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Oakdale Posts Top Unified API Score

Details on Academic Performance Index (API) scores for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District are available and show that Oakdale schools made the district the highest scoring unified school district in the county with a score of 798. However, there's an irregularity as there's no posted API score for Oakdale High School.

September 06, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Local Alum Featured In College Magazine

Majoring in Business and minoring in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), 2010 Oakdale High School graduate Todd Medema was recently featured in a small write-up on page 7 of the July 2011 issue of Carnegie Mellon Today magazine.

August 31, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Voting Voice - Student Takes Seat On School Board

Oakdale High School senior Paul Perrone recently took his seat on the Board of Trustees for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District when he was sworn in at a meeting earlier this month.

August 31, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Deadline Looms For Tdap Vaccinations

With the Sept. 8 deadline looming, some school districts in the area are still battling low student compliance rates for Tdap vaccinations for pertussis, also known as whooping cough, required by the State of California. Before school started, the state's deadline was extended 30 days because extra time was needed for students to get the vaccination, but many are still out of compliance.

August 30, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Valley Home School Board Appoints Rich Interim Superintendent

Recently retired Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent Fred Rich was named the superintendent/principal for the approximately 170-student Valley Home School District for the "foreseeable future" at the Valley Home Joint School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on Aug. 16.

August 24, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Focus On Improving Test Scores

Taken in April, just prior to the end of the school year, Standardized Testing And Reporting (STAR) measures students' progress toward achieving California's state academic content standards. The scores attained on these tests are tied to Academic Performance Index (API) scores, which are the standard by which schools are measured.

August 24, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Valley Home School Board Appoints Rich

The Valley Home Joint School District Board of Trustees met last night, Tuesday, Aug. 16, for their regular meeting where it was reported that they unanimously decided in closed session to put Superintendent/Principal Thomas Kevin Hart on compulsory leave, effective today, Wednesday, Aug. 17 pursuant to California education code 44010, which has to do with a sex offense, and code 44940, which is being charged with a mandatory leave of absence offense.

August 17, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Bells Ring In New Year

School started in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Aug. 10 and "Back to School Nights" are already under way this week.

August 17, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Back To School Buzzes

Students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have been in school for nearly a week, as it started Aug. 10, and the school sites have been abuzz with activity and in making the necessary adjustments.

August 16, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Enrollment Increase For School’s Start

Students have registered for classes and found out who their teachers are going to be for the new school year. School starts today, Wednesday, Aug. 10 for students throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. That includes Cloverland, Fair Oaks, Magnolia and Sierra View elementary schools in addition to the Oakdale junior and senior high schools.

August 10, 2011 | | Education


Time Nearing To ‘Round Up’ Students

School starts in Oakdale on Wednesday, Aug. 10. To get the students processed with their books, ID cards, school pictures, and oriented to campus, Oakdale High School and Oakdale Junior High School are each hosting "Round Ups" over the course of two days on Aug. 3 and 4.

July 27, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Parents Upset At Delay In Valley Home Superintendent’s Leave

Voting in closed session on Tuesday night, July 19, the Valley Home School Board by a 5-0 margin agreed to place Superintendent-Principal Thomas "Kevin" Hart on paid administrative leave after his arrest on suspicion of child molestation by the Oakdale Police Department.

July 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Education


Valley Home - School Chief Due In Court

The arrest of Valley Home Joint School District Superintendent/Principal Kevin Hart on suspicion of child molestation has been fraught with mystery and suppression of information, including to interested parties of the school system itself.

July 20, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Education


New Vice Principal Joins Junior High Team

Oakdale Junior High School students will meet their new Vice Principal in just a few short weeks. In the meantime, Jon Webb has already started doing some work and preparing for the start of school on Aug. 10.

July 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJUSD Superintendent Invites Input

Oakdale Joint Unified School District Superintendent Marc Malone is creating three new councils to serve in advisory and facilitative roles to the district related to facilities planning, operational planning, and classroom education.

July 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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To the outsider looking in, little has changed on the campus of Oakdale Junior High since school recessed in May to start summer vacation. As ...

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Our world seems to be awash in technology. Each day, some new device or app is marketed with so much glitz that Mark Twain might ...

August 12, 2015 | Taylor Halverson Deseret News | Education


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College can sometimes be a daunting place for new students. The New York Times reported in late July that the pressure to be perfect on ...

August 11, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Education


2 more Philly teachers face charges in cheating scandal

As the Atlanta testing scandal earlier this year made clear, when schools and teachers are placed under heavy pressure to perform on standardized tests, some ...

August 10, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education


Why Chris Christie says teachers unions deserve a ‘punch in the face’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stirred the controversy pot on Sunday, telling CNN anchor Jake Tapper that teacher unions deserved a punch in the face ...

August 05, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education


North Carolina experiment shows promising early results on keeping best teachers in the classroom

Keeping teachers in the classroom by rewarding them with leadership opportunities and financial incentives can measurably improve learning outcomes, according to early results from a ...

August 02, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education


New Teachers Report For Duty

With more than a decade and a hallway setting them apart, two of Magnolia Elementary's newest teachers do share one thing in common – what ...

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Student Attends Future Physician Conference

What arrived as a simple piece of mail addressed to Oakdale High School's Breanna Morgan, manifested itself into an amazing and eye-opening opportunity.

July 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Jones Travels Abroad To Teach Teachers

Like most Oakdale Joint Unified teachers, Magnolia Transitional Kindergarten Teacher Michelle Jones has been enjoying a little respite from her classroom setting and getting recharged ...

July 15, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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