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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


Backpacks And Lunch Sacks – Back To School

There is indeed no rest for the weary in the way of education. Today marks the final 'official' day of Summer Break 2014 as students, teachers and administrators throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District prepare for the first day of school.

August 06, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musing – Time To Fly

Here we are … again.

August 06, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Make It Matter

What is the last kind thing you said to someone? Better yet… What is the last random compliment you gave to a loved one or stranger?

July 30, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Round ‘Em Up

There is just barely a week of summer break left for students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The first day of school districtwide is set for Thursday, Aug. 7. While the elementary age students may fill this final week with backpack shopping or playdates, the upper grades are busy at their respective campuses.

July 30, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

At a ceremony on July 15, Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials broke ground for the new 5000-square foot steel structure that will be the Central Kitchen. This will be the first of a handful of projects spearheaded by the Facilities Committee.

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings - Fair Fun

The timing of returning to the Newsroom could not have come at a better time … Fair week!

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Getting Reacquainted

Today marks my first day back in a place I left a decade ago. Just looking at that sentence causes me to pause in both amazement and disbelief.

July 16, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Bird’s Eye View

There is very little I don't love about this job.

May 07, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - He Moved Up

Parenting brings with it many milestones: first steps, first day of school, sleepovers, losing teeth, dates, driver's license, college choices, the list goes on.

March 26, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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Mommy Musings – The Breakup

I broke up with Facebook (FB). The relationship had become unhealthy.

February 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Local Support For Those Living Through Loss

Fay Jacobsohn and Dorothy Villines are making lemonade from lemons, in the way of helping others. The two-woman team will facilitate the GriefShare Support Group as a service to the community.

February 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings –Seizing the Moment

A girlfriend and I recently had a conversation regarding the self-empowering use of the word 'No' on a more regular basis. Chances are if you're a parent (most specifically a mom) you understand this struggle.

February 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Chromebooks Bring Egypt Projects To Latest Century

Fair Oaks sixth grade students are clicking back through the sands of time.

February 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – Mission To Mars

I am the mother of a fourth grader.

February 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Champions, Again! - OHS Claims Academic Decathlon Title

Braun and brains might be the best description for the out of towner reviewing the successes of Oakdale High School's student body and its alum.

February 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings-Bye Bye Bravermans

What is it about a television series that sucks us in?

February 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


New Business Offers Something for The Whole Family

There's a new 'Joe' in town and chances are if you live on the North end of town, you've moseyed through the drive thru. If not, then it just might be time to see what all the fuss is about.

February 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


School Business As Usual As Contract Negotiations Linger

It was yet another standing room only session for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 2. The meeting was conducted at the OJUSD Technology and Staff Development Center due to overlap with Oakdale City Council meeting.

February 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings –Quality and Quantity

A few weeks back I had the unique opportunity of attending a school board meeting for a standing room only night.

January 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OHS Senior Marks Fourth Generation Graduate

This June will mark 100 years since the first of four generations walked across the stage and earned an Oakdale High School diploma.

January 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Local Barbershop Adds Third Generation To The Floor

There's been a noticeable change to Norm's Barbershop at its West F Street location in Oakdale.

January 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Fitness Studio Looks To Revitalize Community Health

There's a small secret in the way of fitness a handful of community members have caught wind of: Revitalize Fitness is looking to reshape not only how people perceive weight loss, but overall health.

January 21, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Show Them The Money - Teachers Pack Board Meeting

It was an emotion packed, standing room only setting as Oakdale Joint Unified School Board called to session its first meeting of the New Year. The meeting was hosted Monday evening in City Council Chambers. The agenda listed routine consent items as well as some procedure/policy modifications. But the issue that brought the crowd was not on the agenda as an action item.

January 14, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


The Gift Of True Love

Some days our newspaper space just doesn't provide enough room for the cast of characters which occupy our zip code.

January 14, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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