Red ribbons decorated campuses around the Oakdale Joint Unified School District to send a message to students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and formally recognize Red Ribbon Week held Oct. 26-30.
Sierra View Elementary School Parent Teacher Club (SVEPTC) hosted a "Tricks & Treats Family Night" on Oct. 29 at the school that offered Sierra View families the opportunity to dress up, play games and collect sweet treats in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere.
A game show stage, spotlights, questions displayed on a video screen, an eager contestant, and a host who asked, "Is that your final answer?" were the delivery method for a recent fire safety message for Cloverland Elementary School students.
Cloverland and Fair Oaks elementary schools recently paid homage to agriculture in the area by each holding their Second Annual Fall Ag Day on Oct. 23.
Cloverland sixth graders recently had Ancient Egypt brought to their classrooms and were able to examine firsthand a few genuine ancient Egyptian artifacts during a presentation called "The Egyptian Afterlife."
Fourth graders in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District learned a "shocking" lesson about electricity recently. Shocking Electricity is a science program collaboration between MID and the Great Valley Museum. The 90-minute presentations given by Chris Schmidt and Jon Stout of the Great Valley Museum covered fourth grade electricity standards and gave hands-on experiences to students.
Oakdale High School is gearing up for Homecoming Week, which runs Oct. 5 through 9, wrapping up with the varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 9 where the Mustangs will face the Ceres High School Bulldogs. Varsity kickoff is scheduled for roughly 7 p.m., following the junior varsity game, which is scheduled for a 5 p.m. kickoff at The Corral.
Going away to college and staying in the college dorms for the first time can be intimidating, especially when you're still in junior high school. However, this scenario represented a unique opportunity for eight girls from Oakdale, Riverbank, and Escalon to experience college life and learn more about math, science, and themselves.
Everyone needs more room in their closet. Formal dresses take up a lot of room, especially if they're no longer worn. The same goes for men's suits and other dress attire. A donation to the "Prom Closet" at Oakdale High School may provide the remedy that an overstuffed closet needs.
Jazz lovers and philanthropists came out to raise money for the Oakdale Educational Foundation at its annual fundraiser with an open air concert from musician Slim Man and his band Bona Fide on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved Comprehensive School Site Safety Plans and a District Crisis and Emergency Response Plan at the Sept. 14 regular meeting.
With a down economy, fundraising has become difficult for many non-profit organizations but the Oakdale Educational Foundation is "jazzing" things up by offering options for those who want to open their pocketbooks but can't afford prior spending and donation practices.
In an era where school districts in the area are seeing declining enrollment, it appears as though the Oakdale Joint Unified School District is leveling out and staying more consistent.
The Mickey Mouse memorabilia in his office is a dead giveaway. Fair Oaks Elementary School Principal David Kindred is a Disneyland fan. In fact, it's a family affair.
This week marks the final week of Oakdale's Super Summer Camp program offered through the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Camp is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade and campers can attend any or all of the weeklong summer sessions.
School supplies are being collected now, as Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials look toward the fast approaching start of the new school year.
Homeschooling is a rewarding educational alternative. It is especially valuable for those families wanting to pass on their religious heritage, family values or personal beliefs to their children. Special needs or high achieving children who do not fit into a typical campus classroom benefit greatly from the one on one work at an individual pace.
Oakdale FFA members recently attended a three-day sectional leadership conference in Pinecrest over a weekend, at Camp Sylvester. During this time FFA chapters from the Stanislaus-Tuolumne section and the Tri-Rivers section went along with two delegates selected by their chapters. These delegates were to vote for the new sectional officers that would represent each section at regional meetings and events and also help run the section.
Trot on down to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds for horse show and livestock events before the fair opens.
Knights Ferry School held its commencement ceremony on June 3, graduating 13 eighth graders. Each of the graduates had speaking parts in the ceremony.
The 2014-2015 school budget was approved by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the June 9 regular meeting.
Summer Camp is open. Oakdale's Super Summer Camp started on June 2 and is an eight-week summer program for children in kindergarten through sixth grades to keep them engaged in fun activities, field trips, and learning opportunities five days a week.
Valley Home Joint School District held its eighth grade commencement ceremony on May 21 at the school gymnasium, with eight students graduating.
Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" was a familiar tune recently as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District graduations took place Wednesday, May 21 through Friday May 23 with a total of 748 high school and junior high graduates who crossed the stage to receive their diplomas and advance to the next chapter of their lives. Each graduating class was presented to the OJUSD Superintendent Marc Malone by their respective school principal. School board members then presented diplomas to the graduates as their names were read.
Prioritization and self-discipline have been among the keys to academic success for graduating Oakdale High School seniors Austin Clayton and Dylan Hawksworth-Lutzow. Austin is the valedictorian and Dylan is the salutatorian for the Class of 2014.
Veronica's Care Closet at Oakdale High School, which serves underprivileged OHS students, was recently infused with a number of graduation caps and gowns from the community after an article in The Leader asking for cap and gown donations.
The Modesto Rotary Club and the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) announced the selection of four local educators as 2014 Stanislaus County Teachers of the Year at a Rotary luncheon on May 6. Additionally, the Jane Johnston Civility Award was presented to one of the 12 finalists for exemplifying the principles of civility. The winner of this award was Michelle Jones from Magnolia Elementary School in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. As the winner of the award, she received $1,000.
Oakdale High School seniors are nearing graduation and to keep them safe on a night of celebration, the 2014 Oakdale Sober Grad Night (SGN) committee has been busy at work for many months preparing to make the giant, all-night party fun.
Oakdale High School graduating seniors are invited to attend the 2014 Oakdale Sober Grad Night celebration to stay safe and have fun on the special night.