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Mommy Musings - A Relayer’s Return And Hope

My column is a week late.

May 08, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Explaining The Unexplainable

I'm still recovering from Boston.

April 24, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Horse Trailers And High Heels

And so it goes … another Rodeo Week has been put to rest in the Chapter Book which encompasses my Oakdale life.

April 17, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Reporter’s Notebook – A Tainted Finish

Monday, April 15 did not start for me as it did my friend and running teammate Cathy McClelland or Oakdaleans Vanessa Walton and Tom Burchell, or Jesse Santana of Riverbank. I did not board a motor coach in my sneakers with a race bib pinned to the front of my shirt in anticipation of running the 117th Boston Marathon.

April 17, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – Empowering Adjectives

Transitioning from my Reporter role at the Oakdale Leader was necessary in my life for a number of reasons. The one most at the core were my children. I knew I needed to work full-time. I knew I needed to stay local, but I desperately needed flexibility.

March 27, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Pint Size Therapy

There are some days I think I'm wiser than others, when it comes to parenting.

March 21, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – A Moment Captured

I was recently challenged by a request to produce some pictures of myself.

March 13, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – So They Grow

They're growing up.

March 06, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Guilt Free Mommy

There are a number of things I thoroughly enjoy about being a parent. Many of them I have the pleasure of being able to share here, with our readers.

February 20, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Proper Usage of Tools

Generally speaking, I'm an analytical type. More simply put, I think too much.

February 13, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – No ‘ing’ In Sportsmanship

It's barely February and yet here I find myself, penning yet another 'sports related' column.

January 30, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Holidays At The DMV

My month of December was not dissimilar from most of our readers. It was packed full of parties, shopping, holiday tradition and even a little quality family time.

January 23, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – What Awaits You

It's been a few weeks since I've forced my mind to share some thoughts. Truthfully we all need a reprieve on occasion and as the only staffer who does this weekly, there does come a point where I too must take a break.

January 16, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - We Made It

We survived.

December 26, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - More Than A Small ‘Cow’ Town

Another season has been wrapped up. This year marks one that dreams are made of, for many of this town's young men and their families. The 2012 Oakdale Mustang football season will now live on in the history books as well as the memories of all who will say 'I remember when.'

December 19, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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Articles By Author - Teresa Hammond


Multi-Year Plan - Board Reviews School Strategy

Oakdale City Council Chambers held more residents than usual on Monday night, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District conducted its second board meeting for the 2014-15 school year.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Making The Big Moments

The Mustangs are going to the Stadium.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


What’s Old Is New Again - Treasure Hunt Offers A Gem Of Opportunity

From the outside looking in, Cindi Baca's North Third Treasure Hunt shop doesn't appear much different than any other of the businesses it shares the street with in downtown Oakdale. Showcased antiques in the windows, interesting and unique trinkets throughout the shop … and then there are paint cans.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Student Representative Pabalan Prepared For Transition

Next Monday, Sept. 8 Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan will settle into yet one more seat of responsibility. Pabalan will be in attendance at her second Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting. The 2014-15 Student School Board Representative (sworn in at the Aug. 11 session) is ready to add one more feather to her ever-flourishing cap.

September 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings - All In With Common Core

We checked out.

September 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Area Camp Celebrates 90th Year Of Getting Dirty

Dirt trails, rustic cabins, ropes courses and 20 acres of possibility were home to 254 campers this summer as guests of Camp Jack Hazard, celebrating its 90th anniversary year.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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


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