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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

Care Closet For Teens Renamed For Teacher

Oakdale High School's "Care Closet" fills needs that underprivileged students have for clothing, food, and hygiene items. Now, it has been renamed as "Veronica's Care Closet."

November 17, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education

Waiver Filed To Remove Magnolia From State List

Magnolia Elementary School has been named to the list of California's 1,000 lowest achieving schools, even though its API (Academic Performance Index) score is 807. A score of 800 is the state's gold standard that elementary schools hope to achieve.

November 17, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education

Oakdale Girl Wins County Spelling Bee

C-h-a-m-p-i-o-n. That's the title that Oakdale Junior High School eighth grader Rachelle Pabalan earned at the recent countywide spelling bee. She tied for the first place award at the Stanislaus County Spelling Championship on Nov. 9.

November 17, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education

OHS Model UN Team Ready

Oakdale High School's Model UN (United Nations) team is gearing up to compete at the Stanford University Model UN conference, Nov. 12-14. Led by OHS teacher Stephen Mauchley, 19 OHS students, many of whom are team veterans, will participate in this year's event. This is Mauchley's third year working with the Model UN team, but his first as the team's advisor.

November 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education

Vendors, Shoppers Help School PTA

Over 20 vendors turned up to offer their home business wares to shoppers at Fair Oaks Elementary School on Nov. 5 at the first "Vendor Blender" fair. Hosted by the Fair Oaks Parent Teacher Association, the event also brought out a large number of parents who stopped in to shop when they picked up their children after school.

November 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education

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Healthy Holiday Fun For Magnolia TK Kids

In celebration of a thankful season Michelle Jones' Transitional Kindergarten class began the Friday prior to Thanksgiving break with a song by Debbie Clement, "You ...

November 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Students Enjoy Hands On Learning Approach

A custom in the Oakdale area, local school children get the chance to take a field trip to Knights Ferry and watch a little slice ...

November 25, 2015 | | Education

American Heritage Scholarship Program Essay Winners Honored

This fall, 137 high school juniors and seniors from throughout the county participated in the American Heritage Scholarship Series essay contest. Nineteen students were honored ...

November 25, 2015 | | Education


November 25, 2015 | | Education

Oakdale Students Become Worldly

Close to 1500 Oakdale Joint Unified School District students were able to tour the world last week 'virtually' thanks to the innovation of Google Expeditions.

November 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Board Members Eye Ag Education

It is an old adage which Oakdale Joint Unified is becoming known for, 'If you build it they will come.'

November 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

OHS Can Food Drive

November 16, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Betschart Earns Election To OJUSD Trustee Panel

Oakdale Joint Unified School Board will greet a new face at the next meeting on Monday, Dec. 14 as farmer Larry Betschart will be sworn ...

November 11, 2015 | | Education

OHS Marching Band Earns Santa Cruz Win

The 2015-15 school year is proving to be one for the record books for Oakdale High School marching band, drumline, colorguard and drum major as ...

November 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Sierra View sixth grade teacher and Technology Mentor Amanda Hensley, top photo, guides her class through an underwater adventure and school lesson via Google Expeditions ...

November 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Agriculture, PE Credits Center Stage For Board

For anyone not in the know, Monday night's school board meeting made it evident. The community of Oakdale holds strong to its agriculture roots ...

November 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Red Ribbin Wrap

Oakdale Junior High math teacher Chris Lewis, left as he goes to the spike, while Courtney Martinez, Financial Secretary studies the shot. The two were ...

November 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

School District Responds To Scores

A public release of sub-standard results for Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) scores, commonly known as Common Core Testing, statewide quickly went viral in mid-September ...

November 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Best tools for scholarship and admission essay writing

It's never too early to start crafting your best college admission essay. The application and scholarship essays you complete practically determine your future. That ...

November 03, 2015 | Robert Morris | Education

Texas teacher threatened to give her students an F if they said God existed

Saying God is real may get you an F.

November 03, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education

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