Oakdale's own Cowboy Santa offered visitors a unique opportunity to pet and visit with his trusty companion as he made his way into the plaza area of Gene Bianchi Community Center on Saturday. Young and old alike waited along the parking lot entrance to spy the horseback arrival of the treasured attendee. It was part of the annual Cowboy Christmas celebration for the community, which included a vendor faire, music and visits and photos with Santa himself.
In celebration of a thankful season Michelle Jones' Transitional Kindergarten class began the Friday prior to Thanksgiving break with a song by Debbie Clement, "You're Wonderful." The song is a positive thinking song for young people, highlighting positive attributes.
The 2015-15 school year is proving to be one for the record books for Oakdale High School marching band, drumline, colorguard and drum major as all four recently entered the winners circle at the Santa Cruz Band Review.
Sierra View sixth grade teacher and Technology Mentor Amanda Hensley, top photo, guides her class through an underwater adventure and school lesson via Google Expeditions. Students of Sierra View, as well as Oakdale Junior High were selected to be participants in the pilot Google program. At side, a young participant of the piloted Google Expeditions Pioneer Program was visibly excited Tuesday by what was witnessed through the Google Cardboard. Similar to the once popular 'view finders,' the smart phone compatible devices take students on virtual field trips to locations around the world
For anyone not in the know, Monday night's school board meeting made it evident. The community of Oakdale holds strong to its agriculture roots, as the Oakdale City Council Chambers hosted a sea of blue corduroy jackets and standing room only occupancy.
Oakdale Junior High math teacher Chris Lewis, left as he goes to the spike, while Courtney Martinez, Financial Secretary studies the shot. The two were participants in the Staff versus OJHS Volleball team last Wednesday as part of Red Ribbon Week activities.
The ASTRO (Animal Shelter To Riverbank and Oakdale) Foundation has the perfect gift item for the hard to please. As tribute to its rescued pets and the rescuers who put their lives on the line daily, the 501(C)3 non-profit has produced "Rescuers and the Rescued" wall calendars for the 2016 year.