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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Four graduating seniors will take their rightful places at the top of their graduating class at Oakdale High School this year. There were ties for the honors of Valedictorian and Salutatorian. The class of 2009 Valedictorians are Karen Molokach and Katie Zeff, and Salutatorians are Chris Gebhart and Sara Peterson.
Cloverland Elementary School hosted its Fifth Annual Art Corps art show, "Grow Smart with Art" on May 6 and 7. Student artwork was featured in the art show held in the school cafeteria.
Oakdale High School senior Evan Boggs was recently tapped as the winner of this year's coveted Leo Volz scholarship. The Volz scholarship pays full tuition and books for a student for four years to the college of their choice.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved several action calendar items that resulted in across the board pay cuts, including for themselves, in order to save jobs and balance the budget at the regular meeting on May 11. However, with the cuts, some classified employee jobs still could not be spared.
The Modesto Rotary and the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) announced the selection of four local educators as 2009 Teachers of the Year at a Modesto Rotary luncheon on Tuesday, May 5 at the DoubleTree, where each received a $1,000 cash award.
The Oakdale High School Drama Department will present West Side Story under the direction of Bryan D. Mills on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. at the Oakdale High School Theater.
Oakdale High School Principal Rick Jones is retiring at the end of this school year after being the school's head administrator for eight years.
"Every 15 minutes someone is killed or seriously injured in an alcohol-related collision."
Sierra View and Magnolia elementary schools held their annual Ag Day Roundup events on April 22. These agriculture appreciation days are to help students understand the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives and to create more awareness, especially since Oakdale is such a large Ag area.
Oakdale schools are busy this week, as they make the most of a short schedule and Red Ribbon Week observation. Red Ribbon Week is hosted nationwide the last full week of October.
Class time will soon be made a little more exciting for Fair Oaks Special Day Class teacher Elizabeth Thompson and her seven students. Thompson was recently awarded California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award to use toward the betterment of her classroom.
Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan has kicked off the 'scholarship season' of the 2014-15 school year with her recent earning of a $10,000 Scholarship from Nordstrom. The high school senior was surprised by a check presentation, as well as a new Mac Book Air during her 6th period class on Monday.
Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Monday night meeting began with a closed session, and Superintendent Marc Malone addressed those on hand for the public portion of the meeting, confirming the expulsion of two OJUSD students had been approved by the board at that closed session.
In a day and age of social media, smart phones, cell phones and instant accessibility, students and parents alike may need to be more aware of the messages and words they choose to share.
For the artist at heart or a community group looking for a way to leave their mark, Cloverland Elementary School may have just the project to fit that need. This Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. work will begin on the Holistic Playground project.
Downtown windows have been painted, dresses and top hats purchased, floats planned. This can only mean one thing for the City of Oakdale … Homecoming Week has arrived.
The word 'lab' is taking on a new definition this 2014-15 school year in Oakdale schools.
The saying goes, "there is no rest for the weary" and that just might be the case in the 'Land of the Bus Yard' at the east end of Oakdale.
The 2014-15 school year has gotten off to a quick start for newly appointed Oakdale High School Vice-Principal of Supervision and Attendance, Jim Lake. The recently appointed VP has just a little over three weeks under his Administrator belt with Oakdale Joint Unified School District but he has found settling in anything but difficult.
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.
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.
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