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Entertainment With A Twist

Castmates from the Oakdale Community Theater production of Oliver showed up recently on a different stage. Find out where they were performing in the Oct. 5 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

September 29, 2011 | | Education


Beginning Band Bulging

The beginning band program in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District has expanded to twice its size in the course of one year and the bulge in the number of students has required significantly more instruments.

September 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OJHS Book Fair Offers New Online Ordering

After weeks of preparation, collecting teachers' wish lists, and transforming the Oakdale Junior High School library, the school's Fall Book Fair will run Monday, Oct. 3 through Friday, Oct. 7. The theme for this year's event is "To the Book Fair and Beyond: Reading Is Out of This World."

September 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Senses Used To Help Students Write Creatively

An English writing project recently allowed Oakdale Junior High School students to go camping in the wilderness – while staying at school.

September 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


OHS Begins Prep For Homecoming Week

Leadership students at Oakdale High School are ramping up their preparations for football homecoming on Friday, Oct. 7. Students representing each class at the high school will paint windows along F Street in downtown Oakdale with the "California Adventure" theme on Saturday, Oct. 1 to help infuse some Mustang spirit into the community.

September 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Elementary Band Numbers Increase

The Beginning Band program is busting at the seams in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District due to some ideas the district's band instructor Ross McGinnis implemented. However, the increase has resulted in a gap between the number of budding musicians and available instruments. While the program managed to round up a few dozen used instruments, still more are needed.

September 27, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Recipes For Success - GATE Students Focusing On Goals

Four cups of honesty, three-and-a-half cups of modesty, three cups of responsibility, two cups of respect, and one-and-a-half cups of good language.

September 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Fundraiser Supports Science, Math Opportunities For Girls

Each year several seventh grade girls from Oakdale, Riverbank, and Escalon are selected by the local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to attend a week-long, all-girls camp called "Tech Trek" to encourage them in the fields of math and science.

September 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Dance Students Prep For Performance

Nine Oakdale dance students will have their moment in the spotlight at Modesto Junior College's Jam n' Jive this weekend.

September 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Education


Board Trustees Review OHS Pool Costs, Income

A financial overview and first year analysis of the Oakdale High School pool was on the agenda at the Sept. 12 regular meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees.

September 14, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Virtual Night School Offers Class Credits For Students

For high school juniors and seniors who have failed a class, a different kind of night school offers the opportunity to make up those needed credits. Last year the Oakdale Joint Unified School District offered a pilot program called E2020 for students to recapture credits in lieu of regular night school, which was originally part of the adult education program and had been eliminated due to budget cuts.

September 14, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


District API Score Up, No Score For OHS

Oakdale Joint Unified School District has the highest Academic Performance Index (API) score – 797 – for any unified school district in the county this year, up from 794 last year. However, Oakdale High School didn't help the district achieve that number. All test scores for OHS were invalidated because of a teacher error.

September 07, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


International Pilgrimage - St. Mary’s Oakdale Youth Take Journey Of Faith

An educational and religious opportunity to grow stronger in their faith and closer to God recently took five adults and 14 teenagers from Oakdale's St. Mary's Catholic Church to World Youth Day (WYD) in Madrid, Spain. Held every three years in different countries, the international event for Catholic youth attracted approximately 1.5 million people.

September 07, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Oakdale Posts Top Unified API Score

Details on Academic Performance Index (API) scores for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District are available and show that Oakdale schools made the district the highest scoring unified school district in the county with a score of 798. However, there's an irregularity as there's no posted API score for Oakdale High School.

September 06, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


Local Alum Featured In College Magazine

Majoring in Business and minoring in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), 2010 Oakdale High School graduate Todd Medema was recently featured in a small write-up on page 7 of the July 2011 issue of Carnegie Mellon Today magazine.

August 31, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Education


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Craig Clinches Medallion As Distinguished Young Woman

The annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Oakdale, was hosted Saturday, Feb. 21, at Magnolia School Auditorium. Oakdale High School senior and current Distinguished Young Woman Rachelle Pabalan passed her title to Amy Craig, a junior at Oakdale High School. In addition to the $2,500 scholarship for the title award, Amy received two $200 scholarships in the Talent and Interview categories. Scholarship awards were also presented to Makayla Johnson, Second Place; Jessica Gorman, Third Place; Hannah Copher, Fourth Place; and Haley Dyson, Fifth Place. Jessica also received two $200 scholarships in the Self ...

February 25, 2015 | | Education


Oakdale FFA Celebrates 2015 National FFA Week

The Oakdale FFA (Future Farmers of America) will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 21 to 28. This year's theme is Go All Out! and it embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking to the organization's future.

February 18, 2015 | | Education


Chromebooks Bring Egypt Projects To Latest Century

Fair Oaks sixth grade students are clicking back through the sands of time.

February 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Champions, Again! - OHS Claims Academic Decathlon Title

Braun and brains might be the best description for the out of towner reviewing the successes of Oakdale High School's student body and its alum.

February 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Oakdale Crowns Homecoming Royalty

Following an exciting junior varsity boys overtime win on the basketball court Friday night, the crowd at Oakdale High School was treated to the 2015 Winter Homecoming coronation. Taking the honors were King Derrick Pennington, Queen Kaeli Sturtevant, Princess Emma Burke and Prince Matthew Kjeldgaard.

February 11, 2015 | | Education


School Business As Usual As Contract Negotiations Linger

It was yet another standing room only session for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 2. The meeting was conducted at the OJUSD Technology and Staff Development Center due to overlap with Oakdale City Council meeting.

February 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Prepares To Defend Title

As many contemplate the outcome of the 49th Super Bowl this Sunday another type of contemplation is swirling around Oakdale High School as the AcaDec Team looks to the 35th Annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon.

January 28, 2015 | | Education


OHS Senior Marks Fourth Generation Graduate

This June will mark 100 years since the first of four generations walked across the stage and earned an Oakdale High School diploma.

January 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Museum Seeks 2015 Scholarship Applicants

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is once again planning to present scholarships to deserving High School seniors in the Central Valley region. One of these scholarships will go a graduating senior whose family is a member of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum.

January 21, 2015 | | Education


Show Them The Money - Teachers Pack Board Meeting

It was an emotion packed, standing room only setting as Oakdale Joint Unified School Board called to session its first meeting of the New Year. The meeting was hosted Monday evening in City Council Chambers. The agenda listed routine consent items as well as some procedure/policy modifications. But the issue that brought the crowd was not on the agenda as an action item.

January 14, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Sierra View Elementary Welcomes Home Soldier

A hero's welcome was waiting at Sierra View Elementary School for Army Specialist Evan Bachelder earlier this month. The soldier is also son-in-law to second grade teacher Linda Kraus and the school staff treated him to a Welcome Home reception, which was followed by a visit with some students.

January 14, 2015 | | Education


Mother, Daughter Team Serve As Cultural Liaisons

Offering your home to an exchange student from another country may be something to think long and hard about, but for Carol Berger it was an easy choice. Starting out being a host family, Berger invited several exchange students into her home over the past 20-plus years and has been a representative for exchange companies for more than two decades.

January 14, 2015 | Virginia Still | Education


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