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Student Takes Seat On School Board

It is a rarity to have a student have a seat on a school board, and even more rare for that student to have a vote. Oakdale High School senior Michael Homer was recently sworn in as a member of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Board of Trustees to serve as a voice for the student body in the district and to vote on issues that come before the board.

August 26, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Opening Day Brings School Budget Adjustments

The first day of school could best be described as organized bedlam. School personnel and Oakdale police officers were out in force on Tuesday, Aug. 11 to help keep safety a priority and the chaos to a minimum as parents ushered their children onto school campuses all around town.
The Oakdale schools were ready to accept the students to kick off the school year but pedestrian and auto traffic nearly overwhelmed the streets in front of each school. The first day of school is always hectic, but this year most of the school bussing in the city limits had to ...

August 12, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Board Concerned For Student Safety

The Oakdale school board is concerned about student safety with the lack of enough volunteers to serve as crossing guards at "hot spots" on the highway (F Street). The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees heard a report on the status of the crossing guard situation at the Aug. 10 regular meeting.
Superintendent Fred Rich relayed that Oakdale Police Department, which is responsible for the F Street crossing guards, does not have enough volunteers to man the crosswalk areas. OPD had to cut paid crossing guards from its budget earlier this year.
Trustee Mike Tozzi found it "unacceptable ...

August 12, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Crossing Guards Needed For Schools

Budget constraints have eliminated the five formerly paid positions of crossing guards from the Oakdale Police Department budget, leaving the three most heavily used crosswalks during the school year unmanned and needing volunteers to ensure the safety of students before and after school.

And with less busing being provided by the Oakdale Joint Unified District this school year, officials expect the amount of students walking to school to increase.

July 29, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley and Kim Van Meter | Education


School Board Cuts Sports Transport $

Student athletes and their families are going to have to reach in their own pockets to pay for transportation to and from sporting events. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Directors voted unanimously at the July 13 regular meeting to require student athletes to pay fees for transportation to athletic events. The district made reductions to its expenditures, which includes athletic transportation, in order to balance its budget. The athletic transportation budget line item was brought to an expenditure of $55,000, down from an actual $130,000.

July 15, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Summer Projects Prep Schools

This is the time of year that schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District get a deep cleaning. Floors are stripped and waxed, carpets are shampooed, every desk and chair is cleaned top and bottom, bathrooms are scrubbed, walls and blinds are washed. Once the maintenance crews are done, the rooms and offices even smell clean. Plus, exterior walls and sidewalks are pressure washed and trees are trimmed.

July 08, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New OHS Vice Principal Named

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District recently named Michael Tambini to the position of Vice Principal and Athletic Director at Oakdale High School. Tambini replaces Mike Moore who accepted the Principal role at OHS. Tambini officially started in his new position in July.

July 08, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Junior High Project Progressing

New, permanent classroom buildings at Oakdale Junior High School are taking shape as Diede Construction workers continue to hammer away at the project with an expected completion date of March 2010.

July 01, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Board Adopts Budget

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to approve the 2009-2010 proposed budget. Trustee Mike Tozzi was absent.

June 24, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Card Use Supports Academic Boosters

It's as easy to use as a credit card, a simple swipe will funnel a portion of money to a cause that supports students at Oakdale High School in their academic pursuits, but it's nothing extra out of your pocket.

June 16, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Cloverland Employee Honored As ‘Unsung Hero’

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.

June 16, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Funds Cut Despite Success

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.

June 09, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


New High School Principal Named

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.

June 02, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Local Go Club Places In National Contest

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.

May 27, 2009 | | Education


SROs Leaving Oakdale Campuses

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."

May 27, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Education


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Say Hay - Making A Difference

Janet Hay of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District will represent Stanislaus County in the 2014 State Classified School Employees of the Year Program in the Child Nutrition category, recently announced by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Stanislaus Charter.

