Skip Ribbon Commands
Table heading

Student Events

 Student Events

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Merced County Office of Education is proud of our countywide Student Events Program.  County school districts and community organizations partner with the Merced County Office of Education to coordinate or sponsor our student events throughout the year.  Our events are designed to encourage achievement among TK through 12th grade students.  More than 12,000 students competed or participated in our 2015​-2016​ events that ranged from a Children's Opera, Speech and Writing Festivals to the Academic Pentathlon and Decathlon.  We are very excited to add some additional opportunities to our students with new events for 2016-2017.  These new events will help showcase our students in even more ways than before.  Some of our local competition winners have the opportunity to compete in state championships, opening a whole new world of exciting possibilities for them.

We would like to give a special acknowledgment to our sponsors, volunteers, teachers and coaches for their commitment and encouragement to our children and for supporting the Merced County Office of Education's Student Events.

​Contact our office for all of your student event questions.  We are here to help!

Student Event Calendar for 2016 and 2017​​​

​​​Event Name​​​Date
**Subject to Change
**Subject to Change​
​Young Patriot Challenge​
Poster Contest (Grades K-6)
Essay Contest (Grades 7 & 8)
Speech Contest (Grades 9-12)​​
Click Here for More Information​ and Forms
​Submission Deadline
September 19, 2016

​Deliver Entries by Deadline to:
MCOE Complex - J-1 Building
by 4:30 PM
Farm2U (3rd Grade)
Agricultural Awareness Day​
Presented by The​​ Merced County Farm Bureau
MCFB Farm2U Information Page
​October 5, 2017​Merced Fairgrounds
Elementary Spelling Bee (Grades 4, 5 & 6)
Elementary Spelling Bee Study Word List

Junior High Spelling Bee (Grades 7 &8)
Junior High Spelling Bee Study Word List

Spelling Bee Intent
Spelling Bee Registration (Names Due Nov. 10)

December 6, 2017

December 7, ​2017

Atwater Community Center

MCOE Complex Clark/Newbold
​​Mock Trial (Grades 9-12)
What is Mock Trial?​

Mock Trial Intent Form
​Courtroom Artist Competition

Awards Ceremony

California Mock Trial (Winning Team Advances)
​January 11, 2017​
Rd1 10AM-12Noon
Rd 2 1PM-3PM
Rd 3 3PM-5PM

January 12, 2017 - 6PM

March 24-26, 2017
Merced County
Courthouse Museum

MCOE Complex Clark/Newbold

Riverside, CA​
Merced Symphony Children's Concert (Grades 3, 4 & 5)​

Reservation Form (Merced Performances Only)
Both Sessions are FULL if you would like to be put on the waiting list you may still send a reservation and you will be called in order of receipt

Symphony Flyer

For Information on the Los Banos Concerts: Contact LBUSD
​January 13, 2017

Session 1
9:30 AM-10:20 AM

Session 2
11:30 AM-12:20 PM

January 12, 2017
​Art Kamangar Center
Merced Theatre

Pacheco HS-Los Banos
Elementary Speech Festival (Grades 4 & 5)

Middle School Speech Festival (Grades 6, 7 & 8)

Speech Festival Brief
Speech Festival Information Packet​
Speech Fes​tival Intent Form​
Speech Festival Registration Form

Speech Topic and Formats

Speech Festival Awards Ceremony
Award Ceremony Flyer
January 18, 2017 (4th)
January 23, 2017 (5th)

January 25, 2017

February 8, 2017

​MCOE Complex​ Clark/Newbold
MCOE Complex Clark/Newbold

MCOE Complex Clark/Newbold,
M Building, J-2 Building

MCOE Complex Clark/Newbold
Academic Decathlon (Grades 9-12) 

2016-2017 Curriculum - World War II

MCAD Scrimmage Registration
2016-2017 Outlines

MCAD Intent Form

MCAD Competition Forms​

MCAD 2016-2017 Information Page​

MCAD Judges Reference Page​

GPA Computation Worksheet

Instructions for GPA Calculation 

Accepted and Unaccepted Courses for GPA Calculation

Calculator Policy

Important Links:
California State Decathlon (MCAD Winning Team Advances)

