers and Classified Employees of the Year
03/08/2024
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) recognized its Teacher of the Year (TOY) and Classified School Employees of the Year (CSEY) at the 2024 Celebration of Excellence Awards reception on March 5, 2024.
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Contra Costa County School Named 2024 Model Continuation High School
03/07/2024
Black Diamond High School in Pittsburg, California has been named a 2024 California Model Continuation High School (MCHS), State Superintendent of Public instruction Tony Thurmond announced this week. Black Diamond is among 31 schools throughout the state selected for the award. It is the third time the school has received the Model Continuation High School distinction, following its recognition in 2020 and 2017.
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County Office of Education Supports High School Journalism Program
03/05/2024
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) recently hosted a high school news reporting workshop as part of a new scholastic journalism program aimed at training high school students to report on their schools and local communities.
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Seven County Schools Awarded California Distinguished Schools Award
03/05/2024
Seven schools in Contra Costa County have been named 2024 California Distinguished Schools, State Superintendent of Public instruction Tony Thurmond announced this week.
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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AGENDA RELEASED
02/21/2024
Items on the Contra Costa County Board of Education agenda for the meeting on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, include: a resolution to recognize Women’s History Month; consideration of high school diplomas to adult, court, and community school students; information on school safety plans; and California School Board Association (CSBA) Delegate Assembly ballots will be cast by Board members. An update will be given on the County Board authorized charter schools. Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) reports will highlight goals, actions, and resources for CCCOE’s schools in respect to budgeting and planning (Mid-Year Monitoring report).
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California High School Wins Seventh Consecutive Contra Costa County Mock Trial Title
02/16/2024
For the seventh consecutive year, California High School has won the Contra Costa County Mock Trials championship, the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday evening. California High School, led by Coach Brian Barr, defeated Campolindo High in the final trial that took place on Tuesday, February 13, 2023, at the A.F. Bray Courthouse in Martinez. California High will now represent Contra Costa County at the California Mock Trial Finals in March. The final trial was presided over by Judge Christopher Bowen and scored by a panel of four attorneys. Deer Valley High school placed third after defeating Miramonte High School in the consolation trial.
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County Office of Education Releases 2022-2023 Annual Report to the Community
02/15/2024
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) invites the community to view its 2022-2023 Annual Report to the Community which outlines the accomplishments of the past year by the agency, county school districts, its schools, and students. The report also includes information about the county’s Board of Education, school funding, how the agency serves its most vulnerable students, and more. The report can be viewed and downloaded on CCCOE’s website at cocoschools.org/annualreport; it is available in English and Spanish.  
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Pinole Valley High School Senior Named 2024 Contra Costa County Poetry Out Loud Winner
02/13/2024
Ariana Salvador, a senior at Pinole Valley High School, is Contra Costa County’s 2024 Poetry Out Loud winner. With dramatic and expressive recitations of poems by Tanaya Winder and Roisin Kelly, Salvador became the county champion during the annual poetry event on February 10, 2024, at Del Val Theater in Walnut Creek. She was awarded a $250 scholarship and will now compete at the state level. Second place was awarded to Brooke Sanders, a senior at San Ramon Valley High School. Runner-up Sanders received a $100 scholarship.
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CCTV Named Education Champion for Collaboration and Support of Public Education
02/01/2024
Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey recognized Contra Costa Television (CCTV) as the Education Champion for the month of January 2024 at the most recent county Board of Education meeting. Contra Costa County Director of Communications & Media Kristi Jourdan, CCTV Operations Director Chris Verdugo and their colleagues were publicly thanked for CCTV’s collaboration on video projects, the agency’s Teacher of the Year Celebration, Poetry Out Loud, and programming showcased on edTV. These efforts help promote the excellent work taking place in Contra Costa County’s public schools.
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CCCOE Hosts Countywide Education Job Fair Featuring 20+ Employers
02/01/2024
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) is hosting its annual countywide Spring Job Fair on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Pleasant Hill Middle School in Pleasant Hill from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AGENDA
01/24/2024
Agenda items on the Contra Costa County Board of Education agenda for the meeting on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, include recognizing Contra Costa Television as an Education Champion, the awarding of high school diplomas for court and community school students, review of Student Accountability Report Cards (SARC), and examination of Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA). An update will also be given on Labor Agreement Proposals regarding the agency’s collective bargaining sessions with its union partners.
