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2023-24

2022-23

 Dos Pueblos High School Wins 2023 Santa Barbara County Mock Trial Competition

After the closely contested final round on Saturday, March 4, 2023, Dos Pueblos High School A Team was named the winner of the 40th annual Santa Barbara County Mock Trial competition, emerging victorious over San Marcos High School. Third and fourth places were awarded to Dos Pueblos High School B Team and Santa Barbara High School, respectively.

Sheriff Bill Brown swears in County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido & newly re-elected board members, Marybeth Carty, Judy Frost, and Maggie Daane

In a ceremony held at the Santa Barbara County Education Office during a regular meeting of the board, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown swore in County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido - following her re-election in June - and newly re-elected Board of Education members, Judy Frost, Maggi Daane, and Marybeth Carty. Congratulations and thank you for your service and leadership!

 Teachers shine at ninth annual “A Salute to Teachers” gala, presented by the Santa Barbara County Education and Cox Communications

The ninth annual “A Salute to Teachers” gala, presented by the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) and Cox Communications, took place on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Music Academy in Santa Barbara in celebration of our county’s finest TK-12 educators. The event honored the Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year, Santa Barbara Bowl Performing Arts Teacher of the Year, three Distinguished New Educators and three Distinguished Mentor award winners.

 Join us for SBCEO’s 70th annual “Breakfast with the Authors,” a unique opportunity to meet and connect with local writers and illustrators as they share their works over breakfast

Calling all book lovers! The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) is hosting its Breakfast with the Authors event on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m in the SBCEO auditorium, located at 4400 Cathedral Oaks Road, Santa Barbara. Students (grades 4-12), parents, teachers, coordinators, and librarians, and community members are invited to attend.

 Classified School Employees of the Year Awards 2022

Winners are from the Guadalupe Union School District, Orcutt Union School District, and Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. Orcutt Union’s Timothy Romine selected by the California Department of Education as the statewide winner of the “Skilled Trades” category.

 Nadra Ehrman, Director of Sustainability at The Towbes Group and longtime youth advocate and community volunteer, appointed to the Santa Barbara County Board of Education

The Santa Barbara County Board Board of Education has appointed Nadra Ehrman to fill the vacant seat left by the mid-term resignation of Dr. Peter MacDougall. Ehrman will represent Trustee Area 2, which covers most of Goleta and a portion of western Santa Barbara. She will hold office until the election in November 2024, which is the remainder of MacDougall’s term.

2021-22

Santa Barbara County Graduation Roundup 2022

SBCEO congratulates the graduating Class of 2022! A list of the high school graduation ceremonies taking place across Santa Barbara County is included. Ceremonies may be subject to change. Please check high school websites for the latest dates, times, locations, and any guidelines for attendance.

 Joanna Hendrix Named 2023 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year

Ms. Hendrix is a Santa Barbara County Education Office teacher for the deaf/hard of hearing, serving children from Orcutt and Santa Maria at the Ralph Dunlap Elementary School campus - one of 17 special education preschool classrooms operated by the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

November 10. 2021
Partners in Education (Partners) is seeking volunteers to discuss their careers and, if applicable, provide a hands-on career demonstration for junior high school students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District on career exploration days. These career exploration days kicked off November 8 at Goleta Valley Junior High and continue on November 15 at La Cumbre Junior High, November 19 at La Colina Junior High, and November 29 at Santa Barbara Junior High.

September 15, 2021
Three Distinguished New Educators and three Distinguished Mentors will be honored on November 6, 2021, at the eighth annual A Salute to Teachers gala at the Music Academy of the West. Sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) and in partnership with Cox Communications and many other organizations across Santa Barbara County, this event recognizes teaching excellence and features new and mentor teachers who contribute to their students and schools in extraordinary ways.

November 1, 2021
The Santa Barbara County Education Office and the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara are pleased to announce Allison Heiduk as the Rotary Club's recipient of the Teacher Recognition Award for the 2021 fall quarter. On October 29, the Rotary Club provided Heiduk with a plaque and $1,000. Heiduk is a third-grade teacher at Monte Vista Elementary School in the Hope School District, where she attended as a child. Ms. Heiduk was the 2015 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year.

August 26, 2021
The Santa Barbara County Education Office invites youth, educators, parents and guardians, and professionals supporting youth to attend the second annual Youth Empowerment Summit on Wednesday, October 27, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

October 20, 2021
The eighth annual A Salute to Teachers gala on Saturday, November 6th at 5 p.m. will be livestreamed for the first time, allowing the community to participate from the safety and comfort of their homes while a small group of honorees and sponsors gather for the ceremony at the Music Academy of the West. Virtual attendees may watch via s.sbceo.org/salutestream or tinyurl.com/salutesb beginning at 5 p.m. on November 6th and participate in the live chat cheering section.

September 16, 2021
Between the 1940s and 1970s, thousands of students left high school to serve in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II, over 100,000 individuals were interned in relocation camps across the United States. Some of these veterans and internees could not finish high school or receive their diplomas due to their military service or internment. Veterans and previously interned citizens may be granted retroactive high school diplomas by the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) through the Operation Recognition program.

