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Student Riders Boost ROTA Hopes

While the local public bus system has been facing declining ridership and budget problems, there were some encouraging statistics for September, according to figures released at the Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority meeting this month.

October 20, 2010 | John Branch | Education


Students Learn, Dine With Scientists

Students learned about careers in science, hearing the information from the scientists themselves at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's annual Dinner with a Scientist. Janet Hamby, Vice Principal of Fair Oaks Elementary School, was the organizer for the event this year that took place on Oct. 13 at the Almond Pavilion. The 82 students who participated ranged from sixth grade through high school age. There were 13 scientists who attended the evening, many returning from past years, including a few newcomers with veterinarian Dr. Mike Adian, anatomy and physiology specialist Michele Monlux, and physics specialist Thomas Nomof.

October 20, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Calypso Sound Arrives At Junior High

He literally wrote the book on steel drum music. And he's here in Oakdale … energizing a new class of musicians.

October 13, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Start Furlough

School will not be in session on Friday, Oct. 15 as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District prepares for a near-full shutdown on its first furlough day - a direct result of state budget cuts.

October 13, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Test Subjects - Scores Show Progress

Test scores in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District are good, according to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Barbara Shook when she delivered an overview of the 2010 Accountability Progress Report for the district to the Board of Trustees at the Oct. 11 regular meeting.

October 13, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Jog A Thon Buoys Parent Teacher Organizations

With a "ready, set, go" and upbeat music pumping through the loud speakers, Oakdale elementary school students throughout the district ran their laps in the annual Jog A Thon on Friday, Oct. 8.

October 13, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Education Fundraiser Nets Money For Schools

Although the final accounting is not yet complete, the grant requests have been reviewed by the committee and the Oakdale Educational Foundation is going to fund as many teacher grants as they can.

October 13, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Programs Offset Pool Op Costs

Now that the new Oakdale High School pool has been unveiled, it's not only hosting school-related water sports and PE classes, but has become home to some community swim programs as well. These outside users are also providing income to the district to offset the pool's operational costs.

October 06, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Girls Encouraged In Science, Math At Tech Trek

Several junior high school girls from Oakdale, Escalon, and Riverbank got to experience a taste of college life for a week over the summer when the local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) selected the 10 girls to attend a science- and math-focused camp called Tech Trek at CSU Fresno.

October 06, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Freshmen Encouraged In ‘Passport’ Program

After seven weeks, many Oakdale High School freshmen are still making adjustments to life on the high school campus and the increased academic rigor. Recently, the students participated in an intervention-type program called Passport To Success to get "grounded" and focus on their academics.

October 06, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Homecoming Week Spurs Student Spirit

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Homecoming is just days away, on Friday, Oct. 1, and students from each class at Oakdale High School kicked off Homecoming Week with the painting of windows on downtown businesses on Saturday, Sept. 25. The windows reflect the Disney theme with each grade levels' individual Disney movie theme.

September 29, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Homecoming, Parade Slated

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Oakdale High School's Homecoming will march on this year on Oct. 1 and the annual Homecoming parade has been reinstated after a one-year hiatus.

September 22, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OEF Event - Foundation Plans ‘Flashback’ Fundraiser

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OEF event chairperson Denise Hitch said the OEF hopes to have at least ...

September 22, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


District Unveils New OHS Pool For Crowd

For many years, Oakdale High School has had all the necessary fields, courts, and diamonds to support and host the sports its athletes participate in, all except a swimming pool. That issue, however, is now in the past as the school unveiled its new "jewel" at a dedication ceremony that brought out a throng of community supporters who filled the poolside bleachers on Monday, Sept. 13.

The OHS Competitive Swimming and Water Polo Center is located behind, or east, of the OHS main gym and adjacent just north of the football stadium. It fills an area that was previously a ...

September 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Superintendent Announces Retirement

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Running a school district in difficult economic times is not a task for the faint of heart. With the challenges, however, there are rewards and triumphs associated with being in a position of influence on the lives of many children.

