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Winders Settles In

The 2015-16 school year is off to a promising start for Oakdale High School senior Michael Winders.

August 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


School District Opens Year With Completed Checklist

Oakdale Joint Unified School District board members reconvened after a one month break for summer on Monday, Aug.10 at Oakdale City Council Chambers.

August 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Back At It

On Thursday, August 6 Oakdale Joint Unified Schools will once again be in session. For a handful of our readers that means nothing. Total enrollment for OJUSD is just shy of 5,300 students. So when I say a 'handful' I mean that quite literally.

August 06, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Making It All Add Up

Much of Susan Dyke's job as Oakdale Joint Unified School District Chief Business Officer was under the microscope in the 2014-2015 school year. As the 'keeper of the books' so to speak, the numbers cruncher and the Administrator in charge of the projected budget much was spoken about a reserve, which was believed to be too high during contract negotiations.

August 05, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


I Feel Pretty

I recently happened upon a quote which spoke to me.

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


New Teachers Report For Duty

With more than a decade and a hallway setting them apart, two of Magnolia Elementary's newest teachers do share one thing in common – what inspired them to teach.

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Alum Plays Sydney Opera House

In her early years at Fair Oaks Elementary School, Julie Bolme just wanted to play violin. There was just one small problem; no strings program.

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


OHS Student Attends Future Physician Conference

What arrived as a simple piece of mail addressed to Oakdale High School's Breanna Morgan, manifested itself into an amazing and eye-opening opportunity.

July 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Concert Series Returns To River Oak Grace

The River Oak Grace Amphitheater will once again be alive with music from visiting musicians. On Friday, July 31 River Oak Grace Community Church will host Canadian Christian Rock group Hawk Nelson as they present the beginning of the 2015 Concert Series. Other bands scheduled to perform are I Am They on Aug.t 29 and Sanctus Real, Sept. 25. Tickets for the first and third performances in the series are $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the gate. I Am They will be a love offering event.

July 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


The Open Road

The days of summer are ticking by faster than even I can truly fathom. The downside of working for a newspaper publication and a bi-monthly magazine, is that we are always working ahead. We rarely are able to live in the true present moment as we sit at our desks. Looking to deadlines for the next newspaper issue or issue of the 209 Magazine. Honestly, I'm constantly confused as to what day it is. So much so, it's actually an office joke. It's not uncommon to hear me blurt out, 'Is today Friday?' or 'What issue are ...

July 15, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Jones Travels Abroad To Teach Teachers

Like most Oakdale Joint Unified teachers, Magnolia Transitional Kindergarten Teacher Michelle Jones has been enjoying a little respite from her classroom setting and getting recharged for the 2015-2016 school year.

July 15, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Couple Focuses On Freshness

Matthew and Courtney Smith subscribe to the notion that if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. This may prove to be a good thing as the young couple moves forward with building the business of their Lucky #19 Ranch, its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) division, their recent opportunity to operate Bloomingcamp Ranch and the launching of their Farm to Table monthly events.

July 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Escaping The Boom

The safe and sane firework booths are up and running. Moms, dads, grandparents and youth will line up at the box like structures ready to empty their wallets and buy Fourth of July celebration wares.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Soroptimist International Oakdale Ends Noteworthy Year

The month of June brought the 60th anniversary year of Soroptimist International of Oakdale (SIO) to a successful close. First chartered on June 5, 1954, the all-women's service group has served the community of Oakdale since the fall of 1954.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Record Crowd Flocks To Annual Carnival

It was a made to order day, as the Kjeldgaard family opened their property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival on Saturday, June 27. The upper parking lot of the River Road location remained full and a steady stream of cars came in and out between the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event hours.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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Articles By Author - Teresa Hammond


School District’s Mutoza Turns In Locksmith Keys

Mark Mutoza has witnessed a lot of change during his tenure with the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.

August 24, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Caught In The Swarm

I try not to get too caught up in sensationalism.

August 24, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OHS Alum Interns In Washington DC

Madison Lane lived a summer which she hopes serves as a glimpse into her future.

August 24, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Needed To Be ‘Mom’

To the one family or cluster of kids whose picture I missed taking for the newspaper on the first day of school, please accept my ...

August 17, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Fit Body Boot Camp Joins Oakdale Shopping Center

The southwest end of the Oakdale Shopping Center has seen a bit more traffic in the past few weeks. 'Traffic' via automobiles and fitness clad ...

August 17, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Oakdale Students Return To School

On Wednesday, Aug. 10 Oakdale Joint Unified officially began the 2016-17 school year. As school bells began ringing at 7:40 a.m. at Oakdale ...

August 17, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Fundraising Efforts Underway For Annual Community Meal

It's never too early for Vickie Thompson to start planning when it comes to the Spirit of Oakdale community Thanksgiving meal.

August 17, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Local Hair Stylist Picks Up New Brush For Art

Some might describe Barbara Findlay as a gifted artist in her professional field. She has spent over 30 years relying on a keen eye and ...

August 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


VP Talmage Allen Joins OJHS Administrative Team

Talmage Allen will be joining his eighth grade son on Wednesday, Aug. 10 for the first day of school.

August 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Oakdale Joint Unified School Board Reconvenes For 2016-17

Monday night proved to be par for the course as Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Board of Trustees gathered for the first meeting of ...

August 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Neal Gets Comfortable As Student Board Rep

The week of Aug. 8, 2016 will likely be remembered as one of 'firsts' for Oakdale High School senior Autumn Neal.

August 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Back To The Books

It's here again.

August 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Revitalized River’s Edge Offers Refreshing Setting

As Central Valley temperatures continue to stay around the century mark, locals may choose to cool off in the Stanislaus River or keep their kitchen ...

August 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Magnolia Elementary School Welcomes New Vice Principal

As Oakdale youth busy themselves searching for shoes, backpacks and supplies, Oakdale Joint Unified School District administrators and staff are equally busy on their respective ...

August 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Oakdale High Alum Interns With Scottish Parliament

It was just three short years ago that Oakdale High School alumnus Lindsay Combs graced the stage to accept her diploma along with other members ...

August 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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