Mono Matters

January 2023

Mono County Office of Education - Educational Services

Mono County Student Events

Each year the Mono County Office of Education hosts county-wide student events including Spelling Bee, Science Fair, Mathcounts and Mock Trial. These events allow students to pursue their academic interests in a fun and competitive environment. Teachers, coaches and volunteers from the community work hard to support the students and provide a memorable experience. Winning students from each competition have the opportunity to advances to regionals, state, national and international events. For more information on an event or to volunteer contact Ana Danielson at MCOE.

Join us to support to our students!

  • Science Fair - Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at the Mammoth Lakes Library from 4-7 PM
  • Canceled - Mathcounts - Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 4-7 PM at the Lee Vining Community Center
  • Mock Trial - Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at the Bridgeport Courthouse from 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Spelling Bee - Thursday, April 6, 2023 at the Lee Vining Elementary School from 4-7 PM

Entering the New Year with Energy and Positivity

In education we strive to be life long learners and to constantly improve upon our weaknesses, but rarely do we celebrate our achievements. Winter break has ended and 2023 is here!! I like to think of the New Year as a fresh start, time to recharge, refocus and refresh my plans. Like hitting the refresh button on your computer, the start of a new year can give you the chance to refresh your mindset, your goals and your energy. Forbes magazine recently shared an Instagram post encouraging readers to "reflect, learn from, and celebrate the last twelve months." Stating "It is important to focus on and learn from our performance gaps. The trap is when we only focus on the gap and fail to acknowledge what we accomplished and what it took to do so." I encourage you take a few minutes and think of all the great things you have accomplished, the people you have inspired and the lives you have changed. The following questions from the Forbes' post may help you reflect and celebrate:

  • What were my most interesting moments and unique experiences over the last year?
  • What challenges did I face in the last year, personally and professionally? How did I grow from these?
  • What new skills did I develop/improve last year?
  • What have I learned about myself, how I work, and what I need to be at my best?
  • What am I most proud of?

Training Opportunities

As educators and life long learners there are always new ideas and tools to motivate and improve our classrooms. Check out these upcoming training opportunities!

Restorative Practices are a continuum of research-based informal and formal strategies to develop community in schools and foster healthy relationships.

  • We are excited to offer another opportunity to attend this powerful Foundations Training - April 6th and 7th
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  • For those that completed the Foundations Training in June we are also offering virtual coaching and tidbits afternoon sessions on Jan. 30th, Feb 15th, March 15th and April 27th. Contact Tammy Nguyen for more information.
  • For those that completed the Foundations Training in June or will complete in April, we will offer Restorative Justice Conferencing - June 15th and 16th
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Early Literacy Virtual Professional Learning Network

Learning for Justice

California After School Network (CAN)

You Know More Spanish Than You Think!

The Spanish language has approximately 90,000 words and 25,000 of those words are cognates with English. Can you guess what the following words mean?

  • la computadora
  • las matemáticas
  • explorar
  • la bicicleta
  • la Universidad
  • los estudiantes
  • la música
  • investigar

Now think of all the Spanish words you already recognize and possibly use regularly!

  • fiesta
  • siesta
  • cerveza
  • uno
  • vista
  • Adiós
  • Salud
  • playa
  • amigo

Looking for a good bilingual dictionary or want to learn more about languages, check out Word Reference.

Funding Opportunities for Preschool, TK & STEM Teachers

  • Are you interested in teaching preschool , TK or Kindergarten? MCOE has grant funds available to support individuals pursuing a teaching credential or working on units towards the TK standards. Earn $1,000.00 per nine course units. The funding is available for the next three years and there are opportunities locally and remotely to earn credits. Contact Tammy Nguyen or Ana Danielson for more information.
  • The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) offers monthly mini grants to teachers and school staff to enhance science learning opportunities. Check out their resources and apply for some funding at

Helping Students Recognize That Vaping Harms Their Mental Health

Recently the Truth Initiative published a quick read on the link between mental health and nicotine. Studies show that quitting smoking or vaping, which many turn to in times of anxiety and stress, will lead to improved mental health. According to a the British Medical Journal "quitting smoking is linked with lower levels of anxiety, depression and stress, as well as, improved positive mood and quality of life..."

If you know of students that need support to quit vaping or smoking, please refer them to a counselor or Ana Danielson at MCOE. There are also a number of anonymous text-based help programs, including This is Quitting, Kick it California, and SmokeFree.