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Team Handles Pressures Of Academic Contest

For 10 consecutive years, Oakdale High School has reigned over the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon as champions. With each win, it seems the pressure is turned up for the next year's team. For a few years before Oakdale's decade of dominance, the team was knocking on the door of the county championship behind the then-dominant Modesto High School. OHS holds the record for wins at the contest and they are all consecutive.

January 26, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Staff Members Develop Ideas, Skills

While students are out of class early on the upcoming minimum day on Jan. 27, the teachers will be still be working, learning new ways they can improve their knowledge and skills in the classroom.

January 26, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Hern Resigns From School District Post

Tim Hern, Assistant Superintendent for Business for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, resigned effective Jan. 24 and was hired as Chief Business Officer by a larger school district. He worked for OJUSD since Oct. 2003 and was in attendance at the district's Jan. 24 regular board meeting. Look for the full story in the Jan. 26 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

January 25, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Employees Nominated For Honor

Two classified employees in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District make a difference for their fellow staff members and students, so much so that they were nominated for a special award.

January 19, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Bring Holiday Cheer To Care Center

Armed with umbrellas and rain ponchos donated by parents, students in Tara Vandermark's class at Fair Oaks Elementary School braved the weather on Dec. 17 and focused on giving to others. The rain couldn't keep the class of 36 sixth graders from taking a walking field trip to deliver gifts and handmade cards to residents at Oak Valley Care Center.

December 22, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Elementary Kids Give Back After School

A recent two-week clothing drive at Fair Oaks Elementary School resulted in filling 11 large boxes and 10 medium size trash bags of assorted clothing.

December 22, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Unions Urge Trustees To Reconsider Search

Teachers union and classified employees union presidents Linda Kraus and Mark Mutoza urged the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees to reconsider conducting a national search for Superintendent to replace retiring district head Fred Rich at the Dec. 13 regular meeting.

December 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Local Dropout Rates Below State Average

The state's high school dropout figures increased in the past academic year according to figures released by the California Department of Education, but the school districts in Riverbank and Oakdale remain below the 21.7 percent state average.

December 15, 2010 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Education


Schools Benefit From OEF Grants

The Oakdale Educational Foundation recently held its annual grant awards ceremony where it distributed more than $140,000 to Oakdale teachers to enrich education programs for students in the district. The OEF gave away nearly $81,000, plus an additional $60,000 from the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The OEF had applications totaling nearly $200,000.

December 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Magnolia School Staff Rally Around Teacher, Family

En route to Oakdale for Thanksgiving with family, former longtime Valley Home residents Michael and Linda Braaten were involved in an auto accident on Nov. 23 on Highway 395 near Pasco, Wash., each sustaining serious injuries.

December 08, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Local Students Earn Chairs In Honor Band

Four students from Oakdale Junior High School and one Oakdale High School student recently auditioned and have each earned a spot for themselves in the Stanislaus County Honor Band.

December 08, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Have Fun Feasting, Sharing Thanks

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, a number of Oakdale teachers held special activities in their classrooms for students to learn more about the traditions of Thanksgiving and practice their math, speaking, and writing skills, all while making the activities fun.

December 01, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Elementary Students Focus On Salmon Lifecycle, Habitat

Learning about the habits and habitat of spawning Chinook salmon in the Stanislaus River is part of the curriculum for fourth graders in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Along with classroom learning, the students also got to see and experience firsthand the salmon lifecycle: how they reproduce, how they live and die, and what their presence in the river has meant throughout history in the area as fourth graders from each school attended a "Salmon Day" at the Stanislaus River in Knights Ferry on Nov. 17, 18, 22, or 23.

November 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Model UN Team Returns With Awards

World politics didn't daunt Oakdale High School's Model UN team as they attended Stanford University's Model United Nations Conference Nov. 12-14. The 19-member OHS team was assigned to be the Russian Federation and came home with some awards.

November 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


FFA Rounds Up Support

Sitting at small, square tables of four, 185 women and a few men came out to roll the dice to support Oakdale FFA at its Fourth Annual Wild West Bunco Night and Dinner fundraiser on Nov. 17. Oakdale FFA advisor Ed Hartzell said attendance was up by about 20 people this year, and it showed, as the Gene Bianchi Community Center was abuzz with attendees who were ready to play.

November 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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Multi-Year Plan - Board Reviews School Strategy

Oakdale City Council Chambers held more residents than usual on Monday night, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District conducted its second board meeting for the 2014-15 school year.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Student Representative Pabalan Prepared For Transition

Next Monday, Sept. 8 Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan will settle into yet one more seat of responsibility. Pabalan will be in attendance at her second Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting. The 2014-15 Student School Board Representative (sworn in at the Aug. 11 session) is ready to add one more feather to her ever-flourishing cap.

September 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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


Sierra View - Musical Entertainment For The Masses

A variety of artists will be hitting the stage at J-H Ranch in Oakdale for the sixth annual Sierra View Music Festival as local resident and business owner, Jim Brunk, brings big name bands and sounds to this small town on Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music will start at 1:30 p.m.

August 13, 2014 | Virginia Still | Education


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


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


Day Camp Wraps Action Packed Summer

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.

July 23, 2014 | | Education


Care Closet: Donations Needed For Students

School supplies are being collected now, as Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials look toward the fast approaching start of the new school year.

July 16, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Education


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