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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


Charter Student Propels Forward

Oakdale resident and Valley Charter School graduate Matthew Gery is spending some time this summer taking final steps toward his future as he attends orientation at Arizona State University.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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Articles By Author - Teresa Hammond


Dance Studio Celebrates 15th Year Of Movement

It started out simple, a detached two car garage, wood floors, a mirrored wall and 15 dancers.

December 07, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Silver Strummers Uke It Up For Fun

One might not think that attending a holiday fundraiser could result in the start of a senior ukulele group, unless of course they know longtime ...

December 07, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


The Mother Ship

This one's for the 'Moms.'

December 07, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


STANISLAUS SALMON

Oakdale Joint Unified Elementary fourth graders, top photo, migrated to the Stanislaus River earlier this month to participate in the annual Knights Ferry field trip ...

November 30, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Spirit Of Oakdale Spreads Thanks And Giving

One needn't have gone hungry on Thanksgiving Day 2016 as Vickie Thompson, Mickey Peabody and their crew of volunteers served up over 1,000 ...

November 30, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Downtown Businesses Prepare To Usher In Holiday Spirit

The magic of the holiday season has slowly but surely been taking over shops and store front windows in Oakdale's downtown area.

November 30, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Thanks For Giving: Lessons And Life

It's the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so it would only seem fitting that I should pen a piece on gratitude.

November 23, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OHS Seniors Earn American Heritage Scholarship Funds

A total of five Oakdale High School seniors were among the 19 Stanislaus County students honored last Thursday with monetary scholarships. This fall, 195 high ...

November 23, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Marching Mustangs Earn Trio Of First Place Finishes

Oakdale High School may now add one more group to that of its first place trophy winning list, as the OHS Marching Band took first ...

November 23, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Time To Rise

One short week from today grocery, big box and retail stores alike will become abuzz with shoppers. While many will cross off their lists this ...

November 16, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OHS Career Center Aids Mustangs Reaching Out

There's a lot more going on at the Oakdale High School Career Center than the community may realize.

November 16, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


BUS STUFFERS

OHS Associated Student Body representatives assembled outside of the bus they intend to fill for the canned food drive "Stuff the Bus" challenge posed by ...

November 16, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


School District Seizes Money Saving Opportunity

It was a light night for school business Monday evening as the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board members gathered for their monthly school board meeting ...

November 16, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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