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Student Events &

Academic Competitions

The Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) coordinates a number of countywide and regional events for students, giving individual students and school teams the chance to come together outside of the classroom to demonstrate their learning. The student events encourage engagement, promote accomplishments, and provide students with a chance to put their learning to the test in a real world setting.

For teachers, the events are a resource to encourage and motivate student learning. Schools participate to build school spirit and spotlight the achievements of their students. The community helps sponsor these annual competitions and experiences and joins in recognizing participating schools and students.

We would like to give a special acknowledgement to our sponsors, volunteers, teachers and coaches for their commitment and encouragement.   We appreciate your support in making participation in these unique educational opportunities happen for Butte County student.

CLICK HERE FOR 2019-2020 STUDENT EVENTS BROCHURE
(please note that dates/Times subject to change.  Please check back to confirm)

For general inquires contact:

Mary Ellen Garrahy - Student Engagement and Events Manager

Email

530-532-5647

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June/July 2019-2020 

June 15

Soccer Camp for Kids (in partnership with Sacramento Republic FC and Oroville YSC)

When: 9:30am - 1pm
Location: Riverbend Park, Oroville, CA

Details: Please join us for a free soccer clinic for kids in Butte County sponsored by Butte County Office of Education, Sacramento Republic FC and Oroville Youth Soccer. This one day clinic will be taught by professional soccer players and teach your students the basics for being a better player. All participants will receive free swag and tickets to a Sacramento Republic game! Space is limited so register immediately.

august/September 2019-2020

August 22 – 25

Junk Robotics Exhibition

When: During Fair Hours
Location: Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 East Hazel St., Gridley, CA 

Details: Junk Robots sponsored by Butte County Office of Education will be on display at the Butte County Fairgrounds.


September 16-27

High School Voter Week

When: Week Long
Location: All Participating Butte County High Schools

Details: The California Education Code designates the last two full weeks in April and September to be High School Voter Education Weeks. This provides an opportunity for high schools and their students to partner with county elections officials to promote civic education and participation on campus and foster an environment that cultivates lifelong voters and active citizens.


September 19

Butte County High School Angler's Kickoff Event

When: 6pm-7:30pm
Location: BCOE Lincoln Center 

Details: The BCHSA is a fishing club open to all high school students of Butte County who want to perfect their angling skills. BCHSA will operate like any other school sporting event with coaches, staff, and volunteers. There will be no cost to join. Students will be frequenting various water sites with coaching staff in order to apply and perfect their angling skills. Members will meet in a classroom setting once a month so coaching staff can assess students’ progression of knowledge in the sport. Students will also have the opportunity to compete in various fishing tournaments with BCHSA. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to all classes and events.


September 19 
VEX ROBOTICS QUALIFYING ROUND 1

When: 4pm – 8pm
Location: Nelson Avenue Middle School, Oroville, CA

Details: Vex Robotics teams from around Butte County are invited to Round 1 Qualifier to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through participation. Must be a pre-registered team in the Butte County VEX Robotics Competition and VEX IQ Challenge to attend.


September 28

Family Fun Day (in conjunction with the Oroville Salmon Festival)

When: 10am - 3pm
Location: Bicentennial Park, Corner of Huntoon and Robinson Streets, Oroville, CA 

Details: Family Fun Day is an opportunity to celebrate programs and services offered to Butte County students through the Butte County Office of Education! Students and families are invited to join us for an array of interactive Expanded Learning Program booths, live music, student talent show, art and crafts, sports and much more.

October 2019-2020


October 16
Explorer’s Fair

When: 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair Street, Chico, CA 

Details: K-8 students and families invited to explore booths from local businesses, industry, high schools and the community college. Interactive hands-on activities from robotics to art and more!