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Contra Costa County Mock Trial Program Set to Begin 43rd Season
01/19/2024
The 43rd Annual Contra Costa County High School Mock Trial Program commences on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. The program is held on seven weekday evenings during January and February in Martinez Courtrooms. Dozens of practicing and retired attorneys, judges, paralegals, and law students are set to volunteer their time to judge and score the trials.
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Board Selects Maxwell as President, Farias as Vice President
12/15/2023
The Contra Costa County’s Board of Education selected Mike Maxwell to serve as its president for the next year at the Board’s annual reorganization meeting on December 13, 2023. This is Maxwell’s third time being selected to lead the Board. Board Member Anamarie Avila Farias will serve as Vice President. Maxwell succeeds Board Member Consuelo Lara, who served in the position in 2023. Each December, the Board of Education selects members to serve in the roles of president and vice president.
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Contra Costa Trades Day Gives Students a View into Construction Jobs Available in the Bay Area
11/17/2023
In partnership with Earn & Learn and Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE), more than 130 students throughout Contra Costa County were given the opportunity to explore the world of skilled trades and learn from experts in the field. Earn & Learn is an organization that helps support and manage work-based learning activities. By teaming up with them, CCCOE was able to help connect dozens of students with the construction workforce and introduce them to industry career opportunities in construction, engineering, and other skilled trades.
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Contra Costa High School Students Tour East Bay Companies on Manufacturing Day
11/17/2023
More than 400 Contra Costa County high school students learned about manufacturing careers and toured nine East Bay companies and three community colleges during Manufacturing Day on October 24, 2023. Sponsored by the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) College and Career Readiness Program and Earn & Learn, Manufacturing Day offered students an inside look at career pathways with competitive wages that do not require a college degree.
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Village Community Resource Center Named Education Champion for Providing Vital Services to Families in East Contra Costa County
10/24/2023
Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey recognized Village Community Resource Center (VCRC) as the Education Champion for the month of October 2023 at the most recent county Board of Education meeting. Executive Director Kirsten Rigsby of VCRC and her colleagues were thanked for providing comprehensive resources to East County families, such as after-school programs, parent support groups, mental health services, food distribution, summer programs, and a youth leadership track.
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Joseph Alvarico of Ygnacio Valley High School Named One of California’s Teachers of the Year
10/16/2023
Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey today congratulated Ygnacio Valley High School engineering teacher Joseph Alvarico for being named one of five 2024 California Teachers of the Year. The announcement was made today by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
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Resources for Talking to Young People About Conflict and Violence
10/13/2023
In these challenging times, it is crucial for educators and families to be aware of the accessibility of disturbing content and misinformation on various social media platforms. Even traditional media can be sources of graphic images and footage that may be unsuitable for young people.
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Local Rotarians Named Education Champions for Sponsoring Regional Spelling Bee
10/13/2023
Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey recognized the Rotary Club of San Ramon Valley as the Education Champion for the month of September 2023 at the most recent county Board of Education meeting.
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MCHS Earns National Blue Ribbon Award
09/26/2023
Middle College High School (MCHS) in the West Contra Costa Unified School District, has been selected as one of California’s National Blue Ribbon Schools, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced last week. MCHS is one of 33 schools in the state honored with the prestigious award.
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114 Contra Costa County Students Named 2024 National Merit Semifinalists
09/26/2023
Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey congratulates 114 high school seniors for being named Semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Led by 52 students at Dougherty Valley High School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, there are 13 Contra Costa County high schools represented on the list of more than 16,000 Semifinalists.
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Ygnacio Valley, Freedom High School Educators Named County's 2023-2024 Teachers of the Year
09/26/2023
County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey announced Joseph Alvarico of Ygnacio Valley High School (Mount Diablo Unified School District) and Annalouisa Gonzalez-Ortega of Freedom High School (Liberty Union High School District) as the 2023-2024 Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year.
