In a year when school districts have been hit especially hard financially, it was a welcome relief when 74 grants totaling $97,000 were recently awarded to teachers in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District from the Oakdale Educational Foundation. Grants were awarded to individual teachers and groups of teachers to benefit their students at an awards reception on Dec. 3 held at Oakdale High School.
Fourth grade students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have been learning about the life cycle of Chinook salmon and the lessons recently ramped up with a Salmon Day educational field trip to the Stanislaus River and information center in Knights Ferry.
Staff Sergeant Joe Evans met with second graders at Sierra View Elementary School recently, in honor of Veterans Day, and told them about his experiences in the service and the sacrifices made by him and his family, as well as others who serve in the military.
Elementary gifted learner students recently held mock trials where they learned about courtroom justice and all the work that goes into taking a case to trial.
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 Cowboy Museum is once again planning to present scholarships to deserving High School seniors in the Central Valley region. One of these scholarships will go a graduating senior whose family is a member of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum.
It was an emotion packed, standing room only setting as Oakdale Joint Unified School Board called to session its first meeting of the New Year. The meeting was hosted Monday evening in City Council Chambers. The agenda listed routine consent items as well as some procedure/policy modifications. But the issue that brought the crowd was not on the agenda as an action item.
A hero's welcome was waiting at Sierra View Elementary School for Army Specialist Evan Bachelder earlier this month. The soldier is also son-in-law to second grade teacher Linda Kraus and the school staff treated him to a Welcome Home reception, which was followed by a visit with some students.
Offering your home to an exchange student from another country may be something to think long and hard about, but for Carol Berger it was an easy choice. Starting out being a host family, Berger invited several exchange students into her home over the past 20-plus years and has been a representative for exchange companies for more than two decades.
Oakdale Junior High was recognized earlier this month by Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Board of Supervisors for its Red Ribbon Week decorating efforts. The school was awarded First Place in the Middle School/Junior High Division. A total of 30 schools from the varying grade level categories participated.
In the day and age of SMART boards, Chromebooks and web surfing a group of Oakdale Junior High seventh graders are spending a bit of their school year Career Cruising.
Cy Cole, founder and Director of Oakdale Academy, recently offered his students an opportunity to combine service and education. The most recent application came in the way of sharing the story of a Waterford couple in need of assistance. As a follow-up to the students spending time serving, they were asked to recount the experience in an article, as if writing for a newspaper.
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