Teachers and school employees in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District showed up to school on the morning of Thursday, March 4 wearing black clothing and decorated their cars with black balloons and signs. Banners also hung along school fences and walls, and flyers were distributed to show parents and passersby their opposition to statewide budget cuts to education. "Budget Cuts Don't Heal," "Quality Education Is Priceless," and "Save Our School" were some of the slogans that were posted around the campuses.
The California Teachers Association mobilized the "day of action" statewide. Locally, members of the Oakdale Teacher's ...
Fair Oaks Elementary School Principal David Kindred made a special visit to Linda Kraus' second grade class at Sierra View Elementary School on Feb. 26 to kick off Read Across America, which was on March 2. Kindred read "Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss, and taught a draw-along lesson of the Cat in the Hat to Kraus' students.
"Mr. Kindred has been a guest in my room for the previous three years," Kraus said. "I invite him in each year to do this lesson in preparation for Read Across America Day, which is March 2, Dr. Seuss' birthday."
Some Oakdale educators are sending out an "S.O.S." to help Oakdale schools. The Support Oakdale Schools (S.O.S.) Family Fun Run/Walk event has been organized in conjunction with the Oakdale Educational Foundation (OEF) to raise money for schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District.
A total of $2.1 million in potential cuts to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District budget was approved by the Board of Trustees at the Feb. 8 regular meeting. The district must cut between $1.5-$2.2 million from the budget, depending on the state's final, approved budget. Adjustments to the budget will be brought before the board once the state budget is finalized and union negotiations are complete. The district knows that, at minimum, it must cut $1.5 million.
Oakdale High School has taken the top prize in the county Academic Decathlon competition for the past nine consecutive years. Fair or not, there's a great deal of pressure this year on the OHS team to bring home its tenth win. The team members are fully aware of the other schools that are gunning for them, as well as the expectations from the school and the community that are upon them to achieve.
The Careers In Manufacturing (CIM) Road Show made a visit to Oakdale High School on Jan. 26, bringing in approximately 170 people who were interested in finding out more about available jobs for students and recent high school graduates.
The lives of scores of underprivileged students are affected for the better because of the creation of a small, inconspicuous room at Oakdale High School. Actually, it's what's inside the room that has really made the difference: deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, ramen noodles, bottled water, paper and pencils, binders, clothing.
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.