28 Apr
Kern Codes Student Competition

Kern Codes Student Competition

The second-annual Kern Codes student competition was held virtually yesterday with sixty-five Kern County 6th through 12th graders showcasing their knowledge of computer programing concepts. “The goal of Kern Codes is to introduce participants to coding and to expose students to diverse job markets, promote hands-on learning experiences, and enhance problem-solving skills,” said Zack Safi, […]

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26 Apr
2022 State Science Fair Results

2022 State Science Fair Results

The California Science & Engineering Fair is the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout the State of California in grades 6 – 12, serving California’s future scientists and engineers since 1952.  Judging interviews of all projects were held virtually on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.  This year there were 854 participants from […]

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18 Apr
An Advocate for Children… and Change

An Advocate for Children… and Change

As a longtime KCSOS special education staffer, Carla Barrientos has always been an advocate for children. She is also an advocate for change and was fundamental in helping improve the employment practices at Abercrombie & Fitch, one of the most popular clothing retailers during 1990s and early 2000s. Carla’s story is one of many chronicled […]

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04 Apr
Don’t Miss the Boat — KEEP CALM Jamboree April 22

Don’t Miss the Boat — KEEP CALM Jamboree April 22

You would be hard-pressed to find a local resident who has not been positively impacted by Camp KEEP or CALM. KCSOS’s two beloved outdoor education programs are embraced by thousands of Kern County children and their families year after year. As a result, the community has long been supportive of these programs through volunteer efforts, […]

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28 Mar
2022 Henry Greve Speech Contest Results

2022 Henry Greve Speech Contest Results

Kern County 7th and 8th graders competed in the 67th annual Henry Greve Speech Contest, which was held virtually on March 24. Each of the competing students had between four-and-a-half and seven minutes to convince the judges with their persuasive speeches, answering the prompt: “What was the biggest impact the pandemic had on society?” The […]

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22 Mar
Kern Students Win at the State Academic Decathlon Competition

Kern Students Win at the State Academic Decathlon Competition

Over the weekend, Kern County students from Frontier, Stockdale, and Arvin High Schools battled against the best and brightest students in California at the 43rd California Academic Decathlon competition. In nine out of ten categories, Kern County students placed in the top three – a tremendous feat that students have worked toward over the last […]

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18 Mar
Reflecting on two-plus school years amid a pandemic

Reflecting on two-plus school years amid a pandemic

Two years ago this week, I stood alongside colleagues from Kern County school districts and our partners at Kern County Public Health to issue a joint statement that made the inevitable official. All schools in Kern County would physically close no later than March 18, 2020, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We believed the […]

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17 Mar
Kern County Science Fair 2022 Results

Kern County Science Fair 2022 Results

Approximately 360 4th through 12th grade students took part in Kern County’s 34th annual Regional Science Fair, which took place virtually on March 14-16. There were over 330 projects in all. The annual event is the culmination of months of hard work for students who rose through their school and district ranks for a chance […]

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08 Mar
Mask mandate FAQs from CDPH

Mask mandate FAQs from CDPH

What’s the latest with mask requirements in schools? A: Beginning March 12, the state strongly recommends that masks be worn indoors on school campuses but will no longer require them to be worn. County public health departments and local educational agencies (districts, charters, and private schools) can require masks if they choose. Will the Kern […]

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07 Mar
39th Annual Kern County History Day

39th Annual Kern County History Day

Students from schools across Kern County competed on Saturday in the 39th annual Kern County History Day, held at the Larry E. Reider Educational Center. Individuals or groups with the highest scores in each category are now eligible to participate in California History Day, May 6 & 7 in Rocklin, Calif. State winners advance to […]

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