September 7, 2021
The Santa Barbara County Education Office recognized six exceptional individuals as the 2020 and 2021 Santa Barbara County Classified School Employees of the Year. Eli Davis, Isidro Duarte, and Francisca "Kika" Perez are the 2021 honorees. Patty Lopez, Antonio Reyes, and Christie Ruelas are the 2020 honorees. The Santa Barbara County Board of Education celebrated this dedicated group of employees at its September 2, 2021, Board meeting.

2020-21

Children’s Creative Project Celebrates National Arts in Education Week September 13-19

National Arts in Education Week, September 13-19, recognizes the meaningful and positive impact a strong arts education program provides for students of all ages.

The Children’s Creative Project (CCP), a nonprofit program run by the Santa Barbara County Education Office, supports arts education in schools throughout the county. It continues to bring the arts to classrooms as youth engage in remote instruction

June 10, 2021
The Santa Barbara County Education Office and the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara are pleased to announce Staci Hendricks as the Rotary Club's recipient of the Teacher Recognition Award for the 2021 spring quarter. On May 21, the Rotary Club provided Hendricks with a plaque and $1,000. Hendricks is a resource teacher for fifth and sixth-grade students at Peabody Charter School, where she has taught for five years.

May 26, 2021
The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) is pleased to announce our ten 2021 Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union Crystal Apple Educator Award recipients who will be honored at the virtual Education Celebration on May 27, 2021.

I Madonnari coming to you, virtually, on Memorial Day weekend

May 17, 2021
The I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary on May 29, 30, and 31, 2021, through an online festival experience thanks to the support of generous sponsors. Festival artists will use chalk pastels to transform their pavement canvases into elaborate and vibrant compositions in their driveways. Online festival visitors can view the daily evolution of the street paintings on the festival website at iMadonnariFestival.com, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow the hashtags: #IMadonnari, #ChildrensCreative Project, #ChalkFestivalSB, #KeepOnChalking.

Students compete in the 20th annual Santa Barbara County Battle of the Books

One hundred and forty 4-6th grade students from over 33 schools in Santa Barbara County competed in the 20th Annual Battle of the Books – online! This year’s co-champions are the Masters of the Books and the Lightning Readers and received Battle of the Books t-shirts and a book to read for next year’s competition.

Alisyn Blanton named 2022 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year

Today, the Santa Barbara County Board of Education announced Alisyn Blanton, a fifth-grade teacher at Miguelito Elementary School in the Lompoc Unified School District, as the 2022 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year. As the recipient of this prestigious award, Blanton represents the county’s exceptional educators. She is eligible for the state and national Teacher of the Year recognition programs.

Nineteen Remote Instruction Innovation (RII) grants have been awarded to educators countywide by the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO). These new grants, funded by Cox Communications and other partners through the SBCEO Teachers Network, support local teachers in addressing the unprecedented challenges of shifting to digital classrooms and redesigning teaching and learning.

35th I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival Planning Underway

Planning for the 35th annual I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival on May 29, 30, and 31 is underway. At this time, it is not possible to gather in person at the Old Mission, but the spirit of this beautiful festival will be shared virtually. This year's festival will incorporate sponsored chalk drawings on driveways by artists—from young children to professionals.

May 17, 2021
The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) is pleased to name Bill Gourley and Miguel Guerra as the 2021 Marvin Melvin Career Technical Educator Award winners. Gourley teaches woodshop at Goleta Valley Junior High (GVJH) in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Guerra teaches agriculture at Righetti High School (RHS) in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.

 Santa Barbara County Education Office, Rotary recognize Andrea Fuentes

The Santa Barbara County Education Office and the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara are pleased to announce Andrea Fuentes as the Rotary Club's recipient of the Teacher Recognition Award for the winter quarter. Ms. Fuentes is a fifth-grade teacher at Cleveland Elementary School in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. On February 5, the Rotary Club Zoom meeting awarded Ms. Fuentes with a plaque and $1,000 to use for her classroom.

On Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 8-11:30 a.m., authors and illustrators of children’s literature will gather with students, parents, educators, librarians, and community members for the 68h annual Breakfast with the Authors. This will be the first year of the Pajama Party Zoom Edition, which encourages participants to enjoy breakfast in their homes, in their pajamas, while logging onto Zoom to visit with authors and illustrators.

2019-20

Yesterday, 160 students had the opportunity to compete in the 19th Annual Battle of the Books – online! Team #23, Where the Books Meet the Moon, earned the top honors and received t-shirts for their victory while Team #11, The Page Turners, earned the runner up spot, walking away with autographed books.

 Authors and illustrators meet with students at 50th Annual Author-Go-Round

January 13, 2020
For the 50th consecutive year, upper elementary and junior high school students from schools throughout Santa Barbara County will have the chance to meet and talk with authors and illustrators of books for youth at the annual Author-Go-Round sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office...

 Superintendent Thurmond visits Santa Barbara County

August 30, 2019
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond visited Santa Barbara County today to meet with school, district, and county office administrators as part of a gathering co-hosted by Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 13 and the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO)...