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.
A public release of sub-standard results for Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) scores, commonly known as Common Core Testing, statewide quickly went viral in mid-September. Parents, teachers and administrators critical of the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS) quickly voiced 'told you so' responses.
As the mommy of the group it only seems fitting that I pen the piece about the ever so popular Halloween Holiday. Our staff hosts a number of parents, as well as grandparents whom are proving to create all new memories and milestones for staffers. Part of the fun of working alongside one another is watching families grow, both figuratively and literally.
Fences are decorated, ribbons are hung, bracelets passed out and Oakdale Joint Unified School District has once again embraced Red Ribbon Week. The annual event is held nationally every year during the last full week of October. The 2015 Red Ribbon Week runs from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30.
Selecting fresh fruits and vegetables were on the 'To Do List' for over 1400 Oakdale elementary school students over the past week. Food 4 Thought made a return appearance to Oakdale Joint Unified School District, stopping this time at Fair Oaks and Magnolia elementary schools. Cloverland and Sierra View elementary schools were visited in September.
A few Oakdale High School S-Club members give their costumes a review and practice their Halloween 'scare or be scared' reactions as the group prepares for their annual Trick or Treat for cans event. The group will visit the Vineyard and Burchell Hill developments on Friday, Oct. 23 and the Oakdale Golf Course area on Saturday, Oct. 24 in search of donations to benefit local food cupboards.
Music, merriment and sights of pure joy might be found on any one of the four Oakdale Elementary school campuses this Friday, Oct. 9 as the student bodies participate in the District's annual Jog-a-Thon event.