September 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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School Safety Examined

In the wake of the school tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, Dec. 14, questions about the safety plans of schools are on the minds of people in communities across the country, including here in Oakdale.

December 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Stellar Students

Knights Ferry Elementary School recently announced its Students of the Month for November 2012. Congratulations to students from front left, Jenna O'Neil, Levi Dickens, Carter Sturtevant, Emily Watson, and Rilyn Cassaretto. Back row: Presley Wilson, Brayden Sousa, Madison Willis, and Aleesha Harden.

December 15, 2012 | | Education


School Projects Moving Forward

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees voted to move forward with a Request for Qualifications for architectural services for the district's new Central Kitchen and a multi purpose room design that will be for Fair Oaks and Cloverland elementary schools.

December 12, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Robbins Closes Out Career At Riverbank Schools

Riverbank Unified School District (RUSD) lead grounds man, Ronnie Robbins, is settling in to a new role, retirement, after completing 33 years of service with the district. Robbins originally worked at Rio Altura Elementary School, which is now the site of Riverbank Language Academy, for 10 years. Then he moved to Cardozo Middle School and spent a year and a half as the groundskeeper there. The rest of his 22-year career was spent as the lead grounds man for the school district, working at a variety of locations.

December 12, 2012 | Virginia Still | Education


Dissections Bring Knowledge About Organs

Animal organs helped elementary school students learn more about human body systems when they recently had the opportunity to analyze them during a dissection "party."

December 12, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Orchestra Concert For Kids Of All Ages

The Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra, directed by Anne Martin, will present a concert for kids of all ages tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium of the Media and Performing Arts Center on east campus. The concert has an early start time of 7p.m. to accommodate families with young children.

December 04, 2012 | | Education


Oakdale High Marching Band, Colorguard Take First Place

Driving rain, wind, and cold weather couldn't stop the Oakdale High School Marching Band recently as it took first place at the Lincoln Review of Champions in Stockton. On Nov. 17 bands from the Bay Area, Fresno, and the Central Coast flocked to the review because it's one of the last of the competitive marching band season, which coincides with the end of the football season.

November 28, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Essay Writers Dominate Contest

Oakdale High School students comprised 11 out of 19 award recipients and swept the top three spots at the recent awards ceremony for the American Heritage Scholarship Series essay contest.

November 28, 2012 | | Education


More Salmon Spawning For Student Study This Year

The number of Chinook salmon returning to spawn in the Stanislaus River at the Knights Ferry recreation area appears to be one of the best in several years. Fourth graders in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently witnessed the spawning activity and did field studies as part of their state standards salmon unit.

November 21, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Scholars Honored With American Heritage Scholarships

This fall, 166 high school juniors and seniors from nine high schools throughout the county participated in the American Heritage Scholarship Series essay contest, a competition sponsored, in part, by Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and other entities. Nineteen students were honored for their essays at an awards ceremony on Nov. 20 at the SCOE Board Room, Modesto. A total of $10,000 in scholarships awards were presented, which included one $2,000 scholarship, two $1,500 scholarships, two $1,000 scholarships, four $500 scholarships, and ten $100 cash awards.

November 20, 2012 | | Education


Sierra View Students Meet Soldier In Honor Of Veterans’ Day

In honor of Veterans' Day on Nov.11, Sierra View Elementary School second grade teacher Linda Kraus hosted a veteran guest speaker in her class on Friday, Nov. 9.

November 14, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Board - Facilities Project Method Approved

The "lease-leaseback" method to build the new Central Kitchen facility on J Street was approved in a 4-2 vote by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the Nov. 5 regular meeting.

November 07, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students Plan For D.C. Trip

The President has been elected and seven sophomore and junior students along with one teacher from Oakdale High School plan to travel to Washington D.C. to watch his public inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

November 07, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Top Spellers Headed For County Contest

Top spellers from area schools will compete in Stanislaus County Elementary Spelling Championship today, Nov. 7, at Johansen High School, 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto. The Elementary Spelling Championship is for children in fourth through sixth grades.

November 06, 2012 | | Education


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