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Students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have been in school for nearly a week, as it started Aug. 10, and the school sites have been abuzz with activity and in making the necessary adjustments.

August 16, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Enrollment Increase For School’s Start

Students have registered for classes and found out who their teachers are going to be for the new school year. School starts today, Wednesday, Aug. 10 for students throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. That includes Cloverland, Fair Oaks, Magnolia and Sierra View elementary schools in addition to the Oakdale junior and senior high schools.

August 10, 2011 | | Education


Time Nearing To ‘Round Up’ Students

School starts in Oakdale on Wednesday, Aug. 10. To get the students processed with their books, ID cards, school pictures, and oriented to campus, Oakdale High School and Oakdale Junior High School are each hosting "Round Ups" over the course of two days on Aug. 3 and 4.

July 27, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Parents Upset At Delay In Valley Home Superintendent’s Leave

Voting in closed session on Tuesday night, July 19, the Valley Home School Board by a 5-0 margin agreed to place Superintendent-Principal Thomas "Kevin" Hart on paid administrative leave after his arrest on suspicion of child molestation by the Oakdale Police Department.

July 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Education


Valley Home - School Chief Due In Court

The arrest of Valley Home Joint School District Superintendent/Principal Kevin Hart on suspicion of child molestation has been fraught with mystery and suppression of information, including to interested parties of the school system itself.

July 20, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Education


New Vice Principal Joins Junior High Team

Oakdale Junior High School students will meet their new Vice Principal in just a few short weeks. In the meantime, Jon Webb has already started doing some work and preparing for the start of school on Aug. 10.

July 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJUSD Superintendent Invites Input

Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent Marc Malone is creating three new councils to serve in advisory and facilitative roles to the district related to facilities planning, operational planning, and classroom education.

July 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Trustees Approve Administrator Contracts

Two-year contracts for Oakdale Joint Unified School District assistant superintendents Barbara Shook and Terri Taylor were unanimously approved by the OJUSD Board of Trustees in an action at the July 11 regular meeting. The contracts are effective through June 30, 2013.

July 13, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School District Names New Cloverland Principal

Cloverland Elementary School will see a new Principal this year. Larry Bonds has officially taken over the role, effective July 1. He was the unanimous choice to fill the role of a seven-person interview panel that included Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent Marc Malone and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Barbara Shook, two elementary school principals, a teacher, an office staff member, and a parent.

July 06, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Educational Tour - Students Experience US History On East Coast

Lessons learned from United States history books came alive when a contingent of three Oakdale Junior High School teachers and 40 recent eighth grade graduates made a non-school educational trip to the East Coast, covering Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City.

July 06, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OTA Gets New President

After serving for 10 years as the Oakdale Teachers Association president, Sierra View Elementary School teacher Linda Kraus recently stepped down. Noting that "it's time" to make room for new blood and to focus more on her other California Teachers Association project commitments and as council chairperson for the Stanislaus Service Center, which serves more than 25 locals, Kraus has passed the reins to fellow Sierra View teacher Stacy Graham.

June 15, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Summer Work Projects In Progress At Schools

School is out for summer but the district's maintenance employees are getting the annual deep cleanings and special maintenance projects done while the students are on vacation.

June 15, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools: No New Budget Cuts, For Now

For now, there are no new planned budget cuts for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Following a public hearing at the June 13 regular meeting of the OJUSD Board of Trustees, the board unanimously approved the 2011-2012 proposed budget.

June 15, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Lifetime Honor - Optometrist Receives Teaching Award

Of all the accolades framed with pride on Dr. A. Lee Scaief's wall, the Oakdale optometrist, is most proud of the Merton Flom - the Big Kahuna of awards in his field.

June 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Education


Oakdale Graduates Walk Stage

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District held several graduation ceremonies over the course of three days, May 25-27, each hosted at Oakdale High School. Commencement exercises for Oakdale High School, Oakdale Junior High School, and Alternative Education schools East Stanislaus High School, Valley Oak High School, and Oakdale Charter High School hosted more than 700 graduates in all.

Check out the June 1 issue of The Oakdale Leader for more coverage and photos.

June 03, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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Articles by Section - Education


Teachers Settle Contract

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.

April 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Magnolia Third Graders Dig Into Squid

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

March 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Represents At Regional Science Olympiad

Oakdale High School's Science Olympiad team finished this year's regional Science Olympiad competition tied for fifth. The team fell short in the tiebreaker, number of gold medals, which will send Central Catholic to the State finals. The top four go to finals. The team faced an unfortunate circumstance when one event was thrown out do to a scoring mistake by the event supervisor.

March 19, 2015 | | Education


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


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


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


Reading Celebrates Dr. Seuss

Monday was a real page turner, all across Oakdale.

March 04, 2015 | | Education


Craig Clinches Medallion As Distinguished Young Woman

The annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Oakdale, was hosted Saturday, Feb. 21, at Magnolia School Auditorium. Oakdale High School senior and current Distinguished Young Woman Rachelle Pabalan passed her title to Amy Craig, a junior at Oakdale High School. In addition to the $2,500 scholarship for the title award, Amy received two $200 scholarships in the Talent and Interview categories. Scholarship awards were also presented to Makayla Johnson, Second Place; Jessica Gorman, Third Place; Hannah Copher, Fourth Place; and Haley Dyson, Fifth Place. Jessica also received two $200 scholarships in the Self ...

February 25, 2015 | | Education


Oakdale FFA Celebrates 2015 National FFA Week

The Oakdale FFA (Future Farmers of America) will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 21 to 28. This year's theme is Go All Out! and it embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking to the organization's future.

February 18, 2015 | | Education


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


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