United States Academic Decathlon​

Round 1 - Scrimmage
December 3​, 2016

Round 2
January 27, 2017
Essay Testing

February 4, 2017
Speech, Interview, Objective Tests
8 AM - 3 PM

Super Quiz
3 PM - 4:30 PM

Awards Ceremony
7 PM

March 23-26, 2017

Atwater VCS

Site Specific
4:30PM Delivery Deadline
MCOE - Building J-1

Merced College

El Capitan HS Gymnasium

Sacramento, CA

Writing Festival Intent to Participate Form​​​ 

Writing Festival Guidelines
Writing Festival Helpful Hints for Completing Forms
Writing Festival Student Entry Form - Front​ - docx
Writing Festival Student Entry Form - Front - pdf
Writing Festival Student Entry Form - Front - Google
(Please make a copy to your personal drive before completing)​
Writing Festival Student Entry Form - Back - docx
Writing Festival Student Entry Form - Back - pdf
(Must be attached to back of student entry - facing out)

Writing Festival Submission Page (Teacher Form)

Writing Festival Ha​ndbook

Writing Festival Judging Guidelines​​

2016-2017 Flyer
​Entry Deadline
March 3, 2017

Judging Dates:
March 20
March 21
March 22
March 23
March 24
March 27
8:30AM - 3:30PM

​Deliver Entries by Deadline to:
MCOE Complex - J-1 Building,
4:30 pm​

Judging in J2 Conference Room at the MCOE Complex
​​ACADEMIC PENTATHLON (Grades 6, 7 & 8)

Intent Form​

Scrimmage Proctor Release Form

Competition Forms​​​

Volunteer Form​(4 per team required)

Pentathlon Info​rmation Packet​ (Updated 12/2/16)

Novel Order Form

Curriculum and Content Standards

Important Links:
USAD Pentathlon Page​

Academic Pentathlon Awards Ceremony
Round 1​ Scrimmage

Round 2
March 11, 2017

March 16, 2017
​Site Specific

UC Merced

Livingston High School - Gym
​STEM Fair (TK-12) 


Intent Form

Science Fair Competition (Grades 5-8)​
*Qualifier for California State Science Fair (Grades 6-8)
Rules and Regulations
Scoring Rubric
Project Allowances by District (Call 209-381-5910)

Project Data Sheet

Exhibition/Maker Space (TK-12)

Viewing (TK-12)

California State Science Fair W​ebsite​
March 22, 2017

Setup 8am-9:30am
Judging 9:35am-2:15pm


​​Merced County Fairgrounds​​

Dinner with a Scientist (Grades 6-9)​

DWAS Flyer

DWAS Registration Link​
​April 6, 2017UC Merced
Writing Festival Display and Awards​April 28-May 7, 2017​Merced Mall
UC Merced Opera for Children (TK-5)
There's a Martian in the Opera House!

The creative lyrics and story of There's a Martian in the Opera House! were penned by author Nancy Steel Brokaw and are set to the music of some of the world's greatest opera and classical music composers. In this year's children's opera, Unda, a Martian Crater Girl escapes the drudgery of mining on Mars by stowing away on a space rover belonging to the Evil Maximillian Snaptrap. As the show opens, Snaptrap snatches Unda as she sneaks out of his company's space rover and quickly makes a plan to sell her to the highest bidder. Unda escapes and hides in the Metropolis Opera House where Tommy Tenderheart befriends her. Everything comes to a riotous, operatic conclusion onstage at the Opera House.​​​​​

Opera for Children Flyer

Opera for Children Registration Form
​May 15-19, 2017​​UC Merced-Lakireddy Auditorium
​​​Father of the Year (TK-12)​​

Father of the Year Information an​d Entry Forms​
June 13, 2017El Capitan High School

Stacie Arancibia Events Planner

Phone: (209) 381-5910

Fax: (209) 381-6774​​

Chris Núñez Events Secretary​

Phone: (209) 381-6608

Fax: (209) 381-6774

​​Odessa Osby Office Assistant

Phone: (209) 381-4568​

        Special Events Logo                                      

​​                                                               632 West 13th Street, Building J-1 (NEW LOCATION)

                                                                                         Merced, CA  95341

                                                                        Office Hours: M-F 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM​​​​​