Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" was a familiar tune recently as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District graduations took place Wednesday, May 21 through Friday May 23 with a total of 748 high school and junior high graduates who crossed the stage to receive their diplomas and advance to the next chapter of their lives. Each graduating class was presented to the OJUSD Superintendent Marc Malone by their respective school principal. School board members then presented diplomas to the graduates as their names were read.
Prioritization and self-discipline have been among the keys to academic success for graduating Oakdale High School seniors Austin Clayton and Dylan Hawksworth-Lutzow. Austin is the valedictorian and Dylan is the salutatorian for the Class of 2014.
Veronica's Care Closet at Oakdale High School, which serves underprivileged OHS students, was recently infused with a number of graduation caps and gowns from the community after an article in The Leader asking for cap and gown donations.
The Modesto Rotary Club and the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) announced the selection of four local educators as 2014 Stanislaus County Teachers of the Year at a Rotary luncheon on May 6. Additionally, the Jane Johnston Civility Award was presented to one of the 12 finalists for exemplifying the principles of civility. The winner of this award was Michelle Jones from Magnolia Elementary School in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. As the winner of the award, she received $1,000.
Oakdale High School seniors are nearing graduation and to keep them safe on a night of celebration, the 2014 Oakdale Sober Grad Night (SGN) committee has been busy at work for many months preparing to make the giant, all-night party fun.
Oakdale High School senior Tanner Morgan had been to the Principal's office before. He usually talked to Principal Mike Moore about leadership events, since Morgan is the Student Body President for the second year in a row.
The Columbia College Foundation will host the annual Columbia College Scholarship and Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 24, beginning at 4:30p.m. to recognize scholarship recipients and donors. The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held in the Dogwood Forum at Columbia College.
A group of Oakdale Junior High School staff members were recognized for saving the life of seventh grade science teacher Fred Yerzy in early March during the public comments portion of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on April 14.
The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation entitled "Art Inspired by Science and Mathematics" by Carlo H. Séquin, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley on Friday, April 11, at 7:30p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on the Modesto Junior College West Campus.
With the emcee and both guest speakers alumnus of Oakdale High School, Mustang Pride was prevalent in the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 41st Annual Oakdale Ag Scholarship Luncheon held at the Bianchi Community Center on Thursday, March 20.
California Connections Academy @ Ripon, an online public school serving students in grades K-12, is accepting new students for the 2014-2015 school year during the current open enrollment period. Now in its second year of instruction, California Connections Academy provides high-quality, personalized online education to more than 500 students in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. The school is now hosting free family information sessions-both online and in-person-with Connections Academy educators and staff to fulfill the growing number of requests for information.