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Contra Costa County Board of Education Welcomes First-Ever Student Members
09/13/2023
The Contra Costa County Board of Education will welcome its first-ever student members at its meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. Sophia Nguyen from El Cerrito High School in the West Contra Costa Unified School District and Daphne Milich from Monte Vista High School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District were selected by the Board to represent the voices and perspectives of students in Contra Costa County.
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Contra Costa County Board of Education Meeting Agenda Released for 9/13 Meeting
09/11/2023
Education workforce housing, school fund investment activities, and an update on the progress about students and reading intervention strategies at Mt. McKinley School are on the agenda for the September 13, 2023, Contra Costa County Board of Education meeting.
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CCCOE Releases Resource Guide to Help Parents Navigate Substance Abuse and Mental Health Concerns in Teens
08/14/2023
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) has developed a new online guide titled, “Substance Use, Mental Health, & Teens: A Guide for Parents & Other Caring Adults,” which focuses on resources to protect and care for teens facing substance abuse and mental health challenges. Created by the agency’s Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) department, the resource was inspired by April Rovero, Founder/ Director of National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA), to equip adults with knowledge and resources they need to support young people in their lives to make positive decisions regarding their health.
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Contra Costa County Board of Education Mtg 8/16/23
08/14/2023
The agenda for the next Contra Costa County Board of Education meeting includes a resolution in support of Hispanic Heritage Month and a resolution on climate change learning opportunities, consideration of granting high school diplomas to students who met graduation requirements, and an update on charter schools throughout the county. Reports will also be given about the California Collaborative for Learning Acceleration (CCLA) and new legislation requiring high school students to take ethnic studies courses.
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Additional College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced
07/24/2023
Three additional Contra Costa County students are recipients of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. They join the three other county high school seniors previously announced in June.
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College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced
06/21/2023
Three Contra Costa County students are among more than 3,000 recipients of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced.
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Agenda Highlights for Contra Costa County Board of Education Meeting on June 14, 2023
06/13/2023
The proposed adoption of the agency’s Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP) and 2023-2024 budget, a charter oversight update, highlights from Mt. McKinley school’s Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) program, and an overview on CCCOE’s recruitment and credentialing efforts will be showcased at the Board Meeting. The Board will also receive a progress report on CCCOE’s Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant, a summary of supports explaining what essential services CCCOE provides to local school districts, and proposed additions/changes to policies.
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2023 Graduation Message from County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey
06/09/2023
It is graduation season and a time to acknowledge the Class of 2023. It is time to celebrate their accomplishments and the start of a new chapter in their lives. Wherever they may be headed next - whether it is college, career training, the workforce, or something else - it is a time to recognize and appreciate their achievements and perseverance.
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Agenda Highlights for Budget Workshop and County Board of Education Meeting
05/30/2023
A budget workshop and an update on the agency’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) will be presented, including a breakdown on how the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) plans to allocate funding and services for the 2023-2024 school year, at a special workshop meeting of the Contra Costa County Board of Education on May 31, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. The regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting will commence at 5:30 p.m., following the workshop and budget update.
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Contra Costa County Board of Education Accepting Applications for Student Member
05/23/2023
Rising juniors and seniors can be a voice for students by applying to serve as a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Education (CCCBOE). The Board voted unanimously at its May 17 meeting on the process to appoint a student board member, a position that was approved at the February 22 meeting. Applications are available online and will be accepted until June 30 at 5 p.m.
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Contra Costa County Teachers Receive Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust Award
05/19/2023
Three educators from Contra Costa County received the coveted Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust award for exceptional work in the classroom as K-12 teachers. A celebratory awards dinner took place at the Lafayette Hotel on May 4, 2023. The dinner was hosted by Chef and Radio Host Narsai David, and former KPIX news anchor Ann Notarangelo was the Master of Ceremonies. Nominated by principals, colleagues, and students, the recipients were each awarded $10,000 for exhibiting extraordinary commitment to their students.
