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Bells Ring In New Year

School started in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Aug. 10 and "Back to School Nights" are already under way this week.

August 17, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Back To School Buzzes

Students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have been in school for nearly a week, as it started Aug. 10, and the school sites have been abuzz with activity and in making the necessary adjustments.

August 16, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Music Fest Funds Local Scholarships

Each year since 2009, The Heidi Brunk Foundation has been able to offer the chance of a scholarship to more and more students from area high schools so they can pursue their education in music and the arts.

August 10, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Dawn's Column - Having History

You could say I have a little history in this neck of the woods.

August 10, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


OID Support - Life Jacket Program Buoyed

Oakdale fire and rural fire departments have been given $3,000 from Oakdale Irrigation District to use toward the purchase of 140 life jackets for a loaner program being implemented for use on Oakdale's waterways and the Stanislaus River. The OID Board of Directors voted 4-0 to support Oakdale's life jacket program in an action at the Aug. 2 regular meeting. Director Herman Doornenbal was absent.

August 03, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID To Fund Life Jacket Loaners

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a donation of $3,000 to Oakdale fire and rural fire departments in an action at the Aug. 2 regular meeting to use toward the purchase of 140 life jackets for a loaner program being implemented for Oakdale's waterways.

August 02, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Time Nearing To ‘Round Up’ Students

School starts in Oakdale on Wednesday, Aug. 10. To get the students processed with their books, ID cards, school pictures, and oriented to campus, Oakdale High School and Oakdale Junior High School are each hosting "Round Ups" over the course of two days on Aug. 3 and 4.

July 27, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Local Exhibitors Win Fair Prizes

Local 4-H and FFA members had good results with their livestock and other exhibits at the Stanislaus County Fair, which ran July 15-24. Several Oakdale exhibitors brought home champion and reserve champion ribbons, as well as numerous other top class placings with their breeding and market stock. The local youth also had entries in the building exhibits that collected top prizes. For more details and photos, see the July 27 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

July 26, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


New Vice Principal Joins Junior High Team

Oakdale Junior High School students will meet their new Vice Principal in just a few short weeks. In the meantime, Jon Webb has already started doing some work and preparing for the start of school on Aug. 10.

July 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Festa Espirito Santos Parade Slated Sunday

It's festa time.

July 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OJUSD Superintendent Invites Input

Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent Marc Malone is creating three new councils to serve in advisory and facilitative roles to the district related to facilities planning, operational planning, and classroom education.

July 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Exhibitors Prep For County Fair

Oakdale FFA members and local 4-H club members are preparing their projects to exhibit at the Centennial of the Stanislaus County Fair that runs July 15-24.

July 13, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Trustees Approve Administrator Contracts

Two-year contracts for Oakdale Joint Unified School District assistant superintendents Barbara Shook and Terri Taylor were unanimously approved by the OJUSD Board of Trustees in an action at the July 11 regular meeting. The contracts are effective through June 30, 2013.

July 13, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dawn's Column - It’s Getting Hot In Here

As I write this, it's 100 degrees outside and the air conditioning has gone out at The Oakdale Leader office. Fortunately for me, I chose the first day of this calamity to telecommute. However, for some of my coworkers, having to be in the office all day with only ceiling fans and some box fans to circulate hot air makes the hair and the clothes tend to cling where they're not wanted.

July 13, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Local FFA, 4-H Members Ready For Fair

Members of Oakdale's FFA and 4-H clubs are preparing their animals and getting other projects ready to exhibit at the Stanislaus County Fair, July 15-24. Oakdale will be represented with a large contingent of breeding and market livestock, as well as numerous building exhibits such as sewing and photography.

Some local exhibitors will also show their animals at California State Fair, which starts July 14, overlapping with the county fair.

July 12, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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Staff Recognized For Saving Teacher’s Life

A group of Oakdale Junior High School staff members were recognized for saving the life of seventh grade science teacher Fred Yerzy in early March during the public comments portion of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on April 14.

April 16, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OID Revisits Water Options

The Oakdale Irrigation District plans to talk with Paulsell Valley landowners to discuss water options and opportunities, as the Board of Directors authorized General Manager Steve Knell to proceed with arranging a meeting in an action at the April 1 regular meeting.

April 02, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Water Talks - Knell Addresses U.S. House Committee

Steve Knell, General Manager of the Oakdale Irrigation District, was invited to speak at special meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources on March 19 at Fresno City Hall. The oversight field hearing was on "California Water Crisis and its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions."

March 26, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Irrigation Season Status Update

The Oakdale Irrigation District brought water into its canal system on Saturday, March 15 to prepare for the start of the irrigation season, as reported by OID General Manager Steve Knell at the March 18 regular meeting of the Board of Directors. The season was initially planned to start on March 3 but rains allowed for the delay. It was reported that there were no major issues and only one minor issue with tumbleweed when bringing water into the canals.

March 19, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Island Theme Fundraiser For Music Programs

Prepare to be "shipwrecked" and party, island style.

March 19, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Board Approves Spending Of Common Core $$

To implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the expenditure plan for it at the March 10 regular meeting. The district receives funds in a one-time allotment of a little over $1.05 million from the state and they may be spent in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The CCSS are required to be in place for the 2014-2015 year and the funds must be spent by July 1, 2015. As a condition of receiving the funds for implementation, the district is required to develop and adopt a plan explaining how the ...

March 12, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Lions Club Hits 60 Years With Breakfast

Two-thousand seven hundred (2,700) sausage links, 500 pounds of bacon, 350 pounds of pancake mix, 25 cases of eggs at 15 dozen per case – that's 4,500 eggs, 35 gallons of orange juice, and five gallons of pancake syrup.

March 05, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OHS Eyes Regional Science Olympiad Prizes

More than 550 students representing area junior and senior high schools will participate in a day-long event that showcases their scientific knowledge on March 1.

February 26, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Holiday Shares Donation Benefits Local Food Bank

Patrons of the Oakdale Save Mart contributed more than $2,100 toward the supermarket's Holiday Shares program, which ran Nov. 13, 2013 through Jan. 2, 2014, to benefit Oakdale Community Sharing.

February 26, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Business


Visitor Brings World Travels To Class

A class of Fair Oaks Elementary School students was able to connect first-hand accounts of modern day travel to their studies about an ancient culture thanks to a visiting speaker.

February 21, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Woodward Reservoir’s Summer Fate To Appear On Agenda

Oakdale's Woodward Reservoir, a popular recreation area, could potentially be closed this summer, depending on what the South San Joaquin Irrigation District Board of Directors decides at its upcoming Tuesday, Feb. 25 meeting where it's expected that the action item and discussion on the lake's level will appear.

February 19, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | NEWS


Drought Conditions - OID Authorizes March 3 Irrigation Season Start

The start of the 2014 water season will be March 3, as approved in an action by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the Feb. 18 regular meeting. Also approved in the action was the adoption of Level II drought measures.

February 19, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Increases Water Theft Fines

A significant increase in fines for water theft was unanimously approved at the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors regular meeting on Feb. 4.

February 05, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Board Moves Forward With Common Core

Preparing for the pending Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation was a primary topic at the Feb. 3 Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting.

February 05, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Aca Dec Team Brings Home Trophy

Oakdale High School won the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon championship on Feb. 1, following two days of testing, speeches, and interviews.

February 03, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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