Visalia Unified honors employees of the year

Each year, Visalia Unified School District invites District staff to submit nominations for the VUSD Employee of the Year Awards. From those nominated, District administration selects one School Employee of the Year, one Administrator of the Year, and an outstanding Teacher of the Year from each level: elementary, middle, and high school. The VUSD Board […]

Westlands Water District opens 2021 scholarship application period

Westlands Water District Westside Scholarship application period has begun. This year, Westlands Water District Board expanded its scholarship program to include additional westside high schools and will award 10 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Through this program, the District has been proud to recognize and reward exceptional academic achievement and leadership for 15 years. […]

Arts Visalia to feature paintings from out-of-state artists in May

In May, Arts Visalia showcases the works of two out–of–state artists: Andrew Leventis from North Carolina and Kirk Maynard from New Jersey. The alluring hyper–realistic paintings of Andrew Leventis examine the correlation between our food supply and our sense of well–being. Kirk Maynard’s oil pastel self–portraits are compelling introspections on how black bodies are perceived […]

Young Authors’ Faire features dozens of student-authored stories, now online

The COVID-19 pandemic has not dulled the creativity of Tulare County’s young authors. Today, the annual Young Authors’ Faire opens online with 38 books written and illustrated by 50 Tulare County students. Velocirlocks and the Three T-Rexes: A Jurassic Tale by Joseph W. of Manuel F. Hernandez Elementary School in Visalia reimagines Goldilocks and the Three Bears […]

Readership project puts books in students’ hands at a time they need them most

In the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic last fall when students across California were learning virtually, some learners in five Tulare County districts enthusiastically welcomed some low-tech gifts – books. The books – 30,000 of them – have been distributed to 50 teachers and over 1,900 students through the Readership project, a grant-funded program that launched with a virtual conference for […]

Tulare County Libraries celebrate National Library Week, Library Outreach Day

Tulare County Library says “Welcome to Your Library” this National Library week from April 4-10, 2021, encouraging all library users to celebrate library services, especially those that extend beyond the four walls of its buildings. Whether online or via Pick Up, Tulare County’s libraries adapted to the challenges of the pandemic by expanding digital resources […]

TCOE Foundation launches first annual 5K Run/Walk fundraiser

Last week, the TCOE Foundation announced it would hold its first annual 5K Run/Walk fundraiser this spring. The event is open to Tulare County students of all abilities in grades TK-12, plus those in Community Based Instruction Programs. Last year, the Foundation Board envisioned an annual family fundraiser event to bring the community together to celebrate […]

National History Day held virtually, 22 projects selected to advance to state competition

In their National History Day senior group documentary, Addison Reardon, Hannah Wegley, and Hollen Wegley of University Preparatory High School (UPHS) explored how vocal music was encoded with messages to guide slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad during the early- to mid-19th century. For their work on the documentary, the students were selected as […]