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Mommy Musings – Bird’s Eye View

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

May 07, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - He Moved Up

Parenting brings with it many milestones: first steps, first day of school, sleepovers, losing teeth, dates, driver's license, college choices, the list goes on.

March 26, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Try, Try Again

When our children learn to ride a bike, shoot a basket or kick a goal they often fail – many times. Yet, as their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents or loved ones we encourage them to try again. In some cases we require them to. Simply put we discourage them from giving up. We want them to succeed, to stick with it, quite simply to continue to try.

March 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Live Random

I often wonder how different the world would be if more people deferred from their 'calendar' long enough to change a life. Not just any life. Not a specific life with intended purpose, but someone random.

March 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Simplicity

The title for this week's column is just about as basic as a writer can get. What I've come to learn more and more however is how one seemingly 'small' thing can be so much bigger once the dirt is unearthed.

February 05, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommmy Musing's - Pen Pal's and Private Messages

Remember the Pen Pal? I believe it's back. The craziest part is that it has reappeared in the form many disregard as 'Facebook silliness.'

January 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Healthy Versus Balance

Somebody pinch me, 2014 has found us and to make matters even more crazy … it's the middle of January.

January 15, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Magic As I See It

I love the magic of the Holiday season.

December 18, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – The Spirit Is Alive

I believe stores should be closed on Thanksgiving.

December 04, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


The Joy Of Ticketing

I have a confession, which may make me less than popular with a few readers. My hope of course is that those affected or bothered don't take this out on my children and remember this is a 'grown-up' problem.

November 20, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Unintentional Modeling

In the role of parent we are never void of the knowledge that eyes are always watching. Be it the eyes of our children, our peers, family or society at large. No parent is perfect and we all have our moments. 'Slips' happen, but if we are truly fortunate the 'eyes' bring it to our attention.

November 13, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Less Than Perfect

I'm a firm believer in the old adage of 'older and wiser.'

November 06, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – See. Achieve. Believe.

I did it. I accomplished a goal which once seemed inconceivable. A dream so big, I was once not brave enough to dream it.

October 30, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


MOMMY MUSING'S - Push Your Brave

On Sunday, October 20 dozens upon dozens of women from the tri-city area (Escalon, Oakdale and Riverbank) will flood the streets of San Francisco as participants of the 10th Annual Nike Women's Marathon benefitting the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

October 16, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Defining Stranger

Times they are a changing or … are they?

October 01, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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Mommy Musings – Pulled The Plug

I wasn't going to write this.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


The Apple’s Core - Schools Take A Bite Out Of First Phase

The 2014-15 school year marks a critical turning point for Oakdale Joint Unified School District administrators, teachers and most importantly, students. Effective this school year all school sites will be adopting a new math curriculum in keeping with the national Common Core State Standards.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Coyotes Howl Over Birthday

It was a decade ago that the Oakdale Joint Unified School District welcomed its newest campus in over 50 years. In August 2005 Sierra View Elementary School greeted its first 700-plus students.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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


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