Four graduating seniors will take their rightful places at the top of their graduating class at Oakdale High School this year. There were ties for the honors of Valedictorian and Salutatorian. The class of 2009 Valedictorians are Karen Molokach and Katie Zeff, and Salutatorians are Chris Gebhart and Sara Peterson.
Cloverland Elementary School hosted its Fifth Annual Art Corps art show, "Grow Smart with Art" on May 6 and 7. Student artwork was featured in the art show held in the school cafeteria.
Oakdale High School senior Evan Boggs was recently tapped as the winner of this year's coveted Leo Volz scholarship. The Volz scholarship pays full tuition and books for a student for four years to the college of their choice.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved several action calendar items that resulted in across the board pay cuts, including for themselves, in order to save jobs and balance the budget at the regular meeting on May 11. However, with the cuts, some classified employee jobs still could not be spared.
The Modesto Rotary and the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) announced the selection of four local educators as 2009 Teachers of the Year at a Modesto Rotary luncheon on Tuesday, May 5 at the DoubleTree, where each received a $1,000 cash award.
The Oakdale High School Drama Department will present West Side Story under the direction of Bryan D. Mills on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. at the Oakdale High School Theater.
Oakdale High School Principal Rick Jones is retiring at the end of this school year after being the school's head administrator for eight years.
"Every 15 minutes someone is killed or seriously injured in an alcohol-related collision."
Sierra View and Magnolia elementary schools held their annual Ag Day Roundup events on April 22. These agriculture appreciation days are to help students understand the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives and to create more awareness, especially since Oakdale is such a large Ag area.
Oakdale resident and Valley Charter High School (VCHS) student Matthew Gery won a gold medal recently at the SkillsUSA California Region 5 Leadership and Skills Conference and will compete at the state contest in San Diego April 4-7.
A class focusing on raising awareness and to motivate teens to stop using tobacco or join a voluntary cessation program was part of a pre-cessation class held recently at Oakdale High School.
Read Across America is a national event to promote reading and is held in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, which is on March 2. On Friday, March 1, a contingent of Oakdale High School students took part in the event and read across Oakdale, visiting the school district's four elementary schools and sharing storybooks they created themselves.
Oakdale's Sober Grad Night (SGN) committee is busy in preparation for this year's Sober Grad event but they are ready to pass the torch to a new generation of members.
The SOS (Save Oakdale Schools) family fun walk/run is taking place this Saturday, March 9 at 8:30 a.m., starting at Cloverland Elementary School. The fundraiser is a fun event that promotes fitness and raises money for Oakdale Joint Unified School District schools that are trying to make do with less because of budget cuts.