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?
Many volunteers in the community perform tasks without any type of recognition simply because they enjoy it. Many of these people quietly contribute their time and effort, making their part of the world a better place.
Read the April 20 issue of The Oakdale Leader to see the first in what will become a regular feature series and get inspired about volunteers who are making difference in Oakdale.
After a comprehensive and competitive search process, Marc Malone was recently named the new Superintendent for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Malone currently serves as the district's Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and will assume the Superintendent role on July 1 from the retiring Fred Rich.
Oakdale elementary schools got into the rodeo spirit on April 8, embracing Oakdale's western heritage by dressing and decorating in cowboy style in honor of the Oakdale Rodeo.
Fair Oaks Elementary School recently won the Elementary Science Olympiad, out of 20 teams, bringing home their third championship in the past five years. The Fair Oaks team consisted of 17 members and was coached by teachers Danny Rogers and Mary White. Fair Oaks had 10 students medal in six events.
The Oakdale High School Science Olympiad team had its best finish yet at the NorCal State Science Olympiad championship, according to team coach Cameron Nickerson. This year the team earned medals in three events, compared to one medal on each of the two prior trips to the NorCal event.
At the risk of sounding self indulgent, I've recently found myself partaking in a little retail therapy. Shoes and jewelry have been a recent focus. It started with me needing them for an upcoming special event. But then I found my eye wandering to other shoes and jewelry items that aren't currently needed instead of just focusing on what I went shopping for in the first place.
Rodeo entertainment and weekend antics kept people kicking up their heels in Oakdale as the 60th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo took place on April 9-10 at the rodeo grounds.
Celebrating rodeo week in Oakdale is an annual tradition that kicks off each year with the Cowgirl Luncheon to raise money for the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. Find out what happens when you put 430 women, 60 good-natured cowboys, and free-flowing champagne in a room together.
The search is over for a new Superintendent for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District and the Board of Trustees didn't have to look too far. Current Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Marc Malone was tapped to fill the Superintendent position after a comprehensive search and two full days of interviews.
"Simply stated, a comprehensive search and interview process was always foremost in the minds of the trustees," said Board President Rick W. Jones. "The interview process was arduous and fair, with top-quality candidates applying. It was unequivocally clear that Marc Malone truly earned the Superintendent's position."
The raising and lowering of the American flag at Cloverland Elementary School is carried out daily by a group of well-trained second graders, and by the somber looks on their faces when they carry out the task, they take what they're doing quite seriously.
Oakdale High School hosted the Central Valley Jostens Renaissance Conference on March 30 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center. Students and adult advisors from numerous junior high and high schools attended the event that included an inspirational speaker, workshops for students and advisors alike, an interactive lunch with a DJ host, and a rally.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District has taken over the reins of the children's summer program from the City of Oakdale, as the city is no longer operating the summer childcare program that has been hosted at Magnolia Elementary School.
Adopt-A-Classroom helps teachers connect with community partners who donate funds to use for classroom needs. Recently, some Oakdale High School teachers received an unexpected contribution of funds to use in their classrooms.
Lizards, snakes, a big, hairy spider, and an extra-large cockroach were found in the front room of the Oakdale Library on June 5 – much to the delight of library visitors.
The financial condition of the Oakdale Irrigation District is in "very good" shape, according to the district's auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company.
The 2014-2015 school budget was approved by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the June 9 regular meeting.
Summer Camp is open. Oakdale's Super Summer Camp started on June 2 and is an eight-week summer program for children in kindergarten through sixth grades to keep them engaged in fun activities, field trips, and learning opportunities five days a week.
"In light of drought and continuing water conditions," the Oakdale Irrigation District will forgo 10-day irrigation rotations for the 2014 water season, which will also leave some water in the district's "conservation account" at New Melones Reservoir, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the June 3 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.
Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" was a familiar tune recently as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District graduations took place Wednesday, May 21 through Friday May 23 with a total of 748 high school and junior high graduates who crossed the stage to receive their diplomas and advance to the next chapter of their lives. Each graduating class was presented to the OJUSD Superintendent Marc Malone by their respective school principal. School board members then presented diplomas to the graduates as their names were read.
Prioritization and self-discipline have been among the keys to academic success for graduating Oakdale High School seniors Austin Clayton and Dylan Hawksworth-Lutzow. Austin is the valedictorian and Dylan is the salutatorian for the Class of 2014.
Veronica's Care Closet at Oakdale High School, which serves underprivileged OHS students, was recently infused with a number of graduation caps and gowns from the community after an article in The Leader asking for cap and gown donations.
Oakdale High School seniors are nearing graduation and to keep them safe on a night of celebration, the 2014 Oakdale Sober Grad Night (SGN) committee has been busy at work for many months preparing to make the giant, all-night party fun.
Oakdale High School graduating seniors are invited to attend the 2014 Oakdale Sober Grad Night celebration to stay safe and have fun on the special night.
By a 3-0 vote, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved moving forward with developing a cost estimate for a conceptual engineering plan for water service to the Paulsell Valley. The action came at the May 6 regular meeting. Director Steve Webb was absent and director Al Bairos was absent until after action items were complete.
Oakdale High School senior Tanner Morgan had been to the Principal's office before. He usually talked to Principal Mike Moore about leadership events, since Morgan is the Student Body President for the second year in a row.
The parking lot in front of the gymnasium at Oakdale High School was abuzz with revving engines, creative parking, and throngs of students on Thursday, April 17.
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.
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.