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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


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


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Mommy Musings –Ladies Who Lunch

It's hard to write a column about an event that not everyone is able to attend. Yet, recognize the unique opportunity this event offers to our community and its symbolic hat tilt to its western heritage.

April 15, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings –The Self In Selfless

Several years back the 'pay it forward' notion became very vogue and popular. Buzz words which left such an impression on American society that it literally became a 'thing' during the holidays at a popular coffee house.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings – Define Perfect

The simple notion of that title has me giggling.

March 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Magnolia Third Graders Dig Into Squid

Magnolia Elementary School third grade teacher Melissa Clark is excited about dissection.

March 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – Saying Goodbye

There's nothing easy about saying good bye to someone you love.

March 19, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


End In Sight For Negotiations?

The bad news is: our teachers have not yet settled salary negotiations. The good news is: if settled they have the opportunity to reopen for another increase in October.

March 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Saying Goodbye

There's nothing easy about saying good bye to someone you love.

March 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OHS Freshman Accompanied By 4-Legged Companion

If today's teenager is to be selfish and lazy, one need not tell Hope Kindred. The Oakdale High School freshman missed that memo.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Schools Reach Some Contract Agreements

For the third consecutive month vacant seats were at a minimum for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting conducted Monday night, March 9. Oakdale City Council chambers were once again filled to capacity as teachers and parents stood along the sides, back and spilled out into the entry way.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Students Step Up For Positive Change

Oakdale Junior High School staffers Ben Cortez and Brandi Chavez are aiming to join forces. During the 2014-2015 school year, Cortez the teacher and Chavez the staffer each have pioneered new programs which are proving successful on the campus.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Freshman Accompanied By 4-Legged Companion

If today's teenager is to be selfish and lazy, one need not tell Hope Kindred. The Oakdale High School freshman missed that memo.

March 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Students Step Up For Positive Change

Oakdale Junior High School staffers Ben Cortez and Brandi Chavez are aiming to join forces. During the 2014-2015 school year, Cortez the teacher and Chavez the staffer each have pioneered new programs which are proving successful on the campus.

March 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – Back To The ‘90s

Two weeks ago I shared the tragedy of my break-up with Facebook (FB). I'm happy to report we've since rectified our shortcomings and are working toward a healthy and balanced friendship.

March 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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