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Dickens Brothers Spotlight The ‘Mustang Way’ Of Life

It began as a simple idea. An idea described by Oakdale High School Class of 2013 alum Eriksen Dickens as a "hype video" highlighting Oakdale Mustangs Football and the community of Oakdale.

October 26, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


PJ’s and Politics

This week I will not write about the Presidential Election.

October 26, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Fourth Graders Begin To Examine Chinook

Things may seem a little fishy with Oakdale Joint Unified fourth graders these days, as teacher Krista Smith has begun making her migration to the varying school sites. Smith's migration, however, doesn't come by way of a fish snack cracker or a classroom pet, the salmon teacher spends two days of lecture time teaching the students about Chinook Salmon. As result of her teachings the students then travel to Knights Ferry to visit the Stanislaus River and learn further about the sea life in their natural habitat.

October 26, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Navigating An Even Year

It's an even year, which can only mean one thing. Sorry Giants fans, this one is not for you. Oh, how I wish it were. To be quite honest I'm still recovering from the bitterness over the lack of a bullpen to help us maintain the post season tradition. But alas, we took a fall in an even year and so the 2016 World Series will belong to someone else.

October 19, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


School Hosts Inaugural Junior High Color Run

Oakdale Junior High proved to be the most colorful OJUSD campus this past Friday, as the student body participated in an inaugural Color Run, hosted by the OHS Parent Teacher Club.

October 19, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


School District Assessment Scores Show Positive Trend

It was a night focused on academia Monday, Oct. 10 during the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting, as Assistant Superintendent Kristi Rapinchuk reviewed results and comparisons for the Spring 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment System (SBAC) testing. The tests replaced the STAR assessment system as the curriculum has changed to Common Core Standards.

October 12, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS FFA Represents At National Competition

Academic and sports teams are not the only areas where Oakdale High School is making its mark. As Oakdale Agriculture programs continue to grow and thrive, there is good and valid reasons why Oakdale Joint Unified is turning its focus and energy to the Oakdale School Farm.

October 12, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Clothing Consignment Shop Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

It has been a decade since Tanya Bruchacek opened the doors to a concept which was new to the community of Oakdale. In October 2006, Bruchacek, along with her sister Sandra Reed introduced Oakdale to TAGS Consignment, A Funky, Chic, Resale Boutique.

October 05, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


PAINT THE TOWN

Rivi's Wine Bar patio area was filled to capacity last week as the first Paint Night was hosted to a crowd of 30 eager painters. Serendipity Paint and Sip nights hosted by Lisa McDaniel-Norris will be a regular monthly occurrence at the Oakdale hot spot. The next one will be hosted on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 4:30 p.m., as well as one slated for Oct. 24 and 25 at 6 p.m. Space is limited so reservations are recommended. To secure a spot contact McDaniel-Norris by phone at 209-701-9644 or via private message on her Facebook page ...

October 05, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Telling The Story

Last week I shared a few thoughts on my feelings as the local reporter who happens to also be a community member.

October 05, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


BUNDLE IT UP

Oakdale High School Leadership students hosted their annual Sweater and Coat drive the last week of September. Items collected during the weeklong event will now be donated to Oakdale's Center for Human Services, benefitting families in need as the cooler weather sets in.

October 05, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


OASIS Aims To Strengthen Ties With Police Department

OASIS After School Program Manager Matt Dillon is looking to foster positive relationships for his students and their community.

October 05, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Bloomingcamp Crowd Welcomes In The Harvest

Though the weather felt more like summer this past weekend, the crowds still turned out to celebrate the annual Harvest Festival and the start of autumn at Bloomingcamp Ranch. Activities were scattered across both days, Saturday and Sunday. Here are some photos from the special event.

September 28, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Passing Through

I recently came upon an out of area publication about our town which I found both odd and interesting. The piece was a follow-up of sorts by an out of area writer returning to see how the town had fared post the Hershey move.

September 28, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Junior High Begins 2016 With Modified Class Schedule

Oakdale Junior High School students are spending a bit more time in their classes this year. While the length of their school day has not been altered, their time spent in the classroom has. How? Simple, class time modification by way of reducing the schedule from an eight period day to a seven period day.

September 28, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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Articles By Author - Teresa Hammond


Looking Forward And Back

It's an interesting time to be alive.

January 18, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Knights Ferry School Expands STEM Education

The commonly known "Little School on the Hill" has jetted into the millennium thanks in part to the funding of a $25,000 grant received ...

January 18, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Cambodian Lions Visit Counterparts In 95361

The motto of Lions International is about as simple as it can come: "We Serve." Their Mission Statement is a bit more in depth: "To ...

January 18, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


A Lesson And A Desk

Life has a funny way of showing us things. I have found that if our eyes are opened wide, our hearts accepting and we pause ...

January 11, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


New Boutique Owner Offers Elegance, Seamstress Services

Community members in need of seamstress skills or an evening gown for a special occasion need not travel out of the 95361 any longer. Some ...

January 11, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Surf And Turf Event Benefits Swim Team

While the weather right now would make for less than desirable swimming conditions, board members of the Oakdale Swim Team are preparing for the start ...

January 11, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Breaking The Cycle And Getting Real

Addiction is a funny thing.

January 04, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OHS Alum Cordoza, Walter Giving Back

It's been close to 20 years since Stevie Cordoza and Hank Walter first crossed paths. A journey which began so long ago for the ...

January 04, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


That’s A Wrap

As hard as it is to believe, it is indeed our final issue of 2016 and what a year it has been.

December 28, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Dickens Documentary Screening At Center

Simple yet powerful words: "modest, courageous, passionate, analytical, humble." These are the words Eriksen and Soren Dickens repeat as they speak of their late father ...

December 28, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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