World politics didn't daunt Oakdale High School's Model UN team as they attended Stanford University's Model United Nations Conference Nov. 12-14. The 19-member OHS team was assigned to be the Russian Federation and came home with some awards.
Sitting at small, square tables of four, 185 women and a few men came out to roll the dice to support Oakdale FFA at its Fourth Annual Wild West Bunco Night and Dinner fundraiser on Nov. 17. Oakdale FFA advisor Ed Hartzell said attendance was up by about 20 people this year, and it showed, as the Gene Bianchi Community Center was abuzz with attendees who were ready to play.
Oakdale High School's "Care Closet" fills needs that underprivileged students have for clothing, food, and hygiene items. Now, it has been renamed as "Veronica's Care Closet."
Magnolia Elementary School has been named to the list of California's 1,000 lowest achieving schools, even though its API (Academic Performance Index) score is 807. A score of 800 is the state's gold standard that elementary schools hope to achieve.
C-h-a-m-p-i-o-n. That's the title that Oakdale Junior High School eighth grader Rachelle Pabalan earned at the recent countywide spelling bee. She tied for the first place award at the Stanislaus County Spelling Championship on Nov. 9.
Oakdale High School's Model UN (United Nations) team is gearing up to compete at the Stanford University Model UN conference, Nov. 12-14. Led by OHS teacher Stephen Mauchley, 19 OHS students, many of whom are team veterans, will participate in this year's event. This is Mauchley's third year working with the Model UN team, but his first as the team's advisor.
Over 20 vendors turned up to offer their home business wares to shoppers at Fair Oaks Elementary School on Nov. 5 at the first "Vendor Blender" fair. Hosted by the Fair Oaks Parent Teacher Association, the event also brought out a large number of parents who stopped in to shop when they picked up their children after school.
The Stanislaus County Office of Education launched a campaign called "Choose Civility" on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to address the issue of declining civility and to encourage people to choose positive, respectful behaviors.
Following several days of activities focusing on being drug free, Red Ribbon Week in Oakdale schools wrapped up on Friday, Oct. 29. While all the schools planned events under the same "I am Drug Free" theme, they each had their own unique plans to bring awareness and education to students about living drug-free lives.
In a combined effort, members of the Fair Oaks, Sierra View, Cloverland, and Magnolia elementary schools' parent teacher association and clubs have formed a group called Campsavers to raise money for sixth grade Outdoor Education.
On Oct. 22, Oakdale elementary students woke up in the morning and put on their cowboy boots and their favorite hats.
"Music makes the people come together," so sang Madonna.
Students learned about careers in science, hearing the information from the scientists themselves at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's annual Dinner with a Scientist. Janet Hamby, Vice Principal of Fair Oaks Elementary School, was the organizer for the event this year that took place on Oct. 13 at the Almond Pavilion. The 82 students who participated ranged from sixth grade through high school age. There were 13 scientists who attended the evening, many returning from past years, including a few newcomers with veterinarian Dr. Mike Adian, anatomy and physiology specialist Michele Monlux, and physics specialist Thomas Nomof.
A special board meeting to decide how to proceed with the selection of a Superintendent for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District brought out about 50 concerned teachers, parents, and community members on Monday, Oct. 18, filling the OJUSD Technology and Staff Development Center.
In considering the state's fiscal crisis and looking for ways to free up money in the school district's coffers, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Assistant Superintendent for Business Tim Hern gave a presentation on the possibility of doing an $850,000 solar energy project in the district to the Board of Trustees at the Oct. 11 regular meeting.
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.
A variety of artists will be hitting the stage at J-H Ranch in Oakdale for the sixth annual Sierra View Music Festival as local resident and business owner, Jim Brunk, brings big name bands and sounds to this small town on Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music will start at 1:30 p.m.
There is indeed no rest for the weary in the way of education. Today marks the final 'official' day of Summer Break 2014 as students, teachers and administrators throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District prepare for the first day of school.
There is just barely a week of summer break left for students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The first day of school districtwide is set for Thursday, Aug. 7. While the elementary age students may fill this final week with backpack shopping or playdates, the upper grades are busy at their respective campuses.
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