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Eight Contra Costa County Seniors Awarded $2500 National Merit Scholarships
05/17/2023
Eight seniors from five Contra Costa County high schools have been named National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The group of winners was named in the program’s second announcement and are among those to have earned the “Merit Scholar” title. The 2,500 Merit Scholar winners were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.
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Agenda Highlights for Contra Costa County Board of Education Meeting on May 17, 2023
05/17/2023
Resolutions recognizing June as LGBTQIA+ month and pledging support for a new Education Center at Mt. Diablo State Park, a presentation on Universal Pre-Kindergarten grant funding, information on labor agreement proposals, and updates on the process for selecting a Student Board Member are some of the items on the Contra Costa County Board of Education (CCCBOE) agenda for its meeting scheduled for May 17, 2023, at 5 p.m.
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2023 Students of Excellence Awards
Students of Excellence Awards Ceremony Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Career Technical Education Courses
05/11/2023
Some 50 students were nominated to be Students of Excellence recipients, and 39 won the award based on their teachers' recommendations and the nominee’s submitted statement. Honored students were awarded a certificate of merit and a $300 scholarship. Additionally, the nominees received a gift card. Monetary donations were provided by Chevron, Phillips 66, Earn & Learn, Junior Achievement, Travis Credit Union, and Biocom California.
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8 Seniors Receive National Merit Scholarships
Eight Contra Costa County Seniors Awarded Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships
04/27/2023
Eight seniors at four Contra Costa County high schools have been named winners in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among approximately 840 distinguished high school seniors from throughout the Nation announced in the first group of National Merit Scholars for 2023.
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Top Spellers in Regional Competition
Contra Costa County Student Heads to Scripps National Spelling Bee After Placing Among Top Spellers in Regional Competition
04/25/2023
Dhruv Subramanian, a 7th grader at Windemere Ranch Middle School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, is one of three students from the Bay Area who will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee the week of Memorial Day in National Harbor, Maryland.
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2023 Contra Costa County Science & Engineering Fair Results
2023 Contra Costa County Science & Engineering Fair Results Announced
04/25/2023
School-aged scientists recently competed to represent Contra Costa County in state, national, and international science contests. 110 student projects were submitted for judging at the Contra Costa County Science & Engineering Fair (CCCSEF) in March. Of those, 18 were selected to compete in the California Science & Engineering Fair and three projects will represent CCCSEF at the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May. Three projects in the Junior Division Grand Sweepstakes became eligible to compete at Thermo Fisher Junior Innovators Challenge held in October 2023 in Washington, DC.
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2023 CSEY Nominees for State Recognition
Contra Costa County Classified School Employees of the Year Selected as Nominees for State Recognition
04/24/2023
Seven classified school employees were recognized for their support of students and schools in Contra Costa County at a reception held on Thursday, April 20, 2023.
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Contra Costa County Board of Education Mtg 4/19/23
04/19/2023
Board resolutions will recognize May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month as well as additional topics to highlight throughout the month (see below). A resolution to Promote Development of Education Workforce Housing will also be highlighted. Classified School Employee of the Year Nominees will be recognized by the Board. A review of a Quarterly Report, a Charter School Update, and a presentation from the Center for Recovery and Empowerment are some of the additional items on the Contra Costa County Board of Education agenda for its meeting scheduled for April 19, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.
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2023-2024 Teacher of the Year Finalists
2023-24 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced During Surprise Classroom Visits
04/19/2023
Joseph Alvarico (Mt. Diablo Unified School District/Ygnacio Valley High School), Annalouisa Gonzalez-Ortega (Liberty Union High School District/Freedom High School), Patricia Ogura (West Contra Costa Unified School District/Hercules Middle School and Hercules High School) and Danya Townsend (Mt. Diablo Unified School District/Olympic High School) will now compete to be named one of two Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year.
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Contra Costa County School Districts Name Top Educators for 2023-2024
04/12/2023
Twenty-one educators in Contra Costa County have been named their school district’s teacher of the year. With that distinction, the educators represent more than 8,000 teachers in Contra Costa County public schools and community colleges.
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A Message from Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey
03/28/2023
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) has put together a list of resources to provide educators, parents and guardians support in talking with students about gun violence, their safety and their feelings. Included in this list are resources for adults to care for themselves as well.
