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Area Camp Celebrates 90th Year Of Getting Dirty

Dirt trails, rustic cabins, ropes courses and 20 acres of possibility were home to 254 campers this summer as guests of Camp Jack Hazard, celebrating its 90th anniversary year.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Keeping It Fresh - 59 Years Of Shakin’ It Up At Gillman’s

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew

In March, SMART Exemplary Educators were invited to attend the 2014 SMART Summit to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from July 20-26. There was a written, as well as video portion to the application. The 2 minute video was on the applicant's "SMART Breakthrough Moment" and was posted on social media sites for public voting. In mid Spring the two educators were among the 76 notified from 17 countries that they were selected for the all expense paid, week long trip. Among those 76 were Amanda Hensley, sixth grade teacher of Sierra View Elementary and Danessa Menge, Seventh ...

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

The 2014 year is proving to be one 'winning' year for Danessa Menge. The Oakdale Junior High English teacher was featured in The Leader pages on Aug. 13 as one of 70-plus selectees for a recent SMART summit, a once described 'dream' experience for an educator.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings - Preparing For Number Three

It is an odd and somewhat surreal reality.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Living the Words

Last week I shared my struggle as I prepared for my duo to return to school. I also acknowledged the necessity in letting them 'fly', thrive and just get back to learning. Those were true and wise (if I don't mind saying so) words, but that doesn't make them easy.

August 13, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Living the Words

Last week I shared my struggle as I prepared for my duo to return to school. I also acknowledged the necessity in letting them 'fly', thrive and just get back to learning. Those were true and wise (if I don't mind saying so) words, but that doesn't make them easy.

August 13, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Backpacks And Lunch Sacks – Back To School

There is indeed no rest for the weary in the way of education. Today marks the final 'official' day of Summer Break 2014 as students, teachers and administrators throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District prepare for the first day of school.

August 06, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musing – Time To Fly

Here we are … again.

August 06, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Make It Matter

What is the last kind thing you said to someone? Better yet… What is the last random compliment you gave to a loved one or stranger?

July 30, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Round ‘Em Up

There is just barely a week of summer break left for students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The first day of school districtwide is set for Thursday, Aug. 7. While the elementary age students may fill this final week with backpack shopping or playdates, the upper grades are busy at their respective campuses.

July 30, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

At a ceremony on July 15, Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials broke ground for the new 5000-square foot steel structure that will be the Central Kitchen. This will be the first of a handful of projects spearheaded by the Facilities Committee.

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings - Fair Fun

The timing of returning to the Newsroom could not have come at a better time … Fair week!

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Getting Reacquainted

Today marks my first day back in a place I left a decade ago. Just looking at that sentence causes me to pause in both amazement and disbelief.

July 16, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Bird’s Eye View

There is very little I don't love about this job.

May 07, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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Passion Rewarded - Thompson Nets $2,500 Award

Class time will soon be made a little more exciting for Fair Oaks Special Day Class teacher Elizabeth Thompson and her seven students. Thompson was recently awarded California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award to use toward the betterment of her classroom.

October 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – The Swing Of A Bat

I've been waiting two weeks to write this piece. If being completely truthful, I almost wrote it Oct. 10.

October 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Reporter’s Notebook – Not Any ‘Ol Saturday

Dreams do come true. Four simple words, with such big meaning.

October 15, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Student Expulsions Approved

Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Monday night meeting began with a closed session, and Superintendent Marc Malone addressed those on hand for the public portion of the meeting, confirming the expulsion of two OJUSD students had been approved by the board at that closed session.

October 14, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


The Black And White Of Cyber Bullying

In a day and age of social media, smart phones, cell phones and instant accessibility, students and parents alike may need to be more aware of the messages and words they choose to share.

October 08, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – Together Everyone Achieves More

Oakdale Elementary Schools are once again at the ready for their annual Jog-a-Thon events this Friday, October 10. It is 'the' quintessential fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Clubs of each elementary school. I borrowed the theme from this year's event to title this column. I like it. Together Everyone Achieves More or TEAM is the slogan which will appear on the ever popular jog shirts this year.

October 08, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Chalk One Up - Playground Project Needs Volunteers

For the artist at heart or a community group looking for a way to leave their mark, Cloverland Elementary School may have just the project to fit that need. This Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. work will begin on the Holistic Playground project.

October 01, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings - The Magazine Business

We're in the magazine business.

October 01, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Fall, Water And Wonderment

According to my desk calendar we are officially two days in to the Autumnal Calendar. In other words … it's Fall.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Ready Set … Stretch - New Pilates Studio Opens Downtown

Monica Harris is no stranger to physical fitness and the effects everyday life, as well as activity has on the body. Now in her 15th as a practitioner of Pilates, Harris is poised and ready to share her knowledge and teachings with the community of Oakdale and the surrounding areas.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Chromebooks Reach Oakdale Classrooms

The word 'lab' is taking on a new definition this 2014-15 school year in Oakdale schools.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Ready To Roll - Bus Drivers Focus On Safety First

The saying goes, "there is no rest for the weary" and that just might be the case in the 'Land of the Bus Yard' at the east end of Oakdale.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Welcomes Newest Vice Principal

The 2014-15 school year has gotten off to a quick start for newly appointed Oakdale High School Vice-Principal of Supervision and Attendance, Jim Lake. The recently appointed VP has just a little over three weeks under his Administrator belt with Oakdale Joint Unified School District but he has found settling in anything but difficult.

September 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Multi-Year Plan - Board Reviews School Strategy

Oakdale City Council Chambers held more residents than usual on Monday night, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District conducted its second board meeting for the 2014-15 school year.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Making The Big Moments

The Mustangs are going to the Stadium.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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