After a "decade of dominance," the Oakdale High School Aca Deca team found a way to top their prior accomplishments: they won again. The team now boasts 11 consecutive championships from the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon.
The leadership profile for the future Superintendent of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District was approved at the Feb. 7 special meeting of the Board of Trustees. Trustees Mike House, Mike Tozzi, and student member Daniel Dunning were absent.
The unique opportunity to go behind locked gates to see the inner workings of the Oakdale Irrigation District with a tour of some of its tunnels was recently presented to a small group of Oakdale teachers. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District held a staff development day on Jan. 27 and the OID tour was one of the offered workshops where the participants could visit and learn about OID's water storage and delivery facilities.
Oakdale's Alivia Antinetti was honored at the Jan. 29 CSU Stanislaus (Stan State) Warriors' basketball game Make-A-Wish night, hosted by the college's Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC). The Magnolia Elementary School first grader is a cancer survivor and has been in remission since March 2010.
Oakdale Joint Unified School District Assistant Superintendent for Business Tim Hern resigned from his post, effective Monday, Jan. 24. Hern accepted a position at Lodi Unified School District as the Chief Business Officer. The Lodi district is approximately five times the size of OJUSD, with 27,000 ADA (Average Daily Attendance).
For 10 consecutive years, Oakdale High School has reigned over the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon as champions. With each win, it seems the pressure is turned up for the next year's team. For a few years before Oakdale's decade of dominance, the team was knocking on the door of the county championship behind the then-dominant Modesto High School. OHS holds the record for wins at the contest and they are all consecutive.
While students are out of class early on the upcoming minimum day on Jan. 27, the teachers will be still be working, learning new ways they can improve their knowledge and skills in the classroom.
Tim Hern, Assistant Superintendent for Business for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, resigned effective Jan. 24 and was hired as Chief Business Officer by a larger school district. He worked for OJUSD since Oct. 2003 and was in attendance at the district's Jan. 24 regular board meeting. Look for the full story in the Jan. 26 issue of The Oakdale Leader.
Two classified employees in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District make a difference for their fellow staff members and students, so much so that they were nominated for a special award.
Armed with umbrellas and rain ponchos donated by parents, students in Tara Vandermark's class at Fair Oaks Elementary School braved the weather on Dec. 17 and focused on giving to others. The rain couldn't keep the class of 36 sixth graders from taking a walking field trip to deliver gifts and handmade cards to residents at Oak Valley Care Center.
A recent two-week clothing drive at Fair Oaks Elementary School resulted in filling 11 large boxes and 10 medium size trash bags of assorted clothing.
Teachers union and classified employees union presidents Linda Kraus and Mark Mutoza urged the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees to reconsider conducting a national search for Superintendent to replace retiring district head Fred Rich at the Dec. 13 regular meeting.
The state's high school dropout figures increased in the past academic year according to figures released by the California Department of Education, but the school districts in Riverbank and Oakdale remain below the 21.7 percent state average.
The Oakdale Educational Foundation recently held its annual grant awards ceremony where it distributed more than $140,000 to Oakdale teachers to enrich education programs for students in the district. The OEF gave away nearly $81,000, plus an additional $60,000 from the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The OEF had applications totaling nearly $200,000.
En route to Oakdale for Thanksgiving with family, former longtime Valley Home residents Michael and Linda Braaten were involved in an auto accident on Nov. 23 on Highway 395 near Pasco, Wash., each sustaining serious injuries.
Class time will soon be made a little more exciting for Fair Oaks Special Day Class teacher Elizabeth Thompson and her seven students. Thompson was recently awarded California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award to use toward the betterment of her classroom.
Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan has kicked off the 'scholarship season' of the 2014-15 school year with her recent earning of a $10,000 Scholarship from Nordstrom. The high school senior was surprised by a check presentation, as well as a new Mac Book Air during her 6th period class on Monday.
Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Monday night meeting began with a closed session, and Superintendent Marc Malone addressed those on hand for the public portion of the meeting, confirming the expulsion of two OJUSD students had been approved by the board at that closed session.
In a day and age of social media, smart phones, cell phones and instant accessibility, students and parents alike may need to be more aware of the messages and words they choose to share.
For the artist at heart or a community group looking for a way to leave their mark, Cloverland Elementary School may have just the project to fit that need. This Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. work will begin on the Holistic Playground project.
Downtown windows have been painted, dresses and top hats purchased, floats planned. This can only mean one thing for the City of Oakdale … Homecoming Week has arrived.
The word 'lab' is taking on a new definition this 2014-15 school year in Oakdale schools.
The saying goes, "there is no rest for the weary" and that just might be the case in the 'Land of the Bus Yard' at the east end of Oakdale.
The 2014-15 school year has gotten off to a quick start for newly appointed Oakdale High School Vice-Principal of Supervision and Attendance, Jim Lake. The recently appointed VP has just a little over three weeks under his Administrator belt with Oakdale Joint Unified School District but he has found settling in anything but difficult.
Oakdale City Council Chambers held more residents than usual on Monday night, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District conducted its second board meeting for the 2014-15 school year.
Next Monday, Sept. 8 Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan will settle into yet one more seat of responsibility. Pabalan will be in attendance at her second Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting. The 2014-15 Student School Board Representative (sworn in at the Aug. 11 session) is ready to add one more feather to her ever-flourishing cap.
The 2014-15 school year marks a critical turning point for Oakdale Joint Unified School District administrators, teachers and most importantly, students. Effective this school year all school sites will be adopting a new math curriculum in keeping with the national Common Core State Standards.
It was a decade ago that the Oakdale Joint Unified School District welcomed its newest campus in over 50 years. In August 2005 Sierra View Elementary School greeted its first 700-plus students.
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