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Agriculture, PE Credits Center Stage For Board

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.

November 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Red Ribbin Wrap

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.

November 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


ASTRO Foundation Offers Gift That Keeps On Giving

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.

November 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


New Agri Sales Store Stakes Claim In Regional Location

Frank Trent is happily settling into his new home and encouraging family, friends and strangers to come pay him a visit.

November 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


School District Responds To Scores

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.

November 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


In For The Treat

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.

October 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Oakdale Joint Unified Rallies To Cause

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.

October 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Young Students Buy Into Campus Farmers Market

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.

October 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


SCARING UP DONATIONS

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.

October 21, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


School District Joins Debate

As campuses throughout Oakdale Joint Unified School District prepare for Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 26 - Oct. 30) there is a new topic of concern on the district radar.

October 21, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Getting Technical

My kids are techies.

October 21, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


School Board Eyes ‘Snapshot’ Test Data

Members of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District board learned a little bit themselves on Monday night.

October 14, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Not Just Yet

Once upon a time stores did not stock Halloween candy in August, Christmas candy in September and business windows were not Holiday-themed prior to the first day of fall. Awww … the good 'ol days.

October 14, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Hair Color And Happiness

There are bigger problems in life than hair color.

October 07, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Oakdale Elementary Students Prepare For Annual Jog Event

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.

October 07, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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New Barbershop Leaves Lasting First Impression

There's a new team of barbers in town and they're ready to leave their mark on the community, regardless of age, gender or ...

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Valley Couple Celebrates 77th Wedding Anniversary

Sunday, Feb. 14 will mark the 76th Valentine's Day Rogue and Eva Vizcaino will spend as husband and wife. A short six days later ...

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Soul Friends

By definition 'soul food' is a noun, defined by Merriam-Webster as: "food (as chitterlings, ham hocks and collard greens) traditionally eaten by southern black Americans ...

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


RUN FOR THE LIBRARY

Over 100 run/walkers, top photo, took advantage of Saturday's blue sky as participants of the 24th Annual Don Osborne Memorial Run, hosted by ...

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Sierra View Student Raises Funds For Friend

Some might say Logan Atkinson has a heart bigger than his 10-year-old stature.

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Public Forum Sees Limited Attendance

A public forum which was talked about by many was attended by few. Close to 50 people attended the Boundary Study, Public Forum on Thursday ...

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Academic Greatness Continues To Shine

The Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon Trophy has once again returned to the Oakdale High School campus, back in Mustang territory. For the 16th consecutive year ...

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


What’s In Your Bucket?

I don't believe in New Year Resolutions. I'm a goal setter. Perhaps it's all just a mind game, but there is something ...

February 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OJUSD Approves Increases For Staff

Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board, teachers and classified staff have settled contracts. On Monday, Feb. 1 during its monthly scheduled meeting, contracts for all ...

February 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Aca Dec Team Pursues Trophy For 16th Year

The Oakdale High School Academic Decathlon team has been the reigning Stanislaus County Champions for as long as some team members have been alive. That ...

February 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


She’s A Rescue

Every dog I have owned my adult life has been a rescue. Our current furry family member, Willow (aka Show Pony – for her bounce) is ...

January 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OHS Teen Dancer Lands Scholarship Opportunity

Oakdale High School freshman Anthony Reynoso won't be found making his mark on the baseball diamond of OHS, nor will he be found on ...

January 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


School District Boundary Study Results Released

After several months of review and data collection by an outside source, findings and recommendations are back concerning the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, OJUSD ...

January 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


In Cahoots For A Belly Busting Breakfast

By TERESA HAMMOND

January 26, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | 209 LIVING


Being A Servant

Parenting is probably the toughest and most rewarding gig I will ever be gifted with.

January 20, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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