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Annual Contra Costa County National History Day Results Released
03/23/2023
Students from schools in Contra Costa County competed in the annual Contra Costa County National Day of History event on Saturday, March 4 at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. Individuals, or groups with the highest scores in each category are now eligible to participate in California History Day, April 15-16 at Sacramento State. Those who win at the state competition become eligible to advance to National History Day.
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Three CCCOE Employees Named School Administrators of the Year by ACSA Region 6
03/17/2023
ACSA Region 6, which represents public school administrators in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, named Credential Supervisor Kandi Hayes as the Personnel/HR Administrator of the Year, College and Career Readiness Coordinator Jeff Brauning as the Career Technical Administrator of the Year, and Literacy ELA/ELD Coordinator Erin Roberts as the Curriculum & Instruction Administrator of the Year.
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Contra Costa County Board of Education Mtg 3/15/23
03/13/2023
A workshop on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), a board resolution recognizing April as Arab American Heritage Month, presentations about educating homeless children and youth, and the Second Interim Report are among the items on the Contra Costa County Board of Education agenda for its meetings scheduled for March 15, 2023, at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
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White Pony Express is Named Education Champion by the Board of Education for Their Efforts in Supporting Students and Families with Food Resources
03/06/2023
Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey announced White Pony Express (WPE) as the Contra Costa County Education Champion for February 2023. The nonprofit organization was recognized at the Feb. 22, 2023, Contra Costa County Board of Education meeting.
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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
02/21/2023
Two board resolutions for the month of March, recognition of an Education Champion, and a new grant benefitting the arts in Contra Costa County’s elementary schools are among the items that are on the Contra Costa County Board of Education agenda for its meeting scheduled for February 22, 2023, at 5 p.m.
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Mock Trial
California High School Wins Sixth Consecutive Contra Costa County Mock Trial Title
02/16/2023
For the sixth consecutive year, California High School has won the Contra Costa County Mock Trials championship, the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday evening.
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2023 Poetry Out Loud Winners
Pinole Valley High School Sophomore Named 2023 Contra Costa County Poetry Out Loud Winner
02/15/2023
Harper Iles, a sophomore at Pinole Valley High School in Pinole, is Contra Costa County’s 2023 Poetry Out Loud winner. With expressive recitations of poems by Emily Dickenson and Stephen Dunn, Iles became the county champion during the annual poetry event on February 11, 2023, at Las Lomas High School.
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CCCOE Job Fair
CCCOE Hosts Countywide Job Fair in Partnership with 25 School Districts, Charter Schools, and Colleges
02/02/2023
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) is hosting its annual countywide Spring Job Fair on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Alhambra High School in Martinez from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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Aimee Henry Recognized as January Education Champion at Board Meeting
Phillips 66 Employee Recognized as January’s Education Champion for Supporting Career Pathways for Students
02/02/2023
Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey announced Aimee Henry, field communications director at Phillips 66, as the Contra Costa County Education Champion for the month of January 2023.
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Media Advisory
Contra Costa County Board of Education
01/23/2023
An update on charter schools and a discussion of student board members are among the items that are on the Contra Costa County Board of Education agenda for its meeting scheduled for January 25, 2023, at 5 p.m.
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CCCOE Principal Receives Lighthouse Award for Turnaround Site Leader
01/23/2023
Golden Gate Community School Principal Douglas Corbin has been awarded the Lighthouse Award for Turnaround Site Leader by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE). The Lighthouse Awards are presented annually at the SDCOE Equity Conference to honor the work of education, community, and student leaders who are champions for equity.
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TUPE Manager Receives Tobacco Control Leader of the Year Award
01/20/2023
The Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Coalition (TPC) recently named Emily Justice the Tobacco Control Leader of the Year for her work in building relationships with schools and increasing the number of students being served by anti-tobacco programs.
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28 Contra Costa Schools Selected as State Distinguished Schools
01/09/2023
Twenty-eight Contra Costa County elementary schools are being honored with the prestigious 2023 California Distinguished Schools award by the California Department of Education (CDE).
