The seventh grade southwest trip turned into a harrowing experience for 13-year-old Dustin Hoy in its final few days. According to teacher Fred Yerzy, on the fourth day of the adventure, the group completed a difficult hike into the Grand Canyon. They ate dinner at the Cameron Trading Post and Dustin complained that he wasn't feeling well and vomited. Dustin's parents, ...
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees ratified the tentative agreement between the district and the classified employees union in an action at the May 9 regular meeting. The California School Employees Association (CSEA) #830 and the district negotiated and the membership voted in favor of ratification. The agreement is fair and equitable to all parties involved, said Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Superintendent-elect Marc ...
The Oakdale FFA chapter held its annual awards banquet at the Bianchi Community Center on May 3, handing out numerous achievement awards for its members, as well as recognizing parents and others in the community who've been supportive.
A year ago at this time I was in the throes of pulling together final details for my wedding. My husband and I became engaged just before the holidays, which didn't leave much time for actual wedding plans until after the first of the year, resulting in a shorter planning schedule than I had dreamed about.
Administrative Changes At Schools With changes at the district office level, Oakdale schools are also facing significant administrative changes with three of the elementary schools seeing changes in top leadership. The junior high and high school will also see new faces in vice principal roles. For more details about the shuffle, check out the May 11 issue of The Oakdale Leader.
A forthcoming decision by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors may decide whether or not the City of Oakdale decides to keep the Royce Memorial Pool open or to close it for the summer.
Oakdale High School senior Daniel Dunning, considered an outstanding and well-rounded student, was recently named the winner of the Leo Volz Scholarship. The prestigious and coveted scholarship pays 100 percent of an Oakdale student's college tuition and books for four years of undergraduate education at an accredited two- or four-year college of their choice. "Daniel is a great young man who ...
What Oakdale High School senior will have his four-year college education paid for in full due to being an outstanding, well-rounded student? He's the winner of a special scholarship endowed by a former local farmer. Find out who the 2011 Leo Volz Scholarship winner is in the May 4 issue of The Oakdale Leader.
While their peers are out on the playground for lunchtime recess, more than a dozen students at Cloverland Elementary School are meeting, by choice, with adults to read books.
Eight-year-old Gannon Dial, a student at Sierra View Elementary School, has suffered from epilepsy since he was two and has anywhere from 20 to 30 seizures a day. After the failure of numerous medications and other modalities to control his seizures, he has been scheduled to undergo brain surgery on May 4.
Oakdale Junior High School seventh graders, teachers and parent chaperones are off on a Southwest adventure, including some exploration of the Grand Canyon, for a six-day educational tour during Spring Break, April 25-30.
Two local educators or community members who make a significant difference in the community through their contributions toward the enhancement and improvement of education and the enrichment of the lives of children are selected by the Oakdale Teachers Association each year to receive the California Teachers Association School Bell award. They help instill in others the knowledge, judgment and values that shape society and enhance the lives of ...
Oakdale High School art teacher Nancy Kern, librarian Audrey Rinna, and history teacher Marty Fauria had a vision to extend the historical mural that is housed in the school library.
All around in the community are people who are silent servants. They volunteer their time, working behind the scenes without accolades, and sometimes their selfless work is unnoticed or taken for granted.
Two local individuals have made significant contributions toward the enhancement and improvement of education. Additionally, they've enriched of the lives of children in this community and were recently selected by the Oakdale Teachers Association to receive the 2011 California Teachers Association School Bell award. Who are they? Find out in the April 20 issue ...
The City of Oakdale's manager Bryan Whitemyer requested a check for $99,000 from the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors to keep the Royce Memorial Pool open at the Dec. 3 regular meeting of the board. The $99,000 request is an increase of $26,500 from last year. Whitemyer's presentation showed that the total cost of pool, swim lessons, and conservation efforts is $128,000, minus a lowered city contribution of ...
The topic of groundwater brought a standing-room-only crowd to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors Nov. 19 regular meeting. OID Water Operations Manager Eric Thorburn presented on groundwater specific to the OID service area where he covered a basic overview of groundwater, its management in OID, and OID's future plans.
Each year in honor of Veterans' Day, Linda Kraus, a second grade teacher at Sierra View Elementary School, has hosted a military veteran as a speaker in her classroom.
A report on the status of the district's history of contributions and options on how it could contribute again to the sixth grade Outdoor Education program, also known as science camp, garnered pointed comments from Parent Teacher Club members, the Oakdale Teachers Association President, district administrators, and others at the Nov. 4 regular meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting.
Helping young students learn that the food they eat and the fibers they wear don't come from the store, but that those things have their beginnings on the farm, is what Ag Day is about. With dedicated teacher organizers and supportive volunteer presenters, Fair Oaks and Cloverland elementary schools were able to bring the farm to their campuses on Oct. 25 at their Sixth Annual Ag Day Roundups.
A stampede, of sorts, began in the morning hours when the signal was given and running students careened around their respective tracks to the beat of music played over loud speakers, in the name of raising money.
Public comments seemed to dominate the agenda at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on Oct. 14.
Alma Martinez Torres was given the opportunity to pursue her dreams, and has realized them by becoming an optometrist, due in part to a scholarship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch.
In a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors okayed the plan to move forward with a deal to sell water to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SF PUC), operating through the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF). The approval was for a one-year option, although, some contingencies must be met first. Director Steve Webb was the dissenting vote. OID General Manager Steve ...
Providing meaningful technology support, learning, and community to teachers is the goal for the Tech Learning Community project, which is being facilitated in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District by Danesa (Jepson) Menge, a seventh grade Language Arts teacher at Oakdale Junior High School.
As I write this column, it's Friday the 13th and this morning a coworker sent out a mass, funny text message about remaining calm, but then warning about all the things not to do on this date. The text was a joke but it's funny, both humorous and odd, that some people really get wrapped up in such superstitions. Personally, I don't read anything into it. I don't worry ...
Academic Performance Index (API) scores were recently released and Oakdale area schools performed well, mostly seeing increased growth in their scores from their baseline scores last year.