Oakdale High School hosted the Central Valley Jostens Renaissance Conference on March 30 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center. Students and adult advisors from numerous junior high and high schools attended the event that included an inspirational speaker, workshops for students and advisors alike, an interactive lunch with a DJ host, and a rally.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District has taken over the reins of the children's summer program from the City of Oakdale, as the city is no longer operating the summer childcare program that has been hosted at Magnolia Elementary School.
Adopt-A-Classroom helps teachers connect with community partners who donate funds to use for classroom needs. Recently, some Oakdale High School teachers received an unexpected contribution of funds to use in their classrooms.
Former National Football League player Julian Jenkins recently visited Oakdale High School as a representative of the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) to educate parents and student-athletes on the necessary steps required to play sports at the collegiate level.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees has narrowed the field of Superintendent candidates to seven to be slated for interviews on April 1-2. This was decided in an action in a closed session meeting held March 28.
Potential changing trends were reflected in the California Healthy Kids Survey administered to fifth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh graders in December 2010. The results were reported to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at a recent meeting by the district's Director of Categorical Programs Kristi Rapinchuk.
Both healthier and less healthy behaviors were revealed in the California Healthy Kids Survey that was administered to Oakdale fifth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh graders in December 2010.
While Oakdale ninth and eleventh graders showed healthier behaviors in the categories of alcohol, tobacco, and inhalant use compared to their peers, they also posted significant increases in marijuana use.
A Top 10 finish was earned by the Oakdale High School Aca Deca team at the 32nd Annual California Academic Decathlon held March 11-14 in Sacramento. Placing eighth overall made the OHS team the highest-ranking Northern California Aca Deca team this year. Top 10 teams were awarded with plaques and the OHS team earned eight individual medals.
Sierra View Elementary School third grade teacher Lisa Greenhow has been selected as a finalist for the Stanislaus County Teacher of the Year award for the K-3 division. She is amongst two other kindergarten through third grade teachers in the county who are up for the award.
Fair Oaks Elementary students in Catherine Morman's third grade class learned all about the importance of water safety through a program offered by the Knights Ferry branch of the US Army Corps of Engineers when Norm Winchester and his Siberian husky, Kaiya, visited the school site recently.
The Oakdale Joint Unified School District will be able to meet its current financial obligations for this fiscal year and will be solvent for the next two subsequent years if the state makes no changes, according to a report made by interim chief business officer Susan Dyke at the March 14 regular meeting of the district's Board of Trustees.
More than 300 projects were entered in the 28th Annual Science Fair for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District that ran March 7-10 at the Oakdale FES Hall. Event coordinator Kathy Jenkins reported that most of the entries were from the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, there were numerous individual projects, seven class projects, and the group projects were exhibited by third through eighth graders. She coordinated the event with school district staff member Brenda Kindred.
The Oakdale High School Aca Deca team placed eighth overall at the 32nd Annual California Academic Decathlon held March 11-14 in Sacramento, making it the highest-ranking Northern California team this year. Oakdale parent Lori Bolme said the team captured eight individual medals when she delivered the report during public comments to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the March 14 regular meeting.