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Seeking Volunteers for Mock Trial Program
Seeking Legal Professionals to Volunteer in Contra Costa County Mock Trial Program
01/05/2023
The 42nd Annual Contra Costa County High School Mock Trial Program is scheduled to begin at the end of January; and volunteer legal professionals and students are greatly needed to lend their expertise.
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Consuelo Lara Selected as Board President
Contra Costa County Board of Education Selects Consuelo Lara as President
12/16/2022
Consuelo Lara, a longtime educator and community advocate, was selected as the Contra Costa County Board of Education President
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Three Re-Elected Members Sworn in for New Terms on County Board of Education
12/09/2022
Three members of the Contra Costa County Board of Education who won re-election in November took the oath of office during a special meeting on Friday, December 9.
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2021-2022 Annual Report
CCCOE Releases 2021-2022 Annual Report
12/06/2022
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) invites the community to view its 2021-2022 Annual Report to the Community which outlines the accomplishments of the past year by the agency, county school districts, its schools, and students.
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Superintendent Names April Rovero Education Champion
12/01/2022
Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey announced April Rovero, founder and executive director of the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, as the Contra Costa County Education Champion for the month of November 2022.
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Literacy Grant Awarded to CCCOE
Contra Costa County Office of Education Awarded $9.8M to Share Literacy Strategies Throughout the State of California
11/16/2022
CCCOE will team up with seven partners to share professional development opportunities and work with schools, educators, and districts in meeting the state’s critical goal: every child learns to read by third grade.
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Fire Science
ROP Fire Science Class at Freedom High School
11/15/2022
Students learn the science behind fires and participate in drills that help them understand how to knockdown and fight fires. During the drills, students are suited up in real firefighter gear and utilize fire hoses, stairs, and real life situations one might face as a firefighter.
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CCCOE Principal Receives California Association of Science Educators' Administrators Leadership Award
11/01/2022
Contra Costa County Office of Education’s principal of Golden Gate Community School, Douglas Corbin, has been awarded the Administrator Leadership Award by the California Association of Science Educators (CASE). Nominated for his outstanding work bringing high-quality science curriculum and learning opportunities to alternative students, Corbin was awarded this prestigious honor at the 2022 California Science Education Conference in Palm Springs, Calif.
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CCCOE Job Fair
Teaching and Non-Teaching Positions Offered at Job Fair
10/24/2022
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) will host a job fair highlighting permanent positions, substitutes, classified, and certificated positions. The event will take place on October 27, 2022, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ronald L. Stewart Center, located at 77 Santa Barbara Road in Pleasant Hill.
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Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year Named for 2022-2023
09/22/2022
Chavonta Edington of Diablo Vista Middle School (San Ramon Valley Unified School District) and Natasha Paul of Mt. Diablo High School (Mt. Diablo Unified School District) were named the 2022-2023 Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year.
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2023 National Merit Semifinalists
107 Contra Costa County Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
09/22/2022
Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey congratulated 107 high school seniors for being named Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
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Blue Ribbon Schools
Five Contra Costa County Schools Recognized as 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools
09/22/2022
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond congratulated the Contra Costa County Schools along with 24 other schools throughout the state last week.
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Tickets Now on Sale for the 50th Annual Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Celebration at Lesher Center
08/30/2022
Tickets for the 50th-Annual Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year celebration on Thursday, September 22 are now on sale on the Lesher Center website. Nineteen teachers from across the county will be honored at the first in-person celebration since 2019, and for the first time ever at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek. At the end of the program, two Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year winners will be announced.
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National Youth Science Camp
Two Contra Costa County Students Selected as Outstanding National Youth Science Camp Delegates
08/08/2022
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recently named two Contra Costa County students as National Youth Science Camp delegates for California.
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CyberCamp at CCCOE
Contra Costa County Students Participate in Week of CyberCamp at CCCOE
07/19/2022
CCCOE teamed up with Bay Area Cyber League for CyberCamp. It was a free week-long day camp of engaging and interactive learning on how to stay safe on the internet.
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National Merit Scholars
Six Local Students Named National Merit Scholars
07/13/2022
Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) is proud to recognize and celebrate six local student recipients of National Merit Scholarship Awards.
