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School Board Okays Facilities Fees Increase

For the first time in four years, facilities fees will see an increase in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. At the April 23 regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, the board unanimously approved a resolution to increase the Level I fees. There was first a public hearing on the matter where the board heard a brief report by Ken Reynolds, who compiled the 2012 Developer Fee Justification Study.

April 24, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Taking Health Into Their Own Hands

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, many people are looking for ways to quickly add healthy supplements to their diets to make up for when they can't or don't eat right. Some take a vitamin supplement, others take whole food supplements in the form of capsules, powders, or liquids.

April 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Doles Out $$$

More than $75,000 in donations was given out to local interests in actions taken by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the April 17 regular meeting.

April 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cowboy Museum Gets A Facelift

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is ready for its close up.

April 11, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Rodeo Also A Ride For Taste Buds

For those who'd like to get a taste of the Oakdale Rodeo, the arena action is the main course but it isn't the only treat to enjoy. At the west end of the arena near the entrance, rodeo fans can find rows of vendors offering food, western wear and décor, cutlery, candles, sunglasses, "bling-bling," and the ever-popular mechanical bull.

April 11, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | PRCA Rodeo


Mission To Early California

A recent hands-on California missions project helped students get a better picture of the structures and functions of the missions in early California history. All fourth graders at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Wendi Petroni's, Heather O'Hearn's, and Lisa Graham's classes recently presented their historic California missions projects, which were represented in different forms and showed the investment of time made by the students.

April 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Cultural Participation Aids Spanish Language Growth

Learning a new language can be a challenge and Oakdale High School Spanish teacher Joe Gilbert believes that it takes more than just book learning to master it.

April 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Stanislaus River Levels Rising

Water levels on the Stanislaus River began increasing on April 1 for required spring fish flows. Information provided by the Oakdale Irrigation District shows that releases from Goodwin Dam have increased daily, starting at 300 CFS (cubic feet per second) on April 1 and rising to 1,250 CFS today, Wednesday, April 4. The river will continue to rise and peak at 2,000 CFS by Saturday, April 7.

April 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


‘Old School’ Learning Returns

What's old has become new again in the ASPIRE after school program at Magnolia Elementary School. With most home economics classes having fallen victim to long-ago budget cuts, the after school program is offering a new generation of students the opportunity to learn the basics of sewing.

April 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


‘Old School’ Skill Reappears

Some local after school program students are taking a time-honored tradition and turning it into a new-found skill. Previously passed down to generations of girls by their mothers, some students in Magnolia Elementary School's ASPIRE program are learning an old craft that's new to them that they can use for fun, family, or a fashion career.

April 03, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Stanislaus River Levels To Rise Quickly

Beginning on Saturday, April 1, water levels on the Stanislaus River will increase rapidly for required spring fish flows. The Oakdale Irrigation District provided information that shows releases from Goodwin Dam will increase daily.

March 31, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OJUSD Targets Student Underperformance

Addressing the needs of underperforming subgroups of students will be the subject of a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 3 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The 6 p.m. event to be held at the Magnolia Elementary School auditorium is part of a district-wide effort to help parents help their children improve their academic performance.

March 28, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OID Hikes Water Theft Fines

In an effort to curb water theft, which includes taking irrigation water out of rotation without permission from the ditchtender, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to increase the district's fines to offenders. The fine had previously been $250 per occurrence. Now, the fines will be $500 for first offense, $750 for second offense, $1,250 for third offense. Plus, the offending party will be billed for all water that was potentially withdrawn at the out-of-district rate of $40 per acre foot. If the fine is not paid after 15 days of written notification, the offender ...

March 21, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Crime


Science Fair Wraps Up Successful Year

Hundreds of science projects filled the rooms of the FES Hall March 13-15 as students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the 29th Annual Science Fair for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.

March 21, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Young Musician Earns Award

Oakdale High School junior Aimee Ramirez received a "Superior" rating for her flute performance along with a certificate and medal from the Central Valley chapter of California Music Educators Association (CMEA) in a recent solo/ensemble competition. Ratings for the competition are: needs improvement, fair, good, excellent, and superior.

March 21, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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