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Student Takes Seat On School Board

It is a rarity to have a student have a seat on a school board, and even more rare for that student to have a vote. Oakdale High School senior Michael Homer was recently sworn in as a member of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Board of Trustees to serve as a voice for the student body in the district and to vote on issues that come before the board.

August 26, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Opening Day Brings School Budget Adjustments

The first day of school could best be described as organized bedlam. School personnel and Oakdale police officers were out in force on Tuesday, Aug. 11 to help keep safety a priority and the chaos to a minimum as parents ushered their children onto school campuses all around town.
The Oakdale schools were ready to accept the students to kick off the school year but pedestrian and auto traffic nearly overwhelmed the streets in front of each school. The first day of school is always hectic, but this year most of the school bussing in the city limits had to ...

August 12, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Board Concerned For Student Safety

The Oakdale school board is concerned about student safety with the lack of enough volunteers to serve as crossing guards at "hot spots" on the highway (F Street). The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees heard a report on the status of the crossing guard situation at the Aug. 10 regular meeting.
Superintendent Fred Rich relayed that Oakdale Police Department, which is responsible for the F Street crossing guards, does not have enough volunteers to man the crosswalk areas. OPD had to cut paid crossing guards from its budget earlier this year.
Trustee Mike Tozzi found it "unacceptable ...

August 12, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Crossing Guards Needed For Schools

Budget constraints have eliminated the five formerly paid positions of crossing guards from the Oakdale Police Department budget, leaving the three most heavily used crosswalks during the school year unmanned and needing volunteers to ensure the safety of students before and after school.

And with less busing being provided by the Oakdale Joint Unified District this school year, officials expect the amount of students walking to school to increase.

July 29, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley and Kim Van Meter | Education


School Board Cuts Sports Transport $

Student athletes and their families are going to have to reach in their own pockets to pay for transportation to and from sporting events. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Directors voted unanimously at the July 13 regular meeting to require student athletes to pay fees for transportation to athletic events. The district made reductions to its expenditures, which includes athletic transportation, in order to balance its budget. The athletic transportation budget line item was brought to an expenditure of $55,000, down from an actual $130,000.

July 15, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Summer Projects Prep Schools

This is the time of year that schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District get a deep cleaning. Floors are stripped and waxed, carpets are shampooed, every desk and chair is cleaned top and bottom, bathrooms are scrubbed, walls and blinds are washed. Once the maintenance crews are done, the rooms and offices even smell clean. Plus, exterior walls and sidewalks are pressure washed and trees are trimmed.

July 08, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New OHS Vice Principal Named

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently named Michael Tambini to the position of Vice Principal and Athletic Director at Oakdale High School. Tambini replaces Mike Moore who accepted the Principal role at OHS. Tambini officially started in his new position in July.

July 08, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Junior High Project Progressing

New, permanent classroom buildings at Oakdale Junior High School are taking shape as Diede Construction workers continue to hammer away at the project with an expected completion date of March 2010.

July 01, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Board Adopts Budget

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to approve the 2009-2010 proposed budget. Trustee Mike Tozzi was absent.

June 24, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Card Use Supports Academic Boosters

It's as easy to use as a credit card, a simple swipe will funnel a portion of money to a cause that supports students at Oakdale High School in their academic pursuits, but it's nothing extra out of your pocket.

June 16, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Cloverland Employee Honored As ‘Unsung Hero’

Unsung heroes make substantial contributions that are typically unknown or unacknowledged and they frequently go without recognition. However, the special efforts of one employee of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District didn't go unnoticed.

June 16, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Funds Cut Despite Success

The California Healthy Kids Survey has shown overall decreases in substance use and violence in Oakdale schools, but funding for the programs that have fueled these results has been severely cut and the district is playing a waiting game to see if grant funding will come through.

June 09, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New High School Principal Named

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently announced Mike Moore as the new Principal at Oakdale High School. Moore served as a Vice Principal at OHS since 2004 and has held the duties of Athletic Director for the past two years as well. Moore is replacing Rick Jones who retired after being at the helm for eight years.

