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OEF Event - Foundation Plans ‘Flashback’ Fundraiser

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OEF event chairperson Denise Hitch said the OEF hopes to have at least ...

September 22, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


District Unveils New OHS Pool For Crowd

For many years, Oakdale High School has had all the necessary fields, courts, and diamonds to support and host the sports its athletes participate in, all except a swimming pool. That issue, however, is now in the past as the school unveiled its new "jewel" at a dedication ceremony that brought out a throng of community supporters who filled the poolside bleachers on Monday, Sept. 13.

The OHS Competitive Swimming and Water Polo Center is located behind, or east, of the OHS main gym and adjacent just north of the football stadium. It fills an area that was previously a ...

September 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Superintendent Announces Retirement

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Running a school district in difficult economic times is not a task for the faint of heart. With the challenges, however, there are rewards and triumphs associated with being in a position of influence on the lives of many children.

September 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Fair Oaks Students Grow In Leadership Roles

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After the final votes were tallied, in a group of 45 students vying for four student council seats at Fair Oaks Elementary School, sixth grader Josh Fewell, fifth graders Mason Barnes and Hunter Falconi, and fourth grader Joseph Fewell were elected as officers.

September 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dedication Slated For OHS Pool

The long-awaited and much-anticipated aquatic center at Oakdale High School is on the cusp of readiness for full use.

September 08, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Longtime Pastor Hears Calling To New Church

After 20 years in ministry at Oakdale's River Oak Grace Community Church, Pastor Chad Allen and his family are pulling up their small town roots, embarking on a journey to a new home and to lead a new church in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

September 08, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Dawn’s Column - The Newsroom

The newsroom at our office is what my colleagues and I call our "classroom." We sit with our desks lined up facing the "teacher" – our editor, Marg, who is in an office – and we do our "homework," a.k.a. producing material for the newspaper.

September 08, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


School District Adds Another K Class

The numbers of Kindergartners in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have exceeded the projections, with 25 more students than expected, according to the district office."We added another kinder class at Fair Oaks to alleviate some high kinder class loads across the district," said Marc Malone, OJUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.Letters were recently sent to parents of kindergartners in the district offering them the chance to transfer their children to the class created at Fair Oaks.Fair Oaks Principal David Kindred said that a number of parents have responded and there are currently 18 students in the ...

September 01, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Student Takes Seat On School Board

Oakdale High School senior Daniel Dunning has officially assumed his position as a member of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's governing body – the Board of Trustees.

August 25, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Junior High Student Leaders See Changes

Changes have been made to the face of Leadership and the responsibilities of student leaders at Oakdale Junior High School.

August 25, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Is In Session

Throngs of students and parents descended on Oakdale's schools this past week for the official start of school on Wednesday, Aug. 11. As of that day, the district had 5,345 total students enrolled, according to the district's Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Marc Malone.

August 18, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Powerhouse Failure - OID Board Eyes Recouping Losses

The Oakdale Irrigation District's Board of Directors participated in discussion about recovering insurance funds for a Tri-Dam Project powerhouse failure at the Aug. 17 regular meeting.

August 18, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Oakdale Teacher Stricken In Classroom

Longtime Oakdale teacher Veronica Patron was found on the floor in her classroom unconscious and not breathing by a fellow staff member at Oakdale High School on the morning of Monday, Aug. 9.

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students “Rounded Up” For School’s Start

The school bells are ringing as school is back in session today, Aug. 11 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. However, before the hustle and bustle of the first day a lot of preparation took place at Oakdale Junior High School and Oakdale High School to process paperwork for the students and to orient new students to the campus in what are known as "Round Up."

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dawn’s Column - Yard Sale Tale

My husband and I recently held a gargantuan, one-day yard sale. Due to our union, we had double, and in some cases, triple, of everything required to furnish a home. We had filled the shelves of the garage with boxes of items just for the yard sale, knowing that it wasn't even everything we needed to put out because we hadn't had time to address it all.

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


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