Middle School and Junior High School Principals
FROM: Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability
SUBJECT: 2013-2014 English/Language Arts Events and Staff Development Information
This year, all event information and forms may be accessed on the Kern County Superintendent of Schools website http://ci.kern.org/StudentEvents/English. Regional winner forms may only be used by regional coordinators.
EVENT DATES/TIMES/LOCATIONS: Attached is a list of the dates/times/locations/deadlines for the 2013-2014 Kern County Language Arts Events. Please share this with your staff and post at your earliest convenience.
REGIONAL/DISTRICT LIST: The regional/district organizational list is also attached. Please locate your school/school district to determine your region, region number, and regional contact person. The Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office does not schedule or coordinate the regional events. Participation in the Kern County Oral Language Festival and the Henry Greve Speech Contest is limited to students who have won their regional competitions. Call your regional contact person for the dates/locations of your regional events. The Kern Battle of the Books and the Bank of America Essay/Speech Contest are not regional events. All schools are invited to participate.
EVENT PARTICIPATION INFORMATION: Kern County Oral Language Festival: The general rules and the Judges Information and Score Sheets for the Kern County Oral Language Festival are available on our website: http://ci.kern.org/StudentEvents/English. The festival will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014. We are looking for a new site for the Oral Language Festival so information about the location will be sent at a later date. Check-in for students in grades 4-6 will be at 8:00 a.m. in the event rooms and for students in grades 7-8 check-in will be at 11:00 a.m. in the event rooms. Each region will be expected to send 4 teachers to each session to act as officials.
Please review the guidelines with teachers before they begin preparation for the contest. We will continue to invite verse choirs of 3-6 students again this year. Entries not in compliance with all of the rules/guidelines will not be allowed to compete. Selections presented by students must be published children’s literaturethat is appropriate for the age, event and presentation to the community and must not contain inappropriate language. Please make sure all students use only published literature and that they provide the author’s name, the publisher’s name and the publication date. The site administrator must sign the Regional Winner Form (accessed by regional contacts) to confirm compliance with these and other guidelines. Entries not verified with the signature will not be allowed in the competition.
Henry Greve Speech Contest: Information for the Henry Greve Speech Contest (prompt and judging guide) is available online at http://ci.kern.org/StudentEvents/English. This is a junior high speech contest which is sponsored by the Toastmasters Club. Winners of regional competitions will compete in the finals to be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, City Centre, 1300 17th Street, Bakersfield, CA. The topic for this year’s contest is: “How Can One Person Make a Difference?”
Kern Battle of the Books: This event has separate competitions for is for students in grades 4-6 and 6-8. Students are expected to read a minimum of 20-30 books from the 2013-14 Battle of the Books standard reading list for their grade span. Schools enter teams of 4-6 grade students to participate in the Kern County event either May 8, 2014 (north county) or May 9, 2014 (south county). Schools enter teams of 6-8 grade students to participate in the Kern County event on April 9, 2014. Students are placed on mixed school teams for the event and participate in “battles” with other teams. Schools must register to participate in the 4-6 event by November 1, 2013. The fee to participate is $40.00 per school. Checks should be made out to the Kern Reading Association. Student names must be submitted by April 24, 2014. For information regarding the 6-8 grade competition, please contact Lorrie Roberts at email@example.com. Complete information is available at http://ci.kern.org/StudentEvents/English or www.kernreadingassociation.org.
Bank of America Essay/Speech Contest: The nomination form (which includes topic, prompt and guidelines for the contest), judging sheet and certificate request form for the Bank of America Essay/Speech Contest are available online at http://ci.kern.org/StudentEvents/English. There is no regional competition for this event. Schools are encouraged to have all 4th, 5th and 6th grade students write essays as a part of the English/language arts curriculum and then nominate one essay at each grade level for the competition. Essays are due on April 7, 2014. Essays that qualify for the event final will be presented as speeches on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K Street, Bakersfield, CA. This year’s essay topic is “What is Global Warming? Is it a Serious Threat to Our World?”
LANGUAGE ARTS EVENTS FOR TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS
KERN READING ASSOCIATION (KRA):
The Kern Reading Association Professional Development Institutewill be held Saturday, October 12, 2013, at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K Street, Bakersfield. A variety of informative workshops are included for teachers and librarians of all levels. Schools requesting to host an author for the Young Author’s Fair are required to send a representative. A unit of extended studies credit is available to all participants.
Young Authors’ Fair Prelude will be held on January 23, 2014, location to be determined. This event prepares teachers for the annual Young Author’s Fair. Participants receive information about author’s visits and will purchase books to share at their school site prior to the author’s visit.
14th Annual Book Talk/Tea will be held February 13, 2013. The Kern Reading Association hosts this informal gathering at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K Street, Bakersfield. Members share ideas for using favorite children’s literature in the classroom.
37th Annual Young Author’s Fair to be held the week of May 12-17, 2014. The finale with all authors will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K Street, Bakersfield.
For information regarding all of the Kern Reading Association’s annual events, please see their website at www.kernreadingassociation.org.
CALIFORNIA READING ASSOCIATION (CRA): The California Reading Association 46th Annual Professional Development Institute “Literacy: Passport to the World” will be held November 1 and 2, 2013, at Sonoma State University. For more information, visit the CRA Web site at www.californiareads.org.
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH (CATE):
The California Association of Teacher of English (CATE) will hold their annual convention “Paying it Forward” on February 14-16, 2014, in San Diego, CA. More information can be found at www.cateweb.org. The Kern Chapter of CATE holds events throughout the school year. For information, contact Kim Flachmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jill Hamilton-Bunch at JillHamilton-Bunch@pointloma.edu.
A fall/winter series of 3-day Common Core Implementation trainings for English/Language Arts will be held through the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office. All trainings will be held at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, City Centre, 1300 17th Street, Room 1B.
Nov. 22, Dec. 16, Jan. 29 - Grades 9-12 8:30 am-3:30 pm - http://kern.k12.oms.org/1509-75146 A second series of trainings is scheduled to begin in February, 2014
FIRST BOOK BAKERSFIELD
The Local Advisory Board of First Book Bakersfield is a chapter of the National First Book Foundation. First Book Bakersfield provides an opportunity for classroom teachers of high poverty students to receive book grant awards for their students. Pre-K, kindergarten, first and second grade teachers must register at www.firstbook.org and submit applications to First Book Bakersfield, P.O. Box 2503, Bakersfield, CA 93303, by September 27, 2013. This is a classroom grant opportunity. Applications will not be accepted for whole schools or large programs. Applications will not be considered if teachers from a particular school submit identical applications. Applications are available at The Kern County Library (Beale branch), Channel 17 and from Teresa Twisselman at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, City Centre, 1300 17th Street, 5th floor, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Grant award recipients will receive 6 new books for each child in their classrooms.
We look forward to working with you and appreciate your cooperation in 2013-2014. Contact Teresa Twisselman, English-Language Arts Coordinator, at (661) 636-4645 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about staff development opportunities, the Community Reading Project or First Book Bakersfield.