June 02, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Local Go Club Places In National Contest

Some students at Fair Oaks Elementary School recently participated in an online 10-week long Go tournament against more than 70 teams, where almost all were middle and high schools, as well as some private Chinese schools. The Fair Oaks students participated on four different teams garnering second place in the junior division of the School Cup, only 0.15 points behind first place, as well as individual silver and bronze medals.

May 27, 2009 | | Education


SROs Leaving Oakdale Campuses

Tough times are here and as Fred Rich, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent put it, "The fluff is all gone and it has been for quite a while."

May 27, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Education


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Staff Recognized For Saving Teacher’s Life

A group of Oakdale Junior High School staff members were recognized for saving the life of seventh grade science teacher Fred Yerzy in early March during the public comments portion of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on April 14.

April 16, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Recite At Poetry Café

Cloverland Elementary School third grade teacher Cindy Bellinger and her students held a Poetry Café night at school on April 4.

April 09, 2014 | | Education


Talk Slated About Art Inspired By Science, Math

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation entitled "Art Inspired by Science and Mathematics" by Carlo H. Séquin, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley on Friday, April 11, at 7:30p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on the Modesto Junior College West Campus.

April 01, 2014 | | Education


Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

With the emcee and both guest speakers alumnus of Oakdale High School, Mustang Pride was prevalent in the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 41st Annual Oakdale Ag Scholarship Luncheon held at the Bianchi Community Center on Thursday, March 20.

March 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Education


Open Enrollment For California Connections Academy

California Connections Academy @ Ripon, an online public school serving students in grades K-12, is accepting new students for the 2014-2015 school year during the current open enrollment period. Now in its second year of instruction, California Connections Academy provides high-quality, personalized online education to more than 500 students in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. The school is now hosting free family information sessions-both online and in-person-with Connections Academy educators and staff to fulfill the growing number of requests for information.

March 25, 2014 | | Education


Island Theme Fundraiser For Music Programs

Prepare to be "shipwrecked" and party, island style.

March 19, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Learning In Arts Reception Slated

As part of Youth Arts Month the Stanislaus County Office of Education, in partnership with the Stanislaus County Alliance for Arts Education, is hosting a Region 6 Student Art Show, which includes Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne Counties. Students, parents, teachers and the Region 6 arts community are invited to attend an evening reception to celebrate Learning in the Arts on Tuesday, March 18 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. The reception will include a tour of the art exhibit along with music performances from local students and a presentation of teacher awards.

March 18, 2014 | | Education


Board Approves Spending Of Common Core $$

To implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the expenditure plan for it at the March 10 regular meeting. The district receives funds in a one-time allotment of a little over $1.05 million from the state and they may be spent in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The CCSS are required to be in place for the 2014-2015 year and the funds must be spent by July 1, 2015. As a condition of receiving the funds for implementation, the district is required to develop and adopt a plan explaining how the ...

March 12, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJHS Steel Band Performs At Band-O-Rama

This video shows the OJHS Steel Band's Tuesday night performance at the Band-O-Rama.

March 05, 2014 | Greg Lawless | Education


Science Fair Slated

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District's 31st Annual Science Fair is slated for March 10-13, at the Oakdale FES Hall on North Lee Avenue, across from Fair Oaks Elementary School.

March 05, 2014 | | Education


Oakdale Schools Celebrate Read Across America

The Cat in the Hat was back to celebrate the 17th annual Read Across America Day, held on March 3. Read Across America is a program that focuses on bringing awareness and motivating children to read. The event is always held on or near the March 2 birthday of children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss.

March 05, 2014 | | Education


OHS Eyes Regional Science Olympiad Prizes

More than 550 students representing area junior and senior high schools will participate in a day-long event that showcases their scientific knowledge on March 1.

February 26, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Board Moves Forward With Common Core

Preparing for the pending Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation was a primary topic at the Feb. 3 Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting.

February 05, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Aca Dec Team Brings Home Trophy

Oakdale High School won the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon championship on Feb. 1, following two days of testing, speeches, and interviews.

February 03, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Aca Dec Team Eyes County Prize

Oakdale High School has won 13 consecutive Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon championships and number 14 is at stake.

January 29, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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