October 17
Vex Robotics Qualifying Round 2

When: 4pm – 8pm
Location: Nelson Avenue Middle School, Oroville, CA

Details: Vex Robotics teams from around Butte County are invited to Round 2 Qualifier to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through participation. Must be a pre-registered team in the Butte County VEX Robotics Competition and VEX IQ Challenge to attend.

postponed TBA

CARDBOARD CHALLENGE

When: TBA
Location: Bicentennial Park, Corner of Robinson & Huntoon Streets, Oroville, CA

Details: The public is invited to attend the 2nd annual Cardboard Challenge at the Butte County Office of Education’s Bicentennial Park on Saturday, October 6, 9am – 1pm. At this free event, children and adults will have the opportunity to design and fabricate their own creations from cardboard and supplies provided. The Global Cardboard Challenge was inspired by the short film entitled Caine’s Arcade – a film about a boy who created a game arcade out of cardboard boxes in his father’s auto parts store and the neighborhood that supported it. Today, the Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of childhood creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. This event also engages students in the 4C’s of 21st century learning:
critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.


October 23-31
Red Ribbon Week

When: All Week
Location: All participating schools

Details: Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign. Butte County encourages all of our students to live a drug-free lifestyle. Wear red ribbons this week to celebrate!


October 31
Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy Essay Deadline

When: 12pm
Location: Local VFW office, Oroville, CA

Details: Patriot’s Pen 2018 - 19 Theme “Why I Honor the American Flag” middle school essay contest and Voice of Democracy “Why My Vote Matters” high school essay contest. This VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. Cash prizes and scholarships awarded.

November/December 2019-2020 

November TBA
Vex Robotics Qualifying Round 3

When: 4pm-8pm
Location: TBD

Details: Vex Robotics teams from around Butte County are invited to Round 3 Qualifier to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through participation. Must be a pre-registered team in the Butte County VEX Robotics Competition and VEX IQ Challenge to attend.


December 9-15
Computer Science Education Week

When: Week Long
Location: All schools

Details: Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. We encourage all classrooms to bring the Hour of Code to your students!


December TBA
NCEL Esports Fall Playoffs

When: TBA
Location: TBA

Details: The Northern California Esports League (NCEL) is a new student program ran by the Butte County Office of Education. The program is a student-led operation focused on bringing competitive esports opportunities to our high school students in Northern California. NCEL will work alongside the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) formed by the Orange County Office of Education to bring high school gamers in rural California the chance to compete in statewide and national championships. Visit the official NCEL website at ncesportsleague.org to learn more.


December TBA

Butte County Vex Robotics Finals

When: 8am -2pm
Location: TBD

Details: Vex Robotics teams from around Butte County are invited to Finals to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through participation. Must be a pre-registered team in the Butte County VEX Robotics Competition and VEX IQ Challenge to attend.


January/February 2019-2020

January 23
Butte County Academic Decathlon Essay 

When: After School
Location: Participating School Sites

Details: Student high school decathletes complete the essay portion of the Butte County Academic Decathlon.

January 27 – 31
The Great Kindness Challenge

When: Week long Challenge
Location: All Butte County Schools

Details: The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness on campuses nationwide. BCOE, alongside our schools are proudly participate in this proactive bullying prevention initiative. Students and adults will receive a GKC Checklist with 50 kind deeds. We are encouraging everyone to complete the checklist and show the world that kindness matters!


February 1
Butte County Academic Decathlon Speech, Interview and Super Quiz

When: 8am - 5pm
Location: Butte County Office of Education, 1859 Bird Street, Oroville

Details: Student high school decathletes participate as a 9-member team against other schools by taking 30 minute multiple-choice tests in the subjects of economics, language & literature, music, science, art, mathematics, and social science. They also compete in interviews, speeches and essays. The competition culminates in the high-energy team event called the Super Quiz, which is open to the public. Individual and team award medals are presented at an awards banquet and the overall winning team from the county competition is invited to participate in the statewide California Academic Decathlon.


February 3
Academic Decathlon Awards

When: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Copa de Oro, 1445 Myers St, Oroville, CA 95965

Details: Winners will be announced at the Butte County Academic Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Each student has the opportunity to take a +1 to the dinner. Invite only.

February 11
Butte County Poetry Out Loud Competition 

When: TBA
Location: Gridley Paint Locker Fine Arts Gallery, 548 Kentucky St. Gridley, CA

Details: The Butte County Poetry Out Loud Competition encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The program provides students with the opportunity to perform poetry in their classroom. Winners advance to school-wide, then comhe county competition for a chance to recite their poetry at State and National level. 