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Three Contra Costa County Students Honored
Three Contra Costa County Student Scientists Earn Awards at State Science Fair
05/16/2022
Three Contra Costa County students received individual recognitions at the 71st-annual California Science & Engineering Fair held last month. There were over 850 participants that presented 720 projects and represented 343 schools from throughout the state.
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CCCOE Recognizes 38 CTE Students of Excellence
05/12/2022
Students from Contra Costa and Alameda counties who have excelled in their Career Technical Education classes were honored by the Contra Costa County Office of Education at the annual Students of Excellence Awards ceremony.
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County Superintendent of Schools Announces 2022-23 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Finalists in Surprise Classroom Announcements
05/03/2022
The Contra Costa County Office of Education today announced the four teachers who have been selected 2022-23 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year finalists: Serina Culleton (Moraga School District/Donald L. Rheem Elementary School), Chavonta Edington (San Ramon Valley Unified School District/Diablo Vista Elementary School), Natasha Paul (Mt. Diablo Unified School District/Mt. Diablo High School) and Paula L. Rathert (Walnut Creek School District/Murwood Elementary School).
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Five Schools, Four Districts Earn Pivotal Practice Award
05/02/2022
Five schools and four school districts in Contra Costa County were named winners of the newly created 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
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Contra Costa County Science Fair
County Students Competed in the 2022 CCCSEF
04/22/2022
PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – Over 100 students from the county submitted projects that were judged at the Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair (CCCSEF). Eighteen student projects went on to compete in the California Science Fair earlier this month.
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District Teachers of the Year
Eligible teachers will be considered for the Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year program
04/18/2022
Nineteen Educators in Contra Costa County Have Been Named Their School District's Teacher of the Year. With That Distinction, They Represent the Nearly 8,600 Teachers in Contra Costa County.
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Statement Regarding Vaccine Mandate Delay
04/15/2022
Last night, the California Department of Public Health announced that the state will delay the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students until the 2023-24 school year.
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Odyssey of the Mind winners
23 Teams Advance to World Finals in Iowa
04/11/2022
PLEASANT HILL., Calif -- Seven Contra Costa County public schools won their divisions at the Odyssey of the Mind NorCal State competition which was held on March 26. In addition, 23 teams from Contra Costa County schools advanced to compete in the World Finals, May 25-28, at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
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Two Cal High Students Receive State Mock Trial Honors
03/21/2022
California High School students Cindy Zhu and Aarja Singh received individual accolades for their performances at the 41st-Annual California State Mock Competition which was held virtually, March 18-20.
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CCCOE Student Programs Teacher of the Year
Veteran CTE Educator Named 2022-2023 CCCOE Teacher of the Year
03/17/2022
Christina Carter, a career technical education (CTE) teacher at the Contra Costa Adult School (CCAS) was named the Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Teacher of the Year in a virtual ceremony Thursday evening. She becomes eligible to be a nominee for the County Teacher of the Year competition which announces two county winners in September.
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Redistricting boundaries approved
New Political Boundaries Approved
03/01/2022
The Contra Costa County Board of Education recently completed the constitutionally-mandated redistricting process, adopting a map that draws new political boundaries for elected members.
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Contra Costa County Mock Trials Winner
California High Wins Fifth-Consecutive Contra Costa County Mock Trial Title
02/17/2022
For the fifth-consecutive year, California High School claimed the 2022 Contra Costa County Mock Trials competition, led by coach Brian Barr, beating Miramonte High School in the championship bout on Tuesday.
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Brentwood Union SD’s Edna Hill Middle School Re-Designated California School to Watch
02/17/2022
Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey congratulated Brentwood Union School District’s Edna Hill Middle School for being named a 2022 California School to Watch for the sixth time.
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Job Fair
Teacher Job Fair Scheduled for February in Martinez
02/03/2022
The Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) is hosting a county-wide Certificated Job Fair on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at Alhambra High School in Martinez from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Representatives from 20 school districts and charter schools will be in attendance, as well as four universities to discuss credential programs and options for current classified and certificated staff to further their education.
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