January 29, 2014 | | Education


‘School Choice Week’ This Week

This week is School Choice Week in California and across the country. More than 440 events are planned across the Golden State, in addition to 5,500 events nationwide.

January 27, 2014 | | Education


Eighth Grade Parent Night Meeting

Parents of eighth grade students who will enter the ninth grade for the 2014-2015 school year at Oakdale High School are invited to attend the Eighth Grade Parent Informational Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the OHS main gym.

January 21, 2014 | | Education


Valley Charter High School Hosts Open House

Valley Charter High School's (VCHS) Open House is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the school, 108 Campus Way, Modesto. The open house is an opportunity for all parents and prospective students to meet students and teachers and to learn more about the programs offered in collaboration with Modesto Junior College and how to enroll for the current and upcoming school years. A robotics league match will be running during the open house. Spectators will be able to enjoy the excitement and view robotics opportunities for younger siblings.

January 14, 2014 | | Education


Students Prep For Future City Contest

Students from 10 Stanislaus County schools, including Valley Home School, and two Stanislaus County organizations will participate in the Stanislaus County Mock Future City Competition on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 4p.m. – 8p.m. at the Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. The final round of the competition is open to the public and begins at 6:15p.m.

January 07, 2014 | | Education


Allergy Injection Act Starts In New Year

Starting Jan. 1, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (H.R. 2094) will take effect. This important legislation will help protect students with food allergies. The bill encourages states to adopt laws requiring schools to have "stock" epinephrine auto-injectors on hand, such as EpiPens, that are not prescribed to a specific student but can be used for any student or staff member in an emergency.

December 24, 2013 | | Education


OHS Care Closet Needs Pre-Holiday Stocking

Oakdale High School's Care Closet, known as Veronica's Care Closet, for less fortunate students is in great need of some re-stocking prior to the Christmas Break. The last day of school prior to the break is Friday, Dec. 20.

December 12, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Board Learns About Social Media

A presentation about student rights, free speech, and social media responsibility was an educational topic for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on Dec. 9.

December 11, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Salmon Study Spawns Learning

Chinook salmon returning to spawn in the Stanislaus River at the Knights Ferry recreation area offers an opportunity for Oakdale students to learn firsthand about the habitat and life cycle of the native fish.

December 04, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Food Drive Slated

Oakdale High School's Leadership students are hosting a canned food drive from Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22. Students and staff can drop off cans anytime to room K-3 on campus.

November 13, 2013 | | Education


Valley Charter High School Hosts Open House

Valley Charter High School's (VCHS) Open House is slated for tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. at the school, 108 Campus Way, Modesto. The open house is an opportunity for parents and prospective students to meet students and teachers; learn more about the school, the programs offered in collaboration with Modesto Junior College, and how to enroll for the current and upcoming school years.

November 12, 2013 | | Education


Outdoor Ed Report Stirs Audience Comments

A report on the status of the district's history of contributions and options on how it could contribute again to the sixth grade Outdoor Education program, also known as science camp, garnered pointed comments from Parent Teacher Club members, the Oakdale Teachers Association President, district administrators, and others at the Nov. 4 regular meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting.

November 06, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Ag Day - Farm Learning Comes To School

Helping young students learn that the food they eat and the fibers they wear don't come from the store, but that those things have their beginnings on the farm, is what Ag Day is about. With dedicated teacher organizers and supportive volunteer presenters, Fair Oaks and Cloverland elementary schools were able to bring the farm to their campuses on Oct. 25 at their Sixth Annual Ag Day Roundups.

October 30, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Valley Home, Knights Ferry Board Races Set

There will be races for the Knights Ferry, Valley Home, and Oakdale school districts' board seats in the Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 Consolidated District Election.

October 30, 2013 | | Education


School Board – Candidates Vie For Three Seats

There will be races for the Oakdale, Knights Ferry, and Valley Home school districts' board seats in the Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 Consolidated District Election.

October 23, 2013 | | Education


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