February TBA
STEM Girl Career Trek 

When: 8am - 2:30pm
Location: Butte College Gym, 3536 Butte Campus Dr., Oroville, CA

Details: The Butte County branches of the American Association of Women (AAUW) in partnership with Butte Community College, invite all 8th grade girls to attend a career exploration program. Interact with professional women whose careers require training in math, science and/or technology and learn about the preparation required for those careers. Must register to attend. Includes meals. Only open to 6th - 8th grade girls. 


February 25
Mock Trial

When: 8am - 3pm
Location: Butte County Courthouse, 1 Court St., Oroville, CA

Details: The Mock Trial competition simulates a trial-level proceeding in which high school students play the roles of pretrial counsel, prosecuting and defense attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs before a single presiding judge and two to three scoring judges who score individuals based on their legal arguments and presentations. Mock Trial materials include a hypothetical criminal case
(summaries of case law, witness statements, official exhibits, simplified rules of evidence) and lesson plans on the central issues in the case. *date to be confirmed by Court, please check BCOE website for updates.


March/April 2019-2020

March 5
Butte County Juried Art Show Awards

When: TBA
Location: North Butte County Courthouse, Chico

Details: Selected students invited to display their art at the Juried Art Show during March 5-31. This event showcases the finest art work in the county as part of the Arts Education Initiative designed to bring about a renaissance in arts education for Pre K-12th.

March 7

Butte County National History Day

When: TBA
Location: Nelson Avenue Middle School, 2255 6th St, Oroville, CA 95965

Details: National History Day, is a year-long educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics' significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.


March TBA
Butte County Spelling Bee

When: 8am - 4pm

Location: Oroville Southside Community Center, 2959 Lower Wyandotte Rd, Oroville, CA 95966

Details: The Butte County Office of Education coordinates the county elementary Spelling Bees for grade 4-6 students and the county junior high competition for students in grades 7-9. Butte County Spelling Bees give students the opportunity to demonstrate their spelling ability, think on their feet, and speak before an audience.


April TBA
Butte County Kids Challenge and Career Day

When: 2pm – 5pm
Location: Butte College Gym, 3536 Butte Campus Dr., Oroville, CA

Details: Students visit Butte College for an engaging day highlighting career exploration and participation in an exciting academic trivia competition. Students, parents, and educators are welcome to attend.


April TBA
Search For Talent

When: TBA
Location: Oroville State Theatre, Oroville

Details: 

Tryouts/Rehearsals

Sat. February 23, 2019
1PM
Youths ages 6-19

PERFORMANCE
Sat. March 16, 2019
6PM
Historic Theater
1489 Myers St., Oroville
Tickets available at Chamber of Commerce Office

$5 per person
$10 per family


May 2020 (date tbd)
Math Field Day

When: TBA
Location: TBA

Details: Math Field is an opportunity for Butte County Elementary Schools to join together in promoting excellence in mathematics, team work, achieving goals, and school spirit. Math Field Day is an all-day math competition for students in Grade 4, 5, and 6. A school can have only one team (4 team members) per grade level participating. Most schools hold try-outs and have practice sessions for their teams. Must be registered to attend.


May 1
Butte County Special Olympics

When: morning
Location: Harrison Stadium, 1674 3rd Avenue, Oroville, CA

Details: The track meet is an annual collaborative event and doubles as a service learning opportunity for students attending local middle and high schools, Butte College and Chico State, to work with students with disabilities in an athletic and active environment.


May TBA
Esports Spring Playoffs

When: TBA
Location: TBA

Details: The Northern California Esports League (NCEL) is a new student program ran by the Butte County Office of Education. The program is a student-led operation focused on bringing competitive esports opportunities to our high school students in Northern California. NCEL will work alongside the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) formed by the Orange County Office of Education to bring high school gamers in rural California the chance to compete in statewide and national championships. Visit the official NCEL website at ncesportsleague.org to learn more.