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Fire Safety Taught With Humor

A game show stage, spotlights, questions displayed on a video screen, an eager contestant, and a host who asked, "Is that your final answer?" were the delivery method for a recent fire safety message for Cloverland Elementary School students.

October 28, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Ag Day Shows Farm To Table

Cloverland and Fair Oaks elementary schools recently paid homage to agriculture in the area by each holding their Second Annual Fall Ag Day on Oct. 23.

October 28, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Dives Into Aquatic Center

Students at Oakdale High School are going to be in deep water. Well, about seven feet of it, as ground has been broken for the new OHS Aquatic Center.

October 21, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Ancient Egypt Brought To Classrooms

Cloverland sixth graders recently had Ancient Egypt brought to their classrooms and were able to examine firsthand a few genuine ancient Egyptian artifacts during a presentation called "The Egyptian Afterlife."

October 21, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Board Awards OHS Pool Bid

The Oakdale High School Aquatic Center project is officially moving forward and will have its ceremonial groundbreaking today, Wednesday, Oct. 14. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees awarded the bid for the aquatic center to Diede Construction, Inc. in the amount of $2.96 million at the Oct. 12 regular meeting.

October 14, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Seeks Water Ops Replacement

The Oakdale Irrigation District is embarking on a search to fill the Water Operations Manager position. Kevin King completed six years with the district and has held the Water Operations Manager position since early 2006. King's last day will be Nov. 2.

October 14, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Back To High School?

I've been getting a lot of questions lately about how things went at my recent class reunion. I'm an Oakdale High School alumna, and the word is around town about the wild party. For those of you who haven't been in a local beauty salon or coffee shop to hear all about it, this is my story.

October 14, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Shocking Science Lesson For Students

Fourth graders in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District learned a "shocking" lesson about electricity recently. Shocking Electricity is a science program collaboration between MID and the Great Valley Museum. The 90-minute presentations given by Chris Schmidt and Jon Stout of the Great Valley Museum covered fourth grade electricity standards and gave hands-on experiences to students.

October 07, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OID Centennial Party Draws Large Crowd

"You only turn 100 once."

September 30, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Business Events


Girls Gain Knowledge At Tech Trek

Going away to college and staying in the college dorms for the first time can be intimidating, especially when you're still in junior high school. However, this scenario represented a unique opportunity for eight girls from Oakdale, Riverbank, and Escalon to experience college life and learn more about math, science, and themselves.

September 30, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Prom Closet Benefits Sober Grad Night, Students

Everyone needs more room in their closet. Formal dresses take up a lot of room, especially if they're no longer worn. The same goes for men's suits and other dress attire. A donation to the "Prom Closet" at Oakdale High School may provide the remedy that an overstuffed closet needs.

September 23, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OID Approves October Water

At the Sept. 15 regular meeting, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved the ending of the 2009 irrigation season to be on Sept. 30, on the 14th day of Rotation 16 and to start the 2010 irrigation season by having an October irrigation made available. The October irrigation will be a 10-day rotation, ending at midnight on Oct. 10. All waters delivered after Sept. 30 are charged to the 2010 season.

September 16, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Benefit ‘Jazzes’ School Funds

Jazz lovers and philanthropists came out to raise money for the Oakdale Educational Foundation at its annual fundraiser with an open air concert from musician Slim Man and his band Bona Fide on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

September 16, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJUSD Approves Safety, Crises Response Plans

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved Comprehensive School Site Safety Plans and a District Crisis and Emergency Response Plan at the Sept. 14 regular meeting.

September 16, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


My 80s Reunion

Ch-ch-Changes, as the old David Bowie song goes, talks about how "time may change me." Well it has changed me, but in some ways, it seems like it's all the same.

September 09, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


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