Staying in bed, tucked under covers and moaning about a sniffle or bellyache would not be behavior of Oakdale High School graduating senior Jaycee Harden. The 2015 OHS graduate was recognized earlier this month at the school board meeting for an educational career of Perfect Attendance.
It was once again a standing room only start to the monthly meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting on Monday, April 20. This time however, the Technology and Staff Development Center was not filled with teachers, but rather parents of accomplished students.
The morning of Saturday, April 18 brought made to order weather for 272 runners, spectators and volunteers greeted by a blue, sun-filled sky as they participated in the Sixth Annual Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Fun Run/Walk.
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.
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.
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.
It is little secret that we are living in a day and age of rapid technological advances. Gone are the day of chalkboards in classrooms and dry erase boards are slowly finding their way into classroom extinction.
You know your job is different when you spend the morning prior to starting your work day in tears. That was my experience last Thursday as I prepared myself to cover the Every 15 Minutes assembly at Oakdale High School.
Oakdale students from kindergarten through eighth grade dusted off their beakers, pulled out their scales and searched the Web to gather ideas to submit for the 32nd Annual Science Fair. Students from all four elementary schools, as well as Oakdale Junior High School, were represented in this year's event.
Upper grade classrooms were empty, halls sounded a bit hollow and local first responders stayed busy as Oakdale High School observed and brought to life the Every 15 Minutes Program on Thursday and Friday.