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Fair Oaks Students Grow In Leadership Roles

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After the final votes were tallied, in a group of 45 students vying for four student council seats at Fair Oaks Elementary School, sixth grader Josh Fewell, fifth graders Mason Barnes and Hunter Falconi, and fourth grader Joseph Fewell were elected as officers.

September 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dedication Slated For OHS Pool

The long-awaited and much-anticipated aquatic center at Oakdale High School is on the cusp of readiness for full use.

September 08, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School District Adds Another K Class

The numbers of Kindergartners in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District have exceeded the projections, with 25 more students than expected, according to the district office."We added another kinder class at Fair Oaks to alleviate some high kinder class loads across the district," said Marc Malone, OJUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.Letters were recently sent to parents of kindergartners in the district offering them the chance to transfer their children to the class created at Fair Oaks.Fair Oaks Principal David Kindred said that a number of parents have responded and there are currently 18 students in the ...

September 01, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Student Takes Seat On School Board

Oakdale High School senior Daniel Dunning has officially assumed his position as a member of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's governing body – the Board of Trustees.

August 25, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Junior High Student Leaders See Changes

Changes have been made to the face of Leadership and the responsibilities of student leaders at Oakdale Junior High School.

August 25, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


School Is In Session

Throngs of students and parents descended on Oakdale's schools this past week for the official start of school on Wednesday, Aug. 11. As of that day, the district had 5,345 total students enrolled, according to the district's Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Marc Malone.

August 18, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Teacher Stricken In Classroom

Longtime Oakdale teacher Veronica Patron was found on the floor in her classroom unconscious and not breathing by a fellow staff member at Oakdale High School on the morning of Monday, Aug. 9.

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Students “Rounded Up” For School’s Start

The school bells are ringing as school is back in session today, Aug. 11 in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. However, before the hustle and bustle of the first day a lot of preparation took place at Oakdale Junior High School and Oakdale High School to process paperwork for the students and to orient new students to the campus in what are known as "Round Up."

August 11, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Exhibitors Shine At County Fair

Again, Oakdale's livestock exhibitors dominated the competition at the Stanislaus County Fair held July 16-25. Results are still being gathered for Oakdale FFA and the town's several 4-H clubs, but listed below are the top placings known as of press time.

August 04, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Round Ups, Orientations Kick Off School

The first day of school in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District is just two weeks away, starting on Wednesday, Aug. 11. To get students familiar with campuses, provide them with class schedules, take photos, purchase PE clothes, and more, the high school and junior high hold a series of roundups for all students and orientations for new, incoming students.

Principal Mike Moore reported that the Oakdale High School Roundup schedule is as follows: Seniors will meet on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Juniors will meet later that day from 12:30 p ...

July 28, 2010 | | Education


East Coast Tour Fun, Educational For Students

An educational tour of Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia turned out to be hot and humid, but also educational as 31 recent Oakdale Junior High School graduates and four teachers headed east for a week during the summer.

Typically, the eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. is scheduled to take place during spring break, but this year organizers decided to try something different.

July 28, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Schools Get Summer Vacation Spruce Up

Summer is the time for major cleaning and special maintenance projects at the schools and this year is no exception in Oakdale.The entrance area to the Oakdale High School gymnasium is undergoing some modifications as the school district brings it up to date to satisfy ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines. The school district's Director of Maintenance and Operations Dan Casey reported that changes are being made to the steps, there will be railing, new planter boxes, and a new grass area. Demolition of the front area was completed last week to make way for the changes.The ...

July 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Parent Clubs Plan To Fund Outdoor Ed

Some determined parents in Oakdale's parent teacher organizations have banned together to save sixth grade Outdoor Education from the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's budgetary chopping block.

July 07, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Music Boosters Focus On New School Year

The Oakdale Music Boosters is a group of parents who have put a priority on music in their children's lives and are dedicated to keeping the band programs afloat during this time of budget hardships in the schools.

June 23, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Sixth Graders Achieve Perfect Attendance Records

Students Micaela Maaske and Emily Greenwood have attended Oakdale schools all their lives and each recently completed the sixth grade. One was at Magnolia the other at Sierra View and somehow each managed to never miss a day of school.

June 09, 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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